It’s…over! With an amazing 38-person turnout, the liberation of Ala Mhigo was a landmark success! I can’t believe these four weeks are over…
A huge thank you to @fustuarium for stepping forth to serve as antagonists and GMs! And our eternal gratitude to everyone who participated, be it for just one event, or all four! This has been an amazing project and definitely my most memorable RP escapade in FFXIV ever!
There were plenty more incredible screenshots to come out of this event, but the post cap is unfortunately set at ten images. We hope to see more in your own posts, but for now…
Tony grinds soy and kale for a smoothie Bruce has a cup of calming herbal tea Thor pairs his Pop Tarts with a Midgardian ale Clint prefers pizza, even cold or stale Bucky eats vodka, with potatoes and…herring?? Steve will have one of everything!
Coming to this plastic city so many years ago had been a
shock for any number of reasons and she’s never learned to feel settled in it.
One can think properly in London or New York, but LA sunshine always feels
overly bright to her; cheap with a kind of desperate cheer. She likes the
Pacific Northwest too, the watercolor mists of the fogged-in coastline, and
misses her rambling house on the island. At present, however, her hotel room
could be in any of the dozens of cities she’s been to, inoffensively neutral
with her blinds drawn against photographers.
The second part of our four-part Stormblood MSQ campaign produced some snazzy screenshots! Great to see more allies from @maelstrom-command as well;
we had over twenty representatives from all corners of Eorzea in attendance! A huge thank you to everyone who showed up and participated, especially Orrin Halgren for stepping in at the last minute as GM, as we were down one due to a RL emergency!
We’ve cleared the most detailed event in the MSQ, so the following two events will be significantly more flexible in how it plays out. Join in next week for more fun and heroics!
War is coming! The Immortal Flames need you for the 4th Auxiliary Regiment!
Baelsar’s Wall is ours! Soon, the push into Gyr Abania will begin. For the first time in a generation, the realm no longer cowers on the defensive. Under the fearless leadership of Flame General Raubahn Aldynn, it will be we Ul’dahns who are at the tip of the spear. We shall liberate our fellow Eorzeans in Ala Mhigo, and continue to purge our lands of the upstart Garlean Empire. Now more than ever do we need able men and women to be part of history and bring glory to the Sultanate. For Coin and Country!
The 4th Auxiliary Regiment is an RP linkshell for Immortal Flames and other Ul’dahn soldiers with the goal of being the go-to group for players to enjoy military roleplay within a formal structure. The Regiment functions as a tactical formation, meaning that it doesn’t matter if your character is a full-time Main Brigade regular or a part-time Free Brigade adventurer for joining. By serving as a catch-all linkshell, characters have the option of dedicating themselves to the Regiment, or dropping in to enjoy military roleplay as and when they feel like it.
We are looking for:
Immortal Flames: Be it a many-summer veteran of the Main Brigade or an adventurer in the Free Brigade doing some time, we welcome uniformed professionals to join us on drills and operations.
Other Ul’dahn Soldiers: The Grand Company is known to work alongside the Sultansworn, Brass Blades, and Stone Torches in the wider Ul’dahn military.
Freelancers: Sellswords or civilians who are willing to lend their aid to the Regiment as and when required.
We’re also interested in being involved in your plots where an official sort of presence is required!
CLICK HERE for our Regimental Handbook! It goes in-depth as to the nitty-gritty of the LS, including rank structure and uniform requirements. Contact Kale Aideron (Discord: Seriphyn#0337) or Navei Asue (Discord: Sabby Tenders#3148) for joining!
Below are some examples of what we’ve been up to as a unit…
The Eorzean Alliance had designated Flame Captain Kale Aideron to be the presiding officer for an awards presentation conducted to recognize the achievements of soldiers and fighters from as many as six different nations in the liberation of Ala Mhigo. Captain Aideron had served as the joint commander of the grand formation, and thus represented Flame General Raubahn Aldynn, Chief Admiral Merlwyb Bloefhiswyn, and Elder Seedseer Kan-E-Seena in bestowing epithets and awarding decorations.
As the military medal is unique to the professional arrangement of the Grand Companies, the Ishgardians of House De’bayle were instead awarded medals from the Order of the Twin Adder, in recognition of their service provided to both nations from the Lavender Beds. Additionally, fighters not belonging to a Grand Company were awarded as high a decoration from an appropriate army as deemed proper.
Without further ado, the following is the list of campaign participants officially recognized…
Our first recruitment march in Ul’dah was a fantastic success! May the Twelve bless Yoshi-P for providing us with the miracle that is “/atease”! Thank you to everyone that engaged with us as we marched around the city, be it cheering or jeering.
Most importantly, we want to give a special welcome to our two new recruits from this event: Roman Ubero and Chuchusa Chusa!
All illustrations are strictly the impressions of artists employed by this publication.
Flame Captain Kale Aideron opens the event, following a musical performance by Ciel Grayve.
The Eorzean Alliance adventurer rally celebrating the end of the Dragonsong War in Ishgard is to be considered a success, so says Flame Captain Kale Aideron of the Bloodsworn. Commanding officer of the Sasagan’s Scimitars and organizer of the event, Captain Aideron was emphatic in thanking all and sundry for their show of solidarity towards our northern neighbors. Prominent figures in the adventuring community, from free company leaders to military officers, were among the distinguished guests. Though there had been a minor disruption halfway through the ceremony, it did naught to abate the good cheer of the crowd.
The Immortal Flames were instrumental in planning the event.
As there has been no realm-wide celebration regarding Ishgard’s newly-found peace thus far, it was decided that this rally of remembrance and revelry was to take place, focusing particularly on the contributions that adventurers had provided the country. In addition, calls were made to embrace the spirit of openness and diversity embodied by the adventuring community, especially considering Ishgard’s recent embracing of republicanism, an ideology alien to Eorzea ever since Sharlayan’s abandonment many summers ago.
Prominent free company leader Faye Covington is said to have led myriad individuals from all over the Three Great Continents for the betterment of the realm.
The rally was opened by a song of remembrance by Ciel Grayve, a famed bard from Gridania. Baroness Flytia Dalyeis of Ishgard was accompanied by Winter’s Wake leader Kaitlyn Nelhah, who by their very presence embodied the spirit of partnership between Coerthan and adventurer. Their speech on the importance of peace and healing was followed by Syranelle Ironleaf, a Gelmorran who had served as a healer during the war. Noticeably rowdy shouts of support from the crowd were heard over the course of these speeches, allegedly the sorts more appropriate of Foundation than the Pillars.
Kaitlyn Nelhah and Baroness Flytia Dalyeis have done much in the providing of alms to inhabitants of the Brume.
Storm Captain Sounsyy Mirke of Thalassocratic Navy 1st Squadron, 9th Levy Infantry (Maelstrom) represented Limsa Lominsa’s Grand Company, and offered their perspective on Ishgard’s potential military contribution for the Alliance. Indeed, Lominsan musket technology has been utilized by the Ishgardian machinists of Skysteel Manufactory. Captain Aideron would make note of the capabilities presented by the Lominsan navy and Ishgardian airship fleet.
Gridanian bard Ciel Grayve has performed at many events attended by adventurers.
Following the decidedly more military-minded musing on the future of the Alliance, Faye Covington of the Daystar Agency imparted her several summers worth of leading adventurers to the crowd. One of the central goals of the rally was to advocate for the adventuring profession to a city-state unaccustomed to hosting other races and cultures. Lady Covington’s worldliness in this regard was lauded as very illuminating by local citizens nearby.
The Maelstrom is arguably reliant moreso on adventurers than its sister companies, and thus their presence at the rally was considered to be crucial.
Lord Armont Wordon de De’bayle of the De’bayle Minor House was the last speaker of the ceremony. The Wanderer of Coerthas spoke with a remarkable sort of open-mindedness and optimism, welcoming the ongoing changes taking place within Ishgard. Many would observe Lord Wordon’s defiance of stereotypes by how he had positively commented on and embraced the cultural shift. Captain Aideron was extremely grateful for House De’bayle’s contribution to the event, the Ul’dahn stating it was a high honor.
House De’bayle swears fealty to House Fortemps, who have long been known for their liberality in working with adventurers.
And at last, the rally was closed by a captivating performance by Odette Saoirse, a bard hailing from Limsa Lominsa. Unlike Ciel Grayve’s more somber remembrance, the Lominsan provided a much more optimistic tune for the future. The disruption by the so-called Doctor Ozerov amounted to little in the end, as the whole crowd threw their fists in the air wishing a long life for both Eorzea and Her Alliance.
Long Live Eorzea! Long Live the Alliance!
Other illustrations can be found below
A sketch of Flame Captain Kale Aideron and Doctor Ozerov, similar to what might have transpired in reality.
The Order of the Twin Adder were not without representation. Percival Turner commanded a detail sent from Gridania.
Odette Saoirse remains a popular bard within adventurer circles.
Captain Aideron briefs the joint military formation before the event’s opening.
Critics are calling her tiny midsection “impossible” in another example of public outrage over unrealistic images of the female body
Scarlett Johansson’s fans can buy her as a super-secret agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. in Marvel’s “Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier,” but they aren’t buying the tiny waistline she flaunts in a new poster for the upcoming film.
Backlash against the poster art, which features Johansson as The Black Widow with the body of a Barbie doll, began brewing online as soon as the image was released online Thursday, along with character posters of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Chris Evans as Steve Rogers.
“You know there is no helping the world when even Scarlett-Joh’s already little waist is shopped to an impossible width in the ‘Cap’ posters,” one woman tweeted, echoing the sentiments of many others.
The issue of editing images of women to impossible standards of beauty has been particularly hot as of late.
An Elle magazine cover obscuring Melissa McCarthy’s body was criticized last November, while a time-lapse video demonstrating how Photoshop editing can completely change a woman’s body image went viral last fall.
Elle also received backlash earlier this month after releasing February’s “Women in Television” issue, which featured a photo of “Mindy Project” star Mindy Kaling cropped to focus on her appearance above the chest. Three other female TV stars featured on separate magazine covers for the same issue were pictured from above the knee.
Just last week, singer Nicki Minaj took to Instagram to protest the photoshopped cover of ESPN Magazine that she posed for with NBA star Kobe Bryant. A petition asking ESPN to stop retouching photos of celebrities and models that appear in the magazine was launched, as a result, and has garnered 3,200 signatures to date.
*I thought I read elsewhere that Melissa and Mindy liked their photos - but I definitely see how this issue can be problematic.