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Level: 1 - 20; 110
Battle Pet Level: 1 - 2
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Capital(s)
  Formerly

Horde The Undercity (destroyed)

Races
Ruler(s)
Former ruler(s)

Alliance  Terenas Menethil †
Combat  Sally Whitemane †

Major settlements
Minor settlements
Affiliation
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Location

Northwestern Lordaeron

PvP status

On the northern coast of Lordaeron lie the eerie Tirisfal Glades (or Tirisfal Glade or simply Tirisfal, pronounced TEER-ihs-fahl)[1] named after the Titan Keeper Tyr,[2] as Tirisfal means "Tyr's Fall" in the vrykul tongue.[3] The lands of the Forsaken, servants of the Banshee Queen Sylvanas Windrunner, the wooded hills are seeped through with the curse of the Lich King's plague. The sky over Tirisfal is eternally gloomy and tinted a blighted green, and the trees and other flora desperately cling to their last shreds of life.

Those who inhabit the area of Tirisfal would feel two conflicting energies emanating from the earth: the remaining spiritual essence of Keeper Tyr, and that of his enemy Zakajz. Some would tap into Tyr's energy; others would become attuned with the C'Thrax's dark aura.[4] Although tainted and melancholy, Tirisfal still very much has its own unique, haunting beauty, particularly in such areas as the stony North Coast, the town of Brill, and the deep atmosphere of the ruined Agamand Mills.

Tirisfal Glades is home not only to the Forsaken, but to their enemies as well. The Scarlet Crusade has several outposts here, including the seat of their religious faith, the Scarlet Monastery. The minions of the Scourge are also ever present, tainting the derelict farmsteads and dilapidated mills with their foul presence.

In the aftermath of the Battle for Lordaeron, Tirisfal Glades became contested between the Alliance and the Horde, with the Ruins of Lordaeron becoming heavily plagued and the majority of Tirisfal itself being overrun with Blighted Soldiers risen by Sylvanas who attack anyone on sight.

History

The zeppelin tower.
Tirisfal Glades at night.

When Loken, the Titanic Watcher left in charge of Ulduar fell to corruption, Tyr and his allies stole the Discs of Norgannon to investigate the extent of Loken's betrayal. Discovering the theft, Loken sent horrific monsters after Tyr's group, but Tyr sacrificed his life to fight the creatures while his comrades escaped with the discs. His hammer was lost with him somewhere beneath the land now named in his honor: Tirisfal.[2]

The Tirisfal Glades were the landing place of the Highborne (later high elves) led by Dath'Remar Sunstrider after the night elves exiled them from Kalimdor. Forging inland, the high elves founded a settlement within the tranquil Tirisfal Glades. After a few years, many of them began to go mad. It was theorized that something evil slept beneath that particular part of the world, but the rumors were never proven to be true. The high elves packed up their encampment and moved northward towards another land rich with ley energies, Quel'Thalas.

Around the year -2,700, the area was populated with gnolls and kobold, but were eradicated by native, primitive humans.[5]

Guardians of Tirisfal

Tirisfal Glades was once a peaceful vale just north of the capital of Lordaeron. It was a place of power for centuries, being the seat of the Guardians of Tirisfal, who secretly waged their war against darkness.

Third War and aftermath

Under the rule of King Terenas, Tirisfal became a land of peaceful farms and small towns, its people living happily for generations. Unfortunately, it was one of the first places to fall to Arthas' armies after he ransacked Lordaeron, and its people were killed and risen as slaves to the Lich King.

Just after the Third War ended, the Lich King began losing power thanks to the spell of Illidan Stormrage. With that, a number of undead managed to break free of his control and form the Forsaken. The rebel undead managed to take control of Tirisfal and establish it as their home territory.

However, the blighted lands of Tirisfal are far from safe, even for the Forsaken who now rule it. The land is still plagued with hideous mutants, mindless soldiers from the Lich King's Scourge, and members of the Scarlet Crusade, which regularly attack from their base in the Scarlet Monastery.

Battle for the Undercity

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During the War against the Lich King, members of the Horde and Alliance formed a temporary alliance at the siege of Angrathar the Wrathgate. Grand Apothecary Putress's betrayal ended seven years of cold war between the two factions as their armies converged on the Undercity. Warchief Thrall's forces stormed the front gates of the Ruins of Lordaeron while King Varian Wrynn's army assaulted the Sewer entrance to the city. These two armies confronted Putress, Varimathras, and finally each other at the Battle for the Undercity.

Cataclysm

Cataclysm This section concerns content related to Cataclysm.

Following the defeat of the Lich King, Sylvanas and the Forsaken made a number of improvements to Tirisfal Glades. The town of Brill was upgraded from the original, dilapidated "human" housing, to the modern Forsaken structures. Deathknell was left mostly the same, but the Val'kyr sworn to Sylvanas are actively raising new undead to bolster their population. The Bulwark still has Argent Dawn members (only Horde races), but is now accompanied by Undercity forces as well.

Lilian Voss, a former Scarlet Crusade member brought back from death by one of the Val'kyr in Deathknell, appears multiple times during questing.

Battle for Azeroth

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In order to reclaim the Ruins of Lordaeron, the Alliance attacks Tirisfal Glades from the northern beach. In their march south they completely destroy Brill down to its foundations and knock down the zeppelin towers. The area between Brill and the Ruins of Lordaeron is covered in blight that was released by Sylvanas during the Battle for Lordaeron.

Geography

The instanced, winged dungeon known as the Scarlet Monastery can be found in Tirisfal Glades. There are no other dungeons or battlegrounds in the area.

The western end of Tirisfal contains a large inaccessible area. There is a path leading to the area accessed via a small lake in the northwest by the coast, past the Solliden Farmstead. The path is currently blocked by large rocks.

Places to stay

  • Undercity - As a racial capital, the Undercity offers a full range of amenities for travelers.
  • Brill - This quaint little town offers the recent dead a place of rest and respite from the horrors of Tirsifal. Be sure to check out the Gallows' End Tavern while in town.
  • Bulwark - Though possessing limited supplies, the Argent Dawn and Forsaken forces at the Bulwark do offer members of the Horde a place to repair armor.

Maps and subregions

Map of Tirisfal Glades in Battle for Azeroth.
Map of Tirisfal Glades in Cataclysm.

Deathknell Valley

Undisplayed locations

Lore locations

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Topographic map of Tirisfal Glades
Detailed area map (lists all creatures)

Instances

Dungeon Name Level Range Group Size Approximate Run Time
Instance portal Scarlet Monastery 29-45 5-man Unknown

Travel hubs

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Horde Zeppelin towers south of Brill
Horde Flight paths from Undercity
Horde Flight paths from Brill
Horde Flight paths from The Bulwark

Western Tirisfal Glades

Western Tirisfal Glades.

To the west of Deathknell is a blank area surrounded by mountains. For a long time this was simply unincorporated terrain. In World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, it now contains a small lake and some trees, as well as an interesting circle of white mushrooms. The southern half of the area is called the Whispering Forest.

Adjacent regions

Zone Name Faction Level Range Direction Access
Silverpine Forest Horde 10 - 60 South By foot.
Western Plaguelands Horde Alliance 35 - 60 East By foot.
Eversong Woods The Burning Crusade Horde 1 - 20 Far to the northeast Orb of Translocation located in Ruins of Lordaeron (Horde only).

Notable characters

Main article: List of Tirisfal Glades NPCs

Tirisfal Glades is home to several Forsaken of status. From the base camp in Deathknell, Executor Arren sends promising young Forsaken out into the world. In Brill, Executor Zygand leads the effort to reclaim Tirisfal from the Scarlet Crusade, and at the Bulwark, High Executor Derrington seeks to eradicate the foothold the Scourge has established in the Plaguelands.

Quests

Main article: Tirisfal Glades storyline
See also: Tirisfal Glades quests
See also: Tirisfal Glades powerleveling guide

Events

Lunar Festival

During the Spring Lunar Festival, two elders appear in Tirisfal Glades.

Resources

Battle pets

Mists of Pandaria This section concerns content related to Mists of Pandaria.

Wild creatures

Venomweb Vale

Rare spawns

Ressan the Needler

Achievements

Warcraft III

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The area around the city of Lordaeron was home to kobolds, and numerous Scourge undead roamed the city before the Forsaken conquered it, including a unique kind of zombie; Lordaeron City Mutants. A small group of red dragons burned down blighted farms outside the city gates.[6]

A non-campaign map exists called Tirisfal Glades.

In the RPG

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The Forsaken partially control Silverpine Forest, but Tirisfal Glades is entirely within their grasp. They rule the area from beneath Lordaeron in their capital of Undercity. Though the Forsaken claim to be free from the Scourge and willing to work with other races to destroy the Lich King, they seemed unhappy if they see living people.[7]

History

Once a human land, Tirisfal's warriors served in the Second and Third Wars. The Scourge ravaged the region in the Third War and its people fled. After the war, Sylvanas Windrunner bent the Lich King's yoke enough to free herself and many others from his dominance. She termed these free undead the Forsaken and took the ruins of Lordaeron's capitol city as her own. Tirisfal Glades is their unofficial kingdom.

The Forsaken attempt to carve out a home and battle against gnolls and worse. Some factions send in agents to sabotage and curtail the Forsaken's efforts, seeing them as no better than the Scourge.

Geography

The most obvious feature of Tirisfal Glades is the sky — altered by magic, it is a swirling blue pane that bathes the land in a cerulean glow, adding to the land's already surreal aspect. Mists constantly waft through the trees, and with the constant, twisted sky above you would not tell the difference between night and day. The undead plague has worked its evil on the trees, though not to the same extent as in the Plaguelands. Instead of becoming giant toadstools, the trees' bark has withered to a sickly violet and they bleed infected green-yellow sap. Danger lurks everywhere and death floats beneath the mist.

To Tirisfal's south is Silverpine Forest; to its east are the Western Plaguelands. The land borders Lordamere Lake to the southeast, while to the north and west are Lordaeron's oceans.[7]

Like Silverpine Forest, Tirisfal Glades is an immense woodland with forbidding trees, threatening shadows and lurking mists. The animals in the woods are not as vicious as those in Silverpine, however. This haunting land, under the Forsaken's rule, may in fact be safer than Silverpine Forest.

The Forsaken control Tirisfal Glades and have several settlements throughout the area. This region is a place of mystery and adventure.[8]

Notes & trivia

  • The border between Tirisfal and the Western Plaguelands once had one of the highest level gaps in the game, with mobs and quests going from level 10 in Tirisfal to to level 50 in the Plaguelands (see Welcome Bear). This effect has diminished somewhat with Cataclysm, and other areas have similar gaps these days (e.g. Mulgore and the Southern Barrens), making it less remarkable.
  • Something from Tirisfal is referred to as "Tirisfalen".[9]
  • An ancient plague wiped out thousands of innocent victims. Later it was discovered that the deadly agent in the plague was preserved through the venom of Night Web Spiders from Tirisfal.[10]
  • The Thomson farm was located southwest of the Agamand Mills.[11]
  • It was long speculated by players that an Old God resided below Tirisfal Glades because of The Founding of Quel'Thalas chapter of History of Warcraft, until Ask CDev refuted its existence. However, it also confirmed that there was indeed something underneath it. The nature of that being was revealed in Chronicle Volume 1, which established that it was the C'Thrax Kith'ix, who had been slain by the titan keeper Tyr long ago and buried by the vrykul.
  • Despite the Battle for Lordaeron officially revamping the center of Tirisfal, the western and eastern portions of it remain untouched as of current.

Gallery

Battle for Lordaeron

Other

Patch changes

  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.0.1 (2018-07-17): Zone updated for the Battle for Lordaeron, with some locations destroyed. Zidormi can take the player back to how it once was.
  • Legion Patch 7.3.5 (2018-01-16): Level scaling implemented, previous zone level: 1 - 10.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Zone revamped.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.6.0 (2005-07-12):
    • Tirisfal Glades (excluding the Bulwark graveyard) has been converted over to the new graveyard system. The system will place your character's spirit at the closest allowed graveyard in the zone.
    • The Ruins of Lordaeron above Undercity now has a Horde-only graveyard. Horde characters dying inside the Undercity will use this new graveyard. Alliance characters will continue to solely use the Faol's Rest graveyard.
  • PTR client.png Patch 0.6 (2004-04-13): Scarlet Monastery added.

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