May is nearly upon us and for those of us older Iron Knights, that’s a cause for celebration. Nearly 7 years ago we banded together to create a place that we could all call home and despite the odds being against us, we’re still here. It’s times like these that I’m reminded of the names and faces that have come and gone over the years. We’ve all felt the pain of loss, we’ve been present at the birth of each other’s children, we’ve seen couples wed and families form over the years. The losses we’ve suffered, the new lives that we’ve started, and the brotherhood that we have forged in between have all culminated to shape the home that we share today. I’m personally thankful to see all of you nearly every day. My stay with Iron Knights has given me the opportunity to meet and be-friend some amazing and extraordinary people. Thank you all for the past 7 years, and I hope we see many more days like this together. Last year as a gift to you all I created a header / banner for the website. This year with a bigger family, I’ve gone a step further and created a 1920 x 1080 wallpaper which I’ve included below as a thumbnail.
Front Row Left to Right:
Vensa – Blight – Anathyma – Raystlynn – Lovelyelf – Elpis – Celestrae
Second Row Left to Right:
Amirasidhe – Titania – Fabulous – Broodangel
Third Row Left to Right:
Metias – Tweetle – Krissy – ATV – Amythest – Dayar – Enigmatical & Hollowdivine – Keilanaa – Lethe
Girls of Iron Knights Calendar:
The point of doing this calendar was to make the ladies of the guild feel appreciated while delivering a little fan service at the same time. This month’s calendar girl and blurb are going to be a little different due to both the timing and to who she is. I’ve spent a lot of time today wondering how I’d write this next section and what I’d say about her to keep with calendar tradition thus far. I’ve come to realize that there are some people that maybe I can’t bombard with sexual innuendos. Perhaps that’s a sign of maturity in my older age. How do you sexify your best friend? How do you put her out there for the entire world to see when you can’t see her that way yourself? The answer to both of those questions is simple. You don’t. Those of you reading these updates for the anime titties will be happy to know that she complained about the bust of her last portrait, so I compensated for her.
For thousands of years the Chrysanthemum has symbolized nobility, life, strength, and beauty. Cultures across the world have buried their dead with it, used it’s likeness as a noble seal, and even created and sat on thrones made of this delicate and beautiful flower. Those with access to the guild’s real life picture thread will surely vouch that this month’s shining star certainly doesn’t get the short end of the stick on beauty, but despite the looks on the outside, her true beauty shines from within.
In 2009 one of our healers introduced me to a friend of his in an attempt to add another experienced dps to our roster and at his behest, I interviewed her. She was young, she hadn’t been playing very long, and she was arrogant. I was not overly impressed at the time to say the least, but I gave her a shot anyway. I had no idea that the young lady that I was speaking to would later grow into not only the longest standing Co Guild Master of Iron Knights, but also someone I could put my absolute trust in.
For 6 years this young lady’s heart has beat to a rhythm of friendship and camaraderie. Forged in dragon’s fire, her incorruptible heart resounds forth an unshakable profession of commitment, perseverance, and family. With lasting resolve she has helped to drive this guild forward through some of it’s darkest trials, even carrying me through sheer force of will when I could take no more. Throughout the years she has epitomized loyalty with her unwavering faith in her friends, her guild mates, and myself despite numerous offers elsewhere. Unyielding, she has stood as a sentinel of Iron Knights, a defender of her friends, and a custodian of our guild’s way of life. A resolute guardian watching over you, ensuring that you will never stand alone.
To me personally she has been a light in dark places when all other lights have gone out. A well from which to draw perpetual strength, a sage to draw unending wisdom, and a brace for times when I can go no further. She’s stayed my hand when I’ve been too strict, helped me to see the bright side of things when all things were covered in darkness, and she’s been there to pick me up when I’ve fallen. She taught me that no one is beyond redemption, and no one is unworthy of forgiveness. She’s been a good friend to Amira for many years and went out of her way to call and congratulate us both on our upcoming wedding.
It is my great honor to give you this month’s calendar girl. A woman who’s character can not be questioned, an architect of today’s Iron Knights, my best friend, Krissy.