[Screenshots] 30 Days of WoW: Day 30 — Your main (Armory link & screenshot)?

I’ve mentioned him before in these posts, but Ornasse is who I consider my main.

It is tough because I’m very attached to many (most) of my characters. Marjolaine in particular I have a lot of fun with, I’ve always loved hunters but she was the one who motivated me to gear up enough to be raid-ready. Vajarra was my main during BC and Wrath, though Ornasse was always a close second, and did a lot of the stuff she did (PVP, dungeons).  Her twin sister Vassanta is very important to me, story-wise, though I can’t play Warrior 😉

Ornasse started life as a female, though he had a different name. I already had my female Tauren druid, but I finally rolled a second druid when I decided I liked Alliance better. I couldn’t stand The Bounce and the female night elf cast animations — the standing on one foot pose in particular. I tried making a male instead, and I found his giant floppy ears adorable, and their voices are amazingly sexy. And of course, in hindsight, druids are supposed to be male, so it turned out for the better! I love the druid class and I love male night elves, I couldn’t see myself ever switching mains again. Plus, he’s way ahead on achievements compared to everyone else!

[Screenshots] 30 Days of WoW: Day 29 — Something you worked really hard to get.

Well, I have the world’s worst luck with random drops, so I can’t count all the mounts that haven’t dropped for me. I guess I’ll pick the Violet Proto-Drake, though it wasn’t really hard work so much as taking a lot of time. In the screenshot, I’m also wearing Loremaster, which likewise, I worked a very long time on. I still wouldn’t call it hard work though!

Honorable mention would go to the Dragonwrath that I helped my raid group get, and Fandral’s Flamescythe — took a lot of kills to get that. But by that measurement, the Dragon Soul trinket that won’t drop for me I’ve worked harder for… and still don’t have.

[Screenshots/Art] 30 Days of WoW: Day 28 — Your favorite and least-favorite boss?

My favorite boss for sheer awesomeness would have to be Illidan Stormrage.

I also really like Sartharion, mostly because I think he has a great voice actor. Plus, when he was current, Sarth plus 3 drakes on 10 man was arguably the hardest boss in the game. I never managed to get him down then, but I still like paying him a visit for the free mounts nowadays.

Such flammable little insects!

Such flammable little insects!

I also have to mention Shade of Aran. I’m not sure why I like this sad old mage ghost so much, but I do. It’s a combination of his great lines and voice acting, and memories of running Karazhan every week with my guild at the time. I remember we had to work to get above 10k health to survive his fight!

I must not move when Flame Wreath is cast.

I must not move when Flame Wreath is cast.

My unfavorite boss? Heigan the Unclean. While the fight is easy in theory, a combination of lag and fail ensured that I died. Every. Time. I would actually start to sweat when we were coming up on him. When I joined Naxx pugs, I made sure they were past his wing, or not doing it. I hate you, Heigan.

No no no no no no no

No no no no no no no

Honorable mention goes to Ragnaros (Firelands version). I don’t actually hate him, it’s just that our raid team spent over a month banging our heads against him. He’s still harder than Deathwing, since he hasn’t been nerfed and still requires careful attention on everyone’s part.

This is MY realm!

This is MY realm!

[Screenshots] 30 Days of WoW: Day 27 — Your titles (choose one character).

Oh, okay.

Currently wearing: Avenger of Hyjal.

[OOC] 30 Days of WoW: Day 26 — List your characters and their levels.

Okay, there’s no way I’m going to list them ALL, and for the sake of this post I’m not going to count anything below level 20.

Instead of listing every alt, I thought I’d do some relevant stats:

15 at level 85.
6 Druids.
10 Hunters.
5 Worgens.
9 Draenei.
5 Blood Elves.
1 sad, lonely Troll.
12 Night Elves (honestly, I thought I had more.) Only 2 of those are female.
0 Humans, Orcs, or Goblins.

Boys vs. Girls? 24 males, 18 females.
Alliance vs. Horde? 28 Alliance, 14 Horde.

[Screenshots] 30 Days of WoW: Day 25 — Who do you play with?

Mostly I play with my amazing and creative RP buddies, Jae, Phaa, and my fiance — who mostly is doing the Jedi thing these days, but still helps me with storylines. It’s beyond awesome to have people to write long, on-going storylines with, something that’s been absent for a lot of my RP time.

For PVE and gamey stuff, my fantastic and awesome guild, Gingersnap. I’ve been in a fair number of guilds, and this one is by far the best fit (more about that in a separate post, stay tuned!). Right after Cata launched, we applied and were accepted and through them I have met so many great people. It’s been so fun raiding and doing dungeons and just messing around with them.

Cookies 4 Lyfe

Cookies 4 Lyfe

[Screenshots] 30 Days of WoW: Day 24 — Your favorite screenshot.

Man, this was hard. I have a lot of really great ones with a lot of memories attached. In the end I picked this simple portrait of Ornasse at the Dream Portal in Duskwood.

And if we’re talking favorite screenshot of all time? That would have to be Sten’s Photobomb.

"What? Why are you looking at me like that? Is something behind me?"

"What? Why are you looking at me like that? Is something behind me?"

[OOC] 30 Days of WoW: Day 23 — The longest you’ve gone without playing?

I’ve actually never let my subscription lapse, in 6 years. I came very close to quitting twice, both times in Wrath. The first was right after Wrath launched, when I was embroiled in some nasty guild drama and just generally unhappy with the way the game was going. I switched servers and drastically improved my interest in the game… until our raiding group got stuck in ICC and fell apart. That was right near the end, and I picked up LOTRO instead, though I never actually canceled. I still logged into WoW now and then, but for a period of about 6 months, I didn’t really play other than leveling alts and doing holiday-related stuff.

So I guess the actual answer would be a week or so. Not long, I know! Kind of hard to believe that I’ve played this long and not yet got bored with it. A very large part of that is RP, if I wasn’t RPing, the game wouldn’t hold my interest nearly as well as it does.

[Screenshots] 30 Days of WoW: Day 22 — Your non-combat pets.

I’m glad the question didn’t ask which one is my favorite. I couldn’t possibly choose. Though I’m an altoholic, fortunately I had the foresight to designate just one “pet collector”, and that was Ornasse. (Because he’s a druid, and druids love animals!) As of this post, he has 179 mini-pets.

I can pick a handful of favorites though: The Emerald Whelpling, which I finally broke down and bought (for 250 gold) because I wanted it for him so badly. The Sprite Darter, back when it was Alliance exclusive, was one of the first pets I got when I switched to Alliance. The Celestial Dragon, because it’s beautiful and shows I’m a pet collector! Lil’ Tarecgosa, because I was there to help my guild earn it. Mr. Pinchy, because he eluded me for so long, and he’s fun to get out when there’s a fish feast down!

[Screenshots] 30 Days of WoW: Day 21 — Your favorite battleground?

No contest, Alterac Valley. Somewhere I have a screenshot of Ivus on the Field of Strife, but I couldn’t find it, so here’s Vajarra guarding the bridge with a shaman instead.

AV is the bomb. Back in Vanilla, if you weren’t in one of the huge major raiding guilds, pretty much all there was to do at 60 was Scholo/Strat… or PVP. I soon discovered the fun of holy Pally PVP healing, and spent most of my evenings in here. Back then, you often had to wait a really long time for a game because it was just on your own server. The games would last for hours sometimes, and there really was a feeling of battling over territory unlike any of the other battlegrounds. Like most people, I do wish they’d bring back the “old” AV so it would last longer, though I still enjoy it far above the others. But in its current state, it’s pretty much just an efficient honor farm for lesser-geared characters. Not that I mind… during AV Call to Arms I can get pretty close to gearing up one character. It’s coming up again very soon so I need to decide who’s going this time!

I’ve even done a few on my Horde mage. The inevitable rage in battleground chat is amusing. I will say that those Alliance archers do hit very hard — but that’s the point of having two different strategies. Horde still haven’t figured that out, apparently 🙂