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Menethil Harbor post-Cataclysm.
Small city, Port
Active, partially flooded
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Menethil Harbor (men-a-thill) is a port town on the western shore of the Wetlands. It has a boat that sails to Theramore Isle in Dustwallow Marsh, on the continent of Kalimdor, and an icebreaker that goes to Valgarde in the Howling Fjord on the continent of Northrend. Within the city are many vendors; a First Aid trainer, the Deepwater Tavern, and a gryphon flight master. Besides the keep there is also a blacksmith and an inn.
Except for the bridge, the only other ways of entering the town, is by sea, or by a secret underground path leading from the town to the mainland.
The place that would later be known as Menethil Harbor was originally chosen by Orgrim Doomhammer to be the place where his invasion fleet would be built. Sailing straight to the Hillsbrad Foothills would let the Old Horde avoid the ground defenses of the Alliance of Lordaeron.
After the Second War the area was conquered and rebuilt as an Alliance harbor town under the direction of Admiral Daelin Proudmoore, named Menethil Harbor in honor of the King of Lordaeron. The forces of the Horde of Draenor attacked the harbor in order to steal ships and set sail for the Tomb of Sargeras.
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Menethil Harbor still serves a critical purpose as it serves as a link between the old kingdoms of Khaz Modan and Stormwind, and the relatively new Alliance settlements at Theramore Isle and Valgarde.
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With the Shattering, Menethil Harbor was partially flooded, but continued to be inhabited. The docks now float and sandbags are set up throughout the town. Many of the town's inhabitants currently reside on small islands or within rowing boats, and the keep has been taken over by Dark Iron dwarves. Most of the right side of Menethil, as you enter the town, has been sunk or destroyed. The Maiden's Virtue, the ship that has been docked at Menethil Harbor for the past five years, has also sunk beneath the waves.
Menethil was home to Captain Placeholder who would instantly teleport players to Auberdine. He was a favorite of most players but was removed when the boats were added. Due to a glitch, they had to reinstate him until an April 2005 patch. He was so popular that fans made a petition to reinstate him and others made a song called Lament of Captain Placeholder. While he has not appeared again in the game (and likely never will, if Blizzard can help it), he has appeared in the WotLK and MoP betas.
In the RPG
Menethil Harbor is the only stationary Alliance presence in the Wetlands, a small well-fortified city that numbers a little over ten thousand souls. This major port city represents the Alliance presence in the Wetlands. Alliance forces established the current Menethil Harbor at the end of the Third War as the main sea link between Khaz Modan and the kingdoms of Alliance, but the area is still wild and untamed.
Murlocs and Dragonmaw orcs are a constant threat to its citizens, who are braver and sterner than their kin. Captain Stoutfist, the town's military leader, can be found in Menethil Keep working to repel the Dragonmaw orcs. The captain is particularly concerned because the orcs seem to be preparing for a major assault.
Menethil Harbor in Lands of Conflict.
Patches and hotfixes
- Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Flooded, Dark Iron dwarves added to keep, Maiden's Virtue destroyed.
- Patch 3.0.3 (2008-11-04): Boat to Valgarde added.
- Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Boat to Auberdine removed.
- Hotfix (2005-04-22): Captain Placeholder removed.
- Hotfix (2005-01-21): Captain Placeholder added, until the bugged boat to Auberdine is fixed.