A bridge that connected Winterspring to Darkwhisper Gorge across Frostwhisper Gorge was destroyed after the Cataclysm, leaving the area inaccessible from Winterspring by land. Meanwhile the back entrance, Darkwhisper Pass, has become its more common way in.
Its main entrance from Winterspring has been redecorated to match the Twilight cult's theme and appearance. This area, however, remains empty until players are sent there for quests.
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After the Cataclysm, the Twilight's Hammer managed to take the gorge from the Burning Legion demons by force and have held onto the territory with only one exception, the Gates of Sothann, which was taken by the pit lord Garnoth and his army.
In World of Warcraft
Darkwhisper Gorge was previously an area in the far south of Winterspring which consisted of a network of tunnels and chasms. This area was inhabited by elite demons of an approximate five-man difficulty before The Burning Crusade. The demons in this area were important to a number of quests, unlike their Blasted Lands counterparts.
- Despite the hazards, this area possessed several valuable resources, especially rich thorium veins. One could also find truesilver here.
- The Hederine demons, seemingly led by Lady Hederine, which inhabit this area dropped , a quest item for the warlock quest , the second quest in the chain which led to the acquisition of the doomguard.
- An imp, Vi'el, lived in a cave in the Gorge. Among other “exotic reagents", he sold several items of particular note:
- (3-5) 10
- (1) 80
- 40 (Required for the Dungeon Set 2 upgrade quest)
- The high elf Earthcaller Franzahl could be found at the bottom of the gorge to the south. He would explain to a player who possessed any of the parts of how to smelt Elementium.
- An instance portal with a runed gate existed in the lower part of the Gorge. It could be found at Mount Hyjal, which was not implemented until Cataclysm, and in vanilla, one could glitch past the portal and explore the unfinished zone. In Cataclysm, however, Darkwhisper Gorge was merged into the new Mount Hyjal zone, rendering the portal unnecessary. . It was meant to be an entrance to
In the RPG
In Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game
Darkwhisper Gorge is a treacherous cavern that lies along Winterspring Valley's southern slope. Poisonous green vapours bubble out of acid pools deep within the bottom of the gorge. Malevolent sounds echo from a cave at the furthest end of the gorge, leading some night elves to believe that demons may have taken refuge in the toxic depths.
In Lands of Mystery
Darkwhisper Gorge consists of a series of ravines and canyons atop the mountainous range that borders Hyjal Summit and Winterspring. It is now inhabited by agents of the Burning Legion, including pit lords, felguards, doom guards and infernals. Thousands of the foul creatures live here, and their leaders are unknown. There are fissures and caves leading deep into the ground, not all of which look natural. It is likely the demons may be tunneling underneath the summit, closer to the Well of Eternity.
Darkwhisper Gorge hides a massive army of demons powerful enough to besiege Mount Hyjal — but they seem to be waiting for something. If they ever attack Hyjal, the blue dragonflight at Mazthoril will be needed to assist the rest of dragons at the summit.
Eventually the blue dragons discovered that the waters of the Well of Eternity were draining: the demons had manage to create an underground tunnel system below the well, and drained the powerful waters into their tunnels to use for their own purposes. The dragons, who would be vulnerable in humanoid form inside the tunnels, asked the heroes to accompany them to investigate the situation. In the caves they discovered that the demons were led by an eredar warlock who was planning to consume the water in a ritual in an attempt to gain enough power to resurrect Archimonde.
- Interestingly, Darkwhisper Gorge was already part of Hyjal in Lands of Mystery.
- Darkwhisper Gorge still displays as a subzone of Winterspring in the waterfall behind Doom's Vigil.