This was posted on the official site: ------------------ From:FINAL FANTASY XI 11/21/2003 01:00 [PST] Applying for World Emigration (11/21) In response to the increase in World population, we are inviting players to emigrate to different Worlds. Please read the following carefully. If you wish to emigrate, please follow the instructions below.
[World Emigration Guidelines]
From 11/21/2003 01:00 (PST) until 11/29/2003 07:00 (PST)
Regarding new World implementation and emigration:
-Details regarding whether or not the emigration will take place, the date and time of emigration, the number of new Worlds created, and details about the configuration of new Worlds will be based on the outcome of the recruitment. There will be an announcement at a later time.
-3 new Worlds are scheduled to be created. In the event that applicants are divided among multiple Worlds, all applicants from a single World will be moved into the same new World.
-In the event that the number of players who wish to emigrate to the new World does not fill up one whole World, the World shift will be postponed.
How to apply for World emigration:
When the application period begins, an NPC called the World Shifter will appear in each of the following areas. By talking to this NPC, you can apply for or cancel World emigration, and confirm your character's emigration status. Please read the World Shifter's responses carefully before submitting an application.
Ru'Lude Gardens (I-10)
Port San d'Oria (I-8)
Port Bastok (L-8)
Windurst Walls (G-6)
*Note: After the application deadline, you will be unable to make any further requests for World emigration.
How to confirm your World emigration status:
During the application period, a login message will appear indicating your World emigration status. If you are already logged in, you can view this message by entering "/smes". Please be sure to confirm your status before the end of the application period.
*Message displayed when applying for World emigration:
"You have submitted an application for World emigration."
*Message displayed when not applying for World emigration:
"You have not submitted an application for World emigration."
If you are considering applying for World emigration, please read the following points to ensure a smooth transition.
Emigration of characters is done one at a time. If you request emigration for any of your other characters, please conduct all applications separately.
If your character happens to have the same name as another player in the World to which you emigrate, you will have to change your name before entering that World. If you need to change your name, your name will be shown in yellow, and you must follow the on-screen instructions. This name change will not affect your Friend List.
Delivery Box/Auction items:
All items up for auction and in your Delivery Box will be lost when you emigrate. Please collect these items before moving. Any items in your Mog Safe will be transported with you to the new world.
Regarding used linkshells:
Following a World shift, your linkshells will be automatically exchanged with new, unopened linkshells. If you have an unused linkshell, you may bring it to the new World. If a linkshell owner emigrates, the player's old linkshell will be deactivated and a new unopened linkshell will be automatically provided.
They also included the following FAQ about the move:
From:FINAL FANTASY XI
11/21/2003 01:00 [PST]
Frequently Asked Questions about World Emigration
The following is a compilation of frequently asked questions regarding World emigration. Before preparing for World emigration, please refer to following.
Will I be able to continue with any of my ongoing Quests?
Will I be able to keep my Conquest Points and Rank Points?
Your character status will be carried over to the new World.
This includes levels, skills (battle, magic, synthesis), gil, items, Mog House's Mog Safe and layout, gardening status, home point, home country or mission rank, conquest points, etc. Your PlayOnline friend list, email, album, etc. will not change.
Will all characters applying be able to emigrate?
All characters that applied during the application period will emigrate. Depending on the application turnout, it is possible that your character will be reallocated or merged into another World.
When is the application deadline?
What will happen if I barely make the application process?
On November 29th, 2003 at 7:00 (PST), the World Shifter from each World will disappear thus ending application. If you are in process of applying right before this time, the latest World emigration status will be saved. When the World Shifter disappears you will not be able to confirm your changes therefore be sure to take adequate time when finishing your application. There can be no more changes after the application deadline.
Is there any cost for World emigration?
No. Any character can apply for free.
When I emigrate to the new World, where is my starting point?
You will start from the last position you logged out from. There are no changes with your home point.