Wednesday, December 13, 2006
A note: I added a bunch of screenshots (what they call Pictures that you take while in WoW) from my experiences around Azeroth, but none (except the ones I refer to) have anything to do with what I am currently talking about.
I started on a Normal realm. A few weeks later Alec also got an account, and played mainly with me, but I was a bit higher than him. I had a Nightelf Druid character, and he had a Dwarf Hunter. Once I reached around level 32 or so, I got extremely bored... it was like any other game. You level up 'til you get really high, and then feel good about yourself. That wasn't exactly good enough for me... I wanted something more to the game. I didn't have many friends that played it yet, either.
What I had normally done with other games (Final Fantasy Eleven (FFXI) and Guild Wars (GW)), I would play around with my friends, get pretty outfits, and play 'house.' Sure, call me a nerd, but we did in fact play house. We would pretend we were part of that world, and act out a storyline. It was amazing, finding out what we could make up and play out! Later, discovered this was a common way to play a game. It was called RolePlaying (RPing). I remembered once that I read about a RPing realm on WoW, but it sounded a bit too serious for me... where you could get banned if you didn't RP - which turned out to be an utter exaggeration... it is true you can be banned, but you have to be running around with your character in their undies, screaming vulgar and/or sexual things.
Yes, I tried it out. I made a Human Priest on a realm called Argent Dawn. I thought I'd try a Human, because I didn't know all of the Lore for Elves. (Lore, by the way, would mean the backstory, and history. There is a lot of Lore throughout World of Warcraft, from how the Gnomes lost their beloved Gnomeregan, and the Dwarves took them in to live in Ironforge; to how the Elves lost their immortal life, once the Tree of Life was destroyed; to even how the continents were split, because of the High Elves! Okay, I'll stop my rant there...) So, I didn't know the Lore for Elves, I decided to go with Humans. Their Lore is a lot harder to memorize than I first thought, as well... having to figure out how Arthas went evil, and Uther... uh, did something. Like I said, I'm not good with any Lore, at all.
But, since I was a level five, people understood that I didn't know all of the Lore, and not a lot of people went that far into it, with me; thank Elune! ...speaking of Elune, she is the Moon Goddess, whom the Nightelves worship. There is a lot of racism and politics in WoW, too! For the RPers, that is. The Humans worship the Light, but since the Nightelves chose a different Goddess to follow, there is a lot of prejudice between the two races. They fight often between which is better, like any other religion.
Okay, back to the Roleplaying! I soon discovered I like Nightelves a lot better, and I'm better at them. My favorite (and main) character, at the moment, is named DestinyCloud Skye Ser'Haltha (but you'd only see Destinycloud over my head). I have blood two sisters IC (in character) Essabella Skye, and Eylie Skye. Eylie died, and Essabella disappeared. Now I have two adopted sisters; Celiia Wood, and Catwyn Ser'Haltha. How I now RP may not be the most popular to the people, but I have the most fun. It's casual RPing, that never goes that deep, and can always be free, and fun! I don't go that far into Lore, which is best. Destiny can almost always be seen with Celiia and Bettaevin, and a few others that can casually be seen around me, as well; Dake, Aienas, Teajay, Ulbh, Ghodfrey, (and in some situations) Gloond.
This is Destiny (above). I have about eleven outfits, and that's including my battle armor... but most of it has terrible stats and armor, but looks awesome! Going from cool, to slick, to cute, to sexy, to anything else.
This is Celiia (above), Destiny's (and my) best friend.
I never really RP romantically or anything in that cadegory, but comfortable and casual. And now for Destiny's personality:
She is nothing like the typical statuesque, elegant, graceful Elves. She is a klutzy, drinking, short-tempered woman, who loves to have a good time. She points out any obvious cliches she can find (which happen to be a lot, because she always hang out around Goldshire). If you want a brief on her personality, here are the lyrics for her perfect theme song; Bitch, by Meredith Brooks.
I hate the world today
You're so good to me
I know but I can't change
Tried to tell you
But you look at me like maybe
I'm an angel underneath
Innocent and sweet
Yesterday I cried
Must have been relieved to see
The softer side
I can understand how you'd be so confused
I don't envy you
I'm a little bit of everything
All rolled into one
I'm a bitch, I'm a lover
I'm a child, I'm a mother
I'm a sinner, I'm a saint
I do not feel ashamed
I'm your hell, I'm your dream
I'm nothing in between
You know you wouldn't want it any other way
So take me as I am
This may mean
You'll have to be a stronger man
Rest assured that
When I start to make you nervous
And I'm going to extremes
Tomorrow I will change
And today won't mean a thing
Just when you think, you got me figured out
The season's already changing
I think it's cool, you do what you do
And don't try to save me
ChorusI'm a bitch, I'm a tease
I'm a goddess on my knees
When you hurt, when you suffer
I'm your angel undercover
I've been numb, I'm revived
Can't say I'm not alive
You know I wouldn't want it any other way
The only difference is Destiny is all of that, and everything inbetween. She has a dry humor, can be straightforward, and is extremely frank; while she's also wild, strange, quirky, crazy, and fun. Destiny has gone through many experiences and trials (that I have acted her through, while each and every reaction depends on how I think a girl like her would respond). She has comforted her friend after being hurt (physically and mentally), has been hurt herself, grieved for lost friends and family, etc.
But, this is all happening and going on in the World of Warcraft world. I also RP in another world; WoW RP forums. This is where I RP with people through detailed stories. Think of a popcorn story, with extremely thorough writers. Some of the RPs there are Open RPs, where anyone can join in that thread, and post. Some are Sign-up RPs, where you sign yourself up before you can RP. Most of these Sign-up RPs lead to RP threads that are Closed. You cannot RP in this thread, unless you have signed up; and if the sign-up is closed, you are not allowed to RP there at all. For some sign-up threads, they have to accept you... for others, they just want to make sure there aren't too many people; and finally, some people just want to know a bit about your character and the person you play before you join. One of the RP threads I signed up for required me to offer a Writing Sample. This is what I wrote off the top of my head for it:
Something was there. She knew it there was. It teasingly tugged at her being, yet she denied. Phia rolled relentlessly in her bed, the sheets wrapping around her legs and tangling her in their warm grasps. "No!" she shouted helplessly, but no one answered. Her eyelids were tightly closed, yet her eyes wandered aimlessly beneath them. Her hands gripped the pillow that her head gently lay upon.
Phia submissively opened her eyes and sat up, staring at the door across the room from her. An eerie silence fell over the room as a cool breeze blew into the bedroom through an open window, making her brunette hair drift back and forth with it. Phia shivered, but dared not break the trance it had pulled her into. It wouldn't allow her to look away. It beckoned her over to it; she resisted, even though her soul begged and pleaded to go. Exhaustion was taking its toll on her. She would never be able to sleep until she fell to the door's will, yet she knew she would never sleep again, if she did. "You took her from me... why should I trust you...?" Phia asked coldly.
A raven flew close and perched onto the windowsill, cocked its head to the side, and stared at the Human with beady eyes. It cawed and flapped its wings, before settling its body down completely.
Phia wrenched the sheets from her legs and stood herself up with defiance. She continued staring forward, as if she were in a silent duel with this oaken door. She gritted her teeth and took a slow step forward. The floor boards below her creaked as she made the movement, yet her eyes did not waver. She took another step towards it, extending her arm. Once she reached it, she firmly gripped the doorknob and twisted it, pulling the door open, and staring into an inky darkness. It is time... hissed a voice, coming from the depths of the darkness.
Phia inhaled a deeply as tears formed in her eyes, "Do you promise I may see her...?" Yes... you may... now, come to me, replied the voice. Phia closed her eyes submissively, tears overflowed, streaming down her cheeks and dripping off her chin. She stepped into the darkness, allowing herself to be absorbed, and disappear.
Once her form had completely vanished, the raven lifted itself and flew out the window. The raven screeched as it flew through the night.
If you were to listen to the common darkness found anywhere, you can hear it faintly hissing, and whispering seductively to any willing - and many reluctant - ears. If you were only to listen.
Again, I wrote that off the top of my head, without much thought... so please keep that in mind; if I were to think about it a bit more, I could probably make it better, but oh well.
Okay, and that's all I have to say, for now! Thank ya!