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Welcome to our newest member, Latsari.
Additionally, if you are out and about in Stormwind this afternoon at 5pm server, you can meet Servitors wandering around as they canvass the Alliance pandaren population prior to their next agitprop campaign.
So this happened.
2/5 22:38:56.862 GCD: Philomene: Her family has been probably boiling sheep heads for hundreds of years.
Servitors of Lothar: We Promise Not to Remove Your Head for Science. Probably.
Events this week:
Tonight at 7:00: "Suspicious Sands" The Reliquary have sent a heavily-armed detachment to the very heart of Tanaris. What could draw Brightblade's people away from Krasarang in the midst of one of the war's most heated offensives? (Puzzle/problem solving, possible emote combat. Run by Squínk (alt+0237))
Thursday at 6:00: "Rock the Saurok" The Jinyu gave us aid during Operation Submission. We're returning the favor with a show of strength against the Saurok that've been raiding their village. (Emote combat. Run by Etharion.)
Friday at 8:00: "Shelf Raising" If there's gonna be a library, we're gonna need shelves. Outside the lab, where there's room to spread out. Hot drinks will be served. (Social. Run by Sïgarni (alt+0239))
Saturday at 3:00: "Spar Club" This will be a meeting to discuss Spar Club, and perhaps even have a few bouts. We will meet at Aerie Peak. (Inaugural face-punch meeting! Run by Nelmadge.)
Lots of great stuff! If you'd like to observe an event or schedule RP, just whisper one of our members.
Bumping with a journal entry. Onoes, Eth is in emotional crisis! (When isn't he?) But this time, it's spiritual. Turns out his visit to the Lunar Festival did not grant the peace he sought:
There was a moondance ritual for spiritual refreshment. Attunement with the Goddess in all her Aspects. Sounded like a good place to start.
Random journal bump!
She is cold and hard, the Chirurgeon. She is cunning and calculating and often reminds me of a lioness, or perhaps a snake. Both have that same deceptively lazy slow blink, that distant regard that hides knife quick reasoning and reflexes. Her expression is often inscrutable, but not her posture. From her posture, if one watches, one can tell when she is annoyed, when she is intrigued, when she has misunderstood.
We're about to start a series of events to wrap up a long-running story. Hearts (and faces) will be broken. New bonds will be forged. Gnomes will Get Mad. The Servitors may never be the same! Since this is a plot that new members can easily jump into, it's a great time to get involved.
Welcome to new members Latsari and Arunix!
Here are some old Menawrites, this one from October 2011:
Some call the central chambers the heart, some the presence; there are a few other names for it besides. But my eyes are drawn away from the hub of activity, the comings and going of this and that person -- to whom I must curtsey or render a salute as required and in the precise degree appropriate in every circumstance without seeming to rely upon the movements of my peers -- and toward the war room. As I do not garner access to many parts of the Keep (access depending on status and personal relations, neither of which I possess in any real measure) so long as my body performs motions which are required my eyes are free to roam.
Edited by Philomene on 2/11/2013 12:29 PM PST
Actual quote from a former member when asked how he's been (emphasis mine): "Aside from SoL setting a high standard of RP, so much that I cannot find another guild (in SWTOR) that satifies me, good. lol" He's applied with a new character. You can do the same.
SoL: So good that every other guild will be ruined for you.
We are serious about IC interpersonal conflict. Case in point: Prikka writing about her fellow senior officer, Etharion, and his mother:
I'd never believe it if she didn't admit the fact herself. The woman has all of the spine, dignity, and commanding presence her son lacks. I know he blames his failings on her, but that's utter nonsense. "Oh, my mother never loved me! She was cruel and domineering and sent me to be raised by someone who actually DID love me a great deal! That's why I'm such a moody wanker!" Hello, I grew up amongst a people to whom the concept of affection is alien. My caretaker beat me nearly to death. I was worth so little they named me for the fact, then expelled me from their society. I manage not to be crap.
Prikka can be just plain mean, and Etharion's player is a fantastic sport about it. I'm lucky to be in a guild of mature players who thrive on IC conflict. If that describes you, go to www.servitors.org and check us out. You won't regret it.
Not all of our RP is serious. This is how I introduced today's structured RP.
As announced to all and sundry by a thoroughly incredulous Prikka at the Keep, King Deng-Deng--notorious Hozen pirate--has obtained the Golden Banana Hammock. Forged by the Monkey King himself, this wang sling renders the wearer invulnerable... and dangerously sexy. The Alliance must have this powerful artifact!
Then the Servitors murdered a defenseless man who while he was in the throes of passion, because that's how they do.
((Here are some RP logs!))
The deathcharger's shoes sound loudly on the cobbles as Philomene rides the thing straight into the fortification then leaps down.
Cedrinn leaps from the saddle as well. Inside, two dwarves trade melee blows with three well-armed orc grunts. A dwarven priest lays crumpled by the barrels nearby, a head wound bleeding profusely. Cedrinn lifts the barrel of his gun, an incendiary cartridge already loaded and ready to fire. He fires it towards the back corner, aiming for a spot behind the three orc grunts.
Philomene's deathcharger wades straight in, heedless of its own safety, kicking and biting. Uncle Boogers does much the same, looking to cause as much damage as possible. As he hurtles toward them he doubles in size, and by the time he engages he's 400 lbs of horned, fanged Kun-Lai Runt. Philomene, however, slips off toward the priest.
Cedrinn's incendiary trap opens successfully, a jet of heat searing the backs of the orcs, who grunt in surprise and turn towards them just as Uncle Boogers closes in. Cedrinn murmurs a few words to Bandit and claps a hand against his furry shoulder. The wolf begins to circumvent the tower wall alongside the Lady Marshal. Ced leans himself up against the entryway, glancing back out into the war zone to check for an incoming assault.
Philomene's now-enraged yeti companion starts going absolutely ape!@#$; at one point he's bit by the deathcharger over a stray claw. He sprays spittle, piss, and blood from his enemies all over the place like a furry whirlwind of havoc. Philomene gains the priest unchallenged and kneels to check his vitals.
Cedrinn advances into the tower as Uncle Boogers mauls two of the orcs, the sounds of necks cracking audible even as the cannons blaze outside. One orc tumbles to the floor in the aftermath; Ced promptly impales his throat with one of the twin bayonets on his gun.
Cedrinn says: Clear over 'ere, Lady Marshal. Sendin' a flare for reinforcements.
Philomene looks over her shoulder just in time to see Uncle Boogers pick up a dwarf. "HEY!" she shouts. "Put that down and go upstairs or NO KAFA." At 'no kafa,' Uncle Boogers drops the dwarven fighter and disappears around a bend in the central staircase.
Cedrinn kneels by the entrance, hands shuffling through his pack as a bead of sweat rolls down his temple. The dwarf set down by the yeti looks considerably paler, but looks to Philomene with a shaky nod of gratitude. Cedrinn pulls a flare from his pack and glances over his shoulder. "How's he doin'?"
Philomene rouses the priest. Aside from a bloody knot from where he was sapped, he seems in good order, pupils even and showing little sign of lingering disorientation. "This one's fine, Reqar." To the fighter she says, "Sorry. We're still having trouble remembering not to get carried away!"
Cedrinn nods, readying only one flare for signal. The dwarf strokes his beard, doing his best to remain composed as his partner secures another entrance. "Aye lass, I knew ya had 'er all under control!" The slightly-shaken dwarf takes a post at the entrance adjacent to Ced. Cedrinn releases a flare and backs himself up to a safer angle of the doorway.
Philomene's yeti is heard crashing and thrashing about upstairs. Soon the unmistakable sound of a goblin screaming issues forth from the upper level, going a bit Doppler as it descends, and ends with a wet thump at the base of the tower.
Cedrinn glances back again over his shoulder as Bandit's ears perk at the 'thump'. "Ya weren't kiddin' when he said 'e had his uses."
Philomene's yeti half-falls, half-shambles down the stairs again, fully half the size he was before. He comes over to Philomene and tugs her skirt. She offers him a few drops from a vial, and then he slumps against a wall, apparently out of the fight for a bit.
Philomene says: He does, at that. Quite the useful lucky-do. See any sign of incoming reinforcements?
Cedrinn says: I do, Lady Marshal. OI! We got five, 10 o' clock, boys! Two heavies, two wolfskins, one Blade!
Philomene gives Bandit a hesitant nod, as if to say thanks for the backup. She then turns to join the dwarven contingent. A waterskin is located and passed around. "Drink whilst you can, boys. Reqar, get topside with me. We'd be of more use up there."
Cedrinn puts a hand to the stone block beside him, peering towards Lion's Landing before looking back to the encroaching Horde strike force.
Cedrinn says: Where're the bloody reinforcements? Should be 'ere already...
Philomene edges up and whispershouts, "Ready?" Before she draws Shadow down again it's clear her eyes are fair gleaming with an anticipation that has nothing to do with bloodlust and everything to do with the sheer joy of war.
Cedrinn's head snaps back to the Lady Marshal, his expression a combination of hesitation and curiosity. He nods, however, and lifts the his gun, butt nestled against his shoulder.
Philomene sticks her head out, calls over a shoulder. "Some illumination rounds, boyos! Let's light their arses up!" And boy does the team on the roof comply.
Cedrinn pulls back the hammers to both barrels, tugging on the trigger with a gloved finger. It's unclear how much of his shot reached the strike force and how much work was done by the commanded rounds, but either way, the strike force is quickly left sprawling, either dead or moaning in the sands.
Philomene waits for the arty team to show her what to hit, then blinks as there simply isn't anything for her to have a go at.
Cedrinn wets his lips, squinting towards the distance. He cups a hand over his brow, even though there's little sun to shield against. "...Incoming Horde vessel, Lady Marshal....it's...it's full o' the bastards, can see 'em from 'ere."
Philomene smiles as the artillery team behind her picks up Cedrinn's spot. A dwarven spotter calls, "Lemme see!" and elbows in. He then starts bellowing a string of numbers. Philomene cries over the din, "I can't do anything for that, so we'll have to pray it gets taken care of!"
Philomene's deathcharger streaks out of the tower and starts biting and kicking at the wounded Horde on the sand. Once everything alive is dead it stands, oddly quiescent, tail swishing as it mimes cropping nonexistent grass.
Cedrinn scrapes his lower set of teeth over his upper lip and scratches at his jaw. "They're comin' in for landin', behind the burnin' ship! Can we nix 'em from 'ere!?"
Philomene says: You try and if you can't get them, I'll have a go when they close a bit!
Philomene covers her ears as a cannon behind them belches fiery death.
Cedrinn glances over his shoulder as one of the dwarves shouts back, "Not with that bloody snot rag'uva banner they got blockin' our shot, we can't! Best we ready fer some company, boys 'n girls!!"
Philomene disappears from Cedrinn's side. She puts her head down the trapdoor, shouting something unintelligible at the people on the lower level. It's a conversation along the lines of why don't we have grapeshot for sails up here, and oh, !@#$, what do you mean we're all out? It ends when Philomene slams the trapdoor closed again.
Cedrinn cranes his neck and reloads his shotgun as the Horde ship anchors near the shore. They can't hear the groans of the plank lowering from here, but they're able to catch glimpses of it through the tattered Horde sail in the distance.
Philomene scrambles back over to Cedrinn right as the dwarves send another illumination round or two up. It'd look pretty were its purpose not to outline the silhouettes of the men they mean to kill.
Cedrinn adjusts himself in his kneeling position, roaring at the top his lungs as Horde reinforcements spill out onto the Krasarang beach, a wave of brutal spiked armor and barbaric wolfskin leather.
Philomene watches the onrushing Horde through the fading twilight, bides her time. The guns shriek and bellow behind them, and on the ground the dwarven mortar teams start performing their range-finding checks on the deathground between shoreline and tower.
Cedrinn loads additional incendiary cartridges into both barrels of his gun. Closing one eye for just a split second as he aims, he pulls the trigger twice in quick succession, landing the traps at an impressive distance at the choke points in the Horde's barricade.
Philomene squints at the scene below. Her deathcharger trots back up to and into the tower in a weirdly unhurried fashion, tail high like a banner meant to taunt. Somewhere below them, the dwarves begin to chant.
The Horde forces charge through the barricade spaces towards the tower. The incendiary traps inevitably go off as they're activated, though they only manage to down perhaps a half dozen. The swollen strike force rushes towards the tower, a resounding "Lok'tar O'gar" booming from below as the sounds of pounding plate boots and rustling chainmail reach their ears even through the gunfire.
Philomene listens, trying to make out the words: ~Singe thy beard with spirit's ire! Set to roaring the blood's fire! Forth we march again' our foes! Death to enemies! Feast for crows!~ Her grin becomes a gritting of the teeth as she strives for patience. Her gloved fingers twitch against the hard stone of the merlon to her right. Juuuust a bit closer...
Cedrinn reloads his shotgun in a frenzy, though his aims and blasts are quick and calculated. For the briefest of moments, it almost seems as though the firepower, combined with the others atop the tower, are holding back the wave of Horde forces. The idea lasts for only a couple seconds, however, as the surge finally reaches within a few yards of the tower's entrance. Shouts from the Lion's Landing reinforcements can faintly be heard approaching from the south.
Philomene pops her head over the edge and unleashes an a psychic scream sufficient only to temporarily unnerve a few of their attackers. This is followed immediately by a flung-forward hand as she seeks, through the confusion, to seize the mind of the squad leader.
Cedrinn reaches to the side of his gun, one gloved finger pulling back a lever clearly modified from the gun's original model. He loads both chambers once more, aims, and points downward. Instead of simply pulling back the trigger, he holds it back for a rain of shot down below.
Cedrinn's assault distracts a few of the Horde soldiers below, even sending one sprawling to the ground to be trampled, but most lift their shields and block the scattering of shot.
Cedrinn says: Bloody hope that's reinforcement's on the south end!
Philomene's face goes slack and she slumps, suddenly defenseless, against the merlon. The orc lifts his axe and turns, swinging it in a chest-high arc at his comrades, who conveniently have their shields raised.
Cedrinn's jaw drops, shock settling in for only a brief moment as he watches the Horde squad leader begin butchering his allies. Snapping himself out of the surprise, Ced begins to reload his shotgun as the cannon blasts continue to shriek around them. The sounds of engaged battle can be heard below as the Lion's Landing reinforcements flood into the tower to meet the detachment of Horde invaders who are oblivious to the chaos in the rear.
Philomene remains oblivious to her immediate surroundings as the squad leader sows confusion and death to his own in the front. There is a bellow from within the tower, and Uncle Boogers lumbers out, all revved up and ready to rumble!
Cedrinn opts this time for a more concentrated attack. Below, Bandit slips through the mess of Alliance soldiers, prowling for vulnerable targets. Ced takes aim at a troll whose spear end is pointed at the Lady Marshal's ensorcelled orc.
Behind them, a dwarf says, "Wuh oh. Laddy, we're all oot of 'luminashun roonds!" Sure enough, the sky above is no longer constantly lit by the flicker of descending rounds. Soon, the battlefield in proximity of the tower will be mired in darkness.
Cedrinn's blast is a miss, peppering the sound behind the troll as the Hordeling's spear shot punctures the throat of the mind-controlled orc leader.
Cedrinn says, "Bloody !@#$in' hell!" He opens his pack again, shuffling around for additional flares. "I"ll give ya what I can!"
Philomene offers up a gurgling shriek oddly in tandem with the squad leader below. He goes down as Philomene slides to the ground behind the merlon with a hand cover her mouth. Don't puke, don't puke... oh, here we go. As Uncle Boogers gets the murder machine rolling in the fading light, Philomene brings up everything she had for dinner. Hurk!
Cedrinn shuffles himself to the right carefully as he reloads another round, reaching a hand over to give her shoulder a quick pat before lifting the barrels up once more to aim below. "Y'a'rright, Lady Marshal!?" he shouts over the commotion as the dwarves behind them scramble to reorganize.
Philomene coughscreams, "I'll be fine! Plug those thrice-damned !@#$ers back to the Twisting Nether!" She wipes her mouth, takes a few deep breaths.
Cedrinn flinches a little in surprise, obviously expecting a more woozy response from the Lady Marshal, but he complies: he unloads another round of shot, sending two orc shaman to their knees.
Philomene shakes it off, creeps back up again amidst the sound of booms. She speaks words in Old Common, words that mean Pain and Death. Her yeti goes wild until he's pulled down by a quintet of pissed-off sin'dorei, disappearing under a rain of blows. The sound of bulhorns reaches their ears even from atop the tower. Rallying cries from the Lion's Landing reinforcements sound out as a wave of blue and gold floods from the tower, smashing into the Horde's frontline.
Philomene works for as long as she can with her spells. When she's drained dry she rolls cannonballs over to and through the murderholes. Too close to shoot now, anyway.
Cedrinn reloads and takes aim once more, though he manages a raspy 'They made it!' over the chaos. He pulls the trigger once more as shields lock against shields below. Another two Horde soldiers fall shortly after the trigger is pulled.
Philomene pauses when it gets too dangerous to indiscriminately drop cannonballs into the darkness below. She staggers for the trapdoor, flings it open, and sticks her head down, having another screamed conversation with people below.
Cedrinn looks over his shoulder, then back down to the chaos below as the darkness firmly settles in. As acute as his vision is, he still can't see at this point. He begins cracking flares and tossing them over the edge, their flaring tips hissing as they spin.
Philomene hollers, "Get them in and secure those damned doors. Or will you let them have one of your Marshals so easily, men and women of the Alliance?!" Philomene is rewarded by the banging of shields. %^-* yeah. She slams the trapdoor and heads for Cedrinn again.
Cedrinn shakes his head and curses in frustration as only one of his three flares manages to stay lit as it reaches the sand, a small orb of illumination glowing in the chaos below.
"Ready to descend, Reqar?" Philomene manages to whispershout this in an oddly-conversational way, like they're going to visit a friend or a bar or something.
Cedrinn says: Aye, Lady Marshal!
Philomene claps a hand down on Cedrinn's shoulder, much like he did hers earlier. As a storm blows up, further complicating visibility, she moves for the trapdoor a final time.
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