August 20, 2014

The Best Things To Do In WoW

This topic couldn't have come at a better time. I love WoW, but this is the first time in a long time that I feel like I'm scraping the bottom of the barrel for things to do. Last week Mr. and Mrs. WoW asked for some suggestions on things to do in WoW before WoD comes out. Now this wasn't just to be your average, gear up alts, clean out banks, etc., this was supposed to be things that you loved and enjoyed doing! I've been playing a lot lately with my niece, nephew, and some of their friends. They are all still very new to the game, and this is their first expansion where they are max level. We've been going around and collecting things here in there.

1. Achievements
Lately, we have been going back and trying to get them for titles, mounts, and just the general satisfaction of having them done. I'm not finding them as annoying as I previously did. I've also noticed that like me, most of my friends are also going back and getting as many MoP achievements done as they can. I love doing this because this allows me to focus on the new content that comes out without having to sweat about going back to the old world.

2. Pet Battles
I'm pretty behind on this, and I need to focus on this in the upcoming weeks. My goal was to have at least every mini pet to level 10 before WoD. I also have all the wild mini pets already caught, but if someone doesn't, this could be a fun thing to do, if you like that sort of thing.

3. Old Raids
There is always someone out there who is looking to get that certain tier set or even that one perfect piece to complete their transmog. Not to mention some of the really awesome mounts that have a chance to drop. While we have a schedule of what we run weekly - ICC, Ulduar, Firelands, sometimes Dragon Soul, a few weeks back I decided to spice things up with a naked Molten Core run. It was really fun, and we plan to eventually go back and continue on with Blackwing Lair!

Of course amid all of this stuff, I am leveling up some alts to prepare them, but I don't really consider that fun all the time. I do have to say, I'm enjoying questing in Northrend with my mage on Madoran. Anyway, I hope this may have given you some ideas on things to do if you're feeling bored. I also look forward to reading what others are doing to pass their time until WoD.

August 15, 2014

10 Years 10 Questions

Last week, AlternativeChat posed a unique little challenge for us in honor of WoW's 10th Anniversary - 10 Years 10 Questions. Since I wanted to take part, and I'm not really good with talking or recording videos, I decided to answer the questions here on my blog. If you would also like to participate, please click the link above to the Godmother's site and check it out. Now, here are my answers.

1. Why did you start playing Warcraft?
I started playing WoW because many of my friends at the time were playing. When my boyfriend set up his account, I ended up making my first character there to try out the game. I was hooked ever since! If it weren't for my friends pushing me to give it a chance, I don't think I would have ever tried it because I thought paying a monthly fee for a game was silly.

2. What was the first ever character you rolled?
My first character was a troll priest that I originally made on my boyfriend's account. I'm not sure what I named her, but I know I was questing in The Barrens eventually. Sadly, she is no longer with us today.

3. Which factors determined your faction choice in game?
Hm, I'm not really sure. I definitely knew that all of my friends were playing Horde at the time, so that definitely swayed me into going with that faction. I also saw most of the Alliance races as being boring and bland. While I do have Alliance characters now, my allegiance remains true to the Horde!
Lor'tar ogar!
4. What has been your most memorable moment in Warcraft and why?
My most memorable moment has to be when my Burning Crusade guild finally downed Leotheras the Blind. I don't know why it was such a glorious moment, but it was. I guess it was because we were working on him for a long time. It was also the night that I got my Fang of the Leviathan, so that's why that sword is so special to me.

5. What is your favourite aspect of the game and has this always been the case?
Collecting! I've always been a collector. My bank and bags were always filled with mini pets and mounts. I also used to collect old gear and wear it around the city before we had transmog. I'm definitely grateful for Blizzard continuing to add more storage options, because I really do need it! Hah!

6. Do you have an area in game that you always return to?
Yes, it's Azshara. I used to like it back in BC because it was a quiet place I could go and level up my fishing. Now I visit from time to time when I'm passing through Orgrimmar. I still love the colors of the zone, but I'm sad a lot of my favorite places there aren't in game anymore.

7. How long have you /played and has that been continuous?
I've been playing WoW since 2007. I took a two/three month break during WotLK when I was having computer issues and my old guild was falling apart. Since then, I have played continuously. Below is the amount of time I've played on Vel.

8. Admit it: do you read quest text or not?
I always read quest text on my first play through. So usually on Vel, it takes me a while to finish off leveling because I like to know what's going on in each zone through the questing. On my alts, I usually just blaze through it, unless it's my Alliance character. Sometimes they have quests that aren't available to Horde. I like to read those also. :)

9. Are there any regrets from your time in game?
Not really. I've always been nice, and did pretty much what I wanted. If I could go back, maybe I would have joined a new raiding guild for WotLK, because I think experiencing ICC with a guild for the first time would have been pretty amazing.

10. What effect has Warcraft had on your life outside gaming? 
Warcraft has brought me together with so many people I would have probably never met if I hadn't played the game. It has offered me many funny times to share with my friends. It's empowered me to take risks in life, be the adventurer I want to be, forge my own legacy. It's inspired me to continue writing. To me, WoW will always have a special place in my heart. :)

August 8, 2014

Whispers of Tirisfall Part 2

Tirisfall Glades houses many areas that hold "whispers" - the Whispering Forest, Whispering Shores, and Whispering Gardens. While the forest and shore are in close proximity with one another, the gardens are located around Scarlet Monastery. Supposedly they hold the whispers of the dead from a battle between the Scourge and the Scarlet Crusade. After visiting, I heard no such thing, so I'm not sure if they are linked. However, if you think about how you can still hear the "whispers" from the event of Arthas killing his father in the Throne Room of Lordaeron, then the lands of Tirisfall do tend hold on to the memories of past events.

The Whispering Shores are also rumored to be the place where Dath'Remar Sunstrider and his fleet touched shore. You can find remains of old High Elf ships on the shores close to Scarlet Monastery. Here is an excerpt from WoWpedia:

"Sunstrider led the high elven fleets across the world for many long years. Their goal was to find places of considerable ley power for them to build their new homeland. After landing on the Lordaeron continent, they moved inland and formed a settlement in the Tirisfal Glades. After a few years, however, many were driven insane. The belief at the time was that something evil slept beneath the Glades, so the high elves abandoned the region and moved northwards."

We know that the beings who love to whisper madness and insanity into all those around them are the Old Gods. They are what drove Neltharion (Deathwing) to insanity. We saw his madness take on the form of destruction in Cataclysm. I found this piece of information about Fairy Rings in old folklore pretty interesting:

"In Tyrol, folklore attributed fairy rings to the fiery tails of flying dragons; once a dragon had created such a circle, nothing but toadstools could grow there for seven years." 
(taken from Wikipedia)

Screenshot from Alazar
The fiery flying dragons sounds a lot like Deathwing. He did fly over the whole of Azeroth and left immense damage in his path. Perhaps something in the Whispering Forest was awoken by this. Looking at the patch notes, this area became named during patch 4.2 in Cataclysm (6-28-2011). Since there are seven Fey-Drunk Darter's that spawn, perhaps if WoW is still around in 2018, we can see if the fairy circle will open up a portal to another realm. ;)

Of course, I am hoping that N'zoth will be the next Old God we will encounter, and I even wrote an entire speculation post before the Dark Below was proven to be a hoax expansion. While I still think N'zoth has more to do with the sea and Lady Azshara, he is still linked to the Emerald Dream in lore. Let's take a look at the Glyph of One With Nature. This is a Druid glyph that has a chance to teleport the player to a random location... the Whispering Forest is one of those locations. Since Druids have been responsible in the past for keeping the nightmares from the Emerald Dream at bay, this location could hold a secret. While I do not believe this is the Rift of Aln, I do believe that it could be another smaller rift that could open up the Emerald Nightmare. I believe the Fey are protecting whatever it is and possibly using their lullaby to keep the evil calm and hopefully asleep.

Screenshot from WoWInsider.
I believe that the evil that sleeps beneath the Glades is still there and active, and I'm still holding on to it being an Old God or maybe a portal to another world. Even though Blizzard has said there isn't an Old God under there, they did acknowledge that there is something, and it is extremely powerful. Blizzard has been known to go back and fourth on their word, so I take everything they say with a few grains of salt. You never know what could change. So, what do you think is buried underneath Tirisfall Glades? Let me know in the comments below.

July 24, 2014

Whispers of Tirisfall Part 1

Ever since I stumbled upon the magical mushroom circle in Tirisfall Glades and hearing about others experiencing the event, I wanted to see it. I never had the opportunity, so a few months back I decided to take Vel out there to wait for the event to happen. This is is my, or better yet her, encounter of the Whispering Forest event:

Sunday, May 4th, Nightfall

8:07 - I've heard tales of the Whispering Forest, but I've never seen it for myself. I left the comfort of the Shrine and set off to Tirisfall Glades. Once I arrived, I noticed two of the Fey-Drunk Darters were already flying around. I took rest upon a mushroom and decided to wait.

8:15 - At this time I was beginning to think that they may spawn every seven minutes since I heard rumors that it took seven Fey for the event to begin. The woods are quiet tonight and a chill wind blows through. Nothing else around except a few stags and their plagued mates. Not very unusual since the land around is mostly dead. I should know first hand since I come from a place not far from here...

8:24 - I guess my theory of the Feys spawning every seven minutes was proven to be wrong. Before I could even finish writing down my last observation in my journal, the 4th and 5th were fluttering around before my eyes. It seems that there is no pattern that I can notice. I will keep watching.

8:28 - As if the chilled night air wasn't enough, it just started raining. To warm myself I decided to take a walk around the area. Aside from small rats, deer, and some little bugs, I found a sleeping bear. Again, it looks plagued like much of the wildlife around, yet so out of place to be this high up. Regardless, I don't think it noticed me as it didn't even move from its sleep.

8:33 - After my trip around the forest, I walked back to the mushrooms. The 6th Fey popped up out of thin air. It's still raining and doesn't look like it will be letting up anytime soon. I would love to have a warm cup of tea from the Shrine, but I suppose that will have to wait.

8:48 - So almost 40 minutes after I arrived, the 7th Fey has come. The next part is supposedly the longest part. I just have to be patient and wait until they decide it is time. Hopefully I am worthy to witness such an event. I am nervous and excited all at the same time. I've heard so many rumors about this place... maybe I shouldn't get too close?

9:40 - I had nibbled on a few pieces of bread and tried to give some crumbs to the local wildlife, but they weren't interested. Suddenly I noticed the Darters beginning to circle around me. Before I knew it, they were merged by a green light and began to sing their haunting song. I felt compelled to join in the celebration, but using better judgement I decided to watch from afar. It was so mesmerizing and before I knew it, the deer had also joined in watching. It was almost as if it were too beautiful to look away, and some "magic" was almost forcing you to watch.

Before I knew it, it was all over. The Fey Darters were gone and the wildlife began to slowly walk back into the Whispering Forest. As I write about this now, I don't think my words can explain the beauty of this event. This is something that if you have the time, you should definitely go and experience it for yourself.

I wanted to continue on with this post about some speculation and my thoughts on the Whispers of Tirisfall, but I realized the post was getting way too long and very confusing. Instead I have decided to break it up into two parts. Stay tuned for next week when I pick apart the Whispering Glades.

July 9, 2014

Blog Azeroth: What in WoW Reminds You of Home?

I couldn't wait to participate in this weeks Blog Azeroth Shared Topic. I saw it a few weeks back when Syrco Owl posted it to Twitter, and I got extremely excited about it! It's a really simply question:

"What in WoW reminds you of home?"

I live in the deep south - Louisiana to be precise. I'm really close to the coast and located in the middle of a ton of marshes. The first zone that came to mind was an area that I felt not only resembled the area I live in, but some of the quests reminded me of the history and folklore of the area. That zone was Dustwallow Marsh.

Marsh area reminded me of home instantly. It reminded me of going trawling with my Dad when I was younger. The fact that it's along the coast also makes me think of all the fishing jobs around here. Most younger men work on off-shore oil boats while a lot of the older men still make their living catching shrimp, crabs, and fish. Of course, if you look carefully enough in Dustwallow, you can find Nat Pagle fishing!

When you first enter Dustwallow, there is the broken down Shady Rest Inn. While you find out that the Inn suffered a fire to cover up it's past, it still reminded me of a place close to home. The place where I live is prone to getting hit with hurricanes. In 1893, there was a really bad one that hit the port town of Grand Isle and wiped a town called Cheniere completely off the map. I've seen pictures of the destruction it left, and what was left of the Herwig Hotel reminded me exactly of that little end sitting at the entrance.

Something more recently added to Dustwallow also made me think of that lost town of Cheniere; the destruction of Theremore. Some of the survivors from Cheniere left, but many stayed and tried to rebuild. One of those nearby towns they settled in is called Leville. Of course, they buried lost loved ones in the swampy ground. I was about 12 and headed to the beach when my parents pointed out the old graveyard. At the time, the water was coming up upon them. Now you can't even see them anymore. Water has taken them to the bottom of the sea. Hopefully the Theremore graveyard holds up a bit better than this one did.

There is a lady named Tabetha who used to gives the mage quests back in Vanilla and Burning Crusades. She always reminded me of the New Orleans Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau. I have no idea why, but maybe it's because she was practicing magic and took on apprentices in such an out of the way little area in the swamp.

The quests that involve Swamp Eye Jarl and Mordant Grimsby remind me of tales of spirit possession and "zombies" that follow the voodoo culture. I also love the fact that their little hut is called Swamplight Manor. If you haven't done this quest line, I suggest doing so. It's one of my favorites in the zone!

Finally, this has nothing to do with the zone of Dustwallow Marsh, but I can't help but think of our yummy Cajun cuisine when I see certain WoW foods pop up. The cooking daily Crawfish Creole definitely makes my mouth water, and I can't help but get hungry when someone puts down a pot of Goblin Gumbo! It's the little things like that in WoW which I absolutely love because they remind me of who I am and where I came from. That is always something you should never forget!