Thursday, March 26, 2015

Isya Chronicles: My Return

I received many callings over the last two years.  Callings of a return to a simpler time, a simpler existence.   I never expected to ever hear them again once I had made my choice to leave, but the voices were persistent, beckoning, hopeful, and yet, suffering.  I did my best to resist answering.  I had left that life behind, promised myself never to go back. 

I was strong in my absence, though my skills as an Isyan Mage may have diminished over time, my interests evolved and expanded.  I sought out new adventures in other lands; I became an Archmage of a magical college and helped squash an upstart rebellion while learning the Way of the Voice in a far off, snowy land.  I helped a sentient plant species defend their home world against an undead invasion.  I even helped a red-suited, loud-mouthed mercenary save the world from a Sinister villain, we celebrated with a feast of chimichangas afterwards.... but I could not avoid this calling any longer. 

 With each passing month, the messages became more desperate.  The messages came, one by one, trying desperately to feed on my sentimentality.  The letters told me that my friends needed me, yet never got into specifics.  Later letters spoke of further exploration and that my help was needed on these expeditions.  With each letter came promises of rewards, and with each letter I ignored, the bounty grew more abundant.  The desperation was clear to me, but I thought I had calloused myself enough to resist.

I did not.  I fetched my Storas Wand from the trophy case in my Winterhold quarters.  It was time to return to the world where my legend was born.

Friday, March 6, 2015

... So yeah, this just happened....

So.... the million gem question of course is, "Am I back?"  You know, I can't really say for certain.  I've logged in, spoken with some folks, and of course, that's always the question I've been asked.

It's interesting to see the impact one positive player can have on others.  When I couldn't give these players a definitive answer to their question about my return, many were a bit disappointed.  One player even told me that my return gives her hope that the game will get better.  I found that really interesting and really flattering.  I had never met her before that I could recall and she confirmed as much.  She went on to say that she was sad when I left the last time, but seeing me in Elderine really got her excited, that if I've returned, it must be a sign of good things to come.  Wow, that's a lot of pressure!

I've been asked a bunch about the merge, what my thoughts are on it, and where I plan to go.  Sadly, again, I don't have much of an answer.  As of this day, I'm signed up for Isya, but I've been asked by a few friends, old and new, to join them in Pagel.  It's such a hard choice.

Bijou has always been home to me.  While I have "vacationed", of sorts, on other servers, I've always come back to where my heart was, the lovely jewel of Bijou, the one server that has truly stood the test of time.  It's truly amazing that so many old players still reside here, nearly 8 years after the server opened!

I've run into a few familiar faces, which is always nice.  In Bijou, we have a buffing machine by the name of fluffytails that's always, and I mean ALWAYS in Elderine, happily buffing newbies and veterans alike.  Most times without even being asked.  It was really nice to see this friendly Guardian still doing what she loves after so many years.  If there's one constant in Bijou, I honestly think it's her.  Much praise to you fluffy for being that beacon of safety in Elderine.  May you continue to do what you love.  While we aren't close friends, I've always had much admiration for someone as selfless as she.  If we end up on separate servers, I will feel some sadness, definitely.

Pressed for time today, so I'll post again later....

Bye for now,

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