It's a crazy and interesting turn of events that started/kept me playing... but, also it's 3 a.m., I've been writing this for over an hour, and I've come back to the top of this post to let you know that what's underneath this paragraph is a book, and most likely a poorly written one at that.
It all started three years ago. I was playing some other game that I was into at the time. I'm not here to promote said game, and the name is irrelevant anyways. I found myself needing a few extra diamonds, because they were running some new promotional deal, and diamonds were VERY hard to come by in that game. I browsed through the different ads/offers they had where I could earn a few extra diamonds. DragonSoul happened to be on that list, as it was still a fairly "new" game on the market at that point. Of course I hadn't played DS before then, but the task seemed relatively easy-sounding, and the payout was very decent. I don't remember what the exact task was, but I had it done within 20 minutes, maybe. (It's been a while, it could've been something completely different), but I believe it was to reach level 12. This game isn't that hard in it's early stages. Getting level 20 is like a 30 minute engagement.
So I finished the task, and went back to my other game. I'm one of those people that'll download twenty-odd-something games for Tapjoy tasks, do them, then uninstall those 20+ games at night. I've even made it lame and have folders on my home screen, and I'll move apps into the "unfinished" folder, and as I finish them... that's right, they go into the "finished" folder. But for some reason... SOME reason, I could NOT bring it to myself to uninstall DS, or even move it to the "finished" folder. I kept looking at it. I'd look at it some more. I'd look at it again. I didn't know what to do with it!
While I'd never make any sort of sports team, I still love my sports. I'm way too small and way too skinny to be on any football team, etc. It was only by chance that I had even started playing said game (the one from earlier) to begin with. My family started playing it, and I soon followed them and played it as well. It wasn't a game I'd just play on my own, it wasn't a sports gane. But after playing that game for a while, eventually my family got bored with it, and they all stopped playing. I was the only one that continued playing, even though it was something I would never admit to being into. So that's pretty much how I found out about DS... I found it by playing a different game I never thought I'd be into.
So there I was... looking at that DS icon. I had just previously gone through starting a game that I was into, even though my personality type would contradict that. So I thought... maybe DS would be just like this game. I just got to level 12 (or whatever), and wasn't actually bored with it. Maybe I'll give it a chance. So I played it for a while, maybe got no higher than level 50. I asked myself what am I doing... the last thing I need to be doing is playing yet another game full time. So after that, I stopped playing for a while, and yet... I STILL couldn't bring it to myself to uninstall it. I went... I'd say about 5 months or so, at least, without playing it before one day at the doctors office, just out of nowhere I had the urge to play it again. I don't remember how or why, but I did. So I played it some there, came back home and played some more... I just couldn't get enough of this game that day. I wasn't the best player back then, my rune choices were atrocious. I've definitely come a long way then where I was then. Anyways...
I was 15 at the time, and I had just gotten my first girlfriend at that time. I had been home schooled directly out of 5th grade, so coming across girls was something that was completely new for me. She was my first girlfriend, and I didn't know what the heck to do. After a few months into our relationship, she just happened to surprise me one day by coming over. I had been playing DS at the time she came over, and SHE then became interested. So I convinced her to get DS, and she landed on s4 (I landed on s1). I tried to convince her to switch to s1, because that's where I had all my progress, but she wanted to start on level terms. I wasn't going to tell her no, I'm a sucker... so I ended up taking on 2 accounts. We played together for a while, made a guild that was just me and her... we had fun.
The relationship ended up not working out anymore after 7 months. Long story short: our parents got into a fight and forbid us from seeing each other. It was a really sad day, because they even made us stop playing DS together. The day before, we had had such a good day. And the next day, your parents completely erase all contact with the person (I wouldn't say "love" quite yet. I was 15, she was 14), but you get it. It was hard, but to avoid getting in trouble, I just stuck to s1.
Now we fast forward about 2 years. A LOOOOT of s*** has happened in these 2 years. I'll just skip all of it, essentially... it's still rather personal. Anywho, I'm still just plucking away at s1. By this point I know what I'm doing; I understand runes, I understand skill power / basic damage, the works. I was a guild hopper at 1 time, I couldn't find anything that fit me, per say. I landed in a guild that I actually enjoyed. The people were nice (Always N Forever members, where you at?!), we got stuff done... you name it. But there was one person...
We were in the same guild. While we both weren't the most talkative people in the world, we both just so happened to be talking to the same person in guild chat at the same time. We had never talked to one another before then. I know that person that we were both talking to more than the next guy would. She worked at a factory at the time, and worked very weird hours here and there. There was no REAL schedule that she had. So she happened to have to get ready for work that day me and the other guild member were simultaneously talking to her. So she ends up logging off, and me and that other person began talking. It didn't take long for us to really understand each other. After a a month or so in that same guild, the guild began to have a little bit of drama, as there was a management change in the mix. Me and "that other guild member" (now referenced as her/she, or M) decided at some point, enough was enough. We were talking about creating our own guild together, and just kinda take it easy. We're definitely a rather laid back guild.
She wanted me to make the guild, so I did. She joined, and she got her husband to join as well. It was just the 3 of us for what felt like forever... recruiting on s1 has always been hard. We had people come and go, but no real, loyal members. We didn't give up hope though, we kept trying. Eventually those hidden gems started to pop up, and we began building a solid guild.
We made the guild in August, and soon after we had been using an outside chat app for easier communication and whatever else. By December I had told her a lot more about my background, and vice versa. After all, we had only "met"(?) each other in July. That same December things took a turn for the worse in my every day life. To make a long story really short, my parents are abusive parents, and things got really physical to the point I had to call the police on them 3 days before Christmas. Never in a million years would I think that I'd have to call the cops on my own mother, especially at that time of the year. But what had to be done had to be done, I did fear for my own safety at that point. DS was kinda on the back burner at that point, I had a lot going on. Between the police coming that night, child services the very next day... it was a MESS. But deep down I knew our guild was on the rise, fast, and I had to either be the leader that they deserved, or pass on the crown. After it was all said and done, I just passed the crown on to M. Of course she wanted to know why, and I told her what was up. She even told me that she knew that when I always talked about my mom, something didn't really seem right, but she also said it wasn't her place to point that kind of stuff out.
So now I'm in my house, it's Christmas, I had been sleeping on the floor at that point, and I was all alone. It was honestly probably THE worst day of my life, let alone the worst Christmas without a doubt. And now I have a family who refuses to acknowledge me like a human being, let alone do anything nice for me... all I had to turn to was DS, because THEY'RE the only people that made me feel like everything was gonna be OK, even when I knew it wouldn't. They're the only ones who even kept me alive. And after a while of living like that, M let me call her "mom", because she knew what I was going through and how much it effected me day in and day out. I wasn't able to call her husband "dad" yet, which was fine with me. They have 2 daughters, and he simply wanted to protect them and not let somebody from the outside just waltz in and say "hey mom, hey dad", ya know? He was very skeptical of the whole situation to begin with, and I don't blame him. I mean... how exactly would YOU feel about all of this? But as time goes on and on, all of a sudden I can call him dad. Well that's great news to me! It's just the longer time goes on, the better and better it all becomes. I used to have a phone, I don't currently, but I'd call M at nights sometimes when I'd walk the dog. We'd usually just make decisions together about guild stuff, bla bla bla. And I'll never forget that one night... the night M and I were talking, and she had told me that while they were out to dinner, they had talked about adopting me when I turn 18.
That just warmed my heart in so many ways, it's unbelievable. I cry ever time I tell this story, haha, I'm such a wimp. The fact that they'd be willing to do that, JUST so I can grow up to have normal parents...
And I owe ALL of that to DragonSoul. Something kept me from uninstalling DS way back when, and I'm so very fortunate that I didn't. It's DS that has kept me alive. It's DS that has helped change my future. It's DS that has kept me... everything. But most importantly, it's DS that has given me true parents, and for that I'm forever grateful. So THAT'S why I continue to play.