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The Isle of Kezan [kəˈzæn] is the tropical island homeland of the goblins located in the South Seas. It was once inhabited by the trolls. The Undermine is located beneath the island, deep in the bowels of Mount Kajaro. Thanks to Kezan's prominence as a mercantile hub, it’s been divided into dozens of districts by the trade princes, who view every inch of land as an opportunity waiting to be converted into gold and silver. Kezan’s tropical palms are bisected with miles of roadway, and even the beaches are beginning to be paved over by goblin ambitions. Now, nature is reclaiming the island of Kezan – massive Mount Kajaro has erupted with the Cataclysm, flooding the island with searing lava and sending tidal recoil sweeping through Kezan’s harbors.
The playable goblin race experiences a phased instance of Kezan in their earliest levels before evacuating to the Lost Isles. Kezan is not reachable by other races or beyond these initial levels. However, many of the denizens live on in Bilgewater Harbor, Azshara.
When the Great Sundering occurred ten thousand years ago, the goblins were cut from the supply of kaja'mite which had granted them their intelligence. In just a few short generations, most changes and boosts to their intelligence vanished. The goblins then took refuge onKezan and they had already forgotten the influence kaja'mite once had on their society.
After the Sundering, the Zandalari trolls that once ruled a large part of Azeroth started exploring numerous islands that dotted the newly formed sea. During one of these trips, they discovered Kezan and the goblin race, who were very primitive but still possessed some intellect. Initially the two races kept a distance as the Zandalari only came to the island in order to mine kaja'mite. They didn't really know too much about it, but they realized that is was very potent, so they saw it as a sacred component in their rituals and ceremonies. For many centuries the trolls mined and occasionally even paid goblins in trinkets in order to work for them, but this arrangement was soon to change. At some point the trolls, while digging, discovered that Kezan possessed an unimaginable deposit of kaja'mite underground, more than they would ever need. So rather than digging themselves, they enslaved the goblins and force them to drill in frightful conditions. For thousands of years the goblins, too weak to resist, suffered under the rule of the Zandalari.
Finally, it was kaja'mite that led the goblins to their salvation. Over time, the goblin workers breathed in the dust of the ore that clouded the mines they worked in and eventually it started to awake the goblins' intelligence. Secretly they plotted to start a rebellion, gathering any materials they can find and hide in order to create a wide range of weapons, traps and explosives. One hundred years before the opening of the Dark Portal, the troll overseers were caught completely off guard when goblins masses stormed out from the mines, armed with technology that the Zandalari couldn't even imagine at the time. The trolls' hold over Kezan was shattered completely, their mining operation failed and the surviving Zandalari fled. The goblins were now free and in order to celebrate their liberation they turned on each other, creating chaos as countless allegiances were formed. Soon enough they were split into various different groups, and the most powerful of these groups were known as cartels. As the battles were getting completely out of hand and no one was actually winning, the cartels brokered a truce. However, the conflict would never really cease as the goblins would now turn to trade, battling in the economic arena. For the years to come the cartels were rivals, constantly outshining and outsmarting each other as they continued in their quest for wealth and power.
Goblins rapidly expanded their knowledge of technology. Goblins created Azeroth's first steam technologies. Rumors are that goblin technology back then was far more advanced than current dwarven technology. Goblins established themselves as master technicians, selling their goods on the open market. Eventually, kaja'mite supplies ran low and as the goblins' intelligence dwindled, their inventions became increasingly unreliable. As a result, the goblins turned to mercantilism as a source of income and transformed Kezan into a profitable trading hub.
In the RPG
Goblins are in charge on the Isle of Kezan, making the whole place a swarming cesspool of corruption, chaos, scheming and invention. Several cities exist on Kezan, including the nefarious Undermine, the de facto capital of the goblins’ trade empire. Kezan is a tropical island, and palm trees and other greenery appear in profusion. Kezan’s many ports bustle day and night as merchant ships approach and depart, carrying goods of all sorts to places of all sorts for people of all sorts. Kezan is a valuable way station between the eastern and western lands, and almost all travelers stop here, whether traveling by ship or gryphon or more esoteric means. The island is the heart of the goblins’ mercantile efforts, pumping trade throughout Azeroth.
Kezan is the largest and southernmost of the South Seas islands, and, despite the goblin presence, the safest. Unlike the surrounding islands, Kezan’s inhabitants won’t try to kill you on sight; rather, they first attempt to take your money and all your worldly possessions, then leave you to die on the rain-soaked cobblestone streets. Kezan’s ports are valuable neutral areas for both the Alliance and the Horde, and if not for the goblins trade would grind to a standstill and there wouldn't be adventurer shops in places like Stranglethorn Vale.
They’ve ranged out and allowed people of all races to buy silly merchandise at exorbitant prices. They allied themselves to the Horde in the Second War (because the orcs paid and/or intimidated them), but in the Third War they were a neutral force, making money off every side.
People and culture
Goblins are short and green and they don't laugh; they cackle. They wear leather clothing, often cut into aprons to protect themselves from the caustic fluids they handle. Their entire culture is focused on mercantile enterprises, and they work hard to expand their markets in any way possible. Most goblins seem friendly but insane. Goblins can be cutthroat merchants, and this ruthlessness is more prevalent on Kezan than anywhere else — probably because the goblins are competing against their own kind. While goblins answer to no king or other such titular head, a collection of trade princes rules their merchant empire, which is called the Trade Coalition.
Officially, five trade princes exist, though one or two may be lurking about in the shadows. The goblins don't elect their trade princes, nor are the positions hereditary; the trade princes killed, blackmailed and schemed their way to the top. Together, these five goblins make the mercantile machine run, organizing the extensive and complex Trade Fleets. The Trade Coalition is huge, far-reaching and massively complicated. In addition, numerous other, smaller goblin companies, created and run by entrepreneurs called moguls, operate throughout Azeroth. Perhaps the most famous of these smaller businesses is the Venture Company, founded and ruled by .
Goblins engage in any activity that earns them a profit. They traffic in legitimate dealings, including food, spices and textiles, as well as more esoteric and questionable wares, such as magic items and arms dealing. Goblins have no respect for nature and engage in deforestation and mining on vast scales (the Venture Company is particularly notorious for such activities). In addition, goblins run morally corrupt businesses such as smuggling and slave trading. While the Trade Coalition condones all such activities, goblin smugglers and slavers prefer to maintain low profiles — for obvious reasons. Goblins are mad but brilliant. Their technology is just as ingenious, if usually more volatile, than gnomish inventions. Goblins are also the best alchemists around, with the possible exception of the Forsaken. Goblin tinkers and alchemists are found throughout Kezan.
As chaotic as it is, goblin society does have some order to it. Goblin barons serve as magistrates to run the trade princes' lands and holdings, and goblin captains command vessels for the Trade Fleets or for private merchants. Every city on the island is a bit like Ratchet on a larger scale.
- Main article: Kezan NPCs
Kezan is home to several goblins of status. From the greedy Trade Prince Gallywix to the enthusiastic , the sexy and , and the Bilgewater Buccaneers trainer , the personalities are as varied as they are colorful. Be sure to take the time to absorb the local culture before you head out to the Lost Isles, as you may never be able to return.
This section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.
Kezan is the initial start zone for the goblins in World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. The goblin player begins as a mid-level executive on Kezan, possessing great riches and power. causes Mount Kajaro to erupt, forcing the evacuation of Kezan. Fleeing across the Great Sea, the goblins become shipwrecked on the Lost Isles after getting caught in an Alliance-Horde crossfire.
When the volcano erupted and sent lava spreading over the whole island, it's unknown if anything managed to survive on the island itself, such as the native plants, animals, and people. Undermine, which is located underground, may also no longer exist, unless the goblins managed to use their technology to hold back the lava and flooding waters that followed.
Future of Kezan
At Blizzcon 2010, Alex Afrasiabi said that the goblin starting zone is only "'a small segment of the actual whole' of Kezan", and that the goblins "do want to go back to Undermine and the other goblin land holdings, just a question of when." 
Kezan is a tropical island, and the associated flora and fauna appear in the wilderness between cities. Palm trees are everywhere, and in the wild places tasty fruits and flowers can be found. Many tropical animals, including tigers and lots of bugs can also be found. Kezan has several natural bays, and the goblins have constructed at least small port towns in most of them. To the south, the elevation rises. Southern Kezan is volcanic, and several volcanoes constantly ooze lava into the ocean. Lava tubes and other geological tunnels and caves riddle the island.
Goblins control just about everything on Kezan. Non-goblins always leave the island with less gold than they had when they came.
Maps and sub-regions
The Bilgewater Port area is currently the only explorable area of Kezan. An open bridge and an invisible wall prevents access to the rest of the island.
|Bilgewater Port • Drudgetown • First Bank of Kezan • Gallywix's Villa|
|Gallywix's Yacht • Kaja'mine • Kajaro Field • KTC Headquarters|
|The Slick • South Seas • Swindle Street • The Pipe|
Old maps and sub-regions
The Isle of Kezan had been in the planning stages long before Cataclysm. This section details its previous, unused incarnations.
Other than the Undermine, notable locations include Mount Kajaro, an active volcano in the southern part of the island, Bilgewater Port on the northwestern coast, Edj on the northeastern coast, and Voodress Village, inhabited by trolls.
On the World of Warcraft Behind the Scenes DVD there was a map of the Isle of Kezan, which is above the Undermine, visible on a whiteboard. It shows:
- Three transportation paths to: Booty Bay (by boat), Kul Tiras (by boat), and Ratchet (by zeppelin). Valgarde is also somehow connected.
- What seems to be a lake in the center of the island, with rivers connecting it to both ports and Mount Kajaro.
- Four coastal zones: "Resort Beach", "Savage Beach", "Black Beach", and "Rain Forest"
- "Naga Gate" off the western coast.
|Bilgewater Port · Edj · Mount Kajaro · Undermine · Voodress Village|
Kezan from the old WoW Townhall
- There seems to be an inconsistency of when the Undermine was established. The creation screen when choosing a goblin character says that the trolls enslaved goblins and forced them to mine kaja'mite out of the Undermine, deep in the bowels of Mount Kajaro. The official site says that the Undermine was created from the camps in the mines after they overthrew the trolls.
- Jungle trolls were initially said to have enslaved the goblins of Kezan. It was later changed to the Zandalari trolls. Moreover, the game portrays them as forest trolls.
- Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Added.
- ^ Ultimate Visual Guide
- ^ Description during creation of a goblin character
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- ^ Cataclysm FAQ.
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 159
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 158
- ^ World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Game Manual
- ^ Kiley, Ellen P.. Lands of Mystery, 74. ISBN 9781588467843.
- ^ Lands of Mystery, pg. 79
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- ^ Forum:Cataclysm in PC Gamer UK (Nov 09)
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- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 108
- ^ http://eu.blizzard.com/en/wow/townhall/worldmap.html
- ^ Races - Goblins
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