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Baradin Hold is the main fortress of Tol Barad, located at the island's center. Whoever controls the Hold - by taking and holding the three major fortifications around it - controls Tol Barad, and gains access to the raid instance located in the dungeon beneath the hold. The path leading to the instance line can be found at , on the outside of the hold's western wall next to the meeting stone.
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Battle between the Alliance and Horde rages throughout the surrounding environment, but the inside of Baradin Hold stands silent - and rightly so. Among some of the most deadly entities on Azeroth - those too dangerous to chain above ground or exile from the island - are locked inside the hold, only accessible to those who claim control of Tol Barad.
In the past, the Kirin Tor controlled the prison full of monstrous creatures, including demons, until the mages were overrun. One of the worst of the inmates, the demon Occu'thar, broke of its cell and devoured all of its fellow prisoners in the west wing. Unfortunately for him, this act rendered him too large to escape. Eventually, the demon was killed, while many others remained until there was a breakout. Most demons were slain by hired swords, but some escaped.
After adventurers killed Occu'thar shortly after the Battle for Tol Barad, a clean up crew was attempting to restore Baradin Hold. However, its prison was invaded by Occul'tharon and other demons. The prison guard initially warded him, but barely held it. Subsequently, Tol Barad became lost to the inmates, with all forces in retreat. Later, the Shadow Council infiltrated the Hold and slew Occul'tharon, claiming the Eye of Dalaran (which the creature had somehow obtained while in the Twisting Nether) to be used in their rituals.
Mathias Shaw's latest report says that some of the demons are still in the prison, but there's no warden at the prison. Baradin's Wardens keep tabs on the prison and confirmed the Hold's state to SI:7. They also stated that now and then, some of the remaining demons come out, but never in force. They're killed on sight, but they don't know how many of them there are.
Following the Second War, the ruined fortress of Baradin Hold on the remote island of Tol Barad was converted into a prison for some of the most dangerous forces on Azeroth. Yet with the devastation wrought by the Cataclysm, the prison's integrity has been compromised. Now as the Horde and Alliance vie for supremacy on the island, the liberation of its forgotten horrors may be at hand.
Encounters and loot
- The hallways were guarded by Demon Containment Units until they were destroyed by Occu'thar. Then Eyes of Occu'thar roamed the halls in two packs, until they were replaced by Disciples of Hate who serve Alizabal.
- The instance has been designed to allow for future bosses so that the dungeon doesn't seem to magically stretch over time like Wintergrasp Fortress.
- Patch 4.3.2 (2012-01-31): Eyes replaced by Disciples of Hate.
- Patch 4.3.0 (2011-11-29): Alizabal added.
- Patch 4.2.0 (2011-06-28): Occu'thar added. Demon Containment Units replaced by roaming Eyes of Occu'thar.
- Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Added.