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The Talon of the Phoenix Three weeks after they had set out, Magistrix Briarsong's Expedition was presumed lost at sea. Twenty six souls added to the statistics left in Deathwing's wake. Finding Our Way Home The Talon of the Phoenix sailed from Silvermoon's bright shores shortly after Deathwing's reign of destruction began. The Horde was mobilizing for war, and this small group led by Magistrix Briarsong embarked to aid the war effort on Kalimdor. They were an eclectic band of Horde soldiers, eager to reach the dense forests of Ashenvale, to take part in another string of triumphant campaigns against the Alliance. Tumultuous seas under stormy skies set them off course and into a maelstrom that even the most talented of navigators could not steer them away from. The schooner was thrown against the rocks, and those of the Talon who survived the storm found themselves washed upon the shores of the Doldrums. With the survivors regrouping around Magistrix Briarsong, the platoon set about its new mission. Escape the Doldrums. Whether it be by building (or stealing) a ship, or gathering the materials required to open a portal back to the mainland, the group is determined to find their way home, or back to the front lines. The Ranks Magistrix - Magistrix Emiysia Briarsong was designated as the leader of the Talon of the Phoenix by the authority of Silvermoon. Blood Guard – The Magistrix' Right Hand, Responsible for overseeing the day to day operations of the Talon Sergeant – Non-Commissioned Officer. Responsible for keeping the Grunts in line, and leadership during front line operations. Grunt – Cannon fodder. Responsible for soaking up any threats directed towards the Magistrix. Auxiliary - The non-combat members of the guild. They provide the support necessary to operate effectively. Restrictions and Relations Being a military expedition of the Horde, it is natural that only member races of the Horde be allowed within it's ranks. Magistrix Briarsong is the pragmatic sort though, and has no qualms with using members of the other races to advance her goals. As such, the Talon is not openly hostile towards anyone, though those faithful to the Alliance will find no friends among them.
THE LAST BATTLEGROUND Though the island has only recently become relevant, it has existed in the Doldrums for many hundreds of years. Formed from a burnt out lava plume that pushed to the surface and went dormant many thousands of years ago, it’s beaches and rocks are always shifting with the ebb and flow of the tide. With little vegetation and no mineral deposits to speak of, it was mostly ignored even by the prospectors of Sotoras and Silver-Eye Island. It only recently gained a name and a reputation after two stranded Alliance and Horde ships beached there, looking for a safe harbor. Unfortunately, the two parties landed a mere few hundred meters apart, and with no other place to go, were forced to negotiate. Reports coming back are mixed, no one is certain who attacked first, but a small war broke out on the shores of the so-named Last Battleground. The war left no one alive on the island, the small chain looking more like a graveyard now than a battlefield Major Characters Senior Sergeant Windhammer - A Tauren officer with a small flotilla of Horde scout craft. His ship along with the others were destroyed amid the Shattering. He lead the survivors of the Horde to Last Battleground. Assumed KIA. Master Sergeant Blastwhiz - A gnomish officer with a detached fleet of Alliance supply craft. His ship along with the others were destroyed amid the Shattering. He lead the survivors to Last Battleground. Assumed KIA. Notable Locations Alliance Camp - Located on the Northern island, the Alliance made a basecamp here after their fleet was destroyed during the Shattering. Undersupplied but positioned near the Old Volcano, the Alliance attempted to fortify their position in case conflict broke out. It didn’t do them much good. The Old Volcano - Located on the Eastern island, the this aged lava plume has long since gone dormant and left the sandy beaches and rocky debris as a reminder. Shaped in a large bowl, it made for good cover during the small war on the Last Battleground. Horde Camp - Located on the Southern island, the Horde made a basecamp here after their fleet was destroyed during the Shattering.With their larger ships but scare supplies, they took advantage of the larger mass of their island in preparations for a potential conflict. It didn’t do them much good. Notes The island chain is small, boasting little in terms of resources, but it’s isolation is considered a resource all it’s own. Notably fish and salvage from the broken camps are available. It’s made up of 3 smaller island blocks, with stony debris and a large burnt out lava plume. Plenty of open ground. Much of the Alliance and Horde camps on the island remains, along with the bodies and wreckage of their ships and soldiers. It’s a graveyard.