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The morning of the all hands summon to the Blasted Lands, Aely went for a walk. The late fall air was clear and cool, and leaves crunched under their feet in the less-traveled parts of the streets. She and Roger took the long way around Old Town, south through Tanner Circle and down Bulwarks, across […]

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The Longest Night
comment 11 Written by on October 28, 2009 – 6:58 am

Lore events are fun. Many people remember the Zombie Invasion less than fondly (and to be honest, it deserved the mixed reviews it got), but it did nothing if not spawn a lot of really amazing RP. The Riders made their stand outside of the Pig and Whistle, with other folks moving as the front moved on that last night, when utter chaos erupted.

The first time Aely told this story, it was at Tarquin’s request – something she took extremely seriously from him, being that he’s known for being the Rider’s Official Bloody Long Storyteller. That he’d have enough faith in her to tell this, a story that was still having major repercussions in Azeroth and Northrend, was a huge boost to her confidence.

And, in a way, it was the kickoff point for that event being even more personal for her. Because of The Longest Night, she wears the Black and Red of the Riders. That longest night was the night of October 27-28 of last year, and so last night Aely threw a party to commemorate a year since its passing. A year that Stormwind still stands, and that the fight against the Lich King continues.

This is the speech she gave (from the chatlog of last night):

dawnbanner

Aelflaed hops up on the cannon, levering herself off the corner

Oi folk?

Aelflaed raises her voice a little, to catch the crowd.

Oi!

Anyroad – wanted t’ thank ye all f’r comin t’night – ‘specially oan short notice f’r some.  Some ay ye ken why we’re here, others ‘re jus’ here f’r th’ party – an’ I’m glad f’r all ay ye.

Year ago t’night we saw th’ near destruction ay this city – ay th’ home wha’ we’ve come t’ know – whether by choice air by birth. Streets littered wi’ corpses, only t’ have ‘em rise again.
Started ’bout a week earlier – wi’ plagued grain.  All oe’r th’ kingdoms, unmarked crates ay tainted grain showed up – frae ships wha’ nobody could find. An’ like wildfire, it spread – inflictin’ folk wha’ lived e’en throw th’ last plague.

An’ so we set up th’ Pig an’ Whistle f’r a safe house – f’r a place t’ stay wha’ dinnae have th’ ever growin’ horde ay zombies. Nae food wha’ wisnae already procured – nae water wha’ wisnae boiled, an’ a watch w’s set.  All hours ay th’ day an’ night folk stood ay th’ pig. Some sleepin in’ bunks – some oan th’ floor, an’ all th’ time th’ city fell.

Muir an’ muir th’ plague spread – ’till only th’ Pig stood left, th’ last ay th’ safe houses, an’ e’en th’ Cathedral w’s overrun wi’ walkin’ dead.

Aelflaed points at the water in the harbor behind her.

Th’ water ay th’ harbor an’ th’ canals choked wi’ bodies – stench risin’ ay disease until ye could /smell/ th’ dead flyin’ in.

Stormwin’ w’s a city doomed.

Th’ las’ night w’s th’ Longest Night.

I was there, an’ Jolly, an’ Beltar.  Tiforis, Ulthanon, Varenna.  Folk we ken an’ folk we dinnae ken stood t’ fight here oan th’ Docks, an’ back in Old Town.

We littered th’ streets wi’ dead, burnin ‘em t’ keep frae walkin again – an’ ’round ’bout th’ third watch, up came a cry. Delion comes flyin’ ’round th’ corner, Banner ay th’ Dawn flyin’ o’er his head an a whole horde ay dead chasin’ after ‘im.

We held.

An’ they fell.

An he made it, untouched, t’ th’ stairs ay th’ pig, an’ we put th’ lot ay them t’ rest, burnin’ in the streets wi’ th’ rest ay their murderous, shufflin’ band.

Aelflaed points at the tattered Argent Dawn banner, now scribbled in Common and Darnassian.

Th’ banner made it too.

An somehow, as th’ dawn broke oe’r a half ruined, scorched, stinkin’, disease infested Stormwind… it all stopped. Rays ay sunlight – th’ first’ in weeks – fell oan th’ exhausted faces oan those steps.  Exhausted – but ALIVE.

Tha’ mornin’ we swore.  We swore oan th’ banner, oan th’ black an’ red, oan our very lives an’ what’er we had t’ swear oan – Never Again.

We swore it then.

A huge chorus of whoops and yells, of “Never Again” in every tongue of the Alliance interrupts the speech. Aely keeps momentum raising her voice over the din.

An’ we swore it oan th’ docks headin’ north.  We swore it oan th’ snows ay Wintergarde, an’ th gates ay Ulduar, an th’ frozen rocky outcrops ay th Dragonblight – Facin’ down th’ army ay him who we’ve bound our lives t’ hunt. We swore it then – we swear it now.  In remembrance, an’ th’ memory ay wha is behind – an hope f’r wha’ is before us.

‘Cause th’ hounds ay death follow in th’ footsteps ay th’ Bloody Prince – an dog th’ heels ay any wha’ dare t’ stand against ‘im.  Good folk, strong – an’ fair hearted.  Human an’ Elf, Dwarf, an’ Gnome, an’ Draenei alike.  In th’ onslaught t’ fight back Fightin’ t’ secure th’ folk back home.  F’r th future.  F’r wee ones an old ones, an’ lands ay our fathers an’ our kin.

Aelflaed gestures at Naiara Bittertongue, sleeping in the arms of her mother.

So we remember ‘em.  We grieve, an’ we fight oan.  W’s a year ago we fir’s faced ‘im again – an’ it bloody well willnae be annither year ‘fore we clear ‘im out.

Remember tha’, t’night. Remember them – by their names an’ their deaths.

An’ remember – Never again.

Aelflaed hops off the canon.

aely

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11 Responses to “The Longest Night”

  1. I can’t help but love this. You ma’am are one of a kind.

    By krizzlybear on Oct 28, 2009 | Reply
  2. /clap

    By Verdus on Oct 28, 2009 | Reply
  3. /clap

    For some reason I was thinking of matrix (copied from imdb.com):
    Morpheus: Believe me when I say we have a difficult time ahead of us. But if we are to be prepared for it, we must first shed our fear of it. I stand here, before you now, truthfully unafraid. Why? Because I believe something you do not? No, I stand here without fear because I remember. I remember that I am here not because of the path that lies before me but because of the path that lies behind me. I remember that for 100 years we have fought these machines. I remember that for 100 years they have sent their armies to destroy us, and after a century of war I remember that which matters most… We are still here! Today, let us send a message to that army. TOnight, let us shake this cave. Tonight, let us tremble these halls of earth, steel, and stone, let us be heard from red core to black sky. Tonight, let us make them remember, THIS IS ZION AND WE ARE NOT AFRAID!

  4. @Pazi – There are many truly epic motivational speeches. (And apparently the Braveheart Speech Soundtrack came on for one of my friends in game while Aely was speechifying, which i thought was particularly awesomesauce) – Tarquin gave one at Wrathgate, but he couldn’t be there last night, so Aely kinda stepped it up. For a number of reasons actually.

  5. Oh – and since I’ve been asked a few times? Yes, I did write this in advance; however, my laptop died about 3 minutes before the speech, and I had to “wing it” from memory. The actual speech was significantly better than the “prewritten” one (probably thanks to my being on an adrenaline high)

  6. Wow, Aely. Just wow.

    I really wish I had been there, for this and any other speeches anyone did.
    I really hate my job sometimes :(

  7. Aw, damn! I had classes the next day so I had to leave the event early! I’d love to have been there for it.

    By the way, I was there as the huge draenei dude, AKA Argol. Nice to talk to the Riders again, last time I did it was on Cethran, the way-too-young human warrior. =)

  8. Thank you so much for posting the speech. Sorry I missed the party last night. :(

  9. That was awesome Anna! Inspiring!

  10. Arvoss got there right when the “Never again” stuff started happening. Then he heard Norvallen’s speech after. It was kinda moving for him.

    The whole thing was awesome. Shaurria had the time of her life there. The speeches had her riveted.

  11. Awesome speech Aely! I had to take off before the party, so I’m really glad you posted this!

    By Dalbarr on Nov 4, 2009 | Reply

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