RID that Rebel scum! —The motto of the Regal Imperial Defenders
The History of the Regal Imperial Defenders is the history of a guild named the Regal Imperial Defenders on the Starsider server of Sony Online Entertainment’s Massively Multiplayer Roleplaying Game, Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided, released on June 26, 2003.
History of the Regal Imperial Defenders
As the Founder and everlasting Leader of this organization, I will recount the history of the Regal Imperial Defenders from the very beginning. Even though the story of RID has come to a close, the history is constantly evolving. Revisions may be made every now and then to expand the details of a specific story, or to improve the veracity of the entire account. This historical account is kept as accurate as possible, based upon a compiled collection of written material, recorded images, and personal testimony. The following account is not necessarily a roleplay narrative, but a literal tale of the life and origin of RID. However, this account still avoids the use of gameplay specific terms, and employs the use of some in-character verbiage and storytelling to offer a literal, yet immersive experience. One example is this account's frequent use of the word “associate.” In this account, use of that word usually implies that the "associate" is simply an alternate character of the same person in real life. As another example, this account makes mention of Lexx Yovel and Hel’mut Yovel, both of which were played by me, but were considered cousins from an in-character perspective. Also, this game was tenuously set between a three to four year period between the events of A New Hope and Return of the Jedi. However, in reality, RID lived for a little over eight real life years. Therefore, this account often refers to real life years as "non-standard years." Please keep these things in mind, as the differences between real life fact and in-universe fiction can at times appear convoluted. Special thanks go to the RID member named Oraf Klega, who on September 8th, 2004, inspired me to write the background of this organization. With that said, I hope you enjoy the history of the Regal Imperial Defenders!
A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away I, Lexx Yovel, began my adventure as a lowly scout on the desert world of Tatooine. As a young human with little credits, I aimlessly roamed the backwater planet, first by leaving my home city of Mos Eisley and trekking west towards a small town named Anchorhead. After completing a few odd jobs for the sake of gaining credits, I headed north towards the Tatooinian Imperial capital of Bestine. By then, the twin suns had already descended below the horizon. Halfway to Bestine, I paused only to watch in awe from a distance as a small team of Imperial forces launched an attack on a large Rebel base. As was known to every galactic citizen, the galaxy was split in a seemingly endless struggle between the Galactic Empire and the Alliance to Restore the Republic, in a conflict that was known as the Galactic Civil War. By then, the Rebel Alliance had already succeeded in destroying a massive Imperial battle station over the planet Yavin. In retaliation for their decisive victory, the Empire began doubling their efforts to root out the Rebellion. To me and much of the galaxy, the Rebellion was little more than a coalition of violent terrorists, mercenaries, and insurgents. To others, they were glorious freedom fighters hoping to overthrow what they saw as an oppressive government.
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Long live the Galactic Empire and its Regal Imperial Defenders! —A rallying cry of RID
Of course, we all know how the story ends. The "good guys" defeat the "evil" Galactic Empire during the Battle of Endor, and the galaxy lives happily ever after. But why did the history of RID truly have to end? Below is an epilogue concerning the final months of Star Wars Galaxies and our beloved Regal Imperial Defenders.
On June 24th, 2011, Sony Online Entertainment announced that Star Wars Galaxies would be shutting down on December 15th of that year. The closure of this Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying game effectively ended the epic journey of the Regal Imperial Defenders and those of thousands of other players. However, RID as a community would live on in some form or another throughout various different games and online mediums. In Star Wars Galaxies, RID survived (albeit with some initial interruption) from November 23rd, 2003 to December 15th, 2011, the span of 2,945 days, or 8 years and 23 days. While records are limited, it is safe to say that over a 1,000 different people served in RID at different times throughout our over 8 years of existence. I, Lexx Yovel, had the tremendous privilege of leading all those people during the entirety of our existence. This historical account is dedicated to all those past RID members. Their actions, big and small, made the adventure of RID all the more fun.