[Story] The Ghostclaw – Linarelle’s Journal

I’ve been spending more time with our mother. It’s strange to see that written down, and it still feels a little strange to say it. I think it does for her, too, but she’s certainly trying at least. This week she invited me to visit the offices of the Reliquary, she has a lot of contact with them through her projects. She goes all around the world digging up lost artifacts and things and writing reports about them. I think that’s a pretty interesting job, and she was happy to talk about it. When Aeramin’s human found her, she was at a dig in Uldum. It sounds so exotic, I wonder if I could ever go there one day. The offices have all sorts of things on display there, things that people have found, a couple were even things that she helped to find. Her name wasn’t on them though, it was the professor that she’s been working with for a long time. She says they aren’t together like that, but who knows, maybe in the future. It’s strange to think I could have been so close to seeing something of hers without knowing it. Of course, I’ve never been into the offices here before, but I could have. Im is still being stubborn and doesn’t want to see her, she says she understands but she must be hurt by it. I wish he’d at least try. He has a right to be upset but I don’t think he should just reject her like that, without even giving her a chance. It’s not as if he’s never done anything stupid, either.

Speaking of Im being stupid, I was talking with Kavia at dinner the other night. Sunashe was working with his lizard, I watched for a while but I got hungry so I came in. Kavia seems to really like Im a lot, she said so, but she doesn’t really know how to proceed. I agree, it’s a really complicated situation, I wish I had some good advice for her. Honestly I can’t imagine having to share Sunashe with someone else, let alone someone like Aeramin. Kavia seemed surprised when I told her that they’d had problems before, the thing with Lyorri’s mother wasn’t the first time. I also told her that I didn’t think Im was very good at pursuing people and she might have to take a little initiative there, it’s easy enough to find him with the other blood knights. Of course, there are usually a fair number of people around, so it’s not exactly the best situation. But at least they could get to talk more. Julan came in from his practice, too. I gave him a crossbow to use, and he’s done pretty well with it. The nice thing about a crossbow is the student can concentrate more on accuracy than proper form, I know Sunashe would have a fit about it but Julan is my student now and I say it’s fine. Once he’s comfortable with a crossbow, then he can move up to a standard bow if he wishes. He still watches Sunashe, I don’t really know what to think about that. It makes me a little nervous, I guess, I doubt that anything would ever happen but I do worry. I do appreciate all of the lines he gives me though. I always try them on Sunashe in the evening and he usually asks me if Julan made them up and I say “no” but I think he knows anyway. If he minds he’s never said anything about it. There was one particularly bad one and I wrote that onto his note for his pack. I told Kavia to report back on how red his ears got when he read it. I would bet pretty red!

Julan feels a bit lonely out here, unfortunately I don’t know any single guys who might be interested. He’s very against the idea of even flirting with Orledin, which I guess I can understand. But he wouldn’t have to actually do anything! We told him about the parties in the city, there are some that you can attend without being invited, at the larger ones near the bazaar. Kavia suggested the school, but I think they might be a little too young. Though there will be the mask party soon, so I guess Julan can look then.

[Story] Fairsong Academy – Renner’s Journal

I haven’t been doing terribly much since the trouble happened. I’ve gone to see Sanimir where the blues are keeping him, and he seems secure, but I can’t help but blame myself. I know Zarah blames me too. I’ve not heard much from her either, I assume that she’s busy working with her timewalker. Hethurin hasn’t had much time for lessons, not that he needs many. He’s adopted two small girls and had his wedding recently, so he’s mostly been focused on that. I guess that once fall classes resume, he’ll have a more steady schedule and be ready to practice again. But I have been working with Des, and she’s making good progress. I’d like to take her on another trip, similar to the one in Booty Bay, to test her ability. But somewhere nicer, with better food and fewer goblins. Zalindri is still in the foundation of her studies, so I’ve not spoken with her yet other than passing hallway conversation. I hope that Hethurin hasn’t forgotten about her. And last night I had another student ask me to look at my books.

As I said, it gets a bit boring without any lessons, so I’ve found other ways to pass time during the day. Usually that’s looking along the timelines of students here at the school, and people in the area. Babies are especially fun because theirs can vary so widely, and there are a lot of babies around here. But I’ve also looked at his, the one who goes by “Lhoris” here, and I have my doubts about whether he is really a student at all, or here for another reason. Still, I didn’t see in harm in letting him look at my bookshelf, most of them were probably far too advanced for someone still in basic magic studies, however. He asked a lot of questions, mostly the same ones that everyone asks at first, and mostly about his own future. I don’t worry about him casting anything on his own, I’ve never seen him cast anything at all. He and the clockmaker are puzzles, nothing in their timeline suggests a reason for them to be here. Unless I look closer to the present, but it always feels invasive, as if they’d somehow know. They don’t, but I feel guilty anyway. I don’t see any reason for concern though, no more than anyone else at least. Magister Firewind is the one with some secrets lurking in his past.

I’ve been thinking about the one who opened the portal to Draenor, as well. When we visited there, we saw his corpse but it had not reverted to his true shape. I’ve never seen such a thing happen before, and it makes me wonder. I’d like to go back to find out more, but Hethurin hated that place. Admittedly, I can understand why, but maybe I’ll go without him this time. Zarah probably knows more, if she’d talk to me, that is.

[Story] Berwick’s Notes

I didn’t realize it had been so long since I wrote in this book. Flipping back a few pages, I see that I write that every time. I can’t say that it’s hard to find the time, because we’re not really doing anything here other than hunting. Xyliah is getting skins for her father. Seeing as there aren’t many animals here, that doesn’t take up too much time. And I have a lot of things on my mind, I guess I just haven’t wanted to write them down. Mostly it’s the same as before. I want to start looking for things to sell again, get the business up and running. It’s just discouraging because I lost all of my gold, and all of my maps and notes, and I don’t have any place to store things that we do find until I can sell them. It’s like I’m starting all over again. I did it once, right? It should be possible to do it again. But I’m older and it seems more daunting this time around, maybe because I know I can fail. Before I never really gave it much thought. It seems like Xy is still uncertain about what she wants too, and I don’t want to force her into anything she doesn’t want. Like she doesn’t know where she wants to live eventually, or if she even wants a house at all. I brought up working in her father’s shop again and she seemed to like that idea — I don’t especially. I mean, her father is fine, just working in a shop and dealing with customers really isn’t what I pictured myself doing. I could do it, I did right after I got out of Dalaran, but do I really want to? No. She changed her mind as soon as she saw that I wasn’t too happy about the idea. I wish she’d just tell me what she wants instead of changing it. Even if it’s bad, it wouldn’t matter.

The other big news is that Hethurin got married. It’s the guy that’s been working at the school, he is pretty young but they definitely seem to love each other so I think it’ll be good. I’m happy for him, he deserves it after everything he’s been through. I didn’t get much chance to talk to them but I guess he helps around the school and does the baking. He made the cake for the wedding himself, it was really good. I asked Xy if it was weird seeing him get married, but she said it wasn’t. I would have thought it would be, at least a little, but I don’t know. Then she said she was glad that we’d been in Dalaran. She meant because otherwise we wouldn’t have met, which I guess is probably true. Though I could have met her somewhere else too. Maybe somewhere else I wouldn’t have been locked up in a cage for weeks, I don’t know. It just seemed like a weird thing to say and all of those feelings of guilt came back. About Thalien, about the people who didn’t get out. Why would she say that?

I guess the plan will be to start looking for things once the weather is good, except we’re coming up onto the fall and winter, so we can’t go now. I can use the time to start re-drawing all of my maps, and looking for leads in the books here. I’m sure Hethurin can make me a portal into the city if I need one, though I’m not sure if they actually have more books there or not.

[Story] Thorns – The Search Continues

How difficult can it be to find one book? Pretty difficult, I guess. The school is large and there are books in just about every room. I’m fairly sure there are some we haven’t even seen, such as the ones in the tower. Neither of us are allowed into the students’ rooms, though I think it’s fairly unlikely to be in one of those. Nash is going to ask the girls for a hair ribbon or something to try to get a glimpse of their bookshelves, but I don’t think that’s enough. Personally I think he ought to find a way to stay in there longer, even though it’s against the rules. I will need to go in to install the new clocks, but Tik will be with me, and he’d notice if I go poking around in the students’ things. It’s not in any of the practice rooms, Nash has already checked those, though it might be in the headmaster’s office. If it’s a book that some mage is willing to pay money to get, it’s probably pretty advanced. It’s just frustrating, I am starting to believe it’s not even here anymore and we’re just wasting our time. I worry that mage has already hired somebody else to get it.

Although it’s not so bad, really. I am getting paid to do what I like — and paid well. In hindsight, I probably could have charged a lot more and the headmaster would have paid it without blinking. I am still wary though, I’m always afraid one of them is going to do something, and I don’t want to push it. I have all of the small clocks for the students’ rooms almost finished, then the headmaster asked for some pocket watches. No big deal, I make those all the time. The larger clocks are going to take more materials and more time, especially the one for the tower. I’ve never made one that large before, and while I think it’s just a matter of making everything larger, I’m not sure. There are probably going to be some problems that crop up along the way. I also want to make him a little clockwork dragon, he seems to like them a lot — there’s a giant statue of one outside — sort of as a gift I guess. And because I haven’t made one in a long time. If I weren’t surrounded by blood elves, I could actually see myself staying here. Nash is a lot less happy though. Since he’s pretending to be a student, that means he has to do all of the students’ work, including the tests. He’s frustrated I think and worried about the upcoming exam. I guess he has to re-take them because he didn’t do so well the last time. I can’t blame him, I wouldn’t want to have to take a bunch of tests either. He didn’t like my suggestion about hiding out in the woods to avoid them. Hey, I did it, and I’m fine. It wasn’t very nice though, and eventually the weather will start to get colder, though it’s not as bad as Stormwind here. I’ve tried to help him study it before, but I don’t know any of that stuff either, so I can’t explain it to him, and we always end up distracted anyway.

That’s another thing. I don’t know what’s going to happen when we do go back. I tried bringing it up, asked him what he’d do when we got back. He said he was worried about his old room being rented already, the one at the house with the old woman. I told him it’d be safer if he stayed at the shop. Not sure what Rose is going to think of that, we don’t exactly have much room and I haven’t discussed it with her. I guess I could look for my own place again, but staying at the shop is convenient. I can stay up late working and everything I need is right there. I’m lying to myself if I say that’s the only reason, though. Is there even anything left between us? It’s been so long, and she’s been with Josie for all of it. I remember back when it was just the two of us, when she lived in the place above the shoemaker’s. It was nice, and I wish it could be like that again, the thought of what could be, even though it isn’t like that at all. I’m worried though because I told Nash going in about her, and he seemed okay with it, but now he’s acting a little weird. Like he said he’d go stay somewhere else if she was there. First of all, that’s one big “if”. It’s dangerous for him to stay out, more than it is for any of the rest of us. I know he’s good at staying out of sight, but mistakes can happen. Obviously I don’t want anything to happen to him, I care about him and we have a good time together, but — it’s just not the same. And I can’t tell him that, though maybe he knows. I guess if things are really bad when we get back, I can look into finding my own place. It would feel like giving up though, and that’s the last thing I want to do. I guess there’s a point when you have to look at your cards and accept facts, though.

[OOC] Banjo Clone is here!

Back in February I heard about this site, Cuddle Clones, that will make a plush that looks like your pet. They can do pretty much any animal, even snakes, birds, etc. You upload photos of your pet to the site, and then the plush is custom made based on that. Mine finally arrived today! He’s soooo cute! And much bigger than I expected him to be, you can sort of see the scale of him next to my Mini Heather, who is 18 inches high. I dressed him in one of Banjo’s bandanas :)

They’re pretty pricey, the cost for a dog or cat is $249, which they raised just after I ordered mine, guess I was lucky! And you will have to wait several months (6 in my case), but it’s a great way to remember your pet.

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[Story] Fairsong Academy – Loralinde’s Diary

Keyalenn asked me to eat dinner with him, not in the usual area but he had Tik set up a table out in the garden, a little one for just us. It was really romantic and beautiful with all of the flowers all in bloom. There were roasted vegetables and fried fish, Tik makes it really well with all of the spices in the coating. I think it’s the best fish I’ve ever had. We talked a lot about school at first, about the wedding and how nice it was and whether they’ll have a fall party. He says they do. My school always had a big masked ball and everyone wore costumes, Keyalenn said they had one here last year but he was ill and didn’t get to go. That’s sad! I hope he will be able to make it this year. I haven’t any idea what I want for my mask yet, it should be something really nice. I don’t have very many robes because Mother said I’m here to learn and not to wear pretty dresses. Still, maybe she could be convinced to send one or two. I feel like a little plain sparrow next to his beautiful robes. He said he wants to go into the city to buy more, his parents must have a lot of money. But he said they aren’t looking to arrange anything for him, so I guess Xarola was mistaken on that. Well, he said that his father sometimes asks him about girls, so maybe they are looking after all. I know that any girl they find would be delighted to be arranged with someone like him so it does worry me a bit. Keyalenn said he’s supposed to find someone on his own, but that seems a little strange to me, especially for someone from a good family. But it’s definitely too soon to be asking, from the sound of it, so I’ll just have to wait and hope they don’t find someone. Xarola said I should make his parents pick me, but I don’t know how to do that. I don’t want to seem like I’m trying to do that. He also said he’s thinking about staying here at the school after he passes, to help teach the frost classes. That would be nice! Though I’m sure I couldn’t concentrate on my work if he was the teacher, it’s already bad enough trying to do my papers just thinking about him. If he was actually there… I know it wouldn’t happen. Especially now! He kissed me, I was so nervous I thought I would die. I’ve never kissed anyone so I don’t know if I did it right or not. I must have because he wanted to again. It makes my ears red just writing that. Xarola said that Des has actually touched someone’s ears and done more than that, so I’ll try to ask her about it. I hope she’s not too embarrassed to talk about it. In the meantime, I borrowed one of Xarola’s books, the boy in it is a blond mage so I can pretend it’s Keyalenn. Oh and he’s having a painting done, it’s of us fighting a troll or something, I mean it’s a little strange but he was really excited about it. We’re going to go see it soon, he said I can make any changes if I want to, like the color of the spells. I am not sure which I should do, I like fire so far but it would be so exciting having him as my teacher for frost… I don’t know. Maybe the two different colors would be nice too. When it’s done I’ll be able to hang it on my wall and look at him all the time, but I feel bad because he won’t have anything to look at.

Oh! And there’s also some exciting news in the ghost hunt: I used my communing board the other night and the marker went to the letter “M”. That must mean that the ghost’s name starts with M. I’m going to go through the records and try to see which one it might be. How exciting!

[Story] Imralion’s Journal

The guy from the Row came by again last night. He said he wasn’t able to talk to the landlord, but he did find some receipts in the room. The interesting thing is they’re from stores that aren’t on the Row, which means he may live somewhere else, or at least he has enough to buy things from those stores. One of them was for knives. That’s unsettling. I asked his name this time. I’m not sure why it matters so much to Aeramin, and I’m pretty sure most of them use fake names anyway. He said his name was Kuul. Probably fake, but at least I know what it is now. The girl’s name is Shaise, though she uses a lot of fake names too. He said there’s a man who takes all of the money she earns and she’s not allowed to talk to people much. I feel bad for her, I wish there was something I could do. I don’t know how she let herself get into that situation in the first place, I mean if someone wanted to beat me up I’m sure I wouldn’t work for them. It’s probably not that simple, otherwise she wouldn’t be there. They still don’t trust me either, I mean, I think they do a little but it still seems like they’re holding back. For example Kuul said he had to support other people, but then he quickly said he mis-spoke and wouldn’t say anything else about it. Why would he want to hide that? I don’t know. They probably see me as one of the rich magisters or something, except that couldn’t be further from the truth. Sure I didn’t grow up on the Row, but it’s not like the Matron’s house was so much better compared to the magisters’ houses. Maybe I could have had it better growing up, if things had been different.

Our mother is still here in the city. I don’t know what to say to her. Aeramin says he’d rather that his father was gone instead of growing up with him and getting beaten, but I’m not sure if that’s true. At least if he’s beating you, he cares enough to beat you, right? Our father didn’t even care enough to do that. Lin is spending time with her, hopefully that’s enough. I guess Lin’s life is going more how a parent would expect, anyway.

Kuul mentioned that the house had blood all over and hadn’t been cleaned. I promised I’d go by early in the morning to look at it. I’m not a guard, I don’t know exactly what I’m looking for, but I hope to find something useful. I thought about asking Tik, but I’m not sure how he would have taken it, so I just brought some rags and buckets from our house. Kuul might have downplayed it a little. Things were much worse than I imagined. I had to go outside and get some air before I got too sick, luckily the Row is really quiet at that time of morning. I made some quick sketches of where the blood was in the room and I washed what I could. There’s still a lot to go, but it looked a bit better, and I had to get to the office anyway. I can try to go back tomorrow, maybe, but I’ll need a lot more rags. As Kuul said, the placement of the blood suggests that the victim wasn’t tied up after all. Unless it’s a different victim. Or a different killer. I hope there’s not more than one. Tonight I’ll visit the shops on the receipts and talk to the owners, I hope they can give me something.

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