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|Posted: Mon Oct 18, 2010 10:33 pm Post subject: A looming shadow
King Varian Wrynn looked across the throne room. All the leaders of the Alliance had gathered.
"We are ready to proceed" he announced. "Magni, you have called this meeting. What concerns you?"
The dwarven king stepped forward. "You've no doubt noticed the string of earthquakes we've had in the last weeks" he began. "Something doesn't feel right about them."
"What do you mean?" Asked lady Jaina Proudmoore.
"We dwarves have a connection to the earth" Magni replied. "We can feel her pain. And right now the earth is crying out. These earthquakes... they are both natural and not. I wanted to gather you all together and discuss them."
"Even in Darnassus we have noticed the earth is at odds with something." Tyrande interjected.
"I've received word from my brother Brann in Northrend. In his exploring of Ulduar he came across some unusual tablets... something ancient."
There was a muttering across the room, then Varian scoffed: "Nothing good has come from that dreadful place."
"this might just change your mind. Brann is shipping the tablets to me as we speak. Preliminary reports from the Exporers' League state that they may be able to help us understand what is going on with the earthquakes."
"Our top minds have been loking into the seismic activities..." High Tinker Mekkatorque began, then he reconsidered: "Well, we've mostly been looking at how to secure a building's frame while at the same time simulating tectonic shifts, because on one hand, this could be a handy device, the "Shake-a-Thon 2000". But on the other hand, the last thing we gnomes want to see is the mountains of Dun Morogh collapse and crush Ironforge!"
"So that is why you have moved out?" Lady Proudmoore asked.
"Ha! Not at all! Though it *is* a striking coincidence. Gnomeregan has been and continues to hsame our people. It is long past time we reclaim our homeland!"
"Well, it is good that things have turned out... better for you and your people, High Tinker" Wrynn said, then added "But not all of us have the luxury of up and moving our kingdom."
"And those that did" the Prophet Velen added "know how dangerous these earthquakes can be. To this day, the Exodar is still shaking from our rather abrupt arrival."
"I'm not certain we could organize our people to move even if we wanted to." Jaina said "We've also received word of hostile elementals appearing randomly across the lands, sometimes in towns, sometimes across the countryside. Moving may not be an option."
"Well, there is at least a wee bit of good news... no offense, Gelbin" King Magni continued. "The shaking seems to have stirred up The Earthen Ring. Even the Wildhammer shaman have offered their help."
"Perhaps these events are also what have brought forth the Highborne from Shen'dralar." The High Priestess of Elune mused.
"It seems as if this world is coming apart at the seams." Velen noted. "I've seen these symptoms before, on Draenor... We may not be able to stop this. Fleeing may be our best option."
"Fleeing is not an option I wish to entertain at this point" Varian stated. "We will find another way. Perhaps these tablets from Ulduar will shed some light on our situation."
"Hopefully we can get these answers quickly." Jaina said. "The people are frightened, and cultists are taking advantage of that fear.
"These cultists only exacerbate the problem" Wrynn scoffed again. "They preach the end of the world, or that the world is having birthing pains... Hyperbole that is hard for the populace to ignore."
"Troubling times indeed" Tyrande agreed. "Fear of the unknown makes people do foolish things."
"And our lack of answers only fuels the confusion." Mekkatorque added.
"All the more reason we need to reach the bottom of this" Magni decided. "This tablet from Ulduar will lead us in the right direction. Brann is sure of it. And if Brann is sure, then I am sure."
"I've made a point not to argue with a dwarf when it comes to the earth" Jaina said. "If the Bronzebeards are certain this tablet will help solve the earth's problems, then by all means we should support them."
And with that, the meeting was concluded. The leaders took their leave, Tyrande first, Jaina last.
Anadriana made a few last adjustments to her notes when at last King Wrynn retired to his chambers. She then peeked out from the dark corner she was hiding in and looked across the now empty, darkened throne room. She looked back down to her notes, added 'Velen coward' between two lines, paused for a moment, then underlined the two words several times. She then quickly made her way across the room to one of the side doors. 'Ty's going to love this' she thought, as she crept through the halls. 'Especially the part about the Earthen Ring. Has got passion.'
Anadriana, knowing the layout of the palace almost perfectly, found her way to the nearest kitchen and walked over to the window, taking an apple on her way. She took a bite from the apple after opening the window. 'I mean sure. The world's tearing itself apart just now the campaigns in Northrend are reaching a closing point. Must be coincidence...' and she jumped out into the night.