These are a walk through memory lane Vinner, thanks! Though I only date from SoA Book 13 so there are a few I don't remember, most of them I remember fondly!
A correction: Genbu and Aeons didn't leave for good until SoM, not early Moria.
The Soldiers breakaway tribe was called Conscripts of the Iron Crown.
Some other names that I remember from pre-Moria who deserve entries in the hall of fame:
Ootyfast (mentioned in your aussie section but he needs an entry of his own!)
Urthona (if you think Tarvin is the king of QQ, you never heard Urthona)
Insidium/Nodeninja (the original guy from Meneldor, not like all these new transfers/retransfers)
You spelt my name wrong! Pretty sure all 4 of the Aussies started playing at around the same time too. Shadows min was already level 50 when I first started playing but its not like it was years apart. Probably isnt many people that know what toon I played back then though. Most people don't remember Atoos guard either, I think he played that more in the moors before he had his LM
A couple more:
Unguluk: Awesome warg, was one of not too many to always have a spot in The Blender when non-reaver/warleader spots were handed out pretty reluctantly. Funny guy too, I remember rolling trolls with him one time at like 4am and godzillaing HH just for giggles, it was awesome. Also ridiculously good on his burglar.
Deadnbloated/??? (Can't remember her other creep's name) - Might have been the first or second r7 defiler on the server, pretty sure she was the first to have r7 on both defiler and warleader. She was awesome.
EDIT: Also I think you're gonna have to break that into a few posts there, it's turning into massive wall o text there. At least split up freep/creep.
I love how I remember all these names. Might not of pvp'd with em but I was definitely there and definitely remember. Feels good to be a 5 year player haha.
While we're at memory lane, back when I was a young'n, I remember I was in the kin Stewards of Anduril on my Guard With Valistar, and I kept asking him for help. Then he got pissed and yelled me off, hated him after that. Then I realized "God I was an annoying kid" haha.
Red Sun Rising was fantastic. Learned a lot on my reaver with you guys, back when rank 5 and a half was mildly decent.
Clean was a grumpy bastid too lol.
These are so much fun.
Aristeides - Once upon a time, when The Blender ruled the Gladden Ettenmoors, a great restlessness arose among the ranks of the One Tribe To Rule Them All and its allies. "Our freeps are so dominated we have no challenge anymore!" was the lament. And lo, a summons came from the distant land of Windfola. "Our server is freep dominated and our creeps are disorganized and boring," said the voice of the herald summoning. "Very well," said the voice of the One Tribe. "We will roll creeps on Windfola, and show your weakling creeps and dominant freeps that even on greenies, The Blender is a force to be reckoned with." And it was so. And the one who had issued the summons saw that it was good, and that these would truly be worthy opponents, and behold, when the Windfola visit was concluded, he returned with them. And his name was Aristeides. And his captain was mighty, and his burglar also, and in fact he expanded his scope to include creep side as well and mighty were his adventures on all of his characters. Legend has it that one day he will actually raise his voice on mic, and the world will be consumed in fire and flood upon that day. (Seriously, he always sounds so mellow even when things are going badly!)
this. We'd jam this in raid every time we made the creeps ragelog.
You forgot Tarvin and Vurgash :eek:
Vinner, I love you so hard for this.
We should make a wiki of "great Gladden battles", too. I remember my first night on the server (after transferring to follow the Soldiers here and defeat them on their own turf), we had a fight of a full-Phalanx raid (~20ish people) against 35 creeps- Soldiers+others. I will never forget that night. It was insane action. The very first skirmish just outside of GV lasted a good 30-40 minutes.
Also, some names from both sides of things that I remember:
THE LM TRIO
Dracen - the original LM. Had more ideas about lore-master and a better pvp-er than anyone I've seen
Sowen - disciple of Dracen
Winnwyn - played "support LM" in moors back when that was really useful
Hecphant - gets his own section for awesomeness
Tides and Rampant - hilarious to listen to in vent or raids. Tides reinvented the hunter class.
GREENS - would 'zerg' raids by himself... and sometimes win.
Cahboom - most fun 1v1er
Croner - Still here, needs to revisit moors more frequently
Some other epic battles:
"They have 42"
Not really a battle, but one of the most legendary encounters. Gleefellin and Vurgash arrived at the Isen Outpost with 42 creeps at their side, only to discover that 24 freeps were inside. After making this shocking revelation, Glee and Vurg believed they did not outnumber the freeps enough, and promptly departed. To this day, the number "42" is often seen in GLFF and freep OOC to describe how many creeps are at a certain location... even if that is not truly the case.
The original playing of OMC's one hit on the mic happened after 18ish freeps wiped an entire raid with all of Lumber Camp pulled. The fight lasted 40-45 minutes with creeps continually rezzing and mapping back in, until, 3-4000 renown later, the Didnthurt/Vurgash freep hordes finally succumbed.
"Creep Blender meets Freep Blender"
In the Vurg/Aeons days, we developed a special freep blender to cut through the reaver minions. The strategy was simple: allow the Champions to tear apart the melee while hunters and LMs burned down one healer at a time.
DoTH full raid plus all of TR (including CG) versus a ragtag group of creeps led by Creamsicle and Spiderbyte. Creeps win, after DoTH survives long enough to run back from the rest 8-9 times and deliver plenty of infamy for all.
"The Original Middle Landing Fight"
The mother of all gladden fights. The only players still active who may remember this are myself and Clown. I recall Hecphant was with us, as well as a level 42 champion, and probably Winnwyn. But I can't recall who else was on the famed lugs middle landing when only EIGHT of us held back an entire creep raid for over an hour. Finally realizing the futility of their efforts, the creep raid left and we all simply walked out of lugs, unharmed and un-killed (save for the 42, who died several times). Afterwards, several screenshots were taken and posted, and Didnthurt had an aversion to keep middle landings for the rest of his existence.
Some personal favorites:
"No Man-Healing Allowed"
Croner and I once 2v3d 3 reavers on our captains, back in the level 60 era. The only rule was: no man-healing. After winning the 2v3, Croner and I stood over their three defeated corpses and ......... man-healed.
"We got this"
15 Phalanx were backed into a corner at the slug pits of Gram, facing 25-30 creeps. Tides simply said "we got this" and the charge was sounded. Gariador and Daisyfleur kept everyone alive, while Insano, Tides, and Primitive tore through the creep hordes.
Silvey (Cyphin), Viceras, Halborg, and I were standing outside of TR when 8 creeps came along. The entire fight Silvey kept telling us that "Uncle Ray Ray" was "on it." Uncle Ray Ray turned out to be his pet lynx.
My lore-master had just reached level 60. Under-geared and foolishly brave, I challenged the mighty Genbu to a duel. He won, but failed to notice I had my eagle rez available. While gloating his victory, I resurrected myself and brought down an ent-stomp upon his mostly-dead self. Victory was... ours?
"Let's see what happens"
Once, Urgbuz and my captain dueled for an hour before calling it a draw. It was a colossal waste of time, but also hilarious.
Haha -fun thread.
Lots of memories. Urthona was hilarious in freep pve raids too...ask croner about a taco run.
I recall Beledron (sp?) as one of the first? serious Wardens in the gladden moors when that class first came out...was an NQ hunter previously i think.
also recall the original Cojiro spider creepside.
also the "strike from the shadows!" evening.
You posted about Azareth, Urthona, and azurelady without any mention of me? The only mention I got was of lintalthir. Even though his attraction was to Finradir not me. He offered to pay for fin's flight if he wanted to visit him.
Also guys, I think I'm gonna make a cleaned up version of this thread. However, post your memories/tributes in this thread, and I'll copy/paste it to the appropriate section thx. DO NOT POST IN THE CLEANED UP VERSION THO!
Don't make a sakul wiki. His would be boring, as for sammoth. Truth is truth. I promise I won't disagree or argue with any of your wiki statements :P
Make sure to add slotho/killer, neb, taso, abom, erikthered, and maybe malvano. I could use a laugh