This is a puzzle about the critically acclaimed MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV; specifically, it's about the naming conventions of various races within the world. There are four subpuzzles, each based on a specific race (or subrace).
Sea Wolf names consist of two words from the Roegadyn language,
We translate these words, conjugating tense when applicable (-a turns a verb into a gerund, e.g. edza = eating):
meat blue eater bull fighter jewel god long north finger smith star
These can be paired up to form crossword-like clues:
|Word 1||Word 2||Answer|
The Seekers of the Sun have 26 tribes, each named after a letter
of the alphabet, and associated with a certain animal. These tribe
names precede the given name of the Miqo'te.
Identify the animals, and take the tribe letter associated with them:
(Note: For the fifth and seventh images, the animals are not exactly the ones associated with the tribes, coeurl and aldgoat, but they are the closest real-world equivalents.)
The answer is WAR ICON.
The Keepers of the Moon have a matriarchal society, and all males
name themselves after their mothers, taking a suffix after the first
name to denote the number child they are.
Solve the clues. They are alphabetically sorted:
|In the US, the right to bear arms (9 3)||AMENDMENT TWO|
|Colored energy around a person signifying that they're attracted to more than one gender? (8 4)||BISEXUAL AURA|
|The lowest point in the measurement of mass over volume? (7 5)||DENSITY NADIR|
|How Marx might describe a certain pamphlet advocating for communism? (3 9)||HIS MANIFESTO|
|"You killed my father. Prepare to die." speaker (5 7)||INIGO MONTOYA|
|Facts and statistics that are neither lawful nor chaotic? (7 4)||NEUTRAL DATA|
|Animal whiskers found on the nostrils? (4 9)||NOSE VIBRISSAE|
|Gwadar, Karachi, and Hyderabad (5 8)||SOUTH PAKISTAN|
|Spicy stew made out of deer meat? (7 5)||VENISON CHILI|
|British composer Gerald's oeuvre? (5 2 5)||WORKS BY FINZI|
Lalafell names make use of repeated syllables. In particular,
Lalafell female names are of the form AAB or ABB depending on the
The clues given are ambiguous, but there is always a unique answer that has a repeated part (usually bigram):
|Province within Emilia-Romagna||FERRARA|
|National Book Award for Nonfiction winning author||DIDION|
|People from a certain midwest US state||KANSANS|
|Permissible to eat||HALAL|
|Historic Turkic clan||TERTERIDS|
|Excite or arouse||TITILLATE|
|Cornell Professor Emeritus of Astronomy||VEVERKA|
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I'm a huge lore nerd, so this puzzle idea has been floating around in my head ever since I started playing FFXIV and saw the naming scheme of the Seekers of the Sun tribes. It's also the first puzzle in which I've actually taken a puzzle idea off of my puzzleideas.txt file--I write pretty frequently to it, but I never use the puzzles from there because I typically come up with puzzle ideas by being inspired by the answer. On the other hand, when I saw this answer, and noticed the property used in the final extraction, I knew it was meant to be.