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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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Never Be Alone – A Tribute to Warcraft Hunters

The video is best viewed in HD. =)

As demonstrated and explained in a previous blog post, I LOVE creating music videos! I have several songs picked out for the various World of Warcraft classes and I’m eager to make videos for all of them. I’ll also be making videos to go along with my Warcraft fanfiction (an excerpt of which is coming soon!), but those will take longer to create.

This video features the song Never Be Alone by Basixx and it’s once again from Epidemic Sound. All my songs will be from Epidemic Sound as they have every genre I could ever want and more.

After listening to the song a few times, it made me think of hunters and how they’re never alone because they always have pets. That’s one of the things that drew me to creating a hunter as my first character, never having to quest alone.

This music video features my main character of Sriset, who is a blood elf hunter. I switch her between survival and beast mastery spec usually, but with the return of Hati, she’s been strictly beast mastery.

Also in the video is Sriset’s Alliance counterpart, a void elf hunter named Valressa. I play Valressa in survival spec and usually use her original pet of a void warp stalker to help her fight. I just got her to level 60 last night and it’s so nice having flying!

Once again, this video was a lot of fun to make and the more videos I make, the better I become at it. I’m starting to experiment with animations and different elements and I imagine someday these videos will seem amateur to me. But for now they’re the best I can do. I hope you enjoy watching!

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A Musical Flight in Pandaria

Along with writing, creating cartoons, and actually playing World of Warcraft, I also love making videos featuring images and videos from WoW. It took me a while to even realize my laptop could capture video of my game play, but once I figured it out, I started recording my various characters adventuring through Azeroth.

I love uplifting, upbeat, and high tempo music and last year I discovered a site called Epidemic Sound that offers music for YouTube videos for a monthly fee. Well, I just really liked the wide variety of music the site offered and downloaded many songs to create my own playlists for writing and playing Warcraft.

It seemed the next logical step to combine my love of WoW with my love of music in a music video featuring scenes from the game. I fell in love with this inspirational and motivational song called, “Start Right Now” by Loving Caliber and I just knew I had to make a lyric video for it. So I took my blood elf mage on a flight across Pandaria to capture some of the many beautiful locations in that zone.

It took me quite a while to select good video clips and then fit the lyric words on the screen to the music, but it was a fun experience. I’m happy with the end result and I hope you find the song as uplifting as I do. Enjoy!

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Caruun and Slosh – Volume One

Creating a comic strip from the numerous videos and screenshots I’ve taken from World of Warcraft seemed like it would be an easy thing. It proved to be harder than I expected but now that I’ve done it once, I think it will be easier from now on.

I’m still not 100% satisfied with this because when I put it up in the original strip format, it was too small to read in WordPress, but I’ll get it right next time!

Without further adieu, I present the first edition of my Warcraft-based comic entitled, “The Adventures of Caruun and Slosh McSloshers!” It was a fun challenge to create and I hope you enjoy it. 😊

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 SrisetSyaine.