: KS99 egg
: adamantoise (bought, after trio camping for months, losing ToD, then camping a week or so alone/duo wanting to buy from HNMls when it HQd; ended up getting from same HNMls off ada) beard
: nidhogg (bought, week of solo camping, usually staying up all night and negotiating prices with various HNMls leaders)
feels good to have gone out and got it, after spending a lonnnnnnnnnnnng time (4 years) wanting and a fair amount of time complaining.
if you want BB, and are willing to track ToDs on your own, stay up all night a few nights a week when ToD is weird, and make enough gil to buy from nidhogg/aspi/KB dominating ls, you can get it. it's a game of patience and temporary gil-hoarding (just the former if you're rich).
i would have loved to get beard from KS99 and solo/duo/trio ada, but my HNMls went through a rough patch that somehow has excluded wyrm KS99 from our vocabulary (if i get a speed belt from the orb that's sat in my MH for the last couple months, it will be quite ironic), and endlessly losing claim to large groups at ada is pretty disheartening.
edit: funny (to me at least) history: would you pay for black belt? talking about the ease with which one can obtain BB before i had one, then bitterly downplaying BB's goodness.
(in all seriousness though, well-merited, overall well-geared, knowledgeable MNKs blow common BB monks out of the water; believe me on this, i have some experience with it)
p.s. i'm bored and tired, so let me add an epeen note: in the pic above, that's not c.chain, bushinomimi, ochiudo's kote, but rather faith torque, hollow earring, and bandomusha kote:D. black belt puts me 1 step further toward my ridiculous goal of wearing nothing but r/ex gear. unfortunately, charger mantle is sh*t, fumas are a pain to camp (though usukane would be nice), and tiphia sting is better than smart grenade. meh. Edited, Mar 20th 2008 6:16pm by milich