Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Navimie says "Lunk I like your style"


I did a naughty thing and stayed up late last night finish Searing Gorge quests.  And I have to say, that in that zone, the most remarkable and memorable thing to me was Lunk.


Meet Lunk.  He's a pacifist Ogre, who doesn't like you to kill things.  I first met him at Thorium Advance where I had to do the usual quests like killing spiders and some machines.
No!  You are the same as Thorium Brotherhood dwarf.
"Kill dwarf. Kill spider. Kill machine. Kill, kill, kill."
Lunk come to gorge to go on adventure, not to go on murder spree.
Goodbye, tauren. You kill too much. 
- Lunk
Well, I didn't even get to talk to Lunk before he stomped off.  The Dwarves shrugged and said oh well.  But later, when I was doing another mindless killing quest (A Proper Antivenom), Lunk reappeared with the Lunk's Adventure: Spider rider, and showed us another way to get spider venom.
Lunk sees you like to kill things. Let Lunk teach you another way.
Lunk always wanted to ride on spider's back. Looks like fun. Spiders move too fast, though. Always slip away.
We work together. You fight spider until it gets weak and tired. Then Lunk jump on spider's back and ride around.
Maybe Lunk even gather some venom for you! No have to kill! 

- Lunk


You have to scrape the venom off his tummy.  You even get twice as much venom that way!  But to weaken the spiders I had to take off all my clothes because I would kill them with one melee swing in my full gear.

And later, when I had Recon Essentials, Lunk reappeared again with Lunk's Adventure: Cranky Little Dwarfs where he would sit on the Dwarves to "put them to sleep" instead of killing them.
What you doing? Why you kill?
You need to get things from dwarfs? Ah, Lunk understand. Lunk have a better way.
Listen: you go fight dwarf, but do not kill! Just fight until dwarf get tired. Then Lunk will help dwarf fall asleep. Dwarfs probably just cranky because they don't get sleep.
Come on! Trust Lunk.
- Lunk
Some of the things said by the poor squashed Dwarves was hilarious.







Later, Lunk makes another reappearance as we are trying to convince Rendan to join the Thorium Brotherhood's battle in Lunk's Adventure: Rendan's Weakness.
Lunk not smart, but Lunk notice things. Today, Lunk notice that Mountain-Dwarf likes to watch people dance.
Lunk like to dance! Navimie like to dance! Probably!
Maybe we find some more dwarfs that like to dance. Then we go talk to Mountain-Dwarf, and he will listen to Navimie.
- Lunk


So there we are dancing away and Rendan is so impressed by us that he joins in the Brotherhood's battle.  He even joins us in the Cauldron with 2 female dwarves dancing beside him during the next lot of quests.

But I like Lunk because he had such a nice philosophy.  Why do we have to kill things?  There are other ways to achieve your goal without killing.  I liked that he showed other ways to us.  I am no rogue - I'm no killing machine - and it's obvious because when I come across rares I would rather look at them and take their picture rather than kill them, because I don't like mindlessly killing things.  I don't even like killing critters, like a lot of other people do (I contributed VERY LITTLE to our guild's Crittergeddon).

Interestingly, the attitude towards the violence of in game killing seems totally different from my attutide to violence in real life.  Going around killing fauna in game seems totally normal for material gain and loot, but in real life the whole idea is abhorrent.  And funnily, I have no problems killing critters in real life - I will gladly squash every single cockroach I see but I don't touch them in game.  Even my young daughter, who is 4, realises that you "kill" the bad red people in the game, but in real life you don't go around killing things you don't like.  It has made me think hard about this video game violence leading to real life violent tendencies.  Playing this game, with it's rather blase approach to killing things does NOT make me a mindless killer of innocent creatures in real life.  My young daughter is proof of that.  She kills all these dwarves, deer, scorpions, spiders and picks up the shinies but she doesn't go outside and stomp on every single ant or pull the wings off butterflies to get loot.  I think that all those anti-social behaviour types who go around playing violent video games and then go on killing sprees actually had tendencies to do that anyway - and naturally gravitate towards those sort sof violent video games.  If they didn't have those games, I suppose they'd be out torturing people's dogs and cats for kicks.

So Lunk, I'd just like to thank you.  You've reminded me that violence is not always the way to your goal, even in a fantasy game like World of Warcraft.  If only there were more NPCs like you :)

Oh, and you do get to see Lunk again.  He is one of the 40 random NPC protectors who will fly with you to help you in the daily The Protectors of Hyjal.
He flies in on a Cenarion Hippogryph.






Yeah... Lunk says he is here to help, but his pacifism is annoying though!  He doesn't do anything to help you since he doesn't like to kill things...  "Lunk here to help."  yeah right.  NOT.  But, I still like you Lunk.  Navimie likes your style!  You're the best NPC ever!!!


15 comments:

  1. I cannot urge people enough to go redo the 1-60 quests on both continents. There are some really very well thought out quest lines and (especially) on Kalimdor you get a very real sense of the tensions that will overspill once the Pandas arrive :D

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    1. @Godmother - I'm trying! But I get so distracted! :)

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  2. I love the fact the a mindless ogre can be so gentle, good on you lunk! was definitely the highlight when i re-played the searing gorge quests.

    -Rosh

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  3. Navi - great post - as always--but this should go in your highlight reel!

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    1. @Matty - I can't highlight my own posts!!! The whole point of my highlights is to get people to go look at all that other awesome stuff out there :)

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    2. Poop. Well. Damn. I say, if you do put together a highlight reel, then why the heck not? Who says we can't put our own "Top Five" together? Did I miss a memo? Typical of me lately. Okay. Fine. I'll do it. It'll be my "Top Five NPCs Who Break the Mold."

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    3. @Matty - Oh that kind of highlight reel! I thought you meant stick it on my blogroll highlights! Well hell, now that's a top idea, Top 5 NPCs who break the mould. That's a really JDKenada thing to do! I like it!

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    4. See? Great minds.

      http://wowsugar.blogspot.com/2012/03/real-tears.html

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  4. I have to admit I was surprised when Lunk showed up. Id done Searing Gorge enough to have it memorized and he really added a laugh and spice to the zone. I really wish they would add more NPCs that came and went through quests.

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    1. @Altaholic - having not done Searing Gorge I didn't realise until I'd done them that that was where he was from (I had seen him in the dailies and thought how useless is he!)

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  5. Being sat on by an ogre surely classes as cruel and unusual punishment, not to mention the risk of broken legs (spider) and suffocation or cardiac arrest (dwarves) must have been very real :D

    "Playing this game, with it's rather blase approach to killing things does NOT make me a mindless killer of innocent creatures in real life."

    I think it's an excuse, an attempt to apportion blame elsewhere. When I was a little girl we played war games all the time because we wanted to be like our daddies. I grew up around guns and am actually a rather good shot although not as good as my husband who is scary good (his ability to hit tiny targets from a moving vehicle is disturbing) but playing first person shooters or pretending to be a soldier when I was eight has never given me the need to actually kill someone.

    Actually despite my bloodlust in other aspects of the game (PvP), I use my creepy crate and toxic wastling to kill critters so their blood isn't technically on my hands :(

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    1. @Erinys - LOL! Who knew that the bloodthirsty PVP SPITTER (yes you!!! LOL) was a softy who uses her creepy crate to kill critters! Erinys you crack me up!

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  6. Hmm, I don't remember seeing Lunk after Cata but I agree about doing the quests in each area after the Shattering. Even if it's for the achievement quota

    Nice Post Nav :)

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    1. @Cymre - I'm getting there... slowly!

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  7. See? You inspire me, Navi: http://wowsugar.blogspot.com/2012/03/real-tears.html

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