Shalamar was a longtime member of this community, dating back to the days of Slipstream. Some of you may have also known her as Thundersinger from the KHC Boards. Some of us may have butted head with her over a heated discussion in OT, or perhaps her seemingly stubborn stance on topics related to the board. But many of us will remember her for her contributions to the Role Players within the community.
Being involved in many aspects of Role Playing for most of her life, she was passionate about her stories, and put forth all her effort into creating the worlds that we played in. I know I spent many a night with her looking for just the right picture to capture the feeling of a specific location. Or sometimes, just the right look for our characters. I don’t know how many times I created a webpage for her relating to her games. But she made it worth it, and the games benefited from all her hard work.
She was also one of the kindest persons I have ever known towards animals. Many animals owe their lives to her caring, compassion, and patience. She treated them as if they were members of her family…her children. And to them, she was their Mother. How many times did we have questions about our pets, and Shal was right there to lend her advice and encouragement? I know she had just the right words for me when my cat passed away this past October.
That’s who she was. She was the right person, at the right time, for any situation. We’ve all argued with her, we’ve debated with her, sometimes we had full-on melees. But at the end of the day, there was respect.
Shal was very special to me personally. I don’t think I could ever put into words just how much she meant to me, and always will. She was there for me at a time in my life where I needed someone, and I think I was there for here in the same way. I will always treasure my time with her, and always regret not being able to see her in person…just once.
Blessed Be, Shalamar Thorskald. May The Goddess Walk With You In All The Empty Places You Must Walk. Know that you are loved, and will be sorely missed. May we see each other once again, beyond The Rim.
May this be a lasting memorial to always remember her, and keep her in our hearts. I encourage those who fondly remember her, to share your memories with her, and celebrate her life. That’s what she would have wanted. Let us honor her memory…