Pronounced "Gild-Leevz," and also referred to as just "leves," Guildleves are small, rectangular plates made of stained crystal set into a frame of precious metal, each depicting a virtuous deed of one of Eorzea's patron saints, also known as 'guardians.' When issuing tasks or quests, guilds will often provide adventurers with these plates, allowing their bearers 'leave' to take whatever steps necessary to complete the jobs, including entry into normally restricted areas, hunting or harvesting on private lands, the confiscation of goods, even negotiations with those considered enemies of the city-states. Guildleves also grant use of aetheryte portals, ensuring quick travel about the region.
Upon assessing an adventurer's skills, a guild master will provide a selection of several different leves, taken from the guild's stock. After weighing risks against rewards, fame against fortune, adventurers may then select the leves that they feel best suit their needs.
Of course, there are no regulations stating that tasks must be completed alone. Adventurers are free to call on their companions to join them, as only one leve is required to take advantage of the benefits and privileges provided to its bearer. By coordinating the leves of multiple party members, adventurers can even plan grand campaigns built around several different quests.
Whether you have an hour or a whole day, are alone or with friends, seeking battle or bounty, guildleves give you the ability to forge your own adventures. The possibilities are endless!
To begin your desired Guildleve, you must first seek out the Aetheryte in the corresponding field area (or teleport there if you have visited previously). Based on the size of your party, the difficulty of the Guildleve will scale accordingly through five different difficulty levels (the details of which don't yet seem to be 100% established). The easiest difficulty ( ☆ ) will likely be for solo players, while the hardest difficulty ( ☆☆☆☆☆ ) will likely be for parties nearing the limit of 15 party members:
☆☆☆☆☆ (approximately 15 party members)
The ??? aren't too hard to guess, though. ☆☆ is likely 2-5 party members, ☆☆☆ is likely 6-8 party members (seeing as this is Square Enix's recommended party size), and ☆☆☆☆ is likely 9 party members (the cap will be determined by where ☆☆☆☆☆ begins).