The eyes of Kalimdor look to you in your gallant struggle with confidence and hope. Encouraged by the bravery of our arms, stimulated by the great interests that depend upon the issue, and sustained by prayers of those in whose defense you fight, let every Sentinel resolve to put forth her utmost efforts, to endure all and brave all, until by the assistance of a just and merciful Goddess, the enemy shall be driven back and lasting peace secured for our homeland.
Some of our bravest have fallen, but let those of us surviving follow their glorious examples, and continue to emulate the valor of your gallant comrades who have sacrificed all. It rests on you to see that they shall not have died in vain. With the blessing of Elune, it is in your power to defeat this great effort of the enemy, secure safety and independence to Kalimdor, and earn for yourselves the lasting love and gratitude of your people and the admiration of the world.
Assembly in the Northern Barrens. Huntress Ever-Tear, acting Commander, briefs the Sentinels and allies on their next mission. They are to operate against Horde resource camps in the Barrens, and disrupt the flow of supplies to their armies.
Marching off into the savanna.
The Sentinels arrive at the first encampment after night has fallen. They divide into three groups, each attacking from a different direction.
The Horde are taken by surprise, and only put up a token resistance against the attacking Sentinel force.
Slaying any orcish defenders or peons that stand in their way, the Sentinels quickly destroy any buildings and supplies they can find.
Just as quickly as they appeared, the Sentinels withdraw back into the darkness, regrouping in the shelter of an oasis.
A Sentinel patrol sets out across the dark savanna, responding to a report of a Kaldorei captive being held at an orc garrison to the north.
Infiltrating the garrison. A stealthy mission turns bloody, as some of the Sentinels decide to slay all of the orc guards in an act of angry revenge.
The Sentinels recover the Night Elf prisoner, and bring him back to their camp in the oasis. While tending to his wounds, the man explains he was part of a caravan of slaves taken during the Darkshore battles. He also informs the Sentinels he saw others wearing the colors of their regiment taken farther north, to be worked to death in a resource camp. Who could these Sentinels captives be?
Guardian Nightbreeze preps the assembled Sentinels on the night's mission.
Moving out into the Barrens.
A lost Huntress is found. Huntress Dawnclaw intercepts the Sentinel columns and briefs them of the situation in the lumber camp. Commander Wintershade, along with many civilian prisoners, are locked tight in the camp's central tower. In addition, the Horde have increased their security, making any frontal assault futile.
Heavily outnumbered, the Sentinels decide to use stealth and cunning to achieve their goal. They divide into two groups, one led by Guardian Nightbreeze; the second led buy Guardian Silverhawk.
Iyora's team begins their diversion on the far eastern edge of the lumber camp, first destroying a large crane and nearby building in a fiery explosion...
Bovira's squad moves into position, waiting for the diversion to begin...
...and then launch their assault on the watch tower.
After breaching the tower, the Sentinels not only find Commander Wintershade, but forty beaten and tired Night Elf civilians being used as slave labor.
Despite the chaos that ensues within the camp, both Sentinel teams find their way blocked by massive goblin shredders, and they must fight their way out.
Leaving the chaos of the lumber camp behind them, the Sentinels withdraw into the darkness with the civilians.
A little kindness goes a long way.
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The words of his Commander still rang menacingly in his ears as Kluge leaned forward in his saddle and looked out across the wide expanse of the northern Barrens. Beneath him, his warwolf growled impatiently and pawed at the dusty ground. The war-captain tugged sharply at the thick iron reins, keeping the massive beast in check.
"Soon enough. Soon enough," he grunted reassuringly.
His orders were simple, but the price for failure would be high: locate the rogue Sentinel unit operating in the Barrens. Hunt them down. Wipe them out.
Kluge took one more look at the endless sun-baked grasslands, squinting as the landscape shimmered in the afternoon heat. There weren't many places to hide here, and he knew every inch of these plains by heart.
He would find them...and he wouldn't be alone.
Kluge twisted in the saddle and looked behind him. Nearly fifty wolf-riders---veteran scouts, trackers, and fighters all, drawn up behind him waiting for orders.
These pompous Night Elves.
These were orcish lands, and he would prove it to them.
With Horde patrols growing more numerous and the oasis too dangerous to risk staying at any longer, the Sentinels re-trace their steps back to the border of the Stonetalon Mountains. Under the cover of night, their columns form a protective shield around the Night Elf civilians rescued from the lumber camp.
Arriving back at Honor's Stand.
Burial Ceremony. The Sentinels perform last rites for a parent-less Night Elf child who was not strong enough to survive the terrible rigors of Horde imprisonment. She is laid to rest beneath a tree in the foothills of the Stonetalon Mountains.
Setting off again. With their work in the Barrens far from over and hoping to throw off any pursuit, the Sentinels swing southward of the Great Divide.
They make their new camp within the impenetrable Overgrowth, using its thick foliage as cover.
The Sentinels begin making their way eastward, looking to establish a new camp on the far side of the Overgrowth. Unfortunately, they find their path blocked by a wall of flame and smoke; the unnatural blaze is pushed along by a strong wind, as if to sweep the Sentinels back.
A closer inspection finds the fire is actually caused by a giant elemental, likely under the control of a Horde shaman.
With no way of fighting such a creature, the Sentinels are driven back across the stream. Their druids attempt to push back against the wind and fire with their own nature magic. It buys them only brief respite, however, and they are forced to flee even further.
Reaching the far north-western edge of the Overgrowth, the Sentinels again find their path blocked: this time by a strong force of orc wolf-riders. The trap has been sprung, and the riders were waiting for the Sentinels to be flushed out of the woods and into the open.
Heavily outnumbered and with nowhere else to go, the Sentinels draw weapons and charge into the Horde force, in an attempt to break through to Honor's Stand.
A vicious, swirling melee ensues...
The Sentinels slay several of the wolf-riders and exploit a gap in their lines, just managing to escape in the chaos of dust and smoke.
Reaching the relative safety of Honor's Stand.
A little kindness goes a long way.
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With the goal of establishing a foothold in Ashenvale from which to launch attacks against the Horde, the Sentinels depart Windshear Hold and begin their descent from Stonetalon.
Before entering Talondeep Pass, the Sentinel columns pass a gnome sitting by the wayside. Introducing himself as Professor Xakxak Gyromate, he warns that the pass ahead is being closely watched by Forsaken dark rangers. He directs them to an old and little-used mountain path along the cliffs above, that might allow the Sentinels to cross into Ashenvale without attracting Horde attention.
Reaching the old mountain path.
As darkness falls, the Sentinels at long last return to the ancient forests of Ashenvale. To their relief, Stardust Spire still stands below them, and in Night Elf hands.
Presenting themselves to the garrison captain, Huntress Jalin. She explains that the Spire has withstood several Horde assaults, and is being closely watched by Forsaken dark rangers. The undead archers are ambushing any travelers passing north or south along the Astranaar road.
The Sentinels decide to spring a trap of their own, dressing some of their number as unarmed civilian travelers. The rest of the Sentinels stealthily shadow the 'civilians', patiently waiting for the Forsaken to reveal themselves.
With a hail of arrows directed towards the 'travelers', the dark rangers launch their attack. The Sentinels quickly do so in kind, springing from the forest shadows. A vicious battle ensues...
Despite the skill of their deadly opponents, the Sentinels emerge victorious and kill several of the dark rangers. Burning the bodies of their foes, the Sentinels return to Stardust Spire to rest and plan their next move.
Getting underway. The Sentinels, along with the Stardust Spire garrison, march out to relieve Astranaar, which is once again under siege by Horde forces. Despite its recapture by the Alliance following the burning of Teldrassil, the Horde do not sit idly by. They send a large force from Silverwind Refuge to bring it back under their control. Held only by remnants of Ashenvale Sentinels and refugees, the town has little chance on its own.
While the Stardust Sentinels attack Horde forces blocking the northern bridge, Adellwyna's Sentinels attack from the south. They divide into four groups. One attacks the barricade blocking the crossroads...
The hippogryph riders strike the main Horde encampment from above...
A glaive-thrower team provides artillery support from afar...
While a fourth squad attacks the entrenchments and catapults blocking the southern bridge.
After a long and fierce night battle, the Sentinels manage to drive off the Horde and keep Astranaar in Kaldorei hands...for now.
Marching out of Astranaar. The Sentinels march southward to the Falfarren River crossing, intending to intercept and ambush a strong supply and reinforcement column headed for Silverwind Refuge. With their foe too strong to assault directly, the Sentinels hope to deny the Horde garrison at Silverwind any relief, and force them to either surrender or sally forth, fighting the Kaldorei on ground of their choosing.
The ambush begins. As dusk falls, two squads strike the Horde column from either side after the wagons cross the Falfarren River bridge.
A third squad swoops in from the rear, to block any possible escape. Their task is made all the more difficult by the presence of a dull-witted -but still powerful- ogre brute.
After a viscous fight, the Sentinels prevail, destroying the wagons, slaying all of the Horde grunts, and bringing down the ogre brute.
Adellwyna reveals a long-forgotten ritual brazier, hidden in the wilds of Ashenvale. Once used by Elune's faithful to make burnt flesh offerings of their enemies to the Goddess, the brazier has not been used in many ages.
Adellwyna explains the history and significance of the brazier and the 'Elune's Cleansing' ritual.
The Sentinels re-light the brazier and make their own offering: the flesh of the undead...a Forsaken.