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Lasting Impressions
comment 7 Written by on May 26, 2008 – 8:08 am

Most of the time, while out questing, I run across lots of people of various races and classes, Alliance and Horde alike. Most of these people don’t make any impression on me at all, aside from a passing glance or thank you if I get a buff, and I go on my merry way.

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Aelflaed, just before turning over level 60 last night

Occasionally, however, someone will make a very good – or very bad – mark in my mind.

The Tauren who helped me out in Dustwallow on the quest to fight the fire dragons that comes from Mudsprocket left a fantastic impression. He and I “traded” pulls back and forth so we’d both get the XP as we went in search of a banner, and we’d help each other with the fights as we went along. Even though we couldn’t speak, there was an understanding that we were both slightly too low level to be there, and that if we worked together, we’d get it done and could move on. At several points we both nearly died, but we managed to wait for each other to eat and drink so that we’d be successful.

Sadly, I don’t remember his name, as this happened a few months back – but he made such an impression that the entire encounter remains in my mind as an example of “good people”.

Last night, I had an opposite encounter.

As a Paladin, the Western Plaguelands are ripe with things to kill and are generally a pleasure to quest in. I had been doing the quests around Andorhal, lighting up the watchtowers and collecting temporal parasites and such, and had reached the point where I needed to go into the old library/schoolhouse and collect the Annals of Darrowshire. As I walked into the building I was immediately pulled into combat by the level 53 mage and 57 hunter… and their 8 or so ghoulish “friends”. I noticed that they both were nearly dead, so I popped righteous fury, judged one with crusader, ran into the middle of things, and hit consecrate – since I was in combat anyway, I might as well help them live. I’d end up fighting the stuff regardless.

Unfortunately they both died, and the fight wiped out all of my mana and most of my health as well. I sat down, ate and drank, cleansed the 12 different debuffs off of me, and rezzed the Mage (the hunter had run back by then). I healed them both to full and buffed the mage.

At which point the hunter /slapped and /spit on me.

I mentioned in /say that I was sorry they had died, and that I’d tried to pull the mobs off of them, but I got no response. The mage got her book immediately after and they left.

In reality, this is a small incident. I’ve no real scars to show for it, and I went happily on my way, killing book-ghouls until I got my own copy of the Annals of Darrowshire. I don’t know either of them, have never seen them before now, and likely will never see them again. I don’t know their guild or anyone else in their guild. But the impression they made was enough to color me away from that guild from now on.

Could this have been some kind of misunderstanding? Possibly. I’m not sure what they thought I would gain (the book ghouls do not award experience or loot). But their rudeness in the face of my attempts at getting them out of a tight spot was a pretty rough awakening, and I’ll keep my distance from now on.

Remarkably, not 20 minutes later, as I was working on one of the plague fields, looking for a cauldron key, I came across another (totally unrelated) Paladin. We traded buffs, /salutes, and he mentioned in a whisper that he’d just killed the cauldron lord, so not to worry, he’d respawn in a minute.

I guess you win some and you lose some, but if I see that Paladin in trouble sometime, I’ll not think twice about doing what I can to help out.

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7 Responses to “Lasting Impressions”

  1. Bah, hunters suck. They’re not renowned for their manners, too. Must be all that ‘alone’ time with just a pet for company.

  2. @Belph: If that would be true, I would have played my hunter the wrong way with helping people whenever possible 🙂 (or maybe it is because my main is a resto-druid 🙂

    No, the real problem is that some people like to behave like total jerks while in the game (personally I don’t think they are this way in real life). They think they can do everything and get away with it. Besides some terrible players while doing instances, my worst impression of a player was with some warrior.

    I just started with the quests in the Bone Wastes in Terrokar Forest when suddenly I get a whisper from this warrior: HEAL ME!!!! or something like that. Looking around where the player was I see him (her actually, it was a NE female warrior) and try to get of a heal. I was already too late, the warrior dies and I kill his mobs. Not 2 seconds after this happens he whispers again with: “NOOB!! YOU SHUOLD HAVE HEALD ME!!! NOW REZ!!” Actually the way he said it was much worse, but you can imagine how it was. And I think you can also understand that this player is now a member of my ignore list.

    By Arrwen on May 27, 2008 | Reply
  3. First up, I just discovered Anna’s blog! Shes not safe anymore!

    Its funny how things work out in the wilds of Azeroth. Ive often ran into hordies and allies Ive helped out. Some appreciate it and some dont. Its a matter of course and also RP for me that Mac aids anyone he stumbles across who looks to be in trouble.

    Yet for some reason, I dont like being helped on him. I wanna say its RP, but honestly, its my real life stubborn, self sufficient nature coming out in game. Happy to help, resistant to being helped.

    Of course, the other thing is both him and me are quick to forgive. Ive been in similar situations and I make a point of being helpful to them again. Partly its because Im a firm believe of two wrongs dont make a right. Mostly its because if someone is childish enough to do stuff like that when you help them, helping them again has gotta be even worse for em and that makes me smile.

    Yeah, Im a dick like that.

  4. @Arrwen: Sorry, just kinda being tongue-in-cheek; y’see, I’m a hunter. What Aelflaed experienced was what is currently known as the Greater Internet Fuckwad Theory (ref. Penny Arcade).

  5. ONOES! It’s a Mac!

    Also – the hunter comment was doubly tongue in cheek… as I also play a hunter *grins*

    You can see the Greater Internet Fuckwad Theory here: http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/03/19/

    By Anna on May 27, 2008 | Reply
  6. Heh…guess it was a day for bloggers to get slapped around, Anna.

  7. Anna,

    Had a simliar experience (to your Dustwallow one) up on the elemental plateau one late evening.

    I was grinding out a crap ton of primal fires for Belt of Blasting and Spellstrike gear. There was a human frost mage (with a name along the lines of “Frigidaire”) also hunting the fire elementals. Initially, I had pulled an add off the mage that had patrolled into the fight. A return of favor by tossing a frost bolt on one of my mobs, that sort of thing.

    Eventually, with some limited emote “communication” we began to tag team the mobs. The mage would frost bolt to slow the mob, we’d both open up. Then I’d tag a mob with SW:P, they’d wait for the first tick, frost bolt, we’d both open up. Lather rinse repeat. Beat the hell out of huntards (Alliance and Horde) and others who love tagging a mob before a caster’s dot can tick.

    The player even jumped over to a horde toon to say thanks (and just as I was about to log over to an Ally alt to do the same).

    There are asshats and there are good folks. And my ignore list loves the first 🙂


    By Eapoe on May 30, 2008 | Reply

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