Established in August 2014 on the Gilgamesh server, The Black Waltz Free Company was started by a small group of friends that wanted a safe and positive environment where they could play Final Fantasy XIV together. As time went on, this group of friends began to foster friendships with other people in-game who shared similar values. These new friends began to join The Black Waltz and the small group of friends soon became a much larger family. Within a few short months it became apparent that the positive and nourishing environment of <Waltz> was spreading among players and membership continued to grow.
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 prevented transfers coming through from other places. This slowed the growth of <Waltz> because there were hardly any new players to help. Since one of the Free Company's fundamental principals is to help other players when able, it was obvious that this served no purpose on a server whose player-base was almost entirely made up of veteran raiders.
Thankfully, 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 the foundation of The Black Waltz. 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. And, what is most important is that we offer something that is very difficult to find in a massive multi-player online game: a family. Whether it is our weekly or monthly events, our Role Classes, our monthly Newsletter, or our Farm nights, there is something for everyone. We are constantly looking for ways to give back to our members.
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.
If this sounds like the home for you, please submit an application in-game or 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!
"Ohh, uhh... hiya! Moshi moshi! I'm the air-headed Yanaki Oryuusei and I like food. I respond to both Yanaki & Oryuusei so you're welcome to call me either - my good friends call me Oryuu so it's okay if you call me that too! I'm in /gpose alot so I take a ton of screenshots. I'm very friendly, usually in the FC Discord voice chat so feel free to come in and talk! If you're shy - don't worry! I talk a lot so you can just join and listen - I'll talk enough for the both of us."
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.”
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.
Hello, I'm Brock Hampton. I started playing FFXIV in 2015 on Primal but transferred to Jenova during Stormblood and have been hooked since. You'll most likely find me in /gpose for hours on end but my other favorite activities include treasure map parties, decorating my house and the occasional savage raid. Feel free to send me a message in game or on Discord if you ever need a hand with anything!
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!
"Hello! My name is Kitika Sindari! You may also see me called Kit or Kiti in the FC chat. I have been playing Final Fantasy on and off since 1.0 testing, but still consider myself a new player to much of the wealth of content and I fully enjoy learning as much as I can about the game. The Black Waltz has been my family since a very close friend convinced me to join up, and I have felt at home ever since. You’ll often see me volunteering to go on many different adventures, whether it be first time clears, farm parties, roulettes… really anything! Any adventure you want to share, don’t be surprised if I sign up for it! You’ll also find me /gposing around the world on my adventures! If you ever need help, don’t be afraid to send me a tell in-game or over Discord!"
"Hey! My name is Zero and I'm a Digital Artist. I love music, Rhythm games, wearing black, Space, chill vibes and everything Aesthetic. I started playing FFXIV in 2015 and I've always been on Jenova since day one! Unless I'm raiding, hanging out with friends or /gposing, you'll usually find me afk'ing in Limsa or the Waltz FC yard. If you ever have any questions or need help, don't hesitate to ask!"
Washu is among one of our longest continuing FFXIV players, starting back as an Alpha Tester of the original FFXIV in early 2010. Since the game was announced in 2009 Washu dreamed of one day playing the Viera race and was happy to hear it was coming with Shadowbringers! Washu considers himself a jack-of-all-trades, keeping one class of each role active and geared to assist others with, but admits his favorites to play are Paladin, Dancer, Blue Mage, and the crafting class Goldsmith. He has been with The Black Waltz since September 2018.
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.
Emerald came into Final Fantasy XIV last year and joined the FC in March 2019. This game is her first MMO and is the place where she met a warm family (The Black Waltz). Emerald is not an expert in all the classes such as DoH/L and DoW/M, but she tries to make it her duty to help people when she can with the knowledge that she knows. Her goal is to help people accomplish their goals in game just like it is her duty to help people find a book. Emerald enjoys glamour and it can usually be one of the reasons why she levels up certain classes, but nevertheless, she enjoys the company of the people in the FC and out.
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!
"Hi, I’m Ryu or Ryuma! I main tanks but never run anything LOL. I watch a lot of movies so you can usually find me "afk" in the FC yard or at my favorite waterfall! I love taking /gposes and screenshots and making memes out of them. I’m super friendly so if you ever need help with anything don’t be afraid to ping me either in game or on discord. Looking forward to hanging out with all of y’all!"
"Hi! I'm Undercover Sloth! Final Fantasy Super-fan and professional napper. I joined the Black Waltz FC in 2019 and quickly found it to be a home away from home. I love everything about FFXIV! New content, old content, crafting and most importantly the amazing people I get to play with at all hours of the day! I'm usually keepin' busy, but you can usually find me in the FC yard ready to chat, hangout, or help with whatever you might need. Don't be shy, just don't blow my cover!"
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.