Council of Tirisfal

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The Council of Tirisfal at the time of the creation of the Guardian.

The Council of Tirisfal (Order of Tirisfal, Order, or Tirisfalen) was the secret council of human, gnome, and high elven mages charged with the selection and disposition of the Guardian 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;[1] specifically, they met in Venomweb Vale.[2] They also used the Hall of the Guardian as a base,[3] but judging by the name only started using it after the Guardian was created.

History

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Over 3,000 years ago[4] 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.[5] 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.[2]

When there was an absence of the Guardian, the Council called upon the Tirisgarde - the elite mage-guard of Dalaran.[6] The Tirisgarde was first created to hunt down Aegwynn when she went rogue.[7]

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

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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.[8] 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.[9][10] The Council has yet to choose a new Guardian.[11]

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.

Known members

Name Role Status Location
NeutralIconSmall Aegwynn.gif Aegwynn Guardian (penultimate) Deceased Morgan's Plot, Deadwind Pass
NeutralIconSmall HighElf Male.gif Aertin Brighthand Spearhead (last) Deceased Unknown
NeutralIconSmall HalfElf Male.gif Alodi Guardian (first) Deceased Various Locations
NeutralIconSmall Human Female.gif Aranda The RPG Icon 16x36.png Guardian Deceased Unknown
NeutralIconSmall HighElf Male.gif Arrexis Unknown Deceased Unknown
NeutralIconSmall Gnome Male.gif Thunker Axeljink Member Deceased Unknown
NeutralIconSmall Gnome Male.gif Erbag Member Deceased Unknown
NeutralIconSmall Human Male.gif Erthalif Unknown Deceased Unknown
NeutralIconSmall HighElf Female.gif Ethylar Member just prior to creation of the Guardian Deceased Unknown
NeutralIconSmall Human Female.gif Huga Member during creation of the Guardian Deceased Unknown
NeutralIconSmall Human Male.gif Hugarin Unknown Deceased Unknown
NeutralIconSmall Human Male.gif Huglar Unknown Deceased Unknown
NeutralIconSmall Gnome Female.gif Indus Member during creation of the Guardian, inventor Deceased Unknown
NeutralIconSmall Human Male.gif Irar Member during creation of the Guardian Deceased Unknown
NeutralIconSmall HighElf Male.gif Kithros Unknown Deceased Unknown
NeutralIconSmall Medivh.gif Medivh Guardian (Last) Alive Various Locations
NeutralIconSmall HighElf Male.gif Relfthra Member Deceased Unknown
NeutralIconSmall HighElf Male.gif Rohar Member during creation of the Guardian Deceased Unknown
NeutralIconSmall Human Male.gif Scavell Guardian (antepenultimate) Deceased Unknown
NeutralIconSmall Meryl.gif Meryl Felstorm Founding member, member during creation of the Guardian Undead Various Locations
NeutralIconSmall High Elf Male.gif Vyrin Ethrezil Member Deceased Dalaran (ghost)
NeutralIconSmall Human Male.gif Seanus Copeland Member Deceased Dalaran (ghost)
NeutralIconSmall Human Female.gif Eve Fredrickson Member Deceased Dalaran (ghost)
NeutralIconSmall High Elf Female.gif Fiora Ar'nareth Member Deceased Dalaran (ghost)
NeutralIconSmall Gnome Male.gif Blinks Member Deceased Dalaran (ghost)
NeutralIconSmall Gnome Female.gif "Fidge" Frostflash Member Deceased Dalaran (ghost)
NeutralIconSmall DragonBlue.gif Eldragosa Member Deceased Dalaran (ghost)
Neutral  Ari Member Alive Hall of the Guardian

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