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Tyr's Hand prior to Wrath of the Lich King
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Tyr's Hand is a fortified city located in Eastern Plaguelands. This area is in much better condition than the Plaguelands, although the trees and other flora are obviously dying. Tyr's Hand was one of the only major human settlement left in this part of Lordaeron, with many religious and military buildings including a blacksmith and barracks. It was manned by an army of Scarlet Crusaders and was relatively untouched by the Plague of Undeath.
Tyr's Hand was a large port city populated by humans, located in the far east of the continent of Lordaeron on the eastern shore and was loyal to the crown of that kingdom. Founded initially by pilgrims migrating eastward into lands then contested by roving bands of Forest Trolls and named for a legendary hero of the ancient stories, the city quickly grew to become a regional bastion of security as well as a center of trade and commerce with the nearby high elven kingdom of Quel'Thalas.
During the Second War, troubles arose in Tyr's Hand when the local peasant population fell into a state of minor revolt. The uprising was quelled and the Knights of the Silver Hand were summoned to watch over the populace. The Alliance searched out all of the Horde forces in the area and destroyed them to maintain order in the region. It was later discovered that the rebellion at Tyr's Hand was started by Alterac spies in hopes of concealing the orcish mining facility located there.
Later, the Horde employed the ogre magi in the creation and defense of a fortress at the mouth of Tyr's Bay, cutting off the human supply lines into Quel'Thalas as well as razing the city and its ports. However, in time Tyr's Hand was rebuilt.
During the aftermath of the Third War, forces of the Scourge laid siege to the fortified city but could never breach it, largely in part due to the tenacious efforts of its garrison under Lord Valdelmar that would soon declare its loyalty to the burgeoning Scarlet Crusade. The city provided supplies to the Crusaders.
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Tyr's Hand is a city of religion, with its own church, cathedral and abbey. At some point, the elder commanded the city and its Crusaders and priests. So strategic a position was Tyr's Hand that his daughter, continued its use as the headquarters for the Crusade after his death. To this day, Tyr's Hand has resisted the push of 's undead minions, and continues to serve as not only the regional base of operations for the Scarlet Crusade, but its religious center as well. In the bleak darkness of the eastern Plaguelands, it is the only patch of greenery.
Interestingly, the abbey has a church bell in the belfry, that, similar to the Booty Bay Alarm Bell, when moused over the cursor turns into an action wheel. While clicking seems like it should ellicit a response, nothing actually happens as yet, sound effect or otherwise.
Wrath of the Lich King
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New death knights start in an area east of Tyr's Hand, atop a necropolis known as Acherus: The Ebon Hold. To start, death knights will be aligned with the Scourge and receive their orders from the Lich King himself, as well as such Scourge personalities as and . The death knight's task will be to lay waste to the towns of New Avalon and Havenshire along the coast.
In the non-instanced area of this same region, Tyr's Hand is strangely unaffected by the devastation wrought by the Scourge in the neighboring towns. It was previously speculated to be destroyed — the plague having overwhelmed it at last, or being abandoned by the newborn Scarlet Onslaught - but the evidence is clear that there is still a Scarlet presence in the city.
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Ironically, it is revealed that every Scarlet Crusader in Tyr's Hand has been turned undead, and the Brotherhood of the Light seeks the help of adventurers to take over the town. Inside the barracks are several relics that the undead crusaders can't touch anymore due to their state. According to , the Brotherhood , but it is presumed to be the work of , who raised all the Scarlet Crusaders in Stratholme into undeath. The Brotherhood succeeded and the Argent Crusade now controls the city.
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The few humans who roamed the Plaguelands desperately sought the safety of Tyr's Hand.
Notes & trivia
- According to , what caused their turning into undeath is unknown (though the fighters in Stratholme know that killed all Crusaders in the city and raised them). No connection between the Risen and the crusaders in Tyr's Hand is ever made and they are still referred to as the scarlet crusaders, although it is possible that the Tyr's Hand quests simply chronologically happened before Stratholme and the Risen as an organization were not known about yet.
- Tyr's Hand was named after , the titanic watcher responsible for the Temple of Order in the Storm Peaks. His story was one of the legends known to the first ancient humans, left to them when abandoned by their vrykul parents.
- The city's location is shown in Warcraft III manual map but otherwise wasn't mentioned or seen in the game.
Tyr's Bay, beyond the walls of the city.
- Patch 1.8.0 (2005-10-10): Tyr's Hand now has the proper outdoor elite monster respawn time.