The International version of Final Fantasy XII is perfect. It’s just absolutely amazing. There is nothing better. Larsa can be the party leader. I can die happy now.
My heart is very heavy. My father called me on a “bad day” to ask me the simple favor of sending him a new copy of a picture of Aeryk and I. I’ve never heard him like that. I’ve never experienced his illness so personally and it’s bloody scary. My father is dying and that’s never hit me where it hurts so much.
The first time I played this game I hated Penelo because she was bloody useless as a fighter and I couldn’t seem to find anything impressive for her to do. I hated Basch too because I was a teenager and teenage girls always go for Balthier because he’s a sexy, bad boy, sky pirate as opposed to the honor bound, blunt and honest knight? My seventeen year old mindset really would not have allowed me to choose otherwise.
This time, as I play a game originally released almost ten years ago, I find that I love Basch. He is so wonderfully put together and mature and he’s not running from anything, he’s committed to the vows he made to protect Ashe even when it means doing things and being with people he doesn’t like. I mean, Balthier is there for the profit and he spends the entire game running away from his past and his family. That man is NOT a good choice for a romantic interest. Don’t care if he’s hot and better groomed.
I hate Fran too. I used to idolize her just like I loved Lulu. I wanted to be the calm and collected black mage that stepped in and made shit right. But that character is really flawed. Fran is never a whole character even with all the backstory and quest line involving her. And frankly, her stats suck and she’s partnered with Balthier, the aforementioned runaway. What the hell?
I still don’t like Ashe. And I’ve always wanted Vaan to disappear. It’s a pity they made him the main character and not Basch. Square Enix, you need some new priorities.
Oh, but then there’s Penelo who I adore. She’s my best mage for starters and besides Basch she’s the only character who’s completely sincere. She’s there because Vaan is and because she really believes that putting Ashe on the Dalmascan throne will be good for all the people she cares about. This sixteen year old girl has the ability to perfectly tread the line between being too selfless and being too selfish. Not to mention the fact that she’s practical, kind, loving, and completely honest.
Oh, and I love Larsa because who wouldn’t?
Vossler should have been a bangaa. And less of an asshole but that’s beside the point.
Taking little steps to vegan, once again. I read that book again and the descriptions of all the antibiotics and added hormones and generally disgusting things that I don’t want to eat that are in mass produced meat, dairy, and eggs make me want to gag a bit. Also, this book does their citations really well and I’ve been trying to cross reference a lot of their claims. The B12 in blue-green algae thing is mostly myth as far as I’ve been able to find.
I may also offer a fast of some kind soon. The Nineteen Day Fast is coming up in March but I sort of want to have a personal one for my spiritual growth and the growth of the neighborhoods that we’re working in. I’m reading the Kitab-i-Aqdas again and I’d completely spaced on personal fasts.