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Months have passed since the arrival of the Talon on Menhirs. Many things have changed. Political alignments have become as blurred as the lines between friend and foe. What once stood as clear as 'Horde' and 'Alliance' is now a large grey area, but one thing concrete still remains. The ties of blood that bind us, and our shared, common history. As we've come to learn since arriving, Tordala is central to that history, and will continue to play a central role in the development of elvenkind. As we find ourselves more and more with our backs to the wall, we find that the need to reconnect to those we call kin grows stronger and stronger. With enemies lining up against us and with friends nowhere to be found, I find that the most obvious place to turn is the last one I had considered. Family. Even the long estranged cousins we have called our enemies outside of these islands. I see no other option but to abandon such petty conflicts, and embrace that which will always keep us together. Blood of our blood, spirit of our spirit. The city will live on to bind all of us in history. -Magistrix Emiysia Briarsong's Journal, dated two months after arriving in the Doldrums Tordala The City of Tordala once stood as an idyllic vacation spot for the Highborne of Zin-Azshari.. With its grand library, beautiful ocean scenes, and calm, tranquil meadow, it served as a relaxing escape from the busy city, where scholars could gather to study ancient secrets in peace. Today, it lies as a shell of its former beauty. The city has crumbled, the meadow decayed, and the corruption of betrayal still lingers. Following the defeat of Shaleera and Talthren, the Talon of the Phoenix found themselves in a moment of calm. Their most immediate threats were gone, and while the conflicts with the Ironbound and Sotorans were still unresolved, there was peace, and new purpose. Icath'ya Asha'thiel's guidance led the group towards the noble goal of rebuilding Tordala into a home for all who trace their lineage to the Highborne Kaldorei, Quel'dorei, or Sin'dorei.. All seemed to be in their favor as construction began. That was when the unthinkable happened. The spiritual leader of Tordala's renewal was struck down just as the work was beginning, senselessly murdered by a madman on an isolated island. Grief and a heavy air of sorrow hung over the ruins like a storm cloud. With Tordala's visionary gone, the group found themselves in a malaise. But, as winter's chill beckons the coming of spring, Icath'ya's memory filled those who sought to honor her with strength, and a new sense of meaning for the work they fought onward to complete. Goals The people of Tordala have two priorities. The first, unchanging since the Talon arrived on Menhirs, is to find a way home. By ship, or portal, or some other method, leaving the Doldrums is the key. The second goal is following Icath'ya Asha'thiel's vision. Rebuilding the once great city of Tordala into a safe haven for all elves. Establishing sustainable methods of food production, and creating a military force able to defend its residents from all threats, external or internal. Membership Citizenship of Tordala is open to all elves. Sin'dorei, Kaldorei, Quel'dorei, or Highborne. Other races may be admitted on a case by case basis, providing they are willing to help in the reconstruction efforts, and recognize that the purpose of Tordala is a city for Elves, not a city for everyone. Organization and Ranks: Tordala is broken into two factions. The Talon of the Phoenix, and the Township of Tordala. The Talon, much like its original purpose, is a military organization dedicated once to the Horde's mission. Isolated from the Horde here on the Doldrums, the Talon has a new purpose. The preservation and security of Tordala. The Township of Tordala, conversely, is the organization of Tordala as a city. Every member of the Talon holds a position in Tordala as well, but not every citizen is compelled to be a soldier. Steward: The Steward of Tordala serves the people, guiding the reconstruction, as well as laying the foundations of law, order, and justice. The Steward also holds the position as Commander of the Talon of the Phoenix, heading Tordala's defense force. Executive Officer (Talon): The Executive Officer fulfills the day to day operations of the Talon of the Phoenix, serves as an advisor to the Steward, and serves as a leader on the battlefield. Soldier (Talon): The common soldier of Tordala, serving to protect the people from all threats, foreign and domestic. Councilor (Tordala): The Council of Tordala is made up of the Steward and a number of officials, either elected or chosen directly by the Steward. There is no set number of councilors, nor set duties for the councilors. They serve as needed, at the pleasure of the Steward, or the people. Citizen (Tordala): The Citizenry of Tordala are the elves who live in and around Tordala. Even those who do not reside permanently in the city may call themselves citizens. Helper (Tordala and Talon): Those of other races who recognize Tordala's importance, and have dedicated themselves to the cause. Be they crafters, soldiers, or just charitable souls. Note: Long overdue, but here it finally is.
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.