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Of course, this has been a long time coming; and in fact has been said and done before. So while I expect the comments of ‘see you in two weeks’, sadly there will be no validation for it. I’m not an excellent writer so bear with me while I try to braindump what the voices in my head are shouting.
I need to re-evaluate my position in the real world and my dedication to the game I have played for so long. I have little time for recreation and will be gaining even less of it as the year goes on. Some things in my life have to be sacrificed while at the same time, I’ve got to step up and become a better person. Unfortunately, Achaea does not fit into that goal and will be getting the axe.
So first of all, to the various factions currently fighting over Rakon. I’m sorry; I’m sorry for wasting your time and efforts to reconcile Rakon’s position, and helping him move on. @Sartan, while I was deeply saddened on an OOC level bout the manner of Rakon’s departure, know that you did everything right. Everything expected of an Evil divine in a realm ruled by Gods, you’ve done right in this situation. My farewell here is not due to circumstances surrounding Rakon’s departure.
Achaea has been (one of) my vices for many many years. From near the end of my highschool tenure, through multiple deployments, homelessness, drug and alcohol addictions, and everything inbetween… I’ve escaped my reality by throwing myself into the world created by @Sarapis and his team. At times it has been to an unhealthy level to which I spiraled into my ‘need’ for Achaea and failed in my attempts to move away. We all know how difficult it is sometimes to separate ourselves from addictions though because of the people I have met and become friends with through Achaea, it’s even more difficult to say goodbye. I've met good long term friends from Achaea, people I still speak to regularly even though they've already moved on from here. I've met my wife through this game, and we're still happily trucking along. There's just nothing I can put into words to express the happiness I've received from getting to know other Achaeans through the years.
Like many here, I’ve played Achaea across a multitude of characters (that I’d rather not tell of, sorry) and for many years. We’ve all had bouts of boredom or just plain ‘don’t feel like playing’ sessions. We’ve come back to playing or alting, but at some point it’s just time to give up trying. I kind of feel like the pope in this regard; giving up the position isn’t a bad thing, when you’ve lost the passion and sight for where it should be headed.
So, I’m saying goodbye. I’m hanging up the sabaton, sheathing my Scimitars, and walking off in into the black abyss.
Many of you have at least heard of my most notable main known as Rakon. But most of you don’t actually know him, or me. So while(if) you listen to rumors of ages past and no doubt the bad mouthing that will come in the future, just remember that the legend is usually an exaggeration of the man.
As I write this, I have so many things left unsaid. A cacophony of voices still deluge inside my mind. But for the life of me I cannot place the thoughts coherently enough to paper for others to know. So as these voices quiet down and silence envelops my mind slowly, there’s only one thing left to say yet still languishes on my tongue.
Goodbye and thank you.
Let us think the unthinkable, let us do the undoable, let us prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it all after all – Douglas Adams