Grieveris had been alive a lot longer than his guild mates and had been happy to share some of his experiences with them. Now he invited his young friends to Silithus in order to tell them about the War of the Shifting Sands. Vraan, Gauke, Hanthelia and Shakkuu were eager to hear Grievis’ stories.
The Losties met in Cenarion Hold, Silithus and took a walk around the historically interesting places around the area. The war had started when the old god C’thun had been accidentally awaken by night elves scouting Silithus. C’thun had taken control over the silithids and created a swarm of mayhem. Grievis showed his friends the ruins that were left after the swarm had destroyed the night elf camp.
The friends felt bad for the brave night elves, who had lost their lives trying to control the swarm. Luckily, they had eventually received help from the Bronze Dragonflight. Dragons were very good at fighting the silithids, as they were able to attack from above and not get in harm’s way. Still, there was one casualty in the Dragonflight as well and the friends saw the huge bones left in the desert.
Eventually, the war was won and the old god was destroyed. There were still a lot of insects in the area, but they posed no threat to Azeroth at the moment. Even though the topic was quite sad and the surroundings were not very beautiful, the Losties were glad to have heard more about the historical events that Grieveris had taken part in. Especially Gauke and Shakkuu were curious and asked a lot of questions. Thank you to Grievis for the history lesson!
As is their tradition, Order of the Lost celebrated Winter Veil together in a snowy atmosphere. Hanthelia, Vraan, Shakkuu, Gauke and Grieveris gathered to a little camp site in Winterspring. Since the guild had existed already for 10 years this year, guild leader Hanthy had prepared a speech in which she looked back into the past as well as to the future. She gave recognition to the past guild leaders and to Shakkuu in particular, as he had been a guild leader for the longest time.
After Hanthy’s speech, also Shakkuu wanted to say a few words to thank the current guild leader for her contribution. Everyone was in a cheery mood! When the speeches were all done, it was time to feast. Shakkuu had brought a good amount of food and ale. Also Gauke shared some ale with his friends and Vraan some wine. There was even dessert in the form of a chocolate cake!
Traditionally Losties also exchange gifts and this year was no exception. Hanthelia gave all her friends elekk plushie toys, Shakkuu gave the others hoof plates to make their mounts faster and Gauke had acquired his guild mates some buoys to help in underwater missions. The gifts were all well received!
As a final activity for the evening, Hanthy had gotten another clothes chest from her sister and she figured it would be fun to try on some costumes. She was right! Losties got to dress up in amazing outfits prepared by an experienced tailor. It was fun and everyone decided on their favourite outfit.
The rest of the evening was spent discussing the friends’ plans for Winter Veil. Those who had family were spending the holiday with them, and those who had none were invited to join their guild mates’ parties. Happy Winter Veil to all!
Order of the Lost met up in Lakeshire, Redridge Mountains for one of their fishing trips. Grieveris, Hanthelia, Meerena and Shakkuu were eager to fish! Shakkuu made a big entrance by walking his drake along the shore.
As usual, guild leader Hanthy had found a fishing spot for the guild. The others agreed that it was likely a good spot due to all the nearby plants, and they were right. Shakkuu and Hanthy thanked Meerena for a lovely wedding party and asked after her well-being. Rena had some news relating to her condition – she had recently found out that she was pregnant. Her new friends were thrilled for her!
The other topics of the evening included Nandy and Shakkuu’s concern for her. Again, it was assumed that Shakkuu was just jealous. Hanthy had discussed with Hantitia and there were no news of Nandy. The others promised to look into the matter further to make sure the warlock lady was alright.
Many fish were caught and laughs were had. It was a successful fishing trip!
Order of the Lost was invited to witness a wedding ceremony in Gilneas. New recruit Meerena, was getting married to doctor Youli and was kind enough to invite the guild to come and celebrate with her. Hanthelia and Shakkuu were happy to represent the guild in the festivities.
The ceremony was quite intimate. The groom’s daughter was the bridesmaid and her dog the ringbearer. The ceremony was beautiful and most of the guests had to wipe away the tears of joy. The couple had prepared their own vows.
The wedding reception was held at a nearby manor. Shakkie and Hanthy chatted to the other guests and got to know them all, as the party was quite small. Meerena was pretty in her red dress and it was nice to notice that she was already very friendly with her new husband’s daughter.
After a little mingling, it was time to eat. A great feast was prepared for the guests. Meerena gave a little speech to start the meal. The Losties found the food to be very good. Unfortunately, something didn’t quite agree with Meerena and she had to excuse herself in the middle of the meal. Her new friends were guessing that perhaps another happy family event was about to take place in the months to come. Congratulations Meerena!
Shakkuu invited his friends to celebrate the pilgrim’s bounty in Stormwind City. Hanthelia, Vraan, Grieveris and Gauke met the paladin by a table full of lovely treats. The friends had a good meal together and talked about the recent events in their lives.
Towards the end of the meal, Shakkuu told the others about a concern of his relating to his old fling – Nandy. Vraan and Grieveris didn’t know the lady in question, but were quickly brought into the loop by guildmaster Hanthelia. The paladin had heard that Nandy might be in trouble.
His friends were not completely convinced that Shakkuu’s intentions were pure. It had been Shakkuu who had ended the relationship with Nandy and the friends thought he might be jealous of Nandy’s new relationship. Nevertheless, they were willing to help him out and go investigate the house where Nandy had supposedly spent time with her demonic relation.
The house was located in the back alley of the Shady Lady – a bar known for its less than respectable customers. The door was open, so the Losties walked in and looked around. No one was home. Shakkuu was still convinced that Nandy might be in harm’s way, so his friends tried to calm him. Hanthy promised to talk to her step-sister, who was good friends with Nandy and the others said they would keep their eyes and ears open while in town.
In an attempt to increase their ranks, Order of the Lost spread the word of a fishing event happening in Stormwind City.
Shakkuu, Gauke, Vraan, Hanthelia and Grieveris spent an evening fishing by Olivia’s Pond and came across a few people, but none of them were interested in joining the guild. Another guild was having some kind of a training session up hill, a man approached the Losties in order to sell them his house (!) and a couple of pandaren women came to fish for a while before heading out for a private moment…
The next fishing trip of the Order of the Lost took place in Azsuna. The guild met in Azurewing Repose and made their way to a nearby waterfall. Vraan, Grieveris, Gauke and Hanthelia started fishing and chatting. Gauke was particularly pleased they had come to a good fishing spot to catch some mackerel.
Soon they were approached by a demon hunter female. She was looking for the Order and had been told by a paladin dressed in purple that she might find them fishing in Azsuna. It didn’t take the Losties long to figure out who might have been the recruiter… Clearly Shakkuu had sent Vendath to meet with his guild. Vendath was looking for like-minded demon hunters, so Shakkuu had told her about Grieveris. After talking to Vendath for a while, the Losties welcomed their second demon hunter into the guild!
Vendath had not brought a fishing pole with her (being unsure if it would have been seen as a weapon when approaching new people), but it didn’t matter. Gauke had caught plenty of mackerel and was happy to share them with his old and new friends. The Losties went home with full bellies again!
The Order of the Lost decided to celebrate Hallow’s End together in the form of a costume party. The guild master Hanthelia invited the guild to meet up in Raven Hill, Duskwood. The friends walked across the cemetery, where they saw many ghosts and ghouls. They made their way up the hill and decided to have their picnic inside a house that was obviously haunted. Combat officer Grieveris entered the house first and made it safe for the rest of the guild.
The friends went upstairs, where they discovered a worn, bloody hat. As Grievis poked it with his foot, some ghouls attacked the group. Luckily, Grievis was alert and the fight lasted only a few seconds. The mystery of the hat wasn’t solved, but a fire was started right around the hat to burn it and no further attacks occurred through the course of the evening.
The friends had made an effort in choosing their costumes. Vraan was a demon, Hanthy a noblewoman, Grievis a Stormwind City guard, Gauke was dressed in a turban outfit and Shakkuu wore a very minimal amount of clothing to portait a barbarian warrior. After the hat incident, the Losties sat down to enjoy a picnic prepared by Hanthy. Red velvet cupcakes, a lovely cake and a tasty pie were served and eaten.
Right in the middle of the meal, a big Arakkoa figure stormed into the room! At first, the friends were alarmed by the intrucion, but as the creature started talking, Hanthy soon recognized her as Elenyah, who was late to the party. Ele had used a spell to conjur a costume instead of wearing a physical outfit. Everyone relaxed and continued to enjoy the picnic. Some explanation was also needed for Grievis, as he had not met an Arakkoa before.
The picnic was washed down with an impressive amount of wine. Casks were offered by Gauke, Vraan and Shakkuu. When it came to the entertainment, the guests were asked if they knew any scary stories. Vraan and Grievis decided to share stories from their own experience. The others were intrigued and scared! The evening ended with Gauke preparing some noodle soup for everyone to snack on on their way back home. Happy Hallow’s End to all!
It didn’t take long for Grieveris to do as he promised during the last fishing trip and take his guild mates for a walk up the peaks of Highmountain. Gauke, Vraan, Shakkuu, Elenyah and Hanthelia had looked forward to the trip, since the scenery in Highmountain had already made an impression on them. The friends met at the sea level and made their way up from there.
The peaks of Highmountain are quite high and partially covered in snow. Some of the group had not dressed for the occasion, most noticeably Hanthy. The night elf managed somehow all the way up before getting cold! During their walk, the friends went through Thunder Totem and were impressed by the town’s architectural foundation, being partially built into the mountain. Most of the admiration was given to the natural surroundings, though.
The road up to the peak was at times quite narrow. The wind blew and Losties had to watch their step. Avalanches were not uncommon on snowy peaks, so the friends tried to avoid making too much noise. Luckily, their walk up was uneventful, apart from stopping to look at the beautiful scenery on several occasions.
The last obstacle before the highest peak was an old-looking suspension bridge. Most of the Losties were not wearing heavy armor, except Shakkuu. It was suggested that Shakkuu would cross the bridge on his own, but the bridge seemed to hold the weight of the whole group. Vraan found the crossing of the bridge most difficult and kept a tight hold of the rope. They all arrived safely on the other side.
When reaching the top, Grievis stuck the Order of the Lost flag on the ground. The demon hunter mentioned that this was indeed the highest point of the Broken Isles and quite possibly all of Azeroth as well. Gauke shared some ale with his friends and they all shared stories of recent events in their lives before the wind got a bit too heavy and it was time to get back down.