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/tar the line /lay….

Laying it on the line…

I recently had a discussion with someone who is one of my most influential bloggers, it was the eve of the midnight release or thereabout and we were talking about what would he would be doing in Cataclysm. The conversation drifted to us discussing what we want to do vs. what we see our expectations being set as as bloggers. Recently, viewers and readers to my sight have been slightly above normal given the expansion release but I want to let you all know what you can expect from me. What to expect from me as a blogger…what to expect from me as a player…what to expect from me as a Paladin…and even what to expect from me as a Guild Master; because the expectations I set will be from a perspective that will still maximize my enjoyment and entertainment while not letting you down because you don’t see what you expected you might.

First as a player and a paladin my goal is not to 85 as fast as I can. I don’t want to get to the end goal and two months down the line out of at least 24 be wondering what to do next. I have legitimate joy right now balancing the “Characters to be leveled” list with three 80s and a slew of freshly rolled alts I had been waiting for. I want to get to 85 and experience the first tier of end game content or heroics but I never want to feel about heroics like I did in Wrath again, so if I can hold that off just a while longer…I will. As a paladin, I want to know if the healing at 83+ is better than healing Wrath content was, because I will admit I didn’t like it. The mechanics were built for a different style of damage and while there were those that perservered and succeeded, I went back to melee dps for a few go’s, but I never tried for the Lich King again after the release of 4.0.3. I was out of the Wrath mindset and much too excited for the characters I would be rolling soon. I was still okay with the progress I had made. I saw the inside of most tiers of end-game content and finished completely Naxxramas and TOC. I also finished OS and Malygos but never RS.

As a blogger, you can expect to see the same things you have been seeing. Lately, I have slacked off on the emphasis of holy paladining because the basis or the foundation wasn’t changing but as of this moment you will still see this information. It will range from leveling a new alt to leveling out of 80 and when I get there, healing at 85. There is so much I can talk about when it comes to being a holy paladin and if it comes down the line that I won’t be healing any more…not saying this is the case btw…you will be the first to know. But in addition to that, you can expect to see fun tales of that worgen I rolled or here me talk and go on about just how much FUN I had starting a goblin…which btw, if you haven’t done it, do it!

And on top of all of those expectations, I am still guild master to a wonderful guild <Age of the Phoenix>. We are about to hit Level 2 and I have responsibility to them. But like I explained to my friend, I am not setting any goals for them…they can level when they want, they can level what they want or not even buy Catacylysm at all right now because what I am stressing us to do as a guild is be happy…the theme for us right now is CHOICE. We even opened an alliance sister guild for those who wanted to roll worgen because we support them in whatever they do. I would LOVE to post about the guild interface and changes to guilds and I will, it is a facet of who I am as a player, but right now, I am going to go play instead. I don’t what I will do today, but it will be something that won’t ding me 85 (maybe 82…possibly) I am pretty certain of that.

I would very much like to take this time to redirect you to some of the posts that you will find extremely helpful in your paladining that cover healing through the Wrath content and level 80:

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You can expect to see the same hodge podge of posts you have been seeing but I won’t be pushing to 85 so you won’t see end game Paladin stuff until I am there. I want to have fun not burn out too early and be done with the experience. Don’t forget I am a GM so you will more than likely see stuff on that too!

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The Cataclysm Line Experience

Only three people deep, I have successfully been in this line for 2.25 hours and my feet have gotten sore and I am horribly bored.

I stood in line for CE:Wrath for 15 hours and had a blast watching Kung Fu Panda and eating Subway in lay away. After a while we had a little group chatting it up…even if they were elitist.

But what has the digital download done to the “standing in line” experience? Virtually ruined it…see what I did there?!?

Even when you pre order you get to stand in line for the handout buy when you go digital why leave the comfort o your own home?

When you live in major cities where awesome events are occurring (can’t link at the moment) then the draw to go out is there but what about in cities like mine, it is just depressing and freaking zero degrees with windchill.

So here I am, sitting with Paul and another gentleman either waiting for the big crowd boom or to go home…at which point I will be forced to wait three more hours to play!

What. A. Day.

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20 Days of Warcraft: Day 6

Okay, I have been pretty lax at doing this. I blame it on my troll druid…and Silverpine…and Sylvannas. Yeah, that is who I blame it on! You can find that I have already done:

And now I am moving into Day 6:

Favorite Dungeon & Why?

The easy part of this answer is Shadowfang Keep.

The hard part of the answer is why; it has been my favorite instance since I started but up until recently, I don’t know if I had a solid reason but since I have grown as a player, I certainly do.

For one, I love the soundtrack that plays in there. It isn’t that the soundtrack isn’t used in other places but it fits SFK. There is something epic and dangerous about the music, that we’re coming upon a man who brought a curse upon the world and we must hurry lest we fall to the curse.

And let’s face it, before the recent changes, the Robes & Belt of Arugal and Feline Mantle were some of the best items in the game for that level, and this was way before the times of heirlooms. But those weren’t the only items. There was the Butcher’s SlicerCommander’s Crest….Silverlaine’s Family Seal…these items are so amazing I can remember them, know that I have used them all at some point or another. Okay, it is a little fib to say I used the shield, I’ve never tanked like that, but in essence, it is STILL amazing. And the lure that maybe this would be the one time you would see Shadowfang drop and all your financial troubles could melt away was always there.

I know believe that Shadowfang is a myth, I have ran this instance for over 3 years and have never seen it drop.

But it isn’t just that…IT IS LORE! OMG, the intensity of the lore in this place before and after The Shattering is phenomenal!

This video explains the origination of the worgen within Shadowfang Keep as well as Archmage Arugal himself. This movie is absolutely phenomenal in and of itself. I encourage you to watch it!

Post-Shattering, once Arugal had been defeated and his spirit slain, Shadowfang Keep was dormant until the traitorous Godfrey and his undead lackies moved in for refuge. I will not spoil this lore for you but I suggest, and highly encourage and recommend, that you start with quest line that stats at the Forsaken High Command on the northern border of Silverpine. You start by seeing the conversation between the Banshee Queen and Garrosh (who shall never be referenced as the Warchief) and the phasing starts from there. This series is not listed as a chain but it seems you must do it in sequence and follow the Banshee Queen until you finally have the quest Cities of Dust. You will experience cut scenes, phasing, Gilneas, and much more until the lore unfolds itself.

Once the quests are complete, when you venture into SFK, read those quests, know what is going on and be sure to pick your jaw up when you’re done.

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The OverLore’s Podcast

So, as promised, I thought I would do the write up and explain to you guys what is going on with this podcast!

Once upon a time, not so long ago, Rilandune approached a handful of bloggers with the idea that with Cataclysm coming out, most people will rush through the new quests and the new zones and the new levels of awesomeness that is the new World of Warcraft.

I thought it sounded like a great idea (and still is!) so I said yes and decided to join in on the fun. We have hashed out all of the details, all 5 of us, including Fimlys who has helped us along the way and taken our production under the Twisted Nether name. We started as homeless goblins and ended up with a home on Gilneas-US as a band of 5 worgens, strong and determined to remember where we came from but with intentions to see the world!

Working behind the scenes has opened my eyes that I am still a newb at a lot of things. This has been my first experience in google groups and documents, voice recording, wordpress self hosted sites, etc. but I have absolutely enjoyed every minute of it.

I am going to be putting an arm out there and trying druid healing…could you see this blog becoming The Emerald Tear…yeah, me neither!

So without further ado, I introduce to you, The OverLore’s!

Starring:

Nibuca from Mystic Chicanery and Twisted Nether Blogcast fame
Tarinae from A Healadin’s Tear
Nevik from Nevik’s Notebook
Psynister from Psynister’s Notebook
Rilandune from Heroically Random

Check us out on twitter or at Twisted Nether for updates and information!

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20 Days of Warcraft: Day 5

The meaning behind Tarinae’s name?

I adapted this question a little bit because the original question addresses my main. Well, without any hint of a doubt, Tarinae is my main. She has been my main since I rolled her 3 years ago and I can assume that she will continue to be my main throughout the Cataclysm expansion. She has been through her life changes and has spend a fair share of gold in the barber shop on look changes but she didn’t always exist as such.

Once upon a time, she existed as a nameless set of pixels on the character creation screen. Enjoying all that TBC had offered, I remember sorting through the features that the new-to-me blood elf race had to offer. Obviously, she has that very noble and very peaceful face with a fair skin tone and originally she had her hair in a noble bun the shade of the freshly fallen snow and her large golden hoop earrings hung majestically down from her Elven ears.

But the hardest part of the character creation was her name. It is always the name because it means so much; it says so much about your character in that first impression than anything else. It is also a name I am choosing to be known by in this virtual world, a name people will refer to me as. Given some much thought (and the fact that I play on an RP realm) I have always stuck to RP names, even on normal or PVP realms, I can never been known as “Pwnfacenoob” or “Wetwillywarlock” or “Cockblocker” or anything horrible like that. Could you imagine the vent conversations? So no, this, the naming of the character, is the most important step in the process.

I can prove my obsession to the naming game as I will re-roll any character any given amount of times until I am fully satisfied with the name, the way it looks in chat, the way it comes off, its pronunciation, and even the way the character looks with the name. My current record for striving for this level of perfection is 12. Tarinae however was a different story, she was perfect. She has always been perfect…even if she (like me) enjoys changing her hair.

So how did I come up with her name and what does it mean?

Well specifically speaking it means nothing as far as I am aware. At the time of her creation, I was a Latin student in college and was (and still am) in love with the Latin diphthong “ae” pronounced as a long I (eye sound). So using that as a basis for the end of the name, I simply went about putting different sounds together and just knew when I hit the mark! Since then I have been Tarinae or Tar for short but in no way is it pronounced like “tar” as in “tar pit”! And please, don’t call me Tarin…if you’re going to go that far…its either 1 sound or 2 letters!

So I will end off with a pronunciation of her name, but it will not be in IPA format.

[Tair-in-eye]

How have you been saying it? Were you pronouncing it correctly?

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20 Days of Warcraft: Day 4

First, I would like to wish all those in the US a Happy Thanksgiving. I hope that you enjoyed your time with your families and had a glorious holiday! I haven’t done a meme post in lieu of content posts for the new patch but while everyone takes their tryptophan induced naps, I figure I would catch up and move on into Day 4 (which is a hard question and that may or may not be a factor in me putting it off).

Favorite emote & when to use it?

There are a multitude of emotes to use in WoW; some of them write out the action (i.e. /pet), some (e.g. /cry) have actions and audio that follow, while some simply one or the other (i.e. /dance or /silly). Essentially, while it has no effects, you can even make your own by /me. But the question isn’t what kind of emotes exist, rather what my favorite one is.

There are several that I do enjoy.

/pet: Tarinae pets Kida. -> Fantastic for feral form druids!

/facepalm: Tarinae looks at Allexant and covers her face with her palm. -> Best used when someone needs a facepalm.

/jealous: Tarinae is jealous of Allexant. -> Best used when he wins the last Zulian Tiger mount!

/love: Tarinae loves Azazoth. -> Make love, not War(craft)!

I even have /bow and /yw (which replaces /welcome for saying you’re welcome) wiggled into a JC macro that thanks them for their business and blesses the patron! I get mad props, yo!

But I think that of all of them /snicker: You quietly snicker to yourself. I snicker all the time at a bunch of things in game and in real life. Situations may be of a variety of situations that call for a snicker. You may snicker at a mildly unfunny joke, you may snicker because someone just made a fool of themselves, or you may use a snicker instead of the obnoxious laugh that can be ear-splittering for blood elf ladies.

I love /snicker!

There are also a LOT more emotes than I even know about, I am very entertained by what /talk is reported to say: You talk to yourself since no one seems interested.

Did you know that there is an entire list of emotes that exist in the game? I have never even seen some of these. But even with this monstorus list, I wish they would put in a /confused because I know I try to use that one ALL THE TIME but for now, I guess I will just remain /puzzled!

/farewell


 

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20 Days of Warcraft: Day 3

Favorite NPC?

I have given this much thought. And I have decided that there is no way to answer this question fully; it must be answered in three disctinct ways.

First, my favorite NPC Easter Egg

Hands down, that is Floyd Pinkus, the Thrallmar Innkeeper. I mean let’s just think about how cool Pink Floyd is and the awesomeness of this lonely innkeeper increases!

Yeah, they’re not the best, but they are iconic and I love it!

And then, my favorite Horde or Alliance Leader

I have thought for a long time that my favorite leader would be Sylvanas. I think the obstacles that she has overcome have been of a great magnitude and she has still risen to lead her people to their hard-sought freedom. She has put her hand out to them in the darkness and helped guide them back home. The betrayal of the King’s son was dire upon her soul and she was ripped from the mortal shell, only to rise and fight as the Banshee Queen. While her stern ideas and thoughts are rigid and driven, she too, is human retains her humanity, this is evident in thoughts of her sister, Alleria.

But, I have decided that her unbridled readiness for war is too much. And though he has stepped down, I give my life of duty to Thrall. In a world full of hate, racism, and war, he wants only peace. He does not want to fight nor disturb the balance. He understands much of what his people need and understands that the Earth, as we are, is living. He is well rounded and understands what must be done to save the world and everyone in it, not just the superior Horde.

But really it comes down to my favorite general NPC

This image is by no means mine. It is found on the Community Site FanArt and happens to be my favorite.

That’s right, High Inquisitor Sally Whitemane. For one, her model is astounding. Across time it has become a fan favorite to recreate. There are tons of images in a GiS where she “sexed up”. But above that, she is a priestess who leads an entire command, The Scarlet Crusade. Alongside Scarlet Commander Mograine, she is willing to end those who seek to destroy their holy mission. During the fight she puts everyone into deep sleep only to ressurect her fallen companion and together, they heal one another and will proceed to defend what they stand for. I have fashioned my own ressurection macro from her (to which some accept and claim their loyalty to me <3)

/y %t, arise my champion!

And let us not forget her lore:

The Monastery was once a proud bastion of Lordaeron’s priesthood – a center for learning and enlightenment. However, with the rise of the undead Scourge during the Third War, the peaceful Monastery was converted into a stronghold of the fanatical Scarlet Crusade. Under Whitemane’s command, the members of the Scarlet Crusade have become ever more extreme in their battle against the Scourge. Their grasp on reality was slipping and as time moved on, Whitemane and her followers no longer trusted anyone that was not part of their own Scarlet Crusade, considering them plagued. Large numbers of innocent men and women were tortured and eventually killed because of this. –source

There you have it in a nut shell! I could not decide easily between these three, and so…I shall claim them all!

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