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Character Name: Lumi Stella
Race: Au Ra
Main Server: Lamia
Social Media: @blonde_mocha_te on Twitter
Screenshot Tools: Gshade
When and why did you start playing FFXIV?
I started playing a few months before the release of Heavensward. I had been playing with a community in World of Warcraft, and a couple of them managed to convince me to try it out with them! I’m not too good at many multiplayer games, especially shooters, but it was a nice change from Azeroth. After I started, I just kept playing to this day!
What kind of player are you? (casual, hardcore, hardcore fat cat enthusiast maybe?)
I’m kind of hard to label. I went through a real hardcore phase when I didn’t have a job and in between semesters. But I don’t have a group this time, and my schedule is REALLY weird, so I’m super casual.
What are your favorite jobs?
I’m a jack of all trades, but I especially like ninja and summoner. They both have really cool special skills, such as mudra with Ninja and everyone’s fave- Bahamut! I’d have to say though that my best healer class is Astrologian, and as far as tanking, I’m a Warrior loyalist.
Do you enjoy crafting and gathering?
I don’t so much enjoy the act as I like what crafting and gathering brings- gil! But I do like the time that both give me to pop open a new series on my second screen and catch up. Ishgard really gave me a chance to rewatch RWBY and HxH while running around gathering~
What is your favorite FFXIV boss?
My ultimate, super favorite boss of all time is V4 Omega! It was a real challenging fight that I spent hours working on before I finally got my clear. No one heard from me for days… but the reason I like it so much is that everyone has to be doing their part right, or it all falls to pieces fast! I do have to say though, that being knocked off the platform by the burners wasn’t all that fun…
Do you have a favorite duty? Why is it your favorite?
This is a toughie. Currently, my favorite duty is Lyhe Ghiah, because it looks so fancy! It’s the perfect place to take your trust buddies and take a lot of screenshots. The ballroom is especially my favorite, because of the spectres spinning around. The first boss is really annoying, but all the mechanics are super fun in there too. I’m just more interested in finding Haurchefaunt in there though!
Who is your favourite NPC and why?
My best girl Alisaie! Why? Because she has the most refreshing attitude ever. She’s so sassy, and I love to watch her pick at Alphinaud and vice versa. Alisaie feels really fleshed out to me though, like she’s the easiest to relate to. She likes to strike while the iron is hot, and isn’t sneaky. Her character is very direct and lovable, and I like that.
About FFXIV Screenshots
When and why did you join the FFXIV Snaps Community?
I joined pretty recently, the exact day is lost on me. I think it was sometime in August though! I hopped on the Twitter page to see what some of my friends were liking, and saw that it was a community. I didn’t know that there was a discord at first, so it took me clicking a link in a post and accidentally popping in before I really knew. But it looked real small and fun, and there are so many big groups out there that I wanted to find a place that would be easy to get used to!
When did you first feel inspired by taking screenshots?
I first felt inspired by my best friend. He said that hey, that picture you took looks real nice! And I was like, really? I thought it was the most amazing thing ever really. Now he’s the one that keeps encouraging me to do screenshots, even when I feel real bad or annoyed with the stuff that’s going on around me.
What is your favorite thing about taking screenshots?
My favorite thing about taking screenshots is that you can take a billion of them, and each and every one can be different. You can change the lighting, the angle of the camera, the expression and pose- and they all come out different. I have a big problem with keeping them all on my computer, but I like to have a lot of references for stuff when I want to go back and retake them.
What are your favorite places for screenshotting?
My favorite places are places with a lot of nature. It’s why I live in the Lavender beds, because there are so many colors and flowers everywhere! The Shroud, Lakeland, and Gridania are places that I usually take pictures when I want good colors in the background.
Do you have any favorite screenshotters?
I do! Most of them are here with us, like Lilith. I really like how creative they are with all of their pictures and glamors, looking at them is always fun! There’s also Val, who posts these cute little story shots of her lalafell on the server that always makes me laugh. And Neneko, because their shots are always so clean and inspirational to look at.
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 was my first contest entry screenshot that I did! Everyone was asking why I wasn’t in call, and standing around in gpose for over an hour. Or why I bought so much metallic blue- but it was because of this! I was so proud of it afterwards, because it was the first time that I had really tried to put a rhyme to the pictures that I took. After that, I started entering in more stuff, and actively participating. So to me, it was the most memorable first step that I took in growing as a screenshotter within this community.