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Posted Mon, Aug 02, 2010 by Mem

Tirisfal Glades is best known as home to the Undercity and with it the Forsaken and their leader Sylvanas Windrunner, the Banshee Queen herself. Tirisfal Glades also houses the base of the Scarlet Crusade’s religious faith; the Scarlet Monestary. Scourge linger here, which only seems fitting as the land itself is still tormented by the Lich King’s plague. However, with the coming of Cataclysm changes have occurred all over Azeroth, with nary a zone being spared. Has Tirisfal Glades escaped unscathed?

As I stepped off the Zepplin (my preferred method of travel to Tirisfal) I immediately noticed that Tirisfal seems to have remained in it’s perpetual gloomy state despite the changes Cataclysm has wrought over the rest of the world.  However, not all remains the same. The zepplin towers seem to have undergone some much needed repairs and they no longer look like they will fall over in a strong breeze. The towers also have a much more Forsaken feel as they seem to have a purplish glow about them.


Despite first appearances, Tirisfal Glades does seem to be making somewhat of a recovery from the Lich King’s plague. The grass and the trees seem to be slowly coming back to life,  even though the Darkhounds and the pockets of Scourge remain. Whether these changes to the land are due to the efforts of the Forsaken, the Scarlet Crusade, or the result of other influences remains unknown.


Moving northeast of the Zepplin towers players will find possibly the biggest change in the zone. Brill has undergone some amazing changes. Once a human town of old taken over by the Forsaken it was desperately in need of some serious repairs and it seems the Forsaken have finally taken the initiative and done just that. The once ramshackle village has been given a complete Forsaken upgrade. The buildings of Brill, while still the same in number, are bigger and have distinctly Forsaken architecture, however traces of the village’s human past still linger in the building design.

A statue of Sylvanas now stands near the center of town, proudly proclaiming the  loyalties of the local residents. Machines of war, including siege engines and plague machines, dot the town. Even the small tent covering the Trade Supplier has been given a Forsaken upgrade. The most exciting change, however (especially for low level players) is the addition of Brill’s very own Bat Handler. The graveyard outside of Brill remains untouched, however it does look significantly better as the grass regains it’s health.



Moving west down the road and across the bridge you will find this part of Tirisfal is still the same. Cold Hearth Manor is still overrun with undead. More signs of Tirisfal’s renewal can be seen  at Stillwater Pond where the edges are lined with high grass, typical of healthy waters. 

Moving west down the road and across the bridge you will find this part of Tirisfal is still the same. Cold Hearth Manor is still overrun with undead. More signs of Tirisfal’s renewal can be seen  at Stillwater Pond where the edges are lined with high grass, typical of healthy waters. 


Continuing past Cold Hearth Manor further down the road where the road splits into two a new Forsaken base (Calston Estate) has been erected. Gordo the Abomination quest giver no longer patrols the road but has instead taken up residence here. Small in size, with only one building and a small field, this new base further cements the Forsaken force in Tirisfal. It even appears if the Forsaken here are making an attempt at normalcy and growing a crop of corn.


The Solliden Farmstead in the west is thriving. While the buildings are still in a state of disrepair, the farmers here have extended their patch of farming land and added two new fields that are already growing pumpkins.


Next to the Solliden Farmstead, lies what once was the Crusader’s Outpost, a rather unimpressive tower filled with Scarlet Warriors. The Outpost is still there, but the Scarlet Crusade has made some improvements to it’s defense. Instead of a just a free standing tower, walls have been erected to prevent easy entry from the road. A host of Scarlet Warriors patrol the area keeping the peace and several new tents have popped up to accommodate the extra force.



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