Patrons Only Spotlight #4: Black Mage

For these Patron Only spotlights, I seem to have hit a bit of a trend: other than the very first one (for tanks), every one since has been a job-specific glamour. I suppose that’s because I never got a good opportunity to play around with the Artifact sets from Heavensward, and having an external influence (that would be my wonderful Patrons) on my glamour choices has gotten me to think outside the box and seek out pieces I might not normally use.

This time, with Casters being the winner of last month’s poll for the next Patron Only glamour, I knew almost immediately I wanted to do something for Black Mage, as I was actually quite fond of their Heavensward Artifact Armor but had only ever played around with the Goetia Gloves and Goetia Thighboots. Back when the gear was relevant, I was playing Black Mage more as a curiosity, and I didn’t get serious enough about it to ever justify picking up the body and legs from the set. I got both in preparation for this glamour but waited until after 4.1 dropped to see if something new would catch my fancy instead.

Nothing jumped out at me for Casters in the Patch, so I spent some time every day this last week experimenting with the other Goetia pieces, and here’s where I ended up:

 

Glamour Components (Required Level: BLM 60)
Head: Elegant Rimless Glasses (Jet Black)
Body: Miqo’te Separates (Jet Black)
Hands: Miqo’te Gloves (Jet Black)
Legs: Goetia Chausses (Jet Black)
Feet: Expeditioner’s Thighboots (Jet Black)

I’ve had the Goetia Chausses in the back of my mind for ages now, as they’re one of the few examples we’ve got of pants that are low-cut in the waist (with the various Dreadwyrm legs being the other main ones). They proved to be a lot trickier to work with than I would have imagined, though! I started out figuring I’d use the Field Commander’s Boots, since they have bits of brown to key off of the belt on the Chausses, but something about them felt off to me, and I had quite a time trying to find a pair of gloves to work alongside them, too.

The fact that the Chausses dye somewhat poorly made things a lot more complicated, too: they two-tone, which greatly limited the colors I could use for them. Of course, black isn’t exactly a bad color for Alahra, but that did preclude me from using what I would have preferred for a body piece, the Gryphonskin Breastguard. Because the two pieces don’t two-tone in the same way, they’re incompatible, which is pretty disappointing. I knew I wanted something that would show off the waist on the Chausses, of course, so there weren’t a lot of options I had after my first choice proved a poor one.

The Separates proved the best choice, since they also sport some leather as well, but boots and gloves were still eluding me. The Goetia ones didn’t seem to pair in a good way with the Separates, and the Star Velvet Long Gloves felt like the wrong style for what was otherwise kind of a “sporty” look. The Expeditioner’s boots weren’t exactly what I wanted, but they were the best I could find, and strangely, the puffy Miqo’te Gloves worked well in the end, probably because I was already using the Separates.

I haven’t gotten a chance to see this one in action yet (since I’ve been focusing on Dark Knight for my current leveling project), but I like it enough that it’s likely to survive for quite a while once I get to leveling Black Mage again. That does it I think for this month’s Patron Spotlight: don’t forget to vote for November’s! As of writing, Aiming and Fending are tied, so things are currently a toss-up!

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