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If you remember back to June when we were talking Role Playing I mentioned that I occasionally play World of Warcraft. By occasionally I mean I’ve logged in about four times since January.
Last year I was addicted. I’d been out of the RPing world for two years when Hubs signed up, and I was content watching him play (I’m weird like that – I like to watch other people play computer games). But he kept saying how much I would like it, and when he asked if I wanted to make a character “just for fun” I thought what the heck, let’s make Kindra into an elf. I chose a hunter class because I liked the idea of having a pet (I’m very bad at the game so the pet does most of the fighting for me) and I named it Pike.
That’s right; Kindra Odion has a cat named Pike that she can command. That fact alone has made the monthly payments worth it 😉 (for those of you who have just joined the blog, Pike is Kindra’s antagonist).
After a couple months I got a little bored. So I made a new character, Karigan Odion (Kindra’s daughter). She’s also an elf, but she’s a druid because the character Karigan has a little priestess ability, on top of her kickass warriorness. Instead of having a pet cat Kari can turn into a cat and kick butt that way. I’m really bad at that, by the way. I tried making Kaye a human mage next, on a different server, but she’s very weak and no fun to play (and now you know why the Kaye chapters are so hard for me to write).
I made Bekkah, a Worgen Warlock, last. Basically she’s a werewolf who can summon demons to fight for her. Yeah, she’s totally my Rebecca character and I love her. She shot up the levels so fast, but she’s very much a lone wolf. And that’s a funny thing I’ve noticed: each of my characters in the game has a different personality. They act like the character they are based on. Bekkah doesn’t talk to the guild – she doesn’t join groups or play in dungeons. Karigan on the other hand is a chatty, group-making, dungeon-loving elf. She’s sassy and playful and hates to quest alone. Kindra is a bit of both. She’ll chat sometimes, and she’ll join groups if someone needs help, but she rarely does dungeons (unless she knows the group) and she rarely asks for help. Her sense of humor is a little more biting than Kari’s. She’s more aggressive. It’s very much a reflection of Kindra from the novels.
I found the same thing with the places. The quests are fairly similar over the entire game, and there are a few places you can go for each level, and I’ve found that I gravitate towards certain places over others, depending on the character I’m playing. Bekkah likes bleak landscapes and dark forests – Duskwood is probably her favorite place to play. Kari likes water (she can also turn into a seal, so that might have something to do with it). Kindra likes lush landscapes – greens and purples. And it’s funny, because sometimes I’ll be in the middle of doing something and my brain will suddenly have this urge to play. Not to continue with the new places, but to go back to places I have already been and play there. I remember how they felt.
That is exactly what I remember about Fie Eoin when I’m away from it for too long. I started working on this re-write because I missed how it felt. Not because I missed writing and pulling my hair out and hating that I couldn’t make it sound right, but because I missed how it felt to be in Fie Eoin. It’s like going home. When I think of Fie Eoin I don’t think of the crappy writing, the weak character arcs, or the fact that sometimes I think it will never be finished. I think of the way Monk smirks when he’s making fun of Kindra, or the way the wind feels as it runs over Kaye’s wings up on the cliff. A lot of times it will be nothing more than the sound of Gar whispering “Kindra” that sends a pang of intense longing for their world. Sara Bareilles “Gravity” is the perfect way to describe it.
See? Even a post about WoW turned into a post about Fie Eoin. I’m addicted.
What are you addicted to? Do you play WoW? Do you find yourself wanting to go back to Duskwood, or the Arathi Highlands? Most importantly, are you on the Arygos server and want to kill some bad guys with me after work? 😉
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