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VanCleef is the family name of a prominent family of Stormwind masons headed by Edwin VanCleef. Edwin was a member of the Stonemason's Guild in Stormwind City and became the leader of the guild in exile which led to the formation of the Defias Brotherhood. Edwin was killed by a group of adventures on the ship being built deep in the Ironclad Cove of the Deadmines, but his daughter, Vanessa VanCleef, rebuilt the Defias Brotherhood and re-occupied the Deadmines.
In World of Warcraft
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[17+] Edwin VanCleef <Defias Kingpin> appears as the final boss of the original low level Deadmines instance.
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Edwin's daughter, [86-87] Vanessa VanCleef appears as the final boss of the level 85 heroic mode version of the Deadmines.
WoW Insider Know Your Lore: The VanCleefs, the rise of the Defias, and Westfall by Anne Stickney Apr 10th 2011 at 8:00PM