Consumed by her curiosity about the cure of the zombie plague and by her interest in discovering an immunizing serum to protect the Forsaken from their own New Plague, Kivrinne turned to sources she hadn’t considered before.
She recalled having heard, during her brief sojourn in Kalimdor, that there was a mad Tauren alchemist who claimed that her goddess had given her a mandate to cure the Forsaken. Kivrinne traveled to Thunder Bluff, where she discussed with Bena Winterhoof and Apothecary Zamah, with the Forsaken priests and with the druids and shamans of the bull-men, possible mechanisms for restoration of corruption to incorruption.
She threw herself off the swaying rope bridges time after time, testing new mixtures and infusions. Although the Healers in the city patiently mended the broken bones and repaired the crushed flesh, no tonic that she and the others devised could cleanse the taint of the Scourge from her soul and allow her body to be returned to its native, properly living state.
One afternoon when she had been in the Tauren city for some months, Kivrinne was arguing with Bena about the proper ratio of components for yet another test solution when one of Bena’s more advanced students returned from doing some field work. He commented that their discussion sounded to him an awful lot like the ideas being tested by a crazy Blood Elf lady out in Thousand Needles.
Kivrinne didn’t really expect to find much that would be useful, but she went to Freewind Post anyway. Though her investigations and Magistrix Elosai’s research had some common concerns about purification of soul and body, the applications were so different that Kivrinne came away only with a list of reagents that she might, as a last resort, possibly try. The failure of Elosai’s theories, however, reminded Kivrinne of similar work being undertaken at the Dead Scar in Quel’Thalas — research which might, potentially, bridge the gap between the Magistrix’s ideas and her own.
And so Kivrinne was in the Ghostlands again, studying the resistance of murlocs to the Lich King’s will and of Amani Trolls to the Plague itself, when a courier arrived in Tranquilien with some alarming news.
The Grand Apothecary of the Royal Apothecary Society — a personage about whom Kivrinne had heard much, but never seen, as the highest-ranking Apothecary she dealt with regularly was Madam Zinge — had conspired with the dreadlord, Varimathras, to overthrow the Queen! Rumors were that the Dark Lady had been forced to turn to Orgrimmar for help in re-taking Undercity from the rebellious demons and apothecaries, and that the Alliance had taken advantage of the turmoil to lay siege to Undercity themselves. Other rumors hinted that only the timely intervention of the human sorceress, Jaina Proudmoore, had prevented a complete catastrophe.
Over the next few days, more rumors trickled in, suggesting that the efforts of the RAS in Northrend had succeeded in perfecting the New Plague, and that it had been unleashed to devastating effect upon an unsuspecting battleground of Horde, Alliance, and Scourge troops. For some reason this had enraged the other races of the Horde, and Sylvanas had claimed that she knew nothing about it. Kivrinne didn’t believe that story at all. Kivrinne had only met her sovereign once, when returning the necklace she had found during her previous work in the Ghostlands, but her impression of the Banshee Queen was of someone far too observant and clever to have let something that big slip her notice.
During the following week, as further reports from the battle in Northrend rolled in, Kivrinne noticed that fewer fireworks disturbed her nighttime research hours. She supposed that even the delusional idiots at that foolish, decadent party just over the border into Eversong Woods must have lost people that they had cared about. She wondered, abstractedly, if any of the Apothecaries she knew had been part of the Grand Apothecary’s rogue faction and would be missing when she returned again to Undercity.
About a fortnight later, the Elves asked Kivrinne to leave Tranquilien. Kivrinne protested that her research was innocent, that she was, if anything, actually more of a renegade than the Grand Apothecary’s people because she was primarily interested in finding ways to resist, and perhaps even cure, the effects of the Plague, but to no avail. She was not part of the official delegation of the Forsaken to Tranquilien, and she was an Apothecary, and therefore she must leave.