As I perused the paper I purchased after my portal passage to get to lecture, I noted this particular piece . . .
I found it fascinating in its opinions of one of our more . . . well known, faculty, as well as it's author being a student of Law somewhere in Stormwind.
Is the person any of your students ((oocly I know they're not )) and if not perhaps we can reach out to their school for discussion . . OR DEBATE!?
Thought it might be relevant. The author mentions how there has not been a "Theramore" like event to prompt the more current hostilities, but as one who lives in one of the major refuge centers from that tragedy, the wounds still sting only a few years later, especially with the "No Horde" policy still enacted, those of the "Horde Races" who are not affiliated are treated as second class citizens.
Just idle thoughts on a heavy debate, curious on my fellow academic's views on the subject.
Maggie wrinkles her nose in distaste. "I won't even line my birdcages with that rag. The only part of that article that seems relevant is the fact that it is becoming more widely known is that Harrison Jones is fossil who needs to remain in Alandi's library, putting away books, not nattering away at starry-eyed first year students."
After a moment, Maggie continues. “The whispering on the nether speak of something big to come. Hideous. A war the likes Azeroth has not seen in almost 10,000 years. This common threat may do more to unite Horde and Alliance than anything we have ever seen. The thought both frightens and delights me. I fear more war, and the Legion scares me even more. But if we succeed in destroying the Legion once and for all—and we must—we can perhaps put aside war with the Horde for good, and come to a mutual understanding. Or so I hope.”
“I am so very tired of war,” sighs Maggie, leaning back in her chair. “I don’t know how much more I can take. Or how much more Azeroth can take. Let us pray it ends soon, and that perhaps the Legion’s frenetic new activity doesn’t mean what THE Master fears it means.”
((I read that a few days ago. The school to which they refer may be the guild The Conclave, which once purported to have scholarly aims. And if so, I think this person made contact with Amara and I a few months back. I spoke with them about what we do, how our promotion policies work-- the purely IC promotions, that is-- (they asked, and expressed interest in potentially meeting with us ICly for training and convocation for a degree) and nothing further came from it. Given that that particular guild now hosts most of our flouncers, it doesn't seem worth perusing. If it is another guild, perhaps. But given that we have loads of in-guild stuff going on that needs our attention, we might want to work on supporting and moving along with our own guildies and events before running off to cater to everyone else. There are things going on in which EVERY guildie can and should participate (e.g. Literary Conclave). We have several public events this month, as well as the very big fel-arts wrap up, plus we have new storylines coming up that will need some behind the scenes work to get them going.
It's not that I don't want us to interact with other guilds-- we can and should. It's just that half-baked thoughts and vague ideas aren't enough for us to work with. We had a recent attempt at this with yet another guild, and it fell flat. A big meeting was meticulously planned and the representative from the other guild came to us with… nothing but a vague warning about Legion, an angle we have already been working in our in-guild RP. We’ve yet to hear back from them on anything concrete. We need a bit more to work with than that. Remember, most people on the server have no idea about the background work we put into our events—to the outsider, it all flows effortlessly. But we know the truth, we know the hard work that goes into making an RP event come out well. However if you want to RP with anyone else, personally, have at it! And for the record, I am not trying to crap on your efforts to do what one of our former associates did (i.e. try to involve every player on WRA in our particular RP, and we see how well that worked out for him) I just feel our focus should be our own stuff first and foremost, and any outside interaction needs to be more firm than "just a whim". This is especially so as we enter the end of expansion die-off. We have to hold firm and work hard in our own yard; we aim to see the lull through and remain tight until Legion drops and after. Also, a story arc must fit-- if we involve our entire guild-- it cannot go against the grain of SU's altruistic, educational focus. This is why we have no official ties with criminal guilds, house guilds or mercenary guilds or the like: none of those fit in logically with SU in any official capacity.
That said, if you want to find this person on your own and can come up with something solid to work with, you may then present it to the officers and we can schedule a potential RP session and OOC discussion to explore the concept. As you said, he could potentially be a great person to have at the debate series, once we have that running. If Alandi decides to stick with the first planned topic (i.e "Based on the history of conflict on Azeroth, in what way should we let conflict shape our future?") he might fit in very well there!))