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Warcraft Fanfiction – Excerpt 1

As promised, here is an excerpt from the first chapter of my World of Warcraft fanfiction. It’s the first 900+ words of a 1700+ word chapter. I’ll post more if I receive indications that people want to read more. I welcome all feedback and suggestions. Enjoy and thank you for reading!

Salxi and Zilik

Chapter One

Tired of Silence

            Glimmers of stars interrupted the dark night sky high above the lush tree canopy of the Jade Forest in Pandaria. In this area called Forest Heart, a stream burbled lazily through the rolling hills, dotted with waterfalls, and spanned in the deeper sections by elegant arched bridges. A cottage rumored to belong to a jade witch stood tucked in darkness to the north as jade felines prowled among the tress while smaller, more harmless animals kept their distance.

It was on the southern bank of the stream, between a waterfall and a bridge, that Salxi, a blood elf warlock, had camped for the night. The witch rumors would keep others away and she had no reason to fear such a minor foe. Absently twirling her fingers through the black tresses of her pony tail, the blood elf woman sat cross-legged on the ground by her campfire reading her personal journal. Such a sitting position would have been challenging in the robes many warlocks wore, but Salxi preferred pants and shirts for easier movement and less drafts on her legs.

The flickering flames of the fire provided ample light for Salxi to read the personal journal that she’d titled “Sal’s Journal of Light.” The journal contained images and descriptions of everything important to her. Within the journal she kept pictures of her family members, her homeland, and anything else that reminded her of the light and good in the world. As a warlock, Salxi existed in a constant battle to control the dark fel magic she wielded and prevent it from overwhelming her. The journal of images, stories, and her personal reflections kept her grounded in the world of light and helped counter the effects of using fel magic.

            Standing guard nearby in shadows barely touched by the firelight was Salxi’s felguard, Zilikshok. She had only started summoning him a few weeks ago as a change from her voidwalker demon, Thulnuz. Thulnuz was highly effective at doing damage and keeping enemies away from her so she could focus on ranged attacks, but he didn’t have much personality. Not that Zilikshok, or Zilik as she’d started thinking of him, had much personality either. But he looked more humanoid than the hovering, pulsating mass of void magic that was Thulnuz.

Generally speaking, demon minions weren’t supposed to display unique personalities or be sociable with their non-demon masters. Nonetheless, Salxi had spent many years of her life with demon minions and she liked to think that all warlock minions had personalities that could be interesting if they ever revealed them.

            Much to the blood elf’s pleasure, Zilik had proven himself to be just as useful as Thulnuz. Salxi liked some of the attack moves that were unique to felguards, but he seemed to have less personality than her voidwalker. Something she hadn’t thought possible. He would occasionally say things that she imagined all demons said such as calling her a “lesser being” and telling her she wasn’t strong enough to control him. She hoped that was just how demon minions were “programmed” to behave during the processes evil used to increase their demonic numbers. Still, she couldn’t help but take such words personally at times.

All of the demons that warlocks summoned looked the same from warlock to warlock, although imps varied in color sometimes. But all demon minions had their own names that warlocks learned from the first summoning. That fact often made Salxi wonder if they had unique personalities to go along with those names. She’d never truly seen anything unique about her minions compared to the minions of other warlocks, but there was something more there, she was certain of it.

            Realizing that her musings about demon names and personalities had distracted her from reading her book, Salxi blinked her fel green eyes to refocus them on the page before her. She was looking at a page showing a drawing of her older sister, Solunai. Solunai was a paladin and as opposite from Salxi as a sister could get. Solunai, or Sol as her family called her, embodied all that was good and light, while Salxi worked with dark magic and rarely had the noblest of purposes.

With her auburn hair always up in a bun and her sword and shield at the ready, Sol would never do anything to go against her duty. On the other hand, Salxi with her jet-black hair, dark clothing, and fel magic, would do whatever it took to win a fight. Although their nicknames of Sol and Sal were similar, Salxi doubted she and her oldest sister would ever see eye-to-eye.

If not for their fun-loving oldest sister, Sriset, Salxi was certain she and Sol would have been at odds far more than they were. Fortunately, their hunter sister Sri and her tendency to get lost physically, verbally, and mentally had always kept the mood light among the three sisters.

            Salxi smiled slightly as she thought about her older sisters and then abruptly closed the book with a sigh. She hadn’t seen any of her siblings in quite some time as they were all questing on different continents for different reasons. With her ability to summon and control demons, Salxi never quested alone, but that didn’t prevent loneliness.

Although never the most social blood elf, she did enjoy being among other living beings. As long as they weren’t always ordering her around like General Nazgrim had been of late. She was extremely relieved to be free of the general for a while. He had assigned her the task of exploring the areas outside of Grookin Outpost where the Horde had allied themselves with the monkey-like hozen natives. If Salxi had her way, she’d never return to that outpost to endure more growled orders from the power-hungry orc general.

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DISCLAIMER: All the characters appearing in World of Warcraft are copyright of Blizzard Entertainment, Inc, parent company Activision Blizzard. No infringement of these copyrights is intended and is not authorized by the copyright holder. All original characters are the property of Sriset Syaine.

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A Timed Quest…Of Sorts

The clock in Stormwind City

As anyone who plays World of Warcraft knows, timed quests can be an interesting challenge. Personally, I’m pretty bad at them as I feel too pressured, get stressed, become frazzled, and inevitably mess something up.

Regardless, I’ve created a timed quest of sorts for myself that isn’t nearly as frazzling as anything Warcraft has ever thrown my way. My timed quest is to finish editing the first chapter of my World of Warcraft fanfiction and post it on this blog on Monday, May, 6, 2019. As I write this, that date is approaching fast.

There are a few reasons why I made this deadline for myself. The first one being that that date is my father’s birthday. He would’ve turned 78 this year, but he passed away in 2009. He was one of the biggest supporter of my writing and he was always encouraging me to try to get my fantasy writing published.

I did send my writing to publishing companies a couple times, but the generic rejection letters deflated my hopes rather quickly. Even so, I think my dad would appreciate me posting my fanfiction writing on his birthday.

Another reason for giving myself this deadline is simply to motivate myself to finish the editing and put the fanfiction I’ve been talking about out there for others to read. My first chapter is rather long, so it might just be an excerpt of the chapter, but there is much more to post after that first installment.

My World of Warcraft fanfiction starts out with the story of my blood elf warlock named Salxi and her adventures in Pandaria. From there it expands into many more characters, all based on my various toons in the game. I daresay being able to actually go into Azeroth for research is extremely helpful!

Salxi and her crew of demons.

So be watching this blog come Monday, May 6, 2019 and you’ll find an excerpt of the first chapter of my World of Warcraft fanfiction. I still don’t have a name for it, so perhaps I’ll brainstorm on that this weekend. Wouldn’t want to rush things… 😉

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A Surprising Connection Crafted by a Talented Author

tides of war excerpt

In the above image, you see the well-written and thoughtful words of author Christie Golden from her book entitled, “Jaine Proudmoore: Tides of War.” The best authors have a way of creating or expanding upon characters in a way that connects with readers in surprising and unexpected ways. Christie Golden is most assuredly one of those authors.

In the above excerpt, Christie Golden describes Jaine Proudmoore’s feelings on relationships during a conversation with Go’el (Thrall).

This was Jaine pre-destruction of Theramore, when she still believed that peace was possible with the Horde and before she went a bit “crazy” and stole the Focusing Iris with plans to destroy Orgrimmar. The book is a great read written by a talented author and I highly recommend it if you’re interested in learning more about Warcraft lore.

When I read this portion of the book, I felt a bond with Jaina for the first time. I read this before the Battle for Azeroth expansion where she appears to become even more bitter, hateful, and resentful of the Horde. My opinions about her have thus changed, but her thoughts and words in this section still speak to me.

Go’el says,  “I would wish such a gift and such insights for you, my dear friend. I would see you happy, your life complete, your purpose clear.” His words reminded me of the words my non-single friends say to me on occasion. That I’ll finally be happy when I’ve found someone and when I’m in a relationship.

To Go’el, Jaina’s responds, “My life is complete. And I know my purpose.” Her words are similar to what I say to my friends in response to their advice. I am happy, I feel my life has purpose, and I don’t feel incomplete in any way.

Go’el’s response to Jaina of a smile and explanation that his life’s journey is sweeter with a companion by his side is an echo of my friends’ reactions to my words. Just that nod and smile that says, “Whatever you say, dear.” I know they don’t believe me, and as they’re not in my situation and haven’t lived my life, they don’t understand the truth in my words.

However, when I read this section of the book written by Christie Golden, I realized with great certainty that I wasn’t alone in my feelings or my situation with my non-single friends. If Jaina – a single person, strong woman, and independent spirit – is just as misunderstood by others as I am, then it’s safe to assume that there are many single people who feel as she (and I) do.

While I am single now, in my 41 years of life I have been in my share of relationships. I was married for almost 13 years and I’ve now been divorced and single for nearly eight years. I didn’t know who I truly was when in those past relationships. I formed myself into what my partner wanted in order to make everyone happy. Everyone except me.

Ending my marriage was not an easy thing, not because of my feelings for my then husband, but because it meant less time with my children, whom I love with my whole heart. I ultimately realized that my unhappiness might eventually taint them and perhaps make them bitter about love and relationships.

So I struck out on my own, built a life for myself, and finally discovered who I am as a woman, mother, and warrior. I am not bitter about romantic love, but I don’t see that it has a place in my life right now.

I still believe in love and that perhaps someday I’ll find it again and the person will love me as I truly am. Until then, it is as Jaina says, “I’m better when it comes to friends.”

Thank you, Christie Golden, for your amazing writing and insight! And thank you all for reading my words.

Do yourself a favor and please read “Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War” and “Arthas: Rise of the Lich King” by Christie Golden to learn more about two very dynamic characters from World of Warcraft.