Designation: Arathi Research
The findings in Arathi were more disturbing than I had intended. While it was originally to find the motive for this strange flight, something I have now coined the "Prismatic," what was found was much more... shocking.
Small breaks in timelines, presumably, that are surfacing slowly within our own time. According to one of the drakes themselves, I am the "link" that binds them here. This means that, despite returning here to my own time, as I should have been, something along the timeways is still shattered. However, if after my first trip, nothing was falling apart like this... could that mean...?
Before getting too ahead of myself, my future self seems to have grown mad and warped by this disease. Accounts show that she was indeed infected with this plague before departing back to her appropriate time. A written paper, provable to be hers since it matches my own handwriting, details strange mutterings about a "Great Star in the Sky," as well as this "Great Star's" involvement in some form of "rebirth." The phrasing used indicates this "rebirth" is meant for Azeroth.
For their plan to commence, something known as an "Ash Warden" must be crowned. I must admit, all of these terms used were quite vague. Although, I am lead to believe the drakes know just as much about the ongoings as we do- next to nothing. This Ash Warden person will usher in a cleansing fire to wash over Azeroth, bringing a new horizon for life to find a path in a reborn world. They say this Ash Warden will cleanse the Azeroth in all timelines, thereby "saving the planet." While I went seeking answers, I have far more questions now than I did before. Who is this Ash Warden? What is this "Great Star?" What role do we play in bringing about the very end of Azeroth?
Even with this on my mind, I ponder if perhaps I am not my own present self. If I truly am the link that offers them passage here... then I am somehow tied to the break in the timelines. To recap:
I time-traveled seven years in the future. A paradoxical occurence caused my own disappearance, replacing me with what is thought to be my future self. The same me from the same timeline, simply after being trapped with no way to come back. I believe me opening the portal that allowed me to travel is what gave her the anchor to return. However, if she was meant to return home from this time-travel adventure, and she travelled back, that would mean she is actually my true present self. Her departure to what is thought to be her time is what brought about this horrible break in the timelines. However, if she is now swayed by that foul plague that maddens her, then it would be unsafe to bring her back regardless. This presents a conundrum... either devote all resources possible to finding a cure to this plague, or let the breaks continue and shatter the entire scope of time in the long-run. Either will not be easy, and the second is far from sustainable.
This means that more research on this plague is necessary. Due to how fast this illness kills organisms, specimens are so limited for proper research. It is no wonder, even within the future that is presented, they have no way to fight it. The possibilties to cure such a strange and intelligent disease, despite how simple its biological construction may be... it will prove tiresome. I will not entertain the thoughts of rest, or sleep. This requires urgency. However, if the findings in Arathi are of use, and Emmy's words ring true, this metallic cuff is meant to slow the rate. The more I think about it... the more I cannot get the schematic for that metallic cuff out of my head... but I have always pursued research at any cost...
I have much thinking to do.
End Daily Notes