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Transmogging Winter Veil

This is a post I received as part of the Furtive Father Winter blogging event as hosted by Akabeko.  By Fel, it’s awesome!  So far I’ve only been able to take actual warlock sets and find a cloak or mainhand for them.  Nightwill makes it look easy!

Greetings and Salutations!

Nightwill here – its my pleasure to be a guest of Poneria.  Given her keen sense of style I thought I would offer up a few outfit ideas for transmogrification as well as information on how to collect the items for them.

Merry 'Locking!

Now green and red have always been classic warlock colors so they’re perfect for Winter’s Veil!  I like to create an unusual look so here is my Winterveil Warlock outfit.

The Willow CapeThoughtcast Boots, and Vital Headband are drops in low level Dungeons.  They are BoE so you can probably snag them off the Auction House.  The Felheart Belt is a random drop in Molten Core and also most easily gotten there.

The Slime-Encrusted Pads are a 29% drop from the end boss in the Wailing Caverns and the Jaedenfire Gloves of Annihilation 18% drop off the first boss in the Shadow Labyrinth.

The hard part in this set to pick up is the robes.  First you must get the Robes of Faltered Light off the fifth boss in Sunwell Plateau and then turn it and a Sunmote in to Yrma for the Robes of Ghostly Hatred.

Hard work to be certain but when your finished you will have an outfit that really shines.

But what if your one of those ‘good’ Warlocks?  Who only learns to rip out and devour people’s souls and set people on fire to better help them?  Or just to blend in with the Paladins and Priests when you visit the Cathedral because you were never good at fitting in with folks at the Slaughtered Lamb and Cleft of Shadow?

WTFComic (click for source link)

Here we have just the thing to help.

Holy Lockery Batman!

Bad news first the Kurkenstoks sandals are only available to the Alliance through the Draenei starting area.   The Silver-Lined Cloak and Gossamer Robe are random low level drops.  They are BoE so you can probably snag them off the Auction House.

The Belt of the Falling Rain you can get for a few Justice Points.

The Amice of Brilliant Light comes from the third boss in Black Temple and the Gloves of Unfailing Faith the sixth.  Finally the Lifespark Visage is from the first boss in Ulduar.

Now in poking around I came across some gear that was much easier to get for a classic look I haven’t seen any warlocks using since Wrath of the Lich King.  Its available for just a few Justice and Honor Points.

Classic WotLK Warlock Look

The Dark Coven HoodRobesShoulders, and Gloves will set you back a total of 3590 JP.

Well I suppose I fibbed a bit Relentless Gladiator’s Cord of Salvation has a 1% drop off the Flame or Ice bosses in the Vault of Archavon and the cloak a 23% drop chance off the sixth boss in Ice Crown Citadel.The Wrathful Gladiator’s Treads of Dominance can be bought for a mere 945 HP.  Just 5 days of doing the Grizzly Hills daily PvP quests.

Though to be honest I’d probably turn off the helm.  I’m not fond of the pointy hood.

Finally I have an outfit that I am quite happy with.  The robes really didn’t have any good accessories until Wrath of the Lich King came out.

The Duskhallow Mantle is a 17% drop from the third boss in Magister’s Terrace.The Coldwraith HandwrapsBoots, and Cowl are BoE items from Wrath of the Lich King’s lower level content and probably best found on the Auction House.

The Robe of the Shadow Council comes from the fourth boss in the Black Temple raid and is also a 17% drop.

Finally the belt is the Cincture of Polarity from the Third, 1.3% Drop, and fourth, 17% drop, bosses in the Construct Quarter of Naxxramas.

The cloak is warlock only – the Shroud of Unspoken Names from a combination of drops and quests in the Ruins of Ahn’Qiraj.  Now don’t worry too much because the Ruin bosses are able to be solo killed so it isn’t as hard as it might sound.

First you need a Qiraji Regal Drape token.  Its highest drop chance of 37-38% is off the first and second bosses.  If you don’t pick one up there two other bosses have 11 and 10% chance to drop it.  Then you need two amber Idols, five Bronze Scarabs, five Ivory Scarabs – all of these are not bind on pick up so if you fail to pick them up in the instance check the auction house.

Finally you have to have revered with the Cenarion Circle.  I know, I know, most warlocks would rather be setting the tree huggers on fire instead of befriending them but its in the same of a good cause.  Really pretty clothes!

I hope you found something you liked in the looks I worked up.  Thanks so much to Poneria for the gift of writing she gives us.

Merry Winter Veil!


BAST: What Has WoW Taught You … Refrain

Was reading some of the posts noted by WoW.com’s Daily Quest, and it had linked a whole issue of the Escapist magazine (online).  The DQ’s theme was Roleplaying, and after reading Shade’s fantastic article on the Ashbringer, I was in a “RP HOORAY!” mood and decided to check it out.

Well, there was the one article about playing in a realism military RPG.  The article itself was kinda cool, but I’m not huffing and bouncing to go be in a modern-military-unit game (though military-unit history is interesting to me), so I wasn’t super excited.

Then I reached the end of the article, bottom of page 4.

I didn’t express this sentiment because I knew that, if he has the heart to keep trudging on, he won’t need to hear it from me. Sooner or later, playing in this fake military unit over the internet will either break him in two or make him a man. Sometimes people take what we are at face value, a bunch of nerds playing soldier. The truth is that the roles that we play in the 75th Ranger Regiment are as valid as the roles that we play in real life: supporting friend, benevolent leader, proud parent, and even village idiot.

Playing in this unit, as we tell our stories of pain and heartache along with our stories of victory and happiness, we become comrades and friends. “Realism” may have been the hook for me, but the people that I’ve met, the stories and battles that we’ve shared, is what keeps me logging in every weekend.

So as I sat alone in the channel recently departed by Johnson, I knew that if he can reach that level, if he can come to grips with the roles that we play, then he will realize that camaraderie is worth more than all the XP, Kill to Death Ratios, or match wins in the world.

I colored some parts that particularly stood out to me.  By “stood out,” I mean I had a big grin on my face and I said, “Fuck Yeah! That’s what I meant to say!”


Ye, Gods, That Was Fun!

Blog Azeroth Shared Topic

It’s my first one published.  I have drafts chilling somewhere of others, but this one…this one needs posting.

This one is important to me.

What Has WoW Taught You?

I almost wrote about confidence, since I’ve gained a fair amount through learning to tank and heal and even leading a raid event.

I almost wrote about teamwork, since my Robes often pugged people for raiding, and I’m quite comfortable with pugging.  Except for the jerks.  But I try to set an example.

I almost wrote about my virtual identity and whether my toons are separate characters from me or part of me or parts of me or separate from and part of me together.  How I relate to others on the internet and when the person begins and the character ends.

I almost wrote about gamer stigma, and how I basically ended a friendship because the other person wouldn’t respect that WoW friends are real friends, too.

I almost wrote about the brink of Cataclysm, how it will change warlocks as I know them, and how warlocks as I know them contribute to my identity.  Wondering what new transition and experience the new expansion will bring about.  When I started WoW, I was leveling Poneria in late BC.  Pone was my only toon.  Then Wrath hit, and I began raiding for the first times.  A year ago I began my first alts, Ama and a pally.  Now, I’m finishing off a 4th 80.  What is next?

But then Saturday came.  An event that was truly amazing and awesome and ridiculously happy and funny.  I realized I wanted to just capture the moment.  Forget the commentary on the various philosophies going on in sequence.  Forget the politics, forget the self-consciousness.  Just show the joy experienced.

If you need a name to call it by, I’m going to show you friendship.  It’s totally virtual, online.  I’ve never met any of these people face to face in my life.  So they’re not “real life” friends.

But they are REAL friends.

The Druid and the Dwarf

…got married. In real life, not quite yet, I think they have a week to go, but tonight they got married in WoW in a raid of friends.  As she asked later in the Blue Recluse, “How crazy is it that we’ve been playing with you guys for four years?”  I’ve only been playing with them for two, and then I left to raid elsewhere.

I love where I raid now for the raiding.  But I miss the Robes.  Though they are the Gods of Eonar now.

Whatever, y’all are Robes to me.  You’ll always be Robes to me.  I don’t know that I can word how the Robes make me feel.  Maybe when I’m older, I’ll finally put the words together.

I want to share a little bit of what the Robes mean to me.

(The videos were fraps’d & edited by the groom, Balthamus.)

(The videos sometimes aren’t loading when I try to refresh the page, so here’s the two links: The Ceremony, The Afterparty.)

The Ceremony

We met up at Fort Wildevar in Howling Fjords.  Most were Gods, though a few were former guildies and friends now wearing a different tag.  We even had the Murfs show up and return to the guild!

MURRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRF! :D  I love Murf!  Daring, dearly kind, and goofy, that’s how I see him and many Robes.

Wedding Vows

I felt a twinge of longing when we were making sure everyone was there before starting.  I was always the warlock, Poneria, and I always made sure everyone was there by going ahead and putting up the summoning stone.  But now Pone is on Elune, with only Astrape the shaman on Eonar, at 80 anyway.  Astrape is a different person, and yet she is the same me as Poneria.  Astrape is a new Poneria, the Gods are Robes anew.

I knew where we were going; I was helping the bride plan it when she thought of the place.  (I’m the fem-draenei in green.) I felt deeply honored to be the maid of honor. My first wedding ever.  I hope the rest are just as joyful.

The pet eagles were an awesome touch by our hunters. They went to go tame the eagles in the Fjord, just before the procession began.  The Druid and the Dwarf IRLly work/volunteer at a bird clinic, and for four years or so, they’ve shared with us a megathread of pictures and lessons about the birds.  The Druid said they’ll even have an eagle at the IRL wedding!  So the eagles were a fantastic touch to the altar.

We had an in-game priest, my favorite one of all, to do the ceremony.  She made a great macro’d speech to wed the two.  The vows were ridiculous yet beautiful.  I laughed and I cried a bit.

We celebrated with all kinds of toon abilities.  I popped Heroism, and Murf and I set up our totems to make the aisle.  The Hunters shot special shots and set an ice trap off to make the pathway special and to throw “flowers” on the bride as she walked up the aisle.  I do think it was great that the groom fraps’d the wedding, because you get to see the trading of the rings.  People brought kegs and flowers and sparkles and everything.  We got all dressed up, some of us, anyway!  It was fantastic!

The Afterparty

Perfect song!  The song wholly explains how I feel about the Robes / Gods — we’ve got a Good Thing Going And I Don’t Want To See It End.  That should explain the heartbreak I had when the Robes split and the pure happiness I felt when I finally rejoined the Gods.

We jumpstarted the afterparty by levitating / jumping off the mountainside.  A guildy jumped before getting levitate and smashed early on, and others jumped, but had levitate wear off before they reached the bottom!  I managed to survive with 15 seconds left.

The wedding party managed to not have a mage, so we all hearthed and reconvened at our traditional Robes meeting place — The Blue Recluse in Stormwind.  Partying commensed. Heroism, Consecrates, Death & Decays, D.I.S.C.O. balls, eagles!, kegs, cakes, pies, throwing of torches (because the bouquet was soulbound!)…

But the party was just getting started!

We had Gnomerathon without the gnomes.  We ran through the streets of Stormwind naked, yelling HAPPY WEDDING to the city.  We ran all the way over to King Wrynn and danced naked for him with a D.I.S.C.O. ball.  We then ran over to embarrass the High Priestess in the Cathedral.  From there we ran to the Tram and packed the trains, partying all the way to Ironforge.  We even had a stranger straggler, wtf’ing at us being naked.

But wait for it!  Here’s where the unexpected fun began!

When we arrived in Ironforge, we had just arrived in the Military district when the Local Defense channel broke out with shouts of Ironforge under attack!  So we ran to defend the King Magni Bronzebeard…

…naked!

We don’t know if it was the other non-wedding-party killing the Horde properly or the OMGWTF AM I LAGGING GUYS? THEY’RE ALL NAKED surprise of our party bombing the assassination.  But the Horde were foiled! I even got a whisper to resurrect a guy, which I did, though I almost missed his whisper in all the excitement.  We then ran out to the bank, killing straggling Horde in front of the bank and things.  We finished our run around Ironforge at the behest of the bride, playing in the water and dancing in front of the Tram.  We ran like traditional Gnomerathon to Kharanos and there the party broke up, for the Gods had an ICC raid in half an hour.

I Will Remember This Always

This goes in my Youtube Favorites Folder.  This goes on here in my blog.  A Favorite Post, not because it’s spectacular writing but because it was a spectacular event that I always wish to remember and cherish. I took 458 screenshots throughout the night, and I’ve got a folder of 77 that tell the story, which I will remember to backup all 458 of them and keep forever and ever.

Congratulations to Fernleaf & Balthamus! I wish you many adventures and epic legendary happiness!


I have nothing new to add

I mean, really.  I had a few good typed rants that have been trashed.  And I thought about doing the whole “YAY IT’S OVER” post, but…nyahhhhhhhh.

So there.  Alas should be happy.

If you hadn’t seen INTERNET DRAGONS, you fail.  I mean, really.  It was all over Twitter and blogs and podcasts and stuff.  You shouldn’t see it because it was everywhere, though. It was everywhere because it’s just that awesome.

Over this whole “saga” I retweeted more than I think I ever have, and I’d added a lot of posts to my “blog favorite posts” bookmark folder.  Y’know, those posts that are just so awesome, I go back weeks or months (haven’t gotten to a year yet!) later just to read it again.  Some of them are rants, some of them are happy posts, and some of them are sad posts.  But they — bloggers, Twitters, the WoW community — all hit me right there.

Y’know…

THERE.

In that place where your inner internet dragonslayer lives.

Psssst: welcome back, Gnome!


Around Azeroth: 28 Feb – 6 Mar

Y’know all those philosophy posts I never got around to…  Well, I just kept thinking.  And I might have lost the list of them… <.< >.>  But this past week has provoked some thoughts.  So I will continue in my uber-length fashion as always…

I’m concentrating on a few warlockery things, because I want to try out some demonology a little.  So my bookmark bar (yeah, I put up currently reading pages up there) has some intro to demo articles on it.  We’ll see how it goes later.  I’m also trying to lurk more on the warlock section of EJ and lurking on the WoW Warlock forums.  Not that you can really tell if I lurk more, but I need to read them some more.

<Single Abstract Noun> has been going around the blogosphere a little. I decided to be obvious and roll a human warlock named Poneria on Argent Dawn-US to join up with my States-side bloggin’ brethern. Of course, it’s not exclusive to bloggers, anyone is allowed in, but there’s a ton of bloggers already there. I log on sometimes to hit level 5 things but mostly to percolate.

Seriously, I’ll be out of ideas to blog, I’ll log onto AD, and then *poof* ideas, they come.  If I’m AFK on AD, you can always whisper me or Twitter me, and the sound of either of those will get my attention.

The Elder Blogging Event has concluded, and you can check out Khi’s list of Elders to read them all.  The event got linked on WoW.com, which was awesome. :)  My top five in no particular order (there’s 17, go read them all!):

  • Psynister linking his own posts and various other blogs as gifts.  Clever…
  • Cynwise gives some zen advice for newbie PvPers.  I need this for my baby priest (she’s 40! halfway there!) because I’m a firecracker when confronted with dying and/or stupidity.
  • Zahia’s Grid guide.  Though I prefer TBJ, any addon guide that’s thorough is good in my book.
  • Ophelie’s tips for PuGging dungeons.  Bonus tip: if you are the last to leave group, sometimes the teleport in/out option isn’t there anymore and you have to hearth.  Sometimes it is, but half the time, it isn’t.  Maybe sometimes I actually beat out the other person to leaving?  Bonus bonus tip: if you leave the instance via the door portal, it pops you back where you were as if you had used the teleport option. :)
  • Gazimoff’s mage roleplaying.  That post and reading up on WoW lore makes me want to take a day and just go over warlock-specific lore.  That post and reading Too Many Annas makes me want to learn to & actually RP some day on a WoW server.

Good news, everyone! Conspiracy downed Putricide 25.  The 10man I was in this week also managed to down two-heal one-shot Putricide, and got a couple of tries in on Dreamwalker after we killed Blood Queen.  Wootah!

Nibuca did a State of the UII’ve been wanting to do one myself, but I’m moving it around, playing with it, plus I still get crap every once in a while for still WASDing.  I tried mouse-moving once, and …I move the camera too much normally, so I kept autorunning in The Bad.  =/

If you want to prettify your DBM bars, check this out.  Personally, the big red or orange bars stick out in my face, so I’m afraid that prettifying them will lead me to not pay attention as often.  But I like this post because it gives you an inside look of the addon folder if you’ve ever wondered how you can mix & match with not just whole addons but addon parts as well.

I’m still getting into the flow of raiding with Conspiracy.  Putricide is oodles of fun now, I think, even when we wipe, I feel like I’m having fun.  It’s even in the <35% DPS like your life depends on it because your life does, in fact, depend on it.  Dreamwalker is more frustrating than I’d want, and I feel like I never really got to struggle much on things like Deathwhisper, Saurfang, or Rotface.  Y’know, the bosses I heard so much about, then read up on so many times, only to go with Conspiracy and one-shot them all?  Yeah…I get excited when I get to kite on Saurfang.

That hot topic about blogging about your guild I like being honest.  For one, it’s less stressful than to keep up what you should and should not know.  For two, I don’t get into icky situations about being passive aggressive or two-faced.  For three, you can be as honest back to me, so it forces me to grow a thick skin and a spine at the same time.  In fact, one of my first posts concerned guildmates and a situation that made me uneasy.  However, I never told them I had a blog until I left, and I don’t think any of them read it.

Now that I’m in Conspiracy, well…they know I have one, Lissanna told them when I applied.  At first I thought it was okay because it would explain my novel length of an application.  But now..I don’t know.  I’m still a probie, so I’m still nervous half the time that I’m going to mess up whether being stupid about my class or not knowing an encounter or not being prepared or standing in The Bad or not doing enough dps for my gear or being unable to keep that @%#$ing Kinetic Bomb up that’s across the room from me but still on *my* side…lots of worrying, but trying to remain calm and constructive and willing to get better when I do actually mess up.

By the way…Flow is a domain now.  Update your RSS feed, too, so you’re not like me wondering why the hell Flow is double-posting every day. <.< >.>

Honestly, no matter the class, I like looking at other people’s UIs.  Probably because sometimes it sparks an idea I never thought of, or maybe I’ve been looking for an addon to do this one thing and there it is, or maybe I have this one addon, but here’s a better one, etc.  I love addons and UIs.

Miss Medicina’s big healing post that sparked some debate.  I want to write my opinion about logiccrafting healing, but I feel like my opinion would be very weak and one-sided, since I’ve only ever played a tree (my shammy is still 52 or something), and I’ve only ever really raid-healed in bulk.  I’ve tank-healed a few times, but I was normally chosen by HPS not by spec or anything, so I don’t feel justified as an authority on tank healing anyway.  Heck, I don’t really feel justified as an authority on warlocks, even though I’ve been playing one since I started WoW.

Matticus’s cross-training post reminded me of the Robes.  This is honestly how we operated — we took whoever signed up for the raid, so long as we had a good ratio of tanks, healers, and dps, and went with it.  Like Pocahontas, I never stepped in the same raid twice.  It’s the thing most different and difficult about Conspiracy to me, honestly. Being able to get over hitting CoE when I’m DPSing next to Lissanna, since I’m so used to provided that debuff.  Being able to not freak out about having only 339 hit rating because there’s always a draenei (I’m 3 +hit short, I know) and most often a boomkin or a spriest (could get away with 289!) in my raiding group.

The fresh perspectives part particularly speaks to me.  Story time?  Story time.  Onyxia 10, pug raid.  They didn’t really explain the fight before just pulling it.  Apparently I was SUCH A N00B for going in the wrong corner during phase 3 and thus being feared into the whelps.

There are 4 “corners” to pick from (6 if you want to count the groups that did it in the entrance or in the back where P1 usually happens, or ∞ if you want to count the groups that did it wherever she landed), and I swear every PuG Onyxia raid picked a different one.  It’s another reason I’m nervous in Conspiracy: I’ve watched the Tankspot videos, yeah, but I have no clue how you guys particularly do it.  So I’m going to pretend I haven’t seen it anyway so you can explain it to me.  Plus, it’s a refresher from what I read, right?

Don’t forget to visit the Blog Azeroth forums and see more Around Azeroth links from other bloggers!


Elder Poneria

Well, not yet.  I still have to die a lot in Orgrimmar & Thunder Bluff.

But Khi at Tree Burglar suggested an Elder Event for Blog Azeroth, where, as our in-game avatars travel throughout all Azeroth to find words of wisdom, we bloggers should take the time to wander throughout the WoW blogs for more words of respect.

The Lunar Festival, to me, feels like a whole month of introspection and relaxing and being happy instead of being focused purely on the numbers and purples all the time.  One of the ways to introspect is to go through old photo albums.  For us, that’s screenshots.  Now that I realize I’ve lost many screenshots due to computer issues and never thinking to backup WoW (“I’ll just install it again, big deal…” >.<), and with Cataclysm coming, I’m on a quest to capture as much of Azeroth as I can/like. So the wisdom I impart to you is to take a step back from raiding or roleplaying or collecting pets or going wild in a bubble, just every once in a while, and find those awing or funky scenes in Azeroth.

(The black bottoms and tops are my viewport & its art (SunnArt addon).)

You don't have to be a Norwegian Blue to pine for the Fjords.

1. Be a penguin. Just chilling out there, forever, on the edges of Howling Fjords.

Grab a music player or turn the WoW music back on if it helps you forget the crazy world better.  I often fish with music or a dvd playing in the background.  But forget raiding.  Forget numbers and gear.  Forget people.  Forget professions.  Forget spells and abilities.  It’s just you…

My dreadsteed made me feel like a warlock, but it also made me feel like a Scarlet Robe. It's very close to my heart.

2. …and your mount. Pick a mount special to you.

My favorite mount is my dreadsteed. When I fly, it’s my carpet, but I really prefer to go by dreadsteed.  Various reasons make the dreadsteed special to me.  You can switch out mounts if you don’t have an absolute favorite.  I only suggest mounts because it lets you get to places faster.  Actually, when I’m lining up a shot, I use my run/walk toggle a lot to tweak where I’m standing along with using my camera.

I had to adjust some things and take multiple shots to get this picture just so.

3. Alt+Z.

You may want your interface if you are traveling in dangerous areas (for PvP or leveling reasons).  But really, don’t use it while you’re taking the screenshot.

Also maximize your graphics settings to what you like.  You can play with minimal settings (the only setting of mine that isn’t lowest is particle density, for raid floor voidzones), but for one shot at a time, you can tweak the settingsView Distance is great for landscapes (which I like), so is Environment Detail.  I sometimes mess with Weather Intensity for rainy zones like the northwestern edge of Sholazar Basin or the Wetlands.

With my normal settings, I saw faint shadows of things behind Akali. View Distance + Environment Details were needed to see Gundrak's awesome in the background.

Some tips:

  • View Distance will reload your UI, but the others can be fiddled with without logging in and out.  The ones that do require a log in/out will say so in the tooltip when you hover over the slider.
  • You can use your flying mount to figure out if you can land on top of things (you can stand on the spear in Dun Niffleheim, but you can’t stand on the big helm).  You can even just use your flying mount, if applicable.
  • Don’t forget zoom! Zoom all the way in if you don’t want your toon in the picture.  Or zoom halfway in, so you’re translucent against the background.  Or zoom so far out you can barely make out your tiny figure against the vast majesty of your background.
  • You’ll move the camera a lot.  Experiment with being above things, to the side of things, below things, facing the wrong way!
  • Unless you’re worried about disk space, take as many printscreens as you feel like (try to capture the lightning in the Storm Peaks!).  Wait for your idle pose to track all the way through and snap a mid-animation shot (see my dreadsteed photo).

The steep camera angle I needed to get the Wrathgate sans Ruby Flowers worked to make it imposing, too.

I spent a good twenty minutes just trying to get a good angle on the Spirit of the North that didn't include blue dragons at random angles.

4. Go places. For whatever reason.

Fishing in Northrend for consumables.  Fishing to skill up.  Achievements.  Sunsets. Sunrises.  Moonrises. Moonsets.  Boats/Zepps leaving/approaching dock.  Flying on a flightpath.  Flying by yourself.  Revisiting your starting area and giving Garrick Padfoot a good level 80 whack for giving you level 4 grief.  Weather.  Monuments.  Old quests.

Take some screenshots.  Here’s a small portion of what I got out of just Northrend.

The Kalu'ak are always cheerful and calm. :)

I always love this ember miniarea of the Fjords, despite the burning.

Un'goro Crater! So very green...

I took this because it reminded me of the Temple of Apollo at Corinth while facing Acrocorinth, except flipped.

The Temple of Apollo at Corinth with Acrocorinth in the background, in case you were wondering.

5. Revisit your screenshots folder every once in a while. Y’know, about as often as you need to LOLflume down the Grizzly Hills river.

Typically all your screenshots are saved to a folder in your WoW folder, wherever you put that (C:\…\World of Warcraft\Screenshots\).  If you use Vista or 7 and can’t find your screenshots, try this blue post to search for it, and you should be able to find them.

ESPECIALLY go ride the Log Flume. :D

RT Nibuca: Log Flume: In Grizzly hills: Go upriver to the sawmill. Talk to friendly NPC at top of spiral steps. Take Ride. LOL uncontrollably. Repeat.

Take what you wish from my piece of the Elder advising, but I hope you enjoy your World of Warcraft, whatever that is.


Around Azeroth, Feb 21-27

Honestly, I think a lot of blog posts are fascinating, so maybe weekly.  Like the one at the Blog Azeroth forums!  Except much longer.  Because you should know by now that I’m excessively verbose.

Because I know some of you probably don’t read the whole thing / TL;DR: roleplaying things, warlock things, fun things, philosophy things, and a really touching (at least for me) goodbye post by Pike.

Roleplaying Things

I roleplayed on a medieval fantasy forum back around 8th, 9th grade ish.  The forums more or less died to inactivity, but I had fun stretching my writing skills.  Looking back on it, I was entirely too flowery, and, well, you know, I write a LOT when I write.  My sentences were UBERMASSIVELY LONG.  With lots of commas.  Hopefully I’m better now. At least with the long sentences deal.

While my guild was dying and after I’m now somewhat removed from it (I swear, I’ll always be a Robe at heart), I kept thinking a lot about Poneria as a character and her life with the Robes versus my, Meg’s, life with the Robes. I recently realized those times I reinstalled Windows I essentially erased all my screenshots from my early Robe days.  Equivalent to falling asleep and accidentally setting your house on fire and realizing all your only photo albums of past days are now completely GONE.

So I got my writing urge back.  Except I don’t terribly know how to real-time roleplay. I’ve done roleplay by forum boards, and I’ve written Star Trek fanfiction.  Oh, you won’t find that stuff, I think fanfiction.net deleted my inactive stuff a long time ago.  I hope, anyway. It’s still there.   If you like reading dumb fantasies of a fifteen-year-old.  That stuff makes me…wow, just wow.  It’s laughable to me, anyway.  But yeah, that’s what my writing was kind of like back then.

I want to roleplay a priest.  I don’t know why.  For one, I’m atheist, so I don’t really know how I would roleplay the religious aspect or if the Light is even supposed to be religious (as opposed to merely spiritual).  I’ve been told I’m highly spiritual despite being atheist, but I think it would be a bit of a challenge anyway.  For two, I’m enjoying my disc priest.  Maybe make this one holy?  Maybe.  Or another disc.  For three, I started one, and I was having trouble being devoted to healing and helping people and creatures, while also slaughtering Infected Moonstalker Runts for the heck of it.  Help?

Granted, I realize I probably shouldn’t roleplay every single quest, and yeah, there was no one around me because it was about 3am, but, I was trying to get into my character’s head, and my character’s head was uncomfortable (I think?) with the concept of killing animals just because.

Warlock Things

As Fuguralis points out, Nibuca is the Queen of Affliction. So I would update Raider101.com, but I’m not Queen.  Maybe a Lady (Lord?) of Affliction.  Though Conspiracy thinks I’m knowledge-worthy.  Which scares me.  I mean, I’ve been playing affliction since I started WoW, much like I’ve been speaking English since I was speaking, but … I’m not an English professor.  Though I do have a bit of an obsession with conlangs.  So I know what the terminology mostly means and mostly how it works, but I’m not degree-confident on the subject.

But Fuguralis, until I can find another Demo lock online, is the King of Demonology so far that I can see. I may need to go try this out, especially with 3.3.3 bringing some uber goodness to the Demo tree.  I also need to acquire more warlock blogs.  Most of my warlocking knowledge comes from self-experience and reading patch notes.  I need to mingle more with my demonic bretheren, I guess.

Fun Things

Jaedia’s Scavenger Hunt reminds me of an event I did in TSR.  I did heroic racing, where you get two groups of 5 and some heroic dungeons and you see who finishes first.  And we had rewards by guild members like flasks and frozen orbs and fish feasts.  Sadly, it only happened once, because the very next DAY Patch 3.3 dropped, and everybody went scattering to go through the random dungeons.  But I’m sad I didn’t continue doing it.  Maybe I’ll pop back on an alt & ask some Robes to do it.

The Elder Blogging Event…yeah, you’ll see that post later.  Hopefully this weekend.  Maybe.  I have to go screenshotting since my aforementioned screenshot folder is diminished due to many OS reinstalls.

Life in Group 5′s post: Point three happens a lot.  I want point fourPoint six…I’ve scheduled leaving for break around raids.  Point seven, WoW is usually one of the first topics, if not links.  All I’m going to say about point eight is this would be the only way I would ever play that one ninja tag game you play in public where you have to hit somebody with a spoon or whatever.  I can’t think of the name.  Point eleven…I think I got it covered.

Philosophy? Well, thinking about the way you play the game…

I think this is another post. Half of the links I saved I liked because it made me think about some aspect of the game in the “why?” region of thinking.  Plus, it gives more chance for Righteous Orbs to come back up.  It keeps coming up with some php-looking errors whenever I try to access it outside a feed reader.

17 links, I counted.  Om nom thinkage? You can wait till the weekend (it is the weekend? Shut up).  Nobody posts on the weekend it seems.

I never knew Pike, but she gets her own category of linkage.

I feel like I’m still a newb in the WoW blogosphere, so I don’t exactly know all these bloggers putting down the pen/keyboard.  But I love the last part of the goodbye post (is it really goodbye?).  Especially the answer “I’m never alone.”  I think it made me tear up a bit (yeah, it did!) mostly because of my last logging onto Poneria on Eonar, just before I left TSR on her.  I couldn’t really type out /gquit.  It took me a few tries.  “Oh no, I have more stuff to put in the bank.”  (P.S. I hope you guys saved those 40some Frozos I gave you!  Sell/Use them later!)  But that line–”I’m never alone” plus the owl coming along–just kind of hit it home that while I don’t have the guild tag <The Scarlet Robes> over my warlock’s head, I have Bheezem the felpuppy, I have Robes on Facebook and still yet on Eonar, I have Conspiracy and I feel like I’m settling in more there, and I have my hordie guys on Ursin.  So being unalone isn’t confined to a guild tag.

Possibly that’s all inelegant bullshit but it means something to me in my core.


Secrets, Owltrees, & Mages

Before I go into post of textwall, I’d like to thank some people.  Firstly, there’s the whole reason we even had a little romp around the blogosphere — Dristanel of The Physician’s Log.  She thought up this whole thing and gave it a whirl.  Amazing job!  Secondly, there’s Gypsy of Mischief, Magic, & Rocket Science for admiring me!  I really enjoyed the Romeo adaptation; I was ever so tickled by it. :)

My stalkee, on the other hand, was a hoot. I laughed for a solid minute upon reading my Secret Admirer assignment email.  I’ve been following Lissanna at Restokin ever since I began to adventure as a treeb (that’s tree n00b), and just a week ago, I joined her guild after TSR exploded.

I am horribly bad at being subtle, and even worse at being concise.  I also fail at spellcheck and kept facepalming that I misspelled Lissanna on my first note.

I’m a Latin nerd, so I figured I’d go with Catullus for my inspiration for love poetry.  Of course, I forgot that most of his love poems are sex poems and the other love poems are really love/hate poems, but I still had fun in the end.

Lissanna guessed it was me on the first go due to my notorious writing length.  But hey, I tried.  That was one of the short Catullus poems!  Well, I mean, yeah, Catullus 2b is really short, but that would have be so terribly awkward…

HEY YOU! Don’t you want to learn some Latin?!  Oh I know you do.  Have some Latin…

“Fel For You” adapts Catullus 5

Vivamus, mea Lissana, atque amemus,
All those rumors of those stern old raiders,
Let us value them at mere EP!
Daily quests are finished and reoffered, but
Us, with our soulbound love, can be finished only once.
That lunar eclipse which procs is one forever lagful buff.
Give me a thousand souls, then a hundred.
Then, another thousand, and a second hundred.
Then, yet another thousand, and a hundred.
Then, when the meter has tallied the many thousands,
Shake the abyssal bag, so that no raid may know the number,
And become jealous when they see
How many shards we have shared.

Catullus would forgive me for this libel if ever he /focus’d such downy elegance as you.

CATULLUS 5 | Famously known from its first line, “Vivamus, mea Lesbia, atque amemus,” or “Let us live, my Lesbia, and love.”  Lesbia is code-name for Catullus’s lover; scholars say she was Clodia (Claudia) Metelli.  Supposedly there were rumors of Catullus having an affair with a senator’s wife, hence the urging of the poem to forget rumors of old men and just love each other.  The poem is also somewhat famous for its metaphorical imagery of a sun setting into forever night, like eternal love through life & death.

MY NOTE | Yeah, at 13 lines, it’s a short Catullus poem.  Well…although Lissanna guessed it based on length, it’s still rather obvious it’s me.  I mean, the other obvious Latin-lover is a dwarf priest & this is clearly a warlock’s work.  I tried to incorporate the sun rising & setting with daily quests & rollover.  And then the obvious raiding references.

“Enchanted by You” adapts Catullus 13

You will have [Fish Feast]s at my house, Lissanna,
In a few resets, please the RNG Boss,
if you bring with you [Musselback Sculpin] and plenty of [Nettlefish],
not forgetting such soft amber [Tree of Life] form,
and [Nourish] and [Swiftmend] and all [Rejuvenation].
If, I /say, you bring all this, my [Lifebloom]ing friend,
you will have [Fish Feast]s; for the backpack
of your Secret Admirer is full of [Iceweb Spider Silk].
But OTOH you will have from me love’s very soulstone,
of what is greener or more purple than love, if pinker there be,
for I will give you some ["Enchantress" Perfume] which
the Eonars & Peddlefeets gave to my avatar
and when you receive its buff, you will pray to the RNG Boss
to make you, Lissanna, nothing but a /focus.

May the [Celestial Focus] make generous haste to bring us into the same party together, so that I may be touched healingly by your everlasting [Tranquility]. :)

CATULLUS 13 | My favorite.  It’s also rather playful, errrr, more so than most of the other love poems.  Catullus is actually inviting his friend, Fabullus, to dinner, and it’s to his lady or Lesbia to whom the perfume was given by the gods, but I adapted it a bit.  Catullus lists off things you need for a party — a pretty girl, wine, wit, and lots of loud laughter — but he can’t provide these things, because he doesn’t have money to spend (purse of cobwebs).  But he can give you this amazing perfume!  It’s the thought that counts, right?

MY NOTE | While professing my warlocky admiration on the first go, I forgot to mention all Lissanna’s wonderful attributes.  I particularly have been reading restokin for the tree info, so I chose to mention all the wonderful healy things.  Since this poem asks the friend to bring things, I figured I would use the in-game bracket notation, but I didn’t want to actually link things in case the comment got spammed.  Although the purse is actually full of cobwebs in the poem, I’m a tailor, so I do actually have a ton of Iceweb Spider Silk.  My warlock is also an enchanter, so the “Enchantress” Perfume was excellent being a spellpower buff & a reference to my other profession.  Also slight hint of Eonar, my warlock’s former realm.

“Your Love is an Unstable Affliction” adapts Catullus 11

Creepy?  How would a warlock love otherwise?  Oh, but the silly dwarf does not understand our Soul Link!

Pwneria and Aspida, who will be my fellow-travellers,
whether I make my way even to distant Theramore,
where the shore is beaten by the far-resounding
eastern wave,

or to Gilneas and soft Dalaran,
or to the Arathorians and seadogs of Kul Tiras,
or those orchards which the hidden Elwynn Falls
dye with their floods,

or whether I will tramp through Valley of the Heroes,
to visit the memorials of great Turalyon,
the Hushed Bank or the formidable Lordaerons,
remotest of men…

I wish you would join me in Stormwind in the Magic Quarter for a picnic lunch.  Should you not wish the commotion of wanton staring your presence will definitely incur, you can leave a note with the bartender, Jarel Moor.

CATULLUS 11 | I was torn whether I should go with the Sappho imitation or the sparrow poem (y’know, those other famous Catullus love poems), but I finally settled on this, remembering I should be hinting my identity, not just having fun with things.  I adapted the first half of the poem; the second half is an expression of love/hate & the breakup.  The part that I adapted?  It’s more or less just imagery of how far Catullus travels and the wonderful places he goes.  Ooooo old ancient epic stuff.

MY NOTE | Well, the first part before the poem is a reply to a comment below my 2nd note.  Yeah, it’s possibly creepy if you didn’t know this was a blogging event, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity for another warlock pun, y’know.  Anyway, the two friends Catullus refers to in the poem are Marcus Furius Bibaculus (a poet who wrote about eveyday experiences in the Forum) and Marcus Aurelius Cotta Maximus Messalinus (a senator and consul in the 1st century).  Yep, Roman names are a mouthful.  Go geneaology!  So naturally I picked a bank alt name for Furius and my pally for Aurelius, an upstanding member of the community who’s slacked off & stuck at level 20.  Then, as a final clue that I’m a human warlock, not a belf one, I proceeded to switch out the names of the places with some of the seven human kingdoms and lore.  In order, by Catullus/WoW: India/Theramore, Hyrcania/Gilneas, Arabia/Dalaran, Sacae/Arathorians, Parthia/Kul Tiras, Nile/Elwynn Falls, Alps/Valley of the Heroes, Julius Caesar/Turalyon, Gaulish Rhine/Hushed Bank, and Britons/Lordaerons.  I tried to match it up some, but with my little knowledge of human lore and really, WoW lore in general, it was mostly fudged.  Finally, Jarel Moor is the bartender in The Slaughtered Lamb, in the basement of which are the warlock trainers for Stormwind.

Well…I had tons of fun with this whole commenting thing, anyway. :)


Secret Admirer!

I love memes.  Or un-memes.  Especially if they have sequels.  Or projects shared across bloggers.  I don’t really know why.

Anywho, The Physician’s Log has suggested a Secret Santa-like thing, except it’s Valentine’s Day, so, of course, it’s Secret Admirer, not Santa.

Which means I get to stalk a blog over the weekend.  Actually, I figure I will stalk 15 blogs over the weekend, since, like Miss Medicina, I want to see if I can figure out the whole puzzle!  The reward is a custom RSS icon by Dristanel (The Physician’s Log), but really, I consider the reward if I can successfully leave comments without giving away too much in the first one…I’m horribly bad at surprises.

I also fail at timing things, because I woke up thinking today was Friday but it’s totally not…oh well.  Sorry, SA!


Addicted to TNB

Seriously, overnight addiction.

I sat in on my first TNB Live and it was absolute fun.  Listening to the live podcast while chatting is a lot like being in a partial pug while being in Vent with guildies.  It’s absolutely hilarious on the one end and when the two ends combine.

Yes, I took notes. Again.  This time the guest was Miss Medicina.  There were some links I forgot to save from the chat, so I might wait until TN puts up their short transcript before I put up my notesy review.

Other news: I volunteered to help out with the Twisted Nether Wiki, since apparently it’s somewhat backlogged.  As the blogcast was partying onward, one of the email questions that came up was from a wannabe blogger who was inspired by the blogcast.  Fim & Nib wanted to point this new guy to the Twisted Nether Wiki’s Blogger 101 page, but, alas, there’s almost nothing there!

So I’m taking it as my first venture into the Twisted Nether Wiki.  After all, Nibuca completely pwns at affliction warlocking on Raider101, so, I gotta do something.

Anyway, I call upon you bloggers!  This blog is barely over a month old, so I have some advice, but not much. Give me your tips or hints for new bloggers to put on the TNWiki. Of course, you will get credit where it’s due; I like to think I’m just a ponderer & collector of thoughts to put it all in one place.  You can either comment here, or drop me some quick tips via Twitter (@slowpoker).

Edit: I started the Blogger 101 page on the TNW.  It’s just a skeleton for now, mainly since I just realized it’s 6am and maybe that’s why it doesn’t quite look right to me at the moment.  Feel free to add to it or change it or give me some advice on how it should look, etc.


TNB 75: Need More Guest

TNB, of course, is the Twisted Nether Blogcast.  As I’m slowly putting back together my computer with things I had set up, like mail tags & sorting, I decided, hey, why not load TNB into the iTunes podcast subscription thingy and listen some? So I did.  I feel a little daunted by it being episode 75; serial things like lore or TV series or books I feel like I have to start from the beginning, how it was “meant” to be experienced, etc.  However, if the other 74 episodes are two hours long…I’d be here forever.

Need More Guest is titled so because the schedule guest couldn’t make it, so Nibuca & Fimlys rambled on about various topics for two hours.  It’s not boring, actually, because 15 minutes into it I kept thinking and pondering on what they were discussing.  The problem was I was thinking loudly (thinking loudly silently?) and had to keep stopping and rewinding the cast in order to fully listen to and think about everything.  Then, y’know, this strange parallel popped into my head of how this happens in lecture and maybe I should take notes as I go and fill it all out later.  Three hours later (for a two-hour podcast <.< >.>) I had this large plain text file.  It tickled Nibuca, anyway.

So, let’s write MORE on it.

Yeah, that was a bad idea.

Y’know a post is too big when Lissana tells you your half post is bigger than her healing guide.  So I’m following a tip from Miss Medicina to break this up into smaller posts.

This post will just deal with the little things I found interesting and some stuff about the podcast itself.  The five big categories of topics in the middle are what really set me off on pondering tangents.  For the programming, well, programming really tickles me.  The account security awareness discussion is a big thing going on, and TSR has been hacked before; I felt like discussing it and sharing what we’ve done to combat being hacked.  The speculation on Cataclysm was a really big tangent: I spent most of it pondering warlock changes and what-ifs.  The Blue postage mildly interests me — I don’t often browse the forums because half of it seems more attention-whoring than actual news.   And last but not least, I went pondering on the differences between 10mans and 25mans with the recent Invincible bomb.

If you see any of those posts pop up over the next few days, this is why.

TNB75: Need More Guest

In the little intro “This is the Twisted Nether Blogcast” I heard Larisa’s voice for the first time and revealed how much of a dumbass I was.  See, I never read the about section since Larisa’s writing just sucks me in, so the Swedish accent (because, guess what, she’s SWEDISH) rather stunned my little default American accent voice into silence.

Self, you fail.

Anyway, way towards the end, the podcast got wrapped up with things going on in the WoW blogosphere.  Hot Topics had the return of Ratshag (whom I’m not terribly familiar with, but I guess I should) and Tamarind’s big raid leading deal.  I’ve tried raid leading, and yeah, it’s one of those things where you start to realize how much you do or don’t know or do or don’t care about or how stressful behind the keyboard you can become.  And, geez, I’ve only done “let’s go alt run Naxx.”  Fucking forget ICC or progression.  On the flip side, I stress out less over numbers and loot.  Because I guess I’ve realized numbers & loot aren’t really that worth it to blow a casket over.

The Shared Topic for the week was “What happens after Arthas?”  I admit, I’m kind of sad I couldn’t do this one.  I love speculating on things, but I’m as much not a lore nerd as a Wookie is not Star Trek.  I mean, I get the gist of medieval fantasy and those stereotypes & archetypes in WoW, but the actual fun-loving specifics…I have none.  But I’ve started reading Rise of the Horde, so I guess I’ll get there…eventually.

Next week Miss Medicina will be on! I love Miss Medicina, really I do. Love the writing.  I have her Disc leveling guide bookmarked for my latest alt project.  Hopefully I can remember at 11pm tomorrow to join the TNB chat.

In Voices from the Nether, Fimlys was talking about giving TNB feedback, whether through emails or comments or what.  Well, consider this my call of hysterical laughter, Fim. :)  Maybe I’ll even go pondering every episode I listen to.


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