Paradise Found: Nymian Royal Academy Varsity Raiders Take on Eden

This is Headmistress Kela on behalf of the Royal Academy, greetings!

Firstly, it is my greatest pleasure to announce the successful launch of an unprecedented and ambitious effort. The Nymian Royal Academy is fronting twin Varsity Raiding Static Teams. Both will be working in parallel and sometimes in concert to challenge the new Savage raids released as of patch 5.05 in Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers – Eden’s Gate.

The teams were selected via search heuristic script, which optimized two teams based on schedule availability overlap and job composition. The roster is as follows:

Team Cloak

Sukutak Amasawa DRK
Mana Akagane GNB
F’yo Tia WHM
Seavie Wonder AST
Ponyo Amasawa DRG
Kekechuri Hohochuri MNK
Maximillion Lionheart BRD
Ghen Nebul SMN
Team Dagger

Nadezhda Krjs DRK
Ricola Tesla GNB
C’rhys Tia WHM
Kekela Kela SCH
Kaido Asakura SAM
Unther Nadjasch MNK
Mika Tesla DNC
Validus Sol RDM

All sixteen raiders of Nymian Royal Academy: Cloak+ Dagger can be seen here in Eden’s Core, getting ready to launch the 5.0 raiding season on their first joint raiding day Thursday August 1st:

In addition to the exciting news that we have a whole company of endgame raiders, we are thrilled to announce that both groups achieved week 1 clears of Eden’s Gate: Resurrection (Savage). Here is a gallery of related images:

An honorable mention to Solidus Obscura and Nico Rin who have progessed Eden independently of the Free Company and achieved clears with other groups this week.

Congratulations to our raiders and please stay tuned: these raiders will be teaching E1s to our breakout raiding population during Junior Varsity Raid this Monday.

Here follow logs:
Cloak Clear
Dagger Clear
All FC Rankings

Down to business: Free Company Schedule for Shadowbringers

Hello there Stabbies!

Firstly, WELCOME to all our new members. Many saw my comments on thread in the FFXIV: Brynhildr Facebook Group, and others found my very surprisingly popular and highly upvoted recruitment on Reddit. However you found us, we are so grateful you chose us. You have a lot of options on Brynhildr and many of them very good. It’s a special privilege to be given your trust, we will do our best to honor the faith you have in us in Shadowbringers.

While I have your attention let me briefly advise those players totally new to the game to not rush through the content in order to access Shadowbringers endgame. There are hours of main story to unlock and 70 levels between the start of A Realm Reborn and Shadowbringers. Rushing through it will induce burnout and make you dislike the game. Take the content at a healthy pace and enjoy it for what it is, and when you get to endgame the Free Company will help you catch up to be raid-ready in 5.2 when the next raid cycle begins. In the meantime, any time you need a roulette or a dungeon to progress the story, please mention it in /fc chat and people will hop in to get you into the content and around the queue right away, which will make chewing through that content much easier. We can’t help if we don’t know you need it though, so please don’t hesitate to speak up: you are not a burden, we LOVE to help new players!

Now, since we have many new people I have decided to put the schedule in a permanent place where anyone can see it, reference it, or link to it.

Starting Friday June 28th all normal events, activities, clubs and team meetings are hereby suspended until 5.05 (July 30th). The rationale behind this is we want people to experience the main scenario, much of which is single-player content, without feeling pressure to break away from something they’re enjoying to do something else with the Free Company.

There will be a very quick all-FC photo opportunity on 6/28 and 7/2 at 8:30pm Central Time. It’s optional if you’re enjoying what you’re doing no need to come, but we will have record numbers of players on early access and launch day so it’ll be a good opportunity to get as many people as possible for a promotional picture. If possible, wear an academic-looking outfit in Marsh Green, or the uniform. If neither are possible, please come regardless of what you’re wearing!

From the period of June 28th to July 16th, we will have no official meetings, however we will be constantly, all-day organizing events in /fc chat, roulettes, virgin runs of new dungeons/msq instances and trials, farms for exp, gear, etc. In the evenings we will have learning/teaching runs of Titania Extreme and Innocence Extreme running. They will be advertised in the discord but they will not be scheduled in advance as such things largely depend on how long it takes people to access that content.

On the evening of Tuesday, July 16th we will have a three-hour meeting starting at 8pm Central time that will be blind + cutscene runs of the Eden raid, story mode. We will prolly take multiple groups. This will require players to be level 80 and finished with the 5.0 Main Scenario, so if you plan to come to this please progress through 5.0 with that timeline in mind. Please have the first instance of the raid in your Duty Finder in advance of the meeting time. In addition, it is important for those raiding Savage to clear this raid before 7/23 or you will be locked out of a weeks worth of rewards and potential ilvl gains.

The week of 7/23-7/30 we will be hosting the first ever All-Crystal Raiding Symposium: more details of that particular week’s schedule to follow, but it will include a short lecture series and teaching parties for Titania Ex and Innocence Ex – again, you must be level 80 to participate in the teaching content.

The launch of the Savage Raid is Tuesday, July 30th. At that time the weekly recurring schedule will resume. We will have two Varsity savage raids raiding each two nights, and between them we will have 1) extreme primal mount farms 2) maps 3) story mode raid farm 4) FATEs for exp and local area rewards 5) PvP for Garo + exp 6) Junior-Varsity teaching raid and potentially even more offerings. The schedule for that date is still being worked out but it will feature these events, so please look forward to that.

If you have any questions, you can comment here, or in the #news_and_events channel of the discord. We hope you are looking forward to our Stormblood offerings as much as we are!

Headmistress Kela

A night of Chaos: Junior Varsity Raid Gets O9s Clears

Greetings Stabbies and friends of the Academy!

As some of you may know, the Academy emphasizes teaching people how to play FFXIV at all levels and encouraging them to push themselves toward even greater achievement.

In preparation for Shadowbringers this summer, we have had the members of our Varsity raid team volunteering their time to help teach players reaching endgame how to push themselves past normal mode raiding and expert roulettes and into Extreme and Savage content. Recently, Savage mode was made unlocked and given a 10% echo, so this was the perfect time to teach people to clear as the fight was less punishing and more rewarding.

At the March 29th meeting, H’unter Tia lead his group of students to victory for the first time, then they started a farm for those sweet i400 accessory drops.

Here is the log and the roster.

Congratulations! If you or someone you know has been looking to break into raiding and found the community somewhat exclusive, you are not alone. At the royal academy we strive to make all content accessible. Please join us in the future, Friday evenings at 8:30pm central.

To the Skies: Professor Silva leads the Airship club to new heights – and depths!

Hello there, Headmistress Kela there with a special news and information bulletin: all about Airships.

For those who are unaware, Free Companies can build parts, create and fly Airships on complex retainer-venture like missions and earn rare and valuable rewards for our free company, including materias, minions, blueprints for housing skins, and components for level 3 Free Company Buffs. What they do is vital to the FC, but we don’t hear much about them. Because of this, I took some time to reach out to the Professor in charge of Airships, Silva Cataracta and asked her what her group has accomplished for us, so that they can have proper recognition of their efforts.

When I handed over the Airships project to Silva, we had two airships and only about half of their available sectors unlocked – only just enough to gain the materials to create our lovely Carbuncle Walls in-house, in fact! Since that time only a few months ago, we now have four airships! Silva has the details:

We have made 2 other airships on top of the 2 that were already made for a total max of 4 airships. The HMS Wanderers Maiden and Doinky McDonkface 2 were sent out on exploratory voyages to unlock the sectors that hadn’t be unlocked yet over and over again. We were able to get almost all of the sectors unlocked, we’re missing 1 more sector that we’ve been trying to unlock for a few months now but RNG hasn’t been so nice to us. Those airships are also at the max rank of 50 and can go visit many sectors at once to bring back all sorts of things like crystals, minions, materia, etc. The other 2 airships we built are currently being leveled up, but will only be used for Diadem trips when the maxed out airships have been sent out on missions. So fair, we have made 1 set of each of the airship prototypes in the fabrication station and will be working on making specific builds in the near future for each airship for certain needs. For example, one of the maxed out airships will be used to bring back deep-green and deep-red clusters to be used in crafting grade 3 aetherial wheels. We will be crafting some extra parts when we get to that point as well for those future builds.

Here’s a map of our available sectors:

Meanwhile, Submersibles: We are very proud of our First Submersible the Pearl of the Rhotano, and also the very aptly named second Submersible: the You don’t pay my Sub! Silva reports:

REALLY similar to airships but underwater. They also have sectors that need to be unlocked through subaquatic voyages and they gain their rank ups this way too. We currently have 3 submarines built and will be building the 4th one in the near future. The Pearl of Rhotano and You Don’t Pay My Sub are maxed out at rank 50 and will be getting specialized builds, just like the airships, while the 3rd and 4th submarine get sent out to rank up. Right now, we are currently gathering materials to make the 4th prototype parts, the Slydra-Class. Once those are built, we would have built one of each of the current submarine prototypes currently in the game and can begin our specialized builds.


And our map of accessible sectors for the Submarines:

Sometimes Airships and Submersibles will return from voyages will bring back Deep Red and Deep Green specialized clusters. These are critical and our Airship team is experimenting with builds to farm them from voyages. Why are these so important? This is something every member of our Free Company should know and appreciate: they are used to spin level 3 Free Company Buffs.

You should all be familiar with the buffs being a member of our FC gets you: everyone’s favorite is Heat of Battle, which increases experience gain. The highest level buff you can purchase with credits is level 2, which for example increases exp gain for battle classes and jobs by 10%. However, by using our Aetherial Wheel located in the FC house’s kitchen and these special clusters, our crafters can create Heat of Battle III, which increases gain from 10% to 15%! Did you know our crafters have already started stockpiling these buffs for Shadowbringers so that you can hit cap faster than members of other Free Companies? If you didn’t, you should! Here’s more information:

Making grade 3 aetherial wheels is something we only recently started doing. We’ve been making Heat of Battle III and Reduce Rates III for a little while now and activating them when needed, but we also plan on making Earth and Water III, Helping Hand III, and Meat and Mead III to be used when Shadowbringers comes out. It takes 3 days for a grade 3 aetherial wheel to be primed for use, so only 2 wheels can be primed in a week. So far, we’ve started on a small stockpile of non-primed wheels (stored in slot 1 of the chest) and will be making more in between the bigger projects.

What a huge contribution Silva has made, but while she is the leader and organizer, she hasn’t been alone! Communicating through the Discord’s #crafting_and_gathering channel, she gets the help she needs for collecting materials for airship and submersible components, and people to send the vehicles out on voyages or start priming buffs, so that we’re making progress around the clock.


“Jigo has been the BIGGEST help when it’s come to these projects and consider him to be my right hand man. He sends the airships and submarines out on their missions and helps with crafting/gathering mats for all the projects along side me. He also helps me make sure that the Teamcraft lists are as accurate as possible so we don’t gather/craft extra mats. If I didn’t have his help, progress in the Workshop would have been very slow. Nade, Jamie Porter, and Ricmorn have also helped out with gathering and crafting mats here and there when they have free time.”



Well, there you have it, everyone! The bottom line is this: if you didn’t know this was going on it’s largely because Silva, Jigo, Nade, Jamie and Ricmorn have been taking on this mostly thankless job in the background while the rest of us profit from their hard work. If you run into one of our crafters online, take a second to appreciate what they do that makes this Free Company such an awesome, beneficial place for all the players involved. We couldn’t achieve what we do, without them.

From the bottom of our hearts!

Headmistress Kela and the Royal Academy Leadership Team

Going to the Chapel: Royal Academy leads full Alliance Orbonne Monastery clear

In the second week of Alliance Raid club, the Nymian Royal Academy hit a major milestone as a Free Company: lead a full pre-made alliance into battle. This has been a dream of the founding members and leadership since the conception of the Academy and now, in patch 4.5, is finally being realized.

The Alliance consisted of 16 Stabbies out of 24 possible members. Of the remaining eight, six were also from Brynhildr, and two found our group through cross-server party finder. The roster is as follows:


The clear of the content was smooth: four bosses and zero full party wipes. An instance that would take a duty-finder group roughly 90-120 minutes on the second week was completed in 60 minutes. Everyone received their weekly token, and several additional people were rewarded gear.

In addition, one of the players who joined us via Party Finder actually was recruited into the Free Company after the instance was cleared: welcome, Hawkeye(s Better)!

We still have even higher goals to achieve: we had 2/3’s of the alliance straight out of the FC but leadership’s new goal is to have 24/24 players be from the Nymian Royal Academy. Next week we are staging another attempt at 8:15pm Central Standard time, Sunday January 27th.

Thank you to everyone who participated, and to the wider Brynhildr community for joining us and helping us make this evening a success. Please continue to look for our shouts, party finders and announcements on Social Media, including the Brynhildr facebook group.