Annie Mae is getting ready to meet an epic, epic story.
As many of you know, she is not from Gnomeregan. She is, in fact, from Westfall. Though her parents were respectable tinkers, after the Second War, (where her father was injured – though he did recover mostly), they decided to make a new life for themselves elsewhere, out of the way of all this “war” business. He took up a position as a Harvest Golem Mechanic, and Annie Mae grew up in the social and political struggles of post-second-war Westfall/Stormwind.
As such, she’s not been much of a Gnomish girl at all. Sure she knows she’s a Gnome. But she’s learned to poke fun at her height, and to use it as an advantage in a world of taller people. She’s something of an unusual little person, and much more comfortable in Human society than anywhere else.
Actually, I’m getting rather ahead of myself.
Before Operation Gnomeregan happened, Duugvilder happened.
Who, you ask, is Duugvilder?
Duugvilder Demonbane is a Gnome. A very nice Gnome, and a Gnome from Dun Morogh. In fact, he is the first Gnome from that part of the world with whom Annie Mae has interacted as a personal friend.
(Ok, it doesn’t hurt at ALL that she thinks he’s cute. And kind of sweet. And ok maybe she’s a little smitten. But don’t tell her I told you that, or she’ll rough me up.)
Anyhow, Duugvilder joined up with the Wildfire Riders a few months back, and he now wears the Black and Red. Annie Mae has been hanging around a bit, and seen as he’s gotten to know them (and, in a strange little way, helped her get to know the Riders as well).
She’s also seen him talk about Gnomeregan – both as his homeland and as an upcoming battlefront.
Needless to say, my little Westfall-born, horse-loving, gun-toting, hat-wearing Gnome is now wondering what it’d be like to be around other people like her. If maybe she’ll have a role in taking on the Troggs and clearing out the Irradiation. If maybe, just maybe, she might have a spot in a newly-recovering Gnomish society, like the spot she has carved out for herself in the Human one. (After all, she was around for the rebuilding of Stormwind. This isn’t all that far outside her realm of experience.)
And I, for one, can’t WAIT to tell this story.
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