This post is going to be very personal and include some spoilers on an MoP quest. If you don’t want to read that kind of thing, I’m finishing up a post talking about my experience with the raids on Beta so far that I will probably put up on Saturday.
I want to start by saying that the past week has been stressful in a few ways for me. I recently found out that my grandmother is very sick and may be passing away soon. I also found out that a friend of mine has been told his cancer has gotten out of hand. Needless to say, death has been on my mind.
When it really got me down to think about both of these people in my life too much, I took to the Beta to do a few quests and try to distract myself. Most of the quests seemed like the same old gather this or kill this. I didn’t think much of a set of quests that had me getting some revenge for a village that had been destroyed. It’s normal for the game to include a lot of death and destruction, after all it is World of Warcraft. When I finished the set I found a very surprising quest called “A Funeral.”
The Pandaren quest giver wanted to hold a funeral for all those in the village that had passed away. Instead of brushing their deaths under the carpet and making it seem like your murder of their murderers made everything perfect, he made it clear that those who had died should be honored. This in itself was odd, but the quest giver then gave a speech at the graveyard that completely hit me off guard.
You see, what you have done is a tribute to the truthe we Pandaren hold most dear. None of us approaches our death with joy – but neither should we feel feer, nor anger, nor doubt. Though we may die, from our passing blossoms new life. This is the truth that we live, work, and die for. Do you see? From their graves, trees grow. May these trees always stand for the sacrifice they made, and the honor you have done them.
I can’t believe that a game gave me advice on how to deal with death, but it told me what I needed to hear. At a time when I was too upset about the thought of death to really think about anything else, this game told me to cheer up. It may just be a fictional character, but he was able to make me feel better nonetheless.
I think that sometimes I forget that this game is creating its own world. As cartoony or silly as it may seem at times, the game has some very serious moments. The game does come full circle to touch on the serious aspects of life that it includes. While I think that many people may just take those as another quest, for me they are very powerful moments that make the game seem alive.
If anyone would like to share, I’d love to hear about serious moments or life lessons in the game that others have found.