Another year, another Letters NaNo complete! (National Novel Writing Month) If you don't know what NaNo is, the basic concept is you write a novel - 50k words - in November. You're encouraged to just write, don't worry about proofreading or editing, just WRITE. So if you're wondering why I just abruptly spun off into fiction, that's why.
Once again, the criteria was simple - the Letters had to be Shattering/Cataclysm-specific. If I could have written them before Cataclysm came out, then it wasn't valid. There were some good suggestions by a few people for interesting characters, but unfortunately they were older characters, and thus not eligible.
This year, I tried really hard to be more faction-neutral, and I think I managed it pretty well! I sorted Letters into three categories - Horde, Alliance, or Neutral. In other words, would this letter make a lot more sense to players of a specific faction? Or are their stories equally understandable to both Horde and Alliance? For example, the letter about the orc flight master on the island above Vashj'ir is a neutral storyline. It's written by an orc, but it's not really about the Horde, nor does it involve info only Horde players would know.
Here was my breakdown:
Gamon, Masha, Calder Gray, Magatha, Wabang, Orgrimmar Thief
Elling Trias, Jorgensen, Edwin VanCleef, Foxy Topper, Tobias Mistmantle, Lurid (and the bonus letter, Grimclaw)
Mylune, Vashreen, Neptulon, Jadaar, Briglar, Neltharion, Thisalee Crow, Millhouse Manastorm, Shaina Fuller, Lynnia Abbendis
There were so many interesting characters I would have liked to feature, but either couldn't think of a story/angle to take for them, or ran out of time. (And these are quite exhausting, so I don't think I'll do more.) Some of the ideas that never made it to proverbial paper include:
The Gob Squad, Lilian Voss, High Warlord Cromush, Lakota Windsong, Orkus' frost wyrm mount, the Dragonmaw General in Twilight Highlands (who is the general from Netherwing Ledge!), Galen Trollbane, Heartrazor, Renee Lauer, the orcs at the Rocktusk Farm right outside Orgrimmar whose pigs get slaughtered for a cooking daily quest, Gretchen Dedmar
Humprey Digsong, Minx, "Cookie" McWeaksauce, Donnely Dunwald, Loremaster Dibbs, Horatio Laine, Jack Bauden, Gwen Armstead, Hogger, Salsbury
Ozruk, Initiate Goldmine, Brother Anton, Rhea, General Hawthorne, Leyara (or her daughter), Lunk, Pebble, everything related to the creepy crate, Chen Stormstout, the sparkle pony, Pandaren Monk, Zen'kiki or his druid trainer, Throngus, Coren Direbrew, Salhet, the Lashtail Hatchling, Forgemaster Finlay, Grent Direhammer,
Once again, I've gathered all the Letters and published them to a separate blog for convenience, which can be found at http://shatteredletters.blogspot.com.
And, here's a list of all the characters featured this year, in case you didn't realize a Letter was about or from them. :)
Gamon • Masha Cliffwalker • Neptulon • Elling Trias
Calder Gray • Jadaar • Jorgensen • Magatha Grimtotem
Briglar • Neltharion • Edwin VanCleef • Thisalee Crow
Former Auctioneer Wabang • Lieutenant Foxy Topper
Orgrimmar Thief • Millhouse Manastorm
Tobias Mistmantle • Lurid • Shaina Fuller, First Aid Trainer