Times are dark in the Lands of Mythron. Regardless of what faction one belongs to, no one can deny that the lands are a place of chaos. Mythron may be in a bad spot in the war, but the true disorder lurks throughout the realm. There are plenty of heroes and villains of note who lead campaigns across nations, yet how often do these individuals meet? While the other guilds make merry at the Tourney in Carthal, the Band of the Grey Shield will work to establish a unified storyline across the map.
What does all of this mean? It means that I am taking the BGS in a new direction - rather than spend its time in preparation for the next Tourney, the guild will focus on overlapping the stories of its members. Everyone has motives, adventures and side-characters; why not share them to make the LOM's story more cohesive as a whole? The Rainosian clans and the put-a-town-on-the-map system help with this organization, but the Band of the Grey Shield will work from this point forward to maximize the amount of crossovers and allusions in the LOM. Starting today, the guild will compile a list of NPCs, players, places and events that members can use their MOCs, and members will also rise in guild status based on how many of these elements from other people they use.
Eventually, the guild will have a database of dozens or hundreds of data from across the lands, but, for now, each member may choose ten elements from his or her storyline to share with the guild. This will be broken into the categories of Non-Player Characters, Player Side Characters, Locations, Events and Artifacts/Information. Members can post data from any category they wish, and may post a new datum each time one of their posted data is used by in a MOC by another member. In addition, each member is encouraged to post updates of her or his main character's location and destinations to allow for crossovers between members.
Members gain one guild credit every time one of their story elements is used by another member or every time they use another member's story elements. A crossover with another character is worth two credits per other member in the crossover; a two-person meeting gives each person who builds the meeting two credits, whereas a three-person meeting gives each person who builds the meeting four credits. Finally, updating or adding a page to the Lands of Mythron wiki is worth two credits. Guild statuses give no special privilege other than a good feeling inside and the respect of other guild members. The current statuses are as follows:
Shieldbearer - 0 credits
Active Shieldbearer - 5 credits
As stated in the Guild rules, no faction can have more members in a guild than the faction of the host. In this case, that means that there must be at least as many Rainosians as Enalicans, Outlaws, Mythronians or Nerogues in the guild. Also, LOM players may only join one guild founded by someone not of their faction; for example, an Enalican could not join both the Crimson Knights and the Band of the Grey Shield. The BGS has no other membership qualifications.
Questions and Answers
1. Do guild members have to get along with each other?
A. No; they could be sworn enemies if the wanted to; the idea is to strengthen the story, not relations between factions.
2. Will the guild compete in the Tourney?
A. That depends on whether or not Gilbert Despathens will be a judge in the 2015 Tourney and whether or not he will even be around in 2015.
3. Why are there only two guild statuses?
A. More will be added as the existing levels are reached.
4. Why is there a number 5 but no question?
A. It's holding a place for the next question.
Quoting Halhi 141
Question 4: Why is there a number 4 but no question 4? Haha, sounds interesting. Sorry if Brick/Fraser/David/I have gotten on you too much about the RC entry and the FBs and stuff, by the way.
I answered the first question on the MOC, and, as to the last, no problem. I need people to keep me in check sometimes - it was just shocking to take hits on three points at once.