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2/1/2022 2:40:15 AM
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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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  • I am so sorry for your loss. While I personally did not have any interactions with SC, they sound like an amazing person who will be greatly missed! RIP <3

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    I am really saddened to hear this, I have been quite a bit on the Bungie forums and have often seen him answering questions and being helpful. Ruhe in Frieden Seraphim.

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  • Rest easy.

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  • This is the worst news I could have seen here today... Kick butt in heaven Seraphim... :,< rip

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  • I... I loved crypto, he was the best mod around. He helped me organize the rahool crusade, he helped me make my scorn stuff This is horrible

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  • Only time I spent with him was in Community Carnage, and one game night in Halo, real nice guy. I pray for comfort and strength to his family and friends.

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  • One thing that always struck me was how willing he was to help people, you really couldnt fault him at all. This is such a huge loss and he will be sorely missed. I still dont believe it, I keep expecting for him to pop online and tell us that hes okay after all. R.I.P Seraphim, really hope his loved ones can find peace in such a difficult time.

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    • Edited by Centaur-1: 2/1/2022 7:37:53 PM
      Oh crap. I’ve been wondering what happened since he’s been gone. He was everything I felt a ninja should’ve been. He knew the red rectangle by his name didn’t stop him from engaging in friendly conversation with his underlings. He just felt like a real part of the community. This post really hit me off guard.

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    • I'll never forget my time as a mentor. The conversations shared and the games played. Our Mentor night in SRL was still a major highlight in my destiny journey. Rest easy guardian <3

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    • Seraphim was truly a wonderful, kind person and I was privileged to know him the little I did. I'm so sorry to hear of his passing. Thank you for letting us know. He made this community a better place in every way.

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    • Aw no thats awful. Didnt have much contact with him but on the occasions I did he was super chill and genuine. Gutted.

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    • Edited by Helveck: 2/1/2022 8:39:41 PM
      Beautiful write up Duardo. The loss of anyone we treasure or hold close is an absolute tragedy that shatters our world - anyone who has experienced the death of someone close to them knows this. And when a person who contributes so much to the betterment of something, well when they are lost their absence is entirely noticeable and it creates the feeling that things just aren't the same. So my deepest condolences to those who were close to Seraphim or knew him. I didn't know him well but he seemed like a genuinely incredible person. It's obvious he will be missed. To my grieving friends, I'm truly sorry. I am not a psychologist or mental health professional but I have experience in peer support and instruct a mental health related course for my work - if ANY of you need someone to talk to, please feel free to reach out to me, or anyone you're comfortable with. This stuff can be hard to experience but you don't need to experience grief alone.

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    • This is terrible news. Condolences to those close to him. He had always been a cordial and reasonable person in what, at times, could be a chaotic and wild community. This place will be a little less magical without him. RIP in peace.

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    • Edited by Batpug74: 2/1/2022 7:30:47 PM
      Whatever afterlife he believed in just got a new angel, as in his name. Rip Seraphim, you will be missed.

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    • Seraphim will be deeply missed. May he rest in peace.

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    • It sucks. He was always so nice and willing to help out others both in these forums and in games. A great example of how we should all act with each other. I’d almost always see him chatting away with others whenever I looked at our Discord. I’ll miss that.

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    • This is incredibly disheartening to hear. As we’ve heard updates throughout the last few months on his situation, I believe that we always expected things to get better and for one day to see his grand return. SC was a wonderful colleague, team player, leader, contributor and friend to this community. He will be missed.

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    • You were always helpful and kind and hilarious. You were someone I admired and valued, and I wish I told you that. I miss you.

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    • I'm crying. Seraphim was the perfect example of what a Mentor, and then a Ninja, should be. I feel lucky to have shared a part of my journey with a wonderful person like him. R.I.P.

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    • Edited by Double07: 2/1/2022 8:54:06 PM
      Sincerest condolences for his family. He sounded like a very nice person. May he Rest In Peace

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