Capital City

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This article is about the capital of the Kingdom of Lordaeron. For the ruins above the Undercity, see Ruins of Lordaeron.
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Capital City[1][2][3][4][5][6][7] or simply Lordaeron City[8] and Lordaeron[9][10] was the capital city of the Kingdom of Lordaeron. The city was built by the Arathor at the height of their power, and became the city-state and capital of a kingdom based in Tirisfal Glades that emerged after the fall of the Arathorian Empire.

History

Capital City, Lordaeron.

Its original founders were the aristocratic of the Arathor nation, who had grown weary of worldly attachments such as possessions and power. These noblemen and lords founded a city in which they could pursue a spiritual life hoping to find a higher calling. Thus, Lordaeron was founded. The city was first an industrial center for the nation, but later, most of the industries were moved east to the new cities of Stratholme and Andorhal, so Lordaeron became solely an administrative center and was largely remodeled as a wonder of human architecture.

The city was the center of the Alliance of Lordaeron during the Second War, and so prospered as the effective capital of humanity. It provided the most soldiers of any kingdom to the Alliance and successfully repelled the invasion of the Orcish Horde. It was here that renegade Alterac soldiers and sailors were interrogated and revealed the treachery of their kingdom.[11] The city itself was later attacked during the war.[12]

Capital City also had its own cathedral, where Jaina Proudmoore and Arthas Menethil met for the first time.[13]

When Prince Arthas killed his father, King Terenas II, the city fell into turmoil. At Arthas' command, Falric and Marwyn led the undead Scourge into the city and killed its inhabitants. The city soon came to be called the Ruins of Lordaeron.

Ruins of Lordaeron

For a time, the city was overseen by Balnazzar, Detheroc, and Varimathras. When Arthas returned from Kalimdor, he found the dreadlords near the Palace Gardens, ousted them and named himself King of Lordaeron. When Ner'zhul recalled Arthas to Northrend, Balnazzar took control over the city once again.

The combined forces of Grand Marshal Garithos and Sylvanas Windrunner defeated Balnazzar, at which point Sylvanas betrayed her allies and took the city for herself. The Undercity, which lies beneath the ruins of the capital, now serves as the capital of the Forsaken. The Forsaken later made the ruins of this city into a major base.

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