The last twenty four hours has been interesting for a few reasons… most of them not terribly good. A few days back I introduced you to Luna, and to say her integration into our family has not been going swimmingly is an understatement. She is quite possibly one of the sweetest cats we have encountered… when it is human to cat interactions. However as she has gotten more comfortable in the house, she has also become less tolerate and more willing to straight up fight our other two cats. We are trying to work through this, but occasionally one of us has to try and break up a fight. Yesterday my wife attempted to break up one of those fights by trying to remove our youngest from the situation. In a highly stressed and freaked out state Kenzie bit the shit out of her hand. Now this same sequence of events had happened a few weeks earlier to me… but this time Luna bit me. For me everything seemed to be fine once I stopped the bleeding because four puncture wounds can really produce a lot of blood. For my wife however she is having some adverse effects… namely that her hand is swollen, red and fevered. Yesterday after work she went to an urgent care place here in town, and they too were concerned giving her a shot of antibiotics, and a ten day course. They also drew a boundary around the effected area saying, if the redness breaks this line… to get to the emergency room because my wife will need a course of IV antibiotics.
Needless to say I am now doing a lot of things for her, given that it is painful to grip anything in her primary hand. I’ve latched a couple of bras and opened a lot of pill bottles and pretty much anything else that requires grip strength. I would post a picture of her poor battered “paw” but honestly I am not sure the comfort level folks have with seeing injuries. When I posted my knee, it looked questionable but there were no open wounds. This on the other hand feels like it would cross some invisible internet line. Needless to say it looks bad, and thanks to the irregular line around it… and the swollen nature of the area… it kinda reminds me of a jellyfish. On the Luna front, what is ultimately happening is that we have built her a little suite of sorts in my wife’s office with litter, food and water and some comfy places to chill. She is ultimately staying there when we go to bed around midnight, and then getting back out when we are physically home and able to intervene if needed. The problem with this is that when I let her out each night she is starved for attention, and it just makes me feel horrible for doing it. That said I don’t want either side of this squabble to injure themselves further. Both Luna and Kenzie/Allie have several battle scars already from the past scuffles. Nothing yet that needs a trip to the vet thankfully, but still I don’t want to encourage more unsupervised “encounters”. Additionally when we are at home we try and make sure there is one of us on each floor of the house… so that there are clear safe zones that they can stay away from each other. I just am not sure how we get past this current situation and get to one where they at least tolerate being in the same room… if not hopefully someday are friends.
As far as the game goes, last night was a night of doing so many World Quests. Early in the evening I unlocked a set of quests… the first was to do 30 World Quests, and the second was to collect 30 Demonic Runes. Somehow I managed to actually complete both of these last night during my extended play session. With my wife in her current injured state I purposefully tried not to get into anything that I could not also get out of rapidly. There are so many little things that she just needs help with at the moment, and I didn’t want to inconvenience her or my party by getting into group content. So I spent the majority of the night running around doing these little vignettes of action, and I guess I caught it at exactly the right time… because when I finished the first round there were a handful of new ones up popping which allowed me to complete the 30 in total. This is not the sort of thing I will do often, as in try and do “all the quests” but it was fun to do it at least once. One of the things that I like the most about World Quests is that I don’t have to worry about collecting a quest… and if I get interrupted having it stranded in my quest log that I will then have to abandon to pick up something else of importance. I get to enjoy the action while it is happening and then forget about it if I need to get pulled away. The real shocker of the night however was that I did one of the PVP quests… admittedly without really intending to. I was bouncing around the map and noticed that there was a nearby quest with good rewards…. and it was only after I had killed a few mobs did I realize that I was now apparently flagged. It took a lot of deaths… not to PVP but just to the density of the mobs, but I managed to complete it and get my shiny bauble. All in all it seems like these are a way more reasonable and enjoyable form of potential PVP for me… it is doing an objective that has a clear reward at the end… rather than just killing players for the sake of killing players.