The Alliance and the Horde clash in a series
of running battles in Stonetalon Mountain, culminating in a desperate
last stand by the Alliance on the island in Mirkfallon lake. (More
information about this event can be found here.)
Please note, this is a mildly fictionalised account of the event.
Escalation: Prelude to War
Although a strategic land-route to their southern holdings for
the Kaldorei, and potential attack route on Crossroads for the Horde,
Stonetalon Mountain has long been a backwater. That changed when
rumours of Horde forces moving in strength through the area lead
to the Silvereye gathering a small war party and moving south to
reconnoitre in force. Anxious to prevent the Silvereye from "having
all the fun on their own", the stalwart dwarves of the Clans
Morogh gathered an Army of the Mountain, bolstered by a number
of others, including the redoubtable mage Zalamar set out from Nijel's
The Horde presence in Stonetalon Mountain was stronger
than reported. A powerful force moved north to block the Silvereye
warparty at Windsheer Crag, while another Horde force skirmished
with the Dwarves, before finally breaking their lines. On both fronts,
the Alliance forces, equipped for speed and scouting, were met by
battle-hardened Horde forces heavily armed and equipped from the
bottomless armouries of Ogrimmar.
Withdrawing in the best order they could manage,
the Alliance forces retreated to the island at the centre of Mirkfallon
Lake - to regroup and regain the intiative. The Horde forces did
not grant them much respite, coming on in wave after wave, intent
on dislodging them from the Island.
|The Alliance forces battered
and battle-weary after a series of battles with the warriors
of the Horde retreat to the island in the middle of Mirkfallon
Lake for a desperate last stand.
||The Horde, flushed with their
victories in the initial skirmishing, gather their forces outside
Sunrock Retreat prior to launching a final attack.
||The Horde's warriors launch
their final assault, foul magics striking terror into the stalwart
defenders, and buying the Horde the instant they need to force
their way onto the island.
|After heavy fighting and grevious injuries,
the humans, dwarves, gnomes and night-elves drove off the Horde
Though they had survived the assault, the Horde
was brining up massive reinforcements, and the Alliance force had
little choice but to break off and make for the Kaldorei outpost
of Stonetalon Peak and fortify it against further assault by the
Horde. For the time being, the Horde would be in control of Stonetalon
Mountain, and on the offensive in the rising conflict in the region.