Black Morass

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The Black Morass in World of Warcraft.
For other usages, see Black Morass (disambiguation).

The Black Morass was the area that is now commonly known as the Blasted Lands. It is where the orcs first appeared in Azeroth through the Dark Portal.


First War

Around the time of the First War, the Morass Road traversed the swamp.[1] The first Temple of the Damned was built deep within the Black Morass.[2]

The Morass was once similar to the Swamp of Sorrows to its north, but when the Dark Portal opened the area around it began to wither.

Second War

During the Second War this area was the domain of the Black Tooth Grin clan, who were entrusted with the keeping of the Dark Portal.[3] After the final battle against the Horde, Nethergarde Keep was built and elven scouts were placed on continual patrol within the Black Morass searching for any sign of the renegade Bleeding Hollow clan.[4]

By the time of the Alliance's destruction of the Portal much of the land was nothing more than parched red soil devoid of plant-life, mirroring Draenor's transformation of Tanaan Jungle into Hellfire Peninsula.[5] Yet the rift between the two worlds remained, and its damaging effects continued. This left behind a completely waterless, treeless wasteland which became known as the Blasted Lands.

Burning Crusade

The Burning Crusade This section concerns content exclusive to The Burning Crusade.

The Black Morass can be visited in a Burning Crusade instance, accessible through the Caverns of Time in the event called Opening the Dark Portal.


  • The Warcraft: Orcs & Humans manual originally implied that the Dark Portal was making the land more sick[6] and swamp-like[7] instead of making it burnt and dead.
  • The Black Morass was originally intended to appear as a zone in World of Warcraft, not just as a dungeon.