Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Light the Torches, Pass Out the Pitchforks

It's always entertaining to read another's tales of woe, strife and other players. This is why I've been such a big fan of Hannelore at the Egotistical Priest and have been catching up on recent Big Bear Butt posts. In fact, reading a post from a few weeks ago reminded me of an incident that happened to a guildie and me.

We're questing in Hellfire Peninsula, and are heading out of the Den of Haal'esh. We've been slaughtering arakkoa and kaliri left and right in an attempt to get to friendlier ground. At the entrance to the area, we spot a blood elf escorting an NPC, presumably doing the escort quest there. Now, I hate escort quests, and so does my friend. When we see this blood elf struggling to bring the pilgrim to safety (and she is struggling), we both jump in to help, even though we're playing Alliance. What does it hurt us? We all have to leave, we have to fight our way out anyway, and whenever I'm doing an escort I'm desperately grateful for any assistance. The two of us don't even discuss it as we start pulling aggro off the NPC and give the Horde player a bit of breathing room.

After a couple of very violent minutes, there are arakkoa bodies everywhere, and nothing but clear ground and open sky for our blood elf friends. Just as we are scanning the horizon for more threats, along comes a draenei paladin. He races over, dismounts, and consecrates right on the NPC. Bam! Bam! Bam! We rage helplessly as this guy three-shots the escort. Our blood elf friend can't do anything either, since she's still below half-health.

As I watch this jerk ride away, I have an epiphany. A new mode of PvP that will allow me to inflict justice on those injustices I see. Lynching. Now, I've got to admit that I'm a little hazy on the details, and I definitely see how this could be abused, but when I see some murloc-loving son-of-a-kodo who's allegedly on my side pulling stuff like this, it makes me want to break out the pitchforks and light the torches.

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