This server is not just an ordinary server. It is named after a player by the name Roger "Oldroar" Rall who suddenly passed away in his den late one evening. His passion in his last remaining years was Guild Wars 2. From researching the game through gaming websites to encouraging the founder of the Gaiscioch to make contact with ArenaNet, Oldroar took a passion for this game toting it to be the spiritual successor to Dark Age of Camelot and Warhammer Online.
Just weeks after his passing, Foghladha finally made contact at PAX Prime 2011 with Martin Kerstein, ArenaNet's Head of Community. Foghladha and the Gaiscioch began on a quest to have Roger immortalized by getting a server named after him. After months of building up contacts and forging a relationship with ArenaNet the Gaiscioch amassed a "CookieZerg" in an attempt to get the idea across to ArenaNet and make their name known. Thousands of sugary treats made their way from all around the globe to ArenaNet's Bellevue, Washington offices.
Time passed and relations continued and on July 10th, the Gaiscioch made one final attempt by sending out a Call to Arms to all past and present members and community members to write ArenaNet sharing their stories of Roger with them. Seven days later a notice arrived in Foghladha's mailbox that there would be a server named "Sanctum of Rall". This news sent a tidal wave through the gaming industry hitting the far corners of the MMO scene. It was reported on by blogs, gaming sites, newspapers, and even magazines around the world.
The Legacy Who Is Roger "Oldroar" Rall?
For those that played Warhammer Online on Badlands or Phoenix Throne, or called Faeblight home in the early months of RIFT's existence, Oldroar was a voice you could not ignore. He lead armies into battle, created hundreds of memories for any that followed and held family values higher than any man we had ever encountered. He was a role model, a hero, an inspiration to many.
His legacy lives on through all of us. Whether you were his ally or his foe, you knew his calm stature in battle. Last September, our hero passed on leaving his wife Karen, and several thousand virtual children and grand children behind. His passing was not easy for any of us. It was sudden and unexpected.
In his final months with us he spoke of the pastures green in Guild Wars 2. He proclaimed it was the natural successor of DAOC and Warhammer Online and that it would finally be the home we've been searching for all along. He spent much of his time researching Guild Wars 2, posting video's and articles of the games progress and speaking with the eldership on forming a branch within this title. He was the inspiration that made us first contact ArenaNet about Guild Wars 2 and from that has built a lasting relationship between the Gaiscioch Family and the Developers of Guild Wars 2.
A wise woman once said that a man's legacy is not held in what he owned at his time of death. Cars, boats, houses, all the money in the world instantly evaporates upon your exit from this life. None of it matters. Your Legacy is held within the people you impact in your lifetime. The lives you save, the lives you change, and the lives you bring to this world. Roger has changed many of us. His legacy did not die when he left this world. He passed it on to us, trusting that we would pass it on to generations to come. It began as a little wave and has rippled through all of us. It is now up to us, to make his legacy known and pass it on to others.
On September 5th, 2012, the Gaiscioch Family hosted the memorial of Roger "Oldroar" Rall, an event that brought hundreds of players to Shaemoor Garrison in Queensdale. The event spilled over to 4 overflows and more than 460 people attended the event in RaidCall. Below you can watch the full memorial or see the Tribute Video that was made to highlight his life and accomplishments.
Watch the Full Memorial Video
The NPC The Historian Goshkia
As if a server was not enough, ArenaNet went a step further and created a landmark available on any server in Guild Wars 2 in the form of a custom designed NPC who stands in the Black Citadel named "Historian Goshkia". By talking to her, players can hear the story of Tribune Rall Oldroar from the perspective of ArenaNet.
This site is a Gaiscioch Production with the support of the Sanctum of Rall server community. Site Produced by Benjamin "Foghladha" Foley [Foghladha.2506]. This site was built to commemorate and honor the life of Roger "Oldroar" Rall. It is open to the community but under constant moderation. Any use of this site which is deemed unbecoming of an honorable community member is strictly prohibited. No trolling, no trash talking, no bashing, no swearing. Please keep this site open, friendly and welcoming to all members of the Sanctum of Rall server community.