Shedding Some Light on the Dark Arts

by Hinote Kirase

Close your windows, shut your door, turn out the lights, and sit for a few moments by yourself. Count how long it takes for you to feel uncomfortable. For most people it doesn’t take long. You know why that is? Because you don’t know anything about your surroundings any more. Perhaps for a few seconds you’ll remember what your room looks like, but that picture will quickly fade to black, leaving your mind to run wild with all sorts of outlandish theories as to what’s there. Most of them probably won’t be accurate, but that doesn’t stop you from thinking about it, does it? We, as people, love to formulate our own stories about things when we know nothing about the thing in question. We do it every day. I suppose it’s no surprise, then, that there’s a great deal of misinformation about “dark” magic users, known more colloquially as warlocks. Why is that? There are a lot of reasons. Some skepticism is, of course, warranted; warlocks don’t exactly have a very sunny history. But let’s take a look, and perhaps shed some light on a few common misconceptions.
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Living in Darnassus

Darnassus Cityscape

Wish you were here...

by Betria Eilyn Tallrock

While I was still living with my family and learning the basics of tinkering in Kharanos, back before the Dark Portal was reopened, Ironforge was the capital of the Alliance, as far as adventurers were concerned. Obviously, I wasn’t an adventurer at the time, but seeing so many people of different races flocking to the seat of our kingdom made me proud of being a dwarf. Eventually, adventurers started flocking to Stormwind instead, and I started paying attention to what people look for in a city. I found out there are many things that make certain towns popular with adventurers, but there are a few things that seem to draw the most attention:

Location: how easy it is to get to and from places of interest, by road, sea, magical transportation or gryphon routes. It’s very simple, really.

Services: forges, blacksmiths, workshops, training areas, inns, general and specialized stores and so on. Those are all highly valued by adventurers, and we’re known as an impatient bunch. So a town that has can provide all those things without forcing us to walk or ride all the way across town is sure to be popular.

Economy: heroes and mercenaries alike tend to gather very impressive curios and souvenirs in their journeys all across Azeroth and beyond, not to mention sometimes frankly ridiculous amounts of metal ingots, exotic plants and hides. While some of us keep those for personal use, many sell them for profit, injecting important materials into the general economy. The smartest among us even manage to save up enough to stand down and live comfortably for years without having to work.
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Duerma’s Addon Extravaganza: CTA_Hawk!

by Duerma Whistlescrew-Coilbrush

Hi guys! I’m totally back! And I’m ready to tell you about this week’s best addon EVER – CTA_Hawk! It’s actually not something that I personally use, but that’s just because I’m only good at lighting things on fire – but if you like healing or getting beat on, you’re gonna LOVE this! (Editor’s note: that sounds so wrong…)

So, back when the Alliance and the Horde began assaulting Zul’Aman and Zul’Gurub, our leaders were like, “Dude, we have all these people who want to go fight evil! But most of them are only good at stabbing or smashing or lighting things on fire, and everyone knows you can’t get very far without a healer or someone to get beat on!” And they hemmed and hawed and finally decided that they’d reward people who stepped up to fill those roles with a sack of cash and a surprise! TOTALLY SWEET, huh?

Well, the problem is that this list of needed roles changes often! Like, by the MINUTE! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said, “Hey guys, there’s a call to arms for healers!” and then someone checked it and it was GONE! Totally unfair, if you ask me. How the heck are you supposed to keep on top of that unless you sit there staring at the board?

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Dusting Off Old Armors

by Betria Eilyn Tallrock

Two years ago, my mother gave me a very beautiful suit of armor for my birthday. All mithril chain and plate mail with Wildhammer-themed truesilver inlays. I only got to use it a couple times before starting my arcane studies, and had the chance to testify to its quality. Sadly, it’s been laying around in my closet for the past few months. A couple weeks ago, I found it again and decided it’d be nice to try it on again, if only for the exercise.

Anyway, I dusted off that armor and realized there was a certain procedure to it. I couldn’t just put it on after so long. So, here’s a little checklist of things to do before slapping on that old piece of plate you have kicking around in the back of your closet:
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