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The Loss Of A Friend and A Few Additional Things

Posted on Fri Oct 21, 2016 @ 4:33pm by Captain Edward Pearson

The Loss Of A Friend
As some of you will have already read in the OOC, on Wednesday I was informed via e-mail that our friend Coop (who played Lieutenant Junior Grade Jonah Taylor), passed away last Saturday morning after a bout with a very aggressive cancer.

Coop was a member of this sim for over a year and he certainly left his mark since the day he joined. I'm not sure I've nominated anyone else as many times as I did him for the the Task Force 99 Player of the Month. He managed to win the award twice too! He was a really fantastic writer who really loved, not just the Enterprise-era, but he also loved what Star Trek stood for; infinite diversity in infinite combinations. I remember him telling myself and Matt (Tanet) in the CBox once that one of the reasons he liked this sim so much was because the people here respected one another. He had a bad experience on another sim once where he was essentially scolded and cast out for liking the Kelvin timeline movies. When the topic came up in the OOC once, we didn't do that to him. Instead, we respected his choice and just continued to discuss the topic of conversation. Everyone is entitled to like what they want to like. He felt welcome here on Endeavour and apparently talked quite positively about us to his boyfriend. I suppose that on his behalf, thank you to everyone for making him feel this way and it just goes to show how much interaction with other people can mean to a person.

I'm not going to say much more about this. It's still difficult for me to write about. Coop was just twenty years old. He was taken from his family and friends way before he should have been. I considered him a friend and I know many of you did as well. He will be missed.

What Happens To Science?
There are couple of things that are going to be happening with Science moving forward. I'd kindly ask that if you have any posts that you were working on with Coop to either finish them if you can, or just delete them (sadly). I'll give you guys until November 1st to do this. At which point, so that his e-mail account doesn't get flooded with e-mails from us, I will be deactivating him from the roster. Instead of placing his character in the inactive pile however, I am going to be making an honorary position for him under the recurring characters. Coop didn't leave us by choice and he will be forever part of our family.

With regards to the mission itself, I think that Jonah will kind of just have to take a step back. I was working on a post with Coop where he was going to be getting command training. In our next mission we were going to be encountering the Franklin-type warp 4 prototype, U.S.S. Yelchin. I think that instead of just having the character disappear completely or killed off that I would rather just do something positive and have Jonah transfer to the Yelchin in a command-type role. I will probably NPC the character for the post this occurs in but it is the only time I will do so.

Matt, who plays Ensign Erwan Tanet, will more or less serve as the Chief Science Officer going forward although it won't be 'official' until we get to our next mission.

Current Mission
A couple of people have spoken to me about the dream / vision that they plan to have for their characters. It can be difficult to come up with ideas. I am having some trouble. Do your best and if you need some ideas feel free to send me or Karen a PM and we'll see what we can do. There've been a couple of really good posts about it so far. I'd like to see those posts completed by November 1st as I plan to move the mission forward at that time.

Role Call
Just a friendly reminder of the role call going on. If you want to stay on Endeavour you need to answer it. If you need to be away, please let me know that you need an LOA. There's only ten days left. Anyone who doesn't answer it will be removed.

Posts
Last thing I just want to say is that we've been really great with posts this month so far and there's still ten days to go. Keep them coming guys! I will be getting to mine shortly and I know Coop would want us to keep writing.


In final, it's been a tough week. I know alot of people are busy too. You guys are a good group though and I like you. Keep up the good work.

And to Coop... I miss you. I wish you were still here. We'll see you up there among the stars.

J.P. / Captain Edward Pearson

 

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