The Death of a Gnome Army

This post is overdue. And for that, I apologize.

Sometime in the first week of March, the guild <Punt This> was destroyed. The guild bank was taken, but more importantly, the guild bond which brought the Lillis together was taken away.

At that time, guild leaders needed to log in to the GM character every 30 days or else they would be dethroned, with the rank becoming available to any character of nearby rank. In the case of <Punt This>, with its extremely flat hierarchy, this meant that any of some 125 Lilli characters were eligible for the job. One of the Lillis assumed control, transferred the guild off server, and took the guild bank with them.

I was devastated by this betrayal.

Blizzard confirmed for me that the guild had been transferred, but could not disclose the identity of the thief. I spent those first few days scanning a lot of auction houses, looking for the characteristic +22 Intellect enchant which made up the bulk of the <Punt This> guild bank. But nothing came up.

February had already been a tough month for me with WoW; I was barely logging in at all to any of my characters, let alone my Lilli. Many of my friends had stopped playing, and Amicus Fidelis – the host guild on Durotan – was going on a raiding hiatus. I offer this not as an excuse, but as an explanation for why the dethroning happened.

But I can’t explain why a Lilli would sell out other people’s enjoyment for a few thousand gold.

I don’t think I’ve every laughed harder at people’s antics in a video game than I did with the Lillis. These little pint-sized clones brought a lot of joy into a game that doesn’t always have it. They – you – brought a dose of silliness and mayhem and a spark of life to WoW.

That someone saw fit to snap the bonds which brought people together to have fun – silly, zany, madcap fun – really upset me. Perhaps I should have known better and trusted less, limited invites, vetted applicants, asked for blood samples to power the Clone-o-tron 5000.

But doing so would have been against the point of <Punt This>.

I didn’t want to talk about it at the time, even though I should have. And for that I am sorry. It hurt too much.I can say that now, but I couldn’t say it back then. We’d built a little haven from the grimness of Warcraft and it was ours, and someone took it from us. And worst of all, I let them.

It was my mistake, and I am really, truly, sorry for it.

I wanted to thank all the Lillis for helping to build something ephemeral and wonderful. Everyone pitched in to help, be it gathering mats or helping to write articles or even just leveling a Lilli. It was an amazing time, an amazing thing to witness. Thank you. If someone else wants to pick up this torch and carry it, please – do so. No Lilli is irreplaceable, not even this one.

Special thanks need to be given to Psynister, Fynralyl, and Narci for providing a massive underpinning of support on Durotan for this endeavor, and for Alas the crucial driving force behind <Punt This>.

I’m sorry it ended this way, but I’m glad to have shared these memories with you all.

I, for one, will miss all us crazy white pineapple-haired gnomes.


Good night, Lilli.

13 thoughts on “The Death of a Gnome Army

  1. Thanks for letting us know what happened Cyn, It kind of blew my mind when I logged into mine and the guild was gone. Thanks to all of you that made it happen, (Lillipot)

  2. Are you kidding me? I was just thinking about logging into LilliFay about a week ago to see if anyone was still levelling theirs. It really makes me sad that someone would ruin something fun by being greedy.

  3. Sorry to hear this. I wondered why I was guildless when I logged on a while back. 😦 This is just sad that someone did this.

  4. This makes me want to smash things. I was really looking forward to learning some rudimentary PvP strategy from you and Psyn–I never PvP, ever. I worked my tail off on getting that little gnome-let all the regulation gear and professions, and now she just stands on the loading screen blinking at me. Whoever did this is a poor excuse for a human being.

  5. It’s horrible that someone would be so selfish as to steal the guild and ruin the Lilli experience. I totally understand why you were so upset that you couldn’t post about it, Cyn. I probably would have reacted the same way.

    If anyone ever wants to try to start this up again I would love to be a part of it.

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  7. Well, that’s just disgusting that anyone would do that. It makes me sad to know that all those Lilli’s don’t have a home now.

    It was crazy and wonderful and brilliant to see an idea get picked up and run away with by so many people. But it was also frightening precisely because it was such a free-for-all and all comers welcome. I wish there was a way to tell that someone was going to turn out to be rotten and ruin it for everyone else.

    But there isn’t. Not for something as massive as this and not for something as small as the guild I ran on Azuremyst. So don’t beat yourself up, Cyn. You can’t help the propensity some people will have to be bastards.

    And you made this whole thing happen. You grew it. Your passion inspired the whole multitude to come together. Don’t let all that positive stuff become tainted by someone else’s selfish act. I’m so glad that in my last days of WoW I had something this fun and this amazing to be a part of. I’m glad I lost at PvP with my fellow clones. And if anyone does pick up the torch, I jut might have to come back and maybe finally learn something about teamwork in WSG.

  8. Oh I do hope the Lillis find a new home. Mine are still there waiting. I am glad to know finally what happened, as I also was upset to discover that no longer exists. Please, someone start it back up, so Cyn and Psyn can show us all how it’s done, and the Lillis can take over the universe!

  9. Oh no Cyn! How sad. 😦

    I’m so sorry it ended this way, but please don’t blame yourself. How could any of us possibly have foreseen that one of our Lillis would do something like this?

  10. WoW, I didn’t even know this Guild existed. I’m so sorry this happened to you. My incident is still fresh in my mind but I know it’s not quite the same as yours.


    BTW, how many blogs do you own/write? 🙂

  11. I suspected this might have been the case. But know you this: The Lillis are not gone. Their home, much like Gnomeregan, may have been taken, but not their pride! There are still Lillis. Hiding in the shadows of Ironforge, skulking through Stormwind, and even points far beyond. They are there…waiting. Biding their time, until that little gadget they all have on their belts signals the Time of Reconvergence. And then the Lillis will come.

    And No One can stop them.

    (before pulling a darkened hood back over her head and fading into the secrets of Azeroth)

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