MECHSmash here (former MECH flights: Immortals, Seraphic Malice, Sapphire Scourge).
Started playing as SwipeSwift during the Alpha Phase back in 1995 (Mana Banana and Bag of Holding, anyone?). For 2.x, I was a a min-maxed, fully equipped Elf Wizard (chanting ftw). Also had tons of fun catching newbies off guard by creating a character called "Guardain" (notice the 'i' and 'a' are flipped) and posing as an NPC (surprise PvP!).
Stopped playing a bit after 3.x came out then lost my account when Codemasters purged it when they handed the rights to Norseman Games.
Not really in close with anyone from my old Realm life but I do remember LadyHuggs and LostKitten.
I mostly play League of Legends these days since don't have much time to spend on MMOs but The Realm is definitely something I will make time for.