The stoic dwarves of Ironforge spent countless generations mining treasures from deep within the earth. Secure in their impregnable stronghold of Ironforge Mountain, the dwarves rarely ventured beyond the wintry peaks of Dun Morogh. Even so, when the orcs invaded Azeroth and set out to conquer the humans, elven and dwarven lands, the dwarves offered to join the Grand Alliance. The resillient and ingenious dwarves proved to be the backbone of the Alliance forces and helped usher in victory after victory.
Recently the dwarves unearthed a series of ruins that held the key to the secrets of their lost heritage. Driven to discover the truth about his people’s fabled origins, King Magni Bronzebeard ordered that the dwarves shift their industry from mining and engineering to that of archaeology. Magni helped create the famed Explorer’s Guild of Ironforge, a group utterly devoted to plumbing the secrets of the ancient world and delving out the truth of the dwarves’ fabled existence. Among the most relevant archeological findings to date are the ruins of Uldaman in Badlands; Bael Modan in the Barrens and Uldur in Tanaris. Rumors are that a third base of the Titans might be somewhere in the Storm Peaks of Northrend.
An integral part of the Grand Alliance, the rugged dwarven armies have been called away the merciless Horde in faraway lands. In these perilous times, the defense of the mountain kingdom falls to brave dwarves like you. The spirits of the dwarven kings watch over you, and the very mountains are your strength. The future of your people is in your hands.
Many dwarven strongholds fell during the Second War, but the mighty city of Ironforge, nestled in the wintry peaks of Dun Morogh, was never breached by the invading Horde. A marvel to the dwarves’ skill at shaping rock and stone, Ironforge was constructed in the heart of the mountain itself: an expansive underground city of explorers, miners, and warriors. While the Alliance has been weakened by recent events, the dwarves of Ironforge, led by King Magni Bronzebeard, are forging a new future in the world.
King Magni Bronzebeard
The eldest of the three Bronzebeard brothers, Magni was destined to be the king under the mountain. Strong of arm and keen of mind, Magni loved his two brothers above all else in the world. During the recent fall of Lordaeron, his middle brother, Muradin, was killed by the Death Knight Prince Arthas. Magni was overcome with grief at the news of Muradin’s demise, but he and the youngest brother, Brann, remained steadfast in their desire to continue serving the dwarven people. Brann, an explorer of some renown, went missing only months ago, and King Magni has lost hope that Brann still lives. Though he remains a wise and strong leader, his pain and sorrow weigh heavily upon him. To make matters worse of Magni, his own daughter – Princess Moira Bronzebeard – has been kidnapped by the Black Iron Dwarves and is held prisoner by Emperor Thaurissan at Blackrock Depths in Burning Steppes. Many dwarves wonder whether the kingdom will ever see another Bronzebeard sitting on the High Throne of Ironforge.
One of the greatest explorers to ever wander the lands of Azeroth, Brann Bronzebeard was recognized and welcomed across the known world. The warm, courageous dwarf has made friends and acquaintances in nearly every charted land – and presumably those uncharted as well. Brann spent many years mapping out the remote corners and hidden nooks of the Eastern Kingdoms for his beloved Explorer’s Guild. With the recent discovery of Kalimdor, Brann was one of the first dwarves to tread the unknown paths of the ancients. Little is known about Brann’s recent disappearance other than the fact that he was headed towards the continent of Northrend to investigate his brother Muradin’s death. It is unknown whether or not he ever made it to the icy shores of that land.
High Explorer Magellas
Munnin Magellas has had an insatiable curiosity for history and arcana since he was a small boy. Now, as the patron of the Explorer’s Guild, his childhood wish has come true. Magellas is responsible for mapping out the world and cataloguing its various species, relics, and treasures for the generations to come. Employing a small army of Prospectors, Magellas has sent his agents all over the world to gain knowledge and insight for his people. Like King Magni, Magellas was grieved to hear of Brann’s loss. Nevertheless, he is committed to steering the Explorer’s Guild and gaining valuable insight on the mistakes of the past.