Council of Tirisfal
The Order was formed by the most powerful of the high elves in order to prevent and safeguard Azeroth from the demons, something that their Highborne ancestors couldn't do. They derived their name from their meeting place in the Tirisfal Glades; specifically, they met in Venomweb Vale. They also used the Hall of the Guardian as a base, but judging by the name only started using it after the Guardian was created.
Over 3,000 years ago an elven society called the Council of Silvermoon, that had long ago sworn to forestall any full return by the Legion, met with the most powerful wizards of Magocrat lords of Dalaran and formed the Council of Tirisfal, whose quest was to hunt those demons who had already arrived, and prevent others from entering Azeroth. For a great period of time, the Order's oldest members were three high elves, among them Relfthra. They were in a position of authority even during the guardianship of Scavell, and up until the purge of the Tirisfalen.
The Council of Tirisfal channeled their power into a single mortal to battle the demons. This person was called the Spearhead, with the Council channeling a part of their power into them. However, this put the Council at risk as they had to be within close range of the Spearhead while channeling their power. More than 2,600 years before the First War, the Spearhead was reworked into the Guardian by Alodi, by restructuring the transfer ceremony used to link the Council of Tirisfal with the Spearhead. He did this by using a spell that Meryl and him devised that will allow the Council of Tirisfal and the Spearhead to link at great distances. This allowed the to engage the enemy with the Council of Tirisfal's power and safety intact and out of harms way. The spell would later be applied to a device known as the Forge of the Guardian and used for all Guardians from that day on, until the day Aegwynn refused to return her power. To reflect this change, the Council of Tirisfal altered the title of Spearhead to Guardian-- of the Council's power, safety, trust, and defense of Azeroth.
The two most famous Guardians of Tirisfal by far were last two ones — Aegwynn and her son Medivh. Medivh possessed by Sargeras killed many named and unnamed members of the Order throughout Azeroth during the time of the First War, before he was slain. It is, however, known that Aegwynn revived an uncorrupted Medivh, so theoretically he still lives. While it may be possible for Medivh to pass the mantle of Guardian to another, it was he who destroyed the Order with the specific purpose of breaking the chain, the one thing he and Sargeras agreed upon. His final known speech echoes this sentiment, as he wished to teach the world that it no longer needed Guardians.
The New Council of Tirisfal
- Main article: New Council of Tirisfal
In view of the growing threat of Cho'Gall and his masters, it was decided by Aegwynn, Jaina Proudmoore, and Meryl Felstorm to reform the Council of Tirisfal. The three also planned to recruit Maraad, Broll Bearmantle, Thrall and Khadgar for the new order, but Thrall and Khadgar were unavailable. The reformed Council did battle with Cho'gall at Ahn'Qiraj, with Med'an as their Guardian. Unfortunately, the new Council didn't prove to be as binding as the original, and most of its members went their separate ways after Cho'gall's defeat. As for Med'an, he returned the Guardian power to the Council. The Council has yet to choose a new Guardian.
Reformation of the Tirisgarde
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After Kathra'Natir escapes from his body, Meryl, the ghost of Alodi, and a mage adventurer procure the Forge of the Guardian from the Violet Hold. Within the Hall of the Guardian, Meryl declares the Council's Tirisgarde reformed, with magi from across Azeroth coming in to boost its numbers. As Meryl declares, the Tirisgarde's largest concern at the moment is the hunting of Kathra'Natir, as his time spent within Meryl provided him with knowledge of the Council's secrets.
|Aegwynn||Guardian (penultimate)||Deceased||Morgan's Plot, Deadwind Pass|
|Aertin Brighthand||Spearhead (last)||Deceased||Unknown|
|Alodi||Guardian (first)||Deceased||Various Locations|
|Ethylar||Member just prior to creation of the Guardian||Deceased||Unknown|
|Huga||Member during creation of the Guardian||Deceased||Unknown|
|Indus||Member during creation of the Guardian, inventor||Deceased||Unknown|
|Irar||Member during creation of the Guardian||Deceased||Unknown|
|Medivh||Guardian (Last)||Alive||Various Locations|
|Rohar||Member during creation of the Guardian||Deceased||Unknown|
|Meryl Felstorm||Founding member, member during creation of the Guardian||Undead||Various Locations|
|Vyrin Ethrezil||Member||Deceased||Dalaran (ghost)|
|Seanus Copeland||Member||Deceased||Dalaran (ghost)|
|Eve Fredrickson||Member||Deceased||Dalaran (ghost)|
|Fiora Ar'nareth||Member||Deceased||Dalaran (ghost)|
|"Fidge" Frostflash||Member||Deceased||Dalaran (ghost)|
|Member||Alive||Hall of the Guardian|
- It was also said that the Tirisfalen was formed from the joint effort of the Council of Silvermoon and the Magocrat Lords of Arathor. It was later stated that it was the magocrat lords of Dalaran.
- ^ Cycle of Hatred
- ^ a b The First Guardian
- ^ Whispers, pg. 5
- ^ The Guardians of Tirisfal
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1
- ^ World of Warcraft: The Comic
- ^ Armageddon, pg. 39
- ^ Micky Neilson on Twitter (09-29-2014)
- ^ Micky Neilson on Twitter (09-29-2014)
- ^ World of Warcraft Battle Chest Guide, 151.