As Hashan bids farewell to the Cult of the Serpentlords as part of the city and they transition from a House to a High Clan, I feel it is appropriate to make my peace with it and all the players who have contributed to this end over the last few years especially, then hopefully, we can let it rest and move forward all the better for it.
Primarily, I wish to express that I, the player, have no hard feelings or ill will towards any of you. I fully realize it is a game, while admitting that at times emotions do run high that is all part of the fun and consequence of investing in anything. Vayne may despise, hate, conspire, or even murder your characters, but I, as a player, thank you for that conflict that keeps Achaea dynamic and exciting. I apologize for an opposing evidences of that I have provided here on the forums, this is often a negative place and I should not let myself succumb to it as I often do.
I love the idea of the Serpentlords and I am unable to sustain or enjoy alts. Vayne is my only character and was a Hashani Serpentlord since I was in highschool until I left about a year ago. Though I do not regret becoming an alchemist at all, leaving the SL was by far the hardest decision I have made in my Achaean career. It was clear that half the House felt my way was best for the House and that half felt Lacertix's way was the best. Decisions were made and paths determined and that is just the way it is, all becoming part of Achaea's storied history books. However, though I oppose the current regime's policies as strongly as they did mine, I understand both were trying to do what they felt was best for the House. The fact that Achaea gives us the freedom to choose like that, again, is what makes it so unique and ever evolving.
I have always wanted to the Cult to succeed, but again, my idea of what that looks like obviously differed from those currently at the helm. I still want the Serpentlords to succeed and I support their departure from Hashan and transition to a high clan. It would have truly been a shame to see one the more lore-rich organizations in the game be annihilated in the renaissance or reduced to being just the name of some path within one of the new Houses. Like with the Merchants, I think this gives both orgs the resolution and chance for growth that they so need. Opening up the SL to all cities widens the pool and makes the title of "Serpentlord" more meaningful if you allow it to be; it will not just be any Hashani Serpent who goes through the system, but hopefully a worldwide council of elite Serpents progressing the art as the House sought to do.
In the same regard, I want to thank the admins and gods for their hand in carving Hashan back out. You have seen the straights Hashan has been in with its disparate orgs and have worked to find mutual solutions with its changing culture that as @Linton
said in another thread "gives me a positive feeling". It's good to see that things are not set in stone and that we can initiate things and the staff is willing to help make it happen. It restores some of that lost magic that anything can happen in Achaea. So thanks @Tecton
, both in your goddess and admin roles through both House transitions, @Ourania
, and @Twilight
. I cannot imagine how much work you guys put in and how stressful it must be to make this game fun for all us moody, arrogant cry babies.
So let bygones be bygones, I pray. For the good of the game, we are going our separate ways, and it is no use wasting any more energy on unresolvable differences of opinion.
Good Luck Serpentlords,