I have elected busywork to be the balm for my frustrations until I can sort my head back out. When not hunting with Windsong or sparring with Shadewhisper, my time is now spent perusing new texts (dishearteningly expensive, they were)--the term may not have officially begun, but the information is proving new enough to serve as a suitable distraction from relationship troubles. Besides, it won’t hurt anything to get as much of a head start as possible. (Ended up adding Enchantments to my curriculum after all, on Mel’s recommendation. Even if I am not likely to be simply murdered for failure anymore, I shall have to be more careful than ever that I don’t set myself up for a repeat of the sleepless nights spent with the morrowgrain studies.)
Also helpful yesterday was the latest of the Impromptu Squid Adventures. Killing kobolds for a farmer in Elwynn is not much to write home about if one glosses over the trap we had to remove from Mel’s leg, but I must grant it was good to step away from the books and get back outside after these weeks of hiding. It was...encouraging to know that I can still be dangerous sometimes. I had forgotten that fact rather well. I would enjoy if we made this into a recurring outing when I’ve time in the future--nothing grand, just little jobs to keep my skills sharp and help folk out now and then like I used to do.
Ny and Sev, as it happens, are recently “just friends” now. I still don’t trust my judgment enough to do anything about it, but somehow the news doesn’t actually bother me much.
--The takeaway from sparring: No more trying for brute force alone. Blade proficiency is still important for emergencies or spells being nullified, but focusing on sustained toe to toe combat was indeed both hamfisted and ignorant of how my existing magic could further help me. Just be fast, don’t get hit, and abuse shields, freezing spells, and teleportation to be a slippery annoyance and maintain distance. The strategy will doubtless be refined with time and training, but it’s working well enough so far against Shadewhisper. Getting better with enchantments will help with this as well.