[Troll RP] Shadow of the Empires

Argent Dawn
Website: www.shadowoftheempires.com
Argent Archives page: https://www.argentarchives.org/node/211390

Founded in and active since 2013, the guild was originally named 'Zandalari Empire' after the Zandalari's efforts to reunite the trolltribes. With the release of BfA in 2018 and the meaning of the Empire in this expansion, we found this name to be no longer suiting, and are now known as Shadow of the Empires!

We are still a troll-only for trolls from all tribes. We to aim explore the diverse, rich and sometimes clashing cultures and beliefs of those who are left of the great troll empires, providing an alternative for following the Dark Prophet Zul, the blasphemous traitor who treats the divine, sacred Loa as aids for his grab at power.

Concept wise little changed for us, but revamping the websites might take some time – our apologies if you find any outdated material, the old guildname or dead links – we’re working on it! Both this thread and our website might contain (mild) BfA spoilers.

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What is Shadow of the Empires?

Shadow of the Empires was formed by those who believe in the dream of seeing the trolltribes united once more, and wished to offer an alternative future to trolls who did not wish to join the legion of the Prophet Zul. They took residence within the walls of Zul'Gurub and began amassing trolls to the sacred city.

They came from far and wide; remnants of dying tribes, those disillusioned by their leadership and survivors of the losses that took place on Pandaria. Remnants of the once great empires began to grow and flourish, worship of the Loa central to the lives of all within the city. Their numbers are ever-growing as Zul makes more and more mistakes and the values of those who live under the Horde are threatened by their new leadership. Devout trolls flock to the Jewel of the Jungle and the steadfast servants of the Loa carve a new era in history.

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OOC Goal

The guild has been active without hiatus since 2013 and above everything we wish to continue to provide a stable and active environment of non-horde aligned troll roleplay with a diverse mix of tribal life, Loa worship, combat, missions and voodoo!

The guild focuses heavily on individual character growth of the trolls within our ranks and long-lasting, personal plots where each troll has an opportunity to shine and work towards their goals. Both experienced and new roleplayers or those new to troll lore are more than welcome.

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Ranks

Shadow of the Empires follows a general Zandalari hierarchy of power. The system is not as merciless as the caste system we see in Zandalar, however. Prioritizing the many Loa of the different tribes that risk being forgotten with dwindling numbers of trollkind, trolls are encouraged to grow to their full potential, no matter their previous experience or past.

Mystics. Those of the mystical inclination are generally of higher status and power compared to the warriors. Priests and Scholars are the core of the tribes and oversee the functioning of those below them.
Spears. Warriors are expected to be strong and defend those who cannot defend themselves. This does not mean, however, that warriors are not expected to be religious – Loa worship is an integral part of every aspect of troll culture.
Tribestrolls. These are the farmers, fishers and craftsmen - all have a role to play to ensure the functioning of the ever-growing numbers of trolls gathering within Zul'Gurub.

We have a detailed ranksytem for the different paths both Mystics and Spears can take. The page is currently offline as it is being revamped with a few new lore titbits and classes we’ve seen in BfA, and will be up before the end of the month!

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Events
We host around 3 events a week. Events are often a combination of plotlines, training sessions and Loa-themed evenings. Bigger campaigns that last a few weeks are held twice a year. A few examples:

Spear Training: Training sessions for the warriors of the Empire. Ranging from spars to missions, from weapon training to improving strength and stamina, this event is open for all trolls who wish to develop their skills as a Spear.
Mystic Training: The partner event of Spear Training meant for those who focus on the mystical arts of voodoo: aspiring hexxers, menders, witchdoctors and others who wish to master the Loa’s gifts are advised to attend to these trainings regularly. The subject can differ each time: from learning how to cast spells as a group to more practical lessons such as salve making or tending to deadly venom bites.
Loa teaching and offerings: A lore exposition event, to teach both trolls and players about the religion of Trolls. At the beginning of each month, the trolls gather at Hir’eek’s Rise to listen to a stories about the Loa. Based on the Loa covered in the teachings, trolls have a full month to prepare a sacrifice or offering. More often than not these events turn into a competitions who can make the best offering and gives every troll a moment to shine or fail.
Legacy of the Empires: Heavy plotbased events, that progress from week to week, that give the players a big plot line that random role-play can be centred around. From curses to preparing wars, these are the events that influence the tribes the most.

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FAQ

Which tribes and races are accepted?
We accept trolls from almost every tribe seen in WoW; Zandalari, Ice Trolls, Forest Trolls, Jungle Trolls and Sand Trolls. The full list including subtribes can be found on the FAQ on our website.

We do not accept:
    - Non-trolls. We are first and foremost a troll only guild – other races can only joins as OOC alts;
    - Half breeds, trolls from made-up tribes and tribes only mentioned in the RPG books;
    - Blood Trolls, Dark Trolls and Drakkari.

[SPOILERWARNING] Both Dark Trolls and Drakkari are confirmed to be close to extinction in Battle for Azeroth. The guild has never allowed Dark Trolls, but you will find a (very small) number of Drakkari within our ranks. These trolls have roleplayed deserters of Zul's army during MoP or have otherwise joined us during a time where it was still safe to assume some Drakkari roamed the world. We do not want to force people to retcon or delete characters they have developed over years, at the same time we wish to stay as close to lore as possible and reflect the tribe's rarity in roleplay. New Drakkari applications are therefore declined. [/SPOILERWARNING]

Do you roleplay on Horde territory or in Horde campaigns?
No. Roleplay takes currently place in Zul'Gurub and its surrounding jungles unless the plot of the guild requires us elsewhere. Playing non-horde aligned trolls with us comes with roleplay on neutral territory only, and we wish for new applicants to take this into account before joining us! Most of the tribes are sworn enemies of the Horde and the trolls from horde-aligned tribes that are with us are often branded traitors by their original tribe. Roleplay plots might send one or two trolls hailing from Horde-aligned tribes to Horde territory, but this is an exception, not a rule.

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Recruitment and Applications:
You can join the guild by filling in the application form on our website. If you have any questions or wish to brainstorm concepts with us, do not hesitate to contact one of our officers ingame! (Azuak, Dahti, Thallow, Zelujin)

After an application is accepted, a two-week trial period starts. It offers you the opportunity to find out whether you enjoy roleplaying with us. Similarly, it allows us to see if you and your character fits Shadow of the Empires. After the trial period you will be invited to our Discord and are a full-fledged member of the guild!
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if you want amazing egg-filled role play you know where to find us!
Great to see you guys still around. I remember the guild from years ago, I played a Forest Troll archer, if you still remember me. Was great then, looks even better now. With the Zandalari hype growing it’s good to know those horde-hostile trolls still have a lore friendly and well established alternative to go to. Might even keep them off the streets of Orgrimmar ;).

Good luck!
we have a lot of worms
Looks really good guys, I sincerely look forward to see your guilds development in BfA and wish you the best !

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BIG thanks to all our trolls ooc and ic, it's always a pleasure to sing (badly) for you ALL!
I will ensure I update the Troll collection thread!
Lovely to see that the Zandalari Empire is still flourishing and around!

If ever there was a need to create a non-Horde Troll, I'd wouldn't be able to think of a better place to enjoy them than with the Shadow of the Empires.

Best of luck from Atal'Antu!

- Kam'buku
I've -finally- made the jump and sent an application in to you lot. Seeing as so many of the DST are already in there, I may as well join in too.

A great set of people, a great concept, and I really look forward to my (possible) future with you lot.
24/06/2018 16:46Posted by Sianta
I will ensure I update the Troll collection thread!


Thank you so much! There's been so many questions on trollguilds and events, wonderful to see a thread that lists all and remains updated. Much appreciated!

24/06/2018 17:09Posted by Rangaa
Lovely to see that the Zandalari Empire is still flourishing and around!

If ever there was a need to create a non-Horde Troll, I'd wouldn't be able to think of a better place to enjoy them than with the Shadow of the Empires.

Best of luck from Atal'Antu!

- Kam'buku


<3 - the support means a lot - likewise, it's great to see Atal Antu is still going strong and providing a place for the trolls of the Horde!

09/08/2018 22:34Posted by Najih
I've -finally- made the jump and sent an application in to you lot. Seeing as so many of the DST are already in there, I may as well join in too.

A great set of people, a great concept, and I really look forward to my (possible) future with you lot.


We will FINALLY MEET NAJIH. Can't wait!

Small update guildwise: after finishing our campaign in Shadra'Alor we will close applications till the end of August - both due to the new applications we have received the past two weeks, and because roleplay activity might be a little lower the first week of BfA. Regular events will be back end of this month!
I will definitely send an application your way once they open up again. Until then I'll have plenty of time to prepare my Zandalari for in-game interactions. :)

Great structure and I've heard many good things about you guys when I inquired about troll guilds! Looking forward to hopefully writing with you all in the future!
12/08/2018 14:34Posted by Kerreth
I will definitely send an application your way once they open up again. Until then I'll have plenty of time to prepare my Zandalari for in-game interactions. :)

Great structure and I've heard many good things about you guys when I inquired about troll guilds! Looking forward to hopefully writing with you all in the future!


Thanks for the support!

We are open for applications again, and offer once more a home to all you non-Horde trolls out there!
It’s soon October once more, a month we traditionally dedicate to the spirits of the fallen and the realm of the dead. Prepare for a month filled with sacrifice, ceremony, plots and adventures themed after Bwonsamdi, Mueh’zala, lost tribes, fallen friends and enemies alike.

All trolls are welcome to join! We try to tailor most of the events to the personal experiences of those participating, so if you have a troll interested in joining give us a poke here or in game and let us know if there's specific ancestors your trolls would honor or stories of death or loss you’d like to explore in the events to come – and we can figure out what dates/events work best for you!
Greetings, trolls!

I want to try out Horde RP and especially troll RP and heard many good things about you, but I am very new to troll lore and troll RP in general. Do you accept noobs like me? I am thinking about rolling a Sandfury, is it ok to use the DK skin for it, it's perfect with the blue eyes! And I was thinking to make him a priest of Mueh'zala, is it possible to join your events this month or is it better to wait till I got better at troll RP?
01/10/2018 14:12Posted by Hylden
Greetings, trolls!

I want to try out Horde RP and especially troll RP and heard many good things about you, but I am very new to troll lore and troll RP in general. Do you accept noobs like me? I am thinking about rolling a Sandfury, is it ok to use the DK skin for it, it's perfect with the blue eyes! And I was thinking to make him a priest of Mueh'zala, is it possible to join your events this month or is it better to wait till I got better at troll RP?

Hello! Happy to hear that you are interested in our Guild!

We definitely accept people who are less experienced in troll lore and troll RP - we love helping people out and watch them grow as they RP with us, so you are more than welcome to apply to us on our website www.shadowoftheempires.com. Also, feel free to use the DK skin for your Sandfury, we have plenty of players who roll Death Knights for the skin and eyes!

A priest of Mueh'zala would be very fitting as we are dedicating this month to the Spirits of the Dead, and will have a Mueh'zala-themed event sometime this month. Tonight we kicked the month off with a small plotline surrounding some recently fallen spirits, and you're very welcome to join us whenever you'd like!
Sorry for the late reply guys! It has been very busy with school but thank you for the help, I'm real excited to join! Before I fill in an application can I talk with you OOC to see if my concept is ok? I have some ideas but I don't know if they work (and how trolls work, haha)
Hey Hylden! We've already had the pleasure talking with you in-game, but for anyone else - don't hesitate to shoot us a whisper if you have questions or want to brainstorm about character concepts, there's always a bunch of us online in the evenings!

Other than that, we're in the middle of our campaign and the coming days it might be harder to catch us in Zul'Gurub as most will be out to gather the artifacts needed to guide some lost spirits to Bwonsamdi's realm - but that should (hopefully!) be fixed by the end of the coming week.
Their intend was well – putting the spirits of shipwrecked Zandalari to rest by giving them the proper rites and gifts for their journey to Bwonsamdi’s realm. Little did the trolls expect to be pulled into the scheme of a twisted icetusk necromancer, spreading her curse of undeath throughout the jungle.

Our campaign comes soon to an end, and it leaves the last days of the month to devote ourselves to Bwonsamdi and Mueh’zala – thanks to all players who joined the past weeks of events, it’s been a blast!

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