Theramore Ablaze: Why Jaina's City Needs to Burn
In vanilla World of Warcraft, Theramore was a place Alliance players would often pass through on their way to the Eastern Kingdoms. It was the home of Jaina Proudmoore whom Alliance orphans would ask to see during ChildrenÂs Week, as well as a bustling port. Now, according to Korean sources who interviewed Tom Chilton, itÂs set to burn in the run-up to Mists of Pandaria. With that known, today weÂre going to look at the townÂs importance and why itÂs a target for destruction.
A Brief History of Theramore
Theramore, on a small island outside of Dustwallow Marsh between Ogrimmar and the neutral town of Ratchet, is a tiny enclave of Humans. These Humans followed Jaina from Kul Tiras after Medivh appeared to major leaders around Azeroth, warning them of an impending invasion from the Burning Legion. Many ignored the warning, including Terenas of Lordaeron and JainaÂs mentor Antonidas in Dalaran. Medivh, in his role as the mysterious Prophet, was trying to undo some of the damage he had done during his lifetime. After all, it had been he who had opened the Dark Portal (an experience we get to see in the Caverns of Time).
Jaina listened and traveled with her people across the ocean to Kalimdor. After ArchimondeÂs defeat and the destruction of the World Tree, the refugees founded Theramore. But the location made things awkward, the city is on the HordeÂs doorstep and this caused even more problems when JainaÂs father Daelin Proudmoore, Lord Admiral of the AllianceÂs navy, waltzed in and took over the city. Daelin detested the Orcs and used his daughterÂs city as a base of operations to fuel his vendetta.
As WC3 players know, DaelinÂs time was numbered. The campaign - ÂA Blaze of Glory', the final act in the bonus Founding of Durotar campaign of The Frozen Throne - saw Daelin retreat back to Theramore. Jaina told Thrall how to destroy the AdmiralÂs warships and the Horde laid siege to the city. Eventually Daelin was killed by Rexxar and Jaina was restored as the cityÂs leader.
Jaina's city is a bastion of safety for humans in Kalimdor.
Jaina Proudmoore: A Primer
Jaina, who is not only one of the most powerful mages alive but also tied to some of the tumultuous events in recent history. She has had a larger role of late, helping the warrior LoÂGosh to realise his true identity as Varian Wrynn and joins the New Council of Tirisfal, which bestows the power of Guardianship upon MedivhÂs son, MedÂan.
During the WotLK storyline, she aided the forces of the Horde and the Alliance to take back Undercity from the demon Varimathras. JainaÂs friendship with Thrall has also made her an excellent mediator between the two factions, particularly when Varian Wrynn and Thrall are involved. She appeared with a new character model in the Secrets of Ulduar trailer and during the CrusaderÂs Coliseum. Both were a foreshadowing of her importance during the three dungeons which fed into the final Lich King encounter.
Indeed, while Jaina and Thrall are often paired romantically, when it comes to the lore, JainaÂs heart has always lain with Arthas. This is the main reason why she aided Alliance players as they ventured through the Frozen Halls dungeons. In the Forge of Souls, Pit of Saron, the Halls of Reflection, she plays a pivitol roll, not only aiding the players but also helping to discover if Arthas really has been lost to the Lich KingÂs evil.
This romantic relationship is expanded on during the quest JainaÂs Locket, which begins as part of the Shadowmourne questline. When the locket is returned to Jaina, she realises that Arthas did indeed love her and kept the artifact even after his transformation. Their relationship was explored to a much greater depth in Christie GoldenÂs novel Arthas: Rise of the Lich King and also in the Warcraft: Legenda manga anthology where Jaina dreams of a possible future in which she took up Frostmourne instead of Arthas and became the Lich Queen.
Jaina Proudmoore awaits travelers visiting her city.
With the Shattering, Theramore has become a prime target. It sits, one of the few human strongholdÂs in Kalimdor, on the edge of the two halves of the Barrens. With Garrosh as Warchief, itÂs not going to be long before he turns his eye away from taking Ashvenvale and Darkshore from the Night Elves and focuses on dealing with the Alliance on his doorstep.
Before Stormwind Harbor was created, Theramore was much loved by the Alliance. Low-level Night Elves would pass through on their way to the Eastern Kingdoms, disembarking at Menethil for the long run through the Wetlands to Ironforge. However now that transport is much easier, Theramore has been all but forgotten and that just isnÂt right.
This is why Theramore needs to burn. It will be the catalyst which turns the war between Alliance and Horde up a notch. Strategically, itÂs a prime target, a thorn in the HordeÂs side and itÂs only a matter of time before the city falls. The only question is will Jaina Proudmoore fall with it? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.