Active (WoW), Destroyed (Lore)
|Sources: World of Warcraft: Cataclysm|
Fort Triumph was an Alliance military stronghold located in the central Southern Barrens. The fort stands on the eastern side of the Battlescar, and is in constant conflict with the Horde outpost at Desolation Hold across the gorge.
Fort Triumph was vital to the Alliance's continued expansion into the Barrens during the Cataclysm, and represented their most fortified presence in the region outside Northwatch Hold. The fort was eventually looted and razed in the lead-up to the Battle of Theramore by a massive Horde army, though recent efforts have been made to re-establish the position.
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At the time of the Cataclysm, the Alliance forces on Kalimdor began to push further into the Barrens against resistance from the Horde. These efforts involved establishing Fort Triumph in the center of the region, as a means of linking Theramore Isle and the major stronghold at Northwatch Hold by land. As such, the fort became vital for Alliance expansion in the Southern Barrens.
Around the same time as Fort Triumph's founding, the Horde established their own stronghold directly across the Battlescar known as Desolation Hold. The site for Fort Triumph was chosen by the Alliance military's High Command, though it was discovered to be sitting on a sizeable silithid mound. After setting back the construction of fortifications, the silithid and their tunnels were eventually dealt with by the fort's defenders.
At the same time, the battle with the Horde at Desolation Hold became more intense, with both sides warring for control of the central pass. The garrison at Fort Triumph would meet at least some success against the Horde, though their dwarven siege engines proved ineffective in the theater. Throughout this conflict, still uncompleted, the fort was kept supplied by shipments from Dustwallow Marsh and Theramore. Fort Triumph also acted as a garrison for General Hawthorne's troops during the Alliance's operations further north. After Hawthorne's assassination by Horde agents, General Twinbraid intended to travel to the fort take over command. In the interim, it was Commander Roberts who oversaw operations.
Tides of War
In the wake of the Cataclysm, Warchief Garrosh Hellscream began a new campaign against Theramore and its holdings. A vast army subsequently pushed through the Barrens, overcoming Northwatch Hold and soon marching on Fort Triumph. It is said that Forward Command was abandoned and its soldiers went to help Northwatch. Survivors from Northwatch would regroup in Fort Triumph. However, the fort stood no chance, and inevitably fell to the attackers. After this, the Horde looted the fort's siege weapons to be used for their upcoming Attack on Theramore Isle.
It is unknown how many fell in the defense of Fort Triumph, or whether there were many survivors from its destruction. General Twinbraid, having apparently been in command, did later appear on Pandaria with the new rank of High Marshal. Though the ruins of Northwatch Hold were later reclaimed and rebuilt, Fort Triumph was left dormant for the remainder of the Alliance-Horde war.
Battle for Azeroth
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The Blood War brought fresh conflict between the Alliance and Horde to the Barrens. Seeking to re-establish Fort Triumph and regain their presence in the area, the Alliance sent forces against Desolation Hold.
Notes and trivia
- The name of the fort is sometimes shortened simply to "Triumph".
- The fort itself consists of two scout towers surrounded by smaller defenses, and defended by a large number of ballistae.
- It is not known which garrison, Fort Triumph or Desolation Hold, was constructed first. As Fort Triumph was still under construction until more recently, it may be the latter.
Our Fort Was a Triumph states that the Alliance force was sent to Desolation Hold, but the mission's location is stated to be Fort Triumph. It could be speculated that Warlord Crawgol and the Horde actually held the conquered Fort and were encountered while en-route to Desolation Hold. Alternatively, the location information could be a mistake and was meant to be Desolation Hold instead.
The body of General Hawthorne, recovered from the field
- Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Added.