Raptor Love

While my daughter was interested in druids because they can turn into animals, the only real class choice for her was a hunter.  She loves to have pets, and the ability to run out and tame your own pet was a super bonus.

So she has had various owls, bears, wolves, cats, birds, spiders, and even a crocolisk since she gained the ability to tame pets at level 10.  Her biggest problem is that she can only stable two pets at a time.  (I wouldn’t cough up 50 gold for the third stable slot.)  And so there are hard decisions to be made.

Some pets come and go on a whim.  Some take more work to part with.  And when she accidentally dismissed the little white bear she found and tamed in Dun Morogh there was nearly an hour’s worth of tears.  She had to draw a picture of the bear, named Icicle, and put it on the wall in her room to remember him.

Of course, once the tears were gone, it was off for another pet.

Then, when we were out in the Wetlands she saw raptors.

She knew about raptors.  She had seen people with raptor pets.  But these raptors were nearly in her level range, wild, and ready to be tamed!

Nearly in her level range was the sticking point.  She was level 19, the raptors out there seem to be level 23-25.

Raptor fever was upon her though, so I ended up having to lead an expedition out to The Barrens so she could find a raptor she could tame… you know… now!  And so she tamed Stella.



The name Stella actually came later, after my mother tamed a blue raptor from the Wetlands and named it Stanley.

Of course I laughed when I heard this and exclaimed, “STELLA!” in my best Brando imitation then told my daughter to say, “I’ve always depended on the kindness of strangers.”  That just got a look of confusion out of her.

So I had to try to explain “Streetcar Named Desire” to her, which went about as well as you might imagine.  There isn’t a lot of Tennessee Williams on Nickelodeon, though I bet I could find some on PBS Kids.

We have the Simpsons version (Streetcar!) on DVD, I think we’ll just watch that.

7 thoughts on “Raptor Love

  1. Hudson

    I shout STELLA! every time I order a Stella Artois at a bar.

    Very annoying I know but I can’t help myself. Look at it this way, you could have used a worse example.


  2. Wilhelm2451 Post author

    That is five dailies on a server where I have a level 70 or higher character. But we’re not on the server with my main characters, so I only have a level 40 priest and a level 40 hunter for “high levels.” Between them they have about 160 gold, and I am going to hear a lot about somebody wanting a mount when she hits 30, so I am saving for that before I start forking out for extra stable master slots! Heh!


  3. Kilanna

    Aww you sound like the funnest Dad.

    My nephew will be born in about 8 weeks time, and already Auntie K is planning on corrupting him. Which game shall it be first? :p


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