[Story] Fairsong Academy – Vynlorin’s Journal

Tomorrow is the first day of the new term. I’m excited but I’m also dreading it a bit. Having a break was nice. I went down with Salastion and Keyalenn and we went swimming in the river down near the practice area, technically we aren’t supposed to but I know none of us is going to tell. Plus, the Magister is pretty busy right now. Everyone’s talking about this accident that supposedly happened, but no one knows very much about it. All I know is that he’s been in his room all the time, and his sister and father (who are healers) are coming here to see him. I hope it’s nothing too serious, but like I said, maybe I wouldn’t mind too much if we had another week of break. I’m going to have to do more casting this term, which makes me nervous, especially with fire. I did okay on my exams, not great but also not terrible.

Last night Xarola was in the dining room, reading like she usually does. She was reading a magic book, not one of the other books. I kind of wanted to talk to her about that, but I mean, what can you really say about them? I think my ears would be bright red. We talked about school though. She said she’s going to take the new enchanting elective and said that I should too. Maybe, I mean it seems really complicated and I’m worried that if I do poorly, it’ll mess up my overall grades. Xarola doesn’t think it counts, but I’m not sure. It would be nice to be able to study with her though. She seemed to like the idea of practicing together, especially since my practice room has a window in it and hers doesn’t. We’d have to keep the door open of course.

She also talked about her mother a bit, I feel kind of bad for her because Xarola’s father died and she doesn’t have any siblings. So it was just her and  her mother alone, but now it’s just her mother since Xarola came here to school. It sounds like she visits often, but I bet she still gets lonely. I suggested that she should come out here to visit, but Xarola said it would cost too much. As it turns out, she and her mother like to collect plants and herbs! So I bet she’s probably sold them to my family before. It’s kind of weird to think we actually knew each other in a way, but we didn’t. I told her about my family’s business and she seemed to think it was pretty interesting, I also said that I knew about what plants to get. So maybe we could go for a walk and look for some together, and then she could give them to her mother to sell. I think she liked that idea. I think it would be pretty fun.

I told her I wanted to try kissing just to see what it was like, it was kind of weird at first but then she said it was better. I think I should probably practice more though. There’s a mirror in my practice room. I just have to make sure the door is shut before I do that. If I practice enough I should be ready by the next time we have a dance here at the school!

[Story] Fairsong Academy – Terellion’s Notes

Notes (for Hethurin):

- I’m bored
– I like fish
– Northrend
– I hate cream
– It doesn’t hurt (as much)
– Thief
– Magic sword
– And a mage
– Aeramin is dumb
– Mae passed
– New student
– by Terellion

Because Hethurin’s arm is still in a cast, I helped him by writing his notes for him. Except he didn’t want me to look at them or something, which I wasn’t anyway. He said a lot of other things but he talked too much to write it all down, so I just wrote the important things. One thing he wants me to write is his idea for a book, it’s about a mage (that’s him) and a thief (that’s me) who go on adventures and kiss and stuff. Except I told him I’m not actually a thief, he said it’s only for the book, and I only steal from mean people anyway. So I guess kind of like a pirate, maybe that’s not so bad. I thought we were going to start writing that but he said I could look at his notes after all, but it just was all about how sad he felt.

I tried to explain that we can still do all those things now, but he’s really sad about not having a wedding. We can have one when I’m a little older! Tik said it’s because he just doesn’t like to wait, I guess maybe he’s right about that. Hethurin doesn’t like to do things he doesn’t want sometimes (like eating things besides cake). I told him it would give him lots of time to plan everything and make it good, but I think he was still upset. I really don’t know what to say to make it better. For a while I thought he’d teleported to go fishing, but Tik said he couldn’t fish with his arm in a cast. I don’t see why he couldn’t use his left arm to fish, or maybe he just wanted to sit by the water and not actually fish because it’s relaxing. He wasn’t fishing though, he was out on his balcony. We talked for a bit, I don’t know if it really helped but I hope it did. Hethurin suggested that we could put the table out there so he can get some fresh air, I guess he’s getting bored with staying in bed. Lani said he needs to in order to get better, but I think exercise would help him get stronger again.

Aeramin was asking him for a portal to go back to before he messed up, thankfully Hethurin didn’t do it. The last thing we need is more trouble with all of that again. Can you imagine if there were two Aeramins? I mean it’d be good for classes, he could teach more than one. Hethurin is worried because he doesn’t think he can teach class while he’s in a cast. I think it would probably be okay as long as he stays sitting down. I asked Tik if there was one of those wheeled chairs, but it’s pretty badly broken. Tik isn’t sure if he’d be able to fix it. I guess a regular chair would work just as well, as long as Hethurin doesn’t have to move around. The new student has already passed his exams but he wants to take classes anyway. He’s quite a bit older than the other students, so maybe he could end up teaching too? I’m not sure. Mae also passed, she wants to talk to Hethurin about being an assistant teacher or something. She could help Aeramin with the fire class. She also stayed out all night with Gael, at first she said she didn’t but I know she wasn’t there in the morning. I guess it’s okay since they’re getting married soon anyway, she wants to start figuring out wedding stuff but her parents aren’t paying for it still so it will probably be small. I mentioned she might not want to talk about that stuff in front of Hethurin right now.

 

[Story] The Ghostclaw – Linarelle’s Journal

The Captain and Nessna are gone on their trip, it’ll only be a few days. This time Sunashe is supposed to be in charge too, except he just had his surgery for his shoulder, so he’s not exactly able to do much. Ty went with him into the city, and went to help him back when he was finished. I thought he was supposed to pick up the new foot too, but he was too out of it. Maybe one of us could go, but I doubt they just give out fake feet to anyone who asks. He was out of it and sleeping for most of the day, but he woke up after dinnertime. He must have been having a nightmare or something, because he was convinced that the Scourge were moving and we had to go and fight them. That’s definitely not a nightmare that I’d like to have. Lani said he’s not supposed to get out of bed, but he was wandering around trying to find the map and I think he would have tried to go outside if Ty hadn’t stopped him. He kept saying we had to go help the Captain. Pretty quickly I realized that he wasn’t making any sense and we’d have to go along with his nightmare or whatever it was to get him to listen. So I told him the Captain was out in the woods with Nessna, and we’d take over their shift after he rested. I think maybe he believed it a little, but he tried to get up again a few other times. He said some other stuff too, but since he was all loopy from the medicine I didn’t pay it any mind. Who knows who he was talking about? I finally got him to at least sit on the couch, and he fell asleep there. It didn’t look like he was having the nightmare anymore, but I guess it’s hard to tell.

Orledin was in the kitchen making cookies. I talked to him a little, I suggested that he and Sunashe might want to talk to the Confessor if they’re having problems. He’s right in the town and the new office is really nice, there’s comfortable couches and stuff. I think he liked the idea, though he was worried about the innkeeper seeing him. I don’t see how he would if he was just going to Lani’s building, but he can wear a hat or a hood or something? I don’t know. Orledin has a kitten, it’s one from the school. Nessna told them she was getting it for everyone, but it’s actually Orledin’s, he feeds it and it sleeps with him. He calls it Pancat, which is a really odd name but I guess if he likes it, it’s his cat. Vellira said she came up with a ton of names and he picked that one. She’s flirting with Ty a lot, I don’t really mind I guess. I don’t think things ever would have worked with us, but it does get tiresome being the only one who doesn’t have anyone. Maybe it’s time I talked to the Confessor again too. Because sometimes I’m tempted but I don’t want to be with someone just because they’re the only option. We could get more rangers too, I suppose it’s not likely but it could happen.

The wedding got me thinking about it, I guess. It was small, but nice, the sort of wedding I would want if that ever was going to happen. And then I realized it would be a long way off — Im is closer than I am, and Aeramin just cheated on him! They’re back together again though, as far as I know. Im said that they’re looking for a place to fix up here, and he’s going to be with the Silvermoon blood knights again. Which is what I wanted him to do way back when and he refused, but now he wants to? Whatever. I’m sure the Captain and Nessna are having a nice time, wherever they went. It’s still nice here, but the weather will start to get grey and cold soon enough, and then I’ll be wishing for a trip too.

[Story] Andeline

Andeline’s morning prayers were interrupted, not by the usual buzzing of a bee or children playing outside the wall, but a visit from Master Sunfall.

“I thought I might find you here,” she said, letting her gaze wander around the small garden. Though not large, it was well-kept and neatly tended, a small fountain gurgled in the center, near a bench. Andeline found it a peaceful place to read — most mornings. “You aren’t in the practice yard,” Master Sunfall remarked.

“No,” Andeline said, closing her book carefully so as not to rumple any pages. “I was going to, though. Later.”

Master Sunfall’s expression was unreadable, as it always was. She was the oldest among their small group, but she was the toughest old person that Andeline had ever known. She could still beat all of the adepts, and most of the knights, at sparring. She always had a regal air, no matter what she was doing, and always gave the impression that you’d disappointed her somehow. Her blonde hair was tied back tightly, and there were streaks of silver in it. Andeline couldn’t begin to imagine how long Master Sunfall had lived, or all of the things she’d seen. She was inspiring and terrifying all at once, and to have her sharing the garden now was a bit unsettling.

The blood knight master inclined her head slightly. “Actually,” she said, “I’ve something to ask of you. A special assignment, of sorts.”

Andeline’s ears perked up slightly. “F-for me?” She wanted to wait and hear what sort of assignment it was before she agreed to it, but even to be chosen was exciting. Andeline had passed her trials a year before, but hadn’t gone to Kalimdor with the others. She’d always felt it was because she wasn’t quite good enough, though no one had ever actually said it. It was just a feeling she got, the way they talked about her sometimes.

Master Sunfall drew a small folded paper out from her pocket, and put it into Andeline’s hands. “There are rumors of summoner activity at the ziggurats,” she explained. “Likely nothing more than that, rumor, but it must be investigated.” Andeline blinked, and looked at the paper. There was a person’s name written on it. “That is the ranger captain in the area,” Master Sunfall continued. “He no doubt has some more information.”

Investigate summoners? By herself? Master Sunfall must have seen the doubt in her expression. “If you have need of help, the rangers will be close by. Your attention to detail is impeccable. I’ve no doubt you won’t miss anything — if there is anything to be found.” It was a compliment, of sorts, but Andeline thought the real reason she was chosen was because she was fairly worthless with a weapon. If there were summoners still in the Ghostlands, what was she supposed to do about it? What if the rangers were too busy, or worse, wanted nothing to do with any blood knights?

“There’s a horse in the stable for you,” Master Sunfall said, and Andeline realized the decision had already been made for her. Hopefully the whole matter would be over soon.

 

[Screenshots/OOC] The Walking Dead Season Two: A Cold, Hard World

This is not a review, just my thoughts about the season now that I’ve finished playing it. If you haven’t, it’s currently on sale at Steam. Here’s Season Two and here’s Season One (only $6.24!).

Contains spoilers, so it’s behind a cut.

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[Art] Leaping Hare

Working on some rabbit images for my shop, here’s one!

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[Story] The Ghostclaw – Vellira’s Thoughts

I’ve never been to a real wedding before, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Ty said it wasn’t really like a city wedding though, the ceremony wasn’t very long and it was a lot less fancy. That’s not to say it wasn’t nice, because it was. They said a lot of mushy stuff and the ranger building was all decorated with fancy ribbons and flowers everywhere. There was tons of food and it was all really good, and the captain had bought some nice wine too. I think I’d probably like this kind of wedding better than a fancy city one anyway. There were a lot of people there too — besides all of us, of course. The Captain’s sisters were there with their husbands, and one of them had a little baby too. His parents were there, along with Nessna’s father. I think her brother was supposed to come, but there was some kind of accident and he couldn’t make it. I hope he’s all right. Lin said that Grumpyfoot believes he actually died and they’re trying to cover it up. That would be sad. And weird.

Since Nessna is away, someone had to take her patrol. I guess the Captain left both her and Grumpyfoot in charge (why!!) so he said that Perothis and I needed to learn the route. Which was okay, because we got to go with Lin and we talked about everything that happened at the wedding. Or didn’t happen! Ty is so funny, I don’t know how much more obvious I need to be. I honestly think he hasn’t had many chances to be around girls before, he sort of froze up and panicked. Or it could have been because of all the people around, but it’s not like they were paying attention to us anyway. Gael was “dancing” with his mage and by dancing I mean practically making out over in the corner. The Captain and Nessna took off as soon as they could — they said they had a boat to catch but I think everyone knows what they were actually going to do. Everyone else was either eating or playing with the babies. Ty made some suggestion about going for a walk in the woods, which I guess would work, but there are plenty of good places here in the building. You just have to get a little creative. Guys aren’t allowed into the womens’ quarters, but there are plenty of other places they are allowed, such as the storage room, the kitchen, the pantry, under the deck… you know. But I guess the woods might be okay too, so long as there’s not a lot of mud or pine needles or anything.

I felt bad for Lin though, she got to dance a little bit with Grumpyfoot but he can’t for very long. He’s supposed to get his new foot later this week, maybe that will improve his mood? But I doubt it. I told Lin what else would help his mood, but I don’t think she liked the idea much. Most of the time they just sat there awkwardly. We talked about him and Ty while we were on patrol, another thing Grumpyfoot doesn’t approve of, but he wasn’t there so whatever. Perothis stayed up ahead to “scout” but actually I just think he didn’t want to listen to us talking about guys. Des came to the wedding for just a little while, but then she had to go back to help take care of Hethurin at the school. Anyway, Lin said Grumpyfoot wanted her to go look at animals at the faire, which I agreed sounded pretty weird. But she said she would go because it’s not as if there’s a line of guys waiting to ask her out. (I didn’t point out that there was also Keyalenn.) And the food is supposed to be good, but I’m not sure if any food is worth going on a date with him! He also hates it when people drink, except she said he had two glasses himself, so he’s also a hypocrite, but who didn’t see that one coming? Personally I think she ought to keep looking. Ty is cute, even if he’s a little innocent. He says my ears are delicate, which makes me laugh. I didn’t think anything of mine was delicate. He said he’d like to find out, so maybe he is getting the hint after all.

 

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