These were the days when the game was still evolving. A creation that had not yet seen its own full glory come to light. During these days, the hardcore denizens of Azeroth had flocked to many of the first servers, and on those servers they led the population through the game. Mal'ganis. Blackrock. Tichondrius. Mannoroth. And so on, and so forth. But here, on Firetree, there grew a different breed of player. The second wind. Many of whom would be drawn to the game to play their first MMO ever. Many of whom would take time to learn and grow within the world that had been fashioned. These were the players who would gasp at Onyxia, get lost in the beauty of Feralas, play the drums of battle in week long games of Alterac Valley.
And of these players, there were some that began to define a new elite. First came Cav and Unreal and Pummel, leading the way on the High Warlord summit. There came Chosen and Atropos and Fallen Requiem and Infinitely No Life and the Aftermath to raid the highest dungeons. And then came the hordes of casuals, following suit in their own guilds, with PETA and Super Secret Sauce and Affinity and The Lucky Strikes and more.
Firetree today reflects directly what Firetree was back then. And while many of its best have been lost to the history of yesterday, its heroes today can trace their roots back to these ancestral figures.
There are thousands upon thousands of amazing stories, many that may never have seen the light of the Azerothian day. Some will never know of the mage that saved a shaman, only to befriend that shaman and then never return after a hurricane came through his city. Some will never know of the countless souls that fought in the Molten Core never to see the nefarious Nefarian. Many will never know of people who braved the Dark Portal, only to have found permanent refuge in the harsh forests of Terrokar. And what of the ones who braved the depths of Azjol-Nerub, never to vanquish the Lich King?
I will tell the story of one group of players. A coalition that grew over time and meandered through many paths, until they came together to serve redemption to the flame of Firetree. Inspired by those who came before them, driven to competition by those they fought against, committed to a success that continues to this day. This is only one story, albeit a grand story. I look forward to hearing the others. If you can reminisce. If you can feel the nostalgia for those days, when honor and pride infused the veins of the Firetreean, then you may find solace in these stories. I invite you to come adventure once again, through the Firetree landscape of Azeroth. And if along the way, you remember again, the feeling that you felt the first time you laid eyes on the true beauty of the game, the feeling that you felt when you first became a member of this society, then I hope it reignites the eternal flame of Firetree within you.