Narrator: Joining Annorah are Annalira, Angoleth, and Annylais, who together make up an infamous gang of characters whose names are hard to tell apart – the Annas who don’t do anything!
Well I’ve never rode a Zeppelin
And I’ve never been a Doomkin
And I’ve never punched a murloc on the beaches of Westfall
And I’ve never seen Nefarian
And I’m not too good at tanking
And I’ve never been to Northrend in the Fall…
Ok, all silliness aside (and much thanks to the Veggietales for that bit of insanity – video of the original here), I’ve gotten to do a lot of things in this game that, had you told me when I was a little bitty hunter leveling in the Wetlands (or even a little bitty Shaman leveling in Bloodmyst) I’d not have believed you.
Ever since Bre mentioned this topic earlier this week and then turned it into one of those fantastic Blog Azeroth shared topic thingies, I’ve been thinking about it, and realized it’s kind of an odd little list (full of “famous last words”):
“I’ll just never be level 60″
Really. Leveling Angoleth took me over a year, and I watched as my friends blew past me on new characters and started raiding. I told myself I just wasn’t any good at leveling and puttered along at my own pace with a pile of alts. I’ve since leveled a character from 0 to 70 in just over 6 real life weeks, which I figure isn’t too bad of a pace (for a carebear like me) and have FOUR level 70 characters.
“I’ll never do an instance”
A guy I was dating at the time would go to instances while I sat and read on his floor, having driven several hours to go visit him. Didn’t make the best impression. A year or so after I started playing, when I started raiding Zul’Gurub and Molten Core, I’d been on one half-completed Sunken Temple run and one half-completed Blackrock Depths run. (When I rolled Annalira was the first time I’d ever been to Deadmines, or any other instance – and I leveled her almost exclusively through healing!)
“I’ll never be a raider”
In fact, I got a really bad first taste of raiding from an early guild leader who /gkicked a husband and wife team because they were “raiding too much” (by which he meant they were in Molten Core instead of helping low level guildmates a few nights a week). The first time I went into Zul’Gurub, however, I was hooked.
“I’ll never be a healing shaman. I have a priest for healing”
Yeah, yeah… we all know how that worked out. Oddly enough, when I started playing Aelflaed I said the same thing about being a healing paladin.
“I’ll never be in a progression raid”
Well, I’m not sure I can call TRI a progression raid – we’re not exactly right on the cutting edge, but we are seeing tier 6 content, and we are pushing forward towards Illidan – Black Temple and Hyjal both being places I never thought I’d set foot inside. I still boggle a little about the fact that I’ve killed Zul’jin and Lady Vashj and will soon have killed Kael’thas.
I suspect that we’ll be pushing into raid content much faster in the upcoming Itch King as well, particularly given the roleplaying aspect of Northrend. Speaking of roleplaying…
“I’ll never manage to find a roleplaying raid group”
How wrong I was! And how glad I am that I was wrong! There’s an added level of intensity and “meaning” to killing bosses when you know their background – and when your character knows their background. The fights become more than just progression and loot. As TRI’s fearless leadership has so eloquently put it: “While gear is transient, and while there will always be newer raids on the horizon, that doesn’t change the fact that many of [our characters] still want to accomplish these things.”
It’s a good thing Angoleth will never see Hyjal – that place would mess her up. Annorah has her sights set on taking out Archimonde and Illidan, she’s not got a particularly soft heart for either the Legion OR the people that came and destroyed her home (she’s not much fond of Orcs either, for that matter). Seeing Kael’thas as a smear on the floor of Tempest Keep will be a particularly proud moment for her.
Northrend and raiding will be a tough decision for me, because of the priest and the paladin. Annorah doesn’t really have any vested interest in Arthas and all of that other than a generic “legion bad, scourge bad” kind of thing. Annalira and Aelflaed, on the other hand, both fought in the last war and saw a lot of that destruction firsthand. (Aelflaed lost most of her family to it).
All of those things aside, there are some things in game that I really haven’t ever done, and some of those I’m kind of sad about:
- I’ve never seen Nefarian. In fact, I’ve never been past Firemaw in Blackwing Lair, seen any of Naxxramas, been past Kurinaxx in AQ20 or whatever the first boss guy is in AQ40. I’ve always had a strong desire to see the Ahn’Qiraj instances, because they seem so very different from the rest of the worlds (and because Angoleth has some character history with the Qiraji)
- I’ve never beaten any of the world dragons
- I’ve never been to Dire Maul. (really!)
- I’ve never been a part of an in-game storyline (extended and epic or not). All of my roleplaying experience has been through forum writing or storytelling
But right now, I’m very happy with where I am in game, what I’m getting to see and do, and the awesome people I get to head off to create mayhem with every week. This game has changed a lot for me over the last three-ish years, and looking back, I don’t think I’d want to change any of it.
I can say both that I’ve been on a raid first kill of Lady Vashj and that I’ve sat with friends (and ale) on the tavern roof in Booty Bay to watch the sun set.
I don’t know that I could ask for much more.
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