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Grim Batol
Warcraft II Tides of Darkness - Humans Mission 07
Conflict: Second War
Place: Grim Batol
Outcome: Alliance of Lordaeron victory
Combatants
Commanders
  • Unknown Azeroth Commander
  • Unknown Blackrock and Black Tooth Grin Warlords
Strength
Casualties

Moderate

Heavy, loss of refining operations and destruction of shipyards, but Grim Batol remained in Orcish hands.

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This article contains lore taken from Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness, Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal, the manuals, and official bonus maps.

Briefing

Advance scouts report that they have located Grim Batol - the primary base of the Horde's Refinery operations in Khaz Modan. Seeing a chance to strike a decisive blow against the Horde, Lord Lothar has ordered that you infiltrate Grim Batol and put an end to all Orcish activity there. Once Grim Batol has been destroyed, Lothar believes that the Orcs will have no further use for Khaz Modan, thus pulling their forces back to the mainland of Azeroth. Victory could secure the shores of Lordaeron and greatly impede the Horde offensive.

Background

Milan's forces landed as close to Grim Batol as possible. From there they would have to march south, leaving the workers and transports behind for safety. As they proceeded, they were disturbed to discover two enemy catapults, fortified behind a wall and guarded by several orcs. Swearing oaths to all the Gods, they steeled themselves and rushed directly toward them. Milan believes the Gods heard their prayer's that day, for the catapults were unmanned, and after killing the guards, they broke through the wall and claimed them. Continuing south, they destroyed an enemy tower with the Horde's own war machines and claimed yet another catapult. Only then did they summon transports and peasants south to join them, following which their force boarded ship to land on the other side of the river. This time they swept northward, careful to remove enemy towers with the catapults, and soon leveled all the foul orcish structures so that they could raise their own.

They quickly erected a town hall near a mine to the north and began collecting resources. Milan's commander was planning to build battleships for the attack, so a lumber mill and a shipyard were needed as soon as possible. While the shipyard was being build, they decided to place a refinery at the southeastern tip of a small peninsula, conveniently near an oil patch. After tankers had been build to exploit it, a foundry was raised near the shipyard, which provided the heavy cannons and armor for battleships. Unfortunately, the mine was running dry, so they built a transport to ferry workers accross to another nearby mine and a temporary town hall near it to collect the resources. Finally, construction of battleships began; they spent their extra time and gold to develop better cannons and armor to ensure their success.

At last they had six tall battleships with which to attack and sailed them south into enemy territory. They made quick work of the enemy vessels that tried to stop them. Ignoring the oil platforms and refineries for a time, they then concentrated on removing the towers and catapults that guarded them. As the Horde watched helplessly, they began pounding their structures; soon they were forced to surrender to their might.W2ToDOSG 118, 119

Aftermath

While Milan's unit had some success at destroying the surface structures around Grim Batol, as well as its refinery, forcing the Horde units to surrender, they had failed to clear the Horde forces that were stationed in the underground portions of the city. Grim Batol would not be captured until after the Second War.

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