|Character class|| Hydromancer
|Affiliation(s)||Kul Tiras, Alliance of Lordaeron, House Proudmoore|
|Occupation||Lord Admiral of Kul Tiras, Grand Admiral of the Alliance|
|Location||Buried at Lord Admiral's Rest, Boralus|
|Relative(s)||Katherine (wife), Jaina (daughter), Derek (son), Tandred (son)|
- “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 and ruler of Kul Tiras. 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 he was consumed by his own hatred, killed by the Horde led by Rexxar. His grave is now found at the Lord Admiral's Rest in Boralus.
The Second War
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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. Proudmoore stayed beside King Terenas through the political turmoil that followed the Second War. He quarreled with Genn Greymane at a meeting concerning the fate of Alterac before Daval Prestor defused the situation.
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) 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.
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.
Aftermath of the Third War
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.
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. Daelin's wife Katherine would succeed him as Lord Admiral of Kul Tiras.
World of Warcraft
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Daughter of the Seas
A song about Jaina and her role in Daelin's death is sung by the people of Kul Tiras:
- "Beware, beware, the Daughter of the Seas."
- "Beware," I heard him cry.
- His words carried upon the ocean breeze,
- As he sank beneath the tide.
- Those blood-soaked shores of Kalimdor,
- Where sailors fought and died.
- The admiral fell at Theramore,
- because she left his side.
- Why this? Why this oh Daughter of the Seas?
- Why this? Did you forget your seaside days?
- Always the pride of our nation's eyes,
- How could she go astray?
- When she did flee across the ocean deep,
- the admiral followed west.
- What else but sail to save a daughter's life,
- and pray she still drew breath?
- But there he found on the Western shores,
- Enemies 'pon the rise!
- But when he faced those savage foes
- His daughter stood aside.
- Buried deep beneath the waves,
- Betrayed by family,
- To his nation, with his last breath cried,
- "Beware the Daughter of the Seas."
Stormwind City Heroes Tribute
Commander of the Alliance Fleets
Friend of Stormwind
- "Death to the Blackbloods!"
- "For Sir Lothar!"
- "For Lordaeron!"
- "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!"
- "It is as much of a mistake to underestimate yourself as to overestimate yourself."
- "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."
- "Peace is like a dream. Beautiful, ephemeral. Unobtainable."
In the RPG
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.
Notes & trivia
- 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.
- He also has a statue in Boralus.
- The hunter Tyrathan Khort was lent to Daelin Proudmoore, participating in the invasion of Durotar with the Kul Tiran force.
- He was rumored to have been trained by Jalod, though Colonel Lorena doubted that.
- Jaina referred to her father as "Papa".
- Prior to Battle for Azeroth, Daelin's wife was only mentioned briefly. In Tides of Darkness, Daelin sent his wife a letter about Derek's death. In Rise of the Lich King, 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."
- An unused NPC representing Daelin is situated in the same ID range as other legendary warriors presumably meant to appear in Skyhold. He and most of these NPCs didn't make it out of the Legion alpha stage.
- This NPC's model is used for the Soul of Daelin Proudmoore for the Death Knight order hall quests.
- ^ Daelin Proudmoore (Warcraft III)
- ^ Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness manual, Nations of the Alliance, Kul Tiras
- ^ a b Knaak, Richard A.. Day of the Dragon, 4. ISBN 978-0-6710-4152-6.
- ^ Rosenberg, Aaron. Tides of Darkness, 72-73. ISBN 978-1-4165-3990-2.
- ^ Loreology on Twitter
- ^ Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness manual, A Brief History of the Fall of Azeroth, The Alliance of Lordaeron
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2
- ^ a b World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, page 157
- ^ a b c World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, page 172
- ^ Rosenberg, Aaron. Tides of Darkness, 314. ISBN 978-1-4165-3990-2.
- ^ Rosenberg, Aaron. Tides of Darkness, 314. ISBN 978-1-4165-3990-2.
- ^ Beyond the Dark Portal
- ^ Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos Game Manual
- ^ Day of the Dragon
- ^ Arthas: Rise of the Lich King
- ^ Of Blood and Honor
- ^ Jaina: Reunion
- ^ Old Hatreds - The Colonization of Kalimdor
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 3
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 3, page 112
- ^ a b Unholy Attainment: Essence of Hatred
- ^ Quest:Xibala
- ^ Day of the Dragon, pg. 79
- ^ a b Arthas: Rise of the Lich King
- ^ World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Features Overview
- ^ Alliance & Horde Compendium, pg. 58
- ^ Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde, chapter 12
- ^ Cycle of Hatred, pg. 60
- ^ Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War, pg. 232
Lord Admiral of Kul Tiras
Grand Admiral of the Alliance navy