Jul 02 2017

Cracking The Tomb

Black clouds swirl over the Burning Legion’s foothold on Azeroth. Demons of every shape and size march along the rivers of fel magic that boil over the Broken Shore. Above everything looms the dreaded Tomb of Sargeras, an ancient night elf temple that serves as the Legion’s gateway into the world.

Aegwynn used this sacred temple of Elune to lock away the defeated Sargeras’ avatar. She hoped it would remain dormant, buried deep within the earth, but the lure of power has continued to draw foul entities to this site. When Gul’dan re-entered the tomb, he tore down Aegwynn’s wards and opened a doorway for the Legion to invade. Now, the fel army tears at the vault, hoping to reclaim their master’s power.

The Grim have cracked the Tomb, and laid waste to those monstrosities inside.  Be them Naga, Demon, Constructs, the Undead, or even Titans, the Grim have purged all that oppose them.  The Mandate will not be stopped.  Soon the Fallen Eredar will meet his fate as well.

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The first to fall was the Demonic Lord known as Goroth.

As punishment for past failures Goroth’s flesh is marred with searing wounds. With every movement this behemoth makes, his flesh crackles and hisses with unending torment, a scourge he is happy to inflict upon those who oppose him.

The past failures of this Pit Lord should have been a clue to its masters that it would pose little threat, and the Grim easily bested the fiend.

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The second obstacle the Grim faced was known as the Demonic Inquisition. While these demons once broke the will of Rakeesh, son of Velen, the Grim would prove the Will of the Mandate does not bend for any being.

Anticipating the arrival of mortal forces invading the Tomb of Sargeras, Kil’jaeden has called on his best captors, Atrigan and Belac, to lock down the interlopers and prevent them from using the Pillars to advance deeper into the dungeon.

Again, the forces of Kil’jaeden fail. The Grim are too strong.

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The Naga have proven to be resilient opponents throughout our history.  A pity really, as they would be valuable servants of the Mandate.  Their strength is never more apparent then when facing a Naga Brute. The third challenge of the Tomb proved to be just this.  A brute called Harjatan, the Bludgeoner.

Harjatan was trained from birth to demolish his enemies. Through a conquest of savage brutality, he gathered throngs of cave dwelling murlocs who see him as a god. Now, the naga brute merely has to bark a command and hordes of devout followers set themselves to task.

The devout fanatical Murlocs serving this behemoth could not save their god from death. There are no gods above the Mandate. The only path one must follow are the laws of the Mandate. The Light and The Shadow, the Elements, the Titans, the Old Gods, the Dragons, the Undead, and the Demonic, all bend to our will.

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The flooded passageways of the Tomb are the domain of the Naga, and one in particular was sent to lie in wait to recapture the Tidestone. The sea witch called Mistress Sassz’ine was a master of the depths and its beasts, but again, would see none can be master of the Grim.

Mistress Sassz’ine has spent a lifetime binding the denizens of the ocean to her dark will. With this power, she summons nightmares from the briny depths to wash away any who dare challenge her.

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Winding our way through the massive temple complex, the Grim discovered one of the original wardens of the Tomb. Sadly, through either demonic corruption, or time alone, the spirits known as the Sisters of the Moon would not let us pass.

The Sisters of the Moon served as wardens for the temple long before the Avatar of Sargeras was buried beneath it. Even in death, the sisters maintained their vigil, but over the millennia something twisted their ability to distinguish friend from foe. Their madness slowly consumed them, and now any who enter their sacred chambers are put to death.

The Grim have dealt with the tragedy of the mad before, and the Grim will again in the future.  No amount of pity or sorrow will stop the Mandate from being enforced, those that stand in our way will perish, and so, the Sisters are now at rest.

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More of the original inhabitants of the Tomb were discovered as the Grim delved deeper inside, hunting for Kil’jaeden. The Night Elf spirits contained within would probably not be allies of the Grim even without the corruption of the Legion influencing them, and so, like the rest, they must be put to rest for good. The corrupted soul of the High Priestess Dejahna, ruler of the spirit realm of this chamber, and the Engine of Souls presented itself in the corporeal realm. Upon their defeat, the fearsome amalgamation of the corrupted dead known as the Desolate Host presented itself to attempt to stop the Mandate.

Once, this was a sacred burial site for the Night Elves, but the Legion has twisted these grounds with the Engine of Souls. This foul machine draws upon the energy of the dead, twisting them into abominations. Due to this corruption, these tormented spirits have become monstrosities, looking to feed on any who descend into the tomb’s depths.

The twisted forces of the Legion and the corrupted undead are a terrifying force, but nothing will stop the Mandate. We press onward.

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Once again, a failure to foresee what the taint the of fel energy is capable of has resulted in a guardian of the Tomb to become blind with rage and destruction.  The Grim have no quarrel with the Titan construct called the Maiden of Vigilance, but it had quite the problem with the Grim.

Charged by Aegwynn to defend the Tomb of Sargeras, the Maiden of Vigilance has stood watch for hundreds of years. Yet, the guardian did not forsee what effect the avatar’s seeping fel energy would have on this titan construct. Slowly warped by this maleficence, the Maiden now seeks to destroy any in her path.

Holy magic still flowed from this construct, but so did the Fel. Unable to control its own energies and hell bent on the destruction of the brave servants of the Mandate, the Maiden was relentless in its assault. Again, the Grim prevail.

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The Tomb of Sargeras holds the undying Avatar of Sargeras.  Entombed in Titan machinery, and guarded by another construct called the Maiden of Valor, the fel energy of the Avatar has tainted all that remain in the Tomb.

When Aegwynn defeated the Avatar of Sargeras, she was unable to destroy his avatar. In an effort to seal it away, the armor was entombed beneath the Temple of Elune, where it remained dormant for hundreds of years. Now, with the Legion tearing down the tomb’s barriers, Kil’jaeden is in a position to reanimate the armor and unleash its power on Azeroth.

The Maiden proved to be an annoyance at best, but the Fallen Avatar eventually freed itself from its prison, and the Grim did what Aegwynn could not. Destroy the beast.

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All that remains is Kil’jaeden.  He time has come, and the Mandate will be his end.

 

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