On the Hunt (for Herbs)

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We travel far and wide to get our delicious herblings.

February 3, 2009 at 9:03 pm Leave a comment

BA Shared Topic: My Thoughts on Achievements

This is the January 26, 2009 Blog Azeroth Shared Topic.  Hooray!

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Achievements in two words: Addict, ing, and Bonding.  Three words?

Addict – Although I am always pleasantly surprised to gain an achievement on Rayare, I basically spent most of my gold on the few remaining mini pets I needed to get Galileyo to 50 (and I still ended up falling short, mostly because I haven’t spent time on farming rarer drops).  Even though Gal won’t be joining the big crowd in Northrend, it was nice having gold to spend on alts and random frivolities.  And I am way too lazy (read: proud) to think about doing dailies again (that seems pathetic, being the last geared 70 in Azeroth and going off to kill mostly-defenseless Blood Elves with the baby Death Knights).  I am frustrated that I can’t easily obtain the last few that I need to hit 50, and I am nowhere near having enough mounts for the Albino Drake.  Gal is now sitting pretty at 150 gold.

ing – On Ray the achievements are very happy-go-lucky, although I often find myself eying those harder to get achievements (ones I know she’d never be able to get – can anyone say black war bear at level 23??).  Elder Rayare would be pretty snazzy, especially considering my old guild on Onyxia was called the Elders (I was GM).  Ray has a fun time doing random activities that I essentially took for granted on Gal, and is dinging achievements along the way.  Technically, I never experienced my First Honorable Kill Achievement or many of my professions achievements (the night I leveled from min. to max. in first aid on Gal should have been an achievement in its own).

Bonding – I like that I am suddenly noticing all of these little details about my character.  It makes me feel more in tune with them, and I share a deeper bond knowing the intricacies and inner workings of my other selves.  I was extremely proud of Ray when she got her Expert in First Aid achievement last night, and I loved gaining a reputation as the flower child of WSG and AB when I ran around healing and hugging people.  I think the reason why we play a character is because we feel like they are an extension of ourselves, and I am happy proudly showing off my feats.

I quite enjoy rediscovering the joys of my “firsts.”

*Have I mentioned how much I love the lore behind Stromgarde?  Getting to visit as an ally (rather than an antagonist) was a real treat and worth the long run!

February 3, 2009 at 9:25 am Leave a comment

Morning Dish

Three posts in one day to kick it off, eh?* That’s what you’d call on a roll.**

So how are we doing?  Well….

We’ve got an extremely amusing (dry and sarcastic is humorous, but only if done right, and we all know QQ delivers) post from Euripedes over at Critical QQ about Death Knights in battlegrounds.  Hooray for Death Grip!  Personally, after Wrath hit I did two Alterac Valleys on Gal (in the 60-70 bracket), came up against my first couple of Death Knights, and decided I didn’t feel too threatened.   They weren’t much of a problem, mostly because they were lower levels and I was geared.  /Grin.  For the most part it was easy to ignore them, and the only time I really noticed they were around was when they did their giant bubbly red AOE thing, and frankly I didn’t even know if it was theirs or ours.  I did get Death Gripped a couple times, but it really just made me chuckle.  Truth be told, however, I didn’t look to see how many were present on either side, but I’m almost certain I remember there being none in the top half of the damage meters at the end of both matches (we won both).  I would like to go up head to head against one, but it seems like most of them are racing to 80, and I am staying where I am – happily epicced and content with a rather large kitty and some BM lovin’.  Anyway, go read that.  It made me chuckle.

I also really appreciate everything Siha over at Banana Shoulders is doing for us non-Beta Wrath players – i. e. her instance guides.  I find that Siha really knows what she is talking about, whether it be instancing, healing, paladins, or professions.  I always love reading her articles.

Pike is rerolling – what what??  Her hammer-swinging paladin reminds me of how much I loved playing my Blood Elf prot pally Fiali.  And it’s amusing to me that I find myself on the same Battlegroups as her.  I’ve been playing on Ner’zhul and Ony since I got the game, and low and behold Ner’zhul and Silver Hand are both on Bloodlust, and Onyxia and The Venture Co are on Nightfall (both great BG names, by the way).  Great minds think alike, right?  Hello, Pike!  And hey, tons of people from the hunter blog world are transferring to Ner’zhul, too.  Unfortunately they’re all Alliance, but I guess I’m cool with equipping my Orb of Deception and having a party!  What’s up, Amava Amiva, Lassira, and Matticus?

What else can I comment on?  Ah yes, His Excellency Ratshag – I love Kinnavieve!  Well, I love everyone on the Ratshag Team (Palintera being one of my other favorites), and I wish he’d write up longer posts.  I miss all the “Essential Ratshag”-ness of his older posts.  I guess raiding and gearing has got him pretty busy!

Finally, I just wanted to say how much I miss all of my companions.  Gal almost has 50 of them, and Ray has 3!  Ray’s bank alt also has one, but that is for another story….

*For some unknown reason, WordPress put me in a strange time zone, so my last post covering the Wowhead article is from the 3rd instead of the 2nd.  It is going to be strange going back to school and being three hours ahead again!  Also, fish?  ((see below))

**Can kitties roll?

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February 3, 2009 at 8:59 am 1 comment

Wowhead’s Take on the “Morality Issue”

This issue is popping up everywhere, and after reading this article I just wanted to give a few more personal comments.

[Wowhead]

“I submit to you the following question:

“Is your WoW character a violent person?” (more…)

February 3, 2009 at 12:13 am Leave a comment

Kitty’s New ‘Do

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Ray (and I) is often a little ADD about her hair.  Originally she was sporting a short white bob, which became white braids, which, after dinging 20, became turquoise braids and some warpaint.  Huzzah!

Here you see a lovely shot of Ray fresh from the salon in Stormwind.

February 2, 2009 at 9:22 pm Leave a comment

Morally Obligated Kitty

Hello hello.  Welcome to Sauteed Sunfish, a blog about being a baby druid in a harsh, morally-challenged, milk-lacking, orc-axe-beating world.  Rayare is currently a level 23 Night Elf druid on the realm Onyxia.  If you recognize the name, that’s because I have blogged before (Troll on a PowerBook, anyone?).  In the meantime I quit WoW, then started playing Alliance just for kicks when Wrath came out.  Coincidentally one of the things I missed most about playing WoW was blogging about WoW.  So now here I am, no longer a ruthless killer and treasure-seeking huntress with a cat—now a still adventure-seeking explorer cat.

A bit about the baby druid: Rayare woke up one morning lost and confused in Menethil Harbor, far away from everything she had known.  The only boats out were to a place called Northrend (the name of which put chills down the spines of those who spoke it), and the only road headed north through the swamp of the Wetlands.  Rayare travelled as far as she could run on her own two legs, and shifted into a beautiful brown bear when she tired.  Eventually she made it to Stormwind, and soon after her permanent home in the Redridge Mountains: Lakeshire.  There she remained, fetching supplies for the townsfolk and ridding the land of harmful beasts that threatened to invade the orc-ravaged town.

One thing about WoW that I realized as a troll is that killing comes naturally.  Usually your first quest as a level one character, no matter your race or class, asks you to kill a number of beasts, whether it be wolves, boars, moths, or nightsabers.  It is from this beginning that we become trained to see only the task at hand, and not beyond to the moral reality of what we are doing.  I am not suggesting that we stop questing, killing, skinning, looting, instancing, and raiding, but that we become aware.  Read the quest text and decide for yourself whether the prize is worth it.  And learn a lot more about lore in the process.

A big thing I stressed when I picked up Rayare in Lakeshire is that she would be very down to earth.  As a druid, she would be able to appreciate nature and the plants and animals that inhabit it.  She is a skinner and an herbalist, able to use everything she can off of the things that she kills.  She also fishes and cooks.  She is learning the consequences of killing just for loot.  Too much killing yields death and a strong lesson for her, so she is learning to use her resources wisely.

With that, she begins her journey through young Night Elf druid adulthood, and we both would like to share it with you from time to time, with lots of Redridge cookin’ insights (mmm Sauteed Sunfish and a glass of cold milk), colorful flowers, and pretty pictures!

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February 2, 2009 at 9:00 pm Leave a comment

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Welcome to Sauteed Sunfish - a blog about playing the "right" way in a morally corrupt Azeroth! I'm Rayare, Horde ex-hunter and baby druid extraordinaire on the realm Onyxia. There be dragons, baby. Dragons.

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Rayare the Feral Druid - Onyxia
Galileyo the BM Hunter - Ner'zhul
Fiali the Prot Paladin - Ner'zhul

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