Bringing land and heavens near.

Greetings! Welcome to Starcaller, Crystal's MMO site of sorts which serves as an outlet where I can show off some of my favorite characters I play in the online gaming world such as World of Warcraft and Final Fantasy XIV. While I'm still relatively newish 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. I don't know where I'd be without these games (or people) in my life, and I'd rather not think about it. People have heard me talk about these games, and so I thought it was about time I would show off some of the characters I play. Be warned however that there will be a lot of reading. Apparently I get really talkative when it comes to my characters. Sorry! 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.

Before I go talking about my characters why not share a little about myself? If anything it may help to explain the kind of player I am, or maybe it's just something that needs to be said. Either works. Anyway! I'm not new to the MMO scene by any means, but I suppose you could say my variety is somewhat lacking. I started out with World of Warcraft way back in early 2007 and never tried playing anything else. It was basically my first and only MMO. I'd heard about other MMO's, sure, but I never really cared enough to bother trying them out. Mostly it was because I was already heavily devoted to World of Warcraft that I didn't have time to pick up another MMO. Needless to say this mindset would not last forever as several years later I would pick up another MMO known as Final Fantasy XIV. Another subscription based MMO of all things! That's what I get for giving in to peer pressure haha. It's all good though. It's nice having two MMO's to play because if one goes down I can just play the other, or you know play whatever fits my mood.

I'm a rather casual player when it comes to playing online games. I used to be a raider in World of Warcraft but I've since stepped down due to stress and emotional breakdowns because I'm rather hard on myself. That's the thing about me––I hate being a burden on my groups and like to be able to play my classes to the best of my ability. As such I will practice and study up on my classes until I get better. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't, but I always try to do my best if nothing else because that's the way I roll. I can't stand doing anything less. When in a party I like to play a ranged role. It's just so much easier to see the fight that way. Strangely though I'm not overly fond of casters in World of Warcraft, but I main a caster in Final Fantasy XIV. Try figuring that one out. I also like to tank and heal but only in Final Fantasy XIV. I won't do either anymore in World of Warcraft because reasons. Long story short, anxiety is a bitch. It feels like that has since calmed down but I'd rather not push it. I like being able to have use of my hands.

So what does a casual player like me do if I'm not raiding? Probably way too many things. I'm a bit of a completionist so I tend to do a lot of things, perhaps even biting off more than I can chew, oftentimes overwhelming myself. Generally I try to avoid doing that but sometimes it just happens. With that said some of my favorite things to do include leveling, questing, and transmog/glamour runs. I'm an altoholic and I love having my characters looking fabulous with some of my favorite gear sets. Generally I avoid running PvP content due of anxiety, but there is the odd time I find myself doing it anyway (and hating myself for it). I guess I'm quite hilarious in PvP because I'm prone to bouts of swearing and smashing my keyboard––which seems unusual for me to others but in truth it really isn't. I guess they see me as this nice, quiet, innocent person or something. If only they knew ahahaha!

But enough about me. Let's move onto my characters now, shall we?

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.

Lindis

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.

Zeruda

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).

Himawari

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 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. I've tried healing and tanking but neither really work for me. I think it's just because I'm really bad at them.

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).

Yukko

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 share 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 Burning Crusade.

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.

Astra Lee

  • Race: Miqo'te ♀
  • Clan: Keeper of the Moon
  • Guardian: Nymeia
  • Main Class: Summoner
  • Alt Class: Bard, Paladin, White Mage
  • Server: Exodus (Primal)

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. 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 (with a couple minor changes). 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. I also really like to play Bard, Dragoon, Astrologian, and White Mage with her. Another friend of mine 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.

Virion Archer

  • Race: Elezen ♂
  • Clan: Wildwood
  • Guardian: Nymeia
  • Main Class: Bard
  • Alt Class: Astrologian, Dragoon, Red Mage
  • Server: Exodus (Primal)

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

Millau Viaur

  • Race: Au Ra ♀
  • Clan: Raen
  • Guardian: Nophica
  • Main Class: Red Mage
  • Alt Class: Black Mage, Summoner, White Mage
  • Server: Exodus (Primal)

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 and change their character's appearance, 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! I was completely in love with her all over again. Now I'm stuck with her forever! Although Millau is not a high priority character she's still a blast to play whenever the urge strikes.

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 pick up 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 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. I think at this point I'm just going to level all of the Disciple of Magic classes because I love them all.

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*

Zeruda Kha

  • Race: Au Ra ♀
  • Clan: Xaela
  • Guardian: Halone
  • Main Class: Summoner
  • Alt Class: Dragoon, Red Mage
  • 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. I tried using a Fantasia potion to change some things with her appearance, and while it seemed like a good idea the feeling lasted for a whole 30 seconds before the regret set in. I ended up buying another one and changing back to her original appearance, and even decided to try using the job boost and MSQ completion items and guess what? I love her. What is wrong with me? Like seriously? Sometimes I don't understand myself. I guess it is best to just go with it and not question things.

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, leveling it on basically all of my characters. Eventually I'd like to pick up a healer and maybe a tank but I dunno. We'll see.

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 one but I love the sound of it with "Zeruda". Needless to say I am very happy.

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! ♥ 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.