I’ve posted two new stories. They can be found by going to the Short Stories link on the menu above, then choosing either ‘The March to Icecrown Citadel’ or ‘Fall of the Lich King: New Day Dawning.’
‘The March to Icecrown Citadel’ is a small piece focusing on the lead-up to the Argent Crusade’s assault on Icecrown Citadel. Included are Alhazad’s mate, Mishotah, and his Argent Squire, Kedg. The outlook is grim – can the combined might of the Horde, Alliance, Argent Crusade and Ebon Blade truly conquer Arthas, the Lich King?
‘New Day Dawning’ marks the conclusion of Alhazad’s story in the Wrath of the Lich King timeline. Arthas is dead, questions about the future plague Alhazad, and Takhota Ghosteye returns to see his son for what may be the last time. Can Alhazad face his father, a once powerful Shaman now turned Death Knight?
I really enjoyed writing Alhazad’s story here. Arthas’ creation of Death Knights and the corruption of the Scourge and the Cult of the Damned allowed me to explore many aspects of Alhazad as a character. His brush with Arthas’ distant influence was life-changing for him, and to this day I’m thrilled I was able to make this a part of the Ani Ayastigi’s roleplaying events and write a short story of it for submission to the Blizzard Creative Writing contest (‘Whispers of an Awakening’). Also, the availability of Death Knights as a class opened up an opportunity for me to revive Alhazad’s father, Takhota, as first a puppet under Arthas’ control, then a Knight of the Ebon Blade, and finally a member of the Deathbringer regiment. Takhota’s life as a Spiritwalker shaman contrasted wonderfully with his resurrection as a Death Knight – essentially an antithesis of all he once was. Having Alhazad come to grips with his father’s new existence has been incredibly trying for him. ‘New Day Dawning’ brings everything full-circle, and sets Alhazad on his path to becoming a Sunwalker.