Wetlands

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For the zone before the Cataclysm, see Wetlands (original).

AllianceThe Wetlands
Level: 20 - 60
Battle Pet Level: 6 - 7
Wetlands landscape.jpg
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Northern Khaz Modan

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The Wetlands is a large, wet zone below Stonewrought Dam and north of Loch Modan, covered with small rivers, lakes, and ponds. Bordered on three sides by mountains, the Wetlands are open to the ocean to the west. Adventurers seeking a route to the Wetlands must either come through sieged Dun Algaz from Loch Modan or cross the damaged Thandol Span from Arathi Highlands.

The Wetlands is a vast, cold swamp. Mists cloak the ground, and the overcast sky makes the land a uniform gray. Many Ironforge strongholds once stood in this region, but war has reduced them to rubble. Wild creatures, murlocs and orcs of Dragonmaw Clan now control the land. The main bastion of Alliance's power in the region, the Menethil Harbor, has partially sunk and flooded due to irregular tectonic activity caused by the Shattering. The night elves also maintain a small holdout in the eastern parts, the Greenwarden's Grove - home to the fabled Rethiel the Greenwarden.

History

The Wetlands have been the site of many a battle through the times. Nestled among the mountains and open to the ocean as it is, it is a prime location for invading forces. It was historically part of the original dwarven kingdom while the three tribes were united, but after the War of the Three Hammers, it fell under control of the Wildhammer Clan. The Dark Irons invaded Grim Batol and almost succeeded in taking full control of it, but were driven back at the last minute. During the Second War, the bastion finally fell prey to the invading orcs, most notably by those of the Dragonmaw Clan.

Although the orcs took possession of Grim Batol for a time, they were subject to the wrath of the red dragonflight who, when freed of their enslavement from the orcs, destroyed their bases and burned their catapults, killing orcs en masse. The orcs who survived the onslaught fled south to the mountains, where they live to this day. Horde and Scourge forces devastated the Wetlands in the Second and Third Wars, forcing the Ironforge dwarves to retreat to Loch Modan and Dun Morogh.[1]

The shadow of Grim Batol, yet still looms ahead. The fanatical Twilight's Hammer, under service of Neltharion himself and the malevolent Old Gods, has seized the fortress as part of their expansion within the highlands on the east, brutally pushing back red flight's forces. Alliance forces have since established Menethil Harbor, but the area is still wild and untamed.[1] The dwarves and allied humans built the port city on an island in Baradin Bay, which they named after King Terenas Menethil IIMenethil Harbor. The Wetlands is a buffer zone between inhabited Khaz Modan and war-torn Lordaeron.[1]

Getting there

HordeHorde
From Hammerfall in the Arathi Highlands, run south/southwest to the large bridge, the Thandol Span. The Wetlands are on the other side.
AllianceAlliance
From Ironforge go east through Dun Morogh to Loch Modan. Take the road in the Loch north to Dun Algaz in the the Wetlands. You can also take the boat from Theramore, which leads to Menethil Harbor.

Geography

There are currently no dungeons or battlegrounds in this area.

Maps and subregions

Map of the Wetlands.
Map of the Wetlands prior to Cataclysm.

Undisplayed locations

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A topographic map of the pre-Cataclysm Wetlands.

Travel hubs

Menethil Harbor's Deepwater Tavern.
Alliance Flight paths from Slabchisel's Survey
Alliance Flight paths from Greenwarden's Grove
Alliance Flight paths from Whelgar's Retreat
Alliance Flight paths from Menethil Harbor
Alliance Flight paths from Dun Modr

Adjacent regions

A sunset over the Wetlands.
Zone Name Faction Level Range Direction Access subzone Access method
Loch Modan Alliance 10 - 60 South Dun Algaz By foot or Alliance flightpath from Slabchisel's Survey to Thelsamar
Arathi Highlands AllianceHorde 25 - 60 North Thandol Span By foot or Alliance flightpath from Dun Modr to Refuge Pointe
Dustwallow Marsh Alliance Horde 35 - 60 West across the ocean Baradin Bay By boat from Menethil Harbor to Theramore Isle
Howling FjordWrath of the Lich King Alliance Horde 58 - 80 Northwest across the ocean Baradin Bay By boat from Menethil Harbor to Valgarde
Twilight HighlandsCataclysm AllianceHorde 84 - 90 East Dragonmaw Pass By foot through the gates or flying mount.

Notable characters

Main article: Wetlands NPCs

Quests

Main article: Wetlands storyline

Adventurers help the Alliance outposts of the Wetlands get back on their feet after the disastrous land-altering effects of the Shattering. Play courier via ram, uncover a ghostly mystery, do archaeology by beating up skeletal raptors, and deal a final blow against the Dark Iron on the Thandol Span.

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The Wetlands during the rainy season.

In Warcraft III

WC3RoC-logo.png This section concerns content related to Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos or its expansion The Frozen Throne.

A Warcraft III map exists called Wetlands. A once thriving metropolis has all but been covered by the jungle.

In the RPG

The RPG Icon 16x36.png This section contains information from the Warcraft RPG which is considered non-canon.

Cold and drear, the Wetlands is Khaz Modan's northernmost realm. It can be found after crossing through Loch Modan's Dun Algaz Gate. Once dominated by dwarven strongholds, the Wetlands suffered grievously in the Second and Third Wars. The strongholds have fallen, and wild creatures, murlocs and renegade orcs claim the land. The Wetlands is little more than a thoroughfare for travelers moving to and from Menethil Harbor, the only safe settlement in the area. This marsh is not nearly as cheerful as Loch Modan.[2]

History

Horde and Scourge forces devastated the Wetlands in the Second and Third Wars, forcing the Ironforge dwarves to retreat to Loch Modan and Dun Morogh. Alliance forces have since established Menethil Harbor, but the area is still wild and untamed. The Wetlands is a buffer zone between the inhabited Khaz Modan and Scourge-infested Lordaeron.[3]

Menethil Harbor, on the west coast, is the only Alliance settlement in the Wetlands. Menethil's people are tense and wary, as orcs and other creatures attack the walls constantly. Dark Iron dwarves claimed the fallen city of Dun Modr, in the north, as their own, while the renegade orcish Dragonmaw clan, defeated shortly after the Second War, fled to this land. The orcs, still flying their white dragon banners, refuse to ally with Thrall and raid Menethil Harbor repeatedly.

Disputed ruins dot the landscape, and murlocs, bog beasts and other creatures are perfect hunting targets. Menethil Harbor would be indebted to any intrepid individuals who eliminated the Dragonmaw threat.[2]

The Dark Iron dwarves of Dun Modr uncovered ancient writings in their ruined fortress that spoke of an artifact called Ironbeard's Axe. They leaked this information to both Menethil Harbor and the Dragonmaw orcs, and later planed to incite both factions to race to Ironbeard's Tomb, fighting oozes and each other in the process. In the aftermath, Dark Iron agents ambushed the victors on their way out, thereby claiming the magical axe for themselves.[3]

Geography

The Wetlands is one vast, cold swamp stretching to Khaz Modan's northern coast. Gray mist cloaks the ground, giving the area an eerie, isolated feel, while the skies are constantly overcast. To the south are a series of one thousand stone steps carved into the rock, at the top of which is Dun Algaz Gate and the entrance to Loch Modan. To the north is Lordaeron's Arathi Highlands.[2] Ruined dwarven fortresses can be seen, thrusting their bones up from the surrounding filth. Elevation rises to the east to the mountain fortress of Grim Batol, and to the south toward Loch Modan. As if rebel orcs and Dark Iron dwarves were not bad enough, Bluegill murlocs, bog beasts and oozes roam the murky landscape.

Menethil Harbor is the only safe settlement in the Wetlands, though wrecked strongholds and other ruins draw treasure seekers to this bleak land. Many shipwrecks line the coast. Curious explorers could find many intriguing items in these shattered hulks. Brann Bronzebeard found a fork.[3]

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References

  1. ^ a b c Lands of Conflict, pg. 80
  2. ^ a b c Lands of Conflict, pg. 79
  3. ^ a b c Lands of Conflict, pg. 80

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