Rhowenna Hawkspear stood again looking out over the balcony of the Shrine of Two Moons. This was not the first time, indeed, it may have been the hundreth time she stood in the early morning mist, sipping her tea, and gazing in wonder over the Vale of Eternal Blossoms. In all her life she had not imagined that any place could be as beautiful as Eversong Woods, but the Vale had been even more magical, more serene. She had seen much of Azeroth and met most of the races in her travels, but nothing had prepared her for the enchanting, welcoming Pandaren people and their Vale.
A sob escaped her lips and tears rolled down her pale cheeks. She shuddered as images of the Dead Scar flitted through her mind. No matter how often one enjoyed the magenta and golden trees of Eversong, no matter how far away from it one might move, it was impossible to forget the Dead Scar and what had caused it. When Arthas and the Scourge rolled through Quel'Thalas the land was as permanently changed as were the people who lived there and called Silvermoon their home. So many had died trying to save their homeland and so many had fled in the aftermath. And here it was, happening again.....
Somehow this was worse. The Scourge was certainly a creation of evil, but it was a foreign evil, was it not? Arthas Menethil was a Prince of the Alliance whose mind was twisted and whose evil was unleashed upon everyone without mercy and without any intent except the total extinction of every sentient race on Azeroth. The Lich King was dead and the Scourge dismantled and so now it should be better, isn't that right? Wenna shook her head, almost as if she were clearing cobwebs from her mind and vision.
But it wasn't better. This morning, just like the last few mornings, Wenna's moments of meditation and hot tea in the cool morning air, her joy at watching the sun rise over the Vale of Eternal Blossoms had been....destroyed. For there it was, the Dead Scar come again. Oh, this was a crater rather than a long trail of destruction, but it was the same kind of destruction nonetheless. The damnable Goblins under Hellscream's command had excavated an enormous portion of the Vale, set up their hideous machines and were digging into the very heart of Pandaria. It looked like a war zone in the area between the Golden Pagoda and Mogu'shan Palace....and this time it was the Horde who was responsible. It wasn't the Alliance. It wasn't some foreign invaders. It wasn't an unknown evil. NO! It was the Horde! It was her own peoples, and somehow it meant that all of this was partially her fault. Wenna's mind could barely grasp the reality.
Another tear streamed down her face and she tossed the rest of her tea over the balcony. "This was too much!, she thought" She had been urging Kiloaeda to caution and patience. She had spoken often with Lor'themar and assured him that their people were fine for the moment while he finished his work on the Isle of Thunder. But this! This...this RAPE of the Vale was too much. Garrosh Hellscream was a maniac, an insane, bloodlusted Orc maniac. Orcs! That was the issue, the damned orcs. They destroyed their own world and invaded ours. The native peoples of Azeroth had spent thousands of years and several wars fighting Orcs.
A serving boy from the Inn cleared his throat behind Wenna. "Miss, I've been told to deliver this letter to you." Wenna turned slightly to see a fresh-faced youngster handing her an envelope. His face registered both fear of her and concern over her tear-stained face. "Thank you, young man." She handed him a gold coin and watched him disappear quickly into the building. She tore open the envelope.
"Dearest Rhowenna, I trust this finds you well. I am hearing varied reports and require you to act on my behalf until such time as I may assign command here to someone else. Please, if you would, investigate reports of Taran Zhu excommunicating the Horde from the Vale of Eternal Blossoms. Then travel to Orgrimmar and see if it is true that Thrall has returned. Finally, I have heard that Vol'Jin is alive and leading the Darkspear in revolt against a recent attack by the Kor'kron Guard. I need not explain to you the severity of all of these reports, and what they may mean for the Sin'Dorei and for the future of all of us. Fly quickly, Wenna! Time is of the essence! -Lor'themar"
"Vol'Jin is alive?" Wenna spoke the question aloud even if there was no one present to hear. She turned and moved quickly toward the Inn, summoning a minion as she moved. The portals inside were her quickest method of travel, but before she stepped through into Orgrimmar, she had one more thing to do, and sending a minion would have to suffice.