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Old 11-25-2012, 07:44 PM
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Tyrande chose Illidan.

At Tyrande's behest, when Azshara went off the deep end Illidan rallied the Highborne in resistance to the crazy broad's designs to destroy the world. He and a number of powerful magi orchestrated a magnificent coup, at the end of which Azshara's head was on a spike outside the gates of Zin-Azshari, which was renamed Zin-Illidari in reverence of the new Kaldorei Prime Minister Stormrage. He was assisted by a subordinate level of government called the High Chancel which consisted at the time of Lord Xavius, Lady Shadowsong, Lord Sunstrider and Lady Windrunner. It was determined that the High Chancel would be always be composed of at least two members of both the priestly and magic ruling castes.

Alerted to the threat of Sargeras and his Burning Legion by the ravings of the mad Queen Azshara, Illidan and company had time to prepare for the Dark Titan's invasion. They disabled the incomplete portal within the Well of Eternity and forced Archimonde's and Kil'Jaeden's armies to use the smaller, less strategically sound portals erected early in Azshara's schemes. The invasion was short and bloody, with Sargeras' lieutenants recognizing the futility of their campaign shortly after the first wave was butchered by Kaldorei Mage-Lords. The portals were sealed and the demons retreated, for the time being.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Stormrage was troubled by a more personal problem. His hick of a brother, Furion, resented the use of arcane magic and demanded that there be instated on the High Chancel two seats for members of the somewhat backward Druidic orders popular in the rural areas of the Empire. Illidan refused, but out of respect for his brother offered him a position on the Chancel as a personal favor. Furion accepted, and moved into Zin-Illidari, where he began to hatch a cunning plan.

Furion was what you'd call a radical. He believed the urban sprawl of the Glorious and Indefatigable Empire of the Kaldorei was offensive to the nature-spirits he served. In the name of a horned god of the woods, Cenarius, he set in motion a plan to topple Illidan's throne and dissolve elven society into a disconnected cloud of backwards, impotent townships.

Fortunately, Tyrande caught wind of the crazed druid's plans before he could execute them, and she brought word to the High Chancel immediately. Lawkeepers all around the capitol were granted emergency powers and sent to track down and incarcerate Furion's conspirators, but too late. The so-called Archdruid had already met with his brother in his private chambers at the Palace. Cordial as ever, Illidan had welcomed his brother inside and dismissed his personal guard. When runners from the Chancel arrived, he was already dead and Furion was gone.

With the city in chaos, Furion tried to rally the common people around his deluded world-view. A brilliant speaker, he soon had a sizable movement at his back, devoted to the idea of replacing the ostensibly corrupt Magocracy with what would truthfully have been an equally corrupt Druidocracy. The clash between the bloodthirsty rabble and the angry armed forces lasted for many years and claimed many lives, including those of Lady Maiev Shadowsong's brother, Jarod. It is at that point, many believe, that Maiev first began to lose her mind. She flew into a rage, ceding her seat on the High Chancel and enlisting with the Wardens, an elite force of lawkeepers charged with emergency powers and the responsibility of rooting out Furionís insurrection. She led her squad to many striking victories, and is commonly believed to be the driving force behind Furionís downfall.

She tracked the Archdruid to a ritualistically grown command center/tree hybrid known as an Ancient in a park on the edge of the city, where she famously refused the surrender of the druids inside and burned the entire park to the ground. An inquiry into her actions after the fact found her guilty of excessive force, but due to her previous service to the state she was not imprisoned, but simply stripped of her title and duties as a member of the High Chancel and Chief of the Wardens.

Over the course of the Insurrection, Furion managed to destabilize the Well of Eternity, causing immense damage to the city of Zin-Illidari, which thankfully was evacuated in time, and veritably shattering the supercontinent of Kalimdor and robbing the Kaldorei of immortality. It is at this point, many believe, that the dragon Neltharion first began to lose his mind.

Furion died in Maievís raid, and over the next year the rest of his cult was cleaned up. Lord Xavius organized the construction of a grand memorial in the center of Zin-Illidari, where there was built a new well in the Monument to Eternity with one of a number of auxiliary vials Illidan had ceremoniously consecrated after the Legionís failed invasion. When everything was settled, the High Chancel convened to determine what was to be done with the remnants of the Druidic Order, not all of which had been involved in Furionís insurrection. Ultimately, it was decided that the surviving druids would be spared, but exiled to the distant eastern continent, which had been separated from Zin-Illidari when the Well of Eternity exploded. So it was that the druidic faction, under the leadership of Archdruid Fandral Staghelm, travelled east and settled in the untamed forests of the east. There, they set up a halfhazard system of government built primarily around a metaphysical construct called the Emerald Dream, a hallucinatory escape from reality provided by the machinations of the sinister dragon Ysera. The civilization of Darnassus could hardly be called such, in truth, as their tiny communities were almost entirely disconnected, and only unified in their servience to Archdruid Staghelm. A caste system emerged, despite the druidís professed animosity toward such institutions, wherein Druids tended good relations with the nature spirits they worshiped and so-called Sentinels were tasked with defending their frail communities from the encroachment of native troll populations.

At first, this wasnít a problem, as the trolls were nearly as disorganized as the exiled elves (who had taken to calling themselves Wood Elves). In time, however, and due to mounting pressures from the human empire to the south, the trolls got their act together and formed the Amani Empire, which proved much more difficult to deal with.

The elves suffered heavy losses and were nearly wiped out before Archdruid Valstann Staghelm submitted to the famous Briarthorn Pact, some five thousand years after the Druidic Insurrection, wherein the Wood Elves signed over their freedom to the nascent Amani Empire. This accord not only dissolved whatever semblance of a Darnassian state remained, but also severed the Wood Elven ties to Yseraís Emerald Dream, rendering the elves mortal. They were kept as a slave race for hundreds of years, but as human influence (which will be discussed in greater detail later) rubbed off on the Amani, the Wood Elves began to vie for emancipation. They gained this around the eighty-seventh century ADI, and were granted something approximating full citizenship in the empire three hundred years later.

Meanwhile, in Kalimdor, the Kaldorei Empire enjoyed many years of economic, cultural and intellectual growth. Maiev Shadowsong, now an eccentric recluse living alone on her familyís estate in the political district of Zin-Illidari, brooded over all the wrong done to her over the course of the Insurrection. It is now known that during this time, Neltharion began visiting her in secret to help her make plans to punish all those whom she perceived had wronged her. Neltharionís poisonous whispers drove her yet madder, and eventually she perceived not only all druids, but all the Wardens and Chancellors and their political allies who had robbed her of her status. Two hundred years ADI, she retired to the countryside of Mount Hyjal, where she built an elaborate fortress and began plotting her nefarious revenge.

Likewise, it is now known that Neltharion was conducting similar meetings with his sister Alexstrasza and brother Malygos. He convinced them both that by continuing to use the Monument of Eternity, the Kaldorei posed a threat to the survival of Azeroth, as such a beacon of power would surely draw the Legion back again. His silver tongue soon had both the red and blue flights at his back.

The Empire, meanwhile, was currently headed by Lords Xavius and Sunstrider in the House of Magi and Ladies Windrunner and Theron in the House of Elune. Tyrandeís and Illidanís child, Quelnorian, was being groomed for the office of Prime Minister, and talks were underway to introduce a third House, that of Arms, to better recognize the martial element of the Empire. Commander Shandris Feathermoon of the Armed Forces and Chief Naisha Silverleaf of the Wardens were receiving overtures from the existing lords to be the first representatives of that house. The city was still heavily damaged by the old Well of Eternity, but restoration was underway. The Empire knew peace, and Maievís next move caught it completely off-guard.

In the fifth century ADI, Maiev, with an army of black, red and blue dragons, invaded the satellite cities of EldreíThalas and AmethíAran. Many died in the initial attacks, but Kaldorei was strong enough to repel the draconic usurpation before they reached Zin-Illidari. After seven years of hard fighting, the Dragonflights were defeated, and the so-called ďAspectsĒ Neltharion, Alexstrasza and Malygos were tried before the High Chancel. All three were condemned to die, but Maievís trickery allowed Neltharion to escape. His current whereabouts and machinations are unknown.

After a long hunt, Chief Silverleaf caught Maiev and dragged her before the Chancel. She was to be executed with the dragons, but the Chief intervened, citing the strength of her service in the past. It has never been proven that there was any romantic involvement between the two, but rumors persist. Naishaís testimony was so moving that the Chancel lowered the sentence from death to an eternity of imprisonment. Maiev was taken from the city and locked in a deep underground vault, where she would be tended for many long centuries by the increasingly cruel hands of Dragonwar veterans called Dragon Hunters.

After the Dragonwar, things on Kalimdor were pretty calm for a while. Contact was made with the Tauren, and the obviously inferior race was put to work as a peasant caste in the fields of Mulgore, growing the grain so many aristocrats in the city had acquired a taste for. It was a long time before the War of the Scarab, wherein the Kaldorei Empire was forced to table its ancient grudge against the dragons and work with the bronze Flight, under the enigmatic Nozdormu, to defeat the implacable Qiraji. Lord DathíRemar Sunstrider fell to the swarm, but the line was held and the gates of AhníQiraj sealed by the victorious forces. Friction between the dragons and the elves, however, ultimately led to the War of Shattered Sand, wherein an attack on Nozdormuís bastion within the Caverns of Time was met with a bloody and ruthless retaliatory strike against elven settlements all across the continent by time-travelling dragons. Point taken, the elves withdrew and extended an official apology.

Now, about four thousand ADI, humans started cropping up on the eastern continent. To begin with, they were confused, savage things, not at all dissimilar to the trolls with which they shared their land. In time, however, the kingdom of Arathor rose and fell and the various states assumed a civilized manner in their dealings with each other and other races.

The trolls, meanwhile, were busy building a glorious empire to the north, mortared with the blood of elven slaves and human captives. With the added support of the Briarthorn Pact, they were an even match for the rising humans, and the two races fought each other to a draw.

So it was that the dawn of the fifth millennium ADI saw the eastern kingdoms arrayed thusly: In the north sprawled the glorious Amani Empire of the trolls and their elven slaves. Just to the south was the city-state of Dalaran, a human institution which nonetheless had been known to tolerate some of the better-mannered trolls. Neighboring Dalaran were the great kingdoms of Alterac, who was (in)famous among the eastern kingdoms for maintaining friendly relations with the Amani Empire, and Gilneas, a small but strong nation with notably isolationist policies. Stromgarde, however, built from the heart of old Arathi, hated the Trolls and was known to fund several pro-humanity terrorist organizations. The snowy mountains and marshy fens to the south remained more or less a no-manís-land until the arrival of the dwarves. Stormwind, a kingdom founded by explorers and pioneers at the height of the Arathi Empire, occupied much of the land previously held by the now dissolved Gurubashi Empire, and controlled most international trade, due to its many port cities and vast resources.

Cultural interaction gradually led to a more civilized Amani Empire and more ritualistic human kingdoms. Alterac and Dalaran, in particular, adopted major parts of troll religion and cultural practices, while the human principles of freedom and meritocracy stabilized the dark culture of blood sacrifice and treachery fostered among the early Amani. Around the fifty-seventh century ADI, however, Stromgarde decided enough was enough and invaded the northern Troll Lands. They were thoroughly defeated by the allied ZulíAman, Alterac and Dalaran, and most of their land was given to the victorious kingdoms.

When the dwarves arrived, they were met with suspicion and hostility on the part of the existing human and troll nations, but over the centuries they earned a grudging acceptance. At some point, the three major clans were turned against each other by the bloody War of Three Hammers, but nobody really bothered to notice.

Some ten thousand years after the Druidic Insurrection, a powerful mage named Rhonin was corrupted by a secret agent of Sargeras and tricked into opening a dark portal into another world, from which spilled a shitload of orcs. The orcs quickly overran the southern kingdom of Stormwind, but once the northern human, dwarven and trollish kingdoms figured out what was going on, they easily defeated the invaders. All the major orc settlements on Azeroth were exterminated, an expedition led by the fearless Chieftain ZulíJin and the heroic Commander Anduin Lothar chased the greenskins back to their homeworld, and Rhonin was hunted down and killed.

In the peace that followed, the allied leaders grew complacent, and they were unprepared for the Amani Plague, a dreadful magical disease that killed trolls and brought them back to life as undead monsters. Zulíjinís protťgť, the charismatic Volíjin, was sent to investigate the plagueís roots. His search led him to Northrend itself, where he found a cursed axe which he mistakenly believed was the key to saving his people. Instead, it stole his soul and turned him into the fearsome Lich Chieftain. As a Death Hunter, he purged the Amani Empire, killed Zulíjin and plunged the entire eastern continent into chaos.

But there was yet hope for Azeroth, for a mysterious, red-headed prophet had appeared to the human Jaina Proudmoore and the troll chieftain Zulírogg, urging them to lead as many of their peoples as possible across the sea to the west. They did so, and were met by the splendor and glory of the Kaldorei Empire, which listened to their accounts of human and trollish history, as well as the warning about the plague, and immediately recognized the hand of the Legion in it all.

By this time, Zin-Illidari was ruled by Lord Xavius, Lord Anasterian Sunstrider, Lady Tyrande Whisperwind, Lady Shandris Feathermoon, Lady Naisha Silverleaf, Lord Lor'Themar Theron and Prime Minister Quelnorian Stormrage. Maiev Shadowsong had been all but forgotten. The Kaldorei Empire extended across all of Kalimdor, which was by now heavily urbanized. It was determined that if the Legion had designs on the Monument to Eternity, as it seemed it must, a heavy defense must be made ready. So Jaina, Zulírogg, Naisha and Xavius went on an adventure to rally the defenders of Kalimdor, over the course of which Naisha released Maiev, the dragons got all pissy and ancient secrets of druidic magic were uncovered and employed.

When the Burning Legion arrived, they laid siege to the city of Zin-Illidari, but thanks to the union of troll and human refugees with the ancient power of Kaldorei, the Legion was turned back, and with the heroic sacrifice of the Prophet, who turned out to be Rhonin all along, Archimonde was slain.

Maybe Iíll rewrite Frozen Throne in a bit.
Originally Posted by SmokeBlader View Post
And the HRE was a meme that went too far.
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You are pretty cool for being one of the bad guys.
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I was probably just upset about the Horde fleet in the Second War.
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