War in Outland
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|Previous: Second War of the Shifting Sands, First Battle for Hillsbrad|
|Next: War against the Lich King, Nexus War|
|Part of: Burning Crusade|
|Begin: Reopening of the Dark Portal|
|End: Fury of the Sunwell|
|War in Outland|
|Location: Blasted Lands, Outland, Isle of Quel'Danas|
|Outcome: Decisive Alliance-Horde victory|
|Commanders and leaders|
|Casualties and losses|
|Major Battles: Battle of the Dark Portal, Battle for Sun's Reach|
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The war in Outland was the combined invasion of Outland by the Alliance and the Horde after the Burning Legion's third attempt of invading Azeroth. The goal of the war is to prevent the Legion from securing a foothold on Outland to further their attacks on Azeroth through the Dark Portal.
Later in the conflict, the Alliance and the Horde also came into conflict with Illidan's forces.
- Main article: Dark Portal Opens
After destroyed the dreadlord homeworld of Nathreza and dealt the greatest blow that the Burning Legion had felt in ten thousand years, the Legion was now clearly aware of the threat that Illidan posed and would learn from spies from within the Illidari that Illidan planned to launch a similar assault on Argus. Seeking to put an end to Illidan, the Betrayer believed that had decided to attack the forces of Azeroth, and lure them into entering Outland. Once within the shattered realm, the Horde and Alliance would begin striking against both the Legion and the Illidari. Kil'jaeden manipulated his enemies into fighting each other, and when they were weakened from the battle he planned to destroy them all.
Prior to the re-opening of the Dark Portal, the Burning Legion launched several attacks on Azeroth from Outland. The demons opened portals to several areas in Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms as well as in the capital cities. 's demon hunters closed the portals on the Outland side.
discovered an unknown relic and used its power to re-open the Dark Portal. In his stead he left fellow doomlord to sow discord across the major cities of Azeroth. Several waves of contingents from the Burning Legion attempted to breach the portal from Outland's side, but were kept at bay by the soldiers and mages from Nethergarde Keep, supported by reinforcements from the ever-vigilant Argent Dawn and mercenary troops from across Azeroth. Alliance and Horde forces under and arrived later in the battle and were able to successfully repel the Legion's forces.
This part of the war is officially called the Battle for the Dark Portal.
Conjoined invasion of Outland
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After repelling the Legion's forces, and dispatched contingents under and in a conjoined effort to claim the Stair of Destiny and establish footholds in Hellfire Peninsula. The Alliance was able to reinforce their already established base at Honor Hold, still under the leadership of after two decades, while the Horde forces under Thrall's trusted advisor established the new settlement of Thrallmar.
Disruption of the Legion invasion
Legion teleporters set behind the enemy lines provided a constant flow of troops to throw themselves at the Stair of Destiny. A nameless organized an army of , s and s in an attempt to push back the azerothian forces. The joint-faction army, inspired by the champions s and fought a tireless battle to keep the Portal safe. The Legion invasion was finally broken when Alliance and Horde forces under and managed to take down the that were protecting the Legion's front teleporters and proceeded to destroy the portals with decisive air-raids employing technology developed by sArea 52.
Bombing raids were carried out on the crucial Murketh and Shaadraz gateways and the forge camps of the Abyssal Shelf. Efforts to disrupt Legion factories at Forge Camps: Mageddon and Rage were also carried out by Horde and Alliance troops.
The final nail in the coffin for the Burning Legion's invasion was the defeat of at the Throne of Kil'jaeden.
The conflict with Illidan
With the Legion threat diffused, the Alliance-Horde entente became less of a united, cohesive force. Both factions, however, turned to the threat of , who was the hegemonous power in Outland, ruling from his seat at the Black Temple of Karabor.
This conflict was not conducted as an organized war effort, but rather as a series of smaller-scale conflicts across Outland, against fel orcs, blood elves, demons and naga loyal to Illidan. Only the forces of Shattrath City offered any form of organized attack; , a naaru general under the command of offered to push back Illidan's troops at the gates of the Black Temple with a joint Aldor-Scryer force. This provided an elaborate distraction for the liberated , Illidan's tireless jailer and , Illidan's once-ally, to enter the Temple.
The Battle for Quel'Danas
- Main article: Battle for Quel'Danas
The final stage of the conflict on Outland would transpire outside of Draenor itself, on the Isle of Quel'Danas. , once Illidan's most trusted advisor, aligned himself and those of his still loyal subjects with the Burning Legion.
After extracting enormous amounts of arcane energy from Netherstorm via hijacked naaru-technology, Kael'thas was confronted and seemingly killed at Tempest Keep. The Prince, however, managed to survive, albeit as a wretched mana-hungry fiend. Using the great amount of energy taken from Outland and the captured naaru, , Kael'thas triumphantly restored the shattered Sunwell for the most abominable purpose; the summoning of into Azeroth.
A united effort of the Aldor, Scryer and of the Blood Knight order, the Shattered Sun Offensive, successfully repelled the Burning Legion from Quel'Danas. With the Legion driven back from the Isle, the proud defenders of Azeroth invaded the Magisters' Terrace and at long last killed the Sun King.
These brave adventurers then turned their attention to stopping 's summoning into Azeroth. Within the Sunwell Plateau the demon lord was in the process of being completely summoned and only with the sacrifice of and the support from the blue dragonflight was he banished from Azeroth.
Restoration of the Sunwell
- Main article: Sunwell Plateau epilogue
Using the spark of the fallen naaru the draenei leader reignited the Sunwell, explaining:
- "In time, the light and hope within will rebirth more than this mere fount of power. Mayhap, they will rebirth the soul of a nation."
This strongly indicates that the Sunwell has indeed been restored using the energies of M'uru, returning the blood elves' "fount of power". The Sunwell's new energies are possibly derived from M'uru's powers of the Light rather than arcane magic.
The aftermath of the invasion, due to the conflicts primarily staying on Outland, left the politics of Azeroth for the most part unchanged. However, shortly after of this events, reclaimed his throne as King of Stormwind, and the Warchief found and appointed the son of his close friend , as his advisor.
The blue dragon , while on Outland discovered and researched the eggs of the Netherwing dragonflight, prized tools in Illidan's war machine. At the start of the war, she took some of the eggs back to the Nexus where she cured her flight's patriarch, , of his insanity. In turn, Malygos would declare war on all magic users for their rampant misuse of magic over his long exile.
And the battle for Quel'Danas, while primarily a organized battle against the Burning Legion, saw the first organized movement of Scourge forces since Naxxramas appeared over the Plaguelands. If the subconsciously sent the Scourge there himself to halt the Legion's advance, or an unseen necrolord believing he was doing his what was best for his master is unknown. However, soon after the crisis, the Lich King himself awoke from his long dream and attacked Stormwind, Orgrimmar, and then declared war on the living, intending to wipe out all life on Azeroth.