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The Final Nightfall

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The last sight of my beloved city--taken when I got the message that the server went down. I told myself in August when I got the news, I couldn't bear to see the server go dark... and Tuesday evening of this week, I reinstalled the game to do that very thing. Because I realized, I couldn't bear to miss it. And I don't regret a thing.

I saw the last sun set on Atlas, and it was one of the most beautiful, sad sight I've seen. Today I lost something as near and dear to me as a pet. This was my first MMO. And it shall always--/always/--be the best. I just recently noticed that when someone logs out, they fade away. And I think it's fitting, the last thing we all did, was slowly fade out from our city. A city we loved and protected. We're there in spirit now.

To freedom and Victory--and my beloved VG. We are heroes. This is what we do.--And what we shall do.
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I started crying when I watched the day fade to night as I realized that I'd never see a Paragon dawn again. And the significance of it fading to night before the servers went dark hit me about the same time. I still miss the game. :(
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Yeah this pic made me cry. Luckily you were able to get the screenshot! Knowing me I would have gotten it right as it all went dark
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I didn't keep the shot of it with the little text box that had some information about the server because I felt it ruined it. I kinda regret that now, but in some ways I'm glad I have /this/. It's beautiful and unmarred by the closure. I eventually plan on doing a few "final days" fics which involve the characters I made for the closure.
A-S-Thombarr's avatar
Doooo it! I will totally (and quite happily) read them! You could call it like "Final Crisis" or something like that :P
Scholar-K-Hobbit's avatar
I like that! (And it is so very comic oriented....)

I figure it's my way to express my love and grief over the City. And give my own view about what happened.
A-S-Thombarr's avatar
that's a great way to approach it

My way of approaching it is basically to tell the story of my character's (Safehouse's) rise through all fifty security levels. It's going to take a while... haha
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I'd like to do more stories about the rising through the ranks and incorporate the Going Rogue changes. But also highlite various relationships that happened (I /swear/ Scrappy had my IP! /EVERY/ time I was in Sharkhead he'd find me!--and Manti hated me too....) with a lot of my mains.

My main corr I think became my favorite. When they killed States (who I really never cared for either way), I wrote this: [link] I think it's remained one of my favorite pieces. I'll have to start posting profiles of my characters now...
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All those people there. Standing there to go down with the ship. That's quite a nice sight. :happycry:
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I wish now I'd have saved my last screen shot with the text box. But because all the blue obscured her face, I didn't. For everyone you see there's about two or three more behind her not in view. Honestly... as sad as it was--it was beautiful. To see /so many/ people on the last day--on the last hour--on the last moment. We stood together and even if they wouldn't listen, voiced our love for /our/ city. To know we weren't alone helped too. You had almost one and a half thousand people trying to relog onto Virtue so they could say good bye in game. THAT is dedication.

I think I'll always love and hate this picture. I'll hate it because it will remind me of how much of a jerk NCSoft is and that they took away my game.--But... I'll love it--because it will always remind me of the beauty of Paragon--and the wonderful community I had there... And... it will remind me once that I was part of something like that--and I wasn't afraid to go down "fighting".
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I think that's probably the best way to look at it. Look at the community and the people who played it, not the game per se. Look at the people who made the game what it was.

Then think about the fact that it's possible for that to happen again. It'll probably be in another game but those people are out there. :nod:
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I hope so. We all asked about what other games we were going to. And who knows? Maybe a really awesome hero game will come up and we'll find each other there.
The-G's avatar
I see you're only interested in superhero games. :O
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Well, I also play LotRO and have kinda told Tip I'd try WoW, lol. But one thing I loved about City of was it /was/ a hero (and villain game). Heroes has always been a love of mine. And this was one outlet for me to revel in. :)
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Well there's always the DC onling game. :shrug: I know it's nothing great, but it's something. Marvel is releasing it's own MMO but I don't think that one is about creating characters. You just use the Marvel characters.
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Yeah... see, I've been told I'd need a game controller for DCU and for some reason it's never appealed to me. When I saw the previews, I thought it looked more like a console game they threw on the internet than an MMO. It is f2p now, so I might try it in the future, but i know it's not going to be like what I had. :/
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I wasn't able to continue to the bitter end. I didn't want my last memories of the game to be something as anticlimactic as a mapserver and forced disconnect. Glad to have had the hours together, though.
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Yeah... the bitter was was... well, bitter--but also some sweet. I just got a little text box that said I was disconnected. We got five extra minutes on Victory because they shut each one down separately. Last night was the first time I ever got on team speak. So that was cool. I wish I could have done it more. (I think that's when I actually started to get emotional, hearing everyone.) Despite it all, I was thrilled to see so many people back last night. It made the whole process a little easier.
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i never played city of heroes, but i assume that it was very fun and engaging and i'm sad to see it go before i even had a chance to check it out.
and while i'm sure that nothing will ever truly replace COH in the hearts of those that subscribed to it monthly i can only hope that they will all find something equally as fun or better to fill their free time.

again sorry about your game :(
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*hugs* Thanks. It's been a rough day. I went out fighting in my own way and sticking it "to the man". They gave us a ten and five minute warning... and it was like 'Just where do you think we're going? We're heroes! This is what we do!'

When I realized the sun was setting I began to cry. And then we had ten more minutes together--five longer than we should have. The beauty and appropriateness of it was just.. overwhelming. I think you'd have loved the game. There was so much to do and see and experience... Now it's all memories. But... at least I have that--and my friends.
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No other game offers the comraderie, choices or power setup that CoH did.
As heroes (even real life heroes) our greatest weapons are hope and compassion. They took our game but not our spirit.
Until we see City of Heroes rise from the ashes . . .
/e holdtorch
SALUTE!
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Agreed. :) I don't regret a minute of game time. I just wish I had more. (Like we all do, I'm sure.) It's sad to see such a unique entity go. I will always love CoX.
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