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      Lineage 2

      By Ernesto, in History,

      This is the history of Ginnunga in the game Lineage II on the Bartz server. The guild was formed during open beta by Ernesto (me) and was upheld even 6 weeks after I left the game. Leader transfer was not possible, so guild was later reformed as "ReBorn".
      Events index:
      - Capture of Oren Castle
      - The Dominus Alliance
      - War with Dragon Knights
      - Capture of Giran Castle
      - War with SoC / SoL
      - War with Avenge / Zerotollerance
      - Defense of Oren Castle
      - Capture of Aden Castle
      - The formation of Uprising

      Tlithor tells the story:
      Meanwhile SoC & BD were fighting Redemption, we were not involved. This neutrality enabled us to get Oren Castle, which was the start of us being the longest castle holder on the server to date. We did an excellent job there, together with Feral Uprising, IS and Bushido, plus some other small clans (if I remember correctly, even Trolltyg was there ). November from IS and Ernesto were supposed to start casting, the one who would get it done first would get the castle. It turned out to be Ernesto, also because Gloiin managed to accidentally stun November halfway through his cast on the seal. Man, those must have been some awesome pm conversations. Be that as it may, we had the castle!

      The Dominus alliance was formed together with Inquisition and Ginnunga. The details of how this came to be are getting foggy, so forgive us if we leave out the details 
      Tlithor writes:
      Slowly we started to grow in numbers, levels, pvp quality and teamwork. The fights with DeadKnights was basically our first pvp, lasted a while, but we beat them. ShaolinCaster joined around this time, Sanquinoxia was also in the clan, Daylight, Valynor, Sinafein, maybe some others, sorry if I am forgetting a few.
      Added by Ernesto:
      During this war I gained my first 25 PK points and my first couple of PvP points. The war ended when Zeus retired from the game and his clan was dissolved. They later reformed into a new clan and asked for neutrality.
      It was during this war we started doing hit and run squads, which means we formed up a group of random people, ran in, PKed all enemies we could find, then we returned to the castle one by one as we went red, and when everyone was red, or there were too few left non-red, we just either died off, or worked off the karma.

      Tlithor writes:Meanwhile we were starting to hunt in DVC, and getting minorly involved BD/SoC vs ThoR war. ThoR had lost their Giran castle, BD was planning to attack and literally zerg Aden castle with over 1000 people. This was around fall 2004 I think.
      Then Ernesto really put us on the map. He said Ginnunga and IS would defend Aden castle from all attackers, his post on l2orphus was such a fun read, and it got all the teenagers really, really agitated. In practise he did prevent Aden from being captured, by having a cunning plan to secretly sign up to take Giran from SoC, together with Forbidden and ThoR. SoC had no chance, Forbidden took Giran, Aden with "only" 900 attackers left was not taken, Ginnunga was now widely known. The Pokemon generation now knew Ernesto as the "roleplaying guy".

      Added by Ernesto:I realised that SoL was a more or less dead clan, and having a dead clan own a castle didn’t seem right to me, so we decided to take it. I didn’t want our alliance to have more than one castle, so we needed a puppet clan who could hold the castle and in return, that clan would be in eternal debt to us. The puppet clan of choice was Forbidden and was chosen because it was an old clan and it had grown strong enough to hold its own. If the puppet clan would have been too weak, taking the castle would only result in loosing it again shortly after. Secret conferences with Sirrah of Oberon Fire Clan and Noods led to that Forbidden (and subclan CamelotCrusaders), ThorForce, Oberon and the two other Dominus clans (Inquisition and Noble Vanguards) signed up to take the castle. Ginnunga participated on flag duty, since we couldn’t sign up for the siege and so did the Noble Vanguards.
      WAR WITH SoC / SoL

      Ernesto writes:After we captured Giran, Krono (SoC) and Smallwind (SoL) were rather angry and launched a PK war against us, claiming that we could “Kiss DVC goodbye” – However this was not the case. The first day after the siege a few of us got PKed in DVC so the following day I decided that we would strike back, and strike back hard.
      Our first perma reds were born at this point and we hunted SoC and SoL relentlessly. Just before the loss of Giran, Krono had annexed the alliance Kuei-Jin into SoC and they were the ones who took the hardest hits from this war. We averaged around 25 dead KJs and 5 dead SoCs a day during euro daytime and when the night came, Forbidden took up the torch and kept SoC firmly in place. SoC and SoL disbanded and left for other games and the war was won with nearly no casualties on our side.
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      Tlithor writes:After this we went back to neutrality again, after some skirmished with SoC, which are hardly worth mentioning. It was all fun and games again for a while, until we encountered Avenge. Even though they played some dirty tricks on us, and didn't always play it straight, this war was the best I ever had. Killing Anarissa over and over, Ernesto putting a price on MasterP´s head, fun fun fun. Up to and during this war the entire Dominus alliance leaned on Ginnunga. This made us proud, but also brought a lot of pressure on the members and especially the leader. Basically, if Ginnunga wasn´t there, Dominus had no leadership in pvp, and were just running around. We beat Avenge, and BD who jumped in, even when they attacked our castle with 38 (!!!!!!) clans vs our 12.
      Added by Ernesto:
      Nearing what we now know was the end of the AZT war, Avenge annexed an entire alliance into them called something that I don’t remember. That alliance was led by OverDrive if I recall correctly. This was the final nail in the coffin for AZT, eventhough they didn’t yet know it.

      With an additional 150 people as enemies, we took PVP to new heights and during the second day of Overdrives alliance into AZT we scored over a hundred PVP and over 50 PKs. The mood was so good that at 02:00 we gathered 3 groups and cleaned out DVC and TOI from AZT, it took around an hour and when the AZT zerg had gathered up too much people for us to hit, we just simply went to bed. The absolute success of this type of operation was continued for 3 more days and with zero casualties on our side I personally had racked in over 30 PKs and AZT could no longer make XP at their own primetime. The follow day Anarissa approached me for peace talks. Me, Oxyurana and November went to the Avenge Teamspeak and we had a talk with 8 of the Avenge leaders. We didn’t agree to much, but the following day we had a meeting again, we presented our demands to Gano and he unconditionally accepted them. The demands were that Avenge alliance would not siege Oren castle for a set number of time, and they would not be allowed to interfere if we wanted to siege Aden or Innadril. 

      Tlithor writes:Avenge, and BD attacked our castle with 38 (!!!!!!) clans vs our 12. Man that was beautiful. Seeing half of their forces retreat because a 12 clan block of people came out with militairy precission. I don't have much love for IS leadership, but Oxyurana sure could plan a siege.
      Sadly all this came at a price, the pressure within the alliance had been on Ginnunga ever since we got the castle, and got enormous during Avenge/BD war. After that we slowly started to get less and less active, being bored with the game, needing breaks, playing other games, real life situations came up. Activity started to decrease. We did manage to take Aden, which was a great achievement, but ThoR and RK didn't like it that much. Basically we couldn't deal with this war, Ernesto was inactive and the alliance started to crumble, leading to Dominus and Evolution loosing all castles within 1 weekend. Also Oren was gone. We had no choice but to surrender and start a new clan.
      Meanwhile I was slowly starting to play more and more WoW, which is my current project.

      Ernesto writes:The same day as we signed the peace treaty with AZT we had a run-in with some new Blue Dragon members (From the clan LEGACY) and I approached Texas and made clear that any attack, what so ever from any Blue Dragon member from this point forward would be considered an act of war and would be retaliated in full military strength.
      Texas agreed and said that the same went from them and we were happy with the seize fire agreement.
      The following day however, Bowtress was attacked by some Blue Dragon member (and killed) so I called the alliance to war. We reached DVC to find 2-3 groups of Blue Dragons members, we lined up, cast our buffs and while we were buffing I assigned targets for each member in our combat party. When the buffs had been done a few seconds later, I counted down from 5 and we simply PKed more than half of the Blue Dragons there before they even knew we were starting the fight. The few survivals tried to fight back, but without all their damagedealers it was futile and they all ended up dead. The Blitzkrieg was a success and Hiroki approached me for peace talks. BD were given the same conditions as AZT had been given (no siege interference) and he agreed.
      This gave us an uncontested attempt for Aden castle, so with Dominus, Evolution and Evincio alliance, we planned the assault on Aden castle. The plan was an absolute success, and the 239 people that had gathered for the siege on the Ginnunga teamspeak were all howling with joy. We had taken Aden, something that no one had ever done before. A funny tidbit of information was that the teamspeak consumed 5mbit of bandwidth during the siege, god bless Bredbandsbolaget. Since Ginnunga already held Oren, Noods of Forbidden and November of Inquisition made a dice roll for who would claim the castle and Noods won the roll.
      There was a video made of the siege called Aden Falls and it can be found here.
      After the siege an Interview was made with Noods via e-mail, but since he was less than savy with expressing himself in english, I answered the e-mail in his name. (Uneducated dwarf). The interview can be found here.

    • Ernesto


      By Ernesto, in History,

      Ginnunga in DAoC was created on October 11, 2001 on the US server Kay.
      - The release of Malmohus and the start of Ginnunga PvE raiding in DAoC
      - The release of Darkness Falls and our PvE and PvP expeditions there
      - The relic raids
      - Ginnunga Faste (I thought it was Arvarkr?)
      - The first Dragon Raids
      - The first hugebossguy that eats people in DF kill (I got some crap from him that I gave to Kristi, a bracelet with heal or regen proc I think)
      - Our raid alliance with SFP, EK and FB
      - The Fury Alliance
      Memorable and funny events
      Here are some short stories about Ginnunga and its members, told by the members themselves. They are sorted by game, in no specific chronological order.
      Topic is: “I remember…”
      “When Snyggve got really really drunk and started singing the Alice Cooper song “Poison” in guildchat, this is a log from this occation:
      [22:24:38] @@[Guild] Tryggve: "blahaha nbut I want you too much, blahah but my lips are tpoisouin blaha"
      [22:24:44] @@[Guild] Tryggve: "eeek I cant keep up"
      [22:25:03] @@[Guild] Tryggve: "were on the secont one now eyke"
      [22:25:09] @@[Guild] Tryggve: "black lace on slblaha..."
      [22:25:25] @@[Guild] Tryggve: "dont wanna touch you but youre undetr my skin"
      [22:25:30] @@[Guild] Tryggve: "dont wanna touch you but"
      [22:25:38] @@[Guild] Tryggve: "youre poison"
      [22:25:45] @@[Guild] Tryggve: "I odont wanna break thieese chain"
      [22:25:47] @@[Guild] Tryggve: "s"
      [22:26:14] @@[Guild] Tryggve: "One look, coulf kill, uour plane, my thrill"
      [22:26:21] @@[Guild] Tryggve: "I wanna love you but I better not topuch"
      [22:26:28] @@[Guild] Tryggve: "I wanna kiss you but I wanbted too much"
      [22:27:01] @@[Guild] Tryggve: "hey, might not get all the tight spelling but Im tyuping faaster than Kjell on viagra"
      [22:27:58] @@[Guild] Tryggve: "inbte!"
      [22:28:01] @@[Guild] Tryggve: "nite even" “ - Seuwol
      “We showed our strength again, we plowed into malmöhus like a 20-ton trailer.. we got further than Fury with less people, we did it better, faster and we looked good doing it... we were Ginnunga, in malmöhus with our allies... Everyone was excited, blood pumping, adrenaline flowing... lets do this, we are the best we ar...... Ok 15 min break, main tank had to sauna! ...... Suomi Finland Perkele Nothing gets between a crazy fin and his sauna...” - Snyggve
      “The damn Sleipnersson camp in DAoC and it still gives me migraine.” - Kjell
      “Also like the way we got people to make a train, I put on my big red follow-me helmet and we all ran in a nice row through the lands... very fun "raids" I also think many really enjoyed the tempo we had when we were there, we always tried to keep it at maximum without wiping .” - Snyggve
      “First 5 group raid to Malmohus with Suomi Finland Perkele and some other guilds to get some phat xp and loot. We xp'ed with 4 groups plus in that zone every day for like 3 weeks straight, getting ALOT of people their 50 ding.” - Ulve
      “6 hours straight on sleipnerssons, playing the "I call mine..." game, I still have screenshots from that whole conversation laying around somewhere.” - Ulve
      “2 hours after patch, running around in the new Darkness Fall zone, wondering what the heck those seals were? (gg, read patchnotes newbie).” - Ulve
      “Owning AMG in Emain Macha with Hatchet, Ulve and Dreakon, taking on groups of 6-7 albion FOTM stealthers at a time.” - Ulve
      “Finding a lonesome friendly troll in Uppland zone named ‘Balle’.” - Ulve
      “Me and Flode (Eykes Hunter) camping APK in Odins Eye at level 20.” - Ulve
      “First ride to Hibernia land, following the Kay legend Shingen and his guildies at level 31 or somewhat.” - Ulve
      “Me and Hamingja patrolling Yggdra forest on walk speed, around and around and around and around...” - Ulve
      “Skolbyter! Where is heeee? Wonderful DaoC guildy who always made his best to learn swedish and tell Kjell things like "ond gris kjell" and "ligga?".” - Ulve
      “Learning what the word "Porros" means...” - Ulve

    • Ernesto


      By Ernesto, in History,

      EVERQUEST - HISTORYGinnunga Version 1.0 was formed in December 1999 and it died off during summer vacations around June / July in 2000
      The guild was formed after me, Jhurg and a couple of others were unhappy in our current guild, which was called Black Dragon Valsung.
      Ginnunga Version 2.0 was restarted sometime in October / November 2000 and disbanded at the end of April 2001 as Merkez disbanded the guild before he went to Spain over the summer.
      Memorable and funny events
      Here are some short stories about Ginnunga and its members, told by the members themselves. They are sorted by game, in no specific chronological order.
      Topic is: “I remember…”
      "One of things i really remember with Wizel is that i always, always died at the zone after beeing trained or having a bad pull...i just had to turn and see if it really was that bad..and yes, it was always that bad! " - Wizel
      “Eldwin -Oh lil gnome, I still think of him when I see cookies.” - Snyggve
      “Ginnunga raiding WW dragons with 10 ppl under recomended and average 5 levels below recomended, but dang did we rock that time... One of the dwaggies being dealth the last damage by Snyggve, Merkez and Nizn meleeing! (AoE Silence, whats that?)” - Snyggve
      “Jhurg getting lost in about every zone in EQ.” - Snyggve
      “Jhurg starting his career hustling ppl in butcherblock and taking the boat to freeport to sell it and then back to buy etc, he could spend days auctioning.” - Snyggve
      “Taking turns with the japaneese at the orcpillar in BB.” - Snyggve
      “Breaking into Fear with 4 ppl, 2 2-boxing, very nice work... and then spending 2 hours CR because Gwarg was just gonna have a looksie... I quote:
      Merkez tells the group: Gwarg, don't!
      Cazic Thule shouts: GWARG!
      Nizn tells the group: *censored* -in norsk” - Snyggve
      “Nizn going berserk every other day scaring ppl.” - Snyggve
      “Laurent/Merkez spending hours looking for his corpse hungover like hell not remembering he logged on the night before. (the corpse was found in plane of fear I believe)” - Snyggve
      “Me and Merk drinking so much Vodka at a party that the guest of honor (Mordo visiting from down under) had to flee to Gwarg and Gakadafs mother.” - Snyggve
      “Hugme... oh the stories.. the drowning incident, the falling incident..” - Snyggve
      “The acceptance in the guild to try new tactics, the way ppl totally trusted the raid leader.” - Snyggve
      “Fastas pulling entire fear and kiting em around the hill so we could pick em off... think he ran for an hour or so.” - Snyggve
      “One of the glorious moments in EverQuest was early in the games history, we had been camped up in The Plane of Hate for over a month and as usual Fastas was pulling. I was using my paladin spell: Stun to peel the mobs away from the feign death monk, however at the time my English was a bit rusty, so when Fastas told the group: “No dodgy pulling” I understood it as: “PUUULLLL”. I casted my spell on the only monster I saw and it came running for me and the raid. The bad part was that I hadn’t seen the 20+ monsters just around the corner, that felt the need to help their buddy, so around 3 seconds later the entire raid was dead, Fastas was angry and we had to do a rescue mission to get back our gear.” - Laurent
      “The first time I met Fastas and Saran was in Lower Guk at the minotaur camp, we were trying to get some item from the Minotaur Elder and things went haywire with trains and god knows what. Saran was playing like crap and I told her that in groupchat, which naturally resulted in Fastas exploding telling me just what he would do with an iron crowbar and my brain. Since that day, Saran and Fastas were, oddly enough, two of my closest online friends.” - Laurent
      “In an overcamped Sebilis, me, Nenaddar, Nizn and three more could not find a spot to camp, so we quickly decided to be a travelling boyband who rescued groups that had gone haywire. “Who let the frogs out” was our lead song which we were shouting all over the zone, harassing people as much as possible.” - Laurent
      “Nenaddar had met a nice girl called Caslan, so he brought her on one of our PoG raids, Nenaddar who was a druid and didn’t wanna kill trees and animals, spent the time chatting with Caslan, sitting very romantically facing her on the ground, staring into her eyes while she did the same. Of course I couldn’t let them sit there and look all romantic and in love, so I ordered the entire guild to sit on them. Now, if you have a romantic moment, you wouldn’t want a bunch of ogres and trolls to sit on you, would you?
      The most amazing thing is that Nenaddar a few years later moved from little Denmark to the US to live with Caslan, I think they are together still. Awwwww how nice.” - Laurent
      “Just after the release of Kunark we were farming spells from the Juggernauts in Sebilis. Garrik was whining from the start, annoying the hell out of me. I bit my tongue though and we kept the raid going. Finally when Garrik explained in guildchat how pointless this whole raid was, who the heck needed spells and spellcasters, I exploded inside. In a very calm voice I asked him what the flying fuck he was whining for, and he explained to me that he was whining so I would be annoyed and he could giggle about it. Sigh, stupid cricketplaying brits, may they burn in hell.” – Laurent
      “Remember doing Plane of fear with Merkez as Raidleader shouting and yelling at everyone trying to get some order in the raidgroup and for the most of the time getting everyone in line with a few wipes now and then, but it was all good and fun.” - Rhuargh
      “Eldwin (the cookiemonster) the crazy gnome, all of a sudden in a raid he could start sprouting out poems and stuff.” - Rhuargh
      "When Ruum used a picture of Christer Pettersson as avatar on our EZboard and everyone was horribly scared of him, especially Maldran." - Laurent

    • This is old news for some, but since there are news items available, and nobody has bothered to make one, I decided to use this chance to spam... Eh, inform to rest of the world, and new aplicants, that Ginnunga has cleared now the whole TBC, and are now farming epics and preparing for new content.
      Illidan died (for first time) last sunday, 18th of November. Movies are still to come (Calyn and Tajkurj slacking like hell... Clearly one of them doesn't deserve warglaves if they ever drop). Once the movies are up you can probably find them at Ginnunga downloading section, or as a link in this newsitem.
      Loots were:
      Stormrage Signet Ring to Tajkurj
      Cowl of the Illidari High Lord to Oboz
      Chestguard of the Forgotten Protector x2 to Ly and Exelicor
      Grats to all looters
      Good job Ginnunga for sticking together through bad times and let's have fun the remaining WoW time we have!

    • The swedish newspaper "Dagens Nyheter" reports that a 17-year old boy from Trollhättan in Sweden has been taken
      into custody for his abusive behaviour. Court rules it as a game-addiction.
      Source: Dagens Nyheter
      In the courts ruling to have the boy taken into custody, they write that he has isolated himself from the outside world and obtained an unacceptable daily rythm.
      A specialist in gambling abuse sais that the ruling is very uncommon. There are three previous rulings like this against young gaming addicts in Sweden. He goes on to say that the opposite is the most common - Getting help for these young people has previously been very hard.
      The boys family claims that the boy seldom leaves his home, and becomes aggressive or completely apathic when he isn't allowed to use his computer. He is failing in school and has almost no social interaction according to his family.
      The article continues and talks about World of Warcraft and how a comité of some sort has been investigating the phenomenon, where they explain that playing alot of video games cannot be compared to for example substance abuse. They keep on reporting on how parents to gaming children do not take participation in their youngs hobby in the same way other parents do, when the child is performing an outdoor team-sport like football.
      Yes, they actually compare online gaming to other teamsports, just like I always do, one more score for the e-athletes!

    • Ernesto

      Servers back online!

      By Ernesto, in Guild News,

      After our servercrash we are working on restoring full functionality to our site.
      It will take some time, but most material has been salvaged. Expect movie downloads to be up in a while.
      Our server crashed beyond repair, so we are trying really hard to restore whatever leftover we can dig up. For now, only the forums are functioning(?) along with voice comm, but we hope that our applied fixes and hardware upgrades will prevent anything similair to ever happen again. Due to a successful donation round, we were more than equiped to purchase a quality server that can run our web application without a problem.

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