Hello to you out there, and sort of an update: Zolly is still missing, but Wavedancer has returned. There are several players who are 'seasonal', and play as it snows in our world. Others have had some tragedy, relating to flooding and storms. I wish everyone well and hope for their speedy recovery from those natural disasters.
We'll see you all soon - you are always welcome. I back up the server all the time, and for those returning players that are missing characters in their folders, I probably have them safe and sound. The only issue is that to 'reset and streamline' Despair, a few months ago we had a bank wipe, where we asked all current players to empty out what they can from xp and gold, then I erased/reset the banks.