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 …

Friday Not-Quite-Five: In Character Items
comment 14 Written by on April 16, 2010 – 6:07 am

I’ve had a healthy helping of real life that’s been eating my brainpower (and both my time and desire to log in). Things should be back to normal soon!

So Yesterday’s Big Thing was the new Sparkly Pony mount, available for purchase from the Blizzard store. Regardless of the out of character implications of this (if there are any, beyond “People really like Sparkly Ponies” and “People will pay lots of money for vanity items in game”), I think there’s an interesting In Character question to go along with them.

What kind of mounts (and pets!) do your characters choose for themselves?  Why?
Are there any mounts or pets that your characters would NEVER seek out, keep, or use?
If there was a particularly relevant Blizzard store pet or mount, would you pay for it for your character?

And, for those of you who got the Celestial Steed, do you have an in character story to go with it?

For Aely, she’ll never have a ground mount that isn’t her charger. She’s just not that interested in having lots of pets or mounts around. She does rather like her Rusted Proto Drake (which I like OOCly because its all ZOOOM!), because he’s kind of a doofus, but she’d be happy with a plain armored gryphon if she didn’t have him around. Angoleth, on the other hand, enjoys having a whole stable of pets and mounts, and pays a good bit of her gold towards making sure they’re all cared for properly.

What about you guys?


Gnomeregan Exiles
comment 5 Written by on April 9, 2010 – 11:06 am

Annie Mae is getting ready to meet an epic, epic story.

As many of you know, she is not from Gnomeregan. She is, in fact, from Westfall. Though her parents were respectable tinkers, after the Second War, (where her father was injured – though he did recover mostly), they decided to make a new life for themselves elsewhere, out of the way of all this “war” business. He took up a position as a Harvest Golem Mechanic, and Annie Mae grew up in the social and political struggles of post-second-war Westfall/Stormwind.

As such, she’s not been much of a Gnomish girl at all. Sure she knows she’s a Gnome. But she’s learned to poke fun at her height, and to use it as an advantage in a world of taller people. She’s something of an unusual little person, and much more comfortable in Human society than anywhere else.

And then?

This happened:


Actually, I’m getting rather ahead of myself.

Before Operation Gnomeregan happened, Duugvilder happened.

Who, you ask, is Duugvilder?

Duugvilder Demonbane is a Gnome. A very nice Gnome, and a Gnome from Dun Morogh. In fact, he is the first Gnome from that part of the world with whom Annie Mae has interacted as a personal friend.

(Ok, it doesn’t hurt at ALL that she thinks he’s cute. And kind of sweet. And ok maybe she’s a little smitten. But don’t tell her I told you that, or she’ll rough me up.)

Anyhow, Duugvilder joined up with the Wildfire Riders a few months back, and he now wears the Black and Red. Annie Mae has been hanging around a bit, and seen as he’s gotten to know them (and, in a strange little way, helped her get to know the Riders as well).

She’s also seen him talk about Gnomeregan – both as his homeland and as an upcoming battlefront.

Needless to say, my little Westfall-born, horse-loving, gun-toting, hat-wearing Gnome is now wondering what it’d be like to be around other people like her. If maybe she’ll have a role in taking on the Troggs and clearing out the Irradiation. If maybe, just maybe, she might have a spot in a newly-recovering Gnomish society, like the spot she has carved out for herself in the Human one. (After all, she was around for the rebuilding of Stormwind. This isn’t all that far outside her realm of experience.)

And I, for one, can’t WAIT to tell this story.


Guest Post – Lore based characters who aren’t Mary-Sues
comment 4 Written by on April 9, 2010 – 8:30 am

So! I have been keeping a secret from you guys.

Ok, it’s not really THAT much of a secret. A few weeks back one of the editors for WoW.com contacted me about writing a guest post.

It’s live today, and you can read it here.

The hardest part about doing this was definitely the word count. I had another point I wanted to make, and was already 200 words past my limit.  Oops! Everything else about the process was quite painless, and I’m pretty pleased to see my work tagged around at other places. It’s kind of a cool thing as a writer. :)

I hope you enjoy the post, and I’ll have a Friday post up here a little bit later.

If you’re visiting here from WoW.com for the first time via my post today, welcome and hello!


P.S. I didn’t choose the image of Rhonin as the header for the article (I forgot to choose an image. Oops again!), but it cracked me up when I saw it. Tee hee hee.

Tirion and TRI Need You!
comment 8 Written by on April 7, 2010 – 11:04 am

Hey folks, Anna here. I’m going to let Aely have some space on the blog again today, to talk a little bit about Totally Raids, Inc.  Seems they’re in need of a bit of help, and she thought maybe posting something about it here would be useful.

Aside from that, I’ll let Aely tell you the rest.


So ye saw a poster, eh, an’ came t’ see wha’ this bit ay adventurin’ company’s all about yeh?  Fair eno’.

Lemme make a few introductions ‘en.

Th’ fellow o’er ay th’ table wi’ th’ hat an’ daggers? Tha’s th’ Boss – Tarquin ap Danwyrith. He’s th’ ruffian wha’ started this whole endeavor, an’ ye’d best do nae t’ cross ‘im. Also, ‘s a fair magnificent hat, yeh? Dinna touch it, air yir like t’ lose yir fingers.

Th’ bear next t’ th’ table, tha’s Calen’braga. He’s in charge ay maths, strategy, an’ keepin’ abreast ay all th’ proper numbers fir this ragtag bunch. An’ yeh. He’s a bear. Smarter ‘n yir average bear, I ‘spose. Druids’re like ‘at, y’ken. He also eats people. Dinna min’ that part, a’right?

Th’ dwarf wi’ th’ … <counting> fourteen empty tankards? Tha’s Zalbuu Zakfert. He’s th’ one officially in charge ay healin’, beer, an’ bein’ an angry beard. He keeps th’ usual folks healed though, an’ I canna say I’d wan’ fir a better partner in keepin’ folk alive an’ runnin’.

Th’ elf wi’ th’ funny accent, tha’s Belphegor. He’s a whole bloody stable ay pets, an’ is generally in charge ay keepin’ things full ay bullet holes. Th’ pet we see most ‘s Fang – big brown bearish sort, eats all kin’s ay shite an’ has th’ worst wind I’ve e’er smelt. Also, Belph’s th’ one wha manages all th’ treasure, rewards, cash, an’ other sundries we maun fin’ along th’ way.

Th’ other fellow, th’ one lurkin’ in th’ corner wi’ th’ funny glowy eyes? Tha’s Uthas. He’s a righ’ bastard, an’ in charge ay makin’ sure Tiforis dinna blow th’ whole raid intae nex’ week. Th’ folks in close, wi’ daggers an’ axes an’ swords, they’re his problem. He talks real nice too.

An’ me? ‘m Aely. Dame Aely Larsdottir if ye wan’ th’ proper title, but if ye take t’ callin’ me that, I’ll make sure t’ lock ye in a divine bubble ay a real inopportune time. I manage personnel, paperwork, an’ healers. An’ apparently talkin’ t’ new recruit like folk.

Anyroad, what wir needin?

  • Healers
  • Ranged DPS – specifically Mages, Shamans (Elemental, Resto offspec = bonus points), Druids (Balance, Resto offspec = bonus points), Shadow priests
  • General Subs – we’re usually stacked with melee and have no tanking shortage currently.

If yir in one ay those fields, we maun ha’ a space fir ye.

I canna promise anythin’ proper jus’ th’ yet, ’cause our roster changes each week. Wir usually found knockin oan th’ doors ay Icecrown on Thursday an’ Friday evenin’s, fra 5:30 until 9:00 (Th) air 10:00 (Fri) Azeroth Standard time. Righ’ now wir workin’ oan Arthas’ wee Frostwyrm girlfriend, Sindragosa. Makin’ solid progress too.

These spots’re mos’ly jus’ fir substitutes jus’ th’ now, ’cause we’ve go’ a proper complement ay regular folks wha’ we ken.

We look fir folk what ha’ a proper bit ay gear – e’en th’ badge stuff – experience wi’ raidin’ in general, good skills an’ ability t’ nae stand in bad shite, an’ a good attitude. Totally Raids is a longstandin’ group, an’ we dinna much tolerate folks bein’ dickish.

Dickish folk get fed t’ th’ bear.

An’ he’s alwis hungry.


As some/many of you know, I’m a healing/personnel officer for TRI, an RP friendly raid on Feathermoon server that happens on Thursday and Friday evenings from 5:30 – 9 (Th) or 10 (Fri) Pacific time (Feathermoon is a US RP-PVE server in the Pacific timezone). We’re in need of healers, ranged DPS (specifically mages, elemental shamans, balance druids, and shadow priests), and other general subs – and we are primarily looking for sub spots right now, with the option to become “regulars” later on. Currently we’re working on Sindragosa, in ICC-25.

Information about TRI and How to Apply:

First, register at TotallyRaiding.com. You’ll need it to finish the process. A moderator should approve your application in a fairly timely fashion, unless you apply at some ungodly hour. Please use a name by which we’ll recognize you (your character name would be a good start if you’re unsure), and use an email that you’ll check in case we want to make sure that you’re a real person.

Next, read this list of very long posts. No, there’s not a quiz at the end so you could skip it, but I guarantee it will end up biting you in the ass, particularly if you skip the parts about loot and addons.

Who we are: http://www.totallyraiding.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=42&t=1519
What we do: http://www.totallyraiding.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=42&t=2375
What to bring: http://totallyraiding.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=46&t=2013
What you get: http://www.totallyraiding.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=42&t=2376

Then, if you still feel like TRI is for you, you fill out an application and post it as a separate thread on the T25 Recruitment boards. Check out this post.


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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