It is with a sad heart that I share with you the passing of the person we knew in game as Paleus. Paleus, Scott in real life, has been with Gaiscioch since the days of Rift. He passed away this last Friday from complications of some surgeries he had to have that came upon him fairly suddenly.
Scott's family, his 10 year old son Matthew and his wife Donna are having to find a way to live life without him. He was a devoted husband and father and never logged on to the game fully until Matthew was tucked in for the night so many did not get the chance to play along side him. Scott had a busy work and family life but he was still an example to me on how you can still take care of real life and still have fun with good friends once the important parts were taken care of.
I have not known him that long but for the time we have known him in ESO, over a year now, he was a bright star in our lives. Many people outside of this type of online community don't know what kind of real life friendships that can be forged in this environment and this community.
We spoke of real life sparingly but kept each other appraised of the important real life things, but mostly we shared the joy of working together as a team. Overcoming obstacles on a regular basis, sharing our limited game time and our brief respite from the pressures of real life on an almost daily basis. We found a home and a family in this virtual environment that transcended this simple game. True friends are precious.
Paleus was a funny, caring, stubborn, bull-headed, indecisive, competitive, positive, happy human being. We typically had to hang out in the 18 plus channel for those raids and groups when the humor got a bit more NSFW. When we struggled, when we learned new content, when we banged our head against the same thing over and over, when we stayed up way too late and regretted it the next day, and when we were finally successful.
I know that Paleus would not want us to be sad and hang our heads, as hard as it is not to do so. At this point the game and life seems diminished without him. I know he would want us to continue to have fun, to continue to live life and remember him fondly. He has leveled up from this life and he firmly believed that he will be going to a better place and a different home than we all know now.
Paleus has leveled up from this life.
We will miss you Scott. You will always be Emperor Paleus to us. Black Boot!
There will be an in game memorial for Paleus at the South Cyrodiil wayshrine area this Friday at 8pm server. Likely Haderus, we can adjust at the time as needed. Please come and share your thoughts or stories with us as we bid farewell to a friend.