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Between Love, Between Hate


My heart is black.

It happens every year since I’ve played – Now I ride past all the happy people with their bright red hearts,  and mine is black.

It’s all a show I promise you – the Bad girl Night Elf in Shadow Form. I could pretend I’m something I am not and wear my healing cloth,  but I only truly enjoy that when I am helping other people kill horde in Pvp. That heart would be blood red,  dripping with the blood of the fallen.

Who’s interested in someone with a  black heart?, all the male Shadow priests are busy looking for redemption in the arms of holy priests.

It used to be capable of feeling, I promise,   I didn’t forsake love when I donned the Shadow form. I still have feelings.

Even Warlocks get red hearts.

Why don’t I?




A Garden in Stormwind

I saw a plant all alone in Stormwind – so I sat down next to it using a lifegiving seed.

Then soon we had a small gathering.


Then we lost a few.


Account Invasion incomming!

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It looks legit.  Even from my ‘safe’ list of emails.  ( but we know that can be faked)

There is alot of signs that it is certainly not a real email from Blizzard, and is in fact a  spam/phishing  email.

I find the “account invasion” most funny.    Of course if you mouse over the blue link text you get a slightly different link.

The language is all wrong.  They really need to pay their proof readers more, and I love

“If you had already authenticator your account, please disregard this automatic notification.”

Translation: Your going to be too hard to hack so we shall not bother.

Oh – Level one characters whispering me ” Are you there Zahraah?”  ( typical gold selling introduction)   get the hint when I reply ” Not if your trying to sell me gold”  and I was only saying yesterday I need to learn to say ” F Off ” more.  Damn this being polite business.


Acquiring a Zeppelin – Dry Run

So you may have heard about my Diabolical plan I am going to steal borrow a Zeppelin before Deathwing hits in Cata and try and find somewhere safe to hang out, until the big event happens.  So I thought I’d better test it,  just to see what sort of problems we would have.

I was around Undercity, so I thought to hit one of their towers, and I  managed to clear secure a tower, which was quite simple and I waited patiently for the Zeppelin to return.

When the Zeppelin arrived I was blown like a leaf off the tower I was forced to make a strategic levitate retreat to reassess my attack plan.I raced back up the tower knowing that time was of the essence. I would only have limited opportunities for my plan. I managed to dot the offending mob to death as he vainly tried to trap me in place with a net.  He had some sort of pushback, but as long as I kept my back aligned with the tower wall he couldn’t push me off the edge again

His respawn rate was horrible, and the whole journey I fought him off,  kill after kill after kill.

Bloodied, and exhausted from my combat I wiped his blood off my face, only to reveal that I was in Durotar.

As soon as I got to Durotar I was pushed off their Zeppelin tower and chased by a bunch of goblins – of course they died,  and I made my way cross the barren red rock,  avoiding the horde to travel to their Outland Tower.

I cleared offending mobs, and posed for a pic with the Zepplin Master who was quite happy to be in the company of such an esteemed Shadow Priest. See his smile for the Camera.  He liked me so much he didn’t try and kill me.  It probably helped I slipped him a few gold coins.

When the Outland boat came,  I fought for my life once again, as respawns and mobs  tried to wear me down,  but I persevered.

Until I realized in my excitement.  I had forgotten to jump off.

I died in Warsong Hold.  They had me pinned in a corner, and I couldn’t escape.


However.  I call this Dry Run a Sucess!   I managed to take over the Zeplin, and fly to outland on it. However I can’t do this alone,  fighting off mobs made it difficult to take control and redirect it away from Warsong hold.  I certainly will need help


On the Road that I have taken

On the road that I taken,
one day, walking, I awaken,
amazed to see where I have come,
where I’m going, where I’m from.

This is not the path I thought.
This is not the place I sought.
This is not the dream I bought,
just a fever of fate I’ve caught.

Dean Koontz – book of counted sorrows


I love Dean Koonzt!


The Draenei tell us sometimes to ” Follow the Road Favoured by Few”  Yet as Lobies we are advised that the road is safer – we still get attacked, anyone who has ever done the Iron Forge to Menethil Harbour run will tell you that.

The downside of this safety means that we don’t open up a lot of the map that way, and miss out on Xp, and the knowledge of  what lies beyond the path,  and like many journeys much adventure can be had not staying on the road, leave the road.  Leave safety. Be Bold and Brave!  Uh.. but don’t do STUPID things.

How many people actually use the roads?  I jump off cliffs and walls,  ride through swamps   as often as health allows, but I remember those careful stick to the road days as a lobie, harder to run away from dangerous mobs then it is just to keep riding now.

Hope all those at Blizzcon are having a lot of fun. /envious mutterings..  🙂


Why so Ugly

My baby druid  Zahre  ( I like Z’s ) is level 31 now, and yes despite the uglyness of the new tree form.  She is resto, and will probably hit 80 before Cata since for now she is shiny and new and interesting, and even a bad LFG and repeated runs of  SM Graveyard is better than the time it takes , and all the frack arounds of a bad ICC pug.

So how about those new tree forms eh…

Larissa   said that they look “aggressive and masculine” and Zelmaru from  Murloc Parliment calls its a “not-tree” and Sarindre’s from Through the Eyes of the tree quotes her husband as calling it a “leafy golem” and Keeva from Tree Back Jacket says ”  It looks very masculine, complete with leafy Goatee”   Kea from Dreambound says ” They’re still grumpy old tree men”  Analogue from Looking for more says “this is abominable”

check out Looking for More’s mini comic on the new form too  Warn your Gnomes

Where is the love? Though apparently you are able to Gylph it back to the old form.

I shall make a general observation.   Most Resto druids I know have been female.  ( this is mainly resto druid raiders as I have not been in a social only guild for years) This doesn’t mean all girls play druid healers, or only healers, but I believe that it is a general consensus that female players have leaned strongly towards healing classes, I am sure there are plenty of exceptions.  Though It’s already been noted that most of our resto druid bloggers are female .

This ugly change – and while I have yet to put it through the new Ugly test on the Iphone, I don’t find appealing at all.   I dread when I shall be shifting in it,  when I play my druid I want to feel nature connected,  graceful yet powerful.  Not a unweldy chunk of wood and foliage. It is odd that they chose this model considering that   studies like the Daedalus Project  have shown in Our Virtual Bodies, Ourselves  that “women are more than twice as likely to prefer the attractive choice.”   Why change a relative gender neutral form into a an undeniably masculine one that is not attractive at all, especially when it seems to most certainly be a female preference.   I personally think it looks like someone has slapped a Halloween –  over exaggerated  featured face mask on it.

Is it to make it more appealing for males to play?  Does a more masculine looking druid form make you feel more manly and powerful, and therefore want to play such a class or spec more.  I wasn’t expecting the new form to be wearing skirts,  and I know a lot of the druids have wanted a change from looking like Ents, but still.   Please make it prettier, because as shallow or as gender sterotypical it sounds.   I like pretty.

Tree form.   The Mans Tree

A tank with no army.

My tank is doing ok,  she is just shy of 5k gearscore and has never stepped into anything greater then a 5 man ( and I say that with a GS qualifier of that it does not have one piece of Pvp gear, and its gearing for items not score – but it gives you an idea of where she is at)   Mixed Badge, Boes ect,  34k health unbuffed, and 44k has been been the highest HP i’ve seen her in an instance.

But I am now at the point where I have no idea what to do with her – besides maxing out her professions ( which I have been lax with).  This is what guilds are for.  Taking undergeared/under experienced tanks into places they wouldn’t be able to sneak into otherwise.

The frost badge collection is slow going not running ICC, the holiday instance for brewfest has helped a lot, but still, I need more frostbadges then I am likely to ever obtain.

If I had enough throw away gold I might be able to buy my way into a TOC GDKP as an offtank or something, as a carry, and if I had 85 k ( I think it was the price being offered)  I could buy my way into an icc 10 including gear.  But I have never needed that sort of gold,  so never tried to make it.   Sneaking in without any raid tanking experience into places like naxx or ulduar might work but I really wouldn’t want to try that. Tanking 5 mans and halls of stone for the gazillionth time is still far away from tanking any raid tanking experience.

I might be better off getting a dps set,  as dps are a little more accommodating if you have another toon that has the experience – just to get the achievement.

I have gleaned a few more things of wisdom from tankage.

Charge – not only does it generate enough initial rage to do your thing, it also puts distance between you and trigger happy dps that fire high agro salvos as their opening shots.  While charging too far ahead of the healers will pee them off ( as I have been pee’d off while trying to heal a charging warrior) it stops the hunter from multishotting before you’ve even hit the lead target.

I had a lot of difficulty early on when learning to tank some instances on multiple targets for this reason.  Hit target one with a shield slam for your threat,  then thunderclap before dps grab agro on the other targets. But trigger happy dps was hitting multiple targets before I could even hit one,  so Thunderclap as an opener for agro grab meant I was still chasing after loose mobs.  Charging ahead gives me a breather.   There is still a GCD between when I can thunderclap after my sheild slam has gone off, and everything else but using Challenging shout ( 10 yard enemy focus on you) is all single target.

I told one highly geared dps Boomy  that was single targeting mobs that if the “mob starts hitting you – stop hitting it”  I was told it was my job to get agro off him He had my vigilance, and I ended up taunting on cooldown. Really made running that instance a chore.

Stuff like MD’s/fades. and all the other agro reducing abilities  are just not getting used in 5 mans because of the facerolling. I might set up a poweraura for Misdirect so I know if the hunter is using it on me,  and maybe get used to poking them if they don’t use it,  and I think I need it.

The other thing  I have learned is also to be more aware of my Melee dps when positioning.  They all like doing it from behind. So moving the target sometimes to allow for them to get in behind  means they die less.

But even they can’t help when the healer decides to stand behind with them on Krystallus in Halls of stone, and blow them all up.  Pulling the Maiden of Grief back a little further from a Storm of Grief ( the black circles)  ( also from HOS)  means the melee dps don’t stand in it as often, and die less.  From my tanking I know that when your standing in bad stuff  with all the aoe, and spell affects and the like it can take longer to realise,  but thats not an excuse.   I’ve never melee’d dps but I would have thought that range have less environmental distractions so can be more aware of the ground beneath them by sight, without having to look at debuffs.


I have landed. I ended up on Proudmoore,  thankyou for your ideas and suggestions.

I guess I have run away.

I had pretty much lost all my reasons as to why I came to BR in the first place.  I followed people from an old guild to the land of ‘milk and honey’  and was no longer playing with any of them – add that needing a break – losing motivation and I guess just plain giving up.  I had a list big enough to leave.

I still have level  80 alts on BR, and they are all now safely under the wings of my bank guild so they can at least pretend they have friends 🙂  I have no idea what will become of them.  They will probably be gathering dust initially once Cata comes out anyway.

And I have an up and comming baby druid I rolled for kicks – that might keep me somewhat occupied. I hope to get to at least tree form so I can run around singing Marina and the Diamonds

Running with my Roots pulled up
Caught me cold so they could cut
What there was left of Love 

” I intend on doing it resto, and am somewhat annoyed that the better lobie talents for resto seem to be in Balance.

On my new realm I’m doing random things cause I’m kinda lost for things to do,  so I did a Voa 10 ( and was nicely asked to heal it when they couldn’t get another healer)  and I  dps’d the weekly.

In both instances – someone went to the summoning stones, and started summoning without asking.  People waited outside till everyone was there, people buffed without asking, and first impressions seem to be that everyone is a lot nicer to each other.  Trade  is pleasant.  If trade could ever be so.

As for other stuff.  I am going to  a writers meeting tomorrow.  Promise.   If only so I can bask in the glory that is other people’s motivation – or maybe I can find a  print out of  a semi recent story to take and read  –  am still in the mood to write a drippy poem,  but drippy poems are drippy poems and should remain banished from view.

Also spent some more money at a craft shop because I am making my own xmas cards this year ! And you will probably get pictures because well  – it will be like SEE I have other hobbies that don’t involve WOW.

As for what else I plan to do in wow  – I have no idea. I’m not stopping playing – just taking a step back a little.    I’ve not looked at guilds – I just want to cruise as non committal for now because I think I should have a break.

I hunt for you with bloodied feet

Some Level 59 fresh out of the starting area DK tried to gank my level 50 warrior in blasted lands.  He failed. Basically by bouncing around ,  stunning him when I could,  bashing him, meleeing,  taking a health pot. He died eventually. 

That’s still  a 9 level difference.   Maybe it was lag that made me harder to kill, or his inexperience,  or the fact that I  have learned that  standing still and doing stuff in a pvp situation is not always a good thing.  So I bounced.  I have my stun in a good keybind, and I used it every time I bounced past.   

Even though I survived.  Just – I felt unfairly targeted as an easy kill.  That I was not an easy kill meant nothing because he still felt like ganking me to prove he was bigger and stronger.

While sitting and eating myself back up to full health after my skirmish with the DeathKnight I thought about the fairness in the battle.  9 levels is a lot  – and I considered this  out of my ‘fair game’  zone for pvp.   So I logged out, and retrieved my level 80 Priest who had been waiting around because farming all those bits for the quests are easier done when you can one dot a mob to death, and I watched him rez, and I killed him with a dot.   I went about killing some more mobs for gizzards, and brains, and jowls – he rezed again, and I killed him again.

He didn’t release for a long time after that, and I had to log out anyway so I left him.

I play on a  PVP realm.You don’t need to go outside the protective walls of Cities, and Instances much as a raiding level 80 much.  However I decided that my Human warrior tank would level through some of  her 40’s and 50’s by questing, get to see some of the old areas again before they change. 

Alliance are outnumbered  by 2.9:1  ( according to warcraft realms data) which is not too bad, and I decided to risk venturing out and questing. 

Sure I have been ganked before,  usually when taking on 3 gorilla’s to find that there is a 4th, and a hunter shooting arrows at me too.  Or a Skull level will fly by and one shot me for fun.

I got my first honor kill  on this toon in Tanaris Pirate cove,  where a druid a couple of levels higher then me attacked me,  but then I died very shortly after.  A rogue got me a few times when I was trying to collect a quest item off a Dew collector down the other end of Tanaris, but that I think that  was partly because he wanted my quest mobs, and I kept comming back to try and kill him.

I know there is nothing ‘fair’ about pvp.   The skull level players that have ganked me so far usually smash me, and move on.   I have blown kisses to horde  I could have killed  as  I run past them. I’ve waved, ignored them, been ignored by them,  quested along side of. I just don’t have the urge to hunt. I am not offensive in a  world pvp enounter,  I just want to do my quests and move on, I will try and survive if you engage me,  but I’ll never start the fight,  in this case though  I didn’t mind ‘punishing’ him.

Was it fair that  he attacked me thinking I would be an easy kill?   Was it fair I punish him three times,  once by dying to my warrior, and twice by dying to my Level 80 priest. It’s a PVP realm.  I’ve been reminded so many times by so many people  – there is no such thing as fair. ” Just deal with it”  So I feel justified because I can.  Just like anyone else can target lobies.

Getting interrupted when questing is a pain in the butt, and I really don’t want to inflict that pain on someone else.

But I felt I had to make my point to him that there is always a bigger fish.  Did I have to do it twice more? Maybe not.  It was bed time anyway s0 I logged – just in case he bought his main.

I can Faciliate My Own Meaningful Relationships

I will be honest and say if not for the ability to post under a pseudonym then this blog wouldn’t exist, and besides Zahraah  or Pugnacious priest is a much more exciting and exotic then my real name.

For the purpose of my writing  – I am am just some chick that plays  a computer game that lives in Australia.  Struth.  Zahraah or PP is a Shadow Priest of the Moon,  born and bred in Azeroth.

I would never have felt the freedom to express myself  – especially in the beginning , so publicly,  if I could not have ‘hidden’ under a blogging name. I state opinions,  I make mistakes,  I have a sence of humor which may not be  the same as other people, I like playing with new things, like the audio post, mucking around creatively with Gimp – 600 public posts are readable. Commentable,  copy and pastable,  linkable, googleable. 

Blogging is different to a forum, but there is still self expression, still opinions,  still mistakes, and still humor, people go to forums for information, advise, and they are also very much public.

I have a very common name,  it’s not going to tell you much, and has low googleability. However it shows my gender  quite clear, but do I really want people who call girls  F’n ‘w*ores ( in vent) to know my real name? Because that player exists.

Blizzard will argue that anything that breeches T&C’s are moderated.  If I had been called a F*cken W*ore in a forum – then it would have eventually been moderated, but this was done in Vent.

Not every person is mean and nasty,  not everyone is sexist, racist, bigoted, annoying, out to fraud us, steal our names,  blackmail or use the information to judge us.  But those people exist and  thus we have become more protective of our personal Identity.

The biggest issues I have ever had with people I have interacted gaming wise have occurred on services outside Blizzards control. A Guild Website, and the guild troll, and the Pug  in vent that called another female player a F*cken W*ore – and I could say nothing because I had already been muted, we use these services because Blizzard have not been able to develop ones with good useability, and they are essential to our playing.

Blizzard may control what happens under their sphere of influence,  but they cannot control or moderate  any interaction that happens outside their domain, and the information obtainable from their domain will be useable outside.

We are in a social media age – information we post publically gets indexed, and is searchable,and is accessible  by services which  – for example, with someone’s email  can pull up any public information on any email address – social media crawlers extract information from everywhere, and create a single profile  that often for a minimal membership fee  will tell you their twitter / linked in / any blogs / email addresses/ IP addresses / – If you have even a drop of   ‘Google Fu’ you will find a lot of information.

While Blizzards vision is a nice ideal,  in their  announcement  they said

“it’s important to us to create a new and different kind of online gaming environment — one that’s highly social, and which provides an ideal place for gamers to form long-lasting, meaningful relationships”

Will this sharing make us realise that we do actually play with real people,  and make us nicer players?  Nicer forum posters? Make you more likely to form a better relationship?

Highly unlikely – because there are people who just do not care enough – or do not  have good intent.

Funnily enough – Blizzard probably already have a list of people who are more likely to cause trouble for the majority.  These are the people who have already received forums bans, game bans ,  they get punished by Blizzard, and get let back in the game to do it all over again.  How many people get repeatedly banned from forums or the game? Why aren’t they permi banned?  Maybe because they are the ones paying for name changes and server transfers the most.

Blizzard is trying to make the  connections we make while playing  “long lasting, meaningful relationships”  When often all it requires is for me to maintain this relationship is a hi! – or exchange on external contact information. 

I don’t need facilitation from Blizzard in deciding what personal  information to share.  

All of those other social media tools allow you to hide your webpresence, or use an alternate name publically. Any privacy concerns get addressed publically,  and encouraged to change in international media.   Blizzard by trying to facilitate meaningful relationships through Real ID  and this recent change to forums,  but will be opening up personally identifiable information on a publically accessable forum – which will be available to all untill the internet dies.

Is Blizzard saying we can’t form real relationships unless we use our real identity? What have I been doing already?  The choices towards the people I choose to stay in contact with,  and their choice to stay in contact with me have already been made. 

When it comes to our reluctance to share – do you really blame us?  Will Blizzard staff be following the same example?

The question shouldn’t be ” What do you have to hide?”   but ” Why is it any of your business to know?”

So It’s a  No to Real Names on forums.  What would make it more user friendly?

Lock it down so you need to be logged in to read anything with anyones real names.

Turn off google indexing

Permanently Ban people from the game who have shown that by their own actions in game, or on forums that they are of questionable character – and have proven by their actions that they have no intent on making the game a friendly place to be.  

Then we can talk.

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