|Other major cities|
Nethergarde Keep (destroyed)
|Theater of operations|
The Kirin Tor (or Kirin-Tor) [ˌkɪrɪn ˈtɔɹ] is the elite conclave that leads the magical nation of Dalaran, one of the seven human kingdoms. Its members are some of the most powerful magi of Azeroth. Once a secretive and selective order of magi that kept aloof from ordinary politics, the Kirin Tor has since become one of the foremost factions standing against the threats posed to Azeroth's survival - among them the Scourge, the Blue Dragonflight, the Iron Horde and the Burning Legion.
The Kirin Tor were members of the original Alliance of Lordaeron, and sided with the Grand Alliance toward the end of the Alliance-Horde war, eventually returning to neutrality. They have also upheld an alliance with Silvermoon for over 2,000 years, the elven kingdom's () having served on the Council of Six. The Six lead the Kirin Tor as its governmental body.
In World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, it became a reputation faction.
- 1 History
- 2 Organization and headquarters
- 3 Membership
- 4 Reputation
- 5 Rewards
- 6 Named
- 7 Title
- 8 Film universe
- 9 Notes
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 External links
As Dalaran became the chief center of learning for magicians throughout the land, the Magocrat lords originally formed the Kirin Tor as a specialized sect that was charged with cataloging and researching every spell, artifact, and magic item known to mankind at the time. Some decades ago, the Kirin Tor was but a sect in Dalaran (the Kirin Tor Advanced Research and Illumination Sect being its full name or an honor society within it) while the city-State was governed by the Council of Six, referred as the Ruling Council. At some point, this school became the city's Magus Senate.
During the Second War
Following the fall of Stormwind to the Orcish Horde the Kirin Tor pledged the support of Dalaran to the newly formed Alliance of Lordaeron. Archmage Khadgar personally served as their liaison and would eventually destroy the Dark Portal. Though the Dark Portal was destroyed in the aftermath of the Second War the Kirin Tor noticed that a rift remained that connected Azeroth and Draenor together, and so created Nethergarde Keep in order to watch over the rift. Additionally it took several members of the Kirin Tor working together in order to halt the taint that was spreading from the rift's location.
During the war that would follow between the Alliance of Lordaeron and Horde of Draenor, Teron Gorefiend and his death knights, aided by Deathwing, found themselves able to successfully enter Dalaran's Arcane vault and steal the Eye of Dalaran from the Kirin Tor. Archmage Antonidas would quickly inform Khadgar of the theft and, sometime after, the Alliance Expedition would journey to Draenor in order to put an end to the orc threat.
Following the destruction of the Draenor, the Kirin Tor would take an interest in the defeated orcs' strange lethargy. The organization would discover orcs were suffering from a withdrawal of the demonic energies that they had become addicted to.
During the Third War
Near the beginning of the Third War the Kirin Tor would take notice of a mysterious plague gripping the northlands. As such their Ambassador to King revealed that the Kirin Tor were prepared to place the villages under strict quarantine. However the King declared that there would be no quarantine without proof of these claims as the people of Lordaeron had suffered enough. Suspecting that the plague was magical in the nature the Kirin Tor would send accompanied by to assist. The Kirin Tor would eventually learn that their suspicions were not only correct but that , a former member of the organization, was responsible for spreading the plague.
Under the direction of the demon lord the Scourge led by the Death Knight prepared to invade Dalaran in order to claim the Book of Medivh. However the Kirin Tor were prepared to fight the undead and had created magical auras that would harm any undead that enter the city. Despite this Arthas and Kel'thuzad were not deterred and were able to enter the city, kill the wizards maintaining the auras (which included the Kirin Tor's leader Antonidas), and claim the Book of Medivh.
While the Scourge prepared to summon Archimonde into the world, surviving wizards of the Kirin Tor had teleported in an army. As the Kirin Tor began their attack, Arthas ordered the Scourge to defend Kel'Thuzad at all costs; and despite their best efforts, the Kirin Tor failed in stopping the Scourge. Successfully summoned, the demon lord Archimonde destroyed Dalaran completely, claiming its annihilation heralded the Legion's first strike against the mortal world.
After the fall of Dalaran, surviving agents of the Kirin Tor such as pledged their support to Grand Marshal and the Alliance Remnants. The Blood Elves, led by Council of Six member , came to reside in Dalaran and fought in its defense; however, the elves came under Garithos' prejudice against their kind, and were eventually imprisoned in the city's dungeons for consorting with the Naga, slated for execution. However, thanks to the timely arrival of , the Blood Elves were freed and eventually found their way to Outland. While elves such as would vouch for the Kirin Tor's innocence in these events, others like would accuse the organization of looking the other way. What role the Kirin Tor had in this, if any, and even the exact status of the Kirin Tor during this time is largely unknown.
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The destruction of Dalaran was a massive blow to the Kirin Tor, leaving its surviving members scattered and its leadership in disarray. Eventually, though, they were able to reclaim their city. They erected a glowing dome around the entire city, powerful enough to destroy anyone who touches it, while they worked to rebuild their fallen city.
At some point, the Kirin Tor cleared the naga from the Tomb of Sargeras and sealed the place.
World of Warcraft
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The Kirin Tor were also not knowledgeable about the Forsaken at first, believing them to be just another clan of undead. The mages of Dalaran would eventually come into conflict with them, notably over the control of Ambermill in Silverpine Forest.
Wrath of the Lich King
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Eventually, the mages were able to lift the whole city from its site, leaving only a crater in its place. The Kirin Tor decided to move their floating city to Northrend, where they still rule over the reconstructed Dalaran. The Kirin Tor proclaimed themselves neutral in the conflict between the Horde and the Alliance, and instead sought to help bridge the gaps between the two factions—starting with reaching out to Quel'Thalas for magical support against , the crazed Aspect of Magic.
The presence of the Kirin Tor was indeed met with deep-seated revilement from the crazed Malygos, who made numerous attempts to destroy the city. Malygos, whose war on mortal magic users reached its crux during the war against the Lich King, would ultimately be put to death before his vengeance against the Kirin Tor could be fulfilled. A number of Kirin Tor mages decided to help the blue dragonflight and Malygos transformed them into mage hunters.
The elven population of the Kirin Tor underwent something of a split: the portion of the elves who converted to the blood elven philosophy took up the name "the Sunreavers," named for their leader, , the only non-human on the Council of Six. Conversely, some high elven members opposed the notion of allowing the sin'dorei back into the Kirin Tor's ranks, and formed the Silver Covenant to oppose it. Its leader, , however, held no political sway within the city, thus leading to the blood elves officially being readmitted as members of the Kirin Tor.
Tides of War
urged the Kirin Tor to support Theramore against the Horde armies massing at Northwatch Hold. The council agreed to send mages to help defend the island nation. cast the decisive vote in support of Theramore, reasoning that to do nothing would be to implicitly support the Horde's expansionism.
When 's true plan: to detonate a mana bomb over Theramore, is revealed; sacrifices his life by teleporting Jaina and a few wounded defenders to safety. Rhonin pulls the bomb into the Theramore Tower, minimizing the damage caused by the explosion.
In the aftermath, Jaina replaces Rhonin on the Council of Six and as leader of the Kirin Tor. Due to 's betrayal at the defense of Theramore, the Sunreavers' credibility has been damaged.
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When Jaina Proudmoore discovered that the Sunreavers helped steal the by using Dalaran portals to infiltrate Darnassus, she mobilized the Kirin Tor, Alliance forces, and the Silver Covenant to purge the Horde from Dalaran. After these events, Jaina pledged the Kirin Tor to the Alliance; for game purposes, Dalaran remains unchanged after the questline is completed.
Warlords of Draenor
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The Kirin Tor's expedition into the alternate Draenor of thirty-five years ago is led by . Based at Zangarra in Talador, the Kirin Tor appears friendly to Alliance players and neutral to Horde players. Jaina has ordered all outsiders to Dalaran - especially the Horde - are not allowed on Kirin Tor grounds. Despite this, Khadgar says that as he is a member of the Council his friends - regardless of faction - are allowed in, and if Jaina has a problem with it she can take it up with him. When Jaina arrives on Draenor, she expresses distaste that Khadgar allows the Horde to work with him at Zangarra. Jaina says the rest of the Council of Six would not approve and that she certainly does not.
The Kirin Tor were also responsible for maintaining a supply line between Draenor and Azeroth, but their holdout within the Everbloom, the Violet Bluff, was overgrown by Primals and most of its population infested. This turn of events nearly ended in a disaster, when the genesaur crossed the mage portal into the Kirin Tor overlook above Stormwind, where he was stopped before he could muster his strength and infest the city or even worse.
Kirin Tor mages accompanied Khadgar to the Hellfire Citadel and are seen at the entrance and at the site of the disabled Black Gate maintaining portals.
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After the disastrous battle, Khadgar called for a vote to have the Horde return to Dalaran in order to have the Kirin Tor fight the Burning Legion at its utmost capability. Jaina was vehemently opposed, especially after the events of the Broken Shore, but she was outvoted in the Council of Six with only voting "no" alongside her. Jaina left Dalaran and the Kirin Tor in anger and Khadgar became the council's replacement leader. When the council next assembled, was seen as the sixth in Jaina's place. The council later voted to allow back into Dalaran, although not as a member of the Six.
Organization and headquarters
Within the conclave, there is an inner council: the Six, whom are the actual rulers of the city. This governing body appoints one of their own as Head of the Kirin Tor(also known as Grand Magus of the Kirin Tor); this master wizard is essentially the ruler of Dalaran.
The Kirin Tor's headquarters was the Violet Citadel, an impressive building so named for its stone walls which gave off a faint violet light. Separately, the conclave's senior council met in the Chamber of Air, a room with no visible walls — the gray stone floor with its central diamond symbol stood beneath an open sky that shifted and changed rapidly, as if the time sped past within the chamber.
In the RPG
It is made up of 120 members. They are divided in several levels of importance and influence.
Beneath the ruling council are the archmagi, each of whom is given tasks as the council sees fit. Archmagi do not hold specific positions or responsibilities, beyond the general loyalty to the Kirin Tor and to the world, and the standing obligation to study new human magic whenever it appears. In reality, however, some archmagi have been given the same tasks so often they have essentially assumed responsibility for those jobs. Thus one archmage might be in charge of cataloging all wands, while another handles researching and cataloging all illusions. Several work to monitor and maintain the city’s protective dome.
Magi are the lowest members of the Kirin Tor, and answer to the archmagi. Any archmage in the sect can issue orders to a mage, provided the instructions still fit within the organization’s goals. As with archmagi, however, most magi settle into specific positions and tasks and work exclusively for one archmage. The ruling council can change this at any time but rarely does so, unless they feel a mage has become a problem in his current position, or if they need him for a different task. Most magi are allowed the freedom to pursue their tasks and studies in whatever manner they choose. Despite the fact that they are the lowest members in the hierarchy, many magi possess great power.
Though primarily a human kingdom, the Kirin Tor has always housed a sizeable Thalassian minority. For over two thousand years, it was not uncommon for some of the long-lived elves to study and serve in Dalaran as well as Silvermoon. Relations were strained between the two magical kingdoms after the Third War (and further compounded by Silvermoon's alliance with the reformed Horde), but the readmitted Sunreavers continued tradition somewhat until they were expelled from Dalaran. Most of the Kirin Tor's current high elf population is now part of the Silver Covenant, a militant wing of Kirin Tor defenders. The Kirin Tor also has gnomes, dwarves, goblins, and even a small handful of draenei in their ranks.
The gradual reintroduction of arcane magic into night elf society has in turn also slowly produced mages of that race. By the time Azeroth was ready to invade Tanaan Jungle on Draenor, night elf mages had joined the Kirin Tor, carrying out work such as maintaining a portal between Lion's Watch and Stormshield in Ashran.
Before the Scourge came, any human mage was welcome in Dalaran. They found peers and a place to stay and to work in peace. Magi with an eye for detail and a strong focus on research were offered membership in the Kirin Tor. This process could take anywhere from a few months to several years — the ruling council did not invite magi until it was sure of their abilities and allegiances. The Kirin Tor became even more cautious about admittance after Kel'Thuzad defected and took many other magi with him.
Leaders of the Council of Six
- (killed in the Scourge invasion of Dalaran)
- (killed in the mana bomb explosion that destroyed Theramore)
|325||Dalaran (Violet Hold)|
|250||From Bag of Fishing Treasures|
|Honored||25 80||Leather Head|
|65 96 36||Dagger|
|19 86 36||Cloak|
|31 21 30||Mail Shoulder|
|Revered||74 12 9||Dagger|
|26 37 52||Plate Waist|
|37 86 93||Leather Legs|
|92 98 20||Staff|
|Exalted||46 13 26||Mail Feet|
|36 5 39||Plate Hands|
|25 42 75||Leather Waist|
|40 53 90||Cloth Chest|
Being a collection of the greatest mages in the land, the Kirin Tor naturally has many members who have had significant effects on the history of Azeroth, including both great wizards and those who delved too deeply into necromancy, demonology, and other warlock magics.
|(former)||Former member of the Kirin Tor, enslaved by Razelikh the Defiler||Killable|
|Maintained the Kirin Tor bestiaries||Unknown|
|Kirin Tor quartermaster||Alive|
|Leader of the Kirin Tor during the Second and Third Wars; killed by Arthas Menethil||Deceased|
|Court conjurer of Stormwind, and archmage of the Kirin Tor, and Acolyte of the Order of Tirisfal.||Deceased, Undead|
|(former)||Thinking to be the only free undead, he's hiding in Gunther's Retreat.||Alive|
|Member of the Order of Tirisfal; killed by demons||Deceased|
|(former)||Former member of the Kirin Tor, responsible for summoning the Worgen; later turned to the Scourge||Killable|
|(former)||Overseer of Ambermill||Undead|
|(former)||Abjurist of Kirin'Var Village, killed by Kael'thas' forces||Undead|
|An Arcane Reforger in the Undercity still serving the Kirin Tor.||Undead|
|(former)||Battle-Mage of Kirin'Var Village, killed by Kael'thas' forces||Undead|
|Requested tomes of elven history from Medivh's library||Unknown|
|(former)||Killed by Kael'thas' forces in Kirin'Var Village||Undead|
|Former member of the Six||Unknown|
|(former)||Mage of Kirin'Var Village, killed by Kael'thas' forces||Undead|
|Khadgar's first instructor; killed by demons||Deceased|
|(former)||Killed by the Scourge, now a Forsaken.||Alive|
|Current member of the Council of Six||Alive|
|(former)||Member of the Six, turned to the Scourge||Killable|
|Current leader of the Council of Six, Apprentice to Medivh, Supreme Commander of the Alliance Expedition, advisor to A'dal||Alive|
|Apprentice to Lady Jaina Proudmoore||Deceased|
|Chief Librarian of the Violet Citadel||Unknown|
|Former member of the Six, Consort of the Dragonqueen Alexstrasza||Deceased|
|(former)||Conjurer of Kirin'Var Village, killed by Kael'thas' forces||Undead|
|Current member of the Council of Six||Alive|
|(former)||Killed by Kael'thas' forces in Kirin'Var Village||Undead|
|(former)||Former apprentice to Archmage Vargoth, responsible for the undead ones in Kirin'Var Village||Killable|
|Chief Artificer of the Violet Citadel||Unknown|
|(former)||Former mage of the Kirin Tor who once resided in Southshore, later became a worgen||Deceased|
|(Former)||Former leader of the Kirin Tor, apprentice of Antonidas, former ruler of Theramore. Current whereabouts unknown.||Alive|
|Kirin Tor Apprentice of Archmage Vargoth, who survived the explosion in Kirin'Var||Alive|
|(former)||Sold his soul to the Scourge, now ruling Fenris Keep.||Killable|
|Leader of the Kirin Tor after Antonidas||Deceased|
|(former)||Former Kirin Tor Archmage; cut ties after the Third War. Current Grand Magister of Quel'Thalas||Alive|
|Current member of the Council of Six, Archmage of the Kirin Tor||Alive|
|Kirin Tor Mage||Deceased|
|Former member of the Council of Six; rejoined the Kirin Tor in Legion||Alive|
|(former)||Former member of the Six and Prince of Quel'Thalas, turned to the Illidari (and later the Burning Legion)||Killable|
|Kirin Tor Warmage||Deceased|
|Killed by the Scourge while defending Dalaran.||Deceased|
|Leader of Kirin'Var Village, in what is now Netherstorm in Outland. Can also be found in Dalaran, locked away in the mage tower.||Alive|
|Underbelly Guard Captain||Alive|
|Investigator sent to Shadowfang Keep||Unknown|
This section concerns content exclusive to the Warcraft film universe.
The Kirin Tor reside in the floating city of Dalaran. The Council of Six (also known as the Council of Kirin Tor and the Arch Council) rule from the Chamber of Air, located within the Violet Citadel.
Members are branded on the forearm with the lidless Eye of the Kirin Tor, the symbol literally seared into their flesh by a magical white flame of uncertain properties. When the member places their arm near enough, the flame snakes out and wraps around it, inscribing the pattern onto the limb. The pain is agonising and the member's flesh can be smelled as it burns. The symbol not only identifies the mage as a member of the order, but can at times serve other, magical purposes.
At the time of Medivh's intiation as Guardian, there are both men and women members of the Council of Six, including Archmage Antonidas and Finden. Archmage Shendra was a member during Khadgar's training and is still on the Council by the time of the opening of the Great Gate.
- In the canceled Warcraft Adventures, a bulletin board inside Durnholde Keep indicated that the Kirin Tor was recruiting, complete with a little drawing of a mage tower.
- While the Kirin Tor officially condemns torture, its members are not always opposed to using information obtained by others through it.
- Members of the Kirin Tor have to know the flora and fauna of Azeroth for a variety of reasons, many of them dealing with survival.
- A favored companion of Kirin Tor magi, the makes one wonder whether it's truly a snake or something else altogether.
- ^ a b Blood of the Highborne
- ^ Day of the Dragon
- ^ a b Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos Game Manual
- ^ Rise of the Lich King
- ^ Day of the Dragon
- ^ The Seven Kingdoms
- ^ a b The Archmage Antonidas
- ^ a b c Tides of Darkness
- ^ Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal manual, The Aftermath of the Second War
- ^ Beyond the Dark Portal Page 24
- ^ Rise of the Lich King Page 79
- ^ The Warning
- ^ Jaina's Meeting
- ^ Rise of the Lich King Page 137
- ^ The Siege of Dalaran (Warcraft III)
- ^ Rise of the Lich King Page 252
- ^ The Dungeons of Dalaran
- ^ In the Shadow of the Sun
- ^ The Well of Eternity, pg 5
- ^ a b Alliance Player's Guide, pg. 154
- ^ a b c d Alliance Player's Guide, pg. 155
- ^ The Tomb of Sargeras
- ^ a b In the Shadow of the Sun
- ^ Mage (manga)
- ^ Tides of War
- ^ Tom Chilton at BlizzCon 2013 "...to connect this world of Draenor of 35 years in the past..."
- ^ Dawn of the Aspects
- ^ Antonidas Memorial
- ^ a b Warcraft: The Official Movie Novelization, page 10
- ^ Warcraft
- ^ Warcraft: The Official Movie Novelization, page 13-14
- ^ Warcraft - As seen with Khadgar in Karazhan
- ^ a b Warcraft: The Official Movie Novelization, page 203
- ^ a b Warcraft: The Official Movie Novelization, page 86
- ^ Warcraft: The Official Movie Novelization, page 15
- ^ Dawn of the Aspects