Thunderhoof Clan (The Venture Co. US server) was founded in 2007 as an all-Tauren guild. Thunderhoof is active in all aspects of the game (RP/PVP/PVE) and representatives from the Clan can be spotted at any world event.
Founded in 2007, Thunderhoof Clan has grown into a guild who has become known for its participation in world events, its uniqueness as an all-tauren guild, and its honorable conduct.
Present at the forming of all incarnations of The DreadHorde (a confederation of Horde RP/PVP guilds), the members of Thunderhoof play an active role in the world RP/PVP the VeCo server is famous for. A summary of some of the more memorable battles can be read through this link. Although this particular list has not been updated in some time, Thunderhoof is still answering the call of battle in force. Our history beyond these battles can be tracked in links provided towards the end of the "Culture" section.Through the years The Herd has sponsored many events. Chieftain Grisov has held several "Azeroth 500" races in which players from both factions can bring their motorcycle mounts and race a 3 lap race at Mirage Raceway in Shimmering Flats. With the flooding of the track after the Shattering, the event is held at the track in Azshara. Mootonka has also hosted several events including the 500, and a rescue mission to re-secure supplies stolen from the Bluff. The Herd also hosts fishing, story-telling, and other RP-styled happenings. It is not uncommon for a game of Hide and Seek to be played in Mulgore as well.
PVP is probably the guild's strongest suit game-wise. The guild has titled Arena Masters, and sponsors clan-wide arena teams, as well as individual teams formed by guildies. Every member of Thunderhoof is expected to answer a call for defense of Mulgore whenever the Alliance comes calling. Mulgore is the Clan's home, and they do not take incursions into their hard-earned lands lightly. Thunderhoof members also enjoy a swift response from fellow tauren whenever they run across troublesome gankers. As previously mentioned, The Herd is always active on the World PVP front with the DreadHorde.
Thunderhoof RP guild-wise would best be defined as 'light', although guild members respond in the /say (public channel) IC (in-character) most of the time. The common view of Tauren RP within the guild is Tauren themselves are relatively well-adjusted creatures, and not prone to a lot of drama and intrigue. While some may find this less appealing or exciting, the laid-back nature of the Shu'Halo lifestyle fits the needs of the players well. All RP players within the Herd are free to pursue whatever style that suits them and all RP is deeply respected and supported. The guild enjoys close relationships with most RP-oriented guilds from both factions.
Thunderhoof Clan (also known by their nickname "The Herd") was first led by Padwanu Thunderhoof until his retirement in November of 2009. Grisov held the position of Chieftain until early 2013, when the druid Ravkha Earthhorn took up the mantle, and is aided by the Council of Elders and the Clan Ministers.
The rank of Elder is rarely achieved, and is mostly made up of founding members who served as Master Crafters under the original form of government. More recent additions to the Elders have earned the rank through extraordinary service and dedication to the Herd. Elders may be called upon to meet with the Chieftain and Minister to set Clan policy and the direction of the guild.
The Clan Minister is responsible for much of the general Clan business. The responsibilities include managing guild assets, updating the guild forums, overseeing new initiates, and developing events. The current Thunderhoof Ministers are Aovi Skychaser and Dakini. Previous Ministers were Mootonka Moonwatcher and Blakarth, both of whom aquired the Elder rank after serving.
The rank of Champion is earned by one-on-one honorable combat during the Herd's monthly THUNDARENA! event. A champion from each class available to tauren is decided each month.
Clansman is the rank held by the majority of members. It is a badge of honor and is awarded to members who have shown dedication to The Herd and served with distinction. Every member of Thunderhoof has a voice and may be heard during the weekly meetings. All members are seen as equally valuable to the guild, and each member fulfills a role.
Initiate is a newly joining member of the Clan who is still walking "The Path", a time in which the new initiate must prove their quality of character both to themselves and the Clansmen of Thunderhoof, as well as find their role in the organization.
The Code of Honor
Every Tauren in Thunderhoof Clan lives and dies by this simple code, and it is the foundation of the guild and it's reputation on the Venture Co. server. A candidate for invitation must pledge his or her dedication and adherence to The Code before the Herd.
A link to the Code can be found here.
CultureThe Herd is an all-tauren guild and conducts itself under the ways of the tauren as put forth by official Blizzard lore, or as much of it as is out there. Where no official lore can be found, Thunderhoof has created its own Tauren tradtions and ways. Examples include the Renwal ceremonies celebrated at the ends of Midsummer Fire Festival (Renwal of An'She, the sun) and The Feast of Winter Veil (Renewal of Mu'sha, the moon). Another is the annual reenactment of The Long March from WCIII, honoring the ones who made the journey to Mulgore and built Thunder Bluff.
Although not all Thunderhoof membership actively role plays, every member does participate in events, and respects the RP nature of the server. It is not unusual to find a gathering of Thunderhoofers relaxing by the pond (informally called "Nagaa's Pond") on the main rise in Thunder Bluff. All are welcome to join in these gatherings, whether Shu'Halo or not.
The guild meets each week at the amphitheater in front of Baine Bloodhoof's tent each Sunday evening at 5PM server time (Pacific Time zone).
The official ground mount of Thunderhoof is the kodo. During world PVP events Thunderhoof can also be seen riding huge mammoths, which is an imposing sight. An official flying mount has not yet been chosen, although some prefer the basic wyvern, as the tauren seem to have a connection to the animal.
The Clan also has a monthly blog called Shu'Halo Life which chronicles the adventures of The Herd through selected screenshots. A reissue of the early issues which were lost is in progress and can be found here.
Thunderhoof rarely actively recruits players. The guild was formed as a small unit, and has grown to well over 250 characters, a significant portion of those being unique accounts. The feel of being a part of a family where each member is valued is the focus of the guild, so the initiation process is a slow and deliberate one. Although a young tauren may join the clan early in their life, a minimum level of 40 is required before an initiate can even be considered for Clansman.
A more detailed list of expectations can be found at the official recruitment page, although a revising of the rules is being worked up.
Any interested tauren is encouraged to contact any member of Thunderhoof Clan for more information or assistance.