The Blades of Anárion
Tall ships and tall kings
The Last Alliance of Men and Elves
Three times three,
What brought they from the foundered land
Over the flowing sea?
Seven stars and seven stones
And one white tree
In 3430 of the Second Age of the Sun, some 3000 years ago, the Last Alliance of Men and Elves was formed to defeat Sauron, the Dark Lord, once for all. This alliance was primarily formed of legions of Men led by Elendil, ruler of Arnor, the North-kingdom of the Exiles of Númenor; Elendil’s sons Isildur and Anárion, co-rulers of Gondor, the South-kingdom of the Exiles of Númenor; and legions of Elves led by Gil-galad, the ruler of Lindon and High King of the Noldor. Durin’s Folk, the Longbeard Dwarves, also served along side Men and Elves, for it is written:
"All living things were divided that day, and some of every kind, even beasts and birds, were found in either host, save the Elves only."
After eleven long years the Last Alliance finally achieved victory over their Enemy but at great cost. Elendil and Gil-galad fell to the Dark Lord himself, but they threw down their foe and Isildur struck the killing blow. Earlier during the seven year Siege of the Barad-dûr, Anárion had been slain by a rock thrown from the Dark Tower.
The Blades of Anárion are Formed
Anárion was not forgotten when he perished on that fateful day. Isildur honored the memory of his brother by planting a seedling of the White Tree of Minas Ithil in the court of the citadel of Minas Anor where Anárion had ruled. This seedling was a descendent of Nimloth, the White Tree of Númenor, from which Isildur had rescued a fruit before it was destroyed.
The survivors of Anárion’s guard, the Men of Gondor sworn to defend their liege-lord to the death, also did not fail to honor their great ruler. In his memory they formed a company that came to be called the ‘Blades of Anárion’, for before battle they would raise their weapons and cry in the Elvish tongue: Avam luithio, an Anárion!
, which means, We will not falter, For Anarion!
The Blades of Anárion in the War against Sauron
In honor of Anárion and their ancestors that defended him, the Blades of Anárion have reformed to battle the Enemy once thought to be defeated forever. The now kingless descendents of Númenor, the Elf-friends of old, have joined forces with many of the Eldar, also kingless, as well as the stout Dwarves of Durin’s Folk and the Periannath (or Hobbits as they prefer to be called), who have arisen ‘from their quiet fields to shake the towers and the counsels of the Great’.
Our Mission Statement
We are a mature and casual kinship with a very simple and precise goal: we strive to provide a kinship for friendly, mature and like-minded individuals who enjoy the high-fantasy genre of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth as depicted in The Lord of the Rings
and other works. We employ light-to-medium roleplay (RP) to keep ourselves within the context of Tolkien's lore while also sharing experiences, stories and friendships outside of the realm. Music, life, folk-lore, battle, camaraderie, and brotherhood are aspects we all enjoy. If you enjoy these as well, consider joining the ranks of the Blades of Anárion.
How we Play
Overall, the Blades are best described as a "Casual Kinship". Members, individually or as a group, may participate in Role Playing, Raids, Crafting, PvMP, or anything else the game has to offer but they are not required to participate in any of these activities. Instead of focusing in on one or two aspects of the game we instead like to equally participate in everything the game has to offer- this lets our members, if they so choose, to experience everything within the rich world of Middle-Earth and to play entirely at their own pace. The only restrictions we do enforce is that all new members are required to be at least 18 years of age, to ensure a certain level of maturity, and to have reached level 25 on their main character, we figure by this level people are intending to stick with the game, and have found the class/race they enjoy playing the most. Below you will find more information about each of the major aspects of the game, and our views on each of them.
We are what is commonly called a "Role-Play Light" kinship; it is not our focus, but something we are happy to encourage and embrace. Many of our members enjoy roleplaying while they are playing within the world of Middle-Earth, but like all of our interests, it is neither our focus nor a requirement. We encourage our members to try role-playing, and of course to be accepting and understanding of it when they encounter someone else role-playing, be they a Blade or otherwise. We have many regular events designed to accomdate role-playing and general socializing with kinmates and friends. We also encourage members to do their roleplaying within the /say channel, and keep the /kinship, /fellowship, and /raid channels stricly for out-of-character chat- this is because we beleive role-playing should be in person and not done from opposite sides of the world. If this sounds like something you would be interested in, we look forward to seeing you at the local pub!
As Blades, one of our many interests is raiding, and we do take part in all the raids that are currently available, though like all events, attendance is never required. It should however be made very clear, our style and view on raiding is very lighthearted and laid-back. While "beating" a raid is certainly fun and rewarding, it is by no measure our primary goal. We go on raids to have fun, to enjoy each others company, and most of all for the experience. The only thing we take serious about raiding is our excellent ability to work as a team and to listen to each other. If you are looking for a kinship that just likes to have a lot of fun while on a raid, please do consider applying for membership, but if raiding is your only interest or if you are someone who is all business while raiding, you may want to seek a more raid focused kinship.
Crafting is a big part of Middle-Earth and we believe it is within everyones best interest to support that as much as possible. We have no requirements regarding crafting, in fact you need not even have a profession if you do not want, but should you be interested in it you will find a great network of support with the Blades. Not only do we have Craft Banks set up to facilitate the exchange of resources and components between members, we also have regular events and contests geared towards crafting specifically. With an officer position dedicated towards this aspect of the game, it is an area we are serious about supporting and helping nurture.
Player Vs. Monster-Player
Ah, the thrill of the hunt! The adrenaline flowing, the heart pumping - this can easily be one of the most exciting aspects of the game and we are happy to support that. Should you be interested in entering the 'Moors, be it as "Creep" or "Freep", you will find your fellow Blades by your side. Just as we have a dedicated Crafting Officer, we have another dedicated to PvMP who is one of the highest ranked on this server. And if Creeping is your flavor, we offer an established Tribe, Bane of Anárion, that you are welcome to join as a member of the Blades. As with all other aspects of this game, however, we do expect our members to treat eachother and other players with the up-most respect. Trash-talking and teasing excessively will not be tolerated.