Arathor

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Arathor, or the Arathorian Empire[1][2][3] and Arathi Empire[4] was the first great human nation / kingdom founded by a unification of the various tribes of the Eastern Kingdoms under the Arathi. Its capital was Strom, now known as the semi-abandoned fortress of Stromgarde.

History

Creation and war

Concerned that the trolls were becoming too great a threat, the Arathi tribe of humans embarked on a campaign to conquer their rivals through combat and politics. By offering equality and peace to the people they conquered, the Arathi were able to form a powerful nation, Arathor. The capital of Strom was built, and the humans in the area that would later become Lordaeron traveled to its protection.

The high elves of Quel'Thalas, meanwhile, were in open war with the trolls. On the verge of defeat, they sent ambassadors to Strom to plead for assistance from the human king, Thoradin. In exchange for support, the elves agreed to instruct one hundred humans in the use of magic. Through the military might of Stromgarde, and the magic wielded by the elves and new human mages, the trolls were soundly defeated. This great conflict, and first large scale war in the Eastern Kingdoms, was later dubbed the "Troll Wars".

Caer Darrow has been the site of one or more human fortifications dating back to the days of the empire.[5]

Fracture

Following the defeat of the trolls, the human mages that had been instructed by the high elves eventually chose to leave Strom and found their own nation, Dalaran, dedicated to the study and use of magic. In time, other city-states were founded: Gilneas, Alterac, and Kul Tiras. Much of the nobility decided to move from Stromgarde to the fertile lands of the north, founding Lordaeron, while the heirs of King Thoradin traveled far south to form the kingdom of Azeroth (later known as Stormwind). The few remaining loyal defenders of Strom renamed it Stromgarde, a shell of what was left of a once-great empire.

Modern ramifications

The human nations that splintered off from Arathor would not be united again until the Second War, in which the Alliance of Lordaeron was formed to defeat the Orcish Horde. Lord Anduin Lothar, as the last descendant of the Arathi, was able to call upon the humans of Lordaeron as well as the high elves to join this new alliance of many races in payment for the help provided by the humans of Arathor during the Troll Wars.[6]

In the RPG

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In several RPG books it is called empire[7][8][9] or the Empire of Arathor[10][11] and Arathorian Empire.[12][13]

References

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