In Memory of, KeeperOfTime


#1

It is with great sadness that we have to report that our beloved member KeeperOfTime passed away earlier today after losing a long battle with her illness.
Keeper wasn’t only a long-time member of Omne Datum Optimum, but a well-known and well-liked member of the Secret World community, who always took the time to help other players and make connections across many cabals. She could perhaps be best characterised by her desire to never leave anyone behind and to never let anyone be forgotten - nor be forgotten herself. She fought fiercly for herself until the end, but understanding the seriousness of her situation, she wanted to make sure she’d be remembered and that people in this community knew how much they meant to her. In order to honour that wish, we’d like to share with you her final post, originally published on ODO forums a few months ago.


KeeperOfTime:

I just got another kidney stone pain strike me down today during a dungeon run where I have to kidnap DumbOx to tank for me.
I have got kidney stone before I got into high school. For so many years, it keeps remind me how fragility life can be. Each time, it happens, it’s an experience worse than death. Honestly, I thought many time to end it once and for all by kill myself during such agony. But, I got through as you can find me still alive right now. I have taken 3 surgeries before. My body is currently in a very messed up condition. And, there is another surgery planned which will be a huge one that may take over months to carry out. Just in case, it will take very long time before I can come back again. I think I shall just write down this post as an evidence that I have lived this life.

About my life which I’ve not have a chance to really introduce myself.
I could have been dead 14 years ago as I used to have family problem. I ran away from home, that day there were explosion and blood. Memories are quite vague as doctor told me my brain refuses to recall what happened back them. But, somehow I went back to school, became a top but naughty student. I can easily conquer all the exams. But, I enjoy helping others to cheat during exams, doing their homework, cover-up all our rebels to the education system of China which I consider it as tyranny to force people into brainless zombies. I teamed up my classmates, played warcraft tournament in local cyber cafe and won prize which is illegal in China, because everyone below 18 years old are not allowed to even just step into cyber cafe. But, that’s my high school self. A combine of rebel and good student.
And then, it’s just normal that I got into a top university, got 2 bachelor degrees and a master degree, enrolled in a university in USA and got another master degree.
I love gaming, design and develop games. I joined a local indie game studio which is also technically illegal when I was in high school. Thus, after, I graduated. I got into one of the biggest mobile game company’s studio in New York. I made one of their most profitable mobile games there. But, this part is still in NDA. It feels so good until…
Then, the kidney stone forced me back to China to get affordable medical treatment. Good bye free world. And since then, I got locked behind the Great Firewall, unable to play TSW for about 3 years.
I kept doing crazy things, joined a few start up companies. I helped one of them raise totally more than 10 million dollars. Everyone loves VR back then… Yet, it didn’t end well. As the market of VR is so small, the company can hardly make any profit after burned out all that amount of money.
As such, I “retired” from game industry. My family offered me an armistice agreement. My old man wants to take over his business as a lawyer. I agreed but with my own agenda… I want to be a defense lawyer helping those who are considered as criminals by the government.
Why?
Because I want to protect minority as I have been minority in many different situations. In USA, I am minority as I am a Chinese. In China, I am minority because I believe democracy more than the Party. In game industry and gaming, I am minority because my age, gender and other things…But, I usually will not correct people as I just want to be treated equally.
Many people are considered criminals just because they don’t want to be politically correct which means to love the party in China, just because they have different ideology and value of life which can be condemned by others here. They are hopeless as almost nobody will want to fight them against the tide of majority…
The most fascinating part of my life is…however… I am still in my 20s. I have done so many things that others may not have a chance to do in their entire life while people in my age may still in university working on their first master degree.
But…will that just be my delusion? Maybe it’s still 14 years ago… Maybe I am still in coma of that accident… Maybe all those are just my delusions.
Please remember me. I want proofs that I have lived…that I am real…

I have this game to thank. I have met and made friends with lots of people to know that this life is real.
I want to say thanks to many people. But, please forgive me if I missed you in this list… I am weakened by my illness… My brain is not working very functional right now as it’s under the influence of pain killers.

Thanks to my old TSW cabal Order of Pie. People like buffysummer, nikkes (sorry if I did remember the name correctly), amber-light…
I don’t know what happened out there when I was forced to leave TSW… But, I appericate all those lair runs and the most friendly Templar cabal out there. :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes:

Thanks to Pyre that I can still find a friend I know in SWL after I can break through the Great Firewall to play this game again. And ultimately joined ODO.

Thanks to Quinotaur. No matter what happens, you are a nice person. Don’t let anything change that. I still remember your help in Kaidan parking lot where we made a group with joe to get lores and achievements. You helped me to get heal gears.

Thanks to TS, putting together all those NYR and for the first time I learned the existence of sustain tank. And…more of our conversation.

Thanks to panda for being my pet. :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes:

Thanks to Graf/Endashi/Tai/Glythas/Touka for the dungeons, raids, lairs…everything… Especially Endashi for being quite thinkful and as a penguin. :>

Thanks to Maeb for gift me the blade that I can now use it to solo e4 dungeons.

Thanks to everyone in ODO… Sometimes, I think this is a family I missed in my life… Someone mentioned something like Cayr as a mom, TS as a daddy, Grumpy as grandma, Zera is like my twin sister(We both enjoy programming, doing crazy things, somehow insane in other people’s eyes) … :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes:

Thanks to Molov for being the leader of weekly NYR and patiently guided me through all the mechanics.
Thanks to Levsky and Grumpy to make the introduce.
Thanks to Zinan for the poops.
Thanks to Pel for the shotgun builds.
Thanks to Myrieth…I find myself somehow wants to hear you blame more one day…if I get locked in hosptial…
Thanks to chicken for the videos that I can study after raid…
Thanks to everyone in the raid group…

Thanks to my kidnap victims…
Ungaikyo, Slimm, Stickdeath, O-hara, MiroXO, Sonic, tinytot, inhead, havox2, shibe and many more…
One day I may have to stop tanking for you because my healthy condition… But, I always love you and thanks for all those dungeon runs…

Special thanks to DumbOX
For all those e10 full runs.
For chaos dps build.
For all those maths and theorycrafting for sustain tanks
For willingly got kidnapped and join as tank when I am slacking…

Thanks to people in LoMS, such as Alex, WinterOwl, Elal, Music, Kadel, queex, maddie and much much much more… where my alts can always find people to join NYR and lairs…
Thanks to my Russia friends in BlackJack: miseareal, takemedeath, dirtydream. We had some very great runs.
Thanks to people in agnito, people in Twin Peaks, people in Prisoners of Fate, people in Nine Swords… so many different cabals write all their history in this world, sharing great memories with me when we cross…

Thanks to people in Faust, WHO, Crits who are the most powerful heros in this world that can defeats any darkness that may come to this world…and maybe support funcom financially more than any others… Thanks to Blue-haired for that too. :grinning:

Thanks to people that may left the game but I shared great memory:
Fattyoil, whose cabal is the entire server. Thanks to all those dungeon and regional runs…
Cthulhuspawn, DevoR is still waiting for you…
Bevis, Thanks for all the tanking in e1 to e5 when our power were not so strong.
Keldris, for all those lairs.
Joel, for just being so helpful and friendly to almost everyone.
Lacrima, for the tankings and that machine pet :>
Cere, for all the elemental aoe and that tank gadget you give me.
Kals, for happily helping tanking lairs and dungeons.


There are certainly much more people I have missed. But, just you know I love you all…
I don’t want to leave this world that I spent 3 years to break the great firewall to get back into…
I want to play it till the very end. I like funcom’s statement as they are:
“We’ve been making games for over 24 years. We’ve had our ups and downs. We’ve celebrated success and we’ve endured failure. We’ve been on the battlefield and we’ve earned our battle-scars.”

As my life is also just like a battle like that…(There are much more behind my exciting life. And kidney stone is just one of them…)
I may have to fade away from it for now because I’m going to take more medical treatment…
But, I will do my best to return again after the surgery…
Please keep it going so that I can have a place to return to when I get back…

I love you all…

I will keep this post update till one day that I may not be able to…
I will fight it…

RIP Keeper :frowning:


#2

I had wondered what happened to KeeperOfTime. I didn’t know her health was in such a dire condition. It’s sad to hear she is no longer with us. May she rest in peace.


#3

I’m truly sorry to hear about your loss. Not only was Keeperoftime a great example of what makes ODO a wonderful cabal but it seems that in real life they were also a beautiful person.

My thoughts are with you all. Let me know if I can help in anyway.


#4

Very sorry to read this. You are all in my thoughts x


#5

Very sorry to hear this. I remember her from the good old days on TSW and I had no idea she was ill. Condolences to her family and friends.


#6

Stunned. Thank you for posting this. I’m sorry for your loss. :disappointed:


#7

God bless you Time!!! You shall be missed ;(


#8

Very sad to read this and heartbreaking. I had many funny and enjoyable moments with KeeperOfTime in game that I will never forget. Reading her last very personal and honest post makes me remember her even more. Besides all this tragic in her life she had a great spirit of compassion and standing up for others, achieved so much…

Have a great journey on the other side KeeperOfTime, I truly believe all of us will meet again one day.
To all her friends and family, my prayers and blessings are with you.

You will be missed… :cry:


#9

Sad to hear this. I knew she wasn’t well but looked forward to her return to throw her a snowball in the face.


#10

:disappointed_relieved:


#11

I’m still kinda in shock finding out she passed away today. I honestly don’t have any words, and I only knew her from our interactions online. I have nothing but sympathy for her family.

RIP. :frowning:


#12

Thanks for letting us know. Keeper highlighted all the best traits of the SWL community.

I’m grateful to have raided with Keeper and enjoyed her infectious positivity every week. No matter what she suffered in life or what anyone’s mood was like on any given day, she was always that same positive light and she deserves to be remembered for this. :sparkling_heart:


#13

I had no idea. I didn’t know her, apart from some passing interactions in-game. I’m very sorry for your loss. My thoughts go out to you all, her friends and mates, within ODO and without.


#14

Thanks for posting here. I knew this player first as ‘Dr Klein’ and then relaised this one of an squad of characters. funny how you really don’t know someone because even once I knew that DrK was an alt name I vaguely though of a germanic male player.

Putting her post here revels the woman behind them in person. I’m so sorry for what she went through though glad she’s no longer suffering. It was pleasure to play with her - she was pleasant and had lots of advice she happily shared. There’s a reason her characters ended up all over my friends list and that she made so many other friends in her gaming.


#15

RIP Keeper


#16

Keeper…
I’m shocked, I can’t even write a few words.
I can not believe it, I do not want to believe it.

Thank you for those moments of fun.
I will never forget you.
I will never forget your kindness.
I will never forget your support and help in a bad time for me.
You’re forever in my memory and in my heart.

My condolences to family and friends.


#17

Another familiar face gone. Rest in peace, Keeper. :frowning:


#18

Very Very sad news … and thanks for sharing this post, I am sorry for your loss :frowning:


#19

Rest well Keeper, you will be sorely missed :frowning:


#20

Resting in Peace, Keeper… may the light waves dance your song through the Universe for all time :frowning: