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Thrall. After Jaina and Thrall's armies were forced to work to be false as Thrall developed a romantic relationship with a Mag'har orc. It wasn't a romantic relationship, contrary to popular belief -- Jaina reminded Thrall of Taretha, the human girl who he considered a sister, the. But, I doubt it will be Jaina and Varian. far no hints (other than the easter egg punch card on gnomer) point at anything more than a platonic relationship between them. . Thrall/Jaina is a fanfic pairing without any real basis.
However, they discovered that the plague-infected grain from Andorhal had arrived and had been distributed amongst the townsfolk, who were transforming into the undead. Jaina reluctantly departed to find Uther for reinforcements. When she returned with the Silver Hand at her back, Hearthglen was all but destroyed, and Arthas was fighting a losing battle.
With Uther's help, though, they managed to push back the undead attackers. Arthas, demoralized and horrified by the overwhelming forces of undead, vowed to go to Stratholmewhere he hoped to fight Mal'Ganis.
Jaina and Uther followed him to Stratholmebut did not arrive in time to stop the townspeople from eating the tainted grain. All three knew that the people of Stratholme would soon become undead and attack. Arthas was in favor of slaughtering the people before their transformation to purge the town, but Uther could not condone murdering helpless people whose only crime was being infected, even if leaving them alive meant they would soon become a threat.
When Uther refused to kill the civilians as Arthas ordered, Arthas renounced him, accusing him of treason. He demanded that any true to the king stay with him and see to the town's destruction. Jaina turned and followed Uther to Arthas' surprise. Jaina and Uther returned to Stratholme's burning ruins after Arthas destroyed it.
Both were appalled at what they saw. Jaina was visited by the mysterious prophet who had previously attempted to reason with both King Terenas and her mentor, Antonidas.
The prophet sensed her leadership abilities and urged her to take the people she could with her to the west, fleeing Lordaeron and her home country of Kul Tiras.
She realized that he had been right, and he encouraged her to gather her people and sail west for Kalimdor. Jaina decided to follow his words, and made preparations.
Know Your Lore: The immeasurable sorrow of Jaina Proudmoore
She left just as the invasion of Lordaeron began, saving thousands of citizens before they met their doom. Jaina in Warcraft III. Upon arriving at Kalimdor, Jaina found that there were orcs there. Believing the Horde to having followed them from Lordaeron, Jaina clashed with the troops of Grom Hellscream.
Afterwards, Jaina set out to find the Prophet. Not only was Stonetalon Peak a good defense, but also, she sensed a great power within. She let them kill her own father, all in the name of peace. Tense relations That was another decision that would haunt Jaina later.
But the tentative peace between the humans of Theramore and the orcs of Durotar continued, largely because of the efforts of Jaina and Thrall. It wasn't a romantic relationship, contrary to popular belief -- Jaina reminded Thrall of Taretha, the human girl who he considered a sister, the girl who helped him escape Durnholde Keep and later lost her life because of it.
To Jaina, Thrall was simply someone who shared the same interests she did -- a wish for peace.
A strong desire to stop the killing and bloodshed before it spiraled out of control. Yet the rest of the world seemed to conspire to put a halt to that peace every step of the way. Warchief Thrall was well-respect by the Horde, but few understood his strange desire to negotiate peacefully with the human race, a race that had locked up the Horde in internment camps at the end of the Second War. And Jaina was not without her detractors -- her meetings with Thrall were generally kept secret.
Know Your Lore: The immeasurable sorrow of Jaina Proudmoore
Varian Wrynn cared little for the Horde, not after the fall of Stormwind and the death of his father in the First War. But through it all, Jaina and Thrall remained diligent in their efforts.
It didn't matter that the rest of the world seemed focused on war. What mattered was the world itself, a world that would never thrive in the ravages of factional warfare.
It may have seemed like utter nonsense to the rest of the world, but as far as Jaina and Thrall were concerned, if they stood long enough in a space of peaceful diplomacy, eventually, some day, the rest of the world would fall in line with them. It didn't happen that way.
First was her unending hope in the face of darkness, a hope that somewhere, somehow, that man that she loved so many years ago was still alive. That Arthas was still there, somewhere inside the Lich King, waiting to be saved.
It was very like Jaina to hold onto that hope, but by the end of the expansion she was forced to face the cold, hard truth.
The Lich King was not a man. He was not Arthas. There was no Arthas anymore, he had long since fallen to dust. The Lich King was nothing more than a monster wearing her dead lover's face, a monster that terrorized Northrend and threatened to conquer the world, lord of the damned, killer without conscience.
And that played upon Jaina's insecurities like a fiddle, few as those insecurities were. That nagging thought that if she had done something back then, said a few more words, she could have changed his fate. To some small degree, it's likely that Jaina considered Northrend her fault. It wasn't her fault, nothing could have stopped Arthas' descent into madness, but the moment she realized there was no saving Arthas was the first moment that cracks began to form in Jaina's eternally optimistic view of the world.
The other half of that equation was Thrall. Ever a supporter, ever a friend, Thrall assigned one of the most ruthless orcs on Azeroth to lead the forces in Northrend, which only served to increase tensions between the Alliance and Horde. Part of it was to give Garrosh Hellscream something to do, but a larger part of it was likely to get him out from underfoot and put him in a place where he could lead as he wished -- a place far, far away from Orgrimmar.
Was Thrall hoping Garrosh would fail? But he was hoping that Hellscream would learn a lesson about diplomacy, about leadership, and that lesson was never actually learned. If it had been, maybe things would have been different come Cataclysm. Theramore Jaina was already beginning to lose the sheen of eternal optimism when the Cataclysm hit, and matters only got worse from there on out.
Based entirely on his own desires to help heal the world, Thrall stepped down from leading the Horde, and promoted Garrosh Hellscream to Warchief in his stead. In that instant, Jaina went from having a staunch supporter on the other side, to having no one at all on the Horde -- certainly there were members of the Horde who even if they didn't think kindly of Jaina, at least had no real wish to do her harm.
But Hellscream wasn't around for the Third War. Hellscream knew nothing of diplomacy. And when push came to shove at the end of Cataclysm, Hellscream struck. He knew exactly what he was doing.
He sent his armies to attack Theramore, knowing full well that Jaina would request the help of the strongest warriors the Alliance had to offer. That was all part of the plan -- pull every important member of the Alliance into one small location, and then drop a bomb to wipe them all out in one blow. Jaina and the others didn't see it coming until it was far too late. They had fought off the Horde armies successfully, and were thrilled at their success.
It wasn't until the bomb was nearly overhead that they realized what was going on -- and Jaina was shoved through a portal by Rhonin, Archmage of the Kirin Tor, just before the bomb went off. She lived, and returned to a nightmare. Where once was a proud coastal village was nothing but a crater. Her friends and loved ones were dust. Everything that Jaina had fought for, everything that Jaina had struggled to achieve, everything that Jaina had sacrificed her own father's life to preserve was gone.
That was likely what hurt the most -- the keen, painful realization that in the moment when she decided that letting the Horde kill her father was worth the peace it would ultimately bring, she was wrong. He was right -- and he was dead, and it was her actions that were responsible.