The world of Azeroth.
I will admit when I first heard of World of Warcraft I hated it and thought it was dumb. So what changed then? I tried it out.
My Dad was the first to start playing it, then my sister, and then finally me. I played a little bit on my Dad's account to dip my
toes into the water and soon enough I found myself going out and buying the game for myself. I began playing in March 2007, during the
The Burning Crusade expansion and have been playing ever since. It's embarrassing to think of my early experiences as this was
my first MMO. Still, I don't think I'd trade them for anything. They've helped me grow as a gamer and I've met so many wonderful people
through them. While I don't play the game as much as I used to anymore World of Warcraft still means a lot to me.
Since I started playing World of Warcraft I have created so many characters. It's a little ridiculous. I have at least one
of each class, and some more than one of, whether it be to play with friends on other servers or another faction. Or that used to be
the case. Now they're just sitting around collecting dust. For the sake of keeping things short I'm just gonna list the most important
ones, because this will get really long otherwise.
- Race: Draenei
- Class: Hunter
- Primary Spec: Beast Mastery
- Secondary Spec: Survival
- Professions: Leatherworking / Skinning
- Server: Baelgun (US)
Lindis started out as a Night Elf but shortly after I bought The Burning Crusade I remade her into a Draenei (but
she was only level 20 so it was okay!). Reason being was I thought Draenei Hunters looked so cool. Even so, I never once thought
that she would one day become my main. At the start of almost every single expansion I'd shelf her for one reason or another and
then rediscover how much I love her later on. Then about some time during Dragon Soul in Cataclysm we ended up with so
many healers that my guildmaster let me raid on my hunter instead, because he knew how much I enjoyed playing on her. It was a new
experience for sure, as I had only ever raided as a healer before, but one that I enjoyed a lot. After our guild transferred servers
Lindis officially became my main, although it was difficult to think that for a while. It wasn't like I had ever changed mains before
so it was new for me, but now I am okay with this.
Favorite Specialization: My favorite specialization to play as on Lindis is by far Beast Mastery because pets! I love pets,
especially the spirit beasts––I always like to have my Loque'nahak with me (which, I kid you not, took me a year and a
half to actually find alive), but I think my young panther from Stranglethorn Vale is my true baby. With hippogryphs being tameable
now though all my other pets may be brushed to the side. I LOVE hippogryphs. Also Beast Mastery is an absolute blast. Unfortunately
the spec isn't always raid viable so sometimes I'd have to raid as Survival instead, which was okay because I liked Survival. As far
as I'm concerned Marksmanship can die in a fire. I hate it so much. I used to like it once upon a time ago, but now I'm just nope.
Won't touch it. In Warlords of Draenor, being required to run Hellfire Citadel as Marksman was killer for me, even with the
4-set making it tolerable. Come Legion I even quit my hunter, but since rediscovering her some time later I'm in love with
her and Beast Mastery all over again.
Name Inspiration: Lindis's name comes from my favorite character within the video game Fire Emblem. Although her
name is spelled as "Lyndis" I had to go with her Japanese name as her English name was taken. That's okay though because
it still sounds the same, and is still awesome. When we transferred servers I unfortunately had to rename her. I chose the name
"Lyndi" which was okay for a while but I missed her old name. I had it for years so I just couldn't bring myself to let
it go. Thankfully, I was able to get it back. Some people in the guild will still call me "Lindi" which is kinda funny
because I didn't have the name for very long. When it comes to naming pets I like to name them after Fire Emblem characters to keep
with the theme of my hunter. There are the odd few pets who are named after something else though, but that's okay. I feel like they
fit the pet in some way.
- Race: Human
- Class: Paladin
- Primary Spec: Holy
- Secondary Spec: Retribution
- Professions: Alchemy / Herbalism
- Server: Baelgun (US)
Zeruda was the very first character I made when I started playing World of Warcraft, making her my oldest character.
I'll admit the only reason why I made a Human Paladin was because my Dad was one and I knew absolutely nothing about the game when I
started playing. My specialization while leveling was even listed as Hybrid on the armory because my talent points were all over the
place. Ahhh, good times. I did go Protection for a while but ended up going Holy after a friend convinced me to. I was strictly
Holy until about Cataclysm when I decided to pick up Retribution so that I could kill things faster. Zeruda was my main from
The Burning Crusade to about some time during Dragon Soul in Cataclysm where my hunter then became my main. Zeruda is
perhaps my most dearest character, even if I don't play her much anymore. I've had the most experiences with her which have shaped me
into the kind of player I am today.
Favorite Specialization: Although I didn't have a proper specialization until about my mid-60's, Holy is my favorite. I
was a Hybrid while leveling up, and then Protection for a little while until a friend convinced me to go Holy. After that I did
EVERYTHING in Holy––raiding, questing, dailies, etc. I was totally cool with it too, even if things did die slowly. At
least I didn't die! I think also going Holy made me discover some things in the game, such as raiding, and it just opened a whole
bunch of new avenues for me. It really was a great experience. About Cataclysm (which I think was about when Dual Specialization
came out? I can't remember anymore) I decided to pick up Retribution so that I could kill things faster. While I was also prone to
dying and quitting my character it was nice to try playing something different. Lately healing isn't so much my thing so it's nice
to have something else to fall back on so that I can keep playing her.
Name Inspiration: Zeruda's name comes from the Japanese pronunciation of the name "Zelda", the princess from the
Legend of Zelda video game series. She was also named after my domain, because I honestly couldn't think of anything else to name
her. I'm awful at names. But hey, Zeruda is an awesome name so I see nothing wrong with this. Because she is named after my domain
the name has pretty much become a second name for me. Although no one on World of Warcraft really calls me by that name anymore,
since changing servers and mains, there are still a small few who call me Zeruda. I'll still respond to it too which shows how much
it means to me (or maybe I'm just that used to it).
- Race: Night Elf
- Class: Druid
- Primary Spec: Feral
- Secondary Spec: Balance
- Professions: Enchanting / Jewelcrafting
- Server: Baelgun (US)
Himawari was my third attempt at playing a druid. How it would go was I'd try the class for a little while and then delete
it for one reason or another. You know how it goes. If not for my guild at the time telling me I should level her as a bear tank for
the guild I'd have probably deleted her too. She never did become a tank, but that's okay. I discovered a love for Feral––even
if it was absolutely horrible at the time––plus being able to turn into animals was (and still is) awesome, never mind
the fact that the only animal I'd be was a cat. While she wasn't as high a priority to play, like Zeruda or Lindis, she was still
really fun to play every chance I had, so much in fact that when I was struggling really hard with Lindis at the start of Legion
I decided to main Feral Druid. That was probably a mistake though as I almost quit the game over it. I think druid is one of those
classes I'm not supposed to raid on and just play for fun instead.
Favorite Specialization: My favorite specialization always has been and forever will be Feral. I love the playstyle of it
so much, plus I get to be a cat! Something about turning into a cat and clawing and shredding your enemies is strangely appealing to
me, haha. I'm just sad it made me want to quit playing the game during Legion when I decided to go Druid main, because I'd
always end up on the bottom of the dps meters in raids regardless of what I did to try and improve my dps. I tried everything I could
think of and nothing worked. I have since been playing around with Balance and I am quite enjoying it, so much in fact that every
time I play Feral now I want to switch back to Balance. Despite this I think Feral is still my first love. I've tried healing and tanking but
neither really work for me. I'm just really bad.
Name Inspiration: Himawari was named after Himawari Kunogi from the manga XXXHolic. A manga I never got super into
but that's a whole other story. The name is so pretty and I thought the meaning of it to fit the fantasy of a Druid perfectly (also
let's forget that I first used this name on a Human Warrior). I may not like using Japanese names for my characters anymore but I
will never part with this name for my Druid. It is absolutely purrfect (sorry not sorry).
- Race: Human
- Class: Warlock
- Primary Spec: Destruction
- Secondary Spec: N/A
- Professions: Enchanting / Tailoring
- Server: Baelgun (US)
Yukko is an interesting character. You probably wouldn't believe it but Yukko is actually my second oldest character despite
being the least played amongst the characters found here. I think the main reason being is I shared a sort of love/hate relationship
with casters. The other reason may have been because she was originally Horde. Yep, when I first made Yukko she was a Blood Elf Warlock.
I don't remember why I made a blood elf anymore other than maybe because I like them and wanted to try one out. I've had some good
times on Horde but when Faction Transfer was a thing I changed her to Alliance almost immediately and I've had no regrets. When
Legion was burning me out I decided I was going to work on four characters only; one for each armor type. Yukko made sense
for the cloth wearer because she is the clothie I've put the most time into, plus she's one of the four characters I made during The
Favorite Specialization: Hands down Destruction is my favorite specialization to play. I'm not even really sure how this
came to be to be honest. When I first started playing her way back in The Burning Crusade she was Affliction, and then in
Wrath of the Lich King I think she became Demonology. I don't know how or when exactly I ended up playing Destruction but I've
been playing it ever since and I've had no desire to play anything else. It is super fun to play and I absolutely love it. The only
thing I don't like however is the best talent has me using the Doomguard and Infernal as permanent minions when my Voidwalker has the
absolute best name ever. Like come on! Grimthang is totally an amazing name, especially when you misread it as "Grimthong". Bahahaha!
Name Inspiration: Yukko's name was originally Yuuko––after Yuuko Ichihara from the manga XXXHolic––but
when my guild transferred servers and I decided to bring my lock over I had to rename her. Boooo! I changed the spelling to a variant
I remembered seeing in a battleground once upon a time ago (which, coincidentally, I was on this character at the time, and on the
opposite faction). Apparently the name stuck with me and I decided to use it. I do miss the old spelling but this works well enough
too. I can at least still say the name the same way. I had also considered going "Yucko" which was a nickname one of my old
Horde friends would call me but I decided not to. It's not as cool, plus that's just a part of my life I'd like to leave behind if I
can. Nothing bad though so don't worry about that, haha.
The world of Eorzea.
I never thought I'd ever get into a Final Fantasy game, least of all Final Fantasy XIV. I've never been a big fan of the
series, I will admit, and so had no interest in getting into this game. One day, several friends were talking about starting up
or getting back into the game and tried convincing me to play too. I decided to at least give it a chance and download the trial
just to try it out. That was probably my first mistake as I fell in love with the game almost instantly. So much in fact that I
couldn't sleep for weeks because it was all I could think/dream about. It was bad, eheh. As of December 2015 I have been unable to
tear myself away from this game. I love it so much! Ironically, all the people who got me into this game no longer play. Yeesh!
At least I've made some new friends so I'm not lonely while playing.
Since I started playing Final Fantasy XIV I have created a few characters. I try to not go super crazy with the alts like
I do in World of Warcraft but sometimes one just needs a change of scenery. With different characters being at different
parts of the story or whatever it helps keep things interesting so I'm never bored. My friends think me nuts, but that's the way
I roll. Below you'll find the characters I play in Final Fantasy XIV.
- Race: Miqo'te ♀
- Clan: Keeper of the Moon
- Guardian: Nymeia
- Main Class: Summoner
- Alt Class: Bard, Paladin, White Mage
- Server: Midgardsormr (Aether)
Astra Lee was not the very first character I made, however she was the one to become my main. When plans to play with
friends fell through I made this character so that I could play with another friend and my sister on their server. When I first
made her she was a Midlander Hyur, but some time later some friends in the Free Company went Miqo'te, and, well, I eventually
gave in to the pressure and changed her into a Miqo'te as well. Interestingly enough, she uses the appearance of my very first
character (with a couple minor changes. It's like, in a way I still get to play her, even if her name is different. I don't remember if that
was my intention when I decided to use the appearance, but it doesn't really matter I don't think. I still had it, and I liked
it, so I used it. For a while after I was been tempted to change Astra back to a Hyur but at this point I don't think I could do
it anymore. I'm a kitten for life! DAMMIT KYNN!
Favorite Class: Arcanist was what I started out as because the idea of having a pet reminded me of Hunter from World
of Warcraft and in a way they play similar too––although truthfully it could feel more closer to Warlock, but meh,
details. I've been playing it ever since and I love it to bits. At the suggestion of a friend I went the Summoner route with my
Arcanist and I absolutely LOVE it. I play a lot of classes on her, but by far Summoner is my favorite (Bard is a close second though).
Another friend of mine convinced me to give tanking another go, as I had quit due to a horrible experience in World of Warcraft,
and I'm really loving tanking on Paladin. Honestly I just love to play everything (with the exception of Monk which I can't get
myself to like at all), but she will always be a Summoner at heart.
Name Inspiration: I'm not even sure how I came up with the name Astra Lee to be honest. "Lee" seems to be my
go to for last names as that was also the last name of my very first character. It also happens to be my middle name, and I like
it. Astra was the name of my favorite Sorceress hero from Heroes of Might and Magic II and I also happen to like the sound
of it. I wasn't going to use the name at first but when a friend didn't like the name I was originally going to use I decided to
use this one instead. I didn't realize it at the time but Astra Lee sounds a lot like "astrally" if you say it fast enough.
I totally didn't do that on purpose but I think it's awesome that it turned out like that.
- Race: Elezen ♂
- Clan: Wildwood
- Guardian: Nymeia
- Main Class: Bard
- Alt Class: Astrologian, Dragoon, Red Mage
- Server: Midgardsormr (Aether)
Virion Archer was an unexpected character. I never imagined to still be playing him or for him to be my second most played
character. I randomly decided to make him and because my sister liked him I decided to play him. The reason for a male Elezen was
because I didn't like the females, but loved the race in general. It is very unusual for me to play male characters in an online game,
as I usually only play females due to being female myself, but something about him kept me wanting to play him. Although there was a
point while leveling where I seriously considered deleting him, I never did and I'm glad for it. I found myself excited to play him
and to try things from another point of view. Nowadays I'm mostly just self-conscious about playing a dude, but all my friends assure
me it's okay so I'm going to trust in them and stick things out. If guys can play chick characters and be okay with it then it's okay
if I play a dude, right?
Favorite Class: When I made Virion I wanted a class that was different from what I'd played so far and wasn't a tank.
Lancer was what I ended up going with and after becoming a Dragoon I discovered a love for this character and class. Because his
level got so far ahead of the Heavensward Main Story Quests I decided to just max out Dragoon to 60 and then pick up another
class to play so that I could keep my level about the same as the quests I was doing. I decided to pick up Archer due to his namesake
and that ended up making me fall in love with Bard all over again. Fun fact: I once deleted a character over something that happened
with Bard. Now it's one of my favorite classes because of this guy. He seems to be notorious for making me like things. What's the deal
with that? Must be that Virion charm.
Name Inspiration: Virion was named after a character from Fire Emblem: Awakening by the same name. Although my
character is nothing like the Virion found in the game (in terms of appearance I mean, I could totally pretend he's a giant flirt!)
I still love the name to bits. When it came to a last name I wasn't sure what to go with. I thought about using the name of his class,
but wasn't sure if that would be a weird last name. Shortly after though I remembered another fictional character with the last name
"Archer" and that made the decision for me. It's kinda funny though because despite the last name I never picked up the
Archer class until I got Dragoon to 60. Ahaha!
- Race: Hyur ♀
- Clan: Midlander
- Guardian: Nophica
- Main Class: Red Mage
- Alt Class: Bard, Summoner, White Mage
- Server: Midgardsormr (Aether)
Millau Viaur I made as soon as I bought Heavensward. You know how it is––buy an expansion and gotta play
the new races as soon as possible (because why wouldn't you!?). While most people playing Final Fantasy XIV would just use a
Fantasia potion to change their character into an Au Ra, I'm the one who likes to make a brand new character instead, because reasons.
While I was in love with her to start, some parts of her appearance began to not sit with me. I nearly considered deleting her, but
because I adore her name I didn't. Instead, I thought I'd try using a Fantasia potion on her to change a few things with her appearance.
This included her skin color, hair color and style, eye color, and tail shape. Not much but whoa did it make a huge difference! Of
course, she's not an Au Ra anymore as I felt like I needed a change for a while. I am happy with my descision, plus I can always change
back to her old appearance if I decide to.
Favorite Class: When I first made Millau she was going to be my dedicated healer. After a while though I decided I didn't
want to heal all the time so I decided to pick up Black Mage. When I decided I wasn't very good at Black Mage I picked up Summoner.
When Stormblood launched I decided to go Red Mage. As you can probably tell I had a really difficult time making up my
mind on what exactly I wanted to play on her. That's okay though because I enjoy all of them. I also play Bard on her because back
in Heavensward you needed Archer for Black Mage and cross class skills, but now you don't need it anymore. Still, it's one
of my favorite classes so I'm leveling it anyway and breaking up my caster mindset for Millau. If anything it's good for those times
I don't feel like casting. Gotta have some variety, right?
Name Inspiration: Millau's name was inspired by the name origins of Virion from Fire Emblem: Awakening. "Viaur"
is Virion's Japanese name, and is also the name of a 168 kilometer long river from the south-western France on Avyeyron River, located
in southern Massif Central and north of Millau. I just thought the two words together made an awesome sounding name for a character
and so I went with it. Now I just feel bad that I don't know how to pronounce the words properly, and am likely saying them wrong. *sweatdrop*
- Race: Elezen ♀
- Clan: Wildwood
- Guardian: Halone
- Main Class: Summoner
- Alt Class: Scholar
- Server: Cerberus (Chaos)
Zeruda Kha I made for the sole purpose of being able to play with my friend Saya on her server seeing as she created a
character on my server so that she could play with me. It's only fair, right? While we don't get to hang out much due to timezones and
other real life things it's always fun whenever we do get the chance to play together. I'll admit I've had a bit of a bumpy road
with this character as when I first made her I wasn't entirely happy with her. She was an Au Ra to start, and while I tried using a
Fantasia potion to change some things with her appearance––even going back to her original appearance when that didn't
work out––something about her just wouldn't sit with me. I think part of the problem had to do with having two Au Ra at
the time and so I felt like I needed something else. I decided to change her one more time and now I think I'm stuck with her. I
finally have my female Elezen and I'm happy with her.
Favorite Class: Because I'm still fairly new with this character I don't have a definite favorite class yet. I started her
out with Arcanist as Summoner is the class I am most familiar with and I picked up Dragoon because about that time I was leveling
Dragoon to 70 on Virion and absolutely loving it, plus I wanted a class that didn't share gear quest rewards with Summoner so that
it would be easier to gear up two classes. Dragoon was the most practical to go with because it's also my favorite melee class. I
later decided to pick up Red Mage because I was in an obsessive mood with this class at the time, leveling it on basically all of my
characters. Later I decided to pick up Scholar after finally managing to figure out how the class works, so if I don't want to wait
a long time in queues I have a healing class too.
Name Inspiration: If you've already read about the other Zeruda found here you'll know the name origins so I won't go
repeating myself. If you haven't go read it now. Ever since I started playing Final Fantasy XIV I've wanted to name a character
"Zeruda" but finding a surname that sounded good with it just wasn't happening (hence why I never had a Zeruda on this game
until now). So when I made this character I knew what I had to name her so that I could finally have a Zeruda in this game, plus I was
playing with a domain friend so it made even more sense to do. The last name "Kha" was a randomly generated Xaela one from
her time as an Au Ra and I love the sound of it with "Zeruda" and don't want to ever change it, even if she'll probably
never be an Au Ra again. It's too cool to want to change!
About the site.
A site like this was something I've wanted to do for YEARS. Like, I don't even remember how long anymore––it's
been about that long. Unfortunately, one reason or another would keep me from making things happen, whether it would be a layout, or
trying to figure out how I wanted to do the content, or even what I wanted to talk about when it came to my characters. I did once
have a related site named Divine Storm for my World of Warcraft things, but because it was part blog, and I'm awful at
keeping up with blogs, it ended up being closed. Still, it was an idea I wanted to try and bring back one day. When that was going
to happen it was difficult to say. Inspiration did strike me numerous times, but every single time I'd end up abandoning the project
halfway through and then never touch it again. How I ended up finishing this site was thanks to several wonderful ladies helping keep
me inspired and motivated to want to finish this site. Thank you Megan,
Masao, and Lethe! ♥
Starcaller was opened on May 27, 2017.
Currently we are on version 1 of the site which features Astra Lee, my main character from Final Fantasy XIV.
I found myself randomly inspired to use this image in a layout and went with it, although, at the time of making it, I had no idea
what I would even use it for. I figured though that it would be a good excuse to use it for this site that I've been meaning to do
for I don't know how long, but never got around to doing anything with. I will admit however that this layout was super difficult
to put together as I'm totally stepping outside my comfort zone and trying out something I've never done before.
Some time later though I decided to come back and fix some things with the layout and I think it looks even better!
The layout was made by me using Adobe Photoshop and coded by hand using Notepad. The image used in the layout was screencapped by me
from the game and patterns used were found at Subtle
Patterns. Fonts used are called Cardinal and Footlight MT Light. Previous layouts
used may be found at my layout archive.