Getting to host the Longest Night party last week was pretty epic. It was a memorable event, and one that both I and my character will not soon forget. I’m quite pleased with myself, to be honest, with how well that went and all the awesome IC things that happened.
Thanks are due to:
- Aleros, for volunteering to be the zombie pinata (and then getting largely ignored all night)
- Shaurria, for helping me get all of the candy and cupcakes to the people that needed them.
- Norvallen, for being our icy, only mostly-dead bartender.
- Bricu, for giving an awesome tale of zombies in the stockade.
- Illithias, for whispering me about a character question and then being OK when I asked if it could happen at another time. That was super awesome cool, and deserves brownie points.
And then last night, on a much more somber note, the Riders learned of the passing of Jol Taborwynn, the old Lordaeron mountain of stone who had been such a part of things that they had done. He asked Aely last week if she would stop by the farm (where she’d gone to dig potatoes and try to deal with her emotional state a few months back). When she did, she was met by a man who was obviously dying. It was heartbreakingly sad, especially since he’d taken on something of a fatherly role for her (even if they did tease each other quite a lot). This left her last night with the job of telling the Riders what had happened.
She spoke first with Tarquin, as it seemed appropriate that he should know before the others, and gave Tarq Jolly’s old tabard, which now hangs proudly in the Pig and Whistle next to the Longest Night banner. And then she had to break the news to everyone else. It was, without a doubt, one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in game, particularly handing out the few things that Jolly had asked be given to specific people. (Bricu very nearly didn’t get that shield).
Major thanks to:
- Arrens, for just being there. He’s a mess himself, but he stayed – and because he stayed, Aely finally got to deal with some of what had happened. The resulting breakdown wasn’t fun or easy, but it was (in a way) good.
- Shaurria and Windstar – for being /amazing/. Their kitty-radar was in full swing, and they managed to comfort and provide relief to a lot of very very sad people last night. It sounds silly, but having a huge, purry druid cat come and just lean on you when you’re sad … helps. Even if you end up crying on them. (Particular thanks to Shaurria for staying with Aely at the Pig last night. She needed the sleep, and having Shaur there did a lot to calm her down) Cat Therapy, it’s what they do.
- Tarquin, for handling things as only Tarquin can, and for being able to remain himself. It’s not easy being “Boss” and still be a person, and he managed to do both. Even if it did finally get to him. Also, for some of the best emotes ever.
- Feliche, for realizing that Aely needed a hug, and providing one, even if she sobbed all over his shirt. (Bellesta too, for big-fuzzy-bear-hug later on)
- Bricu, Threnn, Beltar, Chryste, Ilarra and Ilanna, Skulley, Kyraine, and everyone else who was there and contributed to the evening. It’s easy to be a part of happy RP and fun tavern nights. But sticking it out in the face of tragic sadness is hard (both on the character and on the player).
Having what was essentially a wake for someone who had been a big part of the Black and Red wasn’t easy. But it managed to be epic, even if it was epic sad and angry. Aely still has to talk to Fells and Varenna, but thanks to last night, a lot of the pressure is gone, and she (and everyone else) can start dealing with their grief.
If you’d like to read the story of Jol’s Last Rites (that preceeded last night’s RP in game), you can find it here. This happened between Jolstraer and Aely, and be warned. It will probably kick you in the gut a little.
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