We set out for Ironforge early in the evening. We went through Theramore and took the boat to Menethil Harbor. Theramore looks like an interesting town, even if there is an overwhelming amount of humans there. I would like to visit it more someday.
We began our search for a gnome as soon as we arrived in Ironforge. We couldn’t find any at all! We did see a couple humans, but I definitely don’t want one of them staying in our glade. We checked where we found a lot of gnomes before, and then we went to the bank. There was another human inside the bank. We left the bank and there was a female dwarf standing at the mailbox checking her mail. Tathariel thought it was cute. I wasn’t sure but she seemed convinced so I decided I would try the bolts for her. I worried about how much ale we would have to import to the glade to keep a dwarf content. I dropped a few bolts and it followed while picking up the bolts along the way. Tathariel reminded me I needed to get my box so we could get it home, but the batteries on it had to recharge and I didn’t have another. I thought maybe we could carry it home and started dropping bolts in the direction of the gryphons. It talked to us as it picked up the bolts. Just as I was accepting the idea of having a dwarf instead of a gnome, it was frightened by something and skittered off on a ram. The ram was cool.
We decided to check Kharanos to see if there were any gnome babies. On the way out of Ironforge, Tathariel expressed interest in a naked worgen. I said no for obvious reasons, but now that I think about it I wonder if I should be concerned.
We checked all the rooms at the inn in Kharanos but could find no gnome babies. We did finally see a gnome. It had an imp following it! I think the imp might have ate all the gnome babies. We checked the other buildings. There was a nice forge and anvil there. It was warm inside! There was another building so we went to check that one. There was a large machine inside and a green gnome in a cage. There was a vat of green stuff too. I tried to open it to get a sample, but it was sealed too tightly. The words on the machine were none that I could read. I don’t know who would do that to a poor little gnome! Maybe it was a criminal or something, and that was the punishment? Still, that seems a little extreme.
There was a machine outside the building. We didn’t find any gnomes inside it. They left some tools in the snow. I took the arclight spanner when Tathariel wasn’t looking. I needed a new one and they just left it there so they must not have cared about it that much.
We followed a road to more machines. They were also empty. There was a strange gate. Tathariel flew over it. I wasn’t sure if it was safe but I didn’t want to spook any gnomes that might be around with any sudden movements so I slowly walked through like it was completely natural. We saw some gnomes there. They seemed to be working, and were really focused on their jobs. There were some robots there, but it turns out they were aggressive. We found a really nice looking gnome who had a big mechanical bird to ride and really fancy, advanced goggles. I tried really hard to get him to come to the box. Luckily the batteries had recharged by then! I put a whole pile of bolts near the box and threw so many out in a trail to the box. He completely ignored them! I think he must have other people make his bolts. We gave up after a time.
We thought about trying Stormwind but decided to book a room at the inn in Kharanos instead. I think the aggressive robots might have scared all the gnomes into their burrows.
We talked on the way back about how smart dwarves are for living inside a mountain. It makes a lot more sense than living in a tree when there is a large dragon torching everything.
After reaching the inn, I spread bolts on the ground outside. We went inside to wait. Another demon-loving gnome entered the inn! I couldn’t believe there were so many of them! We decided to wait outside so we could be sure the demons weren’t stealing the bolts. I put my cloak around Tathariel to keep her warm.
We saw a few more. We realized they move really fast! Maybe a dwarf would have been better after all for Tathariel. I think I’d be able to keep up with a gnome because I don’t get tired. Ever. She can’t do that though. A dwarf might have been more manageable for her. There seemed to be more dwarves than gnomes as well. Gnomes are also sneaky and disappear quickly.
We also saw a couple draenei there. I hope we didn’t use the same room that Jaeyn used.
Spreading bolts outside the inn worked! After some time, they came out of their burrows and ran around outside the inn. We spoke with two orphan gnomes. They need parents! They said they eat jerky and bread. Hopefully we can add fish to their menu. They’re potty trained too! They currently live in Stormwind. We need to finish preparations in Desolace to bring them home. I also need to write to Kelanori and ask her if she can make clothing for gnomes. One of them really liked the little robot friends I can make. I’ll make more of those too.
I’m the happiest elf in Azeroth right now!