So I have this hunter. You may remember her. Her name is Angoleth (though most call her Angie), and she has a really large bear named Russ.
She’s an old elf, as elves go, though not quite as old as some – I’d put her as being born a thousand years or so after The Sundering. She served in the War of the Shifting Sands (the first one), as well as in several other major conflicts, as a sentinel. And then there was Hyjal. On the shores of that mountain, near the end of the battle (in the first wave of demons), she was blindsided by something large – probably a Felguard or Doomguard – and nearly died. Her left ribs, shoulder, arm, and collarbone were all turned into mush, more or less. And since then, well, she’s not been so good with ranged weapons as she was used to before.
The injury itself hasn’t ever truly healed either, leaving her wearing heavy padding and shoulder bracing on that side. No wonder she has such a preference for crossbows. It’s been at least marginally functional, but she can’t do all the fun tricks that other hunters do and has relied on her pet.
The end result of all this is that she has been a Beast Mastery (with occasional dabbles in Survival) hunter since she got a backstory a few months before Burning Crusade released.
Unfortunately, I’ve not been so thrilled with Beast Mastery lately. Which isn’t to say it’s not a great hunter spec, and I keep hearing people say how awesome it is for soloing, but I find it to be slow, mana heavy, and unwieldy.
But I don’t want to leave behind her story, nor do I have any interest in a Deus Ex Machina style retcon, whereby she magically meets a magical healer or engineer that magically makes it all better poof! She’s had this wound and it’s residual effects for /years/. If there was a quick and easy way to fix it, she’d know. I /like/ that she’s extremely pet dependent, as it gives a little more depth to her RP – and allows me to work with TWO characters instead of just one all the time. (Russ is really fun to RP)
I’m ok with developing a WAY to get this fixed, I’d just like it to involve more than her “discovering a magical tube of Ben Gay.” (Thanks Linedan.) I’d also prefer not to “just dual spec” her, since that feels like a cop out. It might be what I end up doing, but it’s got some undesirable effects when you’re leveling.
I’ve been brainstorming some ideas to push her away from her comfort zone and get her to rely on her pets a little less – without giving up on her past. So far I’ve had two suggestions (both of which I like a lot) that involve forcing her to get better as a hunter without making her “give up” on Russ. Motivation and things are still in the works, but they revolve around the idea of making it hard/impossible to depend on Russ for awhile.
We’ll see what transpires, and I’m VERY open to your ideas. Let me know if anything comes to mind!
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