Patrons Only Spotlight #17: Striking DPS

My Samurai’s been overdue for a new glamour for a little while now. As with many other jobs, I’d long defaulted to using Nezha Lady’s pieces for it, and with my Ninja glamour now finally moving away from it, I want to get the rest of my looks to do the same. I’ve not really decided where I’ll be going in general, but with the Shadowbringers announcement and a Dark Knight “canon” Warrior or Light (or Darkness?), I think I might actually move toward more blacks in Alahra’s glamours, because I’m a bit of a dork. I didn’t arrive at that conclusion until I was well into trying out various things for a new glamour, though.

When I sat down to start planning, my first thought was to do one of my two normal things, a glamour in red and black or Pure White (and black, of course), guided by now nice the Sky Pirate’s Jacket of Striking looks in both of those color schemes. I’d used the Scouting version of the Jacket a couple times, but I’d never found a use for the Striking one and decided I ought to change that. After a pair of glamour sessions over as many days, I couldn’t really find anything I liked that wasn’t more or less the same glamour as what I had previously done for Ninja, though, which sent me back to the drawing board.

Glamour Components (Required Level: MNK/SAM 62)
Weapon: Halonic Friar's Katana
Head: Elegant Rimless Glasses (Metallic Gold)
Body: Augmented Shire Pankratiast's Jacket (Jet Black)
Hands: (Prototype) Gordian Gauntlets of Striking
Legs: Makai Manhandler's Quartertights (Jet Black)
Feet: Gyuki Leather Highboots of Striking 

Browsing through my retainers, the Gordian Gauntlets caught my eye. I’ve been a fan of their model for a very long time, though I never got enough pages to get any of the dyeable versions from Gordias Savage (I’ve got a few in my inventory somewhere, I think, though, and I should really get together a group to go farm them up at some point!). The Aiming and Scouting versions have default color schemes that are hard to play with, but the Striking ones are mostly black and gold, which is probably my third favorite two color pairing for Alahra.

From there I had to find something suitable to go with the gauntlets. I didn’t want to go too light, since the Gauntlets are fairly heavy, which ruled out a number of the best options in the proper color scheme. Neither of the Allagan Striking bodies really meshed with the Gauntlets, so I ended up settling on the Pankratiast’s Jacket, which is somewhat heavier than other options and also has plenty of the requisite gold. The Gauntlets work particularly well with the Jacket, too, since they don’t actually clip through the leather on the one shoulder, which is always a risk with longer arm pieces.

For boots in gold and black, there weren’t a great many choices, since most of the good ones are black and silver instead. The Gordian Sabatons felt like they were too heavy to really justify for a Striking job, so I ended up with the Gyuki Highboots as the best choice. They’re not a perfect fit, but they’re simple enough that they can work with most anything without ruining things. They did influence my choice of leg armor, though. Contrary to my normal, I actually started out with a plan to use pants of some kind, but with the wide cuffs on the Highboots, I couldn’t find a pair that looked right to me. So, it was back to the Makai Quartertights, dyed Jet Black to mute their normal sheen, which stood out pretty glaringly.

As always, glasses were a final touch. I looked for other options, since I actually wanted something a little heavier, like a faceguard, which seemed more appropriate to use alongside the Gordian Gauntlets. I couldn’t find anything that didn’t bother me, though, and went back to my default mostly because Alahra just looks strange to me without her spectacles most of the time. I might have to change her hair style if I’m ever going to find other options for headgear, I suppose, but at least so far I’ve not found any that fit her better than Minfillia’s!

And as always, since this one’s for all of you: thanks for your continued support of the site! You’ve made it a lot easier to keep this blog going, and I’m ever grateful!

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