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Elizabeth Wachowski

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Elizabeth Wachowski is a 26-year-old freelance writer from Eau Claire, Wisconsin. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2005 with degrees in journalism and political science. She worked at the Wisconsin State Journal as a reporter from 2004 to 2006 before moving to Raleigh, North Carolina and becoming an EMT.

Around Azeroth: You've changed, Harold

You're not the squirrel I married all those years ago. I know, I know, we all get older and our bodies change. But really, Harold, you've let yourself go. What happened to your soft fur? Your smooth skin? Remember back when you used to spend time with me in the evenings, instead of retreating inside that man-cave you carry on your back? I'm afraid that we've grown too far apart, Harold. I'm leaving you. Don't try to catch up with me, either, because I know you can't run as fast as you used to. (Thanks to submitter Serulean of Misha [US-H] for the screenshot!)

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Around Azeroth: Preaching to the damned

"So my ministry to the poor, downtrodden critters of Azeroth continues just swimmingly ... almost," writes submitter Arugadh of The Brotherhood of Iron on Wyrmrest Accord (US-A). "I've found that once converted, my congregation of critters will follow me into the very depths of Icecrown itself, across forbidding mountains, through frozen seas, over tall spiky walls. But the devotion stops just short of actually helping me when I attempt to 'convert' one of the Scourge to the Light. Granted, said conversion usually means leaving said Scourge lying in massive heaps of dead bones all over the landscape, but you'd think that my newly-converted devoted congregation would be willing to put their faith into practice by helping.

But no. They were content to watch, squawking their encouragement, then wandering off in search of fish when I tried to beg for help. Stupid flightless waterfowl. It was also my luckless discovery that CRZ phasing disperses my critter congregation, which means that any plans for leading a sheep/chicken/cat invasion of Stormwind are out of the question at the moment."
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Around Azeroth: Evolution or devolution?

Did the filthy, savage race of trolls really evolve into the noble elves we see today? Or, through some unholy process, did the shamanistic, nature loving trolls somehow degenerate and become a gang of elitist magic junkies? Submitter Hallebruinja of Preemptive Retribution on Silver Hand (US-A), standing in the middle, represents an intermediate form.

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Around Azeroth: Frozen in time

"While wandering the Timeless Isle and completing some errands for Wrathion, I came across this odd specimen," writes submitter Braedori Sunhawk, Horde Branch Manager of AAMS on Cenarion Circle (US-H). "I am sure the magisters of Silvermoon will be quite intrigued. We should decidedly investigate the long-term effects and possible ramifications of our ability to alter time, albeit in small segments."

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Around Azeroth: So hoist up the John B's sail

"Spectacular Death likes to provide answers to the questions you didn't know needed to be asked," writes submitter Gimmlette. "This time, it's how many pirates will fit in the crow's nest in Booty Bay. Step one is to get everyone into a raid. Step two is to order them to take their summons and like it. Step three is to have everyone greet Dread Captain DeMeza. Our tests conclude that the crow's nest holds many more than the dozen we had online before our 'Raid Like a Pirate' event. Yes, there is a reason Ollivor is sitting on the top of the mast. Do you know what's inside a voidwalker? Now you know why all the rum is gone."

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Around Azeroth: I'm not your personal taxi

"So what happened was ... I'm out leveling and my guildmate Roowen offers to join me," writes submitter Warriormama of Equinox on Llane (US-A), who does not know that for medical personnel, the phrase 'what happened was' is an indication that the story about to be told is an utter falsehood. "Since she can fly and I cannot, she starts shuttling me around from quest to quest to make traveling go a little faster. Next thing I know, I'm stranded on a tree branch far up and looking down over Townlong Steppes as she flies away." It might be time to consider paying for gas, Warriormama.

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Around Azeroth: And you can send me dead pandas every morning

"I saw the picture submitted by Shadanah of Hyjal (US-H) today, and it immediately reminded me of a similar incident that occurred the other day," writes submitter Udaenor of The Expandables on Thunderlord (US-H). "I too was on my farm in Halfhill innocently going about my daily chores when I discovered a pandaren named Farmer Erryei of Destromath (US-H) lying in my field. As any concerned undead rogue would do when faced with a lone undefended individual of the same faction, I reached down to check for a pulse -- perhaps also for a bit of a taste, but I digress. I became concerned when I discovered that the pandaren had no pulse. I decided it was best to quickly 'dispose' of the body, as I had a questionable reputation with the local Halfhill constabulary. I had nothing to do with this body, guards. Really."

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Around Azeroth, Beta Edition: An office romance

"I spotted this pair of druids sharing a meal near my garrison in Shadowmoon Valley," writes beta tester Riyahnasheed. "I'm not certain if it's a pair of coworkers commiserating after a hard day's work, or a budding office romance. I suppose we will find out if a plate of spaghetti appears and a meatball starts being nudged back and forth in future patches. Just think -- we might see winged kittens out of this! What could possibly go wrong with that?"

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Around Azeroth: I still see dead people

"The link above is from over a year ago," writes submitter Shadanah of The Wolves of War on Hyjal (US-H), who has apparently had a very long summer that has destroyed his ability to measure the passage of time. "I returned to my farm, found a dead guy, prayed over him, and went on about my business. I came back home again, a year later, and I find this. Why do you do this to me, Blizzard?"

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Around Azeroth, Beta Edition: The birds and the bees

Beta tester Zeebu might look fierce on the outside, but like all hunters, he's just a big cuddly pet lover/obsessive animal hoarder underneath it all. When he found Pepe hanging around his garrison while on a break from questing, he couldn't have been happier. Pepe may only be your friend for an hour, but the memories will last a lifetime.

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