The Legend of PIE
There are many legends in the lands of Azeroth, I am here to tell of a modern day one, that with the vast changes in the world has become almost as strangely intriguing as the olden ones....
Back during the second Orc war, Major Takumi found himself the senior officer in command of the remnants of a batallion. 80 able bodied men had survived the green tide of destruction that was the Orc invasion. Having fallen back to their batallion's base near the borders to Quel'tha'las Takumi rallied his men to a death or Glory stand against the Orcs, drawing their line in the dust that the green tide goes no further.
23 men were lost defending that position, but against overwhelming odds they somehow managed to fend off an Orc advance many times the size of their number. Routed the Orcs fell back to prepare for another attack. At this point, on the cusp of the war, the global Orc rout began. With their forces starting to fall back all over Lordaeron, the second attack never came. Heralded as one of the key defining battles that turned the tide of the war, Takumi was rewarded with a lordship for his bravery and abiliity to lead his men to victory againt insurmountable odds. In addition to the title, lord Takumi gained a castle and lands near the border of Quel'tha'las, not far from where his batallion was based.
Retiring from service at the end of the Second War lord Takumi concentrated on governing his lands and people, enjoying the new and quite different tasks laid before him. Two decades after the end of the Orc wars, the scourge came, as with much of Lordaeron the people of lord Takumi's region fell swiftly to the twisted plague that turned many to undead and left others to a cruel death.
Dispite his undeath and that of those around him Takumi stayed in his castle, attempting to keep life as it was. Immortality had it's price though, many couldn't face a life of undeath and killed themselves, others found that the lack of a need for food and other of their basic human needs meant that they no longer needed to perform their existing jobs and fled. Takumi was left with the few of his staff that also wanted to keep to their old lives, though the need for servants duties and similar soon disappeared. Discovering their newfound fundamental equalities roles in the castle changed freeing many from their old roles.
Soon news came that Arthas was attempting to sieze control of the country, the death of King Terenas came as a blow and the sacrifice of Terenas' loyal commanders and lords gave cause to Takumi to re-evaluate his situation. Taking what wealth he could in the hope that it would be useful later Takumi fled his castle informing his staff to follow suit. The remaining wealth would be hidden and hopefully if Arthas came looking for him he'd find the castle empty and assume that Takumi were dead.
Lord Takumi formulated a plan, he wasn't sure how it would come about, but it was a shame in his eyes for the once great kingdom of Lordaeron, founder member of the Lordaeron Alliance, to be laid waste as it was. Unable to trace any fellow lords or remaining commanders of Terenas' army, Takumi decided it was up to him to rebuild Lordaeron and to do that he'd need his own army. First he tried to approach nearby human and dwarf remnants to aid him but soon decided he didn't like the feel of a pitchfork with the pointy end aimed at him. The humans wouldn't listen to him, wouldn't give him a chance to speak. Now he realised how the orcs felt in the camps, he understood what the orc Thrall must have been thinking when he liberated the orcs from the internment camps.
Re-evaluating his opinions and prejudices Takumi decided that his Lordaeron would be a glorious empire, where all sentients could live together with no fear of persecution. First he needed to wrest power from Arthass and to do that he'd need to work hard to recruit an army. He soon stumbled across a band of undead called the Forsaken, bitter at Arthas for their undeath they desired more than anything else to topple Arthas from his seat of power. Finding among them some like minded souls, and many not so like minded he set about recruiting people who would share his vision for an Empire of Lordaeron. As time carried on progressing in the now seasonless lands of Lordaeron the Forsaken forged an alliance with the Horde, led by the orc Thrall, based on the goal of toppling Arthas who had now gained the power of the Lich King.
Many of the Forsaken turned out to be selfish, with the obvious persecution from the humans, most were bitter and would strive to wipe out any who weren't the same as themselves. Takumi discovered that the Forsaken were working on ways to not only eliminate Arthas but much of the remaining life left on Azeroth. This goal being far removed from his own Takumi removed his support for the Forsaken and set out on his own again. With those who would follow him Takumi began to ellicit help from Horde forces to bolster his numbers while maintaining enough of a tie to help poach similarly minded undead from the Forsaken.
Praetoria Imperialis Excubitoris was formed by Takumi and his followers, wearing the colours and sigil afforded to Lord Takumi by King Teranas "Protectors of the Empire" set about forming the empire of freedom that they aimed to protect. Letting none stand in his way Takumi would lead his people against any who would impede his vision whatever their alliance and motives.
Heading back to the old castle Takumi collected what resources he could to start funding and equiping his army, and with a few of his old house to aide him he set off to wander the lands and build his army. Favouring a mobile base of operations over a traceable fixed point, and spreading his people around the regions questing, recruiting and training for combat, he believed that PIE could seem an ever present threat though never seem to have the numbers to be worth squashing. Spreading word about the organisation, and little of the genuine aims PIE has become almost an urban legend, over the time since the founding the myths have created a reputation that bears standing up to.
With a strict code of conduct and honourable behaviour PIE is reknowned in legend to aid those in need and to accept all who wish to join and help in the fight to raise the Empire of Lordaeron out of the ashes of the old kingdom. Every now and then, notices appear on trees and boards around the lands of Azeroth, messages to stir up the people and make them rethink there lives, messages signed off 'Praetoria Imperialis Excubitoris'. Many believe they are hoaxes carried out by people who think that perpetuating the stories is fun, others believe they are true and head off in search of PIE. If you can find them, and you believe in peace for all, maybe you could join, PIE.