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 …

A Midsummer Night’s RP – Week of Winners, Day 1!
comment Comments Off Written by on August 3, 2009 – 9:04 am

The time has come! You’ve all been waiting patiently (or not so patiently in some cases), wondering whose RP entries will be featured, who will win the snazzy prizes, whose bribes were the best, and the general results of the Midsummer Night’s RP writing contest!

Judging was based on criteria you can see here, and each entry was read by all of the bloggers involved – Falconesse, LazyJade, and Bricu from WTT:RP, Greyseer from Lorecrafted, and myself. We pored over your entries (and they are some pretty awesome entries) and finally managed to select four of them as winners.

You will see those four, starting with our Honorable Mention, tomorrow. (Yes, that means you have to wait until Friday to see who won 1st place!) If your entry is selected as one of the prize-winning submissions (1st through 3rd place), please email us at midsummerwriting at gmail dot com with your regular postal address so that we can distribute the loot!

Today, however, is something a little different.

The story featured today is here because we really wanted to recognize this player for what they’ve done. This is a little bit of the email we received along with the story:

This is my first try at any kind of writing.  It’s something I’ve always thought about doing.  I used to read any science fiction or fantasy book that I could get my hands on.  Since the internet came along I find myself reading books less and less.  I’ve recently started following a bunch of blogs and have found the desire to read start building again.  I have also found myself wanting to write as well. I may start writing short fiction after having enjoyed creating this story so much.

Wow.

So huge congratulations to Talifalana from the Alterac Mountains server (and Mauly, his bear). You impressed us all with your first work of RP, and we hope you continue to work and grow as a writer!

Defending the Flame

Talifalana, Alterac Mountains
(editors’ note:  line breaks were added to clarify changes in scene/point-of-view)

Hartin had felt proud when he was chosen to be one of the Flamekeepers for Darkshire, though at the moment he was feeling miserable.  Sweat was running down his back from the heat of the bonfire built in the middle of town.  He and his men stayed close so that no one could steal, or even worst, dowse the town’s flame.  If either of these things occurred, the town would be disgraced and he (even worse) would be demoted.

Larona had been looking for the orangish-yellow fire blossom that was native to Stanglethorn Vale for the goblins (they exported the flower to all the kingdoms this time of year) when she was came upon the small clutch of huts.  She had decided it best to skirt the little village when both her arms where grasp by two bluish-green trolls.

Sul’abar was deep in thought on how he could use this time of frivolity by the humans to the north to his advantage.  The beads that hung from the entrance to his hut parted and his shaman Shakti’la entered.  “The one that not be a-livin’ could be helpin’ us to take dat town’s flame you beena wantin’ so bad” Shakti’la informed him.  “You go an git her mojo and bring it ta me.  We see how good a sneaker she be.” he said as a plan began to form.

Did the Forsaken have mojo?  Larona didn’t know.  What she did know was when that big troll pushed that pin into the little doll’s stomach her midsection burned like the fires that were being kept stoked all over Azeroth.  What they were asking didn’t seem too hard.  Distract the guards long enough for the trolls to walk into the town square and dowse the flame.  No problem.

“More wood!” Hartin yelled.  They had done more wood cutting than flame guarding these last four days.  “Would you and your men like a fire blossom?” an old lady asked.  Hartin didn’t recognize the old lady.  She was pale and her eyes were sunk back into her head under her cloak.  “Thank you.” Hartin said.  He and his men took a flower each and put them in the joint between their shoulder pads and chest plate.  The old lady smiled a toothy grin and continued to roam the town.

“What she be a doin’ handin’ out flors to da idot’s?” Sul’abar hissed over his shoulder.  “Just be quite ya sack o bones an watch.”  Shakti’la whispered back.

“She’s not going to eat anyone.” Talifalana assured the innkeeper.  Smitts had given the the night elf a wary look when he entered the common room but he became downright distraught when the bear came in behind him.  The night elf had assured him that she wouldn’t be any trouble and also persuaded him with a few pieces of gold.  Tali ordered some stew and ale for himself and three steaks (raw of course) for Mauly, his closest friend since he had left Auberdine.

Larona wandered around town handing out fire blossoms to all the people she saw.  It would take close to an hour for the dust she had sprinkled on the flowers to fully take effect.  When that hour was up, everyone she had given a flower to would be asleep and the trolls could come in and desecrate the flame.  Then, if they were good to their word, they would give her mojo back so that she could be on her way.

As the people of Darkshire started to slump down and fall asleep where they fell, Sul’abar couldn’t help but laugh out loud.  “Maybe I be keepin’ that dead ting ’round.  She turn out to be real fine sneaker.”  The troll stroked the small doll around his neck as he motioned the band of trolls to follow him into Darkshire and toward the flame that was now unguarded.

Tali decided to stretch his legs after his meal and get a bit of fresh air.  Mauly snorted at the idea and curled up for a nap (as much as a large brown bear can curl up).  Tali had been through Darkshire before and knew only the guards would be out at this hour so you can imagine his surprise when he emerged from the inn to see a group of trolls strolling toward him and all the guards laying on the ground like sacks of corn.

“Crap” thought Larona as she shrugged off the old lady disguise.  “This night elf looks like the kind who can handle himself.”

“Ha ha ha.  We be cookin’ up some not-elf tonite!” Sul’abar cackled as he motioned for his group to attack.

“MAULY” Tali yelled as he drew his shotgun from the holster strapped to his back.  He was worried by something he saw out of the corner of his eye.  If the trolls had a rogue among their numbers, he had to get his back against a wall.  The combination of several rounds from the shotgun and an angry brown bear storming out of the inn brought the trolls to an abrupt halt.

The troll who had led the charge had dropped to the ground when the shotgun was aimed at him.  This left the poor troll behind Sul’abar to take the first shell in the chest and crumple to the ground.  The second and third shots proved to be just as deadly as the first.  Then Mauly hit them head on.  Two more trolls fell under Mauly’s huge claws and the rest where routed.

Tali and Mauly chased the remainder of the trolls back into the woods then turned to come back to Darkshire.  When they came around the corner to the square, Tali saw a petite, very pale woman straddling the troll who had dove for cover.  She apparently had settled some grudge with the troll since her dagger was covered with his blood.  In her other hand she appeared to be holding a small doll.

Larona wasn’t sure what to do.  She had no doubt this night elf and his bear could pick her off with ease.  She was surprised when the night elf bowed his head to her and went back into the inn followed by the bear.  The bear stopped at the door to the inn, looked back at her, and snorted.  Larona took this opportunity to move quickly in the opposite direction not stopping to question her good fortune.

As Talifalana got ready for bed, he pulled a small doll from his backpack.  It had been made from sticks, leaves, string, pebbles, and small animal bones.  His brow furrowed as he remembered the troll he had had to kill to get his mojo back.

Be sure to check back over the rest of this week to read the other winning entries in the Midsummer Night’s RP Writing Contest!

Adobe Flash Exploit – Update NOW
comment 1 Written by on August 2, 2009 – 6:32 pm

It turns out Rilgon’s Security post is quite well timed.

There’s a weakness in the Adobe Flash player that’s been recently exploited (possibly through the virus attack on World of Raids). Through it several people in major raiding guilds, including some from Feathermoon, have had their accounts compromised, leading to entire guild banks being cleaned out, gear sold, and characters also transferred and sold.

In short, NASTY BUSINESS.

Please go update your flash now:

http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/

Some have reported that this particular person/group of people has been conversational, to the point of threatening guild members to give them gold “or I’ll delete/sell this guy’s stuff”. It goes without saying not to give in to this kind of bullshit – whether the character is deleted or not, it can be restored, and if you willingly give your stuff, you definitely /won’t/ see it back. And it’s likely that the character will get deleted/sold anyway.

Friday Five – First War Lore
comment 1 Written by on July 31, 2009 – 7:43 am

This is a slightly different Friday Five than the usual fare – but I liked it, and I think it’s an interesting thing to think about. If your character is one that wasn’t actually /there/ for the First War, treat this from the perspective of what they’ve heard about it. These were major events, and much like major events in the real world, people talk and learn about them. (If your Forsaken character doesn’t remember anything from before being undead, they STILL will have heard about this most likely.) And there’s no rule saying you’ve got to pick any one specific character to answer these!

Either way, I’ll hand the reins over to Gryph for this!

Hey there. I’m Gryphonheart from The Lion Guard. Since Anna seems to be fighting Writer’s Blah, I figured I’d offer to help out with this week’s Friday Five. Now, just to give you some forewarning, I’m not the kind of person who’s going to limit himself to five questions when I find something interesting. So, rather than five questions, what follows are five prompts that will hopefully get you thinking about your character’s perspective on past events.

Today, these questions are all about the events of the First War, which was the original conflict between the Human Kingdom of Stormwind and the Orcish Horde portrayed in the first WarCraft game WarCraft: Orcs & Humans. If you’re rusty on these events, feel free to check out the in-WoW book The Dark Portal and the Fall of Stormwind, the First War page on WoWWiki, WarCraft: The Last Guardian by Jeff Grub, or the aforementioned WarCraft: Orcs & Humans game. With that out of the way, on with the fivery!

  1. How much do your characters know about the events of the First War? If they’ve only learned of them relatively recently (such as may be the case with Night Elves, Tauren, Draenei, Darkspear Trolls, etc.), what do they think or understand of their significance?
  2. Where were your characters or characters’ families during these events? Do they remember any of them personally? Do they remember hearing of them in the aftermath of the war?
  3. How do your characters see the actions of their preceding factions (the Human Kingdom of Stormwind before the founding of the Alliance, or the original Orcish Horde prior to Thrall’s new Horde)?
  4. Do your characters share the same ideals that their preceding faction did? (For Alliance, this could be the resolute determination to safeguard their homeland from a terrifying new threat. For the Horde, this could be the desire for the glory of conquest and the need to sate their ever-increasing bloodthirst.)
  5. What do your characters think of the actions of Medivh and/or Orgrim Doomhammer? Do their betrayals make their legends all the more impressive to your characters, or do they cast them in a less endearing light? Have they earned redemption in the eyes of your characters or will they now and forevermore be considered traitors to their kind?
Spec Shenanigans – Sacred Shield Redux
comment 6 Written by on July 29, 2009 – 8:53 am

Before you read this post, go ahead and catch up on the discussion.  I’ve been tossing around some ideas for Paladin healing builds in 3.2, particularly the possibility of using a Holy/Prot build instead of the commonly touted Holy/Ret build that’s so common today.  Siha‘s talked a little about this build as well, and it’s something I’ve been trying (quite successfully) even in pre-3.2 raiding.

Reading over the “bug-fixes” part of the most recent PTR build I noticed the following:

Sacred Shield: This buff will no longer have any effect if the target is another player engaged in a duel. In addition, the heal from this buff will no longer cause the paladin to stand, and it is no longer possible for two paladins to both have the spell active on one target.

This is… not good.  Not good at ALL.  Among other things, it means that Divine Guardian is no longer nearly as useful for Protection Paladins, since Holy Paladins will need to be using Sacred Shield on their tank targets in order to get the buff to Flash of Light:

Sacred Shield: When a paladin casts Flash of Light on a target with this buff, they also now place a heal-over-time effect on the target, healing that target for 100% of the Flash of Light amount over 12 seconds.

After 3.2, an effective tank-healing Holy Paladin absolutely must have Sacred Shield up on their tank.

This is one more reason that the 51/17/ +3 build – Holy and Protection – is going to be MORE viable in 3.2, since Protection Paladins are likely to want to spend their talent points elsewhere. Unless they raid with no Holy Pallies, there will be no real reason for a 25 man tanking Prot Paladin to have buffs to Sacred Shield.

That’s actually not what’s bad about this change though. That’s annoying, but not awful – it’s a mitigation change, but not really a massive shift in gears.

Why am I concerned about this?

It is not uncommon for a raid to have two Holy Paladins, especially with the vast quantities of constant tank damage that seems to be the flavor of the month for “how to make healing hard”.  Multiple Beacons of Light can now stack on one target – and they remove the stacking ability from Sacred Shield? So your two Holy Pallies, who are 90% of the time assigned to healing the tank, now must BOTH must have the Bubble Pally build, and they must coordinate who has Shields on the tank.

Two Pallies.  One Tank.  See the problem?

With Sacred Shields no longer stacking, the “second Holy Paladin” (especially if that paladin prefers the crit based 51/5/15 build) can not be as effective as a tank healer.

If Blizzard wants us to bring the player, not the class – then why are they shoehorning raids to only have a proper use for one Holy Paladin, and making the mechanics enforce that bringing two actually diminishes the effectiveness of the second Paladin? The Beacon Stacking issue is now something that they’ve fixed for the same reason.

Why fix one such issue only to create yet another one?

Introducing the Newest Anna

June 29, 2014 – 4:39 pm

So I’m not really in a position where I should be creating alts. This, of course, does nothing to deter me from making alts when the inspiration strikes. I’ve been really enjoying my Alliance hunter, and she’s my raiding main …

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? …

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