When i looked on W101 website and on the esteemed faculty page, it says that Moolinda Wu is RECENTLY HIRED. Was Sylvia Drake the first life teacher? and that is why Malistaire left?
Your answer is yes and yes.
Ok, maybe I'll go into some more detail.
*assumes the role of a chatty kathy talking to her friends about her favorite soap opera*
Sylvia Drake was in fact the first life teacher. She was great friends with Gloria Krendell in Olde Town. They totally liked to break out the glue sticks and acid free paper together. Seriously. They made a scrapbook that somehow made its way into the hands of Sergeant Skullsplitter. I have no idea what kind of crazy stuff Sargent Skullsplitter was doing with a scrapbook, but that's just downright insanity. What in the world would an undead skeleton guy want with their scrapbook? Anyway, the real story is that Sylvia "wouldn't get better" from a cold. I repeat, "wouldn't" . . . that's what Krendell said to me anyway. I mean, you have the professor of the life school who was all about the healing arts and for some insane reason she "wouldn't" get better. Wouldn't? Shouldn't she say "couldn't" instead of "wouldn't"?
Is that trying to tell me that Sylvia had some kind of sick death wish? What a weird chick she is . . . all in love with the master of the dark arts, Malistaire, and obsessed with not getting better from a sickness. CREEPY! What's even more creepy is how you end up meeting her in Dragonspyre when she's turned into a wraith at the hands of Malistaire as he's tried to bring her back to life. SUPER CREEPY! It's almost like Sylvia is the cause of all this insanity more than Malistaire you know? All he did was fall in love with this death obsessed chick and try to help her out. I don't know, they're both insane. I say they deserve each other. Well, I guess she's ok and stuff. She's super groovy looking with a flower headband when she's a ghost and you see her in Malistaire's Lair. Malistaire thinks that his brother, Cyrus, is just messing around with him and he's all stop and Cyrus is all NO YOU STOP and then Malistaire is all DIE! I can't believe Sylvia messed with his head so much that he was going to like destroy everything to bring her back to life. Are you hungry? Let's go to Chic-fil-A or something, K? I love their Polynesian sauce. YUM!
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How was that?
You find all that information out from doing this quest here.
You get a little more information (not much) about her when you see her again in the Necropolis as a wraith.
And finally you get another glimpse of Sylvia Drake in Malistaire's Lair, where I took this picture of her.