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Battle at the Gates of Orgrimmar

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Battle at the gates of Orgrimmar
Battle at the Gates of Orgrimmar
Conflict: Fourth War
Place: Orgrimmar, Razor Hill, Razorwind Canyon, Durotar
Outcome: Alliance and Saurfang's rebels victory
Belligerents

Horde Saurfang's rebels

Alliance Alliance

Horde Banshee loyalists


Commanders and leaders
Strength

The battle at the Gates of Orgrimmar[1] was the culmination of the Fourth War. The battle was also a conclusion to Sylvanas Windrunner's actions during the War of the Thorns and the War Campaign, as the infamous Warchief prepared to make a final stand against her enemies and former allies.

Prelude

As Saurfang's and Anduin's forces rallied together to depose Warchief Windrunner, Anduin and Saurfang had a private meeting in Dustwallow Marsh. As their discussion progressed, gathered their forces to break the cycle and defend Azeroth, with "For Azeroth" as their rallying cry.[2]

Battle for Durotar

To protect Azeroth and depose of Sylvanas, the Horde revolutionaries and Alliance planned to strike at Orgrimmar and to that end set up camp in Razor Hill, with various leaders coming here as well, including Alleria and Vereesa. Sylvanas rettaliated and collapsed the tunnel between Razor Hill and Orgrimmar. As a response, Saurfang turned to Gazlowe and Tinkmaster Overspark breach the canyon.[3] With his forces established within the Dranosh'ar Blockade, Saurfang turned to dealing with Sylvanas's spies and protecting their siege weapons.[4][5] Knowing that Orgrimmar's greatest weakness was its multiple entrances Saurfang's strategy relied on attacking all three entrances at once. To that end, he directed for Genn Greymane's forces to attack Orgrimmar from the Northern Barrens, Lor'themar Theron and Shandris Feathermoon to lead their forces to attack the city from Azshara, and he, Thrall, and Anduin would lead their forces to attack Orgrimmar from Durotar. He further ordered Mayla Highmountain to lead her people to protect Thunder Bluff in case of Sylvanas launching a counterattack.[6]

Situation in Orgrimmar

As Varok's and Anduin's forces finally assembled at the Dranosh'ar Blockade and sent their forces to capture the entrance from the Northern Barrens and Azshara, Sylvanas gathered her remaining loyalists and locked the city down. Overlord Geya'rah brought her Mag'har to the Valley of Strength to prepare for combat. Pathfinder's Den was also made unavailable, causing discontent among some adventurers gathered there as well. The Cleft of Shadow was closed too. Jastor Gallywix had Overworked Underlings burn Piles of Misfiled Paperwork and Stacks of Totally Legal Paperwork at the Orgrimmar Embassy. The Gates of Orgrimmar were reinforced with a cadre of dark rangers. Streets of Orgrimmar were filled with various citizens discussing the events, with propaganda against Sylvanas being hung as well.

At the Gates of Orgrimmar

Before the battle could commence, Saurfang, recognizing Sylvanas's loyalists as their brothers and sisters in the Horde and unwilling to spill more Horde blood, challenged Sylvanas to Mak'gora, in spite of Thrall voicing his suspicions that he would die. When Sylvanas questioned why she should accept his challenge, Saurfang merely pointed out that she wanted him to suffer, causing Sylvanas to wordlessly agree. While Sylvanas armed herself, Saurfang was granted an axe by Thrall and Shalamayne by Anduin. Sylvanas initially had the upper hand against Saurfang, however, when she began to mock him about hope, Saurfang got his second wind by declaring that Sylvanas couldn't kill hope. As Saurfang turned the tide against Sylvanas he claimed that she failed to kill hope at Teldrassil, failed in getting the Horde and Alliance to keep killing each other, he further declared that the Horde would endure, that Horde was strong and was able to slash Sylvanas across her eye. This turn caused an enraged Sylvanas to declare that Horde was nothing, that they were all nothing. Sylvanas then killed Saurfang quickly with a blast of unknown magic, and abandoned the Horde altogether. Anduin, Zekhan, and Thrall, picked up Saurfang's body and headed to Orgrimmar.[7]

Aftermath

Saurfang's funeral

With Varok's death and Sylvanas gone, the Horde entered Orgrimmar while the Forsaken and other loyalists surrendered. A portion of Orgrimmar's population, the Horde leaders, as well as King Anduin and his retinue attended Saurfang's funeral in front of Grommash Hold in the Valley of Strength. Both Thrall and Anduin had a speech about Varok. When the funeral was done, the Alliance teleported out of Orgrimmar. Horde leaders expressed their opinions on the situation.

Order in Orgrimmar

Various Forsaken re-pledged their allegiance to the Horde, along with the Bilgewater Cartel goblins and the Mag'har orcs led by Geya'rah who had sided with Sylvanas during the conflict. Those Horde members that maintained and expressed their loyalty were chained and transported by Horde Grunts away. Despite the pledge, several Forsaken secretly remained loyal to Sylvanas. Since Orgrimmar became leaderless, various Horde leaders maintained order in the streets of Orgrimmar and quelled any turmoil.

When a player approaches various leaders and citizens in Orgrimmar, special scripted events or unique gossip texts appear.

Auction house

Auctioneer Ralinza refuses to allow a Former Banshee Loyalist to use the Auction House in the Valley of Strength so Gazlowe steps in.

Auctioneer Ralinza says: Hey, I remember you! Always runnin' your mouth about how great Sylvanas was. Get outta my auction house!
Former Banshee Loyalist says: They told me all would be forgiven if I swore an oath to the Horde. I just want to sell my anchorweed!
Auctioneer Ralinza says: I don't care what you swore, you're outta here!
Gazlowe says: Yo! What's the problem?
Auctioneer Ralinza says: The Banshee's flunkie wants to use our auction house!
Gazlowe says: So let 'em! Sylvanas is gone, and we all gotta unite if we wanna survive.
Gazlowe says: If they say they're not with Sylvanas no more, then they're not. She conned a lot of folks into following her.
Auctioneer Ralinza says: Fine, fine! We're burning' daylight! What do ya wanna sell?
Former Banshee Loyalist says: Thank you. I'd like to sell these twenty anchorweed. Individually.
Auctioneer Ralinza says: You want to... okay. We're gonna have a little talk about auction house etiquette.

Bank

Rilgiz is distrustful against a Former Banshee Loyalist and refuses to grant them access to the Bank of Orgrimmar in the Valley of Strength. Baine Bloodhoof arrives to offer his wisdom.

Rilgiz says: You got two seconds to scram. We ain't holdin' nothing' for the mooks who stood with Sylvanas.
Former Banshee Loyalist says: I keep telling you, my loyalty is to the Horde. I didn't know she was using us, I wanted to believe in her!
Rilgiz says: Don't matter to me. Take your junk and get outta here. You ain't part of MY Horde!
Baine Bloodhoof says: What's happening here?
Rilgiz says: This Sylvanas-supporting scum is tryin' to use our bank. This here's for HORDE only!
Baine Bloodhoof says: I will not tolerate such talk! Many were led astray by Sylvanas's lies.
Baine Bloodhoof says: We must now come together as a united Horde. Those who seek forgiveness are forgiven.
Baine Bloodhoof says: They have sworn an oath of loyalty to the Horde. They should be allowed to use your services.
Rilgiz says: Fine, fine! I'll take whatever you wanna deposit. What is it?
Former Banshee Loyalist says: Thank you. I would like to deposit this eternal quintessence. I've been holding onto it for a while.
Rilgiz says: What?! I haven't seen one of these in years. Where'd you get it?
Former Banshee Loyalist says: Oh, that's quite a story. Where to begin...

Inn

The patrons of the Valley of Strength's The Broken Tusk, Zazo and Goma, also have a few words about the current situation.

Zazo says: Saurfang... Vol'jin... Cairne... how many times must I watch the Horde's heroes die?
Goma says: Heroism's a deadly business. That's what makes them heroes.

The two also discuss Saurfang's death and toast to his name.

Zazo says: I can't believe Saurfang is gone. He kept us safe for so many years...
Goma says: No one lives forever. Least of all a brave warrior like him.
Zazo says: To Saurfang.
Goma says: To Saurfang.

Orgrimmar Orphanage

Zekhan is in front of the Orgrimmar Orphanage telling stories about Saurfang to Horde Orphans.

Horde Orphan says: Tell us another story about Saurfang!
Horde Orphan says: Wasn't he the strongest orc ever? Nothing could stop him!
Horde Orphan says: I heard he was made of iron! Nobody could hurt him!
Zekhan says: Okay, okay! Calm down... I be tellin' ya sometin about Saurfang.
Zekhan says: Bein' tough an' strong not what makin' him a hero...
Zekhan says: ...even if he be da strongest!
Horde Orphan says: Hehe!
Zekhan says: Saurfang... he be fightin' da good fight, doin' what be right... even when i be easy.
Zekhan says: And even when it mean admittin' he been wrong about someting.
Horde Orphan says: I'm never wrong about anything!
Zekhan says: Hah! I not be sure of dat. But dis be someting ya best remember about Saurfang....
Zekhan says: It never be too late ta stand up for what ya believe in. Sometimes da world don't be needin' a perfect hero.
Zekhan says: Sometimes we just be needin' an old soldier wit' a good heart.
Zekhan says: So, what ya tink about dat?
Horde Orphan says: Tell us a story about the monster skeleton demons!
Horde Orphan says: YEAH!
Horde Orphan says: YEAH!
Horde Orphan says: YEAH!
Zekhan says: Ah, ya kids...

Pathfinder's Den

First Arcanist Thalyssra patrols the Gates of Orgrimmar and enters the Pathfinder's Den when a Former Banshee Loyalist‎ attempts to use a portal, but Stoki Wonderwand stops them.

Stoki Wonderwand says: Where do ya think you're going, traitor? I know you were loyal to Sylvanas!
Former Banshee Loyalist‎ says: I've sworn an oath to the Horde. Do you think I'm proud that the Banshee Queen fooled me?
Stoki Wonderwand says: I don't care! You would've burned down everything if Sylvanas told you to. You shouldn't even be in Orgrimmar!
First Arcanist Thalyssra says: What is the meaning of this?
Stoki Wonderwand says: We got one of the Banshee's minions here. I say we throw 'em all in jail and sort 'em out later.
First Arcanist Thalyssra says: I have seen you before. You were one of many who renounced Sylvanas and swore loyalty to the Horde.
First Arcanist Thalyssra says: This individual is welcome in Orgrimmar. Do not bar their way.
Stoki Wonderwand says: Are you kiddin' me?! They woulda had us all in chains if Saurfang hadn't stepped up and done somethin' about it.
First Arcanist Thalyssra says: When Suramar was freed and Elisande defeated, there were many once loyal to her who had nowhere else to turn.
First Arcanist Thalyssra says: They sought forgiveness. And we gave it to them, to heal the rift that had been torn between us.
First Arcanist Thalyssra says: Sylvanas's hatred was a plague on the Horde. Let it die with her departure.
Stoki Wonderwand says: Hmph... fine. All right, you're free to go wherever you want.
Former Banshee Loyalist‎ says: That's my problem, I can't see where to go. I'm trying to get to the Broken Isles.
Stoki Wonderwand says: Oh yeah, you wanna go over to Azsuna.
Former Banshee Loyalist‎ says: But what if I want to go specifically to Dalaran? I remember there used be a portal for that...
Stoki Wonderwand says: That portal ain't here anymore.
Former Banshee Loyalist‎ says: That's so irritating!
Stoki Wonderwand says: You're preachin' to the choir!

Forsaken refugees

Forsaken Refugees in the Valley of Strength are saddened by Sylvanas's actions.

Forsaken Refugee says: How could Sylvanas abandon us like this?
Forsaken Refugee says: She's never been loyal to the Horde.
Forsaken Refugee says: No, not the Horde. Us. The forsaken. We're her people.
Forsaken Refugee says: Not anymore.

Forsaken refugees and Orgrimmar Grunts

There are questions to be answered between Forsaken refugees and Orgrimmar Grunts.

Orgrimmar Grunt says: You must be saddened to see Sylvanas leave.
Forsaken Refugee says: Why? Because I'm Forsaken? Did you shed tears for Garrosh because you're an orc?
Orgrimmar Grunt says: No... I shed tears because he brought shame to us all.

Orgrimmar Grunts

Several grunts are lamenting their choice of allegiance that caused a rift in the family.

Orgrimmar Grunts (1) says: My son was on the other side of those gates. Left home to join Saurfang.
Orgrimmar Grunts (2) says: You must be glad to be back together.
Orgrimmar Grunts (1) says: I sided with the warchief. He didn't. I doubt we'll be together for some time.

Training

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...and then Saurfang raised his axe, daring the Alliance cowards to charge at him.
When they did, he struck with the force of a thunderstorm. He cleaved through all of them in a single blow!
Incredible!
That can't possibly be true.
Saurfang was the greatest!
Saurfang was a legendary warrior, but he started out just like you. With only an axe and the drive to grow stronger.
Follow his example. Train hard. Never give up. Accept nothing but victory or death.

Gallywix's evidence

Bilgewater goblins in the Orgrimmar Embassy have something to say about their boss.

Revi Ramrod says: You hear about Gallywix? He was burnin' mountains of paperwork while Saurfang was at the gates.
Kall Worthaton says: Of course he was. Can't pin anything on him that way.
Revi Ramrod says: You know... if we could find something he didn't want found...
Kall Worthaton says: Don't be stupid. No way he'd leave any loose ends lyin' around.

Old God whispers

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Are you feeling well?
I... don't know. I keep hearing things... voices... whispers...
Strange... so do I. Perhaps... it's best we not tell anyone.

Loyalists

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  • I still trust the Dark Lady. This is all a ruse.
Oh, wake up! She betrayed us all. We're nothing to her.
No, this is part of her plan! It has to be...
  • Do you think they'll imprison me? Because I was loyal to the Dark Lady?
If they did, they would be no different from her.
That doesn't mean they won't.
  • I can't keep living like this. Forever on the brink of war. I thought Sylvanas would bring us peace.
How, by killing everyone else?
By killing our enemies. That's how you end a war.
That's also how you start one.
  • I placed my trust in Sylvanas. I remained loyal through and through.
Many of us did the same. She took advantage of that. Used us.
She gave us hope. She gave us purpose. She gave us freedom.
And then she tried to take it away.

Farstriders and headhunters

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Ya be far from home, blood elf. Go hunt for Nathanos in da Eastern Kingdoms. Kalimdor be headhunter territory.
Nathanos was once one of our own. It is the Farstriders' responsibility to see him brought to justice.
Suit yaself. But remember, he be knowin' ya ways ta track him. He not be hidin' from us so easily.

Discussing Nathanos

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Nathanos is missing. Fled with his queen and hasn't been seen since.
Is that any surprise? He had even less love for us than she did.
They must be true to their people. They must live and die for them!
I doubt it. Neither of them is capable of love.

Lady Liadrin

Lady Liadrin comes out of Silvermoon's portal in Pathfinder's Den and asks the Silvermoon Magistrix about Orgrimmar's situation, before she begins her patrol with the Blood Knights.

Silvermoon Magistrix says: Lady Liadrin!
Lady Liadrin says: Greetings. Anything unusual activity to report?
Silvermoon Magistrix says: None so far. Neither from anyone who still serves Sylvanas, nor from any corrupted by N'Zoth.
Lady Liadrin says: Good. I will begin the patrol.
Lady Liadrin says: Blood Knights, form ranks! We are to maintain order here in Orgrimmar.
Lady Liadrin says: With Saurfang dead and Sylvanas... absent, Orgrimmar is without a warchief.
Lady Liadrin says: Meanwhile, the threat of N'Zoth looms over us all. We mustn't allow Orgrimmar to descend into chaos.
Lady Liadrin says: Remain vigilant for any signs of N'Zoth's influence... along with any who cling to Sylvanas's twisted ideals.
Lady Liadrin says: Some who sided with the Banshee Queen have seen the error of their ways. They are to be left alone.
Lady Liadrin says: I care not if you fought against them. We must forgive and unite if we are to remain strong in the face of peril.

Thrall and Geya'rah

Thrall can be found on the bridge between the Drag and the Valley of Strength. Occasionally (approximately every 30-45 minutes), Geya'rah starts her patrol with Mag'har Grunts near the western zeppelin tower and continues to the bridge with Thrall, passing by him.

Thrall's gossip

Much has changed for the Horde while I was away. But I will do my part to ensure its survival.

Geya'rah's dialogue
Overlord Geya'rah says: Keep an eye out for any who still obey Sylvanas!
Overlord Geya'rah says: And remember the lesson to be learned from her.
Overlord Geya'rah says: She was a strong warchief. She did whatever it took to achieve victory.
Overlord Geya'rah says: But she fought only for herself, not for the Horde!
Overlord Geya'rah says: We were nothing to her! She abandoned her own people!
Overlord Geya'rah says: A great leader must have more than strength.
Overlord Geya'rah says: They must be true to their people. They must live and die for them!
Overlord Geya'rah says: Do not forget this. We will not repeat Sylvanas's mistakes!
Geya'rah and Thrall
Overlord Geya'rah says: Go'el.
Thrall says: Geya'rah.

Eitrigg

Eitrigg was one of the main characters in the final chapter of the Horde War Campaign and depending on which side the adventurer chose, Eitrigg says one of the following as a result of the actions done during the final chapter.

Sylvanas-sided

<Name>, we must speak.

The choice you made in the Hall of the Brave... I don't hold it against you. We each did what we thought was right.

Leave it in the past. What matters now is how we reunite the Horde. This is how we start.

Saurfang-sided

Honor, champion. It saved the lives of thousands today. And it has saved my life more than once.

Saurfang and I were both from the Blackrock clan. Blackhand chose us to lead his armies. We committed terrible acts under his command.

I couldn't live with the shame. I went into hiding after the Second War was over. But not Saurfang. He helped other orcs move past their guilt and strive for lost honor.

He was a fearsome warrior. But that isn't what made him a hero. He gave us hope when we needed it most. Back then, and now. That will always be his greatest deed.

Natoj

I been overseein' da defanse of Orgrimmar for a while now, but I always had Saurfang ta guide me, Now, I gonna be on my own.

Thought I had more time ta learn from him. We always be tinkin' dat, dont we? I got me some big shoes ta fill.

But I be trustin' in everything he taught me. I gonna guard dese gates wit' me life. I gonna make Saurfang proud.

Echoes on Kul Tiras

Meeting of siblings and friends

...


Boralus

Kul Tirans and the 7th Legion

With the war ended, festivities reached Boralus. 7th Legion Marine and Proudmoore Guards celebrate the occasion.

7th Legion Marine says: Another round! *hic* I can finally go home and see my family!
Proudmoore Guard says: Ah, an' here i thought you Stormwind folk were too uptight to enjoy a stiff drink!
7th Legion Marine says: It's time for a celebration. The Banshee Queen's reign is over, and the war is soon to follow.
Proudmoore Guard says: Hear, hear! To home and family!

Some are more serious and discuss the future.

7th Legion Marine (1) says: Just received new orders. We're to begin scaling back on our war efforts.
7th Legion Marine (2) says: For now. How long before we ramp them up again? You know we will eventually.
7th Legion Marine (1) says: Undoubtedly. But for now, let's give our soldiers some much deserved leave.
7th Legion Marine (2) says: They'll need it. These ceasefires with the Horde... they never last.
Sentinels

Similarly, Night Elf Sentinels are also glad that the war has ended.

Night Elf Sentinel (1) says: My brothers and sisters still seek vengeance for Teldrassil. But I... I am so tired of war.
Night Elf Sentinel (2) says: To be honest, so am I. Rage still burns within my heart, but I long to live my life without it.
Night Elf Sentinel (1) says: I hope that one day, we can.

However, other Sentinels are not so keen on forgiving.

Night Elf Sentinel (1) says: We nearly had her. If I were just a few hundred yards closer, I could have taken a shot at the Banshee.
Night Elf Sentinel (2) says: Have patience, her time will come. We will have justice for Teldrassil in the end.
Night Elf Sentinel (1) says: But when? How long must we wait?
Night Elf Sentinel (2) says: For as long as it takes.

The Sentinels are also concerned for Tyrande Whisperwind and the hunt for Sylvanas.

  • Night Elf Sentinel (1) says: I fear for Tyrande. The Night Warrior is fierce, but... can a mortal control such power indefinitely?
Night Elf Sentinel (2) says: She is the High Priestess of Elune. If anyone can wield the goddess's strength, it is her.
Night Elf Sentinel (1) says: Perhaps you are right...
  • Night Elf Sentinel (1) says: All this talk of the war winding down... Sylvanas is still out there. Have they all forgotten what she did?
Night Elf Sentinel (2) says: Not Tyrande. She is still out there, too. Hunting Sylvanas and Nathanos like the dogs they are.
Night Elf Sentinel (1) says: May the might of the Night Warrior lay waste to those walking corpses.

Echoes in Stormwind City

Stormwindians remain somewhat skeptical towards the ending of the war as well as Anduin.

Wizard's Sanctum

Alliance mages in the Wizard's Sanctum in the Mage Quarter discuss Anduin and Saurfang.

Honor Hold Mage says: My cousin just came back from Durotar. Said that Saurfang challenged Sylvanas to single combat.
Vanguard Battlemage says: How he ever escaped from the Stockades is beyond me. The guards keep that place under close watch.
Kirin Tor Emissary says: I heard a rumor that King Anduin himself released Saurfang from his cell.
Sparkbright says: That's just hearsay. It can't possibly be true.

Dwarven District

Two dwarven blacksmiths in the Dwarven District discuss Anduin.

Therum Deepforge says: King Anduin's too soft. Answerin' the summons of an orc. Grievin' at a Horde funeral.
Kaita Deepforge says: Careful. That kind o' talk borders on treasonous.
Therum Deepforge says: And what'll he do about it? Clap me in irons? He'd never.
Kaita Deepforge says: He wouldn't. Because he's a good king.

Stormwind guards in the Trade District

Stormwind City Guards in the Trade District discuss the remaining Horde.

Stormwind City Guard (1) says: Is the war ending? Our soldiers are coming home... but the Horde still stands.
Stormwind City Guard (2) says: The Banshee Queen has fled. What reason is there to continue fighting?
Stormwind City Guard (1) says: You think the rest of the Horde is blameless? They're just as guilty as she is. I say we fight until the end.

Two guards outside the Trader's Hall discuss the state of Capital City in Lordaeron.

Stormwind City Guard (1) says: I used to live in Lordaeron, you know. Before the Third War. Always hoped to go back someday.
Stormwind City Guard (2) says: But not anymore?
Stormwind City Guard (1) says: No. Not after The Banshee Queen blighted what was left of the city. That dream is dead now.

Canals

Darnassian Refugees in the Canals are still lamenting.

Darnassian Refugee (1) says: Sometimes, I can still smell the smoke. I can feel the heat of the flames on my skin.
Darnassian Refugee (2) says: It still feels like a nightmare to me. That I might one day wake in my bed in Darnassus.
Darnassian Refugee (1 says: I cannot bear the thought that Sylvanas remains free. After what she did to us...
Darnassian Refugee (2) says: Trust in the Night Warrior. She will see justice done... even if the Alliance does not.

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Participants

In Orgrimmar

Post-mak'gora additions

In Durotar

Named

Horde Present Razor Hill civilians

Unnamed

In Thunder Bluff

Presumably cut content: High Overlord's Raider, Honorbound Siege Tank.

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