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.


2. The Hunt Begins

  Ashe analyzed her surroundings. She decided the best approach would be to follow the road downhill to the mainland. She reached a small outpost from which she continued to hike west, through the open plains of vast expanses and big mountains from every angle, with only a small glimpse of trees from time to time. She stopped at a small oasis for a refill for her water canteen and consumed a medium piece of bread from her backpack. She looked around and noticed the oasis was populated by snapjaw turtles, whose shells and skin could probably be used for patching up her armor, making it more resilient. At this point Ashe realized that it might be a waste of time to gather materials for improving her armor. Maybe it would be time to see what the auction house had to offer. Ashe had carried this leather armor that her father crafted from the very first leather string and strap, with such finesse and skill, that she didn't feel right replacing it. The pieces had been a gift for her birthday. But Ashe was concerned, that the beasts here would most likely provide more of a challenge than chasing monkeys in the jungle and she was hoping for easy pickings. She had read about the massive creatures known as Kodo Beasts. She had even caught a glimpse of a massive Tauren riding a heavily armored one in Orgrimmar.

  Jim was not the only pet she had managed to tame in her many years as a well trained Hunter. When Ashe first arrived on Kalimdor and explored the various locations and cities, she knew exactly what she wanted to ride for the rest of her life. It had taken many weeks of camping in the forests of Eversong Woods, to catch this massive beast off guard and bend it to her will. Over the relatively little time they spent together however, the two of them had grown fond of each other. Hunters bonds with their pets for life and letting one go due to natural circumstances is never an easy task. Ashe was very determined when it came to the survival and care for her pets. She would not tolerate anything that would hurt them or put them in any danger they could not handle. Her fathers always made sure that she understood that.

  Damian: "If you face a challenge too tough for your current situation, it's better to make a tactical retreat and re-examine your surroundings for a better approach, than to put yourself, your pet and your companions in danger."

  He was good teacher. A good role model. Annoying, overprotective and pesky, but at heart, he was a wise man and a caring father. The memories kept coming back in droves whenever you even thought about him and Lucy. After wiping a few tears off her cheeks, she noticed a large beast approaching the pond. A Kodo stopping at the oasis to drink from the water. All emotion was completely wiped from her face and body and she went into a complete state of concentration and awareness. Slowly but surely, Ashe located the nearest tree and climbed it in a steady fashion. She moved towards the Kodo, jumping with amazing agility between the trees constantly staying in cover and trying to remain unnoticed. She took a good look around and didn't spot any other animals in sight. The turtles seemed to have scurried back to their dank caves. She had a clear shot from a perfect distance. She took careful notice of the winds and she pulled out an adamantite tipped arrow, dipped in widow venom. She wanted to make sure the Kodo would not be able to move too far from the oasis and Widow Venom numbs the limbs of it's victims. She strung the arrow up on her bow and pulled the string back, with one slow, precise action. She took a deep breath and upon exhaling,let the arrow go. The speed of the arrow made it a nearly completely silent attack and Ashe watched with anticipation as the arrow struck deep into the Kodo's back left leg. But that only pissed the beast off. Instead of attempting to escape, the Kodo instantly snapped in the direction Ashe and started charging towards her position. A panicked expression took over Ashe's face, as she observed the wild beast coming towards her tree of choice. The Kodo's plan was straight forward - ram the tree, rattle her out from below, She realized it was too late to switch positions and jumped out of the tree with another arrow drawn on the string, ready to fire, this time with an arrow tip enchanted with shadow magic, created to bring pain to anything living. She took a careful aim as she rapidly descended towards the sandy shore of the pond. The beast charged into the tree with full force, shattering the log and sending splinters in every direction. Ashe once again fired the arrow, nailing the Kodo in it's neck, dealing a great deal of damage to the beast, as it let out a roar of pain. But the Kodo wasn't done. As Ashe landed like a kitten on the sand, she dropped to one knee, clutching her left arm. It was riddled with splinters from the tree log's destruction, during her fall. Nothing swayed the beast from once again hurling itself towards her. She knew she had little time to react to the Kodo's forward rampage and decided to disengage the beast, by throwing herself to the right, barely dodging the horn of the Kodo. With her reflexes now kicked into gear, she quickly ripped a large wooden spike from her arm and stuck her damaged hand into a small bag hanging from her belt. Fiddling in the bag for a second, she pulled out a small magic ice-cube. The beast had not given up despite it's severely bleeding neck wound and moved around in a swift 180 degrees turn and rushed towards Ashe once more. However this time, she wasn't going to let it get close. Without even flinching, Ashe attached the ice-cube on an arrow and launched it with great precision in front of the beast, who upon contact in it's bloodlust, became entombed in a giant block of ice in an instant. With heavy breathing Ashe moved forward, huffing for air. It had been a while since a creature had given her this much trouble. She pulled out another arrow to finish the Kodo off, but as the arrow was strung, she noticed the ice started to slowly crack.

  To her surprise and with wide open eyes, the beast broke free in seconds and was more furious than ever before. Ashe panicked and fired the shot lined up, but the shot went whizzing past the Kodo's left shoulder, after tripping over a large stone she failed to notice while attempting to back up for more distance to the beast. She landed with a big bump in the sand and dirt, looking with terror as the Kodo was about to trample her flat. And all she could think was.. 

  Ashe: "I should have brought Jim with me."

  She looked at the sky and gazed upon the last stars she would ever see. Time passed slowly before her eyes and she closed them in acceptance of her demise. But after several seconds, nothing happened. She opened her eyes to a giant shadow blocking her view. Her eyes took awhile to adjust to the light and as she pulled herself up, her gaze was met with an amazing and terrifying sight. Before she even knew what was going on, a grizzled voice spoke to her.

  ???: "You seem to be in quite the pickle Miss. Need a hand?"




  She took a while to make sure she wasn't already dead and this was merely a hallucination, but the pain from her arm was quick to remind her of reality. Even so, she had to reach a hand out and touch the wings of the huge hunched dragon in front of her. And that wasn't even the thing she questioned the most. What caught her eye a few meters away, was the large Tauren standing in between her and the Kodo. The beast had now completely halted it's attempt at killing the Hunter and was stricken by fear by the figure in front of it. The Tauren was armored in bright molten plate pieces, with a golden crown on fire hovering gently around his head.

  The Tauren unsheathed a jagged edge sword from his back, a sword as big and frightening as the Tauren himself. The Tauren slammed his sword into the ground and a bright shining light in the form of a falling hammer, consumed the Kodo in a blinding light. The light was so strong that Ashe had to cover her eyes for a while until it had subsided. Before she could get on her feet, the Tauren was standing over her, holding out a hand with a  calming smile on his face. She hesitated at first, but was calmed by his voice.

  ???: "It's alright miss, you're safe now."

  She took his hand and he lifted her up with ease. She could now clearly see the massive dragon, standing guard to block the Kodo's escape. The dragon was of a very rare species only found in the frozen continent of Northrend, known as a Proto-Drake - creatures that Ashe had only seen depictions of in books. This one in particular had the color of iron and the skin seemed almost metallic in nature. On each wing there was a bright rune shining like a brand. These creatures were supposedly rather vicious, but this one seemed almost completely docile. The Tauren looked over Ashe almost with judging eyes and then turned to the dead Kodo. The Tauren's eyes wandered across her body, judging her. At last he spoke.

  ???: "Impressive, you have literally no appropriate hunting gear and yet you almost managed to bring down this enormous beast. You are either quite a lucky fool or a very skilled Hunter."

  Ashe dusted herself off and grabbed her bow from the ground.

  Ashe: "I appreciate the compliment. Are you one of the Sunwalkers? The way you fight is certainly not the way of the Warrior."

The Tauren nodded.

  Ome: "My name is Brewmaster Ome. Merely a nickname, seeing as I used to run an inn. And you have already met Bella."

  The Tauren put a calm hand on the giant dragons head. The dragon actually frightened Ashe a fair bit, but she was too proud to admit it.

  Ashe: "My name is Ashe of the Nightfall, daughter of Damian, Master Hunter among the Goblins of Kezan and the Lost Isles."

The Tauren warmly bowed to her, making her crack a little smile.

  Ome: " Well met, little one. I presume you are one of the survivors that arrived a few weeks ago? Do you need a lift back to the city?"

  Ashe looked with suspicion at the Tauren and wasn't too fond of the idea of a ride back to Orgrimmar on the monster of a drake next to her. Bella however, was already getting to know Ashe, getting slightly closer every minute, sniffing her scent. 

  Ashe: "I am not too keen on the ride back to town on that monstrous creature, but yes, I am one of the few that survived. I am actually looking for work, but I figured I'd hunt for some food and supplies before starting to do my part around the city. By the looks you need all the help you can get from volunteers. Deathwing took his toll on this world it would seem."

  Ashe was exhausted after the fight with the Kodo and it was noticeable. She almost passed out again after walking a few steps. The blood running down her arm and the wounds she had sustained was noticed by Ome. He barely caught her before she hit the ground, slipping in the sand, trying to get to her backpack next to a tiny rock formation on the shore.

  Ome: "Take it easy now, I got you. You look a little pale. Please, allow me to take you back and patch you up." 

 Ashe smiled and thanked Ome, as the Tauren helped her up on Bella's scaled body. Ome gave a sharp whistle and  with a giant flap of her wings, they lifted off and sat course back to Orgrimmar.

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