Today, I want to talk about another specific pet: Prycobach. I could swear to you Pry's name means something, but I can't seem to find it anywhere. I remember it being Welsh, and I remember picking it out from the same website I always use, but it seems to have disappeared off the internet. Regardless, here's my Prycobach.
Pry is a shale spider of the purple variety, and I tamed him as soon as I was of level to. All I really knew about the species was that they glowed, they tanked, they came in my favourite colour, and they were adorable.
Pry changed that. I went from almost always using Gwyn to have Pry by my side every time I logged on. Gwyn doesn't mind; he's been with me pretty much since day one, and cemented my love for this game.
I can't really explain why I ended up using Pry all the time. It really only started as I was running daily heroics for the Raven Lord and the Swift White Hawkstrider with a friend. It didn't matter what pet I brought, as we were both ridiculously overleveled for each dungeon. She was capped at 85 since she didn't have MoP, and I was sitting at 86 out of laziness.
So I'd bring a crew of pets and just sort of randomly pick one each time.
Now, the way we did these heroics involved being on voice chat and just talking at each other a lot. She liked to play with her sound on; I had to play with it off so I could hear her.
The first time I brought Pry, she started laughing in the middle of a fight so hard I was worried she might fall out of her chair.
"What's wrong?" I asked. The fight was going the same as it always did.
"Do you hear that screeching?"
Upon further inspection, yes, I did.
"That's your pet."
I think we both downed that boss on auto attacks and Pry doing what he does best.
Ever since, we've been inseparable. I can't imagine not having him on call at all times. His animations are adorable, and every time he starts up his screeching I can't help but giggle. He seems strangely cuddly for a spider made of stone; in game, he tends to sit as close to my character as he can possibly get. His little waddling is cute, and I love how he dashes forward when I attack something. He was with me when Anzu finally dropped his shiny loot, when Kael'Thas finally loosened his grip on a hawkstrider (and, later, when Selin Fireheart gave me an Orb of the Sin'dorei). He did most of the grind to 90 with me.
I haven't done any MoP dungeons yet, and it makes me sad to think I probably won't take my lovely spider when I do. He's a strange little thing, but he's definitely part of Dona's stables. With 55 stable slots nowadays, I'm not sure I'll always have pets I connect to.
Prycobach will never, ever replace Gwyn as my top pet. But he makes a solid second, and I'm always glad to have him by my side.