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This was a post I had held up in queue for a few weeks waiting for the right time to unleash it. I think today seems good. 🙂
Not too long ago I was approached by a fellow Twitter follower just trying to get to know me better. The contents on the conversation was minimal, but it’s something that’s always piqued my interest in the realm of social dynamics within MMO games.
In real life? My name is Alisha. I’m your standard, run-of-the-mill lady that works a pretty hectic job in the music industry in the concrete jungle that many know as New York City. In Eorzea though? I’m Alisha Rue; a revered Warrior of Light that has taken the calling to conjure and aid allies in battle. No… let me rephrase that — In all honesty I’m the WHM Square Enix wanted me to be with all the freakin’ CNJ / WHM drops that came down on me while leveling up ^_^.
Nevertheless I accepted the responsibilities poised upon me and am happy that in XIV, the healer life is my life. But… my in game alias is just as much a part of me as real life is. So I was asked, “Where did your name come from? What’s its significance?”
Well… I’ll be the first to tell you that I’m not always the wittiest with names, but this one that stuck with me back in my former days of World of Warcraft really. Around the time I had been invited to the XIV beta as press I was very heavily engrossed in anime series Sword Art Online. Around that time the Fairy Dance Arc had been my current read of the light novel series, and suggested by a friend/guildie they jokingly mentioned how I was being introduced in that arc of the anime in the form of the Cait Sith Leader, Alisha Lu:
Now let me tell you… the name translation is SOOOOO vague I’ve seen her name written in a myriad of ways. It wasn’t until the manga was introduced here in the states that I learned the proper naming is indeed “Alicia Rue”
I thought she was THE CUTEST. Even as a minor role, she had an air about her that I loved. I was so excited at the prospect I named my Pandaren hunter in game “Alisha Rue”. Last I checked she is probably my highest leveled toon in WoW. And then… I discovered Final Fantasy XIV, and discovered the Miqo’te race.
OH MY GOD. I COULD BE A CATGIRL IN EORZEA? Sold. Beyond sold. I level a Sun Seeker Archer during beta named Alisha Lu as it was available and fell in love with the game and the environment.
So fast forward past the dark ages when I was laptopless at initial launch, got my new laptop and was able to play again about 7 months after the game started and I was set. There’s no Beasttamer or Beastmaster class available in XIV (why Squeenix why?!) so to keep to lore I made an Arcanist with the intent of leveling her as a Summoner (I was too scared to be a healer at the time, but knew the opportunity was available to me. Summoner was even the first job stone she attained). Originally my arcanist was a Moon Keeper with pink and yellow hair and named Sailor Ali since I started out in Limsa Lominsa, but I quickly regretted it. I often considered re-rolling just to get the name I really wanted, but once it was announced that a name change service was available? I made a mad dash to change my name from Sailor Ali > Alisha Rue.
Me and Rue have gone through MANY fantasia potions and how many races she’s been throughout her existence (it’s embarrassing how many to be honest) but I always kept coming back to my Sun Seeker and just decided I couldn’t anymore. She looks exactly as I intended her to be, my little Cait Sith Leader.
So now I ask you… what’s the significance behind your name? I always love hearing stories and your sparks of inspiration!