Oronil’s past, Part 1

I’ve played on rp-servers almost for 4 and a half years now. Oronil is my main character, my beloved boomie gone resto druid. This is part of her background story.

The ground felt cold. She was barefoot but that’s actually what she liked. Every time her mother forced her to wear her leather shoes she took them off immediately after her mother wasn’t around. The young child liked to touch her surrounding, nature. The trees, the flowers, water, the ground and animals. It had happened that she wasn’t careful enough in her enthusiasm and it ended in her getting hurt. It drove her mother crazy. “Oronil, one day you’ll get yourself into more trouble then you can handle.” Her mother told her daily.

But the child just smiled and continued her investigations. She found a frog and caught it carefully. She took it home with her to show to her mother.

Oronil lived alone with her mother in the forests of Ashenvale. They had a small cottage and her mum provided food for the both of them. She was a skilled huntress. When Oronil noticed that the other children talked about their fathers and not only their mothers, she became curious and started to ask her mother where her dad was. “He’s gone and it’s best if you let it rest Oro. We do not talk about him in this house.” Oronil didn’t know what to respond to that. Why was her mother not proud of him? Why couldn’t she know who he was?

She remembered playing in the living room with a tigerlike doll when he knocked at the door. When her mum opened the door Oronil’s eyes grew big. She had never seen a figure like him. He had horns like the stags in the forests and a long dark beard. That was all she could see of his face because the rest was hidden by his hood. His robes had the colour of the forest and he was carrying a large staff. It was as if nature had stepped into the house. Oronil was impressed and a little scared of this figure. His gaze rested upon the child. “Is this his daughter?” he said in a low voice. Her mother nodded. “Her path is already chosen for her. In time I will come for her and train her. Let’s hope his influence is little in her. Still his blood runs in her veins and we should watch her carefully.” And with these words he left the house.

Oronil didn’t understand what he had said. Was she sick? What was wrong with her? She asked her mother, but she said that little girls shouldn’t worry about things like that and that she was perfectly healthy. Her mother combed her white hair and started to braid it. “Know that I love you very much Oronil. You are the child I always wanted. I will never leave you.” She kissed Oronil’s forehead. Oronil would always remember that moment.

It almost seemed as if she had waited for her mothers return for an eternity. Normally her mum was back during dinnertime, but when the sun had made place for the moon and it’s stars she knew something was wrong. She was sitting in a chair in front of the window, waiting and watching. Her heart jumped when she saw a figure moving from the forest towards the house. She ran to the door and opened it, hugging her mother. But this person didn’t feel like her mother, and he smelled differently. Her mum smelled of roses, this person, he smelled of nature. She looked up and saw the strange man that had visited them. She took a step back. “Mother is not here. I don’t know where she is. She should have been here already. Are you going to find her?” And all of a sudden the child started to cry and fell to her knees.

The figure picked her up and said in a soft voice. “I’m sorry child, but you’re mother is not with us anymore. When you’re old enough I will tell you about her faith. I will take care of you now.” He put her on the ground. “Go, grab some clothes and other things you want to bring with you. We won’t come back here.”

Oronil nodded and started to go through her things. When she was done and had walked back outside, she saw him standing next to an enormous tiger. “This is Karam, he will watch over you and me.” Oronil slowly stroked his furry head and the big creature purred. She knew she was going to like this being. The elf put her on the tigers back and sat behind her. They rode of into the dark night.

What if I had to start all over again?

If I had to start all over again I suspect I would roll exactly the same class; druid. I’ve strayed from my main so many times, yet I always seem to go back on her. Even taking on the role I despise the most; healing.

Yet, I love the druid class. Perhaps because it is a hybrid. I’ve cursed before about being a hybrid; people sometimes expect you to play all of the roles; ranged dps, tank or healer. I’ve had pugs ask me to tank when the assigned tank left when he saw it was […insert random dungeon here], even after telling them my off spec is balance they still insist in me tanking. That’s when I also leave. I really can’t deal with stupid.

I love druids because of their shape shifting, if only from a role-players perspective. There’s so much you can do with them. For years my character wasn’t this hippie-tree-loving girl. Ow yes, she had respect for nature, but because of her background she couldn’t be a feral. It would push her over the edge and she would go insane. Something she inherited from her father who became corrupted. I had lots of fun playing out her background. Perhaps that also made me fond of the class. There’s a big history behind my main character. I’ve been playing her for at least 4 years now.

I’d probably also go for druid again since it’s a class I’m most comfortable with. I know my talents and I know the class. Other classes are fun to mess around on to satisfy my needs for alts, but I never feel that comfortable raiding or instancing on them.

And then there are the tier-sets. I love horns…or antlers. The first set with the dead bird-head was awful, but the next ones… I loved them. I’m secretly hoping that all the antler-sets are coming back in cataclysm. None of this bird-crap, I want my horns!

Cataclysmic Goals

We still have a few months (at least) to go before Cataclysm will be upon us. Raiding in my guild is kinda slow, so I decided to put some goals up for myself before the new expansion is available.

  1. Get all my alts up to 80; I’ve already reserved a nice spot for my fresh puppy rogue. I might even be completely insane and make another druid (Worgen). I still have 4 characters lying around that I really want to level to 80 at the moment though. One is my level 75 priest. She is actually fun to play, but I don’t really like healing on her so much after experiencing druid healing again. Face melting however, totally fun! Perhaps it could also be Northrend. I love levelling in the old world, but as soon as I hit Northrend I get this overall ‘meh’-feeling. Perhaps it’s also because my experience bar isn’t moving as fast as I wish it did after handing in a quest. Then we have my level 20’s; a hunter, a warlock and a shaman. They will get up to 80… hopefully in the next few months. Perhaps it would be best that as soon as I get the ‘meh’-feeling to switch to one of my alts and experience the wonders of Westfall again.
  2. Get Anzu on my main druid; I’ve been running Heroic Sethek Halls for weeks now and I’m starting to scream obscenities to Anzu every time he disappoints me, but I will not stop killing him over and over again until I can ride him like a wild pony.
  3. Scrap together some more achievements and gold; I know Blizzard will start to charge us money for flying in the old world and it’s time I should start saving for it. I’m also going for the infamous Loremaster title. I must be crazy trying it, but I will hate myself if I don’t even try it. I did read up on how to find all the quests.  I need to install Tom Tom, everyquest (I already have that one), Loremaster and lightheaded.
  4. Get my gear up. Right, I’m not a fan of the whole gearscore hype, but it is a good way of seeing how my gear is doing. My resto gear is not too bad, but doing dailies as a resto is an enormous pain in the rear-end. I duel-specced as a boomie again, but the gear I have on there isn’t just that great. It will only take me 110 frost emblems and 270 triumph emblems to get both my sets to a good standard…..urgh..
  5. Rep grinding; I have been oogling that fishing rod from the walrusmen for some time now. I could get it if I put in some effort.

All in all it shouldn’t be too hard to get to my goals before Cataclysm comes out. My guess will be that it will be out around November. I wonder how wrong I’ll be.