In the earliest days of mankind's long rise to power, there was an Empire. From the grey cliffs of Strom, King Thoradin had set forth to unite his kin, and to the chiefs of each tribe across the lands bequeathed to them by Tyr he gave two options: serve willingly or be destroyed. Thus the Arathi Empire grew, reaching the cursed and sacred lands of Tirisfal in the north. There, the emperor-king encountered a tribe that revered Tyr and the self-sacrifice which had bought humanity it's freedom and safety.
Noble and knightly as he was, Lordain, chief of that tribe, came to serve the King as his general, alongside the progenitor of the future line of Arathi kings, Ignaeus Trollbane. Together they campaigned against the Amani tribes to the east and lifted the trolls' siege on the elven kingdom of Quel'thalas, and it was when the forces of Jintha turned upon the armies of Arathor that General Lordain gave himself to martyrdom. To buy his king's newly-trained magi the time they needed to obliterate Jintha's horde, Lordain and five-hundred of his knights sacrificed themselves to hold the forest trolls at bay.
In doing so, the Arathi Empire was able to wreak such terrible magics upon the trolls that they never recovered, and so men and elves alike knew peace for centuries to come. In his honour, the lands of Tirisfal, and the great kingdom that would rise there in the years to come, was named Lordaeron, and the sacrifice of Lordain and his five-hundred few became a heroic tale that many could only dream to emulate.
Nearly three millenia after Lordain's noble sacrifice, the demonic armies of the Burning Legion descended upon Azeroth. In the face of oblivion, four men of the League of Arathor gathered in the Sanctum of Stromgarde and swore to live - and die - by the legacy of Lordain, and by the legacy of Tyr before him. Thus the Holy Order of Lordain was formed.
Across all the nations of Azeroth has the Holy Order waged war against the enemies of mankind and the enemies of the Light. At times they have been little more the curious adventurers, delving into the eldritch depths of half-buried desert cities and the icy cliffs at the roof of the world. At others, their gleaming and blessed banner has stood at the vanguard of the Alliance's armies, ashen in the shadow of Teldrassil and paving the way into the heart of Tirisfal itself.
The Holy Order of Lordain stands as a beacon of faith and order in the wartorn world. Tenuously abiding to the armistice, they stand at the fringe of the Alliance's vast territories, anathema to all that would dare to disturb the unity of mankind within, and anathema to all that would dare to raise their banners against it without...
The Holy Order of Lordain is a pro-Alliance, anti-Horde guild that has existed since the beginning of Legion, participating and leading in many of the server's largest campaigns since then. The guild is based around the idea of holy crusaders and questing knights, putting emphasis on chivalry and lawfulness combined with absolute faith in the Holy Light and self-sacrifice for the greater good. It draws inspiration from many sources, historical or otherwise, but places the canon and current lore of the Warcraft setting first and foremost. Although there are two distinct strata within the guild, there is an emphasis on equality among all knights (in Arthurian style).
The Order has always stood out against many other holy sects in it's interpretation of the Holy Light's teachings, rejecting neutrality as a failure to protect the innocent. Whilst the Order abides to the current armistice, they do not hesitate to respond to Horde provocation, quietly awaiting the war to end all wars and ensuring that the Alliance lives to see it.
The Holy Order of Lordain dates back to late 2016, around the time of Legion's release. Since then, the guild has embarked upon many campaigns both against the Horde and against the common threats to Azeroth; to this date, the Order has seen sixteen major battles against other guilds alone, with many more skirmishes in between.
Over time, the guild's members have documented the adventures of the guild in great detail and contributed to the ever-expanding collection of stories, poems and holy scriptures that have been integral to it over the years. More is due to come, but for now you can find some examples linked to our Argent Archives profile, with even more available to members after they join!
The guild enjoys a variety of events, both RPPVP-based and DM-based, the latter of which takes up the majority of the guild's time. The majority of our events are done utilising the DiceMaster addon, using a roll system based off of DnD 5e. For people that have not used a DnD-style roll system before, the officer team is happy to guide people through it. 100% of members in the guild like and enjoy the system, so based on this stellar internal review we think it's worth a shot.
Character progression is an integral part of the Holy Order of Lordain, which the guild's events, campaigns and structure promotes. All members of the Order progress towards joining the 'sworn brotherhood', the righteous and fearless crusaders that have earned the respect and the trust of their fellow men.
Experienced and inexperienced alike, all aspiring members of the order are put through their paces. During their time in the Order, its members embark upon gruelling pilgrimages, single-handedly bring down dangerous and blasphemous foes, and demonstrate their unwavering committment to the Holy Light above all else. Members can expect 1-on-1 events as part of this progress on their path to becoming a Crusader of the Holy Order.
For some, service to the Holy Order is a path to knighthood. Many of the Order's members have received their titles for their service to the Light and have given themselves to its service by oath.
For more information on the guild's history and it's theme, visit our website, esarus.net. A link is at the top of this post.
Our current recruitment criteria is as follows:
||Human, Dwarf (Bronzebeard)
|| High Elf
||Paladin, Warrior, Priest
Whilst previous iterations of the guild have been fairly stringent in terms of who is recruited, the current iteration aims to be much more open. As ever, we are happy to accept roleplayers both new and old in the interest of providing a reliable, well-storied place for holy, north-based roleplay.
The Order accepts all manner of characters into its fold. Some of the characters we have recruited previously range from old Silver Hand knights and veterans from Honor Hold, to deserters and penitent members of the Scarlet Crusade seeking atonement for their sins. Characters in the Order are expected to be strong-willed and brave, more than anything else, even if they are not the ideal Knight of the Order when the first join. This is certainly the place for your character to learn what it means to be a faithful knight!
The Order does not have a strict uniform but has a colour scheme and 'vibe'. The primary colour of the Order is gold, followed by black or white. We recommend more down-to-earth armour sets, rather than the flashier sets that can be found in-game. For examples, check out some of our members' armoury pages.
Recruitment officers: Ortellus, Nathanael. Contact any member of the guild to get their attention if they're not around.