The very nice and friendly Vidyala over at Manalicious wrote about a cool meme that involved posting a screenshot of your main from many levels ago along with a screenshot of it now to show how far you've come along. I meant to do this post the other day when Vid actually posted about it but of course doing things when they are relevant just isn't my style. So I dug through seven years worth of screenshots and eventually I found screenshots that made me both laugh and cry. Seven years of visual reminders of things that you've gone through tend to do that.
Anyway on with the show! I decided that I would tweak the premise of the meme and instead of posting a comparison of a character then and now, I am posting a visual timeline for my mage. Step back into the way back machine with me as we travel back to the year 2005. It was a good year: Facebook was still only for the cool kids in college, the White Sox won the World Series, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith was released, and a young man who would go on to be known world wide as Jed, began to play the World of Warcraft.
When I began playing WoW I decided to play a warrior first because I thought it would be the closest equivalent class to the Dark Knight I had played in Final Fantasy 11. Eventually events occurred that caused me to switch to a new server that had just opened up named Ursin. I figured that I would try a mage this time and so Jedem was born. Sadly I couldn't find any screenshots of Jedem pre-20s, probably because I didnt take any until around 26. So here is Jedem at level 26:
Here is an action shot:
Now once I did get my mount, I explored all the things! I ran around every not for achievements or xp but for the sheer pleasure of seeing the world. One of the zones that I ran through was Un'Goro where I ran across the king ninja dinosaur:
Magisters robe and possibly gloves. I'm also sporting my very first epic, the Glowing Brightwood Staff which was enchanted with Fiery Weapon. That's right fear my fiery weapon glow!! (It was free from a guildee and I didnt have anything better at the time so don't judge.)
cool weapon which you can see in this image. I actually got the killing blow on the first rag kill we had and it was great bragging rights. =D
Well Burning Crusade hit and I was all about the leveling. Here I am in the Slave Pens and you can see that my UI hasn't changed much since the last time we saw it. Very blah, I know but it worked just fine for me and that was all that mattered.
Now I tried really hard but I couldn't find a single screenshot of my mage in the 70-85 level range. I guess I just didn't screenshot along the way or perhaps goblins ate my screenshots. The only one I was able to find was this one At least we aren't forced to look at a mage in a northrend viking clown suit or cataclysm greenage.
100 mount achievement which rewards a sweet Blue Dragonhawk flying mount! This would be around patch 4.2 as I am still sporting Zul'roic shoulders.
7/8 Arcanist, 1/8 Netherwind, and my Glowing Brightwood Staff and this time its enchanted with Power Torrent. It has been a long journey to get here, seven years in fact, but I wouldn't trade it for anything. I've met amazing people, I've met horrible people, and many people in between. I've downed bosses and I've wiped to bosses, I've run content when it was new and considered progression and I've run the same content now when it's considered old and boring.
Here is to Pandas and everything they bring. Good or bad, I know I'll have a good time as long as I'm on my mage.
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