Invasion of Gilneas

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Cataclysm Invasion of Gilneas
Invasion of Gilneas
Conflict: Alliance-Horde war
Place: Gilneas, Silverpine Forest
Outcome:
Belligerents


Commanders and leaders
Strength
Casualties and losses
  • Heavy
    • Heavy worgen losses during the conflict in Silverpine and the retaking of Gilneas
    • Light/Moderate losses on the 7th Legion, as the failed invasion of Silverpine consisted mainly of worgen
    • Ambermill mages partially annihilated
    • Moderate losses on Fenris Isle worgen
  • Very heavy
    • Forsaken forces in Gilneas anihilated
    • Many Forsaken battalions lost to ambush attacks from the worgen
    • Moderate losses during the repelling of the Alliance in Silverpine
    • Orcish reinforcements almost entirely annihilated; Gunship destroyed, as well as all orcish ships.

The Invasion of Gilneas[1] is a battle between the Forsaken and the worgen for control of Gilneas. It is an important part of the Alliance-Horde war and resulted in Gilneas being abandoned by the Alliance, with conflicts still occurring at the Greymane Wall.

The invasion of Gilneas has multiple phases: the initial ousting of the Gilnean people, the Alliance counterattack, and concluding with the Alliance's retreat from Silverpine Forest. The first phase of the war was the Forsaken invasion into Gilneas which resulted in most of Gilneas's civilians fleeing to Darnassus. The second phase involved the fighting of the coalition forces of the Gilneas Liberation Front, the Bloodfang pack, and the 7th Legion against the Forsaken and the Horde. Since the Battle for Gilneas is a frequent battleground for the Alliance and the Horde, the fight for Gilneas has so far been an ongoing war.

Causes of the invasion

Due to the events at the Battle of Angrathar the Wrathgate, the Forsaken are "in the dog house" with the rest of the Horde and the Horde leadership. With the Horde now controlled by Warchief Garrosh Hellscream, Garrosh has ordered Sylvanas Windrunner to claim Gilneas so the Horde can have a port in southern Lordaeron.[2][3] The motivations of the Wolf Cult led by Alpha Prime were to gather worgen servants, march on Darnassus, and get revenge on Malfurion Stormrage.[4] The two groups worked together, with the worgen weakening Gilneas's defenses for the Forsaken.[5][6][4]

Chronology

The invasion and the exodus

The Shattered Greymane Wall

The Forsaken started a frontal assault on the Greymane Wall, but the Gilnean troops defending it coupled with the wall's mighty defenses were easily driving the Forsaken back despite all their efforts and darting attacks. Although the Gilneans' defenses held, the Greymane Wall began to deteriorate.[3]

The worgen curse and the Wolf Cult

Meanwhile, the Kingdom of Gilneas was ravaged by the worgen curse, which transformed any human into a worgen (a cursed half-wolf, half-man creature) that lost their minds to bloodlust and a desire to tear flesh. The wogen curse was being spread by Alpha Prime and his Wolf Cult, in an attempt to soften the Gilnean defenses from the inside in order to facilitate the invasion once the Forsaken were able to breach the Greymane Wall. The worgen curse was rapidly spreading through Gilneas, and the Wolf Cult's numbers kept growing.

Eventually Alpha Prime led his worgen in an open attack on Gilneas City, turning many of its citizens into feral worgen and overrunning the city.[7] While the Gilneans did try to fight off the worgen,[8] they discovered that the numbers of the worgen were too great, and an evacuation of the city was necessary.[9] King Genn Greymane ordered the release of the political prisoner Lord Darius Crowley, a dissenter that led the Northgate rebellion against him.[10][11] After Crowley was released, he became convinced that he and Greymane needed to unite their efforts for the sake of their people.[12] Crowley, understanding that the only shot for the surviving Gilneans to reach the safety of Duskhaven was for the worgen's attention to be kept on Gilneas City, decided to remain behind with a group of his followers at Light's Dawn Cathedral to serve as a distraction.[13][14] Crowley's group was eventually surrounded and overrun by the worgen and Crowley became a worgen himself. However, his sacrifice allowed the Gilnean refugees to successfully reach Duskhaven.[15]

Krennan Aranas — the royal alchemist of King Genn Greymane — created a special potion that when drank by a worgen, helped them bring back balance between their human and beast sides; in other words, it returned human consciousness to the cursed worgen. Thus a group of captured worgen were treated and joined the Gilneans just before the Forsaken invasion started.[16]

The attack on Duskhaven

The attack on Duskhaven.

Even after the Wolf Cult seized Gilneas City, the defenses at the Greymane Wall were holding. However, some weeks after the refugees from Gilneas City fled to Duskhaven, the Cataclysm started and shattered the Greymane Wall — destroying its gates. It also destroyed the reefs that were defending Gilneas from a naval invasion, allowing the Forsaken to invade Gilneas both on the land and from the shore.[17]

Soon two ships of the Forsaken navy arrived on Duskhaven and commenced a bombardment.[18] At the same time the ships started landing; Forsaken footsoldiers and abominations disembarked from their transports and stormed the shore. However, Duskhaven troops and newly-cured worgen met their enemy head-on, and acting under the command of Prince Liam Greymane, showed heavy resistance to the Forsaken invaders.[19][20] Lord Vincent Godfrey, a Gilnean nobleman, led the counter-assault and decided to use the worgen to neutralize the Forsaken ships. He commanded them to capture the catapults that were bombarding Duskhaven and use them to catapult themselves into the ships and slay their captains: Morris and Anson.[21] Lord Godfrey also ordered them to slay the Forsaken commander, Dark Ranger Thyala.[22] But the victory came with a price. The earth, already weakened from the bombardment, began to fragment and collapse as the Cataclysm continued. An evacuation of Duskhaven was put together just in time, before the town was completely consumed and submerged under the sea.[23][24] The survivors fled to Greymane Manor,[25] and then further inland — into the Blackwald.[26]

While moving into the Blackwald, two Gilnean stagecoaches were ambushed by ogres (servants of the ettin Koroth the Hillbreaker) and crashed; including Prince Liam Greymane's own stagecoach. While Liam and a worgen adventurer rescued the stranded survivors,[27] they also discovered a squadron of Forsaken under the command of Captain Asther had also arrived at the Stagecoach Crash Site. Liam Greymane decided to make the Forsaken and the ogres fight each other by ordering the worgen to steal  [Koroth's Banner] and plant it before the Forsaken. Soon Koroth himself arrived and thinking that the Forsaken stole his favorite banner, furiously attacked them; giving enough time for Liam and the other survivors to escape.[28]

Origins of the worgen curse

Upon arriving to Stormglen Village, the Gilnean refugees discovered that the village was completely deserted, and part of it was even overrun by giant spiders. After fighting off the spiders[29] and slaying the broodmother Rygna,[30] the worgen decided to enter Blackwald itself in search for any survivors.[31]

Within this dark forest, the Gilneans met the night elves led by Belysra Starbreeze,[32] who told them of the origins of the Worgen Curse — that long ago, there was a group of druids known as the Druids of the Pack, who were practicing the ability to shape-shift into a wolf form and worshiped the Wild God and Ancient guardian, Goldrinn. However, during an ancient war against demonic forces, they abandoned the balance and allowed the beast within to consume them; becoming the first worgen. Eventually the night elves, led by Archdruid Malfurion Stormrage, were forced to banish them to the Emerald Dream to sleep for eternity under a tree identical to Tal'doren — the wild tree in Blackwald. However, the original worgen were released by Archmage Arugal and eventually started spreading their curse to the Gilneans.[33][7] They also met Lord Darius Crowley — who had also been transformed into a worgen and with the aid of the night elves, had managed to regain the balance between man and beast — and he was furthermore curing other feral worgen.[34] Crowley then revealed that the Forsaken were trying to find a special artifact that would bring the worgen under their control — the Scythe of Elune, which had been brought in from Duskwood mere days before.[5] A group of worgen was sent by Crowley to attack Sylvanas' dark rangers that held the Scythe at Woods' End Cabin. Crowley's forces were led by Tobias Mistmantle, a former follower of Lord Crowley who also became a worgen. While Tobias and his trackers were keeping the dark rangers occupied, another worgen sneaked by and stole the Scythe before it could reach Sylvanas.[6]

Greymane's worgen, knowing that the alchemy that had returned their minds to them would not last long, drank the waters of Tal'doren, and restored the balance between human and beast. Lord Godfrey soon arrived and ordered Crowley and his worgen to submit and join the king's army against the Forsaken, to which Crowley refused. However, when Genn Greymane arrived and revealed that he himself has been affected by the worgen curse, Crowley agreed to have his forces join the Gilnean resistance. With the Gilnean worgen united, Greymane proclaimed that he will unite all of his people to end the Forsaken invasion.[35]

The unseen fight

While Greymane left for Tempest's Reach, the night elves led by Belysra Starbreeze, alongside Lord Crowley, Gilnean worgen, and the investigator Halford Ramsey, confronted Alpha Prime at Tal'doren. Belysra attempted to seal the Wolf Cult worgen away beneath Daral'nir in the Emerald Dream, but before she could do so, a Forsaken dark ranger shot her in the arm. This caused her to drop the Scythe of Elune, and Alpha Prime signaled for the army of Forsaken to surround them. Alpha Prime took possession of the scythe, but just as he was about to finish Belysra off with it, the spirit wolf of Belysra's old lover — Arvell — killed Alpha Prime. With the death of their leader, the Wolf Cult scattered; leaving the Forsaken without their lupine allies and open to attack from the night elves and Gilneans.[4]

Godfrey's treason

Lord Godfrey was shocked when he discovered that his own king was a worgen, one of the very creatures he had fought against so fiercely. Godfrey, who had always condemned the transformed Gilneans as monsters, created a plan that he believed would save Gilneas. After gaining support from two eastern lords, Lord Walden and Baron Ashbury, Godfrey captured King Greymane, and held him prisoner at Tempest's Reach. Godfrey planned to use Genn to strike a deal with the Forsaken by turning his king over to them.

The worgen, however, planned to free their king with as little bloodshed as possible. The worgen adventurer used  [Krennan's Potion of Stealth] to stealthily track down and assassinate both of the traitorous eastern lords, leaving Godfrey without his support from them. Godfrey still refused to surrender however, stating that he would rather die than serve a worgen as his king, and jumped off a cliff; thus committing suicide.[36]

Battle of Gilneas City

King Genn Greymane and a worgen pack.

With the dissent from within crushed, Genn Greymane sent his loyal supporters to aid in liberating the mining town of Emberstone Village from Forsaken control. Prince Liam Greymane and Lorna Crowley, the daughter of Lord Darius Crowley, led the troops. The two made their headquarters in the livery stables. After freeing the enslaved Gilneans,[37][38] Liam and Lorna sent their forces to dispatch the Forsaken leader, Executor Cornell — who was known for his unbound ruthlessness — and later on Valnov the Mad — the so-called scientist who carried out inhuman experiments on the villagers too old to work the mines.[39]

Having assembled an army composed of every available Gilnean, Genn finally directed the Gilneans in retaking Gilneas City. The Gilnean army was divided to attack multiple fronts on Gilneas City. Liam Greymane headed the assault on the Merchant Square, while King Genn Greymane and Lord Crowley handled the assaults on the other districts. This would be known as the Battle of Gilneas City.[40] Before entering Gilneas City and starting the battle for it, Liam made an inspiring speech:

The Forsaken think we're weak, a broken people. They think we'll roll over like a scared dog... how wrong they are. We will fight them in the fields until the last trench collapses and the last cannon is silenced. We will fight them on the streets until the last shot is fired, and when there is no more ammunition, we'll crush their skulls with the stones that pave our city. We will fight them in the alleys until our knuckles are skinned and bloodied, and our rapiers lay on the ground, shattered. And if we find ourselves surrounded and disarmed, wounded and without hope; we will lift our heads in defiance and spit in their faces. But we will never surrender! FOR GILNEAS!

Genn grieves after the death of Liam.

The Gilnean forces under the command of Liam Greymane started fighting their way through Gilneas City, destroying Forsaken forces positioned there. Soon they were attacked by a large number of abominations. The villagers of Emberstone brought artillery cannons however, which helped in defeating them. After Liam's forces met and united with Lord Crowley's worgen forces around Stoneward Prison, the Forsaken unleashed upon the Gilneans one of their most powerful creations — the flesh beast known as Gorerot. However, the worgen took control of Forsaken catapults and used them to take down Gorerot quickly. Soon Liam and Crowley caught Sylvanas herself at the Greymane Court, while his father came and attacked from the other side. As the tide was turning against Sylvanas, she used her dark powers to stun every one in the immediate area and aimed a poisoned arrow at Genn Greymane. Liam jumped in front of the bowshot, saving his father from certain doom. As Sylvanas fled the scene, Liam died with the knowledge that the city had been freed from Forsaken control.[41]

Escape from Gilneas: The endgame

Later on, Sylvanas met with General Warhowl, envoy of Warchief Garrosh Hellscream. Sylvanas told him that Gilneas was under control and consented to not use the Forsaken Blight, as its development had been banned after the incident at the Wrathgate. As the emissary left however, Sylvanas told High Executor Crenshaw to deploy the new plague as planned, despite Garrosh's command.[42]

At the dawn of the next day, despite the wishes of Garrosh Hellscream, the Forsaken used their Blight on Gilneas. What the Forsaken didn't know however, was that the population was already being evacuated through a secret passage to Aderic's Repose due to Tobias Mistmantle and a worgen adventurer's surveillance of Sylvanas's conversation beforehand. While worgen distracted the Forsaken using bombing bats they had recovered, destroying some of their Blight catapults and thinning out the Forsaken ranks, the rest of the Gilnean populace escaped.[43][44] In the final moments of the evacuation, King Genn and the Crowley family paid their final respects to the deceased Liam Greymane and made a promise to him to liberate Gilneas one day.[45]

The night elves, led by the priestess of the moon Belysra Starbreeze, made good on their promise and brought ships at Keel Harbor, as well as an offer of sanctuary in their lands. Unfortunately, the Forsaken's allies, the Horde, arrived as well. An orcish gunship (similar to Orgrim's Hammer) entered the field, preventing the transport ships from taking the Gilneans to safety. Meanwhile, another force of orcish invaders attacked Keel Harbor. While the druids were holding the enemy back, the siege weapons carried by the elven ships were deployed and met their enemy head-on. As a result, the orcish attack was successfully repelled.[46]

Lorna Crowley facing Korm Bonegrind.

However, the gunship was still a threat to the ships. A hippogryph-mounted party boarded the gunship to place explosives in the engineering room below deck. As they proceeded, the gunship's captain, Korm Bonegrind, appeared and the party fled on wyverns that were roosting on the lower deck. Once the explosives detonated, the gunship's engines became destroyed; causing the destroyed the gunship to crash into the Greymane Wall.[47]

Aftermath

Gilneas was left in ruins, both by the Forsaken invasion and by the Cataclysm ripping the very land apart. Civilians were evacuated to Darnassus following the destruction of the Horde gunship,[48] while a large amount of the soldiers and volunteers remained in Gilneas under the leadership of Darius Crowley. Crowley's forces formed the Gilneas Liberation Front and their mission is to purge the Forsaken from their lands and retake all of Gilneas for the Alliance.

After the Gilneans settled in Darnassus, the Gilnean people rejoined the Alliance and King Genn Greymane journeyed to Stormwind — the political and military capital of the Alliance. With Genn's homeland turned into a war zone and his heir slain; Genn began making plans and coordinating with the Alliance to retake his homeland. Genn now stands near King Varian Wrynn, a sign of the newly reforged friendship and hope that Gilneas will be reborn again.[49]

The fight continues

The battles in Silverpine

Although most of the Gilneans were evacuated to Darnassus, the Gilneas Liberation Front, a rather large military organization with the goal of retaking Gilneas and driving the Forsaken out of their lands, remained to combat their foes under the leadership of Darius Crowley. The Gilneas Liberation Front forces started operating not only in Gilneas, but also in Silverpine Forest as well, and soon had a few minor victories. Despite their large numbers (as seen throughout the Silverpine Questline, especially in Gilneas), the Gilneas Liberation Front was still incredibly outnumbered by the Forsaken who continued to grow as Hillsbrad was decimated and most of its inhabitants turned undead. As such, the Gilneas Liberation Front used unorthodox guerrilla warfare and ambush tactics against the Forsaken, which proved very effective.[50]

A Worgen Renegade and a Forsaken Trooper in Silverpine Forest

Soon after their initial pushes into Silverpine, Darius Crowley formed an alliance with the Bloodfang pack led by Ivar Bloodfang. The Bloodfang pack seemed to be composed of not only Silverpine residents, but Gilneans as well (possibly from Pyrewood or ferals who refused to follow Crowley in Gilneas); all these disparate feral worgen may have banded together to form a single pack following the Forsaken's crusade against the worgen in the aftermath of their invasion of Gilneas. Sylvanas discovered the alliance through her deathstalkers and agents led by Deathstalker Commander Belmont who were operating in Silverpine.[51] The Bloodfang worgen started constantly ambushing and destroying Forsaken forces in Silverpine Forest. One of their most successful operations was the attack on three orc ships, commanded by Admiral Hatchet, that arrived from Kalimdor to reinforce the Forsaken. These ships were full of supplies, weapons, and soldiers and a small band of Bloodfang worgen attacked them while the Orc Sea Dogs, led by Warlord Torok, were too drunk to be able to show any resistance.[52] The ships were destroyed, although many Sea Dogs managed to survive and retreated to the Forsaken Rear Guard.[53] Soon the orcs were brought to order by a Horde adventurer sent by Sylvanas Windrunner, and later took part in the fight for Silverpine Forest.[54]

The Forsaken, understanding that this new threat and their unorthodox tactics must be dealt with accordingly, started bolstering their numbers by slaying the Hillsbrad human refugees that have settled in Fenris Isle and raising them as Forsaken using the new servants of Sylvanas — the Val'kyr.[55] However, Lord Crowley and Ivar Bloodfang used these attacks to persuade the humans of Fenris Isle to become worgen. By offering to let the Hillsbrad refugees drink their worgen blood, they would become worgen and thus become immune to the Val'kyr's necromancy magic while also gaining the means to exact their revenge.[56] This single act bolstered the worgen numbers greatly, and although a large number of them were slain by artillery fire when they were trying to assault Horde outposts by crossing Lordamere Lake, it barely made a scratch in their numbers.[57][58] Warlord Torok sent his Sea Dogs to fight the Hillsbrad Worgen swimming to the Decrepit Fields. Yet without the adequate alcohol, the Sea Dogs were defeated and mostly slain, along with their Demolishers.[59]

As the fighting for Silverpine continued, the Forsaken received word that Crowley and Bloodfang would be meeting in the abandoned Deep Elem Mine.[60] Sylvanas took advantage of this opportunity by sending her best warriors under the command of one of her elite, Master Forteski, to trap and corner the worgen leaders in the mine, which had only one entrance. However, the meeting was in truth a trap. Instead of finding Crowley and Bloodfang, the Forsaken found the entire shaft of the mine rigged with explosives. Cornered, the last thing the doomed Forsaken had seen was Ivar entering, taunting them for falling prey to his trap, followed by the detonation of the explosives as Ivar fled the shaft. An entire squadron of Veteran Forsaken Troopers as well as Forteski were slaughtered. A lone Horde agent survived the trap, having been saved by Forteski just before his demise.[61]

At the same time, another large group of Forsaken veteran troopers and catapults have been crossing Olsen's Farthing, only to meet a brutal ambush by the Bloodfang pack; leaving no survivors.[62]

The liberation of Gilneas

By this time, the Gilneans had already arrived in Darnassus. King Genn Greymane had arrived in Stormwind, asking Varian Wrynn — King of Stormwind — to send the Gilneas Liberation Front aid. With the power hungry Forsaken decimating the Alliance in the north, the potential of Gilneas as an Alliance foothold, and understanding the plight of their new allies; King Varian needed little convincing to agree. The king's finest soldiers — the 7th Legion — were sent to ensure victory in Gilneas.[63]

Led by High Commander Halford Wyrmbane, the 7th Legion fleet arrived off the coast of Gilneas, where they discovered a large Horde fleet. To clear the way for the bulk of their troops, the 7th Legion used gnomish submarines to covertly blow up the Horde's ships.[64][65] Meanwhile Forward Commander Onslaught, commander of the Forsaken forces in Gilneas, sent a Horde agent to restore communications between the outposts on the land.[66]

It was soon discovered that not only had the Gilneans been assaulting Forsaken Forward Command, but all of the Forsaken outposts in Gilneas had been lost to the Alliance — including Gilneas City. This major loss was an ill omen for the Forsaken in the war for Gilneas. The Horde agent was sent to see if any of the closest Forsaken outposts, namely Dreadwatch Outpost and Rutsak's Guard, were still under their control. It was soon discovered that Dreadwatch was ravaged by the Alliance.[66] Rutsak's Guard too had fallen, with Captain Rutsak being the lone survivor of his outpost.[64]

The Forsaken, having confirmed the loss of Gilneas City to the Alliance, had discovered that the forces that obliterated Dreadwatch and Rutsak's Guard were in fact the Gilneas Liberation Front and the 7th Legion.[63][67] It was revealed that a vanguard force of the 7th Legion had infiltrated Gilneas City using submarines, liberated it from Forsaken control, and made the Cathedral Quarter courtyard their base of operations. After which, they regrouped with the Gilneas Liberation Front and aided them in destroying the Forsaken outposts under the command of Master Sergeant Pietro Zaren.[63] Master Sergeant Pietro Zaren himself engineered the slaughter of all the Forsaken troops at Rutsak's Guard, leaving alive only Captain Rutsak so that he may be traumatized by their strength.[64] The lone Horde agent was sent to assassinate the Master Sergeant,[68] many of his submariners,[64] and also evaluate the enemy's numbers which the Horde would soon have to face. By using a telescope to observe the enemy forces, the Horde agent discovered that a large Alliance naval force was en route to Gilneas.[69] Meanwhile, Forsaken Forward Command was assaulted by the combined forces of the Gilneas Liberation Front, the Bloodfang pack and the 7th Legion; thus crushing the last true foothold the Forsaken had in Gilneas.[70]

With no other options, the Forsaken were driven back into Silverpine Forest and Gilneas was at last liberated.[71] However, the Horde adventurers, with the aid of the Val'kyr Arthura, and Deathstalker Commander Belmont, managed to recover the corpse of Lord Vincent Godfrey — despite all efforts of the Gilneas Liberation Front to destroy them — and brought it to Sylvanas.[72][73] Meanwhile, Belmont's deathstalkers recovered the corpses of two of Godfrey's lieutenants — Lord Walden and Baron Ashbury — so that Sylvanas could resurrect them all as powerful allies against the worgen.[74]

The fall of Ambermill

Ataeric and his fellow mages, now as Forsaken

Now that Gilneas was secure, the Gilneas Liberation Front and the Bloodfang pack started concentrating their forces at the Greymane Wall for the grand offensive into Silverpine. Meanwhile Sylvanas Windrunner had Arthura raised Godfrey, Walden and Ashbury as undead and conscripted them into the Forsaken war machine.[74] After the ritual was complete, Sylvanas — with the aid of Godfrey — started preparing her own forces for battle. She ordered the Horde agent who had continued to serve successfully throughout Silverpine to lead an important assault upon Ambermill — one of the last Dalaran settlements in the lands which (despite the Kirin Tor's stance of neutrality) had made a pact with the Alliance forces.[75]

Out of the need to survive, the Kirin Tor mages of Ambermill and Dalaran Crater (left behind to protect the land for the day when Dalaran would return), made a pact with the Alliance to protect themselves from the Forsaken who in the past years had attacked the mages and continued to do so in the present.[76] They agreed to fight with the Stormwind army when the time was right to repel the Forsaken. To protect themselves until then, they phased the entirety of Ambermill's population in a pocket dimension in order to guard themselves until the forthcoming battle.[75] In their absence, the magi left behind numerous Elemental Servitors to maintain the grounds of Ambermill while they were gone.[77]

However, the Horde adventurer, with the aid of Dalar Dawnweaver[78] — a former archmage of the Kirin Tor who had been a long standing member of the Forsaken of Undercity (dating back to their freedom from the Scourge) — used the  [Ambermill Codex] to find the portal to Ambermill's pocket dimension in Beren's Peril. The Horde adventurer entered the portal using a  [Dalaran Archmage's Signet Ring] taken after slaying Relios the Relic Keeper[79][80] and brought the town back to its original state[81] by overloading the arcane powers of Archmage Ataeric — who was responsible for maintaining the barrier. At this point the Forsaken army — already amassed at the border ready to strike — invaded Ambermill and slew the Kirin Tor mages,[82] while the Val'kyr Daschla immediately raised them as new Forsaken.[83]

The Alliance counteroffensive

Lorna Crowley, daughter of Lord Darius Crowley

Following the success in Ambermill, Sylvanas sent Lord Godfrey, Lord Walden, Baron Ashbury and the adventurer to southern Silverpine and crush the Alliance counteroffensive by gaining key victories for the Forsaken.[84]

The first move was to retake and destroy Pyrewood Village for the Forsaken, which had been attacked and taken over by a large number of 7th Legion troops which had decimated almost all of the Forsaken forces occupying it. The group soon found all of the 7th Legion members used in the attack were non-human; a clever tactic as the Val'kyr were unable to raise non-human creatures. Soon after, the Horde agents crushed the Legion forces in the area.[85] Following the destruction of the 7th Legion troops, and the rescue of the surviving Forsaken troops (Although Godfrey slew several troops, claiming they were weak.),[86] the village was set ablaze.[87]

Their next move was attacking the 7th Legion Base Camp, which was under the command of General Marstone — a Wildhammer 7th Legion commander. The base camp was garrisoned, similarly to that of the Pyrewood forces, by non-human 7th Legion members — mainly dwarven. The group assassinated General Marstone[88] and pillaged the  [7th Legion Battle Plan] — a great advantage for the Horde forces.[89]

Meanwhile, the 7th Legion fleet reached the shores of Gilneas and started landing the bulk of their forces for the assault on Silverpine Forest. The combined force of the Bloodfang pack and the Gilneas Liberation Front started the offensive and clashed with the main Forsaken army positioned at the Forsaken Front. As the battle went on, Godfrey and his entourage moved to the Gilneas Liberation Front Base Camp after having gained intel that it was led by no other than Lorna Crowley — Darius Crowley's own daughter. It was revealed that unlike most of the Gilnean forces, Lorna had not been turned into a worgen, making it possible to slay and raise her as a Forsaken. The group set out to capture Lorna, planning to use her as a bargaining chip to force Darius Crowley to retreat before the Forsaken were overwhelmed by the forces of Stormwind.[90]

Accompanied by High Warlord Cromush, her Val'kyr trio, and her most trusted soldier; Sylvanas Windrunner rode across The Battlefront, which was filled with Horde and Alliance forces combating fiercely at every turn. She then met with Darius Crowley and Ivar Bloodfang at the shattered gates of the Greymane Wall, where she offered Crowley a choice: either he surrenders and sounds his forces' immediate retreat into Gilneas, or his daughter would be slain and risen as Forsaken to serve the Banshee Queen forever. Godfrey, Walden, and Ashbury then arrived with the captured Lorna, showing Sylvanas was not bluffing. Unable to allow such a horrifying fate to happen to his daughter, Crowley agreed to retreat back to Gilneas and give up Gilneas City,[91] to which Ivar reacted negatively (calling him a bastard), and made a howl before running away. Lorna was released, and Crowley departed with his daughter as well.

As the three fled back to the safety of Gilneas, the Alliance forces following suit, Godfrey did the unthinkable and assassinated Sylvanas Windrunner as she was proclaiming the Forsaken's victory and was preparing her troops for an assault on Gilneas in order to annihilate the remaining Alliance forces. In shock, the Horde members had a short duel with Godfrey and his two undead Gilnean comrades (Ashbury and Walden) until they were overpowered and forced to fall back to Shadowfang Keep. Cromush ordered the Val'kyr to "fix" the Banshee Queen, and the three Val'kyr sacrificed their lives to resurrect her. The Dark Lady rose again, furious with rage at Godfrey's betrayal and stating that he would have to pay for his traitorous act; while also losing any doubt that Val'kyr were indeed the future of the Forsaken. After this, the Banshee Queen returned to the Undercity to recover; while the Bloodfang pack[92] and Gilneas Liberation Front fell back to Gilneas.[93]

Aftermath

In the end, the Forsaken ended up losing all major land bases and holdings in Gilneas to the overwhelming Alliance forces. The Alliance also took heavy casualties but they succeeded in reclaiming the mainland of Gilneas and are attempting to maintain their tenuous foothold. This however has not stopped the area from being a hot spot for the Horde and Alliance to fight over Gilneas's resources. The Forsaken continue to launch naval assaults on the Gilnean coastline, which is now a fierce back and forth Battle for Gilneas. As the Alliance attempts to repulse the Forsaken endeavors to regain a foothold on the land, the Forsaken troops continue to land along the coast, attempting to regain a staging ground for a larger assault to destroy the Alliance in the area.

Lord Hiram Creed, actually a black drakonid, and his Blackhowl forces secured Gilneas City at some point, though their ultimate status is left unknown after Creed's death. Currently, the city is deserted, with only partially buried ruins remaining.[94]

Before the Storm

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By the time of the end of the Argus Campaign, Gilneas was referred to as fallen, with nothing but "wind, sorrow and ruin" in the land.[95] When Genn arrived at Stromgarde Keep before the events of the Gathering, he told Anduin that both kingdoms were now in ruins, with Gilneas being home to the Forsaken and Stromgarde being overrun with criminals, ogres, and trolls.[96]

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  4. ^ a b c Curse of the Worgen Issue 5
  5. ^ a b A [9] At Our Doorstep
  6. ^ a b A [9] Take Back What's Ours
  7. ^ a b Curse of the Worgen
  8. ^ A [2] All Hell Breaks Loose
  9. ^ A [2] Evacuate the Merchant Square
  10. ^ A [3] While You're At It
  11. ^ A [5] Old Divisions
  12. ^ A [3] Brothers in Arms
  13. ^ A [4] Time to Regroup
  14. ^ A [5] Sacrifices
  15. ^ A [5] Last Stand
  16. ^ A [5] Last Chance at Humanity
  17. ^ A [5] Kill or Be Killed
  18. ^ A [5] Invasion
  19. ^ A [5] Hold the Line
  20. ^ A [5] You Can't Take 'Em Alone
  21. ^ A [6] Two By Sea
  22. ^ A [6] Leader of the Pack
  23. ^ A [6] As the Land Shatters
  24. ^ A [6] Gasping for Breath
  25. ^ A [7] To Greymane Manor
  26. ^ A [8] Exodus
  27. ^ A [8] Stranded at the Marsh
  28. ^ A [8] Introductions Are in Order
  29. ^ A [8] Pest Control
  30. ^ A [9] Queen-Sized Troubles
  31. ^ A [8] The Blackwald
  32. ^ A [9] Tal'doren, the Wild Home
  33. ^ Worgen (playable)
  34. ^ A [9] At Our Doorstep
  35. ^ A [9] Neither Human Nor Beast
  36. ^ A [10] Betrayal at Tempest's Reach
  37. ^ A [10] Liberation Day
  38. ^ A [11] Slaves to No One
  39. ^ A [11] Push Them Out
  40. ^ Ultimate Visual Guide, pg. 102
  41. ^ A [11] The Battle for Gilneas City
  42. ^ A [11] The Hunt For Sylvanas
  43. ^ A [11] Slowing the Inevitable
  44. ^ A [11] Knee-Deep
  45. ^ A [11] Patriarch's Blessing
  46. ^ A [12] They Have Allies, But So Do We
  47. ^ A [12] Endgame
  48. ^ A [10] The Howling Oak
  49. ^ A IconSmall Worgen Male.gifIconSmall Worgen Female.gif [10] Breaking Waves of Change
  50. ^ H [11] The Gilneas Liberation Front
  51. ^ H [11] Waiting to Exsanguinate
  52. ^ H [11] The Warchief's Fleet
  53. ^ H [11] Lost in the Darkness
  54. ^ H [11] Orcs are in Order
  55. ^ H [13] Rise, Forsaken
  56. ^ H [13] No Escape
  57. ^ H [13] Reinforcements from Fenris
  58. ^ H [13] The Waters Run Red...
  59. ^ H [13] Hair of the Dog
  60. ^ H [13] Seek and Destroy
  61. ^ H [13] Nowhere to Run
  62. ^ H [13] Honor the Dead
  63. ^ a b c  [Orders from High Command]
  64. ^ a b c d H [14] Vengeance for Our Soldiers
  65. ^ H [15] What Tomorrow Brings
  66. ^ a b H [14] Break in Communications: Dreadwatch Outpost
  67. ^ H [14] Break in Communications: Rutsak's Guard
  68. ^ H [14] On Whose Orders?
  69. ^ H [15] What Tomorrow Brings
  70. ^ H [15] Fall Back!
  71. ^ H [16] Resistance is Futile
  72. ^ H [16] A Man Named Godfrey
  73. ^ H [16] The Great Escape
  74. ^ a b H [16] Rise, Godfrey
  75. ^ a b H [17] Breaking the Barrier
  76. ^ H [18] Practical Vengeance
  77. ^ H [17] Unyielding Servitors
  78. ^ H [18] Dalar Dawnweaver
  79. ^ H [18] Relios the Relic Keeper
  80. ^ H [18] Only One May Enter
  81. ^ H [18] Transdimensional Warfare: Chapter I
  82. ^ H [18] Transdimensional Warfare: Chapter II
  83. ^ H [19] Transdimensional Warfare: Chapter III
  84. ^ H [19] Taking the Battlefront
  85. ^ H [19] Lessons in Fear
  86. ^ H [19] Of No Consequence
  87. ^ H [19] Pyrewood's Fall
  88. ^ H [19] Sowing Discord
  89. ^ H [19] 7th Legion Battle Plans
  90. ^ H [20] On Her Majesty's Secret Service
  91. ^ Ultimate Visual Guide, pg. 104
  92. ^ Ultimate Visual Guide, pg. 105
  93. ^ H [20] Cities in Dust
  94. ^ Ultimate Visual Guide, pg. 106
  95. ^ Before the Storm, chapter 1 & 4
  96. ^ Before the Storm, chapter 28