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4-27-2011 @ 10:03PM
I had forgotten how cool Daelin Proudmoore was. For the Alliance!For those that are wondering, Daelin's arrival in Theramore neatly explains the whole Northwatch / "why are Theramore marines burning Taurajo?" thing - many of Daelin's troops were unhappy, to say the least, about *not* fighting the Horde. In Vanilla (and up to the present day, thanks to non-updated Dustwallow Marsh quests) they actively defect from Jaina's rule, try to convince others to do the same, and get slaughtered by mercenaries hired by the patricidal daughter of Proudmoore.Northwatch, and Theramore forces further abroad in Vanilla (such as in Durotar), were composed of remnants of Daelin's fleet who weren't about to throw in their lot with the orc-loving witch who'd had their leader killied. While their existence in Vanilla was precarious, two things happened that finally gave them everything they wanted.For one, Jaina entered the orbit of Varian Wrynn of Stormwind, self-proclaimed King not only of his own kingdom but of the entire Alliance. Wrynn believes himself to have the right to order about all his allies, up to and including the monarchs of sovereign kingdoms older and mightier than his own (the dwarves) - and shockingly, they *actually go along with it*. He's also responsible, directly or indirectly, for a great deal of economic mismanagement at home, and smells like gnoll feet.Secondly, Varian took the Alliance into all-out war with the Horde. He didn't exactly have much choice - Thrall's appointment of the ultra-hawkish Garrosh as replacement warchief sunk any chance for peace, ever - and even if he had it was unlikely he'd ever take the olive branch. This is a man who was sold into slavery by orcs, who saw his father killed before his eyes by orcs.So Jaina found her dreams of peace brushed aside by the leadership of both factions. Northwatch was brought back into the fold, and got what they wanted - open war with the Horde. In Cataclysm they've reached all the way to Stonetalon Mountains, making a (fairly precarious) link from the human front to the Night Elf front in Stonetalon and Ashenvale.
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