To clarify, by "dying naturally," I mean dying of causes that are unrelated to another sentient person making the decision to kill you for some reason. Pretty much anything that doesn't add to another character's kill-count.
Over the years, I've heard a lot of people notice a lot of times how "nobody ever dies of anything natural." It's a subject that particularly likes to come up when an exception to the rule makes headlines. For example, I remember people talking about this when Samarodion died of old age; it struck people as so unusual that they stopped and noticed.
I think, though, that maybe this idea that nobody ever dies naturally isn't as true as it sounds. I think, just maybe, that nobody thinks it happens because nobody ever hears about it when it does. Take my character list, for example. I've had sixteen characters that I ever really developed and valued. Of those sixteen, nine are officially no longer in play. Of those nine, five are living on (retired from play) in uneventful lives, and four have died. Of those four, only one was actively murdered; one was killed by accident as a result of her old age and two were killed by the elements. But, how many of you ever even met Agatha, or Sarik, or Nox? And of those of you who did know one of them, how many of you cared enough to notice when she never came back? I've spoken to a few other people on the subject, and most of them say similar things - they really do have some characters who died of causes other than attack, several even.
Isn't it a shame that the only deaths we know about are the ones forced onto characters?
Do you think nobody ever dies naturally?
Do you have any characters who have died naturally?
Why do you think people have this idea about roleplay death?
Do you think there should be/would you like there to be more awareness of characters who die in natural ways?
If you could (and wanted to), what would be a fun way to raise awareness?
Feel free to answer any of the rhetorical questions I asked in the post body
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