Ruins of Thaurissan

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Ruins of Thaurissan.

The Ruins of Thaurissan are what remains of the Dark Iron clan' original capital city. Little is known of the great city, and Royal Historian Archesonus has led research into the ruins found in the Burning Steppes, to reveal some information about the place. It was referred to as the home of the Dark Iron nation and later kingdom.[1]


The summoning of Ragnaros.
The ruined city landscape.

Hundreds of years ago, the city, named after Sorcerer-thane Thaurissan,[citation needed]  stood proudly in a lush expanse of land that is now the dilapidated Burning Steppes. Thaurissan was home to the nation of Dark Iron dwarves and at the time, in the midst of a civil war among the dwarven nation at large.

That area of the world was at one point in time part of the Redridge Mountains — until the day that Thaurissan was consumed by a gigantic explosion, as Thaurissan attempted to summon the ancient Firelord Ragnaros. The city lied in ruin, the surrounding areas reduced to an ashy wasteland. The Dark Irons that survived made their way into the mountain and began building a new city in the mountain's depths, Shadowforge City.

From the ashes of Thaurissan rose Blackrock Spire and the new Dark iron nation. Additional fortifications were made within the Searing Gorge, in the area known as the Cauldron.

World of Warcraft

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An Alliance expedition was commissioned to find mysterious relics rumored to still lie within the ruins of the city. While none of the relics were able to be brought back in one piece, the information revealed was still priceless. Apparently, merely touching the relics caused memories of the destruction of Thaurissan to overwhelm the explorers, flooding their sights with visions of the terrible ruin wrought upon the city.

Notes taken by the explorers are recorded here:[2]

  • "...threatened, 'Defiler... you will be punished for this incursion.' A symbol of flame radiated from the relic before it crumbled to the earth."
  • "I could hear tormented voices pleading... 'Help us, outsider.' even as the relic crumbled to dust in my hands... I saw eight Dark Iron dwarves performing some sort of ritual..."
  • " to 'Leave this place.' A white hot arc of flame sprung from the relic, and I saw a lone Dark Iron dwarf, surrounded by seven corpses, kneeling before a monolith of flame."
  • "...only make out 'Do not taint these ruins, mortal,' before I was engulfed in a blinding flash of light. A creature composes entirely of flame is the only thing I can remember seeing."
  • "I heard the words 'You will perish here' as my mind was filled with visions of chaos and destruction."
  • "...'He cannot be defeated,' that much I am sure of. The relic burned away to nothing in my hands. Whatever destroyed this city was a being not of this world."


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Around the time of the Cataclysm, the Thorium Brotherhood built the settlement of Chiselgrip next to the ruins.

Ruins of Thaurissan digsites

The Ruins of Thaurissan are a dwarven archaeology dig site. For [Survey] purposes, it is broken up into Western and Eastern sections.

In the RPG

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The summoning of Ragnaros.

The Ruins of Thaurisan are a mockery of dwarven settlements named after the first pretender who titled himself the Dark Iron king, the sorcerer Thaurisan.

After being exiled from Ironforge, the Dark Irons left Khaz Modan and built this city in an area of the Redridge Mountains that would later be known as the Burning Steppes.

During the War of Three Hammers, the Ironforge and Wildhammer forces defeated Thaurisan's armies and pushed him back to the Redridge Mountains. Seeing he was doomed, Thaurisan decided to summon a magical creature to aid his Dark Irons. Yet he inadvertently summoned Ragnaros, a blazing elemental lord whose birth tore the land asunder. This cataclysm destroyed all three dwarven armies, including the city of Thaurisan, and in its place was a great volcano that dwarves would later name Blackrock Spire.

Ragnaros bent the remaining Dark Irons to his will, and he and his new servants retreated to the safety of the Blackrock Spire's depths.[3]