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Character Creation
comment 12 Written by on November 15, 2008 – 3:48 pm

Sometimes, you plan a character.  You know you want to play a (whatever), so you look them up, look up the lore, read about the class history, read about race histories, and see what sounds like fun.

Sometimes you have an idea for a personality, and that has to translate into the game, and so you create something that works.

And sometimes, characters appear out of nowhere.

My good friend, TRI raid mate, and one of the best Paladins I know – Gryphonheart – has just started a new blog called The Lion Guard, and he wanted a guild tag to match that blog.  (If I am a good healing Paladin, it’s thanks to Gryph and Siha.  Hands down.)  So I made a tiny little human warrior, named her Oaklawn (the first thing that popped into my head at the character screen) and ran her to Stormwind to help him with his guild charter.

And as I was running, I met Rirri Oaklawn, a little Forsaken Death Knight.  Tiny little woman, with a nervous twitch and a serious protective streak.

Just poof – like that – out of nowhere.  Maybe because Oaklawn sounds like a cemetery (thanks Rav!).  Maybe because I’d been contemplating a Horde Deathknight anyway, but didn’t have a good character concept.  Who knows the mental paths that lead to creativity – but there she was.  She’s joined the ranks of the Annas (and she’s not even an Anna!  dangit!) and is sitting pretty in Hellfire Peninsula.

Now – anyone know how to play a Deathknight?  Clueless Anna is Clueless (aka – button mashing).

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12 Responses to “Character Creation”

  1. I can’t really say much about ability rotations, but the general gist of it is to build up runic power with abilities that require runes, and then use runic power dumps while the runes are “recharging”

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  2. /blush

    “…(and she’s not even an Anna! dangit!)…”

    You can always fudge it a bit and make her middle name “Ann”. Rirri Ann Oaklawn.

    It gets even more amusing when you think about it in Engrish. 😛

  3. I’m just proud to officially have an Anna Horde-side. If you’re in need of an assist or two in Outlands, give me (Rashona and my way-too-many alts) a yell in the chat channel. 🙂

    By Mommacow on Nov 16, 2008 | Reply
  4. @Gryphonheart: That’s actually a good idea, at least if I can get flagRSP working (then at least it’d not be totally out of the blue). That or all my hordies could have R- names.

    By Anna on Nov 16, 2008 | Reply
  5. @Mommacow: I’m enjoying being there! Right now my biggest problem is going to be overcoming 4+ years of Alliance flightpaths, cities, and quests and not killing myself repeatedly by running straight into things like I did in EPL.

    Note: Right clicking on the alliance gryphonmaster in Light’s Hope will not end well.

    By Anna on Nov 16, 2008 | Reply
  6. “@Gryphonheart: That’s actually a good idea, at least if I can get flagRSP working (then at least it’d not be totally out of the blue). That or all my hordies could have R- names.”

    Yeah, but “Too Many Rannas” doesn’t have the same ring to it. 😛

  7. No no, you want to go right-click the nice undead lady by the gryphons.

    Don’t go to Honor Hold!

    Look me up in HP… though by the time I can play again you’ll likely be way past HP… meh. 🙂 Zulfon is my DK.

    Stops last blog post..(RP) Life, death, and rebirth(?)

  8. Though it is focused on level 80 raiding, I have had great luck with the DPS rotations laid forth in the Elitist Jerks forums:


    My DK is still only 58 but has had no issues following the rotations they lay out there. They even do a good job of explaining WHY the rotation is “good.”

    By Barrhona on Nov 17, 2008 | Reply
  9. I made an Undead female DK too! I named her Hevann. I’m also having a pain in the ass learning correct function, as I intend to have her tank. Her backstory is still cloudy, but her demeanor is solemn and merciless, so I specced Frost! Blood is too loud and Unholy too wacky for my girl. Here’s what I do when soloing:

    Icy Touch and Plague Strike are melee dots. They go first.

    If there’s more than 1 mob on me, immediately use Pestilence to spread the diseases on target 1. If it’s only one on one, skip this step.

    Next Blood Strike, Blood Strike rapidly to use up Blood Runes, and give a chance at building more potential Frost Runes via Death Rune transfer.

    Then Obliterate to explode the diseases on the target(s).

    Then Frost Strike.

    Rinse and Repeat!

    By Aertho on Nov 17, 2008 | Reply
  10. Oh! and you can totally use the Alliance muscle-memory to your RP advantage. You may look Forsaken, but nothing suggests you weren’t a Lordaeron Alliance warrior or paladin prior to Death Knight-ification. I mean, that Argent dude who recognized you could have you mistaken you for someone else.

    By Aertho on Nov 17, 2008 | Reply
  11. As near as I can figure, up until the low 60s, playing a DK is simply a matter of binding a few abilities to various keys on your keyboard, placing a cat on the keyboard, and going to lunch.

    Seriously. I have a gnome DK (Tilden) at 59 in Hellfire and he’s routinely destroying four level 60 orcs at a time in Zeth’gor and unless two of them are Necrolytes with their skeleton posse, it’s not even close. Single level 61 mobs are absolutely trivial.

    The simple rotation I’ve read, at least for a Blood-spec DK, is stack both DOTs (frost and unholy), two Heart Strikes, Death Coil if you’ve got enough pewpew built up, otherwise Death Strike then Death Coil. Reapply the DOTs, and you should be able to lay down three or even four consecutive Heart Strikes before another Death Coil and/or Death Strike. My guy does not have Obliterate or Pestilence, as he’s heavily Blood (I think 45/0/5) so he has basically no multi-target capability, but Blood has such insane ability to self-heal, he has incredible staying power even 1v4.

    Lewiss last blog post..Camille Paglia on the election

  12. That happened with Kaledain! I had no intentions of RPing with him, he’s not even on an RP server, but it just sort of happened. Then I decided he needed a story, but he needed another person in it, so I added a character I had actually just deleted. Then she became such an important part of his story that I remade her in-game. hehe

    Funny how stuff works sometimes.

    Sarais last blog post..First OS run- Success!

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