An RP group on the Warcraft server where I have most of my characters, Wyrmrest Accord, roleplays being a group that runs a hospice in Silvermoon City. As with a lot of WoW roleplay groups these days, their roleplay carries over onto Tumblr.
Yesterday, they made one hell of a post. It was a fictional report of an autopsy carried out on a corpse, in great detail. I won't go into the gruesome details. Suffice it to say it was more or less completely burned, with most of the head missing.
At the end was a photo, which appeared to be a photo from life of a similarly burned corpse.
My feelings have progressed from simply mild shock to a certain measure of anger and a feeling that they crossed some sort of line. No, I haven't reported the post to Tumblr management or even checked if it does break the ToS or AUP; in the end, I just put the account on block, which is a kind of ignore function.
I'm not even sure if my anger is simply because I was shocked and very squicked, or if it's legitimate. I suppose the one really morally questionable thing about the post might be the photo. Someone died a terrible death and left a corpse that cannot possibly be shown to any loved ones he may have left behind, and will require a closed-casket burial. They didn't die so roleplayers on WoW could display that photo as part of their play.
I'm not sure if I should be angry and offended about that or not. Am I too sensitive? Am I being silly? Or do I have every reason to be morally outraged and I should have reported it? Or what? Right now, I'm confused as hell.
All this, and the kittens, too . . . my neighbor caught the remaining kittens, and took the one kitten off my hands last night. But with seemingly every shelter swamped with kittens, their long-term prospects are bleak.
For those of you who don't understand how MMO's or roleplaying on Tumblr works, this will seem convoluted.