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.