You meet a lot of people in this game.
Correction – you don’t really “meet” many of them. You interact with them through purely indirect means. Typically its through typed chat, which is about as impersonal as you can get. Other times its through Vent discussions, which is a little more personal. However, the people in the game are mostly just voices and avatars, hidden behind pseudonyms. Usually you don’t know much about the person behind the toon, other than a few superficial details. Sometimes people use this anonymity to be jerks. Most of them are casually friendly, but in a reserved, small-talk kind of way.
However, every now and then you run into someone in game who is so nice that it puts the rest of us almost to shame.
Norfin is an officer in my guild. He was the de-facto leader of the guild that we merged with back in our BC days. He’s always been a nice guy in chat, a good person to talk to in Vent, and a great helper in running the guild.
He is an inscriptionist and herbalist. Last week he was busy farming herbs in Sholazar Basin. He had spent hours there accumulating many, many stacks of herbs. In chat he said that he was working on making a Nobles Deck for his significant other (who plays a feral druid). That’s nice. Its the kind of thing that you do for your partner. I’d do something like that for Aellkynne (my wife) if she wanted me to.
I lamented in chat that I was going to have to fork out big gold to buy my Nobles deck because I don’t have a character with inscription. I’d been saving up my gold, since the deck typically goes for 7-9k on my server, and I had nearly enough.
Norfin whispered me that I should hold off on buying the whole deck. He said that he was almost done making the current deck, and he was bound to get some extra Nobles cards in the random card-making process, and he would give them to me.
That’s pretty generous. Each Nobles card goes for between 300-1000 gold, so he was giving up a fair chunk of potential profit. I thanked him and told him I would wait to see what he got.
The next day, he sent me two Nobles cards. I was very appreciative, since my card investment had just decreased by about 15-20%. I considered this a very nice act. However, that’s the sort of thing that good guildmates do in this game. Over my time played, I have given away thousands of gold worth of leatherworking products, donated thousands of gold worth of farmed mats, and “loaned” thousands of gold to needy guildmates. After all, they are only pixels.
The next day when I logged on, there was Norfin in Sholazar Basin again. When I asked what he was doing, he said that he was farming more herbs to make me more Nobles cards!
In WoW, the only real currency is time. Gold, epic loot, ore and herbs are there for the taking in unlimited supply. All it requires is the time spent. When Norfin gave me the first cards, those were byproducts of previous efforts – just unintended outcomes of the RNG. While they were nice, they did not represent any extra effort on his part, only his generous nature. Now that he was farming on my behalf, that is a whole different level of generosity. Now he’s spending precious hours of game time purely to benefit someone else (me). Not a few minutes (like helping with a quest) or an hour (like running an alt through Deadmines) but hours and hours.
Over the course of several days he farmed literally thousands of herbs (he announced his totals in chat), made dozens of cards, and gave me more than half of the Nobles deck. Looking past the gold, he dedicated his own personal play time toward the goal of benefiting someone who he only knows through an in-game avatar.
That’s about the nicest thing anyone has done for me in-game. He wants no repayment, no epic pixels or virtual gold for his efforts. So I’m using my forum here to give Norfin some recognition. Thanks, man.