Online Gamer Community Holds Massive Vigil For A Dying Player
By Mike Fahey
As a Final Fantasy XIV player reportedly lay dying in the hospital, friends and strangers within the game gathered to pay their respects as he passed.
According to a real-life friend of Codex Vahlda, a level 50 bard on Final Fantasy XIV's Gilgamesh server, the 29-year-old player behind the character had been brain dead in the hospital since Friday, kept alive so family and friends could say goodbye. Redditor Pattmyn, who initially posted about the situation on the site's Final Fantasy XIV board, Codex's condition due to complications arising from renal failure. "The odds were one in a million something like this could have happened; Everything was otherwise under control and a donor was lined up already (his brother)."
Imgur user Aenemius, a member of Codex's Free Company on the Gilgamesh server,documented the steady stream of players arriving at the Free Company house to pay their respects. First one:
Oh a beach near the Free Company house a group of players spelled out Codex and put on a light show. Twitch user Spicule livestreamed the event, capturing this video of the light show set to one of Final Fantasy XIV's more moving pieces of music.