Ringthree points out that the Vanafest Site got updated since most people probably stopped checking it. If you read Elmerthepointy's coverage of Vanafest then you already knew most of the stuff, but it's still nice seeing it in print officially from SE.
What stuck out to me though was the mention of Paladins.It's certainly one of the least interesting job blurbs in itself. "We're maybe going to do something with the Cover JA." Exciting.
What I find interesting about it is the difference between Cover in FFXI and Cover in FINAL FANTASY II (aka FF4). Sure the whole Cecil taking up the Dark Sword for the King of Baron and later putting it down and turning to the light was kind of cool. Even if in retrospect FF4 was poorly translated, had a ridiculous plot, and was overflowing with preposterous melodrama. It was still a blast to play.
But was there any actual use for the Cover ability Cecil got? Not as far as I could tell. That's different in FFXI. Cover is great. Unfortunately, it gets little use in parties and I've never seen it used tactically at an endgame event. Paladins are the game's brickwall and Cover lets them put a brickwall between a mob and a party member. While leveling Ranger on Colibri it's an ability that I very much appreciate when there's a Paladin who will actually use it.
Will an update change that? I'd like to think so, but then again maybe not.
Unrelated UPDATE: She beat me to it! I was going to post about Cerberus a few days back, but forgot to. Sweet tapdancing crystal dragon Jesus does Cerberus have some stupid fucking /shouts in Whitegate. I had two people on my /blist from Hades for some reason that I don't remember. I now have two people on Cerberus for the same thing.
On Hades we'd always have one dude who was shouting to make a pickup group for things you probably should have experience and cohesion as well as the usual Nyzul Isle and Jade Sepulcher ISNMs. On Cerberus there's never anything FFXI related being shouted. Instead its painfully fucktarded random "facts" and other people shouting having a painfully fucktarded conversation about them. It's an extra special form of fucktarded because half the "facts" aren't even fucking corrent. Fuck. Fuck. Hate. Fuck.
Now I have to excuse myself. I'm going to go look for some Spring flowers to stomp on or something. Hate.