Shared Topic: Identity & Affiliation

Thursday, August 4, 2011
How does your character define themself? What part of their identity is most important to their personality and self-presentation?

In meatspace, we have so many affiliations, it's anyone's guess whether we consider ourselves a tuba player first, or a student, a Gators fan, a New Yorker, a mother, a nerd, a liberal. Our identities are comprised of so many different aspects of li
How does your character define themself? What part of their identity is most important to their personality and self-presentation?

In game, there are less game-related ways to identify.

You can identify as:

  • your class - your spec
  • your race - a particular subgroup (Mag'har, Wildhammer)
  • your faction - a faction other than Horde/Alliance

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Karegina is very much a resto druid first and foremost.  When I first made her, I made her to be a healer for Vanilla raids.  I never got her past level 32 or so, but she did spend a good deal of time in Warsong Gulch, healing the flag carriers.  (She did it so much she got her Scout title.)  Now, 3 expansions later, Kare is still a healer.  She's dabbled with tanking and melee dps, as well as caster dps but she will always be a healer in her heart.

She was a tree and would spend every moment she wasn't on a mount or in bird form, in tree form.  As other people have mentioned, when Blizzard removed perma-tree form, a part of me and a part of Kare died.  I actually would get upset when we'd have other tree druids in guild because damnit, I was the tree druid, not them.  (Stupid I know.)  

Secondly, she's a tauren.  Her loyalty is to the Cenarion Circle first, then to her tribe, THEN to the Horde.  There are things that the Horde does that she does not approve of at all, but her chieftain has led her there so she will follow.  

My other characters don't have as much personality as Karegina.  I am glad I don't roleplay in WoW, I don't think I'd be able to separate myself enough to tell a story with her.  She and I are too entwined now.  

3 comments:

  1. redcow said...:

    Wow, did you read my mind on this? :D I think our druids would get along very well together!

  1. I was thinking that when I read yours!! We're two peas in a cow pod! :)

  1. Kaezhol said...:

    Heh - I think I have the opposite problem. I spend so much time on my shaman that I can't separate *me* from her and give her a good story.

    Isn't it funny how, even if we dabble in other roles, there is just one right role. For you it seems to be healing and I'm glad it fits your druid and yourself so well. My oft-in-the-fire melee self thanks you.

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