Letters from a Shattered World: Companions

(Consider this a preview, of sorts - I was worked up with the announcement of Blizzard's 2011 Writing Contest. I'm actually not sure what's happening with a second Letters project yet, but we'll see!)


daddy

where is daddy
grimclaw hurt

is cold
dark
so wet

grimclaw scared daddy
where is daddy

sky angry daddy
sky roaring

grimclaw not scared at house
even when sky roar and water come in
knock grimclaw down

but
daddy send grimclaw away

tell friends daddy say
daddy scared grimclaw scared too

daddy tell grimclaw go
tell friends
ground shake, house fall down
friends hurt friends cry
grimclaw scared but daddy say go
so grimclaw go

grimclaw good bear
go find more daddy friends
run on sand
grimclaw know way
grimclaw remember
grimclaw good bear

grimclaw find friends
wear fur same color as grimclaw house
but they not friends daddy
they bad men

bad men hurt grimclaw daddy

grimclaw wave like daddy taught
but bad men not wave back
bad men throw fire at grimclaw
hit grimclaw
hurt grimclaw
bad men bad

grimclaw run
hide like play hidey game with daddy
bad men chase grimclaw
shout at grimclaw
try to find grimclaw
but grimclaw too good at hidey game
grimclaw very quiet
bad men give up leave grimclaw alone

grimclaw scared
grimclaw hungry wet cold tired
not want to leave hidey spot
bad men there
sky still mad
angry mad scary

hard to move daddy

daddy
grimclaw need daddy

help grimclaw




day now

grimclaw need help
need to leave hidey place
need to find friends for daddy

hurt bad daddy
grimclaw scared
grimclaw slow
weak
grimclaw scared bad men come back
hope bad men not find grimclaw

grimclaw walk all day
walk hurt so bad
paw hurt each step
grimclaw side hurt too
grimclaw so slow

sky still mad
big holes in ground daddy
loud noises louder than grimclaw ever hear
trees fall down
sky throw trees far way
birds scared
cats scared
birdmen scared

grimclaw scared too

grimclaw walk all day
not see any daddy friends

hard to move daddy
grimclaw tired
need lie down
    just
        rest
            eyes




grimclaw wake up
hear voice
close eyes
scared
try to hidey but can't move
hurt to move so bad
grimclaw scared so scared
no bad men no please no find grimclaw
grimclaw good bear


not bad men
horseman daddy friend
grimclaw so happy
feel warm
horseman help grimclaw
feed grimclaw
rub paw with mush
smell bad but make hurt go away
nice horseman

grimclaw so tired daddy
grimclaw sleep
grimclaw safe
grimclaw hope daddy safe too




daddy grimclaw see strange thing while sleep

grimclaw wake up
everything white
fuzzy like when daddy make food
hard for grimclaw to see
but feel good
not scary

big white deer come
grimclaw feel funny
not normal deer
grimclaw know cannot eat
deer walk up to grimclaw
grimclaw feel better
grimclaw feel safe
deer walk off into trees

big white cat appear
grimclaw know it not bad cat
not worry about cat teeth cat claws other cat friends
grimclaw feel hurt go away
feel strong
feel full
cat nod at grimclaw then go away


daddy grimclaw then see most big bear ever seen
it look like grimclaw but tree color
grimclaw think it king of all bears
it talk to grimclaw daddy
tell grimclaw be brave
that grimclaw must be strong and live
that grimclaw need daddy
but daddy also need grimclaw

big deer cat big bear gone when grimclaw wake up
grimclaw not scared now daddy
grimclaw be strong
help daddy
fight bad men
fight bad things breaking home
grimclaw strong now daddy
grimclaw coming




daddy grimclaw home
now know why daddy no come help grimclaw
daddy hurt too
hurt bad grimclaw think
moon lady look scared

daddy sleeping


daddy no worry
grimclaw here
big bear say grimclaw and daddy need be strong
daddy rest
daddy get strong
grimclaw protect daddy
grimclaw wait

grimclaw here now daddy

grimclaw here





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Pertinent Lore: Volcor, Grimclaw (WoWpedia entries)

(Possibly more to come here, but it's a pretty self-explanatory Letter. Heartbreaking questline in Darkshore.)

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    Kayeri

    aw, man, that quest chain made me cry when I did it.. now the story makes me cry again!

    August 17, 2011 at 8:43 AM

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    Rhoelyn

    I can't cry about WoW. I've gotten too used to the concept that Blizzard will be cruel for the story, and it makes GOOD story, even though I am sad every time I see it.

    The fate of Auberdine and the quests from Lor'danel are just... tragic. Scrambling to salvage a situation gone to hell. Scrambling to save the living among the corpses.

    The Cataclysm is horrible. And do you know the worst part? It reminds me of the news. The aftermath of the World Trade Centers. The aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti. The aftermath of the tsunami in Japan. This isn't fiction; it's just fictionalized.

    August 17, 2011 at 8:57 AM

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    Sunnier

    BUT WHO IS GONNA TAKE CARE OF GRIMCLAW NOW!?

    I'll be your mommy Grimclaw. I'll pretend that the baby blizzard bear is somehow you but shrunken. Or my hunter will tame a white bear and I'll use my imagination.

    August 17, 2011 at 9:23 AM

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    Redbeard

    You are a cruel man, Rades. Talented, but cruel.

    August 17, 2011 at 9:59 AM

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    sailoreagle

    Have to agree with Redbeard here.

    Now excuse me, I think I've got something in my eye.

    *sob*

    August 17, 2011 at 11:16 AM

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    Tracey

    Really, Rades, maybe a NSFW warning? Crying at my desk is way more unprofessional than reading during work hours...

    Beautifully told. I've done the pre-Shattering questline, but I haven't played Alliance post-Shattering. Heartbreaking, indeed.

    August 17, 2011 at 12:54 PM

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    Xerian

    Oh god this is more tear-inducing than the actual questline.
    now excuse me, I need to get a tissue :(

    August 18, 2011 at 5:24 AM

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    Bronte

    Without a doubt one of the best quest sequences in WoW.

    August 19, 2011 at 12:28 PM

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    Shofie

    This was gut-wrenchingly well written.

    Grimclaw here now daddy


    :((((

    /crying forever

    August 26, 2011 at 4:43 PM

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    Sephrenya

    I have recently discovered your blog, found this and cried.

    Beautiful writing.....

    November 9, 2011 at 10:35 AM