Little Ladies' Day is an annual event on Final Fantasy XIV themed after the japanese festivity of the Hinamatsuri, counterpart of the Doll Festival event from Final Fantasy XI. Celebrated under the premise of the Eorzean Legend of the Lost Lady, the players can obtain different rewards based on the festivity's theme.
Relevant characters through the event's editions are the Songbirds: Ulala, Narumi, and Masha.
Spring has returned to Eorzea, and the motherly Matron has seen fit to bless the realm with a botanical bounty of precious peach trees. The city-states, now clad in lovely shades of pink, play host to a bevy of bewitching beauties of every sort, beside themselves with excitement and expectancy. Their convivial comportment can mean but one thing─the return of Little Ladies' Day, where young maidens across the realm are treated as princesses for a day.Event's official description.
While this mirthful merriment is a matter of course, the Mythril Eye ever seeks the story beneath the surface, and its sights are now set on the services of the Goldsmiths' Guild. Customers line the walls of Eshtaime's Lapidaries reaching as far as the Ruby Road Exchange, but there are no signs of accentuating accessories for sale. What commodity has caught the townsfolk's collective eye?
The answer, dear reader, can be found in this year's Little Ladies' Day contest. Capable craftsmen the realm over have been called upon to craft dainty dolls in remembrance of Princess Edvya, the little lady of legend in whose honor the festival was founded. The dolls will thence be dressed in glorious garb, and a winner will be chosen by the mirthful maidens of each city-state who will cast their vote for their favorite of these fetching figurines.
Rich rewards await the most creative craftsman of the contest, and talk of fame and fortune is now hot on everyone's lips. Such is the secret behind the guild's recent boom in business, as doll-dressers across the realm seek only the most magnificent models with which to realize their aesthetic aspirations. To that end, the goldsmiths of Eshtaime's Lapidaries now work with a frenetic fervor, so as to meet recent interest in tantalizing tapestries and beguiling beadware. Crafting materials virtually vanish from the stands of merchants the moment they're put on display.
The stalls of Ruby Road are now stripped of their stock, but I imagine this poses no threat to an adventurer─a spirited soul that would brave the wilds in search of supplies and spoils both. Myriad are the ways to partake in this year's revelry, and with a little luck, perhaps your entry will be deemed the most delightful doll of them all.- Havak Alvak
The Legend of The Lost LadyEdit
According to Eorzean lore, the Legend of the Lost Lady goes like this:
Three centuries past, the city-state of Ul'dah was ruled by an iron-fisted sultan by the name of Baldric Thorne—a man feared across the region for his quick temper and his even swifter justice. Perhaps as punishment for his compassionless ways, the Twelve saw fit to bless the sultan with but a single daughter, Edvya, whom the sultan loved more than the sun and the moons. And it was this love that drove Baldric to take measures that would ensure no harm ever befell the princess—including her confinement to the royal palace and the assignment of a retinue of over fifty handmaidens and seneschals.
As the princess grew older, however, a longing to explore the unknown land that lay beyond the palace walls tugged at her soul, until one day, in a devilish display of wit, she switched clothes with a miller girl come to the palace with her mother to deliver flour to the kitchens. Once Edvya had exchanged her beautiful gown and tiara for the soiled rags of a commoner, it proved little trouble to pass unnoticed through her legion of servants and slip out into the city for a day of wicked fun.
It did not take long for the palace to realize something was afoot, and upon discovering that his only daughter was missing, the sultan, overcome with rage, immediately ordered the sultanate's entire standing army to scour the city until they had found the princess. As for the royal impostor, thinking that Edvya may have been kidnapped by the girl's mother, the sultan ordered the miller's house torn apart, her family arrested, tortured, and thrown in the royal oubliette.
As luck would have it, the princess had not wandered far from the palace, and was discovered in a nearby market by her father's men. Once back in the safety of the palace, Edvya revealed the whole ruse to her father, explaining that she had conjured it on her own, and begged that he show mercy to the miller's family.
Upon realizing that the atrocities committed to the miller girl and her family were without warrant, he had the family released from the oubliette and summoned to the royal audience chamber. Here, not only did he personally apologize to the family and order the royal architects to design and build them a new home, but, in a move most unexpected, Baldric himself offered to serve as the daughter's seneschal for a full day, saying that no young woman, regardless of her standing, should be denied the respect due all citizens of the sultanate; that all girls, common or noble, are 'ladies' in their own right.
Rumors of this unforeseen display of humility were quick to spread through Ul'dah and ultimately proved to be extremely well-received amongst the smallfolk, who, until then, had perceived their leader as little more than a heartless despot. So well-received were they, in fact, that the sultan declared one day from each solar year on which he would select, via lots, a common girl from the city and serve as her personal seneschal, as he had done with the miller's daughter.
Editions and rewardsEdit
Now that Valentione's Day is over, it's time for Little Ladies' Day 2011! You know what that means... More bells, and more sweet treats to give to your loved ones.
- Time: 17 February, 2011 - 3 March, 2011
- Items: Peach Branch, Powdered Sugar
Once again, it's time to dedicate an entire holiday to little girls all over Eorzea! This event is jam-packed with lore that will bring you inside the reasonings behind the holiday, and the peach blossom trees scattered around town will take your breath away. Not to mention the "talented" actors playing out the Little Ladies' Day story. Gentlemen, find your special little lady and reward her with 24 hours of unwavering serventhood... It's time for Little Ladies' Day, 2012!
- Time: 13 March, 2012 - 26 March, 2012
- Gear: Peach Blossoms
- Items: Sweet Rice Cake, Peach Confetti
- Achievement: "Royal Audience"
- Title: Royal Seneschal (M) / Princess for a Day (F)
Princess Doll Contest Begets Curious Crafting Craze
Ever wont to serve the little ladies of Eorzea, the royal seneschals charged with overseeing the event will be on hand in each of the city-states, ensuring that any and all can participate in this year's festivities.
- Time: 28 February, 2014 - 13 March, 2014
- Gear: Peach Blossoms
- Minion: Wind-up Edvya
- Items: Sweet Rice Cake, Peach Confetti
- Achievement: "Pretty in Pink"
- Official 2014 website
A Timeless Tale of Father and Daughter
The festivities are in full swing, but all is not well on this year's Little Ladies' Day. Amidst the merriment, a sophisticated servitor seeks someone to aid his troubled master. Speak with this dutiful steward to learn what worries him so.
- Time: 3 March, 2015 - 16 March, 2015
- Gear: Peach Blossom Choker
- Furnishing: Crimson Felt Mat, Eastern Cherry Tree
- Items: Nanapasi's Happy Smile Super Wish Bag
- Achievement: "Welcome to the Dollhouse"
- Title: Golemancer (M/F)
- Official 2015 website
A Serenade for Ul'dah
A reporter for the Mythril Eye is writing a column on the Songbirds, an up-and-coming troupe of troubadours, and seeks the opinions of adventurers to complete his work. Those who would know more of this new singing sensation are encouraged to seek him out.
- Time: 26 February, 2016 - 10 March, 2016
- Gear: Lord's Suikan (M) / Lady's Suikan (F), Little Lord's Clogs (M)/Little Lady's Clogs (F)
- Furnishing: Thorne Dynasty Mantelshelf
- Achievement: "False Idols"
- Official 2016 website
The Sweet Chirp of Songbirds Fills the Air Once More
A reporter from the Mythril Eye has been approaching adventurers left and right under the guise of wanting to collect opinions for an article he will be running in the paper. It quickly becomes evident, however, that he is simply looking to recruit able-bodied men and women on behalf of the royal seneschal, who has run headfirst into some trouble with rioting crowds. Those willing to step forward and ensure that this Little Ladies' Day will not end in disaster are encouraged to stick around and listen to what the columnist has to say.
- Time: 1 March, 2017 - 14 March, 2017
- Gear: Royal Seneschal Set (M) / Songbird Set (F)
- Emote: Songbird
- Furnishing: Eastern Cherry Petal Pile, Little Ladies' Day Advertisement
- Achievement: "Eorzean Idol"
- Official 2017 website
Come one, come all, for a celebration made vibrant with color and singsong!
The Songbirds have returned once more to grace the stages of Ul'dah. This year's performance is said to be unlike any other, and a reporter from the Mythril Eye is inquiring after those who would partake in the revelry.
- Time: 1 March, 2018 - 14 March, 2018
- Emote: Cheer Jump, Cheer Wave, Cheer On
- Furnishing: Far Eastern Doll Display
- Orchestrion Rolls: Siren Song
- Achievement: "The Fan in Fanatic"
- Official 2018 website
For every princess, a crown!
The seneschal of a certain noble family has lost his charge amidst the crowds of Ul'dah. He wishes for nothing more than to bring her home safe and sound─but the lady herself has greater ambitions this Little Ladies' Day.
- Time: 28 February, 2019 - 13 March, 2019
- Gear: Flower Crown
- Furnishing: Festive Chirashi-zushi, Festive Sushi Balls
- Items: Magicked Prism (Daisies)
- Achievement: "Princess Maker"
- Official 2019 website