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Me, my pets...and what happened to Sydwinx?

My name is Sydney,more commonly known on here as Sydwinx, or Syd. I've been playing neopets since April of 2010, and I've had some fantastic experiences on the site. Whether it was meeting new friends, reaching my goal of a dream pet, beating a previous score at a game, completing the plots and events...all of it was a blast.

Most people know me from the PC, where I always ALYA'ed and traded. If I wasn't doing that, I was always chatting with friends and strangers. My inbox was never empty...there was always 100s of neomails. For the people that knew me from trading, many knew me as the girl trying to reach a UC grey shoyru. Outside of neopets, I'm into My little pony, Pokémon, Roblox, Minecraft, Bakugan, and Yu gi oh. I'm also really into drawing, which I can thank neopets for that.( I have stacks of neopet drawings. XD) I've been in soccer for 8 years, and I love being goalkeeper.

What happened to Sydwinx? Why did I include that above?? I want people to know what happened to me. I want people to be careful and safe of UC/BD trading/adopting. And finally, I want to say that, pet traders, Screenie your trades/neomails. I couldn't prove that I talked with the user over neomail, and now I can't get my accounts back. I hope that never happens to anyone else again. I On January 7th,2014, we had no school due to the weather. I made a board seeking advice. I was honestly getting tired of trading. It felt like I was going in circles to get a UC grey shoyru. I would get no offers, if I did they would back out, every pet I traded away would end up having an easy time trading...I kept thinking, 9 months straight of only trading? Ugh, this is getting annoying. I decided to make a board. I know the board included me asking how long it took people to reach their goals, and me complaining about UC grey shoyrus( I don't remember exactly what it was 100% about). Many people replied, and it made me feel more confident. Then I received a neomail, from a kind looking user, asking me if a BD pet could get a UC grey shoyru. They listed the stats, and I said to be honest, I don't know. They replied, asking if I'd like to adopt a 2.1k HSD BD pet, a 4-letter glowing hissi. I was honestly shocked, and said yes. I adopted the hissi on a side, and then later moved him to my main to zap. I told all my friends, and once again, I started advertising again, this time with two pets to offer. For the next two days I zapped the hissi, getting fantastic zaps. I was so happy, I was sure to get a UC grey shoyru...

Now comes Friday, January 10th. I remember this day well. It's my 5th hour art class, and my teacher said we would begin to sew. I was thinking about doing pokemon, but then I came up with an idea. Why not do a grey shoyru? I asked my teacher if I could show her what I wanted to do, and she gave me the ok. I logged in, and went to a UC grey shoyru lookup to show her. She said I could do it, and I smiled. I noticed I got some neomails, but I decided to wait until I got home to read them. I get home a hour later, and right away run to my computer. I log in, and my heart drops. I was frozen. I looked at the URL to make sure I didn't log into some fake website, but I didn't. It was neopets. I tried logging into all of my accounts..but all of them showed the same thing. I started crying. I had no clue what was going on, I couldn't think of anything that I did in the past few days..If anything, I thought I would get a warning for joking around about the image mess-ups( Where the images would change from a neopet to like,a ring or something). I made sydwinx5, and tried seeing if I could contact my friends..but I needed to wait a day. I told my mom what happened, she told me to send them a ticket, which I did. I checked the PC, and started crying again, but for a different reason. One of my friends made a board, asking what happened to me. I couldn't believe how many people posted. I didn't know half of them, but they all seemed to know me. Some thought it was because of the hissi I adopted (which ended up being true), others had no idea, but hoped I was alright. I couldn't believe what was going on..but, to me, this was amazing. I never thought someone would make a board about what happened, but they did. The next day, I talked with my neofriends. All I could do was send in tickets.

A few days later, I got a response, but it wasn't one I was expecting. It was because of the hissi, but they said I BOUGHT the hissi. What? I was so confused, and I responded back saying that proof of me adopting the pet was in my neomails. They responded back saying it wasn't. This went on for two months, saying I could get my accounts back if I showed proof that I bought it( Which didn't exist), refusing to answer any questions I had, saying I never talked to anyone on January 7th. Finally, they said I wouldn't be receiving my accounts back. I was going to quit, but then I remembered about something. I still had one dream pet to get. I still had something to do here. That was to get a UC grey shoyru. I remembered something else. Two of the pets I ever created were still in the pound, Messor and Brinsop. I didn't lose everything, and I still had a goal. And I remembered the most important thing: I still had my neofriends.

I wanted to say, thank you to all my neofriends that were kind to me and supported me. You guys are great friends, and there are no friends better then you guys.

My Pets

You can't be on neopets without pets, now can you? Not only will I introduce you to my current pets, but I will talk about the pets that I owned before I got frozen. Some I remember by their full names, others nicknames I gave them...and some I don't remember at all(names of course). But I do remember them all by heart, their stories and characters.


Billy

If you knew me, then you knew Billy. Besides Spikes, Billy was one of the longest pets I owned. After making a bad decision( I had a FFQ, and got offered a UC grey kacheek...I asked to CONSIDER instead of accept, haha) I traded the FFQ for a UC werelupe. This was when draiks were 20m, and at the time, a draik was my goal. I started trading around, until I ended up with a darigan krawk. Anchor management had just came out, so krawks were lowering, but still able to get UCs. I figured I couldn't get a draik, but UC mutant scorchios seemed really cool to me. After talking to a kind user, she offered to trade her UC mutant scorchio for my krawk, and Billy became mine. I never considered drawing my neopets or AlYA'ing, so I really just had him sitting there on my account. A few months later, after trying to trade up for a draik, I say something called "act like your active". I asked If I could join, and thus, Billys character was born. I decided to make him evil and rude at first, but as I was getting the hang of it, I switched his personality to the mean joker with a soft side ( He also can act like a Fyora at some times, bonus points if someone knows what that was about). He's always kept the same design as well. I still draw him from time to time, and I still come up with stories for him. He's a pet i'll never forget, and he'll be with me forever.
Billy: YOU BETTER NOT FORGET ME!


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My first pet ever. I first saw neopets back in limited too, and I thought they were adorable. The two that struck the most interest to me though, were the scorchio and shoyru.


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UC grey shoyru: Backstory and plans

Backstory
To be honest, I didn't want one in the beginning. Instead, I wanted a UC darigan scorchio, to match Poisanthorn and Billy. Starting with a 6-letter UC coco in March 2013, Along the way to a UC darigan scorchio I changed goals to a UC darigan grarrl. After achieving that goal in May/June, I tried coming up with stories to the grarrl. I tried making him an opposite to Billy, but that failed. I tried multiple ways to draw one..that failed too. I loved the grarrls name...but, it wasn't enough to get me attached. Began scanning the boards, seeing what UCs were UFT, when I saw a grey shoyru. I offered on one, and as I was waiting for a reply, I started thinking of a story for one. The first idea that I had for one was inspiration from the pokemon banette, a pokemon that I really like. After seeing one with the plushie wonderland background, I thought of making a voodoo shoyru. Even after I got rejected, I still thought about the idea. I abandoned the idea of a voodoo shoyru quickly, but other ideas popped in my head. After thinking for a while, I knew what I wanted my final UC to be: A UC grey shoyru. And my journey to reach a UC grey shoyru began.

Plans
What do I plan on doing with a UC grey shoyru if I get one? Well, for one, drawing. Drawing is a big passion of mine, and there's nothing more I like to draw then my neopets. I might not be good at games, I might not be able to make layouts,I might not be able to trade well, but what I can do is draw. Even if my drawings don't turn out as amazing as others, I still draw. I enjoy being able to draw my neopets how I imagine them to look like, without anyone else saying it's wrong. You can draw a neopet however you like, and I think that's amazing. That's what makes all neopets special and unique. With this, I plan on entering this shoyru in the BC. I have entered billy in the past, but I was so wrapped up in trading that I rarely drew him, and almost never entered him. Once I complete my goal of a UC grey shoyru, not only will I be able to draw him/her, but I could enter him/her in the BC. Even if I decide not to enter him/her, I still plan drawing him/her.

Story/Customization

While trading up for a UC grey shoyru, I kept thinking of different stories. Did I want my others pets to be involved with his character, or did I want him to be a lone character? What personality did I want to give him? Do I want to have a story that works for both a male and female, or do I want to have a separate character for either gender? I decided that I wanted a male UC grey shoyru, and I wanted him to be involved with the pets that I didn't have a big story for. Even if they were minor, I wanted to be able to use all my pets in a story, and I figured "why not with the UC grey shoyru?". Although I did get frozen, I still plan on including my old pets in his story, even if they are gone.

The time is now. He does not know about the past or future, he only knows about now. Around him are the trees and wind, always by his side. Not another soul shows itself. There is never rain or snow, no clouds to be seen. There are only two seasons in this world, one filled with darkness, and the other filled with hope. In the season of darkness, the only sound is the wind and the sound of his footsteps. Nothing is around, but he still feels like something is there. The stars are his only comfort, but the eerie lights that they emit also strike fear in him. He walks a path, towards a goal. The season of hope is filled with light, and mist. The sun is always out, which makes the loneliness bearable. The wind is gone, but the mist moves. He is still on the same path, towards the same goal. What is this goal? Freedom. Every sixth month, on one side of this world, a portal opens, high in the sky. This portal frees him of his curse, and lets him escape the world. Every sixth month he tries, but he does not succeed. His left wing is missing, preventing him from flying to the portal. He has only thirty minutes to reach the portal, before the season changes and the portal disparces. He tries to build a way to get up, but every season, the curse erases any trace of a building. He has only one shot each season, and he has failed every one. However, it's not all bad. Every season at each portal, a different neopet appears. A draik with a pure heart offers help to reach the portal, a shoyru with headphones plays him a song. Once, a dark scorchio yelled about how evil and great he was, while a draik boasted about her perfect fashion. Each one he can interact with, which makes him happy to know that he's not always alone. Once the next season begins, he travels the same path, picking up materials along the way, hoping to free the world and his curse. Sometimes he sees a krawk staring from a distance, but he believes it's his imagination....

Both customization's represent the seasons of darkness and hope. Every sixth months, I plan on changing his customization to whatever season it will be. I want to base the two season off our four seasons: Fall/Winter=Darkness, Spring/Summer=hope. Depending on how his story goes then, I will plan on a third customization for when he escapes the curse and leaves the world. Even though this would be an ongoing thing, I will write an interaction with all my pets, the ones frozen and the ones I own now. I might make it into a journal-like thing, or I may make it one large story.




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