I know I shouldn’t love any of my vanity pets more than others, but I have to admit it: I do have my favorites. here are my top 5 favorite vanity pets, not in order because I really can’t rank them:
Spectral Tiger Cub. I wanted this guy ever sine I saw him previewed on a TCG promo back in the day. This little guy also wins the prize for being least expected birthay present ever.
Hippogryph Hatchling. This was my first ever super rare vanity pet. I’d received a box of the TCG cards as a gift from my SO after a particularly tough week traveling for work, and this loot card was in it. Totally unexpected and so adorable. I was totally annoyed when a vanilla WoW guild mate’s boyfriend bought her one of the cards off eBay after she’d admired mine in our raids.
Wind Rider Cub. Yet another awesome present from my SO. He is so adorable, and I love it when he flies along behnid me.
Singing Sunflower. It’s so nice to be out in the middle of nowhere and have this little pet start singing to you. You’re never lonely in Azeroth with this little lady by your side.
Moonkin Hatchling. I whined and pined and dreamt of having a mini me for my boomkin. And then this year, our dreams came true with the adorable moonkin baby! I seriously stood around in Dalaran dancing with this little cutey for a solid half hour after getting him in the mail.
This weekend on twitter, I noticed a certain someone using the tag #ThemeSongsForWoWClasses. And it got me to thinking, if my favorite WoW characters had theme songs, what should/would they be? Of course, upon close inspection, almost all of my characters are actually named after the musical inspiration I had in mind when I created them. All except for Anexxia that is.
Anexxia WHAT SONG: Silent Hedges by Bauhaus. WHY? Too many reasons. First of all, she adores Peter Murphy. Because he is an amazing singer, whose songs encompass her many moods. The song not only sets the dark and moody scene for her explorations of Azeroth…the words speak to her as well: Looking into purple eyes / Sadness at the corners / Works of art with a minimum of steel.
What would your primary character’s theme song be?
Psychocandy was born at the start of January 2006. She was my very first WoW character, and my main up until Spring of last year.
Did I mention that I actually leveled her as a healer? Yes, I did that becasue I wanted to ensure I understood the healing role and would be ready to jump into main healing 5 mans and raids once she hit 60.
I’d already had the raiding bug from the moment I rolled her, thanks to watching my SO raid ZG every week for several months. This is how my level 58 self ended up in Molten Core, healing.
I wasn’t a maxed out restoration druid though. Up until Patch 3.0 I had a hybrid build of my own design (not the somewhat more common Dreamstate druid build.) I was never ever a tree. I was a crazy regrowth spamming caster lady. And I kicked everyone’s butt in the healing department. 🙂
With Patch 3.0 I went Boomkin. I’d flirted with it earlier in BC, and after the changes to restoration healing made tree pretty much mandatory for performing well, it seemed like a good idea to make that swap. And once you start boomkin dancing, it’s hard to go back…
BONUS: My character’s name is Psychocandy. You may call her Candy for short. No, you may not call her Psycho. She’s named after a song. Go listen to it.
Next time: Anexxia gets the trip down memory lane.
This year, Blizzcon falls during my sabbatical. Which meant attending Blizzcon was finally possible (we are usually really busy at work during Blizzcon) and would have been a great excuse to visit friends in Southern California to boot.
But it was not meant to be.
Wednesday night, I was 4250 or so in queue, and got the sold out page when I hit the 500 mark in line. Today? 8500 or so in queue.
I was looking forward to having a chance to meet up with some of my favorite WoW tweeps and bloggers. And to participate in a celebration of the game that I love and have been playing for 4 1/2 years now (!) Oh well. At least we gave it a good try.
Tempting to head down there that weekend anyhow, since it would be a great chance to meet folks, but not sure it would be super fun to hear about what a great time everyone else had at the Con when I couldn’t actually attend, ya know? Might try to see if folks are coming out a few days before and plan a meetup then. Or something.
Also, I hope those eBay scalpers enjoy being reported by my more vigilante tweeps!
Now, back to leveling the DK’s mining! She’s almost to 300 now (in a late burst of speed the iMac made it back to me last night). I refuse to take her to Outland until she can mine the Fel Iron. RAWR!
I know it’s turning up on many folks’ worst lists but I have loved the Undercity since my first trip there as a very wee undead priest back in the day.
I love the overall Tim Burtonesque feel as I wander through the halls. I love that it’s on a circular grid, making it easier to get to where you are going than Orgrimmar for instance.
It’s a place that feels truly entrenched in the lore. Much like the Plage Lands. One of my favorite plague quests sends you back to talk to Royal Overseer Bauhaus(squee for a shout out to one of my favorite bands ever), the census taker, to try to find a restless ghost’s next of kin, who turns out to be the poor sad cockroach vendor, Jeremiah.
Add to it the subbasement level headquarters of the Royal Apothecary Society, and you have a city that truly feels like a perfect home for my forsaken ladies.
A few things about the Undercity that you might not know, as noted in its WOWiki page:
There are portions of the Undercity where effects from Warcraft III were deliberately inserted into the game as ambient sounds. These areas are the throne room, the hallway directly outside of it, and even the bell tower located just at its entrance. Near the bell, you will hear the churchbells ringing when Arthas returns to Lordaeron before he becomes a death knight.
In the hall before the throne room, there are still scattered rose petals on the cobblestones from Arthas’ return.
In the throne room itself, a slight trail of blood — from when Terenas’ crown rolled on the floor after Arthas murdered him — can be seen near the throne. What is most chilling is that the room echoes with Arthas’ own voice saying the words, “Succeeding you, father,” his words before he murdered his own father.
My only complaints are that it could really use a good tavern in the vein of Gallow’s End tavern, and my poor Troll and Tauren have to dismount to use the elevator. But these are small complaints. I hope the Cataclysm changes are kind to my beloved home city.
Alliance side, Stormwind City has long held my heart, despite my not playing any humans.
I love the many fishing spots along the canals, and wandering through the shops. The main bank/inn/auction house area is nice and compact. Folks always seemed to prefer Ironforge as a hub, but I love Stormwind for feeling like a city in which people actually lived, and worked, and sat around drinking beer with their buddies. You can stroll through the park, admire ships at the harbor, browse through the royal library and art gallery, or generally lose yourself in your character’s thought here.
Of all the places in the game, to me, this feels most like a real thriving capital city.
After writing this I am struck by the fact that my two favorite cities in WoW are those with canals. I guess my love for Venice, Italy is showing through here.
I don’t want to spend a bunch of time on the worst towns, but will say these are the major cities I avoid when possible:
Darnassus. Everything is too spread out. It used to enrage me on my first toon, a druid, to run from the AH to the mailbox all the way at the bank and back again.
Exodar. I made my Draeni hustle themselves to Ironforge or Stormwind at the first opportunity. Nothing about this place made e want to stop and stay a while.
Thunder Bluff. I have wasted hours trying to get to the prairie dog vendor. Or to find anyone/anything here. The multi-levels always vex me. I’ve also never died from falling off from cliffs anywhere else.
Ever since the first time one of those shiny yellow potions in the Dalaran sewers transformed me into a Tuskarr, increasing my fishing abilities and making me have an urge to say “UrrrrAWWWRRRRGGG”, I’ve wanted to be a Tuskarr for more than 10 minutes at a time.