Untitled April 19, 2011Posted by Stormy in Guild Stuff, Personal, Tank Girl.
The post is untitled, silly. Not me! I would *never* go around untitled! That’s like going around naked!
Yes, I admit it. I’m a title addict. Some people collect mounts, some people collect pets, some collect armor sets. I collect titles. Start me off on a quest line and tell me you’re going to give me a pet or a mount and I’ll maybe go out of my way to do it, but promise to call me Tormenta of the Diseased Bear Ass and baby, I’ll collect diseased bear asses for you until the cows come home. Easy ones, tough ones, long ones, short ones…I don’t care, I’ll take ‘em all.
I don’t even remember my first one, actually. I have a hunch it was the Jenkins title from a run I did with some guildies way back in the day when my hunter was but a wee calf, but it may have been Störmy the Love Fool from my first holiday event (yes, I could go check my achievements…lazy blogger is lazy). I remember going back to Quel’thalas and Durotar so I could grind rep with the various Horde factions for my Ambassador title, and being immensely proud of myself as I put that up. I remember having nothing but “the Patient” on my druid and desperately wanting to replace it with something less common and less prestigious. I remember walking around Dalaran like a badass with my “of the Ashen Verdict” title, even though by that point everyone and their grandmother had it. I remember swelling with pride when I finally got my “Champion of the Frozen Wastes” title, and having my bubble promptly burst by the guy who dragged me kicking and screaming into WoW lo those many moons ago when he pointed out that he’d earned it in January 2009.
So what’s in a title? Do I judge various people by the titles they pick for their toons? Of course I do! If you have “Hand of Adal” or “Scarab Lord” I know that means you’ve been around the block a few times and probably know what you’re doing. If you have the “Conqueror” title like one of my former guildies, you spend far more time PvPing than I personally think is healthy. The “Insane” title…well, that one speaks for itself. Although I love the Ambassador title on all four of the toons that have it now (Miss Grimsey the Tank Girl got hers this weekend…go her!) and I wear it with pride, I cringe a little at the prospect of getting it on my Damned Dirty Alliance Priest because it suggests some allegiance to “King” Varian of the Wet Noodle or High Tinker Mekkatorque, and that just won’t do.
So what’s my favorite? I *love* my priest’s current title, Tormenta of the Shattered Sun. I worked pretty hard for it, and I love the way it rolls off the tongue…even though it’s from two expansions ago. I used to wear the Kingslayer title on my druid because of all that it represented for me at the time. To me it was a symbol of me and nine of my guildies rising from the ashes of our previous guild, banding together and downing the Lich King in a little over a month, and I remember standing on the steps of the North Bank that night shooting off fireworks while some of our old guildies watched. I remember a feeling of smugness as one former guildie walked by wearing her ill–gotten Kingslayer title (that’s a story for another day). I am not ashamed to admit that, knowing the immense amount of work and the tremendous love and respect that I felt for those people at the time, I cried openly in Vent as my former co–GM was screaming “DON’T RELEASE! DO NOT RELEASE!”
As for my actual favorite? I’m going to go with my Crusader title on my druid. Crusader Sterrin. It doesn’t roll off the tongue the way Tormenta of the Shattered Sun does, it doesn’t sound prestigious the way Ambassador Störmy does, but dammit, I worked for it. I did nine dailies every day for a month and a half to get it. I remember sitting at my computer on the first day I did the Tourney grind and feeling so defeated, swearing up and down that the damage numbers for the jousting must be rigged so that there was no way anyone could ever win a jousting match. Six weeks later I’d win seven jousting matches in a row every day without breaking a sweat. It was the first time I’d ever truly had to work for something in WoW, and over the course of that six weeks I actually saw my performance in the game improve dramatically. I worked for it, and I wear it with pride.
Next on my list is the Diplomat title on my priest, which I’ll probably grind after Miss Tank Girl hits 85. I’ve already started on Mag’har rep, and I’ll collect bear asses and sanguine hibiscus until I’m blue in the face.
So that’s my story. What’s yours? What’s your favorite title? Which one gives you the most pride? Are there any you refuse to wear? It’s Tuesday morning and since the servers are (possibly?) down, you don’t have anything better to do. Tell me!