When did Pon Farr first appear in Vulcan society, I know someone joked that it was “punishment for getting rid of all emotion” (i think that was dr.mccoy but…), but that just seemed like a joke to me?
I looked onto the wiki and I didnt find anything in canon that gave an idea of when it started, but what if it was an inherent part of Vulcan Biology that they believed would go away when the emotions went away. After all, those who go through kohlinar no longer go through pon farr. Pon Farr is always regarded as a reminder of what vulcan used to be like before the reformation, so perhaps Pon Farr has always been around as well?
But also, If its always been around…
do Romulans go through Pon Farr?
I mean, we know almost n o t h i n g about Romulan biology and culture, except that they are very militaristic. So what if they never found a way around the Seven Year Itch? Is it even seven years for them? What if theirs is like 3 or 9 years apart? Romulans use military discipline to control their emotions and keep themselves in line, save for the occasional sass and snarky attitude.
Can you imagine Romulans going through Pon Farr though? The Heightened emotions, the short circuit mood swings? Romulan already dont tolerate people, they are already snarky and sass filled beyond belief, they tend to be manipulative, orchestrating complex plans and convincing other people to do the dirty work, just imagine what Pon Farr is like for them.
Pon Farr comes up and they’re like, bursting with as much sass and sarcasm as soon as someone says something. Interacting with a Romulan would either be a Non Stop Roast fest or end in a bar fight. One day you’re talking with a Romulan, and they seem nice enough, and then the next week they hit Pon Farr. But if you are with them, would they be very passionate? Romulans are passionate people and have deep feelings, so would feelings of love towards someone become stronger?
Okay, so I’ve seen people complaining about many things having to do with Final Fantasy XV for a long time now. Despite it being popular both as Versus XIII and XV, the game, like anything else, has gathered many haters in addition to fans. I personally disagree with many of the gripes other people seem to have. These opinions of mine may prove to be quite unpopular, but I feel that as a fan, I’d be doing the game a disservice by not coming to its defense when I feel it’s being wrongfully criticized. There will be some Kingsglaive spoilers in this post, so don’t read past this point if you would like to steer clear of those. Here we go.
1. Luna being weak
One of the most common things I read here is how Luna is weak or a damsel in distress and how we were cheated out of Stella, who is, apparently, the gold standard for heroines everywhere. Luna is a priestess, the youngest in the history of the FFXV world, and has been confirmed as the only person able to hold back the plague of the stars, a strange phenomenon that threatens to cover the world in darkness through the lengthening of the night. She’s also able to speak with the gods themselves. Luna has remained unbroken even after seeing her kingdom being forcibly taken over by Niflheim, her mother and King Regis being killed by Glauca, Nyx sacrificing himself so she could get away, and the horribly destructive conquering of Lucis. She knows her brother is a servant for the empire that has taken everything from her. She stood against armed soldiers of the empire. She stood against an Archaian, and Leviathan at that, confirmed to be one of the strongest. In Kingsglaive, Luna jumped from one airship to another, jumped out of a moving aircraft, stood up to Luche, who threatened to kill her (and tricked him into putting on the Ring of the Lucii, which killed him), and then embraced death without fear as Glauca was about to swing his sword down on her.
My point is that Luna’s incredibly courageous and has a will of pure iron; she’s determined to do what she has to do, regardless of how many people she loses or what she has to sacrifice, even if it ultimately means losing her life. She holds certain abilities no one else has, that are key to the survival of the world, and she fights for the good of everyone. Quiet determination and emotional fortitude are NOT weakness. Not being a physical fighter is NOT weakness either. As for Stella, we knew next to nothing about her save for her role as the Juliet to Noctis’s Romeo in the story. She was his love interest as well as enemy. Yes, she fought for her family and kingdom despite her opponent being the man she loved. Yes she showed determination and strength through her facial expressions and actions. HOWEVER, Stella’s strength doesn’t take away from Luna’s. Luna is not a weak or badly written character because she doesn’t do what Stella does or share her role in the story.
2. Cindy being overly sexualized
This one is really problematic for me. I see people complaining about Cindy’s clothes all the time. She wears shorts and has big breasts. Big deal. She’s got the goods, so she flaunts them. This one’s actually very simple: the main facet of Cindy’s character is NOT her clothing of choice, with the keyword being choice (and I know that Cindy is a fantasy character whose clothes are chosen for her, but I’m going at this assuming we’re speaking about a real woman). Cindy is a genius mechanic. That’s already impressive and good representation, considering that her field is usually male dominated. Cindy is quite literally the only reason the hero party’s car gets fixed and it can be on its way to, well, save the world. Cindy’s clothing being provocative takes nothing away from her skill as a professional or her personality. Her clothing is representative of real life, as all women don’t cover themselves from head to toe. Some women enjoy showing off their features, and more power to them, because we all have the right to dress how we want to dress without being subject to prejudice or critique.
Everyone complaining that she’s sexualized needs to take a step back and think about why they aren’t saying the same thing about Gladiolus, who is literally Cindy’s male counterpart in terms of costume. No one says he’s less of a warrior for not wearing a shirt. No one says men are being sexualized or insulted by his lack of a shirt. If you’re complaining about Cindy’s supposed sexualization, YOU’RE sexualizing her because you’re putting all the emphasis on her clothing when she exists beyond that. Her shorts and cleavage are her defining trait only if you make them.
3. The party
I want to point out that I’m a woman who has absolutely no qualms with other women, because I did get called a woman hater at one point for bringing this up to another user on here. I find no issue whatsoever with the fact that the entire playable cast is comprised of males. I’ve brought up before that most of the games in the Final Fantasy series, at least as far as I’ve seen, have evenly split casts in terms of gender, if not almost evenly split. Final Fantasy X-2 had an all female cast, and, similarly to XV, focused a lot on the sisterhood that formed between the protagonists. Now many people seem to be insulted that men are getting their crack at getting a cast exclusive to them, and I’m just not seeing what the problem is. X-2 had an all female cast, yet males were prevalent in the story and played their roles; they got their chance to shine, but the women were in the spotlight. XV follows this as well, with the game concentrating on the chocobros whilst still showcasing a female cast (one that I find very diverse and interesting).
Luna plays an important role, as does Cindy, even if her role is much more brief. Gentiana, Luna’s attendant, has been confirmed to play an important role in the story and to be much more than a simple servant. Leviathan is a female, and Gladio’s sister, Iris, is also included. I almost forgot to mention Aranea, who’s the captain of an aerial platoon in the Niflheim military and an expert at aerial combat. All these women are extremely different yet are important to the story.
The fact that you play as young men doesn’t detract from the importance of the women in the story; they’re still important and have roles to fulfill. The game is not sexist for not having playable women and neither are it’s creators. The creators of X-2 weren’t sexist for limiting your playable party to YRP, so please stop it with the double standard.
Further, some are more upset with the reasoning behind the all male party than with the party itself. All I have to say to that is that, while some people are consistent and comfortable with themselves to the point that they can be around people of other sexes and genders without acting a least a bit different or strange, other people simply aren’t; certain people’s personalities change, whether drastically or not, depending on the groups of people they’re with. That’s neither sexism nor rocket science, and it’s not an excuse either. If the creators of FFXV didn’t want women in the game, they wouldn’t be in it period, with no excuse. It’s be very difficult to touch on the theme of brotherhood and the bonds forged and strengthened between these four men if they’re all constantly acting differently than they normally would because a girl’s around. We saw this in the Duscae demo, where Prompto and Gladio flirt with Cindy incessantly. Events like those are great to show new facets to the characters personalities, but they also show you that these young guys (at least Prompto and Gladio) would behave quite differently with girls in the group, even more so if romantic dynamics were brought into the mix.
4. The emo boyband look
Since the days of Versus XIII, it was known that the story of XV would be very dark, dealing with heavy, real world themes like death. Noctis talked to Stella about seeing the light due to a traumatic experience. It was said that this light gave Noctis the power to sense others’ impending deaths, if I remember correctly. It was also said by Square Enix that black is a very important color in Lucis, as it’s connected to… well, I forget. I don’t remember if it’s Etro or what, but the color black apparently has some relevance in Lucis. The chocobros aren’t dressed like a boyband. If you look at them, they actually each have their own distinctive style. Ignis is prim and proper with his fancy looking attire. Noctis looks more sporty and casual, Gladio looks like he wears clothes because he sorta has to, and Prompto looks a little artsy fartsy even, like he has fun dressing himself and accessorizing. Quite literally the only thing the chocobros’ outfits have in common is the color, and that’s because they’re all from Lucis, where the color holds importance.
So sorry for the long post (and for all the typos… I’m on a cell phone…)! I tend to ramble a lot. I also get really passionate about defending FFXV because I’m very excited to play the game. It’s disheartening to feel the critiques against it are unnecessarily harsh or hold no basis in anything we’ve been shown… if I’m incorrect in anything I said, feel free to respond and correct me! I wrote this solely as a defense for FFXV, not to bulldoze anyone or their opinions on the game, so apologies in advance if I did that with my words, opinions, or tone!
I’M HOPPING ON THE BABY SORMIK AND ELYSIANS TRAIN BECAUSE BOIIIIIIII I HAVE A SHIT TON OF HEADCANONS (most of these are just baby sormik headcanons because i love them)
-Mikleo checking for “monsters” under Sorey’s bed every night so Sorey wouldn’t be scared
-Kyme teaching Mikleo seraphic artes and Mikleo being really frustrated because he can’t seem to get a certain arte right, but when he does Sorey gets super excited and congratulates him with a big kiss
-The two as babies crying whenever they were separted and only calmed down the the other came back
-Sorey asking Mikleo where he got his circlet and Mikleo tells him that he doesn’t know, he’s always had it, but Sorey thinks it’s pretty and wants something like it too. So, all the Elysians round up to with Elysialark feathers to make him feather earrings
-Mikelo healing Sorey every time he fell down in the ruins (which is quite frequently). This is how the Elysians found out Mikleo is a water seraph
-The two falling asleep together with the Celestial Record in Sorey’s lap and the other seraphim crowding around gushing over how cute they are. Bonus points if one of them covers them with a blanket
-Sorey not heeding Zenrus’ warnings not to play around the goats when he knew he wasn’t supposed to, and as a result getting kicked in the face a lot
-Sorey making yogurt and cheese from the goats’ milk with all the other seraphim (Mikleo and Zenrus included)
-Mason teaching the boys how to hunt prickleboars when they’re old enough to hunt for food on their own
-Sorey finding a bush full of ripe berries and Mikleo and him spending the whole eating and picking berries to bring back to share with the other seraphim
-Mikleo and Sorey having their first kiss because they read about it in a book and wanted to try it. Later on the seraphim have to explain to them what kissing means
-Gramps teaching the two about how they are different as a human and a seraph, and Sorey crying because he wants to be like Mikleo and vice versa
-The two accidentally coming across an erotic book and being confused and asking Zenrus and Zenrus is like “o shit”
-The two camping out in the ruins after a long day of exploring, with a group of the seraphim watching them from afar to make sure they’re safe
-Two two playing “Shepherd” and having the other seraphim join in, to which they just go with it because Sorey and Mikleo are having so much fun together
-Mikleo losing his circlet and Sorey making him a flower crown in place of it. They find it next to Sorey’s bed later that day
-The seraphim telling Sorey and Mikleo stories from when they were young and all the adventures they used to go on as a bedtime story before Zenrus give Sorey the Celestial Record. Bonus points if acting is involved
-Sorey being afraid of thunderstorms and Mikleo snuggling up wit him at night to protect him
-The seraphim lowkey catching on to Sorey and Mikleo’s budding feelings for each other and Kyme is like “shit Zenrus should we do something ?” and Zenrus is like “lol nah let ‘em be I predicted this would happen”
-A personal favorite of mine: Sorey having his first wet dream about Mikleo an crying and crying because he feels dirty, and refusing to talk to Mikleo because he doesn’t want it to happen again. So when the seraphim eventually catch on, Kyme approaches him one day when he’s sitting on the steps to his house pouting and says “do you want to tell me why you’ve been avoiding Mikleo lately?”, and Sorey bursts into tears and tells him everything. Thus, Kyme takes him to Zenrus and, after several failed attempts to describe it to him, Sorey finally begins to understands the concept of human puberty and the he and Mikleo really are different
-The seraphim freaking out at baby Sorey, uh, expelling waste from his body, and everybody is like “SHIT ZENRUS IS HIS DYING WHAT DO WE DO!??????” and Zenrus is like “lmao nah fam he just shat himself that’s normal for a human baby”
FEEL FREE TO ADD ON TO THIS I NEED MORE BABY SORMIK AND ELYSIANS HEADCANONS Y’ALL