The night I got my joyeuse was a night I will always remember.
It was a Sunday afternoon when we camped Charby for one of my ls mates. His pop was in the early afternoon, and Charby had popped rather quickly. So, a few ls mates (including Pikko) volunteered to return to Sea Serpent Grotto around 11 p.m. pst to begin camping the NM on its next window.
I was excited when the camping session began. We eagerly killed off placeholders, then waited in anticipation for Charby to pop... but nothing happened. One hour, then two hours, then three hours went by. Pikko and another friend passed out, but my other friend -- a thief named Laz -- endured to help.
With just two of us camping though, we needed more help. There were just a few people in the zone, and two were thief and bard. I asked them if they'd mind helping me out, and they came right away, no questions asked. We camped for a few more hours, and still no Charby.
By this time, the east coast members of my social ls were starting to wake up. Several of them came out to SSG to help me, but we didn't really have the jobs necessary to take Charby down safely. I'd been up all night long... the time was around 6:30 a.m. pst now... so I gave my cell phone number to a ls mate so I could catch an hour of sleep. When I awoke a short time later, there was still no Charby... it was about 7:45 a.m.
Finally, at 8 a.m., Charby appeared! We still didn't have the people to take it down, so I popped into my HNMLS (a beloved linkshell known as Demo, you might have heard of it!) to ask for help. One person in the ls said he'd only help if he could lot on the sword... but the ls leader summoned the troops and sent them to SSG to lend a hand! It didn't take long for the folks from Demo to arrive... they formed an alliance with my social linkshell friends, and then the battle was on!
We took down Charby fairly easily, and I got my coveted joyeuse... to this day, that sword remains my most cherished item in the game.
But what really made this night memorable wasn't the imagionary item. It was knowing that, for one night, people in locations all around the globe stopped what they were doing to lend me a hand... to make my day (or night) a little bit better.
That night made me feel proud, and fortunate, to be on this server.