So as a treat for all you fols, I'm going to post our guilds' backstory, I know it's linked in the post but I'm pretty proud of it. ;D
The Praesidium Chronicles
This Record is kept and Maintained by Naxek Lucis of The Durmand Priory
Pax Praesidium; a guild of Mercenaries and Stalwart Defenders. This record stands for those that weren't there in the beginning, to be made aware of the challenges we faced and the bonds that were forged. This is our history.
Before our guild was a Guild, before it was even an idea, there were two individuals. This story begins with them. Kythas Wraithborne, an impoverished human Engineer of Orrian descent from Divinity's Reach who used his talents to eek out a living for his wife and son; and Naxek Lucis, a proud Asuran Guardian, fed up with the complacency of his own kind and out to prove himself to them. Strangers to each other, at the time, but both on a mission to defeat a host of Destroyers marching on Rata Sum, home of the Asura. Kythas Wraithborne and Naxek Lucis, with no knowledge of each other and completely seperate motivations set out, never expecting that everything in their lives would soon be changed.
Naxek came to the Destroyers first. With Krewe in tow and inflated ego he took to battle and for a short time fared well, a short time was all he had though, for within minutes the few destroyers he was contesting with multiplied as Scouting parties zeroed in on the battle. In haste Naxek called for the retreat of his Krewe, but it was too late; The Destroyers vanquished his fellows with relative ease. If not for the timely intervention of the alchemist Kythas Wraithborne he'd have suffered the same fate. Together the two held off the Destroyers en masse but it seemed as if their numbers were never ending.
It didn't take long for them to give up the fight and they put all their effort into the retreat: warding spells, freeze traps, anything to give them an edge. But the two were injured and the Destroyers were closing. Herein entered the third founder of what we call Pax Praesidium today, the wandering Norn Bjorn, newly freed from the Dragonspawn, who came upon the two in their time of need. He was able to beat the Destroyers back, enough to get Kythas and Naxek to safety.
He bore Kythas on his back and Naxek on his bear companion, Lilla, to the free city of Lion's Arch, to his close friends and the final two founding members of Pax Praesidium; Ariadnia and Gralkyn Bloodwolf, a married Norn couple that owned a fairly popular tavern in Lion's Arch. Over the next few months these five would become close. Ariadnia and Gralkyn opened their home to Kythas and Naxek while they regrouped. Kythas eventually left to check on his family, but found that his wife and son, supposedly in the safety of his sister-in-law's home, had never made it. They perished at the hand of a group of Centaurs with diseased weapons during the journey.
Naxek and Kythas, both reeling from their recent personal losses and failures and outcasts in their own lands took up residence with Ariadnia and Gralkyn. Initially they take jobs together, to earn their keep with the couple. Naxek is enriched from the experience; work he can be proud of and a place to call home. Kythas, however, has a difficult recovery. Lion's Arch offers as many vices as it does anything else and Kythas takes to most of them. Soon the duo were offered bigger jobs, and they recruited their newfound friends, Bjorn, Ariadnia, and Gralkyn to begin adventuring with them.
The five of them grew close over this time and came to call themselves The Praesidium; The Defenders. As their fortunes and clientele grew, so too did their name. Eventually adventurers came from far and wide to join them. Bengil Durran, a Charr mercenary with a death sentence whose Billet was bought by The Praesidium in exchange for his service. Galvin, a young Asura with a desire to help people joined with them to help on a larger scale. Eurybia "Fish", an accomplished soldier initially contracted from the Seraph to reign over the influx of new members who at the end of his contract with the Seraphs left their order to join The Praesidium full time. Namfoodle, an Asuran Mesmer with a penchant for tricking people who owed his life to the reformed Bengil Durran joined up to repay his debt. The Human Mesmer Kythis Vael hired The Praesidium to help track down her brother, due to the success of the group and limited prospects she joined up with The Praesidium. These names represent but a few of the many Mercenaries and Heroes to grace the ranks of Pax Praesidium since its' formation.
With the increase in jobs and numbers came an increase in responsibility. Those factors, along with his friends, were enough to pull Kythas away from the vices he'd grown so fond of, and just in time. With the fame and talent they'd accrued the Lionsguard itself approached them, and offered an ongoing contract to supplement the City's defenses in its' times of need, on the condition that they take the contract as a Guild. Kythas, having reformed himself and bolstered by dreams for the future, agreed. The Mercenary company reforged its' identity and came to call itself Pax Praesidium, "Defenders of Peace". Though there are many motivations behind this goal - money, fame, and some unsavory - everyone in the Guild fights for this in their own way.