What a glorious day this has been so far! I’m one happy Pandaren at the moment. As is my usual custom, to pay the bills and to visit with more people, I went about my daily routine. Oh yes, I had to go catch fish for the lovely fisherman on the dock and let’s not leave out the cooking. Oh, the cooking I am a master at already, we do love to eat. The thing that made my day so glorious was the fact that I have been doing my fishing as is my normal thing with a fishing pole that I purchased shortly after my arrival in Stormwind – I like to fish, cook and eat fish. It’s a free meal in my book.
Anyway, today, of all days, feeling a bit more homesick than usual because I haven’t seen any of my friends for several days – we’ve all been busy. I went trudging down to the docks to see what kind of fish was needed for the day and went on my merry way. Much to my surprise, the fishing went rather quickly and I had what they had asked for in record time – there are days when I am not so quick in getting the task done. However, today, the fish almost jumped out of the water to get on my hook. When I returned to give my fish to the lad on the dock, she handed me the usual bag of coins, a few trinkets and whatnot. What surprised me was the fact that inside the bag was a glorious glowing beautiful fishing pole. Not just any pole, it was a bejeweled fishing pole!! My first thought was the joy of having such a fine pole and the second thought was to sell it for the money. No, no, no! I didn’t sell it, I kept it to use – oh the way the light plays on the jewels as I stand there fishing away almost boggles my mind. I suppose I could have spent m entire day just standing there admiring this fine instrument, however, I had other tasks that I needed to do today.
I haven’t seen Changwu in several days and come to think of it, I hadn’t seen his human friend, Jake, for quite a while either. I decided that it was time for me to go calling on them, not only to talk and catch up on the latest news, I wanted to show them my new fishing pole. It may seem like a little thing to some, however, to me, it was like a dream come true. I wandered over to the house that the two share and it appears that they had already left for the day, I left a note for them that I wanted to see them soon.
I have been roaming the countryside in and round Stormwind for quite a while and I am starting to find it rather boring, so, after talking to a few people that I met at the Inn, I decided that I would start making my way further south. Stranglethorn Vale – what a marvelous name, almost sounds like a place one would find back in Panderia.
However, after making my way South, the more I was reminded of my homeland with the exception that there appear to be quite a few more ruffians on the area than what I would normally find at home. Humans are indeed a strange breed. I can see why they are angry all of the time, there never seems to be enough money, food, places to live or even a joke amongst some of them. They need to slow down and enjoy what life has been able to offer them – not always wanting more. Sometimes more is not always good because it seems to make them want even more. Silly humans.
Oh, I’ve heard about pirates and the like back home, however, I had never actually seen any up close and personal until I came to Stranglethorn. It was really my fault because I was lost in thought and entranced by the beauty of the jungle and I stumbled into an encampment of them. What a nasty bunch of people – I did my best to explain and tried to leave without causing any trouble, however, they would have none of that. Oh no, I wasn’t going to give them my money to buy my way out of there and I surely wasn’t going to give up my new fishing pole although their eyes had already seen the glimmer of the jewels in my bag. I suppose I should have left some of my bags and hides back at the Nessingwary camp, however, I wasn’t too sure about the dwarves either.
While it wasn’t a great battle nor one that lasted for a long duration, I am sure that these fellows will think twice about attacking a lone Pandaren hunter ever again. Moshu did a wonderful job protecting my back – these humans tend to try to come at you in groups – there is truly nothing fair about war or fighting for your life with ignorant louts. Nothing like having a turtle to offset the odds – he’s mean sometimes and is very easy to care for, eats anything that I offer him without complaint, not like some of the pets I have seen others have.
Stranglethorn reminds me very much of some of the parts of my homeland, however, there always seems to be something sinister hanging in the air here. I can’t quite put my finger on it, maybe it’s the anger that some of these people have. No, they aren’t angry at me or anything, I think that they are just angry at their own circumstances. So far I haven’t seen much of the Horde in the area yet, however, I am sure that they are near – maybe that is the change in the atmosphere. Who knows? I’ll do some more exploring for a few days before I return to Stormwind.