Alliance of Lordaeron

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This article is about the predecessor organization to the current faction known as the Alliance. See "The Alliance of Lordaeron" for the in-game book and section 2 of Chapter IV of the History of Warcraft.
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Lordaeron's coat of arms, the kingdom considered as the heart of the Alliance.
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Defeated in the Third War, most of the members regrouped into Alliance or/and New Alliance

The Alliance of Lordaeron (aka Lordaeron Alliance,[1] Great Alliance,[2] Grand Alliance,[3] Human Alliance,[4] or Alliance[5]) was the union of the seven human kingdoms, along with the dwarves of Khaz Modan (which also included the gnomes of Gnomeregan) and Aerie Peak, the high elves of Quel'Thalas, and others with major political influence including the Church of the Holy Light.

Following the destruction of the Kingdom of Stormwind by the Orcish Horde, its survivors fled to Lordaeron. Realizing the threat the orcs posed, Regent Lord Anduin Lothar, leader of Azeroth's refugees, was able to convince the leaders of the other human kingdoms to join against the orcs. The Wildhammer dwarves of Aerie Peak and high elves also soon joined the Alliance, as well as the gnomes of Gnomeregan and the Ironforge dwarves later in the war.

After the death of Lothar, the Alliance of Lordaeron was led by King Terenas Menethil II[6] with Turalyon as its Commander.[7] Terenas accepted ambassadors or the monarchs from all member nations and races to his capital. Rarely did the monarchs of the major realms come together. Generally they spoke through couriers and diplomats, with the occasional state visit thrown in as well.[8] One of the inner council of the Kirin Tor had ever been present at such events (with the exception of one meeting Dalaran was not invited, lead by Lord Prestor, though spied upon by Krasus).[9] Several nations left the Alliance in response to decisions made after the Second War, including King Terenas's institution of a tax to fund the orcish internment camps. After splintering, the Alliance was ravaged during the attack of the Scourge and the Burning Legion.

Disagreements over what to do with the lethargic orcs (mostly pertaining to internment camp costs) created tension between some member states of the Alliance of Lordaeron. In particular, Quel'Thalas, led by King Anasterian Sunstrider, became an increasingly cold ally,[10] which ultimately led the high elven king to rescinding his loyalty to the Alliance completely, and declaring his nation independent once more. Anasterian's secession sparked the nations of Gilneas and Stromgarde to follow suit, and the Alliance of Lordaeron lost roughly half of its members in rapid succession.

Terenas led the Alliance until his death almost 20 years later at hands of Prince Arthas, leading to the collapse of Lordaeron during the Scourging of Lordaeron. He attacked Quel'Thalas shortly after, ransacking the elven homeland and nearly scouring the high elves from Azeroth. The survivors of this massacre proclaimed themselves blood elves in honor of their peoples' fall, and a group of them joined the Alliance Remnants led by Grand Marshal Garithos who attempted to reclaim Lordaeron from the undead. As the blood elves left Azeroth, Garithos was killed in the following civil war of the Plaguelands.

Memories of past allegiances and idealism ultimately inspired the new Alliance of the present day[11] led by the Wrynn dynasty.

Organization

The Seven Kingdoms, heart of the Alliance

When the refugees from Stormwind arrived on the shores of Lordaeron bringing their tales of the Horde, the humans saw the common sense in forming an Alliance of their countries, and with their neighbor races.

It was not as simple as that, however. When the refugees arrived on the shores of Lordaeron fleeing the horrible Horde, King Terenas of Lordaeron called delegates from the seven nations of humanity together to meet to discuss the threat. King Terenas of Lordaeron called the other human kings together to discuss the Horde and Stormwind. King Terenas took the refugees at their word about the danger in the south, and agreed to join forces. Backed by Daelin Proudmoore of Kul Tiras, he moved that the humans unite to save the Stormwind people and remove the Horde from the land. The other five leaders were harder to convince. Kul Tiras, Dalaran and Stromgarde were agreeable, while Gilneas and Alterac were hesitant.

As they were meeting, the Ironforge dwarves faced the Horde as it rampaged through their lands, and knew they needed aid if we were to protect their homeland. The Horde also caught the attention of the high elves in Quel'Thalas. Each of the races approached the humans to discuss the Horde and to eventually join the Alliance.

Most of the human countries, after much quarreling, finally agreed to unite for the betterment of the future. They called themselves the Alliance and put their armies under the control of Lothar, who had faced the Horde. They included all seven of the human nations, some more grudgingly than others.[12][13]

Azeroth

Azeroth, the shattered southern country, brought its resolute and angry refugees into the Alliance. Now under the rule of the Regent Lord Anduin Lothar, these people once made up the mightiest of the human kingdoms. They mourned their beloved King Llane who died when Stormwind fell to the Horde, and they settled near Southshore, determined to take back their homes.[12]

Lordaeron

Lordaeron's King Terenas proved to be Azeroth's staunchest ally, calling a conclave of all human kingdoms to meet to discuss the fall of Azeroth. Its armies were the heart and backbone of the Alliance.[12]

Stromgarde

Lordaeron’s opposite was Stromgarde; its leader, Thoras Trollbane, led his kingdom with a strict, martial philosophy. While Lordaeron brought the priests, Stromgarde brought the warriors. This kingdom borders Khaz Modan, and served as the first area of defense from land-based attacks for the humans and sent half of its standing armies to the main Alliance army. Stromgarde left the Alliance after the Second War, upset with certain political decisions.[12]

Kul Tiras

Admiral Daelin Proudmoore led the island kingdom of Kul Tiras. Kul Tiras was a naval and merchant country, and thus both rich and powerful. Proudmoore was an ally of Anduin Lothar, so he was Azeroth's second strongest-patron. Daelin Proudmoore, also the father of Jaina Proudmoore, would later go on to invade the Horde on Kalimdor, souring relations between the Alliance and Horde and meeting his death.[12]

Gilneas

Genn Greymane ruled Gilneas, the peninsula nation near Kul Tiras. Personally, he was a selfish old fool who only aided the Alliance when it benefited him. He joined the Alliance in the Second War, but offered only token support. His coast is well fortified to this day, and a strong wall separates his peninsula from the rest of the continent. No one has seen the lands of Gilneas — or the people of Gilneas — since the wall was erected.[12]

Dalaran

Dalaran was a nation populated by, and run by, magi. The Kirin Tor ran the country as a conclave, their committee leading the magi in an intellectual as well as political fashion. Antonidas was the true ruler of the Kirin Tor, and his wise, fatherly countenance became the sect's public face. They were once a powerful nation, strong allies of the Alliance, trading considerable knowledge for the protection of the other nations. Dalaran’s archmagi were invaluable in the Second War. Later, in the Third War, Arthas and Archimonde of the Burning Legion destroyed Dalaran.[12][14] Currently, a magical wall encircles the area, where the ruins once was, while the rebuild city itself is floating over Northrend.

Alterac

Lord Aiden Perenolde, perhaps the most notorious human noble of the Second War, was in charge of Alterac at the beginning of hostilities. Perenolde was cowardly and his will weak; he betrayed the Alliance, sending ships to strike at their vulnerabilities. Captured and ousted, now Lord Aliden Perenolde, Aiden's son, leads the Syndicate, a bandit group that includes Alterac's fallen nobles who seek to reclaim their kingdom.[15] They also have holdings in the ruins of the City of Stromgarde and Durnholde Keep. In their desperation, it appears they have formed an alliance with the Argus Wake an arm of the notorious orcish Shadow Council.

Other regions

Quel'Thalas

Quel'Thalas, the kingdom of the high elves, is located on the northern tip of the continent of Lordaeron, northeast of Stratholme. At the time of the Horde's approaching invasion of Lordaeron, King Terenas sent emissaries to King Anasterian Sunstrider and the Convocation of Silvermoon. In it, Terenas mentioned that Lord Lothar was the last descendant of King Thoradin of Arathor. Millennia earlier, during the Troll Wars, the elves had made a pact to aid Thoradin and his descendants, the Arathi. Anasterian, seeking an opportunity to fulfill the Sunstrider dynasty's debt to Thoradin, grudgingly sent a small force to the Alliance armies stationed in Hillsbrad. The party was led by Alleria Windrunner, a captain in the Silvermoon Ranger Corps.

When the Horde invaded Quel'Thalas and began burning the edges of Eversong Woods, Alleria ran ahead to Silvermoon to warn of the oncoming Horde, and that, when Anasterian and the Council refused to acknowledge the threat, Alleria threw the head of a forest troll at Anasterian's feet, saying that she and her sister Vereesa had slain the troll near the river not far from Silvermoon. This provoked a reaction from the high king, who had fought against the trolls during the great war millennia earlier, and he ordered the full mobilization of his army to combat the Horde onslaught.

After the Second War, tensions began to arise between the high elven nation and its human allies - humanity came to distance itself from Quel'Thalas; Quel'Thalas in turn proving to be an uneasy ally.[16] The tension came to a head when King Anasterian Sunstrider seceded - the catalyst that led to both Gilneas and Stromgarde following suit; a turn of events that changed the face of the Alliance and weakened it considerably.[17]

Following the nation's destruction after the Third War, the surviving high elves cast off the name of their sundered brethren and proclaimed themselves "blood elves," in honor of their sacrifice. The sin'dorei would come to reclaim much of their ancestral homeland, and its new leadership would come to ally with the reformed Horde after several failed attempts at reforming amiable relations with the remaining Alliance member states.

The Hinterlands

Located to the southeast of the Capital City, the Hinterlands are home to the Wildhammer clan, renowned for their use of gryphons. Led at that time by Kurdran Wildhammer, the Wildhammer clan came under attack by what ultimately proved to be a diversionary tactic by Orgrim Doomhammer. The Warchief deduced that if he sent a force to attack the Hinterlands, the Alliance would respond, allowing him to take the remainder of his forces into Quel'Thalas with the aid of Zul'jin and the Amani. Realizing their plans, Lothar dispatched Turalyon and Khadgar, along with half the Alliance forces, to travel north to Quel'Thalas and come to the aid of the elves, while he aided Kurdran in clearing out the remaining Horde forces in the Hinterlands.

Kurdran and his Wildhammers later came to the aid of Daelin Proudmoore's forces in the Great Sea, allowing the Admiral's ships to focus on the ships while the gryphon riders battled the dragon riders of the Horde.

Khaz Modan and the Kingdom of Ironforge

The Kingdom of Ironforge (aka kingdom of Khaz Modan) is the dwarven kingdom of the Ironforge dwarves in the continent of Khaz Modan. It includes the lands of Dun Morogh and Loch Modan in the foothills of Ironforge Mountain. On their way to Lordaeron, the Horde conquered Khaz Modan and laid siege to the city of Ironforge itself, but were unable to penetrate its defenses.

The capture of Khaz Modan allowed the Horde to obtain the mineral resources required to build a fleet of vessels to sail across the Great Sea into the Hillsbrad Foothills in southern Lordaeron. With their defeat at the Capital City, Orgrim Doomhammer ordered a general retreat into Khaz Modan; Kilrogg Deadeye, chieftain of the Bleeding Hollow, informed Doomhammer that if left unchecked — if his clan retreated to Azeroth with the remainder of the Horde — the dwarves would attack or, worse, link up with the Alliance armies that were most likely pursuing them.

Gnomeregan

Gnomeregan has been the gnomes' capital city.[18] and home of the gnomish race for generations[19] It is located within the dwarven realm of Dun Morogh in the Kingdom of Ironforge. Not long after the War of the Hammers, the Ironforge dwarves gave gnomes a place to build themselves a city, in the dwarven owned mountains of Dun Morogh, not too far from Ironforge itself. Thus the gnomes and dwarves built Gnomeregan.[20] As members of the dwarven side of the Alliance, gnomes served the Alliance well during the Second War, providing valuable technology such as submarines and gyrocopters to aid their cause, but, oddly, during the Third War gnomes did not lend their aid to the Alliance, barricading themselves in their city. This event greatly shocked the Alliance, but it was later revealed that the gnomes had their reasons. Ancient vile race known as the troggs had dug their way into the city within depths of the earth, and devastated the gnome population after lenghtly battle, finally driving the survivors to seek refuge within the capital,[21] Ironforge.

Tol Barad

Tol Barad was a lesser human kingdom. It was the location of an island citadel controlled by Stromgarde during the war.[22]

Other major groups and entities within the Alliance

Church of Light

The Church of Light was a strong supporter of Alliance's effort. During the First War, the Clerics of Northshire bravely supported armies of the Kingdom of Azeroth with clerics who healed wounds and channeled devastating powers of Holy Light against their foes. With the defeat of Azeroth in the War, Alonsus Faol and his surviving brethren fled their base of operation at Northshire Abbey with the kingdom's other survivors to the shores of Lordaeron. There, Archbishop Alonsus Faol was one of the key figures in forming of the Alliance. Alonsus Faol and his brethren continued to offert hope and teachings and power of the Light to anyone in need, but realising that it would take more than people armed with power of the Light alone, Alonsus, and along with his young apprentice Uther the Lightbringer, created an order of holy knights, Paladins, known as the Silver Hand.[23]

Gnomes

Gnomes were not founding members of the Alliance, they were only represented by the dwarves, and considered part of the dwarven forces. Even though they were not leading members, they became major contributors to the war effort. Gnomes brought technical innovations to the battle front.

Knights of the Silver Hand

At the onset of the Second War, when the Alliance formed and began mustering its forces, several abbots openly wept as they realized that their pacifist priests would need to learn the arts of war; but Archbishop Alonsus Faol saw an opportunity to unite the sword and the chalice to create a new breed of holy knights: Paladins who were mighty with the hammer as well as the holy magic of the divine. He founded the Knights of the Silver Hand and began training paladins immediately. Uther was his first and greatest paladin.[24]

Daval Prestor

During the middle of the Second War, the Alliance was approached by a man who offered his support to their cause - Daval Prestor, who claimed to be ruler of "a small kingdom in the north".[22]

However, as it would later be revealed, Daval Prestor was in fact the great black dragon Deathwing in disguise, who sought to manipulate the Alliance for his own deeds. It is not known if there really was a "kingdom" that he ruled.

Leadership

Meetings

Leaders of the seven human kingdoms and representatives from Khaz Modan and Quel'Thalas meet to form the Alliance of Lordaeron.

Tides of Darkness and Day of the Dragon show some of the important meetings during the Second War. Included in these meetings were usually the human monarchs, the kirin tor, and the church of the holy light, as well as a few other important individuals. The above image details one of these early meetings of the leaders and representatives of Alliance of Lordaeron. At several of the meetings (though not all of them) were the monarchs and leaders of the seven human kingdoms and representatives from the dwarven and elven nations.[13][37][38][39][40] The initial meetings included the monarchs of the nations lordaeron, as well as important leaders and individuals from other organizations, and cities.[41] The large man with the axe is Thoras Trollbane, and the pair in front of him are Terenas Menethil II and Anduin Lothar. Daelin Proudmoore is the man in the tricorn hat. Seated next to him is a female ambassador from Quel'Thalas (speculation would point to Alleria or Sylvanas Windrunner). On her right, the quiet-cultured looking man is Aiden Perenolde.[23] The mage with his back to us may be the Dalaran leader Antonidas, or Khadgar who was also at the meetings (however it is more likely Khadgar because Antonidas is described as being bald[23]). Next to him is large bearish man, with the heavy beard, on whose tunic can be observed to bear the letter "G," this is Genn Greymane.[42] The dwarf is an emissary from Khaz Modan,[43] who also represented the gnomes of Gnomeregan.[33] Alonsus Faol was also at the meetings as well, representing the Church of Light.

Current history of the factions

Human factions

Faction First War Second War Interim Invasion of Draenor Interim Third War Post-Third War Current Status
Lordaeron Healthy Joined the Alliance Hunts down and imprisons the majority of Orcish clans Sends Troops to Draenor, helps fund the rebuilding of Stormwind Imposes Taxes to keep Orcs imprisoned and alive and for continuing rebuilding efforts Destroyed See Scourge Destroyed[44]
Stormwind Destroyed Joined the Alliance Reclaimed by the Alliance Starts rebuilding, Sends Troops to Draenor Rebuilt Stonemason Riots Damaged by Deathwing Healthy
Dalaran Healthy Joined the Alliance, possibly razed[45][46] Possibly rebuilt[45] Razed,[45] Sends Troops to Draenor Rebuilt Destroyed Rebuilt, left Alliance Rejoined Alliance, healthy
Kul Tiras Healthy Joined the Alliance Remained in Alliance[47] Sends Troops to Draenor - Expedition fleet sent to Kalimdor to search for Jaina and those who fled Lordaeron with her Left the Alliance[48] and fell silent Rejoined the Alliance
Stromgarde Healthy Joined the Alliance Left Alliance[49] Rejoins Alliance, Sends Troops to Draenor Left Alliance Destroyed Rejoined Alliance[50] Crippled
Gilneas Healthy Joined the Alliance Left Alliance[49] Rejoins Alliance, Sends Troops to Draenor Left Alliance, walls off kingdom to the outside world Civil War Worgen Curse
Rejoined Alliance, damaged by the Forsaken
Alterac Healthy Joined the Alliance, later betrayed the Alliance to the Horde Under martial law by the Alliance The Alliance bickers over who claims Alterac, Alliance garrison wiped out by Black Dragons Falls into decay - Claimed by Crushridge clan Crushridge clan

Other factions

Faction First War Second War Interim Invasion of Draenor Interim Third War Post-Third War Current Status
Khaz Modan - Joined Alliance - Sends Troops to Draenor - Serves in Third War - Healthy
Quel'Thalas - Joined Alliance - Sends Troops to Draenor Left Alliance Destroyed Rejoined Alliance Joined Horde
Gnomeregan - Joined Alliance - - - Destroyed - Mostly Reclaimed
Tol Barad - Joined Alliance (under Stromgarde) and destroyed - - - - - Contested by Alliance and Horde
Wildhammer clan - Joined Alliance - Sends Troops to Draenor - Serves in Third War - Healthy

Fan art

Trivia

See also

References

  1. ^ Day of the Dragon
  2. ^ Warcraft II Tides of Darkness The Official Strategy Guide, pg 93.
  3. ^ World of Warcraft manual, pg. 171: "Even so, when the orcs invaded Azeroth and set out to conquer the human, elven, and dwarven lands, the dwarves offered to join the Grand Alliance."
  4. ^ Warcraft II: The Dark Saga manual
  5. ^ The Story of Warcraft - Warcraft: Orcs & Humans
  6. ^ Rosenberg, Aaron; Golden, Christie. Beyond the Dark Portal, 101. ISBN 1416550860. 
  7. ^ Rosenberg, Aaron. Tides of Darkness, 373. ISBN 1416539905. 
  8. ^ Day of the Dragon, pg. 79
  9. ^ Day of the Dragon, pg. 86-87
  10. ^ Beyond the Dark Portal, pg. 60
  11. ^ Ultimate Visual Guide, pg. 68
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h Alliance Player's Guide, pg. 158
  13. ^ a b Alliance Player's Guide, pg. 160-161
  14. ^ Alliance Player's Guide, pg. 155
  15. ^ Alliance Player's Guide, pg. 158-159
  16. ^ Beyond the Dark Portal, pg 60
  17. ^ The Warcraft Encyclopedia: High Elves
  18. ^ WoW -> Info -> Basics -> World Dungeons. Blizzard Entertainment. Retrieved on 2010-08-25.
  19. ^ Lands of Conflict, pg. 71-72
  20. ^ Alliance Player's Guide, pg. 145
  21. ^ Lands of Conflict, pg. 71
  22. ^ a b c Day of the Dragon, pg. ??
  23. ^ a b c d Tides of Darkness, pg. 45
  24. ^ Alliance Player's Guide, pg. 159
  25. ^ Tides of Darkness, pg. 51
  26. ^ Tides of Darkness, pg. 5
  27. ^ Tides of Darkness, pg. 373
  28. ^ a b Tides of Darkness, pg. 73
  29. ^ Tides of Darkness, pg. 161
  30. ^ Day of the Dragon, pg. 123
  31. ^ Day of the Dragon pg. 34
  32. ^ Tides of Darkness, pg. 147
  33. ^ a b Alliance Player's Guide, pg. 161
  34. ^ Lands of Conflict, pg. 34
  35. ^ Shadows & Light, pg. 94
  36. ^ Alliance Player's Guide, pg. 139
  37. ^ Warcraft II manual, pg. 41
  38. ^ Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, pg. 26
  39. ^ Lands of Conflict, pg. 33
  40. ^ Day of the Dragon, pg. 81
  41. ^ Tides of Darkness, pg. 44-57, 70-76
  42. ^ Tides of Darkness, pg. 44
  43. ^ Alliance Player's Guide, pg. 129
  44. ^ "The Scourge of Lordaeron (History of Warcraft)("Ultimately, Arthas murdered his own father, King Terenas, and crushed Lordaeron under the Lich King’s iron heel.")
  45. ^ a b c The Eye of Dalaran was claimed to have repaired Dalaran's damage from the Second War in Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal. In Beyond the Dark Portal, the Eye of Dalaran is an artifact stored in the Arcane Vault, with no mention of it having been used recently.
  46. ^ The Siege of Dalaran (WC2 Orc). Though Tides of Darkness and Beyond the Dark Portal show no indication that Dalaran was destroyed at this time.
  47. ^ Said to have left in Assault on Kul Tiras (WC2 Orc); in conflict with the novel Beyond the Dark Portal; resolved by Loreology on Twitter (2013-05-23)
  48. ^ Loreology on Twitter (2014-08-27). "was once a member of the Alliance."
  49. ^ a b Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal manual - The Aftermath of the Second War
  50. ^ League of Arathor
  51. ^ The Defense of Strahnbrad
  52. ^ Blackrock & Roll
  53. ^ Ravages of the Plague
  54. ^ The Cult of the Damned
  55. ^ March of the Scourge