On Wednesday, May 5, 2021 (9677 Leefo 12), in a ceremony held in Chiso Preniv that gathered around 50 explorers, Patrick Dulebohn gave a speech (a transcript of which you can read below), then unveiled the linking book to Serene, by the late Gary Andrew “Andy” Legate.
Originally made available on November 5, 2008, Serene is a crepuscular garden age, covered in snow and surrounded by tall trees. It was part of the Devokan Trust, a complex, vast fan-run IC/OOC storyline parallel to that of the DRC, with ages across the Metaverse in and outside Uru.
Patrick’s speech (click to expand )
So once again, thank you for being here!
Today, on Cinco de Mayo of all days, we celebrate another milestone here in the cavern.
We have begun another chapter of our restoration.
And it starts on a very somber note.
We would not be where we are today if not for the intrepid explorers who came before us to restore their own little corners of D’ni.
They first forged the path that we now are set upon …
… and it is their legacy that will guide us into the future.
One such explorer was Gary Andrew “Andy” Legate.
For those that are unaware, Andy is, sadly, no longer with us.
He passed away in January of 2019 after a hard-fought battle with cancer.
For many years after the DRC opened D’ni to the public, he was a driving force in the early days of explorer-led restoration of the cavern.
Through his works, I, as well as many others, learned some of the tricks of the trade.
It is for that reason and many more that we honor him here today.
The Age of Serene may be rather cold, but it also contains the warmth and heart of the man who diligently and painstakingly restored it.
You will see it … feel it … every time you step onto the cobblestone path … take shelter under the gazebo … climb the nearby rock formations … feel the wind through the trees.
Serene, as well as the other works he left behind, is Andy’s legacy to us all.
In fact, everything you’ll see in the next several weeks will showcase those exciting early restoration efforts by some very talented people.
With that in mind, it is my great pleasure … and my solemn duty … to bring you the Age of Serene.
This one’s for Andy. May he rest in peace.
Patrick Dulebohn places the Serene Book on the pedestal