Equal Amounts of Stubbornness and Desperation

Since Elford had reached exalted status with Stormwind and had become a free man, he decided to go back to his old profession – business. Last time he had been to Booty Bay, he could tell his void had been filled, everyone only had errands for him, no one offered him back into the inner circles. The business was tough, everyone wanted to rise above the rest and Elford had lost his old position as an executive, so he had to be clever about building up a new network of partners. However, this was not as easy as he thought it would be.

What happened next was purely driven by equal amounts of stubbornness and desperation. He needed to get back on track!

Duskwood was close nearby so he traveled there to try and make connections to potential business partners.

Even though Elford thought gnomes would help gnomes, they couldn’t offer him anything.

Trying to network with humans was often overly bureaucratic and it was difficult getting further than the front desk.

Even his old friend Carl Goodup, who was working at the Darkmoon Faire as a balloon salesman, only had old grudges from when Elford had invested in a few highrise buildings right around Carl’s small house.

There was no way Carl would forgive that old blunder.

He even went to Goldshire to see if anyone sane was in town.

Even thought his personal story made for excellent entertainment, these people spent more time drinking and fooling around than talking serious business.

He then figured he could travel across the Great Sea to Gadgetzan. This was initially a good idea, but even though Stormwind might have forgiven his hiccup of trading with Bilgewater, Gadgetzan hadn’t.

Here he was the laughing stock, an example of everything you shouldn’t do, and yet Elford knew none of these people had high ethics about cross faction trading, to them it was all a matter of not getting caught.

He did everything he could to help out in Tanaris, but maybe what he really needed to was to wait for some other goon to mess up and become the new comedy gag of the month.

And so he knew what his next move would be…

- From the beginning: Elford the (former) Executive and the Ironman Challenge

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10 responses to “Equal Amounts of Stubbornness and Desperation

  1. Poor Elford! He just can’t seem to get a break anywhere, can he?
    Love the reference to UP! :D
    I look forward to finding out just what Elford’s next move will be!

  2. Oh no! Wait! What’s his next move? I hope he let’s us know soon and of course I hope it succeeds!

  3. Elford kicks ass!

    No retreat baby, no surrender!

  4. …his little eyes peering over the desk brought tears of laughter to my eyes…if was all I could do not to scoop him up and give him a big hug…or a contract to be the sole goldthorn provider in opening markets in southern Kalimodre…gnome just can’t get a break, can he?

    • hehe yeah gnomes often make everything look so over sized when standing next to it. I have screenshots where Elford is standing at the height of the grass around him.

    • That was my favorite screenshot too. Most of the world is not gnome friendly …

      Should he acquire additional gold in the near future, Elford may wish to invest in a step stool or a pair of stilts for these encounters. They say that taller guys are taken more seriously, so every little bit helps!

  5. What can I say.. poor Elford. I heard he recently crossed into Outlandish and I hope he finds better propositions out there!

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