Considering Harry Potter needed Ron and Hermione as much as he needed his wand, (if not more so), they practiced theurgy on many occasions: a fancy Greek word for ‘magical teamwork.’ We can’t do everything alone, and we can’t do everything together. We bounce around like atoms, paradoxically touching/not touching. Shifting from summer to autumn is one of my most hopeful times of the year. Please remind me of this in the deepest depths of northern darkness, around the winter solstice, when I suppress the urge to set the house on fire just to remind the sun to come back. I love this time of year–I leave Azeroth a bit more, remind myself of other forms of stories and ideas, and harvest new ideas. I had planned on doing a lot of writing this summer, but instead I did none. I don’t have a reason or explanation, no rationalization or justification. I just didn’t. I don’t want to label it, analyze it, or deal with it. I just didn’t. I appreciate that others continue to harness the power of the ‘Azerothian Writers‘ and keep us moving forward. Thanks also to Erinys for this post with careful circumnavigation of spoilers. I think the thing is — (and here I said I wasn’t going to analyze) –I often don’t write simply because I feel it’s all been said before by far more interesting people. And then…and then I will listen to a This American Life episode, hear a story about a “normal” person, and be completely in awe.
I HUGELY annoyed CD Rogue last night when after raiding, and by and large ignoring him, I asked him that he should ask me about my day once in awhile. Why do I start these conversations at 10:30 at night? /swears We can’t fit it all in, I suppose. He just doesn’t want to hear my stories, presented on my metaphorical stage when I interrupt his important routine. I get it. PlaidElf and I were chatting, and talking about paladin tanking – she said “So much of our awesome has cool downs.” * Ain’t that the truth, sister? We all need cool down time.
So join me, fellow Azerothians – listen to something different, read something new, think about something other than Azeroth for a little while.
My note: the use of moist towlette is especially endearing!~
Helm of Lupine Cunning, because if she crouches she looks like a ferocious beast, and because she skinned the wolf herself.
Stonecloth everything except cloak, because stone and cloth must make a more resilient fiber. Del doesn’t have the strength to wear anything heavier.
Antiseptic Soaked Dressing underneath, just in case (do the undead need antiseptic?)
Ranger Cloak is her tent, blends in with the grass so she can hide and sleep during the day.
Hardened Stone Shard because knives are needed, and stone was plentiful.
Khadgar’s Knapsack. I suppose he is dead by now, powerful as he may be, and doesn’t need it. I stashed stuff inside! Murky Water, Moist Towelette, Rock Hard Biscuit, EZ-Thro Dynamite, Reinforced Fishing Line and Tough Jerky.
She kept a couple trinkets. Evonice’s Landing Pilla to lay on under her tent, and Dog Whistle to call a hound to help out.
I sent a bonus screenie because, name and title that snuck into the screen were hilarious!
So I asked my characters who would be interested in competing inMatty’s End of the World Contest. Cat’s found a renewed interest in getting her pets leveled before Warlords so she’s out. Cim showed interest but Sasche yelled, pick me, pick me! I’ve already done it before!
Done what Sas? Survived the end of the world … as I knew it anyway. Who better than an Undead to fight a possible Zombie Apocalypse!
Wow, I don’t think I’ve heard her talk that much in the whole time I’ve known her. Okay Sasche! Show us what you’ve got!
Lastly, but probably the most important. When we prevail and start rebuilding what are we going to need? Yep, bureaucrats.
As for my pet, what’s most likely to survive the end of the world but roaches! What? Yeah … okay … and the bureaucrats but I don’t have a pet one. I’m bringing along my Resilient Roach to the end of the world.
You probably get the equivalent of the blog post this would have been in your email. But hope it’s fun. It’s a fun contest idea, though required more thought than my usual. Originally I thought of doing a hunter mog, then was planning on doing Rimandrys as he’d handle the end of the world, bits of his current mog cobbled together with other things. When the contest is over that might yet rate a post. When it came down to making the mog though you get Saelindir’s ‘I’m totally a warlock or a druid or something much scarier than a priest’ End of the World Mog.
This is all stuff he could even equip at his current level, though I won’t pretend to vouch for how easy it would be to get his hands on some of it.
Head: Exorcist’s Dreadweave Hood (This serves the warlock or druid illusion, but is also practical for helping keep rain and stuff off at least a little bit.)
Shoulders: Geomancer’s Spaulders (No real practical reason, but even if it’s the end of the world you need a little bit of style and flair. Especially if you’re a blood elf.)
Chest: Witch Doctor’s Beads (These add to the intimidating illusion of something dangerous and maybe a little primitive, also have straps that things could be attached to and won’t weigh him down on spontaneous fishing trips. Also suits his personal taste. Some questing might be in order to pick them up for real.)
Wrists: Don’t show
Hands: Fireheart Gloves (Simple, practical gloves, useful for protecting the hands when you are scavenging through things or picking thorny plants.)
Waist: Cord of Reconstruction (It’s a plain belt, won’t get in the way and the name has sort of a hopeful ring to it.)
Legs: Aboriginal Loincloth (Well, won’t cause any problems when swimming, easy enough to dry and take care of and again suits his personal style)
Feet: Oilfoot Slippers (See that earlier comment about style and flair. Saelindir is of the opinion that one of the things you need to survive absolutely anything is a killer pair of boots. Plus he can take them off for swimming and will have removed about half his clothes just by doing that.)
Back: Cloak of Blade Turning (In case it gets cold. And because at night you’d want a blanket and one you can wear is easier to carry around.)
Staff: Staff of the Shadow Flame (This staff is chosen entirely because it looks intimidating and not priestly and if he runs into any dangerous folks during the apocalypse he’d rather they thought he was something scarier than a priest.)
Trusty Pet: Thistle the Mana Wyrmling (Because Mana Wyrms seem to be absolutely genius at sniffing out sources of arcane power, and you never know when you might need to find some. Especially if you’re a blood elf. Besides… it’s adorable in its own special way.)
I can’t help imagining these outfits being worn around some place like the Outlands version of Shadowmoon Valley. If anything in WoW looks like the end of the world, that’s it to me.
When we all build our bomb shelters garrisons I know who I’m going to call! Thanks ladies – you are da bomb! (shelter)
Today’s Random Tuesday Morning Thought is brought to you by the letter P and the feeling of O, as in, “Oh, I am really anxious about this.”
“Personification” is one of my favorite figurative language terms. So simple in definition, yet provides so much richness to our imaginations. Whenever illustrating personification one of the most accessible ways is to think about the characters in Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast.’ Each tea pot and candlestick has its own personality, every feather duster and door knob. It’s magical.
Even Carmen from Art of Carmen puts her own spin on Azerothian characters. They tend to be salaciously sexualized and entertainingly sinful: note the little “devil’s tail” in the smile of the Draenei below:
My dear friend Plaid Elf much more kindly pointed out some of her disappointment, too.
We were all so excited, but what we got was Low Budget Beasts. Scratch that. Low Budget Beasts have character and grit, even if ofttimes poorly executed cosplay. At least they try!
When many of us saw the ‘sketchbook’ if you will of our new characters we were delighted. All except me, who immediately saw the dead-eyes, too narrow of jaw, and sexless, plastic lips– to me, the new Draenei female models look like they’ve been on a three-day bender of Botox and Velen sold their souls to Illidan. Am I that unhappy? Yes. When I showed the Beta model of the female Dwarf, with richness and vibrance to the art, that is what I was pointing to, what I wanted. I feel that this is somehow Blizzard’s passive-aggressive means to take two of the most beautiful female races (Draenei and Night Elf) in Azeroth, and instead of making ALL races rich, vibrant and…looking for a word here...they did what they always do: break the good in an effort to level some imaginary playing field. Now – I’m going to try to say this next thing as carefully as I can, but I’ll probably get misunderstood: Tauren, Troll, and Dwarf females were often thought of as not the “beautiful” races. First, I disagree. Big time. But Blizzard did give them a richness and nuances that served to enhance their natural beauty. (We haven’t seen Troll yet, but I am betting the farm they are ‘new and improved: even the Forsaken has left us feeling forsaken.) Careful framing, shading, and line work that only added to their beauty. I wish the good and talented artists at Blizzard would take a step back and go study the artists of Disney,Hayao Miyazaki, and Pixar. Heck, even Tim Burton would add some grit. Let him redesign the Forsaken! And second, shame on Blizzard if that is their plan, to somehow make the “pretty” girls “ugly” as a way of compensating for something that didn’t need to be paid.
Now maybe I can get the word to Blizzard. I know they keep saying it’s just the Beta, and not providing me any mental relief as far as what the future holds for my Draenei and Night Elf clan. I will say I’ve been delighted with the addition of a Dwarf shaman named Mollei. Remember Mollie MacBallbuster? She is all kinds of delightful. Sometimes I have error speech on, and when she says in her little Scottish accent, “I’m oot of mann-ah!” I crack up, as her braids twirl with every spell. At least I can count on her to stay beautiful, inside and out.