The Starlight Celebration (スターライトセレブレーション, Sutā Raito Sereburēshon?) is a seasonal event held on Final Fantasy XI and Final Fantasy XIV on every year, near Christmas. In both games, players may obtain special items ranging from Santa hats to candies by participating on unique quests or events during the celebration.
The Starlight Celebration is held every year on Vana'diel since 2004.
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The tradition of the Starlight Celebration dates from several generations ago. During a series of battles that left thousands homeless, the children of Ishgard were forced to endure the chilling winds of Coerthas in order to survive.
However, during each night, a handful of Ishgardian knights would seek these children and offer them room within their company barracks. This, of course, was strictly forbidden by the knight's charter, and so the kind men and women, many of them once orphans themselves, would disguise the children in the jackets of their uniforms.
After several months, the fighting eventually subsided, and soon the wartime tradition was forgotten. That is, until a group of former orphans gathered together in order to pay tribute to the knights who rescued them, and ensure that no one ever forgot their remarkable deeds. On the coldest week of each year, they would dress up in brilliant scarlet uniforms and pass out gifts to the children of the realm, in turn, passing along the happiness that they once received on a starlit night, many years past.
The 2010 Starlight Celebration happened between December 15th through December 31st. NPCs known as Smilebringers were positioned on several key points in the three city states, near a bell. By ringing the bells at those locations, players could get one of several gifts:
- Powdered Sugar
- Young Dodo Roaster
- Dodo Stuffing
- Dream Hat Materials
- Dream Tunic Materials
- Dream Boots Materials
Each one of those gifts could then be used to craft unique food items such as Snowflake Peak or Roast Dodo, while the Dream Materials could be used to craft the Dream Set equipment - Santa costumes.
The Twinklebox, however, should be traded with NPCs located on each of the Hamlets around Eorzea, in exchange for already crafted Dream gear.
2011 - Winter's KnellEdit
- "The North Shroud is unseasonably warm this year. In fact, there are some as say winter has yet to arrive. This makes yet another strange phenomenon assailing the land, and consternation is writ plain on the faces of Gridanians. Between this and the bloody-red hue of Dalamud, the citizens can scarce be begrudged their sense of apprehension."
- —Oliver Goodfellow
Due to an odd change in the climate of The Black Shroud, an Ala Mhigan refugee named Waldomar proposed to the conjurers the holding of a festival from his homeland called Winter's Knell.
According to the Hyrstmill resident, Winter’s Knell is just one facet of the Starlight Celebration observed in his native Ala Mhigo. The festival entails the building of Father Frost, a giant of snow, in a ritual to usher in the blessing of winter and pray for the well-being of loved ones.
The conjurers have no expectations whatsoever that the festival will actually bring cold weather to the North Shroud; However, by allowing the ritual to proceed, they plan to calm the population and improve the relationship with the Ala Mhigan refugees.
During the event, players could obtain a reindeer outfit by completing a simple quest: delivering 30 ice shards to a non-playable character on each city state, then go to Hyrstmill and use the /snowball emote on Father Frost five times.
Father Frost grows up in size every time a player completes the quest, and gains some extra details such as a bow tie and hat as he grows bigger.
The 2011 Starlight Celebration started on December 16th, 2011, and lasted until December 31, 2011.