The Dal'felo Spire
-4,651 Y.S (Thalassian Calendar)
Seated in a coastal enclave in the eastern Ghostlands known as Ashal'Thalas,with its Lord leading the recent Ghostlands Campaign as part of House Firesong's broader efforts to restore the damage done to the land and people of Quel'Thalas in the invasion, and see their people rise beyond their prior heights though with temperament and wisdom.
Led by the confident Sin'dorei Lord Arcanist Entilzha Firesong and his sister Lady Salandra Firesong, two of three survivors of a bloodline dating to the time of Queen Azshara, the family's ancient holdings in the South beyond the secluded Ashal'Thalas fell quickly to the scourge invasion, and the reformed House Firesong is devoted to the restoration of southern Quel'Thalas, known in vernacular as the Ghostlands though typically referenced as the "Greenwood" or quite simply, "Southern Quel'Thalas", by members of the household, retainer and hirelings.
House Firesong has been historically based in Ashal'Thalas, where House Firesong settled after the long voyage and founding of Quel'Thalas, from where the Mage-Lords of House Firesong continue to rule from the Dal'felo Spire, Entilzha as his father Xarian before.
Ashal'Thalas is officially neutral in the horde-alliance war, but despite formal sovereignty, has long been considered part of Quel'Thalas, if a remote area few have heard of. It's residents are generally considered citizens of Quel'Thalas.
House Firesong's leadership is active in Suramar and raised the Thera-dora, a mostly Shal'dorei-refugee formed company-sized force tied to House Firesong through its leader, Morgane Devaux. House Firesong seeks a formal mission in Suramar after the conclusion of the War, which its soldiers wage in the corridors of the Nighthold.
House Firesong is an ancient house with a proud history dating to before the Sundering, serving elven civilization faithfully under Queen Azshara before the events which would lead to the Sundering began to unfold. The family’s holdings were located on the outskirts of the city of Vash’jir in the hamlet of Biel'aran.
An arcanist of significant command, their veteran and later greatly revered leader Lord Bailas Firesong spent much of his early days serving the crown, utilizing his arcane talents in numerous engagements with the vast troll and Aqir empires, aiding the outward expansion of elven civilization from Zin-Azshari.
As the events of the Sundering began to unfold, Bailas was in Vash’jir, semi-retired from active service and focusing much of his attention of strengthening the position of House Firesong via strengthening ties with House Vashj and House Firesong's lucrative metallurgy and mining operations within and surrounding Vash'jir. It’s believed that Bailas was able to get a message to his eldest son Solanar, whom like his father possessed a strong affinity for the arcane and utilizing the massive energies of the Well of Eternity. Bailas expressed his growing concern about the disturbing changes which had overtaken Queen Azshara and much of thepopulace of Zin-Azshari. Solanar linked up with the Kaldorei resistance and grew to become an avid supporter of Dath'Remar Sunstrider, fighting valiantly to push back the seemingly endless Legion advance.
A Vash’jir began to flood, Bailas utilized his skill with teleportation magics to get his wife A’malia, younger children, relatives, and retainers to safety. Those capable of fighting joined Solanar and Dath’Remar in the fight, while A'malia and the others went into hiding until the conclusion of the war. It’s believed that Bailas lingered too long himself as Vash’jir became submerged, either perishing or falling victim to the naga curse. As his actions, both his valiant rescue efforts and warnings to his son assured that House Firesong survived the disaster and eventually reached Quel’thalas, the memory of Bailas Firesong is deeply honored by members of the house and it’s retainers; Entilzha intended to resurrect a family tradition of holding an annual commemoration in his honor which was held annually from shortly after arrival in Quel’Thalas until the scourge invasion.
The non-Ranger, infantry, mounted, magical and light-wielding element of the Ashal'Thalas defense is to this day known as the Bailan Guard in honor of the deeply revered patriarch.
Biel'aran and the Azshara Era Edit
Deposits of a rare mineral known today as obsidian were found in the vicinity of the Biel'aran Ridge, and many families began mining operations, however Lord Bailas took a different approach. House Firesong's retainers included a number of prominent smiths, alchemists, and metallurgists, producing a Hardened Obsidian lighter and sturdier than other metals and proving ideal for the endless construction of large structures around Zin-Azshari.
Bailas ordered a portion of the Hardened Obsidian produced be set aside for coinage, ordering the minting of coins, dubbed the "Firesong Dor'ano". Obsidian Dor'ano came to be worth a great deal and due to their high mineral value, became preferred over other currencies. As the time period, slightly over a thousand years before the Great Sundering, is roughly aligned with a prominent increase in House Firesong's standing among the Highborne, it is believed that terms were reached which left House Firesong dominant over much of the mining and coinage in the greater Vash'jir region, as operational records among texts recovered from an expedition to the now submerged Biel'aran indicate. though humble servants of House Vashj and the Azshran Throne. House Firesong was a prominent Vash'jir family and producer of coins and ore through the time of the Great Sundering, when the city was lost.
The family had also gained a reputation for producing notable arcanists, with many of the Firesong bloodline studying and later serving among the mightiest in the empire and throughout it, with members of House Firesong serving in Eldre'Thalas, Suramar, and Zin-Azshari. The strongest and most recognized among them was Lord Bailas' son, Tor'delan Firesong, whom studied in Suramar from a young age, and considered it home. Tor'delan was a powerful arcanist, solidifying the position of House Firesong among the Highborne, though he seldom returned to Vash'jir, and expressed no real interest in the Lordship, seeing his father's political work as a loathsome distraction from his arcane studies.
Tor'delan had a family in Suramar, with both founders of Quel'Thalas, Solanar Firesong I and A'malia Firesong, born in Suramar, a detail confirmed by the Shal'dorei archives. Lord Bailas was often pressured by Tor'delan to move the formal seat of House Firesong to Suramar province, and while he was not outright dismissive of the notion, he had worked hard to develop House Firesong into one of the most loyal, wealthiest, and powerful families loyal to the mighty House Vashj, and Bailas used the full weight of his position to assure that Solanar, A'malia, whom desired to serve among the sisterhood of Elune despite being told it was beneath her station, each spent ample time in Vash'jir, and understood the importance of the city to House Firesong.
The divide between Lord Bailas and his son Tor'delan would remain civil, as each respected one another, and in truth the arrangement worked well, with Solanar demonstrating the full might of Firesong arcane power, and Bailas, an accomplished mage in his time, though largely setting such pursuits aside for the Dor'ano project, bringing House Firesong incomes many Highborne were envious of.
The matter would however come to a head when the War of the Ancients began. A'malia had taken the mantle of Matriarch in the early days of the war, when her mother died under unclear circumstances near Zin-Azshari. Bailas in Vash'jir was far enough from the capital to not be impacted by Queen Azshara's increasingly powerful mental command, and used arcane communion to contact Tor'delan, Solanar, A'malia and others to warn them of the dangers, urging flight from Zin-Azshari. Bailas was no Azshara, but with her spells focused on the masses and not individuals, Bailas' deeply personal spellweaving gave them the chance to escape before an inevitable stronger casting quelled them.
Tor'delan left almost immediately for Suramar, sent with a group of other seasoned arcanists under orders to bring the city's insubordinate ruler, Grand Magistrix, to heed or death, whichever was necessary. The Arcanists were to present themselves as senior members of the Court of Zin-Azshari, and bore written orders from Queen Azshara to return the city to her.
Tor'delan has no intention of doing such, and was able to shake the last vestiges of the Queen;a powerful spells given the distance. He swore fealty to the Grand Magistrix, and without proper authority, that of House Firesong. Tor'delan strongly supported Elisande's position to defend Suramar at all costs, and was able to draw several hundred Firesong retainers and magi to the city's defense.
No more was known of Tor'delan until contact with Suramar was established, and he was presumed to have fallen with the city; clearly the city did not fall, but Tor'delan Firesong was listed as killed in action during a Legion ambush followed by.
Solanar was among the Highborne whom would later escape the demon-riddled palace with Tyrande Whisperwind and Dath'Remar Sunstrider. His arcane talents gained further recognition during his time among the Kaldorei Resistance. Unlike most of the other Highborne whom wielded the arcane directly, Solanar was deft at harnessing it to conjure flames, raining fiery meteors down upon demons and incinerating mighty opponents with a spell he came to call Felo'thor, which formed a fiery ward around its target, which collapsed inwards upon itself to a violent detonation inside of the enemy's body. Solanar's mighty shields saved many lives, and his arcane prowess was well known by the end of the war.
After the War of the Ancients concluded and Azeroth stood shattered, Solanar Firesong remained loyal to Dath’Remar and the Highborne, believing firmly that the Legion would not have been pushed back without their aid, and viewed the ban of the arcane arts as a deeply personal insult. Solanar participated in the grand display of arcane might which lit up the Ashenvale, and sailed East with Sunstrider, with his mother A'malia and the remaining Firesong family members and trusted retainers on the voyage, setting down roots in the lush forests to the south, a formal seat of the remaining members and retainers of House Firesong established along the western coast of southern Quel'Thalas, the enclave known as Ashal'Thalas sits along the southeastern coast of what is today called the Ghostlands. Among his first acts were establishing the Dal'felo Spire as the seat of the Firesong mage-lords and founding the Arkhana'dorah to both safeguard surviving arcane secrets. continue their research and assure House Firesong continued to produce highly skilled magi.
Ashla'Thalas is cut off from mainland Ghostlands, only accessible via sea or a series of mountain passages, and became home to a number of the more conservative elves whom survived the long haul, specifically though whom objected to the abandonment of all Elunarian practices. Though arguing that a place existed for both the sun and moon, in the political climate such views were unpopular, though staunchly supported by Matriarch A'malia Firesong, whom founded the Sanctum of Elune in Ashal'Thalas.
Elune worship gradually faded, and House Firesong began to establish interests and allies across Quel'Thalas though most notably the southern Greenwood, today's Ghostlands, with Firesong mages coming to traditionally serve at the Sanctum of the Moon when working beyond the confines of Ashal'Thalas.
Invasion and Aftermath Edit
House Firesong lived in peace between the elfgates for thousands of years, their political status rising and falling throughout. With such a southerly location, House Firesong suffered mightily from the Scourge invasion, with much of the family's leadership at the Sanctum of the Moon when the outer gate was breached, they were overtaken before knowledge of the atttack reached Silvermoon. Entilzha had sent his sister Salandra on a "diplomatic mission" to the Highveil when the situation in Lordaeron grew concernng, and he himself was nearly slain with Grand Magister Belo'vir and countless others defending the Sunwell, though he escaped through a portal when word of what the enemy was doing with the dead became known to him.
Entilzha was initially welcoming of Prince Kael'Thalas' strong leadership of the survivors, however with family legends of the Burning Legion passed down from the great Sundering, Entilzha soon began to see a disturbing shift in the Prince's actions, and wishing to remove himself from the demonic magics being employed, departed the other elves, beginning in earnest a study of ley lines to bring control his magical needs. He took part in the Shattered Sun Offensive alongside a number of House Firesong's survivors, after which his precautions and interests in time led him to Dalaran, where he served two deployments in the Nexus War. Able to remain free of fel contamination, Entilzha retained his bright blue eyes.
Firesong's eventual daughter-heir, Ysandre, was born with blue eyes as well some years after the restoration of the Sunwell. Lady Salandra would remain in exile for years, and retains close friends among the Highveiil. Untouched by the fel taint and a highly traditional woman, Salandra's eyes glimmer a dazzling blue, and though having sworn loyalty to the Silvermoon government, she continues to refer to herself as Quel'dorei, unlike her brother, whom adopted Sin'dorei ways if with reluctance the traditions of Quel'Thalas were being lost.
The residents of Ashal'Thalas took to arms and erected defensive barriers, sealing access tunnels, and refused entry to any without a prior history in the enclave until the Firesong family returned and normalized the situation, reopening the tunnels to Sin'dorei and Quel'dorei as House Firesong began to utilize the enclave's proximity to the Dawnstar Spire, a place of great importance in House Firesong's work in the Ghostlands. Ashal'Thalas was prepared for use as a staging area in the upcoming First Ghostlands Campaign.
Nine years after the invasion, with the Sunwell restored, its defilers dealt with, and demonic energies fading from the city, Entilzha sent for Salandra's return, and a number of Sin'dorei previously bound to House Firesong, or to now forgotten lands in the South, were drawn together under the Firesong banner as they embarked in the start of their long and still very incomplete quest to restore the South. While much of the small Ashal'Thalas was spared the blight due to its isolated coastal location, House Firesong historically operated throughout southern Quel'Thalas, and the enclave was used as a staging and fortified base as the campaign began.
The first objective was clear - establishing a foothold at the Sanctum of the Moon, where House Firesong had actively operated before the war. Restoring the function and decor of the sanctum would prove far longer a process than clearing it of the manaspawn within, spawn which ceased appearing with the reconstruction of the Spire and the Sanctum's return to normal function.
Emboldened by the early success, the growing Firesong force, with the Sanctum an effective command post, opted to push further South into occupied Windrunner Village. Though the initial waves were met with success, the appearance of a swarm of Nerubians led to a devastating loss.
As the House recovered from the defeat, a shift of strategy to focus first on locations closer to Eversong, and renewed attention to healing the land itself in what areas they did control was taken as a strategy. With Goldenmist Village just beyond Eversong and occupied only by restless spirits it was not overly difficult to put to rest, laborers were brought in to begin reconstruction, and on the currently stalled construction of a dock suited to deep water vessels.
The Dawnstar Spire has been heavily utilized by House Firesong during their work in the Ghostlands, as the tunnels to Ashal'Thalas are in close proximity and the elegant spire stands over powerful ley flows, with only a smattering of trolls in the area, wiped out or driven south by a series of Firesong advances. Though the spire's secrets do not reveal themselves easily, House Firesong has made progress with the golems present there and use of the spire for their empowerment, and utilizes the location for a myriad of affairs..
Efforts to begin mining in Underlight led to the discovery of precious minerals, including the mysterious and magical "Underlight Ore", resource used heavily in the reconstruction of Goldenmist. With the aid of druids and shaman, a totem-protected garden was set up outside the Sanctum of the Moon, and cleaning work begun on the "Green Corridor" to Goldenmist, which when fully restored will permit passage to the Sanctum of the Moon from Eversong without crossing blighted lands.
Excess forest treants from Sunstrider Isle were relocated, those able to adapt to the harsh conditions taking up guardians of any regrowth. The ancient forest near Dawnstar, where many trees stand unblighted, proved less of a challenge, with the tenders and some plant life taking easier than in the deeply tainted regions south. The development, through trial and error, of plague resistant seeds, provided both a usefulness and income stream. Druids and shaman were employed to aid with restoration efforts around the Sanctum and in the forest.
With the aid of a number of Kaldorei druids and shaman, as well as powerful arcane and light magics, a garden was established outside the restored Sanctum of the Moon. Some hearty foliage has spread beyond the totemic barriers and flowers bloom sporadically in the area, though with a number of trees, flowers, and herbs guarded by forest treants, the garden is a rare oasis in the heart of the blight.
House Firesong has since developed a relationship with the Tauren Stonewind Tribe whom have displayed a generous eagerness to help Quel'Thalas, and future cleansings planned in this area and the woods by Dawnstar are planned to utilize the skills and connection to the elements these Tauren offer.
The forces of Deatholme were not silent to the actions of House Firesong, and during the first phase of the campaign, launched two counterstrikes against Firesong holdings, first against the Sanctum of the Moon, then the prolonged First Battle of Goldenmist. Both were ultimately repelled in what can only be called a pyrrhic victory, coming at great cost in lives and resources. Defenses along the waters south of Goldenmist were improved, as were the Sanctum's own defenses.
To make further attacks more difficult, a divination technique to detect and deploy engineering teams to destroy, nerubian tunnels, was devised, and a policy of hit and run attacks in the Windrunner region was begun to create a buffer, though the Nerubians remain the most concerning threat. A time of rebuilding was certainly needed, though defenses in the Ghostlands remained, as did the fostering of nascent groves of live in the gloomy forest.
Hiatus and Reformation Edit
When Lord Arcanist Entilzha Firesong lost his wife, Valeria Moringray-Firesong, in childbirth shortly after the assault on Goldenmist, Firesong grew insular for a number of months, spending most of his time with Ysandre, and maintaining the status quo in the Ghostlands, though seldom leaving Ashal'Thalas.
A visit from an old friend inspired Firesong, and work has begun in earnest on bringing all units to full combat readiness, and has taken a renewed interest in developing relations with elves seeking to aid the south, and bringing in the resources needed to hasten cleansing.
It is not the intent of House Firesong to seek permanent lordship over southern Quel'Thalas, but to turn lands over to their original inhabitants, their descendants, and to return to Silvermoon a nation intact and at peace.
Second Ghostlands Campaign Edit
Following several months of dormancy, House Firesong set forth upon a second campaign in the Ghostlands proper, though of a different nature than the first, lacking their prior military strength given the losses suffered at Goldenmist, and the withdrawal of elements loyal to House Morningray following Valeria's death. Securing valued druidic and shaman allies among the Tauren and allies to the north in Eversong, the second campaign is viewed in a more pragmatic light, with hopes the lightly tainted forest near the Dawnstar Spire will fully reblossom, and in time, the fall of nerubian occupied Suncrown Village. The Lord Arcanist's work with Daywells, a concept of creating a small font based upon crystals infused with the energies of the Sunwell, the rich natural ley energies in the region, and other magical elements was making solid progress, and one such font was established in a remote grove over a strong leyflow.
While divination techniques have been deployed to locate nerubian tunnels leading to the village, which if reclaimed, would place the whole of the border region with Eversong Woods firmly in elven hands. However with dislodging the nerubians no small task, the campaign proceeded cautiously, with focus upon the restoration of lands closer to Eversong and out of scourge hands.
It was hoped that the display of a noticeable improvement in conditions to the immediate south of Eversong would draw further interest in the overall Ghostlands effort. House Firesong has been working with Stonewind Tribe on an element-based approach to healing, specifically the forest around Dawnstar, which bearing a light taint and ancient, pure trees, its hoped the blight in this area may be fully removed, and eternal spring reaching from Eversong to Dawnstar Spire and its grounds.
Despite extending upon the pockets of fertile regrowth closer to the Eversong border, totemically warded groves in which forest tenders guarded ancient, untainted trees, generally in areas from which the Amani were displaced and bore a lighter defilement than the interior, with many ancient trees standing untainted from the assault, the groves created around these ancient trees were promising, and havens of eternal spring in the bleakness of the Ghostlands, but due to military and political factors, the campaign was terminated before its completion, with the a second Daywell established in Bal'deni, the center of power in Ashal'Thalas and home to much of the population. Lacking the needed military support, and with the alliances required to gain it requiring union with untrusted elements, and further efforts were suspended, and Lord Firesong ordered a drawback of House Firesong's forces to Ashal'Thalas and out of the Ghostlands proper.
Present Deeds Edit
House Firesong's forces were largely contained to Ashal'Thalas and while their Lord worked for a time as an archaeologist, though have focused on two central areas since resuming active governance of the territory - the war in Suramar, namely in the context of leading and growing the increasingly formidable Thera-dora
Political overtures have been made with the enclave of Valenwood to the north of Ashal'Thalas, focusing on fostering strong relations among neighbors. Trade between the principalities has increased in light of economic woes in Valenwood. Entilzha and Morgane, whom of late often travel together, have taken interest in their neighbors to the north, and Lady Salandra is making preparations for a formal banquet in Bal'adeni.
Retainer Jandissa Starweaver was noted for her fine hand, and was recently risen to the position of Emberquill, House Firesong's highest scribe, translator, and issuer of official documents for House Firesong and the Viscounty of Ashal'Thalas. House Firesong's last Emberquill broke off in a disruptive manner some years ago, and the graceful arcanist is eagerly stepping into her duties.
Suramar Consulate Edit
Entilzha Firesong had planned with ally Morgane Devaux to establish a small presence in Suramar for House Firesong after hostilities wound down. With House of Devaux eager to use its relationship with House Firesong to pursue trade and security interests, House Firesong keen to maintain a modest presence in the city of their ancestors, talk of the mission was raised very soon after the fall of Elisande, as Entilzha and Morgane both wished to have the Firesong Suramar Consulate recognized by law before the city either turned deeply inward, or became entangled in outside affairs as Quel'Thalas did.
With the valor of the Thera-dora and the personal danger taken by Lord Firesong and his men, a consulate in the north of the city was agreed upon, on lands formally owned by House Devaux. Devaux and Thera-dora guards patrol the space outside, though the interior of the mission is considered the territory of House Firesong under the alliance with House Devaux.
However, responsibility for the compound belongs ultimately in the eyes of the Suramar government to House Devaux, whom though skeptical, view a weak, closely related House (Entilzha was required to document his lineage to the time of the Highborne, and identified his ancestor Tor'delan Firesong among the annals of Suramar's vast library. Tor'delan was proven to be a direct ancestor of Entilzha, having lived and trained in Suramar, he disagreed with the rest of his family and remained firmly in Suramar, ultimately falling in combat before the dome was risen.
House Firesong's own extensive annals from Vash'jir and beyond corroborate what was found among the Suramar records, and Entilzha was able to prove descent from a citizen of Suramar at the time of the collapse, greatly aiding the process. However Entilzha does not carry Suramar citizenship on account of not having been born there, but such may be possible for future children.
The consulate, a small structure on the interior, not larger than a common home though with a large cellar, is used to promote trade with Quel'Thalas, interest in the Firesong-Devaux Bergerac Vineyards, and serves as a de-facto base for the Thera-dora, and location from which those not capable of doing so themselves, may travel between Suramar City and Belore'aran.
House Firesong hopes the modest presence, combined with the Thera-dora and close alliance with House Devaux, will cement the Sin'dorei family's long term interest in the city, and serve to create a lasting bond regardless of which way future political winds blow. The young heiress to House Firesong, Ysandre Firesong, is expected to take a prominent role at the consulate as she ages, being fluent in Shalassian from her exposure at Belore'aran.