SpawnMasons

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The SpawnMasons is a group founded by HermeticLock with the help of Jumbo_Warrior in January 2017. It lasted until August 6th of 2017, then was brought back and has been active since early September of 2017 to the present day. It is one of the more secretive groups on 2b2t, and does not often interact with the majority of the server's community.

As the name suggests, the SpawnMasons often build close to spawn and embrace the added risk to be closer to the source. The group builds temporary lodges for weekly meetings, participates in long-term group bases and oversees other spawn projects. The group tries to accumulates older, capable or influential players while staying small enough to be a close brotherhood.

History

Creation

The SpawnMasons were created by HermeticLock and Jumbo_Warrior, and the group imitates its real-life counterpart, the Freemasons. The SpawnMasons conduct similar initiation rituals and, like the Freemasons, hold weekly meetings. At the beginning of its existence, the group accepted nearly anyone who wanted to join. This lead to a dysfunctional group, as demonstrated when called to the Valley of Wheat for assistance, during which, rather than helping to repair the valley, the group griefed it. After this, HermeticLock and Jumbo_Warrior began to reform the group, and made a more complex initation to avoid letting in unqualified players to the group. The group expanded quickly, and easily became one of the most notable groups on 2b2t.

First degree

In May of 2017, the group was at its highest member count. In a single night, it had initiated players Sato86, jared2013, and Fit, solidifying its position as the most elite group on 2b2t. At its height, a weekly meeting could have more than thirty-five SpawnMasons in a voice chat at once. The SpawnMasons cemented their reputation as builders and often stayed out of trivialities of conflict between the other groups. During this time, the SpawnMasons constructed a series of bases that include Spacejam, Vulcatavio and a fortified skybase during July's temporary map. The quality of lodges also improved drastically, leading to the abolition of the SpawnMasons' tendency to destroy every lodge after hosting a meeting there. Some memorable lodges are the first lodge, the Tropical Island and Ain's Airship.

After Fit released his video of the destruction of Summermelon, the SpawnMasons were faced with the issue of whether or not to allow Fit and AlphaComputer to remain within the group. AlphaComputer and Fit had destroyed a base which housed other SpawnMasons, and killed Krobar01, who was a fellow member of the SpawnMasons. These players had violated the SpawnMasons' code, but were still friends with many of the players who were within the SpawnMasons, including leader HermeticLock. In a close vote, it was decided that AlphaComputer would be kicked from the group, and Fit later left the group after barely getting enough votes to stay in. This lead to HermeticLock's resignation as leader of the SpawnMasons, an official SpawnMason disbandment reddit post, and a brief intermission during which the SpawnMasons were nonexistent.

Greek Temple lodge, built by l_amp

Second degree

In August of 2017, member Ain re-established the SpawnMasons, giving previously Worshipful-ranked players their ranks back, and reconstructing the group in a similar manner as HermeticLock had previously established. _Henry_ was promoted as the unofficial leader of the SpawnMasons in HermeticLock's absence. Bases were founded, like Boghdad and the skybase of April's temporary map. Lodges included dr_frankfurt's Flashback, Negative_Entropy's Western Air Temple, Jumbo_Warriors' Snow Globe, Krobar's Kang and Kodos and l_amp's Greek Temple. Overall there was decreasing interest in 2b2t and lodges started happening only monthly.

Smibville base, render by Terbin

Third degree

In the beginning of 2019, the degree system was implemented by Ain and Henry to promote player activity. This would allow new members to get more weight in decisions, by leaving out inactive people entirely. Since this moment, the group has been consistently active and not a single weekly lodge has been missed. Around this time, the SpawnMasons became the first group to grab the discord.gg/2b2t URL. They were able to do this because they were one of the first servers in the community that had boost capabilities. The Masons capitalized on this and made the discord public for a few weeks in order to grab over 50 boosts. This experiment ended when more servers started getting boost capabilities. It's often joked that even though they succeeded it costed them their integrity.[1]

Concluded bases during this era are Club-33, Autistralia, Smibville, Photosynthesis and COVID-2147. The most significant among these was Smibville, which was founded by ufocrossing and had nearly all active players build there.[2] Spawn projects included Cloud Club, The Masonic Eclipse, lead by leijurv in late 2019, and the Transmutation Circle, lead by Negative_Entropy in early 2020. The SpawnMasons are also intertwined with the 2b2t Party Committee and helped out for construction of Halloween and Christmas villages. Member Terbin set up a private lodge archive that later turned into a full museum-like server, hosted on archive.spawnmason.com.[3] Memorable lodges are BoomerangVillage's Loo lodge, Negative_Entropy's Northern Air Temple, Scribblefox's Courthouse, BottleCapBrony's Cloudsdale PVP arena, Jordanl666's Initiative Testing, the 100th lodge and Breithan's Mirror lodge,

Fourth degree

The fourth degree was started in August 2020 and is ongoing.


Meetings

The SpawnMasons gather weekly on Saturday to conduct a meeting. Most meetings are held in-game in a lodge — a space created to host a meeting — but some are held in well-known locations. These lodges are often destroyed after use, but some of the more impressive lodges have remained. The destruction of lodges is symbolic and honours the Builder's Dilemma.

SpawnMason banner

Hierarchy

  • Worshipful - A Worshipful is an elected admin of the SpawnMasons. They manage the discord, oversee projects and meetings,
  • SpawnMason - A Mason is a member of the SpawnMasons. They are referred to as brother or sister by other Masons. They collectively make decisions, may start projects and build lodges.
  • Approved Initiate - An initiate that has been approved to become a SpawnMason and may take part in the ritual.
  • Initiate - A player that has been vouched for. They have the same permissions as a guest.
  • Guest - A player that is not affiliated with the SpawnMasons, but is allowed in the discord.

Relations

The SpawnMasons have no official stance on any group; they largely operate independently of other groups.