The Roegadyn are a race from the seas north of Eorzea in Final Fantasy XIV. They are similar to the Galka of Final Fantasy XI, except they lack a tail, and they do not look as ursine in appearance. Most of them are of the Sea Wolf tribe, and live by the sea as fishermen, although some become Mercenaries and/or Pirates. Another tribe, the Lohengarde, also known as the Hellsguard, live near a volcano believed to be the gate to hell, and use magic.
The Roegadyn are a maritime people whose largest concentrations are found in the northern seas, by way of which they came to Eorzea.
They possess enormous, muscular builds and are known for the cultural emphasis they place on competition and unflinching courage, although tender, introspective individuals can also be found. Roegadyn in and around the Limsa Lominsa area are typically seamen putting in at port, but many have also settled permanently, becoming mercenaries, bodyguards, or even pirates by trade. Far away, deep in the mountains of Ul'dah, live mountain clans of reclusive Roegadyn known as the Hellsguard, said to have mastered the magical arts.
Female Roegadyn will be playable in Realm Reborn. They have fierce faces and have large muscular builds, not unlike their male kin. Though they are not as massive as male Roegadyn, they can still compare in size to male Highlanders. Female Sea Wolves Roegadyn have fair skin (even more so than males) and have silver hair, are are slightly slim compared to Lohengarde women, while the later have more robust physiques and brownish skin compared to male Lohengarde.
The Sea Wolves originally hail from the islands of the far north seas, where they still subsist as fishermen and -women. Long ago, no vessel or coastal village was safe from their maritime brand of brutality. Now, it is not uncommon to see them employed as sailors or naval mercenaries on all manner of vessels.
The Lohengarde are a clan of Roegadyn with body and mind tempered by the unforgiving heat of the volcanic regions they inhabit. Believing these mountains of flame to be gates to the underworld, their line has for centuries stood vigil over them to prevent the passage of souls back to the realm of the living. Their sheer girth and steely demeanor open to the Hellsguard a wide range of paths, from the martial to the monastic.
Roegadyn names vary greatly between the two subraces. Sea Wolves use words taken from the Roegadyn language, while Hellsguard adapt these names to use common Eorzean words.
- The two kinds of Roegadyn (Sea Wolves and Hellsguard) seem to correspond to the frost giants and fire giants of Norse mythology, as both have separate areas. The Sea Wolves are bluish white and the Hellsguard are red, hailing from the north and south, respectively.
- In the original game, only male Roegadyn were playable. There were females mentioned and shown in the 1.0 quests, such as Lihtdraega (mentioned in the Goldsmith quests) and Merlwyb. However, since the Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn relaunch, females have been fully playable.