- For other usages, see Black Morass (disambiguation).
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.
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. 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.
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. 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.
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- The Warcraft: Orcs & Humans manual originally implied that the Dark Portal was making the land more sick and swamp-like 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.
The Black Morass on the Azeroth map of the First War.
The Black Morass being assaulted by the troops of Stormwind.
The area around the Dark Portal during the Second War.
The same area, as seen by the orcs during the Invasion of Draenor.
Opening the Dark Portal instance map.
Map of the Black Morass as a zone.
- ^ Grubb, Jeff. The Last Guardian, 79. ISBN 978-0-6710-4151-9.
- ^ The Temple of the Damned (WC1 Human)
- ^ Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness manual, Clans of the Horde, The Black Tooth Grin Clan
- ^ Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal manual, The Aftermath of the Second War
- ^ Rosenberg, Aaron. Tides of Darkness. ISBN 978-1-4165-3990-2.
- ^ Warcraft: Orcs & Humans manual, Chronicles of the War in Azeroth, 583
- ^ Warcraft: Orcs & Humans manual, The Destiny of the Orcish Hordes