I wish to present a little insight into current MYTH / AO leadership and direction. As most people who have been on Siege Perilous for more than 8 or 9 months know, a really great guy named Cliff was the guild leader of the Guardians of Myth (MYTH) and the Ancient Order of Myth (AO). The first being a non-faction guild and the latter a faction guild. Cliff sadly passed away suddenly late last spring. When he died, the guilds were directionless. None of us really knew what to do with them. Kat offered to take the whole slew of us into TNA / TNT and that would have been a great option. After we had a memorial service (which most of the people who read this probably attended) we held a guild meeting, in my newly placed house south of Umbra. It was important what happened to MYTH / AO since MYTH held the leadership of the Circle of Flame alliance. More importantly, there was a great desire to carry on what cliff (Aeric Horn, et.al.) had created. So, during the meeting, I (Hattori Hanzo) was elected guild leader of the two guilds. Taking over the guilds was a task. It requires a two-thirds vote by membership and many of the characters in the guilds were alts of Aeric Horn (Ginsu, et.al.). In fact I did not even have a non-faction character to be in MYTH, so I had to create one. Within about three weeks, we had the guild leadership secured. Members offered to take on various responsibilities and we began our effort to rebuild. I say rebuild, because we also lost with Aeric, all of the property belonging to the guilds; real estate, gold, equipment, etc. We had the guild names and a leadership hierarchy built, but we lacked much of what a guild needs to survive. What helped immensely through all this was that these guilds were part of an alliance that was really a family. The Circle of the Flame is more like a big guild than an alliance. Without the support of everyone in the alliance at the time, TNA, TNT, and DR, we would probably not have survived. In fact, these guilds lost as much as we in MYTH / AO did when Cliff died (there were many people not in the alliance felt a great loss as well). They just did not have to shoulder the burden of trying to make Aeric Horn proud. We wanted to preserve the heritage of the guild and have done so. I personally take responsibility for anything that happens within my guilds. I made two bad recruiting decisions and had to boot players involved in unscrupulous acts. The current membership of MYTH / AO are fine people who are in game to have fun, but also belong to these guilds for reasons we discuss among our close family. Primary among the reasons is the desire to be part of a close family, with a large extended family, to have fun, and to play fair. These were the things Aeric Horn passed to me when he recruited me for his guild. I know I have them right because he told me so shortly before he died. Decisions on the general play rules are made individually, but everyone knows that what they do reflects on the guilds. The following are basic guidelines: - We don’t have any specific rules against PKing (other than against blameless NEW membership). - Our rules on looting are that we remain honorable (this means some people deserve to be looted to the max and others don’t). In combat some looting is vital. - We should not frivolously rez kill. I.e., rez kills are needed in combat to prevent someone being right back into battle before we can loot some thing like their arrows. I don’t expect my guild members to rez someone personally and then kill them for pleasure. - We don’t use exploits or cheats. Do these rules occasionally get broken? Of course. What do I do about it? If someone does something that is unscrupulous or really mean, taking the fun out of the game for a player against whom we have no grudge for a prior horrible act, I will boot the player. If it is something minor, I will call the person to task in game, in a way that is fitting. Are these rules vague? Yes. Do my guild mates know where the line really is? Yes. If you were in MYTH you would understand (as most of you already do). Ours are not that much different than the rules most guild live by. We are however, different in our spirit in ways you would need to be part of us to understand. I have no input on what someone pastes on the Stratics boards. These forums are RL and don’t fall within the control of a guild leader IMHO. The boards are properly moderated as they are. Ultimately, I think about Aeric often when making decisions regarding the guilds. However, I am confident we are living by his precepts because he personally recruited me not long before he died. He told me he wanted me in his guild because my reputation indicated I was his kind of player. Now I seek to be his kind of guild leader. Where I fail, I try to correct. Where I do well, it is normally because of the wonderful people assembled in my midst. We are currently reorganizing our guild house and supply houses as we reacquired some of our real estate. We are also about to attempt our first major new player induction ceremony. Finally, I am nearly done writing the next chapter of Aeric Horn’s story, keeping a promise I made Queen Zen, Devon, and Nuriko months ago. We are also having a great time playing this rather odd little game. Anyone who questions who the wonderful people are I might be talking about can go here and here to see. I respect each and every one of them. They are my family in this game. I know that is how Aeric would have wanted it!