((Thought I’d do an actual in-character response as a letter. This is a re-hash of some already posted material and some new items, but more ‘speech’ oriented, and a direct, in-character response. Feel free if any of these topics sound good for your event. I’ll be in the North End of Boston (little Italy).
A letter arrives addressed to Noslferatu. It is on fine stationary, sealed with the image of a noose stamped in the black wax.
Forgive me for not seeking you out in person. I have been… occupied with personal affairs. The conditions of my rising have left me with a badly damaged voice, so extended speaking would be difficult unless someone could translate signing.
I read your notice outside the ruins of the Undercity. I will most likely not be able to attend due to continuing personal matters, but wanted to send you my thoughts in hope they may add to the conversation.
My dear old professor, mentor, and friend often told me that ‘complexity’ is nature’s reaction to simple root causes. That is where I would like to start. I have two such branches to explore. One concerns Calia, the other, and more important, the Forsaken.
Many have voiced opinions on her recent addition to the Forsaken and the creation of the Desolate Council. An Undead priest of the light, risen by the light.; an interesting addition.
Her communique with Greymane concerning Gilneas as part of her… introduction to our fold was a little suspicious, but I believe she sought to diffuse another front on our border while we were still recovering.
I had a long talk with my mentor concerning Calia. He is an avid historian and has access to… unique methods of historical research.
Here are our thoughts on this matter:
1. We do not believe she actively seeks power. She honestly feels responsible for our condition. Perhaps she wishes to help us as a penance for her brother’s… excesses. However, we do fear that others may use her as an excuse to exert authority. More on that later.
2. We do not believe she has an Alliance agenda other than trying to do two things; provide a haven for the Forsaken in Lordaeron, perhaps using her name as part of the argument, and diffuse local hostilities on our major border with Gilneas.
3. She is a minority on the council, with Faranell and Belmont being wary, Voss being pragmatic, and Velonara representing the dark rangers. I would wager that initially, they will keep tabs on each other closely.
4. The most important item we know concerning her history is the fate of her daughter. She would be the last LIVING Menethil heir. If she survived, it could throw our existence in turmoil… again.
My gut tells me she means well, but trust takes time. We shall see.
The return of a Menethil has created a storm of activity with the Forsaken. Remnants of the peerage have sworn allegiance to her as rightful heir apparent. They also swore allegiance to the council but, in spirit, it was Calia who was the focus.
This drives my root question: Does being Forsaken mean being Lordaeronian?
A simple enough question. The answer will define us.
There will be those who answer yes, and this is my primary concern. They may point to Calia as a ‘sign’ that Lordaeron should reestablish its old government in undeath.
I can see former Lords and Ladies, risen in undeath, demanding oaths of fealty to the risen that may have formerly lived on their lands. What of us who rose but are not of Lordaeron? Are we expected to swear oaths to a re-constructed feudal monarchy?
I will not abide by this; ever!
Undeath made us unique among all the denizens of Azeroth. It made us truly equal. My oath is to my brothers and sisters in undeath. The Forsaken is now my family.
The monarchy of the living is not applicable to how we exist now. It is based on inherited privilege. Living families in that society exist to maintain their landlord rights and gather the wealth from owning that land and the bounty provided by the commoners under them.
Their goal for the continuance of that privilege lies with continuing their blood line. It will be interesting to see how living remnants of the Lordaeron peerage will react to the Forsaken path forward. They are living creatures and have a vested interest in recovering their lands because that equals wealth. That is why the fate of Calia’s daughter worries me so.
For those, such as myself, that answer NO to this question, an often retort is to state our grand design for our society. That is often a trap, as someone can attack something new from a position of historical precedence.
In such a situation, I must refer to our legacy to this point. We organized the Forsaken around our abilities. Look at the structure of the old Undercity. Our leadership was more military-focused.
I believe we should continue this with the exception that we now have a council rather than a military leader. This is actually the less radical path. It has served us well. Let it continue to do so.
Even writing this, I can hear the potential echoes of counter arguments.
Perhaps I can offer a compromise. One based on our most powerful gift; choice!
I honestly do not care about the establishment of an echo of the peerage, or any other sub-society within the Forsaken. There is art and culture associated with it that is important to preserve. However, they must agree to the following:
1. Those who wish to join such a group do so voluntarily.
2. Those who wish to leave is may do so.
This will be the hardest hurdle as echoes of that peerage come with that sense of entitlement and lord-right.
I even don’t care if they set their own laws and rules, save they only affect those who do volunteered to accept them and they do not affect the rest of the Forsaken. That is the purview of the council… for the time being.
Alas, my hand is cramping up and I must close this. I hope we can find our way forward. For now, I will be ever watchful.
Yours in Undeath,