Ashes And Arrows: The Bright Fire

A novel involving my former WoW character Ashe and her adventures.

After the horrid destruction of Kezan caused by Deathwing tearing through the heart of the world we know as Azeroth, Âshe finds herself in the great Horde city of Orgrimmar. A stranger to these lands and with her entire family perishing to Deathwing's destructive power, she has sworn to carry on the legacy that is her family, many generations of proud Hunters. She soon find herself drawn to help heal the lands hurt by the Cataclysm and gets involved in a long journey, taking her far and wide to areas she could only dream of.

I want to point out, while there is ALOT of lore and actual facts from World of Warcraft involved in this story, there WILL be inconsistensies, seeing as it is still fanfiction, so do not take it serious.

Disclaimer - The name Ashe is in fact not stolen or nicked from League of Legends. I've had the name for roughly 10 years, ever since I started playing World of Warcraft back in Vanilla Beta.

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7. New Friends, New Enemies

  Mount Hyjal. A beautiful landscape. Trees towering over the hills by miles. A lone portal was the only thing that could be seen doing subtle movements in the area. The entire housing structure next to the portal was deserted. Âshe exited the portal and looked around. Her attention was immediately drawn to a nearby Orc body. Kevin was next out of the portal. "All I am saying is..." Âshe shushed him mid-sentence and pointed to the body. Kevin's body changed immediately and froze solid, making precise movements and hid behind a wall. Ome was going to follow soon and Âshe had to make sure the area was clear before he came through. She went into an unsupported prone position and readied her bow for attack. She crawled close to the body and checked for an active pulse.

  Much to her surprise, the Orc was still alive and she turned her head and gestured Kevin to check around. Kevin turned the corner to the house with his hands making strange magical gestures. A small flicker of fire starting sparking in his hands and he was ready to unleash a torrent of flame upon any unsuspecting enemies that may cross his path. As he turned the corned, he jumped out with his hands in a forward position, aiming and looking around the house, but there was nothing but broken chairs and tables in sight. Torn documents littered the floor along with a couple of corpses. The stench wrapped around Kevin's nose instantly and he tried not to inhale through his nose. As Kevin started checking the bodies, Ome came through the portal and Âshe gestured to him just as he exited and he understood.

  He dropped his backpack and drew his sword straight away, moving closer to Âshe. In a low, almost whispering voice, he kneeled by her side. "What happened?" Âshe shook her head in confusion. "I don't know. This one is still breathing, but he's out cold. There are more bodies inside the house. Kevin is securing the house." Ome nodded and moved with subtle steps towards the house. When he looked inside, Kevin was scouring the bodies for identification. Ome looked at Âshe. "I think we're clear." Âshe stood up and threw the Orc's right arm around her neck as she pulled him up with all her strength. Despite her size, her physique was incredible and could almost carry a medium sized Orc. Luckily she only had to pull the Orc into shelter for now. Ome looked through a few of the tomes on the tables. By the looks the druids had already made a plan of attack on the fire-tormented lands west of Aessina's Grove, but had not yet carried out the assault.

  Âshe looked a little exhausted when Ome turned his head and noticed she was trying to pull the Orc into the house. "A little help would be nice" she said as she was huffing for air. Ome returned the map to the table and grabbed the Orc, lifting him up in both arms and gently putting him on a nearby bed, which had survived the ruckus taken place here. Âshe went back to the entrance to set up base defenses. Âshe went back to where the Orc was found and smeared the blood trail to direct whoever found it to the house. She then proceeded to plant a freeze trap, similar to the one she caught Kevin in earlier, near the entrance to the house. In addition, she attached a small robe and a bell to the trap, making sure they would all hear if anyone was caught. She went back to Kevin and Ome. Ome had begun to administer emergency healing from what little he could and Kevin was scavenging for whatever useful information he could find. As Âshe stood next to Ome and looked at the Orc, she had many questions. "What happened here Ome? I thought this was supposed to be a secure outpost." Ome was in deep concentration, but not deep enough to not being able to communicate. "I don't know. It looks like these people were caught off guard. By who or what, I can only speculate. This Orc however, might hold some answers, but he won't last long without proper healing. We need someone who is more trained than I am."

  Âshe looked around for clues as to what happened. As her and Kevin kept scouring the place, the conversation between them continued. "Kevin, have you found anything yet" asked Ome as the shimmering light around his hands started to dwindle. "I have a strange feeling about this Ome. There's a clear trace of magic here. Whoever did this, is trained." Ome turned around after doing all he could do the best of his limited abilities in healing on the Orc and looked at Kevin with a serious expression. "A rogue mage? You know how dangerous that could be." Kevin turned around and faced both Âshe and Ome. In his hand, he clutched a clear blue and yellow sigil. "You guys might wanna see this." Both Âshe and Ome watched in disgust as Kevin opened his hand, revealing the cold truth. A bright blue piece of metal with a yellow lion head, told them all who had done this. An Alliance scouting paty.

 

  Completely concealed in the tree-covered hills, two Night Elves were observing the building down below. "Looks like they are all inside the house. Just as suspected, they have sought cover." One of the Night Elves took the spyglass and focused on the window. He caught a glimpse of the injured bedridden Orc and the goblin mage holding a piece of metal. "Damn it. I thought the raid left no survivors. Why is there an injured green skin still alive?" The Elf next to him shrugged awkwardly. "The Captain is not gonna like this."

 

  Ome knew Kevin better than anyone. They had been adventuring together for decades and in their many battles, Ome had learned that Kevin had no love for the Alliance. Kevin felt like throwing the badge into the nearby lake, but he knew he had to report this. Ome walked up to Kevin and laid a hand on his shoulder. "They will pay Kevin, don't stress yourself." Kevin was breathing heavily but slowed his respiration after Ome's encouragement. "I will report this to Garrosh. He will be furious, but it has to be done. I'll go back and meet up with you later. I will bring the Orc with me. My magic can only carry the two of us, so you two will have to proceed with the assignment. I'll be with you again soon. Take care Ome. And don't yourself killed Âshe."

  She smiled and they both watched as Kevin recited a long incantation followed by Kevin and the Orc disappearing in a dust of disintegration. "Outnumbered and alone. Just another day, huh." Ome had changed from cheerful to serious. He grabbed his backpack and gestured Âshe to follow. "This isn't safe anymore. I fear we are being watched. We should get moving. Let's stray from the road as much as possible and stay in the shades." In silent agreement, Âshe picked up her gear and followed Ome through the wilderness, further into the forest beyond the lake by the house.

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