[Story] The Ghostclaw – Teloth’s Letter

Dear Minn’da,

I’m not sure if Tystus wrote to you or not, when I asked him he said that he hadn’t. So I’ll keep you updated on everything that is going on out here. There are so many trees! That’s the first thing I noticed. Quite a few of the estates have been purchased and are in the process of being fixed up, but there are still a lot that are empty and abandoned. I bet if you wanted to, you could find a little one out here for the same price as Silvermoon. It’s something to think about anyway, and you could keep a better eye on Tystus that way. The school he’s at is very fancy. It’s on a very large estate, there are some buildings where the students live, a giant garden, a greenhouse, and a fountain out front. I expected it to be really tiny, but it’s actually very impressive. Next time they have a visiting day, you should come to see it. You’ll be amazed! Tystus seems to really be enjoying his classes, he says he likes his teachers a lot. He wouldn’t tell me about his grades. I will tell you he wasn’t dancing with anyone at the ball, though.

I forgot to mention the ball. The people at the school hold them often, at least one every season, more for other things like weddings. They’re fancier than any I ever went to in Silvermoon! The food is amazing and everything was decorated, even the garden. I went with a girl — well, I didn’t exactly go with her, she was already there, but we ate together and we danced. Let me explain how that happened! I work in the stables at the ranger lodge, taking care of the hawkstriders, and the captain had a new guy come in to help me. But he scared them, and I ended up getting kicked by one of them. I’m all right, but I had to go to the healers’ in town to get stitches. It turns out this girl works there, and she was the one who took care of me. Her older sister is usually the one who sees people, Esladra usually takes care of women who are pregnant, and their babies. Except there aren’t any right now, so she’s taking whatever work she can get. I know what you’re thinking, but it’s way too early for that! Well, she told me about the ball and I asked if she’d go with me. I am pretty sure her family is rich, her sister and father are doctors, and her brother is the one who owns the school. So I’m a little worried about that, but I guess that’s a long way off too. She is a really good dancer, so I should thank you for making me do the dance lessons when I was in school, I guess! We’re going to next ball, but that’s not until the summer. There’s a beach along the edge of the estate and I think it’ll be nice to walk there at night with the moons and lanterns and everything. But I also think that’s a long way off, so we will hopefully go to dinner or something soon. It can’t be anywhere too expensive, but I want to go somewhere that’s nice. She’s probably used to really fancy places.

I also think she might want to meet the hawkstriders. She said her aunt owns a farm for them, but she didn’t seem to know a lot about them. Like she didn’t know they had a herd leader, and different personalities. I guess a lot of people probably don’t know that. But there is one called Midnight that I think she would like, he’s very gentle and he likes to snuggle his head against you, especially if you bring him treats. I bet she might like going on a ride with him, but I’d have to ask the Captain of course since they’re not mine.

Don’t worry, I told Tystus he should write to you soon. I know he’s busy with school work but he can’t be too busy to write his minn’da a letter, right?

Love,
Teloth

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[Story] SWTOR – A Letter Home

Mother Xaliha,

I send you this message from the desert planet of Tatooine. I know it has been some time since we spoke, so I wanted to tell you what has happened. As you know, I was staying on Coruscant with some other students, I don’t suppose we can call ourselves padawans since none of us have masters at present. But it was a good and safe place to study and to practice, and I think I will miss seeing them there. The exciting part is that the Republic army major, whose house it is, put me in touch with a Master here that she’s working with. It is always rewarding to see how the Force can enact its will even through those who cannot sense its presence. I am thankful that she thought to do so. Though she insisted that it was a secret, she allowed me to tell one other person — the mirialan that I’d met before at the library, and at the gatherings.  She would also be in need of training, and then at least I’d have someone here that I already know. I mean, I kind of know the major, but not very well. Not enough that we have conversations or anything.

I don’t know exactly the purpose of their being here, but I can tell you there are quite a lot of people. We are staying inside a large structure with a few different buildings, set beneath the sand to cut down on the wind. Of course that means a lot of sand is always blowing in. There are droids working to move it out day and night. It’s very hot here too, I expected that but I didn’t expect it to be quite so hot. Master Serroz says I should not allow such trivial things to distract from my training, and he is right about that. Still, I think he should have to wear a fur coat all over when we practice, just so he can see what it’s like! Master Serroz is the Jedi that the major spoke of. I like him already, and he’s promised to speak to the council about finding a Master for each of us. Wouldn’t that be something! I am certain that this will be the nudge that sets the future into motion. He already has a padawan, further trained than either Teosta or myself. I’ve seen him around the compound, but haven’t had a chance to talk to him yet. Well I did, but I’ve been afraid to. Master Serroz says that Jedi should be fearless, and he is right about that, but it’s sometimes difficult. Teosta and I are going to meditate in the mornings before it gets too hot, and then practice sparring. She’s quite good so I am going to have to work hard to beat her!

The rest of the people seem a little strange. There are some who I believe have sensitivity to the Force, but they rarely talk with Master Serroz or practice. Then there was one man who wanted to poke me with a metal stick! I thought it was some kind of medic thing, but I’m pretty certain that man is not a medic. There’s a twi’lek lady, and she seems nice, but busy. I am just trying to stay out of the way of whatever it is they’re doing here. I sense too that they are upset about something, but no one has told me what it is. I am certain I will learn in time.

I miss Master Rusaa a great deal. Often I can hear his voice in my mind, giving me advice. Other times, something Master Serroz said reminds me of him, which makes sense considering that they are both Jedi Masters. But I know he wouldn’t want me to pass up this chance, and he’d want to see me grow and succeed. I am doing this for him, and for you.

Your son,
Xarlo

PS – Have you heard from my father? I am certain I know the answer, but as Master Rusaa always used to say: “You cannot know the answer to a question that you do not ask.”

[Story] Fairsong Academy – Lora’s Letter

Dear Haani,

I have some wonderful news! I spoke to the Headmaster here and he said it’s fine for you to come and study for a while. I wanted to wait and make sure he was in a good mood, he was about to eat cake and he had two of his little babies with him. Have you ever seen an elf baby? I guess you must have at the orphanage. They’re very cute. Narise is a little bit older but Galandil is still just a small baby. They also have another daughter who is older and goes to classes, but just the general class so she probably won’t have any with you. But you’ll definitely see her around because she’s always curious about everything and likes to talk to new people. I wonder if she’d want to learn draenei too!

There are all sorts of classes you can take here. There’s the schools of magic, of course, and all of the teachers are really nice. Magister Firewind is the fire instructor usually, you’ll be able to meet him when he comes back from his trip. Maerista is a student who helps him with his classes, she was a student here who passed her exams. The Headmaster teaches the arcane classes, and Des helps him with that. If you want to learn ice magic, that’s Magister Raleth and Keyalenn, who you already know. There’s also a class about enchanting, and hawkstrider care and riding, and learning to grow plants in the greenhouse. If you want to learn sewing, there’s a student who helps people with that. She’s an undead, I guess you probably don’t have those in Shattrath. She looks a little scary but she’s really nice. There’s also a kaldorei who teaches the younger students, so you could probably talk to her about what it’s like if you’re anxious. The only thing is, you probably want to avoid the towns and you definitely shouldn’t go into Silvermoon. They can be very mistrustful of strangers.

Magister Fairsong also said your brother might be able to come if he’s worried about you, I suggested he could be a guard here for the school but he doesn’t think we need any more. However, there’s a unit of rangers nearby. If you don’t know what those are, they patrol around the forest to keep it safe from undead and robbers and spiders, things like that. I think your brother would be good at that, if he’s interested! He needs to speak with the ranger captain though. We’re going to be in Shattrath in two weeks, he thought we might be able to meet and talk about it then. If you have any more questions you can ask him then, and also just to get a chance to meet him. He’s very protective of his students and always wants them to be safe. Oh, I also told him that you could help the chef make some draenei food. I bet everyone would be excited to try that! We could even have a draenei festival maybe. If you come in time, you’ll be able to attend the masked ball. That’s where you have a costume and everything is decorated with pumpkins and spooky things. It’s really fun, trust me.

Also, if you like, I can introduce you to the ghosts that live here. I know the ones inside the school well, and they trust me. There are more out in the woods that I’ve seen but haven’t spoken with as much. There must be hundreds more out there, ghosts of elves who died in the scourge attacks and were simply left alone out there. I am sure they would appreciate having another person to talk to.

Your friend,
Loralinde

 

[Story] Berwick’s Letter

Dear Hethurin,

Greetings from Pandaria! I know it’s been a long time since we have been in touch. Xyliah and I have been here looking for treasure. There are hardly any outsiders here anymore, I don’t think we’ve seen anyone at all once we left the shrine. Still plenty of bears, of course, but they just go about their lives as usual. I like that because it means there’s no one else here looking for stuff. We have enough now that I think we should return to Silvermoon and sell it, most of it looks pretty good but there’s a few statues that I think will bring a lot of gold. There are also some old books, I can’t read pandaren so I don’t know what they are about, but perhaps a collector might be interested in them. We will have to bring back some spices as well, so Tik can make noodles for everyone. They never seem to taste quite the same when we cook them though, do they? I suspect the bears have some secret ingredient they aren’t telling us about.

Hopefully we can find a bear here who can make a portal. If not we might need you to come, if you aren’t too busy of course. I guess the fall classes must have started up, so you probably have a lot going on there. I also have one other request, if it’s not too much trouble. Once we sell our current stock, I’d like to see if there are still any properties available in the Ghostlands. It’s fine if we need to fix it up — well, I’ll probably hire your builders if it’s too complicated, but I can do some basic things. Like painting. I thought Xyliah would want to be closer to the rangers, because that’s where her sister is, but she said it would be okay being near the school as well. She’s a bit worried about spiders getting in, so I think she wants to be able to have it warded. It doesn’t have to be too big, just the ordinary rooms and maybe a few extra. We’ll need storage for things we’ve found that haven’t sold yet. We also had the idea to give each room its own theme, like we could have a troll room and put hammocks in, along with a lot of troll pottery and statues and masks and things. She even said her father could make chairs that look like they’re made of bones. Wouldn’t that be neat? I bet no one else has troll chairs. At least not any elves. I hope we can have a Pandaria room, too. They’re some of my favorite statues. Xyliah wants our sitting room to have fossils, that’ll be fun too, especially if I can find a really big skull.

If there aren’t any houses that need fixing up, just a plot would be okay, but we’d have to hire the builders to help design it. I’m really happy that she’s finally coming around to the idea. It feels a lot more permanent if we have our own place, even if we’re not there all the time, it’s still a place to return to that will be really ours. Everywhere else we lived has always belonged to someone else. I know she’ll never want to really settle down, I wouldn’t either, but it’s good to have something that’s ours. And you know, if we ever do need any extra rooms for anything we’d be prepared.

Do you need any decorations for the school, or antique books or anything like that? We even found some old pandaren weapons, but I don’t know if they could still be used or not. They’re probably better suited to decoration. Oh, and a big gong thing. It’s really loud. We might keep that.

Your friend,
Berwick

[Story] The Ghostclaw – Sath’alor’s Journal (and Letters)

Things aren’t going so well. Orledin and Salenicus just walked off during their patrol the other night. Sorrowmoss said that they went into a dark, shadowy portal which I assume means they went back to the death knight citadel, because neither of them were mages before. So at least I have some idea where, but I don’t know why they’d just leave. Were they unhappy? I know Orledin was lonely sometimes, but everyone was at least polite to him, and loved his baking. He has his cat, which he didn’t take with him. Nessna says that’s proof he’ll return, and I hope she’s right about that. Salenicus hasn’t been here as long, so I could possibly see him leaving, but not Orledin. Why wouldn’t they at least tell me what was going on? I’m writing a letter, but who knows if the scary dead people in charge will agree to it, or even read it. Can I go there if I need to, like I had to go find Sunashe? I hope not, I don’t think it’s a very safe place to visit. I’ll see what happens with the letter, I guess.

Nessna agreed that we should have a plan in case things get too dangerous here. She thinks we’ll be able to handle the demons, which we are for now, but if things get really bad it’s better to have a plan already in place. She said that Hethurin would allow us to stay at the school, it’s big enough for everyone and there are magical wards in place. We have some here that he made, too, but I assume they’re stronger at the school because they’re closer to him. Maintaining them must be tiring, and it’s likely ours would falter sooner. I have an alarm horn that can be heard far into the forest, that will be the signal to head to the school. That way, anyone on patrol will also know what’s happening.

I think Sorrowmoss would be just as happy doing her patrol alone, but I don’t really feel it’s safe. If something were to overwhelm her, we wouldn’t know until the morning. Thankfully, Julan volunteered to take hers temporarily, until Orledin and Salenicus get back. He wanted extra pay, but I don’t mind paying it. The overnight patrol is rough for us living people.

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Dear Sirs,

Two of my rangers, I have reason to believe that two of my rangers, Orledin and Salenicus, are at your stronghold. They are both highly trained rangers and an important part of the team that keeps the Ghostlands safe for both living and unliving residents. Presently, their help is needed to ensure that the demon invasion is kept controlled. Please urge them to return as soon as possible.

Captain Silverdawn,
The Ghostclaw Rangers

PS – Pancat meows because he misses Orledin.

-=-

Dear Hethurin,

I tried to come by to talk to you, but Tik said you were sleeping. I just wanted to ask if it was all right if the rangers and Nessna and I stay at the school in case things get really bad out here. So far, it hasn’t, but it’s always good to have a plan in place. Also, after things get back to normal, I was wanting to take her on a trip. Would you be able to watch the boys for a few days? They’re really good and I know you have a place they could stay.

Sath’alor

-=-

Kes,

Congratulations, Nessna told me that you and Ordinicus had your wedding. I hope it was nice, and you’re going on a relaxing trip. I’m glad you are happy and doing well, though it wasn’t how I imagined things would go it all worked out in the end.

Sath’alor

-=-

Kitten,

I tried to write you a poem, but it was really bad. So just imagine that there’s a really beautiful and romantic poem here instead. It explains how much I love you and how happy you make me feel. It’s also maybe a little bit dirty. I can’t wait for our trip, you’re going to love it.

Sath

[Story] Fairsong Academy – Irael’s Letter

Dear Mother,

We are here in Shattrath! It’s so strange to think we’re actually on another world. I guess it does feel different, but not that different. Mostly the sky is different, there are hardly any clouds so you can see all of the different moons in the sky. The plants and animals are also different, I don’t know the names of any of them but you can tell just by looking. There are really tall green trees around the city though, so it’s not that different from the school. Des said there are giant moths and spiders out there. I wonder if that’s true or just something they tell people so they don’t go too far out into the forest. Magister Fairsong got everyone their own inn room, we practically have the whole inn. I can’t imagine how much it must have cost. My room is nice, there’s a little bench in the window so you can look out and watch when it gets dark. Because of all the moons I guess, it never really gets very dark though. At first it was hard to sleep but the curtains are good at keeping the light out. They have all kinds of different foods here, they have bowls of fruit put out that you can eat whenever you want to and almost all of them were ones I’d never seen before. Some of them are really good though. One is manaberries, we know about those because we have them back at the school, but I’d never seen them whole before. Terellion is going to go pick a bunch where they grow, and try to bring back some bushes to grow in the garden. I think that’s a great idea, we’d be the only place in the area that grows them. I think they’d probably use magic to keep the greenhouse the right temperature too. Isn’t that clever? I hope I can think of things like that once I’m a magister.

It’s not all fun though, we got an assignment to write a paper. It’s been really hard. I can write a letter okay but a paper is a lot harder! Des said I should just explain the spell like if I was showing it to someone, and I’ve got about a paragraph that way but it has to be much longer than that. Maybe I can put in more words? Felarius is having a hard time too. I don’t even think he knows what spell he wants to do it on. It’s just worrying us a lot because if we don’t do well we might have to leave. I don’t really know if he’d do that but it’s possible. There are lots of things to do here besides writing a paper so it would be nice to see something besides the library! Oh, there are draenei here, do you know what those are? They’re weird blue people with tails and bumpy heads. Oh and they have hooves too. They don’t really come up to the tier where we are, though sometimes I see some in the library. Des said the naaru can see inside your head and read your thoughts. That is scary. I’m trying to only have good thoughts while I’m here. I think they also might have told the other students about me and Felarius. Some of them are acting a little odd, like the boy who was supposed to dance with me and then he was supposed to go to the market with me. He hasn’t, and then last night he suddenly didn’t want to eat with us anymore. He said it was because of Felarius’s gross food, but I’m not sure. Why would someone tell them? I definitely think it was those naaru things. Felarius said it’s because he’s scared of girls, but there’s lots of girls at the school so I don’t think so.

Maybe one day you could visit too. There’s all kinds of weird foods at the restaurant, like clefthoof. I’m not sure what that is but it sure tastes good. The sandwich is my favorite thing there so far. I also like the tallstrider leg. It’s like a hawkstrider I guess, but people eat them here. They also have all kinds of good desserts. Don’t order the thing that Felarius got, he said it was too hard to eat and also it had six legs.

Love,
Irael

[Story] Fairsong Academy – Irael’s Letter

Dear Mother,

How did you like our first fancy party? I bet it was fancier than most of the ones in the city. I still can’t believe how much food they made! Tik and Terellion must have been cooking for weeks beforehand. I like how all the foods were like little miniature versions, like the tiny sandwiches and tiny cakes. And of course the rolls. I’d heard about those beforehand, so I knew I had to try them out. They weren’t kidding! It sounds kind of gross to put fish inside a roll but they were really good. There was some kind of cream or something inside. I even tried a little wine. I know, I shouldn’t have, but Zalindri kept saying how good it was and I wanted to try it. But then she said I should be careful because of how strong it is. I don’t want to drink too much by accident and look bad. I don’t want to get sent home for drinking too much. The Magister is already checking up on us, I’m sure that means he’s also watching us closely. I’m sure if a rich kid did it, that would be okay, but not if I did. That’s just how things are, I understand. I don’t know much about wine, but it tasted pretty good. I didn’t finish all of it.

I didn’t get to dance. I guess that boy forgot or he got too nervous or I think maybe someone told him. I don’t know who it might have been. Maybe Zalindri. I think she’s a little annoyed with me, because of what I said about her fiance. I just think it doesn’t sound like he is very interested in her, if he won’t even take a few hours to come and see her. I wouldn’t like being married to someone who didn’t even write me letters or anything. But maybe that’s how arranged marriages are supposed to be, I don’t know. But then, she did dance with me a little bit. I think I didn’t dance very well, but as far as I know I didn’t step on her feet, so that’s good. She also told me that the two girls that Magister Fairsong adopted are both from the Row. Can you imagine? I’ll admit to being a little jealous. Not about being an orphan, of course, but getting adopted to live someplace like this. I’m glad they won’t have to live on the Row. I guess I won’t have to either, at least for a while. Magister Firewind said if you want to, you could live here at the school. It would be longer to get to your job, but there’s dragonhawks. It’s something to think about anyway. You’d be safer and you could keep an eye on me!

You looked so beautiful in your new dress! I saw you were talking a lot to Magister Firewind. I hope it was mostly good things. I’m trying really hard in my lessons and I hope he can see that.

Love,
Irael