When you gaze upon the holy icons of The Fury, what do you see? Do you see a warrior ready to protect her people? A mother with naught but love for her children? What I see is a goddess tired of mediocrity. These outsiders have ripped purity from its rightful place and put a spineless sycophant upon the throne that only Halone herself can ordain. She seethes in disgust- I can hear it upon the wind. Her patient visage is ready to crack and give way to something far, far more wrathful. Just you wait.
The Ishgardian Orthodox Church, much like the rest of Ishgard, has not fared well in the political turbulence that has washed over the city like a black tide. In one last attempt to restore the Holy See to its former glory, a small band of pilgrims plans to make its significance known to all. Known as the Black Sun Covenant, these radical missionaries travel Eorzea preaching the word of Halone and doing all that they can to earn The Fury more eager supplicants. Eager to sink their nails into anyone that could be of use in bolstering the congregation of their goddess, they stand ready to use all means necessary to crown The Fury -- and Her newest Archbishop -- as the supreme authorities of the realm. Guided by the dogmatic scriptures and bound by unfaltering reverence, the Covenant is ready to leave the monolithic walls of the Holy See to let their faith bloom from both their holy sermons and the points of their swords.
Black Sun Covenant is a brand new religious paramilitary free company here to both soothe and shake the peaceful people of Eorzea. Driven heavily by story and personal character development, it's a perfect fit for anyone trying to find a right balance between their character having a higher calling and a feeling of independence. The zealous overtones of the free company and its morally grey methodology make it a good place to experiment beyond typical character alignments as well as a good place to find a free company that will heavily impact your character's daily life. Due to the nature of our pilgrimages, we do not have a guild residence -- and we require you to be away from your own home so that the word of The Fury may be spread to distant lands.
For those interested in joining, our website has a simple and concise application process that can be followed. Isarn Lacordaire, Eligeant Aurifouille, and Ragi'zi Jiube can all be contacted in game if you have any questions regarding the recruitment process. A link to our Discord and an invite to our Linkshell will be provided upon application approval.
Due to their poor standing in Ishgard, Au Ra need not apply.
1) Respect: It's not hard to respect fellow company members. Be polite to one another and treat them as you'd like to be treated. Complaints coming from within the company or outside the company will be taken seriously.
2) Abide by Lore: It is expected that applicants and new recruits demonstrate consistent knowledge in regards to Eorzean lore. If you ever have questions about it, just ask an officer or one of the senior members. We're always happy to help work out any kinks that may be present in either applications or character stories.
3) No Public ERP: If you end up among us you'll be a member of the church. Act like it with some public decency.
Listed below, in descending order, are the ranks of the Black Sun Covenant.
Patriarch: The most elder member of the Covenant, the Patriarch has devoted all of his young and free years to the Scholasticate so that he could prepare himself for his mitre and staff. His words come not from his tongue, but from his blazing heart which burns with The Fury's ardor. Within the Covenant, his edict is the highest, second only to Halone's.
Vicar Forane: A shining exemplar of purity, the Vicar Forane is the Patriarch's hand-selected assistant destined for sainthood. Hallowed is he who devotes his brilliance to bolster another! Where the meek may quiver and the arrogant may scoff, the right hand of the Patriarch is sure to prevail in the name of his goddess.
Vicar: The elite are those most persevering in their pursuit of purity under The Fury. Wherever Halone's name is evoked, the Vicars of the Covenant take a knee and praise Her. When all sanctity crumbles and the skies go grey, the Vicars sing their litanies together to create a safe haven in the hearts of all the faithful. Any soul can live and halfheartedly praise their patron; few can find the pure devotion that makes one worthy of the title Vicar.
Temple Knight: The goddess of Ishgard is known as The Fury for good reason. When glaciers must buckle beneath Her might, She ensures that they do. When enemies of the Covenant dare to shake its foundation, the Temple Knights respond with blades in one hand and rosaries in the other.
Parishioner: A parish full of only priests is more of an echo chamber than it is a church. As the most basic pilgrims to attend the Patriarch and his clergy in praising Halone, Parishioners are obligated to find their purest paths to their truest selves. Though they are less celebrated than any other, they are certainly no less important. Adored by the clergy that hosts them, Parishioners will never have to walk their paths alone.
Convert: No man is born holy. Whether he grows as a noble or a beggar, he is bound to cross sin at least once in his life. For those that sin and blaspheme there are two simple options: Be wretched or be redeemed. Those with the wisdom and the courage to choose the latter are taken in under watchful eyes to ensure that they are true to their vows to walk a higher path. All children of The Fury are welcome, should they be able to prove their worth.