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The Gold Saucer
So they released a casino-style area called The Gold Saucer a little over a month ago. I've done most of the events and mini-games now, generally events are fun but mini-games aren't worth your time. My favorite of the events is the one where you look at an NPC and find the one other NPC that looks exactly like them. It's not like they're telling you to use your phone but it's probably a good idea. It's fun to look up and compare all the NPCs to the picture I took of the one I'm trying to match. There's also a daily and weekly lottery, I've yet to win the big prize from the daily but I've gotten the 2nd best prize a couple of times. This week I managed to get one number right on the weekly lottery for the first time, paid out almost as well and the 2nd best prize for the daily version. There's also a card game and chocobo racing, but I haven't checked out either too much. The card game is a little too pay2win for my tastes, except you aren't actually allowed to pay2win. Thankfully they nerfed it in the latest patch and it does seem a little better, but it's not my focus right now.
The Main Story
With Garuda defeated, my next task is to take the fight to the imperial army. They demonstrated a new superweapon that's basically just a metal gear. Unfortunately many of my group, the Scions of the Seventh Dawn (our organization specializes in defeating primals like Garuda), were captured by imperials. We find out that they're being held at the fortress
Outer Heaven Castrum Centri and that I need to disguise myself as an imperial soldier to get them out.
I forgot to mention that FFXIV has a Cid too, he's even of the same ethnicity as the imperials. A true imperial is a garlean which basically means they're human but they have a third eye on their foreheads. It appears that a fair amount of the imperial forces are actually subjugated races, made to serve or their lands burn. Imperials are bad news, plain and simple. Their superweapon destroys primals (which is good, technically) but they also plan to use it to help subjugate the whole of Eorzea. The big problem with that (among many) is that it'll will end up destroying the world because Primals feed on the desperation of their subjects. Pushed too hard, the Ultima Weapon won't be able to stop them and the world will be ravaged by the primals. This is a serious threat which causes the three major cities to reform their alliance in order to take it down.
And then the leader of the Scions, Minfilia, says what I've been thinking since the beginning of the game.
Even the bad guys think so too, this one in particular personally betrays you. This is Lahabrea, unmasked. He's the reason almost everyone in your group gets captured or killed. To me he's been the main antagonist, he's had his hand in a lot of pots. Just about every enemy I've faced, he was involved somehow.