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Atelloune's Wildlife Files -Let's Talk Poroggos-



While it may seem sudden, Atelloune's Wildlife Files is back for another round! I trust that you have all been good animal-loving boys and girls while I was away.

This may come as a surprise, but Professor Clavauert is in the Near East now, and he has discovered all sorts of wonders that cannot be found on Quon or the Mindartian continent. In fact, I just received this letter from him yesterday:

To my dear assistant Atelloune... Read and be amazed!
I have discovered the possibility that there may be survivors of that ancient beastman race! Please take a look at the enclosed sketch.

These are tracks I found just yesterday near my old beastman friend Pabool Ja's place. At first glance, they appear to be the tracks of some variety of toad, but what I want you to pay close attention to is the lack of foreleg prints... Do you understand now? Yes, that's right—these must be no other than the tracks of a living descendant of those ancient creatures! I cannot return home until confirming a living specimen with my own eyes. Please keep my research lab going until then!


What adorable little footprints, don't you think? So, wondering what the "ancient beastman race" is, are you? Well, there's no doubt about it! It's the "Poroggo" race! You know the story of the frog princess, do you not? The spoiled, boy-crazy frog princess who used magic to enslave a dashing Tarutaru man and make him her groom, only to, in the end...ah, you get the point.

Anyway, today's topic is the Poroggo! The Poroggo is an unverified, almost mythical, creature. But regardless of all their mystery, Poroggos are actually quite similar in appearance to the common toads that live near the waters of Vana'diel! Ah, this is such an exciting find! They really are adorable!


Let us get down to the juicy details now, shall we?
Not long ago, an ancient text was discovered in the restricted books section of the Optistery. It was an old parchment full of rather biased history, but it also contained highly credible information regarding Poroggos in the chapter on the Age of Magic, interlaced with descriptions of the Windurstian eccentric Samariri's treasons.


According to the information found in the text, the naïve girl felt sorry for the toads that were often trampled on the paths of Windurst Waters, and used a forbidden spell to increase the size of their tiny bodies and allow them to walk on two feet. Thus was the Poroggo race born. But the changes didn't stop there... Poroggos mastered the common tongue and even began to dabble in the realm of magic, which the Tarutaru had previously monopolized. Poroggos began to feel that they were also people--brothers and sisters to the peaceful inhabitants of Vana'diel...

And so, people accepted the Poroggos, bringing about sublime peace, and the inhabitants of Vana'diel lived happily ever after...you think? If you believe that, I'm afraid you're as naïve as Samariri...


In truth, pandemonium ensued when the inhabitants of Windurst discovered their city was inhabited by frog-like beastmen! The military was dispatched to eliminate the new threat, and soon the Poroggo were no more.

Are you all following so far? The Poroggos that show up in old fairy tales are no things of mere myth, but are creatures that were born of forbidden magic, only to have their lives cut short a few days later. Quite a tragic story, isn't it?

When this information was disclosed, there was another panic in Windurst Waters...but this time, it was felt by only one person: our very own Professor Clavauert.

Several years ago, during an excavation in Windurst Waters, Professor Clavauert unearthed the bones of a mysterious animal from a layer of earth several hundred years old. The following is a report of his findings to a society of scholars in Jeuno:

"At first I thought the great piles of bones dug up in Windurst Waters were a larger variety of toad, but after a full skeleton was put together, I realized that I had found a new race previously unknown to the people of Vana'diel.

"The basic skeletal structure closely resembles that of a common toad, but the shape of its four limbs slightly differs. Its hind legs are structured so that the creature could walk on two legs like the civilized races of Vana'diel, and its forelegs—or perhaps "arms" would be a more appropriate term—feature opposing thumbs. Furthermore, the size of the skull is far greater than that of a normal toad, allowing for a very large brain. Perhaps this mysterious creature evolved over a long period of time to adapt to the lands of Sarutabaruta, which at the time were very arid."


And so, Professor Clavauert named the creatures "Poroggos" after the eccentric frog princess from the fairy tales.

Scholars at the time ridiculed the findings, refusing to listen to Clavauert's arguments and pointing out that if Poroggos had truly evolved from toads, they would not have existed in the same time period.

Even the Professor himself admitted that there were inconsistencies in his work. Still, he believed that his theory was correct, and searched tirelessly to prove them. In order to do so, he needed to find the missing link between toad and Poroggo.

Professor Clavauert staked his reputation as a wildlife scholar on his claim, so he received quite a shock when the ancient text was discovered. Even if the data explained the inconsistencies of his findings, the fact that the "missing link" was actually a forbidden spell cast by a Tarutaru turned his theory on its head. It was for this reason that the Professor decided to set out for the Near East... Heh heh, our Professor has an unexpectedly delicate side after all, doesn't he?

And with that, it's another wrap for Atelloune's Wildlife Files!

What? You're still not satisfied, even with all the information about footprints, ancient texts, and mysterious fossils? You put a lady in a spot, you know...

I labored quite extensively using some rather less-than-virtuous methods to get this for Professor Clavauert, but...I suppose it wouldn't hurt to show all of you. Now, feast your eyes on these previously highly classified, never-before-seen images taken with a remarkable Near Eastern recording device!


Now none of you have room to complain, do you? If you really are that curious, you should go see if you can find a living, breathing Poroggo yourself! That will be your homework for today!

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hm
# Sep 29 2006 at 11:22 AM Rating: Decent
they look like my friend
Hmm...
# Sep 29 2006 at 10:15 AM Rating: Decent
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...I suppose it wouldn't hurt to show all of you. Now, feast your eyes on these previously highly classified, never-before-seen images taken with a remarkable Near Eastern recording device!


That and the fact that the pic is on ground level means (to me) that we can not see them just by looking on the ground.

Maybe a quest to get this "remarkable Near Eastern recording device" and take a photo? Maybe take a photo for proof of a new Beastman race, and then in future updates you gain access to there base?

To me it seems this could be the new moggle, you know we don't see many walking around the street... only for events and my loyal moogle in my MH. Maybe this "Toad" will be someone to help us unlock hidden magic "toad" or maybe all new missions "discovering a new race" where you go around and find Evidence that there was such a race, much like we did>>(not related for the manniquine quest where we had to Garrison and BCNM to get the parts to obtain one) Since its a Near East thing, maybe you will get items from special Assaults or new treasure for beseiged?

I don't think this would be the new Playable race SE had in mind, according to that pic they are much to small. thats my 20 bucks


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Ok, a compendijm of info.
# Sep 28 2006 at 10:10 PM Rating: Decent
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From analyzing the situation (And other posts) I've put togethor a few theories and their evidence.

Theory 1: New beastmen.

Supporting evidence:

-Ruins are a perfect location for another beastman base.

-Article calls them beastmen.

-We already have a midget spellcaster type race.

-Beseiged was going to become "even harder" according to an earlier announcement.

-There's a spell effect that matches what a "Toad" spell would look like.

Theory 2: New race.

Supporting evidence:

-SE announced a new race was coming.

-Porrogos have significantly more history than other beastmen.

-Taru jokes are getting pretty old.

Theory 3: Tarus are trying to take over Vanadiel.

Supporting evidence:

1. Nothing with a head larger than their bodies can be natural.

2. They're scary ;-;

3. They have a secret base under Pashow Marshlands for calling Meteors down on people.

4. They outnumber everything else three to one.
Forbidden magic?
# Sep 28 2006 at 3:40 PM Rating: Decent
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Makes me wonder, is the forbidden magic the 'Frog' spell, or a spell that makes stupid creatures larger and smarter? Then again, maybe 'Frog' is forbidden to?
blu magic and besieged
# Sep 28 2006 at 7:07 AM Rating: Decent
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Toad? for blu magic, if it does go into besieged imagine how much that would suck. your damage is dropped to 1 and your defense turns to ****. atleast thats how it usually is in all the other FF's. Though we have plainly seen FFXI doesnt always operate the same way*coughphoenixdowncough*. sorry had something stuck in my throat :)
They are beastman
# Sep 28 2006 at 6:48 AM Rating: Good
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There's no debate there, they're beastmen:

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In truth, pandemonium ensued when the inhabitants of Windurst discovered their city was inhabited by frog-like beastmen! The military was dispatched to eliminate the new threat, and soon the Poroggo were no more.


So, it says it right here, they're beastmen. They won't be a new playable race. I wonder what kind of BLU magic spell(s) you can learn from them.
new beastmen?
# Sep 28 2006 at 6:26 AM Rating: Decent
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Are you sure we are getting this particular race if we are getting a race. From what they say they sound hostile. The Tarutaru called them a threat.... Where they a threat because the tarutaru just freaked out like "eeek toad" or did the Porrogo's actually attack? anyone been able to find anything about that.

also to the note of a debuff, if it is a new beastmen, it would make sense for them to have this debuff.

wonder if they will participate in besieged. theres one region open for it. cant remember what its called but there is one :)
race vs. beastmen
# Sep 28 2006 at 5:02 AM Rating: Decent
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i'm not sure they will be a beastman race, the description of them sounded kinda peaceful from what i could read over the sound of my growling belly. i hope they add in a playable race, i've been gettin bored with the same ole **** everywhere you go. it would be cool to see a lil frog pld tanking a gob twice his size. or a dragon. that would be even cooler. i think they may make this race into the one mix that's not really there... a race with high int/mnd/agi/dex and extremely low str/vit/chr. ok... my two gil... now i need me some food... **grabs my fire crystals and heads for the school cafateria**.
race vs. beastmen
# Sep 30 2006 at 1:25 AM Rating: Good
However peaceful they might have been. The holocaust by the tarus surely gonna **** them off enough to be hostile toward us now.
Race
# Sep 28 2006 at 3:12 AM Rating: Decent
Just to add that info: It was stated by Square Enix on some Game Con that there would be a new race, I'm not implying we are getting a Frogmen Race but SE definitely plans to introduce a new player race. Soon.
debuff?
# Sep 27 2006 at 11:49 PM Rating: Decent
i havent really read the whole thing or read anyone else comments but my theory is that its a negative status effect like in other ff games where u get turned into a frog which can be cured with a maidens kiss

2 facts to back up my theory

1= in the pics above u can see frogs wearing blm hats with staffs and such
2= when using the spell swapping program there is a magic that sounds like it will turn u into a frog (puff of smoke with the sound of a frogs croak)

anyway thats my 2 cents, flame me or what ever else u guys like to do when someone else comes up with ideas (you know who you are)

edit= having read it now i believe that its a new beastman type but i think they will turn u into frogs like in previous ff games, guess its a matter of waiting to find out


Edited, Sep 28th 2006 at 5:43am PDT by tyrheero
grr
# Sep 27 2006 at 11:39 PM Rating: Decent
damn double post...

Edited, Sep 28th 2006 at 1:04am PDT by tyrheero
Not bad at all, more = win
# Sep 27 2006 at 11:05 PM Rating: Excellent
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Tri-breasted Samariri is what they called her. ;p
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hmm
# Sep 27 2006 at 10:12 PM Rating: Decent
Now none of you have room to complain, do you? If you really are that curious, you should go see if you can find a living, breathing Poroggo yourself! That will be your homework for today!


it says that implying that these are already here and we should go looking fo rthem now, if see take a screen shot maybe click it? fight it? Capture it like pokemon? i dunno just look for it its bound to make noise showing that it really does want to be found.

and it is probably showing us a new area or for a mission or a new monster with treasure

no new race i doubt because to imply a new race this late in the game would seem pointless for some that have a few 5 jobs on a char.

they eat tarus i am already afraid of them
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# Sep 27 2006 at 8:54 PM Rating: Decent
I think its something for the update in October or an up coming event but i could be wrong
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# Sep 27 2006 at 8:54 PM Rating: Decent
I think its something for the update in October or an up coming event but i could be wrong
hmm
# Sep 27 2006 at 8:43 PM Rating: Good
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This wouldn't seem so odd if it were just a topic in the Vana'diel Tribune, but it's on the main POL page.. Makes it seem like they really do want us to look for these frog people.. but why? And what are we supposed to do when we see them? o_Oa
To anser your questions,,,,,
# Sep 27 2006 at 8:33 PM Rating: Decent
It would seem that they plan to add a new race to the game.
my guess
# Sep 27 2006 at 8:21 PM Rating: Decent
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new beastmen race coming in the oct. patch(possibly in thier own zones)
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# Sep 27 2006 at 7:36 PM Rating: Decent
No doubt these will be appearing in October update. That looks like Bhaflau Thickets to me, maybe that's where we'll find them.
wtf
# Sep 27 2006 at 6:36 PM Rating: Default
what the hell is this about can anyone tell me
wow
# Sep 27 2006 at 6:29 PM Rating: Decent
i c this is very interesting but where can they be found, the near east, time for a scavenger hunt? these are in game? or are they going to be? was it actually in the last update? or fictional till next
Confused
# Sep 27 2006 at 6:28 PM Rating: Decent
does this actually mean these are in the game already and if so why hasnt anyone mentioned it before, obviously they say you should go find one but why?
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