My darling Sophie, you were taken too soon. Fighting your way through hoardes of Hellbeasts who were just too strong.
Yes, I’m talking about my Diablo 3 hardcore Monk named Sophie. One of the features Blizzard boasted about it’s latest dungeon crawller was an finite death mode. Hardcore, as it’s called, allows you to start a brand new character, as if you had just switched on the game for the first time. Your hardcore character doesn’t have access to your chest like your normal characters, nor can they access your accumulated gold. They are created brand-spanking new with a clean slate.
Reflecting on the short 14 levels I had with Sophie, I think I was foolish to have created her. Diablo 3 issues are well known and while I’ve never had major issues with lag (averaging a ping of 200-300ms even while playing with friends in South Korea and the US), the lag I had while playing US servers on Hardcore wasn’t anything to be happy about. I managed to escape by the skin of my teeth dangerous, laggy situations with a smart use of potions and evasive manouvers.
But, we battled on until that faithful day. Trapped in a corner with no Spirit and potions recharging, we couldn’t escape. When you died, my friend Seth wondered why I gasped and cried out, “no!”
I’ll remember our time fondly, while I still mourn your death.