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Free Company Name: The Bone Orchard
Free Company Tag: <<Ashen>>

Leader: Genixma Fukkatsu

Officer(s): Q'ruhka Tia

Type of Roleplay: Dark | Mature | Gritty | Supernatural | Adventuring

Sub-Type: Casual | Starting Up | Original Lore | Occult

Eventual Aim: Militant or Mercenary

Alignment: Grey

Recruitment Status: Open

Discord: Upon Recruitment

 

Long ago, betwix the Third Umbral Era of Fire and the Fourth Umbral Era of Earth. There was a religious tribe of nomads traveling across the realm. Living their life on the fringes of civilizations, twas a grim journey. As their founder and soothsayer had grown eld and ill under the strain of life. Upon her death bed, she witnessed a macabre vision. Within it held the future of her followers and the tribes for many, many eras to come. The Soothsayer witnessed a vision of a great orchard made not for apple or citrus or produce of any kind. But, of bone, the soil fertilized with the carcass of their enemies. As well as, with the fallen of their own tribes, the orchard lined with many a white oak made of ossain carapace. Drinking deep the dead and the rotting, the putrid wasteland feeding this Bone Orchard.

 

To accompany this morbid sight was two armies gathering on either side of the Bone Orchard. On one side were men of the Sand, the Wood, the Sea, the Ice, and the Wind. On the other, men of Iron and Blood. They both entered the Bone Orchard and did combat upon its corpse ridden ground. Each one that fell, was consumed by the white oaks that line the area. When, between their fighting, came men of Shadow. Who rained down terrible calamity upon the heads of both armies and sow discord among their ranks. Then arose, a great White Oak of Bone from the blood soaked group in the center of the Orchard. Greater than all other oaks it reached far above into the sky and emitted a shield of light around it. Protecting the armies of man against the shadow and calamity.

 

Intrepreting the dream, she called her followers and in her dying breath, rechristened the tribe as the Coven of Ash. Their task was survive until such a time when men of Sand, Wood, Sea, Ice, and Wind. Stood against men of Iron, Blood and Shadow. They were then to go forth and find the Great White Oak among the realm and forge a company to protect the world from such things. They were tasks to find the Ashen One. And so, the tribe went forth surviving the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Umbral Calamities. Keeping the words and visions of their Founder alive even as they were long since buried.

 

And when the Grand Alliance met with Garlemald in the Grimlyte Dark. The Coven reappeared and found a being touched by death and clad in white, the Ashen One they sought. Gathering around them. They were given the title of Leader. So it was, the Bone Orchard Free Company was forged after many, many eras of waiting. The Soothsayer's vision would come to be. The Company would become a shield to aid the Alliance against all threats. Even if they were to sacrifice themselves to the Orchard and the White Oaks.

 

The Bone Orchard

The Bone Orchard is a small Free Company starting up on the Mateus Server. This company are seeking to carve out a place of their own on Hydaelyn. To this end, they are searching for beings from all walks of life. A rogue, a mercenary, a grizzled veteran, a tradesman, or a novice scholar. All are welcome beneath its branches as it begins its search for individuals who might serve the vision of the Soothsayer. Initially set on only seeking the Wardens of the Ashen Realms, they have recently decided to cast a wider net. The more eyes, ears, and hands working to find the Wardens and fill the branches with members. The better they might lay the foundation for the Free Company and come to the aid of all realms and shards.

 

The Free Company is of the mind set that even if you are not a Warden, there are now Branches that your character might enter. So they may carve their own destiny alongside the Free Company, itself.

 

How do I join?
You can send in an ask to set up a a meeting by throwing one: here
Alternatively, just wait for any of the following to come online to express your interest:
Genixma Fukkatsu, The Frayed, Hakkotsu Tsuki, Horae Solstice, Lord Shamhat, Don'yoku Mugen, Nikoyoku Sanguinius, or Q'ruhka Tia

 

How would my character of heard of the Bone Orchard?

Some characters have dreams, visions similar to that of the, now, passed Soothsayer.

Others, would of heard it in whispers around taverns, later at night. Or from a drunkard being hauled off to gaol after having a bad run in with something.

 

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All Free Companies have a ranking system of some description that divides the Guild Leader and the Officers who help with the responsibility of the Company and the normal members who reap the rewards of the upper echleon's work.

The Leader is called the Ashen One for lore purposes.

The Officers are called Immortals and are in charge of their own branch in which they were once a regular member of, but now take responsibility for.

Each Immortal has their own official title in the guild:
Matron of Bones for the Bone Maidens
Horseman of Ashen for the Wardens of the Ashen Realms
Archon for the Shard of Light
Mab for the Coven of Ashen (Ashen Coven)
Titania for the Autumn Wakers

Odin's Chosen for the Wild Hunt

Judge for the Sanguine Court

Professor for the Iron Hand

Admiral for the Amber Lantern

and Shogun of the Yomi branch, respectively.

 

In addition to there being Immortals, there are the Immortal's Second-in-Commands who act as sort of Squadron Leaders. Each branch having its own opening which is, either greater or fewer than one another. Their titles are currently in a To-Be-Determined state of development. While a roster of titles for the Second-in-Command has been chosen. Their general titles are the Lords of Bones.

 

Lastly, there are the new members of the Free Company, those brand new and in a trial phase are known as Initiates.

Once an initiate has been in the Bone Orchard, long enough and their character's own story has progressed enough. They are granted the title of Candidate by either the Immortal or Hollow Visage associated with their Branch. Whereby they are set on a path to through a general story for the Branch they are interested in. Before becoming a Branch Member, the rank of which is named after each branch.

 

Speaking of which, each Branch is as follows:

The Bone Maiden Branch Information -

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The Bone Maidens are an exclusive branch of the Bone Orchard. They are few in number and are limited to those numbers alone. As they are tasked as personal bodyguards for certain members of the heirarchy. Namely the Ashen One as well as the Horsemen of Ashen, Conquest, Pestilence, War, and Famine who lead the Wardens Branch. Each unit of Bone Maidens are assign to the member they coincide with. They are simply there to protect these members and nothing more. Trite but true are their design and profession. For behind every great being, there inevitably a woman. The units are as follows:

 

The Moirai: The Bone Maidens assign to protect and guard the Ashen One and Horseman of Ashen. Their Leader, the Fateweaver, is the head of the entire Bone Maiden branch.

 

The Valkyries: The Bone Maidens assign to protect and guard the Horseman of Conquest. They are lead by the one given the title of Sigrun who also aid in the tasks of the Wild Hunt.

The Pathogens: The Bone Maidens assign to protect and guard the Horseman of Pestilence. They are lead by the Maiden given the title of Miasma which also aids in the tasks of the Sanguine Court.

The Iron Maidens: The Bone Maidens assign to protect and guard the Horseman of War. They are lead by the Maiden given the commanding title of Iron Matriarch who also aids in the tasks of the Iron Hand.

The Harvesters: The Bone Maidens assign to protect and guard the Horseman of Famine. They are lead by the one given the privledge of being known as the Black Crone who also aids in the Ashen Coven’s tasks.

 

The Wardens Branch (Full Title: The Wardens of the Ashen Realms) Information -

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The Wardens of the Ashen Realms or The Wardens for short. Are front liners for the Bone Orchard. Functioning on the supernatural side of the Free Company. Acting as soldiers who oversee the continued incarceration and judgment of the spirits who are placed in the Ashen Realms. A group of sixteen realms divided into four sectors. Each Sector holding a Lord to watch over it, each realm having a Sentinel to oversee their own unit of Wardens within it. All from different walks from life. Just as life effects us all, so too must death. One aspect of an Ashen Realm is more prominent than others in the lives of those who take the path of the Wardens. The Ashen Sectors and their Realms are as follows:

 

The Inevitable Sect:

The sector that houses the most natural realms associated with death and holds within it; The Realm of Time for the elderly souls who pass on the most naturally, the Realm of Disease for the souls afflicted by illness when the pass, the Realm of Syndrome for those afflicted with a handicap or disadvantage from birth then on, and the Realm of Youth for those who were too young when they passed, never truly tasted the full extent of life.

 

The Sin Sect:

The sector that houses, as it implies, four realms in association with the various vices that plague mortal kind, which are as follow; The Realm of Intoxication for those souls who indulged in the pleasures of flesh, drink, food, and revelry far too often, the Realm of Excess for those miserable individuals who hoarded all their money or collections for nary a gil to pass through their fingers for the downtrodden, the Realm of Rage for those of great temper and little restraint in how they exercise it, and the Realm of Vanity for those far too self-absorbed to realize when the reaper grabbed them by their coat tails.

 

The Crushing Sect:

The sector that houses the realms and souls of those lost on the battlefield within war. It houses such realms as; The Realm of Destruction for those poor soldiers torn apart by explosive, debris, or turned into cannon fodder, the Realm of Violence for the departed who were consumed by their blood lust and driven war crazed enough to commit atrocities across the battlefield to friend or foe, the Realm of Sacrifice for the noble souls who gave themselves up so that their comrades could see another dawn, and the Realm of Honor for those whose deeds upon the battlefield shall forever paint them in the annuals of history as saints and heroes to all.

 

The Aberration Sect:
The sector which houses the most unnatural realms of death, infectious volatile realms that would consume the others, if not for the engimatic and bottomless realm of void that also awaits within the sect. Such realms as; The Realm of Despair the realm for those who succumb to despair infectious in its design and terrible in their ends, the Realm of Solitude for the beings so rejected by life that their vast loneliness inflicts upon other a malaise of hollowness, the Realm of Madness the most volatile of realms infecting mortal and god alike, the Madness ever spreading, ever watching, ever chattering, spewing forth nameless things and eldritch beings from beyond and bringing forth cracks in order and chaos alike. And finally, the Realm of Nothingness, a enigmatic realm which absorbs the overflowing energies of all Ashen Realms but, particularly those of Despair, Solitude and Madness. Within this Realm houses naught but shadowy civilizations, places, and things whose names have been forgotten and lost to time. The deep darkness with no answer which all mortal fears to face at the end of their time.

 

The Shard of Light Branch Information -

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Many are the tales told of the Warriors of Light, those valiant souls who aided the Grand Companies during the Battle of Carteneau. All were said to have perished in the following Calamity, victims of Bahamut's Rampage. However, truth is more often stranger than fiction. The Shards of Light are the new Warriors of Light, led by the Meteor Survivor, the 'Canon' Warrior of Light from all FFXIV cinematics. Blessed with Her Light, they were gathered by this living legend, removed from time for five years, and banded together to return hope to Eorzea. Those who would join the Shards of Light are Warriors of Light, but none are the Warrior of Light. He battles to stop the Rejoining in the First while we hold the line against Primal and Ascian in the Source, though mayhaps the remnants of the calling wrap themselves further around those whose destiny is irrevocably tied with his...

 

The Shards of Light are veterans of many battles, beginning with the first MSQ slaying of Ifrit, all the way to the battles against Garlemald in the Post-Stormblood campaign. The Shards of Light have stood against the endless tide of Darkness brought on by Ascian machinations, and though the Meteor Survivor has been called to save another world, those who were his compatriots carry on. As a Shard of Light, you can choose which battles to have joined with the Survivor on, or you can choose to have stood by his side from the beginning, from Ifrit and onward. All of you are possessed of the Echo, though what form it takes is up to you, with approval. Though you do not burn as brightly as he does, you burn bright with Her light nonetheless. Eorzea's Warrior of Light is gone, removed from this world for a time. In his place, like the very stars that light the heavens, are the Shards.

 

 

The Coven of Ash Branch (also known as the Ashen Coven) Information -

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The Branch of the Ashen Coven are the backbone and spiritual leaders of the Free Company. Occultists, witches, black magick users, summoners, and scholars of forbidden arts. Heretic, zealot, cultists have all been thrown at this sect of spell casters. But, they have not broken, not even after their former headmaster was beheaded by those seeking their end. Nay, not even after they were purged to near extinction. The Ashen Coven endured for the sake of their former leader who forsaw a great and terrible Bone Orchard. Its white oak made of hardened bone and the bodies of their enemies fed the soil causing

it to grow far and wide. And so too would the bodies of their fallen believers. They would grind the enemy of Eorzea to the bone and feed it to their worms. As such this branch leads the rituals required for the continued growth of such a company.

 

The Autumn Wakers Branch Information -

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Once part of the Ashen Coven, the members of this branch began to consider their deceased leader’s words in a new light. Sowing seeds of life and merriment, ensuring the continued growth of all things. Maintaining the life of the comrades and healing the ailments that plagued them. Allowing them to grow a Bone Orchard of prsperity and revelry. Harvesting great foods and relationships to last the bitter cold of future winters. A shimmering light that passed through the branches of the Great White Bone Oak in the Spring, Summer and Autumn Days even as they waned. Healers, farmers, medical staff, astrologists, and the like gathering under the golden orange leaves of Autumn to renounce the macabre aspirations of their mad peers. And to bring forth and awaken the Autumnal Spirit that would allow the true lasting of the Bone Orchard.

 

The Wild Hunt Branch Information -

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In days, long forgotten to the memories of Eorzea. There once was a Great Leader of Man named Odin. Every full moon following the Solstice or Equinox, he would gather his band of men and women. Sturdy, hearty and of every walk of life. From noble warriors, cunning brigands, and keen bowmen to peasants, farmers, and the common man. All were gathered under his banner and the road forth unto the wilderness to hunt the great beasts of antiquity that grew large and monstrous at the time. Scarce beings are found in these times wandering the mist covered woodlands of the world. Man versus monster would clash under the moonlight and upon victory, Odin would host a great feast.

 

Though those times are gone and Odin now wanders the Black Shroud, a hollow mockery of his formerself in the shape of a Primal. The Wild Hunt branch seeks to reclaim that glory. Now faced with beasts from the void, the light and allaghan horrors. The Hunt seeks to strike up the banners and combat the many demons and creatures who now stalk the lands. To feast either under victory or to give the great beings enough sport that they may feast in Odin’s chambers in the after life. Such is the way of the Wild Hunt.

 

The Sanguine Court Branch Information -

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The Sanguine Court. An ancient organization working under the eyes of the Holy Sees since its founding by the Great Ishgardian King Thordan I. Who has long since passed in to legend but whose atrocities against the very dragons, Ishgard had made peace with in the past and with the aid of the Warrior of Light made peace with again in the present, has come to light. Many wouldn’t be surprise to hear that Thordan had a bastard half-brother who became the Judge and founder of the Sanguine Court. The anti-thesis of the King’s rule and later, becoming the reflection of the Heavensward and Archbishop’s true colors.

 

Just as the Heavensward was made up of noble houses of Ishgard. So too would the Court be established as Seven Dredge Houses. Houses of Envy, Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, and Pride. At one point the Archbishop had poured every resource to snuff out the Court and hunt them down as heretics. Thinning their numbers to near extinction. But, their Judge survived. And has returned to the Realm of Eorzea to reclaim what was nearly taken from him. To break Ishgard and those still loyal to the deceased Archbishop’s rule of lies over his spine. And to tempt other beings beyond the gaze of the Holy See into his servitude.

 

The Iron Hand Branch Information -

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Yes, the Wardens deal with the supernatural. The Coven with the spiritual, but what of the material? What of man and made manifest of his own design? Not by some course of Primal or false deity. But, of self measured science and iron, augmenting and enhancing yourself to maintain supremecy? What of the secrets fo Allaghan and the technological wealth that has been wasted on all others? Research, testing, and fighting for the glory of mortal kind? The Iron Hand is such a branch researching and building technology to enhance the Free Company’s chances on the open field. Taking in ex-Empire members as well as men of science and technology into their grasp. Financing the Bone Orchard’s ventures while test its steel against all foes. Carving the future through gunpowder, magitek, and flame.

 

 

The Amber Lantern Branch Information -

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Acting as an Adventuring Guild front for the Bone Orchard. It welcomes adventurers and mercanaries from far and wide. To oversee the operations of ferrying goods from Doma to Eorzea to Ishgard and back. Via land, air, or sea, the Amber Lantern travels. But, to say that was its only function is misleading. The Lantern also aids the other branches with supplies and taking down marks. As well as following missions to delve into Palace of the Dead, Heaven on High, and the various dungeons of the world. To take down profitable targets and enemy forces therein.

 

Yomi Branch Information -

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Yomi (黄泉) the Doman based organization who fought a shadow war against the Garlean Empire after the occupation began. So enshrouded in mystery that not even the Domans knew they were being aided. In their arrogance, the Empire made a fatal mistake. Trying to conquer the Ruby Sea in this, legend tells of a child who would grow into their worst nightmare. Sabotage, assassination, friendly fire. Nothing was off limits to the Yomi head. As soon as they appeared, Yomi also vanished. But, Doma is now free of the Empire, but Yomi’s leader remembers them too well. And will not stop until Garlemald is destroyed or dismantled. Joining with the Bone Orchard seems to be the best choice to accomplish this without be constrained by peace treaties or morals.

 

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Update Post: Free Company name change, cutting down or deleting irrelevant information from before, addition of brief summaries of the various ranks and branches.

Compressed information about the Wardens of the Ashen Realms and filed under the corresponding branch.

Removal of previously limiting goal view in exchange for a most focused opening. Story removed and replaced with brief back story and reason for name change.

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