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From Out Of The Mists

Pain… Agony…. My hatred burns through the cavernous deeps. The world heaves with my torment. Its wretched kingdoms quake beneath my rage… But at last… The whole of Azeroth will break… …And all will burn beneath the shadow of my wings… – Deathwing

Firstly, I want to apologize for my sudden leave of absence.  It seems that Deathwing found out where I lived, caused my toilet to flood and used his death breath to spread hazardous toxins throughout my home.  During this hell which unleashed its fury upon me, my beloved kitty Azrael also felt it’s wrath and experienced congestive heart failure.  Don’t worry though, we got some 1-ups and Azrael fought through it like a champ.  I’m not gonna lie, this has been one of the most difficult times I’ve ever faced… says the actress who spent around a year in a neck brace after a stunt accident.  But life is relative;  it’s always the worst when you’re being sucked in by the Maelstrom.

Although it’s felt like Deathwing and the Cataclysm were upon me, I seem to have encountered a Mist.  No longer a dark shadow looming above, or a thick fog… because in a Mist — although obscuring — one can see a beam of light.

As many of my readers know, my second home is in Azeroth.  And now, literally:  I’m a NPC in World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) !

My name is “Mei Chele” and I’m a Pandaren — the new race of Humanoid Pandas introduced in the upcoming expansion.  You can currently find me in the Mists of Pandaria PTR (Public Test Realm).  I’m found in a beautiful home with my NPC cat, “Azrael” :D.  With a cherry on top, my boyfriend is also in the game as “Lamplighter Mu” along with our adorable rescue kitty, “Samus”.

Because I’ve had no time to play, I’ve been unable to see this Feat of OMG for myself.  Friends and fans have sent me hundreds of photos since the announcement.  It’s still a scavenger hunt for me, but apparently our NPCs can be found in the Pandaren starting zone within Mandori Village, just south of the Temple of the Five Dawns.

This week, Blizzard announced the official release date for Mists of Pandaria as September 25th, 2012 and pre-orders are available.  If you haven’t played this game, I highly recommend it… especially with the new expansion coming out.  From Hardcore to Casual Gamers, everyone can find a way to play World of Warcraft

PARIS, France. – July 25, 2012 – Land, ho! Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. today announced that World of Warcraft®: Mists of Pandaria™, the fourth expansion set for the world’s most popular subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game, will be available in stores and online starting from September 25, 2012. Upon the expansion’s release, intrepid explorers of the Alliance and the Horde will be able to set foot upon the shores of the long-lost continent of Pandaria and embark on a perilous journey to uncover its ancient mysteries.

Mists of Pandaria offers a wide variety of content for new and returning World of Warcraft players. Features include a new playable race (the Pandaren) with its own starting zone and quests, a new character class (the Monk), and an expansive new continent for players to explore as they adventure to the new level cap of 90. The expansion also includes a host of new gameplay elements designed to give players even more ways to enjoy the game, including scenarios — a flexible new kind of cooperative PvE trial; challenge modes, which offer high-prestige rewards for mastering Mists of Pandaria’s 5-player dungeons; and an all-new pet battle system.

I started playing World of Warcraft during it’s second expansion, The Burning Crusade.  While toughing out a significant neck injury, I kept myself interactively entertained by reading through Warcraft’s vast lore as I played along.  Although several characters and quest lines held my attention, the story of Lady Sylvanas Windrunner got me through the temporary loss of my physical body.  She was a High Elf; Ranger General of Silvermoon and Quel’Thalas, until she was murdered by the Lich King, Arthas.  Arthas raised her from the dead, turned her into a banshee and used her military genius against her own people.  But through strong reserve, Sylvanas regained her free will and reclaimed her body.  Her story helped me heal.

Beyond that, I found myself immersed in a community that I’d never experienced before:  I was creating real connections with people online.  So I assembled them and built my own Army.

There were some dark days where I thought to myself, “If I could take back one day, I would not have done that stunt.”  But without that day, I wouldn’t be here.  I wouldn’t have these friends.  I wouldn’t have this world.

Becoming a NPC in Mists of Pandaria means a lot to me — it’s a beam of light, reflecting in a mystery.  I know not how my current situation will unfold, but yet again, Warcraft holds for me an “in-game” image of resolve — this time presenting the promise that my family will soon again be happy and whole.


Featured Image and Additional Images: Blizzard Entertainment and MicheleMorrow.com


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