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  1. 4 points
    Duriel sits on the edge of their bed, armor off, arms bare. They patiently run the whetstone down the edge of a blade that never really needs sharpening. From time to time, they glance over at the desk- at the crumpled pages and spilt ink. Time passes with no sound but steady breathing and stone against not-steel. One long look down the edge and Duriel sighs- setting the blade down she returns to the desk, takes quill in hand and begins to write a fresh letter. Duriel looks at the three letters- and prepares them for delivery- once sealed she grabs a forth piece of parchment- The fourth letter is read over a few times, and fed quickly to the flame of the fire- along with each crumpled failure. The last, surviving three Duriel takes downstairs and marks for delivery before gathering cleaning supplies and stepping outside to restore the hall’s exterior to polished and clean perfection.
  2. 3 points
    Quest Report 7/22 Report by Cedric Grayfuller Amfortas let us relax on his island for a while—we got some rest in, and this was when I wrote my previous report—but by the end of the afternoon, he was ready to usher us out. “I think you’ve gotten all you’re going to get out of being here,” he declared. (“I didn’t get anything,” Scylla protested, jealous of Pif’s gift.) Nion—to Pif’s dismay—gave back the diamond he had bought from vendor-Amfortas way back when, and we asked a few last questions as we prepared to go. Amfortas said he did not know how Dramul had been sealed, though “maybe, somehow, you can all get your old memories back like Pif did.” He seemed surprised when Siscia mentioned remembering how to get the amulet. Lionel asked what had happened to Molly in the vision we saw of her death. Amfortas said he didn’t know, but he thought it was something unnatural; he said it happened well after Dramul was sealed. Pif said she would rather not talk about it. “Whatever killed Molly, is it something we should worry about?” Lionel asked. “Yeah, probably.” Siscia indicated that she was sure Pif would bring it up if we were facing certain doom. We left through a portal, although I don’t think it was the same one we came in through. We ended up in the woods somewhere; Siscia confirmed we were back on the material plane. The leaves were changing colors, even though it had been mid-summer previously. Top of Bottle ran to go jump in some crunchy leaves, while Nion went looking for birds, and Duriel summoned a spirit steed. Scylla spotted some bloody footprints and went to go follow them, insisting she didn’t need any help. A few minutes later, we heard a scream. We ran after her and found one of Connah’s companions, Jadrian, stabbing a shadowy horse, coughing up blood. Hearing our approach, he grabbed some box and started scooting away in terror. He burst into tears when he realized who we were. “It’s you guys,” he sobbed. “Where were you—we sent for you two months ago! We needed you.” Nion and Siscia tried to heal him, but his veins were black, and darkness was spreading across his skin. “We, we fought them, and waited for you, and now everyone else is gone, and it’s just me.” He explained that they had gone looking for Aureon’s Bloom, a radiant light that purified corruption before it takes effect, but they were ambushed by shadow minions, including one very strong one. They fought for months with guerrilla tactics, but one by one, they were picked off. He and Connah were the last remaining two, and they grabbed part of the Bloom, which was in the box, but while they were escaping they were set upon by minions, and something was summoned. Connah told him to take the box and escape back to the guild, while she tried to hold them back. “She couldn’t hold them back, I guess, because they found me,” Jadrian said. We heard someone approaching through the leaves, and found ourselves facing a short half-elf decked out in black, wearing a top-hat and goggles, with dreadlocks down to his shoulders. “Hey everybody, how’s it going,” he said. “I heard some commotion over here; what’s going on?” He introduced himself as Trip. Duriel messaged me that there were a bunch of undead around and that this guy stunk of evil. I forwarded this information to Lionel and Pif, who were closest to me. Meanwhile, Scylla and Nion were assuring Trip that we had everything handled. Jadrian shoved the box Lionel’s way; he picked it up with mage hand. Trip wanted to see what was in the box. “Wait, who are you again?” Siscia asked him. “What do you think is in the box?” Pif asked. “It’s cool,” Scylla assured him, “we’re in the same guild,” but from the look on his face we could tell that this was not the right answer. Sensing imminent conflict, Lionel, holding the box, blinked away. “Man, you shouldn’t have done that,” Trip sighed—and Scylla responded by punching him in the chest. He didn’t react. Top of Bottle, who can be very endearing at times, tried to convince him not to mind Scylla. “Let’s cut a deal,” Trip told him. “I won’t kill you—but I will kill your friends.” He turned to the rest of us. “Look, this all could have been avoided. Ben said you’re pretty cool people. This really pains me that I have to do this, but I need that box.” He cast Aganazzar’s Scorcher at Scylla, who dodged out of the way. Nion animated some arrows and set them upon him, doing not insignificant damage. He waved his arms, and humanoid shadow-figures began to emerge from the trees, surrounding us. There were at least a dozen of them, if not more. “Use the sword!” Duriel shouted to Pif. Instead, Pif tried to convince Trip that she didn’t actually associate with the guild. “I just met these people recently,” she said. “I’m not looking to get into a fight right now. I kind of remember Ben; he seemed like an okay kid.” “Ben told me especially about you,” Trip said, also glancing toward Nion and where Lionel had disappeared from. “So, listen, you can try, but we know that you’re one of them, and unless you’re cool like my friend here, I’m gonna have to kill you too.” “I can be cool.” “I don’t think you can.” Scylla stabbed Trip, and Siscia and Duriel cast moonbeams upon him. I cast a fireball, aiming to take out as many of the shadows as possible, but also set a few of the trees on fire. Lionel blinked back in and shot a lightning bolt at some of the shadows, felling them, before immediately blinking back out. The shadows dissipated into nothingness when they were defeated. The remaining shadows rushed toward us, howling as they swiped at us. Top of Bottle cast an illusion to make it appear as if he had the box instead of Lionel. “Well this is very interesting,” he said, “but I must be off with this—goodbye!” He took off, running as fast as he could. Trip tried to chase after him, but Duriel stopped him, dealing heavy damage and disabling him inside the two moonbeams. The forest was starting to burn pretty badly at this point, as the dry autumn leaves didn’t put up very much resistance. But there were still many shadows left, so, grimacing, I cast fireball again, to Siscia’s dismay. Lionel also cast more lightning, helping with the shadows but further contributing to the fire. As the forest canopy above us turned red and orange, and as the sky turned gray and then black as smoke and ash filled the air, it began to look very much like the scene from my dream back in Lower Sharn—except this time it was terribly real, and definitely, verifiably my fault. (“Everything you touch burns to ash,” says the voice in my mind.) Trip was ultimately brought down—I’m not clear on the details, but I think Duriel’s khopesh and the two moonbeams did him in—and the remaining shadows were mopped up. I immediately started conjuring watery spheres to try to control the raging forest fire. Lionel helpfully made it rain, and then tried to loot Trip’s body, but there was nothing there except for a top hat and a dreadlock. He threw the hat into one of the remaining fires before Pif or Top of Bottle could try to take it. “Were you really intending on running away?” Duriel asked Pif. “I was trying to get away from the fight,” she replied. “It’s just what Pif does,” Scylla explained, sounding unconcerned. She said she wouldn’t be surprised at this point if Pif actually joined the cult. Pif just laughed and agreed. Eventually, thankfully, the fire was put out, but the forest was basically ruined. Just a short time ago, Top of Bottle had been playing in the leaves and Nion enjoying the birds; now everything was black and dead. Siscia, not happy at all, demanded that I return with her once this crisis was resolved to do a healing ritual with her. Meanwhile, Jadrian, who wasn’t doing too well, was pointing the direction we should go in to get back. He said that Connah, if she was still alive, would be far enough away that we shouldn’t go looking for her until we delivered the box first. He asked us to leave him next to a tree so that he could die in peace. We could see the black veins still spreading and writhing under his skin; his arm was completely black at this point, and his face was getting there too. Nion observed that this corruption was different from what we’d seen before—that Jadrian at least appeared to still have his own mind. He said the Bloom was all that was keeping him alive. I cast Knock on the box like three times, but failed to open it. “What’s keeping this sealed?” Nion asked Jadrian. “Connah and Aureon,” he replied. Deciding to honor their apparent wishes, I gave up. We carried Jadrian until we got far enough that the trees hadn’t been damaged by the fire, and then set him down. He laid his head back against the tree, and died. There was a big argument at this point—Pif, lacking anything remotely resembling tact, tried to loot Jadrian’s body, and Duriel took exception and drew their khopesh on her. I can’t really blame Duriel—Duriel, who was a member of Connah’s party, who had in fact asked to go with them on this very mission and had been told to go with us instead, had just seen one friend die and learned that all or most of the rest of them were gone too. They had to have been hurting—I would have been, too—and had no patience for Pif’s selfish greed and disrespect. This then segued into a reprisal of the previous unresolved conflict over whether Pif was trying to betray us, or whether it was fair to accuse her of this. Scylla, Lionel, and Nion got involved too; it basically became a big, party-wide crisis. And yet, I found it difficult to care. I was having trouble getting the image of the burning forest out of my head. I was asking myself what I could have done differently, and not coming up with very much. We had seen how dangerous the corruption was; we had seen what it was doing to Jadrian; and it would have been suicidal not to assume the shadows we faced were capable of doing the same to us. They had to be stopped. And fire, for better or for worse, is the element I have, by far, the best control over; there was really nothing else I could have cast that could have similarly damaged our enemies without also hurting my friends. I hate the destruction I caused; I know the burning will haunt my dreams for days to come. But I think, if I had to go back and do everything over, I would set the forest on fire again, to protect my friends—even knowing I would hate myself for it afterwards. It felt bitterly ironic: I got interested in the arcane in the first place because it felt like I was learning the secrets of the universe. I wanted an academic career; I wanted to contribute to scholarly research; I wanted to build knowledge. Now, my arcane power was greater than ever, but instead of building anything, it seemed all I was capable of was indiscriminate destruction. It was either destroy everything, or fail to help at all. And my usual solution in times of uncertainty—research and studying—didn’t seem likely to help. If we’d really been gone for months, my academic career was basically over. Perhaps Morgrave might not have officially kicked me out just yet, but they would surely demand a commitment from me that I wouldn’t be able to give them, not with this Dramul shit still unresolved. It had, in fact, been half a year at this point since I was last a student for more than a day or two at a time, as the guild—which I initially joined to support my academic career—had steadily taken up more and more of my attention and time. But, if not a student, what was I instead now? Was I anything? Our lost time was a big problem, I suspected, in ways we had yet to find out. We didn’t know what had become of the rest of the guild; we didn’t know what had become of the corruption issue in Sharn; we didn’t know the status of the other groups of cultists, or what was going on in Trolanport; we didn’t know what else had gone wrong in our absence. We didn’t know where Connah was or if she was still alive, though we knew that she probably needed help if she was. With all this going on, it was hard for me to see Pif as a genuine problem. She might have been an annoyance, but it felt to me like she was just being herself. I wasn’t sure I could even bring myself to feel annoyed that she tried to bail on the fight, when she was one of the only ones who didn’t bail on the simulated dragon fight, and all it accomplished was to get her fake-killed. Making too much of this felt like a distraction, a waste of our party’s energy. I was half-expecting to find Sharn burned to the ground, and was relieved that it wasn’t, but our guild hall was not in very good shape. There was debris and broken bottles all around outside it; it looked like it hadn’t been cared for in quite a while. Leon was sitting in basically the same spot he was the last time he chewed us out, his right arm in a sling, his forehead in his other hand. The other guild leaders were sitting with him. “Holy shit,” Maeric said, “Where have you guys been?” We explained that we had been in the fey wild, and that only like two days had passed from our perspective. They confirmed we had been gone for three months. Siscia asked if they had heard from Connah, but they said they lost contact like a month ago. Maeric punched the table. “I have to go find her,” he said. “I’m sorry, I know it’ll leave us a little defenseless, but some of the others came back, so she might still be alive. I have to go find her.” Lionel gave them a dagger he had taken from Jadrian, to pass on to his family. “What about the box?” Siscia asked. Lionel ignored her. “What box?” Leon probed. Duriel explained. Leon looked at Lionel, who said that he wasn’t going to give up the box until Connah came back. “What they were after is the only way to cleanse the blood of the dragon,” Leon said. He told us that Lower Sharn was almost completely under its control now, although Scylla’s family was safe. “I cannot leave because we have injured guildmates coming back every day. The cowboys came back. Eli is angry; don’t go see him now. He’s been fighting all three of his brothers who came back alive.” Above us, we could hear a loud thud, and a shout: “No—Eli!” “Oh no,” Siscia muttered, “I hope this isn’t what my dream meant.” Leon said Ike was down in Lower Sharn trying to do crowd control, and he needed to be given the box to prevent the corruption from spreading further. He wanted Maeric to take it to him before leaving the city to look for Connah. Lionel insisted upon going with them. “My eyes are never off this box,” he said. “If you try anything with it, Maeric will kill you.” “He can try.” [to be continued]
  3. 3 points
    Now that you've read the rules and expectations do you agree to follow them? Yes! Let's start with your preferred name... Excalibur Preferred personal pronoun? Him/He May we ask your age? 23 What is your Arena Net Display Name? (user.1234) Excalibur.3267 What is your Discord ID? Excalibur#7250 How did you hear about Reborn of Embers? Marshiie referred me Our events are typically in the evening of the Eastern time zone. Are you available during these times? How often do you play each week? I believe I am available to join those events, depending on if I have to work overtime. I am trying to play at least 3-4 hours a day and maybe more on the weekend. What is your favorite game mode and what do you like most about it? I like all game modes (WvW, PvE, sPvP) PvE: fractals, raids, dungeons, Exploring new maps WvW: large scale fighting like 30vs30 sPvP: I play this mode when I hate myself Are there any game modes you are interested in learning and what is holding you back? I quit gw2 when W5 came out, so I would like to learn to how do W5-W8 and maybe CM mode from raids and fractals. What hold me back is probably real life stuffs which can take away my time to play the game. What classes do you play, which is your favorite and what do you like most about it? I usually try to play all the classes depending on the meta. I am still learning on how to play chronomancer and druid. My favorite classes are engi and ele. I really like the flexibility these classes can bring depending on the situation. What are your favorite and least favorite things about a guild? Favorite: chill, hanging out, chatting about random stuffs Least: drama, not very friendly/ignoring new and return player Pineapple, does it belong on pizza? I would say no but depending on my mood. Tell us a little about yourself. What do you enjoy outside of gaming. I am currently working as customer support. Outside of gaming, I enjoy learning about space and aviation. Sometime, I would design and build rockets and RC airplanes, and test them in the desert. I also enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, rock climbing, snow boarding, camping, mountain biking, and traveling around the world. What other games do you play? MHW, RDR2, Resident Evil, SoulsBorne games, God of War, Spider man, Persona, GTA V, League... pretty much any AAA/AA or mainstream games. Yeaahh... I was able to play a lot of game thanks to Covid. Who’s your favorite all time video game character? I have none.
  4. 3 points
    I'm almost 60, yes. im old, but young at heart. Started my process in Texas, grew up on a farm, getting up 4am. working a few hr. then off to school. played tennis and it got me thru college , well 1/2 they did not give full rides to anyone but Football, so loans and jobs during school pushed me thru the remaining years of my college stay. Married during my final year in college, dated her for 4months, married after 6months, this year is ... I think 37/38 years together. two kids, Son in his 30's works for Goodwill, daughter is mid 20's and an RN at a hospital in OH, her husband is a Dr working at a different Hospital. I dont play tennis anymore, too fat, too old, stuff hurts.. i do walk everyday, have a dog and 2 cats, i have a Jeep and do alot of Off-roading, rock crawling , got into it in my 40's and enjoy it. Ill post a pic of my jeep. I started out P&P D&D, back in late highschool/early college. was in the beta for wow back in the day. played most of the FF games, alot of single player ones, tried Black desert online, and just could not seem to push past some things .. a friend who i played wow with suggested gw2.. and well.. im here .. enjoying it, so far... but im not 80, yet. the story is fun and engaging , and it keeps me coming back. so . im happy. I live in GA.. Griffin, which is south of Atlanta.. about 1/2 way to macon. small town, livein a home built inthe 1905, historic , old. and seems to suck all the $$$$ i have just keeping it fixed. lol.. I have worked in IT since.. early 80's, programmer c#, dot.net, asp. but have since hung up most of my development, and allowed the younger kid'os to jump in, now i just boss them around and deny their deadlines. typical manager stuff. lol . I'm not as fast as i used to be, i dont catch stuff as early, but i still enjoy gaming.. my wife thinks its stupid but, she puts up with it cause .. well she gets to spend all my $$$ so.. yea. she just figures its a phase. ... a long phase. I do play in the living room on my notebook often so i can spend time with her.. tv on, hallmark, me in headphones and her on her phone chatting with our daughter or some girl friend.. so.. yea.. quality time. I tend to ramble, and have a dry sense of humor, i dont get offended.. im just to old, dont care, not worth it. so. u can say pretty much anything to me, about me and i wont care... I really really enjoyed the guild missions last nite, looking forward to getting to know you all and make some friends and hopefully i wont be too much of a burden to anyone .
  5. 3 points
    Neglected to post last weeks guild missions picture, but that's okay, because this week I got a screenshot of the awesome asuran dance during "find the shiny and don't touch f"! So that trumps anything I could have captured last week. I also thought I'd share a picture of the pile of guildies crammed in for the 2nd trek because it always looks so silly
  6. 3 points
    Had some good T4 fractal times (and even some CM100 practice shenanigans...) with @Kell @Jayleezi @Lumitootie and @MooseFace. A Rockin' sesh!
  7. 3 points
    Quest Report 7/8-15 Report by Cedric Grayfuller It was a busy day in the guild hall, as a bunch of vaguely-familiar-looking adventurers gathered in preparation to embark upon some quest. Connah was with them, dressed for a long journey, carrying a huge backpack. We asked her if we could help at all, but it sounded like wherever they were going was beyond our pay grade. (I admit it was nice to see some actual evidence that the guild had people besides us working on things.) She mentioned to Duriel that she would love to have them come along, but that our party was going to need them more than hers was. Meanwhile, Pif was looking at a letter she had received with bafflement, or maybe alarm. She went and showed it to Scylla, who read it out loud: Pif said she had no idea what it meant, and had thought at first that one of us was messing with her. We discussed the reference to wind and eventually decided it was likely referring to the mountains. We all decided to go look with her; I was more than a little interested in learning who Pif actually is. On the road up to the mountains, we suddenly felt the sensation of time, like, stopping. Everything around us went silent and dull, and suddenly ten or so ghostly silhouettes appeared in front of us. “Molly, seriously, where are we going?” called out a dwarf. “Trust me, you guys will want to see this,” replied a woman who was in front of everyone else. She went up to a tree trunk, and a big hole appeared in it. She stepped into the hole and her silhouette disappeared. “Of course she finds a portal,” muttered the dwarf. “Why does she always find a portal and not me—she’s not even a druid.” The rest of this, I guess it was an adventuring party followed through the portal, and everything returned to normal. We could see the tree—which was definitely bigger than it was in the, I guess, vision—but the portal was gone. The tree was this enormous beech tree and looked out of place in an area with no other beech trees; it was also significantly bigger than the trees around it. We sent Siscia to investigate. She tried hugging the tree, but nothing happened. She talked to the tree for a while, but all she reported back was that “portals tickle.” At Duriel’s prompting, she asked how to open the portal. The tree suggested there was an amulet. Siscia circled around the tree and suddenly got stuck. The same eerie sensation from earlier was back. The silhouettes popped up again, but only two this time—the dwarf and Molly, who was leaning against the tree. “Oh, Molly,” the dwarf said, “If you could have just come home, we could have kept you alive.” He pulled something off her neck and then began to climb the tree. As he did so, everything returned to normal. I suddenly remembered at this point that there was a Molly in Seamus’s party; she was the sort of shifty-looking woman who reminded me of Pif. And Seamus himself was a dwarf and I think a druid. I wondered aloud whether this was what we were seeing. Lionel was quick to make it clear how totally uninterested he was. Meanwhile, instead of just wild-shaping, Siscia was trying to climb the tree. She made it like ten feet up and then fell back down. She sat on the ground, looking in her hand as if she expected something to be there. “That was really weird, even for me,” she said. Duriel, who apparently has a cockroach familiar named Scritz, sent it up the tree to look around. It found a magically-sealed hole at the very top of the tree. Siscia, now an owl, flew up to have a look. After some trial and error, she ended up with the amulet somehow—I have no idea how and I don’t think she does either—and then immediately lost it again. Pif pulled it out of her pocket, and a purple portal opened up at the base of the tree. “So you had it all along?” Nion asked her sardonically. “You forgot you stole it?” “Guys,” Siscia said, “Some weird shit happened!” We ended up in the fey realm, in a lush green forest with black squirrels running all around. Pif, still trying to figure out who she pissed off to end up here, held up the amulet in various directions before deciding on one. We hadn’t gone far before we had another one of these vision things. We saw Molly calling out to someone named Elemaer to keep up. “Even you’re going to think this is awesome,” she said. “Yeah, okay, whatever you say,” Elemaer replied. He turned and seemed for a second to be looking directly at Lionel, who was lagging behind our group. That basically settled it; there was no doubt in my mind that we were seeing Seamus’s party. Elemaer was the name of Lionel’s apparent counterpart. This episode even caught the interest of Lionel himself this time. He ran up to Pif and wanted to see the amulet, though he wasn’t able to make anything of it when she reluctantly showed it to him. Soon we came to a pond, with pristine blue water. There were three pedestals around it, each with a hole in the center, and there were three sprites flying around. “Is that them?” one of the sprites said, spotting us. “No, it can’t be—” “Welcome back, everyone!” Siscia thanked them. “You know them, Siscia?” Nion asked. “No.” “Wait,” one of the sprites said, “you’re not you.” “You got me,” Siscia acknowledged. “I was feeling a little different today.” Lionel and Pif went up to look at the water. It seemed like it didn’t necessarily belong there, like it was part of some sort of abjuration spell shielding something. As Lionel moved his finger through the water, the edges of the pond stayed in place. The sprites chuckled, watching him. “Can I take some of the water?” Lionel asked the sprites. “I don’t know, can you?” “Nice one, guys,” Siscia laughed. “He’s not nearly as smart as Elemaer.” Lionel tried to fill his flask, but it was empty again when he pulled it back out of the water. Next, he dove into the water, Nion joining him. The water wasn’t very deep. Pif asked him what he saw, but he said he wasn’t able to see anything. The parts of him that weren’t in the water didn’t actually look wet. “It’s like flying, but with water,” Nion said. Lionel swam toward the center of the pond, floating on his back as he talked to the sprites. He looked oddly happy, like he was actually enjoying himself. Meanwhile, I went with Top of Bottle to investigate one of the pedestals. The hole in the center had tentacle things wriggling around in it. I started to message Siscia to come have a look, but then I had another vision, of someone shouting “grab them!” as the sprites whizzed around the pond. The sprites looked at us. “You’ll never catch us alive!” one called, and they started buzzing around just like they had in the vision. I cast slow on two of them, enabling Duriel and Pif to go collect them. Top of Bottle got the remaining one to cooperate just by asking nicely. The sprite said something about “hugs” as it got placed into the pedestal. With all three sprites placed, the water began to drain. We saw a teleportation circle at the bottom, with arcane sigils matching the ones on the amulet, which started to glow. Pif waved the amulet around, but nothing happened, even when, at Siscia’s suggestion, she rolled her eyes and tried waving it backwards. But when she rotated herself around to make the direction matched, this seemed to do the trick, and the circle began to glow as well. Illustration by @Tiffymew We ended up in another lush forest. The air felt lighter somehow, although it was already fresh before. Behind us, there was nothing past like forty feet beyond us. There was a river going through the forest, and ahead of us, we could see a strange island sort of shimmering. A silhouette of a dragon poked its head out from what looked like a pile of gold. Pif cursed. “It’s… familiar.” “Pif, you finally made it,” the dragon said. “It’s taken your whole life to come and meet me.” “My whole life?” “Well, of course—this one. But you haven’t come searching for my horde this time, have you? Come, come see me.” “Do you know this dragon?” Siscia asked Pif. “I don’t know.” Lionel tried to cast fly, but the dragon told him to have faith. Pif hesitantly stepped into the water—or, rather, stepped onto the water. She began to walk across. We could see the silhouettes of the other party doing the same thing as we slowly joined her. When we made it to the other side, the dragon, no longer a silhouette, stepped up on top of his horde. We could see this was an ancient gold dragon, although his back leg was missing. Pif asked about this, and the dragon replied that she should look deep within herself, and she would remember. Then he asked if he could “poke” her. He placed his claw against her forehead, there was a flash of pure radiant light, and Pif fell to the ground, grabbing her head and screaming. Siscia and Nion looked very alarmed, Lionel unconcerned. “This happens every time,” the dragon assured us. “Don’t worry; she’ll be okay.” After a few moments, Pif calmed down, though she was still panting and pale. “I think this dragon was part of the fight against Dramul, way back when,” she told us. “How many times has this happened before?” Lionel asked the dragon. “Oh, I think six total.” “Were we all here each time?” No, this was only the second time Pif or her predecessors had brought friends along. “Dramul hasn’t awakened since last I met you,” the dragon told us. “How are we seeing into the past?” “Because Aureon wills it.” I tried to ask him how we could defeat Dramul, but, to my annoyance, Lionel—convinced now that it’ll happen since it happened before—didn’t even pretend to care about this and tried to get the dragon to teach him how to see these visions whenever he wants to. The dragon said Lionel would have to prove himself worthy. He turned at that point back to Pif and asked her how she was feeling. He confirmed that he was the “A” who had sent Pif the letter. We learned later that his name was Amfortas. “So why did you summon us here?” Pif asked. “Well, old friends, I’m sure you know, but Dramul is almost awake again.” “Who were you in the war against Dramul?” Scylla asked him. “Dramul had ten lieutenants,” Amfortas explained. “Aureon had me and you.” Scylla commented that she suspected Aureon had made a mistake in trusting her. Amfortas, magnanimously, told her to remember the name Udorash. Then, he looked over each of us, and spoke of the resemblance between us and each of our predecessors—echoing (though in more detail) what the black dragon had already commented on, and confirming what I (and I think Delphine) had already suspected. He laughed at Nion’s capes and Siscia’s flexing, and indicated that if Top of Bottle is anything like Print of Boot, our entire party rests on his shoulders. “Like it or not, you are chosen,” the dragon said. “Are you a dragon?” Lionel asked Pif. “Not as far as I know,” she replied. “When I was younger,” Amfortas said, “Molly actually taught me everything I know.” He gestured toward his horde, and suddenly some of Pif’s, uh, inclinations started to make a lot more sense. “Why do I have to prove myself worthy?” asked Lionel, refusing to let the matter rest. “I’ve already done that a thousand years ago.” “For one,” Amfortas said, “you need to understand that Dramul is pure evil. Nothing, nothing that Dramul does is for good.” “We are not friends of Dramul,” Duriel insisted. “We know that most of you are not,” Amfortas replied, the use of the word “most” very conspicuous. “None of you have overtly supported Dramul. But do any of you sympathize?” Scylla thought about it for a moment. “I don’t sympathize with Dramul,” she said, “but some things that shadow guy said kind of make sense for some people. I don’t know.” “He kind of got the raw end of the deal, didn’t he?” Lionel asked. “He didn’t choose to become what he became.” This really pissed off Amfortas, who screamed at him, “There will be no sympathy!” Lionel accused Amfortas of taking away his free will. The dragon, now calm again, agreed that this was fair. “But I will not be compared to Dramul,” he declared, “because there are choices, no matter who you are, what you are. Make no mistake, he had a choice.” He told Lionel to be patient for once. Then he smiled. “You all might want to brace yourselves,” he said. We heard two dragon roars. We looked up, over the trees, and we could see two large black dragons, flying towards us. In another vision, we could see silhouette dragons flying in to face our counterpart party. “The teleportation circles are ready!” Seamus shouted. “Get to where you need to be and come back safe!” They all scattered and disappeared one by one, except for Molly and Ezra. “Let’s go!” Molly shouted to the Amfortas, transforming into a dragon herself. She turned to Ezra. “Remember, collateral damage—you need to keep them in the area!” Ezra laughed as Molly and Amfortas flew off. A dragon swooped in toward Ezra, but he somehow managed to grab it by its horn and drag it down. They started fighting; I could see that the dragon was getting a lot of hits in, but so was Ezra. After a very long battle, he managed to lop off the dragon’s head. He held it up triumphantly—only to then notice the claw that was piercing his body. “What’s the plan?” Lionel asked Amfortas as our vision returned to normal. Instead of responding, he turned into—of all people—that market vendor from Sharn who’s really bad at haggling. He offered absolutely no advice or assistance, except to point—as if we couldn’t see them ourselves—at the incoming dragons. Scylla tried to shoot at one, but in her panic, fired straight into a nearby tree instead, startling Quill. One of the dragons unleashed a spray of acid breath at us, instantly downing Lionel and Quill. I cast slow, Top of Bottle dissonant whispers, and Duriel compelled duel to try to slow them down so that Siscia could heal Lionel—and we bought enough time for a brief appearance from the healing tentacle, but we couldn’t stop the second dragon from coming in and downing Siscia with another breath attack. Lionel cast invisibility on himself and Nion; Scylla scampered back across the tower of coins and fired blindly over it, missing. Pif cast mirror image; one of the dragons tried to attack her, but it picked the wrong clone, leaving Pif momentarily safe. I sort of freaked out as I realized that no one else was going to save Siscia—Siscia, who would have saved any of us—and ran up to her, grabbed her body, and teleported the two of us as far away as I could visually confirm was safe. Duriel, meanwhile, had teleported in the opposite direction, straight into the closer dragon’s mouth. They got in a few good slashes before being swallowed whole. Top of Bottle tried to verbally convince it to spit them back up, but it didn’t work; the tabaxi, then, realizing that his options were running out, dived head-first and started burrowing into the pile of coins. After repeated failed attempts to banish the dragons, Nion, who had lost his invisibility, dived into the water; Lionel cast darkness and followed him. “What the fuck are you doing!” Pif shouted at Amfortas, who was still just watching everything, cackling. Aside from Top of Bottle, they were the last ones left on the island at this point (Scylla had started to swim toward Siscia and me). I do feel sort of bad because this wasn’t the first time Pif had been left behind like this, but this time it was sort of her own fault because she kept attacking as everyone else except Duriel fled. Finally one of the dragons picked the right clone and bit Pif, downing her. The other one started flying toward Siscia and me, and I was readying another teleport when— Amfortas clapped his hands and the two black dragons disappeared, and we—all of us—woke up, physically undamaged, where we had been when we started the fight. “What the fuck,” said Pif, echoing all of our thoughts. “I think this answers Lionel’s question, ‘What do I have to do,’” Amfortas said, as if the conversation hadn’t been interrupted. “You have to win. If you go through the situation your past selves did, you will not survive. And the two you just fought weren’t as bad as the lieutenants you’ll have to fight.” “It wasn’t so bad,” Duriel said. Pif was mad that we had bailed on her, and said that we needed to be able to coordinate better. Siscia noted that, in an emergency, someone else needed to be able to do some healing. We saw another vision of Amfortas and Molly coming back, Amfortas now down to three legs. Even with coordination, the dragon said, in the present, everything has a price. “Part of this was just to prove a point to Lionel,” he said—though it was clear that this point was completely lost on Lionel himself—“but now you know mostly what you’re up against.” He said he had a gift for Pif, who suddenly looked a lot happier. Now in old man form again, he turned to look for something in his horde. Pif tried to grab a coin from the pile while his back was turned; this did not go unnoticed, but Amfortas told her to just take it, since it was hers once anyway. Pif turned bright red at having been caught like this. Amfortas starting approaching her with a four- or five-foot package wrapped in cloth. Suddenly we were set upon by a swarm of gargoyles, which flew in from the south and attacked us. We dispatched them without much difficulty, but one gargoyle, escaping from the area-spells somehow, snatched the newly-unwrapped sword from Amfortas and flung it at Pif—who caught it by the hilt. “You remember the sign, don’t you?” said Amfortas. “Make the sign!” From the look on her face it was clear that Pif’s mind didn’t remember, but her body did. In the air, she traced the symbol that had been on Molly’s amulet. The sword glowed black, with just a little bit of light at the tip. Amfortas, afterward, explained that the sword had also been Molly’s and did essentially the same thing as Sven’s ring. There were, in fact, weapons crafted for each of our predecessors, and they played a vital role in their eventual victory, though he claimed not to know where any of the others were. He said (as Pif hugged the sword possessively) that a weapon might resonate better if it was wielded by its owner’s reincarnation, but it should be effective, regardless, as long as we were fighting shadow minions. (In other situations, it would just be a regular item.) He described how he and Molly had stolen the sword, which was made out of one of Dramul’s lieutenant’s fangs, with a little of Aureon’s light. In response to a question from Nion, Amfortas explained that this island was an isolated place in the fey wild, gifted to Molly hundreds of years before he was born. He guards it now, since it’s his horde. Nion, as diplomatically as he could, asked whether he would be helping us if Dramul were to awaken. “I don’t think you’ll need my help,” he told us. “I think the most powerful of his minions were taken out already. The one you faced already, Onyxia, is actually one of the most powerful. The danger’s real, but I’m crippled. I can breathe at them, sure, but it’s not going to do as much as your weapons and your wit; you’re a scrappy bunch. And I think you’ll be surprised at the number of incredibly powerful allies you all have. Especially you,” he said, looking at Siscia. “You have the most powerful allies of anyone.”
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    Heya GW1 people! I was thinking of having us work on the factions story! We will be starting at vizunah square Foreign or local quarters! Please start working towards vizunah so that we can start it asap when I choose the event day. I'm thinking of doing it sunday morning/afternoonish (not this sunday but a future sunday). If that works for everyone who wants to join in. If there is enoough people that it won't work, I'll try to make it a better day.
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    Hello guildies! I am Arian (short for Arianwydd, my main character's name). I've been playing Guild Wars 2 as my main game for quite a few months now and absolutely love it. Hopefully this new journey at RISE will be one of many friendships and cool memories. That's what online gaming is all about to me. In GW2, I love doing literally everything. Outside of the game, I am still mostly a computer guy. I study computer engineering full-time (except now due to COVID), and most of my hobbies are done looking at a screen. I'm not the best with words and can say I've got quite a bit of social anxiety which hopefully I can overcome from now on. Definitely looking forward to sharing times with everyone. Cheers!
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    Now that you've read the rules and expectations do you agree to follow them? Yes! Let's start with your preferred name... NitBS Preferred personal pronoun? He May we ask your age? 27 What is your Arena Net Display Name? (user.1234) CalamityCoyote.5413 What is your Discord ID? NitBS#1506 How did you hear about Reborn of Embers? r/ GuildWars2 Guild Recruiment Our events are typically in the evening of the Eastern time zone. Are you available during these times? How often do you play each week? For the most part yes. Never clocked myself 10 hours What is your favorite game mode and what do you like most about it? PvE Are there any game modes you are interested in learning and what is holding you back? WvW. PvP, Raids What classes do you play, which is your favorite and what do you like most about it? Necromancer, Necromancer "Fear goes Brrrr" What are your favorite and least favorite things about a guild? Community They treat the game like its a job Pineapple, does it belong on pizza? Yes; just like chooclate Tell us a little about yourself. What do you enjoy outside of gaming. "Sleep goes ZZZZZZ" seriously I game meme with friends or drink beer What other games do you play? Albion Online, Smite, Minecraft, Dead by daylight Who’s your favorite all time video game character? NO fav characters but I do love the Phantasy Star series, yes that means the JRPGS as well AND YES THERE ARE JRPGS
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    Now that you've read the rules and expectations do you agree to follow them? Yes! Let's start with your preferred name... Ryan or my chars names , but anything will do Preferred personal pronoun? Him May we ask your age? 17 What is your Arena Net Display Name? (user.1234) Ryluna.6294 What is your Discord ID? Ryann.0073 How did you hear about Reborn of Embers? I was trying to look for a guild than ppl reccomended me to check the reddit , thats where i found u guys Our events are typically in the evening of the Eastern time zone. Are you available during these times? How often do you play each week? Yes , Iv been not playing much , since i dont like to play alone What is your favorite game mode and what do you like most about it? I´d say PvE since im a World of Warcraft player and i mostly do PvE there Are there any game modes you are interested in learning and what is holding you back? I would like to learn anything there is to be learn What classes do you play, which is your favorite and what do you like most about it? I play fire brand , i mostly prefer to play as a support healer like style , i only have one class bout id try anything else if reccomended What are your favorite and least favorite things about a guild? Im lookign to makes friends and find ppl to play with since , i really enjoyed the history of the game , and the way it works , but playing alone is just not for me . Pineapple, does it belong on pizza? of course not Tell us a little about yourself. What do you enjoy outside of gaming. I Mostly play games , but i enjoy listing to lots of music , pretty much any music will do , i really like to shit chat , idk how to describe much more What other games do you play? World of Warcraft , League of Legends Who’s your favorite all time video game character? id say i dont have one but if i have to pick one id say i really like jax of league of legends , ihe has a cool lore
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    Hey everyone - Make sure to make plans to Join us for the fun and adventures of the weekly Guild Missions !!! (Another Successful Guild MIssion) What are Guild MIssions ? They are fun core tyria activities for the Guild/Guildies that 1) Don't require expansions 2) Don't require Level 80 characters 3) Give you a chance to gain fun loot and Guild Commendations!! You can use these commendations to buy Ascended Jewelry, Guild Skins, and other fancy stuff. What can you win from Guild Missions ? Mostly though, Guild Missions are about having fun \o/. Every Monday at Reset. Be There and Be Cool !!! Don't Miss Out !!!
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    late post, but first boss train ever today! was super fun, probably my favorite thing to do in GW2 to date! shoutout to zang for being so helpful!
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    BRN Raids Rosters ======================= Team Mint Chip Boon Chrono @profnok Druid @ars (leader) Healbrand @Whitnium Alacrigade @Marshiie Banners @Kell DPS @Whakahemo @justGabo @cytokks @wynteru @Spectre Team Black Sesame Boon Chrono @boxterduke Druid @Riky Ricardo (leader) Healbrand @Lumitootie Alacrigade @Tiffymew Banners @Excalibur DPS @Phantastro @Marauder @Astra @Destonic @StoneBoltKing Team Java Fudge Boon Chrono @Jayleezi Druid @MooseFace Healbrand @Sahana Alacrigade @Nion Banners @Eldak DPS @Halindar (leader) @Umber @crab @Andres @purplerain14 Backups @Sana @mech @Trashcan King @Angst @Bagu Backup backup @Redrin Duodecim
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    Looking forward to a first Raid experience! Would love to be in a group with any combination of Lumi, Mooseface, Kell, and Jayleezi! (I get that it won't be with all ). Just DPS soulbeast to bring over here. Looking forward to it!
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    Hi! My introduction is over due. I need to get in here more. My name is Tanna McLaws, I live in Oregon out in the country. I am married to my incredible husband Josh. We have three kids, two dogs and a bird. We have been married for 11 years August 28th is our anniversary. So almost 12 years. Our oldest is 19, then our girls are 14 and 12. We love the outdoors and everything involved with it. Camping, hiking, walking, swimming, ect. Our favorite is to primitive camp though we are saving for a camper. More as a fail safe as the world is uncertain right now. I have been blessed to be a stay at home mother most of our marriage and I home school our youngest daughter. She has some learning disabilities and it just works better for her though she does have real teachers. I am pretty boring I think but very friendly. I stay quiet most of the time in game. I have recently really gotten into fractals. I love them! But have so much to learn. Guild wars is the first "real" game I have played according to my husband Josh. I used to just play point and click type games on my phone. This has been a lot to learn the last year and a half and I am still not very good with controls and learning new characters. But I am having fun with it. I am not often in discord as our internet is shoddy out in the boonies. It is beautiful here though so it is worth the trade off. We are getting fiber lines soon for the school down the road, Covid has really slowed its construction. Bummer. I was raised in a cult I love the outdoors family is most important to me I love to read I love research I love guild wars I love my dogs I love my FJ crusier There isn't much I hate. Life is to short for that. Have a great day all!
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    Now that you've read the rules and expectations do you agree to follow them? Yes! Let's start with your preferred name... Rei Preferred personal pronoun? She May we ask your age? What is your Arena Net Display Name? (user.1234) Rei.7386 What is your Discord ID? rei#1591 How did you hear about Reborn of Embers? I heard of Reborn of Embers on the GW2 forums. Our events are typically in the evening of the Eastern time zone. Are you available during these times? How often do you play each week? I am available. I play at least 10 hours a week. What is your favorite game mode and what do you like most about it? I mostly PvP, I like the challenge. Are there any game modes you are interested in learning and what is holding you back? I would love to learn more about PVE, but I don't have many friends to run things with yet. What classes do you play, which is your favorite and what do you like most about it? I play Necro, Guard, and Ranger mostly. My favorite is Necro, I've always been a caster. What are your favorite and least favorite things about a guild? My favorite thing about the game is how diverse it is, my least favorite thing is that it can be difficult for a solo player. Pineapple, does it belong on pizza? I'm not a fan Tell us a little about yourself. What do you enjoy outside of gaming. I enjoy many things outside of gaming. I watch too much anime, and I read a lot of books. I like the outdoors, and going to new and interesting places. I'm big on family, and think I have good values. I consider myself a kind person, and doing good deeds means a lot to me. I try to be helpful when I can, and I hate confrontation. What other games do you play? I sometimes play WoW, but not too often. Who’s your favorite all time video game character? I'm not sure if I really have one, sorry.
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    Had some cool unranked PvP matches followed by 3v3 sparring with @Marauder, @Ishxtar, @Redrin Duodecim, @Zararil, and @Cowboy.
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    Hi wijit,   Congratulations!   We are pleased to inform you that you have passed the Spark phase and are now a full Ember!   It's great having you as part of the family. We hope you continue to enjoy your time with us!    
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    I still need to finish up my Huntsman class with @Zang if anyone needs crafting. . @Zang is the man... super helpful and very patience , .. lol helps you understand how it works. and its kind of the same for everything. discovery etc... very very helpful if you are new to crafting or dont understand it. which i was both.. lol.
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    Attended a crafting event school with blu, said it would count as an event. so here are the screen shots. im over 400 in leather working now. woot.
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    DPS (one day I'll support I swear)
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    The following scene, written by @Cowboy, takes place following the party's return from Lower Sharn. --- Mail was waiting for Cedric at the guild hall; it’s a book wrapped in cloth with a letter attached. Its title reads, An Anthology of Heroes and The Evils They Fought by Millie Sabourin. Cedric looks at the cover of the book to see three figures standing in a row. On the left is an elf woman with brown hair and purple garb, carrying a staff. In the center is a burly dwarf with a great axe, with the head resting on the ground and the dwarf’s right hand resting on the bottom of the hilt. On the right is a human woman with blonde hair, dressed in white. The bottom right of the illustration says, “Pg. 1.” Cedric opens it to page one to see that this is the story of the three heroes who defeated the god Asmodius. Their names were: Thiala, a human cleric, Ulfgar, a dwarf fighter, and Alanis, an elf wizard. The tale talks about how they faced the ruler of the nine hells and defeated him with a combined effort and saved the world. Their deeds on their quest had noble intent, but there were some areas effected negatively by the destruction they caused. Cedric flips a few more pages and he sees more illustrations of various heroes. They all look serious and honestly, pretty badass. They definitely look the part of “legendary heroes.” As he flips, one portrait catches his eye. It shows a group of 10 people. Cedric looks down the line at them. The first on the left is a human looking slightly off to his right with a blank expression. He has bits of plate armor, but it’s mostly leather. He carries a short sword. The second from the left is a shifty woman who is jokingly looking in the pocket of the person to her left. The third from the left is a Dragonborn who is laughing and looks like they’re about to swat their would be pickpocket. The fourth is a male elf with a big smile, who looks like he's looking directly at Cedric. He’s wearing a cape. The fifth is a fiery-haired dwarf man with his mouth wide open with laughter. On his left hip is a flask, and he has a staff in his right hand. The sixth is a younger looking human with messy brown hair. He’s reading a book. The seventh is a male elf who looks so thoroughly unimpressed with everything at first glance, but upon further inspection, he is showing a half smile. The eighth is a very large and muscular human who is also visibly laughing. His eyes are closed from laughter. He holds his great axe high above his head, as if he’s signifying victory. The ninth and tenth are a red-haired human and a black tabaxi. Cedric can’t tell if the human is a he or a she, but they have a slight smile on their face. They almost look pained. The tabaxi is clearly laughing, sitting atop the shoulders of the human. Below the picture reads: “From left to right: Hunter, Molly, Udorash, Sven, Seamus, Kirin, Elemaer, Ezra, Winifred, Print of a Boot” Their section reads:
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    Late Night CM Training. Cleared 100 and got through MAMA. It was a great time! Thanks @Sana for organizing and @Phantastro for leading!
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    Big thanks to sleepyface mcgee and of course the person that has helped me out all the time Neleh Blu for helping me realize that map points can also be under water caves.... This took me longer and more deaths than id like to admit...
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    I joined in on some JP's last night 07/08 (Ignore that part where Clay is Dead) I could only stay for an hour last night so hopefully that's alright. We did a bunch of puzzles actually, Morgan's Spiral, Dark Reverie (the first screenshot), Wall Breach Blitz (the second screenshot), and Chaos Crystal Cavern are the ones I remember.
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    1/2 way to 80 , hit 40 last nite, thanks to those fab. guild buffs and some much needed low end food provided by Zang. going to work on the 40-story , excited to see where it takes me. thanks everyone for making me feel welcome. nice to know kind helpful folk still exist in games these days.
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    Now that you've read the rules and expectations do you agree to follow them? Yes! Let's start with your preferred name... Arian Preferred personal pronoun? Him May we ask your age? 22 What is your Arena Net Display Name? (user.1234) Nova.3209 What is your Discord ID? 9a#7796 How did you hear about Reborn of Embers? Reddit, on r/guildrecruitment. Our events are typically in the evening of the Eastern time zone. Are you available during these times? How often do you play each week? Yes, it's just one hour of difference from my timezone. I play pretty much all day on mondays and thursdays, and from zero to 5 hours on the remaining weekdays. What is your favorite game mode and what do you like most about it? I really enjoy collections, social gatherings and learning Raids. But I also like meta events, Fractals, story... I actually don't think there is ONE part of GW2 I don't enjoy! Are there any game modes you are interested in learning and what is holding you back? Competitive PvP, Raids, T4 Fractals + CMs. What's holding me back is mostly skill. What classes do you play, which is your favorite and what do you like most about it? I play Elementalist, on both elite specs (Tempest and Weaver) - love it, the way it plays and the sheer variety of tools at my disposal. I also have a lvl 80 mesmer, but I've never really touched it too much. What are your favorite and least favorite things about a guild? Favorite: making friends and memories - hands down. Least favorite: drama. Pineapple, does it belong on pizza? NO!!! Tell us a little about yourself. What do you enjoy outside of gaming. Well, I'm a computer engineering student. I do enjoy computers, programming and mostly everything related to that. My current job is at university, where I'm a half-of-minimum-wage computing basics teacher in a course offered for free for the whole university. I really enjoy what I do, but it's been slow now because of COVID-19. I also really enjoy a good story. My favs are the whole of the Breaking Bad universe, DARK (Netflix) and Attack on Titan. I also have a dog, and a girlfriend. I love them so much. What other games do you play? RuneScape (3) when there's a significant update (nowadays, almost never). Worms and Overcooked with my GF. Who’s your favorite all time video game character? Difficult one... probably Sephiroth. I enjoy ominous, cool looking characters.
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    Adventure #1: The Baby-Faced Squirrel and Mouthy Tornado Seven adventurers met in the Reborn of Embers guild commons to receive their first mission. They were to investigate a strange phenomenon where people around town were getting knocked over by an invisible force. Their only lead was a drunk man in a nearby tavern. On the way to said tavern, the party decided to ask around the marketplace to find out more. A few shopkeepers mentioned experiencing a strange, cold breeze that rustled flowers and even knocked down one of the merchants. Madame Mi pinched his backside, for science. Lionel, always interested in fine literature, spent 5 copper on a weird tale about a squirrel with the face of a child and the voice of a man who arrives to scold bad children and sometimes goes on a murderous rampage. Upon closer inspection, he realized there was a 1 copper price tag on the back, and he’d been totally ripped off. Nion decided that they alley was likely to hold more clues, and found Neil Smith, the number 3 adventurer in the guild. He’s kind of a jerk. Having exhausted their marketplace leads, the adventurers finally arrived at the tavern. The drunk man, who seemed really under-clothed, explained with all seriousness and a slight slur that he saw a medium-sized tornado with a mouth that was speaking in tongues near the north bridge, and it knocked him on his butt. Madame Mi didn’t pinch it, though. That we know of. The guy passed out and some gentle mind-reading may have happened, and thus the party uncovered that the town drunk is definitely the town drunk. Sand in Glass suggested that they move on to the library. In the library, Madame Mi met a very creaky door, and Lionel darted off to the historical scroll section. He learned even more about the baby-faced squirrel and how it saved a man from dying and changed the whole trajectory of his life. It was apparently too weird to put down. Sands, Cedric, and others were much more productive with their time, garnering help from the bearded librarian to locate books on any creature that might resemble a sentient tornado. After narrowing it down to djinn or air elemental, something stood out to the group and Siscia announced that she’d like to check out The Big Book of Air Elementals to take on the road. “The road” led through a path of destruction, past a very big shirtless guy who was also knocked on his butt by some wind, and smack into a lot of sprawled-out guys and one sassy lady on a bridge. The mob family’s name didn’t really concern anyone, except maybe Cedric, who cast Blur and practically disappeared for most of the fight. The dudes turned out to be very weak boys, despite their sassy lady leader’s smack talk. As they rushed toward Madame Mi and Scylla, Siscia Entangled the whole group (okay, all but one) in a mess of vines, so that was awesome. Nion blasted one guy right out of the vines and over the side of the bridge. Sands used his monk skills (and maybe his razor sharp cat claws?) to beat up three guys at once. Cedric got his groove back and burned a dude to a crisp. The sassy leader lady finally broke free of the (incredibly, amazingly strong) vines and promptly ran away, leaving the remaining weak boys to fend for themselves. They dropped their weapons and begged for mercy. Siscia found that really pitiful, and released her Entangle spell. Everybody went their separate ways. After some looting, obvs. The wiiiiiiiiiind is aliiiiiiiiiiiive, with the sound of Primordiaaaaaaaaal. Turns out, Sands can talk to air elementals! This was extremely handy, since it was huge and upset. With some very clutch Primordial-speaking, it was determined that the big tornado-man-thing just wanted to go home. He was old and dying and lost. image by @Tiffymew Lionel (also handy with languages) realized that the mysterious pottery that Scylla and Madame Mi were poking at (thinking cleverly that air elementals can become very compact) might have been the creature’s former prison, and the reason it was taken from its home in the first place. The conversation went something like this: Lionel: "Ix-nay on the ar-jay!" Nion: "Yeah I don’t think you should bring that jar up here." Madame Mi: "OK! I bring jar." Lionel: "No don't!" Madame Mi: "You want jar?" Lionel: "No, no jar! Leave the jar!" Madame Mi: "Jar? Yes? I bring jar." Lionel: "No!" Casts Mage Hand and punches the jar out of Madame Mi’s grasp. Scylla miraculously backflips, catches the jar mid-jump, sticks the landing perfectly, and the crowd goes wiiiiiiiiiiild! Lionel finally translates what’s going on for non-Primordial speakers, and never-frazzled Siscia plops down in the middle of everything to read the Big Book of Air Elementals and finds out where air elementals come from (the place, not… nevermind). Lionel uses his suave charismatic ways to gently persuade the air elemental to get into the jar. It kinda didn’t want to, but it was super tired and sad. Poor air elemental--he was old and confused and nobody could understand him so no one would help him. The party wasted no time transporting the creature back to its home in the upper part of the city, where the breeze is keen and the elemental girls are pretty… To everyone’s relief, especially for bruised bottoms everywhere, the big guy goes to join his sentient tornado friends, to frolic and play the air elemental way where he belongs. The end! (special thanks to @Cowboy for DMing, and to our players this week: @Redrin Duodecim, @Saerryc, @sojourner202, @Tiffymew, @CrypticVillain, @Ed, and my wine glass. Please feel free to add on below! I'm sure I missed some details in the moment!)
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    THIS TIME I'M NOT GONNA BE BACKUP BACKUP Power Dragonhunter, Boon Daredevil
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    Hey zang!! I left 2 guilds haha can you resend the invite please?
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    Power DPS, condi or power banners, chronotank. Gotta get that [Crystalline Heart]!
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    BS Alacren Boon Chrono DPS: Chrono, Berserker, Dragonhunter, Reaper
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    I'm totally a good and experienced druid . Asides druid I can play heal brand, alacrigade, pdps, cdps and banners.
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    I think I can make it! Will try Mirage or Reaper.
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    Welcome, Bi!! Glad to have you here! Excited for you to hang out with us! Our guild has a lot of events that make it easy to group up and get things done in groups, and we have a lot of training for game modes like raids/fractals/strikes, so I hope you'll have fun and learn a lot with us! We also have the awesome @Cowboy organizing our PVP scene, so definitely check out all of our PVE and PVP events on the Calendar!
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    Rosters for BRN tonight! Team #onlyphans Tank Chrono @Phantastro Druid @ars (leader) Healbrand @Whakahemo Alacrigade @Nysrock Banners @Eldak DPS: @AsamelMiin @SkyLove.5746 @Destonic @cytokks @Halindar Team @BiGDeEpZ Tank Chrono @Riky Ricardo (leader) Druid @Sana Healbrand @Marshiie Alacrigade @Nion Banners @boxterduke DPS @Samjay7 @Maniiccc @Astra @Redrin Duodecim @Marauder Backup @Tiffymew @Lumitootie @justGabo @Bagu @karenlynn @Angst @mech @Definitely Not Joe @Adrian @Claytotsu We have 10 backups exactly, but with some definite 'maybes', so I didn't make a 3rd squad if you're a backup or didn't make the roster signup for BRN, and you definitely want to raid tomorrow at 9pm EDT, head to the discord! I put out a call post that you can react to. If we get 10 reacts (not including mine ) I'll form a separate 3rd squad!
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    Hello there, Cowboy! Whenever I am able to get into a big squad in WvW it turns into a pretty enjoyable experience, and I think that might only be possible because the server I am in (IoJ) got linked with a pretty big server (BG), but that'll end sometime soon, so I will hopefully find some people from IoJ interested in WvW (or whichever server we're linked with next heh). As for the calendarized events, that is really awesome. I went around poking in the calendar and saw all kinds of programed activities with open sign-ups, which sounds like pretty fun times. I am not as good as I would like to be in PvP, but only play ranked. I don't really play to win, but try to enjoy each game win or loss, and play ranked for the bonus rewards, but it can be a pretty bad experience whenever someone starts cursing or just outright gets frustrated from people not playing exactly like they would (just like our teammate yesterday lol). So, I am very interested in joining some like-minded peeps in matches and tournaments Thanks a lot for the recommendation
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    Hi Maniiccc,   Congratulations!   We are pleased to inform you that you have passed the Spark phase and are now a full Ember!   It's great having you as part of the family. We hope you continue to enjoy your time with us!    
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    Third Activity - Helping guildie with fractal with @Eldak
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    T4s and recs were a #easybutton with @Lumitootie, @MooseFace, and @Trashcan King. Let the good times keep rolling!
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    First activity - T4 Fractal with the gang
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    Hi Definitely Not Joe,   Congratulations!   We are pleased to inform you that you have passed the Spark phase and are now a full Ember!   It's great having you as part of the family. We hope you continue to enjoy your time with us!    
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    Will bring my only surviving character atm, dps condi soulbeast. Don’t want to lead, just want to roll with the group lol
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    Hi @SilentTheGray! Long time no see. Hope to see you in game soon! Welcome!
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    Experience: Role: Anything
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    To finish of the night, I finally figured out that discord was a thing to talk on.... as a previous ps4 user, i hope you can forgive me lol. The jumping puzzles are super cool tho! They bring me back to my haven: call of the king days as a kid!
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    Experience: New to CM's Role: Ptemp
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    I joined Dark, Peu and Tiffy for an attempt at Serpent's Ire. We didn't get it unfortunately but it was close. Clay Train! The people racing were relentless. Pretty sure there were some oil slicks and banana peels being used. I was just happy to finish the puzzles And this was not with the guild BUT I really wanted to share this Mickey Mouse art I created when I messed up and killed myself at qadim 2.
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    Hello everyone My name is Mark Zang, but people have been calling me Zang for so long - I forget sometimes that my name is Mark. So just call me Zang, like everyone else does. Me Circa age 50 I have been a part of this group for over 3 years now, and I am what is known as the Seneschal. In simple terms, I am in charge of leveling the guild, keeping us well stocked, and decorating the guild hall. In my real life, I spent 25 years working in import purchasing and logistics, and 25 years playing keyboards in a classic rock band called Zodiac. Here are the 2 most important things in my life : Yamaha Piano stack (CP300 and Mox8) Kitty Parvati (aka the real kitty blu) Nowadays, at 56, I am pretty much retired. I manage an investment portfolio with my sister Karen, where we do our best to insure that we make enough money so that neither of us have to work for anyone else. I also was recently given a gentle gift and/or reminder of old age. In June, I suffered a grand-mal seizure, and was diagnosed with Epilepsy. I am now "temporarily" disabled, having lost my drivers license medically for 6 months. My sister and her husband stole my car (cos she know me) so I am pretty much tethered to my house leaving me lots of time to play with Parvati, Guild Wars 2, my pianos, and Morgan Stanley, as I continue recovering from my recent 2 day hospital resort stay. In game, my characters are the Blu sisters, so if you see anyone with the last name of Blu, you know that's me. If you need anything in game - just call Zang
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