This is not a thing that comes easy for any of us. The subject's been long discussed but always put off for another day because it's a painful thing, this decision, and frankly, none of us wanted to deal with it. It's become more and more clear as time goes on, however, that we can no longer give Solacium, and our friends, the attention they deserve. For various reasons, we're no longer able to post like we should and that's not fair to anyone involved - us or our readers. It's with this in mind that we've decided it's time to close Solacium, effective today.
While the character journals will no longer be updated, we are going to use our updates journal (http://www.livejournal.com/community/sol
That said, we're leaving ourselves the option to create future Solacium fic in our real journals. We've been in this universe far too long to abandon it completely, and several of us have fic bits buzzing around in our heads. Any fics we post in our real journals will be considered AU to the Solacium universe, however, since we'll no longer be consulting with the other players on what might be taking place in the storyline.
Regarding the characters' hosts - the characters' page of the Solacium website (http://amicasolacium.net/characters.htm) has been updated with our identities. We're doing it this way so that anyone who does not wish to know who we are does not have to know. You are all welcome to friend our real journals if you want, and interact with us there. In general, we are friendly people who do not bite unless you do something unpleasant, or you ask us nicely to first. Unless you're Wufei's host, who chews on everyone indiscriminately.
PLEASE NOTE: If you're already on our real journal flists, you're going to be spoiled as to our identities. We apologize if you didn't want to know, but after two and a half years, we'll probably have things to say about Solacium. We do assume, however, that most people also on our real flists realize we play with Solacium, so hopefully it shouldn't cause too much of a fuss. Also, please beware of host spoilers in the comments to this post. I'm not going to ask that people refrain from mentioning who were are, if they want, so I suggest reading no further than the actual post if you want to remain host-identity free.
Several of the other players have expressed their desire to post goodbye messages of their own to their character journals, so please be on the lookout for those sometime in the (hopefully) near future.
You're all welcome to respond to this, or ask any questions you might have, whether it's regarding why a certain character did a thing in the past, what our plans had been at any point, whatever. As always, however, we ask that you play nice. This is our final hurrah, and we'd rather things not end on a sour note. If you ask us something we can't/won't answer, we'll just tell you nicely that we can't/won't.
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I've rewritten this next part so many times, Quatre has abandoned me to sulk in his office. Rather than continue on with even more rewrites, I'll simply type as I think. It seems that's the only way this will get done.
I've made a lot of friends through Solacium, both via our flists and from the players themselves. It's going to be difficult leaving something that, I will admit, I pretty much ate, slept and breathed for a very long time. Quatre's parked himself pretty firmly in my psyche at this point, thanks to all of you, and your willingness to play along with us, and to help us out and give us hell when we needed it, made Solacium a great experience. (though I'm not so certain I appreciate some of the mental scarring a few of you left behind in Quatre's mind. He's not so certain, either. O_o) Shutting down is going to be very much like leaving my extended family behind.
Angels - what wonderful sports you all are. Your scheming and mischief made me laugh and laugh, and I so appreciate all the time you put into your plots. You're all a twisted, scary lot, and I love you for it.
And because they were my partners in crime for so very long - Trowa, Wufei... so much love. What can I say here that hasn't been said so many times in private already?
*dips Trowa for one last kiss* Forever and then some, love. Forever and then some.
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