June 3rd, 2010


I'm talking about WoW again.

I now have two characters with Loremaster.

Wait, wait, it's not as insane as it sounds. (yes, it's still insane, just not 'as')

See, I got Loremaster on Aydena (an 'old skool' character, in that she was 60 before Burning Crusade came out, even if I was about a year late getting to this party) first and I had to fight for the last ~20 Kalimdor quests. I thought I would never do that again... but well, that's what most women say about child birth, so....

Anyway. Nadira is a Blood Elf paladin, which mean, perforce, she was created after Burning Crusade came out. She also didn't get leveled for a long time, as I had other things to do, like level Aydena.

Then Blizz changed some things about the way rep is earned and I was curious: Aydena's rep with the Horde was abysmal - she wasn't exalted with anyone. I wanted to know if the rep changes would have had an effect on that, so I started running little Nadira though ALL the noob quests. Then all the mid level quests and.. I think you get the point. In the end she was ~50 short for Loremaster of Eastern Kingdoms and ~250 short for Loremaster of Kalimdor.

She was also exalted with the entire Horde before she hit 50. :P

A month or so ago I really noticed just how close Nadira was to Loremaster and it started niggling at me until I gave in and just gave it a try.

And, darn it if it wasn't easier! She's still got at least 10 more Kalimor quests I could finish up very easily. If I really looked, I am pretty sure I could find several (if not many) more.

Oddest thing - I remember very few instance-based quests counting toward Loremaster while workign on it for Aydena, but for Nadira quite a few did, including all the Maraudon quests. Makes me wonder if they didn't tweak things a bit after Aydena clawed her way to Loremaster.

But I think I am done with that particular compulsion...

until Cataclysm comes out. :P

Can't sleep, therefore I post.

Or maybe I just can't sleep because I have posts running round and round in my head.

Anyone remember a meme that asked for 'a song that reminds me of you'? Well, I never could get into that one because songs never remind me of real people.

But they do occasionally remind me of fictional people. Or vice versa.


Way back when Bananarama's version of 'Venus' was on the radio I read (if I remember correctly) a book called Satyrday which had the following character -

She was immortal and lived on a mountain (Goddess on a mountain top)
She spend most of her time in the form of a silver fox (Burning like a silver flame)
But she was, in fact, a nymph (the summit of beauty and love)
And she was called Vera (And Venus was her name)

No, not a perfect match, but close enough to catch my imagination.

Then there is Sarah McLachlan's Fallen which struck me as describing most all the major characters in GRRM's Song of Ice and Fire series.

Most recently it was the Cruxshadow's Eye of the Storm that reminded me forcefully of Ista from Lois McMaster Bujold's Paladin of Souls. So forcefully, in fact, it brought tears to my eyes (but that could have just been PMS.)

"If you find the courage within you
To face the path ahead
It matters not the outcome
If what you will gain instead
Is a heart deepened in the knowing
That experience guards the soul
And the very thing that empties you
Shall surely make you whole
Where the silent voices whisper
Find the course that is your own
And however great the obstacle
You will never be alone
For I have watched the path of angels
And I have heard the heavens roar
There is strife within the tempest
But calm in the eye of the storm "