Roegadyn

Overview

Roegadyn (ルガディン [roegadyn] in Japanese) are a race of thickly built people from Final Fantasy XIV. They greatly resemble Galka, although have no tail. In their own language, 'roegadyn' means 'people of the rain'. This specifically refers to the Seawolf Roegadyn, who came from the northern islands where there was always either rain, fog or snow.

There are two known tribes of Roegadyn. First are the Seawolf (ゼーヴォルフ [zea volf] in Japanese), whose general coloring varies from pale to light blue and light green. The other tribe are the Hellsguard (ローエンガルデ [roen garde] in Japanese), who tend to be anything from pale to bright red.

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History

It appears that the first Roegadyn to come to Eorzea were the Seawolf. They arrived from freezing islands in the far north, and settled down mostly in the Limsa Lominsa area before spreading elsewhere in the region. It's unknown from where the Hellsguard arrived, although they are known to be originally a mountain-dwelling race who built their homes close by volcanoes.

Language

The modern-day Roegadyn of Eorzea speak in the common Eorzean tongue. However, the original settlers of the area spoke a language entirely different, and that language is partially preserved in the current days in the names of the Seawolf tribe.
See here for more information on the language, including a dictionary.

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Naming Conventions

While the general naming conventions of the Roegadyn can be divided into two distinct patterns according to the tribe, the tribe division is not strictly adhered to. There are plenty of Hellsguard Roegadyn who choose to name themselves the old way that the Seawolf still use, and plenty of Seawolves who choose to have a name understandable to the rest of the populace.
That said, below are the two common naming conventions.

The Old Way

According to the old way that the Seawolf tribe still commonly uses, all names are in the Roegadyn language. Each given name consists of two parts and might or might not be descriptive of the individual.
Additionally, each surname consists of the person's father's name tagged with either 'wyn' (daughter) or 'syn' (son). Examples: Bloefhiswyn, Myrganmoensyn.

In addition, the latter part of a female's given name is commonly one of the following. Note that this is commonly, other words are also used at times. Below are the only examples for given names, but the male given names follow the same patterns, just with different words. See the dictionary for words.

Name ending Female name example Translation of the name
Swys (Sister) Aermswys Poor Sister
Thota (Daughter) Klynthota Small Daughter
Wyda (Willow) Dyrstwyda Thirsty Willow
Geim (Jewel) Rhotgeim Red Jewel
Wyb (Woman) Merlwyb Sea Woman
Rael (Doe) Doesrael Two Does
Lona (Gatherer) Styrnlona Star Gatherer
Bhyda (Bride) Blyssbryda Blossom Bride

The Adaptive Way

Hellsguard, unlike their Seawolf cousins, are more prone to adapt to the cultures around them. This is reflected in their names among other things, as they prefer to translate their names to the language of the culture they live in.
The adaptive way also sees many Roegadyn abandoning their last names and going only by their first name. This symbolizes to them a fresh start, relying only on their own deeds instead of the deeds of their fathers (family). Male first names tend to draw on nature in general, while female names tend to draw on plant life.

Female name examples Male name examples
Blue Lily
Weeping Orchid
Diving Sparrow
Silent Moss
Tall Mountain
Spinning Blade
Anonymous Moose
Bloody Catapult

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