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Genesis
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The story started out as just a little throw-away drabbley Yuletide treat for kitsunealyc, but the more I poked around the Faire the more plotty possibilities suggested. ~ I also wanted to set up a story with enough subtext that both shippers and non-shippers might be able to enjoy it.

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Theme
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I do hope that one of the themes that came across in this story is that the DMF, (like Blackwind Landing and Quel'Danas), has always been one of the few places in the WoW Universe where the factions not only exist harmoniously, but work together. As an old hippie, I still cherish that "peace, love and understanding" thing quite a lot.

A secondary theme was that—the opinions of bitter defensive narcissists notwithstanding—kind, decent, altruistic people do exist.

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Where on the Island Are Asric and Jadaar?
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Every time the Faire's come around I've researched a bit more (rolling what I discovered into the wowwiki) and from what I can tell, the reason why it's so difficult to catch Asric and Jadaar at the Faire is because they share a span timer with at least 20 other NPCs.

As far as I've been able to see as of the March 2012 Faire, only one of these will be up at a time. I'd guess the time between spawns is random as well, but that's not confirmed.


1a. A & J, next to Aimee
1b. Isimode and Faesrol, next to Aimee

2a. Griftah, by the dock
2b. Topper McNab, by the dock
2c. Belbi Quikswitch, on the post by the dock.

3a. Corki, just behind Baby in the petting zoo
3b. Arakkoa, just behind Baby in the petting zoo
3c. Wolvar, just behind Baby in the petting zoo
3d. Oracles, just behind Baby in the petting zoo
3e. Tuskarr Elder Daftusk, just behind Baby in the petting zoo

4a. Cro Threadstrong and Damari, midway
4b. Sraz, midway
4c. Wildhammer Fact Checker (aka Red Shirt Guy), midway
4d. Ol' Emma, midway
4e. Thomas Miller, midway

 

(Since there are 4 Alliance NPCs on the midway, I'm guessing that there could be Horde ones spawning somewhere that I just haven't noticed yet.)


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Griftah's dialect
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Oi, did I churn over this… how to handle Troll.

In game, of course, the accents are written out, ( i.e., the "Speech" section of wowwiki's How to Roleplay a Troll) but I didn't necessarily want to transpose everything into dis, dat, dem, and dose. I did specifically tailor what Griftah was saying from time to time to avoid "th" words, but he's not a laconic Troll, by any means. ~ Over the period of the 5 months it's taken me to write this I know Griftah's speech has slid all over the place, but in my defense, in studying the quest text of various Troll NPCs, I also noticed that Blizzard's troll speech patterns aren't consistent either. ~ I might go through the story at some point and tighten it all up, but for now he's mostly "the guy with the colorful idioms (most of which I did make up; a few were adapted from this Rasta/patios compilation of proverbs) and a certain cadence) borrowed from Kendra in Season 2 of Buffy. :p

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Poison darts
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My reference was http://www.blowgunsnw.com/navigate.htm

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Apok'rita / Miresha
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Yeah, totally invented, but not entirely off-base: 

Nerubians = spiders, Qiraji = beetles,"Third race"= Apocritia, the superfamily of wasp/bees.

Miresha/The Queen Bee herself might be my first time writing a villain from scratch since my very earliest fandom days.  I pretty much feel that a) there's not enough there and b) what IS there is far too cliche. It's a candidate for re-write once I'm clearer what I want her to convey.

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On poison, or Why Didn't Jadaar Die?
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My headcanon on this is that there wasn't nearly as much poison on Miresha's ring when she injected Jadaar, not to mention that he has twice Asric's body mass to begin with. He'd also absorb some of the other two doses as he's giving them to Asric.

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On Mojo
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All the "magical" stuff that Griftah does is made up, but based loosely on this article.

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Geography Goofs and "the Bathcave"
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I totally had to revise chapter 3 a few weeks after it was posted, as I realized that as lovely as the beach with the cave at the southeast of the island is, there's no way to get to it from the Faire unless you swim/waterwalk ... hence the story device of having magical amulets and portals. ~ I probably relied on those devices a little too much, though.

For anyone who actually reads these notes, I am open to questions in the comments here (I know there are a number of things in the story that I made deliberately vague, mostly to keep the rating down. :p)

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Death Queen Island
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Saint Seiya fans will recognize this as the hellish place Phoenix Ikki trained.

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Ending
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2015 addition: When I wrote the story the cave I had in mind for the boys to wind up in at the end is the one that's now been taken over by the Erinys, but I'm confident that there are others that a non-DMF employee like myself doesn't know about.

 

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