Trinity Republic – Starsider

Trinity Republic <TRNTY> wasn’t the average multi-gaming MMORPG guild. Originally founded by Maglarken in 2002, Trinity rose to power well before Star Wars Galaxies was even released. During its peak, it was one of the most celebrated Rebel PAs on the Starsider server. When I played on the Chilastra server with Paragon Federation from 2003-2004, I had no idea who any of these guys were, busy with my own journey in a parallel virtual universe. It was not until 2005 (recruited by Yil Geivan) when I finally met them in World of Warcraft, in which Trinity was again making history on the Bloodhoof server.

Trinity Republic Constitution

Trinity in Retrospect

Trinity Republic banner, circa 2002.

The Trinity Republic banner in 2002.

In Star Wars Galaxies, Trinity was known for its prominent role in the Galactic Civil War as well as its numerous expeditions to the far corners of the galaxy. We also had a large background in role-playing and creative fan-fiction. The forums were extremely active and it surprised me to see a group of players who have never met in real life become a second family to one another. Still broken from the death of my first guild, Paragon Federation, I was glad to be back in a tight-knit, no drama, no bullshit community of players.

Moosacca (aka Moose), the President and Mayor of Trinity during its major years, has given me permission to post his screenshots on behalf of our guild.

Moosacca was President and Mayor of Trinity Republic during its prime years in Star Wars Galaxies.

Moosacca was the leader of Trinity Republic for major parts of its lifetime in Star Wars Galaxies.

Trinity became my new guild from the years of 2005-2010 when I played World of Warcraft off-and-on. Unfortunately, the passage of time works in its own mysterious ways. Games die out, members go inactive due to real life, and everyone has to move on in the end. After the NGE expansion, many players from Trinity quit SWG and ventured into new MMORPGs, such as World of Warcraft. First establishing themselves as a prime raiding guild on Bloodhoof (which is when I joined), we later transferred to the Terokkar server in 2007 due to overpopulation and other issues on the server. We would play under a new name – Trinity Exiles.

Trinity was never again unified toward another MMORPG the same way after Star War Galaxies’ cruel and unusual execution, and the group saw many of its fragments in different games such as Lord of the Rings Online, World of Warcraft and so on. WoW became the guild’s biggest game and we considered that our main end-game at the time, but the original Trinity core often stated that it was never the same after Star Wars Galaxies. 

Firespyer (Hooded Claw) would later convince me and a small group of us to try out EVE Online in 2007. I had to quit after the trial month due to real life obligations, but later returned in 2010 – this time in nullsec. I haven’t looked back since.

At the time of this writing, the Trinity forums no longer exist and many of its original players have gone inactive. The core membership stays in touch to this day on Facebook and some groups of players have gone into other games under different guilds. Even though we are no longer the force we used to be, none of us would forget the good times.


Fighting together against Gruul in World of Warcraft many years ago.

Fighting together against Gruul in World of Warcraft many years ago.


The Founding of Trinity City – Corellia

Trinity had grown quite large by launch and so it was not long until the decision was made to build a city. Like my guild <TPF> on Chilastra, the members were loyal to the Rebellion from the start. Many other Rebel guilds from Alpha and Beta phase would work closely with Trinity. Corellia was home to the massive metropolis of Coronet, which was considered by the Empire to be a hive of Rebel scum and villainy. It was not surprising that countless guilds, including my own in 2003, established their first settlements on this planet.

Thus, Corellia became the site of Trinity’s first major construction.

The first proposed site for Trinity City.

The first proposed site for Trinity City.

Pictured here is the elusive Maglarken, the original founder of Trinity. Unfortunately, his career in Star Wars Galaxies was short-lived, but others took the helm.

Pictured here is the elusive Maglarken, the original founder of Trinity. Unfortunately, his career in Star Wars Galaxies was short-lived, but others took the helm.

This headquarters  on Corellia did not last long before the decision was made to build an improved city on the planet of Naboo, which was a beautiful world in its own right. Corellia’s landscape was full of ravines (as seen in the proposed site screenshot), which made it difficult to place down deeds of houses. This was not fixed until much later in the future. Also, Naboo was home to Theed (capital city of the planet) and had a high concentration of Imperial forces, both players and NPCs. It was a good place to set up shop for a rapidly growing player association.

Trinity City, Naboo – (-6835, -4285)

Trinity Republic Original Banner


We are proud to announce that Trinity City is up and running! We will have a city map available for you soon. Trinity City has over 75 citizens and 100 buildings thus far and our aim is to be a LARGE accessible Rebel City near prime hunting grounds, such as the Lake Retreat Imperial Base.

Our PA has worked long and hard to get to this stage and we are proud of our city. Come vist us and our allies, The Revenant Guard of Alderaan (TRGA) and The Resistance (TR). We have a Cantina, several Medical Centers, three PA Halls, a Theatre, a Cloning Center, and many, many shops. We are growing daily, and we invite you to come see us!

Be forewarned however that we are a REBEL ALIGNED Player Association, as are our allies. Many of us will be overt in-game, so if you plan on visiting, but you are an Imperial Overt, please be aware that Rebels love to shoot at treacherous folks who follow the emperor so blindly :).


EmGo Corporation

The EmGo Corporation, run by Emmet Brown and Gogo, was widely agreed to have been one of the major driving forces that accelerated Trinity City’s growth. If it wasn’t for this corporation, the city would have been no more than a “fishing village.” It took a great deal of teamwork to play on a competitive level against other guilds, especially of the Empire.

The very beginning of the construction of Trinity City on Naboo.

The very beginning of the construction of Trinity City on Naboo.

Trinity City can be seen on the bottom-left corner of this map of Naboo.

Trinity City can be seen on the bottom-left corner of this map of Naboo.

Trinity City Early Construction

The PA Hall is built.

The PA Hall is built.

The PA Hall is built.

The PA Hall at night.

Trinity City rises through the ranks required to build specialized city structures and decorations.

Trinity City rises through the ranks required to build specialized city structures and decorations.

The Grand Opening

Moosacca has stated that this was truly one of the first of the "happiest" times in Trinity City's history,

Moosacca has stated that he considers this the first of the “happiest” times in Trinity’s history.

Opening of Trinity City II

Trinity City became one of the fastest growing Rebel cities on Starsider. A gazebo can be seen on the right and a Shuttleport on the far left. The Shuttleport is a milestone for any player city, requiring rank 4 (City).

Trinity City became one of the fastest growing Rebel cities on Starsider. A gazebo can be seen on the right . Vendors can be seen in the background. A Shuttleport can be seen on the far left. The Shuttleport is a milestone for any player city, requiring rank 4 (City).

Patrolling through the city.

Patrolling through the city.

Landspeeder

The Drunken Gungan – Starsider’s 24/7 Party Spot

Trinity was especially known for its popular Cantina, The Drunken Gungan. Not only was it packed throughout all time zones by Rebels from all over the galaxy, but it was just a good place for players to hang back and chill away from the turmoil of the war outside. Everyone was welcome, even Imperials, as long as they remained covert. One of the truly great things about the late Star Wars Galaxies was all the good times to be had in the social environment of a Cantina. It was not only a place to heal combat fatigue but it allowed those rare times when you can reminisce and share war stories with old friends.

The opening of the Drunken Gungan.

The opening of the Drunken Gungan.

The party never stopped.

The party never stopped.

The Drunken Gungan III

Cantinas were also good for the drama duels.

Cantinas were also good for the drama duels.

Nym’s Scavenger Hunt – March 9th, 2004

Nym’s Scavenger Hunt was a famous event introduced in February 2004 in which guilds were given the chance to win one of three exclusive prizes to be placed as permanent decorative objects within their cities. The winners would have bragging rights for the rest of their lives for being among the very few to own these literally priceless objects. Once they are placed in the world, they can never be removed again.

The Pirate King Nym.

The Pirate King Nym.


The Events Team has hand placed several datadisks that are ALWAYS found within ten meters of a sparking drum (small prize in the drum for the first person to loot it). The disks are located in different spots on Rori, Talus, Lok and Yavin 4 for each Galaxy. We will place 3 disks on Friday, February 27th, 1 disk on Monday, March 1st and then 1 additional disk every other day until we have a winner on that Galaxy (meaning no one will be able to win in the first 3 days, but you can get a significant head start).

The first person to send a game mail to TestCenter.ScavengerHunt with the exact waypoints of at least four of those disks may be eligible for one of the following decorative objects for their player city:

  • Escape Pod
  • X-Wing
  • TIE Fighter

Finding these data disks was an incredibly grueling process and required meticulous coordination and teamwork. Trinity eventually triumphed by finding the 4th and final disk on March 2nd, 2004. Winning the X-Wing (Trinity’s chosen prize) was a big deal but being the first to do it in the entire world on Starsider was something else. Many guilds would have done crazy shit to win this event. It was a significant morale boost for all Rebel guilds on the server and seen as a great victory over the largest rival Imperial guilds.

The 4th Disk that won Trinity the event, screenshot taken by Moosacca.

The 4th Disk that won Trinity the event, screenshot taken by Moosacca.


1 disk 
2 disk 
3 disk 
FOUR!

Congratulations to all the many people who sacrificed their time, patience, and sanity in the effort to find the four disks. The WP’s have been submitted and we will hopefuly be rewarded for all the hard work shortly. Special thanks go out to the following disk finders in the order that they were found: 

1) Moosacca 
2) Staubach 
3) Grizart 
4) Dos

Great job all!!!

-Rando 


All the winners from each Galaxy were announced by the SWG devs on March 9th, 2004, and can be found here, in order of completion.

Some things will always feel like it happened yesterday.

Some things will always feel like they happened yesterday.

X-Wing Celebration III

Members of Trinity christen the X-Wing’s introduction into the city with fireworks.

Fireworks Celebration

Moosacca’s Inauguration – March 27th, 2004

Moosacca’s inauguration as the 5th President of Trinity is one of the most important events in the guild’s history. It was a time for significant change and Trinity had reached a peak of infamy among the Empire for its place in the Galactic Civil War. Moosacca had great ambition for a Wookiee and he was a major reason Trinity had recently won the X-Wing from Nym’s Scavenger Hunt less than four weeks prior. This day was regarded by many as the beginning of a golden age for their guild on Starsider.

Rrrando (aka Rando), on the right, is Moosacca's real life brother and fellow Wookiee.

Rrrando (aka Rando), on the right, is Moosacca’s real life brother and fellow Wookiee.


I am the 5th President of the Trinity Republic! I am honored and privileged to be chosen. Trinity can only get stronger, and with recruitment in full swing and two wonderful new members in Wynn and Tanethe, the future of Trinity Republic is bright!

I can only do my best, and my best is what you can expect. Please shoot by our forums and ask about recruitment if you want to become a member, or about military operations and diplomacy if you are from another PA.

Welcome to a new era in Trinity.

-Moosacca


Wynn would later become the representative leader of the Trinity chapter that played World of Warcraft, on both Bloodhoof and Terokkar. To this day, he remains one of most highly respected members. In Star Wars Galaxies, Moosacca would not be the last leader. Andro Palos would take over as President afterwards and he would also get his own ceremony.

Andro's Inauguration

Andro's Inauguration 2

Andro's Inauguration 3

Andro's Inauguration 4

 Expeditions Around the Galaxy

Moosacca had a great love for the sport of fishing. He would sponsor regular tournaments and also take the group out on expeditions throughout the galaxy.

Fishing tournament on Dantooine.

Fishing tournament on Dantooine.

Fishing tournament at the Naboo Swamp south of Trinity City.

Fishing tournament at the Naboo Swamp south of Trinity City.

Moose catches something, but is it a fish?

Moosacca catches something, but is it a fish?

Moosacca fishes with Ordos for the first time.

Moosacca fishes with Ordos for the first time.

Someone gets a bite...

Someone gets a bite…

Moosacca and Rrrando (aka Rando) at the Jedi Temple. They were brother Wookiees in and out of the game.

Moosacca and Rrrando (aka Rando) at the Jedi Temple. They were brother Wookiees in and out of the game.

Fishing with Starfire

Moosacca and Starfire, pictured above, would eventually confess their undying love for each other and got married at Lake Retreat on Naboo. How a 7+ foot tall Wookiee ever hooked up with a Twi’lek, the world will never know. But the people of Trinity were joyful of their marriage. It was a significant life event for Moosacca.

Newlywed couple.

Newlywed couple.

This was during someone else's wedding ceremony at Lake Retreat, but they decided to pose for the hell of it.

This was during someone else’s wedding ceremony at Lake Retreat, but they decided to pose for the hell of it.

Moosacca leads the group through the Jedi Ruins.

Moosacca leads the group through the Jedi Ruins.

Jedi Ruins Group

Sendoh Jedi Temple

Moosacca and gang at the Great Hall on Yavin IV.

Moosacca and gang at the Great Temple on Yavin IV.

Great Hall Group II

Family is Forever

All good things come to an end. It is a rare thing for a group of players who have only worked together in virtual worlds to survive the passage of time. Trinity would survive as a gaming organization for over a decade after its founding but there would not be another MMORPG that could unite them in the way that Star Wars Galaxies did in its pre-CU stage. Many guilds have risen and fallen, some of them among the true greats.

Twilight is upon me, and soon night must fall. That is the way of things.Yoda

To this day, I ponder what my fate would have been if I had started playing the game on Starsider instead of Chilastra, and never came across the thread to create Grandor City, the ultimate Rebel city on Naboo. While I cherish the memories I had with my first guild, Paragon Federation, I also wish I could have been a part of Trinity during their greatest moments, both good and bad. It’s funny how much of your life can change with such a simple choice so early in your journey.

I am glad to have joined this group of players during World of Warcraft. People may shoot down these games and call them a wild fiction but I believe the things you can learn from your friends can transcend the barriers beyond the screens of our computers.

AT ST Group

No matter what guild we were part of in Star Wars Galaxies, we have all made a difference in the world by working together. These things could never have been done alone and the beauty of it all is the power of what we can do when we truly put our minds to it.

I dedicate this chapter and the entirety of Star Wars Galaxies Chronicles to my friends in Trinity Republic, who have become almost like a second family to me as I grew up. They showed me despite never having seen some people in real life, you can count on them to watch your back in your greatest times of need.

Years from now when games like this become relics of the  past, we will always remember the good times.

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