Goldfox.5729 Posted October 9, 2017 Share Posted October 9, 2017 A Letter to Mike O'Brien — The Importance of GuildsWritten by Dougal KeaneThe 9th of October, 1330 AE. Season of the Scion.—My dear friend, Mike O'Brien.It has nearly been two years since I last wrote to you, and I apologize that this letter couldn't be written much earlier to inform you of my fortunate endeavours. The large stream of brave and ambitious guilds who wish to put their mark on the world has not seen an end since the Pact forces were wistfully defeated at the border of the Maguuma Jungle. And my days have been occupied with lending guilds my counsel to make sure that they are directed on the right path for a succesful adventure.Now that the Pact Commander is setting out to the Crystal Desert, and by doing so also sets an example for guilds to follow, I'm almost certain that I will see fewer days where I'm not signing papers to recognize the claim of a guild. But recent statements from you have reached my ear through the gossip of Lion's Arch, and thus I have given some of my workload to Hannah so that I can allow myself a day off to write you about my concerns.The gossip was confirmed when on the morning of 8 October I received a letter from The Tyrian Explorer's Society which informed me that they are cutting funds for the Guild Initiative branch, and I cannot help but fear the dire consequences that this decision will bring with it. Our resources are very limited already and striking harder at our department could put many guilds in danger of collapsing. Without our presence in Lion's Arch guilds will aimlessly exist without a goal to strive for, and years worth of studies have shown that it is a collective purpose which brings people together and results in people being more likely to stick around.Guilds are the groups of people who pick up the newly arrived, provide them with shelter, and teach them the lessons that the world itself doesn't. Guilds are the benevolent organizations who see beyond an individual's history, and grant its members a chance to prove themselves despite the hardships they face. Guilds are the communities who drive the events of the world, as people rally behind the confidence of an established association. Some leaders wage war in the Mists, some members perform acts of kindness, and some scholars share the information they gather through technical research.They are crucial to our very existance, and a Tyria without them would be a favor to the forces of evil that seek to destroy our planet.My dear friend, Mike O'Brien. It has been so long since we both set foot on the journey we know as Guild Wars, but the horizon has no limit, and thus the development of our campaign will continue forever. But do not forget guilds along the road, for they are responsible for many of the steps we've made.—My best wishes,Dougal Keane, Head of the Guild Initiative. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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