(Part 4 in the continuing saga of our guild’s history by Randall Frost)
We’ve arrived at the “Current” era. Or have we? Upon further recollection, thought, and hindsight being 20/20; we have not. You see, every era at one time was known as the “Current” era, whether they are weeks or months. Looking back I realize there is another era between “Modern” and “Current.” So I’ve broken off a chunk of the “Current” to appropriately file it away with the other eras. I give you the “Mythic/Dawn” era. No, this does not refer to the Mehrunes Dagon cult in Oblivion. The “Dawn” refers to the dawn of a new era the guild was taking. The “Mythic” refers to me becoming a recluse in game, so much so that Blly started calling me, “The Myth, The Legend”. During this era, our numbers continued to grow. We surpassed 400 and marched steadily towards capacity at 500. Amongst the numbers that joined include; DravenDraconus, fatA1 3Xistence, KCCO Taperwater, Gyp5yTear5, MadIrish, Ranger STL, miraluz, kdog, Tariel43, SGRiverDan, Colossus8181, and GrimNoirKnight.
The “Mythic” side of the era started when I began withdrawing after that horrible day in October. For those who don’t know, I live in Roseburg, Oregon. On October 1st, 2015 our community became another statistic in the mass casualty school shooting category. My daughter had just started her second year there and was in the library when it happened. Fortunately, she is fine but the incident touched everyone in our small community. At that moment, the game didn’t matter to me. The guild was in transition during this time; MD was about to retire as Lord Commander and Blly was taking over as Hand. With everything going on in Real Life, I put the guild in her hands and checked out for most of October.
When I did finally return, I was quiet in chat. Every so often I’d say hi but for the most part I enjoyed the solace of just the game’s score. But even after a couple of weeks, the game began to wear on me. I was mid-way through Cadwell’s Silver, which placed me in DC, when I burned out. Somewhere in the Akil’r desert I just quit playing, done with the game. I had no heart, no desire. Fortunately, Blly was there. I let her know I needed some serious time away and the guild was hers. I trusted her with whatever she wanted to do as long as it was in the best interest of the guild. I maintained recruiting and promoting but basically, the guild was hers. I do apologize for doing something a guild master should never do, abandon their guild. In my opinion she did a great job. She expanded the guild, making it stronger and better than before. I am forever grateful for everything she did in my absence.
The “Dawn” side of the era started with Blly taking over as Second in Command, Lord Hand. She picked up where MD left off, continuing to expand our guild and make it stronger. I also promoted Fish to Third in Command, making him Lord Commander. His primary duty was keeping our technical side running and supporting Blly when needed. I officially made Ariel our Master of Coin; she was already running the bank in the background, time to make it official. I took the role of Lord Marshal, it sounds cool and I’m a big Riddick fan. Lol! With that, the High Council was formed.
We had three sister crafting guilds unite with the OG; FFA ran by funnylady, HOFF ran by CoyoteNZ, and Mammoth Trading ran then by AWKWERDTURTLE and now by ChatyC. Delve Hammer (DH) was formed, led by Fish and broadcasted on Twitch. Its purpose, to show helpful insight on fighting world bosses. DH also ran a fundraiser for Active Heroes last Christmas, raising $1000 for this important charity. A community of leaders know as our Ambassadors were formed, ran by Shots and Riddle. An event planning group was formed to keep us on top of being organized for weekly/monthly events; including lotteries, contests, trials, etc. The guild was doing very well, despite my absence and “Mythic” approach. But we did have our problems.
Early in this era we had our last heist. The member stole all high end colored items, food, mats and left the guild. However, we were able to reach this person and his excuse was classic; “it wasn’t me; my friend was using my GT”. How did this person get past our bank rules you ask? Well that one was on me. He was grandfathered in, being a member before the rules were applied. He had been a solid member up to that point, giving credence to his claim of not doing it. However, he was never heard from again. This prompted the last piece of the bank’s rules be added; no exceptions. I went though and demoted the few who were grandfathered in and we haven’t had another heist since. Abuse however, still happens and members are warned when they have been caught. Ariel stays on top of the bank’s transaction log, keeping an eye on all that goes on in there.
We also reached capacity; 500 members. I never thought I’d see the day that would happen, especially how hard it took to get us here. But not all 500 were active and more wished to join. So a purge on inactive members was needed. With Fish’s help, a list of the inactive members was summited to me and I released 100 non active members.
The Combat Guilds did not do as well as expected. Primarily because recruiting outside the OG was restricted. To help with this, we dissolved that rule, allowing outside recruiting with no requirements of them to join the OG. The name changed from Combat to Alliance guilds. Unfortunately over time, the Alliance guilds went dormant except Wolves Obsidian. Led by Wulf and independent of the OG, certain issues started to arise amongst the two guilds. This eventually led to Wulf leaving the OG, taking his WO guild to parts unknown. DH also went dormant, as its few members left the game, thanks to ZOS tweaking it.
With the loss of Wulf’s WO, Blly decided to form her own DC PvP guild; the Obsidian Covenant. Her guild took off, consuming a lot of her time. Around the same time, Fish had to step away from the game due to personal family issues. In his absence, Riddle took up responsibility of the website, Azura’s Keep. The site, which always had its ups and downs, was becoming unstable. We needed to move back to our original location at gamerlaunch, which fortunately was still there. Untouched for months, Riddle worked tirelessly there, updating it and moving everything from one site to the other. This was also around the time I returned to the game at full capacity, reinvigorated by the DLC and my introduction to warring Cyrodiil.
So in early March, the “Mythic/Dawn” era came to an end. We moved back to obsidianguard.gamerlaunch.com and rerouted obsidianguard.org to go to this address too. Blly stepped down as Hand, naming MrPunisher as her successor. Fish retired to the EC and Riddle was chosen to replace him as Lord Commander. From here, we move into the “Current” era.
Next week: really this time, the “Current” era.