I for one, had to leave the land for long times. Sometimes to recover from illness, sometimes because I get too personally involved. I may be pw, but I have seen people coming and going. Not recently, but I have witnessed newbies be bullied, those just off the lw list being jumped and stripped by people several more years advanced in skills then they are. I have heard threats if they don't do something. I have heard terrible, terrible things and know many left the land because of terrible terrible actions (like a former friend who left after being forced to kill a baby in our charge). These things have a huge strain on all of us.
We cannot tell people to stay if they lose interest. All we can do is teach them everything from runing thier equipment and what it does, how to defend oneself and how to cope in the land be ye fighter or pacifist. There is no answer, but if we come to the call of our young until they are strong enough to stand on their own - that's a start.
Written and shown unedited exactly as rendered by text based game bulletin board on Avalon Online RPG and by my hand on the 2nd of Ilmarael, in the year 1406.