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4-03-2010 @ 2:46PM
Something similar to this happened to me once, though not in quite the same way.There was this person in an RP guild I was in who was pretty active for a time, had some stories going and interacted with people frequently. Then, for no reason, they disappeared off the face of the game. On top of that, they transfered their character off without a word to the guild or the people that had been role playing with them. (They even had an in-game engagment going and the husband-to-be never heard a word from this person) Now, I didn't always get along great with said person. Their style of role play sometimes rubbed me the wrong way and they seemed to get offended very easily with things myself and others would say. But I never went out of my way to make the situation worse and when they disappeared, I was as baffled as anyone else.Several months later, the person returns to the server and asks the officers of the guild if they could return. Because of the rather calous way they left, the officers didn't think it would be the best thing and said no. The person said okay and went on their way. The guild as a whole wasn't completely aware of this at the time it happened so there was no big drama.A few months after THIS, we get a new recruit. No one thinks much of it but the more they interacted with the guild, the more I started experiencing the same issues I had with the person above. After a few comments with a friend, I find out that the new recruit is the same person who had disappeared so very long ago and was confused. No where on their application did they say they were associated with the guild before and the officers are always really open when people want to re-join the guild after an absense.I brought the issue up with an officer, not with the intention of tattling but because I was honestly curious about why it hadn't been brought up. Was this some sort of role play thing? The officer was SHOCKED that the new recruit was the same person from before and that the person had deliberately gone out of their way to hide themselves from the officers. I felt bad because I had brought it up but I wasn't betraying any confidences (I had found out in a round about way after all) and I wasn't sure if anyone else knew. I had assumed the officers did and this was just some role play stunt but oh boy....This article kinda makes me wonder if I shouldn't have said anything at all, but then, the situations were a little bit different. I was trying to clarify a situation that I was unsure of and no one made me promise not to tell. I don't know what the person thought they were going to do if they had made it through their trial period. Eventually it would have come out anyway and then they'd still be in teh same position. But I've always felt a little guilty that I was the one who caused it to happen when it did.
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