My first week in Darkshore has been eventful. I helped our night elf allies with the heartbreaking task of rescuing the few survivors from the tsunami that struck their home and salvaging what little else is left. Too much has been lost. Too many have died. The funeral pyres seem to burn continually both night and day. Mixing with the smoke is the elf Song of Lament, mournful yet hopeful. Their sorrow reminds me of our people’s flight and all that we lost when we fled Draenor.
Another hunter with some obvious ability mentioned to me of a creature that may be of tremendous interest to me. She proceeded to describe a feline creature that possessed the ability to bend light around itself rendering it practically invisible. Following her instructions, I journeyed north to where jumbled ruins lay being worked on by trolls and patrolled by night elves. I had no quarrel with the trolls and they none with me so we left each other be.
After a bit of searching, I was able to find the object I was looking for: a small cat figurine, barely visible in the shadows of a tumbled column. Working quickly, I prepared myself as I whispered a short verse. The figurine transformed into a saber, sleepy looking at first but quickly gaining life and energy. Following what Hunter Shaniri taught me, I began a rhythmic hand motion drawing the animal’s attention and locking my eyes to his. The animal protested, sensing the battle of wills. I suffered many deep scratches as the animal clawed at me, resisting my will.
Finally, it acquiesced. The air around its head glowed brightly for a moment, and then the glow was gone. As I bound my wounds with cloth, it circled me twice sniffing at me as the nearby trolls continued their pick work on the ruined stones. I sat down to be at the same level as the cat. I have never seen such a wondrous animal as this. It stared back at me, seemingly expecting an action from me. I reached out and rubbed its fur below the chin eliciting a contented growl as it vanished right before my eyes, like a ghost. It was then I knew what to call it. I have named him Prizrak, which I am sure, uncle, you will recognize to mean “ghost” in the old tongue. We have been companions since that day.
Since joining me, Prizrak has been a remarkable companion; very capable in battle, amiable in company. He does have a tendency to disappear into the foliage at times prompting me to wonder if I had advertently dismissed him. At times, his aggressive nature draws more attention from the local wildlife than I would wish, but he responds quickly to commands given him. Yes, I see him and me traveling far and wide together for a very long time.
We continue our tasks here, which are not unlike those completed in Bloodmyst Isle. I continue to test my skills against foes, some terrible, some not as so. In particular, I have encountered the rumoured Orcs as I freed night elf warriors kept as prisoners. I was not able to save one night elf in particular, but I was able to save another in time to warn the rest of the settlement. While doing so, I was able to exact revenge on the brutes. I took especial pleasure in dispatching the leader who displayed extreme cruelty on his prisoners. I have a feeling that this will not be the last time that I will battle Orcs. May I always vanquish our ancestral foes!
I am making my way south towards the larger elf settlement at Astranaar in Ashenvale as I help in any way I can. There are stories of furbolgs in the forest having been corrupted by fel influences. I think back to my friends in the Stillpine tribe. How will they view me if I have to battle against other furbolg tribes? I will be on the lookout for other members of the Explorer’s League, whose members Prospector Nachlan back in Bloodmyst told me are operating somewhere in the area. I look forward to meeting them.
I end this post to you, dear uncle, with the warmest thoughts and regards.
I remain, your nephew.
TLDR. Tamed the ghost saber as is my tradition on all the hunter toons I play. The special ability boost will be helpful given the lack of item buffs. Taming beasts and being able to name them is one of the abilities that make it so much fun to play hunters. The story arc continues, slowly catching up to the present levels.
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