After reading Fernehalwes' message in the localization section, I remembered about this post I never completed, and decided to do it now.
With all the new stuff arriving in Eorzea tomorrow, this is probably another atypical request and for the very faaar future.
As reported in the article Materia: A Matter of Mistery, regarding the origin of Materia:
“others speculate that it was born of Near Eastern wisdom that had long slumbered within the ancient tomes of the Great Library”
I'm not sure if that was the first time I heard about this “Great Library”, if someone else mentioned it in Eorzea and I can't remember it (in that case, if other adventurers remember who did, please share your memory), or if it's because I've the world Great always resonating in my head.
Anyroad, this Great Library's true position is uncertain, but I thought nonetheless: What if there'd be a real big library in Eorzea, for those lore-interested adventurers like me that would take their time to learn more of the beautiful and dangerous world they live in? I thought about two possibilities:
1. Ishgard would be perfect to have it. Having there a huuuge library, with many books and more arriving with new cargo (new patches). I mean, a real library with chairs and maybe its own music. I think it would be Great if there would also be a “balcony/porch area” next to the library, where you can hang out and sit there, to read and relax while looking at the panorama of Coerthas. Yes, I'm really saying you could borrow a book and bring it outside to read it while breathing fresh air (and maybe a future quest to purchase a “library card”, to bring the books outside of Ishgard).
If you might consider this content, please include the balcony!
Of course, as there're no clues when the Fury will allow us to pass through Ishgard's gates, this is a request for very future contents.
2. An actual location on the map, a big building that is the library (or the Great Library itself, and if it's beyond Garlean's territory then this would also be a far future content). Would be nice to have a garden nearby where you can sit down and read borrowed books there. And of course, always a nice music in the background.
Contents of the library might include:
- Normal books of different types: historical, regarding the beast tribes (I mean, more in-depth info than the ones the 3 lore-characters in the 3 main city-states talk about), about certain areas names on each region (I'm talking about all those places, like the Gelmorra Ruins and the Peacegarden: as I asked here, I think it would be Great to know more about them and their story), a full coverage on the kingdom, class and genus of Eorzea's creatures, a complete guide to learn all the meaning behind certain races' names (like Roegadyns, check here for a taste of what I'm talking about)... Stuff like this.
- “Prohibited Books”: The Dark Side of the Library, like with Materia Crafting. I'm talking about certain books written in Eorzea's alphabet, that only a True Eorzean could read.
These are just a few ideas, but I could go on and on when I talk about lore-related contents.
Thank you Yoshida-san and colleagues (and community reps, who I hope will forward this atypical request nonetheless) if you can take into consideration this desire to add a similar library in Eorzea, and if there're other lore-interested adventurers out there, let 'em hear your voice as well!
Cloudio Onizuka, historythirsted adventurer