The Adventures of Bofain, son of Farar

Denne fortælling blev til i 2010, da jeg deltog i Blizzard's fan fiction contest. Et af kravene var, at historien skulle finde sted i et Blizzard-miljø, altså Diablo, Warcraft eller Starcraft. Jeg valgte Warcraft med udgangspunkt i den forestående udvidelse til World of Warcraft hvor der blev introduceret nye race/class-kombinationer. Hovedpersonen er derfor min fortolkning af hvordan dværge nu kunne blive shamaner.

This tale was created in 2010 when I participated in the Blizzard fan fiction contest. One of the regulations were that the story had to take place in a Blizzard inspired environment - Diablo, Warcraft or Starcraft. I chose Warcraft, inspired by the upcoming expansion for World of Warcraft where new race/class combinations were introduced. Consequently the main character is my interpretation of how dwarves can now become shamans.

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12. Battle

 

Over the next few days they arrived at the Westfall Brigade Encampment and flew to Frosthold. As soon as all the soldiers had landed safely and all provisions and equipment had been packed, they marched towards their destination. Bofain had told them everything he knew about the Iron dwarves, but nothing and no one could prepare the men for the sight they met. Before them stood several hundred Iron dwarves, but that was not the worst part. It was the giant colossus that towered before them. Gryan, Zorek and Neiya tried to calm the soldiers by saying it was inanimate, but the men were scared.

Gryan and Zorek ordered the men into formation and soon after the battle started. Humans, dwarves and gnomes hurled into battle against the enraged iron dwarves. Bofain and Olric fought side by side, striking down countless Iron dwarves. Whenever an enemy was slain, two new ones would appear. Their reinforcements came out of mechanical mole machines, drilling their way to the surface.

Brebo, Neiya and Kourin fought not 20 yards away in impressive formation. Brebo conjured up showers of searing hot flames while Kourin invoked a dark and trembling fear in their foes. In the mean time, Neiya swung her razor sharp greatsword at anyone who came near. Zorek was to the other side, delivering deadly punches and kicks to anyone within his reach.

Through the battle Bofain suddenly caught a glimpse of his father. Quickly he signaled Olric and they started making their way towards the colossus. When they reached it, they discovered Farar, tied to a tree trunk with Samson caged by his side. Above him stood Thri with a maniacal grin on his face.

“So, dear boy, you made it!” He said. “Now, if you’ll just surrender yourself, I will release your father. If not, I will pierce his heart with my dagger.”

“In the name of the Light, what have you done, Thri?” Farar groaned.

“My duty, that’s all!” Thri was almost shouting. “You were all mere pawns in a game greater than you could ever comprehend. And now, it is my duty to bring Bofain in.”

“NO!” Farar shouted as he struggled to break free.

Samson let out a heart-breaking roar and fought to escape his cage and the commotion startled Thri. It became apparent that he was no longer of sound mind. Without a warning he jumped down and stabbed Farar in his shoulder.

“You will join me, now!” He yelled at Bofain.

Farar moaned in pain and Samson roared in his cage.

Bofain looked into Farar’s eyes while he grabbed his totem. Despite the pain and suffering he had endured, Farar winked at Bofain and sent him a weak smile. Bofain uttered a prayer to the elements and felt a surge of power flow through his body. It started as a single surge, but soon came another wave and another. His fatigue wore off and he finally let out a deafening roar that was heard across the battlefield. At once, the alliance soldiers felt invigorated and filled with spirit. The Iron dwarves, on the other hand, cowered with fear, losing their will to fight. Even Thri was struck with fear for a moment, which Bofain and Olric took advantage of by smiting and striking him down in a joint motion. With the elements guiding his blow, Bofain’s strike set Thri on fire, but he did not scream. He was already dead. Finally, the traitor had been found and killed.

Together, they released Farar and Samson and tended their wounds while the Westfall brigade fended off the rest of the iron dwarves. Neither Herla nor Kazdahn were to be found. Gryan assumed they had fled the battlefield shortly after the fight had taken a turn in favor of the alliance forces.

The battle was over.

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