WoW Cataclysm - Tirisfal Glades Preview

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 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.

Moving into Deathknell, the Forsaken starting zone those familiar with the zone will notice that Deathgaurd Simmer is no longer standing just outside the gates. Never fear though, Simmer is still around offering quest to new players, except now he makes his home in Calston Estate. Let’s face it, standing around outside constantly would get old. Other than this small change, however, Deathknell remains untouched, except for the noticeable renewal of the land.

Heading north to the Agamand Mills players will find that this area has remained completely unchanged. The Mills are still decapitated and unlivable, and the Scourge still run free here, dominating the landscape. Why no attempt has been made to reclaim this land by either the Forsaken or the Scarlet Crusade is a mystery.

To the east of Agamand Mills lies Garren’s Haunt, once just a giant empty field with several outbuildings inhabited by dirty Gnolls. Cataclysm has brought Garren’s Haunt the attention of the Forsaken and the place has been divided up into several smaller fields. Some rather creepy trees have taken over the fields as well as Forsaken plague machines, indicating the Forsaken have something sinister up their sleeves. Apothecary Jerrod and  his Apprentice now can be found in a small tent just outside the Haunt

Despite the Forsaken presence and their obvious plans for this place, the Gnolls have been allowed as of yet to remain in control of the land. Perhaps it can be speculated that they are to be part of whatever experiment the Forsaken are planning here.  Players will also notice that a new road connecting the Agamand Mill’s and Garren’s Haunt has been added, allowing for easier travel.

Brightwater Lake is still the home of Gunther Arcanus and a host of Scourge. While the grass does look a tad bit greener here, no plant life has started to grow, marking the lake as healthy once again. Overall Brightwater Lake is much as it was pre-Cataclysm.

Don’t let the lack of a dotted line on the map fool you, the road to the Scarlet Monastery is still nothing more than carriage path at best. Forsaken bodies still line the roadway, which is still lit with the same torches. With the changes to Tirisfal Glades, the Monastery in Cataclysm looks brighter somehow, giving players an idea of it’s real grandeur. The inside of the Monastery has changed little, still housing the four instances players are familiar with, as well as a host of Scarlet forces.  Despite the lack of changes here, I am pleased nonetheless to see that at the very least the Monastery is still standing, and has escaped the more negative effects of Cataclysm.

South of the Monastery lies Venomweb Vale, home to some nasty spiders, quite a few Darkhounds, and a small Scarlet Crusade encampment. The spiders and the Darkhounds are still here, and the spiders have made themselves even more at home, covering the Vale with webbing, but something nasty has befallen the Scarlet forces here. The two tents inhabited by the Scarlet forces have been knocked down, the Scarlet flag that once flew proudly above the encampment is gone, and the bodies of the Scarlet forces lay scattered about the ground, engulfed in purple flames.  The only surviving person remaining is Lietenant Sanders who, unfortunately for him, has been hung by his feet from a nearby tree.

Moving further south in the Vale, the Crusaders Outpost located there has suffered the same fate, but with less effect. While several of the Scarlet forces here have been taken down by the unknown source causing the purple flames, several seem to have survived the attack. Could this be the work of Deathwing?

The Balnir Farmstead is still overrun with Scourge, and the area appears much as it did before Deathwing’s return. On a brighter note, the flowers in the small garden here appear to be blooming.

The Bulwark, once an lackluster gathering of small tents and Forsaken forces combined with wooden defenses to guard the passage into the Western Plaguelands has been given a serious upgrade in Cataclysm. While the Forsaken here still reside in tents, they are of the far more fashionable sort, being purple and generally awesome. The Bulwark’s defenses have been bolstered, with stone walls being installed and Forsaken plague machines being moved into the area. To add icing to the cake, the Bulwark has been outfitted (finally) with it’s very own Bat Handler.

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