The animist guild has never had guild troops, yet it has always stood mostly unmolested (the guild grounds as a whole). This is not a matter of coincedence.
The animists have no need of troops (by divine mandate) because if they were true to their calling, there would never be a legitimate reason for anyone to want to invade the guild.
In all my years of Avalon, never have I seen that fine guild with so many members giggling at sealing people, or gleefully decomposing.
Perhaps there is a correlation between that, and the recent acts against the guild? Of course, there might not be, but it wouldn't hurt all those involved to at least consider that it's a possibility.
Written by my hand on the 29th of Eleuthral, in the year 1055.