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A Blaze of Glory (WC3 Orc)

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A Blaze of Glory
A Blaze of Glory (WC3 Orc)
Campaign: The Founding of Durotar
Place: Theramore Isle, Dustwallow Marsh
Outcome:
  • Tactical Horde Victory
  • Peace between Durotar and Theramore re-established
Belligerents


Commanders and leaders
Strength

Kul Tiras:

Theramore Guard:

Casualties and losses
  • Heavy
  • Heavy Kul Tiras losses
  • Moderate Theramore losses
  • 6 Battleships

A Blaze of Glory is the third act of the The Founding of Durotar campaign.

It was the final confrontation between the Horde, led and championed by Thrall and Rexxar — of the Mok'Nathal — and the Kul Tiras invasion force, led by Admiral Daelin Proudmoore.

Submaps

There is only two maps for this mission, a map for the sea between Dustwallow Marsh and Theramore Isle, and Theramore City.

Loading screen

Moments later, Thrall, Rexxar and the warriors of the Horde gather along the coastline to plan their final assault on the grand admiral's bastion of Theramore Isle.

Prelude

In response to the increasingly aggressive human incursions into Durotar, Thrall and Rexxar had gathered together the various component races of the Horde and marched upon the Kul Tiras army, scoring an important victory over Proudmoore's forces at Tidefury Cove. Having regained the coast, Thrall and Rexxar plotted their next move against the armada of Kul Tiras battleships blockading Theramore Isle, Proudmoore's stronghold. As they strategised, they were approached by Jaina Proudmoore. She told Thrall of a Goblin Shipyard on an outlying island of the archipelago, with which the Horde could construct a fleet to battle the Kul Tiras blockade. Although she gave her blessing to the attack upon her fanatical father, she pleaded with Thrall to avoid destroying her own forces in the impending battle, to which the Warchief agreed.

Dialogue

Act Intro

IconSmall Rexxar.gif Rexxar: Warchief, our troops are ready, but the Admiral's assembled a blockade of battleships around Theramore. There's no way we can match their firepower.
IconSmall Thrall.gif Thrall: Damnit, I should have thought of this sooner. We've got to find some way to--
The conversation is interrupted by a mage teleportation spell.
IconSmall Jaina.gif Jaina Proudmoore: Thrall, Rexxar... I come in peace. You must believe me--I had no part in my father's plans. I wish none of this had ever happened. I... I don't know what to do.
IconSmall Thrall.gif Thrall: We've bled together on many battlefields, Jaina. We've faced untold perils as allies. But your father threatens the security of our nation and the very future of my people. You know how this has to end.
IconSmall Jaina.gif Jaina Proudmoore: I know, Thrall. Do what you must. There is a goblin shipyard on a nearby island that could provide you with warships of your own. With those, you could scatter the blockade surrounding Theramore.
IconSmall Jaina.gif Jaina Proudmoore: But please, spare my men if you can. My father will try to use them against you, but they're the only real family I'll have left when this is over. Please do this... for me.
IconSmall Thrall.gif Thrall: We'll do what we can, Jaina. You have my word. Now you'd better make yourself scarce. The battle's about to begin.
Jaina teleports away.
IconSmall Rexxar.gif Rexxar: Our forces are ready, Thrall. It now or never.
IconSmall Thrall.gif Thrall: See it done, Rexxar. I'll meet you at Theramore.

Seas of Blood

IconSmall Rexxar.gif Rexxar: There, the goblin shipyard Jaina spoke of! Now we can hire their juggernauts to help us break the blockade.


IconSmall Rexxar.gif Rexxar: The blockade is broken! Board the transports, quickly! We must land on Theramore and crush the admiral's defenses!
IconSmall Thrall.gif Thrall: You've done well, Rexxar. You're a natural leader. You remind me of Hellscream, in a way.
IconSmall Rexxar.gif Rexxar: Thank you, Warchief. Now only one task remains. We must storm the citadel and deal with Admiral Proudmoore once and for all.

The Last Admiral

IconSmall Thrall.gif Thrall: Now, warriors, we must storm the citadel! We must find Admiral Proudmoore and put an end to him. Only then will our nation be safe.
IconSmall Cairne.gif Cairne Bloodhoof: We are with you, Rexxar. Lead on!
IconSmall Rexxar.gif Rexxar: Lok-Tar Ogar! For the Horde! For Durotar!


IconSmall Rexxar.gif Rexxar: The admiral's elite guard are trying to cut us off! Slay them all!


IconSmall Proudmoore.gif Grand Admiral Proudmoore: I must admit, you orcs are more tenacious than I remembered. I thought you savages would have turned on each other by now.
IconSmall Thrall.gif Thrall: This is not the Horde you remember, old man. We have no interest in conquest or murder. We have paid for our sins of our forebears in blood.
IconSmall Proudmoore.gif Grand Admiral Proudmoore: Can your blood atone for genocide, orc? Your Horde killed countless innocents with its rampage across Stormwind and Lordaeron. Do you really think you can just sweep all that away and cast aside your guilt so easily? No, your kind will never change, and I will never stop fighting you.


  • IconSmall Proudmoore.gif Grand Admiral Proudmoore: For Lordaeron!
  • IconSmall Proudmoore.gif Grand Admiral Proudmoore: For Sir Lothar!
  • IconSmall Proudmoore.gif Grand Admiral Proudmoore: Death to the Blackbloods!

Closing Campaign

IconSmall Rexxar.gif Rexxar: It's over! Stand down, humans!
IconSmall Jaina.gif Jaina Proudmoore: Father... why wouldn't you listen?
IconSmall Rexxar.gif Rexxar: Above all else, Jaina, he was a proud warrior. Remember him as such.
IconSmall Thrall.gif Thrall: Durotar is now safe. We have no further quarrel with these humans. We will leave your isle in peace, Jaina. I pray we never have to come here again. Farewell, sorceress.
Thrall and Rexxar leave Theramore Isle.
IconSmall Thrall.gif Thrall: You saved our nation, Rexxar. For that, I can never repay you. Will you return to Durotar with us and make a new home for yourself?
IconSmall Rexxar.gif Rexxar: I appreciate your offer, Thrall. But I am Mok'Nathal--a wanderer. I belong in the wilds, amidst the beasts and elements of the land. But know this, brother: I will always be a part of the Horde. I will always be there when you need me. Farewell.

The Battle

Seas of Blood

Seas of Blood Map.jpg

With his companions Cairne Bloodhoof the tauren chieftain, Rokhan the troll shadow hunter and Chen Stormstout the Pandaren brewmaster, Rexxar landed on the outlying island and defeated the Kul Tiras forces who were occupying the island. Having gained the shipyard, the orcs quickly put the Goblins to constructing juggernaughts and frigates, with which they then engaged the Kul Tiras armada. A furious battle on the waves ensued. The Kul Tiras forces used their fortifications and siege weaponry to shell the orc ships as they traded cannon fire with the human fleet. Although they were successful in destroying a good many of the goblin-made ships, Rexxar's forces were eventually able to sink all six of the Kul Tiras battleships, forcing the remains of the fleet into disarrayed retreat. With the blockade broken, Thrall quickly ordered his troops onto waiting transports, and began the invasion of Theramore Isle.

Theramore Isle

Theramore Isle A Blaze of Glory Map.jpg

The gathered armies of the Horde, led by Thrall and Rexxar, landed upon Theramore Isle and unleashed their full fury upon the walls of the city. The Horde launched a three-pronged attack: the trolls and ogres attacked from the west, the tauren attacked from the south, and the Orcs attacked from the southwest. They met stiff resistance in the form of Admiral Proudmoore's elite guard, Theramore's powerful automated defense towers, and Jaina Proudmoore's own forces. The Alliance forces defended the Citadel fiercely, fighting with an intense hatred for the Horde whom they believe to be the same as the one that ravaged their homelands and many warriors on both sides perished. Their counter-attacks overran several Horde landing sites but finally Rexxar and his companions were able to fight their way through the heavy melee, defeating the Admiral's personal guard before engaging Daelin Proudmoore himself. Although Proudmoore was a ferociously powerful warrior and sorcerer, he was finally slain in the epic battle by Rexxar's party. With the Admiral's death, Rexxar ordered the rest of the Alliance forces to stand down; Jaina Proudmoore materialized, to mourn over the body of her proud, stubborn father.

Aftermath

Having no quarrel with the remaining humans, the Horde returned to Durotar, leaving Jaina Proudmoore to rebuild her small empire. Thrall offered Rexxar a champion's welcome at Orgrimmar, which Rexxar refused, saying he was a lone wanderer at heart. However, the half-ogre considered himself as part of the Horde ever after, and was and is at Thrall's service, should the Warchief ever call upon the beastmaster's considerable talents again.

The Horde and Theramore returned to peace, but all was not well across the sea. When the people of Kul Tiras learned of their Lord Admiral's death, they cried out for vengeance, but the other nations of the Alliance were not interested. Ordeals caused by the plague in Lordaeron were more immediate concerns, and the other allied leaders also had little pity for Daelin's own aggressive actions. The people of Kul Tiras furiously isolated themselves from the rest of the Alliance, but were not angry with all of the Alliance leaders. They instead nursed a bitter hatred only towards Jaina for betraying her family.[1]

Notes

  • An island full of gold coins and a Bling Ring to the left of Theramore can be reached by buying Kelen's Dagger of Escape from the Magic Rings and Things shop.
  • After the last cut-scene instead of viewing the score screen players will be transported to the mission selection of the Founding of Durotar campaign.
  • In Battle for Azeroth, Jaina's story picks up from these events and Katherine Proudmoore experienced Jaina mourning for Daelin in a vision during her rescue of her daughter.[2]

References