Sproutfoot wrote:Perhaps you'd be willing to answer this question:
Is the reason most FMs disappear upon promotion an IC reason or an OOC reason?
Followup: Is the hiatus of freshly dubbed FMs accepted by the existing FMs or is it frowned upon?
I certainly haven't asked them all but I would assume they fall into the OOC catagory.
Far as the break after hitting FM it's widely known that it happens as people have generally put in a lot of work and time and they need a break of some kind. No one really likes it that newly promoted FM take a break but it's generally accepted that it happens and there's not much anyone can do about it (it does take a lot of time and effort to get to FM after all). Not all FMs join the Council, and not all do so immediately, although most do fairly quickly, hence the absence.
Now the FM that come back from their promotion break and then disappear leave for other reasons.
Did you never join the Council? Perhaps not, but if you had ever joined (perhaps not), it's an IC reason, not OOC, and involves meta-gaming as someone (Lorikeet?) suspected. It has very little to nothing to do with boredom nor with "phew, I've finally passed my final exam." The "hiatus" is almost expected, and not at all frowned upon.
Mystics are meticulous record keepers. I keep meticulous records. Here are some facts for you, which although Maeght will reject, I hope the rest of you will accept, since they are easily verifiable in-game by a member of any class:
There have been 33 Mystics, 3 of which have been ejected from the full Mystic class (Nyssa, Salandra, Manticore.)
Of the 30 remaining, 27 have clanned within the last two years. (Minus Zorton, minus Robin Greyhawk, minus Callia.)
Of the 27 who have clanned, 26 have clanned within the last year. (Minus Sutai.)
Of the 26 who have clanned within the last year, 22 have clanned within the last 4 months. (Minus several others.)
I don't have "time spent clanning" records, but that seems like a disproportionately high
retention rate to me.
If you're wondering "where are Aki, Malkor, and Leonin? They never clan?!!!" then you're objectively wrong.
E: However, a valid
argument that can be made is "why aren't full Mystics playing the same game as us?" in which case, the answer is probably split betwen "it kind of sucks to play the fighter/healer Clan Lord game as a Mystic" and "the Mystic Clan Lord game is more easily played by people without a lot of consistent free time and accommodates people without free time to open the client and chat in TC."
Of the most active Mystics, I know most of their alts, and the alts generally do not get more play time than the FMs. I think you, Salandra, know who the alts of most of the FMs are, and you can back this up.