A beautiful thing

I’ve been questing in Outland on my Orc Shaman recently, and I just did the quest in Shattrath where you choose an allegiance. I decided to choose Aldor as I had chosen Scryer with my other characters. I was wandering around Aldor Rise when I saw this Night Elf Hunter NPC, completely different from the Draeni that were typical up here.

Caylee Dak

I thought that there must be something special about this NPC, so I got the name, Caylee Dak, and typed it into Wowhead. I found out then that she ended a quest that a child in Stormwind gives you, to give her a poem.

This is the poem.

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.

I am in a thousand winds that blow,
across Northrend’s bright and shining snow.

I am the gentle showers of rain,
on Westfall’s fields of golden grain.

I am in the morning hush,
of Stranglethorn’s jungle, green and lush.

I am in the drums loud and grand,
the thunderous hooves across Nagrand.

I am the stars warmly gleaming,
over Darnassus softly dreaming.

I am in the birds that sing,
I am in each lovely thing.

Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there. I do not die.

I wondered about this, as it seemed strange to have a quest out of nowhere to deliver a nice poem. I then found this comment on the NPC’s page which told me the story behind it.

She was put in by blizz after a player named Alicia who wrote a poem for Dak Krause, a player in her guild who died of leukemia last August. His character was a hunter named Caylee with a pet cat called Dusky. Dusky, appears with his character (a female NE). His character is also still wearing the same armour as he had last equipped it. Alicia then went on to petition Blizzard for the memorial and succeeded in gettting herself and her poem into the game as well as Caylee.

This saddened me, but I think it was a touching thing for Blizzard to put this into the game. Sometimes, you find beautiful things in places you didn’t expect.

And this may be very late, but RIP Dak Krause.

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