This isn’t a WoW post (well, it won’t start out as one), but just something that’s been on my mind this morning.
Today’s date is one that gets tossed around a lot. And, to be honest, it’s hard for me to hear September 11th without thinking about the difference that day made in the world in general.
But… this year, September 11th marks a very different sort of occasion for me in particular. One that was just as life-altering, though admittedly not with the same kind of global repercussions. Last year, at 6am on September 11th, my husband and I, our two cats, and as many of our irreplacable belongings as we could stuff into my compact car fled north for Dallas, under mandatory evacuation because of Hurricane Ike. Sometime overnight between the 11th and 12th he battered the Texas coast, with his (probably) category 3 eyewall coming onshore early in the morning of the 12th.
We had no power in our apartment for over three weeks, and our town was closed off by the national guard for over a week of that due to a sewage plant problem. There was no running water for most of that time either. And there are still, a year later, random boats in yards and on piers, missing boardwalks and walkways, and many blue tarp roofs.
And the effects of September 11th, 2001 are still around as well.
The WoW universe doesn’t show these types of events well – right now, if you believe Tirion Fordring, they’re rebuilding the Argent Coliseum every week, on the same spot, right on top of Anub’arak’s cavern.
But we’re shortly coming up on the anniversary of the Lich King’s invasion of Azeroth – of the “Zombiepocalypse” and The Longest Night – events that, in the minds of our characters, would be remembered (and which, unlike most dates in the history of Azeroth) have concrete days on which they can remember them. And, unlike most of the “holidays” in WoW, which are loosely tied to out of game holidays, this one has real meaning to many of our characters. They were /there/.
The Longest Night – the last night of the Plague Epidemic on Azeroth – ended on the morning of October 28th of last year. The invasion of Orgrimmar/Stormwind was on November 3rd.
How will your character remember?
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