You had to open this can-o-worms, didn't cha?! -)
The following is real, the names will be our in-game names, her view of the events have been gleaned over the years.
Her name was Isis and she was naked (well, in her undies)...wandering about the world not knowing even what to ask or even how to ask it.
She had been given an extra beta disk by her neighbor friend just up the road in Mississippi. "Isis" (her in-game name, not her real name) had been on a computer before, dealing with Windows 3.1 and then Windows 95...and had been enjoying the Sierra Online games. So she recognized the art style of The Realm Online rather quickly.
This was her first multiplayer online game. She was excited and scared at the same time. Back in 1996, the "Internet" was only 3 years old (for everyone else other than military or educational institutions) so everything was "new and mysterious."
Isis' friend also had an account but didn't inform Isis how to play. So she was walking from screen to screen in her undies with people asking why she wasn't wearing her clothes? This was back when other players were helpful-in-default-mode and being naked-in-game wasn't yet a "thing."
A male toon named Noldor watched her and started following behind next to the edge (and behind trees). When he realized she wasn't talking in game chat, he offered his help. Noldor explained a few things (controls, how chat worked, things she needs for survival, etc.) for 10 minutes before Isis spoke her first words in-game....short "yes", "no", "how?", and "why?" Within 30 minutes, Isis started to role-play her character...naming herself Lady Isis and portraying a "stiff-upper-lip upper-class a-lady-doesn't-do-that" attitude. Noldor in real-life used to be a RenGeek (in Aguora, CA) so he relaxed and the RP commenced...which helped both players let down their guards a bit and trust the other person.
Over the months of playing Realm together (set times to play...found they spent HOURS and HOURS in-game together) blossomed into real friendship (long distance and it surprised both of them) with eventually led to a real-life romance. Noldor rode his motorcycle from San Diego, CA out to meet Isis...where true love prevailed.
I moved to MIssissippi to be with Isis for 2 years. But the job market was scarce for my talents (manufacturing)...I had to work 2 full-time jobs (and Isis working 1 part-time job) to save up for the future. Eventually a previous-longtime-friend (another female...I tend to collect those!) got married to a man who owned his own business and he offered me a job I couldn't pass up. So we drove an entire house contents + a car on a trailer back to San Diego and we've been here ever since (arrived back in 2000).
Life's challenges and changing personalities caused Isis and I to part ways, we are still best of friends and live 1.5 miles from each other. We still hang-out and do things together at least twice a month. Lady Isis and Sir Noldor are still residing in our hearts to this day! -)
That's the "Reader's Digest" version. The long form takes 4 pages of typed single-spaced paper...a true Wall-O-Text!
(now known as Dolnor Numbwit on the internet...thanks LOTRO for making me change my name!>.<)
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