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Laying the Past to Rest
This will be a 4 part series that anyone can get involved with at any point throughout the series. We'll keep track of the storyline progression in this here forum thread.

PART 1 – A Request for Help
Saturday, July 12 at 8:00pm server

Archon Xeula has been gone for nearly two moons. She left on a personal errand, refusing to give the other Archons any details. Earlier this week, however, she finally returned; showing up on Buran's doorstep, unannounced.

Tonight, she formally calls the order to headquarters. She will explain as much as she can and then ask a favor.

A Wrinkle in Time

Kirahti posted Jul 9, 14
"An island where time stands still, huh?"  Kirahti looked down at the letter she was holding, and then up at the notice board.  Between the Kor'kron, Iira's sword-forging, and everything else the Shadows had been rather busy.  There had been no time for exploration, and hearing about this island off the coast of Pandaria had perked the Auchenai's curiosity.  Maybe something like this was what the Shadows needed-a trip to gather information, to explore.  The priestess stuck the letter to the notice board, adding her own note beneath the parchment.

Seeking like-minds to come with me for two days to investigate this strange island.  There seems to be no threat of Sha, and perhaps we can find something that could be of use to the Exodar/Shattrath's research core. 

[A Wrinkle in Time takes place July 18th and 19th, at 8 PM sever!  See Kirahti for more details!]
Lena bustled into headquarters, tacking a note on the announcement board and peered into the room at her order, now staring at her, slackjawed and curious their conversations halted.

"We have work to do," she said, coming to rest at the meeting room, her hands on her hips.

"We have been personally requested to assist in a campaign in Stonetalon this week.  There are vast resources in that region, and we mustn't allow them to fall into the wrong hands."

Pointing around the room, she continued, "Those willing to fight, please see Maeorra or myself.  Healers and others assisting with the wounded, gather supplies.  If you need new or refreshed armor, see Hadeon, Gyllandre, or Eladea."  She narrowed her eyes, "Garrosh is defeated, but this Horde still works, still seeks control of the resources on Azeroth, starting with Stonetalon."  

She paused for a moment and smiled, "Our forces may be small, but our ability will not be denied. I trust you to not let me down."

Lena smiled again and turned on a hoof, gliding out the door of headquarters, on her way to secure supply transit.


For more about Bleeding the Mountain, please see these links:
http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/12673779006

http://moon-guard.wikia.com/wiki/Bleeding_the_Mountain
((Note: This is Lena, reposting Hadeon's exact post from our forums for MAXIMUM EXPOSURE FOR A GREAT IDEA!))

Introduction and rules lovingly cribbed (with permission) from Venita's Site Write thread on the MG forums and modified to fit the purposes of the SoA Site Write Challenge. Some topics have also been borrowed from Tumblr questions; you are NOT allowed to reuse entries previously written.

What is a Site Write?

A Site Write is generally a short story you write on a prompt about a given topic/event/place/person/word/etc. You are simply asked to write whatever comes to mind and heart. There are no limits to how long one's story can be, but keep in mind we are not writing novels here.

Rules for a Site Write Challenge:

No pre-writing. (No reusing old entries.)
No rough drafting.
No redo.
Limited editing. (Grammar and the like, perfectly okay. Changing the story, no no.)

If you are participating in the Challenge, you must put at the top of your post, in bold, Entry #1 – and subsequent numbering. Posts for the Challenge should be confined to this thread.

You will have until Topic #7 to enter the Challenge; after that, you're welcome to write on any topic which inspires you, but you will not be counted towards the Challenge prizes. Those who simply want to write for the fun of it are welcome to write on any prompt at any time.

What happens if I miss a day?
That's fine. There are 7 extra topics planned to allow for IRL problems, writer's block, and other reasons why a day cannot be completed. If you think you'll need more than seven days of grace, pull me aside to talk about it.

Is there anything I can do to disqualify myself?
Yes. While we're not subject to the ToS and MG forum conduct rules here on our own guild forums, intentional trolling or harassment of other players will disqualify you. You'd have to try pretty darn hard, though, to disqualify yourself here.

Do I have to write about my SoA character?
Not always! I'd prefer if you spent a portion of your time writing about your Shadows character since this is a SoA Challenge, but there's times when inspiration just doesn't strike for them! You're quite free to write about your other characters and even in other universes once in a while.

What happens if I'm late in responding to a prompt?
There will be two or three which are given in good faith if you're late, but part of the point of this Challenge is to write a little every day so try to stick to the spirit of the Challenge, please.

What happens if you, Hadeon, are late in posting a prompt?
I've got a busy life too, so while I'll try to post a prompt at approximately the same time every day, it is possible that I will fall short. Should that happen, you have until I post a new prompt to respond to the old one, and you should expect to have approximately 24 hours between prompts barring problems on my end.

The goal of a Site Write:

The purpose is to stimulate your creative side by having you write about reactions, events, and the like we normally would not see in the character. Think of this writing prompt as a way to break between your storylines and give personal depth where you may have not had the chance to. It's a glimpse into the smaller moments of your character's life.

What do I get out of it?

Well, besides the chance to flex your creative writing skills and watch the improvement before your very eyes as you are challenged to come up with all sorts of responses to various topics? Besides the chance to flesh out your character's history and depth in ways you didn't expect?

How does 5,000 gold sound?

Any Shadows of Argus member who completes 30 days of writing for the SoA Site Write Challenge will automatically win 5,000 gold. (This is funded out of my own pocket - not the SoA guild bank. I am running this for the fun of the guild.)

The finale topic – for which only those who complete the Challenge may enter – will be an interesting and inventive topic for which you will have three days to think about and write on. (The entry need not necessarily be much longer than others, though it usually ends up about a third longer.) The finale stories will be shared with three judges who are not heavily involved in SoA itself – thus a little more impartial than letting the officers have at it – and they will select the finale winner. The finale winner may choose one among the following three prizes:

  • A mechano-hog
  • A 1-600 profession kit for a profession of your choice (this may require a few weeks for me to put together)
  • A prize of 15,000 gold

Either way you enter, you cannot lose. As the writer, you are going to gain so much more than just prizes. This challenge is to help you come out of your shy shell and be proud of the characters you put so much depth into, and to spark that creative spirit lurking in your mind that I know you have.
Xeula a I can help you gather things for the 1-600 professions kit if you'd like. Just let me know!

The Fortune-Teller

Kirahti posted Mar 10, 14
Twelve stones sparkled underneath the low light of a lamp-crystal, their colors a start contrast to the black velvet cloth they rested upon.  Silver runes and lines were embroidered upon the fabric, and next to the pile of stones was a torn scrap of parchment.  The symbol of the Shadows in full color adorned its surface-and as if powered by some mysterious force, the stones began to move.  A draenei female watches them-and as she deciphers the otherworldly message being shown to her, her face sets itself in a neutral expression.

"Change comes your way, Shadows.  Do you have the courage to face it?"

Open RP event:  Draenei Fortune-Telling!  March 17th and March 21st, World's End Tavern in Shattrath City, 8 p.m. server!  All are welcome!

(Any questions, please send in-game mail to Kirahti.)
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Moar IRL photos! *stomps around making demands in a tiny voice* [link]
Kirahti questions Xeula, Kyssandrith takes up guard duty then pays Xeula a visit, Mosur makes a new friend, Buran & Kyssa talk sense into Mikk, Xeula FINALLY realizes that Mikk is her son [link]
Knew ya would! d-(^.^)z
My presentation went well today. Thanks for encouraging me about it last night, guys, haha. You were right. I winged it and did fine.
HOLY LOGS, BATMAN! Posted 'em to Xeula's event thread. If you missed the event and want a play by play, check them out! I'm still working on brief summaries. [link]
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