I have just heard, via Fred's blog, that a valued member of Canting Away has died IRL.
Luos Rebbur was enticed onto Runescape, and into Canting, by her real life friend, Kayla (aka Cougarsrule9, aka Kayalalyak). I didn't get to cant with her much, as we belonged in different timezones. Even so, it was obvious how well-liked and respected she was. The few occasions when I was there, when she entered, I saw a massive outpouring of greetings. Those who knew her well were always glad to see her. In our scant conversations, she did seem to have a vibrancy and vitality, that made her a lovely personality within the ensuing conversations.
It's sometimes difficult to get the measure of an individual via pixels. This is especially true when they are one of 100s of people floating in and out of Canting, at any given time. However, Kayla knew her IRL. She held her in such regard that she hunted me down with a request. Kayla was prepared to give up her generalship (which she'd held from the beginning) and her place on my friend's list (which had been secure since the days when I only had about 20 people on there), in order to let Luos Rebbur get her silver star. That made my jaw drop right there. (I got her a star from elsewhere. I made it a priority.)
I wish that I'd known her better than I did. I know that a lot of Canting members did. My heart goes out to Luos Rebbur's family and friends. This is for Luos Rebbur. A classic track from 'Rubber Soul':