Written by | Posted November 19, 2013 – 4:46 pm Deconstruction

Bad things are happening in Stormwind – and beyond.

The Hand of Lothar, they call themselves.

Yva Darrows was their first target.

Tirith and Aely were their second and third.

They have since… expanded their reach and escalated their methods …

A Confession
comment 14 Written by on April 16, 2009 – 3:58 pm

I have, as it were, a confession to make.  Some of you may have guessed it by now – it’s not all that secret of a thing.  And I guess, in the grand scheme of things, it’s no great awful thing either, just an admission of an unusual personal preference.

I don’t like Northrend.

I don’t.  I know everyone loves it, and it’s so pretty and aren’t the quests awesome!  And it *is* pretty – some of my favorite areas in the game are in Northrend (Especially Grizzly Hills, Howling Fjord, and Storm Peaks).  But I still don’t like it.

The Lore is tremendous.  We’re fighting Arthas FINALLY, right?  And those poor ghosts on the Forgotten Coast.  And OMG WRATHGATE.  And all this Earthen/Titan/Watcher stuff in Ulduar?!  You’re right, of course.  The Northrend lore is much more connected to the history of Warcraft and past games.  It’s central to a LOT of the experiences of our characters.  Hooray!

I still don’t like it.

I don’t like questing there, I don’t like hanging out there.  I don’t like Dalaran (GASP HORROR!).  It’s all very very pretty, of course, but I have no connection to the city itself.

So Anna, you ask, do you like Outland?

To be honest?  I like Outland better than I like Northrend, at least from the standpoint of my Draenei. She connects there – and my Druid is connecting there as well.  As yet NONE of my characters have connected to Northrend, with the possible exception of Aely, who lost any connection anywhere past Dragonblight.

It’s the only explanation I have for why I have characters and LOVE leveling them until they get to the mid 50′s… and then stall out.  I like the original game better.  I just do. Sometimes I can revive someone out to Outland (as I’ve had massive success with Annylais), but I had to literally *force* myself to get Annorah to 80, and have hardly logged her in since, since everything left for her to do… is in Northrend.  At least Aely is raiding and actively RPing.

I’m lucky if I can get 10-15 quests done each time I log Angoleth or Anaelle in.

It’s not that I don’t like them or want to play them.  I log in excited to work on them, with RP ideas and things to do… and then get so fed up with the Northrend quests that I just give up and go do something else, frequently either not-WoW related or an alt that’s still in Old World Azeroth.

Yes, that’s what I said. Old World Azeroth.  I like it better than Northrend – I know, I’m nuts.  But I’d rather level a character from 0-55 than anything higher than that.  It’s one of the reasons why I have so many alts!

So will I ever have a third level 80 character?

Quite possibly not.  And that makes me sad, as I’d really like to experiment with Discipline Priest healing, and eventually Druid healing as well, not to mention how much FUN being a Hunter can be. But it takes such a sheer act of willpower to DO anything that I’m pretty sure if I do end up with another 80, it won’t be for quite some time.

I’m sure I’m pretty well alone in this, since everyone keeps telling me how amazing Northrend is, and I’d love to hear your opinions in the comments.  But I can’t help it… I just don’t like Northrend.

How to Crash a Server
comment 9 Written by on April 14, 2009 – 8:14 pm

Step 1:  Delay a WoW Patch by several hours, with no given ETA

Step 2: On a major WoW news/blog website, create a link to someone hosted on a shared-server webhosting company.

Step 3: Publish that post, including the link, about 10 minutes after a supposed “update” is supposed to happen.


Step 5:  Watch, as the server overloads, using more than 99% of a server’s capacity, and causing the site admin to entirely suspend the account on suspicion of an attack/hack.

So that’s what happened.  WoWInsider linked to my Dual-Spec post right as everyone got off work and was checking about WoW Patch/Server stuff, and somewhere in the neighborhood of THOUSANDS of you clicked that link over a course of about 30 seconds, overloading my server and taking it (and everyone else hosted there) on a ride down the toilet pipes of the internet.

Where do I go from here?  Well, a few things.

First, it means that I’ve upped my hosting again, so this site has officially crossed the line into “More expensive than a WoW Subscription”.  I’ll be very cautiously looking at advertising opportunities and affiliateships, because – well – I want to keep doing this, but I can’t keep doing it for “free” since it ain’t “free” anymore. For starters, I’ll be joining up with MMO Gaming Ads, since I will NOT allow gold selling/account trading whatnot.

Second, next time there’s a major patch release, I know who to email so that you guys get a “site has reached capacity” message instead of them suspending my account because they think you’re a hacker trying to attack the server.

Third?  Many hearts and hershey kisses to all of you for not hating me, and for the few that sent curious emails asking if I knew my site was down.  I appreciate the warning, and you guys looking out for things.

Now, let’s all see what’s up with this 3.1 thing!

He might be “ODD”, but he’s got the right idea
comment 4 Written by on April 14, 2009 – 4:18 pm

One of the many Wildfire Riders and Rider Affiliates that’ve started blogging recently, Aleros, the Old Dirty Druid, has a post up in response to the blue posts from Nethaera last week.

He’s got a really spot on read of how this affects RP, and what RP really means in the greater context of the game.  (And I happen to know that he raids too, which makes him doubly apropos to this particular blog!).  Check it out!

It’s only a (dual) spec, I can change it
comment 8 Written by on April 14, 2009 – 12:07 pm

Originally I’d thought I wasn’t going to dual-spec my paladin.  My shaman, absolutely will have both a restoration (chain heal) build and an elemental build.  But Aely?  She’s a holy paladin, and I’m not a huge fan of her when she’s being ret.

But… well, what if I tried to build a holy DPS spec?  I’ve played a lol-smite priest (Disc/Holy DPS hybrid) and did quite well for myself.  I won’t be leading the damage meters, but the only time I do DPS with Aely is on Noth and when I’m soloing.

So I figured why not!

Aely gets to stay a Holy Paladin, I get to do a little more DPS than a wet noodle, and there’s some fun experimentation to be had!

For Healing:

  • Holy spec: (basic holy spec, similar to my current spec, only with Divinity instead of Kings)
  • Glyphs?  Holy Light, Seal of Wisdom, and Holy Shock for now, we’ll see how the Holy Shock one works out, and if I hate it, I’ll go back to Divinity.

For Smashing:

  • Other Holy spec: focused around 1H DPS with Seal of Righteousness, crits, Holy Shock, and Sanctified Retribution.  Will it be the new ret?  No way.  But will it be FUN for my off spec?  Quite possibly…
  • Glyphs?  Consecration, Holy Shock, and Seal of Righteousness

But, of course, there are several things that could go either way, particularly with the damage build.

Things I’m unsure about:

  • I’ve got Improved Blessing of Wisdom in both specs, since range from a totem is iffy on some fights, and I’d prefer to have that, plus it’d be nice to not *lose* it if I swap to the DPS spec inside of a raid.  Could possibly shuffle those two points into something else, but for now, I’ll stick with it.
  • Whether or not I’ll get laughed at.  (Ok, so this one’s kind of silly)
  • Whether Divinity is actually better than Sanctity of Battle – I’m choosing consistently 5% more healing over 3% extra crit, basically choosing the “non-burst healing” option.  Not that I don’t have gobs of crit anyway.  If mana regen is really an issue, I may swap to Sanctity of Battle instead, to see if that helps.
  • Whether Glyph of Judgement or Glyph of Consecration would be better.  I’m leaning towards Consecration, since that’s ideal for a high spellpower situation and helps with the mana problems inherent with using it all the time and not having Spiritual Attunement/Seal of the Martyr, but if we end up fighting stuff with a lot less AOE, I may switch to Judgement.

Anyway – with all the stuff flying around and changes, it’ll be interesting to see what happens (if anything) when we head into Ulduar this week.  I’d rather hoped to have another week before all this went live, but I can’t wish it away! I’ve had some real motivation issues recently in game, so I’m hoping this new content will help (though that remains to be seen).


November 19, 2013 – 4:46 pm

Bad things are happening in Stormwind – and beyond.

The Hand of Lothar, they call themselves.

Yva Darrows was their first target.

Tirith and Aely were their second and third.

They have since… expanded their reach and escalated their methods …


November 13, 2013 – 9:59 am

The cathedral bells stop ringing overnight, except for chiming the hours. Three bell strikes, and Angoleth padded softly around another corner of the Cathedral District, staying carefully in the shadows. Trained ears picked up Mogget’s soft breathing – nearly inaudible …

Riders in Lordaeron – Memory

November 7, 2013 – 1:33 pm

(Written by Jolly, Tarquin, and Annalea)

The highlands of Lordaeron were not for the faint of heart; be it the putrescence of the Scourge’s long-lingering remnant, or the rock-strewn hills and valleys that made farmers out of only the most …

Riders of Lordaeron – Logistics

September 13, 2013 – 7:11 pm

(With Tarquin and Annalea)

Once more, four people made their way through the thickets and hills of Lordaeron, this time in the crisp chill of late morning, seeking after the Rider. Aelflaed had snatched what sleep she could while Chryste …

Riders of Lordaeron – Problematic

September 11, 2013 – 9:47 am

(With Tarquin)

She hadn’t wanted to leave Jolly – not so soon after finding him again – but once away, it took about five minutes for Aely to figure out she had a problem.

That problem had just announced that …

Riders of Lordaeron: Arrangements

September 9, 2013 – 10:05 am

It was an uneasy goodbye for him, but it was agreed by both he and Aely that a stroll back to Hearthglen would not be very easy to explain, nor would the explanation needed for the three Argent soldiers once …

Riders of Lordaeron

September 7, 2013 – 9:02 am

“Light sent me ye when I needed ye afore – an’ now again when I need ye. I canna ask fir more than tha’.” She sighed and slung the shield back across her shoulders. “It’s… Light. Been awhile hasna it? …

Dark Rider of Lordaeron (Part 4)

September 6, 2013 – 2:02 pm

She blinked, but did not drop either of her shields. “Aye, though I’ve been Caltrains fir th’ last near three years. Canna say I’ve any memory ay ye.”

“Yeh’ve far moar’n yeh realize,” he replied evenly, his grip tightening on …

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