I have returned! To post and spread some important information.
So let's begin.
The Greatest Commandment; The end of stupid laws.
Something a lot of people seem to miss about Christianity and it’s not about a bunch of stupid laws. The truth of the matter is that Christianity is about having freedom, true freedom. You see people are simply made to worship something, it is like something that hardwired into us. Whether it is a belief in a deity or in the belief of ourselves, a government, a philosophy, the list goes on and on. I have yet to meet a man who doesn’t believe in something. Unfortunately so great is this trait humanity has known as faith that we use it as a way to make ourselves seem superior. I am guilty of it, in more ways than one. But I tell you this: The greatest commandment and the thing so many churchs and Christians miss is you are suppose to love one another! Now this isn’t a type of love where you are pushover, it is a love that is tempered with wisdom and strength. Fellowship and forgiveness. Once you can reach this point, amazing things start to happen.
I am getting ahead of myself though, let’s examine the scripture basis behind the great commandment. “Mat 22:34 But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together.
Mat 22:35 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying,
Mat 22:36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
Mat 22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
Mat 22:38 This is the first and great commandment.
Mat 22:39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Mat 22:40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. “
Do you see what is happening here? The Pharisees at this time were huge religious leaders, and believed solely in the law and the law alone. They missed the mindset and what God really wanted in people’s lives: to be free of death, to have loving relationships with everyone. Not just romantic relationships, not just happy friendship, but true caring relationships. But you get churchs and these self-righteous people who don’t even know what the truth is. You get people who turn the holy word into a bunch of rules and regulations saying “If you do this and keep these rules, you will be holy then” WHAT!? No, God didn’t intend for it to be that way.
You need proof? How many times do you see pompous and “holy” religious leaders putting down someone for their sins? How often do you go into a church (Or for some the last time you been in a church) and you felt the moment you talked about anything that you would be harassed and shunned. “Oh you dirty adulterer! How dare you look at pornography!” “Oh you horrible sinner, how dare you walk into this church with the weight of sin wrapped around your neck” And what does that do? That turns God’s word into a tool to condemn man, when it is meant to be a tool to free man. The greatest commandment my friends is to love God, and love one another. That’s it. I will go more in depth on what the true power of love is, what real love is later down the road. But for the time being know that it is all about love man!
Now some of you may say, “Well what about the ten commandments! They are really important!” While the ten commandments are good, you have to realize something. And this will shock you, the writing down of laws was not God’s idea. Don’t believe me? Check Exodus chapter 18. I’ll paraphrase the story to get this moving. Essentially Moses had lead the Israelites out of Egypt and was encamped around a mountain. At the time Moses would settle the disputes that people were having and instruct them what God wanted. Then along came Jethro, the priest of Midian, and father-in-law to Moses. (It should be noted that Midian’s religion was polytheistic, worshipping a multitude of many Gods. Not just the Hebrew God. ) Now Jethro saw what Moses was doing and said, “Hey what you are doing is good and all, but it I far too much for you to do it alone. Why don’t you ask God for a bunch of laws, then teach those laws to people and have them help you.” Moses went along and did what Jethro has suggested. He asked God and God, whom is giving in abundance gave Moses some laws. (“Ask and you shall receive.” A bit of a side-note however: God used this folly of man to how Jesus’ grace and mercy operates. So even here, God was fully in control. ) So no, it wasn’t God who said, “Hey Moses, maybe you should write down some commandments. “ It was a polytheistic priest in-law who suggested it. Not God, some religious nut.
Now… the next little interesting thing is this. The Ten Commandments, while their creation was flaky are still righteous and good things to keep. But you have to realize when man gets something like the Ten Commandments they will use it to condemn people when that’s not the intention of God at all! Now all things God gives are perfect and true, it is man who turns God’s word into some perverted and deathly. Now Jethro may not have ha good intentions in his heart, but it is often said that the road to damnation begin with good intentions. And oh how people used the Ten Commandments, added more to them, that’s right. About the time the Lord Jesus came into the world, the religious leader at the time had added so many commandments that there were literally thousands, upon thousands of commandments. They were absolutely ridiculous! An example would be that it was sin to walk out on grass on the Sabbath. Because you may accidentally knock over a grass seed and plant a seed. And that is working on a Sabbath an that I a horrible sin! That’s right.. On certain days… walking on grass… may lead to eternal damnation. Isn’t that just plain ridiculous!?
And how far off it really is from God’s intention. Which Jesus has summed up nicely, “Love God and love one another.” BAM, just like that. Not “Love God… and judge others!” Why can’t we just let God change people and we just build fellowship with them. Wouldn’t that make our lives so much easier? Not having to worry about what law some man broke. “Well Bob I am sorry I can’t love you because you broke the law under article 6, section 5 which state that having a cleanly shaven face is evil. Now get out of my sight you horrible sinner!” Absolutely ridiculous, but it happens! It happens in here and now. And let me tell you this. If anyone, ANYONE is out trying to use the law to condemn men, THEY ARE WRONG. It is God’s job to change people, our job to love them. And if a brother is struggling, you go to him in tender kindness, alone, and speak with him to restore his relationship with God. ( Galatians 6.1) Let me say that again, you go to him in tender kindness, not condemning hatred.
And finally… let’s examine the last thing Jesus said. “Mat 22:40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” By just up keeping the law Jesus prescribed you keep the intention of all the other commandments! How simple, how easy! Now does that mean you aren’t going to always love other people? Of course, but that is what grace is for and forgiveness.
Next time I write, I am going to cover exactly what it means to love people. Not this weak, beaten own, kicked over type of love that people seem to like to portray Christians as. But real, powerful, life-changing love that God intends for all people. Until then!
Long week this oine has been. If I am not at work getting barked at by my bosses (even if you do a good job they still say you are doing terrible might I add.) I am also a voulenteer for vacation bible school at my church so I am busily... dancing. I got thrown in to Worship and dance teacher's class. So I get to jump and down, head bang and do all shorts of crazy things, all while wearing a bunch of islander clothin. The theme is an island theme so we are all tropical and what not. It's fun, really I am the big brother type at heart so I always have a great time around the younglings, they where scared of me at first (who wouldn't be? I was probably three or four times their height, forget the weight ratio.) but now that we are mid week they seem to have taken a likeing to me.
It's a long day of hard work. But two more days and I get to enjoy a kara raid and a few other little things on Saturday.
So it's work it right?
Kudos to Mikey for creating this awesome poster. Now you may be wondering where exactly this is all coming from, well take a look in Venom's topic called An Hero , I found it to be one of the most funnest things I have ever read. The only thing I believe I have ever seen that was funner was a article Blondie found about a person stripping for an epic mount or a mage rolling on a tanking trinket (By the way, you suck Primula) and people wonder why tanks complain about PuGs right :P
Anyways, this article made me just smile and added another story to the crazy world of wowheads.
Now if only I could find some more stories for Runescape ^_^
I have been thinking about it for a while since I have been gone from WoW and pretty much no where to be found on runescape. If, when I find the freedom and time, should I take up roleplaying? I use to do it alot, Dnd, chat roleplays, I even tried a roleplay server on WoW. But.. sadly, each one of them seemed to have some grivences.
I got truely sick of god-mode players in chat roleplays, and I swear there must have been enough dark lords to fuel 1000 years of fanfiction easily. Not to mention people lacked any true identify. I was so sick of "I am a god lol" type post and post for that matter that just are poor. the whole point to developing a good charactor is that your charactor has strengths and flaws. It is critical that you give your charactor some form of weakness, some form of weakness, or anything to make it so they seem human. What is the point of playing a god-mode charactor? You are very much alike to a twink in WoW who thinks "I PEW PEW DEN PWN DEM LOLOL!" without truely enjoying the battlegrounds. I am so sick of "god-mode" players it drives me crazy.
The big problem with DnD for me, is I can't find a group. I do in fact love the game, although I have only played it a few times, I fell in love with it instantly. Finally rules to abolish god-mode, an actual good story-line, and NPC's and monsters made entirely for the purpose of that story. It is beautiful :P
The roleplay servers on WoW were, sadly, another problem. I do not think it was so much other people as it was me. I am shooting 50-50 on it. the problem is, I tried to play a good-hearted blood elf paladin in a race that everyone seems to think that the world is all about being evil and having sex. (No joke :P ) I had an orc shaman for a while on a roleplay-pvp server but the guild I was in, had a nice guy for a leader, but he wasn't commited to roleplaying at all. I know how he feels, end game raid are awesome from what I hear, but man if you want a roleplaying guild stick to roleplaying and don't turn to a pvp-raid guild. :sighs:
Now I do love the orc and blood elf story lines. Blood Knights are probably one of my most favorite groups in the whole lore of WoW (seconded only by the Order of Silverhand.) but I just can't seem to find a group that has a non-evil storyline and hopes to actually have an intresting story. I was apart of one rather excellent roleplaying guild, but my charactor ideas conflicted so much with ever one elses charactors that roleplaying wise, my charactor was shunned. :P
It seems like if you play Horde you have to be an evil god. If you play Alliance you have to be completely good. (I did try a human warlock, not fun in the least.)
It's so much of a headache, but I truely do miss those good roleplays I use to have. I think the best story I ever had was with a few friends that was a chat based roleplay that lasted for about a year and a half. It was incredible, each of our charactors so defined and unique, it really was a story in itself. (And we actually had someone about two years back interveiw us because so many people liked the story we weaved :P )
I even did try the Sal's Roleplaying community, and while I did have a nice little thing going, it just, didn't have enough active people. And looking atthe current roleplays that are going on, I can't find myself intrested in them. (I am particular, no offense implied to your roleplayers out there.)
I wonder I should do, what do you guys think?
What I was listening to all this morning. The test really wasn't that bad, the 80 multi-chioice test, three essays, EZ mode as we say in the world of the 1337. I really felt alot better about this text then I did about the one yesturday. Whether or not that is a good thing is beyound me to be honest.
But none the less, round three is on Monday; the wonders of biology!
Ap Literature was today, I was nervous, I was excited, I was... well this is what was going on in my head. I have always found when I find a song to fixate upon my writing is more clear and more importantly much quicker. Which time in an AP exam is everything. I was able to complete the one-hour 55 multi-chioce portion in about 45 minutes and the three essays from hell in about an hour and a half. (Not bad for two-hour time limit. Swift and efficient that's how I like my essays.)
Overall, I feel so-so on my essays. Which is ironically a good sign, I am usually so critical on my own essays that I force high passing ideas out of my brian whether I like it or not. :o
So I did well, tomorrow is round 2, American history. Yay history of captalism and dollar diplomancy!
Oh and that song I picked up for my fixation for my essays is also the song that goes through my head when I am tanking :o
Well It's offical April 4, 2008. I am no longer the leader of my WoW guild Ardent Defender. I got on today because I couldn't anymore, in good consciouess allow myself to be a leader of something that I could not commit myself too on a regular basis, espcially since my guild was in it's infancy stages of development. So I have changed things around and promoted a proxy until Ety (my main officer) can get on and take over. :sighs: It's a shame we went on for about five or six months only to be ended like this.
I wonder how many runescape clans have you been and have this happen? How many WoW guilds?
At least I learned a thing or two about running a WoW guild and will apply those techniques as soon as I return (if ever.) So now that that weight is off my shoulders I can get more school work done and not have to worry about my old guild anymore.
Farewell Ardent Defender, it was a good run while it lasted!
The week before the bliss of Spring Break. The time that can make a normal student lose his sanity to the pressure. The time in which your grit is tested, you get hit by a train of logic and work and you spend the next week putting yourself back together: Hell Week has come.
And what makes this one espcially burdensome, is the fact there is alot riding on this particular hell week, mostly the fate of this nine week term and the semester. So I am a little frantic, trying to balance school work, girlfriend, family work, church, house work, and guild... forget my guild at the moment. My officers can take care of the actual running, but I still need to get my guild's website up and running with a well pool of information, and I want to get back into Runescape more. So as you can guess, I am a little bit on the stressed side...
Stressed partially.. excited definitely, because if I suceed in this week, I can rest easy that I can handle hell week and nothing can compare to it. I can just smile and go about my business. So there is that.
Let Hell Week Commence
And sweet WoW inspired music videos exclaiming how perverted Wowheads are. <_<
...And I loved it!
The pator's sermon was very solid and it was very well done, the people were friendly and the doctrine I picked up while there was rock on. For the first time in a long time, I felt at home with a spritual family, I felt as though I really did belong to somewhere. The wonderful sermon was on integrity and it gave me a much needed focus. I am hoping this church keeps getting better for me.
Just terrible times for me at the moment. I am currently trying to break myself out of old molds that I was use to for years. It seems when you are opressed toa point where you become brainwashed, it becomes very difficult to shatter the mold and find your own place. It's espcially difficult when you have no were to turn to, a new mold to give you shape and reason. Or maybe we develop out own molds as time progress, finding who we want to be, who we should be, etc. Well none the less, I have been a true screw up lately, I have lost alot of joy in the things I do. There is an irony that despite that fact people say I have a good head on my shoulders, I still feel like I don't belong to any community. Any intellectual community that is. Instead I seem to have a way to bring in those who are less then able to understand what I am saying, I don't hate them for it, there is nothing wrong with working with what you have been given in life, but sometimes it annoys me a bit when I have to explain how they put it "Big words" It honestly feels like I am speaking to children when they say "Don't use big words" or then they tell me to "Dumb it down" I just feel... a pride. It's a terrible and dangerous thing to have hubris pride, so I am being careful, not letting these reflex of thoughts get the best of me. But truth be told, I enjoy the simple-minded a little more then those who consider themselves "smart". It's really ironic that I find more peace with your average person then with someone who has a deep intellect. There are some exceptions of course, those though exceptions are only down to two people. Soon to be three, my girl has a remarkable amount of intelligence, enough to make me smilie, and thought she may not understand everything I say (and to be honest, sometimes I don't even understand what I am saying haha.) she tries, and more importantly, she enjoys listening to me rant on about old ideas and things of that short. And I turn, enjoy listening to her talk about her friends, her artwork and dreams. Always fun things to discuss.
Hmmm... but what of other people? I hardly find myself with anyone whom I would consider trustable. There is often times so much running through my mind, I only speak half of what I am thinking. :sighs: And poor people, if it weren't for me being cowardly, I might run into some people who think my true and honest thoughts were a good thing, though a bit on the crazy side. No, at my school there are many intelligent people, but every one of them, I don't like them so much. There is just something about most of them that makes me keep them at arms reach. Hmmm.. fear I believe, it's the fear of being judged by people with my inner most thoughts. So how do I hide it? I crack jokes, and act like an idiot to throw them off. Ha, if there is one thing I am good at, one skill I have gained that I am not proud of is my ability to misdirect people. To lie to them ina sense that they will leave me alone. What foolishness there is in that skill, I get no joy out of it, I get no care out of it, I just stay alone with nothing, feeling like nothing. Having nothing. Nothingness, is a painful feeling, a terrible feeling. Having no one there for you when you ar ehurting the most, having no one there to laugh with you, feel your pain or even care what you have to say. Yes, that hurts, that hurts alot.
There are even things I can't tell my Dani, things she just wouldn't want to hear. Grant it, I have told her much, I have told her more then I have told anyone. Which is good, it's a part of the mold I am breaking. Because I am tired, I am tired of being a failure in my own eyes. I am tired of having everything I dream and sought after fall beneath my feet and crush my very soul. I hate the fact that I feel I have no good left in me. I honestly felt that this morning, I felt like, no matter what, I have nothing left that is good or pure. My soul feels dead, I feel as though even the ideas of God, though great and true... I feel that I am not worthy to embrace them. A slump this is, a painful one, a hateful one. Hate, Anger, Laziness, and common sin, I seem to be stricken with these diesease and I have no medicine for the cure. And where do I find such a cure? The obvious answer is the Church, the hospital for those plagued with spritual disease. But what church do I have to go to? My grandfather, probably the only person, besides dani, who I have come close to tell my thoughts too, wants to start going to church with me. Ha, I remember the last time I stepped foot ina church, how unclean I felt, how I couldn't even focus on the wisdom of the message being preached how.. I was irritable and just in pain. Yes I remember that all... about four or five months ago.
Maddness, hatred. These two words seem to be what I am fearing the most, most particularly with my mother. I know it's wrong for me to hate, there is nothing right in it. But with each arguement, each examination of here charactor, I seem t ohate her more and more. A blood hate, a powerful hate. I remember suddering in anger and hatred, I remember the thoughts of terrible things. I hate that... it's wrong, ther eis nothing good from hating anyone. It only burns yourself, only hurting yourself, only causing pain. Maybe it's because my mind thinks that she is a impure cretin? Maybe on that outside, maybe in the inside as well, but truth be told she hasn't hit me ages, maybe she is just scared I could overpower her? (And I could, with ease) Anger and hate. Redeemable qualities, that is what I should look for, is redeemable qualities in her and then let me heart focus on those. For seldom will you ever find a person who is truely evil. I know people like to rant on about how evil they are, but seldom few actually have the guts, or the wicked intentions to be what is considered truely evil. Most people have some kind of redeemable quality.
My father, I feel he is a traitor, that he has turned on everything. I turned my back on him, because he turned his back on me. It has been weeks, maybe even months since I have last spoken to him. He is a known liar, a known drug addict, a known failure. And he has the gale to say I am bad? While that may be true, there is an old saying "Don't throw stones when you are in a glass house". OF course the meaning of that comes from a christian teaching which is "Let he who has not sinned cast the first stone." but surely a man of God like he likes to portray himself knows that parable? Meh, like he truely understands? Maybe I have outgrown him? Maybe I have come to the point where I no longer can be controlled by his lies or his twisted logic. His deceptivness, like a serpent hiding in the grass. Waiting for a kill. No, he won't come close to me, if he wants to be angry, so be it. My life will be ina worst shape then it is now if I start to listen to him.
What of my future? I feel like I am destined for nothing. I don't feel the push, I felt so long ago. I just feel a nothingness, I don't know what I want in life, how to get what I want, nor the reasoning behind getting something. I know I want to help people, but even then that notion is starting to wane and become nothing.
I know I have been asking alot of questions and I pose this last one to you: Where do you go when everything in life is a mess?
Ugh.. so damn close.
We got to the basement of scholomace ( the instance for the deathknight you have to slay) and started the event, we took out the first of the four waves, then the second and on the thridmwe got overwhelmed and killed. The basement locked and then we had to repeat the whole event. Except we have to reset the whole instace as a result. So close T_T
The DPS hunter had to sleep, I was frustrated like no one elses business, and out retribution healer was just.. silent.
So much for the charger tonight, I guess I can wait another week or two.
I so hope I can get it this weekend.
A lot of random stuff. :mad:
Where to start? I think I'll do the real life, the life without night elves or the ability to buy mounts (legally). So I am back in Palm Bay highschool, it's pretty good, I have alright teachers, none that are extremely bad or anything, and the courses themselves aren't very hard. I am taking AP Biology, AP American History, AP Literature, Advance Topics Math, Writing (lol), Geometry ( have to make up a semester), and Economics. Soz i [email protected] 2 lrn ohw 2 haxors the ec0n0mee and gut all ur moniezzs! >.< I have rekindled some friendships with past friends, and made a few very intresting friends. The most of which would be a girl who sits in front of me during my American History, she is a very funny person, but the most striking thing about her is she is almost my completely opposite. Whenever I am in a ranting mood, and I rant about a particular subject she has the counterpoint. :s I am starting to think that she is purposely doing that just to bother me. But oh well, she is a funny person. I outta met her boyfriend soon, hear he is just as crazy.
In the pixels, (the only life one needs! Full of illiterate 12 year olds, and Chris Crocker begging to leave Britney Alone. Serious, leave her alone guys. )
As you may or may not know, I am the guild master of Ardent Defender on Lightbringer, and let me tell you this: It sucks. We have just recently had a huge shift in leadership, promoting two of the guild's most favored people to the rank of Officer (they both were qualitfied) as well as cleaned out the guild, kicking those who hadn't been on over a month. I had this particular rogue, who was confirmed to be 12, that irritated the heck out of everyone. He would literally get on the guild, and beg every single higher level (of which there is few, five now I believe who are above 60?) for a run through Vancleef (or the deadmines as those newer players call it.) So I log on Friday, and he whispers me, "Hey Oni can you give me a run thru deadmines plz????" I responded "No." Almost instantly, "Why not???" "Because I am not meant to just run people all day" "But it will be good for u!!!" "I am level 66, why the hell would I need to run VC?" "To help out!!!" "No." "Fine then, I am glad my druid isn't in this guild, I am leaving!" So he quits the guild, I cheer. :mad: Really I know it was coming, he was eventually go to screw up, eventually he would be annoying, he would do SOMETHING to get himself kicked from the guild. Sadly, I didn't get the pleasure of doing it myself... or did I?
Not to long afterwards, I got a message from a warrior in our guild. And he wanted a run through VC, I haven't spoken to him before too much, this was a perfect opprotunity to get to know him. So I said, "Sure why not?" (Sidenote: Seems a bit double standards I think, I am still a little caustious on my actions last night. Maybe my.. strong dislike... for that rouge blinded my better judgement. ) So I get the invite to the group and sure enough, guess who is in there, the rouge. I chuckle a bit, I figured he would be in there, so I invited another one of our guild members into the run and we had a little bit of fun. Now during this run, I found more grounds to feel the rouge leaving was a good thing: He would ninja (that is, take without even thinking about it) loot, stuff he couldn't even use (last time I checked rogues can't use two handed maces) he was annoying, wouldn't listen to my instructions to stay back. And was for the most part, a pain in my backside. I gritted my teeth and went through the run, some time during the run, about halfway through the rouge got reinvited back to the guild. I didn't care too much, after all, I had a run to do.
With the run finished shortly after, I went about my business and figured since I wasn't in Outland, I would do a few more runs for the evening. I ran a few people through various instances, we recruited a new level 62 mage (who can nuke like a madman. ) and had a few nice laughs. I spoke to one my more trusted officers Ety, and he and I discussed guild leader philsophy. I honestly think he knew I was having a tough time deciding what to do about this rouge... ever fiber in my body said kick him, but that darn voice in the back of my head said "Is this wrong?" After talking over with me about how a guild should be ran, I came to the decision to kick the rouge. So I did, I kicked his sorry backside out of my guild and I told anyone who saw him come back, to kick him. And never invite him back.
Hmm, next week the higher levels in the guild (myself included) are going to run a scholomance instace. I am so close to my charger I can almost feel the golden plate.
Hmm I guess I should mention Valtori as well. I have another charactor, on the Horde side of a diffrent server. It's my orc shaman, I actually like him quite alot. The server is a RPPVP server (roleplaying as well as pvp) and was fortunate enough to be invited to a roleplaying PvP guild called Valtori. It's a very nice guild, growing strong. The problem is that the guild leader, though a very passionate and great leader, keeps doing bad in school and got grounded for the second time for an entire month. So he had his officers (another guy and myself) take the reigns of the guild. Thankfully, I don't have to focus a whole lot on Valtori, jsut level a bit, and make sure we have over 100 members, and just run things smoothy. I am trying to see if we can get more roleplaying into the guild. And of course I would like to hit 40 before the leader got back, only eight levels away. And it's the easy Stranglethorn Vale questing. (Or Ganklethorn as it is called on a PvP server. I really should do a blog entree with some of my more epic PvP battles. )
So that's all concerning WoW, guess the last thing I am going to blog about is Runescape.
Oh yes that is right, I play the scape. My main goal, of which I am not in a huge rush to get, is to have all 70 skills. I am working on Fletching right now and I have developed a little sense of joy, just chopping away at the maple logs and fletching them into bows. I made a skill log which you can see here. Feel free to drop by and give me a shout out, hate, or whatever. :s
Well that is it for today's Wall of Text. I am heading to my girl's house for the weekend, we are going to see Meet the Spartans and 300. I am excited.
THIS IS SPARTA!
As you can tell I am without an avatar at the moment. I changed my titile to "1337 by birth, Epic by choice" (I think it's good. ) and I would like to have an avatar to reflect that a bit. Anyone have any ideas?
Great title eh?
Yes it is true, I am finally back home in Palm Bay!
I have so many stories to tell, some of them really funny, some of the just sad. But I'll be sure to post a story per blog entry, over time. That way any of the few people who read this, won't be attacked by a wall of text. But regaurdless, I am finally back home, and that means I am finally back and active to Sal's. >.<
So I am in the second day of finals and I am hating it. :)
I am about to have a huge shift in my life, and it'll be good, mostly because I can finally have stable connection to the internet. :) And do I have some stories to tell... :)
Anyways, I was running Ardent Defender the other evening and we were having our first guild meeting in Goldshire, and of course this arrogant rogue came up to me and said
"Bet you can't one-hit me"
I smiled and accepted the duel. Here is what happened.
*[Rogue] hits you for 1*
*You cast Seal of Command*
*You cast Hammer of justice*
*You cast Judgement of Command*
*Judgement of Command crits [rogue] for 977]*
*Oniyoh has won the duel agaist [rogue]*
Me: " I disagree"
*Oniyoh misses Sal's. T_T And My two greatest friends... I will see you two soon, I promise.
So, as I am sure many of you don't know. I am a guild leader of a small little guild on WoW. It's ok, very easy to maintain right now, and as a matter of fact: We are pretty much no-bodies. We can't raid yet, we are full of people's alts (some of whom haven't been on for over a month.) and we also have cheap [expletive deleted] try to rob us blind.
Allow me to explain,
About a week ago, I log on to WoW and see two new people apart of my guild. Being the GM (Guild Master) it's important I have the revered care of every last member, for right now. That will change to a majority once we grow bigger. Anyways, I log on and see two new people. I warmly greet them both and I get no answer. I am was like: :D and I greeted them again, and then my gut sank a bit and something was creeping in the back of my mind. Something I have been hearing rumours about from friends of mine and their guilds: People have been joining, guilds, robbing their guild banks and then quitting the guild. Sure enough, after a few moments, one of our guildies (Ballsofice, awesome name I know, but still he robbed us.) quit the guild. I instantly woke up and thinking of what to do. Then this story gets more intresting...
The other peoson who was on (Honsolo, again, cool name. :) ) sent me a private tell as one of our newer guild members (Whittox) logged on. To paraphrase what he said, "Hey Whittox and that guy who just quit are working together to clean out your guild bank and start their own guild." Unthinkable. It isn't much of a guild bank, but truly it's all we have and it's full of a decent amount of money and items just to help each other out. It's the pride and joy of our new guild. And for someone to rob us... well, let's just say I was talking liek a sailor as I hopped on a griffon to Ironforge. Of course right when I saw what was happening, I quickly disabled everyone besides my officers and myself from seeing the guild bank. (What can you rob, that you cannot see? ) So I knew our bank was safe, thankfully I was on before we took any real damage, the main reason why I went to Ironforge is to see what was taken, and to do a little acting.
Whittox messaged me soon after I disabled the bank. "I can't see the bank." I was tempted to say "..So you can't rob us right?" but I had to take a more.. diplomatic approach. "Really? That is werid, Blizz must be having some technical difficulties, I am on my way to IF right now, let me see what is going on." So I make it to Ironforge and check the bank, the losses were as followed: A devout belt (level 53 cloth item.) a level 175 enchanting formula for elemental slaying, and of course a decent sum of money. I was relieved that most of our stuff wasn't taken so I went ahead and decided to do a little acting, and that's where the story get s alittle more intresting.
A send a tell across the guild channel: "Oh no... we have been robbed." Instantly everyone on was wondering what was going on. So I went ahead and spoke up. "We have been robbed somone named ballsofice, came on, went to our vault, took items and left the guild. I have been hearing rumors about this, but I didn't think it would happen to us..." So, we were feeling bad and sure enough.. Whittox speaks.
"Oh that was my cousin."
"Your cousin? Who invited him to the guild? And more importantly we did he rob us?"
"Oh well he does that sometimes, he just left."
"Why didn't he just ask for the items?"
"He wants to be a twink mage."
"Why would a level 11 need a level 56 cloth belt?"
"Oh that was for my hunter main, I thought it was leather sorry."
"The guild bank is for people in the guild only. If everyone took stuff for their mains or whatever we would be runned dry, don't do that again."
"Ok ok, I'll get your stuff back and I'll get my high leveled hunter to join the guild."
"...Alright get our stuff back, and don't do that ever again."
I had no intrest in high level charactors who are theives. I highly doubt that he even has a high leveled hunter because note the bolded part above, he said leather. Hunters past level 40 wear mail not leather. Not to mention I was furious at this time, but I couldn't just kick people, not yet, not so soon. So instead I gave a mix message. I forgave Whittox but I set a very heavy restiction to his rank on guild bank (Instead of unlimited access, he can only withdraw one item and one gold a day.) , and promoted those I trusted to squire and allowed them to continue having access to the bank.
It was sucessful, because sure enough I got all the items back, even the gold. In the message he sent me it simply said "I am sorry here is the stuff." So that solves one ordeal. But once your out of the frying pan, your in the fire they say...
Our biggest problems:
-We don't have enough dedicated members.
We have about 30 something people in the guild, 10-11 of which are active and very nice people. While this is nice, I would like to see more people joining and being active. One of the solutions to this, is of course advertisement. Advertisment of our guild needs to be unique and special, something that sets us apart from the rest of the guilds. It is like a catchy book cover to a good story, or a flashy cover to an exciting movie. I have been consulting friends, and other people, seeing just how we can draw people to us. I believe our guild philsophy is sound, now if only I could think of a few select messages in a few short words. Just enough to catch your attention, but not too much to sound like a blabbermouth (Which I must admit, is a problem for me. This essay is proof ) Another way we can advertise our guild and keep people is if we have a strong guild bank. We have a decent guild bank, but it's far from strong. The best way to keep people is if we prove to them that we can support and help them, let them feel intergrated and apart of us as a whole.
Side note: Our officers are crazy by the way, I don't know how many times Antaris (second in command) and I have changed the guild message when several people are on, just to mess with each other. Everything from "Oni>Antaris" to Antaris posting an entire message in german where at the end it says "Hail King Oni!" (in german of course.)
-We don't have people withdrawing from our bank.
You would think we wouldn't have to encourage people to be greedy, but everyone in our guild is too... giving. Our bank is filled to the rim with alot of very useful materials, but no one is using them! We have plenty of formulas, raw materials, armor, sheilds and weapons, but no one in the entire guild is withdrawing them. Now, there is a diffrence between withdrawing items for a profession, and cleaning out the guild bank. I think it's perfectly fine for everyone to withdraw linene cloth stacks for tailoring, or some copper ore for engineering. What I really don't get though is no one is withdrawing alot of items...
There is going to have to be a change to bank policy, right now we have a very simple "Take what you need, but give back." I think we really need to encourage people to develop their professions, because once we have strong professions in the guild, everyone benefits.
-We need more ideas.
We need to stand out. We need to be diffrent from everyone else. It's a strong desire of mine to figure out, how to be diffrent, how to stand out. How we are better then the Paper Warriors, how we out do Resurrection, just why is Ardent Defender the best guild in Lightbringer? We need foundations and good people to help run the guild. Our current "Elite" Antaris, Intellectual but wise, Verlis, crazy and just fun, Genisexis, brillant and logical, and me, the big bad GM, all are doing our best to run the guild to peak efficeincy, we just need more people. And more ways to keep people, to stand out. To carve our reputation.
I type too much.
My final verdict: Running a guild is a headache. :)
If anyone has any suggestions, I am all ears. :)
I began to think on the ride home what types of evil there were. I compiled the known evils into three categories.
This is Animals. A very important thing that should be noted, is that animals lack the ability to do good and evil. They have no clue what they are doing and therefore lack the ability to choose between right and wrong. Animals are neutral, there is no such thing as a good dog or a bad cat, they are just animals. Only man can be good or evil, because only man can choose. This goes into the primitive mind and the cerebral cortex of our minds that give us the animalistic drives as well as the self-sacrifice of humanity. A pathetic fallacy evil would be like Grendal from Beowulf, the shark from Jaws or the Xenomorphs from Aliens. They all are creatures, unknowing of what good and evil is and live purely off instinct. It's humans who give these creatures good or evil characteristics. Hence, Pathetic Fallacy.
The next two classes of evil are unique only to man. In otherwords only humans can fall under this category because guess what? Only man can be good or evil in this world.
This is what a wide majority of people who are deemed evil fall under. These are people whom have "fallen out of grace", these are the antagonist who despite their wicked ways still show a sense of humanity and guilt. These are the people who I can understand and more importantly wish to know, because they have qualities in them that makes them redeemable. Darth Vader is an excellent example of a person like this. Though he was tricked/warped into going to the dark side, he still had redeemable qualities and that showed when he defeated the Emperor, at the cost of his own life. (An act of self-sacrifice, a quality key in being good.) These are the lost souls who, for one reason or another fell from the light (light being morality) and now find a new place. These people often times, fail. Their very choice to turn from the right way, does much more grief then good for them. They are.. sad. It is sad, because they are still in fact human and still feel pains and woes but it's a tragedy that they often bring all of these pains and woes upon themselves. It's their own hands that is their undoing.
The day I meet a villain is the day I lose hope that every human being in fact has humanity. A Villain is a person who followed evil and shows no remorse. No guilt, nothing in them at all that has a redeemable quality. There are few if any people, who could every fit this description in literature let alone, in life. But the only Villain I know of is Iago in Othello. He is in fact a bitter, jealous, prideful villain. A Villain is what we would consider pure evil. (For lack of a better pun.)
Reasons why kids don't need sugar.
Getting rep with the NE Sentinals is funner <_<
Speaking of Night elves...
Thanks to Blondie for the great pics and slide shows.
XD I just love these. Thanks to Venom for showing me the site.
Some images removed. Please don't swear ~Kittenblob
Edited: Sweet Lord I at least had the common sense not to post the motivational posters that had pornography in them, a few simple curse words doesn't seem like alot. I suppose the world is going to end because somebody saw the "F" word right? Meh, it's not really a big deal if anyone wants to see the other ones that I am not allowed to show to the public apprently, I do have a PM. (Don't worry they aren't heavy curses, one or two and nothing more. )
When is the last time I wrote a runescape related essay?
A few weeks ago I asked a question if I should go back to the 'scape as we like to call it down here in Florida. Should I go back to my senseless hours of pixelated death and enjoy the fact I don't have to fingers of fury in order to kill someone? Should I go back to the mind-numbing hours of doing the same skill over and over and feeling good about it?
Well on the one hand, I could easily fit it in with WoW. You see in WoW I am not the leader of a guild and I am three levels away from outland which as Blondie has put it "EZ mode" for leveling. Then begins the long and ardous rask of getting ready for raiding. Which is going to but fun but can be tiring.
I also have a shaman I created on a RPPVP server and so I want to level him up. And I have my Warlock (whom I will post a kill count picture for in one evening, Affliction warlocks are in fact overpowered, and I love it. :/ )
But then old runescape calls to me again. It's saying "Oni come, no life with me. Oni, come and pwn 12 year olds on the internet. Oni, it'll be fun as you kill pixlated monster for fun and profit. Come!"
Ok a little bit of dramatization. But I could start again and add runescape into my two days of play, two weeks. It's murder I really need to ask for my own computer this christmas.
What am I getting at? Simple: Persuade me.
Another lonely pagan night. XD
Seriously though I am the only person my age here at my friend's house. He left for a concert and didn't invite me, I don't blame him. Last night I ruined the night for us all by repeating a rather offensive joke to a feiry red-headed girl. So I guess I am spending this night alone, and just being on Sal's. Not like I feel surrounded by friends here anyways.
My friend Earring and Tim are going on date for halloween, really good for them, they need that time together they hardly ever get it with the business of the week. And Tim is on WoW all day. Not even sure if I should call up my other friends, they are probably busy as well. So here I am, probably being forced to give candy out to the children this halloween. Last Halloween I just played runescape and talked to my girlfriend all night, it was very pleasant, she made the night so much fun. :sighs: But those days are pasted now. Heck two years ago I went with another friend of mine who was dressed up like a kitty and me a cultist and we walked around the town center and drank coffee. (Which I found I am very suspectable too, I didn't fall asleep until 2:00am I believe.) And my freshman year, I was with a group of friends and we raided a neighborhood singing songs from The Nightmare Before Christmas and raising all sorts of hell.
But not this year, this year it's just me. No friends to be with, no girlfriend to bother, no town to scare.
I think I am getting use to this lonliness to be honest. I already am being forced to go to a senior night, a special occassion where parents get to walk out with their seniors and everyone congradulates them. Of course, dispite the fact I am a senior I am going to be video-taping my friend, not walking at all. How ironic is that? The moment you think you have freedom, you are not even given rights to anything. Life is such a pain sometimes.
Haha I suppose that is all this year is going to good for, finding my own weaknesses and figuring out how the heck I am going to purge myself of them. Last night and most of today I realized one of my greatest weaknesses is the simple fact of being lonely. I am not just talking about some special someone but friends, true friends to be there. I have friends now, I love them dearly, but I feel more distant from them all. Tim and Earring are bisy dating. Steve is busy running his haunted house. Phil at his concert. Un0 fast asleep and Blondie, no clue where he is.
So here I am again, alone and I hate it. XD
I was so willing to not be alone that I lowered my standards just to be accepted, I went with the crowd last night, just so I could be one of them. Be accepted, I guess that doesn't happen much now adays. I am to damn smart to be a jock, to spritual to fit with Phil and the rest. To radical for my own Christian kin, and too terrifying for anyone else. (How stupid is it when people judge you just because you are strong.)
Just lonely today.
In your opinion what are the characteristics that make a leader?
(Note: this a two-part kinda deal. I am still figuring out what I think makes a leader, so I am asking first then I am going to shape my own perspective.)