On Sunday, June 6, at 18:45, a vigil was held once again for another of EVE’s pilots who have gone to rest. Goons undocked on their main Keepstar in 1DQ1-A, and cynos began popping up as members of the EVE community came together to celebrate the life of Hidradenitis Ambramotte. As always, with neutrals and hostiles coming together in null-sec there were a few cases of people shooting one another, but generally the agreement to refrain from doing so stuck together. For a short while, there was a moment of peace and harmony in this game where we tend to find ourselves hating on one another and calling each other foul names. Red and Blue came together in Purple to share a common respect for our friends who we spend sometimes hours with a day, but never meet.
This is a time of shared compassion where even the worst sworn enemies in this game of pixels come together to celebrate life and our common love called Eve Online. We tend to forget that the fragility of life is a fine thread we tread on daily. I often find myself saying goodnight to my fellow corp members and ask myself how strong these words ring, “See you all tomorrow.”
We have all lost someone in our life, we all know that those pilots we love, hate and scream at are all fathers, brothers, sisters, mothers, aunts, uncles and the list goes on. And when they leave us, quite often a large hole is left in your heart where they once dwelled. The same goes for EVE. We may hate on those who are against us or in another alliance but when someone passes on, all that is set aside. There are people in EVE that hold positions or do things like FC’ing like Hidra did and they leave a mark on those that fly with them. When they are gone, that hole is left behind. I like to take a moment when I can to celebrate those people while they are still with us as that way they feel more appreciated than when they pass. Why do we celebrate their deaths, when we should celebrate everyone alive around us.
Celebrate your life while you can, celebrate those that enter your circle of life and celebrate the fact you can say “See you tomorrow” with the knowledge that chances are you will. Celebrate LIFE.
Hidra’s name was associated to HS (Hidradenitis Suppurativa) which is an inflammatory skin disease to which he was closely associated. You can find more information here: https://hopeforhs.org/
If you would like to help donate to the family to assist with afterlife costs, please visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/ron-bercume-in-memory
In the words of Hidra’s good friend Shoop, “Please take care of yourselves and be good to each other, you never know which fleet may be your last”