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The Maelstrom is one of the three Grand Companies in Final Fantasy XIV, headquarted at Maelstrom Command in Limsa Lominsa. Upon ascending as Admiral, Merlwyb Bloefhiswyn re-instated the Maelstrom, with the Knights of the Barracuda and the rest of Lominsan navy incorporated into the company.

Players may pledge themselves to the Maelstrom as part of the Foreign Levy. Their uniforms are distinguished by their deep red hue.

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At the heart of the Thalassocratic Navy lies the Crimson Fleet, composed of five independent squadrons, the First through the Fifth. The Maelstrom is an extension of the First Squadron, expanding its role as armada flagship and granting it power to administer not only the remaining four squadrons, but the various merchant fleets that navigate the seas off Vylbrand. With the reestablishment of the Maelstrom, the Admiral has invoked ancient maritime law, by which she promoted herself to Chief Admiral, effectively expanding her authority to cover not only state and military dealings, but grant her the power to directly command all ships in Lominsan waters. While adverse to this encroachment on their independence, the city-state's pirates are willing to put aside their differences, lest the Garlean Empire take more than just their freedom.

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A maelstrom is a powerful whirlpool; a large, swirling body of water.

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