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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5. The Proposition

  Ashe awoke in a pile of sweat and panting heavily. One hand wrapped around the shaft of her dagger located below her pillow, she scanned the empty tent. She sat up straight and burrowed her face in her hands. She couldn't have slept much more than an hour. The images, the memories, were too much for her. She reached for her backpack and began rummaging through the contents. She pulled out a small glass vial, containing a green looking substance. Ashe closed her eyes and clutched it tightly. How much longer could she maintain this charade? She popped the cork and downed the contents in one large gulp. The taste was horrid. But she needed this, at least for the time being. As the empty bottle left her slim fingers, she glanced back at her backpack. She was running low on potions and required a refill.

  Ashe: "Time to get moving, I suppose."

  Ashe got up from her bed and gently woke up Jim, who growled in nuisance. But upon noticing Ashe gearing up, he immediately got up and was ready to move.

 

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  The job possibilities were endless as a new adventurer in the lands of Kalimdor. Many people needed help with transportation, extermination, collection and other various menial tasks, usually not considered worth the time and effort to people of higher calling. Ashe was not above assisting the people who were now in dire need of help after the destruction and chaos Deathwing had caused and she could use the exercise.

  After a few hours of assisting the citizens around Orgrimmar, Ashe had accomplished a great deal. She had distributed emergency supplies to the refugee camps around the city, flown supplies to the construction sites in Azshara and entertained the Goblin children with stories of Kezan before the Cataclysm. Ashe felt renewed and alive. Helping people was obviously nice, but being able to work again after her encounter with the Kodo Beast yesterday, was rejuvenating. The sun was slowly rising as her labor hours came to an end. It had been quite the long night for her. The sleepless nights continued and she knew Ome might call upon her at any moment. So she went back to tent and began to prepare.

 

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  Ome stretched as he walked through the relief camps, looking for Ashe's tent. His gaze was firmly planted deep in his old tome, which he always carried with him on his belt. The tome was filled with secrets, magic abilities and spells a Paladin uses in battle against evil. Ome had not even studied half the tome through to the end yet and had still a lot to learn. As Ome approached the tent he believed to be Ashe's residence, he pulled his attention away from the tome and mounted it firmly in it's socket on his belt. A few paces from the tent, Ome called out to Ashe.

  Ome: "Ashe? You awake yet?"

  Ashe opened the flap of the tent calmly and as she saw Ome's unmistakable figure, she let out a sigh of relief.

  Ashe: "Good morning to you too. I didn't realize you'd come to me this quickly."

  Ome didn't hesitate with making his agenda known.

  Ome: "It's time for you to pay back that favor you owe me. Time is of the essence and I apologize for the swift action, but understand I don't have a choice. You are clearly a capable Hunter, skilled in both combat and tracking, which I'm almost certain are skills which I will require. It's not going to be pretty. There'll be action. Lots of it. Think you're up to the task?"

  Ashe was curious as to what was about to go down, but she owed her life to the Tauren.

  Ashe: "Count me in. Let's get breakfast first. My treat."

 

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  Ashe finished packing up and took Ome to the same Inn they had visited the night before. It was bright and early, so the chairs and tables were still empty and the quiet atmosphere was welcome. Her and Ome sat down and as the food arrived, Ome began explaining the situation. 

  Ome: "Listen carefully. I've been given the order to take a small group into Hyjal for a reconnaissance mission. The details are limited and we have very little information on what actually happened. All we know, is that we have lost contact with the Hyjal outpost and no scouts have returned to report. We go in, retrieve whatever intelligence we can and report back to the Warchief. I don't expect an easy way out, seeing as we are going in blind. That's why I need skilled agents, people I can trust. What do you say? Still interested?"

  There was still much Ome didn't know about Ashe, but some secrets best remain that way. She knew that this might be her only chance at getting her mind off the nightmares.

  Ashe: "Consider me a part of the team. I'll happily assist you in this mission. But why me? You barely know me. How do you know I can be trusted?"

  Ome smiled. While what she said was true, he had a gut feeling about her.

  Ome: "Your eyes. You have kind eyes."

  Ashe blushed slightly and looked away from the Paladin for a moment. She felt embarrassed.

  Ome: "You have no reason to betray the man who saved your life. If anything, our bond will only grow stronger from here on out. I believe the Light led me to you for a reason. You were destined for this."

  Ashe: "Well, who am I to deny such an offer. Let's get going. Where to?"

  Ome saw the determination in Ashe's eyes. He couldn't help but smile a little, as they upped and left after paying the Innkeeper for his services. 

  Ome: "Follow me to the elevator platforms. We have another accomplice waiting at the portals."

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