June 8, 2009 – 9:50 am
This is Part of Angrethar, the story of The Battle for the Wrathgate from Aelflaed’s point of view. You can see all of the posts in this story on the Story Archives page, by searching for the Wrathgate category, or through this link.
It felt like the first time in months that Tarquin ap Danwyrith had stopped to breathe. Two days up here at Angrathar, he knew, but he felt like he had been born in that icy gulch, beneath that broken hill. Maybe this was hell. He rubbed his knuckles into the corners of his eyesockets, as if to scour away what he’d seen, aware all the while of the absurdity of it. Just more petty defiance, more useless-
He put a collar on his thoughts and dragged them back from the abyss. Going to be doing that a lot, murmured the part of his mind that had regained its balance. First things first, the living. He had a responsibility. Ceil was with Sonya, of course; she wouldn’t say two words to the girl, but she’d hover over her as if she could will her back to health. It was typical.
The Riders were ranged about the point where their headlong flight had stopped, in various states of breathless disbelief. Tarquin fancied that he could have seen the same reflection in all their eyes had he bothered to look, heard the same thunderous echoes of – fucking come off it! They were alive, that was what mattered. Wounded, exhausted, terrified beyond measure in some cases, but alive. That was where everything started.
He began a headcount, matching things up against the mental list he carried with him at all times, noting the gaps with a heavy heart. Bellesta, Feliche, Aelflaed -
The monstrous gas probably wouldn’t have gone that far, but even still, Bolvar’s death had routed the Alliance, all the way back to the reserves. She could be anywhere. She could be a twitching shell half-buried in snowdrifts, a torched and mangled body on one of a hundred heaps, a shambling carcass taking up the Bloody Prince’s new guard outside the gates. There were thousands of them out there. Tarquin indulged himself in maudlin thoughts for a moment longer, then turned to his family and surveyed for a moment before calling out. “Jolly! Kaidos! ‘Larra!”
Of the Riders, those were three of the most coherent. Ulthanon had seen it all before, more or less, and Ilarra could always stand to see more. As for Jolstraer, dead-eyed and battered as he was, the old knight simply had too many years of momentum behind him to fall to despair. They all wandered over with the same air of distraction – trying, most like, to keep the horror from creeping in. “We’ve still Riders out there,” he told them. “Aely wis sent wi’ the Legion medical at the start. I want yeh three ta find her, or her body.” Ulthanon winced. “Kaidos, check the field. ‘Larra, go an’ check wha’s left ay the Legion. Jolly, go south, ‘mong the scatters.”
Ilarra cleared her throat delicately. “Lotta dead folk out there, boss. Not that I won’t be positively thrilled at findin’ her, o’ course, but – well, how soon you want us back?”
“When yeh find her.” Tarquin caught Ilarra’s gaze. “Find any in the colors. Bellesta an’ Feliche’re missin’ too. Mair, might be. I’ll have yeh a count in a tick. Get yirselves ready.” He turned back to counting.
June 5, 2009 – 7:24 am
Every Friday here at Too Many Annas, you’ll find a little RP prompting – either in the form of 5 questions to answer about your character or in the form of a ficlet prompt (500 words) to write about them. These aren’t meant to be hard, just things to think about for your character – you can answer in a comment or use them as a blog post of your own!
This week, our subject is time.
- Is your character usually early, on time, or late? What does he or she expect from other people with regards to time?
- Is your character a morning sparrow or a night owl? Is this their nature, or have they trained themselves to it?
- Does your character carry a time-keeping device? (watch, pocket watch, chronometer, gnomish buzzbox with digital clock peripheral)
- How does your character deal with the Bronze Dragonflight – does he or she take them seriously? take the Caverns of Time seriously?
- What does your character eat for breakfast on a “normal morning”? (whenever that “morning” happens to take place)
June 4, 2009 – 9:05 am
For the first official “Ask Anna” post, I’m going to tackle one from Nibuca of Mystic Chicanery and the Twisted Nether Blogcast. It’s a short question, but definitely a good one to ask, considering all the non-rp bloggers out there!
Dear Anna, How do you start writing RP posts on your non-rp blog? -Nib
RP has some odd stereotypes that live alongside it, and it’s not always received as well as progression/raid/pvp related content. Why? Well, a lot of reasons, but suffice it to say that it’s not unusual for me to get this kind of sentiment. Your audience is expecting one thing, and you’re not sure if they’ll be OK with the RP idea, especially the first time you introduce it.
I think there are a few things you can do, though, to break the ice a little.
- Start small. You don’t need to have your first RP post be a 10-part epic like Angrathar. In fact, I’d generally suggest against that! Do a Friday Five or two, pick a ficlet, write a little vignette. Even have a conversation between you and your character about something that maybe you like or enjoy, but they don’t (or vice versa). If you’re not used to thinking of your characters this way, it’s a nice way to “break the ice” with them – and be careful – it can be a little addicting!
- Don’t label it or apologize for it. Just post. If you spend 3 paragraphs apologizing for writing RP, you’ll create in both your readers AND yourself the understanding that somehow this is “weird” or “different”. It’s your blog. You write what you want. If you feel like writing some RPish posts, go for it.
- Don’t get in your own way. Everyone starts somewhere, and nobody is masterful the first time they do anything. If you let your fears of some external criticism stand in your way, you might convince yourself out of doing it. Your readers know and like you. They will almost certainly either enjoy or ignore your RP posts.
- Do a guest post, if you’re worried about your own audience. Most bloggers love a good guest post. If you want to write a little something, but aren’t sure if your blog is the best place to break the ice, see if another blogger will give you some limelight for a day and then link to it. Your readers will probably go read it and comment, but you’ll be away from the “expectations” on your own blog (even if they’re largely created by you!).
- Just do it. New things can be a little scary, especially new things that are as “exposing” as sharing your writing with the world. But you will find your own voice, and your own style. Maybe you’ll decide that this RP thing is more something you like to think about than write about, and that’s fine. But you’ll never know until you try! And bloggers are a LOT more forgiving than say, the general WoW forums.
The best way to break into RP is just to try. You might love it, you might not. But if you’re curious and considering doing a little more with your character beyond the pixels on the screen, take a few small steps and see what you think.
You don’t need permission from your readers to post the occasional RP style post on YOUR blog. And they won’t all leave in a huff if they’re not so keen on RP.
So good luck, happy writing, and may the RP-Fu be with you!
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June 2, 2009 – 8:46 am
First – thank you to everyone that offered me naming advice for my little Tauren hunter. I’ve got enough fantastic names there to last me a good while – hooray! I did settle on Anaje, just… because I like it? I liked lots of them, but that was the name that stuck out at me for this particular character. (I’m back to 10 character slots full on Feathermoon too. /sigh)
This is Anaje Plainsrunner, and her prairie wolf pet, Sly. (Sly is one of the two wolf types that retains his “bark” when you click on him.)
She doesn’t have any nice RP clothes yet, because I’m poor and level 13. I’ve got something in mind for her though, I think. I’m really enjoying playing her, even in the Barrens (lol), and Sly is a great pet. It’s been odd being low level again, practicing my kiting skills – being a hunter is really slow until you get your pet – but now that they’ve got each other, things are going pretty quick!
Anaje is a story collector, of sorts. She collects old Tauraje folktales (which are usually – but not always – Native American folktales “converted” into Warcraft). Right now I’ve got three of them fully converted so she can tell them at various gatherings. One of the things I need to work on is incorporating emotes into storytelling, so that this is as much a performance as it is a good story. Last night at Nox Night, she told a version of the story of The Great Unktehi, the evil water monster, and how the Barrens came to be… well… barren. This was originally a Sioux story called “Thunderbird and the Water Monster”, and you can read the Tauraje version below the cut.
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