I’ve been pretty focused on Bard and Scholar for a bit, but I’ve also taken a little time to experiment with other classes back at 60 while my S.O. experimented with which healer she wanted to take to 70. After trying out both Monk and Machinist, neither of which I felt good about, I decided to give Black Mage’s new Enochian mechanics a whirl. It took me awhile to get used to them, as I had a lot of muscle memory built up for the old Black Mage, but I knew pretty much right away that I was still going to enjoy the class. With the addition of Red Mage, I hadn’t really intended to revisit Black Mage anytime soon, but sometimes I surprise myself.
Once I was back into it, as something of a joke, I glamoured Alahra’s gear to match this glamour but in Pure White…and then I started thinking a lot about a version of my favorite Black Mage glamour in Pure White, too. I didn’t want to copy the glamour exactly, though I did run around with a simple color-swapped version for a little while before making a swap to the body piece to update the look.
Glamour Components (Required Level: BLM/RDM/SMN 60)
Head: Elegant Rimless Glasses
Body: Gryphonskin Breastguard (Pure White)
Hands: Star Velvet Long Gloves of Casting (Pure White)
Legs: Star Velvet Bottoms of Casting (Pure White)
Feet: High House Halfboots (Pure White)
The Hempen Camise worked fine, to be honest, but I like to keep things from getting too stale since I already re-use a lot of pieces (the Star Velvet Bottoms being a really common choice for my caster looks, of course). The Gryphonskin Breastguard is actually something I’ve never used—it’s one of those pieces that dyes in a two-tone way that makes it different to pair with other pieces (unless they share its dyeing pattern). The exception to that problem is when you dye the Breastguard Pure White; because of the way its dyeing channels work, you end up getting a uniform, single color for it.
Using the Breastguard also has the benefit of making this version of the look something you can only really do in Pure White (though I think Metallic Silver might also do the same thing, if you’re into that). Since the top goes black and grey in Jet Black, for example, it wouldn’t have worked with the original version of the look nearly as well. The Breastguard also has a sort of tribal feel to it, which suits the Star Velvet Bottoms much better than the Hempen Camise, which I’m pretty happy about.
Of course, there isn’t a lot to say about the rest of the pieces that I haven’t already said multiple times over, so I won’t drone on about them here (just about every level 60+ Caster glamour I’ve done for much of the last year has used at least one Star Velvet piece, after all). It’s probably enough to say that I’m really happy with this one, and while I don’t know if I’ll be actively leveling Black Mage any time soon, I can say with confidence that I’ll look good once I finally get around to it!