[Story] The Ghostclaw – Winterspring

I was so worried about getting everything just right. It sure didn’t help that Gael decided to go missing the day before. He’d spoken to Ty and asked him to take over his patrol that day, but he didn’t say why or where he had to go. Ty was nice enough to take it, of course, but he couldn’t tell me much more than that. The new kid came from the city yesterday, too. He’s really young, but he’s already had some training with the city guard, so he’s actually a pretty good shot. I figure he’ll be able to go on patrols once Lin or Nessna have had some time to see how he is. I just don’t want to be putting anyone in danger, though I know he’s eager to get started. I showed him the sleeping area, and the kitchen and the storage room — though he really doesn’t have much stuff. I thought he’d have brought more. I told him we could get a trunk for under his bed if he wants. Des came with him, I guess she probably made a portal so he wouldn’t have to walk as far. I left them alone to settle in and talk, I don’t think she’ll try to stay over here or anything though. I hope it works out for them, it would be pretty awful to move and start a new job only to split up later on. I think he’s a little nervous about meeting the other rangers, but he shouldn’t be. They are good guys and they’ll make sure he feels comfortable here. I think Orledin is proof of that.

Gael got home late and when I asked where he’d been he said he had gone to town to buy a ring. I definitely hadn’t expected that. I hope he knows what he’s doing too. I tried to warn him about mage girls with snobby parents but I guess he didn’t want to listen. Hopefully it all works out better for him than it did for me. I can’t be mad about it now though, not really. As painful as it all was, in a strange way it led to me coming here and meeting Nessna. We dropped Rylad off at the school with Hethurin. It’s only for a few days but I can’t help but worry that he’ll be upset and think we aren’t coming back. He’s just a baby, he doesn’t really understand. At least he’ll get lots of attention from the girls there though. I rented the same little cabin in Winterspring that I got last time I was there; it’s a little kaldorei-styled one near the lodge. They also rent rooms at the lodge, but I figured this would be more romantic — and private. I had to keep checking to make sure I still had the cloak in my bag. Nessna wanted to go and see the cats, so we went north up into the hills. There are several different colorations which I pointed out, and I showed her the cubs that are just starting to come out of the dens now because it’s the warmer part of the year. I don’t know if she’ll be able to befriend one in such a short time, but it’s definitely possible. They all have different personalities, just as people do, and it’s possible for them to just know it’s right from the start.

We talked about some other stuff, I’m glad it was cold because then she couldn’t see how nervous I was. I asked if she was cold and got the cloak out and put it on her. She was surprised when I told her it was yeti fur. People don’t use it too often because it’s difficult to cure properly; if you don’t do it right it keeps a rather unpleasant smell. I told her a little bit about the shop and she said she’d like to see it sometime. I know my parents would like that, they definitely want to meet her and Rylad. I waited for a while but she didn’t seem to find the box so I had to just ask. That was kind of awkward. It went a lot better than I expected! She said yes right away. I thought she’d want to wait for a while and I was okay with that, but she didn’t hesitate at all. I wish I could remember all the things I’d thought of to say, but I’m not good at that kind of thing. I wanted to tell her how wonderful and talented and beautiful she is and how much I want to be a family with her and Rylad. I think I said some of it but I don’t remember. I was just trying to believe she actually agreed to it. I’m still worried that something is going to happen and it’ll go wrong. When Kes and I split up I thought I’d die from the pain, but if Nessna left I know I would. I know it’s right this time and I am so afraid of doing something to ruin it. Well I did tell her about going through her drawer, but she wasn’t angry. She said it was sneaky, but the good kind of sneaky. I didn’t want to but I had to find out her size!

There’s a lot we haven’t talked about yet, but I know we’ll be able to figure it out. She did say she wants Rylad to have a sibling someday. I was really happy to hear that. I mean, I love him and I think of him as my son already — he is, isn’t he? But I’d like to be there through all of it and see it when it’s just born. I think that would be really amazing. I have to write and tell Isandri, if my parents haven’t already told her. She’ll definitely want to meet Nessna — I think she has briefly, when she was working at Isturon’s office, but I don’t know if she really remembers her. And she’ll definitely want to meet Rylad.

[Art] Flight Rising Cuties

I just felt like drawing some of my dragons from Flight Rising! All dragon designs belong to FlightRising.com.

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[Story] Fairsong Academy – Maerista’s Journal

I’m awake writing in my journal even though it’s way past lights out. I closed the curtains and hung a blanket over them so hopefully no one will see the light. I’m just too excited to sleep at all! While we were in Shattrath, the Magister made Key and I go to see the healers. He said he was worried but I have a feeling it was just to scare us. The healer that I went to was a draenei. I almost forgot to answer her questions because I was staring at her weird face things so much. I’m glad elves don’t have those weird things on their face. Anyway, she said I wasn’t sick at all (which I knew) but she asked if I wanted to talk about anything. I told her about what was going on, even though she was a total stranger and she couldn’t really do anything. But it felt better to tell someone and she said that I shouldn’t let my parents decide my life for me. That’s what the Magister said too. It’s easy to say that, but a lot harder to do something you know will make them angry with you. But the Magister said it’s better to have them angry with you than be miserable for your whole life, and he’s right about that.

Des and Xarola said that we should elope, like in the books. I admit I’d thought about that myself, but we hardly know each other and I don’t have the first idea what I’d do out in the Ghostlands. I thought it was a silly idea and Gael would have a better one. But that’s what he suggested! Well, he said that I couldn’t marry someone my parents picked if I was already engaged. I didn’t think he was serious but he was, he got down on his knee and everything. I wanted to say it’s too soon but he said it wouldn’t be until after my exams anyway so I think that’s plenty of time to get to know him. And we’re going to go buy a ring tomorrow. I can’t really believe it. He’s built lots of houses so he’s going to build one out here that we can live in, which is good because I don’t really want to live with a bunch of rangers. Nothing against them or anything, it’s just not very private. After I pass my exams, he said I could tutor students or maybe even teach at the school. That might work but I don’t know if the Magister is hiring anyone, plus a lot of people there don’t like me. And teaching is really difficult! I felt like I was doing it wrong the whole time before, maybe it gets easier with practice though. If I learn how to teleport, I could also do research in the Silvermoon libraries and then just come home that way. Talking to Gael about it made it seem like everything will be okay.

I’m definitely going to tell them in a letter though, the Magister’s story about his mother scared me. I don’t really think they’d silence me or anything like that, but I bet he didn’t expect it either! I’d rather stay here where I know nothing will happen. I was surprised at how much the Magister was willing to help me. I guess he’s really opposed to arranged marriages because they tried to make him have one. Gael said that he’d help pay for my school to — I hope he doesn’t have to do that. I don’t want to feel like I’m making him spend all his money. He told me that he has some more, but it’s tied up in the courts because they can’t decide who to give it to. His family were supporters of the Prince and were killed in Outland. I guess that’s why he’s never been. I felt pretty embarrassed after I found that out! I know that’s something else my parents won’t like, even if I’m able to convince them he’s actually an architect. I don’t think there’s anything shameful about being a ranger, but I know they’ll feel differently. I’m proud of him and I’d rather just tell them the truth — they’re going to be angry either way so I might as well. I don’t know if they’ll be able to look past his family though, that’s something they care a lot about and people will associate his name with that. I guess that really doesn’t matter in the Ghostlands much, though.

I almost touched his ears. I really wanted to, if we’re really engaged it should be allowed. I wanted to touch his hair too, it’s so soft and shiny. I guess I will be able to soon. It’s definitely incentive to study more, I might have to ask Key for help with frost after all. Just so I can pass quickly.

[Screenshots] Brawler

One goal down! Sath was able to kill the rank 7 bosses and is now a Brawler. I’d kind of like to try for the mount, but I’m totally scared of Hexos, the first rank 8 boss!

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[Art] Cuties – Draenei

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[OOC] New Kitty!

Since moving to our bigger place we’d been thinking about adding a new critter. It was actually really hard to narrow it down to just one, there were about four that we wanted to bring home! This is Rorschach, we’re leaning toward keeping that name but we have a couple days to decide yet. (I like it, but it’s super hard to spell!) Sorry my leg is in these, he wouldn’t stop rubbing on me long enough to get a good picture.

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[Screenshots] Brawler’s Guild

As I mentioned, one of the things I wanted to work on was Brawler’s Guild. Well, today I gave it a shot – and Sath is now a Rank 4 Brawler! None of the bosses I’ve faced have been difficult so far, but I’ve been able to watch others and some of them definitely look scary (Hexos!) I was able to get the pet today at Rank 4, and the title is at 8 — which hopefully can I do. Not sure about the mount, those bosses are crazy!

Still I have to admit it’s pretty fun and there is a feeling of camaraderie with the other brawlers.

Just came out of LFR!

Just came out of LFR!

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