Roegadyn

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Race
Easily identified by their massive, muscular frames and piercing eyes, the Roegadyn are easily the largest, most rugged, and most imposing of Eorzea's races. They are descended from a maritime people whose largest concentrations are found in the northern seas, though many of their ancestors turned their longships south to brave the crossing into Eorzean waters.

They for the cultural emphasis they place on competition and unflinching courage. Oft seen vying with one another in feats of strength, they can appear barbaric to the uneducated observer, but in fact are known to be a loyal, honorable and compassionate people and tender, introspective individuals can also be found. The histories are filled with tales of Roegadyn warriors and their courageous deeds. [1]

Mythos:
The Roegadyn are a maritime folk hailing from the bleak isles of the Northern Empty, their name meaning "people of the rain." According to their mythology, all life first began on the island of Origin, known to them as Nagyn. They still maintain a strong presence in their ancestral home on and around Aerslaent ("First Land" in the old tongue), whence many Roegadyn fled seven centuries ago to free themselves from the reign of a despotic tyrant. As is often told, they came ashore on Vylbrand, and the city of Limsa Lominsa rose to prosperity not long thereafter. Many, many years prior to this, an entirely different group of Roegadyn had crossed over to the continent and settled in the mountains, where their descendants—the Hellsguard—reside to this day. [1]


Clans:
The Roegadyn are roughly grouped into two clans: the Sea Wolves, descended from seafaring peoples of the north, and the mountain-dwelling Hellsguard—though those belonging to neither clan can be found elsewhere on the Three Great Continents. This includes Garlemald, where Roegadyn officers can be sighted wreaking havoc on the battlefield in the name of the Empire, having been assimilated under the Garlean yoke. [1] Another group of Roegadyn similar in features to the Hellsguard makes its home in the Far East, where they make up a large portion of the nations of Doma and Hingashi.


Identity:
From the angry seas of the Northern Empty to howling mountain peaks, the Roegadyn have historically made their home in rugged, inhospitable climes. Theirs is a culture that exalts the strong and looks down upon the weak, both among their own kind and outsiders. This is by no means limited to physical strength—even a wee Lalafell might win a Roegadyn's respect with a display of mystical power or strength of will. Those who show no such qualities, however, will find it difficult to convince a Roegadyn to so much as give them the time of day without an exchange of coin. [1]


Tongue:
While the old Roegadyn tongue lives on in Aerslaent and the Abalathian hinterlands, the Roegadyn of Limsa Lominsa, as well as those who ply their trade as sellswords and adventurers have learned the common tongue, born out of necessity due to their frequent contact with other races. [1]


Dress:
Traditional Roegadyn garb is designed as if to flaunt the wearer's imposing physique, with the biceps in particular strikingly exposed. The lower arms are typically covered with sturdy leather armguards with unique cross-stitched patterns, serving to further accentuate the Roegadyn's massive arms. [1]

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Notes
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Pronounced roo-guh-deen; the easiest way to tell the difference between the clans is skin tone, as Hellsguard will generally take on red to peach tones while Sea Wolves take on a green to gray tone. The darkest and lightest of each clan's complexions can be quite similar, however. Roegadyn Naming Conventions can also help

References
  1. 1.01.11.21.31.4 1.5 Encyclopaedia Eorzea pg. 088