We've had some amazing members in our guild over the past few years and every now and then, they deserve a little extra time in the spotlights! Who the most obviously choice to deserve some special recognition might be, you ask? Rhonya Steelheart, AKA Kyrazha Throatrender, of course! Not only is she one of our most active and longest members, she's someone virtually everyone in the tribe knows! How well do you think you know her? Read on and perhaps you'll find out a few things you didn't know just yet!
do you remember your first encounter with the tribe? How did it all kick off,
and how did you first hear of us?
that is an odd story! I once encountered some of them already when I was still
part of a different guild, but I was pretty intimidated by the level of RP they
showed, so I actually kept away a bit. More my own shyness, that. But a random
encounter messed that up. One of the Forsaken once tried to kidnap Rhonya from
Silvermoon, and as it happened, the tribe was there as well to aid with
something on the Deadscar. The moment Rhonya got knocked out, Grek'thar walked
around the corner and sounded the alarm, which resulted in a wild chase of Red
Blades and Sin Belore trying to free me, in which they eventually succeeded.
Grek'thar took it on himself to protect Rhonya from that moment on, and kind
of... forced her (and me, OOCly...) to go on travel with the tribe! I
officially joined as New Blood a few months later. So it was an accident,
the detour! But eventually, something made you decide to join and stay in the
end. You're among our longest lasting (and certainly active) members, after
all! Anything in particular that made you stick?
was the RP actually that made me decide to join. Rhonya had quite the backstory
which the orcs wouldn't approve of, so she kept that secret, until one of the
officers ICly found out about it, and dragged it in front of mister Chieftain
himself! I'm always one who just goes with the flow in RP, but I was really
nervous actually there, I thought the tribe would kill Rhon. Quite the opposite
happened, and they invited me to join as New Blood (also to keep an eye on her
ICly.) So really, it was the members that tried to have me join for months
already OOCly, and the direction the RP took, that pulled me in. It fit the RP,
and it felt right!
the sound of it, you tend to go with the flow and let spontaneity have it free
course. Does that mean Rhonya, your character, went through any changes from
what you originally planned her out to be as well?
fair, the moment I made her, it was to humor a friend who told me to try make
an orc and join the new guild she'd just joined as well. Rhonya started out as
a Dark Shaman, and I had absolutely no idea about Orc RP or what I wanted to do
with her, so I didn't even have any original plans to begin with! She fled her
dark ways, joined the tribe and during that all kind of things happened to her
due to other players, which I then turned into plots or things and dragged
others in as well. So she went through loads of changes, but most I didn't
plan. Which made it all the more fun!
imagine! Any particular events or plotlines or the like that are particularly memorable
rebellion stuck with me really, though not the events. It was more the random
RP around the camps with all the other guilds that I really liked. It was also
the time I introduced Kyrazha, my second orc and much an opposite to Rhonya.
What I also think back on fondly was the time we actually went to get rid of
Rhonya's inner demons, which consisted of four rituals in a week, with all the
elders of the guild and a warlock. It was a big plotending for Rhonya after three
years, and I was really happy that so many people wanted to help me with it and
give it a nice ending. And the still continueing plot with some of the Forsaken
people that still play, that were such a big part of Rhonya's past before she
joined the tribe.
like a busy time! Other than all the RP, do you feel there's anything else that
all your time in WoW or the guild in particular was good for?
been a very busy few years, indeed. And OOCly getting to know all the people
over the years has really been great. I held a few guildmeets as well, got to
know people in real life, made some really good friends. I'm really surprised
actually how close this guild has become in terms of wanting to help one
another, cheer each other up, even pay for others in the case of our transfer
from DB to AD. PvP with people while in a Skype call, laughing our asses off while
trying to kill Alliance and failing horribly. Watching Blizzcon together and
cheering at all the news. The new expansions coming and all staying awake until
it launched, trying to get through the lag and actually do a quest or two. And
of course it's a huge plus my husband also plays WoW and RPs, and is in the
same guild, which means that we can enjoy each others company and play together
online as well!
tips for any fellow RPers out there, that you think might help make them enjoy
the game and its RP and interactions just as much – and as long – as you have?
the most important thing I could say, don't mix OOC and IC. Drama can be a
great motivator for plot and things, but keep talking OOCly to the other person
and just have fun instead of getting mad or annoyed. We all play this game to
have fun after all! Don't wait for RP to come to you, take some initiative and
make it happen, much more enjoyable for all parties involved. Get to know
people, make some friends, create some great stories together!
As a little look back on the many years we've been active, we invite you all to take a look back at the rich history the guild has to offer! While not a piece of in-game lore per say, we've had our fair share of video material over the years. Some of which are, of course, the tribe's famed trailers! The one to officially kick it off (not including some other video footage that was not originally meant to be as trailers), was this very one back in 2010! Low youtube quality? Check! Shoddy editing? Check! No cheesy voice-overs? Check! Lots of orcs and awesomeness? Check! See how many old faces you recognize!
“Know this, sons and daughters of Redblade. Blood freely given is the seal of the oath that we make. When you spill your blood into the flames, you do not only pledge loyalty to our banner. You become one with the essence that is the Pack. You accept to live by our code and tenets. You accept to not only fight for the Horde, but to run and hunt with this new family. And finally, you accept to oppose any chains that might seek to bind you – be they dae’mon, human or otherwise – and to do so to the very end. Our ancestors watch over us, always, and they judge us for every step, every breath, we take in life. In the end of it all, know that our blood, too, is welcome.”
It has been a decade since it all began; since a young orc left the refuge of Orgrimmar’s orphanage to chase after the legacy of her name. Redblade. It was a name long forgotten – swallowed up in the greatness that was the Old Horde. Her very own father was the one responsible to sway the old clan to the Horde’s side and to let demons have their way with them.
But no longer. As sole survivor of the clan and its heritage, it was her charge to redeem the ancient name of Redblade. Rather than a symbol for the oppression and deceit of the Burning Legion, it became a symbol of unity and freedom. A place where orcs of all clans and descents could rally to the cause and could find a home where tradition would meet the present, so that their traditions, too, might be remembered and, when the time comes, be passed on for future generations. Every clan of old was worth remembering in its own way, and it was the newly-formed Red Blade that provided the haven to preserve them.
One decade. And still the banner stands high. He tried to remember when he first heard the words – that oath that each orc swears in order to live and die by the tenets that she, their Matriarch, had once decreed. She has long since passed the torch to him, who they chose to refer to as Chieftain in her stead, but still he remembers every word spoken. And now, here before him, two more orcs stood ready to swear that exact same oath, by those exact same words. The fires of the other camps nearby had already long been snuffed out, but a small group of stalwart orcs still remained by this one lively fire to welcome two new brothers to their pack.
“By these words, I swear to live by your code and laws. I swear to die fighting for the Horde and the legacy of the Red Blades. Until the day that death comes for me, I will be one with the pack.”
Many orcs have come and gone throughout these past years, to be forever remembered and counted as one of them. Now it would be the turn of these two to leave their mark as freshly branded Oathbound, and to prove that their words spoken tonight would be taken to heart until the ancestors welcome them into their embrace. Thick droplets of crimson blood flowed from their palms into the crackling fire, sealing their promise. With the sizzling approval of the flames, a cry in unison pierced the night’s darkness from the crowd of orcs gathered around them.
“For the Blood of the Tribe!”
((Story written by Kozgugore))
Orcs of the Red Blade celebrate our tenth anniversary on 8th October 2015. It's been one fel of a journey thus far -- from Durotar to Garadar, from the frigid wastes of Icecrown to the savage wilds of Tanaan, we have brought quality orc role-play to every corner of Azeroth. And hopefully, we have helped forge treasured memories for each and every person who has joined us along the way -- New Bloods and Red Guards; Chieftains and Matriarchs.
Did I say Matriarch? As part of the tenth anniversary celebrations, we've reached out and now welcome back our founder, Matriarch Akesha Redblade, after over five years away.
As part of our tenth anniversary celebrations, we have invited both current and former members to weigh in and discuss their memories and recollections of everything Orcs of the Red Blade -- from their favourite RP characters to fondly-remembered events and storylines. Here’s a selection of quotes from our feedback:
"Orcs of the Red Blade is more than just a guild in a video game. It's a safe-haven, a place in my mind that I can retreat to. It's not just been in World of Warcraft, it's made World of Warcraft. It certainly made Defias, and now, on Argent Dawn, the next ten years commence!”
Gashuk Soulfury, Member since 2010
“But the memories that'll last me the longest probably aren't the events, it's the friends I've made and the fun I've had. I've met a bunch of orcs in real life, and I've not regretted it yet.”
Therak Duskstalker, Member since 2010
“It's safe to say that this is the best guild I've been in since I started playing this game, and this guild has been the only thing keeping me playing over those three years.”
Trakmar Beastbane, Member since 2012
“The whole system the guild has from top to bottom... Recruitment, tutoring, hierarchy, events, plots, style, tradition, OOC harmony/unity, strong officer team and direction... are what give it a monumental edge. This guild is a well oiled, well built machine that knows what direction it wants to go in, how to get there and why.”
Krogon Devilstep, Member since 2008
“Orcs of the Red Blade is my home. Theres a reason i've come back to it so many times over the years. Its more than a community, its a family to me.”
Makaroth Felscream, Member since 2012
“You guys showed me the ropes, and helped me grow and develop my character, both IC and OOC. I learned how to play WoW and RP in it, through this guild.”
Grekthar Earthstorm, Member since 2011
"What probably makes my memory about the tribe special, is that in a way, it feels like I've grown up along with it. As I grew older, the tribe developed in its own way as well. And as a result, having all those responsibilities and experiences with other people developed me as a person as well.”
Kozgugore Feraleye, Member since 2005
“I don't even play WoW but I still stick around for some reason. But seriously tho: I liked roleplaying with ya lot.”
Regorn Thunderheart, OotRB Forum Obsessive, Member since 2010
“This guild is such a strong and bonded group of people, I would've never expected to find that in a video game. But I'm really, really happy that I've been such a part of it, and hope to be still for the next coming time.”
Rhonya Steelheart, Member since 2012
“I must confess, when I started this guild I had absolutely no idea what I was doing.”
Orcs of the Red Blade have hosted Kosh’harg twice a year uninterrupted since September 2007 — this will be our seventeenth Festival, and our first on Argent Dawn.
I’ve done thorough research about past AD Kosh’hargs, and it seems as though they were ad-hoc initiatives by different individuals with varying degrees of success. Assuming that nobody else has planned their own festivities yet, we’re hoping to offer a full week of RP to the whole Horde community, with a selection of à la carte events and casual RP.
If you would like to help out with one of the events or add your own activities to the Festival, please let us know — we love to collaborate with people, and we want this week to be as successful as possible. We’d particularly like to hear from people wanting to run stalls at the Garadar Market on Saturday 26th September.
When is it?: The Festival kicks off Sunday 20th September, with an event every night for a week, concluding with the Kosh’harg Celebration on Sunday 27th September. RP usually picks up from the early evening until the wee hours of the morning.
Where is it?: Garadar, Nagrand — the final Celebration will be held in the shadow of Oshu’gun, as is customary.
What is it?: In times of old upon Draenor, the orcish clans would forsake their grudges and grievances and gather around the spring and autumn equinoxes to feast, tell tales and honor the ancestors. With Outland’s rediscovery some years ago, orcs eager to reclaim their traditions have continued to hold the Festival — now expanded to all peoples of the Horde.
During the Festival, Nagrand is considered sacred ground, and so it is a grave dishonor to commit violence or pursue vendettas against others in attendance. Sparring and honor-duels in a competitive, respectful fashion are of course permitted, and tournaments are not uncommon during the festivities.
Who may attend?: Any Horde-affiliated peoples or neutral parties willing to respect the Kosh’harg’s rules are welcome to attend. Alliance-aligned individuals are recommended not to attend, but the brave, respectful and curious may be tolerated.
Why Outland's Nagrand, not Draenor? With some stranded upon the alternate Draenor during the last festival, they are eager to honor the ancestors upon the original Draenor’s remains once more, where the other past festivals have been held. Despite the problematic status of the Dark Portal, skilled portal magi from major Horde cities are still able to open portals to Shattrath City.
((OOC: We held Kosh’harg on Draenor last time, and it proved more problematic than anything — higher level mobs everywhere, phasing issues and a lack of a good central camp. Returning to Outland enables use of Garadar, opens the event up to lower-level characters, and avoids a lot of those awkward phasing headaches.))
Event Calendar [subject to change]:
SUN 20/9 - Opening Ceremony
An introduction to the Kosh’harg, followed by feasting and chatter around the Garadar campfires.
MON 21/9 - Brawl For All Tournament
A bare-knuckle fighting series with minimal armor. Those gathered compete to demonstrate their strength, agility and tenacity. ((No-frills roll-dueling.))
TUE 22/9 - Challenge of the Wyvern
Teams use their cunning and wits, traversing the lengths of Nagrand to solve riddles and win fabulous prizes.
WED 23/9 - Storytelling Night
Everyone is welcome to tell stories around the Garadar campfires, or simply listen in.
THU 24/9 - Tournament of Honor [PvP]
Equip your finest armor and weapons as the gladiators of the Horde do battle in a bid to become Champion of Kosh’harg. ((RP-PvP tournament with minimal restrictions, full rules posted soon.))
FRI 25/9 - The Lucid Tale
With the influence of ancient shamanistic magics and hallucinogenic substances, old campfire stories come alive — dangerously so! ((IC raid-run of a selected TBC/WotLK/Cata raid, to be announced.))
SAT 26/9 - Garadar Market
Traders and merchants peddle their wares across Garadar, with a range of luxurious souvenirs and stranger goods guaranteed.
SUN 27/9 - Kosh’harg Celebration
The climax of the Festival — the ancestors are honored in the shadows of Oshu’gun. Additional activities include feasting, brawling, storytelling and the infamous drunken backwards-race.
We’re keen to get as many individuals and guilds from the Horde community involved as possible, to make Garadar an RP hotbed for a full week. If this sounds like the kind of thing you or your guild might be interested in, please message us to indicate your interest.
If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to message an Orcs of the Red Blade officer: Kozgugore, Therak, Rhonya, Srelok, Gridish, Kargnar or Sadok.