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{Notorious Monster}{Do you need it?}{Yes, please.}

Shikigami Weapon #3 didn’t go well. 😦 The kill was executed cleanly, don’t get me wrong. It was the drops that were off. Ryskar on BRD, Draykaden on NIN, Stabmegently on THF and I on SMN. Another Wind Crystal to show for our efforts at Shikigami Weapon. /sigh


Ryskar and I then accompanied Stabmegently to the Labyrinth of Onzozo to camp Mysticmaker Profblix for his Moldavite Earring (claimed by RMT BLMs…), and chanced upon an unclaimed Ose. A few minutes later, congratulations were in order for Stabmegently as Assault Jerkin dropped.


Since we were at Onzozo, we burned some time trying to get Soulstealer Skullnix to pop for his Kard dagger that my BRD could one day use. The bad luck continues as he decides not to drop a Kard. 😦


Crappy luck with drops, I know.. But all of this is made up for by the fact that on the next day, Stabmegently managed to claim Mysticmaker and got his Moldavite Earring, and also this happened…


Shikigami Weapon was uncontested though, so the claim wasn’t too stressful. This time, with Stabmegently on NIN, Ryskar still on BRD, and Kifimbo on RDM/RNG (i.e. no Treasure Hunter at all), Shikigami Weapon finally dropped my Yinyang Robe! Seriously, TH3 is like negative TH! >_< Going 1/4, I can finally scratch acquiring Yinyang Robe off my list of things to do! 🙂 Thanks to everyone who’s ever helped me out with Shikigami Weapon. Even though we might not have claimed, your help was still greatly appreciated!

Also, finally attained 8 more merits to pump into more Summoning Skill and max out Wind Blade. I’m wondering if maxed Summoning merits will give me enough magic accuracy to consistently use Wind Blade on Kirin instead of Nether Blast all the time…



Shikigami Weapon #2

Now with a flying Carbuncle! Went camping Shikigami Weapon again with Coejus (PLD/NIN), Ryskar (BRD/WHM) and Stabmegently (THF/RNG). Pictures say it all, really.


0/2. Yay.


Shikigami Weapon #1

Shikigami Weapon is a mob that drops Yinyang Robe, quite possibly the most well-rounded body piece a Summoner can wear. The robe is good for soloing, the best for -BP timers, and an Auto-Refresh effect that’s good for standing around in. The mob itself pops on a 21 hour window with a 15 min window, but pops Invisible and is only targettable after it aggros someone through magic. Naturally, it is camped pretty heavily by Summoners and their friends, especially after server maintenance.

Today, I dragged Coejus (PLD/NIN) and Myoha (THF/NIN) out to Ro’Maeve to camp him with me. Coejus got a friend, Mikkolindstrom (WHM/RNG), to come along, going /RNG for Wide Scan to identify the time of Shikigami’s actual popping. When the window opened, I started running up and down a corridor while channeling Reraise with Carbuncle out. This would aggro Shikigami Weapon if he popped, and Carbuncle would attack Shikigami Weapon as soon as he aggro’ed, which would claim him. This happened today against 20-odd other campers, and we managed to take Shikigami Weapon down!


Oh yeah, for a mob with such annoying claim conditions, it also does not drop the robe 100% of the time. I kinda feel responsible for this because I landed the kill-shot with Titan 😦 . Should’ve let Myoha land the last hit! >_< Oh well, that makes me officially 0/1 on Yinyang Robe. It’s a start! 🙂



So today I had this conversation with Jason, a friend who doesn’t play FFXI.

Me: Oh, good it’s 9.15pm and we’re leaving. I can be back by 10.30pm!
Jason: Why do you want to be home by 10.30pm?
Me: … Secret.
Jason: Say lah.
Me: (thinks for a while) I’m going home to look for a monster and kill it. In FFXI.
Jason: (a pause… then laughs)
Me: What?
Jason: You’re going home to kill a monster? Do you know how ridiculous it sounds?
Me: Um, no? I get my kicks from FFXI! Nothing wrong with that!
Jason: That’s like saying… that’s like saying you’re going home to bake a cake!
Me: … And that’s ridiculous how?

Then I told him about how it’s possible to make ice-cream in the game by killing a freeze bomb and using its arms as an ingredient. He went absolutely hysterical after that. Moral of the story? Don’t mix real-life with virtual life! 🙂


Quickie Update!

School’s been taking up a huge chunk of my time, so there’s little left for FFXI nowadays. But when I do get to play on the weekends, I go all out. 😀 Productivity is key! I’m also levelling BRD up for merits and utility. I tried camping Novv the Whitehearted once on a weekend, but a NPC-levelling 75MNK claimed him before I could. He did invite me to kill Novv and lot the coat if it dropped, but it only dropped a scroll of Curaga IV 😦 .

So after lectures today, I went back again on a whim, and was disappointed to see another NIN and WHM at Novv’s pop area, presumably camping Novv. I took my time and meleeCarby-meleeSMN’d one random Sahagin to death, and the next thing I know, a yellow-skinned Sahagin popped, and his name was unusually long. I fumbled with targetting it and spammed my Dia macro. To my surprise, Novv turned red and the NIN WHM duo didn’t even seem to move. Bad time to AFK maybe. 😦 I began to kite Novv towards a safer area, ready to Fenrir him to death, and suddenly I received a /tell from Nestor asking to PT. I thought, well, having one more person couldn’t hurt, so I invited him. Nestor turned out to be a THF! /joy. We beat Novv easily, and suddenly Yarr the Pearleyed popped, so we killed him too.


That pretty much sums up what I’ve been doing these days. Loquacious Earring Get (Tuufie thanks for the 6 coins! ^^)! CoP Missions complete! ToAU Missions complete! BRD AF1 weapon complete! (ok so it’s not a big deal >_<) Minstrel’s Coat Get! Note how I blew a crazy high lot on something Nestor would pass on. /sadpanda. But hey, Minstrel’s Coat Get! 🙂


OK, now that the good stuff’s out of the way, bitching time. Has anyone seen a 75WHM’s gear as bad as this one? This WHM came geared like this for CoP 8-2 to 8-4. I think nothing needs to be said about what’s wrong with that picture >_< That’s a Vermillion Cloak and Enfeebling Earring by the way, which makes everything so much more puzzling. We still managed to clear 8-2 to 8-4 though. During the 8-4 fight, this WHM even said: “mp -_-;”. ORLY? Maybe if you’d bought some MP gear you’d be able to cast more. >_<


For the weary

Eva Cassidy – Autumn Leaves

Eva Cassidy – Over the Rainbow

These two songs have been really good companions for those nights spent working on schoolwork after sets. So haunting yet comforting in the dead of the night.


“That is my Φιλοδοξία”

Φιλοδοξία’s the name of Raffles Hall’s Musical Production this year, meaning “ambition” in Greek. After 8 weeks of “having sets every night” (say this really really fast!) from 8pm – 12mn, all that work really paid off. The general agreement I get is that the sets looked fantastic, and the production as a whole was really awesome for something that was 8 weeks worth of effort. Completely exhausted, but very very happy that it all turned out rather well. I’m trying to summon more enthusiasm writing about it, but I’m really exhausted. >_< All I need to do now is catch up on a week’s worth of missed lectures and assignments and tutorials.. This week’s going to be a busy one it seems 😦 And another side-effect of Concert would be the immense strain it’s put on the mid-term tests. I’m just going to be satisfied with a pass in both tests, considering one of them had a question to which the answer was “Cannot be calculated from given information.” *grinds teeth* Why the question so meta one?!

And now that Concert is over, it’s time to focus on studies. Zhong Wei wants to make a pact to ensure that we all get onto the Dean’s List this semester, and it’s going to be one hell of an uphill task, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want that too. I’d use Concert commitments to account for poor results but that’d be such a cop out, so in following with the kinda-there-but-not-quite theme of Φιλοδοξία, that’s one short-term goal I’ll work towards this semester. Also, I’m going to exercise more now that nights are Sets-free. Them lipocytes are filling up fast, and it’s time for war! *shakes pudgy fist*

On a completely unrelated topic, I finally managed to drag myself to the doctor to get a new batch of medication for the good ol’ acne. It seems the doxycycline antibiotics aren’t all that hot at clearing up my special brand of acne, and I was prescribed isotretinoin! It’s supposed to be for severe acne cases, so I’m assuming it packs a hell of a punch and will finally fix this. The medication comes with an accompanying information booklet organized into 6 chapters and printed on what must be the highest quality heavy paper (mmhmm, it’s that sort of snooty drug) and it has all these hope-inducing pictures of people before-during-after isotretinoin treatment. But the medication’s not cheap. Urgh. Vanity, oh vanity, what price do I have to pay! $3.90 a tablet. That’s like two plates of chicken rice at the Science canteen! And that’s already the cheaper, generic version of the drug. 😦