Lena looked up at Maeorra and Arloth, her hand shaking, her mind slowly piecing together what must have happened, holding out the cloth, "Apparently, Taradiel was on a bigger mission..."
Kel held up her hands, "Yes, they stole the shard. They rode right into the chapel and killed the priests. It was if they knew where it was. I was knocked out near the end, I must have passed for dead, because I woke up and they were gone. I called a few of our otherwise unengaged trackers in, but the only thing they could tell me was that the orcs went north. We tracked them briefly, but being mounted and with a considerable lead, they were far ahead of us."
"Where did they go with it?"
"What the hell do orcs want with a shard of a naruu?"
"They took the Shard?"
Lena peered at the cloth in her hands, the tabard bearing an unfamiliar set of colors and designs. It smelled of wet dog, felt stiffened by sweat, caked in mud. Looking back up at the warrior, Lena's face hardened. Maeorra and Arloth jogged towards the door behind her. Voices assaulted Kel all at once.
"It was a band of orc wolf-riders," Kel spoke quickly and quietly. "About 30 of them, they hit at nightfall." She stepped forward and handed Lena a small swatch of cloth, "I managed to tear this off of one of their archers before I mowed her down. You know I can't keep the clans and orders straight among the orcs," she spat as she said the word, displaying her distaste. "I don't recognize it, at any rate. It's clearly a smaller order. They rode well, they fought well. It was fairly clear to me that their lives have been spent doing such things, but this raid was different."
Kel's face fell even further. Lena now noticed how tired she looked, the new dents in her plate armor. "No... What happened? Kel, talk."
Lena was on her hooves in an instant, mentally scrabbling to reach the Archons. "The Shard of Xe'dri?" Shadows of Argus had entrusted its care to the anchorites at Halaa while dispatched to Arathi Basin, assisting Barthillas's people. Maeorra! Arloth! To HQ, now!
Kelrythis grimaced and stepped inside, her ashen skin going even paler as she whispered, "Halaa was sacked last night."
Lena pushed her glasses up on her nose and peered at the woman, "Spit it out, Kel. What happened? You were supposed to stay here and make sure everything stayed in order while we were in Arathi."
The warrior straightened up, defiant, "Nothing! I swear! It's just..."
Lena strode into headquarters, arms full of post held for the Shadows of Argus during their time dispatched to Arathi Highlands, which she dumped on the desk. She sat and began sorting mail for the order and for the Archons, occasionally pausing to read.Kelrythis approached the doorway, looking chagrined and worried. Lena sighed, "What did you do to your bike now, Kel?"
A new threat from an old rival is coming on Saturday, February 1 at 8 pm server! The Sons of Doomhammer have stolen the Shard of Xe'dri and challenged Shadows of Argus, intending to use the Shard and draenei technology against us! Stay tuned!