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Survey of Kul Tiras Overseas Outposts and Territories

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I. Foreword from the Editor

Uniquely among the human nations, Kul Tiras was able to project it's power far from it's shores thanks to the economic strength it developed from controlling the various trade routes throughout the world, and the might of it's vast, heavily armed, well trained and highly disciplined Navy. The ability to project it's power in this way facilitated the construction of fortified outposts throughout the world. We will be taking a look at some of those locations and their significance.

Table of Contents

I. Foreword from the Editor
II. Tiragarde Keep
III. Tol Barad
IV. Crestfall
V. Theramore
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II. Tiragarde Keep

Tiragarde KeepĀ is a Kul Tiran 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 in an attempt to destroy the nascent Horde before it could grow into a greater threat.


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 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.

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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 and Thrall 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.


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 stationed there. 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 Northwatch Expeditionary Force. Additionally, in typical Goblin greed, Gail Nozzywig requests that adventurers bring her pillaged materials and equipment of the former Kul Tiras occupants.

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While Jaina Proudmoore did not approve of the actions of her father's lieutenant, the majority of the Alliance and many of her forces in Theramore accepted the dangerous philosophy of his troops. The fanatical and absolute adherence to the mission, no matter the cost, is a trait commonly associated with Kul Tiran martial philosophy.
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III. Tol Barad

More than one thousand and two hundred years ago, the Empire of Arathor built the citadel of Tol Barad. Up until the Second War, Tol Barad was considered a territory of Stromgarde.

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Razing of Tol Barad During the Second War

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.


Reconstruction by Kul Tiras

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 citadel's defenses inward, designing a mystical prison to hold the most powerful criminals. Serving the Kul Tiran 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.

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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.
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IV. Crestfall

Crestfall is a large island that was off Kul Tiras' northeast coast. The island is part of the nation of Kul Tiras.

Battle of Crestfall in the Second War

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.

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Crestfall After the Second War and Before the Cataclysm

After the Second War, Crestfall became a sizable community of boaters and fishermen. These people do not like strangers, some visitors can be nearly shot when approaching 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 Crestfall's west shore. Zethresh reputedly seeks to cleanse the ocean and the isles of human encroachment.


Crestfall after the Cataclysm

The location of Crestfall, like that of Kul Tiras, and the fate of it's inhabitants, is unknown since the archipelago was pushed out to sea by shifting tectonic plates.
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V. Theramore

Theramore Isle was a human city and port town located in a rocky island east of Dustwallow Marsh to the south of Durotar, 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.

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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.


Simmering Tensions After the Third War

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.


Destruction 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.

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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."
-Lord Admiral Daelin Proudmoore, speaking to his daughter Jaina shortly before his death in the Siege of Theramore by the Horde near the end of the Third War.
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