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To Anton Tavallion of the Kirin Tor

From Arcanist Aranya Ver'Sarn

Anton

I’ll get right to the point. The goodwill gesture of the Kirin Tor letting me be allowed to their outposts in Northrend after hearing of my incident earlier in the year in Draenor was appreciated, but it seems there is more?

I think you and I both know that there was little for me to gain in the visits to Northrend, although given Leothras Jadewalker’s recent kidnapping by the Cult of the Damned, I can’t say becoming re-acquainted with how whatever’s left of them operate isn’t a boon. However, there was always much more for the Kirin Tor to gain from consulting me freely on their own ground, without having to go through the Sunsworn’s “red tape” (as the goblins say), away from Jaina’s Proudmoore’s eyes and Vereesa Windrunner’s bow.

Neither of us are fools, Anton. We both know what your colleagues in the Kirin Tor really want.

Archmage Khadgar’s no stranger to hearing my name in passing. My exploits in Outland were sometimes the subject of tall gossip in Shattrath, where he and I both once (or twice, in my case) resided. I’m not ignorant of the fact that several names that are respected among demonkind now living in Draenor are the same demons that I was personally responsible for killing less than ten years ago in Outland. Time travel to a point in an alternate reality has that consequence, it seems.

I know the Kirin Tor want me in with them on this fight. I understand why. I even understand their niceties and their circumspect approach about it. The olive branch is still accepted.

But when I’m out there, chasing fel things, I’m re-living the hunt, Anton. It takes effort for any predator to deny theirself and not claim their prey in all the ways they really want to. The temptation to take what I want is always there in the back of my mind, like a ghost. Not overpowering, but incessantly present. Memories of that sweet burning in my veins, phantom whispers from my baser inclinations wondering why I don’t just seize on it, like an animal. Do any of your colleagues besides yourself even understand this? Does Khadgar? Does Modera?

If no one else in the Kirin Tor, Anton, please be the one who understands this when I’m out there. I’m not asking because doing any of this is difficult for me, I’m asking because it’s easy. Too easy.

~A


The goodwill of the Kirin Tor doesn't come without an aim, an angle, some hidden end - at least not when it's extended to a member of the Horde these days.
Timeframe: Transition from Tanaan as events build toward Legion.
Continuation on the general storyline from Old Hungers.
Fiction Rating: T
Originally posted on my tumblr.
Anton Tavallion belongs to his owner, on twitter.

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TheBlindAlchemist Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
The Kirin Tor.... *heavy sigh* A bunch of.... well, nevermind. I do share this idea that the Kirin Tor is s huge pain in the ass. They are not interested in you, really. But in what you can do for them. 
I'm right there with you, sister.
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AranyaVerSarn Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
*fistbump* And thank you very much for the comment!
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Asharinhun Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice one! Missed your writings x3 :hug:
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AranyaVerSarn Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! :happybounce:
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Ihsan997 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015
Before commenting, I must ask: is Old Hungers on FF?
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AranyaVerSarn Featured By Owner Edited Dec 16, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
If you mean fanfiction.net, then yes, I posted it there, too. Haven't gotten around to posting this one on FF yet.
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Ihsan997 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015
Yeah, that's what I was talking about. In general, is there a sort of chronology for Aranya's tales that I should be aware of? I keep searching for the time to start reading and whenever that times comes - and dag nabit, it will - I want to make sure I start at the right place.
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AranyaVerSarn Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Nope, no set chronology, and I frequently write things just as I think of them, whatever order they come in. ^_^ I do, however, make note of what timeframe in Warcraft events they're supposed to be set in, and if there's any ties or leads shared with other stories. You could start anywhere, really, but just to get a solid idea of her character, I'd recommend starting with Being Careless. :)
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