Dalaran (kingdom)

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This article is about kingdom of Dalaran. For the original territory in the Alterac Mountains, see Dalaran Crater. For the city, now floating over Northrend, see Dalaran.
NeutralKingdom of Dalaran
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Dalaran City
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Healthy (rebuilt)

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Dalaran is a small, magocratic nation. Originally a city-state founded by Arathi magi near the coast of Lordamere Lake, it was moved to the skies over Crystalsong Forest during the Wrath of Lich King.

After the Purge that took place in the very streets of its capital, the magical kingdom was moved to an uncertain location over water.

History

Dalaran during the Third War.

Dalaran was one of the original city-states founded during the Arathorian Empire. Since its inception, the city has served as a hub of magical knowledge and experimentation in Lordaeron and the world. A multi-racial wizards’ council called the Kirin Tor ruled the city for centuries, overseeing Dalaran from the Violet Citadel — a great, slender spire in the city’s heart that housed the most extensive libraries and greatest laboratories in the world. The traitor Prince Arthas laid siege to Dalaran in the Third War. He murdered its citizens, including the great archmage Antonidas, and broke into the city’s heart. His ally, the lich Kel’Thuzad, then summoned Archimonde, the Burning Legion’s leader. Archimonde wielded foul magic to topple the city’s towers and sunder its walls. Shortly after Dalaran’s fall, the undead abandoned the city to the wind and mist. Months later, a resistance force led by the surviving Dalaran wizards arrived and laid claim to the ruins. Pooling their magical power, the wizards covered Dalaran in an opaque magical sphere. It is unknown what occurs beneath the dome and the wizards warn others not to get too close.[1]

Founding and early history

The second city of the Nation of Arathor, Dalaran was founded in the lands northwest of Strom. Many fledgling wizards and magi who left the restraining confines of Strom behind traveled to Dalaran, where they hoped to use their new powers with greater freedom. These new settlers used their knowledge to form the enchanted spires of the Violet Citadel on Cross Island just outside the city of Dalaran,[2] and reveled in the pursuit of their studies. The citizens of Dalaran built up a bustling economy under the protection of their magic-using defenders.

Yet, as their numbers and influence grew, more and more magi practiced their arts, the fabric of reality around Dalaran began to weaken and tear, allowing demons of the Burning Legion into the world. These invaders caused havoc in the streets and countryside of Dalaran, despite the efforts of the Magocrats, the ruling archmagi, to deal with the problem. Fearing revolt and military action from Strom, the rulers of Dalaran turned to the high elves. The elves were able to determine that the daemons which had been summoned could be dealt with, but a more permanent solution was needed. The Magocrats entered into a deal with the Convocation of Silvermoon, and the Order of Tirisfal was founded.

Under the vigilant watch of the Order, Dalaran became the chief center of learning for magicians throughout the land. The Magocrats founded the Kirin Tor, a specialized sect and ruling council that was charged with cataloging and researching every spell, artifact, and magic item known at the time.

Dalaran during the wars

Dalaran and its defenders during the Second War.
Dalaran as seen in Warcraft III.

During the Second War, Dalaran pledged to support the Alliance of Lordaeron and gave large amounts of aid, magi, and sorcerers to the war effort. It was home to the four towers, sanctum to the lands' greatest sorcerers. Some of its citizens were captured by Alterac[3] and the city itself was attacked by the Horde,[4] and so the wizards had to focus their magics in a device known as the Eye of Dalaran in order to rebuild it to its former glory.[5]

Though the Dark Portal was destroyed, in the aftermath of the Second War the Kirin Tor noticed that a rift remained that connected Azeroth and Draenor together, and so created Nethergarde Keep in order to watch over the rift.[6] The city of Dalaran was later itself attacked again for the Eye of Dalaran.[5]

Prior to the Third War, the Violet Citadel was within the city. Dalaran was the home of an incredibly large library of books and tomes, in addition to many of the greatest sorcerers of the day including Archmage Antonidas, Khadgar, Jaina Proudmoore, Arugal and Kel'Thuzad. It was also the site of the vault where the staff of Medivh, Atiesh, was kept after the master mage's death. However after the Scourge was unleashed upon the land, one of their primary targets was Dalaran. The city was defended by Dalaran Guard Towers and archmagi, but was ultimately destroyed following the summoning of Archimonde to Azeroth. The great demon single-handedly laid waste to the city by creating a magical effigy out of the dust, which he then crushed; the mighty towers of Dalaran fell simultaneously. Soon after the defeat of the Burning Legion, however, Alliance forces under the command of Grand Marshal Garithos regained the ruins of the city; some refugees from Lordaeron eventually made their way there as well.

The surviving magi of the Kirin Tor later returned with the intent of rebuilding, and erected a large, magical time-and-space distortion field around the city to ward off a new attack while they slowly regained their strength. The shield is opaque and completely impenetrable by any known means. Now the lands around the ruins of Dalaran are the site of a guerrilla war between the Alliance and the Forsaken.

Modern Dalaran

The reconstruction of Dalaran in World of Warcraft.
Main article: Dalaran Crater
See also: Dalaran NPCs

Dalaran was one of the original human cities in the Arathorian Empire. Long the center of magical learning, a conclave of magi called the Kirin Tor oversaw its mystic happenings from the Violet Citadel. Undead forces overran the city in the Third War; and Archimonde, then the Burning Legion’s commander, destroyed the city with his foul magic. The Scourge abandoned the ruins, but a group of magi reclaimed it months later. Now, an opaque violet dome of magical energy covers and protects Dalaran. No means, either magic or mundane, can determine the goings-on inside the dome. Archmagi patrol its perimeter, but the dome is powerful enough to destroy creatures that venture too close. The magi are certainly working on something — but none can discover what it is.[7]

Today, the Magocracy of Dalaran continues to rule its nation, the city. Despite the destruction of its capital, Dalaran has remained an important member of the Alliance. Dalaran currently has about 3000 citizens,[8] only 120 of them are members of the Kirin Tor.[9] The Kirin Tor continues to rule over the remains of their city, which is being rebuilt. They also have forces stationed in Ambermill, Nethergarde Keep, the Lordamere Internment Camp, and parts of Silverpine Forest. Dalaran also has a strong presence in Outland. Dalaran's army is largely responsible for the survival of Alliance power in Silverpine; without the aid of the magi, the town of Pyrewood Village would have fallen to the Scourge long ago. All travelers in southern Silverpine will note the massive presence of Dalaran's troops. The city is the northern-most state with a sizeable force after the invasion of the Scourge.

The fortified outpost, Nethergarde Keep and the surrounding area in the Blasted Lands is also under control of Stormwind and Dalaran.[10]

Wrath of the Lich King

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Dalaran as seen from above.

The Archmage Rhonin was chosen to lead the Kirin Tor and led the reconstruction of Dalaran and its defenses.[11] Though traditionally barred from Dalaran, the Horde has been accepted into the city through the efforts of Archmage Aethas Sunreaver. Having decided to open their city to Horde magi as well, Dalaran has since declared itself a neutral city during the Wrath of the Lich King expansion.

One thing to take into consideration is that three of Dalaran's best wizards: Khadgar, Jaina, and Rhonin, have had positive dealings with Horde individuals in the past. Also, Antonidas studied the effects of the orcs' lethargy extensively enough to know that orcs could be reasonable in the absence of their demonic bloodlust.[12] The Horde's allies, the blood elves, have been allies and productive members of the Kirin Tor for over 2,000 years and have vouched for them. The inclusion of blood elves with in the Kirin Tor's ranks and the Horde supporter Aethas Sunreaver in the Council of Six have ensured the Horde a sanctuary within the city, though Rhonin's wife Vereesa Windrunner was opposed to this notion.

The city contains areas that are faction-specific in the same manner as Shattrath City is divided amongst the Aldor and Scryers. Certain parts of the city can only be reached by Alliance players (Silver Enclave) while others are strictly for Horde use (Sunreaver's Sanctuary). The majority of the city remains neutral.

Evidently, the blue dragonflight, led by Malygos, has declared war on all mortal magic-users.[13] In response to this crisis, the city has been moved (likely with the bulk of the Kirin Tor and most available resources) to levitate high in the skies above Northrend. Dalaran today floats majestically above the Crystalsong Forest in defiance to the blue dragonflight as well as the forces of the Lich King in Icecrown — to the north of its location.

Mists of Pandaria

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After Jaina Proudmoore discovered that Sunreavers helped Garrosh Hellscream steal the  [Divine Bell] by using Dalaran portals to infiltrate Darnassus, Jaina mobilized the Kirin Tor, Alliance forces, and the Silver Covenant to purge the Horde from Dalaran. After which, Jaina pledges the Kirin Tor to the Alliance.

Legion

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During the Burning Legion invasion of Azeroth the mages of Dalaran did an emergency blink which transported the city above Karazhan and causing a little confusion and chaos to its citizens. During this time the Kirin Tor, at the behest of Khadgar, called for a vote to allow the Horde back into the city. While Jaina Proudmoore and Ansirem Runeweaver were completely against it the vote was carried and passed. Feeling betrayed, Jaina left Dalaran and the Kirin Tor leaving Khadgar in charge. After a demon attack, Dalaran was moved over the Broken Shore in the Broken Isles to combat the Legion.

People and culture

The flag.

The demonym for things originating from Dalaran is "Dalaranian".[14]

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The exact number of people living within Dalaran's protective dome is unknown, but believed to be around 3,000 or so. Mostly wizards and their conjured or created guardians inhabit Dalaran, and the city possesses few real citizens. A couple hundred troops probably dwell within and can be mustered when the call to arms is sounded. Wizards are often seen outside the dome. In particular, Archmage Ansirem Runeweaver constantly moves about the dome’s periphery. The archmage seems to be in charge of Dalaran and leads a conclave of fellow wizards in their vigil of the dome. The mages hold no love for the Scourge. They would see it destroyed.[15]

Relations with other kingdoms

Though Dalaran had been an independent nation at some point after the Third War, it has recently pledged itself to the Alliance. Dalaran considers all Alliance nations to be their allies. They are officially at war with the Scourge, although they have driven the Scourge far enough away from their borders for this to not be a real war any longer. Dalaran is also opposed to the Syndicate. They openly support war with the Qiraji of Silithus. During the Nexus War, Dalaran was at war with the Blue dragonflight. With Malygos' death, tensions appear to have ceased but mortals are still wary of blue dragons due to their participation in Malygos' schemes.

The Violet Citadel does not support the Scarlet Crusade openly, but accept their movements and operations as long as they continue to cause disorder among the undead. They had also been at open war with the Forsaken and did not have much dealings with the Horde, having been invaded by them during the Second War. They tried to mend fences with the Horde by accepting the Sunreavers into Dalaran but after their betrayal and expulsion, Dalaran now considers all Horde aligned political factions as enemies of the state.

Geography

The original location of Dalaran was on the southern shores of Lordamere Lake, north of the Hillsbrad Foothills. The city itself currently hovers over Crystalsong Forest in Northrend. Only a crater remains in its original location.

Before the Nexus War, Dalaran was a ruined city. A magical dome surrounded the ruins, long the headquarters of magical study in the world of Azeroth. The dome was impenetrable, violet and opaque — nothing could be seen beyond it. Located on Lordamere Lake's southern shore, the original location is a low-pressure region. The environment creates mists and clouds, the air is cool and damp. A rise to the city’s east marks where the demon lord Archimonde used his magic to shatter the city's spires. There were a few wrecked houses, with empty streets. Not much there.[16]

It is suspected that the reason why Dalaran was not a fully functional Alliance city was due to the fact that it was far too close to the Undercity and thus would have tilted the balance of power far in favor of the Alliance in the Lordaeron region.

Regarding the Burning Legion

The Burning Legion as a whole was not attracted to Azeroth through Dalaran's use of arcane magic. The Second Invasion was sparked by a carefully-executed plan hatched by Kil'jaeden out of Archimonde's lust for revenge on the planet caused during the War of the Ancients. The Highborne use of magic ten thousand years ago was markedly different from that of the Kirin Tor, Azshara and her servants attracted the Legion through use of insanely powerful magic fueled by the Well of Eternity.

Dalaran in Warcraft II

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Leader: The Kirin Tor

Nation Color: Violet

Background: Dalaran is a small, magocratic nation ruled by a conclave of Wizards known as the Kirin Tor. The capital of Dalaran is the Violet Citadel at Cross Island. This nexus of supernatural forces is home to the four great towers that are sanctum to many of the land's greatest sorcerers. The Kirin Tor are strong supporters of the Alliance and to its cause have devoted the knowledge contained within their voluminous libraries as well as the power of their awesome magiks.[17]

Notable leaders

Notable Leaders

History Second War Invasion of the Scourge Reconstruction War against the Lich King War against Deathwing Discovery of Pandaria War against the Iron Horde Third Invasion of the Burning Legion
Ruler Antonidas Rhonin Jaina Proudmoore Khadgar

Film universe

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The nation of Dalaran is depicted close to its World of Warcraft incarnation. It is led by Antonidas and its capital is the city of Dalaran. The nation participated in the council that would eventually lead to the creation of the Alliance.

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