Resisting the Thoughts

I hearthstoned back to Stormwind yesterday & left my character for five minutes alone in the inn. When I came back her task bar had completely changed. “Something’s happened,” I yelled to no one in particular. “My taskbar is shorter, the icons bigger, and my nose is tickling too.” Husband came over. “It’s your screen size, it’s wrong.” Where this came from I’ve no idea as  my screen size was exactly the same as it always is. Daughter came over. “This has happened to me before,” she said confidently, “You have to press this or this or that or those. ” At which point she started randomly attacking all the keys on my laptop. Husband saw my face and stepped in and gently escorted her away. So I googled “WoW taskbar changed” – nothing, just stuff about adding things to your taskbar and lots of things about the Windows taskbar (apparently Google thinks WoW could be a short hand for window which I guess is true). Just as I was about to restart Battlenet it suddenly occurred to me to actually check the spells in the taskbar. And then I noticed the buff in the top right of the screen. And then I realised I had fallen prey to dark thoughts. Only took me about 15 minutes to understand what was going on. A personal record.

Next came the angst. Should I use any of the abilities, out myself as a Legion supporter and face the wrath of Stormwind? What to do, what to do? I could cause hysteria amongst a group of allies (nice) and take on the appearance of a target including most NPCs. My first thought was Alison the innkeeper. This is because I have no imagination and was stood right next to her. I could also become a Dreadlord for a minute.

I toyed with the idea of doing all of the above just to see what it was like. I was curious and tempted – emotions that have led many an individual down a path of no return. And I’m no saint –  in the Wrath event I turned zombie and chased people. I think I might have eaten one or two. It was what you did back in the heady days of the scourge invasion. But it seems I’ve changed. I just couldn’t bring myself to go all Legion yesterday. It just felt too big, too bad and too wrong. Plus I was scared of being beaten up. Yes cowardice – the safe road to the moral high ground. So I clicked off the buff and flew away to afk in more invasions. I think King Varian would be proud.

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