UPDATE 12/12/2017: Check out our new Free Company information pamphlet at the link here! As the eyes of the world lookbeyond the borders of the Grand Alliance, out towards Gyr Abania and further still to the Far East, dangers and terrors still threaten the lands close to home. Beneath the boughs of the Black Shroud roam a myriad of threats. Ixal warbands stalk the forest for victims, as do slaver clans and poachers with more... exotic tastes in prey. Remnant Garleans maintain a presence in the woods, stirring the Sylphs to violence and enraging the elemental spirits, awakening the dreaded Woodwrath. Terrors of the past haunt the scattered ruins of the ancient civilization of Amdapor, and Voidsent from the War of the Magi linger in the deepest part of the forest. All this and more threaten thepeople of Gridania and the Shroud itself. With the Twin Adders and Wood Wailers stretched beyond their capabilities, who is left to stand for those who call the forest home? In-Character The Moonshades are a small group of like-minded individuals striving to make the Black Shroud a safer place to live with their own hands. Some do so out of a sense of duty or altruism, and many join the ranks of the shades because they are dissatisfied with the job the current authorities are doing, but backgrounds and motivations are irrelevant; a former poacher looking to repent her ways can find service as a shade just as likely as an ex-Wood Wailer looking to continue his duties independent of Gridania's law. So long as your interests lay in staving off the many threats hidden in the forest, where you came from matters not. Despite technically being on the same side as the official authorities of Gridania, the Moonshades rub shoulders with the Twin Adders and the Wood Wailers, who view the band as well-meaning citizens at best and dangerous vigilantes at worst. So far they've been content with little more than verbal warnings. As the Moonshades grow and their exploits become more numerous, however, they'll have to tread carefully to prevent making enemies out of the very people they're technically trying to help. Finding and joining the Moonshades isn't difficult, at least for those that know to look for the signs. Anyone familiar with huntspeak can find waymarks that lead to the Moonshades' den, and even those less attuned to the wilder ways can get helpful directions from one of several roadside inns around Gridania, including the venerable Buscarron himself (though he's liken to get you to purchase a drink first; ask for the Coeurl Piss). Out of Character The Moonshades is a newly formed Free Company. Members are expected to actively participate in roleplaying, but are not required to be in character at all times. As of yet, we offer little in the way of amenities such as buffs and housing (though most founding members have houses of their own within the Lavender Beds to gather at), but are working hard to achieve those things. As a company we are looking toremain relatively small, with a focus on a tight-knit group than an expansive roster. Having said that, we aren't putting a hard cap on membership either, so if you think you're a good fit or an excellent roleplayer, don't be afraid to drop us a line regardless what the recruitment status might say. Thematically, members should be focused around (though not strictly bound to) the Black Shroud for one reason or another. If you're a Limsan pirate or a canny Ul'dah merchant, you'll need a good reason for joining up. Scheduled events will primarily focus on locating and dealing with the various dangers out in the Shroud while following an ongoing company narrative, with quieter, unscripted days likely involving training, rituals, or visiting one of the Gridania-based social settings. If you have any questions or are interested in joining or coordinating with the Moonshades, send me a message in-game (Rinda'li Shalo) or message me on Discord at Rindali#3204.
Rindali posted a topic in Chronicled ConnectionsDespite RPing a character who at first glance (and second, third, and probably fifteenth) is little more than misanthropic pillock, I've managed to meet a swell number of folks on our fair server. Before coming to Final Fantasy XIV, I was far more accustomed to playing friendly, charming, and handsome types (like myself), so Rinda'li Shalo was something of an experiment for me at first, one I'd like to think has turned out quite well. [align=justify]That being said, it can be a challenge ingratiating one's self with a wider crowd when your character's personality demands he actively avoid associating with strangers. One way to overcome such a hurdle, in my experience, is to have a hook with a more gregarious and/or well-connected individual. Perhaps that will be one of you lucky (*cough*) inquirers. What's a Rinda'li, and why should I care? To answer the latter half of that question first, you probably shouldn't. For the former, Rinda'li is a Keeper of the Moon of a particularly dour feline temperament. His upbringing is a topic he prefers not to speak of (on the infrequent occasions he chooses to speak at all), but a few things can be ascertained about the skittish fellow in little time. He's a wary, alert Miqo'te, ears constantly on the swivel, quick to find offense in even the most innocuous of observations and even quicker to hiss or flash a fang in reply. He prefers to lurk unnoticed to the side of any gathering he's forced to attend, where he can spare others his short temper and distinct lack of social graces. In the relatively brief time he's spent in the more civilized areas of Eorzea, Rinda'li has been employed as a less-than-successful pit fighter (the crowds keen to see what awful injury the scrappy, green-tailed Miqo'te would weather), a guard for a well-regarded establishment, and most recently, a forge hand in the Limsa smelting pits, hammering out iron plates for the navy's warships. Having been let go for too many missed shifts due to personal matters, the Keeper finds himself without work. Rinda'li does not come across as the world's most competent guardian or companion, even disregarding his antisocial tendencies. Though possessing a mean demeanor evident to anyone in the same room as the Miqo'te, few would consider him truly menacing or intimidating. At best he is an adequate, if unremarkable, martial artist, limited both in physical strength and discipline, and despite a hyper-aggressive reaction to provocation, he would much rather avoid conflict then engage in it, regardless of how much fang he shows. And yet, perhaps his inability to gracefully take criticism drives him to do his best (which isn't always saying much) in whatever task he's charged with. What I want, and what I can offer. In simplest terms I'm looking to make a regular and reliable contact(s) for RP, preferably one that, at least at the start, doesn't mind taking the reins. As a guardian, I'm frequently more than happy to stand to the side and look grumpy while the bulk of the RP takes place between you and whoever you're interacting with, only interjecting when expected or asked to. A person who enjoys, or at least tolerates, a deal of conflict is also appreciated, as Rinda'li is not the easiest of individuals to get along with (have I alluded to that?). Otherwise, I'm not particularly choosy about what sort of person might make use of his services, though someone of an adventuring mindset or of social prominence and/or presence is certainly a plus. That may have seemed like a fairly demanding list, but it is by no means an ultimatum; if you're interested, then don't be shy. I am by no means looking to be spoon-fed RP and lead around by the nose from one event to the next, but Rinda'li does not trust easily, nor is he quick to open up. He is, however, a character several years in the making, and I have a wealth of stories and plots that, eventually, I am keen to share and have others involved in. How to find me (like the loathsome creepers you are). In game. I log in fairly frequently, and when I am, I will always be on Rinda'li Shalo. Reply to this thread. I'll want to talk more in-depth elsewhere, but don't be hesitant to give a poke. Steam. I am rarely out of contact with it, and is probably the most immediate way to get a hold of me. Search for 'Rindali', it might have a weird suffix or prefix to go with it, but it should be the only option available. Thanks for your time; I'll do my best to reply to any interested parties in good time. Don't be afraid to give me a holler if you simply have a question as well.[/align]