[A] Small Memorial Service (Stormwind, 7th of December, 21:00)

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[A] Small Memorial Service (Stormwind, 7th of December, 21:00)

Post by NicholasBullard (Taph) on Mon Nov 24, 2014 1:29 pm

((From mid November on, this notice will start appearing on walls in various popular places in the Alliance capital.))

Residents and visitors of Stormwind,

You are hereby officially invited to attend the memorial service held on the 7th of December at nine bells.
During the ceremony behind the Cathedral, we will commemorate those who have ventured beyond the Dark Portal.
We have heard only minimal reports since the day of their departure, which is why many brave men and women are now considered Missing in Action.
Let us all gather and pray for their survival and well-being. May our missing friends, family and comrades return to us swiftly and unharmed.

Attendees are encouraged to contribute to the ceremony, by means of prayer, speech, song, visual image, and more.
There will be opportunities to offer flowers to pay your last respects.
Please make your appearance dressed modestly and appropriate for the occasion.

The memorial service will be organised by sir Helmut Spoon, the Spymaster, and hosted by the collective guard forces of Stormwind. This notice has been authorised and approved by the proper governing authorities.

May the Holy Light bless you all,
Collective Captains of the Guard.



((OOC: If you are IC'ly in Draenor, feel free to attend on any alts. Please contact me with any questions or comments in-game at Taph-Ravenholdt or nickbullarddfb on skype.))


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Re: [A] Small Memorial Service (Stormwind, 7th of December, 21:00)

Post by Robin Drake on Mon Nov 24, 2014 1:35 pm

NicholasBullard (Taph) wrote:
You are requested to lay down your weapons, mail and plate armor for this day

Sounds like fun. Really. It does.

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Re: [A] Small Memorial Service (Stormwind, 7th of December, 21:00)

Post by NicholasBullard (Taph) on Mon Nov 24, 2014 1:43 pm

Robin Drake wrote: Sounds like fun. Really. It does.

Shiny legendary plate gear didn't seem appropriate Razz

Inb4 Masquerade accusations: no, we're not planning anything unexpected and dramatic.

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Re: [A] Small Memorial Service (Stormwind, 7th of December, 21:00)

Post by Charlie Blazesong on Mon Nov 24, 2014 9:37 pm

You might not be plotting unexpected things.. Other people on the other hand.. *folds hands after gently patting mister whiskers on the head.*

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Re: [A] Small Memorial Service (Stormwind, 7th of December, 21:00)

Post by NicholasBullard (Taph) on Tue Nov 25, 2014 1:26 pm

After some more deliberation, we've decided to change a few things about this event!

- We're pushing the date back to January, when more players are available. The new date is Sunday 18th of January, 21:00.

- You are no longer requested to wear cloth and/or leather only. Since we're honouring fallen soldiers and military men, it is only fitting that we do so in attire respectful towards them.

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Re: [A] Small Memorial Service (Stormwind, 7th of December, 21:00)

Post by Robin Drake on Tue Nov 25, 2014 1:52 pm

NicholasBullard (Taph) wrote:
- You are no longer requested to wear cloth and/or leather only. Since we're honouring fallen soldiers and military men, it is only fitting that we do so in attire respectful towards them.

Way to ruin it for the rest of us.

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Re: [A] Small Memorial Service (Stormwind, 7th of December, 21:00)

Post by NicholasBullard (Taph) on Tue Nov 25, 2014 2:23 pm

Robin y u do dis.

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Re: [A] Small Memorial Service (Stormwind, 7th of December, 21:00)

Post by Charlie Blazesong on Tue Nov 25, 2014 7:46 pm

Damnit, gonna need a bigger gun now..

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Re: [A] Small Memorial Service (Stormwind, 7th of December, 21:00)

Post by Raene on Wed Nov 26, 2014 12:52 am

2 months in prep? Sweet jeysus.

I expect in 2 months people are going to start coming back bit by bit anyway. Two months in RP time is a very, very long time.

I'm not sure if the focus of your event might shift due to this, but if that's what you wanna do, that's what you wanna do.

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Re: [A] Small Memorial Service (Stormwind, 7th of December, 21:00)

Post by NicholasBullard (Taph) on Wed Nov 26, 2014 1:05 am

You're right Raene, it's a little far from now, but it was either before or after the holidays. And the person who has offered to organise the event came up with a date in January being a better idea Smile

And we might in fact change the event if people want to come back from Draenor before this date. We could join up with everybody to welcome back the survivors and to commemorate the fallen.

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Re: [A] Small Memorial Service (Stormwind, 7th of December, 21:00)

Post by Robin Drake on Wed Nov 26, 2014 1:54 am

Charlie Blazesong wrote:Damnit, gonna need a bigger gun now..

Maybe if we put our guns together...

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Re: [A] Small Memorial Service (Stormwind, 7th of December, 21:00)

Post by Arabella Greene on Wed Nov 26, 2014 2:21 am

I like the sounds of this event and don't wish it to fail, which is why Raene is right. The event is way too far away. It'll be less emotionally powerful by then. Make change it to something like a week or two's time.

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Re: [A] Small Memorial Service (Stormwind, 7th of December, 21:00)

Post by Adry on Wed Nov 26, 2014 2:23 am

Robin Drake wrote:
Charlie Blazesong wrote:Damnit, gonna need a bigger gun now..

Maybe if we put our guns together...

That is very, very homoerotic

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Re: [A] Small Memorial Service (Stormwind, 7th of December, 21:00)

Post by NicholasBullard (Taph) on Wed Nov 26, 2014 2:41 am

Perhaps two events are in order!

1) An event soon to commemorise the fallen and everybody who's missing.

2) When people are starting to come back from Draenor, another event to celebrate their return and to mourn those confirmed dead.

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Re: [A] Small Memorial Service (Stormwind, 7th of December, 21:00)

Post by Robin Drake on Wed Nov 26, 2014 3:20 am

Adry wrote:
Robin Drake wrote:
Charlie Blazesong wrote:Damnit, gonna need a bigger gun now..

Maybe if we put our guns together...

That is very, very homoerotic

You know me bby Wink

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Re: [A] Small Memorial Service (Stormwind, 7th of December, 21:00)

Post by Arabella Greene on Wed Nov 26, 2014 3:32 am

NicholasBullard (Taph) wrote:Perhaps two events are in order!

1) An event soon to commemorise the fallen and everybody who's missing.

2) When people are starting to come back from Draenor, another event to celebrate their return and to mourn those confirmed dead.
Yes, yes please

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Re: [A] Small Memorial Service (Stormwind, 7th of December, 21:00)

Post by NicholasBullard (Taph) on Wed Nov 26, 2014 6:59 am

Thank you everybody for your feedback.

NicholasBullard (Taph) wrote:Perhaps two events are in order!

1) An event soon to commemorise the fallen and everybody who's missing.

2) When people are starting to come back from Draenor, another event to celebrate their return and to mourn those confirmed dead.
We're gonna go with it!

The latest and hopefully last update:


  • This is now event 1, the we-miss-you event. We've changed the date to a definitive 7th of December now.

  • The monument will be revealed at event 2, the welcome-back event on the 18th of January.


Event 2 now has its own page on this forum: [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]


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Re: [A] Small Memorial Service (Stormwind, 7th of December, 21:00)

Post by NicholasBullard (Taph) on Wed Nov 26, 2014 7:47 am

Siegmund wrote:I'd be interesting though, maybe not at the same time/day but to have one on Draenor too in Stormshield for those fallen in Tanaan jungle.

I'm leaving this question in the capable hands of those present in Stormshield Very Happy

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Re: [A] Small Memorial Service (Stormwind, 7th of December, 21:00)

Post by Raene on Wed Nov 26, 2014 8:19 am

The debate of Stormshields existence as an IC asset or an OOC only asset is one that's being debated back and forth across the Alliance guilds.

Personally, I think such an event should be held in Stormshield in 2 months time in conjunction with the feast for your second event.

Could even combine it with an IC run into Ashran due to Iron Horde trying to disrupt the festivities.

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Re: [A] Small Memorial Service (Stormwind, 7th of December, 21:00)

Post by NicholasBullard (Taph) on Sun Nov 30, 2014 11:14 pm

Update: A calendar event has been created for the 7th of December. Please whisper anyone ICly in Stormwind (including myself) for a calendar invite, since many on the attendees list have been given invite rights for the event.

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Re: [A] Small Memorial Service (Stormwind, 7th of December, 21:00)

Post by NicholasBullard (Taph) on Sat Dec 06, 2014 10:48 pm

Update: This is today! Smile

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Re: [A] Small Memorial Service (Stormwind, 7th of December, 21:00)

Post by NicholasBullard (Taph) on Sun Dec 07, 2014 11:27 am

We will have a raid group for everybody who's attending the event. Whisper me for an invite (Taph-Ravenholdt)!

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Re: [A] Small Memorial Service (Stormwind, 7th of December, 21:00)

Post by Eldiros on Sun Dec 07, 2014 1:03 pm

Sad that I can't attend, with my computer f*cking up in front of my grieving eyes.

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Re: [A] Small Memorial Service (Stormwind, 7th of December, 21:00)

Post by NicholasBullard (Taph) on Sun Dec 07, 2014 6:12 pm

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Helmut, Wrylas and myself offered written contributions to the memorial, which saw modest and respectful attendance. Unfortunately I messed up my logging addon and rendered myself unable to retrieve the words of Helmut and Wrylas. I hope they can still be added by someone. In the meantime, here is the poem Taph recited.

A poem for the children of our saviours.

Light bless our fathers, who had lost control
They claimed that this would be our finest hour.
Yet they were racing towards the final days
And took a risk, in a moment of power.

The Minister had announced a call to arms
For daring volunteers to proclaim eternal victory.
He rallied us to save the world, and join the cause
For brave heroes to avert the end of history.

You will close the portal, but be trapped inside
Thus he asked us to sacrifice ourselves.
Requested we lay down our lives for them,
Those to be spared the Iron Horde's hells.



We felt an impulse to prove our belief in the Light
And carried the strength of those we yearned to be.
I prayed for myself, did not dare think of the odds
And hoped we'd survive. I had faith in no one but me.

Everything was washed in a thin orange haze
The portal loomed. Fears and tension filled the air.
We would enter and close it, but dreaded what'd come next
I yearned to be free from that desolation and despair.



Even with the others I was too scared to close my eyes
The sun had fallen down. The portal outlined a fiery gleam.
We knew we faced the certainty of our destruction
And so we fell into it, like a feverish dream.

Our troops poured out and gathered on the other side
We closed the portal, hearts bleeding, but our faces stern.
Collectively we regretted, felt the anger and the pain
That we had come so far, but could never return.

None of us truly believed we'd be saved.
Yet we refused to fade away and crumble to dust.
And in the true human spirit, we settled in the bleak new world.
A heaven in hell, raised in the name of the Light we trust.

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Re: [A] Small Memorial Service (Stormwind, 7th of December, 21:00)

Post by Liathai on Sun Dec 07, 2014 8:33 pm

Excellent work as always Taph!

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