Before I could see what was happening, I heard my pet whirlwinding about and when the game actually loaded I was at 10% HP!
I scrambled to make sense of wtf had happened, as I have a tendency to log out in more than compromising situations, especially when alcohol has been added to the mix, but I soon realized I was just getting attacked by a fellow player, one with some most sinister intentions, as he seemed very determined to kill me.
Needless to say, the fight ended poorly for me, and although I did get a bountiful harvest from Jogu's recommendations, I would caution wary travelers to watch out for Barbeaubot and his gang of misfits who seem content killing people in what I see as the most efficient means of world HKs possible.
War brings out the genius in everyone.
edit: Barbeaubot informed me he acted alone. I saw many red nameplates briefly before my quick death, so I can only assume those were simply bystanders enjoying the "fight". I apologize for the misunderstanding, and for implying that Barbeaubot's glorious kill required the help of others, which he made clear did not.