Final Fantasy XIV: Ria Hawke does Eorzea

So I’ve been tied up almost entirely in FFXIV since mid-April, but never got around to posting any of my exploits. I figure I should finally do that.

Meet Ria Hawke.

Lookit those frecklesHers is an evil grin

Look and sound familiar? She should, since she’s a crack take on my DA2 Hawke. Well, almost any take on Ria is a crack take, but that’s not the point this time. I picked Ria to start the game with because when it all comes down to it, she’s the one character of mine that can be adapted to almost any setting. What’s more, she’s such a random-ass goof that I can just play like an idiot and still be kind of role-playing her. For instance, shortly after starting her adventures in Ul’dah, she met a (blond) Handsome Stranger under the Sultantree… who, it turns out, gets a bit of head baggage of his own. Sound familiar? It turns out Ria has a type.

Handsome Stranger Another Handsome Stranger

So anyway, Ria spends most of ARR trying to get sempai to notice her. She starts out as a pugilist, then becomes a rogue, then a ninja, all while trying on pretty much every hat she can get her hands on. This one’s probably her favorite:

Ria is a classy lady

The game proceeds along it’s designated path through ARR. I have to headcanon a lot of random responses and motivations for the few options given since she’s Ria, but being a JRPG–online or otherwise–means a very scripted, closed plot compared to Bioware’s more open stuff. She continues through the game, fights Lahabrea (spoiler: I couldn’t actually fight him cause I stayed behind to watch all the cutscenes while the others left me behind), is saved by her pet magitek, Maggie, and in turn saves her sempai from the explosions and such in the aftermath. The alliance leaders declare the beginning of the Seventh Astral Era, and everyone’s happy, cause that’s how these things go.

Except Alphinaud has this brilliant idea to start his own private army that later turns on us, the assholes in my beautiful Ul’dah decide to commit regicide, and we’re pushed into hiding in Ishgard. It’s cold in Ishgard. (Also somewhere during the Seventh Astral Era, Ria got bored with Thancred. I guess he just wasn’t as fun post-Lahabrea?)

Around this time, I realized I was having trouble recognizing when people were trying to get my attention in dungeons and trials and stuff, because I’m not used to answering to Ria. So I figured I’d do the name change so I can have Brenna Ce’dria back (omg it kills me not having the D capitalized). I also figure since we’re fugitives now (even though the game handwaves that away) I should get a makeover. So now, I look like this:

OMG this took so long to fix the lighting. Heavensward is NOT good for clear pictures!

Conveniently, Stormblood came out just as I reached the end of the Seventh Astral Era plot; that meant I could switch from ninja to samurai as well as get my make over, so now my “disguise” is complete I guess. (Also, samurai is so much damned fun; it’s like my ninja but I don’t die as often, which is nice.)

Anyway, yeah; that’s most of what I’ve done since April. I have worked my way a little into Heavensward’s plot, but not far; I have the trial to fight Ravana but haven’t done so yet. When I get further into that, I’ll post more about my further adventures through Eorzea.

Fake Edit: Oh! I almost forgot, look at how cozy my apartment is!


I started it when my character was still Ria, to make a Hanged Man kind of tavern, but named the room The Mad Hatter. You know, cause Ria and her hats. There are still some touches I want to add, like more stuff on the walls, a hat stand, some food stuffs that don’t look too fancy for my setting, and some sort of storage in the bedroom (I don’t know if the armoire will fit in the one I made, which is the other side of that wall, though, so I haven’t jumped on that yet). Also, a few more dyes for some of the furniture. When we (Cult of Koolaid) finally can get a Free Company house, I’ll figure out a different theme for my room there, but my little apartment will be exactly as imagined soon!