About the site.
Radiant Dawn is a shrine and fanlisting dedicated to the character Yrel from the MMORPG World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor. This shrine was created as part of the Amassment Blast From The Past Challenge which ran from August 2014 to January 2015. The fanlisting was opened on December 17, 2014 while the shrine was opened on January 6, 2015. I like to call the latter the official opening date.
For some time now I'd been wanting to create a shrine to a character from World of Warcraft. It's a game I love dearly as I'm sure pretty much everyone knows by now. Unfortunately, it was impossible to choose who to shrine. There are so many amazing characters––Varian Wrynn, Jaina Proudmoore, Anduin Wrynn, and Thrall, just to name a few, and even Garrosh Hellscream whom I hate so much, but still thought would be fun to make some sort of shrine for. Unfortunately there were various factors that made me shy away from the idea of shrining any of them, such as story being found in novels I have no access to or in content no longer found in the game, so I just dropped the idea all together. Or so I thought...
I met Yrel while playing through the Warlords of Draenor beta and something about her grabbed onto me as soon as I met her––like something about her begged me to build a shrine for her. I tried to shake it off, because I didn't know anything about her at the time and thought making a site for her would be really difficult. No matter how much I tried though she just wouldn't let go. So when I met her on live servers when the expansion launched (or at least a little bit after because the servers got DDoS'd at the same time) I knew a shrine to Yrel was something I absolutely had to do. She was such an interesting and admirable character and I felt the need to talk about that in a shrine and dig into who she is.
I'll admit, coming up with a name for the site was extremely difficult. I had a couple ideas in mind but they didn't pass the sister test when I asked for her opinions so I dropped them. The name I settled upon, Radiant Dawn, was actually thought up by my sister and I absolutely adore it. Of course it is also the name of a Fire Emblem game, and might seem weird to use, but I don't care! I feel like it fits Yrel perfectly. My sister described dawn as "a new beginning" which I think really works as it describes the journey she goes through in Warlords of Draenor. The "radiant" part is just because Yrel is absolutely gorgeous, in both appearance and voice, and her all around character. I have no shame.
Currently we are on version 2 of the site which features Yrel during the Archimonde's Fall cinematic. Don't worry, I kept it spoiler free! The layout was made by me using Adobe Photoshop 7.0 and coded by hand using Notepad. The image used was screencapped by me from the game and patterns used were found at Subtle Patterns. Fonts used are called CF Jacques Parizeau. Shoutout to Aku, Cherri, Kibumie, and Mikari for their feedback on the layout. I had such a hard time with this layout and their feedback just made me like it all the better. It's a reminder to never be afraid to ask for help. Something I'd do good to remember every now and then. Thank you girls! Previous layouts used may be found at my layout archive.
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