Created in May 2012, the Arete is a long-respected guild on Celestial Hills. We had a chance to catch up with their guildmaster, Jaron, about the secrets of leading a long lasting and successful guild.
First, could you introduce the Arete to everyone who may not be familiar with the guild? How would you describe the guild and its players? What’s the in-character story behind the Arete?
Hi! My name's Jaron (aka Akuo and Dyre), guild mistress of the Arete!
The Arete is a tenured role-play-centric guild that also dabbles in PvE and PvP content, providing a whole-game experience to those that profess interest in those aspects of TERA. Our goal is to provide an engaging, wholesome experience to our members and those who would seek to associate with us!
The guild itself from an OOC (out-of-character) standpoint is very outgoing, a tad insane, and by all rights entertaining. Though we pride ourselves on a variety of personalities, everyone works exceedingly well together toward the common good of the guild.
The Arete from an IC (in-character) angle is a neutral-aligned “contracting” organization that specializes in a myriad of fields—from your run-of-the-mill mercenary work to entertainment, bartending, research and development, and most other odd jobs. Basically, if your character has a talent, it can be put to use for the betterment of the company and a modest paycheck!
Could you give us some examples of the fun events and activities the Arete has hosted/participated in the past? Most memorable moments?
The Arete has participated in and executed several popular server events—a date auction in 2012, a massive summer beach party in 2013, and a spooky murder mystery event for Halloween in 2013. I'm also planning another large server event in the near future, so look forward to that!
As for in-guild events, we have bi-weekly meet-and-greets where new and old contractors can meet and enjoy a drink. Have a friend outside the guild? No problem! Bring them on over! We also have our “Anything Can Happen” nights, where one of our members of leadership plays dungeon master for an epic adventure where—you guessed it—anything can happen!
Along with our routinely scheduled events, members are encouraged to set up their own unique takes on character-centric happenings—such as a fortune-telling night, archaeology expeditions, and utilizing the rest of the company as test subjects for their latest scientific concoctions!
Probably one of our most memorable moments would include the creation of a giant bacon-monster that sought to eat our protagonists during a round-robin storytelling event. Or a fancy dinner banquet that led to several contractors becoming ill and subsequently to the rise of a supervillain that required the entire company's efforts to take down.
Along with the great environment for role-play characters, the Arete also excels in end-game content and has a strong presence in the alliance. What do you do to promote different interests and focuses within the guild?
The Arete consists of a very strong PvE force, driven by an officer-led “PvE Academy.” Each week, we allot certain days that don't have an event scheduled for raids and dungeons, and ask who might be available and what their interests would be! Based on the responses, the PvE officer schedules and sets the roster for the particular evening. Want to learn a dungeon? Need glyphs and want to join our Sirjuka's Gallery/Temple of Temerity farming team? No problem! Once they've been approved for the PvE Academy, members are encouraged to post their interests in the designated forum for appropriate scheduling.
On the PvP front, the Arete has recently changed from being allied with the Iron Order to Free Traders Collective to better align with the IC implications of noctenium trade. With that said, our members are chomping at the bit to explore our new territory and contribute as much as we can! In addition to alliance participation, we have a designated night every week devoted to premade Corsairs’ Stronghold and Fraywind Canyon battles.
What advice do you have for fellow guildmasters who want to create a positive community like the Arete? What can we expect from the Arete in the future?
Humility, patience, and persistence. Don't ever give up, and when you feel like giving up, make sure that someone (or multiple someones) has your back to keep your head in the game. A positive, friendly, open-minded guildmaster begets a similar aura around the guild, so chin up! Drama happens, but so long as you remain versatile, kind, and willing to compromise, it passes swiftly! I'm also usually available via En Masse forum private message, in-game mail, or in-game whisper if new guildmasters would like to have a chat.
As for the future, The Arete has been and will continue to be a strong role-play force on the server. Expect great things from us, from server events to raids, dungeons to battlegrounds, and alliance participation to overall awesome sportsmanship.
If the Arete currently is recruiting, what are the steps someone should take to join the guild? If you aren’t recruiting at the moment, what other guilds would you recommend on Celestial Hills?
The Arete is perpetually recruiting interested individuals! Our recruitment process is a bit more involved than most guilds, but is simple enough for those vested in role-play. A website application submitted to http://www.the-arete.com
followed by an in-character interview with one of our leadership team is all it takes to become a member of our company.
For those who've read this far and find that their character may not necessarily be cut out for contracting, look into other awesome role-play guilds on the server: Umbra, Band of the Phoenix, Sad Mask Privateer and Trade Co., the Empyrean Divine, Desire, and Black Dawn Society to name just a few.
Anything you’d like to say to the guild members, Celestial Hills, or En Masse?
To my guild: I love you guys, and thank you for making the Arete a wonderful guild to lead. Thank you for making my very first and only attempt at leading a guild so amazing. I don't know what I'd do without you.
To Celestial Hills: You stay classy!
To En Masse and Minea: Thank you for your stalwart dedication to excellence and making TERA the place to be in the MMO community. Also, thank you for providing this opportunity to a role-playing guild to better exemplify that role-play does exist!
Our thanks to Jaron and the Arete for taking the time to answer our interview questions!