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AllianceExplorers' League
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Main leader
  Formerly

 King Magni Bronzebeard (Grand Explorer of the Guild,[2] honorary leader)[citation needed]

Secondary leaders

 Muninn Magellas (High Explorer)

Race(s)
Capital
Base of operations
Theater of operations
Main language
Secondary languages

Various

The Explorers' League,[3] also known as Explorers' Guild,[4][5] is an organization dedicated to researching the origin of the dwarven race. They have many archaeological dig-sites in all corners of the world, from Kalimdor and Eastern Kingdoms to Outland. The League's main base of operations is located in the Hall of Explorers in Ironforge. The League is directed by High Explorer Magellas and created by mandate[citation needed] from King Magni Bronzebeard and Brann Bronzebeard.

While predominantly a dwarven organization, the League also has members of other races among its ranks. Clopper Wizbang was, according to himself and Prospector Nachlan, the first gnome to become a member of the Explorers' League.

History

Hall of Explorers

The League was around before the Third War.[6]

Recently the dwarves unearthed a series of ruins that held the key to the secrets of their lost heritage. Driven to discover the truth about his people's fabled origins, King Magni Bronzebeard ordered that the dwarves shift their industry from mining and engineering to that of archaeology. Magni helped to create the famed Explorers' Guild of Ironforge, a group utterly devoted to plumbing the secrets of the ancient world and delving out the truth of the dwarves’ fabled existence.[7]

World of Warcraft

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The Explorers' League's use of explosives on the land have led to conflict with the tauren in Mulgore and especially in the Southern Barrens.[8] In the southern Barrens conflict, the Stonespire tribe of tauren were mostly killed off by the Explorers' League.[9][10] The Explorers' League's treatment of the land in Mulgore led to them being killed by Agitated Earth Spirits.[11]

The League was interested in Eldarath and its ancient runes.[12]

Wrath of the Lich King

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In Wrath of the Lich King, the Explorers' League ventured to Northrend and established a base of operations in the Howling Fjord to the east. There they discovered the Iron dwarf race[citation needed] and uncovered more links to their evolution from the Earthen.[citation needed]

Members of the League are highly involved with the Titan city of Ulduar.

Cataclysm

Cataclysm This section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.

In Cataclysm, the Explorers' League has appeared again in the revamped zones of Azeroth, constantly rivaling with their Horde counterpart, the blood elven Reliquary, to the point where overt hostilities erupt.[13][14] It was initially believed that the Explorer's League would hold a major presence in the Titan-related zone of Uldum, but so far only Brann Bronzebeard has had any visible involvement.

Mists of Pandaria

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The Explorers' League serves as a survey team for Operation: Shieldwall while also excavating historical treasures from Pandaria. This puts them in conflict with the Reliquary, who, like the Explorers' League, are also researching Pandarian artifacts and ruins in order to learn more about the mogu and the sha.

Warlords of Draenor

WoD This section concerns content exclusive to Warlords of Draenor.

Some members of the league are found in Ashran.

Legion

Legion This section concerns content exclusive to Legion.

Members of the League can be found primarily in Stormheim on the Broken Isles, including Brann at Amberfall Mesa and Sir Finley Mrrgglton at Dreyrgrot. The League also has a camp in Azsuna, where the Reliquary has set up shop as well.

Discoveries & beliefs

Some of the dwarves believe that birds are descended from dinosaurs such as an extinct type of raptor that had feathered arms. The feathers suggest some kind of missing link between the two different kinds of animals.[15]

Notable members

Name Role Status Location
Alliance  Brann Bronzebeard Leader of the Explorers' League Alive Various Locations
Alliance  Magni Bronzebeard Founding member Petrified Old Ironforge, Ironforge
Alliance  Muradin Bronzebeard Founding member Alive Various Locations
Neutral  Sir Finley Mrrgglton Sophisticated murloc adventurer Alive Dreyrgrot, Stormheim
Alliance  High Explorer Muninn Magellas High Explorer Alive Hall of Explorers, Ironforge
Alliance  Advisor Belgrum[16] Member Alive Old Ironforge, Ironforge
Alliance  Airwyn Bantamflax Direct superior of Bronwyn Hewstrike Alive Booty Bay, Cape of Stranglethorn
Alliance  Archaeologist Adamant Ironheart Studying night elf ruins on Azuremyst Isle Alive Odesyus' Landing, Azuremyst Isle
Alliance  Archaeologist Andorin Searching for Brann Bronzebeard in the Storm Peaks Alive Frosthold, Storm Peaks
Alliance  Archaeologist Hollee Captive of the Twilight's Hammer Alive Ruins of Auberdine, Darkshore
Alliance  Brohann Caskbelly Searching for the Temple of Atal'Hakkar Alive Dwarven District, Stormwind City
Alliance  Bronwyn Hewstrike Leader of the Explorers' League Digsite Alive Explorers' League Digsite, Cape of Stranglethorn
Neutral  Chief Archaeologist Letoll Digging through the Bone Wastes Alive Sha'tari Base Camp, Terokkar Forest
Alliance  Clopper Wizbang Studying the Blacksilt murlocs Alive Bloodwash, Bloodmyst Isle
Alliance  Fennie Hornswaggle Carries out menial tasks and air transports for the Alliance Alive Lion's Landing, Krasarang Wilds
Alliance  Henrig Lonebrow Sent by Prospector Khazgorm to travel through Kalimdor Deceased Great Lift, Thousand Needles
Neutral  High Explorer Dellorah Leader of the Ulduar expedition Alive Formation Grounds, Ulduar
Alliance  Hilda Hornswaggle Leader of the excavation at the Ruins of Ogudei Alive Krasarang Cove, Krasarang Wilds
Alliance  Lagnus Leader of the Frosthold expedition Alive Frosthold, Storm Peaks
Alliance  Lead Archaeologist Malzie Leader of the Steel Gate digsite Alive Steel Gate, Howling Fjord
Alliance  Lead Prospector Durdin Leader of Dustwind Dig Alive Dustwind Dig, Badlands
Alliance  Librarian Mae Paledust Searching for the Mythology of the Titans Alive Library, Ironforge
Alliance  Prospector Gunstan Investigating the gates of Uldum Alive Gunstan's Dig, Tanaris
Alliance  Prospector Ironband Leader of Ironband's Excavation Site Alive Ironband's Excavation Site, Loch Modan
Alliance  Prospector Khazgorm Drove the Stonespire tauren from Bael Modan Deceased Formerly Bael Modan, Barrens
Alliance  Prospector Nachlan Sent to help Clopper Wizbang carry equipment Alive Blood Watch, Bloodmyst Isle
Alliance  Prospector Remtravel Absent-minder leader of Remtravel's Excavation Alive Remtravel's Excavation, Darkshore
Alliance  Prospector Rokar Captive of the taunka at Camp Oneqwah Alive Camp Oneqwah, Grizzly Hills
Alliance  Prospector Whelgar Former leader of of Whelgar's Excavation Site Alive Whelgar's Retreat, Wetlands
Alliance  Raegar Breakbrow Investigating the iron dwarf presence in Dun Argol Alive Prospector's Point, Grizzly Hills
Alliance  Stanwad Leader of the Explorers' League Outpost Alive Explorers' League Outpost, Howling Fjord
Alliance  Thargad Leader of Thargad's Camp Alive Thargad's Camp, Desolace
Alliance  Torren Squarejaw Chief cartographer of the Thelsamar branch Alive Thelsamar, Loch Modan

Former members

Name Role Status Location
Combat  Foreman Thistlenettle Former leader of the Moonbrook mine Killable Deadmines, Westfall
Alliance  Ingo Woolybush Former member of the League, now a Jewelcrafting trainer Alive Theramore Isle, Dustwallow Marsh
Combat  Squeeg Idolhunter Leader of the Whisper Gulch explorers driven mad by Yogg-Saron Killable Whisper Gulch, Howling Fjord

Camps and digsites

Note: This list may be incomplete.

Eastern Kingdoms

Kalimdor

Northrend

Items

Reputation

Prior to World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, the Explorers' League existed as a pseudo-faction in that there were many NPCs related by quest chains tagged as <Explorers' League>, but there was no reputation unique to them (if their quests rewarded reputation, it was for another faction, typically Ironforge and/or Alliance).

Since the launch of Wrath of the Lich King it is now finally possible to earn reputation for the Explorers' League. However, as for all Alliance Vanguard subfactions except The Silver Covenant, there is no quartermaster and no other gain for hitting exalted (except maybe for achievement purposes).

As of patch 3.3, all Alliance Vanguard factions receive spillover rep from quests and 5-man dungeons. This negates the need for solely doing Explorer's League dailies to reach exalted.

Players start with 0/3000 neutral and can gain reputation by completing quests in Howling Fjord and Storm Peaks and by doing one daily quest at Steel Gate. All non-repeatable quests together give 7850 reputation. To hit exalted, one needs to complete the daily quest at least 137 times (122 times for humans).

  Neutral Friendly Honored Revered Exalted Rep Attain Notes
Repeatable
Quests
A [71 Daily] Steel Gate Patrol
250 Alliance [69]
N [80 Daily] Among the Champions (R)
63 duel x4
62 Boneguard Commander slain x3
N [80G3 Daily] Threat From Above (R)
63 Chillmaw slain
62 Cult of the Damned slain x15
A [80 Daily] Blood of the Chosen (R)
62 Vrykul slain x20
A [80 Daily] Assault by Ground (R)
62 Infantry delivered x4
A [80P Daily] King of the Mountain (R)
63
Quests 760 Alliance [69] 4 quests
1730 Alliance [69] 9 quests
2850 Alliance [69] 15 quests
750 Alliance [69] 3 quests
1760 Alliance [77] 7 quests
Instances
Wrath of the Lich King Heroic Instances
Trash: ?-?
Bosses: ?
Full Clear ~?+ rep
Heroic ~?+ rep

In Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Hearthstone This section concerns content exclusive to Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft.

The League of Explorers

In the Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft adventure of the same name, the "League of Explorers" is a team of adventure-seeking treasure-hunters, consisting of Brann Bronzebeard, Elise Starseeker, Reno Jackson and Sir Finley Mrrgglton. The League of Explorers has been stated to be the same organization as the Explorers' League in other Warcraft material.[18] It is also supported by the following flavor text of the rare card Reliquary Seeker: The Reliquary considers itself the equal of the League of Explorers. The League of Explorers doesn't.

In the RPG

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Introduction

In the RPG books this faction is known as Explorer's Guild, The Guild, Explorer's League, or Explorers' League.[19]

Exploring nearly every corner of the world. Searching for titan artifacts. Amassing one of the world’s largest libraries of information on Azeroth's history, people and cultures. When it was first discovered that the origins of the dwarven people might be tied to the ancient and mysterious titans, expeditions were quickly organized to search for artifacts and information that might confirm the theory. The first of these expeditions were led by hardy dwarven prospectors accustomed to long treks in unforgiving territory. As they taught their skills to the new generation of journeymen, a new breed of dwarven traveler emerged. These travelers appointed themselves the task of gathering as much information as possible about the world, its history, and its cultures in hopes of finding the scraps of information the titans might have left behind to lead their progeny to the truth. Though they often still called themselves “prospectors”, they gathered together under the banner of their true calling: the Explorers’ Guild.

In less than a decade, the Explorers’ Guild has already amassed an incredible archive of information and artifacts in their guildhall close to the dwarven throne in Ironforge. The tales brought back by the members of the Guild have ignited the imaginations of the dwarven nation, and children who once dreamed of carrying a blunderbuss into battle or piloting a gyrocopter now play at exploring in the caverns near their home. Though many of them think the dwarves’ obsession with the titans verges on the ridiculous, the soldiers and diplomats of the Alliance are happy to support the efforts of the Explorers’ Guild so long as it continues to provide useful news from distant and unexplored places. In addition to the cultural and geographic intelligence it gathers, information provided by the Guild has allowed the Alliance to produce a map of more than 400 untapped gold mines across Khaz Modan and Lordaeron in preparation for an eventual move north to battle the Scourge.[20]

Organization

New members of the Explorers' Guild spend their early days honing their skills close to home, guiding travelers through the peaks and passes of Khaz Modan and leading supply expeditions for the dwarven kingdoms. Once they’ve proved themselves, these “prospectors” are upgraded to “journeyman” status and given their first field missions by the Guild. Often, these missions involve traveling to remote but previously visited locales in order to update the Guild’s library with news of current events in the area. Eventually, the journeymen are upgraded to full Explorer status and given carte blanche to travel where they will with full Guild support, provided that they produce regular reports on their excursions.

The dwarven king is the official head of the Explorer’s Guild, though the title is mostly honorary — only once in Guild history has the king filed a report in the Archives. The daily operation of the Guild is overseen by the Excursion Council, made up of several dozen of the oldest and most experienced members of the Guild. The younger members of the Guild have nicknamed this group the “Excuse Me Council,” as many of the Council are constantly leaving behind their duties to set off on their own self-assigned journeys. Yet so long as a small fraction of the Council remains in Ironforge to coordinate outgoing and incoming Guild expeditions, the organization continues to run smoothly.[20][21]

Locations

For many years, members of the Guild met in the Weary Boots Tavern in Ironforge, storing their reports and retrieved artifacts on sagging wooden shelves in a disused warehouse. Several years ago, treasure gathered by the Guild was combined with a bequest from the throne to pay for a new block of chambers to be carved out of the rock of the dwarven capital. The newly completed Guildhall provides members with offices and meeting rooms, workshops to repair gear and equipment, warehouses and libraries, private quarters for higher-ranking members and group bunkrooms for newer initiates. A large museum open to the public shows exhibits of relics collected by the Guild; when titan artifacts are on display, the line to get into the museum often snakes out the entrance of the Guildhall and across the public square in front of the building. Smaller guildhalls, called “way stations”, are being established in far-flung corners of Azeroth, usually in the back rooms of inns or taverns along well-traveled routes to distant parts of the continent. Though they still vary in the level of service they can offer, some way stations can provide detailed maps of the local area while others stockpile supplies of dried foods and basic traveling necessities that can be drawn upon by Guild members (who are expected to pay for their withdrawals of Guild property whenever possible).[21][22]

Membership

Explorer's Guild classroom

The overwhelming majority of members in the Explorer’s Guild are dwarves. Fewer than a dozen members of other races are inducted into the ranks each year, usually after providing exemplary service to the Guild on several official expeditions. A green torch burning at the entrance to the Guildhall in Ironforge marks the rare occasions when the Guild is accepting new applicants, a call usually answered by hundreds of young dwarves who can demonstrate the requisite skill with languages and a broad base of geographic and historical knowledge. For each opening, twenty top potentials are selected and taken into the mountains of Khaz Modan by one of the Excursion Council. What follows is an intensive three-week trial that tests not only the potentials’ physical ability and stamina but also a wide range of skills from map making and tracking to herbalism and mineral location. At the end of the test period, the applicants who come out on top are inducted into the Guild and officially allowed to call themselves prospectors.

Membership in the Guild is selective, as each member receives a stipend from the Guild of two gold pieces per day, rising to five gold pieces when on a sanctioned expedition. In addition, the Guild stores will completely outfit any official expedition with supplies and equipment — though the quartermasters are notoriously stingy when arguing the definition of “completely outfit”. All Guild members can also make their home at the Guildhall in Ironforge, though when all the private quarters are taken up by higher ranking members of the Guild (as during the annual Convocation, when the Guild gathers to share stories and plan expeditions for the coming year), even fullfledged explorers can find themselves sleeping in the fifth slot up in the bunkhouse. Guild members come from all walks of life, their skills contributing to the goals of the Guild and the dwarven people. For some, however, exploration becomes more than a profession — it becomes an avocation and a passion.[22][23] The members of the Explorers' League are spread across the globe at various key digsites and expeditions.

Leaders

Samul Strangehands, Ryona Blondbeard, Hona Stonefall, Yulanini Hammersmith.

Members

Name Location
AllianceIconSmall Dwarf Male.gif Aron Kodosbreath MIA, Status unknown
AllianceIconSmall Dwarf Male.gif Tomli Magellas (High Explorer) MIA, Status unknown
AllianceIconSmall Dwarf Male.gif Darren Unknown
AllianceIconSmall Dwarf Male.gif Hardigan Ironjaw
AllianceIconSmall Dwarf Male.gif Hugh Deepstone Unknown
AllianceIconSmall Dwarf Female.gif Hona Stonefall (Field Instructor) Ironforge Guildhall
AllianceIconSmall Dwarf Male.gif Hogun Dead Bael Modan ruins
AllianceIconSmall Dwarf Male.gif Maddox Unknown
AllianceIconSmall Dwarf Male.gif Magellan Unknown
AllianceIconSmall Dwarf Male.gif Poyli Stonesole MIA, Status unknown
AllianceIconSmall Dwarf Male.gif Yulanini Hammersmith MIA, Status unknown
AllianceIconSmall Dwarf Male.gif Rumholt Thunderaxe MIA, Status unknown

Patch changes

References

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