Get To Know Your Guildie: Rakkaan!

Posted by Graenah 2021-11-23 in G2KYG

Any night-owls out there are sure to recognize this guy (in one alt-form or another). He creeps in the shadows by day, but when the moon pops out, so does he – the rare Nocturnus Enhancementus! Get ready to get to know Rakkaan!

WoW Stuff

How long have you played wow?
I have continuously played WoW since the launch of TBC, always maining my Draenei Shaman! But if we are being technical I started within the last few months before TBC launched on a trial account playing as a Night Elf Druid. 

How did you come to start playing?
I was in Highschool and all of my childhood friends were all playing, they had older siblings who played and sparked their interest in it. So not wanting to be left out I picked up a trial account just to give it a try and the rest is history! 

What’s your favorite race/spec?
Draenei/Eredar hands down, if I could beg Blizzard to cave in and just make Eredar playable now that Sargeras is dealt with… just so I could play space goat warlocks/rogues AND convince them to allow for Draenei Druids(I know the lore would be funky) then I would have all of my characters being space goats.

Which spec? Well mechanically, I initially played Balance on my trial account Druid and loved it. That changed when I played Elemental Shaman in TBC. Despite being just a lightning turret that provided utility to the raid, I really enjoyed it at the time. I have always enjoyed playing support roles in any game that is multiplayer.

Thematically I really enjoy Enhance, and which is really the only reason I still play the spec. Even though I absolutely feel like the class as a whole is intentionally spited by the game devs expac after expac and Enhance is just always forgotten or they have no idea on what they want to really do with it. I still love it thematically as it feels fun to play and looks cool. Just wish they would either commit to actually reworking it in a way that fixes its major issues that fall short despite its strengths or convert it into a tank spec that provides WF. 

What brought you to Darkwind?
I had been in some guilds that were doing high level raiding previously that were in the process of fading into obscurity. Rather than just sitting around waiting for the one I was in to completely vanish, as there was a lot of negativity flowing around, I left and stayed guildless for a time. Having spent the first tier and a half of MoP just doing LFR every other week on my Enhancement Shaman. Then one day, an out of game friend of mine, my brother’s childhood friend who was involved with the PvP section of Darkwind at the time, asked me if I wanted to possibly join Darkwind as they were recruiting for their progression raid team. . 

I wanted to be part of a community again, playing the game solo for the time I had really made the game feel empty and hollow, so I took the shot. Very happy that I did.
 

What is your favorite thing to do in game?
Back when I had more time I used to collect mounts/titles/etc but that’s faded with the sheer volume of stuff to obtain lol. I just enjoy spending time with others in dungeons and raids. I also thoroughly enjoy pushing my limits and learning new things. Whether it’s ways to improve my playstyle, another class, or possibly learning another role outside of dps. Mage Tower in Legion was fun. 

If wow were to suddenly disappear, what game would you be playing?
That is a hard one to answer, probably the Monster Hunter Franchise. I would say Souls games but they don’t have much replayability as Monster Hunter does. Maybe Diablo on the side. Even then, to be honest. I don’t think I’d find another game that could fill the same shoes. I’d probably just lean more into some of my other hobbies. 

If you could vacation anywhere in game…
Shadowmoon Valley(WoD Timeline). I am a sucker for spacey looking stuff and it fits the bill. Really love the glowing flora, eternally night atmosphere. Only way it could be better is if it stormed lightly a third of the time. I love light rain. The area I grew up in had a lot of cloudy days and light rain so it’d be for the nostalgic factor. 

If you were able to turn any in-game mount into a real life one…
The “Champion’s Treadblade,” I am not necessarily a bike/cycle guy, but come on. A tread based cycle that ridiculous looking would still be eye-catching IRL. 

If you were able to turn any in-game pet into a real –life one…
Never really thought about it heh, I already have four cats and a dog! But if I were able to, I’d probably choose the Teldrassil Sproutling. Druid Tree Form is oddly cute and so it wins me there. 

What is your most favorite dungeon or raid in WoW? Least favorite?
I loved Antorus way more than probably most people, again… very spacey and I am a sucker for anything related to Draenei/Eredar as well. So having a raid on Argus was just amazing for me personally.

Least favorite was probably Trial of the Crusader, most phoned in raid tier in the history of Warcraft if you ask me. I have no positive memories from it at all, like absolutely none. 

Who is your favorite character from the World of Warcraft and why?
Arthas hands down, I think he had a great story arc and hits all the right notes with all the aspects that make for a great, tragic, and interesting story. Honestly feel his story is perfect as is and was concerned as to what would happen to the game going forwards after his death at Icecrown. 

What is one of your favorite wow memories?
I would have to say the memories I had back with my childhood friends in TBC, it’s probably why I enjoyed Legion as much as I did. It felt nostalgic of TBC and honestly a lot of them came back to play for that one expansion so I was able to sort of relive it in a sense, if only for a short time. 

What random event would you like Darkwind to do?
Honestly I don’t have anything I can think of off the top of my head. Darkwind does a lot of nice events as is and the ones I could mention already are things on the radar that exist. 

When Not Playing WoW

What are some of your hobbies?
Aside from gaming obviously. I enjoy listening to all sorts of music, specifically dark ambient, industrial metal, and 80’s tunes. Drinking coffee and chatting idly with others. I also  love teaching myself new things involving math or  tech, like I know a lot of the terminology and basics for programming in C++ and Python all through being self-taught. Have also built computers, fixed router issues, and helped other family members with tech issues ever since I was in highschool over fourteen years ago. Though it’s been nearly six to seven years since my last PC build. Also love watching anime and movies a lot. Finally, even though my collection is small I do enjoy collecting old literature that pertains to Philosophy, Occult, etc. 

What hobby would you get into if time and money weren’t an issue? Do you collect anything?
Pertains to the last question for sure, my old literature collection. Even if I am not someone who actually believes in the paranormal aspect but more so in the philosophical portion of these books. If money were not a factor and time not one either, I would most certainly expand my collection massively and have all the time needed to read through and analyze them all. Currently it is a very smol baby collection and nowhere near as in-depth as I would like it to be. 

Favorite book?
Childhood book that I remember fondly called A Child Called It, I’ve had abusive family members so it’s one that sticks in my head constantly

Favorite TV show?
House MD, and yes I cried when it was over but I am also glad that they actually ended it rather than drag it year after year like most things nowadays. 

Favorite movie?
Terminator 2: Judgement Day, I have watched it more than any person ever should in their entire existence. 

Favorite meal/food?
Sushi, if money were not a factor I would eat it for every meal every day till my death. 

Coolest place you ever visited irl?
Maybe not the most exciting to many but I went to the Marriott Marquis in Atlanta Georgia for a convention/hobby of mine with my partner and it was a very stunning looking hotel! Think it uses brutalist architecture which looks awful usually imo but it actually manages to look great there. It actually appeared in the Disney+ special of Loki as the TVA’s HQ in one scene. 

Do you have any pets? If so, introduce us!
I do! I have a dog and four cats!

Lily

Ginger

Zoey

Bella

Kit-Kat (Ki-Ki)

If you could have a super power for 24 hours, what would it be and what would you do with it?
This might sound lame, but hear me out. I would love to have the superpower of being able to put others in my shoes mentally/from my PoV when having a conversation. Even if it were for a day I might be able to shave off enough stress dealing with family and such that I may lengthen my lifespan a few more years. And that would be good enough for me. 

What’s the most useless talent you have?
Don’t ever challenge me to a K’Nex building event. I will beat you, that is not a threat but a promise lol. 

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
Specifically, probably Raleigh NC. Maybe one day. 

What did you want to be when you were little?
I wanted to be a scientist, specifically a Biologist or Biotech Engineer. I even went to a technical school for my last two years of highs chool and enrolled in a Biotechnology program there. I realized though, that while interested in the subject matter, I didn’t want to be involved with it as a career as much as I thought I did. At least I learned a lot of neat things and have some expired certifications to sit on now. 

What would you sing at Karaoke night?
My Way by Frank Sinatra, if not only because I like it but I am also dumb enough to want to see if the urban legend is true involving singing it at a Karaoke bar: A lot of countries in Asia ban it at karaoke bars because there appears to be a bizarre connection between people singing it and then people in the audience just inexplicably growing violent and going so far as to kill others!

If you could share a meal with any 3 individuals, living or dead, who would they be?
Teddy Roosevelt, Keanu Reeves, and my deceased grandfather.

What is your spirit animal?
Nicholas Cage. Really. Just ask me about it. I can defend this for hours. (Editor’s note: He really can.)
On a serious note, might be mythical and not real, but a pegasus.
 

What small things brighten your day?
Any time I get to spend with my guildies and in-game friends. Waking up and knowing that I am not six feet under yet. Learning something new or being aware that I’ve gotten a bit better at a skill I am practicing. 

What’s something about you that most people don’t know?
I have a birthmark on the iris of my left eye, also known as Heterochromia Iridum. You have to be sort of close to actually see it as the colors kinda look similar but my left eye’s iris has two bands of solid green while the rest is entirely brown just like my right eye. I get it from my father who has a birthmark that caused a large portion of his hair to just be white. No, it does not give me any special Dojutsu or anything~ Sorry to disappoint any Naruto fans!

Rakkaan, or “Dream Sequence of Someone Who is NOT a Financial Advisor”