Made it to Chapter 2, where I'm finding much irritation, but at least I got the satisfaction of killing that wretched Red Mage in the sub-quest.
Not to mention said quest gave me the first sign that Ringabel isn't a complete son of a brakas! Character development! Anything else I'd have to say about him, well...let's not and say we did.
Tiz is...boring? I mean, all I've seen of him thus far is a set of pretty common Hero tropes. He's nice. But...eh.
I like Agnes, though. She's very driven and dedicated, so I have a lot of respect for her.
Edea's probably my favorite at this point. She's hot-tempered, but still really friendly and has a strong sense of right and wrong. Mrgrgr...!
Oh, I should probably mention Airy too, maybe? I don't find her annoying like some other fairy guides. She's humorous and helpful, but I don't know that I've seen any actual character yet. Though, voicing her disapproval of going out of the way rather than just doing the thing with the Water Crystal has earned her a special spot in the "calling out their genre" region of my heart.
On to jobs!
-Agnes is on White Mage Lv 9. It'll be a while before she reaches Lv 10, it seems...aside from that, she has two levels on Freelancer, but that's all--you gotta have a White Mage, so she's only been in that role.
-Tiz is currently set as Red Mage Lv 4 with level 3 Time Magic as his ability (though I can't purchase the third tier spells yet). Previous efforts leave him with Summoner Lv 6, Time Mage Lv 7, Black Mage Lv 7, Monk Lv 2, and Freelancer Lv 2 Jobs. He's primarily functioning as my offensive mage, so I'm changing him around a lot. Still working on getting it quite right...
-I just got my hands on the Valkyrie asterisk and equipped that on Ringabel, but I have yet to fight any battles with it. His extra ability going into this is Thievery, which should be pretty effective since he was a Lv 9 Thief. Prior to that he was a Monk, which advanced to Lv 5 so I could equip him with Knuckle Lore so he could still kick butt as a Thief. One of my two physical attackers, previously designated as the "agile attacker", though that's clearly out with Valkyrie now. I didn't want to mess up Edea's set-up!
-Speaking of Edea, when she joined the party, I left her as Freelancer for a while (she made it to Lv 2). Once we got the Knight asterisk, though, I was sure to give her that so she could learn the Two-Handed support ability. After equipping that and netting her Knight Lv 7, I switched her to Spell Fencer because, as in Final Fantasy V, a Two-Handed Spellblade/Sword Magic is painful as karzahni. She's currently sitting at Spell Fencer Lv 8, and I don't imagine I'll be switching her any time soon.
...Well, I have been thinking about spending a little time grinding so that Agnes and Edea can learn some support abilities and commands from other jobs. Agnes only has Examine and Treat aside from her White Magic--I use both, but letting her get some more Miscellany skills (and the Dungeon Master support skill) might be nice. As for Edea, I don't think I've used any of her Chivalry commands since changing her to a Spell Fencer. I'm not sure if I should get her some more Chivalry commands or go for another job...Two-Handed Sword Magic is really all she needs, to be honest.
It's interesting to acquire Jobs by fighting bosses. Hooray for Megamanning! Provides some real satisfaction, and eliminates the mixed feelings and, to a degree, plot spoiling that came with Final Fantasy V granting Jobs through Crystal fragments. Although I'm hoping they go more into what the asterisks actually...are. The journal just says "semi-precious stones" that grant you Jobs. But...why?! I need details! Though it could end up being something...horrifying...
So anyway. Norende Village. Using the internet, some Streetpass, and that glitch from the demo, I currently have 45 villagers! Even those imposing 99 hr tasks take less than 3 hours to complete! I've been leaving it on during class and while I'm at work, so I've made a lot of progress on everything, including unlocking all the special moves. Now I just need to get the hang of customizing them...
Overall, I like the game so far. I'm at the stage where I want to accumulate a ton of knowledge on it, but, well, even only a quick glance at Final Fantasy Wiki ended up spoiling something for me, and I refuse to let anything else be spoiled! This is my time to practice patience, I suppose. I could never get the hang of that Job.