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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.
Previous: The Razing of Tyr's Hand
Concurrent: The Prisoners
Next: The Dead Rise as Quel'Thalas Falls
The Destruction of Stratholme
Oldstratholme
Campaign: Orc Campaign
Place: Stratholme
Outcome:
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BriefingEdit

Stratholme, the chief source of Alliance Oil in the north, is preparing to deliver massive amounts of Oil to the kingdoms in western Lordaeron. You must sabotage their Refineries and Platforms to halt this shipment. Once Stratholme's ability to gather and process Oil is destroyed, proceed to crush any and all resistance offered by the Alliance.

ObjectivesEdit

  • Destroy all Oil Platforms.
  • Destroy Refineries.
  • Destroy Stratholme.

BackgroundEdit

First the Horde unit's sappers had to blow a path inland for its troops; this provided an impressive display of their talents. Their plan was to take the city by land first, then to build ships to finish the job, so their forces prepared to march further north after slaughtering the Alliance forces to the east. Once of the Horde's slaves remained to build a hall to the north of the goldmine nearby; the rest headed out to set up closer to the enemy city. Again they gutted any enemies they encountered, but avoided the large clearing at the city entrance, not wishing to draw their attention before they could build. They built a second hall as close to the west to impede enemy forces coming from that direction. With supplementary income from the southern mine and more workers from both halls, resources piled up quickly and they could build as fast as possible.

They had to erect several structures before building up for the land assault. First was a barracks to start the training of grunts, for they would need all the forces they could muster to defend the settlement. A lumber mill and a blacksmith went up next, then a second barracks to double their troop production. They were careful not to cut lumber near the hall, intsead sending the slaves further north, so that the treeline remained a good natural barrier. Many cannon towers were erected behind the farms to the west; these pounded enemies as they tried to break through. Catapults were placed near these towers to make sure enemy ballistas did not attack the towers unmolested. While the hall was upgraded into a fortress, an oger mound, an alchemist, and an altar of storms were their final tasks; the buildup begun in earnest.

They assemgbled a huge group of ogre-magi and catapults for the first wave of the attack, armed with the best possible weapons, armor, and spells, then moved northeast to assault the city from the rear. After they had killed the forces outside the city wall, catapults rolled up and smashed a path through to the inside. Enemy units began pouring through, but the horde's magi with bloodlust made quick work of them. After briefly entering the walls to draw out defenders, the Horde began producing sappers back in their settlement, which now had a clear path on which to enter and demolish structures at will with ogre escorts. Slowly they worked their way westward, removing towers and ballistas first and defending their catapults with troops. Within a short time, the city lay in ruins. At their leisure, they built a shipyard to take care of any targets beyond the range of their catapults. The Alliance knew Urok's commander's name now, and Urok believed they would soon know their Maker as well.W2ToDOSG 188, 189

AftermathEdit

With the destruction of Stratholme, the Alliance supply lines to Quel'thalas have been severed. Only a handful of Human and Elven defenders remain to safeguard the ancient Elf kingdom from the onslaught of the Horde.

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