Though few in numbers, the Ardent Lotus Clan has mettle and spirit—the sort forged from a combined desire of its hunters to make this Star an onze safer. They do not operate in the open. Yet far too small to stand among the titans of the realm’s other clans and free companies, they nevertheless toil away where they’re able.
Come in, put up your weapon, and have a seat. Enjoy the fruits and libations of lands east and west.
Stick around long enough, and you might just put down roots...
« THE USUAL SUSPECTS... »
Who might you see in the tavern? Frequent visitors, fresh patrons, or veteran hunters...all in this place have come from different places.
Grand company members who tire of the rigour and formality of their rank occasionally seek drinks and...variable company.
Clan hunters who call this place home...or near-to home as they might have. Rangers of the realm who make their profit as trackers, monster slayers, and mercenaries for hire!
Merchants, and other folk whose lives revolve around the coin, come to this place in search of fresh deals and new connections.
Of late, an odd number of machinists and magitek scholars have passed through the doors. An uptick in business? Newly profitable ventures? Curious…
Historians and researchers from across the realm--those who have no wish to spend their coin beneath the thumbs of a grand company--often enjoy the freedom of a freelancer’s tavern.
Tradesmen, looking for fresh buyers to whom they might peddle their wares. Skilled entrepreneurs have struck many deals under this roof.
Patrons of no particular affiliation are found in plenty--those myriad souls who find themselves in the right place, at the right time (or the right place, at the worst time.) Motivation need not serve profession or greater purpose, after all, and the tavern’s doors are open to any that aren’t looking to make trouble...
« WHAT DOES THE LOTUS CLAN DO? »
The Lotus Clan is a small group that congregates in the cellar of the House of the Hidden Pearl Inn & Tavern. This tavern—nestled along the shore of the Mists—serves as a reprieve from the ails of the realm. It’s frequented by all manner of adventurers, mercenaries, scholars, and even a few rare Grand Company members. Seated at the bar, they’re united by a search for fruitful work and unique opportunities. Camaraderie through arms, or at least a desire for a plump coinpurse.
From this gathering point, they organize hunts, leves, or missions for Voidsent, Primals, and other problematic creatures (or people) that may threaten the safety of those they deem to care about—or for a large sum of gil. Or both! There are many types of characters within the clan and each has its own motives for being part of the group.
What will yours be?
« WHAT DOES OUR FREE COMPANY OFFER? »
Again, we’re a group of characters that are either friends, acquaintances, or new patrons of the House of the Hidden Pearl Inn & Tavern (FC House - Mist, Ward 6, Plot 30). There is an IC Linkshell/Clan (Ardent Lotus) that characters can join after RPing for a while if they are interested in participating in more exclusive/leves and FC events. However, joining the Lotus Clan is not mandatory for FC membership, and is certainly not expected of all members right from the get-go. We aim to have natural progression rather than “forced” membership.
As for FC-wide events, officers of the FC host two adventure/mission type of events on a monthly basis. These are planned ahead of time and put on our guild calendar. Members are welcome and encouraged to set up and run their own events in between, as well! These can be leve/mission types or events for personal character development plots. We want everyone in our group to get the type of RP they want, and give them avenues to make it happen.
Also, during Discord RP events, we feature a very basic trait/dice-roll system that is akin to D&D style games. This allows for some unexpected twist and turns, as well as for certain characters to tailor their dice-rolls with nods to their innate talents. (Please contact an officer for a copy of our current Character Trait/Limit Break system if you want more details!)
Our FC also features two monthly tavern social events. One is advertised on the Crystal RP Calendar bot and the other is not--for our folks that prefer a smaller crowd. However, both are always open to friends/acquaintances of the FC, regardless of membership! This is also the opportunity for more entertainment-oriented characters to have their limelight on our in-house stage! For more information about our tavern event, check this tumblr post.
Note: The only characters that would not be welcome within the tavern over long periods of time would be True Evil types that obviously prey on other patrons or adventurers through any matter of schemes or cruelty. You are, of course, allowed to RP a character with us not matter who they are and what they do, so long as you are prepared for the IC consequences of your character’s actions–including combat by other players and/or permanent banning from the premises ICly.
On an OOC level, we also offer:
Full fleets of Airships & Submarines
A medium house with company chest/armoire access
24/7 double Actions for EXP/other member bonuses
« ABOUT THE PLAYERS »
We’re a chill group of gamers ranging from ages ~22 to 38 that play FFXIV in our spare time. We enjoy chatting in our Discord server, RPing, PvE in FFXIV, other games, and just being friends with one another. Most of us have day jobs and some have children, so we, as a whole group, are not and cannot be online 24/7. Our most active hours are from 4:00pm EST/EDT until maybe 1-2:00am EST/EDT. We have folks from across all of the USA, a few from Canada and even fewer from the UK. A decent chunk of us also enjoy endgame raiding, and have dedicated statics.
Ardent Lotus is formerly called Aetherial Warriors <AW-RP>, and we as a group have been around for over 5 years now! (For more information on the change from AW-RP to Pearl, see our website!) We’ve seen a lot, gone through super ups and some bitter downs, but always have come out stronger than before. Though we are not as new as we were during FFXIV 2.X, we’re still very open and accepting of new members, both to the game and to our group.
Great! Be sure to peruse our Tumblr, check out our site, then submit an application! Officers will be happy to speak to any potential applicant whether you have filled one out yet or not. If you have any further questions about the OOC happenings of our free company, feel free to ping one of the available officers!
Naohiro Mori - Amy (Leader)
Mimir Tehp - Tom (Officer)
If you enjoy what you've read so far and feels your character might be a good fit, check out our application and send it in! We'd love to hear from you.
« WHERE TO FIND US »
FC Website: http://ardent-lotus.enjin.com
Balmung Roleplay Network Discord Server
Crystal RP - FFXIV Discord Server
Balmung GM Central Discord Server
The Crystal Alliance Discord Server