[Art] Happy New Ear

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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

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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.

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[Art] Rendeer

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

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[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.

[Art] Holiday Arts!

It’s been kind of quiet around here due to the holidays, here are some drawings I’ve done for art exchanges or gifts. Some of them I couldn’t post until now!

In order –

Taz’ji the Troll for the Azeroth Art Exchange

Lolly Danger the Asura for Dragonfly103

Palladiate the Druid for Morally Grey Gift Exchange

 

[Story] Fairsong Academy – Loralinde’s Diary

 

I still feel like I’m dreaming. It’s one of those really good dreams that goes on for a very long time and you can remember everything, but still a dream. I feel like I’ll wake up tomorrow and it will just be a regular day and Keyalenn didn’t give me the most beautiful ring ever. He must have been planning it for a while. I mean, if it’s not a dream. This was my first winter at the school so I didn’t know what to expect, the other parties have been lovely but this one was extra fancy. I think there’s just something about all of the lights and snowflakes that makes it more special. And mistletoe. Terellion put that everywhere, wasn’t that thoughtful of him? Keyalenn’s parents were there though, as well as everyone else, so I couldn’t kiss him too much, but enough. I saw them at the party but we didn’t talk really. I hope they like me and don’t think we’re too poor to marry him or something. We aren’t poor really, but I have so many sisters and that many weddings adds up. Luckily the actual wedding won’t be for a few years yet, so we have time to save up. And plan! I want it to be perfect just like him. His ears are so nice. I can’t wait to touch them whenever I feel like it. He said that in the spring he’ll get his own house, because he’ll be helping Magister Raleth with the frost classes, and I can live there too. I am not sure if Magister Fairsong would allow it, but I guess he has to if we’re engaged. I guess that’s probably part of the reason he asked. I don’t mind though. I know Des has done some of those things, and I’ve read about it in books, but I bet it’s even nicer to try yourself.

I hope it snows, we were talking about that before he asked. It never snows in the city, but Keyalenn said it does out here sometimes, because it’s colder and wetter. I’ve only seen it in paintings, but it looks so beautiful and peaceful. He said we could go for a walk in the woods, which sounds so nice. He also said the snow crunches when you walk on it, I didn’t expect that. It looks like soft puffy clouds. I believe him though, he’s a frost mage after all so I’m sure he knows all about snow and ice things. Then we could sit in front of the fire and watch it snow and drink hot drinks and I could look at his ears. It sounds so perfect. I didn’t know what to say at first, I was too surprised. At first I thought he meant right now, which would be nice but I want to finish my classes, especially after my parents went to all the trouble to get me transferred here. I know we’re kind of young too, but a lot of people get married when they are young, even Mae is married and she just graduated last year. It is a little strange that he asked someone else before me. He said it was a mistake but then why would he ask? I’m not jealous exactly, besides she’s got someone else and I’m not worried that she’s going to change her mind. Though really she should, I’d much rather have an archmage than a smelly old ranger. Well I shouldn’t say that because Pero is very nice. But anyway. I was just more curious what she was like, if she was more pretty than me or whatever. If she hadn’t said no they might be engaged right now and I would have never met him at that party or come to this school. That makes me sad to think about.

After he went to tell his parents and I showed the ring to everyone. They all thought it was really nice. Then Des told me Pero had just asked too! I bet they planned that. Hers will probably be before mine, because she’s closer to graduating. I think it will be really fun to have someone to plan with. That way everyone else won’t get sick of us talking about it all the time. I think Xarola might have been already. I told her I’m sure that Vyn will ask her soon, they’ve been together for a long time.

I have to write to my parents if his family hasn’t already. They will want to meet him of course but they’re going to be impressed, I’m not worried about that. I feel like the luckiest girl ever!

[Story] The Ghostclaw – Sath’alor’s Journal

The new baby is here. His name is Zeran, Nessna made me pick it out because she said she didn’t have any ideas. I think it’s more that she just wanted me to name him. Which is okay, I just hope he likes it. I don’t know where it came from, I hope it’s not too close to anyone else’s name but I think it’s fine. I might have fainted just a little bit, because I was worried a little. Not because of the blood or anything. Maybe partly. I’ve seen cats have kittens but it’s really not the same at all, also I’m pretty sure it’s less painful for the cats. I guess I can see why she’s not too eager to talk about any more just yet. Her sisters were there and they both know a lot about babies. Her father was supposed to be, but something happened to Hethurin again and he hurt his leg, so he needed to attend him. He came to visit soon after though, I guess it was when I was sleeping so I missed him. Babies need a lot of care so I get some sleep when I can. I’m not really sure what happened with Hethurin, I hope everything is okay. That boy gets into a lot of trouble!

A lot of well-meaning people have been saying that I must be excited to be a father now. I mean I am, but I was before. I am worried that Rylad might not like his new brother, or be worried that I don’t love him as much or something. I am doing things with him to make sure he doesn’t feel ignored, I also told him that he is the big brother and needs to help look out for Zaren. Hopefully he will want that job, I’m not sure if he is too interested in him yet. He’s seen other babies before, at the school, but he tends to get bored with them quickly because they can’t run around or play. I figure when they’re older they will be good friends, at least I hope so. I never had a brother but I imagine it is a lot more fun than having sisters. Especially little sisters.

I hope Zeran can go to the winter ball at the school. Esladra said it should be safe as long as no one is sick, I guess we can ask Hethurin beforehand if any of the students are. I know no one here is. Besides all of the food and decorations and dancing, I like the winter ball because it’s where I first talked to Nessna, even if it was just about ranger things. It still counts. I haven’t got her a gift yet, we’ve both been so busy with Zeran and finding Orledin, but I need to get her something. She doesn’t need a new bow or armor, so I’m not sure what. Though she liked the jewelry I got her before, she doesn’t really have much opportunity to wear it, and honestly I think she’d prefer something more practical anyway. Maybe I should ask Isandri when I see her. Our parents want us to bring Zeran over so they can meet him, and I’m sure she will come too. I just hope Thero is busy that night.

Oh, and since we found Orledin, I wrote to the other death knight to tell him that he can come begin training now. I hope he does all right. Maybe he and Orledin can be friends. I’m glad he’s back, and I’m also glad to have fresh bread every day, his is really the best.