Exactly one year ago today the Catskills shard lost one of its finest members. It was on this date last year that Grog passed away due to heart complications. Grog was a friend to anyone he met in game and is still very missed by those who knew him so well. He was always willing to stop what he was doing to just chat to another player about anything. he was also a player who was known for being willing to help anyone who needed it. He was so beloved that the Devs were petitioned by the players to place his name in the NPC name pool, and they did. I know I smile when I see one named Grog. Its a fitting honor for a man who touched so many peoples lives. Here on the Stratics boards he was known for his humorous posts, his love of alcoholic drinks and thick slabs of meat. he was a special man who looked like a huge bear in real life, but had the softest heart under that rough exterior. Here in his own words is the story of the Brothers Grog. Long ago there came to Sosaria a man named Grog. He found the land to be fine and settled in a shard called Great Lakes. He soon had a son and as Grog is a perfectly fine name, he named his son Grog. When he had a second son he knew that Grog was still a fine name so that son also was named Grog. And so it went... Today there are over 60 Brothers_Grog in the Grog Guild representing every known shard of the shattered Gem. The main quarters of the Grog guild is in the very fine shard of Catskills. There are also Cousins_Grog in every shard and they are Grog guilded as is a lone Second Cousin_Grog in the Catskills shard. There is a Sister named Cayenne and on the Cousin side there is a lone female with the name of Ruby (RL wife's name). It is rumored that Ruby is an elf. The Brothers had built a home in Great Lakes but when a better home became available in Catskills (gift from friends) they gladly gave away their cabin and Crafter Grog moved the Grog treasures to Catskills to join that branch of the family. Recently the Cousins came along and they built a small building in Catskills as well. Very recently along came a Second Cousin who also built a structure. The three buildings of Grog now comprise the Grog Village. If one starts at the pyramid in the Malas desert and travels east they will soon come upon the Grog home. The rest of the Village is the next two buildings directly to the North East. The lower building is the living quarters for the Grogs. The middle building is the Grog Warehouse. And the upper building is the brand new Grog Guildhouse. All the building are open to friends and strangers alike. There may be found a small number of vendors that sell off quite cheaply whatever is brought home. As an example all treasure maps are sold at the flat rate of 100 gold pieces. The Grog Guildhouse is rapidly becoming the showplace of the family. All locked down containers are available for all to look through. If one looks about the Guildhouse carefully there are a few small surprises to amuse and befuddle most visitors. The Guildhouse is a work in progress and will continue to grow. I know I was honored to of known Grog in game and even once posted a funny story claiming he was the mastermind behind the blackrock traders. because every time I chatted to him in Old Haven one would appear beside him. I knew I could kid him about it and I was right, he claimed he laughed very hard reading my story and thanked me for making his day. So here is everyone’s question of the day: Did you know Grog? If so is there a story about him you would like to share here? Has Grog have a affect on you in game and if so how? I do hope Grog is watching from above and smiling because those that knew and loved him still have him on their minds.