Blog Azeroth – Shared Topic for the week of April 4th, 2011
Shared Topic Idea: Do Your Alts Know Each Other?
I’ve always considered that my various characters know each other. Each one of them may not personally know every single one of the others, but they are all connected in a web of family and friend relationships. I know that other bloggers, most famously Ratshag, and also Grimmtooth, write about their characters as being a “family of misfits” type of community. And so I’ve been wondering, how did your alts “become the Brady Bunch”?
Whether you have many alts or just a few, do they know each other? Do they have some sort of relationship as people living in Azeroth, or is sending materials and money between them just a game mechanic for you? If your characters do know each other, what kind of relationships do they have, and how did those relationships come into being? If they don’t, what functions do your different alts serve?
As I wrote back around New Year and most peoples’ winter break, my alts are all part of one big community. Now seems a good time to illuminate more clearly how all of them fit together. Since I have ten all slotted up on my one realm, I will move quickly from one to the next so as to keep this from being a novel in and of itself.
Aliera is my main, my first character in World of Warcraft, and the thread that connects everything I do in-game. She represents the ‘mother’ for most of my characters, the stable head of household overseeing her family.
Sethra is my number two girl, and a cousin of Aliera’s. They grew up together, with Sethra being the older by 11 years. The two played and learned together, ran about like wild deer through the woods of Eversong, experimented with magic together. Each favored a different flavor of magic and quickly developed a friendly rivalry over who was the better (oh those Warlocks and Mages, when will they learn!).
As the girls were growing up, they had a Paladin caretaker by the name of Gorynel (a very handy thing as the girls were quite prone to accidental burns and shadow-scars from stray magic). He did his best to keep them safe and give them a strong example to follow. Now, with the girls grown and heroines in their own rights, he passes the time in the wild-lands ravaged by the Cataclysm, picking around for valuable ores and herbs to keep the family stocks full.
Auvry and Maichen, the wedded couple of the group are related to Aliera through Auvry (they are 3rd cousins). Auvry is still at academy studying martial arts, and Maichen waits for him by wandering the wilderness with her pet worg Howler. Neither are seen much, what with his heavy work load and her propensity to being off and about. Perhaps soon they will see a change of fortunes…
Along her quests, Aliera met and befriended a colorful array of friends that she has happily brought into her little fold. She saved a noble Shaman by the name of Tlatokke Wethoof from an attack by centaurs, earning her a friend for life, as is the custom of the Wethoof clan. While fighting for Sylvanas in Tirisfal, she met a lonely and confused Rogue by the name of Linict and took him in and cared for him.
(Linict used to be Linictaerus of Brill and died to Scourge forces and was raised thereafter. After the Wrathgate, Linictaerus broke free of the Lich King and wandered home. There he wasted away, wondering what his purpose was, until Aliera found him and helped him find a path. After meeting her and coming to terms with his position, Linictaerus shortened his name to mark the beginning of his new life.)
While fighting at Icecrown, Aliera stood on the line next to heroes of all kinds and at one point killed a gargoyle that was about to kill a Troll. That Troll was named Kieron and, after being saved from the gargoyle’s sneak attack, made a blood pact with Aliera, binding the two lives together forever. Kieron has since become a vibrant member of the household, sharing stories and legends from the Troll kingdom and performing wild tribal dances to the amazement and amusement of all.
Kieron’s great-niece, Kouzina, who just became a Druid, was introduced into the family just recently. Kouzina had heard great tales about Aliera and wanted to see the legend for herself. Kieron brought her along to a great feast with the entire household and all were excited to meet the young troll. Aliera saw a special something in her spirit, her attitude, her aspirations… something that reminded Aliera of herself. So, Aliera offered Kouzina a permanent place at her home (one is kept for each of the ‘family’). Kouzina accepted and can be found there, studying and tending her small garden, when not out in the field hunting game or fighting against Alliance.
Finally, after the Goblin faction joined the Horde, Aliera returned to Orgrimmar to make a few diplomatic rounds (she is Ambassador, after all), and happened to run into a wayward Priest by the name of Timeismoney (Tim, for short). Tim was peddling low quality plants and weeds as rare herbs and had gotten himself into a bit of trouble. Aliera was passing through and saw a glimmer of hope in the young Goblin. She smoothed things out (a large fortune works wonders) and took the Priest under her wing. Although still a Goblin at heart, Tim is slowly learning to be the model of virtue that is befitting of his class.
And that (I think) is all ten. The family table is full now, although many more adventures await for each of the members. I look forward to the day when each of them has been tested by the fire of experience and stands as a beacon of triumph over adversity (and I no longer have to worry about rested experience…).