Vigil of the Silvereye
The Silvereye, always alert for the rise of new threats, became
aware that a dwarf of the Dun Morogh clan had fallen ill with
a virulent plague. His kinsmen had tried to cure him, but
had failed. To make matters worse, the dwarf was spirited
away from Menethil Keep by a band of miscreants known only
as "The Shady Blades".
Undertaking to assist the Dwarves, the Silvereye rapidly
discovered just how virulent the plague actually was, almost
losing two of its own to it. Fortunately, Taiev Shadowglade's
studies of the activities of the Forsaken in Ashenvale allowed
her to develop a partial cure, that proved
effective against the plague. At the same time, Galadiel
of the Silvereye made contact with the Shady Blades and secured
the release of Haldin, for the princely sum of ten golden
The scene for the handover was set,
and the Silvereye, accompanied by the uncouth forces of the
Dun Morogh, set out to retrieve Haldin. Ever suspicious, Taiev
had counselled her sisters to gather in force, and events
later that evening, would prove her fears far from unfounded.
Travelling quickly through the Wetlands, to the agreed upon
location, the column located the dwarf Haldin, tied to a tree,
close to Ironbeard's Tomb. Knowing the danger posed by the
plague, the Silvereye kept the rest of the force back, while
Erynia Starshard laid the Timewarden's Seal on the Dwarf,
imprisoning the the plague, and making it safe to move him.
Unfortunately, this powerful channelling tapped her already
weakened spirit, leaving her vulnerable to dangers that even
the watchful eyes of the Huntress Arrina and the Knight of
the Silver Hand Nightsorrow could not protect her from.
Confrontation in the Wetlands
Moving at the best speed they could, but slowed by Erynia,
and Haldin carried on the stalwart back of his kinsman Thorgrim,
the force quickly encountered a small by potent band of Horde
warriors lead by no less than Catahecassa of the Onyx Ascendancy
himself. Though Taiev, who knew Catahecassa well enough to
fear and respect him in equal measures tried to keep order,
the recent escalation in hostilities proved too much, and
many members of the Alliance force assaulted Catahecassa's
escort, driving them off, and preventing any attempt at diplomacy.
The Horde continued to worry the flanks of the column all
the way back to Menethil, but as the column passed the last
bridge and crossed the very threshold of Menethil itself,
a Forsaken assassin launched a dazzling strike against Haldin,
cutting him down and fleeing before she could be touched.
At a stroke, the mission seemed thwarted, Haldin falling
senseless to the ground, and Erynia following him a moment
later. Only through the prompt aid of the priests and paladins
in the force was Haldin saved
Erynia, was saved too,
but by a very different agency.
To Darnassus, by Sea
Moving as quickly as they could, the Silvereye carried Erynia
and Haldin to a waiting ship and embarked for the Kaldorei
capital of Darnassus. Though almost lost in a freak storm,
the doughty human-built ship arrived at Teldrassil, and the
force moved quickly to the Temple of the Moon, to fulfil their
promises to the Dwarves, and cure their kinsman.
As Taiev poured her potion between Haldin's cold lips, her
sisters unleashed the raw force of nature, burning the tainted
undead venom from Haldin's veins. As the storm raged, Dwarven
tempers flared, never ones to trust elves, the sight of such
a display of Kaldorei power was disconcerting in the extreme.
As they watched, strong Dwarven hands crept toward their weapons
- ready to wreak bloody vengeance if their kinsman should
perish by elven witchcraft...
But as the storm blew itself out, Haldin looked about and,
with a curse, roared for strong dwarven mead
gathered around him to rejoice at his return to them, but
as they shouted Dwarven promises to throw roasted meat at any Silvereye
they might meet, douse them in ale, and fight them bare-knuckled
in a bear-pit echoed through the Temple of the Moon, it was
clear to the Silvereye that the victory was a phyrric one
- to save the Dwarf, one of their own had paid a terrible