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young woman star

Clones are not real. Not yet. None of us live forever. We can only hope to continue beyond this life via the memory of others, whose lives, in turn, we have touched in some small way. To that end it shined a bright light into the dark corners of my soul when I read this post on the E-O forums, asking that CCP graciously honour the memory of the recently-departed “Taera”, by creating, in EVE, a monument to her earthly accomplishments.

Laura “Taera” Genender worked at CCP, albeit briefly, yet it was the very beginning of a promising career for a 23-year old who started as a journalist at MMORPG.com and who seemed to make friends wherever she went. Her ambition whilst at MMORPG was to move into games development, and, as someone who has harboured similar ambitions, I can jealously proclaim that it was an incredible accomplishment to have started that career at CCP.

I’m pretty sure I never met her in my travels (I can barely remember the faces of my old mates at PCZone), but reading what others have said, it saddens me that when I get to Fanfest in November, she won’t be there to politely say she loved reading EON.

I do hope that CCP create something inside New Eden as a testament to her memory. I also hope they change their policy and allow monuments to lesser others who are no longer able to fly across New Eden due to extended downtime in the afterlife.

We should remember that EVE is a real universe where real friendships are forged. These are friendships that persist solely in – and because – of EVE, and when players have their clone contract terminated prematurely, the loss is felt across EVE. It is therefore only fitting that players be allowed to honour the memory of departed friends through the medium of the game that brought them together in the first place.

For myself, I’d much rather have my name on a planet in Amarr than a park bench in Woking. Not that I’d care if I’m dead, but maybe …just maybe, others might.

Thanks Taera. Fly safe, wherever you are. Hopefully I’ll see you in EVE one day.



10 thoughts on “young woman star

  1. Sad indeed Zapatero, I am sure she will be missed, we can only hope for her to be honored in some way. Here is to hope.


    Posted by Manasi | August 26, 2008, 2:04 am
  2. I am always saddened to read of the loss of EVE players in RL…and love the idea of a permanent monument in remembrance of them. Not sure what form that might take…but surely there is room in the vastness of EVE for such.

    Posted by Mynxee | August 26, 2008, 7:18 pm
  3. Something lasting in EVE would be a proper way to remember Taera. Nicely put Zap.

    Posted by Crazykinux | August 26, 2008, 8:07 pm
  4. There is more of a mystery here then anyone will admit to. This is sad , it will not bring Laura back but something is not right.

    Posted by Jestor Rodo | August 28, 2008, 8:56 pm
  5. A sudden death does not imply a mystery. Let the tragedy abate, then ask questions – assuming it is appropriate to do so.

    Posted by Zapatero | August 28, 2008, 9:03 pm
  6. A sudden death , reported a day later is not as sudden.

    Posted by Jestor Rodo | September 6, 2008, 9:00 pm
  7. No, a sudden death, reported a day later, is just reported later. The death remains sudden. Only the impact a death has can lessen with time, the nature of it cannot.

    Posted by Zapatero | September 6, 2008, 9:37 pm
  8. Yes , but the time of report is being used as the time of death by the Family – She was dead 24 hours earlier . I have the police report number – occurrence time – and the report time less then 24 hours later by minutes.

    The death was sudden since it has only 3.5 hours from her last post on EVE were She had also been working very hard on the Forum redo at that time. I can only Imagine what happened from the last key stroke to the reported occurrence time and what I really wonder is what occurred over the next 24 until it finally became a report. That is the Mystery.

    Posted by Jestor Rodo | September 16, 2008, 12:23 am
  9. Bad time-keeping perhaps… a tragedy, certainly. As for anything else, you will need more than a timestamp to make any kind of case. Keep digging though.

    Posted by Zapatero | September 16, 2008, 10:51 am
  10. Bad time keeping ? – Oh well, mind you this is all a matter of on-line Austin Police records. I am only as good as the keystone cops of Austin and an unnamed ( but recorded) Police Detective of same.

    I have no reward for digging any further , unless the Austin Police would like to explain the 24 hr gap- bad time keeping or poor data entry ( That would be easy). Until then it shall stand for time and memorial – A cover up to the real reason why Ms Laura is no longer with us.

    A Family member of Laura , an Uncle I believe, posted on MMORPG.com that she was sick and called for help but the help arrived too late. There was no such emergency call to her address the day of August 13th according to the aforementioned Official Record , there was one on the day before — with the 24 hour gap.

    Don’t get me wrong , I miss her too.

    Posted by Jestor Rodo | September 16, 2008, 5:14 pm

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