Yesterday I managed to reach 100% status with my mentor. There is still yet one more achievement of the three to get before I graduate, and those who know me will understand why I don’t have it yet – I do not carry a weapon, and I will not harm another living being in the Entropia Universe. I’ve never even sweated anything besides my own IFN singlet. But my philosophy of non-violence is not the point of this post. I write this to discuss my mentor, the one who found me when I was still new, still in my noob armour and still not sure what the heck I was doing. It was in the 8 Points HQ, and he was standing stoically in front of a terminal. I recognised the vest he wore, because I had done some reading about the game before I decided to stick my head into it. I knew it was an Arkadia Advisor vest. I wanted to ask some questions, but I was nervous...I don’t do well with new people. He saved me the trouble by speaking up and saying hello! ACK! OH NO! I could tell the story of our relationship, but that would be boring and tedious for anyone but me. As a miner, never having fired a weapon, I spent a great deal of time as his apprentice since that moment in 8 Points. I came to trust his counsel and understand this universe much more because of it. He was almost always available, and always ready to lend a hand both with answers to silly questions as well as very good deals on items I needed and advice on how best to use them. I came to trust him, as I think he came to trust me. Though I am saddened to see myself ready to graduate, I know I have made a good friend, one who will still, beyond the mentor/apprentice relationship (I refuse to call myself a disciple), be with me for as long as I choose to be here. I may move on, but I trust that he will still be available for those silly questions, and maybe for those simple favours and good deals, too. As I will be available to him for the same, so much as I am able to. The mentorship system here is wonderful, and those mentors that truly give themselves to it are treasures. Neil Greenleaf Stockton was my treasure.