Of Blood & Blade
On Tuesday, April twenty-seventh, Lady Isbeth Steele and Celxi Skystrider arrived on the university campus. The pair had intended to bring student, Grinthey Skystrider, home to Steelhaven until it was time for the Summer term to begin, to be with her family and enjoy the break from school as she pleased.
However, a problem quickly arose- some of the faculty & students present remembered that the young half-elven woman had already left the campus, only two days prior, presumably to return to her home and family, but clearly, she had never arrived. This prompted the faculty to begin a search right away, heading first to the Engineering Labs, where student Sarah Tann, a good friend to Grinthey, revealed what she knew: Grinthey’s half-brother was cursed, trapped inside the sword she wields, and the girl intended on breaking the curse, somehow. But, she could not remember HOW it was to be done.
From there, the party proceeded on to Grinthey’s dorm room, and began their investigation. Aside from the strange amount of gold hidden throughout the space in various areas, and the minor illusions found on some of the coins, revealing only a handful in total to be silver or copper, rather than gold, a few things of note were discovered.
Firstly, Grinthey was, of course, nowhere to be seen, nor was her beloved strider, Gully. She had her overdue library books throughout the room. At first, they didn’t seem to be connected, but it became all too clear that the girl had been researching Kalimdor, and the old Kaldorei lands, how they had been before the Cataclysm, and even before the orcs ever came to Azeroth.
Grinthey had left her additional weaponry behind, choosing, it seemed, to travel light- this was also echoed in a distinct lack of clothing missing from her space.
And most significantly, perhaps, was the notebook found on the desk, with the top page torn out. However, student Tiska Cliffseeker and Professor Declain Steele put their heads together and created a rubbing from the second page, which had the imprint of the previous’ writing left behind. What they were left with at the end was a quite outdated map of Ashenvale, with notes written in similarly outdated Sentinel Code. Declain called Caniell over, who is, in fact, versed in the Sentinel Code of the modern day and was able to translate to some degree. Most of the notes were snide, snarky comments about how this or that was different than what they remembered.
This confirmed what some had already assumed: Grinthey had gone to Ashenvale, to break this curse. But how?
Professor Zhrenia Denvalis suggested that they could attempt to bring Sarah’s memory of what Grinthey told her back to the forefront of her mind, so they could more easily prepare to find and rescue her, if need be.The group all agreed, and it was off to the Professor’s classroom to begin the process, which Celxi, intent on finding her daughter, assisted with. While they performed the necessary ritual, Lady Isbeth focused on using a mirror to scry for her ward, trying to find her exact location using the charm she had given her several moons ago.
The attempt was successful, on both fronts- first, Sarah’s memory was recovered, and the truth was revealed. To break the curse, Grinthey would need to slay the satyr who cursed her brother, Aeris, with the sword he was trapped in. Then, while the party was debating about who would go on the search & rescue party, and who would stay behind, Isbeth managed to get a solid enough reading on the girl’s location to give Professor Emmy Bluefire, the chosen portalmancer for the evening, exact coordinates. She cut the debating short, picking the team herself, and through the portal they went, to rescue the girl.
Certainly enough, Grinthey’s body laid there, on the ground, exactly where Isbeth said she’d be- no sword in sight, but that crystal rested on her chest. She was entirely unconscious, and though she was not actively bleeding, it was clear she had lost a lot of it at some point, and was seriously wounded, even still. Caniell stayed behind only a moment as the others rushed her back to campus, searching in vain for the beloved Gully bird, before giving up for the time and returning.
From here, the group went to the campus medical center, settling Grinthey’s form into the first available bed. They began to discuss what to do about Gully, and the missing sword, when suddenly… there was a deep, guttural groan from the bed. Too deep. The girl rolled over, her eyes starting to flutter as the voice grumbled, and hissed in pain, asking… “Where is she…? Where…” And then, the realization. “No… Mino’falore, what have you done?” The voice had the party’s full attention, now, as it’s eyes opened fully, revealing…
Fiery fel green.
This was not Grinthey, but her brother, Aeris, stuck now within HER body. And that could only mean… Grinthey was trapped in the sword, which, as the elf revealed, was in the sadistic satyr Xal'vrol's possession.
Caniell ordered the elf to stay in bed and allow Grinthey’s body to mend, and he obeyed- the familiarity of a militaristic medic almost comforting, somehow. He drifted back out of consciousness, leaving the party to their devices for the night. The rest would simply have to wait.