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|Character class|| Hydromancer
|Affiliation(s)||Kul Tiras, Alliance of Lordaeron|
|Occupation||Lord Admiral of Kul Tiras, Grand Admiral of the Alliance|
|Relative(s)||Jaina (daughter), Derek (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 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 .
The Second War
Proudmoore led the island nation of Kul Tiras in the Second War, and it was Kul Tiras who funded much of the armada of the Alliance. After the First War, orcs began to attack coastal settlements in Kul Tiras and the surrounding shores of Lordaeron and Khaz Modan. With his longtime friend at his side, Proudmoore was given control of the Alliance navy as Grand Admiral. Shortly before the Second War, Proudmoore was among the human leaders summoned to an emergency meeting at Capital City in Lordaeron by King , where the Alliance of Lordaeron was formed.
Pronounced Lord of all the Alliance's mighty fleets, Proudmoore led the naval assault on the orcs, destroying their forces on land, sea, and air, while managing the oil refineries in Stratholme, which provided the main node of resources for the navy. He lost his eldest son, Derek, and everyone on board the six ships of the Third Fleet when they were attacked by dragons. However, he afterwards defeated the orcish navy and kidnapped a person from Alterac who told him about Perenolde's betrayal.
After the Second War, Daelin and other leaders of the Seven Kingdoms were present at the meeting in Nethergarde. Proudmoore discussed the rebuilding of Stormwind with King and the Dark Portal with . 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 at a meeting concerning the fate of Alterac before defused the situation.
Aftermath of the Third War
Proudmoore remained a close ally of Lordaeron for many years, with his daughter Jaina studying in Dalaran under himself 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.
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 had managed to earn Warchief 's trust, Daelin felt that he had to crush the Horde before they gained a foothold in Kalimdor.
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: the Mok'Nathal, the Darkspear troll Shadow Hunter and 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. told Jaina to remember her father for the proud warrior he was.
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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.
- "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."
- He was rumored to have been trained by , though Colonel doubted that.
- Jaina referred to her father as "Papa".
- Nothing is known about his wife. The only information appeared in Tides of Darkness, where Daelin sent her a letter about Derek's death and in Rise of the Lich King, where it was said that the parents of Arthas were debating with parents of Jaina about their relationship. That indicates that she lived during and after the Second War.
- 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 remained a committed ally of Terenas even after he opted to have the orcs put into internment camps instead of being killed, which caused other devoted leaders of the Alliance such as to seceded. This could mean Daelin valued his allies more than he hated the orcs, or he was content with the orcs living as long as they posed no threat.
- ^ 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
- ^ 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
- ^ Old Hatreds - The Colonization of Kalimdor
- ^ a b Unholy Attainment: Essence of Hatred
- ^ Alliance & Horde Compendium, pg. 58
- ^ Day of the Dragon, pg. 79
- ^ a b Arthas: Rise of the Lich King
- ^ Cycle of Hatred, pg. 60
- ^ Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War, pg. 232
Lord Admiral of Kul Tiras
Grand Admiral of the Alliance Navy