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!
Mufio 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.”
"Hello, its me Hydri - your resident Map Nighter every Monday and Wednesday at 7:00pm EST - I joined [FFXIV] probably a bit over half way through Shadowbringers. I like to spread myself out around all kinds of content: raiding, crafting/gathering, glam, and just general random things. I try to know as much as I can so that I can always help answer questions! Feel free to give me a message anytime and I'll do my best!"
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."
Freya 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!
Hi! I'm Vhanna, and if I'm not busy rescuing my team mates off of ledges I'm hard at work growing all kinds of crops in the yard, or re-re-re-designing my apartment! You can catch me saying, "Hello" in FC chat to people logging into the game, and running content to help out lower level players!
"Heyo! I'm Rhelys Infinis! You'll also see people call me Rhel pretty frequently, either is fine! I've been playing XIV since 2013 and I joined the Waltz family in early 2021. Most of my time in-game is spent either crafting, helping with random odd jobs in the FC or raiding in Savage/Ultimate content. I'm also a huge fan of numbers and spreadsheets for just about anything in the game. If you ever want or need help or just have questions about stuff, feel free to give me a shout!"
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.
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.
Yuzuyu is an active member of the free company whom you will often find talking and being a positive influence in the company chat. She loves a bit of everything in terms of classes, but you’ll find her most often as a white mage or red mage in the wilds. Yuzuyu loves to make and talk about her various interests including art, writing and reading. You’ll often find her running all kinds of content to help members out or sending various company boats out on voyages for the company. She is super kind and helpful, don’t hesitate to ask for assistance!
Angelic started her Final Fantasy XIV journey towards the end of Heavensward and absolutely fell in love with the MMO. She eventually found her way to the Waltz family and joined September 2020 after high praises from the community. Angel loves crafting and gathering in the FC yard as well as giving out hugs. She also likes to dabble in any content and often jumps in to help people out when she is available. Angel loves to chat, and is active in both discord and in the game so never be afraid to get in contact with her!
"Hey! I'm Sinjin Alexander! I started playing back in Stormblood on an old character, but fell out of the game for a while because I never had a community to play with. When I came back during Shadowbringers, I was introduced to The Black Waltz and immediately fell in love with the FC and everyone in it! When I’m online you can often find me enjoying all sorts of content from raiding to dungeons or just hanging out with people. If you see me online, whether it’s in game or discord, don't be afraid to say, "Hi" or ask for help. If you're a part The Black Waltz, you're family and I will always have time for you."
Corvus has been actively playing FFXIV since the days of Heavensward's release on Cactuar, before eventually heading over to Jenova and finding a home in The Black Waltz in August of 2020. He is an active member who is friendly and willing to help with a great deal of things. You will often find him helping out with large projects that happen in the background, such as helping maintain the airship and submersible projects as well as other projects that help keep the FC running smooth. Corvus dabbles in all content as a Red Mage, Samurai or Gunbreaker. He is super approachable, so don’t be afraid or hesitant to get in contact with him if you need help or someone to talk to about anything!
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.