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It has been nine years since the fall of Alterac, after the king Aiden Perenolde betrayed the Alliance and sided with the Horde of Orgrim Doomhammer. For this betrayal, king Aiden Perenolde was dethroned and Alterac City was sacked. The nobles and population fled the land and the Kingdom of Alterac was no more.

You are Alric Perenolde, the prince and second heir of Alterac. By the order of king Aiden, you were sent into temporary exile to be safe from the Second War. This exile turned permanent and Captain Normand Garside, your guardian for the past nine years, made sure that you were safe and learned the useful skills that would help you in the future.

Now nine years later in the year 15 after the opening of the Dark Portal, you are ready to take the responsibility and try to unite the scattered Alteraci people and reclaim the lands that were once the Kingdom of Alterac.

Having come home from the diplomatic tour and with the summer arriving, your actions were still constrained by the edict of King Terenas. With your hands proverbially tied, you decided to scout Strahnbrad Hills after a clash happened with bandits. This mission to scout the hills felt like a success with now the terrain being familiar and learning that there were bandits in the hills and the approach to Strahnbrad through the mountains was blocked by trolls.

In addition you managed to save an unknown man from the bandits, who revealed himself to be a warlock named Eligius. Having brought him back to Dawnholme, you allowed the man to stay in the town as long as he kept his magic hidden.

In the early weeks of the summer a raiding party of Blackrock Orcs descended from the mountains and kidnapped several of your people. You chased them and freed your people, before Captain Garside led your men and managed to defeat a larger orc warband. These events worry you a lot. Orcs coming down from the mountains to kidnap people to sacrifice them wasn’t a thing you wanted to be a regular event.

But in the end there was some good news, Jaina had sent you a letter informing you that she would be traveling to Stormwind to see Arthas to be made into a full paladin and a Knight of the Silver Hand. She was also willing to invite you to accompany her, giving you a chance to talk with different important people. This was quite big and a chance to talk with the kings and lords of the Alliance shouldn’t be missed.

Welcome to Alterac Resurgent Quest!



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>>5062162

The weather had been good in the past few days and you had been giving your left ankle more exercise by walking outside without the use of crutches. It still started to hurt after you had walked a bit too much and it couldn’t really handle jogging around without the throbbing pain hitting your ankle. It would take a bit more time for it to completely heal even with the help of Raleigh the True using his paladin skills to help the healing progress.

With the weather having been good, you wished that it would continue to be good in the coming days. Jaina would be riding through your land as she travelled from Dalaran to Southshore in two days and if it was raining sideways, her first impression of Alterac and Dawnholme wouldn’t be that good. Technically she would be the first member of foreign nobility to visit Alterac since the Second War and easily the most important visitor in a long time.

In that light you had thought about how to receive her. Maybe she should be received like an important foreign diplomat and have a proper receiving ceremony, a bit like the ones done back in Alterac City by your father. Or she is just visiting quickly and giving too much attention to this could cause trouble to both of you. There are after all people who wouldn’t like to see you cooperating with her or with others and rumours or news of her visiting you would spread fast and they could cause headaches for you and for Jaina in the future.


>Let her ride to Dawnholme without escorts.
>Send Sir Gravis and the knights to escort her to Dawnholme.
>Your ankle doesn’t hurt when riding a horse, go to Gavin’s Naze by yourself and escort her to Dawnholme.
>Other, write in.

>Keep her visit discreet and don’t really make much noise about it.
>Have a small welcoming committee ready for her, people can know that someone important is visiting you.
>Pomp and circumstances. Welcome her like a proper foreign diplomat.
>Other, write in:

QM: Pair of choices so please vote in both. Also I made a new Character List pastebin as the list of important or relevant characters has grown a bit. I kinda don’t want the OP to have a long list of links so I might think about some other solution in the future.
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>>5062168
>>Your ankle doesn’t hurt when riding a horse, go to Gavin’s Naze by yourself and escort her to Dawnholme.
>>Keep her visit discreet and don’t really make much noise about it.

Do we know how she's traveling? If she has an entourage, some sort of stately reception would probably be called for, but if she's traveling by herself it would probably be better to meet her as a friend and don't attract attention to her. Out of consideration for her reputation as well as to not be the tall poppy.
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>>5062192

You do not know exactly how she will travel, but if you had to guess it would be on a horseback and with minimal to no escorts. When the expedition against the gnolls happened, she travelled alone on a horse.
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>>5062223

Well she knows how to handle herself.

I wonder if she summoned a water elemental yet. Incidentally, elementals were kind of hot in WC1 era. I wonder if it was their choice of form or the summoners'.

Anyways, I'd stick with the personal welcome and being discreet.
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>>5062168
>>Your ankle doesn’t hurt when riding a horse, go to Gavin’s Naze by yourself and escort her to Dawnholme.
>Keep her visit discreet and don’t really make much noise about it.

Better to not make too much rumors, we will not be well received at the feast by many.
Since we are leaving, i am not sure about taking all our knights. Each of them is a great fighter that would help here at home.
But it might be better to take all of them, there are likely plenty of people that want to see us as dead. Some more than others.
Maybe we could join another lord that is going north like, Blackmoore. Better safety in numbers, and he has no reason to back stab us with our deal.

thanks for the update lists medivh
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>>5062168
>Send Sir Gravis and the knights to escort her to Dawnholme.
>Pomp and circumstances. Welcome her like a proper foreign diplomat.


We need the Alliance nobles to treat us as the legitimate king of Alterac. Therefore, we should take this opportunity to make a good impression.
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>>5062168
>Your ankle doesn’t hurt when riding a horse, go to Gavin’s Naze by yourself and escort her to Dawnholme.

>Have a small welcoming committee ready for her, people can know that someone important is visiting you.
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>>5062168
>Your ankle doesn’t hurt when riding a horse, go to Gavin’s Naze by yourself and escort her to Dawnholme.
Have a pair of Knights come with us.

>Have a small welcoming committee ready for her, people can know that someone important is visiting you.
We're doing it more for the fun and practice than anything else.
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You couldn’t make the decision between being fully discrete and having some sort of a small welcoming committee. Both had their benefits and trying to think the best possible choice was quite hard. In the end you thought about what Jaina would like to see or expect and made your decision with that in mind. She didn’t seem like a person to really be interested in pomp and circumstances or grand feasts as she was all fine with mucking around with the soldiers during the expedition against the gnolls. And she chose the life of training in Dalaran instead of staying in Kul Tiras where the life would be easier.

You talked with Maura Garside on how to receive her somewhat discreetly, but same time not completely hiding that she would be here. From Maura’s experience as a servant and working in the palace, she had a relatively good idea of how foreign officials and diplomats would be received and after you had told her things and details about Jaina, she managed to get a good idea of how things would be organized. Hearing that Maura had a plan, it was easy for you to make the decision too.

You would go to Gavin’s Naze and escort Jaina safely back to Dawnholme.



The next day you packed some useful things into your saddle packs and got your horse Epona ready. Sir Gravis and Joe would be accompanying you and providing security if it is needed. You had talked with Captain Garside and both of you agreed that if the orcs had attacked once, they could try it again any time. Due to that pair of knights would be following you all time. If you were to be attacked, they would buy you enough time to flee.

With everything else in Dawnholme being handled and not requiring your close supervision, you mounted your horse and left for Gavin's Naze.

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You had arrived at Gavin's Naze in the evening and found a place to sleep in one of the farms. Next morning you met with one of the patrols there and gave them the order to watch the approaches from Dalaran and to inform you when Jaina is spotted. After sending the patrol away, you could only do but wait.

A bit before midday the patrol returned and with them was Jaina on a horse. She was chatting with one of the soldiers of the patrol as they approached you. And when they were close enough, she turned her head towards you and you could see her smiling. Jaina was wearing her large purple travelling cloak which covered her and made her look more like just a traveler and her horse carried several large packs.

“Lady Proudmoore, welcome to Alterac.” You said to her and bowed before going to offer help for her to get off her horse.

“Hello Alric!” She said happily as she took your hand and jumped off the horse. “No need to be so formal.”

“Just trying to be polite” You said back to her and continued. “It is nice to see you Jaina.”

“You too Alric.” Jaina said back with a smile.

You let the soldiers continue their scheduled patrol and stopped bothering them.

“How much time do you have? When do you have to be in Southshore?” You asked her.

“Three to five days? The ships can wait a day or two, they know that travelling there will take some time. How long does it take to reach your home and then travel to Southshore?” Jaina told you and asked back.

“If we leave now we will reach Dawnholme easily before the evening and it will take a day to travel to Southshore.” You said to Jaina and scratched your chin. “So about two days in total.”

“Then we aren’t in a hurry.” Jaina said with a smile. “I would like to see Dawnholme and what you have accomplished before leaving.”

“Well better for us to leave then. Please follow me Jaina.”

Two of you walked to the farm where Sir Gravis and Joe were waiting for you. The two knights had prepared Epona and greeted Jaina. With your horse ready, it was time to ride back home. But the ride would be long, meaning you have a plenty of time to talk with Jaina about something.


>Ask Jaina about what she expects from Stormwind and the ceremony of making Arthas a proper paladin?
>Has anything happened in Dalaran? Big events or anything interesting? What about the Gnoll artifacts you left there to be studied?
>Just have small talk about things, try to learn more about Jaina. What kind of person she is?
>Other, write in.
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>>5063105

Inquire on what's the news, then move on to the Stormwind ceremony and what we can expect there, better arrive forewarned that we don't commit some sort of gaffe.
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>>5063105
>>Ask Jaina about what she expects from Stormwind and the ceremony of making Arthas a proper paladin?
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>>5063105
>Has anything happened in Dalaran? Big events or anything interesting? What about the Gnoll artifacts you left there to be studied?
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>>5063105
>Ask Jaina about what she expects from Stormwind and the ceremony of making Arthas a proper paladin?
Ask this before we Reach Dawnholme

>Has anything happened in Dalaran? Big events or anything interesting? What about the Gnoll artifacts you left there to be studied?
Ask this when we reach Dawnholme and before we leave.

>Just have small talk about things, try to learn more about Jaina. What kind of person she is?
Ask this when we board the ship.
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>>5063105
>>Has anything happened in Dalaran? Big events or anything interesting? What about the Gnoll artifacts you left there to be studied?
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All four of you had been riding for a moment past the farms and cottages. The people toiled in the fields and they greeted you as you passed them. A small road or more of a cart path had formed from the farms back to Dawnholme making the travel a bit easier. When you claimed these lands last year this all was just wilderness with minimal signs of human work, but now this place has started to prosper.

“Hey Jaina, what do you expect of Stormwind?” You asked Jaina.

“What do you mean?” She asked you.

“I mean how do you think the things go there or happen?” You asked her and continued. “I don’t really have an idea how events like this work. What will you do in Stormwind?”

“Oh right, well it has been some time since I have been in one of these big events, but most of the time they can be dreadfully boring.” Jaina said to you with a bit of disdain in her voice.

“Boring? Really?”

“Yeah, old men talking about important things and trying to be as prestigious as possible. Ceremonies, big feasts and so forth.” Jaina told you. “They can really drag on.”

“I don’t really remember that much about the ceremonies back home in Alterac City so I can’t really say that it was boring. I did find all the knights in their shiny armours really fascinating so that might have helped.” You mused aloud.

“Haha, I had to find a way to escape the ceremonies. Staying there and looking important are not for me.” Jaina said to you with a laugh. “But in Stormwind I do think it won’t be boring, King Varian Wrynn is a martial king so they might have a tourney, the feasts and ceremonies are less stuck up. And of course I get to see my family and friends that are there.”

“That does sound pleasant.” You said back to her.

“Yeah it is, it has been a while since I have seen them or had a chance to spend time with them.” She said to you. “But what about you, what are you waiting for from Stormwind?”

“Truth to be told, I haven't made the decision yet.” You said to Jaina.

“You haven’t?!” Jaina said and was surprised.

“Yeah it has been a wild few weeks since the letter you sent and I don’t know, what if something happens while I am gone?” You said.

“You really should come, I have enough pull to make sure that everything is fine.” She said back with a more serious tone in her voice. “What has happened that is so important?”

You told her the news of Strahnbrad Hills, the orcs attacking from the mountains and the fighting against them. You described the events and how all this had impacted you and your people. Of course you let some details out like Eligius, but you did tell her nearly everything including the rather embarrassing fact of twisting your ankle.

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>>5063606

You and Jaina talked about mundane things as you rode through the fingers of Hillsbrad. She told about her studies and the basic daily stuff she did in Dalaran and you meanwhile told her more about the events that happened in Hillsbrad.

Talking about these things made the time fly fast and as the day started to turn towards late afternoon and evening, you saw Dawnholme in the distance. The long ride home was over.

Reaching the town you waved Sir Gravis and Joe off as you didn’t need the extra security anymore. You rode past the outskirts and greeted the few peasants who were still doing their jobs and carrying on their business before guiding Jaina to the stables. There a few stablehands took care of the horses allowing you to leave for your home.

Pair of City Guards had been sent to help you to carry the saddle packs and you made your way to the farmstead where few more guards had been stationed to receive you. Opening the door to the farmstead and letting Jaina in, you saw the effort Maura Garside had done to receive Jaina there. The farmstead had been cleaned, the large table that you used during your meetings had been covered with the best tablecloth in the house and the expensive silverware that generally was locked away in a safe spot had been taken out.

Both Normand and Maura Garside had their best clothes on as they greeted Jaina and welcomed her to Dawnholme and Alterac.

Jaina frankly was surprised how much work Maura had done to make everything look nice and to be honest even you were surprised by the amount of work done.

...

Maura had prepared with the help of a few others a full course dinner for Jaina and you. As she worked in the kitchen, Jaina talked with both you and Normand about all the things. Several times you had to bail Normand out and answer Jainas questions to allow him a moment to actually eat.

During the dinner Jaina then asked the important question.

“Alric, are you coming to Stormwind with me?”

As Jaina and others had said, this was a chance to possibly meet with the lords and kings of the Alliance and you didn’t know when and if you would have a similar chance in the future. Possibility to seeing them and talking with them about the edict of King Terenas and the overall situation shouldn’t be missed. But at the same time leaving Alterac alone for several weeks without a chance to quickly return worried you a lot. What if the Syndicate or the orcs decide to attack? What if the ogres decide that now is the time to go and destroy those pesky humans?


>You will come to Stormwind with Jaina, you have skilled men and officers taking care of the business while you are gone.
>Alterac needs you more and you have to put its needs ahead of going to Stormwind.

QM: Choose one, no write ins.
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>>5063610
>>You will come to Stormwind with Jaina, you have skilled men and officers taking care of the business while you are gone.
Our officers and friends gave us no reason to doubt them. And we could really use this opportunity to approach Alliance's elite. Maybe even improve our relationship with Arthas, although he's probably only going to hate our guts for coming as Jaina's plus one.

If only it was posible to save the queen...
defias revolt didn't happen yet, has it?
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>>5063610
>>You will come to Stormwind with Jaina, you have skilled men and officers taking care of the business while you are gone.
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>mfw we return to find that orc uprising has happened while we were away
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>>5063610
>You will come to Stormwind with Jaina, you have skilled men and officers taking care of the business while you are gone.


>>5063935
If it happens we will have some time, it took thrall around 3 seasons before he starts to assault the internment camps after escaping from Blackmore.
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>>5063610
>You will come to Stormwind with Jaina, you have skilled men and officers taking care of the business while you are gone.

Leave instructions in any event that might occur, but above all else, we trust in our subordinates to take care of things while we are gone.
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Going to Stormwind won. Give me a roll unrelated to that.


>1d6
>Best three
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Rolled 2 (1d6)

>>5064619
let's hope the greench don't come out
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Rolled 6 (1d6)

>>5064619
time to bless this thread with my shit rolls once again
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>>5064619
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Rolled 1 (1d6)

>>5064619
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You had been thinking about this before and you had to think a bit more. You weren’t that sure of your decision, but when you said it, you said it with confidence in your voice.

“Yes, I will come.” You said to Jaina and continued. “What you have said about having a chance to meet with the important people shouldn’t be missed.”

“I knew you would come.” Jaina said back to you and smiled.

“I don’t like leaving Alterac alone, but I know to trust Captain Garside and my officers to keep everything up and running while I am gone.”

“Very true, we will keep Alterac and its people safe.” Garside said.

“Then it is settled. I mentioned in my letter that I might have someone with me so when you appear with me, they have a room prepared for you aboard the ship.” Jaina said. “We don’t have to worry about it or them denying it.”

“Well it seems I get to see the world outside of Alterac and Hillsbrad.” You said and chuckled.



You finished the dinner with Jaina and Normand before showing the farmstead to her. You told how Normand had purchased this dilapidated farm and had repaired it with some help several years after the start of your temporary exile. You told her all kinds of stories of how grown in the farmstead and how the daily life really was here.

The evening ended with Normand sharing some of his priced Alterac Brandy with you as he told stories from the time when he was young and fought with the rest of the knights against Stromgarde or against trolls. He also told the story of how you were spirited away from Alterac City after Jaina asked to hear that story.

Maura had prepared your room for Jaina as the small guest room upstairs felt too small for her. You were completely fine with this arrangement as you could easily sleep anywhere and truth to be told you agreed with Maura. The guest room was the size of a small closet and definitely not suitable for Jaina.

You did wonder if Jaina would look at your belongings and books in your small room. Would she find the rustic way of living you had gotten used to unfamiliar or what would she really think about all this. Either way, it was really nice to see Jaina again and for her to visit Dawnholme and you.

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>>5064812

>11
>Success

Normally you wake up easily without anyone having to wake you up and you wake up quite early. Having learned to not waste daylight, your inner clock is extremely fine tuned. Today you woke up earlier than that.

There was a sound downstairs that you heard through your sleep. A second sound woke you up and you quickly opened your eyes. Third sound you recognized was a scream from Jaina.

More sounds of crashes and screaming could be heard downstairs as you jumped off the bed and dashed to the door of the quest room and threw it open. You ran downstairs as fast as you could, jumping the last few steps and landing with a thud on the floor. Then you saw a man wearing dark clothing staggering out of your room holding his head. Your eyes noticed the orange bandana and then his clothing that clearly was bloody.

Your mind immediately made the conclusion. Jaina must be hurt.


>Charge the man and take him down before he can recover and react to you.
>Grab the closest thing you can reach and batter the man senseless.
>Other side of the room has a weapon rack, run there and grab a sword.
>Other, write in.
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>>5064818
>>Other side of the room has a weapon rack, run there and grab a sword.
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Huh!

I'm beginning to think we should be carrying that dagger on us even in civilian settings. Oh well, nothing to be done about it now.

>Grab the closest thing you can reach and batter the man senseless.

don't give the bastard time to recover. And we owe Jaina big time for dragging her into this circumstance. Dreadful host we turned out to be.
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>>5064818
>Grab the closest thing you can reach and batter the man senseless.
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>>5064818
>Other side of the room has a weapon rack, run there and grab a sword.
Time to start swing the big chopper around and cut them down with out mercy!
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>>5064880
I'm surprised we are unarmed and unarmed. I figure we'd be sleeping with a dagger under the pillow and a sword by the bedpost. Did we even bring our sword? How can we have overlooked something like this and not bring it? We brought our horse did we not? Have we even left home yet?
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Could I have a tiebreaker between grabbing a sword and battering the man senseless. I will ask for a roll after I know which option won.
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>>5065302
>>5064818
>Charge the man and take him down before he can recover and react to you.
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>>5064818
>>Grab the closest thing you can reach and batter the man senseless.
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Battering the man senseless wins.


>1d6
>Best three of four
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>>5065497
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Rolled 4 (1d6)

>>5065497
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Rolled 1 (1d6)

>>5065497
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Rolled 2 (1d6)

>>5065497
Come on, whack him into next tuesday!
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>9
>Failure

You wished that you had your sword or dagger with you, but when you had removed your sword belt when you came home, you didn’t even have the rondel dagger with you. You had thrown the belt into your room and no way you could reach it now. Wearing only your braies and shirt, the only real option you had was either to run to the opposite side of the room and draw a weapon from the weapon rack there, or try to deal with the man right now. You had to decide what you did next and fast.

You reached to your left and grabbed a candelabra that was over a shelf and threw it at the man. The candelabra flew across the room and smacked the man on his arm that startled him and definitely got his attention. You grabbed a chair from the table and threw it too at the man with the chair brushing him and getting him off foot.

Next you grabbed a second chair and closed the distance. With a heave and shout you swung the chair at the man connecting with his body.

The chair broke apart into pieces when it hit the man leaving you with a piece of wood in your hand. The man stumbled hard from the strike and lost control of the dagger in his hand dropping it on the floor. You attempted to swing the broken piece of the chair at him, but the man managed to catch your hand and punch you right in the face, making you stumble a few feet.

You dropped the broken piece of the chair and punched the man back before transitioning into grappling with him. Lacking a proper weapon to swing at him, you knew that you either had to grapple him down and choke the man out or beat the daylight out of him.

You went for the man's throat, but he swepth your hands off before giving you a slight push and sweeping your legs away with his own leg. With a thud you hit the floor and in an instant the man was over you with his hands trying to reach your throat.

You punched the man and pushed away his left arm as his right hand attempted to grasp your throat. You pushed his right hand away and tried to kick the man in his nuts, but he blocked your attempt and punched your right cheek. Grasping both of his arms with your hands you kept his hands away from you, but then his knee hit your stomach pushing the air out of your lungs. The lack of air made your hand wobbly and you had to really struggle to keep the hands away from you. A second knee pushed whatever air you had in you away and the hands reached your throat trying to squish the air and life out of you. The seconds turned into minutes in your mind as the hands tried to push your throat in and you struggled to push or beat them away. You knew that you wouldn’t last long.

Then with a klank something hit the man in the head that eased the pressure on you. A second klank threw him from you and you gasped for air. A third klank hit the man again and made him senseless.

You had to take a few deep breaths to gain back some idea of what was going on and push yourself up into a sitting position. Then you saw who had helped you.

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Jaina stood next to you wearing only her nightgown and carrying her staff. She looked really pissed and when the man next to you moved a bit, she whacked him again with her staff. Then she turned towards you and smiled.

“Alric, are you okay?” She asked you.

“I think I am.” You said to her and coughed a few times hard. “Are you okay?”

“I am I am.” Jaina said back and whacked the man again.

“Then where did the blood come from? It isn’t yours?” You asked as you pushed yourself to your feet.

“No no I am fine.” Jaina said and continued. “I woke up when the man crashed on the window and in moments he was stumbling out of the room.”

“Then who was it?” You asked.

“Someone from outside?” Jaina said and whacked the assailant again straight into his head knocking him out.

“What is going on?” Normand Garside asked, carrying his warhammer as he made his way down the stairs.

“Take care of this man.” You said to him and went to take a sword from the weapon rack. “I will go outside and see what is going out there.”

Walking to the weapon rack and drawing a sword, you step outside the farmstead. The very early morning of Alterac greeted you with the sun still staying behind the hills, but the rays had already made the sky a bit bright.

Walking around the farmstead with the sword in your hand, you took careful steps and reached the side of the house with the window to your room. There was a man on his back holding his stomach. Quickly you recognized the man, it was Sir Radan the bandit serving his crimes away in hard labour. Radan noticed you when you approached him.

“Prince Alric, are you alright?” He asked you with a grimace.

“I am and so is everyone inside the house.” You said back and dropped the sword. “Sir Radan, how are you feeling?”

“The man stabbed me as I tried to stop him.” He said.

“What happened?” You asked and went down on your knee and put your hands on his wound.

“I woke up early and...I went to take a piss.” Sir Radan said between taking a breath. “And I saw the man and...I thought I recognized him…from the time in Syndicate...So I followed him.”

“And then?” You asked him.

“I went after him...I thought I had seen him when I worked for Syndicate… so I stopped him… and he stabbed me, but I pushed him and slowed him down and made the window crash open.” Sir Radan said to you. “Then…he stabbed me...and I tried to grab him before he stepped through the window.”

“Alright alright Radan, you have to stay still. Help is coming.” You said to him pressed his wound.

You shouted for the guards as loud as you could and in a moment one of them did appear. You immediately send him to call the alarm and get Raleight the True and someone with skills in medicine here. A few moments later a few more guards appeared and with them came Raleigh. Only then you could stop pressing at the wound Radan had suffered.

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>>5065724


You sat on a chair inside the farmstead with the sword you had picked up leaning on the table.. The man who had attacked you had been wrapped tightly with a rope and dragged away by the guards into the jail and chained tightly into one of the pillars there by your orders. You were frustrated, frankly you were angry that someone had the audacity to attack your home, frankly you were furious that Jaina had to be part of the attack.

Thankfully Jaina was alright, she hadn’t been hurt in the attack at all, but it was clear that the attack had shocked her. As you were outside, she had changed into her more casual clothing, but she still held her staff close to her.

“What the hell was that Alric? Who was the man? Why did he attack us?” Jaina asked you.

The orange bandana was a giveaway. With what Sir Radan had said, it was so clear that the man was a member of the Syndicate. You didn’t know how much to tell to Jaina, but you felt that you could trust her. You felt that Jaina should know what had happened.


>Tell her about the Syndicate, about your big brother. Tell her about the activities you know are behind off.
>Tell her about the Syndicate, but don’t tell all the details or about your brother.
>Avoid the truth, but spin a story of people not wanting you to succeed. Jaina being here was just a coincidence.
>Other, write in.

QM: The first roll of 11 was for Sir Radan. He succeeded in slowing the man down.
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>>5065727

Good man Radan. We should see about appropriate reward, seeing as he's doing his best as upright citizen.

>Tell her about the Syndicate.

I've a bit of mixed feelings about telling her every detail, because whatever we share with her will burden her, possibly putting her into position where she had to lie for our benefit.
On the other hand, there's scarcely a more trustworthy person around that's not already in our court.

>Tell Jaina that Syndicate is criminal organisation tied with Alterac and we're conteding with it. We trust her to tell her more, but doing so might put her in danger.

If she does want to hear more though, tell her.
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>>5065727
Supporting >>5065758
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>>5065727
>>5065758
Support.

We should free Sir Radan and his men and make them citizens of alterac if they want, at least Sir Radan did enough to prove that he wants to change and redeem himself.
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>>5065758
Support.

>>5065819
Unless ...... it was all a Syndicate ploy to get one of their former associates closer to us. Why send only one person? You only send one person to deliver a message.....
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>>5065852
I mean, if go that way Kris Legace fits more that view than sir Radan, He killed sindicate aligned bandits and tried to escape before we captured him while Kris switched sides a bit too fast for my liking.
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No one is above suspicion.
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>>5065727
>>Tell her about the Syndicate, but don’t tell all the details or about your brother.
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>>5065973
Oh some security considerations will have to be made. Some guards and hounds for starters. I wonder what the intruder was after, though. Assassination? Kidnapping? Or just intel gathering?

And I guess we also owe Jaina our life. We’re gonna need to get swoler so we’re not at such risk of getting overpowered by a mook.
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“There is an organization called Syndicate that attempts to gain control of Alterac.” You said to Jaina. “We have already clashed a few times with people associated with them, but this is the first time they have openly raised a weapon against me.”

“So Alric, you were the target?”

“Yes, I did not think that they would attempt to take my life though.”

“Then who are these people then? This Syndicate, I haven’t heard of them before?”

“I haven’t really spread the word about them or talked about them outside of my closest circle. Both them and I benefit from the word not spreading.”

“Alric, I can see that you aren’t telling me everything.”

“For a reason. I do not want you to share the burden of knowing it all.”

“Tell me what you know of this Syndicate. The man threatened me as well as you.” Jaina demanded.

You really didn’t want her to know about the details, but she demanded to know the details.

“Syndicate is controlled by my big brother Aliden Perenolde. I do not know much, but what I do know is that he and a group of Alteraci nobles control a sizable force inside and outside of Alterac.” You said to her.

“By the Light. Your own brother tried to kill you.” Jaina said and gasped.

“Now we do not know if my brother ordered this and I don’t want you to spread anything you hear now further. Not to people you trust, not to your family or even Lord Antonidas. Do you understand that?” You said back to her. “If others learn this, they might act in a way that will put me and my people into jeopardy.”

“You can trust me Alric, I won’t tell anything about this to anyone.” Jaina said to you and smiled. “But I don’t know what to say, your own brother leads such an organization and acts against you. It is so hard to believe it.”

“Thank you Jaina. And yes, it is quite hard to believe. Hearing news that your brother was still alive, but that he was leading an organization like this wasn’t really fun to hear.”

“I am sorry to hear that Alric.”

“Thank you again, I wouldn’t have wanted this to be the way for you to learn about the existence of the Syndicate.” You said to her. “And thank you for saving me. I do not know if I could have pushed the man off without your help.”

“Alric, no need to thank me. Hitting the man was the simplest thing to do.” Jaina said and smiled.

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>>5066574

You had ordered increased guards to the jail and to the farmstead. Maura had made a quick breakfast for you and Jaina and you had changed into your normal clothing. The attack earlier was still really vivid in your mind and you couldn’t concentrate on the things at hand.

Hearing that the man who had attacked you had woken up, you had a chance to go and interrogate the man either personally or allowing someone else to do it. But at the same time you felt that you didn’t want to deal with the man at all and you required something else to occupy your mind. Jaina had asked to see Dawnholme so maybe you could offer a tour for her.


>Interrogate the Syndicate agent yourself, you want to know everything.
>The Syndicate agent can stay in the jail to soften him up. Let your men handle him and watch how they do it.
>Jaina had asked for a tour and it would be a perfect way for you to get your mind away from events that happened earlier.
>Other, write in.
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>>5066576
>>Interrogate the Syndicate agent yourself, you want to know everything.

Ask if they were involved in any of the other mysterious deaths recently, such as the Baron and Nogelman.
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>>5066576

This. >>5066603


>>5066603
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>>5066603
Support
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>>5066603
Support good idea

>>5066430
The royal line of alterac is kind of small in this moment, so I am not sure if outright killing is what they would do. Intel gathering does seem like a good idea, kidnapping a bit more difficult even if not impossible. Since, well we don t have time to spend money for more refine noble things (like something bigger than a farmstead). We didn't spend much even for our equipment, Alterac and the army always come first in our mind and for good reason. Some more guards and even dogs are definetly a good start, for security. Ws should expand the building when we can, or build something new for our center of government.

>>5065819
He definetly deserve it after putting his life on the line. Thought i wonder if he could be ever accepted again as a knight.
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You wanted to learn as much as possible from the captured man from Syndicate. Whose orders it was that he acted, what was he attempting to accomplish, who exactly does he work for, how many of them are there and so on. Having captured a Syndicate agent was a big boon that you knew would be useful in the long run.

The prisoner had been chained into a wooden pole in one of the few cells of the jail. The guards there had kept their hands off him and he had woken up some time ago. A cloth gag had been put into his mouth to keep him quiet for a moment. When you arrived at the jail with Jaina, you heard from the guards that the prisoner hadn’t been moving or doing anything at all. He was remarkably calm.

You asked the guards to allow you into the cell and after they had opened the door, you stepped in and ordered one of the guards to remove the cloth gag. When the guard removed the gag, you noticed that Jaina had followed you into the cell.

“Can you please leave us?” You asked the guard who nodded and as he was leaving you continued. “What is said in this cell stays in this cell, so please stay away and do not bother us.”

“Understood Prince Alric.” The guard responded and left the cell, closing the door behind him.

You waited for a moment for the guard to have a chance to walk away and when you couldn’t hear his footsteps you turned towards the prisoner.

“Now we can speak without anyone else having to hear what we are saying.” You said to him.


>Attempt to just talk to him, no threatening or trying to force him to speak. Be polite.
>Tell him how the situation is and what awaits him. The way he dies from the death penalty that awaits him depends completely on him.
>You want the information now. Be tough and see if you can get anything out of him.
>Allow Jaina to ask questions too if she has something to say. You don’t know if it works though.
>Other, write in.

QM: Shorter update after a day of being too tired to write. Sorry about that, but we should be back on track again.
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>>5068277
>Do you have a family? What made you forfeit your life so easily?
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>>5068277
>>You want the information now. Be tough and see if you can get anything out of him.
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I mean there’s not much point in threatening him, his death is virtually guaranteed at this point… even if we set him free, probably. Not like we were going to, given his offenses.
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>>5068340
Keep in mind young Jaina with us, and it’s still the starry eyed one, not the grizzled Archmage she’ll be forged into.
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>>5068277
>Attempt to just talk to him, no threatening or trying to force him to speak. Be polite.

As said by another anon, don't forget that young Jaina is here. Brute force is not an option yet, maybe once she leaves
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>>5068277
>Attempt to just talk to him, no threatening or trying to force him to speak. Be polite.
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>>5068277
>>Attempt to just talk to him, no threatening or trying to force him to speak. Be polite.
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The prisoner avoided looking at you.

“The thing is that I will want information from you, so I am going to ask you some questions. Let’s start with the simple one. What is your name?” You asked the prisoner with a calm voice.

The prisoner looked up at you before turning his gaze away.

“Alright, under whose orders were you?”

The prisoner continued counting the bricks in the wall.

“Then what about your goal, your plan was to kill me wasn’t it?”

Again the prisoner looked away as you calmly asked the questions.

“You really aren’t planning on talking?” You asked him.

“No.” The prisoner finally spoke.

“Why not?” You asked and pushed your luck. It was a small change that the prisoner would answer.

“Because you already know what you need to know.” He said and looked at you. “What I say won’t change anything so I won’t say anything. Now leave me be and let me wait for my death in peace.”

The prisoner lowered his head back down. It felt and seemed to you that he wouldn’t be saying anything, but only waiting for his fate that was death. Talking to him was a waste of time and what he did say to you was a confirmation of one sort. Even if he had revealed new information, in the end it would be your brother who would be in charge.



You had left the jail and gave the order to double the guards of the jail just in case of anything happening. Having returned back to the farmstead, you had just sat down on one of the benches.

“You are frustrated that you can’t really do anything.” Jaina said to you.

She was correct in that.

“Yeah, the prisoner won’t speak and I don’t have the tools to really react to this.” You said back to her. “I will have my knights guarding me closer and I will order the City Guard to maintain a better watch. Outside of that I lack the skills or people to use.”

“Sorry Alric, I can’t really help you with this.” Jaina said to you.

“No no, it should be me who apologizes. I afterall dragged you into this mess and got an armed man coming through the window.” You said back. “That really frustrates me.”

“Alric, don’t worry about it. We are friends and friends support each other.” Jaina said and smiled.

“Thanks Jaina.”

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>>5069543

You spend a good portion of the day giving orders to your men and going through the situation. Sir Radan hadn't suffered too bad of a wound and should recover fully, but it would take a week or two. Basically when you return from Stormwind, he should be healed up. You also told your officers about the decision to go to Stormwind with Jaina. It was a somewhat late announcement to them, but your officers did understand it.

“My Prince, what about your security?” Asked Lieutenant Beckston.

“I will have Sir Gravis and his knights with me. In addition I will be surrounded by the soldiers of Lordaeron so I should be safe.” You said back to him.

“May I suggest that instead of Sir Gravis, me and maybe ten of my men would join you instead?” Beckston said back to you.

“Why should I take you instead of Sir Gravis?” You asked back.

“Well I am Kul Tiran so it could be more acceptable for me and my men to accompany you and Lady Proudmoore.” Beckston argued.

“That isn’t that bad an idea and I would have more of my countrymen with me.” Jaina said to you.

“Then what do we do with the Syndicate prisoner? He is going to get hanged for his attack on you Prince Alric, but when should we do it then?” Asked Lieutenant Cromwell.

“He can be hanged whenever we want it to happen.” Captain Garside answered.


Guards to Stormwind:
>Sir Gravis and his knights
>Lieutenant Beckston and ten of his men

When the hanging happens:
>Immediately when it is possible to be done.
>It can be done when I am away in Stormwind.
>The hanging can wait, the man might change his mind while rotting in the jail.
>Other, write in.

QM: Two votes, please vote for both.
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>>5069550
>Lieutenant Beckston and ten of his men


>The hanging can wait, the man might change his mind while rotting in the jail.
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>>5069550
>Lieutenant Beckston and ten of his men
>It can be done when I am away in Stormwind.
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>>5069550
>>Lieutenant Beckston and ten of his men
>>5069550
>>The hanging can wait, the man might change his mind while rotting in the jail.

He seems a professional, in comparison
to what we have face so far of the syndicate. For him staying there might not matter much. Hopefully we are able to return in time home. A confrontation could soon arrive be with our brother, the orcs or the ogres. It s strange that the Perenolde are fighting eachother, one would wonder why this is happening to their family now, when unity would ensure a better success in reclaiming their kingdom. Banditry while giving profit, risks to mark them further as black guards much like their father. Maybe our father and Normand didn't want us to be influenced by our siblings, so they decidedto cut us away from them ? Do we even know our brother ?
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>>5069550
>Lieutenant Beckston and ten of his men
>It can be done when I am away in Stormwind.
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>>5069550
>take Beckston
He gave good reason, and it will be extra good with Jaina as she is the one who is the one who invited us.
>leave him in jail for now
This carries some risk but although he is unlikely to start talking on his own, it might be possible Syndicate will send someone to kill him, or break him out.

There is also option of having Kris break him out to help her infiltrate syndicate but honestly I’d rather not risk her that way. She’s more useful as trader and low profile informant and such attempts could easily get her killed. Not to mention we don’t currently have forces to properly respond to any intel we might gain, between absence of heavy weapons, magic or tech gimmicks and with the royal decree up our ass on top of that.
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“He can wait. I do worry about his security so keep the jail guarded and the door locked tightly. Also I will take Lieutenant Beckston and a group of his men with me. What he said sounds quite good.” You said to your officers.

“That is then settled. We will keep the prisoner guarded and keep everything up and running while you are away.” Captain Garside said.

“Very good, if you don’t have anything else to say or questions, then this meeting is over.” You said to them.

No one said anything, but Rover looked like he wanted to say something. In the end all of them left the farmstead.



You spend the rest of the day finishing some of the work and signing a few papers for Captain Garside. He would need some documents to prove that he has the legal power over Dawnholme and your holdings while you were away just in case.

Having finished the paperwork you turned towards packing whatever you would need in Stormwind. All the luggage would go into your travel chest and you would have few escorts with you for the travel to Southshore where the ships should be waiting. Everything heavy would be transported on one of the horse carts along with the stuff Lieutenant Beckston might bring with him. You didn’t think that you would need that much stuff with you, but you did pack some extra clothes. If you needed anything, you could probably acquire it in Stormwind.



Late in the evening you and Jaina were sitting around the large table in the farmstead. Maura had baked some pastries that you were now eating. You had been chit chatting with Jaina about Stormwind and what Jaina remembered from the city when she visited it when she was really young.

“Tell me about your family?” Jaina asked you suddenly.

“Why do you want to learn about it? I already dragged you into trouble once so I don’t know if knowing more about my family is beneficial to you?” You said back to her.

“Mostly curious and it would help me to understand all of this better.”


>Tell her about your big brother and big sister. What you remember of them before the Second War and what details you had learned since then during your exile.
>Ask about her family instead, you really don’t know much about Proudmoores.
>Decline on telling her more, you don’t want Jaina to be even more involved with all this.
>Other, write in.
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>>5070426
>Tell her

I guess this will segue into trying to figure out the conspiracy so asking her about her family will have to wait
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>>5070426
>Other, write in.
I'll tell you something of mine if you tell me something about yours.
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>>5070426
>Tell her about your big brother and big sister. What you remember of them before the Second War and what details you had learned since then during your exile.

I know I'm interested. Think all we've heard about the sister is that she showed us some magic tricks. All I know about the brother is he's running a criminal organisation. Hopefully they have a bit more to unearth than that and we actually face an internal struggle when we confront them
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>>5070426
>>Tell her about your big brother and big sister. What you remember of them before the Second War and what details you had learned since then during your exile.
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>>5070426
>>Decline on telling her more, you don’t want Jaina to be even more involved with all this.
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Telling her wins. Also give me a roll.


>1d10
>Best of three
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Rolled 10 (1d10)

>>5071399
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Rolled 4 (1d10)

>>5071399
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Rolled 8 (1d10)

>>5071399
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>>5071403
nice
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“Alright, I will tell you about them.” You said to her and watched as Jaina shifted on the chair and leaned forward a bit.

“My big brother Aliden was always slightly distant to me. He always followed and helped my father in the duties of running the kingdom so we didn’t really spend time together. And if we did, it was some official duty in which both of us were required to be there. He really took the duty of being the heir to Alterac seriously.” You said to Jaina.

“Such a shame that there wasn’t enough time to be with you, maybe things would be different if he had the time back then.” Jaina said to you.

“Could be, but we aren’t sadly living in that reality. I heard from Garside that after the Second War my father along with the rest of my family and nobles were put into house arrest as executing members of royalty wasn’t exactly the thing King Terenas wanted to do. I heard that after my father had allied himself with the orcs for the second time, my brother was extremely disappointed and fled the capital with nobles following right behind him before the Alliance forces came to subjugate whatever was left of Alterac and arrest my father. By all accounts he saw the alliance with the orcs as a mistake.”

“Have you heard anything recently about him?” Jaina asked.

“Not really no other than he was alive and leading the Syndicate. Sir Radan, the man who attempted to stop the attacker, had seen Aliden when he still worked for Syndicate. And from what I have learned, he avoids being seen or recognized.”

“Sir Radan? You employ a Syndicate member? How can you trust him?” Jaina was astonished.

“He and his men have been working hard labour in an attempt to make goods for the crimes they have done. He hasn’t done anything that would show anything other than asking for a second chance.” You told her.

“And he threw himself at the man without a weapon? If I were you, I would reward the man.” Jaina said and immediately continued. “Sorry if I stepped into your territory.”

“No problem, I have thought a bit about what to do with the man.” You said back and waved Jaina’s concerns away.

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>>5071775

“What about the rest of your family?” Jaina asked.

“I do have an older sister. Beve Perenolde. I have good memories of her. She spent time with me whenever she could between her studies. She was a mage.” You said to Jaina and a bunch of good memories came to your mind.

“A mage? I don’t remember hearing or reading about Perenoldes in Dalaran?” Jaina asked confused.

“Because she studied in Capital City with a private tutor. When she visited Alterac City, she would always bring presents to us and spend as much time with me and Aliden as she could. I still remember how she showed me literal magic tricks to amaze me.” You told Jaina.

“She sounds like a lovely person. Maybe I could one day meet her?” Jaina mused.

“Maybe, maybe. We haven’t heard anything about her since the fall of Alterac. Garside had heard that she had returned to Alterac out of loyalty towards my father, but since then nothing.” You said.

“It really is unfortunate that you can’t talk with your siblings and your big brother is against you. I can’t really imagine what it is like.” Jaina said to you.

“Thanks Jaina. But yeah, that is my family. Three siblings of which two have the same goal, but are on opposing sides.”

“I can only wish that you and your siblings can make up and solve the differences between yourselves.” Jaina said to you.

“Yeah...For I predict that one day we are going to spill blood between Alteracis.”



You and Jaina soon after finished talking and went to sleep. Next morning you woke up early and gave the instructions to Lieutenant Beckston and his men. It did not take long for your belongings to be moved to the horse cart and everything to be ready. You just had to wait for Jaina to be ready.

Meanwhile you said goodbye to Garsides and made sure Normand and Lieutenant Cromwell didn’t have any questions regarding what to do when you were gone. Frankly you were nervous about leaving them for a longer period of time, but you had to learn to really delegate and leave things for others.

As you waited for Jaina, you noticed Rover approaching you.

“Good morning Rover.” You said to him.

“My Prince.” He mumbled beneath his beard. “Sire, I ask you a lot, but can you deliver this letter to Stormwind?”

“A letter?” You asked and took the letter he handed to you.

“The address is written on it. Sire, can you deliver it?” Rover asked you.

“I can make sure it gets where it needs to get.” You said to him.

“Thank you my Prince.” Rover said and excused himself.

Only after Rover had left, you read the address written on the letter. It was to be delivered to Rover brothers in Stormwind.

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>>5071777

Jaina as customary was a bit late, but you had made sure that everything was ready for you to leave the moment Jaina was ready. When Jaina came out of the farmstead and apologized for being late, you waved her apologies off and in a moment you were riding towards Southshore. Following you and Jaina were Lieutenant Beckston and ten of his Kul Tiran Swashbucklers. A few guards came with you to return your horses and the cart back to Dawnholme after you had left. They would provide security for you for the duration of this trip.

The ride to Southshore went without issues and as you rode south, you told Jaina the stories of what you had been doing nearly a year ago. The fights against the gnolls and the business in Tarren Mill. With Jaina being unfamiliar with Hillsbrad, she listened to you carefully.

Reaching Southshore in late afternoon, the town guards quickly let you through the gate without any extra checks. Riding through Southshore, you and your entourage gained a fair share of curious onlookers, but no one came to stop you or waste your time as you made your way to the docks. It was a bit of a shame to be in Southshore and not having time to visit Beric.

The docks were just as busy as always and you saw why. A number of ships were in progress of being loaded or unloaded of cargo. In the midst of these ships you saw a warship, a battleship of the fleet that protected Lordaeron. It’s mighty brow was armoured with steel and numerous cannons poked out of its sides.

“That is our ship.” Jaina said to you as you rode towards the ship.

There were a number of soldiers outside the battleship giving orders to the longshoremen carrying goods into the ship.

Riding closer to it, you allowed Jaina to take the lead. She rode ahead of you and dismounted next to an important looking footman. You followed close behind her on your horse.

“Lady Proudmoore, it is good to see you.” Said the footman. “I am Lieutenant Falric and I will be escorting and guiding you during this trip.”

“No need for that Lieutenant Falric, I already have someone with me.” Jaina said and pointed to you.

Lieutenant Falric was dumbstruck for a second before he recognized you. At the same moment you recognized him, he was the footman accompanying Prince Arthas when you met him and Lord Uther for the first time. He called you a traitor back then.

“You, what are you doing here?” He asked in an accusatory manner.


>You are here to accompany and escort Lady Jaina Proudmoore to Stormwind.
>I was invited to Stormwind, you are just taking the same ship.
>It is none of his business and he should watch how he talks to a prince.
>Other, write in.
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>>5071780
>You are here to accompany and escort Lady Jaina Proudmoore to Stormwind.

What a flog. Tempted to go for the petty route and call him out but not a good look if we do. If anything, we can tell one of our footmen to give him a talking to.
Unfortunately he and Arthas are coming from a reasonable position, and I hope we can convince them in future to be bros
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>>5071780
>>You are here to accompany and escort Lady Jaina Proudmoore to Stormwind.

As fellow Anon says, best we can do is let our behaviour speak for our intent.

Besides we're already accustomed for taking flak for our history. It's just a reminder of the task ahead.
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>>5071780
>You are here to accompany and escort Lady Jaina Proudmoore to Stormwind.
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>>5071780
>You are here to accompany and escort Lady Jaina Proudmoore to Stormwind.
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>>5071780
>>I was invited to Stormwind, you are just taking the same ship.
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You rode closer to him and stayed on horseback.

"I am here to accompany and escort Lady Proudmoore to Stormwind." You said to Falric.

"We weren't told that you would be coming." He said to you and was forced to look up to you. You could see that he was a bit nervous. As much as he seems to dislike you, he understands who you are.

"That is true." You said back to him and continued. "But Lady Jaina did inform you that she might have someone accompany her. Isn't that right Lady Jaina?"

"I did send a letter describing just that." Jaina said back and was holding her smile.

You dismounted your horse next to Lieutenant Falric and handed the reins to one of your men.

"Then we don’t have a problem, do we?"

"No Sire, I will inform the Captain of the ship and tell the crew to prepare your cabin." Falric said and excused himself.

Him having left, Jaina turned towards you and chuckled.

"Did you see how nervous and how red he turned?" She said while trying to stifle her laugh. "I don't know what is between you and him, but I must admit that was fun to see."

"It is just tiresome how people act." You groaned slightly. "Alright Jaina, let's get our stuff aboard.



Having unloaded everything and having said goodbye to your horse Epona, you walked over the gangplank and boarded the ship. Having never been on a ship, this was a new experience for you.

On deck there were several people waiting for you. Prince Arthas stood next to a smaller man that you immediately recognised as the Captain.

"Welcome aboard Lady Proudmoore and Prince Perenolde. I am the Captain of the battleship Iron Duke and I will make sure that the trip to Stormwind will happen without any issues."

"Thank you Captain." Jaina said to him before turning towards Arthas. "It is so good to see you Arthas."

"You too Jaina." Arthas said and smiled before turning towards you. "Prince Alric."

"Prince Arthas." You greeted back.

"Now that greetings have been done, let me guide you to your cabin's." The Captain said and smiled.



The battleship was huge and you got a nicely sizable room with a tiny window to the outside. The ship's crew had carried your armour and travel chest there and you were ready to head back on to the deck.

Leaving the cabin and you found Prince Arthas standing in the hallway. When he noticed you, he turned to face you and took a few steps. There was no one else in the hallway.

"What is your thing with Jaina, why are you here?" He asked you.


>Tell him that you were just invited by Jaina, this is a great chance to talk with other kings and lords of the Alliance.
>You were invited by your friend Jaina and that is that.
>Ask Arthas why he is so interested in why you are here or what you do with Jaina?
>Other, write in.
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>>5072880
>You were invited by your friend Jaina and that is that.
He might try and sabotage or plot against us if we tell him we plan to meet nobles. If we happen to meet nobles and chitchat while there, well then that is just us socializing. Totally separate from why we are there.
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>>5072880
>Jaina invited us as a friend, and we were glad to accept, both for the company and for the opportunity to meet the notables.
A rare opportunity to compound business with leisure.
Also, is it too early to congratulate him on his imminent induction?

Let’s be earnest, but not obsequious. We can’t make him like us but hopefully if we persevere he will eventually come around.

Although if he’s crushing/hitting on Jaina we’re probably stuck with rivalry.
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>>5072901
I don’t think not telling him we’re out to schmooze around means he won’t figure it out on his own. If anything, signaling him that we don’t trust him with our intentions will only motivate him more to sabotage us.
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>>5072915
We should try to sound casual then and were just doing whatever that meets our nobility fancy.
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>>5072880
>Jaina invited us as a friend, and we were glad to accept, both for the company and for the opportunity to meet the notables.

Key thing here is to make it clear we're not looking to waifu Jaina. We cannot become bros if jealously is the prime emotion he feels when dealing with us.

Best approach is to be straight up that we wanted to spend time with a friend and get some politics done
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>>5072880
>Jaina invited us as a friend, and we were glad to accept, both for the company and for the opportunity to meet the notables.

I would suggest not to attempt to become his friend. It s a very bad idea at the moment and likely even in the near future, because he still wants us dead. The last thing we need is a dagger in the dark, or outright a sword.
Instead let our actions/interactions speak on their own about us, right now (even before) he is just looking for an oppurtunity to strike us. And that s beyond adding Jaina to the mix, that s just a plus for him.
Alric unfortunately is going to be likely insulted more than once, and he will need to just get hit. It will be kind of bad for his noble pride, at least when we return home he can get back to killing and commanding. Speaking of we should have a decent increase of wealth and a small of supplies, not great but is better.
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>>5072880
>>Tell him that you were just invited by Jaina, this is a great chance to talk with other kings and lords of the Alliance.
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You raised your right hand chest high a bit instinctively as a sign of not wanting any trouble. You could easily see that Arthas wanted a confrontation to be used against you from the tone of his voice.

"Jaina invited me as a friend, and I was glad to accept it. Both for the company and for the opportunity to meet other notables." You said to him. "This is a good opportunity to not be missed."

"Is that so...well if you say so, I have nothing to add then." Arthas said and took a step back and started to leave.

"I didn't yet have the chance to congratulate you." You said to him. "Congratulations on your induction to the Silver Hand."

Arthas paused for a second and turned back towards you.

"Thank you." He said with a nod. "And don't try to do anything funny in Stormwind."

Before you could answer him, Arthas had already walked away.



Lieutenant Beckston and his men had found their spot below deck and after having exchanged a few words with him, it was quite clear how happy he and the others were to be on a ship again after a long time. According to the Captain, you would be leaving soon and be joined by a battleship Orion and a pair of frigates that carried King Terenas and his entourage. All in all it would take about a week to arrive into Stormwind if the weather allows it.

When the ship left the harbor of Southshore, you stood on the deck watching as the port city grew smaller. Further you went from the shoreline, the distant objects slowly disappeared into the ocean haze.

It did not take long for Orion and her two escorting frigates to be spotted. Joining gracefully with the other battleship, the fleet turned towards the deeper seas.



You had been warned that people who are first time on a ship might feel a bit nauseous and take time to develop sea legs to get used to the swaying up-down motion the ships do.

You thought that you would endure this and avoid the worst.

You really thought.

The truth was that the moment the wind picked up and the swaying motion started, you immediately started to feel nauseous. The first day at sea was just awful. You felt dizzy, your head hurt like you had a bad hangover and you had no appetite. Being forced to stay in your cabin laying on your back and watching the ceiling with a bucket next to you was the reality you were living.

The second day at sea was a bit better and you even ate a bit without fearing that you would empty your stomach.

During these two days you were visited regularly by the ship doctor and by both Lieutenant Beckston and Jaina. Both of them being Kul Tirans, they had their own advices of how to fight against the seasickness, but really after trying some of them, you still felt the same.

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>>5073754

The weather had calmed down on the third day and you found enough strength to walk to the deck. The slight ocean breeze felt refreshing and with the ship not swaying that much, you for the first time felt slightly better.

"Alric! You are up!" Jaina shouted to you eagerly.

"Yeah barely." You said to her. "I haven’t felt sick like this in ages."

"It is good to see that you are feeling better. I started to worry that you would spend the whole trip down in the cabin hugging a bucket." Jaina said with a smile.

"Thankfully I didn't have to befriend the bucket like that." You said and chuckled faintly.

"And Alric." Jaina said.

"Yeah?"

"You look dreadful, come let's go get something to eat."

Two days of seasickness had made you look dreadful and tired so the idea of eating something small and light seemed like a good idea.



The ship's cook quickly got you a small bowl with some bread, crackers, a few apple slices and a cup of water. Jaina then guided you towards the Captain's quarters were dinner was eaten everyday.

"So our seasick Prince is up." Arthas said. He was at the table reading a book. "Are you sure you shouldn't be resting in your cabin?"

"Alric is feeling better. He just needs something to eat." Jaina said and sat down at the table and motioned for you to sit down next to her.

"Two days of sickness is not fun." You said and sat down.

"I can see that. Frankly you look like shit." Arthas said to you as you took the first bite of the bread.

"Arthas." Jaina said with disappointment in her voice.


>No it's true, you haven't shaved or combed your hair. Your clothes were also wrinkled for not having changed them.
>Deflect and continue small talk with Jaina and Arthas.
>You have no energy for this. Ask him what's his problem.
>Other, write in.
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>>5073757
Shrug it off
>Sounds about right. Feel the part, too. I can scarcely believe how I took solid ground for granted. You look unfazed though, accustomed to sailing, or Light’s blessing?
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>>5073757
>>Deflect and continue small talk with Jaina and Arthas.

Try to clean ourselves up when we can, we want to look presentable when we reach Stormwind.
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>>5073757
>Deflect and continue small talk with Jaina and Arthas.
Don't care, we just wana talk with Jania and eat some food because both make us feel better.
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>>5073757
Supporting >>5073832
Arthas has been pretty cold to Alric this trio, and sadly that's an improvement to hostility from their first venture. He might warm up a bit over time, which we certainly want considering he's the heir to the ruler of Lorderon so let's play nice for now.
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>>5073757
>>Deflect and continue small talk with Jaina and Arthas.
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>>5073757
>Deflect and continue small talk with Jaina and Arthas.

We should corner Arthas during this trip and chat one on one, for better or worse make things clear between us
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>>5073757
>Deflect and continue small talk with Jaina and Arthas.

I'm not sure we're ever going to get Arthas on side. As long as we maintain his neutrality and get a chance to plead our case with Terenas it's worth it.
Feel bad for Alric, but his duty never ends.
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You finished chewing the piece of bread and took a sip of the water. You purposely took a bit long before you disregarded what Arthas had said.

"What do people usually do aboard a ship? Other than being seasick?" You asked them. Both Jaina and Arthas must have realized that you wouldn’t make a note of being called looking like shit.

"Well some like to read books or spend time just generally socialising with other passengers." Jaina mentioned to you.

"What have you done while I was sick and stuck in the cabin?" You asked back.

"I enjoyed the weather and being on a ship. It had been a long time since I was on a ship like this, so I have to take advantage of it." Jaina said and smiled.

"What about you Prince Arthas?" You then asked him.

Arthas gave you the look of being surprised that he was asked a question by you.

"As Jaina said, some people read a book and I have done just that. Of course the marines aboard this ship do their daily drills so I joined one yesterday." Arthas said.

"I did see that." Jaina said quickly.

"How was it? I mean Jaina has her staff and you are going to pick up the paladin's warhammer. How different was it to that?" You asked Arthas.

"You are correct that it was different. We trained with cutlasses first and then with wooden staffs substituting boarding pikes." He said to you and Jaina. "Actually when we sparred with the staff, I beat one of your men. Lieutenant Beckston I think was his name."

"Interesting, it seems that your sparring went well." You said back not wanting to dig any further. You have to ask the man himself how it went.

"I had good teachers." Arthas said and gave you a smile.

That was one of the many differences between you and him. Your teacher was Normand Garside, while he had multiple who most likely were experts.

You finished eating the apple slices as he spoke.

"Jaina, do you think the sparring went well? You after all were watching it?" Arthas asked her.

"Oh I am not a great fighter, I can’t really say." Jaina answered and brushed the question away. "But if I have to say, it did go well, you won after all."

Arthas seemed to be beaming with self-confidence having heard that.

You finished eating the bread and only a pair of crackers remained.

"I think I will go to the deck after finishing these." You said to them. "Watching the horizon is said to be helpful."

"That sounds like a plan, I will escort you there, but then I go back to my own studies." Jaina said and it did seem like Arthas wanted to protest it, but in the end didn't.

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>>5075048

A few moments later you had returned the bowl and with Jaina walking in front of you, you reached the deck. The fresh ocean breeze hit you again.

"Thank you for guiding me to the food." You said with a laugh to Jaina.

"I presume you would have found it either way, you looked hungry!" Jaina said and laughed.

"And I am still a bit hungry. I will have to get more food later after seeing if my stomach can handle it."

"That is probably for the smartest. You do that, I will go back to studying. Get well soon Alric."

"Thanks Jaina."



Rest of the day went without issues. You spend some time on the deck watching the horizon and enjoying the pleasant weather before returning to your cabin to rest. With the help of a mirror you cleaned yourself. Shaved the stubble, brushed your hair and got a clean set of clothing ready for the next day.



The weather continued to be really pleasant on the fourth day of the trip. You felt quite normal after having eaten better last night and after doing some stretching, you didn’t feel weak or out of breath.

Seeing this you went back to the deck after eating breakfast. Today you could do something instead of just resting.

"Good morning Prince Alric." Lieutenant Beckston said to you after seeing you. "You are looking quite good today."

"Thank you Beckston. I heard you sparred with Prince Arthas." You said to him. "I heard you were beaten."

"Well Sire, there is getting beaten and getting beaten." He said with a crooked smile.

Immediately you realized what he really meant.

"You lost on purpose? Why did you do that?"

"Yes Sire. I realized how it would have looked if I had whooped his ass." Beckston laughed.

"Which you would have done."

"Which I would have done. He has very good footwork and is tremendous with a blade, but with a staff or pike, he is a pure beginner."

Lieutenant Beckston had done a smart thing. Someone necessarily not Alteraci, but in your service beating Prince Arthas even if it was just a sparring session wouldn’t have looked good.

"You wouldn't lose to me on purpose?" You asked him.

"No Sire, that I wouldn’t imagine doing." He answered again with a laugh.


>Watch and join the sparring session with the marines, see how your ankle is doing after the injury.
>Go loan a book from the Captain's quarters as you didn’t bring one with you. See if you can find an interesting title.
>Go bother Jaina, go see what she is doing.
>Other, write in.
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>>5075051
>>Watch and join the sparring session with the marines, see how your ankle is doing after the injury.
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>>5075051
>Watch and join the sparring session with the marines, see how your ankle is doing after the injury.
>Write In
After the sparring session talk with Beckston and ask him what he thinks so far of the travel, and the people with us. We would also like to know, if he and his men are happy to serve under us and live in our lands. If he has any questions or ideas, we wouldn't mind answering them (and consider those ideas). Let s see what he has to say, it s important to talk with our officers and he might give us good advice. Or just be honored to talk with his lord freely.
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>>5075058
>>5075134
Support.
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>>5075051
>Watch and join the sparring session with the marines, see how your ankle is doing after the injury.
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>>5075051
>>Watch and join the sparring session with the marines, see how your ankle is doing after the injury

Even though I'm somewhat interested in seeing the captain, reading will probably not help with motion sickness any.
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Sparring wins. Give me a roll.


>1d6
>Best three of four
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Rolled 1 (1d6)

>>5075649
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Rolled 2 (1d6)

>>5075649
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Rolled 3 (1d6)

>>5075649
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Rolled 5 (1d6)

>>5075649
Getting rekt today it seems
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>10
>Success

You leaned to a railing and watched as the marines gathered on the deck. Several sailors also joined them and picked the wooden training swords and weapons. Their instructor ordered them around and soon the sailors and marines were facing each other and sparring with their wooden weapons.

You watched them go through their drills, how they fought with their training weapons and who was winning what sparring fight. How they handled their blades or how their footwork went was really interesting and you found yourself to be completely concentrated in it. How the marines moved and fought were so different compared to what you had learned.

So of course you wanted to be part of it.

Walking to their instructor you asked him if you could join the next drill. The instructor at first was hesitant as he had learned that you had been seasick for the past few days, but you managed to get him to allow you to join them.

When it was time to join the next drill, you threw your jacket away and picked one of the wooden cutlasses they were using. You got a few curious looks from the marines and sailors as you joined them, but as everything continued as planned, they quickly accepted your presence.

At first you went through a few basic sword drills before transitioning into a counter drill. You had to attack your opponent and they had to counter the strike as they had been taught.

Quickly though your reliance on the Alteraci Footman Drill started the show as you pulled out counters and ripostes the marines hadn’t faced. One by one as your sparring partners changed, you countered their strikes in unexpected ways and found time after time that your ripostes found their mark. Soon this caught the eye of the instructor.

In a moment the instructor was sending the marines one by one at you with a goal of gaining a slight tap on your body, while you defended, ducked and weaved, before finding that golden parry that would allow you to strike back.

One by one you danced through the deck of the ship, blocking and getting those hits in. One by one the marines and sailors that were participating in the drill were beaten, some of them even twice.

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>>5076225

As you fought your way through the marines, you felt alive and fell. The seasickness of the past few days felt like a thing of the past and your ankle that was injured during the fighting with the orcs felt completely normal. You felt fine, you felt healthy.

The instructor ended the drill and thanked you for participating in it. He would have a lot to teach them after the beating they took from you.

Frankly the only reason you beat the marines in the sparring was that you were using wooden training weapons. You aren’t supposed to go all out and hit your opponent with full strength nor were you wearing your armour. This wasn’t as serious as it could have been.

Having returned your training weapon, you stood on the deck of the battleship and you were quite tired. The exhaustion felt really good after several days of inactivity and really since the battle with the orcs you hadn’t done anything physical. You cursed in your mind that your fresh set of clothing was now sweaty as you swiped excess sweat off your brow and tried to get your hair to stay away from your face.

“That was a fine showing Prince Alric.” Said Lieutenant Beckston to you. He had been watching the sparring session from afar. He handed you his waterskin from which you drank a lot.

“Thank you Beckston.” You said back to him and handed the waterskin back and picked up your jacket. “How do you think the sparring went?”

“Sire, you looked as nimble as before. If I were to say, your ankle has healed properly.”

“I think so too, it felt good to do some sparring, to have some action.”

“That is very good to hear Sire.”

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>>5076226

You and Beckston continued to chit chat for a moment before you headed back to your cabin. The sparring had been taxing and you did need a rest as much as you felt normal. You knew that the rest of the day would go with stretching and gaining back the energy you had just spent.

With the fifth day the swift winds and mighty waves appeared again and you felt slightly seasick again. The rolling motion was as bad as a few days ago, but you soldiered on and spent that day mostly resting and eating. You did spend some day on the deck and watched as the waves threw water across the bow and deck. It was oddly soothing to watch the battleship plow through the waves.

On the sixth day the news was that you would be on schedule. You would arrive at Stormwind tomorrow as the swift winds of yesterday had helped you to gain what you had lost with the pleasant weather of the days before it.

Hearing this news you were frankly happy and couldn’t wait to get off the ship. While you had somewhat gotten used to being onboard a ship, it really wasn’t something you wanted to do that often. Immediately you did realize that you had a similar return trip ahead of you, but you deliberately put that away in your mind and opted to forget it.

It did mean that you had a day before the busy bustle of Stormwind would be upon you and what you did or met was restricted by the events of those days. You could prepare for the potential meeting with the lords and kings of the Alliance or you could just spend the day doing relaxing things.


>Mentally prepare for the meeting. Think and plan what you will say and how you will argue your position if needed. You have to be prepared for it as best as you can.
>Go talk with Jaina as you probably don’t have that much time to see her or talk to her in Stormwind.
>You haven’t really talked with Lieutenant Beckston that much, give him some time and hear what he has to say.
>Other, write in.
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>>5076229
>>Mentally prepare for the meeting. Think and plan what you will say and how you will argue your position if needed. You have to be prepared for it as best as you can.

This is the reason we're going to Stormwind, we have to make the most of it.
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>>5076229
>Mentally prepare for the meeting. Think and plan what you will say and how you will argue your position if needed. You have to be prepared for it as best as you can.





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