Northeron in Wow?

This article contains lore taken from Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness, Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal, the manuals, and official bonus maps.

Northeron is the name of a location where some of the Wildhammer dwarves lived.[1] Some of the dwarves in the Second War came from Northeron. Northeron was known for its mysterious ironwood tree forests, the torrential storms from its frozen mountains, ominous and foreboding peaks,[2] and jagged ice cliffs.[1] It is said that a gryphon aviary was hewn from solid rock by the dwarves of Northeron.[3] The feral dwarves of the Northeron wildlands offered the service of their Gryphon Riders to assist in the decimation of the foul orcs who had desecrated their homeland and slain the leader of the Alliance forces, Lothar, in Blackrock Spire assault. Chief Thane Kurdran Wildhammer of Northeron was the most famous of these Gryphon Riders.

It appears to be a separate realm from that of the Aerie Peaks region as both locations are mentioned in Day of the Dragon. It also appears to have nothing to do with Northrend which is mentioned separately in the book.[4]

In Cataclysm Edit

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In the second round of CDev questions, Blizzard revealed that Northeron has ceased to exist and is now part of the Twilight Highlands.

Ask CDev 2 - Answers | 2011-06-23 00:00 | Slorkuz
Q: Does the Wildhammer area that was called Northeron appear in WoW?

A: Prior to the Cataclysm, the northernmost part of the Twilight Highlands was called Northeron. The rapid melting of its famed icy cliffs due to the catastrophic climate shift from the Cataclysm, the incursion of Twilight's Hammer forces, and the appearance of the creature known as Iso'rath all served to put an end to Northeron and many of the independent dwarves who lived there. Some of the wreckage is still visible along the northern coast. Fortunately, the nearby spiritual center of Kirthaven remains intact.

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Speculation Edit

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In early sketches of Azeroth, Northeron appeared to be within Quel'Thalas, north of eastern Lordaeron (Eastern Plaguelands) and north of where the Hinterlands are located. It is still possible that Northeron may be a subzone within the Aerie Peaks or the Hinterlands, but it may be the unfinished zone north of the plaguelands. Northeron may be short for northern Lordaeron, but the term Northeron predates World of Warcraft.

This could be the land of the "northern vassals", whom Terenas's grandfather helped in their negotiations over their borders with the elves of Quel'Thalas.[5]

Northeron may be also the zone where a large group of high elves who refused to become blood elves took refuge, as they fled to some lands in the north of Lordaeron and adjacent to Quel'Thalas.[6]

It is possibly simply an older or different name for the Hinterlands (Tides of Darkness, published after the creation of the Hinterlands in WoW retroactively confirms that the Hinterlands existed during the Second War). Northeron has not appeared in recent releases and both share somewhat similar descriptions (forested and mountainous) as well as being described as the homeland to the Wildhammer dwarves.

References Edit

  1. ^ a b Day of the Dragon, pg. 123
  2. ^ Warcraft II manual, pg. 46, 51-52
  3. ^ Warcraft II manual, pg. 55
  4. ^ Day of the Dragon, pg. 144
  5. ^ Day of the Dragon, pg. 82
  6. ^ World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, pg. 36-37

See also Edit

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