My email signature is from Philo of Alexandria, who said, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.” This takes on an immediate, game mechanics sense in WoW. We were all n00bs once upon a time. We all have a lot to learn from and teach to each other.
Gotta get me some tix.
When I was a teen, I was fascinated by Medea, as Euripides characterized her. Revenge! Betrayal! Ok, there was murder most foul, too. But the white-hot rage of a shunned, underestimated woman capable of great power, heart, love, and loyalty was the real draw for me.
This explains why I am drawn to Sylvanas Windrunner as well. (And to Sarah Kerrigan, but she’s from a different Blizzard game.)
Tragedy fuels her determination. The dark inevitability of her demise does not stop her from achieving. Sure, her goals are to destroy, conquer, and terrorize but that’s not the point. The point is this–Sylvanas’ circumstances do not limit her. They set her free.
There’s more of course (Grief! Regret! Atonement!), and Sylvanas’ story continues.
Wow. Five and a half years and 3 expansion packs have passed since I last posted to this blog. I’ve since graduated from SJSU-SLIS. I am now the outreach librarian at University of Redlands, a traditional four-year liberal arts college with some graduate programs geared to working adults. Some changes will be occurring as I update this blog.
I still play World of Warcraft. Many people I know have moved on from it. Me, I am still very much enthralled by its vast universe, compelling characters, and captivating stories. I feel a great connection with the game and will likely stick with it till it closes down. This affection explains why I want to continue with this blog, too. Love and commitment.
My love endures and is expressed in my online presence. When asked who my heroes are in the fictional character category, I usually say Sylvanas Windrunner and Tyrande Whisperwind. I love the stories of both women. I also love their characterizations: their strengths, their spirits, their beauty, and their intelligence. But I love Tyrande’s blue hair more.
For more information on Tyrande Whisperwind:
June 17, 2007 at 7:52 am (Machinima)