Kul Tiras (also spelled as Kul'Tiras, pronounced KOOL-teer-AHS) is a human city-state built on a large island once located south-west of Lordaeron and west of Khaz Modan. During the Cataclysm, the island was shifted out to sea by movement in Azeroth's tectonic plates. The island's current whereabouts are unknown.
During the Second War, the maritime nation pledged its fleets to the Alliance of Lordaeron. Lord Admiral Daelin Proudmoore, ruler of Kul Tiras, became the famed Grand Admiral of the Alliance. The city-state has fallen silent since Daelin's death in a Horde assault on the city of Theramore shortly after the Third War.
About 2,700 years BDP (Before the Dark Portal) and shortly after the Troll Wars, the humans of Arathi traveled to the various regions of what is now known as the Eastern Kingdoms. Some human sailors left Gilneas and found a large island full of metal ores and other natural resources. The isle was located south of Gilneas, west of Khaz Modan and in between Stormwind and Lordaeron. There, the sailors founded a mighty maritime outpost and named it Kul Tiras. In time it became a city-state that developed a thriving economy based on fishing and exports. Over the years, mighty fleets of merchant vessels were built and they sailed throughout the seas in search of exotic goods to trade and sell.
Before the First War, the far ranging merchant ships of Kul Tiras made it the most prosperous nation in the known world.
Start of the Second War
When the Orcs began to raid the coastal settlements of Lordaeron during the Second War, Admiral Proudmoore took it upon himself to construct an armada of warships. At the behest of his long time friend Anduin Lothar, Proudmoore pledged the assistance of his merchant-nation and it's unmated naval power to the Alliance.
Before the Second War and uniquely among the post-Arathorian states, Kul Tiras had not become a kingdom in the proper sense of the term (i.e. a state or country ruled by a king or queen). Instead, it remained a city-state, ruled by the Lord Admiral of Kul Tiras, who was a noble and not a member of royalty.
Always possessing a heavily armed and extremely powerful fleet, Kul Tiras only used their war vessels to protect shipping passages between the mainland and the island. Upon the onset of the Second War, their war fleets were unleashed as Grand Admiral Daelin Proudmoore entered Kul Tiras into the Alliance and took a vow to help his longtime friend, Sir Anduin Lothar. Despite the first sea battle against the orcish war fleet resulting in the destruction of several human war ships, the armada of Kul Tiras proved to be a valuable asset of the Alliance war effort.
Kul Tiras forces were also stationed along the northern border of Khaz Modan, fighting alongside other nations such as Stromgarde to keep the orcs from advancing into southern Lordaeron. Throughout the war, Grand Admiral Daelin Proudmoore proved to be one of the staunchest supporters of the Alliance. Even though Kul Tiras' fleets had triumphed in the Second War, the Horde ships devastated the fleet and it never fully recovered. The loss of the Third Fleet to the dragon-riders of the Dragonmaw orcs was one such blow, taking with it Derek Proudmoore, eldest son of the Grand Admiral.
Destruction of the Third Fleet of Kul Tiras
The Third Fleet of Kul Tiras, also known as the "Lost Fleet" or the "Doomed Fleet", were an armada of Kul Tiras ships under the command of Captain Derek Proudmoore, son of Lord Admiral Daelin Proudmoore.
The fleet was destroyed during the Second War when it was attacked in Baradin Bay off the coast of the Wetlands by red dragons under the control of the Dragonmaw Clan orcs. One of the ships in the fleet was carrying the Eye of Paleth, a cursed artifact, which cused the crews of the sunken vessels with undeath.
The wreckage of three of the ships: Wave Mistress, the Intrepid and the Flying Osprey can still be seen to this day.
The Wave Mistress, captained by Derek Proudmoore, was the first ship to be sunk. The only known surviving member of the crew (and the entire fleet) was the ship's First Mate, Fitzsimmons. First Mate Fitzsimmons, being overcome with grief after the Fleet's destruction and the death of his shipmates, spent his last days in a drunken stuppor in Menethil Harbor. He died some years prior to the Shattering, having drank himself to death.
Under the command of Captain Halyndor, the Intrepid was one of the many ships accompanying the Third Fleet. Aboad the Intrepid was the Eye of Paleth, a cursed artifact that caused the crewmembers of the nearby ships to roam as insane undead. The only crewmember to retain any semblance of sanity was the ship's First Mate, Snellig.
A Thalassian ship, the Flying Osprey was carrying a large shipment of Lightforge Iron destined for Alliance smiths. The ship had joined the fleet to protect it's precious cargo, but also fell victim to dragon fire. Unlike the other ships, it was sunk near Menethil Harbor. Murlocs currently occupy the ship's wreckage.
The remains of most of the ship's crew were never recovered. It is believed many would have been burned to ash during the inferno caused by the Dragonmaw Clan. Many others would have been devoured by the ravenous murlocs of the Bluegill Murlocs in the Wetlands. The destruction of the Third Fleet was so extensive that pieces of the wreckage and bodies from the Third Fleet washed ashore as far away as Stromgarde, Southshore and Gilneas. Many of the bodies were either burned beyond all recognition or so badlyÂ mangled that few could be identified by their families.
Victory Against the Horde
The Alliance claimed victory over the Orcish Horde in the Second War, and the Dark Portal was destroyed. With Sir Anduin Lothar's death at the siege of Blackrock Spire, Admiral Proudmoore pulled his nation from the Alliance, which had descended into chaotic bickering, especially on what should be done to the orcish clans taken prisoner in the war. Proudmoore objected to King Teranas II of Lordaeron's decision to inter the orcs in camps across Stromgarde and Lordaeron,as many other nations did, as they would all have to share the cost of keeping their former (and potentially dangerous) enemies alive, including Orgrim Doomhammer, the infamous Warchief of the Horde and the Orc that felled Lothar. Kul Tiras left the Alliance of Lordaeron sometime afterwards.
The island nation enjoyed a fleeting peace for a time. With the reopening of the Dark Portal, Kul Tiras itself was attacked by a renewed Orcish offensive on the orders of Ner'zhul, spiritual leader of the orcs on their homeland of Draenor. Its fleet was assaulted both at sea and in port by the Shadowmoon clan, who laid waste at the very least to its harbor, ships and what armies were rallied against them in a pre-emptive strike in order to allow safe passage to Lordaeron. The carnage wrought upon his homeland left an indelible mark on Admiral Proudmoore's conscience. Kul Tiras rejoined the Alliance.
The Third War
Jaina Proudmoore, a powerful sorceress of Dalaran and the dear daughter of Grand Admiral Daelin Proudmoore, had been convinced by the mysterious Prophet that sailing west to Kalimdor with refugees from Lordaeron was the only course to save humanity from the Scourge. She commandeered a significant portion of the Kul Tiras fleet and took them immediately across the Great Sea, in her haste apparently leaving her father uninformed. This "Human Expedition" comprised members of most Alliance-aligned nations and races as well as many of Kul Tiras' finest sailors and marines.
Jaina's goal in Kalimdor was to reach the Oracle at Stonetalon Peak, which Thrall and the Horde also sought. The two factions warred across the Stonetalon Mountains, until the two leaders simultaneously stumbled upon the Prophet who had sent them both to Kalimdor, imploring them to unite against the arrival of the Burning Legion. The two unlikely allies ultimately agreed to put aside their history of conflict, and worked together to defeat the corrupted Warsong Clan of Grom Hellscream in the Barrens. Moving their forces into Ashenvale Forest, the humans and orcs battled with the invading Legion's demons and their Scourge minions, as well as the xenophobic night elf Sentinels. Jaina was able to help in the Legion's defeat at Mount Hyjal with another desperate alliance with the night elves, and eventually decided to stay in Kalimdor with the people that had traveled with her, founding Theramore Isle. Her unlikely treaty with Thrall and the orcs, who settled in nearby Durotar, remained intact.
The Founding of Durotar
Several months later, the Grand Admiral, figuring that he could not prevent Lordaeron's fall and worrying that his daughter may require help in the western lands, took the remaining ships and sailed to Kalimdor to find her. His grand armada took with it a sizeable portion of Kul Tiras' population, apparently many settlers as well as sailors and marines.
At first, the location of Jaina and the survivors of Lordaeron was unknown. Lieutenant Alverold was dispatched by the Grand Admiral to scout the whole coastline of Kalimdor, while Proudmoore ordered various forces to head inland (such as Captain Thornby). Camps and fortifications soon sprung up across the eastern coast of Kalimdor. Unwilling to even parlay with the orcs that were his daughter's allies, the Grand Admiral and his forces relentlessly attacked the Horde in Durotar. Thrall ultimately ordered retaliation against the humans responsible, although he was unable to distinguish them as a separate force from Jaina's Theramore.
Echo Isles Offensive
The Kul Tiras fleet began attacking the Horde settlements on the Echo Isles, forcing the Darkspear trolls to relocate to the mainland. The Kul Tiras Marines built a base on the Darkspear Islands. Led by Kelen the Seeker, these Marines would frequently attack the Darkspears trolls. The Darkspear enlisted the help of Thrall and the Horde to stop the settlement from attacking them. Near the end of the fight, the Horde and Marines were captured by the underworld minions of the sea witch Zar'jira, destined to be killed as sacrificial offerings. Despite sharing a common foe, the Marines continued to attack the Horde. Unlike the Horde, none appeared make out alive - many died in an attempt to break out, and the rest presumably drowned in the sinking of the island. Kul Tiras forces even attempted to assassinate Thrall by trying to lure him to a parlay. Finally, Rexxar and his companions were sent by Thrall to Theramore to deliver a personal plea to explain the spate of human aggression, bypassing a large new settlement at Tidefury Cove.
Battle for Durotar
Jaina met with Thrall's emissaries, and was bewildered by their accusations. Demanding to see proof, they journeyed back to Tidefury Cove to discover it destroyed by Naga. Finding survivors, Jaina recognised them as her countrymen. Teleporting back to Theramore Isle, Jaina was helpless to explain as her father's massive armada arrived in dramatic fashion.
Initially overjoyed, Admiral Proudmoore was incensed by his daughter's alliance with the Horde, and ordered her and the emissaries to be seized, taking over Theramore's military and defence forces. He returned to his main base at Tiragarde Keep in Durotar, building up for a final assault on the orc capital of Orgrimmar. Thrall managed to rouse the trolls, tauren and even Stonemaul ogres to the Horde's banner, and the two factions battled across northern Durotar and at sea, ending with Tiragarde's destruction.
Thrall marched his armies to Dustwallow Marsh, where he was advised by a renegade Jaina Proudmoore to hire goblin shipbuilders to construct warships capable of breaking the blockade of Theramore, on the condition that Thrall attempt to spare the lives of her soldiers. After a long and climactic battle within Theramore itself, Daelin Proudmoore lay dead - slain at the hands of Rexxar. The remaining humans stood down, and a devastated Jaina ran to her father's side. Thrall left the city intact, and understanding this had been an incident out of Jaina's control, he maintained his treaty with Theramore Isle.
A sizeable, second wave of Kul Tiras sailors and marines from the Grand Admiral's expedition, led by Lieutenant Benedict, established themselves in Tiragarde Keep sometime later, continuing to fight the Horde as per Admiral Proudmoore's orders. Even though the Horde was unable to expel them for many years, the Keep and its sailors were finally destroyed by the Cataclysm. The fate of Lieutenant Alverold's expedition around Kalimdor is still unknown.
Tiragarde Keep is an Alliance outpost in Durotar. It was built and manned by the forces of Grand Admiral Daelin Proudmoore in preparation for a final assault against the Horde capital of Orgrimmar near the end of the Third War.
Resistance After the Third War
The outer walls and watch towers have been ruined after years of battle against the Horde, however the main keep has defiantly withstood near continual siege by the Horde thanks to the superior training and strength of character of the defending forces. After Daelin's death a reserve force under Lieutenant Benedict took control of the ruins and continued the Admiral's righteous crusade against the orcs. Almost all of his forces were killed in the Cataclysm, and were soon replaced by Theramore soldiers from Northwatch, aiming to maintain this unrelenting Alliance foothold in Durotar.
Despite the Third War peace agreement between Thrall, Warchief of the Horde and Lady Jaina Proudmoore, the founder of the Alliance city of Theramore Isle, both orcs and humans retained deep suspicions of the other, many holding fast to old hatreds. Jania's father Grand Admiral Daelin Proudmoore led his fleet from Kul Tiras to the shores of Durotar, and proceeded to wage renewed war against the orcs. The Admiral constructed Tiragarde Keep as part of his offensive to destroy Orgimmar before the Horde could fortify themselves in Durotar.
Though Admiral Proudmoore was ultimately slain in the Horde's assault led by Rexxar on Theramore, a set of special orders written by the Admiral before his departure from Kul Tiras later come to light. With no word from Proudmoore's fleet since their arrival on Kalimdor, Lieutenant Benedict was dispatched to retake the keep and continue the fight against the orcs. It was also said that Lieutenant Alverold, sent on a mission of exploration, was destined to return to assist in this task. Prior to the Cataclysm, a detachment of Marines from the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force under orders from the Fifth Fleet also joined the forces at Tiragarde Keep in order to reinforce their numbers. them from the position.
Tiragarde Keep after the Cataclysm
In the Shattering, the shore was wiped out, along with much of Tiragarde Keep and many of the Marines and Sailors. The area is currently littered with the corpses of Benedict's Kul Tiras forces, although one Marine survives atop a crow's-nest of a beached ship, diligently keeping watch over the last remaining Kul Tiras foothold in Durotar despite the loss of all his brothers and sisters in-arms. Tiragarde keep is now commanded by Lieutenant Palliter and filled with soliders from Northwatch Hold. Gar'thok of Razor Hill now sends young orc and troll warriors to combat the new threat posed by the Northwatch Expeditionary Force. Additionally, Gail Nozzywig requests that adventurers bring her pillaged materials and equipment of the former Kul Tiras occupants.
While Jaina Proudmoore did not approve of the actions of her father's lieutenant, the majority of the Alliance accepted the dangerous philosophy of his troops. They were almost as fanatical and determined as the Scarlet Crusade - never surrendering, even to the last man.
More than one thousand and two hundred years ago, Arathor built the citadel of Tol Barad. Prior to the First War, Tol Barad was considered a territory of Stromgarde.
During the Second War, Tol Barad was a strategic staging area for Alliance forces, from which they struck on the Horde-controlled city of Dun Modr and took it back from the hands of their enemies. The orcs, viewing Tol Barad as an obstacle in their path to the Eastern Kingdoms, mounted a ferocious counterstrike on the island. Unprepared for such aggression, the Stromgarde soldiers were expelled from Tol Barad and the citadel was razed, a charred symbol of the Horde's brutal victory. Despite this, some of the original Stromic population remained.
Following the Second War, what remained of the blackened, derelict battlements was left to languish until the wizards of Kul Tiras claimed the isle for a new purpose. Towering walls were again stacked high from the war-scarred stones, but in their cleverness, the arcanists turned the citadelâ€™s defenses inward, designing a mystical prison to hold the most powerful criminals. Serving the Tirasian magi, the Stromic population formed the Baradin's Wardens: charged with ensuring that the deadly prisoners locked away in the mystic Baradin Hold never again walk free on Azeroth. Even the Kirin Tor imprisoned some powerful demons in the repurposed stronghold.
When Stromgarde started to suffer a series of catastrophes, the town of Rustberg was abandoned as its population were recalled home. This settlement later became the base of a group of pirates that struck the towns along the shores of Baradin Bay.
With the Cataclysm, Tol Barad once again became a battleground between the Horde and the Alliance. Warchief Garrosh Hellscream sent the elite warriors known as Hellscream's Reach to the island, charged with taking it from the humans. Defending it against them were the Baradin's Wardens, the army that originally guarded the prison. However, as the two forces fought for supremacy over the island, something sinister was taking over the prison fortress of Baradin Hold and the whole island in turn, with prison guards murdering each other or letting their charges free, insanity amongst Alliance soldiers, undead corpses rising from their graves, and spirits reliving their final battles.
Crestfall is a large island off Kul Tirasâ€™ northeast coast, and is part of the nation of Kul Tiras.
Crestfall first came into importance during the Second War when the Horde descended on Lordaeron and its member nations. When Alterac was destroyed, the orcish armies in the north staged a massive retreat. Admiral Proudmoore sent word that gnomish submarines had located the Horde's main naval base near Crestfall. Proudmoore believed that the Orcs planned to launch the remainder of their armada and retreat to the mainland of Azeroth. Lord Lothar ordered the base at Crestfall to be destroyed before the fleet could escape. This was known as the Battle at Crestfall.
Crestfall is now a sizable community of boaters and fishermen. These people do not like strangers, some visitors can be nearly shot when approaching a town at night on this island. The riflemen are constantly on guard from the naga that have been plaguing them recently. Rumors abound that a large naga force, under a warlord called Zethresh, hides near Crestfallâ€™s west shore. Zethresh reputedly seeks to cleanse the ocean and the isles of human encroachment.
Theramore Isle was a human city and port town located in a rocky island east of Dustwallow Marsh, and was the capital of the kingdom of the same name. Before its destruction, it was considered the Alliance's most martial presence in Kalimdor. Since its destruction, it is simply known as the Ruins of Theramore.
Founding of Theramore
After Dalaran's destruction by the Scourge, Jaina Proudmoore took as many survivors of Lordaeron she could find and sailed west to the forgotten shores of Kalimdor. After the Burning Legion was defeated, all surviving humans, dwarves and high elves of Jaina's expedition found their new home along the coast of Dustwallow Marsh. Between both Theramore and Durotar a tension arose. At one point, Admiral Daelin Proudmoore held the city and started a war against the Horde. The result of this war was a final battle in Theramore ending with Daelin's death.
After the Third War, Jaina had built and taken the role of ruler in Theramore. Theramore and the Horde were at peace for three years. While all was peaceful, the citizens were not satisfied. They complained about the orc lands having better wood to build ships with which they wouldn't trade for. Others even complained about them having better fishing spots and special treatment from the local neutral port: Ratchet.
Despite Jaina's efforts, some people in Theramore continue to desire ill upon the orcs. They have attacked Balandar Brightstar's ships and stolen his cargo and his first mate. Lieutenant Caldwell also displays a hatred for Horde and executed Paval Reethe for alleged involvement with the Horde. Gavis Greyshield, a former lieutenant of the Theramore militia, believes it was wrong of them to turn against Admiral Daelin Proudmoore and has been leading Theramore deserters in trying to denounce Lady Jaina Proudmoore's.
Mana Bomb and the annihilation of Theramore
The Cataclysm damaged the city but was quickly rebuilt.
Horde Warchief Garrosh Hellscream's desire to defeat the night elves and conquer the whole of Kalimdor under the banner of the Horde lead to offensives into the Southern Barrens being sent in response by Theramore, securing territory once belonging to the Horde. Theramore sent their army and tried to establish a military line between night elf territory and Theramore. Theramore had a highway constructed that connects Theramore to Dustwallow Marsh; allowing the Alliance to move more quickly and send supplies and troops from Theramore to Alliance military bases in the Southern Barrens.
After the Horde's surprise invasion of Ashenvale, Alliance forces streamed out of Theramore to attack the Barrens, and Theramore itself became fortified and received the aid of top Alliance commanders following the fall of Northwatch Hold. Soon afterwards the city itself comes under a three tongued assault from the Horde, with attacks coming from the harbor, the west gate and the north gate. While the Horde navy failed to gain control of the harbor, the West Gate was assaulted by Horde forces under the command of Malkorok. The north gate was not so fortunate. Due to the treachery of Thalen Songweaver, the northern gate was weakened and Horde forces under Warchief Garrosh Hellscream's command were able to storm into the city. However the Alliance, with assistance from the blue dragon Kalecgos, were able able to force the Horde to retreat.
Thinking they had won, Vereesa Windrunner and Shandris Feathermoon each took a small force of their own warriors, west and north respectively, to find the traitor Songweaver, who was rescued by Horde adventurers during the end of the battle. Those who remained within the city were taken completely by surprise when a mana bomb, empowered by the stolen focusing iris, was used by the Horde to utterly destroy Theramore. The only survivors of Theramore's destruction were those looking for Songweaver, Jaina Proudmoore (due to the actions of Rhonin), Kalecgos (who was thrown out to sea from the explosion), and a ship full of civilians, mostly children, who evacuated Theramore before the fighting started.
A handful of other citizens survived the destruction of the city, but were captured and tortured by the Horde.
Aftermath of the Destruction of Theramore
After the Siege of Orgrimmar, King Varian Wrynn looked to establish a garrison near the ruins of Theramore. Jaina Proudmoore's outlook on the Horde changed after the city and people to whom she had devoted her life were destroyed - and she vowed revenge against the Horde for their actions. Jaina Proudmoore had changed. During the Siege of Orgimmar, Jaina had planned to summon a great tidal wave to completely raze the city, and after Garosh Hellscream had been defeated and the Horde were in dissaray, Jaina had advised King Varian Wrynn to finish this war once and for all by eliminating the Horde's leadership in that moment at which they were the most vulnerable (which King Varian Wrynn refused to do).
Much as her father had predicted shortly before his own death at the hands of the Horde and it's allies, she now understood that only the Horde's destruction could save humanity and restore Order to the world:
"You have always been naive my daughter, you aren't old enough to remember what these monsters did to our homeland. The orcs and their kin cannot be trusted! They must be exterminated like the mongrels they are! And I understand more than you suspect my dear. Perhaps in time, you will too."Â
-Lord Admiral Daelin Proudmoore to his daughter Jaina,Â shortly before his death.
The Fifth Fleet of Kul Tiras was among the island nation's most distinguished and decorated units after the end of the Third War. While many from Kul Tiras served directly under Lady Jaina Proudmoore in Theramore, the Fifth Fleet continued to serve under the banner of Kul Tiras itself. Having been deployed by Kul Tiras High Command to aid the Kingdom of Stormwind who had just taken up the mantle of leadership of the Alliance. The Kingdoms of Lordaeron and Stromgarde had fallen, and Gilneas had isolated itself behind the Greymane Wall, and the mages of Dalaran worked in secret beneath an inpenetrable arcane dome. Tensions between Kul Tiras the this new Alliance were high, as among the new allies of Stormwind one could not only find the Dwarven, Gnomish and Thalassian allies of old, but also the Night Elves who had attacked the forces of Lord Admiral Daelin Proudmoore in Kalimdor when he was attempting to erradicate the nascent Horde before it could grow strong enough to pose a serious threat to humanity.
While the Fifth Fleet was under orders to maintain a non-aggression stance with the Night Elves, those found to have directly contributed to the death of the Lord Admiral were hunted down and rounded up by Boralus Intelligence to be judged in military tribunals. Without exception these Night Elves were found guilty and sent to Ironforge, where the Fifth Fleet planned it's ground assault against the Foresaken in the Undercity. Being found guilty, these Night Elves were sentenced to death by fire, being tossed into the Great Forge at the heart of the city - much to the dismay of onlooking Night Elves who accused the Fifth Fleet of conducting a witch hunt based on racial hatred. In truth, many of the local dwarves agreed with the Marines' actions, having seen firsthand the duplicitous nature of many of these Night Elves - and relieved that dark elements had been cleansed from this newly established Alliance.
The Fifth Fleet assisted the Alliance in their assault against the threat of the Black Dragonflight in Blackrock Mountain, and soon thereafter also deployed to the broken remnants of the world of Draenor, following in the footsteps of great heroes from years past. Following a successful campaign in Draenor, the Marines of the Fifth Fleet would continue their mission into Northrend to battle the Lich King and avenge the destruction of our brothers and sisters in Lordaeron. Several of the Fifth Fleet's vessels were lost fighting the Undead, with many hands lost in the icy waters of the north. Nevertheless, the Fifth Fleet would press on, and lend aid to the Argent Crusade in defeating the Lich King once and for all.
Shortly thereafter, the dread Earth Aspect Deathwing would resurface, shattering the land and seemingly pushing the island of Kul Tiras away - never to be seen again. Many more of the Fifth Fleet's vessels would be destroyed during the sundering and the resulting tidal waves that wrecked coastal settlements throughout the world - depleting the for ce even further. With fewer Marines at their disposal, the Fifth Fleet refocused it's efforts to hunting down and executing as many of the Twilight's Hammer cult as possible, helping to bring an end to their poisonous philosophy of death and destruction. Kul Tiras Marines also assisted the forces of Stormwind in an aerial assault against the dread Deathwing, bringing their unparalleled exertiese in shipboard combat to the front.
After the fall of Deathwing, the Fifth Fleet further depleted yet unreleting in their mission, sent a company of Marines to the newly discovered island of Pandaria, seeking any information as to what had become of Kul Tiras - to no avail. While there, the forces of the Horde under the leadership of Garosh Hellscream continued to bring destruction not only to the Alliance, but to their own. A company of Marines deployed with the rest of the Alliance to Orgimmar, laying siege to the cobbled together cluster of mud huts and spiked stone fortrifications, eager to complete the work started by Grand Admiral Daelin Proudmoore so many years prior. By the end of the siege, the force of Marines had been depleted to but a single platoon. With no reinforcements from Kul Tiras available, and no new information on the fate of the island, they were unable to persuade the rest of the Alliance to finish off the Horde once and for all.
A few years later, the remnants of the Fifth Fleet would continue their mission in aiding the Alliance, deploying to an alternate version of the World of Draenor in persuit of Garosh Hellscream, who would try to rebuid a new Horde to once again invade the world of Azeroth. Fifth Fleet Marines would lend their expertiese and assist the Alliance in hunting down and destroying the various Orc chieftains. The mission in Draenor would be a costly one, with only a handful of Marines left to continue the fight. With no word from home and no reinforcements forthcoming, the Marines of the Fifth Fleet would continue to follow their standing orders - no matter the cost.
Most recently, the Marines of the Fifth Fleet would deploy to the Broken Islands, again searching for signs of the fate of Kul Tiras. There, they would be surprised and elated to find brothers and sisters in arms - other Kul Tiras Sailors and Marines. The reunion was not what they would have expected, however, as these sailors and marines had been enslaved by the Naga and Sea Giants who had invaded the southern portion of the islands. The Marines of the Fifth Fleet would lay siege to the slave camp, liberating many of their brothers and sisters in-arms who would relate stories of long months at sea while searching for home, braving mighty storms and seeing ship after ship destroyed by large tentacled sea monsters, nightmarish maws with what seeemd like thousands of teeth gaping open to devour the Kul Tirasian vessels. None of the rescued sailors and marines had any good news as to the fate of Kul Tiras - but seeing that there were others out there like them - those who had continued the mission despite being cut off from home for years reaffirmed to the remnants of the Fifth Fleet that the true bond of those who hailed from the island was that none of them would ever stop fighting - none of them would ever surrender.
If the day ever came when Kul Tiras was re-discovered, they could all comfortably return and proudly say they fulfilled their mission - no matter the cost. The Fifth Fleet, now without ships to call their own, would assemble with some of the survivors found in Azsuna, and form a new unit to continue the fight. Without their ships to continue their original assignments, the leaders of the respective units decided it was time to re-focus their efforts into a cohesive ground mission.
Thus, the Fifth Fleet of Kul Tiras came to an end, and the 5th Marine Reconnaissance Batallion was born.
5th Marine Recoinnassance Batallion
The 5th Marine Recoinnassance Batallion is a mixed unit comprised of elements from the Third Fleet, Fifth Fleet, the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force in Kalimdor, Theramore Militia and survivors rescued on the Broken Islands. 5th MRB also includes detachments from foreign military forces, including elements from the Gilneas Brigade, Hand of Argus, the Rangari and the Sentinels. Further details on their campaign and mission are not available at this time.