Letter #1: Written August 24th
Dear Lylandris Steele,
You don’t know me, but my name is Maureen. I’m romantically involved with Sevastien- Declain’s son, your nephew. I… honestly don’t know how much you know about his whole situation! I imagine you know plenty, but, anyway… I honestly can’t say why I’m writing you today. Do you get letters often? Most of the ones I get are for business, these days. I’m a professor and Department Head at Stormwind University, you see! Head of Humanoid Resources. It’s… a lot of responsibility. Far more than I’m used to, but it’s nice, in a way! A change of pace.
I don’t know if you’ve heard just yet, but Sevastien and I are actually expecting. I’m due in November, I think? It’s crazy, these last several months have gone so fast. It’s like just yesterday, it was still February, and I was telling Caniell about the pregnancy…. And then packing up for a research trip. Funny, how that works, isn’t it..? I tell you what, though, as happy as I am to have a baby, the pain is horrible. I’m sure you understand- you had TWINS! I can’t even imagine that. Wow.
Speaking of the twins, I’m actually pretty closely involved with Evadre and Isbeth, though in very different lights. Evandre is such a kind man. He’s the one in charge of my void training, as a matter of fact! But he’s always been very understanding and so nice. He’s a wonderful teacher. Isbeth… we’re friends, I’d say. She may not think we are- somehow I feel like the concept can be difficult for her- but, we are. There are times when I see sparks of light and joy in her, and… there are times when the cracks are more clear. I imagine you understand what I mean. She’s stronger than I am, and I don’t mean physically, or in a magical sense. You’ve got plenty reason to be proud of them both, I think. I know I would be.
I understand that you don’t really… see anyone, these days. I don’t want to ask why, or if it’ll ever change. But, and maybe this is because I’m such a social person, that just sounds so lonely. I’d go mad, if I never spoke to anyone, you know? I’m sure you have your reasons for doing it, Lylandris, but… well, hey, if you ever change your mind, you’ve got one person right here who would love to visit, okay? In the meantime, I think I’ll keep writing you. Let you know what’s going on with the world, aye?
So, Azeroth… the Fourth War is finally behind us all, thank goodness for that. I can only hope that it’s end signals the beginning of some sort of age of peace for our world. Some folks are too stubborn to consider it- they see only faction lines, and those on either side of them. They see the bloodshed that such a war brought, but not the hard work everyone put in at it’s end to come together. I mean, they killed an old god! Surely that is a triumph to be more proud of? And one that took the efforts of all of Azeroth’s finest, regardless of their faction or their race.
To tell the truth, places like Steelhaven give me hope for such a lasting peace. Your home is a shining example of what Azeroth should be. A big mixing pot of cultures, welcoming of all. If only the larger governing bodies could see that.
We’re about to start a new semester at the University. We’re actually doing a Campus Tour tomorrow! I’m very excited about it. I can’t wait to see all our new students for the term. We’ve got two new ones I definitely want to keep an eye on. I see them going far. First, a Kaldorei from the Silver Circle- are you familiar? Perhaps I’ll tell you more about them sometime. She’s the… adoptive, I think, daughter of one of the other department heads. I think she’s got a lot of potential, especially if she goes into the arts! I’ve heard her sing, and she’s got a great voice. Just needs a little technical work. (I’m a bard, in addition to the above, the professor of bardic studies!)
The second one might be more interesting to you- a young half-elf, half-gnome from Steelhaven. Grinthey Skystrider. She’s… a good kid. Her heart is in the right place, for certain. Your daughter is actually sponsoring her! Apparently Amara was going to speak with the Highlord about a scholarship, but Isbeth snatched her up first. Anyway, Grinthey wants to become a soldier for Steelhaven, to give back. It’s very sweet, in a way. I haven’t met either of her parents, but I think they’ve done a good job with her. She’s very loyal, very caring. Perhaps a little naive, but… that’s something that can change with time, with age, and with experience.
I’ve almost used up the last of this inkwell, so I should probably end my letter here. Thank you for taking some time to read this, Lylandris. I hope something in here brought a smile to your face, if only for a moment.