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Below are the 20 most recent journal entries recorded in Final Fantasy XI Bards' LiveJournal:

Wednesday, March 29th, 2006
5:07 am
Hey everyone, I've just recently achieved level 75 in the Bard job! Just thought I'd pop in to say hi to everyone! I know this community is kinda dead, but hi anyway! :P
Saturday, June 18th, 2005
3:07 pm
Cashmere source #2... confirmed
So it seems its confirmed that no longer do bards everywhere have to beg and plead with their LSes to "omg plz plz plz can we kill vrtra?? T.T"

Leaked yesterday on KillingIfrit was the following information: cashmere thread can be obtained by desynthing Femina subligar (bought from an NPC in Tavnazia after you've completed CoP chapter 3 for 8 million gil).

Personally, I am thrilled. This means that after I complete saving for the gear that I am currently saving for (other sha'ir pieces, HQ staves, some other assorted goodies) I can spend the rest of my time ingame saving for 8+mil and asking one of my clothcrafting friends to take a gamble and desynth a subligar for me. My HNMls isn't quite to the point that we can fight wyrms (we mostly do sky and some random ground HNMs) and imo Vrtra is pretty far out of our reach. But we have 4 bards... all who want manteels. Now we have a semi-achieveable way to get what we need so we can have our JSE as well.

I've long since been an advocate for another way to get cashmere. I mean, shining cloth drops from practically every mob under the sun (okay 4 HNMs... and now it can be gotten through desynthesis) and a few other JSE's can get their pieces from ENMs and such... I always thought it was really sucky that bards got dicked out of their JSE body unless they were in an uber HNMls.

Not everyone wants to be in an HNMls... but does that mean they shouldn't at some point have the chance to obtain their JSE? I understand the smattering of Vrtra Vanquishers out there are a little miffed... but you're not losing anything. You still get your title and hell... maybe now you can make a nice chunk of money off Vrtra as well.

I understand why some people are pissed... but I think this is a huge thrill for every career bard out there. JSE body is no longer a pipe dream... with enough time and saving and luck (like everything else in this game) you might be able to get your manteel. Why is that such a bad thing...?

Current Mood: blah
Sunday, May 22nd, 2005
1:10 am
Maat = Mashed
Decided on a whim to try to kill him even though I'm not 70.

Cermet Sword +1, Elegant Shield
Blink Band/Carapace Helm
Opo-opo necklace/Spike Necklace
Melody x 2
Carapace Body
AF Hands
Phalanx Rings x 2
Jester's Cape
Gleeman's Belt
AF Pants
AF Shoes
Tavnazian Taco, Reraise Scroll, Sleeping Potions x 4, Pamama Au Lait, Pineapple Juice, 1 X-Potion, 15 Hi-Potions, Icarus Wing

Went in, used reraise scroll, slept to 100% TP. Used Blink Band, 2 Houred, Sang Paeon IV and Minuet IV, ate au lait and juice, and then opened with Elegy. Cast Requiem VI and Finale, then used Spirits Within. Melee'd and used Hi-Potions as needed (never dropped below 550 HP). Got 100 TP, Used Spirits again. Resang Paeon IV and sang Paeon III. Used Icarus Wing and Spirits Within'd again. Then melee'd and he... he gave up! I had about 200 HP left on him. I lucked out- the only WS he used were tackle and combo.

7 min 21 sec... about the same time it takes me to do ENM60 Pulling the Strings (which I totally am happy I did it 5 times and got my basic strat down cold).

I really can't believe it. I'm still in shock.

Another Bard, headed down the road to 75!!

Current Mood: shocked
Monday, April 25th, 2005
11:05 am

Finally got it on Saturday night!! :D

Current Mood: accomplished
Saturday, April 23rd, 2005
5:47 pm
No JSE Ring dropped, but fun and easy never the less.

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Thursday, March 17th, 2005
2:44 am
Tips on Fenrir?
I went to help out a friend try to get his Fenrir tonight. I'm kinda low level, but I had a bauble, and a crumhorn+1... and they needed a bard.

Nin/War, Brd/Whm, 4x Smn/Whm

Not sure what I did, but I got more hate than the Nin (who PROVOKED) and got hit twice... once for ~600, and then again for 764. o_O I went down first and watched the battle with my face in the dirt.

They were doing well, but the hate got messed up because the Nin didn't voke first. It was hard to hit everyone with Dark Carol and Ballad II because they were kinda running all over (nothing like making an already nervous bard want to cry, lol).

Does anyone here have any experience against the big purple wolfie they care to pass on? I'd like to not feel like such a gimp if they let me come along again tomorrow night. :\

What a rush though... haven't been that nervous since the very first Steamed Sprouts battle I ever did, lol.

Current Mood: silly
Wednesday, March 16th, 2005
10:08 pm
Just found this community today. I'm a 75 Bard on the Fairy server and normally frequent the finalfantasy11 community. Pleased to make this community's acquaintance.

Current Mood: calm
7:49 am
This community seems kinda dead, but I figured I'd make a post anyway. ^^ Here's just a picture of me and a couple of bard friends.

Spoony bards ahead!Collapse )

And... yep. That's all. Happy bard-ing, everyone! :D

Current Mood: calm
Monday, March 14th, 2005
6:15 pm
Dumb ? from a Non Bard
OK i am a 72 RDM i just need to know something. Why do Bards want an Opo Opo Crown? Doesnt it have a -7Chr stat? Is there a Hidden Effect? Plz Enlighten me ty all

72RDM - Bismarck
Thursday, December 30th, 2004
4:37 am

i got my opoopo crown last week, and ive been enjoying it so much i just had time to post about it ^^/

so how are all the bards in this community doing? no one hardly posts anymore ;_;

i have been leveling slow, mostly because i am dedicated to my perma members that i have been with since lvl 40.. some of them left to try out WoW a few days ago. so now my bardness is on hold at lv66... holy cow i just realized, i have only gained 8 levels since i last posted in august!!! ~.~;
i think i must be the slowest leveling bard ever, but i cant see any point in being high level without my friends there =/

oh well^^ take care bardy people ^^/

Current Mood: awake
Wednesday, October 20th, 2004
7:33 pm
Tuesday, October 12th, 2004
11:43 am
icon XD
Say hello to my new bard icon!! ^_^

If you want it, feel free to take it, just make sure to credit me, mediagoddess, in the keywords. ^^

Bard LJ icon

Current Mood: geeky
Monday, October 4th, 2004
10:03 am
Hi, I recently joined this group. ^_^ Nice to meet you.
I play a Tarutaru BRD62/WHM31 on the Phoenix Server. I'm really depressed of getting an invite 5 mins after I change job. ; ; So I mostly walk around /anon. Umm... I'm trying to have the best equipment on me all the time... but there are some stuff that I don't have yet. Don't really know if they're needed or not. I don't have the Etude Harp, Carol Horn, Finale Harp and Paeon Harp... any thoughts about this? (I can add that I don't use a Monster Signa (I use Apollon Staff).)

Some questions though.
At level 64, my whm sub will be level 32. And will therefore have access to Erase. Will people expect me to have Erase as a level 64 Bard?
I will be learning Logical and Sage Etude quite soon too. Will the mages in my party want to have them or would they rather have Ballad I and Ballad II?

Poke Tykkaru if you see him ^_^
Tuesday, September 14th, 2004
12:19 pm
Hiya! I've just joined and wanted to say hello. I'm a level 55 Bard (36 White Mage) on Bismarck.

I'm not 75 yet, but I feel I'm fairly compotent in terms of discussing the jobs finer points and traits. I'm also the moderator at a Bard forum on this great FFXI Bard website: http://www.rpgbard.com. We have a lot of really friendly and knowledgable members, so please feel free to stop by.

I'm currently earning up some gil for my Earth Staff, Justaucorps +1, and Crumhorn +1, not to mention trying to goad my set members into coming with me to obtain my AF pants from the dreaded Castle Oztroja coffer.

I'm pleased to meet you all. (*'-')/
Wednesday, August 25th, 2004
6:50 pm
Currently im a BRD74/WHM37. I doubt I will ever hit 75 because of college and I don't know how to connect from my dorm room.


Current Mood: sad
Tuesday, August 24th, 2004
11:47 am
Hello! :3 I'm Calmarawyn/Calaera, and I play on the Ragnarok server as a Tarutaru WHM/BLM but had an Elvaan BRD/WHM before making the switch.

Now, I have a question to all you BRDs out there. When I started to play my Tarutaru, I had a few people pushing be back to Elvaan BRD because they were claiming that Elvaan's CHR is greater than a Tarutaru's. These are all high level people and whatnot (I'm a lazy bum), but had never played BRD themselves. However, I know from what other high level bards have said... a Tarutaru, Hume, and Elvaan's CHR is about on par with the Mithra and Galka having the lowest amount. <.<; But now I'm confused. Which one is right? Should I believe high level friends who are downright insistent on this, or should I believe the high level bards and websites the argue otherwise?

~ Cal
FFXI Vanadiel
Thursday, August 19th, 2004
10:48 am
Valor Minuet I
I am gonna try to post information about a different song at least 5 times a week, starting with lvl 1. (Mostly because you can buy most of them from NPCs and I hate to waste money at the AH for songs.) I posted one yesterday, so here goes the next:

Level - 3
Attribute - Light
Cast time - 8 seconds
Recast time - 24 seconds

Description - Increases a group's attack.

This song can be bought from Hortense in Bastok Markets (K-10) for a mere 25 gil.
10:11 am
{Bard} {Do you need it?} {Yes, please.}
Hi everyone! Name's Etain and I am in the process of leveling bard (currently I am 34whm/blm).

I plan on holding up with whm when I hit 36, and then leveling bard all the way (as geeky and silly as bard af looks, I love it and would wear it when not in an exp party *_*) to 75! I love playing bard...! *squee*

Currently my bard is at 16, 800 exp from 17. I stopped leveling temporarily to farm up enough gil to afford all my instruments/+1's up to level 20. All I have left to obtain as of right now is Harp+1 and Mary's Horn. I'm also trying to farm up enough money to get myself a Monster Signa... not a necessity at my level (more for BCNM40, from what I've heard)... but I want to play my bard as uber and to its full potential as possible.

Current Bard gear:
-Aspir Knife
-Noble's Ribbon
-Bird Whistle
-Onyx Earrings x2
-Nomad's Tunica
-Legionarre's Gloves
-Hope Ring
-Opal Ring
-Blood Stone
-Brass Leggings

Flute +1, Cornette +1, Piccolo +1, Maple Harp +1, Harp, Gemshorn +1, Royal Spearman's Horn

All songs learned are current, and have all songs except Ice and Lightning Threnody ready up through level 26.
8:06 am
hiya. i'm happy theres a bard community^_^
my names Mintsy, and i play on Ifrit
i am a level 58 bard.. and i love it so much!
nice to meet everyone~

Wednesday, August 18th, 2004
2:31 pm
Knight's Minne I
Level - 1
Attribute - Light
Cast time - 8 seconds
Recast time - 24 seconds

Description - Increases a group's defense.

This song can be bought from Ferdoulemiont in Southern San d'Oria. You can find him standing next to the chocobo stables.
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