The hills are alive with the sound of bells and laughter as the ever-popular Valentione's Day draws near.
To learn all about the holiday and what it means to Eorzeans everywhere, continue reading!
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Currently observed throughout Eorzea, Valentione's Day was originally established to pay tribute to Countess Arabelle de Valentione of Ishgard—a remarkable woman who exhibited unparalleled courage in her quest for true love. In present day, it has become an occasion on which people express feelings of love and gratitude to those most important in their lives. This is commonly done via the exchange of simple chocolate bon-bons crafted specially by the giver.
While in recent years there have been complaints that the true spirit of the day has been grossly perverted—now little more than a marketing ploy conjured up by the Culinarians' Guild and the Company of Eorzean Kukuru Growers to increase sales of their products—this does not take away from the fact that countless people across the realm use this tradition to bring happiness to others. And isn't that what the countess would have wanted?
House Valentione Coat-of-Arms
From midnight on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 to 6:59 a.m. on Tuesday, February 15 (PST).
How to Participate
Compared to most popular Eorzean festivals, Valentione's Day can seem fairly low-key. While some celebrations feature city-wide parades, lavish decorations, and various other manners of bacchanalian revelry, Valentione's Day is truly more about an individual's quest to muster the courage to conquer his own fears of rejection. It is for this reason the realm does not see any dramatic changes for the duration of the festivities. This, however, does not mean people are on their own in preparing for the holiday. City-states provide free portions of powdered sugar—a rare sweetener imported from far-away lands to the south, and usually only reserved for the noble classes—with which Valentione chocolates are created. To receive a pinch, citizens need only ring one of the many special bells erected in convenient locations within Limsa Lominsa, Gridania, and Ul'dah.
Each year, there are those who feel inclined to bring attention to the fact that these bells closely resemble those used during other festivals, such as the recent starlight celebration. It is unfortunate that these people must concentrate on the negative when the true meaning behind Valentione's Day is about expressing gratitude to a fellow friend or companion—something that should not require unnecessary displays of extravagance.
Limsa Lominsa (Upper Decks/Lower Decks)
Ul'dah (Merchant Strip/Hustings Strip)
Powdered sugar can be received once every eight hours (earth time), starting the first time a bell is rung. Up to six servings of the ingredient will be stored for each person in the event that periodical returns to the bell prove difficult.
Making a Valentione's Day Treat
Chocolate is a popular gift given during the Valentione's Day celebration. The two most common recipes used are as follows:
"Courage Begets Love"
The heart-shaped escutcheon used in her house's coat-of-arms was added after the death of Countess Arabelle, in remembrance of the similarly shaped shield she oft carried into battle.
As Valentione's Day became more popular, the story of Countess Arabelle and her crimson shield became more and more widespread, in turn, transforming the shield into a symbol of fortune and happiness. Two centuries ago, the Culinarians' Guild was finally successful in obtaining permission from the House Valentione to use a representation of the coat-of-arms on their festive chocolates.
|Heart Chocolate||Culinarian (lv.1–10)||Bubble Chocolate ×3, Powdered Sugar ×1|
|White Chocolate||Culinarian (lv.1–10)||Pearl Chocolate ×3, Powdered Sugar ×1|
Come on now. SE has always added holiday events. so what if its small this year, the ones in XI wern't very big to start off with either and for everyone mad about a few lv 10 heart shaped cakes do you not remember how many people in XI ran around with them in bazzars? Obviously introducing heart cakes is something at least the female base such as myself enjoys.
As stated above, SE doesn't want to add things very much until things are fixed. that should make you happy. Furthermore throwing something like valentines in a year later would severely mess up people who RP lore and things about the game.
Can we please stop trying to whine about making this game into two other games and let it be XIV? please?
Edited, Jan 31st 2011 7:10pm by Unripeapple
"Each year, there are those who feel inclined to bring attention to the fact that these bells closely resemble those used during other festivals, such as the recent starlight celebration. It is unfortunate that these people must concentrate on the negative when the true meaning behind Valentione's Day is about expressing gratitude to a fellow friend or companionâ€”something that should not require unnecessary displays of extravagance." -Lodestone
So yeah, OLD Dev event and a placeholder until the new team makes the changes they want to make. Also explains why the events Christmas-New Years-Valentiones each seems progressively less-thought out...this is just the very rough draft of what this holiday is about in Eorzea. Next year, it will be more fun and involve more storline and world lore I'm sure.
You might try adding your ideas and suggestions. Crying achieves nothing.
Happy Valentine's everyone :)
Edited, Jan 26th 2011 9:20pm by Aernheart
Edited, Jan 26th 2011 9:21pm by Aernheart
Or to be more exact this is not the full scale version of this event. Yes we should all get used to the bells showing up here and there, but any event between now and Yoshi-P completed plan should be viewed as placeholders.
FFXIV's event schedule will/should resemble FFXI's so that's
New Year's Event
Why isn't there more stuff to do? They are working on the next update. Yoshi-P already made it clear he's not interested in adding content until the UI is improved so that people can enjoy it.
Why'd they bother? Because it's easier to put a holiday into the lore beginning then to magically add one later. Call it a continuity thing.
Edited, Jun 27th 2014 2:28pm by DoctorSneaky
Edited, Jun 27th 2014 2:28pm by DoctorSneaky
It's amazing how people consistently read and comprehend only the things they wish to read and comprehend. SE has already stated, in conjunction with it's previous Player Poll that had a large number of the player base ready to accept "drastic" changes to the game, that there will be no sort of data dump along with those changes. Ergo, anyone creating a character, or anyone working on one now.. particularly those that are already r50 on a job class, don't have to worry about suddenly losing all of their progress.
I'm certain that if that possibility still loomed in the back of player's minds, there would be a whole lot less people even bothering to log on.
As for the rest of you.. give it a rest. We all know that the game had faults when it was released and that it wasn't really ready for the launch. The point is the development team is working on fixing things. I find it hard to believe that anyone that isn't a pure troll could step up to the forums here and complain about a run-of-the-mill, no thought process required Valentione's event and magically read between the lines that their effort on the event reflects negatively on their pride in this game and the changes they plan to make.
Odds are, as others have already said, the event is not complete because they have their hands tied with more important work.
Give the devs a break, for Christ's sake! They're doing as much as they can as fast as they can and I, for one, am quite satisfied with the progress they have made thus far and intend to stay with FFXIV as long as they keep up the good progress.
Geesh, if you hate this game so audaciously for the love of God quit reading blogs about it.
Edited, Jan 25th 2011 9:14am by Razzazzika
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