Hard to believe it's been a whole year since we hit that milestone. The best part about hitting 100 was never having to worry about renown again.
One of the most remarkable things about OR for which I am grateful is the selflessness, teamwork, and leadership displayed by every one if its members. Sure we may be proud, boast-ful, and even arrogant outside the guild, but within the guild there are no egos and no prima donnas. (Did you know you can't write "boast-ful" as one word?) We've had two extremely smooth leadership transitions. While I took over as "leader" in January 2011, I'm more of a primus inter pares (first among peers). Thanks for keeping DDO a game, and not at all like work. I already have a job; I don't need another one. Thanks for not being dependents who need their hand held. I already have a kid, and he's a lot cuter than you guys. There's never been any drama over leadership in OR because almost any member is capable of taking up the reigns, and we all know it and respect each other for it.
I'd like to individually thank:
Ying: The Disciplinator! Ostensibly the "successor" (guild ranks leave much to be desired), Ying's at least as much a leader of OR as I am. He's also the best TR-leveler in DDO. I've gotten multiple PLs on all my toons, including one very close to completionist on Ying's coattails. I really appreciate being able to TR a 3rd+ life toon in one week playing only four hours a night!
Vanshilar: Everybody loves Vanshilar. He's not only an exquisite numbers man, but he is also extraordinarily mature and wise. Compared to Vansh, I am hotheaded and foolhardy. My only saving grace is that I listen to Vansh's advice whenever he offers it. Also, Vansh not only deconstructs the game mechanics, he can apply his knowledge with expert execution. Two-man hard Abbot (both monks) is his most recent in a long list of extraordinary accomplishments both conspicuous and subtle.
Selina: The Explorer. Sel loves to explore and tinker, and we love the heads up whenever he finds something we can use!
Flamicia: Hands down the greatest Wizard on Orien. Who else can Finger Horoth? No one else. Flam is also a tactical genius, not only in builds but in figuring out the most efficient ways to run quests.
Nix: Terrible healer. Terrible. BUT, I think Nix is officially the most skilled player, not only in OR, not only on Orien, but in all of DDO. He is the ONLY player to have solo'd ALL epic quests! In addition, he set the bar high by completing them flawlessly (0 deaths) and with no hirelings.
Flavoredsoul: He's changed his name to Epicsoul, but he'll always be Flavor Fav to me! (You'll have to google that if you're not as old as me.) Our once and future recruitment officer, and second best healer in the guild.
Zefie: Always reliable. Who else can tank shadows, heal the melee tank, and DOT Nythirios at the same time?
Shataan: A keen mind and an unlimited appetite for raiding! Always questions why we do things the way we do, and is always suggesting new approaches. Shat instantly insinuated himself as a critical team member as soon as he joined. But he's bewildering me with his solo completions of quests like Epic Chains of Flame. When was the FVS icon changed to a bow?
Gravestones, Turpentine, Faulken: Our newest members have all risen to high standards of the guild. Inquisitive and quick to learn, we are lucky to have you.
Titanticus, Ironchef, Fleck, Golemus, Erethe, and others who only play intermittently as time and life allow. Anyone who's helped build this team is always welcome home.
Everyone in the guild, from new members to the founding members, continue to grow as players and are constantly raising the bar. OR was the best of the best in 2010. But 2011 OR kicks that old OR's butt. Ditto for 2012 OR. I can't believe we needed a precise party composition for eVON, or that soloing Hard VoD was an accomplishment. But that was the state of the game at the time, back in the dark ages, and we have evolved and excelled with each other's support. I've heard that I was a no-good "newblood" noob that's ruining the guild. That's only half true. I'm not as skilled as Nix or Chef. I'm not as charismatic as Titan. I'm not as smart as Vansh. But OR is better and stronger now than ever. And I have all my guildies, each and every one of them, to thank for that.
Thanks for being people that I don't want to stab in the face. But seriously, thanks for keeping this game fun for me!