“They have to be pushed back,” she heard bear state, as she silently stared at the orcs flowing through the portal. There seemed to be no stopping the endless tide swarming into Azeroth.
Below, Orcs, Taurens, Night elves, Humans…members of both the Alliance and Horde were doing what they could to keep the onslaught from spilling over into the rest of Azeroth. Had they always been so united against forces that threatened their world while her people hid behind their wall in Gilneas?
Silent shook her head. That was neither here nor now. She only remembered bits at pieces of life before the Cataclysm. What should it matter anyways, she thought? What mattered was that the balance of things could swing either way at a moments notice. The tipping point could be decided in actions and outcome of the battle below.
They had spent many nights discussing these strange events in the guild hall. The Worgen had listened to the tales of the druid before her speak of a time the portal had flashed green and they had ventured through to take on the burning legion and stop the demons from pouring through. They had found a land broken. Shattered even. Gateways to timelines in the Caverns of Time had shown them how very different their own lands had been or even what they could become.
But as for what awaited beyond the red portal, no one knew, but they sure as hell intended to find out. Everyone was in agreement. They would not let any threat take down their home without a fight.
“When the time comes,” Shait had told her when the others had left the meeting. They had spoken at length through the years about her constant struggle with the others in her head and how she fit in to everything. Cat and Bear’s sudden interest in what had been going on at the portal had her more than a little on edge. “You do what feels right. All of us have faith in you.”
And so, they would each take a group through the portal. Everyone was to stay in constant communication with each other in case they were separated. All that was left to do, was to wait for the order.
The order came from the Archmage Khadgar. “You are about to embark on a dangerous mission and you may not be able to return immediately. Are you Sure?”
“For Azeroth!” they called in response, as they surged forth, throwing their might against the onslaught of orcs. The bear threw them aside, sending them flying with a massive paw. Cat, who had always been quick on her, darted to and fro, swiftly knocking the orcs from theirs before she would lash out at them with her claws. Silent took care to wrap energy from the earth itself around those in her group, rejuvenating them as they pressed forward.
The energy from the portal flared then swallowed them whole. Where it spit them out was not the Hellfire Peninsula that they had seen before. A jungle rose up in the distance as these orcs of the Iron Horde continued to rush towards them.
The druid wildly looked for a sign of the other groups her friends were with, but spied no trace of them. Fear threatened to take hold as she realized that despite the presence of the bear and the cat, she was alone here.
“You there, Druid! You’re the one they call Silentsong, yes?” a man said to her. “We were hoping you’d show. We need help.”
Help. Yes. That was a word that she could latch on to. The bear shoved her forward and back to her senses. She could help. That is what she could do.
They had entered the orcs territory now and they showed no signs of stopping their attack. The smell of smoke and blood filled the air around her and the vicious side of the druid flared to life. Bear and cat watched silent as she walked to the steps to survey the fighting below. Shait and Mordrius had been trying to help her get a handle on the different ways to channel the energy of nature. Healing came with ease to her. Using it to go on the offensive was another story.
She knew enough to buy them some time. Stars rained down, ripping through and exploding at the feet of the orcs. Screams of confusion filled the air as orcs dropped to the stone, leaving them broken and falling back to regroup.
The Iron Horde were keeping prisoners close by. They belonged to a group that called themselves the Shadow Council. According to the missive they found, the portal could not function without the prisoner’s fel magic It was signed by Grommash Hellscream. Silent didn’t like where this was going.
The Cat took over, dashing to the sides of the portal, seeking out the ones being held in the towers. Teron’gor and Chogall who shared the secret to the portal was actually being held open by an Orc Warlock named Gul’dan. If they wanted to stop the orcs from flowing through, they would have to shut it down.
Cat snuck them into the chamber where the orc was being held. It looked like Gul’dan was being suspended in air by the energies of three stones. “Sever my bonds and the portal falls,” he rasped at her. The connection began to weaken and shatter as Bear broke the stones apart with her paws.
The Orc fell to the floor as Silent released the energy of the final rune holding him in place. She tried to keep her distance as he caught his breath.
“Do not delay, mortal,” he grunted. “I can feel the life-essence of your armies fading. There will be time for regret later.” He pulled himself up and made his way to towards a portal he conjured. “We will meet again, Silentsong.” The darkness of the portal swallowed the orc and he disappeared, leaving the worgen chilled.
“He knows my name,” she thought. “How?”
Shaking it from her thoughts, Silent made a dash to return back to the Archmage. The remaining forces were wildly looking around them, fear in their eyes as they gripped their weapons tightly. The portal behind them was gone. Nothing but jungle and orcs remained.
“They called this operation a suicide mission, but I don’t plan on throwing away any lives meaninglessly,” the Archmage stated. The orcs were amassing again, ready to assault them now that their only means of retreat had vanished. “Everybody, with me!”
Khadgar turned on his heels and ran. The druid bolted after, praying that she could keep pace enough to get through this.