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Ithilien

Ithilien was a peaceful planet orbited by three moons. It had wide expansive forests and a variety of wild life indigenous to the planet. There were also rumors of ancient ruins and a lost civilization which is what initially brought explorers and scientists to the planet.

Occupation

Ithilien was one of the first planets on the Outer Rim to be ravaged by the Sith Lords as they made their return from the void. A Sith Lord descended and after decimating the small military that did exist, began stripping the planet of resources and enslaving the populace. Some resisted and formed a rebellion to try and thwart the Sith. Their numbers were small so their tactics were more hit and run than full on war. They hid in the forest and adopted camouflage garb in order to conduct their raids. They became known as Rangers due to their nomadic lifestyle and status as elite soldiers. Unfortunately their efforts were mostly futile as the might of the Sith could not be matched. The occupation lasted for decades but still they fought on. After some time the Rangers established Henneth Annun, a base on the smallest of three moons orbiting Ithilien. The moon held it's own secrets and the atmosphere was extremely conducive to naturally jamming scanning devices. Rangers learned to pilot space craft to the surface using sight and instincts thus evading the Sith.

The Battle of Port Horizon

In a gamble for all or nothing the Rangers of Ithilien captured the city of Port Horizon. In a brilliantly coordinated and executed attack the Rangers took over key points in the city from a lax Sith battalion. They landed freighters and began evacuating the city. The Sith Lord furious at the blatant attack turned his entire force to destroy the Rangers once and for all. The fighting was bloody and losses on both sides were mounting. But the Sith had numbers on their side and the Rangers started loosing ground. In an uncharacteristic maneuver the Rangers gave up defensive positions in the city and counter-attacked the Sith. The counter offensive was quickly met by the Sith and the rangers were decimated. It was this sacrifice however that allowed the freighters time to lift off out of sight and range of the army attacking Port Horizon. The Sith were not so easily deceived and warships awaited the unprotected Freighters as they left the planet’s atmosphere and were all destroyed. So it was, the one battle fought by the Rangers ended in utter defeat.

Or did it?

Henneth Annun

As the battle raged in Port Horizon the first of hundreds of freighters touched down in Henneth Annun. Refugees poured from the ships into the arms of waiting loved ones. The Jedi Consular stood in the starport looking down at the scene and was satisfied that the mission had been a success. The Sith were completely unaware of the ruse and would take the defeat of the Rangers at Port Horizon as an end to the Rebellion. So many lives lost, but given freely so that their families, friends and people would survive.

Aftermath

Once Ithilien had been stripped of resources the Sith departed leaving a barren wasteland where a once lush planet had thrived. Not content with just that they then began systematically bombing the planet to leave it scorched as a reminder of what happens when the Sith are challenged. Henneth Annun’s strange atmosphere kept the survivors hidden. Some Rangers survived the battle of Port Horizon and one by one made their way back to the small moon before the bombing started. They stood as one and watched as the Sith destroyed the surface of the planet. They took an oath that day to fight the Sith wherever they were in the Galaxy and to never rest until the Sith are destroyed.

((Written By Alganon))

20 years later the name Ranger of Ithilien is beginning to spring forth across the galaxy as a guild with strong values and courage. Although the core leadership come from Ithilien others, having heard of their account, are joining their ranks in the fight against the Empire. Will you be one of them?


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I received a Guild notice for SWTOR... were golden for launch
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yes we are. I do not believe our empire side guild is but that can be made when it goes live. Halagard also got a beta invite for this weekend as well. He is very excited about that.


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Hello Friends, I just wanted to say Daph had a great time with smite on 4/20/2012.


Of the LOTRO family, IF who still have an interest in SWTOR could you just post a quick note here or on http://swtorrangersofithilien.guildlaunch.com/

I know Hal & Daph love both games, and I do miss you all [Daph keeps me posted thank goodness]
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We miss you too, Stig! Come back soon!
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