Solstice Challenge – Days 5 through 7

Twenty-One Days, starting today, December 1, of things in Azeroth of Light Screenshots, from now until December 21. This works for both sides of the equator, seeing how we’re getting darker days in the North, the South is getting lighter. The only hitch I will add is you have to add a caption or haiku to your screenshot.
The topic/theme is light, and all its incarnations.

 

Day 5

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Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on that sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Dylan Thomas

Personally this poem is one which always strikes a cord with me. My Mother’s eldest Brother died around 16 years ago and his descent into darkness was not an easy one. By the time he took his last breath, the disease had taken everything from him, his memories, his voice, his sight.. leaving nothing but agonizing pain barely dampened by medicines and prayers. As I was reading English Literature at the time, my Grandmother asked me to read this at the memorial service and now whenever I reread it, the years fall away and I’m back standing by a gaping void in the earth, wet with rain and tears, attempting to project my emotions into the words and not my voice.

Day 6

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The Temple was cool and dark, the only noise that of rippling water and yet every so often, sunbeams would dart in through painted glass, flickering across the stones and dancing across the pools, bringing life to the cloistered halls.

Day 7

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Light breaks where no sun shines;
Where no sea runs, the waters of the heart
Push in their tides;
And, broken ghosts with glowworms in their heads,
The things of light
File through the flesh where no flesh decks the bones.

Dylan Thomas

My love affair with Dylan Thomas started many moons ago when as a 13 year old, I discovered a battered copy of Under Milk Wood lurking underneath a bunch of magazines on a Charity Shop shelf. A few minutes and 10p later it was mine along with several dubious horror stories and an interesting romance. Curled up on the sofa, two or three pages in, I was hooked. Even now, whenever my Grandmama or Mother are bemoaning someone’s behaviour, a naughty little voice pops up in my head whispering “

Oh, what'll the neighbours say, what'll the neighbours...

If you haven’t read Under Milk Wood, I’d definitely recommend it and now, I’m off to see if I can make a character called Gossamer:

In Butcher Beynon's, Gossamer Beynon, daughter, schoolteacher,
dreaming deep, daintily ferrets under a fluttering hummock
of chicken's feathers in a slaughterhouse that has chintz
curtains and a three-pieced suite, and finds, with no surprise,
a small rough ready man with a bushy tail winking in a paper
carrier.

Solstice Challenge: Shadows on the Wall

Twenty-One Days, starting today, December 1, of things in Azeroth of Light Screenshots, from now until December 21. This works for both sides of the equator, seeing how we’re getting darker days in the North, the South is getting lighter. The only hitch I will add is you have to add a caption or haiku to your screenshot.
The topic/theme is light, and all its incarnations.

Day 3

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Never had there been a more welcoming sight than that of the flickering flame twisting and turning in the hearth. To escape inside from the icy winter chill which froze your very marrow and warm your numb limbs by the fire. Sipping spiced cider and watching the snowflakes fall beyond the window, salting the pumpkin patch with speckles of white… now that’s home means.

Day 4

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And in the land they guard so well
Is there no silent watch to keep?
An age is dying and the bell
Rings midnight on a vaster deep.
But over all its waves, once more
The searchlights move, from shore to shore.

(The Searchlights by Alfred Noyes)

On the subject of light at the end of the tunnel, remember there is only 4 and a bit days left to enter my competition and win something from the pet store (and yes pretty shiny colour changing mounts and puppies would be an option).

Therefore my challenge to you is this:

Pick one of the following

1. Store purchased pet

2. Pet available in game through pet battling

3. A creature which exists in game but isn’t yet a mini pet

and describe how you would make it available if you were a game designer. It could be through questing, through a random drop or from something else entirely. Your submission could be screenshot based, purely text or in iambic pentameter if that’s what floats your boat.

The winner (selected by Mr Harpy for impartiality and who knows what his criteria will be, although I will be overseeing) will receive a pet of their choice from the Blizzard store.

If you don’t have a blog you can still email me your submissions and I’ll post them here. My email address is on the right hand side bar (don’t forget to remove the spaces). If you have a blog, post them there just either link them here or email me to make sure I’ve noticed.

The last date for submissions is Sunday the 8th of December and as long as it’s that Sunday somewhere in the world when you email or post it, your entry will be considered.

Any questions feel free to ask, I mostly don’t bite.

Solstice Challenge: Moonlight

I left work early today, tired out by petty squabbles and general whines and whilst sipping my hazelnut latte, I discovered Matty’s Solstice Challenge.

Twenty-One Days, starting today, December 1, of things in Azeroth of Light Screenshots, from now until December 21. This works for both sides of the equator, seeing how we’re getting darker days in the North, the South is getting lighter. The only hitch I will add is you have to add a caption or haiku to your screenshot.

The topic/theme is light, and all its incarnations.

Day 1

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Staring at the statue, for a brief moment the Priestess was back to being barely more than a child seated in the old Temple Gardens. “The shrouds of Shadows are velvet soft to the touch, warm and fill the caster’s mind with whispers of false comfort”, their instructor had intoned, “On the other hand, the Light makes no promises, takes no prisoners. Wield her with honesty in your heart or she will burn the darkness from your soul”.

Yep, Erinys in her real Night Elf incarnation is coming back!

Day 2

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Even ghostly witches love the moonlight and when the harvest moon rises full and fat, look to the skies.

IntPiPoMo – With Pleasure Domes and Sunless Seas

So I’d almost decided that I wasn’t going to bother posting my last shots because December had all but snuck up on me but a chance remark in guild chat provided the inspiration I was lacking. On route to kill the Lich King someone started quoting Coleridge and in that moment, this post was born. So with apologies to the poet and thanks to a guild mate, I’d like to present the Azeroth version of Kubla Khan which takes me from picture number 40 all the way to 50.
 

In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
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A stately pleasure-dome decree:
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Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
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Through caverns measureless to man
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   Down to a sunless sea.
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So twice five miles of fertile ground
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With walls and towers were girdled round;
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And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills,
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Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree;
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And here were forests ancient as the hills,
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Enfolding sunny spots of greenery.
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IntPiPoMo – War(craft)

Today’s edition of IntPiPoMo is sponsored by the first syllable of Warcraft.
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#Picture 34 – The tent of a Troll serial killer

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#Picture 35 – A country graveyard

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#Picture 36 – Stormwind after Deathwing

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#Picture 36 – Cover her face, she died young

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#Picture 37 – The Green Mogu

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#Picture 38 – My what big bones you have

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#Picture 39 – Red Mist in the Morning…

IntPiPoMo – Trees and Plants

Today’s installment of IntPiPoMo is loosely categorized by plants and other such foliage.

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IntPiPoMo – Things which Fly

The rough theme of today’s IntPiPoMothings which have taken to the air in one way or another.

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#Picture 19 – Enchanted Fey Dragon selfies

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#Picture 20 – This what happens when you don’t cull seagulls!!

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#Picture 21 – Flying Towers

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#Picture 22 – Ballooning in the sun

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#Picture 23 – This used to fly

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#Picture 24 – For the Horde!

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#Picture 25 – Jade Dragon

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#Picture 26 – Blending into the night sky

Eight days left in November and I’m only just half way. The next few days might be interestingly screenshot overloaded.

IntPiPoMo – the Sparkly Edition

The theme of today’s IntPiPoMo post  is sparkly shiny things in honour of the Enchanted Fey Dragon which I intend purchasing the second it becomes available on the Blizzard store. 

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Days 10 through 13 – A Screenshot A Day

Here’s the next installment of November’s A Screenshot A Day.

Day 10 – Book

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It makes you wonder what sort of titles the Undead and Demonic denizens of Karazhan have an issue with.  Is this a pile of romantic novels crackling away or perhaps religious tomes?

Day 11 – A Memory

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Here we see love’s young dream is just a distant memory.

Day 12 – Clouds

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Days 13 – Part of Me

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I’m far too fond of chewing gum and can’t leave home without it in my bag. Thanks to Daeaye of the Wyvern’s Tail now I can even chew it in-game.

IntPiPoMo 2013 – Wetlands

Inspired by the new lush and vibrant zones presented at Blizzcon, the next installment of IntPiPoMo is brought to you by the swamps and marshes of Warcraft.

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