The Ebon Blade: illuminating the monk’s missed chances

Knights of the Ebon Blade in Acherus

Originating back in Warcraft II, the death knight has since made several transitions: from the bastardised remains of Stormwind soldiers and Shadow Council warlocks, possessed of free will and wicked intellect, through the runeblade-wielding, heavy plate warriors of Arthas’ Scourge, dominated by his will but incredibly strong, to the splinter sect of the Ebon Blade, liberated from servitude but not from torment.

Although a good deal of that story occurred within the earlier Warcraft games and the Death Knight manga rather than World of Warcraft itself, the Ebon Blade’s arc is not only well showcased in-game, a death knight character is invited to play through all their major plot points.

It’s this wealth of backstory and playable story that makes playing a death knight such an absorbing experience. I also feel it’s a trick the monk class failed to take advantage of.


The August screenie wall

So, August is over, and with it the Screenshot a Day challenge. Thanks go to Tycertank for issuing it in the first place! It's been pretty awesome swanning around the world, taking shots of whatever the hell takes my fancy. The Twitter hashtag is just a thing of beauty at this point, full of incredible screenshots from all the participants.

Below the cut are my thirty-one entries, making this the most image-heavy post I'm likely to put up on this blog. Be wary of that before you click onward! It does look fantastic, mind you. I have been staring at it for some time.


Death knight alt appreciation ramble


So, Laeleiweyn of World of Lae has started an alt appreciation initiative, whereby each class gets a week of attention from participating bloggers and tweetists.

I have been, in the past, a horrendous altoholic. Toward the end of each expansion I invariably start getting bored and start levelling alts. As a result, I have at least one of every class at eighty-five and above, although the number of alts to reach ninety has been pretty low, I have to admit. As much as I loved the Mists of Pandaria storylines the first time through, they don’t seem to have much replayability for me.

Que sera sera. One of the classes I love too much not to level is the death knight. This is fortunate, really, as alt appreciation is kicking off with death knight appreciation week. I have a slightly more meaningful post in the works. In the meantime, a ramble lurks beneath the cut.


More daily screenshots

15: the best

Wrath of the Lich King is my favourite expansion and Zul'Drak is my favourite zone within it. This is the region that really shows the scars of the war with the Scourge in a way the others don't.

Icecrown may team with saronite spires, but that's the Scourge at their most creative, adding colossal and often brutally beautiful architecture to a frozen wasteland. Borean Tundra might have necropoleis aplenty, but the Icehoof tribe have found new hope with the Horde and a good number of their losses are recouped when their chieftain resurrects them.

No such luck in Zul'Drak. The trolls have been thoroughly beaten and are in their death throes here, turning on their gods in desperation and rending huge god-blood scars in their city in the process. I love how everyone is in defeat here, and that the Argent Crusade are no exception. Down this path is the tiny quest hub that starts the chain to Gerk, whose closing quest text is some of the bleakest in the game: Gerk is dying.

There was really no competition for day fifteen's topic, best. This is the best, most gripping place to quest.


Failing at WoW Screenshot a Day

Paralysing Sha in the Dread Wastes for fun and screenshots

Alright, not completely failing. It's possible I actually won a thing, but I've been roleplaying so much lately (making up for roleplay time lost while on holiday) that I've maybe possibly a little bit fallen behind the Twitter parade of excellent screenshots, to the point at which one or two of these will've been disqualified for lateness. Oops.

That, however, is not the fail focus of this post. Instead, here's a big blog catch-up session and a long-winded explanation of the screenshot I just couldn't get.