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Silver Hand is a Role Playing server, one of the two available on release day in November 2004. At that time it was the only Role Playing server on Pacific time. Thus, many of the server's first players live on the U.S. West Coast, and it attracted many players from Hawaii and Australia as well.
Silver Hand, like many RP servers, has a large faction imbalance favoring the Alliance, which has in the past detrimentally affected PvP queue times for the Alliance, and continues to affect World PvP.
Guild and Player Pages
The Ahn'Qiraj War Effort
Silver Hand was the 14th server to complete the War of the Shifting Sands and open the gates to Ahn'Qiraj, and the first Roleplaying server to do so. Ariana from "Silence", Poseidon from "The Rising Shadow", and Raperty from "Leftovers" rang the gong that day. Following the ringing of the gong, the server promptly crashed due to the overwhelming number of players and NPCs in Silithus.
The Battle for Sun's Reach
Silver Hand captured Sun's Reach Sanctum on March 26, 2008.
Sun's Reach Armory was captured on April 7.
Smith Hauthaa's anvil was built on April 17.
Sun's Reach Harbor was taken on April 21.
The Monument to the Fallen was constructed on April 22.
The island's alchemy lab opened for business on Mother's Day, May 11.
K'iru finally deigned to show himself on Silver Hand on June 25.
The first Ragnaros kills for Alliance and Horde were by Silence and Stormfist, respectively.
The first Nefarian kills for Alliance and Horde were by Silence and Wartorn, respectively.
The first C'Thun kills by Alliance and Horde were by Silence and Stormfist respectively.
The first Kel'Thuzad kill was by Not Quite Immortal during BC @ level 70
The first Karazhan full clears on Silver Hand by Alliance and Horde were by Unos and Ruckus respectively.
The first Serpentshrine Cavern full clears on Silver Hand by Alliance and Horde were by The Rising Shadow and Wartorn respectively.
The first The Eye full clears on Silver Hand by Alliance and Horde were by The Rising Shadow and Wartorn respectively.
Battle of Mount Hyjal
The first Battle of Mount Hyjal full clears on Silver Hand by Alliance and Horde were by Not Quite Immortal and Wartorn respectively.
The first Black Temple full clears on Silver Hand by Alliance and Horde were by Not Quite Immortal and Eternity respectively.
The first Sunwell Plateau full clears on Silver Hand by Alliance and Horde were by Not Quite Immortal and Handle It respectively.
To this day the Southshore and Tarren Mill wars are still spoken of. Silver Hand, while a RP server, was an excellent source of World PvP at its peak. Many roleplayers enjoy the war aspect of Warcraft, and chose to keep themselves permaflagged for PvP with the use of addons.
When Battlegrounds were released the players of Silver Hand flocked to clash in Warsong Gulch, Alterac Valley, and later Arathi Basin. Silver Hand produced numerous Rank 14 PvPers, and skilled PvP teams.
Numerous World RP-PvP events were organized by Horde and Alliance guilds. Alongside typical world PvP city raids, and outright battles, scenarios and games such as the capturing and freeing of specific key players were created by the ingenious players of Silver Hand.
As PvP in World of Warcraft has evolved, so have Silver Hand's PvPers. The battles of Tarren Mill and Southshore have long since died down, but the players of Silver Hand still know how to enjoy PvP both in and out of Battlegrounds. Though not as constant, Silver Hand is still the site of exciting World PVP. Whether it be brave Horde attempting to take Halaa, or some determined Alliance planning an attack on Thrall, Silver Hand knows how to roleplay war.
Pally Pot - Infamous/famous team which was comprised of many well known PVPers, this group produced many Grand Marshals. Including Grand Marshal Nightfallen, Grand Marshal Tesseus, Grand Marshal Kyre, Field Marshal Kricket. This team was known throughout the server eventually as Pally Pot because of several Paladins being core members of their team and the use of potions in battlegrounds (Oil of Immolation, Free Action Potions and Swiftness Potions).
Team Marshal/Marshal Team - Alliance Team which possibly evolved and transitioned from Pally Pot as Grand Marshal Nightfallen continued to PvP often and organize teams after reaching Grand Marshal. The team's leadership later transitioned to Grand Marshal Lannister, Grand Marshal Dargone, and Grand Marshal Nashirida who came to have their team become called Team Marshal for the fact that all 10 players on their Warsong Team were often of Marshal rank or higher. The ingame Alliance scoreboard displaying all Marshal or higher Helmet Insignias was a unique and intimidating sight.
Fuzzy Wuzzy Bunny - Alliance Guild and PvP team created by Field Marshal Jedion. Jedion created the team not for the sole reason to grind rank ( he had already long since done his personal rank grind to Field Marshal), but to be a PvP team force to be reckoned with. At the release of cross-realm Battlegrounds Fuzzy Wuzzy Bunny decimated numerous "leet-dude" PvP server teams in their bright pink tabbards and Rabbit Pets hippity hoppitying behind them in unison.
Leadership of the Fuzzy Wuzzy Bunny team later passed to Grand Marshal Blinkin who was arguably more instrumental in the creation of FWB's numerous Rank 14 players as he led for considerable time both before and after his personal Grand Marshal completion.
Stormfist: Horde guild which created the server's first PvP team, devastating the Alliance in Warsong Gulch for a considerable amount of time until the Alliance produced a team of its own. The Troll Warrior Cortico was the first leader and centerpiece of the team. The original Stormfist team's PvP skill was undeniable in its technique; incredible assisting, skilled movements, and agile flag running. The challenges the Stormfist team gave to the first Alliance teams was never matched by any other PvP server Horde teams the Alliance later faced.
TKAPITTL: Team Kick Ass Push It To The Limit: Horde Team led by High Warlord Kathynta and High Warlord Valizaar.
PvP Team Leaders
Cortico (Stormfist), Vyctoria (Stormfist), Kathynta (TKAPITTL), Valizaar (TKAPITTL), Maioren (TKAPITTL)
Ariana - (Silence), Jedion - (Silence, Fuzzy Wuzzy Bunny), Blinkin - (Fuzzy Wuzzy Bunny), Kyre - ("Pally Pot", The Knights of the Flag, Spoils of War.) Kricket - ("Pally Pot", Spoils of War), Nightfallen - ("Pally Pot", Spoils of War), Lannister (Team Marshal), Nashirida (Team Marshal).
Check here for a working list of characters that have attained Grand Marshal or High Warlord in the past (before the Honor System change).