Our Journey together through Telara
I met my girlfriend several years ago in the real world. She loved gaming as much as me, but was afraid of the online gaming world. We played several two player games on PS2 and thrived adventuring together. She enjoyed the thrill of the hunt but these games always had an ending. A sense of loss was felt as we both finished a game , to never play our beloved characters again.
Then one day a friend offered us free beta passes to try out Rift. She was timid at first, afraid to talk to the many adventurers like herself roaming Telara. Together as a team we set out, slaying monsters, saving NPCs, like Scotty, that seemed so intertwined in our fantasy world that they took on a life of their own. We would ride the trails of Silverwood and Gloamwood, taking Screenshots as if we were on an actual vacation. She started to break out of her shell, helping lower toons as much as she could during invasions.
The sparkly artifacts and companions she could summon brought so much excitement to her that she fell in love with the MMO world of Telara. This gave us both a place where our avatars, in a realm far from earth, could dwell and forget about the pains of reality for awhile. Bills could be paid by earning plat, problems solved by the blast of her fireball or swing of my sword.
Our time in Telara has strengthened our relationship, creating bonds that you normally only read about in fantasy books. We journey as a team, as friends and more importantly as a couple. The beautiful vistas and exotic locales creating a backdrop for a romantic getaway anytime we choose. Side by side in the game, we have flourished, and it has shown us we can do the same in the real world also.