On July 19, 2007 the Federation Sim Fleet lost a beloved member of our group. Mic Maharaj, known to many as Trent Ravenwood, lost his 26-year battle with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. A West-Indian first-generation immigrant to the United States, he came to America along with his parents seeking medical care.
Duchenne muscular dystrophy or more simply DMD affects 1 out of every 3,500 to 5,000 boys, rarely effecting females. DMD is incurable and few patients live into their early thirties. Eventually fatal, the disorder is characterized by rapidly progressive muscle weakness and atrophy of muscle tissue starting in the legs and pelvis and later affecting the whole body.
Despite his physical condition, he was able to find freedom in the world of role playing, and enrich the lives of others around him. As his host, FSF Linds noted “Our Mic…loved to game,” she said “[he] couldn”t be gotten down by anything, his favorite thing to do was be with his friends.”
Throughout his long history with the FSF, Mic played on a number of games including Dark Falls, Circus of the Damned, USS John C. Stennis, USS Aquinas, Firefly: Objects in Space, USS Firewall, USS Raptor and most recently the Hornet, leaving a unique impression with everyone who had the pleasure of enjoying his company.
Maharaj”s death serves as a reminder to the entire community of the positive effects we can have on others. He was a son, a brother, and an uncle, most of all, though, he was a friend. And the entire whole of FSF is saddened at his passing.
A memorial service is scheduled for Monday night at 8pm EST in “Ten Forward.” Additionally all of his characters on Dark Falls, Circus of Damned and Hornet will be made permanent members of the game, with his Hornet character being promoted posthumously to the rank of Chief Petty Officer.
A memoriam for Maharaj will be part of the upcoming issue of the Communique, Editor FSF Trinity has requested anyone wishing to share memories of him to email her with them and they will be part of the feature.