The Black Waltz was established in 2014 on the Gilgamesh server by a small group of friends that wanted a safe and positive environment where they could play Final Fantasy XIV together. Several of these friends had previously been in Free Companies that were not positive experiences, and so they sought out to create something that was. As time went on, this small group of friends began to build friendships with other players in game who shared similar values leading <<Waltz>> to become a much larger family. Within a few short months it became apparent that the positive environment of The Black Waltz was something special and membership continued to grow.
Unfortunately in early 2017 Square-Enix decided to lock the Gilgamesh server due to overpopulation. Not only did this prevent new players from creating characters on the server, it also stopped existing players from transferring in. With no influx of new players to help or provide a home for, the growth of <<Waltz>> slowed down. One of the core values of The Black Waltz is to help new players when we can and it was obvious that this could not be achieved on a server that was locked and whose population was made up of veteran raiders.
A few months later Square-Enix initiated a "population balancing incentive" where players could transfer from an overpopulated server to another server for free. Through research on other servers, <<Waltz>> discovered that Jenova had a reputation for warmth, kindness, and compassion - the very values laid in our foundation. Thus, the entire Free Company made the decision to move from Gilgamesh to Jenova together in September 2017.
The positive and kind nature of our members is one of the many things that sets The Black Waltz apart from so many other Free Companies. There is also an overwhelming sense of belonging within <Waltz> that is echoed from our members during feedback sessions and Town Hall meetings. We offer something that is very difficult to find in a massive multiplayer online game: a family. Whether it is our weekly or monthly events, our role classes, our Newsletters, or our farm nights, there is something for everyone. We are constantly looking for ways to give back to our members and have been one of the top Free Companies on Jenova since the spring of 2018.
Leading through the lens of kindness, <Waltz> strives to be an active and positive community with a strong focus on compassion and helpfulness. We take our members' opinions very seriously and are always seeking to improve.
We are a casual Free Company that dabbles in most aspects of Final Fantasy XIV: crafting, gathering, social events, dungeons, trials, etc. We have learning parties for various trials, map nights, a Free Company lottery, and even a class schedule where veteran players teach others how to play other jobs in the game. When it comes to high-end raiding, Waltz has several members that run their own static raid groups and even more individuals that seek out statics on their own. While we support and encourage our members that are interested in end-game raiding, we have always been focused on the casual, social aspect of Final Fantasy XIV. Regardless of your interests, Waltz is a place where you can feel supported as you journey through Eorzea.
If this sounds like the home for you, please submit an application on this website. You may also reach out to any player with the <Waltz> tag if you would like to know more. We look forward to adventuring with you!
Istari started playing FFXIV when it relaunched as A Realm Reborn and fell in love with the community almost instantly! He started The Black Waltz Free Company in 2014 with the purpose of creating a safe, warm place for people to play the game. His favourite job is Black Mage and he spends most of his time helping others. If he's not helping someone, you'll find him either raiding, or doing events with the Free Company.
"Hi! I’m Kellin, and you’ll probably see me playing FFXIV at strange times because I live in Japan with my real-life wife, Kouya Kaji! I love how there’s always something new to try in FFXIV, and I love the throwbacks to all of the previous FF titles. I also really enjoy putting together new glamours every now and then. I don’t do much crafting or savage raiding, but if you ever have a question or need a hand with a duty, let me know!"
Diana started FFXIV back during 4.0. Since then, she has become deeply addicted to the game and engages heavily in the XIV community. She frequently draws FFXIV fanart (many of which have been featured on the FFXIV Community Commendations Livestream!) and loves taking /gpose screenshots! If she's not fan-girling over Thancred, she's probably chatting with FC mates or crafting/gathering. She's always willing to talk and cause shenanigans, so don't be afraid to reach out!
Mufinella came to be a part of the Black Waltz when her good friend sang praises of the Free Company's close family vibe and loving community. She has come to adore the Free Company and the many monthly and weekly events that are held within - she never has a dull moment! In The Black Waltz, she has found a place to truly exhibit her caring nature and enjoys assisting her fellow FC mates in achieving their goals.
“Hi! I'm Miss Vanjie! I joined back in Stormblood but had a brief foray into the game during the A Realm Reborn days. I describe myself as a crafter-main with raider tendencies. I love FFXIV and Waltz for the supportive community that we continue to create. I am always happy to help people out with learning what I know, be it gardening, crafting, gathering or floor tanking in new raid content.”
"Hi, my name is Indigo and I love doing anything and everything with my Waltz family! If I’m not out farming or raiding with my static, you can usually find me napping at the FC house or around Eorzea. If you see me come say hello!"
James likes to call himself the "hardcore-casual" player. He developed a strong love for FFXIV back in ARR 2.2. He enjoys crafting, leveling, and spending time with his wonderful Waltz Family. His favorite thing about FFXIV is how every day is a new adventure with many fantastic people.
"Brock has been playing FFXIV since 2015 and joined The Black Waltz shortly after the release of Shadowbringers. A /gpose and glam addict first and foremost, he has been known to indulge in treasure map parties, housing and the occasional Savage raid. Brock is also an avid fighting game player and organizes Waltz's game nights. Say hi if you see him in game - he's hard to miss."
Fratley is a healer main at heart with a passion for Scholar! She likes to dabble in many of Eorzea’s various pastimes, from savage raiding, dungeon crawling, gathering, to a newfound interest in crafting. She loves to relax in FFXIV with friends, and also loves to be challenged by it and learn all that she can. Feel free to say, "Hi" and ask to run some content!
Though Hermes Lykos only began her Final Fantasy career in earnest late into the era of Shadowbringers, she's run full tilt into the game since then chasing fashion, friends, and fun! Though she is always ready to jump into content with anyone who needs a hand, when she's not tanking trials Hermes spends her down time exploring Eorzea's thriving social scenes, even hosting the occasional gathering herself. Whether on the battlefield or on the dance floor, Hermes is always ready to have a great time with her friends!
Dhen has been playing Final Fantasy XIV since A Realm Reborn launch. He started on the Excaliber server before eventually finding his way to Jenova and Waltz in 2020. He loves chatting with people can often be found helping others. He adores spending time fishing (except for those darn big fish which often elude him)! In fact, his first level 50 back in A Realm Reborn was Fisher! When not playing XIV, Dhen loves to go to museums and do pottery.
Moon started playing FFXIV in July of 2021 and joined Waltz in August of 2021. He’s more of a casual player and enjoys doing all sorts of content, but mainly really enjoys crafting and playing/ talking with all of his friends. His favorite crafting class(es) would have to be culinarian and weaver. Moon loves to participate in many events and help out as many people as he can. You may recognize his Lala zooming around the FC yard in his fox ears and carbuncle slippers almost all the time, so feel free to give him many boops if you see him! :D
Sumi has been playing FFXIV for several years and joined The Black Waltz in November of 2017, shortly after the Free Company moved to Jenova from Gilgamesh. If you're looking for Sumi, he is constantly reaching out to new players and low-level Free Company mates to check up on them. If he's in a city, you'll find him reaching out to those without a home, trying to give them a family.
"Hello! I'm Winter Astora! I adore the FFXIV community and our Waltz family. I Try to dabble in as much as I can from gathering to raiding on many different Jobs. I enjoy doing treasure maps and Deep Dungeons or even the occasional Ocean Fishing boat with friends! I'm very easy to talk to and love helping people, so if you ever need anything feel free to ask!"
Alexius Pierce (formerly Draco Maximus) joined The Black Waltz Free Company in December of 2017. The moment he joined the Free Company, he immediately asked how he could help others. In the last 2 1/2 years that he was in the FC, he was constantly asking, "How can I help others?" and, "Does anyone need anything?" His heart was big enough for anyone he came into contact with. He became an FC Leader in January 2020 and continued to be a role model and compassionate individual until his passing on April 12, 2020. He will be remembered sorely by all those whose lives he touched. We love you. We miss you.
"A family that sticks together - we come in all shapes, sizes, and personalities. In the end, though, we can all truly say we adore each other and want to see prosper and growth." - Alexius Pierce (Shawn Parkins), March 23, 2020.