Written by | Posted September 8, 2015 – 9:51 pm Descent and Ascent

It didn’t take long to get from Thunder Bluff to the Echo Isles – Ankona took advantage of a wyvern so she could think and plan before getting to her destination. She had information to confirm with the spirits – was Gromnor dead? Was he really in the northern part of the Eastern Kingdoms, somewhere […]

In which Annie Mae does some target practice…
comment 10 Written by on September 24, 2009 – 8:40 am

Annie Mae shoots a tin beer* can off a fencepost…. DING 60!

And after a very successful run into BWL with the nostalgia raiding group last night, in which they practically rolled her in loot, she’s looking very stylish in her… uh… hot pink boots.  She’s already complaining.

Either way though, I’m going to finish out the Plaguelands before I send her to Outland, because I can still get XP from the Argent Dawn quests, and because it’s kinda fun to facesmash my way through there so successfully.

Being a prot warrior might be good for tanking?  But it’s also definitely good for leveling, as long as you can handle keeping up with gear upgrades.  I’ve found leveling a ret paladin requires a really good weapon upgrade every 5-10 levels, but leveling a prot warrior is more about the entire kit as a whole.  Sure she dragged along with her Aegis of the Scarlet Commander until she got her Draconian Deflector last night on the BWL attunement run, but overall I’ve kept her gear pretty current, and it’s been awesome.

She doesn’t always work FAST (though Sword and Board helps with that quite a bit), but she’s pretty much indestructible if I don’t pull more than 3 mobs at a time.  And, well, I’m having fun.  Which is what counts, in a game, right?  I’m not planning on being a tank; in fact, I’ve not yet actually tanked anything.

About the only thing I’m not happy with is the state of her professions. I know I’ll kick myself if I go to Outland and can’t mine Fel Iron (especially since it’s kind of everywhere), so I’ll be spending some time grinding my mining skill up past the evil, awful, dreaded, horrible “small thorium vein” stage before I crank back into full leveling mode.

It can’t last that long, right?


*It is Brewfest, after all!

Moving Forward or Retconning? An RP Conundrum
comment 16 Written by on September 22, 2009 – 11:47 am

So I have this hunter.  You may remember her.  Her name is Angoleth (though most call her Angie), and she has a really large bear named Russ.

She’s an old elf, as elves go, though not quite as old as some – I’d put her as being born a thousand years or so after The Sundering.  She served in the War of the Shifting Sands (the first one), as well as in several other major conflicts, as a sentinel.  And then there was Hyjal.  On the shores of that mountain, near the end of the battle (in the first wave of demons), she was blindsided by something large – probably a Felguard or Doomguard – and nearly died.  Her left ribs, shoulder, arm, and collarbone were all turned into mush, more or less.  And since then, well, she’s not been so good with ranged weapons as she was used to before.

The injury itself hasn’t ever truly healed either, leaving her wearing heavy padding and shoulder bracing on that side.  No wonder she has such a preference for crossbows.  It’s been at least marginally functional, but she can’t do all the fun tricks that other hunters do and has relied on her pet.

The end result of all this is that she has been a Beast Mastery (with occasional dabbles in Survival) hunter since she got a backstory a few months before Burning Crusade released.

angoleth ferelas

Unfortunately, I’ve not been so thrilled with Beast Mastery lately.  Which isn’t to say it’s not a great hunter spec, and I keep hearing people say how awesome it is for soloing, but I find it to be slow, mana heavy, and unwieldy.

But I don’t want to leave behind her story, nor do I have any interest in a Deus Ex Machina style retcon, whereby she magically meets a magical healer or engineer that magically makes it all better poof!  She’s had this wound and it’s residual effects for /years/.  If there was a quick and easy way to fix it, she’d know.  I /like/ that she’s extremely pet dependent, as it gives a little more depth to her RP – and allows me to work with TWO characters instead of just one all the time.  (Russ is really fun to RP)

I’m ok with developing a WAY to get this fixed, I’d just like it to involve more than her “discovering a magical tube of Ben Gay.”  (Thanks Linedan.)  I’d also prefer not to “just dual spec” her, since that feels like a cop out.  It might be what I end up doing, but it’s got some undesirable effects when you’re leveling.

I’ve been brainstorming some ideas to push her away from her comfort zone and get her to rely on her pets a little less – without giving up on her past.  So far I’ve had two suggestions (both of which I like a lot) that involve forcing her to get better as a hunter without making her “give up” on Russ.  Motivation and things are still in the works, but they revolve around the idea of making it hard/impossible to depend on Russ for awhile.

We’ll see what transpires, and I’m VERY open to your ideas.  Let me know if anything comes to mind!


Harnessing the Power of the Internet
comment 18 Written by on September 21, 2009 – 2:21 pm

Internet, I need your help.

I need a very specific addon.  It needs to do the following things:

  1. Allow me to add people individually to an on screen display
  2. Show those people’s health, mana, and cast bars
  3. Show the /target of their heals/ – NOT the person whom they have targetted

#3 is probably the most difficult (#1 and #2 are done easily in the standard Blizzard UI).  #3 is /kinda/ covered by the Healcomm Library, except all it shows is that there is a heal incoming on a target, not when or by whom.  The problem with #3 is that many healers are now using either mouseover macros or click-casting to heal.  Which means they can target someone’s hunter pet, and still heal the tank – and their heals aren’t going to the hunter pet.  Hence my looking for an addon that will give me that info for specific healers that I designate.

I do not know if such an addon exists.  But if it does, I know that someone out there knows about it.

I (and my fellow TRI healers) are very appreciative!

Friday Fun – RP and TVTropes
comment 6 Written by on September 18, 2009 – 2:55 pm

Since this has kind of a constant undertone in the Wildfire Riders, I thought I’d launch it here.  It’s had a recent thread revival, and we’re having a lot of fun finding our characters (and each other’s characters)!

The idea is to go here: TV Tropes

And look around to find fun things for your character.

For instance:

  1. Anzefi’s got a touch of the Ethnic Magician going… just be careful, ’cause magic doesn’t always work quite the way you think it will.
  2. And Aely sometimes has a problem when it comes to choosing outfits.
  3. And our favorite bonus character, The Pig and Whistle.

Just be warned… this is about as time-sucking as following link trails in WoWWiki!  Have fun, and leave me some comments so I can see your characters!

Oh… and the Annas are all fair game too, if you run across one or another of them!

Descent and Ascent

September 8, 2015 – 9:51 pm

It didn’t take long to get from Thunder Bluff to the Echo Isles – Ankona took advantage of a wyvern so she could think and plan before getting to her destination. She had information to confirm with the spirits – …

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An old story, reposted here as I’m shaking the mothballs off Ankona and needed an easy way to show people a little bit about the (batshit) things she gets up to. Enjoy, and don’t be too creeped out!

It really …

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November 11, 2014 – 3:09 pm

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Actually, it was white linen pants and a shift, but the effect was approximately the same. The little chapel was warm, on the edge of …

Introducing the Newest Anna

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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 …

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