In character, Cynwise just received a letter from the Alliance High Command, reactivating her and requesting the Colonel’s appearance at the planning sessions for the invasion of Orgrimmar. Her experience in the field in the Northern Barrens and strategic knowledge is required for the Alliance. Yes, this will create a power vacuum in the Waypoint Coven, but surely the warlocks of Waypoint can behave in her absence, can’t they?
Out of character, I’ve got a bad RSI (repetitive stress injury) on my right hand and haven’t been able to play for 3 weeks. I’ve tried - I went to Ulduar with Rezz on /follow, I’ve tried just dinking around with crafting - but after about 20-40 minutes of just moving around my thumb goes numb and my hand/wrist are in agony. I can log in and hit my cloth CDs without pain, as long as Cynwise is parked in the Silken Fields.
I obviously need a break physically, and I think a mental break would be good for me too. I’ve been Cyn for about 4 years and it would be good to get some separation for a bit. So, I’ve cancelled my sub until my hand is better. It’s not a permanent thing, but I’m going to take some time away from Warcraft and let myself get better. 
I’ll probably be a lot quieter on Twitter, and I’m going to log out of Tumblr and let this go dormant for a bit. I’ll miss you all, but will be back eventually. :D

In character, Cynwise just received a letter from the Alliance High Command, reactivating her and requesting the Colonel’s appearance at the planning sessions for the invasion of Orgrimmar. Her experience in the field in the Northern Barrens and strategic knowledge is required for the Alliance. Yes, this will create a power vacuum in the Waypoint Coven, but surely the warlocks of Waypoint can behave in her absence, can’t they?

Out of character, I’ve got a bad RSI (repetitive stress injury) on my right hand and haven’t been able to play for 3 weeks. I’ve tried - I went to Ulduar with Rezz on /follow, I’ve tried just dinking around with crafting - but after about 20-40 minutes of just moving around my thumb goes numb and my hand/wrist are in agony. I can log in and hit my cloth CDs without pain, as long as Cynwise is parked in the Silken Fields.

I obviously need a break physically, and I think a mental break would be good for me too. I’ve been Cyn for about 4 years and it would be good to get some separation for a bit. So, I’ve cancelled my sub until my hand is better. It’s not a permanent thing, but I’m going to take some time away from Warcraft and let myself get better. 

I’ll probably be a lot quieter on Twitter, and I’m going to log out of Tumblr and let this go dormant for a bit. I’ll miss you all, but will be back eventually. :D

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The Story of Waypoint

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We joke often that we’re not an RP guild - and playing on Medivh, a PVE server in the US, we’re not on an RP server, either. 

But, what we are, is a collective of highly creative folks being creative in a place with other creative folks where ideas can be bounced around like a Pong puck. It’s an atmosphere thats enjoyable to the like-minded, and bringing a bunch of folks together to DO STUFF and doing stuff with people you enjoy is rad because you’re DOING STUFF.
A couple of us live in a place that’s really hard to find a D&D game, so we’ve used WoW as a substitute for that, crafting stories and such and sometimes, we share them on tumblr when we’re feeling particularly brave.
Today, I’m going to be telling the story of the Waypoint Guild, the full meandering story, because it’s something I’ve been threatening to do for a while - there’s parts that are vague (on purpose) parts that are based in real history (on purpose) and room for inclusion of every character in the guild, even if you’re not max level or raiding: especially if you’re not.

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So the history of Waypoint gets added to by each player and character, as they see fit. Opt-in role playing, as it were.

Cynwise was recruited, ostensibly, to help train, guard and guide inexperienced cartographers in dangerous lands. As an ex-mercenary with little chance of employment with the Alliance military after the events of Homecoming, it was a job, and a pretty good one for what it was. A druidic night elf who had served under Cynwise had referred her over to the guild.

The initial interview with Visper and Karanina went well, since Cynwise had a good grasp of why maps were so important - often the hardest point of the entire enterprise - but she didn’t seem very interested in actually making the maps, just content to train people in basic military skills without resorting to the bullying tactics of a Sergeant. “Oh yeah,” Visper muttered, looking first at Cynwise and then over to Ilithia Hale, who was, even then, rapidly becoming the de facto leader of the burgeoning Waypoint Coven. “Keep an eye on her, too.”  

But that leads to another story, one for a different time.

There was a different incident, early on in Cynwise’s employment, where things could have gone very wrong. Kara was at the guild hall, gumbling about some feature of the Northern Barrens that her latest dispatches from the junior cartographers had brought from Kalimdor. ‘wise excused herself and returned about thirty minutes later with a battered journal in her hands. Sitting next to Karanina, she flipped past pages of battle tactics, warlock notes, and simple, precisely-drawn strategic maps depicting dozens of military engagements throughout Azeroth. Cynwise settled on one that showed a skirmish to the northwest of Orgrimmar. Kara’s eyes widened.

"Here," she said, tracing an outline of where the mountain ridges drew together. "That’s what those two are arguing about. At least that’s how it looked five years ago. It might be different now, but I doubt it. Most of the damage they saw was to the south."

Karanina is nothing if not composed, so she politely thanked Cynwise for providing that point of clarification and quickly penned a dispatch back to the field team instructing them to survey the range from a different location.

It was only later, when Cynwise had left to conduct lessons, that she told Visper about that brown journal. And Visper didn’t see that it was entirely necessary to let Kara know what happened next, though she was pleased to present copies of those maps to her administrator several days later.

What happened next was that Visper went to Zable, the magical rogue himself, and instructed him to make a copy of that journal without Cynwise knowing about it. It was a potentially fatal mission the likes of which she knew Zable couldn’t turn down. And she was right.

What Zable never told her was that the night after he performed the job, after deftly sneaking into the warlock’s room, stealing the journal, making rushed copies over the course of a frantic few hours, and then returning it all undetected - he slept far deeper than was his wont, only to awaken to find a faintly-glowing green gemstone on his chest, somewhat warm to the touch. Above his head his two favorite daggers had been thrown into the wood of his headboard with enough force to sink them to their hilts, pinning a note in place:

"Next time, just ask. I would have let you borrow them."

Some things, the magical rogue mused as he struggled to get the blades free, are best kept to oneself.

Every day a new fish invasion spawns somewhere in Pandaria. When the Reef Octopi swarm Sri-La village in the Jade Forest, they bounce happily all over the land, playing with tools, making the fishermen used to their presence.
This is how they set the stage for the destruction of all landdwellers.

Every day a new fish invasion spawns somewhere in Pandaria. When the Reef Octopi swarm Sri-La village in the Jade Forest, they bounce happily all over the land, playing with tools, making the fishermen used to their presence.

This is how they set the stage for the destruction of all landdwellers.

Potential outfits for Waypoint’s ICC Transmog Challenge. The goal is to be “ICC appropriate.” Bonus points given if I make @druidis4fite’s mage really uncomfortable about associating with me.

  1. T10 normal, the evil jawa look. 
  2. T10 mixed with S9 Honor gear, for more of a Tron-esque look.
  3. T8 normal, the Putress look (I’d choose a different belt)
  4. S8 Wrathful Gladiator’s Felweave.

What do you think?

Rosavin and Cynwise did bad, bad things tonight in the unlocked 85-89 bracket.

We’re going to keep on doing them, since it’s a long long way to 89. There is no reason to lock anymore, but there’s also no reason to rush to 89.

And we’re going to bring friends, because our guild has been spawning 85 twinks like rabbits. Vicious killer rabbits.

Maybe that should be our arena team name?