About the Netherbane
Having been founded in mid-2005 on the Earthen Ring (US) server, the Netherbane is one of the oldest roleplaying guilds for demon hunters and demon hunter allies in World of Warcraft. Long before the demon hunter existed as a hero class, we were roleplaying demon hunters using only the classes available, creating our own lore, and becoming a part of the hidden backdrop of our home server.
Lead by Shan'do Tharion Greyseer and his two thero'shan, Fethas Soulthorn and Araatris Darkwatcher, the Netherbane and its non-demon hunter allies strive to protect Azeroth from the threat of the Burning Legion and other demons. While we are small, we are focused around treating the lore of this world with respect while also enjoying demon hunter and demon-focused roleplay.
If you seek to know more, feel free to delve into this site. In here you will find our history, our beliefs, and our knowledge.
HOW TO USE THIS SITE
I designed this site with a tabletop roleplaying game sourcebook in mind. So, in addition to the usual About pages, blog, and forums, you will find a section call the Codex of the Path.
The Codex of the Path is meant to serve one primary purpose: to provide information and custom lore to roleplayers in the World of Warcraft. Not only will you find guidance on how to roleplay a demon hunter who follows the path of the Netherbane (as opposed to the path of the Illidari as established by Blizzard in World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade and World of Warcraft: Legion), but you will also find information on the cast of characters who have crossed paths with the Netherbane in one form or another.
A WORD ABOUT RECRUITMENT
The Netherbane has never actively recruited. As a roleplaying guild representing an inherently small group, we have always relied on potential members coming to us. However, this does not mean we will not accept new members. If you have an interest in the Netherbane as a guild, or you wish your character to be taught by Tharion Greyseer, Fethas Soulthorn, or Araatris Darkwatcher, then simply come to us in-character and get to know us. Interact with us naturally in-character (and out-of-character where appropriate), and we shall go from there.
Why is the guild so small?
It takes a rare sort to be a true demon hunter.
Demon hunters are outcasts from their society. They are shunned from the population at large because of their pacts with darkness. Most common folk neither trust nor understand the demon hunter, and because of this, they are rare.
The name Netherbane is used to refer to the group of those who follow the teachings of Tharion Greyseer who, in turn, follows the teachings of his former mentor, Eraelan Netherbane. The relationship between Shan'do Tharion Greyseer and his students is similar to the relationship between a sensei and his pupils, and this is why the group is kept small. There is currently only one shan'do to a handful of students.
In addition to the in-character reasons for keeping the group limited, there are also the real life obligations that make running a guild difficult. The guild is kept small as much for reasons of leader sanity as it is for more lore-based reasons, and unless things change drastically in the future, the guild will remain small.
It is just the way of things.
A WORD ABOUT GUILD LEADERSHIP
We are all adults here, and we all have lives that require attention even more so that World of Warcraft. Often times this pulls us away from things like guild management, event scheduling, and roleplay coordination. Be understanding when it comes to our activity, for balance is an immensely important thing for all of us to pursue.