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A dusty, dirt-hued poster would be pinned around several inns and taverns across Eorzea, from Thanalan, to Limsa Lominsa, and the Black Shroud.


The heading reads, "Are you a budding mercenary, entrepreneur, or explorer? In search of a heavier coinpurse? Looking to protect the realm in more ways than loitering by an Adventurers' Guild?" Right underneath it, an intricately designed silhouette of a phoenix is illustrated.

 

Below the image, another bold message; "Join the Company of Ashes today!" Directly following it, details going over the specifics of location and contact are written in fine text.

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<ASHES> | Medium RP FC Located on Mateus | Mist, Ward 20, Plot 26

Active Times: Noon to late evening (NA Timezones)

Event Frequency: Held once a week

(though subject to change)

Leader: C'ehres Tia
Officers: R'abodji Jhida & Loose Pockets

RP Themes: Adventure & Mercenary

Source Links: https://ashes-fc.carrd.co/# 

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Who are we?
IC: Coming from as humble roots as a sellsword's life allows, the Ashes' story is an opportunistic one. Not exactly a philanthropic cause, nor a syndicate, the group operates below the surface and autonomously from Eorzea's Grand Companies. Most of the company's work is received from independent employers and clients; people who have been overlooked and ignored by other outfits. Acting upon the goal of gil alone, they will do whatever it takes even if it means setting ethics aside. After all, no job is beneath them, and no pay is too small.

 

OOC: The Company of Ashes is a mercenary based roleplaying free company situated on Mateus. Although the company itself is a fresh face to the server, it was founded by experienced roleplayers and when it comes to writing, we value quality over quantity. To capitalize on this, we focus heavily on ensuring each of our members are given a tailored and inclusive experience. Our in-character framework thrives off of a character-driven and lore-abiding narrative; players proactively pushing a story forward will always be encouraged, so long as any use of creativity is within the realm of believability in canonical lore.

As our roleplay intensity is best summed up as medium frequency, our events are usually scheduled on a once a week basis (two events per week at most). The days on which events are held varies—our scheduling is meant to be flexible and will be adjusted based on when the roster calls for it. Barring the typical gritty themes that naturally come with mercenary roleplay, we also have a balanced mix of lighthearted, comedic, and serious undertones alike. If you prefer a completely no-nonsense Dark Souls-style RP environment, this FC is likely not a good fit for you.

On an OOC level, we are a small and close-knit group of like-minded and laidback players. Other than RP, we also heavily enjoy partaking in the vast array of content FFXIV has to offer.

Ranks
Captain
 - GM rank; self-explanatory.
Lieutenant - Officer rank.
Battalion - The combat-capable—they are first responders when a threat is identified and are also the ones who help to keep the less combative members safe on the field.
Chirurgeon - The medically inclined—either through traditional medicine or conjury, they skillfully tend to any and all sorts of ailments to keep the Ashes employees in tip-top shape for their next job.
Specialist - The backbone of the company—whether craftsmen or merchants, these are the employees who help to make sure the Ashes keeps running, and that our various needs are met.
New Hire - New member trial rank. The trial period lasts one month. If the member has shown persistent activity and has not otherwise caused a breach of guidelines post-trial period, they will be considered a full-fledged member and allowed to pledge themselves to one of the three in-company divisions.
Alt / OOC - Self-explanatory. Members are allowed two alts in the FC. Trials are not allowed any alts in the FC.

 

What are we looking for?

We're looking for laid-back members and well-rounded roleplayers! As we also have members who are either busy or partake in other in-game content, we need people that are capable of finding their own RP at times, or even take initiative within the FC, whether it be content and roleplay storylines alike. We also appreciate patience during the process of building an entirely new FC from the ground up, so please understand that things might oftentimes be slow. We're also happy to take in new roleplayers with the willingness to learn, alongside those with the ability to take constructive criticism.


However, we're not just exclusively looking for roleplay within our official roster. Given that at the end of the day, the Ashes is a business, we're willing to take up partnerships with outside contacts. If you're interested in setting up a joint event between FCs or becoming a potential collaborator, contact one of the officers!

 

Recruitment

Requirements to Join:

1) Be a well-rounded roleplayer. We also highly prefer lore-abiding characters.
2) Have a good grasp on spelling, grammar, etc. Exceptions are made for those whose first language isn't English.
3) If you're applying on a character that isn't max-level, ensure that you will continue leveling while joining—our events might take place in higher level zones and we wouldn't want anyone feeling left out.

 

Contacts:
C'ehres Tia (snowball#4613)
Loose Pockets (Dan#3739)
R'abodji Jhida (ryzen#6115)
or anyone else with the <ASHES> FC tag!


If you are interested in joining and fulfill our recruitment requirements, please reach out to any of the officers. The recruitment process involves a brief OOC conversation to address any questions you may have for the FC, or likewise, address any questions we may have for you. Following this, we will set up an IC interview with you to determine the fit of both you and your character.


We hope to see you around, and happy RPing!

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With June coming to a close, it would be almost a month since we've began on Mateus a year ago. Since then, we've shared many stories and written with other amazing roleplayers on the server! However, as time went by, we've learned a lot—especially in the past few months. So, there a lot of things I'd like to say, and please excuse me for the lengthy (possibly cringeworthy) post. If you'd rather not read my recollections of the past year, please scroll down to the bold text! 😸

First off, I have learned a lot about being an FC leader. Being one of the many who migrated from WoW to FFXIV within the past two years and having led / been an officer in a few guilds over my long, long years on WoW, the last thing I expected to do in FFXIV was lead an FC. I didn't want to tarnish my experience in an entirely new and unfamiliar MMO by immediately piling FC responsibilities on my game time. And admittedly, I didn't even know if I wanted to RP in this new game. However, even with the amount of pressure that comes with being a guild / FC leader—an RP FC lead at that—organization, and more importantly, forging new friendships through RP or games has always been my truest love, and what makes all of the stress completely worth it.

It took a bit of convincing from my closest friends for us to form an FC together. We were a fantastic team—they were on the bold end with their ideas and I, on the other end, require some time to get the cogwheels turning, so they had me be in charge of expanding on those ideas and bringing them to life. Literally, whenever they had an RP idea, they'd put it in our Discord group DM, and I'd come back later that day with an entire Google Doc of possible events to do based off of one-to-two sentence ideas. Ever since we've started, the FC's events have been the most fun I've ever had RPing ever. 

 

On the other end of things, there were obviously some bumps on the road. At the very beginning, the FC's growth was slow—it's a tough world out there for a completely new FC, where most people, understandably, want something more established. I had to navigate my way through an entirely new community and figure out how things worked, to put it simply. Originally coming from a game where people would plant their guild's banners down in a major city to stand there for 10 hours was an actual method of recruitment, I was lost for the longest time. It took so long to find a roll / event system that worked almost perfectly for us. We've had to change our recruitment process.. four? Five times? Not only that, no matter how much an RP guild plasters "ZERO DRAMA, NEVER EVER" on their rules, it's bound to happen. No matter what. No matter how stringent you are with your rules; no matter how many people you kick. It's just the nature of any online community in general. There were times in this FC where I honestly wish I had handled drama better, especially as the FC leader, where everyone is practically relying on you to lay down the law and handle things correctly. There were times where I had to force myself to get a backbone, other times where I just.. didn't, times where I couldn't get a hold of my emotions, and there were times when I had to put up a wall between myself and other members to make unbiased decisions. 


Each experience, no matter how negative or taxing they may have been, came with a lesson. And like I've said earlier, in this already long blogpost, I've learned a lot about being an FC leader. I've grown a lot from when I first made this FC. This FC has grown a lot from when it was first born back in August 2019. Many people came and went. Some people stayed for the ride. This FC has been the start of many meaningful friendships—I know I've made some good friends—and many people's own RP characters had some amazing development during their time in the FC. 

I keep the many, many memories that came from the Gilded Onslaught near and dear to my heart, but passive changes aren't the only things gradually and naturally. We have since then found a better sense of who we are and what we wish to bring to the table. To signify a new and brighter beginning, while also nodding towards our past, we have since made the bold decision to rebrand to Company of Ashes - <ASHES>. We are still located on Mateus and still reside at the same FC house, and we are still sticking to our theme of broke mercenaries.

That being said, we are now actively recruiting once again, and we ask for patience as we build ourselves up a second time. We have updated our original post with our new vision, alongside our carrd that you can check out here:

https://ashes-fc.carrd.co/

Thank you for your interest and we hope to see you around. 

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** edit: Added header image, formatting.

 

We're in the midst of our second storyline involving a mystery surrounding new adventurers suddenly disappearing in Central Thanalan, but that doesn't mean we're not recruiting!

 

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I know some FCs do relations to outside "members" (on the DC but a different server) via Linkshell. Does the Guilded Onslaught do something like this?

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20 hours ago, Galeteya said:

I know some FCs do relations to outside "members" (on the DC but a different server) via Linkshell. Does the Guilded Onslaught do something like this?

 

Hello! And yes, we absolutely do have a crossworld linkshell for off-server contacts, as our RP isn't primarily exclusive to the FC's roster. 

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Awesome, I'll send you my toon info in a private message!

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We just finished our second storyline involving finding a link between black magic and missing fledgling adventurers and we have plenty more stories on the horizon!

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We will be starting our third storyline this week! Recruitment is still open!

 

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Happy New Year!

Recruitment is still open!

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edit: NEW BANNER, updated info, formatting.

 

It's been a while since this thread was last updated and quite a bit has happened! We stormed the gates of Natalan, the Ixali stronghold in Coerthas and attained a boon of wind crystals to kickstart a project for weapon production! Not soon after, a treasure hunt was held in the Sharlayan ruins of the Dravanian Hinterlands! And guess what — we're still recruiting!

 

To make matters a little easier, we also have a minor change to our recruitment process — we're now allowing applications through our Discord server! Upon joining the server, you'll be redirected to a channel where you will be able to fill out a short form asking about your character, OOC activity, etc. 
 

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We've been growing a healthy bit and so we are making a few changes to help accommodate our growth!

When we were just starting up, we would have once a week events, but now we're aiming to have multiple events per week at different timeslots hosted by different DMs with a player cap of around six people (DMs / DM assistants excluded)— we're hoping that by implementing this new system, everyone could have a chance to show up to events and also have a chance to have their character shine without their post being buried by a large party. 

 

Not only this, besides the FC's "main storyline" that will be hosted by officers, members are highly encouraged to host their own events as well—basically an officer-free zone—whether it's an effort to forward the company, or following their own personal storyline that we're able to be a part of. 

There is always new things on the horizon with lots of room for more to join!

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After our last recruitment spree, we've had a particularly large stream of new members join and so for now, we'll be closing our doors for recruitment to adjust and foster our current community! This does not apply to those who have an application / interview pending before our recruitment closed, so if you've submitted a message before I posted this, don't worry!

Thank you very much for your interest in the FC and keep an eye out on this thread for updates and the next time we'll be opening up our doors!

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As April comes to a close, I'm happy to announce that our doors are once again open for recruitment!
 

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The FC house recently underwent a complete remodel! Please feel free to stop by—screenshots hardly do the place justice, and our doors are always open to visitors!

 

 

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Digging the aesthetic / decoration!

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On 4/26/2020 at 5:19 PM, Lunar said:

Digging the aesthetic / decoration!

 

Thank you so much! ♥

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It has been about a month since our last update, but our last recruitment spree has been met with resounding interest, so we are once again closing our doors to let our group settle in!

 

We've still got plenty of stories to tell and foster, and even more on the horizon, so please look out for the next time we will be opening our doors. Thank you so much for your interest. ❤️ 

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Last month has been pretty eventful! But I am once again happy to announce that after some spring cleaning and updates to our event system & rules, our doors are once again open for the month of June! 

Thank you for your interest, and here's to another great year!

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