Black Rook Hold
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Black Rook Hold was carved out of the mountain to be an unassailable fortress. This elven structure served as a bulwark against the Legion during the War of the Ancients, until a shadow fell upon it. Black Rook Hold will be a dungeon in World of Warcraft: Legion. You start in the catacombs below Black Rook Hold and work your way through the outside to the top of the spire.
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Black Rook Hold was, during the War of the Ancients, a defensive gathering place for the night elves to strategize and plan the stand against the Burning Legion. Lord Ravencrest was the head of this monumental structure. The hold itself was carved from the great mountain of black stone. Over the centuries, the Ravencrest bloodline continued to carve out corridors and other areas of the keep. In Lord Ravencrest's generation, the hold was complete. It's shape and color resembles the shape of the rook chess-piece and the famous, but ancient, crest of a black raven soars over the hold itself. Both signs finally gave it it's name, black rook hold. The structure stood in terms of magnificence second only to the palace of Zin-Azshari. The hold was thought to have been destroyed after the well exploded during the Great Sundering, but nothing is for sure. The hold is said to have the strength to withstand an attack from the Burning Legion for days, giving time for it's inhabitants to make a stand — or flee to safer ground.
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After stealing the corpse of from the Vault of the Wardens, Gul'dan conducted a ritual to separate his soul from his body. This energy brought the souls of the Ravencrest clan back to their ancestral home. The ghosts of the Hold's forces have been risen by Gul'dan, from the lowliest soldier to and even Lord Ravencrest himself, to protect the secrets within the tower. These undead night elves cannot see the living for what they truly are and believe them to be demons as they eternally relive the horrors of the War of Ancients.
Carved from the greatest mountain of Val'sharah by ancient elven masons, Black Rook Hold stood as a bulwark against the Burning Legion during the War of the Ancients. The nigh-impregnable fortress is also the ancestral home of Lord Kur'talos Ravencrest, one-time mentor of Illidan himself. But since the latest Legion attack, a strange dark energies emanates from the Hold, and restless dead plague the surrounding lands.
- Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Added.