"Here is the Crystal Tower in Final Fantasy XIV, which cuts a fine figure over Silvertear Lake," she wrote in. "It's stunning to behold both within and without, and it contains bosses reminiscent of those in Final Fantasy III, the first Final Fantasy game to feature the Crystal Tower dungeon. The Keeper of the Lake can be seen in the right corner of this shot, a monument that contains the bones of the Guardian of Silvertear Falls (the Midgardsormr) and the wreckage of the massive Garlean Empire airship (Agrius). The Midgardsormr sacrificed itself to bring down the airship in a valiant act of altruism that no doubt saved the lives of many innocent Eorzeans! It's one of my favorite bits of the game's lore."
Did you get all of that? I feel as though there's going to be a test. I might need to cheat off of your sheets. Insert one quarter to continue this column, by the way.
Reader Becca is all for flaunting what she's got: "After my cousin found out I played the game, she asked what my character looked like. Naturally I had to get a good pose. 'Heeeeyyyy!'"
Heeeeyyyy indeed. Welcome to Music Town, may I service you?
Anyway, Mr. The Lurker has sent in this stunning picture from EverQuest II. "Here's my Deathknight out in the snow, surveying the lands of Frostfell in case the Great Overlord of Freeport should wish to expand his territory. Notes to self: Plate armour conducts cold. And what is that amongst the Northern lights? Flying wingless reindeer? With a sled? This is a weird place."
"This is my Accretian Phantom," he wrote. "Rest in peace, my lil' murder bot. I thought this picture (and all other pictographic evidence of this character's existence) was lost long ago in an OS reinstall; I found it a couple of weeks back when I was cleaning up an archive folder on my secondary hard drive.
"Looking back over these screenshots the last couple of weeks since I found them has really been heart wrenching. RF Online was my first MMO, and there has been no other game since where I have developed as deep an emotional connection to a character as this one here."
Want to be featured in a future edition of One Shots? Send your favorite MMO screenshots to firstname.lastname@example.org, and don't forget to include your name, the name of the game, and a description of the scene. Large, colorful, UI-free shots that tell a story and really show off the game make for the best images. Look ma, we brought back One Shots!