Then came the Honor patch, implementing a ladder system for the most determined players allowing them to distinguish themselves with a title and epic gear. This led to constant struggle for power in the Hillsbrad Foothills, Alliance and Horde constantly battling with a single goal: murdering each other for those shiny gold points. For a time, it was good. Then, battlegrounds were released.
Battlegrounds allowed players to queue up against the opposite faction in a wargame: the victor receiving a hefty sum of honor and bragging rights against the other team. After weeks of sleep depravtion, Mountain Dew consumption, and a lack of social life, one could claim the right to wield a High Warlord's Battle Axe or Grand Marshal's Claymore, and turn the heads of your allies and decapitate your enemies.
But not all was great about the introduction to battlegrounds: many would forego a match against an equally coordinated team in favor of fighting a pick-up group, afk'ing from the game without any repercussions. World pvp stagnated: Hillsbrad was empty aside from the stray lowbie or lone soldier trying to spark an old flame. Progression in the PvE side had kicked up, and players had given up on the ideal of playing on a PvP server in favor of spending six nights of the week in Blackwing Lair.
So, the guild of <Displaced> (many of which formed the core of <Reverends of Swagger>) came up with a solution: The Horde Solution. A bounty contest: a great list of war criminals with a bounty on their head: 5 gold (no small amount back then!) for each kill on a marked Horde player outside of a Battleground, and a grand sum of 500 gold to the player who completed the list first. For a time, the world of world PvP was bright again on Firetree, and the rogue Chillz of <The Lucky Strikes> claimed the pot, dominating the contest by venturing into Orgrimmar alone to find the cowards who would not leave their own city unless it was by a warlock portal.
Now, with the release of Mists of Pandaria on the way, what better time than now to try to breathe some life into this dead server than by taking the life from the filthy Horde?
- You will receive 20 gold for posting a unique screenshot with you delivering the killing blow on a player in the mentioned guilds below. Only the player who lands the killing blow will be awarded the gold. Warbands are encouraged! but you will have to split the gold amongst yourselves, or fight for those killing blows!
- All kills must be outside of a Battleground or Arena. Open world only!
- Bounty is increased to 30 gold for level 86 players, 40 for level 87 players, 50 for level 88 players, and 100 for level 89 players until a Realm First! level 90 is earned. All bounties after this point will be worth 20 gold regardless of level.
- If the player who earns Realm First! Level 90 is Horde skum, he/she will have a bounty on their head for 1000g for the next week. The contest will end on the next Tuesday after release of Mists of Pandaria.
Here are the Marked Guilds.
Any player in these guilds that is level 85 or higher is an eligible bounty.
However, you Horde scum, there is a chance for you to make your own bounties yet! While you have your own crimes to answer for, there are indeed those more vile than you.
I will pay 10 gold per unique screenshot for the deaths of those in the following Alliance guilds, same rules as above:
The contest starts with the release of Mists of Pandaria! I will attempt to be active up until then and along release night, but with my military schedule, I can't guarantee it. If you have any questions about the event, send me a mail in game or leave me a message on the <Reverends of Swagger> forums: http://www.weneverforgot.com/forums/index.php