Guild Wars 2 memorializes a fallen mother

Last September, a Guild Wars 2 player shared a story about his departed wife. She died from complications during the birth of the couple’s son, and she had been a fellow GW2 player who enjoyed picking up rabbits and wielding a hammer on her character, Hiralyn. It’s a tragic story we’ve all sadly heard before if we’ve played online games for a while: a fellow player, a person, a life cut short unexpectedly with a shared memory of a game.

Now, Hiralyn stands in Cragstead. According to the official posting, design lead Mike Zadorojny put in the time necessary to add a memorial to the departed player, placing her character surrounded by rabbits with a few lines of dialogue about creating a legacy for her son, even if she couldn’t be there. It’s as touching a tribute as you could hope to see to a player lost.

We’ve added some screenshots below for those of you who can’t make the journey to meet Hiralyn.

[Source: Facebook. Thanks to Siphaed for the tip!]
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Lctwo
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Lctwo

My heart aches for you Michael. I hope the best for your family.

Draugris
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Draugris

MichaelBryan23 
My sympathies, i can not imagine what you must have went through. I hope that this gesture from Anet gives you some comfort that your wife will not be forgotten by the game she loved. All the best.

tibletoad
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tibletoad

Xafron you will find her if your going for 100% map completion :)  i found her on my norn  character before iknew about this

Werewolf Finds Dragon
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Werewolf Finds Dragon

There’s nothing more painful than loss. It’s the kind of thing that can eat away at you until it tears you apart. Especially if it was an exceptional relationship without strife. Me beau and I have such a thing, and I would likely die should anything happen. So I can offer my sympathise. I can empathise to a degree due to the semi-recent loss of a very special dog, and ill circumstances surrounding his loss as it was at thanks to the folly of another (an extrovert who was physically incapable of thinking before committing to an action that killed him, as extroverts must always try harder to be my bane).

My panic attacks have actually gotten worse since that happened. I’ve been trying to fix things with a new dog, but the healing is difficult for me because I can become attached. I can’t flit from person to person like some can, even if that person was a dog. Sigh. That dog was my best friend, I miss him. I tend to form really strong, emotional connections with dogs because I trust them more than people. A dog is far less likely to hurt you, and they’re generally not monsters.

So long as it doesn’t add to the torment of the living partner, I’m glad that GW2 made this move. Memorials help, I find. It’s an anchor to help keep you together until you can achieve the emotional stability you need to stay alive. So I’ve extra respect for ArenaNet, today.

social_crime
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social_crime

MewmewGirl Wow sorry to break immersion for you with a tribute to a death and the brave survivor.

social_crime
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social_crime

MichaelBryan23 Wow there are so many cookie cutter things I could say to you, like “I am sorry for your loss, and think of the good times”.

Keep playing, keep living and stay on target. There that’s more my style. :D

social_crime
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War_Historian 
Wouldn’t know, I blocked her

War_Historian
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War_Historian

What? No snarky comment from GoldenGirl?

MichaelBryan23
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MichaelBryan23

this is hiralyns husband. I can’t believe how far and fast this story is spreading. I have no words except thank you. If you’re interested in the full story Alexandra’s passing, I’ve started a blog. Affectionmerger.com or my Facebook page love in retrospect. The post titled “old beginnings, new endings.” Is a recounting of me and Alexandra’s life together.

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

Estranged Paaperclips Rohirrim 
If I am there, I usually make it a point to do that quest. It’s also a cute quest too.
…the only problem is, the Tauren guards there chase my Gnomes off when they attempt to do it. Something about faction politics tends to get in the way. :(