Elemental Invasions

Who remembers those elemental invasions which could occur in one of four locations around Azeroth? If you happened to be in Silithus, Un’goro Crater, Azshara or Winterspring during one of these events this is what you could have seen.

At the beginning of an invasion, portals would open to the Elemental Plane allowing a number of invaders to emerge. Depending on the area, you would find a lot more elementals, usually a slightly higher level than the ones usually found there.

At some point during the invasion, the elemental leader would appear and begin yelling challenges that could be heard by anyone in the zone. While these leaders remained alive, more and more invaders would spawn until their leader had been destroyed. No new invaders would appear after this time but those already present would remain until killed.

The Thundering Invaders in Azshara were led by Avalanchion. Although immensely powerful, he had been described as significantly less intelligent than either Charr or Tempestria, yelling out taunts like “Where you hiding? Me find you!

In Un’goro, Baron Charr led the Blazing Invaders. He challenged courageous adventurers with the following taunts: “Hear me, denizens of the crater! I come to burn this land of its impurity!” While patrolling, Charr would frequently yell, “Where are the so-called heroes of this world? Too frightened to come out and play?” When killed, he would yell a final taunt, “You have not seen the last of me fools! All will be consumed in the end!

I managed to see Princess Tempestria quite often in Winterspring. She of course led the Watery Invaders. Believed to have been one of the more intelligent of the invasion leaders. Tempestria imperiously demanded, “This frozen land shall suffice for a start. Come to me, mortals – and I shall give you a quick and painful death.”

The Whirling Invaders were led by The Windreaver, who travelled with his four guards throughout the Dust Storm area of Silithus. Those fortunate enough to see him would receive the following dire warning: “The Windreaver and his invading forces appear amidst a tumultuous conflagration in the northwest of Silithus.

These events would happen every few days and were highly sought after for the goodies they dropped. Predominantly Essences and other variations of elemental materials used for enchants, etc. and even the Ace of Elementals card for the Darkmoon deck. I remember being especially keen to kill the ones in Silithus for the essence of airs which came in very useful for my Hunter’s weapon enchants.

Late to the Party

There have been several things in my life that I began to use or learn about quite late compared to other people. Today I’m going to focus on three of these.

At 21 I learnt to drive. I really wasn’t in a rush to learn like some of my classmates, etc. It was towards the end of my Nursing degree after being persistently encouraged to get my driver’s licence, especially since I would have all those early morning Practicums at various hospitals.

All through University, I didn’t have much experience with a computer, let alone have an email address. When handing in my Lab reports for my Science degree I was the only one who had submitted hand written ones (at least that I saw). Even at the end of 1995, I used my boyfriend’s laptop to type up my profile page for the College yearbook.

In 1997, I went on a European Contiki tour and towards the end of the trip when everyone exchanged their contact details I still didn’t have an email address. The next year, as a result from my Graphic Design course, I bought my first computer so that I could practice my skills and work from home. When I sent out my first test email to family, my brother sent a reply saying it was nice to see me finally online.

Since then I’ve become more savvy with computers, how they work and the internet. I’ve had a Facebook account ever since a work colleague convinced me to set one up years ago. In the last six months or so, my interest in Facebook has somewhat fizzled and find I’m using Twitter a lot more. In fact, it’s only in the last few months that I’m really embracing the use of Twitter as well as maintaining various websites including the Guild website.

When I went to an old school friend’s milestone birthday a couple of years ago, a few of them, including the Birthday girl, proceeded to upload a pic to Facebook during the party. At the time, I still had my Sony Ericcson phone (non-smartphone) even though it was about 5 years old. In October 2010, I took the plunge after my phone finally died and bought my first smartphone. It’s funny how easy it is to catch up on news or gossip in real-time and how fast things can become viral – the good kind not the dodgy ones that can destroy systems or networks. It was only today on a news update that they were talking about the new youtube video that had gone viral, which in turn gave me the idea for this post.

So I may have been late to the party for some things in my life but it’s hard to imagine life without these things. I’m also reminded of a tweet I wrote a while ago:

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