Discarnate


A Dark-Themed Roleplay Free Company
on the Mateus FFXIV Server


Sojourn
in the Mist


Plot 2 | Ward 16 | Mist

A luxurious boutique inn near the peaceful and rejuvenating shores of the Rhotano Sea, set among the cliff sides of the Mist with a tasteful occult ambiance.


The Abyss


Located within the Sojourn, this void-themed bar and lounge features a full bar, comfortable seating for small and large groups, a stage, and a private VIP room.


Discarnate


A secretive underworld organization hiding a forbidden arcane presence. Discarnate aggressively pursues magical items from expeditions and sellers, along with any other illicit goods that will fetch a price on the black market.


Sojourn
in the Mist


Plot 2 | Ward 16 | Mist

A luxurious boutique inn near the peaceful waters of the Rhotano Sea, set among the cliffsides of the Mist with a tasteful occult ambiance.

Amenities include:

  • Lavishly appointed rooms with private baths

  • Public bar and lounge

  • Piano lounge

  • Private Dinner Theater

  • Indoor and outdoor garden onsens

  • Scholars' Library

  • Complimentary chocobo stables

  • Easy walk to the renowned white sand beaches of the Mist

Please note: Access to the wine cellar is by invitation only and strictly forbidden unless accompanied by a member of the staff.


Sojourn OOC

In addition to serving as top cover for Discarnate's secretive nature and more illicit dealings, Sojourn in the Mist was created to draw in members of the greater Mateus and Crystal Data Center community. We welcome and encourage others to use our facilities (with the exception of the basement) to interact with our FC.

As such, roleplayers who might prefer slice-of-life and enjoy this kind of setting are encouraged to apply to join our FC. There are various staff roles waiting to be filled which can give you a reason to be here.


The Abyss


Located within the Sojourn, this occult-themed bar and lounge features a full bar, comfortable seating for small and large groups, a stage, and a private VIP room.

Events and Happenings

Though staff and future events at the Abyss are still being worked out, the bar and lounge are open to the public. All are welcome to come in for a drink and enjoy good company on any night of the week. A bartender ((NPC)) is always on duty and ready to serve.

Eventually, the Abyss looks forward to hosting weekly happy hours and bi-weekly and/or monthly events.

Now hiring! Bar Manager, Bar/Wait Staff, and Entertainers. See below for details.


The Abyss OOC

In addition to serving as top cover for Discarnate's secretive nature and more illicit dealings, the Abyss was created to draw in members of the greater Mateus (and Crystal Data Center) roleplay community. We welcome and encourage others to use our facilities (with the exception of the basement) to interact with our FC.

As such, roleplayers who might prefer slice-of-life and enjoy this kind of setting are encouraged to apply to join our FC. There are various staff roles waiting to be filled which can give you a reason to be here.


Black Market Auction


A black market auction hosted by Discarnate in their inn

Sojourn in the Mist

Ward 16, Plot 2, Mateus
Thursday, November 19, 2020 • 8pm EDT

The items are more for the sake of curiosity than power. Those of wealth and means with contacts in the underworld could conceivably receive an invitation, and attendees are welcome to attend the auction or expand their network in this dim, occult-themed inn.

The auction is purely IC and is intended as flavor for network building. Weapons will not be checked at the door; however, the inn's security will react decisively and ruthlessly if the safety or comfort of the attendees is threatened. We reserve the right to dictate what happens to characters who do not ICly respond to security in an immersive, productive manner.

• • •

For the auction, we use IC items and IC money—no actual gil will be changing hands. Our event is intended to be fun, provide flavor roleplay, and build connections.

Please roleplay an appropriate amount of resources for your character. For comparison, we observe drinks costing from 5 to 100 gil, 1,000 gil as the monthly income of an average craftsperson, and 50,000 gil as the price of a luxury apartment.

May the shadows bring fortune and power to you.


Black Market Auction

Previously on the block...



On the block...


December 3, 2020

Sold — 9,000

AEVAR’S BOOK OF MALEDICTION
This book looks newly written with a vibrant green cover derived from the hide of an exotic beast, the cover embossed in gold scrollwork in the shape of vines and leaves. A large green oak leaf is embossed in the center. The pages are each made of the finest vellum, the writing inside composed of a fine, tidy hand with examples of runic symbols made from glittering gem dust.

The book contains notes, incantations, and rituals related to arcanima-related runes and geometry focusing on nature and animals such as means of tracking specific creatures if within range, communicating with animals, charming them into service, and empowering them with enhanced strength or other magical benefits.

History: Aevar was believed to be a scholar of Amdapor who was obsessed with the ancient summoners of Allag. Believing that drawing upon the power of primals was dangerous, he instead consorted with elementals of what would later be northern Eorzea, per his notes, learning the secrets of communicating with and bolstering animal and beast. The book was sold to Discarnate’s leader by a Doman merchant two years ago in Kugane.


HOLY SHIELD OF AMOMO
This shield is lightweight for a metal shield, plated in an aged, peeling platinum sheet and enameled in varnished gold-steel alloy bordering gold, as well as a prominent sunburst in the center. Two decorative bands of blackened steel come to a ‘v’ at the bottom. There are small dents and dings across the entirety of the shield. It would be quite large for a lalafel, of average size for an au ra or miqo’te, and small for a highlander. On the inside of the shield toward the bottom is inscribed the following name in an ancient dunesfolk alphabet: ‘Amomo.’ A skilled armorsmith could revitalize the shield.

This shield enhances healing spells cast while the shield is held, empowering the spells by approximately 33%.

History: The shield presumably belonged to a lalafel named Amomo, likely from Belah'dia. Based on the shield’s magical properties, it could be a link to a fighting order similar to the Sultansworn but created long before modern-day Ul’dah. The shield was in an art exhibit belonging to House Dzemael in Ishgard where it was kept in its unrepaired condition as a sign of its authenticity. It came to Discarnate when it was smuggled out by a runaway servant and sold in La Noscea.

Sold — 25,000


Previously Auctioned


November 19, 2020

Sold — 9,000

AEVAR’S BOOK OF MALEDICTION
This book looks newly written with a vibrant green cover derived from the hide of an exotic beast, the cover embossed in gold scrollwork in the shape of vines and leaves. A large green oak leaf is embossed in the center. The pages are each made of the finest vellum, the writing inside composed of a fine, tidy hand with examples of runic symbols made from glittering gem dust.

The book contains notes, incantations, and rituals related to arcanima-related runes and geometry focusing on nature and animals such as means of tracking specific creatures if within range, communicating with animals, charming them into service, and empowering them with enhanced strength or other magical benefits.

History: Aevar was believed to be a scholar of Amdapor who was obsessed with the ancient summoners of Allag. Believing that drawing upon the power of primals was dangerous, he instead consorted with elementals of what would later be northern Eorzea, per his notes, learning the secrets of communicating with and bolstering animal and beast. The book was sold to Discarnate’s leader by a Doman merchant two years ago in Kugane.


HOLY SHIELD OF AMOMO
This shield is lightweight for a metal shield, plated in an aged, peeling platinum sheet and enameled in varnished gold-steel alloy bordering gold, as well as a prominent sunburst in the center. Two decorative bands of blackened steel come to a ‘v’ at the bottom. There are small dents and dings across the entirety of the shield. It would be quite large for a lalafel, of average size for an au ra or miqo’te, and small for a highlander. On the inside of the shield toward the bottom is inscribed the following name in an ancient dunesfolk alphabet: ‘Amomo.’ A skilled armorsmith could revitalize the shield.

This shield enhances healing spells cast while the shield is held, empowering the spells by approximately 33%.

History: The shield presumably belonged to a lalafel named Amomo, likely from Belah'dia. Based on the shield’s magical properties, it could be a link to a fighting order similar to the Sultansworn but created long before modern-day Ul’dah. The shield was in an art exhibit belonging to House Dzemael in Ishgard where it was kept in its unrepaired condition as a sign of its authenticity. It came to Discarnate when it was smuggled out by a runaway servant and sold in La Noscea.

Sold — 25,000


Sold — 6,000,000

PHANTOM FLOWER VASE
The vase is made of obsidian that resembles a half-melted candle, with a sculpt that resembles waxen tears immortalized as black crystal. It stands slightly taller than one fulm.

The vase can display phantasmic flowers that are unique each time the vase is touched with both hands for a minute, based on the aetheric aura and emotions of the person touching the vase. The flower, or sometimes multiple flowers, seem to grow and blossom in a brilliant cascade of haunting colors for the minute that the vase is touched. They remain until the vase is touched again. Curiously, they extinguish if the vase is exposed to bright light.

History: The vase’s origins are unknown. It was given to Discarnate’s leader twenty years ago by the youngest daughter of the Onishi family from northern Hingashi who sought instruction in magic. She claimed to be inspired to learn magic because of the beauty that could be conjured by the vase.


Previously Auctioned


November 5, 2020

Sold — 250,000

INVISIBILITY RING
The ring doesn’t turn the wearer invisible, but rather it is, itself, invisible. Flour or some other form of fine powder can be used to see this object, or it can be dipped in something sticky and pulled out to display.

The shape of the object is that of a simple, smooth band for an average male finger size, perhaps a third of an ilm wide.

History: The ring was used by a courier working for the Confederates of the Ruby Sea to pass along messages alerting them to plump ships on which to prey. The messages were written on tiny pieces of paper that were rolled up and obscured by the ring. The courier fled the Confederates and sold the ring in Kugane when her relations soured with their employing organization.


BOOK LOCK
This item consists of a book and a pendant that are both bound in copper set with massive macrocrystalline quartz. The pendant is a key to the book lock, being inserted and turned to open it. While locked, the book is shielded from dampness and fire and cannot be opened, as if warded with an invisible arcane shield.

The book and pendant bear matching brass circles each set with massive macrocrystalline quartz. The book is bound with a strange black leather of an unknown origin but smells of brimstone. Each corner is bound in copper that is frigidly cold to the touch. The medallion is also made of copper and is currently hanging from a black leather cord. The medallion is fitted into grooves within the circle on the book cover and turned, matching their aetheric signatures and locking or unlocking an arcane shield around the book. The pages inside are not the originals, with the leather binding being used to rebind pages with brief, frivolous notes on alchemy from a native of Radz-at-Han.

History: The book was bought by a young noble from the Sasani family from an undisclosed seller. He began to use it as a formula book for his initial delvings into alchemy but was killed by a poisoned frog the size of a lalafel’s hand. The book was perfectly preserved for weeks until a recovery party found it. His family sold it to Discarnate.

Sold — 275,000


Sold — 550,000

THORN WHIP OF LEIRQACEN
This curious item resembles the hilt of a shortsword in the form of a rose stem with the budding rose at the top. It can be activated into a razor-sharp enchanted whip or the petals themselves can fold inward to reveal a sharpened tip. What was, at first glance, a simple plucked rose, is that of a curious weapon for those who prefer unassuming qualities in their arsenal.

Taking on the appearance of a deep-green, stemmed rose, shorter than that of a sword-hilt and made of a smooth, hardened material, this curious object would cause one to pause at first glance, garnering inquiries of its floral aesthetic. When maintaining a firm grip of the end of the rose, if one were to lash forward, its true form will reveal itself, as a long, slender, pliable coil expands along with jutting, sharpened thorns made of eikon mythrite protruding outward. The rose-like petals will fold inward, revealing its pointed edge to be made of star-ruby; such a sharpened tip would easily pierce armored plating through demonstration. Upon tightening one’s grip, a gifted practitioner of enchanted runes will notice the faint indentation of an extension inscription along its zelkova-made end.

History: The whip was provided by a new patron of Discarnate who obtained it from a sarcophagus in Dravania. It was reportedly wielded by an Ishgardian named Leirqacen Jandia, the “Flame Spinner,” against dragons. She was felled fighting wyverns, and the whip was interred with her for ages.



Previously Auctioned


October 22, 2020

Sold — 6,000 gil

Thaliak's Quill
This quill, rumored to be from a chimera, is gray-black in color but of a notable size, perhaps eight ilms in length. The stem, except for the point, is bound in purest silver set with arcane runes from an ancient language. The quill shimmers in the slightest light despite its dark coloring.

The quill has a moderate elemental attunement to wind and stone. It was purchased from a Sharlayan scholar at Revenant's Toll who needed funding for an expedition to the Crystal Tower.


Althyk's Eye
A silver-lidded eye set in a mythril ring. When held up to one's own eye to peer into it, the lid opens to reveal an endless eye of stars, the shape and color of the eye changes to match that of viewer before it displays, in perfect detail, a memory which the bearer wishes to recall.

The ring must absorb the aether of the stars every evening to recharge for the next use.

Sold — 15,000 gil


Sold — 25,000 gil

Ice Diamond
A brilliant diamond of breathtaking size lays atop ice inside a glass box. The ice is cool to the touch but melts to water when removed from the box, reforming to ice when placed back in. The diamond itself is the size of a grape but turns into a useless, brown pebble when removed from the box, returning to a diamond when replaced.

The box emits an ice-attuned aetheric aura of notable strength. It last belonged to a Garlean collector who lived in Dalmasca but was killed, his estate looted in a local revolt in Leá Monde.



Discarnate


A secretive underworld organization housed within the Sojourn in the Mist, hiding a forbidden arcane presence. Discarnate aggressively pursues magical items from expeditions and sellers, along with any other illicit goods that will fetch a price on the black market.


Discarnate OOC

Discarnate <Disc> is an age 21+ FC that seeks to immerse our members in the atmosphere of an occult-themed underworld environment. We want characters who can be villains and dark heroes—oppressor and oppressed. Though we have characters who can be ruthlessly ambitious, merciless, and demanding, they also have virtues that make them desirable for an organization, and some degree of humanity that makes them relatable on some level. In other words, the organization has no use for psychopaths.

There are three layers to Discarnate. To the public, it is an inn with occult decor that attracts adventurers and scholars to study the many arcane and other curious items it collects. It politely chuckles at the mistakes made by some in the public that it has actual mages who practice dark magics or have ties to void magic, blaming it on people who took the inn's charade a little too seriously after too much drink.

A second layer is much known to the underworld, specializing in its black market for arcane findings and other illicit goods that can fetch a lofty price. It links buyers to sellers, obtains items of arcane power, and holds mysterious auctions within the labyrinths of its lair. What lays beyond the Veil, deeper in its shadows, is something the organization guards at all costs, spilling blood if necessary.

OOCly, we recruit those with the initiative to buy into our story and add to it. We will teach the game and lore, but we offer no free rides. ICly, the network seeks those who can follow orders and be cultivated with devotion. It is with intentional purpose that its recruits are called Supplicants, for it is with open minds and hardened resolve that its members rise in stature.

Discarnate seeks those who can maintain its use of the inn as a cover, including inn managers, bartenders, performers, and attendants. It also seeks those who can organize expeditions and delve into dangerous tombs for the acquisition of the forbidden and the lost. The network values scholars to study and catalog its findings, enforcers to protect its resources and project its wrath, and shadows to watch and report.

Beware those who seek to know the shadow, for it shall engulf them for its own design.


For more information about Discarnate or joining us, feel free to reach out to any of the following:

In-Game || Discord
Takara Kano/Lucien Kell || Talorn#0969
Taryn Lee || LittleBird#2917
Xavier Malas || Nikovia#7313
Luciana Caldwell || Renaiel#8490
Amira Silivasi || Skylarke#2191


Becoming a Member

Our intent is to provide an inviting, tight-knit community that wishes to adhere to lore and explore a story that develops complex characters. We use a ladder to create a feeling of hierarchy and structure that many seek and often cannot find in FFXIV. We also have a very active PVE contingent that does daily roulettes, maps, FATE grinding, and sometimes raids.

We are careful in our selection of members, knowing this tight-knit community can easily be disrupted by drama. Our process is designed to best ascertain a solid IC and OOC fit within our ranks.

Please note that people newer to the game, lore, or even roleplay are not automatically turned away. Our standards have more to do with attitude and initiative than with how much one knows, so long as they're willing to learn.


FC Features

  • Rank 27 and growing!

  • Large FC House in the Mist (Ward 14, Plot 2), tastefully decorated to encourage roleplay and welcome visitors from the greater Mateus RP community.

  • Active Discord Server for members, friends, allies, and guests from the Mateus RP community.

  • OOC Linkshell that includes, friends, allies, and any others seeking to tap into our RP and PVE network.

  • Weekly events and / or roleplay prompts for smaller side events.

  • Action Resolution System (aka combat system) intended to encourage roleplay during events by remaining simple in mechanics. This system allows characters to shine in their chosen niches while developing their proficiencies over time. Learn more about it here.

  • Well-tended Chocobo Stable to keep your faithful steed in tip-top shape with home-grown krakka root and Thavnairian onions when you're ready to take them to the next level.

  • This Day in History posted daily in Discord.


Character Expectations

Prospects can join Discarnate in many ways, so long as the RP makes sense. It is up to you to find a reason to join our FC.

All those who work within Sojourn, including those working for the Abyss, fall under the Discarnate banner and are aware and accepting of the mother organization's secretive nature and underworld dealings, even if they are not directly involved. If you haven't already, read about Discarnate's mission here and make sure it is something both you and your character are comfortable with.

Characters must be able to take orders and work within an established hierarchy structure. Our dark RP comes more from the ruthlessness required to outperform competitors and enact vengeance on those who move against us.


Possible Member Roles

When applying for a specific position, characters will go through an IC and OOC interview to make sure the player and character are a good fit for the role.

The following are suggestions only. Players are welcome to propose a role that may not be listed here, as long as it makes sense within our setting. Some roles may be removed as they are filled.

Sojourn Staff

  • Concierge

  • Housekeeping

  • Groundskeeper

  • Long-term guests*


The Abyss

  • Bar Manager

  • Bartender / Servers

  • Entertainers


Discarnate

  • Scholars / Mages / Enchanters

  • Enforcers / Guards

  • Adventurers / Treasure Hunters

  • Healers / Doctors / Medics

  • Sneaks / Thieves / Information Gatherers

  • Transportation Specialist / Smugglers

* Those who regularly lend their aid, expertise, and skills to acquiring studying, and cataloging arcane findings may be offered free room and board within Sojourn.


Ranks

  • Prospect - A new member whose loyalty, specialties, and path are still being assessed. They remain at this rank for a minimum of 2 weeks until they advance to a new rank through RP. A Prospect who doesn't log in for 14 days is removed from the FC but can reapply.

  • Staff - A Prospect who wishes to work for the inn itself in a support capacity including innkeeper, bartender, attendant, chef, bookkeeper, procurer, or similar role joins this rank. They will not be allowed on missions behind the Veil nor be briefed on the specifics of the underworld network. In all other ways, they are part of Discarnate and are protected as such. A wise staff member asks few questions and will be valued for their discretion.

  • Freelancer - A Prospect who wishes to work for Discarnate on an ad hoc basis, with little oversight but who can be called upon for their skills, joins this rank. Its advantage is that they remain independent of becoming loyal, daily foot soldiers of the network. The drawback is that they will advance no further in rank, utilized for their specialties and little more. It is an ideal rank for a casual character or one who chafes under strict orders. They can attend any mission outside the Veil, which includes most missions.

  • Supplicant - A Prospect who wishes to advance within the network itself, furthering the plans of the Wardens, joins this rank. They are warned that much will be expected of them, but they will be able to rise and learn more of the network. They are told they must pass the First Rite. They may refuse and become a Freelancer instead, but if they assent, there is no turning back. Supplicants begin to learn the full range of Discarnate's activities and may come to learn of the existence of dark magi in the network but little else about their activities.

  • Watcher - This rank includes the founding members of Discarnate as well as Supplicants who have earned further trust and wish to undergo the Second Rite. As their title suggests, they’re trusted and empowered to watch for threats to the network, inside and out, as well as for opportunities for the network’s profit and gain.

  • Vigil - Veteran Watchers who demonstrate signs of leadership, mentorship, and initiative can ascend to Vigil, serving as lieutenants to the Wardens.

  • Warden - Wardens lead the network, acting as the keepers of its secrets. Their word is law, and those who don’t jump to their orders will likely regret it.


How to Join

  1. Fill out an application (button below). Please take this task seriously, as it's our first glimpse of you and your character. We require members to be age 21+. We are, on average, an older group than most in terms of members' ages.

  2. If the application is accepted, we may conduct an OOC interview in game or in Discord. This is more about making sure what you seek in an FC matches what we offer. We don't want power gamers, extremely powerful characters, snowflakes, and immaturity within our FC.

  3. Next, we set up an IC interview or interaction based on how you plan to join the FC with your character.

  4. Once you join, you'll be expected to fulfill the following tasks within 14 days: secure an IC interview to be brought into Discarnate, create a combat sheet using our custom-made Action Resolution System, and write a short message for your character on the in-game roster, explaining your character's purpose there.

Please approach others for help—we don't bite!

Prospects who are inactive for 30 days are removed but are free to reapply. Other members who are inactive for 30 days are moved to Reserves and are then removed after another 30 days unless they make prior arrangements. Real life always comes first and there is no shame in moving to the Reserves rank.

For more information about Discarnate or joining us, feel free to reach out to any of the following:

In-Game || Discord
Takara Kano/Lucien Kell || Talorn#0969
Taryn Lee || LittleBird#2917
Xavier Malas || Nikovia#7313
Luciana Caldwell || Renaiel#8490
Amira Silvasi || Skylarke#2191