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The Signet of the Fallen (Page 1) [Updated]
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((Sorry I didn't add it all earlier. Here is everything for page 1. Still kind of slow though.))
‘It’s too cold on this planet,’ Daniela thought as she trudged through the cold, snowy forests of Dun Morogh. ‘I swear, when my services are no longer required in Northrend I’m going to spend a month vacationing in Tanaris. Now where in the hell is he? If he had been in the inn, I'd be back in the warmth of Ironforge by now!’ She drew the yeti fur cloak tighter to shield her dark blue skin and shivered, continuing to walk through the forest as she had for the past two hours.
The sun was beginning to dip below the mountain peaks. Though cold, she couldn’t deny the beauty of the forests in the dwarven lands, especially in comparison to the scared lands of Icecrown where she had spent the majority of her time recently. The near-dusk sunlight reflected off the fresh snow that nearly constantly fell, giving the whole forest a muted orange glow, at least in the places where it managed to poke between the mountain tops and through the thick trees.
‘I should probably turn back,’ she contemplated as she stopped and looked around. ‘I don’t want to be out here too late. I’ll come back in the morning and start my search…’ Her thought was interrupted by a faint rustling of leaves to her left. She whipped her head in that direction just quick enough to see a shadow rustle out of sight.
“Hello! Is anyone there?” she yelled reaching into her cloak and grabbing the mace she had hanging from her belt. She jumped at a louder rustle of leaves coming from her right and whispered a quick prayer to light as a thin shield of energy enveloped her. She turned slowly, trying to anticipate where the sound might come from next.
The rustling started again, this time behind her.
"My the Light forgive me for what I must do," she prayed turning and sending a bolt of holy energy in the direction of the rustling. The rustling grew louder and soon footfalls, moving at an incredible pace, could be heard.
'Damn.' The shield of energy around her dissolved.
At that instant a giant grey beast jumped from the trees. She threw her arms up in an attempt to defend herself but all she could see as it tackled her was its large white teeth and glowing yellow eyes. She closed her eyes and waited on the the bite from the vicious animal.
Instead, it began licking her face.
"Rema!" she yelled opening her eyes to see what was happening. "You mangy mongrel, you scared me half to death." The large grey wolf continued to happily lick Daneila's face and wagged her tail.
"I'm happy to see you too, but that's enough," Daniela stated gently prying the wolf off of her as she sat up. "If you're here, then Dann can't be far away. You know where he is girl?" At the mention of her master's name, the wolf wagged her tail and turned around, waiting for Daniela to stand and begin to follow. The wolf howled before they started walking, and was answered back by the growl of a bear.
"Well, lets go. Its cold and I'm sure Dann's got a fire going," she patted the wolf on the head as they continued walking. A few minutes into the journey a large white bear appeared on their path and walked up to Daniela and nuzzled at her leg. "Hello Hank. I thought that was you." The bear lowered his head motioning for her to climb on. "Thank you, my hooves are tired from walking all day." All three continued on and walked for a while and by the time they arrived at the camp the sun was completely gone and night was setting in. There wasn't much in the clearing they arrived at, a tent, a roaring fire and a long log that had been cleared of snow. Sitting on one end of the log was a grizzled looking old dwarf.
"Ya know, I figured you would'a turned back b' now," the dwarf started standing and walking over to his guest. Daneila gently climbed off the bears back. "But I'm 'appy to see ya anyway Dani." He gave her a hug.
"Dann, you're not an easy person to find," she responded returning the gesture and taking a few steps toward the warmth. Hank turned and sat down right where he was and Rema padded over to the dwarf, who gently patted her on the head.
"That was kinda the point," he answered plainly. "I've been a tad busy down in the crater. How're things up in Icecrown?"
"The final assult on the citidel has started. I've been busy keeping people healed and such at the Coliseum just like I was when you left. Why did you leave anyway? They could have used and experience hunter like you."
"Um...well," he began but before he could finish there was a loud thud and a muted roar from behind the tents and in the forest. "I got 'o bit side tracked and made a quick trip to Un'goro through the portal in Sholazar." There was another thud, and the roar was a bit louder. "I wanted to test out a new method 'o trainin' me pets."
"Where is the other one anyway? I haven't seen Shango in a while," she responded, straining her eyes to try and make out where the thud and roars were coming from.
"Back in Ironforge, didna figure he'd like the cold, being from the basin and all. Besides, an orange tiger woulda stood out in the snow."
"You're probably right. Light knows I can barely stand it." There was another loud thud and the unmistakeable sounds of metal and wood under stress. Dann quickly jumped up and began moving as quickly as he could toward the sound of the noise. "Is there something I should know?" She stood and started to follow him, as did the two pets.
"Heh, well lass, I should probably come clean," he answered moving toward the sound, the metal and wood was beginning to fracture. "I was thinking, that if could train some of the most savage beasts of Azeroth and Outland, maybe I could tame some of the key predators."
"Dann, you didn't," she began as both of them broke into a run.
"Yeah, I did," he responed stopping at another clearing when a large shaking crate came into view. "I managed to tame a devilsaur." He cautiously walked over to the crate and gently opened it. The colosal orange dinosaur let out a blood curdling roar as it emerged from the damage crate. "Calm down, you be fine now." The beast looked down at Dann and lowered its head, which the dwarf gently patted. "Dani, meet Tyr."
"How did you get that thing from Un'goro? There's no way that your flying machine could have made it all the way here carrying it," she asked astonished at the scene that had unfolded and motioning to the oldly shaped machine nearby.
"No, I managed ta get 'im to Rachet before I ran outta fuel," Dann answered removing a large piece of meat from and bag and throwing it to the devilsaur. He did the same thing to Rema and Hank, who had arrived and sat down near him. "They were outta fuel there too, but I was able to get on the boat to Booty Bay. Had to hire a druid to keep Tyr here 'sleep on the way. Once we made it to the bay, I got some fuel and flew 'im out here. Now not that I donna mind the company but what brings ya out here? Seems Icecrown to the dwarf lands be a long journey just to see me."
"Well," she started reaching into her robes and pulling out a letter. "Riker has been trying to reach you for a while now. Almost since you left Icecrown."
"Really? What'd tha crazy paladin want of his old dwarven drinking buddy?"
"He said he's found some information about the Signet of the Fallen."
Hmm, interesting. I'll be looking for the next on to see how you continue this.
Short, but sweet in my opinion.
Updated with the rest of the first page. Stupid file closed when I first tried to post it, so that's why it was so short to begin with.
Couple of Notes:
-- The relevancy of this will become apparent in subsequent pages, so hang with me.
-- I'll probably add another page in a day or two.
--For those wondering, this takes place at the current in game time (IE the Ashen Verdict are attacking ICC with the champions from the Argent Tournament)
Heh, a good read. I'll be looking forward to part 2.
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