Days Sixty Two to Sixty Seven - 15 - 22 May 2011

Aldonza shakes her head in amused disbelief even as she takes a seat beside her friend. "It has been wonderful having you here so long and seeing you so often, but I will miss you."

With a grim face showing her determination, Kallixta stares at the top of the tavern's table. "It was a distraction, but I have made a resolution. I have much to accomplish."

A snort marks the human's disagreement. "As if you having been making accomplishments all during this time?" Aldonza grants a quick smile before she, too, regards the table's surface. "I think you're overlooking a few things."

Face unchanged, the dwarf paladin looks up. "Trivial things."

A shrug, a quick smile, and Aldonza makes her gentle correction, "Maybe some things, like your fishing and cooking work. But your dedication to daily work was acknowledged by the town fathers. I know they merely were a test of your self-sufficiency. I'm glad you got out of the effort what you wanted. And a nice fishing pole, too."

As Kallixta makes no verbal response, Aldonza mischeviously dips two fingers in her beer and flicks droplets for attention.

"What?" Blinking, Kallixta looks up. "Oh, yes. Nice pole even if I haven't got the hang of it yet. Should be strong enough for some of those Northrend monster fish I found along the southern coast."

"But you won't be spending time on the coast now, right?"

Shaking her head in agreement, her friend responds. "No. I'm done with the Fjord. The Tundra doesn't appeal to me. I did some scouting around, but there's something about the Dragonblight that I think will keep my attention for now."

20 Days, Day 7 - My Blog's Name

This is my Day 7 post in Spellbound's 20 Days of WoW Blogging Challenge.

When I started this blog, I already had Martuska, a level capped Mage. This blog was dedicated to a new toon, Kallixta. She was the vehicle to allow me to explore things I'd missed when leveling Martuska. There were many corners I just couldn't see Martuska exploring. One of the most obvious was that a Mage was pure DPS while a Paladin allowed me to try both Tank and Healing.

Vidyala's experiment with The Pugging Pally was an inspiration for what I thought this blog might be like. It would be a journal allowing me to record what I did and when. Kallixta's posts continue to record the date and accomplishments, but their style is changing. I've discovered how much I enjoy writing her posts "in charcter", which I picked up from enjoying Ratshag's blog. These posts mean the title "Kallixta's Notes" continues to be relevant.

Day Sixty One - 8 May 2011

Kallixta arranges her finished pieces, still needing a bit more polish before she turns them over to her friend. "It amazes me how well these Fel Iron Rods sell, but then I'm not like you." Her expression seems pleased but it would be difficult to tell that if wasn't just pride in workmanship.

Aldonza takes the bait, "You mean an Enchanter?"

Kallixta's grin is fully unveiled, "No, a penny pincher. I just can't be bothered to pay such close attention to prices."

Aldonza shrugs, happy to see her friend happy, even if it is a bit at her expense. "And it's folk like you that are my best customers, happy to let me profit. Oh, nice! another Arcanite Rod. I can sell far more of these than you make. And the profit is even better!" Her touch is reverent on the grayish metal.

It is Kallixta's turn to shrug, "Talk to an Alchemist. It's not something I can control."

"I'll do that. I think I know just to one." Her voice is soft, not carrying, as the pair work in the front room of Aldonza's lodging in Ironforge. The constant ringing of work from the Great Forge is sufficient to drown her words even this early in the morning. "Thanks for taking time to do this for me."

"It's so nice to at least be on the right planet. Northrend isn't that far and despite what others think, the voyage isn't bad." With a blank stare typical when puzzled, Kallixta mildly watches Aldonza tally numbers and sort out coins. "The Howling Fjord is much more like home than someplace like Tanaris. Plenty of good Dwarves there that meals are good, even if they'll occasionally offer things like Whale's Milk. Trust me, don't try it."

Aldonza's smile continues while her eyes flash up in amusement at her friend. "I'll trust you. You know I trust you on everything. So it's like home, is it? Any changes?"

"Oh my yes," Kallixta quickly agrees. "I've found plenty of good tools to carry on the good fight. And these were just from around the Fjord. As you already commented, I've been replacing my green Fel Iron Plate with darker pieces. Things like Ramshorn-Inlaid Shoulders, Scavanged Tirasian Plate, Munificent Legguards and some trinkets. I know I sent you a note with all the junk I had you sell. Didn't you read it?"

"Of course. And I can tell you the value of everything you sent, but your words don't tell me how much effort went into winning a First Mate's Pocketwatch."

"Oh that was less trouble than I expected. Few things even scratch my armor anymore. No it was the thing called the Fury of the Encroaching Storm that took real effort. I had to lay a few ghosts to rest while uncovering a future threat that took time and energy. Actually, that made me quite happy."

The human has finished her accounting and passes a full purse of coins to her paladin friend, "I thought it might. I've heard your name mentioned in reports. You're doing good work and folk know it."

Level 70!

Day Sixty - 5 Apr 2011

I ran a simple Role Play event for my guild in Duskwood. It was my first try and I learned a bunch about such an event and expectations. I think they'll run better next time. We visited the Tomb at Beggar's Hollow before moving to the Twilight Grove. We did some observations of changes since the Shattering and speculated a bit.

Strelka says, "Maybe is because of the trees?  Westfall and Redridge do not have many trees, and they are hurt badly by the Cataclysym.  But here, there are many and they are largely OK."

Kallixta looks interested and asks, "So, perhaps Deathwing is afraid of trees?"

20 Days, Day 6 - My Workplace

This is my Day 6 post in Spellbound's  20 Days of WoW Blogging Challenge.

Over the past few years, my WoW Workplace has changed several times. Originally the family had the "nice computer", the newest most powerful desktop, in the front Living Room. It was set up on a nice desk and looked kinda like the nice version I've seen on other blogs for this challenge. You know: Desk, Comfy Chair, room for knick-knacks but few distractions. It was isolated from the family, which also was a bit of a problem because our family likes to do things together. Still, it was the nicest setup we've had.

Eventually we rearranged things such that the computer moved to the Family Room. It was in a corner and meant I could play WoW at the same time as the family watched TV. It was a move that was appreciated from a family inclusion perspective, but it made the computer much more appealing to other family members. I had to share it much more often. In addition, the desk top was much smaller and there was far more clutter in the corner.

We had another room rearrangment and the WoW computer moved to a different desk. It was no longer in the corner. Instead walking into the Family Room meant sliding between the computer chair and a recliner. The computer started showing its age and as it was used for more then just Wow, it had less disk space than before. Yet at this time it wasn't the only WoW computer. Both older kids had laptops that ran WoW. This was a time when my younger boy and I would adventure together, each on a different machine.

Then Cataclysm was released. Everything changed. The computer that was once on the cutting edge would no longer run WoW. Its video card was too old and there wasn't much space on the hard drive. The hinge on Syylia's laptop broke, but it was the only thing I had. Syylia got a new laptop in preparation for going to Korea, but I rarely got time on it. Instead I could play WoW on the broken-hinged thing at the kitchen table. I still managed to level to 85 on it, but it wasn't as much fun.

We bought a new machine. It was more than just a new computer as the family has shifted from watching a TV to watching shows on Hulu or otherwise off the net. The new computer is perfect for this. It's also wonderful for using Skype to talk to Korea. Here's a picture which happened to be taken at maximum clutter with Syylia on the screen on Skype and Suitata in the chair. The desk cleans up more than seen at this time, but it's still not optimized for a dedicated night of raiding.

20 Days, Day 5 - Favourite item in game

This is my Day 4 post in Spellbound's 20 Days of WoW Blogging challenge.

Here's the answer that was brought home when my Mage was giving Orphans tours:

Rune of Teleportation

I keep a stack of both these and Rune of Portals in my bags at all times now. I'm happy to make a few gold answering those "lf port to Dal" postings, but I love the freedom of bouncing all over Azeroth myself with quick and simple ports. I finished my Children's Week touring (except for Hail the King, yay, and Hard Knocks, grrr) in minutes. The experience was so painless I couldn't bring myself to run those quests on any of my other alts!

Is that your final answer?

It is. I feel naked without a stack of runes in my bag. Seeing them in there is more satisfying than any other item I've owned.