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In Memory: Vinny

On Sunday night, I got a whisper from Myst giving me some awful, awful news. Our long-time guild mate, Vinny (aka Solarion aka Ebonwind) had passed away just a couple hours before. Everyone was in a complete shock. He was so young and vibrant that we had never suspected a thing. We had just raided with him the night before, and someone had even talked to him that afternoon. It was just so sudden.

Here it is a few days later and I still don’t think I’ve come to terms with it. A part of me is still expecting him to log on and yell “Surprise!” in guild chat. He was almost always  in vent, even if he wasn’t on WoW. It’s so very quiet without him.

There are so many things I remember about him. How he would sing that corn nuts song over vent or yell “Kungaloooooosh!” at random. One of my favorite stories about him was when he was wandering through Orgrimmar with his lowbie tauren warrior Ebonwind and suddenly a level 80 Alliance death knight raced past him, trying to get away from the guards and the other players. He attacked…and landed the killing blow on the DK. For about a month, he would randomly assume his deep Ebonwind voice and say “Poomf! …Fucking death knight.” It always made me laugh.

What I remember the most clearly though was just how he was always there for everyone. He would run alts through dungeons, provide services to guildies without payment, make suggestions for events and such, and greeted and talked to everyone. Whenever he would notice that I was down, he would whisper me and let me know that I could talk and rant to him whenever he wanted. Even when he quit WoW for a while, he would still talk to me over Xfire, even trying to convince me to join him in City of Heroes. When he came back to the game, he said that the reason he did so was because he missed us.

His funeral is today and being in another country and without a passport or the money, I can’t be there. But that doesn’t mean I can’t honor who he was. He was brash and crazy…but we all loved him for it. My characters are proudly going to wear the guild tabard he designed. And I am going to hope that Bloodriver and our new Alliance sister guild Obsidian Phoenix do him proud.

One day, Vinny, we’ll meet again on the other side. I promise to play City of Heroes with you then.


  1. Xianghua
    Posted January 30, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    Oh no! That’s terrible, Faeldray. I feel really sorry for you and all your friends. I’m sure you wish you could be at his funeral, but you’ll honor him just the same in your own little way.

    Even though I never knew him, I can’t help but feel a little sad at your friend’s passing.

    • Posted February 2, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, hon. It’s very sad to lose him…but at least we know he’s no longer in pain from his other medical conditions. We also had a little memorial for him on Saturday. At least 25 people showed up and we had to chance to share our stories about him and honor him. It was really nice.

      • Xianghua
        Posted February 2, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

        Well, at least you got to share some stories about good times with him with all of your friends.

        On a more positive note: My rogue will be my 4th level 80 character, and I may soon be making a troll enhance shammy on WRA just to try a new spec.

  2. Posted February 3, 2010 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

    Wow, nice. 🙂 My shammy will be my 3rd 80 so you’re still a step ahead of me. 😉

  3. Xianghua
    Posted February 4, 2010 at 5:50 am | Permalink

    I probably level faster than you because I play longer hours. All of my alts on BWR have at least 1 BoS item. (bind on server, cause that’s what it really is, as you can’t mail them cross-realm).

    It’s actually a bit of a tie between my rogue and my death knight tank for who will hit 80 faster. Both characters have a BoS chest piece and shoulders for the +20% xp. My rogue does the shattered sun dailies, and occasional dungeon runs for triumphs; while my death knight just does her NR inscrip research and does the daily random instance for her badges/xp/gold.

    More than likely though, despite the fact that my DK is 73 vs my 72 rogue, Misume (rogue) is more fun to play with, and is therefore more likely to blow on through to 80 and into heroics. The fun part is, she’s done only two quests within Northrend, which bumped her from 69 to 70. The rest on up from about 50 was dungeons and scattered old world quests up to 60, then focus on exalted with the argent dawn through their quests + scholomance/stratholme runs for scourgestones/rep/d1 items (4/8 collected). I also have a couple pieces of her t1 and t2, as well as the Leggings of Assassination (rogue d3, BC heroics). It pays to have level 80 friends who have nothing better to do than help you powerlevel alts. 😉