Saturday, January 26, 2008

Everybody say "Grats!"

So it's a little hard to see, but...

That would be my Tux, dinging 70.

Lemme tell you a little bit about Tux.

He was the very first pet I ever tamed (aside from the "taming quest pets") on the very first hunter I ever rolled-- heck, the very first character I ever rolled period.

For some strange reason, he stuck by me even though he was starving and unhappy and rebellious for a little while because I had no food with which to feed him.

He stuck by me even though he couldn't hold aggro worth a darn because I didn't know I was supposed to teach him Growl.

He stuck by me when my strategy was "Hey Tux, let's run around and melee things together!"

He was the pet that I put on aggressive in Deadmines, zipping around attacking everything and pulling everything because the two of us didn't know any better. Or perhaps he did and was just too polite to tell me.

He followed me everywhere. In Westfall. In Redridge. In Darkshore. In Wetlands. Actually in Wetlands I tamed a raptor and Tux spent a good few levels in the stable, but for some reason he still liked me when I eventually pulled him back out.

Desolace. Stranglethorn Vale. Arathi Highlands. Swamp of Sorrows. Tanaris. Hinterlands. Felwood. Un'goro Crater. Winterspring. I went all over Azeroth and back again and the whole time there was a little owl following me.

It was around this time that I realized I had a little problem; namely, Tux's birdlike nature and his big wings were annoying people that I grouped with. So out of courtesy I tamed my teal kitty, Locke. Now, I love Locke to death. And Locke was my first pet to hit 70 because he gets to go to all the instances.

But Locke is no Tux.

Tux is just a normal ol' gray owl, a Strigid Hunter to be precise. He's not one of those fancy white owls or black owls or super-shiny red-and-purple owls. Nope, he is just a plain gray bird from the night elf starting zone.

...and that is why I wouldn't trade him for anything. We've experienced the entire game together, he and I. We've grown together and learned together and made mistakes together and never once has he complained.

We've come a long way, you and I...

So I guess what I'm trying to say is...



Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Tux! Good job!

Viktel said...

Grats Tux!

Way to stick by your pet Hunter's side through it all!

I know it can be hard to keep track of those hunters, they tend to wander off when you aren't looking.

Nice work.

Dammerung said...

Very very very Grats! Glad to see Tux finally make it.

Jayhawk said...

Well done, Tux!
Congratz to the both of you.

Tazbutane said...

congrats to Tux, and Tawyn for being able to keep her first pet with her the whole time.

Gebeorgan said...

Congratulations to you both! :D

Boozsha said...

Congo Rats to Tux! I think it is really neat how he is your very first pet. I wish I would have kept my grey molted boar from Durator.

Xial said...

Grats Tux! An Owl was my first pet with my hunter, I have been through a couple pets never really getting attached, but I think I am getting attached to my boar, still havnt named him.

Anonymous said...

WTG Tux! :) And well done, Pike...great story :)

Euripedes said...

Grats Tux!
Just a thought, though, maybe you should -

Tux casts Dive.

Augh! Why?! Oh, gawd, get it away from -

Tux casts Claw.


Anonymous said...

Dear Tux,

Congrats on the level and saving the blue hunter's behind every so often. I know you didn't use to growl...very feminine of you. You didn't want your beak to get dirty. We've all been there. I'm glad to see you are keeping tabs on your pet hunter. I still watch over mine - even if she is far...far...away.


sonvar said...

Gratz Tux on getting to 70. Its definitely a hard road for some pets.

In fact my kitty Ravnos has some words of encouragement.

Meow, meooooow, meow, meeeeeeeeeeow, meeeeee, oowwww, RROOOAARRRRR!


Faeldray said...

Congratulations Tux! I know that it can be hard to stick with the same hunter for so long (especially when they don't know what they're doing at first :) but you were patient with Tawyn and taught her all she needed to know and just look how she turned out! Good job!

Anonymous said...

Grats! Just had my first pet ding 70 (finally) last weekend in AV. Feels so good to have your friend catch up to you.

Nightravyn said...

Congrats! Well, congrats a few days late. :)

Anonymous said...

Grats Tux!

wowup said...

good partner.Tux ^_^

pelides said...

Pike, your stories are always nicely crafted and touching. I don't have the same level of personal attachment to my pet that a lot of hunters do, but I do love reading the stories of hunters and their pets!