I wish I could submit a Breakfast Topic for WoW Insider. I have the perfect one. But I’m not allowed to because I live outside the USA. That’s not WoW Insider’s fault. And it’s not my parents fault for being Welsh- just lost that argument on the phone with them. It’s something to do with the Seed service they use. Anyway my husband refuses to move to the States so I can submit a Breakfast Topic (he can be unreasonable but I don’t like to moan) so I’m writing it here instead. But so I’m not sued for copyright issues it’s not called a Breakfast Topic. It’s called Midnight Feast Musings – which I’ve now copyrighted in case Wow Insider loves it (yes I am writing again from crazy fantasy land – nice view here).
Ok so what is my Topic…sorry…Midnight Feast Musings. It is “When was the moment in WoW when you discovered your class’s ability that made you feel super awesome?” Not just “oh this game could be fun” (me killing a squirrel in WoW for the first time…joking ….please PETA no angry emails…I’m a squirrel loving vegetarian honest…although a squirrel did once throw nuts aggressively at my husband but that’s another story). Not just “oooh look what my toon can do” (I got that the first time I jumped and I now realise it’s not that big a deal …stands up and jumps again just to prove it). No- super awesome.
It’s kind of typical for me but my super awesome example is not mine but my husband’s. He does all the cool stuff. But the laws of common law that govern UK marital law mean all his great achievements, feats and triumphs are mine to enjoy vicariously. And I was looking over his shoulder when it happened so it totally counts.
Ok the moment – it involves Mor’Laidim. Tragic story that isn’t it? I wish we did not have to kill him. Can’t we counsel him? I did try using the Say Channel to do that but he didn’t let me get very far. I love the end scene (SPOILER ALERT for that one person out there that is still doing this storyline and doesn’t know how it turns out) when the ring is laid on the grave and he appears. It’s a travesty it’s not been recognised in the Oscars. Anyway I love feeling that I’ve given him peace and he can rest at last. I walk away happy swinging that cool sword he gives over my shoulder (another reason not to walk behind me if we’re in a group by the way).
But then you log in as any other character and start killing him (scratch that…being killed by him) again and again. I don’t want to do that. Can’t it end? But he offers that sword. And I really like that sword. So I kill him over and over like the Guy Pearce character in Memento (but with less memory loss and tattoos).
But this isn’t one of my Mor’Laidim stories. It’s my husband’s. And it’s about him discovering just how awesome one of his class’s abilities was. He was playing his dwarf Hunter – Fidget, with his bear Claude. They’re a cute little pair. I’ve grouped with them a few times with Luxmi my shaman. They both make me feel rather tall and powerful (I’m not in real life – neither tall nor powerful I mean- so I enjoy strutting around as my shaman discovering what it’s like you look people in the eye rather than the chest, and in the case of Fidget & Claude towering over them like some hoofed Amazon).
He was fighting Mor’Laidim and it wasn’t going well. As you all know he hits rather hard. And fast. And often. It’s not particularly pleasant even when sat safely behind a monitor looking on from a very safe distance (what measurements do you use for the distance between the virtual and real world by the way….any quantum physicists out there stop playing eye spy with Schrodinger’s cat and let me know). So he was struggling. But then a group of other players appeared. Now I don’t know about you but when I was out there in the field (i.e. levelling by questing as opposed to lazing around in a capital city hitting the random dungeon finder) I used to help out whenever I saw someone fighting and struggling. As a schoolchild I was marked deeply by the story of the Good Samaritan. And the song – did any of you ever sing it…. “Cross over the road my friend, ask the Lord his strength to lend, his compassion has no end, Cross over the road (If you imagine this just being sung in a high female Welsh voice with a man’s face frowning at me from across the room you’ve just had a snapshot of my life at this very moment).
Anyway these people did not help. They just stood and watched. If I’d been logged on I would have charged for tickets and set up a quick ring & organised the fight into rounds. But I wasn’t. I was looking over my husband’s shoulder shocked at their callousness. They didn’t help.
Just about to die and absolutely desperate he hit feign death and collapsed in a little heap on the ground. I looked on assuming game over. The group in the game looking on, assumed the same thing and MADE THE BIGGEST MISTAKE OF THEIR LIVES (caveat – in WoW, just on that occasion, just with those character), yes THE BIGGEST MISTAKE OF THEIR LIVES. In their haste to capitalise on Fidget’s tragic end they immediately started fighting Mor’Laidim – assuming Fidget was dead and they could beat Mor’Laidim while his health was down. Now I know it doesn’t really work like that. My husband and I later did a CSI reconstruction of events and we think it happened like this. Mor Laidim must have been greyed out to them because Fidget was still alive. His health hadn’t shot back up because Fidget was still alive. But they were so excited they were opportunistic. And that combination always makes people stupid (or hugely successful – it can work either way to be honest). They attacked Mor’Laidim and beat him. He joined Fidget as a heap on the ground at which point Fidget triumphantly jumped up with a dwarven “Ta Dah!!!…it’s dwarven because it sounded more like “Hi Ho”). Claude ran back to his victorious master. My husband & I broke away from the game to hug and celebrate and ring our family. It really did feel wonderful. The group that had fought him looked on in what I can only hope was sheer amazement with dawning realisation and an important lesson learned that will stay with them their entire lives. Fidget looted the corpse then skipped off to turn in his quest (ran into a pack of 5 mobs on the way mind & died a horrible death but I like to think he still had a little smile on his face).
It was amazing. My husband and I still get soppy and reminisce about it. And my husband’s total respect for Feign Death was born. It’s an amazing ability it can help you survive the attacks of a crazy maniac while teaching selfish onlookers a powerful lesson – what else in life can do that (not suggesting for one moment we all learn to feign death at difficult times though might cause quite a stir particularly if it’s just your mother asking for a favour or something).
So that’s mine (cough-my husband’s) moment when he realised than a certain ability was awesome. Super awesome. And as we always do with my Midnight Feast Musings (play along with me on this and pretend I’m a professional and this is an ongoing feature)- would love to hear what your super awesome ability moments have been.
And Wow Insider….consider Midnight Feast Musings from Bravetank – you’ll be onto a winner (and any noise you might have heard then was either my nose scraping the floor again or my dignity finally exiting the room).