Knowledge, for its own sake.
Imagine. Such a simple, yet powerful word... To create a fantasy as vast as our world is, one only needs to imagine. Then, I ask you, dear reader... To imagine.
Imagine a society where one can come to share their mystical exploits and discoveries, without the bindings of misplaced bigotry or the chary progress made by archmages gripped by a fear of repetition. Indeed, wanton misuse and overuse of the arcane once nearly lead to this world's destruction. But, for a moment, allow your mind to soar freely over the land of endless possibility, the land where you've imagined magic could've progressed to, had we not been held back by this overwhelming fear. Imagine a society, held together by a long chain of trustees and confidants, where the research and development of the arcane isn't held back by fear. Imagine a place, where you can freely study countless fields of the mystical nature, without fear of mockery or defamation-- Where all, whether they be runemaster, warlock or magus are treated equally, when regarding their research. Where no one thing, save for the truly monstrous, lies beyond the grasp of your researching needs.
If such a place is what one would desire, then your imagination mustn't run too far. The Arkanford Society opens it's arms wide, welcoming those who would become part of it's community. A group of scholar-adventurers, like-minded in their zealous thirst for knowledge. The Arkanford seeks, uncovers and thoroughly studies both ancient mysteries and new techniques, hoping to achieve enormous breakthroughs. Ultimately, the Arkanford's truest, ultimate goal is to make Azeroth a safer place, for knowledge and power go hand in hand-- In all things.
Guild Founder: Aevelm Embrysian
Current Guild Leader: Ainsley Harrington
Guild Motto: Knowledge, for its own sake.
Guild Goals: The endless pursuit of knowledge and with it, the furthering of the protection of our very way of life With the defeat on N’zoth the Akranford lies in tattered shambles, a ruin of what it once was. I, Ainsley Harrington vow to raise the guild up to it’s previous heights once again, alongside those who will still stand with me. I will make it my aim to guide the Arkanford on a path that teaches future generations the value of knowledge, the value of experimentation and of magic itself, magic of all manners, not just the Arcane. Magic exists for the betterment of everyone, so let us capitalise on that.
Direct Guild Goals may be altered in the future.
Guild Description: The Arkanford Society is a primarily mage-focused group created by Aevelm Embrysian and is currently led as Thearch by Ainsley Harrington. Despite it's focus in the arcane, the Society isn't wholly limited to such. All classes save for Necromancers and the otherwise unforgivably evil are permitted and although the society will not teach Warlocks of Necromancers, some degree of study is to be expected and permitted as to understand the very nature of these magics, and to allow us to properly combat them. The Arkanford's primary goal is research and development of the mystical persuasion, however, the Society can easily become embroiled in other tasks unrelated to such a thing. The Arkanford Society prides itself in the fact that it allows much more freedom than the Archmages of the Kirin Tor; in fact, in recent times, some members of the Arkanford have been going out of their way to decry the Kirin Tor as an order of old fools-- Though not all of the Arkanians share this sentiment, fortunately.
Recruitment: Throughout the Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor, two groups have recently been recruiting. The Arkanford Research Society on the Alliance and the Arkanford Research Group on the Horde. To join either of these (totally unrelated) groups, all one would need to do is address a recruiter. A list of recruiters is available below. These recruiters will run the prospective member through an interview, upon which the recruiter may deliberate on how to proceed.
On the Alliance side, you can speak with Mr. Ainsley Harrington, Tate or Akirie Starfall
On the Horde side, you can speak with So'themar Entoras.
The interview can go one of three ways, depending on how the Arkanian feels about the Prospect: They can be outright accepted, on the spot. This is the ideal situation. They can be taken into brief consideration, the Arkanian takes it back to other members of the society and describes the interview, hoping to iron out any discrepancies as well as get second opinions(this can end up going either way). They can also be outright denied, this should be the least common... This would happen on the occasion that the Prospect is perceived as a threat of some sort to the Society of one of it’s members, should they join.
Locations: The Arkanford's primary base of operations is currently a cart of Aevelm’s design, a magnificent gothic mansion contained within a cart via transdimensional manipulation and magic, despite this however, the Arkanford may temporarily take control of any location belonging to one of its members for the purposes of holding Assemblies, permission permitting, of course.
Allegiances: The Arkanford Society is currently without official allies. However, the Arkanford is in good terms with numerous other organizations-- Though, the nature of this relationship is distant, due to the Society's decision to remain neutral in lieu of the coming war.
The Arkanford isn't organized in a manner where a single person holds an overwhelming amount of responsibilities. All guild-wide decisions must be made during an Assembly. This means that every single guild member has a right to make his own, educated decision and cast a vote. Assemblies are explained further below.
The highest echelon of rankings, the Thearch and Strategos can be considered the leadership of the Arkanford Society. However, even as leaders, they possess limited power over other arkanians. The Thearch has all the privileges of a Demiarch, in addition to having the capability to call for and preside over votes to instate new Demiarchs aswell as the Strategos. The Thearch's greatest responsibility is to recognize active threats to the Society and decide whether or not a Strategos is necessary to manage the situation.
On the other side of the coin, the Strategos is a temporary rank given to a respected member of the Arkanford during a War-Assembly. The Strategos is the absolute leader of the secondary organization known as The Arkan Host, a military branch of the Arkanford erectedto combat threats against Azeroth. A Strategos can only be brought into power by an executive decision made by the Thearch, whose responsibility it is to recognize when a Strategos is entirely necessary. The Strategos, then, possesses active command over The Arkan Host, which comprises the entirety of the guild's active service Minutemen and Censors. As the military leader of the Arkanford, the Strategos possesses the sole capacity of calling a War-Assembly, a meeting in which strategies for war are discussed by them and their fellow minutemen. During the heat of battle, Strategoi may opt to overrule decisions made during War-Assemblies due to tactical shifts in the battlefield. However, like all the ranks beneath them, if their actions taken during a battle are morally questionable, they can be summoned to an Assembly with the sole purpose of investigating their choices and reasons; if they are found to be guilty of committing a heinous act, they are turned over to the appropriate authorities for such.
The following echelon is headed by the Demiarchs, Arkanians elected by other Arkanians to call Assemblies, serve as living information booths and keep everyone informed on the decisions made during Assemblies. The Demiarch is perhaps the most important rank in terms of guild organization. It is the Demiarch's task to make sure everything is in place, to make sure everything is running as it should be and everyone is doing their part for the Society. The Demiarch also selects Syndics whenever an Assembly is called and may preside over Assemblies if such a thing is necessary.
Syndics are the speakers of the Arkanford. When Assemblies are called, Syndics are the ones chosen to debate in favour of a stance. It is their job to convince the Arkanians to vote for their particular school of thought-- To this end, Syndics must debate with other Syndics during Assemblies. Syndic is not a permanent rank, however it lasts for as long as an Assembly is called, in which case, they are treated to the Society's equivalent of a politician. The Syndic rank may be retained if the decision involves outside elements, in which case the Syndic leads the efforts himself. If a vote is made to take an expedition somewhere, the Syndic who championed said cause shall lead the expedition. The Thearch, Strategos and the Demiarchs cannot be Syndics, however may champion their own causes-- In which case, they merely gain an extension to their rank(Syndic-Thearch, etc.)
A new rank voted into the structure during Assembly, a Censor is the military reflection of a Demiarch. As one of the component ranks of the secondary organization known as the Arkan Host, the Censor acts as a sort of connective tissue between the Minutemen on the front and the Strategos at the back. They are the eyes and ears of the Strategos on the battlefield and report to them whenever possible. Their job is to function as small unit leaders when the Arkanford is called to military action. They are allowed to make heat-of-the-moment decisions that go against the wishes of the Strategos, though must remember to document every moment of their engagements. If a decision made by a Censor is brought into question, an Assembly will be held to investigate the claim.
The lowest, but at the same time highest, echelon of ranking among the Arkanford Society includes the backbone of the entire group. Arkanians are in-charge of casting votes, ultimately it is this collective of likeminded individuals that possesses the ultimate power over which direction the Arkanford is taken. During times of Peril, Arkanians are asked to become Minutemen-- An equivalent rank that may freely vote in War-Assemblies. Minutemen are regarded with great respect and rewarded at the end of their service, doubly so if they suffer injuries whilst fighting to ensure the Society's survival. Technically, the Strategos may call all Arkanians to service, but none are actually forced to become Minutemen and fight.
Covenanter is another new rank voted into existence during an Assembly. They operate independent of the rest of the ranking structure, functioning as a shieldwall against corruption and internal damage caused by the same. If they believe a member within the Arkanford is corrupted, they are allowed to summon forth an Inquest-- A sort of Syndication that follows a different structure. The subject of an Inquest may or may not be informed of their status, though they will be extensively investigated until it is determined, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are entirely uncorrupted. Additionally, the rank of Covenanter is granted to sub-organizations that decide to join under the umbrella of the Arkanford, such organizations are given the title of Covenant and their members known as Covenanters. These organizations are, also, entirely independent from the remainder of the ranking structure, though their leader possesses the rank of Demiarch and their organization may weigh in during Assemblies, though are not necessarily fully considered.
The Arkanford Society is primarily run in the same manner that a democracy would be-- Any decisions that affect the entire guild or a small portion of the guild should call for an Assembly. Whilst everyone has the right to vote at the end of an Assembly, only Demiarchs and the Thearch have the right to initiate an Assembly. However, most arkanians possess the right to request an Assembly over a particular matter- Which the Demiarchs or Thearch may grant or deny. The Strategos is the only member of the group that can overrule a decision made in an Assembly and only if he has the consent of the Thearch, the Demiarchs and the Syndics who participated in the Assembly Debate.
Assemblies are a fairly simplistic process that -can- become complicated if too many options present themselves during the process. When an Assembly is called, a facility must be chosen where the debate is to take place. During this process, an Arkan Host is selected whom will prevent the parties from straying too far from the subject aswell as maintaining everything within the bounds of civility. All arkanians that can attend the Assembly, should. Once the Assembly begins, a minimum of two Syndics are chosen. The task of these Syndics is to inform other arkanians of the decisions that will be available in the ballot. Prior to the vote, the Syndics have a civil debate over the pros and cons of the decisions to be made. There can be any number of Syndics.
Once the Assembly Debate begins there are a number of steps behind. Firstly: All participants present their subject, give a brief speech of it without including the others' subjects. Next, the Host asks a number of questions to the participants-- Then the Participants are allowed to freely debate. Finally, the arkanians present are allowed to ask their own questions to the hosts. The final step of an Assembly is for all present, save for the Syndics and the Host to vote. The votes are tallied on the spot.
When the Arkanford Society is under an immediate threat or involving itself directly with some sort of conflict, Assemblies become War-Assemblies. The process is more or less the same, except the debate is eschewed for a simple presentation by the Strategos to available Minutemen. The Strategos and Thearch may present numerous options to the Minutemen and, when the War-Assembly comes to an end, the Minutemen vote. Their vote is merely considered, in the end, the decision falls on the shoulders of the Strategos.
When a Syndic is elected for the purpose of carrying out a task within the Arkanford, they activate the concept of a Syndication. A Syndication is representative of a concerted effort by the assets within the Arkanford. Once successfully voted into action, a Sydication can last anywhere between hours to months or even years. During a Syndication, the leading Syndic possesses absolute authority over the integrated members beneath them, lest the Syndication find itself engaging a military enemy, in which case the Strategoi will always have precedence of command. Syndications are the main vehicle through which the Arkanford exerts itself upon the world at large.
A modified version of a Syndication, an Inquest was a recently voted-in function of the Arkanford. As explained above, Inquests are the domain of Covenanters. They are called when one or more arkanians are under suspicion of being a servant of evil masquerading as one of their rank. When called, an Inquest can be summoned on any individual within the Arkanford-- Or even beyond it, if voted upon by a host of arkanians. Calling a vote for an Inquest requires no Demiarch and could be called on the entirety of the Demiarchs, on a strategos or even the Thearch. The Inquest is tasked with investigating the suspect. If necessary, they are allowed to capture and interrogate the suspect, though must provide ample reason and some measure of evidence as to their actions before doing so. Wild allegations are not accepted as valid criteria for an Inquest and, eventually, the individual who called for the Inquest unfairly will be punished for such actions. An Inquest is finalized when the suspect is neutralized or absolved of all suspicions.
What to expect: Mage shenanigans and magical adventures, though despite this focus we happily accept many other characters from all walks of life, whether they be Mages, Soldiers, Artisans or simple civilians looking to learn magic! Who is welcome: The guild is open to all on an OOC basis but some restrictions apply in terms of class and race, though for the most part this discretion only applies to Demon Hunters, Deathknights and other exotic classes and and races. These will be allowed in on an individual basis given previous IC interaction or something similar. If you fall into either of these classes, or something that isn't on the traditional class list (such as a Necromancer, or a custom lore class) please inquire with one of our officers! How do we function when it comes to DMing events: That's a good question! We haven't discussed this much so far, but I've got previous work with a Dicemaster system that I intend to use for my own events, though participating and running these kinds of events are completely optional! More information on that will be found at this link! What timeline are we currently basing this RP in: The current time is the same as the current server patch. Post N'zoth and pre Shadowlands, this should allow most characters to easily fit into the world, even if we don't intend to focus on the retail story too close. Who do I contact to join: The easiest way to join the guild would be to go into the Discord and ask around for an invite, or for some RP! The link is right here, you're more than welcome! But most of us would be happy to invite you to the guild if you catch us in-game, we don't bite!
Thank you for reading, I look forward to seeing you in the guild!