Previously, we had Rhonya shining in the Member Spotlight due to her long-standing service to the guild. The obvious next choice after her? Her IC cousin and real-life partner, Srelok Grimtide of course! While not a member for quite as long as Rhonya is, Srelok has nonetheless proven to be just as much an integral part of the guild's structure with his involvement not only as a present-day Thur'ruk and officer, but also as an individual within the community itself. So today, we get to have a look behind the scenes of one of the tribe's more dramatic and yet empathic characters!
So the first question to kick things off with,
what's the earliest memory you have of the tribe? How do you remember it,
looking back at your first encounter?
Pffffff... That's a while ago. When I first started out
RPing on my Forsaken, it was an RP-PvP campaign in the Southern Barrens. I was
intimidated by you guys. Krogon in particular. He stuck out, and Rargnasha. But
mostly just the level of RP too. I mean, I was completely fresh on the scene
and all, and these huge orcs come barrelling in and all. Otherwise, it was a
fun campaign, especially with random Deathwing flybys still. One wiped out
almost the entire Cult of Shadow. Was hilarious!
you lot a while later again, and when Rhonya joined you, I took my time but
eventually followed her. And the rest is history.
Some fond memories in there by the sound of it!
Are there any other campaigns or memories that particularly stick out to you,
in that regard? And with all that experience you have at hand, is there
anything about the guild that you might change?
had a blast in the Cult while it lasted, but I think my fondest memories are
more recent. The Draenor campaign, the survival plot and all really appealed to
me, especially with some of the crazier stuff (like blowing up a volcano...)
and the general feeling of wonder and exploration. Krogon dying in Sre's arms
is also a memory that stuck, and even now colours Srelok's behaviour. To be
fair, despite a few times where I needed a break from the Red Blades, I still
enjoy myself more than anywhere. The whole atmosphere is what keeps me coming
back. That certainly makes the guild, as everyone is each other's friend. But what
truly makes the guild great is the friendly attitude and relaxed atmosphere.
pit we need to watch out for is reachability for others though, seeing as we're
always gallivanting around the world. As you know, we're in a bit of a rut. The
one thing we need isn't really in our control: Content. Luckily, with Legion
coming, that should be fixed. If I could change one thing though. Pffft...
Perhaps have the application system altered (but we'll talk about that). About
that pit though, spending some time around RP hubs is usually enough to keep
With Legion in mind, is there anything in
particular that you're looking forward to, be it RP or otherwise? How do you
see the tribe's role in it, for example?
regards to gameplay I'm most looking forward to the scaling mobs, making
levelling quite interesting I think. RP-wise, I'd like to see some more
survival stuff as this expansion has some serious potential storyline wise
(which I won't spoil for those who want to know nothing).
What about your character in all of this? Is
there something you can tell us about the progression that your character has
undergone during his time in the guild, and what you might expect for him in
Legion? How did they come to pass?
Sre began as a timid, secretive orc with a haunted past. Over time he's come
into his own, growing into the Thur'ruk of today. The haunts have increased
though, and after Tanaan you can safely assume he has PTSD. He's working on
that side and deepening his bond with the elements and trying to build up
relationships within the tribe, and I expect that to continue in Legion. He’s
shifting away from fighting too, with his recent mutilation. He’s now trying to
find the best way to continue serving.
A lot of
these things are a spur of the moment, apart from him losing his foot. And the
time he was captured in Tanaan was because I needed a break. Otherwise, I like
to look at the situation. If it fits, why not.
Are there any other things that shaped your
character over time? Any inspirations for your character perhaps, or any orcs
who really helped shape Srelok into who he has become? The concept of an orc
with empathic abilities is quite a unique concept, after all.
usually let his interactions shape him. I didn’t literally base him off anyone.
He's more like my personal idea of the tragic hero. One big influence in
regards to shaping him is Rhonya though. I planned on him being her cousin,
raised by the same orc. Kind of like a prototype for how Rhon was raised. So he
had to at least be similar, but I went for more a haunted concept, what with
his emphatic ability too. It also created a very unique set of challenges, like
how does the environment affect him. Azeroth is a very battle-scarred world
after all, and how does he cope with crowds etc.
Lastly, do you have any tips for any of your
fellow (orc) RPers?
advice I can think of is to start small. That, and “kill your darlings”. Meaning,
if you start your character with a relatively simple concept like a grunt, your
growth is much more noticeable. as well as enjoyable. This is where “killing
your darlings” comes in too. If you want this ultra-badass super Shadow Hunter
Troll for instance, where is your chance for character development? He is
already as badass as he's going to get. See the point?