Feathermoon. The one place in this whole stupid planet Angoleth could really say was home. And after what happened at Theramore? She grimaced and spat. Time to see if she could get back there and help protect the place. First step? Getting there.
Panicked travelers filled the Stormwind docks, but the boat was most definitely not running. In fact, things looked downright grim, as the dock master and her associates tried to keep people calm.
"No, the boats aren't running. I'm sorry, ma'am, but if we depart today, there's a good chance we'll be sunk before we get to Lordanel. I know your son is there, but you'll have to take a portal, or rely on other means of transport. The Alliance isn't going to run a blockade for a shipment of Alterac Swiss, not even if you were Elling Trias himself."
The excuses ran endlessly. Angoleth didn't even try. After a few moments' thought, she picked up her gryphon and set flight to Booty Bay, hoping that a little discretion would pay off. The goblins of the Steamwheedle Cartel generally looked the other way, if you had the right goals in mind. She packed a large purse.
Several hours later Booty Bay was bustling with travelers, the Cartel raking in cash on boat fares as they realized they were now THE major waterway into Kalimdor. The fees were exorbitant, but Angoleth didn't argue. At least not until she noticed the huge, heavily armored orcs guarding the boat ramp.
"It's for extra security's sake, Lady. You don't want to pay it, find a mage and buy a portal." The goblin in front of her seemed impatient, looking at the line of potential travelers behind. To her right, the orcs were checking everyone's traveling papers, one of them keeping a running list of people on the boat.
"Right, thanks, nevermind."
The person behind her neatly shoved forward, and the elf lost her footing on the dock, regaining it as she wracked her brain for another, less trackable way to get to Kalimdor. Her eyes settled on the Gnomish Engineer's Guild sign, high above Booty Bay's main dock.
"We can't promise anything. Generally we only allow transport by interdimensional ripper to qualified and certified engineers, Madam Elf. I do not know what will happen if you attempt to travel to Gadgetzan from here, and you may not arrive in one piece."
Angoleth growled at the gnome. "If I take the boat, I WILL not arrive in one piece. I'm willing to pay. You're willing to send me through that... thing, with some reasonable assurance that I'll end up in Tanaris, right?"
"Er... yes. Though you need to sign these contingency papers, in the event of adverse conditions in the twisting nether, and to prevent the possibility of damage litigation should you ..."
"Give me the !@#$ing papers and shut up."
"Eep! Yes ma'am." The gnome handed her a stack. "You'll need to sign here, and here. Initial these four pages. Then sign here and date it, and print your name, and your next of kin."
"... next of kin?"
"Yes. Just... in case of ... "
"Right." Angoleth thought about it for a minute, wrote in Feliche Nightshade, and prayed wherever the hell Feliche was, he wouldn't get bothered about this.
Fourteen and a half minutes later, having signed her name enough times to get an arm cramp, Engineer Cogwhistle started bustling around the odd machine in the corner, setting dials and talking to himself. "Two cranks on the technobob, set the whizmaster to Gadgetzan, size "Elf" on the dimensionater..."
"Oh, Hey Cogwhistle."
"Do not interrupt me, I am assuring your safety in transport. Fractionation speed "Normal"... " He rattled on for several minutes. "Yes Madam Elf, you had something you wanted?"
"Yeah. I want you to not tell anyone I was here. I'd like to make a large donation to the Engineer's Guild of Booty Bay, but I'd like it to remain anonymous."
He looked at the sack of gold on the table. Truth be told, it was less than the Goblin downstairs was charging for a boat fare, but she didn't think he would know that. He didn't. "Yes, Madam Elf, I think we can arrange for the suitable amount of discretion. Though I can not promise what will happen should you transport into Gadgetzan itself."
"Can I transport just NORTH of Gadgetzan then?"
"Er... well..." She put another bag of gold on the table. "Yes, that location setting is available."
"Oh, and you're transporting my gryphon as well."