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The Battle at Darrowmere
Warcraft II Tides of Darkness - Humans Mission 09
Conflict: Second War
Place: Caer Darrow
Outcome: Alliance of Lordaeron victory
Combatants
Commanders
  • Unknown Blackrock Warlord
Strength
Casualties

Light

Moderate

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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

With his Paladins keeping vigilant watch over the northlands, the Archbishop's assistant Uther Lightbringer of Lordaeron has come to offer comfort to those who are suffering the misfortunes of war. Lord Lothar has entrusted you with the protection of the Paladins' Commander and his entourage as they travel to the island township of Caer Darrow.

Background

Milan's commander had decided to attempt a bold maneuver. Spies had reported that their land forces may not have been able to deal with the heavily fortified orcish settlement that seperates them from Lightbringer, so they endeavored to clear the seas of ships and trust Fate to deliver him safely to the Circle. Their first task was to assemble all of their warships into a tight cluster; then they sent a single fast destroyer south to draw out the enemy ships guarding the way to Caer Darrow. Once those had been eliminated, they decided not to risk doing the same with the traitorous elven destroyers beyond the gauntlet of cannonw towers, for they were quite a bit smarter than orcs and would perceive their trap. Intead, two more Horde destroyers were drawn out of the other passage to Uther and were sunk, leaving the sea lanes mostly open.

Their four transports were then prepared for a dangerous mission. All unecessary deck hands were invited to stay safely ashore with the troops. These four ships then set out unescorted toward Lightbringer. They sent their prayers after them, knowing that not all of them would return. As they sailed quickly through the Gauntlet, the cannon towers could not reload fast enough to hit them at all; all four arrived, damaged but still sea worthy. Uther boarded the strongest of the four and prepared to sail back. His transport was placed in the middle in the hope that the lead and trailing ships would draw most of the cannon fire. The plan worked, they praised the Gods, but two of the four sank below the waves.

With Uther safely among the warships, their entire flotilla set out directly for Caer Darrow. With so many targets, the second gauntlet could not possibly stop them at all. Even the enemy battleship near their goal was too busy with their warships to notice the transports sneaking past. As soon as Uther's craft landed, he raced for the Circle of Power and stood with upraised hands. Boiling thunderheads soon filled the sky and unleashed bolts of lightning on the elven craft, utterly destroying them. With the forces of Nature on their side, the remaining Horde forces quickly abanonded their cause and retreated. Milan believed, Fate had smiled on them once again, and the seed of hope had firmly taken route.W2ToDOSG 126, 127

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