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#8853080 Dec 16, 2013 at 11:47 PM · Edited 6 years ago
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((Written as an IC Guide for Roleplaying a Sentinel))

Revision III. 22nd Moon of the First Month, Year 32

Rules and Regulations

For Darnassus Sentinels


Section 1: Honors and Courtesies

  • Saluting: Salute when you recognize a fellow Sentinel, before reporting in to a superior, or when dismissed. The junior salutes first, and the senior returns the salute. Only salute when wearing the uniform. If sitting, stand before you salute. Never salute when sitting down (except when mounted). Salutes are not required to be rendered or returned when the senior or junior, or both are: in civilian clothes (anything not the uniform), engaged in routine work such as the salute would interfere, carrying articles with both hands as to make the salute impracticable, and in the ranks of a formation. However, always salute known officers even when they're in civilian clothes. They are to greet you in return. All other times it is optional for you to salute - but always return a salute when it is given to you.
  • When Approached by Superiors: Stand and face your superiors when they approach you. Give them your full attention and respect. If you need to leave their presence, request permission to be dismissed. You cannot walk away on your own accord.
  • How to Address fellow Sentinels: When speaking to superiors call them by their rank, rank and surname, Sister, or Sister and surname. When speaking to Sentinels your rank or below, call them by their rank, rank and surname, Sister, last name, or Sister and surname. Recruits are to always be called Recruit, Recruit and surname, or by surname alone.
  • Recruits are to call all Sisters Outrunner and above by their rank only, every time they speak. However, Recruits are permitted and encouraged to call fellow Recruits by their surname, as Sister, or Sister and surname.

Section 2: Conduct

  • Professionalism: Your Sentinel sisters are your coworkers. Be respectful when in Sentinel gatherings, even when they are off duty events. Being drunk in public is prohibited. Do not do anything that would embarrass yourself or the Cadre.
  • Fraternization (Romance/Friendship): -Fraternization is defined as undue familiarity between Sentinels that do not respect differences in rank. Close and familiar friendships and romances are forbidden between:
    1. Enlisted Sentinels and Officers
    2. Junior Enlisted Sentinels (Recruit/Outrunner) with Senior Enlisted Sentinels (Sentinel/Keeper).
Exceptions are made for pre-existing relationships.Note: It is frowned upon to have a romantic relationship with a fellow Sentinel, due to conflicts of interest. This is because the act can and does interfere with one's duty on the battlefield, harms the outward appearance of the unit, and leads to favoritism.
  • Orders: Obey orders, unless they are immoral. If you disobey an order, your reason as to why the order is immoral has to be able to hold up in front of the Commander.
  • Wearing the Uniform:
    1. The uniform is to be worn exactly as described in the posting Sentinel Uniform Guide. Do not wear a uniform if you are missing any of the required uniform items for the set. Do not substitute in pieces that are not prescribed in the Uniform Guide in any uniform, unless you carry a written and signed approval from an officer on your person to do so. Recruits are not allowed to be given exceptions to alter the uniform, except for medical reasons.
    2. Public displays of affection in uniform are forbidden. However, locking arms, quick hugs, and a single short kiss are permitted between significant others when not on duty. (ie: husbands, wives, and mates).
    3. When entering the Temple of the Moon, remove your shoes and weapons. However if you are acting in the Temple's defense, do not remove your shoes and weapons (ie: being on Vigil).

Section 3: Ranks and Responsibilities

Ranks: Ranks are as follows, from the most junior to most senior: Recruit, Outrunner, Sentinel/Keeper, Lieutenant, Huntress/Guardian, Commander. Highest ranking Sentinel on scene takes command. If who this is is in dispute, decide seniority in the following order: who is most experienced in the missions' field, and then by earliest date of advancement.

Key Terms and Rank Responsibilities: Below, each rank and it's responsibilities are listed.

  • Recruit: Recruit is the most junior enlisted rank. They are not yet Sentinels, but Sentinels in training. It is a Recruit's job to be humble, and train diligently to be a Sentinel. The ideal Recruit follows orders and regulations, wears the uniform correctly, is respectful to their superiors, and realizes their superiors have more knowledge than them. Knowing this, she listens and learns well, trains with their fellow Sisters to increase their skills, goes on vigil (watch) with them, and participates in missions. Recruits lead by passing on their skills to fellow Recruits. An ambitious Recruit should bring their plans to their superiors for advice approval, such as if they want to host an event such as a training exercise or a Feast of Winter's Veil party.
  • Outrunner: Outrunner is an enlisted rank, and a junior non-commissioned officer. The ideal Outrunner does everything a Recruit does, with the caveat of being a more veteran Sentinel. They should prepared in the face of crisis, and an example of a veteran to whom the Recruits can look up to. They should look lead by training their Sisters and enforcing standards among their peers and on Recruits. As well, an Outrunner is to look to their sisters' morale by talking to them about their lives, getting to know their Sisters, and helping them through their troubles. An Outrunner can and should issue orders both when superiors are present or not in order to make sure their own superiors orders are carried out. The ambitious Outrunner should speak to an officer to be given advice on their ideas and have them approved.
  • Sentinel/Keeper: Sentinels and Keepers are enlisted senior non-commissioned officers. They are leaders. The ideal Sentinel/Keeper is cool in the face of crisis, motivated, and prepared to lead their Sisters and issue orders on the field when need be. Oftentimes, this means issuing orders to make sure an officer's orders are carried out. Off the field, Sentinels/Keepers should enforce discipline and regulations, look to the morale of their fellow Sisters by speaking to them about and helping them through their troubles, and respond to and resolve crises if an officer is not able. Ambitious Sentinels/Keepers should get permission from an officer to begin their own operations, such as leading missions in an area, or an extended campaign. A Sentinel/Keeper is and should act like an example for their fellow Sisters.
  • Lieutenant: A Lieutenant is a junior commissioned officer. A Lieutenant is an experienced Sentinel, who has leadership skills. The ideal Lieutenant is decisive, cool in the face of crisis, and able to make quick decisions on the field with the information given. In addition to that, the ideal Lieutenant takes initiative: they bring their Sisters together. The ideal Lieutenant commences on their own missions, start patrols, and handle the day-to-day issues that come up in the unit. A Lieutenant must put the well-being of her Sisters before herself always. This means a Lieutenant should be tough enough to maintain discipline in the unit, but at the same time, be kind and open enough to take care of the needs of her Sisters, whatever they may be. Remember: each and every Sentinel has their own ways of thinking, their own convictions, and their own mood. As a Lieutenant one must have to be close and receptive to each Sentinel while at the same time keep distance in order to maintain authority, and to be respected and obeyed.
  • Guardian/Huntress: These are senior commissioned officers - meaning they are in important positions of command. Everything that applies to Lieutenant rank applies to them, with one important caveat: a Huntress or Guardian must be able to take charge in the same respect as the Commander when the Commander is not present. This means as a senior officer, one must be able to take important decisions on their own, and carry them out.
  • Commander: The Commander is responsible for all that takes place in the Cadre. She looks to her Sisters' morale, health and well-being, and to the fighting effectiveness of the unit

Approved: Huntress Wind-Dancer
#8853414 Dec 17, 2013 at 02:06 AM · Edited 6 years ago
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Rules and Regulations

For Darnassus Sentinels


Section 4: Formation & Assembly:

  • Professionalism and Bearing: Your Sentinel sisters are your shield mates, your brethren, and your co-workers. Be respectful of them when in formation.
  • Do not salute from within formation, per the code of conduct associated with the rendering of the salute.
  • Do not speak while in formation, as silence is respectful to your Commanding officer, unless asked a direct question by a Sister addressing the formation, or by responding to a greeting or the cry of Tor'ilisar'thera'nal by an officer addressing the formation.
  • Do not fidget while in formation, as it is a distraction to others in the formation. ((limit emotes))
  • Do not move about nor make inappropriate gestures or engage inappropriate activities while in formation, as that reflects poorly on yourself and the cadre.
  • Do not engage in any kind of familiar acts with other Sentinels while in formation, as that could be considered fraternization, and per the code of conduct associated with fraternization is strictly prohibited.
  • Do not present yourself to formation under the effects of alcohol, as that reflects very poorly on you, your cadre, and the Sentinel Army.
  • Do not do anything that would embarrass yourself, your cadre, or the Sentinel Army while in formation.
  • Prescribed Uniform: For the Induction Ceremony, drills, and all other ceremony the ceremonial uniform is to be worn unless other instruction is given. The uniform is to be worn without personal modification unless that modification has been approved by an officer and you carry the signed approval on your person. Do not present yourself to formation without wearing the proper and completed uniform.
  • Falling In: Sisters will enter formation from the rear of the formation. If there is so much as a single Sister at the assembly area the formation has been established and must be joined from the rear of that formation. Close up ordering of Sisters unless otherwise stipulated by an officer ((hands very nearly touching)). If returning to the formation from the front of the formation walk desoil ((clockwise)) around the formation and return to your position from the rear of the formation. If the formation is already assembled and the Commander or an officer is addressing the formation stand at a point off the formation, wait for a sign of recognition from the commander or an officer, and then issue a verbal petition to join the formation and await verbal confirmation to do so.
  • Falling Out: Sisters will always leave a formation by taking a step back, turning left face, and walking parallel to the formation in a desoil ((clockwise)) direction until passing the right shoulder of the last Sister in formation by no less than a margin of the shoulder width of another Sentinel, and then turning left face again to walk away from the formation. If moving to the front of the formation, to address the formation, the Sister will move desoil around the formation until standing equidistant between the Commander and the center of the formation, and then turn to face the formation. She will return to formation per the code outlining Falling In when dismissed by the Commander or the most senior officer.


Submitted by: Sentinel Nyghtwhisper
Approved by: Huntress Wind-Dancer
#8853821 Dec 17, 2013 at 04:51 AM · Edited 8 years ago
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What if someone RPs as six thousand year old kaldorei who is a veteran in all sorts of wars, but then they kinda just joined the guild, and then they have to start as a Recruit?

Remember that elders, especially veteran ones, are revered in the kaldorei society. How then will this (hopefully unlikely) scenario be implemented in this How To of yours, Aeraniel? How would you character react to this ICly? Will it be deliberated OOCly as well?
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#8853887 Dec 17, 2013 at 05:12 AM
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Looks good so far. There's a few things I would suggest re-wording, but we can go over that in-game.
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#8853891 Dec 17, 2013 at 05:14 AM · Edited 8 years ago
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#8853821 Kaliessa Keenstar wrote:

What if someone RPs as six thousand year old kaldorei who is a veteran in all sorts of wars, but then they kinda just joined the guild, and then they have to start as a Recruit?

Remember that elders, especially veteran ones, are revered in the kaldorei society. How then will this (hopefully unlikely) scenario be implemented in this How To of yours, Aeraniel? How would you character react to this ICly? Will it be deliberated OOCly as well?



Good question! I've seen this rped quite a few times (though only onces in the guild). Within the guild, it's just been them re-enlisting so far, which isn't unheard of IRL - at least, historically.

I've actually found most elders who rp as veterans do so pretty unconvincingly. I think it takes experience and a good deal of knowledge to rp as a soldier - and for the most part it just hasn't been there from my standpoint. I don't really see that hard-bitten demeanor that one would expect from a veteran, or any behavior that inspires confidence such as the extreme competence one would expect.

Instead, from people rping veteran elders, I mostly see scorn for the rules - as if they're above them. This is opposed the more relaxed attitude I would expect from someone who is already very disciplined. An experienced, elite soldier does not require the same regimentation and strictness a fresh Recruit might require to carry out their duties, but of course this does not mean the rules do not apply to them, and that disrespect is okay. A veteran would know this going in when they are re-enlisting, and not have ridiculous expectations as to how they could behave. As well, I notice a lack of knowledge when it comes to basics a veteran would know - like the duties their rank entails, or when to salute.

Taking those points into consideration I think someone rping a veteran could very much still benefit from this guide, providing them with a knowledge base that their character should already have a firm grasp of.
#8853986 Dec 17, 2013 at 05:45 AM
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Very useful! If only this guide existed when I had just joined! It would certainly have helped avoid some of my early mistakes >_> !

Live and learn. Hopefully the new members can make the most out of this.
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#8854067 Dec 17, 2013 at 06:02 AM · Edited 8 years ago
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#8853986 Palandris Silvermist wrote:

Very useful! If only this guide existed when I had just joined! It would certainly have helped avoid some of my early mistakes >_> !

Live and learn. Hopefully the new members can make the most out of this.



Glad you think it's of value to people, Pala! Thanks for the feedback; I appreciate it!
#8854140 Dec 17, 2013 at 06:29 AM · Edited 8 years ago
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This is a magnificent guide, I honestly wish it was up when I was still a recruit. I hope everyone has actually taken the time to read the whole thing.

Just gonna add a bit to what Aeraniel said, a little bit of it is repetitive but I think they are very important points...

Officers such as myself and Xeqwena are very, very young and there are some recruits "thousands of years older and more experienced" but that doesn't mean you should show disrespect. Like Aeraniel said, regard ranks above age within the cadre.
About the romance... those of you in an IC romantic relationship with someone in the cadre should be extra careful about being affectionate in public. If an officer catches you, their will be repercussions because you are both soldiers and should be acting professionally amongst each other.
There are also many in relationships with someone outside the cadre and the Sentinel should also show general professionalism, though it is more lenient in public. But on duties and missions absolutely no lovey dovey stuff.
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#8854430 Dec 17, 2013 at 07:48 AM
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I guess its a good thing Shay doesn't do "relationshits" as she puts it. Heh. Great guide!
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#8854877 Dec 17, 2013 at 09:28 AM
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I absolutely love this! Sentinel is my first military guild and even though I come from a very military family, I myself am very soft and don't think with a military mind-set. I am not very knowledgeable of certain military-like protocol so this was very helpful. I play my own personal uneasiness with the military lifestyle into Arivani who, although is a knowledgeable Priestess, is completely out of her comfort-zone as a soldier.

As far as the age thing, Ari is a bit older (albeit not Elder status) and much older than many of the Huntresses but she doesn't look down upon younger officers. They earned their rank and are far more knowledgeable than her in how to be a soldier. She looks up to and admires them. She realizes they have much to teach her and it'd be wise of her to keep her mouth shut and listen.

One thing I'd like to add that took a while for me to get use to and am something I still have to remind myself of is not to take certain things personal. A soldier/officer does not have time on the battlefield to sugarcoat things so being yelled at, corrected or disciplined isn't meant to be aimed directly at the person or character.
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#8855238 Dec 17, 2013 at 10:44 AM · Edited 8 years ago
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#8854877 Arivani Starwatcher wrote:

As far as the age thing, Ari is a bit older (albeit not Elder status) and much older than many of the Huntresses but she doesn't look down upon younger officers. They earned their rank and are far more knowledgeable than her in how to be a soldier. She looks up to and admires them. She realizes they have much to teach her and it'd be wise of her to keep her mouth shut and listen.

One thing I'd like to add that took a while for me to get use to and am something I still have to remind myself of is not to take certain things personal. A soldier/officer does not have time on the battlefield to sugarcoat things so being yelled at, corrected or disciplined isn't meant to be aimed directly at the person or character.



This. Azaeluna is over 4,000 years old (not sure if she'd classify as an "elder" either, but I digress). Though a great deal of the officers and others in the cadre are much, much younger than her, she highly respects the commanding officers and she knows she can learn a lot from them. She was a sentinel briefly before she was a mercenary, but now that she's back to being a soldier, I've been trying to learn how to rp her as such. I'll admit I don't know much about the military, but I try to make Az appear cool, calm, and collected while on duty and off duty she's goofy and fun-loving, minus the drunken escapades of course.
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#8857132 Dec 17, 2013 at 07:42 PM
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This is a great guide, and I'm thankful for it.

Lune is...super young. I feel like I should've made her older (she's under 400) but I think her backstory supports her young age. She did have a relationship at one time ithin her group, and she feels that was what started the events leading up to now. I doubt she'll ever have feelings for another sister again, but we'll see how things go. Matters of the heart and all that :)
#8857273 Dec 17, 2013 at 08:37 PM · Edited 8 years ago
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#8857132 Lunedera wrote:

This is a great guide, and I'm thankful for it.



I'm glad you appreciated it! Thanks for the feedback!
#8862004 Dec 19, 2013 at 01:09 AM
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Great Post Aera, and I would just like to re-iterate what Aravani said. Don't take things personally. Orders are orders, and you should follow them. But the yelling and all is to convey orders quickly and many times across the battlefield. They are not attacks at you for what you are doing, merely things that need to be corrected quickly.
#8865125 Dec 19, 2013 at 05:13 PM · Edited 8 years ago
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When unsure of seniority, I would like to recommend the 'Newest Members' Column on the 'Home' page. Though these may be records of when a member has joined the guild site, it proves relatively useful as a commission guide for Outrunners & Recruits.


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#8939675 Jan 10, 2014 at 04:49 AM
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While part of it is IC, most of my problems are OOC. I'm thinking I'm going to favorite this guide, as it ensures that even after a long day, I've got protocol. At least.
#8941110 Jan 10, 2014 at 11:31 AM
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#8939675 Saeleathe wrote:

While part of it is IC, most of my problems are OOC. I'm thinking I'm going to favorite this guide, as it ensures that even after a long day, I've got protocol. At least.



I'm glad this guide helped yah, Sae! <3
#8941372 Jan 10, 2014 at 12:30 PM
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This is a beautiful piece of work, Aera. *Votes for sticky*

I suggest that we point every recruit we have to this post, and every one we get.
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#8941954 Jan 10, 2014 at 03:01 PM
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#8941372 Lurinda Thistleclaw wrote:

This is a beautiful piece of work, Aera. *Votes for sticky*

I suggest that we point every recruit we have to this post, and every one we get.



Thanks, Tia! I really appreciate that! *Good feels* :3
#8957016 Jan 14, 2014 at 04:39 AM
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{deleted post} Tammeril Moonchaser wrote:

Aeraniel, you rock! This is awesome!

I've noticed that many, many people who have joined the guild (including myself) are roleplaying very, very young night elves. And I have to say, the person who plays a living ancestor of thousands of years and as a sentinel is roleplaying one of the most difficult race/classes in WoW. The choice for younger night elf characters I think reflect that fact that most of us find the task daunting. I'm very glad to have someone fill in the military knowledge gap for me. I will go even so far as to say that I would appreciate immediate corrections in officer chat or whispers or ventrillo when Tammeril doesn't follow protocol during ceremonies so that I can get better.

At some point, I hope to be experienced enough to change Tammeril's name to something else and role-play a living ancestor, but in the meantime, thank you for your expertise!



I'm really glad you benefited from the guild, Tammeril! Now that I know you're comfortable with it, I'll be forthcoming if I see any...missteps. Missteps are okay; it's a lot to take in, all the military rules and regulations. I try and correct IC though; IC I think is most fun, and your character actively learns alongside you. :)