[Alliance] Chapter Three: Session Five

Appearing Characters: Arator Windrunner, Ashwynn Menethil, Benjamin Warde, Elanora Proudmoore, Elissa Cross, Esara Verrinde, Finnall Goldensword, Galadin Windrunner, Gilveradin Windrunner, Giramar Windrunner, Jaina Proudmoore-Menethil, Kel'Thuzad, Krasus, Lieran, Lirath Windrunner, Loania, Lor'themar Theron, Mishan Waycrest-Proudmoore, Muradin Bronzebeard, Natalie Seline, Pathaleon, Raluhi, Remnii, Rhonin Windrunner, Sathera, Seria, Sylvanas Windrunner, Talath Dawnsworn, Theo Goldensword, Uther Menethil, Varedis Spellsoul, Velameestra Windrunner, Vincent Nightwhisper, Victor Prestor, Vittoria Trollbane

December 1st

The war summit started to disperse, and many individuals have returned to their camps to report on what was spoken of.

Gil asks Vel to pass on a message via her telepathic link to Alleria about meeting with the Amani trolls they encountered near Duskwither and attempt to nab them as allies before the Horde does. Vel does so, and Pathaleon is skeptical, but agrees to pass on the message.

Esara also catches up to Vel and mentions she will be available if any further aid is needed, as she has some resources outside of Silvermoon as well.

Victor then approaches and the group has a brief discussion on what they would be doing next, as it’s clear they may likely be heading back to Alterac. Vel mentions that Esara may be able to get them to Dalaran given she has access to her teleportation circle.

That also gives Vel herself more access to her own resources to potentially follow up on any leads. She suggests perhaps speaking with Calia about what happened, though mentioned that’s up to Victor’s discretion, which Victor is unwilling to put his mother through as much.

Victor goes to speak with his mother about arrangements given he’s leaving, and everyone disperses.

Gil goes to speak with Indomitable at the stables, opting to see if Arthas’s horse would be willing to aid them.

Indomitable says: It’s you. I’ve head speak of the king’s fate.
Gilveradin Windrunner says: That’s why I’m here.
Indomitable says: Have you discovered aught of his whereabouts?
Gilveradin Windrunner says: We have a place to start, at least. But helping to find him is something I was thinking I’d ask you if you’d be willing to help us do?

Indomitable immediately shakes his head enthusiastically.

Indomitable says: If there’s anything I can do, then I shall do it!
Gilveradin Windrunner says: You’re connected to him, right?
Indomitable says: Yes! As long as we are in a certain distance, I can speak with him!
Gilveradin Windrunner says: That will be invaluable.
Indomitable says: If ever we come within range, I will know he is within our grasp. If that can help up guide him home, then it’s my duty to bring him back!
Gilveradin Windrunner says: I’ll inform Uther to get the arrangements made.
Indomitable says: Thank you for the opportunity. I will not let you or his highness down.
Gilveradin Windrunner says: I don’t think you could.

Indomitable stands proud and watches Gil head back.

Gil then goes to speak with Sylvanas again at the elven camp.

Sylvanas Windrunner says: Gilveradin. I trust you’ve put a thought to what we spoke of yesterday.
Gilveradin Windrunner says: I have.

She turns to face him. Gil looks uncertain for a moment.

Gilveradin Windrunner says: I… think… I think you’re right. As much as I’ve always wanted to continue in this, it was for the goal that you’ve definitely made me realize isn’t quite as compatible.

Sylvanas smiles.

Sylvanas Windrunner says: I’m glad you came to this conclusion. While a part of me would have preferred if you stayed, my heart is glad you’re following yours.
Gilveradin Windrunner says: Plus now you can admit I’m your favorite nephew.

Sylvanas laughs.

Sylvanas Windrunner says: A valiant attempted, Gil, but I would never be goaded to make such an error. The others may be listening.

She approaches and hugs Gil, and he hugs her back. When she pulls away she turns back to the table and grabs a satchel, which she tosses to Gil. The satchel jingles with gold.

Sylvanas Windrunner says: Consider this severance pay to help get you on your feet and with this investigation of yours.

It’s filled with 150 gold pieces.

Sylvanas Windrunner says: It’s not much, but it’s all I can safely part with at the moment.
Gilveradin Windrunner says: It’s much more than I was expecting, which was nothing.
Sylvanas Windrunner says: I suppose you’re right. I imagine you have a lot of preparations to make before you leave. Be safe, Gil.
Gilveradin Windrunner says: You be safe as well, Aunt Sylvanas.

Sylvanas smiles.

Sylvanas Windrunner says: And do keep in touch.

She jingles the sending stone she has wrapped in a small bracelet.

Gilveradin Windrunner says: Vel made it much easier for us.
Sylvanas Windrunner says: She certainly did. And don’t forget the training you received as a Farstrider. May it serve you well.
Gilveradin Windrunner says: I don’t know if I can thank you enough for everything you’ve done for me.
Sylvanas Windrunner says: You already know how to thank me, Gilveradin.

She smiles and turns back to her pile of work. Gil leaves, and Sylvanas glances after him with a fond smile.

As Vel goes to find Esara to ask for her aid in returning to Dalaran and the continued investigation, none other than Lor’themar catches her eye.

Lor’themar Theron says: Velameestra. Can I have a moment?
Velameestra Windrunner says: Yes. Of course, commander.
Lor’themar Theron says: I wanted to thank you. Putting us in contact with the king allowed us to relay some degree of valuable intel, and I never had the opportunity to thank you, and I trust you can sent my sentiments to the rest of your companions. I imagine if situations were less dire, the king would have thanked you himself. But sometimes he has a tendency to… forget his manners when it comes to high stress situations. Had it not been for you and the others, the situation in Silvermoon would have been more grim than it is now. The rest of us may have even still be trapped behind the barrier. You have my sincerest thanks.
Velameestra Windrunner says: Of course. And I’ll endeavor to do whatever else I can given the present circumstances.
Lor’themar Theron says: I understand that while you left Quel’thalas at a young age, and you are effectively an expatriate to Dalaran, that does not make you any less kin to the rest of us from the homeland. Indeed even the king spent a good few years there, as you know. I’m glad we can count on someone you.

He then offers her a sum of gold. 500 in total, for the group’s services in Silvermoon.

Lor’themar Theron says: Here. This is a meager offering, far less than I would like to offer, but take this for compensation for all the work you and your friends have put forth for the Silvermoon government in exile in hopes it may bring us closer to returning to our homeland someday. You may distribute it amongst your fellows as you require.
Velameestra Windrunner says: It’s very appreciated.

Lor’themar nods.

Lor’themar Theron says: It’s a meager sum for all the things you have done, but if it can help you return not one, but two kings to their rightful thrones, I daresay it’s money well spent.
Velameestra Windrunner says: And if we have anything to say about it, you can be assured that we will be back when that barrier falls.
Lor’themar Theron says: Having a mage with your acumen on the front lines can only help.

There is a faint blush on the tips of Vel’s ears at the compliment.

Lor’themar Theron says: Take care, Velameestra. And no matter what, remember the Sunwell.
Velameestra Windrunner says: Selama ashal'anore.

Uther goes to speak with Vittoria, who was also looking for him.

Vittoria Trollbane says: Well uh, I’ve, uh… I’m certain that you and the others have likely started thinking about the people you’re bringing with you. To track down your dad.

Uther looks sad.

Uther Menethil says: We have.
Vittoria Trollbane says: It’s alright. I want to be there for ya… more than most things, but I meant what I said. I’ll be where you need me, and if you need me here, supporting your sister and keeping things in order and check on the front lines, I understand.
Uther Menethil says: What I want and what I need are two very different things. Because I certainly don’t want to be away from you. But… if you’ll allow me to be honest for a moment, I’m scared. No one knows what’s truly beyond that barrier. I’m certain even I don’t. But I know what I’ve seen. If that weren’t enough, we have enemies in our own camp. And the only way any of us will survive this, is if we look out for each other. And I would feel a lot safer knowing my sister was watching over you, and you were watching over her. I… was also wondering if you would like to join me in telling my mother.

Vittoria’s sad expression perks up.

Vittoria Trollbane says: Oh. I uh… I’d be glad to. If only to steal a few more minutes of your time. I’m more than a bit nervous.
Uther Menethil says: That stands to reason. My mother can be an intimidating woman.
Vittoria Trollbane says: Aye, she can. But if I get her blessing, it won’t be much of an issue once you get your father back.
Uther Menethil says: Mm.

Uther nods and holds out his hand.

Uther Menethil says: Come on then, lets not keep her waiting.

They head to speak with Jaina. Jaina is speaking with Ashwynn as well as Ser Benjamin and Elissa. Benjamin is nearby, but it seems Ashwynn’s arms are crossed as she’s listening to Jaina speak. Elissa is a few feet behind her.

Ashwynn sees Uther as he approaches, and she nods at him. The group turns to Uther and Vittoria as they approach.

Jaina Menethil says: Uther. I’m sorry I didn’t get to speak with you yet, and I didn’t tell you I would be arriving. There were some last minute things and…
Uther Menethil says: Quite alright. It’s a chaotic time for us all--

Jaina immediately hugs him, and Uther returns the hug. She then pulls away, her hands on Uther’s shoulders.

Uther Menethil says: I am very glad you came. For many reasons. One of them…

He looks at Vittoria, and holds his hand out to her. Vittoria takes Uther’s hand again.

Ashwynn’s face showed clearly that she figured it out. But Elissa is taking this all in at the moment, very excited.

Jaina Menethil says: Your highness, it’s good to see you.
Vittoria Trollbane says: You as well, your majesty.

Jaina looks between them, and she smiles. Uther moves his mouth, and there’s no sound for a moment.

Uther Menethil says: Mother. I’ve decided to take Vittoria for my wife.

Jaina smiles again.

Jaina Menethil says: I think Lordaeron could not ask for a stronger queen.

Vittoria blushes.

Vittoria Trollbane says: But hopefully not for a long time. After all, the king is still out there, and I’m sure you’ll be able to bring him back. But in the meantime, I’d like to offer whatever help I or Stromgarde can do, for you, and for you.

She also gestures to Ashwynn.

Vittoria Trollbane says: After all, this means we’re uh, technically speaking, gonna be family. So it’s good for us to get to know each other more.

Ashwynn nods.

Ashwynn Menethil says: Any help you can offer would be appreciated. I look forward to working with you.

Vittoria nods

Ashwynn Menethil says: And welcome to the family. I hope when you introduce yourself to my younger sister, it will be under better circumstances. And on that note, as far as assistance is concerned. Uther.

She looks at Uther.

Ashwynn Menethil says: You know I would give anything to accompany you, but with mother back at capital city, and you searching for your father, another Menethil will need to be here. The people need it more than most things right now.
Uther Menethil says: I’ll tell you what I told Vittoria. We stand on the precipice of what will be the greatest war our world will ever know. We’re blind. And unseen enemies in our very midst. The only way we’ll survive is if we look out for each other.
Ashwynn Menethil says: Well said. But not all our enemies will be coming at us through that barrier. I would feel much better if one of our--my--knights was with you. After all, it is the duty of the royal guard to protect the royal family.

As Uther looks at ser Benjamin he nods with a small.

Benjamin Warde says: Respectfully, your highness, I would love to serve beside you, but I think her majesty has someone else in mind.

Jaina smiles.

Jaina Menethil says: I suppose so. Uther I would like to introduce to you the newest member of the royal guard.

She gestures to Elissa.

Uther beams.

Uther Menethil says: Congratulations on your promotion!
Jaina Menethil says: She only had to twist my arm a small amount, and bring forth that favor from the jousting tournament, but we couldn’t ask for a better knight for you.
Uther Menethil says: Doesn’t hurt she already has experience watching my back.

Elissa salutes.

Elissa Cross says: It would be my pleasure to serve! And I promise to keep doing a good job, no matter what. Thank you for this opportunity, your majesty, I won’t let you down!
Jaina Menethil says: I know you won’t. Marshall Falric would be proud.
Ashwynn Menethil says: We’ll have her outfitted with her equipment for when she departs.
Uther Menethil says: We don’t have much time.
Ashwynn Menethil says: Then we should get to work then. Come, Lady Cross.
Elissa Cross says: Yes ma’am!

She smiles one more time before going off with Ashwynn.

Jaina Menethil says: I have a few things to take care of, but I won’t miss when you leave. I’ll be here a few days before I return to the castle and research into the seven-sided star business.
Uther Menethil says: Would that I were better at riddles.
Jaina Menethil says: I’ll see you later, Uther.
Uther Menethil says: Indeed.

Vittoria shamelessly follows Uther around, claiming as much time with him as possible.

Vel happens to catch Seria as a bird down on the ground in a brief moment. She makes it clear that she knows who, and what, Seria is, and expresses that if she’ll be accompanying them, Vel may be asking for her aid in the future. Then she continues on.

At some point, Seria notes Sylvanas, and the ranger-general looks over to her. She smiles and holds a finger out with a whistle.

It’s a pleasing whistle, one that’s reminiscent in Seria’s animalistic instinct. It’s a sound of friendship.

Seria flutters closer. Cautiously. And she lands on the ground.

Sylvanas whistles again as she kneels.

Sylvanas Windrunner says: It will be quite difficult to retrieve any treats from that far away.

She withdraws a handful of seeds, which she puts on the ground nearby. Seria hops closer carefully. Sylvanas continues to whisper gently to her.

Sylvanas Windrunner says: There you go. I hope they are up to your specifications, little one.

She very gently, and very slowly, reaches out to stroke the back of her head.

Sylvanas Windrunner says: Quite beautiful feathers. You’re far from home, aren’t you? I did not see you before Gilveradin returned, and after I kept seeing you. I assume you came with him, didn’t you? Perhaps you’re a familiar, or a friend. Or a guardian spirit sent by his new friends. I don’t know if you can understand me, but I have a feeling you may be able to. I have something important for you to do, if you can. There will be more seeds for you, if you agree, of course.

She laughs. Seria caws.

Sylvanas Windrunner says: Watch out for Gilveradin for me, would you? He’s blazing his own trail now. And while his friends, those I’m more familiar with, will be able to guide him, I have a feeling you may be able to provide a special kind of guidance no one else would be able to. Can you do that for me?

Seria puffs up and caws again.

Sylvanas Windrunner says: I’m glad to hear it.

She gives her more seeds.

Sylvanas Windrunner says: Eat up. I imagine you’ll need the energy. And may the winds carry you safely, little one.

She gives Seria a few more bird scritches before she heads back into the tent with a smile. A sparrow comes to investigate the seeds, and Seria leaves some for it when she takes off.

Remnii catches Uther as he’s heading back to his tent.

Remnii says: Uther!
Uther Menethil says: Yes? Remnii. What can I do for you?
Remnii says: A question for you. I find myself at an impasse on where I can be useful to you. I was curious if you had opinions on this, as the world is big, and I am only one draenei. I was wondering if you had thoughts?
Uther Menethil says: Hmmm. Well. I… if I’m being honest, I assumed you were going to come with us? If you believe you could do more good for the cause here, I won’t force you to come.
Remnii says: Oh! No no. I was hoping that I may provide services as you do not seem to have a dedicated healer in the usual traveling party, but it’s been a long time since I had so much autonomy. I hope to break this soon, but I’m glad to hear I have some sort of permission.
Uther Menethil says: Here, Remnii, you are your own person. Your decisions are yours.
Remnii says: I appreciate the reinforcement. Draenor is not the place I could be my own person. Anyway, it seems you are busy. I will let you go!
Vittoria Trollbane says: Thank you in advance, Remnii! It’s inevitable that Uther will get himself into trouble, and I’m sure you’ll be the one to ensure that what happened in that illusion won’t happen again.

Remnii and Uther both get a 10-mile stare for a moment.

Remnii says: I wholly intend to do so.
Vittoria Trollbane says: I will feel much better knowing more people are watching his back.

Remnii expresses that if she survived orcs, she can survive Uther. And she thanks them again before leaving.

As Remnii heads back to the chapel, there a small room where Calia is speaking with Victor. They are speaking and laughing, and she attempting to raise the spirits of the other people around them. The other priests indicate where Natalie is located.

As Remnii approaches, she hears Natalie’s voice. She is speaking out loud. Remnii waits.

Natalie Seline says: But what does that mean? Right. Right.

There are more small snippets, like a dialogue of someone talking themselves through a problem.

Remnii then knocks on the door.

Natalie Seline says: Who is it?
Remnii says: Remnii.
Natalie Seline says: Oh. Remnii. Remnii. Yes.

There are some things moved around.

Natalie Seline says: Come in. The door shouldn’t be locked. I don’t think there is a lock.

Remnii ducks in.

Remnii says: Would you wish it to be locked?
Natalie Seline says: No. Uh. Sorry.

Natalie raps her fingers on the table for a moment.

Natalie Seline says: Would you mind if we go outside for a moment? I should see the sun at some point today.

She gathers her things and they go outside. She looked tired this morning, but it now looks like she hasn’t slept at all by now.

Remnii says: Are you sure you should not rest, Natalie?
Natalie Seline says: You are most right, but I should probably speak with you first.
Remnii says: While I cannot dictate what you do, your exhaustion is showing.
Natalie Seline says: Is it that obvious?

They go down a path less traveled.

Natalie Seline says: I assume you wish to travel with Uther and his entourage?
Remnii says: I asked for confirmation, and they simply assumed I was going, so it may be the best course of action.
Natalie Seline says: Agreed. I feel there’s a great deal of good that could be done for them. Your specialized knowledge will come to a great deal of use. As far as your priestly duties, consider this more of your training. Check in when you can, but don’t overexert yourself. I will try and stay here for as long as I can. But I might have to take care of a couple of things. I’ve recently discovered some things, Remnii. Some very interesting things. And potentially very dangerous. I wish that I could tell you more, but I cannot. All I can give you right now is a warning. There is more to this than there seems, and if I were you, I would not trust Prince Victor, nor would I trust Queen Calia. I would not speak of this to anyone, at the moment, not even prince Uther. I have reason to believe they are not telling us everything. I don’t know what that is, but I will get to the bottom of this.

Remnii walks quietly for a moment.

Remnii says: I hope in the future, as I have been candid with you, you will come to be able to do so with me. I have to take this word as partially face value. Everything has layers. And I will… I will keep your words and warnings close. And… thank you for telling me what you can.
Natalie Seline says: I would tell you more, I wanted to, but you don’t want to know this. Not right now. There are too many possibilities. Too many factors. Too many unknowns. And I don’t want to put you in the danger I may have stumbled upon myself. I only ask for you to trust me, and trust that when I can tell you anything, I will.

Remnii nods.

Remnii says: I… I understand. And… I have, in a way, been where you are, and it is not a good place to be. But, in what little I can ask of you, do try to have some respect for your body. You seem harrowed, if nothing else.
Natalie Seline says: Yes. I suppose you are right. An excellent deflection of my lesson into my face.
Remnii says: I have a feeling we may be able to hold up a mirror to one another at points. That said, I will keep in touch, and I should ask you, in a similar confidence. Would you know of any imagery involving a seven-sided star?
Natalie Seline says: Among magical symbols, and seven being a sacred number in many cultures, I cannot say for certain.
Remnii says: On the bodies we discovered, there was a riddle involving this and other cryptic words I still have trouble pronouncing. But… if I could get you a copy of what was written, or even verbally before I leave.
Natalie Seline says: I would love to look into it. Anything I can do to help you…
Remnii says: Not only that, but if everything here is related. Invisible pieces moving beyond anything one person can see. It… it would likely be good for you to know.
Natalie Seline says: I agree. I agree. Yes, if you could. That would be very beneficial, I think. Any clue that we can get right now is a good one.
Remnii says: I believe we are moving shortly. Also if you know anything about the Violet Star, I want to know someday. That said, I have a small network of people that may be able to start to locate the draenei. I should go. I can get that for you.

Remnii slowly reaches out to Natalie, and puts a hand on her shoulder. Natalie gives her hand a squeeze.

Remnii says: Take care of yourself.
Natalie Seline says: I will.
Remnii says: And if there’s anything small I can do for you, let me know. And if you must leave, then go.
Natalie Seline says: Of course. I should likely see to the queen. Make sure her fatigue is healing apace. Good luck.
Remnii says: And you.

They part ways. Remnii gets a copy of the missive to Natalie before the group as a whole leaves.

At some point, Lor’themar also finds Remnii. He greets her, but unfortunately Remnii is unable to remember his name given how many people were there. He introduces himself, and thanks her for being there for Liadrin. He also informs Remnii Liadrin came to him for some martial training before he had to take off for Last Crossing.

Lor’themar Theron says: You lit quite the fire in her heart.

He also states that Liadrin is doing well, and is providing what succor to her people that she can. However, he does say that Liadrin will need friends, as she relied on her father a great deal, and Remnii seemed to be a noble soul.

Gil approaches Loania about her potentially going to Dalaran.

Loania says: I spoke to my mother and… I don’t know what else I was going to do. I never thought I would be attend Dalaran. If you think there’s some way I can do that, I’d like to. I don’t want to leave now, but in time… I would never dream of turning down that opportunity.
Gilveradin Windrunner says: I’m not asking you to leave right now. I’m just telling you who you can talk to.

Lieran is also there, and she expresses that she can help Loania get to Dalaran in the future. She asks Gil if he’s going to be looking for the king, and he confirms.

Lieran says: If you’re ever at Aerie Peak in the future, stop by for some drinks. Maybe we can see me sister at Dalaran, the big bad archmage.
Gilveradin Windrunner says: Every archmage starts somewhere. The fact you taught yourself so much is impressive.
Loania says: Thank you. I just hope I can live up to the entrance exams….

Gil and Loania hug, and Gil thanks the sisters for helping him to get to Grim Batol.

Lieran says: Anyroad. I appreciate you doing that for me sister. You’re a good lad, Gil.

Lieran claps Gil on the back.

Loania also withdraws a silvery feather and hands it to Gil. Its from her mother’s dragonhawk. And she asks Gil if he can give it to Seria. He says he will.

Gil then goes to talk to Finnall. He locates the Aurum Blade camp with ease. There are a LOT of new faces, and there are several more full-blooded elves present than there were. It seems that Theo had gotten a promotion, but Gil doesn’t see the dwarf, Thaxdorlin, anywhere, nor Dereven and Feerea around.

There’s a fiery-blonde elf watching Gil curiously. He alerts Finnall to Gil’s presence.

Finnall Goldensword says: Ah! Gilveradin Windrunner. Were that it under better circumstances.

She offers him a hand.

Gilveradin Windrunner says: I dunno if I’ll ever see you under better circumstances.
Finnall Goldensword says: Not likely. But, this is a lot. I’m glad to see you made it out safely.
Gilveradin Windrunner says: Most of us did.
Finnall Goldensword says: Yeah. Most of us.

She turns back to the new face.

Finnall Goldensword says: Gil, this is Varedis. He’s my new second-in-command. A veteran mercenary that retired for a while, but decided to come back to fight for the homeland.
Varedis Spellsoul says: It’s a pleasure. I’m certain I know enough of the Windrunner clan that you’re a good shot with a bow.
Gilveradin Windrunner says: Yeah, common family trait.
Varedis Spellsoul says: I’d be privileged to see it someday, but maybe another time.

Varedis Spellsoul was a renowned mercenary. He retired after the second troll wars. He operated with a small group, and most were slain. He was considered to be one of the greatest elvish swordsman in recent history. No one knew where he had gone after the troll wars, but Lirath had had the opportunity to see him in action, and he was peerless. Lirath had told some stories about him in the past.

Gilveradin Windrunner says: You… want to see me?
Varedis Spellsoul says: There’s always something to learn. Windrunners always tend to be someone notable. I have no doubt you won’t disappoint. I heard tales of your antics in Silvermoon. Have you considered giving this man a spot in your company, Goldensword?
Finnall Goldensword says: I would, but I’m pretty sure his auntie ranger-general has her talons deep in this one.
Gilveradin Windrunner says: Not quite so deep.
Finnall Goldensword says: Oh? Don’t tell me you quit the Farstriders.
Gilveradin Windrunner says: There was a conversation before it happened.
Finnall Goldensword says: I’m sure it was. I hope it went well. I’m guessing yes.
Gilveradin Windrunner says: I wasn’t the one that brought it up.
Finnall Goldensword says: So you were fired?
Gilveradin Windrunner says: No. More of a choice.
Finnall Goldensword says: Well, speaking of choices, I’d be in poor form if I didn’t extend an offer. If you’re looking for work, the Aurum Blades are always looking for a crack shot with a bow, and imagine the publicity if we got a Windrunner.
Gilveradin Windrunner says:I think the Aurum Blades deserve better than to be my rebound.

Finnall laughs.

Gilveradin Windrunner says: I was hoping to talk to you about how you formed the Aurum Blades?
Finnall Goldensword says: Ah. You’re not thinking of starting your own company, are you?
Gilveradin Windrunner says: Not a mercenary company.
Finnall Goldensword says: Well whatever commune you want to start, I may have a few tips. But I didn’t start it on my own. You know, this story is a long one. Lets head to the bar.
Theo Goldensword says: You mean the tent with the ale, right?
Finnall Goldensword says: Yes, the tent with the ale.

She leads the group there. It’s relatively empty, and she grabs a stool and plops down.

Varedis Spellsoul says: You know, I don’t need to hear this story. I think I know a thing or two about mercenary companies.
Finnall Goldensword says: You’re welcome to leave, but there won’t be any drink.
Varedis Spellsoul says: Fair enough, fair enough.
Finnall Goldensword says: Well, I suppose the tale starts when I left Quel’thalas the first time. A few years after the troll wars. After Theo was born I didn’t really have much to go on. We traveled around the kingdoms, basically from the tip of Quel’thalas down to Stranglethorn Veil. I met people, and those connections became friendships as I took small contracts. I paid some friends to watch the boy before he could hold a sword.
Theo Goldensword says: As you can see, she was a very good mother. But in earnest, she was. She tried to see me when she could.
Finnal Goldensword says: I dunno how I did it. I was hardly ready to raise a child, but here we are. I met a few like minded souls. Thaxdorlin one of them, at Iron Forge. He was taking a contract on some drakes, and I accompanied him. We found them, and incapacitated them, and he followed us eventually. More, uh… he recommended I started organizing those of us under something more. So I got some publicity. I got some numbers. Really, it’s all about making little connections. Even sitting in a tavern talking with a random person, and they might happen to need a mercenary company to protect a caravan. Every small connection you make. It all ends up leading back. It’s wild how many people are connected in ways they don’t realize. Heh, even you and I. We have a dozen connections before you encountered us. Your sister was Prince Uther’s arcane teacher, yes? And Uther’s mother is my half-sister. If you and I were sitting across from each other, we would have never known. Folk remember, and that’s what connections are about. Remembering. Little favors. Little deeds. That time you helped someone pick their vegetables out of the mud may save your life. But, what do I know. I’m just a mercenary leader.
Gilveradin Windrunner says: One that employs a bunch of races without them being at each other's throats.
Finnall Goldensword says: That is because I’ll kick their asses if they do. Plus I know a few things about living in two worlds. When you got these you look like an elf to humans, and a human to elves. It makes it difficult, but when you stop caring, life gets easier.

She twangs her ears.

Gilveradin Windrunner says: Yeah, I’ve recently had some run ins with that experience.
Finnall Goldensword says: Hatreds run deep sometimes, Gil. But there’s something to be said about being above the hatred. It would be worth it if you can say ‘I told you so’ someday.
Theo Goldensword says: Honestly, Gil, I think the fact that you put yourself in precarious situations to stick up for your beliefs is quite noble. Damn so, in fact. Whatever you’re trying to get tips and tricks for, I hope you succeed.

Gil smiles.

Gilveradin Windrunner says: So do I. Just couldn’t do it as a Farstrider.

Finnall nods.

Finnall Goldensword says: Sometimes the best way to live is just getting a fresh start. That’s why I left the first time. I needed to see the world. Through my eyes. So I did. I think I turned into the kind of woman I wanted to be.
Gilveradin Windrunner says: I’d say you’re impressive.
Finnall Goldensword says: At least someone would.
Gilveradin Windrunner says: I don’t think I’m the only one.
Finnall Goldensword says: Yes, but most people that do want to get into my pants. Is there something you’re trying to tell me?

Gil laughs.

Varedis Spellsoul says: Goldensword, do you make it a habit of flirting in front of your son?
Theo Goldensword says: Yes.
Gilveradin Windrunner says: I’m sure Theo will have the reverse opportunity.

Theo and Finnall laughs.

Finnall Goldensword says: If the boy could tell people are flirting with him.
Theo Goldensword says: I don’t think we need to speak of this further. The last thing I need is love tips from you.
Finnall Goldensword says: You’re right about that, Theo. Anyways, I assume, what, you’re leaving with the princeling?
Gilveradin Windrunner says: Certainly.
Finnall Goldensword says: I might need to make an appearance.
Gilveradin Windrunner says: Plus your favorite nephew will be there.
Finnall Goldensword says: I guess he’s my only nephew, right?
Gilveradin Windrunner says: Your nephew is the prince. How’s that?
Finnall Goldensword says: Yeah. It’s true. I haven’t been much of an aunt, but.
Gilveradin Windrunner says: I’m not sure you could have been.
Finnall Goldensword says: I’m not sure I can now, but I can at least be a friend.
Gilveradin Windrunner says: I think that’s all he wants anyway.
Finnall Goldensword says: probably.
Varedis Spellsoul says: As thrilling as this has been, I need to make sure the men aren’t getting rowdy. It was a pleasure. I look forward to hearing about your next exploits.
Gilveradin Windrunner says: That’s what I was going to say to you.

Varedis laughs, and strolls out of the tent.

Finnall Goldensword says: Anyways. I guess Varedis is right. I should take care of some things. I’ll see you later, Gil.
Gilveradin Windrunner says: Safe travels.

The group reconvenes to get ready to leave. Victor is there with another half-elf that the group is not familiar with at first. He has sandy-blonde hair and dark green eyes. Esara is there, rocking back and forth on her heels as she prepares the spell.

There is a small group to see them off. Vittoria is obviously there, as well as Ashwynn and Jaina and with them comes Elissa, who is now wearing her previous armor, though it now shows her new rank.

Muradin follows shortly after, as well as Lirath and Arator. Mishan is also there, along with Elanora.

As promised, Finnall and Theo also show up.

Finnall Goldensword says: Hey hey! I figured I’d wish you all good luck on your grand adventure.

She nods at Gil again.

Finnall Goldensword says: I know you guys are leaving the front lines, but the Aurum Blades will handle things here. Focus on getting your dad back, alright?
Uther Menethil says: I will. Thank you.

Finnall claps a hand on his shoulder.

Theo Goldensword says: Take care, all of you. I’ll do everything I can to make sure my mother doesn’t get herself hurt too. But we’ll handle things here.

Finnall mozies over to Jaina.

Jaina Menethil says: Hello again, Finnall.
Finnall Goldensword says: And you as well. How are you holding up?

Jaina doesn’t respond.

Finnall Goldensword says: Why don’t you stop by our camp later. I think you and I can both use a drink.

She clasps a hand on Jaina’s shoulder, and Jaina bristles for a moment.

Jaina Menethil says: I suppose it would benefit us to know each other better. Alright.

She then steps forward.

Jaina Menethil says: I’ll be keeping in touch the best I can. If I learn anything about this rumor, I’ll let you know as quickly as I can. Be safe, all of you. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you need anything. Watch over each other. Don’t take any unnecessary risks and… you know. The usual stuff.
Uther Menethil says: Hmph. Unnecessary risks. A harder and harder distinction to make. But I will be careful.
Jaina Menethil says: That’s all I ask.
Uther Menethil says: I’m going to bring him home.
Jaina Menethil says: I know you will

Jaina hugs Uther.

Jaina Menethil says: I look forward to seeing both my beautiful boys soon.
Uther Menethil says: I promise. Besides. We at the Silver Hand don’t leave our brothers behind.

He looks at Arator. Arator nods and puts a hand on his chest.

Arator Windrunner says: On that, you have my word as well. Don’t worry about us, Uther. And if you need back up, don’t hesitate to call. I’ll get there as soon as I can.
Uther Menethil says: I will. And if that barrier comes down before our return, save some for me.
Arator Windrunner says: I’ll do what I can, but you’ll have to ask my parents as well. I’ll pass the message on.
Uther Menethil says: Much appreciated.

Arator then looks at his cousins and pulls both of them into a hug.

Arator Windrunner says: I’ll see you all when you get back.
Gilveradin Windrunner says: You better be here.
Arator Windrunner says: I will. As soon as that barrier comes down, I need to make sure they’re alright. And all the rest of our friends and family and kinsmen. Everyone needs to get out safely.
Gilveradin Windrunner says: We’re the ones to make it happen.
Arator Windrunner says: I’ll say. And no matter what, I won’t be far.

Vel whispers into his ear.

Velameestra Windrunner says: Look after ann’da.
Arator Windrunner says: I will, I promise.

He gives Uther a brotherhood back clasp to Uther.

Lirath then steps forward to give Vel and Gil a hug.

Lirath Windrunner says: Watch out for each other, alright. You already do, but I’m still going to say it anyways. It’s the kind of father I am.
Velameestra Windrunner says: We do have Esara this time.
Lirath Windrunner says: It’s true.
Gilveradin Windrunner says: We actually have an adult.
Lirath Windrunner says: I’m not sure Esara is the best example of adult supervision.
Esara Verrinde says: You know I can hear you!

He laughs.

Lirath Windrunner says: I’ll see you when you get back.
Velameestra Windrunner says: We’ll be back as soon as we can.

Esara also tackles Lirath from the side and whispers something in the ear. He half laughs, half blushes, and she gives him a small kiss on the cheek before she steps aside to start the spell.

Muradin also says goodbye to Uther. And Ashwynn steps forward, and states that Calia wanted to see them off, but Victor had suggested it unwise for her to be walking already. But she sends her love.

Ashwynn then looks at Elissa and expresses that she’ll be counting on her, and Elissa promises not to let her down.

Mishan and Elanora step forward. Elanora first comes up to Remnii and looks up at her.

Elanora Proudmoore says: You’re Remnii, right?

Remnii nods.

Elanora Proudmoore says: Ha! I thought so. Judging from the description I thought it was you. I saw you at the docks, but from one member of the princess club to another, you’d best come back safe, alright?

Remnii starts laughing.

Remnii says: Pardon me, I didn’t know I was among other members.
Elanora Proudmoore says: Well, I’m not technically a princess.
Remnii says: It’s alright. I’m not technically either.
Elanora Proudmoore says: You and I just know better than to tell Lianne no, aye?

They agree to speak more when Remnii gets back, and Elanora promises to tell her that she met Remnii when she writes Lianne next.

Then Elanora goes over to Uther and they hug.

Elanora Proudmoore says: I’ll see you when I get back!
Uther Menethil says: You will.
Elanora Proudmoore says: And with Uncle Arthas too.
Uther Menethil says: Of course.
Elanora Proudmoore says: I promise I’ll have more tricks to teach you.
Uther Menethil says: I’m looking forward to it.

Elanora steps back, and Mishan nods at Uther and wishes him safe travels. Elanora also gives Victor a high-five.

Vittoria then steps forward as the ritual is nearing completion.

Vittoria Trollbane says: I’m not gonna waste your time echoing what everyone else said.

She just kisses him. Uther enthusiastically reciprocates, then Vittoria looks to the rest.

Vittoria Trollbane says: Remember, brothers and sisters in arms.

She clasps a hand across her chest.

Vittoria Trollbane says: No matter what, I’ll be fighting alongside you, even if it’s miles away.

The half-elf that was with Victor was definitely Vincent, who was going to be heading back to Stormwind from Dalaran.

Then the teleportation circle begins to jump to life, and the group is promptly teleported to Dalaran, and Velameestra’s study.

As the portal closes, the group sees Talath (who was previously alerted of their prepared arrival by a sending from Vel).

Talath Dawnsworn says: O-oh! It’s… actually a horse. Here, I-I’ll lead you outside.

Talath take’s Indomitable’s reigns to start leading him outside.

Gilveradin Windrunner says: Oh, he can just follow you, he’s smart enough.
Talath Dawnsworn says: O-oh! Okay. As you say.
Gilveradin Windrunner says: That’s Arthas’s horse.
Talath Dawnsworn says: Oh! Right this way your… highness? Horseness?

Gil, meanwhile, had cast speak with animals at-will to see what Indomitable was thinking about the entire situation. Indomitable had whinnied with the horse-equivalent of laughter.

Indomitable says: My good sir! There's no need to speak with me with such pomp and circumstance! I’m simply Indomitable!

Gil relays the comment to Talath with the exact wording.

Talath Dawnsworn says: … a lot’s happened over the last couple of weeks. I’ll be right back after I help get the horse some food and water-- Indomitable, some food and water! Sorry!

As Talath leads Indomitable through the door to take him outside, there is a sudden scurry of orange activity that darts into Gil’s chest. As he looks down at the ball of orange fluff, he’s greeted by the long snout of an unfamiliar creature.

It appears to be a fox, but the fox, under its arms, has almost feathery growths that resemble wings. It chirps up at him.

Gil scratches it behind the ear. Vel raises an eyebrow. Uther is looking at the fox, and back to Gil.

Gilveradin Windrunner says: Hey Vel, what’s this doing in your house?
Velameestra Windrunner says: I would like to know the same thing, actually.
Archmage Krasus says: That… I suppose, is my fault.

There’s a tall elven mage that enters. It’s Krasus. He shares a fond smile at the creature.

Archmage Krasus says: Apologies. I wished to knock, but the door slid open, and, well, lets say he took the opportunity to enter and make a new friend.
Velameestra Windrunner says: Archmage Krasus.
Archmage Krasus says: Velameestra. It’s good to see you again. I recently returned from familial business.
Velameestra Windrunner says: What can I do for you?
Archmage Krasus says: There are a number of things I’ll need to speak with you and your brother about, but for now, it’s good to see you. I didn’t expect you to be here. I thought to leave a message so you could speak with me next time you returned to Dalaran, but it seems I arrived at an opportune moment. Though the horse was a surprise.
Gilveradin Windrunner says: Oh, yeah, that’s Indomitable.
Velameestra Windrunner says: A few things happened.
Archmage Krasus says: I see.

The fox looks around at everyone, its tongue lolling out of its mouth, and then it looks up at Seria, cocks its head, and then looks at Gil, and then back to Seria.

Then its ears droop.

Krasus runs his hand across his chin.

Archmage Krasus says: Hm. Greetings, your highness, your highness, and the rest of you. I’ve heard… tale of… you, lady Remnii, it’s a pleasure to meet you.
Remnii says: Many have, archmage Krasus.
Archmage Krasus says: Krasus will be fine. But Gilveradin I was not aware that you had already forged a pact with a familiar.

Gil looks very confused for a moment, then looks at Seria--who is still a raven.

Gilveradin Windrunner says: Oh. Not a familiar.
Archmage Krasus says: I see.

His eyes narrow at the raven.

Victor Prestor says: I assumed it was his familiar as well.
Gilveradin Windrunner says: I never claimed that.
Victor Prestor says: I don’t understand magic, Gil, I just assume.
Archmage Krasus says: If you don’t mind me asking.

He is looking at the raven.

Archmage Krasus says: If you’re not a familiar, what are you. You’re no pet, that much is obvious.

Everyone is now looking at the bird.

Archmage Krasus says: I can assume you are... perhaps a transmuter or… something.

Seria caws, and then flutters to the ground. She materializes into her humanoid form.

Victor’s eyes widen.

Victor Prestor says: That is… not what I was expecting. And certainly not unwelcome. Have you been hiding in that form this whole time?
Seria says: I wouldn’t say the entire time, but most of it, yes.

Esara shrugs.

Esara Verrinde says: Really now, are we really surprised Gil has a secret troll friend?
Velameestra Windrunner says: No.

Krasus is looking Seria up and down curiously.

Archmage Krasus says: Hm. Interesting. Those magics are… druidic in nature. I did not know that any of the gurubashi trolls practiced such magics.
Gilveradin Windrunner says: They’re what?
Archmage Krasus says: Druidic. It’s an... Old and little known type of magic. Though you practice some amount of it, as do many others amongst the Farstriders. There are some among the human kingdoms that practice it unknowingly, but a true practitioner is few and far behind. One of the gifts they are known for is to take the form of animals. While some arcane magic can accomplish similar feats, it’s different. Innate. Impressive. If you have the time or desire, I’d like to hear your story, young lady, if you ever desire to speak it.

Seria nods.

Archmage Krasus says: Well, with that secret now discovered. I will not take anymore of your time as it were.

At that moment, the study door opens again.

Raluhi says: Apologies for the delay, but I have prepared the snacks!

Raluhi backs into the room carrying two trays of food and drinks. He is taken aback by the quantity of people in the room.

Raluhi says: Ho! THere are many more people than expected. Hello everyone. Hello Remnii. It is good to see you.

Remnii tears up and goes to give Raluhi a hug. Raluhi then begins to pass out the snacks. Krasus, meanwhile, pulls Velameestra and Gil outside to speak in private.

Remnii says: It’s so good to see you!
Raluhi says: I have learned so many things! It’s miraculous! The true magic runs deep in it! I have so many things that would bore you to tears!
Remnii says: I would like to hear it all! By the way, later, there’s some we need to talk about later. I may have a lead on the Exodar. A small one. But for now, lets enjoy the company.

The two draenei are speaking in draenic.

Raluhi says: Yes, and you must introduce me to all your friends. But do so in common. Only through practice will you learn.
Remnii says: Oh… I am not so good at that yet.
Raluhi says: It is okay. Only through practice will you grasp it.

Remnii mentions Uther’s talent at orcish, and Raluhi is quite surprised by this. Uther expresses the language came naturally to him.

In orcish, Raluhi expresses that’s excellent news. Remnii also joins in the orcish talk.

Everyone else is baffled by the harshness of the language.

Outside, the fox has followed Gil. It keeps going around his legs, chirping and croaking happily. They head into the back courtyard.

Archmage Krasus says: Apologies, there are some things that the three of us should discuss.
Velalmeestra Windrunner says: Gil, this is Archmage Krasus, one of the members of the Council of Six.
Archmage Krasus says: It’s a pleasure. As your sister said, my name is Krasus, and I have been a member of the Council of Six for a number of centuries, but before that, I was Korialstrasz. As you suspected, Velameestra, I am a red dragon.
Gilveradin Windrunner says: Do all of you have names like that?
Archmage Krasus says: For the most part, yes. Each of the five dragon flights have a different naming schemes. The males end in strasz, and the females strasza. It’s easier to pronounce in draconic, but… I was told you had visited Grim Batol. I’m sorry I did not see you. But I’m glad you saw what you saw. Sometime after you left, Alexstrasza… her period of mourning not over, never truly over, but for the time being, I have been sent about to other duties. In the meantime, I have been named Prime Consort. I certainly did not expect such a great honor, yet here I am. This also means I have been given leave to pick up or empower another to pick up where the Scholarly One left off. There are things I could teach you, and if you agree, it would be my pleasure, and if not, I can find another that would be up to your standards.
Gilveradin Windrunner says: I would be more than happy to learn.
Archmage Krasus says: I’m happy to hear it. I imagine you won’t be in Dalaran long.

He asks what brought them there, and Vel quickly explains. He apologizes for not being able to help further, but he does mention he’s offering the fox to Gil.

Archmage Krasus says: This is a creation of mine formed from one of my scales and a combination of powerful magics. I did not have time to name it, unfortunately, but I felt you could do that, and judging from how much he likes you, he’ll take whatever you choose.

He looks down to the winged fox.

Archmage Krasus says: Go on.

The fox nods, and its image shifts and swerves. Suddenly, the illusion magic drops. Where once was a winged fox now stands a very different creature.

It looks up at Gil excited. It’s a tiny, red draconic creature.

Velameestra Windrunner says: …. Oh. It’s really cute.
Gilveradin Windrunner says: Exceptionally adorable.
Archmage Krasus says: You should know your friend helped me design the outward appearance of it. Thal’ena sends her love, by the way. She wished for me to tell you when I saw you. I’ll have to tell her. He’s a useful little bugger with a small amount of power from our flight, and a few small tricks I imbued as well.

The tiny creature flips through a bunch of different animalistic disguises, and then back to its draconic one.

Archmage Krasus says: It appears he prefers the fox form you encountered. For whatever reason.

The small creature crawls up on Gil’s shoulder and burps a small amount of fire in his face. However, it doesn’t burn. Effectively, he casts the cantrip virtue on Gil, and then nuzzles up on his shoulder.

Archmage Krasus says: I hope that he can serve you faithfully, and in the meanwhile, he will allow me to contact you when I need to as long as he’s with you.
Gilveradin Windrunner says: That’s quite the gift. I’m not sure what to say.
Archmage Krasus says: Nothing needs to be said. Consider it an apology, and a promise of beneficial companionship between us. I’ll admit I never trained a dragonsworn, but I look forward to the experience.
Gilveradin Windrunner says: It’ll certainly be interesting at least.
Archmage Krasus says: before you leave, if you wish to speak at all, you are more than welcome to my office at the Violet Citadel. I’ll inform the apprentices to allow you entrance.
Gilveradin Windrunner says: Won’t that raise suspicion?
Archmage Krasus says: Perhaps it will, but, frankly, few would raise suspicions against me. After all, you are an elf, and were on the front lines. You have things that would be vital to the Kirin Tor, especially one of elvish descent. Simply tell them your name. If anyone has umbrage, they can bring that to me. There is one other matter. A matter I’ve been assigned to investigate. Something else happened while the dragon queen was grieving. While many of our eyes were turned toward her, a group of fel brigands stole into the Vermilion Redoubt, our home. I don’t know how they found it. And in the process, they stole something very important. Something the two of you are familiar with. You recall the egg, yes? That egg belonged to the black dragon flight. It was… important, for many reasons. We kept it… but it was recently stolen. I do not know who was responsible, likely the Syndicate who were transporting it. It’s possible they were commissioned by someone. Perhaps a black dragon in disguise. That egg is exceptionally important, even more so than a typical egg, and it must be uncovered. If, on your travels, you uncover anything, do not hesitate to contact to me. It’s vital that egg doesn’t fall back to the black dragon flight.
Gilveradin Windrunner says: So. What’s the issue with the black dragon flight?

Krasus takes a deep breath.

Archmage Krasus says: It is a long story. Long ago, they were our brothers and sisters. Each of the dragonflights had a charge. Ours is life. Theirs was the earth. But something happened. Thousands of years ago they turned on us, and forsook their sacred vows. They destroyed their charges. All that remains is a shadow of what the black dragonflight was. That egg was perhaps their flight’s salvation. If it is to fall back into their hands, so too may the last opportunity to save the black dragonflight from their own madness.
Velameestra Windrunner says: So their flight as a whole is… unstable?
Archmage Krasus says: Yes. It is something I witnessed myself. Something I have bore witness to many times. They are… secretive. Quiet. Suspicious. But they are still out there. You would be wise not to trust any should you encounter them.
Velameestra Windrunner says: Do they have any hallmarks? Like the red have fire and life?
Archmage Krasus says: You’ll find that many can bend the earth to their whims. Many have also been able to manipulate potent shadowy magics: the hallmark of the madness that grips them.
Gilveradin Windrunner says: You mentioned five flights.
Archmage Krasus says: I did. Yes. The five dragonflights. We keep to ourselves. Rare are the events that draw all of us together, but this may be one that does. The Legions’ return to this world. These are dangerous times, and the time may come where the dragonflights may gather together once more. But beside the Red and Black are the Blue, the Green, and the Bronze. Each of us a steward, a protector, over part of creation. I can at the very least tell you that the Green are the protectors of the ancient places and the world of dreams, the bronze protectors the fabric of time itself, and blue protectors of the arcane and ley lines of magic. What they have been up to, I could not tell you. But though our relations are distant, I can tell you that each of them have their own reasons to see the Legion repelled again. But on that I can tell you little more. Have you any further questions? I understand you may have many.
Velameestra Windrunner says: How was the Legion repelled before?
Archmage Krasus says: Only by a great deal of sacrifice, and the world coming together. Such a… grave threat may require just that again. If now is the time the orcs have come, we must be prepared.
Velameestra Windrunner says: And when that previous war happened, is that when the kingdom under Azshara fell?
Archmage Krasus says: Azshara. A name I thought not to hear. How did you come across it?

Vel explains.

Archmage Krasus says: Azshara was a powerful magi, and it was her hubris that lead the Legion to our world.
Velameestra Windrunner says: And when her kingdom was driven beneath the waves, was that part of the sacrifice that drove the Legion back?
Archmage Krasus says: One of many. The kingdom of Azshara was among your ancestors. They too called themselves the Highborne, and that carries on with the kingdom of Quel’Thalas. I suppose that’s a great deal to take in. But the history of this world is old. Much older, even than, I. Older even than the Scholarly One. There are many secrets of which I don’t even know.
Gilveradin Windrunner says: Then I suppose I have to ask what comes next.
Archmage Krasus says: What comes next? You remember our words, yes? The charge given to our flight. I assume you were told that, at the very least.

Gil nods.

Archmage Krasus says: For the time being, we will continue to learn what it means to follow that charge. And Velameestra, I count on you to help guide your brother in what way you can.
Velameestra Windrunner says: I’ll endeavor to do what I can.

Vel is clearly parsing everything that was presented.

Krasus expresses that he will keep in contact with Gil, and asks if he can do anything else. Vel asks him about the seven-sided star, which he knows nothing about, but promises to follow up with anything else. Vel mentions the connection to the Syndicate as well, and he once more reiterates that if they find anything about the egg.

Krasus then leaves, and asks them to say hi to Rhonin for him.

In the meantime, everyone has spread out across the manor. Remnii had untangled herself from Raluhi, and she looks at Seria and pushes some snacks toward her.

Remnii says: Hello! It’s good to see you. While I have heard about trolls, I won’t overwhelm you with too much. But I wanted to say, no one ever said that trolls were so beautiful!

She smiles sincerely.

Victor Prestor says: You know, Remnii, that’s usually my line~!
Remnii says: Well, I moved faster.

Elissa expresses the same.

Talath comes back after Indomitable, then sees Seria, and realizes she wasn’t there before. He looks really confused.

Vel and Gil are still with Krasus.

Talath Dawnsworn says: You. You must be Remnii. You must have heard that a lot recently.
Remnii says: It’s okay. You have me at a disadvantage.
Talath Dawnsworn says: Talath. Talath Dawnsworn. I’m one of Vel and Gil’s friends. You had those gemstones Vel gave to me?
Remnii says: So you are a jeweler?
Talath Dawnsworn says: That’s right.

At that moment his clockwork hummingbird lands on him.

Talath Dawnsworn says: I do some tinkering here and there.
Remnii says: Tinkering? I would not call something so charming tinkering, Talath!
Raluhi says: Remnii, if you thought I was humble, you have not met Talath. He has a gift. He would have been one of the best artificers in Shattrath.
Remnii says: Perhaps you could show him some things!
Raluhi says: And he can show me some things!
Talath Dawnsworn says: Raluhi has been a Lightsend! A far better teacher than I could ever--
Raluhi says: Oh, lad, you are plenty!
Remnii says: That said, I would like to see what you made. I haven’t had time to make things myself. Orcish tools have things to be desired.
Talath Dawnsworn says: And you may have seen some things of mine. Vel has a few things.
Remnii says: You’ll have to point them out to me!

They talk a bit more, and Talath offers to bring Remnii to Cartier and Cos, which is the local goldsmithing guild.

At that Vel and Gil return, and Vel goes to shut the teleportation circle. Then there is the sound at the front door as someone else comes home.

Rhonin Windrunner says: Hey Talath, what’s with the horse out here? It looks like it rode straight out of--

He walks into the study.

Rhonin Windrunner says: Oh. OH. Hey, I didn’t know we were having a house party. Is that… a.. Hey. You’re one of Gil’s friends.

He points at Seria. He then looks at Uther and then Victor.

Rhonin Windrunner says: Your highness. And… your highness.

Introductions are made for those that Rhonin didn’t know, and then Giramar comes in with his squirrel. There are a lot of new faces.

Gil asks where Galadin is, and Giramar isn’t sure. He says he’s been doing his own thing.

Rhonin Windrunner says: And he’s been coming back late. And if he’s smart he’ll be back before curfew tonight. But that’s something I’ll deal with. Everyone, this is Giramar. Giramar, this is everyone.
Giramar Windrunner says: That’s not helpful, dad.

Gilveradin goes through the actual introductions.

Giramar Windrunner says: Wow. Uh, hi. It’s… good to see all of you. I should probably clean my room.
Rhonin Windrunner says: I don’t think they’re going to see your room, Giramar.
Giramar Windrunner says: Yeah, I guess you’re right. Anyways, I’ll be upstairs if you need me. There’s a… lot of people here right now. A lot of people I don’t know. But, it’s good seeing you guys.

Giramar starts to leave, then stops, and grabs a snack, then he stops again and grabs two more, and then retreats upstairs.

Gilveradin Windrunner says: Oh. Be aware, his brother looks exactly like him.
Velameestra Windrunner says: Their hair color is different. Pay attention to the different shade of red.
Gilveradin Windrunner says: They… can’t pick that up.
Remnii says: Ernest question, how common are twins here?
Gilveradin Windrunner says: Depends on where you are. With us? Far too common. Anywhere else in the world? Not.
Remnii says: Are you sure? I’ve seen many.

Remnii laughs.

Vel speaks up to explain that, while they were in Dalaran, everyone was welcome to just claim a room in the manor as there should be plenty of space. Elissa pipes up that if anyone needs to stay anywhere else, she was more than willing to do so herself, but Gil emphasizes how big the house is and quickly shows her as much.

Elissa is amazed.

Vel has no chill and goes to meet with one of her Sunreaver contacts, a high elf named Sathera, who was personal friends with Kael’thas. She gives her a band of loyalty and mentions they may be being made in Dalaran. She also puts Gil in contact with the Sunreavers.

Talath shows Remnii his workshop, and she in turn shows him orcish tools.

There is a glint of eyes, as something is watching Seria. Bigglesworth is staring before slinking away, especially when she turns into an animal form. There are far too many people in this house currently for him as well.

He doesn’t like Seria at all.

As Vel is processing everything, Kel’Thuzad looms to the forefront of her mind.

Kel'Thuzad says: Quite the band of misfits has gathered under your roof tonight.
Velameestra Windrunner says: So it would seem.
Kel'Thuzad says: You’re processing the information you received.
Velameestra Windrunner says: And everything else, currently, yes.
Kel'Thuzad says: Try not to allow all the information to overwhelm you, Velameestra. There will be time to process it.
Velameestra Windrunner says: Once I’ve categorized it, it will be fine. It’s just… categorizing it first.
Kel'Thuzad says: Seems you were right about Krasus, after all.
Velameestra Windrunner says: As it would appear. Then there’s the notion of the Syndicate potentially being involved with dragons. At least in regards to stealing from them.
Kel'Thuzad says: It is a… possibility. But. I’m not convinced. Were the Syndicate involved in either one of these… but the Syndicate only has so reach. Do you believe they would have been able to simultaneously kidnap the king of Lordaeron and steal a black dragon egg from the heart of the red dragons’ home?
Velameestra Windrunner says: It depends on who is pulling the strings. Unfortunately, we don’t have enough information, currently.
Kel'Thuzad says: True enough. There just may simply be more to this. But, you’re already aware of this, Velameestra.
Velameestra Windrunner says: And anything is possible until we can parse it down.
Kel'Thuzad says: As ever, I’m here to provide what guidance I can.
Velameestra Windrunner says: And as always, it’s appreciated.

As Vel was speaking with her mentor, she happened to glance over and see Bigglesworth just staring at her. Once their conversation was complete, he leaves.

Galadin comes home right before curfew. He furrows his brow at all the people, and Vel happens to make eye contact with him. He nods at her with a brief greeting, and then heads straight up to his room.

Rhonin, who had heard the movement upstairs from another room, calls out.

Rhonin Windrunner says: Is that you, sport?

There’s no response.

Rhonin Windrunner says: Thank you for getting home before curfew.

They hear the door shut upstairs.

Vel gives Galadin about ten minutes or so, but then gets up to follow. The door to Galadin’s room is closed and locked, and she knocks.

Galadin Windrunner says: Go away.
Velameestra Windrunner says: You know. I haven’t seen you in a couple weeks.

There is an audible sigh from inside, and the door unlocks and opens.

Galadin Windrunner says: What do you want? It’s… sorry. It’s good to see you. Why is everyone here again?
Velameestra Windrunner says: The king of Lordaeron was kidnapped. We are heading that investigation.
Galadin Windrunner says: ...shit. So you probably won’t be staying long, huh?
Velameestra Windrunner says: Only as long as it takes to get a lead.
Galadin Windrunner says: Fair enough.
Velameestra Windrunner says: What have you been up to?
Galadin Windrunner says: Tch. Studying.

Vel clearly doesn’t believe him, or rather, picks up he may not be saying everything.

Velameestra Windrunner says: Galadin.
Galadin Windrunner says: What? What? I’ve been studying. See?

He gestures into his messy room to the homework on his desk.

Velameestra Windrunner says: Generally speaking, while I’m sure you are studying… Galadin, you do realize, I’m arguably one of the… “shadiest” people in our family, correct?
Galadin Windrunner says: Pfft. I mean… yeah.
Velameestra Windrunner says: And therefore I tend to pick up when things seem a bit…
Galadin Windrunner says: You’re not going to start getting on my case about being out late too, are you? Just because he’s my twin doesn’t mean I have to go everywhere with him.
Velameestra Windrunner says: I wasn’t saying anything about Giramar. I just want to make sure that, whatever you’re doing, you’re being safe.
Galadin Windrunner says: I am. I’m not doing anything stupid.

He mostly just seems angry. Not too dissimilar to what Vel had seen last time she was home.

Velameestra Windrunner says: Have you been practicing more with that dagger?

Galadin nods.

Galadin Windrunner says: Yeah. A few tricks with it. I even made some friends at school. Wow.

There’s an air of sarcasm in his voice.

Velameestra Windrunner says: How about… we go to the back yard and you show me what you can do.

Galadin thinks for a second, then nods.

Galadin Windrunner says: Sure.

They head out to the back courtyard, where Vel had been previously practicing swordplay and experimenting with cold snap last time she was home. It’s a cloudless evening. The moons are shining brightly.

Galadin Windrunner says: Alright. Do you want me to throw it at a target, or what?
Velameestra Windrunner says: No. Come at me.

Galadin laughs half-heartedly.

Galadin Windrunner says: You’re… you’re kidding, right?
Velameestra Windrunner says: No.
Galadin Windrunner says: What? With this? Like, shouldn’t we get some sticks or something?
Velameestra Windrunner says: I’ll get a stick. You use that.
Galadin Windrunner says: Alright. Fine. If that’s what you want.

Galadin draws the dagger from its sheath.

Galadin Windrunner says: Alright. Here I come.

He flips it around in his hand and drops into a stance. He flips the dagger into a reverse grip and darts at Vel. The mage immediately parries the blow with a quick flick of her hand, erecting an arcane shield.

Velameestra Windrunner says: Come again.

He runs in again, and once more, Vel blocks the blow with shield.

Galadin Windrunner says: I would have gotten you if you didn’t see that… ugh.

He goes once more, but this time Vel is able to side-step the blow without falling back on her magic. Vel then whirls around with the stick in hand, and takes Galadin’s foot out from under him, knocking him over on his back.

Velameestra Windrunner says: I know you don’t like prying. I don’t like it either. But do me a favor, Galadin, and please keep in mind that there are people far more dangerous than I am.
Galadin Windrunner says: Don’t you think i know that? I’m well aware. And mom is killing them every night. And every day.
Velameestra Windrunner says: She is. And someday, you will too. However. In what you are trying to pursue. Where your talents lie. Patience and calculation are some of the most important traits you can have. And sometimes that means not charging in. Simply doing nothing, at points. But every time you wait, and bide your time, you learn something you can use again in the future. That adds up. The most important thing you can do for aunt Vereesa right now is watch what we’re doing, wait, and learn.

Galadin sits on the ground for a moment, laying with his head in the grass. He brings the hand still holding the dagger up over his eyes. And, quietly, he starts to sniffle.

Vel kneels down next to her cousin, and opens her arms in a silent offer for a hug. Galadin rolls his head onto her lap, digs the dagger into the earth, and sobs quietly.

Velameestra Windrunner says: We will be getting her out along with everyone else, but it’s not going to be now, and it’s going to take time. But she will come back, Galadin. And when she does you can show her what you can do.

He says nothing in response, but there’s a subtle nod of his head. Eventually he sits up with downturned eyes.

Galadin Windrunner says: Thanks Vel.

Vel nods, and states that if he ever wants a sparring partner while she’s here, all he has to do is ask. Galadin stands up and offers a hand, which Vel takes, and he helps her to her feet. Then he heads back inside.

Vel goes to follow after him, but she notices Esara leaning nearby, clearly having been watching.

Velameestra Windrunner says: Esara.

Esara smiles.

Esara Verrinde says: They’re good kids.

She’s looking at the direction Galadin disappeared into.

Velameestra Windrunner says: Good kids in a shit situation.
Esara Verrinde says: At least they got a pretty cool cousin to look up to, right?

Vel scoffs, and Esara chuckles.

Esara Verrinde says: Nice moves, by the way. I have a feeling you would have even gotten through my guard by a good margin.
Velameestra Windrunner says: Someone has showed me a few tips.
Esara Verrinde says: Man, they must be pretty good. And probably gorgeous. Make sure you get some sleep yourself, alright?
Velameestra Windrunner says: Yeah.

Esara heads off as well