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Hey there fellow Hydaelyn Roleplayers!

As I struggled to decide which archetype of Roegadyn I am about to choose for my main, I decided to open up the thread and hear about others:

 

What are your expectations with Roegadyn RP? It's probably the less popular race in the game period so seeing the big fellas and ladies would be something far and between. Any surprises? Going for that big and muscular Scholar of your dreams? Or are you going to be a traditional Sea Wolf and play him/her as a marauder?

 

For me I'm hung on two concepts (Feel free to give your opinion):

 

- The overly cheerful gladiator

 

A Hellsguard mercenary who once sold his craft at a gladiatorial event and the roar of the crowd conquered his heart, he strives to dress in the most over the top armor and outfits he can find and try to put on a performance not only in the arena, but outside of it as well. His big and outrageous persona is nothing but myth making, in particular to impress the kids. Kids who line up to buy a ticket and see their champion beat the bad guy at the arena!

Though outside character he is a calm and humble, once he dons his colorful vests it's almost like he transformed into a warrior of legend - Even if it's just make believe. 

 

(The reasons for this particular character embrace children and striving to be a champion for them would be something to come out from his background.)

 

- Cute yet Brash Sea Wolf

 

A young, cheerful Sea Wolf who has a heart for adventure. He was born to a fisherman couple and grew up hearing tales of the sea, created by his father. He wanted to believe so hard on the fisherman's tale he decided to become an adventurer himself and make the bed times stories a reality. With axe in hand and with a thirst for action, this youngster will cut anything in front of him with glee.

 

(The concept of "A young Roegadyn" kept poping in my head. How would their kids act? How would a Roegadyn kid mature into an adult? This concept is of a very immature character that would have his grownth by interaction.)

 

 

Feel free to use this thread to post your own concepts, archetypes, hopes and dreams! If it's Roegadyn related, you got a reader in me.

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Not that we're very numerous, I don't think I've seen any Roegadyn going for fresh and young with their character concept. My own is going to be in her 30s. However, I really, really love your idea for the Hellsguard gladiator. I find it quite cute and I feel like it would be a blast to RP on top of that.

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My main isn't a Roegadyn, but I'm playing around with the idea of making one as an alt. No idea what I'm gonna do with one, but I like their naming schemes.

 

As for your character ideas, they're both great but the first one pops out to me a bit more. Seems like he would be an interesting character to interact with.

 

But I can't help but think that you could somehow mix them. Your idea of a young somewhat immature Roegadyn could fit the boisterous gladiator very well.

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Not that we're very numerous, I don't think I've seen any Roegadyn going for fresh and young with their character concept. My own is going to be in her 30s. However, I really, really love your idea for the Hellsguard gladiator. I find it quite cute and I feel like it would be a blast to RP on top of that.

 

Your particular Roegadyn looks so elegant, I actually though it was an Elezen at first when I saw you posting her. I'm glad you enjoyed it! So far I'm leaning gladiator myself. Bringing something cheerful and colorful to the rp table is something I really enjoy doing, I RPed for years as a luchador in champions online and it kinda rubs into my other MMO characters. I just don't want to go overboard with it so it gets annoying, moderation is the key.

 

Oh my gosh. I love both ideas. I can't really comment on the expectations of roegadyn RP, but I absolutely adore either and both of these concepts. I'd love to RP with you. Have you decided on a server yet?

 

At first I was leaning Gilgamesh but I had a blast teaming up with Balmung players so I'm torn, but for now I think I'll try to have a main on Balmung and another character in Gilgamesh trying to help them build up their community.

 

Thank you for your feedback! I'm glad someone enjoyed it as much as I did! I really like Roegadyn lore and it kinda inspired me.

 

EDIT: I screwed up quoting. Seriously. How can someone screw quotation?

 

 

My main isn't a Roegadyn, but I'm playing around with the idea of making one as an alt. No idea what I'm gonna do with one, but I like their naming schemes.

 

As for your character ideas, they're both great but the first one pops out to me a bit more. Seems like he would be an interesting character to interact with.

 

But I can't help but think that you could somehow mix them. Your idea of a young somewhat immature Roegadyn could fit the boisterous gladiator very well.

 

Ooh you might be into something there! Maybe I could combine them both for a young boisterous gladiator from the Hellsguard clan. I had his apperance saved as someone looking on his thirties, but I guess I can work to make him look younger.

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At first I was leaning Gilgamesh but I had a blast teaming up with Balmung players so I'm torn, but for now I think I'll try to have a main on Balmung and another character in Gilgamesh trying to help them build up their community.

 

(Ahhh, thank you. <3) In that case, you could still utilize both character concepts? :moogle:

I usually have one main character, one alt I play more than the rest, and a merry band of others that I mess around with whenever the mood strikes me. I have the issue of coming up with a ton of concepts and I have a hard time narrowing the pack down to just one or two characters.

 

My Roe might fit 'big and muscular scholar' a bit, haha. I went for a DoM heavy Hellsguard and chose to make her native/non-cityborn so she'd still have that mystical feeling that surrounds their lore. Yet after coming down from Abalathia and adventuring for over a decade, she's also well-adapted to the city at this point in her life. She's a researcher/expeditionist type and very gung-ho about what she does. I'm still working it out because I fear it's not very original, but that's the groundwork of it.

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At first I was leaning Gilgamesh but I had a blast teaming up with Balmung players so I'm torn, but for now I think I'll try to have a main on Balmung and another character in Gilgamesh trying to help them build up their community.

 

(Ahhh, thank you. <3) In that case, you could still utilize both character concepts? :moogle:

I usually have one main character, one alt I play more than the rest, and a merry band of others that I mess around with whenever the mood strikes me. I have the issue of coming up with a ton of concepts and I have a hard time narrowing the pack down to just one or two characters.

 

My Roe might fit 'big and muscular scholar' a bit, haha. I went for a DoM heavy Hellsguard and chose to make her native/non-cityborn so she'd still have that mystical feeling that surrounds their lore. Yet after coming down from Abalathia and adventuring for over a decade, she's also well-adapted to the city at this point in her life. She's a researcher/expeditionist type and very gung-ho about what she does. I'm still working it out because I fear it's not very original, but that's the groundwork of it.

 

Yeah the idea was that the "main" would be decided by these two concepts and the other one would pop in Gilgamesh as an alt.

 

Honestly while that concept isn't that original (like you stated) I feel it's quite interesting nonetheless. A brave scholar type, a Roegadyn "Indiana Jones"-like character who isn't afraid to go to crazy expeditions in Eorzea sounds like a blast to RP as and with so I can see what you mean! You will be playing in Balmung yes?

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/Roegaydn high five! Both of your ideas are fantastic, but I'm absolutely in love with your first character concept - he almost comes off as a superhero of sorts; putting on an outfit and battling it out in the arena for the kids to watch him beat up the bad guy. I'll have to agree with Torn Sky on this and say I've yet to see anyone going for the fresh young thang niche, but it's something new and it sounds like it would be a blast to play around with C:

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At first I was leaning Gilgamesh but I had a blast teaming up with Balmung players so I'm torn, but for now I think I'll try to have a main on Balmung and another character in Gilgamesh trying to help them build up their community.

 

(Ahhh, thank you. <3) In that case, you could still utilize both character concepts? :moogle:

I usually have one main character, one alt I play more than the rest, and a merry band of others that I mess around with whenever the mood strikes me. I have the issue of coming up with a ton of concepts and I have a hard time narrowing the pack down to just one or two characters.

 

My Roe might fit 'big and muscular scholar' a bit, haha. I went for a DoM heavy Hellsguard and chose to make her native/non-cityborn so she'd still have that mystical feeling that surrounds their lore. Yet after coming down from Abalathia and adventuring for over a decade, she's also well-adapted to the city at this point in her life. She's a researcher/expeditionist type and very gung-ho about what she does. I'm still working it out because I fear it's not very original, but that's the groundwork of it.

 

Yeah the idea was that the "main" would be decided by these two concepts and the other one would pop in Gilgamesh as an alt.

 

Honestly while that concept isn't that original (like you stated) I feel it's quite interesting nonetheless. A brave scholar type, a Roegadyn "Indiana Jones"-like character who isn't afraid to go to crazy expeditions in Eorzea sounds like a blast to RP as and with so I can see what you mean! You will be playing in Balmung yes?

 

Yep, I'm going with Balmung as my primary server of the two.

 

I don't think she'll be Indiana Jones-level epic, but then again she did grow up on a volcano. I'm still trying to think of some twist that meshes well, or a different concept that's also fitting. Although I may just ride with it because it's true that being a Roegadyn already makes her stand out from similar characters.

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Although I may just ride with it because it's true that being a Roegadyn already makes her stand out from similar characters.

 

 

 

 

It's not everyday you get to play a giantess-like character that was born in a volcano set to uncover the arcane secrets of the world one dungeon at a time! Even if the base concept is tried and true, the Roegadyn mix makes it fresh again, I'll agree to that.

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My Roegadyn is a young sea wolf pirate! 

Being born and raised in Limsa Lominsa, and fed a diet of pirate stories, the young man naturally took to the sea as soon as he was able. However, those pirate stories were more fiction than fact and he quickly realized that in order to live out his pirate dreams that he would have to be more fiction than fact.

 

He speaks with an aggrandized pattern of pirate speak and nautical terms. Pretends to be a bit on the daft side, and is always boisterous and bold! He doesn't drink, yet always has a flagon with him, and you'd swear he was usually drunk. He is, however, a very good sailor and warrior. The rest is an act based upon what he believes pirates should be. 

 

It is a similar theme to your gladiator! I swear I didn't steal it!

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My Roegadyn is an overly cheerful cute and brash Sea Wolf "gladiator" (as in she fights for gil and glory, her actual class is Pugilist). *nods*

 

Okay so she's not really -that- cheerful, she just likes to have fun. And fun often implies a brawl. Her mother was one of those very few Sea Wolves who were still going with the old Roegadyn pirate lifestyle and her father was a fisherman with more heart and bravery then most and he stole the mother's heart and took the lady pirate out of piracy and into settling down.

 

So my Roegirl ended up raised a decent person but her mother's stories gave her a real thirst for adventure and loot. Before going out to the sea or something, though, she went to Ul'dah to master brawling.

 

Also, I'm partial to the OP's 2nd character concept because I'll always be partial to pirates. *nods*

 

Pirates! We put the Arr! in FF XIV ARR.

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My Hellsguard, Klarimel, is a brigand, thief, con man, and a tremendous jerk. In his early 30's, he still acts like a bully, happily taking what he wants from those who can't stop him and trying to assert his dominance over the people he meets. Self-assured and confident, he stays cool under pressure and is more than willing to run away when the odds are against him.

 

Basically he's a huge douchebag and few characters will actually enjoy his company, but I find his type helps generate entertaining RP for the players. Hope to see ya'll in game.

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My character is a Hellsguard who was orphaned after the last great war and raised by Sea Wolf nuns. She was extremely tall as a child and developed an extremely bossy and hot tempered attitude and thus the nuns mockingly named her Klynsywrkoena Abarthota, which means Small Big Queen Lone Daughter. Abarthota, her last name, being the name all the orphans were given and one she despised.

 

After coming of age, she left for Ul-dah, where her class and name would have no meaning and where her future would depend solely on the strength of her sword hand. True to her Hellsguard blood, she dropped her last name and decided to translate her first name into common tongue. Unfortunately, due to a misinterpretation of 'Small-Big' and a slightly lazy Lalafel registration clerk, her new name came out as Size Queen.

 

It took several years, and more than a few violent rebuffs of unsolicited sexual advances, for her to fully understand her new name's double entendre. But by that time she had grown accustomed to it and had developed a reputation around it, so she decided to own it.

 

Size Queen still has major anger issues and is easily provoked, but is fairly disciplined otherwise. Although she is quick witted, she lacks the patience for magic and prefers trades that rely on her repeatedly hitting things very hard. And despite her best intentions to portray professionalism, her large stature and name often elicits a comedic response from most. Thus poor Size Queen is forever trying to prove herself a competent sellsword amongst a sea of perverts, hecklers and jokers.

 

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Unfortunately, due to a misinterpretation of 'Small-Big' and a slightly lazy Lalafel registration clerk, her new name came out as Size Queen.

 

 

I think I've never laughed so hard at a character background before! But seriously, awesome character all around.

 

 

It is very nice to see creative players showing off their Roegadyn, suddenly it's not as lonely as before! 

 

 

After reading your feedback and characters I decided to go with the boisterous gladiator. I dunno, I think it clicks with most of the concepts posted here, I can see some really fun interaction with you guys;

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Unfortunately, due to a misinterpretation of 'Small-Big' and a slightly lazy Lalafel registration clerk, her new name came out as Size Queen.

 

 

I think I've never laughed so hard at a character background before! But seriously, awesome character all around.

 

 

It is very nice to see creative players showing off their Roegadyn, suddenly it's not as lonely as before! 

 

 

After reading your feedback and characters I decided to go with the boisterous gladiator. I dunno, I think it clicks with most of the concepts posted here, I can see some really fun interaction with you guys;

 

LOL thanks! :D

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Good stuff so far!

 

I'm making another Sea Wolf character, Syggfryd Eyriwilfsyn. Good to know he has some living, breathing brethren somewhere out there!

 

He's from a village that has recently elected to return to their pirate roots after generations of being peaceful and honorable (a strong minority strongly opposes this new policy, but the elders ordered it). He's training to be a Marauder, for the time being, but that's more because he's been forced into it than anything else. He interprets his name as "peaceful victory," to give you an idea of his actual intentions.

 

Anyway, is anyone else struggling to find good Sea Wolf/Roegadyn lore?

 

Here's all I have:

 

  • The game says that they used to be violent pirates and raiders, until Limsa Lominsa's armada put them out of business. It then continues that they are often sailors or mercenaries at sea, that they used to live up North on some islands as fishermen (and Roegadyn still exist there), and that's about everything, besides naming conventions.
     
  • One can speculate that they populated all of the area around Vylbrand and Northwestern Aldenard (on the Strait of Merlthor and the Indigo Deep). The Hellsguard have lived in the mountains of Dravinia near Sharlayan, so it would make sense for the Sea Wolves to be nearby.
     
  • BUT - rumors of a Garlean invasion of Sharlayan at some point between Silvertear Lake 20 cycles ago and Carteneau Flats 5 cycles ago mean that any Sea Wolves who lived nearby have likely fled South somewhere else. This is what happened to Sygg's village and is the main reason they had to take to being pirates.

If you guys have anything else to add lore-wise, I'd love to hear it! I'm really struggling to find stuff.

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  • 2 weeks later...

Oh my,

why did I stumbled upon this thread just now? I'm so late to the party!

 

- Cute yet Brash Sea Wolf

 

With axe in hand and with a thirst for action, this youngster will cut anything in front of him with glee.

 

I like it, sir.

IMO, yes a simple concept yet has a lot of fun potential! Especially if that Brash 'Wolf is a little not right in the head too!

 

Friend: "Hey look at that! Why do those chickens cross the road?"

 

Brash : "Because if they don't... *Lift his axe* Imma gonna ax them all! YAARRR!!"

 

Unfortunately, due to a misinterpretation of 'Small-Big' and a slightly lazy Lalafel registration clerk, her new name came out as Size Queen.

 

Oh no not them Lalafells again... Twisting 'Wolves' names around in whatever direction they see fit! I wonder if that clerk once worked as a tour guide somewhere... :lol:

 

*Offers high-five for comedic Roes!

 

No, seriously, can't wait to run into Ms. Queen in game, it will be fun!

Sprinkled with a little insanity of course!

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I suppose this would be a good spot to post something like this as I don't like starting new threads for some reason. Since it has been stated that Roegadyn names are influenced by an old version of the Germanic language (a lore team in Germany actually helped write up the Roegadyns) and this is one of the few races we actually have with a few translated words (their names) do you think that for the most part their language might have been Germanic as well? 

 

I ask this because I have been playing my Roegadyn as someone who still speaks and understands the native language (having a large influence from her traditional grandfather). Though it's not like she would have full blown conversations with people, she just sometimes blurts out Germanic phrases; like calling people idiots in German. Do you think this is bending the lore too much and I should just drop it?

 

And to add to your lore thing Syggfryd. The wiki states that the Hellsguard lived by a volcano which they guarded the gates to believing it was some kind of gate to the underworld. They stand guard there making sure the souls of the dead don't return back to the land of the living. Sea Wolves were island dwellers and Hellsguards were mountain people ^^. 

 

12:08 is when he starts talking about the Roegadyn stuff with I think somewhere around 11 minutes he will pronounce Merlwyb Bloefhiswyn's name and a few others :D 

 

 

Here is the old lore forums as well in case anyone wanted to look around.

 

http://forum.square-enix.com/ffxiv/forums/491-Lore

 

And this guy on youtube does a pretty good job with summing up Roegadyn lore ^^.

 

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I suppose this would be a good spot to post something like this as I don't like starting new threads for some reason. Since it has been stated that Roegadyn names are influenced by an old version of the Germanic language (a lore team in Germany actually helped write up the Roegadyns) and this is one of the few races we actually have with a few translated words (their names) do you think that for the most part their language might have been Germanic as well? 

 

I ask this because I have been playing my Roegadyn as someone who still speaks and understands the native language (having a large influence from her traditional grandfather). Though it's not like she would have full blown conversations with people, she just sometimes blurts out Germanic phrases; like calling people idiots in German. Do you think this is bending the lore too much and I should just drop it?

You ought to be careful, since the language is modified a little. If you know German, make sure you study the changes to the language in Roegadyn. Oftentimes the change is just changing a few consonants and vowels up. Use these patterns to craft new words if necessary. And, to be honest, I'd say you can always say it's "Engladyn," so to speak. In other words, just because you're saying it doesn't mean it's the proper way of speaking ancient Roegadyn. I really like your idea and will probably incorporate the same thing to some extent!

 

I was astonished that the word "mother" had been lost over time...I'm guessing it would have been "Muttyr," based on their changes to other words, but it's technically not in there. Technically, it is logical that "mother" isn't used in names (though "wife," "daugher," "maid," etc. all are), but I just find it weird that such a fundamental word would be lost before so many other obscure ones.

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You are absolutely correct! He did say it was a quasi form of the language. Thanks for the feedback. Maybe if I don't get too lazy I will try writing up a little phrase book or something. 

 

Looking at the dictionary I can totally see which words Fernhawles came up with. Iron ---> Iyrn, Sword ---> Swerd, hahahaha xD. I see a few words that have stayed completely German: Dog ---> Hund, Steel---> Stahl. I have no idea how they got Holsk from Fast though :dazed:. I need Fernhawles email to see what kind of patterns he used lol. 

 

You are probably dead on with the whole mother thing. He added an r at the end of Hund to make Hundr, though it was in parentheses, and seems to follow this rule with a few different words.

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Just dropping my Roegal in here for good measure! Actually, all the information (there's not much) is on the wiki, here.

 

I actually had my heart set on the name 'Xanthe' from Beta before I even found this website and looked into the naming conventions. I'm glad I did though, as it helped flesh out my character's background.

 

I'm glad there are a few of us who are playing as Roegadyn. I wouldn't worry if backgrounds/personalities are similar because this won't matter one bit once we actually get to know our characters more. Obviously, if you stick to traditional Roe backgrounds, they are all going to be from the same place (and maybe they knew each other from there) so that could be interesting to RP with.

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As one of the vetrin Roegadyn RPers around I will toss my two cents in.

 

I went "Grizzled Miner"

 

Hayden is a happy go lucky, blue collar kind of guy. The sort you always find with a drink in his hand and a song on his lips. 

 

He isn't overly chipper, he isn't overly grumpy, he is the every man so to speak. Sure he is as big as a mountain, but his heart is as gentle as a kittens.

 

My main non gathering/Crafting class is White mage followed by Gladiator. Those are really the only two I plan to keep IC. 

 

My reasoning for this personality was simple. There seemed to be far to many grumpy hard and mean type Roeg npc's and the happy overly cheerful dumb guy didn't seem my style ether. 

 

so I went with this.

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