November 24th 2002
Clan Spotlight - Legacy of Virtue (33) - by Syltheana
The interview took place in The Interview Room, located within
Syltheana’s office. Asmira took some time from her day to sit and chat about
her character and the clan she leads, Legacy of Virtue, clan 33. Here’s
what Asmira had to say about her character and clan leadership:
Syltheana: Tell us about how you started on Medievia and what brought
Asmira: I started playing Med in April of 1997. My then boyfriend was
playing it and introduced it to me. He long ago quit and I don't think
he ever made it past level 25. He'd actually been introduced to it by
Helleth who happened to be in London at the time and played at a cyber
Syltheana: What did you think of Medievia when you first started?
Asmira: Oh I liked it, but I was a little confused. Originally my name
was Dragnfly, as that was the name I used to chat with on IRC. I
remember Lena asking me to think of a new name. I was a single mage and had a
tendency to die a lot, but I enjoyed exploring.
Syltheana: What characters influenced you in the beginning?
Asmira ponders intensely.
Syltheana: For instance, do you remember your first clan?
Asmira: Hmm... well, Helleth and Saracen showed me around a lot.
Unfortunately I don't remember a lot about when I was a single, except all
the dying. My first clan was Paladins of Destiny, clan 11 at the time.
Syltheana: What influenced you to become a clanleader?
Asmira: Oh golly, umm, I didn't really realize I wanted to be one. LoV
was in need of a leader and I didn't want to see it die so I took the
position, but I do like being somewhat in charge. It'd be hard to have
no clan where I wasn't leader, I think.
Syltheana: It's hard seeing the older clans fizzle out
Asmira: Yeah, always a bit of a bummer.
Syltheana: Can you give us some background on the clan?
Asmira: Hmm... well, I believe Hoggle started the clan. I joined LoV
while Janna was leading. The clan was much more active at that time.
After Janna, the clan was turned over to Damanien. I was his co-leader.
There seems to be an unfortunate curse on the clan. Anyone who works on
the webpage goes inactive, and so Damanien turned the clan over to me. I
just hit my third-year mark leading LoV.
Syltheana: Is your clan still active?
Asmira: Slightly. We’re not completely dead. Fortunately we have a
really great town so even if no one in clan is on, there's someone in town
to keep you company.
Syltheana: It's a lot of work being a leader and keeping things active
Asmira: Yeah, it is and it's always a bit disappointing when people
decide to leave because they want people who give them everything or
something like that. It's also my pet peeve when they don't bother to send a
note about leaving!
Syltheana: Do you have any major plans for LoV's future?
Asmira: I'd like to see us get more active. Sometimes we'll have 5 or 6
people on at a time. Hopefully I'll do some more recruiting and Cheese
Merchants and Death Corps are always really helpful
Syltheana: What do you look for in a player when they ask to join?
Asmira: They have to be nice, easy to get a long with, willing to learn
and explore by themselves as well as join with others. The clan has
always been a bit of a family. We're willing to help you out as much as we
can, but we expect you to try things yourself. I don't like whiney
Syltheana: Describe a typical day for your town, and for the clan.
Asmira: Hmmm. I'm not always on Asmira, but all my main alts are in
town so I might be xping bloodline, bringing along clannies. My townies
are pretty big on forming for xp or trading. I also often like to take
people combing. I almost prefer it to solo combing.
Syltheana: Did becoming a clanleader also influence your decision to be
Asmira: Hmm... I can't remember which came first now. Must have been
leading. Yeah, because I wasn't a hero yet, I don't think, when I became
leader of LoV. I think it did influence wanting to become an avatar
though. We have some avatars in clan, although inactive right now, but at
the time, they were the really friendly clannies. They were really
helpful to me and I enjoyed helping people find their way around the game.
Syltheana: So many people get caught up in just what material items a
clan can get them, like maximum stats or money - how do you feel about
Asmira: I think people play Med for different reasons. Sometimes it's
so they can get the best eq sets and have everyone fear them. If that
were your reason to play Med, LoV wouldn't be the place for you.
Syltheana: Why do you keep playing after so many years? What keeps you
Asmira: Hmm... I like a lot of a people I guess. New changes, new zones
keep things interesting. I like exploring. I like herobattling and I'm
not a legend yet, so I still need to work on that.
Syltheana: Does your town participate in the new TOWNGAMES feature?
Asmira: Yes, in fact we won the very first Towngame and Vryce was
surprised we didn't crash the game when we did. He put out an echo
beforehand saying the game might crash shortly. Then afterward he talked to us
on our clan channel for a bit about the new feature. It was especially
good since it was double xp at the time. I don't think I've gotten that
much xp at one time in a while.
Syltheana: Always nice to have Vryce come to you and you're not in
Asmira: Yeah, it was pretty exciting.
Syltheana: Tell us about your clanitem. Was it made before your time?
Asmira: A radiant silver sash embroidered with shimmering green
tracery. It was made well before I even joined clan. It has a nice lookat
description though. 'A sash made of the purest silver silk. Upon a closer
look you see the words Honor, Loyalty, Virtue, Kindness and Truth
embroidered in the shimmering green thread’. It sort of describes our clan
Syltheana: Do you have any words of wisdom to share with future clanleaders?
Asmira: I'd have to say if you're considering being a clanleader, you
have to realize it is a ton of work. Not only is it expensive, but you
have to be able to deal well with people. In general, people are pretty
obnoxious and demanding. You'll have conflicts with clannies and other
clans and those all have to be worked out. Clannies/townies will need
help with everything. You need to be able to make people work well
together and you have to be patient. I also think you should know the game
really well before starting a clan. You should be familiar with the
rules and how things work and just general info on all the zones. You don't
have to be able to run every major eq zone, but you should know basics
about acquiring eq and money, say through trading or autoquests. It's a
terrible thing to see a clan disband so make sure you really want a
clan before you take the steps to make one.
Syltheana: Thanks for spending some time talking about your clan. It's
I’d like to thank Asmira for giving us some insight on Legacy of Virtue
and her time as leader. Thanks for reading!
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