Archmage Tarsis Kir-Moldir

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NeutralArchmage Tarsis Kir-Moldir
Image of Archmage Tarsis Kir-Moldir
Gender Male
Race Night elf (Humanoid)
Level 60 Elite
Class Mage
Reaction Alliance Horde
Affiliation(s) Highborne
Occupation Archmage
Location Naxxramas
Status Unknown (presumed deceased)

Archmage Tarsis Kir-Moldir was a Highborne night elf archmage who was trapped inside the Scourge citadel of Naxxramas while it was still floating above the Eastern Plaguelands. He was wounded during his search for the forty Splinters of Atiesh, stolen from him by the lich Kel'Thuzad.

Tarsis was one of the few surviving Highborne characters found in World of Warcraft. This meant he was at least 10,000 years old, dating back to the era before the Great Sundering, as he mentioned remembering Queen Azshara.

The fate of Tarsis is unknown, seeing as the night elf is not in Naxxramas since it moved to the skies of the Dragonblight. However, as he was mortally wounded, he might have succumbed to his injuries.


<Tarsis groans.>
There may still be time... Listen closely, mortal.
Through time and across the Nether I have searched. Deals made with a host of evil and villainy so wretched...
<Tarsis coughs blood into his hands.>
Would you... would you believe that even Elune has turned her back on me, <race>? To die here, in this manner now...

Gossip What are you talking about, mage?

The things I have done... such horrible things...
<Tarsis begins to sob.>

Gossip Why have you done such horrible things?

I am Highborne, <race>. It has no meaning now. There was a time, though, when this world was ruled by Highborne. Ten thousand years past...

Gossip I still do not understand.

I would have it back, mortal. Atiesh... from it I would create the Highborne anew. I would have it all back. Even the Queen...

Gossip You are talking nonsense, mage.

<Tarsis grabs you weakly by the collar. Even in death you see power unimaginable in his eyes.>
Am I? Then listen closely, for more nonsense is about to escape my lips. Within this citadel you will find my life's work: The exact location of every fragment of the splintered staff.

Gossip What staff?

Atiesh, Greatstaff of the Guardian. The staff handed down through the ages of each of the Guardians of Tirisfal. The staff corrupted by Sargeras. The staff of the last Guardian. The staff of Medivh.

Gossip You said you would have it back. What does that mean?

<Tarsis's eyes light up.>
I held it once... I held it despite the warnings of the Kirin Tor. I held it, mortal... Power unending. Power to do what I desired, as I desired. And just as quickly, it was taken from me. But I had tasted... And that taste was all that it took.

Gossip What happened to the staff?

It was lost when the Violet Citadel fell... splintered into forty-two pieces.

Gossip So what has led you to Naxxramas?

Kel'Thuzad has put forth considerable effort in attempting to reform the staff. The pieces were once scattered across this world, from Kalimdor to the South Seas. I myself held twenty of the pieces at one point in time - until they were stolen from me by Kel'Thuzad's minions. It is why I am here.

Gossip So Kel'Thuzad holds all of the pieces?

Haven't you been listening? No, I very much doubt we would be having this conversation had Kel'Thuzad formed the staff. Kel'Thuzad holds the head. His underlings hold forty splinters of Atiesh. The last piece - the base - was uncovered by Brann Bronzebeard. He was last seen in the Silithus desert; undoubtedly doing his best to stay as far away as possible from the relentless seekers Kel'Thuzad has dispatched into the world.
Talking to Tarsis with the  [Frame of Atiesh]
Archmage Tarsis Kir-Moldir says: You... The frame! How? You must not... It... the Destroyer...
Archmage Tarsis Kir-Moldir scratches at his throat.
Archmage Tarsis Kir-Moldir dies.


  • Tarsis is the name of a town in the Dragonlance fantasy universe, while most of Kir-Moldir's speech is lifted almost directly from a Dragonlance character, Raistlin Majere.[citation needed] 

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