SPONSOR OF THE MONTH (AUGUST ’19)

Wenarian I’ldan, from Shiva.

Every month we feature a sponsor at random and write up an article on them. Give a warm round of virtual applause to Wenarian who is Sponsor of the Month August ’19!


  About You:

Nickname: Wen

Character Name: Wenarian I’ldan

Race: Miqo’te, the Seeker of the Sun

Main Server: Shiva / DC Light

Social Media: 

Screenshot Tools: In-game /gpose tool, plus recently I have been trying myself on Gshade



   About FFXIV


When and why did you start playing FFXIV?

Uffff! That’s a tough one. I have tested FFXIV back in 2014. A friend of mine, thinking I would like the game, had gifted me with it. I did play a bit here and there but since I was in the middle of starting with my internship, I didn’t really get much into the game and didn’t know any friends of mine who would play it either. Fun fact: I played a Lalafell!

I stopped and returned to FFXIV with the launch of Stormblood, around July 2017. Since I couldn’t find any game-codes and token info, I have purchased the game anew and created my Miqo’te bard Wenarian. And since that time I am stuck with him (or he with me)! 😉


What kind of player are you? (casual, hardcore, hardcore fat cat enthusiast maybe?)

I am a bard enthusiast! 😉 Honestly though, I consider myself a casual player, looking out for new opportunities and people to meet. I am currently clearing the Eden savage content with a group of amazing people from Moogle (yes, SALT! FC, I am looking at you). As you can see I don’t wince back from exciting challenges.


What are your favorite jobs?

(Looks over at the character info: All ranged DPS lvl 80)

Well… uhm-; there’s that, haha! 😀 I am an absolute and 100% BRD main. I do enjoy ranged DPS in this game more than melee ones, however from time to time you will find me playing WHM and SCH.


Do you enjoy crafting and gathering?

Gathering more than crafting to be honest. I love exploring the game since FFXIV offers amazing visual inspirations for me as an assist. Gathering allows my character to get around the world, witness the changes in weather, day and night! Crafting is very stationary. And as a ranged DPS at heart, I’m bad at sitting still 😉


What is your favorite FFXIV boss?

LANDSLIDES, LANDSLIDES, LANDSLIDES!


Do you have a favorite duty? Why is it your favorite?

A favorite trial, yes! Tsukuyomi (Extreme) is by far my most favorite one! Pretty much everything about this fight is amazing (plus as someone who loves bunnies, a bunny-themed Primal just hit right into my soft spot)! The visual design is appealing, the mechanics are fun, the beautiful mount was worth farming (120+ Tokens because why not).


Who is your favourite NPC and why?

That’s a tough one! Back in “Heavensward”, my favorite NPC was Haurchefant. Until the end of “Stormblood” none other had managed to amaze me more than him. However, with the most recent add-on “Shadowbringers”, I discovered myself being struck even deeper by the Ascian Emet-Selch; his character development and the versatile outlooks on the world. I can comprehend and agree with a lot of his ideology. Finally FFXIV granted me with some insight into who the Ascians actually were, where they came from and what their history was like. His character is deep and successfully managed to turn around my one-sided perspective to look at Ascians. And Wenarian would agree with me.

 

 About FFXIV Screenshots


When and why did you join the FFXIV Snaps Community?

I joined FFXIV Snaps because of the many talented people partaking in this community. I followed a few of them on Twitter and Instagram and then simply decided to join the discord sever; to communicate, share, make friends. I never regretted it since then and met so many more amazing and talented friends! 🙂


When did you first feel inspired by taking screenshots?

No other game did that to me, to be frankly honest. I just… started? I remember myself turning off the UI in game and just pressing the screenshot button (back then I didn’t know /gpose was even a thing). I don’t remember when it ‘clicked’ for me, but once I have figured out that the action displayed is the last ‘emote’ performed… the world of endless opportunities had “thrown wide the gates” before me 😉


What is your favorite thing about taking screenshots?

The options which the game offers to me; day and night cycles, and now – with one of the most recent updates – the ability to stop the time to snatch that one perfect screenshot! My most favorite thing about taking screenshots, however, is the ability to tell a story. I wish to portrait the adventures of my bard within the wonderful world of FFXIV. I don’t expect his songs to reach everyone, but maybe… the right people, as they have proved to have reached already 🙂

I love capturing Wenarian’s happiness, his loneliness, his struggles and his victories. He walks the world alone, yet but managed to gather so many people around him. He travels the world together with his best friend and brother Nue Walker, returns home to his loving Elezen partner Aygun. Looking through all the pictures of him taken in mid of friends and companions fills me with joy every time.


What are your favorite places for screenshotting?

I love taking screenshots during the daytime, since my bard’s skin is fairly dark and snatching a good screenshot of him at night demands A LOT of patience, haha! I tend to go back to Gridania and Foundation for nostalgic shots, based around my character’s lore. I am also in love with the design of our FC Tavern! Generally, however, I enjoy living the moment and grasp any fantastic opportunity.

Friends often call it ‘Wen’s Asian tourist mode’ 😉


Do you have any favorite screenshotters?

Funnily enough, no. I don’t have any favorite ones. I know far too many people taking great screenshots, so I wouldn’t be able to scale their circle down to a few names. I generally love people who experiment and who can make their picture tell a story. Not from an artistic perspective but rather a deep and personal one. For example: I don’t enjoy compilations of “glamor” sets as much, as I enjoy lucky shots and funny moments, which make you halt and chuckle.



  Time to show us some of your work!

Your best screenshot EVER:


The best screenshot from your character:


Your best group screenshot:


Your most funny/random screenshot:


Your best landscape:


Your most memorable screenshot (tell us the story behind it!):
When I still had no idea about Gpose, but seeing Drew’s Aygun didn’t really care

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