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Barithorn Stanbridge

Barithorn

Class
Priest
Race
Undead
Faction
Heart of Gold
Age
n/a
Quote
"Things can't get much worse..."
Level
85
Professions
Herbalist, Alchemist


Barithorn Stanbridge (once again known as "Barithorn" in-game) is a former human Paladin of the Light, now currently undead thanks to the necromatic magicks of the Val'kyr. Even before that, he was a member of the Scarlet Crusade.  He is currently trying to adjust to his new life as an undead, but has dark intentions for those that made him what he is.

Biography Edit

Early LifeEdit

Barithorn Stanbridge was born to James Stanbridge, a Marshal of local law enforcement around the township of Brill, and Miracira Delane, the leader of a feared group of bandits known as the Brill Hounds.  As neither parent were willing to give up their way of life, an agreement was made in which Barithorn would be raised by his father, told that his mother had died in childbirth.  From an early age, Barithorn was taught of the Light and the Three Virtues and was quick to join the Order of Light and train as a Paladin in the Cathedral in Lordaeron.

The Fall of Lordaeron Edit

When Barithorn was sixteen years old, the Scourge came to Lordaeron.  During this time, he was separated from his father and fled the city under the care of several priests and older paladins, which lived in hiding from the ravaging undead.  Barithorn's group of trainees were eventually brought into the ranks of Grand Marshal Garithos and his forces, but the Grand Marshal had little time or patience for the recruits and set them to menial tasks.  During this period, Barithorn was a stablehand and his training relapsed somewhat.  Barithorn witnessed Garithos' betrayal of the Blood Elves and was among the troops that were possessed by the Dreadlord Detheroc.

Desertion Edit

Barithorn along with many of his fellow trainees deserted Garithos upon being released from Detheroc's mind control.  The general consensus was that it was the Grand Marshal's arrogance and overconfidence that led them to that perilous position in the first place and that allying with the Forsaken was the wrong road to tread.  This small band of Paladins and those still in training called themselves the Wandering Light, an idealistic group of young men and women who sought to free Lordaeron from the grip of the undead.  But the small group could do little or nothing against the enemy before them, as infighting and flaring tempers among the older Paladins paralyzed the group and stunted any progress or growth.  Before long, the group splintered.

Joining the Scarlet CrusadeEdit

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A younger Barithorn in the uniform of the Scarlet Crusade.

Barithorn and his companions sought refuge in the old monastery in northern Tirisfal Glades, but found it fully active and controlled by their former peers from the Knights of the Silver Hand, now known as the Scarlet Crusade.  Learning of the Crusade's intentions, the same as the Wandering Light but much better organized, Barithorn pleaded with them to be allowed to join, finish his training, and free Lordaeron.  He and his companions were taken in and put under quarantine to determine whether or not they were "clean".  When he was finally released from quarantine (which he will not discuss to this day), he was quick to don the tabard of his new cause and complete his training.

Searching for Family Edit

Constantly, he requested to be among the patrols in the areas around Tirisfal Glades and the Plaguelands, in order to find his father, with the hope to find him, alive and well, and bring him into the order.  Days turned to months, which turned to years, without a single sign of or word from James, and Barithorn steadily began to lose the hope that had been sustaining him for years.  When he was 22, he was informed by his superiors that his father had been killed along with a group of "compromised" refugees by Scarlet patrols near Heathglen as they tried to seek safe haven.  Barithorn was enraged by the news, demanding proof that they had been compromised by the Scourge, but his demands were rebuffed.  This was a double blow to him, to learn that his father was killed and that it was at the hands of his comrades, which he saw as a betrayal.  He toiled with what he was to do, until an incident made that decision for him.

The Flight from LordaeronEdit

Word reached the Monastery quickly regarding the appearance of the dread citadel Acherus and the legions of Death Knights that were raining hell upon the Scarlet Enclave which, until that point, had been the only region of the Eastern Plaguelands completely untouched by the Scourge.  Scarlet forces from Tirisfal Glades and Hearthglen were mobilized immediately under the command of Galvar Pureblood to reinforce High General Abbendis' position, and Barithorn was among the forces sent from the Monastery.  However, as they passed by Andorhal, Barithorn quickly made a break for the undead-infested city, with several Scarlet soldiers in hot pursuit.  He evaded capture by the Crusaders, who were overtaken by a swath of the Scourge, but was seriously wounded by the attacking dead.  With some considerable effort and sheer force of will, he practically dragged himself to the Argent Dawn's Chillwind Camp, where he was able to receive medical attention.

Paladin of the Alliance Edit

Barithorn explained his situation to Ashlam Valorfist, Commander of the Chillwind outpost, and was given permission to fly to Stormwind.  Once there, he went immediately to the Cathedral of Light and counseled the priests and paladins.  After a consensus, it was decided that he was to be re-trained in the ways of the Light, a sort of "de-Scarletization" process.  To this end, he gave all his worldly possessions to the Church, save for some simple clothes and a battle-worn hammer, and withdrew to the Northshire Abbey.  Under the watchful eyes of the Church of the Holy Light, Barithorn began to re-learn the ways of the Light and become a full-fledged Paladin in the service of the Church. Though he had intended to join the order of the Northshire Templar, a chance encounter with a Draenei named Zhaigan forced Barithorn to set aside those plans and join the relative newcomer guild called the Manatech Faction, of which Zhaigan was the leader.  From him, he learned that his father James was still alive, albeit as a Knight of the Ebon Blade and absolutely insane, and that he had recently joined the Faction, but was constantly on the move. In his time, Barithorn met and became friends with many if the guild members, and eventually reunited with his father, trying to keep him out of trouble.

During his time in the Manatech Faction, Barithorn trained and grew as a paladin, while also honing his abilities as an botanist and using the plants he studied to create potions and elixirs. In addition, he made sure to keep good relations with the various Alliance factions, trying to keep his nose clean. He traveled and quested all over the Eastern Kingdoms to Kalimdor to the outer reaches of Outland and to the coldest parts of Northrend, doing the Light's work, as he believed. Northrend ended up being the toughest time in his life.

He fought in battles all over the snowbound continent, but faced some of his toughest battles in Dragonblight, under the command of High Commander Halford Wyrmbane's 7th Legion. It was there that he, on a quest to eliminate High General Brigitte Abbendis of the Scarlet Onslaught, was captured by a Forsaken party near the settlement of Venomspite, where he was tortured for information. After several months of captivity, during which he was withered to the point of being a walking stick figure and losing his right eye, he was rescued by a 7th Legion unit and sent back to Stormwind to recuperate. Little is known as to how he recuperated, but there was a noticable change in his attitude, to a definite anti-Forsaken tilt.

Ignoring the advice of his guildmates and the priests and healers, Barithorn returned to Northrend and participated in the Argent Tournament made it through the Trial of the Champion, becoming a Champion of the Alliance. But as the healers predicted, he returned to battle too quickly and ended up re-injuring himself during the Trial of the Crusader. He was taken off the front, rendering him unable to participate in the final assault against the Lich King.

CataclysmEdit

Following the death of the Lich King and the end of the War of Northrend, Barithorn kept to himself, almost completely withdrawn from the Manatech Faction, instead spending a great deal of time in the Cathedral of Light in Stormwind while he recovered from his injuries. During this time, he became involved in the investigations into a supposed doomsday cult and participated in an undercover investigation. As time went on, he took a more active role as elementals plagued the Alliance capitals.

And then, all hell broke loose as Deathwing made his return to Azeroth and pretty much everything blew up, in some form or fashion. His faith in the Light was shaken greatly and, after being counseled at length by Abbot Kaston, he left the Manatech Faction and joined the Church of Northshire. He did not have long to delve into his studies as a Knight of the Church, however, as the Worgen-cursed Gilneans rejoined the Alliance, and Barithorn jumped at the chance to answer a summons by the 7th Legion to assist the Gilneas Liberation Front in taking the country back from the Forsaken. Not only would he repay the debt he owed to the Legion for setting him free, but he would also gain some measure of revenge against the Forsaken that had put him through several months of hell. He departed immediately for Gilneas.

Death and RebirthEdit

Barithorn was stationed in Gilneas City, near the Light's Dawn Cathedral, where he routinely patroled, taking orders from Master Sergeant Pietro Zaren. He was one of many in a squad of 7th Legionnaires that assaulted key Forsaken positions, Dreadwatch Outpost and Rutsak's Guard. However, a Forsaken sneak attack left Zaren and whole squads of his submariner forces dead. Outnumbered and outmuscled, Barithorn died with the blades of Forsaken agents driving into his body.

The peace of death would not last long, as his soul was forced back into his body and his rotted corpse was raised by the Val'kyr. Disoriented, confused, and more than just a little shaken up, he hid until the fighting died down and fled from Gilneas. Once he had recovered his senses, he found that something went awry during the raising process. His muscles had withered to just about nothing, rendering him unable to wear heavy armor or even barely hold a sword. While he was still able to wield the Light as he always had, to use it as he was harmed him more than it helped. Despite that, he intended to train in the ways of the priest. However, the fury and rage at his predicament came to the forefront of his mind. Thoughts that had barely scratched the surface was he was alive now stood above all. Revenge. Murder, justifiable or otherwise. Hatred. And so, he began to walk the path of the shadow priest, further plotting to make those who made him what he is suffer.

PresentEdit

After joining the Goblin-run Heart of Gold organization, and perhaps sensing that he was delving too deeply into shadow magic, Barithorn has ceased training entirely and has secluded himself to Light's Hope Chapel in the Eastern Plaguelands, committing himself to prayer and reflection under the tutelage of fellow Argent Crusader Alawys Mulryan. He hopes to center himself and figure out what to do in his unlife.

He steadfastly refuses to call himself a Forsaken, referring to himself as either undead or "fallen". In his mind, the Forsaken are an organization of undead individuals, not a race of people and he refuses to be part of the group that killed him and raised him.

AppearanceEdit

Standing upright, Barithorn is roughly 5'9" but he is normally hunched over. He has short black hair. His general attire consists of a pair of slacks, a simple tunic, and a headband.

Personality Edit

Barithorn's personality has become somewhat twisted since being turned undead. He maintains a strange balance of wanting to help those in need and trying to cause as much damage as possible to those who would try to attack him. He is angry and bitter about his situation, and tries to keep to himself to avoid unleashing a verbal barrage on people.

Family Edit

His father is James Stanbridge, a former Marshal for Brill, and Miracira Delane, the leader of the bandit clan the Brill Hounds.  He recently discovered the truth about Miracira when he recently ran into her in Ironforge.

As far as he is aware, he is not related to Kethàn.

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