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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10. Pieces of the Past

  Targok was once a member of the Bleeding Hollow Clan, before war raged the lands. Draenor was a peaceful land and the clans lived in quiet acknowledgement of each other. Targok was quite the ladies man and despite the females swaming around him like flies around a corpse, Targok had his eyes set on the one woman showing little to no interest in him what so ever. Her name was Keesha and was a magnificent beauty of nature. Through persistence and much bravery, he finally conquered her heart and they have lived  happily together ever since. Following his father's footsteps, Targok was training to become a shaman, but unfortunately, mere seconds before his initiation rights, shamanism became forbidden and replaced with foul demonic magic favored by Warlocks. Instead of turning to the dark arts, Targok turned to pick up the axe of a Warrior and has never since regret his decision.

  During the war with the Draenei on Draenor, Targok was mostly in the background of things. He participated in the war, as his duty as a loyal Orc soldier commanded. All the clans united under one banner, known as the Orcish Horde and drove the Draenei's away from their lands. The clans however, started fighting among themselves and many lives were lost. It was around this time the Warlocks of Draenor found a small tear of dimensional fabric and began studies, using it to reunite the Orcish Horde. The Warlocks succeeded in opening the Dark Portal to Azeroth and the Orcish Horde began their invasion. Targok once was again in the background of the many battles, but barely survived the first assault on Stormwind Keep. They suffered a catastrophic defeat and only few Orcs survived the initial battle, Targok among them. After this loss, the clans felt humiliated and started blaming each other, resulting in a swift descent into massive turmoil.

  The chaos which started was however, ended when the Warlock Gul'dan, manipulated the ruthless dictator Blackhand the Destroyer, onto the Throne as Warchief. As newly appointed leader, Blackhand rallied the clans back together and prepared for another assault on Azeroth. As the next attack swept across Azeroth, Targok was thrown into invasion upon invasion, as the Orcish Horde surged across the lands and destroyed everything in their wake. During the chaos, Orgrim Doomhammer betrays Blackhand and kills him, replacing him as Warcheif. The onslaught continued and villages, cities and farmland alike, was torched and burnt to the ground by the massive army. Finally, Stormwind Keep fell before the full might of the Orcish Horde and survivors was left to flee to Lordaeron, resulting in a clear victory for the Horde.

 

  During the Second War, Targok saw much battle like many others did. But before the Horde launched their attack on Quel'thalas, he was stationed with the Dragonmaw Clan due to injuries. There he assisted Zuluhead the Wicked to enslave Alexstraza the Dragon Queen and her brood, forcing them to assist the Horde. Despite Targok's achievement, the Horde lost the Second War and was driven back. Targok himself and his mate managed to escape the fate of prisoners and  later stumbled into a mighty Orc Hero, known as Grom Hellscream

 

  Targok became an accepted member of the Warsong Clan. Targok was lucky enough to be by the side of Thrall, assisting him in liberating the captured Orcs from the internment camps. In this time where the Orcs were free, Targok spent a lot of time with the Orcs of the Frostwolf clan, since they and the Warsong were some of the only remaining free Orcs. During the storming of the fifth camp to liberate the Orc prisoners, the Alliance was prepared and ambushed the Orcs. In a fit of bloodlust, a mounted knight's charge, mortally wounded Orgrim. Targok could only watch in the heat of battle, as the knight pierced Orgrims mighty armor with a fierce charging blow. With his dying breath, he handed Thrall his great warhammer, along with the title and responsibility of Warchief.

  Thrall accepted his fate and continued forth from then on. On his travels with Thrall, Targok learned many things. Thrall only wanted what was best for him and his people. And Targok understood that. Thrall led his people west, to Kalimdor and despite Targok's few achievements in this time, he was always there, following orders like a good soldier. Targok's journey eventually took him alongside Thrall at the Battle for Mount Hyjal. A throng of demons poured onto them, but eventually, Archimonde was defeated. Targok's family however, was not so lucky. Demons killed the remaining members of his family. Now, it was just him and Keesha left. After Archimonde's defeat, the Burning Legion slowly desolved and Thrall led his people to Durotar, where they built a great nation and their greatest city, Orgrimmar. In this time of peace, Targok and Keesha settled down on a piece of farmland and they were blessed with two wonderful children, a daughter and a son. Targok had never been more happy in his entire life, not even when he was living back on Draenor.

 

One glorious morning, Targok went fishing by a small lake, leaving his family at home. On his way home, he noticed smoke coming from the direction of his house. Without hesitating, Targok dropped everything he had and sat into a high speed run. As the horizon slowly shrinked, he could see his house on fire and rushed with all his might to the cabin, only to find his wife and two children killed in cold blood. With his offspring and mate gone, his life no longer had purpose. As the cabin almost burned to the ground, Targok gather what armor and gear he could, including his father's axe, The Skullcleaver and joined the Orcs in their goals. War was what Targok had always been a part of and now, it was all he had left. After a long time, he finally found a woman to replace Keesha, despite the fact it would never be the same without her. Even though his new mate was compassionate and did not mind Targok being away from home most of the time, she was worried more and more each day, fearing that at any time, she would receive news of her husbands demise.

 

  Targok had been in nearly every war ever since then. He was among the Heroes who brought down the old god C'thun inside the Ruins of Ahn'Qiraj. He had helped push back Ragnaros into the plane of fire from the Molten Core. He was there to see Illidan the Betrayer be executed by Maiev Shadowsong. He helped stop Kil'jaeden from invading this world. And he saw the end of the Lich King himself. As a veteran of war, Targok felt it was his duty as a soldier, to bring down Deathwing and whoever standing in his path.

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