Never stop learning
I have changed since the last time you heard from me.
People may hear the word "change" and assume it is bad. However, I believe that the time I have spent away has improved me.
You may ask where I have been. Well, I did not venture far. I had not visited my homeland for a long time, and I felt the spirits of my ancestors calling to me to come to them for guidance. I felt that I had reached my goals and achieved all the knowledge that I could, but instead of feeling satisfied I felt empty. I decided to seek the advice of my ancestors. During my time away I have learnt many things, but the one thing that I will always carry with me is the fact that we never stop learning, even when it seems that there is nothing left to know.
The path that I have chosen through life has brought me closer to the creatures that inhabit this world and consequently I have spent a lot of my time studying them. Admittedly, I have mainly studied them out of their natural environment, using books and conversation as my guide. However, that is about to change.
I wish to gain experience of the world as seen by the creatures I have studied. I intend to travel between Undercity and Booty Bay on foot in order to immerse myself in the life and soul of the forest and its inhabitants. I realise that this journey may take some time, but I am prepared to invest that time in exchange for the knowledge that I may gain as a result.
I do not ask anything material from any of you, only your support.
EDIT: (OOC) This will probably be postponed until after ZG as it doesn't seem very in character to temporarily abandon the trip to do other things once I've started.
I thought that my journey would provide me with answers and insight, but all I seem to get are more questions.
I have reached Hammerfall in the Arathi Highlands. I have seen the corruption in Silverpine and I wonder if it is those maligant forces that caused the bark to be stripped from certain trees near the Dalaran post. In the foothills of Hillsbrad the season seems to be changing, but some trees seem faster than others. Bears, spiders and lions all seem to co-exist quite happily in this area, while moving into the Arathi Highlands, raptors, spiders and buzzards are found roaming the land in harmony. In fact, it seems that the presence of other animals does not seem to disturb them; it is our presence which causes the animals distress.
It is time to move on, but I will have to return to these questions, and their implications, in due course.
I started out alone today from Hammerfall. However, I had received word from Hive that he wished to join me. Never one to pass up on some company, we arranged to meet further south as he still had some business to attend to.
I found the atmosphere of the Arathi Highlands peaceful, which I attribute to the river and waterfalls running through it. However, this peacefulness is marred by the presence of giant spiders. I do not know how they got to be this size or if the rituals associated with this region have something to do with it.
I progressed into the Wetlands, which I found oppressive and stifling after the clear air of the hills. I stopped to take a break for some nourishment and Hive caught me up. We both continued south. I was not sure exactly how to progress, but we made it through into Dun Morogh without too much trouble. I noticed that the spiders were normal size here and not as strong, which was true of most of the creatures in this region.
Thanks to Hive's knowledge of the area (I had only passed through once) we managed to avoid the dwarves and cross into the Badlands. Here the same phenomenon of size occurred, some of the wolves were larger than the others. The majority were also stronger than those in Dun Morogh. I presume this enables them to survive in the harsh conditions, but I still do not understand the differences in size and the relationship with the geography of the area.
We also had the honour of seeing a rare buzzard, Zaricotl. He had already attacked me the last time I was in the Badlands so I was ready to steer clear. He is a formidable foe, not to be trifled with; however, he seemed in a peaceful mood this day and let us pass with no trouble.
The inn at Kargath beckoned and we stopped for some refreshment, thirsty after walking in the dry heat and dust of the desert. While I remained in Kargath, Hive could not stay. I understand that he is a busy orc and has many demands on his time, but if he should wish to accompany me again, I would not object. It is pleasant to have someone to share my observations with other than my cat. I do not like to be alone. Julaval or Drynn are always with me and I apprecate the support they provide. They understand me better than anyone, but even they cannot completely substitute for interaction with others and the chance for a conversation.
I have decided to remain in Kargath to acclamatise myself to the heat and the dry desert air. I have travelled far in a short amount of time, but I still have far to go. I am looking forward to the next stage of my journey, but I need to take the time to rest. There is much to see here and nothing will be gained by rushing through it all. It is the actual journey that matters more than the ultimate destination. In addition, even though the route I am to take to reach Stranglethorn Vale is not yet fixed, should I choose to venture into Alliance lands, it would be wise to be alert.