Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Character presentation: Skadd the Shaman

Skadd is my very first character in World of Warcraft, and she is still my main character, Skadd is the one I do everything with, and the one I do everything first with! When I first started playing, it was somehow obvious to me that I should play horde (my sister and her fiance also played horde, but I didn't feel any obligation to follow them, I just knew horde was it!). After plenty of reading, thinking and consideration I decided to try out a Orc Shaman, as both the race and class were those which felt closest to me and my personality.

I knew I wanted a strong and good, norse name for my character, as it is my heritage and I have always cared and known a great deal about both norse mythology and the lives and ways of the vikings. Female norse names is sadly not of the plenty, so I was so pleased when I decided on Skade (Skadi). Skade is really the daughter of the jotun (norse giant) Tjatse, but she married the norse god Njord, as a compentation on the murder of her father. She is counted as a åsynje (norse godess) and the godess of skiing, winter, hunting and earth. I just love the story on how Skade was to marry Njord, you can read it here, so perfectly dramatized by the website "the norse gods". With all this said, Skadd isn't named Skade, is she? Skade was of course taken, and after probably hours of changing skin colour, face, hair style and so on, I tried different versions of Skade, but they were all taken, and suddenly, before I knew it, I had a Orc Shaman called Skadd... Skadd isn't really a very good name as it doesn't sound female at all, and in norwegian it means that you are hurt or wounded, still I would never change it! Skadd has been the same all these years, she tried out one different haircut once, but it didn't work for her, so she'll probably always stay the same <3

Skadd is in all ways my number one character, the funny thing is, that even so, I have never really enjoyed playing a shaman... To be honost I think it is difficult, and I have struggled alot with Skadd, this probably reflects in her personality aswel. Skadd is a fighter and a hard working orc, struggeling to convince the world to make some room for her too. She is thorough and persistent, when her mind is set on something she rarely gives up. She can work for days, weeks and months to get that reputation up to exalted or to get that one pet she just have to have! 

Skadd is a herbalist and alchemyst, she always has been, but her passion is not in her proffesions, although they are all always well tended. Her big passion is in collecting mounts and pets, I can't really remember, but before Mists of Pandaria was released she had almost 90 mounts, and that is something she is really proud of! Her biggest achievement when it comes to mounts is when she got the Headless Horseman's Mount under the Hallow's End event in 2010, it is still her all time favourite mount, she never gets tired of it!

with Scarlet Monastery in the back

It is very difficult to mention just one achievement Skadd has done that she is proud of. There are so many, all the mounts, pets and exalted she has collected is just one bit of it all! I will just post some pictures of a selection of her achievements here.

Most wanted achievements: the Loremaster


Most wanted title: the Insane


Skadd celebrating her first Winter Veil in 2008

Skadd (with her only different haircut, ever) looking out at the Veiled Sea 
from the Zoram Strand in Ashenvale

 Skadd the dragon slayer? Barely... Big thanks to my brother in law for taking me with him, 
to see Onyxia ;)

 Skadd loves her heavy metal, just like me! At a L70ETC consert in Shattrath City

Skadd with her big hero and the only true warchief of the Horde, Thrall!

 Orcs can be cute too! Wearing a Lovely Rose during the Love is in the Air event.

So proud when she finally saved up the money for this beauty! Mechano-Hog

Born: early September 2008
Reached level 85: 14. december 2010
Number of mounts: 105
Favorite mount: Headless Horseman's Mount
Number of unique companions: 203
Favorite companion: Impossible to say!
Proffesions: Herbalism and Alchemy
Favorite zone: Nagrand
Number of deaths: 780
Number of hugs: 129
Number of quests completed: 5230
Total factions encountered: 72
Factions at exalted: 29
Biggest idol: Thrall <3 

Skadd is wearing:
Head - Frost Witch's Faceguard sold by vendors for 1100 Justice Points
Chest - Cuttlefish Scale Breastplate, sold by vendors - requires honored with the Kalu'ak
Shirt - Brown Linen Shirt - made by tailors
Hands - Craggy Handgrips, obtained from a lvl 34 Desolace quest - Cleansing our Crevasse
Waist - Southfury Belt - BoE world drop, requires lvl 78
Legs - Scales of the Beast - BoE world drop, requires lvl 66
Feet - Tsunami Boots - made by leatherworkers, requires lvl 80
Axe - Notched Cobalt War Axe - made by blacksmiths, requires lvl 73
Axe - Bone Cleaver - BoE world drop, requires lvl 70

Monday, February 4, 2013

Happy Lunar Festival!

I know Lunar Festival soon is over, but I had to mention it anyways! This is my first group shot of my characters, and I'm quite happy with how it turned out! This is not all my characters and there's even a bank char represented here, but it works!

Lunar Festival is the Chinese New Year in World of Warcraft, and it's all about honoring the Elders of Azeroth, if you complete the whole To Honor One's Elders achievement chain, you get the title <Elder Name>, of my characters there is only my main Skadd that has done them all. I wasn't playing in january last year, so I had to get the pets this year, so they are all new to me! Niht had quite the job getting the alliance version of the lantern, with the slowest flying and just turned 68 so she could sneak around Northrend for the last few coins she needed.

Festival Lantern is the horde version, while Lunar Lantern is the alliance version

I'd like to show you a close up of all the beautiful suits and dresses you can buy for Coins of Ancestry which you get by honoring your Elders during Lunar Festival. They can all be bought for 5 coins each from Valadar Starsong in Moonglade. Except for the red dress and the red suit which are both made by tailoring, the patterns for these can also be bought in Moonglade for 5 coins each during Lunar Festival by the other vendor, Fariel Starsong.

This is my bank char Ulvhedin, wearing the Festival Suit, made by tailors from this pattern, and the ultimate bank char accesorize the Noble's Monocle, which has a small chance of dropping from the Bag of Fishing Treasures (reward from the Outland fishing dailys)

Nhell the Paladin is wearing the Festive Pink Dress and some Simple Wildflowers, obtainable from various vendors

Ahdri the Hunter in the Festive Green Dress, matching her beautiful eyes

Ahgony the Warlock with the Festive Teal Pant Suit and a firecracker (Thermostatic Egg Timer obtained from Rescue OOX-17/TN! a lvl 48 Tanaris quest)

Bestla the Death Knight is wearing her own handcrafted Festival Dress, made from this pattern. She is also holding a Red Rose, obtainable from various vendors.

My main char, Skadd the Shaman, with the Festive Black Pant Suit and a Bouquet of Ebon Roses which has a small chance of dropping from a few dungeon bosses during the Love is in the Air event

Niht the Mage in her Festive Purple Dress

Audhumbla the Druid is wearing the Festive Blue Pant Suit and holding the Eerie Stable Lantern which drops in Shadowfang Keep

So a happy Lunar Festival to all of you! Enjoy the last few days of Firecrackers and Fireworks!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Mistyreed Cloth

The Mistyreed Cloth set is a great druid-lookish set, except it is all cloth, so no use for transmogrification I guess, but it's still a very pretty set maybe for a «nature child» priest or mage? Anyway I'm letting my druid Audhumbla show you this set.

Audhumbla with her beloved Bloodhoof Village seen in the background

This is another BoE world drop set, so the Auction House is the place to look out for this set (yes, I spend alot of time window shopping at the AH). The required level for this set is 64, except for the off-hand torch which requires level 62. A robe that goes perfectly with this set is the Willow Robe and a recolored version is the Consortium Regalia, partly shown by my mage Niht in her character presentation.

Shoulder - Mistyreed Shoulderpads
Chest - Mistyreed Tunic
Wrist - Mistyreed Bracers
Hands - Mistyreed Gloves
Waist - Mistyreed Belt
Legs - Mistyreed Pants
Feet - Mistyreed Boots
Off-hand - Mistyreed Torch