Caverns of Time
|Caverns of Time|
|Caverns of Time|
Located in the eastern part of Tanaris, the Caverns of Time contain various portals to different key historical periods and events in Warcraft history. The caverns act as a crossroads for the various timeways, and through them one can travel back and forth along the ebb and flow of time.
The Caverns of Time are home to and the bronze dragonflight. It is their sacred mission, one which was charged to them by the titans, to guard the caverns against the intrusion of mortals, whose interference would assuredly disrupt the flow of time. Recently, a mysterious force called the infinite dragonflight has begun to meddle with time. The Bronze Dragonflight is recruiting adventurers to make sure that the events that took place in the past remain as they were.
- 1 History
- 2 Appearance and denizens
- 3 Instances
- 4 Human Illusion
- 5 Quests
- 6 NPCs
- 7 Quick Travel to Caverns of Time
- 8 Notes
- 9 Gallery
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 External links
HistoryThis section concerns content exclusive to the Warcraft RPG and is considered non-canon.
Relics of past ages live half-buried in the sands near the entrance to this vast cave system. The bronze drakes of the mighty dragon Nozdormu patrol the borders, making sure that no mortals enter the sacred grounds at the cavern's entrance. Those who somehow slip past the drake guardians and enter the caverns have never returned quite the same — tales describe how some appear as old men, while others are reduced to infancy by the cavern's strange energies.This section concerns content exclusive to The Burning Crusade.
Deep within the Caverns of Time, the brooding dragon Nozdormu has awakened. Since the world was young, the bronze dragonflight has safeguarded the winding labyrinth, monitoring the shifting timeways to ensure that the delicate balance of time is upheld.
The Timeless One sensed a threat to his beloved timeways. Shadowy agents have infiltrated the Caverns of Time, attempting to sabotage four key historical events: 's escape from Durnholde, the monumental battle of Mount Hyjal, 's creation of the Dark Portal and Arthas' culling of Stratholme. In the face of this overwhelming threat, Nozdormu is enlisting heroes to help him prevent the fabric of time from unraveling forever.This section concerns content exclusive to the Warcraft novels or short stories.
During Thrall's journey during the events of Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects, Thrall and Desharin ventured to the Caverns. Thrall learned about the timeways such as one, where he escapes from Durnholde. While they were meditating, an agent attacked them and killed Desharin. Thrall was then tossed to a portal by a bronze dragon and began his journey through the past and was able to release Nozdormu.This section concerns content exclusive to Legion.
During the Legion invasion of Tanaris, the entrance to the cavern was sealed by a protective barrier and defended with the help of the demon hunters. Upon the invasion being successfully pushed back, the barrier was lifted.
Appearance and denizensThis section contains information that is out-of-date.
The caverns are not all sand — some former barren areas are full of lush forests and all around the Caverns there are huge dragon watchers, some on all fours and some on two legs, towering above everything else, and they wield huge axes. A few vendors and other humanoids exist throughout the Caverns, among them being frozen human warriors that surround towers of old Lordaeron and frozen citizens of Stratholme, an alcohol vendor, an enchantment materials vendor and a vendor that sells general goods. From the general goods vendor (who is called a <Provisioner>) you can buy new types of cheese and water. The frozen NPCs' eyes all creepily move and glance around.
The bronze dragon , who sits outside the gate, is labeled as a "?? Boss" but is not hostile at this point in time — although his companions Tick, , and do remain aggressive. It is not at all a risk to walk right into the caverns as they currently stand, so long as you don't get too close to any of the dragons other than Anachronos.
The caverns contain several instances with content culled directly from their previous Warcraft games or periods of the Warcraft history that elapsed between them. At one point Blizzard also discussed a battleground set in the past, but the project appears to have been shelved.
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InstancesThis section concerns content exclusive to The Burning Crusade.
- escaping from Durnholde Keep (Warcraft Adventures (not released)/Novel Lord of the Clans) (level 66-68 5-man)
- Bosses: , ,
- Note: Due to the level requirements of its prerequisites, must be level 66 or higher to do the Escape from Durnholde Keep.
Durnholde Keep was the headquarters of the orcish internment camps in southern Lordaeron following the Horde's defeat in the Second War. At this time, was a 19-year-old slave to human officer , who intended to use as a puppet Warchief to control the orcish Horde and thus gain power over his fellow humans. However, Thrall knew that he was destined for more, and so he made his escape from Durnholde to find others of his kind, eventually discovering the Frostwolf Clan and his place as Warchief.This section concerns content exclusive to The Burning Crusade.
- Defend while he opens the Dark Portal (Warcraft I) (level 70 5-man)
- Bosses: , ,
, the last of the magical Guardians of Tirisfal, was possessed at birth by the evil Titan, . It was Medivh who first contacted the corrupt orc sorcerer , also in the service of the Burning Legion. Together they sought to bridge the dimensional gap between Azeroth and Draenor, homeworld of the orcs, to facilitate the destruction of Azeroth. On the appointed day both Medivh and Gul'dan concentrated their considerable magic energies, forcing the collapse of the dimensional barrier. The setting of this event is the Black Morass, now known as the Blasted Lands.
Players defend Medivh as he opens the portal.This section concerns content exclusive to The Burning Crusade.
- Battle for Mount Hyjal (Warcraft III, Twilight of the Gods) (level 70 25-man raid)
- Bosses: Rage Winterchill, Anetheron, , Azgalor, Archimonde
- Note: The Battle for Mount Hyjal is the only pre-Cataclysm section of the Caverns of Time that contains no presence of the Infinite Dragonflight.
At the pinnacle of the second battle against the Burning Legion it was clear to the races of Azeroth that the only way to achieve victory would be to unite their forces in a final, desperate push for victory. This battle took place at the peak of Mount Hyjal, at the foot of Nordrassil, the World Tree. The night elves, led by and , the new Horde, led by Thrall and , and the remnants of the Alliance of Lordaeron, led by , united their forces against and the demonic forces of the Burning Legion in a massive, epic battle to defend Azeroth. Victory was narrowly achieved, even as Archimonde reached the World Tree and attempted to drain it of its energy.This section concerns content exclusive to Wrath of the Lich King.
- The Purging of Stratholme from its infected inhabitants (Warcraft III, The Culling). (level 80 5-man)
- Bosses: , , , Mal'Ganis
The next instance, included in the second expansion, is Stratholme several years in the past. Players join Arthas in "cleansing" the city of plagued villagers, one of the final acts in a series of personal changes that culminates in Arthas becoming a death knight of the , and one of the first acts into his decent to madness. This was a level within Warcraft III. and Uther are seen in this instance briefly, as Arthas had a disagreement with his mentor before the culling of the people of Stratholme, and disbanded the order of paladins to which Uther belonged — the Knights of the Silver Hand.
Final Push against the WorldbreakerThis section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.
- The future of Azeroth, as a result of the Old God victory in the war against Deathwing. (Hour of Twilight) (level 85 5-man)
- Bosses: , , , ,
The Dragon Aspects that occupy Wyrmrest Temple have a problem: They know that if they cannot destroy their fallen brother , he'll consume the world. There’s only one artefact with the power to weaken the Black Scourge, but it has long since been destroyed: the Dragon Soul. To retrieve the golden disk the Aspects must charge the heroes of Azeroth with its retrieval from the depths of time. Deathwing first unleashed the power of the Dragon Soul to stop and the Burning Legion from entering Azeroth through the Well of Eternity. That means sending players to the Caverns of Time and Nozdormu. Upon arriving, the Aspect of Time will tell them that his ability to send them back to the battle at the Well of Eternity is being interfered with by an entity in the future. First then, players must go forward into the Endtime and kill . Within they’ll witness a charred vision of the world should the plan to defeat Deathwing fail.
- The first invasion of the Burning Legion on Azeroth, pre-Sundering (War of the Ancients Trilogy). (level 85 5-man)
- Bosses: , Queen Azshara,
- Note: You must first complete End Time to access Well of Eternity
With Murozond's defeat, players will be able to venture into the past and partake in the near-apocalyptic clash at the Well of Eternity. There, players will fight alongside such prominent characters of Warcraft lore as Illidan, Malfurion Stormrage and Tyrande. They’ll see the demon Mannoroth and the delusional highborne queen, Azshara.
- The push towards besieged Wyrmrest Temple through the wastes of Dragonblight in Northrend. (Present day) (level 85 5-man)
- Bosses: , , Archbishop Benedictus
- Note: You must first complete Well of Eternity to access Hour of Twilight
Once the Dragon Soul is secured, players will return to the present and in the third instance will be charged with protecting both Thrall and the artefact as they make their way to Wyrmrest Temple in Northrend. In The Hour of Twilight, they'll discover the Temple is now under full assault by Deathwing and his myriad forces. It's a conceit that players will be familiar with from Wrath of the Lich King’s patch 3.3, and it perfectly stages the final Cataclysm raid against Deathwing himself.
- Battle against Deathwing and his remaining allies, picks up where Hour of Twilight instance left off. (Present day) (level 85 10/25-man raid)
- Bosses: , , , , , , ,
The raid picks up right where the final instance finishes. Thrall and the Dragon Soul are now nearby Wyrmrest Temple and raiders begin by attempting to relieve the beleaguered Aspects. Deathwing's host includes the Twilight dragonflight, Earth Elementals, servants of the Old Gods and the Twilight's Hammer cult. As players reach the summit of the Temple they’ll encounter , one of the most powerful Twilight dragons ever created. Once the Twilight dragon has been bested, Thrall is able unleash the charged Dragon Soul upon Deathwing. The raid then boards an airship in pursuit of the wounded dragon who is now flying for the Maelstrom and the safety of Deepholm. En route, Twilight's Hammer drake riders, led by the Twilight's Hammer Warmaster, will harry them. Having dispatched the Twilight's Hammer, players will then leave the airship and climb onto the back of Deathwing himself. Scrambling on the huge dragon, players will be tasked with prying up these huge elementium plates from his back to allow Thrall and the Aspects to shoot the Dragon Soul at him again.
Due to lore reasons, primarily the absence of certain races at the time periods portrayed in the CoT instances, the bronze dragonflight will place the spell Human Illusion on all Draenei, Night Elf, Worgen, Blood Elf, Tauren, Orc, Forsaken, Troll and Goblin player characters, turning them into Human forms of themselves - but retaining all of that character's actual gear on their new temporary model. Death Knight players will still retain their echo voices and blue glowing eyes. Before Patch 4.0.6, worgen players retained their usual Human form, but were unable to use .
Night Elf Illusion
All players appear as night elves in the Well of Eternity instance, similar to the Human Illusion in the Culling of Stratholme and Escape from Durnholde Keep instances.
The last vendors to appear are , and his unfortunate brother (who's voice has been altered due to the strain of time travel), orcs who have become stranded between some point in the past and the present. Galgrom sells various foodstuffs, including two new items, , which restores 4,320 health over 30 seconds and requires level 55, and , which restores 5,100 mana over 30 seconds and also requires level 55, as well as some level 65 foods and projectile weapons. Bortega, a poisons/reagents vendor, sells nothing new.
Other unselectable NPCs (Stratholme Citizen Specimen, Stratholme Child Specimen and more) appear throughout the open areas. Also, other factionless NPC's and they, like the vendors, are members of the Keepers of Time faction (with the exception of Alexston Chrome, who appears to be factionless).
Quick Travel to Caverns of TimeThis section concerns content exclusive to The Burning Crusade.
As of Patch 2.4, at the World's End Tavern in Shattrath City can port characters who have at least Revered reputation status with the Keepers of Time directly to the entrance of the Caverns, just next to the meeting stone and the .This section concerns content exclusive to Wrath of the Lich King.
In the Wrath of the Lich King expansion, players can also use the portal located at the Violet Citadel in Dalaran or speak to standing in front of it. Unlike the transport from Shattrath, there is no reputation requirement.This section concerns content exclusive to Legion.
- Before patch 4.2.0, in order to access the instances in Heroic mode, players had to obtain Honored Reputation with the Keepers of Time, and then buy the from , the Keepers of Time quartermaster, in the Caverns of Time. The Culling of Stratholme does not require any key nor reputation for Heroic mode.
- In World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor, the Dark Portal was twisted to link up to the alternate Draenor of the past, rather than the current Outland. It was planned that in order for players to still access Outland (and level from 60 to 70), a portal to Outland would be opened up in the Caverns of Time. The portals were placed in Orgrimmar and Stormwind instead.
- Very late in the Warlords of Draenor beta, an infinite drakonid known as the "Infinite Vanguard" was found outside the Caverns of Time. Meanwhile, a time rift like those the infinites have been known to use appeared above the sands of Tanaris between the Caverns of Time and the Gaping Chasm. Both of these were removed before the final version of the game.