The History Of MaSoRS Created By J Still New Chapters contributed by Lokiri, SDalmonte and Tommy Prologue: A Day of Destiny On a bright summer day in August, Ronnie89 and Adidas were sitting at their computers playing Runescape. They were trying to level in their favorite skills- mining and smithing. They began to think about clans, and that they have always wanted a clan that specified in mining and smithing. Both were tired of elite pking clans and other skill-based clans that fell apart after 2 weeks. So, they started talking, and on August 30th, 2003, Ronnie89 and Adidas founded The Smithers and Miners of Runescape, a clan that was dedicated simply to have fun mining and smithing. Unlike most other mining/smithing clans of the time, the goals of S and M were not to mass collect, smith, and sell ores, but just to talk about mining and smithing, and to have fun events, maybe even drop parties. Chapter 1: The Formative Era To promote their new clan, Ronnie and Adidas soon began advertising their clan on the RSC Clans board. Being the first mining and smithing clan on RSC, they soon got several responses from people who wanted to join. The requirements back then were 40 smithing and 50 mining. Firestorm456 soon joined the clan and was made a co-leader. Legolaself, a little-known member of RSC, also joined and was made a co-leader. The Smithers and Miners of Runescape obtained their private RSC board after only a few days of recruiting, with leaders Ronnie89 and Adidas, and Co-leaders Firestorm456 and Legolaself44. Although they already had their RSC board, many members became inactive after a few days. So, they continued to recruit members. Ronnie89 and Adidas organized and led the clan's first event- a mining party in the Lumbridge Swamp Mine. About 5 or so people came to this event, which got ores mined for the clan and also dropped a few in hopes of attracting more members. Unfortunately, at the time, the clan had only one addy miner, Firestorm, who got a few addy ores for the clan. Needless to say, the clan attracted few new members at this first event. Chapter 2: Xonar Xonar, a longtime player of Runescape, had been a member of several clans before. He was a member of clans such as Clan 0wnage, a clan directed by a real-life friend that soon broke apart (the clan did, that is). After that, he joined another clan called the Black Shadow Knights. The leader of this clan, Lostdan, had only 450 skill total, whilst at the time Xonar was reaching the 700s. Naturally, Xonar quit the Black Shadow Knights. He played Runescape without a clan for some time, until one day in early September of 2003; he found The Smithers and Miners of Runescape, a new clan that looked promising, much more so at least than his other endeavors had been. Xonar joined the clan at 69 mining and 55 smithing, and came to the clan's second event, another mining party in Lumbridge Swamp, and a few days later. This time, the activities of S and M attracted a few other miners who wanted to join the clan, especially after many addy and mith ores were dropped. Fire attempted to get their attention, but he was also busy with other things and could not grab their attention. So, Xonar asked them to follow him to someplace quiet where he told these potential members how to join. Seeing how deftly Xonar did this, Ronnie89 appointed him as the official Clan Recruiter. This was the first position Xonar held in S and M, but it would not be the last. Chapter 3: Expansion When Xonar became the Clan Recruiter; he started stepping up MaSoRS's recruitment program. He made new and better recruitment posts and handled all applicants himself in a short amount of time, allowing many more members to be able to join than before, which in return got more positive info about the clan circulated throughout RSC. Xonar also started a brief recruitment effort on Rune Village with hopes of expanding the clan to eventually have a board on RSC and Rune Village. After receiving few responses from Rune Village, he stopped recruiting there. Legolaself, a very talented graphic artist, made several avatars and sigs for S and M. Abxi, a newly recruited member with high mining and smithing, also helped to make tons of different sigs and avatars for the clan. This was MaSoRS's "Golden Age of Art" so to speak. With tons of sigs to put in their avatars, members generated even more hype for the clan. People began to take notice, and applications to join increased. Warlord1010 was recruited about this time. MaSoRS started having weekly events under the direction of Xonar, Abxi, and to lesser extent Firestorm as well. Although not a leader, Abxi had a very dynamic personality, and seemed to be a born leader. Due to the inactivity of many of the other leaders, Abxi was seen as a leader by most clan members although he was not officially one. Abxi and Xonar hosted several weekly mining parties, and began to combine them with congas touring the various mining sites of free play Runescape. Around this time, Abxi tried to boost activity by creating a Donation League. This league gave members points for donating items. Prizes were awarded to members who had the most points. The idea worked to some extent, although the leaders turned a cold shoulder to the idea because they were not in control of it, or the banker that most of their donations now went to. From looking at this information, one might ask oneself: "Why wasn't Abxi a leader?" Xonar offered Abxi to be a leader in lieu of the inactivity of most of the other leaders at the time. However, this effort was batted down by the other leaders at a meeting. Chapter 4: The first drop party October had come. MaSoRS has been around as a clan for about a month on RSC. At this point, the Smithers and Miners of Runescape had about 15 or so active members that came to most of the events. The clan was prospering, and doing about average for most skill-based clans at the time. In the early weeks of October, Xonar had a great idea- instead of simply congaing around to the different mining sites of f2p Runescape, why not gather those ores up and drop them in a small drop party in Falador. This is exactly what happened at the next conga. Members mined mith, addy, and coal, and then dropped it in a small drop party. About 30 people gathered around the miners, eager to get a coal or a mith, or even a prized adamantine ore (or bar). Little did anyone there know what lay in store for future MaSoRS drop parties. Soon after thinking of this event, Xonar was made a co-leader of the clan. Chapter 5: The Calm Before the Storm The Smithers and Miners of Runescape continued to have weekly congas/drop parties in Falador. Each time they had one, more and more stuff was being dropped, and more people were showing up. Sometimes people recognized MaSoRS by their conga, and followed them to Falador, knowing what was in store. MaSoRS began to garner just a tad bit of fame in Runescape. However, events get repetitive. Many people started getting tired of the congas, saying they were way too boring. Eventually, the leaders thought so too, and tried pondering other events the clan could have. A smith-off, perhaps? No too hard to organize with such few members. A race? No, once again too hard to organize. A large drop party instead of weekly small ones? YES. In early November, one of the MaSoRS leaders posted in the board saying that MaSoRS was going to have a major drop party right around Thanksgiving! Members were encouraged to mine ores to be smithed into amour, and also to donate their extra stuff and fish to the dropper characters. More members worked on this event than any ever before, pushed on by Abxi's Donation League and by the chance to be part of something big. Several important members were recruited at this time, and many of them started making major contributions to the drop. One of them was Visitor58, then a member. Visitor took it upon himself to draw out a plan to organize jobs for the bash. He organized drop teams, as well as firemakers and pmers. With the editing of Firestorm and Xonar, the jobs for the drop party were set. This being accomplished, the members started working harder than ever to get things for the drop. A few members even donated rune to the drop fund. A topic was posted in Events on Runescape Community advertising the drop. The stage was set for a very dramatic entry into Runescape fame. Chapter 6: Warlord1010 While MaSoRS was preparing for one of its great drop parties; a major disturbance in the clan was also taking place. A member recruited 2 weeks before, called Warlord1010, started causing problems. The first thing he did was spam up a lot of the topics. When the leader deleted his posts and told him to stop spamming, Warlord got angry and was banned from the clan. He tried to form his own clan, trying to attract members in order to get revenge on us by declaring war once he got a decent following. Also, he tried to strike alliances with big-name pking clans like Phoenix and even "The" Clan. Being a level 49, he didn't attract many allies or members to his clan. Warlord tried very hard to advertise his clans to get back at us. He even declared war on us saying he had the help of "allies." Needless to say, he withdrew that statement after a few days. One of Warlord's more brilliant ideas was to take a sig that Legolaself had made for MaSoRS and stamp his own clan's name across the logo. Xonar saw and saved the image, showing to all of MaSoRS on their own private board. Warlord deleted the image from his post, but it was too late. MaSoRS was clamoring for war with Warlord's clan. After all, he declared war on us, so why don't we return the favor? Eventually, after several fights over what to do, it was agreed that Warlord and Ronnie89, both around level 50, would have a match. Xonar and Firestorm both went to watch the fight to take pictures. Ronnie won an easy victory, with Warlord running twice (If I remember correctly, Ronnie never ran or healed). The pictures were posted, and Warlord finally shut up. You can still see him on RSC nowadays, advertising some new clan of his. That is, if they haven't banned him yet for something. Chapter 7: The MaSoRS Thanksgiving Bash The people at RSC, the members of MaSoRS, the drop and fire teams, and the leaders and event organizers of the newly renamed Miners and Smithers of Runescape, had patiently waited for November 28th, 2003, one of the most important dates in MaSoRS history, maybe the most important: the day of the Thanksgiving Day Bash. Finally, the day had come. The members of the clan met about 10 minutes before the party behind Draynor Bank. More people came to that meeting than to any MaSoRS event ever held before. All in all, about 15 MaSoRS showed up. A few more rune items were given to Xonar, the event spokesman, and last-minute uniforms were passed out. MaSoRS formed a conga and traveled to the space to the east of the Mining Guild in Falador, where the drop party was being held. The drop party was a HUGE success. Special "masking" drop groups and firemakers organized by Visitor provided a steady stream of drops. So much mith and addy was dropped all the time many people were saying things like "When will they ever run out?" and "The drops never stop coming!". Xonar didn't hold contests for his rune at this party, but instead simply had the crowd shout things like “miners and smithers rule!”, “Or Go Xonar!” to signal him to drop a rune item. The drop party was a huge success! About 2 million gp in items was dropped by several members. Although there was little rune to drop, about 70-100 people still showed up. The drop party ended after about an hour. People on RSC were posting like mad, saying that it was an awesome drop party and one of the best (or in some cases, the best) drop party they had ever been to. Xonar and many other Masors posted, giving thanks to the people who showed up, the drop teams, and the organizers. At this time, another drop party was planned for late December/early January. If RSC thought the MaSoRS Thanksgiving Bash was the best the clan could do for a drop party, MaSoRS was prepared to prove them VERY wrong. Chapter 8: Board-Hopping After the Thanksgiving Bash ended, MaSoRS plunged into its most inactive period in history. Coming back from a long vacation, Kitemac, the Smod in charge of the Clans Section of RSC, ordered MaSoRS to stop all "non-rs Discussion" immediately. Even discussion of clan events was extremely restricted. Obviously, because the leaders of MaSoRS disagreed with this philosophy, they moved the MaSoRS forums, with great pains helping the stragglers find them, so a board hosted by a server company. This was about the time when Century0 became a very prominent clan member. After showing some expertise in board management and editing, he was made "Board Elder" of the MaSoRS boards. Although he only had official power over the management of the boards, he often used that power to meet his own ends and even at times defy the leaders. About the same time MaSoRS moved to their new boards, Ronnie89 quit the clan due to inactivity, and Addidas was banned. To replace them, Visitor58 was made a leader. After about 2 weeks of planning the drop and getting settled into their new boards, Cent tried to add an RPG to the forums database. This was a wonderful idea-until it shut down the board's MySQL, rendering the boards completely inaccessible. A backup board was quickly created on InvisionFree, but with little success. Few members ever even visited the backup. As a result, the MaSoRS Christmas Bash was forced to be moved forward to early January. Cent finally managed to get the server host to allow the board back up again, but it promptly crashed again after a few days. After almost a month of near inactivity, the leaders of MaSoRS were fed up with Cent's board blunders. In early January, they moved the clan, now with nearly 100 members, back to RSC temporarily, and then began planning in earnest for the next bash. Chapter 9: Preprations By the first few days of January, at the most by the time the Auto-Door War rolled around, MaSoRS was again well-established at RSC. Over 70 members had affirmed their activity by the time the Door War happened. After MaSoRS was reestablished, the leaders started preparing, in earnest, for the drop party. Visitor had opened a recruitment sticky to recruit drop teams, firemakers, and bankers. Cover Me and other members encouraged others to donate. The result was staggering. The bankers of MaSoRS have already received tons of stuff, amounting to about 1 million gp. However, in just 3 short weeks, the members of MaSoRS were able to donate 2 million more to the drop fund! This was going to be, without a doubt, the biggest event MaSoRS had ever held. The event topic was posted on both the Events Board on RSC and RV, and also on the calendars. Xonar was once again chosen to represent the clan at the drop party, not only by introducing the clan, but also by dropping all the rune and other items of note. The stage was set for the second legendary MaSoRS drop party. Chapter 10: The New Years Bash The MaSoRS New Year's Bash was held on January 18th, 2004-Martin Luther King Jr. Day. For those who are unfamiliar with American holidays, MLK Jr. Day celebrates the life of a leader in the civil rights movement that eventually ended unequal treatment of African Americans in the U.S. But enough REAL history. At the appointed time, 1:40, Masors began to gather at Varrock East Bank. When Xonar logged in, he was amazed, nowhere close to this many MaSoRs had ever attended an event before. There must have been at least 30 of them there, ready to contribute to the drop! Xonar tried to remain calm as he shouted over the crowd, asking for all rune/special item donations and if anyone else needed uniforms. At 1:50, Xonar started walking towards the gate, and the rest of the MaSoRS formed a conga behind him. People walking by were amazed, inserting themselves into the conga at random places. The conga moved north to the forest above Varrock, picking up even more people as it went along. Eventually, somewhere in the trees, Xonar realized that the conga was going to arrive at the drop before 2:00. That was a problem. So, Xonar told everyone to wait a few minutes before continuing on. He logged on to a character he has made just for this event, named MaSoRS, that was standing just outside the house with men in Edgeville, where the party was to be held. Poor MaSoRS was immediately surrounded by 20 people asking if the drop party was starting, where was MaSoRS, etc. There were already AT LEAST 80 people there, waiting, and it wasn't even 2:00 yet! With the image of 200 people loggin in at 2 at the drop site and swelling the crowd in his mind, Xonar logged back in. He logged in to yet another big surprise. Ssman, a new member of the clan, has brought along 20 rune larges to be dropped! Xonar took as much as he could hold, and Ssman gave the rest to Cover Me to drop. With the added 20 rune larges, the amount of the drop party had swollen to a maddening 4 million gp! Not bad for 3 weeks of planning! They formed up into a conga again, rushing for Edgeville. As they reached the man-house, the crowd was in awe of the huge line of MaSoRS. People said things like "Wow there's a lot of them" and "Whoa!" And they hadn't even seen us drop anything yet! Xonar announced the party, and it began. In the first minute of the party, 2 rune larges were dropped, thanks to Ssman. Visitor's excellent coordination and handling of the drop, bank, and fire teams led to a constant flow of addy and mith items appearing all over the place. With people logging in left and right, it was obvious the little building could not hold the huge crowd. Xonar and a few others began dropping to the north of the building, and others soon followed suit, moving the drop party outside. And so the drop went on, and on, and on! The drops seemed to never stop coming. The crowd was constantly shifting; red dots were appearing under people and disappearing in the blink of an eye. And not much of it was from telegrabbers. Xonar dropped some more rune, even some in the wilderness. He even got attacked once as he stepped in. Fortunately, the pker with full rune was only able to hit a measley 9 on Xonar's priest robes. Xonar had a new idea for most of the rune, though. He began holding trivia contests for most of the larges and chests he held. He would spam the drop party area for a few seconds, drawing people away to a quieter area, where he would ask either a trivia question about Runescape or one about his life. People scrambled for the answers, prizes were given out, and people began following Xonar and other high-level MaSoRS around (such as Cover and Dragon, even though they had little to no rune), waiting for the next question to begin! After about an hour and a half, Cover and Vis, who were in charge of the main banks of MaSoRS, said they were on their last load of items. Although the crowd had somewhat dissipated, there were still well over 100 people there. At the height of the party, it was estimated that over 170 people were present at the party! Xonar decided to drop his last few rune items instead of holding trivia for them. Finally, after about an hour and a half, MaSoRS ran out of items to drop. Xonar thanked everyone for coming, also giving credit to the drop teams, Visitor, Dragon, Ssman, Cover Me, and other notables on the boards. He logged out and went to a short post-party meeting above the Edgeville General Store on a different server. After 3 short weeks of planning, the MaSoRS had successfully put on the greatest party on RSC since the old days of W13 and Warriorprinx! Little did anyone in MaSoRS know, however, that the days of glory, fame, and legend were only beginning. Chapter 11: A Period of Uncertainty After the New Year's Bash, it looked like thing could only go up for MaSoRS. However, just after the bash, things began taking turns for the worst. On January 28th, Xonar was playing Runescape when his "friend" Zantreny pmed him. In the events that followed, Xonar was cleverly scammed out of one of his most valuable Runescape possessions-his dragon battle axe. Xonar has been getting bored of Runescape since the bash, and to him, this was the final straw. Xonar posted on the forums that he was retiring from MaSoRS as a leader. Although the leaders and members of MaSoRS finally convinced Xonar to stay in MaSoRS and be on the forums as a Clan "Elder", so to speak, Xonar still refused to remain a leader. She Smither was promoted to replace Xonar. During this time, in late January and early February, many events happened in MaSoRS. However, many of these events were unknown outside the leaders’ board and to others involved. This was when Century0 began his reign of. Century had already been doing a lot of things that he wanted on the boards, threatening to ban people who undid any of his little schemes. However, in February, he took it to a whole new level. As root Admin of the new forums, he did what he pleased: banning members, harassing the leaders and posting horrible comments, and also changing the structure of the clan. He even "retired" himself as leader, installing Dragon91677 in his place with absolutely no discussion with the leaders at all. Luckily, Dragon proved to be a very capable and wonderful leader and became a great asset to the clan. Unluckily, Century0 was relentless in his tyranny. He threatened several members with bans, including Xonar and Cover Me. He read other people's pms, he banned people for spamming up boards when he told them to, and he did countless other acts of malice against MaSoRS and it's leaders. To this date, the clan's leaders have chosen to keep the details of much of Cent's crimes under wraps, mostly because a lot of it should simply never be seen by anyone. In late Februrary/early March, MaSoRS's new forum's host, Jool, who was also an admin on the forums, went through a complicated process to uninstall Century0 as the root admin and to install himself as the root. It worked. Century0 was taken out of his place of power, where he had caused so much strife and fear, and was banned from MaSoRS for all time. He did manage to do one last act of malice before he left for good-he deleted the forums, which were restored from a 1-day old backup by Jool a few hours later.