While we’ve got no official statement on the matter, it definitely seems like there’s a deliberate effort on the part of Square Enix to more frequently update the Mog Station with new gear sets—we’ve gotten four sets in just about four months now, with the latest being the Scion Liberator’s (Lyse’s) Attire, just released last night. I’d been looking forward to this one since the beginning of Stormblood, so without further ado, here’s the Fashion Ninjutsu review!
As with all of the “important NPC” sets on the Mog Station, the Scion Liberator’s Attire is purchased as a bundle (for $12 USD). This one contains five items: a Scion Liberator’s Jacket, Fingerless Gloves, Pantalettes, Sabatons, and (uniquely among Scion sets) Earrings. Much like all the rest of these sets, this one is gender-locked to female characters only, matching Lyse’s gender in game. That’s unfortunate, as there’s nothing specifically feminine about the set really (nor has there been with most of the other NPC sets, but Square Enix seems to hate breaking precedent). Lyse’s gear is non-dyeable, much like most of the other Scion sets (though some of the first offerings did include some dyeable pieces). Though we don’t get a hairstyle with this one (as was the case with the Lord Commander’s Attire or Y’shtola’s Modish Attire), that’s reflected in the $12 price point, which is lower than the $18 for many of the other Scion sets.
There are no significant clipping issues for tails on the set. The Jacket does extend out a bit from the waist, so it clips in a minor way, but it’s not very noticeable compared to the likes of the Fuga Haori. There will almost certainly be some hair clipping issues with longer styles because of the Jacket’s wide collar and the hood on the back, so the set will work best with shorter styles. Outside of potential issues with hairstyles, the set seems to be modeled pretty well, and I haven’t noticed any oddities with it.
When it comes to the individual pieces, all of them are likely to have a lot of glamour potential, even if they aren’t dyeable. We don’t have many tops like the Jacket, and the Fingerless Gloves and Pantalettes offer variations on common themes that are pretty flexible. While the Sabatons are, as far as I can tell, simply a palette swap of the common Sabatons available to tanks, these have a couple advantages. They’re equippable by all jobs, which opens up their use to non-tanks (with the only other Sabatons available to non-tanks being exclusive to those prescient few Legacy members who kept a few pieces of 1.0-only gear). Also of note is that, while the Sabatons aren’t dyeable, their color is unique because the normal Sabatons typically lose their metallic reflections when dyed, so if you want a red pair that still looks like metal, these are your best bet!
While it’s disappointing that we don’t get Lyse’s hairstyle with this set, the fact that the set’s cheaper than most of the other Scion sets makes up for that. If I had to guess, we’ll see Lyse’s hairstyle included with her other Stormblood outfit that she’s currently wearing in the Main Scenario (the flowing one from the opening cinematic). That’s a bit unfortunate in its own way (since if you want the full look you’ll probably have to buy both sets), but it doesn’t take away from the nice price point for this set considering the number of well-modeled, usable pieces that it includes.
Personally, I think I’ll find a lot of use from the Jacket and the Pantalettes. Red and white are two of my most-used colors for glamours already, so I can see them working for a lot of things I already commonly use, like the Griffin Leather Bracers of Striking and the Scion Healer’s Highboots. The set also offers more sporty looks to casters, healers, and tanks, and I think I’ll end up playing around with it for just about every role because of that.
Overall, I’d say this set is well worth the $12 and probably a better buy than Y’shtola’s Modish Attire (which is pricey at $18, containing only three pieces, one of which is a literal copy of an older event model). The lower price point also means that if you’re only after a single piece from the set, it’s less painful (unlike paying $18 for the Scion Healer’s Highboots, for instance). The set only really suffers from a problem common to just about all of the NPC Attire sets in that it’s not dyeable (and given that these are premium items, they really should be dyeable, especially to match most of the various Final Fantasy character sets mostly attained through Veteran Rewards). Given the lower price point, the lack of dyeability stings less than it does for the other sets, though.
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