If you haven't been to Ashenvale recently, you may not realize that Silverwind Refuge was taken over by the Horde. There were several vendors and trainers there, including two that sold recipes for Cooks and Alchemists. I received an email recently, letting me know that this town was no longer Alliance controlled. So I flew out to investigate.
When I went inside the building, I noted that all of the residents were completely new. They weren't even Horde versions of the same vendors, just different altogether. I continued to walk around the town, hoping to spot a new trade vendor. I noticed that there were some Alliance guards lying on the ground. Then I realized one had a name:
That's right... THIS is our missing vendor! The Horde murdered him and left his body outside to ROT!! You heartless fiends! You depraved savages!!
After spotting poor Harklan, I started wandering among the bodies and found other hapless victims:
Big Bear Steak and Lean Venison recipes now? Only the bane of many a classic player's existence... an unreliable robot found occasionally among the bleak dunes of Desolace.
And here is young Kylanna, apparently cut down right in the middle of brewing some potent concoction. We'll never know what exciting new elixir she may have had in store for us...
I plan to continue my explorations - tracking down lost souls and hoping to find them alive and well. But this sad town forced me to pause and mourn the loss of those who did not survive the Cataclysm.