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[STICKY]The 55's History Book 
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Post [STICKY]The 55's History Book
This thread will be dedicated to the history of the 55's and its past. Please if you have any input post it up and I will add it in to this opening post.
This is something Kane has been asking me to do for some time and I feel right now it is needed more than ever to give new members as well as many current members a glimpse in to just who, what where and when the 55's have been and came from. This will be a work in progress and any contributions are most welcome. If I get any dates and time lines as well as facts wrong please let me know as i'm getting old and forgetful and I have a LOT of memories in regards to this clan ..LOL

I will be including both the good times...and the bad. I know many like to forget the nightmares we have been through with the likes of Tyson and the Tributes, but I think its important for everyone and especially new members to understand what has made us so strong and what the 55's have overcome.

As I write it I will ask questions on parts i am unsure of and hopefully some one will be able to fill in the blanks.

Chapter 1

The Birth of a Religion

Chapter 2

The Book of Tyson


Chapter 3

The Gathering of Clans


Chapter 4

The era of GameBattles


Chapter 5

An old Friend unites


Chapter 6

Troubled Times


Chapter 7

The Rebirth of the Squads


Chapter 8

The new era of GB


Chapter 9

Modern Warfare 2


Chapter 10

You tell me....make history happen!!


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Chapter 1

The Birth of a religion


The conception of The 55's came about on what was one of the most popular hangouts for anyone who was in to COD4.....the Infinity Ward Forums, IWF for short. This forum was very busy and had thousands of people using it daily from all walks of life, all ages and all over the world. There was however even within the first few months of COD4's release, one section of the forum that became the most popular....the clan section. With this friendships, alliances and hatred was sporn and also the birth of the 55's. a Clan of people who refused to walk the dark path of the Prestige a band of brothers sworn together to uphold the sacred 5 stars......a group of people who would change history.....if you are reading this, then you my brother are one of them.

Now the founding members if I get this right were Kane, Broly, Blip, Ricflair. Blip is not only a founder, but also the person who has supplied us with our home here at the55s.com he pays for the site and its hosting.

This site was opened and the forums went live early January 2008 with the next few months seeing its membership grow. KanesFist, a natural leader worked tierlessly and with the help of the other founders created the Policys and Rules that we now hold so dearly. The application process was created and the p55 tag suddenly became a common sight on PSN. The 55's thread on the IWF also sprung in to life and by early feb was the biggest thread on the IWF, some days it could be a full time job just keeping up with it.

The 55's soon became the hot topic on IWF, and a group of clans gelled to form what was known as the IWF crowd....where some hated you, some respected you but all knew one another. Now been a Non Prestige clan in among so many prestige was like dangling a carrot to an ass and the 55's took a lot of stick especially by several all prestige clans, the most noted been [NFA] but more on that later....The 55's stood proud and soon became well known there.

A solid leadership was formed, Kanesfist, Blip, Broly herb, ric and paxx stood watch and helped guide the clan in the right way. It was soon joined by Toon, a night where I was actually present in chat with Toon when Kane announced that he was making him part of the leadership team.

And the 55's was born.....


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In the beginning there was only those who minced and whined about their stats indulging in self-glorification and sel-indulgence. We shall call this the era of Sodomy or Prestige ... they both mean the same !!!

I planted a flag in the IWF forum more of frustration and anger than anything, stating that ONLY 5 Star warriors would be considered for the clan. The other clans recruited members based on their skills, level and stats which only fuelled the egos of the clans and their applicants. We took anyone as long as they werent a prestige i.e statwat

When The 55's banner was first raised much scorn and ridicule was poured on our section. The Prestige scoffed 'you are just shit scared because you dont want to lose your guns' my response was often:

"no you are quite wrong my mincing foe .... the only reason The 55's are here is to sort out you mincing bastards. You will eventually gain a Gold Cross and regain ALL your weapons. That is when you will rue your poor, ill thought and feeble words. It will be this Gold Cross that a 55 rips from your corpse. We are immovable in our ideals. We move, fight and die as one in complete 55's unity and harmony. We shall not falter, we shall not fear, we shall not die and in hell we shall regroup and one day rid this earth of ALL you mincing bastards."

Many rallied to the flag and rapidly we gained respect throughout IWF. Our threads were by far the most popular and I think we must have a record for having two threads shelved which both had the most number of posts in any of their forums. But this wasnt posting for posting sake. In our thread you found sanctuary from stat padding, cheaters/ glitchers and megalomaiacs. In our thread you found fun.

It became that we got too big for IWF and a vistor from the heavens came in the shape of Blip45. He insisted in building us a home for the brethern.


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Chapter 2

The Book of Tyson


Mid February was a dark time for the 55's, after an astounding start the clan had grown in numbers, Leadership had created a solid foundation and the 55's were becoming a well known name on many sites and were on a winning high, many top quality players were keen to join and the arrival of a highly skilled player seemed just another asset in the 55's arsenal. Tyson11 arrived and quickly showed that he had skills, and gathered a following within the clan. Leadership were extremely busy with organizing a League {see chapter 3} and some members along side this new guy started a sly and prestigious plot to undermine the leadership. This group with Tyson as the ringleader created disturbances within the clan, this was done very slyly and i'm sure some will agree, many in the clan never even knew what was happening. Like all great leaderships, it was nipped in the bud and Tyson was removed from the clan, the problem being that Tyson had already laid a troop of followers deep within the clan who started a campaign to have tyson reinstated using low and very deceiving methods, they ultimately succeeded and Tyson was allowed a second chance.
AT this time the clan league was close at hand and Kane had to leave to be king of the jungle in Africa for some time......this is when Tyson sprung his ultimate plan and so it began, some of the darkest days I have ever witnessed at the home of the 55's. A hate campaign against PAXX who was a well respected Leader commenced with such horror that i hope no one ever has to be insulted in such a way, all the time Tyson and his band of stragglers were only after one thing.....POWER....the power of leadership, when they realized that the leadership even with Kanes absence was too strong, they turned and created a new clan [GET$] and through lies and manipulation they took a large group of the 55's with them.......non of who deserved to ever wear the blessed [55's] tag.
So Kane gets back from his jungle to find many of the clan gone, his leadership strong but worn out, and the clan reeling in shock.......welcome home Kane.....

In true 55's fashion the clan is swiftly regrouped, Leadership is reunited and the clan moves on ...moves forward, stronger, more united...and with one simple phrase becoming more seen....


The 55s.....for Life.....To the Grave.....

never more did those few words mean something than at this time......

A dark time that pushed the 55's to the limits...and a time that saw the Mighty 55's above all...and march onwards as one!!!!!


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Chapter 3

The Gathering of the Clans


By April the Clan was back to full power and on a massive roll, the talk at IWF was nothing but the 55's and a certain Prestiged clan called Non Forgiving Assasisns [NFA]
Constant heckelling from them and thier gold cross leader Punisher101 got to the point where a major clan battle was arranged and was the talk of the forums for weeks......the Mighty 55's smashed NFA and finaly laid all doubts about the holy 5 stars to rest, and also started a new era, It was the time of the Gathering.
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The 55's had already built a fantastic reputation of respect and true gaming, so many clans jumped in on the offer of a 55's hosted league.

The 55's created the squads and entered 4 squads to compete against CDN 1,2 & 3, NFA UK, TRN EU, AMW 1,2 & 3, EKM, NFA US, SnM, HLC, TRN US, zTo are just the ones I remember. It was a great time and brought many close friends together and united many alliances. It was very succsessfull and the 55's proved a strong clan and won many of there games.
It also proved that the 55's were here for good, and to my knowllage only 2 other clans that entered that league are still around today, and only 1 is active.


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Chapter 4

The Era of GameBattles



TOON..I need your help on this chapter m8.....

I was busy doing silly shit like getting hitched..LOL


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Chapter 5

An old Friend Unites


Well this is my chapter...and my personal history with the 55's.

I was much like everyone else by xmas 2007, new to PS3 online gaming, fed up of COD4 fucking up, and spent a lot of time on IWF....where i met some fantastic friends and hatched a concept of creating a clan. The Canadians [CDN] was born and the same as Blip did for the 55's wild and I created a full website and we flourished, one of the main reasons we flourished was down to regularly playing a very close allie called The 55's. the 55's and CDN used to play regular clan matches and also just team up and play. I had been friends with many of the 55's for some time and had known many from the day the 55's site was created, yet it was Merk and Toon who I first played along side on overgrown Domination. The 55's and the CDN ran so close together, we had the same principals and shared the same morals, only difference many of CDN were prestiged. We went through some really tough times and Kane, the leadership and the 55's were alwasy there to help and assist us every time, a great friendship had flourished. But the tires of leadership were starting to show on wild and I, we played with 55's more than CDN now, and the 55's held every thing that we held sacred, including the 5 stars that had been along side our names since we reached the True Prestige.....also the PM's and comments were starting to make more sence, we had got to a point where no..we couldn't deny it, we were born 55's. So much to the dismay of CDN we stepped down and applied to the 55's in the fall of 2008. The rest is History, no longer just a visitor in chat every night, we were part of the brotherhood...and sisterhood with wild been the first female to Join. Over the next few months several of the CDN clan discovered thier true calling and many renounced thier Prestige badges to apply here, adding many old faces to the 55's, with new PSN's and showing more than ever that a badge is just a badge, but the 5 stars is a religion!


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Chapter 6

Troubled Times


So November and W@W is released, a new boom for the clan with new applicants and the squads starting to organise, but there is a small band within the clan that started causing disruptions, with so much going on most were resolved and it was thaught that bad feelings were swept aside, but prehaps not...during this time there was some Policy changes, including upping the mnimum age to join to 17, with exceptions where Leadership felt it was within the clans best Interest. It was allso re-affirmed that despite any previous talk that to Join the 55's you could not be prestiged in either COD4 or W@W. This upset some who wanted to manipulate the policys to thier own gain, and again troubles ensued. This was also a time when our performance had slid and our GB teams on W@W were not doing well, Teamwork was at an all time low and the constant troubles were becoming too much for many who started avoiding the forums all together. This came to an eruption with the results another dark time for the 55's....but this time most were prepared for it, I will quote Kanes response to the times.


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I know many of you are new recruits and probably dont know what I am going on about but I do think that you should be reminded that the subversive tactics employed with the defection of the tribute band were to the detriment of The 55's and its members. One of the afore mentioned was worse than most.

A collection of individuals left the clan not long ago. Some of them had been trying to get people either demoted from their positions in the clan or out the clan altogether. They became a clan within a clan or simply wanted to run the clan. Subversive tactics were employed. It culminated in some people leaving the clan. The majority in fact all of them were from the Royal Knights squad. They left and set themselves up as the Royal Knights Clan .... hence the "Tribute Band" reference. Some of them did their best to get others to follow .... but alas they forgot what it is to be a 55 ...... no more left.

Anyway.

Some of us and I include myself in that felt that they turned their backs not just on their friends but more importantly what it was to be a 55. Some of them have been reported to have gone to the mincing fckn prestige .... and you know how i feel about that. They learned nothing during their time here.

I never thought I would be like this and it is absolutely in no way petty. I loved some of those guys like many of you did ..... but THEY .... turned their back ..... and ..... a bit more. What happened .... happened .... but it will not be allowed to happen again.


As I have said before:

Its The 55's way ..... or the Highway

The 55's above all .... above race ..... above creed ..... above colour, country and most importantly above those filthy mincing prestige


Again, the 55's bounced back stronger and more powerfull and a Fresh start was born....


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Chapter 7

The Rebirth of the Squads


With one squad crippled and reeling from the departure of the Tributes, and members at an all time low, There was a gloomy haze over the Blessed House of 55`s, but as always, every cloud has a silver lining, and in the case of the 55`s, a silver 5 stars lines our walls, and within days The Squads had been restructured, A member of leadership now took each squad and with the squads assigned Captains the entire clan was kicked in to high gear, A new and fresh recruitment campaign was started and the clans policys were reinforced. Within weeks the new applicants going to the polls was almost a full time job and with another wave of members commiting to redemption and casting aside there old prestige accounts the 55`s numbers climbed. The entire clan was again, buzzing, the focus was back on track and again the Leadership had turned a troubled time in to a positive outcome and steered the 55`s back on track. The early part of 2009 was busy, With the 55`s getting wet feet in new games like Killzone 2 as well as a massive number of members returning to our roots on COD4. The return of The 55`s to COD4 was immense, regular clan battles were taking place, as well as holding some in clan tornaments Including the First 55`s Cage Battles, where Bozak wrote himself in to the 55`s History along side some of the 55`s all time great players. The Squads suddenly had new focus and training schedules and Joint tactical stratergies were worked on.....Team work was back, and the Prestige were taking a real beating on the battle field. It was around this time a very special person was blessed and finally welcomed in to the 55's. A you lad had applied way back in sept of 2008 but was turned down due to a lack of activity during his probation, despit this he had got himself highly active and reaplied, unluckily for him this was just as our new 17 years policy came in to effect and his age was below this, but as he was so active and highly respectfull it was decided he could wear the [p55] tag and continue playing with the 55's but as a long term p55. 5 months later this young lad was still playing with his p55 tag and had never once complained, and Leadership decided despite his age he had more than deservadly earned his stars, Drew was blessed on Feb 20th 2009 and went in to the 55's history books as the longest serving p55 ever.

The 55`s were booming......


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Chapter 8

The new era of GB


As orderd, the Squads set up seperate GameBattles Teamsn and embarked in to a true test. The results were mixed but lessons were learned and new tactics were employed. Unfortunatly summer was upon us and the clans members dwindled due to vacations and summer commitments.
GB slowed down but a looming problem arose.........this was the days of the KILL FRENZIE!!
A new trend was sweeping the clan, the Teamwork that had made the 55's such a strong clan was been lost to the new trend of going for kills. It ran rampant like a plague among our sacred walls. Unbeknowing to many, this new fad was causing deeper damage, damage that may never heal.
During this time the clan held its 2009 Summer Games, another gladiator style cage tourney that despite diverse tactics by some to ruin it, ran smoothly and again placed Bozak at the top and allowed him to remain The 55's Cage Champ for the remainder of 2009.
This was also the time of another dark moment in the 55's History, when another group of individuals stepped off the sacred path and took the dark side, turning thier backs to the 55's and friendships and put individual gains and preferences before the clan.This also brought about some major changes to the clan policys and some sweeping reforms that reafirmed the clans foundation and brought The 55's a step closer to MW2.


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now on a serious note....i would like to make this history more of an education to those who are thinking about following in the tyson and Tribute foot steps....i want this history to show them that there is no life after the 55's....what i mean is that the GET$ clan died out only a couple of months after it's departure from this clan. I'm sure the Tribute clan is close to doing the same....

Dark Nite


to be continued.....


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Chapter 9

Modern Warfare 2


The next chapter...........

As the anticipated release of Modern Warfare 2 approached the 55's were bouncing back from loss of some of its original members and one of it's captains. Where other clans would of struggled, The 55's had the reasurance that it's solid and devout servants, the leadership would steer us back on track, and in true 55's classic fashion, thats just what they did!
The sweeping reforms on the policys were introduced including extending application times and overhauling the squad application and transfer systems. This combination of changes resulted in a smoother and secure system for anyone thinking about joining the sacred walls of the 55's. It also re established the TRUE PRESTIGE list and only the truly dedicated 55's who commit to a squad now get to have their name blazened on the list.
Now not only did the 55's bounce back, they saw a massive insurgency of both new applicants and returning 55's, some of who hadn't been seen around the walls of the 55's in over a year. These returning 55's were also deemed as having to go through the application again to affirm their commitment to the 55's. The squads were all filling nicely and The 55's rolled on to MW2 in force!

With the 3rd Tribute band also came problems for our close friends and allies at the AMW clan. Thet suffered huge player losses due to Tributes luring it's members to a new clan, The 55's stood by AMW in its creation and assured AMW that it will always stand by them, the 2 oldest COD clans from the IWF days still strong, and united in our respect for each other!

MW2 in its infanty was rough for the 55's, with a shakey start it soon became a free for all in most games as members put personal play before team play, it wasn't long befor the iron fist came down and KanesFist announced the honeymoon was over. Within a few weeks the 55's were back to buisness 55's style, destroying the prestige and working as one for the common goal, Toons army took to GB and OG set the stage for 2010's GB encounters.
We also hit the record for applicants with over 35 p55's joining us in nov/dec, leading to a record of 9 on the poll, with christmas just around the corner it was an exciting time.

As seen throughout our history, some bad apples manage to fall through the cracks and with such an influx of new apps there came many bad apples.....but with that also came several good ones.Along side the famous names such as Ric who again streaked in to the 55's skies with all the style and panashe of Hayleys comet, bringing back his wit, humour and flair, we had a few new apps that also showed a twinkle of something special. It was obvious from the start that out of the swelling list of applicants waiting to go to poll that one name stuck out.....like a shining silver star....and whispers around the walls of the 55's encampment were rampant....could it be...another true born 55? As this Silver stared app neared his poll it became obvious this was a person who was born to be a 55...he needed no guideance in the ways of the 55's...he nneded no encouragment to study policys, procedures and founding ways of the clan....even throughout his application he became a strong voice in the clans ethos and spent his time guiding other applicants in the ways of the 55.
The day soon came where he recived his silver stars from the grand poobah and took his rightfull place as a full and devoted servant of the 55's and to this day still serves as shining light to applicants and fellow 55's alike.
This individual was born to be a 55....and will be a 55 for life...and as such, SlickTheFirst's name will live on in the 55's History for many many years to come.

It is not often that one single applicant will have such a positive and devoted spirit.....but what was this...within weeks...could it be true...could there be another shining star on the horizion?



to be continued....


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Chapter 10

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CHAPTER 10- Bozak(man)& Cuzzi's(woman) wedding....................





nice read eng. can't wait to see the rest and what unfolds 4 the 55's.

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CHAPTER 10- Bozak(man)& Cuzzi's(woman) wedding....................





nice read eng. can't wait to see the rest and what unfolds 4 the 55's.

55's 4 Life!!


that................well that is up to us all.......................but I hope this gives everyone an insight as to what many here have had to go through to get to this point....and why some are dammed determined to keep the 55's traditions alive and on track...................never question your leadership....never question the 55's policys.....they have done more than earn the stars...they have endured a lot and have the right to stand proud and be the inspiration to us all!!

55's for life..............to the grave.

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English i gota say that this is brilliant. You have represented our history in a unique way and im thankful for that.

Maybe this will go some way into showing our recruits the history of this sacred place.

And of course ill give you a hand, Soon as im on my next rest days im all yours :wink:

Great work English

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after reading this, it makes you want to make the 55's proud and it also shows current and new recruits what a special and amazing clan the 55's is.

by the way, english, this would make a cracking read, id buy it at my local bookshop :D

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