|Guild name||The Varangian Guard|
General Information Edit
- Guild Name: The Varangian Guard
- Guild Website: http://www.varangianguard.tk
- Guild Forums: http://www.myego.dk/forums
- Main Time Zone:
- Guild Leader: Lykkir
- Guild Recruiter: go to forums and make an applie.
- Guild category (PvE, PvP, Raid, Causal:
- Roleplay: None
- Voice: Ventrilo Server
- Recruiting members status: All classes are wellcome at the moment.
- Server type: PVP
- Platform: PC
About us Edit
As early as 911, the Varangians are mentioned as fighting for the Byzantines and not just against them. About 700 Varangians served along with Dalmatians as marines in Byzantine naval expeditions against Crete in 902 and a force of 629 returned to Crete under Constantine Porphyrogenitus in 949. A unit of 415 Varangians was involved in the Italian expedition of 936. It is also recorded that there were Varangian contingents among the forces that fought the Arabs in Syria in 955. During this period, the Varangian mercenaries were known as the Great Companions (Gr. Μεγάλη Εταιρεία).
With the decline of the Byzantine empire, the emperors increased their reliance on the Varangian mercenaries. In 988 Basil II requested military assistance from Vladimir of Kiev to help defend his throne. In compliance with the treaty made by his father after the Siege of Dorostolon (971), Vladimir sent 6,000 men to Basil. In exchange, Vladimir was given Basil's sister, Anna, in marriage. Vladimir also agreed to convert to Christianity and to bring his people into the Christian faith.
In 989 the Varangian guard, led by Basil II himself, landed at Chrysopolis to defeat the rebel general Bardas Phocas. On the field of battle, Phocas died of a stroke in full view of his opponent; upon the death of their leader, Phocas' troops turned and fled. The brutality of the Varangians was noted when they pursued the fleeing army and "cheerfully hacked them to pieces.