- Not to be confused with Tyr's Hand.
Tyr is one of the Titanic Watchers. He once resided at the Temple of Order, but is absent during the time of Loken's rebellion. It is said that no indications of struggle or guardians are present. Tyr is the only one of the Keepers left by the Titans not to appear in the Ulduar complex.
Tyr has silver skin and golden hair. A thick, long mustache extends down to Tyr's chest. Tyr's eyes are yellow and lack pupils, Kalecgos compares them to those of a night elf. He often wears a cloak and hood, and an octagonal object is strapped to his silver belt - the same octagonal object which grants Kalecgos visions of prehistoric Azeroth during Dawn of the Aspects. The artifact's purpose was a sort of recording device, meant to remind the Aspects of their greatest moments should they ever feel as though they did not deserve their powers. Underneath his cloak, Tyr wore a crimson tunic and no armor save for shin guards. A band with diamond patterns wrapped just above his right elbow and a crimson cape attached to his tunic with a high, pointed collar.
After one of his hands was eaten by Galakrond, Tyr replaced it with a closed fist made of silver.
Tyr has the ability to make his body appear much smaller than it actually is, about the size of a night elf or tall human. It is unclear if Tyr actually shrinks or the shrinking is only an illusion.
In Stratholme's Cathedral of Light, there was a stainglass depicting Tyr, as humans imagine him. The Watcher was imagined as a proud, regal warrior of broad features and noble bearing. Surrounded by a halo of golden light, Tyr held a mighty warhammer in one hand and a large, leatherbound tome in the other. The inscription on the tome read: "Esarus thar no’Darador" ("By Blood and Honor We Serve").
Dawn of the Aspects
During the era just after the Ordering of Azeroth, Tyr observed the proto-dragons from the shadows, particularly the intelligent ones such as Malygos. When the massive Galakrond began devouring proto-dragons and the victims became undead, Tyr made his presence known to Malygos and asked for the clever blue's help, as well as the help of Malygos's companions. Tyr made some vague wordings that imply Galakrond's mutations were his doing though things did not turn out as he had hoped. Tyr explained that his fellow Watchers would not face the danger of Galakrond as they are not tied to Azeroth like its native species are, and so he all but begged Malygos for aid.
Later, Tyr used an undead proto-dragon to catch the attention of Ysera and Alexstrasza. Some time after, Malygos found his way to the three of them. He believed that something about Ysera was special, and it was a facet of her that must be encouraged and explored. After the threat of Galakrond had passed for the moment, Tyr confronted Malygos about the blue being bitten by the undead proto-dragons and that the hunger to consume flesh was now within him. He then proposed hunting Galakrond, and decided to stand by the proto-dragons this time, revealing a war hammer from beneath his cloak. Lastly he pulled out the octagonal artifact, moving it to the three proto-dragons as it glowed, with the promise that he was "trying to ensure some future."
Galakrond returned outside the cavern, chasing Neltharion and Nozdormu. Malygos and Tyr moved to the entrance to witness their battle, and Tyr was overjoyed at the proto-dragons' coordination. Alexstrasza, Malygos and a now full-sized Tyr joined in the battle. Temporarily stunning Galakrond with his hammer, Tyr ordered the proto-dragons to flee as he stayed to battle the monster.
An unknown time later, Tyr met with the five proto-dragons, informing them that Galakrond was sleeping in a mountain range to the north and that it was the perfect time to attack. He told them to eat before doing so, and just before they left Tyr held the octagonal artifact before Nozdormu and Neltharion as he had to the others before. After doing so, Tyr vanished in the blink of an eye.
Tyr and the proto-dragons met up near Galakrond's slumbering place, which Kalecgos would later note in his visions was nowhere near Galakrond's Rest. Save for Ysera, they all began the battle against Galakrond, who had grown larger and even more mutated than before. Throughout the battle, the octagonal object on Tyr's belt glowed ever brighter. When Galakrond suddenly expanded in size without warning, Tyr's hammer could no longer harm him. With a flap of wings, Galakrond called up a massive wind that scattered the fighters. Ysera suddenly appeared and Galakrond attempted to devour her, but Tyr silenced his laughter with a mighty blow from his hammer. Tyr pulled Galakrond to the ground and began to mercilessly beat him even as Galakrond began mutating further - as he began to resemble a true dragon.
In the battle, Tyr's hammer and the strange artifact were knocked free from his person. Tyr reached to grab the artifact, just as Galakrond's massive maw came within range and the monster clamped down on Tyr's hand. Malygos moved to save Tyr, examining the bloody stump as Galakrond roared in triumph and grew ever larger.
An unconscious Tyr was brought to a frozen lake by the proto-dragons, only to vanish from the shore. While the proto-dragons believed some beast had taken him for food, Kalec felt something more intelligent had taken Tyr. When the proto-dragons later met two other Watchers, they revealed that they were the ones to bring Tyr home.
Kalecgos found Tyr's recording device still clutched in his severed hand at Galakrond's Rest. As Kalec is rocked by visions of the war against Galakrond, he often caught brief glimpses of Tyr observing him only for Tyr to vanish before Kalec could get a clear look.
After reminding the Aspects of their duties via Tyr's recording device, Kalec once again thought he saw Tyr standing at Galakrond's Rest.
Vrykul and Humans
The vrykul came to know of the battle and wrote down at least the basic details, including Tyr's name, that he owned a warhammer, that he lost his hand while battling an unfathomable evil, and how he chose to replace it with a silver fist rather than make himself whole again. The vrykul interpreted this to mean that true order and justice can only be accomplished through personal sacrifice. The vrykul tale of Tyr and other stories from their culture were left with vrykul offspring that had been affected by the Curse of Flesh and hidden away from Northrend by their parents; a distant connection to the civilization they could not live in.
The offspring prospered and their descendants became known as humans. While the origin of the tale was lost, Tyr's story was not forgotten and became a source of inspiration to humanity, particularly to paladins.
The story of Tyr slipped into memory long ago, when the young race of humans struggled to survive using the limited supplies provided to them by the parents who had abandoned them. They occasionally took to gathering around a fire whilst trying to read from scrolls telling of ancient heroes and leaders – tales from the civilization that had cast these creatures out. One of these scrolls spoke of a great leader, a paragon of order and justice, who sacrificed his right hand in a fight against an unfathomable evil. Although it was within this hero's power to fix his hand after the fighting had ended, the hero instead chose to replace it with a closed fist made of the purest silver. In this way, the hero impressed upon those who followed him that true order and justice can only be accomplished through personal sacrifice.
- There is an area known as Tyr's Terrace inside Utgarde Keep, where Ingvar the Plunderer can be found.
- The Order of the Knights of the Silver Hand took their name and symbol from the myth of Tyr and his silver hand.
- The city of Tyr's Hand was also named after Tyr.
- Tyr is named for the Norse god Týr, and their history and experiences are very similar.
- At one point it was suggested that Tyr may have mutated into General Vezax under the influence of Yogg-Saron. This was later proven false when Blizzard stated that Tyr was not in Ulduar when Yogg-Saron was defeated.
- "Welcome, clever hunter"
- I have watched you. I have watched the others. I see much potential in you, in these friends of yours...and I say that as someone who has watched many of your kind since the first of you began to stir toward self-consciousness."
- "We never intended this path. Galakrond should never have journeyed in the direction he did, and we did not prevent it. Now...now this young world faces annihilation."
- "In our seeking to guide Azeroth's growth as a whole, we have been too long removed from the daily aspects of the world, too long from interacting with the life of that world. Without guidance, events somehow brought us Galakrond. With guidance, we and your kind might be able to set Kalimdor back on its destined path."
- "We are not tied to this world as your kind is. The others...the others of my kind cannot be urged anymore to face this danger. We have grown too weary from our past battles. We--I--need your kind, Malygos. I need you."
- ^ a b c d World of Warcraft Forums - Ask CDev #1 Answers. Retrieved on 2010-06-30.
- ^ Chris Metzen on Twitter
- ^ Of Blood and Honor - Page 8
- ^ Valnoth about Tyr being absent from Ulduar
- ^ Dawn of the Aspects: Part III pg. 103
- ^ Dawn of the Aspects: Part III pg. 103
- ^ Dawn of the Aspects: Part III pgs. 106-107
- ^ Dawn of the Aspects: Part III pg. 108
- ^ Dawn of the Aspects: Part III pg. 110