FF14: The Maidens Lament
One of my favorite parts and dungeons of Final Fantasy 14: A Real Reborn. This plays in a few different areas but you’re likely to hear it for the first time in Haukke Manor. The dungeon itself is wonderfully themed and the story surrounding it is excellent. Admittedly I am a bit biased here since I have a lot of good memories tied to this place. Around this time I joined a proper Free Company that actually cared to play the game with me. My first Free company was the kind that aggressively recruits and blasts their name every 10 seconds in any aetheryte plaza. If you didn’t have a company, they would invite you unsolicited which is how I unintentionally joined this group. Basically they were akin to an MLM, an ever persistent pain in the ass.
Anyway I bailed around the time I got to Haukke Manor. I ended up meeting some amazing people on my first run. It was the first time I had really connected with anyone in the game. We hit it off so well that I got invited to join Their Free Company, which I did in a heartbeat. We would grind it out until level 32 and proceed with the MSQ. Eventually we would return to run the Manor for Fine Wax drops, back when it could be worth millions on the Market Board. It became a bit of a race to see who could get there first and who would be lucky enough to actually get the drop. Of course a share of any proceeds went into the free company chest, which was open to most everyone after a brief trial period. A lot of time spent and a lot of fun had. Today many of these players have “left” the game and the Free Company is no more. I keep up with a few of the other members off game; I often wonder how everyone else is doing. I can only hope they’re doing well. These days when I get a slot on my wondrous trials for a lvl1-49 dungeon I’ll run Haukke Manor. Not for the wax, but just to stroll down the halls. I take it all in and for a brief moment, those feelings of friendship and the joy of comradery are rekindled within me. Though I roam the halls alone for now, I am grateful to have had such a wonderful experience with such wonderful people.