Okay well quite frankly moments ago I was seconds from pressing Post on this log. I was finishing spell checking when the power to our apartment suddenly goes out for no known reason.This especially makes me angry because I always write these on my laptop and today is the first I am on my desktop and this happens. I cannot tell you how maddening that is since I've been going through pictures and writing for almost 2 hours!
Below is a much more condensed version of what I had before. As by you can tell by the amount of images, this was a substantially huge log. It's really difficult to try and rewrite what I had before because I just don't have another two hours in the day and I put so much effort into it, it's just so frustrating to have this happen...
I hope it's still somewhat enjoyable...
/rantoffDay Seven - Day Eight
While I haven't been posting here, I continue to take care of Cerulean Breeze on a daily basis in FFXI. I feed her, play with her and make sure she's doing alright.
These two days Cerulean Breeze was ill. She hung her head mostly and wasn't too happy to be doing much of anything. The Trainer told me I needed to feed her Tokopekko Wildgrass to help her feel better. Since I have grown this along with her food, I already had some in my house ready to give to her. I fed her some of this wildgrass but she continued to not feel so good for the next couple of days.Day Nine
Today the Trainer proclaimed to me that Cerulean Breeze is feeling "pretty perky" and will respond to anything I give her. Meaning that she is very susceptible to learning and growing faster during this time when she is feeling perky.This is wonderful because she will progress faster in her mental learning which I want her to gain a whole lot of skill in before I try to teach her another ability when she's an adult.
I will continue having Zopago play music for her each day to strengthen her mental abilities.Day Ten
Wonderful news! Today Cerulean Breeze has gained more skill in Receptivity! This means that she will get along well with another chocobos better. This comes with the mental training we are developing in her care taking each and every day.
Today was also an important day because FFXI had a huge update in the game. Added was a brand new feature for chocobo raisers - a chocobo racing arena! Right now it is nonfunctional, but in each of the major towns the building has already been put in place. Below you will see the picture of the chocobo racing arena entrance for San d'Oria (my home town):Day Eleven
While taking Cerulean Breeze for a few walks today, each walk she found an item on the ground and brought it back with her. She is getting good at spotting these things! She brought back a Quadav Backplate, Flint Stone and Goblin Mask. These items don't have much value and aren't used for anything in Chocobo raising. When she finds them out on our walks she brings them back to me, because as Zopago says, she brings items back to her parent and that is me. With time perhaps she will get better at finding even more valuable and useful items?
Today was a big day for me. As I mentioned FFXI had a big update that introduced new content into the game. This involved the expansion area Missions. I love these missions. Vysala spent much time adventuring in the world of Vana'dial trying to carry on with this continuing story line. I had to face this fierce enemy while doing these missions...Day Twelve - Fifteen
As I continued my adventures with my new Missions I still made time for little Cerulean Breeze. On Day Thirteen when I visited her she and I took a couple more walks. This time she found Millioncorn and Tokopekko Wildgrass! This is wonderful since both of these items are useful to me. The millioncorn is used for cooking and Tokopekko, as mentioned before, is used to cure a sick Chocobo.
I continued with my daily care of her, never once missing a day to visit her. Since coming out of her egg she has yet to say our Affection bond is less then a parent/child bond. Meaning that she is at maximum Affection. Affection is the most important stat for raising a chocobo. If she were to grow away from me she would get depressed, sad and might even run away. So it is very important that I check on her once a day at least.Day Sixteen
Zopago let me know today that once again Cerulean Breeze is feeling "pretty perky"! This is wonderful. My last chocobo, her father, rarely had this condition of excelled learning. He never had it so often as his little girl. I am quite happy with her progress and I'm thrilled that things seem to be coming along so well.
I continued to have Zopago play music for her each day to strengthen her mental abilities.Day Seventeen
To continue building her strength, I walked Cerulean Breeze several times. Once of the times she found a Pebble outside - a worthless item. That's too bad, maybe it's random what items your chocobo finds for you? I have no idea at this time.
Also while taking a walk we ran into Zopago and he had his little chocobo, Devil, with him too! He said that Cerulean Breeze is getting along with Devil and to keep up the good work.Day Eighteen
Today while going on a walk Cerulean Breeze found a Garidav Wildgrass! Now this is an improvement. This item is fed to chocobo who get tummyaches. We don't need this yet, but it's great to have if she gets sick with a achy tummy.Day Nineteen
Cerulean Breeze grew! Today she progressed into the next stage of her childhood. And something wonderful has happened - the tips of her wings now show a blueish color! This means there is a chance she will be a blue chocobo when she becomes an adult! This is simply awesome.
Her dad, TempestStorm, had white feathers on his body at this stage and he became an orange chocobo. This happened with my first Chocobo as well. I'm very excited with this change!Day Twenty
While taking a walk today we ran into a group of guys who challenged Cerulean Breeze to a race! They insisted that only their chocobo would win because of the training they've given him. Well we aren't one to stand for that attitude! A new option on the Caretaking menu appeared called "Compete Against Other Chocobos". I would like to note briefly that this competitive race and the Chocobo Racing Arena are not the same thing - this is against computer players while the Arena will hold races between real ffxi players.
I selected the racing selection and the two competitors lined up. During the race Cerulean Breeze appeared to fall behind but right at the end she caught up!
(I wish i had take a better picture, she is moments from jumping into the air with joy)
After we were done playing together I checked on her one last time. She was happy to see me!Day Twenty One
Another item that appeared on the caretaking list that is new is "Take A Long Walk". This walk is longer, further away from town, uses more of the chocobos energy and gives the chocobo more exercise. So today we went on a long walk and a short walk.
Upon going on a walk we ran into Zopago with his chocobo, Devil!
I don't know if you can see it, but his chocobo has white tips on the feathers of his chocobo - very likely meaning he will get a regular colored chocobo - the orange. Day Twenty Two
Poor little Cerulean Breeze is ill again. I fed the poor sweetie more Tokopekko Wildgrass to help her feel better. I only took her for some short walks but did not have her compete today - I didn't want to make her any more uncomfortable then she already must be.Day Twenty Three
She recovered from her illness very fast! It only took a day this time around for Cerulean Breeze to stop feeling under the weather. So today I took her on another competitive race.
She won yet again - she's a fast little chocobo for having almost no strength training! Below you will find a much better picture of her happy winning.
Today Taycee and me decided to go on some adventuring together. Taycee is more commonly known as LeAnne in my tama logs. She and I have been good friends IRL for over ten years now. While we live much closer then we used to, we still don't get to see each other too often so we play online games together such as ffxi.
Here you can see us posing for a picture in North Gustaberg (an area adjacent to where my chocobo goes walks at). LeAnne plays a mithra character (a cat girl) and is a White Mage for her main job (a healer or monk as it is known as in other games).Day Twenty Four
Today again I raced Cerulean Breeze. In the first race she easily beat the other team. They then talked about how they had been reading stories to their chocobo and maybe should concentrate on non-mental abilities. They then shared the story "A Story of a Happy Chocobo" with me! This means when she's an adult she might learn the ability "Auto Regen" if I read this to her. Auto Regen increases the rate in which the chocobos energy is restored. I doubt I will use this option on Cerulean Breeze but maybe another Chocobo down the road perhaps.
From there I took her on another race. This time I took many pictures to show how a race is done from the beginning to the end. The race takes place in a small area in the town of Bastok. It is a very short race, for the younger ones should not be racing long distances. When she's an adult she will race against others for longer distances.
And they begin...
Cerulean Breeze appears to fall behind here...
But she's a strong one and catches up to take the win right in the end!
That's my little sweetie!Day Twenty Five
Today her stats are looking great! She has "A Bit Deficient" in both Receptivity and Discernment! Pretty soon Cerulean Breeze will have Average rating in Discernment and then I'll be able to teach her a new ability to go along side with her already inherited ability from her mother.
I'm really pleased with her progress and can't wait to see if she will be a beautiful blue chocobo when she reaches adult hood. Just a couple of days to go.
Until then I shall continue to travel around the world with her dad, TempestStorm. Here I am with TempestStorm, in Jugner Forest, during a storm.Day Twenty Six
Cerulean Breeze continues to be doing well. She listens to music everyday, thanks to Zopago the trainer and we continue taking our walks outside of the city with the occasional competitive race.
Little Cerulean Breeze is continuing her growth and appears to be happy and healthy. I always visit her every day, even though I don't do these logs everyday. I always look forward to seeing her every day. While she's not a Tamagotchi and she's within a game, I still think of her as a virtual pet. She goes through stages that are similar and have similar requirements as a virtual pet. She is much like the Tamagotchi CD ROM from back in 1997. I adore her just as much too.
Cerulean Breeze and I hope you enjoyed reading our adventures together. More to come down the road as she continues her evolution to adulthood and beyond./wave
Edit: many edits after posting.