Thunder was an active Zdaemon player
from West Chester, PA. She was the sister of Vampy and fiancee of Niv.
She played in the Storm zdaemon clan [s], with [s]tornado, [s]lighting,
and [s]hurricane (Niv). She liked udm3 maps, especially map07 and
map03. She also did parasailing at least one time, as is evidenced by
the above photo!
Thunder had been playing Doom at her parents house for a while, and
then she got her own Doom computer for Christmas from her parents in
2005 which she took to her own house. Vampy loaded doom into it, and
she started playing Doom/Zdaemon more seriously around December 31,
Niv is making an .avi compilation of some of her demos that will be
included on this site at a later date.
The following text was written for inclusion on this site by Niv, her
Lynne Watkins was a wonderful person. Actually, wonderful doesn't
cover it. It doesn't even begin to do so. No adjective in
the english language can come close to describing the positiveness with
which she lived her life and which she brought to all those around her.
To those who didn't know her, the
best way to describe her would be a "free-spirit". This was
certainly one (but not the only one) of her most endearing
Rachel was also a very caring
person -- able to drop anything at a moments notice for those she
loved, asking nothing in return. I witnessed this countless times
in the relatively short time I knew her (short in comparison to the
entire length of her life). Knowing that I can't change the past
and bring her back, one of my main regrets is not getting to know her,
and marrying her, sooner in life.
To me, she was the brightest light
I had ever seen in my life. I'd had relationships before, but my
relationship with Rachel was different. She was marriage
material. Here was a woman who I admired -- a woman with
ambitions similar to mine, yet never having lost her sense of youthful
A week before the trajic accident
occured, I had proposed to Rachel. The best moment of my life was
when she immediately said "Yes". I hear other guys (my friends
mainly) talk about the caution, or even fear, with which they
approached their marriages but for me, no such feelings ever
occured. My life was about to change for the better by a
magnitude, the thought of spending the rest of my life with such a
perfect person had me on cloud 9.
My only thoughts at that point were
"will I be able to bring her the same joy", "am I worthy of such a
perfect woman", and "she's out of my league". But Rachel, sensing
that I was having those thoughts, used her very comforting personality
to allay my fears.
I won't go into the circumstances
surrounding her passing, except to say that that night was the worst
time of my life. Rachel and I had been in bed, sleeping, because
she had been to the hospital the night before and were exhausted.
The narcotic pain-medications she had taken for her agonizing pain had
eventually caused her to stop breathing once we got home, and went to
sleep. I woke up to find her cold and not breathing, dialed 911
on the phone, told them the situation and asked how to do CPR (which I
then performed to no avail). The paramedics showed up and
pronounced her dead, after which I collapsed on the floor in
If I had not been sleeping so
deeply, and woken up a bit earlier, she would still be here
Rachel, I love you with all my
heart. I will miss you and love you for the rest of my existence
-- rest in peace my love.
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Zdaemon forum thread:
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one page: thunder-thread.html
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