Flight of the Oathbreaker
This business with the drogbar is strange. They are keeping to the mountains and tunnels beneath the earth, but the sightings of them are increasing ever since the fall of the Underking. In some cases this is good. The Stonedark are leading the way to unifying their kind with the tauren of the mountain. But it’s also especially bad regarding those shadow-obsessed ones.
I was curious as to what the Highmountain tauren knew of these drogbar and why they were obsessing over this “Darkness” that the rock trolls keep saying will take us.
Old Brokenhorn knew more than any other I spoke to. Apparently in the ancient times the drogbar didn't just serve Deathwing. They didn't just mount the dragon's first armor plates onto him. There were whole factions of drogbar who happily served the Old Gods. Those chief among them were called the Necrodark.
It is said that the master of the Necrodark was called 'The Darkness' and was a servant of the Old Gods. The creature was said to bring the darkness wherever it walked, opened way to unleash the horrors of the void onto Azeroth. It’s said the creature was slain by their hero of old, Huln Highmountain… but there is a threat that it may return some day.
I spoke of this with some of my advisors. Sunvalor believes this creature may indeed return. He believes it’s one of the ancient C’thraxxi; one of the largest and most monstrous of the faceless ones.
I’ve had to withdrawn some of my mercenaries from their work in Ambervale, helping the Highblades and their Reliquary allies remain safe while excavating the area, to reinforce the elf, Lord Sarrell, with his latest attack on Zalithrias’s territory. As the traitors gain ground and influence in Suramar it’s getting harder to repel them.
Luckily, the excavation wasn’t torn apart by ettins while my warriors were helping to kill Felborne. But that was the extent of our luck.
There were casualties in the attack on the Midnight Court. Mostly Dusk Lilly loyalists, including Spellblade Kythillia, but many of my own men were left wounded.
Another one of those warriors - Aelyn, fifth Blade of the Grand Magister – was at the battle. Those ‘Blades’ are skilled fighters. I am damn tired of losing men to them!
Ironhorn has rallied a strike force to attack the main gates of the Tomb of Sargeras. With the bulk of the Horde and Alliance defending their territory and the Armies of Legionfall pushing onto Argus on that newly constructed draenei shuttle, the Vindicaar, it’s up to us to lead the attack. Those remaining warriors from the Legionfall on the Broken Shore will be backing up the attack.
The Legion had positioned a small elite force in front of the gates of the Tomb of Sargeras. Our forces marched on the tomb, backed up by the armies of Legionfall, and found that they were being led by the same eredar that crushed Ironhorn and stole his warhammer, the Oathkeeper. The demon, Zandun, was carrying a twisted version of the hammer – red with veins of fel green energy instead of the formerly blue crystal Ironhorn has been fighting with for years – and he led the charge against us. Over the course of the battle we wore him down... with oddly specific claims of the Forsaken claiming to be Viktoria Velikaya’s sister throwing rocks with the force to knock out demon combatants where her magic failed her. Our warriors weren’t standing on the demon’s severed head when the battle came to a close. No, the bastard fled on a Legion vessel that left for Argus.
Maybe I was wrong to suspect connections between this Zandun and his unit to Mel’korath’s forces across the isles.
Damn it! I should have never doubted my instincts. Of course the demon was working with Mel’korath. The eredar, Zandun the Oathbreaker, and his armies weren’t trying to retake the portal at all. They were a distraction! They held the line while Mel’korath’s other agents loaded all the souls and mined mana they could get their hands on throughout the Broken Isles. Their movements were reported on for days but I never thought….
Our gambit, our hope of luring Mel’korath down to Azeroth by shedding the blood of his armies, his lieutenants, has failed. He claimed all the resources he needed and flew them up on his ship to Argus.