I really should be focusing on my Horde toons, as I’m going to end up levelling my Worgen druid through the Alliance quests, but I’ve found myself attached to levelling my little Gnome priest, Chromatic.
Now, Mattie started as my little gnome rogue on Feathermoon, that I rolled to attend an RP event that I ended up being unable to attend. She wasn’t your usual gnome, with the cute hairstyles and the brightly coloured hair – just that really short hairstyle in brown. But then when I was going to be rolling my Gnome priest, I thought “Well, I like Mattie. Maybe she got religion!” And thus you get Chromatic of Apotheosis.
Most of you who know me fairly well know I am a VERY slow leveller. So I’m very pleased that she dinged 23 tonight. I was going to level her shadow (because I never learn *coughRetpallies*), but a guildie said I should level Disc, so I’m trying it.
Holy. Crap. This is FUN! I didn’t know soloing as a healing-specced squishy could BE so fun! And granted it’s probably a lot the new way talents and stuff are designed, but DAYUM! And then the QUESTING! I left the Gnome/Dwarf area after I dinged 10 and went to Westfall, because I always had a soft spot for the Defias and I wanted to see what had been done to the place – my shammy can level through the Dwarven areas. And just… oh MAN! It’s so EPIC! Not to mention there seems to be a much better sense of cohesion in each zone, and they actually SEND YOU to the next zone so you don’t have to worry about where to go next, and it’s just… oh my GOD.
I haven’t done as much Hordeside, but the Troll starting area? Amazing. Broke me a little
Spoilers for Westfall, Redridge, and Echo Isles lay ahead – read at your own risk!
So, first there was Echo Isles. I’m running around on my baby troll drood (…of COURSE I rolled a drood!), and she’s getting followed by this npc dude Zuni. And at first I was all “…wtf, seriously”, because he’s chatting with me and stuff, but after a couple quests where we ran into each other, I was warming up to him. He was kinda sweet, actually. Honestly, it was pretty clear we’d been friends for a long time, now that I thought about it. Awesome! I’m running around, doing quests and responding to Zuni in /s because it was an RP server and I’m awesome like that, and generally having a good time. We’re friends, and hey, maybe he’ll show up in future zones! That would be cool, even if he’s just chillin’ out a little, right? I’d love to keep seeing him! And then we had the “help your racial leader kill this mini-boss!” quest, which really doesn’t ACTUALLY require much of your help, but is fun to do anyway. So you stamp some fires out at one point, and then they flare up again and Zuni goes “I got it this time!” and goes to stamp the fire out…
And gets one-shot. I may have, rather dramatically, gone, “Zuni! NOOOO!” in /y. >_> Don’t judge me. So… The boss goes down, and Vol’jin says that some healer lady will take care of him and trots off. OH! So she’ll rez him and– “There’s nothing I can do for the boy. I’ll ensure he gets a proper burial.” NOOOO! T_T I will admit to actually tearing up at this point. >_>
So now my little druid has a tragic past COURTESY OF THE STARTING AREA. Go figure.
Then I log over onto Mattie and start Westfall. They’re pretty straightforward, though I really didn’t like the portrayal of homeless people – very cliched. I know people who’ve lived on the streets. :/ I almost WAS homeless a couple times. But whatever, CSI dude is both hilarious and highly annoying, but I started noticing this AWESOME phasing that would happen – I’d run around to the back of a building, complete a quest, come back, and things were DIFFERENT. SO natural, so great. Then I was helping out Farmer Saldean, which made me feel good, and took some soup to his daughter Hope who was quite sweet and had me give it to the various homeless people in the area. And then a quick succession of quests and all of the sudden… HOPE? HOPE IS VANESSA VANCLEEF? :O The newly-reborn Defias sets fire to the settlement and Mattie’s life is spared for helping further their cause, and I’m told to go to Stormwind and warn the king, NOW! So I RUN OFF. And… promptly forget I’m on a PvE server, because I’m running through the streets of Stormwind shouting “Out of the way! Gnome on a mission, here, GANGWAY!” And of course when she got into the keep, it was all “*gasp* King Varian! The *pant* the Defias! They… *wheeze* burning…”
…I might enjoy interacting with the NPCs a bit too much. >_>
Anyway, then I get sent to Redridge. Shocking, I know. And I do the generic quests that lead you up to the “storyline” quests, as I’ve called them to myself. La la, whatever, kill these things, get these items– rescue Bravo Company so Keeshan will fight the orcs. So I start in on these quests thinking “Oh, okay, well they’re amusing and helpful to have with me, at least.” I get Keeshan’s bandana and the necklace his wife gave him back from the orcs and we start on our EPIC PLAN to blow them all up. And then I’m starting to go “wow, these guys might be annoyingly macho, but they’re COOL! I wish I could be that badass,” and then “I kind of wish I could just be part of their little group. Chromatic of Bravo Company…”
Which is, of course, shortly before one of the random flavour lines that Keeshan would say included something like “Oh, did I forget to mention you’re part of Bravo Company now?” I squeed, no lie. We kill orcs! They FEEL THE THUNDER! And then we’re taking on a DRAGON, and–
Why are they dying? The dragon isn’t even directly attacking them, why–
Keeshan shouts “You killed them all! NOW YOU DIE!” Or something along those lines. The dragon says “I’m taking you with me!”, grabs Keeshan, flies in the air, Keeshan still attacking him, and then plummets, dead, into the lake.
I go back and turn in the quest. The questgiver says I’m the last of Bravo Company, so I should be the one to tell the story to the mayor. He salutes me. “Dismissed.” I talk to the mayor with a heavy heart and in return, he gives me a Bravo Company Signet Ring, and… Keeshan’s bandana. The one I’d rescued from the orcs. I solemnly put both on, and walked out of the town hall without another word. I won’t be getting rid of THOSE two quest items any time soon.
It’s kind of silly, in a way, but the immersion of these new quests really appeal to me. It makes me feel like I’m RPing, in a way, and in a way, I AM. I, Apple, am not the sole surviving member of Bravo Company, who protected Lakeshire from the foul machinations of the black dragonflight and the Blackrock orcs. I, MATTIE, am. I just… I love it all. So much. And I can’t help but think that if Mattie were on an RP server, that headband would be one of the few game-achievements that actually made it into my RP, because technically, anyone who did that questline also has Keeshan’s bandana, and there are just as many “last members” of Bravo Company, but… yeah. It wouldn’t even be a specific thing, just… “it belonged to a very brave man I knew.”
…anyway, this post has trailed WAY off the topic I started on, sort of, so that’s a sign I should probably go to bed. :) Have a good weekend, everyone!