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    • After having been kinda starved on new raiding material since march when Zul'gurub was released, which we bested very fast, the addition of Ahn'Qiraj has been a nice change of pace.
      While this raid has so far not proved to be anywhere near the old vanilla Ahn'Qiraj, it has still been fun to kill some "new" bosses in our PvE adventures that is World of Warcraft Classic.

      We're still looking for additions to our roster, if you're interested in joining please get on https://discord.gg/jvy8jAS and whisper one of the officers for more details!

    • A few weeks ago Ginnunga defeated the nefarious Nefarian and his brood of black dragonkin!
      We've been farming Blackwing Lair for a few weeks now and all is coming along nicely, we're continuing to improve our raids and growing as a guild in World of Warcraft Classic.
      In a months time we'll be getting an additional raid instance (Zul'Gurub) and this will be a welcome addition to the raids available.
      We're still looking for more people, if you are interested in joining us, join our recruitment discord:
      Until next time!

    • Many Ginnungans has been active in World of Warcraft over the years, many of us put our axes to rest back in 2011 when Ginnunga-Stormreaver discountinued raiding.
      In WoW: Classic we've had the opportunity to relive the game that many of us grew to love, we've all been reminded of the late nights, calling in sick to work, and nights spent playing instead of sleeping or studying.
      At the beginning of WoW: Classic many of us started our journey on Shazzrah, a server that was and probably still is, the most populated one.
      Ginnunga was created on day one, from there we've all had the pleasure of meeting friends we'd not had any contact with for years, having laughs about stories of old and creating new memories which will surely be remembered for years to come. With the creation of the guild on Shazzrah new friends came, friends of friends and from this we've worked together to bring all of us a chance to remember the old raids and dungeons that World of Warcraft had to offer.
      The past few months we've worked on getting people to 60, getting attunements done to Molten Core and Onyxia's Lair. Just a few weeks ago we set foot in Molten Core with a ragged band of lower level characters and higher level characters, our goal was to simply test the waters. That night we ended up killing 4 bosses.
      This sunday we brought Ragnaros down, having been treated to a binding from Garr earlier in the week.

      A great effort from all involved, and I'm sure we will continue down this path of slaying demons and dragons and other creatures as more phases become available to us in WoW: Classic.

    • It's been a year to remember in Ginnunga. We got thrown into the world of Black Desert Online on a whim and it ended up being a epic adventure with wars, diplomacy, new friends and more success than we could have hoped for.
      But, alas, all good things must come to an end. We've held up a incredible high activity compared to our last couple games, but even fielding 40 people didn't cut it as the server merge changed the face of wars. The constant need to recruit and manage became more of a job than fun, so we decided the best choice for all of our members who still enjoy the game was to drop Black Desert Online as a active chapter of Ginnunga.
      This wasn't the bitter end to a period of dwindling activity (except for our leaders who got a bit fat and lazy towards the end), instead we decided to change the course while we still stood strong. We've learned our lesson from previous games and thus could see that without a major change we would surely be headed downhill. I'm personally happy we made the choice and I'm convinced all of my brothers and sisters who keeps playing enjoy the game more for it.
      Because we didn't just disband and go our merry ways, we found a new home for every single one of our active players who wanted one with the guild Vikings on Shrooms. A gaming community with above average age and a mentality which closely resembles Ginnunga. The new entity, currently called VoS in game, have already proved to be a force to reckon with in wars and conquests and will give our members the best opportunities to enjoy all that BDO still has to offer. So we stay together, in a new enviroment, fighting with the same brothers and sisters side by side. Vikings with a heart.
      There are too many new friends to thank, from fresh Ginnungans to allied guilds, so we'll cop out and just say that's it's been a pleasure playing Black Desert Online with all of you.
      Ginnunga is of course ever going strong as a gaming community and as for MMORPGs we're currently looking at both Crowfall and Camelot Unchained, but who knows when the next unexpected korean grindy piece of sh... BDO comes along.
      We're also looking forward to this years gathering, which will be held in Rotterdam in april. We hope to see as many Ginnungas there as possible!
      Much love to everyone who's been here for the journey, and we'll see you in the next game if not before.

    • Sinful

      The last lords of Calpheon

      By Sinful, in News,

      With the help of Sanguine, and a coincidental peace keeping mission by Addicted, Ginnunga was crowned lords of Calpheon in the very last siege of Croxus. In true nerd fashion we say good bye to the server with one last roleplay.
      Sinful flinched as the bells of Calpheon cathedral started tolling. "They'll never sound the same again, will they...", she thought to herself as the deep sound echoed through the empty streets of the capital.
      Most of the citizens had already vacated on the orders of Calpheons lord, Cogency, the first of his name. A title earned mere days ago in the last siege Croxus would ever see.
      "At least I'll be the only lord who didn't get to own the city a full week! IT'S GLORIOUS!", Cogency had exclaimed after the victory.
      Even though his acceptance speech left something to be desired Sinful couldn't argue the point, it was indeed glorious. For months Ginnunga had been fighting for ever territory, against nearly every guild, only to end up the last lords of Calpheon. And now they'd be the first to ever lose it without bending knee to a foe. Funny how things turn out.
      Suddenly Sinful felt a tremor pass through the tower of the Valkyries Holy college. She was perched upon the towers top, the highest vantage point in all of Calpheon, but she didn't even have to look down to know what was coming. Once you had seen a berserker climbing any sort of structure larger than a barrel of ale it was a memory ill forgotten.

      "That fucking ape", she mumbled with a smile as she heard a familiar voice from below.
      "I'M HERE BABY!", Chimp merrily exclaimed as he with the grace of King Kongs swung his enormous body on to the tower roof.
      "Oh, I hardly noticed you", she replied while not even trying to conceal the giggle.
      She'd never understand how the towering mass of flesh that now sat next to her was at the same time one of Croxus best connected diplomats, but the gods both give and take, she guessed.
      "So, WHAT'S HANGING PIG?!"
      "The bells are heralding the end of the world and you wonder what's hanging?"
      "Well... YES!"
      "Don't change, Chimp. Ever."
      She rose to her feet, ruffled the hair of the giant berserker and without saying a word leapt off the tower. Sinful felt the air rushing faster every second meanwhile the paved courtyard of the college came ever closer. She couldn't breath. Her stomach made a unsuccessful attempt at escaping through her throat. She closed her eyes. Soon. Soon it'd be there.
      As sudden as it was gentle her fall was broken. All around her blue sparks flew, only to disintegrate into thin air.
      "One day I might not be there to catch you", Kunasha calmly stated as she kept her focus on the force field which surrounded the ranger.
      "Maybe, but not today", Sinful replied as she touched ground, pat her friend on her shoulder and with a ever so slight shake on her legs walked over to the rest.
      The entire guild had gathered, this last of days. The lord of Calpheon, who was currently looking for his crown which Ernesto had cleverly hidden in a pile of dung, had ordered the courtyard to be filled with tables and turned into a enormous outdoor banquette to celebrate Croxus demise. Sinful walked the lentgh of the tables, stopping to hug her friends, mockingly faking a punch at Meilink, stealing some salt from Nexi's backpack and throwing a grape which hit the elderly Pyen smack in the face, much to the delight of Cupe who couldn't contain his laughter.
      She remembered how they had all started, not far from a year ago. How they had come upon Croxus in search of adventure and new friends. How the tales they now carried were so much more than they ever could have hoped they'd become.
      They had earned their place as lords of Balenos, Serendia, Valencia and finally Calpheon. They had fought for every territory, against every guild. They had won countless battles, and lost slightly fewer. Made new friends that'd be with them for years to come and said heartbreaking farewells to ones no longer among them.
      The walls of the courtyard were clad in tapestries, decorated by the Ginnunga heart. The hearts almost looked like they were pounding as the fabric moved with the evening breeze coming in from port Epheria.
      As the sun set on Calpheon for the last time on Croxus Sinful grabbed a flask of rum from the table and climbed up on a nearby bench. The courtyard fell silent as she began to speak.
      "I wonder what we would have done back in june if we had known...", Sinful started.
      "If we would have known what it would take. The months spent. The arguments. The losses. Would we have thought it worth?"
      "But then again, we wouldn't have had a choice, would we. We didn't know if we'd succeed. We didn't know where we'd be. But we knew we made a promise. A promise to stand side by side. Shoulder by shoulder. A promise to those who draw steel against the heart. A promise to BlackSerpent, Nesert_Diggers, Potatoe Empire, Coven, Sinnfrei, Rain, Leviathan, Grim, Nephilims, BIRDxOFxDAWN, Ember, ShadowElite, Dishonoured and all others that bled before us... No, we wouldn't have had a choice."
      Sinful raised the flask, knowing full well she'd regret every drop.
      "Tonight we celebrate. Tonight we remember. Tomorrow we draw steel in a new world. For the Heart. For Ginnunga. For the last lords of Calpheon!"
      And suddenly it was all over.

      Ginnunga would like to thank all the guilds and players of Croxus for the past months. Friends and foes alike, it's been a blast fighting with and against you. We look forward to more conflicts, sieges, diplomacy and salt in the new world. We're not sure where we'll end up, but we wouldn't mind if you save us a seat.
      Also a big thanks to the entire guild for their efforts during our stay in Black Desert Online. It's been a longer ride than most of us anticipated going in, with its fair share of bumps, but there's no where I'd rather be than with all of you.
      See you in a new beginning.

    • The forces of Ginnunga have had a tradition of owning castles. One of our goals as a guild in Black Desert Online was to yet again call a windy, cold castle our own.
      This weekends siege and the week of planning and manoeuvring led to just that.
      After helping our friends claim Hydrael the earlier week, there was a strong consensus that we needed a new territory. The previous weeks drama over Calpheon had yet again shifted the landscape among the besieging guilds. We have had several weeks of bad relations with Shadow Elite, not only consisting of rude remarks from their leader, but also severe issues with some of their griefing members (supported by their guild leader). This couldn't stand, so after 5 days of lobbying and scouting, a situation was created where we knew we would have a chance of claiming Valencia. Together with our friends Hydra and our hired mercenaries KHAOS, we planted our forts in Valencia with just a few hours left of the timer.
      When the siege began, we found the castles defenses fully ready, but deserted, so we quickly took down the enemy tent and then redirected our forces in taking out the fifth contender: Brodiccted.
      We knew from the previous week that Brodiccted were a formidable defender, so we mounted a full offensive, including three elephants and 8 cannons.
      While we were easily able to break into their base, they were quickly dispatching our cannon teams who due to our low numbers, were not defended heavily.
      After 2 hours, we dispatched Hydra back to Hydrael to ward off Urna, and Brodiccted took down their flag. The Castle was ours.
      The original plan was to let Serendia go, but no one planted there other than Urna and Hydra were not ready to give it to them without a fight.

    • As the Lord of Balenos was taking a day off, the forces of the Croxus guild Ginnunga decided to betray him and place a new Lord on the Serendian throne.
      Ginnunga, KHAOS and Hydra decided to challenge Marauders for Serendia. In a quick battle, the forces of honour and justice established control and after 28 minutes, Marauders abandoned their broken down fortress to go fight in Calpheon instead.
      As a sign of friendship, it was decided that Hydra would get the territory in lieu of Ginnunga. We figured it would be fun if we renamed the town to Hydrael, and we knew it would annoy the leader of Lazarus to no end that a 17 man guild got a territory.

      Witch PoV, with Teamspeak

    • The first time wasn't a struggle. It wasn't even a battle. But when Ginnunga claimed the territory Balenos for the second time it was anything but a easy win.
      Sinful unclasped the strap of her quiver and felt the familiar pain sting her shoulder. Blood rushing back to pinched skin and muscle, reigniting nerve ends. A thousand times she had strapped that quiver, a thousand times it had been too tight. The pain in itself a ritual. A final reminder of the battle fought.
      She squeezed her fingers under the ornamented steel armor and rubbed the bruised skin. The pain would soon be gone, but the memories of the last few hours were sure to linger. She couldn’t help but smile.
      She fastened the quiver to Mists saddle bag, gave the huge mare a loving pat and slumped down on the ground, leaning her back against the horses hind leg. Mist didn’t flinch. She never did.
      ”We did it”, Sinful thought to herself. ”We... actually did it”.

      The week leading up to the battle had been a turmoil of itself. She didn’t like that part of warfare. The endless talks. The planning. The not knowing. She wanted a clear target for her arrows, be it the back of a friend or the face of a foe. But she had been fighting far too long to underestimate the importance of diplomacy.
      After taking Balenos uncontested the week before the political landscape of Croxus had changed around Ginnunga. Maybe not so much changed as been thrown into complete chaos. ShadowElite were furious after what they perceived as a backstab from Addicted in Valencia and in their rage they rallied what ever guilds they could behind their banner to exert revenge.
      It was true that Addicted did not defend Balenos when Ginnunga took it, but the friendly gesture of not taking it straight away, rather waiting for the fight to be over in Valencia, had been interpreted as a declaration of alliance by ShadowElite and their bannermen. How ever erroneous it made Ginnunga a target, even if the enemy was Addicted. The truth didn’t seem to matter as much to ShadowElite as sheding blood.
      ShadowElite themselves set their aim at larger prey than Balenos. Instead Lazarus and their hired mercenaries KHAOS were to lead a unknown number of guilds, some said two, some said eight, to take the crown from Ginnunga.
      Sinful chuckled to herself as she thought back on the talks. Lazarus and KHAOS, so certain of themselves, had tried to win the territory without a fight.
      ”You don’t need to fight us!”
      ”Be smart about it.”
      ”You’ll never win…”
      And she remember how after listening to their threats and offers Ernesto rose from the table with a sly grin. He paced around, slowly, weighing his words and finally spoke.
      ”We’ve heard all about your plan, and it’s a good one. Don’t get me wrong. A strong plan indeed. But you have forgotten about one thing, just one little detail: You’re talking to the Lord of Balenos. The Lord of Balenos will not go silently. The Lord of Balenos will fight with the strenght of a thousand tigers. If you want to take what is ours you better bring it all. Bring every guild. Bring every man. The Lord of Balenos will NOT go silently!”
      Lazarus and KHAOS hesitated for a second, but filled with self certainty they did not back down.
      ”There is no way you will own Balenos after saturday. NONE! That’s already for certain. How you go down is up to you.”, Glassy_Boi of Lazarus exclaimed.
      And with that the talks were over. The line had been drawn.
      Sinful pressed her fingers deep down into the soft grassy ground on which she sat. She clenched her fist and raised it up while letting the dark, rich soil pass through her fingers. She looked up on the surrounding farm lands. The rows of corn around Toscani farm and the potatoes soon ready for harvest at Bartalis. This land. The people living of it. This is why they fought. This is what mattered.

      Ginnungas informants and spies lept into action and possible enemies and allies were soon mapped out. Friends of old, HYDRA, were quick to offer their aid. On the other side of the line the number of guilds rose with each incoming report. Lazarus, KHAOS, Geeking, Urna, TemplarOrder, Marauders and a number of lesser guilds were all in the talks. It quickly became evident that something had to be done to lessen the enemies forces before the battle had even begun.
      Ginnunga set to work and had a second fortress built, this one in Serendia, home of Marauders. Once completed word was sent through back channels that Ginnunga was planning to abandon Balenos in favor of less defended lands. As was hoped this angered ShadowElite and their allies. Taking Balenos would mean nothing if Ginnunga ended up with a territory. Thus Marauders were ordered to all out defend Serendia and were given a additional allied guild as reinforcements. The enemy had taken the bait.
      As the day of the battle drew closer odds were still in the enemies favor. Six guilds were said to show up, but only four did. Still two versus four. Ginnunga and HYDRA versus Lazarus, KHAOS, Geeking and Urna. A fools errand for most. A challenge for the Lords of Balenos.
      There was no room for a complicated plan. HYDRA was to keep as much of the enemy forces occupied as possible, while Ginnunga put the entire weight of their force on a single enemy base. It was a bold play going on a full out offensive, leaving their own base with no more than a handful of defenders, but the enemy had to be broken quickly if there was to be any hope.
      The evening of the conquest Sinful gathered the Ginnunga forces inside Velia, close to the north east entrance, a mere arrows flight away from their own base. Seconds before war broke out she ordered a complete turn around and led the army in full gallop out the western exit, taking a sharp turn to the south once the towns border had been cleared.
      The enemy had hardly time to draw a breath after the had war started before Ginnunga descended upon Lazarus base. Horses crashed into barricades and bodies alike meanwhile the back line quickly dismounted to give cover to the melee. Sarya and Quiwi shouted orders to the wizards who tore the sky apart to rain down lightning. Papercuts and Cupes hands became a flurry of motion as arrows were fired as quickly as new ones could be knocked. Knus raised his shields and charged straight into the fray, drawing fire from enemy mages and rangers while Gromk and his assassins picked them off one by one.
      Meanwhile Ginnunga pushed in from the north HYDRA assaulted from the west, targetting the crucial recovery centers that kept the base defenders alive.

      Time and time again the enemy tried to drive the attackers back. Time and time again they fell short. Ginnungas line never broke.
      But as the assault progressed on Lazarus base Ginnungas own base was being ravaged. KHAOS had ordererd their entire force to attack and the brave few set to defend were outnumbered one to six. Crusaders calm voice cut through the chaos of battle:
      ”Flamer reloaded, hit them to the east!”
      ”Push out to the west!”
      ”Hwacha, focus fire to the north!”
      The effort was heroic but in the end there was no stopping the enemy, only delay.
      As Lazarus last recovery center fell to HYDRA the order was given to push further in, surround the enemy tower and focus all efforts on tearing it down. The race was on.
      ”Lazarus base at 60%”
      ”Ginnungas base at 80%”
      HYDRA fell back to fight off Geeking who were assaulting their base and to intercept what they could of the forces of Urna and Lazarus seeking to defend the crumbling enemy tower.
      ”Lazarus base at 30%”
      ”Ginnungas base at 55%”
      Himechan, Nexi and Lyngs rained cannonballs down upon the Lazarus defenders who struggled to reform their ranks.
      ”Lazarus base at 10%”
      ”Ginnungas base at 45%”
      And with a deafening roar the tower of Lazarus fell. The head of the snake had been cut off, but its body remained.
      Ginnungas tower was dropping quick and the order was given to once again assemble in Velia. But there was no time to recover and not seconds after arriving in the coastal town the army was given new directives:
      ”Follow Sinful, we’re going home!”
      Charging up the hills towards Cron Castle the Ginnunga force crashed into the assaulting KHAOS warriors like a tsunami upon a beach. The hard fighting mercencaries who were just minutes away from victory lay slaughtered within seconds. The tower still stood tall. The heart still reigned.
      With a big portion of the enemy army eliminated Ginnunga and HYDRA set out to finish what they had started. HYDRA assaulted Geekings base while Ginnunga made quick work of KHAOS. After both had fallen HYDRA, still hungering for blood, was left alone to play with Urna while Ginnunga took a well deserved break in Velia. At last the order was given to tear down Urnas base and the weary defenders could do naught but watch their final fortress collapse.
      The day was won and only a formality remained: tearing down the HYDRA tower. In celebration Ginnunga brought out its most beloved member, George the war elephant. His triumphant trumpet echoed over the hills as he smashed through the barricades surrounding the tower with the elegance only a elephant can possess.

      And then there was silence.
      It had been only minutes earlier, but as Sinful sat outside the smoldering ruins of HYDRAs tower, leaning her back against Mists hind leg, it felt at the same time a distant memory. Something from a tale of old. A tale of victory against impossible odds.
      ”Are you done moping around yet? There’s talks of victory mead at the Velia inn and I heard Cogency is paying. Doesn’t seem likely, he’s a cheap bugger if I ever knew one, but considering what we just did, who knows.”
      Glancing up Sinful saw the swelling thighs of DancingChimp outlined against the setting sun. The valkyrie offered a armor-clad hand and with ease pulled the ranger to her feet.
      ”You remember that old saying, Chimp? Those who draw steel against the heart…”
      ”…better know there will be blood?”, Chimp finished.
      They exchanged a glance and burst into laughter.
      ”Aww fuck it, let’s just get drunk!”
      A big thanks to HYDRA for once again standing by our side, couldn't have done it without you. Also thanks to our enemies, for a epic fight which we’re sure to remember for a long while to come.
      Ginnunga holds Balenos another week, what happens next is a tale yet to be told.

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