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Seraphim Crypto has passed away

It’s with a heavy heart that I have the unfortunate responsibility to share with you that [url=https://www.bungie.net/7/en/User/Profile/254/1093770/Seraphim%20Crypto]Seraphim Crypto[/url], a friend and community moderator, passed away over the weekend. For the past couple of months, he had been in a medically induced coma after suffering a brain aneurysm. I keep typing and deleting what I write because I can’t find the right words to describe Seraphim and the loss that we all feel. He was a friend, and I considered him a colleague on the forums. He spoke often of his partner in a loving and playful way. He was often chatting about something in our Discord, usually moderation stuff, but others things, too. It wasn’t uncommon to open up a chat and see him chatting away with someone about something random. I’m incredibly grateful that I was able to meet him once. He was from Germany, and because Bungie considered him one of the leaders from that community, we flew him to Seattle to take part in a community summit. It was an all-day event, so I only managed to chat with him for about 10 minutes before he had to get back to it, and he was leaving the next day so that’s all the time we had to say hi, but I purposely left my desk to go meet him when I heard he was visiting. While he was excited to be at Bungie, I was excited to see him. I’ve known him since 2015 through the website and Discord, but had never met him in-person nor seen his face before. We took a photo to capture the moment. In 2015, he was asked to become a Mentor to help our Germany community. He wanted his avatar to be a [url=https://i.chzbgr.com/full/8075904768/h853AE74E/is-mega-absol-sephiroths-pok%C3%A9mon]fanart of Mega Absol[/url] from Pokemon because it represented his username well (Seraphim – Angel wings; Crypto – Dark/Shadow Pokemon type in German). In 2017, we gave him Ninja powers to help moderate the website, but he never stopped trying to help people and answer their questions. I found this quote inside a private thread from that time, when he was asked why he wanted to become a Mentor: [quote]”I'm a person that loves to help other people out of many reasons, the simplest one that it keeps me happy. Also, I'm a fan of Bungie since my mate introduced Halo 2 to me in 2005. And ever since the beta, I'm amazed by Destiny. Earlier this year I came back to Bungie.net forums and noted the #Help-Forum. I dived in there and answered a few questions. People thanked me and it made me happy. So I started helping people everyday and that led to an invitation of Bungie to join this team. I decided to join the ranks because I want to give the community back the love they gave me!”[/quote] Most recently, he helped me find websites in Germany for the [url=https://help.bungie.net/hc/articles/4402601695252]Mental Health Resources[/url] that is now live. He was really happy to help with that. When he wanted to relax, he’d post in OffTopic, which is why this is in here. Sometimes he’d answer random moderation questions in here, and other times share his opinion about a game. Some of you would even create threads about him, hoping he’d respond. He enjoyed it. I ask that you share any fond memories you have of him. I will be sharing this with his partner, and I think they’d appreciate seeing what we share. Rest in peace, Seraphim. We miss you.
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    My heart is broken for Crypto and my deepest condolences to his family & loved ones. He was a cherished teammate and leader, and he cared so much about everyone here. Just a small story about my friendship with Crypto. Years ago, we met through games. Crypto helped lead over 25 community game nights on Bungie.net [url=https://www.bungie.net/en/Groups/Post?groupId=15287&postId=123049541&sort=0&page=0]dating back to 2015.[/url] He was a true lover of Bungie games and cared about creating lifelong friendships through this community. He spent hours organizing, preparing, planning Halo game nights, Destiny community playdates, and helping to make this community better before he was even asked to volunteer and help the community teams at Bungie. We had so much fun thanks to Crypto. I'm grateful for the time we found to sit down and play games together. We will miss you Crypto and your loss is felt so deeply. And we are so thankful that you were in this community.

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    • Edited by Eriena: 2/1/2022 2:47:06 AM
      Seraphim was a member of our family, not just to us Ninjas, Mentors and Bungie employees, he was a member of the forum family. Many of you had interacted with him in some form or another and I know He enjoyed interacting with many of you. We are all completely devastated by this loss and we were hoping he was going to get better, get out of Hospital and tell us the wild ride he had been on, unfortunately that ride claimed his life and has broken many of us. We would like this to remain a happy place to share stories, to remember a person that had a huge heart. There’s nothing I don’t remember about Seraphim that wasn’t kind, opinionated and always around to help. He was a friend. And I’ll miss him.

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      I can't believe it... One of the few ninjas I actually liked, I don't claim to have talked to him as much as others or knew him as well, but he was always understanding (even when I acted my age). He never let being a Ninja be the definition of his existence with us, instead he helped define what being a Ninja is. I never thought when I called him the Ninja GOAT just last night this was the state of it... Having him be on my discord friends list was enough to make me feel special, because he was just one of those giants for their personality on this site. I hope he is finding peace, and enjoying himself in whatever afterlife we may find ourselves in. Keep Traversing the Gallery of Time, Crypto...

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    • See you star side Guardian r.I.p 😞

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    • He was my favorite mod. May he rest in peace.

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    • RIP Seraphim 😔 🕯

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    • Rest in peace, honorable member of the Seventh Column.

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    • Edited by Lime Lyfe: 2/1/2022 3:01:56 AM
      In 2015 I had the distinct pleasure of talking to and considering SC for the role of Mentor. Everyone at the time welcomed him with open arms. He had become a pillar for our group and a wall against which many of us would break. I have many fond memories of playing Destiny, Halo and ESO with him. I will miss him so much. I had been preparing for his return over the last few months for our guilds on ESO, but sadly that will never be. SC has been a beacon for a lot of us, and I join everyone else in saying: We miss you Seraphim.

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    • :( rip

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    • Rest in Peace Seraphim. Safe journey home :(

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    • Edited by IAGNRG: 2/2/2022 2:02:31 AM
      I can’t believe I just now heard about this…always had great conversations. I remember when he became a ninja too, great guy. Rest In Peace, friend.

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      Seraphim was a great friend and leader in the Bungie community. He encouraged everyone to be their best and lead by example. We miss you, Seraphim. Rest in peace.

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    • I’ll pray for his family(or the people who were close to him).🙏🏼❤️. Thanks for being the first mod that ever helped me. I’ve heard several people say he was their favorite Ninja. Didn’t know the guy that well but that’s still sad.

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    • I am so sorry to hear about Seraphim Crypto :( I remember when I first met him. It wasn't on the forums but in the game itself. I was at the tower finishing up footage for a video. He was accompanied by his girlfriend if I recall (I hope I'm not wrong). Sent me a message saying hi and that he watches my videos. Told me he was a bungie forum ninja and if I ever needed help with anything he'd love to help. We had a wee chat and we were both left feeling happy after :) I added a clip of him into the video I was working on and we added each other as friends. Anytime I needed help with something for a video, he offered quite a few times and joined me. He really did love helping people :') Such a kind hearted soul and he will be missed by the community, his close friends, family and the love of his life. Thank you for everything Seraphim. Your light will forever shine bright in the memories of all who knew you. Your a Guardian who shall never be forgotten. Rest easy, Cloud.

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    • I can't add practically anything to everything Duardo has said, even so: I shared a year of moderation with Seraphim, not much really, I would have liked it to be much more. What I could glimpse of him was, above all, help, intelligence, passion and friendship. Surely he would be happy to see all the love that is being given to him and, I hope, that his family can find some peace of mind in all this (for sure) hurricane. Too soon Seraphim, too fast, too devastating. Rest in peace, you will always be here with us

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    • Edited by Peaches Pan Tao: 2/1/2022 5:25:20 PM
      He was my favorite mod, and the embodiment of what a moderator should be. Always answered my questions whenever I asked, even friended me on Xbox at one point. Sadly we never squaded up, I always felt awkward hitting up a Ninja to play. Now I'm kicking myself. But I consider it a privilege to have known him in the small way I did. See you Starside Seraphim.

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    • This news comes days after a good friend of mine passed away from pancreatic cancer. Forgive me if I’m long winded. Seraphim had a unique role in my maturation. My teenage years where spent on the campaign trail and competitive/professional speaking and debating (it’s a thing, I know) so when I got here I had the idea that I had the job of being on the cutting edge of every debate and that I had to argue any point I could. Realistically I was an annoying brat. Seraphim and my IRL friend showed me a lot about respecting others, being kind, and always being welcoming of people who are different. Zardoz, xronad, and a few others too. It wasn’t till much later that I knew the importance of this community to me. This place is very special and I wouldn’t be who I am today without the kind souls who put up with me and showed me what being gracious and kind looked like. Seraphim was a key part of what shaped that and we are at a major loss without him Rest In Peace

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      • Edited by Kevin Ril: 2/1/2022 4:48:48 AM
        I still remember doing a day one Eater of Worlds with Crypto. We ran out of cannon juice with a sliver of health left and he goes and fist of havoks him. Rest in peace Crypto you will be missed. https://gamerdvr.com/gamer/kevin-ril/video/61329216

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      • Damn, sorry to hear that. My condolences to his family and friends.

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      • I am saddened by this deeply. Seraphim was a great friend and a great mentor as he helped me in my journey. He will be missed.💔

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      • Edited by ace_man2011: 2/1/2022 2:48:59 AM
        Rest easy Seraphim, we miss you.

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      • I am still devastated to hear of his passing. Crypto was truly a wonderful person and cared a lot about the Destiny and Bungie communities. He was someone who was also more than willing to teach others who wanted to learn about something or and answer the questions of those who had any. I have always been fascinated by various things of German culture and I would often turn to Crypto when I wanted to know more about something regarding it. I wish I could have had more chances to play Destiny with him, and I have him to thank for a good chunk of the awesome gear I have in Borderlands 2 and 3. Crypto was more than just a fellow Mentor and Ninja and more than just a fellow fan of Destiny and games in general, he was a friend to us. He will forever be missed.

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      • I don't even know what to say...Seraphim was such a wonderful person and every time we played together was always a great time. He was always one of my favorite people that I met through Destiny, even if we didn't talk much otherwise. That's a beautiful soul that will be dearly missed.

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      • Damn! And I was beginning to wonder why I hadn’t seen him around in a awhile. Needless to say, this news is devastating. The older I get, the more I realize just how unfair life is. Rest in peace Seraphim Crypto.

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      • May he rest in peace.

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      • We miss him, no words can describe how sad it makes us.

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