Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

10 06 2007

‘They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except [what] they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, … whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge. You may tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, … in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.’

Yesterday’s raids gave me hope that this whole series won’t be an utter disaster. Friday’s raid was amaranthine and when I lost my internet at the end of the night, I was actually thankful to have an excuse to leave. Outside of a few instances of people meandering their own path and thus taking the greater whole of the raid party with them though, it went well yesterday.

I had feared that since one can now purchase ML steps and the credit besides, that our raid series would show only a handful of those who could not buy on their own and leave me struggling to lead a ragtag ensemble through task after task.

Instead, it was a wonderous turn out and I was so thankful for some of the attendees who were leaders themselves, coming to lend a hand selflessly.

The past two years have frustrated me, in that people have grown to have a common place of what is in it for me attitude. An alliance mate clamours for aide on a task requiring only a group and an hour later they are still pleading for help. That has become so common that even I overlook it so often. They have made this game cater to those who are selfish by offering only the greatest rewards for unnecessary struggles.

Case in point.

A young leveler wants to complete their champion steps and can solo through much until the DF portion with the oompa loompa. But that step garners not a thing for those merely aiding, no shepherd rewards or other reason to leave your monotony to come assist the young leveler.

Now there are great afrits, which can reward with items from Sililia’s necklace to the Phoenix trophy, all for the high cost of banding together to slay the beast.

Which do you think would be more fitting an adventure for the selfish of heart?

Precisely.

Yesterday though, a fellow raid leader attended and borrowed keys here and there to fetch those who had fallen behind.

She ran off to grab a few items, which I, in my absent-minded anxiousness to get the raid full ready, had forgotten.

When the parties had split by entering a door and I was left with five persons following me, she led the whole back to where they should have been.

After the raid, she and about four others, created groups to aide people through the ‘solo’ steps or ‘group’ encounters.

Oh yes, there is hope afterall.

To know that beneath the calloused hearts of some, there are enough who wish to see a greater good and it will outweigh the bad, yes? All cowboys wear white hats, and all knights have that shining armour, and good always beats evil.

I think the decline in population is greatly to blame.

I remember when Protogere turned fifty and I needed to have her epic quests completed. A glorious knight and myself went down to Lyonesse and along the way stopped at a pygmy group where folks were leveling. He spoke to them and asked for their brief aide and off we all trudged together to defeat the heretical mobs.

A few years ago though, I needed to complete a similar task in a similar region and after an hour of pleading I found it just my fiancé and I barreling down the path to slay the monster. And there were none out leveling along the way that we could implore for a drop of kindness.

Perhaps those of us who have been here a bit are simply jaded, by comparing what was considered kindness and the norm, to what is now considered these. And those who aren’t are so naïve as to think that by increasing said population it will return to a day of yore, where citizens rallied to aide their kind and a CTA was something of concern and necessity.

I thought that the days are passed, in the same way that knights do not joust to win the heart of a lady whose handkerchief has fallen, there is no longer such a thing as selfless acts of kindness. But last night trimmed off a chunk of that belief indeed. It doesn’t change my plans, no, but it is so refreshing to see people working together to benefit someone other than themselves for once.

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