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#1 May 25 2008 at 9:49 PM Rating: Good
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Apparently there were 5 of them.

But they only came out in French, German and Japanese.

It's unclear whether they are novels with pictures or comics though.

Anyone read them? Were they appalling? My French is somewhat rusty but I'm tempted to give it a go for the lulz. Hell, I ploughed through THREE of the Resident Evil books and survived so maybe I could manage an FFXI novelisation of some sort.
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#2 May 25 2008 at 10:34 PM Rating: Default
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moi qui adore les jeux vidéos final fantasy et habituée au roman fantastique, je suis très décue de ce premier livre. l histoire est baclée, les dialogues ne sont pas interressants. je ne continurait pas la série.
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LobsterJohnson the Braindead wrote:
moi qui adore les jeux vidéos final fantasy et habituée au roman fantastique, je suis très décue de ce premier livre. l histoire est baclée, les dialogues ne sont pas interressants. je ne continurait pas la série.
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I think he meant I come from OoT and Ive been infected with a rare typing disorder and I want the web addy so I can get the books too.
#4 May 25 2008 at 11:02 PM Rating: Excellent
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Actually I think he's just copied and pasted some of the comments from the website for the books (Amazon).

Pity there's not any english versions of these books about - would love to read them.
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#5 May 26 2008 at 5:04 AM Rating: Decent
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I have a Japanese book that detailed a bit of history of vana`diel..a lot of stuff that used to be in the tribune also..shame most of the people didn't appreciate it.
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LobsterJohnson the Braindead wrote:
moi qui adore les jeux vidéos final fantasy et habituée au roman fantastique, je suis très décue de ce premier livre. l histoire est baclée, les dialogues ne sont pas interressants. je ne continurait pas la série.
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As someone who loves the final fantasy video games and as someone who often reads fantasy novels, I'm very desapointed of the first book (in this series). The story is ... (not quite sure what baclée means), the dialogs aren't interesting. I won't be continuing the series.

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I read the first two books myself and it reads like a novel. You have a few manga-esque pages of art but the rest is text.

It tells the story of a adventurer in bastok who starts his adventure and meets other people along the way. I found it a bit boring myself. They spend a lot of time describing so many things in detail. For example, at the start the young adventurer finding a worm and his epic! battle against it. It's a worm... He actually grabs the loot / cristals from the corpse of the worm.

They do go more in detail saying you needed a special badge to be a adventurer and while I tried to get into it, it was sometimes a bit too not corny but overdone in parts. He also meets a girl practicing in white magic who saves his butt often. She's being protected by a Galka if I recall correctly. I know there's a mithra and a elvaan in the story as well but I hadn't met them yet.

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#7 May 26 2008 at 7:10 PM Rating: Decent
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I saw those books in the library in front of my job. So they didn't come out in English, huh? Maybe they're trying to attract people of different languages by starting them up with some books.

I'll sneak-read a few pages here and there.
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Id love to read those! Its been a while but I am fluent in french. I wonder where I can get a hold of these...
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Atalus wrote:
Id love to read those! Its been a while but I am fluent in french. I wonder where I can get a hold of these...


You should be able to find them at big french bookstores like Renaud Bray or Archambault. The author is Hasegawa, Miyabi.

Here's the link for Archambault:

http://www.archambault.ca/


This is the link for Renaud-Bray:
http://www.renaud-bray.com

The full links don't seem to work so I changed the link to the main pages.

For those curious, here's a rough translation of the first preview.

Découvrez le monde extraordinaire de Vana'diel, destiné aux aventuriers ! Chacun peut y gagner sa vie -et la gloire- en devenant mage, chevalier, voleur ou guerrier. Mais qui cherche l'honneur risque aussi de croiser la mort, c'est ce que comprendra rapidement le jeune Alfred, propulsé dans la plus grande aventure de sa vie.
Aux côtés d'Iris, jeune mage impétueuse, il s'embarque dans un voyage dangereux, pour se joindre au peuple d'Altana dans sa lutte contre les hommes-bêtes. Au cours de cet apprentissage périlleux, Alfred devra affronter son destin. Mais il ignore encore quelle machine infernale il lui faudra combattre...

Discover the extraordinary world of Vana'diel, destined for adventurers! Everyone can earn a living and get glory by becoming a mage, a knight, a thief or a warrior. However, who ever seeks honnor might also encounter death. It's what young Alfred learns quickly, thrown into the greatest adventure of his life. With Iris at his side, a young impetuous mage, they embarque on a dangerous quest to aid the people of Altana in their fight against the beastmen. During this perilous journey, Alfred will have face his destiny. He still ignores what infernal machines he will have to fight...

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#10 May 27 2008 at 10:59 PM Rating: Decent
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Here's little more on the books and some pictures of inside. Just the artwork looks like might be cool items to own for the collector of Final Fantasy items. Great post btw thanks for finding this, never knew they existed.

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Starting in 2003, a series of novels titled Final Fantasy XI: ... was written by Miyabi Hasegawa and was released in Japanese, German and French.
(256~288p each, ISBN978-4-7577-1424-3 (Japanese))

Final Fantasy XI: Wind of the prayer (Inori no Kaze)
by Miyabi Hasegawa
It's the story of Alfred, a young hume who decided to become an adventurer, taken part of the battle between beastmen and Altana's people.
From his dangerous travels, he'll meet an experimented Galkan Paladin and an impetuous young white mage girl who will change his destiny.
Following Alfred and his companions in the streets and undergrounds of the city of Bastok, on the lands of Gustaberg and more over, you'll discover the incredibly wealth of Vana'Diel and the game FFXI at the same time.

Final Fantasy XI: The Oath of the Stars (Hoshi no Chikai)
by Miyabi Hasegawa
After their epic battle against an Orcish Warmachine, Alfred and his companions have to bring back Windurstian plans.
During their adventure, they will meet a mysterious Elvaan Bard and a Tarutaru Monk in great need.
But while they're embarking in a boat to the destination of San D'Oria, Iris the group's white mage still ignore she'll have to fight against the ennemies from her past...

Final Fantasy XI: A bond of the Eternity (Towa no Kizuna)
by Miyabi Hasegawa
Since their last mission, the alliance members are disbanded.
Jed the Elvaan and Shera the Mithran Thief went to Jeuno trying to uncurse Jed while the young Alfred and the white mage Iris are coming back to Bastok.
But with only a step to the city, they had to leave back to Jeuno where mysterious events take place.
The famous confederation are going to its greatest adventure but also its most dangerous one...

Final Fantasy XI: A far-off wing (Haruka Naru Tsubasa)
by Miyabi Hasegawa

Final Fantasy XI: A sword of the defense #1 (Mamori no Tsurugi #1)
by Miyabi Hasegawa

Book 1 Japanese version
Best Cover of the Five Books I Think

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#11 May 29 2008 at 11:54 AM Rating: Good
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Final Fantasy XI: A far-off wing (Haruka Naru Tsubasa)
by Miyabi Hasegawa

Final Fantasy XI: A sword of the defense #1 (Mamori no Tsurugi #1)
by Miyabi Hasegawa


This is where found all the descriptions finally.

"A Far-off Wing"

Douglas and his fellow travelers preparing to board the aircraft for the island of Elshimo. Doug young Hume is always accompanied by his childhood friends, Elvaan Nim and the Guava Galka, the mage Peta and two girls encountered along the way: Tickie the thief mithra Lin and the apprentice knight dragon. These three boys hope to find on the island's father Guava, disappeared with the scientific mission on which he part of; two young girls seeking to escape the Dark Dragons who continue; and peta, no one knows his intentions .. .


"A Sword of Defense"

An apprentice paladin, Douglas, and his two childhood friends come to the aid of a team in bad spot in the caves of Yughott. Discovering that they all ran towards the village of Kazham, adventurers decide to finish the journey together. But one of them is in the grip of a curse ....

#12 May 29 2008 at 12:32 PM Rating: Good
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There are more than 5 books out in Japan. I counted 15 books. I counted split up volumes as one. Books in Japan are sometimes split up into 2 or 3 volumes. For example, Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince was broken up into 2 books when it was translated.

Not in published order:

賢者の遺言 - kenja no yuigon - A Sorcerer's Last Request
永遠の絆 - towa no kizuna - A Bond of Eternity
アトルガンの娘たち - atorugan no musumetachi - The Girls of Aht Urghan
護りの剣 - mamori no ken - Sword of protection
幸運の条件 - kou'un no jouken - Requirements of Luck
遠い願い - tooi negai - Distant Prayer
ロンフォールの姫騎士 - ronfooru no hime kishi - Ronfaure's Princess Knight
ハッピーギフト - happii gifuto - Happy Gift
星のいざない - hoshi no izanai - Invitation to the Stars
遥かなる翼 - haruka naru tsubasa - Distant Wings
冒険者の休日 - boukensha no kyujitsu - An Adventurer's Day Off
騎士の誇り - kishi no hokori - A Knight's Pride
新たな夢 - arata na yume - A New Dream
旅の恵み - tabi no megumi - The Blessings of Travel
星の誓い - hoshi no chikai - A Star's Oath
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#13 May 29 2008 at 4:55 PM Rating: Default
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Interesting in this series I only found those as 5 books by Miyabi Hasegawa. The screens are some in Japanese, too. Where did you see the others, can I ask? I was just going to order the French versions cause I can kinda read that, but not if the series continued more in Japanese. It would make a more of sense for it to be there then France or Germany. But I think the artwork is more then enough excuse to add this to the collection.


One of the Japanese text pages

another shot of same book
#14 May 29 2008 at 5:06 PM Rating: Good
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lol.

2nd Chapter

THE MANDRAGORA!

run for your lifes~



In all seriousness, I wouldn't worry. It will get published in the states soon. I think it's harder to find publisher in the States, especially a book in another language.
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#15 May 29 2008 at 5:36 PM Rating: Decent
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That's really cool.

That's one thing I really prefer about Warhammer and World of Warcraft. They have books and books of lore, which makes the storyline seem more important. The FFXI storyline is fine, however, so np.
#16 May 30 2008 at 3:17 PM Rating: Default
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Not to stray from the topic. There is a few books out there that go into detail more about the story of Vana'diel, but they are in Japanese. The are not in novel form either and I agree the WoW books really does add another dimension to that game. Not in same genre but I am reading the Resident Evil books now and it would be great if we had just a few novels for FFXI.

This is one of the books called "Final Fantasy XI: Life in Vana'Diel" that goes into the lore of the land and is being translated slowly by Elmer from Gilgamesh server.
#17 Jun 17 2008 at 9:44 AM Rating: Default
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I just got my copy of the first book in the series. It has a few pictures in color at start and some graphics inside. But it is full "light" novel of text and not illustrated story. Some of these would be cool to have translated, if you look at the covers you can see the latest one is about puppet from tau expansion.

All of them at Amazon Japan

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