Just A Quick Note…

December 5th

 

Dear Journal,

Oh, it’s been quite a while since I have taken the time to sit down and write anything, however, I have been busy with the farm and trying to convince my children that they are old enough to get married and start giving me some grandchildren.  Yes, I know that Maha is being stubborn, Naton is not really in the market and youngest son, Tahfal, is still just focusing on his studies.   Of course, I’m still working on the farm and enjoying life here in Pandaria.  It’s still a nice place for an older Tauren lady to enjoy life with all the nice people that I have gotten to know here in Halfhill.

Naturally, we all went back to enjoy the holiday, Pilgrim’s Bounty, in Thunder Bluff with our friends and some of the relatives.  A lot of my old friends live in Halfhill, so, we just enjoyed getting together and gossiping with some of the youngsters about how life is in a foreign land.  I will admit that I am envious of some of my friends with their grandchildren running around, however, they are willing to share the little ones, so, sometimes it doesn’t hurt nearly as bad. I miss poor Dawnglory’s woman and the two children – I wish that he could find them because we are all worried sick about them.

I know that we are all looking forward to heading back to Pandaria again because there is a lot to be done before the colder weather gets here.  Oh, we don’t have to worry about that too much in the Valley of Four Winds because it just rains there, however, the snowy climes really do make it a bit more difficult to do the herb gathering that I enjoy and Naton does complain about the depth of the snow from time to time when he must gather up some special ore for his blacksmithing.  All in all, life has been good for the Cloudhoof clan since we moved there.

I have noticed Mahamura spending some time with a young bull here in Thunder Bluff and I did some snooping, as a Mother will tend to do, and discovered that he is in Pandaria too and has been off to Draenor for a while.  Wonder why she hasn’t brought him home to introduce him to the family yet?  I have learned my lesson, I won’t force the issue and pry too much because the last fellow probably hasn’t stopped running yet once Maha’s brothers started zeroing in on him to find out what his intentions were.  Maybe one of these days she will find the right bull that she can stay with for a while – she is a good person and she has certain expectations for a mate.

 

Mooma

 

Seasons Changing…

October 22nd

Dear Journal,

Well, there won’t be much going on with the farm today until this rain goes away or at least isn’t coming down in torrents.  I know I haven’t written in my journal for a while because I have been very busy with the farm and just gathering herbs before the seasons truly change.

Naturally it is that time of year when everyone is running around trying to get as much candy as they can and fighting off the Headless Horseman when the opportunity presents itself.  This is always a fun time of year for the young ones and even though my children are grown now, they still enjoy running around in costumes and getting in on the fun.  Heck, I even go out once in a while to do the same thing although I am not as dedicated to it as some are.  It’s fun watching people get all dressed up in costumes and the adults regress back to their childhood.

Goodness!  I know that the Earth Mother is replenishing the earth with the rain before the winter months set in, however, I am beginning to wonder if she isn’t trying to do it all in one session.  I don’t recall it raining this much in Halfhill for a very long time, now, it just seems like there is a fog moving in with the rain and the temperatures haven’t gotten rather brisk – or it could be that I am getting older and I am feeling the cold.

I think that I am going to leave the farm to the children for a few days and head back to Kalimdor for a visit.  It’s been a while since I’ve stayed in Thunder Bluff at our old house there and I kind of miss it.  I always love the Fall at the Bluff.  So many traditions to be observed and so many things to do that are strictly on the entertainment level for me anyway.   I would like to be able to sit in the afternoon sunshine and talk with my old friends like we used too before I moved to Pandaria.  Maybe I can even stay long enough to attend some of the Story Circles that are happening in Mulgore.  I love to hear the tales and the scary ones are always the best because sometimes the tale bearers get very dramatic with them and make it all that much more enjoyable.

I had such high hopes that my children would find mates this year in Pandaria and it hasn’t happened yet.  I wonder why they can’t seem to find someone to settle down with.  I would like to have some grandchildren  to enjoy in my golden years.   I thought that Mahamura had found someone this past Summer, however, she said that she isn’t quite ready to settle down just yet and children are definitely not something that she really seems to be interested in a whole lot.

I suppose the rain isn’t going to go away for a while and I can get some of the housework done while everyone is away for a while.  I can also gather up the few things that I want to take with me to Kalimdor and be ready to leave once I tell the children that Mom needs a break from Pandaria.

 

Mooma Cloudhoof

 

Visiting Friends…

December 29th

Dear Journal,

Well, I will have to admit that it has been quite pleasant to be back here in Thunder Bluff for the holidays.  I’ve missed some of my old friends and we are all having a wonderful time just visiting with them.  Lots of changes to the families that I can hear about too.

I didn’t realize how large our home was here in Thunder Bluff, however, it’s nice to be home even if I have spent a great deal of my time cleaning the place and getting the dust out of everything.  We haven’t been home for a couple of months and I am afraid that the house is showing the lack of attention.  I thought that Tahfal might have at least gotten someone to take care of things when he left home, however, it probably slipped his mind.  Oh well, a little hard work never really hurt anyone I suppose.  I do have the children here with me to help out too.  I think that while I’m here, I will see if I can get someone to stay here in the house while we’re gone, just to keep things in order and not neglected.

I know that it is nice to see the calves that I knew in the past that have all grown up to be nice strong Tauren and upholding a lot of the old traditions that us oldsters set such great store in.  It always a good thing for any tribe to keep up the traditions so that they won’t be lost in the sands of time.   I am listening to my old friends talk of their children and their grandchildren now and it makes me sad that none of my children have made me a Grandmother just yet, however, there is plenty of time.   I am sure that one of the younger boys or even Maha might let that happen someday.

I really feel bad for some of my neighbors in Halfhill right now because their families are being torn apart by this new threat in this place called Draenor.   I know that the blonde Blood Elf has gone back to do his duty and left his woman and little girl there and they seem kind of lonely.  I love the  little girl to pieces, even if she is a Blood Elf.  Her name is Mirrin and she calls me “Gram” sometimes.  It really is nice to see a little girl so well behaved and I can tell that her parents just dote on her.  I don’t think that they will let her turn into one of those Blood Elves that I have run into from Silvermoon either, they both seem to be rather realistic people and they both work very hard on their farm.   Of course, the Boss from Morningstar Enterprises has had to go back to the military too – poor man really didn’t seem like himself when I last saw him at his farm, I think he didn’t really want to leave either.  I feel sorry for any of them that aren’t able to spend time with their families at this time of year especially.  I know that I still miss my mate at this time of year because it was one of his favorite holidays and we have our own traditions that we used to celebrate, it isn’t like what the goblins have done to it.

I know that one of the things that I am going to do is to gather up as many of the pine nuts that I can while I am here and take them back to Halfhill.  I know that my children truly love them and I would like to be able to grow some on the farm or at least try to get them to grow.  I bet that they will take to farm just like I have.

I think that I am going to try to convince the children to stay here in the Bluff this week because the Faire will be here soon and we missed going this last month.  I’ve heard tell of some new things going on there and would like to see it all for myself.  No, I don’t think that I will ever be brave enough to try that canon thing though, that is just a bit too adventurous for a person of my age, you know.  Oh well, even if we don’t stay in the Bluff until the Faire, we can always make the added effort of coming back.

 

Mooma

Change of Seasons…

November 2nd

Dear Journal,

I have certainly been enjoying my life in Pandaria because it’s a definite change of pace from Thunder Bluff and Mulgore.  I was definitely feeling my age when I was at home and that has changed quite a bit since I made the move to Pandaria to be with my children.  Yes, the whole Cloudhoof Clan is up here now and I think that we’re all the better for it.

Oh yes,  I like being able to head home to Thunder Bluff and visiting with some of my old friends there though.  I enjoy the opportunity to catch up on the latest gossip, find who is going to be a grandparent again and what else might be going on.  Of course, if I don’t catch them at the Bluff, we usually find each other at the Faire.  Over the years I have lost a few of my oldest friends because they have returned to the Earth Mother’s bosom – it happens to all of us eventually.

I still miss my mate though.  It’s been years and years since I’ve become a widow and there are times when Tahfal laughs that he reminds me very much of his Father.  He actually has a lot of the mannerisms that his Father had although he was still a very young calf when his Father and I left on our ill-fated hunting trip.  Oh sure, there have been a few bulls that I have been interested in, however, I’ve never found one that could even remotely replace my first love.  Oh, I do have some male friends that I like to talk with as well as flirt with sometimes – it makes me feel young, what can I tell you?  I know that my children feel scandalized when they see me act like a coquette in the market here in Halfhill, however, I know that it’s all done in fun.

As for my children, well, I wonder if Nahai and Tahfal will ever settle down.  They are both still fairly young, however, neither one of them seems to be all that attached to any of the ladies they have been seeing.   I can’t help but compare them to my own experience and I was already mated and had two calves at their ages and these two you fellows are just running free and enjoying life as much as they can it seems.  The only one that I do worry about is Naton and that’s only natural because he is my firstborn and even though he is a Death Knight, I do wish that he could find someone that could overlook his flaw of being what he is.  He seems lonely at times and then again, he keeps himself busy at this forge and he does spend quite a bit of time socializing with some of the locals when they stop by to see him.

My daughter is the one that I wish would truly settle down.  Oh, she is the busy one alright.  She loves the farm and she loves being able to go out hunting here in Pandaria.  She’s had a couple of suitors since we’ve moved up here, however, they weren’t to her liking, I suppose.  I don’t know if she is being extremely picky or what, however, I am about ready to let her know that she is not getting any younger.  It could very well be that she is enjoying her new freedom up here because I know that she had the burden of caring for her younger siblings when I was missing all of those years.  I don’t know, I just wish Maha would find someone and give me some grandchildren before I go to join our ancestors.

I think I am being a bit whimsical this morning because the seasons are changing and there is even a slight chill in the air here at the farm. Of course, there seems to be a lot more rain right now, which is good for the crops, however, it does make it rather difficult sometimes to go out and do any real good herbing without getting soaked to the skin.  Not that rain ever bothered me that much, it does make it a bit of a sloppy process sometimes even when I’m using my flight form.  I know that Nahai doesn’t seem to mind the rain that much and he’s good at gathering the nicest herbs too – he does help me quite a bit, these old bones still ache sometimes when the weather changes.

I suppose while I am just sitting here writing in my journal that I should actually be working on some of my inscriptions instead of just wasting my time.  I know I keep looking out the window and watching the rain come down because I had really wanted to go do some serious gathering this morning.  Oh well, I guess I should get to work on these contracts that I have to fill because I know that we’re all planning on taking a run to the Faire later this week.

Mooma Cloudhoof

 

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

A Death Knight Can Be Happy…

August 22nd

Dear Journal,

I’m still having a slight chuckle about a recent conversation that I had with a young Bull in the market here in Halfhill.  Naturally, he definitely isn’t in the same condition that I am in, however, he was puzzled about how it was that I can remain so jovial and appear to be happy. After giving it some quick thought, my response was that I am happy because the alternative didn’t seem to be so pleasing.  Being truly dead is something that I am not ever going to look forward to although the teachings have us believe that we will be in a happy place with our loved ones and in the full care of the Earth Mother.

Yes, I still go by my Death Knight name that was given to me when I was changed which is Sadheart, however, the people that knew me from before still call me by my given name of Naton Cloudhoof.  What is in a name you ask?  Well, I was none too pleased with being changed into my current state and that was why I was given the name that I was in Archerus.   It fits me because there are days that I willingly admit that I wish that I was more mortal than I am currently – there are so many things that in my mind that I would like to do but this shell of a body no longer works in those ways.  At least I am with my family, watching them grow older as the time passes, however, I am with them in the here and now which is what makes me happy.

Why do I laugh sometimes?  Well, just because I’m Death Knight doesn’t mean that I can’t have a sense of humor because I most assuredly do.  I can enjoy life with living as much as they can and I don’t see why that wouldn’t put a smile on anyone’s face.  I can enjoy things as much as the next fellow.  Do I have the same wants and needs as a living Bull – well, in my mind I do, however, there are certain things that don’t work quite the same any more since I have joined the ranks of the unliving.   Yes, I would still like to have a family of my own some day, however, the possibility of having children has been taken from me, although, I wouldn’t mind marrying a woman that already has children as long as those said children would accept me for the person that I am and not “what” I am.

At least I have my business to keep me busy and yes, I do have to take a run every now and again to make sure that my Rune Sword is probably fed and satiated with its own type of wants.   I know that it is hard for some people to realize that I am still a Death Knight and I do have those moments where the Knight has to become what he is – that’s usually when I will take off for a couple of days and do my thing.

My whole life or unlife changed for me when I became a Death Knight and some of the things that I have done in the past I am not exactly proud of and try to push those memories to the back of my mind, sometimes they escape and come racing back to the forefront, however, I have learned how to control that part pretty much.  My life also took another huge change when I was released from the power of the Lich King because I was given control back to myself – no more voices commanding that I kill this or that and no more orders coming from on high that would direct me to places and do things that I would rather not think about.   Yes, I will admit that these changes have all been a part of what makes me as I am today.

I will have to admit that I am not too unhappy with working for Morningstar Enterprises because the money is good, I know that my family will always be taken care of because Commander Morningstar is that much of a family oriented person.  He actually bailed Maha and I out from being in service to the Horde and we’re contract people for him these days.  Not that I was disloyal or anything to the Horde, however, I wasn’t too keen on following that crazy man that called himself a Warchief.   He lost whatever shred of loyalty I had to the faction when he started his nonsense about the Pure Horde – which meant Orcs.  Well, I know that Baine has sworn fealty to the Horde, however, I don’t think that he would disapprove of what it is that my family and I are doing, we’ve aligned ourselves with a Blood Elf and follow what he wants for his company.  I know that I am not planning on ever getting myself involved in any kind of military action again in the near future, my body is tired, my mind is tired and I want to enjoy what this unlife has to offer to me now – a home, my family and an inner peace that I haven’t known since the days prior to becoming a Death Knight.

Yeah, I guess you should say that I am happy with my lot in life.  Being a Death Knight is not all that I am, it’s being Naton Cloudhoof and being able to have some semblance of fitting back in with my people again and enjoying what all that entails.  Sure, I get strange looks from people that still believe all of the old tales of the Scourge and how Death Knights were mindless killing machines, which we were, I won’t deny that, however, we all have been given a chance to fit back in with the rest of the people and I am going to take a gamble by enjoying it, whatever it brings.

I have spent the last few days spending some time with my baby brother, Tahfal and he is still following his teachings of being a Lightwalker, which is fine with me.  If he is happy following that sort of thing, I am not going to pass judgment on him for it.  He has been able to blend the teachings of the Earth Mother and the teachings from the Light into what he feels comfortable with.  No, he isn’t always righteous and good and I know this – he’s still very much a young bull and will learn in time what it is that he really wants out of his life and his beliefs.

Naton “Sadheart” Cloudhoof

 

Slow Down…Enjoy Unlife

June 8th

Dear Journal,

I know that I really shouldn’t be having as much fun as I am, however, that just doesn’t seem to be the case.  I think that I have finally found the place where I can be happy, enjoy this unlife of mine to the fullest and still just keep going.  I have never been one of those Death Knights filled with angst and anger at what was done to me, however, I have had to bear the brunt of the shame and the disgust of some of my kin.  Oh well, it’s there loss and my gain because I will live this unlife the way that I see fit.

I still show respect for my elders and still worship the Earth Mother as I was taught as a young bull, however, I think that I am more appreciative of the things that happen than some of the living are.  Oh yes, I can go anywhere in Azeroth that my heart desires and do what I want to do which is mostly work and enjoy the fruits of my labors.

Once again, the whole family went to the Faire and had a marvelous time.  I still laugh at Nahai and Tahfal with their wild antics at the Faire.  It’s not even a contest which of us happens to be the best at the canon ride – me.  I love it, I’ll go as many times as I can and I always just get such a rush from flying through the air and hitting the target every single time.  Oh, I may not get the bull’s-eye, however, I do make it more often than m brothers.   I’m also the best dancer too – even if I do have to say so myself. I love to dance and be happy – just taking the joy in the music and seeing other people happy too.

I think I just enjoy the atmosphere of the Faire and that’s why I like to go when we have the chance.  I always know that I will spend at least a full day in Thunder Bluff doing things for some of the tribe members there.  Mostly repairs to the old copper pots and talking with some of the elders there.  It isn’t that I mind it at all because it makes me feel like I am home and I belong there with my people even if some of them are afraid that I might go off the deep end one day and turn back into a killing machine again.

Mom and Nahai are almost finished with their house on their farm now and I expect that they are getting anxious to move in.  I know that Maha will miss having them around because they love to chatter away about all of the things that they are seeing in Pandaria and some of the things that they are doing.  Naturally, Nahai thinks that the flying is the best in Pandaria and the wind drafts carry him much further there than they do in Kalimdor.  I don’t know, he might be right, except that I think that he is just enjoying life as much as he can right now.   Mom loves the farm and she is enjoying getting things set up with her own little house.  She and Maha spend hours trying to decide what piece of furniture would fit better in one place and they do like to carry on about the food.

I know that this is going to sound funny coming from the likes of myself, however, I don’t think that it really matters since no one else will ever read my journal, I’m kind of a boring fellow.   I am just enjoying what life has been giving me since we all made the change to Pandaria.  There doesn’t seem to be the bias here that I used to sometimes feel when I was in the Bluff.  I can stroll into the market here, people know my name, I can talk to whomever I choose and just feel happy about my life as it is.

I honestly think that Mom acts like she is ten years or even twenty years younger since she came here to Halfhill to live.  She’s always singing and acting like she is happy when she is around the house.  She and Maha have gotten along a lot better up here too since Maha finally told Mom that she hasn’t found a bull to her liking yet, however, when she does, she will be sure to let her know right away.  Mom wants grandchildren, plain and simple.  At least she hasn’t been after me to find a mate because she knows that it wouldn’t do any good if I did anyway because there just won’t be any children coming from me since my change.  Ah well, at least I can enjoy the little ones that the other people have here in Halfhill with them.  Someday I may find a mate, not just for procreation but someone that I can care about and they will care about me as the man that I am, not the Death Knight.  I can’t see anything wrong with a fellow wanting a family, even if they aren’t his – it would make me very happy if I could find someone that can accept me for what I am and see the person that lives in this dead body as they really are.

I have had a chance to get out and do some exploring on my own here lately and I will have to admit that I find a great deal of comfort at the Tian Monastery.  It’s beautiful and not too far off the beaten path and close enough to home that I can go there and get back in a short amount of time.  I like talking to the monks and I like watching the training going on there.

I finally put together a good set of armor that I am selling through the auction house – naturally, there will be fittings to be done which will cost a bit extra, however, I am going to try to make enough money with my work that we don’t have to worry about finances again.  I’ve also sent back several pieces to Zippie so that she can see if there is a good market for them in Silvermoon and Shattrath – I also get a bonus if they sell well too.   I will have to admit that my happiest times are when I am standing at the forge and working on things that I know people will like and enjoy for years to come.  I don’t care if it is pot or if it is armor, I just enjoy the whole thing of creating something.

Well, crap, wouldn’t you know that I would get the laundry detail with Mom today too.  I thought Nahai was going to go with her to do it, however, he has some flirtation going on with one of the local Tauren ladies that he had planned to go on a picnic with.  Oh well, I don’t mind, at least I know that Mom will be safe with me and won’t be left standing there by the stream wondering where I went – Nahai can get distracted by the craziest things – oh, oh, a shiny or oh, oh a really big herb.  I do understand that he is still young, however, I do sometimes wonder if all that flying hasn’t shifted his brain a little off-kilter somewhat.

 

Naton “Sadheart” Cloudhoof