In upcoming Patch 1.11, one of Azeroth’s most feared denizens – Kel’Thuzad, the right hand of the Lich King himself – will return with the horrors of the undead in his wake. New background on the lair of Kel’Thuzad, the dungeon Naxrammas, has been released:
Several years ago, the Lich King preyed upon the mind of one of the most reckless magi of the Kirin Tor: Kel’Thuzad, whose obsession with the dark arts had ever concerned his fellow magi. Eventually he became one of the Lich King’s most valuable servants. It was Kel’Thuzad upon whom the Lich King bestowed the task of assembling the Cult of the Damned, opening the way for the Scourge and ultimately for the Burning Legion’s invasion of Azeroth. The Lich King promised Kel’Thuzad eternal life, and the Lich King kept his promise. After Arthas slew the wretched mage, Kel’Thuzad was brought back from the dead to continue his cursed existence as a powerful lich, locked in the service of his dark master for all eternity. The necropolis Naxxramas is the seat of Kel’Thuzad’s evil, from which he oversees the Scourge and heeds his lord’s command. A dreadful dawn is rising in the east as the Lich King’s dark minions prepare to descend upon Azeroth. Soon the Scourge will march again, and this time there is no prophet to speak the warning, no gallant knight to fight the coming darkness, no legendary hero to thwart the monstrosity on the Frozen Throne. Who, then, will be the fire that burns against the cold, the light of hope that prevails beneath the shadow of the necropolis?
Tigole: “Naxxramas is going to be the most difficult thing in the game until the expansion pack comes out. It will be the pinnacle, and it’s absolutely massive. You’ll see this big necropolis floating above Eastern Plaguelands. It’s a 40-man raid zone, and it’s bigger than the Undercity [one of the main cities in the game]. Things could change, but we’re up to something like 18 bosses in there, and they are really cool, too. But it’s going to be hard. Really hard. We’re hoping to release it in the spring.
Naxxramas will just be open. But we do want to do a world event, which we want to call the Scourge Invasion, or hopefully something cooler than that, that would basically be something for everyone who’s not going into Naxxramas. So they would see the impact without having to actually go in. In other words, get ready for undead to pop up in some unlikely places.”—New York Times
Tigole: “Naxxramas will come out in Patch 1.11 and will be previewed at E3 in a couple of weeks. This raid dungeon is massive and hosts more bosses than you can wave a stick at. And a really big stick at that. Currently, Naxxramas is in internal testing. After a few more weeks of internal testing, well put it on the PTRs for an extended test period so that you guys have time to hammer the encounters and provide us with feedback. We’ll also be doing a lot of tuning during internal testing and during the PTR time. Expect the difficulty of encounters to fluctuate a lot on the PTRs. Expect a lot of info regarding Naxxramas to come out during E3. Patch 1.11 will introduce Tier 3 items.”—April 27, 2006
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Read the following background history of Kel’Thuzad:
The official Warcraft story at Worldofwarcraft.com says that Tirisfal Glades was the landing place of the High Elves led by Dath’Remar Sunstrider after the Night Elves exiled them from Kalimdor. Taking that at starting point, there is a Grove west of Deathknell that is sealed off, as a potential placeholder. It can’t be accessed. However, it is a big area as you may see on the map to the right.
Speculation: If this grove is where the High Elves first created a settlement, whatever is underground within the mysterious grove could possibly be an Elemental—there are some elementals like Myzrael and the Princess Theradras ( mother of the Centaurs located in Maraudon ). Or whatever is uderground in this Tirisfal grove is related to the Old Gods. See what I mean in the story of The Founding of Quel’Thalas:
One of the Old gods killed by the Titans is in southern Darkshore. It is unknown if another dead Old god is in Tirisfal or not. Officially there are only five known Old gods. Three are imprisoned and chained beneath the surface of Azeroth. One has a Titan’s Glaive through its skull at Darkshore. And C’Thun in Ahn’Qiraj (Silithus).
A possibility for this Mysterious Grove in Western Tirisfal Glades could be also where Krasus lived. In Warcraft: Day of the Dragon novel, it says that the Elven-built Sanctum of Krasus was built upon a mysterious grove. Krasus was one of the Six Senior Archmage Leaders of the Kirin-Tor. Secretly, though, Krasus was no High Elf. He was secretly Korialstrasz the red dragon—the consort of Alexstrasza the Queen Dragon Aspect.
Korialstrasz shapeshifted into a High Elf and posed as one to infiltrate the High Elven and Human races, watching their magic development and evolution. As consort of the Queen Dragon of the Aspect of Life, he felt his sworn duty was to watch, guide and protect the lesser races.
You can read at Warcraft: Day of the Dragon—page 265, the following:
It is kinda long to type here but Krasus used this pool rare times. He would drink from its water to rejuvenate his strength. Any crafted object or cup would be rejected by the pool’s waters. Krasus had to use his hands to drink the waters.
I see a connection here …. that place west of Tirisfal could be the grove where the Citadel of Krasus is, which could also be the place the High elves first landed in when exiled.
The quote above says that an elf created the citadel (possibly Dath’Remar Sunstrider) over a ground older than the dragons … therefore that grove west of Deathknell could be where the high elves first landed in Tirisfal Glades and built the first settlement. Later, the High Elves became insane with the old whisperings coming from beneath the ground, and had to leave. The High Elves sailed off the coast of Tirisfal Glades, heading toward the north—where they found Quel’Thalas.
The pool could possibly be a Sunwell created by Dath’Remar—from one of the vials of Illidan. The high elves took with them “some” of the remaining 4 vials of water from the original Well of Eternity that Ilidan had before being imprisoned 10,000 years ago. Ilidan only used 3 vials in Hyjal before captured. This is mere speculation. The first and only Sunwell in the lore was created in Quel’Thalas by the Sunwell Grove. There is no mention in the official lore of a second Sunwell in Tirisfal Glades. So the interrogative remains: What is the origin of the pool beneath Krasus’ citadel? Is it Old god related or Titan related? Is Krasus’ citadel in the mysterious grove to the west of Tirisfal Glades? There is no further lore in any of the pocketbooks or RPG books revealing what is within the mysterious Grove of western Tirisfal Glades. However, something else to note is that Warcraft RPG: Magic and Mayhem says an interesting new lore few know about:
It seems Lady Sylvanas has more secrets than we thought. If these golems exist in Undercity, it is meant to be hidden knowledge from the Horde. One fan once theorized that Sylvanas might have struck a bargain secretly with the Old gods. This is not referenced anywhere in the lore. What is known of the Undead Forsaken is that they are creating toxins and a new plague behind the back of the Horde, and even tested a poison against one female Tauren at the Apothecary District in Undercity. Their intentions are clear. Whether Sylvanas stroke a bargain with the Old gods somehow is unknown, but it is fairly strange that there is no representation of the Undead Forsaken at the Ahn’Qiraj War Effort or Cenarion Hold ….
These 13 Golems have rich runes of an ancient undecipherable tongue and wear a strange iron-forged death mask. Could the origin of the 13 Golems have anything to do with the secret pool beneath Krasus’ Sanctum? Old gods or Titan-made? Take everything in this page with a grain of salt. It is speculation based on released info, not official lore.
Over a thousand years ago the powerful Gurubashi Empire was torn apart by a massive civil war. An influential group of troll priests, known as the Atal’ai, called forth the avatar of an ancient and terrible blood god named Hakkar the Soulflayer. Though the priests were defeated and ultimately exiled, the great troll empire collapsed upon itself. The exiled priests fled far to the north, into the Swamp of Sorrows, where they erected a great temple to Hakkar in order to prepare for his arrival into the physical world.
In time, the Atal’ai priests discovered that Hakkar’s physical form could only be summoned within the ancient capital of the Gurubashi Empire, Zul’Gurub. Unfortunately, the priests have met with recent success in their quest to call forth Hakkar—reports confirm the presence of the dreaded Soulflayer in the heart of the Gurubashi ruins.
In order to quell the blood god, the trolls of the land banded together and sent a contingent of High Priests into the ancient city. Each priest was a powerful champion of the Primal Gods—Bat, Panther, Tiger, Spider, and Snake—but despite their best efforts, they fell under the sway of Hakkar. Now the champions and their Primal God aspects feed the awesome power of the Soulflayer. Any adventurers brave enough to venture into the foreboding ruins must overcome the High Priests if they are to have any hope of confronting the mighty blood god.
Zul’ Gurub is a 20-man raid instance located in the northeastern portion of Stranglethorn Vale.
Blizzard Developer – Jeffrey “Tigole” Kaplan: “I wanted to take a minute to talk about the intended “goal” of the zone. Zul’Gurub is often referred to as a “casual raid zone”. But I think the term “casual” can at times be misleading. Rather than get hung up on the semantics of “casual” versus “hardcore” I think it’s best if everyone understands Zul’Gurub’s place in the overall zone and dungeon flow of World of Warcraft.
Zul’Gurub is intended to fit in somewhere between Upper Blackrock Spire and Molten Core. Zul’Gurub only requires 20 people compared to the 40 it takes to do Molten Core or Blackwing Lair. This lower raid cap contributes to the zone being deemed more “casual”, as it takes less organization to get 20 people together than it does for 40.
Another goal of the zone is that it can be completed relatively quickly. Once the zone is mastered, raids will be clearing it in under 2 hours.
Now what I just said can be a little misleading. I know that a signifcant number of people are going to read it as “I can clear Zul’Gurub in under two hours.” But the important thing about what I said is that those fast clearing times will happen once the zone has truly been mastered. Even though the zone is referred to as “casual”, there is still a learning curve to it. The encounters in Zul’Gurub are challenging and require good coordination and skill. The encounters will also be tuned assuming raid groups DON’T have Molten Core or better loot. What this means for well-equipped, hardcore raiding guilds is that they will find the zone to be fairly easy.
The coolest thing about Zul’Gurub, in my opinion, is it allows everyone to have the chance to see some of the coolest parts of the raiding experience—highly scripted boss encounters. There are a LOT of bosses in Zul’Gurub and a lot of time has been put into making all of those fights unique and challenging. I think players of all playstyles will find the zone fun.”
Background Lore of Zul’Gurub may be read at the Two Empires Story
Many players wrongly think that Undermine is an Isle. The truth is that Undermine is the capital of the Isle of Kezan, the largest and southmost of the South Seas Islands. Isle of Kezan is ruled by the Trade Coalition, composed by five Goblin Princes of Trade.
Isle of Kezan was formerly controlled by Jungle Trolls. However, the Goblins invaded the island and almost erradicate the presence of trolls in the area through a war long ago. Isle of Kezan still has Troll presence, but the Goblins are no longer concerned about them, focusing more into their merchant business.
Isle of Kezan has many places of interest such as Mount Kajaro – a volcano—that is held sacred by the Kezan Jungle Trolls. They live at the nearby Voodress Village.
Bilgewater Port – to the northwest – is the primary port of the Goblins in Isle of Kezan. It is controlled by the Bilgewater Cartel.
Edj Port – to the northeast – is run by Baron Revilgaz and his Blackwater Raider Pirates. Baron Revilgaz oversees its operations from Booty Bay.
Undermine has some surface areas, but it is mostly underground. A series of volcanic caverns, tunnels and chambers that span out of Isle of Kezan through the ocean floor, connecting to adjacent smaller islands to the west of Isle of Kezan. Slave pens and the Palaces of the Goblin Princes of Trade are located in Undermine.
Besides Slaves, the tunnels are inhabited by a strange breed of goblins named Hobgoblins. Their lifespan is barely three years, and are overgrown in size. Hobgoblins are purple-skinned. They came to exist through alchemists experiementing during the second war on goblin subjects. More details of the Hobgoblins in the RPG Book mentioned below.
The World of Warcraft Collector’s Edition Behind the Scenes DVD shows within the Art and Design section, a series of slideshows while the Developers talked about their work. In the slideshows could be seen a map of Isle of Kezan (Undermine). The map was drawn on a chalkboard with ink-markers.
You could see a Beach resort to the northeast, and Mount Kajaro (volcano), Black Beach and a Rain forest to the southwest. (if you have the Collector’s Edition, to find this map, load the DVD Menu as follows: Extra Features > World Creation at minute 8:51 )
Most exciting to find out in the Behind the Scenes DVD was to see two boat routes and two Zeppelin routes:
The Bilgewater Port offers transportation to Kul’Tiras and Ratchet. While Edj Port – on the Northeast – profiting Booty Bay’s Blackwater Raiders offers two Zeppelin routes from Undermine to: Booty Bay and Valgarde (Northrend). However, there is a mysterious cut-line from Undermine to Nazjatar—the underwater homeland of the Naga, beneath the Maelstrom. The cut-line might suggest that players might be able to reach Nazjatar in a Goblin Submarine. This is, of course, not confirmed.
An unofficial fan-made rumor: In War of the Ancients Trilogy, Deathwing lived inside a volcano with his slave servants: goblins. The goblins created an adamantium plate to cover his body. The proximity of Demon Soul caused Deathwing’s body to be torn apart. There are at least five rumors of possible locations Deathwing could be hidden since the Second War. Even his son Nefarian employs the help of Goblins in Blackrock Spire. A hint? Mount Kajaro represents a good atmosphere for a Deathwing Lair. However, there is no mention of it in the RPG book or elsewhere. Time will tell.
You may find plenty and extensive details and history of Isle of Kezan and its Undermine capital in World of Warcraft RPG: Lands of Mystery – page 74-79. The book is 100% nicely narrated by Prospector Brann Bronzebeard.
Main Source: World of Warcraft RPG: Lands of Mystery. If you wish more indepth details you can buy the book and search Northrend Regions from page 84-113. Read Lands of Mystery’s full
Northrend is the continent located far north of the Maelstrom. Northrend is a glacier … a snowy place. There has been no official announcement, but based on the massive size of Northrend, it will be a future World of Warcraft Expansion.
There are many regions within Northrend:
Among the places of interest within Northrend, known to fans, the Dragon Aspect of Magic – Malygos – lives in a cavern named the Nexus, located at the island Coldarra—he is known to gather relics of arcane power, keeping them locked away from mortals—frozen Orcs, Nagas, Trolls and Wendigos are among the species that had dared to enter the sanctity of Malygos’ lair. They remain frozen, like statues, as a show to display what happens to those who venture into the Lair of Malygos—as described in Warcraft: Day of the Dragon novel. Krasus the red dragon came to visit Malygos in that book, to ask for help to free Queen Alexstrasza from the Dragonmaw Clan, during the Second War.
The place has an epic history of a battle between black dragons and blue dragons. The Tuskarr legends say that many blue dragons died that day in Crystalsong Forest. Their magic released into the air. When an elder Blue dragon casted a spell to turn the black dragons into ice, the loose magic in the air accidentally amplified the spell—causing the natural green forest to turn into crystal. The only thing spared from such fate was the Emerald Dream Tree (The Great Tree). The only current residents found in this region are Green Dragons and Crystalline Golem workers—sent here by the Storm Giants of Ulduar to gather crystals for their experiments.
Places of interest in the Grizzly Hills are: Grizzlemaw, Draktharon Keep and Thor Modan. The Grizzly Hills are inhabited by over 20,000 Furbolgs living at their settlement Grizzlemaw. Thor Modan was built by Ironforge Dwarves. It is a camp of stone huts and tents. The dwarves are excavating in search of relics and clues about the Titans. Mostly Explorer’s League work. Darktharon Keep was formerly a Ice Troll ruin, now taken by force by the Undead Scourge as their new garrison to watch the passes of the mountains.
During Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, Arthas wished with all his hatred to finish his mission: to kill Mal’Ganis the Dreadlord and destroy the Undead Scourge, and wouldn’t allow his father’s orders get in the way. Arthas destroyed the ships of King Terenas’ men when they came to Northrend to recall Arthas’ army by orders of King Terenas. By destroying the naval ships, the nearly 5,000 survivors of both armies: those who came to Northrend with Prince Arthas and those troops who came to deliver a message to Prince Arthas on behalf of King Terenas Menethil II built a settlement near the coast of Daggercap Bay—within the region: Howling Fjord, naming the settlement as Valgarde. The population is composed of Humans and Dwarves. According to World of Warcraft Collector’s Edition Behind the Scenes DVD, a map of Isle of Kezan (Undermine) shows a Zeppelin-route from Undermine to a town of Northrend, known as Valgarde—at the southeastern-most side of the continent.
Arthas the Lich King lives, at the Icecrown Glacier. A massive tower of ice named Icecrown came to be when Kil’jaeden sent the icy-prison of Ner’zhul crashing down from the sky into the glacier. Furbolgs of Grizzly Hills saw the flashing that blinded the sky as the object fell.
Over 200,000 Undead Scourge: Ghouls, Crypt Lords, Frost Wyrms, Abominations, Death Knights, Necromancers, Liches and other support forces live in the Icecrown Glacier. A surprising force. Beneath the Icecrown, however, exist a series of caverns and tunnels built with Nerubian architecture. Ner’zhul assimilated and adapted the Nerubian architecture into the Undead Scourge’s structures after the War of the Spider.
During Warcraft III: Frozen Throne, Illidan was sent by Kil’jaeden to destroy Icecrown using the power of the Eye of Sargeras. Accompanied by Naga Witches to channel the spellwork, Illidan used the safety of Dalaran’s ley nodes and magical shielding to create earthquakes upon Northrend to crack the ice beneath Icecrown. ( Read More ) The incident caused the Lich King Ner’Zhul’s icy-prison to leak his powers daily causing him to lose mental control over large part of the Undead Scourge in Lordaeron. As consequence, Sylvanas Windrunner was able to recover her individual will and caused a Civil War in the Plaguelands, taking the Ruins of Lordaeron for her new band of Undead Forsaken.
The Lich King summoned his loyal servant King Arthas the Death Knight to travel to Northrend. After Illidan’s failure to destroy the Icecrown and the Lich King, Kil’jaeden gave one more chance to Illidan to fulfill his mission. This time Illidan, his Naga and Blood Elves forces came to the Icecrown and initiated the rituals before the Magic Obelisks that grant access to the inner walls of the Icecrown Citadel. ( Read More
King Arthas was able to defeat Illidan in combat and ascended to the top of the Icecrown Citadel. There the Lich King ordered King Arthas to break his Icy-prison. The chestplate and helmet containing the Spirit of Ner’Zhul the Lich King came loose as the icy-prison cracked open. King Arthas wore the chestplate and helmet. Immediately the Spirit of Ner’zhul and King Arthas merged—becoming into one entity. Arthas became the living vessel of the spirit of Ner’zhul. Sitting at the Frozen Throne, Arthas the Lich King watches over the Undead Scourge, rebuilding the Icecrown Citadel, and gathering strength to one day unleash the Undead Scourge against the world of Azeroth’s nations.
The Sholazar Basin
Not much is known of this region except that the place has no ice and barely has snow. Some have settled farms in this terrain. Whether it will become a future Northrend battleground instance is unknown. However, detail of interest is that the region is charted as an anomaly. The place is a copy of Un’Goro—with hot springs, steam vents, geysers, and a tropical jungle. Possibly a zone made by the Titans for experiments.
The Borean Tundra
Located at the far western edge of Northrend, the Borean Tundra is a habitat for the Tuskarr race. However, small presence of Drakkari Trolls, Blue Dragons, Undead Scourge and Naga inhabit the place. The most important places within the region are the Tuskarr capital Kaskala; the Riplash Ruins look Nerubian structure. However, it seems as though a large portion of the underground Azjol-Nerub caverns was pushed upwards by a cataclysm, ascending the underground ruins toward the surface as the ice broke. Nerubians no longer inhabit these Riplash Ruins, therefore the Naga took residence within the abandoned ruins.
The Dragonblight is the place where all dragonflights come to, to die. It is a graveyard. It is a place mentioned in the Warcraft lore for near the borders of Dragonblight existed a Human settlement that the Lich King infested with the firsts version of the Plague for testing purposes. This happened by the end of the Second War, 10 years after the Dark Portal. The Humans inhabiting the Dragonblight became into the first Undead Scourge of the Lich King. Months later, Kel’Thuzad became a Necromancer at the service of Ner’zhul and returned to Lordaeron to create the Cult of the Damned. Many of the Frost Wyrms of the Undead Scourge were risen from the bones of dragons at Dragonblight.
The Dragonblight has many locations of importance: the graveyard, the Wyrmrest Temple and the entrance to Azjol-Nerub Inner Kingdom. The Wyrmrest Temple is Titan-made. Storm Golems may be found in this temple mysteriously. More to be concerned is that the Blue dragonflight inhabits the temple—as if watching or communing over the spirits of the dragons. The Wintergrasp Lake is on the northwest of Dragonblight region—frozen soild. Tauren inhabit the Lake at a settlement named Icemist Village. The Tauren here are cooks, fishermen, tailors and create tools. They sell and trade all their works to visitors.
The Storm Peaks
The epic battle of Sargeras and Aegwynn – known as Dragon Hunt– took place in Northrend over 800 years ago (-823 before the Dark Portal). According to Warcraft RPG: Shadow & Light—page 107— and to World of Warcraft RPG: Lands of Mystery Ulduar, the third base of the Titans, is at The Storm Peaks of Northrend.
The wind in the peaks is extremely violent and dangerous. The entrance to Ulduar is hidden. The residents of Ulduar are the Storm Giants—created by the Titans. The Storm Giants are low in numbers nowadays. Brann Bronzebeard calculates nearly 150. To have labor support, the Storm Giants created constructs to help gather minerals and to guard Ulduar. This constructs are named Crystalline Golems. Places of interest in the Storm Peaks are Ulduar and the Temple of Storms—Titan-made building far to the west of Ulduar.
This is the Drakkari Ice Trolls homeland. They have lived here since before the Great Sundering. They are cannibalistic, practice voodoo, are larger and bigger than other types of trolls, and worship spirits. Every six years, the Ice Trolls navigate to Zandalar in the South Seas to a meeting of all troll tribes. The capital city of Zul’Drak region is Gundrak. The architecture of the ruins is similar to that of Zandalar Isle in the South Seas. It is unknown whether the Ice Trolls of Northrend were the first Trolls.
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In closed beta, there was a ramp to an underground Old Ironforge, accessed from King Magni’s chamber. The hallway would lead to a underground chamber and at the end there was a closed gate. The access to Old Ironforge was blocked in a patch during Open Beta. I heard a player once comment that a developer had said it was there just for looks and there is nothing planned, but … according to Warcraft RPG: Lands of Conflict—page 77—Prospector Brann Bronzebeard comments that Old Ironforge does exist.
Below Ironforge, exists a natural chamber made of organic stone formations. No chisel or pick has touched the area. What lies below is the Hall of Thanes, where the past Kings of Iron Forge are buried. Down there are two important places held sacred by all Dwarves: The Old Throne and the object for which the Fortress is named for … the Iron Forge. The enormous artifact is a legacy left behind by the Titan Khaz’Goroth for the Earthen—former stone-skinned race the Dwarves descend from. The Iron Forge is a relic and is never been used by the Dwarves.
It is kept as a treasure within the Hall of Thanes to honor the dead Kings. Brann Bronzebeard thinks that the Titans left the anvil behind for some purpose the Dwarves need to find out. Maybe once the Dwarves uncover the truth of their ancestry, they will find its purpose.
There is currently a placeholder entrance, in the form of an instance whirlpool, blocked by a gate. At the gate are two Stormwind guards (NPC). Many fans have wondered and speculated about the building. In fact, Warcraft RPG: Lands of Conflict confirms that the building surrounded by water is actually the Vault. The Stockades prison is for normal prisoners, while the Vault is for powerful renegade Mages, Archmages, Warlocks, Ogre Magi, Demons and other super-powered beings, which require maximum security. The Vault building is located at the center of the canals between the Dwarven and Cathedral Districts in Stormwind city. The building, as you can see on the Stormwind City Map, looks exactly like The Stockades prison.
Unofficial rumors are that some heroes of the Second War might be in that prison.
Burning Crusade: Outland
The scattered wastes of Outland are all that remain of Draenor, the once beautiful homeworld of the orcs. Following the Second War, the Alliance invaded Draenor by crossing through the Dark Portal. To their horror, they discovered that Ner’zhul – the dark warlord of the Horde – had constructed a series of new gateways that could lead the beaten Horde to newer, unspoiled worlds. As the Alliance forces closed in around him, Ner’zhul opened his gateways as a means of escape. However, the gateways’ clashing energies resulted in a catastrophic explosion that ultimately ripped the world of Draenor apart.
Nearly fifteen years later – towards the end of the Third War – the fallen night elf, Illidan, discovered that huge chunks of Draenor still existed – floating upon the astral winds of the Twisting Nether. After his defeat at the hands of the evil Prince Arthas, Illidan fled to the remnants of Draenor and dubbed them Outland. He quickly seized control of the chaotic region and sealed the last of Ner’zhul’s cursed gateways.
Though he is the undisputed ruler of the ravaged land, Illidan lives in fear that he will be discovered by his powerful enemies – most notably Arthas, the new Lich King, and the remaining Lords of the Burning Legion. Currently, Outland is home to a number of scattered draenei tribes, primitive orcs and the powerful, arcane creatures of the Nether itself. Agents of the Burning Legion have also targeted the region as a vital strategic location in their unending Burning Crusade to scour all life from the universe.
Though tensions have risen, between the Alliance and the Horde, the true enemy of the world, lies unseen ? Beyond the Dark Portal, lies a universe of unending conflict. The shattered realm of Outland has become a battlefield for a dark, and murderous crusade. The Burning Legion has returned to claim vengeance. With a host of new, terrifying warriors, such as the Wrath Guard, Fel Reaver, the Shivon and Warp Stalkers. While Outland’s native denizens, Ethereals, Nether Dragons, Nauwoul and Grahn rally countless others to war.
Source: Official Burning Crusade Site
On the blasted world of Outland, within the heart of Hellfire Peninsula stands Hellfire Citadel, a nearly impenetrable bastion that served as
Though much of Draenor was shattered by the reckless Ner’zhul, the Hellfire Citadel remains intact? inhabited now by marauding bands of red, furious fel orcs. Though the presence of this new, savage breed presents something of a mystery, what’s far more disconcerting is that the numbers of these fel orcs seem to be growing.
Despite Thrall and Grom Hellscream’s successful bid to end the Horde’s corruption by slaying Mannoroth, reports indicate that the barbaric orcs of Hellfire Citadel have somehow managed to find a new source of corruption to fuel their primitive bloodlust.
Whatever authority these orcs answer to is unknown, although it is a strongly held belief that they are not working for the Burning Legion.
Perhaps the most unsettling news to come from Outland are the accounts of thunderous, savage cries issuing from somewhere deep beneath the citadel. Many have begun to wonder if these unearthly outbursts are somehow connected to the corrupted fel orcs and their growing numbers. Unfortunately those questions will have to remain unanswered.
At least for now.
Hellfire Citadel, a five-person dungeon located in Outland on Hellfire Peninsula, is one of the first new dungeons that players will encounter in World of Warcraft’s upcoming expansion, The Burning Crusade. A challenge for any player seeking adventure and fortune in the low level-60 range, this new dungeon will include:
RUMOR: One of the three dungeon wings is sorta like Onyxia-lair-type. Although not confirmed, the fan-made rumor is that the mysterious source of magic fueling the Fel Orcs of Hellfire Citadel might be Magtheridon the pitlord. Illidan defeated Magtheridon, but did not kill him—as some fans wrongly think.
Draenor: The Second War
Khadgar (Mage), Turalyon (Paladin), Danath (mercenary Warrior), Alleria (Elven Ranger) and Kurdran (Gryphon Rider – Wildhammer dwarf)—as part of the Expeditionary Force of the Alliance—followed the Horde to Draenor through the Dark Portal. The Alliance was able to defeat the Orcish clans in Draenor. Ner’zhul fled away with his remaining forces, and decided to open many rifts as a form of escape. The rifts led to other worlds. However, the fabric of reality around Draenor was jeopardized with so many gateways open at once. The world of Draenor started to collapse under tremors, storms and earthquakes. The Expeditionary Force recovered the Book of Medivh and the Skull of Gul’dan with help of the Laughing Skull Clan. With both artifacts, Khadgar was able to shut down the Dark Portal to make sure the backlash of the explosion tearing Draenor apart wouldn’t harm the world of Azeroth, thus sacrificing their only way to return home. Deathwing flew above past the Expeditionary Forces into the Dark Portal, while Grom Hellscream and Korgath Bladefist managed separately to jump through the Dark Portal before it was sealed by Khadgar.
With the Dark Portal closed, and Draenor about to collapse, Khadgar signaled the Expeditionary force to follow him through one of the rifts that Ner’zhul had opened. (Read the final cinematic dialogue of Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal and screenshots)
Illidan, Kael’Thas and Lady Vashj brought their Naga and Blood Elf forces to Outland. Illidan closed down the rifts opened over 15 years ago by Ner’zhul, to stop any demons from assisting Outland forces. With Outland disconnected from the Burning Legion, Illidan’s forces deposed Magtheridon at the Black Citadel. Illidan became new master of Outland. ( Read the Human Campaign of Warcraft III: Frozen Throne for Outland lore )
In World of Warcraft, Horde and Alliance players will be able to get access to Outland. In patch 1.11, Blizzard Entertainment will release the 40-players raid instance Naxxramas Necropolis, located within Stratholme.
The last time the Spellbook of Medivh was seen, Kel’Thuzad used the book in Dalaran to open a gateway to allow Archimonde the demonlord entry into Azeroth.
Naxxramas Necropolis instance will be the hardest instance in World of Warcraft until the release of the Burning Crusade Expansion. However, the showdown with Kel’Thuzad in Naxxramas will offer a rare drop—to our knowledge—one per server realm: The book of Medivh. A Warlock will be able to perform a spell ritual with other Warlocks to open the Dark Portal in Blastedlands. Once done, all players in the server realm—owning a copy of World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade Expansion—will be able to enter Outland. There might be other requirements to open the Dark Portal—if true, nothing has been announced officially.
Facts and Unofficial Rumors
According to Warcraft RPG: Manual of Monsters, this is what the Warcraft III: Frozen Throne unit: Spirit of Vengeance is:
Rumor# 2: If something else was needed to open the Dark Portal – it might be the Scythe of Elune, possible item in the hands of the Dark Riders of Kharazhan.
Rumor# 3: Although the identity of the Dark Riders and its leader is still unknown, rumors of fans is that Teron Gorefiend is the leader of the Dark Riders at the Tower of Kharazhan. And that the Dark Riders might be in reference to the Death Knights of Gul’dan—formerly Azeroth Paladin corpses raised by Gul’dan with necromantic magic as new physical vessel for the spirits of the Shadow Council orcs assassinated by orders of Warchief Orgrim Doomhammer. This is simply a rumor. Time will tell.
Among the various locations of Outland are the following:
Green Havens is located in Outland and – according to Warcraft RPG: Shadow and Light – was rejuvenated by druids of Azeroth. It is unknown if the druids who created Green Havens are the Watcher forces’ druids that accompanied Jailor Maiev Shadowsong to Outland, now stranded with no way back home. ( Warcraft III: Frozen Throne Reference ).
The Fortress of Auchindoun – stronghold of the Bleeding Hollow Clan – was raided by Turalyon and Danath supported by the Expeditionary Force of the Alliance in Draenor during Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal. The instance of Auchindon, located within the Bone Wastes, is aimed to players level 65-70.
Nagrand is a series of barren cliffs with palm-trees only reachable with an Outland flying mount, which indicates it is in a separate chunk or asteroid floating in the Twisting Nether. These mounts may be obtainable through a costly quest at lvl 70.
Hellfire Peninsula is a PvP Contested Area. Once Horde and Alliance players set foot in this area, you become PvP flagged. Sorta like when you enter the Gurubashi arena in Stranglethorn Vale. Outland will have a Battlegrounds at the Hellfire Peninsula—however, this Battleground will be accessible through Caverns of Time. This is where Khadgar and the heroes fought during the Second War against the Bonechewer Clan, Thunderlord Clan, Bleeding Hollow Clan and the Laughing Skull Clan. The Dark Portal of Draenor that led to Azeroth was located here at the Hellfire Peninsula.
Illidan reigns Outland from the Black Citadel. The instance is aimed as a 40-players raid dungeon (level 70). The Warcraft RPG: Shadow and Light says that some Alliance and Orc heroes of past wars may be found in a prison beneath the Black Citadel.
Zangor Marsh will have an instance aimed to players level 62-66 where you will battle Lady Vashj, the leader of the Naga Forces serving Illidan.
Chris Metzen – Creative Director of Warcraft Lore – said at BlizzCon 2005 that the heroes: Khadgar, Turalyon, Kurdran, Alleria, and Danath are still alive and kicking, which is confirmed in the last cinematics of Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal. The Warcraft RPG: Shadow and Light also comments about Humans and otherworlders fighting together as allies against the Burning Crusade. This ignites rumors that Khadgar and the Heroes have allied with forces of other worlds in an intergalactic armaggedon against the Burning Legion. Developers have said that we will at one point be able to open the rifts of Ner’zhul that were shut down by Illidan in Warcraft III: Frozen Throne
In Warcraft RPG: Shadow and Light, the Burning Crusade was referred to as:
“A great war rages beyond the ken of normal mortals. The universe houses innumerable worlds, and the Burning Legion currently invades a handful of them. Most mortals are blind to this secret conflict, but the wisest and strongest know of it ? and some are heroes and leaders in this war. Champions from Azeroth and many other worlds battle
Tempest Keep – located within the Netherstorm – is one of the Outland dungeons to be available in World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade—containing three 5-players wings: The Atrium, the Arcane Prison and the Factory; and a 40-players raid dungeon where players will encounter Prince Kael’Thas Sunstrider as main boss – lvl 70:
Is Magtheridons Lair a one boss mob instance with trash like ony? What would be the level requirement? 40man?
Pre-Outland images: Both maps from Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal show how Draenor looked like before the explosion that tore apart the planet
Magtheridon the Pitlord
Outland Map: Present
Tempest Keep Wings
Tempest Keep: The Factory
Grim Batol is far east of Wetlands, you can actually get there. It has some 6 gates at the Dragonmaw Gates—custodied by Red Dragonkin and a roaming Red Drake, Axtroz, for the Onyxia-key quest series. Dragonmaw Clan flags may still be seen decorating the area.
Grim Batol, is the location mentioned in Warcraft: Day of the Dragon novel. Rhonin, Vereesa the elven ranger, and Falstad the dwarf traveled to Grim Batol to destroy the Demon Soul. The origin of the Demon soul was 10,000 years ago. Deathwing had convinced the other 4 dragon aspects: Ysera, Alexstrasza, Nozdormu and Malygos, into giving part of their powers to a magical golden artifact. Deathwing convinced them that the Dragon Soul disc containing their very essences could be the ultimate weapon to exterminate the demons of the Burning Legion during the War of the Ancients. The dragons foolishly believed Deathwing and infused half their powers into the Dragon Soul artifact. Deathwing didn’t infuse his powers. It was a trick. The dragons, though, noticing the treachery of Deathwing, cursed the Dragon soul. Deathwing can not wield the power of the artifact. It was for this matter that Deathwing manipulated the Orcs sending a goblin servant to join the Horde. The Goblin led them to find the Demon Soul. With it, the Orcs were able to mind-control Alexstrasza the Queen Dragon. This happened during Warcraft 2 events, the Second War. Over 15 years before Warcraft 3 events.
The orcs destroyed the Alliance cities with the help of red dragons in hit-and-run strategic blows. Korialstrasz alias Krasus, the consort of Alexstrasza, had been living among Humans and High Elves for many years, disguised as a high elf posed as one of the six senior leaders of the Kirin-Tor in Dalaran. Krasus had the obsession of caring for the Humans and Elves, and he would spy on their affairs becoming part of them. Given that he is the consort of the Dragon Aspect of life, his sworn duty was to watch over the development and evolution of the lesser races, and to teach them. He sent Rhonin—a human mage to destroy the Demon Soul in Grim Batol and to rescue Alexstrasza.
This area was mentioned by Tigole in July 2004.
NOTE: The Dwarves had created Grim Batol as a copy of Iron Forge over 300 years ago. After the War of the Three Hammers, Grim Batol was abandoned. Although the Dark Iron Dwarves of Blackrock Mountain were defeated, the death of Emperor Thaurissan’s wife within Grim Batol made the place unhabitable with a psychic taint affecting the area. Most of the Wildhammer Dwarves made a new home at Hinterlands and built Aerie Peak. Some 300 Dwarves however, stayed in Wetlands hoping to one day return to Grim Batol. During the Second War, the Dragonmaw orcs took Grim Batol and most of Khaz’Modan. Over 300 Dwarves had to hide underground within digged tunnels and in caves hoping to someday retake their home from the green-skinned invaders. When Rhonin, Vereesa and Falstad with help of Krasus, attacked the Dragonmaw Caravan of wagons, the Demon Soul was thrown off Nekros the Orc Warlock’s hands freeing Queen Alexstrasza and the red dragons from mind-control. The Hill Dwarves took back Grim Batol killing many orcs in their path. Alexstrasza lives now in Grim Batol—according to Warcraft RPG: Shadow & Light and Warcraft RPG: Lands of Conflict. Rom, the leader of the Hill-Dwarves was secretly an agent of Krasus, therefore it is possible that this group of Dwarves now serve the Red dragonflight within the walls of Grim Batol.
The Warcraft RPG: Manual of Monsters comments that Dragonspawns aren’t genetically related to the dragons. Dragonspawns and dragonkin were formerly humanoids who willingly served the dragons for many years, and took on the aspects of their patrons. Although, I wouldn’t hold my breath on this, it might be possible that the red dragonspawns in Grim Batol are formerly some of the loyal Hill-Dwarves in new shape. That is speculation, of course—unofficial.
Warcraft RPG: Lands of Conflict reveals that Alexstrasza and her dragonflight are keeping anyone from getting near Grim Batol. They are protecting something deep within its walls, a secret power. Some say they are protecting a powerful artifact or creature. The book goes as far as to speculate that Deathwing has been held captive and imprisoned within Grim Batol. Another possibility is that the creature that now holds the essence of the Sunwell might be under protection of the Red Dragonflight—Read Warcraft Manga: The Sunwell Trilogy.
Spoilers: Day of the Dragon summary.
NOTE: Falstad, the dwarf from the book is an NPC in-game in Aerie Peak, on the stairway to the Gryphon master.