A Word From Darka

 

 

In October of 2006, an idea was formed. To create an RP based Jedi guild set on Defending the Peace complete with its own trials, ranking system, and Master/Apprentice set up.

There was some interest, but many suggested they try the so called existing Jedi organisation known as Haven. Defenders of Peace, was born regardless. It quickly grew, attracting members from all over the galaxy and the game. Players actively paid to transfer to be a part of this growing phenomenon.

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Under the leadership of the highly respected and influential Everitt Cage, the guild went about building a strong foundation, a City was established on Rori, creatively named Defenders of Peace. The city soon rose in rank and came to be one of the bigger cities on the planet. In the months ahead it would lead to various offshoots. We ended up with many cities, Srafa established the Coronet Enclave just outside of Daobra Gerful, Domiaq set up Dantooine Enclave, a spot specifically chosen for what he felt was best look to the KOTOR enclave area, Vesania was established by TGi and taken over by the guild shortly after the loss of DoP City, Marah set up the Lok Enclave, and Bogiwan ran Underworld on Naboo.

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DoP continued its great success, our systems and set up were becoming highly copied as many other Jedi groups tried to establish themselves but all crumbled under our shadow, we ever were accused of stealing members from the pre existing Jedi guilds, but how do you steal when they actively quit and came running to our set up. As the guild grew people came and went, like any guild there were people there every day then the next they vanished with out a trace. And as the game updated and changed the guild changed with it. The introduction of GU9 brought back challenging content something that had not been seen for awhile, so much so that many who were afk ground gold level bosses and were soon sent packing on their ass. People were relearning and getting used to the challenge again, and it was us leading the way. Many had struggled with the NK Necrosis boss in Kashyyyk, pre-update he was pointless and many soloed him in their padawan robes. But it was us who showed the game just what we could do, soon screen shots of a DoP member successfully soloing a gold boss not long after the update spread across the Jedi forums!

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With more updates came more changes, the introduction of Heroic Encounters divided many and brought tough times on the guild. Those who were set in our old ways were unprepared for the new content. It brought much debate between members and saw some leave to do the new updates in other guilds where they felt they could achieve it better. Being a Jedi guild in a game where jedi numbers were high brought issues for the high end content, not having the right classes could hinder a group. In the end after months of debate the rules changed to allow the introduction of non Jedi combat toons to help those in the guild to run instances.

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As a guild we had prided ourselves on doing things our way, doing things that were supposedly undoable, it was a mix of knowledge and luck… or was that the Force? Regardless, it allowed the guild to pull off some amazing feats. There were times where groups failed, and times where we wiped but there were other times where the groups stood up and put the self proclaimed better guilds to shame by our actions.

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In the Years that have passed we have done a lot, we have seen a lot and even lost some on the way. It was 2008, a long serving Member named Rhuled died due to Cancer, he had said little about it and really kept the subject to himself until shortly before he died, he was a fun kid, always stirring things up even if he jumped guild and came back a few times, he always had a quick response and poked fun at people.I got word one day from his brother informing me that the night before he had gone to sleep and just never woken up. There have been many we have met along the way, and most we do not know where their paths have taken them. We have survived the ups and the downs, we have had some great people who really have made the guild and the game a great place, In 2008 we set out to honor those who had made a great effort to the guild, starting the Hall of Defenders. We wanted to honor those who made us who we are.

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Arguably the most important moment in the guild history came in mid 2008 when we went from DoP to FA. It’s still a mystery to many of us, even those of us who were in high positions in DoP. Everitt, who was the guild leader vanished with out word or trace leaving the guild in limbo. After much tense debate we decided to set a date and if nothing was heard we would abandon ship and carry on, as we felt the guild and its people deserved to have a future. The date came and Everitt logged on 45 mins before the end, we had already lost our city and now sat anxiously waiting, nothing was said. I managed to meet him, seeing him Meditating. We talked briefly and he logged off. The command was given, and an alt dancer by the name of Ozzy Starbourne in the Vreni Island Cantina started inviting members from DoP into the new set up which went under the name Force Academy. Some of the guild elders stayed behind for a while, making sure we caught any stragglers, email was sent to all guild members informing them of our situation and actions.

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The end of one era had brought the start of another. The first few months had a rocky start under the new name, many still unsure whether our decision had been the right one. However like many things we sorted ourselves out and continued onwards, determined to carry on our legacy in SWG. It was also late in 2008 when The Old Republic was announced; a new Star Wars based MMO which opened a new chapter for the guild as a whole. It offered the chance to take our legacy and carry on into something new, something different, so it was soon established that the guild would set up its own chapter for TOR.

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With TOR the guild rolled with the highs and lows of the game, and the long wait we had for it. The game faltered and activity went with it as many struggled to stay interested. Server mergers came and went, herding us to new pastures. A change of direction was needed so a revamp of the legendary Academy was put in place. Born out of it was the Defender Program, an organisation encompassing all the best bits of the past set up while opening the doors wider for the future. Alongside the Program, the Shield Directive sister guild known as the Aegis Directive was launched to cater to the needs of the other faction.

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In the years I have been involved with the guild I have had the honor of playing along side some great people, many of whom I still keep in contact with. It is the people who brought the guild alive, it was the people who created the experience, it was the people that made us who were are. There were the times we did not see eye to eye, but those were few and far between, we always wanted what was best for the guild whether or not we all agreed on the best way to do it, we have had many great moments and it has been my privilege to have been allowed to serve along side you. I’d love to hear your thoughts, your stories, your comments about who we are, see your screen shots and just generally celebrate the proud history of the Defenders.