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 …

Character Names?
comment 1 Written by on February 15, 2008 – 4:59 pm

Another BlogAzeroth shared topic – How did your characters get their names?

Well, ok – before I start, let me give you a bit of insight into my characters before I weird you out. That way you’ll be well warned. I am an RPer. I play on an RP server. My characters, to me, are separate entities with personalities and histories. And, to some extent, they are separate from me. So occasionally I might mention that Annalira told me something, or Angoleth – and I really do mean that (in a non-multiple-personalities-disorder sort of way). I’m a lore junkie, so most of the time I do my research and piece together a character, and then start looking for their name. And I figure they’ll tell me when I’ve got it.

Of course – that doesn’t work for Angoleth – her name is a Sindarin (see: Tolkienian Elvish) construction that means some sort of frost sorceress. But the name was something I remembered from my DiabloII characters, and I needed *something* to name the nightelf in front of me. I would go back and change it now, but I honestly can’t find another name that suits her better. She’s old – very old – though she looks most like all the other elves that were alive pre-Nordrassil Destruction. An has had the fortune to serve her people in most of the major battles they’ve fought in the last 6 thousand years and the misfortune of not getting to die in any of those battles. She’s a scarred old sentinel with a busted shoulder, a quick wit, and an even quicker temper. She failed at what she thought were her two callings (first a priest and then a druid) and “ended up” a hunter. She will (if at all possible) only use crossbows now, because her left shoulder is deteriorated to the point where bows are too painful, and guns are just “too bloody noisy”. She’s grumpy, generally tired, seriously distrusts anything that has to do with demons, and has a lot of really great old stories that she loves to tell but doesn’t really let on that she enjoys telling them.  Her D-P Character Diamond words are: Wary, Self-sufficient, Sarcastic, and Nature-loving.

Annalira I knew was going to be very close to me, in personality. My real life name isn’t Anna, but I’m a Medieval reenactor, and Anna is the name that I use for that (since my real name is decidedly not Medieval), and I wanted a little priest named Anna. And I sat at the character screen and typed in Anna. And I can honestly say that from somewhere she said “Annalira, but just Anna is fine, thanks”. And so (sometime just before the first war) Annalira was born. She’s an RP experiment – can I create a character that has a happy family life, no major deep horrible bloody secrets, and an upbeat personality that will be well rounded enough to make it as a “realistic” character. So far it’s worked remarkably well, and she’s by far my favorite character to dig into. For a priest, she’s got a fair amount of doubt in herself and her abilities, particularly since she’s had some serious conflict with the Cathedral lately. She’s also recently found herself in a relationship (IC), which is also a lot of fun to play.  Her D-P Character Diamond words are: Faithful, Self-Conscious, Insightful, and Compassionate.

Annorah, my Draenei, was supposed to just be Nora. And odd permutations brought up yet another Ann character. She’s also pretty old, as Azerothian races go, but youngish for a Draenei – who, it seems, don’t really have a determined age. Velen is at least 10 thousand years old. I figure Annorah saw at least the last world that the Draenei were on before they got to Draenor. Obviously, she was not a shaman then, but just a young hunter or warrior of some kind. She’s never had a particularly strong connection to the Light, but was content with her people and her small family. She was there at the destruction of Shattrath by the Orcs, one of the survivors that made it to Zangarmarsh – and that’s where she eventually met Nobundo. (If you’ve not read Unbroken, Farseer Nobundo’s story, I’d say it’s required reading for any Draenei Shaman) She’s got a pretty dry wit, a fair sense of revenge/vengeance, and an incredibly deep spirituality and connection to the elements. She’s also got a serious angry streak when it comes to anything that has to do with demons.

My other characters? Aelflaed is an old Norse name meaning “elf flower” – my clumsy paladin. She’s a fierce warrior, very tall, regal, redheaded and green eyed… and about as accident prone as anyone can get. Berylla is a gnome mage, named because I thought of the little green Beryl gems, and she’s got green eyes. Fiery little thing with a collection of toads. Brietta is a dwarf rogue, so named because I liked the name in the babybook. Laisrean was a login I saw on an old forum that I used to frequent, and I just liked it. Turns out its a celtic male name, and the night elf druid that wears it is definitely female. But that actually fits her rather well. She’s a really fun character – a feral druid, and an odd one at that. From what I can tell, there weren’t really any female druids being trained until WoW started, so she’s one of those wilder sorts – had some druidic instinct, but no real training until recently. One golden and one silver eye, weird stuff braided in her hair, short, relatively socially backward little thing.

All that to say, I guess I don’t really have a system for naming my characters. Sometimes they take a lot of work (like Angoleth), sometimes they just happen (like Annalira), sometimes an odd combination of the two.  I should probably do a full Character Diamond rundown for the lot of them someday too.

Dear…
comment 3 Written by on February 14, 2008 – 2:02 pm

Dear Random Undead Thing in Western Plaguelands -

I hate you.  Bug off, and quit following me!

No love,

Raska

Valentine Shaman Haiku
comment Comments Off Written by on February 14, 2008 – 12:35 pm

Written by The Witch Doctor

  Daily heroic
Oh no! Please, not Black Morass!
I prepare my ankhs

You’ll have to go see his page for the rest, but they’re all just as awesome.

Shameless Plug!
comment 1 Written by on February 12, 2008 – 12:23 pm

One of my very best in-game friends (and a good out of game friend now too!) just started her own warcraft blog.  Go visit!

http://elfdelusion.wordpress.com/

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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