Final Fantasy XIV Eorzea Encyclopedia Vol. 1 & 2 Review — The Adventurer’s Guide to Hydaelyn – GAMING TREND
The land of Eorzea is rich in history, not to mention the larger world of Hydaelyn. Its flora and fauna are just as complex as the diverse races and cultures that dot the landscape. For Warriors of Light who wish to learn more about this wonderful world, look no further: the Eorzea Encyclopedia Volumes 1 and 2 will accompany you in your own adventures on His star.
I’ve never been into Expanded Universe media before. I enjoyed the Clone Wars cartoons as a kid and read a Dungeons and Dragons book in college because it was a free audiobook, but that’s about it. I enjoy supplemental works like art books, but I’ve never leaned into stuff like Halo novels – I’ve always preferred main text and finding a wide range of art over plunge into a gigantic media franchise. However, as you may know, I have a soft spot for Final Fantasy XIV. It’s been a big part of my life for a long time, and I’ve grown to love the world and the people in it. While just playing the game can introduce you to much of the lore, much of it is unorganized and hidden behind NPC dialogue or item descriptions. While some information is outdated thanks to huge reveals in the main story, the Eorzea Encyclopedias present a staggering amount of knowledge about a fictional world for those who can’t get enough.
Starting with the cover, each volume mimics the look of a leather-bound tome; the first brown and the second red. Both have intricate designs on the cover with raised lines and a sparkling crystal in the center. There’s no advertising or text of any kind on the back – if you’ve bought it, you know what it is, so the outer shell is more focused on drawing you into the world.
The books themselves are written from the perspective of what I presume are many scholars (no, not Job) around the world. The first volume includes world basics such as etherology, short guides to each city-state, biographies of major NPCs, mythology, where each job comes from, and even a bit about the Dragonsong War. The latter places its focus more on the places, people, and things introduced in Stormblood. From what I can tell, neither book repeats information from the other, at least not in larger sections, and they complement each other well.
Whether you find the content interesting is up to you, but I found it well worth a read or just a skim because these books are DENSE. Each book contains around 300 pages filled with lore and great illustrations to go with it. Generally, I’d prefer to read a standalone novel of the same length, but I’m glad to have them as a reference if I ever come across something in my adventures that I’d like to learn more about. They’re definitely a harder sell than art books, but if you like the finer details in the world, even a little, they’re just plain fun to dive into.
Volumes 1 and 2 of the Eorzea Encyclopedia of Final Fantasy XIV are aimed directly at those who wish to delve into the world of MMOs, while retaining enough interesting information for more casual readers. There’s a lot to enjoy here, and while some of the information is outdated by now, it serves as fun reading, if you take it in short sections.
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