One of the most important things to me for my characters is their friendships. I feel like having those sorts of connections, and having a “best friend,” is a great way to ground and develop a character more completely. In the Secret World, I’ve been lucky enough to have found some awesome people along the way, though many are no longer with the community. This will probably be a messy list and it will likely end up missing SO MANY PEOPLE because I’m trying to recall stuff over 9 years. They’ve had MANY more friends than this. I’m mostly just focusing on their best friends. If I leave anybody off, I’m sorry! All of this is very rushed, off the top of my head writing with literally zero double checking or digging. Mostly I just want to show some love.
Alice - Everybody who knew Alice knew her “Best,” as they simply called each other, was a character named Dawn. Dawn was snarky and insightful, fun and playful, moody and intriguing, and I adored the player and our RP so much that we ended up with a lot of character overlap before they moved on from the setting. Dawn and Alice together were, in my opinion, a force to be reckoned with, and the sassiest pair of teens in the community. They spent many a day/night hanging out behind the Horned God having random conversations, or else they’d be getting high together wherever, chastising creeps every time they found them, or getting drunk and playing Two Truths and a Lie with their other friends up in the little hobo den in Darkside. They were ride or die, straight down to the time Alice slapped a prominent community character in the middle of an altercation, and Dawn hosed them down. They were brats in the best sense of the word, and never shied away from fun or drama. I had so many amazing hours of roleplay with the character, and I still miss the player all the time.
Rye - Rye has really had two best friends in the course of playing her that I recall. One was a sweet young Templar who happened to be dating one of her cabal mates: dear, kind Tashi. Tashi was witchy and fun, curious and supportive. She was her confidante and the first non-Blue character Rye trusted. I think the bulk of their time was spent at the Crusades back then, chilling with the Host members and usually goofing off. Tashi definitely brought out Rye’s fun side. Then there was Alex, or Alexandra Rest, who quickly became a staple in Rye’s life. The pair were roommates and opposites in so many ways. Rye was a forensics agent working on secret world crimes and murders, and Alex was a trained assassin creating even more crimes to be solved. Rye was reserved and gave off an air of modesty, and Alex was a little on the kinkier side. They were both addicts, though, and often leaned on each other to get out of dark places. They were inseparable for quite a stretch, Alex was her go-to when her heart was broken. She was hard on the outside with a bite as bad as her bark, but she was loyal and kind to Rye. Along the way there was also the fascinating and stylish Rose, who bonded with Rye many times over shopping, and of course her wild child sister Claire, who became a trusted part of Rye’s inner circle. I also can’t talk shopping buddies without mentioning Rovena, who Rye absolutely adores and respects, and envies every look she comes up with.
Medrina - It’s harder to pin down just one or two close friends for Medrina, oddly enough. Medrina's roommate and favorite person to get high with would be her first TSW BFF: Bastian, my longtime friend's mage character. Early on, she became fast friends with the fun and fashionable Saki and was quickly invited into her circle. Sulwen played to her wild side and always made her feel like a part of things. Then there was Elania, who was wild and silly and also keen and intuitive. There was Andjela, who was one of Medrina’s most trusted Dragon associates and a dear friend with a unique perspective, then Salem, who reminded her of a different sort of life while also being a favorite goofball, and of course Aaron, who Medrina spent hours talking with and pouring pieces of her soul into. I also can’t forget Draysek, who was basically like a brother to Medrina, a silly, airheaded at times, hilarious brother. There was also Antu, who was chaos incarnate, and loved to torture Medrina while loving her fiercely. I have a list in my head of dozens of other mentions for Medrina, so please stab me if you feel forgotten as a bestie or close friend. I nearly forgot him but there was also everybody's favorite time-traveler son of a serial killer/cannibal: Henry. He was a longtime trusted friend and companion for Medrina, even though his father was, for a stretch, absolutely her sworn enemy.
Sia - I had a lot of trouble establishing Sia as a character, and finding her “people.” I don’t know if her age deterred people or what it was about her, but nobody seemed to really want to give her a chance when she first came to be. Then there was a party, completely implied, and along came Cate Lin, the feisty tech girl from the Host, and soon the two were inseparable. Sia relied on her to help navigate her new normal, and helped Cate come out of her more reserved shell. The two flourished together. Then there was Marsyas, a crush turned BFF, who Sia often pestered about boy drama. They also got to bond over a really creepy ghost encounter in the middle of the woods. I also couldn’t possibly leave off Sia’s favorite redheaded Santa Claus, Hakon (and Floki!), who is and was a long-cherished, loved, and respected close friend to Sia, who always treated her as an equal and welcomed her warmly from the moment they interacted. Honorable mentions go to the ‘big brother’ sort of people in Sia’s life: Ianto, her most haunting friend before she befriended and fell for an actual ghost, Lucca, Eiric, even Gabe, though it was maybe not the role he intended, and Dray again! Because I loved the dude so much I forced as many of my characters on him as I could! Btw her REAL brother will be mentioned in another post, although Jo is definitely one of her best friends.
Benja’s longtime “best friend” in the Secret World is also his current partner, the adorbs lil deer known as Frankie. They spent years just being kind of brother/sister/buddies and relying on each other for stability in moments of craziness before finally giving in to those crushes after years of other stuff. Aside from Frankie, he’s never really had a “best friend” character that wasn’t his partner (future shout out to come!), but he did have buddies he hung out with, played pool with, drank with, so maybe they all count. A couple of times, they were my RP partners, too… haha. So thank you to Darius and Eiric for that , and also Dray & Terence. I don’t know if Jules and Benja would ever publicly consider each other friends, but I mean… their long-established twitter history is, at this point, the stuff of legend, so huge shout out to that amazing combo that I will never get tired of.
Last, but not least: Alana! Alana came onto the scene early in 2020, right before the world shut down, and initially I wasn’t sure if she’d stay. But it was fun to RP the pandemic and the secret world through her eyes. She bonded pretty quickly with a hazy wizard named Nikhil, though, and then the jumpy, witchy, tender Kailech. Through them she made other connections, too, and was fortunate to quickly establish a circle of friends, though many are gone now. An obviously one-sided crush turned into one of her closest friendships, and even though I am the flakiest person to do a scene with, I am so grateful for the bond Alana and Theo have. I love their conversations and their encouragement of each other.
To all the best friends my characters have loved before, and the amazing players behind them, thank you for letting my babies be a part of your stories!
Addendum: Naturally I forgot Craft Ramsay for Alice, who was basically a friend and confidante, and also her team leader for a decent amount of time. He's someone she could trust and rely on for everything, from hospitality to humor. Much love!
And Runi! HOW could I leave Runi off Rye's list? This character and Rye became fast friends and shared pretty much their souls with each other through many, many deep conversations and special times. I forever cherish their friendship and that roleplay. <3