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7-27-2011 @ 3:15PM
I'm still confused as to what happened at Stromgarde. The decline of Alterac is fully explained and detailed but Stromgarde wasn't really mentioned during Warcraft 3. Then it just appears in ruins in WoW, with the only explanation given "it declined rapidly during the Third War". What I'm wondering is how? It seemed very sudden and a full story was never given.
7-27-2011 @ 5:05PM
Stromgarde is another of the things Blizzard has, sadly, swept under the rug. As far as I can tell, the destruction of Alterac during the Second War led its surviving nobles to essentially start a terrorist network / crime syndicate with the eventual goal of bringing down the Alliance ... something which largely happened without their input. They did however manage to destroy Stromgarde - which had been the strongest and most militant of the human kingdoms during the Second War. It was also directly on the path of the orcish invasion of Lordaeron, though, and I guess a society of gung-ho militarists might easily lack the sort of mindset and training to wage a hearts-and-minds irregular conflict in the streets of their own capital. Their army was designed to fight the Amani, after all.
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