As soon as Khanzal entered the Valley, he could hear the braying of battle horns and the clash of metal on metal. He bolted from the tunnel riding his Frostwolf, a gift from General Drak for his service, and spurred the beast towards the front. En route, Khan linked up with several other Horde detachments and together they assaulted the bunker near the Stonehearth outpost. In short order, the bunker was in flames and the growing force pressed onward towards the Stormpike fortress. Khanzal noted with some disappointment the light resistance the Alliance were putting up. There were some token skirmishers here and there, but they were bowled down easily by the Horde.
Khan saw the narrow pass leading to Stormpike before them. He knew their force could be blocked in there if the defenders were strong. Fortunately, the group leader was also aware of this and led their group up a hill where they could drop down onto the road on the other side of the narrow pass. The Horde quickly swept through the defenders and crossed the bridge into the fort. Battle was quickly joined with the small but tenacious group of defenders. Using bunkers as cover, the Alliance forces put up a tremendous fight. The Horde struggled to take both the North and South bunkers and failed. Then they concentrated all their might on the South bunker.
Khan lead the charge up the steps and waded into the dwarven defenders, mace swinging. Shamans and druids seared a path through the Alliance force so a few rogues could ignite the tower. The south bunker fell. The same process broke the north bunker.
As the Horde stood outside the fortress gates where the Stormpike General waited, they could hear a cry from the far south: the Alliance were attacking the Horde base. They had skirted around the Horde force and swept southward as the Horde was making its way North.
“We need to hurry!” yelled the leader. “MOVE FORWARD!”
The Horde took the aid station and crushed the guards outside the fortress. Khan took on one of their battle masters, exchanging blows with the dwarf while other members of the party kept him alive and helped in bringing the seasoned fighter down.
“All clear! Take the fortress!” came the leader’s yell.
The Horde attacked the Stormpike General. All the while as they battled, Khan could hear the howls from their own fortress. He fought back the urge to report to the base in the south to defend General Drak. He decided to stay, to let the formidable Horde defenses hold the line in the south and to end the fight here. The Alliance fought valiantly to defend their leader, however, in the end, General Stormpike fell and the Alliance forces gave up the fight.
((It was a fun AV I was in last night. I remember the old AVs with their large troop movements, the summoning of the Ice Lords and the wing rider strikes. AV has unfortunately become a PvE race rather than an “epic” feeling battle between the Alliance and the Horde. It was still a fun fight, but it made me miss the old days, even if we would occasionally get grid-locked somewhere.))