Saturday, November 17, 2007

034: Alicia's Poem

I posted this on wow_ladies just now, but I figure I'll post it here too in case someone out there knows. And in case you haven't seen it yourself and would want to.

I randomly swung by that little park in Stormwind Keep today (where you have to kill those noblemen for the Missing Diplomat chain as a lowbie). To my surprise I saw that huge honking yellow exclamation point on my minimap and quickly located this little girl wandering around the park with a quest for me. Her name is Alicia and she wants me to deliver a letter to someone named Caylee on the Aldor tier in Shattrah. Okay, I think to myself, must be the start of some shiny new quest chain or whatever.

Head to Shattrah and sure enough, opposite the Mark of Sargeras dude there's a new NPC: Caylee Dak the NE Hunter and her Nightsaber, Dusky. I'm surprised, however, when I hand her the envelope, get my 3-4 gold and.... don't get a follow up? Wait, that was it? I discover that I can talk to Caylee again and when I do the only option is to ask her to read me Alicias poem - the one that was in the envelope.

And it's sad :/

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.

I am in a thousand winds that blow,
across Northrend's bright and shining snow.

I am the gentle showers of rain,
on Westfall's fields of golden grain.

I am in the morning hush,
of Stranglethon's jungle, green and lush.

I am in the drums loud and grand,
the hunderous hooves across Nagrand.

I am the stars warmly gleaming,
over Darnassus softly dreaming.

I am in the birds that sing,
I am in each lovely thing.

Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there. I do not die.


It reminded me of that toombstone in Hillsbrad Foothills (read about it on wowinsider I think) that was put into the game in memory of a person close to a Blizzard employee or something that had died. Is this something like that? Was this put into the game with patch 2.3 or has it been there longer and I just never noticed? Does anyone know what the story is? And is this only for Alliance Aldor people, or does Alicia ask you to deliver it at the Scryers tier if you're Scryer?

Sad panda :(

Edited: A lovely poster on WoW_ ladies found out. Awwww :/


Timo said...

It is based on a poem written by Mary Elizabeth Frye, which is also very very touching. You can see it here:

Timo said...

Meh, too long link obviously. Anyway can be found from wikipedia with a search term "Do not stand at my grave and weep"

Erisse said...

There is also a memorial in the Barrens to a Blizzard employee who passed away...

Shrine of the Fallen Warrior

Mana Battery Bitch said...

@Timo - I remember it from a memorial long ago, yeah. Didn't know the origin though!

@Erisse - I've heard of that (temporary?) gravestone in the Hinterlands, but not that shrine. As sad as it is, I like these mementos in the game.

Anonymous said...

We have a member in our guild now who is actually the wife of a man that passed away a short time ago. She said she always hated that he played that game (WoW), but because it made him happy, she left him alone. Well, when he passed away she said the computer haunted her until she finally started up WoW and logged in with her Husband's toon. She has since vowed to continue playing him in honor of her husband.

Another one... When I played Neverwinter Nights, the guy who ran the server had a friend (who played on the server as well) pass away. He added an area in the center of town that had a fountain, flowers, white doves (her favorite) flying around and a plaque that players could read. It had a beautiful poem on it and if I can find it, I will share it at a later date.

Anonymous said...

Memorial Video of Dak Krausc who played a hunter named Caylee on Boulderfist and passed away on August 22nd, 2007.

Anonymous said...

Posted by his friend: Caylee (Dak Krause) was a 28 year old friend in our guild (Boulderfist Heroes) that touched many players hearts. Sadly he died of leukemia on August 22, 2007. He was the type of player that you always looked forward to logging on. The type of player that would always help another. Dak, you are missed by so many. Blizzard truly has a heart of gold for placing his character in the game for all to see with his trusty pet Dusky at his side.

Mana Battery Bitch said...

It still amazes me that they did this, and so lovingly - even including his pet with him. ♥