[Story] Fairsong Academy – Sorelle’s Diary

I have started teaching my plant class. It’s not too big, but I think it’s just the right size for the greenhouse. Every student has their own little area of the table to work and eventually grow things. I can’t tell if they are looking at me because they are listening or because they’re staring at me, that’s a little unsettling. No one’s said anything mean though so hopefully they really do just want to learn about plants. For beginning stuff, they have been learning about the various soil types, as well as the required nutrients for plants. Of course, all plants are different and have their own preferences, but that will come a bit later. And sometimes you can do everything right and the plant still won’t thrive, because sometimes it seems as if they have a mind of their own. They don’t have minds, at least I don’t think, but they certainly are alive.

Salenicus enrolled in the class, he got permission from the Headmaster and probably the ranger captain too. I thought it was a little strange that he was so interested in plants, but he said it was just because he wanted to spend more time with me. I guess that’s okay, I just hope he’s actually interested in learning too, otherwise he’s just taking a spot away from someone else who might have wanted it. I have been helping him go over his notes at night during his patrol break. His notes aren’t very good, which either means he’s not listening during class, or he’s just not good at taking notes. It could be that, because I don’t think he went to school a lot when he was alive, and of course they don’t now. But he asks good questions, and I think he understands the answers. Like he was asking me about why we start seeds indoors in little pots instead of where they’ll eventually be planted. I explained that sometimes outdoor conditions are too harsh, especially for plants with very delicate seedlings. They need a cozy, warm safe environment to get established, and then they can move out into the big world. Also, birds can eat seeds, or rain could wash them away before they get the chance to make roots. So this ensures that more of the seeds will sprout.

It got me thinking about whether there are any undead plants. I mean, they are alive, so it’s possible they could be undead too, right? Salenicus said there were some plants in Northrend that had been exposed to the blight. He said something about them biting people’s heads off too? Wow, I don’t want that to happen. But I think if the plant was small enough, it would be safe. I have never read any books about blighted plants, so I think it would be really interesting to study them. Maybe I could even write a book about them! I would probably understand them better than an alive person.

Salenicus said that too, he said I understand him better than an alive person, I guess that is true but he’s still quite different from me because he’s an elf and a ranger. He says people don’t need to be totally the same, which is true, but I don’t know. I think people should have some things in common, which I guess is being dead. But I wish there was something else, because I really don’t like that part of myself. He’s going to come to the party, I heard from Tik that it’s going to be a mystery, someone will pretend to get murdered and everyone has to figure out who it was. See, if he was undead you could just ask him, unless he didn’t remember of course.

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[Story] Fairsong Academy – Braedra’s Journal

The trip to Booty Bay was wonderful. I would have thought he’d planned it all himself, but they have a whole variety of pirate-themed things planned there. Evidently I’m not the only one who wanted to be a pirate when I was little. I can’t believe he remembered that either, he was sick and half-asleep when I told him, but he does have a good memory for things. Then again, we also saw the play about pirates so I could have mentioned it then. Either way, it was so much fun, I kept talking about how we’d have to come back again. Though I don’t know how expensive it was, he isn’t getting his payments from Verisna now so he has to be more careful with money. I hope they can get that figured out, not because I want him to spend money on me, but so he can get things for the grandchildren. Hopefully Hethurin is able to give him enough for now, but he shouldn’t have to work at his age. I also think Hethurin and Terellion would enjoy this trip a lot, I’ll have to suggest it to them when Ter’s in a better mood.

There are a few different restaurants all with pirate themes, one is just fish but the one we went to had other things too. The next morning we did a treasure hunt, they gave us the map and we had to go around and find different clues until we got the treasure. There were even some humans in costumes pretending to be other pirates to try and scare us off! We got some chocolate coins, candy gems, and a little fake parrot in our treasure chest. Along the dock they had a carnival, mostly just some games you could play, but also some little paddle boats you could take out onto the water. Isturon wanted to swim, but I was worried it might be a little too cold — and he also said he saw a shark. I’m not sure I want to swim anywhere there are sharks! I’m not as brave as a real pirate. I didn’t do well at the games at all, but Isturon won a big stuffed devilsaur that was green with yellow and purple. He said I had to name it, so I named it Lime Bitey. Also, it’s a girl because I read that female devilsaurs are larger than males, and she’s very large. She took up an entire chair in our room.

On the beach that night they had a pirate dance, I’m not really sure what counts as pirate music but they had music, and lanterns hanging on ropes. With the sunset over the water, it was really romantic. All of it was — we had a little balcony to our room that we could go outside and look at the stars too. At home it’s a lot more complicated with the boys and the school and everything, but there it was just us, and it was so perfect. Some things happened finally, and I didn’t realize how much I’d missed just having someone there with me. It helps that he’s so sweet and caring, I don’t know what I’ve done to deserve any of that. I do feel a little guilty yes, but not as much as I’d expected, maybe Anorelle was right. But I’m not sure what happens now. We’re back at home, and he’s been coming over with dinner which has been really lovely. The girls enjoy his company at dinner and they tell him about what they’re learning at school. Once Elthanni learned that he did surgery, that’s all she wants to talk about. Last night she was telling him things she learned about skeletons, and she wanted to go hunt for bones in the woods. Isturon told her about a ranger that has some assembled, and she is very excited by the idea of going to see those. Thankfully, Nessna will be there. It’s not that I don’t trust a death knight… well, maybe I don’t, a little. But I do trust Nessna.

I know sooner or later people will talk, and Terellion will find out. I think he already knows, since we’ve been on a few trips together, but he’s pretending it’s not happening. But now it certainly is, and I’m not sure what he’ll say about it. Isturon is worried, but I think once time passes and Terellion sees that nothing bad has happened, he’ll come around. I admit that I worry a little too. Things seem perfect now, but what if something happens and he gets upset with me, or if he meets someone else? He says it wouldn’t, but I don’t know.

[Story] Character of the Week – Confessor Morthorn

[[ Confessor Morthorn lived in Tranquillien, until he was sent to Kalimdor for the Siege of Orgrimmar where he met Lanthiriel. They were a good pair of healers, and became more than that. Now they run the healing clinic in Tranquillien. ]]

I have a lot to report again. The biggest news of course is that Lani thinks she’s expecting, of course she’ll need to see Esladra to be certain but she’s usually quite aware of what’s going on with that kind of thing. Four is a lot of kids! I just hope I will be able to be a good father to all of them. I think I have been, I try to be, but I didn’t have siblings and before I only had the one. Then again, Vaildor and Lukian are about the age that my daughter would have been, so I guess it isn’t so strange. I think that means we’ll have the most, other than Isturon of course, unless Hethurin wants to challenge us for the crown, which he might. I know they’ve started sponsoring an older child at the school, just for general studies. I got the chance to talk to her a little, I think I’d like to see her again once she’s more settled in. Mainly she’s worried about making a mistake and being sent back now, I suggested to Aeramin that he have one of the other scholarship students talk to her, probably the girl. She could tell Rhan that everything will be okay once she gets used to it. At her appointment, Irael told me that they’d been spending a lot of time together, making their masks for the party and studying, which is wonderful to hear. I really think they will be good for each other since it’s likely neither had a very good family life on the Row.

Isturon paid me a surprise visit last night. I hadn’t seen him in quite some time, and Lani told me about his disappearance, and losing his monthly payments from Verisna. He wanted to talk about that, possibly going to the Spire to fight it, but that it might take years to see results. Unfortunately he’s probably right, unless you have the money to bribe officials, they seem to take their time with everything. I know Braedra used to work there, but I don’t think she was high enough to influence cases like that. And Isturon is seeing her again, which surprised me given how our last conversation went. They went on a trip to Booty Bay to be pirates, and evidently things went well. He said he was happy, naturally, but he seemed conflicted too. I hope Braedra will be able to come by soon, because I have a feeling she’ll have a lot to say about it. I’m sure she’s worried about what Terellion will think — Isturon said he was worried he might try to beat him up. I can’t picture Terellion doing that, but I know he doesn’t like their seeing each other and will no doubt be unhappy to learn that things are more serious now. I haven’t spoken to his sisters, but from what Braedra tells me they seem to have a good outlook on the situation — they know their father won’t be coming back, and they want their mother to have someone to spend time with. And I think they miss having someone like a father around, I’m not sure how Isturon feels about gaining more kids, though. He’ll certainly win the dad title in that case.

I offered to let him help around the clinic if he’s in need of money, currently he’s helping to look after Tik’s son. We don’t have a lot extra, but we are growing and that’s encouraging. Esladra is getting her own area for patients so she won’t have to share with Lani anymore. She’s also busy with her hawkstriders, though I suspect that Teloth is part of the reason she’s always going home to check on them. They have a small barn put up, and fences, and Teloth is building a small shelter to cover their troughs outside in the exercise pen. I don’t think Lani approves of him staying there, but of course I can’t point out that it was her idea to introduce him to Esladra in the first place. Or I could, but she’d glare at me. I think they’ll be fine though.

 

[Story] Fairsong Academy – Letter from Braedra

Dear Terellion,

Please thank Hethurin for making the portal for us. It’s very beautiful here! There are green trees and dense jungles everywhere, and our room looks out over the bay. During the daytime, the water is so clear and blue that you can see all the way to the bottom. Isturon says he saw a shark, but I didn’t see it in time, so I suppose it swam away. At sunset, the sky is painted in every color and it reflects on the water, it’s so beautiful. And the stars are so bright and clear it seems like you could touch them. You and Hethurin ought to come for one of the pirate weekends! They give out free eye patches, Isturon got some for all the kids. But don’t tell them because it’s supposed to be a surprise. The inn is actually an old ship that they put up on a cliff overlooking the bay. It’s decorated with pirate things like flags and a fake parrot too. I was hoping there would be hammocks, but there aren’t, at least not in our room.

There’s a brochure with a list of all the different pirate activities. Tomorrow we’re doing a treasure hunt in the morning, then there’s a pirate carnival, and a dance in the evening. It will certainly be a busy day! Tonight we had dinner at one of the restaurants, everything had a pirate name. I had “Shiver Me Tuna”, Isturon had “Release the Kraken”. I didn’t know what that meant, but apparently it’s octopus. I didn’t even know you could eat those! But he said it was good. Our dessert was called “Buried Treasure Cake”, and it had molten chocolate sauce in the middle. I think that would be wonderful to try in some cakes, I hope you will try it! Are the girls doing okay? Make sure they aren’t just eating cake for dinner. I know Hethurin does it, but they are still growing. Give all of the babies a kiss for me.

Love,
Minn’da

[OOC] Secret World Legends

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Tess taking a quest from a guy in an abandoned theme park

A few years back I bought The Secret World on sale, I can’t remember but it was either 10 or 20 dollars. I’d heard a lot about it, and figured that it would be the kind of thing I’d really enjoy. It’s in a modern setting that to me feels very World of Darkness-like, with secret societies and magic and creepy settings. But I hadn’t really had time to play past the tutorial before, and I kind of forgot about it until recently.

It’s been relaunched as Secret World Legends, and the combat and UI feels a lot more intuitive and clear. Also, I don’t remember having classes before, I guess there must have been but I don’t remember what mine was. I was intrigued by Blood Mage, but it was marked as higher difficulty so I ended up picking Trickster. She has two pistols as well as chaos magic attacks, and it’s been really fun so far.

So I really, really love this game and I’ve been playing a ton of it lately. I love the kind of creepy, unsettling visuals — I guess you could call it a horror game, but there aren’t any jump scares or overly gory stuff. It’s more like old-school, psychological horror. (I also dig all the references, like Innsmouth Academy and the Overlook Hotel!) Last night I was playing in a creepy abandoned carnival, complete with the eerie music, and I loved it so much. Also, there are a variety of quests other than just killing stuff. There are stealth missions, where you need to avoid traps and being detected, as well as lot of puzzle missions. Some of these are easy, some are pretty complex! I am sure they get even more so as you get higher up.

The page says that it is free to play, though I’m not sure how restricted it is for totally new players. As I said, I did pay back a few years ago, so I may be a higher tier, I’m not sure. Other than that, I have only seen some chests that drop that require keys from the store to open, and the teleport costs in-game currency, but it’s not expensive enough to be a pain. I will likely end up buying some of the DLC if I finish the story, because even at $20, the amount of story and playtime you get is well worth it. Another thing I like is that you don’t need to group with anyone if you don’t want to. I do have a mission for a dungeon, but it’s not required. And I’ve seen a few other players running around, but not too many. I’m not sure if there are different zones for the different factions or not.

But if you are looking for a fun single-player game and you enjoy puzzles and/or creepy stuff, you should definitely check it out! Here’s the site, you can download it there or via Steam: https://www.secretworldlegends.com/

[Story] Character of the Week – Uldred Harrowmont

[[ Uldred is my worgen warlock! Though he’s a very reluctant worgen — he has spent many years studying curses to try to reverse the one that plagues him. That research has led to him experimenting with summoning and other not-really-allowed magic. So when he met a void elf for the first time, he was intrigued… ]]

Uldred glanced over at the stack of books as he scratched down his notes. He had been distracted today, unable to focus on his usual work. It was the conversation he’d had with the strange elf that kept returning to his thoughts, as well as the book he’d recommended which now rested on the corner of his desk. It was still closed, its secrets hidden for the time being, but temptingly close. Frowning, Uldred closed his notebook, not caring whether the ink was dry yet or not. While it was true that his research had progressed when he first came to Shattrath, it had been stagnant of late. He’d already dissected and studied the arakkoa curses in great detail, as well as those of the orcs — slightly different but not fundamentally so from their cousins in Kalimdor. The fel-tainted wildlife had also been an intriguing side project, but all of that had happened in the first few years. Uldred felt that he’d once again reached the depths of what he could learn here, and was feeling frustrated and uncertain where to look next.

The elf that joined him at the table in the library wasn’t one that he recognized; Uldred was there most days and knew the regular patrons and their habits well. His hair was dark and his skin an unusual tone, but he didn’t think much of that. At least until they started to talk, when the elf told him that he’d been physically changed after intense exposure to void magic. Uldred knew a little of void magic, but admittedly not much, he’d come across some references to it, as was to be expected in his research. Any sort of magic could have physical effects if used recklessly — he’d read of summoners whose very body began to take on demonic traits. But Uldred wondered if he might have been looking in the wrong place all this time. Was it actually void magic that had twisted and changed him so? The possibility was intriguing. For the first time in a very long while, he felt the excitement of discovery and the prospect of new research. The elf suggested several books that he could start with, and Uldred found them within the library.

He was — or had been — an Alliance elf, which Uldred found intriguing. While he’d seen some of them in Stormwind, he hadn’t had much contact with them. They weren’t as physically imposing nor as savage as the kaldorei, and they seemed to integrate much better into the human city. That had changed, the elf told him, with his transformation. People stared at him now, in disgust and horror. Though Uldred didn’t say it aloud, he knew all too well what that felt like, and he couldn’t help but feel some sympathy for him. After all, he said he hadn’t known what would happen, whether that was true or not, no one deserved to be twisted and transformed by magic beyond their control. Uldred suggested that the elf might like Shattrath more, they were home to a wider range of residents, and they were more likely to look the other way from unusual magic. There was the problem of the naaru, of course. Uldred wondered if they might sense the dark magic within the elf, as he wondered if they could see within his heart. He thought that they must, though they never revealed it. He just tried to avoid them whenever possible, not wanting to draw attention to himself. The elf said that the draenei stared too, and Uldred could believe that. If he stayed on the Scryer’s tier, there were very few draenei, and he would have access to the library. Uldred told the elf that there were some rooms empty in the building he stayed at, and he might look into renting one there. The owner was rarely present, and thus far hadn’t noticed any of Uldred’s unusual habits, including the dragon that sometimes landed on his porch. He didn’t know how — or if — he would explain any of that to the elf. On one hand, he should understand but it was impossible to tell what someone’s reaction might be. All of the elves in Stormwind had avoided him, it’s possible that this one would do the same. He found himself hoping that wasn’t the case, that perhaps they might combine their research. To have someone to discuss his work with! That hadn’t been the case for many years, and the idea was thrilling to him. He would proceed carefully, and watch for signs that the elf might be open to such a partnership.

[Story] Fairsong Academy – Irael’s Journal

The other day Magister Firewind called Felarius and I into his office after class. I was a little worried that we’d done something wrong, but usually it’s just because he wants to talk to us about stuff that other students don’t need to hear. And that’s what it was. He said that the Headmaster and Terellion had sponsored a student from the Row, except she was younger and just doing general classes for now. But he said it might help her feel more like she fit in if she could talk to someone who could relate to her situation, we didn’t have to if we didn’t want to though. I said I would, because she’s a girl too and Felarius doesn’t know what that’s like, he also has his extra lessons so he might not have as much time. He said he would still try to if he could.

I found her at dinner time in the common room, except she wasn’t even eating, which I thought was weird. She might have felt weird about taking food though, so I said she should get some and that it was really good, which is true. If you’re used to having to steal and stuff, it is strange to get used to just being able to eat whenever you want, and you can get seconds too. I’ve never seen Tik say someone can’t have something out of the kitchen. He’d made the crispy chicken, that’s one of my favorite things to eat. The girl went and got some and we talked a bit, her name is Rhae I think. The main thing that she was worried about is getting sent back. I can definitely understand what that feels like, even though I’ve been here a whole year now, I still worry about it. But given that Felarius is doing banned magic and he still hasn’t been kicked out, I don’t think she has much to worry about. I think you would have to actually try really hard to get sent back. I also explained that if the homework is too hard, you can ask your teacher for help. But that’s kind of embarrassing too, especially if the other students know about it. I offered to help her if she wanted, I’m not really great at being a teacher or anything, but I think I can help her with the stuff she’s doing. Like right now she was reading a book about Lor’themar, but she didn’t even know who he is. How can you not know about Lor’themar? I think we should go on a field trip to Silvermoon to see him, we could say it’s for history or something.

We talked a little about the party too, she said she wasn’t sure if she wanted to go. I said she should, if only because all the food is really good, and we could stand by the food table and watch people, that’s what Felarius and I do anyway. She seemed to like the idea of maybe dancing with someone, so I hope the kids in her class aren’t mean. I know there’s some boys, and also Terellion’s sisters, but I don’t know any more than that. I’ve never talked to them. I kind of feel like I could be Rhae’s big sister, not really because I don’t have a sister, but I think it would be fun to have someone to do things with. I said I’d help her make her mask for the party already, the Headmaster always gets a bunch of glitter and feathers and stuff and leaves them out so people can use it. And if she wants to talk about problems or whatever, I would understand better than other people, even Felarius because he’s a boy and busy doing bad magic or whatever. If the Headmaster gives us some money, we could even go shopping, that would be fun too.