Archive for October, 2009

And the Winner is…

Posted in Contest, Humor with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 31, 2009 by sylus

First of all, let me say thank you to everyone that came by my site adn entered my contest! If you came by my site, didn’t bother to say hi or anything, even enter the contest, well, you guys are cool too. (Unless you didn’t enter because you thought my art work was crap…then I’ll hunt you down like the little gnomes you smell like. Yeah, we know you were here, we have good noses…) Anyway, the traffic increase here and at World of Sylus was amazing. No sales of toon picks yes, but I’m assuming that’s because you all want to know if you won the free toon drawing first. (that’s what I’m telling myself to keep from crying at night. )

We had many great comments, and many more people pimp my art work via twitter, blogs, and even facebook. Thank you all for the kind words(even if they were to get in my good graces to win the artwork) I still love you! So, here’s how I picked the winner. I wrote down all of the people that pimped my stuffs on the internets. (Twitter posts with links, facebook posts with links, blog posts, etc) After I had all of your names on little pieces of paper,(Gnome, you had your name in there like 6 times I think, YOU ANIMAL!) the lovely LadyGil drew one random name out of the bucket. (it was this candy thing for Halloween, scary!) Now, I know who that name is, heck I want to tell you who that name is, but I think I better not just yet. Let me spend a little bit more time rambling on and on about how awesome this contest was, how cool my artwork is, and how amazing you all were for entering and visiting the site.

Is that enough rambling? If not I can do some more, seriously. I can ramble for hours and hours without slowing down. Okay, I”m boring myself. The name drawn out of the hat, against all odds(seriously, how the crap was Gnome not drawn, he was in there so many times!) the winner of one custom toon drawing is none other than DotComLarry. Yes folks, DOTCOMLARRY. Good Ol’ Dot threw out a tweet during the second day of the contest I believe and came back here telling me to check it out. I did, and thank you for the kind words Larry! I’ll be contacting you via twitter to get your info on what toon you want, the screenshot, and where to send it too.

As soon as I’m done with this fine piece of artwork, I’ll post it out here on the interwebs for all to see. Now, I wasn’t going to do this, but Gnome, send me a direct message on twitter. I’m giving you a second place prize. I feel you earned it. I mean seriously, I got so much face time on Gomeageddon’s blog I was beginning to feel like I was a co-author or something, sheesh. It kind of creeped me out a bit, seriously, the view from down there is scary!

Well guys, thanks for the great contest and traffic. Keep stopping by, and remember if you want to purchase a custom piece of world of warcraft art for you or a loved one, check out my etsy shop, or leave me a comment at world of Sylus.

~Uncle Sy

It’s Official!

Posted in Achievements, Warrior on October 29, 2009 by Kor

Lok’tar friends!  Meet my new main!

Kor Hits 80

Kor is now a level 80 warrior!

Oh, and I’ve finally got my RP project off the ground.  I’m actually going to call it a fan fiction blog, but if you’re interested in going to read some stories about an Orc Warrior and a Human Warrior, you can go check it out at Dragontooth Chronicles.

 

Stay Hordecore!

–Fikkle

 

Win a Free Character Drawing!

Posted in Contest with tags , , , , , , on October 26, 2009 by sylus

Hey guys, it’s Sy again, with another contest! This one’s a good one folks, with prizes, pimpage, and passion fruit?… Okay, so maybe no passion fruit, but definitely prizes and pimpage!

Here’s the contest. I want you to tell the World…of Warcraft about how they can get their very own character drawn! Just find a creative way to tell the internet about either my etsy shop, or my personal blog and you could win a custom drawing of your character’s bust. Yes, bust. That’s his face, chest area, and shoulders(if they are sweet looking enough! No level 14 white shoulders here folks!

For your chance to win, just leave a comment on this post telling me where, and how you pimped my artwork. Wala, you are entered!

I’ll run this contest through the end of this week, picking a winner on saturday and getting contact info on how to get started on your award-winning piece. Yes, it will win awards, and I haven’t even started it yet. Now, you know I’m not a slouch at the art, but just in case you forgot, here’s my baby troll hunter’s face. This was done with Copic markers on 81/2 inch x 11 inch acid free paper. Your’s will be the same size, and of the same quality(or better!)

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I’ve also got a tree druid up right now at Tree of Doom. yes, I did the header for Saresa’s tree blog. I like it. Now get out there and tell the World…of Warcraft, and get your hands on a custom toon sketch created by Sy just for You!

~Uncle Sy

Save the Best

Posted in Alts, Discussion, Leveling, PvP, Twink, Warrior on October 23, 2009 by Kor

I’ve had my mind made up for a while now and I may have mentioned it here before, but I wanted to talk about it one more time before its official.  When will it be official?  “Soon”

My history with the different classes in the game is a bit unique and very altaholic-ish.  That being said, I want to run a recap of characters that I’ve considered my main of that class. 

I started out as a Mage.  His name was Fikkle.  I retired him during BC (at level 70), but have kept the name as my internet persona.  He’s since been levelled to 74 in Wrath so he can port to Dal.  Yes, that is the only reason I levelled him at all.  After that I levelled two other characters at the same time.  The first was a priest.  He was going to be a raid healer.  He made it Terokkar before I dumped him and swore I’d never ever play a priest again.  Don’t get me wrong, I love me some good priests, I just can’t stand playing one.  The other one was my hunter, Grimshot.  He became my main once he hit 70, taking over from my hunter.  He raided and was the character I took the farthest in current-at-the-time end game content.  After that a bunch of us decided to reroll on a pvp server to see what it was like.  My Druid Antaeus was born and levelled to 64 on that server before I switched him to a PvE server.  He then finished levelling to 70 and did some BGs and Arenas, never getting very far.  After that, I dual-boxed a Warlock and Shaman from 1-70 together.  The Warlock hasn’t been played since.  The Shaman, Brak, hit 70 just before the Scourge invasion and then became my first character to 80 in Wrath.  He’s been my main for the past year.  Once again going back to before Wrath, I had a Paladin that I’d levelled to 64 and never ended up getting back to.  After Brak hit 80, I pulled Juris out and quickly rocked through to level cap, getting my second character to 80.  After that I levelled a Rogue that I had at mid level (can’t remember when I got him there) up and he made it to 73, where he is now.  After that, I took my hunter back out, levelled him to 80 and decided that I’m no longer a hunter.  It was a sad day.  It was almost as sad as the day the music died.  Can’t remember when it was, but after having done 200 arena matches in the arena tournament as a Death Knight, I pulled my DK out of the starter area and levelled him to cap as my fourth 80.

If you’re keeping score, there is one class I haven’t mentioned yet.  Warrior.  I suppose I saved the best for last.  Not that I’m saying they are the best class in the game (they are the best class in the game) but they are the best class for me.  There are a few reasons for that though.  You’ll notice that I started with a caster, and with the exception of the hunter, I levelled all of the casters first, and even levelled my shaman and druid in resto builds (and maybe moonkin too, for the druid).  After hitting 70, my Shaman went enhance and I tried melee out for the first time.  I liked it.  I levelled my Paladin ret.  It was easymode.  I levelled a rogue.  Very sneaky-cool, Sir.  I played a DK in the arena tournament, and that I think had the biggest impact on it.  While there were times when I got frustrated and just logged out for the night before we’d met our quota, I really learned how to play a melee class in pvp from those 200 matches in a short amount of time.  The DK really allowed me to find my own spot in the BGs.  My live-server DK, Martog, was levelled to 80 before the changes to pvp levelling were introduced, so I never got to try that with him.  But my Warrior, Kor, has almost exclusively levelled in BGs.  That experience as well, has really helped me to learn the class well, what works for them and what doesn’t.  I think knowing ALL of the other classes helps as well, but when it comes right down to it, I’ve found me a home. 

My brother came to visit last weekend.  He saw me pvp’ing on my warrior for the first time and was blown away at how much I was outdamaging the next highest person in the BGs, and the tricks I was using to keep myself moving and living, while still killing everything else around me.  Now, I’m not trying to toot my own horn here.  I would never call myself ‘the illest’Not that there’s anything wrong with that. ;)  Then again, my warrior isn’t the son of the man.  Although, he could be, he’s not really sure.  He’s an orphan and doesn’t know who his parents are… (RP Story coming “Soon”)

 They’re definately not gnomes though.  I mean, I have green skin, not green hair.  

Anyways, all I’m saying is that I’ve learned a thing or two and decided to write some tips for anyone else who’d be interested.  I’m planning a multi-part guide to levelling an Arms warrior as a Transient Twink, called Arsenal.  Keep an eye out.  So right now, Kor is level 72.  I’ve been keeping him going, and I’ve got his gear wish list ready for both Prot (Primary spec) and Arms (Secondary spec) for when he hits 80.  I want to get back into raiding, I’m enjoying him that much.  I also plan on pvp’ing with him until he’s a Conqueror.  Those are his roots after all.  Maybe then I’ll be able to be the illestconquerorwarrior! Amirite?

 EDIT: /grammarhammer… I can’t believe I there’d a they’re… wow

Stay Hordecore

Fikkle

This pic disturbs me

Posted in Random on October 23, 2009 by forthepie
This is a gnome, not a cow...right?

This is a gnome, not a cow...right?

Blog Reader Super-pro Tip

Posted in Humor, Paladin on October 22, 2009 by Kor

Blog reader Super-pro tip. Don’t read FORBEARANCE at work unless you want to randomly giggle for half an hour while your co-workers rustle up a nice white jacket for you to wear.

So I’d never heard about FORBEARANCE until I read Gnomeaggedon‘s post yesterday about the return of the Megs! She’s guest posting for Jong at FORBEARANCE from time to time. And boy was this a blog match made in heaven… Seriously, go read and be ready to giggle uncontrollably. And welcome back Megs, we missed you!

 

Stay Hordecore

Fikkle

Real Life Expansion Packs and Heroic Dungeon!

Posted in Real Life on October 19, 2009 by sylus

This past week has been extremely busy, crazy and off the wall. Many of you knew that I was waiting on the release date for my newest real life expansion pack, and as of Wednesday morning(3:12 to be exact) the ex-pac went live! Let me tell you, this expansion pack (titled Fatherhood: Your Life will Never be the Same) comes only after completing one of the hardest(and disturbing!) 5 man dungeons in the game…HEROIC BIRTHING ROOM 2!!!

Now, let me give you a bit of detail about this encounter leading up to the expansion pac. First off, it’s your standard 5 man run. All of the standard group requirements are there. You’ve got your tank(the mother holding all aggro), your healer(doctor), your DPS class and support roles(nurses and me!). All in all pretty standard group makeup.

Now, something you need to know about HBR2(Heroic Birthing Room 2) is that it’s not a “normal” boss encounter. You see, at first the boss is this little gnome, all cute and cuddly. It’s not a normal fight either. Yes, the tank is keeping aggro, the healer keeps the tank(and group) from wiping, and the rest of us give our support, but there’s a new mechanic involved in this one too.  The fight is long and hard. When we ran the instance it took about 13 hours…Yes, hours. From what I have heard, 13 is nothing, some groups running it in as many as 36+ hours for a succesful run….ouch. During the encounter(the entire run involves a single boss(well, it could involve 2, 3, even 8(sorry octomom!)), ours was just he single boss mode…I guess that makes the others hard modes? Anyway…

This fight is done in ten stages, a diagram below illustrates this for you:

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Sorry this pic is on its side…. the chart wasn’t cooperating with me. If you’d take a look at the progression, it gets larger, and more difficult as the fight goes, building in intensity throughout.

Now, this fight comes with its rewards, in fact, one of the best pieces of loot I’ve ever seen dropped! First, lets show off the regular ol’ gear drops.

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Yes, two helms dropped! The little one is +20 frost protection, while the big one is +40. (This is the difference between the smallest and largest they give new born babies at birth!)

Now, the loot you’ve all been waiting to see….

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That’s the tank(my wife…wait, tank doesn’t sound flattering…meat shield?) holding the legendary drop! Little Lily!

The stats on this one are amazing, 8lbs, 14 oz. 20 1/2 inches long, born at 3:12 am. Totally way past my  bedtime, but totally worth it! Thanks Ladygil for giving me an awesome new daughter,you are the greatest gal an orc could ask for!

Oh, and I got a new title as well!
~Papa Sy

But why is the Pie Gone?

Posted in Leveling, Lore, Pie, PvP, RP with tags , , , on October 14, 2009 by forthepie
The Rum...why is it gone?

The Rum...why is it gone?

The Pie is not gone. The Pie has been incognito for a while. I am going to break a few of the Nim’s rule’s of blogging in this post.

First, how is everyone? Good…Good. Second, I’ve been good. Working on a few projects, some of you may enjoy said projects. I am currently reading through the WoW lore books. I am, at the time of this post, just finished The Last Guardian. I have finished the War of the Ancients Trilogy and The Rise of the Horde. In fact, if you would like a copy of The Rise of the Horde, I have an extra I don’t want to ship back to Amazon. My mistake is your lore gain. Enter by the comments of this post. This contest, as it were, is open to all residents of the US and possibly Canada (sorry, it’s just not worth 20 dollars shipping to ship a 8 dollar book) that can receive a book…oh and it’s written in English, so if you would rather read it in French…you are not able to enter this contest. /glances at Fikkle.

With my recent delve into the books, which, by the way, I am thoroughly enjoying, I have another RP centric post going up on For the Pie, since for the most part we keep our RP stuff on our own blogs, unless perhaps it includes all of us. My other post in the works is a list of the X number of things I would change if I were in charge of the World….of Warcraft. A sneak peek: Fixing AV so it isn’t a race to see who can get to the other keep as quick as possible and Dragon mounts.

Oh quick note here, Pie is actually no longer. Horde, girl, Belf. Still pally though. Piepal has become Makari, a Draenei male pally on Winterhoof.

Some of you may know that I’ve been leveling in the BG’s with Fik’s warrior Kor. I started with my rogue Tombreaver, and then decided while we were eating lots of alliance babies together, we might be stronger with a healer type. So, I switched to my druid. I could never find a comfort zone with the bear/owl/tree type, so I went to my priest. In the upper levels of a bracket, we were unstoppable. In fact, I helped Kor get his Ironman achievement by being awesome. Okay, so I left him to go kill a nelf hunter, but he was fine. After a while, I decided that I wanted to try Shadow. OMG! At the upper ends again, shadow is unbelievable. Heck at 65-66 against even 68’s I am a terror to deal with. One on one, I usually win. Against a mob of dirty Alliance scum…not so much. The problem with Shadow is, Hit. I have quite a bit, due to talents and the WG heirloom staff, but against the level 68-70 mobs in AV, I miss a lot. A. Lot. Bosses are even worse. Don’t tell Fik this, but after he logged for the night, I made 66 and then switched back to Disc. If he stays with his pocket healer, or actually drags me with him, he will again become unstoppable. Last night Grubs had her 60 holy pally on there doing some amazing healing. The three of us just roflstomped several attempts to take the mine from us. Protip to the alliance nubs: Kill the healers. That shadow priest you charged, then got charged by the nasty Arms warrior, will kill you if you don’t kill or interrupt their healer.

Halkale continues to do his job as Champion seal gatherer. Soon, I’ll have enough to get 2 of the melee DPS maces for my shaman. Dual wielding those will make my shaman quite nasty I think.

The only issue in my mind with leveling through the BGs is it’s a money sink. You don’t get a lot of gold coming in from quest rewards, so as you level you send your toon gold to buy spells and upgrades etc.

Don’t forget to put your name in the hat for the book in the comments, if interested.

My Orc Knuckles Bring All the Gnomes to the Yard

Posted in Leveling, PvP, Twink, Warrior on October 13, 2009 by Kor

Lok’tar friends! If you don’t read Armageddon’s Coming, start.  Since you won’t have a clue what I’m talking about if you don’t, go read this.  I’ll wait.  Seriously, I’m a lot funnier with context.  Done?  So ya, my Orc knuckles bring all the gnomes to the yard….

Orc Knuckles

Then I slice them in two with my Bloodied Arcanite Reaper!

Arcanite Reaper

Okay, a bit lame, I know, but I’m chuckling.  And this here is my blog (and a few others as well) so I’ll say what I want!

To get to a bit of a point, I’ve been doing a ton of pvp lately.  I’ve been transient twinking, to be specific.  Kor, my Orc warrior has almost exclusively levelled in the BGs since level 17.  This is him at level 68 (today):

Kor

There have been a few quests here and there and a couple instance runs to help him get to 65 before the end of brewfest (thanks guildies!), but mostly I’ve been pvp’ing to level, much like Gnomer has been doing with Squidly.  Unfortunately, Squidly and Kor are not likely to ever meet in the battlegrounds since we play on different battlegroups, but we’ve both been enjoying pvp a lot lately (at least I assume he has since he’s been posting about it constantly, and I’ve been reading his posts like crazy).

I have an ultimate goal for Kor.  I want to be able to legitimately call him Conqueror Kor.  Our guild technically has a Conqueror rank, but its no in-game title and doesn’t mean anything in comparison with that grind.  Since Kor was only started about a month or two ago, he never had the opportunity to get the title back when you could turn marks in for rep (weren’t those the days?), so he has a long slog ahead of him to get exalted with the three factions required.  Currently, he’s about half way through friendly with the Warsong Outriders, half way through Honored with the Defilers and he’s already exalted with the Frostwolf Clan as of a few days ago. 

Conqueror Title Progress

Right now, Kor is sitting at level 68 and he’s been a blast for me to play.  So much so, that I’m once again planning on switching my main. 

Anyways, for anyone interested in what my experiences (as opposed to xp) have been like in the BGs, I thought I would post a few screenshots to give you an idea of what its been like.  In general, this is some BG info:

BG General Info

For each of the individual BGs, here’s some win/loss rates for me:

WSG Info

AB Info

AV Info

In case those are hard to read, the battles played to wins for each are: WSG: 121 played / 89 wins.  AB :143 played / 100 wins.  AV: 68 played / 43 wins.

Since I’ve been in the BGs quite a bit, I’ve also racked up a few achievements over the levels.  Looking at the meta achievements, here’s my progress in those three battlegrounds:

Master of WSG Progress

Master of AB Progress

Master of AV Progress

As far as those three go, WSG has only three achievements outstanding for the Master of Warsong Gulch meta.  Save The Day, which I haven’t quite managed yet; 100 victories, which I’m getting closer to; and exalted with Warsong Outriders, which I’m still a long ways off from.  In AB, I’ve got four outstanding and in AV I’ve got five left.  I’m pretty proud that I’ve managed to get some of them, like Ironman, which took a while, but they’re kinda in the backseat.

In the meantime, I’m in the Alliance Base Eating Your Babies!!!1! /rawr

 

Hey, he kinda looks like a baby.  GET IN MY BELLY!

Alliance Baby

Stay Hordecore!

– Fikkle

Too Many Hunters!

Posted in Hunter, PvP with tags , , , on October 10, 2009 by sylus

Yes, I am addicted to hunters. How addicted am I you ask? Too Many Anna’s(with all her Anna’s)  got nothin on the amount of Hunters I have! Well, let me give you the run down on all of my hunters. My main lvl 80 toon, Gozz=hunter. I have a level 19 twink on earthenring and coilfang. I have a level 20 hunter I started and want to eventually level on coilfang, I have a 33ish BG dorf hunter I write about on the other blog(no link, you should know about it by now!)(Okay..one more link…), and two other lower dorf hunters I’ve played around with when servers are down…

Enter my newest hunter to grace the world…of warcraft. Rozjin!

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Now, Gozjin isn’t just any ol’ troll. He’s related to someone you all might  know…name sound at all familiar? Yes, Gozjin would be Rozjin‘s little ol’ cousin! Now, in honor of his cousin, he made the run from the Den to Razorhill to pick up his heirloom items, bags, gold, and fun stuff from the mailbox, NAKED! COMPLETELY NAKED!

Now, in my previous post I was walking through some pretty complicated math with the class, and I had some rough figures for how long I thought it would take me to get all of the heirloom items I would need to have everything. I like everything. Everything suits my  playstyle of “outgear-outlive-outlast.” I mean come on, if you can’t BE better then them, at least have better gear! Even out the playing field a little bit! Now, I’m no slouch at playing a hunter. I can say I have been around the block a bit with the hunters. My main Gozz alone has over 76 days logged play time… sad, I  know.

I wanted to go ahead and get my baby hunter Gozjin to level 10, so I could do his pet quest( I’ve fallen in love with the crab for PVP) and get him some purchased gear that I won’t have heirloom items for. Gozjin must have been confused a little in the begining, because he called up ol’ Kovari(bank alt) and had him send down ANY heirloom gear he could wear. Kovari shot him what he had…which was something, I mean heck, +10% lvling exp for chest and shoulders doesn’t come along all the time, am I right? So, for a few levels Gozjin thought he was a druid… He just couldn’t figure out how to turn into a bear…

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It was a confusing time for him. Then I hit a time warp. On Thursday I was able to play a good chunk of the day on my main hunter, Gozz. I did 8 heroics in one day…WOW. To be honest, my brain was fried, but hey, I got sooo many emblems. By the end of the day, after a weeks worth of wintergrasp( I got rid of the S for ya fikkle!) quests on three lvl 80 toons, I was able to get the hunter shoulders, the ancient bone bow, the hunter chest, a dagger(with +15 agi chant) the heirloom haste trinket, and his pvp trinket. WOW.  Now Gozjin is tricked out and ready to dominate.

But wait folks… He’s level ten going into WSG…he’s going to get eaten alive…and you would be right. So I went in, got my butt handed to me a few times, and got frustrated. So I left battlegrounds, went to Org, leveled my engineering up to 150, got my second rank of goggles, some explosives, a scope for the bow, and went out and leveled up my herbalism to 75(working towards 150+) and maxed out my first aid. I’m using heavy runecloth…COME ON 2000 over 8 seconds? TWO TICKS AND I’M FULL FROM ZERO! I logged over to my leatherworker, the Illustrious rogue, Sylus(my internet namesake) and crafted up the deviate and dark leather items I would be using towards the end of the teens bracket, and spent way to much on the auction house, looked up one of my favorite enchatners and added a ton of agility and stamina to my gear, and I had a good set of “Transient Twink” gear ready.

I’d love to take credit for that phrase(Transient Twink), in fact, I have a spot for it in The International Dictionary of Sylus, if Fikkle wants it in there!(pg 4356) Fikkle coined this term to describe having a battleground character that doesn’t stop at the normal twink levels, but rather uses his superiority via heirloom gear, and suplaments it with a few key purchased items and enchants as they level up into new brackets all the way through to end game PVP.

I went back into the battlegrounds at level 12. MAN O MAN, it made a HUGE difference. During one momentous WSG match, I had some serious hate coming my way from a lvl 10 paladin, a level 12 druid, and a 16 priest. they would charge in after me everytime, and I’d set them down one at a time. It wasn’t until they all three decided, “hey, lets work together, and we can take this troll chump down” that they actually did( it took one of them dying, and running ALL THE WAY BACK TO MY FLAGROOM)… lifebloom+bandages(Heavy Runeclothx2 on that fight(yes it was that long))+ healing pot= me stayin alive, ah, ah, ah, ah, STAYIN ALLLIIIIIIAAHHHHHIIIHIIIIIVEEEEEEE….

Sorry, back to Earth. I’m now level 13, destroying battlegrounds, a defensive MACHINE (returning flags already at 40, working on 100!) and I got the stuff to make you stop in yo tracks! PVP Crab PINFORTHEWIN, concusion shot+2 points in improved concussion shot, big bronze bombs to stop you in your tracks and take off 100+ health a shot. You aren’t going anywhere!!! WoWScrnShot_100909_145027

Now, I’ll be updating you all on Gozjins progress as he goes through the levels, but just know, one day soon(okay, not too soon) you’ll be seeing Ol’ Gozjin at level 60, rocking warlord gear, for real. I WILL OWN THAT BOW!

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Now, I hope Rozzy isn’t to upset with me, after all, I did totally bogart her name, and make this troll(bow bonuses or he’d be an orc) her cousin…I hope she’s okay with that, but eitehr way, Gozjin will make a name for himself, after all, Roz is all Alliance now…boo hoo. I’m still Hordecore baby!(accept for the worgen…and that dwarf hunter in the pvp…they’re cool) So keep an eye out, I’m comin for ya you dirty nelfs!

~Uncle Sylus

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