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Nickname: Ente, Banani
Character Name: Seran Leveille
Race: Miqo’te, Seeker of the sun
Main Server: Lich (Light)
Social Media: Twitter: https://twitter.com/SeranLeveille
Screenshot Tools: GPOSE, in rare occasions Photoshop
When and why did you start playing FFXIV?
Back in 2015, I got a CD from an anime festival… It was the free trial of Heavensward – Stormblood wasn’t even released at that point. I used it a few years later since I had some time and so I started the trial. I wanted to meet new people, make new friends and just get busy with something completely different. I played some cheap MMORPG before but the ways of communication were limited, nothing compared to FFXIV.
What kind of player are you? (casual, hardcore, hardcore fat cat enthusiast maybe?)
I’m not hardcore. I go with casual (and fat cats ofc) Maybe a soft mix between the two?
What are your favorite jobs?
Dragoon, Dragoon, and Dragoon! I play this job since I started playing and it is still my main class. (But I always enjoy Astrologian and Redmage too.)
Do you enjoy crafting and gathering?
I love Gatherer and I enjoyed leveling them. When someone asks me to get something for them I love doing it. I currently try to get into Crafter but I’m struggling, which does not prevent me from having fun with them.
What is your favorite FFXIV boss?
There are many bosses I like, Nidhogg , Neo-Exdeath, The Omega Weapon (O11). But If I need to choose I would pick Shinryu (Extreme). The music is nice, the transition is epic and the fight is a bunch of mechanics thrown at you. I love that.
Do you have a favorite duty? Why is it your favorite?
Sohr Kai. Back then when I played Heavensward I was very excited for the end of the Dragonsong War, the fight against Nidhogg. As Hresvelg send me into a trial I was pretty mad “not another dungeon again, let me go to the finale!” But this place turned out gorgeous. The golden light, the melancholic atmosphere and “Apologies” – a beautiful song. The bosses are not that much of a spectacular except Hresvelg himself but the feeling of this dungeon makes this up for me. But I’m also a big fan of alliance raids too – especially the Return to Ivalice raids and Dun Scaith.
Who is your favorite NPC and why?
Besides the classics like the Crystal Exarch and the Scions, Emet-Selch… there are a few other NPC I like. I’m always happy seeing X’run Tia around, Alberic and Novv which especially stuck with me, I liked his backstory and the Sahagin Beast Tribe in general. But from all the NPC I like Hraesvelgr and his Children the most, -especially- Vedrfolnir. He did not play an important part in Heavenswrad but he was part of a very interesting FATE chain in the Churning Mists I really liked and I enjoyed the role he and his son played in the 60-70 dragoon questline. His design is very nice – I like all the details of his model.
About FFXIV Screenshots
When and why did you join the FFXIV Snaps Community?
I can’t recall that… At first, I spend a lot of time on the Server of the Eorzean Glamour Idols – but as this was fused with the ffxivsnaps community I joined it too.
When did you first feel inspired by taking screenshots?
At first, I only captured memories like my first Ifrit run. Later I played around with Group Pose – I played on PS4 at that time – and started uploading them on Twitter and worked on them in Photoshop. A friend showed me the tools she used on PC and I changed the platform to work better with screenshots.
What is your favorite thing about taking screenshots?
My favorite thing about screenshots is the small limitation you have. Most of the time I only have my character or a few others. I love capturing the landscapes and surreal feels of FFXIV- but I always need to work with the limitations the world offers, playing with them and explore solutions for problematic topics like light, background colors or poses and outfits. I don’t use mods or other tools besides GPOSE and so I’m always eager to explore and use what I can get to make the best out of it.
What are your favorite places for screenshotting?
My favorite place is the Western Highland of Coerthas. I love the white of the snow, the few red bushes and the many different locations this place offers. From the sleeping Dragon to the caves of the Red Rim or the area around the Black Iron Bridge.
Most of the time I go into Dungeons since they have very beautiful spots to offer. Examples would be Sohr Kai, the Saint Mocianne’s Arboretum and The Temple of Fists, Dun Scaith… and so much more. It is impossible to count all the places.
Do you have any favorite screenshotters?
G’thro the aesthete – his work is clean and I literally like every picture he takes. There are so many more, so many good screenshots out there it’s hard to pick. The community offers a big variety
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!):
This is one of my earliest screenshot on PC, I played on a 4:3 monitor, which everyone laughed about haha. Back then I made only some screenshots here and there but this one started to waken my interest to put more effort into them. I like how smooth the effect of Battle Litany makes the textures of the armor and I’m overall just a big fan of the Dragonlancer gear.