- For other uses, see Tirisfal (disambiguation).
The Council of Tirisfal at the time of the creation of the Guardian
|Secondary leaders||Guardian of Tirisfal (champion)|
|Other major settlements||Dalaran|
|Theater of operations||Eastern Kingdoms|
The Council of Tirisfal (the Order of Tirisfal, Order, or Tirisfalen) was the secret council of human, gnome, and high elven mages charged with the selection and disposition of the Guardian of Tirisfal. It's described as an order of sorcerers.
The Order was formed by the most powerful of the high elves in order to prevent and safeguard Azeroth from the demons, something that their Highborne ancestors couldn't do. They derived their name from their meeting place in the Tirisfal Glades; specifically, they met in Venomweb Vale. They also used the Hall of the Guardian as a base.
Over 3,000 years ago an elven society called the Council of Silvermoon, that had long ago sworn to forestall any full return by the Legion, met with the most powerful wizards of Magocrat lords of Dalaran and formed the Council of Tirisfal, whose quest was to hunt those demons who had already arrived, and prevent others from entering Azeroth. For a great period of time, the Order's oldest members were three high elves, among them Relfthra. They were in a position of authority even during the guardianship of Scavell, and up until the purge of the Tirisfalen.
The Council of Tirisfal channeled their power into a single mortal to battle the demons. This person was called the Spearhead, with the Council channeling a part of their power into them. However, this put the Council at risk as they had to be within close range of the Spearhead while channeling their power. More than 2,600 years before the First War, the Spearhead was reworked into the Guardian by Alodi, by restructuring the transfer ceremony used to link the Council of Tirisfal with the Spearhead. He did this by using a spell that Meryl and he devised that will allow the Council of Tirisfal and the Spearhead to link at great distances. This allowed the Guardian to engage the enemy with the Council of Tirisfal's power and safety intact and out of harm's way. The spell would later be applied to a device known as the Forge of the Guardian and used for all Guardians from that day on, until the day Aegwynn refused to return her power. To reflect this change, the Council of Tirisfal altered the title of Spearhead to Guardian-- of the Council's power, safety, trust, and defense of Azeroth.
When there was an absence of the Guardian, the Council called upon the Tirisgarde - the elite mage-guard of Dalaran. The Tirisgarde was first created to hunt down Aegwynn when she went rogue because she grew suspicious of the order and believed that the council was abusing its power by manipulating the politics of the human kingdoms. Tarthen stole the greatstaff and went to find Aegwynn who bested him and encased him in a layer of diamond-hard ice. Despite the hot weather in Stranglethorn Vale, Tarthen was still frozen solid when the Council members found him. It took considerable effort to thaw his corpse and free Ebonchill from his lifeless hand. The magi then returned the staff to its owner
The two most famous Guardians of Tirisfal by far were the last two ones — Aegwynn and her son Medivh. Medivh possessed by Sargeras killed many named and unnamed members of the Order throughout Azeroth during the time of the First War before he was slain. It is, however, known that Aegwynn revived an uncorrupted Medivh, so theoretically he still lives. While it may be possible for Medivh to pass the mantle of Guardian to another, it was he who destroyed the Order with the specific purpose of breaking the chain, the one thing he and Sargeras agreed upon. His final known speech echoes this sentiment, as he wished to teach the world that it no longer needed Guardians.
The New Council of Tirisfal
- Main article: New Council of Tirisfal
In view of the growing threat of Cho'gall and his masters, it was decided by Aegwynn, Jaina Proudmoore, and Meryl Felstorm to reform the Council of Tirisfal. The three also planned to recruit Maraad, Broll Bearmantle, Thrall and Khadgar for the new order, but Thrall and Khadgar were unavailable. The reformed Council did battle with Cho'gall at Ahn'Qiraj, with Med'an as their Guardian. Unfortunately, the new Council didn't prove to be as binding as the original, and most of its members went their separate ways after Cho'gall's defeat. As for Med'an, he returned the Guardian power to the Council. The Council has yet to choose a new Guardian.
Reformation of the Tirisgarde
After Kathra'natir escapes from his body, Meryl, the ghost of Alodi, and a mage adventurer procure the Forge of the Guardian from the Violet Hold. Within the Hall of the Guardian, Meryl declares the Council's Tirisgarde reformed, with magi from across Azeroth coming in to boost its numbers. As Meryl declares, the Tirisgarde's largest concern at the moment is the hunting of Kathra'natir, as his time spent within Meryl provided him with knowledge of the Council's secrets.
The Conjuror of the Tirisgarde witnessed visions of the members of Alodi's Council in Dalaran while wielding , Alodi's staff. The visions mistook them for Alodi himself (or simply replayed events from history with the Conjuror playing the part of the old Guardian), and helped to empower the staff, albeit somewhat reluctantly.
|Aertin Brighthand||Spearhead (last)||Deceased|
|Ethylar||Member just prior to creation of the Guardian||Deceased|
|Huga||Member during creation of the Guardian||Deceased|
|Indus||Member during creation of the Guardian, inventor||Deceased|
|Irar||Member during creation of the Guardian||Deceased|
|Rohar||Member during creation of the Guardian||Deceased|
|Meryl Felstorm||Founding member, member during creation of the Guardian||Undead|
|Nielas Aran||Member of the Tirisgarde, a branch of the Order of Tirisfal||Deceased|
- Around the time of the First War, the order communicated only through sealed missives. The seals were purple, and the text they protected was encoded using The Song of Aegwynn as a cipher. Each member of the order as such had an identical copy of the scroll for themselves. At the top of each letter was a number that looked like a date. It was a reference to the stanza, line, and word one had to start at. The first letter of that word became the first letter of the alphabet in the code, but for the first sentence only. Punctuation marks indicated to start using the second letter of the pointed word, and so on. Numbers were supposed to be fully written, not using numerals. Khadgar suspected that it was Medivh's sheer cussedness that made the order use a poem praising his mother as its master key.
- It was also said that the Tirisfalen was formed from the joint effort of the Council of Silvermoon and the Magocrat Lords of Arathor. It was later stated that it was the magocrat lords of Dalaran.
- ^ The Last Guardian, chapter 8
- ^ Threat!
- ^ Cycle of Hatred, chapter 12
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 135
- ^ a b The First Guardian
- ^ a b
- ^ Whispers, pg. 5
- ^ The Guardians of Tirisfal
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 152
- ^ Archive of the Tirisgarde#Ebonchill, Greatstaff of Alodi
- ^ World of Warcraft: The Comic
- ^ Armageddon, pg. 39
- ^ Micky Neilson on Twitter (09-29-2014)
- ^ Micky Neilson on Twitter (09-29-2014)
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 161 - 162
- ^ The Last Guardian, chapter 9
- ^ World of Warcraft Battle Chest Guide, pg. 151