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10-11-2011 @ 10:46AM
I played a barmaid for several months on Moon Guard-H.I named her Koszmari, which was a name I've used elsewhere simply because it sounds cool to me, and not thinking at the time that it was a terribly incongruous name for a blood elf -- so I decided on her way to Silvermoon that her father had simply picked the name out of some book and didn't actually know what it meant. She was young; her parents had died defending the Sunwell, and since then she had been living on the generosity of friends. That generosity however had run out, and now she was on her own -- off to adventure, and to find her fortune. Unfortunately adventure does not come cheap, and the lass was broke. So upon arriving in Silvermoon little Koszmari walked into the Wayfarer's Rest and asked the person she saw behind the counter for a job. That person was Shyffer, who only shrugged at her -- but she took that as a yes, and she went to work.Koszmari was never actually meant to be a mage, despite that being her class. She was a barmaid, flat out, nothing more. A sweet, naive country girl who simply enjoyed talking to people and making them happy. She was a background character, something I don't think we see enough of -- and why would we? Everyone enjoys playing the hero. And with good reason -- the game is designed around heroism. If every PC stayed home tending bar then Azeroth would kinda be screwed. But someone's got to keep the home fires burning, so to speak... and it's these background characters that I really think help Azeroth come alive.So once or twice a week Koszmari would show up and walk around, offering drinks (free, though she made decent tips) and conversation. Sometimes she was flat-out ignored. Most of the time adventurers accepted drinks, gave her a small tip and went back to their other compatriots -- just as they would in an actual restaurant. A very few actually engaged Koszmari in conversation; most of these smirked when she said that her aspiration was to save up enough money to enroll in university at Dalaran, and several more outright laughed when she admitted she'd never BEEN to Dalaran.There were three customers I actually remember. The first was a grizzled, jaded blood elf soldier -- and his is the only name I remember, now: Kauph. He took a secluded couch in the upstairs room, drank until he was maudlin, and grumbled at most everyone to leave him alone. He seemed touched by Koszmari's concern over him, and amused by her naivete. He was the first person to not laugh at her Dalaran story; rather, he shoved his dungeon take for the night (300g) into her hands and made her promise to go. Then he yelled at her to get out 'before he did something regrettable'. Which she did. I hoped for a long time I'd see him again, but never did.The second was a young (midlevel) blood elf rogue who took a romantic interest in Koszmari. She got hit on a lot, but he made a point of being kind and gentile... and he came back the next night. And a night or two after. It never went anywhere, but it was really cute.The third was a troll mage who'd drunk himself into stupidity before Koszmari even came on for the night. On this particular night, the bar was full of people -- moreso than usual, though none of them were regulars. And yet, for the bar being so terribly crowded, this one falling-down-drunk troll was the only one who managed to rouse himself from his seat when the little barmaid began crying and screaming as a trio of deathknights (who'd been hitting on her exceptionally crudely not long before) began backing her up against a wall with threats and knives. He poured himself out of his chair and inbetween Koszmari and her attackers long enough for her to bolt, and then came to find her to make sure she was all right. And then he asked about her background, and her aspirations, and when she said she wanted to go to Dalaran he grinned and said "I can get you dere."That was months ago. I actually tried to log in and play her a couple of times afterwards... but I found I couldn't. There was nothing there. She'd accomplished her goals, and was ready to move on. I tried levelling her a bit... only to realize that I didn't want to. It's strange to me to say that her story was over at level 8... but I think the part of her story I was interested in playing is over. So ultimately I let her go. She can make it the rest of the way on her own... and I think I feel pretty good about that.
10-11-2011 @ 1:27PM
Astoreth - that was beautiful. Thank you for that.So what's she studying up there?
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