Dalaran Crater

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This article is about the location where Dalaran once stood. For the city and its lore, see Dalaran.
Peter Lee's 2008 concept of the remnants of Dalaran bordering Alterac Mountains.
Dalaran in-game, prior to Wrath of the Lich King

Dalaran Crater is an area in the Hillsbrad Foothills located at the west end, on the shores of Lordamere Lake. It is north of Brazie Farmstead, the former Lordamere Internment Camp, and just east of Silverpine. It is a massive crater where the city of Dalaran once stood, which was destroyed during the Third War. The region was once patrolled by Dalaran wizards and their rock elemental minions, who were leveled in their mid thirties. The NPCs that remain around the crater are friendly to the Alliance and hostile to the Horde.

History

Dalaran was originally represented in-game by a large purple dome with ruined buildings set up around and protruding from it. Players could not physically walk through the barrier, though hunters' [Eagle Eye] and shamans' [Far Sight] could see the empty ground inside the dome where the city was supposed to be. Warlocks could also see inside if they summoned their Eye of Kilrogg while standing between one of the buildings and the dome.

Wrath of the Lich King

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When Dalaran was lifted off to fly over Northrend and aid adventurers in their fight against the Lich King, its former location in Alterac was dominated by this gaping crater. The magical dome remains, though nearly transparent and permitting entry. With some purplish haze around the site — possibly residue from the city's (literally) earth-shaking exit — it is an ethereal place.

Cataclysm

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For the most part, only workers and summoners remain at the crater as of Cataclysm. Arcane Remnants wander the area inside the crater, and Relios the Relic Keeper can be found outside. Archmage Ansirem Runeweaver of the Kirin Tor, previously seen roaming near the crater, is absent. Indigos can be found at the end of a prominent cliff, berating the mages there. Dialogue between the inhabitants of the crater reveal the area is unstable.

Horde players visit the area for the quests H [18] Relios the Relic Keeper and H [18] Practical Vengeance. During these quests, there will be a portal to the Sepulcher in the middle of the crater.

Mists of Pandaria

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The  [Ancient Tome of Teleport: Dalaran], found in the Scarlet Halls instance, teaches Level 90 Mages how to teleport to the crater, and the  [Ancient Tome of Portal: Dalaran], sold by Neutral Endora Moorehead <Magical Goods> in Dalaran for 150g, teaches mages how to create a portal there - albeit high enough in the air to kill you (as is evident from the corpse of Crusader Jorny the Deified), though such fatalities can easily be avoided using abilities such as [Slow Fall] or [Ice Block].

Legion

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With the second relocation of Dalaran, the Kirin Tor opens up Aegwynn's Gallery for adventurers where, among other portals, a portal to Dalaran Crater can be found.

As of the third invasion of the Burning Legion, the local forces of Dalaran are trying to reconstruct the remaining ruins, overseen by Archmage Cedric.[1]

Notes & trivia

  • Korialstrasz had his secret lair near the ruins of Dalaran.[2] Similarly, Rhonin and Vereesa Windrunner lived somewhere near the ruins as well after the Third War. Near their home, there was a friendly town.[3] The town could be Hillsbrad or Tarren Mill.
  • The Dalaran Ruins are a melee tileset in The Frozen Throne.
  • If you happen to accidentally fall into the crater, or wish to explore the bottom, there are three glowing "paths" - signs of the ley lines that ran under the city - that can guide you in and out of the crater safely.

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