This week, marks my two year anniversary on Elliquiy. Iíve been here since June 14, 2008. So, I wanted to mark the occasion by sharing exactly what the E community, and all you amazing people mean to me. I was recently asked a question on a previous blog. It came from an old friend Ďin real lifeí, who wanted to know how I separate the fantasy relationships here from my Ďreal lifeí reality. I know that isnít exactly how the question was phrased, but I think I get the gist of it, and Iíve been thinking about it a great deal over the past couple of months.
Since this a role-play community, a place where personas abound, and anyone can be anything they choose, I understand the desire to separate reality from fantasy. Most sane individuals have no trouble doing so. But, just because I play pretend with you people, doesnít mean youíre imaginary. I know the general populace might believe that everyone on the internet is a middle-aged-white-guy, living in his motherís basement. Hell, there are songs and music videos that illustrate the concept. (And if you really are, I think youíre awesome too.)
To be honest, I appreciate whatever part of yourselves you choose to share here. I realize that in real life, Dready is not a lizard. (Donít tell Dready.) I know that Phoebe isnít 200 ft. tall, and that Seina isnít a kitty cat. I understand that Vrag isnít really a dragonÖ or clockwork for that matter, and that I canít have endless pockets full of every imaginable bauble and trinket, or transform into a firefly-fairy whenever I want to. Truth is that doesnít matter. If all I get from you guys is who you choose to pretend to be in irc, or in forum posts, then thatís enough. For in each of your creative personas, I get a glimpse of the heart, the person behind the persona. I count those glimpses as gifts.
Elliquiy has been, for two years, a wonderful playground for me. I still remember the day I was invited by the ever-gentlemanly Gerald to join. Xillen was first to respond to my introduction post, and has been, on more than one occasion, very patient with my lack of geek finesse, and very willing to help. When I stepped onto the welcome mat, I was offered a glass of wine by Captain Corto Maltese, who showered me with compliments and asked for a sample of my poetry. He made me feel right at home. Even sir Vekseid got in on the welcome quite early.
I soon found my way to IRC, like most who await approval, and ran into a couple of interesting fellows. Kazae very quickly gifted me with a pen, and beguiled me into writing with him upon approval. To date, that thread is my longest running on E. It smolders and burns, and I love it with a passion. I also love Kazae, who has become a dear friend, and a trip inside his mind is always a strange and amazing treat. Itís a good thing I donít scare easily. My favorite pen, however, was MagicalPen. He was a consistient friend and companion in those first months. I miss his penness, and writing with him, though I did get to know him a bit outside of E, and heís a great guy, a cutie with a good heart. Others who were quick to welcome me or who have been kind enough to encourage my posts include Bliss, Kurzyk, Nightbird, Snow White, Kertaro, Sherona, Mithlowmen, Teno, the Sun Maid and Myrleena,
I met all sorts of wonderful Elliquiy folk in IRC, and can only remember a couple who didnít treat me with amazing friendliness and respect. In fact, I may have forgotten the names of the two who did not. In those early days, I frolicked, cavorted and cuddled with the likes of Sabbat, Ryumaru, Daylily, BlueRose, Combicon, Delilah, CharlieSariel, Desan and Saffron.
Over time, new people would enter the E playground, and make their way to irc, where Iíd invariably open the bar, and celebrate approvals with bursts of confetti. In fact, I recall that that confetti became a favored snack for someone--though I confess, I canít recall whether it was Aravol, or Sel Nar. Either way, they have both been very sweet to me, as has Psi, Rowaní, Paradox, DeaconNoir, Wabisuke, Asmariamoon, ChaNeko, Fragile Dreams, Caliban, Huw and the Glomp Ninja.
In the past two years, Iíve explored story lines with several who are imaginative and amazing, including SecreT, Olllie Garkey Cosmo AC, Algibard_Glirings, and Strong Angel. I have also enjoyed writing in depth with several more of these wonderfully gifted people, and chatting with them as well, opened my eyes to see what was underneath. In truth, Iíve fallen in love with several of them, and my life is forever changed by their willingness to share themselves with me. Just some of those whom I cannot imagine not knowing include, the incomparable Livonii, my first Master Lithos, my real life one-time best friend and second Master OwenNo6, a dear, dear real-life girlfriend, who has dried my tears on several occasions Arhys, the tender-hearted Jguy, the ever encouraging, Cecilia, the furry and wonderful BrokenKnight, the cuddly Epitech, the object of many a fantasy Highlander, Fists of Darkness, Longshot 72, Silver, Neophyte, and The Baron.
In addition, there are those Iíd like to get to know better, but love for what theyíve already shared with me, including the Chris Brady, whom I am compelled to kiss whenever either of us enters IRC. (I think he put a spell on me.) Kazyth, who once took me on a tour of the Elliquiy mansion, and ended up getting me lost in the basement on a pile of trench coats. I think I still have his rubber band ball, and he owes me some marshmallow peeps. Also, Epicurus, who always seems to be eating cereal and nibbling people before he runs off to work, about the time I arrive, imaginativexguy, who is amazingly creative, Lord Alexys Zephy, who is a poet after my heart, and who may well win it if he keeps trying, the affectionate and attentive Xenoti, and of course, the author of some of the most achingly beautiful poetry Iíve read in a while, Chevalier Shambler de Poissons.
Some of the people Iíve listed are no longer a part of Elliquiy, and I miss them. Others, not listed here have yet to join. And I feel I Ďknowí many of you, to varying degrees. My journey thus far on E has been life changing. Iíve grown, my worldview has expanded, Iíve learned what true friendship is, and you, my friends and lovers, have celebrated with me, cried with me, fallen in love along with me, supported me, shared your hearts and lives with me, and I am grateful for it. You are so much more than an RP community. With you, Iíve experienced pain and joy, and all that go with those emotions. You each-more than anything else-is an anniversary gift to me. I hope I can continue to offer myself to you, as a gift, a writing partner, a listening ear, a fantasy lover, a friend. Thank you for making two years incredible.
With ink and friendship and LOVE,