"It's never as good as the first time", is what they say, but to me my true feeling of "clicking" with Narfell came when I rolled up Shyrae. I vowed that one death would be final for her, and as such I made her a dark-skinned ex-slave (original, I know) girl from Anauroch, taught the lore of the wilderness and given the sadness in her past, a devout follower of Kelemvor. (I know Kelemvor technically can't have rangers but I wasn't so sure at the time). I wanted her to be surviveable in combat from first level, so I chose powergaming stats for her and planned to make her the best archers a human could be.
Little did I know that if I wanted surviveability I should have chosen a cleric, but at that time I thought high starting HP (13 with 16 con) and powerful archery skills (16 dex) plus some skill at playing the game would see me through.
Back in the day regular Eastlanders and their cutpurses would give XP right up to hitting level 9. So that's what I did. I did RP a lot, but most of my off-time, when 5 people were on (out of about 40-50 in the start of 2003) I spent hunting. I played 18 hours a day, so obviously I levelled quite fast. Took me only 3 months to reach level 9 (and I didn't play nights, so saw little in the way of Quest or RP xp).
Aside of hunting, Shyrae went through an amazing "life", changing from the very moody and depressed ex-slave girl to a powerful, strong and self-sufficient woman. She became loved and respected as a ranger/fighter in the Wolves of Narfell and honorary member of the Druid's Circle. back then she was still Lawful Neutral, and at times harshly so, uncaring of her friends when they broke the rules of her community (firmly voting out Rodi after he started kegging the forest with Bruno, for example).
Through the years, and through her romantic relationship (in it's own odd way) with Zoma Nogardis, right up until the day he left her to die in his homeland (traitor!) she learned gentleness and later she learned to explore fierce passion in the hunt (and in love) with Honsa Aylomen-Wang. That man became the father of her child, Gaedyn Aeron-Wang (who I rolled up as a PC but never played much).
In 3 months time she made (despite her attitude at times) a lot of great friends:
Her girly friends Linah Lossel and Yhesail Dhelros. The drunk evening in Norwick remains as an all time High/Low.
RedJack Rogers, Zoma Nogardis, Honsa Aylomen-Wang and Marcus Endur, for being men that impressed her (and that she was attracted to).
Some of the druid circle and most oldschool Wolves: Orock -Hunter-, Fade foxfire, Adlanail, Alandar Ironclaw (the very first Raider Bow), Big Six Mathewson, Grivel Rasheren, Lo'en Jaspenellar, Ravish Blackbow, Equinox Stargazer (never got her :P), Nebril, and yes, even Ashen Lockeheart (who she never forgave for ruining her position as the only human in the Wolves).
Meril and Velaria, who were (together with Adlanail) the best bards she's ever known.
Vino Sten (for being an uptight but nice guy altogether).
Wynn Saal (for being weird).
Darrs' Blink, the amazing cleric whose god I still don't know. He used to invoke a different god or goddess every day, and I made a point of rolling an Int check every time with Shyrae to see whether she noticed or not. I rolled abysmally low ever time and she never figured out. Thanks Zro for your amazing characters (yes, I liked Friar Kent, in his purple plate, as well)!
Glory moments that stick:
The nights of deep talking on the hill in Jiyyd with Big Six, who was often visited by the shade of his lost love. Moving.
The surgery performed on her by Kia (terrifying courtesy of Kute DM) after she was stabbed by an Eastlander poison blade while pregnant of her son.
Her birth, which I actually RPed. It felt amazingly weird. Thanks to Rith (Emerwyn) and of course Magi13 (R.I.P.) for being the DM to oversee it. Rith even got to trash an extra copy of the child after the server crashed mid-event.
The first time she got 1000 xp (by Andelas) by solving a (frankly very easy riddle) while the rest of the people on the server couldn't. Of course I knew the answer, but Shyrae with her 8 int might not know it. I had probably the only good Int check of her existence that time, and got duely rewarded for it.
After all, I only played her for about 3 months, yet she was one of the profound and even emotional RP experiences I have ever had. I think in many ways she was a logical reflection of my own state of mind at that time. I was not in a happy place, but the 3 months of playing her got me through my troubles, in a way. After her I rolled up Anakore, and perhaps he was a relfection of my later state of mind, but that's a story for another time.
After 3 months her story was finished, her evolution from a broken girl to a mended and secure woman complete. Thanks for all involved.