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Capital / Harbor
|Sources: World of Warcraft: Cataclysm|
- Not to be confused with Bilgewater Port.
From its roots as a humble "city-in-a-box" to the bustling metropolis it is today, Bilgewater Harbor straddles the line between myth and legend. At least, that's what the brochure says. The orc commanders might argue differently, though. It isn't exactly easy to maintain discipline in an otherwise lawless city where every vice you can imagine is available for just a handful of silver and debauchery is half off.
This goblin harbor settlement was built on an island in the Bay of Storms in Azshara and acts as a naval port for the entire Orgrimmar fleet, launching boats and zeppelins to carry out Garrosh's vision for the future of Kalimdor and beyond. The majority of Bilgewater Harbor inhabitants are refugees who previously appeared in Kezan and/or the Lost Isles. The town is roughly divided in half between the military side, where and company send high-level players off to the Twilight Highlands, and the civilian side, where vendors, trainers, and some low-level quest givers can be found. Skull and crossbones signs warn those who inadvertently cross from one side to the other. The town’s origins are often speculated on by non-goblins; Bilgewater Harbor sprang up in record time after the Kezan refugees’ arrival, and its’ quintessentially goblin construction has fostered an atmosphere of debauchery and disorder. Orgrimmar’s military has only recently set boots down in Bilgewater, but the harbor’s value as a strategic front conflicts with some pushy goblins’ desire to turn it into a new version of their ancestral home (abounding with gambling dens, pleasure houses and other commercial luxuries). This cultural rift is likely to breed tension in the ranks of the Horde sooner rather than later.
The beach surrounding the port is home to wildlife that include makrura, turtles, and more recently, seals. The latter particularly enjoy a rock on the southeastern shore but can be found throughout the area. Many ships are docked at the port, one of which - the Hull of the Foebreaker - shows up as its own subzone on entering, though not considered as such on the zone map.
When Garrosh launched the attack against the night elves of Ashenvale, he had monsters - proto-dragons and magnataur - brought from Northrend by ships. The ships landed in Bilgewater Harbor and Garrosh personally came to observe them.
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The inn at night during the Feast of Winter Veil
- The massive cannon at the top of the island points out towards the sea and does not initially appear to be pointed at anything in particular. However, one can find a telescope inside the main facility which is aimed at Stormwind city. The cannon does not actually fire.
- Bilgewater is sometimes erroneously described as the de facto goblin capital, to the chagrin of Alliance players who were upset that Gilneas was left in ruins. The Goblin Slums in Orgrimmar are where resides, but strangely, Trade Prince Gallywix does not appear anywhere in-game following the goblin starting experience despite having his own subzone in Azshara and many of the inhabitants of Kezan residing in Bilgewater Harbor.