In this desperate strike for redemption my brother cannot partake. He will be on a plane within five minutes of the war starting, and try as he might he cannot negotiate for it to begin earlier or later, nor is he willing to fork out the cash to reschedule his flight. So instead he invests his money in me, a cheaper alternative. For $60 (originally $50, but pushed higher with my reluctance) I will take his place among the Guardians, controlling his character (whose prowess in combat far exceeds my own which I abandoned some years ago). It seems I am called upon to once again adopt the mantle of leader of the Wilderness Guardians, not as Lord Xin, but as His Lordship. And I must confess, it is a good feeling. I once commanded the force of raiders with which we purged the Wilderness of the hunters known as Player Killers, shield of the innocent and beacon of hope. A little overdramatic, but in ideal it was pure. I will return to fight among strangers to defend once and for all that which I once stood for.
I do not expect to live long- my inexperience with the ever-evolving systems of battle and tactics, weapons and armour, specials and spells will no doubt leave me an easy target. Gone are the days when one takes an R2H in hand, dons rune full plate and tries to three-hit one’s enemy. But I will fight all the same. And should it end my virtual life, I will have died in the name of the innocent.
Overall, I kinda wish I had taken a more active role in pursuing the things I wanted to see- the panels I missed, the screenings I wanted to watch. But I was exhausted and sick after wearing the costume, and I now realise that Bethi was feeling the same so it’s unfair to complain about missing out when I would rather have been home anyway. For the first time, I’m not sure if I want to go back next year. It’s getting busier than ever and the stalls are much the same. The gaming always interests me, but the convention is usually expensive and not always exciting. The hype is dying on me, though we’ll see what next year has to offer! I wish I could have spent more time with certain people, but we’ll have to catch up another time. Ja everybody!
Oh! And there was one hidden gem I did purchase which I’m quite pleased with (even though it totally overblew my budget)…
- 26 (almost entirely) happy months of being with Bethwyn. Especially the parts where I get to wake up beside her <3
- Being the Sleep Ninja. Anytime, anywhere, for 10 hours. Usually. A good soldier, after all, sleeps whenever he gets the chance.
- Juggling! One of the gifts Eugene brough back to me from America are world-class juggling beanbags/pins which belonged to an ex-performer.
- The New Super Mario Brothers Wii. I didn’t expect it, but it’s actually a fantastic game (when the players get along).
- Left 4 Dead. Also a surprising winner, there’s something amazingly satisfying about a mouse-and-keyboard first person shooter.
- Discovering Hyper, Australia’s most awesome gaming magazine.
- Health! My back (after injuring it after Rotness in November) is finally healing, thanks to the talented (and indeed miraculous) hands of Danny Divine. And I’m grateful I can eat anything I want and breathe properly/don’t need to struggle for my life. I’m especially grateful for being able to study the warrior arts.
- Speaking of warrior arts, I am so grateful for the opportunity to see the Warriors of Brazil. If you think you could appreciate capoeira, Brazillian singing, dancing and some hardcore tambourinists/jazz flautists/saxophonists, go see it. Now.
- Avatar. Still one of the most beautiful things ever created in my mind. I yearn to learn more about the Omaticaya, and indeed, the Na’vi. I’ll have to get my hands on James Cameron’s Avatar: An Activist Survival Guide.
- Buddhism, and the teachings of the Buddha.
- All the people I love and all the things I love doing. Thank you everyone.