This more than any other is likely the one Random render that needs its context elaborated on, especially since like most characters in Beyond the Tree, Areen Lightspark was based on a pre-existing character. And while I have an occasional tendency to go off on length about the situation of Nhani Moonfall and try to ensure that people know she and Hani Foonmall are not only separate but also very different characters.. I haven’t really spoken much about the in-game Areen Fuzzybang.
Areen is technically an old character; that doesn’t mean I’ve played her that much; she’s been very off and on, and I’ve misplaced the earlier character concepts I had for her since long. The important incarnation of her is the one pre-Wrath, where I was rather stuck as Blizzard were going to break roguetanking (for obvious reasons) and I wanted to play a tank, but wasn’t too sure of the warrior class at the time. I was pretty set on wanting to play a Death Knight at the time, but I couldn’t see Nhani Moonfall taking that route. End result being that I dug Areen up from somewhere, invented a new concept for her and had her run around as a Gnome Warrior awaiting a time to reroll her into a Death Knight. That’s essentially the reason why any of my old gnomish death knight renders look like Areen.
Of course, like characters have a tendency to, Areen Fuzzybang took an unexpected twist during a conversation with paladin Avari Lucien – Areen had been trying to understand the idea of the Holy Light and similars, thinking of it as a form of clean power source, and in one discussion that idea just entirely collapsed and she instead went on to try to follow the whole philosophy. As a result, the Death Knight reroll was pushed aside as she’d suddenly found a better path; unfortunately, that left her as a warrior, which part ended up contributing to the fact that I ended up playing most of Wrath up until recently as Nhani Moonfall in priest class form.
I still missed Areen to a point and wanted to do something with her, however, and a friend of mine adviced me to put her into the comic, and thus Areen Lightspark, gnomish paladin of the Holy Light was born.
I actually did pick up in-game warrior Areen Fuzzybang a time later for a short while, and ended up enjoying the class to the point where Nhani Moonfall now use that character, once more leaving Areen in limbo. I’ve been wanting to bring her back for some time, and I’ve spent some time considering whether I should turn my inevitable gnomish priestess come Cataclysm into Areen or the other character concept I had.
Once more, however, a friend ended up providing the solution by suggesting that I try a Death Knight due to the mechanics; I’ve tried a death knight before and it didn’t really work – they were fun to play, but the concept I had wasn’t, so it didn’t work. Ultimately.. since I’ve been wanting to bring Areen back in some form but wasn’t sure what exactly.. I ended up combining the two, and Areen Fuzzybang ended up as the Death Knight I had intended so much earlier.
I actually find it a rather interesting sort of alternate perspective because with this.. the difference between Areen Fuzzybang and Areen Lightspark is now on par with – if not greater than – that between Nhani Moonfall and Hani Foonmall, while at the same time still having rather similar pasts. It’s like an alternate reality version, and I actually found that somewhat interesting to play around with.
Thus this image, after much ado. Essentially, Fuzzybang on left, Lightspark on right – the contrast is.. significant.