The heat. It’s the first thing I noticed upon awakening on Azeroth. This was partially due to my being used to colder environments, but mostly because I was surrounded by flaming debris. As I laid there on the ground bruised and bloody, my eyes began to adjust to the light and I could begin to see the devastation and destruction surrounding me. Bits and pieces of the ship were scattered around me, electricity arcing between some of the larger chunks of the hull. The ground around me was on fire, spreading towards me.
I continued to lay there, beginning to think “This is the end, this is how I die,” when a hand suddenly pierced through the smoke. I reached for it, grasping it as tightly as I could, and was quickly pulled out of the fire.
“Thank you,” I coughed, trying to breathe fresh air.
“You’re welcome,” said the man who pulled me from the fire, “now go down that hill and get bandaged, we’re going to need your help paladin.”
I have never found out who pulled me from that fire, as I couldn’t make out their face through the smoke, and they ran into the fire to find more survivors. I turned towards the hill and began walking towards the makeshift medical building. As I cleared the smoke, I could begin to see that many Draenei were spread throughout the valley where I had landed, several of whom were in the same condition as me, yet many weren’t even so lucky. Once inside the building, I was greeted with the sights and smells of injured and dead Draenei, lying wherever there was room. I was told to go meet Zalduun, that he would help heal me up and then give me new orders. Since I was a young and strong paladin, after meeting with him, he told me to get out into the valley to find and heal as many as I could, and to bring back the ones that were beyond my abilities since, as a tank, my healing skills are not the greatest.
For hours we worked, healing and gathering as many as we could. Some were just unconscious or still asleep in their stasis pods, others so injured that we had to leave them where they lie or risk harming them more. It was a nightmare, a complete and total disaster. What a way to start life on a new planet.