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Neutral 32 Searing Gorge
Level 47-51
Firewatch Ridge
RacesIconSmall DarkIron MaleIconSmall DarkIron Female Dark Iron dwarf
LocationSouthern Khaz Modan, west of Badlands

The Searing Gorge is a contested zone in the Eastern Kingdoms for players in the 47-51 range. It is home to a group of exceptionally stout dwarves called the Thorium Brotherhood, who have split from the Dark Iron Clan. Except for them, the Dark Iron Clan have 2000+ dwarves in the gorge working on various things and also keeping a watching eye on the Thorium Brotherhood.

For the Alliance, the entrance to the Searing Gorge in Loch Modan is locked until the Key to Searing Gorge is obtained via a quest line that culminates in At Last! (level 48 quest). However, any Rogue with lockpicking of at least 225 can pick the doors. An alternate path can be found in the Badlands just south of Kargath. This is the primary Horde entrance, as they have no way of obtaining the key.

HistoryEdit

Dustfire Valley

Dustfire Valley

Just as Blackrock orcs and their allies dominate Burning Steppes, so Dark Iron dwarves dominate the Searing Gorge. A large population of Dark Iron dwarves, War Golems, and Elementals resides in this dark, mountainous area.

The climate is very similar to Burning Steppes, as it was the same catastrophe that blackened both: the summoning of Ragnaros. The Searing Gorge is a part of Khaz Modan. Before being shattered by the summoning it was a mountainous region, part of the Redridge Mountains.

Large mining operations take place in The Cauldron, a giant excavation site forming a huge rift in the middle of the Searing Gorge. The Slag Pit lies within The Cauldron and is an underground mining site rich with multiple types of ore. The mining work is mainly done by slave labour, which consists for the most part of captured enemies.

Ever since the Dark Iron dwarves' capital, Thaurissan, was destroyed by the summoning of Ragnaros, they have searched for a landmass to control for their filthy, industrious works. The Searing Gorge was the obvious choice due to a low military presence, scarce population, few settlements, and high vulnerability. The dwarven garrisons were soon overrun by a massive Dark Iron invasion which forced them to retreat to Loch Modan and seal the passage.

This area was normally sealed, and adventurers could only enter by traversing through Blackrock Mountain or by obtaining the Key to Searing Gorge, which follows a series of quests. Recently, however, the Horde garrisons stationed at Kargath, in the Badlands, have grown curious about the use of the area for tactical purposes, and have cut a narrow pass through the mountains south of their encampment.

Recently, the Thorium Brotherhood built a settlement in this area called Thorium Point.

Geography Edit

Maps and subregions Edit

WorldMap-SearingGorge

Map of Searing Gorge

WoW Icon 16x16 In-game
The Sea of Cinders

The Sea of Cinders

Dungeons and raids Edit

There are none actually located in the Searing Gorge. However, Blackrock Mountain lies between it and the Burning Steppes. It is home to Blackrock Depths (Level 52-60 Instance), Blackrock Spire (Level 54-60 Instance), Molten Core (Level 60 Raid Instance), and Blackwing Lair (Level 60 Raid Instance).

Thorium Point

Thorium Point

Flight Master Locations Edit

Neutral 15 Iron Summit
Neutral 15 Thorium Point

Adjacent regions Edit

Zone Name Faction Level Range Direction Official alliance mini-icon Access Official horde mini-icon Access
Badlands Official alliance mini-icon Official horde mini-icon 45-48 East By foot east By foot east; MiniIcon FlightMaster from Thorium Point to New Kargath
Burning Steppes Official alliance mini-icon Official horde mini-icon 50-52 South By foot south through Blackrock Mountain; MiniIcon FlightMaster from Iron Summit to Flamestar Post; also MiniIcon FlightMaster from Thorium Point to Morgan's Vigil By foot south through Blackrock Mountain; MiniIcon FlightMaster from Iron Summit to Flamestar Post; also MiniIcon FlightMaster from Thorium Point to Flame Crest
Dun Morogh Official alliance mini-icon 1-10 Northwest MiniIcon FlightMaster from Thorium Point to Ironforge MiniIcon FlightMaster from Thorium Point to Bloodwatcher Point (multi-point flight), then by foot north to Loch Modan, then west to Dun Morogh
Loch Modan Official alliance mini-icon 10-20 Northeast By foot through Stonewrought Pass (key required); MiniIcon FlightMaster from Thorium Point to Thelsamar MiniIcon FlightMaster from Thorium Point to Bloodwatcher Point (multi-point flight), then by foot north

Notable characters Edit

Tanner Camp

Tanner Camp

Main article: Searing Gorge NPCs

Searing Gorge is home to several characters of note. At Thorium Point, Hansel Heavyhands seeks aid in the battle against the golems, spiders, and incendosaurs of the region. Master Smith Burninate attempts to create fiery flux with the help of trustworthy individuals. And from his guarded spot nearby, Kalaran Windblade sends bold adventurers into the holdings of the Dark Irons in an attempt to burn down all of their sentry towers.

Quests Edit

Main article: Searing Gorge quests

CataclysmEdit

Cataclysm-Logo-Small This section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.
WorldMap-SearingGorge

Searing Gorge in Cataclysm

The Searing Gorge will be a 48-50 zone in Cataclysm.[1] The storyline covers the Dark Irons' involvement with the Twilight's Hammer.

Areas affected[2]:

Resources Edit

The Cauldron

The Cauldron

Wild creatures Edit

The Slag Pit

The Slag Pit

NotesEdit

  • Players taking the flight to Ironforge from Stormwind can observe many subzones of this area.
  • If you were to die in one of the Blackrock Mountain Instances, it would take you to the Thorium Point Graveyard. This is another handy way of getting in. It is convenient as it is not far from the Flight Point

Patch changesEdit

  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.6.0 (12-Jul-2005): Fire Elementals in Searing Gorge should be easier to find.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.5.0 (2005-06-07): Searing Gorge has a new quest hub for both Alliance and Horde players called Thorium Point.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.4.0 (2005-05-05): Closed a hole in the world in the Searing Gorge.

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