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World of Warcraft: Cataclysm
The city of Andorhal is a destroyed human city located in the Western Plaguelands, formerly one of the largest cities in northern Lordaeron. After the ruined city was in the firmly grip of the Scourge both the Alliance and the Forsaken started making major efforts to expel the Scourge from Andorhal.
Andorhal was once the distribution center for all agricultural supplies in the northern provinces of Lordaeron east of Lordamere Lake before the Third War. It was used by Kel'Thuzad to spread the plague, infecting the grain there, which was sent to different northern towns. Andorhal was gripped by the original outbreak of the Plague of Undeath, but remained uncontrolled by Scourge agents. Kel'Thuzad was initially defeated by Arthas in Andorhal. However, Andorhal fell at the hands of Arthas when he returned here to claim the remains of Kel'Thuzad for reanimation, therefore falling under Scourge control. The watches of Andorhal, much like the large clock on the ruins of the town hall, were all frozen in time at three o'clock.
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Following the defeat of the Burning Legion and the consolidation of the Western Plaguelands by the Scourge, Andorhal became a regional bastion effectively separating the lands of the Lich King from those still under mortal control. Later, Andorhal became the headquarters of the lich Araj the Summoner who used the ruined city as the base of operations, from which he oversaw the use of the mighty plague cauldrons situated throughout the Western Plaguelands.
The flow of time was disrupted here and Chromie speculated to be the workings of the Scourge.
Failed Retaking of Andorhal
- Main article: Retaking of Andorhal
During the time of The Burning Crusade, Andorhal was invaded by Maddox and an army of mercenaries and the Argent Dawn. However, the army consisted of just 100 soldiers and they were easily beaten by the Scourge.
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After the Shattering, both the Alliance and the Forsaken started making major efforts to expel the Scourge from Andorhal. The ruined city became a warzone between the Alliance under the command of Thassarian, and the Forsaken under the command of Koltira Deathweaver. The Alliance established a hold on the southwestern side of the city, reinforced by Chillwind Camp. The Forsaken obtained a strong front on the northeastern side of the town. Araj the Summoner leads what remains of the Lich King's forces in Andorhal, their power diminished by the death of their lord.
This major conflict in this war effort came to be known as the Battle for Andorhal, in which World of Warcraft players can participate. The combined forces relentlessly slaughtered Scourge and ultimately slayed Araj. Thassarian and Koltira exchanged pleasantries, and gave each other time before they had to ultimately come to battle with one another. Shortly after, battle was joined, with Alliance militiamen taking the field, having come North to reclaim and rebuild Lordaeron and in hope of farmland that was promised, but was actually unavailable. Despite this advantage, it was revealed that Sylvanas had been observing the battle, and would not have it lost. Using val'kyr, she turns the tide of battle, forcing the Alliance to flee the city.
Despite the Forsaken victory, Sylvanas Windrunner was displeased with what she perceived as weakness on Koltira's part, knowing of his long-standing comradeship with Thassarian and the truce they made in the field. Confronting him after the victory, Sylvanas had Koltira taken to the Undercity so that he can be made to serve the Horde - or, more specifically, the Forsaken - exclusively, without any regard for his prior service to the Knights of the Ebon Blade.
In the RPG
- In one of Sylvanas's visions of the future, the Bulwark, which was the last line of defense of the Tirisfal Glades was going to be assaulted by an army of humans and dwarves, fresh from their last victory in taking Andorhal.
- A Warcraft III custom/multiplayer map exists called "Andorhal". The city had canals, and also goblin laboratories which provided faster transportation around the city.
- In the early parts of The Well of Eternity, the first book of Richard A. Knaak's War of the Ancients Trilogy, Andorhal is stated as the location in which the father and siblings of the mage Rhonin resided, and were killed, when the Scourge attacked.
- In the Warcraft III mission "The Cult of the Damned", Andorhal is vaguely oval-shaped, had a land bridge to the southwest, a stone bridge to the south east, and a single road leading north. It retains these features in the "Digging up the Dead" mission. This layout is much like the one seen in World of Warcraft.
- The jolly paladin Soulare of Andorhal comes from this city.
Involvement of the Infinite Dragonflight?
The appearance of the Infinite dragonflight and their role in the attempted altering of key events in the history of Azeroth may point to them as the ones who are truly behind the attacks on the timeline here, instead of the Scourge. Although Chromie suggests that it is the work of the Scourge she wasn't completely sure (hence the use of the phrase "most likely"), and so - as she and the other Bronze Dragon's were probably unaware of the existence of the Infinite Flight at that time - directed the blame to the most powerful malevolent force known to exist in the area.
- Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Alliance and Forsaken rebuilt sections of the city have been added, as well as the ongoing battle between them.
- Patch 1.7.0 (2005-09-22): The summoning crystals of Andorhal have been removed.
- Patch 1.4.0 (2005-05-05): Andorhal has been overhauled to improve framerate, navigability, and monster spawns.