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Alex Ziebart

Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Alex Ziebart will be your host today.

Did you know a possible explanation for the origin of the "succubus" as a serious mythological creature is that men suffering from sleep paralysis turned to the supernatural to explain why they were locked in a semi-lucid dreamstate wherein they were wracked with visions of dark, unexplainable things whilst utterly unable to move, speak, or wake up? Did you know that sleep paralysis might also be the origin of alleged alien abductions that people in the modern era claim to experience?

Additionally, many children who are truly, legitimately terrified of going to sleep because of seeing ghosts, spirits, or men all in black (very specific!) may be afflicted with an adolescent form of sleep paralysis. They're not just lying so they can sleep in their parents' beds. Though they are children, so you may never know for sure.

We, as a race, may have been advancing both culturally and technologically for thousands of years, but many of the same psychological problems have remained throughout our entire history. The only difference between sleep paralysis now and sleep paralysis then is that the zeitgeist of humanity has turned from the fantasy of mythology to the fantasy of science fiction as their supernatural explanation for natural phenomenon they don't understand.

What does this have to do with WoW? Well, beyond the succubus part, not a whole lot. I'm also not a doctor or any sort of expert or specialist in the field, so please don't diagnose yourself with sleep paralysis because of my descriptions of it. You may, in fact, have been abducted by aliens last night.

Now let's pretend this conversation never happened and dig into the Q&A.

Aezir asked:

Dose time go by in dog years for Worgen or dose it go by normally?

I don't think we have a real answer to that question. If we wanted to speculate, it would depend on the mythology we want to use. In some settings, werewolves are short-lived due to the nature of the beast and the wasting effects of the curse. In some settings, werewolves have normal human lifespans because their natural form is human. In others, werewolves are immortal right alongside their undead rivals, the vampires.

Good luck unraveling thousands of years of werewolf mythology to figure out which one Chris Metzen and the dev team decided to go with. Until they tell us, we will probably never know.

Amanda asked:

Why are the skeletons in the Auchenai Crypts instance human instead of draenei?

The developers didn't have the time or inclination to make a draenei skeleton, so we get human/humanoid skeletons instead. Use your imagination!

Fataliaa asked:

why is the game no longer asking for my authenticator?

Blizzard has updated the authentication servers to be better at detecting you and where you log in from. If you're logging in from a computer that you've successfully logged in on with your authenticator previously, it may not need to ask for your authenticator. Your authenticator is still there as a layer of security, but if Blizzard's login servers are sure that you are you logging in from a place you usually log in from, it will just let you through without the extra step.

Darkfreak asked:

What is Alex ziebart's comment avatar a picture of?

That, my friend, is a screenshot of my first World of Warcraft love: my priest. Specifically, it is my priest using Dispersion in front of Oshu'gun in Nagrand. I thought it was the prettiest thing in the entire world and made it my avatar just about everywhere.

I don't play my priest much at all anymore. I fell out of love with her at the beginning of Wrath of the Lich King and took up my paladin instead, but I do still love the many screenshots I have of her. This next one is my priestess in Undercity, taken by my significant other early one morning. It's probably one of my favorite screenshots of all time. It's become rather worn and artifacted after how many times it's been cropped, resized, and reuploaded over the years here at WoW Insider, but it's still pretty awesome.

Have questions about the World of Warcraft? The WoW Insider crew is here with The Queue, our daily Q&A column. Leave your questions in the comments, and we'll do our best to answer 'em!

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