CCS NetworkUPDATE: Linden Labs has agreed to leave the sims open until March 9th to allow renters in that sim to retrieve any potential items or objects they wish to recover from the sims before the items are lost for good. If you have irreplaceable objects or simply want to take some pictures of places you liked, in either Lost Vegas South or Vampires Asylum, please get them in the next 24 hours. And thanks to Linden Labs for stretching the closure date to try to be courteous to the community. - Info from Jolene Merlin.

Hey all, as you may have noticed the Vampires Asylum and Lost Vegas South Sims have gone off the grid. This is something we have been putting low key warnings out about for a few months now.

Effectively though, several months ago we received a message from an individual who had come online and stated that Karoline Merlin had died in real life. We were unable to confirm this as a fact so we did not, at the time, push forward with a large effort to memorialize her or to spread the news around because for all we knew it could have simply been someone playing a twisted and rather evil game.

Regardless of that there have been multiple attempts from myself, and Melanie and many other members of the CCS Community to get in touch with Karoline since then, to my knowledge there have been no replies from Karoline to any of them, so as of around December we started giving quiet warnings that there might be a problem with the sims.

Regardless of that, apparently today the sims have gone offline for good according to Linden Labs, further information, of course, is not theirs to give us, but I think its safe to assume that at this time, its entirely possible that the person we knew as Karoline Merlin has passed on.

This is unfortunate as Karoline was fairly young, only in her early 40s to my knowledge, and she worked very hard with CCS for several years, working closely with both the Damnation and CoLA chains, as well as supporting the CCS network in her time with us.

I'm sorry to have to think of her as dying an untimely death, but it seems that this is all we can assume at this time, unless we are otherwise corrected beyond this point.

So, my apologies for not taking a moment to "remember" Karoline before right now, but I simply had no way to know for sure, and did not want to reinforce what could have only been a rumor.

So, if what we believe has happened has truly come to pass.....Rest In Peace, Karoline. And thank you for everything, you were a great help to us and you will be missed.
#1 | selene on March 07 2013 15:44:57
Wow.. I had hoped not, still hope not... Karo has always been a wealth of information, and one of the first I asked for help, regularly. Brilliant common sense, and true gift to our community. Karo? if you're still around, you're missed, if you have left this world, may your memory live on in the hearts of the CCS & CoLA communities
#2 | tonga on March 07 2013 15:46:22
I did not know her well, but what I knew of her was only good things. Always sad when someone you know passes on, even if the only part of them you know, is the Avatar and personality they bring into this community.

It will be just a little bit sadder now, knowing for a near certainty that one of us is gone.
#3 | Yannis Martynov on March 07 2013 16:01:36
I'm speechless...
Karo was one of the people, that made the word "geek" sound awesome...
Be good, wherever you are K... and be as well meant crazy, as it can be...
#4 | DL on March 07 2013 16:15:27
Awesome person. I hope what I am reading is not true, but if in fact she has passed, I offer my sincere condolences to her family, and those closest to her.

You are greatly missed <3
#5 | StormyWilde on March 07 2013 16:22:07
I am not really sure what to say. Karoline was always fun to be around and was a great help. The community has lost a wonderful person.
#6 | sickjessi on March 07 2013 16:28:06
She was somewhat close to the AR as well, and we hadn't heard from her for quite a long period of time - Didn't hear from her when I left and I don't think Ree has either.
#7 | Jolene Merlin on March 07 2013 18:14:08
Karoline was very close with AR, and was one of its original Members. She assisted us, and Tempest with many thingsand made significant contributions to our Faction... I made numerous attempts to contact her over the months after she vanished, until Suzanna and Tonga quietly revealed to me their suspicions which I privately shared with Reenie and we... quietly mourned her... until this information would be made public.... which it now has been. May she be remembered for her accomplishments with this Community, as well as for the wonderful person she was.
#8 | kshieldmaiden on March 07 2013 18:35:11
Stephy and I moved to VA after renting a place in Damnation for a little while, and we never looked back for two and a half years. We didn't see Karoline all the time, but if we needed anything, she was always helpful and great. She even let us customize the house we rented and did some custom texturing for us. We have missed her for months and still do.

We hoped it was not true, but finally it seems it must be. RIP, Karoline.
#9 | Raven_601 on March 07 2013 18:46:32
I am saddened to hear this.

And as I've done for everyone else we have lost. I'll place a flower at the garden like i've done for all we've lost.

I hope it is premature, or unwarranted. but it's what I've done.
#10 | Jolene Merlin on March 08 2013 00:08:21
It has been confirmed that Linden Labs is going to keep Karoline's two sims up and accessible until March 9th! Some people have been able to teleport in, and others find that they can only walk in from LVCD.....

Whats important is that people who have rentals here will have time to get in pronto and clear their prims out before it all poofs forever! Spam your Faction Groups with this info if you have members who have rentals in these sims! That is Vampire's Asylum and Lost Vegas South! Clear your prims out before the 9th of March!

If you rent in Vampires Asylum, and can not clear your prims out of that sim before then, I have the ability to Return your prims to you, which I will be doing later tonight before 12am SL Time on March 9th, for anyones prims still in the sim that do not belong to Karoline. Unfortunately, I can not do this for Lost Vegas South.
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