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Servants of The Shrub
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This is a group journal for the Servants of The Shrub, a Player Association for the massive online role playing game of Star Wars Galaxies, specificly on the Bria server.

So you would like to learn more about the Shrub...

We are glad to say hello and welcome you to read all about us. We are the Servants of the Shrub, or S.O.S. Our purpose is to honor the Shrub by reveling in it's spirit. We believe that the Shrub symbolizes all that is fun and good about SWG, and, while our members do not worship the Shrub in real life, we find it a fun way to be different in game.

The Shrub was found in a beta test. After the announcement of it's finding, many of us realized that it made us smile and think of the humor that can be found in all games. After a while, the Shrub took on a mystical sort of following. Members, who were currently battling over the PVP (Player vs Player) system and the SCS (Single Character per Server) decision, could come together in fun and friendship. If you had the chance to read some of the posts made about it, either at the time of its discovery or when the Developer Q-3PO mentioned it's grounding, you can probably remember some of the funny posts and talk that surrounded it.

We held on to that.

Even as the Shrub faded from the limelight, we still believed that fun is central to the SWG experience, and 'honoring' the Shrub was fun. We decided to take it a step further and dedicate a PA to it. We in no way wish to beat a dead horse or run a joke into the ground. Instead, we wish to have a guild where everyone is welcome and everyone is friendly. This is why we ask, "Do you hear the call of the Shrub?" It is all in fun, and if you can't understand that then you probably do not belong with us. We are not an 'Uber' guild, nor do we value domination, or want to be the best of the best. We are honestly like a big family here, newcomers are always warmly greeted and even those who oppose us find us friendly. We offer the hand of friendship to all who would take it. Our ranks have been growing steadily over the last few weeks, and while we still need to sort many things out, you will notice from our forums that we are well organized and making new and exciting decisions everyday. We have openings for all types... from leadership positions right down to commandos in our military.

So when we talk of the Shrub, or say "May the Shrub be with you," it is all in good fun. That's what it's all about people. We do not support spamming in the name of the Shrub, nor flaming. If you happen to see a post where the Shrub is spammed or bumped needlessly then it is highly unlikely that it came from one of our members. While in game, many of our members plan to actively role-play the part... trying to convert or 'preach' to those not within the PA. This will only be done in moderation, and in a strictly role playing sense. Those of you who feel we may break your immersion... I offer you this: What is a Jedi? A Jedi, besides being the MOST popular part of Star Wars culture, is a religion. Religion is human nature... there are those without it, but the vast majority of the world population believe in a higher power. Now, Han Solo even said himself that there is no one all powerful force controlling his destiny. This is probably not an un-popular idea within Star Wars... many people feel that the Jedi is a "Hokey Religion". The Jedi certainly do not believe this. We can compare the followers of the Shrub to the Jedi in this way. Of course, George Lucas didn't write the Shrub into Star Wars, but for you role players out there who fear we will break your immersion... ask yourself this: If you were in the middle of the desert and saw a Shrub floating in mid air... with no wires, no repulsar lifts, no force at all holding it up... what would you believe? Add to this the fact that you were perhaps wandering for days without seeing any sign of water or food. Is it a sign? Is it a higher power? Perhaps many would not think so... perhaps they would attribute it to something else, but then... there are those who would certainly call it a sign. We role-play those people. If you wish to role-play against us and call us crazy then that is your right... and we welcome non believers because it adds another dimension to our experience. We can only serve to enrich your role-playing experience. Think of it!

You're sitting in a Cantina on Tatooine when a man dressed in what looks like a robe comes in off the street. He sidles up to the bar and orders a drink next to you. After taking a few swigs he looks at you and begins to strike up a conversation. Abruptly.. he asks you, "Have you heard the call of the Shrub my friend?"

Now, you as a player have two choices... you can either

A. Say: "Oh brother not another one of you stupid Shrub PA freaks again. When are you people going to learn that the Shrub was just a bug and the Devs have grounded it. Stupid freaks... quit beating a dead horse... /ignore"

B. Say: "The Shrub? What are you talking about? Oh... right, you're one of those crazy Shrub people from the desert aren't you? Why don't you guys give it up? There is no 'all-powerful' Shrub... and certainly not a Shrub that a good blaster or vibro-axe couldn't take care of. Now get out of my face you Shrub loving freak."

As you can see.. the Shrub makes for a very interesting role-play opportunity... and it can be immensely fun for both sides. That's what we're all about. There will be more on this page soon I am sure, but for now I hope this will give you a feel for the great-group of players we have here.
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