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上一场: Third invasion of the Burning Legion
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争霸艾泽拉斯 War of the Thorns
荆棘战争
冲突: The Blood War
地点: Ashenvale, Darkshore, Felwood, Teldrassil, Veiled Sea
结局: Tactical Horde victory
交战势力

联盟 Alliance

部落 Horde

指挥官和领袖
军队实力
伤亡和损耗

Massive

Heavy

O little last one, listen / To the song my broken heart will ever sing / Of the story of the Tree of the World
And the death of all the dreams / It once cradled in its mighty boughs.

—— Tyrande Whisperwind[1]

黑海岸烽烟再起,部落和联盟会在这个限时事件中争夺对泰达希尔的控制权!

—— 游戏内日历

荆棘战争War of the Thorns在游戏内,荆棘战争是争霸艾泽拉斯的前夕事件,开始于:2018/07/26-08:00;结束于:2018/08/14-06:00

The War of the Thorns (also referred to as the Burning of Teldrassil)[1] was a major conflict fought between the Alliance and Horde for possession of Northern Kalimdor, which notably resulted in the destruction of the World Tree Teldrassil. Most of the fighting occurred in the regions of Darkshore and Ashenvale, in night elven territory. Survivors from Teldrassil were evacuated to both Stormwind City and Azuremyst Isle as refugees,[2] while overall night elven power on Kalimdor was severely reduced.

This event caused the escalation of the conflict between the Horde and Alliance in the form of a battle for Azeroth, and directly led to immediate Alliance retaliation with King Anduin ordering the retaking of Lordaeron.

Premise

With the emergence of Azerite, Warchief Sylvanas Windrunner feared that the Alliance would use it to build powerful weapons, which they would sooner or later turn upon the Undercity and Silvermoon City, before their gaze fell upon Kalimdor. She thus preemptively struck by launching a campaign to capture the World Tree Teldrassil which the Alliance used as a safe harbor to funnel Azerite from Kalimdor to the Eastern Kingdoms.

By occupying Darnassus, the Horde could control the flow of Azerite and ensure that it could not be used against against them. The Alliance would also not dare attack the city for fear of hurting the civilians. Knowing the night elves would resist them at every step of the way, including during occupation, she also planned to kill Malfurion Stormrage. Losing someone in whom they had absolute trust and faith, a living symbol of hope, would assuredly break their spirits.[3]

Summary

Moments before the Burning of Teldrassil

Following the war with the Burning Legion, the Alliance and Horde's navies were diminished. With both factions debilitated in their ability to reinforce Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms, the Horde came up with a plan to secure Kalimdor and elicit a political crisis in the Alliance that would lead to its downfall. After luring a majority of the night elven forces to Silithus through misinformation, the Horde would seek to hold Darnassus hostage and use the political crisis to sow division in the Alliance. Furthermore, Warchief Sylvanas Windrunner wanted to kill Malfurion Stormrage in order to kill the kaldorei's spirit and end them as a nation.[4]

When Sylvanas Windrunner launched a sneak attack on Ashenvale, the majority of the night elf army was close to Silithus and couldn't get back to defend. It would take time for the Alliance navy to arrive as well. The defense of northern Kalimdor thus relied on Malfurion Stormrage, Captain Delaryn Summermoon and her City Guard forces, and brave champions of the Alliance. Knowing their chances of fending off the Horde army were slim to none, the Alliance have begun to evacuate night elven and Gilnean civilians to Stormwind.[5]

The Horde started by sending Horde rogues to attack night elf patrols and outposts in Ashenvale. Once the main Horde army arrived in Ashenvale, they faced fierce resistance at Falfarren River. The Horde overcame the night elf defenders but were still harried by the night elves' guerrilla warfare. The night elves had lured High Overlord Suarfang into an ambush in Astranaar, but they failed to assassinate him. The Horde then progressed into Darkshore, where Malfurion confronted Sylvanas. He raised an immense, magical wall of wisps that blocked their way. Furthermore, the night elf fleet had returned to aid in the kaldorei's defense. The Horde thus fell back onto Zoram'gar Outpost, with their intention to conquer the World Tree before Stormwind's reinforcements arrive. Malfurion ordered Delaryn to find any defenders she could rally at Lor'danel.[5]

Sylvanas meanwhile ordered Varok Saurfang to scale the mountains of Felwood and attack from the north. After a quick aerial scouting mission, Sylvanas took the champion and a handful of her remaining forces to the wall and used her banshee abilities to open enough of a gap for the group to sneak through. The Horde forces immediately started attacking night elf defenders at the Master's Glaive. Meanwhile, Morka Bruggu led a group of Horde infiltrators and managed to covertly commandeer some of the night elven ships from the kaldorei fleet.[4]

The night elf forces set up a front at Wildbend River and have drawn the battle into a stalemate. The leaders thus fell back to Darnassus and Blackwood Den to prepare. As the last defenders rallied, the Horde warhorns sounded from the north. Saurfang's battalions finally arrived, trapping Lor'danel from both sides. While helping trapped citizens escape and assisting the fight at Lor'danel, Malfurion and Sylvanas locked in one-on-one combat once more.

As Sylvanas was losing the battle, Saurfang snuck up behind Malfurion and incapacitated him with a throw of his axe, gravely wounding him. Sylvanas praised Saurfang's effort, whereas he felt the blow dishonorable, then gave him the order to execute Malfurion. As Tyrande arrived on the scene, she questioned why Saurfang would not kill Malfurion, to which he felt he did not deserve to due to his dishonorable actions. Tyrande then gave Saurfang a choice - attempt to stop her from taking him away and die, or remain there and live - to which Saurfang offered her one of his own: take Malfurion and flee, or attempt to stop the Horde's capture of Teldrassil and die. Tyrande chose the former, hearthing both herself and Malfurion back to Stormwind with a hearthstone given to her by Anduin Wrynn, while Saurfang went to join Sylvanas on the beach of Darkshore. News of Malfurion's survival upset Sylvanas and she felt Darnassus' conquering would not be enough of a fatal wound for the Alliance.[4]

Teldrassil burning in Old Soldier

When Sylvanas gave Nathanos and Saurfang the orders to secure the beach and prepare to invade Teldrassil, she noticed a gravely wounded Delaryn Summermoon, who then explained that only innocents remained in Teldrassil and that Sylvanas's war was one of hatred and rage. She attempted to remind Sylvanas of her former life, to which Sylvanas experienced a flashback of her inability to stop the Scourge's invasion of Quel'Thalas. Sylvanas explained that life was pain and that hope fails, telling Delaryn not to grieve, for she would soon join her loved ones. Delaryn explained that she grieved for Sylvanas, for she had made life her enemy, and that was a war she could never win; that she could kill her people, but she could never kill hope. In response to this, Sylvanas turned Delaryn's head to gaze at Teldrassil in her final moments, then gave Nathanos the order to burn Teldrassil, to which he and the rest of the Horde present complied.[6]

Aftermath

After the battle, Darnassus and Teldrassil are no longer available to players. In Teldrassil's place is a rendering of the burning tree, but players are prevented from accessing it by an invisible wall. Zidormi appears just outside Lor'danel and offers to take player characters back in time to before the battle, just as she does in other locations like Theramore, the Blasted Lands, and Silithus. Should players try to Teleport or use a mage portal to reach Darnassus, they will instead land on a small rise on the beach just outside Lor'danel.

Teldrassil's surviving population has moved to Stormwind and Azuremyst Isle.[7]

At level 120, the Bloodied Sentinel's Glaive can be found next to the body of Captain Delaryn Summermoon in Mist's Edge, and offers Bloodied Sentinel's Glaive (quest).

Detailed account

This is a detailed account of the in-game event and storyline. For the novelization, see 联盟 Elegy and 部落 A Good War.


第一章

艾泽里特出现了,作为一种崭新的强大资源,它足以撼动艾泽拉斯的战争局势。身为部落大酋长,希尔瓦娜斯·风行者想要不惜一切代价将其收入囊中,并且阻止对手染指这股力量,为此,部落要直取达纳苏斯,将联盟从卡利姆多连根拔起。[8]

而对于联盟来说,部落的威胁是不可忽视的。安度因·乌瑞恩国王从安插在奥格瑞玛的特工处得知,部落开始调兵前往希利苏斯……但他很快发现,这不过是部落的调虎离山之计,为的是引开联盟的驻军。部落正向世界之树泰达希尔进军,而你,能及时从部落的铁蹄下挽救无辜的百姓吗?

要求: 玩家达到110级 地点:联盟从暴风城开始,部落从幽暗城开始 奖励: 金币、声望、限时活动世界任务奖励物品

第二章

虽然玛法里奥·怒风召唤了小精灵之墙来阻挡部落的攻势,但这道墙也撑不了多久。越过这道墙后继续在黑海岸往北行军,就会到达洛达内尔港口。接下来的目的地是哪里?是暗夜精灵的家园——泰达希尔,此时,城中兵力非常空虚。随着战线的推进,数千条生命正危在旦夕。[9]


轶事

  • 前夕事件的结束事件原本为2018/08/16-08:00,在暴雪宣布8.0全球同步上线后,结束事件改成了14号早上6点。

Gallery

Artwork

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Screenshots

Barrens and Ashenvale

Darkshore

Darnassus

Video

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  • {{#vlink:EfB9U7j-ZNA|War of the Thorns: Chapter 1}}
  • {{#vlink:U09AR6WotpY|War of the Thorns: Chapter 2}}
  • {{#vlink:TVp7yLfnmrE|Warbringers: Sylvanas}}

Removed from beta

被移除 本节内容仅存在于Beta测试阶段,未能正式上线。

The following quests were available during the Battle for Azeroth beta but did not make it into the live version of the game:

Patch changes

Activated 2018-07-24.

See also

References

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