As I said before, most of us are dwarves, and we like it that way. We have a few gnomes and humans running around, and even the occasional elf, but by far the Explorers' Guild is a dwarf organization. If you see a green torch on the door of our guildhall, it means time to sign up, lads!
Now, not everyone can be a prospector. Only the smartest and toughest dwarves make it through our exams. You have to show incredible geographical and historical knowledge to even be considered, and you have to know at least five languages. After you're approved to take the test, then the fun begins. What's fun, you ask me? A 3-week, bone-breaking trial testing your strength, stamina and smarts. We test your gunmanship alongside your map-making skills. It's just as important to peg a goblin at 50 paces as to spot an emerald at 10, and few dwarves can meet the exacting standards of the Explorers' League. Yet when you accomplish the tests, that's when you get the honor to call yourself a member!
You receive a generous salary of 2 gold pieces a day, rising to 5 a day when on an expedition. Also, we're more than happy to give you a set of clothes, weapons, and supplies. (Just don't be surprised when you don't get as much as you'd like. Our quartermasters are notorious for being penny-pinchers.) We even give you a spot to sleep in our guildhall! Well, all the private quarters are taken, but you still have a spot in the bunkhouse. Ignore the snoring.
King Magni Bronzebeard (male Bronzebeard dwarf):
If you don't know my brother, then you don't belong in the guild, or even our race. Our king is a wonderful, if stiff, lad, and I wouldn't have him any other way. Especially since he can still whoop my butt in combat. He isn't our king for nothing, you know. Like me, Magni was one of the dwarves who helped found the Explorers' League. However, also like me, Magni has nothing to do with running the organization from day to day. No, our leader is High Explorer Magellas, and he hands out assignments to us as needed. In the meantime, Magni focuses on the heavy responsibilities of the throne, and I get to explore all sorts of far-off lands.
High Explorer Munnin Magellas (male Bronzebeard dwarf): He's the main reason why the guild exists, for it was his vision and drive that led to founding of the Explorers' League. Muninn Magellas has had an insatiable curiosity for history and arcana since he was a small boy. Now, as the patron of the Explorers' League, his childhood wish has come true. Magellas is responsible for mapping out the world and cataloguing its various species, relics, and treasures for the generations to come. Employing a small army of prospectors, Magellas has sent his agents all over the world to gain knowledge and insight for his people. Magellas is committed to steering the Explorers' League and gaining valuable insight on the mistakes of the past.
Brann Bronzebeard (male Bronzebeard dwarf): Ah, what can I say about the great explorer? Strong as ten ogres, more handsome than any stinking elf, smarter than any gnome. Oh and did I mention he's handsome? That's me, one of the many founders of the Explorers' League, and King Magni's brother. I'm an old veteran, been fighting since before the First War, and I got a nice collection of orc skulls in my study. It was a hobby, until the guys turned decent.
I've always been way too curious for my britches; my old nannies used to get peeved because I'd disappear for days on end with my brothers, making new "discoveries" every time. No wonder how I turned out when I got some gray in my whiskers, eh? Even though I'm one of the oldest members of the guild, you'll probably never meet me, though; I'm never home. Heck, would you rather sit at home when you could be mucking through the wilds of Zul'Aman or dodging undead in Northrend?
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