Laughter Is Good…


Aril 9th

Dear Journal,

Oh, it is so nice hearing laughter in our house at the farm and for that laughter to continue on when we go back to the Bluff.  It is so nice having the family almost totally together in Pandaria, however, Tahfal is the laggard in getting his studies done so that he can come with us to Halfhill.  I think that he will start hurrying things up in the near future because of the fact that he doesn’t like eating his own cooking.

Having Nahai and Mother with us in Halfhill is delightful, we’re always talking about home and laughing about the things that we did as children.  I know that it makes Mom sad sometimes because I think she still misses our Father after so many years, however, she is just enjoying her new life with us now.

Naton and I have decided that the house is a bit crowded at this point, however, it’s well worth it.  We’re planning on completing the forge area soon and then we can close in the place underneath the house a bit so that we can have more sleeping room.  Of course, Mom and  Nahai are already talking about buying the little farm near us, so, we may not have to go to all that trouble.   It’s just nice having them here with us and I don’t think that I have heard Naton laugh so much in a very long time.  He likes having the family together for the most part.

I understand where Naton is coming from when he tells me that he is living his life through our lives because he can see how we enjoy things and he can derive some pleasure from that.  I know that he sometimes wishes that he could have a wife and children of his own, however, with his condition, that would be impossible.  I think he would have made a wonderful Father and husband to some lucky Bessie.

I can remember how things were before Mom and Dad went missing and were kidnapped by the Grimtotem and Naton went looking for them.   He was one of the most eligible bachelors on the Bluff and the girls would go wild when he was there and attending one of the many events, however, that all changed once he became a Death Knight.  The kind hearted Bull is still there, buried underneath that outer shell though – he spends an awful lot of time making things at his forge for people without charging them, only because they need the items and they can’t pay for it right away or something.   I know that when we go home to visit, he is swamped by the old ladies with their pots and pans that they want him to repair for them.  I’ve watched him talk and play with the little ones that aren’t afraid of him and I know that I can see it in his face, he would love to have a family of his own.  Maybe someday he will find someone that will overlook what he is and love him as much as we do.

We’re actually in the Bluff right now and we’re going to take in the Faire.  It feels good to be home for a while, however, I will have to say that Nahai was reluctant to come back.  After some prodding from Naton and I, we found out why he didn’t want to come back.  Poor fellow thought that once he got back to the Bluff that he would be forced to stay and help out.  Well, with Mom being in Pandaria, I don’t think he needs to worry about that at all – she needs and wants him to go with her  to explore all of Pandaria.   I know I laugh when I see those two sillies riding the air waves in tandem and diving down over the valley gathering herbs – it does remind me of old times.

The only thing that bothers me about having Mom in Halfhill is the fact that she is already trying to do some matchmaking for me.  I keep telling her that I will find a mate some day and I will produce those grandchildren that she is always prattling about.  Right now, I’m just happy enjoying our life in Pandaria and doing the things that I want to do without any worries about home, hearth and children.  That day will come soon enough and when the time is right, I am sure that the Earth Mother will let me know.  Of course there are several young bulls that in the Valley that spark my interest, however, that’s as far as it goes right now.  I know that when I was younger, I would long for a home and family of my own, however, I have that now, minus the mate and children, in Halfhill and I am completely content with that.   Some day Mom will realize that I am just who I am and I can’t make things happen just because she wants things that way.

I brought my a gown to wear to the Faire this time so that I don’t have to wear my armor all of the time.  I think that there might be fun with the dancing and I’ll let the boys go out on their own and do their thing.  I just want to relax, enjoy the Faire.  I am sure that Mom will find some of her old cronies to talk with about how grand farming is in Pandaria – most of the old ladies that she knows haven’t gone there yet and I think that they will enjoy hearing about Mom’s daring adventures that she has already had in Pandaria.

I know I giggle when Mom and Nahai come home from some of their herb gathering with tales of what they have seen – it’s nice to see some of the places through their perspective.  Mom has definitely decided that the Hozen are not her favorite race so far in Pandaria – she got quite splattered by a few of them when she landed in the wrong place to gather some herbs that had caught her eye.

Oh well, I guess I should stop writing in my journal and start getting ready to attend the Faire, I see Naton and Tahfal kind of dancing around because they have challenged each other with the canon ride again.  How they keep doing that every time we go to the Faire is beyond me – silly boys.

Mahamura  Cloudhoof

 

Exploring Pandaria…


February 10th

Dear Journal,

Which way doesn’t the wind blow in Kun’lai?  I think I was trying to convince myself that the Spring was coming faster than it really was and paid the price for that.  I must remember that it doesn’t matter what the calendar says, it is always going to be snowing on the Peaks.

I had done all of my chores on the farm and Naton “Sadheart” was busy at his forge with more orders for armor and I decided that I was going to go out to fill some of our contracts that I could and do some exploring.  There are always more places for me to see in Pandaria because when we were in the service, it was the Jade Forest and Krasarang where we spent most of our time, so, there’s plenty more for me to see as long as I am careful.

Sure, the war up here is supposedly winding down, however, I don’t think that some of the Alliance have gotten word yet on that because they have given me a merry chase a time or two when I’ve stumbled into areas that I shouldn’t be.  You’d be surprised how fast my hooves can fly when I get into things like that and I am sure that Naton would be roaring with laughter after he dispatched whatever it was that was chasing me.

I thought that I could easily start my adventures at One Keg and carry on from there for a while.  Naton said there was some great areas for digging for artifacts and he’s right about that, I’ve had some good luck with that too. However, the one thing that I wasn’t counting on was being asked to escort a group of travelers from One Keg to bases beyond that – they should only allow people with really long legs to go the way that we went because these little fellows were slow and easily intimidated.  Poor little grummels were really afraid for most of the trip and we made it safely from One Keg to The Burlap Waystation – that was only one leg of the trip it seems because I had to lead them on to Kota Peak.  Good thing I am quick with a bow and was able to dispatch any trouble we ran into, however, my hooves were tired when we got to Kota Peak.

Well, let’s just say that I had enough adventuring for one day and decided to return to the farm in Halfhill.  At least I could thaw out there without much trouble.  I never realized how much the wind could blow when you’re at the base of the mountains, it did remind me of my visits to Northrend that weren’t all that frequent because I was always happy to return home to Kalimdor in a few days.  I guess I’m just not a cold weather kind of girl.

Naton asked if I was able to get what I needed to fill some of the contracts and I laughed and told him that I did and some really strange berries. I’ll have to get some more of those to share because I was hungry on the trip back and ate them all without realizing it.  Tasty, tangy and sweet, what more could a cow ask for?  It was fun getting out of the Valley for a while, however, next time I think that I will remind myself to bring more clothes and a heavier cape with me – I was one frozen Tauren.

We got some mail from the family in Thunder Bluff and I’ll have to admit that it sounds like Mom and the boys are doing rather well for themselves.  Nahai says that he took Mom out herbing and she did really well this time and didn’t put the wrong things in her herbing bag, I suppose those new glasses helped her a bit too.  I know that sometimes she really couldn’t see and would have all kinds of things her bags, which, I’m sure the people in Orgrimmar at the warehouse were thrilled with – the best thing that she had in her bag one time was a very angry little squirrel.  Apparently, her mind must have been elsewhere when she went to turn the stuff in and didn’t hear it because I’m sure that squirrel was not just taking a nap in that bag.

I know that when we get letters from home it sometimes makes me homesick a bit.  I miss Mulgore and I miss some of my friends that are still there, well, most of them are still there because they survived that nonsense in Orgrimmar.  No, I’m not a real happy person when I have to travel through Orgrimmar and see the conditions there.  It’s a shame that we’re not worthy of the Horde anymore with this stupid Warchief driving everyone away in droves.  I did miss seeing as many of the elves that we had there at one point and I don’t think that all of the goblins are present and accounted for unless you count the ones making money hand over fist.

I suppose in another week or two, I’ll have to make that trip to Silvermoon to the warehouse there and get our money from these contracts.  It’s not like we need the money right now and Zippie knows that we have a lot of work to do here in Pandaria.  She always makes sure that she gives us contracts with plenty of lead time on them.  I do miss seeing her as often as we once did, she always made me laugh when we talked.

With all of the talk of moving the main warehouse to Shattrath City, I’m a bit concerned with that because that is one long trip.  I hope that they keep the warehouse open in Silvermoon because that would be easier to get too since I’ve found out that the zep still runs to the Undercity on a regular basis. I’ll have to ask Zippie about that when we take the contracts in for payment and pick up our next batch.  Naton better get on the job and do some more mining, those are the only ones that we haven’t completely filled yet, however, he’s been so busy at the forge that I hate to nag him about it.  Yes, I do nag him now and then because he gets lost in his creations sometimes and forgets a lot of things.

Well, I think that I am going to go take a nice hot bath and make some dinner, plus, I’ll have to see if Naton is in the mood to eat tonight too.  Sometimes I forget and end up with a lot of leftovers that have to be stored away, it’s not like they go to waste though because I’m one eating machine sometimes.

Mahamura

Oh My…Poor Orgrimmar


January 22nd

Dear Journal,

I don’t know why Zippie sent a parcel to us here in Pandaria that needed to be delivered in Orgrimmar, however, I am going to let her know that it makes me very uncomfortable to go there. She could have sent one of her goblin friends that work for the company or her sister or Uncle, however, she chose to send it all the way out here to us and wanted it delivered quickly.  She babbled on in her letter that there was no one else that could do it for her right now and it was for a good deal of money.

I didn’t even know that we were still making deliveries or even doing business with the people that are left in the city considering all of the things that have happened. I know we closed the business and now it’s in Silvermoon and what isn’t in Silvermoon is in Shattrath. I hope that she doesn’t get some wild hair and decide to try to send me to Dalaran because that is one place that I know that I won’t be welcomed with open arms.

I told Naton about the letter and the parcel and he said that he thought that I would be okay.  He said that he has done some business there with his armor, however, things have changed quite a bit since we were there last.  He told me to not meet anyone’s gaze, keep my head down, make my delivery and collect the money and get out of there as quickly as possible.  Okay, I did follow his advice although it was very hard for me to do.

I had heard that Garrosh had the Trolls under guard in their quarter, however, I didn’t know that it was as bad it was.  I had wanted to pick up some wild rice from there because it would be good with some of the dishes that I have learned to make here in Pandaria.  I was shocked that the poor Trolls are under lock and key and have Kor’kon guarding them all of the time.  They are prisoners and are only allowed to do a minimal amount of things.  I tried to buy some rice and a Kor’kon guard told me that I could be arrested for consorting with the enemy.  Well, I didn’t make my purchase because I didn’t want to get locked up there in Orgrimmar.

I decided that I would try to buy some rice from the Tauren quarter because I was almost sure that I had seen some there before I left for Pandaria.  I was shocked to see Kor’kon guards everywhere in the quarter.  It’s not as heavily guarded as the Troll area, however, it did make me realize that it would be very easy for Garrosh to order a full scale slaughter of our people in the city.  It almost made me cry when I saw how things were – our people are not happy in Orgrimmar and I wish they would leave before it’s too late.  I know that I was very frightened the whole time I was there.

I can’t believe that Zippie had me deliver a parcel to the goblin engineers.  It would have been so much easier for her Uncle to deliver that stuff or even her sister. I have no idea what was in the package, however, the goblin engineer seemed very excited to have it and even tipped me a copper.  Well, you know how goblins are, at least he gave me something to go along with his thanks.

Even though Naton told me to keep my head day and not meet anyone’s gaze, I wanted to see some of my old friends in the Tauren quarter, my old teacher,  for example.  I went to where he usually stands and I was surprised at how empty the place was.  Where our people would normally gather to talk and to tell stories to one another and some of the younger bulls would go to show off their new armor, there was no one there.  No one was enjoying the sunshine and no one seemed to be very sociable.  I did find my teacher and he was very happy to see me although he told me that I should get out of Orgrimmar as quickly as I had come in.

Now, I got another errand to run while I was there talking with him. He took a carefully concealed letter from his belt and told me that I had to deliver it to Baine in Thunderbluff.  I was really worried when he gave me the letter because I didn’t want to get arrested by the guards for something and have them find it on me, they might think I was some kind of spy.  I took the letter and left – I did go to Thunder Bluff and I did deliver it without seeing Mom and the boys.

As I was starting to wonder about how I was going to make the trip to Silvermoon without being gone for several days I happened to see a Forsaken with a very familiar gait and a very familiar lion.  It was Hazey Smythe.  We never had socialized all that much when we were in Orgrimmar, however, I’ve always considered her a good sort and one that could be trusted.  I asked her how she was doing and she looked at me like I had lost my mind and replied quite succinctly “Still dead” and we both laughed.

I told her of my problem with getting the money back to Zippie in Silvermoon and she said that she would take it for me because she had planned on taking a trip to the Undercity to visit with her sister and it would be very little trouble for her to continue on to Silvermoon to make the delivery for me.  She had a few things that she needed to deliver herself, so, it wasn’t inconvenient for her.  At least she was able to take care of that problem for me and I trust her with the money because she’s been with the company for quite a long time too. She laughingly aid that she thought that Garrosh was afraid of the Lady and that he wouldn’t want to step on her toes. So,  the travel from Orgrimmar to the Undercity is still open and it’s just a short portal from the Undercity to Silvermoon.  Whew, I’m glad she was there because I was really afraid to make the trip myself, I’m not your warring kind of cow, I like farming.

When I finally got back to Halfhill, I told Naton of all that I had seen and he just shook his head and looked sad.  He said that he had seen the guards in the Troll quarter, however, the last time that he had gone to the Tauren quarter, there were no guards.  We both think that things with Garrosh have gotten even worse than they were when we were in the service to the Horde.  Let’s just say that we are both happy that the Boss was able to get us released from that and we are working for Morningstar Enterprises.  Now, we just hope that nothing goes awry with the Regent Lord and the Blood Elves.

Oh, I had better get busy and make dinner for Naton and I because he actually said that he was hungry.  He doesn’t eat much but when he does, he makes up for all of the time that he hasn’t.  At least he’s trying some of the new food that have been able to get at the market, he says he likes Jogu’s chicken and dumplings and wishes that it wasn’t so pricey.

Mahamura

 

 

Just Enjoying The Farm…


September 23rd

Dear Journal,

It is definitely nice having both the Bosses back in Pandaria again because it gives Naton and I a break from taking care of their farms for a while.  While I love farming, I was beginning to wonder if we were ever going to get to do anything else while we were at it.  Of course, Jogu always seemed to be real busy when we went to Dawnglory’s place and the big Boss’s place was always immaculate, I think he has someone come in and just clean the house and make sure that things are perfect just in case he decides to come back with his wife or something.

Naton is real busy at the forge these days because people seem to like the armor that he has been making, he’s even had to turn a few orders down because he doesn’t have enough time to do all of the mining and I’m not real good at it either.  I guess I could try a little bit harder but I’d much rather be out fishing and hunting than pounding at some rock for a few pieces of ore. 

What with everything that has happened in the Vale lately, I am just happy that it hasn’t affected us yet here in the Valley of Four Winds.  I think that we’d all be more than a bit upset if our crops started failing and we were left without food to eat or sell.  Halfhill is the breadbasket for the whole country it seems.  I know that I wouldn’t be none too pleased now that we have the house fixed up and we can actually have some people over without feeling embarrassed by the looks of the place.

I think that Dawnglory’s woman is pregnant because I was watching her walking around the market the other day and she definitely has that waddle that pregnant women get and she was buying all kinds of strange things to eat.  I asked her if she was okay and she smiled and said that she was perfectly fine and that after being in Northrend for so long she couldn’t get enough of the noodles here in the market. Naturally, I don’t know her well enough to pry into her business but she sure does act like she’s pregnant.  Wouldn’t surprise me if all of the things are true, that Dawnglory fellow is a real machine when it comes to women, he can’t get enough of their favors.

It makes me sad to see the Boss walking around with that limp now. He hasn’t lost the spring in his step but I can tell that it bothers him to walk a lot and I think that I will talk to Mom when we go home to visit next time to see if she has something that can help with that.  I mean, he’s a very handsome Blood Elf and that limp detracts from his appearance.  I’m sure that it bothers him too.  It looks very painful sometimes when I see him out working in the fields.

I don’t know how long these two elves are going to be in Pandaria because I am sure that they have to keep the business going.  Somehow they both got out of the summons from their Regent Lord to battle against Garrosh and the company has moved to Silvermoon.   At least Naton and I can have our stuff shipped there instead of having to make the trip because I think we’re both uncomfortable there.  Blood Elves do not know how to make furniture that is comfortable for a Tauren, no matter how elegant the stuff looks, I am always afraid that if I sit on anything that it will give way under my weight and I’m not fat.  The only big things that they have in the city that I have seen are some of the beds and I think that’s because a whole bunch of them might want to sleep together at one time for some reason.

I suppose that I ought to get up from writing here and see what kind of fish I can catch today.  I was having weird dreams about fish last night and some fried fish really sounds good today.  Oh, not nightmares, just strange looking fish that I don’t recall ever seeing and there was even one that talked and acted kind of like a smart murloc.  Who knows where these dreams come from, could have been from the carrots I ate before bed too.

Mahamura

 

 

Let’s Have Some Fun…


August 6th

Dear Journal,

I will admit that it has been really hard to keep up with all of the farms even though it is something that I dearly love.  At least I don’t have the duties from being in the military to override the things that I want to get done.  I do find it kind of relaxing to be out there working in the fields sometimes despite the fact that there is a never-ending war going on with the virmen.

Of course, Mr. Morningstar’s farm was the easiest to take care of because he had everything setup just “right”.  I really wouldn’t expect much less from that particular man, he’s just that way.  However, Mr. Dawnglory’s farm is different, not as refined and has some touches that I would have never thought of.  He has a real fancy outhouse that must double as a library at times – it has a door that opens on the top to let the air and light in when you’re in there.  Silly Blood Elves.  Of course, he has a new woman in his life and he wasn’t really paying that close attention to his farm before they left on their trip.

Naton and I had things pretty well under control with all of the farms enough to where we had some friends of ours take care of them for a couple of days.  We both wanted to go home and see Mom and the boys and get our fun in at the Faire. 

Of course, we had a marvelous time.  I know that it probably gets to be boring to some people to keep going and doing the same things over again, however, we all enjoy and it’s fun for us. Mom always meets up with people that she hasn’t seen for a while and that leaves us free to roam the Faire grounds and play the games.  I’ll admit that we do our fair share of people watching too. 

I actually saw quite a few Pandaren at the Faire this time, which shouldn’t be all that surprising.  I wonder what they think of our entertainment.  I’m sure that it must seem a bit strange and barbaric to them.  Yes, we all rush around and try to get to as many games as we possibly can and I just watched the Pandaren stroll around looking at things and taking their time getting to the games.  They really do follow their own philosophy of “Slow Down” and I think we would all learn a few things by doing likewise.

I swear Naton is going to wear that canon ride out completely.  The silly man loves that feeling of flying free like that.  I know it’s unnerving to some to see a plate clad Death Knight flying through the air screaming at the top of his lungs “Steak Tartar Incoming!”  I know that he always immerges from the water laughing and ready to give it another go.

I will have to admit that my favorite game is the Tonks – oh, how I love to race around madly hitting the targets and dodging the missiles getting fired at me.  The whole trick to having a successful run in that game is to keep moving constantly and firing at anything and everything – you just have to watch the freewheeling zep flying around.  I guess I really shouldn’t get as much satisfaction from completing the game in one pass, however, it does leaving me grinning ear to ear when I do.

Tahfal and Nahai like to fish there.  Why they think that’s the best place in the world to fish is a mystery to me.  I think they like to fish so that they can be fishing and watching the people as much as we do.  Silly boys, sometimes they actually stop fishing long enough to talk to people and seem to enjoy that quite a bit.  I think they are both a bit shy.

Oh, we had so much fun and it was hard to tear ourselves away and head back to Pandaria.  Of course, we were only gone for a couple of days and a night, which seems like a real short time but it was well worth the trip.  I think that Naton and I both like the freedom that we have to come and go from Pandaria and the farm is really looking nice.  Yes, we’re still planning on staying here regardless of what goes on with the Horde and bring Mom and the boys up here – they would definitely love it.

Mahamura

Caretakers…Farming In Pandaria


July 12th

Dear Journal,

Oh well, I guess that Naton and I won’t be going home for the Faire this time, however, that’s okay.  We had a good long stay the last time and had a lot of fun at the Faire with Mom and the boys, Nahai and Tahfal.  I kind of wish we could go this time too because I’m that much of a child at heart.

The reason we’re not going this time is because Mr. Morningstar has asked us to do him a favor and that is one person on the face of Azeroth that we don’t mind helping out when he asked for it.  Sure, we work for him and he could have made that the reason, however, he said he needed a personal favor.  Well, for a man that proud, that’s a lot.

Seems he has left the Rangers and needs to go back to Orgrimmar to take care of the business there as well as a few other places.  He asked Naton and I if we would keep an eye out on his farm and to watch over Mr. Dawnglory’s place too while he’s away.  I don’t mind, it just means that we will be doing a lot more work at all three farms.  I don’t mind.

Mr. Dawnglory has that fish guy kind of taking care of things at his place, however, Mr. Morningstar wanted us to keep an eye out for any kind of funny business.  The fish guy is nice, however, he does drink way too much, more than anyone could imagine.  I bet he could drink the Pandaren and the dwarves under the table without too much effort on his part.

So, no Faire for us this month, however, we know that we should be able to go next time because everyone should be back in Pandaria by then, I hope.  I’ll admit that the Boss looked a lot better yesterday than he has since he and his wife were attacked in the Jade Forest, hardly any limp from his leg wound.  We’ve never met his wife, however, the Boss keeps his private life well hidden from the employees and I can’t blame him, that little sister of his in Orgrimmar is quite the Blood Elf though, very excitable little creatures.

I can’t believe how busy Naton has been at his forge since we’ve really started letting people know what he does.  He’s one of the few Tauren blacksmiths in the area and there is a lot of business for him.  I wish I could help him mine for some of his ore, however, I’m not very good at it when I do try.  He seems to have a natural instinct for that sort of thing.  At least he has started doing some of his mining at night when everyone else is asleep, he says there are fewer claim jumpers up at the hours that he goes out – I could believe that, Death Knights don’t need to sleep that much.

Oh well, time for me to get off my backside and start checking the other farms and come home to do my own work here.  The crops grow so fast here in Pandaria that it is like an never-ending job of harvesting and tilling the ground.   I hope that one day soon we can get Mom and the boys up here too, they would love the land and the people – there isn’t war everywhere even if you’d think there was with the way that people talk in Orgrimmar and sometimes Thunderbluff.

Mahamura

Happy Farmer, Fun Times…Not Homesick Anymore


June 9th

Dear Journal,

I can’t say that I have been happier in a while. It’s nice going back to the old ways of doing things and I think that Naton is happy with the situation too, even if he won’t admit it. Since the Boss got us released from the military, we can actually have a life worth living and we don’t have to try to please some Orc with a grudge against Tauren.  I so wanted to grind him beneath my hooves, however, two things prevented me from doing that – one, I didn’t want to stray from the teachings of the Earth Mother and two, I didn’t want to have to spend the time cleaning Orc slime from my pretty hooves. Enough said!  I know I feel so much better just getting away from that fellow and I don’t have to worry about Naton taking the guy for a walk and only Naton coming back. Questions would have been asked, I’m sure.

Naton and I love the farm and I think that we are slowly making progress with it.  We can plant some vegetables and pull more weeds than I can ever recall having that many.  I think they must just sprout up when we are sleeping – Naton doesn’t really sleep, however, he has learned to keep his noise down to a minimum. I just know that I am pleased with how things are coming along in a short amount of time. We got the roof fixed after my fears of it leaking were realized – I know that I got some weird looks from passers-by when I was on the roof – it isn’t often that you see a Tauren on a rooftop doing thatching.

We did decide that we would make a trip home to see Mom for a few days and take in the Faire.  Yes, it’s time for that again and this time we can stay longer than just overnight.  It’s nice having time that we can call our own again. 

We did get Mom and the boys to the Faire in record time.  Of course, Nahai and Tahfal had a lot more fun than they should have, in Mom’s opinion, however, it was great just having the family together again.  Yes, Naton just had to go on that canon ride multiple times because it makes him laugh because it isn’t often that you see a Tauren flying through the air like that. At least he acts more like himself when he’s away from Pandaria – he talks more now and actually laughs more.  If it weren’t for the eyes, you wouldn’t even realize that he’s no longer amongst the living as we know it.  I love my older brother and it doesn’t matter to me that he is a Death Knight; he knows how to contain that hunger after all of this time.

I know we spent hours at the Faire, eating, drinking and just having fun like the old days.  Mom found some other ladies that she hadn’t seen for a long time and they had a good time just sitting around discussing the tribes, children and how silly the war is in Pandaria. If it weren’t for the idiot in Orgrimmar, none of us would still be there unless they have a nice farm like we do.

I know that I had a lot of fun just wandering around and watching people having fun.  It makes me realize that there are real people out there that like to have fun too.  It’s not all about money, the war and why we are fighting; it’s about just living and enjoying life.  The Pandaren definitely have the right philosophy in that regard.  Family is the reason we fight – to protect and to live. Its funny how, at the Faire, people can seem to forget their differences and just have fun.  I know my favorite people to watch are the little tiny gnomes – their quick little feet and the giggles – I love to hear them laugh.  Oh, I know the standard joke about the punting of these little guys; however, I have never felt compelled to do that. I really don’t think that the gnomes are any worse than our goblins; they just aren’t as money hungry.

I know that Mom and Tahfal still talk about their trip to Dalaran and how amazing that place was to them – the lack of Tauren being in the city at the time was a bit disturbing to them though and the lack of Tauren-sized furniture.  I know Mom still talks about the giant rats up there and being chased by one, which always makes us laugh.  If you knew how speedy Mom can be sometimes, you’d be amazed at her age.  I wish I had gotten a chance to see the city before the entire Horde races were driven out – it does sound like a real fantasy of someone’s mind rather than a real place.  I did get to eat some of the sweets that they brought back with them from their trip and Mom is still working on the recipes to see if she can recreate them. I hope that she can get that figured out one day, those cupcakes were amazing and just the thought of them now makes my mouth water.

Naton wants to stay in Thunderbluff for Story Circle this time.  I suppose the farm can take care of itself for a couple of days and it might be fun to visit with some of our friends if they are here and not in Pandaria.  Yes, a lot of the people that are our ages are in Pandaria, which has made it kind of sad when you don’t see them mingling on the Bluffs.  I am hungry for some girl talk – you know the right kind of dress material to use for a real great looking outfit and how to keep your mane from tangling up so much with what kind of brushes to use – I miss that.

I also miss a certain young bull too.  Yes, even I have crushes on bulls now and then. This one fellow caught my eye before I left for Pandaria and Mother says that he is up there somewhere too.  I know the girls used to tease me about flirting with him sometimes because he is one those fellows that seems to be very quiet most of the time, however, he would wink at me and smile sometimes. I won’t write his name down for fear that a certain little nosy brother of mine, Tahfal – yes, I know you read my journal when you think I’m not looking, you little sneak – might get his hands on my journal and blab it to half of the population. It isn’t like he and I have ever been on a date or anything, we’ve talked now and then – however, he is a very handsome fellow, at least in my opinion. I was hoping to see him on this trip, which I still may, we have a couple of more days here.

Maha

 

 

 

 

 

Mahamura Cloudhoof


Mahamura Cloudhoof

Mahamura Cloudhoof

Mahamura Cloudhoof – Happy to say that she made it to 90 yesterday and I was indeed very pleased with myself.  She just happens to be my second oldest character that I have on Wrymrest-Accord and my very first Tauren that I ever rolled.   Got to admit that there was some sentimental reasons as to why I had to get her up there.

I currently have six 90s in various stages of gearing, rep grinding and whatnot – I may never have the best gear or have every single rep that there is to exalted, however, I’m having a blast with the game after eight years.

One Happy Tauren…


May 30th

Dear Journal,

Yesterday was indeed a wonderful day for Naton and I.  We finally made the trek through the Jade Forest and came into the Valley of Four Winds – what a beautiful place this has turned out to be.  It reminds me very much of the rolling hills in Mulgore and makes me even more homesick than I was before.  Naton seemed to be very pleased with where we had gotten.

The best thing that happened yesterday is that we were finally able to make it to Halfhill.  It is a very large farming community and I have never seen such huge vegetables.  My Mom would be so pleased to see all of the growing things in the valley and the herbs that she could gather are very plentiful.  We, meaning Naton and I really were happy to see a farming area – it is going to make our lives a whole lot better.  Oh, we had good food while we were traveling, however, it isn’t the same as the fresh produce that we will have here.

We were wandering the market and looking at the fare that the vendors were selling and wondering if we should splurge and buy some of the items when we ran into Mr. Morningstar.  He really seemed very happy to see us there almost as happy as we were to see him.  He had the biggest smile on his face and invited us to his farm.  Yes, he even has a farm here in Pandaria, who would have thought that a rich Sindorei would be interested in having a home here and actually having to work the land like the rest of us?

Anyway, Mr. Morningstar was full of all kinds of good news and surprises for us both.  First of all, he gave us some money, which will make life much easier for us and then he gave us a deed to a little farm not very far from his – it isn’t much but it’s a start and a place that Naton and I can call home when we are here in Pandaria.  I think the best news of all was that Mr. Morningstar got us released from the service – that means no more orders to follow other than what might be handed down from on High and we have the right to choose whether we want to do it or not.  At least we won’t have to hear some Orc screaming at us anymore to hurry up, which is like being released from a prison. Of course, we will honor the Oath that we took to the Horde when our Chief sent us off to fight the war, however, the way that this has been arranged, it’s almost like being normal again. He gave us some papers to carry with us in case we are ever get stopped and questioned about why we aren’t in the army – well, we’re mercenaries now and we work for Morningstar Enterprises, just like before when we would take those kind of contracts.

Now we can go home and visit Mom whenever we want and for as long as we want.  This was very good news because I know that Naton and I both have been very worried about being this far away from our family in the Bluff- Mom isn’t a young cow and we always worry that she is going to get ill and we aren’t going to be able to take care of her although Nahai and Tahfal are there with her all of the time. I don’t know about how Naton really feels about it but I feel like I have had a huge weight lifted from my shoulders.

Well, it seems that the rumors we had heard while we were traveling through the countryside were true and that the Orcs and Trolls are fighting one another.  It’s a rebellion against the Warchief – which doesn’t surprise me at all.  Of course, now we will have to watch our backs not only from the Alliance but we’ll have to be careful around people in our own faction.  Mr. Morningstar said it was very serious and the we should be cautious and not talk to anyone about what is going on unless we really trust them.  That shouldn’t be too much of a problem for Naton and I because we don’t usually talk to many people anyway other than a few other Tauren that we’ve met since we’ve been here. I don’t think that they would say anything because they hate this war as much as we do.  I guess there is actually fighting going on in the Barrens with the Kor’kon – that doesn’t surprise me all that much because of the fact that they are just robots controlled by their Orc Warchief.  I never have trusted the Orcs, even when I was home, because they are always mean and they smell bad.

We were both shocked about Dalaran and the things that went on there with that Lady Proudmore and how she has driven all of the people out of there.  Well, I guess we shouldn’t be all that surprised with that bit of news because Mr. Morningstar moved his offices from there back to Orgrimmar a while ago because he felt that it was safer for his family to be away from that city.  He’s a smart man, always has been since I’ve known him.  It’s not true what they say about the Blood Elves because Mr. Morningstar has always been good to us and never has treated us unfairly since we’ve been working for him.  Now, he’s the next best thing to being our Chief as Baine is, in my eyes.  I know that he is the one that has always made sure that we doing okay and we were able to take care of our Mother the way that she should be.

Naton and I walked over to our farm after we got finished talking with the Boss – it seems funny to think of him as the Boss again.  It isn’t much and the house is going to have to have a lot of work done on it before it’s really livable, however, it’s ours and we have the deed for it in our hands.  Naton was really smiling when he saw the new forge and anvil there already, another present from Mr. Morningstar. I know that we have worked for him for a very long time, however, this generosity has really surprised us both.

I’m actually sitting in the house right now as I write in my journal.  There isn’t any furniture and the roof looks like it might leak, however, it’s ours and it’s going to be home for us.  After we get things fixed up a little bit more maybe we can get our Mother up here too – it would be a nice change for her and maybe it might help her live a much longer life.  Of course, I’m sure that Nahai and Tahfal will want to come with her, they really aren’t going to get too far away from her.

I just know that I am one happy Tauren.  I have everything that a girl could want up here in Pandaria with the exception of a mate, which will happen in time and I’m going to be real picky about that.  I’m a Tauren of some means now, not just someone plodding along.  I know Naton was already banging away at his forge last night until I yelled at him and reminded him that some of us have to sleep.   I guess I should get up from the floor that I am sitting on and start doing some work outside so we can get this place ready to live in. Praise the Earth Mother for all of the bounties that have been given to us!

Mahamura

A Tauren In Pandaria


May 27th

Dear Journal,

While I may long to be home in Thunderbluff with my Mother and brothers, I am finding things in this new land that are very enjoyable.  I have spent a great deal of time in the Jade Forest and I see how it comes by its name.  There is so much green there that you can almost become lost and mesmerized by it.  Yes, there are dangers there that will sometimes catch you by surprise if you are not wary.

I am definitely following the teachings of the Pandaren with their “Slow Down” and I’m definitely savoring every minute that I can of the beauty of this land.  It’s definitely not Mulgore, which I am still very homesick for, however, it has its own special beauty.  At least Naton and I have found more Tauren in the area and we’ve started making friends with them.  We like to gather together sometimes and talk about home and sometimes we just sit there and laugh at all of the adventures that we are having.

“Slow Down” that is the one statement that makes me smile and sometimes even makes me laugh outright because Tauren are not known for our speed. Oh, we can speed up the pace when we are attacking something, however, we normally take a slow pace so that we may cover a greater distance without fatigue.  That’s the secret, why rush to do something and then be too exhausted to carry on further.  We’re a nomadic people and traveling the roads of Kalimdor for generations has taught us that speed is not something that will get you to your destination any faster.  I can’t begin to tell you how many little Blood Elves we’ve ended up carrying with us, literally, because in their haste they have depleted their energy to where they would have ended up dead if it weren’t for the Tauren in the area.

We are definitely learning how to embrace the land and try to repair some of the damages wrought by some of our Horde brethren as we travel along.  Of course, we do have some Orc that want to kill everything in sight, while we continue to plod along and hoping that they might get eaten by some of the beasts in the area.  I guess that doesn’t sound very loyal when you’re fighting a war, however, I never much cared for the Orc when we were still in Kalimdor, I care less for them in Pandaria.

I know that Naton made one of our sergeants angry the other day when the fellow was just yelling at us to speed up, the war would be over by the time we got our mangy hides into the fray.  Naton’s response to that was that we would live to get to the battle whereas, he may not make it himself due to his haste and inability to take in his surroundings as he galloped along.   Besides, without the Tauren to put the Orcs back together again, Hellscream probably wouldn’t have much of an army at his disposal, so, just be quiet and we will arrive at our destination in due time.  Sometimes my brother surprises me with the way that he can take all of this in stride without seeming to get upset about it – I know I cry sometimes because I do get weary and I do get frightened.  Naton offers me comfort and solace when I feel upset and I think that is because he has seen this “war” thing all before when he was under the influence of the Lich.  He keeps telling me that things will get better.

Oh, we did get to see Mr. Morningstar when we were in Dawn’s Blossom for a while.  He looks very tired, however, he was very happy to see Naton and I.  He told us to be careful and on our guard while we were making the trek through the Jade Forest and he would have a surprise for us when we get to Halfhill.  I wonder what that surprise could be?  He’s one of the big Ranger Commanders now, however, he will always be Mr. Morningstar to Naton and I after all of these years of working for him in Kalimdor.  The good news is that he said that we were still on the payroll for Morningstar Enterprises and that we could still send things back to Orgrimmar and we would be paid just like always.  That was good news to the two of us because the money we get for being in this army isn’t all that great and we still money home to Mom and the two boys when we can.  I miss those days of just being near home and being able to help the family with what I could earn there. At least we have been able to keep up our trades a little bit and have been able to send things home.

Ah well, I should put this journal away and get some rest, we have a long trek tomorrow and should be arriving in the Valley of Four Winds.  We always hear rumors about the places that we are going, however, I am curious to see these giant vegetables that we have been told about – the noodles we have been eating and some of the vegetables that we have been able to find have been delicious, however, I would love to make some cabbage soup with bits of carrots in it and have time for it to simmer to bring out the flavor – everything is cooked so fast while we travel that some of the flavor is lost.  Oh, and the tea, we always have tea with our meals.

Oh, I am smiling now because we were able to make camp early enough tonight to be able to sit around the campfire and have our own version of Story Circle.  It wasn’t as splendid as the one that we have on the Bluffs, however, there were some wonderful stories told by some of group.  We even had time to sit and sing some of our tribal songs for a few minutes.  It was almost like home, not quite, however, it made me proud to be a Tauren.  We may get frowned upon by some of the Orcs, Trolls and Blood Elves for our lack of speed and our caring about the land, however, we will always carry our love and traditions of the Earth Mother with us regardless of the circumstances.  That’s what makes our people truly strong – our faith.

Some of the other women and I are looking forward to the day when we can actually put on a dress and do the things that we were used to doing at home.  This constant wearing of armor is not very feminine and we have all noticed the young bulls traveling with us – we’re all of marriageable age and even if there is a war going on, we still are women.  We were giggling amongst ourselves last night about a couple of the young fellows that seem to be determined to make a name for themselves here in Pandaria because they want their tribes to remember them as heroes.  Well, I’ll take a lesser Brave as a mate because I don’t intend on being made a widow early in my life with calves to care for.  Give me a nice Druid or even another hunter to be a companion with, that is all that I ask, Earth Mother.

Mahamura Cloudhoof