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Without pain, there is no glory

John Warbuck

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"So you have an enemy, do you?" my father asked me when I was a child, to which I nodded, hurt that someone actually didn't like me. "Looks like you took a stand for something then," he said, "Because you don't make enemies by simply doing what everyone else wants you to do." In the current political climate, these words serve as my encouragement and motivation to press on.

I sit at the helm of a highly controversial alliance. Some seek to discredit me as a leader. Others accuse me of causing divisions on my sphere. Many people also approach me with words of encouragement and pats on the back. The point of the matter is that none of this matters to me as much as knowing the fact that I stand for what I believe in.

"Why fulfill a treaty obligation with FEAR but not help RoK?" is the question that has been asked of me more than just a few times. The answer is simple; I took a stand- twice. The first time, I decided that I would not support the destruction of my friends and the usage of a six month old casus belli to do it. I acted within the obligations of the treaty I possessed, and this decision has come to haunt me for the last month as my opposition does everything in its power to discredit my character and intentions.

Now I am taking another stand. This time, I am not deciding against the entrance into a war on the winning side, but instead, I am entering this war on a front that is outmatched by twice the strength it possesses. I believe in defending my friends. If my friends decide to go out and pick a fight I believe I have the right to decide my participation in the matter, but this is not the case here.

Many alliances in this war have been dogpiled, as if they already don't have enough on their plates, and my friends in FEAR were attacked. Having given my word to meet any requests of assistance, I responded when called upon, and I led my alliance bravely into battle, knowing full well that ADI is being stalked by a steadfast and unwavering foe. But defending the right thing to do is simply what I believe in.

I was not lied to by FEAR. FEAR did not attempt to use me as a pawn. Their intentions were explained to me completely, and my support was given upon the merit of their word- which held true. I never would have thought that it would be too much to ask that an ally be truthful, but FEAR has re-established my faith in being able to make that request.

Entering this war, however, has given me much to take pride in. ADI has shown incredible organization, determination, and strength, and out of nine targets in the first wave, eight of these targets were thrown into anarchy. This is just amazing to me, and I know that the coming waves will produce the same results. I know that I lead a band of warriors and that ADI is not made up of pushovers. I don't believe I would have had the opportunity to make such an amazing discovery of the sheer talent and awesomeness of these, my brothers in ADI, had it not been for things happening the way that they have.

Being responsible for an entire alliance can be painful. The decisions are never easy, the scrutiny can be hard to bear, and the constant demands on one's time can be annoying. However, at the end of the day, when an alliance leader sees his alliance succeed at something, despite how insignificant his alliance may be, there is a sense of glory that exists that no one may ever take from him. I am proud to say that I am leading such an alliance.

Therefore, I will drink to ADI tonight, and I will toast to my brethren in FEAR. And I will remember my friends in MHA, and wish that they may not come across any unbearable harm. I will remember my friends in NATO and in Invicta, my anime loving buddies in SOS, my pals in WAPA, the bunnies in UCN and our little brothers in LSN. Yes, it is my friends that make this all worth it. It is in my friends that I find pain, that I find honor and that I find glory.



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ADI has our thanks for defending us even when the stats are not in our favor. That's an act of courage for some, but a simple decision for the Aqua Defense Initiative. :)

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