[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.

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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

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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

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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

[Story] Fairsong Academy – Irael’s Letter

Dear Mother,

I have been studying very hard. You should see how thick the books are! Right now I’m learning Magic Theory which I thought would be a lot easier because it’s not actually casting spells, but it’s not at all. There’s a lot of history stuff and all the different spells people have tried to do the same thing and then they talk a lot about which method is the best. It’s enough to make my head hurt sometimes. I’m scared that everyone else gets it except me, I haven’t done any tests yet so I don’t know how I am doing. I guess they’re going to send you my grades when I do. You might want to sit down first. But I talked to some of the other students and they said they think fire is hard too.  A lot of them are studying ice magic. Isn’t that weird? I never heard of that. But there’s one girl studying fire at least, so I plan to talk to her about it. Maybe she can help it make sense a bit more. The teachers try but they’re teachers so it’s already easy for them, there’s one who is a younger lady who just graduated not too long ago so I bet she remembers that it’s like to be a student. Magister Firewind said she went to this same school. I wonder if that’s weird to teach at the same school you went to?

I’ve gone walking around the grounds. There’s a forest with lots of trails in it, and also a beach. We’re not supposed to go down there right now but we can in the summer. As long as we go with someone else. That seems like an idea for trouble but I guess none of the students here do anything like that, I’m not sure. I know one has a fiance, she was talking about him last night. But he’s arranged, so obviously her family is rich, and he hardly ever comes to visit her. She invited him to the parties and stuff but he always has an excuse. I feel bad for her because I don’t think that guy likes her at all. If he did, he would make time to see her, even if it was just for a little while. But I guess it doesn’t seem to bother her, so maybe I shouldn’t say anything. That or he actually likes guys and that’s what he’s busy doing in Silvermoon.

The spring ball is this weekend and I’m really nervous about it. First of all I don’t have any robes that are good for a ball, so hopefully Magister Firewind remembers to take us in time. I’m probably going to look like a drowned rat in a ball that fancy! Also the girl said that everyone dances. That’s just great, because I have no idea how to dance! I figured I would just stay near the food table and eat, because I guess some people do that. But then she asked this boy if he would dance with me! Thanks a lot! Now everyone’s going to know for sure that I don’t know how to dance and they’ll laugh at me and figure out I’m just some kid from the Row. She said they won’t but I know better! Sometimes I wonder if they already know and they’re just coming up with ways to make me look bad so it looks like an accident. They wouldn’t do that, would they? I don’t think any of them are that mean, but I guess you can never tell with people. Some are really good at seeming nice.

You should come too, at least then if everyone’s laughing I’ll have someone to talk to. Plus they said the food will be really good, even better than usual (which is really good). They make fancy little foods you can carry around and also extra fancy cake. The girl said it’ll probably be outside in the garden because of how warm it is, and all the flowers are blooming now. When you walk out there you can smell them all, it’s really nice.

Love,
Irael

[Story] Fairsong Academy – Irael’s Letter

Dear Mother,

I told you to stop worrying about the school! They aren’t going to sell us or anything. If they were they wouldn’t have bothered to hire all those people to act like teachers and students. Did you see how I’ll have my own practice room? I’m really excited about that. I think my room is bigger than our whole house at home. I know some people live in the houses on the grounds, maybe they would let you do that too? I could ask if you want. But then I don’t know what jobs they have out here, mostly everyone in the town is dead. Or undead, you know. I think working in the city is probably better than working with dead people.

Monday was my first day of classes. I was soooo nervous about it but it helped a little when I talked to Magister Firewind. He’s the one who is from the Row. I bet you’d probably recognize him, he has really bright orange curly hair, it’s very unique. He talked to Felarius and I and he told us we wouldn’t have to worry about paying for things, and also to tell him if anyone was causing trouble for us. I’m not sure if I really would, because obviously they would know who told, but so far everyone’s been really nice so maybe it won’t even be a problem. Of course I don’t think they know where we are from, except for Des. Some of them are definitely rich, one was talking about how she went to a private school in Silvermoon. But others I think might just be from the city, not the Row but not the rich parts either.

So we’re starting to learn magical theory, which is good because it’s a lot easier when there’s a teacher you can ask questions and have them explain things to you. In the book there’s diagrams and things but the way they said it made a lot more sense. I am sure I’ll get better much more quickly now. Oh and we get private lessons with our teachers, which is really great. I’m going to be a magister in no time at all! Well, maybe not, Des has been here for years since the school started. I didn’t ask how long the scholarship was for. I hope it’s long enough that I can finish my classes. She also said they sometimes take trips to Outland. There’s a big library there that sometimes the students can visit, and also shops. I don’t know about buying things but Des said the Headmaster would give us money. I’d probably just keep it and buy one small thing to eat or something.

Speaking of eating, I’m going to get so fat here! The food is so amazing, it’s the best food I ever ate. I can’t wait for the party so you can come eat some of it. I mean I know we had lunch but the dinner is even better, and there’s cakes baked every day. I have to stop myself from eating three plates full every night, though secretly I think Tik likes it when I ask for more. Tik is the butler, if you remember. I can’t believe I’m in a place that has a butler! It’s so weird to write that.

Magister Firewind said I should go see the healer in town. He said it like just for a check-up, but I don’t want to go to a healer, there’s nothing wrong with me! Also I’d have to tell her where I’m from and that would be embarrassing. The others said she’s nice, which I’m sure she is, but you know how people are. There’s also a confessor who I guess you are supposed to tell all the bad things you’ve done. Nice try! I’m not admitting to anything. I haven’t done anything bad since coming here and it’s going to stay that way, so I don’t need to talk to him.

Love,
Irael

[Story] Fairsong Academy – Irael’s Letter

Dear Mother,

I am writing to you, just as you asked, from my new room at the school. I don’t have to share it with anyone, but it’s really big! A lot of people could sleep in here if they needed to. There’s a huge bed with about a hundred pillows, and a big wooden closet to put my clothes in. Also there’s some dressers, and a trunk. I don’t have near enough things to fill all of them, so it feels a little empty right now, but it’s okay. Do you see how fancy this paper is? They bought me a whole stack of notebooks, one for every subject plus some extra ones. I mentioned that I wanted to write letters to you and they got me an extra one. Oh, there’s another student too. He’s also from the row. I remember him from my school. I guess the Headmaster decided to give him a scholarship, too. I hope it’s not just some kind of contest to decide which of us is better. He’s nice enough but I’m not letting him take my spot! Can you imagine just being able to give away that much money without even thinking about it? I can’t.

They took us to the shops in Silvermoon, I mean the really fancy ones near the bank, you know the ones? We were both a little nervous about going in there, the people who work there just know somehow. I didn’t want them to follow us around and watch us like we were going to steal something. At least he understands what it’s like. Des — that’s the assistant, she also helps teach arcane classes — didn’t even know what we were talking about. Of course she wouldn’t, because she’s not from the Row. Anyway, I think the shop people were wary at first but once the gold came out they were all smiles. I guess they buy all the robes for their new students there, so they get a lot of business. And it was serious gold, too. I found one robe I liked right away, and I went to try it on in the little room in the back and I snuck a look at the price. It looked perfect on me and it was so nice and smooth, but it cost more than all the money I’d saved up for mage school. For one robe! So I put it back and Des (that’s the girl) asked me why, and I said it cost too much. But she told me it was fine and she got it, and they bought three others too. And they bought them for the other kid too. It’s unreal, like I’m in a dream or something. I thought my dream of going to mage school would happen one day, but this is like from a book or something crazy.

I’m really anxious to meet the fire teacher. For one, because I’m most interested in fire, and also because he is from the Row too. I want to ask him about how it is and stuff. Don’t worry, nothing personal. But I feel like he might be a good person to ask about things if I get worried or whatever. I’m nervous about meeting the other students. I’m sure they are nice but they’re going to know where we are from, too. Somehow people always know. I am scared they’re going to make fun of us or call us names or something. Or at least talk about us behind our backs. Oh! And the school is haunted. There are ghosts in some of the rooms. I haven’t seen one yet but that’s what Des said. She said one of the other students tries to talk to them and studies them. That’s kind of neat. There are also big spiders in the summer, umm, I hope none try to come into my room. I guess they’re no worse than rats, and I know how to deal with those.

You can still come to visit this weekend. You’re going to just love it. Maybe you can stay in my room! Ha ha, just joking.

Love,
Irael

[Story] The Ghostclaw – Linarelle’s Letter

Dearest Sunashe,

We have arrived safely in Northrend, thankfully the flight from Dalaran was uneventful, aside from some snow flurries. I know Orledin didn’t plan to disappear, but I almost wish he’d done so in the summer rather than the creep toward winter. It’s already so cold, I can’t imagine that it could get colder, but the locals assure us that it will. I’m also thankful that we were able to take a portal to Dalaran rather than having to come to Northrend by ship, it would have added a great deal of time and I can’t imagine that being at sea in the winter is a pleasant experience. Outside of Dalaran, there are not really any large towns, we’re staying at an outpost with orc huts. They cut down on the wind, but that’s about all. I’m told there are some Taunka villages somewhere here as well, I’d think they at least know a thing or two about keeping warm. They do at least have a very large firepit, and keep it stoked at all hours, even during the night.

Thanks to the other death knight’s report, we have a place to begin looking: the Nerubian burrows. I guess that makes sense given how many times we’d gone into caves to squish spiders. I only hope we’ll be able to find him without too much trouble; I’ve never actually seen a Nerubian before but I’ve read they are larger than a person. Hopefully we don’t meet any, and hopefully no one makes any references to squishing spiders when it’s around. I’ve never really considered myself squeamish, either, but there’s something unsettling about going into an underground spider burrow, especially in this strange land. It doesn’t seem safe at all, I guess maybe that’s why they send death knights. I hope he’ll agree to come back, we all like him and miss him. If nothing else, he should come back for Pancat. The guys talk about Des and Vellira a lot, which I can understand. It just makes me miss you more though. The worst is at night when it’s cold, and I wish you were there to warm me. I wonder whether you’re too cold at home, and if you’re worried about me. Is Snowflake okay? I hope she’s eating for you and doesn’t miss me too much. I’m not really sure if a moth can miss someone, but you never know. It’s winter so her body slows down and she eats less, so she needs to eat higher quality food. Pero talks a lot about the dragonhawk he’s going to get. I am sure he’ll have lots of questions for you about training. Are the recruits still driving you crazy? I kept thinking of good lines while we were hiking but I didn’t write them down so I forgot them. Just imagine I’m saying them. I miss you.

Love,
Lin