Respecting others has always been the first, and foremost, rule among Wayfarers. It is a cornerstone that we uphold to welcome new members as well as veterans alike so that we all may strive in building bonds with each other as we grow together. We will not tolerate harassment( in any form), an aggressive or sarcastic attitude, a manipulative behavior, unnecessary heated bickering, or metagaming/godmodding other members to get your way. Under no circumstance is this rule to be broken even if another member breaks it first. We ask that our members be steadfast in the face of adversity and to keep their loyalties true to the company as well as showing a true compassion for others and setting example for our members and the community. The following is a breakdown of our rules and guidelines:
Respect Non-Members: We are a community based Company which implies that we will deal a great deal with the community. It can be assumed that anything we ask of you to uphold and follow to function within the company also applies OUT of the company as well. Don’t embarrass the Free Company’s Name. Greet others with a welcoming atmosphere and show them how friendly we all can be. Remember, your actions and words reflect on what people will see the rest of us as so please be considerate when interacting with non-members.
Respect Others’ Opinions: Not everyone is going to see eye to eye, and I don’t expect everyone here to either, but I do expect us to respect one another enough to acknowledge this difference and move on. If it involves an IC matter or something that cannot be let go, consult an officer or attempt to resolve things through a private channel, keep it out of FC chat or other public channels; however, the discussion of conflicting opinions MUST stay respectful and civil. Mocking, name calling, and sarcasm are unneeded and will be grounds for punishment.
Respect Religion, Cultures, and Race: One of the great wonders of MMOs is that you could meet a variety of people from many different parts of the world. Each part of the world also brings its own culture, beliefs, and races. Frankly, we discourage anyone from speaking or promoting their religion, or cultural values unless it is discussed in a friendly matter in private. While we do not allow the bashing of any of these areas, it would also be wrong to constantly flaunt it in others face if they believe differently. For this, it's better to leave religion, culture, orientation, race, and even politics, at the door. We are here to play together, not to judge or criticize, so let’s enjoy the game for what it is meant for.
Respect Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity: Like Religion, cultures, and race, we do not allow the shaming or bashing of others in general, especially not in these areas. However, we also encourage that members use moderation in discussing these topics as to not possibly provoke or offend other members in distasteful displays.
Respect the words “No” and “Stop”: Last but not least, respect others when they ask you to cease talking about a certain disturbing topic that might make it’s way into a public channel such as FC chat. If for some reason the company is discussing rape or a murder and someone asks for the conversation to cease then we ask that the conversation be dropped then and there without badgering the person who asked for the conversation to stop. Overall, please refrain from bringing up subjects that could be considered heinous; rape, gruesome gore, distasteful jokes, etc. If the subject is an IC matter, then politely excuse yourself from the RP if you feel too bothered and discuss it later with an officer; do not make a public scene; please, do not make a public scene. We are an 18+/Mature rated Free Company and some extreme subjects might be brought up during storylines, but with input we can stray away from certain topics that disturb our members.
Respect Authority: The Management of the company works hard to plan events, provide equal rights to all members, and uphold the rules. A lot of work is put in from or leadership, and thus they should be respected and obeyed when the time arises. This doesn’t mean that an Officer should lord over you, nor does it mean you can’t question the judgment of such, but if you question an officer’s choice do not air it out publicly; bring it to a private channel or discuss it at a later time. Don’t make a scene!
Stand by Your Company: We treasure loyalty immensely and provide the same loyalty to our members as we expect from them. So please ensure that things that occur in the company, stay in the company. Rumors and plans spread outward might not only be accurate but could damage the reputation of you and the company itself.
Attendees are Appreciated: It’s no secret that the Wayfarers hold many events throughout the year, some several times a week while others are only a few times a month. Regardless of the frequency, we encourage all members to attend and support these events and the members that put on these events as they occur. While this is not enforced, it is encouraged.
No welfare expected: The Wayfarers are a very supportive and intertwined company that is practically like family that provides acceptance, emotional support, and friends that will be there when you need them. However, we ask members not to ask others for handouts. If someone offers you a free item or gil, feel free to take it, but please refrain from asking for gil, equipment, items, or anything else that might make one feel awkward. This does not apply to the Free Company Chest which is open to most if someone asks for something. Any gil needed for a worthy cause, company room, gear, etc., can be submitted to the company chest and might be supplied if the resources are available.
Show Pride, Not Arrogance: We want to create a great place of RP and companionship for our members and other members of the community. The Wayfarers hold many events throughout the year and we receive a great deal of admiration and praises from players and other companies; however, this does not give any member the right to flaunt or, for a lack of better words, put down another player or company for any reason. Additionally, this also applies in reverse as it is not productive to downplay.
Honor your Word: This applies to Trade Agreements and Crafting orders. If you are crafting an item for someone and you want a tip please let them know beforehand. Do not steal someone else’s materials or go back on your word if someone is mailing you an item. Remember, your reputation is our reputation.
Be a Friend: Wayfarers come in all shapes, colors, and sizes, and we are no different than our characters in this sense. While we will meet all sorts of people, we maintain a level of compassion to those in the world around us and take the extra step to make others feel welcome in our company and around our company.
A Helping Hand: Don’t hesitate to help those who might be in need of it. You are in no way obligated to go out of your way, or sacrifice anything your worked for, but if a company member or prospect needs help to progress their character then consider giving a helping hand.
Bury the hatchet: If you make a mistake, or have noticeably offended someone, don’t hesitate to apologize. In most cases, an apology will solve the conflict and, hopefully, help you both move forward to becoming closer company mates. Don’t let jealousy, pride, or a quick temper cause you to lose focus that we are all here to have fun and enjoy our time together.
Don’t be a Bully: Yea, it’s about what it sounds like. While it might be obvious to some, we want to make it clear that bullying in general is frowned upon and not tolerated. Nothing is fun about making someone else feel less than what they are so...Don’t do it.
Be an Example
No Godmodding/Metagaming: The act of Godmodding is known as taking control of another player’s character to perform a certain action or forcing an outcome on a character that is not your own.
“L’rinhi picks up a rock and hurls it toward L’raha’s head and knocks him unconscious.”
L’rinhi took L’raha’s fate in her own hands and thus god modded him. Sometimes this is unintentional as the writer is only trying to imply what they are looking for as an outcome. The following is how L’rinhi should have posted.
“L’rinhi picks up a rock and hurls it toward L’raha’s head, attempting to knock him unconscious”
This action still portrayed what she was looking to do, but also gave him the option of taking the hit or not. But not all godmodding is combat; godmodding can take place more often than not in normal, everyday social RP. It can be something as simple as making it so another character smells something, feels something warm, or even reaching out and grabbing their hand. In most cases, these can be silly things that we don’t even think about and, for the most part, won’t cause any harm for the RP, but, especially when playing with new members or non-members, always try to be as courteous as you can and give them the choice. Don’t be afraid to ask another player of what they feel is appropriate. Most of the time, they will be happy that you asked and go with most of the social cues that we put off; grabbing a wrist, ruffling hair, poking their side, etc.
Metagaming, on the other hand, is taking knowledge about a character that you learned from an OOC means, wiki, gossip, etc, and using it as your character's knowledge when they themselves did not obtain it by normal means. Sometimes people won’t mind you using a piece of their backstory as an RP hook, but, like mentioned previously, it is always better to ask first before assuming you can use something.
Keep the line between IC and OOC very, very clear: We all enjoy roleplay, if you didn’t you wouldn’t be here. Many of us put a lot of work into our characters and have expectations for their encounters and futures, however, do not let the lines blur and let an IC actions cause you OOC stress or agitation. Someone might be highly toxic IC but be the nicest person OOC after it’s all over. Don’t hold it against them and don’t let IC romances turn into OOC stalking. No really, if someone is uncomfortable about an OOC advancement after an IC romance then respect their wishes and keep it IC. We will enforce this rule adamantly. If you get upset OOC about an IC action at a Free Company event then withdraw from the scene and take a bit to cool off. If things don’t get any better, consult an officer or try to talk to the person in a reasonable manner to explain why you’re uncomfortable with the scene.
Mind your Manners: Mind what you say and how it say it in both OOC and IC matters. Profanity, gore, and even mentions of sex are not prohibited by our rules, but take everything in moderation. If someone is uncomfortable with how many F-bombs are being dropped, or your discription of what you did to that Miqo’te last night is making half the company blush, then please be respectful, and tone it down a bit.
Don’t feed the trolls: As the name implies, don’t let trolls get to you or give them the attention they are seeking. They may get annoying or even obnoxious, but don’t let them bring you down to their level.
Keep it out of public channels: As it has been stated many times before, keep disagreements and negativity out of public chat. We all have disagreements, but they should be handled in a polite and respectful manner. While we understand that things can get heated at times, keep them in the proper channels and out of the public eye; don’t air out dirty laundry.
Parting ways with the Wayfarers
While we would never wish for anyone to part ways, it is a pivotable for the growth and continuation of the lives of our members and those members to come. As it has been mentioned before, Wayfarers is a refuge for those who require it and eventually members may come to a crossroads where the option to move on is not only convenient, but necessary. However, we uphold a code of three that regardless of circumstance, with the exception of rare cases of expulsion, that once a member joins and becomes an official member of the Wayfarers that they will always carry the rank of Wayfarer regardless of their current affiliation with the company itself. That being said, there are three standards that a Wayfarer are read before they are granted leave from the company. The standards are as follows:
Though you might no longer be a part of the company, you are required to keep company secrets confidential and may not use, sell, or share any information that could endanger or be used against the Wayfarers of Eorzea.
Never stop moving forward. You must always push yourself to new heights and new goals and must never give up on your goals.
You must never forget your family and come back to visit and strengthen any bond weakened by time. You will always be a Wayfarer and you will always be part of our family.
The Wayfarers organization has a simple policy regarding discipline. If one violates a rule, be it against a member, someone outside the FC, or the community at large, they will receive one or more strikes against their record and an appropriate punishment as decided upon by leadership. Once three strikes have been acquired, the member is removed from the FC. Any violation of the rules of the FC can garner a strike; however, some offenses, such as overt and unrepentant discrimination, may be grounds to receive two or more strikes.
Over time, provided there has been good behavior, strikes may be removed from the individual’s record.
Punishments will, in general, fit the offense as best as possible.
One strike: A warning, removal of communication and FC privileges for a short period of time
Two strikes: Removal of communication and FC privileges for a longer period of time
Three strikes: Expulsion
Freecompany Chest Policy
The Free Company Chest is a bank for all materials used by members for members. We have broken the three tabs access according to Rank. The Matron and Officers have access to the first tab. This contains Airship pieces and things crucial to the workings of things inside the company. The second tab is accessible by the Matron, Officers, and Leaders and contains things that pertain to new members and plot devices. The Third tab is open to all members and is encouraged to be used, swapped, and emptied frequently.
Essentially, Tab 3 is the primary tab for members as they will always have access. This is known as the free tab where members can donate things they think others might find useful. The only real rule for this is that you put in as much as you take. So if you want to take a few pieces that’s fine, but try to be just as generous with the rest of the company members as well. If you need anything out of another tab, please ask an officer and state your reason for wanting such as item. If it is an expensive item, such as a gear piece or a rare pet, the FC might ‘sell’ it to you at a very discounted rate rather than putting it on the marketboard. However, this is on occasion and charging members is not something we wish to do so it will be handled rarely on a case by case basis.
Knowing the Ranks
The Wayfarers are divided into four categories: Matron/Patron, Officers, Wayfarers, and Residents. The following is a listing of descriptions, duties, and perks of each individual ranking.
Matron/Patron: The leader of the Wayfarers of Eorzea. They oversee all areas of WoE and are also responsible for the wellbeing of every member. They are in charge of ensuring the officers do their jobs and ensure things stay fair between these relations. Furthermore, they responsible for overseeing company plots devices and withholds the right to make changes where necessary.
Officers: These are members who have been chosen to assist the Matron after showing a great deal of work and dedication to the cause. They are usually assigned to specific areas or simply used as council.
Wayfarer: While a Wayfarer can be many things, as explained in other areas of this handbook, the rank of Wayfarer is the general standing of all members who have taken the Wayfarer’s Oath and obey the Codex
Resident: A member who lives at Wayfarer’s Rest, but doesn’t generally work as a Wayfarer or live by the tenets of one. This might refer to those who work jobs around the Rest or those who have yet to take the next step to Wayfarer
Recruitment and Advancement
We are always open and looking for new members who are interested in joining our company. While we list our recruitment as Limited, everyone is considered. In most cases, having prior history with a member of the Wayfarers helps a great deal in the recruitment process as we tend to want to know and interact with you [and your character] before welcoming you into our family.
The Wayfarers use a somewhat detailed form for the basis of our recruitment. While we once did personal interviews, this become time consuming and limited the amount of information we could gather before having someone join officially. Thus, we ask that all applicants read our guidelines before filling out our recruitment form. Afterward, an officer will contact the applicant and inform them if they have been accepted or denied. If an application is denied, the applicant will be given a reason for their rejection and will be notified if the condition changes.
Joining the Wayfarers on a Trial Basis
Members who are selected through the recruitment form, or by other means, will undergo a trial period within the Wayfarers of Eorzea. Before joining, members will undergo a small interview in which they are asked about their answers and comments from the Recruitment Form. If everything goes well, the candidate will receive a copy of the Wayfarer’s Handbook, a company Linkpearl, and access to a personal room and the basic commodities that come with Wayfarer’s Rest.
This trial period will last for thirty days, or until they meet the requirements to be promoted. During this time, the candidate must fulfill the criteria listed below:
Attend at least three company events hosted, or supported, by the Wayfarers.
Get to know and earn the trust of three members of the company who will give a reference for you and vouche that you would make a positive addition to the company.
Show you can follow the codex and guidelines without violation.
Note: These requirements can met BEFORE a candidate becomes a trial member if they have befriended and shown interest in the company before the formal invitation.
Becoming a Resident
Once the Trial period is over, a candidate becomes a Resident of Wayfarer’s Rest. At this point they should have a decent grasp on company workings, the current members, and the daily works within the company. As a Resident, members can take on part time jobs, assist in company dealings, help around Wayfarer’s Rest, or generally live out their lives the way they please in accordance to the codex and guidelines.
Becoming a Wayfarer
As covered in the Guidelines section, a member may strive to become a Wayfarer from the moment they become a Resident. All a member must do, is express interest in the program and answer whatever questions the Officer/Matron would have of them. If a Trial Candidate is sure that they want to be a Wayfarer from the moment they join, they may skip the rank of Resident altogether; in this case, the Wayfarer Ceremony would take place in lieu of the normal promotion.
Being Chosen as an Officer
Becoming an Officer is not a matter of choice. There is no real way to achieve this unless the position is needed to be filled. The rank of Officer is offered to those who have shown the utmost loyalty to the company and have the will, knowledge, and the initiative to steer this company forward in a positive direction. While there is no penalty in asking what it takes to become an officer, you are more likely to be chosen simply by acting and making a major impact on the company.
Recruiting Others into the Company
As Wayfarers travel and socialize, there will no doubt be times when you find potential members across Eorzea. If you do find anyone you think would have interest, then you may suggest them to the Officers/Matron and guide them in their first steps to becoming a member. We are always open to meet others and we welcome any member’s friends as long as they can pass through the appropriate channels without conflict.