The township of Tarren Mill was originally a coastal town in the Tarren Mill region of Lordaeron (shown to be southwest of Alterac) during the Second War. King Terenas had ordered Alliance forces to the town in order to free elven archers that had been captured in the region, and were being held in a nearby prison camp. The elves had sent along a force of elven archers to assist the Alliance soldiers in the task, as well as plans for an elven lumber mill.
When the soldiers reached Tarren Mill they discovered that the elven archers had already prepared the village for war. They had located their captured brethren, and were ready to seek revenge. The enemy camp was too far inland for Alliance warships to assist so they made preparations to march the next day. The Alliance forces made several raids from the town before attacking the Horde prison camp. The soldiers returned to Tarren Mill and immediately sent word of their success. A day later an elven destroyer arrived at the town with orders for the force to board ship and sail to Southshore where the battles were becoming more common.
While the reason is not clear, Tarren Mill was eventually moved inland northeast of Southshore (and southeast of Alterac). Humans once ran this mill, but it fell to the Scourge, and later the Forsaken. The undead, led by High Executor Darthalia, attacked Hillsbrad’s citizens mercilessly.
Tarren Mill was once a thriving human town, but was destroyed and taken over by the Forsaken soon after the Battle of Mount Hyjal. The town was the site of a major battle between the Orcish Horde and the Alliance of Lordaeron during the days of the Second War.
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Tarren Mill will be updated with new Forsaken architecture.
Tarren Mill is under attack!
This affectionate nickname is due to the unfortunate fact that, before the introduction of battlegrounds, Tarren Mill was essentially inaccessible because of the 24-hour all-out war that took place right outside it, and oftentimes even inside it; this situation was created because Southshore is so close by. In its early days, it was not uncommon to find every single NPC — merchants, quest NPCs, and even the bat handler — to be killed immediately upon their spawning. The honor system did eventually manage to curb this slaughter, but it didn't even put a dent in the real problem: ganking of low-level players, a problem that existed mainly because Horde players arrive there at 20-30, whilst many Alliance players go there 5-10 levels later.
The huge load of dozens of players fighting at once created massive zone-wide slowdown, oftentimes leading to a condition known as 'lag death' simply because a network connection couldn't possibly handle the overload — more than once an entire server has crashed whenever hundreds were fighting simultaneously. If one were to be either foolish or masochistic enough to turn on the LocalDefense channel (or, alternately, the WorldDefense channel), the phrase that gave Tarren Mill its nickname would literally crowd out anything and everything else in the chatbox. A very similar situation happened at southshore, if the Alliance were not attacking Tarren Mill the Horde would be attacking Southshore. Upon the introduction of the honor system all out wars would be held containing upwards of 100 players per side resulting in many servers actually crashing.
A common sight (if one's hardware could manage to show it) was a veritable wall of Alliance charging the town, with another wall of Horde rushing forward to meet them. Common latency times were 5+ seconds, with the highest values of 7+ seconds. Since the introduction of battlegrounds, however, what was once a fool's dream is now a reality: sporadic peace in Tarren Mill. However, on PvP servers it is still a favorite area for Alliance players to hunt lower-level Horde players and vice versa.
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- The Sepulcher, Silverpine Forest
- Revantusk Village, Hinterlands
- Hiri'watha Research Station, Hinterlands
- Hammerfall, Arathi Highlands
- Eastpoint Tower, Hillsbrad Foothills
- Ruins of Southshore, Hillsbrad Foothills
- Strahnbrad, Hillsbrad Foothills
- Bulwark, Western Plaguelands
- <Royal Apothecary Sociey>
- <Stable Master>
- <Bat Handler>
- (Captive in Strahnbrad)
- (Captive in Durnholde Keep)
- (Captive in Durnholde Keep)
- <Tailoring Supplies>
- <General Goods>
- <Mushroom Seller>
- <Leatherworking Supplies> (located near the Thoradin's Wall)
- (Stationed at Southpoint Tower)
- Newer players, who are not paying attention, often call Tarren Mill "Tauren Mill". "Terran Mill" is also occasionally used.
- Some Horde players also know Tarren Mill as "ganking hell".
- There is a Spirit Healer near Tarren Mill at 63.6, 19.7.
- The map for Lands of Conflict shows Tarren Mill as Tebren Mill.
- Near the Tarren Mill entry in Lands of Conflict, it is also spelled as Tarrin's Mill. In the entry itself, it is spelled correctly.