Dispersion

glyllena:

The bed Lena had reluctantly claimed rustled as she sat up, covered in maps.  Her glasses were crooked over her eyes.  Glancing around the room, she straightened the eyewear and pressed her mind against the arcane barrier helping to cloak the building.  Satisfied that it held, she hoisted herself against the headboard, gave a large yawn, and resumed her scribbling on the maps.  Several long hours later, scribbling and fiddling with her communicator, whispering spells and cursing at the technology, Lena finally dropped back to sleep. 

She awoke again just in time to hear communicators all around the building ping softly with the updated message. 

"Shadows,

It is time that we leave this place.  We cannot remain in this close proximity to the Aldor.  As previously mentioned, your communicator is able to conjure a hearthstone.  The hearthstone in your communicator will take you to a secured location that we have previously scouted.  You will be going to these locations in small groups, with at least one sword and board, one skilled in healing, and one tactical-minded member.  Noncombatants may be part of your group.  Take care of them.  Supplies will be distributed on the ground floor before we move.  Remember to take the packs that Buran distributed during our escape of the City.
Do not switch your groups.  We have chosen these groups for their strengths and abilities, as well as the need to spread the ranks and keep hope that the majority of us reach safety.
Do not return to your homes, to your own properties, to your own places of business.  The Aldor’s reach does not stop at the edges of Outland, and the Hand has the ability to search on Azeroth.  Everything you know will be watched.
Everyone must leave Outland.
We have no way to tell if it will ever be safe for us to set foot on this soil again. 
Take care with to whom you speak.  The supplies you will be given for the journey should suffice until we are able to reconvene.  There should be no reason to speak with locals.  Be careful around them. 
Keep your communicator on your person at all times.
We move out in four hours.”
Lena closed her eyes and made her way downstairs to help organizing supplies.  She pulled a hastily scribbled list from her pocket as she descended, muttering to herself as she read from her late-night planning. 

In each supply crate would be:
-Rations for up to 5 people to survive on for up to 10 days
-Bandages, ointments, healing oils, salves, and other first aid
-Money:  The equivalent of 1000 gold, be it divided into gold, silver, or copper coins
Communicators updated with:
-Basic cloaking and warding spells to be used at hearthstone locations
-Basic supplies for making offerings to friendly spirits to aid in the protection of hearthstone locations
-Maps of each safe house location, including areas to avoid and areas that are well-hidden

((YES, this is a slight change of plan.  We are aware that it shakes up a couple of things that have been mentioned already.  After the Archons had some discussion, we decided it was far too risky to stay within such a close range of Shattrath for so long. 

We purposely did not specifically assign groups, so you are free to find 2-4 buddies and decide on a safehouse location for your group.  Decide amongst yourselves who has what role, and feel free to RP it out here on Tumblr, on the forums, or in-game. 

MORE INFO WILL BE FORTHCOMING!))

Do you think people not in your guild or from other realms can be affected by your plot assuming theyre in shattrath?

Asker's Portrait Asked by Anonymous

Answer

If they’d like to be, then yes!

It’s only one extremely conservative and traditional branch of the Aldor that’s moved against the Shadows of Argus and, so far, they’ve only ICly targeted known members of the guild and people who have been seen with guild members.

Last night, the guild ICly fled Shattrath City. A few members were caught and arrested during that process. Currently, the Shadows are hiding out in a magically concealed safe house in the Tekkokar Forest. And, tonight they’ll be gone from there as well.

Your character could be affected if he/she:

  • has been seen with a member of the Shadows of Argus in the past
  • is currently a prisoner of the Aldor (they’d likely meet the Shadows who have been arrested)
  • is a member of a different branch of the Aldor and disagrees with the way that this conservative branch reacted to the Shadows of Argus
  • is someone who has heard of the Shadows’ situation and wants to help them out (but… good luck finding them, hehe)

Those are the most direct ways that I can think of right now. In general, I imagine that security on Aldor Rise has increased — more patrols, putting a light watch over residents, etc. They’re on the lookout for the Shadows.

An edict arrives at the Shadows of Argus headquarters:
"By order of the Triumvirate of the Hand, and the High Council of the Aldor, the following sanctions are placed upon the organization formally recognized as the Shadows of Argus.  All portals in and out of Shattrath City require authorization.  Attempts to circumvent this sanction will be found out, and met with corporal punishment.  All members of the organization Shadows of Argus- both past and present will at all times be monitored by Aldor guards while within the City, and it’s immediate vicinity.  Due to the circumstances, this sanction is to be extended to those seen fraternizing with members of the organization as well.  Furthermore, the organization has been marked for in-depth investigation, and is at risk of dissolution.  As such, those that are sanctioned are not permitted to leave the city at any time, for any reason.  It pains us to so heavily sanction our own, but given the nature of the organization, and the constantly noted problems, we have been left with no other choice."
(( OOC note: this is 100% IC! We, the Shadows of Argus, are not OOCly going anywhere. ))

An edict arrives at the Shadows of Argus headquarters:

"By order of the Triumvirate of the Hand, and the High Council of the Aldor, the following sanctions are placed upon the organization formally recognized as the Shadows of Argus.  All portals in and out of Shattrath City require authorization.  Attempts to circumvent this sanction will be found out, and met with corporal punishment.  All members of the organization Shadows of Argus- both past and present will at all times be monitored by Aldor guards while within the City, and it’s immediate vicinity.  Due to the circumstances, this sanction is to be extended to those seen fraternizing with members of the organization as well.  Furthermore, the organization has been marked for in-depth investigation, and is at risk of dissolution.  As such, those that are sanctioned are not permitted to leave the city at any time, for any reason.  It pains us to so heavily sanction our own, but given the nature of the organization, and the constantly noted problems, we have been left with no other choice."

(( OOC note: this is 100% IC! We, the Shadows of Argus, are not OOCly going anywhere. ))

I DO HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS! Is Maeorra gone for good? Will we need to find her head and stitch it back to her body at some point? Maybe find her spirit and stick it in a really cool quadroped robot? If we do either of those things, will Maeorra's tumblr change from "Maeorra" to, like, "FrankenMaeorra" or "DragoonMaeorra"? Would that not be the most excellent thing ever?

Asker's Portrait Asked by tallgeezwow

Answer

DK Maeorra is gone for good, although there’s a secret or two she left behind that only certain people are privy to. She won’t be coming back. Vindicator Maeorra, on the other hand, is out there somewhere in AU Draenor….

The blog won’t change much. Nor am I quitting the game or the guild. No worries!

—Mae

The SoA Site Write Challenge has begun!

smith-hadeon:

(Note that I switch gender pronouns for general use and imply no specific gender in regards to your own character in the prompt. You are welcome to write about your SoA character, other WoW characters, and even characters from other universes if that is what moves you. You may write about only one character the whole way through or switch as you are so inspired. You may write a single paragraph or several - the point is to WRITE. Several of these may be considered hypothetical or non-canon for your character. Participants are reminded to use the tag #SoASWC to track posts and number entries according to where you are in the Challenge.)

Prompt #1 – Oct. 10th, 2014: Most characters have a line they will not cross, something they have sworn they will never do. What does your character swear she will never do and why?

IT BEGINS!

Make sure you follow smith-hadeon to get all the prompts and tag your work #SoASWC! 

Feedback Friday!

Lots of feels happening these days.

Do you have questions, concerns, any reactions to what has happened to maeorra? Or what will happen to the Shadows?

Our inbox is open, and officers will be fielding those asks for you. If an ask requires an IC or RP answer, we’ll do so, and let you know if we need to do so in game.

Take care of yourselves, folks! We love the IC stuff, but if you need to be kind to yourself for OOC reasons, we understand.

-Lena

malvalen:

After relaying the information to his companions about the situation Archon Xeula had explained over the communicators, Zrimgor sat at one of the desks in their new rented “office” cutting gems to relieve his tension. It wasn’t really helping, and the gems weren’t looking too pretty afterward; his frustration was great enough that what would normally be a simple cut for him ended up jagged and erratic.

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The Light of Dawn

maeorra:

Time passed slowly in these final hours. The occupants of the other cells of the jail had long since fallen asleep, leaving Maeorra alone with her thoughts. Some of these were fleeting; others played over and over in her head. The faces of those she’d killed seemed to stare at her from the darkness of the poorly-lit cell block. These were blank, expressionless, not even accusing or questioning. They simply stared at her. The accusing stares came when her mind’s eye then beheld the faces their family and friends, some of whom had been unable to restrain themselves from outbursts in the courtroom. And these, in their own time, gave way to the cool, steady gaze of the panel of judges as their chief rendered their decision.

Death. There was no room for leniency in such a terrible crime, they’d said. There was no choice but to condemn her. There might have been, she told herself silently, if you hadn’t been so bloody stupid. But such thoughts were useless. The jug had been smashed through carelessness, and no amount of regret could mend it.

Hoof-falls heralded the approach of one of the guards. He held his torch aloft towards the cell, casting a warm light upon her.

"It is time."

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It was a fairly short ride out of the city. Talbuks carried the small party of Draenei away from Shattrath, the Aldori guards clad in fine, shining armor draped with the purple colors of their order. One of them, larger and stronger than the others, wore a full-faced helm, and carried an elegantly-curved axe that was clearly very old. It looked heavy.

The sky had already begun to grow light over the blue-green leaves of the trees that shaded the landscape of Terrokar, the purples and blues of first light creeping steadily westward as the reds and oranges of daylight advanced. The chirping of the night’s crickets steadily faded away as they traveled, replaced by the calls of songbirds and the occasional snort from the talbuks. The party rode up a long, gently rising hillside to a rocky outcropping that dominated the surrounding area. From here, a few dozen yards above the forest floor, the tops of the trees were mostly visible, along with the gleaming spire of light that pierced skyward from the center of Shattrath, which loomed in the distance. To the east, the first rays of sunlight spilled over the clouds that blanketed the horizon.

"Well. Here we are. Let’s get to it." The helmeted figure grunted. He said it very matter-of-factly, with no hostility, no pity, no scorn, no hesitation in his voice.

"We need to cut your hair. Hold still," one of the others said, even as he draw a crystaline sword from its sheath with one hand and reached out with the other towards the dull strands of snowy hair that draped down to between Maeorra’s shoulderblades. It almost sounded ridiculous, but she knew the purpose was to ensure a clean killing strike. She made no reply, but nodded, and then went still, as he had requested. Deftly, he sheared away the hair in fistfuls , shortening it sufficiently to uncover the ash-colored skin of her neck.

"Easiest if you kneel." The man in the helm rumbled at her.

"Give me a moment," Maeorra replied. She stared out from the stony top, taking in the view. The sun crept slowly upward, now wholly visible over the clouds, casting its golden glow upon everything it touched. It was a beautiful sight. She closed her eyes; the faces of her comrades that she’d seen a few hours before, mostly in tears or struggling to hold back tears, were now the only thing she could see. She heaved a sigh, and forced the images away.

In their place, she drew upon recollections of their smiles and laughter, of moments far more dear. I love you all. And I am sorry. But you’ll be alright. I love you all. She smiled, and drew a slow, deep breath of the fresh morning air.

"Alright. I’m ready."

Maeorra knelt, facing the slowly rising sun. A gentle breeze rustled the leaves of the treetops below as she felt the warmness of the morning’s light upon her face. There was the sound of a deep breath being drawn behind her, followed by a whooshing as she looked out across the landscape. Immediately after came a sharp, cool bite at the back of her neck.

And then there was nothing.

shadowsofargus

Wait, why are the Aldor bad guys now?   

maeorra:

mcdraenei:

We’ve been getting this question here and there since the events that took place last Sunday night at Shadows of Argus headquarters. I thought I’d take a minute to take a stab at clarifying that for people. So:

It’s not our intention for the Aldor, as a whole, to be demonized….

I point out, also, that the Aldor aren’t the bad guys. Even though some of them are suspicious and critical of Shadows, they aren’t being jerkss simply because they can. A murder was committed. A high-ranking Auchenai priestess, her bodyguards, and several bystanders are dead. Because of the tension between Shadows and Suraja, and especially because of certain words spoken to certain people by Maeorra in particular, she is obviously the prime suspect. The Aldor want to determine her guilt, and, if she is guilty, whether ir not the rest of the Shadows were complicit. The Aldor are genuinely interested in a just outcome, here.

This plotline is not about good vs evil, it’s about what happens when there is a clash of worldviews of two organizations that, in and of themselves, are basically good.

Wait, why are the Aldor bad guys now?

mcdraenei:

We’ve been getting this question here and there since the events that took place last Sunday night at Shadows of Argus headquarters. I thought I’d take a minute to take a stab at clarifying that for people. So:

It’s not our intention for the Aldor, as a whole, to be demonized. I’ve indicated a number of times, in RP and on tumblr, that it’s a particularly conservative and zealous branch of the Aldor that’s putting pressure on the Shadows. They’re the types who frown on Shadow use, ebons, probably Shamanism, and other shady characters (if they knew that the Shadows hired warlocks every once in a while it could be game over!).

They’re super up-tight traditionalists. 

Because these guys are a branch of the Aldor, they can speak on behalf of the Aldor — and they did.

If someone were to try to go speak to someone outside of this particular branch of the Aldor on the Shadows behalf, they probably could. However, there’s not much that they could probably say or do if Maeorra turns out to be guilty. Plus, a conversation like that would probably need to come from someone very high ranking within the Aldor or the Hand of Argus. Xeula, while one of the highest ranked in SoA, is not terribly high-ranking among the Aldor. Pending the investigation, she has been shut out.

The head of this branch, Vanfaalus, is the man who offered to lend the Shadows of Argus a home on Aldor Rise after they became homeless. Xeula began to realize that his motivation for this offer might have been to keep an eye on this Shadowy draenei order rather than to win them as allies (possibly with the intention of bringing them down at some point).

maeorra glyllena shadowsofargus

The million dollar questions: DID SHE DO IT? Okay, okay — you probably don't want to answer that one yet. ^_^ So, my actual question is this: what's Maeorra's biggest concern right now?

Asker's Portrait Asked by mcdraenei

Answer

maeorra:

Her biggest concern is that the Shadows will suffer and be persecuted as a result of all this. She is prepared to do whatever is necessary to prevent that from happening.

(( Regarding the murder of Suraja and her guard ))