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A Face Off Essay

1466 words - 6 pages

The forsaken, Thinmint, wanders through the Horde capital atop his massive blue drake, robes draped over his exposed, rotting bones, sneering as best as he can with no lips at any low-levels who give him a second glance. He waits to carry his allies through another encounter with Azeroth's finest foes by channeling divine energy to heal their wounds, but to feed his personal vendetta against the world of the living, not out of the goodness of his now useless heart. This is the character I have chosen to play through the highest content of World of Warcraft, but does he express my real world identity in this virtual space effectively? Learning by playing Thinmint through the game's content and researching my class and race, I have come to realize that the identity I project through my character draws from my personality in some interesting ways.
Thinmint is a member of the now lucid undead community and is practiced in the priestly arts. Being aligned holy as a main talent spec, he has healed countless groups of his Horde allies though battles against the Alliance and Illidan's, Arthas's, and Deathwing's armies, as well as against the various other bad guys World of Warcraft has to offer. He is not, however, entirely helpless on his own due to his now rarely used shadow off-spec. Shortly after the shattering of Azeroth, Thinmint replaced his Icecrown epic equipment with new rare and uncommon gear found in the newly opened lands and dungeons, working his way up to level 85 and into heroic dungeons. He has regularly worked on the enchanting profession, early on using it for making large amounts of money by disenchanting cheep greens on the auction house, but after the shattering he has been working on obtaining useful enchantment formulae. He has also just picked up the jewelcrafting profession, supplied by the young Crazedrodent (a recently rolled goblin mage alt). Thinmint was created as a pvp character (back when shadow priests were immortal killing machines), waging war in his younger years against the alliance in such campaigns as Warsong Gulch and Arathi Basin. Recently though, Thinmint has turned his back to this conflict, instead directing his attention to a common enemy, Deathwing.
The Forsaken, of which Thinmint is a member, is made up of the reanimated corpses of humans and elves, who broke away from the Scourge during the Third War (Forsaken 2). This is the war the player experiences in Warcraft III, experiencing first hand the devastation the Scourge caused in Lordaeron, from Arthas's purging of Stratholm, to taking the cursed Frostmourne and loosing his sanity, to destroying Silvermoon and killing Sylvanis Windrunner (Warcraft III). After Arthas became a Deathknight, he built a throne in the crypt of his murdered father's once magnificent city, but was called to Northrend to defend the Lich King from Illidan. A power struggle ensued over the remaining undead in Lordaeron between three dreadlords, Balnazzar, Varimathras, and...

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