I wonder how many people are still around that remember the dawn of this tale. There are few who I recognize from the earliest days of the war on Stormreaver. Perhaps I am among the last of my original brothers and sisters to retire from Stormreaver; and so to honor them, I share with you the true legacy of Stormreaver. You may wish to read this lengthy story, or you may wish to ignore it. The choice to learn the historical truth of Stormreaver is yours alone:
THE FIRST AGE OF STORMREAVER
The Tides of War
The front line of battles between the legions of orcish hordes and the alliance of men did not begin in Hillsbrad as many would suspect. The original boundaries were set between the north and south of Stranglethorn Vale and deep into Duskwood, as well as the Wetlands. In these days the horde numbered in many, their forces were strong and their leaders were aggressive. Guilds such as <Domain of Pain> led by the willful forum master and Orcish Hunter, Tirade, and <Cabal> led by Invisus and his Inner Council (not to be confused with the later "The Cabal") and <JUICE> successfully led raids against the alliance and controlled their territory with ease. A level gap was slowly beginning to appear as the legendary first player in the world to hit level 60, Xenif, the Troll Rogue of <Domain of Pain> captured Nesingwary's Expedition and purged the location and quest lines of all alliance presence.
But who would stand to fight these orcish hordes when their numbers were so great and their generals so cunning and cruel? Those of the alliance brave enough to challenge their opposition were smote down and corpse camped. There was but one guild who sought to cleanse the lands of evil and restore balance and virtue to the homeland at all costs.
<Nightmare Inc> was all that remained of the Neutrals from Sullon Zek. Their leader, Static, led a glorious crusade through the lands, smiting the orcish horde where they stood. Those who did not fight in the battles hid from Static's army and were spared. It was not until Static had pushed all the way through The Barrens and into the mysterious realm of One Thousand Needles that the orcs came out from their hiding places and recaptured the Gurubashi Arena.
Static's forces stormed up the spires and seized control of the orcish horde outposts there. There was no time for inquisition, his priests swiftly mind controlled the remaining orcs off of the cliffs and to their miserable deaths. Static's occupation was brief, and <Nightmare Inc> returned to the lesser zones to establish safe travel routes for their fellow brothers and sisters of the alliance. The battles in these territories were fierce and many were won and lost by both sides. Among the most noted PvPers of these lesser zones were <Pink Club> <Cabal> <The Forgotten Order> <Covert Operations> <Inconceivable> <Booty Bay Bandits> <Digital Marines> <Warband> <Torment> <Minium> <JUICE> <Beyond Death> <Oh Snap> <Dreadnought> <Igglebound> <Foo> <P u r g e> <Epoch> and <Nightmare Inc> there were few other guilds who actively PvPed in groups or raids or maintained PvP rivalries.
At one point before everyone was 60, Woolygimp (Alliance) sold an epic Bow on the Gadgetzan Auction house to Tirade (Horde) This is the first documented example of cross teaming on Stormreaver. A controversial issue that troubled Stormreaver during its glory days.
Although the Alliance had been victorious, the orcs were not crushed so easily, within their ranks an ancient evil was emerging. Among them came about the elite combat crew of <Oh Snap> who's less than ten man guild mercilessly slaughtered bands of alliance across all zones. <Cabal> had not yet seen its end of days and their war parties led many successful campaigns upon the continent of Kalimdor. The notorious <Minium> as well as <Domain of Pain> were already well on their way to the great BlackRock Mountain where they would bravely venture deep into the dungeons there in search of phat loots and the key to Blackrock Spire, lair of General Drakkisath. It was here that they would later learn that the General knew the secrets of Onyxia and her lair.