As with Uldaman and Ulduar, Uldum houses one of only a few of the known titan constructions, the existence of which predates that of mortal life on Azeroth.
For years historians have explored southern Kalimdor for a means of entry into this ancient titan land, searching for more evidence of Azeroth's origins. But the Cataclysm will change everything, for the façade behind which Uldum has been tucked for millennia will be ruptured, leaving powerful mysteries vulnerable to discovery by the bravest, smartest, or perhaps even most brutal explorers.
Uldum (also known as "the Land of the Titans") is an ancient desert located on the southern coast of Kalimdor, surrounded by Un'Goro Crater in the north, the Tanaris Desert in the east, and Silithus in the northwest. It is the homeland of stone-cat people known as Tol'vir and is rich with Titan lore. Somewhere in Uldum is a pyramid known as the Halls of Origination. Deathwing's minions are looking for it, trying to use it as a weapon of mass destruction.
Fragments unearthed from Bael Modan suggest that a great titan city lies deep within the rocky expanse of the southern desert. So far, dwarven expeditions have yet to track down the location of Uldum, but they are confident that it’s only a matter of time. Uldum is a research facility for the titans in their continuing efforts to enhance the biosphere of Azeroth. Specific information regarding their work as it relates to Uldum is unknown and can only be accessed with the Plates of Uldum.
Uldum was mentioned in the legends of Azeroth, but its location long remained a mystery. Brann Bronzebeard mentioned in his travelogue, Lands of Mystery, that he searched for it all over Tanaris but could never find it. He wondered if it could just be another name for the Caverns of Time, but he didn't know for sure. However, his assumption proved to be false, as Uldum is actually located on the southern edge of the continent, hidden by some sort of Titan cloaking device. The Cataclysm damaged the device and unveiled the long forgotten, mysterious land.
Interaction with the native, friendly Tol'vir known as the Ramkahen sheds some light on the ancient history of the region. The Tol'vir were left behind by the titans ages ago to guard their secrets, knowledge and fighting techniques imprinted upon their very DNA and passed down from generation to generation. Sprawling cities rose, stone by stone, erected by the Tol'vir. Wars came and went, but after centuries upon centuries the Tol'vir lost much of what they remembered of their titan creators. The Neferset split from the Ramkahen, the two tol'vir factions warring with one another. The Ramkahen discover that their former brethren have allied themselves with Deathwing, looting and pillaging the tombs of their forefathers. Deathwing has sent other minions as well, under the eye of Commander Schnottz, to unearth the secrets of the obelisks and other ruins they can discover. Some of the Ramkahen have stood against the mighty Deathwing, but have paid a terrible price. Orsis, once a powerful city, has been swallowed by the sand, powers brought forth by more of Deathwing's allies.
A jungle and then a desert
Generations ago, the Thunder King and his mogu armies combined with the zandalari trolls had decided to invade Uldum in southern Kalimdor, at the time a lush jungle, to try to capture the Forge of Origination which was guarded by the tol'vir. First they were offered a place in the empire, but they surprisingly refused, so the invasion was initiated. Unbeknownst to the mogu and trolls, the tol'vir had discovered how to activate the Forge of Origination, whose power could potentially scour all life from Azeroth, but they learned to limit it's scope to just the region of Uldum. Just as the armies invaded, some tol'vir martyrs delayed the armies at the entrance to the Halls of Origination while most of the remaining tol'vir remained inside. The armies were obliterated along with most life in Uldum, turning it into a desert, but destroying the amassed enemy and killing the Thunder King.
The landscape of Uldum is predominately desert, with a large river giving life to an oasis in the center of the region. The oasis offers much to the native inhabitants, tol'vir and beast alike. The Ramkahen have populated much of the northern half: their capital city rests here, as does their trade center, training grounds, and several fruit and crop fields. Further down the river, past the Vir'naal Dam, the Neferset have seized control of the Lost City of the Tol'vir, as well as the Gate of Hamatep near the Vir'naal River Delta.
Much of the remainder of Uldum is wind-swept desert, dunes swallowing many of the old tombs and ruins. |Al'Akir's air elemental minions, under the direction of Deathwing, have wreaked havoc against those that would stand against him, using their wind powers to bury his detractors in deep sands. The eastern shores contain the vast majority of the tombs, now being plundered by Neferset and cursed gnomes, and further away from the waters lies the Titan complex known as the Halls of Origination. To the southwest lies Schnottz's encampment where his workers scramble to unearth more artifacts. The northwestern part is the location of the Obelisk of the Stars and The Gate of Unending Cycles connecting the region with Tanaris desert. The Cataclysm also brought the Skywall towers into Uldum that serve as an entrance to the Al'Akir's domain, structures floating high in the air off the southern coast of Uldum, supported by nothing but magic and clouds.
Mysteries In The Sands
I'm not a prophet; I'm just a gnome who trusts her gut. After the first small tremors started shaking Azeroth, my instincts told me that something even bigger was on its way. Unfortunately, no one else in Gadgetzan shared my healthy paranoia of the coming apocalypse. The old codgers in the just snickered behind my back when I decided to live in the skies over Tanaris aboard my trusty frying machine, only coming down for food and fuel when absolutely necessary. When the "big one" finally hit as I'd predicted, they weren't laughing anymore.
As the dunes around Gadgetzan rose and fell in the waves, all those skeptics were crying like babies while I was safe and sound high in the sky. But I didn't expect what happened next: just over the mountains in southern Tanaris, land appeared out of thin air. Not just land, but some kind of civilization with towering obelisks and pyramids covered in strange symbols. A thought ran through my head that this might be the legendary region of Uldum. I wrote the idea off as harebrained until dozen of would-be adventurers started showing up in Gadgetzan, whispering Uldum's name and babbling on about treasure hoards hidden with the area.
With all these fresh faces around, I've been making a fortune selling aerial tours over the mountains near Uldum. More importantly, those disbelievers who treated me like a nut before the quake hit have begun show me the respect I deserve. If they keep it up, I might just offer them one of my tours...maybe even at a discount!
-Kleesa Gearspring of Gadgetzan.
History and zones of World of Warcraft lore
Read about all the zones and places on Azeroth. You can learn about the history of World of Warcraft!
On our website you can find all the stories about Game of Thrones, World of Warcraft and Halo. You can learn about the places and all the characters.
Name the Game