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14 October 2012 @ 03:33 pm
alkonost_storm's FF_Classchange Application  
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Name: Alkonost Storm
Age: 24
Location: Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
How did you find out about this community: Toffethesnob

1) List and expand upon your three best traits / strengths.

I can be really creative; when I'm really into an rp I'm planning brainstorming can be taken UP TO ELEVEN simply because I start planning out scenes for the midway or even endpoint of the rp when it's barely even started. This also applies to fanfics and stories. (Both Rai and Toff can vouch for me on these counts >>)

Second when I'm really motivated and put my mind to it I put in more effort.

I also try to keep an open mind and try to get more perspective when it comes to a problem.

2) List and expand upon your three worst traits / weaknesses.

I'm really REALLY hard on myself.

To the point there's been times I have thought it wouldn't be such a bad thing if I died young. It doesn't mean I'll kill myself when it comes down to it--too much of a coward to take my life--but it's crossed my mind (the dying early part, not suicide).

I can also be really lazy...I can safely say that I'm close to the Brilliant but lazy trope.

And it might be related to the first one but I don't value myself very much either.

3) Rate yourself on the following traits by putting an 'X' in the box you think fits best. (E.g. if you are slightly more introverted than extroverted, put an 'X' in the second box.) Explain your choice as well.

Introverted [] [X] [ ] [ ] [ ] Extroverted

I'm shy around newcomers but more relaxed around people I know, and even more relaxed around people who share the same/similar interests as me. Likely why I feel at ease talking to what most would consider strangers since they're on the internet but to me can sometimes feel like a family, depending on how long I've known them.

Cheerful [ ] [ ] [X] [ ] [ ] Gloomy

It really depends on the current mood as well as how my day has been, and in reaction to the day's events. There will be days where I feel peachy and awesome and then there will be days where I'll be paying tribute to the "I HATE MYSELF" ballad.

Reserved [ ] [ ] [X] [ ] [ ] Impulsive

I think it would depend on the circumstances but for the most part I try NOT to be impulsive. Key word: Try.

Energetic [ ] [ ] [X] [ ] [ ] Calm

I have my energetic moments. These energetic moments usually involve fangirling or a happy mood.

Logical/Thinking [ ] [] [x] [ ] [ ] Emotional/Feeling

I hate to be repeating myself a lot but it depends on what I'm looking at...I've been known to apply logic to even the most inane ridiculous things, even in situations where logic really has no place like yaoi or Hatoful Boyfriend.

Grudge-holding [ ] [ ] [x] [] [ ] Forgiving

Usually I like to forget and forgive but every now and then there will be situations where I find can't simply do that and go my own way. One particular situation that comes to mind was this guy I had a short-online relationship with. I took it really hard because he dumped me on Valentine's day (then seemed to make it seem like he wasn't the one with problems here) despite claiming that he was mindful of people's feelings and whatever. I admit that I rushed into the online relationship but I kept hoping that despite that, things would work out. Goddess knows I was willing to commit despite the challenges. And then after that drama, we stopped talking. It was understandable, as I couldn't bear to chat with him without feeling RAGE bubbling up within me for a while but then after one particular conversation where we agreed to at least try and stay friends he still didn't talk to me and when I did make the effort, the conversation didn't keep up for very long. "Somebody that I used to know" was suddenly a song I identified with: I was suddenly a stranger where before I was not. In the end, I've blocked him from Skype and decided to be strangers with him in turn but I'm not sure I'll ever let go of this grudge.

4) Describe how you typically work in teams. Is it generally a good experience, or do you prefer working by yourself? Do you like to lead and make decisions or do you prefer to let others make decisions so that you can do the legwork? You may find it helpful to give an example of a team you worked on recently and how that went

I prefer to work by myself. That said if I really like the people I'm working with I may be more motivated to put in an effort. Sadly no examples at the moment.

5) Spider-Man Decision: If you had to choose between saving two dozen innocent children and saving your best friend/significant other/person closest to you, which would you pick and why?

I'd do what I could to save everyone....but if it was a situation where I was forced to choose, it'd be the children. Examples: Me taking the paragon routes in Mass Effect 2 and 3 and going for the ideal, diplomatic routes in Dragon Age: Origins and 2. If it was possible and I had the means, I'd do what I can to save both the children and my loved ones.

6) Your friend has had their feelings hurt and comes to you for consolation. What do you do? Let's say, two days later they come to you again still upset over the same issue. What would you do in that case?

I'd help them out, I'd give them advice and so on. I'd support them however I could. Admittedly, my patience would be thinned if it turned out they were fishing for sympathy... Also it would depend on what's bothering them too.

7) What interests/hobbies do you have? How do you like to spend your free time?

Reading, Video games, Internet, Singing, Roleplaying. I also really like history.
Not neccesarily in that order.

8) Describe one to three careers you would find ideal, with a little explanation of why it appeals to you.

Researching history. I've always been fascinated by it and by doing that I'd get to learn more. I'm also interested in trying my hand at voiceacting and maybe being in the writing department for a videogame. Being a writer would also be a viable option if not for me lacking a drive.

FF Questions:

9) List one to three favorite Final Fantasy games and why you like them. Sequels/spin-offs/non-numbered/KH/Dissidia games are okay.

VIII. It was my very first FF game. The only issue I have with it is...the battle system. And the card game. Otherwise, I enjoyed the story, the characters and the world. Admittedly the subtleties within the plot and setting were ones I couldn't fully appreciate until I was older.
FFIX is another game I love and was the first FF I actually beat. Again I really enjoyed this game, though I have to admit one of my more favorite parts (in addition to characters, story and battle system) was the locales. Some of the places you visit had a charm and personality that was all theirs. I remember thinking I would have loved to visit places like Burmecia, Cleyra and Daguerreo.
I also enjoyed XIII's story and characters. My only gripe with the gameplay was the rising cost of CP and the expenses in upgrading weapons. VIII had a similar system but it wasn't this expensive!
Cheating but another game I've enjoyed (though not beaten) is XII. I had problems getting the gambit system and unfortunately the characters I liked to use were a bit on the squishy side but the world was so rich and fun to explore. As for the plot, despite its strong similarity to Star Wars, I think it beats that in moral ambiguity. I also loved how there were so many variants of one monster in the bestiary.

10) List one to three of your favorite Final Fantasy characters and why:

Leon (II): Granted, a lot of my appreciation for this character mainly stems from his Ascended extra status in a DDFF rp I'm doing with Railenthe (currently on-going though on hold since we needed a break from all the dark, SRS BSNS stuff). Ever since his joining the roster for the rp and subsequent character development afterwards, I've found it very sad and disappointing that he doesn't get much love from Square; it's a shame because his character is simply LOADED with writing potential.
Genesis Rhapsodos (CC): I admit it was intially for the pretty visuals and audio but he won me over with how his story develops. Granted I don't like how it's downplayed that the soldiers who deserted with him are simply used and discarded but given what he was going through at the time, I could understand if he wasn't up to being a Father to His Men. I also found him so much more approachable than Sephiroth.
Oerba Yun Fang(XIII): Admittedly part of what got me attached was her interaction with Lightning, especially how she wasn't so intimidated or in awe of her like some of the others. I also loved how she was a foil to Lightning, namely in that she was more casual in her approach to things while Lightning was more business-like.
Lightning: I liked her from the beginning. Though I admit that one of the parts that impressed me the most was how different she turned out from Cloud.

11) One to three characters you relate to (you may reuse answers from #8 if applicable) and why:

Squall I guess, mainly because he seems like he'd be very socially awkward and I'm like that myself at times.

12) The FF game you liked playing least:

....None come to mind XP

13) One to three FF characters you dislike and why:

Well for a time I disliked Sephiroth due to some experiences with a former friend that was a fan of his, which ruined the character for me. Fortunately I've started to like him again though it would not be to the same degree as before. However the characters that currently have earned my dislike are Cloud Strife (and then mostly because of his characterization from Advent Children and onward) and Barthandelus because of what happens between him and the protagonists in XIII. Hojo is another and you all should know why there. Jihl Nabaat was one character I LOATHED in XIII but since XIII-2 she's grown on me. Another character I disliked in the beginning was Snow (I still do to some extent) but he gets some respect for trying to stay upbeat throughout all the stuff that gets thrown at the party.

14) Favorite weapon in a Final Fantasy game (either the name if you liked the name, or a picture if you liked the look of it, or a description if it had awesome stats/abilities):

For aethetics, the Save the Queen from IX, Angel Wing from VIII and the Mythril weapons from IX. Attack wise...I loved Zidane's polearms and the rackets. And while I didn't like the character that much, I liked the concept for Snow's weapon.

15) Your favorite Final Fantasy summon (e.g. Ifrit, Carbuncle, Bahamut, etc.):

FFIX!Bahamut. Also while he wasn't playable, FFIX!Alexander. Also liked the look of FFIX!Leviathan. Favorite Ice summon is FFX!Shiva and the Shiva sisters from XIII. ACTUALLY I LIKED WHAT THEY DID WITH ALL THE XIII SUMMONS (THOUGH MY FAVORITES WERE BAHAMUT, ODIN AND SHIVA SISTERS)
Oh and Bahamut Fury

16) Your favorite spell/ability/technique that can be learned in a Final Fantasy game (e.g. Esuna, Steal, special finishes/overdrives such as Tifa's Final Heaven limit break, etc.):

One Man army is all that comes to mind right now.

17) A Final Fantasy mini-game/sidequest you invested entirely too much time into:


18) Your favorite Cid:

Dr. Cidolfus something Bunansa
Cid Raines (*raep stare*)
Al-Cid (*MOAR raep stare*)
Cid Fabool (Team Oglop!)

19) Optional: Up to one class you think does not fit you, with reasoning why.

White Mage. I'm not sure I'd be cut out for trying to dissolve every single conflict in a party or keeping it together. Gameplay-wise, I also favor more offensive roles.
the_404_error on October 16th, 2012 06:44 pm (UTC)
I actually do see a lot of White Mage, but that may just be how I view the class, especially with characters like Garnet, Minwu, and Porom. Putting that aside, it's really close between Dragoon and Black Mage... but I'm leaning towards Dragoon, as random as that may seem. Your positives can apply to any class, and your negatives can apply to both Black Mage and Dragoon pretty well, as both have characters who don't value themselves despite their talents, although the hard-on-yourself part is more Dragoon and the laziness more BM. I actually think your "[x]ed" choices fit Soldier the most, but many Dragoons are introverted and try to not be impulsive, and tend to be in between on the emotional vs. logical spectrum in the sense they're often more emotional on the inside but logical outside. I can also see many of them having a similar reaction to the situation in the forgiving vs. grudge-holding question.

One of the main responses which is pushing me towards this is how you prefer to work alone, which is much more of a dragoon trait than anything else. I'd say the WMs and Thieves are most Paragon-esque, but several dragoons would do the "right" thing in many circumstances let's just ignore one popular one which is known as more side-switchery.

I've always found Leon a fascinating character, in part because his motivations are left so ambiguous and up to interpretation... and it's interesting how, unlike many later FF characters occupying similar roles, it was entirely his own doing instead of the "he's just mind-controlled" bit.

alkonost_storm: Albiero!Persephonealkonost_storm on October 17th, 2012 12:21 am (UTC)
If you're a BM, why is Locke in the banner...?
the_404_error on October 17th, 2012 12:41 am (UTC)
The ranking banners are just of each member's favorite characters, not characters within their class. I'm pretty sure no one has only their own class on them... While I like being BM, I'm not overly fond of a lot of the actual FF characters in that class, so.
breyzyyin on October 17th, 2012 03:09 pm (UTC)
This is tough! I think your positive/negative traits could fit into any of the classes technically, but when I read them combined with the rest of your application I see a lot of Dragoon as well (with elements of Soldier and Black Mage too), especially since here we also group them with Samurai like Auron. I think many of the Dragoons can be described as creative, extremely motivated when they put their minds to something, try to keep an open-mind to keep some perspective on problems (well...maybe not Kain or even Cid Highwind, but the rest of them would fit that description!). Many of the FF Dragoons tend to be pretty hard on themselves and don't always value themselves (Kimahri being a pretty good example of this). The "Brilliant but lazy trope" could at least fit for Cid Highwind or even Fang to an extent too.

Getting into your "rate your traits" section: there are some slightly more introverted than extroverted Dragoons out there (Freya, Kimahri, Auron). I think most of the Dragoons fall into a middle-ground of sorts when it concerns being Cheerful/Gloomy, Reserved/Impulsive, Energetic/Calm, Logical/Emotional, and Grudge-holding/Forgiving (Freya, Cid, Kimahri, Auron, and Fang being the ones that come the most readily to mind)). Dragoons tend to be those characters in FF that can work fine by themselves (and often prefer it!)...however, like you, if they really like the people they're working with then they'll put up effort too (haha, I could use the same character examples here that I've been using for the other parts! O_O;). I think your answer for the Spider-Man decision is very Dragoon-esque for quite a few of the characters in the class ("I'd do what I could to save everyone....but if it was a situation where I was forced to choose, it'd be the children"). I also think your answer to the console a friend situation works for them too: many of them would give advice and be very supportive to a friend with a problem, but they'd also be more likely to have thinning patience if they suspected the friend was merely out for sympathy...and it might even depend slightly on what the problem is the friend is having too. Plus, you favor more offensive roles in gameplay...and the Dragoon class is certainly one of the more offensive ones! XD

~I really enjoyed reading your FF section answers! ♥ Welcome to ff_land!

Edited at 2012-10-17 03:10 pm (UTC)
breyzyyin on October 21st, 2012 09:16 pm (UTC)
I could see a lot of Soldier and Black Mage at times in your application, though I think I'm leaning the most towards a vote for Dragoon as well. Dragoons can be rather hard on themselves at times (Kimahri and Kain are pretty obvious examples of this), and that also sometimes leads them towards not placing much value on themselves as well (Kimahri in particular showcased this at times). They can be really creative and brainstorm things rather well (Cid Highwind, Freya, Fang when it came to strategies and problem-solving...Kain too), when they are really motivated they put a lot of effort into things, and generally keep an open mind and try to see different perspectives (with the possible exceptions of Cid and Kain at certain points in their story-lines).

Dragoons tend to be shyer around people they don't know, but can feel more relaxed and at ease around friends or those that share similar interests. Their cheerful and gloomy levels tend to be on a "it depends" level too, and they generally at least try not to be very impulsive for the most part as well (beyond the obvious Cid Highwind example). Cid and Fang in particular both have their more energetic moments, and can also display calm moments as well. Similarly, their logical and emotional levels as well as their grudge-holding and forgiveness levels can also be on a "it depends" basis too.

A lot of Dragoons seem more comfortable working on their own when they can, though they don't necessarily mind working with people that they really like (and can sometimes be motivated through that experience too). I could see several Dragoon characters responding similarly to the Spider-man decision scenario as well. They also tend to respond rather similarly when consoling friends, particularly if someone came to them genuinely looking for advice or support. :D

Welcome to ff_land! :D Yay for FFVIII, FFIX. and FFXII love! ♥

"Another character I disliked in the beginning was Snow (I still do to some extent) but he gets some respect for trying to stay upbeat throughout all the stuff that gets thrown at the party."
~Gah, this...I agree with so much. When I first played FFXIII, I didn't really like Snow at all--but he somehow ended up growing on me and earning some respect the more I played the game because of his disposition towards everything. :)

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alkonost_storm: Albiero!Persephonealkonost_storm on October 22nd, 2012 09:37 pm (UTC)
It's not so much that I am a fan of his as I am a fan of his magnificent, glorious bastardy.
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alkonost_storm: Albiero!Persephonealkonost_storm on October 23rd, 2012 12:05 am (UTC)
Barthandelus is god-like yes, but even his kind are not infallible. I think it was the fact that everything was planned many years in advance was what won me over. Also, gods aren't always omnipotent. Key examples to bring up are the Aesir and Vanir of Norse Mythos: most of them will be destined to die in Ragnarok and by the time the war ends to lead to a new world, there will be only a few left. Another case is that of the Tuatha de Danaan from Celtic Mythos, who were defeated by the Milesians.
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laura: ac ~ thiefharyan on October 23rd, 2012 05:35 pm (UTC)
I can definitely see where the Dragoon votes are coming from , but actually my first impression for you was Black mage. Black mages strikes me as creative and open minded, they're usually more introverted than extroverted overall andn a mix of reserved/impulsive, energetic/calm like you mentioned you are. I was kind of tempted to say Dragoon in the end to be honest, since you see quite the loner and you mentioned you prefer to work by yourself something that really reminds me mostly of dragoons but your answers in general reminds me a bit more of black mage in the end (but it was reaaally close between black mage and dragoon)

I love your icon btw :D

sunflower_mynah on October 23rd, 2012 11:33 pm (UTC)
I'm actually having a fairly hard time trying to choose between Dragoon and Black Mage for you, since I think most of your traits fit very well for both classes... but I think I'm leaning slightly closer to Dragoon, due to your answer to the teamwork question: I think, in terms of party role types, it's far easier to fit the average FF Black Mage into one than it is to fit the average FF Dragoon into a kind of defined party role. (I'm... not entirely certain that makes sense now it's in writing...?) I tend to think of many of them as outwardly calm and a great deal more emotional inwardly, as well.

the_404_error on October 25th, 2012 10:59 pm (UTC)
Congrats, you've been stamped as a Dragoon!

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Your team community is heavenly_lances, and you'll receive invites to all the main communities, your team community, and your alliance teams (firaga_casters and mythril_swords) from one of the head mods shortly. There's a general FAQ here. You've been rewarded 300 gil as a welcome gift and you can check your gil here. Hope you have fun and enjoy it here!
lightofeilia: selphielightofeilia on October 27th, 2012 06:00 am (UTC)
Sorry you didn't get this sooner, but I hope you got all of the invites D:

The communities you should have gotten are:

heavenly_lances -- Dragoons community (home community)
firaga_casters -- Black Mages community
mythril_swords -- Soldiers community
ff_land -- main community for announcements
airship_lounge -- social/general discussion community
ultima_arena -- contest & challenge community
moogle_workshop -- fanwork-sharing community
ff_minigames -- random games & activities community

Have fun :)