|Founded by a legendary blacksmith and cannonwright named Theor Naldiq and a renowned shipwright named Bryce Vymelli, Naldiq & Vymelli's made its name building some of the greatest ships the realm, nay, the world has seen. Over the years, however, it has expanded into many and varied fields, from firearms to fine armors fashioned from plates of metal, utilizing the selfsame skills employed in girding ships' hulls.
Never in Limsa Lominsa's history have blacksmiths wanted for custom, and the constant demand for ships and arms has led the smithies—as they are referred to colloquially—on to new heights in quality. Furthermore, Lominsan smelting has profited much and quickly from dealings with the kobolds. To preserve and protect these exceptional metallurgical arts, the Blacksmiths' Guild was founded some seven score years past.
Following its inception, the guild would instruct younger blacksmiths, while simultaneously guarding their secrets from prying foreign eyes and fingers. Now that hostilities between Eorzean city-states have eased, however, the guild is willing to take on adventurer apprentices in the spirit of cooperation.
Fashioning armor was once seen as a duty of blacksmiths. Yet some devoted themselves exclusively to armorcraft as time passed, and the best of these became known in their own right. The skills of these armorers in shaping metal plates also attracted the attention of seafarers, who wished to fortify their vessels' hulls with steel. To this day, only the best armorers bear the title of "shipwright," and are deeply respected throughout Limsa Lominsa.
None of this came to pass without conflict, however. As armorers began to stand apart from smiths, the guild was torn atwain. Ultimately, the former left altogether, seeking in separation the independence of a proper Armorers' Guild. Thus, although both guilds share a common history, they also share a rivalry, and attempt to outdo one another at every opportunity.