Sunday, December 20, 2015
Memorial Dance for Rypanthian Abilene
By Bixyl Shuftan
On December 12, the Sunweaver community found out that one of their own, Rypanthian Abilene, known simply as "Panth" to friends, had passed away. He had died a couple days before without warning from a heart attack, and his brother had logged on to give his friends the bad news. For many, it was simply sad news. But for his partner Felina Fermi, it was devastating. The two had been partnered for ten years in Second Life, and she had known him online for a total of fifteen.
The Primmiest House in Second Life?" The place had a lot of little items, down to paper wads next to the trash can, and pet cats running/sleeping/playing about. They would once again make news, this time for the Newser, when Felina converted one room to a theater. But Panth never would say very much. He would just sit on the couch and cuddle with his partner. He and Felina were briefly part of a MLP roleplay, he taking on the role of "Big Mac," whose vocabulary tended to be limited to one word responses, "Yep" and "Nope."
Today from Noon to 8 PM, we are going to be raising Lindens for Felina as we remember Panth and share our memories of him. We will always miss him, but he will live on in our hearts forever.
Nydia and Dusk were among those DJing that day. Others did so as well, Tantari Kim did for a while with her set, narrating the tunes with texted lyrics and a few facts about the songs. Shockwave Yarreach entertained the crowd with a set that included a few parodies he himself came up with. Dusk Griswold did a number of classic rock tunes. Rose Redfoxx (Rose Evans) finished the set with more modern fare.
Quite a number showed up to at the event. Felina came, honored with all the attention, along with Tigerclaw, a mutual friend of both she and Panth. Nydia thought she counted thirty-one at the club at one point, though there were more as people dropped in as others left when real life called.
As the event went on, the donations kept coming in. These included 2,000 Linden dollars from Marusame Arai, and 5,000 Linden dollars from Kryxia Silverfall. Rita Mariner, the Sunweaver chieftess, announced Felina's next tier was considered paid in full, so the donations would go to the next month. But the donations kept coming. Near the end of the event, it was announced thirty thousand Lindens had been raised to help take care of Felina's tier.
But the money was only part of the story. The Sunweavers realize Rypanthian's departure leaves a hole in his partner Felina's life that can never truly ever be filled. But they could and did show they valued her as a friend, and there would always be a place for her her among them.
Rest in peace Rypanthian. Until we meet again, you'll be remembered.