Dun Algaz is the tunneled mountain pass area between Loch Modan and the Wetlands, and also a stronghold located in the pass. It is bordered by Algaz Station and Slabchisel's Survey. It existed at the time of the War of the Three Hammers. In recent years however, the post was overrun by orcs from the Dragonmaw clan, forcing the dwarven mountaineers to abandon it and fall back to the upper tunnel of the pass. Travel between the dwarven homelands and Menethil Harbor is far more dangerous as a result, and anyone passing through Dun Algaz must be either powerful or quick.
Following their defeat at Dun Modr, the orcs were forced to retreat south, across the Thandol Valley to a secondary outpost at Dun Algaz. Anduin Lothar, hoping to push the orcs even further back into Khaz Modan, ordered the destruction of the outpost. Ultimately, their assault was unsuccessful and Horde forces were still prominent in the area. It became the Horde's last hold.
In the RPG
The northwestern corner of Loch Modan contains Dun Algaz Gate. Dun Algaz was a great mountain stronghold in the Second War. Even today, the derelict fortress serves as the main thoroughfare from Loch Modan and the dwarven lands in the south to the Wetlands in the north. Long ago, few enemies could penetrate the mountains around Loch Modan, and Algaz Gate served as an effective barrier, so the region was once among the most peaceful in the eastern continents. It is nestled between the two tunnel sections, in a small adjoining valley, and has played a significant part in keeping the road between Loch Modan and Menethil Harbor clear and safe for travel.
Notes & trivia
- The Warcraft II game demo has a mission called Dun Argath that is situated in Khaz Modan. If not a separate location, it could be an earlier, production name for Dun Algaz.
- Dun Algaz was originally depicted as just south of the Thandol Span in in-game missions of Warcraft II, and even souther into Khaz Modan in the world map of the same game. In Day of the Dragon the portion of Dun Algaz held by the orcs is said to be somewhere north of Grim Batol and just south of Thandol Span.
- The World of Warcraft manual denoted this place as "Algaz Gate". Dun Algaz Gate is actually the entrance to the fortress.
Dun Algaz's position in Warcraft II.
- ^ War of the Three Hammers (History of Warcraft)
- ^ Dun Algaz (WC2 Human)
- ^ Knaak, Richard A.. Day of the Dragon, 315. ISBN 978-0-6710-4152-6.
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 3
- ^ Arthaus. Lands of Conflict, 78. ISBN 9781588469601.
- ^ Knaak, Richard A.. Day of the Dragon, 180. ISBN 978-0-6710-4152-6.