September 11, 2012 Leave a comment
I hope you will forgive the intrusion of an unexpected letter. I suppose I do have some need for outside contact after all, even if it is infrequent. I could have visited in person, but I do not know the current situation in Dalaran. I would prefer not to be murdered in the street by a deranged savage. There are days when I do miss the city though. Not all of the noise, and certainly not all of the disgusting Horde races, but the serenity of the library and the majestic spires that reach into the sunlight.
I don’t know if I mentioned it the last time we spoke, but I’ve agreed to take on another apprentice. Yes I know, I should have learned my lesson from the last one, and this one is much more horrifying in appearance. She is a risen human, now held in undeath, though I don’t believe there are many with her mindset. What intrigued me about her case is that she was an apprentice in the city back when it was located in Lordaeron. She’s told me she isn’t so enthusiastic about the changes, either! Admittedly, it took some willpower to look past her frightful appearance — to my great relief, she doesn’t have much of a smell. There is a sort of cellary, musty scent about her sometimes, but I believe she uses perfume to mask it. One day she’ll need to buy more, I suppose I’ll have to bring her to Dalaran for that. What an awkward conversation that will be! In spite of this, she is a very diligent student and has exceeded my expectations in her main area of study, fire. Unfortunately, she is still rather hopeless in arcane manipulation. I certainly wouldn’t trust one of her portals unless it was to a place I can currently see. I know Dalaran has a formal system in place for testing apprentices, but I don’t wish to partake in their political games. When I feel she is finished with her studies, she is.
She’s been useful in another regard, as well. She doesn’t sleep — being undead — and has taken it upon herself to clean the tower thoroughly while I am resting or at my work. I will be the first to admit that the layers of dust were quite thick in some places. Yes, I could have enchanted a duster or something, but they still require watching to ensure they don’t knock over a vase or get stuck in a corner. And it’s difficult to read another spell while maintaining that one. So she’s been a pleasant surprise in that regard. When she first came, she locked herself in her room whenever she wasn’t at her studies. That would have suited me just fine, but over time she became curious and asked me about what things were like before. I suppose I don’t feel as wary telling some things to her, after all, she has plenty of things to keep hidden herself. She strikes me as a very lonely person, which is understandable given her situation. I think she misses her associates in Dalaran more than she lets on.
If you ever decide that you would like to study here, I have plenty of extra rooms. Of course, I’ll have to empty them of books first, but Sora can help with that. I hope you and your family are well.