Events set in an alternative timeline where Ner'zhul's victory in Warcraft 2: Beyond the Dark Portal is canon.
Arthas Menethil took the throne at year 620 (28 years after the opening of the Dark Portal) by the King's calendar. Months later the young king had announced campaign to chase down the Horde that has been discovered on the previously barely known continent of Kalimdor. The Horde still coming back to their senses after their own wars now face their old enemy hunting them for their past acts. The Horde is once again on the defensive, but they got nowhere to run and do not want to abandon the home they had fought for.
The Alliance invaded from the Marshes, Durotar and had hoped to send an expedition to the Northern Kalimdor, but faced opposition in form of the night elves for entering their forests. The Horde were taking losses, but the... The world itself started to come apart. During the chaos of this war, the Cataclysm had happened and surprisingly enough offered the Horde a better form of defense with the seas striking at the Alliance fleet and the Great Divide separating the Barrens.
New Zeth'Gol, clan fortress of the Bleeding Hollow, anticipates an attack from the Alliance and pulls its defenses together. This is where you come in: a member of the Horde that ended up in the fortress for different reasons. Perhaps you've answered a call to arms, visited the fortress for business or many other possibilities. What matters is that a bloody battle is coming to the fortress and right now you stay behind its sturdy walls.
ALTERNATIVE TIMELINE LORE SUMMARY
Race that founded the Horde. Commonly split into many clans, but recently some orcs aim to unite under the banner of the Horde itself in a way to find unity for their people rather than constant war and struggle. Playable clans/factions: Frostwolf, Warsong, Laughing Skull, Bleeding Hollow, Burning Blade, Blackrock, Shadowmoon, Shattered Hand. They also can be representatives from clans that are neutral to the Horde or be clanless.
Darkspear tribe that Thrall had rescued from their isle. With Sen'jin and his son falling prey to both invaders and primordial owners of the isle, Zalazane was put to lead after his mentor's passing. Now out of his mentor's shadow, the witch doctor puts his best to lead his people into the bright future. These trolls can also be found within the orcish clans (Mostly in Laughing Skull, Warsong and Bleeding Hollow).
Shattered tribes of the tauren, that were hunted by both centaur and quilboar while the orcish clans were busy with their own civil war. Yet during their worst, the Frostwolf clan had arrived to rescue the tauren tribes. The tribes were never united and returned to their nomadic ways, with some skeptical of the Horde's intentions still. Yet many tauren can still be found in different orcish clans, such as Frostwolf clan. The Grimtotem tribe was nearly driven to extinctions by the demon worshiping clans driving them out of their homelands, yet many still seem to either ally with clans or join them. Common clans Grimtotem find themselves in are Laughing Skull and Shadowmoon.
Ogres of Draenor that had followed Ner'zhul to the promised land and later through the rifts in order to find a new land to pillage. Mogor was ordered by Ner'zhul to start gathering the scattered ogre tribes and start challenging their leaders to unite tribes under the Horde banner. It is a deal that Mogor didn't need to be convinced in, especially when he was promised help in such battles. Majority of ogres are members of the Laughing Skull clan, but some many still be found in different clans such as Bleeding Hollow, Shattered Hand, Shadowmoon and Blackrock.
Mercenaries of from the Second War era and influencers from the cartels. Many goblins can be still found within the Horde, joining whichever clan that finds them useful.
The Amani did not forget that the Horde had abandoned them to the elves during the Second War, but some trolls were still found among the clans that ended up beyond the Dark Portal. Many of the trolls had no choice but to remain with the Horde. Revantusk tribe is loyal to the Horde and is rumored to have talks with the Amani, trying to find a way to settle the grudge and unite the two forces once more.
The Frostwolf clan expedition to Northrend lended the Horde a connection with the Drakkari trolls. Even if they don't see the Horde as a potential ally yet, some of the ice trolls grow curious about the new lands to explore and study.
The Children of Agamaggan were crushed by the warring orcish clans into submission. With the surviving members of the races ending up as servants, workers and sometimes warriors. There are still tribes that oppose the Horde, but they are mostly in hiding.
The Shen'dralar are known to communicate with the Shadowmoon Clan, in hopes of earning secrets from the different world. Because of that, some of the highborne can be found helping the clan. Prince Tortheldrin clearly desires something from Ner'zhul, so he instructs his brethren to cooperate.
Many of the loyal death knights that had followed Ner'zhul to the promised world. Although many of them had scattered to chase their own goals, some still remain loyal to the Elder Shaman and can be found within the Shadowmoon clan.
As mentioned, the phase is set in a scenario where Ner'zhul plan has been successful and he had managed to create rifts leading into a different world rather than into clutches of the Burning Legion. This world ended up being Kalimdor ironically, which the orcs took as this new alien world for the first time. Due to Ner'zhul's narrow escape, the Third War didn't happen and there weren't many world-shaking events till year 28, which is Cataclysm in MU. With that the Alliance is stronger and the phase storyline will start in the heat of the battle located on Kalimdor, where the Alliance invades to crush the Horde before it becomes a major problem again.
If the phase will end up successful, I may create the Alliance counterpart that is set in the same setting.
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