"This photo was taken just after I popped on today, when the servers opened up after the big server merger. I had known ahead of time that he was going to have to change his name because someone with a character sharing the same first name predated him in the server I merged with. He was born on October 22, 2002, so that's saying something."
"It was a little frustrating, after I checked the EverQuest Players page which lets people know when characters were first created, because the character who predated mine on the server hadn't been played in well over a year, while I've recently taken up the game again after a long break myself and have been spending a lot of time on Aerick. However, SOE helped ease the pain by allowing free name changes for affected characters, and even free server mergers for those affected characters -- or both! I was able to easily change the name from Aerick to Aerikk, which isn't the end of the world."
"The picture itself shows the now-named Aerikk with his vanity pet, who's still called 'Aerickx's minion.' Characters who had redundant names logged on to the X on their names before they picked a new one or transferred servers, so that's why it was 'Aerickx's minion' and not 'Aerick's minion.' As soon as I changed zones, the minion's name corrected itself. Aerick started in the Tholuxe Paells server, which then merged with Bertoxxolous a few years ago -- and now has merged with Saryrn to become Bertoxxolous-Saryrn -- so we've come a long way in the still-vibrant world of Norrath."