[RPish] To Northrend

Zeppelin Leaving For Northrend
“It be…flat.”

Sphaira’s tusks twitched to either side in a frown.  This zeppelin wasn’t like the others.  The netting was sparse, like ropes tied to balloons rather than rigging on a ship.   Even the gasbag envelope seemed to float above instead of resting on a sturdy column at aft.  The lack of big wings in the back made the zepp look…empty.  But emptiness wasn’t the problem.

“No goblins be sailin’ zepps wifowt no gold sinkas!”  Sphaira stepped onto the zeppelin and waved her wand about in deep disappointment.  The pink crystals bonked a goblin shipman in the head.  He retaliated by slamming his hammer into her shin.

“Shadra SPIT on you!”  The priestess pulled the goblin up by the hammer and dangled him over the side of the zeppelin, fully prepared to drop him overboard without a levitating spell.  The shipman flailed about, kicking with his legs and threatening further injury to the troll.  Sphaira stretched to arm’s full length and smiled.

“Cut it out!”

A green finger thrust its way onto her person, jabbing into her thigh.  Sphaira jerked her arm inwards and grasped at the already-sore spot on her leg.  She let go of the hammer, and his momentum sent the goblin flying onto the deck starboardside.  The tool rattled across the deck and the goblin stuck it in the floorplanks in an effort to not tumble off the other side.  Sphaira rubbed her tender thigh and glared at the zeppelin master, to whom the finger belonged.  She spit in the direction of the shipman, giving him one last glare.  Withdrawing to the fore of the ship, she settled on a spot between the two huge foglights to sit for the journey to Northrend.

This story just has to come out of my head so I can do other things.  Calling it [RPish] because I haven’t actually really in-game RP’d, but it’s not a journal, so…I don’t know what to call it.  Comments are totally welcome.  (Yes, my graphics quality is crap.)

[RPish] To Northrend

Rerolling Around

Serious question at the bottom. 🙂  (btw, Xeny is now 80.)

Sphaira, the Original

Her name means “bubble.” Please don’t make me tell you that it also means “sphere.” (OMG NO WAI)  I would have to facepalm at that moment.

Sphaira was originally a blood elf and she got to level 54 through the Dungeon Finder and the Battlegrounds.  I stayed in a city when I was not doing one of those thing because she was on a PvP server, and I suck at world PvP.  Especially when it’s some asshole level 80 rogue ganking my level 28 butt that is questing and MINDING ITS OWN GODDAMN BUSINESS in Dustwallow.  >.>  Jerk.

She no longer exists, but that’s okay, because the person I was playing with on her, pretty much exclusively, doesn’t play WoW right now.

So I’m rerolling her — she was a disc priest — as a shadow priest (maybe disc offspec…when I get there), and she’s on my “home” server, Eonar, which is PvE.

So I can quest without dying for no reason. 🙂 YAY

Also, I’m going Horde because death knights are boring, and the whole “first Horde toon of mine on this server” pretty much cuts me off from heirlooms and free gold.  So I get the raw experience, like when I leveled Poneria.

Spha’s Trollin’

Trolls rock. 🙂

I feel sexy as a female troll. She looks powerful yet graceful to me.  She could totally smirk and melt your face off, I think.

(I dance like the female troll.  I sleep like the female troll.  I have hair like the female troll — except it’s not dyed a funky color.  I might just be a female troll IRL.)

Call me cliche, but I love the pale blue troll with lots of white boob-length hair.  Way closer to my own hairstyle, except mine’s not braided, just straight.  (Clue: I once cut off 13″ for Locks of Love and my hair was still shoulder-length.  I need to do that again soon.)

The chick troll hairstyles aren’t as awesome (though I bet they’ll grow on me), but the COLORS, oh man, I LOVE the troll hair colors. I can’t pick one!  (Well, okay, I’m picking white…for now, anyway…)

I remember enchanting making Pone broke for most of leveling.  So tailoring and…I don’t know what else.  Tailoring is for BAGS…mostly.  And a carpet.  But I’m still going enchanting / tailoring.  I’ve been selling a bit of the things I make (*cough* bags *cough*) and random non-DE’d loot and white items I pick up while questing (like meat, or herbs / ore / leather from chests, or elixir rewards I won’t use).  Hopefully I won’t go too broke from leveling enchanting.

Priests Don’t Get Osteoporosis

Being out in the sun all day in the Barrens, plus drinking all that Ice Cold Milk.  Don’t have energy, though, since I haven’t been eating many carbs or meat.  Don’t have any rage either because I’m shielded from conflict.

Perks of a healing class, I guess.

I was level 15 and I’d drunk 187 beverages.

132 of them are Ice Cold Milk.


Get those priests on some old Got Milk? ads.

I managed to pick up Glyph of Shadow Word: Pain, and I picked up the Spirit Tap talents, because I don’t want to drink after every pull.  Which is what was happening before I got those things.  I don’t want to hear it about how I’m picking the wrong leveling spec; this is the way I level.  I just go with how I think it should go and see how close I get to the theorycrafty version.

But only once I’ve dinged 80.

It’s more fun that way. Kind of like one of those mystery puzzles.  Y’know, the ones where the box cover totally doesn’t match the actual puzzle, but you need to solve the puzzle to get the final clues for the one-to-two-page mystery story they include in the box.

Yeah. Like that.

Though, I will admit, I have looked at Shadowpriest.com in the Newcomer Forums to look at the rotation *ahem*, I mean, priority system, to see exactly which spells are pretty cool even if they’re “ehhhhhh” right now.

Class Forums — In or Ex

The mage and shaman communities have been excited this past week to watch the beginnings of their own communities, a la Tankspot, PlusHeal, The Warlocks’ Den, and Shadowpriest.com.  While I don’t have a mage, I have a shaman, and she is electrified by playing elemental (also resto).  I have a bunch of shaman blogs in my feedreader, much like I acquired the buttload of druid and healer blogs when I leveled Ama (& Xeny added some moonkin blogs!).

I’ve branded myself a warlock.  I am a warlock, though sometimes I’m a bit too nice for my fellows to handle.  This is a warlock blog. My main will always be a warlock, and I’ll be into that theorycrafting the most.  If I were to only raid on one toon (which I do at the moment), it would be my warlock.

Can I join the other communities?

I feel like maybe this is a stupid question, knowing that the mage & shaman communities were set up by bloggers, whom I already read, and if the SAN community is any indication, the answer is “DUH OF COURSE YOU CAN.”

I’d still feel a bit of an outsider.  I mean, I’m not a shadow priest or a tank or a shaman at heart.  It’s not part of my identity.  Warlockery feels like it’s part of my identity in WoW.  I can’t not like warlocks.  Bad warlocks can make me facepalm, but I can’t hate them.  (Mages…I can hate mages. =P)

I lurk for the most part, as well.  Even in guild forums.  On blogs, even.  You’d think I was a rogue, maybe, but I’m a warlock.

I’ve been lurking for a bit in the official WoW warlock forums.  I don’t feel like the Uber Theorycrafter, because while I do know the insides and outs of affliction PvE, that’s … I mean, I don’t even know affliction PvP very well, nevermind the other two specs.  I’m not super wicked, I’m even nice some of the time.  So…I don’t know if I’ll ever show in WoW forums, really.

So I’m curious.

Do any of you readers belong to class/spec/role communities other than your main’s, or are you pretty much your main’s spot?  I know Keeva has five million druids, whereas Psynister has pretty much one of everything.  I know that you could be in a shaman community while also in PlusHeal, if you’re a healy shaman, but I mean for classes/specs/roles that are different enough.  Even beyond things like Tankspot has some healer things (Aliena comes to mind).  Like a dual-enh shaman also contributing to PlusHeal.

Do you contribute equally (I do, I lurk in all of mine =P) or are you a newbie in one while an expert in another?  Are you a lurker, like me, or are you a regular poster?

If I do poke my head in on, say, Totemspot (because no way am I going to Magespot), do I sign up as Poneria, since that’s most recognizably me?  Or should I stick to my shaman’s name, Astrape? Do you have different names for different communities, or do you just have one, universal handle/nickname?

I told you, I’m curious, so please discuss. 🙂

Rerolling Around

LF guides: leveling as pvp disc

It’s what I’ve been doing all spring break.

First off, I don’t quest on my priest.  Why?  Because she’s on a PvP server and the last time I quested on that server (on my defunct warlock), I got ganked by this one skulled rogue that just one-shotted me repeatedly while I’m trying to do a quest, not even bothering him.  I mean, seriously?  THE FUCK?  LEAVE ME ALONE, BUTTERCUP.

Go figure, I prefer to play on PvE servers mainly.

So my leveling experience consists entirely of LFD or BGs. The 0-3 bracket in BGs consists mostly of dying, which is not fun, so those four levels get spent in LFD.  Then when I hit 4-6, I’m okay so long as I tag alongside my favorite warrior.  Or if he’s gone off to do some BG achiev, which he’s been doing recently, I go find a nice 7-9 who will take care of me.  When I hit 7-9 I guess I don’t get raped as much by the paladin/rogue/warrior/spriest so I can be stupider bolder and venture out of the flag room.

Warriors & rogues & paladins were “OMFG GET IT OFF ME KILL IT KILL IT KILL  IT WEAKENED SOUL & MY FEAR ON CD KILL IT NAO k thnx vm I’m cool now, here, have a fort buff as a token of my gratitude. /omnommana.”  They still are but…

Spriests. My Gawd. They are now kill on sight. Friggin dispelling my buffs & stuff BWUH.  WSG, the Alliance had in the bag.  So the twin spriests decided to come and rape me ANYWAY for the last of it while mocking me with emotes.

I’m so sorry your self-esteem depends on having to outnumber, outgear (I know what the staff looks like now), & outlevel me in order to defeat my solitary non-heriloomed healing-specced clothy.

Anywho.  Enough with the dickwaving. Onward to the quest.

I’m dinging a little slower now, and each one comes I go look in my talent spec and go “BWUH WHICH ONE” and just kind of pick with my gut.  But I still feel like maybe I’m sucking at which talents are awesome for PvP and which aren’t.  This is my first real PvP toon.

So I’m trying to find guides for leveling as a disc PvPer, but most of the PvP guides I find are level 80 arenas.  Help?? I currently have this spec after getting my bubbles & buffs blown off by spriests in BGs, plus an empty major glyph slot (glyphs are tiny bit expensive for a mid-level AH tard).

Any PvPing priests out there that can help a lowbie out?

Also, I just realized the next BG bracket will include DKs.  Sooooo not looking forward to being Death Gripped & Strangulated.

LF guides: leveling as pvp disc

A Most Awesome PuG Group Experience

Dear Syl–you weren’t worth writing down your whole name & server, I guess,

You were a dick to us, all gogogo to get the sliver of experience you needed to hit 20. Frankly, as a veteran warlock, I was dismayed to see one of the class NOT using a demon of any sort for a good portion of dps’ing.  But the worst of it was when as you immediately dinged 20, you left us with a “cya losers.”

Well, you missed out on the fun & goodness of an awesome experience with four strangers.  The only really good pug experience I can remember with 4 complete strangers was the one time I got a non-fail Oculus group who also continued to do another random dungeon.  While that experience was awesome, this was awesomer by a few degrees.

Hope you enjoyed your 20 ding as much as we enjoyed not having you.

Sphaira, the belf priest from Ursin

P.S. My Recount was still up when I logged in.  It’s Sylidor from Lightninghoof.  Now I can /ignore your ass.

The Group
Honestly, I wanted to maybe submit this to WoW.com’s newly redressed Classifieds for kudos, but I wasn’t sure if I could say an entire group was awesome.  Really, it started with our tank, but all four of you were amazing.  Also, I lament how you can ignore cross-server, but you can’t friend cross-server.  I totally would have friended you guys were you all on Ursin.

ILIAD, Detheroc (Belf pally): Iliad, you started off mentioning this was not only your first time through Wailing Caverns, but your first time tanking.  Maybe not your exact first time, but kudos to you for speaking up about it.  To tell you the truth, it was my first time through WC, too.  Since my mains are typically Alliance on Eonar, when I go over to my Ursin Hordies, it’s a whole new experience.  You did an excellent job. 🙂 You were amazing for watching mymana and even reminding me to drink up when it dipped too low.  After playing a raiding tree, I’m used to feeling like I have near-infinite mana, so it was refreshing and awesome to get a random tank who looked after my blue bar.  Thanks so much! 🙂

AYO, Moonrunner (Belf pally): Ayo, you were awesome, too, when Iliad had to afk for a few min, you picked up the tanking and did quite excellently.  You seemed a bit more intuned than Iliad in picking up things that wanted to smack me, but Iliad did say it was his first time tanking, so I don’t blame him at all.  You also led Val & me back to Rhy & Iliad when you guys found the boss we had missed in the western wing.  Thanks. 🙂

, Maelstrom (Undead mage): Rhy, you were just full of awesomesauce.  When no one seemed to know where to go, you picked it up for a bit and guided us through the bosses to do. I had a veteran Hordie RL friend come over about the time we got lost, and even he mentioned that veterans get lost in there.  You were quick to go read Wowwiki and show us the way.  I had Atlas up, but since I’m an Ally n00b to WC, I had no clue where I was or who we had killed, so I felt rather useless.  Also, you offered up water the first time we all appeared in WC, which is fully awesome.  Thanks 🙂

VALCURAX, Twisting Nether (belf warlock): Val, you replaced the dick lock in admirable fashion.  You were nice and just generally awesome.  When the group split to find the lost boss, I ended up with you, and you even tanked some mobs with your VW in order to scout out the place.  You let me put you on follow while I let my friend in.  Though I was a little annoyed that you nearly life tapped yourself to death a few time, you were a good representative of the warlock class. Thanks. 🙂

The Instance
Wailing Caverns.  We killed whatsherface in the beginning, which is when Syl dinged 20 and promptly left.  Val quickly caught up as we roamed around the cavern to the guidance of Rhyannyn.  After we had circled around, we went to go talk the druid guy into summoning the Murloc boss, but it wouldn’t answer.  At this point, we realized we forgot a boss, but we couldn’t figure out which one we had.  The group was nice and generally happy to each other as we roamed everywhere searching for what we hadn’t done.  At one point we split–Iliad, Rhy, & Ayo went west, while Val & I roamed around the east.  Iliad, Rhy, & Ayo found the boss we had missed, and as Val & I tried to navigate back to the west, Ayo thankfully said we should tele out/in, which returns you to the instance entrance! Problem solved! Ayo came to meet us and guide us back to reunite with the group. We killed Lord West-side-snake-guy, then performed a tele trick once again to summon Murloc Man.  Piece of cake.

After finishing the instance and a few dings in the place, Iliad asked if we would like to do another dungeon.  Unfortunately, some of us had to go, including me.  Had I not been about to have company over, I totally whole-heartedly would have healed you through another random, Iliad.  And the rest of you, would you have come.  You guys were full of awesomesauce.

Especially since, as Iliad pointed out, we had NO DEATHS and NO ARGUMENTS throughout the ENTIRE place.  Wicked cool, guys. 🙂  I left feeling full of win.  I hope to see you guys again, whether at 20 or at 80.

A Most Awesome PuG Group Experience