Daelin Proudmoore

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Not to be confused with Scout Captain Daelin.
AllianceDaelin Proudmoore
Image of Daelin Proudmoore
Title Lord Admiral,
Grand Admiral,
Admiral,
Lord
Gender Male
Race Human
Class WC3RoC-logo.png Hydromancer[1]
Icon-TCG.png Warrior
Affiliation(s) Kul Tiras, Alliance of Lordaeron, House Proudmoore, Admiral's Elite Guard
Occupation Lord Admiral of Kul Tiras, Grand Admiral of the Alliance
Location Buried[citation needed]  at Lord Admiral's Rest, Boralus (Lore)
Various (WoW)
Status Deceased
Relative(s) Katherine (wife), Jaina (daughter), Derek, Tandred (sons)
Companion(s) Anduin Lothar
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.
— Daelin threatens Thrall

Daelin Proudmoore was the Lord Admiral[2][3] and ruler of Kul Tiras.[4][5] As Grand Admiral of the Alliance, he was the supreme commander of the naval forces of the Alliance during the Second War. He was a staunch enemy of the Horde, refusing to believe that it could ever change its ways - he greatly hated the orcs and would have been more than willing to see them all dead. Eventually, consumed by his own hatred and devoted to vengeance, the new Horde forces, led by Rexxar, were left with no choice but to kill him. His grave is now found at the Lord Admiral's Rest in Boralus.

Biography

The Second War

Daelin Proudmoore (left) with Anduin Lothar.
Jaina imagining herself by Daelin's side after Derek's death.

Proudmoore was the leader of the island nation of Kul Tiras after the First War when the people of Stormwind arrived up north and warned the orcs would soon invade Lordaeron as well. He was among the human leaders summoned shortly before the Second War to an emergency meeting at Capital City in Lordaeron by King Terenas Menethil II, where the Alliance of Lordaeron was formed.

With his longtime friend Anduin Lothar at his side, Proudmoore was given control of the Alliance navy as Grand Admiral.[6][7] As such, Kul Tiras funded much of the armada of the Alliance and Proudmoore led the naval assault on the orcs, seeking to engage their forces on land, sea, and air.

Under the control of the new Grand Admiral, the Alliance navy intercepted the Horde fleet near the island of Zul'Dare, before the Battle of Hillsbrad Foothills. Proudmoore's vessels finding the crude Horde ships was akin to a wolf crossing paths with an injured lamb. The Horde's lumbering ships were significantly outmatched by Proudmoore's forces, which hailed from his traditionally-seafaring island nation. Proudmoore's seasoned maritime fleet was able to easily outmaneuver the less sea experienced orc navy sooner than he anticipated. Orcish ships were blown to pieces by Alliance cannon volley, and the crews of sunken transports were swallowed by the waves.[8]

As dozens of transports sank, and countless Horde soldiers drowned, Admiral Proudmoore redoubled his efforts, realizing that the destruction of the entire orc army was within his grasp. However, the Horde fleet was not alone. The orcs had enslaved the red dragonflight by capturing the Dragonqueen Alexstrasza and forced her children to obey their commands under the threat of torturing their mother. Reluctantly following the orcs from behind, three enslaved red dragons appeared after Proudmoore's navy attacked and bathed several of the Alliance vessels in fire. Though the dragons were few in number, Proudmoore had no means to combat them at the time and was forced to call a retreat. As the Alliance fleet scattered, the Horde ships continued their advance toward Lordaeron.[8]

Later in the war, after the Horde was completely driven from Lordaeron and Khaz Modan was liberated, the Black Tooth Grin clan with the Horde fleet had been sailing towards the Horde-controlled Stormwind. Near the island of Crestfall, however, the Alliance's navy finally overtook the Horde fleet. Admiral Proudmoore once more commanded his ships to strike at the lumbering orc vessels, though this time his forces were supported by Wildhammer dwarven gryphon riders led by Kurdran Wildhammer. The agile birds now had experience battling the Horde's red dragons, and were able to skillfully outmaneuver their larger foes. Meanwhile, down below, the Alliance fleet virtually annihilated their enemies, blowing Horde ships apart with cannon fire and sending thousands to a watery grave.[9]

The Battle of Crestfall ended in a decisive Alliance victory, securing human naval supremacy against the Horde, and preventing additional enemy reinforcements reaching safety. Without the dragons, the Horde fleet stood little chance, and continued to suffer disastrous losses at the hands of the Alliance navy. The sea itself was painted red with the blood of the countless individuals drowning or being killed outright in the struggle. Eventually, the vast majority of the Horde fleet was left in ruins at the bottom of the Great Sea by Proudmoore's superior forces. Only a handful of vessels escaped being sunk, including Dal'rend and Maim's ship. Above, the dwarves' fearless efforts were enough to ultimately drive the dragon riders to flight, and they subsequently scattered in all directions.[9]

Among the losses suffered by Proudmoore's navy was the loss of the Third Fleet to the dragon-riders of the Dragonmaw orcs, taking with it Derek Proudmoore, eldest son of the Grand Admiral, who was killed in the dragon's flames, a loss that would forever haunt the commander.[10][9] After the defeat of the orcish navy, Proudmoore discovered a human in the wreckage he initially believed was a survivor from the Third Fleet – beginning to hope Derek survived as well – but soon discovered the man was from Alterac and had been part of a group sent by Aiden Perenolde to guide and assist the Horde. Proudmoore had the man confined and soon found three more survivors with the same story that would be used as evidence of Perenolde's betrayal.[3][11]

After the Second War, Daelin and other leaders of the Seven Kingdoms were present at the meeting in Nethergarde Keep. Proudmoore discussed the rebuilding of Stormwind City with King Varian Wrynn and the Dark Portal with Khadgar. He later informed the Alliance army of the orc's movements when they were searching for artifacts.[12] Proudmoore stayed beside King Terenas through the political turmoil that followed the Second War.[13] He quarreled with Genn Greymane at a meeting concerning the fate of Alterac before Daval Prestor defused the situation.[14]

Later, he was present in Stormwind when Arthas became a paladin.[15] He was also one of the four jurors during the trial of Tirion Fordring in Stratholme.[16]

Third War

Daelin Proudmoore remained a close ally of Lordaeron for many years, with his daughter Jaina studying in Dalaran under Antonidas himself (after Daelin was convinced by his wife Katherine to let her go)[17] and eventually becoming romantically involved with Prince Arthas. He was crushed and horrified to hear the news that Lordaeron was destroyed by the demonic invasion. When he searched Lordaeron for survivors, he found nothing but legions of undead and demons, and few survivors.[18]

Proudmoore learned about the new Horde stealing ships from Southshore. He and his navy quickly tracked the orcs to the open seas, but both fleets were hit by a storm that caused some of their ships to land on the Darkspear Islands.[19]

When Bolvar Fordragon sent his daughter Taelia to Kul Tiras to be safe from the Scourge, Daelin personally chose Cyrus Crestfall to be her guardian.[20]

Aftermath of the Third War

Daelin's portrait from Warcraft III.

Daelin returned to Kul Tiras and, taking a large part of the Kul Tiras fleet, sailed across the Great Sea to Kalimdor in order to search for his daughter and the survivors that fled there after Lordaeron fell to the Scourge. Though Jaina Proudmoore had managed to earn Warchief Thrall's trust, Daelin felt that he had to crush the Horde before they gained a foothold in Kalimdor. While Proudmoore headed towards land, he ordered Lieutenant Alverold to take an exploratory fleet and scout out the coasts of Kalimdor, while Lieutenant Benedict was to wait and lead a second wave to Durotar.[21]

He began raiding the coast and assaulting orcish settlements, but when they began to fight back he withdrew and retreated to the island citadel of Theramore. When he arrived, he was overjoyed to find Jaina alive, but found her keeping some strange company: Rexxar the Mok'Nathal, Rokhan the Darkspear troll shadow hunter and Chen Stormstout the pandaren brewmaster, all of them allies of the Horde that were with her. Daelin immediately demanded that they all be arrested, but Jaina retreated and helped Rexxar and his friends escape.

Unwilling to allow Jaina any explanation, Daelin usurped control over Theramore and used it as the staging ground for his newest campaign to have his vengeance on the orcs, but he was beaten back by their numerous allies, and was forced to retreat back to Theramore where he established a naval blockade around Theramore Isle to prevent the Horde from launching a counterattack. What the Admiral didn't count on, though, was his own daughter siding against him. Jaina realized that her father was trapped in the past and that his vendetta against the orcs would only lead to more needless death and destruction for both sides, and aided Rexxar in destroying the ships.

The Horde then laid siege to Theramore and battled their way to his keep, where Rexxar squared off against the Admiral himself. Thrall tried to reason with Admiral Proudmoore, telling him that the Horde was no longer the same enemy he had fought so many years ago, but Daelin refused to believe that the orcs could ever change and launched himself into battle. After an arduous fight, Daelin Proudmoore, victim of his own hatred, was slain in battle. With his death, the battle ceased. Jaina knelt at the body of her prideful father and mournfully asked why he didn't listen. Rexxar told Jaina to remember her father for the proud warrior he was.

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.[22] Daelin's wife Katherine would succeed him as Lord Admiral of Kul Tiras.

Legion

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Daelin as the ferryman in Warbringers: Jaina

Years later, during the third invasion of the Burning Legion, death knight champions were sent to collect the Essence of Hatred from his soul in the Shadowlands.[23]

Warbringers: Jaina

Daelin in his daughter's nightmare

Following the Argus Campaign, and after her visit to Boralus, Jaina Proudmoore sang "Daughter of the Sea" while paying her respects to a graveyard of swords in the ruins of Theramore. She took a silver Kul Tiran pendant hanged around one of the sword handles and handed it to a hooded ferryman at the Theramore docks as fare.

While Jaina recalled the events that led to her father's demise, the ferryman sailed Jaina through a canal filled with floating corpses and wrecked ships. The wisps of dead sailors eventually guided their ferry through a stormy ocean until they reached a specific spot where Jaina saw the faces of the dead. With her magic, Jaina raised a sunken Kul Tiran ship from the depths of the ocean, and then she spoke to her father, who was disguised as the ferryman, telling him she was listening to his wisdom now. Daelin turned his face and smiled at her while fading away, presumably glad that his daughter had finally taken the path he always thought was correct.[24]

Battle for Azeroth

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During the Alliance's expedition to Kul Tiras following the Horde's infiltration of the Stockades, Jaina saw Daelin singing a lullaby to her younger self in a dream, before she was called away by her mother. As the little Jaina left, the vision of Daelin, visibly dead and rotting, claimed that her mother would never forgive her and that she was a murderer, before Jaina frightfully awoke from the dream. Initially, the dream proved to be true, as Katherine imprisoned Jaina at the behest of her chief advisor, Lady Priscilla Ashvane, who had Jaina sent to Fate's End. When Jaina was trapped within Thros, the Blighted Lands by the vengeful Gorak Tul, the ancient Drust king, Katherine and an emissary from the Alliance pursued her there and experienced Jaina's memories of guilt, including the confrontation she had with Daelin before he was killed by Rexxar, and her mourning over his dead body. It was there that Katherine realized that Daelin had become consumed by his hatred, and Jaina had tried to save him from himself, but to no avail. She asked Jaina to forgive her for banishing her, and to learn to forgive her father, as well as herself.[25]

Locations

Notable appearances
Location Level range Health range
A [120] Thros, the Blighted Lands (Friendly) 120 34,584
A [120] Thros, the Blighted Lands (Hostile) 120 86,460

Memorials

Stormwind City Heroes Tribute

Commander of the Alliance Fleets

Friend of Stormwind

Lord Admiral's Rest in Boralus

In Memoriam


Lord Admiral Daelin Proudmoore


Noble leader. Beloved husband and father. Taken too soon.
Sea to sea, ashes to ashes, tide to tide.

Quotes

Day of the Dragon

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  • "You might as well tell the wind to stop howling. You'll have more success there than getting that creature to quiet even for a moment!"[26]

Arthas: Rise of the Lich King

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  • "It is as much of a mistake to underestimate yourself as to overestimate yourself."[27]
  • "False modesty is as bad as false pride. Know exactly what you are capable of at any moment, and act accordingly. Any other path is folly—and could be deadly in battle."[27]

Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne

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World of Warcraft

Battle for Azeroth This section concerns content related to Battle for Azeroth.

  • "Peace is like a dream. Beautiful, ephemeral. Unobtainable."[28]
Dialogues
Main article: The Nation of Kul Tiras#Notes
Main article: Thros, the Blighted Lands (quest)#Notes

In the RPG

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He is rumored to be the father of Finnall Goldensword, daughter of Kilnar.

The wildhammer dwarves resented the call to join Daelin's attack on the orcs of Durotar and sent only a token force to aid him. The insult was obvious to Proudmoore, who promised punishment after the war was over. He did not live to carry out this reprimand.[29]

Notes and trivia

  • The Kul Tiran song Daughter of the Sea tells the story of Daelin's demise and Jaina's involvement.
  • Jaina mentions her father in the Battle for Azeroth features trailer.
  • Daelin had a statue in Stormwind Keep until Cataclysm removed it from the game. It is still there in lore, as Jaina stopped by it in Tides of War.
  • The hunter Tyrathan Khort was lent to Daelin Proudmoore, participating in the invasion of Durotar with the Kul Tiran force.[30]
  • He was rumored to have been trained by Jalod, though Colonel Lorena doubted that.[31]
  • Jaina referred to her father as "Papa".[32]
  • Prior to Battle for Azeroth, Daelin's wife was only mentioned briefly in Tides of Darkness where he sent her a letter about Derek's death, and in Rise of the Lich King which mentions that the respective parents of Arthas and Jaina gave tacit permission for their courtship.
  • The fate of Daelin Proudmoore and his pursuit of vengeance against the Horde draws parallels with the story of Moby Dick. Just like Captain Ahab and his pursuit of hatred against the white whale, Daelin let his hatred of the Horde and his obsession with vengeance consume him. And in the end it resulted in not only his own death, but the deaths of nearly everyone who followed him.
  • In Heroes of the Storm, one of Jaina's quotes is about Daelin: "When my brother Derek was killed, my father swore an eternal oath to destroy all orcs on Azeroth. I always wonder how I would handle a loss like that. Honestly, I just pray I never have to find out."
  • The Soul of Daelin Proudmoore NPC used in Unholy Attainment: Essence of Hatred is situated in the same ID range as other legendary warriors presumably meant to appear in Skyhold, hinting he was created at the same time as them and potentially later re-purposed.
  • In his flashback appearances in Battle for Azeroth, Daelin is voiced by Mark Addy, who portrayed King Robert Baratheon in Game of Thrones.[33]

Gallery

Patch changes

References

  1. ^ Daelin Proudmoore (Warcraft III)
  2. ^ Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness manual, Nations of the Alliance, Kul Tiras
  3. ^ a b Knaak, Richard A.. Day of the Dragon, 4. ISBN 978-0-6710-4152-6. 
  4. ^ Rosenberg, Aaron. Tides of Darkness, 72-73. ISBN 978-1-4165-3990-2. 
  5. ^ Loreology on Twitter
  6. ^ Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness manual, A Brief History of the Fall of Azeroth, The Alliance of Lordaeron
  7. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2
  8. ^ a b World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, pg. 157
  9. ^ a b c World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, pg. 172
  10. ^ Rosenberg, Aaron. Tides of Darkness, 314. ISBN 978-1-4165-3990-2. 
  11. ^ Rosenberg, Aaron. Tides of Darkness, 314. ISBN 978-1-4165-3990-2. 
  12. ^ Beyond the Dark Portal
  13. ^ Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos Game Manual
  14. ^ Day of the Dragon
  15. ^ Arthas: Rise of the Lich King
  16. ^ Of Blood and Honor
  17. ^ Jaina: Reunion
  18. ^ Old Hatreds - The Colonization of Kalimdor
  19. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 3
  20. ^ A [110 - 120] The Old Knight
  21. ^  [Admiral Proudmoore's Orders]
  22. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 3, pg. 112
  23. ^ Unholy Attainment: Essence of Hatred
  24. ^ Warbringers: Jaina
  25. ^ A [120] Thros, the Blighted Lands
  26. ^ Day of the Dragon, pg. 79
  27. ^ a b Arthas: Rise of the Lich King
  28. ^ World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Features Overview
  29. ^ Alliance & Horde Compendium, pg. 58
  30. ^ Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde, chapter 12
  31. ^ Cycle of Hatred, pg. 60
  32. ^ Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War, pg. 232
  33. ^ Andrea Toyias on Twitter - For @TerranGregory, I can confirm the following roles that we fell head over heels in <3 with: Daelin Proudmoore (Mark Addy), Katherine Proudmoore (Indira Varma), Taelia (Ellie Kendrick) & Marten Webb (John Bradley West). Each actor captured the spirit of our characters
  34. ^ Wowhead

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Preceded by:
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Position:
Lord Admiral of Kul Tiras
Succeeded by:
Katherine Proudmoore
Preceded by:
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Position:
Grand Admiral of the Alliance navy
Succeeded by:
Jes-Tereth