My fourth Fan Fiction from the World of Warcraft forums:
“The school year is drawing to a close soon and as is generally the case, so too comes the “dreaded” final project. But don’t worry, the students of Azeroth have been assigned a task that isn’t too abhorrent. This week, your challenge is to take on that task and write a biographical report about a Hero of Azeroth. Who are they? Where did they come from? What will they be remembered for most in the annals of Azerothian history?
The Scene: The school room
Your Role: Write a brief biography of one of the heroes of Azeroth.”
For the sake of realisim, I’ll even add a title page–hah!
Trebor’s story begins much the same as most heroes: with a mission. He was tasked to travel to the Blasted Lands with a select group of fellow Horde soldiers. Once there he learned of the many atrocities being committed by the Burning Legion, and sent a scout back with a report to the nearby town of Stonard. It was great misfortune that befell said scout, and the orders were stolen by a murloc known as the Swamp Talker.
As days turned into weeks, Trebor received no further orders for what he should do and was left to make a decision on his own. Should he venture forth into the vile Blasted Lands to learn more, and possibly destroy as many of the enemy as possible? Or should he send another scout and potentially wait yet more weeks for a reply? It was at this crossroads that Trebor made an ultimately fatal choice that led to the capture and torture of all his men.
Razelikh the Defiler was the demonlord who oversaw the fulfillment of the Burning Legion’s interests in the Blasted Lands. It was this Nathrezim that imprisoned Trebor and his men within the Serpent’s Coil as specimens in the experiments there.
After their torture, some of these men were forced to serve under other depraved individuals, such as; Archmage Allistarj, Lady Sevine, and Grol the Destroyer. The truly soul-crushing revelation is that his most trusted man and lieutenant, Kirith, was tortured and experimented beyond recognition into the form of an enormous felhunter.
As for Trebor himself he escaped and ultimately succumbed to his wounds. However, even in death Trebor could not rest until all the atrocities that were perpetrated on his men by Razelikh and his cronies. He remained as a ghost in the Swamp of Sorrows, right near the entrance to the Blasted Lands, and awaited the day a hero would free his men from their enslavement.
Though the tasks Trebor set forth were long, painful, and arduous, a hero was able to lay Trebor and his men to rest with the defeat of Razelikh. Though it is likely Trebor would not deem himself worthy of any title save the one he held at his death, as the Fallen Hero of the Horde, the one who saved him and his men may be of a different mind. In the end, Trebor and his men completed their mission even though it took them to death and beyond to do so. They freed the Blasted Lands of the demonlord Razelikh, and that makes them worthy of the title ‘hero’.
What of the one who made such a thing possible? Well, that is a different biography altogether. Trebor’s story is one of misfortune, downfall, and heartache; but it is from his life and death we must glean valuable lessons of honor, sacrifice, and a passion that persists beyond the grave.