The Fall of Shattrath

Shattrath, City of Light

Shattrath, City of Light

This is a short piece that I started working on quite some time ago, but it finally felt appropriate to touch it up and post it in response to another of Nethaera’s writing prompts (this time about focusing on dialogue), since this piece is more of a dialogue interaction between Effy and Laz.  It also seems appropriate considering the upcoming expansion.

The Fall of Shattrath

“No!  Unthinkable!  How could Velen even think this course of action acceptable!?” Lazheward hollered.  He cringed at venting his frustrations so loudly to Effraeti, but the weight the idea put in his stomach proved too much.  It made him sick to his heart.  As a Paladin and defender of the Light, it grated against every fabric of his being.

Her steady hand lightly touching his arm caused him to finally meet her gaze, albeit reluctantly.  Effy nodded, understanding as well as caution present in her luminescent eyes as she responded in a soft but firm voice, “Velen does what he feels he must for our survival, love.  As he always has.  Sometimes, those decisions are difficult, and I know he lives with the consequences of those decisions everyday.”

Lazheward sighed heavily.  “I know you are right, but there has to be another way…”  His voice trailed off as tried to think of one.  “Especially… the children…”  The thought made him grit his teeth.  “No!  I will stay myself!”  His voice nearly broke forming the words.

Effy fiercely embraced him.  “We would both stand in their places, and we would fight to our last breath – side by side.”  She paused.  “But that is not what has been asked of us.  We must help lead our people forward, and live to fight another day.  The others… they stay behind to guarantee our escape and to feed the hope that the orcs will think they have destroyed us completely.”

Snarling through his teeth before he could stop himself, Laz lightly extricated himself from Effy and stomped out of the room.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

This story is based on worlds and characters in World of Warcraft.
Creative Commons LicenseAwaiting the Muse by Effy J. Roan AKA Effraeti is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

Based on a work at https://awaitingthemuse.wordpress.com/.

#WoW30 Challenge: Day Seven – Favorite Male Character

Sometimes there are more dangerous things to tank then raid bosses.

Meat-Vendor’s prompt for Day 7 of the 30 Day Challenge is:

Favorite Male Character

WoW30 - Male - Lazheward

Well, there is only one character that can complement Effy, and that is Laz.

Laz began as my ex’s Paladin, and eventually became one of my own characters so that I could more easily include him in the continuation of my Effy stories.  Yes, yes, I know it sounds strange, but despite everything, I was determined that Laz and Effy had been through too much to not end up together.  Their paths were joined, despite time and circumstances and even death.

I truly believe their’s is one of the greatest stories I have ever written, and it is not even fully complete, even having written about their “retirement.”

Somewhere along the line, I became very fond of playing a male Draenei, and so Laz has become my main Pally.  So not only is he my favorite male story character, but he is also my favorite male toon.  Which, yes, I do have several.

~ Effy

Noble Garden - Desert Rose Tanaris

#WoW30 Challenge: Day Six – Favorite Female Character

WoW30 - Female - Effy and Effy

Meat-Vendor’s prompt for Day 6 of the 30 Day Challenge is:

Favorite Female Character

WoW30 - Female - Laz and Effy

Well, being that my favorite race is Draenei, and my avatar and namesake, Effy, happens to be a Draenei, it probably goes without saying that Effy is my favorite female character.  There is no other character I love like Effy.

Back in Cataclysm, Effy and I had a rough patch of luck.  Healing was fundamentally changed, and it was quite an adjustment for me.  Then, I began to run into some issues with my raid team.  Then, the guy who got me into WoW in the first place and I broke up.

Raiding was not the same.  My Shaman was not the same.  WoW just was not the same.  And so I let a friend convince me to move to an RP server, and rather than move my toons, I restarted.

DK-Effy was born, because I had come to enjoy tanking on my original DK (my first tank in any MMO ever) and I still wanted to go by Effy.  I had become quite attached to her, even though I could not quite bring myself to play a Shaman anymore at that time.  There were too many memories attached to it and they soured my enjoyment.  A new class was needed, but I wanted some familiarity.

Part of the draw of being on an RP server was creating backstories for my characters.  I tried to decide on DK-Effy’s backstory.  Was it still Effy?  If so, how had she gone from Shaman to Death Knight?  Luckily, it was the one crossover in classes that really made sense.

One night, I got a burst of inspiration that would not leave my head until I wrote it down.  I could not sleep until it was out, and it still would not give me rest.  It needed a more exciting outlet than a notebook.  Effy’s RP and Regrets were the product of that inspiration.

Since then, Shaman-Effy and DK-Effy have become part of a story that has grown beyond anything I could have imagined when I created either of them.

~ Effy

OW-Characters - Effy

#WoW30 Challenge: Day Five – One Expansion

WoW30 - Expansion - BC Illidan Wallpaper

Meat-Vendor’s prompt for Day 5 of the 30 Day Challenge is:

One Expansion

WoW30 - Expansion - BC Draenei Wallpaper

The prompt seems somewhat vague, but I assume it means to ask what is my favorite expansion.

The answer: definitely Burning Crusade.  Unfortunately, I did not start playing WoW until Wrath, so I never saw any of the BC content new.  I first saw it while leveling my Shaman through it.  But it contained all of the lore about my favorite race, the Draenei.  BC introduced them and the Naaru to me.  For this reason, among others, I wish I had been around through BC.  I also like the mobs and the zones and the dungeons and the raids – especially Karazhan, I would have loved to see that when it was current content.

I feel like the Blood Elves were a bit more prominent in BC than the Draenei, though.  This is one of the big reasons that I am so looking forward to Warlords – a second chance at seeing Draenor, a second chance to learn more about the Draenei’s past.

I already have story ideas for Warlords.  Though Effy may be starting to take a backseat story-wise, she will still be around, even showing up in different stages of her life when Ireenia goes to Draenor.

I look forward to seeing Draenor and all of the possibilities it brings.

~ Effy

WoW30 - Expansion - BC Dark Portal

#WoW30 Challenge: Day Four – Favorite Race

Draenei_Icon

Meat-Vendor’s prompt for Day 4 of the 30 Day Challenge is:

Favorite Race

A Draenei, by Linessa

A Draenei Female, by Linessa

Newsflash: Effy likes Draenei!

What?  That is not breaking news?  Oh…

Well, either way, the Draenei are my favorite race.  Perhaps you have gleaned this from some of my stories or perhaps from my two main characters, particularly my avatar, Effy.  But Ireenia has been moving up in importance in my stories as of late.

A Draenei Female, by Applesin

A Draenei Female, by Applesin

BTW, enjoy some great fan art I came across while looking for Draenei pictures.  I figured they would complement this post nicely.

What can I say about Draenei that would not be repeating myself?  (Not much, I suppose.)

I love their other-worldliness and how different they are from the other races.  I love their lore, as scattered as it is.  I love their tenacity.  I love their dedication to good and to the Light, despite the trials that block their path.  I love their ability for compassion and their capacity to defend themselves despite it.

I love that they are blue and have tails and horns.  It is the truth.

I love writing from their point of view and exploring their stories and lore more deeply.

I love my Monk and I really, really love my Shaman.

I love the idea of going back to Draenor and seeing where my Shaman lived before I was introduced to her.

A Draenei Female Hunter, by Tamplierpainter

A Draenei Female Hunter, by Tamplierpainter

Interested in Draenei lore?

Check out Matthew Rossi’s Know Your Lore post about the Draenei over on WoW Insider.

And check out Doronsmovies’ video about the Draenei:

And now…

Yesterday, we witnessed the moment all of us Draenei-lovers have been waiting for:

The reveal of the new Draenei female model for Warlords of Draenor!

New Draenei Female Model

New Draenei Female Model

Draenei Female New Model

New Draenei Female Model

My thoughts?

I think they did a good job of taking an already incredible model and refining her just enough.  I cannot wait to see the animations, because though her art update is subtle, but very elegant, I imagine it will make a huge difference in her movements and emotes!

Personally, I look forward to seeing her with the new cloak animations too, because I have always insisted upon hiding the cloaks on my Draenei females.  I cannot stand the awkward L-shape they make because of their tail.  Perhaps they will not do that anymore.

We shall see.

And I promise to get caught back up with the #WoW30 Challenge, but how cool is it that I was able to post about my favorite race right after their new models came out??  😀

~ Effy

What do you think of the new character models so far?

Warlords of Draenor Teaser

WoD Teaser StoryOne of the first things that came to my mind upon hearing the announcement of the new Warlords of Draenor expansion was the idea of my Monk, Ireenia, going to Draenor and running into a younger version of her “parents” Laz and Effy.

I figured it was only fitting to end the weekend on that very note.  I realize it is a little early to make such assumptions on the course of things, but I just could not help myself.  There was no way this story was leaving my head until it was on paper/screen.

~ Effy

Azure Gloaming

WoD Teaser Story 2

It was a confusing time.  Everything had happened so fast.  One moment, Garrosh Hellscream was on trial for crimes against all of Azeroth.  The next, he was fleeing into an alternate past with the intentions of finding and leading the “true” Horde.

Now, the members of Undying Resolution were also on the other side of the Dark Portal.  Here they sat, looking upon a world that was but was not the Outlands they had previously known and honestly expecting they would never be able to return home.  Following Garrosh had gotten them here, but it would not get them back.

The Temple of Karabor, known better to those from Azeroth as the Black Temple in another time and place, glittered like gemstones in the eternal moonlight of the Shadowmoon Valley.  It was a marvel of Draenei architecture, a small piece of their home on Argus, and it had become their home and their connection to the people of this world.

These Draenei.

Ireenia had hardly found the time to stop and step back and take it all in, and she suddenly realized she was awed by all of it.

As a young blue dragon, she had been born on and had only ever seen Azeroth.  Draenor was completely alien – the creatures, the landscape, and especially the sky.  The sky, especially this nighttime sky that formed a canopy over her head standing outside of Karabor, was breathtaking.  It made the entire cosmos appear as if it were barely out of her reach, inches from her fingertips.  Space and eternity so close yet so far.

Were she really a Draenei, and not just wearing the appearance of one, this strange planet would have once been her home.  It was the place where the Burning Legion had caught up to the outcasts of the Eredar race, those who had denied Sargeras’.  It was where the demons had corrupted and manipulated the Orcs into thinking the Draenei their enemy.

The Orcs who had nearly exterminated the Draenei.

Ireenia flinched as she thought of such things.  How easily those killed by the Orcs could have included her own adoptive parents – Lazheward and Effraeti.  Instead, they been part of the remaining Draenei to flee Draenor, crash landing on Azeroth in the sabotaged Exodar.

Then, eventually they went on to save her as an egg, and raised her as their own daughter.

As she thought of such things, and realized how homesick she was, Ireenia heard a pair of voices.  With pain tightening her chest, the woman thought them to be Laz and Effy.  With a grimace, she tried to dismiss the thought as a trick of her memories, but the voices rose again, and Ireenia still could have sworn they were the very voices she had grown so accustomed to from her earliest memories outside of the egg.

With a peek from the corner of her eye, Ireenia tried to catch a glimpse without being conspicuous.

Her eyes widening, the woman spun on her hooves, and took in the sight of her parents.  Both stood there, talking amongst themselves, very real and very much the two people she loved more than any others.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

This story is based on worlds and characters in World of Warcraft.
Creative Commons License
Awaiting the Muse by Jamie Roman AKA Effraeti is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

Based on a work at https://awaitingthemuse.wordpress.com/.

Catch-up Lore: Warlords of Draenor

Outlands

Outlands

Draenor

Draenor

After a good deal more reading and watching of videos, I wanted to make a quick update post.

First of all, some questions answered…  Garrosh is going to escape his punishment and flee (possibly with the help of Kairoz from the Timeless Isle) into an alternate dimension/time line of Draenor.  His goal?  To cultivate the “real” Horde, the original Horde, and keep them from drinking the blood of Mannoroth, which Garrosh sees as the source of all the Orcs’ failures.

The Black Temple (Fallen Karabor)

The Black Temple (Fallen Karabor)

Karabor

Karabor

But more questions arise…  The Alliance city on Draenor will be Karabor (better known to us Azerothians now as the Black Temple).  Why not Shattrath?  Has Shattrath already fallen?

EDIT: Shattrath is occupied by the Iron Horde.  I hope to find out more regarding this, since this is already outside the “normal” known history of our timeline.

Fallen Shattrath

Fallen Shattrath

Shattrath

Shattrath

There are so many places I cannot wait to see on Draenor.  I cannot wait to personally compare them to the places I am more familiar with in Outland.  (I see a picture series in my future, similar to the few in this post.)

Fallen Auchindoun

Fallen Auchindoun

Auchindoun

Auchindoun

I happen to have a lot of interest in lore, but I know there may be many who may be less versed.  There may be those new to WoW or just unfamiliar with the storylines of the Orcs, Draenei, and Draenor.

Interested in how we went from point A to point B?  I came across an interesting couple of videos good to catch-up or even just to recap.

The story behind the Warlords of Draenor, by TheDDGuides

History of Draenor, by BellularGaming

Orc Warlords Lore, by BellularGaming

Warlords of Draenor Lore and Story (per Blizzcon), by BellularGaming

This last one is not “lore” but more speculation.  It was released by BellularGaming about a week ago, and I found it quite interesting.  Some of it ended up fairly spot on.

Warlords of Draenor Story Speculation – Time Travel, by BellularGaming

Trust I will be doing more research as I can.  For me, as a loyal Draenei, I see this is a kind of ancestry research.  It is like learning more about where Laz and Effy came from.

I hope you enjoy the information I found as much as I did.  🙂

~ Effy

New WoW Expansion Announced: Warlords of Draenor

WoW Accouncement - Warlords of DraenorI am not at Blizzcon, nor am I watching every moment of it on the Virtual Ticket – I am still too neck-deep in schoolwork – but the announcement of the new expansion is a BIG FREAKING DEAL.  So Amowrath was kind enough to fill me in when the new expansion was introduced at Blizzcon today.  At my first opportunity, I looked up the trailer on YouTube (thank you, again, Amo!) and watched what everyone at Blizzcon, or those with Virtual Tickets, watched about two hours ago…

My first reaction… Draenei, Draenei, Draenei!!

Once that started to calm (ever so slightly – I am still chanting “Draenei, Draenei, Draenei!” in my head), and I watched the video a few more times, I looked back over the “subtle” announcements of features toward the end of the video…

The very first and most confusing feature being…

WoW Accouncement - New World DraenorBut wait, what?  Draenor is not new.  We went there in Burning Crusade, and it is all blown up and broken.  Nothing what any of the videos scenes looked like.

I held my questions, and reviewed the other features…

  • Build and upgrade your garrison
  • New character models
  • Level cap raised to 100
  • New dungeons and raids, monsters, world PvP zone, items and rewards, hundreds of quests
  • Boost to 90 and play immediately

WoW Accouncement - Immediate 90WoW Accouncement - New Character ModelsSome interesting updates, especially the insta-90 and the new character models.  No more worry of “catching up” or people new to the game being too daunted by 100 levels to wade through to catch their friends.  It is a feature with both pros and cons, though.  For one, what will happen to all of the already near-empty older zones?  I imagine there will still be people who will level the “old fashioned way” but what an entirely new dynamic that will bring.  The updates to the character models (for all of the original races) is a much needed and much asked for update, and I cannot wait to see all of them.  In fact, I was just recently thinking on and discussing this very topic!

After looking over the video several times, I got back to one of my favorite parts about this whole thing already (Draenei, Draenei, Draenei!)…

WoW Accouncement - Velen

Velen!!!!!!

In fact, the first few seconds of the video had me literally clapping…

WoW Accouncement - Velen QuoteFINALLY!!  Finally, Velen is going to become a serious part of the story in WoW!!  Finally, all of his many prophecies will begin to take shape!!

“How?” is a question I am anxious to discover the answer to!

But but but, before I derail myself completely, back to the original “Huh?”

WoW Accouncement - New World DraenorAll of the shots do NOT look like the Draenor I am familiar with – Outlands.  Outlands is the remnants of a blown up Draenor, the same almost-fate of Azeroth during the Cataclysm.  Outlands is an alien and fascinating world, but it is literally in pieces.  So how is Draenor a “new world” and what are all these zone shots that look nothing like Outlands?

The description on World of Warcraft’s YouTube video of the trailer leads to even more questions…

Across Draenor’s savage jungles and battle-scarred plains, Azeroth’s heroes will engage in a mythic conflict involving mystical draenei champions and mighty orc clans, and cross axes with the likes of Grommash Hellscream, Blackhand, and Ner’zhul at the height of their primal power. Players will need to scour this unwelcoming land in search of allies to help build a desperate defense against the old Horde’s formidable engine of conquest—or else watch their own world’s bloody, war-torn history repeat itself.

Wait…  Grommash?  Isn’t he dead?  We just defeated his son, Garrosh.  Blackhand?  Dead too, betrayed by Doomhammer way back in the original orc and human wars.  And Ner’zhul.  What?  We know he is gone.  He became the original Lich King and his essence was destroyed by Arthas when he fully took on the mantle of the Lich King.

How can we interact with people who died before we ever visited Draenor back in BC?

So I followed the link in the comments to the Warlords of Draenor page, and found more questions…

Carve a Path Through History

It is the era of an Old Horde, forged with steel rather than fel blood. A union of great orc clans, the Iron Horde, tramples the planet Draenor beneath terrifying war machines. Azeroth falls next. Worlds uncounted will follow.

You must mount a desperate charge on Draenor – savage home of orcs and adopted bastion of stoic draenei – at this pivotal moment. Your allies are legends from across time; your fortress a foothold in an alien land. Lead the armies of one world against another…before the future itself is unmade.

SAY WHAT??  An entire expansion in THE PAST??  Whoa…

Is it possible we might stop the destruction of Draenor?  We might avert the fall of Shattrath?  We might keep the Broken Ones from ever existing?  We might save the Draenei from near-extinction?

<head explodes>

The possibilities are almost too much for me to contemplate currently.  I mean, first of all, to see the long-lost home of my favorite race (other than Argus – which I still want to see someday, Blizzard!) when it was still the beautiful planet they first came to.  To see Shattrath and Auchindoun and Karabor before they were destroyed.  To see what each piece of Draenor looked like BEFORE it was “Outlands.”

But then, there is the other half.  I have been interested in the Bronze and Infinite dragonflights (the idea of fictional time travel in general) long enough to know the consequences of changing the past.  Why are we going back to Draenor?  Is the Infinite dragonflight somehow still working to disrupt the pathways of time?  If we go back, are we just supposed to watch Draenor work through its intended history?  Do we have to see Shattrath fall?  Do we have to watch the genocide of the Draenei?  Do we have to witness the creation of the Broken Ones?  Do we have to stand aside as the Orcs destroy Draenor all over again?

If so, what is the point?  (Other than utterly tearing apart my heart!)

For now, I am full of questions, but I am also full of a great deal of excitement.  There is nothing more fascinating to me than the history and lore of the Draenei.

I very much look forward to the coming weeks, and the coming expansion.

Blizzard, you had me at “Velen.”

~ Effy

P.S. – Draenei, Draenei, Draenei!

WoW Accouncement - DraeneiEDIT: So after coming home, watching the trailer, and writing this post, I finally took the time to look around some more.  It appears the “how” of going to Draenor in the past is Garrosh escaping during his trial (at the conclusion of the Siege of Orgrimmar and his defeat) and finding someway to travel back in time.  He does this to try and stop the biggest event that he sees as leading to his failure, the orcs drinking the blood of Mannoroth and becoming corrupted.