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Musings July 10, 2009

Posted by rusquel in Meta-game.
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I walked across the park today, and the council workers seem to have finally finished vacuuming up all the fallen leaves that carpeted the grass and turned the hill from green to gold. A few lost leaves remain, some still grimly hanging onto the oak trees, brown and purple in the gloom like grapes in a titan’s vineyard. The lake was as blunt as the sky, and I was reminded of Thomas Hardy’s ‘Neutral Tones’.

We stood by the pond that winter day,

And the sun was white, as though chidden of God,

And a few leaves law on the starving sod,

– They had fallen from an ash, and were gray.

Why isn’t there a place in WoW that evokes this imagery, and elicits this response? Initially, I figured that pixel jumping around a screen can hardly compare to the gray Wessex pond visited and decried by Hardy. But to my toons there should be something somewhere in Azeroth that equates. Without them having any memories or feelings, one has to wonder about the 18 or so years that precipitated till their majority, and someone in Northshire Abbey decided it would be ok to hand them a pointy stick and set them off to poke things with it. Without drifting into the realms of make-believe or RP one can still be left wondering what they would make of the world they find themselves in. How would you react?


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