Death of the dead

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I swear it’s just one damn thing after another around here.  I guess when you’re Warchief there really is no rest for the awesome.  I hadn’t even finished unpacking from my trip to Nagrand, when Sylvanas gives me the latest news from her neck of the woods, and it’s a doozey.

Just before I had left for Outland, Sylvanas’ people – or whatever the hell you want to call them – started running into some problems down in Hillsbrad.  According to her, they started experimenting with some new strains of plague down there based on my orders…you know, when I was fuming and kind of, well, crazy.  Anyway.  While they were at it, though, and running some tests in Southshore, seems they set something off.  Not like a bomb, that is, but for lack of a better word to describe it, it’s like they triggered some kind of anti-plague.

You know that thing in physics about how for every action there’s an equal and opposite reaction?  Yeah, me neither, because I wasn’t a fucking science nerd in school, but still.  From the way Sylvanas tells it, it’s like this thing that hit them in Southshore was the equal and opposite reaction to their plague.  Any Forsaken who were in the vicinity of the experiments got slapped back by it and…well…anti-infected.  That is, it swept through those Forsaken and basically neutralized the necromantic magic that had reanimated them in the first place.  So those undead got the “un” slapped clean out of them, and dropped right then and there, restored back to the forms of their original, pre-risen human and blood elf bodies.  What’s more, the anti-plague has started spreading through Southshore just like a plain ol’ regular plague, which is turning the place into a growing pile of Forsaken corpses that aren’t even recognizably Forsaken anymore.

I’m having High Warlord Cromush send as many of his troops as he can spare down from Tarren Mill to try to secure the area while we work on figuring out what’s going on.  In the meantime I’ll be trying to coordinate with Sylvanas’ apothecaries to figure this out.  I’m guessing this might be the kind of thing some of the goblins especially might be able to sink their tinker-happy teeth into.  As far as the Forsaken are concerned, Southshore is now a quarantined area.

And I know what you’re probably thinking, why am I going to knock myself out to keep this thing from taking out the undead?  It’s not like I’ve ever been much of a fan of them, right?  Well, for one, if you take the Forsaken out of the equation all of a sudden, now you’ve got a huge void in Horde forces in Eastern Kingdoms without orcs or tauren in place to maintain our holdings.  Hell, as it stands now, even with this thing just taking out a chunk of the undead in Southshore, we’ve got worgen swarming in trying to make their move on the place already.  Can you imagine what happens if it spreads up through Silverpine into fucking Tirisfal Glades?  What do you think the Alliance will do if they catch wind that the Forsaken are weakened and Lordaeron is vulnerable?

So that’s one thing, the tactical side of it.  And then there’s this: it’s my fault this is happening.  Whatever this thing is, Sylvanas’ people set it off after I ordered her to start up her plague research again.  I gave the order, she got her apothecaries going in Southshore, kaboom.  By the time I came to my senses and ordered her to put a stop to it, it was already too late – news of the anti-plague was already on the way.  If I hadn’t given them the go-ahead, there wouldn’t have been any plaguey business going on down there in the first place, and none of this would have happened.  I basically ordered Sylvanas’ people to their (un)deaths without even knowing I was doing it.  So I think I owe her on this one.

Updates to follow.  I have a few meetings to get to today concerning all of this.  I’ll keep you all posted on where this goes.

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