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    Vigilant Watch of the Stromgarde keep

    “Listen here and I tell you a tale of our Vigilant Watch…

    Our story begins some 100 years ago, but I will skip the boring and get to the most recent involving the last sect of the Stromgarde, descendants of the sect that had survived the Third war and loosely tied with the alliance of Lordaeron.

    The Vigilant Watch was charged with the protection of the city of Stromgarde from the demons of Farahlon as they attempt to invade Azeroth at the Gates of Sothann. Battle ensued as it always does… During a pivotal battle The Watch were charging the altar of the leader of the demons: Tornid a fel-orc mage. At the fore were the leader of the Watch, Metalbeast, and his comrades: The healer Seesha, and the mysterious warlock Xodyaq.

    As Metalbeast approached the altar to strike the fel-orc, Tornid blinked and was behind Metalbeast and countered with an curse spell. But that spell was partially interrupted by Seesha. As Tornid sought to counter, he was banished by Xodyaq… However, damage was done, and Metalbeast burst into a blinding flash of light that seemed to stretch to the heavens and left a crater at the altar.

    Desparate to find their leader, the remaining members of the Watch: Seesha, Xodyaq, Xeracross, Yourichi and Broctheroc searched for hours. The search concluded with Xeracross’ discovery of Metalbeast’s bow. Unlike before, the bow now had a strange imbuement on it, with a ghastly pale glow, as he held it, the bow sucked the positive energy away from Xeracross, and he cried out for help. The only one in earshot was his father, the warlock Xodyaq. Being familiar with dark magics, the warlock bore this burden alone, and told no one of the find.

    Little did anyone suspect that the body of Metalbeast was found leagues away in the forest of the Eastern Plaguelands by a soldier of the Argent Dawn. Seeing that this was the body of a member of the Alliance, he was given a proper burial in the catacombs of Light’s Hope Chapel as nowhere was any safer.

    In the meantime Xodyaq sought to discover the nature of the dark curse upon the imbued bow. As he did so, the dark curse reached in and spoke to him. The words made Xodyaq’s rage stronger and his focus waxing and waning to extremes with his temper going ever shorter. He spent his life amongst the demons, and was accustomed to the dark energies that surrounded them, but the power of this curse was beyond his understanding.

    When Xodyaq first arrived at Stromgarde to settle many years ago, he was an outsider. A Gilnean by birth, Xodyaq spoke with a distinct elven accent, which set him apart. But time proved him to be a trusted ally who now was the senior member of the Watch. But with the change in demeanor brought about by the curse of the bow, his comrades grew weary of this new demeanor and sought another leader to command them. It fell on Xeracross to challenge his father in the Sanctum of Stromgarde. The dark energies caused Xodyaq to nearly explode, firing bolts of dark magic in all directions. The burst of energy not only damaged the Sanctum, but injured his son as well. It was the visage of his injured son that jarred Xodyaq into gaining back control, knowing he had hurt his son, and those who came to respect him. He left the Keep on a quest to seek the healing he required…

    Some days later, Xodyaq was found in the city of Teldrassil to meet up with the displaced Gilnean people harbored there in the hopes of gaining control over himself again. While there he sought the council of the elder warlock Vitus Darkwalker. Xodyaq showed Vitus the bow and immediately sensed the dark presence within it. Vitus exposed the nature of the curse to Xodyaq, and showed him how to contain the curse within the bow by making a special sheath made of mooncloth woven tightly with felcloth thread. This sheath would only contain the bow’s curse from manifesting in anyone else, but as Xodyaq already bore the curse, his “treatment” was far more severe. While Xodyaq was a Gilnean, he was not amongst the Worgenkind, having been “saved” from Gilneas as an infant, and spared the curse. Vitus knew that unless Xodyaq was given the “gift” of Worgenform, he would not only die a slow cursed death, but be a danger to others at the same time. With the aide of the Gilnean diaspora, Xodyaq underwent his first change, and the dark curse of the bow was finally at bay enabling Xodyaq to return to Stromgarde Keep to help their forces with his new strength and to begin to heal his ties with the Vigilant Watch again.

    Elsewhere… a thief was lurking in the night amongst the Argent Dawn and noticed a shiny gem securely attached to an unnamed marker in the catacombs. Rumor has it that the thief was magically compelled to pull on it and she did. Twisting the gem unlocked a crude mechanical lock protecting the grave and exposed the fallen body of Metalbeast. No one knows exactly what happened next but we do know that Metalbeast awoke. Some speculate it was the work of the Scourge, while others say it was the healing magic of the Night Elves that had imbued his body. All that is known is that nobody truly knows for sure. Not even Metalbeast has sought to seek the truth, as some questions are better left unanswered.

    When Metalbeast arose he remembered nothing and was found wandering the outskirts of Andorhal forest by guards. They brought him immediately to the Chillwind Camp for medical care. While being examined by the Dranei Priest Truuen, he detected the remnants of his wounds, and stepped back perplexed and turned to Hight Priestess MacDonnell as if saying something with his face. MacDonnell saw this and said out loud that she felt something also, but felt this magic upon this hunter was of less concern that the actual threat goin on nearby, and since they had no knowledge nor practice with this kind of magic. They hoped that whatever it was, would fade soon and helped Metalbeast to find his way to Southshore for better care, and help.

    Metalbeast spent many months in Southshore fishing and cooking for the city trying to remember himself but plagued with nightmares and sleepwalking always to the East. On one occasion he was found at the city’s cemetery by Rousch who was keeping vigil. Rousch saw him and caught him just before he nearly fell into the sea. Using rotting roots, Rousch awoke Metalbeast and explained to him what had happened. All this finally convinced Metalbeast to say goodbye to his caretakers in Southshore, and his friend Donald Rabonne, whom he had become fishing buddies with, and ventured out… Just as the Forsaken came…

    Now only Metalbeast knows what he saw on his journey back to the Stromgarde Keep. But this still is known: The town of Southshore fell to the forsaken, and Metalbeast is still plagued with nightmares of the events that unfolded.

    Xodyaq has never allowed anyone to know the whereabouts of the cursed bow, who knows if that may ever change, for now we focus our attention to the rebuilding of Stromgarde’s Vigilant Watch and seeking out allies, to stand guard against future threats.

    Now with what you’ve heard will you join us?”

    — A special thanks to Nidarian & Xodyaq for crafting this most excellent backstory.

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    Vigilant Watch of the Stromgarde keep

    “Listen here and I tell you a tale of our Vigilant Watch…

    Our story begins some 100 years ago, but I will skip the boring and get to the most recent involving the last sect of the Stromgarde, descendants of the sect that had survived the Third war and loosely tied with the alliance of Lordaeron.

    The Vigilant Watch was charged with the protection of the city of Stromgarde from the demons of Farahlon as they attempt to invade Azeroth at the Gates of Sothann. Battle ensued as it always does… During a pivotal battle The Watch were charging the altar of the leader of the demons: Tornid a fel-orc mage. At the fore were the leader of the Watch, Metalbeast, and his comrades: The healer Seesha, and the mysterious warlock Xodyaq.

    As Metalbeast approached the altar to strike the fel-orc, Tornid blinked and was behind Metalbeast and countered with an curse spell. But that spell was partially interrupted by Seesha. As Tornid sought to counter, he was banished by Xodyaq… However, damage was done, and Metalbeast burst into a blinding flash of light that seemed to stretch to the heavens and left a crater at the altar.

    Desparate to find their leader, the remaining members of the Watch: Seesha, Xodyaq, Xeracross, Yourichi and Broctheroc searched for hours. The search concluded with Xeracross’ discovery of Metalbeast’s bow. Unlike before, the bow now had a strange imbuement on it, with a ghastly pale glow, as he held it, the bow sucked the positive energy away from Xeracross, and he cried out for help. The only one in earshot was his father, the warlock Xodyaq. Being familiar with dark magics, the warlock bore this burden alone, and told no one of the find.

    Little did anyone suspect that the body of Metalbeast was found leagues away in the forest of the Eastern Plaguelands by a soldier of the Argent Dawn. Seeing that this was the body of a member of the Alliance, he was given a proper burial in the catacombs of Light’s Hope Chapel as nowhere was any safer.

    In the meantime Xodyaq sought to discover the nature of the dark curse upon the imbued bow. As he did so, the dark curse reached in and spoke to him. The words made Xodyaq’s rage stronger and his focus waxing and waning to extremes with his temper going ever shorter. He spent his life amongst the demons, and was accustomed to the dark energies that surrounded them, but the power of this curse was beyond his understanding.

    When Xodyaq first arrived at Stromgarde to settle many years ago, he was an outsider. A Gilnean by birth, Xodyaq spoke with a distinct elven accent, which set him apart. But time proved him to be a trusted ally who now was the senior member of the Watch. But with the change in demeanor brought about by the curse of the bow, his comrades grew weary of this new demeanor and sought another leader to command them. It fell on Xeracross to challenge his father in the Sanctum of Stromgarde. The dark energies caused Xodyaq to nearly explode, firing bolts of dark magic in all directions. The burst of energy not only damaged the Sanctum, but injured his son as well. It was the visage of his injured son that jarred Xodyaq into gaining back control, knowing he had hurt his son, and those who came to respect him. He left the Keep on a quest to seek the healing he required…

    Some days later, Xodyaq was found in the city of Teldrassil to meet up with the displaced Gilnean people harbored there in the hopes of gaining control over himself again. While there he sought the council of the elder warlock Vitus Darkwalker. Xodyaq showed Vitus the bow and immediately sensed the dark presence within it. Vitus exposed the nature of the curse to Xodyaq, and showed him how to contain the curse within the bow by making a special sheath made of mooncloth woven tightly with felcloth thread. This sheath would only contain the bow’s curse from manifesting in anyone else, but as Xodyaq already bore the curse, his “treatment” was far more severe. While Xodyaq was a Gilnean, he was not amongst the Worgenkind, having been “saved” from Gilneas as an infant, and spared the curse. Vitus knew that unless Xodyaq was given the “gift” of Worgenform, he would not only die a slow cursed death, but be a danger to others at the same time. With the aide of the Gilnean diaspora, Xodyaq underwent his first change, and the dark curse of the bow was finally at bay enabling Xodyaq to return to Stromgarde Keep to help their forces with his new strength and to begin to heal his ties with the Vigilant Watch again.

    Elsewhere… a thief was lurking in the night amongst the Argent Dawn and noticed a shiny gem securely attached to an unnamed marker in the catacombs. Rumor has it that the thief was magically compelled to pull on it and she did. Twisting the gem unlocked a crude mechanical lock protecting the grave and exposed the fallen body of Metalbeast. No one knows exactly what happened next but we do know that Metalbeast awoke. Some speculate it was the work of the Scourge, while others say it was the healing magic of the Night Elves that had imbued his body. All that is known is that nobody truly knows for sure. Not even Metalbeast has sought to seek the truth, as some questions are better left unanswered.

    When Metalbeast arose he remembered nothing and was found wandering the outskirts of Andorhal forest by guards. They brought him immediately to the Chillwind Camp for medical care. While being examined by the Dranei Priest Truuen, he detected the remnants of his wounds, and stepped back perplexed and turned to Hight Priestess MacDonnell as if saying something with his face. MacDonnell saw this and said out loud that she felt something also, but felt this magic upon this hunter was of less concern that the actual threat goin on nearby, and since they had no knowledge nor practice with this kind of magic. They hoped that whatever it was, would fade soon and helped Metalbeast to find his way to Southshore for better care, and help.

    Metalbeast spent many months in Southshore fishing and cooking for the city trying to remember himself but plagued with nightmares and sleepwalking always to the East. On one occasion he was found at the city’s cemetery by Rousch who was keeping vigil. Rousch saw him and caught him just before he nearly fell into the sea. Using rotting roots, Rousch awoke Metalbeast and explained to him what had happened. All this finally convinced Metalbeast to say goodbye to his caretakers in Southshore, and his friend Donald Rabonne, whom he had become fishing buddies with, and ventured out… Just as the Forsaken came…

    Now only Metalbeast knows what he saw on his journey back to the Stromgarde Keep. But this still is known: The town of Southshore fell to the forsaken, and Metalbeast is still plagued with nightmares of the events that unfolded.

    Xodyaq has never allowed anyone to know the whereabouts of the cursed bow, who knows if that may ever change, for now we focus our attention to the rebuilding of Stromgarde’s Vigilant Watch and seeking out allies, to stand guard against future threats.

    Now with what you’ve heard will you join us?”

    — A special thanks to Nidarian & Xodyaq for crafting this most excellent backstory.

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