Create Your Own Azeroth Project Chapter 4 – A Weary Journey’s End

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Here it is the last installment of the Create Your Own Azeroth Project. For the Chapter leading up to this post you may want to check out Me & My Ghoul (Link). This is a work of fiction and is intended to be a fun change of pace. Hope you enjoy!

Chapter 4 – A Weary Journey's End

“Get him patched up as soon as possible,” Corrigan says gesturing at the Priest, “we’re going to need him when the scourge catch up.”

“Sir should shouldn’t we go see if there are survivors,” a soldier asks Corrigan

“We can’t risk it, the scourge is too close, we’ll have to move these people on to the next set of caves.” Corringan responds sighing. “Johnson, come here a moment.”

From across the way Johnson says “yes sir” and runs over to Corrigan.

“I have to buy us some time.” Corrigan thinks to himself

“Johnson,” Corrigan begins, “round up the hunters and report back to me.”

“Yes sir,” the soldier replies. He turns on his heel and heads off into the mass of civilian and soldiers.

Turning to one of his men Corrigan asks “Is that Rogue still with us?”

“The one from SI:7 sir?” the soldier replied.


“Yes sir,” the soldir replied. “Says he can’t leave until he gets a good look at the scourge sir.”

Briefly Corrigan wonders just how much of a look the man needs. “Take me to him.”

“Yes sir.”

They find the Rogue at the outskirts of the refugees, patiently listening to the encroaching menace and taking notes.

“Phillips?” Corrigan asked

“I am, and you are Corrigan?” the Rogue asks. Putting down his pencil and note book he turns to face Corrigan.

“I understand that you are with us to gather information about the scourge. As it stands we need to slow down the scourge long enough to get these people to safety. I also don’t have a lot of men left and that cave could very well hold survivors.” Corrigan continues, “I’m sending out my hunters, a small group but they are agile, swift and deadly. I intend to have them attempt to draw the attention of the scourge to the cave and away from the refugees.”

“An intriguing plan, but I don’t see where I fit in.” Phillips responds

“I need to try to recover any survivors that might remain in the cave.” Corrigan replies, “If we can prevent feeding the scourge any more than we already have, while bolstering our own numbers, we’ll have a better chance of getting out of this in a positive fashion. Someone with your training and expertise would be ideal for this.”

The soldier Johnson makes his way to Corrigan though the mass of refugees. He is followed by 5 hunters and their snarling pets. “I’ve rounded up the Hunter’s sir.”

Corrigan turns to face Johnson and returns his salute. “Excellent Johnson,” Corrigan “Tell the Captain to get these people moving on to the next set of caves.”

“Yes sir”, with another salute Johnson turns and disappears into the crows of refugees.

Corrigan turns back to the Rogue and says “Will you assist me in this?”

“It would get me closer to the scourge, and you’ve got a good group here,” Phillps responds, “I’ll go.”

Corrigan nods approvingly at the Rogue and waves the Hunters to come forward.

Once they gather near him Corrigan briefs the Hunters. “You have no doubt heard that the scouting party was attacked. I’m sending Phillips to see if there are survivors and to recover them. I’m sending all of you along with him. I want you to do anything within reason to slow down their advance. Lay traps, pick off scouts, even the use of explosives is acceptable. You are to head out to the cave, assist in the recovery and then return to our group.”

“Aye sir,” the Hunters say in unison. With the Rogue joining them they head off towards the cave.

Corrigan turned on his heel and walking swiftly made is way to the front of the group of weary refugees.

They marched on for hours. Only when they finally made it to the cave did they realize that the forest had become eerily quiet. The sounds of the scourge pursuit are no longer audible over the sounds of the forest.

Corrigan made his way to Rondrey. A fellow Priest had been working feverishly to bring him to full health. “There ye are lad.” Rondrey says to Corrigan as he approaches. “How long was I out? I don’t hear the Scourge.”

“Not long enough,” Corrigan replies. “I sent the Rogue to the cave to recover any survivors. I sent the hunters with him with orders to do what they could to slow them down.”

Rondrey chuckles to himself and says “well it sound like the slowed ‘em down eh?”

“I don’t see the humor in this Rondrey,” Corrigan replies, “armies don’t just vanish, even armies of the undead.”

“I’m sure there’s a reason,” Rondrey says

“I’m just hoping it’s a sign in our favor,” Corrigan says.

The last of the day became the first of the night with no further signs of the Scourge or of the party. Corrigan debated gathering a few men and heading to the cave himself, just to know the full story. Corrigan stands before the fire and paces back and forth.

“Yer pacing won’t make ‘em return any sooner Corrigan,” the Priest tells him, “sit down yer making the people nervous.

Looking to those around him Corrigan indeed sees worry on the faces of the refugees. “No they’ve been through enough” Corrigan thinks to himself. Turning around to seat himself next to Rondrey he looks up and sees the Rogue and the Hunting party. Making their way through the crowd. Behind the party were two members of the original search party. Lionel unfortunately was not among them.

Walking to the campfire the Rogue tells Corrigan, “I think you might want to sit down for this. I barely believe it and I saw it with my own eyes.”

The Rogue relays the events of the day. The party had set traps for the encroaching scourge which drew the scourge away from the refugees and towards the cave. Under Stealth Phillips had entered the cave and found the two survivors. He escorted them out of the cave but he had the feeling that he should venture further into the cave before leaving. Again under stealth Philips ventured into the heart of the cavern only to find one of the great dragons.

Fortunately he avoided detection and made his way out of the cave and back to the rest of the party waiting at the cave entrance. The Hunters were nervous by the time the Rogue had returned. The scourge army was now very close and the Hunters were beginning to think that they wouldn’t be able to slip past them to rejoin the group. Phillips however was struck with a very odd idea. He quickly told the Hunters of the dragon and they formulated a plan. Two Hunters escorted the two recovered from the cave out into the wood. The remaining hunters and the Rogue entered the cave. Before venturing too far into the cave they could hear the scourge forces gathering just outside of the cave.

Once in the presence of the great dragon, the hunters sent in their pets and let their arrows fly. Waking from its slumber the dragon’s confusion grew into a thunderous rage. The Rogue and the Hunters carfully drew the dragon out of it’s den. They made their way out of the cave right into the eager hands of the scourge.

Once nearing the cave entrance the Hunters drew the dragon as close to the scourge army as they could before feigning death. This of course infuriated the dragon who then sought destroy anything in it’s path. Finding nothing but the scourge, the dragon charged into their forces. The Rogue and the hunters quickly and quietly slipped into the cover of the forest, well away from the dragon’s wrath.

With fire, claws, teeth and tail the great dragon mercilessly ripped through the scourge forces. Their weapons and magic proved useless against it’s powerful blows and impenetrable scales. Within minutes a few remaining members of the scourge turned and ran. Those that were not so fortunate were in pieces strewn about the forest floor. Angrily surveying the landscape the dragon searched for more victims. When none were to be found it gave out a mighty roar then slowly turned it’s massive frame and returned to it’s sanctuary in the cave.

The party quickly surveyed the remnants of the scourge forces, and tracked them for a short distance to see if they would regroup and continue their hunt for the refugees. Those of the scourge lucky enough to escape the dragon showed no signs of daring to return to their task.

“We then made our way here.” The rogue finished.

Corrigan stared at Phillips as he let the tale sink in. Before he could speak Rondrey burst out in laughter. “Turning one enemy on another,” Rondrey roars, “truly a Rogue’s plan!”
Despite himself Corrigan began laughing as well. The news of the scourge’s defeat quickly spread through the camp and the refugees cheered the party and the dragon. After a long day’s journey, they had little energy to spare. The cheers died down quickly as all save those on watch, settled in for some much needed rest.

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Create Your Own Azeroth Post Delayed

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Promise it's coming, I just have to get home first to type it up!

SOE Delivers Free Realms with Minutes to Spare

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Free Realms was released last night just before midnight. Hehe, of course not soon enough to stop the epic launch thread in the beta testers forum that ended up growing to over 100 + pages as Twitter updates from SOE were posted into the forum and of course random nested quotes supplied the much needed cowbell to a population of sleep deprived Free Realms fans. Safe to say that by the end of the night we were all loopy and pretty much anything was hilarious.

Twitter Post Hints at 7pm Release for Free Realms

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Twitter post by John Smedly hints at a 7pm Release for Free Realms. (link)

Still Waiting….

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Hehe, there's worse things.

A lot of us are watching

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The Waiting is the Hardest Part…

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Yep waiting for launch that is. It won't be a long wait, well except for the fact that I'll be at work for the bulk of it, hehe. The last word from the Free Realms Community Manager Pex was that they were shooting for mid to late morning for the release. Then again as some have pointed out, as long as the release hits before 11:59 tonight it'll still release on time.

It's always funny to read the 'please don't sit on the main site hitting F5' comments from the staff. Of course it just makes me want to giggle and reply “way to give them the idea”. /rofl

Really though the main question going through my mind is what to do once I log back in? I keep thinking of ways to celebrate the launch in my own creeptastic fashion. I mean do I just want to run for the Ninja trainer and start the grind? Do I want to head up to the farm outside of Snowhill and tip some cows (yes you can actually tip the cows hehe)? Hmmm… Do I want to be in the usual hang out spot and see how many familiar names I see? Do I just want to hit up Lakeshore and chase some ducks? Do I want to run around Free Realms getting video of weird places to dance as fodder for a new video?

So many choices!

Well I know there is one thing I'm looking forward to, and that is snagging a membership and checking out some of the members only content. During the closed beta select users were flagged to try out the cool members only quests, Jobs and dungeons. Yeah this is one of the Free Realms carrots to make a little cash on the MMO. You subscribe and you get the exclusive jobs. I'd be cranky about this if it wasn't for the fact that the subscription is a whopping $5.00 a month. Yep one third of my WoW subscription and I can go cow tipping as a member! I have no idea why I'm so excited about that.

Waiting for Launch, Cooking up a Video

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With a little extra time on my hands (waiting for Free Realms to go live), I figured, hey let's find some stuff to do. I manged to get a guide started over at the Free Realms Wiki on Zam (Link). I think I'd rather post up some guides over there than work at them here and have to try to keep them updated.

I also goofed off and put together a YouTube video of some of my favorite times from the Closed Beta. After launch a lot of us will end up meeting up at the Warp Point in Crossroads. Here's the video, hopefully it'll still be up in the morning. Speaking of which I need to get to bed before I'm unable to get up in the morning, heh.

Free Realms Launches Tuesday

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That's right! Free Realms goes live on Tuesday!

Coming Up – Beta Impressions of Free Realms!

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The NDA on the Free Realms closed Beta has been lifted so I'll be posting on my Free Realms impressions as soon as I can!

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Create Your Own Azeroth – Chapter 3 – The Battle Within

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Create Your Own Azeroth

This post is Dedicated to the Create Your own Azeroth project. It’s a choose your path story started by Samodean of Hardcore Casual. This is a work of fiction and pretty different from what I usually post. If you want to read the story from the start you’ll want to head here Link.
Pick the links as you go along to see how the story develops!

Chapter Three – The Battle Within

The force of Corrigan’s blow forced the Death Knight to turn
to pivot away from the Paladin. Slowly the Death Knight pivots back to face him
as she reaches for her ominously glowing axe.

Corrigan stands staring at the empty, emotionless, glowing eyes boring into him.

“…by the gods…” Rondrey mutters under his breath, his body freezes as he stares at the unmasked Death Knight. In shock and disbelief his grip on Corrigan loosens.

Corrigan’s rage drains from him. He stares blankly at the Death Knight, into those empty glowing eyes. His mind is suddenly awash with memories; he’s stricken in a way no physical blow can match.

“No… it can’t be…” Corrigan utters softly, his right foot falling behind him as he hefts his mace in a defensive stance. In reality he’s only defending himself from the memories not the looming Death Knight ahead. His heart sinks in his chest. The memories racing to the forefront of his mind play one by one, each passing too swiftly to stop. All of the memories he’d tried to drink into oblivion form a lump in his throat and mist his vision to the brink of tears.

The Death Knight, weapon drawn, stands ready to attack. Corrigan can only hear one voice, he can only see one thing, as he remembers the last time he saw her.

“Sylphine” Corrigan whispers. Standing before him in plate armor and hefting a two handed axe was the woman he’d loved. The woman he’d failed to protect. Now she stood before him willing and able to carry out the will of the Lich King and exact her own revenge for Corrigan’s failure.

Before he lost her to the Scourge she was a Priest. She had been strong with the Light. On numerous occasions she’d supported him, healing his wounds as battled the enemy. Now, now she was the enemy. Her cloth robes replaced with plate armor, her two handed staff now a two handed axe. “What have they done to you?” Corrigan asks himself.

“A whole village to defend and now this,” Rondrey thinks to himself.  “I know what yer thinkin’ but yer a daft fool to do this to yer self, let the lads handle her”.  Rondrey knows Corrigan would never recover from killing Sylpine a second time. He’s been unbearable since her loss. Now to have her return, to see her like this, Rondrey knows Corrigan’s mind is due to snap at any second.

The Death Knight turns to the scourge forces behind her and points to the village. Without question the undead creatures begin their lurch. The Death Knight turns back to Corrigan and Rondrey dropping into an aggressive stance, ready for battle.

“They’re going after the Village Corrigan,” Rondrey started, “we don’t have time for this!” His grip tightens and he shakes Corrigan’s arm to draw him back into the present.

“Nnno,” Corrigan responds as his mind wells up into a steely resolve. For the first time since losing Sylphine Corrigan has a sense of purpose. Turning to Rondrey, Corrigan stammers, “I, I must, I must do this. Take the men. Defend the Village. ”

“The lads look to you Corrigan” Rondrey growled “don’t be daft!” But judging by Corrigan’s tone Rondrey knows that nothing will change the Paladin’s mind.

Releasing his grip Rondrey turns to the men and yells “Don’t just stand there lads, form up and get to the front, defend the village at all costs! I said get a move on or ye’ll suffer at my hands!” The soldiers quickly form up and with Rondrey at the head they charge after the scourge forces.

The Death Knight and Corrigan stand alone.

“I couldn’t protect you then Sylphine,” Corrigan mutters under his breath “but by the Light, I will set you free.” Corrigan takes a deep breath, lifts his mace, and charges.

The Death Knight responds lifting her hand landing a plague on Corrigan, dodging his first strike. Bringing up her weapon the Death Knight lands a strike on Corrigan landing her second plague. Corrigan purges the two plagues, brings up his mace and lands his first strike against the Death Knight.

Seemingly without pain or effort the Death Knight absorbs the blow, but the damage is already done. The Death Knight’s axe lands another blow on Corrigan. He quickly casts to heal himself and strikes the Death Knight again.

The two danced on. She absorbing blows as he healed those she landed. The battle for a village they’d both known as a haven in happier times waged on around them. Slowly the both weakened and the end of their dance of death loomed.

Corrigan could sense something was wrong. The Death Knight’s well timed advances and attacks were starting to falter. The Death Knight was starting to make mistakes. Corrigan continued to battle and used these lapses in the Death Knight’s attacks to weaken the Death Knight further. The Death Knight seemed to be fighting herself more adamantly than she fought Corrigan.

Corrigan prepared for his last advance on the Death Knight, but he falters. “It can’t be,” Corrigan thought to himself “Is she fighting to free herself?”

Dropping away from her Corrigan withdraws from their battle. The Death Knight stood with her axe ready to land a blow, she jerked as if about to strike, but then, she hesitates. The face that before betrayed no emotion was now painted with confusion and rage.

“Fight it Sylphine!” Corrigan yelled to her “For the Light, for the Alliance…” His voice weakened and trailed “for me Sylphine… fight them…”

The Death Knight lowered her weapon. The rune emblazoned axe dropped from her hands. Suddenly she screamed “No!” Yelling to the sky she called out “I will not kill him, you have… you have NO POWER OVER ME!”  She screams again as if suffering unimaginable torment and raises her fists to the sky.

Option A – Does Sylphine win her freedom from control by the Scourge? – Find out next week at Killing ‘em Slowly


Option B – Does the Scourge regain control of Sylphine’s mind? – Find out next week at WoW Fail Blog

Slowly she drops her hands and bows her head. Catching her breath, she raises her head and levels her eyes on Corrigan.

“Corrigan” she whispers, a look of recognition and concern in her once dead cold eyes.

“Sylphine, is it really you?” he asks her, he cautiously walks towards her.

“Yes, yes, I think so,” she says, her voice a mix of joy and confusion. “I, I know who I am, where I am, the voices are gone… those horrible voices. It was you Corrigan, I couldn’t.”

The battle raging around them now closed in. They recognized that they had not time. Too many years of battle impeded their senses.

Sylphine reached for her axe and Corrigan gripped his mace tightly preparing for battle.

“This time Sylphine, I will protect you…” Corrigan promised.

“This time Corrigan, I can share your burden”