[Screenshots] SWTOR – Sith Warrior

Just finished up my Sith Warrior! Here she is on Voss, she’s a Sith pureblood which is why she’s all red. I love how she looks with her yellow eyes.

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And here she is at level 50, you can’t really see her title but she’s upgraded to a Darth ;)

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I always find it very difficult to play “evil” in video games, and for this one I was going to go full Dark Side — but somehow she ended up neutral. I guess I’m too much of a softie after all. But I liked her storyline and she was very fun to play, she always felt very strong and fit the feeling of being a weapon of reckless destruction. She reminded me a lot of a Fury Warrior in WoW, she just charges in with both lightsabers flashing and hopefully whatever it is dies before she does (usually it did!).

I knew to expect a lot of backstabbing and treachery — this is a Sith storyline, after all — but it was still a fun storyline. Definitely my favorite on Imperial side so far, though I still have to finish Agent.

[Story] Ordinicus’s Journal

It’s been so busy these past couple of weeks that I’ve hardly had time to sleep. Thankfully, Lyorri is doing better at that, so it’s not as difficult as it was at first. And maybe it sounds strange but it helps me wind down to spend time with her, doing things like feeding her or giving her a bath. Babies don’t have to worry about work or getting things done on time, they just live and experience everything. I think we’re getting along pretty well now. It was scary at first, and I’m still worried about messing up something really badly, but it’s getting better I think. I still wish Kes would move some of her books and things somewhere else, like maybe to an office at the school. She agrees with me on that, I guess we’ll just have to make sure it’s really far from Lyorri’s room in the new house. I expect that she’ll try to get into it once she starts crawling and walking. I’m also a little scared that Aeramin is going to decide he wants her back. Like he’s talking about buying her a doll, and how she’s going to hate him when he’s older. Maybe she will, I don’t know. But that decision has been made. It just makes my ears twitch a little when he says things like that. I guess he and Im were talking about having one, or something.  Then why didn’t he want to keep Lyorri? It doesn’t make any sense to me.

Also, he wanted to put a hole in his roof. I don’t understand that at all. Then he was saying that Im could fix it, which he probably could — it’s not that difficult after all. But I’ve been doing it for years so I could do it really well and really fast, provided I wasn’t busy with the other building projects. But Aeramin insisted that Im should do it. I don’t know, I didn’t want to ask too many questions. He’s concerned about someone at the school, it sounds like a student so I don’t really see how dangerous he could be. But Aeramin says he’s from Murder Row, he recognized him, and he’s considering whether he should warn Hethurin or not. If this person is dangerous, I think all of the students deserve to know about it. But why would a dangerous person go to a mage school? Aeramin says it’s just for the food. That seems like a lot of trouble to get some food, but I guess I’ve never been living on Murder Row.

I need to get Kes a ring soon too. I’m going to save up over the summer so I can get a really nice one. We should go look so I can get an idea of what she likes, but I have to make it seem like I’m not planning to get one. Maybe I could say Lyorri needs earrings, or something.

[Story] The Excavation

Liara Sungazer took care as she wrapped the linens around her head and shoulders, if done properly, it would keep most of the sand out. There would always be some, it was an inevitability here, and a constant battle to keep it out of the tents. It would also help keep some of the sun’s merciless heat at bay, at least for a little while. Outside, the morning was already sweltering, the heat distorting the horizon into ripples of blue and sand. They wouldn’t be able to work this dig very much longer, so there was an urgency to their work these past few weeks.

Professor Dawnshard was out and working already, of course. In all of the years she had worked with him, Liara had never seen his enthusiasm wane. It was one of the reasons she so enjoyed it, and no doubt the reason that his expeditions never wanted for volunteers. It didn’t hurt that he was handsome, either. She’d noticed, of course, but never acted on it. There were more important things to worry about, like finishing this excavation before the full summer heat was upon them.

“Come look at this, Liara!” he exclaimed, the moment she had stepped out from the relative coolness of her tent. The heat felt like a heavy hand, pressing down on her. The Professor always called her by her first name, which she felt a little improper, but it didn’t bother her enough to say anything. Besides, it was the only name she used that was actually hers. “It’s amazing! Incredible!”

The Professor was crouched halfway in the excavation, surrounded by assistants busily brushing sand away from what appeared to be a sarcophagus. Liara’s brows raised with interest, and she came closer. A sarcophagus! A fitting reward for all of their hard work, indeed. “Is it empty?” she asked. Though it appeared to be sealed, that didn’t mean much. Many of the digs had been plundered in the past, their treasures long carried off. But Liara saw the glint of gold in the surrounding sand, the tops of undiscovered treasures waiting to be unearthed. Whoever had been buried here still had all of their treasures, meaning the former owner’s bones were most likely inside.

“Tamas,” called the Professor, addressing the cat-person who lingered nearby. He had initially been their guide for the expedition, but had stayed on to help because he found it interesting. That had been the experience of Liara herself, as well. She had taught history and general education classes in Dalaran for many years. While there were no shortage of magic classes and tutors, there had been a need for classes for the other subjects — and for those who were less magically inclined. It had been in the library that she’d met the Professor and agreed to join him on one of his expeditions. That one had been in a desert as well, the red parched lands south of the Dwarven settlements. Tamas was a dark metal grey in color, his fur banded with stripes on his legs and tail. He too wore the cloth covering his head and shoulders, though the rest of him was bare. Liara couldn’t imagine how hot it must be to have fur in this climate. If it bothered him, he never said so, however. He helped the Professor to hoist the sarcophagus up onto their wagon. The wood groaned and creaked under the weight. “Look at this!” he said, gesturing toward the coffin’s sides. It was carved with figures and designs along all four sides. There appeared to be some writing as well, and Liara was eager to learn what the inscription might say. “The condition is pristine,” the Professor continued. “A museum piece for certain.”

She looked back to the excavation, to the other treasures that he had momentarily forgotten. “Let me record these,” Liara volunteered. “I’m sure they’ll want them as well.”

He flashed her a brief smile. “Good thinking,” he said, securing the sarcophagus with rope. “Tamas and I are going to take this back to the city. Can you manage to wrap things up without me?”

Liara nodded. Of course she could. She had been at this for years, knew how to record finds and how to manage the assistants. She could even unfold and put up the tents, which often looked like a jumble of canvas. “Be careful.” She was not really worried, though the desert was dangerous she knew the Professor knew it well. Animals were not really a threat if one carried a weapon, though the small sand people could be if one travelled alone. Scorpions could be deadly if one didn’t watch their step, but the most deadly thing in the desert was the desert itself. She knew it would not take he and Tamas long to reach the city, and find a mage to take them and their treasure back to Silvermoon.

She took out her notebook and began to draw a map of the excavation; marking a grid layout to record exactly where every item was found, and what depth. It would likely take the better part of the day, then she could begin a more detailed log from the safety of her tent that night. Liara smiled at the thought. She still enjoyed the work, it was one thing to read about history in a book, but something entirely different to hold it in your hands. She crouched in the sand, brushing off something that caught her eye. It was a statue, mounted on a rectangular base, like many others they had discovered here before. But she had never seen one that depicted a creature like this. It stood on two legs, but it had four arms, each of which held a straight sword. It had a long tail, and spines that ran down its back. Two tiny gemstones were set into its head as eyes, and they gave it an eerily lifelike appearance. It looked like nothing so much as a demon, but they had never found any depiction of a demon in Uldum excavations before. Was it a prank? Unlikely, as they were the first people to touch these objects in centuries. The only people in the area were the sand people, and they had little interest in history. The cat people surely would have taken the treasures if they had found them. Liara began to sketch the object in her notebook. She couldn’t wait to show it to the Professor.

[Screenshots] SWTOR Space Kitties

I realized I hadn’t posted any pictures of the space cats yet. Unfortunately I’m not able to get screenshots during any of the cut scenes, which is where all of the good story stuff takes place. I’m not sure if this is intentional or not, but it’s been this way since back when I first leveled Malavar several years back.

But, here’s some of them just standing around. They don’t give out level 50 armor sets anymore, so they’re still in ugly leveling greens. They still have 10 more levels to go, but level 50 marks the end of the main class storyline anyway, so that’s what I’m aiming for on all the alts.

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Xarlo is my Jedi Knight, the one I really wanted to be a cat! I’ve actually not finished up his last story quest yet, as he hit 50 before that. As fun as he is to play, the storyline isn’t super memorable just yet, but as I said, it’s not done yet.

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Tirzo is my Bounty Hunter, and Xarlo’s deadbeat dad. He knows that Xarlo exists, and is a Jedi, but doesn’t know too much more than that. Maybe someday I’ll write them! In SWTOR the classes are mirrors of each other, and Bounty Hunter is the Imperial mirror of Trooper. Their abilities do the same things, but have different names and sometimes different animations. For example Kazta’s close-range channeled ability is a pulse cannon, while Tirzo’s is a flame thrower. But they do the same thing. And my favorite is his AoE where he uses his jetpack to lift off the ground, called “Death from Above” :D I really enjoyed the Act 1 storyline, but 3 wasn’t really what I’d imagined for him. It was okay, but I still like Trooper a lot more. I’m not really fond of his companions, aside from Blizz the Jawa.

Not sure who I’m leveling next, the Operative and Smuggler both struggle to kill stuff alone, so maybe my Sith Warrior.

[Story] Imralion’s Journal

Right, well last time I talked to Aeramin he said that it wouldn’t be fair to Lyorri if we got any other kids somehow. But I guess he’s changed his mind about it. He said it was because she spit up on him, but I don’t think he should take that as a sign or anything. That’s just what babies do. He asked how I would get one and I said I guess I’d find a girl, and he said I should. I shouldn’t have to remind him of what happened last time. Then he said that I should go by myself so they won’t get distracted by him, I guess. Oh and I should be confident. That’s easier said than done when girls are just interested in Aeramin. I guess they like mages, I don’t know. He said it like it’s so easy to just meet someone, it’s not or I would have already done it! She has to be nice first of all, and then she has to like me and not like Aeramin more, then finally she has to be okay with the whole situation. I don’t think it’s going to be easy at all to find someone who meets all three of those requirements.

Aeramin said I need to go to those parties in the city, there’s always a lot of them during the summer. I really don’t like that idea at all, I know the ones he’s talking about and they’re always full of snobby rich girls. He said I can’t judge them without getting to know them first but trust me, that’s the only kind of girl who goes to those parties. Well, Lin went to one once, but she was going with a friend and she mostly did it for a laugh, I think. Anyway she didn’t meet a guy there, either, so it didn’t even work. I almost wonder if he’s just telling me to go so he can see how badly it goes, like to prove me wrong or something. He said I should wear my armor, which is a really bad idea in the summer because it gets all hot and sweaty inside and it’s really uncomfortable. I guess the girls wouldn’t notice if it’s sweaty because it’s not like I’m going to be taking it off, but still.

Oh, and then he suggested I ask some girls in Murder Row. Are you serious! That’s definitely not the kind of girl that I’m looking for. I don’t really know exactly what I am looking for, but I figure I’ll know when I meet her, right? I don’t know who I could ask for advice in that area, no one I know is in this particular situation. I know what Lin would say too, but it’s not that easy to just give up on all the time Aeramin and I have been together. She’s probably right, and it’s probably the best thing, but things are okay for now anyway. I’m still not really happy about Lyorri but I guess it’s not that bad with her living with Kes. I just worry about what’s going to happen in the future, and if he’ll decide he wants to focus on her instead of on our family. I mean, I wouldn’t blame him for that at all, but I’d rather know now before I spend all of this time with him if that makes sense. It’s all so complicated.

[Story] Thorns – Eversong Woods

I was right. Sometimes I hate being right all the time. Nash had trouble in Silvermoon, though he was vague about it. Said he ran into an “associate”, which means someone who knows who he is and what he’s done. At some point, said person also made off with the rest of his gold, so Nash had to steal food. I’m not happy about that. It’s a risk he shouldn’t be taking, given everything else. I’m worried this person is going to cause more trouble if he knows that Nash is in the area. He says they won’t, but I’ll be extra alert. The house we were staying is pretty remote, but there’s a road not too far away that people travel on. I say “were” because we’re going to have to find a different one now. In spite of getting robbed, Nash was able to get to the library and find out about the book that we need. It was sold to a school in the Ghostlands. My first thought was to just go in and take it, sometimes the simplest solution is the best. But mages like to have magical barriers and wards and things like that, so it’s probably not going to be that easy. We agreed to watch it for a few days and see what we can learn. That means we’ll need to find another place to stay, closer to the school. I thought the Ghostlands was full of scourge, but Nash says that’s not the case. It’s still full of bats and spiders, however, and blood elves, which could be dangerous. Our current plan is to have Nash try to get in by posing as a student. I don’t know if they can detect whether he knows how to do any magic or not, but I agree that it’s the best idea we have for now. Once inside, he can look around and locate where the book might be, maybe even grab it if we’re lucky. I don’t think I’d be able to pass as a magic student, so once again I’m going to be waiting around doing nothing and worrying the whole time. I can watch the school, but I doubt I’ll see much from far away. At least I have the construct to keep me busy. Though there’s not a lot of good metal around here, all I’ve been able to find is some scrap. I guess it’ll work for a test run though, to make sure I have all the parts shaped correctly and that they all go together properly. I’ll make the real one out of nicer metal once we get back to Stormwind, and that one can use the little core that I found. Nash suggested that we ask the mage to enchant it for us, once we get back to him. I thought that was a pretty good idea.

I haven’t written to Rose, I don’t think I even could unless Nash wanted to take it into the town for me. There’s not much to report yet anyway, other than we’ll be longer than expected. I wonder if they’ve even noticed? Things got a little weird the other night. Nash bought a blanket, I guess because I complained about it being cold, and two bottles of wine. He drank most of his. I guess if he really minded, he would have said something, or got up and left, but he didn’t. Still it’s awkward and I didn’t mean to make him uncomfortable, it’s just that — I don’t know, it was cold and I guess I felt lonely. I don’t want things to be weird between us, I’ve already got plenty of that as it is.

[Story] The Ghostclaw – Vellira’s Thoughts

The cabins are nearly done, Lin’s just needs furniture and they’re finishing up the last touches on ours. They said it will be ready within a week. Which means we need to go into Silvermoon and get all of the things to put inside, like furniture and decorations. I think Ty is excited about it, he was writing a list the other day at dinner. Of course I am too, it’s just a lot to do. I mean, I don’t know about making things match! Ty said I can just pick out what we like so I guess that’s what we’ll do. I did have one idea though, I said we needed one of those rugs made from a bear in front of the fireplace. I don’t know if they actually have any of those, but I’m sure we can find something. Other than that we need a bed, and a table with chairs, and some little tables… maybe a thing to put clothes in and a shelf for books. But I don’t know what else. I suppose we’ll need kitchen things, but most likely we’ll just keep eating at the ranger building. It’s nice to talk to people sometimes, too. There will be hardly anyone left in the sleeping rooms after we move out, maybe we can get some more rangers now since there will be beds for them. I mean, there were before, but so it seems less lonely. Neither Orledin nor Sorrowmoss is very talkative normally, so I don’t know if they really count for company.

I guess this cabin means I’m really settling down in one place. It’s an idea that’s always seemed strange to me, after living at sea for so long. We’d stay sometimes for a few days, maybe a week if we needed repairs or supplies, but never longer than that. I’ve already been with the rangers for a long time, so I don’t see how it’s any different, but it is somehow. I’ve thought about asking for time to go on a trip, but of course I’d want Ty to come with me, so I don’t know who we’d get to cover both our patrols. And part of me fears that I’d have forgotten everything and I’d just be like any other silly land-dweller once I got aboard. Or maybe I haven’t forgotten enough and it’ll all come back too fast. I don’t know. I’m sure Ty would like the idea if I suggested it, but where would we go? I don’t have a ship anymore, and we’d need a large one to go anywhere in the ocean. There are passenger ships, but they’re big and slow and that’s not the same at all. They have so many rules about where you can go and what you can do!

I’m a little nervous about going into the city, too. I feel like everyone’s going to stare and make that face, you know the one when something tastes really awful. We don’t have a ton of gold either, so we can’t go to the really fancy shops. Not that I’d want to spend all my gold on furniture anyway. I mean, they won’t be able to tell right? We’re both just rangers. Also I think Ty’s family lives there, what if he wants me to meet them? That’s a scary thought.

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