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July 13, 2010

Obeying the Muse

It’s a fresh start – I will be moving none of the old posts over.  I’m not sure if I’ll keep this up for posterity (as if they care about my old posts) or if I’ll take all this down at some point.

You may throw rotten fruit if you wish.  Even if you throw a tomato at me, I hope to see you on the pink side.


The Scoop

June 28, 2010

It’s been a good long while since one of these has come around – which is really too bad, since I like learning about my fellow bloggers.  And that’s what you should think of this as – learning about your fellow bloggers.  Not a…  *glances around and lowers her voice* meme.  TEH HORRORS!  The questions in this survey that I saw on Jaedia’s blog are quite interesting and help reveal opinions about the blogger that may not come out in their usual blogging.  (I’m not trying to make it sound like a personality test, I just really enjoy learning about the people who write the blogs I read!)

Let’s begin:

1. Raider, farmer, PvPer, or altoholic?

*blank stare*  This hardly bears asking.  *tics last box*

2. Favorite raid or dungeon?

My favorite dungeon, even from way back on my rogue, is The Mechanar.  I’m not sure exactly WHY I like it so much (perhaps how pretty it is inside) but even running it a million times on Anea and Sin combined never made me tired of it.  I’m looking forward to doing it on Anarkali.

3. Number one choice for a new playable race?

Tuskarr. Srsly.

4. Class you suck the most at?

Well… I haven’t played all the classes to a decently high level yet (warlock and druid haven’t made it out of the starting gate) but I’m not good at Death Knights.  Or Warrior tanking.  At all.

5. Original UI or modded UI?

The UI that I’m running right now is more or less the original UI.  I do have a few mods here and there, but they’re more “support” addons rather than drastic interface changing ones.  This is due to the computer that I must play on (a crappy old desktop) until I can buy myself a new one!  RIP laptop.

6. Profession you’ve never levelled past 200?

Blacksmithing, Leatherworking and Tailoring.  I have a small profession circle that I choose from.

7. Favorite flying mount?

Ironbound Proto-Drake. I’ll never have the damn thing, but boy do I want it.

8. Nozdormu — friend or foe, you figure?

Erm… *quickly opens Wowwiki and reads Nozdormu page*  Seems like a good guy dragon aspect?

9. Useless item you have in your bank that you’ll never get rid of?

Anea has quite a few random things in her bank – one of the things that’s stayed in her bank is the Mallet of Zul’Farrak – she kept it back when it was a white useful item only to look at it a few months ago and see that it’s no longer useful, but has turned in to a blue item that, should you want to vendor it, requires you confirm the deletion.  (Fancy, huh?)

Since Anarkali is still a growing Shaman, she doesn’t have much in her bank on the “to keep” side – but she does have Old Crafty in there.  (Oddly, he doesn’t smell yet.)

10. Most expensive thing you’ve ever bought?

Do you all want the sad truth?  Artisan Riding. That’s the most expensive thing I’ve bought.  I haven’t splurged on other vanity items/mounts/pets/whathaveyou.  That’s all.  Boring.

11. Favorite starting area?

I have about three answers to this.  I’m tempted to say the Draenei area (Azuremyst) since I’ve done it so many times… but I don’t like the way the quests flow there.  I don’t particularly enjoy the quests in Elwynn but they flow like a well-oiled machine there.  (I’ve also played many humans.)  The scenery in Eversong Woods is divine but there’s too much running hither and thither for my taste.

There are, however, a few little islands that are the silver lining to an otherwise horrible, red, desolate starting area.  Durotar is a horrible boring hell of quests, but once you make it out of the Valley of Trials as a brand new level 5, you get to go over to Sen’jin Village and get quests that send you to the Echo Isles.  Love it.  (Please see question 30.)

12. Inane goal you worked hardest to achieve?

After I had switched mains to Anea, my rogue Sin sat patiently waiting for me to return to her.  I never did – however, a year later the Midsummer Festival came back around and I got it into my head that Sin needed to be a Flame Keeper, that she needed the whole outfit AND needed the pet.  Must have them or else.  So… I picked up my long abandoned rogue, did all the fires, all the achievements, gathered tons of blossoms and got her the whole kit and caboodle.  Only to never play her again.

Clearly this took all of my enthusiasm for the holiday because Anea isn’t a Flame Warden nor can I muster up the strength to schlep Anarkali to all the damn fires for the quests/experience.

13. Darion Mograine VS Tirion Fordring, gloves off — winner is?

See, this is one of the fun interesting questions that I’ll enjoy reading on other people’s blogs, but I don’t know enough about them to craft an answer, let alone a clever one!

14. Game music or your own playlist?

Game sounds have actually been my soundtrack for the last several weeks.  I’ve recently discovered them sans game music and it’s really quite interesting what you end up hearing that gets covered up by the zone music or the Apoptygma Berzerk you have blasting into your headphones.  I’ve been thinking about turning the music back on, after I hear what each zone sounds like in the Outlands and Northrend, since the music in the game is too damn awesome to not listen to.

15. Particular option or setting that you always toggle on a new alt/server?

Hmm… way back when, I used to have to toggle the auto-quest-text option.  When I had my fancy UI I would tweak this or that.  But really now, since I’m more or less playing with the default UI I just have to make sure that my Automaton will auto-decline duels, auto-repair and auto-sell and I’m ready to roll.

16. Highest amount of levels gained in one play session?

In recent memory: I got Anarkali five and a half levels in her 50s.  I couldn’t make it to six, my brain wouldn’t stand it.

17. Thing you’d most like to experience or see in-game?

Wrathgate.  Lus and I missed the whole thing on our way through Northrend.  I haven’t been back on Anea and I haven’t had an alt high-enough level to see it yet.

18. Worst PuG moment?

Oh gawd, where to begin.  I could name any one thing, but there has only been one time where I have been SO fantastically pissed at a PuG that I wrote a rant post about it.

19. Best dungeon/raid moment?

I have a lot of “good” dungeon/raid moments, but I don’t know if I have a “best” one to write about.  (Clearly, since I can’t think of anything.)  I didn’t raid bleeding edge and I haven’t seen the “end” bosses of Vanilla, BC or Wrath.  Just had a good time raiding with the guild.  (What a lame boring answer.)

20. Worst quest ever that you totally hate doing?

We’ll not address these sorts of quests since I (and Rades) have recently talked about them and I won’t even mention the poo quests, since they’re just gross but not overly annoying… I hate doing the “Learn Furbolg then run around after ghosts all over the damn island just to open up a handful more of quests” questline.  HAET.

21. First thing you do when you hit 80?

Train.  (Insightful, I know.)  I hit 80 so long ago on Anea I can’t really remember if I did anything special – I don’t think she had any gear saved for when she was 80.  I may have abandoned quests to revel in the “not leveling anymore” feeling.

22. Character (of yours) you would RP as if you had to?

I think Anarkali would be really fun to RP.  I’m quite sad that she’s not over on Matojo‘s realm to soak up the Trolly-RP goodness.

23. Keyboard, mouse, or both for using abilities?

When I am fighting I like to press keys.  I am only a clicker when I heal because I use Injector/Clique.  Keys keys keys otherwise.

24. Thottbot or WoWhead?

Wowhead.  Always and only.  <3

25. Acronym you’ve seen in chat but don’t understand?

Since I stay out of Trade, the only acronyms that I see are either obvious (lol, ttyl, ty, wb) or are related to dungeons (cc, k, ty, np) but can we just talk about this “r” phenomenon for a second?  Where the hell did this come from?  Is it too hard to type out “ready” or to initiate a ready check?  I hate seeing anyone type “r” in party chat.  The first few times I saw them, I thought they were typos until I got yelled at for not responding.  I will NEVER type “r” in response and will either stay silent in protest or, if feeling futilely smart-ass-tastic, I’ll reply with “arr, matey”.

26. Plot point you’d like to see resolved someday?

To have Jaina learn that endless optimism will only get people killed?  Is that a plot point?  (Bitter about my H-Hor experiences?  No, not at all…)

27. Biggest thing you’re looking forward to in Cataclysm?

Seeing all the new zones, the new creatures, new mobs, the new “capital” city… all the newness that comes with expansions.  Especially Vash’jir, I’m excited to see that.

28. Guild event you’d like to see?

Not applicable.

29. Level range you hate being in?

The 20s Alliance-side and the late 40s/early 50s Horde-side.

30. Favorite map to quest in?

For the longest time I’ve claimed that Stranglethorn Vale is my favorite zone.  I love that zone.  However, I was dragging a little on Anarkali when I went through STV and I’m not sure why… perhaps because she is approximately the one billionth character I’ve had go through Stranglethorn, I dunno.  The shining star at the end of my Horrible Hellfire experience is Zangarmarsh.  I love that zone too.  For the last couple of alts that have made it to Outlands have gotten the quest achievement for Zangarmarsh.  In Northrend, I know I’ll be spending a lot of time in Sholazar Basin.  Apparently I enjoy rainforesty, wet, marshy places.  Perhaps it’s my inner Troll?

In which there is a guest post

June 26, 2010

Nope, not here!

Over at Revive and Rejuvenate!

Well, nevermind then

June 20, 2010

I was chatting randomly to someone on my realm while I was queueing for randoms about how I wanted to get Classic Dungeon Master and that I hoped I could find people to do it with.  I was squarely in the BRD range of things and knew that the big long “Upper City” was coming and was (honestly) dreading it.  The chances of getting someone (anyone!) in the group that knew where they were going and the group finishing the instance intact were slim to none.  Especially multiple times in a row.  I was dreading it.  It actually ended up that I managed to find one group for Prison but we did the whole thing (plus I got my key) and then I didn’t queue for a random again until I was sure I wouldn’t get BRD.  That much haet.

So now that I’ve reached Outlands eligibility, I can go to Hellfire and sprint to 60 and be eligible for the Outlands randoms.  Things will go pretty fast from there.  That means that I would have to queue for particular Classic dungeons that I don’t have yet, but that also means rolling the dice in the hopes that I will have someone (actually, four someones) that know where they’re going and will stick together.  Those last Classic dungeons are long and I (ironically) cannot be a contributing member of my party, navigationwise, ’cause I don’t know the dungeons whatsoever.  Yes, I will learn them if I queue for them, but will I ever get a group that can make it to the end?  Will I have enough groups make it to the end that I will learn by repitition?

At the time I was talking to the person on my realm, I was all gung-ho about it and told myself I was DEFINTIELY going to get that achievement.  Now that it’s time for me to actually do it… I probably won’t.  I’ll probably wuss out and go back at 80 to get the achievements.

Surely I’m not the only person who doesn’t want to spend hours queueing and requeueing as people drop out of stagnant groups?

Through the Dark Portal

June 15, 2010

I really think there ought to be an achievement for going through the Dark Portal.  It’s such an important event in a character’s life, it ought to be memorialized in their achievements in addition to the cheesy “Dark Portal” screenshots that I take.  (Surely I’m not alone in this, right?)

Also, Naithin?  I believe this makes you wrong!

RIP Thersa Windsong

June 14, 2010

A while ago, after Wrath came out, there were quite the flurry of posts about ethics and morals and how they applied in game, mostly in regards to a certain quest.  (There was also a similar quest in the DK starting area, but I didn’t see anyone mention it, oddly.)

The death of Thersa Windsong didn’t directly involve me taking some sharp instrument and torturing her before she died, but I think it counts nonetheless.  I had gone down in the Apothecarium to deliver some information to Andon Gant from Jediga and saw that there was another quest available if I went down the stairs.  Sure enough, Chemist Cuely wanted me to go fill some vials from tidepools in Azshara to help this poor Tauren standing next to him.  Thersa did look quite ill and Cuely wanted to find out what had made her so sick.

So, I went to go fill the vials.

Should I have known better?  Yes.  The very first time I played an Undead out of the starting area and got to Brill and got the quest to poison the poor Mountaineers in the basement of the inn, I’ve disliked the Undead.  (I was actually so disgusted and guilt-ridden I didn’t roll an Undead for about a year.)  And as you go one, there are more and more quests in a similar vein throughout the world that the Undead questgivers make available to you.  Because I have an inherent dislike for the Undead that started that first time I rolled an Undead, I stay away from their areas while leveling.  I’ll go to the Undercity to turn in quests or to pick up quests for dungeons.  But I don’t like them, I don’t like what they do, and I don’t like their areas.

But my Troll, as naive as that poor Tauren that went looking to the Undead for help, desperate for a cure, decided to go fill those vials.  It was an easy enough quest.  I hearthed back to turn it in, and as Chemist Cuely says, “… Perhaps it will cure her… perhaps not.” my stomach dropped a little.  I knew what the vial Anarkali held in her hands was going to do to the Tauren.  It was either going to disfigure her horribly or it would kill her.

What should I do?  As soon as I read the quest text, I was taken back to that first time I went into the basement to poison the Mountaineers.  Since I didn’t know what would happen, I watched them turn into zombies.  It was horrible to read their e-motes.  I felt exactly the same knowing I was going to kill this poor Tauren, who was only here for help because other healers couldn’t help her.  (Plus, she’s a Tauren – there’s a whole added bit of innocence somehow built in, imo.)

I gave it to her.  She died immediately.

My excuse (and that’s what it is, an excuse) is that Anarkali needed the experience points.  She’s trying to level as quickly as possible.  Why?  The sooner she is 80, the sooner she can start working on Loremaster.  Issue?  Now I’m not sure if I can do that.  As I said, there are more quests out there like this – if I want Loremaster, will I be able to skip over them and complete others in order to meet the number requirements per continent?  Or will I have to bite the bullet and kill off who knows how many other people in order to make my quest count go up?

This could turn into a whole big discussion of ethics and morals and how my morals perhaps aren’t Anarkali’s at all and while I don’t have an intimate knowledge of who she is yet, I’d like to think that she wouldn’t willingly participate in such a deplorable quest and be in league with the damnable Forsaken by choice.  She is a shaman.  She heals people by choice – this wouldn’t be what she does.

Welcome to Ethermead!

June 12, 2010

Regarding the “new posts” in your feedreader: I apologize for the post spam that’s been assaulting your feedreaders.  For some reason when I go back in to posts to edit them (to fix the broken images and links) the feedreader thinks it’s a new post.  I’m not sure how to “turn it off” so please ignore them for a couple days until I can get everything edited correctly.  I apologize for any heart palpitations the high unread items count may have caused you.  -A

Welcome, thanks for coming!  Make yourselves comfortable, there are cushions scattered on the floor for your comfort.  Please, have a glass of ethermead.

Greetings and salutations!  I am your hostess, Anea.  Some of you may know me from the .nu domain in my name.  Some of you may even know me back from my beginnings as HolyDiscipline.  Some of you may be new!  Whichever you are, thanks for making your way here.

This is to be my new home.  (I’d add “hopefully”, but I think this just tempts the gods.)  Rather than have a specific name or a general one or one named after a particular character, perhaps abstract is best for me, my style and my altoholism.  *audience chuckles at the joke* Yes, it’s funny ’cause it’s true.

Please excuse my dust as I get things cleaned up, sorted out and put away here.  Images will be put up as soon as my brain will allow.  The blogroll will be compiled yet again (if you have a link that you think I ought to check out, please share!)  Tags and Categories will be redone, hopefully in a more specific way that will help you search for what you’d like to read.  There will even be a banner coming, in the correct theme of things, hopefully soon so this place won’t look so drab. As you read on the other update, please be so kind as to update your blogrolls and feeds.  Since we’re on wordpress now, there is even an option to subscribe by e-mail, and if you so wish you can now subscribe to comments.  (I know that was a feature that some readers wanted at the other site.)  I think that being here will make us both happy.