I have been adventuring in Vana'diel since it came out for Xbox 360. I started in San d'Oria as a Warrior, where I slowly grew in level with the help of my boyfriend. At level 13, he had to return to Jeuno so he could level up himself. Handing me a Flame Claymore (which I still carry today), he wished me luck and set off for Jeuno on a chocobo, promising to return whenever I needed his help. I skilled my Great Sword as I soloed, forsaking parties due to stubbornness and stupidity.
My boyfriend returned to aid me in getting my support job items since I had not partied and had none. We quickly got the Crab Apron and Damselfly Worm, though I could not resist to explore in Gusgen Mines and ended up dying twice. We did however get the skull, and he cleared a path to the exit so I would not die again. I still am grateful he put up with my noobiness back then...
After I had my support job (monk) leveled, I finally forced myself to join a party. This first experience almost caused me to quit the game. I arrived at the Outpost in Valkurm Dunes, where I was asked to tank. I provoked the mob as they told me, but the other players must have been new as well because they screamed at me to "VOKE" every 10 seconds. I died because the White Mage did not cure me, and he said "You died because you weren't voking." The leader said "Hey let's not attack anyone. Though I am just kidding when I say that," and booted me from the party. I was confused and angry because they were all treating me like crap for doing exactly what they asked me to do. A kind red mage passing by the Outpost stopped to raise me, and I was able to leave the dunes without aggro.
Shortly after I was booted from that party, another new Warrior invited me to a party. Reluctantly, I accepted, but this too was a mistake. He took me and a Thief to Jugner Forest without a healer, where I died again as the Thief fled. Now, I do not easily give up, but these two experiences made me think the game was full of assholes and dumb people. I told my boyfriend I was going to quit and he asked me why. When I told him what happened he became angry and insisted that I had been invited to bad parties, and that not all players were like that. He even asked the names of the people who had treated me that way but I did not give them since the damage had already been done and yelling at them wouldn't give me a better gaming experience.
He told me to get to level 20 so he could get me to Jeuno, acquire a chocobo license, and level with his Paladin, which was also level 20. Though he had always tried to get me to join parties, he told me I should solo till we could party together. "We'll always party together from now on."
By level 30, I had gained party experience with my boyfriend, my Kazham Keys, and Thief sub, opposed to Monk. Still, I used Great Sword over other weapons, the "right" weapons for Warrior. This stubbornness followed me all the way to 75, in which I was using Ground Strike with a Martial Sword. On the way to 75 I had gotten myself and my boyfriend booted from several elitist parties. While annoying, this didn't persuade me to skill up Axe or Great Axe. I still wield the Great Sword with pride, though I do get ridiculed at times.
Long Story Short: About Me
I have used Great Swords from level 13 Warrior all the way to 75.
My main job is Dark Knight and my main craft is Alchemy.