I’m not exactly sure why I decided to do it. Maybe it was because I was home after work- which is rare these days, as I spend most of my time at my fiance’s house, which is currently internet-inept, sort of leaving me hobby-inept. But still- that night while I was ironing a shirt for work the next day I decided to update UO with a little more than a year’s worth of patches I’ve missed. I never bought Mondain’s Legacy, and my brother and friend, both UO mainstays and main contributors to our old guild and fiction, haven’t kept up with the game at all. The closest my brother got to UO-related things since his departure was the occasional piece of artwork of Lothar, my character, or some random drawing he’d make on a napkin of Lady Nadia while we discussed the upcoming Warhammer tournament. For him to doodle UO more than 2 years after he left the game wasn’t anything new, and it never really left any impression upon me other than to admire his work. Maybe it was the occasional email I got from Miri. It was interesting to be called “Genjuro” in an email, like some old nickname you might have as a kid, or a special name given to you by a favored family member you rarely see. My brother would sometimes bring it up, “Hey I drew this cool pic of the guild for a banner, kinda like the ‘select fighter’ screen you’d see when you played Marvel vs. Capcom, or any of the Streetfighter series.” I’d look at the image on his computer and say “Cool,” and mention that Miri emailed me the other day. And that’s about as far as it went- for a while. Until I logged in that one night whilst ironing my shirt. I jumped into my most familiar suit of “skin”, my paladin Lothar, still clad in white robes, still carrying that same black staff he carries to help him walk when he’s not in battle. I walked around the Ordo tower, saw a message or two, discovered that Lich Lords now use Necro spells (which is exactly what I had wanted when Necro first came out), and headed to Miri’s house, which delighted me and saddened me at the same time. She had turned the house (which was my former house and the original site of the Ordo stone) into a sort of “memorial” for the guild. I saw Hecubus and Darkeyes as parrots. The old Ordo banners still waved on the entry, and the entire third floor was converted into a library of guild fiction, written by members long gone, old heroes and friends, and many of my old works. Many of the books, such as the Origin of Miri herself, had been painstakingly converted from Stratics posts into book form. It was quite a feat- and quite a tribute- to our old friends and family, and every page I turned reminded me of how much this special lady, Miri, really loved us all. I didn’t encounter her that first night back, but I did manage to scribble out a couple of books to leave for her before I logged out. That was about 2 weeks ago.Since then I’ve had the fortune or running into old friends- a red I encountered in Fel who decided to chat with us despite my pitiful greeting with sword in hand. I had gone hunting with Miri and our old friend Tess Soaringeagle, and in the last few days I have reinvested myself into re-vamping my samurai, Genjuro. But the land seems so desolate for the most part. I’ve run into players, but we never have anything to say, for it seems we are not on common purpose. Besides- I have been around for a while and understand that many of the current players just don’t find my style of play to be “productive” in terms of gaining the latest and newest of shiny things to bring to the bank. I seem to get more words from NPC’s, and one in particular struck a chord with me when he said, “Hail brave adventurer! I have an offer for thee.” And it made me wonder, “Are there any adventurers (in the sense I term adventurer these days? Where might I find an adventurer?” So I say this: Hail brave adventurer! I have an offer for thee. My offer is not much. Just bandages, blood, and 1-2 hours of company with a player that isn’t interested in griefing or taking all of the good loot. I spend equal time at places with a silver and gold pointer, don’t have ML, but know a few places that aren’t heavily trafficked and reasonably fun and challenging for your average, non-superhuman PVM’er. I’ve never been much into killing other players, but I do die to them fairly well, and take it all in stride. I’m not looking to join or form a guild, an alliance, or any large scale collaboration at this point and I simply don’t have the time or means to put on the elaborate RP things I’ve done in years past. I’m simply looking for off-the-cuff player interaction, and looking for a few friendly takers. If you have a large group interested in taking down the Void Shadow- then I’d be interested in helping if I can. If you’re a lone player just looking to adventure- then I’m definitely in. So my question is- are you interested, brave adventurer? Then PM me or ICQ me 77929131. I may only have a day a week to play, so pardon me if I don’t reply immediately. Thanks!