For anyone who's interested by the state of the role-play community... I am Rael BloodOmen, the leader of the Vampire Guild Society of Shadows.My guild is two years old. We have strong internal role-play, spontaneous external role-play, and some talent in player versus player combat. From the beginning, my guild has been harassed, degraded, and demeaned. Much of this abuse has come from a small clique of players that have declared themselves to 'lead' the community. Yet what makes them worthy to lead? Long standing prejuicide against vampire role-play has lead many to accuse us of being Godmoders. Game mechanics include a spell called the Vampiric Embrace. We have the ability to spirit speak to drain a corpse. We have life leech weapons, life leech spells, life leech abiliies. We summon dark wolves and vampire bats, we turn to wraiths to recall. This comes at the expense of the Embrace's weakness to fire, weakness to garlic, weakness to Undead Slayer weapons. The game is teeming with undead of various types,from unintelligent to super intelligent like liches. Therefore, Game Mechanics allows for our abilities. We are not god moders. Furthermore, people have accused us of being non roleplayers because we emphasizes the PvP aspect of interaction. Certainly, we feel that conflict is part of RP. However, we are not just Trammel PKers. Our equipment is generally poor, we are always willing to chat,and give you the option to just rp and not fight,rather than give you the "leave or die option". Look at the other guilds. Dozens of times, we've been speaking to a 'Good' RPer. Dozens of time, we've seen them go silent and stand still, while calling in gank squads over Ventrillo. Many of the 'Good' RPers are openly affiliated with Fel PvP guilds, for one reason or another. Indeed, the'commander' of the Good clique, Ren the Conjuror, is also a member of the ones who call themselves the most dominant PK guild in Ultima Online. Furthermore, we left Skara Brae bank and the constant ganks there, relocating to Umbra, which is clearly the necromantic city. And in return?Your guilds have followed us here. This proves that it is you who desires orange, no loot warfare. The last straw has come most recently. The so called, self proclaimed leaders of the Roleplay world have attempted to form an Empire of Armaggedon, attempting to run both the evil side and the good side, simultaneously, a clear conflict of interesst. They have formed this empire and invited us, the Society of Shadows, to participate, offering us their acceptance and approval in return for our obedience. Why should your self proclaimed status require our obedience in return for your approval? What is it you think makes you so important that we should allow ourselves to be manipulated and abused by your closed circle of elitists and snobs? Our guild compromises some 30 active players. Everyday, you can find us in Umbra, at all hours. We can field upwards of 20 players at an event. How often are RKR, QdV, or CAD ever seen beyond a weekly meeting? You are not active players. You seem to be elitists who rest on laurels from years ago, most of which were earned by players no longer in the game. You seem to be trading on the names and reputations of people who were great, relics of a glorious past, but it is a past you cannot sustain. So why should we be expected to bow to a clique of some 5 people? active. We fight together, hunt together, are friends and familyeven. We hold together, have fun with each other. I feel my guild is the best guild in Ultima. We're not the richest. We're not the most powerful. We don't dominant Felucca or considers ourselves super role-play gods. But we play the game and are closely bound to each other. It is not us who require your approval. It is YOU who requires OUR approval. It is your manipulative, smack talking, cruel and jealous selves that require our approval, and that is an approval you win through inventive roleplay,active participation and honest friendship. The last straw has been the OOC nonsense. The insults, the accusations, the attempts to split our guild, our allies. This is a game; we try to keep in game. But we have found that the members of this so called elite clique do not feel the same. They feel that this is an excuse to cruelly manipulate others. And we can prove this to be true. Therefore, we will no longer interact with the High Council or the Empire of Armaggedon. We are going to create our own role-play system, based out of Umbra, independent of these people. We will make our own way without these people. We ask that all who care, read the link below. See the screen shots, read the logs, look at the discussion boards. Judge for yourself. These people have been going blatantly out of character to wreck our guild,threaten our players in their real lives, and personally attack us. Therefore, we no longer want to play with these individuals, and we're killing them all in game on the way out. Maybe you don't agree with us. That's fine. But at least judge us fairly for yourselves. Good day. Proof can be found on this site for those who wish it [ Link to the site forcibly removed. Good job, way to try and hide the truth. Its alright though, we will make sure any rper new, old or otherwise will have access to the site to form their own oppinions. Try all you like, complain all you want to the admins. Your NOT going to stop me. Take care bye bye now] I encourage THOROUGH investigation of this site to any unbiased new rper and any current rper whom have their doubts about the HC.