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Violet Citadel

The Violet Citadel.

The Violet Citadel (or the Violet Tower)[1][2] is the main fortress of Dalaran which housed/houses the Eye of Dalaran, Chamber of Air, research laboratories and great spell libraries of the Kirin Tor — the mage class of Dalaran. The towering spire raised by magic is located the heart of the city.[3] It's majestic spires and great halls, roofed by thick slate the color of lapis lazuli, gave the citadel its name.[4] The mighty structure rose above all else in the city. Its basic form is a huge tower with cone-shaped additions flanking its lower sides, while the sharply pointed tip is surrounded by a circular array kept in place by powerful magic spells.[5]

The Violet Citadel is the location of the Grand Library.[6] There's a vault below the Violet Citadel where the Council of Tirisfal trapped the dreadlord Kathra'natir 2,600 years BDP.[7] The Violet Citadel also contains the Arcane Vault which houses Dalaran's most powerful artifacts. It was from there that Teron Gorefiend stole the Eye of Dalaran and killed Sathera. Antonidas and Kael'thas Sunstrider were about to stop the theft when Deathwing attacked the Violet Citadel to support the death knights.[8]

In the rebuilt Dalaran seen in World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, the Violet Citadel is home to Rhonin and his council of advisors — Vereesa Windrunner, Archmage Aethas Sunreaver, and Archmage Modera — who rule Dalaran and lead the Kirin Tor in its war against the blue dragonflight and Scourge. It is also the location of the Kirin Tor quartermaster who is located on an upper platform directly behind the four leaders.

During the War Against the Nightmare, the Emerald Nightmare enveloped Azeroth as well as Dalaran. Utterly cut off from the outside world in a chamber of the citadel, Archmage Modera and the remaining mages of the Kirin Tor still awake were doing all they could to contain the greatest of their kind from joining the Nightmare’s army.[5]

After Rhonin's death, many, if not all mages of the Kirin Tor gathered here to commemorate the fallen archmage.[9]

During the third invasion of the Burning Legion, the upper part of the citadel, the Hall of the Guardian, became available as the class hall for the Tirisgarde.

The tallest spire atop the Violet Citadel is actually a weapon used for the defense of the city and offense against its enemies. However, after the weapon was used against the Burning Legion during the assault on Broken Shore it was sabotaged by the Legion.[10][11] The dreadlord Kathra'natir, helpless and imprisoned within the Inv icon shadowcouncilorb purple [Nightborne Soulstone], has his power siphoned to re-power the weapon.[12]


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  1. ^ Magister Varenthas#Quotes
  2. ^ Heart of War
  3. ^ The First Guardian, intro
  4. ^ a b c The Last Guardian
  5. ^ a b Stormrage, chapter 24
  6. ^ The Last Guardian, pg. 18
  7. ^ The First Guardian, pg. 4
  8. ^ Beyond the Dark Portal, chapter 11
  9. ^ Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War
  10. ^ N Mage [45] An Urgent Situation
  11. ^ N Mage [45] Backup Plan
  12. ^ N Mage [45] Arming Dalaran
  13. ^ N [80H] Proof of Demise: Herald Volazj
  14. ^ N [80H] Proof of Demise: Mal'Ganis
  15. ^ The Last Guardian, chapter 5
  16. ^ Wowhead
  17. ^ Cycle of Hatred, chapter 12: ...The words were barely out of his mouth when Aegwynn teleported back to the Violet Citadel, in desperate need of sleep...
  18. ^ Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness manual, Nations of the Alliance, Dalaran
  19. ^ The Last Guardian, chapter 7
  20. ^ Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness manual, Alliance Buildings, Mage Tower

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Northrend Purge of Dalaran Broken Isles Deadwind Pass