Set us up the bomb

So the good news is that we’re about to head home, and not a moment too soon.  The bad news is we’re not all coming back on our feet.

Let me back up.

Like I said at the end of the last post, I could hear a commotion next door, so I went over to check on what was going on.  Mokvar and Utvoch were in a low-grade panic.  Liadrin had just joined them and was trying to calm them down, but she was pretty obviously worried too.  Here’s the bottom line – at some point in the last hour or so, Mokvar found a note from Faranell slipped under the door:

Just came from talking to KT.  Tried to play dumb about Doan et al, but he still seems suspicious.  Too much at stake to leave to chance.  Keeping shard with me for safekeeping and taking steps.  Luck to all.  –EF

I’d put Edwin in charge of holding the chameleon shard since we got it back, seeing as he was our main magic guy and a lot less likely to utvoch things up.  I wasn’t expecting him to go all loose cannon on us, but I guess we weren’t there to hear what KT was going on about.  Faranell must have figured he had to act fast.

In any case, that meant we had to get on the move pronto too.  I had us split up – Mokvar and Liadrin searching in and around the inn, Utvoch getting our crap packed up in case we need to make a quick exit.  As for me, I headed out to make a sweep around the rest of the town.

I ran out of the inn in a rush, and damn near broke my neck tripping over – of all things – a random sheep that was wandering around in the road right outside.  Because on top of everything else I love about humans, they’re also frigging spectacular at keeping their damn livestock under control.  I would have had half a mind to herd the little fucker into the inn just to freak Kelly out a little more, if I hadn’t been in such a hurry.

Anyway, after I finished my involuntary sheep-induced forward somersault, I made a quick lap around town.  By this point, the Silver Hand people had already left Southshore – Tirion, predictably enough, being the last one to go, since he just couldn’t drag himself away before he’d yapped Kelly’s ear off one last time – and as I made my pat around, I spotted Kel’Thuzad lurking around on horseback near the edge of the woods to the north.  Looked like he was just watching the road out of town…maybe looking to see if the Silver Hands were leaving, maybe on his way out himself…who knows.  From what I could make out, he looked to be in a pretty sour mood, but then again, he’s Kel’Thuzad, so not exactly stop-the-presses news there.  I finished circling the town – no sign of Faranell.  I ran back to the inn to check on things.

Mokvar was waiting for me when I came back inside.  He looked worried as hell, and all he said before rushing off to the back of the inn was to follow him and hurry.  Always a good sign, right?  We ran past the bar into the kitchen, and the thought had just crossed my mind that you wouldn’t think Kelly would let us just have the run of the place like this, when I noticed a frog hopping around on the counter.  In times of crisis, Mokvar strikes.

Mokvar led the way into the kitchen, then to the stairs leading down to the cellar.  Jessen the cook was there, and started making a stink of “what are you people doing” and “what’s the meaning of this” and blah blah blah, and you know what?  Fuck it.  Page out of the Thrall playbook: Hey, Jessen, what did the five fingers say to the face?  SLAP, drop, that’s enough out of him.  Moving on.

Liadrin was downstairs.  She was kneeling over Faranell – who was sprawled out on the floor unconscious.  She’d found him there a short time before, out cold, the chameleon shard on the ground by his hand, charged and attuned.  Nearby, along the wall, a few large stone blocks had been pried out of place, and the a-p bomb thingy was lodged into the opening, pressed up into the exposed earth.  Humming away with a dull yellow glow.

Damn stupid Faranell must have thought Kel’Thuzad was on the move and rushed down here to get read on the bomb before KT had a chance to screw with it, even knowing the damn thing was charged and primed to put him on his ass if he got close to it.  Not to mention the fact that the shard takes a few minutes to attune itself – so the dude had to have stood there, eating the burn and hanging on somehow, just to make sure the mission got done.  I’ve got to give these Forsaken credit.  They may be missing some internal organs, but they sure as hell aren’t short on guts.

At this point, we’ve gotten what we came for, and with Faranell down for spirits-knows how long, I’m not inclined to hang around waiting for something ELSE to go wrong.  We’re getting out of Southshore and making a bee line for our rendezvous point with Nozdormu’s boy Erozion so he can get us back home.

Liadrin and Mokvar have both tossed a few heals on Edwin to keep him stable for the trip, but they’re reluctant to do too much right now without knowing just how he’s been affected.  Once we get back to our own time, we can get him patched up.  I hope.

We’re about to head out now.  Everything’s packed, Utvoch is set to carry our out-cold zombie friend for the trip, and we’ve covered our tracks at the inn as best we could.  The next time I write here, it’ll be from the future.  I mean the present.  Whatever.  FUCKING TIME TRAVEL.

Fingers crossed.  I’ll see you in ten years.

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2 Responses to “Set us up the bomb”

  1. I love the fact that this story gives Garrosh something to do all day instead of lazing around Orgrimmar and menacing the general population! Faction leaders must get really bored holding down their respective forts.

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