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#14947402 Mar 29, 2022 at 11:36 AM
1485 Posts
It is with great sadness that I must tell the Champions Online community that Scott Bennie, teacher, novelist, game writer, and veteran of CO, known to many of you as his Player Character, Thundrax, has passed away.

Scott had been an active participant in Champions Online since its earliest presence on the Internet, and contributed greatly to player interactions both in-game and here on the forums. But he was also one of the most prolific writers for the Champions tabletop RPG, as well as writer and designer for other games. If you have had any adventures in CO's version of northern Canada, or battled VIPER, then you've played with a fraction of Scott's contribution to Champions. Thundrax was also his PC or Game Master-controlled NPC in the many Champions campaigns Scott played in or GM'd since the early 1980s.

Scott has suffered from health problems at least since early adulthood, which struggles he kept private from most people. His most recent serious bout which led to his hospitalization was a little over a year ago, which was announced here at the time. Contact information to his hospital was also shared both on CO-related forums and on the forums of Hero Games, publishers of Champions PnP. Reportedly the outpouring of well-wishes he received was moving and comforting to him. I for one am glad he got to know how much he is remembered, loved and respected.

No supervillain could lay the mighty Thundrax low, but sadly, mortality comes to all of us in the end. But we who are left behind can at least remember and honor him.
#14947419 Mar 29, 2022 at 01:55 PM
224 Posts
As I said in-game... RenCen is going to feel a little less-bright without Thundrax, and the world a little less-bright without Scott.

#14947420 Mar 29, 2022 at 02:20 PM
642 Posts
Liaden, I am grateful to you for the thankless duty of being the bearer of bad news both here and on the main forums. Your words are elegant and fitting tribute to Thundrax, Mr. Scott Bennie.

I have been a part of this community since 2009. I am still around despite me having entered this community as an impatient, unrefined roleplayer with little grasp on etiquette and storytelling. That I grew as I did, I credit to Scott Bennie's example, patience, expertise, and mentorship. At no other time in its lifespan did this collective enjoy someone of his magnitude - as a person, writer, and advocate of RP.

As he leaves, he takes a great part of us with him. I cannot help but acquiesce: when he was with us, he gave far more.
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#14947691 Mar 30, 2022 at 05:36 PM
11 Posts
I may not be around CO anymore, but Drax was always a pleasure to chat with, and his story arcs were always fun, somber, thoughtful or clever. The world may have lost a great storyteller, but his stories will always live on in others.
#14947886 Mar 31, 2022 at 12:27 PM
243 Posts
I came back to this forum on a lark to see if anything was still active just yesterday, only to learn this terrible news. He will be sorely missed.
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#14947896 Mar 31, 2022 at 01:04 PM
1390 Posts
An incredible loss to many communities. He was an inspiration and a hero.

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