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Backer Limerick Removed in Obsidian Game

Looks like upset twitter comments caused the removal of a $500 backer memorial poem from
the Obsidian game Pillars of Eternity. The information of the removal is in
the patch notes from the game. The creator of what is being called a limerick (though it's only 4 lines and not the standard 5) wrote a somewhat silly memorial poem about committing suicide after sleeping with a man that he thought was a woman. This is in the nature and background of folk limericks (check out Wikipedia), which often feature a violation of taboo. For those making accusations about transgender folks, there's actually nothing in the initial limerick stating that the person was transgender.

The text of the original limerick follows:

Here lies Firedorn, a hero in bed.
He once was alive, but now he's dead.
The last woman he bedded, turned out a man.
And crying in shame, off a cliff he ran.

A Twitter storm then started and is pretty well documented in this TechRaptor article. Obsidian asked Firedorn about changing the limerick and he decided on the change because he likes Obsidian and would rather that they develop the game rather than spending a lot of misdirected time and effort on a media storm. Here's the new poem:

Here lies Firedorn, a bard, a poet.
He was also a card, but most didn't know it.
A poem he wrote in jest was misread.
They asked for blood, so now he's just dead.

Maybe somebody could write a nice memorial limerick for Twitter at this point? It'd be nice to see the Internet mob mentality that's stoning folks be put down. Maybe something like,

Here lies Twitter, a one-line masquerade
Where we waited for the light of wisdom to be made.
Everything's accused as obscene.
But really people are just plain mean.
May it rest in pieces or at least get spayed.

Can you think of a better one?