The Paragon Federation <TPF> was the first online guild I ever helped create. In the aftermath of RobotConstructer’s abrupt departure from Grandor, we knew a new direction was needed to keep the group from imploding. The official Paragon Federation website and forums were opened by Sid Xer on November 26th, 2002. TPF had over 50 members in its initial establishment but a disagreement among members would take place months afterwards. About 30 members would follow Jarel Elus (formerly Jaron Elus) to create Crimson Republic. They would seek to be independent but stay the course as a Rebel faction.
The Paragon Federation, in its prime, was one of the great economic powerhouses on Chilastra and a major part of the construction process of Crystal Valley in the Winter of 2003.
The Leadership and Mission
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I was one of the co-founders of TPF but did not want to play a leadership role. I was 12 years old at the time and Star Wars Galaxies was a helluva way to break myself in. TPF’s leadership consisted of a council and was politically defined as a democracy. It was later labelled the ‘Senate’ in 2004. The first council was (the dates signified their joined dates):
The First Council
- Sid Xer (High Councilor) 11/00/02 – the first leader proper of TPF
- Monta Xido (Councilor) 11/00/02 – all-around wise guy
- Auctoria Forteese (Councilor) 11/00/02
- Dak’n Tarin (Councilor) 12/02/02 – graphics artist, ran Grandor Mining Inc.
- Tollan (Provisional Councilor) 2/2/03
The rest of the early member roster can be seen in this archive. Elections were so meticulously done that we even had voting districts. There would be regular council meetings. Paragon Federation also had an FAQ for new members. Major branches of the PA consisted of:
- Government (explanation of the Senate)
- Commerce (sponsored by the PA as a whole)
- Military and Rules of Engagement (run by Sheu Millon)
- Medical (run by Hypo Crates)
The official mission of The Paragon Federation was to build Grandor City. That was the priority above all else. It was why we were there, over a year after the prophecy of Grandor was foretold.
TPF would eventually play a major role in constructing Crystal Valley on Dantooine in the month of December 2003. With the help of Crimson Republic and the short-lived Exodus, it became the first Metropolis-ranked player city on Dantooine and dominated the landscape for a few months, exploiting the high amount of traffic to the Force Crystal Hunters Caves. Prior to the founding of Crystal Valley, players had to make an extremely long voyage through some of the more dangerous content in the game to reach these caves. In addition to that, the nearest cloning facility was also where the nearest shuttport was – over 11,000 meters away. It was basically on the opposite side of the map.
The Paragon Federation fell into decline after Jarel Elus (mayor of Crystal Valley) quit the game and various people attended to real life affairs.
On March 31st, 2004, the final closing announcement was made by Borg, the acting leader at the time.
We had a good ride, but the time has come for TPF as we know it to end. We’ve changed our focus, and will now concentrate on being more of a gaming hangout then just a PA for Star Wars Galaxies. I want to take this time to thank all of the members and friends of TPF that helped along the way with making us what we were. We’ve changed our forums into more of a gerenal online gaming hangout. Take some time and look around :).
–Borg Iskaw, Sr. Senator (I guess now that the PA is down, I have to drop that title) 3/31/04
The Final Leadership (3/31/04)
- Borg Iskaw (Sr. Senator) 6/6/03 – very good friend of mine, outspoken
- Jataclark Zubrin (Sr. Senator) 6/25/03 – was one of the most popular Master Tailors on Chilastra
- Sarin Sunrider (Senator) 11/26/02 – the guild’s first Master Bounty Hunter and one of the original Grandor founders
- Hypo Crates (Senator) 5/22/03 – the first player to reach Master Doctor on the server, led the Medical district
The list of remaining active members was short. Yil Geivan (who merged Exodus back into TPF) and I were inactive due to real life. This was a period of my PA’s life that I wasn’t involved in, something I regret to this day. I never did return to Star Wars Galaxies after the Spring of 2004, and much of my screenshots and sources from that time were lost in a hard drive crash.
The original Grandor group that led to the formation of TPF, CR, and EXO formulated a military chain of command over a year before the game actually came out. We were a little clueless on how mechanics worked so we just had fun assigning ranks and different branches in the military. TPF’s military leader was Sheu Millon, Crimson Republic’s military leader was BarenMordegan, and Yil Geivan would be the war strategist for Exodus. Later, he would work with BarenMordegan to plan military efforts concerning Crystal Valley.
Hi I am Sheu Millon the Surface Marshal of The Paragon Federation and I would like to welcome you to our website. It is our goal at The Paragon Federation to have a military that is highly effective, highly efficient, and provides each member with the most enjoyable game play. It is also our goal to ride the evil imperial threat from our Galaxy and once again restore peace and harmony to the Universe. Squads have been formed as well as a couple promotions to PFC and Squad Commanders. Check them out in the members section.
–Gotep Vegitunks has been chosen to lead first platoon of Abel Company and Spawnarak has been chosen to lead a yet unnamed squad most likely in 1st platoon of Abel Company. They have been promoted to Sgt. Major and a temporary rank of PFC respectively.
-We currently are seeking military personnel to fill the officer roles in our military. Because we feel that the higher positions should be earned through game play and leadership, the position of 1st Lieutenant will be the highest starting positions in our military.
-Sheu Millon, Military Announcement
TPF had many other branches of divisions but what set it apart from most other PAs at the time was its ambitions in commerce. Sid Xer offered a service to all prospective businessmen to start their own business website to operate in-game.
All members of our PA who plan to operate and own a business in our city, Grandor, are offered free web space and email addresses. The only people eligible for web space are those who are going to own and operate a website are those who will own a business, no exceptions. This web space is offered to help give our merchants a presence on the web. This web space can be used to advertise for your business, take orders from customers, list products, or any other way to benefit your business. However the website must be used for your business.
Some of the major companies that notable members of TPF ran can be seen listed on the right-hand side of the website:
- Nova Enterprises – “Where Quality is Our Reputation”
- Paragon Guns Ltd – “Buy our blasters or you’ll be blasted!”
- Brain Clothes – “It’s what you wear”
- Grandor Mining Inc. – “We get our hands dirty so you don’t have to”
- Kaya Creature Farms – “Everything from wamprats to rancors!”
- Paragon United – “Keeping Businesses Profiting, Together”
The First Mission – Build a City
RobotConstructer’s dream did not die with his passing. I wasn’t able to play in the first month after launch but the guild had already started working on training through the different professions. Recruitment was ongoing and we would see new faces every other day. Players from TPF, like Hypo Crates, became the first to master his chosen profession on Chilastra. Master Doctor, in his case, and he was familiar with the process since Beta testing.
When I finally joined my friends in-game, we set out to find a flat stretch of land a few thousand meters from Coronet, the major city on the planet Corellia. However, this idea didn’t last long as there was very little demand in the area for weapons and supplies. The level of the creatures on the planet was also considered beginner, so there wasn’t much incentive to start the guild’s businesses here. Corellia was also being saturated with other PAs. Certain businesses like Stettin Palver’s X-Force Weapons were already dominating the market.
Player cities were technically not implemented in full yet (that update was released on November 13th), and there no ability for a city to grow its borders into a Metropolis. We only sought to find a good spot of land to place the deeds of our houses, to lay down the foundations for the future. Corellia was not the right choice for us and we decided to move on.
Our next venture would be Naboo. It was RobotConstructer’s original plan for Grandor. It had a beautiful, mostly flat landscape, but was primarily Empire-controlled. After finding a good spot a far distance from Theed, we laid down a guild hall and inaugurated our very first home.
We also created the Grandor City Forum for Naboo on 9/15/03 specifically designed for communications between other PAs. Crimson Republic and Exodus began to work with us but it was still the early process. The long wait of development wasn’t kind to our numbers but we were getting the first taste of what we wanted to do for so long. We dubbed the settlement “Grandor City” in honor of our original mission.
We had our very first guild meeting within the PA hall, and made important plans regarding the future of our association. During this period, Crimson Republic and Exodus, brother PAs of TPF, didn’t have much luck with their independent city projects. Some of the original founders of Grandor and I collaborated for all of us to return and use our combined numbers to our advantage. Those particular screenshots above will always hold a special place in my heart. They are the only screenshots I have left that contain this many old TPF members (including leaders) in the same location at the same time. The majority of my screenshots were lost due to a hard drive crash. Much of Crystal Valley in its final stages was also part of that lost data.
This was an impressionable period as I was growing up. I was only 13 years old when taking these shots and most of the guild weren’t that much older. They were finishing up high school or just starting college. None of us had any prior experience in running a player association. It was the first MMORPG for the majority of the SWG community.
Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen.Emperor Palpatine
The most beautiful part of this meeting was the fact that we were just one small group of players in a large universe. While we were sitting in this assembly room and discussing our futures, I thought of the battles that were raging on the other planets at the same time, the hunting parties that set out to the Krayt Graveyard, and the other guild meetings that our Imperial opposition was possibly having in other parts of the Chilastra galaxy. It really put things into perspective that we were just small moving pieces of something far greater, and yet we were making choices that would drastically affect what the future may be.
Our decisions here and now shaped things that we knew we could not yet see, but we knew it was happening all the same. It was a little bit of an epiphany moment for me, or maybe I was just young. In this meeting we confirmed the direction we would take in the Galactic Civil War.
Our city was short-lived and we made the decision to abandon Naboo in light of the new Force Crystal Hunters Caves. Holocrons were the shit at the time. It was one of the ways to become a Jedi, by mastering each profession commanded by the Holocrons. Once you completed all its tasks, you would be on the way to unlock the Force Sensitive slot. With Crimson Republic’s Jarel Elus backing us at the time, we knew exactly how to exploit this new opportunity.
Crystal Valley was not the city we originally envisioned but it would become what we always wanted – something that impacted the entire server that we were proud to have helped build.Back to Star Wars Galaxies Chronicles