To conclude this recent set of Final Fantasy XIV seasonal articles I will be summarising the events of the Starlight Celebration 2017. So far in our seasonal celebration editions of Echoes of Eorzea, we have covered the lore surrounding the Starlight Celebration, past event artwork and rewards, music, holiday glamour, emotes, screenshot locations and a wide variety of event ideas. In this article, I will be walking you through the events that take place during the seasonal questline, along with highlighting the artwork and rewards for 2017.
Starlight Celebration 2017
For those who were holding out for a new Starlight glamour outfit, you will be sorely disappointed as this year there is not a single glamour item in sight. However, those of you eagerly anticipating the implementation of a large flying bear in a Starlight outfit are absolutely in luck!
This year’s reward has been greeted with a huge amount of happy squeals, and yet I can’t help but feel a little unnerved by the resemblance of a performing circus bear in a strange little waistcoat (which were notoriously treated poorly away from the spotlight). Several of the bears can be found dotted around Mih Khetto’s Amphitheatre in poses of begging, waving their paws (resembling a ‘stop’ gesture) and clapping on the spot. I believe these are here for the purposes of screenshots, but I can’t help but find them a tad unsettling.
Of course, the intentions are harmless so nevermind that! As always the folks at Final Fantasy XIV HQ have made sure to settle any misgivings that even the meanest of Starlight Scrooges may have by means of the new heartfelt and amusing seasonal story quest for 2017.
Starlight Celebration History
As with previous Starlight articles, I feel it’s important to make sure an explanation is included for what the basis of the Starlight story revolves around. Although each year we get a new seasonal story quest, the history remains the same and is interwoven in the past and present year’s events.
“The celebration is based upon the old Eorzean tale of the Ishgardian knights who took pity upon orphans suffering out in the bitter cold of winter. Against their orders, they wrapped the orphans in their crimson winter cloaks and brought them in from the cold to provide them with warmth and food. The captain of these knights had a snowy beard and is now known as the “Saint of Nymeia”. In years to come, those same orphans would show others the kindness once shown to them and this went on to create the tradition known as the Starlight Celebration.”
Throughout the years, the Starlight Celebration artwork has been gorgeous and seems to truly capture the essence of the in-game holiday season. It is an event that I personally look forward to, as it captures a little magic that perhaps gets lost somewhere along the way in the real world. When the artwork for the event comes out it strikes up excitement, interest, and speculation over what wonderful things are in store for the players.
The 2017 artwork has a semi-opaque background of Starlight Sentinels, ribbons and ornaments. In the mid-ground of the image there are two large Eorzean characters, a female Miqo’te (which I can only assume is either a Starlight celebrant or a representation of the player themselves) dressed in the Starlight Robe of 2016 and a young Hyur male named Taff who is dressed in the Cashmere Poncho, and holding on tight to one of the Starlight ornaments. In the foreground, we see Amh Garanjy (the celebrant we encountered in the 2016 Starlight quest “Naughty or Nice”), plus there is a host of Starlight bears surrounded by presents and the overjoyed children of the Starlight season.
The 2017 rewards not only feature the beloved Starlight Bear Horn, but also housing items such as Starlight Stew, Starlight Log, and the Starlight Gateway Orchestrion Roll. The highlight of these items, for me, has to be the stunning Starlight Sapling which sits on a tabletop, glistening and twinkling in all its glory, and also the Starlight Celebration Advertisement which is a wall poster depicting the original art of the 2013 Starlight Celebration. The Starlight Scrooge in me almost vanished when I saw that they had included this poster in the game because it’s my favorite of all the Starlight advertisement artwork, as it captures the history of the event so perfectly in one single image.
The event runs from December 15th until December 31st, and you may take the special seasonal quest at any point during this time.
“Amh Garanjy is recruiting adventurers at Mih Khetto’s Amphitheatre to help with the festivities. However, it seems trouble is afoot in Bentbranch Meadows. Will you volunteer to save the Starlight Celebration?”
The quest “Stars and Explosions and Bears, Oh My” begins at Mih Khettos Amphitheatre in Old Gridania (X:10.2 Y:9.1). The closest main aetheryte is New Gridania on your teleport menu, then use the main aetheryte to teleport to the Amphitheatre or run up the northern path just past the New Gridania aetheryte to take you to Old Gridania.
Upon meeting up with Amh Garanjy, we are asked to help her in making sure this year’s Starlight Celebration is a success. She informs us that, to her dismay, the plans for the celebration are being undermined and that several thefts have taken place involving the decorations. Amh and her associates have been tasked with the investigation, but they are terribly short staffed and thus we are asked to lend a hand.
We hasten to Bentbranch Meadows to speak with Baensaeld who will be aiding us with this investigation. Baensaeld appears to be the keeper of some very special performing bears and is able to converse with them. He informs you that the bears have been trained to throw starbursts. We are then asked to pick out one of the bears to aid us. Depending on which race you are, you will only be able to pick the corresponding size, so in the case of small Riri here, we had to choose Pferkad.
Along with your newfound companion, you are tasked with using the starbursts to spread joy in the Bentbranch vicinity. The local children are amazed and overjoyed with the starburst bomb throwing bear. Young Taff, however, is not so impressed with the display and yet appreciates the attempt to cheer him up (the bear also emotes a <whimper> which adds to my earlier misgivings). Taff explains that he is not having a good day and that no one will listen to his story regarding the trees being responsible for the theft of the decorations. Although Baensaeld laughs off Taff’s testimony (and we are given an amazing choice of quest dialogue here), the appearance of Godbe…I mean, the Saint of Nymeia appears and confirms the boy’s story in his usual jovial way.
The bears wish to lend their services once more to help investigate the thieving treants, who are disguised as Starlight trees, and find that they have indeed been running off with the precious Starlight decorations. To what purpose we will never know. We hasten south to Galvanth’s Spire to make ready the plans to attack the treants. Using the bear’s Starburst ability to stun them, we then take advantage of the moment and retrieve the previously stolen goods.
The player is required to take part in the special seasonal event FATE, “Bad Luck Comes in Trees”, along with their bear who is retrieved from the Starlight Bear Handler (x:25.0 y:28.0). The aim is to hit the trees with the bear’s Starburst ability (which you are still able to use once you obtain the permanent mount). The trees move in an erratic fashion and at varying speeds, so it’s best to try and predict their movement and ground target the Starburst ability ahead of the mob. Don’t forget to level sync!
On completing the FATE you are sent back to Taff at Bentbranch Meadows where he sincerely thanks us for our help and claims that we are Nymeia’s little helpers. After the events of the day, you have begun to understand bear speak through having such adventures with your companion. The bears convey their pleasure to fight alongside you and express their joy that the spirit of Starlight Celebration has returned to Bentbranch Meadows. Baensaeld also passes on his gratitude and hastens to return all the decorations back to their rightful place, with the help of his trusty band of bears.
Obtaining More Starlight Boxes
Completion of the seasonal FATE rewards EXP, Company Seals, Gil, and special Starlight Boxes, which are the currency for purchasing the seasonal event items mentioned above. The FATE is a repeatable event until the end of the Starlight Celebration period. You cannot use your own bear mount to complete this FATE as you will not receive any of the rewards. FATE bears may be obtained from the Starlight Bear Handler (x:25.0 y:28.0). Below you can find the list of all event items along with the quantity of Starlight Boxes you will need to purchase them.
There we have it, that completes our collection of Starlight Celebration themed articles for this year. I wish you all the very happiest winter season and hope that you enjoy all of the festivities that are to be had. Try not to consume too many Starlight Logs!
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