About the site.
Aetherial is a shrine and fanlisting dedicated to the character Y'shtola Rhul from the video game Final Fantasy XIV Online. This site was created as part of the Amassment Construction Zone Challenge which ran from April 2016 to December 2016. The shrine was opened on September 14, 2016 and the fanlisting was opened on June 26, 2017. While still very much incomplete it is my goal to finish this site one day soon. I just have to figure out what direction I want to go with her.
I'm not even sure how the idea for a Y'shtola shrine came around to begin with, but Lethe was the one who told me I should do it. You all know how that works. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I'd make a Final Fantasy shrine. I've had friends try and get me into the series, but the attempt always ended in failure as it wasn't something that really grabbed my interest. At one point in time however I did want to make a Yuna shrine because she was my favorite character in the series, but the idea flopped and I ended up using the layout for my domain instead. This was because I never actually played the game. When I finally did I ended up not getting very far. Since getting completely annihilated by this one boss I never touched the game again. Sad times. One day some years later several friends convinced me to play FFXIV and I haven't been able to stop, even when all of them aren't playing anymore. What's the deal with that? Yeesh! I've made a bunch of new friends though so I don't think I could quit even if I wanted to because I love them. ♥
I'll admit that the first character I wanted to shrine from this game was Thancred, but that idea never got out of my head and onto the page. This is because I find shrining characters from an online game to be an incredibly daunting task, especially when that game is filled with a ton of story that can be very easy to get lost in (which FFXIV is notorious for). I was able to do it once before with Yrel from World of Warcraft so who says it's impossible? While I ended up not going with Thancred, and instead with Y'shtola, I have no regrets on this. I love Y'shtola. Also since Heavensward I haven't been overly fond of Thancred so I guess it all worked out in a way. While working on this shrine has been a real struggle––probably due to the fact I decided to upload it partially complete with no clear direction in mind––it's something I don't want to give up on if I can help it. So many of my projects are prone to forever remain in the shadows and end up being scrapped for one reason or another. *sigh*
Currently we are on version 1 of the site which features Y'shtola in her Heavensward outfit. I love the look of it (the outfit I mean! Although this layout isn't too shabby either). The layout was made by me using Adobe Photoshop 7.0 and then coded by hand using Notepad. The image used was screencapped by me from the game and patterns used were found at Subtle Patterns. Fonts used are called BrockScript and Times New Roman. A huge shout out to Mikari for helping me with some problems I was having with the layout. While the solution wasn't something I wanted to go with I was at least able to get the layout to work the way I wanted, so yay! Also thank you to Lethe and Saya whose excitement for this site has kept me wanting to see things through to the end. One day I shall finish this shrine! ♥ Previous layouts used may be found at my layout archive.
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