1. List four things you like very much.
- Ah!—The gift of nature has always been a fascination of mine, of course—from the smallest rabbit to the largest tree. Errr… books are also interesting…. Perhaps one last thing that I like very much is moonberry juice. Nothing is as delectable. The last… is rather private.
2. List four things you dislike very much.
- I do not like cruelty. It is an act of utter malevolence. The same can be said for dishonesty—not to mention organizations such as the Warsong Clan and Twilight's Hammer, that act solely to fulfill their own selfish and ill-meaning plans.
3. Did you have a happy childhood?
- My childhood was a quiet and lonesome one. Ennui is common amongst the people of small, seaside port towns—even when you live in such a place for over a hundred years. Of course, there were always those that enjoyed partaking in the silly tittle-tattle of the neighborhood, or causing uproars at the inns. It was a safe and stable city, at the very least.
4. Describe the incident in childhood that you think most affected you.
- I do not always like to admit that my brash curiosity took the best of me as a child. Books were funny little things that frequently placed me in troubling situations with my sept—my thirst for knowledge occasionally sent me prowling away from my bedroom and into libraries, where I could peer into fascinating titles and scrolls. Books... some were lists of facts, and others were lines of narrative—each so very unique and captivating… which is more than can be said for the crates of fish that awaited my father’s furnace each moonfall at the tavern.
Sometimes he would find me reading from volumes of knowledge at wisplight, during ungodly hours when everyone else was sound asleep. Though the other elven adults were often kind enough to lend me their simple books and novels (each insightful and unique in their own way), it was those that were forbidden that so often attracted my deviant attention! Needless to say that my actions were sufficiently reprimanded—not only for my disrespect, but also because of the stigma surrounding magic and other taboo topics within night elven societies.
Even then, I continued to attain knowledge of the arcane at whatever opportunity I found, and with what little resources there were available to me at the time. Soon enough, I began to practice what was transcribed within these tomes, in spite of the fact that I had previously avoided doing so in fear of being discovered. I was but thirty years of age at the time—and no, my age does not excuse my foolishness… but alas, it holds some weight.
The many words of power that I learned were wondrous—not easy to master, but wondrous all the same—and I happily persevered, in thirst of knowledge and ability. Yet, in spite of my efforts, many of my tries at magic failed—few spells were simple to master, and only with a lot of effort did I ever accomplish anything that I could have truly deemed impressive.
Finally, after a triennium of quiet self-instruction, my elation for the arcane arts quickly blew up in my face—in the most literal sense. An attempt at a complicated spell went wrong, and I was immediately flung backwards by it with a loud bang that rented the atmosphere.
After the rumors of the incident had spread across Auberdine, other kaldorei within the town grew distrustful of me. I was but a seedling then; yet, they feared that I would grow to become much like the Highborne magi that have virulently torn their way across our people’s history. This, my neighbors needed not express in words—their paranoia was evident. Other elven youngsters were known to have experimented before I, and so it was that there were indeed many that had aged to become what their younger selves had once heralded: wielders of an art that has been misused, and therefore, mistrusted. I was very unsettled by the attitudes that my own kindred adopted towards me from then on, and even now, I would never dare try such a risky spell again if the circumstances did not call for it.
It was not long before the neighbors marched into my home and forced both my progenitors and myself out of town, weapons in hand. They did not harm us, but even in peace, we were not allowed to stay. My mother and father lost their positions at the inn (do I have to discuss their attitudes towards me from then on?); we shifted to the nearby Ashenvale.
In spite of my grievances, I consider the experience nothing short of a blessing. The others at Auberdine grew less weary of me once they had heard that I had begun training under the priestesses of the moon. They even allowed an’da to continue his work at the inn alongside my mother.
Away from home, I learnt to balance passion with caution. The growing silver upon my scalp was a testament to the transition that was in order. It is true that I was left forever changed by that event.
Now, perhaps, I have become too cautious, given the years that have passed and the events that have transpired. Nonetheless, I always strive to maintain an emotional equilibrium in everything it is that I do, and that is the lesson that I was fortunate enough to be graced with.
5. Describe your mother and how you feel about her.
- My mother was a pyrite node in the rough. Stone-faced and distant, easily angered, yet undeniably warm when she sensed someone was in need of her compassion. Allyndia was her name; she was pink and her eyes were like those of a nightsaber’s. She did not follow a structured path to greatness; instead, she spent most of her life alongside my father, who cared much for the Auberdine inn he worked at. Once, she longed to be a Sentinel, but cast away that dream in fear of failure and the unknown.
Nevertheless, my mother possessed many skills. She was a well-versed armorer and jewelcrafter, her sets rivaling those of even Grondal Moonbreeze. Not to mention her aptitude for herbalism that greatly augmented her cooking! Oh, those windplum salads were a favorite of mine.
6. Describe your father and how you feel about him.
- My father, Taldan, was much like my mother. His tender insides were encased in a forbidding shell. Yes, he was kind and soft-spoken—but this was not always. It was common for him to lash out at my mother and I at the end of a workday. Not physically, but verbally.
Mother, like so many other kaldorei women, was fiery and brazen. She did not stand for his behavior. Their arguments were numerous. Still, they remained in matrimony. They truly loved one another, regardless of their ways.
My father was a paradoxical man that cared deeply for his family. He was heavily eroded by the dreary and monotonous routine of his job, but never wished to tell me why he had not pursued another occupation instead….
…Ah, and he was doe-faced, with blue skin and blue hair.
Perhaps we should change the subject, now.
7. What are your favorite pastimes?
- I enjoy exploration and sight-seeing. Reading is another pastime.
8. What person do you think has most influenced you?
- It is hard to say. Ryoka is a strong candidate.
9. How do you feel about sex?
- Speaking of w—that question seems hardly appropriate!
10. What are your people's religious beliefs?
- The kaldorei venerate Elune, our Moon Goddess. She guides us through the night, and grants us strength when the cause is just.
There are others, as well: Malorne, Cenarius… I shall spare you any excess details and say that Malorne is known to be the lover of our Mother Moon, caring for Azeroth’s forests under her light; and Cenarius is their child, the prime warden of nature, which we night elves strive to protect at all costs.
11. How far do you go along with these beliefs, and how important are they to you?
- I do my best to uphold the beliefs of the Priesthood of Elune. I cherish all life on Azeroth, and would fight to protect it if I had to.
Still, there are many that jump at the opportunity to slay an orc or behead a goblin. I have found that such actions only contradict our oath to loving and caring for life. Not every “green-skin” seeks to taint our thickets. Not all goblins live solely to feed their own greed. It is only those beings that permanently threaten Azeroth’s blood that I seek to rid the world of. We must protect these lands we live on—its people, its flora, its fauna. This is of utmost importance!
12. How are your people organized and led?
- Ah—our people fall under the banner of the Sisterhood of Elune, an ancient order. Tyrande Whisperwind, a woman that many kaldorei like myself idolize, is one of the earliest members of the Sisterhood. This organization serves as the backbone to our government, providing both leaders and followers to our causes. Tyrande is poised and very much adamant about keeping not only the night elves safe, but the Alliance, as well.
Archdruid Malfurion Stormrage is Tyrande’s beloved, serving his people by her side. He was taught many years ago by the ways of Cenarius, the forest lord I mentioned before. Malfurion slept many centuries at a time, anchoring his consciousness within the realm of the Emerald Dream to guard the place from any that might disrupt its peace.
Both Malfurion and Tyrande led an offensive against the Burning Legion and their hosts nine thousand years ago, before the Sundering of the world. Though they were unable to avert the catastrophic fragmentation that followed, they successfully drove away the forces that so hungrily threatened Azeroth, and later rebuilt the society that we night elves have come to cherish and appreciate. Without these two kaldorei, who knows how different our world would be to this day?
13. How do you feel about the leadership, and how important is it to you?
- As expressed, I am very much grateful for our leaders.
14. What is your philosophy of life?
- I believe we should make the best of our lives, upholding a just cause and fighting for those that also seek to protect it.
15. If you could have any tangible thing in the world you wanted, what would it be?
- My parents, in life as they once were.
I might come across as selfish for desiring this. In truth, I regret that any of Xaxas’ victims ever came to harm—that I was unable to steal them from their fates. But it is my family that I wish to see again the most.
16. Have you any physical difficulties?
- I often fall prey to headaches.
17. What kind of education have you had, and how did you feel about it?
- My education was offered to me by the moon priestesses throughout northern Kalimdor. Besides learning to wield the mystic might of our goddess, I was trained to hold my own in physical combat, and both skills have been immensely helpful.
18. How do you think other people react to you as a person?
- I cannot say for sure.
19. What are you proudest of?
- That I have helped people at times when they saw no hope.
20. What are you most ashamed of?
- I was not a very amiable elf during my childhood.
21. What is your deepest fear?
- Being rendered useless.
22. How do you feel about food?
- A necessity; though, other beings should not have to suffer at the hands of your own hunger.
23. What makes you feel good?
- That is too broad a question, I think. There are many pleasures in life.
24. What do you dream about?
25. What do you try hardest to avoid?
- At the primal level, death seems to be the answer to this question.
26. What makes you angry? How do you react when you're angry?
- Witnessing the suffering of others is something that is both saddening and infuriating all at once. I tend to keep my wits about me during times of rage, but when I simply cannot any longer, “admirable” is not a word that can be used to describe my subsequent behavior.
27. How do you react to your people's relationship with the world around you?
- Lest I find someone harming or interfering with the wellness of another person or thing, I try to leave others be.
28. What one person had the greatest effect on you as a child?
- Certainly, my father.
29. How athletic are you?
- My current job position entails quite a fair amount of physical activity. Nonetheless, I enjoy the occasional sprint or swim.
30. How methodical are you?
- Quite! Another trait a medic must put to use.
31. What are your chief taboos?
- Most have been covered at this point.
32. How much traveling have you done?
- Not nearly as much as the bulk of my kin.
33. Describe a situation in which you behaved courageously.
- Ah... so there I was, trotting alongside a lake, when an infant murloc approaches me. Fish bones in hand, he points to my staff, pleading. In shock of the murloc’s friendliness, and aware of the trade he was commencing, I hand him my staff. Glee in his face, and his stature belying his strength, the murloc skips away with the staff and the fish bones. I was endeared by his cunning trickery, but this did not last long. A bear emerged from the woods and began to chase the amphibian.
In fear of getting mauled, I set for the woods. But something stopped me in my tracks. I could not leave that murloc to his bloody doom. Whirling around, I seized my scaly friend and ran as fast as my legs could urge me. The bear pursued us with all of the fervor of a hungry youth when I made a sharp turn in the thicket. Finally out of sight, the murloc and I arrived at a hillside where a small twig pile was buzzing with the sounds of some high-pitched gargling.
There, I witnessed that the murloc had intended to use my staff to construct a home for his younger siblings, who were still far too young to fend for themselves. He stripped the staff and drove the foundations into the soil as I added straw to the makeshift roof.
Unfortunately, it was later made clear that the bear I thought outmatched had indeed found us. A roar burst forth from the edge of the forest, and that was when I was forced to turn my blade against it, in spite of my fear. Though I resulted with wounds, and regret for having to put down the beast, I will always look upon that day with pride and joy.
34. Do you see yourself as a self-centered person?
- Ah. For years—decades, in fact—I thought myself too important to associate with others. I did not give my love or character to those that sought to know and understand me well. For a long while, my family was the select few that I allowed into my own realm of thought; even then, their habitual aloofness made me weary, driving me into my own silent solitude. I was, in all frankness, a self-centered person—I cared little about those around me, preferring the world of seclusion that I wrought.
Of course, there tends to come a time during a person’s existence when she realizes that she is but one small dot out of millions on a map, that her world is one of many. This recognition did not come swiftly to me, but it suffices to say that when it did, I was humbled.
35. Do you see yourself as a loving person?
- I do.
36. Do you see yourself as a popular person?
- I reckon the little “incident” with my use of the arcane might have fabled me as a notorious mage throughout Auberdine. I was eschewed for ten years. That I turned to the Temple of Elune surprised many.
<She smiles longingly.>
There are few left from Auberdine who would remember me.
37. Do you see yourself having a potentially important influence on the world?
- I can only pray for that to be so. A positive influence, of course.
38. What is the purpose of your race?
- I cannot say for sure what was the intent of our makers. I can only say that many of my people seek to carry out the wishes of our beloved Elune.
39. How artistic are you?
- Ah, I am afraid that I am at a disadvantage when it comes to art.
40. How do you feel about material things?
- They are certainly not very important, lest it be essentials like food or shelter (I have never been very selective in regards to the latter).
41. What are your plans for the future?
- To continue serving the world whichever way I can.
42. How idealistic are you?
- Perhaps to a fault. I have to clear my head from the mists of the clouds, at times.
43. How realistic are you?
- I try to be true to myself and to the world around me.
44. How successful are you?
- Many of the goals I have set for myself have been accomplished, but my work is never done.
45. Name the four things you object to in other people.
- Unkindness, dishonesty, vulgarity, and obstinacy.
46. Name the four things you object to in yourself.
- My idleness, melancholy, and sometimes-inappropriate frankness are all things I object to in myself when they arise. I cannot say I enjoy being this tall, either. Long legs are a burden, I tell you.
47. How gullible are you?
- If I have given you my faith, I would say I am quite easy to fool.
48. How intelligent are you?
- I do not know how to answer that.
49. Does the end justify the means?
- I cannot adopt that notion.
50. How attractive are you physically?
- <She scoffs, slightly blushing.>
51. Do you believe there is anything worth dying for? What experiences led you to this conclusion?
- A trite remark, indeed, but love is always worth dying for, and it seems my whole life has been leading up to that.
52. What do you worry about the most?
- I worry that I am not fulfilling my duty to the world.
53. What makes life worth living for you?
- The world is a fascinating place. Not one thing can sum up the answer to that.
54. What is the difference between good and evil?
- I believe that evil people are characterized by their immovable tendencies to (willingly) wreak havoc and destruction. Good people seek to do quite the contrary…. But those are just my considerations on the matter.
55. What kind of person would you like to be?
- Decisiveness would do me well during times of doubt, and a sense of peace would not hurt when I am feeling unhinged. A person of action and humility—I try to be so.
56. What ideas in the history of the world as you know it should be forgotten?
- Cruelty. Murder. Needless dishonesty. These are more actions than they are ideas, but I think it can be said that ideas become actions, in the long run.
57. What changes taking place in the world as you know it should be encouraged, which discouraged?
- The Vale of Eternal Blossoms: a place that was, up until a short time ago, sealed away from the rest of Azeroth (and rightly so). It once nourished everything around it so that all would thrive in its boughs, never to fall prey to corruption.
What was once a beacon of hope and harmony is now a shattered wasteland, any life that remains fastened onto the slightest thread so that it may yet survive. Its fertile waters have been twisted by an unknown malignancy. It is said that Garrosh Hellscream has unleashed an ancient horror unto the land that once was so pure and in bloom.
What I have seen during my recent work at Pandaria has been monstrous. Only arrogance and brutality could account for the atrocities wrought upon that magnificent place. These are the actions and ideals that I cannot condone. Peace is long overdue. It is the ideal that we should all strive for!
I can only hope that we shall succeed in restoring the Vale back to the glorious precinct it once was.
58. What ideas now popular among the people you know do you consider potentially dangerous?
- The heedless manner in which many races currently practice their magics is a worrisome sign, indeed. Arrogance, as I have previously mentioned, is another.
59. What do you think is worth knowing?
- There is a common human dictum that states, “Ignorance is bliss.” I would argue the contrary.
60. How do you feel about violence?
- I think that my opinion regarding violence has been made more than clear at this point. Can we talk about something else?
61. Do you have any children? Describe them if you do.
- No, I do not have any children; it is not very often that my people choose to have children, given our lifespans.
((Thanks for this quiz! It was fun, and actually gave me some more insight on Tide.))