- During the last few hours of the open beta, Phaelia was level 12 and fishing in the lake in Moonglade. I pulled up a Golden Pearl which sold for a whole GOLD to the vendor. I used the proceeds from my find to buy a dress and some flowers so I’d “go out in style.”
- Back when Scholomance could be raided with up to 40 people, I was there with my first guild. In the last room with the balconies overlooking where Darkmaster Gandling eventually spawns, we were standing outside of the room with the ridiculous number of skeletons historically used by Paladins to pad the DPS meters. I had a cosmopolitan (cranberry juice and vodka) sitting beside my keyboard and, in the process of standing up from my desk, my leg bumped the keyboard tray, pushing it into my desk and knocking over my drink. Frantically trying to mop up the mess, I must have hit the autorun button on my mouse because before I knew it, I was charging into the room alone. I’m pretty sure we wiped.
- I’m sure that most Druids would agree that one of their most memorable moments was turning level 68 and training Flight Form. Flying was (and still is) one of my favorite things in Warcraft. And the feeling of freedom from insta-cast Swift Flight Form is far better than the casting-time based mounts that other players get. They can’t jump off of Aldor Terrace and shift halfway down (just make sure you don’t shift into Tree form like I did earlier this week).
- During my single season as a “hardcore” Arena player, my husband and I played a 2v2 game against a 2-Rogue team. Now, I know that some people say Druids are OP in Arenas (and they must have been for me to be able to reach 1915, to be honest), but that doesn’t mean that playing one isn’t incredibly stressful. Melees were the worst for me. I hated the feeling that someone was trying to kill me/not letting me heal my partner (yeah, I was definitely not cut out for PvP). Anyway so we play this 2 Rogue team and I’m terrified. Despite this, I think I played my best Arena game ever, keeping away from both Rogues, keeping Abolish Poison on both me and Mr. Phae, and rolling HoTs at the same time. When we won, we got 28 points from them, which means they were much higher rated than we were. I have to keep telling myself that they weren’t the alternates on a “farm team.”
- Phaelia is a Tailor/Leatherworker. I was one of the first players on my server to craft the Primal Mooncloth set. I remember sinking 800 gold or so into buying enough cloth to craft the belt (I made the robe first) so that I could complete the set bonus. Putting all three pieces on was a huge accomplishment and set me belt and shoulders above most of my guildmates at the time.
- For weeks, I diligently did the Daily Fishing Quest, hoping to get one of the cute little baby crocodiles (I’m from Louisiana originally, so it has sentimental value as well as matching my robe). I was beginning to get really discouraged as day after day I got the same junk: hooks, elixirs of water walking, and the occasional fishing knife. One Friday afternoon, though, Valenna was over to play poker with Mr. Phae. I turned in my quest, asked him to cross his fingers (which he did), and lo and behold out came Toothy! Now if only he could help me get a Fishing Hat!
- Like many guilds, Aegis Hestia stalled out on the Gruul encounter since it was really the first raid we tried in 25-man progression. I think we probably worked on him for 6 weeks before finally downing him, so that first victory was extra sweet.
- My very first non-combat pet was the White Kitten, given to me by my good friend, Fikus. I guess he camped Lil Timmy, Boy with Kittens enough times to get kittens for several friends. “The Abominable Snowball” is still in my bank’s kennel and retains her sentimental value.
- I got my introduction to MMOs in EverQuest, playing for five years as a Ranger (ouch). My limited experience with healing in an MMO came in the form of raiding with Clerics. The raid content in EverQuest 1 was relatively shallow, with corps of clerics dedicated to casting their Complete Heal spell in regular intervals. So that other Clerics could keep track of their place in line, they would make simple macros like:
/rsay ~* Casting COMPLETE HEAL on %t ~~ 10k HP in X seconds! Primadonna, you’re up next!! *~
/cast Complete Heal
When I first started instancing with my friends, I made similar macros for all my heals:
/p Incoming Healing Touch on %t!! 500 hp in 3 seconds!
I was promptly informed (by Valenna) that this was annoying and that if I didn’t stop, he would put me on ignore.
- Last month I was standing outside of the Magister’s Terrace instance, waiting for my group to do whatever it is that group’s find to do while you’re waiting at the summoning stone and some random person of some random class came up to me and said, “/cheer I love your blog!” That made my whole evening.
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