Hearthglen

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NeutralHearthglen

Hearthglen in Cataclysm.jpg

Type

Fortified town

Leader(s)

Unknown

  Formerly
Race(s)
Language(s)
Faith(s)
Affiliation(s)
  Formerly
Location
Characteristics
Facilities

Undone.gif Inn          Undone.gif Mailbox

Done Stables

Done Anvil & Forge

Undone.gif Bank       Undone.gif Auctions

Travel

Done Flight Master(s)
Undone.gif Mass-transit
Undone.gif Portal(s)

Status

Active

Hearthglen is a fortified town and former principality[1] in the northern area of the former kingdom of Lordaeron, located north of Andorhal, in an area now known as the Western Plaguelands. The town and formerly the region, was controlled from Mardenholde Keep. It fell under the control of the Scarlet Crusade until Tirion Fordring returned and resumed control. It now serves as a training ground for the Argent Crusade.

Hearthglen is a sturdy fortress, its walls encircling a town hall, a mage tower, a lumber mill, a blacksmith, stables, a scout tower and a mine besides its keep. The road to the town is called Hearthglen Pass.[2]

History

Hearthglen prior to Cataclysm.

During the Second War, the keep never fell to the Orcish Horde.[3]

Before the Third War, Hearthglen was ruled by the paladin Tirion Fordring, Lord of Mardenholde. He was, however, exiled for treason, for giving aid to an orc found in his lands, Eitrigg. The paladin Barthilas was temporarily given command of the province, but he was killed during an orc assault on Stratholme, and was not able to make his command effective. Some years later, Tirion's son Taelan Fordring was given control of the keep.

Hearthglen was a target of the Scourge in the beginnings of the Third War. The Plague of Undeath arrived there in a grain shipment from Andorhal. The city was about to be attacked by an army of undead, and the defenders had just baked and eaten the grain before the attack started. Meanwhile, Prince Arthas had tracked the shipment of grain to Hearthglen. He, along with soldiers of Lordaeron's army, were able to slay those infected by the shipment before they could spread the disease to the entire town. Shortly thereafter the large undead army laid siege to the town. Reinforced by Prince Arthas and his armies, the town held off the undead long enough for the arrival of Uther and his knights. Ironically, it was the efforts of the future Lich King that saved Hearthglen and ultimately allowed it to survive uncontrolled by the Undead Scourge.

Hearthglen was later used as a rallying point by the remains of the Order of the Silver Hand, due to Taelan Fordring's offer for refuge. During a Scourge attack, High General Abbendis died here.[4] The town was later appropriated by the Scarlet Crusade, who turned it into a major base of operations until Tirion Fordring's return and resumption of command. The area is now controlled by the Argent Crusade and serves as a training ground for its forces.

During the Burning Legion's third invasion, Hearthglen was attacked by a small demonic forces. The town was successfully defended by the forces of the reborn Order of the Silver Hand.[5][6]

After the death of Tirion Fordring, it is unclear who governs the town.

Travel connections

Flight

Neutral The Menders' Stead, Western Plaguelands
Neutral Plaguewood Tower, Eastern Plaguelands

Location

To reach Hearthglen, follow the path north starting at [50, 42] in the Western Plaguelands. The gates of Hearthglen are at [48, 21].

NPCs

Statue of Tirion Fordring in Hearthglen.

Current NPCs

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Services

Former NPCs

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In the RPG

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Tirion Fordring once oversaw Hearthglen, a quiet rural community. Now the town is the Western Scarlet Crusade's military headquarters. Fanatical warriors and priests man Hearthglen's walls and patrol the nearby territory, so crazed in their beliefs that they attack anyone they think carries the plague — which is pretty much everyone. Tirion's son, Taelan Fordring, supposedly controls the town, but Grand Inquisitor Isillien manipulates him easily.[7]

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