Archive for The Forsaken

The Undead Diaries

Posted in General WoW with tags , , on February 4, 2012 by tomeoftheancient

We traveled for days, honoring the Elders, collecting coins. Sasche finally managed to hoard enough to buy her festival pet. I’m pretty sure she wanted to keep it; I think it saddened her to find it sold even though the money was well spent on a fast wyvern.

We decided to head back to Grizzly Hills. There were others better suited to helping out there, and she could have put her talents to use elsewhere, but I think the travel had taken its toll on her. Animosity from the Alliance she had expected but she found little welcome among her own, the Horde.

At Camp Oneqwah we thanked the Taunka for our stay. Like the Tauren, the Taunka had reserved judgment, basing their opinion of her on her actions rather than the reputation of the Forsaken. I think she liked them, it’s hard to tell with her, but I do know she appreciated their hospitality.

We stopped to say goodbye to Hugh Glass and sat by the fire with him and Griselda one last time. He’d been a good, though strange friend to us.  We finally moved out when Hugh said, “I think you’d best leave before Griselda decides she’s in the mood for dessert.”

So we headed out for Zul’ Drak to see if our help was needed. We found once again that though our offer of help was appreciated, it was suggested she move on to Sholazar Basin. I think Sasche was relieved. I sensed her unease in Zul’ Drak, the Banshees disturbed her. I don’t know what memories they stirred.

We’re about to begin our servitude to the Frenzyheart tribe. It’s warm, beautiful and resources abound in Sholazar Basin, and then one more stop before she can finally meet up with the Scourge in Icecrown. I know she’s looking forward to that. She has a bone to pick with them.

Note: Leveling is so incredibly fast. I hadn’t noticed the experience gains being so great when honoring the elders but she skipped about two zones because of it. I don’t want to out-level Storm Peaks as it’s one of my favorite zones.

I’m having a hard time deciding if she’s Affliction or Demonology. It seems I’ve picked up bad habits while playing Ironsally and I have developed a rather cavalier attitude about things like gear, talent points and spec. I seem to want to play as Demonology based solely on the fact that I can turn into a big purple demon. I don’t have a clue how to play Demonology properly but damn, a purple demon! How can I resist. Hopefully I’ll make a decision soon and stop going back and forth.

I might wake up my jeweler who doesn’t seem to want to level through Cataclysm. She went from 82 to 84 on jewelcrafting and fishing dailies and shows no sign of wanting to leave Stormwind. Perhaps honoring her elders would be good for her.

Sympathy for the Devil

Posted in General WoW with tags , , on January 30, 2012 by tomeoftheancient

I’ve been playing my Forsaken Warlock lately and having recently reread Cynwise’s On The Forsaken I started to wonder more about her background, her story. I don’t RP, I am fascinated by it but always felt my lore knowledge wasn’t strong enough to come up with believable stories for my characters. The Forsaken has always been the race that I’m most sympathetic with of the playable races.

I don’t ask her about what happened, but I can’t help but wonder. Sometimes I think there are hints of a possible past. Anytime we’re around books she seems to linger. Perhaps she loved books as a child, or perhaps they remind her of a loved one now gone. I don’t know, she doesn’t say.

I do know she’s never at peace. Even in Undercity she’s always on constant watch for some perceived threat. At other times it’s a different watchfulness. You can catch her starring off into the distance as though she’s waiting or hoping for something or someone. But we never speak of it.

I don’t know what she did before Arthas and the Scourge happened to her. I don’t know what she went through to break free. I assume her allegiance to Sylvanas Windrunner must be strong but she never mentions it. She does her bidding, but I don’t know if she stands behind all of the actions of her leader.

I can’t fault her for her silence. We are both quiet people. We don’t speak much unless it’s related to the task at hand. I hope one day she’ll come to trust me enough to talk about her past, or for that matter her present feelings, but that day’s yet to come.

I guess the most important question has to be, is she evil? Did the killing and suffering endured by her and those she loved break her? Is she insane, evil, driven mad by what was done to her? Is she beyond redemption? I don’t know. Traveling through Hillsbrad Foothills I got the feeling that she isn’t, she may even have a sense of humor, but the flicker of humor was gone as quickly as it came. Now I’m not sure if I just imagined it.

We’ve traveled a long way together and she’s always had my back. We ride in silence. I still hope for just one sign of who she really is. Maybe one day I’ll have one. Until that day she has my sympathy. I will give her the benefit of the doubt. We’ll continue down the road until her story ends, one way or the other. Perhaps then she will share it with me.

Note: Yeah. You’re thinking, Ancient, what was that all about? My only explanation is the entire time I play her I’m hearing a steady diet of music like Within Temptation’s Faster, The Howling and of course my all time favorite Warlock music, Sarah Brightman’s – Fleurs Du Mal. Oddly, she is the only character that has this effect on me. The only character whose backstory I wish I knew. I don’t know, maybe I will someday.