Bringing land and heavens near.

Greetings and welcome to Starcaller, Crystal's MMO site of sorts where I show off some of my favorite characters to play on the online games World of Warcraft and Final Fantasy XIV. While I'm still fairly new to the FFXIV scene I have been playing WoW for over a decade. I have a problem, I will admit this. But I am not at all worried about it. I love playing both of these games. They always cheer me up whenever I'm feeling down, plus I've met so many amazing people through them. People have heard me talk about these games, and now I thought it was about time I would show off some of the characters I play. If you happen to have any comments or questions regarding anything around the site feel free to contact me. Other than that I hope you enjoy your stay!

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A bit about the player.

So you want to know about the player, eh? Well, to be honest, I'm not really sure what to say. I've been playing video games since I was a kid, but MMO's on the other hand I've only been playing since 2007, with my first MMO being World of Warcraft. Oh gosh, to remember those days is somewhat rather embarrassing. How far I've come. Of course, I'm by no means a master player. I'm pretty casual when it comes to my online games and I like it that way. Going too hardcore stresses me out and then the game is no longer fun. Isn't that what a game is supposed to be? Well I think so anyway. I used to raid, but it got to the point of being stressful and frustrating so I took a step back from it and now things are fun again. Where was I going with this? Uhh, give me a minute.

When it comes to my role in a party I like to be the ranged DPS. Just shooting at things from afar is really fun. It's kinda weird though because I'm not really a fan of casters in World of Warcraft because I suck at them and so I play Hunter, but in Final Fantasy XIV I main a caster. Honestly, this makes no sense to me. I also enjoy taking on a healing role every once in a while, but only as a Paladin, Shaman, Astrologian, and White Mage. I can't seem to wrap my head around the other healing specs/classes. Tanking I used to do on Paladin, but due to anxiety I stopped. I tried picking it up again with Warrior but the turtles in Firelands made me quit, seemingly for good. A friend of mine convinced me to try out Paladin in Final Fantasy XIV and slowly I'm getting over my anxiety. I don't think I ever will completely, but I'm at a point where I'm at least able to see straight and use my hands when tanking dungeons. I can't tell you how wonderful that is for me.

What I like to do varies with which game I am playing. In World of Warcraft I like to do leveling, quests, dailies and world quests, mog runs, and dungeons. In Final Fantasy XIV I like to do leveling, quests, dailies, dungeons, and glamour runs. It probably doesn't sound like much but some of those things can be quite time consuming, especially when it comes to mog/glamour runs so those things can be quite the time investment. I don't mind though because I totally enjoy doing it. I love being able to run around in my favorite gear sets without actually having to wear the gear. What can I say? I'm a sucker for looking fabulous. Also leveling too can be quite time consuming. Have I ever mentioned how much of an altoholic I am? I'm sure you'll find out soon enough.

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. I began playing in March 2007, some time 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.

Since I started playing World of Warcraft I have made so many characters. It's so ridiculous I need to stop myself. For the sake of keeping things short I'm just gonna list the most important ones, because yeah.

Name: Zeruda
Race: Human
Class: Paladin
Primary Spec: Holy (inactive)
Secondary Spec: Retribution
Professions: Alchemy / Herbalism
Server: Baelgun (US)

Zeruda was the very first character I ever made. As such she is also my oldest character. I'll admit the only reason why I made a Human Paladin was because that was what my Dad was and I knew absolutely nothing about the game at the time. My specialization while leveling was even Hybrid because my talent points were all over the place. Ahhh, good times. I ended up finally going Holy after a friend convinced me to and I had been Holy ever since, 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 as much as I used to. I just have 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, and then Protection 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 more it was nice to try playing something different. Nowadays 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. 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.

Name: Lindis
Race: Draenei
Class: Hunter
Primary Spec: Beast Mastery
Secondary Spec: Survival (inactive)
Professions: Leatherworking / Skinning
Server: Baelgun (US)

Lindis was originally a Night Elf but after I bought The Burning Crusade I remade her into a Draenei. Reason was I thought Draenei Hunters looked so cool. Despite that thought though it never once crossed my mind that one day she would 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. Then about some time during Dragon Soul in Cataclysm we had 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 only ever healed before, but one that I enjoyed a lot. After we 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 a new experience for me.

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. Also the spec is really fun to me. Unfortunately Beast Mastery 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. Being required to run Hellfire Citadel in Warlords of Draenor as Marksman was killer for me, even with the 4-set making it tolerable.

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. 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.

Name: Himawari
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. I'd try the class for a little while and then delete it later. 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 animal I was the majority of the time 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, hands down, is Feral. I love the playstyle of it so much, plus I get to be a cat! 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 charts in raids no matter what I did to try and improve my dps. I tried everything I could think of and nothing worked. I have since started playing around with Balance and I am quite enjoying it. My only problem though is most of my gear is still Feral so my dps isn't as high as it could be. Darn those huge differences in stat priorities! Despite the change I think Feral is still my first love.

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. 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).

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. However, 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. As of December 2015 I have been unable to tear myself away from this game. I love it so much! Ironically enough, all the people who got me into this game no longer play. What's the deal with that?

Since I started playing Final Fantasy XIV I have created quite a few characters. Everyone thinks me insane, but I can't help it! I love leveling new characters. To keep things short, I will only talk about the important ones.

Name: Astra Lee
Race: Miqo'te ♀
Clan: Keeper of the Moon
Nameday: 14th Sun of the 2nd Astral Moon
Guardian: Nymeia
Main Class: Summoner
Server: Exodus (NA)

Astra Lee was not the very first character I made. However, she was the one to become my main although I don't think I expected it to happen like that. It's all good though, because I love her. When I first made Astra she was a Midlander Hyur, but some time later several people in the Free Company went Miqo'te, and, well, I eventually gave into the pressure and changed her into a Miqo'te as well. Interestingly enough, she uses the appearance of my very first character. It's like, in a way I still get to play her, even if her name and class are different. I don't remember if that was my intention when I made the change, but it doesn't really matter I don't think. I still had the appearance, and I liked it, so I used it. For a while after I had been tempted to change Astra back to her Hyur appearance 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. 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. I also really like to play Bard, Dragoon, Astrologian, and White Mage with her. A friend of mine has convinced me to give tanking another go, because I had quit due to a horrible experience involving turtles in Firelands, and I'm really enjoying tanking on Paladin. Honestly I just love to play everything, 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. 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 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.

Name: Virion Archer
Race: Elezen ♂
Clan: Wildwood
Nameday: 14th Sun of the 2nd Astral Moon
Guardian: Nymeia
Main Class: Bard/Dragoon
Server: Exodus (NA)

Virion Archer was a character I did not expect myself to make––or to even still be playing for that matter. I just randomly decided I was going to make a male elezen. Reason being was because I didn't like playing a female elezen, but liked the elezen 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 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?

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 do. I thought about using the name of his class, but wasn't sure if that would be a weird last name. 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!

Name: Millau Viaur
Race: Au Ra ♀
Clan: Raen
Nameday: 14th Sun of the 2nd Astral Moon
Guardian: Nophica
Main Class: White Mage/Black Mage/Summoner/idk
Server: Exodus (NA)

Millau Viaur I basically 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 and change their character's appearance, I'm the one who likes to go and 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 very nearly considered deleting her, but because I love her name I didn't. Instead, I thought I'd try using a Fantasia potion on her and 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. I was completely in love with her all over again. Now I'm stuck with her forever, haha!

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. As you can probably tell I had a hard 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 at least knew I wanted to get all the Disciple of Magic classes to 30 for the title, so I think it made the idea of just leveling them all seem like the most logical thing to do. It's at least fun to have the option of playing whatever fits my mood. The only thing I'm sad about is I don't get to hear any of her grunts when a caster or a healer because she has an adorable voice.

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*

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, Laura, Saya, Masao, and Lethe! ♥

Now, Starcaller, the name I chose for this site, has a bit of significance to me. Not a lot, but a bit. Honestly, it just sounds cool and that's the only reason why I used it. I suck at coming up with names okay!? But yeah, in case you don't know, "Starcaller" is a title that can be obtained in both World of Warcraft and Final Fantasy XIV. It is probably my favorite title in WoW and one I'm hoping to maybe one day obtain in FFXIV, although the class it is tied to I can't really get into much at all, because I am playing it wrong. It could happen one day though! We'll have to see though because there are a lot of other classes I'd rather be playing instead. The site finally opened on May 27, 2017. Oh snap! Did I really just do it? Yeah!!!

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. I hope it looks okay! 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 Times New Roman. Previous layouts used may be found at my layout archive.