Friday, January 28, 2011

Lord Kraken of Yew memorial now located at R&PMM town.

Thursday Afternoon… the official memorial was constructed at “The Red & Purple Pixies of the Yew Wood”. Located just to the west of the “R&P Plant Shop & Garden Center”, in the North-West area.

If you remember the announcement the day the news broke:

““KRAKEN”, real name Porter Thomson, the original owner of the Yew Gate Mini Mall of the Red & Purple… a friend I knew since I began playing… maybe 9 or 10 years ago… died Monday, the 3rd of January 2011, from leukemia.”

EM Bennu and I had been working on this memorial for a little while. Only Thursday did we receive the final instructions from Mesanna. The design, both of Bennu and myself comprises of the main stone marker, 4 champion plants, 7 white roses from last year’s Valentines, and standard fishing net placed under the marker. This location was chosen so it may be easily visited and still be off the beaten path. In Bennu’s short time with us on Atlantic shard, this was his first memorial… along with myself. I think it came along very nice… and very tasteful. Even after these many days, the mere fact we have finally accomplished this small tribute still hits me hard that someone I knew for so long, one of the very first friends I’ve had in UO, is no longer with us… but will be with us in memory.

I invite all of you to visit the memorial for yourself, when you have the time.

News of a public memorial service will soon be announced.

I would personally like to thank all of you that have posted your wishes and memories of Porter “Kraken”. I would also like to thank our one and only Event Moderator “Bennu” and Mesanna for taking time out of her extremely busy mission dealing with the Oceania shard. I thank you guys a lot! I will also make sure Porter’s widow and his children see the tribute paid to him inside a world he enjoyed for so many years.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Remembering KRAKEN, king of the Recall scrolls.

“KRAKEN”, real name Porter Thomson, the original owner of the Yew Gate Mini Mall of the Red & Purple… a friend I knew since I began playing… maybe 9 or 10 years ago… died Monday from leukemia.

If you didn’t know the man, you may know the reputation… if you are an older veteran player of Atlantic. For many years, from the birth of Tram… KRAKEN opened a classic sandstone vendor mall in the remote woods of eastern Yew, not too far away from the grand water fall, where he sold recall scrolls by the vendor full. He then relocated to a Small Marble Shop near the Yew Crypts, where the spawn was a little safer for his trade. KRAKEN was KING of the Recall Scrolls! Night and day… he made them. Night and day… people bought them. August 2004, we managed to find the large house near the public moongate of Yew, until his game retirement and then the eventual handing-off of the mall to myself and another friend, Hellfire. We have been keeping the place up and running ever since.

It may be true that KRAKEN quit UO a few short years ago to concentrate on other endeavors, he always kept in trouble with friends with cheerful and humorous emails. The odd personal letter. Never down on life or hating the world. I will always remember him as the man who would eat my fishing nets faster then I could possibly collect them. I will remember him as one of my closest friends, that I’ve ever had, while playing our game. This news comes as a sudden and totally unexpected blow to me personally. I will miss him and remember him… as my own personal history of life in UO would never be complete without mentioning HIS name.

Those whole fall should always be remembered… no matter what world they roam.

Porter (KRAKEN) is survived by his wife Aimee and a son and daughter.