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Northern Lordaeron is an unofficial name used to refer to the unnamed closed zone in Lordaeron, wedged between the northeastern border of the Western Plaguelands, the northwestern border of the Eastern Plaguelands, and the southwestern border of the Ghostlands.
Lore-wise, this area may have been part of the fallen Kingdom of Lordaeron, or of the Kingdom of Quel'Thalas. According to the map in World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, this area straddles the boundary between both kingdoms and has a bay in it which should be the location of the port of Stratholme. Moreover, this region must be the place where the Thondroril River is born geographically.
In World of Warcraft
"Northern Lordaeron" has appeared in the maps since vanilla. But otherwise, it has never been referred to, apart from a small easter egg in the form of the . The whole region is found within the limits of the unfinished zone of Quel'thalas, and trying to reach it (which can only be done by unconventional means) will tell you that you are in "Quel'thalas" instead. This is because the borders of "Northern Lordaeron" are only drawn on the world map, and there is no other evidence in the game.
As seen in the World of Warcraft: Looking for Group documentary, the area of Northern Lordaeron was originally going to contain a raid zone called "Dragon Isles", designed for players at level 65 - 70.
Currently, the only areas of notice found within "Northern Lordaeron" are the uninstanced copy of Stratholme, and some elven ruins on the coast.
Due to the revamping of Azeroth to accommodate flying mounts in Cataclysm, the area was textured and sparsely filled in with mountains and grass. It was expanded on the Eastern Kingdoms map, but the actual area was unchanged. However, an invisible wall was placed all around the zone, so that was impossible to reach it in any way, flying included, unless terrain exploits were used.
- Since north of the Western Plaguelands there is also an empty area, "Northern Lordaeron" could be extended west past the Thondroril River until reaching Tirisfal Glades' northeastern border.
- Main article: Quel'Thalas/Eastern Kingdoms terrain
The architecture of the area (a tower, a dock, and a few other buildings) is based from night elven designs found in Teldrassil and other areas, perhaps implying that the high elves made use of it prior to founding their own culture in Quel'Thalas. It is important to note, however, that these buildings have been present since the game's initial release before Quel'Thalas even existed in-game, and are probably just a leftover.
In the film universe, the area is mostly occupied by Stratholme's bay.