early 1998, a small group of individuals - many, strangers to each
other - responded to an invitation left in the S8 Comment Room by a man
named Bahemut. The invitation was for anyone who longed for a clan: a
clan who would welcome anyone, no matter how lost they had become...
how "forgotten" they felt by the outside world. Together they would
build a community, and the community would be called "The Forgotten
Fast forward a few months. The Forgotten Clan has attracted a number of
individuals, a majority who come and go like leaves blowing in the
wind. Two of the members, Flynt and Thaylog, long for a closer-knit
clan. One where, more like family, members would remain active,
contributing, and together, thereby creating long-lasting bonds between
This desire to break free came to a head during February of 1998 when
the soon-to-be-founding members of Clan SteelClaw confronted the Forgotten Clan's
oft-absent leader, Bahemut, and broke free from the Forgotten Clan to form their own clan.
Seven members formed the core of the newly
formed Clan SteelClaw, with Thaylog as its leader and Flynt as its
Second-in-Command. These two founders, our leaders, were given the
Japanese-inspired title "Daimyou", while other titles including
"Samurai" and "Shougun" were created and given to the rest of the
founding members. A High Council of Clan SteelClaw was established for
its "government", and the Clan thrived.
Many new members applied to Clan SteelClaw in the years to follow, and
despite the 15-member rule/limit that had been instated to keep the clan
closely knit, it quickly grew in richness and strength. New members
were given "Bushi" status and allowed to "prove their worth", as it
were, being given full membership status after being active within the
clan for a period of time.
Others were offered membership by merit of their continual participation, or were honored
with the title "Honorary Member". There were a few instances of great
sadness where life forced one or more of our members to retire, either
temporarily or permanantly, from active status, and with great sadness
and respect, the title of "Member in Spirit" was created to fill the
Clan SteelClaw's members, actively contributing to many forums,
spanning a wide range of interests and backgrounds, and possessed of a
variety of talents, added much to the online world of Gargoyles in the areas of
creativity and community.
Many talented artists, authors, and
technically brilliant individuals resided amongst the ranks of the
clan. And in some rare instances, the members even found love through
the connections they made.
In 2001, Daimyou Thaylog, the leader and founder of Clan
SteelClaw, abdicated his post of leadership to his Second-in-Command,
Flynt. Flynt selected Kahreen for his own Second-in-Command.
In 2002, Flynt also stepped down from his post, and Kahreen became the clan's
leader. Vashkoda, brilliantly talented and creative, was nominated for
the post of Second-in-Command.
It was a time of great concerns in the
RL (Real Life) of many of the clan's members.
What became of the clan is unknown; only that around the year 2003, the
clan became inactive. The rest is a mystery, to all but those who were
Fast Forward Nine Years: The Reconstruction Project
Years later, the Clan's webpage, which had been hosted at geocitites, took a hard blow.
Many of Clan SteelClaw's files were lost in the rubble of what was once
the great empire of free web-based web-hosting.
I had longed, for some great
time, to see our Clan reunite from whatever corners of the world we had
been dispersed to. But discovering this great blow drove home the suddenly hopeless
thought that we were now lost, broken beyond any possible repair,
forever. It was heartbreaking. It was unbearable.
2002-2003 was a time of my life that was filled with ruin. In the course of these crushing blows, I turned away, pushed away my only allies.
In the course of withdrawing from those closest to me, I made many
foolish decisions that I regret, deeply, to this day. Though it
has been years since Clan SteelClaw apparently
vanished off the face of the earth, its members and their stories were
etched so deeply on my heart and in my soul that discovering our legacy had been ravaged, hurt greatly.
I wondered where my long-lost clan sisters and brothers had gone, but
though years had passed, I had never reached out to try to locate them. My lack of self-esteem and
deeply-rooted fears guided me. I thought that perhaps they had
moved on. But maybe, just maybe, they were lonely for the time when we
were together, just as I was. Maybe they, too, missed the clan, and by
losing the world of SteelClaw, they also lost an important part of their
histories and selves.
I missed my clan. Even if I couldn't have them back, I wanted to make an
effort- something tangible- that informed the world: We were here! We
were friends. We were family. And we were all, every one of us,
amazing... and irreplacable.
And maybe, along the way, I might find my long-lost siblings, and once again bring our amazing clan back together.
No matter where you are, or what life has thrown your way, I knew that,
more than anything, I wanted to say to each and every one of us
who remembers being part of Clan SteelClaw with pride: you are not
alone. You live forever here.
To my clan sibs...
"Sometimes what one thinks is lost is only waiting to be found again"
-Titania, Part 13 of the Clan SteelClaw Chonicles Season Two: Break-In
Year 2012: ...We live again!
In late 2012, Clan SteelClaw was successful in locating a handful of
its members. What joy! Madbrook, Sabrina, Silver, and Vashkoda have
been found! :)
Also newsworthy, with much gratitude to Madbrook, our clan's domain can now be accessed at http://steelclaw.org!
The search for the rest of our clan is not over...
...but it is so good to relocate our dear friends! Thank you, so much, everyone. I am overjoyed to see you again!! :)