Though I’ve finished a few initial stages of the new Blades of Gunnhildr (for Dark Knight, Ninja, and Monk so far), I’ve not yet put a ton of time into creating glamours based around the new weapons just yet. I’ve gotten back into console games in a big way over the last year, and the last couple of weeks had me playing first a lot of the new Animal Crossing and then (to no one’s surprise I’m sure) Final Fantasy VII Remake. All of that has cut into time I would often spend on glamour, but I’ve still been fiddling with things here and there for the new weapons.
Though I would have naturally liked to have Dark Knight sorted out first of all since it’s my present main, Woebringer has been giving me some trouble (since it lends itself best to some pieces I’ve already used). So instead I turned my attention to Ninja’s Honeshirazu, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite Ninja weapons in FFXIV‘s history. The longer blades give Honeshirazu a really unique feel next to the job’s previous relics, and I love the sleek assassin vibes they give off. I’ve also been doing a lot of my day to day play on Ninja anyway (since the last piece I need from Anamnesis Anyder are the Scouting boots), so sorting out that glamour first felt proper.
Glamour Components (Requirements: NIN 80)
Head: Reading Glasses (Ul Brown)
Body: (Prototype) Gordian Corselet of Scouting
Hands: Gloves of the Ghost Thief
Legs: Shisui Kohakama of Scouting
Feet: Neo-Ishgardian Sollerets of Scouting (Jet Black)
Of course, like other base forms of Ninja relics, this one doesn’t have a ton of color to work with—it’s mostly blade with mostly white and black for a hilt—but there’s just a hint of a teal or turquoise cloth to work with. The particular shade, though, gave me trouble. The closest match I could find for the longest time belonged to Ninja’s Shisui set from Shisui of the Violet Tides, and there was no way I’d be glamouring the body piece for a glamour I needed to last a good long while.
After a lot of searching, I stumbled upon two other possibilities: the Gordian Corselet (which I ended up using, obviously) and surprisingly the Anamnesis Jacket of Scouting. I found the Gordian piece first, only to temporarily abandon it for the Anamnesis one instead. In the end, though, I couldn’t figure out a dye color for the Jacket that I liked, since just about everything seemed to clash with the more vivid turquoise of its leather. That made the Corselet much easier to work with when it came to other pieces in the look.
In searching for gloves, I knew I had to go with a shorter pair this time (since the main bit of the proper color on the Corselet is on the upper arms), which meant I couldn’t use the easy match of the Gordian Armguards. Not many solid options with gold exist for Ninja, but the long-forgotten Gloves of the Ghost Thief were collecting dust on my retainer for some reason or another. I’m not sure why I would have kept them, since they’re normally not the style of glove I shoot for, but since they’re perfect here, I’m going to have to thank my past self for that decision.
Below the waist, I decided to use the Shisui Kohakama mainly as a nod to the set I thought I was going to have to make work somehow. None of the turquoise is on display thanks to the Corselet, but the skirt does a decent job of matching the Corselet. For boots, I originally settled on using the Gordian Sabatons (which are what lead me to the Corselet in the first place), but after using them for a little while they seemed too heavy for Ninja. I slotted in the Ishgardian Thighboots next, but then I noticed the armored plating on the Neo-Ishgardian ones, which made for a much better fit instead.
It’s funny, though, because I strongly disliked Ninja’s Gordian Corselet back in Heaensward (Dragoon got my favorite of the bunch). The spikes on the pauldron drove me nuts back then, but something about the way it clicks with the Honeshirazu makes me forget about all of that. In an ideal world, of course, the spikes wouldn’t be there at all, but everything else has clicked together so well that I’ve been able to look past it. I actually think this one’s likely to last quite some time (especially since we aren’t likely to see any new gear for several months now)—but perhaps I’ll stumble upon something else that change my mind!