Menrim’s Journal – West Pandaria

MenrimI sailed for a long time today, seeing no land. Indeed, the South Seas are wide and islands are sparse, especially in these parts. Since I left Uldum the only land I passed in the distance was two unoccupied islands. Bearing nothing of importance to me, I quickly left them behind. I heard that once adventurers sought out something or someone in there, but whoever it was, he was long gone. After that, there was nothing for hours. Just a wide, calm sea with nothing but fish and an occasional murloc to accompany me. Oddly, the murlocs were all swimming alone, though I was informed they always swarm their enemies. Perhaps they did not expect anyone in these waters and were not ready to attack. I began to fear they would inform others and follow my boat, but I did not have to.

Before long, I stumbled upon rocky islands right in my way. I consulted my maps once again to check that there is truly nothing in these parts of the sea and I should have days more before I reach the Eastern Kingdoms, but it was then that I realized that I failed to account for the recent rediscovery of Pandaria. There was nothing in this part of the maps because no one successfully sailed through these waters. And had I embarked upon this journey several months ago, I would have met only thick mist that would force me to turn back. I decided I would have to swim around Pandaria, but with little knowledge of the land, and nothing on my maps, I had to land and contact the locals. The few pandaren who visited us in Uldum were very kind people. A toast to you, Chen Stormstout, if you’re reading this.

Little did I know that Pandaria is hardly united under the pandaren. Upon docking to the island and getting through a lone road up its cliffed coasts, I realized I entered an ant-hill. Not a literal one, but it was close enough. The island was swarming with aggressive mantis-like creatures that had to an off-shoot of the Aqir my people had fought in prehistorical times. I do not know if these mantid recognized me as a tol’vir, since they weren’t very talkative, but I do not think it would have mattered. They immediately accosted me with blades and some corrosive fluid they spat out and only when I noticed the pit filled with eggs laying nearby I knew why. I quickly got back on the boat and swam away as fast as I could.

I tried to avoid the other islands as well, especially one that seemed to have a giant, ruined structure upon it – for all I know, it could have destroyed and taken over by the mantid. I landed again near the mainland, where the coast was again far too steep to climb, especially if you can’t use a climbing rope as bipeds can. I found another path up and to my disappointment, found another hostile camp. It seemed as if dead spirits and some tauren off-shoot had taken over that part of the land. After warding the evil spirits off with the few basic charms I was taught as a cub, I headed back to my boat.

Rest of today wasn’t looking very promising. As far as I could see, the shore was filled with mountains that could not be climbed by one of my kind. Truly, the Sundering shattered this land to the bone. At one point, I barely missed and island that was covered in a never-ending storm. Although its shores seemed more accessible, the storm troubled me. I did not want to risk my boat or my own safety, for who knows what kind of monstrosities might dwell there. I simply continue along the shore, hoping tomorrow will be more fruitful.

To be continued

About Arakkoa

Verroak Krasha, an Arakkoa druid with over 50 years of experience. Formerly from Farahlon, during the Orcish expansion relocated to Skettis, then to Sethekk Halls, then to rebuilt Shattrath, following the heresies in each of those places. Finally, he founded his own succesfull alchemy business and set out into the wide cosmos to explore strange new worlds and seek out new life and boldly go where no bird has flown before. View all posts by Arakkoa

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