|Title||General of the Grey Legion|
|At death||17 years old|
|Current||19 years old|
|In life||14st 21lb|
|Affiliation(s)|| The Grey Legion|
|Relatives||Maria Santangelo (mother), Miguel Rodrigues (father)|
|Companion(s)||Asiral, Arnosh, Bojo|
Leugim Santangelo is part of the new generation of Val'kyr-risen Forsaken and can be found in Wyrmrest Accord US as Leugîm.
Child of a Pseudohero
Year 11-15 ADP
Leugim was born as Miguel Augusto at the town of Lakeshire, son of Maria Santangelo and Miguel Rodrigues. While Maria Santangelo was just a common citizen, Rodrigues was a successful Captain of the Lakeshire Guard, he was a local hero for his incredible deeds in the battles against the Blackrock clan in the region. However, behind this hero, lied an arrogant monster of a father...one of the most recurring visions of Miguel's past is perhaps the traumatizing sights of his father smacking his mother in the face when he was only 2 years old. Countless were the days in which Miguel witnessed his mother being beaten by his father. Of course it wasn't on a daily basis, when Rodrigues wasn't beating his wife he was saying horrible things to her and constantly and fighting, such sights confused the baby and had influence over it's mind, hence why his first word was in fact a whole sentence: "Stop hurting!". The day of Miguel's first words was perhaps the only day in which he managed to convince his father to stop beating his mother, the brutish man was so surprised that he and Maria shared their first -and only- moment of affection ever since the beginning of their marriage, which was some seven years prior to Miguel's birth. During Miguel's first day as a 4 years old child, Miguel decided that the boy would follow his path as a warrior, after telling that to his son, "I don't want smash and cut people, daddy, I wanna learn funny spells to help family and make people happy...Arcane spells are so funny, I want to be like those 'magies' that visited the town yesterday.", Miguel replied. After landing a brutal smack on the child's left cheek, Rodrigues said that he wasn't asking if his son wished to be a warrior, he said that the boy would become one. This was the first time in which Miguel was victim of his father's violence...the first of many... The training began shortly after the event cited above, a inhumane training...
Path of the Warrior
Year 15 ADP
Rodrigues would immobilize his son and cover his eyes with a bandana and abandon him in different parts of the region on a daily basis, leaving Miguel with only a small iron sword and an old buckle to defend himself, the boy's objective in the training was, after removing the bandana, to find the way back home alone using solely the equipment given to him. During the first six weeks, Miguel always got lost and his angry father had to spend hours looking for him, normally finding the boy hiding in a bush or near a tree, but always with marks of teeth and claws on his whole body, but the young Augusto got used to it over the course of time, he began to successfully return home wherever he was abandoned and with less wounds, in fact, there was a point in which he even began to return home with chunks of boar meat for his mother to cook for dinner. Once Miguel learned to walk around Redridge, his father would challenge his extremely tired son to duels once he returned home, should Rodrigues consider the boy too weak and unprepared, he would carry Augusto to their house and beat the child exactly the same way he did with the kid's mother. Maria tried to interfere several times, but she was locked in her room with chains preventing her to leave her bed and covering her face with one of his old helmets, preventing that her screams go through the house's walls. Being forced through all this training and seeing this and other atrocities done by his father, the young child soon began to feel the taste of hatred and desire for revenge. Although he tried to keep it to himself, Miguel's face would never hide how the kid was feeling. Because of this intense daily training, Miguel had to study at home for he didn't have time to go to any school, and because of his father's tiranny and limited contact with other people, Miguel wasn't a sociable person.
The child who had enough
Year 17 ADP
Two years later, Miguel was fed up of his father's horrible deeds and decided to denounce him, the six years old kid stormed the town hall and rushed to the mayor's room. The mayor recognized him as Rodrigues's son and decided to hear what the boy had to say, Miguel told everything his father did to both he and his mother, the mayor was surprised that a war hero like Rodrigues would do something like that, he went to their house alongside a few guards to investigate. But all he found was his mother cleaning the house while Rodrigues was training with a dummy, a guard noticed the woman's wounds and questioned Rodrigues about it, Rodrigues said that the Blackrock clan had managed to storm his house and that Maria tried to defend it, she was spanked but Rodrigues and Miguel managed to save her life and repel the invaders. Of course he was lying, but there was a Blackrock invasion to Lakeshire two days before Miguel's denounce. Because of this unfortunate coincidence, the mayor and the guards believed in the vile man's words. Maria and Miguel tried to convince the mayor that Rodrigues was lying, the mayor got angry that they were being so ingrate to their hero, and left the house. From this day on, nobody would believe in Maria nor Miguel's words, and Rodrigues's figure as a hero was reinforced, being called a "martyr who had to fight both the threats of Lakeshire and his evil family that tried to corrupt his image". Hours later after the mayor left the family's house, Rodrigues made his wife faint with a kick in the head and spanked Augusto, father and son resumed the forced training in the next day.
Year 17 ADP
On the aforementioned "next day", Miguel was trying to find his way back home, but it was being harder than before because he couldn't walk nor defend himself properly due to his wounds after his father beat him in the previous day. Suddenly, he found someone, a 11 years old girl resting near a tree, wearing a twill set, with a long black-blue hair and cat eyes, Augusto was curious about her presence -he thought he was the only child left behind in the middle of the region- and decided to approach her. The girl stared the boy as he approached her, as first she didn't seem so welcoming, but after looking at his wounds her face was covered in worry. Without saying a word, she rose and grabbed Augusto by his shoulders and helped him to sit down, she sit in front of him, and the two began to chat. She introduced herself was Asiral Dornelles, the surname sounded familiar because there was a small Dornelles family at Lakeshire, after Augusto asked her if she was also from Lakeshire, her answer was positive. Asiral preferred to spend her time among the trees and wild animals rather than among humans and their towns, she said that her house was a nightmare and that nature seemed to comfort her and give the energy she needed to deal with her parents once she returned home. Asiral was horrorified after hearing Miguel's description of his house and father, she heard of his father as a hero of Lakeshire and couldn't imagine he was such a monster, unlike the mayor, she believed the boy. They felt sympathetic of each other, Asiral invited Miguel to spend the afternoon with her in the wilds of Redridge, she said she would enjoy the company of someone who felt similar to her when it came to family matters, the boy accepted with a smile on his wounded face. During that time, they talked about nature, the animals, and the possible reasons of their respective families' problems as she tended Miguel's wounds using leaves and herbs. During the early evening, the duo returned to Lakeshire and went to their respective houses.
For the first time ever since the begin of the training, Miguel returned with a smile in his face, his parents asked him the reason, the child lied saying that "training just got interessing" and that he even learned how to make bandages, his father opened a grim smile, but he did nothing other than testing his son's skills that day. Lucky for not being beaten that day, Miguel's wounds started to recover thanks for Asiral's improvised bandages. In the next day, Asiral and Miguel found each other, both kids temporarily forgetting about their problems because of joy provided by the surprise. Using their knowledge of the region to go to the place where they first met while talking about the news about their lives in the way, Miguel then said that he wanted to see Asiral always when he was forced to wander around Redridge, the smiling Asiral then replied by marking that place place where they were as their "hideout". Thus, the duo spent every single afternoon together, returning to Lakeshire when night was about to fall, Asiral always tending to Miguel's wounds from his father's aggression and Miguel protecting her from wandering hostile presences, such as Blackrock orcs, spiders and gnolls. Sometimes, Miguel would accompany Asiral to her house and would stay near her room's window, hearing as the Dornelles girl played some songs in her piano, Asiral's second most favorite activity.
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Year 25 ADP
To Fight Against our Fathers
Miguel's life remained like this for eight years: Father spanking Mother, Father beating Child, Forced Training, Studying with Parents, having problems with the people of Lakeshire due to his and Maria's reputation and spending afternoons with Asiral as his sole relief. But things would change once he became a fourteen years old teenager. Miguel was returning to Lakeshire, this time Asiral chose to accompany Miguel to his house. There was a strange look on the boy's face, he told Asiral to stay by the house's door, for he would need someone outside, Asiral didn't understand it, but she agreed. Miguel entered his house and found his father trying to hit Maria with a two-handed mace. "I've had enough!", yelled young Miguel as he remembered the past years, he decided that he would use his years of training against the person who forced him into it, considering himself strong enough to do justice by his own hands this time.
Miguel closed and locked the house's door and ran to his father's room, there, he picked up a two-handed sword and rushed to his mother's room, where she was barely dodging her husband's attacks. Miguel charged at his father from behind, hitting him in the hindhead with the sword's hilt and proceeding to land a blow with his knee aimed at the man's spine. After receiving both blows, the angered Rodrigues quickly turned around and tried to smash his son with his mace, but Miguel dodged the attack. Father and son engaged into a fight to the death, the desperate Maria decided to search for help and unlocked the door, finding a shocked Asiral. Asiral introduced herself as a friend whom Miguel met at Redridge, and both went to call the Lakeshire Guard for help. The town heard the sounds, the citizens were curious and scared, a lot of people plus the Guard went to Rodrigues's home and the guards broke the fight and brought them outside.
After being questioned by a captain of the guard, Miguel said that he couldn't stand what Rodrigues did to him and his mother and, since the authorities never did anything to stop him, he was trying to do justice with his own hands. However, the reputation that he earned when he was six years old lived on, everyone was calling him and his mother names as the guards prepared to imprison the boy for what he did.
As more guards tried to immobilize the boy, Asiral and Maria yelled, begging the guards not to do it. Suddenly, a furious Rodrigues, blinded by anger and hatred, broke free from the guard that held him and slammed the poor man against the soil before recovering his weapon. Rodrigues jumped high in the air and prepared to descend his mace upon his son, but Miguel also broke free from the guards and threw his weapon on his father, Rodrigues was hit mid-air in the stomach by the spinning sword's hilt and fell brutally on his back against the ground.
Roaring in pain, the bloodthirsty man yelled everything he did to his son and wife throughout his whole life, saying that they deserved everything and that Maria was a "slut" while Miguel was nothing more than his "wayward marionette". Everyone, citizens and guards included, was perplexed with Rodrigues's confession, the sorrow for spending many years distrusting Miguel's words to protect a person as corrupt as the vile father.
Thus, Rodrigues was exiled from Lakeshire as punishment, the weight of his heroic deeds in defense of Lakeshire preventing him from being executed. Upon seeing his father vanishing in the horizon, mother and son embraced each other, overjoyed and crying tears of victory, they were finally free from the villain.
From that day on, Miguel and his mother tried to live an ordinary life. Some months later, Maria restored contact with her parents and brother at Stormwind City, Maria said that he would stay with them and study there so that he could finally receive the proper education Rodrigues never allowed him to have. Augusto accepted, he really wanted to meet this other side of his family which he never heard of, but said that he would return to Lakeshire after he finished with it and during holidays.
After some months of peaceful preparation, Miguel gave his mother a final hug and went to Asiral's house, she was sad that her only friend would leave and wrapped him in a long embrace, the boy answered in kind and took his leave with maps of Elwynn Forest, Redridge Mountains and Stormwind City in hands.
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Year 27 ADP
Two years later, the life of Miguel and his Stormwind family had it's peace interrupted by a surprise attack from the Scourge, while his grandmother was afraid and decided to lock themselves up completely at the basement of their house, Miguel and his uncle decided to jump into action and join the fray in Stormwind City's defenses while his grandfather, wearing a helmetless Battlegear of Wrath and armed with a pair of Battle Tested Blades, stayed at home to defend it from any incoming enemies. Miguel, equipped with his grandfather's equipment from before he retired, charged into battle against the zombies that the infected citizens and adventurers of the Alliance became, followed by his uncle in full Vindicator's Battlegear and armed with an Arcanite Reaper.
Two days after the beginning of the invasion, Miguel was surrounded by a swarm of Plague Zombies as he defended the Cathedral Square, he managed to hold his ground alone for the first ten minutes but he was beginning to get tired and their numbers simply did not deplete, luckily, a huge contingent of Stormwind guards and a male dwarf paladin arrived in the nick of time to save him. Thus, Miguel managed to destroy the zombies with the help of the guards and the dwarf adventurer, but he was not safe. Upon returning to his grandparents' basement alongside his uncle, his grandfather pointed to his knee and asked what happened, Miguel then noticed something was wrong, marks of teeth pierced the old plate armor and pierced his flesh, Augusto realized that he was infected. His grandmother began to cry and Augusto became desperate, but his uncle said that the Argent Dawn sent healers to aid in the city's defenses and that they were able to help to purge the afflicted from the infection should one come to them before turning into a zombie. Augusto them rapidly left the basement and ran as fast as he could across Stormwind to find such healers, the plague slowly turning his mind more wild and violent, he brutally beat every single undead he found in his way until he found three Argent Healers at the Old Town, his pupils had become green for the plague's fluids were replacing the water of his eyes, but fortunately the three healers together purged his body from all disease, the young warrior was thankful and returned to battle.
On the fourth day of invasion, several Necropolises and lesser undead showed up, which forced Miguel and his uncle to return to their house's basement and stay there until it was over, however, not even their house was safe anymore, they saw Miguel's grandfather locked in combat with three Plague Zombies plus eight lesser ghouls. While the veteran was able to defeat the eight lesser undead by himself, the plagued trio used their vast experiences and strategies from their time as adventurers to their advantage, but the arrival of his son and grandson brought balance to the conflict. The three zombies proved to be formidable opponents to the human trio but the indignation of Miguel's grandmother with the time her relatives were taking to save the house cleansed her mind of all fear and made her join the skirmish armed with a frying pan and a machete and making use of improvised skills of an angry housewife and teacher. The quartet then destroyed the three zombies and repelled the other undead who tried to invade their house again for the following days. However, almost one month later, the Scourge received even more reinforcements, this time being abominations and the mighty frost wyrms, a single Towering Horror was able to overwhelm the combined forces of Miguel and his relatives, but the abomination was terribily wounded by a Penance barrage sent by a male night elf priest alongside two clerics of the church, which allowed the family to counterattack by dismantling the beast's body with a triple Bladestorm attack by Miguel, his grandfather and his uncle. With their house no more due to their battle against the abomination, Miguel and his family retreated to the Cathedral alongside the two clerics while the night elf went to fight in the Dwarven District. At the Cathedral, the family helped the priests in the defense of the building as a mean of retribution. This mutual aid would pay off later, for when the Scourge invasion was finally repelled, some priests paid the reconstruction of the Santangelo family's house in order to give them their thanks for helping to protect the Cathedral.
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Year 28 ADP
The Day Deathwing Came
Three years later after his first arrival at Stormwind and some months before Miguel would be 17 years old, Miguel was pondering on his life at the Cathedral of Light, as he wished a place where he could find some inner peace, a rare thing he has had even after being free of his father and the caring nature of his Stormwind relatives. Suddenly, an absurdly loud explosion could be heard alongside desperate yells that progressively grew in numbers, the cathedral was suddenly flooded with shocked citizens, Miguel ran outside the building alongside some braver locals and clerics, only to see the sky black and red, almost as if the clouds itself were on fire, a horrid heat began to fill the Cathedral Square, the searing sensation burning almost every inch of flesh, muscle and hair of the young man, Augusto fell to his knees, his arms trembling as the immense heat forced his eyes shut, suddenly, he heard a mighty roar, and amid the running citizens he walked blindly, tripping and falling constantly until he reached the Trade District. Miguel forced his eyes open defiantly to gaze at what terror was the source of the powerful noises, and in front of him, and the many scared citizens of Stormwind, was a hulking draconic beast whose hide looked more like vulcanic stones mixed with some sort of thick elementium armor, lava pouring from his body like blood oozing from veins, in a flap of his wings, Deathwing swooped over them, the sons and children of Stormwind, the leviathan landing over the city gates and roaring wildly as its wings spread savagely, its shadows covering most of the district, the heat increasing so drastically that Miguel fell on his back, his eyes shut as he yelled desperately, Stormwind's ground only worsening the situation as its own increased temperatures would begin searing the young human, Miguel ran desperately away out of the Trade District, falling into the Canals as he couldn't see where he was going as the smokes and heat forced them to close. Luckily, the waters, although colder, weren't cold enough to cause such a temperature shock strong enough to kill him.
Once Miguel finally got out of the Canals' waters after using them to help opening his eyes, he wandered aimlessly and desperately around the place...until he witnessed a dreadful sight, a flaming crater was where the Park used to be, the human instantly fell to his knees, the visage triggered something, his eyes' pupils would tremble slightly as he ran desperately to his house, searching every part of the building's inside and finding nobody, for each moment of frustration would a denizen of tears spawn around his eyes and cross his face as they fell, the house was empty. Augusto ran back to the proximities of the former Park, his hands instinctively being brought to each side of his head, his eyes widened to the limit despite the heat, his mouth wide open while his teeth gritted aggressively, a silence took over him. For about ten minutes he stood, silent and paralyzed in that same stance, the only things moving being the tears that fell and were vaporized by the heat and his hair from the searing wind gusts that bursted across the city, finally, the silence was broken with a loud yell, a roar that caused even those near him, who were also desperate, to stop and contemplate, Miguel knew what had happened.
Earlier that day, while Miguel went to the Cathedral of Light, his grandparents and his uncle went to the Park to meet with some friends and rest, and the relatives he finally got to know and spent some of the most calm years of his life were gone, the massive explosion he heard came from the Park, an association quickly made by the human, most of his family engulfed in flames and chaos in a matter of seconds, a realization that only brought more tears to be eaten by the high temperatures and violent yells from his mouth until his throat would start aching from both the heat and the massive effort to express his loss, Miguel fell to his knees again and leaned forward, slamming his left fist against the hot floor several times until his hand got filled with bruises and scorch marks.
The nearby roars of Deathwing echoing in his mind, the violence of the dragon's noises seeming to brutalize the young one's very sanity, Miguel looked over his shoulder, glaring at the dragon as he proceeded to depart the city, the sight causing the anger in the human's mind to suddenly give room to doubt, a doubt as to why such a powerful creature didn't blow up Stormwind as a whole in the blink of an eye, a doubt about why was he and many others spared to witness the terror brought by his arrival. Miguel couldn't understand why, of all people on Azeroth, was the good part of his family chosen to be exterminated alongside so many innocents. Augusto rose when Deathwing flew away from the city, barking threats at the beast and vowing that he would hunt down his kind until the very last of them, promising to impale the corpses of his servants and spawn upon spires made of their own ribcages, his skull and neck trembling such was the strength of his yells.
When he looked to his right, his eyes widened to unnatural proportions and filled with such anger and hatred that it well showed how he was slowly becoming a monument to madness, he spotted a dwarven woman embracing her child, the little girl was already scared from what happened at the city, and Miguel's sudden outburst and expression brought her to panic, the mother, also visibly shaken by all that chain of events and sobbing desperately, would look at Miguel with pleading eyes and ask him to stop, for that situation as a whole was already too much of a trauma for her daughter, Augusto's first reaction was a violent growl, stomping forward to the two and kneeling down to glare directly at the dwarf's eyes, yelling a question at her about how she expected him to react when all of his family at Stormwind was blown up suddenly for apparently no reason, the dwarf lowered her head, her child holding her tighter at Miguel's approach and yell, the two finally understood his plight, but were still clearly disturbed of his fury, the little dwarf, however, would risk a single step, her very legs and hands trembling as he looked up at the furious human, begging him to calm down and saying how he was scaring her, the child even admitted that Miguel was right to be angry, but that, perhaps, this was what the dark dragon wished. Miguel snorted at her, but didn't move, he remained kneeling and glaring at her, saying that she is speaking nonsense and that she has to stop being so self-centered, the mother rapidly intervened, but the child placed a hand over her mother's own, her big eyes, damaged by the heat of the city, staring at the woman as she shook her head, the sobbing child then walked to Miguel and rapidly embraced him before he could think of a reaction. Miguel seemed to ease slightly at the reaction and, despite the girl's mother's protests, he hesitantly hugged the child.
When questioned about her intentions on the gesture, the girl said that "by placing their hearts so close, they'd be able to feel each other's pain and aid in soothing themselves", stating that it was something her late father used to say. The phrase and the word "father" shook his mind, he witnessed very few good conducts coming from fathers in general in his small life, and, like the others, this one was also gone. The human seemed to ease progressively the more he held the kid, more due to the overwhelming depression taking over his mind than relaxation itself, the dwarven mother standing close to the two with a hand over the handle of her iron hammer should Miguel try anything. When both disengaged, a sad smile rose in the dwarven child's pain-filled face, with Miguel nodding respectfully, his tone still shaken and slightly angered, but also with a noticeable touch of weak relief, a contradiction in itself, as he said he would ponder about the girl's words, thanking her and her mother afterwards.
Once the two dwarves departed, Miguel, although still feeding his desire for revenge, had now enough space of his mind free of rage to allow him to remember who still remained, the reasons he couldn't risk himself in hunting Deathwing and his servants, his mother at Lakeshire and, to a lesser but still considerable extent, Asiral.
Return to Lakeshire
On the next week following the catastrophe, Miguel packed his belongings and, after days of negotiation with that same dwarven duo he met before, sold his house to them, as the fiery gust of Deathwing's wing flaps had bursted their own at the Dwarven District. As soon as the two dwarves moved to his former house, the human departed with a small backpack filled with some of his clothes and the chest containing the gold from the business he sealed, wearing an old armor of his uncle with a sword and a shield of his grandfather. He left their remaining gear for the two dwarves, as the mother admitted to have use for them, and wished to keep it if the young human didn't mind.
Augusto was welcomed warmly by his mother once he arrived at Lakeshire, Maria's wounds from many years of spanking were incredibly healed in this three years period, the young man gave her the news of his grandparents' and his uncle's demise, the two then were suddenly silent, they walked to their house, it was totally different from Rodrigues's time, and Maria said that while she felt like she lost a portion of her heart with their deaths, nothing would surpass the relief of seeing that her son was alive and well.
Miguel spent some hours with Santangelo, to help his mother recover from the bad news and to know their new house, then he went to Asiral's house, but the house was empty. Scared that his friend was gone, he ran to their old "hideout", and surprisingly found her, crying while sitting near a tree. Miguel sat down in front of her and asked what happened, she looked deeply into the man's eyes, and recognized her old friend, hugging him and stating that his presence had just dried some of her tears. Asiral's parents moved to Stormwind City and abandoned her at Lakeshire.
Miguel then decided to take Asiral to live with him and his mother, he didn't want his friend to stay forsaken, Asiral hesitated at first, but she accepted.
With the coming of the Cataclysm came an increase in the Blackrock threat, thus, Miguel decided to use the skills he was forced to learn to the safety of Maria, Asiral and Lakeshire, working alongside the Lakeshire guard as a civilian volunteer, using his own weapons and armor. His deeds increased in quality after confiscated orcish missives revealed the alliance between the Blackrock clan and the minions of Deathwing, his old desire for revenge burning up and causing him to act more proactively, aiding in what he could to protect Lakeshire from the Dark Horde and their newfound gnoll allies. In this mean time, he also taught his mother and Asiral how to fight on a basic level, as both became increasingly worried with his ever more constant advances against the orcs, thus allowing them to follow him on some occasions to "watch over him" and sharpen their skills.
In the first month of the second half of year 28 ADP, Miguel found a mortally injured orcish spy named Arnosh Stripribs during one of his scouts, Miguel was ready to kill the orc rogue but Stripribs asked that the human heard his tale first. Arnosh was in fact spying the Blackrock clan since Thrall was still Warchief and only recently was he finally discovered, but Stripribs managed to escape death. Miguel decided that the orc represented no threat since he was also an enemy of the Blackrock and started to take care of Arnosh until his wounds were fully healed.
Arnosh spent days hidden in the proximities of Lakeshire, recovering from his wounds with the help of the human, over the course of time, human and orc became friends, Stripribs would often tell the human stories about the Horde, such as how he escaped his internment camp with the help of Thrall, and Miguel would talk about how his father forced him to be something he didn't want to and how he dealt with it.
When Arnosh was almost fully healed, he was found by a citizen of Lakeshire. The Lakeshire Guard was quickly called to imprison Arnosh, but Miguel stood in their way, he tried to convince the guards by telling the orc's history to them, but it was all in vain, the guards were still eager to take Stripribs as prisoner for he was a member of the Horde.
Maria and Asiral arrived in the scene, Santangelo looked at the orc and then to her son and asked him what was the meaning of that. Miguel explained the whole situation to the two worried women and asked their help to convince the guards to leave Arnosh alone, Maria told Miguel to let the soldiers do their job, "But the enemy of our enemies is our ally...and in this case, he's my friend.", replied Miguel. Upon hearing that, Asiral placed herself beside Miguel and both stood as a human wall against the guards, the soldiers said that if they didn't let them pass to get the orc, they'd be considered traitors of the Alliance, Arnosh told Miguel to not worry about him, he didn't wish to cause any trouble to the man and, if those armored humans did want to get him, they were welcome to try. Feeling that her son was threatened and seeing that the orc did care about Miguel, she also put herself beside Augusto, the three blocking the guards' path to Stripribs.
Miguel told Arnosh to run and charged against the Lakeshire guards, but Arnosh refused to do so, he wouldn't abandon his friend, the one who saved his life, the rogue joined the battle. Asiral and Maria joined the fray wielding small axes that used to belong to Rodrigues. In a certain point of the battle, Miguel was grievously wounded, the worried eyes of Maria widening to immense proportions, in her anger, she threw her axe in the face of one of the guards, Asiral yelled as if she felt her friend's pain, kicking a soldier in the stomach and slicing his face with her axe.
Arnosh quickly grabbed the dying Miguel in his arms and ran away with the human, Maria and Asiral giving chase, Stripribs wanted to take Miguel to a place where he could recover, the trio went to his and Asiral's "hideout", where Dornelles began to desperately grab leaves and herbs, Arnosh laid Miguel near a tree and went to help Asiral while Maria attempted to stop the bleeding, in order to keep her son focused on living, Maria began to talk with him, Miguel's voice getting weaker by each passing second, but always answering his mother as he admired their efforts to keep him alive. Arnosh and Asiral returned with improvised bandages, Miguel observed as his old friend covered him with the bandages, a wide smile in his face and his eyes almost closing.
After vomiting a small quantity of blood, Miguel's skin turned extremely pale. Miguel ordered his mother and friends to stop, he raised both hands and asked that life was forsaking him and that he wished to spend his last moments with those whom he cared, then look at his mother and launching a different glance at Asiral while completing with: "...and loved...". Asiral grabbed Augusto's left hand while Arnosh held the right one and Maria raised Miguel's head and put it on her lap.
The tears of friendship covered his hand while the tears of a mother seemed to bless his mind when falling on his forehead, Miguel was feeling lighter by each tear that fell on his extremely pale skin. Asiral said that the time she spent with him, mainly those afternoons at Redridge's wild, was guarded in a special place in her heart and proceeded to embrace the dying man, Maria kept saying that he had to resist, but all Miguel did was smile, he said he accepted dying for doing the right thing, Arnosh then promised him he would give Miguel a second life, no matter the cost.
After nodding at Arnosh, his smile faded and his eyes slowly closed, the young warrior died. Asiral's and Maria's cries became huge yells of pain, scaring the nearby wildlife and even the Blackrock nearby, Arnosh rose and grabbed Asiral by her shoulders, took her off the corpse and then held the dead man on his arms. Maria said that she wished to bury her son and asked where was the orc taking him, Stripribs said that he would give Miguel a second chance in life and that he'd keep the promise. Asiral and Maria were surprised that he was serious about it, the orc begged that they trusted him, but warned that depending of the method, it might take some time until they can see Miguel again, the desperate duo nodded at the orc and Arnosh answered by saying "Lok'tar aka'magosh...sisters." and took his leave.
Arnosh ran all through the Eastern Kingdoms with the boy's corpse in hands, he stopped by each Horde outpost but no healer there wished to ressurect the human even when Arnosh said that he was responsible for saving the orc's life. Arnosh then decided to seek the help of the Alliance itself but he was alway attacked before he could explain anything. As a last resort, Arnosh took him to the Forsaken village of Deathknell.
Leugim, I am...
Arnosh arrived at Deathknell, after many failed attempts to ressurect Miguel in other places, Stripribs decided to take desperate measures. Walking around the graveyard of Deathknell with Miguel's corpse in his arms, Arnosh begged a val'kyr named Gazorra to raise his friend as one of the Forsaken. For some reason, Gazorra was hesitating to hear the orc's plea even if that meant an increase in Lordaeron's manpower, Arnosh put Miguel's corpse in front of the val'kyr and kneeled before her, his face featuring a mix of hatred, despair and huge sadness, he stared Gazorra and the undead creature was able to sense all these feelings as if they had formed an aura of Stripribs's eyes. Undertaker Mordo decided to interfere, after speaking some words in Gutterspeak, Gazorra decided that she would rise Miguel as one of the undead. Once the val'kyr had finished channeling, the corpse opened it's eyes, there was nothing but empty sockets inside, but suddenly a huge glow came from inside those sockets and two ghostly spheres materialized. The corpse rose and looked at his surroundings, clearly confused of what happened, it looked at it's hands, the fingers became claws made of bone, the body seemed to eternally dormant, the creature was confused, but upon looking at a near death Arnosh, it recovered it's memories.
The undead Miguel ran to his fallen friend and asked him what happened, Stripribs told his friend about everything he did to ressurect him and decided to do something that only a few orcs did: to ask for forgiveness. Arnosh asked Miguel's pardon for undeath was the only sort of rebirth which he was capable to give to the human, and said that Miguel could return to death if he wished so. Miguel was quiet, kneeling before his friend with his right hand on the orc's forehead, the undead observed as the wounds of the orc were opened and bleeding once again and shaked his head, saying that he was eternally grateful by the sole fact that he was given a second chance to live, the old orc rogue opened a wide smile and died shortly after. Gazorra and Mordo asked what was Miguel's decision, the undead rose and stared the undertaker, then rapidly looking to the val'kyr, he said that by having suffered so much at the hands of his own kind and to be granted another chance to live though the sacrifice of an orc and the help of a Forsaken, his rotting heart belonged to the Horde. "Mainly the Forsaken.", the val'kyr stated with a grim smile.
Miguel walked in Gazorra's direction and stopped when he was face to face with her, "My loyalty to the Forsaken is the same as mine towards the rest of the Horde, after all, it required both an orc and one of yours to start my 'unholy existence', hm?", said Miguel with a sarcastic smile, the newly risen then proceeded to leave the graveyard and go for the church in ruins, he was curious to learn more about what was now his kind.
Undertaker Mordo followed him and asked how should he call Miguel other than "new one" or "fresh corpse", Miguel stopped when he was at Deathknell's small iron gate to the graveyard and turned to the forsaken, "Mig...", the memories of his parents and Asiral came to his mind and interrupted his answer, the new undead knew that although he was "alive" once again, there was little to no chance that his mother and Asiral would accept him as he is, thus, he decided to start a new "life" and renamed himself. "...sorry, I mean...Leugim. Leugim Santangelo is the name.", said the former Augusto. Mordo nodded at the fresh corpse and returned to the graves to resume his work.
Miguel Augusto was now reborn, even with a new name: Leugim Santangelo. Leugim being his first name backwards, which represents his eternal opposition to his father, and Santangelo being his mother's surname, which is some sort of memento of the person he cared the most in his previous life. Although he knows that his human life no longer belongs to him, Leugim wanted to shape his future as a Forsaken without forgetting what he once were, hence his new name.
The Walking Santangelo
Leugim spent his first week among the locals of Deathknell, asking them to answer some of his questions about undeath and also helping them to deal with the newly risen who went mindless, Santangelo using the deranged zombies as training dummies to adapt his fighting style to his current condition.
At the end of that week, Leugim decided to leave Deathknell and go deeper into Forsaken territory, a deathguard named Darnell gave Leugim a map of Tirisfal and suggested that he went to Brill.
Leugim had some problems to reach Brill even with the help of a map, getting used to Tirisfal was being harder than he expected. What Santangelo did at Brill was basically the same thing he did while in Deathknell: learning about the ways of his brethen by speaking with the locals and helping to defend Brill from threats other than mindless undead, such as spies from Gilneas.
Over the course of time, Leugim adapted the fighting style he was forced to learn to the use of a weapon that his wretched father never managed to master: the polearm.
The Forsaken Watchers
Leugim had a task to accomplish at Garren's Haunt, but he was having problems to find it's place for his map was really limited, that was when a voice came to him asking if he wanted any help. Leugim looked behind him and saw the source of it, an elven woman, but she wasn't like the others, her body was twisted, decomposed, a ear was missing, she was undead.
Leugim looked at her sole eye, his memories from his three years at Stormwind made him recognize that icy glow: she was a Death Knight. Santangelo at first thought he could deal with it by himself, and politely refused the woman's aid, after several minutes trying to find the location of Garren's Haunt without success, Leugim reconsidered and went to Brill's town hall to seek for help.
He found the same undead elf there, and decided to accept her aid this time, the woman marked the location in Leugim's map, Santangelo thanked the woman and mentioned that he was still getting used to Tirisfal Glades for he was recently risen, he was about to take his leave when the elven woman told him to wait, Leugim turned back to her and shrugged.
The elven death knight introduced herself as General Valtheria of the Darkwatch, she asked if Leugim wasn't interessed in joining an organization known as the Forsaken Watchers, stating that it would be good for his adaptation to undeath and that they even had a program to help the newly risen. Leugim didn't hide his interest but remarked that he wouldn't join a group which he knew little more than nothing, the two than began to talk about it. After hearing Valtheria's extensive description of who were the Watchers and what they did, Leugim decided that he would join their ranks.
Thus, Leugim Santangelo joined the Watchers as member of the Darkwatch, he began working at Tirisfal Glades under direct supervision of Valtheria in order for him to get used to the new land, the warrior was later transferred to the Western Plaguelands, where he organized daily patrols around the region, either alone or in groups, hunting cultists and Alliance alike. His services to the Forsaken Watchers not only had a great impact in his development as a Forsaken and adaptation to his new life but also in his general appearance, losing his jaw on two different occasions and having them replaced by a new jaw, he also lost his original hair during an operation at Ghostlands, which was replaced by worgen fur from a Gilnean who ambushed him.
His short lived polearm-wielding would also meet it's end because of his stay with the Watchers, after being disarmed several times and soundly defeated in a spar with a crippled General Valtheria at Fenris Keep, Leugim noticed how unbalanced he was with the weapon, but remarked his apparent skills with unarmed combat. Though he now had basically all the time to train with the polearm, he decided to make a less radical change to his adaptation of his original fighting style, thanks to that same occasion, Leugim noticed the physical strength he possessed even after death, and after gaining some gold coins through some last services wielding his polearm, he managed to buy a two-handed sword and a shield wall.
Year 29 ADP
During the late second half of Year 29 ADP, the Darkwatch was put on a temporary hiatus by order of General Valtheria Frostbane due to lack of relevant Alliance-Horde activity ever since the demise of Deathwing, but Leugim continued his work as a Wight (a rank equivalent to a soldier among the Watchers) at the Plaguelands, though not with the same frequency he used to have, at least for some time, until he decided to make use of his newfound free time.
Santangelo used this hiatus to get to know the Horde's lands better while offering his services as a warrior to keep some income in order to maintain and improve his equipment, initially traveling across places he didn't visit so often at Forsaken-controlled Lordaeron, then moving to Quel'Thalas, visiting Silvermoon City and even stumbling among fellow Watchers there, including General Valtheria herself, but leaving on the same day for not standing its inhabitants alongside Frostbane, the duo had a long conversation about Silvermoon and its government as they rode all the way from Eversong to Brill, at Tirisfal, where the Wight and the General parted ways. On his way to Hillsbrad and beyond, Leugim pondered about how he learned much more about elven history and customs from his talk with his superior than visit to the sin'dorei's homeland itself.
The corpse then rode to the Hinterlands, where he came into contact with the many forest troll tribes and the Wildhammer dwarves, occasionally having to fight his way from ambushers and warbands he accidentally came across due to his lack of knowledge from the land. Eventually, however, he found Revantusk Village, and was both wary and curious from seeing Horde banners at its entrance. The curious corpse reluctantly entered the place, and noticed how the trolls didn't show any unusual reaction to his presence and saw a few Horde adventurers casually conversing with the trolls, many who asked them favors or gave them missions. After some time wandering the village, he was approached by a male witch doctor named Hue'jan that noticed the undead's silent demeanor, Leugim explained that he was new to those lands and, as such, knew little of it, including that there still were forest trolls among the Horde. The warrior was impressed as the troll answered his questions in such a natural manner that it didn't seem he was conversing with a corpse, which prompted him to ask the troll about such behavior, to which the witch doctor, after a strong chuckle, explained that the Revantusk had been speaking to the dead long before the Forsaken even dreamt of existing, thus such a thing was natural to them for generations. The warrior was so impressed that he spent the rest of the day among the Revantusk, occasionally going on missions for them like the adventurers before him, until he left the village and rode to Arathi Highlands in the morning of that same day.
On his way back to Tirisfal from exploring the Arathi Highlands, specifically while at Hillsbrad atop his horse, Leugim spotted an orcish adventurer being overwhelmed by a duo of female worgen assassins, the corpse leapt from his horse and rapidly engaged them in battle. Despite Leugim's best efforts and success in defeating the two elusive enemies, the female orc mage fell in battle. After looting the corpses of the assassins for anything worth selling, Santangelo noticed a bright white object almost fully out of the fallen mage's poach. The corpse picked up the artifact and stared at its bright blue rune, which crackled with arcane power. Suddenly, the rune started glow faintly, a faint blue-white light enveloping the Forsaken's claw fingers and then fade.
The warrior decided to take it with him to Ambermill at Silverpine, where he asked the local risen Kirin Tor mages about the stone he just found. The mages, impressed at the corpse's discovery, told him that such object was called a Hearthstone. Santangelo listened intently as the mages explained to him about such objects' rarity and how they work, but was disappointed when the arcanists said he probably wouldn't be able to use it as such objects are magically bound to their owner, however, his hopes for using the stone were renewed when one of the females among the mages asked Leugim if he remembered where the orc had fallen, for she wished to be taken there. Riding atop their respective horses, Leugim and the mage rode back to Hillsbrad as fast as they could, eventually finding the bodies of the two assassins and the orc.
As the mage dismounted and analyzed the orcish corpse, she explained to the warrior that a Hearthstone's binding can be passed to another involving a simple ritual between the original owner and the new one. Leugim dismounted as well, following the woman's instructions to hold the stone as tightly as his carcass allowed, kneeling down alongside the mage so that she could grab the orc's hand and place it over his. Holding tight on both the fallen orc's hand and the Hearhstone, Leugim was asked to keep his mind focused, the mage then stepped away and watched as the same blue-white glow rose from the rune and spread across Leugim's hand again, only this time spreading to the other and, consequently, the fallen orc's. Three minutes later, the stone's power seemingly faded again.
The mage asked Leugim about his experience with the stone and the corpse, and the warrior told her of an awkward sensation that seemed to come from the core of his very soul that strongly mingled with the cold of death for most of the ritual and grew stronger until the power faded, remarking it was the first time he ever felt anything since rising from the tomb aside from such cold. The woman nodded, and told him that the Hearthstone was now successfully bound to him, but did warn him that it would only bring him to the place that the runes refer to and, in that one's case, it was nowhere other than Orgrimmar. Leugim seemed pleased with the idea, much for the mage's surprise, and thanked her for her help.
The two corpses rode back to Ambermill, where they reported their success in the ritual and then parted ways as Leugim mounted atop his steed and rode off en route to Tirisfal. As soon as Leugim left, the woman and some colleagues pondered if it wasn't better to have hidden the truth from the warrior and take the stone for themselves for further studies about them, citing how rare they are and the lost opportunity. Believing that it wouldn't be the last time they'd see Santangelo roaming their lands, she said he could prove to be an interesting test subject of extended use of the stone and its possible effects and interactions with non-arcane users at a later moment, which makes him "having his fun" with the artifact a rather benefical situation until the opportunity to claim it back and force the warrior to transfer his binding rises.
Using his newfound Hearthstone, Leugim tapped on its powers to teleport him to Orgrimmar, the heart of the Horde and capital of the orc's home, Arnosh's people. He noticed he arrived at a small building of wood and rocks, which he presumed to be the fallen mage's "house". The corpse uncerimoniously inspected each of the mage's belongings, from which he learned some things about her personal life, such as her travels to the Eastern Kingdoms to learn more about the arcane and the "strange runed stone" her late father passed down to her, the mention of her father's death making her the last of her bloodline made the corpse presume she was probably the sole inhabitant of said house. Thus, Leugim claimed the building for himself as he set out on a two-week journey across Durotar, doing his best to learn more about the history of the orcs.
A Son's Grief
See: A Son's Grief
Leugim became aware of a Hallow's End celebration going on inside the laboratory at the Apothecarium (such celebration by organized by the Royal Apothecary Society itself) thanks to some accidental overhearing of two civilians at Brill. Santangelo remembered how he never actually cared about Hallow's End back in his days as a living human and his opinion hadn't changed much, however, he was curious to know how the Forsaken celebrated it and decided to go to Undercity.
The Forsaken went to the crowded laboratory and handed his weapon at request from one of the organizers of the event for security purposes. One of the first people he talked to was Valtheria, for she was the only one he knew among all those people (Laerith would arrive later as the second one), after the duo was greeted by a Forsaken in rather exotic clothing, Leugim became aware that his general resigned from the Forsaken Watchers, this fact had some impact on his hope for the Watchers' rebuilding as Valtheria was the only figure of leadership he saw in weeks and the group's activities and membership had progressively decreased ever since the beginning of the year.
Once more people began to join the talk, Leugim discreetly took a seat on the floor, away from the circle composed of most of the crowd, his sole purpose to be there was to sate his curiosity by simply observing those around him. He noticed that everyone who was there had a small wickerman that was to be burned down on a determinate moment of the festivities, since he was there just to watch, Leugim didn't care much about the fact he wasn't warned of that and thus didn't bring any.
A few Forsaken approached Leugim, asking him about his lack of a wickerman, he answered these people by telling them his true reason to be there, however, they all said that the people who helped organizing it provided the materials needed to build a wickerman, so the people who didn't bring their own would be able to build one and take part in the celebration, however Leugim kept loyal to his purposes and denied all suggestions and advices to take part into it.
Finally, the time to burn down the wickermen came, the whole crowd formed a huge circle some steps away from a nearby bookshelf. Leugim was among them, arms crossed and watching the people preparing their wickermen for the fires. He was then approached by Valtheria and a recently arrived Laerith, the elven woman handed Leugim her own abomination-like wickerman, stating that she did it many times and this was Santangelo's first time. Leugim insisted that Valtheria should burn her own wickerman to the point he even tried to give it back to her, but he was convinced by her persistence.
Leugim kneeled down and put Frostbane's wickerman on the floor, he wanted to burn the object in a "unique style" so he picked up a small keg with volatile brew from inside his chest armor and drank it whole, after shaking his head in a rapid sequence to mess with the brew still in his mouth, Santangelo opened his mouth and unleashed a very weak breath of fire trick, strong enough to burn down the wickerman.
Santangelo stared the burning wickerman, the flames somehow made him become lost in his thoughts for a while. After the abomination-like object was completely turned into ashes, Leugim rose and, still with his back turned to the duo, wished Valtheria and Laerith a happy Hallow's End.
With the celebration coming to it's end, Leugim thanked Valtheria for giving him her wickerman as the woman and Laerith took their leave. After some time after their depart, Leugim decided to leave the laboratory and recalled that he had to get his sword back from the organizer, however, he was nowhere to be found and neither was his weapon. Angered by having his weapon stolen, Leugim decided to leave without his sword, using the money he acquired from his mercenary work to buy a new, simpler one.
Some time later, Santangelo himself resigned from the Forsaken Watchers and started working independently for his people as a lone mercenary.
Mists of Pandaria
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Year 30 ADP
Attack on Theramore Isle
Leugim was returning to the Bulwark from his daily patrols around the Western Plaguelands when he saw an orc and a Forsaken debating about something that involved the city of Theramore, Santangelo made no effort to hide his curiosity and questioned the duo about it. After hearing some harsh words about misinformation from the orc, the Forsaken explained to him that the Horde was preparing to assault the Alliance city at Dustwallow Marsh. The Forsaken said that he was reluctant to take part into that for he feared that the Alliance would send a massive offensive against Undercity in retaliation, while the orc declared that such cowardice was not to be tolerated in Hellscream's Horde and that every able-bodied member of the Horde should take part in it.
While Leugim understood the Forsaken's "fear", he considered himself more a member of the Horde as a whole than the Forsaken specifically, and felt compelled to take part into the conflict. With the Darkwatch on a hiatus, Leugim decided to follow his own agenda for a while, and took a zeppelin to Orgrimmar. All these events took place shortly after the conquer of Northwatch Hold and Leugim became aware of it thanks to a troll hunter who told him the news. The troll was preparing himself to join the battle and asked if Santangelo would like to come along, the undead warrior rapidly accepted. Thus, Leugim, the troll hunter and his pet raptor went to Northwatch using an abandoned small Northwatch boat at the proximities of Tiragarde Keep and joined the marching Horde forces in their offensive against Theramore. Leugim and his two companions fought in the first skirmishes around the isle but decided to fall back when they saw a dwarf paladin crawling in the ground among the confusion of the battle, using his small size to his advantage to go through the enemy front lines. Whatever plan that paladin had in mind was interrupted by the Forsaken-Troll-Raptor Team, for the trio ambushed him and forced him to retreat to the shadows of Dustwallow Marsh, the troll and his pet gave chase to the dwarf while Leugim went deeper into Theramore, slaughtering as many soldiers of the Alliance as he could.
Santangelo was eventually attacked by the combined might of a male worgen hunter and a female dwarf shaman, Leugim managed to be evenly matched with the Alliance duo by using his massive shield to reflect the shaman's spells against her and block the worgen's bullets while constantly leaping away from them to dodge their offensives or near to them to make them lose balance and attempt to open some wounds by recklessly executing a spinning attack with his sword. Santangelo eventually managed to open deep wounds on both enemies at the same time during one of his Bladestorms, the dwarf and the worgen were about to retreat when they were backed up by a male worgen death knight who used his Death Grip to pull Leugim away from them and a male night elf priest that healed their wounds to non-lethal proportions. Now in clear disadvantage, Santangelo took fast steps backwards and strongly stomped the ground with his saronite leg, using the impact as an impulse leap away from them. Leugim was hiding among the battlers when he noticed some adventurers of the Horde invading Foothold Citadel, Santangelo joined the adventurers in their assault. After defeating Hedric Evencane alongside the adventurers, Leugim finally understood the purpose of that assault: to save the Horde spy Thalen Songweaver, after witnessing the adventurers freeing the blood elf, Leugim returned to the battle outside the citadel.
Leugim was ambushed by a female human warrior shortly after leaving Foothold Citadel, the ensuing fight between the two led them to the center of Theramore, where the Alliance forces were amassed and surrounded by the Horde. Suddenly, the forces of the Horde began to retreat, but the confused Leugim didn't stop fighting against the woman. Also suddenly, a huge shadow of a zeppelin covered the isle's center, both Leugim and the woman stopped their fight to look to the sky and see what was going on, it was the Horde's zeppelin with the mana bomb still attatched to it. The Forsaken tried to leave the city, an escaping orcish mage outside of Theramore saw Leugim running, and luckily for him, the orc decided to help Leugim, the mage blinked in Leugim's direction and they escaped through a portal to Stonard. However, the bomb exploded while the portal was still closing and an extremely small part of the arcane explosion went through the portal and nearly killed Leugim and the orc, but the Forsaken used his shield to desperately reflect the wave back into the portal and succeeded, though his shield was obliterated and the impact threw him some yards away. Upon returning to the spot he arrived, he noticed that the woman he fought was thrown by the explosion through the portal, or at least what remained of her, after carefully removing the helmet of the mana-twisted "corpse", Leugim recognized her still moving face, the dying deformed woman seemed to have also recognized Leugim, she let out a cough that emanated smokes of pure arcane power and said her last words: "Mi...guel...wha...happ...to you...at least...glad...see you...las...tim...". Leugim somehow felt compelled to hold her hand, and he did so, the gesture then instinctively evolved into an embrace. The creature smiled and stared Leugim with a melancholic look, her now-abominable eyes shining azure due to the mana infusion. In the blink of an eye, the mutated woman rapidly turned into arcane dust, an extremely weak gust of wind carrying it away from Leugim's armor, where the dust had initially settled.
The familiar face and voice made Santangelo come to a conclusion: that arcane-twisted creature was no one other than Asiral, his first and only love interest when he was alive. Santangelo rose and nodded at the orc mage, who watched everything, and silently left Stonard to go to the depths of the Swamp of Sorrows, where he tried to medidate in order to mitigate the damage that his past was trying to cause by haunting his mind. Leugim considered that his first test to see if he had really adapted to his current existence, it was his deepest desire to see Asiral and his mother again despite his condition, and he indirectly contributed to Asiral's destruction, also, a tsunami of nostalgic memories came to his mind when he held her deformed hand, all this increased the strength of his guilt. After two hours of medidation, Leugim came to the conclusion that Asiral's death was merely an unavoidable event due to his new loyalty to the Horde since she tried to stand in his way, returning to Stonard and then to Tirisfal to resume his work at the Western Plaguelands three days later. Despite his opinion about this tragedy, Leugim secretly felt a burning hatred for his Warchief deep inside him, having preferred to have killed Asiral during their duel rather than seeing her go through all that arcane torture.
The New Land
With the memories of the explosion of Theramore and Asiral's death still trying to make him cling to his humanity, Leugim stops his work in order to seek a way to bring balance between what he used to be and what he is, this made him collide with the culture of a newly arrived race: the Pandaren. The undead had witnessed a few of them wandering around Tirisfal and fighting the evils of the land with their exotic fighting style and powers. Santangelo eventually meets a Huojin monk named Bojo Kegpaw, the pandaren is one of the few of his kind that believe that the Forsaken can learn the ways of the monk. The curious Leugim asked him many questions about his people, culture and philosophies to the point that an average person would find annoying, but not Kegpaw, the two eventually shared a long and uncommonly friendly conversation during hours. At one point of their talk, Leugim spoke about his former life and mentioned the division in his own being and the constant inner conflict in his mind, Bojo finally understood why the undead approached him, and looked to the undead with a wide friendly smile with bubbles of ale coming from inside his mouth. As a Huojin, Bojo preferred to aid Leugim with quick decisions and actions instead of long statements and thinking, thus he invited the undead to a journey to the homeland of his people: Pandaria. Bojo came from the Wandering Isle, so Pandaria would also be something new for him, he was sure, however, that the answer for Leugim's inner balance was there.
Thus, Leugim and Bojo departed to Pandaria, eventually coming into contact with the native pandaren, impressed by the sight and customs of the natives, though Leugim's will to achieve his goal largely supressed by his desire to finally bring peace to his mind. The two stopped by Dawn's Blossom and decided to chat a bit while Bojo had a drink at the Drunken Hozen, Kegpaw said that he observed Leugim's fighting style during their few services to the Horde in the region and that he seemed to feel as much pain as those he hurt and killed, as if his body was being forced to fight in that way. Leugim stated that was the only way he could defend himself and mentioned the "days of failure" in which he wielded a polearm, Bojo remembered when Santangelo told him his story and nodded, the pandaren then offered himself to teach Leugim how to fight in the ways of the monk, stating that doing so requires a perfect connection between mind and body and that practicing these methods would bring Santangelo the balance he desired, Leugim said he would accept if they weren't in the middle of the scenario of a full scale war between the Alliance and the Horde, but he was interrupted by an elder pandaren woman who said that there was a place of great peace for those who wished to pursue such paths, Bojo asked the woman where was this place located. The woman silently left the Drunken Hozen and motioned the two to follow her, she called her three cloud serpents and told the pandaren and the undead to mount them, she then guided Bojo and Leugim to the Peak of Serenity at Kun-Lai Summit, where Leugim abandoned his plate armor, replacing it with the monk's leather attire, beginning his training. Meanwhile, Kegpaw improved his skills in the native ways.
Leugim and other apprentices of varied races were put under tutelage of a trio of pandaren masters: Di-yi, Xing-qi and Di-san, Di-yi's younger sister. During their training, the Three Masters took their students to many portions of Pandaria, where they helped fight the local threats such as the mogu, yaungol, and even the newly arrived Zandalar tribe of trolls.
During this mean time, Leugim decided to contribute to the Alliance-Horde war in some way, thus he used his gold to negotiate with some farmers at the Valley of Four Winds and bought a small piece of land for himself, which he named Santangelo Farmstead, however, as he didn't know anything about administrating such a thing, he had the advice of his monk colleagues who had some experience with it. As he wasn't able to neither be at his farm constantly due to his training nor did he have the money to pay people for it, the corpse visited the darkest corners of Halfhill during a visit of the Three Masters and their students there, the corpse found several poor pandaren, among beggars and even criminals, and made a pact with them: they'd be able to use Leugim's land to sustain themselves and live at the farmstead as long as they worked on providing three full days of the week, not necessarily in sequence, to supply the Horde forces at Kun-Lai and the Jade Forest with food and whatever herbs they were able to cultivate there. Most of the pandaren he met accepted Leugim's terms of service in order to improve their lives. Leugim's attitude aroused the attention of his masters and colleagues positively, to the point some of them would even offer themselves to accompany Leugim during his visits to check on the workers or even go in his place when the corpse wasn't able to.
Perhaps the most notable expedition which his masters made Leugim and his colleagues go through was the one to the Valley of Four Winds when the news regarding a heavier amount of mantid assaults at the wall arrived at the Peak of Serenity. Leugim, his colleagues and even some of the farmhands from the Santangelo Farmstead aided the locals and the Shado-Pan alongside people from all over the Valley and Krasarang in the huge scale battle that ensued to protect Stoneplow from the mantid swarm. The corpse watched as many of his colleagues ran at the sight of the colossal kuchong breaking through the wall, which allowed even more insectoids to swarm through the fields, Leugim snorted at them and stood by his masters and the orcish, dwarven and fellow Forsaken monks to face his new enemies, the other students became hesitant despite their persistence, though the surprise arrival of people from all over the Valley plus Krasarang, the Alliance and the Horde included, convinced them to stick together with the rest and fight on. Leugim fought furiously against the mantid, such a huge battle recalling the recent one at Theramore, and its catastrophic outcomes only fueling the corpse's anger and the strength of his blows, although the lack of signs of Sha infection despite his roars and snarls showed he was beginning to get in control of his most aggressive emotions. The swarm seemed endless despite the massive effort put into fighting them and his colleagues and even his masters were getting tired, although they kept fighting. Leugim and the other Forsaken monks remained unphased and did their best to compensate the decrease in their tiring comrades' efforts, Santangelo simultaneously pondered about the perk of his current state in which he never tires physically. Suddenly, a hulking mushan stomped her way amid the mantid ranks and hurled someone against the Ik'thik Colossus, the unaturally immense kuchong suddenly started agonizing and flailing, then fell lifelessly over the ground, its massive body blocking the hole itself opened in the wall. Cheers of victory from the locals at the sight of the colossal kuchong's death, Leugim looking around him and observing as the mantid numbers progressively reduced. After the battle, they returned to the Peak of Serenity.
On the week that preceded the opening of the Vale of Eternal Blossoms, Leugim came to the conclusion that he should be contributing way more for the Horde's efforts in the war as he meditated, and started feeling a certain amount of regret for not doing so, at the same time, however, he felt like he should go on with his training, due to the recent progress he made and all that he achieved.
Santangelo asked his pandaren masters for advice, but they stated that, although they were eager to clear the Forsaken's doubt, they couldn't advise him on that matter for the monks didn't want to interfere in the matters of other factions. Leugim couldn't help feeling disappointed, his anguish growing bigger, this slightly made Leugim's masters regret not aiding him, mainly because that they knew who would benefit from the constantly strengthening doubt in the undead's mind.
Santangelo couldn't stand isolating himself at the Peak of Serenity while the Horde risked itself in a whole new land and the Alliance constantly gaining foothold over it. Leugim was then approached by his pandaren colleague Bojo Kegpaw, who said that his doubts and fears related to his other allegiances were acting like a boulder in the Forsaken's progress as a monk, Santangelo acknowledged that with a silent nod, and told Bojo that he "ended up like a proof that his kind are, perhaps, not fit into these ways", Kegpaw answered with a friendly chuckle and told Leugim to look around him: there were many monk apprentices of all races from both Alliance and Horde training there, together even, completely forgetting their antagonisms while there for the sole purpose of sharpening their skills to better serve their people, and among those races were many Forsaken.
Leugim then silently walked away and opened a bag full of his belongings before returning with his decision to leave the Peak. The corpse wished Bojo the best of luck in his path and that he hoped to see the pandaren again. Kegpaw asked if Leugim was sure about his decision, the undead replied with a nod, stating that this global turmoil that is reaching Pandaria is a matter of extreme urgency, thus he had to dedicate to the cause of his people as much as he could, he also said that his times at the Peak of Serenity brought him the balance he desired to his mind, although he remained a rather impulsive person, but that was his nature ever since he was alive so the undead didn't care much about this feature.
Bojo opened a wide smile upon seeing Leugim's resolve, the pandaren even said that he was going to give Leugim a present for his journey: Kegpaw called for his blue dragon turtle mount, and opened a box that the creature carried on it's back. Bojo then retrieved a two-handed black axe: Futou, the Greataxe of the Black Challenger, an axe found by Bojo that belonged to someone of his bloodline at Pandaria. The pandaren asked if Leugim still had any use for those, which the Forsaken confirmed with a nod. Santangelo was impressed with the offer and promptly accepted the weapon.
Leugim spoke to his masters about his leave, the pandaren trio understood his reasons and wished him luck, also stating that the Peak of Serenity would welcome Santangelo whenever he wished to return, something which the undead confirmed he would do.
As he left, he stumbled upon his abandoned plate armor, although some parts had been damaged by whatever passed by it, it was still in good conditions. With Futou in his hands and wearing his plate armor again, Leugim used his Zen Pilgrimage and returned to the Undercity.
The Undercity Battalion
Three days after he arrived at Undercity, Leugim found an unsual poster in the Warchief's Command Board, which talked about a new branch of Undercity's military, "The Undercity Battalion" was the name, that was recruiting able-bodied Forsaken and death knights of all races of the Horde in order to bolster its ranks. Leugim, seeing this as a great opportunity to dedicate himself then set out to Fenris Keep at Silverpine Forest, where the poster said that the recruiting process was taking place. Upon presenting himself to Executor Verhindern, the Battalion's second-in-command, Leugim was directed -while being constantly threatened by Verhindern's gun- to the High Executor of the Undercity Battalion, Else Schneider, who gave the warrior some paperwork so that he could become an official recruit of the Battalion, after analyzing the paperwork, Else accepted Leugim as a recruit and gave him a portable Forsaken Communication Device (FCD), much similar and in better conditions than those he used to have during his time with the Forsaken Watchers.
Some time later, Else and Verhindern called the Battalion's initial recruits, among them was Leugim and two former colleagues from the Forsaken Watchers: the archer Laerith Terabrin and the Lightslayer Apprentice Hartia. Another recruit was Einsley, an undead human woman who was friend to a blood elf named Anaberyl, whom Leugim met when he briefly visited Orgrimmar in one of the few moments in which the undead man left the Peak of Serenity during his training to become a monk. Leugim and the the other recruits were rallied at the Ruins of Lordaeron and Else had Verhindern make the recruits go through a series of drills that ranged from push up to marching, which culminated into a brief sparring between the recruits near the training dummies of the War Quarter. Leugim fought with Hartia and opened the fight by charging with a frontal kick of his plated boot on the man's stomach, the Lightslayer was thrown some really few yards away but quickly recovered by leaping to Leugim's back and attempting to carve his daggers on Santangelo, although the warrior tried to dodge with a sidestep, one of the heated daggers eventually pierced the exposed bone of his right arm, but it eventually disarmed the lightslayer from one of his daggers due to Santangelo's sidestep. Leugim then swiftly moved to Hartia's back and hit his spine with Futou's hilt, Hartia seemed to fall as if he had lost counsciousness, Leugim tried to strike him with a slice from Futou to keep his combo going, but it was merely a shadowy illusion of the lightslayer's Spectral Guise. Hartia suddenly showed up from the shadows and successfully carved one of his heated daggers in Leugim's head, Santangelo grew both angry and nervous as the dagger rapidly invaded his rotten flesh and skull, thus he unleashed a desperate Bladestorm, which failed to hit the lightslayer but succeeded in repelling him as Hartia dodged by leaping backwards.
The recruits' spar was interrupted when Executor Verhindern arrived with members of the Royal Apothecary Society, bringing a "gift" to the recruits of the newly formed Battalion, shortly after their arrival, an immense abomination made of several Alliance corpses stitched with iron plates named Bubba showed up. The recruits' next task was to fight together and defeat the hulking Bubba. Leugim gave Hartia's dagger back and the two were the first ones to strike, the warrior charged against the abomination and leapt while the lightslayer jumped on his back and used Santangelo as a platform to jump to the creature's face and pierce it's head with his daggers while Leugim attempted to slice the creature's jaw with an upward slash from his axe. However, Bubba rapidly enveloped Leugim with his chains and hurled the warrior away while tossing the Lightslayer a few yards behind, while Leugim fell with like a rock on the ground, Hartia almost fell on the green liquid that flows around Undercity's sewer. Meanwhile, Laerith and Einsley landed succesful shots against the abomination, one with his crossbow while the other wielded a gun, the duo were responsible for most of the successful blows against the creature. During a certain point of the battle, after failing several times to land a single hit at Bubba and being hurled against the ground, Leugim decided to use his experiences as a monk, he tried to distract Bubba with a fake leap which he stopped once he was halfway of reaching the abomination, rolling between its legs in order to go behind the creature, Leugim was about to jump and try to land a dark Chi-infused kick on the creature's head when Bubba swiftly replied with a massive fart which forced Leugim on the ground, a blow which he claims to have broken his pride forever.
Shortly after, Hartia, who was also having difficulty in hitting the creature and avoiding its blows but was being far more successful than Leugim considering the lightslayer apprentice caused way more damage, leapt to the creature's shoulder and then grabbed one of the lamps that hanged in the War Quarter's ceiling and smashed it against the abomination, setting the creature on fire as a consequence. Bubba, however, resisted bravely against the multiple offensives against it, and was extremely angry of being set on fire and was fed up of Laerith and Einsley's barrages, the creature grabbed a light post and began spinning around in Bladestorm style. The "Bubbastorm", as the creature itself named the attack, managed to knock away all of the recruits, except for Leugim, who dodged by simply kneeling down. The warrior was mad, his pride broken right in front of his superiors, Santangelo rose and hurled Futou against Bubba's head, as the axe flew in the spinning creature's direction, Leugim switfly charged his hands with blue Chi energy, the undead then unleashed a massive Chi Burst aimed against the abomination's stomach hole.
The flaming abomination stopped spinning as soon as it noticed Futou carved in it's head and turned to Leugim only to have the Chi blast successfully enter it's open stomach, destroying some parts of its body from the inside out, the impact bringing the creature to the ground. The creature still lived and attempted desperately to rise, however, High Executor Einsley and Executor Verhindern intervened and finished the job by finally killing the creature and planting explosives all over it's motionless corpse. While the others recovered from the "Bubbastorm", Leugim ran and recovered Futou before the abomination finally exploded into a rain of gore. After cleaning up the mess caused by the explosion, the recruits went to the Apothecarium to deliver the pieces of Bubba back to the Royal Apothecary Society, it was also there where they were promoted to full soldiers of the Battalion.
As a soldier of the recently created Battalion, Leugim could be seen constantly patrolling around Tirisfal, Undercity and Silverpine, often alone or, in some rare cases, alongside Executor Verhindern. He also provided aid to the newly risen forsaken he eventually came across. Leugim would also never miss any training sesson both to always keep his rotten limbs working and flexible enough and also due to the many possible punishments he could suffer for not going.
One month and a half later, the leadership of the Battalion had seemingly gone missing, but Leugim remained following the orders given to him by High Executor Else and Executor Verhindern before their vanishing in order to compensate their absence.
As Leugim passed by the Apothecarium during one of his patrols, he eventually stumbled with Trade Baron Salsbury of the Blackmarket Cartel, a goblin whom Leugim helped out with an investigation of the murder of three Deathstalkers and Alliance offensives against his cartel's merchant ships during three day gap between his return and joining the Battalion. The two had a small talk before the goblin resumed his meeting with the members of the Royal Apothecary Society and the goblin told Leugim that many guilds and organizations of the Horde would meet at Ratchet in order to talk about their current situations, the war at Pandaria and offers or requests of help, Salsbury suggested that Leugim brought as many members of the Battalion as he could. Due to the absent leadership, Leugim went to Fenris Keep and wrote a note about the Council and that he was going to travel to Kalimdor once the time was nigh and wait for his superiors at Ratchet, hoping that some returning high ranking member returned and read it.
Half a month later, the warrior decided to seize the opportunity of his leadership's absence, Leugim used his Zen Pilgrimage to go to the Peak of Serenity and pay a visit to his monk colleagues, after some time talking to his former masters as they prepared themselves for another training session, Santangelo asked about the absence of Bojo. The pandaren masters told the forsaken that Kegpaw felt that he was spending far too much time at the peak and should do more for the Horde, so he departed to Eastwind Rest in order to help his allies and "practice his skills on the blue training dummies of the battlefield" for a while. After thanking his former masters, Santangelo went to Eastwind Rest, where he found Bojo talking with the fellow Horde pandaren at the base camp, the undead then joined the talk and spent some minutes speaking to his pandaren comrade, Kegpaw even gave Leugim a Tabard of Orgrimmar, that the pandaren recovered from the corpse of an orcish rogue some days before, as a gift for their reunion.
The reunion between the undead and Kegpaw was swiftly interrupted by a Darkspear troll mage seeking help, before he'd be harassed by the orcs at the camp, Bojo intervened and called Leugim to come with him. Once the trio left Eastwind Camp, the troll reported an immense increase in Alliance activity at the shores of Krasarang Wilds and that his two brothers were imprisoned during one of their patrols there, Leugim said that there wasn't much that he and Bojo could do about it since, according to the troll, the Alliance seemed so overwhelming. The troll, however, remarked that Horde reinforcements had reached the shore and that a clash between the two factions ensued.
With this notion, Leugim and Bojo agreed to help the troll to find his two brothers. Santangelo, Kegpaw and the troll took a flight route to Dawnchaser Retreat and moved to the shores of Krasarang, aiding the Horde's soldiers in defeating the Alliance's troops while trying to find the last spot where the Darkspear troll saw his brothers. Upon arriving at the spot, which was somewhat 315 yards to the west of what is Lion's Landing now, they were ambushed by a worgen hunter, a worgen death knight and a human warrior.
As the Alliance-Horde trios pitted against each other, they saw a female dwarf shaman carrying the immobilized brothers of the troll on her gryphon's back, she was flying towards a jungle area between Dawnchaser Retreat and the shore, though closer to the latter. Berserking at the sight of his captured brothers being taken away from him again, the troll unleashed an expansive freezing blast that trapped both the Alliance trio plus Leugim and Bojo in ice and teleported away, abandoning both the undead and the pandaren.
Luckily for the frozen adventurers, a wave of orcish grunts, followed by blood elf mages, and human footmen, followed by dwarven riflemen, arrived. While Leugim and Bojo were freed by the elven mages' fire magic, the Alliance trio had their freezing trap destroyed by the dwarves' explosive traps. Leugim and Bojo told the grunts that they couldn't retribute the favor at the moment for they had a traitor to deal with, and departed. It was fortunate for the undead and the pandaren to leave that skirmish, for their saviors were massacred by the coordinated blows of the enemy.
Leugim and Bojo found themselves blocked by a huge wall of soldiers of both sides, predominantly Alliance ones, and were forced to fight their way to the other side of the shore, where the forces of the Horde could be found in a better situation and amount of manpower.
Now that they were relatively safe, the two went deeper into the jungle in order to search for the traitorous troll, and eventually found him and his brothers being slaughtered by a group of ten male human footmen, five male dwarven riflemen and two male night elves, one being a warrior and the other a priest. With the three trolls rapidly eliminated, the Alliance group charged against Leugim and Bojo. The two realized that they were about to fight a losing battle, but refused to give in to what they considered cowardice, and they went into a suicidal offensive against the group.
Bojo managed to steal a gun from a rifleman and smash it against the face of a footman, killing the human instantly, he then brought the night elf warrior and two other footman to the ground, though not killing them, by smacking their faces with his Spinning Crane Kick while Leugim repelled his enemies with his Bladestorm, eventually opening some deep wounds on the night elf priest and two riflemen, the footmen managed to fully dodge the onslaught. The undead and the pandaren held their ground for the first ten minutes of battle, Bojo constantly stunning his enemies with his swift target switching punches from his Fists of Fury while Leugim leapt from one side to the other while throwing small spheres of Chi energy against his enemies.
However, the Alliance soon turned the tides of the fight by dividing themselves into two groups, one group led by the night elf warrior surrounding Bojo and forcing him away from Leugim and the other one led by the night elf priest forcing the undead away from the pandaren. Now surrounded, Leugim charged Futou with Chi energy, causing the impact of his strikes on his enemies' bodies to unleash Chi spheres against a nearby enemy, however, not even the combination of his abilities was able to match the overwhelming numbers of the Alliance. Leugim was eventually disarmed from Futou and brought down, immobilized and with two riflemen's guns pointed to his head while the night elf priest charged an empowered smiting holy spell, well aware of the undead's natural weakness to it. Despite Leugim's wild attempts to break his enemies' hold over him, which resulted in his spiked plate shoulders shattering, he wasn't successful in escaping. The priest was about to cast the spell when an axe suddenly pierced his head and his body fell motionless to the ground, an orc grunt stepped aggressively amid the Alliance forces and, after removing his axe from the priest's corpse, a trio of orcish grunts showed up from the nearby bushes and attacked the eight Alliance troops that submitted Leugim. The freed Santangelo unclasped his broken shoulderpads and seized the opportunity to reclaim Futou in order to rejoin the fray.
Amid the battle, Leugim briefly disengaged from the combatants while carrying a dying male footman, smashing the human against the ground shortly after then proceeding to chop his head off with a downward slice of Futou. Leugim had a reason for it, the warrior-monk took the dead human's shoulder armor for himself to compensate the loss of his previous one, it wasn't nearly as resistant, but it would have to suffice. Santangelo then leapt back into the battle, landing between a grunt and a footman and recklessly tackling the human away with his new, though weaker, shoulderpads.
Despite being slightly outnumbered and with the Alliance receiving reinforcements in form a female human priest and a dwarven priest, the Horde quintet and the Alliance group were evenly matched, but the balance soon turned to the Horde's favor when the battle received a surprising guest: Garrosh Hellscream himself, recently arrived at Krasarang and accompanied by a Horde adventurer, passed by them, disposing of the enemy like one would stomp an insect by accident while walking. Leugim couldn't believe he just saw the Warchief in person, even if for a few seconds, and the way that the mag'har orc fought throughout the skirmish was something had the undead taken aback, that ridiculously small amount of time in which Garrosh passed by and easily slaughtered the soldiers of the Alliance would leave a mark in his mind.
Leugim watched as the Warchief ran back to the shore, the hulking orc never stopped running, killing those people were nothing but easy obstacles to him, the corpse wondered if his presence was noticed or the mag'har just came for the killing blows or to aid his nearby brethren, "Perhaps both the last ones.", he thought to himself. Kegpaw arrived, completely -though not deadly- wounded, the pandaren had been saved by a group of tauren Sunwalkers from Dawnchaser Retreat who killed the aggressors who chased him.
United again, Santangelo and Kegpaw decided to stay at Krasarang and help out the Horde at the shores, staying there until the complete foundation of Domination Point. With the Horde base founded and ready to battle and Kegpaw returning to the Peak of Serenity through Zen Pilgrimage, Leugim decided to return to the Undercity, afraid that his superiors would look for him should they have already returned, thus having a goblin use oil to power one of the portal devices at Domination Point to open a portal to the Shrine of Two Moons, Santangelo then took the Shrine's portal to the Undercity.
The man searched the whole city and then went to Fenris Keep, without any sort of sign of neither Else nor Verhindern, Santangelo decided to resume his duties as a soldier of the Undercity Battalion despite their absence. During one of his patrols, Leugim pondered about the impact that the sight of the Warchief in battle. He felt both impressed by seeing such an influent and strong leader being at a relatively small distance, although somewhat disturbed due to the memories of Theramore and Asiral.
Some time later, he would disregard this attribution of Garrosh's scheming to Asiral's death, he did know that, if not for that bomb, she would probably have died the way Santangelo wanted her to, however, he does know that his Warchief didn't design that scheming specifically to destroy her, so there was no means of holding a personal grudge against the mag'har. More than that, Asiral was part of a life that no longer belonged to him, and the end of her existence made it easier for the corpse to not rely on something he wasn't anymore. Thus, his opinion on Garrosh was again neutral, with the way the Warchief treats Leugim's brethren pending it to the negative side while his position of total war against the Alliance fueling Leugim's hatred for his former brethren for everything he went through with his father and the people of Lakeshire pending it to the positive side, thus, his mind was in an impass that he didn't care about resolving, deciding to just live with it...for some time.
The Horde Council
"The Horde Council" is the name of the meeting organized by Trade Baron Salsbury of the Blackmarket Cartel. Three days after Landfall, the day of the meeting had finally come and neither Else nor Verhindern had returned from their absence, Leugim, however, having left a warning of the meeting at Fenris Keep in the Battalion's files, was patiently waiting for them at Ratchet.
The undead watched as the members of several guilds and organizations gathered near the inn, none of them being his leaders, the corpse grew slightly nervous, he even considered leaving the town for someone in such a low rank as he couldn't be a true representative of the Undercity Battalion, but he neglected his own idea, the forsaken man decided to stay and report everything he'd hear on that meeting, he stole a drunk goblin sailor's notebook and his writing set and then went outside of the inn to wait for Salsbury's arrival.
Once Salsbury arrived and waited for some more people to attend to the meeting, he called the representatives of each guild to follow him to a Blackmarket ship, where the council would begin. Leugim hesitated in following, the rank issue troubling him again, but after some minutes of pondering, he decided to go, luckily, the representatives were introducing themselves and no relevant discussion had begun when Leugim arrived.
The meeting's main subject was about the attending guilds' current situation and if they had any aid to offer or request. Despite not finding much relevance in what was being said, Leugim took note of everything. However, there was something that called his attention.
The Undercity Census, representeded by chairwoman Catteline, stated that they were ambushed by the kaldorei during a meeting of theirs with the Ironfang clan of orcs at Ashenvale, and that their few troops found plans for an Alliance attack against Splintertree Post on a determined day. Many of the organizations offered themselves to help the Ironfang in the defense of the outpost, while Leugim stated that he would take the report to his leaders and they'd come with an answer.
Once the meeting was over, Leugim returned to Tirisfal and went south to Fenris Keep, Silverpine Forest, in order to put his report of the meeting in the Battalion's files.
The Battle of Splintertree
Two days later, the day stated on the kaldorei attack plans found by the Undercity Census had arrived, according to it, the night elves would bring allies to attack Splintertree Post at Ashenvale. Meanwhile, at Tirisfal, Leugim was eager to take part into this conflict, but there still was no sight of his leaders and he hadn't seen his other colleagues from the Battalion for some days. Santangelo then decided to follow his own agenda again, the undead went to the chest where he put his belongings at Fenris Keep, picked up the Orgrimmar Tabard which Bojo gave him, the only object stored in it. Santangelo then messed with the Battalion's files and destroyed all documents related to him or his existence within the Undercity Battalion, and rapidly departed to Orgrimmar after a bribing a mage of the Mage Quarter to open a portal for him.
Leugim made contact with Catteline and she told him to rally as much people as he could and then meet her and her group at the Mor'shan Rampart, while Leugim didn't manage to bring anyone, he was surely present at Mor'shan, where he joined Catteline's group in their approach to Splintertree while the other groups of other guilds and organizations were already there.
Catteline's group took a different approaching route to Splinterpree since the main road, according to the plans, was to be used by the Alliance to strike against the outpost, thus they could be attacked from behind at any time if they took this path. The group then arrived at a spot in the west which was very close to Splintertree Post, where they found the Horde base under siege by kaldorei and their Ancients, Catteline's group then dealt with whatever night elf they found near their spot and prevented the kaldorei from using it for an alternative offensive against Splintertree. There, they awaited the orders to ride to the gate and join the main defenders, the defense force was composed of many guilds such as the Undercity Census, the Ironfang clan and the Grey Legion. Finally, a considerably-sized group of humans, night elves, dwarves and worgen showed up and charged against Splintertree, thus starting the battle, the invaders were surprised and didn't expect to find such a heavy defense inside Splintertree and weren't able to pass through the gate, they were locked up in a skirmish against the many Horde guilds defending it, meanwhile, Catteline and her group charged, attacking the invaders from the west. The mix of sudden happenings contributed to the fast demise of the group, but those who claimed to be victorious were told to shut their traps by their leaders, who feared that the battle wasn't over.
They proved to be right as a second wave of them approached, much bigger and powerful, Leugim disengaged from Catteline's group and preferred to serve his own will during the battle, charging alongside the many orcish, tauren and blood elf warriors and orcish grunts near him. Although Leugim didn't engage in combat directly with any of them, Santangelo chose to adopt a different strategy than usual by helping his allies to outnumber their opponents, slowing them and many other sources of crowd control that he was capable of doing, in a particular occasion, Leugim leapt and helped a tauren warrior to defeat a death knight by disarming him and disrupting the worgen concentrations with consecutive sonic howls akin to those of wraiths, the sonic yelling plus the loss of his runeblade preventing the death knight from using his many spells, and finally attacking the worgen's rotten limbs to slow him down during his escape, thus enabling the tauren to finally crush him. Once the second wave was defeated, some Alliance members attacked by air, Leugim rushed back inside the post and helped the defenders to bring them down from their mounts, those who fell on the ground were quickly massacred but those who fell over the buildings had to be taken care by ranged fighters, although Leugim himself summoned his mount and flew to deal with a gnome rogue that fell over the building near the stable master on a single occasion. Many reported to have spotted Alliance rogues inside the Splintertree Mine, but those were dealt with by Catteline and those who accompanied her inside it.
As the defenders were distracted with the threat inside Splintertree, an even bigger third wave arrived, so big that basically all races of the Alliance were accounted for, the few defenders who remained at the gate were having difficulty to keep so many Alliance invaders at bay and some of the local grunts even perished, the defenders of Splintertree then rapidly ran back to the entrance of the outpost, pushing the Alliance out of it when they were about to finally enter it. The skirmish lasted for several minutes, Leugim using the same strategy from the first wave, a dwarf death knight eventually pulled Leugim near to him through his Death Grip and several mages focused their spells on him, Santangelo quickly reacted by filling his both hands with Chi and unleashing an expanding massive spell-reflecting wave, reflecting some of the mages spells, Leugim then disarmed the death knight and sweeped his legs, bringing him to the ground, the undead then leapt back inside Splintertree in order to escape the mages. Several of the Horde defenders were affected by the Chi waves of spell reflection unleashed by Leugim, though only for a small while like it is supposed to be. Now back inside Splintertree, Santangelo returned to the fray at the entrance.
Although the battle was to set place solely on Splintertree Post, the final conflict happened to the east of it, the Alliance was finally expelled from the entrance of the base and attempted a retreat, but the defenders gave them chase and a final battle ensued.
Leugim's strategy was interrupted one last time when a female night elf warrior tackled him, the undead almost fell but regained his balance by stomping the ground, the impact of it messed with the elf's balance and Leugim seized the opportunity to land several reckless strikes against her, however, most of them were parried by the elf's sword or blocked by her shield, the two then engaged in a duel amid the whole conflict, one simply couldn't hit the other due to their defensive reactions, Leugim was at the peak of his reflexes and managed to parry her blows with his axe or with his plate gauntlets, while her sword and shield seemed like a thick saronite wall due to their impressive avoidance. After a while, however, the elf suffered from a nuisance which Leugim had almost forgotten, she began to be consumed by tireness, her offensive and defensive moves were getting slower, weaker and with questionable aim. Santangelo grinned and began pressing her even more wildly than before by smashing Futou's blade against her, forcing the kaldorei to raise her shield to face level in order to block the constant and being unable to attack until she laid down both her arms, suffering from the ever inscreasing fatigue. Her tireness distracted her, when she looked around, Leugim was nowhere to be found, until he suddenly landed on her exposed head with a stomp of his left plate boot against it, shattering her skull. As the elf's lifeless body fell, Leugim used her broken head as a small platform to propel himself back to the main conflict, hastening her corpse's falling process.
The Horde was finally victorious, the Alliance invaders were deceased and Splintertree had to worry solely on the Darnassian attackers from now on, although even those ended up several casualties on that day, they would soon return to resume the siege which has been ongoing ever since the Cataclysm.
The victors returned to Splintertree, the guilds checking for their wounded and talking about what just happened, as for Leugim, he wandered alone around Splintertree, checking on the other organizations there, as if analyzing them out of pure rotten curiosity. Leugim felt like he took part in a great battle, but his curiosity demanded a second and more valid opinion, thus, Santangelo tried to seek an orc to talk about it, but most of them were too busy with their own people and guilds and the grunts were rightfully busy watching for any further Alliance menace.
Somehow, Leugim's curiosity was something that was amplified when he was raised, perhaps because as a side-effect of the very necromantic process or due to the many new places and things he witnessed, the true source of his inquisitve nature remain unknown.
Leugim started to think that he wouldn't be able to know about what he considered the "true magnitude" of the battle and picked up his hearthstone, which was bound to Orgrimmar. However, he spotted a lone orc dual wielding twin axes and in full black plate armor, save for his chest which was partially covered by a studded leather harness, the undead warrior approached the orc and the two talked about the battle, after having his doubts clarified, the orc demanded that the undead stated his reasons of him coming out of nowhere to ask about such subject, the orc's tone intimidated Leugim as his fingers twitched a bit, the undead holding the urge to pick up Futou. Despite the seeming animosity between the two, Leugim explained that he always thought that the orcs, due to everything they have been through, have a much wider war experience than he could ever dream of, the orc then nodded and told him he was right to think this way and Leugim, remembering Stripribs, stated that he had a good teacher.
Suddenly, the conversation took an unexpected route, the orc ordered the undead to tell him his name, upon hearing it, the orc decided to call him "Gim" only, despite Leugim's initial tries to "fix" the orc's mistake, he was properly ignored as the orc proceeded with his speech, he demonstrated interest in the forsaken due to his high regard of orcish values, the orc, introducing himself as Mol'Tsok Scaleflayer, asked if Leugim wished to seek honor and glory, the undead became slightly confused and distrustful, but answered positively since the recent happenings left him without a cause to fight for. The orc then told the undead that he would join him and his group: the Grey Legion, the fact that Mol'Tsok told him such thing instead of asking him was something that made the forsaken even more distrustful, suddenly, a figure sneaked behind Leugim and left a device over his shoulder armor, Leugim rapidly picked up and checked it, the device was a communicator, the figure then whispered to him, welcoming him to the Legion and introducing himself as its leader.
Now even more unsure of what was happening, Santangelo picked up his axe and demanded answers, Mol'Tsok slowly picked up his axes and asked if he wanted to fight him, the undead replying that he would if no clarifications were given, then tried to say to both the figure and Mol'Tsok that he wasn't sure if he actually wanted to join and that he was considering staying all by himself for a while, however, he was ignored by both Scaleflayer and his mysterious leader, the orc then stated that he wanted to see Leugim at Orgrimmar at the next day and left Splintertree.
The confused corpse then used his hearthstone and returned to Orgrimmar, but what matters is that he ended up joining the Grey Legion.
The Grey Legion
Once Leugim arrived at Orgrimmar, he witnessed a small group of people questioning the Kor'kron in an act of open defiance at the Valley of Honor, the undead then decided to approach it a bit in order to watch, suddenly a goblin and a female pandaren arrived ordered to some specific people to leave the troublesome group, as they did so, Leugim heard from one of them the mention of the name "Grey Legion", Santangelo then followed them without any attempts to look discreet and openly joined the circle of people that they formed, many of them eyed the corpse who suddenly showed up, trying to understand his presence, the goblin who stood by the pandaren woman preferred a direct approach, asking who Leugim was and what was he doing among them. After confirming with those two if that group was actually the Grey Legion, Leugim stated that, although he didn't understand the whole situation at all, he had somehow joined it, and showed his communicator to prove it, the goblin then introduced himself as Lance Topsail and the pandaren called herself Mu, their tone switching to a slightly more welcoming one.
Once Topsail was done warning the members of the Legion to never mess with the Kor'kron again and the group was dismissed, Mu asked Leugim if there was anything that Leugim wished to know. This is a situation in which Leugim would have laughed hard, because he basically knew nothing and couldn't even understand exactly how he ended up in the Grey Legion, thus his answer was obviously positive. Leugim asked about the Legion itself what was their main function, what was the cause the fought for, and Mu explained that the organization operates in Northrend, bringing supplies from the northern continent to the war effort to the south at Pandaria. Leugim and Mu spoke for quite some time and Leugim's confusion slowy converted into interest towards the Grey Legion, the two eventually went to the northern part of the Valley of Honor on the Legion's mysterious leader's orders, such leader eventually showed up when they arrived on his desired spot, revealing himself as Phasm, Grand Commander of the Grey Legion. Phasm gave Leugim a better insight and some more details of the Legion's work and means of operation, which made his interest in staying with the guild increase.
Once they were done talking and each one followed their own way, Leugim pondered if he should really stay in a group in which he joined under exotic circumstances, then he looked at the other members, the racial diversity of the Legion and its contribution to the Horde's war effort tickled Leugim's stance of loyalty to the Horde as a whole instead of prioritizing his own people, the Forsaken. The Forsaken Watchers were fundamental to his adaptation, the Undercity Battalion proved to have had the potential of a good experience, but both had a very heavy focus in the Forsaken's lands and interests, it is true that many of them converged with the general interests of the Horde, but Leugim wanted something that would make him feel more part of the faction itself, and the Grey Legion provided it for him, an opportunity to be useful to the Horde while staying side by side with its many peoples. Thus, Santangelo decided to accept the confusing event which brought him to this guild and stay among the Legion.
The Death Knights of Dragonblight
A few days after joining the Grey Legion, Leugim took part into his first operation. Grand Commander Phasm became aware of an unknown trio of death knights that refused to identify themselves while strangely close to the Grey Legion's supply routes at Dragonblight. Worried by this matter, the undead decides to send the bulk of the Grey Legion to scout the area.
The Grey Legion deploys at Agmar's Hammer and begins their patrolling, the group of which Initiate Leugim was part of eventually spots who seemed to be trio of death knights, two male undead humans, one of them mounted on top of a frost wyrm, and one goblin. The Legion members ordered the trio to identify themselves, but all they did was laugh at the group. The death knight in the middle then made his frost wyrm mount charge in such an incredible speed that it managed to run over the whole group, Leugim included.
The group swiftly recovered and engaged the death knights in battle, Leugim engaging the other undead human in a duel as the rest of the group focused combined attacks against the other two.
The corpse initially charged at his opponent and attempted to slice his helmet with Futou's blade, but the death knight swiftly side-stepped and attempted to afflict Leugim with Frost Fever through his Icy Touch, but the warrior swiftly landed his fist in a Pummel inside the open part of the helmet, interrupting the death knight's concentration and casting. The two then exchanged several blows from their respective weapons, however, whenever the two didn't seem to be evenly matched, the death knight was on advantage. Leugim's disadvantage grew by the moment as the death knight's plagues, spread by his runeblade sword, sewed into the warrior's flesh and weakened his physical strength, however, a jungle troll hunter briefly aided Santangelo by firing a barrage of arrows against his enemy, although they did no damage, the death knight's attention towards Leugim was compromised, which allowed the corpse to swiftly bring his opponent to the ground with a leg sweep.
Santangelo then carved Futou on the snowy ground of Dragonblight and mounted on the fallen death knight, landing a barrage of Chi-enchanced punches against his head, however, the death knight propelled himself up several times and eventually managed to make Leugim get off of him, Santangelo hitting his face in the snow. The warrior wouldn't lose time, however, as the death knight quickly rose, Santangelo was faster and rapidly grabbed Futou in his hands and sliced the death knight's head off, killing his enemy instantly. The other death knights were killed shortly after, but the frost wyrm escaped.
Suddenly, a call for aid from Overseer Mu could be heard from the Legion's communicator channel, they were having trouble in dealing with a frost wyrm that ambushed them and things seemed grim, once Mu's group position was revealed, Leugim and some others broke from their group to aid them. With the frost wyrm dealt with, Phasm ordered the Grey Legion to return to Agmar's Hammer in order to tend for the wounded, which were many, Leugim himself tried to help some of the wounded by converging his Chi energy into a soothing healing mist, but his lack of training caused him to make an absurd mental effort in order to channel the mist and the corpse was forced to stop before something happened to him.
After some time recovering inside the main stronghold of Agmar's Hammer, Uzitec Goldmind, a goblin mage of the Grey Legion, arrived and opened a portal to Orgrimmar, thus sparing his colleagues of having to wait for their manpower to recover from their wounds in order to make a longer travel back to Kalimdor.
Due to his efforts on that day by killing one of the death knights and helping with the wounded, Initiate Leugim was promoted to the Soldier rank alongside most of the initiates who took part into that operation.
The reasons behind those death knights' suspicious and aggressive nature towards the Grey Legion remain a mystery to this day, it is theorized they were probably adherents of what remains of the Cult of the Damned and saw an easy target in the Grey Legion's supply routes at Dragonblight.
The Battle of Grizzlemaw
Over time, Leugim eventually grew to Legionary rank within the guild, a single rank higher than the average soldier, for his faithful duties to the cause of the Grey Legion and, specifically, Mol'Tsok's Flayers.
During a deployment to Grizzly Hills, he was ambushed by a trio Frostpaw Shaman while scouting around Grizzlemaw, a group of Redfang Furbolgs passed by as Leugim defended himself and joined the fray upon seeing their enemies there. Because Leugim killed one of the Frostpaw shaman, he was welcomed as an ally among the Redfang and, during his stay with the frenzied furbolgs, the forsaken warrior uncovered an Alliance operation in which a group of human rogues, possibly adventurers, were supplying the Frostpaw tribe with weaponry and some manpower reinforcement in the form of assassins in order to gain their favor.
The corpse reported the situation to Commander Topsail, revealing that this Frostpaw-Alliance cooperation was the cause of the compromising of Grey Legion supply lines at the region. After two days of refining his strategy for the battle, Santangelo exposed the situation to other members of the Legion alongside his solution, rallied the Redfang furbolgs and advanced against the Frostpaw tribe while the Grey Legion infiltrated the tree amid the chaos and slayed the leader of the Alliance forces. Once the leader was gone and the Alliance there was slaughtered alongside some Frostpaws by the Redfangs, guided by more sophisticated strategies of battle than the standard savagery they were used to, Leugim and the Grey Legion retreated from Grizzlemaw, leaving the Redfangs and Frostpaws to fight their own battle without outside influence.
Leugim and the Flayer
Mol'Tsok was trusted by Grand Commander Phasm in testing the new squad system back when he was only a Legionary, thus founding the Flayers, the first squad of the Grey Legion. When Mol'Tsok recruited Leugim into the Legion, he was also assigned into the ranks of the Flayers by Legionary Scaleflayer, claiming he saw potential. The orc was so sure of Leugim's potential, despite how confused and lost he initially seemed to be about the whole situation, that he assigned Initiate Leugim as his Right Hand, or his "head underling", as he called. Santangelo was more doubtful than impressed when he became aware of it, he kept asking himself for days about how someone like him, who was an extremely recent member of the Legion, was suddenly given such responsibility.
The answer would come during one of Leugim's private talks with Mol'Tsok, in which the orc, although initially feeling insulted, gave his reasons to the corpse, remarking his interest in improving his personal honor and wishing to behave like a true member of the Horde: an orc, according to Scaleflayer. Such interests were dormant in Leugim's mind as he initially viewed his loyalty and service to the Horde as a mean to repay his debt with Arnosh Stripribs, but they were slowly "awakened" as time passed due to him feeling even more at home among the Horde races and the memories of his friendship with Arnosh and the orc's stories constantly coming to his mind.
This time, Leugim was impressed, no doubts in his mind. After hearing Scaleflayer's speech, Santangelo has since then felt like he had found his definite place as a useful member of the Horde and has been dedicating himself to keep the situation as such, not only for his desire to help his allies but to keep himself safe, for Scaleflayer had little to no patience for failures.
The Forsaken and the orc formed some sort of unlikely partnership ever since Leugim's first days of service to the Legion, Leugim is sure that he owes a lot of what he learned to his time in the Legion, but mainly to his time in duty under the orc. They clashed many times, however, most of these arguments and brief fights had positive results for at least one of them, generally with either Mol'Tsok brutally stimulating Leugim by yelling or even a few physical blows in the few situations in which the corpse was hesitant to follow orders or when his anguish weakened his will, or when Leugim confronted Mol'Tsok whenever the orc abused his authority and/or his anger got out of control.
In the most harsh of confrontations between the two, Leugim recalled his years of suffering under his father, but that had a surprisingly positive effect on him, as the corpse felt that, different from what he went through, he was really developing and getting stronger not only physically, but mentally as well, remarking that he couldn't expect no less if he was being trained under an orc, which differed from a malevolent human.
Mol'Tsok also had a deep influence in Leugim's very personality, the orc's angry and hateful demeanor boosting Leugim's own the more the two spent time together, which caused the Forsaken to become more self-confident, although part of his monk training was compromised as this generated another unbalance despite Santangelo finally surpassing Asiral's demise. At the peak of his influence, Leugim even developed a limited sense of honor, although such thing became progressively even more limited the more Leugim modeled his new personality over time.
It was Mol'Tsok who reforged several pieces of Leugim's plate armor using rare scales of a chromatic drake he once hunted, the orc's experience as a blacksmith would be incredibly useful for Santangelo in the future.
The result of this partnership was that Leugim developed very well in the ranks of the Legion, to the point that he finally ascended to the Overseer rank, the third highest rank of the military body, only bested by the Commander and the Grand Commander. Leugim's promotion to Overseer was heralded by Mol'Tsok, who was an Overseer himself at the time. Scaleflayer was both reluctant of letting his former Right Hand go but also proud of his deeds.
The Ashenvale Deployment
Certain day, Grand Commander Phasm called Commander Topsail and the Overseers of the Grey Legion for a meeting at the tavern of the Valley of Strength. Leugim was caught by surprise as he was sparring with Legionary Pazie at the barracks of the Valley of Honor, having to cancel the session in order to attend to the meeting before their training battle began properly.
With the exception of the overseer Kirote Dawnshield, all of those called for the meeting were there: Grand Commander Phasm, Commander Lance Topsail, overseers Mu, Mol'Tsok Scaleflayer, Tengiu and Leugim. Phasm brought dire news, the Warchief had deemed most of the Legion's supply lines in Northrend useless and thus ordered them closed, also, Hellscream removed the Grey Legion's allowance of peons, which means that the organization lost its means of harvesting of resources, the Grand Commander was apprehensive about this situation, for he feared that the legion's disbandment would be inevitable if they didn't take swift countermeasures. As an obvious solution, the leading figures of the legion discussed means of making the Grey Legion sustain itself, Overseer Mu brought up the idea of putting the soldiers' professional skills to use by making those with harvesting abilities tend to the demands of the soldiers with crafting skills, thus comercializing their creations and bringing income to the organization, this brought up a brief argument between Overseer Mol'Tsok and Overseer Mu, the orc refusing to sell the fruits of his incredible works with blacksmithing, deeming it as "dishonorable", which ended in Scaleflayer accepting the idea, although with extreme reluctance.
The Grand Commander also stated that this situation could also mean that the Grey Legion was losing its usefulness in general in the eyes of the Warchief, since they were reassigned from Northrend to Ashenvale. Leugim stated that the fact that the Grey Legion was reassigned instead of instantly disbanded could mean that the higher command was willing to see the if the legion could prove its worth in a place much closer to Hellscream's eyes, this was swiftly replied in a pessimistic manner by Phasm by saying that the higher command could be using this reassingment as a last mission before ordering the disbanding of the legion. The leading figures agreed that, independent of the higher command's intentions related to the deployment to Ashenvale, the Grey Legion had to prove itself as a force to be reckoned within the Horde. Leugim then came up with his own idea, it wasn't supposed to conflict with Overseer Mu's plans, in fact, it acted more as a complement. Overseer Santangelo proposed that, since he had no skills with any professions and didn't understand how to administrate such business, he would use the Grey Legion's death knights and individuals with any sort of necromantic abilities to raise the corpses of the fallen as very basic undead creatures to be used as mindless larborers in service of the legion. Thus, the legion would gain resources and supplies while the soldiers were unable to do their new jobs for whatever reason. The undead harvesters wouldn't need to receive any sort of salary in order to be stimulated to work, thus increasing the income of the organization. Obviously, the corpse also remarked how they'd have to keep a low profile on it and would have to choose where to assign such servants with extreme precision. The plan was widely accepted and approved, Overseer Scaleflayer stating that "THIS is an excellent idea".
Another topic brought up for discussion was about the reputation of the Grey Legion, although its status as part of the Horde military, people in general tended not to have a good idea from them, to the point of disrespecting them many times. Thus, Phasm demanded that the commanding structure became more severe in both its treatment towards those below them but also related to punishment. The punishments didn't need to be anything brutal, in fact, extra drill sessions for disobedient members was a good example of what sort of dire punishment the Grand Commander was talking about. After discussing some final details, Phasm dismissed the commander and the overseers. While Mu and the other overseers went to the Orgrimmar Rear Gate to call on the soldiers in order to discuss about this new scenario, Leugim reclused himself in the shadows of the Hall of the Brave at the Valley of Honor, where he acquired a map of Ashenvale in order to think of a strategy and a good spot to place his future minions, it needed to be away from orcish eyes, but also not so far from Splintertree Post, the place where the Grey Legion would settle.
On the next day, the Grey Legion moved, settling at Splintertree Post as planned. Not long after arriving. Willing to prove himself in his first deployment as an Overseer, Santangelo vigoriously organized a small task force composed of Legionary Kryeiloth, an orc death knight and Initiate Vestakya, a blood elf hunter, and Leugim himself, the trio departed Splintertree and marched to the west in order to seek a suitable hideout to place the future ghoul larborers of the Grey Legion, the trio was eventually ambushed by a number of night elf sentinels, but the night elven women were swiftly dealt with thanks to Leugim's combined skills of a warrior mixed with Chi abilities, Kryeiloth's frigid axe slashes plus his ability to prevent the night elves from taking distance and Vestakya's relentless shots to those who managed to avoid Kryeiloth's grasp.Obviously, Leugim had Kryeiloth raise the fallen women, the sentinels were risen as partially sentinet ghouls, whose quality was better than the average of death knights' thanks to Kryeiloth's studies of necromancy. The trio finally found a suitable place, after emptying it from a small pack of night elven druids (and a wild bear at the wrong place in the wrong time), Leugim and his task force claimed The Shady Nook for the Grey Legion, where all the ghouls would settle, using the cave as some sort of home while harvesting the minerals from within it and doing some lumber harvesting from the trees in the proximities of the place.
This strategy of raising the corpses of the fallen would become a recurring method used by Overseer Leugim in the future whenever he had a death knight in his team, using the undead as larborers and protectors of whatever places the Grey Legion claimed for themselves.
The Battle of Thistlefur Village
After studying the map of Ashenvale, Leugim found out that the Thistlefur tribe of furbolgs occupied a strategic point between Hellscream's Watch and Maestra's Post and even had a shortcut to reach and flank Orendil's Retreat, thus the Overseer's mind became full of ambition, perhaps overwhelmed. Leugim remembered his past experiences with the Redfang tribe and how he managed to temporarily lead them in battle, which made him conclude that, if the Legion managed to make peace between the Horde and the Thistlefur, they'd be worthy allies while providing extra manpower to destroy the nearby Alliance settlements and reinforce the siege staged by Horde invaders at Maestra's Post. However, Leugim also remembered how the Redfang answered only to him and not the rest of the Legion, which granted him a wrong idea about the furbolg race in general. Deeming the Thistlefur as volatile as the Redfang, Leugim decided that the best way to have both desired territory and force bolstering was submitting them into servitude.
|Legionary Suke Wovenclaw, a monk|
|Legionary Tsukia Graceleaf, a monk|
|Haoshi, a monk|
|Barttroz, a hunter|
|Krazix, a rogue|
Thus, the Overseer rallied a group and marched to Thistlefur Village. The group was prevented from entering the village by the interference of two bulky berserkers, although the two mighty furbolgs and the Legion sextet were evenly matched, the small skirmish met an end when Tsukia used her powers as a sorcerer to conjure a huge cloud high in the sky that unleashed two overpowered lightning bolts at the two berserkers, reducing them to ashes, the sight of the attack scared the rest of the furbolgs into the village, some of them even dubbing Tsukia as "Skywitch" for their inability to properly understand the true nature of the mighty spell. Leugim stepped forward, walking into the village with the other five Legion members following, the Overseer approaching one of the furbolgs in angry and heavy steps, the corpse demanded that they called anyone they found relevant enough to represent them at that moment, threatening to decimate the whole village should they not comply. Leugim knew he didn't have enough manpower to do so and that Tsukia wouldn't be able to make such complex conjurations constantly, thus he had to rely on the fear the Grey Legion's presence was imposing.
The scared furbolg nodded and called for an elder shaman: a huge old furbolg approaching the group in slow steps as his hands trembled a bit due to his age, Gorja was his name. Elder Shaman Gorja had seen the Legion's ferocity and Tsukia's mighty conjuration, and like the rest of the tribe, was incredibly scared, the old furbolg questioned Leugim about his reasons behind such unnecessary bloodshed in a tone that expressed a painful, and sad indignation from an old and relatively wise creature. But Leugim was irreducible, and imposed that, from that day on, the Thistlefur tribe would have to serve the Legion and aid them in the form of supplies, manpower and territory, once again letting out the falacious threat of destroying the tribe. Tsukia, Suke and Haoshi expressed their disapproval of their Overseer's methods in their facial expressions and with a few attempts of trying to convince Leugim of forging a proper alliance with them, but Leugim was convinced that furbolgs were nothing but savages that needed to be tamed and not only rejected their suggestions but also ordered silence.
As the debate between the Overseer and the Thistlefur Elder Shaman continued and slowly grew into a possible incoming bloodshed, a trio of furbolgs came to Gorja, shouting desperately: it was the Sentinels, the night elves also staged an invasion to Thistlefur village, their numbers were overwhelming. Gorja, Leugim and the Grey Legion watched as the night elves spread around the village and engaged the local defenders in combat, the Overseer and the Elder Shaman looked at each other with distrustful glares, but then nodded. Without a word, a truce was forged between the corpse and the furbolg, the Grey Legion and the Thistlefur tribe joined forces to fend off the invading night elves.
The combined might of the two factions provoked casualties enough for the local tribe guards to hold them off while the Grey Legion and Elder Shaman Gorja engaged Alizsha Moonarrow, the leader of the Sentinel invaders, and her two bodyguards in combat. The bodyguards were swiftly pulverized by another of Tsukia's conjured lightning-spilling clouds, reinforcing her fame as "Skywitch" among the Thistlefur, Gorja was impressed upon seeing it so close and the joy of having such power by his side invigorated him. Alizsha proved to be a hard challenger, but thanks to Krazix's hit-and-run tactics and engineering gadgets plus Haoshi's monk abilities and Barttroz's bullets, Suke's cunning and crowd control combined with Tsukia's many spells, Leugim's brute force plus chi abilities and Elder Shaman Gorja backing up the Legion through use of his many healing abilities plus empowering them with the primal fury of Bloodlust, the Sentinel leader was killed.
Without Alizsha to guide them, the remaining Sentinels retreated from Thistlefur village, but Suke and Haoshi were deeply wounded, Gorja stepped forward and used his abilities as a shaman to mend their wounds as a mean to repay them for the favor. As Leugim observed his forces speaking to the Elder Shaman as he talked about the desperate situation they were facing due to the corruption his tribe suffered pitting them against both Alliance and Horde, the Overseer concluded that perhaps not all furbolgs were like the Redfang and the Frostpaw, and that the victory of both the Grey Legion and the Thistlefur that day proved Santangelo's brutal arrival as unnecessary. Although he didn't admit it, Leugim regreted approaching the furbolgs in such a bloodthirsty manner and adjusted his terms, approaching the Elder Shaman and proposing an alliance between the Grey Legion and the Thistlefur tribe, Gorja declined at first, the Elder Shaman didn't wish the Thistlefur to become any close of being full members of the Horde for the news he had of the new Warchief and his deeds were mostly unpleasant and concerning, further reinforcing his declining by stating that this would make them pawns to Hellscream's monstrosity.
Leugim remade his proposal to a pact of mutual cooperation between the Grey Legion and the Thistlefur, suggesting that both sides would help each other without inducting the furbolgs into the Horde, an idea gladly accepted by Gorja. The Grey Legion thus departed victorious, returning to Splintertree Post with the news of acquiring new allies in the region and that the Alliance suffered further casualties.
The Battle of Ashenvale
Leugim was at the inn of Splintertree Post alongside overseers Mu and Mol'Tsok and other Legion members who were resting from two days filled with missions when he heard Grand Commander Phasm's yell in the communicator channel that warned of approaching Alliance forces. Leugim, Mu and Scaleflayer organized the very few numbers of Legion members present to defend Splintertree in what would seem a losing battle, joining the local grunts in their skirmish against the relentless Alliance invaders, who quickly managed to reach the inn. The dedicated few was in huge disadvantage and the battle was getting more on the Alliance's favor by each passing second, however, they managed to hold the Alliance long enough for the incoming reinforcements of the bulk of the Grey Legion forces plus the Ironfang clan to flank the invaders from behind and push them back.
After aiding in thwarting the Alliance's second attempt to invade Splintertree Post, Leugim approached his former superior, Mol'Tsok, and asked, in a sarcastic tone, what did he think about the battle, the orc laughed, noticing that the undead was making an allusion to the day they met and the corpse joined the Legion, stating that "that depends". After their brief talk, Leugim seized the distraction of the orcs around him and ordered the Grey Legion blood elf monk Remulous to gather as much Alliance corpses and skeletons as he could and send them to The Shady Nook, the strangely cheerful elf swiftly picked up a cart and filled it with the corpses of the fallen, eventually delivering it at the assigned spot. After reporting his success to Leugim through the communicator channel, the Forsaken overseer departed alongside Legionary Pazie to The Shady Nook in order to check on the ghoul larborers risen by the orc death knight Kryeiloth. The undead were fine and working, their cave untouched by the Alliance. Leugim then ordered Pazie to scout the proximites of The Shady Nook all the way to Forest Song in order to track down Alliance presence, the goblin woman reported that there were no findings. Leugim then received an unexpected visit, a small group of Thistlefur furbolgs led by Elder Shaman Gorja arrived at The Shady Nook and offered themselves to protect the ghouls, despite their distaste for them, as a mean of retribution for the Grey Legion's previous aid against the Sentinels's invasion at their village.
Later on, Leugim joined the Grey Legion in the victorious assault against Astranaar, watching over Phasm alongside the other overseers as the Grand Commander negotiated with the defeated night elven leadership, then secretly having Kryeiloth raise the nearby corpses while both Horde and Alliance forces were focused in the tense negotiation. Leugim also accompained the rest of the Grey Legion back to Splintertree Post once the battle was over, standing by overseers Mu, Kirote and Scaleflayer as they heard to Phasm's speech and then saluted their greatest allies of that day: the Ironfang clan.
This day was glorious for Leugim, to stand and fight victoriously side by side with an orcish clan who wouldn't disturb him for the fact he was a corpse, orcs like the ones described in Stripribs' tales, the reason of why Leugim chose to stay in the Horde upon being risen. Part of the corpse's pride, broken by his fight with Bubba at Undercity, was slightly restored. The corpse then glanced at the Legion as they walked away after being dismissed and was able to feel that any small spark of doubt about whether he was right or not to join the Horde suddenly vanished, the corpse was completely sure now, his place in this world is with the Horde, and he will fight until the Horde's rightful piece of Azeroth has been claimed and the Alliance dismantled.
After he was done with his pondering, Overseer Leugim guided the ghoul larborers out of The Shady Nook and moved them to the Howling Vale.
Trials of the Mind
See: Trials of the Mind
Leugim's skin is pale and his fingers have become proper bone claws that sprout out of his hand.
The center of Leugim's arms are nothing more than pure exposed bones and his stomach has a huge scar in it, which is where he took the blow that resulted in his death.
The undead's spine sprouts out of his flesh and is slightly deformed, which does not allow him to take a more erect stance, at least not for long. To avoid being a weak point, the spine was covered and reinforced with Cobalt plate armor. Unlike his ingame appearance, his improved spine is under the armor.
Despite having his lower jaw replaced once and his throat being repaired twice through the stiching of both dwarven and human flesh, one can easily recognize Leugim by looking at his face, which remains slightly intact when compared to the rest of the body.
After several problems with the limbs of his original legs, Leugim had two new human legs attatched through corpse-stitching. It should be noted that these legs had recently been ripped off from the corpse of an Alliance spy at Deathknell, thus they have no bones exposed and they're fully covered by his leg and feet armor, even though the skin shows clear state of rotting and is full of cuts and even a deep wounds that shows a bit of its inside but not enough to avoid being covered by armor.
- To Fight Against our Fathers is a play on two leader short stories in the World of Warcraft website that have "our Fathers" as part of the title, namely those of High Chieftain Baine Bloodhoof (As Our Fathers Before Us) and King Varian Wrynn (Blood of Our Fathers).
- The Day Deathwing Came is a reference to a small questline of the same name done in the Badlands which was introduced in the Cataclysm expansion.
- Leugim only realized that he loved Asiral in the moment of his death, this and her death proved to be good in a way, since he never became aware that she didn't share the same feelings for him, thus avoiding some dire period of grief.
- Leugim went through a brief period of great irony in his life during the Attack on Theramore Isle: the dwarf paladin whom Leugim ambushed was the same who saved him from being overwhelmed by a swarm of Plague Zombies during the Scourge Invasion, also, the night elf priest who arrived and saved the dwarf shaman and the worgen hunter who Leugim was defeating was the same who saved him and his family from a Towering Horror during the Scourge Invasion.
- The female dwarf shaman, the worgen hunter, worgen death knight and the night elf priest who Leugim saw (and fought against in the worgen duo's case) during Landfall were the same who attacked him during the Attack on Theramore Isle.
- Garrosh Hellscream passing by alongside some Horde adventurer during Landfall is a reference to the quest The Might of the Warchief.
- The Battle of Splintertree actually existed as a huge RP-PvP event in the Wyrmrest Accord US server.