Only the Lonely by Cenarion Embassador Thunk

Thankfully my husband doesn’t read this blog, this is the kind of thing that makes him worry about my grip on reality sometimes, so what he doesn’t know won’t hurt him but I know you’ll understand. He thinks I over-empathize with fictional characters but that’s ridiculous. I was doing some heavy traveling this weekend because of the Fire Festival, there are some beautiful shots by fellow traveler Erinys at The Harpy’s Nest too, but what struck me was that I’m worried about the isolation some of these NPCs have to deal with.

Sylvanaar looks lovely but I remember even in BC that place was dead. I made a stop and even bought some worthless food and drink, just because you could tell they were so happy for company. I felt really bad, can’t Blizzard rotate these guys out to duty in Darnassus or someplace once in a while?

Cosmowrench, not quite as bad as it used to be. At least the flight master has a little company now but still, how much business do you think this barber shop does? I’m pretty sure those hair products haven’t changed since the last time I visited and I feel bad for the proprietor. I mean look at the lovely array of wigs they have and um, horns. And I’m sure you’d get a better deal than in those snooty shops in Orgrimmar and Stormwind and yet no one visits. Druid changed her hair and then changed it back again just to keep the barber in practice.

Here we are at the back end of beyond, Blasted Lands at the Tainted Scar. Don’t you think most people are wholeheartedly tired of Blasted Lands and never even get back here before they leave? I mean I know they’re demons and all but still, here they are waiting with their piles of skulls for something to happen, ANYTHING at all. I felt bad so I killed a bunch to relief the monotony for them.

And Desolace, need I say more, I know lots of people never even step foot in it. Druid stealthed into Thunder Axe Fortress to see if they at least took a break when no one’s around, and no, they totally don’t. He’s not resting when you’re not around and holding that pose for eternity must be a bitch hard. I KNOW these are bad guys but come on, a little sympathy here.

And what in the world has Cenarion Embassador Thunk done wrong to pull this duty is what I want to know. He seems a likeable guy and I can’t imagine what kind of Cenarion faux pas he could have made to get stuck in Desolace, had to be something serious. We chatted a while but I didn’t have the heart to ask.

And this last one just breaks my heart. After you complete the quest to save these guys in Uldum they don’t disappear but you lose the ability to save them after the quest. So there you are grinding for volatiles and you have to keep stepping over their out-stretched arms like they didn’t exist. Blizzard, you did a bloody GREAT DEAL of phasing in Uldum and you just left these cat men here. I don’t know, I think that stinks, I think you should rectify this immediately. I can’t be the only one who’s being caused pain by this. WHAT DO YOU MEAN, don’t go there if it bothers you. I’m grinding mats for my Vial of the Sands so it’s not like I have a choice, geez.

I’m too choked up to write anymore so take it away Embassador Thunk, Only the Lonely.

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10 Responses to “Only the Lonely by Cenarion Embassador Thunk”

  1. If it makes you feel any better, Cross-Dressing Rogue and I have wondered about these issues many times. I was walking yesterday and contemplating this Fellowship of the Dork we have created with our blog friendships, Tome. We get each other. I, too, and distressed over the fates and purgatories many the NPCs face. There’s one guy they left hanging on a meat hook in a Twilight Highlands cave, and I have saved him repeatedly, he keeps getting caught! The escorts, the rescues, the never-ending cycle—ah, c’est la guerre. Perhaps that is why we write, Tome. We can save these poor wretches from their fixed narratives to more happy endings. Just like real life.

    • It does make me feel better! I was hoping I wasn’t the only dork stressing about the lives of poor NPCs, I’d even forgotten about the escorts and the feeling you get. I already got you safely where you wanted to go, WHAT ARE YOU DOING back here, sigh.

      You’re right, if we can’t fix it in-game we’ll try to fix it out here or in my case at least complain, lol.

  2. I agree.

    Mr Harpy killed that girl in Silvermoon yesterday (the one who runs around with the toy) because he felt bad for her with no one to talk to. (See even Rogues have empathy!) All those lonely NPCs abandoned in far off places, just waiting to be rescued from the boredom of their daily lives.

    As for Thunk, I heard his previous duty rotation was in Felwood and there was some story going around involving him, a ton of green ooze and Winna Hazard (http://www.wowhead.com/npc=47679). Not the sort of thing the Cenarion Circle approve of… or at least they don’t approve of you getting caught doing it.

    • A Rogue with empathy? Who knew that was possible!

      OMG, I’m glad I didn’t ask Thunk any embarrassing questions then. Winna and green ooze, NOW I see why he’s been banished to Desolace!

  3. Do you know what I love about my wow friends? They make me feel normal. I thought I was the only one who felt bad when I saw the Uldum guys and I can’t save them anymore. Or those poor baby elephants in Borean Tundra. But at least I can still help those ones in Molten Front, even if I’m not on the quest (wounded cenarion soldiers)

  4. The Tainted Scar in Blasted Lands. I was trying to remember where I’d seen that altar and statue. Just recently I was putting together a new sinister looking transmog outfit for my lock and was trying to remember where I’d seen that scene to stage the shoot there. DOH! My screen shots are taken now. I’ll have to remember this for next time. Thanks Ancient! :D

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