I've been meaning to post this for a while now, I've thought it over quite a bit.
I'm sure some of you have figured it out and some of you have been told by Gladiator a while back; I will not be rejoining this story.
There are several reasons for my decision to leave. One being in the poor state I have left Patric, despite which I had planned several different possibilities to get him back into action, albeit not as well as he'd prefer. The damage was extensive and anything short of getting him to someone who had previously helped nurse him back to life and was there for all the little procedures would leave him missing a few functions. None the less, a hospital, machine shop or even meeting someone who had at least peripherally been involved were all part of my various plans.
Unfortunately that won't be happening. I had even intended on writing a last post, taking Patric out of the city and to some medical area to be worked on.
The second reason being, one fine day I had popped on to read the ooc and catch up on the roleplay when I had found the post allowing weapons and gear from Halo 4. To me, that was a major killer. I literally lost any interest and intent on continuing to wait for an opportune moment to return to the story. I just don't like creating giant time paradoxes like that. Custom gear I can live with, I'll even come up with some on my own, but when gear from later on is allowed when they shouldn't exist....I don't like doing that sort of thing.
Rather than make a fuss of it after the fact, which is exactly what I would have been doing, I decided it would be better, easier to simply slide off and let things be. I'd rather not act like I think someone else's roleplay has to pander to my preferences and its all about me.
The third reason....there was a lot of real life issues cropping up, making it very difficult to focus on any one task. Drama was everywhere and too many F's were given those days. Essentially, someone who was told could not decided to move in and force their way of life on everyone in the house. It was not pretty and in the end someone had to be left behind as we moved to another state.
Life is not easy sometimes.
That said, I still enjoy coming back here and reading the story from time to time, its progressed nicely, though work on the plot might be a good idea. Well before Patric was so beat up, nearly everyone involved focused on character growth and interaction- which is good, very good, not many roleplays have that, but at the same time the plot has almost suffered. My one request as an old participant would be that the plot be moved up a notch, even if its just one jammer being dealt with in the next twenty posts, it would be progress. Again, I'm not going to act like this needs to pander to my preferences.
All that said, I'll continue to spectate, I might even return with a new character. This however, frees Patric up for any other Halo topic that crops up, and should that happen, I'd enjoy roleplaying with all of you again. The quality of writing I've seen here is enough to give me faith in human creativity and in roleplaying in general again, which is something I need as I start as new roleplay forum and have recently returned from nearly retiring from roleplaying.
Take care all, there is so much I'd like to say, that I planned to say but I had to start writing this cold so much of what I had planned is currently out of my mental grasp. Should I remember it, I shall return, if not, I'll continue to spectate.