Why I love World of Warcraft and the community within.

For those that don’t already know; on New Years Day 2013, right now 29 days ago. I lost my partner and husband of 4 years Michael to a freak tragic horrible asthma attack. He was 29 years old, the light of my life, my soul mate. The man that knows me better then I know myself. Forgive me for not writing more about it right now, I’m still very broken, and thinking about it will break me more and I’ve been having an okish day.

Some days are better then others, sometimes I’ll notice something of his and it will consume all my thought and I can’t function properly after that. That happened this morning while I was getting ready for some work meetings in the city. I saw his hair brush and for some reason picked it up, and that ended it for the day. I’ve been very upset since.

Anyway I digress of why I was posting this tonight.

I’m very new to blogging but I think It’ll be good to write out how I feel on something other then Twitter (@Ghemithunts)

So I got word from someone who wishes to remain nameless, that Blizzard and Dave Kosak were contacted in the hopes that some kind of memorial could be put into the game. Needless to say I was absolutely floored when I was exploring the PTR and came across my husband standing there reading a map. Elloric my loving, goofy, never knows where he’s going in game husband! When I first saw the character standing there I said to myself “NO FU*KING… WHAT…THAT CAN’T BE… OMFG THAT IS” I lost all breath in my lungs and started shaking and crying. I was hoping *maybe* a grey vendor trash item, but I’m just a twitter knownish hunter, surely people at Blizzard have better people to think about then me.

I’m nothing special in this 10 million+ people game world. I’m just me. My friends in my guild and from twitter made an amazing memorial in Darnassus happen for me and as I was walking to the shrine area just outside the city gates I was blown away and so overwhelmed at how many people were there to show their love and respect.
The Memorial

Words truly do not express the feelings inside me when I saw everyone there, people I know and respect from the community and people I couldn’t pick out if I tried. A wonderful friend Joe (WoWMartiean) recorded the memorial for me so I would be able to watch it again, and I am so thankful. It’s brought me some comfort on the really hard nights.

So here is the ultimate reason why I decided to write this tonight, other then I was finally able to without losing my marbles. I want to show you Elloric (Michael) my love that I can visit until the servers fade for the last time. I am truly honored, humbled and my thanks transcend words.

To everyone out there in the community; from the deepest bottom part of my heart I say Thank You. It doesnt feel like enough, but I cannot find words to express my thanks to everyone. This is an amazing community and I am so proud to be a part of it.

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About Ghemit

Hi there blog world I'm Ghemit, a retired WoW player and a full on proud gaymer. I am also a total foodie and love to eat and explore Washington DC foodie spots. I also host the Let's WoW podcast (letswowpodcast.com) and frequently live stream shenanigans with friends in games (twitch.tv/Ghemit).

15 responses to “Why I love World of Warcraft and the community within.”

  1. socalwowgal says :

    Thank you for sharing this incredibly amazing story, I am saddened by the loss of the love of your life, but I am grateful that Blizzard chose to memorialize hiim in game. Much love to you!

  2. Ross F. (@elepheagle) says :

    So sorry to hear about your loss. 😦 /hug

  3. Aune says :

    This is such a touching gesture and brings tears to my eyes. β™₯ to you Ghemit. And thank you so much for sharing and being a part of this community.

  4. Aune says :

    Reading this brought tears to my eyes πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for sharing β™₯ And thank you for being a part of this community.

  5. Raven Corwin, aka Meggie says :

    I am sorry for the loss of your Michael. May he have an easy journey into the next realm, and may both of you find peace. Blizz is really awesome when it comes to their community. This is beautiful.

  6. Cymre says :

    Thanks so much for sharing your story. I’m so sorry for your loss. I could feel the tears well up when I saw the memorial picture but it made me smile when I read your reaction to Michael’s in-game tribute. Bravo Blizz.

  7. queenmab051 says :

    That is so amazing that Blizz put him in the game. I’m so sorry Lilly and I weren’t there for the memorial; if we’d known about it we would have called in sick to work for sure. ❀ you buddy, hang in there :).

  8. Medros (@Medros) says :


    I was saddened that I was unable to attend this memorial. My paladin Medros would have loved to have been there, and shown support for you in your time of need. I was very happy Joe was able to capture the memorial in video, and cannot think of anyone more deserving of this tribute by Blizzard in game. I am not the first, and hopefully will not be the last to say that my heart goes out to you and hope the love and support from the WoW community can help you through this time. I look forward to having you on the show, and will be sure to wave at Elloric whenever I am in the shrine.

    Yours Sincerely,

    Medros of All Things Azeroth

  9. dawn says :

    What a lovely tribute. Though Elloric was not of my faction I still
    / bow in honor of a fellow gamer.

  10. Kylie says :

    I knew Elloric and his husband Ghemit and they were a truly special couple. Elloric will always be in my heart Ghemit as will u be in my thoughts. Much love to u my gay american husband.

  11. Silenced says :

    Sorry for your loss. Your story is truly touching. Very lovely tribute. /bow

  12. vekspec says :

    Brought me to tears. I’m very sad for your loss. May he rest in peace knowing so many of his fellow comrades care for him and you. As a fellow Alliance, may he find that shinning star, high above the Darnassus sky. May Elune watch over him now and forever. RIP Michael.

    Such a warm hearted Blizzard and gaming community we have. ❀

  13. Fhina says :

    Ghemit, I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. I don’t have the honor of knowing you, and I wasn’t blessed to know your husband, but I’ll never be able to pass Elloric in the Seat of Knowledge without giving him a hug and thinking of you.

  14. Mike says :

    R.I.P Michael, incredible post you put up there it goes to show that there really are true caring people out there.. All the best

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