What a long, strange trip it’s been. Last year at this time, I was happily riding through Rohan alongside my wife, discovering the joys of dispatching Bugud and the grind of Hytbolt. It’s strange to remember that my only real “outward” voice was my Twitter account. This blog did exist, but was used exclusively to showcase Braxwolf’s backstory to the six people who were interested in reading it. The “posts” page was only created recently. I was happy to use my precious free time playing the game, listening to podcasts on my drive to work, and goofing off with my kinmates and Twitter friends. A consumer, for all practical purposes.
For quite some time, I’ve associated my online presence with a specific picture that I found a while ago. Several things drew me to the picture. First of all, it was a ranger/archer of the race of man. Do you know how difficult it is to find a fantasy picture of an archer who’s not an elf? Secondly, the man actually could pass for my in-game character, physically. Although Braxwolf in LOTRO has a pony-tail (a choice I made originally thinking that a hunter who spends time outdoors would most likely have longer hair, but would need it out of his face to avoid distraction), the dark locks spilling over the avitar’s face could easily be explained by the rage of battle pulling Brax’s hair out of it’s usual place: