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An Odd Sort of Remembering
comment 5 Written by on September 11, 2009 – 11:20 am

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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5 Responses to “An Odd Sort of Remembering”

  1. Great post! Got me thinking. Perhaps I’ll take my Scourge gear out and give it a polish.

    By Chawa on Sep 11, 2009 | Reply
  2. Interesting thought, but one of the things that I always struggled with in my RP days was that time in WoW doesn’t really pass at the same rate that it does in the “real world”. :/

  3. Quite possibly the single best event in the history of the game for me because the world itself changed for the few days it was up. There are no lasting scars, but even non-rp’ers remember it for the disruption to their daily (quest) lives.

    By Mac on Sep 11, 2009 | Reply
  4. Hmmmm….

    Arvoss was kinda still a minion of the Lich King back then, so I don’t know what he’d do. Shaurria was never really involved in the Zombie invasion (I’m thinking that was the early part of her druid training so she wouldn’t have been anywhere the zombies were).

    Of course if anyone Shaur knew were going to do something special, she wouldn’t mind crashing the party. *cough* >.>
    .-= Sarai´s last blog ..Guess What? =-.

  5. A fantastic in game event. I hadn’t really thought about how my paladin and druid (a draenei and a nelf) would remember it. They’ve both been through attacks on their homelands before. When the zombie invasion started, they had this “Not again” reaction, picked up their weapons, and went to town. They’d do the same if it happened again. So the post made me think of one of my newer characters, someone who’s not as experienced. I had just started playing my lowbie rogue again, and logging her in to get slaughtered by zombies left quite an impression.

    She’s the sort who always thought she could take care of herself, against anything. The first pack of zombies changed that. It’s made her a lot more cautious and she now has some very strong memories of what it’s like to be unable to protect yourself. I really think that’s going to play into her character if I get to RPing her on a regular basis. And that, I think, is my favorite part about events like these. They give you something that you can add into the story of your characters and something everyone else your character meets will have memories of too.

    By Kyraine on Sep 16, 2009 | Reply

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