Shrine of the Fallen Warrior

The Shrine of the Fallen Warrior is located on a small hill in the Barrens southwest of the Crossroads.[47, 29] To reach it, player must follow a ridge to the southeast and half-way up the hill will find the base of a mound. The short trail will lead directly to the shrine.


The Shrine of the Fallen Warrior is a memorial to Michel Koiter, a Blizzard employee who died during the development of World of Warcraft. The base of the stone obelisk is engraved with the initials "MK" and the orc is an exact copy of Koiter's beta character: "twincruiser".

If a player visits the memorial, they will find a spirit healer named Koiter in front of the Shrine.

"Shrine of the Fallen Warrior in World of Warcraft" by René Koiter

Where once a hero set foot on his native soil a monument has risen
Where now part of his essence resides a mystical boon will be given
Upon the monument the runic initials MK have been engraved
To honor all the journeys and battles the fallen one has braved
A hero's enduring spirit transcends many worlds beyond our own
Only those with steadfast dedication find a bond with this unknown
Travel the continents and scour the lands for the shrine standing tall
For in the presence of the monolith the warrior will be with you all.