[OOC] Houseguest Hell

Sorry it’s been a little quiet around here, I’ve had houseguests for the past ten days and it’s killed pretty much any opportunity to write. (I have at least got some art done though!) After tomorrow things should be back to normal and I can be productive again.

[Art] Cat Squad

I saw this “draw your characters” picture and thought it would be funny to do with my SWTOR Cathar (cat people). The unstriped one isn’t actually my character, but he’s the husband of one of my characters so I figure that’s close enough. And I needed four cats anyway.

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[Story] Imralion’s Journal

Lin went to Northrend to look for that death knight. I don’t see why they couldn’t send Sunashe instead, he can walk perfectly fine now. Maybe he’d fall down a ravine or get eaten by a moose or something. I guess that’s not a very nice thing to say but I’m not the one letting my wife go off to Northrend while I stay home where it’s safe and warm. She’s not alone though at least, Pero and Ty are there with her. And it’s a good thing because I’m pretty sure neither of them would do very well alone — well, I guess Ty has some training, he was at Kalimdor. But Pero is nothing more than a kid, Arancon agreed with me about that.

I stopped by last night to bring some cupcakes. Since Orledin has been gone, they have to eat bread from the town and there aren’t any cookies. Personally I wouldn’t eat bread that undead people made, but Arancon was. He said it was pretty bad though, I suspect they just get bread from real bakers and re-sell it, so it was all old and stale. Gross. Aeramin told Terellion that the rangers didn’t have any cookies, so he’s been making extra cupcakes to take to them. Last night they were chocolate with cream frosting and little sugar sprinkles. I talked to Kavia, a little bit. Aeramin wasn’t there to mess things up but his father was. I don’t even have anything against him, now that we’re not forced to see each other all the time he’s not so bad. I’m sure it’s because he’s not drinking, and he’s also not asking how much I paid Aeramin to be with me. So things were fine at first, we were talking about Orledin and Northrend, normal stuff, and he talked about Lyorri too. That’s always kind of an awkward subject and I try to stay out of it as much as I can. I don’t want to stand in between Aeramin and Lyorri but I don’t really think I belong there either. Anyway, after that Arancon started saying all this stuff about Aeramin’s old girlfriend, and how pretty she was and how much he wished she was his daughter in law. What am I supposed to say to that? It made me really uncomfortable, like before when he said he wished I was a girl. I don’t like hearing about Aeramin’s exes, especially when they’re beautiful smart perfect girls — and if he’d cheat on someone like that, what chance do I have? I guess I already know the answer to that.

Arancon also said that he thought Orledin and Julan did something. I didn’t think Julan was that desperate, but maybe. I didn’t even think it was possible. It’s not something I want to imagine. Oh and also, Orledin keeps asking Arancon if Aeramin and I are still together. Like he’s waiting around like a vulture for us to split up. That made me feel even worse than before.

[Story] The Ghostclaw – Linarelle’s Letter

Dearest Sunashe,

We have arrived safely in Northrend, thankfully the flight from Dalaran was uneventful, aside from some snow flurries. I know Orledin didn’t plan to disappear, but I almost wish he’d done so in the summer rather than the creep toward winter. It’s already so cold, I can’t imagine that it could get colder, but the locals assure us that it will. I’m also thankful that we were able to take a portal to Dalaran rather than having to come to Northrend by ship, it would have added a great deal of time and I can’t imagine that being at sea in the winter is a pleasant experience. Outside of Dalaran, there are not really any large towns, we’re staying at an outpost with orc huts. They cut down on the wind, but that’s about all. I’m told there are some Taunka villages somewhere here as well, I’d think they at least know a thing or two about keeping warm. They do at least have a very large firepit, and keep it stoked at all hours, even during the night.

Thanks to the other death knight’s report, we have a place to begin looking: the Nerubian burrows. I guess that makes sense given how many times we’d gone into caves to squish spiders. I only hope we’ll be able to find him without too much trouble; I’ve never actually seen a Nerubian before but I’ve read they are larger than a person. Hopefully we don’t meet any, and hopefully no one makes any references to squishing spiders when it’s around. I’ve never really considered myself squeamish, either, but there’s something unsettling about going into an underground spider burrow, especially in this strange land. It doesn’t seem safe at all, I guess maybe that’s why they send death knights. I hope he’ll agree to come back, we all like him and miss him. If nothing else, he should come back for Pancat. The guys talk about Des and Vellira a lot, which I can understand. It just makes me miss you more though. The worst is at night when it’s cold, and I wish you were there to warm me. I wonder whether you’re too cold at home, and if you’re worried about me. Is Snowflake okay? I hope she’s eating for you and doesn’t miss me too much. I’m not really sure if a moth can miss someone, but you never know. It’s winter so her body slows down and she eats less, so she needs to eat higher quality food. Pero talks a lot about the dragonhawk he’s going to get. I am sure he’ll have lots of questions for you about training. Are the recruits still driving you crazy? I kept thinking of good lines while we were hiking but I didn’t write them down so I forgot them. Just imagine I’m saying them. I miss you.

Love,
Lin

[Story] Transmissions

[[ Just some short SWTOR stuff, letters between Mr Hare’s Smuggler and my Jedi. Hopefully leading into a storyline! ]]

XXXXXEncrypted MessageXXXXX
Origin: Unknown

Zamarra;

I got in touch with one of my contacts, and being as small a galaxy it is, she knew your brother.  She didn’t have much to say, but the last she had seen him was on Alderaan.  He was researching (what exactly she didn’t know, or at least didn’t tell me).  This was close to when Zakuul invaded, so it was a while ago.  Fortunately it appears he left before there were any hostilities, and he was in sound health when she last saw him.  At least that was some good news, though it is old.

I will be of the grid for a while.  Apparently asking around about your brother brought on a bit of heat.  Kind of need to disappear, for a week or two…maybe three.

Please be careful, not sure what all is going on, but I don’t want you in any trouble.  Kind of care about you, ya know?

Kif

XXXXXEnd MessageXXXXX

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Greetings Kif,

What do you mean, some trouble? What sort of things has he gotten mixed up in? What was he doing on Alderaan? I have so many questions. I am relieved that he is alive — or he was, at least. I like to believe that I would feel it if he wasn’t, I know it’s possible when there is a strong bond between people. But we’ve been apart more than we’ve been together, all of those years. It seems so unfair to find him only to lose him again. Did your contact see anyone with him? Any of his crew, or apprentice?

I hope this message will reach you before you go dark. If not, it will be waiting and you know where I can be found. I wish I could say that I could continue my studies in the meantime, but I expect I will be too distracted for that, so perhaps meditations would help. You never know, maybe they would help you as well.

Your friend,
~Zamarra

[OOC] Why I’m not Excited for Legion

I thought I’d write down all my potential issues with the Legion expansion so, like I did with garrisons so I can come back 6 months after launch and be like “I told you so“.  In all honesty, I’d rather just skip it entirely but I do enjoy raiding with my various teams and I’d like to keep doing that. I’m just not sure if it’s enough to offset all my apprehensions.

Artifact weapons – Are cool in concept, I guess, though I still have issue with major lore weapons being given to players. No, the main reason I’m worried about them is they are yet another legendary cloak/ring grind that will make alts and off-specs difficult. “Oh there are catch up mechanics!” they say, well the ring has them too, do you want to know how many rings I have? One. The grind is just way too much, even with the bonus, not to mention the atrocious shipyard steps. Worse, most of the artifacts are just plain boring looking, no better than random greens or dungeon blues. Yeah, you can get a different skin, but if you’re a BM hunter (as mine are) for example, you are stuck with a gun unless you transmog it — which kind of defeats the whole idea of legendary weapons. Similarly, as a resto druid my weapon is a staff. If I want to use a mainhand and offhand I can’t, for the entire duration of the expansion. An RPG should never be about removing choice from the player.

Class halls – Yet another incarnation of the terrible garrison. I don’t want to hang around with a bunch of Horde druids, I don’t want to have followers, and I certainly don’t want to be “class leader”. What happened to the days when we were just nameless heroes in our capital? I’m also still really unhappy about rogues being shoved into the sewer, I may not play my rogue often but that alone is enough to make me shelf him for the duration of Legion.

No flying at launch – You’d think they would have learned their lesson on this one, but nope. Flying will be earned through an achievement, but not actually switched on until a later patch. Who knows when that will be. I have no problem “earning” flying (though we never had to before), but it should be obtainable on day one. I should not have to wait months and months for Blizzard to decide when I’m able to fly.

Class changes (and lack thereof) – I’m not really down with Blizzard’s new “class fantasy” buzzword, because they are the one dictating what the class is now about. I guess the biggest example would be my BM hunters. They’re now going to basically have Stampede up all the time, a gaggle of random un-named, uncontrollable wild pets. Need to stop DPS on a target? Sorry you can’t! In my mind, Beast Mastery suggests a strong bond between one pet and the hunter, perhaps it’s a “superpet” that offers buffs to the owner and raid — like they do now, but improved. Or maybe there are various moves that the hunter and pet can do together. I don’t know, they’re the ones paid to come up with this stuff. I also really dislike where they’re taking Combat rogues, oh sorry, “Outlaw”. As a name, Outlaw doesn’t make any more sense than combat, aren’t all rogues outlaws? I’ve always loved my rogue for RP but hated actually playing him, and I’d hoped the class overhaul would actually change that, but it seems like all they’re getting is stealth moves and poisons removed, and one quasi-ranged attack with phantom pistols. That’s… really not what I had in mind. Blizzard is the only game I’ve played that completely changes classes so often, seemingly just for the sake of changing them. I guess some would argue it keeps things from getting boring, but when you fundamentally change the way a class has played for years, you also risk alienating all of the players who formerly enjoyed it. They might be okay with it, or they might switch characters, or they might just quit outright. It doesn’t seem like a good policy considering how the last 6 months have gone. In SWTOR, I can pick up my Trooper 6 months later, and she still plays almost exactly the same.  Similarly, I’d hoped they would do something major with Mage, but… I didn’t really see any changes at all.

Just so it’s not totally negative though, there are a couple classes I am curious to try out. Demonology warlock is one, I was never a fan of the Metamorphosis mechanic and now that it’s gone I might enjoy the spec more. Mistweaver monk is another, while I’m bummed about the loss of fistweaving, having them no longer use chi will hopefully make their gameplay simpler. I’d love to have a healer alt for LFR or whatnot again.

Dungeon grinding – I don’t play Diablo 3, but apparently this is a thing there. Well, I played through the storyline once, and then never touched it again, because repeating the same thing hundreds of times over isn’t remotely fun for me. So now it’s getting put into WoW. I guess that’s good for those who enjoy it, but it doesn’t sound like fun to me. Especially if the dungeons are as bad as Warlords’ were. If I’m doing a dungeon, it’s because I am bored or need the reward, and I don’t want to spend a lot of time wiping or messing around in there. Making it more difficult every time? That’s what raids are for.

 

[Screenshots] SWTOR – Sith Warrior

I’ve been leveling a baby Sith Warrior a lot lately, I made him a Cathar (cat person) which really doesn’t make any lore sense but I like them so whatever. His storyline is one that changes depending on your Dark or Light alignment, so I’ve been playing him as full Light and so far I’ve enjoyed it a lot. It helps that Vette is probably my favorite Imperial companion, and with the companion changes she can run around with him all the time.

Here’s a bunch of screenshots of him and his various adventures, some of these I took for reference for drawing. I’m so happy he has real armor instead of those awful bathrobe pajamas he was rocking for a few levels there.