I am Braellyn O'Keefe. Leader of the Guardians of Azeroth on the Venture Company. I was born in Northshire, during the rebuilding of Stormwind City after the end of the Second War. My father and mother were a warrior and a priestess of Stormwind who were among the refugees who fled the destruction of Stormwind at the end of the First War and who served with Anduin Lothar in the Second. My father responded to General Turalyon's summons during the invasion of the orcs' homeworld, leaving my mother behind, who was pregnant with me at the time. My father was lost and presumed dead when the Dreanor Expedition, as it's now called, sacrificed itself to prevent the Horde from returning by sealing itself on the other side of the Dark Portal.
My mother did her best to raise me alone, but when I reached my 18th year, during the beginning of the plague in Lordaeron, I began to have mysterious dreams of my father. In the last of them, he called out to me to serve...he said that I was the daughter of a warrior and a priestess of the Light, and he had served under a great man who was a combination of both. I awoke from that dream KNOWING I was meant to be a Paladin of the Light. I took up the oath, and have been fighting evil ever since.
My mother was sorry to see me go, but knew in her heart it was inevitable. She still lives and is advancing in years in new Northshire. When the Dark Portal reopened, I joined the throng of heroes passing through, both to aid the Alliance and search for my father. While many of the great heroes of the old Expedition were found, neither Turalyon or Alleria have been seen. As my father was one of Turalyon's lieutenants, I hold out hope that perhaps they all live and will be heard from again.
While I am a peace-loving Paladin and believe, like the Lady Proudmoore and the former Warchief once did, that peace between the Alliance and the Horde are possible, there can be no peace under the policies of the current Warchief.
During my studies, I read about the old Guardian of Tirisfal and the final fate of the last Guardian Medivh. To carry on the tradition, I founded the Guardians of Azeroth, where power would not reside in a single person, but where a group of like-minded heroes would protect Azeroth from all threats, whether the demons of the Burning Legion, the horrors of the Scourge, power mad despots or despoilers from the Horde OR the Alliance, or some new threat yet unknown. Although the Council of Tirisfal recently reformed and for a brief time empowered a new Guardian, we decided to carry on our tradition regardless.
Ok, now to remove my RP hat (removed), and introduce myself. I am a fairly private person who has no desire to be part of the social media whirl, and also want to protect my identity online, so I am not going to post much about myself on a public forum, but I am a very friendly sort, so if you want to know more about me, send me a tell in game when I’m on, which is frequently! I will say I’m the old geezer of this thread so far, being a 45 year old WoW player. I reside in Los Angeles, and am a part-time actor and director, who currently works in Human Resources. I am a long time fan of Blizzard and the Warcraft franchise, having played the original WC RTS game on an old Mac back in 1994.
When WoW came out in 2004, being a lover of the old pencil and paper Dungeons and Dragons paladin class, I knew I was destined to play in the Alliance as they were the only faction who had paladins at the time. I love the lore and the deep history of Azeroth, and can talk about it for hours. I’ve been to every Blizzcon and have the in-game accoutrements to prove it, and will be there in November. I started playing WoW back in the day when PvP servers required you to only play one faction, so my Alliance characters are here, while my Horde characters are on Ravenholdt. I look forward to many more adventures on Azeroth, and to meeting many of you, either as friends or foes, on our little home away from home!
Edited by Braellyn on 5/15/2013 11:03 AM PDT