A Death Knight’s Rambling Thoughts…


May 8th

Dear Journal,

I will have to admit that things here in Halfhill have been a bit more lively since Mom and Nahai joined Maha and I at the farm.  Oh yes, they are looking into getting the farm adjacent to ours and will probably have that done before the end of the Summer.  I knew that Maha and I weren’t really expecting them to stay with us as long as they have so far, however, it is kind of enjoyable, breaks the monotony and keeps me constantly chuckling.

Naturally, I do have to accommodate the living when I am working at my forge because there are times that I will forget the hour when I am working on a nice piece of armor for someone.   There is almost something magical that happens when you are creating something and you kind of get lost in that activity – I know that I do and it does make the work less tedious.  At least I did get the forge moved from under the house, since that has been turned into the male living quarters and I don’t think that Nahai was all that appreciative of the noise or the heat sometimes, although, the kid never really complained. As long as I have been a smithy, I have always been able to lose myself in m work and sometimes it even always me to let my mind wander to those days when I wasn’t a Death Knight.

Some of my fonder memories are returning bits at a time or it could be that I am listening more intently to Mom when she talks about the “good old days” before everything went to pot.  My trade back in those days were those of a hunter, I didn’t take up the trade of blacksmithing until after I became what I am now.   I will admit that I miss those days of wandering throughout Kalimdor, hunting and fishing with my Father and with Mahamura.   We had some good times from what I’ve been told.   Now, I am the eldest Bull in the tribe of Cloudhoof, however, it will always be led by Mom until such time as she feels the need to step down and will probably appoint Nahai as our chieftain over our very small tribe.  I think we’re more the clan than tribe although some people would argue that point, we’re happy with whom we are and we’re accepted in Thunder Bluff.

Maha actually has a better memory of those times long ago than I do, it took me some time to find the family after my change and although I feel more welcomed now than I did when I first arrived, I know that there are some gaps in my memory of how we used to do things.   I know that Maha and Mom always preface a chat about the old days with the statement  of “Naton, do you remember when we did this?”  I think that they do grasp the idea that I am still trying to fit my past back together in some kind of semblance of order.

Oh, we did make it back for the Faire, however, we didn’t stay as long as we did the last time.   A full week of faire-going was enough to last for a while, maybe next month we’ll stay a week again.  I know that I had quite the line of little old Bessies lined up with pots and pans to be repaired.  Some of them I did quick fixes on and some I brought back to Pandaria with me to work on.  One in particular is a very large copper pot – can’t say that I have seen one this size for a long long time.   I guess it’s used to prepare large celebratory meals in the Bluff.  I know it has to be older than Mom.

Oh copper is a beautiful metal to work with and as it ages, it gets a veneer that it can only get through age.  However, on a pot, that’s not necessarily a good thing.  I can tell that it is getting very old by how thin it has become in some spots – I think that I can repair it without making it look too shabby, however, it will take some time.  Luckily for me, Tahfal is a good miner and has promised to get some good quality copper for me when he isn’t studying.  I know he will do it too because he’s just that way.

I did ask him how his studies were going this last trip and he just smiled and nodded his head a bit as he told there was so much more for him to learn how to be the best Light Walker that he can be.   One would have thought that his faith might have been a little shaken after all of these years of study, however, hit has seemed to deepen his beliefs.  I suppose that I will never know exactly everything that he does because the Light is truly not my friend, although, I do have some understanding of how it works.  Prior to becoming a Death Knight, I might have been able to follow his studies a bit more closely  than I can now.  At least I still have my faith in the Earth Mother and that has never truly failed me – there is always a reason that things turn out the way that they do.

Getting back to the Faire, I swear that if there was a real war going on, people might not be so friendly as they are at the Faire, however, it’s always a fun time.  I like to watch people, doesn’t matter the race or the faction.  I still get a chuckle out of the little gnomes running around, even the goblins can be real amusing.  I don’t think that I have seen a single goblin at the Faire that wasn’t trying to work some kind of deal or something to make money.  I did see a couple of the them – the Prattfalls – from Silvermoon  while we were there.  Poor Dooddah did have her hands full with Uncle Zednick because he was quite insistent that he wasn’t drunk even as he proceeded to run in to the same post by the food tent several times and kept excusing himself as if it were a living being.   It did make me laugh.

I didn’t see the Boss at the Faire this time, which is kind of unusual, however, Dooddah said that her sister had taken some time off and left the Boss to run the office and warehouse in Silvermoon.  Poor fellow never seems to catch a break from working.  I know that he has never shortchanged us on anything that we have done for the company and we keep getting some very well paying contracts from the company too.   I can’t say that I am overly fond of the archeology thing because it’s too much like mining for my tastes – although I can mine like a machine – however, with those delicate artifacts, they have to be handled with care and let’s be honest – Tauren have big feet and our hands aren’t exactly dinky either.  I’ve tried digging that stuff up a few times and I’ll admit that I smashed more than I collected.

Well, I suppose I ought to wrap this up – I don’t really sleep, however, it does feel good to lay down for a few hours to let the muscles relax.  You’d think that the Lich would have had a better plan than just making you dead – your body still gets tired and the muscles will ache sometimes.  I know that we were considerable disposable, that’s probably why they overlooked that part of making us the way that we are.

Naton Cloudhoof  – aka Sadheart

Our House Is Not Big Enough…


April 2nd

Dear Journal,

Well, I think that half of Morningstar Enterprises has moved to Pandaria in the last few weeks.  I’ve run into quite a few of the people that I used to see in Orgrimmar frequently when I had to go there to drop off the stock we’d accumulated and to pick up more contracts.

I’ll admit that I was really surprised to see one of Forsaken here in the market at Halfhill.  Seems she got shanghaied into the service when she was trying to deliver her stock to Silvermoon.  Well, I know how that can happen because Maha and I both were surprised at getting sent to Pandaria for our military service.  It all turned out well because we were able to get out of the military and buy a farm.   I told her to get in touch with the Boss and he would do the same for her, maybe.  I know I was really kind taken aback because her sister wasn’t with her, however, I guess she has stayed behind in the Undercity.   Those two were like bookends, you never saw one without the other.

Maha and I are really enjoying having our younger brother up here with us in Halfhill.   You would think that he had died and gone to heaven with the way that he carries on about Pandaria. We have both had to temper our laughter when we stop and realize that he has been stuck in Mulgore with Mom and Tahfal while we have had a chance to see a bit more of the world than he has.  He’s never been to Northrend, which we will try to remedy so that he can see what we are talking about when talk about Dalaran.  When Mom went to Dalaran that one time, she had gone with Tahfal to meet some girl’s friend up there.

Well, I can scrap that last paragraph and start anew.

Guess who showed up at the house in Halfhill unannounced?  Mom!!  Guess she just couldn’t stand the thoughts of all of us having so much fun and she could only hear about it from what we told her.  I know I was more than pleasantly surprised when she came knocking on the door.  I was busy at my forge and had just taken a short break or I might not have heard her.   I know that she was really laughing hard when I came poking my head out from under the house where I have my forge and anvil for the moment –  I’m still working on the building where it will reside permanently.

I think the poor old soul actually had tears of joy in her eyes to see me.    I know that my sister is sure going to be surprised when she gets home because she now has a roomy to share the bed with until we can make some other changes.  I think we just need to add on to the house to be honest because it’s like people come to visit and they kind of forget to leave.   Of course, I know that it is going to be fun having Mom here.  The poor thing was exhausted when she got here, that was one heck of a journey for her to take all by herself, however, she said that she didn’t want to ask Tahfal to bring her here and then have to go back.  He is still working on his studies as a Paladin and she didn’t want him to miss any of his training or classes and fall behind the other Light Walkers.

Luckily, I was able to scrounge up some food to feed her before I sent her off to bed.  Maha had made some wonderful soup and left it simmering on the stove.  I even sat there and had some while Mom and I talked.  She is just as amazed and bewildered at the side of Pandaria.   She really hasn’t gotten out of Mulgore that much either so she and Nahai are going to be making Maha and I a bit crazy wanting to do the tourist thing, however, I’d much rather do that than to let them get into any kind of trouble on their own.

Ah well, I suppose I ought to clean up the dishes and get back to my forge.  I have so many orders for armor that it’s a good thing that I don’t have to sleep much, however, I will have be even more cognizant of the hours that I keep now since Nahai and Mom are staying with us for the time being.

Naton “Sadheart” Cloudhoof

 

 

Just Being A Tourist …


March 19th

Dear Journal,

Well, after hearing Maha and Naton talk about the farm in Pandaria and hearing all of their tales of adventure, I decided to take them up on their invitation to come to visit them in Halfhill.  I think that I have been walking around with my mouth hanging open for the last week.  The vastness of the land is almost overwhelming, so many places to so, so much to do – not only on the farm, just getting away from the Valley of Four Winds and exploring.

Oh, I should say something here.  My name is Nahai Cloudhoof and I live in Thunderbluff, although that might change in the near future, if I can tear myself away from my Mother and my little brother, Tahfal.

Oh, the farm is beautiful and I will have to say that Naton and Maha have really worked hard and the place is more than I expected.   I think that if we ever get Mother up here, she will never want to leave again.  The crops are enormous and always very plentiful even if you do have to fight the virmen for them sometimes. Oh, I’ve tried my hand at herbing up here and I am just astounded at how plentiful they are even with the influx of some of the new people coming into the area.  Mother would be out of her mind with joy because the herbs are plentiful and are large enough to where she will be able to see them as she flies over it in her flight form instead of always taking the physical route.

I had met quite a few Pandaren long before I came to Pandaria, however, seeing them in their native land is amazing.  I don’t think that I have ever seen a happier group of folks, maybe it’s from all of the beer they drink, however, I don’t think that I have seen people work as hard as they do to keep a positive note on things.  I have spent many hours just walking in the marketplace in Halfhill, talking to people and listening – yes, I am a people watcher amongst other things.

I know that the Earth Mother had to have some kind of design in this land too.  It’s beautiful and everything is as it should be.  I can imagine that there are struggles here that I have yet to see, however, the tranquility of where I have been has me totally mesmerized.  Of course, I haven’t strayed too far without either Naton or Maha along with me – there are dangers in this land, it’s not rainbows and sunshine.

My big sister and my big brother like to scold me for taking flight and leaving them in the dust, however, I’m a Druid and that’s how I roll.  I love to see the land from above and feel the fresh air flowing through my feathers and the wind drafts that I have found to flow with, are just amazing.  Hardly an effort to fly  here in this land.

I know that I must sound like a fool with the way that I am carrying on at the moment, however, I have never felt the freedom that I have felt since I have been here either.  Of course,  I will be going back to the Bluff to check on my Mom and my Brother, however, I will be coming back here to Pandaria.  I feel like I have a place here and Maha and Naton need help with the farm too.  One day, when I can save up the money, I will buy a place of my own.  I know that Tahfal and Mom would definitely love it up here if I could convince them to leave Mulgore and see a bit more of the world.

Nahai Cloudhoof

 

Death Knights Can Have Fun Too…


February 5th

Dear Journal,

Well, yeah, finally found my journal buried amongst all those things you’re going to take care of in a few days and it turns out to be months later.  I know that if Maha had found it, she would have scolded me for not taking care of it correctly.  She’s the one that normally keeps up with her journals and likes to read books – I’m the one that likes to do blacksmithing.

Mahamura and I decided that the farm could take care of itself for a couple of days because we both wanted to go visit Mom and our brothers in Thunder Bluff.  I suggested that we head to Orgrimmar so that I could check in on a couple of things for my blacksmithing, definitely wanted to talk to the smithy and find out what he thought of these new fangled thermal anvils and were they worth the effort of hauling them around.  Yes, I know that she was really kind of hesitant on going to Orgrimmar again and voiced her opinion which I quickly told her that I didn’t think that Garrosh was that stupid to alienate our people entirely.

I know that Maha stayed so close to me the whole time when we were in the city that I think I trod on her hooves a couple of times by accident.  When you’re my size and bulk, people need to know that we take good strides and aren’t real careful where we put our hooves – the way I see it, if you see my hoof coming in your general direction where you might get injured, move your butt.

I found out what I needed to know about the anvils from the Orc and decided that it needed further research in Thunder Bluff.  When we got to Thunder Bluff, it was raining just like it does in Halfhill.  I know that Mom was real happy to see the two of us and was all a dither wanting information about the redheaded female elf that stayed at her house.  Yes, she wanted to know that she hadn’t figured wrong and that the woman was indeed about to give birth.  You could see the relief in her face when I told her that Dawnglory’s woman had had their baby and everyone was fine.  Poor thing has been taking a lot of teasing from my brothers, which, I will be talking to them about that.

I know that we had only been in the Bluff for maybe two hours visiting with Mom and the boys and people started knocking on the door asking for my services to make repairs.  I told them that I would be happy to repair the pots that they had brought to me, however, I wasn’t taking any new orders for armor on this trip.  A lot of the old ladies like the fact that I can still fix their pots that have really outlived their usefulness and are really worn out – they don’t want to spent the few copper to replace them – sentimental value I guess.

Yes, I think that Maha and I need to step up our renovations on the farm in Halfhill and get Mom up there pretty soon.  She’s not as young as she used to be and I think that it will do her a world of good to make a change like that.  Oh yeah, she scolded both of us, Maha and myself, for not coming to the Bluff and paying homage to our Elders as we should.  I suppose that we will have to go and visit Carine’s grave and my Father’s.  It will please the old dear and will make me not feel so guilty for not paying attention to the calendar and not being here for some of the celebrations.  I know when you get older, those kind of things are a lot more important.

Bless the Earth Mother!! We had a great time at the Faire and I don’t think that Mom has laughed that much in a very long time.  She even tried a few of the games although I think she was more comfortable sitting with some her old friends and discussing their herbing and midwifery. Of course, she kept looking at Maha when she started talking about the fact that she didn’t have any grandchildren yet – I’m real damned happy that she didn’t look at me because I would have had to tell her that things didn’t work that way for me anymore.

Oh, I had a pleasant surprise while we were at the Faire when we ran into Felaran Morningstar and her companion, Tylanlor Ravencrest – just Fel and Ty, however, I don’t think that I had mentioned them before in my journals. I hadn’t seen them in months and I will admit that it was nice to be able to sit and talk with a couple of other Death Knights.  Oh sure, I love being with the living, it never feels as comfortable to me as it does when I can talk to a fellow Knight. We were all sitting in the food area laughing and reminded each other how things had changed and that people weren’t as willing to insult us as they once did not that long ago. Of course, Ty and Fel like being in Pandaria almost as much as I do, it’s much easier to blend in up there than it ever was in the Kingdoms. They have promised to stop in at Halfhill and see the farm that Maha and I are building up, they seemed like they were as happy as I think that I have ever seen them.  Odd thing that, Felaran is the Boss’s sister and she never has been one to act like “I’m a Death Knight, be afraid” kind of person, she’s accepted it as much as I have.  Now, Ty, that’s another matter, he lost a lot of his memories of his family and is starting to relearn some of the softer sides of humanity, he’s one heck of a fighter though and that’s what has kept him alive this long.  It was great fun and I do hope they do stop at the farm.  We all drank quite a bit and decided that it’s okay for Death Knights to have fun too.

I know that Mom, Tahfal and Nahai had a great time at the Faire too. I think that we ate and drank way more than we should have, even Mom.  It was great that we didn’t have all that far to travel when we got back to Mulgore.  I’m not sure but I even think I slept for the first time in years – or I just had way too much to drink because I missed a few hours while everyone else was asleep.

I got all of the old pots done real quick and returned to their owners as quickly as I could because Maha and I needed to head back to our farm. It was nice being home for a while and I think that we are going to start making this happen a bit more frequently until we get Mom and the boys to Pandaria.

Naton “Sadheart”  Cloudhoof