There is now an official manga featuring Final Fantasy XIV characters as anime high schoolers. As promised, it’s here in time for Christmas, but you might have a difficult time reading it if you’re not fluent in Japanese. Luckily, some fans are already breaking down the plot so we English-speakers can enjoy a little taste.
The manga features Alisae and Alphinaud as its principal characters, as broken down in Aitai Kimochi’s explainer blog. They’re first-years living in a shared house (called, naturally, the Rising Stones) with Y’shtola, Thancred, and Urianger. The first chapter has the twins running late for school and, naturally, your typical high school manga hijinks ensue.
Zenos pops in as the sneering popular kid, flanked by flunkies Asahi and Yotsuyu. The chapter-ending cliffhanger has Principal Tataru popping in to challenge the students of light and darkness to gather points in various school activities. That starts, as you might expect, with a sports festival. You can get a much more detailed breakdown at the link above.