After the fall of the South Gate aka Meliora’s stronghold I knew it was a matter of time before they set their sites on Astrana. But with all the professors, mages and the legendary 9 there. It is highly unlikely that Astrana will fall. But none the less I need to submit my findings, share the information of Father’s passing along with Jabari’s disappearance with Asha and Tala. Then finally get to the rest of the family and make sure the elders and young ones make it to the Dwarven North. Where they will be safe as war has set upon us. How am I going to tell my sisters that I am the reason Father died. Until I can get more information and talk with other people I won’t be able to make any progress at the moment. Oddly enough the only thing that is keeping me sane is Lee’s antagonizing conversation. Frankly the silence on the road would’ve probably drove me mad. But at last we make it to Astrana. Upon arriving I first met a Ma’Aleki named Zahet. Quite gifted with fire. And very charismatic. We spoke briefly then I went to meet with headmaster Sorenos. We discuss my findings, my concerns, and my questions on how to proceed. There were some interesting theories tossed around but then it hit me. What if this is all about recovering information? What if this is all connected even more deeper than I thought originally. But how? I ramble out loud to myself as Sorenos often allows me to do. I turn over all my original works to him but request that I keep my Great Grandfather’s journal. He agreed and made copies of everything. I gave my originals except for my great grandfather’s journal. I then go to meet with Asha. Probably one of the hardest things that I had to do. Word had already made it to her that Father had fallen. She wouldn’t let me apologize. I kept trying, but she wouldn’t hear a word of it. Instead she insisted that me and Jabari’s safety is what matters now. We had a few laughs despite the tragedy, and had a fond conversation of dad’s stubborn ways. After the mood had been lifted a bit I told her of my findings. And gave her the documents dealing with any potential magic the Shuram may have been using. I also had her hold the pendant and watched it’s reaction. And somewhat similar to how it reacted to me it separated itself piece by piece. But much slower and it didn’t have that rotating factor. Then it became one piece again. She also found it interesting as I shared how it reacted to Jabari and dad. After a lengthy conversation it was time I spoke with Tala. I found her rather distraught, and up to something a little more destructive than usual. Instead of scolding her I shown her what the aftermath of taking a life looks like. She understood and just hugged me. For the first time since dad’s death I was able to cry and mourn the loss. I spoke with Roth later on as he gave me the heads up about Tala’s potentially dangerous concoction. He also expressed his distaste for my wanting to share the crossbow tech with the military. Not having much left in the tank I agreed to make sure that such choices would be made without his consent. I spent more time in the lab before being called back to headmaster Sorenos. And man was he pissed. Apparently Artemis told the headmaster about Lee’s special ability. And while I did make a promise to not say a word frankly it was the furthest thing from my mind. This costly slip up almost got me expelled. But Artemis manage to appeal to the logic in Sorenos. My sister and Amir were not happy in the slightest. My sis let me know exactly how pissed she was. Meanwhile Amir passive aggressively took it out on my training. But I can’t say I blame them. I went to the Alchemist wing of the school to have my sister touch the pendant and ran into another student with quite the reputation for pushing the rules a bit. Ludwig von Uberlagen IV is a brilliant alchemist but he has a habit of doing what he wants as long as it produces results and answers. We spoke briefly but then I went to see Tala. I had Tala hold the pendant and it reacted very similar to our father. Except this time it exploded in several pieces, then put itself together just as quickly. I went back to the lab during the day to work on more of my improvements/inventions. And to study all of my notes/findings. In the midst of trying to make sense of this I was again called by Headmaster Sorenos along with Asha present. I noticed that Lamia was there. And everything ended just as well as one could expect. But none the less no one died, myself included. We had a private conversation about what it is that Lamia can do and the potential information. After Lamia had dismissed himself Headmaster Sorenos and I alizungumzia juu ya nguvu za giza kwamba alikuwa kugonga ndani ya. Yeye ni kugawana mwili wake na nafsi nyingine. Zaidi yeye mabomba katika nguvu kwamba , zaidi wengine roho faida kudhibiti. The last thing he told me before my departure was just be there. I finished up at the lab then spent more time with my family before I planned to set out on my journey.