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Continued Presence

From the first post that I wrote in January 2010, I fell in love with the blogging community; specifically I find the World of Warcraft blogging community is spectacularly warm and welcoming. I have recently been thinking about my relationship with World of Warcraft and try as I might, I cannot find the appropriate interest that is enough to keep me playing. Even in my boredest moments, WoW is not something that I want to turn to to occupy my time anymore.

I wonder sometimes why it is and I still can’t pinpoint any particular reason. I know that leveling isn’t as fun, I have a lot of problems with the experience gains and linear questing style even though I love the phasing. I wish that we could fix the experience gains for things like mining and herbing without effecting our other avenues like questing or instancing;  I don’t even like the speed of questing when it is combined with guild perks and heirlooms, I pass so much it is no longer worth it and I far surpass my gathering professions in a zone or I leave all the quests behind.

I love all the people in my guild and I love all the friends I have made in the community but I don’t like the direction that Cataclysm took the game, I lost a lot of interest and I can’t continue. I know that there are several other bloggers who are retiring from the game and some I am still glad that I can stay connected with outside the WoW blogging community.

This post from Anna really helped to express a couple of the thoughts that I was having about the questing progression…

I’ve now completed Vashj’ir, Hyjal, and Deepholm, and in each one I was coming into a situation not as a subordinate helping a greater group but as a savior bailing out an inept group who couldn’t do it without ME.

I was THE CHOSEN ONE. I SAVED THE WORLD. There are PROPHECIES about me. I’ve single-handedly turned the tides of war and bailed out various groups who screwed it up or couldn’t hack it in the first place.

There are more great community members like Jaedia and Qeith. Anna also has another post or two that holds significant meaning to me right now.

But with all that said, I don’t want to leave the community, I don’t want to leave all the friends that I have made behind so I have decided to partake on the task (fun task btw!) of having a personal book blog. Within Pages is a place for all things books including reviews, events, book tours, book swaps, etc. Please, I would LOVE to see you over there and I am VERY excited about taking part in an extended blogging community. And yes, I will still be on twitter and yes you can still email me at tarinae (@) gmail dot com!

I know I have mentioned this but I LOVE YOU ALL!

Thank you for everything and I hope that you continue to join me for the rest of my blogging adventure over at WP.


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Sad Times

I have tried and tried to figure out a way not to have to write this post but sadly, I have no other options right now. I have decided to take a break from the game. This negatively effects a lot of things that I really enjoy doing but I have sat down and done some analysis with my boyfriend and we have decided it is for the best right now, for the both of us.

During the pre-Cataclysm lull, I felt too much responsibility to take the break the same time everyone else did; I held on to the guild that I had founded and I nurtured it some more, and I have held it close to my heart for three years. But now, I hold on to it, but I’m going to let it grow. At least for the time being…

There are so many reasons people take breaks, there are so many hopes for when people come back.

I have made FANTASTIC friends. Friends I hope that extend out of the game and friends that will be there when I can come back.

Why is this post making me want to cry?

I can’t say thank you enough for making the last year of my WoW experience absolutely spectacular and fun and entertaining and expanding my networking exponentially to add to that wonderful list of friends.

I feel like I am ending the chapter of the book of my life, but like all of my favorite novels; I will return to the book.

For the first time in over three years…



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The Blogoversary!

Okay, so this is the time of my blogaversary! Wow, I have been doing this for a whole year! That is pretty amazing in my eyes. I have some blog news to cover and then move on to some of the highlights of the year!

First, I would have to admit with the Scout’s Honor that this happens to be a very bad time for such a monumental occasion…I have been in a terrible internet rut for about two weeks. Facing some health issues (not terrible but blah), starting a new diet (12lbs baby!), excerising, and a whole lot of just looking at the computer and wishing it was the TV.

I will also be looking for a new theme to carry me further into 2011, so don’t be alarmed if you see a lot of dust flying around this place as it goes under construction!

And even though my technical anniversary was yesterday (as in I created the blog), I decided to wait until today to do the write up because it is the day of my first post AND just happens to be my…..

So it is a very special time today! I mean how often to you get to turn 24?!

I’m going to share the statistics that wordpress pounded out for me for 2010 starting with my health meter that surprised even me:

About 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year. This blog was viewed about 51,000 times in 2010. If it were the Taj Mahal, it would take about 6 days for that many people to see it. Since 2010, I have generated 7300 page views in less than a month!

In 2010, I’ve written 135 new posts, not bad for the first year! From those post I have generated 430 comments.

The busiest day of the year was May 4th with 1,584 views. The most popular post that day was For the Children!. The particular reason that this post was so popular, and I was very proud of it to be honest, was that I was linked as a holiday guide on WoW.Com! They referred almost 1000 viewers and the post had 5 pingbacks and 4 comments! I did work pretty hard on it as I hate those series of acheivements I tried to share my easy-ways-out!

Pulling out my very first post from the dungeons was Beacon Who? with 328 overall views! This article was what got me started into blogging after applying for the healadin column with Adam responded that they really enjoyed the piece and my voice but that they had decided to stay internal but not to quit writing. So, January 30, 2010 I put that out here for the world to see and have been doing great ever since!

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and I’d like to thank all of these wonderful sites and/or bloggers for linking my content and placing me in their blogroll! Bossypally and Rhidach are some of the first blogs that I started reading, so I feel really honored!

Some visitors came searching, mostly for paladin mastery, healadin 4.0.1, healadin, holy paladin build 4.0.1, and cataclysm holy power. Recently, since my amazing Secret Santa post, I have had a surge in people searching for the Dark Phoenix as well! I am proud to direct the tons of people looking for healadins in 4.0.1 to my spec and stat priority posts that are part of my current guide that surpasses the 4.0 changes! With the current patch notes, neither of these should change drastically but should they need it, you will find them updated!

My top 5 posts for the year have been:

Running right behind all of those would be my Recycle A Post: Gylph Analysis which is now outdated and links to an updated version that is climbing in views: 4.0.1: Glyph Analysis! The Leveling Guide is a strong resource that answers a lot of the questions people have about the BOAs they should be using as a leveling healadin!


I would love to get out of my general internet rut and back to a good steady posting routine. It seems that the only post that I get out is Tuesday with Tarinae and I opted out of that this past week because I simply couldn’t muster the strength to sit at the computer and write it. I would also love to get back into Shared Topics; Blog Azeroth was a strong part of my beginning and I kind of just dropped off the face of Azeroth (ha – you see what I did there!). I would love to write more compelling stuff that gets my readers interested and encourage them to comment more and/or email me thoughts; a blogger of this type of material is nothing without readers. This isn’t a personal journal and I am so glad you guys have been here to share it all with me. I have made some great online friends in the year since joining the blogging/twitter community and have branched out from just a little blog to co-hosting and guest appearing on podcasts.

I think this year has been a great start and I hope to see more progress in the future, but I couldn’t do it with out you, the reader, so thank you!


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Podcasts Galore

I would like to take a minute and direct you to the reason you haven’t seen any more of the 85 guide lately!

On Wednesday we recorded Episode 1 of The OverLores. The podcast that I co-host with Rilandune, Nevik, Psnyister, and Nibuca and go across Azeroth as a band of worgen learning and exploring the lore that power-levelers miss…or even the lore you might not piece together while going about your business. This week we Rilandune discusses the Curse of the Worgen comics and we go into the game to experience some major changes in Gilnean life including the beginning and abrupt end of the zombie apocalypse for the city of Duskhaven. We leave the city in a state of panic and will continue our journey this week.

You can check out the full write-up and podcast at our home on the Twisted Nether Network!

And that’s not all!

I was invited along with Matticus, Nevik, and Amy (The WoW Lawbringer) to appear on Episode 12 of Group Quest, a Dawnforge Production. In true roundtable format, we discuss the hottest topics like the herioc nerfs, the change to guild experience, law suits brought against Blizzard, Tol Barad, and much more!

You can check up the full write up and podcast at the Group Quest!

I had an absolute blast doing both of these and would like the thank Medros for the invitation to Group Quest.

Be sure to subscribe to The Overlores! It goes out across the Twisted Nether feed and is now available on iTunes!


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Random Musings

So, I logged out of the game this afternoon to do some laundry and go to the grocery and now…I am stuck…locked out of playing.

Let’s face it…cable television sucks…my Plants vs. Zombies free trial is up…facebook holds nothing…I’ll blog instead!

I have been analyzing my main server list of characters and what they are capable of.

Tarinae is the only level 85 I have at the moment and I haven’t even run a single heroic yet, I’m still taking my time with this…I’m not powerleveling straight to burnout. Her Jewelcrafting is at a standstill with only metas being orange and Shadowspirit Diamonds are 400g+ on a good day! Her mining is maxed out and her cooking is leveling steadily. I haven’t allowed Archaeology to become a time sink though I know it will happen. Her analysis is coming on whether or not I like the healing structure still. It makes me wonder why I liked healing in the first place and what was unique about the healadin.

Chakae has only moved slightly into leatherworking standing at 460-something I believe. I really don’t like the focus mechanics. I can’t get the hang of it, it is too much of the rogue aspect that I don’t like. Out of the energy/focus based classes or specs, feral druid is the only one I enjoy. I don’t know what direction my hunter will be going but I don’t think I can delete her. Yes, I have attachment. Not to mention LW was hard as sin to level, I hated it. But what do you do when you look at a toon that is 81 and just sigh?

Cassela is steadily making her tailoring craft better as well as moving on up in the level wise. She has 525 mining and is level 82 and has replaced several pieces of her gear with Deathsilk items. What a waste. But I have come to the hindrance of whether or not I want to be arcane or fire. At the moment I 3-4 shot mobs before they get near me as arcane but I don’t see any beneficial talents that haven’t already been filled. I really enjoyed fire play and I hear it is doing really well at 85 where arcane requires acknowledgement of phases and mana management to keep benefiting from mastery. Not that arcane isn’t do-able but fire was fun during my little stint before Cataclysm.

My slew of low level alts are seeing their random pieces of love. I recently rerolled my goblin shaman in the thought that I need to have at least an herbalist to fund my troll druid scribe and I don’t like starting at a negative with herbalism, I hate it already so I got her restarted and went herbalism at Level 5. I also am struggling with the decision of whether or not to roll and play my worgen priestess who technically already exists but I would like to play with my boyfriend but I don’t know when he will be rolling new alts.

At this moment, I have 3 available slots because 2 of them haven’t logged into existence yet but I have intentions to play them.

This is a random post, just me blabbering on about the state of toons and the decisions and paths that I have been working on over the last few days for each of them.

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Happy 2011!

This New Year’s Eve is a little sullen for me. I don’t feel that the transistion between 2010 and 2011 is majestic because 2010 may have held financial hardships on the occasion, it may have held some drama throughout, but it also opened multiple lines of communication, everyone was still able to have Christmas presents, and I still have all my family and a roof over my head that I share with the love of my life. I am only looking forward to moving forward in life, not restarting, just moving forward together, Paul and I and all of our friends and family.

Mini resolutions are the way that I am going this time. I’m not going to lose 100 pounds, I can’t have a quit smoking resolution because I don’t smoke, I’m a very mild drinker, and my debt is going nowhere fast…BUT I will try to be a better “housewife” starting with the laundry…no more living out of baskets! I will be a better blogger…I’m going to start by sharing my ideas and thoughts on the upcoming blogoversary! I will be the best daughter, girlfriend, and friend that I can be…what, you didn’t know I’m a girl?

I do have goals for the new year and I won’t discuss them too much because it will all be covered when my blog hits one year and that is just under a month away; ticking down to 1 year for A Healadin’s Tear and 24 years for me! But I know that I have been a little behind on things, I found myself saying “I need to analyze holy paladin mastery” but I didn’t do anything about it, and that isn’t healthy for me as a player or as a blogger. I am also going to, now that I am 85, analyze how I feel about the healing structure and make that final decision and you all will be the third to know; first being me…second being Paul, whom plays in the same room…oh, well then my guild…so you’ll be fourth, but I will let you know!

I want to let you know that you should be on the look-out for The Overlores: Episode Zero, I was all up on the first episode and had a blast so check our home at Twisted Nether, on facebook, and Twitter.

But I will wrap this up saying that I hope you all have a safe holiday. I know there are parties to be thrown and drinks to be shared for many so be careful!

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The Everlasting Gift

 Hello there! *Waves nervously*.  My name is Kaelynn, or Kae for short (not to be confused with the druid Kae from the Dreambound Druid). You can normally find me rambling over at ShadesOfKae. I’ve never written a guest post before, but I was very excited to take part in this year’s Blog Azeroth Secret Santa. I’ve spent a bit of time perusing Tarinae’s blog to get some idea of what she might want for Christmas. I can guarantee that I will not be able to provide any useful Holy Paladin advice. My current main is a Resto/Elemental Shaman, and my paladin is still level 52 (and hasn’t healed since Mauradon broke her heart).

I thought about writing a post about shields… because that is one thing that healadin’s and resto shaman have in common. Those darn offhand things never seem to ever drop – I know that healadins share my pain there. Then I realized that would likely be a post full of QQing. It’s the holidays, and not time for QQing. It’s time for giving, cheer, and fun. Many bloggers write Secret Santa posts in the style of the blogger they are gifting it to, or come up with something humorous. I’ve never been particularly great at being funny – be glad I spared you that.

Then I saw the phoenix at the bottom of Tarinae’s about page, and it suddenly clicked. It’s obvious that we share an obsession with phoenixes. I’ve never really discussed my love for them on my own blog, but previously to WOW the phoenix was very tied up with my online identity.

The Origins of the Phoenix

The phoenix or firebird has long been a popular mythological figure. Many cultures cherished a bird-like figure that was identified with the sun, such as the Chinese Fenghuang or the Persion Simurgh. The phoenix as we know it today is thought to be a beautiful bird that bursts into flames and rises from its own ashes. There have been many variations on this myth, with Greek, Roman, Christian, and even Egyptian and Hindu sources. The word “phoenix” derives from the Greek word for the color crimson.

The phoenix has long been romanticized by artists and authors, such as the beautiful and haunting musical composition by Igor Stravinsky named “The Firebird”. Even Shakespeare referenced the phoenix.

The Phoenix in Popular Culture

Jumping forward a bit in time from Shakespeare, we can see the phoenix all around us in the modern world. From Harry Potter’s phoenix, which heals wounds with its tears, to the X-men’s Jean Gray, to Final Fantasy’s resurrecting Phoenix Down, we are obviously still fascinated with the myth.

It’s easy to see why so many have fallen in love with the concept of the phoenix. It represents immortality, life after death, and starting anew. It is a symbol of hope, of persevering in the face of adversity, of rebuilding. The phoenix is the cycle of life, the beginning and the end. It’s also an insanely beautiful creature – usually depicted with a long flowing tail and wings tipped with fire, and imbued with an incredible grace.

I don’t know exactly what the phoenix means to Tarinae, but I know that it has helped me through some hard times. When all hope seems lost, and the phoenix approaches death, it burst into flames and starts over. It helps me to think of this symbol, to know that I can start over and rebuild even when it seems so impossible.

The Phoenix in WOW

I could only find a few tidbits about the lore of the phoenix in WOW. Kael’thas Sunstrider has a “pet” phoenix named Al’ar (“the phoenix god”), whom he apparently summoned from its home in the Elemental Plane. The phoenix is the most powerful spell that a blood mage (such as Kael’thas) can cast. The phoenix also serves as a symbol of the blood elf race, which rose from the ashes of the high elves.

A phoenix can be captured by players via the mini-pet Phoenix Hatchling, which drops from Kael’thas in Magister’s Terrace, after you defeat him and a fearsome phoenix (son or daughter of Al’ar). Of course this was merely a setback. You fight A’lar as the first boss in the Eye of Tempest Keep, and can receive a very rare drop from Kael’thas which is the Ashes of Al’ar, a phoenix mount.  Sidenote: I’m sure you’ve probably heard that the first ever phoenix mount in-game was given to a young man named Ezra Chatterton, after visiting Blizzard’s offices as his wish from Make-A-Wish foundation. I think that is such a beautiful gesture on Blizzard’s part, giving an item which symbolizes hope and rebirth to a dying man.

Although I have farmed Magister’s Terrace frequently, I have never seen a drop of the lovely phoenix hatchling. It is a bit of a sore spot for me – I would give up all my epic loots for that hatchling. That hatchling is my white whale, my unicorn.

As of Cataclysm, Blizzard introduced two new phoenixes that you can acquire. The Reins of the Dark Phoenix are obtainable by completing the Guild Glory of the Cataclysm Raider achievement, and the Dark Phoenix Hatchling is rewarded from the guild achievement United Nations. These are essentially recolored models of the previous phoenix mount and hatchling.

I am curious about the lore of a dark phoenix. Is Blizzard implying that Deathwing’s rupture of the elemental plane has somehow corrupted even the phoenix? Perhaps he has experimented with their eggs, like he did with the Nether dragons? Or perhaps Blizzard just thought that a Dark Phoenix would be “cool”. Whatever the case, I’m thrilled to have a sure-fire way to capture one of the gorgeous creatures for myself.

A phoenix also appears when fighting High Prophet Barim in the Cataclysm 5-man, the Lost CIty of the Tol’vir.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

I hope that you all enjoy the holiday festivities, whether in-game or out. Thank you for reading my Secret Santa Gift to Tarinae (I’m sure you’ve noticed that brevity is not my forte, and I appreciate you sticking around)! May the new year bring you a fresh start, rising from the ashes of 2010.


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