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For the mysterious Dragon, user esprickzor managed to summarize why they were so great in a few simple sentences:

"The world must burn before it can be restored.

The Dragons are master manipulators and do not suffer the same nearsightedness that plague the Templars and Illuminati, the fact that their motives are beyond "Good" or "Bad" makes them even more intriguing.

They are Patient, Deceiving, and Powerful.

They are the Conjurers of Change."

For brandedwolf, the stoic Templar are the only ones with the right reasons:

"Because someone has to be in it for the right reasons.

Because the innocent need protecting.

Because someone must make the hard choices to push the darkness back."

For Beckygrrl, however, everyone's really just in this for themselves, and the Illuminati are the only ones who've embraced this ideal:

"It's pretty simple really: If you really want the finer things in life, Illuminati is the only way to go.

I mean, come on! What profit is there in chaos? When the smoke clears all you've got is a pile of rubble and dirt stains all over your new Vera Wang suit! Ick!

Templars? Get serious! Meting out justice may make some people feel better, but for a really good time I'll take the Lamborghini, the downtown luxury penthouse apartment, and summers on the Riviera every time, honey!

On top of all that, there's plenty of that oh-so-delicious aphrodisiac, power. We control the media and the government, and therefore, the unwashed clueless masses as well. While the Dragons and Templars are running around fighting for some silly nebulous ideals no one really understands anyway, we Illuminati are shaping the world the way we want it, the way that works best and most profitably for us and us alone.

When you take the time to really think about it and work out the pros and cons, you realize that Illuminati is the only way to go. It's not only the way that keeps the world working the way it should, but most importantly, it's the way that keeps the world working best for US!"

So congratulations to our winners! We'll be contacting them to send them a T-Shirt and Dog Tag gift bundle for their chosen The Secret World secret society!


Unless you've been trapped on a zombie-infested island recently, you will have heard the great news that The Secret World has gone live! Early Access to Funcom's latest MMO began at the end of last week, with full launch earlier on Tuesday. To celebrate the event, we've got a bit of a giveaway for you!

In The Secret World, you can join one of three Secret Societies. With the steadfast Templar, the hedonistic Illuminati and the chaotic Dragon, each one goes about saving the world in their own unique way. The rivalry between them is intense, with each one vying for supremacy under the careful watch of the Council of Venice.

If you have ever wanted a way to declare your society loyalty to friends and enemies alike, here's your chance. Thanks to our good friends at EA, we have three Secret Society t-shirt and dog-tag sets to give away!

Getting your hands on this superb swag is easy: all you have to do is tell us why your chosen secret society rocks! Leave a comment on this article (you'll need to register for a free ZAM account if you don't already have one) with your most convincing reason. Chris and Gareth will be picking one winner for each society, so you'll be competing against your own faction.

Get your skates on though, as the competition ends on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 5:00pm EST. We'll ship worldwide too, so feel free to enter wherever you are!

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Like a Temp!
# Jul 10 2012 at 3:10 AM Rating: Decent
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Templars are the best, because since Assassins Creed they were "the bad guys" but now they are awesome again~
The Illuminati
# Jul 09 2012 at 2:56 PM Rating: Decent
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Why the Illuminati? Because ...

The Templars are like ancient brutish dinosaurs, struggling to keep up with the times although they are quite honest about their nature. They are still useful to have around, after all you always need cannon fodder in fighting the raising darkness.
The Dragon are elusive and engimatic, in other words unreliable - the Dragon suffer from the classic case of the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing. They claim to follow the theories of Chaos but this is only due their very poor management structure; after all the head of the Dragon is a 5 year old child.
No. It definiately has to be the Illuminati for me. One of the oldest Secret Societies, yet they show themsleves to be adaptable and modernized with a high degree of professionalism. In situations where the Templars would bully and the Dragons would sow discord, the Illuminati manipulate and control ... and such subtlety is what sold me on the organization. Who else could boost that they "have stocks in **** and compromising pictures of Angels".

PS: They also have the best HQ NPC dialog lines imo. The doctor is absolutely hilarious.
The Way of the Dragon
# Jul 09 2012 at 2:42 PM Rating: Decent
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Dragons are said to be old, very old. With age comes wisdom. Dragons have always played a favorite role during my journeys and in fact I have been a member of a Dragon society for ages. The mystery surrounding these ancient creatures, their rarity, their invulnerability naturally attract those searching for knowledge and power.

Humans who are drawn to the order of Dragon value individualism, secrecy, stealth. They operate alone or in small groups in order not to attract attention from the public and the other secret societies. They watch, they learn from observation, acting swiftly manipulating people to further their cause, increase their insight into mysteries and hide their involvement in matters.

There is no need to force a Dragon to operate in certain ways. Creativity and freedom to act at will is the true power of being a member of the Dragon. Individualism and seemingly chaotic behavior is the strength of Dragon and makes them a difficult moving target.

Where others scramble to uphold order, the Dragon embraces chaos, knowing that chaos and randomness have their own laws and patterns and mastering these allows prediction of future events and power to change these. Dragon always find hidden paths and gateways giving them the edge in time critical maneuvers.

The Dragon is the lonely hero in the night, silent, unseen, unexpected, coming and going without a trace.

I have found my destiny in the Dragon.

-Martin 'Augias' Zweistein - Order is for Simple Minds, Genius masters Chaos
Templars are the only ones with a moral compass
# Jul 09 2012 at 1:55 PM Rating: Decent
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It's very simple. Templars are in for justice, the others are just plain selfish.
Templar are the Chosen
# Jul 09 2012 at 10:42 AM Rating: Decent
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The Templar are the chosen ones. We do not hide like rats in shadows as the Illuminati do. We do not rot in antiquated tradition as the Dragon do.

We smite with sword and shotgun with the fervor of a millenia behind us. We are Templar.
Dragon
# Jul 09 2012 at 9:16 AM Rating: Decent
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Chaos is everywhere and The Dragon understand that chaos rules all. No matter what you do, you cannot protect yourself from chaos.
Templars
# Jul 09 2012 at 9:15 AM Rating: Decent
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Well if you think about it and how they would be in real life, would you want a group that makes chaos leading you or do you want a group of people who are just looking out for themselves aiming to get stuff just for themselves.

No you would most probably want a group of people who help each other, try to follow a set of guidelines so people know what to expect. You want to have a strong leadership that you can trust, yes sometimes leaders don't act how you like, but that's just like all leaders.

So yes I say Templars are the best by a long shot, because they are how the world should be run if the world started falling apart, they are ready to make those hard choices, yes they will leave someone behind but they will make sure they save many more.
Not everyone can say that about themselves.
what the templar think!!!
# Jul 09 2012 at 9:11 AM Rating: Decent
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i chose the templar
it was "free hand in your face" for the monster .......,the illuminati........ or dragon
Templar
# Jul 09 2012 at 3:21 AM Rating: Decent
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The Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon, commonly known as the Knights Templar, the Order of the Temple or simply as Templars, were among the most famous of the Western Christian military orders. The organization existed for nearly two centuries during the Middle Ages.

Officially endorsed by the Catholic Church around 1129, the Order became a favored charity throughout Christendom, and grew rapidly in membership and power. Templar knights, in their distinctive white mantles with a red cross, were among the most skilled fighting units of the Crusades. Non-combatant members of the Order managed a large economic infrastructure throughout Christendom, innovating financial techniques that were an early form of banking and building fortifications across Europe and the Holy Land.

The Templars' existence was tied closely to the Crusades; when the Holy Land was lost, support for the Order faded. Rumors about the Templars' secret initiation ceremony created mistrust, and King Philip IV of France, deeply in debt to the Order, took advantage of the situation. In 1307, many of the Order's members in France were arrested, tortured into giving false confessions, and then burned at the stake. Under pressure from King Philip, Pope Clement V disbanded the Order in 1312. The abrupt disappearance of a major part of the European infrastructure gave rise to speculation and legends, which have kept the "Templar" name alive into the modern day.


Summary

We are among the most excellent warriors, give our life and blood to the worship of God, fight evil even at the most outlying places and provide secure shelter to those in need.

We suffered a lot and many members of our Order died but not in vain though our spirit lived out through the centuries.
And now is the time to rise again ...

I ate a cheeto. I'm employee of the month.
# Jul 09 2012 at 1:58 AM Rating: Decent
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Illuminati: "You work for us, you do what we tell you."
Templars: "You work for us, you do what we tell you."
The Dragon: "You work for us, go do what you want."

Wait... what?

That's right. As a member of the Dragon, I can basically do what I please. They already have a good idea of what I'm going to do. They've worked it into their calculations. So they send me to a location, I do whatever the heck I want, and somehow the Dragon comes out on top.

I'm awesome without even trying to be. You can't get a job better than this.
Illuminati
# Jul 08 2012 at 10:25 PM Rating: Decent
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****, drugs and Rockefeller,
That's why the Illuminati rocks!!
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Illuminati - the truth is here
# Jul 08 2012 at 3:03 AM Rating: Decent
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We are the all seeing eye, you can not hide from us. our goal is to take over the world, which in tells soon taking over countries, then business's, and then one of them fine t-shirts and dog tags.

Templar's are just lost in there holy relics and dilapidated papers of scripture

and those poor Dragons i believe are just druged up zombies fighting for the japan mafia
Illuminati
# Jul 07 2012 at 9:59 AM Rating: Decent
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ATT: All Agents
Subject: Party Line

In light of the recent surge of new initiates, it has been brought to my attention that slogans such as “****, Drugs and Rockafellers” could give a distorted impression of our organization's purpose to new arrivals. In an effort to weed out inferior elements, I take this moment to advise all agents to remember the primary goals of the Illuminati.

There are strings to be pulled in this world, and if we are not the puppeteers then we will be the puppets. Although if **** and drugs are your desired outcome you are more than welcome to indulge in them, you would do well to remember that worldwide opium dens are of significant interest to our organization only if CEOs, Heads of States and Nobel Prize winners frequent them under our supervision.

Remember that everyone has a price, even you.


Regards,

The Eye
Dragon
# Jul 07 2012 at 9:54 AM Rating: Decent
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Chaos is inevitable.
It is the wild energy of creation, the moving force of change. Nothing can evolve in stasis.
Yet chaos does not truly exist. It is a name given to the primordial elements by those who are too lazy, or too unfocused to see the constantly moving patterns that permeate all.

And in these constantly shifting and changing patterns, if one looks hard enough, one can see Truth in it’s purest form.

If you stare long enough into the chaos, the Dragon stares into you.
Templar Calling
# Jul 07 2012 at 8:48 AM Rating: Decent
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Was feeling a tad silly this afternoon ... just a tad.

Spoof of "The Clash - London's Calling" Smiley: grin
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfK-WX2pa8c

Templar calling to the faraway towns
Now war is declared and battle come down
Templar calling to the underworld
Come out of Agartha, you boys and girls
Templar calling, it's us you can trust
Phony propoganda has bitten the dust
Templar calling, and we're ready to swing
Knocking the blocks off all those godawful things

Dark days are coming, the thick fog rolls in
Invasions expected, the townies grow thin
Engines stop running, but I have no fear
The Crucible's buzzing − the Templar are here

Templar cruisin' through the PvP zones
Accept it, other factions, you're gonna get pwned
Templar calling to the zombies of death
We're gonna make sure you don't draw another breath
Templar calling − and I don’t wanna shout
We live with conviction − of that there's no doubt
Templar calling, and we're not gonna lie
Our tight leather catsuits are pretty **** fly

Dark days are coming, the thick fog rolls in
Invasions expected, the townies grow thin
Engines stop running, but I have no fear
The Crucible's buzzing − the Templar are here

Now get this
Templar calling, yes I am there too
And you know what they said − well most of it was true!
Templar calling at the top of the dial
And after all this, won't you join us in style?
Templar calling ...
Templars for Balance and Order
# Jul 07 2012 at 5:52 AM Rating: Decent
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The factions have been around for a long time in the background of our world. With The Darkness Rising, it is time to come out into the light.

The Dragons stand for Chaos and hide in the shadows.

The Illumintati strive for power at any cost while hiding in their underground hole.

The Templars stand for Order and Balance. The Templars can be found out in the open, leading the fight to restore Balance.
The old guards
# Jul 07 2012 at 2:16 AM Rating: Decent
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It's been said that: the world would collapse without order. And it's needs those who use their gift to protect the it from the darkness, not for personal gain. The order of Templars offers you comrades who stand beside you aggainst all evil, not stab you in the back at the first chance. We may be old fasioned, but we keep the ancient values that are lost from this modern world: loyalty, honor and laws. You may call us self-righteous, maybe we are, but we are willing to face the coming darkness and all the hard choices it brings, for the sake of others, for the sake of humanity.
Thoise who want to use their gift for a rightteous porpuse shall join us: The Templars!
Because: "Where angels fear to tread, the Templars kick down doors."
illuminati controll all
# Jul 07 2012 at 1:36 AM Rating: Decent
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Quote:
We are the illuminati, the unseen puppet-masters controlling from behind the scenes moving toward a New World Order.

We can give you everything...and we can take it all away.

Who wouldn't want that?
They are the Templar
# Jul 07 2012 at 1:28 AM Rating: Decent
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Some men decided to dedicate their life to a cause: to deliver the world from Evil.
They are loyal and righteous, giving their own blood in the shadows for us.
You can't see them, but they are there, Crusaders of the Light, granting their divine protection to even the darkest of places.
Their symbol is a white Gothic cross on a red background.
They are the Templar, and there are there to protect us from the Darkness.
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Da Dragon
# Jul 07 2012 at 12:03 AM Rating: Decent
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I like Da Dragon and Da Dragon like me!
Da Dragon
# Jul 07 2012 at 12:03 AM Rating: Decent
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I like Dragon and Dragon like me!
Dragon
# Jul 06 2012 at 11:55 PM Rating: Decent
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While some people will be giving you several paragraphs on why their chosen faction is the best...I'll keep it brief for you, as to why The Dragon is the most awesome faction.

They are The Dragon therefor they are awesome!

Edited, Jul 7th 2012 1:56am by likeagoat
Templar dog tag?!
# Jul 06 2012 at 10:36 PM Rating: Decent
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While the factions fight for the underground, only one faction wishes to protect the innocent from the demons we face, The Templars. And this is why I am one. We throughout time and time again remain strong. Since our first days in Babylon, the Templars have fought the nightmares that go bump in the night and allow for the people to have some type of a normal chance or hope.

The dragons time and time again do not have the resolve and disband after a major problem, they allow the underground to swell to the point before its to late and only enter if they feel they will win. The Crusaders of the Templars without question understand the idea of the greater good and a higher resolve that our lives are part of a greater cause that we can only find out in death.

And the Illuminati are the selfish, greedy demons that cause these problems. They believe there actions to with no ill, but when things go wrong, they will run and allow their plague to spread. They would allow the nightmares to spread into the public for them to control. They dont understand the consequences that they realize onto this world. They are the filth.

Its late and the servers are lagging :/
Templar
# Jul 06 2012 at 9:22 PM Rating: Decent
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Templar's have their own laws so they won't just be about killing. You need a strong will to become a Templar. Templar's follow one goal and that is to rid the world of evil. We believe in justice and what's right. We have the strong will to be a Templar. Templar's shall prevail over everyone using justice and righteousness. Go Templar's!

Do what's right and just. Rid this world of evil and bring justice to all of society. These are the reasons why I chose Templar's!
Templar
# Jul 06 2012 at 8:14 PM Rating: Decent
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When the tough decisions have to be made, when the right actions have to be taken; the Templars are the ones who are doing them, the ones saving the innocent ignorant masses. We do what the other societies are incapable of doing.
Dragon swag pls
# Jul 06 2012 at 5:07 PM Rating: Decent
The Dragons rock, because every Illuminati power gain, every righteous Templar activity... our models foretold them and we orchestrated them!
The Templars
# Jul 06 2012 at 4:01 PM Rating: Decent
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The Templars... because no one expects the Spanish Inquisition!
Lumi
# Jul 06 2012 at 3:16 PM Rating: Decent
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Illuminati - "We use any means necessary regardless of the cost because the world is a bad place and you can either do or get done. We are the Illuminati and we're not done." ... nuff said
The Dragon
# Jul 06 2012 at 2:27 PM Rating: Decent
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The Dragon are actually the only society that doesn't seem to be in it for fame or fortune. While the Lumies run around trying to grasp unlimited power like some bad bond villain and the Templars raid other people's museums for things they think belong in -their- museums, the Dragon are working in the shadows to clean up their messes and keep balance. We do like to have a bit of fun while we're at it, though, so why not do it through chaos?

Most of what the Dragon do is imperceptible at the time; a line of code edited here, a flight delayed there, a Lumie agent oversleeping in their penthouse because we intercepted their wake up call. The Dragon are the butterflies of the secret world, and our wings whip up storms that reshape history. We register and track every tiny change made in the universal system of events, and we know the outcome no matter how long it will take to come to fruition. And should another society derail our plans? Well... all it takes is another flap of the wings.
Do or be done. The Illuminati are not done.
# Jul 06 2012 at 2:18 PM Rating: Decent
The Illuminati are the greatest secret society. Why? Because all the world's a stage, all the people and other secret societies in it are merely players. Are we the directors then? No. We direct even the directors. We are the ultimate puppet masters. We will lead this world to enlightenment even if we have to drag it kicking and screaming. We came before and after, we are forever.

Lux Omnia Vincit
Templars
# Jul 06 2012 at 2:03 PM Rating: Decent
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Templars.
    Because someone has to be in it for the right reasons.

    Because the innocent need protecting.

    Because someone must make the hard choices to push the darkness back.
Illuminanti...
# Jul 06 2012 at 1:57 PM Rating: Decent
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Why Illum rocks? What kind of Question is that?

Illuminanti equals Control. Control equals Power. Power equals Everything.
Illuminati For The Win!
# Jul 06 2012 at 1:42 PM Rating: Decent
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It's pretty simple really: If you really want the finer things in life, Illuminati is the only way to go.

I mean, come on! What profit is there in chaos? When the smoke clears all you've got is a pile of rubble and dirt stains all over your new Vera Wang suit! Ick!

Templars? Get serious! Meting out justice may make some people feel better, but for a really good time I'll take the Lamborghini, the downtown luxury penthouse apartment, and summers on the Riviera every time, honey!

On top of all that, there's plenty of that oh-so-delicious aphrodisiac, power. We control the media and the government, and therefore, the unwashed clueless masses as well. While the Dragons and Templars are running around fighting for some silly nebulous ideals no one really understands anyway, we Illuminati are shaping the world the way we want it, the way that works best and most profitably for us and us alone.

When you take the time to really think about it and work out the pros and cons, you realize that Illuminati is the only way to go. It's not only the way that keeps the world working the way it should, but most importantly, it's the way that keeps the world working best for US!
Illuminati
# Jul 06 2012 at 1:22 PM Rating: Decent
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The Illuminati are my favorite because they control the flow of information all over the world. In today's age of technological hipsters, they are the very foundation of being a technological hipster doing such subtle things as embedding a simple internet meme throughout all of society to much larger goals like doing an entire rewrite of page one of Wikipedia or editing a live news broadcast, all of which is mentioned as you roam the halls of the Illuminati headquarters.

While the other organisations are attempting to gain direct control in one way or another, the Illuminati are all about pulling strings behind the scenes. This means no one has any idea just how far their influence goes, even if it goes all the way to the leaders of the Templar, Dragon or even the Council of Venice or the Phoenicians. Subtlety is their art, and no one can do it better than the Illuminati.

So the next time you receive your orders from your superiors whether in game or in real life, you can never be sure if it is actually an order from the all seeing eye or not. That is why the Illuminati is the greatest organization.
Templar stand strongly together.
# Jul 06 2012 at 12:59 PM Rating: Decent
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No question. Templars are the most established and organized, both with strong communities to aid people with quests and winning in PvP Warzones. The Illuminati is nothing more then a bunch of zergs. As for the game, it's solid and challenging.

Every time I hear someone cry to make the game easier I get a warm fuzzy feeling that the devs did something right. Dungeons are more like 5 man raids when you get to the end game, Nightmare challenges are truly a nightmare with scaling gear levels for early bosses, mid bosses, and end bosses giving the best rewards and the greatest challenge.
Dragon is best Faction!
# Jul 06 2012 at 12:33 PM Rating: Decent
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The Templar are lost in the glory of the past; the Illuminati are blinded by the pursuit of power and prestige. Only the Dragon retain true secrecy; the other two have become the punchline of popular media's jokes through the years. The Dragon remains inscrutable, reforming itself with every generation - mysterious and adaptable in ways outsiders will never grasp.

We are underestimated by our enemies and discounted by our rivals. Our machinations play the other factions against one another, shifting the balance ever to our favor. We see the bigger picture, the grand design of reality - its equations are ours to manipulate, to master. Each Agent of the Dragon is an individual. Our actions and plans may seem random, our methods unpredictable - but every little action has a greater purpose, and it will all come clear when the time is right.

Every people of the world have had legends and myths of Dragons. This is no coincidence.
Illuminati for the lolz
# Jul 06 2012 at 12:12 PM Rating: Decent
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Illumunati are the only society with the gumption to go up against Tom Hanks
Dragon
# Jul 06 2012 at 12:11 PM Rating: Decent
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The world must burn before it can be restored

The Dragons are master manipulators and do not suffer the same nearsightedness that plague the Templars and Illuminati, the fact that their motives are beyond "Good" or "Bad" makes them even more intriguing .

They are Patient, Deceiving, and Powerful

They are the Conjurers of Change
Dragon Swag Please!
# Jul 06 2012 at 12:09 PM Rating: Decent
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My choice of secret society for my main character resulted from his background story. It was inevitable for him to end up with the Dragon. It's a long story, and it is a love story.

I have been following TSW since the game was announced, the original ARGs, I have written a couple of TSW RP blogs/twitter feeds (Haley Langmore/Bobby Bidwell), invented Kingmouth Current (in one of those blogs). I am one of the administrators of kingsmouthcurrent.com, a fan website featured on the official Secret World site.

Templars Rule
# Jul 06 2012 at 12:05 PM Rating: Decent
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Because we don't care about no ****, drugs, and Rockefeller.
We don't care about no chaos theory.
All we care about is fighting evil in all its forms.
Templar swag, please!
# Jul 06 2012 at 11:20 AM Rating: Decent
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I'd love a Templar dog tag!
The Templars are the only society doing it for the right reasons. Illuminati are in it for money. Dragons for power. Templar are doing it to save the world!

Why else? Because I've been following this awesome MMO since day one. I helped unlock the forums back in the day, and still have a thread linked in the TSW resource thread http://forums.thesecretworld.com/showthread.php?t=342
I've been putting in time to unlock the ARGs, and other puzzles for 7 years. Due to being in England I've not had a chance to get to E3 or anywhere giving away TSW swag. Would love some.

Edited, Jul 6th 2012 1:21pm by Ulrind

Edited, Jul 6th 2012 1:24pm by Ulrind
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