I’m writing this following the most recent Letter from the Producer LIVE, which was over the weekend. This one felt light on information to me, so I didn’t see much reason to do a full post on it. Most everything that will be in 4.2 is what we would expect, including two new dungeons, the next wing of the Omega raid, a new Trial, and new Allagan Tomestones. We did learn that the Forbidden Land of Eureka won’t be available until 4.25, which was news that I talked about over on Twitter, so I won’t rehash those thoughts here.
The biggest announcement in my mind was a glamour system overhaul, complete with a “Glamour Commode” (I have no idea what’s going on with that name) that will allow us to convert items into permanent “glamours,” which are then stored in the Commode to be used without taking up inventory space. It looks like there’s going to be a limit of 200 items stored in the Commode (so at best it will free up about one retainer for me, but that’s better than nothing). We’ll also be able to save up to 10 full glamour appearances (which we can apply with macros, allowing for job swap macros that also change glamours that could be used to have different glamours on shared gear). Glamour Prisms are also going to be condensed down to a single type of Prism (which suggests that the core of the Glamour system for items not in the Commode is going to stay more or less the same).
I’m honestly not especially excited about this on a personal level, though. The limit of 200 spaces in the Glamour Commode means it’ll do very little to lighten the load on my retainers, since I compulsively horde gear. I also keep things for new and alternate jobs, and since putting an item in the Commode destroys the item itself, I’ll only really be able to use it for things like Mog Station items and low level gear, which aren’t taking up a huge amount of space on my retainers to begin with. More effective inventory is still nice, of course, but the 200-item limit is going to mean that with enough time I’ll be right back at the same point I was before.
Outside of the Live Letter, I do have another glamour, which (probably unsurprisingly) revolves around Lyse’s Attire. I’m running out of roles to glamour it on, though, so I promise there won’t be too many more of these!
Glamour Components (Required Level: MNK/SAM 50)
Weapon: Nyepels Lux
Body: Scion Liberator’s Jacket
Hands: Replica Allagan Gauntlets of Striking (Dark Brown)
Legs: Scion Liberator’s Pantalettes
Feet: Saurian Boots of Striking (Dark Brown)
For this one, I actually wanted to mix things up a bit and only use the Jacket, so I originally started out working with the Ramie Trousers of Striking and the Warwolf Kecks of Striking, planning on using the Kirimu Sandals of Striking as I usually do with those two pieces. I couldn’t get a good color combination going for that thought, though. In the interest of being different, I then moved to trying to make the Arachne Shirt of Striking work with the Pantalettes instead, but colors proved to be an issue there, too.
That left me at a point where I needed a new Monk glamour still, and for lack of better options since my Monk is only 65, I decided to go with the core look of both the Jackets and the Pantalettes again. I wanted to at least find some different gloves and boots to work with, and the first thing that stood out to me were the Allagan Gauntlets. The gold on them works well alongside the gold buckles on the Jacket, and they work pretty well in Dark Brown (or a couple other shades of brown) alongside it.
From there I had to decide on boots, and the one thing I did know is that I didn’t want to use the Expeditioner’s Thighboots again, since I used them for the Bard version of Alahra’s Liberator look. Striking classes have access to an old favorite that happen to be just perfect alongside the Allagan Gauntlets, the Saurian Boots of Striking (Ninja has access to both pieces as well, so this look can work for a Scouting DPS, as well, honestly). The only real decision was which shade of brown to use, and the Saurian Boots looked best in Dark Brown to my eyes.
I elected not to go with any accessories for the head slot this time, since the Scintillant Circlet didn’t look right, and I was already using a pair of glasses for Ninja. I thought about the Augmented Temple Circlet a bit, but it didn’t dye in a friendly way, so that was out, and the best overall choice was to go with nothing, which is something I don’t do quite as often as I used to.
I think I like this one enough that I might end up leveling Monk a bit sometime soon, which wouldn’t be such a bad thing. I’ve wanted the Stormblood Monk Artifact Armor as far back as the Benchmark for the expansion but never been motivated enough to push through and get it. A good glamour is always motivation aplenty, though, so we’ll see if that gets me into gear!