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#1378645 May 23, 2009 at 02:24 AM · Edited over 8 years ago
Officer
37 Posts
Last May 18, I celebrated my fourth month in the guild.

I understand not many people keep track of how long they've been in guilds but this has become a personal peculiar habit ever since my hunter has been in a flurry of guilds that promised to be raiding-oriented but never so much as gave me a chance to raid. Truth be told, Ascendance is the first serious guild I've been a part of that actually gave me that chance. If you sense the emo-ness, rest assured this isn't a pre-/gquit post.

Understand therefore that during my first time raiding with Ascendance, I spent all day reading strats and watching Youtube videos of Naxxramas bosses. Perhaps it was performance anxiety but I remember yelling on chat the entire time reminding people what they were supposed to do without so much as thinking I'm raiding with experienced people who're so used to the instance already they can raid with their eyes closed and not use so much as a single brain cell to top the DPS charts. In retrospect, I realize how foolish I was. I also had printed-and-cut-out summarized strats for each bosses so I wouldn't fuck up.

Over time however, I understood much more than mastering my class and contributing to a raid group set on a particular goal. I also understood the social mechanics of what makes a guild keep ticking despite obstacles that bring the potential for a /gdisband. Much has changed since I joined. One proof would be Coimoet topping the DPS charts back then; now, I out-DPS him! Hah! /stroke-epeen

First and foremost, I believe that we owe much of the guild's success to Skera, our Mr. Ever Patient raid organizer, raid leader, chef, Vent-hogger, guild heartthrob, and Mispronouncer and Butcherer of Names. At some point, any guild member who begins to immerse himself or herself as an Ascendite (eek!) will know how much power Skera has over everyone in the guild (except perhaps Eddyz).

It's been a mere four months but some of the names seem too distant already when I could just as well have been raiding with and hitting on them yesterday (i.e., Katolina, Bnzai, Jien, Healbot, Adorno, Lileath, Kasillas, Daei, Yaxuan, Raerae, Scottyg, Mookiemeow, and--sorry Hump, couldn't resist--Lossol*). I'm sure the senior members know of more people.

A lot of people say Ulduar tears guilds apart but we have proven this to be false. We may not be at the top of the progression charts but we are nevertheless guaranteed the chance to keep on progressing because Ascendance is rock-solid; that is, it aims high but nevertheless remains firmly grounded (of course this will be lol-irony when people starts /gquitting tomorrow).

Next to Skera, we have ourselves to thank for making Ascendance what it is. I think the guild has survived for almost three years not because it manages to comb through any given game content but because it puts a high premium on camaraderie and companionship. This doesn't mean however that we should all sit around, braiding each other's hair infront of the Ironforge bank. Sure, there are some people in the guild who likes to show-off their inner jerks; but at the end of the day, these are lovable and adorable jerks we would still want to raid with and take off our ignore lists *cough*. I would gladly pass on loot for anyone--even the Black Drake (err, I think? But Sappy doesn't want me passing on loot so yeah, I'd still roll. Doh! Who wouldn't?)--if it serves no purpose other than to preserve the guild.

It is my fervent hope therefore that we give each other reasons to stay in the guild longer (other than giving each other gold, of course; although that works for me). For to quote Abraham Lincoln, people quit the guild not because they have a reason to leave, but because they have no more reasons to stay. :)

What about you? What are three reasons that make you want to stay in the guild? Or quit it, even? (jerk!)

*Note: The sequence of names are written in random and not according to who I like best in descending order. Apologies if I hurt anyone's pride. Although even if I did, Lossol will be last.
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#1380025 May 23, 2009 at 08:24 PM
Raider
25 Posts
Very well said Cath....
I'm really happy that I have joined such a strong solid and FUN guild...
Thanks all and thanks Kait too =)
Go go Skera...u are a awesome leader as I said before. And a big thank you for all OFFICERS... Always working to make the guild a better enviroment.

=)
Well done guys...
xxx
"Bcoz I got the power babe" lol
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#1383856 May 26, 2009 at 04:01 AM
Raider
7 Posts
"how much power Skera has over everyone in the guild (except perhaps Eddyz)"

Made me laugh; nice write up Cath.


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#1385572 May 27, 2009 at 01:00 AM
The Queen
14 Posts
Gay man rawks... LOL

WHERE AM I!? DAMNED IT...

I AM NOT MENTIONED!!!!
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