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History of the Silverleaf Brothers


Between World of Warcraft and my story, Era of Unificaton, there is a lot different between the Silverleaf Brother’s histories. However, I pretty much took the history from Era of Unification, and used it as a precursor as to what happened in the world in World of Warcraft. I made a post on the guild forums about the history behind those three characters, and it seemed to be touching for Bekka, and asked that I leave a disclaimer next time. That made me chuckle, but now has me interested again in exploring the history behind these three characters once more.

Through the forest, he crept. The rustling of the bushes would draw the attention to him, but he didn’t care. He was determined to not be late, yet still evade sight if he could. Eventually, he would emerge from the bushes, at the edge of the mountainside. He would dust his robes off, and look around him. No one around, and so, he smiled. Istalindir had been sneaking around for some time. The parents of the Silverleaf family had always been very particular about the paths their children took. They were of high nobility, protectors of royalty, and they had to display themselves properly. Dorenduil, the youngest brother, caught flak for choosing to go to Capital City and practice in being a Paladin. This displeased their parents, and there was no end to it. Istalindir had fallen in love with one of the women who studied with Dorenduil, a woman named Valaya Goldendawn. He didn’t wish to incur similar ‘wrath’ from his parents, so he kept his relationship with her a secret. On this particular day, Valaya was returning to Capital City to continue her training, and Istalindir was heading to Dalaran, for the same purpose.

“There you are!” she shouted.

Istalindir ran to her, scooped her up in his arms, and lifted her off the ground. Or, at least, that was how it played out in his head. Instead, he attempted to, and nearly threw out his back, and had to set her down quickly.

“How do you walk around in that armor!?”

Valaya giggled, and patted Istalindir on the shoulder before leaning up on her tip-toes, to kiss him on the lips. The two caught up, and enjoyed what little time they had together, on their journeys to and from Silvermoon City. It wasn’t often, as their stints of training would last for months, and they’d get to see each-other for short periods between those sessions. This particular night, would be far different then the other times.

“I have to admit, I’m growing weary of these short visits. And your daughter, she doesn’t even know you! She sees so little of you.”

“I know Valaya, but my parents would never approve of us, and while it wouldn’t change anything between us, I’d rather spare you the stress of having to deal with them. I have no choice, but you don’t have to. Once our training is through though, We can get our own home, and not have to hide any longer. We’ll have all the time in the world. We could live off the shores of Quel’Danas, or even head to Quel’Danil.”

Valaya nodded, though silence would stretch between them. They would keep walking, down the path, till they passed through the gate at the edge of the Elf lands. On the other side, was Northern Lordaeron, and an army of Undead marching down the path from the other end. Amidst their numbers, was a lone man on horseback, with white hair blowing in the wind. An air of chill was about him. Quickly, Istalindir pushed Valaya into hiding. The Undead marched along, and into Quel’Thalas. After a few moments, the two stepped out, and looked after the Army.

“Who was that, and what are they here for?”

“We have to go back. That was Prince Arthas. I thought it was a rumor, but there’s been a plague sweeping through Lordaeron.”

“Valaya, what could we do against a whole army? We should get to Capital City and call for their aide.”

“Ista! If the rumors are true, Lordaeron’s army just walked past us. We have to go back and alert our own armies and prepare for the fight.”

“Alright, alright… Let’s go.”

“Rrraaa!” came a shout from behind them. A Ghoul had lept into the air, and latched itself to Valaya’s back. Other ghouls and geists marched along the path, towards the two.

With the butt of his staff, he dislodged the ghoul from Valaya’s back, then let loose a spray of fire upon the approaching undead. Valaya helped out, lending her powers of the Holy Light towards the thwarting of the Undead. However, more ghouls and geists came down the roads, and eventually, they trampeled down after the rest of the Undead army, leaving Istalindir and Valaya’s bodies laying in the dirt.

Battles rippled across the southern regions of Quel’Thalas, and in Tranquillien, Elvulith stood with many of the finest the Rangers of Silvermoon had to offer. Dorenduil helped the front lines, pushing the Undead back as long as he could. When the abominations stormed through, though, the lines collapsed, and Dorenduil had to fall back. Retreat was called for, but it was too late for some. Elvulith fell there, and Dorenduil retreated with the rest, forced to tell his brother’s wife that her son was dead. She boarded herself up in her home in Goldenmist Village, and never came out. Dorenduil fled to the city, and warned the rest of the Silvermoon forces. They fell back to the Sunwell.

At the Sunwell, everything came to it’s pinnacle. Before the night was through, Dorenduil was wounded, and fell unconscious, but not till after he saw his brother Astalder approach Arthas himself, and with one swing, was struck down.

Through the haze of mist and shadows, Astalder felt something. He had a feeling it wasn’t over, but he couldn’t move, he couldn’t breathe, and yet, he felt no pain because of such facts. Eventually, he would rise, within one of those floating citadels.

With the Sunwell destroyed, the flow of magic, the power and strength it supplied the elves was cut off. Suddenly, Istalindir awoke, and rose from the dirt. There beside him was Valaya. There was no saving her. She spoke of a plague, and he didn’t want her getting infected, or turning into what had killed her. He dug her grave, there at the side of the road, and laid her in it. He charged the grave, then buried her. Then, he felt the craving. The loss of the power of the Sunwell sent him scouring the lands for some sort of power.

—————-

The Love is in the Air festival was being held in every capital city. The mirth, the cheer… it sickened Istalindir. He would abandon the city and venture to the Thalassian Pass once more. There, he would kneel before the grave, and lay a bouquet of red roses there at the roads edge, over a slightly charred piece of ground.

Astalder stood in the midst of Goldenmist Village. The spirits of the fallen Quel’dorei from years past floating past him. No animosity would be directed towards him. They saw him as one of them. He walked to the structure that had once been his home. Upstairs, a single ghost lay in the bed, weeping. It was his wife, Lirima, still mourning her son’s death.

Dorenduil sat upon his Argent Charger, surveying the landscape of the region he was in at that point in time. Much like the end of the siege on Silvermoon, he wandered. He didn’t consider himself as part of the Alliance anymore, nor did he consider himself a part of the Horde. He worked solely towards the purpose of the Argent Dawn. Their goals were all he strived for. As such, his life was a lonely one. But, it didn’t bother him, because he no longer wished to feel connected, not wanting to suffer a loss like he did at the Sunwell.

That was my post on the Chains of Fate forums, and that is merely a post made to reflect the attitudes, the personality, and, the mood of these three characters during the Love is in the Air holiday event in game. So, from here, I feel like I’ll make posts to reflect on each individually over a wider stretch of time. I will post them here as well as on the Chains of Fate Forums, because I feel like sharing with a wider group of people. I enjoy getting feedback of all sorts, but the feedback from Bekka has inspired me to continue.

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A Brand New, Yet Exactly the Same, World


Yesterday, I transferred my main characters from Moon Guard to Wyrmrest Accord because I was tired of playing by myself on Moon Guard. I teamed up with Ragnis, Fnor, and Katvon to do a Heroic, and we got pulled into Shadowfang Keep again. This time, we went through a series of tanks, without any success in downing the first boss. We went back and forth with how to finish off this boss, with no luck. After 5 different tanks joined us, and wiped once each, they bailed. One, actually, never even attempted, and left with saying “I don’t like Guild Groups.” Why  anyone wouldn’t like guild groups is beyond me, but whatever.

Because of the attrociousness of all those tanks I decided to start playing up one of my own. So, I took Astalder over to Hyjal, and started questing there. Eventually, we got Graypaw to give us a hand, and so we jumped back into Heroic SFK, with a full guild group. We downed Baron Ashbury and Baron Silverlaine, but couldn’t get Commander Springvale down, and gave up there. With that we confirm, Heroic SFK is one of the hardest Cata heroics. Fie and foo on those who say Stonecore is tough. We did that, also with a full guild group, with no difficulties. One wipe came from taking too long to down an Ogre, and ended up with adds from a Sentry, which forced us to run for it. This time, though, Ragnis was tanking on her DK, I was healing on my Shaman, and we had a brand new 85 mage join us, as well as Fnor and Heather for the last of the DPS.

However, I shall be leveling Astalder next, to help the guild tank. We have an excess of healers, and lack enough tanks to do ample heroics or even think of raiding. So, I’ll be focusing on Astalder’s Blood Spec for now, and getting him to 85 ASAP, so I can do what I love, and tank for the guild. I’ll level up Doren after, but for now,  I’ll focus on Astalder first. Of course, this has also made me get into RPing the brothers again, and I look forward to some sort of connection with the others of the guild. After all, who knows what the Chains of Fate will bind us to?

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Raindrops on Roses, and Whiskers on Kittens…


Brown Paper Bags on my head so I can’t listen…

Valentine’s is here, and there’s still a week left, to the day, of Love is in the Air. It’s sickening really, I’ve never liked Valentine’s. Now I know people will always say they hate it when they don’t have anyone to spend it with, but really… I just hate it. The idea that there’s one day set aside to say “I love you” to the someone you care about really makes you think, or at least it makes me think. What about the rest of the year? Do we just say “Piss off, it’s not valentine’s day”?

I don’t know about anyone else but I show my appreciation every day, and do what I can each day to share with the person I’m with. Not a lot of people I’ve been with seem to like that, or maybe it’s something else about me that seems uninteresting. Maybe it’s the fact that I’m a nerd and a geek, maybe it’s my “childish” attitude. Or maybe it’s something else entirely. Who knows. Who cares.

With that said, I still feel a bit of jealousy for the friends of mine who are in relationships and are doing something today. However, for the moment, I’m content with being at work, and not having to think much of it. Keep myself busy with work, and this blog.

On a side note, I am one solitary achievement away from finishing Love is in the Air, and I am determined to finish all the holiday metas on at least one character. However, this last one is all dependant upon luck. I need to run as many dungeons as I can, to up my chances of getting a bouquet of flowers to drop. Once a bouquet of red or ebon roses drops though, that’s it, I’d be a Love Fool. To take a line from Bugs Bunny … “‘eh … He don’t know me very well, do he?”

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Holiday Meta Achievements


Tonight is the last night for the Lunar Festival, and last night, I finished what I needed for the Elder title and meta achievement for the Lunar Festival event. Once someone gets all the Holiday Meta Achievements, the player gets a 310% flight speed mount as a reward. I have been trying for this for some time, but the same thing holds me back each time. General lack of interest to do the individual holiday event, and the laziness to spend the time in getting the more tedious achievements, such as Battleground achievements for the Children’s Week holiday, and the sprinkling snowflakes on specific race/class combinations for Winter Veil.

Well, last night I finished the Lunar Festival achievements, and got some of the stuff needed for Love is in the Air, which involved sprinkling rose petals on specific race/class combinations. I still need a Troll Rogue for that one, and the alliance combinations such as Human Death Knight, Gnome Warlock, Draenei Paladin, Dwarf Hunter, and Night Elf Priest. I put a lot of effort into doing this on Dorenduil on Moon Guard, but I eventually lost the urge, interest, and energy to do so when I was doing it all alone, and had no one with me. I started doing this on my Mage, and so perhaps, by christmas we’ll see if I can finish this time, and get this holiday mount on him. If I can, well then I’ll definatly be shooting for 100 mounts with him. I would like to, though, try to do the same on Dorenduil.

Wish me luck? Give me some pep talk-ish words to inspire me to keep at it? And if you happen to be on Moon Guard… HELP ME! Please?

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“Don’t Panic!”


I am known, for making obscure references in the effort of getting a laugh, so if the title of this post doesn’t give it away, then keep reading till you figure it out.

Back during Wrath of the Lich King there was a minor reference to Hitchiker’s Guide in the Icecrown Citadel raid, on the Gunship Battle event. There was a Goblin (for the Horde side) that gives you a rocket pack so you can leap over to the other gunship, and fight Muradin and the Mage that ices up your cannons. His name, is Zafod Boombox.

Well, in Cataclysm, they took it a step further.

Today, I did my Dragonmaw Clan rep dailies in the Twilight Highlands, and then went southwest to continue the normal quest line. I did a few quests for the red dragons, then got sent to another Horde camp on the west mountainside. I went into a camp and had to kill some Ogres and Ettins, then plant some bombs, fool the stupid two-headed dummies, and then go into a cave and take out two ‘important’ two-headed ogres.

Put ’em together and what do you get!? Zaphod Beeblebrox! He had two heads, when did it turn to four? It’s a major overhaul from…


to …

Well, he never was smart, and did seem very ok with cutting up his brain. I wonder how Trill and Arthur are doing…

Well, that’s out of the way, I hope a good laugh was had, and if after it all you’re still confused, remember…. The answer is 42. =)

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Relearning the Paladin.


Dorenduil has been one of my main characters for a long time. He was my first character to reach 40, 50, 60, and 70. I learned, along the way, what to do, and what not to do, as a DPS character, a Tank, and even a healer. I played him through quests, old world dungeons, Outland content, and heroic dungeons. I never raided with Doren till after Wrath came around. My first attempt at Raid tanking was for a guild group that had already started Naxx, but needed a new tank to finish. I had done some raiding in Naxx with my mage, before attempting with the tank, so I knew what to expect, but had never attempted to tank anything other than heroic dungeons until that point. Of course, the part they had finished were the two easy sections of Naxx, and so they were pulling me in to tank the last three sections of Naxx, and I was scared as hell. However, in the end, it turned out that I tanked better than their guild off-tank, and was actually telling him what to do…

I hadn’t been in a steady guild early on in the Wrath times with Doren, and so I didn’t get to tank raids all that often. In fact, it made me stop playing him after a while. I came back, however, just before ICC came out. I got better gear doing the ToC dungeon, and then went into the ICC dungeons, and suited up even better. I would soon be skipping over the ToC raid, and jumping into ICC with all Tier 9 gear. Quickly, I got better gear, because I had then joined a guild that knew what they were doing, and weren’t <radio edit> about loot. I got to really love Doren again because of his AoE capability, putting out a lot of damage for a tank, and still survive. Between Seal of Command, Hammer of the Righteous, Avenger’s Shield, and Consecration, I could keep tons of mobs on me.

Now, the Cataclysm mobs are tougher, and even tanks with nearly 200k HP (I was dancin’, feeling like top dog with 50k in ICC) are taking  heavy hits due to having one mob more on them then they intended. This makes me feel sad, and makes me wonder if I can enjoy the Paladin as I used to. I’ve tried tanking as Doren, and I’ve not been doing as well as I used to, so I’ve taken an alternate route. I want to tank for all my friends. So, on another server, Wyrmrest Accord, I’ve started focusing on another Paladin. Valaya hit 29 last night, after being pulled into a group for SM: Graveyard, and did ok, but I did notice some threat leaks. Of course, as soon as I hit 29 I was able to learn Hammer of the Righteous, so that will help me keep aggro better (since Crusader Strike only hits one target). Though I have to say, I’m not liking the whole Holy Power thing really, and the fact that I need Holy Power to even use some of my abilities like Shield of the Righteous. I can’t help but feel jyped really, but I won’t degrade this post to complaining.

In the end, I shall be leveling up Valaya, to relearn how to play, most specifically tank, with a Paladin, and hopefully rekindle my desires to play Dorenduil.

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Hello, my name is Ken. (*fanfare* Hi Ken!) And I’m an Altaholic.

This has been true for as long as I can remember. Even in the first MMO I ever played this was true, even when I had no idea what an Alt was. I can easily find characters I like and play them and level them up. But I still feel the desire now and again to try out other options and see what I think of them.

The first character I made in Shadowbane (incidentally the same character I made first in WoW) was an Elf Ranger named Elvulith. I made him an archer, and leveled him up, but I was always curious about the other possibilities. Soon, I made a Human Ranger Blademaster, a Dwarf Crusader, a Dwarf Warrior, and a Minotaur Barbarian. Others followed.

In City of Heroes, my first character was a Martial Arts / Regeneration Scrapper, and before he reached 50, I had the entire Liberty Server filled with characters. Of course, in City of Heroes, my SuperGroup were all Altaholics, and we would eventually have characters in every level range, just so we could always have a character to play with someone else in the SG.

In Guild Wars there was less room for making characters. So I got another account, and soon had 8 characters.

In the Rift Alpha Testing, everyone in the guild I was testing with had characters in the 30s, while I was working on my third character in the starting area.

Long story short (TOO LATE!!!) I have always enjoyed playing out all the options, and seeing what I like best before devoting myself to a character. In the end, I have found that I have a common link between the characters I have liked the most in each game. Someone that can take a lot of enemies at once, shell out tons of damage, and not work all that hard to do it.

Back in Wrath of the Lich King, Paladin were the top tank, and they excelled at it without much effort. Numerous AoE abilities that, when timed correctly, could keep any number of enemies focused on you, no matter how much threat/damage the damage dealers put out. (a whole one person on all of Moon Guard could pull threat off of me…. Caell *shake fist*)

Diablo II, I had an army of minions as a Necromancer, and the combination of Skeletal Soldiers, Skeletal Mages, a Golem, and a Lightning casting mercenary, were capable of dealing with any number of foes, as I sat in the back, and hurled curses and a few AoE attacks.

In City of Heroes, more specifically, City of Villains, I enjoyed to no end, the overwhelming power of my Robotics / Force Field Mastermind. I had less minions then the Necromancer, only 6, but it was still enough, granted all the buffs I could put on my own pets, and the different crowd control options I had for use against my enemies. I could lock them in place, as my robots went ‘Firing Squad’ on them.

And that’s what I like. I never saw anything to that extent in Guild Wars or Rift, so maybe that’s why they weren’t as fun, and I have yet to see anything like it in the ads for DCUO. Diablo III has me itching to play a Witch Doctor, because I want to see if it’s anything like the Necro from Diablo II.

Yet, still, in every game I play, I test the waters, looking for a character I can enjoy, even if they don’t have these specific aspects. For I have still enjoyed one man killing machines, like the Death Knight used to be when they first came out.

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