The Story of Moira Thaurissan (Bronzebeard) - Lore with Nobbel87
14.01.2018 um 17:07
It's time for our monthly lore collaboration with
! In this series, Nobbel will examine the lore behind popular content on Wowhead, and we'll provide database links and guides so you can experience the lore and content in-game. Today's video is all about Moira Bronzebeard, to whet your appetite for Dark Iron Dwarf Allied Race lore!
Hello everyone! In Battle for Azeroth, the Dark Iron Dwarves are going to join the Alliance as one of the Allied Races. With that in mind, I thought it would be a good idea to sit down and talk about the story of their leader, Moira Thaurissan, daughter of Magni Bronzebeard the Speaker and member of the Council of 3 Hammers. Before we dive into her story first, here's a bit of background on the history of the dwarves and the separation of the clans.
High King Modimus Anvilmar
Once all 3 dwarven clans, Bronzebeard, Wildhammer and Dark Iron all lived together within Ironforge under the rule of High King Modimus Anvilmar.
Thane Madoran Bronzebeard was the head of the Bronzebeard clan, the largest of the three factions claiming to share distant blood relations with High King Modimus. They formed the bulk of Ironforge’s military and mercantile classes. Thane Khardros WIldhammer led the Wildhammer clan, which gained notoriety as adept and incredibly resilient mountaineers. Considered uncouth and lacking good manners and refinement by the Bronzebeard clan, the Wildhammer struggled to gain more sway with High King Modimus and to solidify their place among the ruling elite of Ironforge. Sorcerer-Thane Thaurissan ruled the Dark Iron clan who had a long-standing practice of dabbling in sorcery, along with secrecy and political scheming which drew the ire of Ironforge’s other inhabitants. He held firm control over the kingdom’s richest gem and mineral deposits, using his wealth as leverage to protect his people and secure a place in Ironforge’s increasingly volatile political arena.
Tensions between the clans were high and while Modimus tries his best to treat each clan with fariness and respect, he was unable to ease these tensions which ultimately led to disaster.
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A state of Modimus Anvilmar greets players at the Gates of
is a datamined NPC added in Legion, implying we could see him in a flashback...perhaps related to the history of the dwarves? This would tie in well with Allied Races.
Through Archaeology, we can learn a lot about Dark Iron culture:
Eisensterns versteinerter Schild
: Thane Ironstar created a shield from a high elven tree and then turned it to stone--showing his skill in magic but also disregard for elven culture.
Mithrilkette von Zornesschmied
: This chain was worn by an ancestor of
, now a boss in Blackrock Depths.
Glutfausts juwelenbesetzter Kelch
: This goblet reflects the Dark Iron's control over precious metals, as well as Moltenfist's obsession with luxury. The goblet was later ruined by lava and dragons.
Franclorn Schmiedevaters Pfeife
: Franclorn Forgewright created the Stonewrought Dam and much of Blackrock Depths. You can interact with
while dead; he wants your help retrieving
in return for
Schädelstab von Schattenschmiede
: The Shadowforge clan were cruel rulers, who used their magic to torture many of their people.
Stachelverbundstulpen von Zorneshammer
: Through this artifact, we learn the story behind the flame on the Dark Iron logo.
Wort von Kaiserin Zoe
: Empress Zoe is little-known now, but she appears to have been quite powerful in her lifetime. She owned a pair of magical rings and had the power to frequently sent her subjects out to hunt dragon eggs, even though it was quite dangerous. Perhaps Moira was inspired by Zoe, as she felt confined by her father's disappointment that she was not a male heir.
Stab des Zaubererthans Thaurissan
: This staff was wielded by Thaurissan, who met his demise summoning Ragnaros.
War of the Three Hammers
Around 230 years before the dark portal opened up, Modimus passed away of old age and the War of Three Hammers ignited between the three clans. No one knows exactly who struck the first blow, but bloody battles raged in every corner of the kingdom for many long and terrible years. In the end, the Bronzebeard clan used its martial expertise to drive the Wildhammer and Dark Iron from the mountain and claimed total victory. Khardros and his Wildhammer clan admitted defeat and moved north to build their new home of Grim Batol, one that soon rivaled even Ironforge in scope and prestige. Their defeat was hard to swallow and weighed heavy on Khardros’ shoulders, but with time they accepted their fate and prospered in their new home.
Thaurissan and his Dark Irons moved south to Redridge Mountains and founded the new kingdom of Thaurissan. They too prospered in their new home, but for their leader the humiliation of defeat was unbearable. After years of secretly forging a new army, Thaurissan launched a brazen two-pronged assault against the Bronzebeard and Wildhammer clans. He himself lead the assault against the Bronzebeards pushing all the way to the very heart of the city before the Bronzebeards finally rallied and pushed the Dark Irons back, all the way back to Redridge. Meanwhile, his wife Modgud led their second attack against Grim Batol with the blade Xal'atath in hand. They brought Grim Batol’s shadows to life, falling upon the Wildhammers with blades forged of night. By some feat of courage, Khardros rallied his remaining warriors and launched a desperate counterattack. The sorceress unleashed her dark power on Khardros, but he pressed his attack. Then Modgud reached for her black blade – the weapon that had turned Grim Batol into a den of nightmare, but it was no longer there. She had lost her cherished weapon or as some would claim, the weapon had abandoned her. Khardros mortally wounded Modgud and secured victory for the WIldhammers.
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Xal'atath, Klinge des Schwarzen Imperiums
is the Shadow Priest Artifact Weapon in Legion, pulsing with the essence of the Old Gods. It has a history of causing trouble, as you learn through reading
in your Class Hall. It is strongly implied that Xal'atath showed up to simply cause trouble for Modgud, as nobody really knows how Xal'atath was found and the weapon simply vanished at a moment of crisis.
Xal'atath, Klinge des Schwarzen Imperiums
is also known for
, implying darker times are ahead for Azeroth.
as a dungeon, with a unique way to clear trash--flying over the trash and burning it with dragons. We find this dungeon taken over by the Black Dragonflight and Twilight Hammer.
The Dark Iron that reminded behind in Grim Batol were transformed into skardyn through Mogdud's curse. This sub-race is referenced in the loot
Gunst der Skardyn
Verfluchte Weste der Skardyn
Players can read about these events in-game via
Krieg der Drei Hämmer
. This is required for the
With Modgud's death, the remaining Dark Irons retreated south only to find themselves face to face with the armies of Ironforge. Madoran had caught wind of the attack and brought his forces north. Together, Bronzebeard and Wildhammer crushed the Dark Irons from both sides, utterly annihilating them. In the Dark Irons, the two other clans had found a common enemy and decided to put their rivalry to the side to focus on purging Thaurissan and his treacherous Dark Irons from the face of the world. As their armies drew near, Thaurissan scrambled for a way to defeat his enemies. He decided to draw upon the fiery power from deep within the world and use it as a weapon.
He wove a great spell to save his kingdom, yet during his conjuration, his mind turned to the death of his wife and his recent defeats. Anger roiled through Thaurissan’s heart. His rage grew so absolute that his spellwork breached the Elemental Plane and tapped into Ragnaros the Firelord. Unwittingly he ripped Ragnaros from his elemental prison and summoned him to the surface of the world. The violent rebirth sparked a series of apocalyptic explosions that instantly killed the sorcerer-thane and shattered the surrounding mountains. From a safe distance, Madoran and Khardros watched in horror as the world was torn asunder and firestorms engulfed the area. They knew in that instant that Thaurissan had doomed himself and his people. Frightened for their own safety, the Wildhammers and Bronzebeards turned north and fled.
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is one of the most famous bosses in WoW, as he was the final boss of the first large raid
Der Geschmolzene Kern
. Ragnaros was resistant to fire damage, required members of your raid to wear fire resistance gear, did a nasty knockback, and was surrounded by deadly pools of lava. Every three minutes, Ragnaros would submerge and your raid then needed to fight the Sons of Flame, who would drain mana if they got too close.
This version of Ragnaros dropped Tier 2 Pants, the fiery
Krone der Zerstörung
, and now-famous weapons such as
Klinge des Verderbens
. Additionally, this Ragnaros dropped
Essenz des Feuerfürsten
, one of the item required to make
Donnerzorn, Gesegnete Klinge des Windsuchers
, a Draconic for Dummies page for
Der einzige Weg
Auge von Sulfuras
which, when combined with the Blacksmith crafted
, will give you your very own
Sulfuras, Hand von Ragnaros
After his defeat in Molten Core, Ragnaros was banished to the Elemental Plane, and made a comeback during Cataclysm. Patch 4.2 introduced the Firelands raid as well as the daily quest area the Molten Front, a place where players helped train forces and assisted Malfurion Stormrage in fortifying the Druid's base. The Molten Core had an intricate set of daily quests and different solo progression paths, if you're interested in completing all the achievements and getting
Hippogryph des Flammenschutzes
, check out the
Molten Front Guide
Ragnaros is the final boss in Firelands, with familiar elements like the Sons of Flame, as well as a special heroic phase. In addition to being challenging, Ragnaros now acquired legs! Ragnaros dropped a number of fiery-themed items with unique transmog appearances including
Ko'gun, Hammer des Feuerfürsten
Arathar, das Auge der Flammen
Schulterstücke der brüllenden Flammen
Sulfuras, die erloschene Hand
is especially notable because it can be transmogged while the similar-looking weapons
Sulfuras, Hand von Ragnaros
cannot be because they are related to legendaries. Defeating Ragnaros on Heroic difficulty also awards as well as a small chance to drop
Schwelendes Ei von Millagazor
WoW 10th Anniversary Event
, players could defeat a max-level version of Ragnaros for
Mutig habt Ihr nach der Macht von Ragnaros gesucht
, as well as a small chance to get
Illusion: Flammen von Ragnaros
was added to
Heroes of the Storm
and we were sent a box of Ragnar'Os cereal, inspired by years of player jokes to "taste the flames of Sulfuron."
Stab des Zaubererthans Thaurissan
references Thaurissan's doomed summons. This is a rare dwarven solve, so it may take some time to acquire through digsites.
Ironforge was rebuilt and Madoran actually invited the Wildhammers to stay with them since Grim Batol had become cursed upon Modgud's death and they didn’t want to go back there. Instead, the Wildhammers declined and set out to build a home in the Hinterlands. The Dark Irons didn’t have that luxury as Ragnaros’ rebirth had decimated Redbridge and a raging volcano known as Blackrock Mountain now towered over the ruined Dark Iron Kingdom. From his lair, Ragnaros enslaved the surviving Dark Irons who carved a new fortress under the mountain called Shadowforge City. Within their fiery home, they would continue nursing their hatred of the Wildhammers and the Bronzebeards while serving their new lord Ragnaros. They did so dutifully for centuries even when the Dark Portal did finally open up and the orcs tried to settle in their mountain. Under the influence of the old gods, Ragnaros and his forces gave them a portion of the mountain but as most of you know, the Horde would eventually be defeated and the Dark Portal would be closed. Not all orcs were captured or killed though, as some of them remained behind causing problems amongst them the Blackrock Orcs.
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, a talented architect, created Shadowforge City for the Dark Iron Dwarves, but lost the will to live after the city was complete, due to the Dark Iron Dwarves falling under the influence of Ragnaros. He also created
, and you can find his tomb at the center of Blackrock Mountain. You must be dead in order to interact with him and hear his story!
Shadowforge City is located inside
, considered one of the most confusing instances to navigate in WoW due to the sprawling layout which represents an actual city. There are many different areas representing the wide range of activities a real city offers, such as residential housing (Domicile), education (Lyceum), law (Ring of Law), leisure (Grim Guzzler), industry (Manufactory), and government (Imperial Seat).
Their great former leader, Thaurissan, is honored at the Shrine of Thaurissan. Here you will find Franclorn Forgewrigh's statue of the leader, as well as a monument to the great architect himself. Returning
, which was important in early WoW since it allowed you free access to all parts of the city, instead of completing the instance in a specific order and completing elaborate tasks to open doors.
This city contains the legendary Inn
The Grim Guzzler
which always plays a major role each
. Here you'll find Dark Iron Dwarves dancing on tables, the bouncer
, musical performances on the hour, and hostess
. You'll also find
, the owner of the bar, who sells unique refreshments like
Brezel mit Steinsalz
, but is all-to-easy to start a fight and can drop
Bauplan: Goblinüberbrückungskabel XL
. You can also pick up
pet will enjoy! Finally, The Grim Guzzler is also home to
, the Thorium Brotherhood Quartermaster who sells fire resistance recipes.
Blackrock Depths is also a good source of
which is needed for Fire Resistance gear,
, and many other classic-era weapons. This can only be smelted at the Black Forge inside the instance. The crafted Dark Iron items must also be created at the Black Anvil, once again located inside the instance. To earn the right to smelt Dark Iron Ore, miners must talk to
by Summoner's Tomb.
The Black Vault was the location of many treasures for the Dark Iron. Back in classic WoW, players would go to the Black Vault to look at a portrait on the wall. This portrait would indicate which of the Dark Keepers they needed to kill for the
Schlüssel des Dunkelbewahrers
, which opened the
. It contained valuable items such as
for a fire resistance enchant and
Schwarzes Blut der Gequälten
for a mana enchant.
The Molten Bridge area allows direct access to Molten Core and was the location for the attunement quest
Abstimmung mit dem Kern
is the current Dark Iron Architect. He can drop the special
Moira in Blackrock Depths
Lakeshire’s Magistrate Solomon sent envoys to Ironforge pleading with King Magni Bronzebeard for assistance. His daughter, Princess Moira Bronzebeard volunteered to help, but as they were making their way through Blackrock Mountain across the Burning Steppes, they ran into an ambush. We learn this information from Kharan Mighthammer, a survivor of the escort imprisoned within Blackrock Depths. He tells us that it must have been a hundred Dark Iron Dwarves. They swarmed the envoy, overwhelmed the guard,s and the few brave heroes that had agreed to assist them in the mission. One thing was clear: this was a highly orchestrated ambush. It was as if they knew every move they would make before they made them. He suspects that someone tipped them off, but doesn’t know who.
All he knows is that Moira now resides at the side of Emperor Dagran Thaurissan who has her under some sort of powerful thought-altering spell. We take the information back to Magni who is of course not happy. Dagran has him and the kingdom of Ironforge at his mercy and we are their only hope. The king asks us to go into Blackrock Depths and save his daughter Moira. There is only one way to make sure that the spell Thaurissan has cast on her is broken--by killing him... and so we did! Heroes ventured in and made sure to not kill Moira, even though she used her abilities against us while taking out the emperor of the Dark Iron dwarves. Now despite Moira seemingly a slave, hanging out in Princess Lea’s outfit, that’s not exactly how it is. She weeps over the loss of her husband, tears across her face she asks why???
Thaurissan was a great and honorable dwarf. You ruined my life and the life of my unborn child! Return to Ironforge and tell my father that the heir to the Kingdom of Ironforge will be a Dark Iron Dwarf. Whether he approves or not, it shall be.
The king is upset about this news but we would later find out that the relationship between Moira and Dagran, despite what Magni might have thought, was not one of enslavement. In fact, Magni himself wasn’t the best in the world, even though he might have wanted to be. He could never get over his disappointment that Moira was born a woman instead of the son that he truly wanted. He could never believe that she might not want to stay where she’s constantly being reminded that she’d failed him simply by being born. In his mind, the only way she could have possibly fallen in love with a Dark Iron dwarf was if her husband had enchanted her. He did, in a way, he enchanted her with the concept of respect. Of having people listen to her when she spoke. Of believing that she could rule, even as a female, and rule well. The Dark Irons welcomed her where her own father dismissed her.
That’s the only magic Dagran Thaurissan and the Dark Irons had used on her which makes you wonder if she was the one who tipped them off during the escort in which she was kidnapped and why we caught her in such an outfit. Not shaming anyone here, who doesn’t like a little bit of roleplay now and then?
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Rescuing Moira is the main quest objective of Blackrock Depths, although as we've covered above, there are many side quests and other reasons to enter the dungeon. In this fight,
Imperator Dagran Thaurissan
uses the attacks
Avatar der Flamme
Hand von Thaurissan
Prinzessin Moira Bronzebart
comes to his aid with Priest-themed abilities.
While you can defeat
Prinzessin Moira Bronzebart
in the dungeon, you must keep her alive in order to complete the quest
Das Schicksal des Königreichs
You can acquire Moira's outfit via the
Roben der Schlachtwache
transmog from AQ.
There is a low chance to loot the lore-filled hammer
, created by Franclorn Forgewright, upon defeating this encounter.
Regardless Moira is not happy with her father and now leads the Dark Irons by herself. Time passed on, Ragnaros was defeated and around the period of the Cataclysm, Deathwing broke out of the world and Azeroth itself was already shaking. Floods, droughts, earthquakes...the world was in pain and Magni decided to use an ancient titan ritual to try and communicate with the land to figure out what is going on. Instead of just communicating with the land, he became one with it and turned into a crystal, leaving Ironforge without its ruler. This was the perfect opportunity for Moira and the Dark Iron Dwarves to show up a few weeks later and claim the throne. After all, it was a legitimate claim, she was the only surviving heir, even outranking Muradin and Brann.
There was nothing anyone could do, but Moira did not just seize the throne, she also decided to place Ironforge under lockdown. The grpyhons were said to be ill, the DeeprumTram was said to be broken and even the Magi within the city were not safe. No one went in or out, not even Prince Anduin Wrynn who was visiting Ironforge and had now become her hostage...or at least that’s what Moira thought. In truth, Anduin held a Hearthstone which he used to teleport to Theramore. He informed his father of what was going on and the King of Stormwind was pissed. Her claim to the throne was legit, but what she was doing to Ironforge and his child was not alright.
Publicly they pretended to be as baffled as Moira would want them to be, while Varian gathered members of the SI:7 to infiltrate Ironforge through the shut-down Deeprun tram and forcefully remove Moira from her stolen throne. When Anduin finds out about this from Jaina, he tells her that she must send him back to Ironforge and of course the mage refuses at first, since the 13 year old heir to Stormwind should not be sent into the middle of danger. The prince does his best to convince her. If his father carries out this attack then a lot of people are going to die and the succession will be thrown into confusion. Instead of coming together as a people, the dwarves are going to find themselves in the midst of another civil war! He has to go and try and stop Varian, make him understand that there is another way!
Anduin’s words are able to convince her. A quick portal later and Anduin found himself in Ironforge, just in time to stop his father from making a big mistake as he had dragged Moira out of her bed into the open area near the forge where crowds were starting to gather. He hauled her to him roughly with one arm. His other hand was at her throat, pressing the sword against the pale flesh.
“This throne is not yours. You bought it with deceit, and lies, and trickery. You have threatened your own subjects when they have done nothing wrong, and bullied your way to a title you have not yet earned. I will not see you sit upon this stolen throne one moment longer!”
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Many of the events described in this section do not take place in game. They are instead revealed in the novel
The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm
by Christie Golden.
The chaos in Azeroth was still visible in game due to the
which took place in November 2010:
, Twilight Hammer cultists infiltrated Stormwind and Orgrimmar and you must thwart their plans. Elemental Rifts also spawned around the world, and successfully completing each type of rift rewarded
, you help the Earthen Ring subdue angry spirits.
, you fight with Varian / Garrosh to imprison cultists and stop their rituals, as well as talk to Gavan Frayfeather / Thrall in Nagrand.
, Alliance and Horde capital cities are under attack by the Elemental Plane.
Using the tablets you picked up in
Tafeln der Erde
, Magni then completed the ritual which sadly petrified him.
The different attitudes between Varian and Anduin, visible in how they react to Moira's actions, is something that surfaces time and time again in WoW. Most poignantly, Varian reveals in
Der gefallene Löwe
that he's learned "patience, tolerance, and faith" from his son. Anduin in turn, in a
questline on the Broken Shore
, also learns how to follow in his father's footsteps and become a better leader.
Council of the Three Hammers
Prince Anduin, once more the voice of reason, shared wisdom and truth with his father. Despite what he might want, Moira was the rightful heir. His father was not some vigilante, destruction was easy but creating something good, something right, something that lasts – that was hard. Varian wanted nothing more than to make the usurper pay for what she had done to his boy, but they had to think of what’s best for the people of Ironforge. In the end, his son calmed the wolf down and Varian told Moira that she had to be better than she was right now. She needed more than just a bloodline to rule her people. She was going to have to earn it. He shoved her away. She staggered back but made no attempt to flee. How could she? She was encircled by the populace of the city she had tried to rule with a cruel, arrogant hand.
She had shown that she was incapable of ruling Ironforge by herself so Varian came up with the plan of letting all clans be represented by a leader. The Council of Three Hammers, with Dark Iron, Bronzebeard and the Wildhammer clan each having a voice in the city. Instead of bleeding her life out here on the floor of the High Seat, she got a second chance to prove that she’s ready to lead the dwarves. Moira said nothing, only looked around with wide fearful eyes. She looked like nothing more than a scared little girl, standing there in her nightgown. The people, however, started cheering at the idea and under the watchful eye of Stormwind, the council was formed. Moira Thaurissan would represent the Dark Iron clan, Muradin Bronzebeard representing the Bronzebeard clan and the Wildhammers, at first, were represented by Kurdran Wildhammer.
Of course, this was a massive political change for the dwarves who after centuries of living apart, now had to work together once again. Coming together like that did not come without complications. The clans did not trust each other, came from different backgrounds, and it wasn’t easy for them to get along. To bring their people together, Moira suggested that they should reforge the hammer of the High King also known as Modimus’s Hammer. An ancient scroll had shown up describing how the hammer had been split up into three different pieces after their king passed away. The clans separated and each clan came in the possession of one of the fragments. Moira and Muradin were on board with this plan, as it seemed like a good symbolic way of reforging the old alliances, but Kurdran was not willing to give up his piece of the artifact. During his time in Outland as they were fighting demons and orcs, this piece of home gave them hope, reminded them of who they were, and he did not want to give it up. Discussions and debates followed amongst the council up to the point where the dwarves started to attack each other. After one Bronzebeard dwarf and one Wildhammer dwarf killed each other in a brawl, Kurdran realized that for the sake of his people, he had to give up his artifact. He had no choice so he placed it down and agreed to their plan.
Eventually, they figured out that the scroll is actually fake and that their plans are built on lies. By this point, it doesn’t matter though, for their people treated it as truth and to back away from the plan now would cause more trouble than to go through with it. Kurdran however wasn’t having it, and it was a mistake for him to have ever come to Ironforge. A fire had taken the life of his gryphon Sky’ree, the city had stripped him of nearly everything he once was and once knew, but had not taken his one piece of the artifact just yet so he went to steal it back and was caught in the act by Moira.
A calculated smile was on her face as Kurdran figured out that it was Moira who had forged the document, manipulated events, and kept the rumors within Ironforge going. Kurdran even went as far as too blame her for the fire that had taken his friend's life, but Moira told him that she had nothing to do with it. All she wanted was Kurdran and the Wildhammers out. They were never willing to extend a hand in peace to the Dark Irons. Their opinions were already fixed when they arrived, clouded by old hatred. She did what she did for the future, so that when her son inherits this throne, he will not rule over a city that treats him like a pariah due to the blood that flows through his veins. She had outmaneuvered Kurdran and as sweat started pouring down his body, he shoved the scepter through an opening in his chest piece near his arm. With the heirloom hidden, he rushed out of the room and toward the gates of Ironforge as the city’s stone walls closed in on him.
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Most of the events described in this section do not take place in game. They were instead revealed in the short story "
Council of Three Hammers: Fire and Iron
Players first meet
in Shadowmoon Valley during Burning Crusade. He is the Thane of Wildhammer Stronghold, one of the main quest hubs in the zone. You turn in the
Nachricht vom Sieg
quest to him, which marks the completion of a long chain to sabotage the Legion's machinery and stop an attack on the town.
, the legendary gryphon from the Second War. We learn of her passing in Cataclysm in the
quest, as Kurdran gives her remaining egg to his friends as a wedding present. In Warlords of Draenor, we learn the egg has safely hatched as
now perches in Garrison as Kurdran's friends
tend to the
There is a statue and memorial plaque for
in Stormwind's Valley of Heroes, along with other tributes to
Erzmagier Khadgar von den Kirin Tor
Waldläuferhauptmann Alleria Windläufer
Renowned Dragon Fighter. Gryphon Master of the Aerie Peak. Commander of the Gryphon Rider Division attached to the Alliance Expedition that marched into the orc homeworld of Draenor. Presumed deceased.
We will hear Sky-Ree's calls upon the winds. We will hear your hammer thunder across the mountaintops. Ride hard into the hereafter, brother. The halls of our ancestors await you.
- High Thane Falstad Wildhammer
Ceremony of Reforging
Outside he ran into Muradin and another discussion followed. The Bronzebeard didn’t believe that fighting over the ancient relics was worth it. The heart of Kurdran's clan was not in the scepter, it was in himself, in his people, in Sky’ree. In the end, Muradin gave the other dwarf a good punch which smacked some sense into him. All at once he felt foolish for taking the scepter from the High Seat. What did he intend to do with it? Leave the city and forsake his duties as a member of the council, tarnishing not only his own honor but that of Falstad and the rest of his clan as well? He knew what he had to do, regardless of the consequences, to honor King Magni and fulfill his own duties as a member of the Council of Three Hammers.
The brilliant plan Kurdran came up with was to show up at the Ceremony of Reforging as Moira was explaining to the crowd that there was a thief who had stolen a piece of the artifact. They had their suspicions regarding who stole the handle and an investigation would take place, but they would not allow thieves to disrupt what they have set out to do. Kurdran stepped up to the plate, told all present that it was he that had taken it and Muradin asked if he’d gone mad, he was going to start a riot! Kurdran had not gone mad though. He told them all that it was foolish to reforge the weapon as a symbol of their current union and to try to get back to the Ironforge of their ancestors.
This is a new Ironforge. It will never be the one of the past, and reforgin’ Modimus’s hammer surely will not change that!
He slammed his artifact down and with his mighty Stormhammer and shattered it. The heirloom exploded in a shower of iron shards. The dwarves in the crowd froze in sudden bewilderment. Confusion rippled across their faces.
“The new Ironforge begins here. Ask yourselves, do you want to start it by puttin’ this hammer back together so that one day it can be broken again? The Wildhammers have chosen to take a step forward, not back. Who among you is with us?"
Muradin was the first to join him as he smashed his piece and even Moira, who now herself has been politically outmaneuvered, was forced to join them shattering the lie and breaking the way for a new future for all the clans. Kurdran decides that his place is not with the council. That spot actually belonged to Falstad who was their leader for 20 years until Kurdran returned from Outland, brashly taking over as if all those years of service meant nothing. He would follow his own destiny as Falstad joined Moira and Muradin on the council.
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You can see the Council of Three Hammers sitting in
's Throne Room, right next to the Great Forge and a tunnel down to Old Ironforge.
now serves as the leader of Highbank, the first city Alliance players encounter in
. It is currently home to the Wildhammer dwarves and the Dragonmaw Orcs, both whom inhabited Grim Batol in the recent past. Twilight Cultists have also inhabited the area, sensing the presence of the Old Gods nearby.
Kurdran also visits Kirthaven for the
, giving the couple his blessing and Sky'ree's remaining egg as a symbol of his friendship and Alliance's dedication to the Wildhammer Clan. It wouldn't be a dwarven wedding without a brawl, so the
Die entfesselte Bestie
Twilight mob shows up to create a bit of a fight. The entire quest series is a bit lighthearted, especially
Text und Musik von...
where you come up with your own wedding song.
Once Kirhaven is freed from the threat of Twilight, daily quests open up for the
Before Cataclysm, players could find Falstad in Aerie Peak,
, with expert Gryphon Riders and Trainers. Gryphons are found all over Azeroth carrying travelers between flight paths, and players can acquire
Moira in Mists of Pandaria
This change to the Council and the shattering of the planned ritual was but one of the many obstacles the three dwarven leaders faced. Dark Iron Dwarves attack the Ironforge Airfield which doesn’t help the Council of course, but as it turns out that was actually carried out by the Twilight’s Hammer and Ambassador Slaghammer is quickly arrested for treason. It seems like Moira is now actually doing her best to be a part of this council, no longer trying to seize power with force or use political deception. When Varian showed up to ask for aid in the campaign against the Horde during Mists of Pandaria...she was the one who stepped up.
Lorewalker Cho narrates the situation before the Blood in the Snow scenario:
“Once upon a time - moments ago, in fact - a great King sought the help from a trio of powerful dwarves: The Council of Three Hammers.
The King's scouts had discovered that Zandalari trolls threatened the dwarven capital.
Surely, the king thought, if he helped them with their troll problem, they would give him more troops for his campaign against the Horde.
But what the King did not realize is that the dwarves did not trust one another!
"We cannot help you," said the Bronzebeard dwarf, "For if we turn our back on the Dark Irons, they will defeat the Wildhammer and take over Ironforge!"
"We cannot help you," said the Wildhammer dwarf. "For if we turn our back on the Dark Irons, they will defeat the Bronzebeard and take over Ironforge!"
The King was furious. "If none of you help, then Ironforge will fall under siege!"
Only one dwarf offered to help the King. "We will lend you our strength," said Moira, of the Dark Iron. "We will trust our dwarven brothers and we will show them what loyalty means!"
And so Moira and the High King set out in the snow to save the city, leaving the others to think about their actions.
What happens next? I must know!”
Here is the dialogue from the Blood in the Snow scenario:
“King Varian Wrynn says: This is where my agents tracked the Zandalari.”
“Shimmer Ridge. I know it well. The Frostmane trolls breed and plot above the snow-blown mesa.”
“I can only imagine what foul business the Zandalari have with them...”
“We've lost many mountaineers to this freakish storm, or the trolls slithering about in it.”
“Yes. This weather is not natural.”
“Aye. I am loathe to send my men into that. It reeks of ambush and bloody disaster.”
“My champions will go. They will see what can be done, and rescue who they can.”
“If they can stop that storm, I'll lead the Forgeguard to the top myself.”
“It's heartening to see you here, Moira. You have my thanks.”
“Indeed. With the aid of your champions, the Dark Irons will put an end to the Zandalari threat in Dun Morogh.”
“We will prove our loyalty - to the Council, Ironforge, and the Alliance - here, today, and with our own blood.”
“Hrmmm. Farewell, Queen Regent.”
“I'll see you when it's done, King of Stormwind.”
Muradin and Falstad still don’t trust Moira and the Dark Iron Dwarves, but she’s dedicated to proving the worth of not only herself but also her clan. She wants to carve out a future for her people and her son that one day will rule, so she decides to show the right attitude and join Varian on his mission against the trolls.
“The king's champions have done it. The storm has ended! Forward Dark Irons! TO BATTLE WE MARCH!”
“You may have stopped the storm, but you cannot stop the will of Zandalar! You will DIE, here... ALL OF YOU!”
“There...will be more! Zandalar...will never fall.”
“Well fought. I see the Dark Irons are as formidable as ever.”
“That they are, King Varian. And at the service of the Alliance, I might add.”
“Hah! For that, I'm glad. The Bronzebeards and Wildhammers will regret not having been here to share in your glory.”
“Better they're grateful for the clansmen spared death on this miserable hillock. We sought to protect and impress, not to shame.”
“Well, you've done just that. Come: let us return to Ironforge, and announce your victory to the Council.”
“The High King, his champions, and the Dark Iron dwarves worked together to save Ironforge.
Lorewalker Cho says: The other dwarven leaders were ashamed of their behavior and vowed never again to allow fear or distrust to cloud their judgment. And so it was a human king who helped to unite the dwarven clans so long divided. Free to trust one another, all three dwarven leaders pledged their full strength to the Alliance cause.”
Quite the change from holding a knife to her throat and Moira would even show up during the Siege of Orgrimmar to help out...well...at least they try.
Walk into the hall, pam pam pam oeee hi there Dark Iron Dwarves.
“Oi! That was a fun ride!”
“Heroes, I salute you. There’s something right foul in these chambers below the city.”
“Oh, look. You’re the ones that smashed up my juggernaut. Let’s see how you like the newest addition to the Warchief’s arsenal, the Iron Star.”
“Ooh, that looks dangerous. Get in there boys, and show em’ what we’re made of.”
Chaaaaaaarge, face first into the iron star.
“A right deadly machine that is. Best watch your step down here heroes.”
Still, the world was able to kick Garrosh out of the mantle of Warchief and they placed him on trial, a trial which Moira was present at but didn’t play a massive role.
Learn more on Wowhead:
Players can complete the
scenario and hear Lorewalker Cho's thoughts on the political situation by picking up the
Der König und der Rat
This scenario was formerly a prerequisite for the now-removed
Battlefield Barrens Event
, in which tensions escalate Garrosh and Vol'jin.
We have a
preview of the scenario
with objectives and screenshots. The Dark Iron help Varian defeat the ice trolls in Shimmer Ridge, who are cannibalizing the dwarven scouts and obscuring their operations with a magical deadly storm. Moira's decision to help Varian, when the other dwarven clans would not, shames the Bronzebeards and Wildhammers into pledging more of their aid in the future.
With the news that
Zandalari are an Allied Race
in Battle for Azeroth, the past tensions between the Dark Irons and trolls could resurface.
The Blood in the Snow scenario served as a foil for the next scenario for Battlefield Barrens:
Dark Heart of Pandaria
. While Blood in the Snow shows the Alliance working together, Dark Heart of Pandaria shows Garrosh stealing the remains of an Old God, while the Kor'kron treat the Goblins so poorly that they even have a falling out.
Patch 5.3 also added
, a way for players to complete small group content that provided a bit of a challenge. Rewards included Valor Points and
with LFR quality epics.
Siege of Orgrimmar was the final raid of Mists of Pandaria and you can learn more about the bosses and loot on our
. In this raid, the Alliance and Horde freed Orgrimmar from the tyrannical rule of Garrosh. Moira and the dwarves lead the charge fighting
, a talented Goblin Engineer.
Moira in Legion
One day, four years after her father went through the ritual and turned into stone, she was asked by Muradin and some of the priests to go and talk to him. They say that hearing her voice might wake him up but to her it seems like a fool's errand. A ruler must keep up appearances though, and in the chamber with her father, she wonders if it would have made a difference if she’d been born a right and proper heir. A son.
If he could see her now, the daughter he never wanted sitting on his throne...it would eat you up inside, wouldn’t it?
The time had come for the King of Diamonds to wake up and be the speaker for the titan spirit inside the world. When he underwent the ritual, he became one with the land and now Azeroth is showing him visions of the Legion’s coming. The king waking up first worries the Council. This could mess up everything they’ve worked for, bled for. This city, by all laws under the mountain, is Magni's but Moira believes times have changed. This is a city for all three clans now and she’s willing to fight for it to make sure it stays that way. Thankfully that won’t be needed as Magni did not return as a king, but as a servant to something much greater. He tells them to get their people ready for the coming of the Legion as he sets out to warn the rest of the Alliance.
Outside he and Moira have a moment as he thanks her for seeing him off.
Magni: Thank ye fer seein' me off, lass. Didn't think ye would agree to it.
Moira: You are my father and a ruler --
Magni Must keep up appearances. That was why ye visited me in old Ironforge, aye?
Moira: You...you heard me?
Magni: And I couldn't be prouder of what ye've become. I failed ye as a father before. I'll never fergive meself fer that, and I'm not askin' ye to fergive me either.
But if even stone can come to life...If even three rival clans can live under one roof...then maybe we can be a family again.
That is, if ye'll give me another chance. Think it over, lass. I don't expect an answer now. Just know that wherever this journey takes me, I'll be watchin' ye through the stones.
No words are spoken by Moira, only tears streaking across her face. Her father's journey would take him all the way to Argus and back.
Her path was to first defend Dun Morogh against the Legion's assault and later, after the Battle at the Broken Shore and the death of Varian, she attended his funeral and sympathize with what Anduin is going through. She then sends a double agent to help shadow priests obtain their artifact and after doing so, she joins them at their Order Hall together with Velen and Alonsos Foul. At the Netherlight Temple she assists us with bringing the naaru Saa’ra back to the light as well as the entire Priest campaign of preparing for Balnazzar’s attack.
Learn more on Wowhead:
The first part of this story is covered in Blizzard's comic
, written by Matt Burns and illustrated by Ludo Lullabi. This was the first in a series of comics describing the story leading up to Legion.
You can take your orphan during Children's Week to also visit Magni turned into stone:
Der größte Diamant aller Zeiten!
The next part of the story for Magni takes place in the quest
. Here we will find Magni in Ulduar and learn about his plans for us to find the Pillars of Creation, the catalyst for Legion's plot.
Much has been made of the Il'gynoth whisper "The King of Diamonds is made a pawn." Magni, a walking diamond, sent Khadgar, the Lord of Ravens, to seek the five
Säulen der Schöpfung
, which in turn opened the
Tomb of Sargeras
. In the
, we learn Illidan pulls the planet Argus closer to Azeroth...which conveniently places Sargeras within striking range of Azeroth. We've written a
on the Black Empire in Battle for Azeroth and also rounded up the
Old Gods References at BlizzCon
In Battle for Azeroth, Magni gives us the
Heart of Azeroth
and seems to be the one faction leader disgusted with the faction quarreling. This seems noble on the surface, but could it be related to something more sinister thanks to the Il'gynoth whispers?
You can read up on the
Broken Shore Questline
in our guide and see how Moira and the other faction leaders react to Anduin.
Moira plays a role in the Priest Class Hall questline. Completing this questline is required to acquire
Class Hall Armor Sets
and start the questline for
. Check out the
Class Hall Mission Guide
for details on how to complete these quests. You can also acquire champions, and while you cannot recruit Moira, there are other interesting priest champions like
What's Next for Moira?
And that is Moira Bronzebeard, or now Thaurissan. Her story went from a daughter that wasn’t appreciated by her father to the ruler of the Dark Iron Dwarves working hard on carving out a future for her son. Her journey has not been without mistakes, but she’s extremely clever in the ways of politics and also a priest to be reckoned with. Perhaps Battle for Azeroth will give her some time to interact with Magni a bit more to see if there’s the possibility to mend those old wounds further. When you think about what position she would take in the Alliance when it comes to the upcoming conflict, I’d say that she'd be willing to fight, based on her line that Varian’s death will not go unavenged. Of course, her position also has to be in the best interest of the Dwarves and their future since her son means everything to her.
For the Dark Irons as an Allied Race, we don’t really know a lot about how they’re going to join. The introduction of some of the other races that we’ve seen takes place in the current day and age, but I would personally find it really cool if they actually let us go back in time and witness the War of the Three Hammers or maybe show us more about the days of enslavement to Ragnaros the Firelord. Or a bit of history behind the Dark Iron Dwarves shown in-game, Modgud with Xal'atath in Grim Batol would be amazing - but I think it’s going to be more in the present day and age.
Learn more on Wowhead:
Dark Iron Dwarves are an
in Battle for Azeroth. While we have datamined many details on
on Void Elves, Nightborne, Lightforged Draenei, and Highmountain Tauren, we have not learned much about Dark Iron Dwavrves.
Dark Iron Dwarves will be recruited as players journey through Kul Tiras - a zone coming in
Battle for Azeroth
During BlizzCon 2017, Blizzard previewed the
Dark Iron Heritage Armor
, a cosmetic armor set you receive for leveling a Dark Iron Allied Race from 20 to 110 without any leveling boosts.
On the 7.3.5 PTR, there are new
faction embassy buildings
. Moira weighs in on the post-Legion situation.
The Alliance needs strength. Unity. The king's plan to bring in fresh blood is a good one. But I can't help thinking of my own Dark Iron clan. Of the fractures that divide us.
While there may not be much info on Dark Iron Dwarves yet, you can read about the 4 Allied Races with more information, including their unlock requirements, in the
Allied Race Guide
Time will tell I suppose, but for now, this is the end of our story so as always thank you very much for watching everyone!
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