The following was written by a friend of mine in honor of Virgina and the character she played. Please feel free to use the following in your Forgotten Realms campaigns. Please be aware that is written from the vantage point of the game and character. If RPGs are not your thing this tribute may not be for you.
From Queen C’Nedra the Queen of Light and Dark a decree has been ordered across the land of Faerie Cannon Cove that a holy temple be built to honor the memory of our fallen pixie faerie hero Wink. Wink did not fall in the throes of battle with our known enemies but was felled by an enemy that is not seen and very cruel. Many healers across the land in a tireless effort tried to heal brave Wink but alas the evil enemy won the battle. Lady C’Nedra approached the Faerie Elders and the Demi Gods of the land to ask to bestow this honor upon Wink to help her noble friends heal from the loss of their dear friend. Each member of her party has offered a piece of them to make this special memorial to their dear friend. The task of creating this special memorial to their dear friend was given to the Grand Mistress of Magic Nyissa Nimblefoot and the Grand Master Wizard Naxor. Into a cauldron will go a Ruinite robe by Lord Jango to honor Wink’s beautiful spirit inside and out. Sir Galahad is offering his +20 Holy Avenger to aid Wink’s spirit in detecting evil in the hearts of mortals and creatures. Lord Neferis in a selfless act of courage offers up his Tigers Eye Amulet of Return so that all members of this party can return to this place for healing. Grand Archer Riddlethump offers up his Valenwood Bow as a symbol of Wink’s strong unfailing spirit. Lady Rayne offers her Rod of Kenders as a symbol of Wink’s childlike carefree spirit. Lady Taikara offers up her Faerie Dust Bow as a symbol of Wink’s gracefulness. Lady Phadra offers up her Valenwood Armor as a symbol of Wink’s courage in the face of battle. Grand Wizard Hawryn offers up his Scroll of Truth Spell to aid Wink’s spirit in offering her mercies to those who seek them.
Princess Aria offers up her Trident of Power as a symbol of Wink’s friendships on land as well as in the seas. Grand Master Bard Alouicious offers up his Golden Harp as a symbol of the beautiful music that Wink would create on her flute. The Noble Dragons of this party offer their gift of the Eldunari, also known as the Heart of Hearts, as a symbol of this Grand Faerie Master’s knowledge of lore, magic and healing powers. Therefore the dragons’ spirits, knowledge, and magic will live forever. Now the cauldron is filled with these very special selfless gifts and now Grand Master Bob offers his gift to Wink. Bob offers his gift of the Super Nova to not only meld the gifts together but also as a symbol of Wink’s light spirit. With the help of Mistress Nyissa and Master Naxor a statue of a faerie is formed with the Heart of Hearts and the Amulet of Return as part of her alter. As a final gift Lord Nevets and the other priests in the Holy Choir offer up both a Lament of Sorrow and a powerful Anthem of Protection in honor of the love and friendship that Nevets shared with Wink for many years.
Wink’s spirit is now immortalized in a statue that will be placed inside the Temple of Tears, a building so regal and protected that no evil can destroy it. The statue itself has healing properties beyond all this world. The statue can only be activated by the specially chosen clerics and druids who are entrusted with the special chant to channel Wink’s spirit to the statue. These disciples of Tears are overseen by Navor who was specially chosen by Queen C’Nedra as overseer of the temple and protector of all who reside there. Wink’s spirit statue can cure any disease known to man or creature be it natural, evil or other unknown curse. Wink’s statue also has the ability to turn mortals and creatures from evil to good.
However, beware if Wink’s spirit detects evil intentions the victim will be doomed to walk the earth forever unless a good deed is done and Wink’s spirit chooses to show mercy on their poor soul.
The statue is set in a temple of marble accented with Ruinite. The statue is set in the middle with a small moat of clear water so that the creatures and merpeople of the water world can commune with Wink and receive her healing gifts. Above the temple entrance there is an hourglass with sand in the top and as it flows to the bottom of the glass it changes to tears and this is also the holy symbol of this temple that is worn by the disciples of Tears and all who have helped to create this temple. And now as her gift to the Grandest Faerie ever, Princess Gavriel offers her the gift of two Guardian Angels as keepers of the temple doors so that all those who shall pass will not forget who the Temple of Tears stands for. This has been decreed across the land and shall become known to all that Queen C’Nedra is recognized as the author of this law. May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back.May the sun shine warm upon your face. May the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, May the Lord hold you in the palm of His hand. Farewell my friend.
**Wink : Oct. 25, 1963- May 12, 2010
It will be a bittersweet day at best. Virginia loved game day. She had one character that she played no matter the game. Wink was our quiet little friend. Wink never fought any monsters. Wink never tangled with the bad guys. Wink never did anything but help us when we needed a point in the right direction and heal us when things took a turn for the worse.
Wink was very much an extension of my wife. Virginia enjoyed game day at the Lawton’s. She would wear her fairy wings and bring her homemade fairy wand to nearly every session. It’s not so much that she was an RPG nut like her husband and kids as much as she just loved spending time with her husband and kids. Virginia “enjoyed” playing RPGs as a family exercise. She really got into it. The costume is her own creation. We enjoyed having her there and she will be missed this Saturday (and all the other ones coming).
Last year we discovered the Iowa Renaissance Faire that is held in the Amana Colonies every Memorial Day. We decided on a lark to go see it before Janae’ went off to Basic. Virginia was still undergoing chemo for the breast cancer but she wanted to go to “make memories”. We had a blast. So much that we had plans to attend the Ren Faire in Des Moines over Labor Day (we didn’t because Virginia was not feeling up to it.) This year, again plans were made to attend the Ren Faire. Virginia had gone out and bought herself boots. I also discovered that Virginia had set aside some money to purchase a Renaissance costume this year.
I’ll admit that I am not much of an outdoors type. To me the outdoors is that necessary evil one is required to endure to get from building to building. However, the Ren Faire struck a chord with me. My beloved wife was actually looking forward to this year’s event. She absolutely enjoyed herself. We are going this year in her memory.
Why do these two things stick together in my mind when thinking about Virginia? When Virginia had something that she enjoyed doing she went all out. She enjoyed playing RPGs because her family enjoyed them and she went out of her way to fit in with that group. She enjoyed the Renaissance Faire, but enjoyed it more because her family enjoyed it as well. Virginia wanted to make sure that we would keep going to the Ren Faire. She didn’t want us to give up game day and we won’t. We will keep going to the Ren Faires in her honor.