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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.

The Invasion of Strahnbrad Hills has been put on a pause with the winter arriving, but before that you managed to succeed in claiming a good portion of the region. The village of Stonedon joined you after you helped their current leader Chief Ragis to overthrow and coup the previous leader. With Chief Ragis being your first vassal and you having deployed a significant force into Strahnbrad Hills, you aren’t that far from being able to claim the whole region to yourself and to Alterac.

Returning back to Dawnholme, you set policies on how to deal with the Stonemason refugees that are supposed to come from Stormwind and decide to put them to work. Employing the Stonemason’s Guild would bring in a lot of skilled workers into Alterac and having them around would be a great boon for you even if it causes Stormwind to see you in a negative light. You also planned how to deal with the foreman of Dawnholme who had been embezzling construction materials and selling them.

Now you have been preparing for the quarterly Council meeting by having all of your papers and notes at hand. Having a good plan for the winter and a broad idea of what the next year might have for you, even if predicting that would be difficult, would help you a lot.

Welcome to Alterac Resurgent Quest!



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>>5426197

The market fair had ended and it seemed to be a success, at least until the novelty of it wears off. The merchants from Tarren Mill had sold all their cider and most of their other apple products as the people of Dawnholme wanted to top off their foodstuff supplies for the winter. Along with the apples, other foodstuffs were quite popular as people wanted to eat something different that they wouldn’t normally get, but what didn’t find customers were the basic products of cottage industries and furs. The local craftsmen and craftswomen already made enough wicker baskets and winter clothes so the merchants of Tarren Mill had to return back home without much success on that front.

But when the merchants from Tarren Mill prepared to leave back home, you spoke with them and heard that they counted this trip as a success. They had made a nice profit selling the goods and would be telling the good news to Mayor Fowley. With Beric already planning what he and the traders from Dawnholme would be bringing with them, you thought about the potential profits and how this cooperation could help the both towns.

Though not all the news was good news. Stromgarde Guards led by Sergeant Maxwell had asked for their release from their contract and you had given it. They had taken heavy casualties in the battle against the Syndicate and the bandits and they were still shaken from that. Seeing a good officer leave you like this did hurt you, but it was better to let them return back home than to keep them in your employment, keeping them wouldn’t benefit you at all.

You were there to see them off next morning and as they had thrown their bags and belongings on their cart and were preparing to leave, it started to snow. Winter truly was here.



You had retreated back into your renovated and refurbished manor and waited for your officers to arrive. Captain Normand Garside was in his office preparing his papers and Beric of Strahnbrad, your trusted trader, was in the town. But everyone else that normally would have joined you were elsewhere. Lieutenant Cromwell and Lieutenant Beckston were in Strahnbrad Hills and Sergeant Maxwell had just left your service. You thought about inviting someone else to join the Council meeting to provide their opinions, but you had some doubts about inviting more people to the meeting. They would after all learn about things that weren’t necessarily relevant to them, or they couldn’t provide much input.

As you waited for your officers, you looked at a large map of the whole Alterac and Hillsbrad. Stones of different colours were used to depict who owned what and you picked up one of the orange ones and thought about putting it down in Strahnbrad Hills and replacing the grey one there, but decided against it. You didn’t control Strahnbrad Hills fully even with the village of Stonedon having become your vassal. There were still issues like the trolls to deal with that would have to wait till the spring.

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Looking at the map and your holdings, you thought about the current situation and the potential threats. In the west both Hillsbrad Fields and Dalaran provided a secure and stable flank, but Gavin’s Naze had suffered a raid by the orcs from Blackrock Clan and you couldn’t be sure if the orcs struck again. Darrow Hill meanwhile was very secure and the iron mine beneath the hill was an important source of wealth for you, while The Headland with the town of Dawnholme started to have security issues. The prisoner camp housed a plenty of bandits and members of the Syndicate and while the Alliance had a small garrison watching your hometown, you weren’t sure that it was enough to deter the Syndicate aligned bandits from attempting to free the prisoners. Especially with the bandits having probed the defences not that long ago. Same concerns applied to Sofera’s Naze that could be struck by the bandits coming from Alterac or by the orcs or even by the trolls from the mountains.

You sighed as you thought about all this. There were plenty of threats in Alterac be they the bandits, the Syndicate or the Crushridge ogres. And you weren’t sure if any one of them would try to attack you, but at the same time you weren’t sure if they were to stay away.

There were plenty of things in your mind and this Council meeting was a good time for you to deal with those things.



Captain Garside and Beric had joined you and it was time to start the meeting, but what would you be discussing first? Would it be the economy with the supply issues and the plans of what building projects to start during the winter. Or would you start with the military instead as there were some issues with the reinforcements, specifically with the amount of them, and you could always recruit and train more soldiers.

Also did you invite anyone else to join you, Garside and Beric in the meeting?

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>>5426203

Choose one:
>Economy
>Military

Choose none or as many you like:
>Sir Gravis, your knight and bodyguard. He could bring in some martial expertise into the meeting.
>Raleight the True, a paladin of Silver Hand. His background as a paladin would bring plenty of insight to things.
>Malevus, your squire and apparently an elven noblewoman. Her inexperience could actually be a boon, she could bring a quite different point of view into the mix.
>Sir Radan, your knight and a former bandit. With the threat from the bandits and having a lot of bandit prisoners, he could have some interesting points.
>Eligius, your scribe, spymaster in training and warlock. He knew a lot about all sorts of things, but you weren’t sure if he could actually contribute a lot in the meeting.
>Bill Rover, retired gamekeeper and ranger of Alterac. He was part of the meetings before, but had retired as his sons returned from Stormwind City.
>Erefor Pelija, Master Mason of Stonemason’s Guild. He had joined your service very recently and would bring plenty of knowledge about masonry, architecture and constructing different buildings.

QM: Choose the topic we cover first and if you were to invite more people into the Council meeting from your retinue who are present in Dawnholme. I will tally the votes and pick the ones with most votes to join you.
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>>5426205
>>Military
We have 22 supplies and lose 4 per season, which means that we have 5 seasons to balance out our supplies. Our military situation is more urgent.

>Sir Gravis, your knight and bodyguard. He could bring in some martial expertise into the meeting.
>Raleight the True, a paladin of Silver Hand. His background as a paladin would bring plenty of insight to things.
>Malevus, your squire and apparently an elven noblewoman. Her inexperience could actually be a boon, she could bring a quite different point of view into the mix.
>Sir Radan, your knight and a former bandit. With the threat from the bandits and having a lot of bandit prisoners, he could have some interesting points.
>Rover's sons, if they're available.

Raleigh the True and Eligius should be treated as if they're mutually exclusive because the former might find out that the latter is a warlock. Bill Rover is retired so we shouldn't force him to work, but his sons may have useful knowledge. I don't think that Erefor Pelija is trustworthy because his guild just murdered the queen of Stormwind.
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>>5426205
>Military

>Sir Gravis, your knight and bodyguard. He could bring in some martial expertise into the meeting.
>Raleight the True, a paladin of Silver Hand. His background as a paladin would bring plenty of insight to things.
>Malevus, your squire and apparently an elven noblewoman. Her inexperience could actually be a boon, she could bring a quite different point of view into the mix.
>Sir Radan, your knight and a former bandit. With the threat from the bandits and having a lot of bandit prisoners, he could have some interesting points.
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>>5426205
Hmm... I'd like to have a paladin for input but his loyalty is still to Silver Hand first. I'm not sure if we can afford to have him in the council until something drastic happens that would make him invaluable there, or we formally join the Alliance and conflicting loyalties are not an issue anymore.

Eligius would be good to have both because he's smart enough that he might have useful insights and also to give him more context of the society he safeguards in his new role.

I'm a bit unsure about Malevus even though I'd trust her with my life, other officers might be more sceptical if not of her loyalties then of her inexperience. But that might also as said in prompt be a benefit...

>Sir Gravis
>Malevus
>Sir Radan
>Eligius
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>>5426205
>Military

>Malevus, your squire and apparently an elven noblewoman. Her inexperience could actually be a boon, she could bring a quite different point of view into the mix.
>Sir Radan, your knight and a former bandit. With the threat from the bandits and having a lot of bandit prisoners, he could have some interesting points.
>Eligius, your scribe, spymaster in training and warlock. He knew a lot about all sorts of things, but you weren’t sure if he could actually contribute a lot in the meeting.
>The Rover brothers.

I can't remember why but I don't trust Sir Gravis.
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>>5426220
+1 support from me.
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sweet new thread
>>5426229
Gravis is the lead knight in charge of our other knights. We took him and his guys from Durnholde, they didn't want to be under Blackmoore anylonger. We have fight alongside them for quite a while, both him and his knights are relatively friendly and happy to fight with us. A few of them even died for us.
I can't remember anything bad from him honestly. He wants some fights and glory, which is more or less what you expect from knight.

>>5426205

>Military

>Sir Gravis, your knight and bodyguard. He could bring in some martial expertise into the meeting.
>Raleight the True, a paladin of Silver Hand. His background as a paladin would bring plenty of insight to things.
>Malevus, your squire and apparently an elven noblewoman. Her inexperience could actually be a boon, she could bring a quite different point of view into the mix.
>Sir Radan, your knight and a former bandit. With the threat from the bandits and having a lot of bandit prisoners, he could have some interesting points.
>Rover's sons, if they're available.

i imagine picking Eligius means talking about spies, and buildings for spies or about magic. We might want to talk about that when is training is done. Though he has also a keen mind, not something bad to have.
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>>5426229
Actually having second thoughts about having Malevus participate, wouldn’t want her to look like our pet or otherwise upset more senior people. But we did kind of tell her we’re counting on her cheerful idealism as a backup conscience.
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With only two of your usual officers and advisors available, you reached out and invited more people to join you. So you were joined by four familiar faces that haven’t participated in a Council meeting before. Sadly Rover Brothers weren’t available, but everyone else were.

“Thank you for joining me.” You told the newcomers after they had sat down.

“Thank you for inviting us.” Raleigh said back to you. “But I am not that sure how much we can be of help?”

“Because you come from different backgrounds. You are a paladin of the Silver Hand, Sir Radan is a former bandit, Sir Gravis has plenty of experience in fighting and for Malevus this is an important chance to learn.” You told him and continued. “With the largest of our threats being the bandits and the Syndicate, I thought that your backgrounds could give me new insight to all of this.”

“Not a bad idea at all.” Garside said.

“There is some truth in what Prince Alric said, isn’t there Raleigh.” Sir Radan said to the paladin. The two men didn’t like each other, but begrudgingly Raleigh nodded to Radan.

“There is, then Prince Alric, shall we start?” Raleigh said back to the former bandit.

“We will, Sir Radan, what do you think about the bandits and the Syndicate in Gallows Corner? Do you think that they could attack us?” You asked him

“They must have heard about your victory in Strahnbrad Hills Prince Alric. If they have learned, then they must be emboldened by something to actually attack here.” Radan said to you. “Bandits are not stupid, they will avoid and cut their losses if they can.”

“But the Syndicate, we have seen how organised they could be.” Garside said back to him.

“If they act as enforcers, then maybe. We have the prisoners, if I were them I would try to free them. Especially as there are that many of them in one place.” Radan said and continued. “That is what I would do, but my former boss would have abandoned us all. You cut the losses.”

“Then what should we do to prevent the bandits and the Syndicate from coming and attacking us?” You asked them and waited for their input. “We already have men hidden and ready to ambush potential raiders and scouts, but what else could we do?”

Your officers and advisors stayed silent and carefully looked at each other. The newcomers especially didn't have the courage to say anything immediately until Malevus carefully raised her hand.

“Malevus, you don’t have to raise your hand.” You said to your squire.

“Oh sorry Prince Alric.” She apologised and continued. “My homeland has an extensive ring of runestones along its border and they protect it from outside threats. Of course we can’t get those runestones, but maybe towers could protect us?”

“At least to give us a warning if we were to be attacked.” Sir Gravis said and spoke for the first time. “You can see quite far from the towers in Durnholde, a couple well placed ones could allow us to watch the King’s Road relatively easily.”

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“Sir Gravis is right and we already have one Scout Tower built near the Silver Mine in the mountains. Should we cover our lands with more towers?” Garside said to your knight and asked you.

“The merchants enjoy seeing something permanent as a sign of security.” Beric said back and returned back to cleaning his fingernails. This military stuff wasn’t his cup of tea at all.

“We will consider that, do we have anything else?” You said to them.

“I heard we could get crossbows now?” Sir Gravis asked you. “Is that true Prince Alric?”

“Yes it is, we could train crossbowmen now.” You said back to him.

“Then that gets my vote. Our plate mail can protect us from arrows, but crossbow bolts? They can punch through our mail.” Sir Gravis continued.

“And I think me and Captain Garside would support training some Mounted Sergeants.” Raleigh said to you. “They might not be equivalent to Knights, but many times the Orcish Horde faced defeat when our lighter cavalry charged them.”

“Yes, having more cavalry would be a great help to us Prince Alric and actually I have something else to suggest.” Garside said to you and continued. “Some of our men have been with us for a quite long time and they have gained plenty of experience. And now after our battle with the bandits and the Syndicate, we could raise them to a higher status. A sign of honour.”

“What do you have in mind?” You asked back.

“Royal Foot Guards and Alteraci Rangers. Old Bill Rover could tell us more about the Rangers, but the Royal Foot Guards were the footmen guarding the palace back in Alterac City.” Garside said to you. “Being recruited into the Foot Guards was an immense honour.”

Not a bad idea and the men would love it. A sign of respect and honour like this would boost morale immensely and also show your people that yet another step has been taken to reclaim the lost glory of your Kingdom. Though there were issues in this. Soldiers of this level who you could raise to these positions are far and few between. And if you were to raise them to this new position, replacing any losses they take would be impossible without finding more men like them. Your own armour from Melondras in Dalaran should be finished shortly, but you could also order armor from the Dark Irons. Garrick Blacksteel had left you instructions on how to contact them in case you wanted to order arms and armour to yourself or to your men.

You had also read a report of the current status of your troops and you had learned that not all casualties your men had taken during the battle couldn’t be replaced and reinforced. Some of the wounded men had been wounded too badly to continue their careers as soldiers and some called it quits after a hard battle like this. By your counts you had a deficit of 30 soldiers that you would have to fill to have full squads. On top of this you could recruit and train Crossbowmen and Mounted Sergeants which gave you more options on how to build your army.

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>>5427022

Total Resources:
30 Wealth, +19 per season
22 Supplies, -4 per season
70 Peasants

Troops:
Total: 45 Footmen, 40 Pikemen, 50 Archers, 5 Knights, 35 Bandit Rogues, 40 City Guards (Dawnholme)
-10/10 Elite Footmen
-16/20 Veteran Footmen
-8/10 Elite Archers
-30/30 Regular Archers
-14/20 Kul Tiran Swashbucklers, Regular Pikemen
-4/5 Knights of Gravis, Regular Knights
-11/15 Benedict's Blood Alley Boys, Veteran Footmen
-16/20 Regular Pikemen
-6/10 Veteran Archers
-11/15 Sir Alan Radan's Men, Regular Bandit Rogues
-20/20 Lyion's Rogues, Regular Bandit Rogues
-40/40 City Guards

Troops on deployment:
-10 Veteran Footmen and 10 Regular Archers in Durnholde. No upkeep required, +1 Wealth per season

Available Troops for hire:
-10 Footmen, 1 Wealth, 10 Peasants, Upkeep 1 Supply per Season
-10 Pikemen, 1 Wealth, 10 Peasants, Upkeep 1 Supply per Season, Requires Lieutenant Beckston to train them
-10 Bandit Rogues, 1 Wealth, 10 Peasants, Upkeep 1 Supply per Season, Requires Sir Radan to train them
-10 Archers, 1 Wealth, 10 Peasants, Upkeep 1 Supply per Season
-10 Crossbowmen, 2 Wealth, 10 Peasants, Upkeep 1 Supply per Season, Requires Barracks
-5 Mounted Sergeants 4 Wealth, 5 Peasants, Upkeep 2 Supply per Season, Requires Stables and Barracks

Available Mercenaries:
None

Troop training and mercenaries, choose none or as many as you have resources for:
>10 Footmen
>10 Pikemen
>10 Bandit Rogues
>10 Archers
>10 Crossbowmen
>5 Mounted Sergeants
>None, save Wealth

Upgrading troops:
>10 Elite Footmen to Royal Foot Guards, 3 Wealth
>10 Elite Archers to Alteraci Rangers, 3 Wealth
>None, save Wealth

Replace casualties:
>Partially, 10 Peasants
>Half, 15 Peasants
>Fully, 30 Peasants
>None, save Peasants

Dark Iron Arms and Armour:
>Masterwork Dark Iron Armour, 5 Wealth, masterwork armour which is heavier than equivalent human plate mail, but provides better protection. For a single user.
>Dark Iron Arms and Armour, 3 Wealth, well-crafted armour fit for human soldiers that is superior to other armours outside of masterworks. Built in sets of ten.
>None, save Wealth

QM: Please vote on all four. Decision to build towers or other buildings comes in the economic portion of the Council meeting. Here is the explanation of how the upgraded troops work.

Elite troops can be upgraded into Epic units. Epic troops are the best of the best, but after being upgraded, they cannot be reinforced if they take casualties. The cost to upgrade Elite troops into Epic troops is +200% Wealth of the base cost, rounding up.

Elite Footmen ---> Royal Foot Guards, these footmen hold both a ceremonial and protective role. Renowned footmen of Alterac who were handpicked from the most promising footmen available in Alterac.
Elite Archers ---> Alteraci Rangers, best archers and outdoorsmen in Alterac were recruited into this small organisation. Alteraci Rangers patrolled the mountains and hidden passes keeping the Kingdom safe.
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>>5427023

I guess replacing the losses is a given...

Does this result in elite archer being at 10/10, making them viable for ranger promotion? I guess the replacement can work by taking the best 2 from the veteran archers while the veterans take from the regulars...

10 sets of dark iron armour cost 3 wealth or 30?
If we'd get the royal guardsmen it would make sense to outfit them, but then we should probably get better outfits for our officers as well.
What does Raleigh have? His own gear is better?
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>>5427023
Spend 10 gold to train 20 veteran crossbowmen and 10 veteran pikemen. Well-trained crossbowmen will make a large difference against ogres and other large enemies and choosing quality over quantity will not increase our supply deficit as much. The pikemen are for protecting the crossbowmen.

>10 Elite Footmen to Royal Foot Guards, 3 Wealth
>Fully, 30 Peasants
>Dark Iron Arms and Armour, 3 Wealth, well-crafted armour fit for human soldiers that is superior to other armours outside of masterworks. Built in sets of ten.
This is for the Royal Foot Guards.

This leaves us with 14 gold which I suggest that we spend on upgrading our scout tower into a guard tower and building a new scout tower.
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>>5427048
Let's say that the archers will become 10/10 if upgraded. Less messy and easier for my bookkeeping.

Dark Iron Arms and Armour is 10 armours and weapons for 3 Wealth. Built in sets of ten just means that you can purchase them in groups of ten arms and armours with each group costing 3 Wealth.

Raleigh wears a Full Plate. It is a decent normal armour.

Does anyone else have any questions? As always if you have something in your mind, go ahead and ask your question. I will try to answer it as well as I can.
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>>5427023
>20 Veteran Crossbowmen
We need armor piercing capabilities.
>10 Elite Footmen to Royal Foot Guards, 3 Wealth
>Fully, 30 Peasants
>Dark Iron Arms and Armour, 3 Wealth
For the Royal Foot Guards

we are running low in manpower and upkeep will increase, i recommend we build a scout tower and some supply buildings in the economic update.
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>>5427110
Would the dark iron armour count as upgrade for the knights?
Would the officers benefit from it? Clearly we can't afford to fit them with the individual suits, but maybe the regular dark iron suits would be a marked improvement for them?

I'm considering whether spending extra 6 wealth to outfit all our knights and officers with the black iron armour would be a good use of money.
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>>5427135
For knights yes, but for named characters/your officers no. I intended the Dark Iron Arms and Armour to be a way to equip your soldiers with superior gear. Individual armours are meanwhile for named characters and the reason why a single suit of Knightly Plate which isn't as good as Dark Iron Arms and Armour costs the same 3 Wealth is purely game mechanism and balance reason. Named characters are already handled a bit more carefully and if you were to be able to equip them cheaply, making them these übermensch soldiers would be too easy.

Regarding Sir Gravis, unlike other named characters, I have counted him to be part of his unit. For example Lieutenant Beckston or Sir Radan haven't been counted as part of their Kul Tirans or the bandits either. That 4/5 strength the knights have is made from Sir Gravis, Empleton, Thomas and Joe. So if you were to acquire Dark Iron Arms and Armour for them too, I would allow Sir Gravis to be equipped as well as an exception.
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>>5427023

20 veteran crossbowmen (8 wealth) -2 supply flow
10 royal guards (3 wealth)
10 rangers (3 wealth)
20 dark iron armours (for guards and knights with some spares - 6 wealth)

20 wealth. 10 left for economy and structures...
Too much? We still need to handle our food deficit that will now be at -6 per season, though it can be plugged by money it's not ideal.
And it's probably not a good idea to run entirely dry with no money on hand.
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>>5427023
>Spend 10 gold to train 20 veteran crossbowmen and 10 veteran pikemen.
>10 Elite Footmen to Royal Foot Guards, 3 Wealth
>Fully, 30 Peasants
>Dark Iron Arms and Armour, 3 Wealth, well-crafted armour fit for human soldiers that is superior to other armours outside of masterworks. Built in sets of ten.
For the Royal Foot Guards.
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>20 Veteran Crossbowmen, 8, Wealth
>10 Elite Footmen to Royal Foot Guards, 3 Wealth
>Fully, 30 Peasants
>Dark Iron Arms and Armour, 3 Wealth


"Many of the footmen and archers that were with us when I started this journey nearly two years ago are still with us and I agree with Captain Garside that some of them should be rewarded and that now would be a good time to raise the Royal Foot Guards back up as a regiment." You said to your Council. "It will be seen as a sign of legitimacy of my claim that even in name only one of the more well known regiments of Alterac is recreated. And it will be a great boost to the morale for our soldiers."

"I agree, legitimacy and being seen as the one with stronger claim is a thing we have to work towards." Captain Garside said to you.

"In addition we will contact Garrick Blacksteel and order ten suits of Dark Iron arms and armour for them." You said and presented your argument in support of it. "They will require equipment fit for their status and we haven't made any other connections that could provide us with what we require."

"Dark Irons? By the Light, you are going to order armour from them?" Raleigh said and was dismayed. He clearly didn't approve the move.

"I understand your concern Raleigh and I know their history. Their feud is between the different dwarf clans and not between them and the Alliance." You said back to him. "Latest we know about them is that the remnants of The Horde pushed them out of the Blackrock Spire deep underneath the mountain."

Raleigh didn't seem that convinced, but let the issue go.

"Dark Irons will provide what we require. Captain Garside, can you prepare everything else with the Royal Foot Guards?" You said.

"I can. Sadly the original documents from the founding of the regiment are now gone, but we can write new ones." Garside said back to you.

"Good, in addition we will recruit and train twenty crossbowmen and reinforce our losses fully. The crossbows could end up being the weapons that tips the balance into our favour." You said to your officers.

"If we only had firearms…" Sir Gravis mused aloud.

"And to that I agree, but not even the Dark Irons could provide them to us." You said and sighed. "With that we have spent a considerable amount of our coin and pushed ourselves even deeper into a supply deficit, but we need those men. And speaking of men, have you found a new replacement yet Sir Gravis?"

"I haven’t Prince Alric, and I must ask for forgiveness as it might take time. Whoever replaces Garth must fit our crew well, it can't be just anyone." Sir Gravis said back to you and you replied with a nod. You would allow him that time.

"Prince Alric, do you have any plans for the winter?" Sir Radan asked you.

"No, with our men in Shoredon, I don’t think we have the manpower for much more than keeping up the patrols." You said.

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>>5428255

"Aren't the men in Durnholde Keep available?" Sir Gravis asked you.

"Yes they are Sir Gravis, Lord Blackmoore handles their upkeep and recalling them would put an even higher strain on our dwindling supplies." Garside said, but continued. "Though recalling them would give us twenty more men, maybe then we could be more proactive."

It wasn’t a bad idea, being able to have the initiative and not just wait for things to happen would help you a lot, but recalling them would put an even higher strain on your supplies and it might cause problems with Lord Blackmoore himself.

"I will think about it. If we recall them, we might then decide if we were to do anything." You said and put away most of your papers regarding military matters. "Finally we have the topic of the prisoners and our City Guard. We have forty guards which is enough, but shouldn't they have someone leading them?"

"Prince Alric, we have recruited the most able leaders amongst the people already so we might not find a suitable candidate from them." Garside said to you. "We could promote one of the Sergeants, but we really need them as squad leaders."

"Recruit the man from elsewhere?" Sir Radan said to you. "I bet we could find someone, maybe a mercenary to be the leader of the City Guard?"

"Prince Alric, I believe Silver Hand could be of help. Having a strong pious character leading the City Guard could also help with the spiritual needs of the prisoners." Raleigh said to you.

It wasn’t that bad of an idea. Lord Uther would most likely send someone, if you and Raleigh both send him a letter describing your need for a leader for the City Guard, but it would be another member of Silver Hand in Dawnholme which as a thought gave you some discomfort.

"Maybe Voren'thal could help you?" Malevus mused aloud. "Maybe he could send someone if you were to ask."

Everyone turned their heads towards Malevus as the idea of someone arriving from Quel’Thalas seemed very much out of this world. Still she had suggested that and now it was an option.


Total Resources:
16 Wealth, +19 per season
22 Supplies, -6 per season
20 Peasants

Recall the twenty men from Durnholde Keep and end the deal:
>Yes
>No

Chief of the City Guard:
>Recruit from amongst your people
>Promote one of your Sergeants
>Hire a skilled outsider or a mercenary for the job
>Ask help from Silver Hand
>Voren'thal the Seer might be able to help you
>Ask help from someone else, write in

QM: Not enough votes for the Pikemen and Rangers, so they were left out this time.
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>>5428259
just a quick question when we were promoting people into sergeants i think from our people did we recruit ALL of them?
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>>5428259
>No
>Ask help from Silver Hand
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>>5428276
That is a good question. Of the five candidates, you promoted two with Hahn and Eaton ended up being chosen. Remaining three are still in your service. Here are all five of them.

>Michaels, loud and abrasive soldier. Skilled with blades, but makes a poor leader.
>Hahn, not from Alterac. Calm and well liked amongst soldiers.
>Eaton, small and scrawny, but knows how to motivate others to do their best.
>Stein, gets lost easily and has no sense of direction, but is a good fighter.
>Olivier, not from Alterac. A former sailor who has seen the world and is probably the best fighter of these five.
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>>5428259
>No

>Recruit from amongst your people
>>5428288
>Stein, gets lost easily and has no sense of direction, but is a good fighter.
This one specifically hes bad sense of direction doesnt matter considering position as city guard captain.
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>>5428259
>No

how about the guardsmen themselves? Do we have any idea about them? Could we ask/observe if anyone among them is someone they naturally respect and is of sufficient integrity?
>From among our people
I'm not too thrilled about the known available candidates but I suppose our pool is limited.
A paladin would be good probably, but it's too sensitive position to be given to outsider even a paladin, or an elf. An elf (or whoever Voren'thal could send if he felt so inclined) might also not be trusted or respected enough by the men, although I'd love to see who would show up for the role.

I guess if at the end of the day these >>5428288
are only options I'd probably also go with Stein, though I'm not sure how his weakness will impact his ability to coordinate the guard in city.
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>>5428259
>No
>Recruit from amongst your people
>Olivier, not from Alterac. A former sailor who has seen the world and is probably the best fighter of these five.

We need competent people, and now with the possible stonemason exodus, Dawnhome will become a melting pot of different backgrounds, and one way of integrating them is showing them that they can climb the ranks even if they are not alteraci.
Besides, making a non alteraci a city( or town) captain is not that big of a deal.
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>>5428259
>No
>Ask help from Silver Hand
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>>5428259
>No
>Voren'thal the Seer might be able to help you
I know that having another elf might make some people mad, but this is an opportunity to yoink some elvish training regiments or military tactics. This also includes a deeper relationship with Quel’Thalas.
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Not recalling the troops from Durnholde Keep wins and promoting one of your own got more votes than asking help from Silver Hand.

Please give me a roll for the news Beric has for you.


>3d10
>Best of three, also taking the second roll
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Rolled 7, 2, 4 = 13 (3d10)

>>5428994
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>>5428994
And not 3d10, just a normal 1d10. Two more rolls please as I will take the first roll that ended up being 7.
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Rolled 10 (1d10)

>>5428994
very confusing roll
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Rolled 8 (1d10)

>>5428994
Where's the money, Beric?!
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Tired QM is too tired to write the update today. It will come tomorrow then! At least the rolls were good, best of three and the second roll was 10. Beric will have some good news for you.
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>>5429175
Don't worry fren, a rested QM is a good QM.
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>>5429175
No problems, having more people on the council proved useful. Plenty of options for our chief of the city guards.
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>10
>10

“As much as I would love to have our men back, Durnholde is paying for their upkeep and that is quite beneficial to us.” You said and sighed in disappointment. “Not forgetting political benefits and providing help to our neighbours.”

You moved the rest of your papers regarding the military and their numbers away and took out a few new ones with more details on your supplies and their production.

“We will decide who will be promoted into the position of the Chief of the City Guard and we will choose the right person from the men who barely missed the decision to be promoted into sergeants. Captain Garside can you handle that?” You said and asked him.

“I can, I will get the papers ready.” He said back to you.

“Good, because we do need that Chief. I have been told that the prisoners have already been put to work and they have freed about forty workers. Now with us replacing our losses and recruiting the crossbowmen, we are in a situation where we need those prisoners. If they were to stop working, we would have to find workers to replace them.” You explained to your advisors and officers. “That means demobilising our troops or attempting to lure more workers from elsewhere.”

“Not an ideal situation.” Sir Gravis said back to you.

“Not at all, but the more pressing concern is that we have less than a year's worth of supplies in our warehouse and granaries.” You said and continued. “But before that, Beric you had something to tell me?”

“Ahh yes Prince Alric.” Beric said and straightened his back. With all the boring military business done and pushed aside, it was now time to talk about trade which was Berics favourite subject. “I have talked with the new traders that replaced the Stonemason ones and they are planning an attempt to introduce themselves properly into the markets of Lordaeron. And it seems that they aren’t playing around.”

“And you are going to act as the intermediary?” You asked Beric.

“Precisely! The traders only know Southshore so if they want a foothold here, they need someone to act as their fixer. And that would be me.” Beric said to you. “In our preliminary talks they were planning on bringing here all sorts of naval supplies. The dockyard in Southshore could be one of their customers and when I told them about the Alliance Naval Base, they became really interested in it.”

“That sounds good, how is this relevant to me?” You asked Beric.

“Because the profits can be immense and I am your subject. I am trying to arrange a meeting between the traders, the dockyard and the naval base, and maybe if I had your support it could be more easily achieved.” Beric said to you. “And of course Alterac would get a share of the potential profits.”

Now that was the magic word and you now understood Beric’s idea. Sure your name doesn’t hold that much weight in Southshore or in the Alliance, but you still were a Prince of Alterac and that does mean something.

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>>5429805

“I will write you a short letter describing that you have my support.” You said to Beric and thought that maybe you should also write a letter to Lady Katrana Prestor. The new traders after all are working for her as she took over the silver trade from the Stonemasons.

“Thank you Prince Alric.” Beric said and leaned back on his chair. His work had been done here clearly.

“Does anyone else have anything else to say?” You asked your advisors. “We have the coin to invest in buildings and some peasants without a proper job.”

With so many of your current Council members being soldiers by trade, you didn’t expect them to have an opinion on the economy. That is until Malevus raised her hand again.

“What did I tell you Malevus?” You said to her.

“No need to raise my hand Prince Alric.” She said and lowered it quickly. You waved your hand as a signal for her to speak. “I heard farmers talking about wanting a windmill.”

That wasn’t a bad idea. A windmill would avoid some of the wastage that might happen when you mill the grain into flour by hand.

“Thank you Malevus, it does seem that we do not have that many options outside of attempting to shore up our supply situation or building up our defences.” You said to your advisors.

“We could build walls?” Sir Radan said to you.

“I understand this is not the situation, but an abbey for us who are the servants of the Holy Light. It would serve us well. “Raleigh said and continued. “But Prince Alric, I know this isn’t the situation for that."

While the supply situation was concerning, you could always buy more supplies. You had the coin and the income for that. Maybe trying to solve the supply issues with what is available in Alterac is not the most optimal choice, but instead you should look at your neighbours and find a solution with their help. After all Tarren Mill and Hillsbrad Fields are breadbaskets of the region with the Barovs controlling a sizable portion of it.

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>>5429807

Total Resources:
16 Wealth, +19 per season
22 Supplies, -6 per season
20 Peasants

>Improved Farms, +2 Supply, Costs 5 Wealth and 10 Peasants, The Headland
>Improved Farms, +2 Supply, Costs 5 Wealth and 10 Peasants, Sofera’s Naze
>Improved Farms, +2 Supply, Costs 5 Wealth and 10 Peasants, Darrow Hill
>Improved Farms, +2 Supply, Costs 5 Wealth and 10 Peasants, Gavin’s Naze
>Windmill, +1 Supply, Costs 5 Wealth and 5 Peasants, The Headland
>Windmill, +1 Supply, Costs 5 Wealth and 5 Peasants, Sofera’s Naze
>Windmill, +1 Supply, Costs 5 Wealth and 5 Peasants, Darrow Hill
>Windmill, +1 Supply, Costs 5 Wealth and 5 Peasants, Gavin’s Naze
>Herbalist’s Hut, +1 Supply, Costs 5 Wealth and 5 Peasants, Sofera’s Naze
>Guard Tower, Costs 10 Wealth and 10 Peasants, Southern Alterac Mountains
>Scout Tower, Costs 4 Wealth, Sofera’s Naze
>Scout Tower, Costs 4 Wealth, The Headland
>Scout Tower, Costs 4 Wealth, Darrow Hill
>Scout Tower, Costs 4 Wealth, Gavin’s Naze
>Town Walls and Gate, Costs 12 Wealth, The Headland
>Abbey, Costs 15 Wealth, The Headland
>Other, check the pastebin

QM: The roll was to see how seriously the traders from Stormwind are attempting to get into the market and the second roll was to see what they were attempting to sell.
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>>5429809
Does windmill have any additional benefit that's not immediately obvious? Cause in terms of pure numbers we'd be better served building two farms, unless we wanted to save the peasants for something else.

Abbey would be nice but we need to plug our bleeding granary first
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>>5429833
Thank you for asking that as the forgetful QM should clarify things again. Improved Farms etc that are upgrades replace the original building. So a Farms that produces +1 Supply is upgraded into an Improved Farms that produces +2 Supply, will only produce +2 Supply. On top of this Improved Farms have the benefit to providing a bit of extra wealth during the harvest season. Windmills meanwhile don't have any other immediate additional benefit that warrants a game mechanism.
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>>5429837
so if we upgrade two arms we'll have +2 to the supplies flow, same as we would get two windmills?
Except we'll have potentially better harvest.
And all this at cost of 5 peasants per upgrade.

question is if we want to blow all our wealth on improving supply situation or build a scout tower somewhere, or keep something aside in event something useful came up we'd like to buy or pay for.

I'd say
>improved farms (headland)
>windmill (headland)
leaving 5 peasants and 6 wealth available, unless someone presents compelling purchase to be made now.
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>>5429809
>>Guard Tower, Costs 10 Wealth and 10 Peasants, Southern Alterac Mountains
>Scout Tower, Costs 4 Wealth, Darrow Hill

It is crucial that our mines are well-protected, we can resolve our supply deficit next season, it is of lower priority.
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>>5429809
>Improved Farms, +2 Supply, Costs 5 Wealth and 10 Peasants, The Headland
>Windmill, +1 Supply, Costs 5 Wealth and 5 Peasants, The Headland
>Scout Tower, Costs 4 Wealth, Sofera’s Naze
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>>5429848
>leaving 5 peasants and 6 wealth available
Why do you want to save that much wealth? Unspent wealth is wasted wealth, not spending all our wealth only slows our growth down. We're not saving up for anything at the moment.
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>>5429872
you're not wrong that wealth is best invested in something with tangible benefits but we have in the past missed opportunity by not having money on hand when for instance Kris showed up with stock of utility items and in Stormwind were only saved by Jaina lending us.
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>>5429898
>and in Stormwind were only saved by Jaina lending us.

If I remember correctly that was because we didn't bring enough money with us, not because we didn't have enough wealth.
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>>5429906
Nope. We were dry.
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>>5429906
Yep, Alric was without any coin back then. Now though with your personal budget being available, situations like having to ask Jaina to pay for clothing shouldn't happen anymore. I will presume that you have the coin for purchases like that.

But if I give you an option to buy items or other things with a Wealth cost, your personal budget won't help you there.
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>>5429809
>Guard Tower, Costs 10 Wealth and 10 Peasants, Southern Alterac Mountains
>Windmill, +1 Supply, Costs 5 Wealth and 5 Peasants, The Headland
I want to put the plug on the supply situation, but I want to secure our border and the mine as it's a massive source of income and our economy relies on it a lot. We can for a bit buy supplies with our wealth for a bit if need be, but if we lose our wealth source we'll be in VERY dire straits
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Alright so we have an interesting tie. Two votes for Improved Farms in The Headland, two votes for Guard Tower in Southern Alterac Mountains and three votes for the Windmill in The Headland. In addition the Scout Tower got two votes, but in different places.

So I need a tiebreaker to see what is the final decision as you don't have enough Wealth or Peasants for both the Guard Tower or the Improved Farms. Not forgetting the Scout Tower.
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>>5430703
I'd be fine with building a scout tower with the reserve money for the security concerns if that makes it any easier for you
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>>5430707
Yeah that settles it, the winning combination through the votes given to Scout Tower is:

>Improved Farms, +2 Supply, Costs 5 Wealth and 10 Peasants, The Headland
>Windmill, +1 Supply, Costs 5 Wealth and 5 Peasants, The Headland
>Scout Tower, Costs 4 Wealth, Sofera’s Naze

Maybe the next time for the Guard Tower. I will start writing the update.
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>Improved Farms, +2 Supply, Costs 5 Wealth and 10 Peasants, The Headland
>Windmill, +1 Supply, Costs 5 Wealth and 5 Peasants, The Headland
>Scout Tower, Costs 4 Wealth, Sofera’s Naze


“We need to tackle our supply issues. The twenty new crossbowmen will have to be covered by building a windmill to Dawnholme and investing coin into our farms.” You said and continued. “With our remaining coin, we will build scout towers into Sofera’s Naze. Our soldiers could then keep a proper watch on the King’s Road, the mountains, Strahnbrad Hills and a bit on what is going on in Tarren Mill.”

“That is going to bleed our treasury nearly dry Prince Alric.” Garside said to you. “But it will be worth it, I will inform Master Pelija and we will get to work immediately.”

This should ease up your supply situation somewhat and while the scout towers cannot defend themselves, their mere presence and ability to see further away is going to deter potential attackers and aggressors. Not forgetting the fact that now your people would have a permanent reminder that they are protected and watched by your military.

“And I think with that note unless anyone has anything else to say, this meeting is over.” You said to your officers and advisors.

None of them had anything worthwhile to say or just shook their heads.

“Alright, then let's get back to work.



Life in Dawnholme found its rhythm in the week after the Council meeting. You would wake up early and spend the day either doing the necessary paperwork, continuing your studies that you have nearly finished or spending whatever little spare time you ended up having in sparring with Malevus.

As the weather turned to worse, you found yourself spending a lot more time inside the manor. Eligius had moved some of his papers and scrolls there as well as he was your scribe. Even if it annoyed Garside somewhat to have a warlock in his home, the help from Eligius with the paperwork was appreciated. And when Malevus, who normally doesn’t complain a lot, also joined the two of you because it was too cold outside, Eligius had someone with whom he could practise speaking and writing elvish or thalassian as the language is called by the elves themselves.

A highlight of one rather boring day was when you received letters from Calia. The one with the usual “how are you doing, I am doing fine” you put aside quickly as you dug into the more personal one sent by her handmaid and delivered to you by Malevus.

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>>5430783

Getting to read what Calia had been doing in more detail made you feel happy and warm as you imagined her voice in your head. Calia had been worried about you and your health, especially as she knew the dangers being on a campaign would have. But at the same time she knew that you would be fine and you would get through it. For her the past several weeks and months hadn’t been that good. The official duties with Arthas having left for Dalaran to study, and as you understood it to court Jaina, started to pile up to Calia. She found them awfully dull, but as the only young Menethil in the city, they were something she had to do. But Calia soldiered through them as she always thought about you, if Alric could survive a military campaign, so would she survive a few dull meetings and ceremonies. You were sure of that too, but what worried you was that she described herself feeling a bit weak and tired sometimes. Calia wondered if it was just stress from all the work and that resting a bit should be enough for her to get better.

You read the letter time after time as you laid on your bed. You wished to be with her, but you knew that was impossible right now. You needed patience, both you and Calia.



During the evenings as the cold wind and snow blasted the manor and frost gathered on the windows, you spend your time writing letters. First the letters to Calia that you really took your time with as you wanted to describe everything that had happened in your life to her, then one to Jaina describing the news, one to Mayor Fowley thanking him for the success that the market fair in Dawnholme had been and finally the show of support to Beric and a letter to Lady Katrana telling her more details about the trade and how eager you were to see the results.

And speaking of Lady Katrana, it was that evening when Lady Nalice returned from whatever duties she had elsewhere. When she knocked on the door of your study and entered it, it didn’t look like the snowstorm outside had affected her a single bit. And when the door closed behind her, with a snap of her fingers her clothes that were disguised as scholars robes turned back into the exotic black armour she was wearing when you met her.

“Good evening Lady Nalice.” You said and stood up from your chair. Thankfully you had finished the letters so you stashed them away. “Please sit down, do you want anything to drink?”

Lady Nalice looked at you before she kneeled and performed a very deep curtsy.

“Prince Alric Perenolde, I have returned back to Dawnholme.” Nalice said with her aristocratic accent in her voice before standing up. “And yes, if my Prince has anything good to offer.”

You allowed her to sit down as you went and retrieved a bottle of Alteraci Brandy. You had been drinking this stuff more often lately and you were quite sure that Lady Nalice hadn’t drunk it before. How potent it was might surprise her.

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>>5430788

“How did your trip to elsewhere go? Succeeded in your business?” You said and poured her a small cup.

“Thank you for asking Prince Alric.” Nalice said to you and took a careful sip of the brandy. A faint smile appeared on her face, she seemed to like it. “It went well.”

“That is good to hear.” You said to her and leaned back on your chair. “I presume you came to speak with me about Eligius and his training?”

“That would be correct.” Nalice said and took another careful sip of the brandy. “He is a dutiful student, works really hard and tries not to disappoint me.”

You had gotten the same idea from how Eligius had described the first few weeks of his training.

“It seems I made the right choice of who I would have as my spymaster then.” You said to her.

“Prince Alric, you certainly did choose the right person, he hasn’t let me down yet.” Nalice said and gave you a faint smile.

Now though she was here and enjoying your brandy. You knew about her what she had told you, but that wasn’t in the end that much. With Nalice sitting right there, maybe you could probe some answers from her?


>Eligius and his spymaster training. How is it going, what will happen next and what kind of activities they are going to be doing?
>Eligius and him being taught more in the warlock arts. What can you expect from that?
>Foreman Davis and him embezzling the building materials. What does Lady Nalice think about it and what would they be doing next?
>Ask about your Dragonclaw Ring that you got from Lady Katrana. What is the ring exactly, as it has a faint taint of shadow magic on it and it is potentially enchanted?
>Lady Nalice herself is still a bit of a mystery. How did she end up serving Lady Katrana, where did she learn all this magic if she isn't a student from Dalaran? And is she really ready to do anything you order her to do?
>Ask about Lady Katrana. What is the deal with her, what is she after? If she wants you so much, what makes you so special compared to everyone else in Stormwind?
>Other, write in
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>>5430796
>>Foreman Davis and him embezzling the building materials. What does Lady Nalice think about it and what would they be doing next?
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>>5430796
I'm thinking we can ask Eligius's training the man himself. I'd like to ask her about
>Her perspective on various schools of magic, as she appears to be familiar with wider range to what magic users tend to be

I suppose that could well segue (or be segued to from)
>about Lady Nalice herself

And then
>Ask her about her impression of these lands, if she sees any threats or opportunities we may have overlooked

I'm a bit unsure about gossiping about Katrana with her seeing as we are in touch with her via letters. The foreman business we should probably deal with directly with Eligius.

Asking about the dragonclaw ring if it comes up during conversation might be good too, like 'why this particular choice', or what other symbolism could it represent.
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>>5430796
>>Foreman Davis and him embezzling the building materials. What does Lady Nalice think about it and what would they be doing next?
>>Ask about your Dragonclaw Ring that you got from Lady Katrana. What is the ring exactly, as it has a faint taint of shadow magic on it and it is potentially enchanted?
>>Lady Nalice herself is still a bit of a mystery. How did she end up serving Lady Katrana, where did she learn all this magic if she isn't a student from Dalaran? And is she really ready to do anything you order her to do?
Tempted about the gossip, maybe next
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>>5430796
>Foreman Davis and him embezzling the building materials. What does Lady Nalice think about it and what would they be doing next?
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>>5430788
>she described herself feeling a bit weak and tired sometimes
pregnancy foreshadowing? unless qm is a master baiter...

>>5430796
>Foreman Davis and him embezzling the building materials. What does Lady Nalice think about it and what would they be doing next?
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"Eligius and I spoke about Davis and we decided to keep following him. Catching him and outing him now would be easy, but I want to know to whom he sells all those materials he has embezzled." You said to Nalice. You thought about gossip and talking about her or Lady Katrana, but chose to stay on topic. "Lady Nalice, what do you think of this? I want to hear it from you."

Nalice shifted his attention back to you from the brandy.

"Davis is a typical crook… someone who thinks that they are smart enough to get away with what they are doing, but don't realise the truth." Nalice said and continued. "Davis and people of his kind don't realise that they aren't the ones on top. It is us who know where to look and keep our eyes open."

"I didn't agree on sanctifying his actions, allowing him to keep stealing from me, even if the end result was in my benefit, was something I couldn't allow." You said to Nalice.

"There are two things about people like him. First is that they think that they can get away with whatever they are doing." She said to you and took another sip of the brandy. "Second is that when they realise that they are caught, they will do anything to preserve their position and status."

"So you are saying that he would have done it? Accepted our offer?" You said as you were sceptical about it.

"Yes, they all tend to act quite similarly." Nalice said back.

"I will keep that in mind." You mused aloud and continued. "Keep watching Davis, I want to know more about him."

"Prince Alric, you will get the results you want… Davis will be a very good lesson for Eligius, a good example of the people he will have to deal with after the training is done." Nalice said and smiled as she finished her drink. "Thank you for the brandy, it was very good."

"It was my pleasure to talk with you Lady Nalice." You said and stood up.

"Oh no, the pleasure was mine. Not often I get to speak with someone like you." Nalice said and again with a snap of her fingers, her exotic black armour took the disguise of a scholar's robes. "My Prince, we should do this more often."

"You know where to find me." You said back to her as she left your study.

Lady Nalice was still a mystery to you, but you had the feeling that she knows what she is doing. Having her around here could prove to be useful in more ways than in just training Eligius.

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>>5432346

The snow continued to fall, but that didn't stop the Stonemason’s and the workers as they started to lay the foundations for the windmill and the towers that were to be built. Campfires were burned to melt the snow and prevent the ground from freezing as under the supervision of Master Pelija, large wooden piledrivers were set up to ram logs deep into the dirt.

Master Pelija had explained to you that by ramming the logs into the ground, the foundations were a lot less likely to sink. If he was going to build something, he would build it to last. Even if the towers were to fall, the foundations would hold and stay intact.

As you watched the work, you finally received a message you had been eagerly waiting for. A letter from Jaina telling you that the armour you had ordered from Melondras was finally finished. You could now travel to Dalaran to see what kind of a masterpiece it would be and you would have an excuse to potentially meet with important people while visiting the city.

Though before you left, you would have to think how would you carry yourself? How much attention would you want to have?


>You and Malevus. People don't even need to know that you are there.
>Just Malevus and your bodyguards. There is no need to hide, but no need to attract much attention either.
>Bodyguards and a squad of footmen, a small escort fit to a Prince. People should know that you are there.
>Proper escort, you are a Prince of Alterac visiting your neighbouring kingdom. Carry yourself like a royalty. Full attention.
>Other, write in
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>>5432349
>Proper escort, you are a Prince of Alterac visiting your neighbouring kingdom. Carry yourself like a royalty. Full attention.
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>>5432349
>>Proper escort, you are a Prince of Alterac visiting your neighbouring kingdom. Carry yourself like a royalty. Full attention.
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>>5432349
>>Proper escort, you are a Prince of Alterac visiting your neighbouring kingdom. Carry yourself like a royalty. Full attention.
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>>5432349
>>Proper escort, you are a Prince of Alterac visiting your neighbouring kingdom. Carry yourself like a royalty. Full attention.
Time to take our prince armor, now people will not mistake us for a sellsword. Unless we want to go undercover with our old platemail.
Which i want to keep with us.
Both for remember old times, in case our new armor needs repairs time to time and in case we want to go scouting undercover.
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>>5432349
>Just Malevus and your bodyguards. There is no need to hide, but no need to attract much attention either.
I see no reason to show off, or to stretch our already thin forces further on a show we cannot back with muscle.
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>>5432349
>Just Malevus and your bodyguards. There is no need to hide, but no need to attract much attention either.
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>>5432349
>Just Malevus and your bodyguards. There is no need to hide, but no need to attract much attention either.
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>>5432349
>Just Malevus and your bodyguards. There is no need to hide, but no need to attract much attention either. We know there's an assassin trying to kill us, thus some protection is needed.
Also, we're coming to get an armor, not do a political ploy - no parades for us.
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I will be writing the update later, but before it I would like to have a tiebreaker please. I can’t really work with this tie.
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>>5432909
>>5432362
>Just Malevus and your bodyguards. There is no need to hide, but no need to attract much attention either.
changing my vote then.
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There was no need to take a heavy escort on foot or make your presence in the city a big thing. With you, Malevus, Sir Gravis and his knights all on horseback, it would be faster to travel as well.

Sure that would be a bit light in terms of the escort knowing that someone from the Syndicate was looking to assassinate you. But moving fast and hoping that the winter covered you, the chance that the assassin would strike was quite low. At least you hoped that it would be low.

While you were away Garside would be in charge. He knew the projects and what was going on in Alterac and in Dawnholme. You briefly spoke with Eligius and reminded him to be careful with Davis. Eligius had already planned how to follow and spy on him with Lady Nalice which was good to hear.

Though one thing you would be missing. The market fair in Tarren Mill was supposed to happen in a few days and while you had wanted to go see how it would go, you were sure that even in your absence Beric could organise it all.



You left early in the morning to not waste any daylight. The days had grown shorter as the winter arrived and in the past two weeks it had snowed a lot, maybe even two feet of fresh snow that the stiff winds had then blown all around the land.

Frankly it made the fingers of Hillsbrad beautiful. The snow and frost covered the trees and the Alterac Mountains loomed in the distance and looked majestic while being all white. And when you had a chance to look down towards Southshore, you saw how the snow had covered the land there as well.

For Malevus this was something very new. Apparently the winters didn't hit Quel’Thalas that hard and she had never seen so much snow before. You had to explain to her that even if the snow had decorated the land, a strong winter like this could be a very dangerous adversary. Avalanches could happen in the mountains, the snow might blind you, blizzards could even cover small houses and getting caught outside without proper clothes could be very dangerous.

That is why all six of you were wearing your winter clothes. Sheepskin coats kept you all warm and hid the partial armour you were wearing underneath it, while fur caps kept your heads warm. For you the silk scarf Calia had given to you proved to be extremely handy as it covered your throat.

Thankfully for the duration of the two day ride to Dalaran, the weather stayed mostly clear.

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>>5433101

The winter had also arrived in Dalaran, just not as strongly as back home. It was early evening when you reached the city and you could see the walls and battlements being covered in snow and frost, with the soldiers in patrols having their heavy woollen cloaks wrapped around them.

The guards at the gate greeted you. They had been informed that you would be most likely arriving in a day or two. You were informed that the same house where you had stayed previously had been reserved for you, and you thought that Jaina had been very thoughtful having prepared all this ready.

Then one of the guards told you that they were acting under the orders from Prince Kael'thas. Apparently he had made sure that the house was free and the guards had been informed about your arrival.

"Prince Alric, are we going to go to the house or do you have anything else in your mind?" Malevus asked you after you had left your horses and knights behind.

That was a good question, it wasn’t that late yet so you had some time to spend. It wouldn’t be probably till tomorrow when you see Jaina and get to see your new armour. This meant that you had an evening to spend without any real responsibilities or a need to be anywhere.


>There must be a tavern or an inn in Dalaran. Surely the people of Dalaran go out to drink? Hearing the local rumours would be a plus too.
>Go see Jaina, you didn’t get a proper chance to talk in Capital City and seeing how your friend is doing would be nice to know.
>Prince Kael'thas must have a reason why he organised all this. Attempt to find him and see what you could learn.
>Withdraw to your residence and prepare for tomorrow. Two days of riding has left you somewhat tired.
>Other, write in

QM: Last option is basically a timeskip till tomorrow.
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>>5433103
>>Prince Kael'thas must have a reason why he organised all this. Attempt to find him and see what you could learn.
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>>5433103
>Prince Kael'thas must have a reason why he organised all this. Attempt to find him and see what you could learn.
Might as well show we’re appreciative of the hospitality.
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>>5433103
>Prince Kael'thas must have a reason why he organised all this. Attempt to find him and see what you could learn.
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>>5433103
>Prince Kael'thas must have a reason why he organised all this. Attempt to find him and see what you could learn.
More Kael action is great, plus we could use some male friends.
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>>5433103
>Prince Kael'thas must have a reason why he organised all this. Attempt to find him and see what you could learn.
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Don’t go somewhere arthas might be whatever we do
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>>5433590
Man, Arthas is going to ascend into a salt elemental at this rate.
Imagine if Kael wants us to wingman for him in courting Jaina and we agree.

Maybe he won't even need frostmourne to turn.
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>>5433103
>>5433103
>>Prince Kael'thas must have a reason why he organised all this. Attempt to find him and see what you could learn.
talking, trade ?
want to visit Alterac (unspecified day) ?

>>5433590
we don't have an Arthas radar for detect him, so we will likely see him. depends if we roll lol
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Visiting Kael'thas is the easy winner. So give me a roll.


>1d10
>Taking the second roll
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Rolled 9 (1d10)

>>5433616
Time to see our best friend arthas!
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Rolled 4 (1d10)

>>5433616
yo arthas, and by yo i mean fuck you !
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Rolled 8 (1d10)

>>5433616
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“Prince Kael’thas must have a reason why he had alerted the guards and reserved the house for me. I don’t think he would be a person who would do things like this without a reason.” You said to Malevus.

“We are going to go and meet with him?” Malevus said back to you.

“Yes, but first there is one thing we have to do.” You said.

“What is it Prince Alric?” Malevus asked.

“We are going to ask for directions, I have no idea where he is living.” You said and laughed.



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Thankfully the guards managed to help you. You had heard the stories how the people of Dalaran were quite reserved and liked to stay away from the rest of the Lordaeron and concentrate on their own business. You did respect that somewhat, they just wanted to be left alone and do magic, but the rest of the world forced them to be more active.

You were guided to the centre of the city towards the Violet Citadel and there towards one of the smaller spires. That spire supposedly was the home of Prince Kael’thas Sunstrider. Quite a home compared to your own, but it would lose to the old palace in Alterac City.

Or that was what you thought as the familiar feeling of entering a place that felt bigger from inside, the same feeling that you had felt when you visited the Barovs, happened again. The spire was bigger from inside. And it was way more opulent than the old palace.

Leaving the winter coats and hats in the care of the servants, two of you were guided up the stairs into a grand library.

“Prince Alric! You arrived here fast.” Kael’thas said to you as he saw the two of you enter his library and he put down a grimoire he had been reading. He was wearing a very opulent and complicatedly embroidered red robe and looked as regal as an elven Prince could ever look. And he wasn’t alone.

“Hello Alric!” Jaina said and raced to give you a light hug. “I didn’t know that you would come here this early.”

“I got your letter three days ago.” You said and returned the hug. “How have you been?”

“I have been well and thank you for the letters you have sent. I got worried when I read about the battles you have been in, but seeing you here has washed those worries away.” Jaina said as she let you go from her hug.

“Well you have to thank Malevus for that.” You said to her with a chuckle.

“What do you mean?” Jaina asked you as you hadn’t mentioned the fact that you nearly died in your letters to her.

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Jaina and you then heard someone clearing their throat rather loudly. Of course it was rude of you to completely forget that you were here to visit Kael’thas and not to exchange pleasantries with Jaina.

“Ahh yes, I will leave the two of you now. I presume Kael wants to talk with you Alric?” Jaina said to you.

“That would be correct Lady Jaina.” Kael’thas said to her.

“Then we will see tomorrow, I will have Melondras to set up everything in my apartment. Then someone will come to pick you up.” Jaina said with a smile.

“Thank you Jaina, see you tomorrow then.” You said to her and waved to her as she left.

“Jaina, remember your studies. Lord Antonidas won’t be happy if you haven’t done your homework.” Kael’thas said to her.

“I will remember. Don’t you worry about my studies Kael.” Jaina said with her smile still on her face as she left the library.

Kael’thas sighed deeply as it seemed that you had interrupted him and Jaina. Kael’thas seemed to have involved himself in teaching Jaina and helping Lord Antonidas through that, unless…

“She needs to remember to concentrate on her studies. The raw potential is there, one day she might even surpass Lord Antonidas.” Kael’thas mused aloud before turning his attention to you. He then gave you and Malevus a polite nod. “And greetings Lady Malevus…Prince Alric, do you know that your squire happens to be a noblewoman?”

“In fact I do. It doesn’t change anything.” You said back to him.

“Ahh, in that case you will find yourself lucky to have Lady Malevus Silverthread with you. Her family are renowned tailors and couturiers.” Kael’thas said to you and continued. “I am sorry, but I let my desire to know more overtake me.”

Malevus seemed a bit taken back due to Kael’thas having managed to find that all out.

“Lady Malevus, if you are wondering how I realised all this, it is because you look exactly like your mother did when she was younger.” Kael’thas said to her. “Would you like to enter into my service as I would love to have a Silverthread as one of my servants?”

“My place is with Prince Alric, so the answer will be no… I am sorry Prince Kael’thas.” Malevus said back to him and from the tone of her voice she seemed to be disrespected for him even having asked that.

“Please Prince Kael’thas, don’t go and try to poach my squire. Finding a replacement that could fill her boots would be too much of a hassle.” You said back to him. “She is too precious for me to lose her.

“As I said Prince Alric, you are a lucky man to have her.” Kael’thas said to you and smiled. “But enough of that, thank you for coming to see me.”
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>>5433653

“I presume you had a reason for having organised all this, warned the guards and reserved the house?” You asked him.

“I did Prince Alric because I wanted to speak with you.” He said and walked across the library and signalled you to follow him in a room that seemed to be his office. “Any wine?”

“Yes please.” You said to him. “So what do you want to talk about?”

“The Syndicate. I need to thank you for telling me about them when we met a few months ago. Since then I have raised the subject amongst my peers and Dalaran has decided to be more proactive with dealing with them.” Kael’thas said to you and handed a goblet of wine to you.

“That is good to hear, how is Dalaran going to act against them?” You had to ask him.

“Oh you are mistaken, Dalaran is not going to be doing anything themselves as long as the Syndicate doesn’t cause a direct threat against us.” Kael’thas said back to you. “Now what Dalaran might do is to get someone else to dirty their hands instead of us having to do it.”

“And that person would be me.” You knew the answer immediately.

“That would be correct. The Council of Six might have work for you in the future, that is if you are willing to get your hands dirty.” Kael’thas said to you. “Of course Dalaran would reward you greatly.”

That was an offer which you hadn’t expected. Becoming a lackey of Dalaran, which this offer basically would turn you could bring you honour and wealth, not forgetting forging a better relationship between you and the Magocracy of Dalaran. But it would also mean that Dalaran could have unduly influence over you and the matters of Alterac, also how would other Kingdoms of the Alliance see this if and when they would learn about this.

“Do you know what you sometimes called Prince Alric? You are called a Warrior-Prince of Alterac, because nearly every time we hear about you, it is because you have fought in a battle or won a great fight.” Kael’thas said to you. “And I know that not always those battles are for the betterment of your people, but for profit. I also might have another request for you.”


>Accept the offer, the work the Council of Six might have for you is too good to be missed.
>Cooperation with the Council of Six is a good idea, directly working for them is not. You need to know what you would be doing.
>Decline, you won't work for the Council of Six and the matters of the Syndicate are for you to deal with. After all, their leader is your brother and you don’t want Dalaran to have too big of a say of what you are doing.
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>>5433654
>Cooperation with the Council of Six is a good idea, directly working for them is not. You need to know what you would be doing.
We'd like to be a good neighbour and we'll be especially happy to cooperate with Dalaran on the topic of syndicate. It would look bad for us to work like a mercenary, but we will give every request, offer and suggestion from the council its due attention.

Honestly if they pointed out syndicate activity that bothers them from Alterac territory we'd be obligated to intervene as our capabilities permit if we're to be considered to be in control of our realm. If they are willing to participate albeit indirectly in supporting our efforts to establish security in the region, that's all good. But we'll read the fine print on any deal.
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>>5433654
>Cooperation with the Council of Six is a good idea, directly working for them is not. You need to know what you would be doing.
Kael give the details now.
But sure, even if there is some stuff that is directly Alteraci affairs. Really personal stuff, i imagine the council and him can agree on that. A few questions for him : would be Dalaran willing to trade with us, and not bother with that edict and the growth of our army ? We really want to do our reconquest.
Ah so they know about our deal with Blackmoore. Someone has seen or talked of it. Or they just imagined it has plausible.

>>5433663
I consider it an unfortunate necessity, but receiving those coins has helped us a lot. The deal with Blackmoore was very useful for us, and his gifts were too.
If the council can offer more with certain conditions that we can agree on, i wouldn't mind. Is more money we can send toward our army and construction in our lands for grow stronger.
At a certain point we will not need it anymore, when we can flex our military muscles and remind everyone we aren't weak anymore. Or when we take back our homeland they will realize it on their own.
Also i like the name they have give Alric, should grow his prestige and renown.
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>>5433654
>Cooperation with the Council of Six is a good idea, directly working for them is not. You need to know what you would be doing.

We may listen to them but they will not order us around.
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>>5433654
>Cooperation with the Council of Six is a good idea, directly working for them is not. You need to know what you would be doing.
Alrics alterac is effectively an independent nation we may cooperate but not serve.
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>>5433654
>>Cooperation with the Council of Six is a good idea, directly working for them is not. You need to know what you would be doing.
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No update today. I will try to get it out tomorrow and maybe then Alric will be the new happy owner of a glorious masterwork armour.
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“I can cooperate with you and the Council of Six, but I need to know what they want me to do. I cannot agree on doing something I don't know anything about." You said and shrugged. "I can’t buy a pig in a poke."

"I understand, but how are pigs related to this?" Kael'thas said back.

"Just an Alteraci saying. Prince Kael'thas, you can tell your peers that I am definitely interested in cooperation, the terms just need to be reasonable." You told him.

"I will tell them that, maybe we can work something together on a later date." He said. "But I plan on being present tomorrow, not often you get to witness a new masterpiece from Melondras."

"Then we will see tomorrow. Good night Prince Kael'thas."

"Good night Prince Alric."



The late evening had arrived and the clouds had covered the sky. But in Dalaran the streets were lit by light emitting crystals that hovered over their pedestals.

You hadn’t really thought about it when you visited the city last time how advanced the city seemed to be. Magic was everywhere, even more mundane things like the street lights were done with it. You couldn’t even imagine what kind of wards and enchantments the walls and towers might have. The city seemed impenetrable.

"So Lady Malevus Silverthread, If I were to ask you to sew something for me, would you do it?" You asked Malevus as two of you walked the empty streets.

"I guess." Malevus said and sighed loudly.

"Why didn't you tell me about your family before?" You asked her as you were a bit disappointed about her not telling you about this before.

"Because Prince Alric, I didn't want to make you think that I am some high noble that deserves special attention." Malevus said back to you.

"But a family of couturiers, you know how to sew and make clothes right?" You asked her.

"Everyone in our family knows, I just find it awfully dull and boring." Malevus said as the two of you entered the house you had stayed in before.

You saw that your saddlebags had been brought here and a short note was placed next to them. Everything in the house was ready for your use.

"Prince Alric, I need to ask you something, to promise me something." Malevus said and looked you in the eyes.

"What is it Malevus?" You asked and waited for her to continue.

"Please don't tell the others that I am a Lady or who my family is. I am Lady Malevus Silverthread in Quel’Thalas and I wanted to leave that life behind. Let me just be Malevus, squire for Prince Alric." Malevus said and you saw in her eyes that she meant every word of it.

"You do understand that your family name seems to carry a lot of weight and if you used your full name, it could open a lot of doors for you?" You said back to her. "Prince Kael'thas seems to think that is the case and I don't think he was lying to me."

"I do, so Prince Alric can you promise me that?" Malevus asked you again.

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>>5435632

>Yes, you won't raise it up. Though Malevus must be ready for being just a commoner then if that is what she wants.
>No, but there is no need for anything to change. You are still going to beat her during sparring and her duties don't change.
>No, you cannot promise that. In fact you expect her to tell others what her background is, it is too big of a thing to keep as a secret.
>Other, write in.

QM: Bit shorter update due to lack of time. And a definitely very serious question for you my dear players.

Prince Kael'thas is made for...
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>>5435634
>Other, write in.
Promise to not bring it up or treat her any diffrently. but say but we wont lie for her if anyone asks for her true heritage.
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>>5435632
Promise her to not drop her disguise unless she chooses to or not doing so would put her in danger
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>>5435634
>>No, you cannot promise that. In fact you expect her to tell others what her background is, it is too big of a thing to keep as a secret.

We're a prince, it makes sense for our squire to be a noble and not a commoner.
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>>5435640
Support
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>>5435634
Support >>5435640
Also Kael is for throwing fish at
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>>5435634
>No, but there is no need for anything to change. You are still going to beat her during sparring and her duties don't change.
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>>5435640
Support

>>5435634
.... playing 5d chess
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"I promise not to bring it up or treat you any differently, but I won't lie for you if people ask about your family." You said to Malevus. "Is that fair?"

"It is Prince Alric." Malevus said back and seemed to be content about the solution. "Thank you Prince Alric."

"Now if you don’t have anything else, it's better if we went to sleep. Tomorrow most likely is a long day." You said back to her.

"Understood Prince Alric." Malevus said and nodded.

As you walked upstairs towards your room, you thought about her. It seemed that she really disliked her life in Quel’Thalas, and due to that didn't want to use her status at all. While her private life wasn't your concern, it still was. She was after all your squire.



Next morning went fast. You had the servants make you and Malevus a breakfast and you took a bath to be as clean as possible. Standing in front of a mirror after the bath, you examined the several scars on your body. The one on your chest was still quite fresh looking, but most of the small scars you had gotten through the years were either unnoticeable or had already faded away. You had been lucky in avoiding getting hit and cut by blades, but your left arm had gotten a proper beating carrying the shield. You need to be more careful in the future.

You thought about doing something to your hair. Your black hair had already passed your shoulders and as you tidied your moustache, you thought that maybe you should cut your hair shorter too? In the end you decided against it, you could do it later. And besides you liked your long hair.



Jaina had sent a man to inform you that everything was ready and after throwing on your winter jacket, you made your way to where Jaina lived. Entering her apartment, you immediately saw that you weren’t the first one to arrive, in fact you were the last.

"Prince Alric." Arthas greeted you.

"Prince Arthas." You said back.

You could travel to Northrend and find a place warmer than the greeting Arthas gave to you. Thankfully the awkward silence was interrupted by the third Prince in the room.

"Good morning Prince Alric, today is the big day." Kael'thas said to you.

"Yes, you did say that not always you get to see a new masterpiece from Melondras." You said back to him.

"Precisely." Kael'thas said back. "Many of his finest works are held by our best knights or Magisters. It was a huge shame and a loss to us when he moved here hundreds of years ago."

"Jaina has praised his work a lot so of course I had to come and see what is so special about it." Arthas replied.

"Soon you will understand Prince Arthas." Kael'thas said with a smile. From the tone of his voice it was clear to you that there was something between them.

A door leading further into Jaina's apartment opened and an old elf walked through it.

"Gentlemen, Princes. It seems our honoured guest has arrived." Melondras said to all of you. "Please follow me."

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>>5436693

"Hi!" Jaina greeted you and was beaming with happiness. She was wearing her usual purple robe over her normal clothes. "I saw a glimpse of it when it was brought in and you three are going to be amazed when you see it."

There were a pair of armour racks in the corner of what seemed to be Jaina's study and they were covered by a white cloth. A pair of assistants stood there waiting for the orders from Melondras.

"Thank you for coming. Not always I get a chance to present an armour to a Prince while three other heirs of their Kingdoms are watching." Melondras said and you could see and hear how proud he was.

"Then let us see what you have made for me." You said because you couldn’t wait any longer, the armour you had been waiting for was just there.

"Then we shall." Melondras said and walked to the still covered racks.

"I like to describe my work as the best there is, the best there was and the best there ever will be. And this is exactly that. Made from mithril and truesilver alloy, it is both lighter and stronger compared to ordinary steel or even normal mithril. Getting the alloy just right is the hardest part in the process of making the armour, but when it is finished, we have a perfect base to continue the work.

Stylised after the high elven armours of old, but with a blend of modern human techniques, the armour is one of my finest. And it's name is Aurvan'kal, The Morning Star."

As Melondras said its name, he pulled off the cloth covering the armour, revealing it in all of its glory.

"It is beautiful." You managed to be the first to say anything.

The helmet was tall and made in the high elven style, the breastplate and the pauldrons were trimmed with gold and stylised with golden dragons. There even were three orange gems socketed into the breastplate and your mountain lion pelt covered the shoulders with the head resting on top of the left pauldron.

But what made the armour peculiar was a long robe with short elbow length sleeves which was covered in small scales that hid the rest of the armour nearly completely beneath it.

Though this wasn't everything that was revealed. Next to it a mannequin was wearing a new black arming jacket and trousers, probably intended to be worn with the armour. And there was a tall kite shield next to it. It just like everything else was silver in colour and it was trimmed and decorated with a large golden motif of a dragon.


>Ask to try to wear it.
>The gems and truesilver, is the armour magical in nature?
>Just let Melondras explain everything, you are lost for words.
>Other, write in.
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>>5436695
>Just let Melondras explain everything, you are lost for words.
Let the master enjoy his moment. Maybe ask if it seems he’s waiting for compliments or questions.
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>>5436737
+1
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>>5436695
>>5436737
Support.

It's funny how there's dragon motifs on it, considering our patron. Not that Alric knows this of course.
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>>5436737
support
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>>5436737
support let's see
funny that there is so many heirs and princes in one single room.
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>>5436695
>Just let Melondras explain everything, you are lost for words.
Oh no, not the silly high helmets~ From the description it sounds a bit like the Spellbreaker armors but silver in color, is that about right? What about the robe?
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"Master Melondras, what you have created is indescribable. I am lost for words." You said to the ancient elf.

"Oh thank you Prince Alric, I aim to create only perfection." Melondras said back to you.

"You know, there are going to be a lot of very jealous knights back home in Quel’Thalas when they hear about this." Kael'thas said and laughed.

"It does look quite good." Arthas said. Even he was impressed.

"It is even more than that, it is glorious." Jaina said.

"And Jaina, thanks to you this is possible." You said to her and you really couldn't hide your happiness. This caused Arthas to give you a funny look.

"Prince Alric, I can explain the design choices in more detail if you want." Melondras said to you.

"Yes please. I would love that."

Melondras didn't require to be encouraged to speak as the proud armourer went and started to explain all the details about the armour.

Sabatons, enclosed greaves, poleyns and cuisses protected the legs. You saw how well the lames articulated, they actually articulated more than your own feet and legs could probably bend. Same applied to the arms. Gauntlets with all fingers articulated, vambraces, couters, rerebraces were all made to protect your arms fully. The same golden trimming had been used here as well and you saw very detailed and intriguing engraving patterns on the silvery metal.

"We elven have preferred our magic, our bows and our swords to deal with our enemies." Melondras said to you and continued. "We have perfected those and we didn't really have a reason to be inventive. That is where you humans come in as you are in such a hurry through your lives that to survive you have to invent new things."

"Are you saying that fully articulated armour for limbs is a human invention?" You said back.

"Yes and I have the lifespan to perfect it. They are going to protect you from strikes from any direction." Melondras finished before continuing his explanation.

The gorget protected the upper shoulders, chest and back with the neck being made from articulated lames that would allow you to look around easily. After this came the most peculiar piece of armour in the suit. The long robe with the elbow length sleeves was supposed to be worn over the arm and leg armour and the arming jacket. The thousands of small scales glimmered in the light and you saw how flexible the robe was even with the scales on. Most surprisingly the scales were somehow attached in the cloth without a blade coming from below being able to get underneath the scales and through the cloth. Guess the scale mail wasn't obsolete yet.

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>>5437371

The robe was white in colour and it too was embroidered with golden thread. The hem on both sides of the split that allowed you to mount a horse was again decorated by the golden dragon motifs. The robes collar was loose and high and you noticed that instead of the robe being made from a single layer of cloth, there were in fact multiple layers. Melondras explained to you that the robe could be worn alone without the rest of the armour and that maybe most importantly the robe was warm during the winter. He had even thought about that when he had the robe made.

The cuirass was made from a single piece with a noticeable tapul. It along with the backplate would protect the torso and the short cap between the cuisses and the cuirass was covered by the faulds. Amongst the engravings and a pair of golden dragons breathing fire was a small hardly noticeable dent. The cuirass had been tested to be bulletproof.

The pauldrons were noticeably pointy and aggressively shaped. They weren't as prominent as the pauldrons worn by paladins or by Arthas, but still they were quite eye-catching. The besagews protected your armpits and the mountain lion pelt rested on top of all this on the pauldrons with the head over the left shoulder. It had been cleaned and repaired, made to look like the lion was still alive. It looked that clean.

"The helmet is what you call a barbute, but with a taller pointier dome. The pair of decorative dragon wings would protect our long ears, but you don't have that problem." Melondras told you and handed you the helmet.

By the Light the helmet was light. Just like every other piece you had handled, it was unnaturally light. The golden dragon wings swept back and you could imagine how they would protect the long ears. You looked at the helmet and its Y-shaped vision slit and had to ask the question that came to your mind.

"Aren't the enclosed helmets like my old bascinet better in terms of protection?" You asked him.

"Yes, but the helmets of this kind have superior vision and ventilation." Melondras said back to you.

The helmet was again trimmed with gold and a long orange tassel had been attached on top of it. There was also another orange gem socketed on the forehead.

"You are looking at the gems. The three on the cuirass and the one on the helmet are citrines. Magically enchanted, they along with the detailed engravings on the mithril-truesilver alloy are what make the armour truly special." Melondras said to you. "You will know when you spar while wearing it for the first time."

Finally there was the tall kite shield. Apparently similar to the shields used by elven Spellbreakers. It wasn’t an ordinary shield, as it was fully made from metal, but yet it was so light. It disturbed you how light it was and you could see how proud Melondras looked when you lifted the shield up.

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>>5437374

"The weight, it is so light." You said and held it with one arm. The round cut on its side matched with the position of your head. You could easily see forward, while hiding behind the shield.

Thinking about it, this armour would protect you greatly. Every piece of your body was either covered in plate or scale and in many cases both. Only weak spots you could thought about were the vision slit on the helmet and a strike coming from beneath you towards your buttocks and groin.

"The Morning Star, it is going to serve you well Prince Alric." Melondras said to you.

"Thank you, this is even more magnificent than I thought it could be." You said back to the elf.

"But I think it is now my time to leave, after all we have been talking for nearly two hours." Melondras said with a smile. "Your friends have already left."

"Wait really?" You said and looked around. It was true. Jaina, Arthas and Kael’thas had all left the room.

"I have left a book with the armour. It has all the instructions. And you know where to find me." Melondras said and bowed. "It was my pleasure and honour to make this armour for you."

"And it will be my honour to wear it." You said back and returned the bow.



You really had spent nearly two hours with Melondras going through the finer details of the armour and the process required in making it. And when you followed shortly behind Melondras and returned to the previous room, you saw all three lounging on chairs and sofas.

"You took your sweet time." Arthas said to you.

"Well the armour is quite incredible." You said back to him.

"That is the work of Melondras for you Prince Arthas." Kael'thas said to him.

"What have you been doing in the meanwhile? I hope I didn't keep you waiting for too long." You said and sat down.

"Not at all, we were just talking." Kael'thas said.

"Well now that we are all here, could we do something together?" Jaina asked you.

"Jaina, didn't we have…" Arthas tried to say something.

"Arthas, not often there are three Princes in Dalaran." Jaina said to him. "We need to do something together."

"A dinner. That could be easily arranged." Kael'thas suggested. "We could invite some of the archmages to join us."

"That is a good idea, but I was thinking about just the four of us." Jaina said back. "Alric, Arthas what are you thinking?"


>A large dinner with guests from amongst the archmages sounds good.
>A more private one with just four of you sounds great.
>You actually planned on returning back to Dawnholme as soon as possible, skip the dinner invite.
>Other, write in.

QM: The Big Boy Armour has been acquired. Alric basically now has an armour of which equals aren't that many in the world.
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>>5437375
Although larger party may be appealing, chance to hang out in less formal setting with Jaina and the lads sounds good.
>A more private one with just four of you sounds great.

Wonder if we should friendzone Jaina if we get the chance and she hasn’t yet caught on? We’re unlikely to get chance to talk about Calia with Arthas right there. And there’s question whether we want even to burden Jaina with that secret.
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>>5437375
>A more private one with just four of you sounds great.
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>>5437375
>>A large dinner with guests from amongst the archmages sounds good.
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>>5437375
>A more private one with just four of you sounds great.
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>>5437375
>A more private one with just four of you sounds great.
We should ask our elf to send a nitting gift to her friend servant..... or give us pointers on knitting.
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>>5437375
arthas has no chill lmao
>A more private one with just four of you sounds great.
Wonderful armor, and we also got a new shield with it, basically like other princes now.
Beside Epona, but she has been a very good horse not sure i want to replace her now with a more fitting warhorse.
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"I like the idea of a dinner for just four of us. Jaina is right, not often all of us are in the same place." You said to them.

"I guess dinner it is." Arthas said and sighed.

"Alright, I will have everything ready come the evening." Jaina said and pushed herself up.

"Good, I will be waiting for that." Kael'thas said. "Meanwhile I will return to my study, there are still things for me to do."

"And I will have my new armour moved to my apartment." You said. "I don’t think Jaina would like to have it laying around here.

"That is settled then, see you later." Jaina said and left to organise the dinner.

...

The assistants that had followed Melondras were nearby and with their help the armour was quickly moved to the house you were staying in.

When Malevus saw the armour, she too was astonished by the quality of the work and how magnificent it was. She was a lot less enthusiastic when you passed her the large book with the maintenance and cleaning instructions. It wouldn’t be an easy task to properly keep the armour clean and tidy.

Now though you had plenty of time to spend before the evening and the dinner. And frankly you didn't know what to do. You could go and see someone or you and Malevus could try to see how the armour is put on. That after all is something you have to do at some point.


>Examine the armour and try wearing it. Spend the afternoon with Malevus and your new armour.
>Go talk with Arthas, the relationship between you and him isn't good and it probably should be better.
>Kael'thas had his own things to do, but you still could discuss things other than the Syndicate.
>Go wander the streets of Dalaran and see if you could find something interesting.
>Other, write in.
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>>5437980
>>Go wander the streets of Dalaran and see if you could find something interesting.
Random encounter time!
One that’s hopefully not an assassination attempt. We probably don’t have to worry about the armour being stolen here… or do we?
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>>5437985
Oh no, no need to worry about that. Dalaran is a very secure city.
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>>5437980
>Go wander the streets of Dalaran and see if you could find something interesting.
Im weak to mystery boxes.
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>>5437988
At least until Arthas learns we knocked up his sister.
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>>5437980
>Go wander the streets of Dalaran and see if you could find something interesting.
As much as I'd love to bromance and wingman for Kael, if he's got things to do then he'd probably appreciate we leave him to them

>>5437992
Arthas needs to get over himself, that's the future king of the Alteraci-Lordaeronian Commonwealth growing inside his sister.
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>>5437980
>Go wander the streets of Dalaran and see if you could find something interesting.
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>>5437980
>Go wander the streets of Dalaran and see if you could find something interesting.
should be fun. the armor will be protected by our knights.
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>>5437980
>>Examine the armour and try wearing it. Spend the afternoon with Malevus and your new armour.
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You didn’t feel like wanting to stay inside the house even with your new armour being just right there ready and waiting to be examined. The reason was simple, the weather was really good. The skies were clear and it wasn’t that windy either.

When you pulled on your sheepskin coat and ventured into the city with Malevus trailing right behind you, you saw that others had the same idea as you did. Today was a perfect day to go around and see what kind of a city Dalaran really is.

Mages, sorceresses, their servants and just normal humans and elfs walked the streets that had been cleared of excess snow. They didn't pay much if any attention to you, to them you were just another citizen on a walk looking for things.

Dalaran really was an exceptionally beautiful and clean city. The buildings were all in tip-top shape, there were no signs of damage from the Second War and generally compared to both Capital City and Stormwind City, Dalaran seemed so tranquil. Of course there were signs of Kirin Tor everywhere and soldiers were standing guard, but you somewhat expected to be under constant surveillance all the time. You had the feeling that Dalaran might want to avoid any threats or runaway magical experiments that they surely must have.

You and Malevus stopped at a tea shop for a moment to drink something warm and the tea shopkeeper thankfully gave you directions. There were plenty of stores in the marketplace that could interest you, but now most importantly you wanted something to eat. The tea shopkeeper suggested a nearby inn that was his favourite place.

The Legerdemain Lounge was just behind a corner and when you entered it, the place was mostly empty. A single elf stood behind the counter and was cleaning a glass when you and Malevus sat down by the counter.

"Greetings, welcome to Legerdemain Lounge. I am Arille, me and my wife run this place, what can I do for you?" The elf bartender asked you.

"Some food for two of us, nothing too heavy and some wine please." You said to him.

The bartender bowed to you and it didn't take long till a pair of bowls of vegetable soup were brought for the two of you. Apparently it was made from all sorts of scraps, odds and ends.

"This is really good!" You said as you were surprised how tasty it was. Maybe a bit too hot for your liking, but really tasty.

"Sir, may I ask, you two aren't from here?" Arille the bartender asked you.

"No we are not, we are just visiting." You said back to him. "How did you realise that?"

"Sir, you don't look like a mage, neither does your bodyguard." Arille said.

"Sharp eyes then. You are right, I am not a mage." You continued conversing with him while eating. Maybe you could learn something new.

"Have you liked our city then?" Arille asked you.

"This is a quite nice place, but I haven't stayed here for that long. I don’t know the places or the people yet." You said back to him.

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>>5438358

"Then Sir, maybe I could help. I have lived here for a quite long time, I know the city and its people." Arille suggested to you.

Yes this was quite a good suggestion from the bartender, now though what does interest you? What people would you like to meet or stores or places would you want to visit?


>Information, rumours, talks of things of intrigue.
>Mercenaries, soldiers and military matters.
>Barter, trade, movement of goods and supplies.
>Magic, books, scrolls and trinkets.
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>>5438360
>>Barter, trade, movement of goods and supplies.
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>>5438360
> Barter, trade, movement of goods and supplies.
Although, attracting some magic using mercs might be nice too… well, business is good for that too.
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>>5438360
>Mercenaries, soldiers and military matters.
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>>5438360
>>Mercenaries, soldiers and military matters.
Though the first.....
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>>5438360
>Mercenaries, soldiers and military matters.
A city like this should have some good mercs around right?
A sort of related question are we ever gonna have non-human mercenaries im not asking for trolls or ogres but elves and dwarves.
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>>5438360
>>Barter, trade, movement of goods and supplies.
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>>5438360
>Barter, trade, movement of goods and supplies.
money and supplies, what we are always in need.
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>>5438360
>>Information, rumours, talks of things of intrigue.
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>>5438496
Yes.


Also can I have a roll as the trade seems to be the one that wins. Just to see who you are going to meet, a bit of flavour. I will write the update later.


>1d10
>Best of three, taking the second roll
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Rolled 8 (1d10)

>>5438818
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Rolled 6 (1d10)

>>5438818
I do feel like this being one of those things we could ask mutliple questions from and follow up on what we want to do from what we learn.
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Rolled 10 (1d10)

>>5438818
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>>5438836
That is actually a very good point. Both trade and mercenaries will be discussed. But that can wait till tomorrow, I am way too knackered to write the update today.
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>>5439048 sleep well bro
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>10

"Both mercenaries and trade, they are my business." You said to Arille.

"Trade is easier, but mercenaries? You saw the gatehouse and how thoroughly people who enter the city are searched." Arille said to you. "They wouldn’t let mercenaries in without a reason, so Sir the best chance to find mercenaries would be outside the city gates in the taverns and inns there."

"What about the military?" You asked.

"Well the Kirin Tor is in charge here, the Council of Six deciding over many of the military matters. The chance for you to meet them is frankly impossible. But maybe you could meet with representatives of Mages' Guild or Sorcerers' League, they are the two lesser organisations here in Dalaran." Arille told you before leaning forward to make sure that no one else could hear. "Or go beneath the streets, you might find what you need in there."

"Thank you Arille, but what of the trade?" You said and nodded. Did the bartender really tell you to go into the sewers? He probably wouldn't have said that without a reason.

"That's easy Sir, just a few streets away is the Dalaran's Merchant's Guild. They are a reliable group of people and can get you whatever you need." Arille said back.

"Thank you for the information." You said and having finished your bowl of soup, pushed the empty bowl away. "And thank you for the soup, it was delicious."

You left the bartender a few more coppers for the information and for the fact that the soup was really tremendously good.



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The decision of where to go next was easy. With the Dalaran's Merchants' Guild being just around the corner, visiting the place would be an easy task to achieve.

"Prince Alric, are you sure that 'going beneath the streets' would be smart?" Malevus said and aired her worries about it. "Sounds very fishy to me."

"He must have…" You started to say as in front of you from the door leading to the Merchant's Guild a goblin was thrown out.

"A penniless swindler like you can stay out!" A richly dressed man shouted at the goblin before slamming the door shut.

You watched the goblin stand up and dust the most of the snow and muck off them before putting on a monocle on his left eye. Having been thrown out of the house like that was somewhat comical, but in fact the goblin looked a bit familiar.

"Hey you haven't seen a goblin before?" The bald goblin said to you while irritated about the situation. As the goblin fixed his jacket collar, he seemed to recognise you. "Hey, have I seen you before?"

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>>5439676

"I would ask the same from you." You said back to him.

"Now I know, you are that Alteraci Prince. I saw you in Capital City!" The goblin said to you and straightened his back. "Krix Wiklish, merchant, mechanic and formerly an ambassador of Steamwheedle Cartel at your service."

"Alright." You didn’t know what to say really. The goblin had been just thrown out of a house.

"If you need someone to handle your business, make a lot coin, have your fingers in the goblin trade or just have things built, I am your goblin!" Krix Wiklish said to you and presented himself as well as possible.


>Politely decline, the goblin was called a penniless swindler and probably for a reason. You can't take the goblin seriously.
>Give the goblin a chance to explain himself to you, humouring him wouldn’t probably hurt.
>Krix Wiklish probably wouldn't have attained the position of an ambassador without a reason. Take the goblin seriously.
>Other, write in.

QM: The roll was would you get all the info and who would you end up meeting.
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>>5439679
>Give the goblin a chance to explain himself to you, humouring him wouldn’t probably hurt.
Million gold coin question is alric smart enough to not get scammed?
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>>5439679
> >Give the goblin a chance to explain himself to you, humouring him wouldn’t probably hurt.
I’d honestly rather have gnomes in Alterac than goblins but maybe we’d be able to work with both. And hopefully there will be no atrocious eugenic experiments in either way.
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>>5439679
>Give the goblin a chance to explain himself to you, humouring him wouldn’t probably hurt.

>>5439758
Goblins are a lot more neutral, trade happy, and merc friendly, unlike gnomes. We will probably get stuck with goblins instead of gnomes sadly. Same reason we are with the dark iron dwarves really and cannot expect any elf friends until the Blood Elves. Which is a shame gnomes are a lot saner and less prone to screw you over albeit on purpose or accidentally with their crazy experiments.
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>>5439765
I’m somewhat concerned that stereotypical disregard for safety makes goblin engineering not a good base for our industrialization, be it for domestic use or for Alteraci brand as a symbol of reliability. But maybe I’m just being prejudiced. In either case let’s hear him out at least.
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>>5439679
>>Politely decline, the goblin was called a penniless swindler and probably for a reason. You can't take the goblin seriously.
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>>5439679
>Give the goblin a chance to explain himself to you, humouring him wouldn’t probably hurt.
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>>5439807
Goblins are the only ones who can compare with gnomes. Gnomes are a lot more chill and reliable but goblins are the ones who come up with the crazy technological breakthroughs because those guys are nuts and have balls of steel. We are talking about the same group who teamed up with the Horde and consider having literal kamikaze troops/mercs with massive amounts of explosives a legitimate strategy. Goblins are odd in that they are both greedy, backstabby, ballsy, and more than willing to literally blow themselves up for shits and giggles.
Gnomes are safe but investing with Alterac is NOT safe. Goblins on the other hand will always take that bet. Those crazy mofos bet on Fel Orcs with their Fel Horde and got away with it scott free just do it all over again. I myself would prefer gnomes as we won't have to worry about it blowing up in our faces, unlike goblins. Seriously getting ripped off is actually not the greatest concern.
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"Alright, present your case to me. What can you offer that no one else can." You said to the goblin. "Now remember, I just saw you getting thrown out and being called a penniless swindler."

"Great, wonderful!" Krix Wiklish said and turned his back to you. Seems like the small green creature needed a few moments to think what to say. Then he turned around and started to speak.

"I am Krix Wiklish, merchant, mechanic and purveyor of advanced technology. What I can offer to you is the tools and inventions of the goblinhood, not forgetting the industrial power that we can provide to you.

Shredders to fell the trees, steam drills to extract metals. Both are plentiful in Alterac and we can collect them for you. Or if you have enemies that you want to get rid of, we have ways for that too! Explosives! Land mines and rockets! Only scorched earth will remain after we are done!

Now if we can't agree on employment, we can still sell you our goods for the right price."

"That's it?" You asked him. You did humour the goblin and he did give you a short spiel.

"Yeah! We can offer many things from our factories to you Alteraci Prince." Krix Wiklish said back. "For the right price of course.

"You said that you are a former ambassador of the Steamwheedle Cartel and they said that you are a penniless swindler. How can I be sure that you could actually provide what I might want?" You said back to him and crossed your arms.

"Because I am trustworthy and my word is worth its weight in gold." The goblin said back.

"Looking at you I don't see any gold." You said and continued. "Malevus, do you see any gold?"

"No Prince Alric, I don't see any gold." She said back to you.

The goblin seemed defeated. He knew that his spiel hadn't worked.

"Look, I am trying to get a job here. Since I was removed from my job as the ambassador, I haven’t managed to find a proper hustle." Krix Wiklish said to you. "I can be your trader, or your mechanic. I can build things for you Alteraci Prince, I can make your problems disappear in big explosions. I just need a workshop and funding for the projects."

You looked at the goblin whose bravado had disappeared nearly completely.

"Just don't beat down someone who has been beaten down already. Others didn't even try to assassinate me when they stripped me off my position!"

You weren’t sure about the goblin. Sure having access to goblin technology would be good and that could help you a lot in many ways, but would it be smart? Would the negatives outweigh the benefits? Goblins, especially the Steamwheedle Cartel carried the stigma of having worked for the Orcish Horde and their technology had the reputation of being volatile and dangerous to their users.

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>>5440277


>The goblin didn't impress you. You are going to pass this time. The negatives do outweigh the positives.
>Hire Krix Wiklish to work as a mechanic for you. He can build you things that you might require and you could use his technological expertise.
>Send Krix Wiklish to Southshore to find Beric. If Beric sees the goblin useful, he might hire him.
>Other, write in.

QM: Good discussion about the goblins.
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>>5440278
>>Send Krix Wiklish to Southshore to find Beric. If Beric sees the goblin useful, he might hire him.
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>>5440278
>other
Offer to hire him for a probationary period. We'll see his work and can then decide if we want to keep him around or we can part on amicable terms. We could benefit from doing business with steamwheedle further down the line. But whether to keep him on retainer as engineer, we need to assess how dangerous his work is to our own men. If he can contain his desire for volatility he could be a boon though. Boon, not boom.
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>>5440278
>Hire Krix Wiklish to work as a mechanic for you. He can build you things that you might require and you could use his technological expertise.
I don't trust this guy near Beric, we could get some useful tech out of him but that's about it.
Maybe mine the entrances to Alterac or get ourselves a spyglass on one of our watchtowers.
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>>5440278
>>5440287
Support.
Give him some resources and if he can produce something worthwhile keep him.
Basically a trial run.
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>>5440287
This
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>>5440278
>Hire Krix Wiklish to work as a mechanic for you. He can build you things that you might require and you could use his technological expertise.
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"I will hire you to work as a mechanic to build and produce things that I require." You said and immediately continued. "But but, you are going to be on a probationary period. If I am not happy with what you produce for me or you cause problems to me, then this deal is off. Do you understand that?"

"Yes Alteraci Prince!" Krix Wiklish said back to you.

"Good. Do you have your equipment with you?" You asked.

"Yes, everything is in my cart." Krix Wiklish said.

"Great, then Mr. Wiklish you should travel to Dawnholme and wait for my arrival." You said to him.

"Will do, I won't let you down." Krix Wiklish said and offered his hand.

"Good, because that is a promise." You said back and shook his hand.

You weren’t sure if this all wouldn't just end up as a big mess. Hopefully Dawnholme doesn't burn down in the process.



The merchants of the Dalaran's Merchant's Guild were cold and indifferent to you. It could be just because they learned who you were or because they saw you talking with Krix Wiklish from the windows. Either way the men and women of the Guild weren't that receptive, but they were still professionals and you talked with them about trade and economy.

You found out that Dalaran imports the majority of their food and other supplies from elsewhere. That wasn’t good news for you as your own supply situation is not good, but you also learned that Dalaran produces a lot of finished goods and materials of high quality. And if they didn't have something, they could source it for you.

This was good news if you ended up needing something more exotic, but sadly wouldn't be the key in solving your problems.

While nothing specific was agreed between you and them, the Dalaran's Merchant's Guild agreed on sending someone to meet with Beric in Southshore. Having an open line of communication wouldn't hurt.

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>>5440832

You had made sure that your hair was combed and your finer clothes were all nice and tidy as you prepared for the dinner. While this was just a dinner between four of you, you still wanted to be as presentable as possible.

Meanwhile you had called Sir Gravis and the knights to join you in your house. Firstly to let them flex their feet a bit and secondly to get them out of the barracks they had been staying in. While the barracks wasn't a bad place to be, spoiling your knights like this felt like a nice thing to do. Especially as you had gotten the servants to deliver them some food and drink.

Leaving them and Malevus in the house to watch over the armour, you walked through the now silent city to Jaina's place. Only the guards and a few other people, probably mages going to their homes, were out and they didn't pay you any attention.

When you arrived you found out that you were really early. Actually you were the first one there as Jaina had something urgent to do in Violet Citadel and she had left her personal servants to handle finishing the dinner and preparing everything else. The servants allowed you in and after shedding your winter clothes, you sat down on the most comfiest looking sofa. Now you would just wait for the rest of the guests to arrive.

But who was the first one to come, with whom would you talk with first?


>Kael’thas
>Arthas
>Jaina
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>>5440834
I’m guessing Arthas would be disinclined to let us have any time alone with Jaina so he’d either come first or they’d come together.
Hopefully the latter would improve his mood.
Anyway I digress, let’s go with
>Arthas
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>>5440834
>Kael’thas
Would arthas pop a blood vessel if we wingmanned kaelthas with jaina?
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Honestly bros I can see the goblin being pretty useful for doing blasting in the mines, there's all sorts of economic benefits to explosives if we reach a solid agreement.
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>>5440881
“Demolitions is just art of blowing up stuff, right?”
“Exactly, it’s the art of blowing stuff up *right*”
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>>5440834
>Arthas
I love the drama, even If I don't like how anons handle it.
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>>5440834
>Kael’thas
I've tried to get us to repair the relationship with Arthas. It hasn't worked, so I'm all for trying to build a different bridge.
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>>5440834
>Kael’thas
We already had some plot development with Jaina and Arthas, so mystery box it is. Also, free elf rep.
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>>5440834
>Kael’thas
Time for some talking. We did a lot of business with him, not really knowing eachother
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>>5440834
>Kael’thas

>>5440881
Exactly it's gonna be a huge boon for our mining. Possibly our lumberyards too. I wonder if goblins ever figured out farm machinery or not...then again might be better to just ask the gnomes. Oh right gnomes aren't gonna like us so we are stuck with the goblins. At least we won't have to worry about running out of the explosive ordinance. Might even be able to train some gunners instead of just rangers. Hm maybe dark iron dwarf heavy armor and big guns or grenadiers? Plus goblins have a lot of contacts in terms of mercs and trade that reaches very unusual places.
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>>5442819
>it's gonna be a huge boon for our mining.
Yeah, until first mining accident where we'll have to determine what the cause was and what our response will be.
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You thankfully didn’t have to wait for that long before you were joined by a second guest. Prince Kael'thas entered the living room and you stood up momentarily to greet him.

"You are the second one here Prince Kael'thas." You said to him. "Jaina apparently had some urgent business in Violet Citadel."

"I see, she is a busy woman. Sometimes it feels like she is even more busy than I am." Kael'thas said to you and sat down. His robe of red and blue looked marvellous and it was clear that he had dressed to impress. "Though call me Kael, only my father calls me by my full name."

"Then you may call me Alric." You answered with a smile.

Kael took the wine glass one of the servants brought to him before turning his attention back to you.

"I heard that you had talks with a goblin?" Kael said to you and raised one of his eyebrows. "And yes, little birds do whisper."

"Then there is no point in denying it." You said back. He had learned about your talks with Krix Wiklish very quickly, just a few hours had passed since. "I need tools and weapons to defend my holdings."

"But why deal with a goblin then?" Kael asked you. "Why not to work with the dwarfs or gnomes?"

"Because who else could provide me with what I require? We Perenoldes aren’t exactly liked and the Edict restricts my hand too much. Still I need to plan for the future." You told him and continued. "Gallows Corner is fortified and I need weapons to crack the palisades open. Same time I can't be proactive due to the Edict and strike into Alterac to prevent them from first striking at me."

"So you turned to goblins and their volatile experiments?" Kael said and there was a sliver of disdain in his voice.

"Goblins are skilled with explosives. Volatile yes, but skilled. Land mines to secure the mountain passes or maybe rockets to blast apart the palisades." You said and sighed. "Because what is the alternative? Wait for Light knows how long till the Edict is lifted while ogres and the Syndicate launch raids against me?"

"You really don't have that many choices, do you?" Kael said.

"No I really don't have. I have to get by with whatever is available." You said and downed your drink. "With my options limited, I need to do whatever I can to protect my people."

Kael could see your frustration and you noticed it as well.

"I am sorry Kael, it just feels that nearly everyone is against me. We Alteracis don't exactly have that many friends in this world." You said to him.

"Then it is good that you have friends like Jaina." Kael said to you. "She has spoken a lot about you, a lot of good things."

"What are you talking about Jaina?" Arthas said as he stepped into the room. He was the third guest to arrive.

"Not much, just that she is late as usual." Kael said and smiled. "Greetings Arthas."

"Arthas." You said.

"Kael, Alric." Arthas said back. He too had put on his better clothes. A blue shirt and dark trousers. A more practical outfit, maybe that was the new fashion in Capital City?

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>>5443220

It didn’t matter as the discussion more or less stopped for a moment until Kael decided to ask about the studies Arthas is taking. History and past rulers, the idea Arthas had was that maybe he could learn from the past Kings of Lordaeron and avoid their mistakes.

It was a valid line of thinking, but all three of you knew the real reason he was here and that was to court Jaina. This seemed to irritate Kael and you understood the reason why. He too was trying to court Jaina.

Oh dear what a mess this evening could turn into.



You were boring the two other Princes by talking about your studies, that being taxation and trade tariffs. You couldn’t have thought about a more of a drier subject, but Arthas had made the mistake of asking if you had studied anything recently.

"Guys I am so sorry. I had to deal with the things in Violet Citadel first." Jaina said as she rushed into the living room. "I am so sorry for being late to my own dinner! I will be ready shortly."

You all three watched as she walked past you and into the study and probably the bedroom beyond it.

"When I met her the first time, she was late back then too." You said with a laugh.

"You aren't the only one…" Kael said back.



You didn’t have to wait that long for Jaina to be ready and when she walked into the living room, you saw that she had changed into a more fitting outfit for the evening.

Jaina was wearing a long sea grey off shoulders dress and she had a necklace made from amber around her neck. She frankly looked quite beautiful.

"You look stunning." Arthas said.

"Oh thank you, I just saw all three of you wearing your bests and decided that my normal clothes just won't do." Jaina said and smiled. "Come follow me, the dinner is ready. We can talk more as we eat."

What she said was true. The servants had just finished preparing things as Jaina guided you into the dining room. They left and allowed four of you to sit down in peace.

"What a day it has been. I didn’t expect it to be this busy." Jaina said and took her plate. "Dig in, take whatever that looks tasty."

Roasted beef, steamed vegetables, topping to go with all of it amongst other things presented. The cooks had prepared a wide variety of dishes and you took a little bit of everything and started to eat in relative silence. Arthas had apparently finished an essay and then done some light sparring during the afternoon, while Kael just had reports to read. You opted to just mention that you had talked with the merchants and left the goblin out of the story completely.

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>>5443222

Outside of that it was mostly awkwardly silent and everyone noticed it. It continued until Kael decided to speak.

"Alric, I do need to ask something after our talk earlier." Kael said to you and continued. "Have you ever thought what your life could have been if you had never revealed yourself or you had decided to act longer in the shadows? Correct me if I am wrong, but didn't you reveal yourself to Lord Uther when you met him for the first time?"


>You have thought about the alternative of just being a farmer and living peacefully. But you cannot run away from what you are, sooner or later you would have been found.
>You had thought about not revealing yourself immediately, but you had the fortune or misfortune of meeting Lord Uther. He would have learned the truth sooner or later.
>Your goal from the start was to build a new home for your people and reclaim your homeland. It is something you cannot do from the shadows or by staying hidden.
>Other, write in

QM: Terribly sorry for being late with the update. The work has been stupidly busy yet again and that has eaten away my time to concentrate and write the update.
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>>5443224
hmm, that are multiple things I think Alric would mention here
>You had thought about the alternative of just being a farmer and living peacefully. But you have a duty to fulfill, you would never be able to live with yourself if you discarded it no matter how appealing such a peaceful life sounds. Anyway, you had thought about not revealing yourself immediately but you had the fortune or misfortune of meeting Lord Uther. He would have learned the truth sooner or later so you wanted to make a good first impression to him and, by extension, the Alliance. Though that damnable edict makes you question if it was worth it.
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>>5443224
>You try to avoid dwelling too much of what might have been outside of trying to learn from own mistakes.
>When it comes specifically to issue of staying in shadows... no, our people deserve having their home restored on foundation that is not tainted by deception or duplicity. If only because such choices were what brought about its undoing first time around. Our people deserve better than to have old mistakes repeated.

>>5443238
I think we've whined enough about the edict for now, don't want to look like it's featured in our every other sentence.
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>>5443224
>>You had thought about not revealing yourself immediately, but you had the fortune or misfortune of meeting Lord Uther. He would have learned the truth sooner or later.
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>>5443245
I agree that whining about the edict would be bad but I don't think a brief mention on a topic that is related to it is too much, I also disagree that revealing ourselves was good because staying in the shadows means being deceitful or duplicitous. Such things are not necessary to be covert.
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>>5443305
Fair enough, it's not unconditionally needed, though it can be sort of assumed that if you already hide, you take advantage of it.
I singled the edict out specifically because we mentioned it several times just now with Kael so bringing it up again would probably feel overbearing.
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>>5443224
>>Your goal from the start was to build a new home for your people and reclaim your homeland. It is something you cannot do from the shadows or by staying hidden.
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>>5443224
>Your goal from the start was to build a new home for your people and reclaim your homeland. It is something you cannot do from the shadows or by staying hidden.
>"No one else was going to do it, Alterac would either be restored or its people would be subject to ignominy, injustice and abandonment. The nobility that have sided with the orcish horde were guilty of treason, but the innocent people that had suffered as a result of actions that they could not control far outnumbered them. Now the same nobles are hidden away behind Syndicate while the farmers and peasants are preyed upon by bandits, gnolls and ogres."
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>>5443224
>You had thought about not revealing yourself immediately, but you had the fortune or misfortune of meeting Lord Uther. He would have learned the truth sooner or later.
>Your goal from the start was to build a new home for your people and reclaim your homeland. It is something you cannot do from the shadows or by staying hidden.
While living has a farmer was a possibility, is not something Alric wanted really. Peaceful but then Alteracis would have been either under the Syndicate or left around without anyone coming to their defense. Beside it would have be a disrespect to Garside and all the ones that fought and worked for save him from the end of Alterac City. And the Garsides are the parents of Alric more than his natural parents.

np medivh
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>>5443224
>Your goal from the start was to build a new home for your people and reclaim your homeland. It is something you cannot do from the shadows or by staying hidden.
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"From the start my goal was to build a new home for my people and to reclaim my homeland. And that is something which cannot be done from the shadows." You said back to Kael. "It would have been a disservice to those who have placed their trust on me and who have helped me if I had decided to not reveal who I am."

"Even if that meant that people would know who you are and then start to hate you?" Kael continued.

"Yes, because sooner or later people would have found out and how would it have looked by then?" You said. "Acting from the shadows like my brother does maybe could have worked, but my people are above that. They would have been the ones suffering from it in the end."

"I must confess that I and nearly everyone else in Quel’Thalas were shocked to hear that Perenolde had survived." Kael said to you. "But since then everything I had heard about you seemed so consistent."

"I have to be, in both actions and what I say." You said.

"Even if it caused a considerable amount of talks and rumours? Like what you said about the orc that escaped?" Kael continued.

"Yes, I cannot start making exceptions or start lying just because Thrall happens to be an orc." You said back to him. Both Arthas and Jaina just listened as the two of you had this conversation. "A child shouldn't be responsible for the crimes done by their father."

"Even if the child is an orc?" Kael asked you with a curious look in his eyes.

"Even if the child is an orc." You said back to Kael.

"That is a dangerous thing to say, not everyone likes to hear talks like that." Kael said and then smiled. "But you are as consistent as you said you were."

Kael had been testing you. Now with the audience of Arthas, who actively disliked you, and Jaina who supported you, Kael probably wanted to see if you had changed your tone.

"As I said, I have to be. If I weren't, in the end who would trust me?" You said and shrugged.

"I guess you are right." Kael said.

You weren’t sure if you had managed to impress Kael, but getting him to understand you a bit more wouldn’t probably hurt. Especially as it seemed that he was relatively reasonable as a person.

It was mostly you, Kael and Jaina who did the talking as you ate the dinner. Arthas pitched in from time to time, but mostly just seemed annoyed about all this. The subjects were mostly mundane and less important, but it was fun to just have a chat.


>Tell them about the Invasion of Strahnbrad Hills and the battles you had fought against the Syndicate and the gnolls.
>Turn the discussion towards Jaina and her studies. You really have no proper idea what it is like to study magic. Let her be the one talking.
>Ask Kael what he thinks about you, Dalaran and Quel’Thalas. Could you one day have a good working relationship between the different parties?
>Ask Arthas how his studies are progressing? How different life is now that he is a full paladin and not just a trainee?
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>>5444167

And of course I forgot to add other, write in. If you have anything else in your mind that you would like to talk about, that is plausible as well.
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>>5444167
>>Turn the discussion towards Jaina and her studies. You really have no proper idea what it is like to study magic. Let her be the one talking.
It was kind of Jaina's idea so let her take the initiative for a bit.
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>>5444167
>Turn the discussion towards Jaina and her studies. You really have no proper idea what it is like to study magic. Let her be the one talking.
This might chafe Arthas some, but it's best not to bother a magister such as Kael with ignorant layman's questions. Besides we've had enough serious talk for now.
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>>5444167
>Turn the discussion towards Jaina and her studies. You really have no proper idea what it is like to study magic. Let her be the one talking.
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>>5444167
>>Ask Kael what he thinks about you, Dalaran and Quel’Thalas. Could you one day have a good working relationship between the different parties?
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As you finished your second plate of food and took a sip of the wine, you turned towards Jaina as she was the one whose idea was this dinner.

"Hey Jaina, what is it like to study magic?" You asked her.

"What can I say?" Jaina mused aloud and thought for a moment. "It is very difficult?"

"You are downplaying your own skills." Kael said to her and turned to speak to you.

"Jaina is a prodigy, her raw potential is immense and in my opinion she has worked really hard to realise that potential." Kael said to her.

"Oh thank you Kael." Jaina said and continued. "It is very true that the work we have to put in our studies, be they theoretical or practical, is immense. But that is why days like this are really fun, not everyday has to be full of studying."

"You are right, you need a day or two off from time to time." You said.

"Though we do not have that luxury that often." Kael said. "If I was in Quel’Thalas then maybe, but here? Not a chance. So much work and responsibilities."

"You are right…" Jaina said. "Dalaran is otherwise a wonderful place, but the people here take everything so seriously."

"I have noticed that too." Arthas finally spoke after being silent for a moment.

"And that is because magic is a very serious and dangerous thing, but a source of great power." Kael said to you and Arthas. "Remember that when dealing with magic, it can be a boon, but also a threat."

"Kael is right." Jaina said and nodded in agreement.



The dinner was slowly winding down and you had moved back to the living room, or Arthas and Kael had moved there. With a wine glass in one hand and a pointer on another hand, the now slightly tipsy elf Prince was going through some fencing styles and demonstrating them to Arthas.

You had made the observation that Kael was a lightweight when it came to alcohol, but he handled his buzz relatively well.

Jaina meanwhile had something to talk with you and she had opted to show you her indoor garden. In a room next to her study were her plants that she grew for herbs and for minor magical ingredients. It was a nice pastime for her and neatly intertwined with her studies.

"So this is my garden." Jaina said to you.

"I guess it is nice." You said somewhat awkwardly. "I'm sorry Jaina, I don't know much about gardening. But if you were to ask me about taxation in Stromgarde a century ago, then I could be of more help."

Jaina laughed and was forced to cover her mouth with her free hand. She too, just like you was a bit tipsy.

"Taxation. Really?" She said and smiled.

"Yes really, I have to understand from where the coin is coming from." You said and shrugged. "But I presume you didn't ask me to come here to just see your small garden?"

"No, with Kael distracting Arthas, we have a bit of time to talk." Jaina said to you.

"What is it?" You asked as you could only guess what she was going to say.

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>>5445022

"Well umm, how could I say this…" Jaina mumbled to herself, before finding the courage by taking hold of your hands. "I like Arthas and he is here to court me, studying history is just an excuse to be here, and I guess Kael is fine too. But Alric, do you think that we could have been a thing before this? I think I liked you a lot."

Jaina held your hands and found the necessary courage to ask that from you. It wasn’t an easy question for her to ask and she probably didn't know about you and Calia.


>You liked Jaina a lot too and maybe the two of you could have been a thing, but that is in the past.
>Maybe, you aren’t sure. You didn’t spend enough time with her to be sure.
>Jaina should know about you and Calia. She must have some speculation about the two of you and she is a good friend to both of you.
>Tell her to concentrate in the present and not delve in the past. Don’t let the past muddle her feelings.
>Other, write in

>Hold her hands
>Don't hold her hands

QM: Please vote on both.
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>>5445025
>You liked Jaina a lot too and maybe the two of you could have been a thing, but that is in the past.
>Don't hold her hands
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>>5445025
>Maybe, you aren’t sure. You didn’t spend enough time with her to be sure.
>Jaina should know about you and Calia. She must have some speculation about the two of you and she is a good friend to both of you.
I find the other two prompts to be rather platitudinous.
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>>5445025
Oh and
>Don't hold her hands
Duh.
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>>5445025
Hmm... I'm more than a little bit leery of bringing up Calia specifically with Arthas right there. But we do owe it to Jaina to not lead her on.

>Tell Jaina you value her greatly as a friend and a person and but your heart already belongs to another

>don't hold her hands

inb4 they will all assume it's Malevus
best elf taking a tank role.
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>>5445048
Although if we can be reasonably sure Arthas is occupied by the less best elf, telling her it's Calia may be good as long as we also can say we're keeping it secret.

It pains me to break Jaina's heart like so but it needs to be done.
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>>5445048
>Hmm... I'm more than a little bit leery of bringing up Calia specifically with Arthas right there.
Mate, they're in the living room and we're in her indoor garden.

>It pains me to break Jaina's heart like so but it needs to be done
Eh, seems like her feelings for Alric didn't develop very much hence the use of the past tense. It was a passing crush, I doubt there will be such heartbreak like there was with Monica
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>>5445057
>Mate, they're in the living room and we're in her indoor garden.
well excuse me for being a bit paranoid. This is the kind of situation where in stories you expect the other guy to walk in in the most inopportune time. For instance Kael could have keeled over just as we left.
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>>5445061
That's not a bit paranoid, that's very paranoid. We've been doing this song and dance of not wanting to be eavesdropped, myself included, but after Jaina specifically took us to a discrete location for a discrete conversation Im willing to relax just this once.
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>>5445025
>>You liked Jaina a lot too and maybe the two of you could have been a thing, but that is in the past.
>>Jaina should know about you and Calia. She must have some speculation about the two of you and she is a good friend to both of you.
Tell her to take good care of Arthas so that he'd be less of an ass. Let her know that the man is actually brittle and rather sensitive and doesn't take losses and blows to his ego lightly.
>Don't hold her hands
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>>5445025
>>Maybe, you aren’t sure. You didn’t spend enough time with her to be sure.
>>Jaina should know about you and Calia. She must have some speculation about the two of you and she is a good friend to both of you.
>Don't hold her hands
Sy Jaina, Calia slammed in the Alric bowl has soon as she could see it was free for the taking. At least you participated unlike Malevus lol. But Calia could still slip on a banana peal, keep it together gal !

>>5445048
Malevus is planning something...............
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Carefully slipping your hands away from her hold, you immediately saw her reaction, a bit of a disappointment.

"I… maybe, I do like you a lot, but I am not sure. We didn't spend enough time together." You said to Jaina.

"Yeah, you are right." Jaina said and seemed content with having received the answer. "I like you too, you are a good person Alric."

"Jaina, so are you." You said to her and continued after a pause. "There is a thing you should know."

"What is it?" She asked you.

"Me and Calia…" You started to say, but you couldn’t finish as Jaina immediately hugged you and wrapped her arms around you.

"I knew it! I so knew it! Oh Alric, the two of you are going to be a wonderful couple. I am so happy for you." Jaina said and couldn’t hide her happiness.

"T-thanks." You managed to say back as the hug from Jaina was surprisingly strong.

"I saw how you looked at Calia and how she looked at you." Jaina said and let go of you.

"Yeah things moved somewhat rapidly." You said and scratched the back of your head.

"Are you going to tell the others? Because Calia didn't say a word to me." Jaina asked.

"No, we have planned to keep this a secret. Less people know the better. You are my good friend, I think I can trust you to not talk about us to others." You said with a more serious tone.

"I promise! I won't tell anyone." Jaina said and was practically beaming with happiness.

"Thanks Jaina, you are a good friend." You said.

"You are my friend too Alric." Jaina said and continued. "But I think we should go back, showing you my small garden shouldn't take that long."

"Yeah let's do that." You said back.



You and Jaina found the two Princes still comparing swordsmanship and fencing styles.

"Jaina, where were you with Alric?" Arthas said and he put down an empty glass of wine.

"Jaina showed me her small garden." You said back to him and answered his question. "I know nothing of gardening and Jaina had mentioned that she had an indoor one."

Arthas seemed to accept that as an answer and you sighed in relief inside your head.

"And you two boys are still talking about fencing." Jaina said with a laugh.

Kael put away the pointer he was carrying and did a small curtsy towards Jaina.

"My apologies, that was beneath my stature." Kael said.

"Nonsense, at least the two of you had fun" Jaina said back.

"Well then I will be leaving. It is quite late and I have work to do tomorrow." Kael said and bowed. "Thank you for the evening, it was a really pleasant dinner."

"I too should leave. My teacher will murder me if tomorrow I am late to my studies." Arthas said and went to give a light hug to Jaina. "See you tomorrow then."

Arthas and Kael both left Jaina's apartment leaving the two of you alone.

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>>5445691

"So when are you leaving?" Jaina asked you.

"I have plenty to do back home, but I still have some business here. So maybe the day after?" You said.

"Hmmm, always so busy. Then I won't keep you here. If we don't meet, just remember to send me those letters, I really enjoy reading them." Jaina said and smiled.

"Will do. Good night Jaina."

"Good night Alric."



The near empty wintery Dalaran was silent and when you reached your house, you found that most of your knights were already asleep. Only Joe was still awake and he told that they would keep watch just in case.

Heading upstairs, you just kicked off your boots and removed your finer clothes before jumping into the bed.

It had been a long day and the next day could be just as long. You still had the military and mercenary contacts to be check out. And speaking of that, where would you go next morning?


>Underneath the streets into the sewers. Arille the bartender probably wouldn't have mentioned it without a reason.
>Mages' Guild, apparently a powerful guild and a potential source of strong magic.
>Sorcerers' League, the second of the two strong guilds. Has a reputation for being more elusive in their use of magic.
>Outside the walls are taverns and inns for travellers and those not allowed inside the city. Go and see if you could find anything interesting.
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>>5445692
hmm... maybe we could have asked Jaina about the underbelly, if she has idea whether it's good idea to look there. Could be worthwhile, could be dangerous.
Maybe we could visit the mages' guild and see how much they hold our fathers' crimes against us and maybe if there's an opportunity to win them over?
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>>5445692
>>Mages' Guild, apparently a powerful guild and a potential source of strong magic.
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>>5445692
>Underneath the streets into the sewers. Arille the bartender probably wouldn't have mentioned it without a reason.
The mages hate us. Hopefully we find something underneath.
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>>5445692
>Underneath the streets into the sewers
It's pointless to visit the mages guild unless we have Kael hovering right behind us, they will stonewall us at every opportunity, besides what can we have to offer them that they don't already have in Dalaran?
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>>5445692
>Underneath the streets into the sewers. Arille the bartender probably wouldn't have mentioned it without a reason.
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>>5445692
>Underneath the streets into the sewers. Arille the bartender probably wouldn't have mentioned it without a reason.
Mystery box, maybe the Syndicate has a cell in there.
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You were up very early and going downstairs you found your knights in progress of waking up as well. It was a good thing as you had a mission for them, find an entrance to the sewers.

Sir Gravis thought about it and replied that they should be able to find the entrance. They just need to ask in the right places and find the answers. You left them to prepare and headed back upstairs to get ready for the day yourself.

You were doing some stretching. You hadn’t done that much stretching before, but after your chest wound, you had found that stretching did help you to regain your nimbleness. Since then you have stretched daily. Sitting on the floor and trying to reach your toes, Malevus walked from her room and as you looked up, you saw that she was really groggy looking.

"Long evening?" You asked her, causing her to wince as she hadn't noticed you or didn't think about finding you on the floor stretching.

"Good morning Prince Alric. And yes a bit, I shouldn't have drunk the final beer." Malevus said and tried to fix her red hair that was all over the place and clear the wrinkles on her blue robe. She probably had just woken up and hadn't put on anything else than her robe. Her face started to turn red as she realised the state you saw her.

"What did I say about moderation?" You reminded her and gave her a smile.

"I know Prince Alric, but the knights wanted me to sing for them." Malevus said back to you and tried to explain the situation.

"Well does your singing require you to drink first?" You said as you pushed yourself up.

"No I guess…" Malevus said and rubbed her eyes.

"Either way, get yourself ready and then let's eat some breakfast. We have a long day ahead of us." You said to her.

"I will, just give me a few moments Prince Alric, I need to… get ready." Malevus said, stretched her back and yawned before wobbling into her room.

"Alright, just don't fall asleep." You said and she grumbled back.



A while later after having fully dressed herself and having prepared a light breakfast for the two of you, you and Malevus were outside. It had rained snow last night and small icicles decorated the buildings around you. Dalaran during the winter was a beautiful place.

You put your hands into the pockets of your jacket as it was much colder than the day before and you watched your breath as you exhaled. Even Malevus was wondering the beauty of Dalaran as you made your way to the place where Sir Gravis had told you an entrance to the sewers was to be. You had left the knights to keep watch on your new armour and to pack it up for transportation back to Dawnholme.

Behind a group of residential buildings and warehouses was a ramp and stairs that went underneath the streets above. Warm air erupted from an arched tunnel melted the fresh snow and water trickled on the floor into the tunnel.

Malevus gave you a curious look and you stepped in, instinctively placing your left hand on the hilt of the Cinder Sword.

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>>5446140

You had followed the tunnel and were forced to open your winter jacket, revealing your old and battered cuirass and loosen up your silk scarf. It was quite hot in the tunnel as the hot air made its way out from underground. Along with the hot air came the smell that wasn't exactly pleasant.

Suddenly you were in a chamber and you saw that you weren’t alone in there. Several men that looked like thugs stood in one corner and then on the other side of the room a group of guards wearing Dalaran tabards were lazily milling around. There were a few other people there as well, but they were very unassuming looking.

When the guards noticed you, they alerted a person who seemed to be their chief. Elf with long hair and blond mutton chops and short beard stood up from a small chair and made his way towards you.

"Welcome to Underbelly, I am Raethan and I'm the Captain of the Guard down here." The elf said while eyeing both you and Malevus. "While you are here, I don’t want any funny business. My men and I run the show, and we prefer if things stay calm."

"Thank you for the warning Captain." You said and gave him a polite nod.

You were ready to head past him, but Raethan stopped you by putting his hand in front of you.

"I want to make it clear, there are plenty of thugs and other lowlifes down there." Raethan said to you and nudged his head towards the thugs keeping their eyes on you. He then continued with a whisper. "Now we could make sure that you aren’t disturbed, they know not to mess with us and lone travellers are easy targets for the lowlifes down there. Otherwise we might find ourselves on an extended break if you know what I mean."

He was asking for a bribe that was very clear. Pay him and he and his guards make sure that their eyes are open and that nobody approaches you. Don't pay him and whatever happens down there, they aren't going to intervene.

"So how is it?" Raethan whispered to you and crossed his arms.


>Bribe the guards, it seems to be the way of doing business down here.
>Don't bribe the guards, you can handle things by yourself.
>Offer the coin to the thugs leering at you instead. Let them escort you instead.
>Other, write in

QM: For things like this the personal budget exists.
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>>5446141
>Bribe the guards, it seems to be the way of doing business down here.
Play it safe, there's no reason to ruffle local feathers just yet, we are here to scout things and not cause trouble, if we sniff something out, then we can think of whom to make enemies with and whom to make our allies.
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>>5446141
Oh boy. Hm. I guess we’ll have to pay the “security fee” for now. Can’t really expect loyalty from the thugs.
It’s honestly quite appalling that the council tolerates the pvp zones. I wonder if the guards’ behaviour is tolerated in exchange for detailed reports of what the paying visitors were doing.
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>>5446141
>>Bribe the guards, it seems to be the way of doing business down here.
So not a fan of criminals at all.
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>>5446141
>>Bribe the guards, it seems to be the way of doing business down here.
Safe even if I like my gold
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>>5446141
>>Bribe the guards, it seems to be the way of doing business down here.
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You reached down to your purse that was safely tucked inside your trousers and took out a single silver coin. It was probably a bit too much, but the amount should ensure that Raethan and his guards would do their job.

"This should be enough." You said as you flicked the coin at the elf. You didn’t like it, but if this was the way business was done here, then so be it.

"It is. Please follow me Sir and watch your steps. The stairs can be slippery and we don't want you to fall into the gutter face first." Raethan said and waved a pair of his guards to follow him.

He led you through another tunnel that descended even further underground. The stench started to get even stronger and Raethan noticed it.

"Don’t worry Sir, you will get used to the smell. Getting the smell off the clothes is a more difficult task though." Raethan said as you entered into a large arched chamber. "Welcome to Underbelly. The place where things that are unwanted end up."

The chamber was huge. Small wooden huts lined the walls with dozens of men and women coming and going. There were different stalls that sold everything ranging from vegetables to daggers to what seemed like grilled rats.

"This is the Circle of Wills, the central chamber of the Underbelly and the place where the most people are living." Raethan explained to you. "The people that live here are commonly outcasts, dropouts or those who just can't live upstairs."

As he said that he pointed up, meaning the people living above the streets.

You continued the walk and passed a bunch of small children in their rags. The people here looked like they were all poor or disadvantaged in different ways.

You entered a sewer tunnel with a large canal next to it. The sickly looking water carried away the trash and manure from above.

"Everything from above is just dumped down here. Be it the trash, failed elixirs or the unwanted people." Raethan said and continued. "But through that it has created a small community."

"You speak like you are proud of it?" You asked the Captain.

"I am little, these people are doing the best they can in such a bad situation." Raethan told you.

There were people fishing in the sewer canal. You weren't sure if they were trying to catch a fish or trying to snatch whatever was flowing in the water. You also passed another patrol of the Dalaran guards. Raethan and the leader of that small group exchanged a few words before you continued walking for a moment.

"There are many side connections in the sewers with their own gangs and dwellings, not forgetting that many dungeons of Dalaran are just out there somewhere." Raethan said to you. "Also many entrances to the city above. When I warned you about the thugs, I wasn't lying."

He stopped talking as you had reached your destination.

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>>5446502

"Cantrips & Crows, the best locale in the whole Underbelly." Raethan said and started walking over a wooden bridge.

Next to a sewer canal a large house had been built, the first storey didn’t have walls at all and to reach it you had to cross a bridge. The place seemed to be a tavern or an inn. There was a bartender and several women who served the drinks for the few people there.

Raethan asked you to follow as he sat down at a corner table where he could see everything and waved you and Malevus to sit down. As you sat down, one of the servers brought the three of you glasses full of beer. As you noticed how the server had primpt and dolled herself up, you heard the faint, but distinct cries of pleasure coming from the storey above you. The servers weren't probably just servers.

"As I said, the best locale. And there is no need to be wary of the beer, the bartender knows not to serve me the muck he serves the others." Raethan said while grinning and took a sip of his beer before leaning forward. "So what does Prince Perenolde want in the Underbelly?"

"When did you realise it?" You asked back and took a sip of your beer. He hadn't lied to you. It was a bit warm, but not shoddy beer at all.

"When we walked to the Circle of Wills. We had heard the rumours of another Prince arriving into the city and when you gave the silver coin to me, I started to make the connection." Raethan told you and continued with a grin. "Silver is a lot down here, it opens people and makes them more receptive to questions and makes them more talkative."

That was the invitation to talk and ask questions. Raethan seemed to be a talkative person either way, but maybe the silver opened him a bit more.


>Raethan seems to hold his superiors and those living upstairs in contempt. Why does Kirin Tor allow Underbelly to exist?
>What is the deal with the bribes and protection money? What is his status in Underbelly as he seemed to be respected.
>You are mostly looking for mercenaries or swords for hire. A place like Underbelly might attract people like that.
>Information and spy business. Raethan must know about things or if he doesn't, he probably knows someone who does.
>Other, write in.
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>>5446506
>Raethan seems to hold his superiors and those living upstairs in contempt. Why does Kirin Tor allow Underbelly to exist?
>You are mostly looking for mercenaries or swords for hire. A place like Underbelly might attract people like that.
We already have a spymaster in training, so let's go with these two.
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>>5446506
> Raethan seems to hold his superiors and those living upstairs in contempt. Why does Kirin Tor allow Underbelly to exist?
Maybe frame it less confrontational and as attempt to figure out how such a frankly impressive underworld developed? Just how complex and wide is the relationship between the two sides of the city?
As for what we want, well, we could have some opportunities for mercenaries and maybe other professionals depending on what this society has to offer,
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>>5446578
Also if there are exiled Alteracis here we could invite them home.
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>>5446506
>Raethan seems to hold his superiors and those living upstairs in contempt. Why does Kirin Tor allow Underbelly to exist?
>You are mostly looking for mercenaries or swords for hire. A place like Underbelly might attract people like that.
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>>5446506
>Raethan seems to hold his superiors and those living upstairs in contempt. Why does Kirin Tor allow Underbelly to exist?
>What is the deal with the bribes and protection money? What is his status in Underbelly as he seemed to be respected.
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>>5446506
>Raethan seems to hold his superiors and those living upstairs in contempt. Why does Kirin Tor allow Underbelly to exist?
>You are mostly looking for mercenaries or swords for hire. A place like Underbelly might attract people like that.
Interesting
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>>5446506
>Raethan seems to hold his superiors and those living upstairs in contempt. Why does Kirin Tor allow Underbelly to exist?
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>>5446506
>Raethan seems to hold his superiors and those living upstairs in contempt. Why does Kirin Tor allow Underbelly to exist?
>What is the deal with the bribes and protection money? What is his status in Underbelly as he seemed to be respected.
>You are mostly looking for mercenaries or swords for hire. A place like Underbelly might attract people like that.
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"Underbelly, why does it exist?" You asked Raethan and the elf shifted uncomfortably in his seat.

"Because it serves a purpose." He said to you.

"And which is?"

"Prince Perenolde, you came through the front gate. You saw the defences and how thoroughly everyone was searched there. Dalaran is very strict on allowing people and goods to enter the city and this means that the list of contraband is quite long." Raethan said and continued. "Now the mages might need some of that contraband for their spells and studies, so the Underbelly serves its purpose as a route to get those ingredients in."

"Smuggling can't be the only reason?" You asked and thought what Raethan had just said. Their own strict laws have forced them to circumvent them like this?

"Oh no it isn't. As I said, unwanted things and people end up here. Disgraced mages, dropouts from the schools or just people down on their luck. It is very convenient for the Kirin Tor for these people to go away out of sight, but still close enough to deal with them if trouble arises." Raethan told you. "Kirin Tor likes to forget about Underbelly until they can't get whatever ingredients they are lacking or I carry them a report about a thing that needs to be dealt with. Outside of that, for them the Underbelly doesn't exist."

This was a revelation to you, Kirin Tor was fine with Underbelly existing and they were actually benefiting from it.

"And you are their watchdog down here, you see the people living here daily while the mages live up there in luxury." You said and pointed up.

"You are bloody right." Raethan said and seemed somewhat defeated. "I have raised my concerns before, but not in a long time. As I know what their answers would be."

You didn’t like what you had heard and even Malevus seemed to be disturbed by what she had heard. This painted the picturesque Dalaran in a completely different light. This did give you plenty to think about.

"Thank you Captain, that was quite enlightening." You said back to him.

"Now thought… was there a reason why you came here?" Raethan said back to you and was forced to pause as the love-making above you hit its crescendo and was a bit too distracting for your conversation.

"Yes, I presumed that the guilds above would bar my entry and turn me away and I was given a tip to come here." You said. "What I am after are mercenaries, swords for hire and others willing to sell their skills."

"Mercenaries? Whoever gave you the tip must have made a mistake, no proper mercenaries can be found in here." Raethan said to you and started to clearly think about something. "There are the smugglers, the gangs and thugs, they might be willing to join you for the right price. Then there are the mages, wizards and the rest of their ilk who live here."

"Do you think I could hire them?" You asked.

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>>5448056

"The thugs and smugglers yes, they obey the coin. Difficult part would be actually recruiting them. Not everyone is as receptive as I am." Raethan explained and continued. "Mages meanwhile would be even more difficult. Not everyone is for hire or for recruiting, but some might be. Then there are the difficulties."

"And they are?"

"Like I said, the wizards here are outcasts, disgraced and dropouts, they have their reasons why they aren't living anymore above us." Raethan said. "Some are more skilled, some are less, some dabble with magic that should be left alone. But all of them have their quirks and some are frankly insane."

Not the greatest options, but both would give you something that you needed. Men capable of holding weapons and knowing how to fight. There were also the people of Underbelly, they could be a source of workers and labourers to you. And then the mages, you need more magical support. You know that the Syndicate has mages amongst their ranks and you need something to counter them. Would it be worth the quirks and potential risks to hire mages from the Underbelly?

"Thank you Captain." You said and nodded. "You have given me options."

"And the silver coin you gave me has run out." Raethan said and grinned. "I have already talked too much and if you want further help from me, you need to pay me more."

So that is how it is. One more way to swindle a couple of coins from you. Raethan had been helpful for a corrupt Captain of the Guard, you had learned a lot and you now knew what the Underbelly could provide you. And him asking for more coin did present you with more options. He clearly carried some status in Underbelly and maybe having him working for you, if not only to keep his eyes and ears open, could be beneficial to you?


>Propose to hire Raethan to be your contact and agent in the Underbelly. He would work for you. -1 Wealth
>Pay Raethan with another silver coin. Let him handle the recruiting business in Underbelly.
>Don't pay Raethan, you can handle hiring the mercenaries by yourself.

>Show interest in the people of Underbelly
>Show interest in thugs, rogues, cutthroats and scoundrels.
>Show interest in hedge wizards, witches, warlocks and conjurers.
>Mercenaries and the people of Underbelly aren't to your liking. Decline on hiring any of them.

Total Resources:
2 Wealth, +19 per season
22 Supplies, -4 per season
5 Peasants

QM: Total Resources are up-to-date. Please vote on both. First to what to do with Raethan and second to see if you have any interest. The next update will have more options available depending on your choices.
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>>5448058
whats the diffrence between directly recruiting raethan and just paying him a silver coin?

As a side note the underbelly could be a potential nice recruitment spot for peasants and rogues who want to turn a new leaf to a more legal and stable life. That is if we are willing to take the consequence of the more criminal problems this might bring.
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>>5448095
Silver coin is a lot, but when compared to 1 Wealth it is not that much. Hiring Raethan provides you with his services for a longer unspecified period of time, while the silver coin makes him help you just once with the recruiting. Basically do you want to retain his services after the business in Underbelly is done or not.
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>>5448058
>>5448113
>>Propose to hire Raethan to be your contact and agent in the Underbelly. He would work for you. -1 Wealth
>Show interest in the people of Underbelly
>Show interest in thugs, rogues, cutthroats and scoundrels.
>Show interest in hedge wizards, witches, warlocks and conjurers.
Ok so my suggestion is to hire raethan and let him find out the more sane ones out there. People who would be willing to turn theyre backs on theyre criminal lives to pursue a more stable and legitimate life in Alterac be they as peasants or soldiers.
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>>5448058
I kind of hesitate to offer permanent contact to Raethan outright because corrupt or not he’s still Dalaran guard who presumably took some oaths when he entered service and once his connection to us (if he even agrees) comes out it will look poorly for both of us.

What I’d suggest is paying him to find a suitable contact that would not have explicitly conflicting loyalties. Then this. >>5448123

Although if he’s fine with playing a double agent like this, suppose hiring him personally could be serviceable.
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>>5448123
So basically a one time payment of 1 Wealth for an indeterminate pop boost? That might indeed be worth it, I think the only hitch is the potential for someone to discover that we're harboring warlocks and witches and then blackmail us or raise a stink about it. How would you account for that?
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>>5448215
Having warlocks and other people come to alterac doesnt immediately incriminate us its all plausible deniability. I would see it only being a real problem if they could prove that they are working for us. I should have just skipped the mage option as i was more interested in regular troops/peasants. Besides hedge mages and perhaps conjurers dont know the legality on those should be fine.
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>>5448228
Hmm okay.

>>5448058
I'll back >>5448123 plus
>Show interest in receiving information on relevant happenings of Dalaran you would otherwise not know about.
More intel is always nice to have.
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>>5448058
>Don't pay Raethan
>Mercenaries and the people of Underbelly aren't to your liking. Decline on hiring any of them.

We already have a great deal of scum in our lands as it is. The people in the underbelly are down here for a reason.
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>>5448058
>Propose to hire Raethan to be your contact and agent in the Underbelly. He would work for you.
This might look wasteful currently, but we need to build an intelligence base. Later our spymaster would handle tasks like this one, but since he is currently in training, we will be making the first steps. In addition Raethan is sure to exercise his judge of character abilities to a greater extent if he were to receive sufficient encouragement and this should be just that.
>Show interest in the people of Underbelly
>Show interest in hedge wizards, witches, warlocks and conjurers.
>Show interest in intel
Skilled artisans and magicians are what we are looking for. We have plenty of bodies that can hold a blade right now, let's not forget about repatriating the captured Syndicate members after they serve their labor sentence, even if but a handful decides to join, it will still bolster our ranks to a greater extent and also for free.
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It would be good if we could offer refuge and new start to those who wish for it but we need to avoid attracting and welcoming things like
-unrepentant necromancers and demon summoners (we have enough)
-plague engineers and monster assemblers
-unrepentant criminals

For one we don’t want to embed timed bombs in Alterac, for other if we want good relations with Dalaran we are going to be extraditing people fleeing from its justice. That restricts range of what we can accept to dropouts and indebted (whom we can’t promise shelter from creditors, though maybe we could offer them shelter while they work to repay)
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uhmm an interesting choice
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>>5448058
>Pay Raethan with another silver coin. Let him handle the recruiting business in Underbelly.
>Show interest in hedge wizards, witches, warlocks and conjurers.
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>>5448058
>>Propose to hire Raethan to be your contact and agent in the Underbelly. He would work for you.
>>Show interest in the people of Underbelly
>>Show interest in hedge wizards, witches, warlocks and conjurers.
>>Show interest in intel
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"You want more coin?" You asked Raethan.

"Prince Perenolde, A silver coin gets you only so far." Raethan said back.

"Then my proposal to you would give you more than that. I want to hire you into my service." You said to him.

Malevus gave you a questioning look and Raethan hadn’t clearly expected that either.

"I can pay you more than a single silver coin to be my agent, retainer, informant, whatever you want to call yourself here in Underbelly and Dalaran." You told him. "Because I don't visit Dalaran that often and it would benefit me to have someone who I could trust in here. And besides, I don’t know Underbelly as well as you do."

"Prince Perenolde, then what would you expect me to do for you?" Raethan asked you.

"First to help with recruiting people, second to keep your eyes and ears open about things and events that are happening. I want to know what is going on in Dalaran. News that I wouldn't hear about otherwise." You told him. "It wouldn’t intervene with your regular job and I don't want that to happen in the first place."

"And you would pay me?" Raethan said and hesitated.

"I am a Prince, I have the necessary coin." You said to him.

"You do know what you are asking?" Raethan continued.

"Yes, for you to shift your allegiance away from Dalaran and towards me and Alterac." You said somewhat bluntly. "Though I don't think that you had much allegiance towards Dalaran in the first place."

Raethan was silent for a few seconds and then laughed.

"You are a funny guy Prince Perenolde. But that is a deal, you have my services." Raethan said and continued. "Alright so when do we start?"

"Right now. I will be leaving Dalaran shortly and meanwhile I want you to start speaking to people. Alterac and Dawnholme always needs more people, especially skilled labour. I believe that there are those who fit that description here." You said to him and continued. "I also need men capable of holding weapons and with knowledge of how to fight."

"Those I can provide, what next?" He said back.

"Mages, you told me about them and Alterac frankly needs them." You said.

Raethan nodded and thought about something for a moment.

"I can do all of that. Spreading the word is easy, but I presume you would like more details?" He said to you. "As I said some of the mages are insane."

You and Raethan continued to discuss the details as Malevus listened closely. How many people would you take in, what kind of rogues and scoundrels would you accept and will all mages and witches be allowed in Dawnholme? You made a point that you didn't want anyone who was insane or who would cause problems to you. Raethan needs to weed the troublemakers and unsuitable ones out. The ones accepted would have a chance to start anew and you didn't want to waste your time with people who weren't serious about it.

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>>5448840

>Only skilled workers, artisans and trained craftsmen
>Above and mundane workers, craftsmen, those willing to work long days
>All above and women, children and families. People who are not expected to work that well.

>Smugglers and thugs and those willing to leave their criminal pasts behind
>Above and bandits and scoundrels, people skilled with sword and dagger
>All above and rogues and cutthroats, people with less savoury reputation, but even sharper blades

>Mages and wizards and dropouts from the magic schools. People who can control their magic well
>Above and witches and conjurers and those practising more alternative forms of magic
>All above and warlocks and occultists and those disgraced and driven away

QM: Please vote on all three. The options go from the strictest to most loose. Choosing strict means less people overall, but those who you will get are of solid quality. Choosing loose will mean more people, but amongst them can be both skilled and strong fighters and wizards, but also those who could cause trouble.
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>>5448843
>All above and women, children and families. People who are not expected to work that well.
>Smugglers and thugs and those willing to leave their criminal pasts behind
>Mages and wizards and dropouts from the magic schools. People who can control their magic well
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>>5448843
>Only skilled workers, artisans and trained craftsmen
>Smugglers and thugs and those willing to leave their criminal pasts behind
>Mages and wizards and dropouts from the magic schools. People who can control their magic well
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>>5448843
>Above and mundane workers, craftsmen, those willing to work long days
>Smugglers and thugs and those willing to leave their criminal pasts behind
>Mages and wizards and dropouts from the magic schools. People who can control their magic well
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>>5448843
>>All above and women, children and families. People who are not expected to work that well.
Sewers are no place for raising children…
>Smugglers and thugs and those willing to leave their criminal pasts behind
>Mages and wizards and dropouts from the magic schools. People who can control their magic well

We’ll be getting earful from Normand for this but hopefully it’ll be worth it.
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>>5448843
>>5448898
I'm changing my vote for the first question to
>Only skilled workers, artisans and trained craftsmen
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>>5448843
>All above and women, children and families. People who are not expected to work that well.
>Smugglers and thugs and those willing to leave their criminal pasts behind
>Mages and wizards and dropouts from the magic schools. People who can control their magic well

A larger population needs time to grow. Beside they can do some small work.
This will become a benefit with the passing of time, now if we had more money....
Speaking of money those supplies being used by a criminal organization are a clear problem for Alterac.
The problem should become a priority to resolve for Eligius and Nalice.
Even if.... we could use them in other spy missions. Unless we want to scout ahead on your own with a group of men.
The north, we could look if the Syndicate managed to set up camp, while being surrounded by different foes. Gallow Corner, some time passed and the Syndicate fort looks good. And lastly Strahnbrad Hills, spying on any remaining enemies could be good.
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>>5448843
>Above and mundane workers, craftsmen, those willing to work long days
>Smugglers and thugs and those willing to leave their criminal pasts behind
>Mages and wizards and dropouts from the magic schools. People who can control their magic well
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"Alterac needs workers and anyone willing to leave Underbelly is welcomed in Dawnholme. I would prefer artisans and skilled workers, but even whole families and normal workers are accepted." You told Raethan and continued. "But I cannot take risks regarding those who can fight, so smugglers, thugs and others who are willing to leave their criminal pasts behind them are accepted. Same applies to the mages as well, those who want to come to Alterac should be actual mages. I'm not going to take chances with inviting warlocks or others who practise other alternative forms of magic."

"That is doable. I will start talking with the prospective candidates as soon as possible." Raethan said back to you.

"Good, but just remember that it is winter outside. If the people decide to leave right now, they are just going to freeze to death on their way to Dawnholme. Nobody is going to want that." You said back to him.

"Good point, I will instruct those willing to go to do it closer to spring." Raethan said.

"And I will send you the coin and further instructions when I get to Dawnholme." You said and stood up. "Now will you escort me back to where we met the first time? I think it is time for me to leave."

"Alright, then let's go." Raethan said.



As you walked through Underbelly, Raethan continued to explain the history of the settlement. How during the Second War there had been running battles between Orcish saboteurs and the soldiers of Dalaran in the tunnels, how the Underbelly had recovered and grown after the war. You learned how Underbelly got their food and how the smugglers kept the goods moving.

When you said goodbye to Raethan and headed back up and back to the streets, the cold winter breeze caught you by surprise. Pulling up your collar you realised how much you did smell. You stunk!

There was another thing you noticed when you were walking back to your house. Malevus seemed to want to say something, she was clearly concerned.

"You are concerned, speak to me." You said to her and as she didn't say anything immediately you continued. "I can see that you want to speak to me."

"Prince Alric, the whole Underbelly… it unnerves me." Malevus said to you with a quiet voice so that no one else on the streets could hear her.

The beautiful city with all its practical applications of magic was around you and now you saw it in a different light than before. You didn’t like what you had seen either.

"You have something else to say?" You asked her.

"Raethan, why did you hire him? He is a corrupt guard, someone of his position shouldn't be corrupt." Malevus asked him. "He isn't loyal."

"That is why he could be hired in the first place. You heard how he talked about Dalaran, he didn't have allegiance to Kirin Tor." You explained to her. "But I need eyes, I need information and he is in a position to deliver that to me."

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>>5449355

You weren't sure if you managed to convince Malevus with that. It wasn’t exactly honourable to deal with corruption or by hiring someone to spy for you, but they were things that needed to be done. You weren't going to sit in the darkness and wait for things to happen.

"Thank you Malevus." You said after a pause.

"You're welcome?" Malevus said back and was confused why you said that.

"For the concern." You said.

"Ah yes, you're welcome Prince Alric." She said and smiled.



Pair of servants who kept the house you were staying in clean and tidy got instructions to prepare the bath and to wash the clothes you had been wearing. While you had grown accustomed to the smells of the farms and farmland, Underbelly was something else and you wanted to get rid of the smell as fast as possible.

Your knights had left a note that they had returned to the barracks to get their own belongings in order and that your new armour had been prepared for the journey back home. As evidence to what they had written to you, several wooden boxes and leather packs had been piled into a tidy pile, waiting to be lifted on a cart.



You sat on a small stool in front of the downstairs fireplace. Watching as the flames ate the wood away and enjoying the heat the fire emitted, you waited for Malevus to finish taking her bath and scrubbing the smell away. You had allowed her to take the bath first, because you thought it would be improper to let a lady wait.

Having only a towel around your waist as you waited, your clothes having been taken by the servants and you not wanting to have your fresh set of clothes to catch the smell that had stuck to you, you threw another piece of firewood into the fire. Then someone knocked on the front door.

"Alright, I'm coming." You raised your voice as you stood up. Thinking that it was probably your knights, you just held the towel on with your hand and went to open the door.

On the other side weren't your knights, but your friend.

"Hi Alric." Jaina said and immediately realised that you only had a towel around your waist.

"Hi Jaina." You said back to her as a particularly stiff breeze made the towel flap around your thighs. "Please get in, it is bloody cold outside."

Jaina quickly stepped in and you pulled the door shut. The cold breeze had made you feel cold and you quickly returned back near the fire.

"Please sit down." You said and Jaina did as told. "Don’t you have studies or something? It isn't that late yet."

"No, not now so I decided to come and see you before you leave tomorrow." Jaina said and kept looking at you. "Why do you have only a towel around you?"

You noticed that she was looking at your chest where the scar from the battle against the gnolls existed. She probably had a lot of questions in her mind right now, you in front of her half naked and all.

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>>5449357

>You are waiting for Malevus to finish her bath and you don’t want your clean clothes to catch the smell.
>Tell her that you visited Underbelly. That will explain the smell.
>Explain to her how you got the scar and how Malevus had saved your life.
>Turn the attention back to Jaina, she most likely has something to say or discuss.
>Other, write in.
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>>5449360
>>You are waiting for Malevus to finish her bath and you don’t want your clean clothes to catch the smell.
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>>5449357
>Tell her that you visited Underbelly. That will explain the smell.
If she brings the scar up we can mention how we got it, but
>Turn the attention back to Jaina, she most likely has something to say or discuss.
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>>5449357
>Tell her that you visited Underbelly. That will explain the smell.
We should also talk to Malevus and explain to her that there is an important principle to true rulershio and how to judge prosperity. You look not at those that prosper most and how they live, but at those that prosper least and how they live to tell the true condition of the state/country/kingdom. The people of Dalaran that are powerless and down on their luck live like rodents among trash, a city-state that allows for conditions to deteriorate to such an extent for its citizenry deserves no loyalty from its subjects. Even the Syndicate criminals in Dawnholme are treated better.
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>>5449360
>You are waiting for Malevus to finish her bath and you don’t want your clean clothes to catch the smell.
>Tell her that you visited Underbelly. That will explain the smell.
>Turn the attention back to Jaina, she most likely has something to say or discuss.
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>>5449357
>>Tell her that you visited Underbelly. That will explain the smell.
it also true we are waiting for Malevus, but yeah the smell. And now we know of Dalaran, both the city above and below.
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>>5449360
>You are waiting for Malevus to finish her bath and you don’t want your clean clothes to catch the smell.
Because
>Tell her that you visited Underbelly. That will explain the smell.
And then
>Turn the attention back to Jaina, she most likely has something to say or discuss.
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"I am waiting for Malevus to finish her bath." You said to Jaina. "We both stink and I don't want my fresh clothes to catch the smell."

"I see… what were you doing then? Sparring?" Jaina asked as your answer didn't explain why you were smelling.

"We visited the Underbelly." You said somewhat nonchalantly.

"Underbelly? You mean the sewers?" Jaina asked and was bewildered. "Why would you go down there?"

"What do you know about the sewers?" You deflected and asked her instead.

"Well there are a lot of tunnels beneath the city, old dungeons built hundreds of years ago. I have heard that criminals sometimes use the tunnels." Jaina said to you. "Why did you ask? Alric, were you down there dealing with criminals?"

Before you could answer, you were interrupted by Malevus.

"Ohhh that felt great!" She said to herself completely oblivious about you and Jaina. She was drying her hair with a towel and couldn’t see anything. The white dress she was wearing clinged on her damp body.

You cleared your throat and Malevus immediately stopped on her tracks. Moving the towel away and being able to see, she immediately did a curtsy when she saw with whom you were with.

"Lady Proudmoore." Malevus greeted her. "I thought that Prince Alric was upstairs and I didn't know that you were here."

"I came to see Alric before he leaves back to Alterac." Jaina said to her and turned back to you. "Go take that bath, we can talk afterwards."

"Alright, it won't take long." You said and stood up.

Malevus had a great timing coming from the bath as you weren't that sure how much and what you would be telling to Jaina.

Thankfully you had time to think while taking the bath.

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>>5449602

You had scrubbed, you had cleaned, you had washed and you were fairly certain that the smell had disappeared. You even cleaned under your fingernails and behind your ears just in case. Drying yourself with your towel, you left the bathroom and walked back to the dining room. There you found Jaina brushing the red hair of Malevus, who had gone and gotten properly dressed.

It would only take a moment, you told them as you went and dressed yourself as well. Now with a fresh set of clean clothes, you felt like a new man.

"What were you doing? I hope I didn't interrupt anything important." You said as you walked the stairs down back to the dining room.

"Oh just girl stuff and girl talk." Jaina said to you and finished brushing her hair.

"Thank you Lady Proudmoore." Malevus said and continued. "I will leave the two of you alone."

"Thank you Malevus." You said back to her and watched as she left before sitting down.

"She is a lovely woman. You are lucky to have her as your squire." Jaina said to you and sighed. "I have things I need to talk about either you, but first what were you doing down there, were you truly dealing with criminals? I tried to ask Malevus, but she didn't answer."

It seemed like Jaina didn't know that much about Underbelly, or if she knew then she was hiding the information really well. What would you tell her? That you went there in search of mercenaries and you found smugglers and disgraced mages? Would you explain to her what you saw down there that it wasn't just a place for a couple of criminals to hide? Should Jaina know that many of them will hopefully find a new home in Alterac? Why were you down there?


>Don't tell her why you were in Underbelly. It doesn’t concern her.
>You had gotten a tip that mercenaries could be found there so you went to investigate.
>There is a whole settlement of people living down there. Tell Jaina what you saw in Underbelly.
>Tell her that you are starting to recruit people from Underbelly to join you in Dawnholme.
>You are disappointed in Dalaran and in Kirin Tor. Tell Jaina why Underbelly exists, what is its purpose.
>Tell her everything, but maybe not about Raethan.
>Other, write in
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>>5449606
> You had gotten a tip that mercenaries could be found there so you went to.
> There is a whole settlement of people living down there. Tell Jaina what you saw in Underbelly.
> You are disappointed in Dalaran and in Kirin Tor. Tell Jaina why Underbelly exists, what is its purpose.
And to clarify, it's stupid because it's unnecessary. According to Raethan, the Underbelly exists just so that the Kirin Tor can save face and maintain the appearance of a clean and utopian Magocracy. They could be transparent and tell anyone who has problem with it to fuck off with their nigh impenetrable defenses and yet they still choose to maintain this farce for what I can only assume to be pride.

tl;dr: The Kirin Tor are phonies.
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>>5449606
>You had gotten a tip that mercenaries could be found there so you went to investigate.
>There is a whole settlement of people living down there. Tell Jaina what you saw in Underbelly.
>Tell her that you are starting to recruit people from Underbelly to join you in Dawnholme.
>You are disappointed in Dalaran and in Kirin Tor. Tell Jaina why Underbelly exists, what is its purpose.
Lets radicalise jaina!
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>>5449606
Tell her everything, including about Raethan.
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>>5449606
>>You had gotten a tip that mercenaries could be found there so you went to investigate.
>>There is a whole settlement of people living down there. Tell Jaina what you saw in Underbelly.
>>Tell her that you are starting to recruit people from Underbelly to join you in Dawnholme.

Although we've seen Dalaran's uglier side I'm not sure if it's too fair to be too judgmental just for it having slums although we certainly hope Alterac will be able to do better in that regard.
That said, maybe we'll find people among the ones rejected by Dalaran that could make good use of a second chance elsewhere.
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>>5449716
It's not about having slums, it's about pretending those slums don't exist for no good reason.
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>>5449656
+1 this is a good opportunity to tutor jana in realpolitik and open her eyes a little.
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>>5449606
>There is a whole settlement of people living down there. Tell Jaina what you saw in Underbelly.
Not just criminals and scum live there. This is the side of Dalaran the generations of rich mages never get to see or would like to pretend doesn't exist.
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"I had gotten a tip that mercenaries or swords for hire could be found in the sewers. So I decided to investigate as other options weren’t exactly promising. I don’t believe that Mages' Guild or Sorcerers' League would have liked to do business with me." You told Jaina.

"I guess you are right." Jaina mused and continued. "But that still doesn’t sound right, to go into the sewers."

"Guess what I found down there." You said.

"The criminals?" Jaina said back with an irritated tone.

"Them too, but a whole settlement full of people. That is Underbelly, a town underneath Dalaran in the sewers where people live and try to find a living." You said back.

"No, that doesn’t sound right. I haven’t heard about that at all." Jaina said and was surprised.

"I am not lying to you. There were people selling goods, fishers trying to catch fish from the canals, there even was an inn down there. A miniaturised society beneath our feet." You told her.

Jaina seemed to understand what you were telling her. You weren't lying.

"The people who live there are poor, disadvantaged and those who can't live inside Dalaran for a variety of reasons. Downtrodden by the cost of living above the streets, they instead live in small hovels and shacks. Sure there are thugs, smugglers and other criminals down there, but the Underbelly is also patrolled by the guard. Men in the purple tabards of Dalaran." You continued telling what you saw. "That is the Underbelly, that is what I saw."

"You aren't lying." Jaina said back.

"No, I am not. Why would I be lying?" You said.

"I don't know, I haven’t heard anything about Underbelly outside of that criminals use the sewers and that they should be avoided." Jaina said to you.

What she had heard from you made her clearly somewhat uncomfortable.

"Kirin Tor knows about them, of course they do, because why else there's patrols down there. But do you know why Underbelly is allowed to exist?" You continued telling Jaina what you had learned.

"I have no idea." She said back.

"To allow smugglers to bring in goods and magical ingredients that are illegal in Dalaran." You said.

"No that can't be true!" Jaina said vehemently.

"But it is, you know how well the city is defended and everyone coming into the city is searched. The list of contraband is long and many of the rarer, the more exotic ingredients are on that list." You continued your explanation. "To Kirin Tor it is beneficial to have this route, this channel to acquire what they need. And it is beneficial for them to have people, mages that could cause problems close to the city, but still out of sight."

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>>5450273

Jaina didn't know what to say so you continued.

"My brief visit down there was enlightening. I don’t try to act like this is rare or exceptional, I have seen the Stonemason’s in Stormwind and the Alteraci quarters in both Southshore and Capital City. But how the problem has been just brushed away out of sight and mind makes me disappointed in Kirin Tor." You said to her. "You not knowing about Underbelly being a prime evidence to that."

"You are confident in what you said to me is true, aren't you" Jaina said and was still dismayed about what she had heard.

"Look Jaina, I am not going to blame you for not knowing nor somehow being responsible. What I told you was just something that I learned today, what I saw with my own eyes." You said to her.

"It is just a lot to digest. I don’t know if I believe you completely." Jaina said back carefully.

"I understand. Then you should know that Dawnholme is open for the people of Underbelly. When the worst of this winter passes, I believe some of them are going to move to work and live in Alterac." You told her.

"You are trying to help them?" Jaina asked you and continued. "What should I do then? Should I march to Lord Antonidas and demand answers?"


>Yes, finding at least some of them a new better home is the right thing to do.
>It is a pragmatic solution. Alterac needs workers and Underbelly has them. Both parties benefit from this.
>Alterac and Dawnholme needs workers, soldiers and mages. That is why you were in the sewers and you are hopefully going to recruit some.
>Other, write in.

>Jaina should go and see Underbelly by herself. Then she will learn the same things as you did.
>She should speak with Lord Antonidas and hear what he has to say.
>Jaina shouldn't get herself mixed with what you are doing and with Underbelly. You are a foreign Prince, but she is one of the locals. You don't want to cause problems to Jaina.
>Other, write in.

QM: Please vote on both.
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>>5450274
>Yes, finding at least some of them a new better home is the right thing to do.
>It is a pragmatic solution. Alterac needs workers and Underbelly has them. Both parties benefit from this.
Doing a good deed and profiting from it is not mutuall exclusive.

>Jaina should go and see Underbelly by herself. Then she will learn the same things as you did.
Let her see it for herself give her an escort of our knights and let her decide what to do with that knowledge.
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>>5450274
>I hope we’ll be able to help each other. Alterac needs workers, soldiers, mages, and those rejected by Dalaran’s fairer side may welcome opportunity to change their fate. I’m not being too selfless here, but it seems like a chance for mutual help.

>I would not presume to tell you what to do with this information, Jaina, you know the Kirin Tor better than I do so you can better anticipate their reactions. So maybe I’d suggest to learn more about the underbelly if you wish to pursue the matter further. I suppose I don’t have to tell you to be careful if you do, the place is undeniably dangerous.
>I don’t want to cause problems for you, but if you decide to look for some at least let your friends help you, okay?
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>>5450274
>>Yes, finding at least some of them a new better home is the right thing to do.
>>It is a pragmatic solution. Alterac needs workers and Underbelly has them. Both parties benefit from this.

>Jaina should go and see Underbelly by herself. Then she will learn the same things as you did.
>>5450290
Also support the second write in
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>>5450274
>Alterac and Dawnholme needs workers, soldiers and mages. That is why you were in the sewers and you are hopefully going to recruit some.
>Jaina shouldn't get herself mixed with what you are doing and with Underbelly. You are a foreign Prince, but she is one of the locals. You don't want to cause problems to Jaina.
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>>5450274
>Alterac and Dawnholme needs workers, soldiers and mages. That is why you were in the sewers and you are hopefully going to recruit some.
>Other, write in.
I won't pretend that it is a mission of kindness, but even captured Syndicate criminals live in better conditions in Dawnholme than people of the Underbelly. I am confident that I can not only improve my own situation, but also the lot of numerous people that have nowhere else to go by doing this.


>Jaina should go and see Underbelly by herself. Then she will learn the same things as you did.
We should definitely tell her to conceal herself magically too.

>>5450290
Basically supporting all of this.
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>>5450290
+1 das a good write in there.
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I will try to get the update out tomorrow, but meanwhile could I have a roll.


>1d10
>Best of three, taking the second roll
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Rolled 1 (1d10)

>>5452279
Sure
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Rolled 4 (1d10)

>>5452279
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Rolled 7 (1d10)

>>5452279
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"I hope we’ll be able to help each other. Alterac and Dawnholme needs skilled workers, men capable of holding swords and mages who can lend their might to me. A welcome opportunity for those who are rejected to start anew." You told Jaina and continued. "I’m not being too selfless here, but this seems like a chance for mutual help."

Jaina listened to your words carefully and waited for you to continue.


"Look Jaina, I am not going to tell you what to do with this information, you know the Kirin Tor far better than I do, so you can better anticipate their reactions." You said and sighed, she was of inquisitive nature so maybe a warning was in place. "Maybe I’d suggest you to learn more about the Underbelly if you wish to pursue the matter further, but I suppose I don’t have to tell you to be careful if you do, the place is undeniably dangerous."

"I understand, but I can handle myself." Jaina said to you. You knew that was true.

"I don't want to sound like I am constantly complaining about this, but I don't really have that many options." You said and sighed deeply. "My brother is doing the Light knows what and there are everything ranging from ogres to trolls in or near Alterac."

You really were fighting a battle uphill, most powerful political powers were against you, the battles you had fought and that you will fight won't be easy.

"This all is just so difficult." You said to Jaina and looked at her. "If staying ahead of my opponents means that I will have to go and scour sewers, then I have to do it."

You hadn’t realised that you had raised your voice slightly.

"I'm sorry Jaina, sorry for this outburst." You said.

"I...I know. It isn't easy to be you, but that is why you have your friends." Jaina said to you and stood up. "If you need help, just call us."

You stood up as well as you expected her to start to leave. What you didn’t was that she hugged you.

"I am sorry for having doubted you, it was just so much something new that I didn't know." Jaina said and let go of you.

"Yeah I get it." You said back. "And thanks Jaina."

"No need to thank me, you are the man of the hour. New fancy armour and coming from a successful battle against bandits." Jaina told you with a chuckle. "Everytime I hear something new about you, you have done or accomplished something."

"Thanks, I try to be consistent." You said back and smiled. "But didn't you have something to say to me, something to discuss?"

"Nah, it wasn’t anything important." Jaina said and shook her head. "And besides I have plenty to think about."

"Alright then, thank you for coming." You said to her.

"No, thank you for telling me what you knew." Jaina said to you. "But I really should leave now, I still have things to do this evening."

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>>5453222

"Then don't let me keep you waiting." You said. "Goodbye Jaina."

"Goodbye Alric." Jaina said to you. "By the way, long hair suits you."

"Oh it does? And I thought about cutting it shorter." You told her.

"Yeah, I think it is better longer." Jaina said. "See ya Alric!"

With that Jaina opened the door and stepped into the cold winter day outside.



>7

Rest of the day went fast and the next morning you and Malevus were up early. As she packed the saddle bags with your belongings, you and your knights loaded your new armour on the horse cart they had rented. With everything loaded and ready, you started your journey back to home.

With a horse cart carrying your armour, the speed you travelled with was somewhat slower. And as it snowed constantly, you knew that it would take an extra day to get back home as you had to find a place to sleep before Gavin’s Naze and Alterac could be reached.



>4

In the end it took two more days as after sleeping in an inn, a snow storm had hit during the night which forced you to stay indoors. While staying in a warm and cozy inn wasn't that bad, you just wanted to get back home.

And when you finally reached Dawnholme, some news were waiting for you.

The goblin Krix Wiklish had managed to arrive a day before. He had been given a room in one of the houses and the new Chief of the City Guard Stein was keeping a close watch. A goblin arriving into Dawnholme had caused plenty of talk and a lot of questions.

There had also been a small battle near the King’s Road. Your men led by Sir Radan had been waiting in an ambush, did succeed in ambushing three armed men. Two of them were killed in the fight and the third managed to run away after throwing away everything that could slow him down.

There were also a myriad of other small things to handle, like sending the payment to Raethan and telling all the news to Garside. Now though the question was, what will you address first?


>Krix Wiklish, his position as your mechanic and what you want him to build for you.
>Sir Radan and the successful ambush. Could anything be learned from the dead bandits?
>Telling all the news to Garside, sending the payment and handling other assorted things.
>Other, write in
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>>5453224
Probably best to get caught up with Garside first, then debrief Radan. If the goblin didn't explode within first few hours of arrival hopefully he'll be find for a bit...
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>>5453224
>Sir Radan and the successful ambush. Could anything be learned from the dead bandits?
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>>5453224
>>Telling all the news to Garside, sending the payment and handling other assorted things.
Then Radan and then Krix. Easy, one thing at the time. Just send someone to each of this people and tell them we are going to talk with them.
Soon.

I mean is all important stuff.
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>>5453224
>Telling all the news to Garside, sending the payment and handling other assorted things.
Time to explain ourselves to garside that we cant let opportunities go.
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>>5453224
>>Telling all the news to Garside, sending the payment and handling other assorted things.
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>>5453297
I'm checking if this is me.
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Thinking about it beside taxes, loot, trade and a few other methods of aquiring resources/wealth.... we might need more "gifts/investments". Of course the people that give them would ask for us to do something in exchange for them.
Currently :

Blackmoore, Katrana, Barovs and Mayor Fowley are/might be that kind of people.
And Voren'thal the Seer maybe.... he is just observing us so far.
Blackmoore we could use the favor we have, but he could still be a bit angry. Or he might not care since he is safe now.
Fowley likely, he has always gained something by working with us.
Katrana already did something for us, so we will need to do something for her.
Barovs have a great interest in the Strahnbrad Hills, we could still work out something with them. We are growing stronger, and expanding we could be a profitable investment for them
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>>5454224
We gain 19 wealth per season, we don't need to seek out bribes.
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Sorry about the irregularity of the updates in the past week. Life has been quite busy with all the work and me moving into a new apartment. And boy is moving a huge drag!

Could I have a roll please, to see how much Wealth did the Market Fairs make in profit.


>1d3
>Best of three
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Rolled 1 (1d3)

>>5455306
Here you go.
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Rolled 1 (1d3)

>>5455306
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Rolled 10 (1d10)

>>5455306
damn
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Rolled 1 (1d3)

>>5455306
Nat 1 Go!
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Ah a ten is always nice. Two new towers maybe or perhaps supplies....

>>5454317
Bribes can be always useful....of course we don't have to do bad things. Or against our personal objectives.
Oh i forgot, also Dalaran is interested in giving us similar "gifts/investments".
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>>5455342
>>5455347
Mate, It's d3 not d10.
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>>5455350
lol noticed it now
too bad
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The snowstorm had hit Dawnholme hard. The winds had piled and pushed the snow around, blasting the houses and even pushing down some fences that couldn’t withstand the snow and wind. Through this the people of Dawnholme soldiered on and when you arrived, you saw the chain gangs of the prisoners clearing and pushing the snow away from the streets.

“I’m back!” You shouted as you stepped through the door into the manor. Malevus followed right behind you with your knights in tow carrying your new armour in boxes and wrapped in leather and cloth.

“Welcome back Alric.” Garside said back to you and put down the papers he was reading. “Did the trip go well? And you have some explaining to do.”

“Yeah the trip went well and you mean the goblin, I hired him. Probationary period, if he messes up or causes problems or I hope not cause harm to my men and people, then we will see how far does a goblin fly when thrown down the hills.” You told Garside as you started to take off your winter clothing.

“Well I hope we don’t have to witness how far the goblin flies.” Garside said and sighed. “He introduced himself and carried himself like a professional. But you know, he is a goblin.What else did you do in Dalaran?”

“Well, I did see a lot.” You said and started to tell him what you had done and seen.



Garside sighed and nodded once. You had asked Eligius to join you as what you were going to talk about is quite relevant to him too.

“The fact that Dalaran wants to work with us through Prince Kael’thas is a good thing, but I am not sure how you are making deals with corrupt guards and starting to recruit people and mages from the sewers, is going to look to them.” Garside said to you.

“It is an opportunity Captain Garside. This Captain Raethan would be our first set of eyes outside of Alterac.” Eligius mused aloud. The two men still didn’t like each other, but at least they were talking.

“You are right, but I am not sure how these two things can coexist. It is as much an opportunity to work with Dalaran as it is to hire the mages and acquire more workers.” Garside said back to him.

“We shall find out if Dalaran reacts to this in any way and I made sure to instruct Captain Raethan to avoid recruiting the worst possible candidates.” You said back to them. “Either way, that is to be seen.”

“And you got your new armour, worth a small fortune too.” Garside and and spared a glance at the pile of boxes on the floor. “Have you worn it yet? See how good it looks?”

“Nah, not yet. I haven’t had the time for that.” You said back to him.

“When I got my armour, I didn’t waste a second.” Garside mused as he remembered things that had happened maybe thirty years ago.

“The armour won’t grow legs and walk away.” You said back to Garside.

“You are right, let’s go see Sir Radan. You were probably informed about the bandits he had managed to kill?” Garside said to you.

“That sounds good, I will have Eligius to deal with the payment to Raethan first.” You said.

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>>5455421

>Gained 1 Wealth

You told Eligius to contact Captain Raethan and to send him the payment. Thankfully Beric had brought the profits from the market fairs that had been held and you more or less just took them and gave them to Eligius. He would send a few soldiers to return the horse cart that you had loaned and deliver the payment as well as a letter with further instructions at the same time.

It didn’t take long for you and Eligius to draft the letter and make sure that Raethan knows what kind of people he is supposed to recruit and how to contact you in the future. He wouldn’t be sending the letters to you or to Eligius, but to a person in Southshore that Eligius and Lady Nalice had hired to be the middleman.

After Eligius convinced that this was a secure way of dealing with the letters, you left him and went for Sir Radan.



“Prince Alric, welcome back.” Sir Radan said as he stood up and gave you a bow. He and his men had been staying in one of the houses and they weren’t alone. “Mr. Wiklish was here telling us all the adventures he has been in.”

Amongst the reformed bandits was Krix Wiklish, the goblin who you had hired. It seems that he had been busy making friends.

“Prince Perenolde, I was just telling my tales to your soldiers.” Krix Wiklish said to you. “I heard that they had fought some bandits and wanted to know what had happened.”

“I see, did Sir Radan tell you what had happened?” You asked.

“Yes Prince Alric, I told him that we dealt with the bandits. Well, the two of them that we could catch.” Sir Radan said somewhat proudly.

It was good that people were informed about this, now you just need the details.


>Talk with Sir Radan first, ask him how the ambush had gone and what would he expect next? How are the defences right now and are there new ambushes planned?
>Krix Wiklish the goblin mechanic and trader is here. Deal with him and see what he requires so that he can start with his work.

QM: Choose what you will deal first. And I am kinda impressed that 1d3, best of three only resulted in 1.
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>>5455423
>Talk with Sir Radan first, ask him how the ambush had gone and what would he expect next? How are the defences right now and are there new ambushes planned?
Not like any of these are very time essential.
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>>5455423
well we came primarily for Radan but we can also ask Krix how he's settling in. At least acknowledge him.
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>>5455423
>Talk with Sir Radan first, ask him how the ambush had gone and what would he expect next? How are the defences right now and are there new ambushes planned?
Good job first of all. Too bad the third escaped. Interrogate them.

We talk with Krix too of course. He will likely need a building of sort.
An extra safe one possibly, for both him and Dawnholme. Beyond that maybe a small symbol since he is working directly for us.
Trade could be nice if we can have a meeting with his superiors.

>>5455453
Also yes ask this
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>>5455423
>>Talk with Sir Radan first, ask him how the ambush had gone and what would he expect next? How are the defences right now and are there new ambushes planned?
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>>5455423
>Talk with Sir Radan first, ask him how the ambush had gone and what would he expect next? How are the defences right now and are there new ambushes planned?
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“I will talk with you soon, but first I will have to talk with Sir Radan, I hope you don’t mind.” You said to Krix Wiklish.

“Not a problem Prince Perenolde.” The goblin said and bowed before taking a few steps away from Radan and his men.

“So tell me how the ambush went?” You asked Radan.

“Well Prince Alric, we had three spots that we had camouflaged. Built shelters for us and covered them with tarp and branches.” Sir Radan explained. “Then on one day, we always changed our positions each day, we saw that three men were attempting to come from Alterac. We saw that under their cloaks they were armed and armoured.”

“So you attacked them?”

“Yes Prince Alric, we waited till they were close enough and then we sprung the ambush. Our darts got one of the three men while one of them just ran. So we moved in and dealt with the second man.” Sir Radan explained to you.

“You killed two and one got away?”

“Yes yes, the one who ran just threw everything that could slow him down. We couldn’t catch him.” Sir Radan said and continued. “But we got the two.”

“Did you find anything useful, information or papers or something?” You asked him. Two dead bandits wasn’t that much, but at least it was something.

“Nay, we took the weapons and the bits of armour and brought them here. The bodies we hung on the trees as a reminder.” Sir Radan said.

“Shame that there were no papers on them, but you did a good job.” You said and continued. “How are the defences right now?”

“In this weather, there are no patrols or anything. The snowstorm makes it impossible, but our plan is to keep up with the ambush positions.” Sir Radan explained. “Though you should talk with Lieutenant Cromwell or one of the other officers, they know the schedule better than I do.”

“Alright, thank you Sir Radan.” You said to him. “Though what do you think about the ambushes? Could we be more aggressive?”

“We could Prince Alric. The one who got away will inform the rest that the road is watched, they will expect more ambushes closer to Dawnholme.” Sir Radan said to you and continued. “It would be good if we pushed the men closer to Gallows Corner, even if it is more dangerous.”

That was a solid point. The bandits would know that trying to scout Dawnholme could mean an ambush, but they probably don’t expect the ambush to happen closer to Alterac. Though it is winter and they were given a reminder that approaching Dawnholme wouldn’t be easy, they probably won't even try again.


>Keep up with the ambushes and push them closer to Gallows Corner. This should surprise the bandits, but it would also be way more dangerous to your men.
>The current ambush positions will just do fine, the bandits were warned and if they are stupid enough to try again, they will be dealt with.
>Pull the ambushes away and rely on your normal patrols. The snowstorms and the strong winter should keep the bandits away. There is no need to tire your men anymore waiting in the snow.
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>>5456275
>>The current ambush positions will just do fine, the bandits were warned and if they are stupid enough to try again, they will be dealt with.
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>>5456275
>>The current ambush positions will just do fine, the bandits were warned and if they are stupid enough to try again, they will be dealt with.

We only need a deterrence.
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>>5456275
>>The current ambush positions will just do fine, the bandits were warned and if they are stupid enough to try again, they will be dealt with.
the winter will be our ally, it's difficult to find an ambush in winter.
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“Current arrangements will do just fine. The winter is going to make their lives difficult and they have been warned now. I don’t think they will try again.” You said to Sir Radan.

“Understood, I will tell Lieutenant Cromwell the news.” Sir Radan said back to you. “Prince Alric, we are going to be moved to Shoredon soon, I think it will be the Rovers that are going to handle the ambushes next.”

“That is good to know.” You said and turned towards the goblin. “Mr. Wiklish, shall we go talk somewhere else? After all, we have a lot to talk.”

“Let’s do that Prince Perenolde.” Krix Wiklish said to you.

“Then let’s go.” You said to him before turning once more towards Sir Radan. “And good work Sir Radan.”

“Thank you Prince Alric.” Sir Radan said and bowed.



You followed the goblin back to his small room that had been given to him. It wasn’t much, but at least it was temporary shelter until a more proper housing was arranged for him. In the small room of his, all sorts of tools and gadgets had been spread around the floor and the lone table.

“So Mr. Wiklish, we should probably start with a reminder that you are on a probationary period.” You said to him. “You goblins don’t exactly have the best reputations and already people here are talking about you.”

“Yes Prince Perenolde. I will be extra careful.” Wiklish said and fixed his monocle.

“Good, now the question is what will you require? And when can you start building things for me?” You asked the goblin.

“I need a workshop, this room is way too small. I also need more tools.” Wiklish said to you.

There was an empty barn just outside Dawnholme, you could repurpose it as the workshop for Krix Wiklish, but it would require some work first. Tools meanwhile could maybe be made by your blacksmith or bought from elsewhere.

“The workshop I can arrange for you and we can talk about the tools you require later.” You said to him.

“Great, great. Then I am going to need some coin.” Wiklish said.

“Coin? For what?” You asked him.

“Investments of course. I need the coin to purchase the materials, task specific tools and just in case if things… explode or go awry.” Krix Wiklish finished the sentence very carefully.

“If things explode?” You repeated his own words.

“They can explode yeah.” Krix Wiklish said. “The point is Prince Perenolde, I cannot do my work if I don’t have the tools and materials I need.”

“You do understand that I cannot give you more coin without knowing where it is exactly going. I cannot buy a pig in a poke.” You said back to the goblin.

“Then Prince Perenolde, give me a direction to pursue.” Krix Wiklish said to you.

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>>5457585


>Offensive. Rockets, cannons, somethings that could really cause damage to your enemies and knock down the palisades at Gallows Corner.
>Defensive. Land mines, traps and tools that could be used to defend Alterac and Dawnholme from attackers.
>Industrial. Tools, machines and contraptions that could be used by your people. Something that would boost the productivity of your industries and economy.
>Goblin Mystery Box. Let Krix Wiklish choose what he will work towards.

Investments:
>0 Wealth
>1 Wealth
>2 Wealth

Total Resources:
2 Wealth, +19 per season
22 Supplies, -4 per season
5 Peasants

Krix Wiklish investments and inventory:
Krix Wiklish can build you the things and gadgets you require, but first he needs some investments. With the goblin attention span being short, you don’t exactly know what you will get when you invest in their work. By giving more Wealth to Krix Wiklish, more potential items and weapons can be purchased.

Investments: 0 Wealth

Inventory:
-None

QM: By investing Wealth into Krix Wiklish, you will open new items and weapons that you can then purchase, but you won’t exactly know what you will get and how much the initial investments you require. More Wealth you invest, more things will be unlocked. So please vote on both the direction and how much initial investments are you going to give to the goblin.
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>>5457589
Discuss all the options with him to see what the specialty is.
I'm a bit leery about mines as these don't tend to differentiate between friend and foe and will need to be defused at some point, hopefully not by some peasant's child.
Anyway if Krix prefers to work on things that explode I'd say go with
>offense
while if he prefers to show his excellence with machines
>industrial

Buuuuuut...

In fact if we want to see what he feels best at doing it would probably be best to tell him to impress us
>Goblin mystery box

and regardless of specialization
>2 wealth
time to climb that tech tree
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>>5457589
>Industrial. Tools, machines and contraptions that could be used by your people. Something that would boost the productivity of your industries and economy.
>2 Wealth
Fighting during winter is just a bad idea so just invest in our industry for now and maybe think of something military when spring comes along.
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>>5457589
>Industrial. Tools, machines and contraptions that could be used by your people. Something that would boost the productivity of your industries and economy.
>1 Wealth

We don't know enough about the quality of his work to invest more than 1 Wealth.
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>>5457589
>Industrial. Tools, machines and contraptions that could be used by your people. Something that would boost the productivity of your industries and economy.
>2 Wealth
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>>5457589
>Industrial. Tools, machines and contraptions that could be used by your people. Something that would boost the productivity of your industries and economy.
This for sure. The Syndicate are fighting a losing war, they're boxed in inside of Alterac, we don't need to hurry and strike at them with risky experimental weapons that are just as liable to hurt as as they are to hurt them and mines are a very bad idea in an environment that isn't purely a battlefield because a farmer stepping on one means we lose manpower and now have a family that we have to answer to for our decision.
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>>5457589
>>Industrial. Tools, machines and contraptions that could be used by your people. Something that would boost the productivity of your industries and economy.
>1 Wealth
an investment...
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>>5457589
>Industrial. Tools, machines and contraptions that could be used by your people. Something that would boost the productivity of your industries and economy.
>1 Wealth
Literally out of cash, we need to save that 1 wealth to avoid declaring bankruptcy.
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>>5457589
>Industrial. Tools, machines and contraptions that could be used by your people. Something that would boost the productivity of your industries and economy.
>2 Wealth
Wealth isn't an issue.
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>>5458357
Bankruptcy? That would require us to have debt and we haven' taken out any loans, what are you talking about?
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“We have two mines, a windmill is being built and there are plenty of farms and lumbermills across Alterac.” You said to Krix Wiklish. “I want you to find a way to help them, there must be something that you goblins have invented which could be used.”

“There might be, there might be.” Krix Wiklish mused aloud.

“And to finance you, I will be emptying whatever is left in my coffers.” That sounded a lot more grandiose than it actually was. You didn’t have that much coin remaining in your coffers, but what you can give, should be enough for the starters.

“Thank you Prince Perenolde.” Krix Wiklish said and bowed deeply. “You won’t be disappointed.”

“Good, I will inform the right people and get you started.” You said.

“Tremendous, as soon as the workshop is ready, I can start my work!” Krix Wiklish said and you could see the excitement pouring through him.

Now just you hoped that the goblin would deliver something useful.



In the coming days many things happened in Dawnholme. In the midst of the snowstorm, that is when it wasn’t raining snow sideways and the cold breeze didn’t attempt to strip flesh off bones, the workers started renovating the old barn for Krix Wiklish. There was plenty of work to do, the roof had to be patched, a new furnace had to be built and several heavy tools had to be prepared for installation when they would arrive.

You also learned that the message to Garrick Blacksteel for the order of the Dark Iron arms and armour had been sent. The contact that was used lived near Stromgarde and he would be sending the letter forward. It would take a few months, so you would receive the new armour when the spring arrives.

Outside of that not much ended up happening. The soldiers went out for their patrols if the weather permitted, people continued to work as usual. The days passed and you found a daily rhythm. You would tackle whatever issues or paperwork had to be done in the morning, during the afternoon if the weather allowed you would spar with Malevus and then in the evenings you would continue your studies.

For most of the day Eligius would be working in the manor as well. His skills as a scribe were sorely needed and he was really helpful when you delved into the complex world of tax codes and tariffs. This also allowed Eligius to practise speaking elvish with Malevus. Having just started his lessons, his vocabulary was still very crude, but with enough practice he would learn how to speak and write the language.

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>>5458923

Maybe more importantly Lady Nalice had joined you and Eligius. While Malevus kept gazing at her as she didn’t trust Lady Nalice, your spymaster trainer helped both you and Eligius in your studies. This also had the added benefit of helping with the cover story Lady Nalice had, after all she was supposed to be hired teacher and scholar to Eligius. If she was helping you too, the people of Dawnholme wouldn’t think much of her. You were surprised that Lady Nalice knew about governance and taxes as much as she did, but with her help you succeeded in finishing your studies on governance.

As you collected your papers and put away your books, you wished that you wouldn’t have to touch them in a while. At least you now have a better understanding of taxation and how the finer points of economics work.



You had taken two days off after finishing your studies. The idea of reading one more page or handling paperwork detested you. Still you had some work to do that you couldn’t delegate to others. And then one evening you had a visitor as you went through a report from Shoredon.

Lady Nalice entered your study after knocking on the door and she sat down opposite of you.

“Alteraci Brandy?” You asked her.

“Yes please.” She said back to you.

You stood up and went to retrieve a pair of glasses and the bottle.

“Any reason for coming to speak with me? Is it about Eligius and the training?” You asked her and noticed that she had procured a familiar small bag that held the black noise tool. Whatever reason she was here, it was probably sensitive.

“I have purchased a small farmhouse right outside Dawnholme.” Lady Nalice said to you. “The one with a red roof. If I were to stay here through the winter, then I am going to need a better place to stay than just a one room.”

You could hear the annoyance in her words, she didn’t like the winter at all.

“If you want, I could send some workers to help with renovating the house?” You asked her.

“I have already hired the Stonemason’s. I have seen their work in Stormwind so I trust them.” Lady Nalice said and sipped the brandy. “But enough of the house, the training with Eligius is going as planned. He is, after all a very dutiful student.”

“That is good to hear.” You said. “But when do you have the time for the training?”

“During evenings and during the night when everyone else is asleep.” Lady Nalice told you. “You hiring the corrupt Captain in Dalaran was a mighty boon for us, for men like him are exemplary targets for recruitment.”

“Good that you liked it, but how do you avoid people from noticing you and Eligius together so late?” You continued asking the questions.

“I can be very elusive when I have to.” Lady Nalice said and nodded towards the black noise tool. “That thing helps a lot, but most of the time I will just put the owners of the house where Eligius is staying to sleep.”

“To sleep?” You asked her. That didn’t sound that good.

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>>5458924

“Don’t you worry, they just fall into a deep sleep and wake up very refreshed and well slept the next morning.” Lady Nalice said to you with her usual voice full of pride. “For a mage of my quality, a spell like that is a piece of cake.”

And there was the Lady Nalice you had briefly learned to know. A very powerful mage, who was very proud of her own skills.

“And speaking of magic, I have a proposition for you Prince Alric.” Lady Nalice said.

“What is it?” You asked. “If you are asking about the mages that I am attempting to hire from Underbelly, I don’t know who is going to arrive here.”

“Oh no, not about them. But about you, because I think it would be extremely beneficial to you if you learned magic.” Lady Nalice said and leaned forward as she looked at you with a curious look in her eyes. “And I would imagine that our benefactor Lady Katrana would appreciate it as well.”

“Me? Magic? I haven’t shown any signs of having magical aptitude, I don’t know magic, I don’t feel it.” You said back to her as you were frankly baffled with the proposition. “My older sister showed signs when she was young and you can be sure that our father kept a close watch on the rest of us siblings when we grew up for those same signs. I don’t have it.”

“Do you know how many mages in Dalaran have the aptitude? Not all of them, in fact many of the weaker and lower level mages have all learned it through studying.” Lady Nalice said to you. “But there are shortcuts that could be taken and you might guess what they might be.”

“Fel, becoming a warlock? Is that what you are suggesting?” You had to ask her. “Are you insane, if people found out…”

“Yes, through using fel, you can skip over some requirements, to take a shortcut or two. That is why it is so powerful, but also dangerous if uncontrolled.” Lady Nalice told you and continued. “But with a strong and skilled teacher at hand, someone like me, those risks are mitigated and a warlock can grow just as strong or even more powerful than a mage with magical aptitude.”

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>>5458925

“Are you seriously proposing to teach me how to become a warlock?” You had to repeat yourself.

“Yes, I can teach both you and Eligius at the same time. Or if you have the patience and time, I can teach you the basics of the arcane arts.” Lady Nalice said to you and leaned back on her chair with the glass in her hand. “I understand your concern about being revealed, but there are ways to prevent that. And besides, while it might be rare to find warlocks, they are more common than you might think. With many willing to help you if you called for them.”

This was a lot and very sudden. Lady Nalice was ready to start to teach you magic be it the arcane arts or the dark magics of shadow and fel. It would be a huge commitment in time and a drastic move away from who you are and how you see the world. If people learned about either of them, it would change how they are going to see you in both good and bad.

But you had seen how strong a mage can be and you had read about the archmages and heard the tales of their greatest achievements. As you had also read the cautionary tales about warlocks, tales with one thing being common, that the warlock always was a mighty individual. This wasn’t a proposition that you would get every day, a chance like this wouldn’t be given to you if Lady Nalice wouldn’t think that you and she would succeed and you didn’t think that Lady Nalice would ask you the second time. You also needed more power and strength, with so few friends available outside of Alterac, growing more powerful as a person could be really helpful as you couldn't trust on outside help. Not forgetting all the knowledge you would gain in the progress.


>Why is she proposing this? She must have a reason and you want to know what the reason is.
>How would the training happen? When and where would the training happen without it being noticed.
>Reprimand Lady Nalice for suggesting something like this. Having Eligius around is already dangerous enough.
>Other, write in.

>Start learning the arcane arts of magic and start your journey on becoming a mage. You might not have the aptitude, but you have time and willingness to study.
>Trust in Lady Nalice and let her teach you how to become a warlock. The power available outweighs the risks and it would be a way faster way to learn magic than the traditional arcane arts.
>You have to decline, the risks are too big, it would take way too much time and you are already one hell of a fighter. Concentrate on what you are good at and master those skills instead of delving into something new.

QM: I don’t need to say this, but this is a big decision. Choosing either of the first two would lock that to be what Alric is going to study with arcane arts being locked for a really long time. Also please vote on both.
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>>5458935
>Reprimand Lady Nalice for suggesting something like this. Having Eligius around is already dangerous enough.
>You have to decline, the risks are too big, it would take way too much time and you are already one hell of a fighter. Concentrate on what you are good at and master those skills instead of delving into something new.

Working with demons is even worse than working with orcs, therefore this would make us even worse than our father.
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>>5458935
Interesting. And tempting to be sure, it could be a powerful tool to have, if a dangerous one to wield.

Still I'm disinclined.

>Ask lady Nalice more about what such training would entail; ask about risks and limitations of fel magic, and about what political implications she would be aware of.
Ask about interactions between magic and weapons and armour. Although fel magic could be a useful ace in hole for when we're apparently defenceless, it might be wasted when we're actually fully armed.
Ask about interactions of fel with holy magic and healing.
All this information could be helpful and maybe she'll reveal something of her own background in the process...
But in the end politely thank her for the offer but decline, our path lies among different route.
Although maybe if it would be possible to learn at least some arcane utility cantrips, maybe those would be worthwhile - things like sense magic, light, some force application at distance...

But for genuine fel specialisation, that's not something we can risk, even though idea of having a conjured minion might be a fun one.
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>>5458935
>Why is she proposing this? She must have a reason and you want to know what the reason is.
>How would the training happen? When and where would the training happen without it being noticed.

Now as for becoming a wizard, would it be viable to be both a mage and a warlock? Fel magic could never be used openly so it's use is limited to subtle utility, kinda like Nalice's trinket. So my thought is, learn any useful tricks from warlock magic and everything else just use normal magic.

Alric will never be a very powerful mage but that is not the purpose of studying this, it's more about becoming a jack of all trades master of one.
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>>5458960
Two questions. Does using fel magic require working with demons and, if so, would Alric know about it? Because if the answer is no to either or both of those questions then your point makes no sense.

>>5458935
These are also some good questions >>5458966.
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>>5458935
>Why is she proposing this? She must have a reason and you want to know what the reason is.
>You have to decline, the risks are too big, it would take way too much time and you are already one hell of a fighter. Concentrate on what you are good at and master those skills instead of delving into something new.
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>>5458967
They tend to go hand in hand and share a lot of basics, through fel, life and void the warlocks can bypass many of the restrictions and limitations a traditional arcane magic has. Hence the shortcuts. This has lead to many warlocks actually being former mages and sorceresses who have for varying reasons left the arcane arts behind.

Now the shortcut of using fel and practicing the arts of warlocks is a very powerful shortcut, but can also be very dangerous if not practiced carefully enough. Alric knows that Eligius knows more about the theory than practical skills due to his former master being extra careful.

>>5458968
Alric knows from the talks with Eligius that working with demons is not something that all warlocks do because of the inherit danger of it. Alric also knows that Eligius draws his powers from the void and that he doesn't sacrifice living beings or creatures.
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>>5458986
Ok, then I amend >>5458967 with:
>Pragmatically study both schools of magic.
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>>5458935
>Why is she proposing this? She must have a reason and you want to know what the reason is.
>How would the training happen? When and where would the training happen without it being noticed.
An opportunity to squeeze more info out of nalice.
>>5458967
Support studying both
Knowledge is power and Eligius has shown that you are only as evil as you choose to be.
I dont expect to cast fel magics out in the open but being magically knowledgable ourselves would help alot with things like unknown magic items hostile mages perhaps even detecting illusions not to mention diplomatic benefit of being...amicable to such things as katrana would see it favorable.
That and i find it low risk as we are being taught by a spymaster about it.
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>>5458968
>>5458986
if Paladins can sense fel/void magic then that would put us at risk of being caught by the Silver Hand. We already have a Paladin in Dawnholme.
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>>5459027
I doubt they can.
otherwise eligius and nalice would have propabably been caught by the paladin in dawnholme not to mention all the other warlocks everywhere.
Say lady katrina in stormwind wasnt she there with all the veteran paladins out there wouldnt any of them noticed something?
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>>5459027
He >>5459029 adressed it adequatly, paladins don't have this level of spidey sense to Fel magic. You gonna address how your assessment in >>5458960 is completely wrong?
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If we are going to learn magic, would not be better if it was holy magic?
Besides that we would not have to hide it like fel magic, it aids us more directly in combat like it does to paladins.
And we would have access to healing meaning less chances of severy injury for us or our troops.
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>>5459043
Because, from what I've gathered, you don't learn holy magic so much as you practice it. As in, you learn how call for the aid of the Light not how to actually make the action yourself. Therfore, it is much easier and much simpler to learn.

And even if all that is untrue, it is because we can praactice it so brazenly that it is not worth studying right now. It isn't a limited time opportunity like learning magic from a master sorceress.
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>>5459043
Alric has never shown to be particularily Faithful and i doubt learning it would be as easy as fel or easier than arcane.
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>>5458935
The fel would make us even more vulnerable than if we were as a regular mortal and a magnet to anything daemonic. We'd be like a walking "hit me" beacon for any powerful warlocks in the vicinity as well. This is a very hard pass.
>Why is she proposing this? She must have a reason and you want to know what the reason is.
Act curious, maybe flatter her a little, but deny her still.
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>>5459061
We did act in a way that the path of a paladin would not be unthinkable as it's more about personal convictions which we rather have.

Personally though I suspect getting sufficiently good at either arcane or fel magic would require from us commitment that would be for us too distracting from our actual job and role and we can't really afford that. That's why I'd maybe consider some superficial utility but other than that we're better off learning about what mages and warlocks can or cannot do from the nice dragon lady, thank her and move on.
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>>5459085
>The fel would make us even more vulnerable than if we were as a regular mortal and a magnet to anything daemonic.
Read >>5458986

>We'd be like a walking "hit me" beacon for any powerful warlocks in the vicinity as well.
Medivh, can warlocks know that someone is a warlock just by being near them? If that's the case then that would really destroy the point of trying to be subtle with it and I'd amend my vote again.

And if you don't want to be a warlock then what's the problem with learning normal magic?
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>>5459092
If we were actual paladin material dont you think any of our paladin friendly people would consider it?

And what is alrics actual job micromanaging every single aspect of society? Ruling requires understanding not personally doing it for them just place the right people atthe right spot for it. Learning magic would unlock alot more options than just history of taxation can.
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>>5459102
well we need to be available for diplomatic and political missions and it's certainly preferable if we're on hand to respond to an issue personally rather than being sequestered in a tower studying rituals or pondering orbs. We took a lot of time in available downtime just to study the policy book, trying to develop bona fide magical career is going to be much more intensive and extensive than that.
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>>5459120
Nowhere was it implied that it would take more time than our usual studies. And nowhere was it implied that it would REQUIRE us to study nonstop for it that we cannot address any situations. I think you are seriously underestimating the sheer amount of timeskips alric undergoes and background studying.
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>>5459093
There's a whole set of problems with this even if it's a nice and cuddly type of fel. This could just as easily be a test by Nalice and co to determine whether Alric is someone they can control with the promises of power or someone that is strong enough to trust in his own abilities. The study of magic takes an enormous amount of time and concentration, it will almost surely demand all of our protagonists time and attention. Even if it were benign and controlled sort of magic, just studying the theory and its application would probably take years and whatever the shortcuts the fel provides cannot be reached without murdering living beings to suck out their life. It is practically a trap option because without meaningful powers a warlock has all the social stigma of being one but none of the advantages of being a capable spellcaster. Last but not least, if we ever get exposed, we can kiss all the goodwill we have built up with the Silver Hand and the Alliance goodbye. In addition to that, we also give Nalice and Katrana leverage to use against us should they want to blackmail us. Push comes to shove, Eligius we can cut off or say we didn't know he studied the dark arts, but if the hammer falls on us, there will be no talking our way out of it. We may as well have tried to abuse nepotism and have Kael or Jaina enrolls us into a legit university for all the good this would do us when it comes to time and effort spent to potential value extracted.
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>>5459123
And I think you're seriously underestimating amount of dedication it takes to elevate a mundane prince into a magic user.
Jaina doesn't study in her free time as a hobby.
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>>5459141
No one said this was gonne be easy or fast Nor are our other studies a ''hobby''. I just dont beleave this is an opportunity we should miss Ignorance will not serve us.
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>>5459126
>This could just as easily be a test by Nalice and co to determine whether Alric is someone they can control with the promises of power or someone that is strong enough to trust in his own abilities.
A test that doesn't prove anything if the promises aren't empty. It's only useful for manipulation if you are unwilling or unable to fulfill them.

>The study of magic takes an enormous amount of time and concentration, it will almost surely demand all of our protagonists time and attention. Even if it were benign and controlled sort of magic, just studying the theory and its application would probably take years and whatever the shortcuts the fel provides cannot be reached without murdering living beings to suck out their life. It is practically a trap option because without meaningful powers a warlock has all the social stigma of being one but none of the advantages of being a capable spellcaster.
I think you're overstating how much time would be required but the criticism of it taking a lot of time is fair.

> Last but not least, if we ever get exposed, we can kiss all the goodwill we have built up with the Silver Hand and the Alliance goodbye.
Is a fair point against fel magic but not against normal magic

>In addition to that, we also give Nalice and Katrana leverage to use against us should they want to blackmail us.
I find this very unlikely, Katrana isn't trustworthy but not this kind of untrustworthy. She strikes me as the type that likes to invest in certain pieces on her board and keep them around with carrots rather than sticks. I don't think her "interest" in Alric is purely machiavellian.

I believe the criticism that it would take too much time, time that could be spent learning and studying matters that would bear fruit much faster to be the best one. I still believe it to be worth a try, if it doesn't pan out then we can just stop and go study something mundane again.
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>>5459166
I definitely wouldn't trust Katrana farther than we could throw her and knowing what she really is, we wouldn't even be able to lift her ass, although this is arguing from the standpoint of meta knowledge. As another example, outside of the quest, but within the universe of Warcraft, I'd like to bring forth the following: there have been countless powerful regular mages as capable military leaders and statesmen throughout history of Azeroth. There had never been one such a warlock, in fact history did not remember any warlocks besides Gul'Dan at all and even then, his greatest deeds were those of deceit and betrayal of his own allies. And that is because the powers of warlocks and the sorts of individuals they end up attracting are far too turbulent to function in an ordered society while occupying a position of power.
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>>5459166
Although I don’t think Nalice’s offer is done in bad faith (and for that alone I’d like us to be appreciative of her), it would be better to milk her for more info at very least because phrase like “shortcut to power” seldom bears good news or doesn’t come at cost that may not be immediately apparent.
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What to do, what to do. I am mostly divided for magic itself.
On one hand it would be a great boon of knowledge, it would also help Alric on his own on any matter related with it he will encounter.
On the other hand is heavy time investing, and it would cut time on other studies for sure if we want to pursue them that is. Be governance, diplomacy, combat, war, economy ecc....
We would still have time for our duties (we are a ruler lmao, studying can be quite literally put aside by us if we need to do something. An emperor once said he was superior to grammar, so putting aside education happened even in RL. Alric did put aside more than once his education, in the quest, when he needed to do something too), but likely less free time unless we cut space for it (which we can certainly do).

>>5459259
Oh come on her ass can't be that heavy for Alric to lift. Give some credit to our lad ! She might be the whole bakery but i don't think Alric spine would just snap if he tried.
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“Why are you proposing this? This came so out of the blue that I don’t know what to think about this.” You said to Lady Nalice. “I am trying to think for a reason other than just more power to me and I can’t wrap my head around this.”

Lady Nalice gave you a curious look and took a sip of the brandy. She waited for you to continue.

“Frankly Lady Nalice, you must have some other reason for this. I don’t think you are someone who would suggest this just because you could.” You said to her and sipped your own brandy. “You are a spymaster, at least someone who can train others for that job. You must like scheming and you are extremely knowledgeable for someone of your age.”

You put down your drink on the table.

“And you said that our common friend and your mistress Lady Katrana would appreciate this as well. You know her better than I do, I only had a short time getting to know her and you know how that ended.” You said to Lady Nalice and continued. “I am sorry for being blunt, but you are someone who wouldn’t do this without a plan, because you are a schemer and someone with many plans.”

Lady Nalice gave you a wide smile and let her scholars disguise to disappear in an instant. Now in front of you sat Lady Nalice in her exotic black armour sipping her brandy. You understood why Eligius called her scary, she was powerful. Very powerful and carried her in a way that just radiated the fact that she is better than you and she knows it.

“Thank you for thinking that I am young Prince Alric.” Lady Nalice said as she covered her mouth with her hand while she laughed. “But just like the disguise I wear, I just prefer to look young. I am older than my looks might make you think and through all these years I have learned many things. Many of which I have learned serving the Prestor family.”

She put down her drink and shifted a bit on her chair.

“The reason why I proposed this is two fold. You have the potential and I am not saying this to flatter you Prince Alric. I have seen many men and women in my life who have had the potential, but they have never realised it. But those who have realised their potential, have ended up becoming great warriors, mages and leaders. Becoming a warlock or taking the long road by learning the arcane arts could be a way for you to realise that potential.”

“The second reason is that Lady Katrana wants you to succeed. Lady Katrana gave me the order to help you in any way possible and to use my own judgement if an opportunity arises. When I learned that Eligius was a warlock, I started to think about this proposition. I do not know what Lady Katranas plans are, but I know that she likes to invest in the future, to help those who help her and reward them for it. Just like she has done with you and with the Stonemason’s.”

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>>5459511

“I want to achieve both.” Lady Nalice said back to you and finished her explanation, letting you to mull what she had said in your mind. Potential, does she truly see that much potential in you or are those just words. But it felt to you that she wasn’t lying and her eyes didn’t betray her intentions.

“Thank you Lady Nalice, but I want to know how this training would happen? How and when could we even do it?” You asked her.

“The house I bought has a basement that we can use and a lot of training can be done by reading and studying old texts.” Lady Nalice explained to you. “I have ways and means of allowing you to slip away unnoticed so there is no need to be scared that you would be spotted.”

“But that would take a lot of time, do I even have the time for it?” You asked her. “I am a Prince, I don’t have time for everything.”

“If you are going to spend as much time studying magic as you did studying numbers and taxes, you will be fine. We would study during the evenings and during the night when no one is going to bother us. The days would be for you to use and if you had pressing concerns or things to do elsewhere, I would understand it. You are a Prince after all.” Lady Nalice said and continued. “And besides you would have Eligius helping you. He knows the theory which has made teaching him a lot easier for me. It would still take years to truly master the arts, but constant training and having someone as skilled as me as your teacher would mean that you could handle the basics within a year. And after that the limit is your patience and how much you want to achieve.”

Lady Nalice took the glass again and sipped more of the brandy before refilling her glass.

“I know Prince Alric that you have your concerns about warlocks, how they weave fel and void. How dangerous that can be, but while your concerns are valid, a steady hand and a careful approach will be enough to protect you.” Lady Nalice said to you. “And you are concerned about being found. While that fear has a merit, the paladins do hunt down warlocks, there are ways to avoid being found out. Otherwise Raleigh would have found out about Eligius and me instantly.”

Lady Nalice was very convincing in the way she spoke about this. It would take time to study and learn magic and it would have its own risks. But if proper precautions are taken, those risks and dangers would be mitigated.

“Thank you for explaining all this Lady Nalice.” You said to her and rubbed the bridge of your nose. “You do understand that is not an easy decision.”

“I know, it is going to change your life if you take this opportunity and run with it.” Lady Nalice said to you. “I have laid my case and given you the opportunity. If you don’t take the offer, it is fine, but remember I won’t be asking you for the second time.”

So there was that, a one time offer that would change your life. Would you take it and step into the world of magic, or step away and concentrate on your martial skills.

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>>5459513

>Arcane magic, the studying will take a lot of time, but arcane arts don’t have the stigma and mages are accepted as part of the society. It will take years to truly learn and become good at it.
>Warlock magic, a faster way to learn magic, but carries the stigma. You have to hide your magic, but you could reach your potential in ways you couldn’t do otherwise.
>Pragmatic approach, you want to learn both. The basics of arcane and warlock magic. You wouldn’t get the full potential out of the magic, but knowledge is power and magical knowledge is extra potent.
>Martial approach, you are a skilled swordsman with the potential to become truly great at duelling. You are going to concentrate on that.

QM: I shouldn’t have had the vote in the previous update without giving you this update first. I am seeing that the result was against studying magic, but to have the vote to be as clear as possible, we are redoing it. Because this is an important decision, I want it to be as solid and clear. The discussion that followed has been great and plenty of good points for and against have been said and the ball is in your court with the question being is it worth for Alric to start studying magic? So please vote and link it to this post, it will make my job tallying them a much easier task.
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>>5459514
>>Pragmatic approach, you want to learn both. The basics of arcane and warlock magic. You wouldn’t get the full potential out of the magic, but knowledge is power and magical knowledge is extra potent.
If other anons are iffy about learning fel then just consider this vote to learn arcane magic only.
I definetly think this is worth the time and effort.
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>>5459514
this choice is quite torturous desu because the possibilities are hard to estimate. But I'm going to agree full warlock training is hard pass. "pragmatic approach" however is very tempting, the option to have a leg up when we encounter problems and opportunities from the supernatural side; although we have friends like Jaina and retainers like Eligius, having this toolbox available could mean a world of difference.
But it's not without risk and creates some specific vulnerabilities and risks both political and metaphysical. It would mean a scar on our otherwise pristine image that could be brought to disastrous effect if it came up with poor timing.
Arcane magic looks safer, although I recall it could also go very wrong and was in many ways gateway to fel.

Is it possible to work magic in our new fancy armour?
It's obviously sunk cost though.

For now I think I'd go with
>Martial approach
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>>5459514
>Martial approach, you are a skilled swordsman with the potential to become truly great at duelling. You are going to concentrate on that.
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>>5459536
Armour and magic not mixing is an old trope that applies to Warcraft. In the games mages don't wear or can't wear armour outside of some classes, but even they can't wear full plate. I am not cruel enough to say no to mixing the new fancy armour and spellcasting. Let's say that Melondras just knows how to make an armour that doesn't cause problems while casting spells.
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>>5459514
>>Martial approach, you are a skilled swordsman with the potential to become truly great at duelling. You are going to concentrate on that.

What would Captain Garside think?
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>>5459641
Well elves being special in this regard is also a thing. After all spellbreakers exist.

In any case I suppose that's a small factor in favour of
>Arcane magic

But no matter what wins I maintain we should show proper appreciation for the nice totally not dragon lady for offering.
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>>5459514
>Martial approach, you are a skilled swordsman with the potential to become truly great at duelling. You are going to concentrate on that.
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>>5459514
>Martial approach, you are a skilled swordsman with the potential to become truly great at duelling. You are going to concentrate on that.
Yeah, no thanks, we're doing just fine. I know magic is great and all, but we have a gigachad set of armour and have all the magic we personally need - our magic sword.
Also, fuck fel/shadow, Eligius can be a nerd about it, but that's it.
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>>5459514
>Arcane magic, the studying will take a lot of time, but arcane arts don’t have the stigma and mages are accepted as part of the society. It will take years to truly learn and become good at it.
We don't do things by half measures. We are already a skillful warrior, but in Warcraft it is casters that are truly powerful and if memory serves, Anasterian was just as good with a sword as he was with a spell, so no reason we cannot strive to emulate Kael's dad on a lesser scale. The choices seem to be skewed towards martial actions, but pure might without magic sucks in Warcraft and your artifacts can be destroyed or disarmed.
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>>5459514
>Arcane magic, the studying will take a lot of time, but arcane arts don’t have the stigma and mages are accepted as part of the society. It will take years to truly learn and become good at it.
Fine, I'll stick with the more well-trodden road of warrior-mages.
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>>5459536
>>5459648
So are you voting for martial or arcane?

>>5459643
Think what? Studying the arcane arts isn't evil.

>>5459864
And when we do not have our sword or when it fails us, what then? When Jaina was attacked or when Alric won the melee or when the Gnoll defeated Alric, there are times where having another weapon is paramount. It is why Alric still carries a dagger, magic will be yet another tool on our belt.
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Martial is a dead end path theres only so many ways one can swing a sword and it leaves us painfully weak against magic of any kind.
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>>5460007
It is not a dead end, it is simply limited. You might become masterful at it but it is still only one tool, it may not be useful or be lost when you need it the most.
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>>5459995
honestly I'm on the fence. The magery is a path to powers many would consider broken.

>>5460013
>>5460007
Lothar was pure martial and it worked pretty well for him... at least almost until end of second war
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>>5460026
Of course, only being good with one tool can work out. My point is that having more options is better, you may be a fantastic boxer but if you get your arms fractured then even a shit boxer could beat you. Okay, that might be bit of a tortured metaphore but you get my point.

This is the third time I've tried to post this.
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>>5460026
We'll never be on the level of Khadgar or Kael, but arcane arts would at least give us the knowledge and ability to avoid a situation where we would end up facing someone that could destroy us utterly. It's better to study for years in order to be prepared to avoid a potentially lethal situation with the knowledge you've acquired than rely on sheer luck to carry you.
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>>5459514
>Arcane magic.
I just think it's cool desu.
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>>5460041
we are already spending too much time learning existing stats, it will take even more time if we split it between basic and magical studies.
If we require magic expertise we should just hire a mage just like we have eligius for fel expertise.
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>>5459514
>>Arcane magic, the studying will take a lot of time, but arcane arts don’t have the stigma and mages are accepted as part of the society. It will take years to truly learn and become good at it.

It's good to have another option to defend ourselves if we end up weaponlees. It also has a lot of utility outside of combat.
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“Lady Nalice, I need to think. I cannot make a decision this big in an instant.” You said to her while letting out a deep sigh. “You are asking a lot from me.”

“Then I will make my leave. Seek me out when you have made your decision.” Lady Nalice said and emptied her glass of brandy as she stood up. In a flash of dark light, her scholar's disguise returned. “I know that you are going to make the right decision.”

You hoped that as well.



Laying on your bed, you thought about what Lady Nalice had said to you and weighed them in your mind. Earlier in the evening after Nalice had left the manor, you had gone downstairs to get some water and Garside had noticed that something was in your mind troubling you. He asked what it was, but you had opted not to answer.

The decision you were going to make would be one of the biggest in your life. If you were to accept Lady Nalices offer, it would change so many things. Outside of the time spent in studying, you wondered how people would react when they heard the news. What would Lord Uther think? How would Jaina react? What would Calia think about this?

And most importantly how would Normand react to this? He had raised his concerns about Lady Nalice.

The decision kept you awake through most of the night, but in the end you hoped that you had made the right decision.



You knocked on the door of the house Lady Nalice had bought. It was really early in the morning, it was still dark, but at least it wasn’t raining snow. The wait thankfully wasn’t that long as the door was opened.

“Good morning Prince Alric, please come in.” Lady Nalice said. You had clearly woken her up as her air was still messy and she was wearing just a black dress and had thrown a black robe over it. You had thought that Lady Nalice was attractive looking and this confirmed your thoughts. Her much younger image was that of an attractive lady and she carried herself appropriately.

You stepped into the house and saw how bare it was. The farmers who had lived in the house had moved into a bigger farm and Nalice hadn’t yet managed to renovate and refurbish the house.

“Tea?” Lady Nalice asked you.

“Yes please.” You said as you sat down next to the dining table.

Nalice kneeled next to the stove and started to light it up. Having piled the firewood in, she snapped her fingers and the wood suddenly ignited. Then she took the kettle, filled it with water and put it on the stove. As you waited for the water to get hot, Nalice took out a pair of cups and the tea itself. Neither of you spoke anything, till the tea was ready.

Nalice poured you a cup of hot tea and did the same for herself before sitting down. Crossing her legs, she took her cup and started to drink the hot tea immediately.

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>>5460525

“Lady Nalice, when do we start?” You said to her.

“I knew you would take the offer.” Nalice said back to you and gave you a look of appreciation. The red tint in her eyes practically radiated warmth when you looked at them. “Good, very good. The potential in…”

“I won’t become a warlock.” You said as you interrupted her by raising a finger. “I want you to teach me about the arcane and its arts.”

“So you decided to take the long road then?” Nalice said and gave you a puzzling look. “So be it, but know that the road is a long one and very windy.”

“I am prepared to study and spend my time learning, but I won’t risk my status, my people or my friends by dabbling with fel and shadow.” You told her. “I cannot take that risk.”

Nalice nodded and stood up before walking away into another room. When she came back, she gave you a book. It was completely empty.

“This will be the start of your grimoire. Fill it with lessons, things you have learned and things you find useful.” Nalice said to you. “No one is going to finish their grimoire in one sitting, but instead add and remove pages when necessary.”

The book was heavy with a sturdy cover made from a black leather and the pages were good quality parchment.

“Keep the book with you and keep it safe.” Nalice said and handed you a second leather cover that she wrapped around the book before giving the book back to you. “We will start our training in two days, I need some time to prepare the first lessons. In the meantime…”

Lady Nalice was going to say something, but stopped.

“Prince Alric, by making this decision you are going to make Lady Katrana proud and I hope by working together, we can realise your potential.” Nalice said with her aristocratic tone really showing up. “But now go, we will see each other soon.”

Stepping outside Lady Nalice’s house, you knew that retracing your steps wouldn’t be that easy. You were going to commit to this.

Now you just wondered who should know about this. Eligius will learn about it, but what about the others? Should they learn about your studies and your decision to start the journey to become a mage?”

Gained:
Alric's Grimoire


>Keep it as a secret and as your trump card, let only those who train with you know about it.
>Tell only your closest circle that you daily deal with, that being Captain Garside and Malevus. Calia should know about it as well.
>It should be an open secret, there is no need to hide it nor tell everyone about it. If people learn about it, then so be it.
>Make it be known that you are now studying magic. It being public information could be a boon for you, but you don’t know what Dalaran might think about it.
>Other, write in.
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>>5460527
>>Tell only your closest circle that you daily deal with, that being Captain Garside and Malevus. Calia should know about it as well.
Torn between this and open secret considerin there isnt much stigma against arcane magic.
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>>5460527
>>It should be an open secret, there is no need to hide it nor tell everyone about it. If people learn about it, then so be it.

Reassure Captain Garside that we are only learning arcane magic and not warlock magic.
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>>5460527
>Tell only your closest circle that you daily deal with, that being Captain Garside and Malevus. Calia should know about it as well.
>It should be an open secret, there is no need to hide it nor tell everyone about it. If people learn about it, then so be it.
Combination of these two. Inform the inner circle (+Raleigh) and don't hide it.

>>5460589
I think Dalaran and the Silver Hand are our greatest concerns with this. We are stepping on toes in Dalaran already with our actions in the sewers, while the Silver Hand, or at least some in it, can be suspicious of even arcane mages. I feel it's better to be more open with this matter since concealing it would cause even more problems later. That being said, I don't think being totally open and making this choice seem more political than personal is wise, either.
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>>5460527
Well, secrecy is a major boon here so we should not be too liberal with the information.
>closest circle
Garside and Malevus should be fine. Calia too. Jaina as well eventually, maybe we could talk shop one day.
It’s probably not a good idea to let Raleigh know as he’s compelled to pass the word on and we don’t know who has access to Sikver Hand bureaucracy.
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>>5460527
>>Tell only your closest circle that you daily deal with, that being Captain Garside and Malevus. Calia should know about it as well.
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>>5460527
>>Tell only your closest circle that you daily deal with, that being Captain Garside and Malevus. Calia should know about it as well.
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>>5460527
>Tell only your closest circle that you daily deal with, that being Captain Garside and Malevus. Calia should know about it as well.
They deserve to know, even if it's not that big of a deal. But it's not warlock magic, so they should be cool with it. Jaina would be particularly happy to hear that.
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>>5460639
Maybe Dalaran will pass on our action in the sewers if they learn of them that is (they dont like the people in the sewers anyway, they just want the illegal trade goods), afterall we are okay with working with them if our interests align.
They might get a bit angry if they know we are learning magic on our own, but if we are working with them at that point, it might not matter that much. Depending on what we do for them.
Silver hand never lol
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Some anons are so concerned about dalarans reaction.
But all im wondering is what IS dalarans policy and reaction on hedge mages and mages being taught by Independent apprenticeship instead of whatever happens in dalaran.
Are they supposed to have some kind of stranglehold on all things magic or are they just a fancy hogwarts.
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>>5461002
They like to pretend that they do, but factually they do not.
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>>5460527
>Make it be known that you are now studying magic. It being public information could be a boon for you, but you don’t know what Dalaran might think about it
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You made your way back to the manor and stepped inside. Hanging your winter jacket on a stand, you found someone who you were looking for.

“Good morning Malevus.” You said to her as she was eating breakfast. Fresh porridge from the kitchen.

“Good morning Prince Alric, you are up early.” Malevus said and you knew she wanted to ask where you had been. She always wakes up before you do.

“Go fetch Garside, I have something to tell the two of you.” You said to her and went to get your own bowl of porridge and a cup of apple juice.

Malevus did as told and in a few moments Garside walked down the stairs.

“Good morning Normand.” You said.

“Good morning Alric, you are up early. Did you head outside?” Normand asked you after seeing the jacket on the stand. “And you had something to tell us?”

“Yes.” You said back to him and nodded.

“I saw that you had something on your mind yesterday, is it related to that?” Normand asked.

“It is.” You answered.

“Is it related to Lady Nalice? She visited you last night.” Normand continued his questions.

“Yes, it is related to her.” You again answered.

Malevus had been following you two, turning her head when either of you spoke. When Nalice was mentioned and Normand said that she had visited you, her cheeks started to approach the redness of her hair.

“Malevus what is it?” You asked as you recognized her reaction. She was again letting her imagination run wild with her blush and slightly drooping ears exposing that for all to see.

“Lady Nalice is an attractive woman and she visited you last night, is it that the two of you…” Malevus attempted to tell her speculation to you.

“What are you talking about?” Normand interrupted her. He had no idea what Malevus was talking about.

“Malevus just has a wild imagination.” You said to Normand and turned back to Malevus. “What did I tell you about the books you read?”

“That I shouldn’t jump to conclusions.” Malevus said, embarrassed.

“What books?” Normand asked, baffled about all this.

“Steamy Romance Novels.” You said back to him and shrugged. “Apparently there is a new series coming.”

“Romance novels? I wouldn’t have guessed that about you Lady Malevus.” Normand said and laughed.

Malevus attempted to hide her blush and embarrassment behind her hands without much success. May the Light bless her as this broke the proverbial ice and eased the situation a lot.

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>>5461171

“Alright the reason why I called you two here is because Lady Nalice is going to start teaching me arcane magic.” You told them while neither of the two had completely recovered. “Lady Nalice is an accomplished arcanist and I trust her skills.”

“You are going to study magic? What?” Normand said and if Malevus had managed to make him baffled, he truly was baffled and confused now.

“You heard it right, I will start in two days. Lady Nalice is going to teach me during the evening and at night.” You said to him.

“But you don’t have the magical aptitude, like your sister had. How can you learn magic without it? Is it even possible?” Normand asked again.

“It will require a lot of studying, but it is possible. I am still young and I have time to learn.” You said back to him while Malevus watched you. She was just as shocked as Normand was. “I wanted to tell you two, that you don’t have to wonder why I will visit her late in the evening or if she spends more time here.”

Normand just kept looking at you while Malevus nodded. She would support your decisions as long as they were morally right and probably as an elf, she didn’t find studying magic strange.

“But why?” Normand asked you again. He wasn't upset, he just couldn't understand why you would start learning magic.


>Lady Nalice offered to teach me. She sees a great potential in me that needs to be realised.
>You need more power and knowledge. You feel that otherwise you are going to fall behind others.
>To be able to better serve and protect your people.
>Because outside help is unlikely and uncertain, you need to do this by yourself.
>Other, write in
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>>5461173
>You need more power and knowledge. You feel that otherwise you are going to fall behind others.
It's the argument used in the thread, might as well make OOC into an IC reason.
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>>5461173
>You need more power and knowledge. You feel that otherwise you are going to fall behind others.
The power to.
>To be able to better serve and protect your people.
Opportunity.
>Lady Nalice offered to teach me. She sees a great potential in me that needs to be realised.
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>>5461002
It is as >>5461124 said. Dalaran would love to have full control on teaching and controlling magic, but they do not have it. Dalaran has a reason for this wish, hedge mages and rogue wizards practice magic without restraints of Dalaran. They are more likely to delve into dark magic or end up having their magic to get out of control. In the worst case scenario there is a big smoking crater where the wizard's hut had been.

Big cities like Stormwind City and Capital City have their own independent schools of magic. While outside of the direct overwatch of Dalaran, they still cooperate if needed. Lady Nalice seems to be completely outside Dalaran's supervision and private teachers like the one Beve Perenolde had probably don’t report their doings back to Kirin Tor.

What Silver Hand and Uther thinks about mages is simple. If the mage works for them or Lordaeron and worships Light, they openly accept them. If the mage is a sketchy one, then they might become a bit suspicious and start disliking the mage. What they think about you, well you will have to wait till they learn about you.
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>>5461173
I already elaborated my reasons previously >>5459995 >>5460013 and I think Alric would reach this conclusion in the same way.

It is another tool, another power, to serve his own ends. Be it in tandem with his other skills or simply on it's own. So, basically what >>5461184 said.
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>>5461173
>Firstly to help me recognize and deal with magical threats. The battle for Shoredon could have gone much worse if Eligius did not notice the enemy warlock.
>Secondly, it could be valuable tool to defend myself or others even if apparently unarmed.
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Oh thank god magic won even if i missed the vote.
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>>5461173
>"It is a contingency plan. Even if I cannot cast a single spell, I will need to study how to effectively counter any magical opponents I may fight. Indeed, I have friends and allies who specialise in magic - but what if by sheer chance alone that it all depends on me?"
>"Additionally, it is a precaution. What if my sister is not what she was anymore and I am forced to stop her? She is a talented magician, thus I need to he ready."
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>>5461191
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“I won my duel with Prince Arthas, because I was a better duelist than he was. Could I have won it if he as a paladin had used the Holy Light? Or during the battle against the gnolls, if I had something that I could have used or done, could I have prevented the gnoll from punching a hole into my chest or killing a few of our men?” You said to him and continued. “I need a tool, I need more power and knowledge, because otherwise I feel that I am going to fall behind others. Arthas is going to grow stronger and learn how to be a better paladin. Jaina is going to grow into a fine archmage. Aliden, Light knows what he is doing."

"During the battle of Shoredon, Eligius spotted a warlock amongst the Syndicate forces. We were lucky that I had allowed him to follow us. What if he wasn't there? The battle could have gone way worse for us and the warlock could have caused numerous casualties to our men. I can't have that." You continued your explanation. "Normand, you taught me how to fight with all sorts of weapons and this is a continuation of that. I need to be able to defend myself even without a weapon and magic could be the answer to that. Like I have my rondel dagger, I want to have my magic to rely on."

"More importantly I need to grow stronger to protect and defend my people. If I can learn magic, and we know that the Syndicate has their own mages, I can understand the threats and dangers better. The knowledge that comes from this is paramount." You continued. "Finally Lady Nalice sees great potential in me and due to that she offered to teach me. She gave me this offer because she believes in me."

"And that is what worries me. Would you have picked this up if Lady Nalice wasn't here?" Normand asked you. "I don't know if you would have."

"I need to do what I can to become stronger so that I can protect my people. I want to see their dreams of returning back home to Alterac become true." You said back as you didn’t like the tone in Normands voice. "Lady Nalice or not, I would have done something. I can't wait and react, while our enemies grow stronger and more organised."

"I don't know, this feels like a mistake to me Alric. A time consuming endeavour." Normand said to you. "And I don't trust this Lady Nalice nor her mistress Lady Katrana. I fear that they will only bring trouble to you."

"They haven't shown a reason to not trust them, have they?" You said back to him.

"No, no they haven't…" Normand admitted. "But, I have raised my concerns and you have heard them. You don't have to do this and I don't give my approval, but I don't think you are going to change your mind."

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>>5462453

He stood up from his chair and gave you a slight bow.

"I will be in my office if you have something to say to me Prince Alric." Normand said to you and turned around to walk back upstairs.

You hadn’t heard that tone of his in a long time, nor seen him acting this officially when two of you are alone. Normand didn't approve this, but at least he knew about it now. Maybe one day he would understand.

Malevus meanwhile had been listening to you and Normand having this dissension. She hadn't said a word, but you could tell that she was worried. She hadn't seen you and Normand argue with each other before and it made her feel uneasy.

"I will be in my study." You said to her as you pushed your half eaten porridge away. "I will be writing letters, so I won't be taking visitors."

You didn’t wait for her answer.



You had managed to get in a bad mood as well. Mulling the arguments in your head again and again made your attempt to write the letters a quite difficult task. Several times you had to throw the paper away and start over before you just gave up and withdrew to your room.

Then you just kicked off your boots and jumped into your bed.

Tomorrow evening you will start your training. You just have to commit to it and listen carefully to what Lady Nalice is going to say and teach you. It wouldn’t be easy, it wouldn’t be fast, but you were going to persevere.

As you laid on the bed you thought how Calia was faring right now. Had she managed to recover from whatever illness she had? Was the gardening work she had been doing finished? When could you see her the next time and feel her touch? You closed your eyes and went in your mind back into the evening and the night you spent with her.

You loved Calia and if she was here, she would support you. She would see you succeed. This gave you strength, tomorrow the hardest endeavour of your life would begin and you would be ready.

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>>5462455

Remaining of the day and the day after you mostly spend indoors rearranging your books and papers. Basically meaningless work to waste time.

When it was time to go and you had thrown your winter jacket on. Malevus insisted that she would escort you.

Walking through the silent town with a lantern in your hand, you watched as the shadows danced on the houses and buildings. The windows had all been covered to protect them from the wind and the only lights outside were the few lanterns carried by you and some poor guards.

The town felt eerie and not like the Dawnholme you knew.

"Prince Alric." Malevus said to you as the two of you approached the red roofed house of Lady Nalice. "May we speak?"

"Yes, what is it Malevus?" You said and turned to face her. The lantern illuminated her face and you saw that she was concerned.

"Prince Alric, you said one reason for you to start learning magic was to be able to protect others." Malevus said to you. "And my job is to protect you."

"That is right, what is your point?" You asked as you had no idea what Malevus was after.

"Allow me to be a spectator and watch the lessons. I won't intervene, nor interrupt the lessons unless you are in danger." Malevus said to you. "Prince Alric, just like Captain Garside, I do not trust Lady Nalice. But I want to support you as learning the arcane arts is a honourable task worth of pursuing. So please trust me."


>Decline, her presence could be detrimental to the studies and annoy Lady Nalice.
>Only if Lady Nalice allows her to stay.
>You will allow it even if Lady Nalice disagrees. Malevus won't cause any problems and you trust her.
>Other, write in.
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>>5462456
>You will allow it even if Lady Nalice disagrees. Malevus won't cause any problems and you trust her.
She's a high elf and she will see if there's something wrong with what the dr-Nalice is doing to us. I would consider it a show of good faith if Nalice doesn't argue back against it. I had originally actually thought of asking Eligius to come along, but this seems to be unnecessary now that Malevus is there.
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>>5462456
>You will allow it even if Lady Nalice disagrees. Malevus won't cause any problems and you trust her.
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>>5462456
>Agree
We do trust her and her elven perspective could be valuable.
Does Nalice know she’s been sent by Voren’Thal? She’s training our spymaster so I kind of expect her to have learned of her background as well.
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>>5462456
>>You will allow it even if Lady Nalice disagrees. Malevus won't cause any problems and you trust her.
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>>5462511
Lady Nalice knows about it. If she didn't, it would be very amateurish.
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>>5462456
>You will allow it even if Lady Nalice disagrees. Malevus won't cause any problems and you trust her.
Considering we are only being taught arcane magic there should be no issue with this.
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>>5462456
>You will allow it even if Lady Nalice disagrees. Malevus won't cause any problems and you trust her.
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"I will allow it. I see no harm in allowing you to be a spectator if it eases your mind." You said to Malevus. "You are my squire, you will go where I go."

"Thank you Prince Alric." Malevus said and bowed.

"Let's head inside, it is too cold in here." You said and nodded towards the house.

Someone had cleared a pathway to the house and you followed it. When you knocked on the door, it wasn’t Lady Nalice who opened the door, but Eligius.

"Prince Alric, welcome." Eligius said and let you and Malevus inside. He was wearing his usual clothes, but now had his grimoire by his side. He gave a curious look towards Malevus, but didn't say anything about it.

"I heard from Lady Nalice that you would be joining us and there aren't words to describe how glad I am Prince Alric." Eligius said and continued. "While I was somewhat surprised, you most likely have a good reason to start this journey."

"I have, but I won't be studying to become a warlock. I will leave that for you." You said back.

"It won't be easy to learn magic or become an arcanist if you don't have the aptitude, but enough work…" Eligius said.

"I am ready for that." You said.

"And a terrifying… terrifyingly good teacher in Lady Nalice should help you a lot." Eligius continued and smiled. "Lady Nalice is in the basement preparing things. It won't be time to go down there, not yet."

Eligius guided you to sit down next to a large table filled with papers, scrolls and books.

"Lady Nalice instructed me to start explaining the way the studying is done under her watch." Eligius said and sat down as well. Then he started talking.



Eligius explained that Lady Nalice preferred to move into more practical training as fast as possible. Though with Eligius, he already had an extensive theoretical knowledge on magic and in shadow and fel, so with him Lady Nalice probably skipped some steps along the way.

Eligius told you how Lady Nalice expects a lot from her students and pushes them forward, sometimes quite hard. If the student stumbles, she is not going to bend down to help, because she has already given you all the tools to succeed.

You had already accepted that this wouldn’t be a walk in a park, but how Eligius explained her methods, it really drove the point home.

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>>5463207

“Prince Alric.” Lady Nalice said as she entered the room. She was wearing her black robe and her magic armour. “I see that Eligius has already told you how the studying will proceed and what I am expecting from you.”

“Yes Mistress. I have told Prince Alric what you asked me to tell him.” Eligius said and bowed.

“And I see you brought a friend with you.” Lady Nalice said and gave a glance at Malevus.

“Yes, she is my squire so she follows me wherever I go.” You said and gave her a smile. “I hope you don’t mind that.”

“As long as she doesn’t interrupt the lessons, I do not mind her presence.” Lady Nalice said to you. “And speaking of the lessons, are you ready to start?”

“I am Lady Nalice, I have the grimoire you gave to me with me.” You said to her.

“Good, because we have one more thing to decide. How hard do you exactly want me to push you? Because I can take it easy, or I could push you harder so that we can properly realise your potential.” Lady Nalice said to you.

From what Eligius had told you, you had a good idea what Lady Nalice was suggesting to you. You could take it ‘more easy’ by concentrating on the theory and knowledge on magic and everything magical. It would mean more writing, reading and homework, but it would also be a lot more safer. Or you could allow Lady Nalice to push you, going faster and earlier to more practical applications of magic. It would be more difficult, but you could learn magic faster and have something that you could cast with your own hands.


>Concentrate on theory and knowledge. The ‘more easy’ approach, but you would be studying a lot more. Magic, Intelligence bonus.
>Balanced approach. Start with the theory and then move to the practical studies. Magic, Intelligence.
>Practical approach. The harder option, but you would learn more about magic and faster. Magic bonus, Intelligence.

QM: On top of the direction the story and characters will move, all options will improve Alric’s Intelligence, but the first option concentrates on that especially hard. Balanced is balanced, while practical approach puts emphasis on learning magic, meaning Alric will learn magic faster. Alric has also unlocked Magic stat, which is at the moment 0. A lot of the studying will happen in the background and between updates, when things progress, you are going to get choices to make.
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>>5463209
>Concentrate on theory and knowledge. The ‘more easy’ approach, but you would be studying a lot more. Magic, Intelligence bonus.
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>>5463209
>Practical approach. The harder option, but you would learn more about magic and faster. Magic bonus, Intelligence.
Go hard or go home.
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>>5463209
>>Balanced approach. Start with the theory and then move to the practical studies. Magic, Intelligence.
we can't venture too far into excess but we started this for a reason
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>>5463209
>Practical approach. The harder option, but you would learn more about magic and faster. Magic bonus, Intelligence.
Here's hoping a critfail won't blow us up. Alric is practical if a bit rash, so this would fit him.
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>>5463209
>Concentrate on theory and knowledge. The ‘more easy’ approach, but you would be studying a lot more. Magic, Intelligence bonus.
Big Brain
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>>5463209
>Concentrate on theory and knowledge. The ‘more easy’ approach, but you would be studying a lot more. Magic, Intelligence bonus.
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>>5463209
>>Balanced approach. Start with the theory and then move to the practical studies. Magic, Intelligence.
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Concentrating on theory and knowledge wins. Alric is going to turn into a bookworm soon.

Also give me a roll. Just a standard random event roll.


>1d10
>Best of three, taking the second roll
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Rolled 7 (1d10)

>>5463947
what a shame
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Rolled 2 (1d10)

>>5463947
A nobleman, an elf, a dragon and a warlock walk into an tavern...
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Rolled 10 (1d10)

>>5463947
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I feel like we should definitely mention we are doing this to Jaina it feels like a betrayal to not tell her since we are going purely arcane so we have no good reason to hide it from her also she may provide tips from when’s she was starting out
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>>5464115
we could talk with her next time, i am not sure about a letter.
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"The former master of Eligius made him learn the theory and to take safety and precaution very seriously. I want the same approach, I want to learn first before delving deeper into practical aspect of magic." You told Nalice. "It has worked for him and I would like to think that it should work with me too."

Lady Nalice looked at you without giving out a single expression.

"Fine, theory it is." She said, like she was somewhat disappointed in you. "I will teach you everything I know about arcane magic and I will make you a great arcanist. A one that can rival the petty archmages of Dalaran."

The power and her aristocratic accent returned to her voice with that statement. She was very serious about what she just said.

"Now normally I would force my students to call me a Mistress, but you are a special case Prince Alric." Nalice said to you.

"Yes, I think that is right." You said to her. Calling her a Mistress, maybe you could do it to humour her or would it be smarter to remind her that she works for you? "But should we start then?"

Lady Nalice smiled and you knew that the work would start now.



It has been a week since you started your studies in magic and your journey to become a mage. In this week, Lady Nalice had tasked you to read several books and write reports of them and that was what you had been doing.

You would start a day by breakfast and then sparring with Malevus before handling any issues or paperwork that you as a Prince were required to deal with. From afternoon onward you then dedicated your time on studying magic before in the evening you would make your way to Lady Nalice’s house where she would then go through your reports and correct any mistakes or errors.

Her way of teaching you constantly challenged you. She asked questions about what you had read, written your notes or what Nalice had said herself. If you made a mistake, she made you fix it and to hammer the lesson home to redo the whole report.

The days were long and you had learned so much that you couldn't really say where to start. The four rules, law of sympathy, arcane magic and where it comes from and so on. If someone was to ask you what you had learned, they would just think that you are a babbling idiot who can't string a sentence together.

But you still had learned new things and most importantly you had gotten a hang of the studying and how Lady Nalice teaches you. You guessed that with that the studying should become a bit easier as time passes.

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>>5464312

>10
>2

The weather had cleared. The snowstorms that had ravaged Alterac and Dawnholme had subsided and life returned to normalcy in the town.

Outside of studying you spoke little to Normand who was still thinking how foolish your endeavour was, and instead you spent time doing more writing. You sent a letter to Jaina thanking her for the hospitality and wishing her success in her studies. What you didn’t tell was that you had started studying magic as well, that would have to wait till you meet her in person.

You also wrote a long letter to Calia, telling her everything you saw in Dalaran and how it made you feel. You also told her about your decision to start studying magic and most importantly told her how much you missed her and that you loved her. You wished to be able to see her and that her illness would go away and for her to recover.

You did receive a letter. Kris Legace had settled in Stromgarde and the letter gave you instructions on how to send messages and receive further letters from her. You passed the information to Eligius who would be handling the movement of letters from this point forward.

Then on a beautiful winter afternoon a messenger carrying the tabard and colours of Durnholde arrived to Dawnholme with a message.

Lord Blackmoore was holding a feast and had invited the lords, nobles, renowned burghers and officers of Hillsbrad and nearby regions to join him. One of the people invited was you. The invitation spoke of the feast itself with gorgeous food and dancing, a gladiator tournament would be held and a tour of nearby Internment Camp could be held to those willing. The invitation had been made to sound very unmartial like, a bit unlikely for Lord Blackmoore, but maybe he just needs to make a good impression as a host and not just a military leader?

"A feast with all the nobles? You should go, it gives you a break from all the studying." Normand had advised you. "And you get to rub shoulders with them."

You planned on going that was easy to decide. This would be a small break, but having a chance to meet and talk with lords and nobles was worth it. You could also speak with Lord Blackmoore as you hadn’t done it since your trip to Capital City.

Though there was one problem to solve first. Who would come with you? The invitation had asked to bring as few people in the retinues as possible to avoid overcrowding the Durnholde Keep. You would take Malevus with you as she was your squire, but who else would join you?

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>>5464314

>You and Malevus are enough. A minimal retinue to honour the host's wish.
>Sir Gravis and his knights. You should take your bodyguards with you.
>Lady Nalice had expressed her interest to visit Durnholde. She and Eligius would join you. Scholar and a scribe would be an unusual retinue.
>A proper military escort made from Lieutenant Cromwell and the Royal Foot Guards. Give out a martial image.
>Send an invitation to Barovs if one of them would like to join you on this trip. If one of them is nearby, you could continue the previous talks.
>Other, write in.

Do you take Aurvan'kal, The Morning Star, your new armour with you?
>Yes
>No

Do you humour Lady Nalice by calling her a Mistress?
>Yes
>No

QM: Random roll said that weather cleared up and that out of several possibilities Durnholde was what the dice gave you. Now let's see if a low roll of 2 is a good thing or a bad thing.
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>>5464318
>Sir Gravis and his knights. You should take your bodyguards with you.
>Yes
>No
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>>5464318
>Sir Gravis and his knights. You should take your bodyguards with you.
>Yes
>No
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>>5464318
>Sir Gravis and his knights. You should take your bodyguards with you.
>Yes
>No
As much as i would love to humour Nalice we are a prince.
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>>5464318
>Sir Gravis and his knights. You should take your bodyguards with you.
>Yes
>No
Say it one time for fun randomly

Nalice and Eligius there could discover some interesting things for us.... that's a lot of important people all in one place.
It would mean we don't have our guards though, if we bring them. And hidden daggers and assassins could lurk, even if both Nalice and Eligius are likely equipped for such things. Say poison in a cup or a curse on an object.
A sip of wine can suffice.
Lastly Malevus doesn't want to be asked about her lineage, which on a social event like this might raise some eyebrows.

Or we could not care about the rule of bring few, we are a prince and what’s two more people ?
Bringing Aurvan'kal means we are wearing it i imagine, that would be an hell of an image to give. Very martial and regal especially with the pelt of mountain lion. I wonder who we should talk with, maybe Hillsbrad for see if we can trade with them and forget what happened. Southshore is angry, so nope. Blackmoore will likely drink himself to sleep again knowing him, if he wants to do something stupid like last time we can send him to sleep on our own. And others are either on guard or dislike Alteraci.
The Barovs then, or anyone curious of us.
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I doubt everyone else will be able to show off the same level of cool than Alric on this feast. Unless they have clothing and jewelry of high nobility
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>>5464318
Oh boy. It's HAPPENING time, isn't it?

>Malevus, knights
not sure about Nalice and Eligius. It would probably be better if they went there on their own... hmm.
>take the armour
>no
I'd say calling her Lady is suitably deferential... an occasional compliment when she displays her mastery of the mystic arts couldn't hurt though.
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>>5464318
>>You and Malevus are enough. A minimal retinue to honour the host's wish.
We need the knights to defend our lands.

>Yes
>No
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"It seems that it has become a custom for me to travel with Sir Gravis and the knights, but why change something that works?" You said and asked at the same time. "It is decided, we are going to leave in five days so we have plenty of time to get everything prepared."

During these days before you had to leave, you attempted to tackle several local issues. The prisoners of yours in the camp had been complaining about how the work had been too hard. While nothing could be done to make the work easier, it would ruin the point of hard labour, you did deploy a few more guards in visible positions. Chief Stein promised that everything was under control, but amongst the bandits and Syndicate members were a few troublemakers. You had to think about a way to deal with them, but in the meantime Chief Stein had to keep them in control. If that didn't work, pillory or lashes could be applied.

You also went to see how the work on the barn had started. A small group of men had started renovating the barn for Krix Wiklish who had started to prepare his tools. He estimated that he could start working in a week or two and that he already had some ideas.



"Malevus, I need your help." You said to your squire. Tomorrow you will leave for Durnholde Keep and you need to do one thing before it. "Today is the day."

"Yes Prince Alric, but what day?" Malevus said and put away the rag she had been using to clean her sword.

"The day I am going to put on my armour for the first time and I need your help." You said.

"Right away Prince Alric." Malevus said enthusiastically and practically sprinted the stairs up. She as well had been waiting to see the armour used.

Aurvan'kal, The Morning Star had been in your study since your return from Dalaran. The armour just had been there, like taunting and goading you to pick it up and put it on. But you had restrained yourself, you had waited.

As Malevus had read the long maintenance manual, she started to prepare the armour. You meanwhile went to put on the new black arming jacket and trousers that Melondras had made as well for you.

They fit you really snugly. Precisely made to your measurements, the black layered cloth puts an emphasis on your toned body. The high collar finished the tidiness of the arming jacket and while they were really snug, they were also very comfortable. And when you attempted to stretch, you found that it didn't hamper your movement either.

Coming out of your bedroom wearing all black, you saw a glimpse in the eye of Malevus. Was that of approval?

Either way, you started to put on the armour piece by piece as you followed the instructions. Again you were surprised how light the armour was and now that you were wearing it, you truly understood how light it was. It was like you were just wearing cloth and not metal at all.

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>>5465387

If you didn’t have the magical studies taking your time, you would have headed out and challenged everyone to spar with you. But now that would have to wait till later.

Drawing the Cinder Sword and letting the blade to breathe air for a moment, you picked up the large kite shield and held it up as well.

"It is magnificent." Malevus mused aloud.

"It is, but we have to become faster at getting me to wear this." You said and sheathed your sword. "Help me to get this off me, we can train a few more times before the studying calls me."



You had managed to speed up the process and next morning when it was time to leave for Durnholde Keep, it didn’t take that long to put on your armour.

When you stepped out into the cold winter morning, it was still dark outside. Stars were shining brightly and your knights were ready to escort you with lanterns in hand.

This time instead of having to ride to Durnholde, there was a sleigh waiting for you. A pair of sturdy looking horses would pull it and allow you and Malevus a comfortable and a warm trip to Durnholde under a pile of furs.

Sir Gravis who had thrown a fur jacket over his armour shrugged. They would be fine.



Your plan to ride through the day and reach Durnholde Keep as the night arrived was successful. The sleigh was quite fast on the snowy roads and while the horses and your knights were tired, they were all glad to get inside where it was warm.

The gatehouse of Durnholde Keep was open and when you guided the sleigh in, you found that you weren’t the first one to arrive. Officially the feast would start in two days, but others had also thought about arriving early. There were few sleighs similar to yours in the yard and the servants from Durnholde had difficulties finding room for yours while they prepared to carry your belongings into a room that was reserved to you.

You in your new armour surrounded by your knights made the servants hasten their work. They wouldn’t want to have one of the important guests wait unnecessarily.

Now while it was late, you had some time to spend. Most importantly the feast hadn't started yet and your host or his right-hand man most likely were free and without other obligations. You thought about finding Taretha, but chose not to do it. You will see her in the coming days, the Keep isn't that big. Alternatively you could just retire for the evening.


>Go see your host Lord Blackmoore. The two of you should have a talk as you haven’t seen him since the trial in Capital City.
>Karramyn Langston handles the daily tasks in Durnholde. Speaking with him could give you valuable information of what to expect of the feast.
>Stroll and wander through the Keep. You could use some time to reorient yourself and spread your legs after sitting for the most of the day.
>Retire for the day and get a good night of sleep. Tomorrow you will have time to meet with people.
>Other, write in.
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>>5465390
Karramyn Langston handles the daily tasks in Durnholde. Speaking with him could give you valuable information of what to expect of the feast.
Langsten first, and maybe Blackmoore afterwards if we have the time.
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>>5465390
As visitors it behooves us to seek out the host.
I suppose in this case Langston might be close enough and probably for the best if we run into him first, but that should not stop us from at least trying to meet
>Bleckmoore

So let’s get that over with. We kind of humiliated him but technically it might have been to his advantage as our bold claims may have diverted some heat off him on top of giving more credibility to the part of our testimony that was in his favour in not showing us as to be in cahoots.
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>>5465390
>5465390
>Go see your host Lord Blackmoore. The two of you should have a talk as you haven’t seen him since the trial in Capital City.
Dont be rude greed the host first.
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>>5465390
>>Go see your host Lord Blackmoore. The two of you should have a talk as you haven’t seen him since the trial in Capital City.
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>>5465390
>>Go see your host Lord Blackmoore. The two of you should have a talk as you haven’t seen him since the trial in Capital City.
Hello, let's see if he is ready for make another "comment" this time. Or drink too much, again Blackmoore ?

Do stretch a bit before going to him. What to talk with him i wonder hahaha. Trade ? Betting ? Orcs ? The feast ? Or more likely the deal between us. By now he should have notice we use criminals has workforce for hard/harsh work instead of just killing or put a sentence on them. Even Fowley and his merchants showed interest. Still that workforce is too much of a boon for us, and after sometime we can even recruit from it. Which is quite good, thanks to our reputation and Sir Radan it can be properly done. I don't see a reason for not keep them.
There is still that favor for us to use with Blackmoore, if we want too. A thing to consider..... certainly something to remind people of, or they might try and forget of it.
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>>5465568
I'd rather we keep that favour in our backpocket in case we need to bail out Taretha thogh it would be good to remind him that he still owes us. Im also curious as to why Blackmoore got so mad at Alric since Alric did exactly what was asked of him. Then again, Blackmoore is a degenerate retard so I suppose even the slightest deviation from what he wants may cause such a fit.
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>>5465593
>why Blackmoore got so mad at Alric since Alric did exactly what was asked of him.
Because he's a dumbass and doesn't understand that sometimes you have to admit your guilt in part to lessen the punishment. He wanted it all and was too shortsighted to see that it was impossible to have it all in that situation. We saved his worthless hide there and he didn't even realize it. I can't wait for Alric to become powerful enough to be able to just dispose of that wretch should the need arise and if you ask me, the need is pressing already.
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>>5465635
As I said, degenerate retard. As for getting rid of him... eh, I think it's more trouble than it's worth. I'd let him sit on his little fief and play petty king all he wants since he's more of a problem to the Alliance than to Alterac and, unlike the Alliance, is willing to work with us. The only hitch is if Taretha fucks up and gets caught before we can bail her out because then the realpolitik comes into conflict with Alric's personal stake in her well-being as her friend.
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It would be rude to not visit your host Lord Blackmoore even if it was somewhat late in the evening. You didn’t exactly savour the idea of having to deal with the man, you didn’t like him at all, but certain things had to be done. And visiting your host is one of them.

You hadn’t talked with Lord Blackmoore since the trial where you had spoken what you thought about the imprisonment of Thrall. Blackmoore had been furious, but he hadn’t realised that you inadvertently had taken some of the heat off him. It was you the people were talking about and not Lord Blackmoore. And if the audit of Durnholde Keep didn’t find any issues, Lord Blackmoore basically got away and retained his position.

You hoped that the man had mellowed since Capital City. As much as you disliked the man, he was one of your only allies and both of you would benefit if you continued to cooperate with each other.

Sending one of the knights to escort your travel chest into your room and to stand guard there until you arrive, you and Malevus made your way through the Keep. Servants, guards and even some of the people that you presumed to be guests gave way and when you reached the door to Blackmoore’s study you asked a servant if he was in.

“Yes he is, but I wouldn’t interrupt him right now.” The servant told you.

You wouldn’t care about that as you gave your helmet to Malevus and put your chaperon on making the servant recognize you. He backed away and allowed you to go for the door.

“Malevus, can you wait here and make sure that we aren’t interrupted?” You said to her.

“Will do Prince Alric.” Malevus said and nodded.

You opened the door and stepped in closing the door behind you. The study was empty outside of a few candles that were still burning and providing light, but you heard some noises coming from an adjacent room with the door being open. As you walked closer, you recognized what the sound was.

It was the sounds and mumbles of pleasure. You had a pretty good idea what was going on in the bedroom. If the door to the bedroom wasn’t already open you would have turned away and let Blackmoore have his privacy, but this time you opted to walk in. If not to just pay your respects to your host, but to annoy him a bit by interrupting him.

You knocked on the door twice with your gauntleted hand and stepped in. The knock clearly spooked Blackmoore as the blanket was thrown into disarray.

“Who interrupts me?” Lord Blackmoore retorted before getting his head up and out from under the blanket. “You, Prince Alric?”

“Lord Blackmoore, I came to greet my host and to pay my respects.” You said and grinned.

“Tremendous timing Prince Alric, but thank you.” Blackmoore said and was clearly annoyed that you had interrupted him. He didn’t seem to be drunk this time.

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>>5465976

The second head appeared from under the blanket and it was who you thought it would be.

“Alric?” Taretha said as she covered her naked body with the blanket.

“Lady Taretha.” You greeted her and gave her a nod before continuing. “Lord Blackmoore, I am sorry for interrupting you. I didn’t know that you…”

“What is done is done.” Blackmoore said to you and sighed as he stepped out of the bed stark naked still half stiff. He reached for his dressing gown and put it on as he walked past you. “Then we should talk, after all you are here.”

Blackmoore left the bedroom and you gave a single glance towards Taretha. She didn’t say anything aloud, but mouthed ‘thank you’ and gave you a smile. You closed the door behind you to give her some privacy.

“Oh she is lovely.” Blackmoore said to you as he reached for a pair of cups. “As you know it.”

You opted just to give Blackmoore a faint smile.

“But it is good that you are here, I invited everyone from Hillsbrad and from a few places a far and expecting everyone to arrive would be foolish.” Blackmoore said to you and filled a pair of cups with wine giving you the second one. “Prince Alric, you bring a lot of prestige to the feast and due to that I would like to have you at my side.”

“A chair next to you at the table?” You asked him and sipped the wine. It was pretty good wine.

“Yes, this feast would be as much for me as it would be for you.” Blackmoore said to you. “The news of your victories against the bandits spreads, Hillsbrad talks about you Prince Alric. And now you have a new beautiful armour.”

Lord Blackmoore knew about his reputation and wanted to associate with you, especially after your recent successes. It was a smart move for him, but how he spoke it felt that the tables had started to turn. It wasn’t you who needed Blackmoore, but vice versa. But did you need Blackmoore this badly, would you associate yourself even more with him or could you just walk past him and show superiority?

“That is a tempting offer Lord Blackmoore.” You said to him and continued. “But there was no mention of me in the invitation, would the rest of the guests start asking questions? Why me, why not one of them?”

“Oh no, while that is a good point Prince Alric, I would imagine that the guests would like to honour you as much as I do.” Blackmoore said and it was blatantly clear he was trying to flatter and oil you.

Has the situation changed this much since the Capital City? Or did Blackmoore have some sort of a plan or a ploy in his mind. You didn’t think he would change his mind this suddenly, especially as he had been quite furious with you.

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>>5465979


>Accept the offer, this feast can be used to honour you as well. Plenty of people would get to see your face.
>Accept, but you want to be free to mingle with the guests and not to be on a pedestal.
>Decline, but be honoured that Lord Blackmoore suggested it. This feast is for him and not for you as you are only a guest.
>Disregard the offer and make it clear to him that you have passed him and that sweet talking you doesn’t get far.
>Other, write in.
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>>5465982
>>Decline, but be honoured that Lord Blackmoore suggested it. This feast is for him and not for you as you are only a guest.
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>>5465982
>Accept, but you want to be free to mingle with the guests and not to be on a pedestal.

humoring him should allow us to cash in more in that favor that he owes us later, besides, making him angry just to avoid sitting at his side is pretty stupid at this point.
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>>5465982
>Accept, but you want to be free to mingle with the guests and not to be on a pedestal.
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>>5465982
>Accept the seating arrangement and appreciate the honour
I wonder what benefit he derives from this? Showing that we're on good terms? That he can take and get over criticism? Or is it really just about taming of the hills?
He better not be upset if we say something he doesn't like...
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>>5465982
>>Accept the offer, this feast can be used to honour you as well. Plenty of people would get to see your face.
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Accepting the offer is the winner, but because I am planning on writing one more update today, may I have a tiebreaker? The vote is 2-2 between accepting the seating arrangement and mingling freely amongst the guests.
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>>5466315
let's mingle
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>>5465593
Fair enough might be of use later on.
Pride ? He wanted to be completely saved even his reputation. But I agree more on the degenerate retard for explain the anger.


>>5466058
Something like that likely. Join the new and winning chariot, and hope it makes him look good. Also the hills yeah.
Alric might do something that no one managed to do, and maybe he can get some benefits if he supports us in our efforts.
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"Your offer is tempting, but I cannot accept it completely." You said back to Blackmoore and took a sip of the wine. "I want to be free to mingle with the guests and not be on a pedestal for all to see."

"That is… doable." Blackmoore said. "Your victory will be honoured, just sit next to me at the start of the feast and then you are free to do whatever you want."

"That sounds good and is settled." You said back.

Blackmoore downed his cup and went to fill it again.

"It is good that you arrived. Very good indeed. I will have Langston prepare you a report about your men, they have been a great help, but it is unlikely that we require them in the future." Blackmoore told you. "But we can talk about this later."

Blackmoore refilled your half empty cup with wine

"To Durnholde and Alterac." He said and downed his cup. The sash keeping his dressing gown opened, showing his stark naked body again.

"Alterac stands." You said back and took a careful sip.

"Now though you interrupted me and it does annoy me. But we were just about to finish and I am in no mood to start over." Blackmoore said as he tied the sash and recovered some of his modesty.

"As I said, I wouldn't have barged in…" You attempted to explain, but were interrupted again.

"Bah, it is good that you are here and I can have her whenever I want… speaking of her… Taretha!" Blackmoore waved your apologies away and called his mistress.

It took a moment, but Taretha opened the bedroom door. Her slightly transparent nightgown showed her body and her blonde hair was still messy from the earlier. It was difficult to keep your eyes up as she was quite beautiful in a very rustic way.

You could see that she was surprised to still see you here, but she kept her face set in a slight innocent smile.

"Lord Blackmoore." Taretha said and did a small curtsy.

"Taretha, go with Prince Alric." Blackmoore said. "While he is here, you are to serve him and to make him comfortable."

"Yes Lord Blackmoore." Taretha said and did a small curtsy before walking to you and taking your plated arm. "Shall we go Prince Alric?"

Taretha smiled at you and you couldn’t avoid smiling as well even if you knew what the implication Blackmoore said was. It was better to play along for a moment.

"Thank you Lord Blackmoore, and for seeing me." You said to him and finished your cup of wine. "We can talk in the coming days."

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>>5466474

Blackmoore watched as you led Taretha out of the study and when Malevus saw her coming out of the room with you and the door closed behind you, the smiles on both of your faces dropped instantly.

"Malevus, your cloak please." You said and Malevus did as told. "Sorry Tari, but this might be a bit itchy."

You took the heavy woollen cloak and carefully wrapped Tari in it. Her walking around in a night gown that barely covered her wouldn't be proper.

"Thanks Alric." Tari said to you as she pulled the cloak tightly around herself and seemed happy. Her smile was genuine. "Let's go to your room and away from these hallways."

"That would be for the best." You said to her.



You had been given the same room as before and you found Empleton standing guard by the door. Your belongings had been carried in and you relieved the knight to join his companions.

Inside the room Tari watched silently as you and Malevus stripped your armour off. Still wrapped in the cloak, she did make herself useful by lighting a few candles and setting a fire into the fireplace while you and Malevus worked. When Aurvan'kal had been neatly put on an armour rack, Malevus excused herself and left the room. You locked the door behind her and carried a chair next to Tari by the fire.

"Don’t worry Tari, she knows, I have told her." You said to her as you retrieved a pair of glasses and a jug with watered down wine before joining her by the fire. "You can trust her."

Tari was enjoying the warmth and when you gave her the glass, she loosened her hold on the cloak a bit to be able to hold the glass.

"Thanks Alric." She said and gave you a smile.

"How have you been?" You asked her.

"I have been fine." She said and you knew it was a lie. The nightgown did a horrific job at hiding the few bruises around her wrists.

"Please Tari, don't lie to me." You said back to her. "I could see the faint bruises."

Whatever was left of the stoicism Tari usually carried with her was gone in an instant. She put down her glass and dragged her chair right next to yours before hugging you tightly. Her nightgown covered body finding safety in you.

"Blackmoore has had a foul mood after another. When he is in a foul mood… he can be rough, but hasn't always been drunk, he has periods when he is mostly sober." Tari told you as she leaned her head on your shoulder and watched the fire while having difficulties keeping the cloak on. "Sometimes when he is sober, he is much worse. At least when drunk he passes out fast, but when sober… we can have… he lasts much longer."

"Has he hurt you? Did anything to you?" It was a stupid question to ask with the bruises being that apparent.

"Nothing you can't already see." Tari said to you. "Nothing I can't handle."

You put your hand around Tari to assure her and to help keep the cloak on. Tari smiled at you and hugged you more tightly before closing her eyes. She would be safe here.

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>>5466475

The two of you were like this for a few moments

"Thank you Alric for being here. I feel safe with you, knowing that you are a good man." Tari said as she kept holding you.

"And you are a way too good woman to be here and with that man. My offer for you to come to Alterac still stands." You said back to her.

"And you know I can't leave my family." Tari said and sighed. "But I appreciate that you are trying to help me."

Tari was a smart woman, but still she put everyone else ahead of herself even if it meant her to be handled in such a degrading way.

"But enough of my worries, do you want to talk about anything else?" Tari said to you and opened her eyes. "There is something you should know about and have you heard anything about Thrall?"


>Ask what is on her mind and tell that you have no news about Thrall.
>Tell her about your Invasion of Strahnbrad Hills and the events in which you nearly died.
>The city of Dalaran is a magnificent place, but also carries a darker side that you found about.
>What does she think about the feast and who the rest of the guests might be?
>How has life in Durnholde gone otherwise? Have things changed since Thrall's escape?
>Other, write in.
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>>5466477
>Ask what is on her mind and tell that you have no news about Thrall.
>How has life in Durnholde gone otherwise? Have things changed since Thrall's escape?
Let's not make things even more of a downer.
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>>5466477
> You have heard no news of Thrall but can you tell her about your escapades, both in Strahnbrad and in Dalaran.
> How has life in Durnholde gone otherwise? Have things changed since Thrall's escape?
And finally:
> Ask her to really consider her situation as it seems to be getting worse and if it keeps going that way... would it not be better to look for a different option?

What is keeping her family here anyway? Is Blackmoore holding them hostage? If so, Alric can cash in that favour to get her and her family out of here.
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>>5466477
>Ask what is on her mind and tell that you have no news about Thrall.
we can also give her an account of what we've been up to. Perhaps without the more lurid details, she has enough on her plate.
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>>5466477
>Tell her about your Invasion of Strahnbrad Hills and the events in which you nearly died.
then
>How has life in Durnholde gone otherwise? Have things changed since Thrall's escape?

I have a question, QM. Is the whole thing about Taretha being Blackmoore's concubine Blizzard lore or your own? I have not read Lord of the Clans.
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>>5466491
You haven't asked, but you presume that it must be a good reason.

>>5466542
Actual Blizzard lore with bruises and all. Blame Christie Golden who invented Taretha when she wrote Lord of the Clans.
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>>5466567
> You haven't asked.
Really? Then we should do so now, at the end of our conversation.

>>5466477
Amending >>5466491 to:

> You have heard no news of Thrall but you can tell her about your escapades, both in Strahnbrad and in Dalaran, whilst putting a comedic spin on them.
> How has life in Durnholde gone otherwise? Have things changed since Thrall's escape?
> Ask her to really consider her situation as it seems to be getting worse and if it keeps going that way... would it not be better to look for another option? What is keeping her family here anyway? Maybe you could help.
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>>5466481
Adding
>What is keeping her family here anyway? Maybe you could help.
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>>5466626
+1
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>>5466626
Supporting this.

And by Ner'Zhul this man is despicable, I wonder if even a black dragon would choke when consuming him.
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>>5466984
>And by Ner'Zhul this man is despicable, I wonder if even a black dragon would choke when consuming him.

We can't moralfag regarding Blackmoore given that we fornicated with the princess of the most powerful Human kingdom.
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>>5467178
“I haven’t heard anything about Thrall, no rumour or sightings. My patrols or those from Tarren Mill haven’t seen or heard anything.” You said to Tari. “Sorry, but it seems like he has disappeared into the wind and to be honest, Arathi Highlands is quite a big place if he went there.”

“No news means that he hasn’t been caught at least.” Tari said. It wasn’t much, but it made her a bit more relieved.

“Well since my return back home from Capital City, I launched the invasion and we managed to wrestle a good portion of Strahnbrad Hills under our control. That is the reason why Blackmoore wants to honour me, Alterac defeated a strong force of bandits. News of a victory like that is going to spread.” You said and continued. “Then I visited Dalaran and got my new armour.”

“You have been busy.” Tari said back. “No days off.”

“Maybe a bit too busy, I don’t really have proper days off. You can’t take the mantle that says Prince off and leave it laying on the floor, you have to carry it every day.” You said and sighed. You had been a bit too busy and with your magic studies having started, any plans on having days off were thrown out of the window.

“How has life been in Durnholde? How have you been?” You asked Tari.

“Busy and then less busy. The audit turned the whole Keep upside down, but since then things have been quiet. With Thrall gone there has been less visitors that come to see the gladiator games and not as many guards are needed here.” Tari explained to you. “Life has been a way less hectic, not as much things to do.”

It made sense to send the excess guards to actually guard the Internment Camps now with Thrall gone. The heightened security in here wasn’t needed anymore, that was probably the reason why your men aren’t probably needed here.

“That sounds good, well as good as it can be.” You said to her.

Tari let go of you and picked the glass of wine from the floor where she put it down. The two of you continued to enjoy the warmth of the fireplace while sipping the wine.

“You had something to tell me?” You asked her. “Something that I should know about?”

Tari looked down on the floor briefly before turning back towards you.

“Everyone here in Durnholde knows about me and Blackmoore. A nobleman having a concubine or a mistress is nothing out of ordinary.” Tari said to you. “But rumours have started to spread about us.”

It was a matter of time, you should have known it, the rumours had to start to spread at some point.

“The servants and guards have been saying that we are lovers. That either Blackmoore is willingly sharing me with you or that you had seduced me away from him.” Tari said to you and hugged you again. “Blackmoore believes that him offering me to you has worked and he has no reason to curb the rumours or to say that they are true. All the nights of us staying in the same room and Blackmoore sending me to you have led to this.”

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>>5467180

You pinched the bridge of your nose and sighed. What an awful situation you had gotten into.

“We don’t have much that we can do about this, do we? If I say that the rumours are false, Blackmoore would realise that his offering has failed and that we have been playing him like a fool.” You said to Tari and put your arm around her shoulder again. “And that would make him angry, and he might lash out at you.”

You turned your head to look at her eyes.

“And I can’t have that Tari. Blackmoore is already thinking that someone from Durnholde helped Thrall to escape and if he realises that we have been playing with him, he is going to connect the dots.” You said. “You should come to Alterac, you would be safe in Dawnholme.”

“And then Blackmoore realises that you were also involved in Thrall’s escape. A Perenolde helping an orc, that would be the end of you!” Tari said to you. “And I can’t have that either.”

“Then what keeps you here? Your family?” You asked her.

“Yes, my father owes his life to Blackmoore. He was his personal servant years ago when they found Thrall and before that he and his family lived in extreme poverty. My father and mother owe everything to Blackmoore as he gave them a place to live and food on the table, they wouldn’t leave willingly without Blackmoore sending them away.” Tari told you.

The fire in the fireplace started to slowly die and the room had become quite warm.

“I cannot leave my family behind nor can I cause trouble to you. It is for the best if I stay here, for you and my family.” Tari said to you. “Blackmoore is a vindictive man, if he learns the truth, he is going to do something to bring ruin on both of us even if it takes time.”

“Then we are at an impasse.” You said and sighed again. What an awful situation. “We can’t do anything.”

“No we can’t.” Tari said.

“I hate it, I hate it so much. You are a smart and incredible woman Tari, I like you and I can’t stand seeing you treated like this. I hate this, I hate Blackmoore. I just want you to be safe.” You said to her with a tint of anger in your voice.

“Thank you Alric, I know you mean that with all of your heart.” Tari said with a quiet voice.

The embers continued to glow and the warmth of the fireplace had started to die. The two of you stayed like this for a moment as it was peaceful. But it was late and it was time to go to bed.

You had suggested that you could sleep on the chair and allow Tari to sleep on the bed, but she had insisted that it would be fine to share it and it could get cold during the night. The bed was wide, but not wide enough for two, more like for one and half. You averted your eyes as Tari was still only wearing her nightgown while she climbed into the bed and made her way under the blanket. And when you joined her, the two of you fit in the bed barely side by side.

“Good night Alric.”

“Good night Tari.”

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>>5467184

You stared at the ceiling and watched as light and shadows from a lone candle danced across it, thinking about the conversation you just had with Tari. It was a tough situation to be in.

Tari shifted right next to you and you found her taking hold of your arm.

“Thank you Alric, I feel safe when I am with you.” She whispered and moved again closer to you. Then she gave you a peck on your cheek. “Thank you for being here.”

“Tari, you should try to sleep.” You whispered back and got only content mumbling as an answer.

It didn’t take long for you to start hearing a faint snuffle. She had fallen asleep.

You meanwhile continued to think about all of this. What would be the correct way of action if you tried to get her away from Blackmoore and Durnholde. If Tari leaves with or without her family, Blackmoore grows suspicious. If you deny the rumours, Blackmoore grows suspicious. If Blackmoore grows suspicious of Tari, you can only guess what he will do to her and your guesses weren’t pleasant. If Blackmoore grows suspicious of you, could he start blackmailing you, spreading rumours or directly acting against you?

Would the correct action be just to keep this going, nevermind the rumours or actively doubling down on them? If Blackmoore doesn’t suspect anything, Tari and you are safe, but that doesn’t get her to safety away from Durnholde. You had the favour, but would cashing it in cause Blackmoore to grow suspicious of you and Tari? You would have to make sure that he doesn’t suspect anything if Tari was to get away from him and Durnholde.

Or would you just trust Tari that everything will be fine if she was to stay in here?

You closed your eyes and pushed this decision into the future. It didn’t take long for you too to fall asleep.



When you woke, you found that in your sleep you had turned on your side and Tari had hugged you in her sleep. She was still soundly asleep as you carefully wiggled away from her hold. There was some mumbling as she found herself without something to hold, but she didn’t wake up.

The room had turned somewhat cold and you carefully pulled the blanket properly on her and as silently as you ever could move, you went to light a new fire into the fireplace. It didn’t take long for the warmth of the fire to start filling the room again and your companion slowly starting to wake up.

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>>5467186

“Good morning Alric.” Tari mumbled as she pulled the blanket tighter around her.

“Good morning Tari, did you sleep well?” You asked as you tended the fire and watched over a kettle. As Tari was sleeping, you had prepared a light breakfast of whatever delicacies were in the room and herbal tea.

“I haven’t slept this soundly in a long time.” She said to you as she pushed herself up and sat on the bed. She was still wrapped in the blanket as her only piece of clothing was the nightgown.

“You fell asleep immediately.” You told her, passing her a cup of tea and a plate with some cake. “And we need to fix your problem.”

“I don’t know if you can help me.” Tari said and sounded defeated.

“No, I didn’t mean that problem, I meant your clothes. I can’t allow you to be clothed only in that.” You said and pointed at her nightgown.

“Oh yes, you are right Alric. Let me go get my clothes from my room.” Tari said and prepared to rise up.

“No, I will have my squire to go pick them for you.” You told her. “Just eat your breakfast.”

It didn’t take long to find a servant in the hallway. You made him go and fetch Malevus for you. When your squire arrived, you gave her a complex and a daring quest to find where Tari’s clothes were and then to tend to her if she required anything. You meanwhile would have other things to do, it was better to not waste daylight during the winter. You could talk with Tari later in the evening.


>Send Sir Gravis and the knights to gather information and collect rumours. You want to know what is going on in Durnholde Keep and in the nearby village. Sir Gravis has the benefit of knowing the land as well.
>Go to speak with Karramyn Langston, the right hand man of Lord Blackmoore is worth talking to and you could learn about how the Audit went and if things have changed in Durnholde Keep.
>It might be worth investigating these rumours and daily goings of Durnholde Keep by yourself. See if you can learn anything and if you could end up meeting any of the guests that have already arrived.
>Spend the day with Lord Blackmoore, if he is going to honour you during the feast, staying near him and associating with him could prove to be useful. You could also see who else comes to greet him.
>Today could be a good day to test how well Aurvan’kal fits you. The sparring field should have soldiers with whom you could spar with.
>Other, write in.
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>>5467184
>“We can’t do anything.”
Not unless Blackmoore has an unfortunate accident and falls a flight of stairs ten times or so.

>>5467178
We absolutely can given that we neither coerced nor sexually abused her. Calia's and Alric's is a passionate romance whereas Blackmoore is using Taretha as if she were an object, in addition to mental and physical abuse he piles on her. It'd be a fucked up relationship even if it was consensual, but it is obvious that it isn't because he simply wields his status in order to do as he pleases with her.

>>5467188
>Go to speak with Karramyn Langston, the right hand man of Lord Blackmoore is worth talking to and you could learn about how the Audit went and if things have changed in Durnholde Keep.
We won't get much use out of Blackmoore himself now, he's not going to talk about things that hurt his ego.
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>>5467188
>Go to speak with Karramyn Langston, the right hand man of Lord Blackmoore is worth talking to and you could learn about how the Audit went and if things have changed in Durnholde Keep.
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>Send Sir Gravis and the knights to gather information and collect rumours. You want to know what is going on in Durnholde Keep and in the nearby village. Sir Gravis has the benefit of knowing the land as well.
>Go to speak with Karramyn Langston, the right hand man of Lord Blackmoore is worth talking to and you could learn about how the Audit went and if things have changed in Durnholde Keep.
these two don't seem mutually exclusive, except that we're giving up on having Gravis close by if shit hits the fan...
Talking to Langston could also shed some light on whatever it is Blackmoore may have planned. Although only do that if it doesn't interfere with the schedule, leaving blackmoore sitting next to empty chair might be amusing but probably not a good idea after we already agreed.

>>5467178
my friend how do you reckon a genuine reciprocated expression of love is in any way, shape or form comparable with a lord routinely raping and otherwise abusing his servant and passing her around like a commodity to earn favours?
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>>5467188
>>Today could be a good day to test how well Aurvan’kal fits you. The sparring field should have soldiers with whom you could spar with.
>>5467200
>>5467247
The key is that they're both extramarital relationships.
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>>5467279
That's like saying shit and chocolate are both inadmissible meals because they're both brown.
I mean you can argue from legal point of view what we did is much "worse" than what Blackmoore is doing, but that has nothing to do with morals or being outraged about it.
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>>5467279
>the institution of marriage having anything to do with morality
Lol. Lmao.
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>>5467188
>Send Sir Gravis and the knights to gather information and collect rumours. You want to know what is going on in Durnholde Keep and in the nearby village. Sir Gravis has the benefit of knowing the land as well.
>Go to speak with Karramyn Langston, the right hand man of Lord Blackmoore is worth talking to and you could learn about how the Audit went and if things have changed in Durnholde Keep.
From what I've read, Taretha's reason for remaining a sex slave seems really fucking stupid but I've gotta go to sleep so I'll read the entire dialogue again tomorrow and then ramble autistically if my opinion doesn't change.

>>5467868
What? It obviously has to do with morality. That anon is wrong but that's because his comparison is shit. In their hearts, Alric and Calia are already married to each other and only their circumstances are preventing them from making it formal. Meanwhile, Taretha is just a piece of meat that Blackmoore can use and pass around however and whenever he wants. It's a complete false equivalency.
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>>5467914
Has nothing to do with morality, it was created for the purposes of transfers of power between the ruling noble houses and clans of ye olde days, with the religious elements tacked on because the clergy also want a piece of the pie, as they always had. The lower classes emulated it because that's how it always had been with those beneath trying to emulate those above. And her reasons are actually quite sound, unless she wants to just up and leave her family and wander the world alone as a peasant without any patronage, which would be tantamount to suicide, she will do as her parents say, because most likely they do not consider giving her up to Blackmoore as too great of a price to pay for safety and stability, be it for their daughter or themselves. If anything, most peasants would consider it an honour, to have their child remain the the care of a lord, whatever the form it takes.
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>>5467925
>Using a cynical historicist analysys to determine the morality or amorality of a cultural institution in it's entirety.
I won't even entertain such reasoning, not because it's immature (which it is), but because If I did it would go way further than the scope of this quest.

>Reasons for being a sex slave are sound
The ONLY reason I'd find acceptable is if he threatened to torture her family (Which is what I assumed was the case) and even then I would find her apathy about escaping her servitude ridiculous. To accept such abuse merely to see a family that doesn't care about having your love for them used to coerce you into degrading yourself to a piece of meat, even when a golden opportunity to escape into safety presents itself? It is madness. The kind of learned helplessness that I hear from abuse victims but it is still madness.
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>>5467942
I wasn't trying to say that her remaining that way is a good thing for her, only that it makes sense for her to think so and it would make sense for her parents to tolerate and perhaps in some way encourage this. She and her parents are at least fortunate that they aren't serfs, but then again, with a lord like Blackmoore, they might as well be. As for the institution of marriage and supposed immaturity of my comment, there's a lot that can be said about it, but none of it belongs in this thread.
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>>5467868
>>5467914
Alric/Calia and Blackmoore/Taretha are both guilty of carrying out the marital act together despite not being married. Taretha admitted to Alric that she does it willingly for her family's sake, which basically makes her a whore in Blackmoore's service. She refused all of Alric's offers to get her out.
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>>5467946
You speak as if it was a crime of some sort, but the universe of Warcraft does not abide by morally ethical or religious dogmas that would make it out to be such. Or at least there is no indication that it would.
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>>5467944
> I wasn't trying to say that her remaining that way is a good thing for her, only that it makes sense for her to think so.
As in, like the learned helplessness I mentioned? Then yes.

> and it would make sense for her parents to tolerate and perhaps in some way encourage this.
No it doesn't. If they absolutely HAVE to take the money, why would you ever be content to let your daughter be abused like that? Not only let it happen but be grateful to the man who is doing It? It can only make sense in a psychopathic sort of way.

> As for the institution of marriage and supposed immaturity of my comment, there's a lot that can be said about it, but none of it belongs in this thread.
It reminded me of opinions I held when I was a teenager, thinking I had the whole world figured out but yeah... not in this thread.

>>5467946
Yes, both had sex with people they were not married to. It's still a shit comparison in regards to any sort of moral judgement which is what your original post was about. I agree with the rest though.
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>>5467949
I don't think it's ever stated anywhere directly that illegitimate commerce is a sin, but that can be inferred from the Church of the Holy Light's Christian aesthetic and theme.
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>>5467967
Outside of being vaguely monotheistic and a singular instance of usage of an ankh, which is actually coptic in nature, there is absolutely nothing Christian about the church of the Holy Light. It had neither a savior figure that had come to redeem the mortal world, nor did it have any kind of a unified set of religious guidelines and its devout followers were not required to take vows of celibacy either, as evidenced by Tirion Fordring being married and having a son while also being a paladin of the Silver Hand.
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>>5467968
The Church of the Holy Light has priests, monks, bishops, abbots etc.
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>>5467973
So did the Amani empire, they just called them differently.
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>>5467967
Are you larping or is that what you actually believe?
Smh
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>>5467997
The latter.
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>>5468013
Okay
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>>5467188
>Send Sir Gravis and the knights to gather information and collect rumours. You want to know what is going on in Durnholde Keep and in the nearby village. Sir Gravis has the benefit of knowing the land as well.
>Go to speak with Karramyn Langston, the right hand man of Lord Blackmoore is worth talking to and you could learn about how the Audit went and if things have changed in Durnholde Keep.
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Haha I notice that there are nearly twenty new replies and I find this. Either way, going to see Karramyn Langston and sending Sir Gravis and the knights to sniff rumours is the winner. Could I have a roll please. I will write the update later today.


>1d10
>Best of three, taking the second roll.
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Rolled 8 (1d10)

>>5468209
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Rolled 8 (1d10)

>>5468209
rolling in hell.
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>>5467200
There could be more than one way for dispose of Blackmo