The Frozen Wastes
Often called "the roof of the world" or "the frozen wastses", Northrend is a frozen wasteland that lies far to the north. Northrend is the icy northern continent of the world of Azeroth, and the source of the evil Scourge. Northrend is also the home of Icecrown Glacier, the seat of the malevolent Arthas Menethil.
Increased level cap Level cap increased to 100, with 10 more talent points and expanded talent trees.
None! I think that if there are two more expansions between now and the Northrend expansion, that would be plenty of races, with 14 total!
The Howling Fjord is located in south-eastern Northrend. It forms Daggercap Bay, where the forces of Arthas originally landed on the continent. Stranded by Arthas, the 5,000-strong expedition set up the outpost of Valgarde. Valgarde has since become the center of Alliance activity on Northrend. Indigenous life forms include frost wolves, Drakkari ice trolls, nerubians, murlocs, and wendigos.
A large region in south-eastern Northrend. It is where the Grizzlemaw Furbolg made their capital. The dwarven settlement of Thor Modan can be found in the north, as well as Drak'Tharon Keep. Over 20,000 furbolgs live in the Grizzly Hills, most in the large settlement of Grizzlemaw.
Zul'Drak is an area located in eastern Northrend. It is home to the Drakkari Ice Trolls and their Frost King. Their capital is the city of Gundrak.
The Great Dragonblight is a graveyard of Dragons, located in Northrend. The entrance to the Nerubian kingdom of Azjol-Nerub can be found in the north, while the Wyrmrest Temple, new base of the Brood of Malygos, resides in the south. The Magnataur village of Bloodmar lies here as well, as well as the Tauren outpost of Icemist Village.
The Dragonblight is a vast graveyard of dragon bones. As the great beasts near death, they fly to Northrend to die with their ancestors. The bones are zealously guarded by Malygos and his Blue Dragonflight, but the rise of the Lich King and the Scourge allowed the undead to claim many sets of bones from the graveyard and use them to create Frost Wyrms for the Scourge forces. The Dragonblight was also the home of the first humans to fall victim to the plague.
This crystalline forest has an tragic history behind it's unusual environment. It was here that the Blue Dragonflight was nearly wiped out by the Black Dragonflight. Tuskarr legends say that the magic of the blue dragons was released into the air when they died. When an elder blue dragon cast a spell to turn the black dragons into ice, the loose magic in the air accidentally amplified the spell, causing the natural green forest to turn into crystal. The only thing spared from such fate was the Great Tree, protected as it was by the magic of the Emerald Dream. The only current residents found in this region are Green Dragons and Crystal Golems, sent by the Storm Giants of Ulduar to gather crystals for their experiments.
Located at the far western edge of Northrend, the Borean Tundra is a home for the Tuskarr race. Drakkari Trolls, Blue Dragons, Undead Scourge and Naga also inhabit the place. The most important places within the region are the Tuskarr capital Kaskala and the Riplash Ruins.
An island just off the coast of the Borean Tundra in Northrend, Coldarra is home to the Dragon Aspect of Magic - Malygos. He is known to gather relics of great power, keeping them locked away from mortals in his lair, the Nexus. Frozen Orcs, Naga, Trolls and Wendigos that had dared to enter the sanctity of Malygos' lair can be be found throughout the island. Recently, however, Malygos left on an unknown mission, and the Scourge took the Nexus and has made it into a bastion of evil.
The Sholazar Basin is a tropical jungle in the midst of Northrend. It is found between the Borean Tundra and Icecrown Glacier. How such a place could exist in the frozen wastes of Northrend in unknown.
The Storm Peaks are a mountain range in the north-east of Northrend. It is where a mysterious race of Storm Giants live. The third Titan city of Ulduar is also located here. The winds that rip through the mountains are extremely violent and dangerous.
It was in the Storm Peaks that a titanic battle occured between Aegwynn, Guardian of Tirisfal, and Sargeras, the lord of the Burning Legion.
Located in the extreme north of Northrend, Icecrown Glacier is the largest glacier on Azeroth. The name of Icecrown became infamous when Kil'jaeden hurled the Lich King back into the mortal world. Ner'zhul's prison slammed into the glacier, creating the Frozen Throne. The impact was seen as far away as the Grizzly Hills. Here the Lich King remained until Arthas freed him and the two beings merged in Arthas' body. From the new Icecrown Citadel he rules the Scourge with an iron fist.
Capital of the Tuskarr, found in the Borean Tundra. It is constantly under siege from the Scourge, and the Tuskarr are looking for allies to assist them.
Stonechief Wall- The Stonechief Wall is the massive wall surroundng Kaskala. It is connected to the Marketplace and the Spearguard Keep.
Marketplace- The Marketplace is the sheltered area in the center of Kaskala, and merchants from almost all races of Northrend dwell here to sell their wares. Connected to the Shiverwind Port, Stonechief Wall, and the Spearguard Keep.
Shiverwind Port- Shiverwind Port is the heavily guarded port section of Kaskala. It has boats coming to and from Ratchet, Booty Bay, and Bilgewater Port. It connects to the Marketplace.
Spearguard Keep- Spearguard Keep is the main militray base of Kaskala. It is connected to the Marketplace and Stonechief Wall.
Drak'tharon Keep (93-95)
Drak'Tharon Keep is a fort where Prince Arthas Menethil stayed while searching for the runeblade Frostmourne. It was here that his death was foretold by Mal'ganis, and where he met up with his old teacher and dear friend Muradin Bronzebeard.
The keep itself is located in the icy northlands of Northrend, in the northwestern part of the Grizzly Hills. It is an ancient ice troll stronghold that has since been claimed by the Scourge. The undead control passage into the lands beyond from here.
Muradin Frostbeard- the reanimated form of Muradin Bronzebeard. Kalis Nightwing- A necromancer. Shadeheart- a Scourge assasin. Borid the Grim- A Death Knight under the command of Mal'ganis. Mal'ganis- A Dreadlord ruling Drak'tharon Keep.
The Drakkari tribe rule Zul'Drak from here, constantly battling the mighty forces of the Scourge.
Shan the Ice Seer- a powerful Drakkari Shaman. Sha'jin- A Drakkari leader. Warlord Kalla Loaseeker- Warlord of the Drakkari. Frost King Mezil'kree- Frost King of the Drakkari.
Naga that are loyal to Azshara control the Riplash Ruins in the Borean Tundra.
Lady Spellscale- A Naga Sea Witch. Warlord Sharpblade- A naga warlord. Kaan the Dreaming- A Mur'gul slave. Lady Scythespine- Leader of the Riplash Naga.
The fortress of the Brood of Malygos, it was recetly taken over by the Scourge.
Baron Warghost- A Death Knight. Samathias Seerstaff- A necromancer Mystclaw- A powerful Frost Wyrm, brother of Spellbreath. Spellbreath- A powerful Frost Wyrm, sister of Mystclaw. The Shadequeen- A powerful Banshee ruling the Nexus.
With Uldum and Uldaman, there is a third base of the Titans named Ulduar. A fourth location, Maraudon, is the location of Terramok, an ancient titan vault. A fifth location, a storage facility, is located under Bael Modan. Ulduar is located at The Storm Peaks of Northrend. It is controlled by storm giants, and their minions the crystal golems.
Shatterfist- a crystal golem. Icesmasher- A Sorm Giant. Frost Watcher- A huge stone statue. Keeper Golgannun- The lord of Ulduar.
Icecrown Citadel (97-100)
The Icecrown Citadel in Northrend sits atop the largest glacier in Azeroth, the Icecrown Glacier. The name of Icecrown became infamous when Kil'jaeden hurled the Lich King back into the mortal world. Ner'zhul's prison slammed into the glacier, creating the Frozen Throne. Here the Lich King remained until Arthas freed him and the two beings merged in Arthas' body. The merging created such a large explosion that a large portion of the glacier was blown away, leaving a gigantic throne in its place, upon which sits the Lich King. From here he rules the Scourge with an iron fist.
Thanatos the Cold: A Death Knight. Valdis: A powerful Banshee. Kaer the Damned: A Lich serving the Scourge. Azazel the Keeper: A Skeleton serving the Scourge. Cursebone: A Frost Wyrm serving Azazel the Keeper. Shade of Arthas: A projection of Arthas.
New Raid Instances
Lair of the Forgotten One (100+ 25 man raid)
The fiffth and final Old God rules in the deep Old Kingdom, whehe he commands hordes of Faceless Ones. Weakened by the fight against Arthas and Anub'arak, he is still powerful enough to be a dangerous adversary. Use his temporary weakness to crush him once and for all!
Throne of the Spider King (100+ 25 man raid)
Lying in the Upper Kingdom, area dominated by the Scourge's forces, is the throne chamber of Anub'arak, ancient king of the Nerubians. Face him and vanquish the right hand of the Lich King
Frozen Throne (100+ 40 man raid)
The Frozen Throne was the receptacle of the soul of the Elder Shaman Ner'zhul following his transformation into the dreaded Lich King. It was shattered by Arthas Menethil, and the remnants now serve as the actual physical throne of the new Lich King created from the fusion of the souls of Arthas and Ner'zhul...
Capital of the Tuskarr, they are seeking help against the Scourge.
The only established Alliance settlement in Northrend, Valgarde is the obvious stop for anyone travelling on the icy continent. Valgarde was founded by the humans and dwarves stranded behind on Northrend when Prince Arthas burnt their ships, preventing them from returning to Lordaeron. Valgarde, located in the Howling Fjord, sits on the shores of Daggercap Bay, and is a rough seaport. Inhabited by a variety of Alliance-friendly races, it is also the only place in Northrend where one can hire safe passage to warmer lands further south. However, the town is often attacked by the Drakkari trolls and the Grizzlemaw furbolg, though the fortified walls hold well.
A Tauren outpost located on the shores on Lake Wintergrasp in The Dragonblight.
On a secret mission, the Dragon Aspect Malygos left the Nexus, his ancient citadel to his trusted Blue Dragonflight. Unfortunately, the citadel was recently taken by the Scourge. The Blue Dragons now reside in Wyrmrest Temple, and will gladly use help of adventurers to retake their home in Coldarra.
The Drakkari tribe of trolls fights not only the undead hordes of the Lich King, but also the marauding Bloodmar Magnataur raiders. If you will aid them, they will help you and your faction.<
The only tribe of magnataur that sees dealing with outsiders as benefitting. Help them defending their village against the forces of the Scourge and aid them in their fight against the ice trolls, and you shall be greatly rewarded.
The Fallen are a new force of renegade dead in Northrend. With bases throughout the icy continent, the Fallen, led by Azrael the Deathkeeper, seek to destroy the Lich King to end their curse once and for all.
The remnants of the Nerubian Empire led by Queen Nefe'herat seek help in their fight against the Faceless Ones of the fifth Old God, as well as Anub'arak's crypt fiends that are trying to bolster their forces with new undead Nerubian warriors.