11/04/2009 at 7:06 pm (Words from the Writer)
Tags: pandaren, pets, Twitter, WoW
Note number one! I’m on twitter, to make it easier for people to know when there’s updates on the blog. You can follow me at http://twitter.com/Shadesogrey
Note number two! Goodness, everyone’s in a flurry about the new pets you can purchase from Blizzard – some say it’s good business, and a LARGE number of people seem to think it’s selling out.
I like to look at it this way – it’s like buying the TGC, except instead of the random element where you don’t know if you’re going to get a loot card, or what loot card you’re going to get, this way you know for sure you’re going to get a pet. Absolutely guaranteed.
It’s also nice that they let people purchase them as gifts – there’s your Christmas present for the WoW gamer in your life, and it’s an inexpensive one at that. The other part that I like, and the reason I bought the Pandaren pet, is that 50% of the proceeds go to the Make-A-Wish foundation. I’ve got no problem at all whatsoever with getting a nifty ingame critter, and donating to a charity at the same time.
What I wish, however, is that all the pets worked in the same way. Right now, if you buy Lil’ K.T., it’s just money in Blizzard’s pocket. But oh, the money they could be raising for charity if they pulled the same deal as they’re pulling with the pandaren – and there’s so many charities out there that Blizzard could be helping.
I’m not going to bother purchasing K.T. unless I see a notice going up saying that they’re splitting the proceeds with another worthwhile cause. Child’s Play? Toys for Tots? Medical research organizations? Heck, the ASPCA? Come on Blizzard, you’ve already got millions of people willing to drop money at your feet, how about using some of that power you’re swaggering around with to give back to the community in spades?
11/04/2009 at 6:26 pm (Lore History)
Tags: Elune, kaldorei, lore, night elf history, night elves, quel'dorei, Well of Eternity
When we last left our little would-be-could-be trolls or elves, they were settling quite nicely by the Well of Eternity. But what comes next in elven history? Why is Azeroth plagued with so many different elves? Is there some sort of vaccination one can take to prevent turning into one? Some of these questions to be answered…now.
The Kaldorei and the Quel’dorei
The night elves continued their development over time, working with the Well of Eternity and happily worshipping Elune. They created a truly massive capital city, built on the banks of the Well of Eternity – but the night elves soon found themselves diverging down two very different paths. There were the original kaldorei, who faithfully continued to worship Elune in all her glory, and then there were those elves that were more attentive to the Well than Elune. These elves were known as the Quel’dorei, translated to ‘noble children’, or simply ‘high elves’.
The night elves found themselves leaning more towards a druidic type of magic – the magic that comes from nature and all living things. The quel’dorei, on the other hand, were much more attracted to power – the arcane power of the Well of Eternity, and the majority of them settled in the capital city in order to be nearer to the source of their magic. Both the night elves and the quel’dorei would go on to expand their civilization across the continent of Kalimdor, crushing the Amani and Gurubashi empires in the process and striking fear and awe into the hearts of those who witnessed their prowess. The civilization was stronger than ever, despite the split between the two factions of elves, and the power and magic they manipulated seemed to grant them an almost immortal status. Elves lived longer, thrived longer, fought harder and won more battles than any other species on the planet. Indeed, it seemed as if there was little that could overcome them, their mastery of magic being that adept.
This led to their ultimate folly. For the Well of Eternity was tied to the Great Dark Beyond, and where there was the space between everything and nothing, there was the Burning Legion. More specifically, there was Sargeras, whose attention was called to the little world due to the sheer amount of magical power upon it.
Read the rest of this entry »