Final Fantasy Players Hold Online Funeral For Gamer Killed By Coronavirus
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The deceased character, who was known in the video game as Ferne Le'roy, was obviously well liked, as what looks like hundreds of other players turned out to make a solemn walk across the map of the game to honour them.
After a chat started on Reddit, the group set off from the desert city of Ul'dah on the game's Zalera server.
They were joined there by characters from another server - Coeur - where Ferne played as an alternative character called Poppy Rose.
Fittingly, nearly the entire group was clad in black. They walked across the world of Final Fantasy in their funeral specific attire, and crossed through many different lands until the sun rose.
They travelled through the forests of the Central Shroud, and they ended up underneath the Guardian Tree, which is a sacred site within those aforementioned forests. The journey lasted around 30 minutes overall.
Then, after it was all over, the FF fandom took to Twitter to praise the gamers for their actions, and express their amazement at how many folks actually turned out.
One person said: "The #FFXIV community never ceases to amaze me. Such a huge turnout and show of respect, community and camaraderie at this memorial service.
"My view distance couldn't handle so many people! May the fallen player rest in peace, my condolences to all involved. Be safe, everybody!"
Another person wrote: "This was my first time experiencing something like this. There were people attending that took up 2-3 zones of the base game which are large in general. So many showed up to give their condolences to their fellow adventurer, their friends and families."
If you're not already aware, Final Fantasy is a Japanese fantasy/science game franchise that is - in short - one of the most popular series of all time.
It's a role-playing game that is one of the highest selling franchises in video games.
Published by Square Enix, there are 15 main editions of the game, with the latest being released in 2016.
There are also a whole load of spin-offs, metaseries, and films and televisions series.
As far as we're aware, this is the first funeral procession the game has ever spawned.
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