The Shrouded Land of Dynamis is a parallel dimension that is separated from Vana'diel, and cannot be entered by normal means. It is a dreamworld created by the terrestrial avatar Diabolos, ruler of dreams, to escape from Vana'diel's fate. The Shadow Lord (known as the Dynamis Lord here), the Dark Kindred, the Forlorn Vanguards, Hydra Corps, and several others were all transported to or entered the realm at some point.
Original Dynamis Areas
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Dreamworld Dynamis Areas
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How to Enter
The following prerequisites apply to all Dynamis areas:
- Level 65 or higher.
- Completion of Mission 5-2 for your nation.
After meeting the above requirements, zone into Xarcabard. You will receive a cutscene. Following this, examine one set of Trail Markings to receive another cutscene. The Trail Markings can be found just outside each residential area entrance in Windurst Walls, Southern San d'Oria, Bastok Mines or Ru'Lude Gardens. You do not need to visit them all, one will suffice. You will then receive the Key Item Vial of Shrouded Sand. This Key Item is needed to access to both groups of Dynamis-related services. Additionally, to enter Dynamis - Beaucedine, one must clear Dynamis - Bastok, Dynamis - Windurst, Dynamis - San d'Oria, and Dynamis - Jeuno; and to enter Dynamis - Xarcabard one must clear Dynamis - Beaucedine.
- Completion of Chains of Promathia Chapter 3-5: Darkness Named.
- Additionally, to enter Dynamis - Tavnazia, one must clear the other three dreamworld dynamis areas.
- To gain access to a Dynamis area, your group must have a Timeless Hourglass. These can be obtained by trading 1,000,000 gil to one of the Goblin NPCs waiting by the entrances to Beadeaux (Haggleblix), Davoi (Lootblox) or Castle Oztroja (Antiqix). (These Goblins also help manage Ancient Currency found in Dynamis.) Only one Timeless Hourglass will be required for all members to enter a Dynamis area.
- The Timeless Hourglass can then be traded to sets of Trail Markings or Hieroglyphics, depending on area entered. This will turn it into a Perpetual Hourglass.
- From the moment the sands of the Perpetual Hourglass begin to fall, the area of Dynamis corresponding to the location will become reserved.
- By using the Perpetual Hourglass as an item, the Hourglass will create a copy of itself. This can be used to create an infinite number of Perpetual Hourglasses for other people to enter the same Dynamis area, though only the maximum number specified for that area may actually enter.
- During the reservation period, anyone in possession of the Hourglass (or an Hourglass created from that original Hourglass) can enter that area.
- Trading the Perpetual Hourglass to the Trail Markings or Hieroglyphics a second time will teleport the player to the reserved area of Dynamis. If this is your first time entering the area, you will receive a short cutscene. (You will not receive this cutscene on successive visits.)
Rules for Dynamis
- Time: Beginning from the exact time the first Perpetual Hourglass is traded to a set of Trail Markings or Hieroglyphics, you will be given exactly one hour (Earth time) in a Dynamis area per reservation, not accounting for time extensions obtained through defeating certain enemies (these can increase Dynamis time to a maximum of 210 minutes, or three and a half hours). Time limit warnings will be displayed when 10 minutes and 3 minutes remain. (The time your "reservation" expires will always be listed in the item description of each Perpetual Hourglass held.) When the time limit expires, all Perpetual Hourglasses created for that session of Dynamis will become void, and all players in the zone will be removed after 30 additional seconds pass. At this point, it is no longer possible to obtain time extensions.
- Leaving: It is possible to leave Dynamis before time has expired. This is typically done by dropping your Perpetual Hourglass or selling it in a Bazaar. Each participant in Dynamis must keep the Perpetual Hourglass in his/her inventory in order to remain in Dynamis; if it is ever dropped or sold, they will be removed from Dynamis after 30 seconds pass, similar to what happens when the time limit on the hourglass expires. As with all other areas, you may also leave Dynamis by being KO'd and Home Pointing, or through teleporting magic or items (such as Warp or Instant Warp). You may re-enter the same area without restriction as long as time has not expired and you still have a Perpetual Hourglass for that session.
- Reentering: You may re-enter Dynamis before your Perpetual Hourglass has expired, however, a character re-entering Dynamis will be weakened for 10 minutes. After your time in Dynamis has expired, 72 hours (Earth time) must pass since your initial entering before you may enter any Dynamis area again. Note that trading a Perpetual Hourglass to a ??? is counted as entering a Dynamis area, even if you do not actually warp inside Dynamis.
- Clearing: Examining the ??? after the boss for the Dynamis area is defeated will grant a Key Item (specific to the Dynamis area) and a title change. After the win, you can check the "Trail Markings" again for another cutscene to progress the story along. Viewing the cutscene is not required.
- KO: Experience Points are still lost if you are defeated within Dynamis; it is not possible to gain Experience or Limit Points through defeating enemies in these areas, though it is possible to regain Experience Points through using found items that grant it, such as Copies of "Ginuva's Battle Theory" and Copies of "Schultz Stratagems".
Original Dynamis Areas
- Maximum Number of Players: 64
- Entry Target: Set of Trail Markings
- Area Access: Four Key Items, one from each of the initially-available Dynamis areas, are required to enter Dynamis - Beaucedine; A fifth Key Item, obtainable there, is required for entry into Dynamis - Xarcabard.
- Expansions Required: Rise of the Zilart
Dreamworld Dynamis Areas
- Maximum Number of Players: 36 (Tavnazia: 18)
- Entry Target: Set of Hieroglyphics
- Area Access: Once prerequisites are met, three additional Dynamis areas become initially available. Dynamis - Tavnazia is unlocked by completing these three.
- Expansions Required: Rise of the Zilart, Chains of Promathia
- On November 28, 2005, the addition of four new Dynamis areas was announced. Three of these four areas were opened in the update on Monday, December 12-13, 2005. The fourth announced area, Dynamis - Tavnazia, opened on the February 20, 2006 version update.
- As in the existing Dynamis areas, these areas include Relic Armor and Ancient Currency. Items are also found within these areas that are used to "upgrade" existing Relic Armor to +1 versions when traded to Sagheera in Port Jeuno, similar to the Artifact Armor +1 upgrades possible from Limbus.
- When entering these areas, all players will receive an SJ Restriction Status Effect. This effect will reduce the level of your subjob to "Level 00," effectively disabling its use (similar to the Shattering Stars fights with Maat). You may cause this Status Effect to be removed in Dynamis - Buburimu and Dynamis - Qufim by finding and checking a ??? found somewhere within the Dynamis area. In Dynamis - Valkurm 3 Nightmare Flies must be defeated to unlock support jobs, while in Dynamis - Tavnazia both the Nightmare Worm and Nightmare Antlion must be defeated to unlock support jobs.
Due to the nature of Dynamis areas, most server communities have taken it upon themselves to create a scheduling system that various linkshells can use to coordinate events. Because Dynamis events generally take a large number of people and a significant amount of time, it can create a bit of conflict if two groups try to enter the same area at the same time. To prevent this, linkshells would communicate their proposed schedule on their respective forums, or use websites devoted to Dynamis schedules.
"Dynamis" is the Greek word which means the "will to fight". It was used to refer to the willpower that kept Greek soldiers in the military formation known as a "phalanx". If the soldiers broke this defensive formation, they would be much more vulnerable to defeat. "Dynamis" is also the "secret" name of the angel Metatron.