A New Traveler In Pandaria …

September 14th

Dear Journal,

After many months of working and studying until I thought that I might go blind from just the reading and my body was going to give up its spirit due to the rigors of the physical training that go along with the faith, I made my escape from Thunder Bluff to Pandaria.  I don’t think that I was any more surprised than the rest of the family when I finally caught the ship and off I went to start my new life and adventures in  Pandaria as a Light Walker.  Who knew that the very first assignment that I would get would be to go to this brave new land that my family seems so enamored of.

I know that I am not completely done with my training and will be returning home periodically for further study, however, to get away from Thunder Bluff and to be able to see my family again was the one thing that had me very excited.  Oh sure, I am used to the climes of Kalimdor and I actually made a quick trip to Dalaran a long time ago with Mom and a friend.  Let’s just say that I have traveled a bit in Kalimdor, however, I have tended to stay in Mulgore most of the time.  Let’s just say that I had no uncontrollable yearning to get out and explore every single area of Kalimdor.

From what I have seen of Pandaria so far, I like it a lot, it’s green, there is a certain amount of danger lurking in the shadows, however, I have run into the “in your face” variety just yet.  No, I haven’t told the family that I am Pandaria yet because I want to surprise them.  I have a map of where they are, unfortunately, it doesn’t tell me exactly where I am since the landmarks seem a bit off.  I think it will take me several days to reach Halfhill.

No, I am not traveling completely alone because I was able to group up with a bunch of other people that were on the boat and even if they are military, I’m not.  I’ll just stay with due to the safety in numbers thing when you’re in a strange place where there are still conflicts going on with some of the locals as well as the Alliance making their presence known from time to time.  Yes, I know how to fight because that was a part of my training, however, it is not something that I would like to do for a living as some of these folks are.  There are Goblins, Orcs, a few other Tauren that aren’t of my tribe and a few Blood Elf Rangers traveling together.  It’s a mixed bag of humanity, however, we seem to have the same goal involved of making it to Halfhill.  We may lose the Rangers part of the way there because they are reporting for duty, however, the goblins, Tauren and I will be continuing on to the Valley of Four Winds.

I can see why my Mother and brothers like the area so much because it is just teeming with life and plants that would make someone like my Mother extremely happy.  I know it could be extremely difficult for someone that was raised in the city to step out here and survive for very long though because this is not a place where you can let your guard down because there are beasts aplenty.

Coming to Pandaria was kind of a surprise for me because initially I had been assigned by the Order to go into Hellfire Peninsula and travel through Outland with the my brethren.  In some ways it was a military action and some ways not – we were there to give support to the troops that were already stationed there and to give them some respite from their duties there.  I know that I was shocked to hear that some of them had been there for years – can you imagine spending your entire life in that place with all of the neither broken and spread across the land in some areas – large chunks of land floating off as if there was never a connection to make it once whole.  There was a harshness there that also was beautiful at the same time.  Would it be someplace where I might want to spend most of my life?  I don’t think so.   I had hoped to be sent to Northrend, however, that was bypassed straight to Pandaria.

I really had hoped to see Northrend after the glimpses I had of it when I was traveling to Dalaran years ago.  I was truly intrigued with it, however, that was not meant to be.  Maybe someday in the future, I will be able to make the trip there and to see the land that I have heard so much about.  It truly seems to be almost as mysterious as the this land that I am currently landing in.  However, I’m not that familiar with the history of Pandaria and what I know of Northrend is from what I was taught and from what I have heard other people talking about.

To think that we were exploring this land at the same time as the Alliance is truly a shock.  I am sorry to say that the Warlord decided that he needed to take the riches from this land and try to build up the Horde as a whole.  Not only has it been expensive in lives lost, I can see some of the damages already wrought by this person’s greed.  The only thing that I can say is that I go where my order sends me and do as our Chief, Baine, has dictated that we do while we are here.  I guess I am military and not at the same time.

I can hardly wait to see my Mother and my siblings when I get to Halfhill because I know that they will be surprised.

Tahfal Cloudhoof