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The Secret Life of Spazzle Fizzletrinket (part 1)

Posted in Comics with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 5, 2014 by Garrosh Hellscream

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* In case you missed that debacle from MoP beta, here.

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[The adventures of Spaz Slade continue tomorrow!  Also, a HUGE thank you to Khizzara, who is responsible for the idea of doing a noir comic.  (Or, alternatively, if you were rolling your eyes most of the way through this one...um...blame her!)

Transmogs for Shay!

Posted in Words from Behind the Curtain with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 7, 2014 by Garrosh Hellscream

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Time for the fashion show at last!  It’s taken me a lot of time to get all the Transmogs for Shay entries sorted out, but I’m finally ready to declare some winners and, more importantly, show off the full gamut of sartorial goodies that many of you have sent my way!

A few preliminaries:  Thank you to everyone who submitted entries!  It was a lot of fun to pore over your designs (even for someone like me, who has never once transmogged anything, ever) (No, really.) and imagine how they might look on everyone’s new favorite half-draenei girl.  Choosing winners was extremely difficulty, and honestly, if you wiped my memory and asked me to do it again, I might very well chose different ones — it really was an embarrassment of riches.  As such, by the way, I make no guarantees that I won’t dip into more of these outfits if I decide to get ambitious with Shayari’s wardrobe at some point.  In fact, I’d say it’s likely that I will.  With proper in-blog acknowledgement, of course!

To make the imminent outpouring of fashion more manageable, I’m breaking the outfits down into various categories.  Otherwise, the transmogs are listed in the completely arbitrary order that they ended up in the folder I keep for blog images.  Apologies if the layout of pictures gets a little messy at times; WordPress doesn’t seem to have the more cooperative editor in the world where these matters are concerned.  I’ve included links when available, and tried to link back to the blogs of any other bloggers who submitted entries (please tell at me if I missed you).

And so, with no further ado…on to the transmogs!

 

N.S.F.G. (Not Safe For Gurtash)

Somehow, I knew this category was going to be necessary.  Even though one of the contest criteria was that the outfits needed to be something that could be safely entrusted to Gurtash to draw…well…you know what tends to happen with transmog.  Still, I’d decided well in advance that I was going to include all the entries here, so let’s see how some of you sick, sick individuals decided to torment our poor, teenage trainee…

Our first questionable submission comes from Sintra E’Drien, and, well…yeah.

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Sintra, don’t say I didn’t warn you if/when Garrosh turns up at your house.

Somehow, I knew someone was going to stick Shay in a bikini.  Aliok ended up doing the honors with this number, pointing out rightly that every girl needs a beach outfit, especially with the nice beach near Sen’jin Village.  She’s right, of course, but I shudder to imagine what would happen if Gurtash had to draw this…or, for that matter, if Garrosh caught Shayari hanging out with the trolls.

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While Aliok was at it, though, she apparently went to the trouble of working up links for an assortment of items compiled by none other than Bob himself.  No, really.  Aliok writes that Bob informed her, “Dese be for Gurtash so he being practicing his art skills, hahaHA!”  Our first offering, such as it is, is for Noblegarden parties:

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Next up from Bob, Shay sporting a variation of the dress that I’ve come to think of as the Soridormi gown:

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Next, Bob digs out the Lovely Purple Dress to offer a little “celebrity style“:

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And finally, Bob gives us an option for those Winter Veil parties:

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Um, yeah, thanks, Aliok.  Gurtash says thanks, too.  Somewhat less sarcastically.  (I know, I know.  Fucking troll…)

 

DRAENEI WITH A BLUE DRESS ON (Color May Vary)

Now for some of the real entries!  First up, a look at the assortment of dresses, gowns, and robes that were submitted.  Since Shayari is a mage, and somewhat girly to boot, I figured these would be a key part of her wardrobe.

First up, we have this look from Myriade, who describes the outfit as “Shay Goes Garrosh” (note all the skulls and spikes — her father would be proud!).  It’s actually an impressive way of infusing the robe with a bloodthirsty vibe that you wouldn’t normally associate with mages, and definitely suits Shay’s background:

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Next, a set of gowns and dresses from Kaneka.  This first one is built around the Gown of Blaumeux; I especially love the choice of matching staff.  Honestly, this look would be a serious contender if I weren’t so utterly intimidated by the thought of trying to draw it, because I know my paltry cartooning skills would fail to do it justice.

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Next up from Kaneka, an aerial-themed look built around the Windchaser Robes.  Again, great coordination with the staff; maybe a tiny bit N.S.F.G, but whatever, the kid can just deal.

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And one more from Kaneka (I would comment on what it’s based on, but I don’t have a link for this one, just the screenshot):

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Sintra E’Drien, who was a troublemaker a few entries back, returns with something a little more credible here, and provides a pretty classic mage look:

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This outfit from ZugZug, which she describes as “formal attire,” is another outfit that’s maybe possibly slightly N.S.F.G., but I’ll be damned if Shay wouldn’t wear it well:

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This outfit from Ritaba, based on the Flirtation Regalia, comes in two forms, one with a robe and one with a vest; Ritaba notes that she prefers the vest, but I’m a bit partial to the robe version myself.  Either way, it’s a terrific, understated look, though it’s another one that I worry might lose something in translation (read: simplification) into comic form.

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Rinike had posted this transmog previously on her eponymous blog (your homework: go look up “eponymous”), but sent these images along for Shayari’s perusal.  I’ll always associate this style of wizard hat/mask with early Cataclysm, Shadowfang Keep especially.

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Next up, from Toka, a classic robe that many of us will remember from our Burning Crusade days:

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Khizzara, longstanding WCB conspirator, secret identity of warrior-in-training Korrina, and author of Blog of the Treant, offers her “Spellbinder” look, complete with a myriad of angles and close-ups.  The halo is a great touch, I think, even if Shay may be a little too much of a stinker to earn one the conventional way…

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From Ayalea, we have the Green Wedding Hanbok.  (Just don’t tell Garrosh what the dress is supposed to mean…)  (Or, maybe tell him, so he’ll know to run like hell if he ever sees Garona coming at him with one of these on…)

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This simple but elegant robe from Malauch was a difficult cut.  I love the look of it, love the simple but effective use of the red and gold to offset the dark gray, but ended up reluctantly leaving it off the final list mainly due to reservations about how well a heavily-black costume would play in comic form.

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Another gown from Malauch, this time drawing on purple and green highlights with a kinda-sorta mock-turtleneck style that you don’t see all that much.

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Matakoa of Sugar & Blood brings us a vaguely priest-like look for Shayari:

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And, finally, from Repgrind (known in-blog as Giska and Wega) of Reputation Grind fame, a very cool-looking robe that also falls into the “I think I would be afraid to try to draw this” category.  (Yes, my artistic cowardice is likely to become an ongoing theme.)

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GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE

Before we move on from robes and dresses altogether, I should point out one phenomenon that I noticed while sorting out entries: a few of you have very similar tastes!  In particular, there were a handful of entries that all drew on the Astralaan Robe (or a very similar look)

First up, from Kaneka:

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Then, Ayalea had the same idea, minus the shoulders and plus a rose:

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And, this similar from Aliok…notes with a /sigh that this simple but pretty dress looks more like priest than mage gear:

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I really like this look, actually, in all its forms.  It occurred to me, though, that if you look at the Astralaan Robe closely, it’s actually very nearly identical to Shayari’s signature blue dress, apart from using a different color palette.  As such, as much as I like this look, I felt that it kind of defeats the idea of infusing Shayari’s outfits with some variety.  That said…don’t bet against me using this color scheme as a cheap-and-easy way to add a further illusion of variety to Shay’s looks.

 

THE FOOL THAT MOGGED HER PANTS

Sure, dresses and robes are the signature mage look, but Shay also needs some options that use a vest or other top matched with pants.  As some of our wisest sages have noted, after all, nothing better shows your taste than what you wear below your waist.

Our first top-and-pants style outfit comes from Beltrine, who notes that if Shayari worries about Garrosh doubting their relation, she might go with this look to drive the connection home (complete with tusks on her shoulders, and a staff that could pass for an axe):

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From ZugZug, her “Ready for Anything” look, which…call me crazy, but if you look at this outfit quickly then turn away, doesn’t it seem like something Michael Jackson might have worn…?

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Another entry from Sintra E’Drien, who clearly loves his wizard hats (and who can blame him?):

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ZugZug brings us “Battle Mage Shayari“, who’s looking pretty damn badass here, especially with that is-it-a-staff-or-is-it-a-tridenty-kinda-axe that she’s wielding:

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Another entry from Toka, who mixes her colors in a way here that makes this outfit look vaguely shaman- or druid-like to me:

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From Rakael (the alter ego of old friend Ruekie), we have a suit with a bit of Spanish flair; Rakael notes that Don Carlos’ Famous Hat would finish the ensemble…if it wouldn’t look rather ridiculous in Shay’s case:

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Aliok describes this outfit as “semi-formal”, with optional helm, gloves, bracers, shoulders, and cloak in the link, though they’re really not needed for the outfit to stand on its own:

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From Ayalea, here’s a possible “work outfit” for Shayari:

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This one is the first of a pair from Malauch, in this case providing an obvious case of an item Shay really should have in her wardrobe somewhere: jeans!

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Meanwhile, his second entry is a really terrific vest combo, one of the tougher cuts of any of the submissions:

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SITUATIONAL AWARENESS

These outfits might never see the light of day (or maybe they might!), but they’re all unified by being very specific looks for very specific situations.  Continue on; you’ll get the idea quickly enough.

For instance, in case I ever come up with a story in which our characters go sailing, Toka gives us Pirate Shay:

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Aliok, meanwhile, offers this outfit — which Shay could wear in the event she goes to a rave — with the disclaimer that she doesn’t really expect me to draw it, but just wanted to assault my eyeballs.  If my eyeballs are going to get assaulted, I’m taking the rest of you people with me, so here we go:

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In more practical terms, Aliok also picked out some pajamas for Shayari:

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AAAAAAAND THE WINNERS ARE…

And now for the big moment.  The winners!  As I said earlier, this was a very tough call to make, so in order to make things a little more manageable, I decided to break the three winning entries into three different types of outfit, with the idea being that the whole point of the exercise was to build some variety into Shay’s different looks.   So, our winners consist of one dress/robe-type outfit, one pants/vest outfit, and one top/skirt combo.  Which leaves us with…

Winner #1:  ZugZug, for her “Shay Out and About” combo:

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Now, granted, the top here is more than a little N.S.F.G, but in ways that are easy enough to work around for comic-rendering purposes.  More importantly, though, I love the fact that this combination works with a clearly distinct set of top and skirt, as opposed to the full-body robe and vest-and-pants alternatives that comprise almost all the clothie outfits you usually see.  Also, with spring approaching, this struck me as a great seasonal outfit (especially for Noblegarden…without turning Shay into a Playorc Bunny).  The semi-sorta-handbag offhand is just icing on the cake.

Winner #2:  From Sintra E’Drien, the winner of the robe/gown category:

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As I’ve said, people sent in a ton of great dresses, and I doubt that this will be the only one that will find its way into the blog.  But of all the options, this is the one that stood out the most to me.  Visually interesting without being overly complicated, elegant, just a terrific caster look.  Bonus point for affording me a chance to work some purple into Shay’s wardrobe (think in terms of the potential symbolism of blending red and blue).

Winner #3:  From Aliok, in the vest-and-pants category, Shayari’s “barfight” attire:

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A change of pace for Shayari that I just couldn’t resist.  The jeans and vest strike just the right balance between cool and casual, and as Aliok pointed out in her submission, the brassy hands (and the overall look) give Shay the look of someone ready to trade blows in some rowdy tavern somewhere.  And I don’t think it’ll come as a shock to anyone that Shay has her father’s right hook.

 

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!

Remember when I said how hard it was to make these picks?  Well, I’m weaseling out of some of the final decision-making, and handing that responsibility off to YOU, the Warchief’s LOYAL READERS AND MINIONS.  I’ve decided to add a fourth winner to the contest — to be determined by all of you!  Check out the five candidates below, and vote in the poll at the end of this post!

Finalist #1 – Snow Blossom:  Our first contender was submitted by Dragonray from Azerothian Life, who even posted the outfit in a blog entry a few weeks ago:

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A little more formal than some other looks, but still simple and classy.  Bonus points for the off-hand fan, which will fit in especially nicely if Shayari finds her way to a clothier in Pandaria at some point.

Finalist #2 – My Robe and Wizard Hat:  From Sintra, this one is a variation of a similar outfit he’d also submitted, but with a color scheme that I thought suited Shayari a bit better (in general, I think reds and blues suit her a little better than greens):

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Besides, you know I had to toss at least one classic wizard hat into the mix.

Finalist #3 – Scarlet Sindorei Robe:  From Khizzara, this robe set includes an alternate look using a Replica Magister’s Crown for the head:

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Just a beautiful all-around look, as illustrated by some of the close-up detail shows Khizzara provided.

Finalist #4 – Antiquity:  Khizzara wasn’t done yet, though, because she still had this gem” in her pocket:

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In her submission, Kash (a.k.a. Khiz) noted that most of the pieces in the outfit are pretty optional, as the gown itself can stand on its own.  I’m inclined to agree; not only does it work perfectly well as an outfit by itself, but it does so with a style and elegance that you don’t see in many other cloth pieces.

Finalist #5 – Indiana Shay:  I knew there was going to be at least one more vest/pants combo in here, and after wavering between a few excellent options, the nod finally went to this outfit from Malauch:

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Cool, stylish, and strikes a nice balance between being adventurous enough for Shayari to wear while crawling through some dungeon and being dressy enough for her to keep on for more professional matters back home.  Bonus points for the hat (even though I’m not 100% sure it would make it into cartoon form…but I would try!), which makes me feel like Shay must be a secret Harrison Jones fan.

So, those are our candidates!  Now it’s time for you to make your voices heard:

Congratulations to all our winners, and thanks once again to everyone who submitted entries to the contest — the response was far greater than I was expecting, and the quality of submissions across the board made it much, much harder to pick my favorites than I was prepared for.  But, it’s not over yet — get voting!

 

[A few final programming notes: A reminder, tomorrow night -- Saturday, March 8 -- we'll have having this month's SoO Meta Raid, starting at approximately 8:00 PM Eastern.  As always, everyone is welcome to join in the fun; you can reach me on RealID as Averry#1116.  Since Averry is finally, FINALLY on the last stage of his legendary quest, I might try to coerce a few people to hop on a few minutes early to help me fight some Celestials..

More on the way soon, but I'll toss in a disclaimer now: There are a couple posts coming up that will be very labor intensive to assemble -- bear with me while I work on them, and I promise I'll try to make the wait worthwhile.]

30 Days of Character Development #5: Korrina

Posted in 30 Days of Character Development with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 1, 2014 by Garrosh Hellscream

[Each week, a post will profile one of the blog’s many supporting players.  (See the first profile for more details.)  Feel free to chime in with recommendations for other characters you’d like to see more about.]

 

korrina_profile1Name:  Korrina

Occupation:  Horde military trainee, apprentice blacksmith, part-time ore miner

Race:  Orc

Class:  Warrior (arms)

Age:  15

Group affiliations:  Horde (member), Dead Peons Society (a.k.a. “DPS,” member and resident badass)

Known relativesThura (mother), Broxigar (great-uncle, deceased), Varok Saurfang (great-uncle), Dranosh Saurfang (second cousin, deceased)

First appearance:  “Being a role model is a full-time job” (first mention of trainee group), “Dead Peons Society” (first mention of DPS by name), “Buried treasure” (first full, named appearance)

Key posts and plot points:

  • Garrosh first took on a group of high-aptitude trainees in “Being a role model is a full-time job,” and the group adopted its name in the eponymous “Dead Peons Society” after an…unfortunate incident involving a lazy and excessively fragile peon.  Korrina was part of the group from the beginning, but was not named specifically until the Krasarang Underground arc.
  • Along with many of her fellow DPS trainees, Korrina accompanied the Warchief to Pandaria and continued her training there, in part under the guidance of Mag’har blademasters Krimpatul, Burzum, and Ishi.
  • Korrina and the other trainees joined Krimpatul on an ill-fated mission to secure the Temple of the Red Crane for the Horde, beginning in “Departures.”  In “Fear leads to anger,” Garrosh learned of an Alliance victory at the temple that appeared to claim the lives of the trainees; unknown to the Warchief, Krimpatul led the trainees into hiding in a nearby system of caves, as detailed in “Reports of my demise” parts 1 and 2.
  • C13_3-2At the urging of Elder Cloudfall, Garrosh traveled to the temple grounds to investigate the trainees’ disappearance.  There, after accidentally falling into the underground caverns, he found Korrina and the rest of the DPS, in “Buried treasure.”  This post marked Korrina’s first formal appearance in the blog and the first time she’s referenced by name.  Garrosh and the trainees eventually made their escape from the caves, though not before Korrina demonstrated her badassery on some unsuspecting saurok.  (And she would have put the hurt on Varian, too, if it hadn’t been for those meddling kids Gurtash and Ruekie…)
  • For those keeping score at home, DPS members who have been named thus far are Korrina, Gurtash, Ruekie, Giska, and Kulkesh (our main players in the Krasarang story); Ruekie’s twin sister Tuekie; and Lok’osh, who was killed in the saurok cave.
  • Korrina is based on the baby arms warrior of long-time WCB co-conspirator Khizzara, author of Blog of the Treant.  Many thanks to Khizzara for letting me steal her character, and for her many contributions to her character – including a large portion of the in-character responses that follow!

In his/her own words:

Describe your relationship with your mother or your father.  Was it good?  Bad?  Were you spoiled rotten, ignored?  Do you still get along now, or no?

Well, I don’t know who my dad is.  My mom never talks about him.  I think he was killed in honorable combat like a true orc hero, but his death made mom sad so she doesn’t say much.  She doesn’t talk about my greatparents either.  They probably died in the 2nd or 3rd war?  I’m not sure… I should ask but sooooo awkward!

My mom is pretty cool though.  Good in a fight.  She’s not as famous as some of my relatives, though…

Mom was a pretty good mom, I guess.  She had to go off and fight and stuff when I was small, something about how her axe was super special, and she had to go chop down an important tree or something.

…Okay, I know that sounds lame, but it was harder than it sounds, okay?

Anyway, since my dad is dead, I had to stay in the orphanage while she was gone to war.  That happens to everyone, though, so whatev.  She’s back now but I’M off at war.  I write to her, though, so she won’t worry too much.

C10_2-2What are your most prominent physical features?

My totes awesome purple mohawk!!! And my bulging biceps LOL

Name one scar you have, and tell us where it came from.  If you don’t have any, is there a reason?

Only ONE!!??  I’m a WARRIOR, I’m MADE of scars!  Okay, hmm… Well, most are just nicks and cuts and things, but once, when I was pretty little, I was playing on top of the old bank in Orgrimmar, the one before Warchief Garrosh rebuilt things, and I slipped and fell and landed on the cactus in front of the door!  So all these cactus needles went through my left arm and leg and had to be removed, so I have all these evenly spaced circular scars there.  It looks pretty cool, actually.

How vain are you?  Do you find yourself attractive?

Um… I guess I’m pretty average looking??  I never thought about it much.  Looks aren’t important when you’re usually covered in dirt, sweat, and blood, anyway.

Describe your happiest memory.

This is maybe stupid, but once while mom was away my uncle Varok came to visit me at the Org orphanage — well, I guess he was visiting Warchief Thrall, but he spent a whole day with me.  He showed me some cool fighting moves and bought me ice cream and a little teddy bear (which I still have, shh!) and let me stay up real late while he told me stories.  It was a pretty chilly night (it gets cold in the desert after dark), but I didn’t want him to send me to bed, and orcs are tough, so I didn’t complain.  And it was a really clear night, so he pointed out all the major constellations in the night sky, and we watched the Blue Child come up.

What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?  Color?  Song?  Flower?

Strawberry.  Deep purple (like my hair!).  Power of the Horde by the ETC!  Twilight jasmine is pretty, and purple too!

Who do you trust?

I trust my fellow DPS with my life.  And my captain/Warchief Garrosh.  Never go into battle with people you don’t trust.

I also trust my axe, Lizardbane.  (I named it that because it’s great for killing saurok!)

Can you define a turning point in your life?  Multiples are acceptable.

- When my mom went to war and I had to live at the orphanage

- When I started warrior training

- When I went with the DPS to Pandaria

How are you with technology?  Super savvy, or way behind the times?  Letters or e-mail?

I’m not a goblin or a nerd, but yeah, I grew up with computers, so I know some tech stuff.  Letters or email?  LOL it’s not like I’m old and in my 20s or something.  I just text or whatev.  Unless it needs to be more official, and then it depends on how urgent the message is.  Birthday card for Uncle Varok?  Snail mail.  Homework?  E-mail.  And if I really need to send a message, I find that AXE to the FACE works pretty well.

What does your bed look like when you wake up?  Are the covers off on one side of the bed, are they all curled around a pillow, sprawled everywhere?  In what position do you sleep?

I sleep on my side with my hand on Lizardbane.  Usually I wrap the blanket all around myself kinda like a cocoon.  I don’t need a blanket though.  A warrior can sleep anywhere, anytime!

C14_2-2How do you react to temperature changes such as extreme heat and cold?

I endure them without complaint.

Are you an early morning bird or a night owl?

Night owl.  Do NOT talk to me before 10 am unless you want an AXE to the FACE.

Are there any blood relatives that you are particularly close with, besides the immediate ones?  Cousins, uncles, grandfathers, aunts, etc.  Are there any others that you practically consider a blood relative?

I love my Uncle Varok, but I don’t get to see him much.  He’s stationed in Northrend.  This is going to sound dumb, but I want to be as awesome as he is someday.

My cousin Dranosh was a cool guy, but he was way older than me, so I didn’t know him much.  I was sad when he died, though.

I didn’t really meet my uncle Brox.

I guess I’m mostly on my own, but it’s okay because the DPS is like family.

What does you desk/workspace look like?  Are you neat or messy?

I keep my weapons and gear neat and tidy because well-maintained gear is gear that keeps you alive!  Otherwise… well, just… don’t look in my bags, okay?

Do you have any irrational fears?

I fear failing to protect my friends, but that seems pretty rational to me.  I’m also kinda scared of falling off buildings and landing on cactus.  Cactuses.  Cactusi?

C14_2-3What would your cutie mark be?

Your skull with my axe through it for asking something so stupid.

If you could time travel, where would you go?

Knowing the Bronze Dragonflight, it’s probably a matter of WHEN, not IF.  And I doubt I’ll have much choice in the matter of where.  But I guess I’d like to see Draenor… the old Draenor, before it shattered.  When the orc clans were still brown and strong.

What might your ideal romantic partner be?

I’ve never thought about it.  I guess… strong, confident, skilled in combat, smart (no peons please!), tough, loyal, honorable… a real ORC man, you know?

But I dunno, seems like a bad idea to fall in love.  Everyone dies young, so you either lose them, or they lose you, and your kids grow up in the orphanage.

Describe your hands.  Are they small, long, calloused, smooth, stubby?

Why?  That’s kinda creepy.  Do you have some hand fetish or something?

They’re strong and wield a big axe.  Think about that when you ask questions.

What’s your favorite comfort food, favorite vice, favorite outfit, favorite hot drink, favorite time of year, and favorite holiday?

Pulled pork.  Um, what?  I don’t think I have any of those.  My armor.  Hot cocoa!  Autumn.  Brewfest.  Um!  I mean!  WINTER VEIL.  Yes.  Winter Veil.  >.>

How do you smell?  Do you wear perfume or cologne?

Strong hands.  Big axe.  Remember?  Get away from me, you creeper!

Besides, I’m standing right in front of you.  What are you going to ask next, what I’m wearing?  When I’m standing right in front of you?

But come on, I’m a warrior!  I wear plate armor and do vigorous physical activity all day.  I don’t smell of roses.  Idiot.

 

Previous Profiles:

  1. Spazzle Fizzletrinket
  2. Ben-Lin Cloudstrider
  3. Dontrag and Utvoch
  4. Taktani

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[A few reminders and announcements!  First and foremost, last call for the Transmogs for Shayari contest – today is the last day to send your entries to garrosh1337@gmail.com.  I’ve already gotten many great outfits, and will be looking forward to seeing a few more before the day is out.

Along those lines, I’m planning to put together a pretty big post next weekend, showing off the wide range of looks that folks have offered for everyone’s favorite half-draenei girl.  (Sorry, Garona.  Don’t come after me.)  In order to give myself room to put that post together, without derailing the blog’s main continuity too much, I’m also going to skip next week’s 30 Days profile.  I’ll have a new profile haphazardly slapped together the following week (or weekend, most likely).  Any requests, as far as whom?

And speaking of next weekend, just a reminder that we’ll be having our next installment of the SoO meta raid.  As always, all are welcome; as always, feel free to add Averry#1116 on RealID to reach me to come join the fun.

And finally, one more item to look forward to next week: It’s mailbag time!  The Warchief is already busy sorting through his mail, but he can always use more.  Use the e-mail address above or the handy form below to submit your thoughts and questions before it’s too late!]

 

30 Days of Character Development #1: Spazzle

Posted in 30 Days of Character Development with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 5, 2014 by Garrosh Hellscream

[A few weeks ago, Rades and Vidyala over at From Draenor With Love came up with a pretty neat use of the “30 Days of Character Development” meme that’s been floating around.  Rades and Vid answered a selection of the questions, in character, in a pair of posts that offered a look at their Azerothian namesakes.

I loved this idea, and so, with a grateful nod and salute to Rades and Vid, I’m going to kick off my own variation.  My take is going to be spread the original 30 days over 30 weeks, with one post per week.  Each post will highlight one of the supporting (or not-so-supporting) characters in the blog.  I’ll include a selection of the original 30 questions, answered, a la R&V, in character, plus an assortment of additional information.  Those among you who, like me, grew up poring over comic book compendia like the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe may see a definite influence.

In the process, I think I may be able to give a few entertaining tidbits on some familiar faces, provide new readers (and old) an additional shortcut for getting a sense of who’s who, and also compile a sort of “blog bible” of character information (something I’ve been wanting to get around to for a while, for my own reference).

Every week (I hope!), you can expect to see one of these profiles.  While it’s possible that they may end up with a set day, I don’t plan to lock it in quite so tightly; much more likely, I’ll use the profiles to fill out the week’s posts without (hopefully) breaking up the main continuity too much.  Feel free to chime in with whom you’d like to see featured!  (Yes, Repgrind, I know.  We’ll get to Faranell eventually, I promise.)]

 

spazzle_profileName:  Spazzle Fizzletrinket

Occupation:  Tech consultant to the Warchief, part-time blogger, Earth Online guild leader

Race:  Goblin

Class:  Shaman (enhancement)

Age:  27

Group affiliations:  Horde (citizen), Bilgewater Cartel (member), Fizzletrinket Technologies (a tech startup that, admittedly, hasn’t been particularly active since the development of the TranslationMaster2000; owner)

Known relatives:  Khizzara Whizzingcrank (cousin and blogger namesake)

Earth Online notes:  Current guild leader of <Warchief>, appointed by Garrosh while the Warchief is stuck with an unreliable wireless connection in Pandaria.  Also administers <Warchief> guild web site.  Main toon MrBadCrumble (class unknown).  Had attended three straight EarthCons until missing this past year’s, due to being too busy freaking out over one of his friends being killed (this one didn’t take), charged with treason, banished from the Horde, and killed again (this one evidently did).

First appearance:  “LOK’TAR OGAR!” (first mention); “Spazzle Speaks” (first guest post)

Key posts and plot points:

  • Spazzle first introduced Garrosh to online gaming in “Earth Online”, set him up with a wireless network (which Garrosh historically calls “why fly”) in Grommash Hold in “Doing some gaming…”, and brought him along for a trip to EarthCon (at which Genesis Entertainment revealed their plans for the “Land Down Under” expansion) in “EarthCon.”
  • After Garrosh created the Earth Online guild <Warchief>, Spazzle set him up with an addon to save a record of guild chat in “Welcome to [Warchief]”, the blog’s first guild chat log.
  • In “Spazzle Speaks: Shamans United!”, Spazzle encounters Thrall on the way to the Echo Isles, where they discover the Kor’kron occupation.  After the Echo Isles are freed, Spazzle maintained secret contact with Thrall and Vol’jin, as revealed in “Spazzle Speaks: The Gobin is Always Greener on the Other Side of Guild Chat” and “Spazzle Speaks: Tours of Duty.”
  • After being banished from the Horde, but before disappearing to locations unknown, Mokvar met with Spazzle in “Spazzle Speaks: Parting Gifts” to entrust him with custody of his recall totem, a shaman relic connected to the Astral Recall spell.  While Spazzle was holding the totem, its elemental energy fizzled out – something that would normally only occur as a result of a shaman’s permanent death.  This development is first covered in “The Goblin is Always Greener” and further explored in “Spazzle Speaks: Dead End.”
  • As shown in several of the guild chat logs, Spazzle has become one of Ji Firepaw’s closest friends in the Horde since the disappearance of Mokvar.

garroshgurtashIn His Own Words:

Describe your relationship with your mother or your father, or both.  Was it good?  Bad?  Were you spoiled rotten, ignored?  Do you still get along now, or no?

My father and uncle both died when I was little, in a freak giant-rampaging-robot-gorilla accident.  I won’t bore you with the details, we all know how those go.  My mom and aunt split a two-family duplex-in-a-box and raised me and my cousin Khizzara together.  We weren’t rich, but we weren’t exactly hurting for money after the robot gorilla settlement.  So I guess Zzara and I got pretty accustomed to getting the toys we wanted.  Maybe spoiled, a little?  I didn’t really learn to be too independent until I had to.  Mom didn’t make it out of Kezan when the Cataclysm hit.

Who do you trust?

Khizzara – she’s more like a sister to me than a cousin.  Mokvar, despite everything.  Ji.  Thrall.  I trust Garrosh and Vol’jin both, in their way, but I think they both have some serious blinders on.

Can you define a turning point in your life?  Multiples are acceptable.

Definitely the Cataclysm.  I lost my mom, as well as my home back on Kezan.  It led to me meeting Thrall, becoming a (fairly crappy) shaman, joining the Horde.  And then of course there’s everything that’s come with moving to Orgrimmar and starting to work for Garrosh.  So it’s really easy to divide my life into two periods, B.C. (Before Cataclysm) and A.D. (After Deathwing).

How are you with technology?  Super savvy, or way behind the times?  Letters or e-mail?

Oh man!  I’m all about the newest tech.  Some days I’ll burn up a whole afternoon, just tinkering around, trying to come up with my own advances.  They…usually don’t go completely to spec, but still!  I’m generally a lot better with electronics than with machinery – if you’re building a robot, I’m totally the guy to design its brain, but you probably shouldn’t come to me first if you need to install a new arm.  E-mail, definitely.  My handwriting is pretty terrible because I type so much more than I write by hand.

C18sampWhat’s your desk/workspace look like?  Are you neat or messy?

Organized chaos.  It looks like a giant mess, with piles of stuff on top of piles of other stuff, but I know what’s in all of the piles.

What would your cutie mark be?

Um… Am I supposed to know what that means?

What’s your favorite comfort food, favorite vice, favorite outfit, favorite hot drink, favorite time of year, and favorite holiday?

The pandaren have these noodles that are really great comfort food, plus they only cost…like…five copper a pack.  I don’t know how they turn a profit on them.  Favorite vice is probably…I don’t know…wasting waaaaaaaay too much time screwing around on the internet.  There isn’t one outfit that I like best, but I’m pretty fond of a bunch of the t-shirts I have.  Earl grey tea.  Autumn, right when the leaves are starting to turn.  Hallow’s End.

If your life were a genre, what would it be?

Definitely a comic book.  And that’s even before you figure in the Gurtash factor.

 

[One last OOC note: The sharp-eyed among you may have noticed that the comic panel excerpted above (featuring Spazzle with Garrosh and Liadrin) doesn't look familiar.  Consider it a preview -- Gurtash strikes again in another day or two!]

Cheat Sheet

Posted in Words from Behind the Curtain with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 18, 2013 by Garrosh Hellscream

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As promised in my last post, here’s an overview of the state of the blog.  I realize that after two years of accumulated in-jokes and storylines, the Command Board may be a bit disorienting to a newcomer (or, for that matter, to a long-time reader who blinked at the wrong time), so I’ve tried to break this down into a semi-sorta-kinda FAQ.  Most of this will be familiar to long-time readers (though I’ve also included a few behind-the-scenes notes that some of you might find interesting), but I hope it’ll explain a few things for new arrivals.

 

I hate Garrosh!  Why does Garrosh seem so sympathetic in this blog?  Are you one of those Garrosh apologists/fanboys?

Comically enough, I originally started the blog because I really didn’t like Garrosh either, and saw the blog as a way to have a few chuckles mocking him.  It wasn’t long, though, before I decided that I would get sick of the outright-mockery approach pretty quickly, so I started branching out.  Part of the result was letting blog-Garrosh become (I hope) a bit more multifaceted, while still remaining true to his temperamental self.  Including the LOLs.

Ultimately, I don’t set out to justify anything Garrosh does, just to present it in a way that makes sense in light of the character, and if that pushes a black-and-white scenario into some shade of gray, well, that makes for a more interesting story anyway.  And, keep in mind, the story here is being told, generally, from Garrosh’s point of view, so I don’t know how that perspective wouldn’t be sympathetic.  Everyone is the hero of their own story, after all, and nobody thinks they’re a bad person.

 

Why isn’t there anything here about the siege of Orgrimmar?

What are you talking about?  There was a post titled “The siege of Orgrimmar” a good solid year ago – if anything, shouldn’t you be asking why Blizzard is coming so late to the party?  (By the way, I didn’t realize until just now that patch 5.4 was released almost exactly on the one-year anniversary of the “Siege or Orgrimmar” post.  How awesomely freaky is that?)

Anyway, to give a real answer: Time-wise, the blog has not yet reached the events of patch 5.4.  The storyline is currently playing out the midst of 5.2; Lor’themar Theron and Jaina Proudmoore have recently set up shop on the Isle of Thunder, while Vol’jin is still recovering from his injuries at Shado-Pan Monastery.

This time lag between the game and the blog, by the way, is partly by design.  I’d always intended the blog to run a bit behind the game; coming into MoP, I realized that if I tried to follow in-game events too closely, I wouldn’t have time to adapt my own ideas to fit Blizzard’s story.  There have already been a few instances in which Blizzard’s story has taken a turn that’s forced me to change gears in a way that would have been disastrous if I didn’t have a month or two of lead time.  Of course, I’m clearly more than a month or two behind – that’s been a result of various real-life circumstances slowing down my output over the last few months.  I’m working on it!

 

So the blog basically retells in-game events, from Garrosh’s point of view?

Yes and no.  The blog operates within Blizzard’s continuity (with the aforementioned time delay), but also weaves additional storylines in and around the canonical Blizzard plots.  Anything that happens or is stated explicitly in-game is canon, obviously, and the blog is bound by it.*  That said, I sometimes like to put other stories around Blizzard’s, to give them context that might change the way those events are perceived.  (This was a large part of my motivation for the Timequake story leading into Theramore, or, more recently, the blog events surrounding the Divine Bell / Domination Offensive storyline.)

Also, while the point of view is mostly Garrosh’s, there are some posts that present events from other perspectives.  Most notable are the “guest” posts by Spazzle (Garrosh’s tech goblin), which help fill in story details that Garrosh wouldn’t necessarily be privy to.  You can always identify a post written by someone other than Garrosh by the color of the text – Spazzle’s posts, for instance, are always written in green text, and almost always include the phrase “Spazzle Speaks” in the title.  Also, as a rule of thumb, when Spazzle et al post, Garrosh remains oblivious to anything that might be revealed; the conceit at work here is that Garrosh doesn’t really care what anyone else is writing, so he doesn’t bother reading it.

* The one instance that I’ve flat-out fudged in-game details is the way I’ve chosen to incorporate the events of “A Little Patience.”  From the Alliance point of view, that scenario takes place almost immediately after Varian arrives in Pandaria; in the blog, I’ve pushed those events a bit later in the story.  This was largely a matter of convenience: I knew that I wanted there to be a military operation in Krasarang in which Garrosh’s trainees went missing, and I realized fairly late in the going that “A Little Patience” lent itself to that story pretty readily.  Hopefully those Alliance-side readers out there will be willing to turn a blind eye to my blatant and shameless revision.  (Horde bias rears its ugly head again!  GRR!)

 

Garrosh has trainees?  When did that happen?

Right here!  As part of the escalation of the war effort, the Kor’kron started a training program to prepare orc teenagers for eventual military service.  When Garrosh learned that Gurtash – an orc boy from the Orgrimmar orphanage whom Garrosh had taken under his wing – had been conscripted, Garrosh volunteered to take Gurtash’s trainee group under his own supervision.  (Side note: In my head-canon, Garrosh has a bit of a soft spot for the orphans, being as he is one himself.)  The trainees, who have nicknamed themselves the Dead Peons Society (DPS for short) have accompanied Garrosh to Pandaria and joined him on a few adventures.  Fairly recently, they went missing after the Horde loss in the “A Little Patience” scenario, and were eventually found by Garrosh, hiding away in an underground system of caves.  That’s brought us up to the point where we are now, story-wise: Garrosh and the trainees underground, looking for a way out.

 

Is the entire supporting cast from within the game?

Mostly, but not entirely.  I’ve invented a few characters for the blog – Spazzle being the highest-profile – but I’ve tried to keep it limited, and tried to restrict those characters to fairly peripheral positions in the lore.  The one glaring exception was the storyline involving Garrosh’s mother, Lakkara, who isn’t mentioned anywhere in the actual lore.  It just struck me as odd that there’s no record of who she was, or what happened to her, and besides, in a mythology packed to capacity with father/son relationships, I thought it was about time somebody’s mom got a little screen time.

Otherwise, when a character turns up who doesn’t exist in-game, that character was often inspired by a reader and/or based on someone’s game character.  For instance, both Gurtash and Mortimer (Garrosh’s personal wyvern) became blog characters thanks to mailbag letters from Khizzara from Blog of the Treant; Khizzara’s own namesake has made a few appearances as Spazzle’s cousin; doodle-prone kitty druid Taktani became a full-fledged character (and boy, is she ever a character) after making several mailbag contributions; and many of the DPS trainees are modeled on the baby orc alts of friends.

In general, though, if you see a supporting character turn up whose name you don’t recognize, the smartest first guess is that he or she is based on a questgiver or other NPC somewhere in-game.  (Wowpedia is your friend!)  I deliberately picked a lot of relatively minor NPCs – people like Mokvar, Elder Cloudfall, and Dontrag and Utvoch – to use as supporting characters because I figured their relatively peripheral status gave me more latitude to work with them, give them backstories, etc.  After all, what are the odds that Blizzard would actually do something with one of these people to contradict my own concoctions?

(Either way, if you’re not sure who someone is, I’ve also maintained a partial list of supporting players on the About the Blog page, including some of the more pertinent information about them.)

 

Speaking of which – in the SoO raid, Mokvar is a mini-boss!  Isn’t he missing?  How are you going to deal with that?

First… um, yeah, that whole “no way they’re gonna do something with this guy” really blew up in my face on this one, huh?

And second… So, everyone who thought I was going to lay out this big storyline for Mokvar, and make such a production out of his disappearance…and then have it turn out that he really is dead…step forward.

Didn’t think so.

For those of you unclear on Mokvar’s whole story, which has been unfolding gradually for quite a while, you can check here for a brief overview and links to the relevant posts.  Very short version: After becoming the victim of a mysterious attack, Mokvar sets out to track down a powerful relic from his warlock days, with the aid of a human named Deliana (who was Mokvar’s Alliance equivalent in the old dungeon set quests); over the course of his quest, he starts to behave increasingly strangely, culminating in his eventual flight from arrest in Orgrimmar.  His whereabouts are now unknown.

Stay tuned.  You’ll see where this is going!

 

With Mokvar gone, how are you handling the transcripts?

Prelinimary: The blog contains several transcripts of conversations that Garrosh has engaged in.  The premise from the outset has been that Mokvar is (or was) Garrosh’s personal scribe, and records all these conversations for posting.  This explains, by the way, a number of occasions when Garrosh mentions summoning Mokvar to an event, or otherwise noting Mokvar’s presence, as a way of leading in to a transcript.

Since Mokvar is off the grid, Garrosh has passed transcription duties to two people: Gurtash, who records his transcripts in the form of comics; and Taktani, a friend of Dontrag and Utvoch and long-time mailbag contributor, who’s started to (and will continue to) write a few transcripts, laden with her own unassuming brand of commentary.

 

What are these guild chat logs that keep cropping up?

Garrosh and several of the supporting characters play an MMORPG called Earth Online – the basic premise being that, to these characters, Azeroth is reality, and our real world is actually the game world of the MMO.  Garrosh started his own guild, called <Warchief>, and several familiar faces (including Spazzle, Sylvanas, Lor’themar, Faranell, Garona, and Dontrag and Utvoch) are members.  Also worth noting is that Jaina Proudmoore is a member of the guild…although she doesn’t realize (yet?) who her guildmates are in “real life.”

The guild chat logs recreate some of the exchanges that the members of <Warchief> have within their game, usually including regular guild chat, officer chat, and, in some cases, whispers.  I make no pretense about the fact that some aspects of these logs are based on my own guild-chat expeiences, especially officer chat.  The transcripts are always presented from the point of view of whoever posted them – usually Garrosh, but occasionally Spazzle.

 

Where did this whole thing about lemon squares come from?

Garrosh loves lemon squares.  Don’t you?

Real explanation: Very early in the blog, Edenvale of The Gamer’s Fridge posted a recipe for Garrosh Hellscream’s lemon squares, and pointed me to her post with a comment on the Command Board.  Since then, it’s become a bit of a running gag – the recipe, according to Garrosh, was his greatmother’s secret family recipe, and he was most perturbed that this random night elf had apparently gotten ahold of it.

 

What does “FYV” mean?

An abbreviation of one of Garrosh’s favorite turns of phrase, of course: “Fuck you, Varian!”  Among other things, Garrosh often finds a way to slip that phrase into his EPIC VERSE compositions.

 

Speaking of which, what’s this “EPIC VERSE”?  Garrosh writes poetry?

You sound surprised.  Garrosh is an orc of many interests.  What, do you think he’s some kind of one-note caricature or something?

Okay, fine, game-Garrosh kind of is.

Honestly, I just got a kick out of the obvious dichotomy of Garrosh Hellscream, gruffest of the gruff, also writing poetry on the side.  True to form, Garrosh doesn’t view his compositions as just any poetry, so he prefers to call them EPIC VERSE.  In caps.  Always.  It’s sprinkled throughout the blog – almost always in purple text, to stress its epic-ness – and ranges from limericks, to parodies of other famous poems, to reader requests, to epic rap battles.

 

So, that’s as much as I can think to cover.  Other gaps can probably be filled in through the Major Storylines page, but if there are questions that anyone still has, in terms of getting caught up or clarified, by all means toss them into a comment and I’ll make sure it’s answered.  And so, on that note, I’ll sigh off with the promise – unconditional promise! – that before the week is out, you’ll have the continuation of the actual STORY part of the story!  Which left off, as you might recall, right here:

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The Wizard of Zhan

Posted in Transcripts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2012 by Garrosh Hellscream

The curtain rises on the admiral’s quarters in Northwatch Hold, where Garrosh is sitting in a chair, slumped over a central table.  Everything appears black-and-white.

After a moment, Garrosh stirs and looks around the room while rubbing his forehead.  Stage lights illuminate the far edges of the stage, alternating sides, showing brief glimpses of Orgrimmar in flames, being overrun by demons.  The sounds of screaming and demonic laughter can be heard, seemingly at a distance.  The lights at the edges of the stage go out.  Garrosh stands, and the background noise stops.

GARROSH:  Malchezaar… They were able to do it because of Malchezaar

 

{UP IN THE NETHER}

GARROSH:

Somewhere up in the nether
In the dark,
There’s a demon “prince,” self-appointed,
Calls himself Malchezaar.

Mortimer wanders in and settles near Garrosh as the song continues.

Somewhere up in the nether
Time did break.
You can kill him while he’s up there
But it just won’t take.

Some day I’ve got to drag him down
Out of that place and go to town
And stop it.
The Legion hid him in the cracks.
Sometimes he’s got my father’s axe;
I hope he drops it.

Somewhere up in the nether
Demons hide.
Prince lurks up in the nether –
It’s long since time he died.

If demons get to be revived
Without a timer,
Why oh why can’t I?

Garrosh walks to a window and looks out.  A stage light illuminates the edge of the stage again, this time revealing the burning ruins of Camp Taurajo.

Garrosh steps back into the room and, slowly at first but with increasing speed and urgency, begins running around the room, knocking over and smashing furniture.  Dizzying music fades in as Garrosh continues; he runs around in circles, destroying everything he can reach.  The stage lights dim until the room itself fades from view and the only thing visible is Garrosh – running in circles, lashing at his invisible surroundings, moving with increasing speed until he starts to blur into a whirlwind of anger.

The lights slowly come up to show that the Northwatch Hold tower has been replaced by the deck of a goblin sky galleon.  The ship is spinning in air, such that the rotation of the ship gradually comes to replace Garrosh’s running; he now stands on the deck as the galleon spins around, tossed in circles by a literal whirlwind.

The lights fade to black while the dizzying music continues – growing louder – then a loud crash is heard.  The stage lights come up again, showing the sky galleon wrecked on the ground amid the ruins of Theramore.  For the first time, the scene is visible in full color.  Garrosh is sprawled out on the ground near the wreckage, unconscious.  Mortimer flies in and approaches.  He prods Garrosh carefully with one paw; Garrosh stirs and starts to get up.

GARROSH:  <rubbing his head with one hand while patting Mortimer with the other>  Yeah, yeah, I’m okay, buddy…

Garrosh turns to the wreckage of the galleon and notices a woman’s legs sticking out from under it.

Huh.  She’s not okay, though, whoever she is.  Was.

Garrosh looks around the ruins, then back to the galleon.  As he turns away, several goblins begin to emerge slowly from behind pieces of the ruins.

Hmm… Mortimer, I don’t think we’re in Northgate anymore…  Looks like Theramore…so…so that would make HER—

SPAZZLE:  <running to the wreckage>  The Witch!  She’s dead!  The Wicked Witch is dead!

More goblins appear and gather closer around the wreckage.

GARROSH:  Hang on, the witch?  You mean like a mage?

SPAZZLE:  Well, it’s kind of a blanket term.

GARROSH:  But is THIS one a mage?

KHIZZARA:  Not anymore!

GARROSH:  Yeah, fine, I get it, she’s dead.  What I’m trying to find out is if she’s—

GIZZIX GRIMEGURGLE:  She’s dead!

DYSLIX SILVERGRUB:  Dead!

KRIXIL SLOGSWITCH:  The Witch is dead!

KHIZZARA:  Woot!

GARROSH:  Fine, fuck it, I’ll check it out myself.

Garrosh takes hold of the edge of the wreckage and, grunting, lifts it a few feet.

UGH!  GROSS!

Garrosh releases the galleon and it crashes back onto the body.  One hand is left flopping limply out from under the wreckage; a glowing blue orb falls out of its palm and rolls across the ground.

Definitely Jaina, though.  Gotta say, not exactly a glorious way to go out.  <chuckles>  Oh well.  Live on your back, die on your back, right?

The blue sphere rolls further.  In a puff of smoke, Liadrin appears in the sphere’s path.  She is wearing the paladin Lightsworn robes and has the wings of Avenging Wrath permanently glowing on her back.  She leans down and picks up the orb.

LIADRIN:  Are you the one who’s slain the Wicked Witch of the East and freed the Mudsprockets?

GARROSH:  What, Jaina?  Yeah, that was me, I guess.

GOBLINS:  Hooray!

GARROSH:  So hang on, who are all you people?

LIADRIN:  I am the Good Witch of the North.  And the Mudsprockets live here in the marsh.

RAZBO RUSTGEAR:  Under the tyrannical reign of the Wicked Witch of the East!

KHIZZARA:  Not anymore!

GOBLINS:  Hooray!

GARROSH:  Jaina had a tyrannical reign?

SPAZZLE:  Well, more like some pretty strict local ordinances on fireworks and explosives.

KHIZZARA:  Not anymore!

GIZZIX GRIMEGURGLE:  Splodey-ville, here we come!

GOBLINS:  Hooray!

GARROSH:  Okay, whatever.  You’re happy she’s dead, I’m happy she’s dead, it’s all cool.  One less thorn in my side, gotta tell you.

 

{WHAM, BAM, THE BITCH IS DEAD}

GARROSH:

Wham!  Bam!  The bitch is dead!

GOBLINS:

Witch?  Which bitch?

GARROSH:

The Proudmoore bitch!
Wham!  Bam!  The Proudmoore bitch is dead!
I landed on her head,
She wished she woulda stood in bed.
Flat splat, the Proudmoore bitch is dead!

GOBLINS:

She won’t stop the goblins now –
Kapow!  Kapow!  Kapow!
So now, let’s open up and blast,
At last!  Let’s rock some rockets!
Wham bam, she got put down,
A new sheriff is in town!
Don’t you frown, the Wicked Witch is dead!

Drazzit Dripvalve approaches wearing a top hat and comically flamboyant ceremonial attire.

DRAZZIT DRIPVALVE:

As Mayor of dear Mudsprocket,
In the shadow of the Witch’s lair,
I welcome you effusively!

GIZZIX GRIMEGURGLE:

But it must be proved conclusively,
To know…

DRAZZIT DRIPVALVE:

To know?

GIZZIX GRIMGURGLE:

That blow…

DRAZZIT DRIPVALVE:

That blow?

GIZZIX GRIMGURGLE:

Has utterly, totally,

KRIXIL SLOGSWITCH:

Not just anecdotally!

RAZBO RUSTGEAR:

Determinately, permanently,

GOBLINS:

Undiminishedly gone and finished her off.

SPAZZLE:

I went ahead and checked her out,
And I can say without a doubt
That she’s not just flatter than most:
She’s totally and truly toast.

DRAZZIT DRIPVALVE:

Then today we’ll fire our rockets!
Celebrating free Mudsprockets!
Now spread the word!  Let none neglect!
The Wicked Witch just got shipwrecked!

GOBLINS:

Wham!  Bam!  The Witch is dead!
Which?  Which Witch?  The Wicked Witch!
Wham!  Bam!  The Wicked Witch is dead!
He landed on her head,
She wished she woulda stood in bed.

GARROSH:

Flat splat, the Proudmoore bitch is dead!

GOBLINS:

She won’t stop the goblins now –
Kapow!  Kapow!  Kapow!
So now, let’s open up and blast,
At last!  Let’s rock some rockets!
Wham bam, she got put down,
A new sheriff is in town!
Don’t you frown, the Wicked Witch is dead!

From above, Magatha Grimtotem swoops in, riding her wind serpent Arikara.  Cackling maniacally, she casts chain lightning down at the Mudsprockets, who scatter and try to take cover.

GARROSH:  What the fuck is SHE doing here?

LIADRIN:  It’s the Wicked Witch of the West!

GARROSH:  How many fucking Wicked Witches do you people HAVE around here?

LIADRIN:  Two—

KHIZZARA:  Not anymore!

LIADRIN:  Well, yes, one now.  But this one is even worse than the Wicked Witch of the East ever was.

GARROSH:  Preaching to the choir, lady.

Magatha unleashes another burst of chain lightning; Garrosh and Liadrin dive out of the way.  Mortimer launches into the air, snarling, and swipes at Arikara.

GARROSH:  Yeah!  Go get ’em, Mortimer!

Mortimer’s strike knocks Magatha off of Arikara and sends her crashing to the ground.  Shrieking, Arikara flies out of view.  Magatha gets up and looks at Jaina’s legs poking out from under the wreckage.  Mortimer returns to the ground, landing next to Garrosh.

MAGATHA:  So it’s true!  She’s dead!  <looking around hurriedly>  Where is it, then?  It must be here!

LIADRIN:  <holding up the blue sphere>  Are you looking for this?

MAGATHA:  The Focusing Iris!  Yes!  Once I combine its power with that of the Doomstone—

LIADRIN:  You’ll do nothing of the kind, crone!

MAGATHA:  You think I fear you, elf?  I’ll take it from you if I have to!

Magatha starts to cast another chain lightning, but is interrupted when Garona – sporting the Fangs of the Father wings – unstealths and stunlocks her.

GARONA:  Not so much, Steak Sauce!

GARROSH:  So, who’s this supposed to be now?

LIADRIN:  She’s the Morally Ambiguous Witch of the South-by-Southeast.

GARONA:  Hey.

GARROSH:  You people have some really weird fucking job titles, gotta say.

LIADRIN:  You slayed the Wicked Witch of the East, so it’s only right that the Focusing Iris should go to you as its caretaker…

Liadrin hands the Iris to Garrosh.

What’s important is that it stays out of the hands of the crone at all cost.

GARROSH:  Yeah, don’t worry, I am all about making her life unpleasant…

Arikara swoops by again, startling Garrosh and Liadrin into taking a few steps back; Magatha breaks out of her stun, jumps back, and puts down an earthbind totem that holds the others in place.

MAGATHA:  I may need to bide my time for now, but the Iris will be mine yet!  And as for you, orc – I’ll get you, my cranky, and your little wyvern, too!

Magatha leaps onto Arikara’s back and takes off.

LIADRIN:  She’ll be back.  I hope you can handle powerful enemies.

GARROSH:  I’ve dealt with worse.  Matter of fact, I was working on one just before I wound up here.

LIADRIN:  What enemy was that?

GARROSH:  A demon called Malchezaar – taking him out wouldn’t even be that big of a deal, but I kind of have to get him out of his lair in order to defeat him.

LIADRIN:  Something you would need powerful magic to do?

GARROSH:  Probably.  Magic not really being my strong suit.

LIADRIN:  I may know whose it is.  You want to talk to the Wizard of Zhan.

GARROSH:  The who now?

LIADRIN:  The Wizard of Zhan!  He’s a wise, mysterious mage who lives in the Dark Tower far away.

GARROSH:  So this guy is pretty powerful?

LIADRIN:  Extremely – they say there’s no end to what he can do.

GARONA:  Let’s not get carried away now.

GARROSH:  You know him?

GARONA:  We’ve met.

GARROSH:  So how do I get to him?

LIADRIN:  The tower of Zhan is far to the east of Dustwallow, in the Pass of Dying Winds.  Luckily for you, the eastward Gold Road will take you straight there.

Liadrin points to the yellow brick road beneath their feet.

GARROSH:  Well that’s convenient.

GARONA:  I can go with you, since I know the Wizard.

LIADRIN:  You should get started – it’s a long trip, especially since you’ll be walking.

GARROSH:  Screw walking, I’ve got my wyvern right here.  I can just hop on and fly along the road.

GARONA:  Great!  I can get on behind you and hold onto you.

GARROSH:  Okay, so walking it is.  Grats on the dodged bullet, Mortimer.

GARONAFine.

LIADRIN:  We’ll see you off!  Good luck on your journey!

GARROSH:  Hey, actually…you said this road leads right to Zhan?

LIADRIN:  Yes, it does.

GARROSH:  Even though there’s an ocean between here and there?  Because we’re kind of on a different continent.

LIADRIN:  Yes, but fortunately the road runs across the Willing Suspension Bridge of Disbelief.

GARROSH:  Huh.  Okay then.  Off we go.

Garrosh, Garona, and Mortimer start to follow the road while the Mudsprockets gather behind them.

 

{OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD}

GOBLINS:

You’re off to see the Wizard,
The guardian Wizard of Zhan.
We hear he’s sage: the mightiest mage
Who ever met mortal man.
If you seek some sorcery for your plan,
The Wizard’s your man, because he can –
He can, he can, he can, he can, he can.
He’ll have it all done before it began!
You’re off to see the Wizard,
The guardian Wizard of Zhan!

The curtains close.

 

{TO BE CONTINUED IN ACT 2}

Spazzle Speaks: Darkmoon Edition

Posted in Spazzle Speaks with tags , , , , , , , , on August 7, 2012 by Garrosh Hellscream

What’s up?  Spazzle here, everyone.  A few days back, Garrosh offered me the chance to guest-write something this week.  I thought today might be a good day to do it, since the Warchief and I had crossed paths at the Darkmoon Faire over the weekend, and I thought you all might enjoy a different perspective on what happened.

I went to the Faire with my cousin Khizzara.  She really liked the tonk demolition game, probably because it merged two of her great loves: engineering gadgets and blowing things up.  She managed to pester Finlay Coolshot into letting her tinker with the tonks.  She kept attaching all kinds of gadgets to the tonks, tweaking the motors, all kinds of things like that…most of which worked out pretty well right up until the point where her tonk would go flying into something and blow up.  Oh well.  That’s Khizzara.

We were checking out one of the souvenir kiosks (I swear Khizzara was going to spend all her tokens on fireworks) when I noticed Gurtash at the ring-toss tent.  It looked like he was with a draenei girl, trying to win a prize for her.  Khizzara and I went over and watched him from a distance.  His aim wasn’t too bad, but there was one toss that went far wide of the turtle.  Khizzara managed to pull off a save for him, though.  When his toss started going wide, she spotted a mouse poking around inside the ring, and cast Polymorph: Turtle on it, just in time.  The ring clanged off of the mouse-turned-turtle, and when Jessica the carnie started calling it a miss, I jogged up and pointed out that it looked like Gurtash was trying to hit the other turtle, and it’s not his fault that they have multiple turtles in there without any clear indication of which one he’s supposed to try to hit.

When we were leaving the ring-toss tent, we spotted Garrosh over by Sayge the fortune teller.  Khizzara had never actually met Garrosh properly, so I thought I’d bring her over to say hello.  When we got there, Garrosh had just finished answering Sayge’s riddles, and he was getting Sayge’s buff spell based on his answers.  I introduced Khizzara, and Garrosh was friendly about meeting her (well, friendly for Garrosh…he didn’t swear or anything), apart from seeming a little disoriented for a few seconds.  After that, the conversation started to get a little more interesting.

Khizzara and I were about to leave, when Garrosh started to follow along.  He said he had an idea about the Death Knight Rises graphic novel I’d loaned him last week, and wanted to know what I thought about it.  So that was fine.  I was happy enough to talk comics with him, especially since most of the time when I try to raise the subject he calls me a nerd and a pansy and asks why I’m not out practicing melee combat like a grown-up.  I was surprised enough that I’d gotten him to take the graphic novel in the first place, so the fact that he wanted to talk about it was a pretty nice bonus.

He walked along with us while he expounded on his idea about the comic.  It was actually pretty elaborate and involved, even though he insisted that the idea had just occurred to him a few minutes ago.  He said that it seemed to him that The Death Knight Rises presented in understated form a conservative worldview that posited (yes, Garrosh said “posited”) that a flawed order was still worth defending insofar as it still offered a preferable alternative to the chaos that would result from a successful societal upheaval by the disenfranchised, and that the story reflected an underlying anxiety toward the undermining of established power structures.

By the way, even though I’m probably paraphrasing here (I’m nowhere near as good as Mokvar is at getting these kinds of things down word for word), let me emphasize that I’m also not dressing that up at all.  This is basically what he said.

I was a little taken aback by this.  I basically shrugged off it off and said I thought he might be reading a little too much into the comic, and that it was probably only meant to be taken as a good adventure story.  At that point he rolled his eyes and muttered, “Ah, the intentional fallacy.  How pedestrian.”

At that point Khizzara leaned over and whispered to me, “Int buff.”  Now it made a little more sense.

Garrosh went around with us a little longer, and we were talking about all kinds of things, generally at a much higher level of discourse than I’m accustomed to, when all of a sudden he got a look on his face like something had come to him in a flash.  And then he was off and running.

“Hold on, how did I not realize this before?” he said.  “He’s Vol’jin!”

“Who’s Vol’jin?” I asked him.  “I mean, other than Vol’jin being Vol’jin.”

“BOB, that’s who!  That guy who keeps writing in to my mailbag week after week!  How did I not think of this?  It’s been Vol’jin all this time!  And he’s been messing with me!  He knows perfectly well the difference between ‘Invincible’ and ‘Invisible’!  And that you can’t just sell the Warglaives of Azzinoth!  He was just saying those things to bait me into correcting him!  And I fell for it!  Not to mention that when he said 6 – 6 x 6 = 0, I’m fairly sure he knew that was wrong, too!  I’m actually embarrassed I missed that myself – how could I have forgotten my PEMDAS?  It should come out to –30, obviously!  I can’t believe Vol’jin’s been putting these past me all this time, and I never once put it together until now!  What’s WRONG with me?”

He dwelled on Vol’jin trolling him for a while, but then he started running through other odds and ends that he hadn’t noticed before, little mistakes that he felt like he should have known better than to make.  Not seeing through Magatha from the outset was the big one, really.  But then, after a while, the int buff finally ran out of him, in mid-sentence, no less: “…and for that matter, it occurs to me, something that doesn’t even add up about that time I was attacked at Alcaz Island…um…hang on… What was I saying?  Ugh…don’t you hate when you’re about to say something and then it falls right out of your head?  Probably nothing important.  Whatever.”

By this point the buff was long gone, and Garrosh decided he’d had enough of our company, so he went off on his way to try to find Gurtash.  Khizzara and I kept playing some of the carnival games for a while, and I even won enough tokens to finally get my Darkmoon dancing bear!  I think I’ll keep fairly quiet about that, and then swing by Grommash Hold sometime after the Warchief’s been dipping into the felweed again.  Can’t wait to see the look on his face!

See you all later!

If you ever need anything,

Spazzle

Welcome to [Warchief]

Posted in General, Transcripts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 30, 2012 by Garrosh Hellscream

I’m back in Orgrimmar.  After we wrapped up things in Garadar, I took sort of a leisurely trip by land to Shattrath with Lakkara.  From there we took one of the portals to Orgrimmar.  You should have seen the look on my mother’s face the first time she came up with me from the Cleft of Shadow and saw the Valley of Strength.

Since then I’ve been showing her around Orgrimmar and a little of Durotar.  At first I figured I was going to take her on this whirlwind tour around Kalimdor and show her everything, but I forget ALL of this is TOTALLY new to her, so it’s probably better to take our time and give her a chance to take it all in.  Even little things, like the fact that she hadn’t ever really seen trolls before.  Or Forsaken, for that matter…although she was a lot less freaked out over seeing them walking around town than I figured she would be.  I guess she just feels for anybody who’s had a rough time of it.  Anyway, for the time being I have her set up with her own quarters here in Grommash Hold, upstairs.

While she’s been getting settled and resting, I’ve had a chance to hop back online and get some Earth Online time.  The guild had gotten off to a slow start, since I ended up having a lot of distractions keeping me from the game, but I think we’re starting to get things together.  Spazzle also set me up with this thing that lets me log our in-game guild chat, so I’m going to try using it here and give you guys a peek at what we’ve been up to.  He even had some add-on that let me tag players in the game with their real names (or whatever names I want to label them with) so both names show up in the game chat.  Makes it easier for me to keep things straight sometimes, but I figure it’ll make these logs a hell of a lot easier for you all to make sense of.

Anyway, here goes:

 

[Guild][Omgipwnedurface | Garrosh]  So Spaz, how are things coming along on the guild web site?

[Guild][Bartleby | Mokvar]  Don’t we already have a web site?

[Guild][Omgipwnedurface | Garrosh]  Yes and no

[Guild][Omgipwnedurface | Garrosh]  We have a site that we use, but it’s not totally ours

[Guild][Bartleby | Mokvar]   How’s that?

[Guild][MrBadcrumble | Spazzle]  you know, it’s one of those prefab ones you can get at a host site.

[Guild][MrBadcrumble | Spazzle]  they’re fine and all, they give you the basics of what you need, but they don’t give you a whole lot of room to customize

[Guild][MrBadcrumble | Spazzle]  or for that matter even really have direct control of the site

[Guild][MrBadcrumble | Spazzle]  which is fine if you’re just wanting something to get started with, or if you just don’t have someone who knows web design

[Guild][Omgipwnedurface | Garrosh]  Which obviously we do

[Guild][MrBadcrumble | Spazzle]  this way I can custom build it, and have direct control over security, track IP addresses, etc.

[Guild][Omgipwnedurface | Garrosh]  Yeah, and after all the trouble I’ve been having on the blog the last month or so, I want us to have more control of the guild site

[Guild][Bartleby | Mokvar]  Ahh, got it.

[Guild][Omgipwnedurface | Garrosh]  So how’s it coming along?

[Guild][MrBadcrumble | Spazzle]  pretty well

[Guild][MrBadcrumble | Spazzle]  I think it should be up and running pretty soon

[Guild][MrBadcrumble | Spazzle]  sorry it’s been taking so long, but I ended up losing a bunch of time getting the blog secured again after all the hacking that was going on

[Guild][Omgipwnedurface | Garrosh]  So you finally have that locked down now?

[SteveKravitz | Utvoch] has logged on.

[Guild][MrBadcrumble | Spazzle]  yeah, I think so.  I set up a much tougher firewall

[Guild][MrBadcrumble | Spazzle]  it should be a LOT harder for anyone to get through it

[Guild][SteveKravitz | Utvoch]  a firewall wtf?

[Guild][SteveKravitz | Utvoch]  we’re got walls of fire here now?

[Guild][Omgipwnedurface | Garrosh]  No, not like that

[Guild][Bartleby | Mokvar]  Hey Dontrag.

[Guild][SteveKravitz | Utvoch]  no, this is utvoch

[Guild][SteveKravitz | Utvoch]  hey though

[Officer][Bartleby | Mokvar]  I always get them mixed up.

[Guild][MrBadcrumble | Spazzle]  it’s a firewall for Garrosh’s blog

[Officer][Omgipwnedurface | Garrosh]  If it makes you feel any better, I usually have to keep a little crib sheet on me

[Officer][Omgipwnedurface | Garrosh]  I still slip up every so often

[Guild][SteveKravitz | Utvoch]  we’re not going to have to start farming fire resist gear now, are we?

[GilbertRose | Dontrag] has logged on.

[Guild][GilbertRose | Dontrag]  server back up?

[Guild][MrBadcrumble | Spazzle]  sup Dontrag

[Guild][Omgipwnedurface | Garrosh]  No, it’s not a firewall like that

[Guild][Omgipwnedurface | Garrosh]  Not in the game

[Guild][SteveKravitz | Utvoch]  no, not dontrag, this is utvoch, i just said

[Guild][MrBadcrumble | Spazzle]  no, not you

[Guild][Bartleby | Mokvar]  He wasn’t talking to you.

[Guild][GilbertRose | Dontrag]  walls of fire?  are we doing one of the burning building scenarios?

[Guild][MrBadcrumble | Spazzle]  Dontrag just logged on

[Guild][SteveKravitz | Utvoch]  oh i missed that

[Guild][GilbertRose | Dontrag]  shouldnt we maybe recruit someone who plays a fire fighter before we try one of those

[Officer][Omgipwnedurface | Garrosh]  “oh i missed that” he says – I bet he gets tired of having to say that

[Officer][MrBadcrumble | Spazzle]  lol

[Officer][Bartleby | Mokvar]  haha

[Guild][Omgipwnedurface | Garrosh]  No, we’re not talking about BB scenarios.  It’s a firewall Spazzle set up for my blog

[Guild][SteveKravitz | Utvoch]  you have a blog?

[Officer][Omgipwnedurface | Garrosh] …

[Officer][Bartleby | Mokvar]  hah

[Guild][GilbertRose | Dontrag]  ah ok

[Guild][Omgipwnedurface | Garrosh]  Um, yes, I do

[Officer][Bartleby | Mokvar]  Didn’t he write in for one of your mailbags, too?

[Guild][Omgipwnedurface | Garroshhttp://commandboard.wordpress.com

[Officer][Omgipwnedurface | Garrosh]  Yeah, he did

[Officer][Bartleby | Mokvar]  haha, that’s great.

[Officer][MrBadcrumble | Spazzle]  lol

[Officer][Omgipwnedurface | Garrosh]  Clearly you and I have very different notions of “great”

[Guild][SteveKravitz | Utvoch]  oh cool

[Guild][SteveKravitz | Utvoch]  i will make a point of reading it, sir

[Officer][MrBadcrumble | Spazzle]  are you sure you want them reading it?

[Guild][GilbertRose | Dontrag]  as will i, great gl/warchief sir

[Officer][MrBadcrumble | Spazzle]  I mean, you kind of make fun of them a lot on it, call them stupid, etc.

[Officer][Omgipwnedurface | Garrosh]  I don’t say anything on the blog that I wouldn’t say to their faces

[Officer][Omgipwnedurface | Garrosh]  Watch

[Officer][Bartleby | Mokvar]  Also you’re assuming they would get half of the jabs he takes at them.

[Guild][Omgipwnedurface | Garrosh]  Dontrag

[Guild][Omgipwnedurface | Garrosh]  Utvoch

[LivinDeadGrl | Sylvanas] has logged on.

[Guild][Omgipwnedurface | Garrosh]  You guys know you’re fucking idiots, right?

[Officer][MrBadcrumble | Spazzle]  lol

[Guild][SteveKravitz | Utvoch]  yes, sir

[Guild][GilbertRose | Dontrag]  yes sir

[Guild][GilbertRose | Dontrag]  sorry sir

[Guild][LivinDeadGrl | Sylvanas]  Ah, I see our esteemed Warchief is once again demonstrating his inimitable leadership skills.

[Guild][SteveKravitz | Utvoch]  great apologies, sir

[Guild][SteveKravitz | Utvoch]  i’m doing my best to remedy my failings with my extension courses, sir

[Guild][GilbertRose | Dontrag]  morning, dark lady

[Guild][Omgipwnedurface | Garrosh]  Hey, we don’t all have the benefit of having all our underlings auto-brainwashed and under our thrall, Sylvanas

[Guild][Bartleby | Mokvar]  By the way, what’s up with your names, you two?  They seem kind of…generic.

[Guild][LivinDeadGrl | Sylvanas]  Good day, Utvoch.

[Guild][LivinDeadGrl | Sylvanas]  You wound me yet again, Warchief.

[Guild][GilbertRose | Dontrag]  yeah we both just used one of the randomly generated names

[Guild][GilbertRose | Dontrag]  no this is dontrag

[Guild][SteveKravitz | Utvoch]  wait, under thrall?

[Guild][SteveKravitz | Utvoch]  is thrall coming back?

[Officer][MrBadcrumble | Spazzle]  you kind of walked right into that one, boss

[Guild][Omgipwnedurface | Garrosh]  No.  Thrall isn’t coming back

[Officer][Omgipwnedurface | Garrosh]  Yeah, I know

[Officer][Omgipwnedurface | Garrosh]  Who told them about this guild again?

[Guild][GilbertRose | Dontrag]  thrall said he was coming back?

[Guild][GilbertRose | Dontrag]  when was this?  i missed it

[Guild][Omgipwnedurface | Garrosh]  No

[Officer][MrBadcrumble | Spazzle]  lol

[Guild][Omgipwnedurface | Garrosh]  Thrall

[Guild][Omgipwnedurface | Garrosh]  Is not

[Guild][Omgipwnedurface | Garrosh]  Coming back

[Officer][Bartleby | Mokvar]  You could not pay me to be Warchief, honestly.

[Guild][SteveKravitz | Utvoch]  ah okay, if you say so, sir

[Guild][GilbertRose | Dontrag]  truly it is a blessing that the horde has such an embarrassment of riches in our leadership

[Guild][Omgipwnedurface | Garrosh]  We have an embarrassment, all right

[Officer][Omgipwnedurface | Garrosh]  So hey, while you guys are here and Sylvanas is on

[Officer][Omgipwnedurface | Garrosh]  I was thinking it might be good to make her an officer

[Officer][Bartleby | Mokvar]  For real?

[Officer][MrBadcrumble | Spazzle]  she was the one who was hacking into the blog, wasn’t she?

[Officer][MrBadcrumble | Spazzle]  well one of them

[Officer][Omgipwnedurface | Garrosh]  Yeah, yeah, I know.  But hear me out

[Nightengayle | Garona] has logged on.

[Guild][LivinDeadGrl | Sylvanas]  Good morning, Garona.

[Guild][GilbertRose | Dontrag]  morning garona

[Officer][Omgipwnedurface | Garrosh]  First off, even though she did hack into the blog, I have to give her props for the way she shut Varian down

[Guild][Nightengayle | Garona]  hi BQ.

[Guild][Nightengayle | Garona]  hi dontrag.

[Officer][MrBadcrumble | Spazzle]  yeah, that was pretty funny

[Guild][LivinDeadGrl | Sylvanas]  No, that’s Utvoch.

[Officer][Omgipwnedurface | Garrosh]  She’s been playing this game for a while and knows a bunch of the classes really well, plus she DID server transfer just to join this guild

[Guild][GilbertRose | Dontrag]  no its not

[Guild][Nightengayle | Garona]  is it?  damn I thought I got it right this time.

[Guild][SteveKravitz | Utvoch]  no, you got it right

[Officer][MrBadcrumble | Spazzle]  that is true, she did

[Guild][GilbertRose | Dontrag]  i’m dontrag

[Guild][GilbertRose | Dontrag]  he’s utvoch

[Officer][Bartleby | Mokvar]  Yeah.

[Guild][LivinDeadGrl | Sylvanas]  Are you sure?

[Officer][Omgipwnedurface | Garrosh]  Plus, you know, I’ve been thinking lately, maybe I’ve been a little too hard on her.  I mean, to be fair, being tortured to death has to do a number on you

[Guild][GilbertRose | Dontrag]  i think we know who we are

[Guild][LivinDeadGrl | Sylvanas]  I would think you would know you are, as well.

[Officer][Bartleby | Mokvar]  If you think so.  It probably wouldn’t be a bad gesture, since she’s the de facto leader over in Eastern Kingdoms.

[Guild][LivinDeadGrl | Sylvanas]  Apparently, however, there is some uncertainty in the matter.

[Guild][Nightengayle | Garona]  now you’re just messing with them lol.

[Guild][LivinDeadGrl | Sylvanas]  ^_^

[Officer][Omgipwnedurface | Garrosh]  Yeah that too.  And also as far as the hacking goes, I think maybe if we put her on the inside, she might be less likely to want to try messing with things

[Officer][Bartleby | Mokvar]  Yeah, maybe.

[Officer][MrBadcrumble | Spazzle]  hmm yeah

[Guild][Nightengayle | Garona]  so what are you guys up to?

[Officer][MrBadcrumble | Spazzle]  well, if you think so, boss, it’s your call

[Officer][MrBadcrumble | Spazzle]  I need to jet in a little while, though.  I have to go meet up with my cousin Khizzara

[Officer][MrBadcrumble | Spazzle]  it’s new comic book day down at the shop!

[Guild][LivinDeadGrl | Sylvanas]  Just sorting out some day trading.

[Guild][SteveKravitz | Utvoch]  d and i are just sparring outside washington

[Guild][GilbertRose | Dontrag]  we should probably get back to leveling though

[Officer][Bartleby | Mokvar]  kk Spazzle

[Guild][Nightengayle | Garona]  yeah, me too.

[Guild][Nightengayle | Garona]  what level are you guys?

[LivinDeadGrl | Sylvanas] has been promoted to the rank Officer.

[Guild][GilbertRose | Dontrag]  34

[Guild][GilbertRose | Dontrag]  grats!

[Guild][SteveKravitz | Utvoch]  33 here

[Officer][LivinDeadGrl | Sylvanas]  ^_^

[Officer][LivinDeadGrl | Sylvanas]  Thank you, dear Guild Leader.

[Guild][Nightengayle | Garona]  grats BQ.

[Officer][MrBadcrumble | Spazzle]  welcome aboard, sylvanas

[Guild][LivinDeadGrl | Sylvanas]  Thank you!

[Officer][Omgipwnedurface | Garrosh]  No problem, Sylvanas.  I figure you know the game well, plus, you know, it’s always nice to actually have someone with a few IQ points in a leadership position

[Guild][Nightengayle | Garona]  you know in my other guild over on palin I’m an officer too, as a matter of fact.

[Officer][LivinDeadGrl | Sylvanas]  Indeed.

[Officer][MrBadcrumble | Spazzle]  anyway, hate to greet and run, but I have get going

[Officer][LivinDeadGrl | Sylvanas]  Take care, Spazzle.

[Guild][Nightengayle | Garona]  anyway boo, you guys are too high level for me.

[Guild][Nightengayle | Garona]  was going to say we should group up.

[Guild][Nightengayle | Garona]  unless you want to run a lvl 19 nurse through a couple lowbie instances… <3

[Officer][LivinDeadGrl | Sylvanas]  I appreciate your trust, good GL, and will of course do my best to serve the guild well.

[Guild][MrBadcrumble | Spazzle]  gotta run for a little while, guys.  back later!

[Guild][GilbertRose | Dontrag]  i guess we could, sure

[Guild][GilbertRose | Dontrag]  cya spazzle

[Guild][Bartleby | Mokvar]  Later, Spazzle.

[Guild][Nightengayle | Garona<3

[Guild][Omgipwnedurface | Garrosh]  Going quiet for a few, everyone, need to get this quest done for my class trinket

[MrBadcrumble | Spazzle] has logged off.

[Guild][SteveKravitz | Utvoch]  bye spazzle

[Guild][SteveKravitz | Utvoch]  damn, missed him

[Officer][LivinDeadGrl | Sylvanas]  Before you get too far into your quest, Garrosh, would it be all right if I invited a friend to the guild?

[Officer][LivinDeadGrl | Sylvanas]  He’s fairly new to the game, but I’m sure he’ll learn quickly.  Plus he doesn’t really get out a lot, so it might be nice for him to have some new people to interact with.

[Officer][Omgipwnedurface | Garrosh]  Yeah, that should be fine

[Guild][GilbertRose | Dontrag]  where should we meet you garona

[Officer][Omgipwnedurface | Garrosh]  Anyway, busy for a few

[Guild][Nightengayle | Garona]  I’m over in moscow now.

[Guild][Nightengayle | Garona]  I have a couple quests to do in the kremlin if we could do that.

[Lorthemar] has joined the guild.

[Lorthemar] has been promoted to the rank Recruit.

[Lorthemar] has been promoted to the rank Member.

[Guild][GilbertRose | Dontrag]  ok

[Guild][Bartleby | Mokvar]  Welcome, Lorthemar.

[Guild][LivinDeadGrl | Sylvanas]  Welcome!

[Guild][Lorthemar]  Thank you!

[Guild][Lorthemar]  Greetings, guildmates!

[Guild][GilbertRose | Dontrag]  sup

[Guild][SteveKravitz | Utvoch]  who’s the new guy?

[Guild][LivinDeadGrl | Sylvanas]  o.O

[Guild][Lorthemar]  Lor’themar Theron, at your service!

[Guild][Nightengayle | Garona]  oh so I guess you just didn’t have enough characters to put the last name on your toon?

[Guild][Nightengayle | Garona]  I think there’s a mod you can use to get around that.

[Guild][GilbertRose | Dontrag]  oh hey is that supposed to be like whats her face from the quest chain?

[Guild][Bartleby | Mokvar]  Who?

[Guild][Lorthemar]  Well…no.  That’s just my name.

[Guild][GilbertRose | Dontrag]  that npc, another theron i think

[Guild][Nightengayle | Garona]  charlize?

[Guild][LivinDeadGrl | Sylvanas]  Charlize, yeah.

[Guild][LivinDeadGrl | Sylvanas]  No, but wait, no, that’s not what he’s going for.

[Guild][SteveKravitz | Utvoch]  oh wow so you’re into like that total immersion thing, huh?

[Guild][GilbertRose | Dontrag]  yeah thats her

[Guild][Nightengayle | Garona]  she’s in a few in-game cinematics too.

[Guild][LivinDeadGrl | Sylvanas]  Not many of those are really worth watching, though.

[Guild][SteveKravitz | Utvoch]  is your toon supposed to be related to her or something?

[Guild][Bartleby | Mokvar]  Ugh, too much RP.

[Guild][GilbertRose | Dontrag]  they are as long as you turn off your speakers

[Guild][Nightengayle | Garona]  …

[Guild][GilbertRose | Dontrag]  just sayin

[Guild][Lorthemar]  I’m a little confused.

[Guild][LivinDeadGrl | Sylvanas]  I must admit, I’m a little baffled as well.

[Guild][Nightengayle | Garona]  it’s okay, the game throws a lot at you at once, it gets easier to keep track of once you play a little.

[Guild][Nightengayle | Garona]  why, BQ?  you’ve been playing this game longer than me.

[Guild][LivinDeadGrl | Sylvanas]  No…not like that.

[Guild][LivinDeadGrl | Sylvanas]  Lorthemar is literally THE Lor’themar Theron.

[Guild][GilbertRose | Dontrag]  ok…

[Guild][SteveKravitz | Utvoch]  right, he said that

[Guild][Nightengayle | Garona]  and…?

[Officer][LivinDeadGrl | Sylvanas] …

[Officer][Bartleby | Mokvar]  What?

[Guild][LivinDeadGrl | Sylvanas]  Lor’themar Theron.

[Guild][LivinDeadGrl | Sylvanas]  Regent Lord of Quel’thalas.

[Guild][GilbertRose | Dontrag]  not ringing any bells

[Guild][LivinDeadGrl | Sylvanas]  The leader of the blood elves.

[Guild][Nightengayle | Garona]  oh.

[Guild][Bartleby | Mokvar]  If you say so.

[Guild][SteveKravitz | Utvoch]  wait, didn’t we kill him a couple years ago?

[Officer][LivinDeadGrl | Sylvanas]  Never mind.

[Guild][Lorthemar]  I really am confused now.

[Guild][LivinDeadGrl | Sylvanas]  No, that was…you know what, forget it.  Welcome to the guild, Lor’themar.

[Guild][SteveKravitz | Utvoch]  yeah i’m starting to get a little lost too

[Guild][Omgipwnedurface | Garrosh]  Okay, back

[Guild][Omgipwnedurface | Garrosh]  And check this out

[Guild][Nightengayle | Garona]  wb.

[Guild][Bartleby | Mokvar]  Checking.

[Guild][GilbertRose | Dontrag]  welcome back sir

[Guild][Omgipwnedurface | Garrosh]  So I was doing my teacher class quest to upgrade my gradebook trinket

[Guild][Omgipwnedurface | Garrosh]  And I finish the quest, and since I was in an instanced inner city school zone, when I zone out I’m PVP flagged, right?

[Guild][Omgipwnedurface | Garrosh]  So this random guy sees me and decides he’s going to try and gank me.

[Guild][Omgipwnedurface | Garrosh]  Only now I’ve got my shiny new trinket, and I blow all my upgraded lesson buffs at once, and BAM, drop the scrub like a freshman-year undeclared pre-med major

[Guild][GilbertRose | Dontrag]  haha awesome

[Guild][LivinDeadGrl | Sylvanas]  Welcome back, Garrosh.

[Guild][Nightengayle | Garona]  woot

[Guild][Omgipwnedurface | Garrosh]  And I’m all doing a /detention emote on him like “WHAM!  You got SCHOOLED, bitch!”  haha

[Guild][Bartleby | Mokvar]  haha

[Guild][Lorthemar]  I’m not sure I really follow all that, but I’m sure it was a glorious victory, Warchief.

[Guild][Omgipwnedurface | Garrosh]  They don’t call me Omgipwnedurface for nothing

[Guild][SteveKravitz | Utvoch]  indeed sir

[Guild][SteveKravitz | Utvoch]  they call you that because you entered it on the character creation screen

[Guild][LivinDeadGrl | Sylvanas]  Speaking of triumphant returns, by the way, I heard a rumor that Thrall was coming back.  Is it true?

[Guild][Omgipwnedurface | Garrosh]  Um okay

[Guild][Omgipwnedurface | Garrosh]  OMG not that again

[Guild][SteveKravitz | Utvoch]  yeah i heard someone talking about that earlier too

[Guild][Lorthemar]  Really?  Thrall’s returning?  Do you know anything about when?

[Guild][LivinDeadGrl | Sylvanas]  Seems he’s being very cagey about the details.

[Officer][Omgipwnedurface | Garrosh]  Sylvanas, why do you insist on confusing the stupid?

[Guild][GilbertRose | Dontrag]  huh interesting

[Guild][SteveKravitz | Utvoch]  yeah sounds like he’s trying to keep it hush hush

[Officer][LivinDeadGrl | Sylvanas]  Sorry, dear Warchief.  It’s just so easy!

[Guild][Nightengayle | Garona]  didn’t garrosh already say that wasn’t happening?

[Officer][LivinDeadGrl | Sylvanas]  And it’s so fun to drop heavy things on the fools’ heads.  They make such an entertaining splat.

[Guild][GilbertRose | Dontrag]  yeah he did but people are still talking about it so i dont know

[Officer][Omgipwnedurface | Garrosh]  Hang on brb

[Guild][SteveKravitz | Utvoch]  that could just be thralls cover story too

[Guild][Lorthemar]  I must admit, history isn’t terribly promising when it comes to leaders who allegedly are gone for good.

[Guild][Omgipwnedurface | Garrosh]  Okay peeps

[Guild][SteveKravitz | Utvoch] yeah thats true, like everyone said we killed you a couple years ago and here you are back again

[Guild][Omgipwnedurface | Garrosh]  I need to log off for a little while

[Guild][Omgipwnedurface | Garrosh]  My mom wants me to get off the computer

[Guild][Nightengayle | Garona]  bye garrosh

[Guild][Omgipwnedurface | Garrosh]  Plus she’s only been in Orgrimmar a day so I should make sure she’s not going to get lost or something

[Guild][GilbertRose | Dontrag]  cya sir

[Guild][SteveKravitz | Utvoch]  l8r

[Guild][Lorthemar]  Be well, Warchief.  Give my best to Mother Hellscream!

[Guild][Omgipwnedurface | Garrosh]  Later guys

[Officer][LivinDeadGrl | Sylvanas]  So…is it always like this?

[Officer][Bartleby | Mokvar]  You really don’t read the blog, do you?

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