The story so far…Hunter’s Guild

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The Hunter’s Guild were a team introduced in Season 2 with only a passing reference in Season 1 (on Hemlocke and Minx’s cards).

Hunters

Season 2 -Hunter’s Guild

The Hunter’s Guild is not a new one, but one of the oldest there is. However, they don’t have Guild Houses like the others nor do they ply their trade in the cities. Their Guild Ball team is a recent addition, however.

Most Hunter’s are pagan – believing in the old gods of the Moon Goddess and the Sun Father. The Moon Goddess is the mistress of the hunt. She blesses them to steal from the Sun Father, who nurtures the world.

The original purpose of the Guild was to hunt the great beasts of the forests in the north and deserts of the south.

The Hunter’s story starts at the Frontier’s Cup with the Mortician’s keeping Minx caged and them being guided by Hearne. Obulus barters the support of the Hunter’s in the forthcoming tournament for Minx’s release. Hearne, however, warns Obulus that the Hunter’s will seek recompense for Minx’s captivity – something Obulus seems unconcerned by.

The story continues with a match between the Hunter’s and Mortician’s. The Hunter’s are said to not play the game like any other team – rather than having established playbooks and practised tactics they stalk their opponents on the pitch by instinct.

Ghast is taken out by Jaecar before being patched up and sent back on. Zarola scores to give the Hunter’s the lead. Ghast and Jaecar then fight again and Scalpel manages to take down Egret. She then moves to help Ghast (now facing Seenah) but is stopped by Obulus from the sidelines. Seenah then attacks Ghast, ripping his throat out and killing him instantly. The game ends and Obulus is satisfied the Hunter’s progress to the final.

The story concludes with the final – Mason’s vs Hunter’s. The game is watched by Obulus from the sidelines to ensure the Hunter’s fulfil their side of the arrangement.

The game ends with the Mason’s winning but with Honour crippled, presumably by Hearne at Obulus’ behest.

Theron

The team is captained by Theron, Champion of the Sun Father. A career soldier during the Century Wars, he felt betrayed by the political unions reached at it’s conclusion. He spent the subsequent years wandering, trying to find somewhere to belong – eventually walking into the wilds of the north. Soon after he encountered an emissary of the Hunter’s Guild, Hearne.  Theron finally found somewhere he felt he belonged.

Fahad

Fahad is the team mascot, a midnight devil from the forests of the north.

Jaecar

Jaecar is the team vice captain, a natural born killer known to do all that is necessary to ensure the kill.

Zarola

Zarola is a skilled hunter and makes no distinction between humans and animals that hunt – seeing them as siblings and hunting with them as a pack.

egret

Egret is unusual for a Hunter as she is neither an abandoned orphan nor an exile. She is the daughter of an old Castellyian noble family, a well-educated child born of privilege. However, a noble existence felt like a noose around her neck and she escaped to the wilderness to find peace. She was watched by the Guild before being taken to the Lord Huntress. For many this would mean banishment or death, but Egret was met with a smile as the Huntress sensed a kindred spirit and potential successor.

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Hearne is the eldest of the Hunter’s and no living soul remembers his life before the Guild.  None also know how he became the spiritual conduit of the Sun Father. All that is known is that the benevolence, wisdom and serenity of the deity shines through him. Hearne is present at the initiation of all new novices into the Guild; he occupies a unique position for devout Hunter’s. The Lord Huntress is the ceremonial and political head of the Guild and is chosen by the Moon Goddess. She must have her opposite though in the Scion of the Sun Father (currently Hearne) as both ally and rival.

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Chaska is known as a stubborn, coldhearted, intractable man, but is probably the friednlist of the Hunters as he does interact with the outside world. He is a skinner within the Guild.

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Seenah, the great bear, is a remarkable member of the Guild team. A wild beast seemingly tamed to aid the Hunter’s cause. Rumours abound that Seenah has the soul of a man trapped inside like the ancient tales of lycanthropy.

Until next time sports fans!

What’s in a name? – Season 2 Mascots

It’s been a while and as the Season 2 Mascot models are due to be released shortly, I thought I would round off the ‘What’s in a name?’ for Season 2. Some of these are fairly obvious, but others have more depth to them.

Alchemist’s Guild

Naja, Venomous Viper

Naja

So Naja is Venin’s ‘pet’ snake and ties in well with his poison theme.

Naja is the taxonomic game for the genus of snakes more commonly known as cobras and derives from the Sanskrit for snake, Naga.

 

Brewer’s Guild

Quaff, Faithful

Quaff

Quaff is modelled on a St Bernard, a breed of working dog common to the Alps and bred for mountain rescue. They are famous for carrying a barrel of brandy around their necks.

The verb quaff means to drink ( a usually an alcholic drink) heartily.

 

Butcher’s Guild

Truffles, Cantankerous Swine

Truffles

Truffles is a pig and the name is likely to arise from the domestic pigs (also known as truffle hogs) used for locating and extracting truffles from forests in Europe.

 

Engineer’s Guild

Mother, Arachnid Queen

Mother

A mechanica created by the Engineer’s Guild that resembles a spider (although the art work has 9 legs) and it’s brood. The name is a possible reference to Broodmother from DOTA 2. She is possibly modelled after Wolf Spiders which carry their spiderlings on their backs.

 

Fisherman’s Guild

Tentacles, Eastern Mystery

Tentacles

Modelled on an octopus and named after the flexible, mobile, elongated organs the species is famous for.

 

Mason’s Guild

Wrecker, Giant Shrew

Wrecker

Although described as a shrew, it doesn’t really resemble one and is modelled after an armadillo, a small armoured mammal. The name probably follows the Mason convention of names deriving form tools and is a possible reference to a wrecking ball.  There is also a link to Rammus from League of Legends due to the game being a favourite of many at Steamforged games.

The Rolando is in homage to the Guild Ball Tonight desire to have a baby elephant Mascot.

 

Mortician’s Guild

Vileswarm, Fearful Tide

Vileswarm

Vileswarm is a swarm of rats, which are often reviled. Not much more to say…

 

The Union

Strongbox, Tribute to the Pirate-King

Strongbox

Strongbox is a tortoise carrying a chest on it’s back. A strongbox is a small lockable box, typically made of metal, in which valuables may be kept.

Strongbox is ‘Rage’s idea of a tribute to the Pirate King apparently, one last piss-take. Strap a treasure chest to the top of it, fill it with Blackheart’s gold, and parade it around’

 

What’s in a name? – Hunter’s Guild

Although they aren’t released until the 16th April, the Hunter’s Guild names have been spoiled so here are what I’ve found out about the origin of their names.

Hunters

Hunter’s Guild

Theron, Champion of the Sun Father

Theron

 

Theron is a name of Ancient Greek origin deriving from θηραω (therao) meaning “to hunt”.
Fahad, Midnight Devil

Fahad

Fahad is a name of Arabic origin meaning ‘Panther’ amongst other things.
Jaecar, Shadowborn

Jaecar

Jaecar is a derivation of the German word Jaeger meaning Hunter.
Zarola, Wild Mistress

Zarola

Zarola is a name of Persian origin and means Hunter.
Egret, Promised of the Moon

egret

An egret is a type of bird which was historically hunted for it’s plumes.  It is likely also a play on Ygritte from Game of Thrones on which the model bears an uncanny resemblance.
Hearne, Scion of the Sun Father

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Likely named after ‘Herne the Hunter’ a ghost associated with Windsor Forest and Great Park in the English county of Berkshire. Although it could possibly be a reference to English explorer, fur-trader, author, and naturalist, Samuel Hearne. He was the first European to make an overland excursion across northern Canada to the Arctic Ocean.
Chaska, Ironheart

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The name Chaska is traditionally the name given to the first born son of Sioux Native Americans. It is also a city in Minnesota which was originally the homeland of the Sioux .
Seenah, the Great Bear

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I am going to have to admit I have no idea why the bear is called Seenah, anyone have any thoughts?

Edit: Had a chat with the guys at Salute and it’s because they wanted a John Cena reference in Guild Ball.

Until next time sports fans!

 

What’s in a name? – The Union

Next up, The Union

Union

Blackheart

Bheart

Blackheart was the ruthless Pirate King of the sea, terrorising every Sovereign State of the Empire of the Free Cities. The day he gave up the life at sea was a bloody one indeed, slaughtering the entire crew of his ship to ensure its safe location remained a secret until he needed her again. He now makes his fortune through Guild Ball, murdering anybody who becomes between him and more wealth, or getting one of his crew to do the deed for him.

There are a number of possible reasons for Blackheart’s name. It could be based upon the pirate Blackbeard as he was previously a pirate before joining The Union. It’s also possible that it is a description of his personality as someone who is black hearted is cruel, wicked or evil.

Coin

Coin

Coin is a huge snake that Blackheart feeds his fortune to. There is no love for his unorthodox bank, which he daily subjects to the suffering of being forced to swallow indigestible gold. The alien eyes of the snake show no comprehension of Blackheart as anything other than the source of its torment, as he has been for so many years now.

A coin is a piece of hard material used primarily as a medium of exchange or legal tender.  This has strong connections with the mercenary ethos of The Union.

Decimate

Dec

The woman known as Decimate is properly known as Svetlana Leonid Volstov III, a princess of Erskirii nobility. Born late in to a wealthy and influential family with no hope of succession, she quickly found a far more exciting life for herself in an organised and well-funded Brewer’s Guild gang. Ever ambitious, she quickly rose to a place on the Guild Ball team, becoming Decimate the duelist to her roaring fans. This all came to an end when a coup was staged within the guild by a rival gang, and Decimate was forced to flee following a failed assassination attempt. She now plays as a free agent for the Union, her flashing blades swirling in a dance of destruction.

Decimate means to kill, destroy, or remove a large proportion of something, usually a body of people. The term derives from a form of military discipline used by the Roman Army to kill one in every ten of (a group of people, originally a mutinous Roman legion) as a punishment for the whole group.

Gutter

Gut

Once a princess from the far north, Gutter’s life soon took a dark turn when she was captured by Blackheart. When he realised there was no profit to be made in ransoming her, she became a slave on his ship, living a miserable life below deck. In a strange twist, she fell in love for the ruthless captain, an opportunity he soon exploited by making her first mate, completely loyal in her insane devotion for him. She now plays the game at his side, using her deadly skills with hook and chain to ensnare her victims.

Again there are a number of different possibilities with this name it could derive from the description of one who guts (disembowels), or from the word to make channels or furrows in something (again a description of her usual method of attack) or something that flickers or burns unsteadily as a reflection of her personality after her ordeal on the ship.

Harry ‘The Hat’ Hallahan

Harry

A crossover model from Infamy. He has a big hat. Rumour has it that the Hat has powers and has taken possession of Harry (inspired by  the Buffy episode ‘Him’ where a jacket makes whoever wears it irresistible to women).

Hemlocke

Hem

Hemlocke pays fealty to an ancient and primordial divinities, those with shrines overgrown by weeds, and ancient monoliths long since toppled. To most that have dealings with her, she is an eccentric hermit, a deluded outcast that seems an odd fit for the shadowy and sinister Union. She is unusually popular for a Union player, due to the gentle manner with which she administers herbs and potions. This hasn’t stopped her killing dozens of people that have crossed her path, influencing the fate of the universe at the will of her gods.

Hemlock is a highly poisonous flowering plant, previously used as a method of execution. It also is strongly associated with witchcraft in folklore.

Minx

Minx

Minx is a savage, undomesticated animal. She is kept chained like a dog in the depths of some dungeon by her master, starved and beaten until she bites any soul foolish enough approach her. When a particularly brutal match is scheduled, she will be lead from her hole, blinded by the unfamiliar sunlight and disorientated by the loud cheers of the crowd. Once she is truly rabid, she is unchained, stalking the opposition; no thoughts of the sport, but only an opportunity to hunt, becoming a lethal predator once again, her ample scalps testament to her skill.

A minx is an impudent, cunning, or boldly flirtatious girl or young woman. Minx is a cross over model from Ax Faction where she is a Lycan Hunter.

Mist

Mist

An elusive and shadowy individual, the only clue about Mist’s origins is his otherworldly link with Siren. His talent lies in deception, disappearing from plain sight, vaulting with acrobatic grace to strike from an exposed flank. Before his victim can react, they have lost the ball, their clumsy strikes no match for his agility.

Mist is a cloud of tiny water droplets suspended in the atmosphere at or near the earth’s surface that limits visibility, it’s amorphous and impossible to catch.  The aesthetics of Mist are based on Vin (who is female) from the Mistborn Trilogy which might explain some of the gender confusion.

Rage

Rage

Some call him dirty scum, others a vile murderer, but this does not do justice to the man known as Rage. He is a thug for hire, willing to get his hands dirty if it earns him some gold and reinforces his brutal reputation. Underhanded guilds often use this to their advantage, using his fearsome skills with knife and cleaver to settle old grudges on, and off the pitch.

Violent uncontrollable anger. A perfect way to describe him.

Snakeskin

Snake

Known as The Chameleon by her fans, Snakeskin is a master of disguise. A sinewy and powerfully built young woman, she is the master of the hidden kill, using poisons and venoms to compliment the viperous bite of her blades. She is an invaluable tool in the eternal war between the guilds, her ability to silence a target quietly being put to regular use, all for a price of course…

Snakes shed their skin when they outgrow it, so her name is representative of her constantly changing appearance.

Fangtooth

Fang

Nobody is quite sure if the ponderous hulk known as Fangtooth is man or monster. He is a hideous sight to behold, covered in pus-filled boils and pox scars, but this is nothing compared to his horrific stench which has people retching if they stray too close…

A fangtooth is a type of deep sea fish. A fang is also a type of tooth so his name is actually toothtooth – weird.

Avarisse

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Avarisse & Greede make for an unusual sight on the pitch. Don’t let their comical appearance fool you though…these two are hardened criminals, performing the most underhanded deeds if the right coin is on offer. Greede can be considered the brains behind the operation, but Avarisse is far from just being muscle, his ruthless cunning proving invaluable in their chosen line of work.

Avarisse is a homophone (word that sounds like another) of avarice, meaning an extreme greed for wealth or material gain.

Greede

From greed meaning an intense and selfish desire for something, especially wealth, power, or food.

 

What’s in a name? – Mortician’s Guild

Now onto my favourite guild…

Mortician’s Guild

Morts

Obulus

Obulus

Obulus casts an intimidating shadow, death’s chill afflicting all who pass. He is blessed with a sharp mind, using his cunning to gain more power through manipulation and intrigue. His ascension to Guild Ball captain is only the beginning, and will not let death claim him until his power over the Mortician’s Guild is absolute.

An Obol or Obolos was an ancient Greek coin, usually made of silver.  The dead  were buried with an obol placed in the mouth of the corpse, so that once a deceased’s shade reached the underworld—he or she would be able to pay the Ferryman, Charon, for passage across the river Styx.

Dirge

Dirge

Dirge is the crow that the Mortician’s have chosen to be there mascot. Pecking at player’s faces at the worst possible moment has earned him the accolade of most annoying creature in the game.

A dirge is a somber song or lament expressing mourning or grief, such as would be appropriate for performance at a funeral.

Casket

Casket

 

A huge, bedraggled man, Casket is a terrifying sight to behold. He shambles towards his targets, mumbling nonsense one minute, laughing manically the next, enough to disturb even the most seasoned of players. The coffin on his back is a hint of the hideous fate awaiting those who do not turn and run…

A casket or coffin is a funerary box used for viewing or keeping a corpse, either for burial or cremation. A distinction is sometimes made between coffin and casket. A coffin being funerary box having six sides, while a casket generally denotes a four-sided rectangular box. In which case Casket has a coffin.

Cosset

Cosset

Cosset may look cute and innocent, but appearances can be deceptive. She is absolutely crazy, just as likely to smile at you as she is to claw your eyes out. Even her fellow Mortician’s players give her a wide berth knowing how quickly her mood can turn.

Cosset means to care for and protect in an overindulgent way, to pamper or to pet and is probably a reference to her perceived demeanour rather than her actual mentality. She reminds me a lot of Cordelia from Buffy.

Ghast

Ghast

Ghast is a silent, brooding and melancholy man, totally at odds with this towering appearance. His gruesome face is kept hidden by a white mask, never removed for fear of what might be unleashed.

A Ghast is a fictional creature that is usually a stronger breed of ghoul or ghost. Ghast’s also appear in H.P. Lovecrafts Dreamlands.

Graves

Graves

Graves takes great pleasure in making people suffer. He learned many talents during his time in the Physician’s Guild, and his evil disposition gave him many a reason to practice those of a darker nature. He is not really in Guild Ball for the sport; he just likes to spear you in the gut and watch you squirm.

A grave is a location where a dead body is buried.

Silence

Silence

The man known as Silence is considered the quiet but loyal enforcer ensuring Obulus’ commands are followed. In truth, he is a traitorous viper, biding his time, awaiting the perfect opportunity to seize power for himself. Obulus, never one to be outmanoeuvred, saw through the façade long ago, and ensures Silence is manipulated to his own ends, even if he doesn’t know it…

Silence is the lack of audible sound or presence of sounds of very low intensity and is often associated with sombre occasions such as funerals or commemorations.

Bonesaw

Bonesaw

A bonesaw is a surgical instrument used to cut or remove bones, also used during an autopsy or embalming.

What’s in a name? – Mason’s Guild

Next up the Mason’s Guild

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Honour

Honour

During the Century War, Honour made her living as a mercenary, fighting for the side with the most coin. A disastrous battle left her company decimated, and she was promoted to commander of a defeated unit. The Mason’s guild spotted her talent, where she quickly became captain of the team. She now exists as one of the best examples of Guild Ball’s role models. Every little girl in the stands dreams of living the life of the romantic mercenary turned Guild Ball star and every red-blooded male wants to be the one to thaw her icy heart.

Honour is  an abstract concept entailing a perceived quality of worthiness and respectability that affects both the social standing and the self-evaluation of an individual or corporate body Accordingly, individuals (or corporate bodies) are assigned worth and stature based on the harmony of their actions with a specific code of honour, and the moral code of the society at large. Honours name is probably a result of her perceived mentality and her military background.

Marbles

Marbles

Marbles was presented to Honour for her services to the city of Dharli in the far-flung Sovereign State of Indossa. Mischievous by nature, an annoyance to both friend and foe alike, no other mascot in all of Guild Ball divides both players and fans so much as Marbles does.

Marble is a  metamorphic rock composed of recrystallized carbonate minerals, most commonly calcite or dolomite. Geologists use the term “marble” to refer to metamorphosed limestone; however, stonemasons use the term more broadly to encompass unmetamorphosed limestone. Marble is commonly used for sculpture and as a building material.

Brick

Brick

Brick is the imposing centre back found playing for the Mason’s team. The Unstoppable Juggernaut considers the game an exercise in smashing his way through the opposition with a mighty blow from his knuckledusters. Few have the ability or even the will to try and stop him.

A brick is building material used to make walls, pavements and other elements in masonry construction. Traditionally, the term brick referred to unit composed of clay, but it is now used to denote any rectangular units laid in mortar. A brick can be composed of clay-bearing soil, sand and lime, or concrete materials.

Chisel

Chisel

A chisel is a tool with a characteristically shaped cutting edge of blade on its end, for carving or cutting a hard material such as wood, stone, or metal by hand, struck with a mallet, or mechanical power.

Flint

Flint

Flint is a handsome man, and a charmer by nature, but do not let his appearance fool you. He is a hardened rogue, who gained his skills playing his inmates whilst incarcerated. The sport is now his fickle mistress, and he lives for the thrill of the high-stake games in front of the cheering crowds.

Flint is a hard, sedimentary form of the mineral quartz. It occurs chiefly as nodules and masses in sedimentary rocks, such as chalks and limestones. Flint has been used from antiquity up to the present day as a material for building stone walls, using lime mortar, and often combined with other available stone or brick rubble. Particularly in Southern England.

Harmony

Harmony

Beautiful, charming, talented, and flamboyant. Those would be the words Harmony would use to describe herself. Others would tell the rest of the tale. Vain, arrogant, conceited and filled with an overbearing sense of self-importance. She is not in the game for the long term, and is only interested in catching the eye of a wealthy noble or prince so she can marry her way in to higher society.

Another slightly odd name, harmony refers to an orderly or pleasing combination of elements in a whole or a relationship in which various components exist together without destroying one another. The name is probably a reference to the interaction she has with her sister, Honour. Harmony is also one of the key tenants of the Freemasons, but i don’t know  whether this is coincidence or not.

Mallet

Mallet

Mallet can call himself one of the oldest players in the game, and he shares the old values and code of honour long since abandoned by the new blood. Off the pitch, he is a sullen man with nothing good to say about anybody, but it will be a sad day when he retires, and one of the game’s best talents leaves the pitch for good.

A mallet is a kind of hammer, often made of rubber or sometimes wood, that is smaller than a maul or beetle, and usually has a relatively large head. The term is descriptive of the overall size and proportions of the tool, and not the materials it may be made of, though most mallets have striking faces that are softer than steel. Mallets are often used in stone masonry in combination with other tools such as chisels.

Tower

Tower

Tower is a man of his craft, and dedicated to the furthering the masonic art. He quickly showed an equal talent for the game, and was promptly hired as an apprentice player. Despite only playing one season, he has already earned the respect of his colleagues, proving himself a capable addition to the squad.

A tower is a tall structure, taller than it is wide, often by a significant margin. Towers are specifically distinguished from “buildings” in that they are not built to be habitable but to serve other functions. The principal function is the use of their height to enable various functions to be achieved including: visibility of other features attached to the tower such clock towers; as part of a larger structure or device to increase the visibility of the surroundings as in a fortified building such as a castle; or as a structural feature as an integral part of a bridge.

Tower is also a reference to the character backer creator of Tower, Steven Tower.

What’s in a name? – Fisherman’s Guild

Next up the Fisherman’s Guild.

Fish

Shark

Shark

A loner by nature, Shark is adept at patiently hunting his prey, a calm and deadly predator. Whilst the latest captain of the Fisherman’s Guild may feel isolated from his team, he is an exceptional footballer and one of the hottest talents in the game right now.

A shark is a cartilaginous (rather than bony) fish famed as hunters of the deep.

Salt

Salt

Unlike some of the other animals dragged in to Guild Ball, Salt isn’t a savage creature or constant annoyance. The Fisherman’s mascot is adored by the team and fans alike, and supports the team by harassing the opposition as they approach.

The most commonly referred to salt is of sodium chloride (NaCl). Salt in its natural form as a crystalline mineral is known as rock salt or halite and it is present in vast quantities in seawater, where it is the main mineral constituent.

Greyscales

Greyscales

Greyscales is as old as the game itself, and a firm favourite with the fans. He is one of the few players who truly enjoys the game, refusing several offers of retirement to keep on playing.

I couldn’t find a direct link, but possibly grey- as a reference to his age and -scales referring to the skin of fish.

Angel

Angel

The young and attractive striker of the Fisherman’s team, Angel has been playing for less than a season but has already made her mark on the Guild Ball map. She is destined for greatness in the game, if she manages to avoid the numerous bounties on her head.

Again hard to pin the name down (just like the team themselves). The term angel derives form th Greek and Latin for Messenger. Triton in Greek mythology was the messenger of the sea. Another possible link is to the species of fresh and saltwater fish known as Angelfish or possibly the small swimming sea slugs known as Sea Angels.

Jac

Jac

Jac is known as “The Brawler” by his team mates, regularly besting several opponents in the drunken fights he partakes in. His talents make him an ideal defensive player for the Fisherman’s team – a tough old rock standing against the sea.

Possible reference to Jacques Cousteau, the famed French oceanographer. The real question however is, is Jac, Jacques? Ox’s brother.

Kraken

KrakenKraken is a man that emanates power. He is an immovable object, a cliff facing down the waves crashing against it. Like a mighty creature of myth, he smites his opponents with a mighty swing of his tattooed arm.

The Kraken is a legendary sea monster of giant size that is said to dwell off the coasts of Norway and Greenland. A number of authors over the years have postulated that the legend originated from sightings of giant squid that may grow to 12-15 metres in length, despite the fact that the creature in the original tales was not described as having tentacles and more closely resembled a whale or crab. The sheer size and fearsome appearance attributed to the kraken have made it a common ocean-dwelling monster in various fictional works.

Siren

Siren

Distant and aloof, the Siren is a mystery to all. There are many rumours on how she came to play for the guild, ranging from the fantastic to the utterly mundane. The Fisherman side have come to rely upon her positional play, tempting opposing players away from the action rather than beating them in to submission.

In Greek mythology, the Sirens were dangerous yet beautiful creatures, who lured nearby sailors with their enchanting music and voices to shipwreck on the rocky coast of their island.

Sakana

Sakana

Sakana is a Japanese term referring to food eaten as an accompaniment to alcohol. Because fish, especially dried fish, was a popular choice for these dishes, over the years the term sakana also came to mean “fish”.