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Tainted Scar

The remaining Tainted Scar after the Cataclysm.

The Tainted Scar is a small region in the western Blasted Lands, corrupted for years by the energies of the Dark Portal. Following the Third War, it became the demonic domain of Lord Kazzak and his army until the Invasion of Outland. At the time of the Cataclysm, the Tainted Scar has been greatly transformed by the birth of the Tainted Forest.


The Tainted Scar

The Tainted Scar before the Cataclysm.

Once a part of the Black Morass, the area became a completely waterless and treeless wasteland, caused by the corrupting energies of the Dark Portal, which transformed the region into barren soil the color of blood, teeming with strange and demonic beasts.[1]

Following the Third War, and the defeat of the Burning Legion, the colossal Ered'ruin Lord Kazzak led many of the remaining Legion forces on Azeroth in the Tainted Scar, which served as a demonic domain, similarly to the demons in the scorched and twisted Darkwhisper Gorge of Mount Hyjal.[2] He subsequently ordered his most fearsome lieutenant Razelikh the Defiler to secure the land.[3]

World of Warcraft[]

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In the year 25 ADP, Lord Kazzak and his forces were still located in the Tainted Scar. They faced the adventurers of the Alliance and the Horde sent to eliminate them.

At some point, an elderly human warlock named Daio the Decrepit went into the Tainted Scar, and settled at its altar to perform rituals with the demons and train young recruits in the infernal arts.[4]

The Burning Crusade[]

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After the Dark Portal remained dormant for twenty years, Lord Kazzak found an unknown artifact of incredible power and used it to reopen it.[5] Therefore, Lord Kazzak and a large part of his troops left the Tainted Scar to reach Outland, where he was promoted as a “Doom Lord” for his success. In his stead he left his most powerful lieutenant, Highlord Kruul, to take control of the Scar and to sow fear and confusion among the defenders.[6]

When the defenders of Azeroth pushed the demonic forces back through the Dark Portal to Hellfire Peninsula, Kruul left the Tainted Scar leaderless and joined his forces at the Stair of Destiny to fight them.[7]


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Tainted Scar (Cataclysm)

The Tainted Forest which replaced most of the Scar.

At the time of the Cataclysm, when the druid Marl Wormthorn and his people of Gilneas arrived in the Blasted Lands, he attempted to reclaim and bring back the Tainted Scar to its former, greener self, by creating the great tree Maldraz with his immense power. From underneath its trunk, he entered a druidic trance and began to bring life back to the area,[8] allowing the refugees to build Surwich.

However, the residual demonic powers left on the land began to take their toll, and while Wormthorn's attention was drawn to fighting back the demonic taint, the nathrezim who had formerly resided there took the opportunity to infiltrate Maldraz. Once inside, they corrupted Wormthorn's trance and used his body as a weapon to corrupt the great tree, leading to the birth of the Tainted Forest.[9][10]

Interested in the demonic artifacts once hidden in the Tainted Scar, the leader of the Sunveil Excursion, Rohan Sunveil, led his subordinates of the Reliquary to practice there an archaeological study.[11]

While most of the Scar has been taken over by the forest, a small part of the area still remains intact, mostly around the altar where Daio the Decrepit decided to stay. Occasionally the Man'ari eredar Narixxus the Doombringer will appear behind it.


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At the time of the third invasion of the Burning Legion, the Conjuror of the Tirisgarde went to the Tainted Scar to meet Daio the Decrepit, in order to learn about Arrexis and Inv staff 2h artifactantonidas d 01 [Ebonchill]'s fate at the hands of the eredar mage-hunter Balaadur.[12]


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After the Dragon Isles were discovered, Lord Banehollow disguised as Madam Shadow and set up a camp at the Darkmoon Faire in order to harvest warlock souls. However, a warlock adventurer exposed his true appearance and managed to stop his plans. Afterwards, Lord Banehollow retreated to the Tainted Scar where the adventurer defeated him with the help of Initiate Oman.[13]


Tainted Scar altar

The demonic altar of the Tainted Scar.

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In the RPG[]

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The Tainted Scar is covered with a thick, vile mist that chokes mortals stupid enough to venture close. Demons dwell here and pervert the already taxed land with their energies. Many people believe that Lord Kazzak of the Burning Legion resides in a tower hidden in the poisonous fog, but few have returned to give details.[14]


Prior to Cataclysm

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