Ordo Veritas (latin for Order of Truth), a Zul'jin Horde guild, endeavors to be a successful raiding guild focusing on 10-man instances that maintains an environment of fun and family. We do have a small presence on our previous server, Windrunner, consisting of some members of the OV family who, for various reasons, chose to stick around and hold down the fort, as it were.
Ordo Veritas Mission Statement
Our goal is to provide our members with an awesome (yes, awesome) environment so that they can enjoy WoW. We aren't playing for the phat loots (though they're nice). We aren't playing for world firsts (though they'd be fun, too). We don't raid 6 nights a week (though some of us may want to). We enjoy the game for its challenges, in whatever form they may come. We raid two to three nights a week, with PvP on the side, and many of us have multiple 70's and play alts regularly. We'd rather have fun and enjoy each other's company than act like jerks and down the next boss quicker. In essence, we strive to be a family -- and we treat each other and act accordingly.
Pillars of Ordo Veritas
Communication - All relationships are built on communication. It is our goal here in Ordo Veritas to provide easy means for the guild to communicate. We use the forums constantly and expect that our guild members check it regularly. Guild decisions will be discussed openly, and we encourage guild members to communicate their concerns, suggestions, and feedback to the officers. Don't make assumptions -- ask first.
Respect - Ordo Veritas is not a dictatorship. Group consensus and agreement is our goal. With that in mind, each guild member is a human being that has an opinion that should be respected and heeded. Being intentionally rude and abrasive is not tolerated. Have respect for each other.
Fun - Whenever people gather in large groups, there are inevitibly conflicts and friction. We desire to minimize this by open and calm communication (see pillar #1) with respect (see pillar #2). Let's remember that we are all friends -- and it's a game! So have fun while you're at it.
Ordo Veritas Ranks
Novice - This is the OV initiate rank. Each member will be an initiate for a period of 30 days while they are being evaluated for full membership. During this period the member will have the opportunity to prove themselves to the guild members in attitude, personality, communication, teamwork, and raiding skills. At the end of this period the officers will ask for feedback on the member and discuss whether they should be promoted to full membership or asked to leave. Lacking any one of the qualities above is grounds for dismissal, particularly the first four -- you can be the most skilled player ever, but if you don't get along with anyone in the guild, it's not going to work out. Novices do not have access to the guild bank.
Acolyte - Acolyte is the full member rank of Ordo Veritas. Acolytes have proven themselves to the officers and other guildies to be positive contributing members. Acolytes and above have access to the guild bank.
Elect - An Elect is a veteran member of Ordo Veritas who goes above and beyond the norm to help further the guild and themselves.
Counselor - Counselors are junior Ordo Veritas officers. They have proven themselves valuable members to the guild and help to aide the officers in running the guild day-to-day. Counselors also help to bridge communication between the officers and the guild.
Elder - Elders are full Ordo Veritas officers. They are a counsel -- no one officer greater than the other, making decisions based on consensus and member feedback. Elders are responsible for administrative guild tasks (invites, kicks, promotions, etc.). Both Elders and Counselors have an "open door" policy -- any member with a need, question, comment, or suggestion should feel welcome and able to talk to an officer about their issue.
We are primarily a raiding guild -- though as stated above, we do other guild events (PvP nights, lower instances for alts). Ordinarily, our raiding schedule is as follows (all times are Windrunner server time, which is PST):
Monday - 6:30 pm
Thursday - 6:30 pm
Sunday - 3:00pm (joint raid) & 5:30 pm
Attendance isn't mandatory, but encouraged. Our loot system is primarily /roll (you can read about it more in our FAQ section here), but higher attendance gives us more incentive to let you have a particular item you're interested in. We give slot preference to OV members (and especially those who sign up on our forums), but we have friends who come with us regularly, too, so keep that in mind when thinking about signing up.
We use Ventrilo during raids to ease communication -- you don't have to have a microphone (it's highly encouraged), but listening in at the very least is needed. If you do talk, keep in mind that some of our guild members have children who may be in listening distance. Also remember that the goal is to have fun, so take the jokes and banter in stride.