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 …

Dear Feathermoon Zombies
comment 13 Written by on October 23, 2008 – 10:06 am

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Feathermoon is an RP server.  This means that some people on Feathermoon are going to respond to things like world events in a character appropriate fashion.  If you see someone responding to a world event in such a fashion, it is not appropriate for you to curse at them in tells, attempt to manipulate them into flagging for PVP, or otherwise grief them – just as it is not appropriate for people who are roleplaying to grief you or intentionally ruin your fun.

For this reason, I let you keep your glowing plague to take it elsewhere if you like.  I have no qualms with you having fun being a zombie.  I won’t cleanse you while you’re still alive – if you want to create a horde of zombies, there are LOTS of NPCs to infect.

Aelflaed, however, has serious qualms with having to kill the 8 year old altar boy after he’s been reanimated from your plague, or four Stormwind Guards.  Therefore, seeing members of the Cathedral, orphans, and employees of the Pig and Whistle infected, she does her best to cleanse *them*.  And seeing you, as a zombie ghoul running around town spreading the stuff, she’s probably going to try to kill you – just like the guards do.

This is her reacting in character in the best way I know how, while doing my best to stay out of your way while you run around enjoying zombification.

Capice?

Disgruntledly,

Anna and Aelflaed

*With bonus thanks to Phileas for making last night serious fun, not letting the nasties get us down, and for some fantastic character building/interaction.

*artwork by Katharsis, who is awesome.

Nickname Help!
comment 17 Written by on October 22, 2008 – 11:12 am

I’m trying to find a good nickname for Aelflaed (pronounced ALE-flayed), whose name is a bit of a mouthful.  Other than Ale-wench (which is what her brother called her when he was mad), the only suggestion I’ve had so far is Elly.

Anyone have any ideas?

Seven Sources of Hunter Pet Name Inspiration
comment 30 Written by on October 22, 2008 – 9:10 am

One of the most fun things about playing a hunter is choosing and taming your pets.  Unlike warlocks (whose pets come with names), mages and shamans (whose pets are temporary summons), we actually get to name our pets ourselves.

angoleth ferelas *

Sometimes, however, that’s not a bonus.

I once ran around for 2 months with “Scorpid” before I found a name for him.  But, in the last 4-odd years of being a Hunter in warcraft, I’ve found that each hunter has their own methods for naming pets – now made easier by the internet!  (also now made easier by Inscription, which can make a scroll that allows Hunters to rename their pets)

  1. Real life inspirations – name your pet after someone you know and like/hate in the real world:
    • Belphzooka has a ravager named Kevin.  Apparently his brother’s name is Kevin.
    • BigBearButt has a Devilsaur named AnnCoulter.
    • Russ, the big brown bear, is named after one of my little cousins’ favorite stuffed bears, whose name is also Russ.  (The stuffed Russ is considerably less “tank” looking than the in-game Russ)
    • Siana’s teal kitty, Mirya, is named for the main character of a good friend of hers.
  2. Silly/amusing names or names inspired by the pet itself:
    • Sometimes this works well – but sometimes not so well.  After seeing my 12th corehound named Stompy (especially now that they don’t stomp anymore), this can backfire.
    • Breana is famous for The Pookie (be careful, or he’ll chew your face off)
    • Angoleth had a ravager for awhile – he was called Tim… the ravager.
    • BRK’s big red kitty is named Hobbes – whether for the Philosopher or for the comic strip, we’re not sure, but either works!
  3. Just make one up!
    • Take a look at your pet, and just come up with something.  Obviously you may not strike on the perfect name right off the bat, but you never know!
    • Lunauviel, a good hunter friend of mine, has her pets named Crisolin (crab) and Zaethiir (nether ray) – she’s looking for a Corehound name now.
    • I’m pretty sure Dalbarr’s windserpent Myrgaith has a made up, but very awesome, name too.
  4. Use your character’s native language: get a friend of a different race, turn your character’s language to your race’s native tongue, and start spitting out words.
    • Head on over to the wowwiki.com page for your race and look at the available words for ideas too.
    • Angoleth’s windserpent, Ishura, is named for the Darnassian word for “Sparky”
  5. Go digging through the baby books until you find a name that means something like what you want your pet name to mean.
    • Google is a great resource for this kind of thing too
    • If you absolutely MUST have a name that you’re SURE is accurate – avoid online baby name books, otherwise they’re a great source of unusual names from around the world
    • Remember that historical names are fair game!
  6. Use the Pet-o-licious Namerator (or another online name/character name generator)
  7. Ask Mania to name it for you – her crew of naming experts are quite good at coming up with both serious and silly names for pets.

Just remember that things don’t have to be all that complicated.  Sometimes you’ll tame a pet and have no idea what to name it.  And sometimes you’ll tame a pet, and know his name is Spot, and name him that, and be perfectly happy with it!  Both methods (the research method and the “whatever pops into your head” method) are great ways to name your pet.

How do you come up with your pet names?

*yes – this is Angoleth back with her Stranglethorn panther, at level 40ish, back from the days when your hunter pet would run along side your ground mount.  I know it was easily exploitable, but I miss having my pet charging along next to me.  :(

Building Anna’s UI
comment 18 Written by on October 21, 2008 – 9:19 am

So now that I have the server cooperating!  I posted my UI screenshot on Friday, but after getting a bunch of questions, I figured I’d break things down for you in a little more concrete way.  I apologize for this being a little bit wall-of-text-y: the idea is for you to look at the screenshot, and see something you like, and then look up what it is (though if you really are into reading about addons, you can read from top to bottom!)

If you click on that, it’ll open in a new tab (hopefully), so you can tell what parts of this UI I’m talking about!

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Deconstruction

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 …

Patrol

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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