October 24, 2008 – 8:34 am
Alright – so here’s the obvious one! As usual, you can post your answers here as a comment, in your own blog, or just use this as a mental exercise.
(There would be a cool wow modelviewer picture of zombies
and pumpkins here… but the modelviewer broke with 3.0.2. Sorry!)
- What is your character’s favorite holiday?
- Is your character playing along with Hallow’s End festivities? If so, which ones?
- How is your character reacting to the recent manifestations of the Plague?
- Is your character planning to go to Northrend? Why or why not?
- If your character were a zombie… what kind of zombie would they be? (examples: braiiins. (subdued zombie). Braaains? (curious zombie). GRAAAIIIINS! (angry vegetarian zombie) )
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October 23, 2008 – 10:06 am
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.
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.
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?
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.
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)
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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”
- 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!
- Use the Pet-o-licious Namerator (or another online name/character name generator)
- 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.
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