In February, during Love is in the Air, The Grim hosted a date auction. We originally had an even dozen dates lined up to sell, but more people wanted to throw themselves on the auction block. In total, we sold 21 dates for a total of 1,584,500 gold. The dates got half the money, so the Grim bank saw a hefty deposit of 852,250.
The Grim thanks Thrurdol for security, Elinel and Ayidda for running the show, and all the members of the Horde who participated.
Recently, The Grim went on a fishing tour of the Shadowlands to collect fish to feed the ranks. They started in Bastion and went from there. Even the unhealthy waters of Maldraxxus did not keep them away. By the end of the expedition, the guild’s food stores were well stocked with fish.
Thank you to Grotuk for the Potions of Inky Blackness, allowing the Grim fishermen to enjoy the starry skies over Ardenweald.
The Maw Walkers threw open the gates of Castle Nathria to discover that Sire Denathrius rebuilt his forces and they were stronger and better organized than before. Determined to win at any cost, they pressed on and carved their way through his minions again. Soon, the Sire himself will be within their reach.
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The Fight Against the Alliance
The elite Grim battleground team could use about three more regulars. They’ve earned themselves a rating of nearly 1500 and climbing. A few more regular attendees on the team would make all the difference in raising that rating.
The monthly guild meeting took place in the Grim garrison hall, lead by Syreena. Riplie provided an update to the Grim’s progress in Castle Nathria. While the Grim have managed to defeat Sire Denathrius, he and his forces have been coming back each week, stronger than ever now. In addition to an Anima drought, treasures also appear to be in the middle of a drought. This has been posing a challenge to the entire team. Riplie also reminded everybody that fish, meat, and flowers are continuously needed.
Riana gave a report on our fight against the Alliance. As the Grim’s notoriety rises, stronger and stronger Alliance have been meeting them in battle. As the fight continues, Riana stressed that the need for committed fighters to uphold the Mandate is at an all time high.
Riana also reported on the success of the scalp hunt. An total of 5,461 scalps were collected! 2nd place was a tie between Lupinum (537) and Elinel (535). 1st place was awarded to Ristikus with a haul of 1561 scalps. In addition to gold, he was also given the rank of Executioner of the Grim. May his sword continue to serve the Mandate with every Alliance soldier it slaughters.
Because of his continued assistance with Riana in the fight against the Alliance, and his commitment to upholding the Mandate, Lupinum was promoted to Irredeemable and joins Riana in leading Grim in the battlefield. May their coordinated leadership drive fear into the Alliance until not a single Alliance can stand against us.
Zalanjo reported on recent inquisitions and asked Supplicants if they have trials to report.
Yorathel’s efforts in Castle Nathria against the horrors of Revendreth and Sire Denathrius has proved his commitment to fight with The Grim. This fulfills his Trial of Combat.
Einang has completed lumber duty as requested and has provided the garrison with a plentiful supply of wood for the winter. His next task is to hunt with Syreena to prove his skills in combat.
Meriette’s Trial of Combat was approved, in which she aided the Scalp Hunt bringing in 465 scalps. She also offered up her Trial of Sacrifice, in which she bid a public final farewell to her daughter, Abigail, whom she had been clinging to since the day she found her after her awakening. This sacrifice was overwhelmingly accepted.
Elinel was promoted to the rank of Dreadweaver, with the responsibilities of assisting with Inquisition, event planning, and any other tasks the Irredeemables ask of her.
A great deal of conversation among Grim lately has been surrounding the sudden and now extended absence of Khorivs. Many have speculated on his whereabouts and motives, with many assuming his disappearance is the responsibility of Syreena in retaliation for her (now admittedly fake) journal being stolen. Zalanjo, having turned up nothing from his personal searches for Khorvis, publicly accused Syreena for Khorvis’s absence. After a lengthy debate, Addikus and Elinel volunteered to continue the search for him, and many others volunteered as well.
The Grim meeting ended with a search party gathering to start the search in Moonglade, and Addikus and Elinel starting their search in Khorvis’s office.
Raiders Update – by Canaie
The Grim answered the call of Prince Renathal and put together a team to storm the Castle Nathria. The Maw Walkers, as they called themselves, fought through an army of venthyr and their minions still loyal to Sire Denathrius until they faced the Lord of Revendreth himself. After a prolonged battle the Grim managed to bring him down, only to have him escape at the last moment. There have been reports that the Lord has since returned to his Castle and so the Maw Walkers have as well.
Inquisition was held at the Grim Hunt Shop in Origrimmar, lead by Syreena.
In attendance were Syreena, Elinel, Qabian, Zalanjo, Meriette, Riana, Sparkskatter, Mharren, Lilliana, Zitrom, Ristikus, Einang, and Si’dad.
Syreena asked about the scalp hunt, and those who have been involved gave updates on their hunting parties and trophies.
Si’dad presented her Trial of Combat. Accompanied by a group of Grim, she collected 35 scalps and earned the right to be referred to by the Horde as Alliance Slayer. The trial was approved. Elinel presented Si’dad with a shadow box containing one of the scalps she collected as a keepsake of the achievement.
Zitrom and the group discussed his upcoming Trial of Sacrifice. There was much disagreement about his planned sacrifice, from both sides of the issue. It was agreed that he should perform his sacrifice as he sees fit then bring it to the Inquisition to be approved. It’s possible that it will not be accepted, but it is also possible that it will.
Elinel introduced Einang as a potential hire to fill the position of Guard Captain. Understandably he is is not trusted yet. He was tasked with working in the lumberyard for the time being while he gets to know the other employees and we get to know him. Elinel explained The Mandate and the Trials to Einang.
It was decided that The Grim is definitely not a cult. Probably not.
The Inquisition concluded with multiple Grim forming a hunting party to collect more scalps.
The inquisition was held at the Wild Shore in rainy Stranglethorn Vale. Zalanjo lead the inquisition.
Ristikus presented his Trial of Sacrifice – a sin stone infused with his own anima and inscribed with a lifetime of his sins. Whoever is in possession of it will retain ownership of his anima as well as his fate should he perish. Zalanjo will bring this sacrifice to Khorvis, who “be likin’ an elf pet”.
Next, Lirsha presented her Trial of Sacrifice, indicating her Warsong tabard. As she has seen others renounce their past as their Sacrifice, she asked if this was an acceptable sacrifice for her. Zalanjo hesitantly accepted this as part of her sacrifice. Lirsha then offered to allow Zalanjo to remove the Warsong tattoo from her arm. Zalanjo did this, sloppily, and then carved a crude Grim symbol onto her arm. Zalanjo fully accepted the sacrifice after this and declared her trials complete. Lirsha poses the question: who will tell the Shadowblade that she no longer works for her? Zalanjo will be letting Khorvis handle that.
Zitrom reports on his Trial of Combat in the Theater of Pain, and presents Zalanjo with the head of Mordretha, the Endless Empress. Ristikus declares his approval of Zitrom’s Trial of Combat and Zalanjo agrees that his first trial is complete.
Trentril proposes his Trial of Sacrifice involve his beloved direhorn Dala, who is his final and most cherished link to his past. At the thought of killing an innocent animal, many of the attendees were up in arms suggesting that killing a loyal beast is a waste, while others considered this a worthy sacrifice. Zalanjo instead suggests Dala be released into the wild and not killed.
Khorvis began the inquisition by calling on Zarilix, Supplicant of Zalanjo. Zarilix completed his Trial of Combat in Maldraxxus in which he produced his trophies from the House of Constructs. Zarilix’s Trial of Sacrifice involved relinquishing his identity as a Forsaken under Sylvanas and surrendering the tabard he linked to his identity. In a ritual befitting of Brother Lupinum, the tabard was destroyed with his vomit. Upon completion, Zarilix was given the title Adherent and a new tabard of The Grim to wear.
Mariette reported on her Trial of Combat by presenting and sharing what she calls “Finger Cakes” that she made with the fingers from her victims from the Battle Front (it’s a good thing).
Zarilix and Meriette reported on the Yeti that attacked the new guild hall, recounting the battle and aftermath. Zarilix, Sergeant Grimjaw, Mira, and Mariette fought to protect our headquarters and succeeded. Zarilix now carries the blight he harvested from the experimental yeti to power a contraption of his.
Supplicant Trentril was next to report on his Trial of Resolve. He recounted his interviews with various Grim veterans where he was tasked to discover what it means to uphold the Mandate and why they do.
Khorvis then called upon Lirsha to complete her Trial of Combat, in which she procured the journal of Syreena Shadowblade. Khorvis gave the journal to Riana to keep safe. Riana resisted reading it for a while, but eventually gave in. She discovered that the journal was not what they expected. It was not incriminating, but merely entertaining. And suspicious.
Elinel reported on her Trial of Sacrifice in which she sacrificed her previous life and body and presented her own head to Khorvis. With the help of Addikus and the Felmancer Greebo, her severed soul was placed into a new body. As her inquisitor was not present to report on her satisfaction of the sacrifice, Elinel was tasked with gaining that approval before she can receive her tabard.
Finally Raiix reported on his Trial of Combat in which he was tasked to uphold the Mandate by disposing of 20 Alliance in the Battle Fronts. With help from Riana, they created blackpowder traps that saw to the painful destruction of more than 20 Alliance soldiers. He presented a bag of hands to Khorvis. Upon seeing the bags of hands, Khorvis mentioned Addikus, former Hand of the Mandate. He stripped the title of Inquisitor from Mharren and reassigned Raiix to Addikus to continue his trials.
Please congratulate Zarilix on completing his trials and becoming an Adherent of The Grim. May he uphold the Mandate with pride.
The Grim celebrated Winter Veil in their new guild base, recently built in Alterac. Many of them wore holiday attire and exchanged gifts. A holiday pet battle tournament was held, which was won by Riana, with Mharren coming in second.
After the party, many Grim went to visit Great Father Winter in Ironforge, and went caroling to the council of leaders there.
On Friday, October 2, Bor’ghul arrived at the guild meeting to announce that Awatu Stonespire, Commander of The Grim, was dead. While Bor’ghul didn’t admit to killing him, himself, he did sound rather suspicious about it all.
Fortunately, the Commander himself showed up not too long after. He was in bad shape though. After roughing up Bor’ghul a bit, he fell to his knees, and tore off his tabard. It was then that the Grim noticed his armor writhing like a living, parasitic thing. Khorvis and a few others cut and pried away the corrupted armor, but not without taking a good bit of Awatu’s hide with it.
The Commander informed the Grim that he was affected by the corruption since way back when they fought G’huun, and it’s been growing worse ever since. He also informed them that he would no longer lead The Grim. After mentioning a Council of leadership, much like the Horde has recently formed, he passed the mantle of leadership to Syreena Shadowblade. Then he left for Thunder Bluff for what he expected will be a long recovery.
A few days later, the Shadowblade called a meeting of the officers. It was decided they would become the council, named by Khorvis as the Dread Coven. Feyde was added to the Coven, and Syreena announced they would all be Irredeemables and rule The Grim as equals. The meeting was sealed with a blood oath at its conclusion.
The Dread Coven is made up of the following Irredeemables:
Syreena Shadowblade and Feyde will lead the fight against the Alliance.
Riplie Battre and the Shade, Canaie will lead the fight against other enemies.
Khorvis Bloodstar and Zalanjo will handle Applicants and Supplicants, and also act as our representatives to the War Council.
The Grim News is looking for reports, writers, and photographers to make these editions more diverse! Anyone willing to help should contact Syreenna Shadowblade.
From the Desk of Riplie Battre
After the tactful retreat to steady their minds, The Grim once again stood against N’Zoth the Corrupter. As they fought against the Old God, despite Wrathian’s aid their minds still shifted, but with the power of The Heart of Azeroth, N’Zoth was vanquished. Depending which Grim you ask, each claim to have been the conduit which caused the Old God to fall.
The Grim witnessed the Waking City fall, but once again heard it calling them back to it, causing them to question if what they saw fighting N’Zoth was even real. The denizens of Ny’alotha stood again once when they reentered, only stronger. Using what they knew they have dispatched all but N’Zoth himself once again. Their efforts to defeat the Old God are proving fruitful and soon they will destroy the city again.
Report from the Shade
As was customary for Wednesday nights, the Grim gathered outside the Great Seal to discuss where our efforts should be focused for the evening. Among those present that night were Canaie, Zalanjo, and Lupinum and we decided to let the battle masters send us where we’re needed. A trip to the Arathi Basin and Warsong Gulch proved fruitful but we had to end the night early when Brother Lupinum had to retire for the evening.
The Grim took a trip to Moonglade during the Lunar Festival last month. They celebrated the holiday by shooting off fireworks and then they summoned and defeated Omen.
To top the night off, the Grim in attendance killed a few Alliance members in the small town there, barely escaping the guards that noticed.
NY’ALOTHA, THE WAKING CITY
The Grim have been battling their way through Ny’Alotha for the past four weeks, and they are nearing the end. So far, they have defeated: Wrathion, Maut, The Prophet Skitra, the Dark Inquisitor, The Hivemend, Shad’har, Drest’agath, Vexiona, Ra-den, and Il’gynoth. They’ve also broken through the Carapace of N’Zoth to face the Old God himself.
At the end of last week, after several Grim have lost their mind to the insanity of the place, the Commander called for a retreat to regroup. When they return, The Grim will battle N’Zoth.
DEATH TO THE ALLIANCE!
Although The Grim are eager to fight Alliance any time, there is now a day and time set aside specifically for that purpose. For the past few weeks, a few Grim and Friends have been gathering to fight in battlegrounds and to hunt down Alliance out in the world.
If more people start joining in, there may be a more serious team forming up for glory and rewards. The numbers involved right now though, are suited toward more casual killing.
That’s it for this edition of Grim News! If you would like to help the News by writing stories, taking pictures, or conducting interviews, contact Ayidda or Syreenna.