Broken Isles

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For the The Frozen Throne mission, see The Broken Isles (WC3 NightElf).
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The Broken Isles are shrouded in mystery and intrigue. Their jagged coasts, lush forests, and colossal mountains are home to ancient ruins and cultures not seen by outsiders for thousands of years. Every stone has a story to tell; every cavern holds the promise of a new discovery.[2]

The Broken Isles are a chain of islands located northeast of the raging Maelstrom. Littered with ancient elven ruins, they contain notably the mighty night elf city of Suramar as well as the long-lost Tomb of Sargeras. The third invasion of the Burning Legion commenced when the sealed portal inside the Tomb was opened again by Gul'dan from the alternate universe.

History

The Felstorm erupts from the Tomb, and the third invasion of the Burning Legion commences.

Before the Great Sundering, the region that would become the Broken Isles was a part of the Kaldorei Empire on Ancient Kalimdor. It was here that the ancient forest of Val'sharah, home of Cenarius, was located, as well as the city of Suramar, hometown of Tyrande Whisperwind. Malfurion Stormrage and Illidan Stormrage also grew up here. The Sundering blasted a part of Suramar underwater, though the majority of the city was saved by the future nightborne thanks to a magical bubble that shielded the city.[3]

Aegwynn, the Guardian of Tirisfal, came to the island of Thal'dranath seeking a safe place to entomb the corpse of the avatar of Sargeras, knowing it still held power. She thus placed his body in a titan facility underneath the sunken Temple of Elune, which would eventually become known as the Tomb of Sargeras.[4][5]

Second War

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During the Second War, Gul'dan abandoned the Horde and led his Stormreaver and Twilight's Hammer followers to the Broken Isles, seeking the power of the Tomb for himself. The warlock and his men raised Thal'dranath,[6][7] from the bottom of the sea. As he opened the Tomb, he was torn to shreds by the demons inside. Doomhammer loyalists of the Blackrock and Black Tooth Grin clans then finished Gul'dan's troops,[8] though the Hammer and Cho'gall managed to survive and escape.[9]

Third War

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During the Third War, Maiev Shadowsong chased escaped prisoner Illidan Stormrage to the Isles, who searched for the Eye of Sargeras. She discovered the remains of the ancient night elf city of Suramar, as well as a never-ending battle between the undead remnants of the Twilight's Hammer, Blackrock, and Stormreaver clans.[10] Maiev pursued Illidan into the Tomb of Sargeras, but Illidan found the Eye first and used it to collapse a section of the tomb onto Maiev's forces.[11] Maiev sent a runner to return to Kalimdor and get help from Malfurion Stormrage,[12] who rescued her forces and pursued Illidan.[13]

Legion

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The Broken Isles are a new continent introduced in World of Warcraft: Legion and are the main setting of the expansion. The Tomb of Sargeras has been reopened and demons have began to pour into the isles.

Geography

Map of the Broken Isles.

Zones

The Broken Isles can be accessed after reaching level 98 and completing the introduction questline. All Broken Isles zones are scaled to the player's level, except for Suramar, which is an end-game questing zone for level 110 players.

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In the RPG

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The Broken Isles in Lands of Mystery.

The Broken Isles include about four large (relatively speaking) islands and about three small islands. They were underwater until a scant few decades ago, when the orc warlock Gul'dan raised them from the ocean floor. Gul'dan was searching for the tomb of the fallen Titan Sargeras, and indeed he found it: The ancient Kaldorei structure stands on the largest isle. Other Kaldorei ruins, remnants of their culture from 10,000 years ago, stand on the other islands. For having been underwater for the better part of ten millennia, they look pretty good.

The Broken Isles are an unpleasant and dangerous place. The Death Hiss tribe of naga dominates the region, led by Tide Priest Harash. Other threats are abundant as well: giant turtles, hydras, wendigo and a host of other dangers occupy the areas the naga are not. Also, a few goblin merchants have managed to carve out some spaces for themselves with the help of hired mercenaries.

The Maelstrom is just northwest of the Broken Isles. It's close. It's too close. The Maelstrom's magical storms lash the Broken Isles, making for near constant winds and rainfall and, occasionally, something stranger. The Maelstrom's proximity makes the Broken Isles unstable. Soon, the storm will prove too much and the islands will sink back into the sea.[14]

The Broken Isles are apparently being pulled toward the Maelstrom as implied by Lands of Mystery, and it is said they will likely be destroyed at some point by the magical forces of the storm.[15] The explanation that the islands are moving towards the Maelstrom may have been created to explain why the islands seemed to have moved positions in the maps between Warcraft II and Warcraft III. However, it is also implied that the island was much closer to the Maelstrom than it was shown in the map for Warcraft II when Aegwynn buried Sargeras there.

Notes & trivia

  • In Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness, the islands were shown to be halfway between Balor and Kul Tiras.[16] Still in Warcraft II, only Aegwynn and Medivh knew the true location of the Tomb of Sargeras, and they did not share that information with anybody.
  • It was originally established that Gul'dan had raised the Broken Isles entirely, which where described as volcanic, from the bottom of the ocean.[8] However, it has since been retconned so that he raised only the island of Thal'dranath, also known as the Broken Shore,[17] the rest having survived the Great Sundering.[18]
    • Malfurion Stormrage also knew about their existence,[19] confirming the retcon.
    • After the Third War, Maiev's runner announced Illidan's presence on the Broken Isles, and they were not surprised by the location.[20] However, she was not aware that the Tomb of Sargeras or Suramar had remained.[21]
  • The Broken Isles were represented by the Sunken Ruins melee tileset in The Frozen Throne, but none of the Legion areas perfectly match with the tileset.

Speculation

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Location discrepancy

  • The northern islands may have been meant to represent the Broken Isles, but were seemingly too far north at the time. In Legion, the Broken Isles are located exactly where the northern islands were on the Vanilla map, indicating that they are in fact the same. However, the northern islands and the island that the RPG called the Broken Isles have been on the map at the same time since Warcraft III.
  • Balor may be a part of the Broken Isles or located near the island chain.

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References

  1. ^ Ultimate Visual Guide: Aegwynn slew Sargeras' avatar with disconcerting ease, and hid the body in a Tomb beneath the Great Sea.
  2. ^ The Art of World of Warcraft: Legion, pg. 44
  3. ^ Chronicle Volume 1
  4. ^ Chronicle Volume 1
  5. ^ Aegwynn and the Dragon Hunt
  6. ^ Dave Kosak on Twitter
  7. ^ Blizzcon 2015 | Alex Afrasiabi Legion behind the scenes!!
  8. ^ a b The Tomb of Sargeras (WC2 Orc)
  9. ^ Tides of Darkness, pg. 291 - 294
  10. ^ The Broken Isles
  11. ^ The Tomb of Sargeras (WC3 NightElf)
  12. ^ Wrath of the Betrayer (WC3 NightElf)
  13. ^ Balancing the Scales (WC3 NightElf)
  14. ^ Lands of Mystery, pg. 67 - 69
  15. ^ Lands of Mystery, pg. 67 - 68
  16. ^ File:Warcraft II - Map of Eastern Kingdoms.jpg
  17. ^ The Tomb of Sargeras
  18. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2
  19. ^ N [100] Dark Waters
  20. ^ Unfinished Business - "Even now, my mistress battles him on the broken isles!"
  21. ^ The Broken Isles, "The ruins all around us, Naisha... I recognize them. This was once the great city of Suramar, built before our civilization was blasted beneath the sea ten thousand years ago."

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