The Wood Wailers are an organization in Final Fantasy XIV. They are the spearmen of Gridania who keep the peace within the city. The Wailers' headquarters are located at the Wailing Barracks, which they share with the Lancers' Guild.
The Wailing Barracks hold a guardhouse, facilities where townsfolk might seek the Wailers' counsel, and a small gaol for those criminals who commit crimes that disturb the peace of the Twelveswood or have wronged the forestborn.
The Wood Wailers originate in a group of young spearmen, who assembled under the auspices of Captain Josselin shortly after the founding of Gridania. This, the first company of Wailers, was tasked with defending the Twelveswood—per the woodland city-state's covenant with the elementals. Since then, the Wailers have protected the forest from internal strife, and become masters of the spear. They keep the peace from garrisons in Gridania proper to posts in its hamlets and watchtowers scattered throughout the Black Shroud. For good measure, they also dispatch patrols in the woods.
Wailers' masks signify that they will do their utmost to protect the forest and its inhabitants—even at the risk of incurring the wrath of the elementals if needs be. The elementals, however, distinguish between men not by their faces, but rather by the appearance of their souls. As such, there is little scholarly consensus over whether the masks have any effect whatsoever.
While the Wailers pursued mastery of the spear in their own quarters, tidings of their skill spread throughout Eorzea. Men from all lands converged upon the woodland city-state to try their skill against the Gridanians. Only one hunfdred years ago, however, did someone realize the value of these practice bouts. Mistalle, a captain of the Wailers, saw that he might learn foreign styles through sparring, and resigned his post to found the Lancers' Guild. Current Gridanian technique owes its existence to Mistalle's insight and efforts, and embodies traditions of the spear from all corners of the realm.
- First Spears: Recruitment and Training
- Second Spears: Gridania Proper
- Third Spears: Central Shroud
- Fourth Spears: East Shroud
- Fifth Spears: Northern South Shroud
- Sixth Spears: Southern South Shroud
- Seventh Spears: Eastern North Shroud
- Eighth Spears: Western North Shroud
- Ninth Spears: Poacher Eradication
- Tenth Spears: West Shroud
- Encyclopædia Eorzea: The World of Final Fantasy XIV, pag. 117
- Encyclopædia Eorzea: The World of Final Fantasy XIV, pag. 122