Had a prettyinteresting sort of evening Wednesday. Started out running into Kialthos outside
the Shady Lady just as he was gearing himself to head inside, grab a drink. Been
a little wary of that place since I got back to Stormwind, sort of crowd that
seems to’ve started hanging around inside lately, but figured I’d tag along all
the same. Spent a while hanging around in there. Did some talking, ‘bout the
situation with the Quel’talan mostly. How it is we’re gonna go about getting it
back once we’ve gotten enough other concerns cleared out of the way to look at
doing as much. Kialthos mentioned at one stage that he could look at sorting
out a ship of some kind to help out with it, provide some naval support if we
need it. Have to say though, I was a little distracted by the sounds coming out
of the alley behind the bar. Sounded like there might’ve been a fight of some
kind getting on, someone getting into some kind of trouble with the regulars.
Something about her eavesdropping on them, maybe. Don’t know for certain. Made
me a little wary, whatever the case. Think it was when the death threats
started getting thrown around that Kialthos took an interest. Two of us headed
out to take a look at what was going on, had Sarah arrive just after, but
whatever’d been going on, it was over by that stage. Was kinda worried there
might’ve been a kidnapping or something. Sarah was talking about going to the
guards when all of a sudden Imon showed up. Been years now since last I saw her…not
sure I’ve run across her ever since the Red Knights. Anyway, turned out she’s working
as a healer for the people who were involved, didn’t think there was anything
happening that’d be worth taking to the authorities. Wasn’t entirely sure
whether or not to believe her on that, but turned out to be right. Woman who
sounded like she’d been having trouble came waltzing out the door a few moments
later. Good thing, really…wouldn’t have wanted to just leave somebody in a
situation like that, but at the same time, don’t know I wouldn’t have wanted to
get caught up in that myself.
Spent a little
while just hanging ‘round outside the bar once that all got wrapped up.
Kialthos took it as his opportunity to ask Sarah about the whole casual sex
thing he’s had on his mind this past little while. She wasn’t interested. Hadn’t
expected she would be, to be honest, although reason turned out to be different
than I’d expected. As it happens, already has herself a new relationship. Turns
out that she and Iadric’ve been together for about a month now. Ever since that
date auction the Haethons put on a while back. Think he bought her to keep this
creepy noble type from doing the same and things just kinda developed from
there. Think Kialthos and myself were the first they’ve told. Seems like that’s
the new trend lately, keeping relationships a secret from your friends…no idea
how the hell they’ve managed it, way they started fidgeting and looking at each
other when the topic of relationships came up. Think Kialthos was kind of
insulted they didn’t come clean when he started catching on. Walked off in a
huff. Don’t know I’m too happy to’ve been left out of the loop myself, but have
to say, was funny as hell hearing them try to justify keeping things quiet. Got
all flustered, started talking about how there were missions and everything
going on, how they’re coworkers. Something from Sarah about me being like her
dad. Guess it is a little understandable they wouldn’t want it spreading too
rapidly, considering how Gwen’s likely to feel when she hears the news. Don’t
know how Matthes’ll react. Still, think it’s good it’s at least a little out in
the open now. Just hope it winds up going well for the two of them. Don’t think
either of them’ve had too much in the way of luck with relationships lately,
between Matthes’ disappearances and a couple of relationships now that Iadric’s
had break up on account of people being too busy with work to hold them
together. Figure it’d be good for the both of them to have a bit of a change
after the two of them headed off. Wound up stumbling into Alliste, of all
people. Found her hanging around the Dwarven District. While since last I saw
her…don’t know the time’s been all that good to her, state her mind seemed to
be in. Kept looking over her shoulder, talking about things that like to hang
around in the shadows. Had it together just enough to tell me about a job she
was hoping I’d take on. Wanted a knife and some chains, ones that’d be fit for
enchanting. Didn’t say for what, although I’m guessing it might’ve had
something to do with these benefactors she mentioned at one point. Whatever the
case, seemed to want them pretty bad, so figured I’d see what I could do for
her. Didn’t seem like too big of a job to take on. Just hope it’s nothing too
shady she has in mind…speaking of old friends, also wound up running into
Halanden while I was out there. Had that Orik guy with him. Showed up while I
was talking to Alliste. Two of them seemed pretty keen on getting a drink of
some kind after she ran off. Figured Eunie wouldn’t have been too happy with me
having guests over, it being midnight and all, so we just headed on over to the
Keg for a bit. Can’t say I was the best for conversation with as late as it was
by that point, but good to spend some time with them all the same. Halanden
especially, considering how long it’s been since last I saw him. Don’t know
what he’s been up to all that time, but whatever it was, he’s showing his age a
lot more nowadays than he was last I came across him. Still, doesn’t seem to be
slowing down much. He and Orik were talking about picking up this salvaged
zeppelin and heading up north in the morning. Planning on helping Araian out
with this Argent Crusade business he’s been getting into lately. Something
about besieging an old keep full of cultists. Hope they get on alright with it.
Sure they will. From the sounds of things, got the right people for the job.
Iadric has an immense amount of respect for Agnes. Why? Well, she let him into the White Sigil in the first place and she has accepted him since despite his past faults (and mistakes he has made while part of the group). She also seems to trust him enough to make him an officer at that, so he has formed a solid opinion on the doctor. Add four points.
The doctor has a talent for mentalism and medical work. Given Iadric’s line of work, and his interest in mentalism, he respects Agnes on that front too. Add two points.
Agnes is reasonably attractive, but she isn’t exactly Iadric’s type. Plus, she is married to Strahm so… the paladin wonders if there’s something a little off with her. That man really loves dogs. Add one point.
Doctor Yardley once got so mad she threw a table across the mess hall of the Quel’talan and it missed Iadric by about three inches. He definitely has not forgotten that. Subtract a point.
What is up with Gilnean ladies and their love of the bustle anyway? Subtract half a point.
The Official “Hot Damn” Rating: 5.5/10
Well, they are in a relationship. There must be some reasons, right?
Despite her loud and lewd exterior, Iadric has found a kindred soul in Sarah. They have bonded over a lot (e.g. losing their homelands, Sarah’s dad was the Stromgarde equivalent of a paladin). On top of that? He just enjoys being with and around her at this point. Oh, and he doesn’t mind her loud and lewd exterior most of the time. Add four points.
Have we mentioned that they are both reforming criminals? That has been an interesting quandary for Iadric to navigate in his relationship with Sarah. In his opinion, being able to talk about their somewhat shady pasts has only helped them become closer. Add two points.
Iadric is fascinated by the Arcane and how it all works exactly, so that also attracted him to Sarah… who is a mage. Add a point.
Sarah is Iadric’s type from a physical standpoint. The farm boy from southern Lordaeron loves himself some curves. Add three points.
Sarah had herself some fun Friday. There was this draenei guy standing out front of the Cathedral trying to block people from getting in. Something to do with claiming it for this god of his, Solare I
think the name was. Never really found out what the deal with that was. People
were getting pretty agitated with the guy by the stage I got there, raising
voices and all that. Ended up chasing him into the Cathedral, chaining him up
when they cornered him down in the crypts, although I think they may’ve decided
against dragging him off to the Stockades in the end. Think Sarah ended up
joining his cult somehow, before that stage, although don’t know she had any
more idea what was going on than I did. Ended up with glowing yellow eyes on
account of it, all the same. Think she said it was just some kind of mana
disturbance, sort of thing a lot of Kirin Tor apprentices could pull off
without much effort. Whatever it was, good to see her having some fun. Think
she’s gotten to be pretty worn lately, dealing with things out on Draenor.
Plenty of draenei around for her to ogle, but guess she’s not really keen on
that, situation with Matthes being what it is. Engagement’s off, apparently.
I’d kinda had an inkling, way she seemed to have something she wanted to say
last I brought it up over the comms, plus the way she was talking Friday about
having to find herself a new place to live. Guess she figured the
disappearances were more than she was gonna be able to handle in the long run.
Shame, really…much as I can’t say they struck me as the most stable of couples
all the time, did seem to make each other happy.
Spent a while hanging ‘round Cathedral Square after
that whole thing with the Solare guy got cleared up, not that it was the last
disturbance to happen there over the course of the day. Confrontation a little
later on between this whole big group of paladins and this one warlock who was
sitting out front of the Cathedral on this horse that may or may not’ve been
demonic in some way or another. Couldn’t even call it an argument. Just them
saying over and over again that demons’re forbidden within the city and that
people dragging them around’re supposedly kill-on-sight and her just either
ignoring them or saying her horse didn’t qualify. Think Strahm enjoyed himself,
making the odd jab at them here and there. Think he probably got more enjoyment
out of that than out of the conversation we’d been having earlier. Basically
about how he doesn’t really seem to trust a lot of people in the Sigil, doesn’t
feel comfortable showing anybody other than Agnes who he really is. Afraid of
putting his emotions out in the open, getting hurt on account of it. Don’t know
he’s really got any right to be surprised if people don’t read him right on
account of it, don’t immediately start questioning it when they hear less than
positive things about him the way Argonas must’ve done talking to the other
version of Sinafay. Guess it’s his call, though. Long as it doesn’t get anybody
other than himself into trouble. Speaking of trouble, just about got himself
dragged up to Acherus later on in the evening, messing around with this one
deathknight who wandered past wearing a mask like Aurric’s. Could well’ve had
to spend the night there if it hadn’t been for that body-splitting trick of
his. Always seem to forget he can do that…then again, considering Agnes seems
to do the same even with the amount she’s around him, guess I shouldn’t feel
too bad about it.
What else happened that day…met this one draenei
friend of Kialthos’. Or…something like a friend, anyway. Employee, if nothing
else. Ibaalin. Been with him a while, apparently, ever since Draenor. Think I’d
seen her before, heard her having it out with Cuthben this one time when RBM
were having a meeting on the ship. Didn’t really end up talking to her all that
long that night. Briefly discussed Draenor, fact that she’s not really keen on
spending much time on the other side of the portal. Sees it as not a whole lot
more than a reminder of everything she lost when things went to hell in our
timeline. Also talked about what it’s like to be a worgen, although didn’t get
all that in-depth on that before she had to head off elsewhere. Did also see
Agnes in the evening. Got a chance to talk to her for a little after that whole
thing with the deathknight got wrapped up. Think the big thing to come out of
that conversation’s that she knows I know she’s pregnant now. Strahm mentioned
she might like to let people know about her condition before the
interrogations, otherwise he might’ve had to go telling people for her,
probably not in her preferred fashion. I chimed in a little, mentioned it might
be for the best for her to do it her way, or as close to her way as possible.
Bit of a weight off my shoulders, having that out in the open, not that I’m at
liberty to go spreading it. Way she talked about still being a Gilnean lady,
I’m guessing she wouldn’t exactly be too pleased with me if I went spreading
the news any further than Eunie. Not that I would’ve been inclined to anyway,
considering it’s kind of a delicate topic for most people, but guess I’ll
consider the implied threat there something of an encouragement.
Did manage to get Gwenelle’s sword to her yesterday, before we headed north to try get Cainam back. Managed it, in the end, but I guess I’ll get onto that in a minute. She seemed pretty happy with it. Said it was perfect, in actual fact. Couldn’t take all the credit considering I’d help on the sheath and the chasing on the hilt, not to mention the enchantment on the blade and to make the embossing a little more sturdy, but guess the design at least is mine. Wonder if I could see about getting more into that sort of weapon business in future. This sword and the one for Sarah are definitely some of my favourite projects I’ve ever worked on. Definitely more interesting than making standard issue falchions and longswords and that to go to weapon stores. Actually, speaking of Sarah, turns out she and Matthes’re back from some kind of vacation they were on. He was on the mission. Good to see him again. Should hopefully get the chance to catch up with her again soon enough. Anyway, back on track, do quite like the amount of customisation that goes into making a weapon like that. Bound to be a few wealthy people in the city who wouldn’t mind having something along those lines. Guess it’d be tough to get a similar result without knowing them as well as I do Gwenelle, but something to maybe think about.
Anyway, the mission. Headed down and met people on the docks after I’d arranged some last minute supplies to get sent up to Menethil, just in case we needed an emergency supply run. Didn’t need them, so figure I’ll maybe head up that way Sunday, get them back from Burt and pay him what I owe him for asking around, keeping his boat in port for the day in case we needed it. Had a fairly big group of us. More than a dozen in total. Like I said, Matthes was there, then there was also Rosalinde, Stehl, Iadric, Balderos, Gwenelle, Lumenar, Mitta, Sinafay and Balderos. This Corlo guy tagged along as well, guess he’d been a guard for the Haethons or something at some stage, then Eunie showed up as well just after we’d gone through the portal. She’d dropped Gloria off with a sitter for the evening. Didn’t want to miss the mission, seeing as it was Cainam we were heading out there for. Really good to see her in action again. Never seen her fight quite like that before…some of the cat stuff I’ve seen once or twice, but not sure I’ve ever seen her do much fighting as a bird before. Really good for hit and run tactics. Kept swooping down, slashing at things with her talons and then getting out of there before they got a chance to hit her back. Pretty handy having her on our side, and that’s without getting into all the scouting she was able to do from overhead, and her magic with roots. Wore her out, so probably for the best if we don’t want up in any more situations like that any time soon. Still, if I do wind up having to fight again before too long, idea that I could be doing it beside her’s not a bad one.
Portal Gwen was able to get set up for us took us to that crater up in Hillsbrad, place where Dalaran used to be. Took us a minute or two to find the right path out of there heading north, but no major issues at that stage. Took a little while to decide on a plan when we got to the shore of the lake, had to pick between this rickety-looking path and a few rowboats. Ended up deciding on the latter. Couple of people must’ve gotten off-balance, got a little wet, but no issues as a result, ‘part from the smell. Ran into murlocs when we got to the far shore, but they weren’t all that hard to take down, many of us as there were. After that, headed through Ambermill, along the road down into this town near the swamps. Think it was Pyrewood, but don’t know if there might be some other smaller settlements dotted around there. All ruins, anyway. Wasn’t until we got there that we ran into any trouble, at least aside from the weather. Don’t know whether it was the residents or the Forsaken trying to hold of the Liberation Front, but somebody’d heaped up all this stuff, made a barricade blocking the road. Started trying to take it apart, but we were only part of the way through before somebody or something from the Forsaken camp up the road took notice. Guessing it was an abomination, but couldn’t see for certain, heavy as the rain was. Wound up having to take refuge in the one place in town that wasn’t falling apart, this manor off to one side of the square. Something about the gates on that place…almost got the feeling I’d seen them somewhere before. Not a nice place…residence of some kind of warlock, from the journals people were finding. There were runes drawn all over the place. Sort of stuff you’d use for blood magic. Creepy place…didn’t have to stay in there too long, thankfully. One well-placed lightning strike later and we were free to carry on. Weather picked up after that. Not necessarily a good thing. Smell might not’ve been so bad if it’d kept raining…
Road leading towards the city was covered in corpses. Ones that were still moving around seemed pretty occupied eating the ones that weren’t, so we didn’t have any issues slipping past. Things were even worse once we got into the city. You could barely breathe for the smell of rot…looked for a second there like we might’ve been able to sneak past the ones gathered up around the cathedral as well, barricades they’d put up between themselves and the gates, but no such luck. They broke through, came down on top of us. Held our own, but doubt we would’ve much longer if we hadn’t been able to fall back to the bridge as quickly as we did, slammed the gates shut. Think the worst injuries were from there. Would’ve gotten my face chewed off if Rosalinde hadn’t come to the rescue. From there, managed to find the tunnel that leads underneath the city, took that out towards the cemetery near Keel Harbour where we were meant to be finding Cainam. Good thing I’ve still got a few memories of the city’s layout from when I was there with the Scarlets. Light only knows what we would’ve come across if we’d had to carry on through the streets and then take the roads to get there. Tunnel was hidden behind a fake wall, so no way we would’ve found it just by luck.
Things weren’t much better once we got out of the city. Smell wasn’t, at least. Worse, if anything. Thankfully, didn’t take us all that long to find what we were looking for. That deathknight who set us on the trail was waiting outside the gates to some of the crypts, Cainam’s father. Wasn’t tough to fight on his own. We were ripping him apart before he used these magical tendril things to lift us up in the air, raised a whole lot of corpses, had them all come together into this sick-looking flesh golem. That wasn’t a fun thing to kill…still, we managed it. Didn’t wind up with too many injuries in the process. By the time we’d taken care of that, Balderos’d grabbed the deathknight’s attention, managed to put him down. Amount of effort people put into making certain he wasn’t gonna be getting up again, figure this means that we’ve seen the last of him. To his credit, didn’t sound like he was an entirely willing party in what was going on, but still, guess it’s not a bad thing to have one less threat to be concerning ourselves about.
Cainam wasn’t at the crypt the way we’d been told. What we did find was some kind of magical residue. Guess somebody’d used fel magic to open a portal out of there. Would’ve been the end of the road if we hadn’t had Lumenar and Gwenelle on hand to open up our own to follow them with. Wound up at this big sort of shrine, statues around like those ones at the Dark Portal. Looked like somewhere in the Twilight Highlands, but I didn’t hang around to make sure. Soon as we got there, there was this big eredar waiting for us, I guess a demon who’d been summoned by this warlock who must’ve been running the show. Just about did some serious damage, but it didn’t have all that good of a chance with as many of us as there were, even with everything we’d already been through that night. Once he was finished, warlock wasn’t too tricky. Tried to change into a demon, but Rosalinde, Sinafay and Miraneev managed to cut him down pretty quickly. Once that was done, all that was left was to take care of Cainam. He was in a pretty rough state. Could well’ve been killed by the drop from where warlock’d had him hanging if Sinafay hadn’t managed to catch him. Severely malnourished, few gashes, lot of bruises. Still, he was alive. Lassair, Sinafay and Miraneev were all taking a look at him last night, so figure they’ll be able to patch him up alright, even if it takes a long time before he recovers.
There was something the warlock said, something about how as long as Cainam was alive, there’d still be this portal to allow some nathrezim into the world. Don’t know whether to believe him or not. Even if I did, though, we weren’t gonna leave Cainam out there to die or anything. If some dreadlord wants to cause trouble, let him. We’ll deal with it, same way we deal with everything else. A friend’s death is too high a price to pay, no matter what sort of safety it’d give us.
celebration on Sunday, just outside the Exodar. This draenei thing. What was it
called…Suner’Chomei or something like that, I think? Anyway, didn’t have much
else going on that afternoon, so figured I’d go along, see what it was all
about. Headed there with Sarah and Iadric. His first trip to the Exodar,
actually. Almost got there late, amount of gawking he was doing while we were
going through the city. Not surprising, really…place is pretty damn impressive,
‘specially on the first visit. Couple other Sigil people who showed up a little
after we got to the place. Heldane, Torhas. Wasn’t sure to start off if I was
gonna be able to stick around, considering the people organising it seemed to
be wanting people to give up their weapons, but they didn’t wind up being all
that serious about that. Didn’t try enforce it or anything. Still wasn’t able
to stick around long on account of Gloria starting to get fussy a short ways into
it, but stuck around long enough to see everything get underway. Can’t remember
what they said the idea behind the celebration was, but they were organising
duels, animal fights. Was meant to be an elekk race as well at the end, but
wasn’t able to see that. Stayed around just long enough to get some food, see
the start of the fight between Torhas and this guy calling himself the wolf
shaman. Might have to ask how that went, next time I see the guy…seemed like
both of them were throwing some pretty decent punches.
Had Pensife come
talk to me yesterday. Said he was wanting to show me something. Ended up taking
a little trip up to New Tinkertown to look at progress on the submarine he said
he was gonna organise for us. Was coming along a hell of a lot faster than I’d
been expecting. Would’ve been early afternoon I headed up, and by then they’d
already gotten the exterior and a fair bit of the interior finished off.
Apparently had most of the parts already lying around. Leftovers from when the
gnomes were making a whole bunch of the things, back during the Second War. All
he really needed to do was get some people together to put them together, then
organise the weapons. Brought me up there so I could decide which ones to go
for. Pretty interesting selection, really…showed me this one launcher that
shoots magnetically charged saw blades, a big mechanical hammer that’s meant to
deliver a shock to whatever it hits. Ended up settling on these rocket launchers
for the ranged weapons, then a set of robotic arms on top of that in case the
giant winds up being able to get close before he can take it out. Other weapon
he’s gonna be carrying’s this laser he’s been working on lately. Meant to pack
enough of a punch that it’s got this built in shielding function to protect
anything other than what you’re aiming at. Problem’s that it’s all a little
experimental, could well end up blowing the submarine to bits if he uses it.
Still wants it there all the same, but only as a last resort. Here’s hoping it
doesn’t come to that…I’d hate to think of losing him and whoever we have
helping him out down there getting drowned or blown up or anything on account
of them having to use it and things not working out.
He wound up staying
up there to oversee the rest of the construction process, but I headed back to
Stormwind after we got done. Headed over to Cathedral Square, wound up running
into Leper when I got there. She came across a little bored, so got to thinking
it might not’ve been a bad idea to wander over towards the Old Town, do that
target practice she mentioned doing some time when I was talking to her Monday.
Didn’t really end up going all that well for her, in the end. Did pretty damn
well myself, but she seemed to be struggling to get anywhere near the centre of
the target. Guessing she was probably just having a bad day. Between the length
of time she’s been using a bow and the fact that Kialthos thought she was good
enough to be worth hiring, figure she’s capable of doing better than that.
Ain’t like I haven’t had a couple bad days myself over the years. Jaxson’s
shoulder can testify to that, wherever the hell he is nowadays…long as she
doesn’t let it discourage her too much, can pull of the shots when it counts,
that’s what matters. Might help her get to be better at that if she was hunting
things other than just rats and pigeons…guess I maybe shouldn’t judge,
considering I ate a few rats myself after I turned for the first time, but
there’s no way that’s the best nutrition she could be getting. Wound up giving
her a silver when she said she was going to go and get some dinner, just so she
could organise something not crawling with Light only knows what. Here’s hoping
she actually did that rather than just tucking it away somewhere.
Wasn’t all that
much that happened after that. Just ended up hanging ‘round out front of the
orphanage for a little while. Saw Devoner there. Pretty sure I heard somewhere
that he was dead…not sure. Anyway, good to see that he’s not, even if I
couldn’t hang around to talk to him long on account of having to head home,
help get Gloria settled in for the night. Also got this real interesting story
from Sarah about some trouble her mother got her in. Apparently had herself a
fling with this bounty hunter up in the Badlands. Didn’t end well on account of
her telling him his fortune this one time. Don’t know what she said, must’ve
been pretty bad considering the next thing he did was to try and kill her. Came
down to Stormwind and put a bullet in Sarah’s leg when that didn’t work out.
Can see why the relationship between her and her mother might not be all that
strong, if that’s the sort of thing that’s typical of her…do get the impression
it’s been wearing Sarah out, having to deal with her mother this past little
while. Much as we need her to make our plan work and Sarah’s probably our best
bet for getting her on our side and keeping her there, feel bad for putting her
up to it all the same. Hopefully won’t have to worry about that anymore once
Saturday’s out of the way. Think all we really did apart from that while I was
there was joke about dads. Not sure how we got onto that topic…then again, not
sure how we got onto a lot of the topics than we manage to. Better that than
talking about the ship some more. Know it’s important and all, want it back
just as much as anybody, ‘part from maybe Agnes, but I have to say, will be
glad when I can go a day without thinking about it.