On this very same day, 24th of October 2010, I started my Journey in Eorzea.
This was the very first picture I took! I felt quite nostalgic yesterday in seeing the photos of my old Adventures!
At that time, I was heavily injured in the real world, could barely walk, not much hope from docs.
It’s said that when you have very little, you learn to appreciate more of everything.
I guess that’s why I was one of the few adventurers who loved Eorzea from the beginning. When that world was still flawed, I could see the beauty in it... probably because I was flawed, too!
The world of Eorzea kept me company at that time. All the explorations, the challenges, the Adventures, the friends met.
I remember them all. I remember Miqo’te Chocco, my walk friend Hyur Barossyu, my landscape Elezen friend Yatsukahagi, the Lalafell Terumi and her events with the great Japanese community, and... well, so many.
I made this video a long time ago, they’re almost all there!
And... I remember my Roegadyn friend Leonhart Arthur. The last time I heard of him, he had a serious illness. My sincere hope that he and all the other friends of the past, wherever they are, they’re in peace.
This picture was done by Lalafell Shelldy for one of our community events! I think we were in Gridania...
In 2013, my determination made me rise again. I managed to heal my body as best as I could, I could learn a wonderful job from the ground up, and finally started to travel.
I unexpectedly healed my body so well, that I could develop a passion for hiking and mountain climbing! I learned to sail a boat and the passion for exploration which I discovered in Eorzea exploded in the real world as well!
Additionally, the love I discovered in the real world for traveling by sail boat, a couple of years ago made me resume being a Fisher in Eorzea as well, a Job I had to let go in the past years due to limited time. Hah, so many explorations as a Fisher in the old Eorzea: I remember where exploration was really thrilling and after avoiding Doomvoid Guivres and their Caudal Spine I reached Proud Creek, a hidden place so many years ago. Great memories!
Or when I discovered Gwyr-Aen in Coerthas, wondering how Ishgard would look from the inside...
I’m absolutely sure that the love for those Adventures in the virtual world back when I couldn’t do them in the real world, positively conditioned me. As that was my true nature!
After 2013 I started living again my Adventures in the real world, but I never forgot about Eorzea.
When I was in a dangerous situation up in a mountain or lost in the deep woods, I was always smiling, even the times where I risked to fall from cliffs, aware that I could not use Return!
When in Nature, when I’m near the trees, in front of the sea, I’m always in my habitat, I’m always happy.
And when on a boat onward the Azores Islands, I remember once when I put “Borderless” as music as I was looking at the horizon from the bow, and felt like flying for real.
Of course, some things in the real world are prohibited, like wearing a Subligar in the street. /sigh
Gosh, I remember that day when I discovered the Subligar in Eorzea...! I was trying a new strong equipment in La Noscea, and that was it! The Subligar Surprise! Too bad no new Subligaria were added anymore... nor the Legendary Golden Subligar I’ve been craving to find for years... So I became G.S.O, Great Subliman Onizuka!
When I could, I always returned to Eorzea. In difficult moments, Eorzea was there to relax me. This year as well, when I was forced to stop traveling and stop the research I was doing.
When I resumed it, I used all my energy for a dream of so long time ago, a dream that I also had in Eorzea, but could not fulfill there: Buy my house by the beloved sea.
Yes, in Eorzea I’ve also always wanted to buy a house near my dear Limsa Lominsa (Navigator’s Glory will always be my theme for that city!), but since I could not guarantee to come back every 3 months, I could never do that.
I managed to find a certain house in the *real* world, though.
And for a coincidence... the setting of this village is extreeemely similar to Mist!!! Except not so white, but the landscape is very very similar.
And for another coincidence, the (former) owner chose today, THIS very day of my Anniversary in Eorzea, as the day to sign the contract.
I’ve journeyed so much in the past years. Saw beautiful landscapes, different cultures, so much art. Now that I finally found “my place”, I think I’ll settle down for a while...
Fulfilling a dream is something of incredible difficulty, far harder than any wish. Today is really a Great day for me.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t be there and had to do everything from distance, as just a few days ago I tested positive to the COVID virus. Something that not even as a level 80 Alchemist I can fix...! If the quite aggressive symptoms do not pass, I’ll be forced to go to the Hospital Instanced Raid, a truly hellish place. I’m doing my best to heal. But I’m glad that, no matter what, now I have my House of Dreams.
Yet, there may be a downside: living in a house by the sea is pure beauty, but internet connection is a problem, particularly for this place.
I’ll be very happy when I’ll finish prepare the house and have that as my home base... but I’ll surely miss Eorzea, if I will not be able to come back every now and then. And Miqo’tes too... Sigh, I would miss to spy... I mean, to meet Miqo’tes.
I already did some connection tests and will do everything I can to have Eorzea exist there, too.
Just in case I will not be able to return, and to make preparations for relocation, I returned in this virtual world a few days ago. I was so happy that now I could fly in the areas that I loved from the start! I remember when they said it would never be possible... but now they made it!!!
I spoke with the remaining friends from the past, still adventuring in this world. Thanks to Aya, Muller and Opa, who also cheered for me as I was searching for my house and fighting the Level 99 Notorious Monster Burocracy. We managed to catch up and Adventure together once again this evening. I resumed my old Crafter's Outfit for the occasion!
I made this huge post to express my deep gratitude to the creators of Eorzea and to the following improvements and expansion of this world.
The Adventurer’s Spirit that I discovered here, when in the real world I could not express it, helped me to understand that, when I was able to walk and climb again, sail magnificent seas, challenge cliffs and forests... real life can also be a wonderful Adventure! And that Spirit I discovered as an injured young man in a game world became a part of me and still is in my daily life.
I wish this message could reach the development team somehow... and my friends of the past Eorzea. Wherever you are, you’re in my thoughts and in my prayers. I’ll always hope to see you again one day. And Adventure together once more.
Thank you truly.