Sitting here at the decade mark, it's surprisingly difficult to find something adequate and inspiring to say. Looking back at my previous anniversary posts, I realize I already said what I wanted to say to you now...four years ago.
So instead, I thought I'd briefly describe what makes this guild so special and important to me, and I invite all of you to please do the same.
Why do I keep on after all this time?
Simply, I enjoy making you all happy. My goal is always to offer a safe and comfortable online environment, and provide you with enjoyable roleplay scenarios; or the opportunity to craft your own. Sometimes I'm more successful than others, but I do always try.
And if the guild has given you at least an evening of enjoyment, put a smile on your face, given you a place to belong, a reason to look forward to logging into World of Warcraft, then I am also happy. If this guild is a bright spot in your life, no matter how small, then I am satisfied.
Got me in tears Adell >_< I have to say ever since I joined the guild WoW became a safe place to rest and enjoy, even when we have nothing to do in-game I just login to chat and enjoy the evening with a casual RP or mog runs The friends and the experience I'm getting from this guild will stay with me for the rest of my life <3
#14460116 Nov 29, 2020 at 02:24 PM · Edited 7 months ago
Awesome Pictures, Adell. You should be proud of the community you’ve helped build in the last decade.
Sentinel was, and still is, my first and only RP guild. I started roleplaying in MoP, and it was a happy accident that I joined WRA when I did with the sole purpose of playing a Night Elf Sentinel. It was an even happier accident that I happen to be in Darnassus one Saturday evening while you were all grouped for inductions and drills. When I joined, I was a total noob when it came to Roleplaying. Like many others, I would sit in the corner of the room waiting for someone to come speak to me. (I think we all know how that usually goes for new roleplayers.)
When I joined Sentinel, I would usually stay by the target dummies in Darnassus, waiting for someone to initiate RP. It never took very long. I was always greeted with casual roleplaying. It built my confidence as a roleplayer and helped me break out of that shy phase I’m sure we’ve all felt.
I could go on about the wonderful people I’ve met a long the way, or the awesome RP events/campaigns I’ve experienced. But for me (as an on and off wow player. Which is perfect timing, considering I just started playing again.) Is how freaking friendly and welcoming this guild is.
I could be gone 3 months, 1 year, or (in this case) over 4 years of absence, but then I would post a silly little fanfic on the website and be greeted with:
Adell: ‘’We would love to have you back!’’
Bovira: ‘’ Numah! Oh my gosh. I don't know if you remember me -but I'm so glad you're back! Also, I really enjoyed this! Would love to see more :) Welcome back!!’’
Naisha: (( Please write more. ))
Aldea: Indeed, more please.
And then I would come online and be greeted with a bunch of “Numah!” “Numah! You’re back!’’ ‘’Welcome back Numah!’’
And even get a whisper from the guild leader to personally welcome me back while they’ve got an event to manage. 😉
And this is what makes me happy about this guild, whether I’m subbed to wow or not, I always fondly remember the friendly people that are always so welcoming. This guild is awesome. You, Adell, are awesome and it is no coincidence that this guild has survived this long thanks to you and the other dedicated members of Sentinel.
I know I'm new to the Guild, and I feel a bit odd talking about how much it means to me after only being a member for a few weeks. I've played WoW since BC, and this Druid was the very first, and remains, the only character I've ever played. I've never made an alt, I've always just loved playing Purr. Playing the game so long, I've seen a shift in toxicity, and for the last few years I've played alone without a guild, and it's been very lonely.
With this new expansion I thought I'd transfer to an RP server, as I'd heard they were the nicest, and thought I'd be able to find some random RPers here and there in the towns. I did some random RPing, and decided to take the plunge and look for a guild.
I read the description of the Moonglaive Sentinels, and I knew (hoped) it would be a perfect fit. I was right.
I've had a ton of fun at all of the RP events, and everyone is just so friendly. You all are having fun with your characters, and it really pushes me to develop Purr even more.
You welcomed me with open arms, and I truly feel like I've known all of you for ages. The game is no longer just the mechanics, it's now a group of friends that I can hang out with, and that's something I haven't had in a very long time.
Ok... enough of the mushiness, right?
Just... thank you!
"My soul is from elsewhere, I am sure of that, and I intend to end up there." Rumi
Though I am very new to the guild, I am very happy that I joined. I look foward to making new friends and new memories. And not only that, Roleplay is a nice little pastime for me when I have nothing else to do! And I am glad when I do, it is with good people! :)
I was having a hard time before I joined this guild. I wasn't a person. I had lost myself. When I found this guild, my life turned around for the better. I've met so many wonderful people who I am so happy to know! I did take a seven month break for real life reasons but I am elated to be back among everyone.
Sentinel has been one of the most consistent aspects of my WoW experience.
I joined a little bit before the 6 year anniversary, and I well remember Recruit Aldea Isilindale being terrified of the explosions and colours with the 6th Year Fireworks, but managing to endure it by hiding behind big, friendly Guardian Bovira Nightbreeze, who did not fail to notice and later asked Aldea if she was okay.
That level of interaction and care extended to OOC as well, with Bovira being the officer who helped me create the character to fit within lore, messaging me as I was still a new WoW RPer at the time.
All the guild officers have been just as excellent, so I know this list will miss a few folks, forgive me if I miss something but know that the sum experience is very valued. Bovira and Iyora have been like the caring aunts that Aldea has needed, IC they've helped her deal with some tough stuff, and have always OOC been welcoming as well. Xeqwena was both a contemporary and superior, but then a friend, one who challenged Aldea to change her opinions. Lierona has always been a role model for Aldea, from coming to RP randomly with a new recruit to all their interactions in drill and combat. Adellwyna is an excellent leader who has shown determination and discipline in how she interacts with Aldea, but also has shown a great deal of care and attention, even giving her an opportunity for redemption.
OOC it amazed me that the Guild Leader would spend an evening just running an event for only me. And that is the level of care and effort one can consistently expect from this Sentinel cadre, in and out of character.
Where we are four years on, three Feralas treks down, now Sentinel Aldea Isilindale has grown from the feral wildsgirl into a hunter and burgeoning priestess of Elune. This wouldn't happen without somewhere to roleplay, and awesome people to roleplay off.