I gave my Balmung house away.
I bought it during the last housing rush as a personal house. I was really lucky to get it. It was a rush of adrenaline, a stroke of fortuitous timing, someone was just a few footsteps behind me as I clicked the button.
The odds had been beaten. I was one of the few, now, a homeowner on the most crowded server in FFXIV. I should have been happy. I’d started playing the game a year ago, after all, and it had taken this long to reach the top, why shouldn’t I be? It was in a pretty location, even, the wards had just been refreshed with the swimming areas, I could see them from my front lawn.
Spoiler alert, I guess - It really didn’t make me happy at all.
(Putting the rest of this under a cut, because it got long. It’s just kind of a personal thoughts/journey sort of thing, not a patting-self-on-the-back thing. I just need to talk about it? I dunno.)