Thursday I'm leaving for college, and thus leaving the game. I've had a lot of good, and bad times throughout the past three years. I've grown a lot ingame, and irl, for the most part in good ways I think. FFXI helped cultivate the dormant leadership skills in me that hid so well behind my inherent shyness.
I've made a lot of friends in the game, and I can't hope to name them all but I want to especially thank Suteru for starting me in the game, Kyuss and Mudfly for leading my first LS, Chronin and Setzor for being such a great friend over the years, and Wolftin for being a good friend and linkshell pet newbie.
Those who can go @#%^ yourselves: Ulgokiem and Eliaam. 16 year old girls, watch out for Ulgo, he'll go after you if you let him. And guys, if you give Eli enough attention/items/gil she'll probably cyber@#%^/webcam for you, too. Liquid morals will only get you so far, my dear.
I am proud to say I led a linkshell with such talented members. Most of them I met as newbies without even a subjob and I've watched them grow over the years. I feel almost motherly towards them; it seems like just yesterday I was poking them in the starter cities or the dunes, or Qufim, and now they're running Dynamis and in sea with me.
The group I'm most proud of, though, would be my "CoP Grassinators." It's the name we adopted from RMT threatening to grass my entire family while in Lufaise Meadows and it's become sort of a running joke in the LS. "How can you pick fights with the RMT in Lufaise Meadows!? There's grass EVERYWHERE there!" Anyway, they are a group mostly consisting of people I'd picked up when they were newbies and got excited about CoP early on. They had Riverne Site #A01 access just after getting their airship passes and before they got AF1 weapons. But I had to take a break from the game due to finishing up high school so they could level enough to do missions for a while. They were Wolftin, Chococat, Travan, Nappy, and Hasit. Hasit was already in the 60s, though, when we did promyvions. But the rest were coming to promys in their exp gear.
When I returned, we hit CoP hard again and they now have sea access (except Nappy, he got burnt out on CoP so we recruited Sanriku at Promy-Vahzl). They have access to Limbus and they don't even have sky access, nor have they beaten maat. I'm really proud of them and I will log out my final time with them in sea.
As for my account and items, don't bother asking. Wolf is taking over my character to run the LS and to use my Thief to farm for himself. Chronin and Suteru will also be able to use my character for whatever they need. So no, not giving out items (that question always pops up.) Plus, I might be back in the summer because of that goddamned new expansion that is looking awesome. :P
If you see anyone with a purple LessThanThrees LS pearl, be assured they'll perform well. I hand-picked and raised 'em myself. Anyway, I think that's all. Take care Ifrit. It's been a blast.
Edit to add:
Three years ago...
Edited, Aug 21st 2007 2:43:20pm by SillyCelly