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The idea of this post is to compile all of the details that your character could learn about Kul Tiras if they were to ask someone or read about it in a library. Some of this information has only be given in Battle for Azeroth but would be known currently. Bear in mind that Kul Tiras has not been a member of the Alliance since World of Warcraft began and even recently has become even more isolated. Current storylines will not be known from people outside of the island nations, and important lore characters from BfA that are effectively nobodies to the general population will also not be mentioned here.

 

 

 

If you are looking for a way to get your character knowledgable about Kul Tiras before you go there, this will be for you. If you are not in to any spoilers at all and wish to learn about all aspects of Kul Tiras in the way Blizzard is presenting it then stop reading now. Just be aware that this post features on the past, not the present or future.

 

 

 

 

 

Kul Tiras is an island to the west of the northern eastern kingdoms. It was first discovered by Gilnean sailors who colonized it. When the Gileans arrived, they found numerous undiscovered creatures. Along with troggs, Kul Tiras also was the home to Sirens, female creatures that lure sailors to their doom. The main inhabitants of Kul Tiras before the Gilneans were Quillboar (who mainly resided in the north) – it is worth remembering that no human had encountered Quillboar as prio to BfA, the only Quillboar were located on Kalimdor. The second main resident and most intelligent and numerous were the Drust. Not much is known about the Drust but they were ultimately wiped out by the humans led by House Waycrest.

 

Kul Tiras as an island is made up of connected islands, with it's capital Boralus linking the northern and south-eastern islands. It is naturally cold and windy, with three distinct environments along with snow covered mountains that split the territories.

 

The northern island is mainly comprised on Stormsong Valley, it features lush meadows and farms along with many rivers. The lower part of the island, sperated by a mountain range is part of Tiragarde Sound. Tiragarde Sound, also contains the south-eastern island, which itself contains smaller islands. Tiragarde Sound is a more rocky environment with hills and so forth. The final region is entirely contained on the south-western island and is Drustvar. This region has vipes of Duskwood or Gilneas, a dark and forest feel.

 

Kul Tiras is obviously closely tied to the sea, and this is shown best by the main spellcaster and religion, Sea Priests. These priests bless every vessel before they set sail, navigate through storms and overall worship the Tidemother. Generally, Kul Tiran's do not trust magic and spellcasters are very rare outside of the Sea Priests.

 

Kul Tiras is ruled by four main noble houses. House Waycrest run the farms and mines in Drustar. House Stormsong runs the Sea Priests from Stormsong Valley. House Ashvane runs the finances of the nation from Boralus and Tiragarde Sound, and House Proudmoore, the main rulers run the military from Boralus and Tiragarde Sound also.

 

Tiragarde Sound also houses the neutral town of Freehold. This town is outside the usual laws of Kul Tiras and as such finds itself home to pirates, smugglers and other outlaws.

 

Kul Tiras eventually replaced Gilneas as the nation with the finest navy and was part of the Alliance during the second war. Kul Tiras' then leader, Daelin Proudmoore, was very good friends Stormwind's Lothar. Kul Tiras helped provide Jaina Proudmoore with forces during the Third War. However when Daelin tried to defeat the orcs in Durotar after taking over Theremore, Jaina let the Horde kill him.

 

Katherine Proudmoore asked the Alliance for help in taking revenge on the orcs and Jaina, but they refused. Kul Tiras left the Alliance at that point.

 

Kul Tiras' population tends to be strong and hardy. They also have many non-human residents from their time in the Alliance during the 2nd War. Gnomes and dwarves are a common sight. Dwares in particular have helped grow the gryphon population on Kul Tiras, which along with a large horse breeding programe make Kul Tiras famed for it's mounts as well as navy.

 

Kul Tiras' main exports include wine and other alcohol, as well as Storm Silver, an ore unique to the island. It is lightweight and does not corrode, so is used to build solid ships and armour that one can even swim in. Storm Silver is blessed then placed under water for a year before use.

 

Kul Tirans have a tradition where during a celebration, be it a funeral, wedding, or birthday, they incorporate Star Moss into the decorations. They do it so that those who are no longer among the living can be there in spirit. Star moss is magically sensitive to emotions: feelings of loss, reverence, and joy keep the blooms from wilting.

 

Sailors will give their loved ones a Sea Stalk flower and keep the stalk itself on themselves. Because sea stalk has the magical ability to keep its flower watered even if they are disconnected, if the sailor falls overboard and the saltwater kills the stalk, the flower will also die. The flower wilting therefore signifies that your lover has died. Some sailors consider them bad luck, almost tempting fate. Others want their loved ones to not have to wait for bad news. Sea stalks are seen as not just a stick, but as a family member's life.

 

In recent years, some time during the Legion invasion, the only ships that left Kul Tiras were ships from Freehold.

 

And finally, while Blizzard have themselves used Kul Tirans and Tirasians as names of it's people, in BfA only Kul Tiran is used, so that is the correct way of referring to them.

 



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Will add updates I find on Beta:

Ships can go and from Boralus, but there is much more red-tape around. As is usual in the real world, it can depend on what harbour you dock on. Some harbour masters are more willing than others.



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