December 17, 2010 – 7:36 am
Aely sat in the staff lounge sipping her tenth cup of coffee and staring at the letter in her hand. Since Stormwind’s destruction, the University’s infirmary had seen its fair share of injured. Aely had taken the reins as the lead of the school’s triage with Brother Theodious Forgebuilder by her side. She’d never admit it to the dwarf, but he was a damned fine healer in his own right, even if his bedside manner left much to be desired.
She glanced at the time. Five in the morning. Arrens would be coming through soon, she thought as she glanced once more at the letter in hand. She’d been up for the past 12 hours redressing wounds and giving comfort where she could. Professor Vyree would come in for the morning shift and replace both she and Theo leaving the weary paladin and priest to get some much needed rest.
Arrens entered the lounge, sleep in his eyes yet.”Good morning, my love,” he said as he kissed her gently on the forehead.
“Mornin’.” Aely stifled a yawn. “Folks’ll be up an’ out ‘fore long. Mostly just some broken bones left ta mend.”
The headmaster nodded solemnly. “You look ragged, dear. Why don’t you go and get some sleep?”
Aely looked at the half-full cup of coffee before her. “Aye, I should.”
Arrens sipped his coffee and cocked his head towards the letter in her hand. “What’s that?” he asked.
“Nothin’, love. Jus’ a letter.” She folded it up and put it in her breast pocket.
Arrens shrugged, stood up and said, “I need to go prepare for my first class. Get to bed. I’ll be along as soon as I have a spare moment and check in on you, ok?”
Aely smiled wearily and nodded as Arrens bent down to give her a kiss. As he left, she removed the letter once more and read it for what felt like the hundredth time.
Please Stand By for announcement of Orders. The Crusade will be mobilizing healers shortly after the first of the year to aid with the influx of wounded from the recently developing wars.
In the Service of the Light,
Commander Rebekah Brightsong
Within a few days, the following announcement was posted around Stormwind and the Argent Dawn headquarters – some making it as far as Dalaran and the Tournament grounds in Northrend.
That’s right! Aely and Arrens have decided, in lieu of their planned Spring wedding, to move things up a bit. By “a bit”, they mean “next week, during Winter Veil.” Hopefully this will help Aely not get shipped all over the world for another expansion, and let her spend more time in Stormwind, both with Arrens and the Wildfire Riders and running the infirmary at the school.
Everyone who wishes to attend is welcome – level 1 alts are fine. If you need assistance getting to Stormwind, there should be warlock summons available, at least up until the beginning of the ceremony.
Come join us for an evening of fun and festivities. There will be lots of food, good company, cake, and booze. The ceremony is behind the Stormwind Cathedral, at the newly opened outdoor chapel. If you need help finding it, let us know!))
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December 6, 2010 – 10:13 am
I was going to write a post today about taking your time, enjoying the new content, and remembering to play for yourself.
But then Cynwise wrote it for me. Go read, it’s an excellent reminder.
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December 1, 2010 – 10:22 am
I have successfully hosted a thanksgiving dinner at my home, complete with both my family and my inlaws. My kitchen passed the “crazy test”, allowing at least 4, if not 5 people to work simultaneously without being in each others’ way, and my double oven – which has been somewhat cantankerous in the past – didn’t even bat an eyelash.
Unfortunately, I was pretty exhausted from guest-wrangling and food-preparing, only to turn around and have to continue with both, while working full time all weekend (Black Friday, I’ve got a bone to pick with you), so I’ve been kind of a waste of space since everyone left on Monday.
Monday night, though, I got to poke around just a little bit at the new world of the Sundering, and as I’d previously kind of expected, it was the changes in the music that really made the game feel “new”.
Which, oddly, is kind of something I’m struggling with on my more established characters – I think just because of all the extreme exhaustion, trying to put voice/words to what THEY went through in the last week is really tough. Not unexpectedly, that struggle has kicked my alt-itis into high gear.
I really want to level some new characters, at least out of the new starting zones – Troll, Forsaken, Gnome – particularly Troll… I have a level 1 Troll Priest named Anzefi, since I couldn’t bear to lose the character completely, so now might be a good time to see the Echo Isles! I’ve also heard really good things about the Undead areas, and they were some of my favorites before, so that should be fun. And I’m considering re-rolling my old warlock too…
I’m really glad I have the second account right now, since that’s where all the level 1 alts will get started – I’m completely out of space on my main account, and don’t really feel much like deleting characters that I’ve had since Vanilla.
Still, the new stuff is really quite gorgeous, and I really like the new music that I’ve gotten to discover – even if that’s just the stuff around Stormwind and the surrounding areas. I especially like the new Stranglethorn soundtrack! (I’m also really glad I have the soundtracks to the previous iterations of WoW, since hearing my old favorites will be harder now.)
I’ve not yet decided if I’m buying Cataclysm for the second account – I probably will eventually, but for now, I’m happy with just the “4.0” changes on my low level alts, and will enjoy the new content on my high level characters. I’m not sure how leveling will go, but I intend to give it a shot. Aely, Angoleth, and Annie Mae are first up on the list (for obvious reasons), and I’ll probably slowly churn through things on all three of them. My job schedule is so inconsistent right now that I’m not sure how much raiding is going to be in my future, and it will certainly not be a 2 day a week, 25 man raid.
Anyhow, all that aside, starting tomorrow (since I have to go to work shortly), I’ll be really exploring this newly sundered Azeroth.
What/where do I need to make sure I visit, and why?
Leave your recommendations in comments! <3
November 24, 2010 – 1:38 am
“Anything that can happen, will happen, and at the least opportune time.”
Which is, I suppose, my way of saying “Hope y’all enjoy the Sundering”.
Thanks to Blizzard’s choice of timing, the first response to the Sundering happened while I was getting my house ready to have 10 people here on Thursday. There was no time for me to prepare my characters for it, I was offline all of Monday night, working a late shift. All the RP that’s happening tomorrow will happen while I welcome my guests, pick people up from the airport, and try to juggle two ovens and getting 2 pies, 2 casseroles, a lasagna (plus the rest of dinner for 8), and bread made. Thursday is, of course, devoted to celebration. All the stuff that will happen in-game, on forums, and on blogs on Friday will happen while I make brunch with my family and my husband’s family, or while I’m at work juggling a Black Friday sale – repeat for the rest of the weekend.
Basically, I’ll be lucky to get online by Monday evening, and I have no idea what will have happened between now and then.
I have no idea why Aely suddenly and mysteriously went absent while the biggest change to the known world happened around everyone else. She certainly owes both Arrens and the Riders an explanation or three. I have no idea why Angoleth went from actively involved with the elemental defense to AWOL.
This whole first week of RP is lost, and those kinds of responses are hard (if not impossible) to get back. A lot can happen in the first week, and when things are new and drastically different, the RP usually picks up dramatically.
All the various story bits that were planned for right when the Sundering happened now have to wait (and may need explanations as well). My “first impressions” will either be made at an off hour when nobody is online, or in the midst of whatever else starts up this week, trying to catch up and respond to 14 things at once.
The thrill of the response, of everyone figuring things out together, isn’t something I’ll get to take part in, and that makes me kind of sad.
I realize a lot of bored college students will log a TON of hours this week, and bored career people whose businesses are closed on Friday will do the same, and that a lot of the Riders have most or all of this week off, with big plans for RP and in-game events. I know Blizzard has a December 7 deadline. I know the world outside the US doesn’t give a flying f-sharp about some other country’s made-up holiday devoted nearly entirely to food and sunshine-blowing pseudo history. I love my family and my in-laws, and I know that I’ll have a good (if slightly stressful) time with them this week – something I am very thankful for.
But I’m still disappointed and disconnected from my friends, and even though I know and understand why, it still kinda blows.
(Writing this post means a 1:30am bedtime instead of “just” 1am, so it’s less edited than usual. My apologies for errors and a greater than usual level of whiny. And if it takes me longer than usual to reply to comments… well, I think that’s self-explanatory.)
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