Topic [H-RP] Blackguard - more rats for the ratpack!
Edited by Gillawyn on 05/05/13 14:47 (BST)
noun \ˈbla-gərd, -ˌgärd; ˈblak-ˌgärd\
1 obsolete : the kitchen servants of a household
2 a : a rude or unscrupulous person
b : a person who uses foul or abusive language
- Merriam-Webster Dictionary
Blackguard is a pack of mercenary misfits brought together by coin and contract and bound by the blood they shed. Hiring anything from Sin'dorei warriors to goblin engineers to troll witchdoctors, members are usually characterised three things: combat experience, criminal records or at very least a cheerful disrespect for law and order, and having no place else to go.
Accustomed to rejection and often outright hostility from others, Blackguard wears its dishonour proudly, like a badge of independence. They stand up for their own almost without question – and while violence is rarely their favourite solution, when it does happen they'll fight viciously for a win, not glory or honour. What the company lacks in numbers and formal discipline, they make up in dirty tricks, vicious determination and loyalty to the only people they have to trust: each other.
On the rare occasions when they find actual allies they're likely to treat them well, simply because they're so rare.
Blackguard began as a guildless community in 2012, but by various twists and turns has evolved into a guild. Current details will always be available on our Argent Archives page, or our forum:
Because daytime tends to be filled with life-stuff, we mostly play late nights, either side of midnight.
We're happy to accept jobs from players (anything from social stuff to escorts to warfare to crime) - but since we're old hands and know player jobs are rare, most of the time we expect to be making our own jobs, plots and longterm entertainment.
Work takes our guys all over the IC world, from following the patch's main storyline to storylines of our own. Some jobs will be played out only in chat and are suitable for all levels, some will be in-world and require zone-appropriate level.
Blackguard is inspired by Glen Cook's Black Company novels, Joss Whedon's Firefly, Kurt Sutter's Sons of Anarchy and Hunter S. Thompson's late 60's book Hell's Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs. While not quite as military as the Black Company, not quite as nice as Serenity's crew, and not quite as biker metal as SAMCRO or the Angels, Blackguard's plots will be centered around the same ideas: proud alienation from mainstream society, bad people working for really bad people (and sometimes ending up the heroes by comparison), and brotherhood among outlaws.
Sometimes there will be grimdark. Sometimes there will be camp and undead badgers. Going with the flow and a handiness with witty banter helps.
Be easy, be mature, agree that role-play is about playing with people rather than against them, and most importantly: care about our themes and have a character who genuinely wants to be in this pack of misfits. Level 90 tends to help moving around on jobs, but we're not fussed about race or class, so long as you strike us as good company and your char seems like a good fit. If you don't play a soldierly type, that doesn't have to be a dealbreaker – we've also been known to hire random specialists. Demolitionists, healers and portal mages, generally, but a crooked accountant for example could fit in great.
If that sounds like you, then hike over to our forum and fill out an application: we'll get back to you for the IC side of things as soon as we've reviewed it. You're also free to seek us out serverside and introduce yourself that way – though we'll still ask you to fill out an application, just to keep the rules the same for everyone.
A new member (even alts of current Regulars) will stay on Prospect rank, till our chars are satisfied they're trustworthy and till you're satisfied that you actually want to stay with us. Members who have graduated from Prospect to Regular can also have alts in the guild, either on the OOC Alt rank, or as IC Associates who are friendly with Blackguard even if they aren't considered proper members.
I've had an absolutely brilliant time mixing the forces of minor nobility with these unscrupulous mercenaries so far in the Borderlands. Lovely people OOC and a great laugh IC. Not to mention handy to have at your back in a fight.
Interesting characters, friendly OOC attitudes. Why are you even still reading this? Sign up damn you.
These people are absolutely stellar and very enjoyable to roleplay with! They are, with Bladesong, by far the best mercenary roleplayers I've seen.
I believe they're currently hired by the OoA too.
-...On that note, how's your face, Gillawyn? *Smug grin*
Yep -- the Thalassian military contracted them to fight in Borderlands, and Vandar negotiated a deal on the side, granting OoA authority within the scope of their primary contract.
"Healing, sir. Good of you to ask." *bows her head, with a bare ghost of an utterly dry smile*
Ain't no party like a Blackguard Party.
Good people, and deal with the whole 'guildless community' thing better than most pull off.
A+++ - would hire to leave dirty bombs behind Alliance lines, again.
85 Troll Death Knight
Edited by Trazza on 18/04/12 11:30 (BST)
Crap, and I had sent this character over to Aggra to free a slot (FCM, yay!), because I had nothing to do with him RP-wise. (and not liking technical side of DKs as they are now, much, didn't help either, I guess)
Oh well, have a bump for now, and I'll think if I can make any other one fit. ;)
I should point out that this Blackguard has nothing to do with previous Blackguards, should there have existed one. Although if it was a good project, maybe some of that karma has trickled down to us.
Similarly, if you see people with <The Blackguard> tag, that's us also, for those few unguilded people who wanted the tag to protect them from unsolicited guild invites. Rest are either unguilded or in various social guilds.
We aim to please - more tonight after mission times if we and Amarae get our numbers together!
What was that previous incarnation of Blackguard, btw? I was shocked to find the name still available, I assumed there must have been one.
Dat Nikeia, she got a powerful hex. Ya watch out d'orfs, or she take away ya beard, make ya a g'nome! Ooh, crunchy frog! T'ank ya.
Gillawyn and company, have any of your crew flying machines or rocket mounts? If so, I may have a proposal for the 26th involving both Solid Gold Coins and rare booze....
All right, yes. This is a shameless excuse for a /bump.