Aletap Rumors are additional information about the various equipment, i.e. weapons and armor, in Final Fantasy XII as told by a third party. More often than not, the rumors will provide the player with hints as to what materials are needed to have the subject of the rumor made at the bazaar.
An Aletap Rumor is gained by defeating a set number of one kind of enemy, in the same manner as Sage Knowledge. Aletap Rumors are always signed with the name and profession of the third party telling the rumor.
- Gained by defeating Miriam Facer
There's and odd bird among the swordsmiths, so there is. He claims the worth of his blades is not in their keenness, but in the sharpness of the screams they cull from their victims. Inhuman, eh? He's the one what forged the Ame-no-Murakumo. Word is, he spends his days pulling up screamroot and listening to its cries. Told you he was odd.
- Gained by defeating Zombie Warrior
There were some spies come into the barracks the other day, but they got away before we could nab 'em. They was wearin' black cowls just right, so as to not be seen. Don't get me wrong, I ain't praisin' 'em, but if you'd seen some o' them things they was wearin', made o' fine wool an' tyrant hide, you'd've been impressed too.
- Gained by defeating Bug
Metal of the highest grade is being traded as fast as it hits the market. Word has it that a certain war council's seen which way the winds blow, and is pouring all its efforts into gearing up for the coming conflict. What's more, it's begun buying up broken weapons from anyone who'll sell. I suppose even a notched blade is better than a handful of gil when the going gets rough.
- Gained by defeating Nightwalker
I've heard that the means for makin' dark matter can be found in a grimoire carried by some evil folk. They say that the recipe's been divided into two books, though, to prevent pryin' eyes from seein' it. And, harken to this: they say that if you were to stack them on top of one another and wrap them up together in a severed bat wing, the whole lot would fly off, recipe an' all! What I wonder is: how did someone come to find that out then, eh? Load of old codswallop!
- Gained by defeating Gespenst
More equipment and weaponry draws its power from the darkness than your local armorer is like to admit. Of these, the demon shield is one o' the best. Why, they even apply leamonde halcyons to aged turtle shells and destrier barding, these days. Makes you think twice about charging into battle against the forces of darkness. I mean, what if you're one of 'em?
- Gained by defeating Dragon Aevis
You know the diamond sword, right? Well, it's worth such a fortune that they have to wrap it in a bundle of feathers for sale so it don't scratch none. Of course, it's hard to imagine anything that would mar that blade. Why, if it did nick, I'd have to say it was a fake.
- Gained by defeating Gizamaluk
Show me the alchemist who doesn't wish in his heart of hearts to know the secret behind making an elixir, and I'll show you a fraud! Of course, he might already know it... but it's taboo to reveal the ingredients. That's why they all toil in solitude, though their goal be the same. Now, I spied an alchemist hard at work the other day. Seemed to me he was working at making an elixir, so I watched him for a good long while. And he looked as if he was trying to catch something, so he did. If I didn't know any better, why, I'd say he was trying to pick souls out of the air... Not a very likely story, I know, but that's what it looked like, sure enough.
- Gained by defeating Dark Lord
Not all souls are created equal, my friend. Hmm? No, I ain't no mission'ry tryin' to peddle me faith. Try listenin' with your ears, not your mouth. Accordin' to my information, and it's as good as its kind gets, the ones what top the list are called empyreal souls, see? It'd take a hero o' legend, or a first-class crook what's got himself a serious reputation to make that grade.
- Gained by defeating Earth Elemental
I heard people saying they'd revealed the method to making ether, but what good does a recipe like this do me? A mix of unpurified ether and caramel? Right. Now where am I supposed to get those?.
- Gained by defeating Gargoyle
When is a sword like a torch? When it's a flametongue! If I'd some lumber, and a Malboro Vine, and a little bit of fire stone, even I could make one. Well, I could have one made... provided I could find a good enough smithy, that is.
- Gained by defeating Blood Gigas
There's this particular weapon, an axe, me and my boys are fond of. The francisca, she's called! Heard of her? Seems they make 'em up north, but only when pointed horns and malboro fruit are in healthy supply at market. That's why we've been out hunting for 'em every spare moment we get.
- Gained by defeating Crusader
There is a metal, a rare metal called gemsteel found only in the hidden enclaves of warriors. The manner of its making is shrouded in mystery, but the finished product is traded commonly enough. Why, I should think that gemsteel would show up in the bazaar stalls sooner or later if enough raw materials found their way to market. I'm sure that one of them would turn out to be the secret ingredient!
- Gained by defeating Pyrolisk
Every adventurer dreams of one day collecting the Gigas series of equipment. Of course, these well-made items command an exorbitant price. That is why many seek to barter their way into ownership at the bazaar. That said, it's no easy task to collect the prime pelts and prime tanned hides you'd need in trade. Make it or buy it, either way you've got your work cut out for you.
- Gained by defeating Killer Mantis
Know what happens if you take entite lightning and direct the charge at electrum? I'll tell you: you get gold. Or something quite close, at least. Once, the stuff was used in all manner of weapons, for the look. These days, you'll find little other than the odd golden axe that still uses the stuff. So you see, all that glitters really isn't gold.
- Gained by defeating Forbidden
Have ye heard? Take a broken spear 'n' some mystletainn, an' wrap 'em in a Ketu board, right? Ye ken wha' happens? They burst inta fleem! Hard te believe, eh? Bot it's true! Why, tha's the very method fer makin' one o' them gungnir spears, so it is! Course, ye cannae jus' burn the wee thingies. Ye have te wait 'til she flares up on her oon! Tha's all important, tha' is. One look at the fruits o' ye labors an' ye'll agree 'twas well worth the bother.
- Gained by defeating Air Elemental
Everyone likes the man who gets his work done quick. That's why no one used to like me, I suppose, and the very reason why I'll never let go of my Hermes Sandals. I hear it only takes gysahl greens to make them, but given their price, there's gotta be more to 'em than just some tasty greens!
- Gained by defeating Sprinter
Souls and entites, though vague and lacking in substance, are nonetheless possessed of great power. No great surprise, for are they not the source of life's energy? Were these two essences to become one, you can imagine the result, I am sure. It is said that the high arcana is nothing less than the product of this union. And it is my belief that in these beings we may perceive the true form of the gods.
- Gained by defeating Crystalbug
Only those few who can instill holy strength in many jewels may wield the holy mote and its powerful rays of light. So it is told, and so had I heard... but nobody took it seriously. No one believed such a thing could exist, including me. Yet it seems it was true, after all. For I witnessed it with my own eyes.
- Gained by defeating Skull Defender
Rumor has it that the island nations to the west lack the iron to make decent quality fishing goods. Apparently, they use one grade of iron for the weapons they export, and a cheaper grade for the goods they use in their everyday lives. Seems to me, they could lower the quality of their iron swords and solve the problem, but I think they've too much pride for that.
- Gained by defeating Fire Elemental
I heard from a friend about how you make the weapon known as the ivory pole. Now it's an expensive piece of kit, as I'm sure you know, but I bet you didn't know that blood-darkened bone is used to make it. Apparently, you take a bone and polish it for a full fortnight with a demon feather. From the look of the finished product, you'd never imagine what went into it, would you now?
- Gained by defeating Specter
The markets are astir with the news that a great storm of some duration has made it impossibly for the lands by the Eastern Sea to fish. When the storm breaks, 'twill be a rush on the waters. No doubt why everyone and his cousin is looking to get their angling supplies in good order. If you've any horn or foul flesh to be sold for bait, now's the time! Why, they're selling for as much as it costs to buy an imported javelin or the like, I hear. There's never been a better time to sell!
- Gained by defeating Ghast
Lean closer and I'll tell you summat you're not like to hear elsewhere... How to forge a kagenui! First, you stick a giant feather what's been filled with dark magicks through a chunk o' festering flesh! Listen! Give it a while, and the feather will turn black as darkest night. Then, you sharpen a blade with the feather, and that's that! 'Course, you may lack the skills... and a properly fitted-out workshop... in fact, you're prob'ly best off seeing what tradin' on the bazaar will get you.
- Gained by defeating Ice Elemental
Know you of the magepower shishak? 'Tis said it is a helm made to heighten the magickal powers of knights! Helpful when you spend long years training your body, and few years training your mind. I've heard they use chimera heads to give it the magicks it needs. Gives one cause to think the even the savage chimera's brighter than your average swordswinger.
- Gained by defeating Oiling
Oil is fuel for fires and explosion, right? Well, I've heard of a bomb, called the oil bomb, that puts two and two together, dousing your target with oil and setting it aflame! They say the method of its construction came from the Book of Orgain... I guess sometimes fact really is stranger than fiction.
- Gained by defeating Archaeosaur
They say the value of goods in lands to the far west are quite different from those here in Ivalice. Why, some things we consider rubbish are prized as treasures over there. Take frogspawn, for instance. Apparently, it trades at the same value as an opal ring if you go far enough west! Hard to imagine what sort of country that is over there, eh? I'd like to meet the lady who would wear frogspawn to a palace fete! Wait, on second thought...
- Gained by defeating Storm Elemental
One o' my mates, he has this funny habit o' takin' the fine materials you might use for buildin' manses and the light and poundin' 'em into plain ol' pebbles with his bare hands! He's a famed pugilist, he is. Says that smashin' all that quality stone makes for great trainin', and gives him somethin' to take his frustrations out on. I dunno why he don't take 'em out in the ring, though. If you ask me, it's a shameful waste o' gil, as well as some half-decent stones!
- Gained by defeating Twintania
The undying phoenix is said to call back souls from the heavens, but to win the attention of such fabled bird, you must give up a feather as an offering. The best are the downy feathers of the tail... hence the term phoenix down, see? Mark well that not just any feather will do. Depending on quality and size, the blessing received varies greatly. Displeased? You get what you pay for.
- Gained by defeating Silver Lobo
It is said that once, the son of a rich nobleman set out on a journey to prove his worth. His goal: to collect a piece of storm magicite, an insect husk, and a tanned giantskin. He thought it wise to deck himself with platinum gear, but its purchase cost him all his gil, and with no money left for traveling, his journey was canceled. If it were me, I'd sell the gear and get me something of real value.
- Gained by defeating Mandragora
I was trying to make an herbal remedy, but I ended up making a bomb! Based on the ingredients I used, I'd say what I've got is something much like a poison bomb. Hmm? What did I use? Why, bomb ashes and a fire crystal. Believe me, you don't want to know what my remedy was for.
Power Vest and Chakra BandEdit
- Gained by defeating Antares
You wouldn't think you'd spy people wearing clothes made of quality pelts and tanned giantskin these days, would you? But hear this: were you to use a fire crystal to treat those materials, you could make clothing of surpassing quality! Indeed, that's how power vests and chakra bands are made. I only found this out recently myself, by the way, so I'm hardly an expert on the subject.
- Gained by defeating Gargoyle Baron
'One truth known is the key to one hundred magicks, and the end to one thousand lives.' If you think you understand this ancient maxim, by all means, look deeper. Perhaps then you will gain the wisdom, if not the strength, required to wield the destructive power of the magickal shard known as the scathe mote... but I doubt it.
- Gained by defeating Serpent
Amongst the followers of the Light, it is believe that the Creator-god sent twelve apostles to us upon the great Working of the World... but I've heard there may have been a thirteenth, yes, another apostle! It's rumored that someone found an ancient tome, and that had record of an apostle who came among us in the form of a giant serpent. If this is true (and I see no reason to believe it isn't) then there should also be a gemstone, a great treasure bearing the mark of the snake! A gemstone... named Serpentarius!
- Gained by defeating Battery Mimic
Witness the marksman! You'll find that the steadiest of arms and truest of aims belong to the most cautious, cowardly fellows of the bunch. These be they that use silent shot and like trickery to make sure that, when that one killing shot misses its mark, it draws no unfriendly attention. Just between you and me, I've found through plentiful study that this shot be made with magickal processes of a most special variety, requiring darkness trapped within a certain kind of scale! A scale!
- Gained by defeating Miriam Guardian
They say there is a point on the body which, struck just so, will stop a man cold in its tracks, unable to move. A skilled marksman could use a fine arrow, thin like a needle, to do this from a distance. That's where stone bolts come in handy. As I'm sure you know, they use bundles of needles to make 'em, so proper width and sharpness are guaranteed. Aim, of course, depends on your arm.
- Gained by defeating Zombie Mage
When we think of travelers, we think, perhaps, of people without ties to any place or thing... but this is not so! Take, for instance, clothing. The longer the journey one intends to make, the more important the clothes you must pack. Of the many choices available, traveler's vestments are held in highest esteem. Made of braid wool and tanned hides, purchase one of these, and you've bought yourself a lightweight garment that feels great against the skin, with little or no chafing!
- Gained by defeating Darkmare
You've heard of the, er, shall we call it "military-minded land" in the south importing weapons of all kinds, right? Why, it sounds like they're after pointed horns and maggoty flesh to buy. I don't know what they could possibly want to use them for, but they say they've been trading them for their famed tridents, so they must really want them.
- Gained by defeating Water Elemental
To hear tell of it, nothing packs quite the punch of the bombs made out in the lands to the far west. But how exactly does one go about fashioning something like a water bomb, an explosive which harnesses the power of water? I've collected a fine amount of materials, yet aught's missing and I'm lost as to what it might be. Truly, a challenge to warm the heart of this old artificer.