Meet the Girls…

Another Day, another disappointment. I obsessively checked my email every hour or so, hoping for that magical message from Blizzard, but alas it was not to be. Clearly they delight in torturing me, I can just see them wringing their gnomish hands and cackling with glee at my frustration. Well, in the face of this lack of respect for my nerves, I thought I’d go ahead and give everyone an introduction to my crafting “lineup”, as it were.

Kaliope is my main toon, the first character I started when I began playing WoW back in March ’05. She’s my willowy nymph-like Night Elf, my classy goddess persona. We’ve been through the most together, from the early days when I leveled her caster-style because I didn’t know any better. Kali at Rut’theran VillageI still remember being completely enthralled by Teldrassil, in my opinion the most beautiful newbie zone in Azeroth. I like to think of it as my own personal fantasyland a la the Xanth books by Piers Anthony.

But back to Kaliope… she’s a resto/feral spec druid with Tribal Leatherworking and Skinning (both at 300). She’s basically a raid healer, I don’t play her Feral all that much. I suspect it’s due to the fact that they beefed up the Feral tree after I’d already hit 60, so I never really got to experience it as a valid playing style. At this point I spend 90% of my time with her on raids, so I haven’t bothered trying to retrain myself into the feral mindset. I know, I’m gimping her — get over it! On the plus side, I have a warrior and a rogue, so I know how feral forms are supposed to function. I just have a hard time with that shapeshifting bit since I’m not what I like to call a “twitch freak”. I’ve seen my son play and quite frankly, just watching gives me a headache. Either way, I’m comfortable with the healer role so I just stick with what I know.

Kali’s Profile

Kayree is my second level 60 toon, a protection spec warrior. I have always played her as a tank, never really tried the fury route. I guess I’m just a traditionalist that way; I play the class as it’s meant to be played, not as a wannabe of another class. Kayree is my little pixie persona, a sweet, green-haired, pig-tailed gnome. KayreeI call her a Hershey Kiss tank — little gnome, big pain. I always get comments about how tiny and cute she is in relation to the job she has. Right now I’ve got her just about geared up nicely in decent blues. My last piece was the Ornate Adamantium BP from the Strat quest, so really all I need now are some tanking shoulders and maybe a second good trinket.

Kayree’s Profile

Kayree is also a 300 Enchanter, I started her to be the chanting toon for my wee guild of four whole people. She just got the +15 AGI chant from Timbermaw Hold and is currently working on Thorium Brotherhood rep to get the +22 INT chant. I originally had her second profession as Mining, which was quite an effective way to pay for the Enchanting progression. But a few months ago I dropped it for Engineering, primarily to facilitate the guide I wrote on my site. Now she’s a 315 Goblin Engineer, which has actually worked out quite well for her. She has always had trouble soloing efficiently and her new gadgets have greatly aided that process. So Kayree’s job in TBC is to find the new Engineering and Enchanting recipes.

Korlyn is my third level 60 character, a beast spec hunter. I know, I’m a total weirdo. My theory is that hunters wouldn’t have pets if the pets weren’t meant to take the beating. Therefore I play mine with the pet as the tank and me as the ranged damage. It’s really a very nice arrangement. All of my pets have candy names; I have a snow leopard named Kitkat, a Winterspring bear named Marshmallow, and a Winterspring owl named Divinity. KorlynI began my hunter so I’d have a toon to learn blacksmithing, little did I realize that I’d need to get her all the way to 60 in order to hit Master Swordsmith. Those dastardly Blizzard designers and their high-end crafting quests <grrr>. It was fun leveling her up though; hunters are by far the most powerful class in the game, IMO. So she’s a 300 Swordsmith with 300 mining and I’m going to use her to farm the new ores and check out the new Smithing recipes in the expansion.

Korlyn’s Profile

Krystella is my fourth and final level 60 toon, although I actually created her right after Kaliope. She was supposed to partner with my RL hubbie’s hunter, but he quit the game after only a month, so she sat collecting dust for a while. I resurrected her more recently because she had both Mining and Herbalism. As a stealth character, she is able to access more locations than any other class, so this seemed like the perfect combination to me. KrystellaPlus, I really have fun with her. She’s not quite as powerful as Korlyn but she’s still a tough little cookie. Her job in the expansion will be to stealth mine new ores, in the hopes that I can avoid grinding her to 70 and just sneak around for the mats I need. She will also be dropping Herbalism in order to take up Jewelcrafting. Since I won’t have the space move my level 36 Alchemist gnome to the Beta Server, there’s no reason for her to keep the flower picking anyway.

Krystella’s Profile

So there you go, that’s the dream team that I’ll be taking to the big game. Stay tuned to find out when we actually get called to the field!

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