(I don’t remember player44′s real name. And I didn’t copy the conversation, so this story is reproduced by my flawed memory.
I wouldn’t know how to copy any conversation from Runescape anyway, except by making screenshots… Which is a pain when you’re playing and having fun…)
I was going to mine some gold ore and Iron, minding my own business as usual…
A level 44 player approached me -within 2 seconds after I logged in and spawned in the mine area at Rimmington!- and asked: "emerald necklace plz."
So I answered: "I don’t have one, I’m sorry," and I started mining ores.
"Emerald Necklace Plz, I give 1745!" I replied: "I don’t have one, I’m really sorry." (I kept on mining)
"plzzzzz" (by now I figured it might be a girl)
I typed: "Can’t you make one? mine some gold."
"hmmmm," followed by: "o.o" (by now I figured she might be a Japanese girl)
"And uncut emeralds are dropped by cockroach-drones in the dungeon above barbarian village," I typed, "You could take them with level 44."
By this time I mined 4 gold and 16 Iron, He/she kept nagging for an emerald necklace, we were alone there in the mining pit, so you can calculate or imagine how long this took already, player44 was in follow mode, always one step right behind me, asking for an emerald necklace…
"plzplzplz emerald necklace? 1745! Is all my money!"
As I filled the last two inventory slots with gold ore I asked: "what makes you think I own emerald Necklaces anyway?"
No answer followed…
In my inventory I happened to carry a mythril SQ shield that I just packed to sell. So I opened a trade-offer, offering it to the player. But it wasn’t accepted…
A mythril SQ shield is worth on average ten more gold coins than an emerald necklace, and could be sold in a shop just a 20 seconds walk to the north, after which the jewelry shop would be a 30 second walk to the harbour-village. In fact, player44 carried enough money to buy 2 emerald necklaces there at that time. I didn’t know that either then, otherwise I would have pointed that out…
As I prepared to walk to the bank to stash my earnings I had a sudden change of heart. I don’t know why yet, but … call me a whimp.
"Follow to bank," I said. (No reply but he/she followed…)
"Run," I said and turned on my running mode… (No Reply and player44 lagged behind). So I stopped for a while and said: "Turn ON your running," and I ran to the bank. This time player44 ran along. Upon entering the bank area I typed: "Wasnt that fun now…"
(There I considered al of a sudden to use the Teleport-To-Lumbridge spell, but I didn’t know if player44 had used it in the last half hour… Too risky, but it WOULD break follow mode for a while though, maybe long enough to hide somewhere in an uninteresting area… Naah, any kid could find me there anyway.)
At the counter I typed: "moment plz" and player44 replied: "ok," and I entered the banker’s interface.
I saw I had just one clean-cut emerald, and a hundred or more goldbars, and I also had the proper mould for crafting necklaces, go figure… I’m such a dork.)
So I typed: "Follow to Lumbridge."
Still no replies and so on, just a short "ok ty". So, to kill some time during our little journey I started babbling like this:
"You picked the right guy…"
"I happen to make necklaces all the time…"
"How did you know I make necklaces regularly, anyway?"
"I’m gonna make one four you."
"Since I give to the needy"
"and the worthy…"
(I grinned while typing that. I was sure this was at least one category where player44 wouldn’t fit and wondered if player44 would realise that there was no compliment at all embedded in that remark…)
Upon entering Lumbridge, for a moment I felt like going through the desert gate, which I am allowed to enter for free. But player44 would be able to follow anyway, because I realized he/she had at least 1745 in gold coins… Enough to pay for the passing fee. However this TOO would break the follow mode for maybe just long enough to make a run for it… And I could always use the lie for an excuse that i needed to pick up a mould there…
But: A man must keep the promises he makes, even to n00bs in a virtual environment like an online RPG! Or else he shall not pass as ever as a Runescape-guru!
So I walked to the furnace and crafted an emerald necklace for her/him/still don’t know what that player44 was… Irritating, yes…
I typed: "Now, accept the trade, don’t give me money, just accept for free, plz" (as in: Your perseverance in nagging shall not go unrewarded)
The trade screen appeared, I entered the emerald necklace and on the other side of the tab appeared 1745! I decided to ignore it and just take the money anyway, hoping this would satisfy the little bugger… and clear me of her/his annoying presence… I’m not much of a people’s person, you know.
As I left I typed: "Have fun with it," and player44 followed me still.
"Friends?" player44 asked. I typed: "Sure…" as I walked back to the harbour-town… I anxiously looked at my friends list, but the name of player44 did not show up. Could it be that this person did NOT know how to add people to the friends-list? More assumptions crossed my mind. Level 44? But apparently not able to forge gold and jewelries? Or just to lazy to do all that? Does this person not realise that doing things yourself in Runescape is the only way to achieve wealth and power? Would he/she dare follow me into the most dangerous dungeon in the free-player world? No, that would be mean, I would even feel obligated -being a creature of light, justice and truth- to warn and even protect that person while doing that… Could I somehow enslave this person by making more promises? Use him as an item-collector? Build an army of n00bs? Naah, as I said: I’m not a real people’s person… Or a slave-master of sorts…
"I follow you, my friend." I started to freak out a bit here… I took my lobster cage from the bank and walked towards the boat in the harbour town.
"I go fishing and then watch TV," I typed. I talked to the captain and payed 30 gold coins for the fare.
The last thing player44 typed was:
Phew, lost him! (by now I was sure it was some obnoxious kid, Belgian or Dutch like myself, not a broad, not Japanese, no little hentai-dream, sigh)
After catching lobsters, I changed outfit before I teleported to Lumbridge (taking of my armor and cape and weapons), just to be sure…
The crafting of the necklace had kicked my crafting skills to fourty. In Lumbridge Castle Bank I discovered that I had in fact 2 emerald necklaces, 13 sapphire necklaces, 23 uncut ruby that I was able to cut right after I made that emerald necklace for player44… So I made 23 Ruby Necklaces. After some 20 minutes of work, I walked away from the jewelry store with some 40000 goldcoins. And went right back into the dungeon to get more uncut gems…
Well, next to free items to the needy (and worthy!) I also pass advice and wise lessons: You should have kept your money in your pockets when I offered you to do so, my unwise, money-losing friend.