Hi I'm Hajtand. I'm a lvl 221 Ranger who played at Taranis for about 1,5 years. I'm also the leader of the clan Nirvana. Sorry if language ain't perfect, English ain't my mother tongue.
When I was young I ran a 500+ ppl clan in Everquest, which was one of the first online rpg's. It went on for about 6 years until I had final exams at college and had to quit. Here 10 years later, as an adult with family and a demanding full time job, I decided to pick up my old hobby, to have some fun and relaxing hours.
For me it was never having the best endgame clan in Everquest who was the most fun, but the road towards becoming the best was! It was easy to develop tho as I started at the time the game came out. So when entering CH it wasn't to just join an existing endgame clan, but to try experience the game as it was brand new to get all the victories and defeats on bosses, which makes you figure out new ways and strategies. But it's hard to get this experience in an 3 year old game with established end game clans. The ones with power and good gear will almost always win lock and make it extremely difficult to develop a clan, as members will be frustrated seen top clans gain items 20 times faster.
When I joined Taranis, there was only union clans. This was the server for me as this rotation agreement made it possible for me to experience the game as it was new. For example when my clan believed we was rdy to kill Aggy, we could just ask for a go, and union clans would give us a spawn to test our strength. This way we didn't have to compete against 3 year old clans with high levels fully geared with edl. I wouldn't mind fight a clan of same age on more even terms tho. After successfull clean clan kill you entered rotation making it possible for us to gain good gear as upcoming clan, even tho the other clans would have outlocked us everytime in a lock battle. Imo a nice environment for making new upcoming clans! The costs of this environment was a lot of rules. Good for many but also overwhelming for others.
As a new player I met especially 2 kind ppl in taranis. One added me into Nirvana when it was a clan of 15 ppl all below 100, and helped me with gear. Another gave me drops for warden and meteoric. Good ppl do indeed exist at Taranis.
I decided to repay this goodwill and later on accepted leadership at Nirvana in order to help all new players start on Taranis. There wasn't really any clans for the little ppl as other had either high lvl req or just huge expectations for the players. All was welcome in Nirvana if they just treated ppl nice. We are a clan without point systems and big ruleset, so that all types of players have a place to be. Instead we follow a philosophy to work for making us strong as a clan instead of individuals. This is a place where ppl think of others than just themselves. Others outside clan found our mission very noble and donated huge amounts for the cause. Some still do. We do gear all who joins with all we can. Atm up to middle of dl, with exceptions for some of the top drops that we runs out of once in awhile. We hand out as soon as ppl can use them if we have in stock. All drops from dl bosses and up are mandatory donations in order to put them where they do most good for the clan as a whole.
We never got to take Aggy down before Bene formed tho and introduced free for all play style. We did however grew strong enough to face a lock battle at aggy, so now the competition is welcome. I wont comment much on the history of this server war as it wasn't a dispute I was a part of. I pretty much like some of the philosophies from both sides. We tried to stay somewhat neutral as we didn't want to be enemies with anyone that was friends just the day before. The first clans ever to reach out and help Nirvana was Paradogz, so we wanted to keep this good relationship and thereby honor most of union rules which we knew of. We still do today, tho we don't have any issues with Benevolence.
Today we are strong enough to do aggy and lower half edl bosses. We do need more good players in order to advance further, and For each day we are growing stronger still. This development is so much more rewarding than just joining and receiving drops. At least for me.
I play almost everyday but not very much, due to kids and such. Our board of generals have been crazy enough to stay in clan sacrificing their own development on dl/edl/raid boss gear to fight for our philosophy. They did and still do an outstanding job to secure progress, even tho we now face lock battles against heavily geared competition for every drop. When we win that 1 of 20 lock battles without any dl/edl weaps of raid drops the feeling is amazing.
I'm glad you found Nirvanian members treated you well. This it how it should be if we want a populated server! All deserves a chance! You are ofcourse welcome to join us, and you will be geared with 3 lower tier armies within reasonable time, but if your looking for instant endgame we are not just there yet. But we ain't stopping tho FFA style is giving us a hard time. We aren't in a position to tell people how they should play the game. That's up to each individual.
Hope you find what suits you well!