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Thursday, August 26, 2010

An Epic Festival

Come in, come in and welcome back! We still have some more history to catch up on to bring you up to par with our present day adventures. Let's get you settled while I refresh your memory...

Alura made Grandmaster in December. Yet there were things she still needed to do. She was not a fully accomplished Sorceress by any means.

She had devoted so much of her time helping others quest and farm that she maxed out her own experience before she even completed the Drake Hatchery. Though, she often helped others she still soloed and did not have many friends that she could travel with. She had not set foot in Grizzleheim, nor had she received the quest to save the Spiral from Malistaire. Worse, she was not even outfitted as a proper Grand Sorceress should be.

All of this changed in April when she read a notice about a "Tri-Harvest Festival". What could it mean? It said anyone who needed their grand hats and boots were welcome to join a two day event farming Kraysys, Yeva Spiderkeeper, and Viktor Snowcrusher. This event was being hosted by the M4H and anyone level 45 and up was welcome to attend even if they did not have access to those bosses.

Could it be true? No more farming by herself or not being able to because she could not gain entry yet. People willing to help each other for a whole weekend just to make sure that others got their gear. Talk about fairy tales come to life! Cinderella, who?

But, wait! Alura was a grand, yes. What about her sisters? They would want to participate in this magnificent event, too. It would not be fair to deny them the privilege of farming for their grand items, too. Brianna was the closest to level 45 so she began questing in earnest to reach that cap before the deadline. That Friday she made it. Unfortunately, the others would have to wait for the next festival. Luckily for them, Alura and Brianna were willing to farm until they got the items they needed for Cori, Destiny, Sabrina, and Tatiana, as well.

Because Alura was already a grand, she thought her gear was a priority, but soon found it didn't work that way. She thought it would be best to try to get her shoes from Viktor. She was having lots of fun on the bridge with the Mercenaries and the F2M4H, but Viktor only taunted, teased, and tormented her.

She decided to try Kraysys and see if he would let loose her hat a lot easier than Viktor was her shoes. Kraysys proved to be a lot nicer and dropped his hat fairly early on along with Cori, Destiny, and Tatiana's items.

Alura thought to try a different strategy with Viktor. She decided to call upon Brianna and see if she could coax Viktor into giving up those precious boots. Brianna only made him mad by cracking lame jokes and making fun of him.

"You must be a descendant of a Cyclops. You have to be blind to give me Cassandra's fire hat when I have no fire wizard." "Really?! You would rather give your boots to Alric and Christo who already have oodles when Alura was begging for them." Thank you both for offering to give them up, by the way.

Though this tactic didn't fare any better, the weekend was a success before it was all said and done. Brianna, Cori, Destiny, Sabrina, and Tatiana each had a new hat and pair of boots waiting in their banks for them when they reached Grandmaster. Alas, Alura, only had her hat. But she got so much more than that in return.

She got to make a slew of friends with people who are now part of her wizarding family; Christo Deathgiver, Alric Ravensinger, Cassandra Dragonheart, Destiny Skyblade; Rogan Bluebreeze, Sophia Ghostshade, Keira Nighthunter, Fiona Wildshade, Shelby Angle and the Masons, and so many others.

There were so many laughs had, lots of jokes made, and plans to get together to help each other out in the future. All of that still continues.

Bright and early the next morning Alura decided to try pleading with Viktor once again when no one was around. She begged, cajoled, and offered to sacrifice her pride and dignity to him for her shoes. It worked! Her fourth battle and he relinquished her treasured Snowcrushers Tread of Tensions.

"Thank you, Viktor," Alura replied with a wink as he watched her walk off in his shoes.

He was a mighty foe, but he was still beaten by a woman's wiles and a Sorceress' subtleties.

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

A Tale of a Sorceress' Beginnings...

Welcome back! Come in and and have a seat while I tell you some more. Make yourself comfortable. Cozy? Relaxed? Good, let's continue.

It all started last summer during several commercial interruptions. Everywhere I looked I saw dragons, magic, monsters, and --Malistaire! Professor Ambrose was requesting my help and I answered the call. I took the test and learned that (no surprise to me) I was a Sorceress. Alura HexCaster was enrolled in Ravenwood. I was excited and anxious.

This was my first MMORPG ever. I fell in love with the graphics and would stop and gaze at everything. I was in a new world and everything was so breathtaking and wonderful. I wanted to begin my journey immediately and save the Spiral from Malistaire and those he had turned against us. I learned to play as I went and made my share of mistakes along the way, who btw is the BEST teacher ever, and was a true NOOB without even knowing it.

I remember my first battle in Unicorn Way when I had to fight the Lost Souls. They are of the death school and had the symbol to let us know that. Only I thought that meant I was supposed to use death spells ON them. I began to wonder what I was going to do if I didn't have any death spells other than the Dark Sprite I got from my wand. As soon as I got my first few training points, I got Fire Cat, Blood Bat, and Dark Sprite to put in my arsenal. There was no way this Sorceress was going to be unprepared.

Unfortunately, I was. I did not know about training points. I was under the impression that we would get enough to get the spells from all the schools. I have since bought mine back and made better choices. I did not know about pips or prisms. I got tired of saying "oops" or "sorry" so I started playing solo until I could get the hang of the game. That was only ONE of the first mistakes I made starting out.

The second mistake I made was my own personal doing. I get mesmerized by things around me and I could not help but wonder what it would be like to play a wizard of another school. So I made 5 more wizards at the same time; a myth, death, life, storm, and I finally chose ice after debating between it and fire. I would play them alternately and try to keep them around the same level, but Alura, my Sorceress, was always higher than the others. She was the one I could count on to farm for the others' gear and was my relief  when I got tired of fighting cats in Marleybone.

I still felt like I was missing out on something because I had not tried ALL of the schools yet. Did I make the right choice by not selecting fire? I had convinced my IRL best friend to start playing and she was a Pyromancer and seemed to be enjoying the spells immensely. So I created a second account just so I could have a Pyromancer of my own. Now I had 6 more wizards to level up to the other original 6. In between my classes I was playing aggressively on 12 different wizards.

Six months after I started, my Sorceress, Alura, became a Grandmaster. She is the wizard that I use the most when others request help. We are great for supporting others, can heal and keep you alive for another round, boost your attacks so you get maximum attack power, and shield you so you don't take so much damage. We can solo or play as a team.

Plus, IMO, we have the best minion. I have named my Helpful Manders for both of my accounts. Zen belongs to Alura and Yin to Fiona. The balance minion is very useful.  He shields, blades, and donates pips to players. He also uses negative charms and traps on the enemy as well as attacking them.

Alura HexCaster may be a Grandmaster, she but still has some work to do. So if you happen to see her around the Spiral or need help, just ask. She is always willing to give a hand. She was my first wizard and will always be my favorite.

There is just something about having a Sorceress by your side. Ask anyone who has quested with one ;)

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

You Are Invited-So Come In For A Spell...

Today is my one year anniversary at w101 Central and I have decided to commemorate by starting a blog. I have included the link to my profile if you should care to drop me a line over there. There are other reasons why I have also decided to start writing publicly, too. They are my good friends from wizard 101 Cassandra Dragonheart, Alric Ravensinger, and Kevin Battleblood, who have encouraged me to write because they thought I would be good at it.

Now that the greeting is out of the way it is time for the introductions.

I am one of many wizard personalities around the spiral. I have four accounts. One has 6 Grandmasters; Alura HexCaster Sorceress, Tatiana FairyGlade Theurgist, Brianna MoonCloud Diviner, Destiny ShadowWraith Necromancer, Cori WillowHaven Conjurer, and Sabrina FrostShard Thaumaturge, that belong to the Mercenaries for Hire.

My second has 6 Magus wizards Jordan DuskFlame Pyromancer, Vanessa StormCaller Diviner, Tasha SpellWraith Necromancer, Kaitlyn SpiritSong Theurgist, Bailey IceCaster Thaumaturge, and Fiona StarBright Sorceress, who are currently questing in Mooshu.

The rest will have to remain a secret for now. A Sorceress should always shroud herself in an air of mystery. Besides its makes games of Hide N Seek a lot more fun---for me!

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