[Art] Happy New Ear



I’d like to say I’m going to draw every day this year, but I know realistically that won’t happen, especially with Mr Hare being deployed for half of it. So I will just say I’d like to draw “more” without quantifying exactly what that is 😛

Anyway here’s a terrible elf pun to start things off well.

[Story] The Ghostclaw – Anorelle’s Journal

I don’t know how well my training is going. I’ve been practicing every day and I think I have it down but then my arrows never seem to hit the center. Sometimes they don’t even hit the target. Sunashe says I’m overthinking it, I just need to train my muscles to do it on their own. Maybe he’s right, but it’s embarrassing to keep doing it badly. I’m afraid they’re going to tell me to pack up my things and move back to the city. I know it takes time, but I feel like the only one who’s struggling with it right now. Sunashe suggested that I practice stringing and preparing my bow as well, because it’s a skill you need while on patrol, and to get better acquainted with the parts and how it works. It looks simple, but it’s not. When you get one side properly taut, the other is loose again, and if the whole thing is too tight it’ll snap the sinew when you try to use it. Too loose, and the arrows won’t fly properly. Then you need to wax the sinew to keep it supple, I haven’t even made it to that step yet. I have been working hard at studying the maps, too. In the city it’s very simple, you follow the roads and they’re clearly marked. Some of the larger trails have names on the maps, but no signs. The only signs are on the central main road, which we don’t usually patrol anyway because the Scourge generally don’t go there. I think seeing them in person will help it all connect in my head. I’ve asked to go along on one soon, I hope he’ll agree to it.

I was talking to Arancon last night while I worked on my bow. He said that Sunashe allows him to bring his sword along. I’d planned to do that anyway, it’s always better to have a weapon in case one of them gets close. He said he also has a crossbow, which surprised me a little because of how vocal Sunashe is about them. I suppose once you’ve been here long enough and proven yourself, he might trust you with one. I am not to that point yet, but I hope to be. Part of it is just pride, I must admit. I don’t want to give up and say that it’s too difficult, I’ve always managed to do anything I tried as long as I kept at it. I am sure this is the same. I have a lot of strength in my arms from sword training, so it’s just a matter of becoming more precise with my aim. I can do that. I hope.

We spoke about his son and grand-daughter a lot. It was nice that he trusted me enough to tell me those things, but I wish I could have been more help. It can’t be an easy situation for anyone, and I didn’t want to stay on the subject too long because I could tell that it upset him. I’ve seen his son and grand-daughter before, they were at the ball. She is cute, he’s a very proud grand-father. I wonder if she’ll be a ranger one day, or a mage like her parents. It’s impossible to tell how things will turn out in the future. I certainly never thought I’d be here, but it’s nice. I hope I can be put onto a patrol soon, but I like everyone so far and there aren’t any of the problems I had with the guard. People here are more genuine, maybe because they see the reality of things. Or maybe it’s just that we’re in the country. Either way, I like it. I hope I’ll see snow soon, the captain said it’s cold enough for it.

[Art] Xarlo


Just a quickie of my cat Jedi, Xarlo. It occurred to me while watching the movie (again) that people might associate his cool o-name with Kylo’s, and that makes him a grumpy cat.

Also I really enjoy drawing Cathar, they are fun!


[Story] Imralion’s Journal

Aeramin was at the ball. Of course he was. I swear, he has this sense about when I’m about to try to talk to Kavia. Most of the night he spent with his father, which I thought was a little unusual. Normally he tries to avoid him completely. They were probably talking about Lyorri. I kept accidentally bumping into them, like when I went to get wine or when we were going to go out to the garden. Like I said, “accidentally”. If I didn’t know better I’d think Aeramin had one of his imps spying for him, though I know Hethurin would never allow that in the school. I managed to mess up that too. I just suggested that Lyorri might like the play room better than the ballroom, because there are a lot of toys and usually other babies there. Aeramin took that to mean that he should go hide her away because I don’t want to see her. That’s not what I meant at all. I was trying to think of what she would like. He always thinks I’m not trying, but I am. He’ll probably sleep in the basement anyway, no matter what I say. And then he calls Hethurin stubborn…

I think things went okay with Kavia, though. For once. We had some food, I showed her the fish rolls and the other things, and the cake. I really liked that cake. I bet Terellion could do really well making cakes for parties and stuff, not that I think Hethurin would allow him to go work in the city. But maybe he could deliver them with portals or something. Anyway, Kavia and I had wine, as I mentioned, I was surprised that Aeramin was drinking it right in front of Arancon. I guess he must be pretty confident about not drinking if he can go to parties now. Later on we went out to the garden, it was really pretty with the branches and ribbons hung up, cold but it wasn’t snowing. I let her use my cloak and I was going to be subtle and put my arm around her but then she asked me to, so it wasn’t very subtle. But it was nice. I said that I wanted to spend more time together and she said it was difficult because of her patrols, and because of Aeramin. I know it is. I wish I knew an easy solution. I keep thinking that he’s going to get annoyed with me one day and ask me to leave. I really don’t want that, but at the same time I really want to spend time with her too. I wish everyone could just get along. She did agree to go to an inn though, I will have to make the arrangements. I said Eversong, because it’s close and there are a lot of inns there, but I’m thinking maybe the island would be better. It’ll be quiet this time of year and we could get a really fancy room, and walk on the beach. I haven’t told Aeramin about it yet. He was asleep when I got home, in the basement just as I expected. Some of his imps were around him and one was messing with his hair. I sure wouldn’t let any demons mess with my hair, but I guess he trusts them. I was a little annoyed because I had to walk home alone in the dark; he’d gone ahead without me. Arancon said he hadn’t felt well, but I’m not sure if that’s true. That guy doesn’t like me anyway.

[Art] Life Day Snacky

Happy Life Day! Snacky the orokeet helps C2-N2 to decorate the Thunderclap.


[Art] Rendeer

Renner helps Hethurin deliver toys to all the orphans. (But probably half of the toys are dolls for the girls.)


[Story] Fairsong Academy – Renner’s Journal

I’ve never spoken to many blues, so I don’t know if that one is strange or not. But she certainly seems strange. I was sure that she wouldn’t remember — people usually don’t remember something so far ahead in their own future — but she did. She said that she wondered what happened to the strange elf that she found. I suppose having an elf fall out of the sky into your yard would be memorable.

I don’t think she’d had cake before, which isn’t too surprising if she’s been living in the middle of the crystal forest with no one around. She didn’t really explain why, which I found a little suspicious. I can’t think of any reason why someone would want to be away from everyone else, unless they’re doing something suspicious. Probably magical experiments or something. She definitely hadn’t had spinach rolls, I put some of those on her plate, and the other little foods too. They taste really good, but you have to eat a lot in order to get full, but fortunately Tik knows that and makes plenty. He must have been cooking for the past week. So then she said that she’d been working on learning about the light. I thought that was really strange, I’ve never heard of a blue dragon or really any mage studying the light. She said it was a different kind of magic and worked entirely differently, also it would be useful for healing people. All of those things are potentially true, I just thought it strange. She said she was going to try and work at the clinic in town, with Hethurin’s sister. I hope it’s not just a front to eat people’s magic or something like that. Do blues do that? I bet they could.

She also expressed interest in staying here at the school, to help Hethurin improve his wards and help with the students. While I don’t see how it could hurt anything (I mean, provided she’s not stealing anyone’s magic), I’m sure Hethurin will feel differently. It’s only been a couple of weeks for him, and he’s still angry about the shackles, which I can understand. I didn’t explain all of his past to her, I don’t think it’s my place and it wouldn’t change what happened, anyway. But he’s likely more upset than even most mages would be, with good reason. It might help if I could vouch for her, but I’m not entirely sure of her motivations myself. Although it would be funny to tell Zarah that another female is staying here. I bet she’d get jealous and come here to see her for herself. That would be something.

It’s got to be better than lurking around the forest alone. If she posed as a student, she wouldn’t be able to teach anyone. But maybe she could take over Hethurin’s arcane lessons until he feels better. She’d do a lot better job at it than he does. I don’t really like pretending to be a student, it’s a little embarrassing, but it causes a lot less fuss this way. We could just say she’s a temporary instructor, or she could live in the house with the female students and keep an eye on them. I don’t know. That all assumes that Hethurin will be willing to let her stay, he can be awfully stubborn sometimes. Worse than me, even.