Kirin Tor banner
|Other major settlements||None|
Nethergarde Keep †
|Base of operations||Transitus Shield, Amber Ledge, Violet Stand, Violet Rise, Khadgar's Tower|
|Formerly||Kirin'Var Village †, Violet Bluff|
|Theater of operations||Dalaran, Eastern Kingdoms, Northrend, Isle of Thunder, Broken Isles, Alternate Draenor|
|Language(s)||Common, Thalassian, Gnomish, coded language|
|Sub-group(s)||The Violet Eye, Kirin Tor Offensive, Silver Covenant, Sunreavers, Tirisgarde|
|Former sub-group(s)||Sorcerers' League, Mages' Guild|
|Affiliation||Magocracy of Dalaran, Alliance, Armies of Legionfall|
|Formerly||Alliance of Lordaeron|
The Kirin Tor (sometimes spelled Kirin-Tor), also known as the Wizard Council of Dalaran, or the Magus Senate of Dalaran, is an elite cadre of the most powerful wizards in the known world, and the ruling conclave of magi that leads the magical nation of Dalaran, one of the seven human kingdoms. More specifically, they are governed by the Council of Six. The Kirin Tor were members of the original Alliance of Lordaeron. They have also upheld an alliance with Silvermoon for over 2,000 years, and the Council of Six itself once included Quel'Thalas' crown-prince Kael'thas Sunstrider, and the blood elf Aethas Sunreaver.
Once a secretive and selective order of magi that kept aloof from ordinary politics, the Kirin Tor has since become one of the foremost factions standing against the threats posed to Azeroth's survival - among them the Scourge, the Blue Dragonflight, the Iron Horde and the Burning Legion, with Dalaran becoming a focal point of the campaign against the demons and serving as a neutral ground where the heroes of every kingdom could join together against their mutual foe.
The Kirin Tor became a reputation faction in World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King.
- 1 History
- 2 Organization and headquarters
- 3 Members
- 4 Reputation
- 5 Rewards
- 6 In the RPG
- 7 Notes and trivia
- 8 Gallery
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
As Dalaran became the chief center of learning for magicians throughout the land, its Magocrat lords formed the Kirin Tor as a specialized sect that was charged with cataloging and researching every spell, artifact, and magic item known to mankind at the time. They are ruled by the Council of Six.
With Aegwynn distancing herself and giving birth to Medivh, the Council of Tirisfal was without an official Guardian. They asked the Kirin Tor to safeguard the world. Likewise, at the Council's behest, the Kirin Tor sent agents to infiltrate Karazhan and spy on the young Medivh, taking parts in his parties in the magical tower. The spies, however, always left empty-handed - Medivh made sure of it. With the resurgence of strange green-skinned creatures in Azeroth, the Council wanted to work with Medivh and convinced the Kirin Tor to send an apprentice to Karazhan. As Kirin Tor commanded, Khadgar obeyed and went there. Several mage instructors of the Kirin Tor saw an opportunity to gain new information and asked Khadgar to learn various information for them. Some time after Medivh's death and the end of the First War, Aegwynn gave Aluneth to the Kirin Tor. The mages locked it in an enchanted vault.
During the Second War
Following the fall of Stormwind to the Orcish Horde the Kirin Tor pledged the support of Dalaran to the newly formed Alliance of Lordaeron. Archmage Khadgar personally served as their liaison and would eventually destroy the Dark Portal. Though the Dark Portal was destroyed in the aftermath of the Second War the Kirin Tor noticed that a rift remained that connected Azeroth and Draenor together, and so created Nethergarde Keep in order to watch over the rift. Additionally it took several members of the Kirin Tor working together in order to halt the taint that was spreading from the rift's location.
During the war that would follow between the Alliance of Lordaeron and Horde of Draenor, Teron Gorefiend and his death knights, aided by Deathwing, found themselves able to successfully enter Dalaran's Arcane vault and steal the Eye of Dalaran from the Kirin Tor. Archmage Antonidas would quickly inform Khadgar of the theft and, sometime after, the Alliance Expedition would journey to Draenor in order to put an end to the orc threat.
Following the destruction of the Draenor, the Kirin Tor would take an interest in the defeated orcs' strange lethargy. The organization would discover orcs were suffering from a withdrawal of the demonic energies that they had become addicted to.
During the Third War
Near the beginning of the Third War, the Kirin Tor took notice of a mysterious plague gripping the northlands. As such their Ambassador to King Terenas revealed that the Kirin Tor were prepared to place the villages under strict quarantine. However, the King declared that there would be no quarantine without proof of these claims as the people of Lordaeron had suffered enough. Suspecting that the plague was magical in nature the Kirin Tor sent Jaina Proudmoore, accompanied by special envoys, to assist. The Kirin Tor eventually learned that their suspicions were not only correct but that Kel'Thuzad, a former member of the organization, was responsible for spreading the plague.
Under the direction of the demon lord Archimonde, the Scourge, led by the death knight Arthas, prepared to invade Dalaran in order to claim the Book of Medivh. The Kirin Tor were prepared to fight the undead and had created magical auras that would harm any undead that enter the city. They also evacuated most of the inhabitants. Despite this Arthas and Kel'Thuzad were not deterred and were able to enter the city, kill the wizards maintaining the auras (which included the Kirin Tor's leader Antonidas), and claim the Book of Medivh.
While the Scourge prepared to summon Archimonde into the world, surviving wizards of the Kirin Tor had teleported in an army. As the Kirin Tor began their attack, Arthas ordered the Scourge to defend Kel'Thuzad at all costs; and despite their best efforts, the Kirin Tor failed in stopping the Scourge. Successfully summoned, the demon lord Archimonde destroyed Dalaran completely, claiming its annihilation heralded the Legion's first strike against the mortal world.
After the fall of Dalaran, surviving agents of the Kirin Tor such as Jailor Kassan pledged their support to Grand Marshal Garithos and the Alliance resistance. The blood elves, led by Council of Six member Kael'thas Sunstrider, came to reside in Dalaran and fought in its defense; however, the elves came under Garithos' prejudice against their kind and were eventually imprisoned in the city's dungeons for consorting with the Naga, slated for execution. However, thanks to the timely arrival of Lady Vashj, the blood elves were freed and eventually found their way to Outland. While elves such as Aethas would vouch for the Kirin Tor's innocence in these events, others like Rommath would accuse the organization of looking the other way. What role the Kirin Tor had in this, if any, is largely unknown. They were, however, known to have partial control of the city. The destruction of Dalaran was a massive blow to the Kirin Tor, leaving its surviving members scattered and its leadership in disarray.
At some point, the Kirin Tor cleared the naga from the Tomb of Sargeras and sealed the place.
World of Warcraft
At some point, the surviving wizards of the Kirin Tor returned to the ruins of Dalaran and constructed a vast, magical dome around the heart of their city. Some believe it was for protection from the violence of these times, others say they merely wanted solitude, to study and plot. The shield was opaque and completely impenetrable by any known means warding off any new attack while the magi slowly regained their strength. The area and ruined outskirts of their city were patrolled by the wizards and their elemental slaves, but the dome is powerful enough to destroy creatures that venture too close.
They sent Sorcerer Ashcrombe to Shadowfang Keep to check on Archmage Arugal's progress against the undead, ignorant to the fact that the archmage had been driven mad with guilt over the fact that he summoned the worgen to Gilneas.
The Kirin Tor were also not knowledgeable about the Forsaken at first, believing them to be just another clan of undead. The mages of Dalaran would eventually come into conflict with them, notably over the control of Ambermill in Silverpine Forest.
At some point, after the Scarlet Crusade failed to properly create a second Ashbringer in the form of , the elite magi of the Kirin Tor hid it away lest it unleash further deadly calamities. Fearing its unbridled power, the Kirin Tor entrusted its safekeeping to the blue dragonflight in order to secure it away from the hands of men.
Wrath of the Lich King
Eventually, the mages were able to lift the reconstructed city of Dalaran from its site, leaving only a crater in its place. The Kirin Tor decided to move their floating city to Northrend, where they still rule over the reconstructed Dalaran. The Kirin Tor proclaimed themselves neutral in the conflict between the Horde and the Alliance, and instead sought to help bridge the gaps between the two factions—starting with reaching out to Quel'Thalas for magical support against Malygos, the crazed Aspect of Magic.
The presence of the Kirin Tor was indeed met with deep-seated revilement from the crazed Malygos, who made numerous attempts to destroy the city. Malygos, whose war on mortal magic users reached its crux during the war against the Lich King, would ultimately be put to death before his vengeance against the Kirin Tor could be fulfilled. A number of Kirin Tor mages decided to help the blue dragonflight and Malygos transformed them into mage hunters.
The elven population of the Kirin Tor underwent something of a split: the portion of the elves who converted to the blood elven philosophy took up the name "the Sunreavers," named for their leader, Aethas Sunreaver, the only non-human on the Council of Six. Conversely, some high elven members opposed the notion of allowing the sin'dorei back into the Kirin Tor's ranks and formed the Silver Covenant to oppose it. Its leader, Vereesa Windrunner, however, held no political sway within the city, thus leading to the blood elves officially being readmitted as members of the Kirin Tor.
Tides of War
Jaina Proudmoore urged the Kirin Tor to support Theramore against the Horde armies massing at Northwatch Hold. The council agreed to send mages to help defend the island nation. Aethas Sunreaver cast the decisive vote in support of Theramore, reasoning that to do nothing would be to implicitly support the Horde's expansionism.
When Garrosh Hellscream's true plan - to detonate a mana bomb over Theramore - was revealed, Rhonin sacrificed his life by teleporting Jaina and a few wounded defenders to safety. Rhonin pulled the bomb into the Theramore Tower, minimizing the damage caused by the explosion.
In the aftermath, Jaina replaced Rhonin on the Council of Six and as leader of the Kirin Tor. Due to Thalen Songweaver's betrayal at the defense of Theramore, the Sunreavers' credibility was damaged. Kalec also joined the Kirin Tor and stayed in the city for a time, but he saw distrust from the other magi, so he often found excuses to be away.
Mists of Pandaria
When Jaina Proudmoore discovered that the Sunreavers helped Garrosh Hellscream steal the by using Dalaran portals to infiltrate Darnassus, she mobilized the Kirin Tor, Alliance forces, and the Silver Covenant to purge the Horde from Dalaran. After these events, Jaina pledged the Kirin Tor to the Alliance; for game purposes, Dalaran remains unchanged after the questline is completed.
Warlords of Draenor
The Kirin Tor's expedition into the alternate Draenor of thirty-five years ago is led by Khadgar. Based at Zangarra in Talador, the Kirin Tor appears friendly to Alliance players and neutral to Horde players. Jaina has ordered all outsiders to Dalaran - especially the Horde - are not allowed on Kirin Tor grounds. Despite this, Khadgar says that as he is a member of the Council his friends - regardless of faction - are allowed in, and if Jaina has a problem with it she can take it up with him. When Jaina arrives on Draenor, she expresses distaste that Khadgar allows the Horde to work with him at Zangarra. Jaina says the rest of the Council of Six would not approve and that she certainly does not.
The Kirin Tor were also responsible for maintaining a supply line between Draenor and Azeroth, but their holdout within the Everbloom, the Violet Bluff, was overgrown by Primals and most of its population infested. This turn of events nearly ended in a disaster, when the genesaur Yalnu crossed the mage portal into the Kirin Tor overlook above Stormwind, where he was stopped before he could muster his strength and infest the city or even worse.
Kirin Tor mages accompanied Khadgar to the Hellfire Citadel and are seen at the entrance and at the site of the disabled Black Gate maintaining portals.
After the disastrous battle, Khadgar called for a vote to have the Horde return to Dalaran in order to have the Kirin Tor fight the Burning Legion at its utmost capability. Jaina was vehemently opposed, especially after the events of the Broken Shore, but she was outvoted in the Council of Six with only Ansirem Runeweaver voting "no" alongside her. Jaina left Dalaran and the Kirin Tor in anger and Khadgar became the council's replacement leader. When the council next assembled, Kalecgos was seen as the sixth in Jaina's place. The council later voted to allow Aethas Sunreaver back into Dalaran, although not as a member of the Six.
Kesalon scoured the Broken Isles for anomalies and arcane artifacts.
Battle for Azeroth
Organization and headquarters
Within the conclave, there is an inner council: the Six, who are the actual rulers of the city. This governing body appoints one of their own as Head of the Kirin Tor (also known as Grand Magus of the Kirin Tor); this master wizard is essentially the ruler of Dalaran.
The Kirin Tor's headquarters was the Violet Citadel, an impressive building so named for its stone walls which gave off a faint violet light. Separately, the conclave's senior council met in the Chamber of Air, a room with no visible walls — the gray stone floor with its central diamond symbol stood beneath an open sky that shifted and changed rapidly as if time was speeding past within the chamber.
Though primarily a human kingdom, the Kirin Tor has always housed a sizeable Thalassian minority. For over two thousand years, it was not uncommon for some of the long-lived elves to study and serve in Dalaran as well as Silvermoon. Relations were strained between the two magical kingdoms after the Third War (and further compounded by Silvermoon's alliance with the reformed Horde), but the readmitted Sunreavers continued tradition somewhat until they were expelled from Dalaran. Most of the Kirin Tor's current high elf population is now part of the Silver Covenant, a militant wing of Kirin Tor defenders. The Kirin Tor also has gnomes, dwarves, goblins, and even a small handful of draenei in their ranks.
The gradual reintroduction of arcane magic into night elf society has in turn also slowly produced mages of that race. By the time Azeroth was ready to invade Tanaan Jungle on Draenor, night elf mages had joined the Kirin Tor, carrying out work such as maintaining a portal between Lion's Watch and Stormshield in Ashran.
Leaders of the Council of Six
- Antonidas - Killed in the Scourge invasion of Dalaran.
- Rhonin - Killed in the mana bomb explosion that destroyed Theramore Isle.
- Jaina Proudmoore - Resigned in protest after the Horde was readmitted into Dalaran, shortly after the Battle for the Broken Shore.
- Khadgar - Current leader.
Members of the Council of Six
- Main article: Council of Six#Members
Being a collection of the greatest mages in the land, the Kirin Tor naturally has many members who have had significant effects on the history of Azeroth, including both great wizards and those who delved too deeply into necromancy, demonology, and other warlock magics.
|Aethas Sunreaver||Leader of the Sunreavers and former member of the Council of Six, expelled from but later rejoined the Kirin Tor||Alive||Various locations|
|Alec||Inhabitant of Dalaran||Alive||Krasus' Landing, Dalaran|
|Alonda||Constantly searched for information about the fifth troll species||Unknown||Unknown|
|Alvareaux||Kirin Tor quartermaster||Alive||Violet Citadel, Dalaran|
|Amara Leeson||Accompanied Rhonin to defend Theramore||Deceased||Killed on Theramore Isle|
|Ansirem Runeweaver||Member of the Council of Six||Alive||Various locations|
|Antonidas||Leader of the Kirin Tor during the Second and Third Wars, killed by Arthas Menethil||Deceased||Unknown|
|Anzim||Warmage of Amber Ledge||Alive||Amber Ledge, Borean Tundra|
|Archus||Warmage of Amber Ledge||Alive||Amber Ledge, Borean Tundra|
|Arrexis||Member of the Council of Tirisfal; killed by demons||Deceased||Unknown|
|Ashcrombe||Sent to investigate Arugal's activities in Silverpine Forest||Unknown||Formerly Shadowfang Keep|
|Austin||Warmage of Amber Ledge||Alive||Amber Ledge, Borean Tundra|
|Baihu||Kirin Tor commander who leads the battle against Yalnu||Alive||Stormwind, Everbloom|
|Belleford||Librarian of Violet Stand||Alive||Violet Stand, Crystalsong Forest|
|Belmara||Abjurist of Kirin'Var Village; killed by the Sunfury and turned into a ghost||Killable||Kirin'Var Village, Netherstorm|
|Bitty Frostflinger||Inhabitant of Dalaran||Alive||Runeweaver Square, Dalaran|
|Calandra||Warmage of the Transitus Shield||Alive||Transitus Shield, Borean Tundra|
|Charles Pratt||Former arcane reforger||Active||Apothecarium, Undercity|
|The Chooch||Inhabitant of Dalaran||Alive||Underbelly, Dalaran|
|Cohlien Frostweaver||Mage of Kirin'Var Village; killed by the Sunfury and turned into a ghost||Killable||Kirin'Var Village, Netherstorm|
|The Conjuror||Archmage; leader of the Tirisgarde||Alive||Azeroth|
|Crafticus Mindbender||Inhabitant of Dalaran and Stormshield quartermaster||Alive||Eventide, Dalaran; Stormshield, Ashran|
|Dath'omere||Invites adventurers in Northrend to Dalaran||Alive||Valiance Keep, Borean Tundra|
|Dathric||Battle-mage of Kirin'Var Village; killed by the Sunfury and turned into a ghost||Killable||Kirin'Var Village, Netherstorm|
|Delth||Scholar of elven history||Unknown||Unknown|
|Dieworth||Keeper of Kirin'Var Village; killed by the Sunfury and turned into a ghost||Active||Kirin'Var Village, Netherstorm|
|Donathan||Librarian of Amber Ledge||Alive||Amber Ledge, Borean Tundra|
|Dorfus Alphamage||Inhabitant of Dalaran||Alive||Underbelly, Dalaran|
|Drenden||Former member of the Council of Six||Unknown||Unknown|
|Elandra||Assists Jaina Proudmoore in the Frozen Halls and the Auchenai in Talador||Alive||Various locations|
|Emeline Fizzlefry||Inhabitant of Dalaran||Alive||Magus Commerce Exchange, Dalaran|
|Fabioso the Fabulous||Inhabitant of Dalaran||Alive||Dalaran|
|Fansy Goodbringer||Inhabitant of Dalaran||Alive||Violet Hold, Dalaran|
|Garren||Sent to monitor the magical anomalies around the Westrift||Alive||Amber Ledge, Borean Tundra|
|Ginsberg||Inhabitant of Dalaran||Alive||Purple Parlor, Dalaran|
|Goldlilly Gleamingfell||Inhabitant of Dalaran||Alive||Underbelly, Dalaran|
|Grezla the Hag||Inhabitant of Dalaran||Alive||Eventide, Dalaran|
|Guzbah||Scholar of demon lore and instructor of Khadgar; killed by demons||Deceased||Unknown|
|Haelenai||Invites adventurers in Northrend to Dalaran||Alive||Amberpine Lodge, Grizzly Hills|
|Halister||Warmage of Violet Stand||Alive||Violet Stand, Crystalsong Forest|
|Hollister||Warmage of the Transitus Shield||Alive||Transitus Shield, Borean Tundra|
|Ilsudria||Warmage of Violet Stand||Alive||Violet Stand, Crystalsong Forest|
|Joboba Mezbreaker||Inhabitant of Dalaran||Alive||Underbelly, Dalaran|
|John Nicholas||Inhabitant of Dalaran||Alive||Purple Parlor, Dalaran|
|Kaelana||Invites adventurers in Northrend to Dalaran||Alive||Warsong Hold, Borean Tundra|
|Kalecgos (Kalec)||Member of the Council of Six||Alive||Various locations|
|Kallistia Starlance||Searching for her lost parents in Azsuna alongside her brother||Alive||Ruins of Nar'thalas, Azsuna|
|Karina||Inhabitant of Dalaran||Alive||Underbelly, Dalaran|
|Karlain||Member of the Council of Six||Alive||Various locations|
|Kat Sunflower||Inhabitant of Dalaran||Alive||Violet Citadel, Dalaran|
|Kath'leen||Warmage and Legionfall artificer||Alive||Various locations|
|Kesalon||Undermage of the Violet Bluff, later promoted to archmage in the Broken Isles||Alive||Violet Bluff, Everbloom; Broken Isles|
|Khadgar||Leader of the Council of Six||Alive||Various locations|
|Kinndy Sparkshine||Apprentice to Jaina Proudmoore, killed in the Attack on Theramore Isle||Deceased||Killed on Theramore Isle|
|Koreln||Assists Jaina Proudmoore in the Frozen Halls||Deceased||Forge of Souls; Pit of Saron; Halls of Reflection|
|Korialstrasz (Krasus)||Member of the Council of Six||Deceased||Various locations|
|Linda Ann Kastinglow||Inhabitant of Dalaran||Alive||Krasus' Landing, Dalaran|
|Lukems||Inhabitant of Dalaran||Alive||Krasus' Landing, Dalaran|
|Luminrath||Conjurer of Kirin'Var Village; killed by the Sunfury and turned into a ghost||Killable||Kirin'Var Village, Netherstorm|
|Melindra||Gatekeeper of Violet Stand||Alive||Violet Stand, Crystalsong Forest|
|The Magnificent Merleaux||Inhabitant of Dalaran||Alive||Violet Citadel, Dalaran; Violet Rise, Isle of Thunder|
|Modera||Member of the Council of Six||Alive||Various locations|
|Moran||Warmage of Amber Ledge||Alive||Amber Ledge, Borean Tundra|
|Morran||Lieutenant-sorcerer of Kirin'Var Village; killed by the Sunfury and turned into a ghost||Active||Kirin'Var Village, Netherstorm|
|Mumplina||Inhabitant of Dalaran||Alive||Violet Citadel, Dalaran|
|Natalie Tootiblare||Inhabitant of Dalaran||Alive||Underbelly, Dalaran|
|Nelphi||Servant of Jaina Proudmoore||Alive||Dalaran; Violet Rise, Isle of Thunder|
|Olothil Starlance||Searching for his lost parents in Azsuna alongside his sister||Alive||Ruins of Nar'thalas, Azsuna|
|Pentarus||Helped fund Hemet Nesingwary's Sholazar Basin expedition and Brann Bronzebeard's Ulduar expedition||Alive||Krasus' Landing, Dalaran; Expedition Base Camp, Ulduar|
|Phaelista||Invites adventurers in Northrend to Dalaran||Alive||Conquest Hold, Grizzly Hills|
|Phin Odelic||Former mage of Southshore, later became a worgen||Deceased||Silverpine Forest|
|Preston||Warmage of Amber Ledge||Alive||Amber Ledge, Borean Tundra|
|Raethan||Corrupt Underbelly guard captain||Alive||Underbelly, Dalaran|
|Ravandwyr||Apprentice to Archmage Vargoth and member of the Tirisgarde||Alive||Various locations|
|Rheaume||Inhabitant of Dalaran||Alive||Purple Parlor, Dalaran|
|Rhonin||Leader of the Kirin Tor, killed in the Attack on Theramore Isle||Deceased||Various locations|
|Rhydian||Archmage who assists in the attempt to save Crusader Bridenbrad and the Ulduar expedition||Alive||Crusaders' Pinnacle, Icecrown; Expedition Base Camp, Ulduar|
|Sarina||Warmage of Violet Stand||Alive||Violet Stand, Crystalsong Forest|
|Sathera||Friend of Antonidas and Kael'thas, killed when death knights attacked Dalaran||Deceased||Unknown|
|Silva||Warmage and Kirin Tor emissary||Alive||Violet Citadel, Dalaran|
|Tari Cogg||Accompanied Rhonin to defend Theramore||Deceased||Killed on Theramore Isle|
|Tenaj||Inhabitant of Dalaran||Alive||Dalaran|
|Teronus III||Invites adventurers in Northrend to Dalaran||Alive||Argent Stand, Zul'Drak|
|Thoder Windermere||Accompanied Rhonin to defend Theramore||Deceased||Killed on Theramore Isle|
|Tiare||Librarian of the Transitus Shield||Alive||Transitus Shield, Borean Tundra|
|Timear||Archmage||Alive||Violet Hold, Dalaran|
|Tyr'ganal||Invites adventurers in Northrend to Dalaran||Alive||Venomspite, Dragonblight|
|Ulrik von Stromhearth||Invites adventurers in Northrend to Dalaran||Alive||Valgarde, Howling Fjord|
|Ur||Mage known for researching the worgen and other worlds, killed by the Scourge||Deceased||Unknown|
|Varenthas||Invites adventurers in Northrend to Dalaran, later becomes High Forgeguard of the Tirisgarde||Alive||Vengeance Landing, Howling Fjord; Hall of the Guardian|
|Vargoth||Member of the Council of Six, former master of Kirin'Var Village||Alive||Various locations|
|Watkins||Warmage of the Transitus Shield||Alive||Transitus Shield, Borean Tundra|
|Weinhaus||Inhabitant of Dalaran||Alive||Violet Citadel, Dalaran|
|Whirt the All-Knowing||Inhabitant of Dalaran||Alive||Magus Commerce Exchange, Dalaran|
|Yurias||Warmage of Violet Stand and the Kirin Tor Offensive||Alive||Violet Stand, Crystalsong Forest; Violet Rise, Isle of Thunder|
|Zildjia||Inhabitant of Dalaran||Alive||Purple Parlor, Dalaran|
|Angela Dosantos||Protector of Atiesh||Brotherhood of the Light||Alive||Tyr's Hand, Eastern Plaguelands; Stratholme|
|Arugal||Unleashed the worgen upon Azeroth, later raised by the Scourge||Scourge, Wolfcult||Deceased||Various locations|
|Ataeric||Protector of Ambermill, killed and raised by the Forsaken||Undercity||Active||Ambermill, Silverpine Forest|
|Bethor Iceshard||Killed by the Scourge, now a Forsaken||Undercity||Active||Magic Quarter, Undercity|
|Corla||Twilight's Hammer herald transforming cultists into drakonid||Twilight's Hammer||Killable||Halls of Awakening, Blackrock Caverns|
|Dalar Dawnweaver||Killed by the Scourge, now a Forsaken||Forsaken||Active||Sepulcher, Silverpine Forest|
|Gunther Arcanus||Killed by the Scourge, now a Forsaken||Undercity||Active||Gunther's Retreat, Tirisfal Glades|
|Jaina Proudmoore||Former leader of the Kirin Tor, left Dalaran at the start of the Burning Legion's invasion||Alliance, Proudmoore Admiralty||Alive||Various locations|
|Kael'thas Sunstrider||Prince of Quel'Thalas, turned to the Illidari and ultimately the Burning Legion||Burning Legion||Deceased||Buried on the Isle of Quel'Danas|
|Kalynna Lathred||Left the Kirin Tor in pursuit of forbidden knowledge||Independent||Alive||Area 52, Netherstorm|
|Kel'Thuzad||Founder of the Cult of the Damned and master of Naxxramas||Cult of the Damned, Scourge||Active||Various locations|
|Levia Laurence||Banned from Dalaran for dabbling in shadow magic||Independent||Active||Den of Fiends, Azsuna|
|Naberius||Former apprentice to Archmage Vargoth, betrayer of Kirin'Var Village||Independent||Killable||Chapel Yard, Netherstorm|
|Normantis||Former librarian of Amber Ledge, now pursues vengeance against the blue dragonflight||Independent||Killable||Amber Ledge, Borean Tundra; Lair of the Deposed, Azsuna|
|Rommath||Cut ties with the Kirin Tor after the Third War, now serves as Grand Magister of Quel'Thalas||Magisters, Silvermoon City||Alive||Various locations|
|Thalen Songweaver||Horde spy and Garrosh loyalist who played a key role in the destruction of Theramore||True Horde||Alive||Unknown|
|Thule Ravenclaw||Necromancer, former ruler of Fenris Keep||Scourge||Killable||Silverpine Forest|
|Urom||Defector who sided with Malygos during the Nexus War||Blue dragonflight||Killable||Band of Transmutation, Oculus|
Members in the RPG
The following are stated to be members or former members of the Kirin Tor in the Warcraft RPG but have no known connection to the faction in canon lore.
|Allistarj||Former member of the Kirin Tor, now a servant of Razelikh the Defiler||Deceased||Formerly Serpent's Coil, Blasted Lands|
|Nielas Aran||Archmage of the Kirin Tor||Deceased||Various locations|
Aside from championing, Kirin Tor reputation can also be gained by completing Dungeon and Heroic Dungeon dailies, and Dalaran (cooking, jewelcrafting and fishing) dailies. In Legion, reputation can also be gained by completing Kirin Tor world quests.
|325||Dalaran (Violet Hold)|
|250||From Bag of Fishing Treasures|
|Honored||25 80||Leather Head|
|65 96 36||Dagger|
|19 86 36||Cloak|
|31 21 30||Mail Shoulder|
|Revered||74 12 9||Dagger|
|26 37 52||Plate Waist|
|37 86 93||Leather Legs|
|92 98 20||Staff|
|Exalted||46 13 26||Mail Feet|
|36 5 39||Plate Hands|
|25 42 75||Leather Waist|
|40 53 90||Cloth Chest|
In the RPG
It is made up of 120 members. They are divided in several levels of importance and influence.
Beneath the ruling council are the archmagi, each of whom is given tasks as the council sees fit. Archmagi do not hold specific positions or responsibilities, beyond the general loyalty to the Kirin Tor and to the world, and the standing obligation to study new human magic whenever it appears. In reality, however, some archmagi have been given the same tasks so often they have essentially assumed responsibility for those jobs. Thus one archmage might be in charge of cataloging all wands, while another handles researching and cataloging all illusions. Several of them work to monitor and maintain the city’s protective dome.
Magi are the lowest members of the Kirin Tor and answer to the archmagi. Any archmage in the sect can issue orders to a mage, provided the instructions still fit within the organization’s goals. As with archmagi, however, most magi settle into specific positions and tasks and work exclusively for one archmage. The ruling council can change this at any time but rarely does so, unless they feel a mage has become a problem in his current position, or if they need him for a different task. Most magi are allowed the freedom to pursue their tasks and studies in whatever manner they choose. Despite the fact that they are the lowest members in the hierarchy, many magi possess great power.
Before the Scourge came, any human mage was welcome in Dalaran. They found peers and a place to stay and to work in peace. Magi with an eye for detail and a strong focus on research were offered membership in the Kirin Tor. This process could take anywhere from a few months to several years — the ruling council did not invite magi until it was sure of their abilities and allegiances. The Kirin Tor became even more cautious about admittance after Kel'Thuzad defected and took many other magi with him.
Following the Third War, they were able to reclaim their city. They erected a glowing dome around the entire city, powerful enough to destroy anyone who touches it, while they worked to rebuild their fallen city.
Notes and trivia
- In the past, the Kirin Tor controlled Baradin Hold full of monstrous creatures, including demons. The magi were unable to contain the massive pit lord Argaloth in the cells of Violet Hold, so they were left with no choice but to confine the powerful demon beneath Tol Barad. Similarly, the shivarra Alizabal was imprisoned in the Violet Hold, not long after corrupt magi summoned her, but despite arcane wards restricting her powers, her influence alone caused her guards to murder one another in sudden fits of rage. Therefore, she was transferred to Baradin Hold prior to the Cataclysm, which only aggravated the ruined prison's increasingly dire conditions. Ultimately, the mages were overrun.
- The updated Wizard's Sanctum is decorated with banners bearing the crest of the Kirin Tor. A magus is also present there.
- This may indicate that the Kirin Tor remained an ally to the Alliance.
- Prior to the Third War, the Kirin Tor favored water and frost spells compared to the other schools of magic. Fire was implied to be associated with the demonic.
- The Kirin Tor possesses an (or was the) Advanced Research and Illumination Sect, which Antonidas joined very young.
- It was described as an elite cadre of the most powerful wizards in the known world.
- Some mages that acted in the Kirin Tor were at the same time members of the Council of Tirisfal, as evidenced by Indus.
- While the Kirin Tor officially condemns torture, its members are not always opposed to using information obtained by others through it.
- The Kirin Tor and their magi were considered as heretics for centuries by the Church of the Holy Light, as they never have been fond of their methods, but who let them continue to exist because they don't practice dark magic and are somewhere necessary.
- Members of the Kirin Tor have to know the flora and fauna of Azeroth for a variety of reasons, many of them dealing with survival.
- A favored companion of Kirin Tor magi, the makes one wonder whether it's truly a snake or something else altogether.
- The insignia of the Kirin Tor represents an eye. In the Underbelly of Dalaran there is an unofficial coin called the .
- In The Frozen Throne, Rexxar can get Drek'thar's Spellbook after finishing a quest. The book is filled with pages stolen from Kirin Tor mages that were slain in battle.
- In the canceled Warcraft Adventures, a bulletin board inside Durnholde Keep indicated that the Kirin Tor was recruiting, complete with a little drawing of a mage tower.
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