The Founding of Gilneas: Why not Tempest's Reach? is a historical work positing that Gilneas was originally 'founded' in Tempest's Reach, or rather that an isolationistic community resided in tempest's reach for a good period of time. The author, Walker Wells, offers a series journal fragments as evidence for his claim. Most of the book is dedicated to the journal fragments themselves and their publication. The journal fragments themselves were written by Bolton White, thousands of years ago, and they seem to date back to around the time period when House Greymane was first populating Gilneas.
In reality, the town of Tempest's reach and its native inhabitants were members of a small Gilnean tribe much like the Eldir'thiirn, but far enough away from them in many of their customs to avoid the genocide that was committed by the Duathe and House Greymane.
The Founding of Gileans: Why not Tempest's Reach?
A work by Dr. Walker Wells, Magi 3rd Degree of Dalaran
Translations and interpretations by Dr. Walker Wells, Magi 3rd Degree of
Edited by Dr. Walker Wells, Magi 3rd Degree of Dalaran
The following journal fragments were recovered found in a locked boxing,
in the Dalaran historian's chamber. Despite days of pouring over ancient
texts of Arathor I have been unable to determine the exact date of their
writing, but I have traced it back to somewhere between -2,000 and -1,500
in the King's calendar. While I understand this is a large historical gap
for any academic work, I must stress the point that we are working with
writings that, until recently, were thought totally lost. We should
consider ourselves lucky to be able to narrow down to a game of 500 years.
Much of the journal was beyond recovery, but I managed to translate some
The translations proved beyond fascinating and seem to directly mention
the founding of the town we call "Tempest's Reach," in Gilneas. If these
journal entries are to be believed as accurate, the town of Tempest's
Reach might actually be older than the cities of the duathe themselves. Something
that would come as a bit of a shocker, since the headlands is currently
considered the first area that was populated in the region.
These findings lead me on a hunt to find out more about Tempest's Reach,
its culture, and just how much of an effect the small town had on the
formation of Gilneas. If they were the first to settle, why then is the
main cities not founded around it? There is much hypothesis, but I have
found sources that shed light on all of these questions.
98.2.13 - 11th of Flame's Heart, y.927Edit
(Dr. Walker's Personal Notes:
Unknown date. Perhaps from a calendar based off the founding of the
Arathor Empire and their captail city of Strom. I speculate the Flame's
Heart reefers to Summer or one of the hotter months. The numbers in front
of the 11 of Flame's Heart are a complete mystery. I cannot find any
reference to something like this. An indication of the time of day,
perhaps referenced by star movements, is the only thing that seems
My name is Bolton White and I'm making this journal incase we don't make
it. Perhaps someone will find it and take it back to Strom so that our
party can be accounted for and given proper honors.
We've been walking a day now, my feet are already killing me already but I
don't regret coming. Rumors have been spreading across the land. The
leaders of Dalaran have been hiding something from us… People have
talked about revolution. Demons. Terrible things lurking in the streets.
(There is some evidence to support Bolton's assertions. Rumors were indeed
speeding at the given time frame. There are reports in the history books
that magical experimentation attracted agents of the Burning Legion to our
world. Some of which got through. All were, of course, delta with by
Master Magi and NO reports exist of any demon's ever surviving. This still
did not stop the speeding of fear and superstition.)
Jeremy Hannan, who we've taken to calling Father Hannan (The title Father
would imply he had some religious standing with the group), was the one
who told us we needed to leave Strom. He's a wise old man who is known
throughout the city. Some call him crazy, but others know better. He
practices ancient and mysterious arts. I've seen it. My neighbor was ill,
near death, and I took him to Father Hannan. I don't know what he did to
him, but he got better the very next day. I'd trust him with my life, as I
have. (The story about the man could be many things. It could be that the
one called "Father Hannan" was a simple healer, using herbs and such
things. This would arouse a lot of suspicion with native Arathions, as it
is reminiscent of Trollish magic and voodoo rituals. It is also possible
he practiced something of a early druidic art.)
My wife refused to come, said that Strom would be safe from anything going
on in Dalaran. I left without teller her, took Timothy, our son, with me.
I won't have the creatures Father Hannan speaks of haul him off in the
night, not while I still draw breath.
We're moving again. I'll write more later.
01.5.13 - 11th of Flame's Heart, y.927Edit
Its dark so we've made camp for the night. (As the numbers at the start of
the date are the only thing that has changed and he mentions time, this
leads credence to my assertion that the numbers represent time. Exactly
how, and what time, is impossible to tell.) I think I will write about our
group now, just so there is a record. There are 56 of us in total. 15
families of varying size (The smallness of the party is very surprising
since Strom was still the capital city at this time and had a much larger
population. This would indicate serious apprehension about Father Hannan
shared by the majority of the public). One man here has five kids! I can't
image. His name is Charles Book. He was a wealthy man back in Strom. His
wife is Marabeth, she is with him. She reminds me of my wife…
Father Hannan gathered all he could who would follow him (This seems to
suggest that Hannan was peaching for some time before they left Strom.),
but it wasn't very much. Fear makes people do odd things, including
ignoring the wise words of a wise man who knows far more than they ever
will. (As we can see here, Bolton White's dedication to the words of
Father Hannan boarder on fanaticism. Enough to even kidnap his child away
from the mother.) We need to get out of Strom before these Demons attack!
Father Hannan says this will be known as the Tempest. When the creatures
attack our world like a great tempest from the ocean.
We're staying near the coast-line. Father Hannan says there is a section
of the land that juts out from the rest of Arathor and goes South
(Modern-day Tempest's Reach still lays along the coastline. It is quite
possible the location has not moved.). It's about a weeks walk away. Thats
where we will build our new village. Father Hannan says the town will be
named Tempest's Reach, because that is where the reach of the Demons will
stop. We will-----
(The rest of this entry was illegible. The pages appeared to have been
eaten by some kind of insect. If I could lecture this obviously
inconsiderate bug upon the value of history I most certainly would make a
note to do so.)
48.6.14 - 13th of Flame's Heart, y.927Edit
It's been two days since we left now. I can no longer see any indications
of Strom. The roads aren't well worn. We've passed the farmlands and are
moving into the forest called Silverpine.
One of the men, Clifford Hunt, broke his leg on a rock. Father Hannan
preformed what I can only describe has magic and healed the man's leg
right before us. I've never seen anything like it. The Priests use the
"Light" to heal, but thats not what Father Hannan used. He said it was
much older and more powerful but refused to speak on it further. (This
supports my earlier assertions that Druidic magic is the most likely
culprit here. Since the Trolls of Old Arathor, before humans, used
nature-based magics, it is quite probable that they may confuse the two.
This would explain the apprehension most of Strom showed towards Jeremy
We're running out of food… We'll need to hunt in the forest. I'm no good
with a bow but we have a few hunters with us. Brock Colston, Dane
Chadwick, and Digby Rich all know how to hunt. They'll set off when we
make camp. I'll write more when we stop.
70.5.32 - 13th of Flame's Heart, y.927Edit
The man called Digby managed to get a boar! The thing has two be ten hay
in weight ("hay" could refer to a barrel of hay. However, this does not
give us any accurate information, as it is unknown what the standard size
of a hay barrel may have been at the time)! We've built a fire to keep
other animals away and Father Hannan has said we'll sleep here for the
night. He said some kind of blessing over the dead animal, I didn't
understand the words. He said it would purify the meat of any impurities
(A variety of magics can purify living flesh, but dead? It seems strange
that a human would know such a spell. This could be an advanced Druidic
spell, or a ritual of some sort that serves no real purpose, or perhaps a
different type of magic, one more focused on death). His wisdom truly
seems limitless. A few of the others have started asking him to teach them
this magic he uses. He has refused, but maybe he will change his mind in
I'm going to eat now, Brock knows how to play the flute and he's by the
fire right now. Don't want to miss the entertainment.
00.1.30 - 13th of Flame's Heart, y.927Edit
My hands are shaking as I write this. Something attacked us in the middle
of the night, I don't know what. They took Timothy, my son, and a few
others before we knew what was happening. Huge black shadows. I can't
describe them for I have never seen anything like them. No one was hurt, I
don't know why. (This entry is very confusing. If I didn't know better I'd
chalk it up to insane babble. My first reaction was that the culprits were
Worgen, but that makes no sense. Worgen do not have a tendency to kidnap,
and they certain don't leave entire camps unharmed. If it had been a
Worgen attack, someone would have been hurt, yet he writes that none were.
What could have attacked them?)
Father Hannan says not to worry, that they were "welcomed into the wild,"
I do not know what he is talking about… (This raises even more
questions. I'd say Father Hannan's reaction indicates that he expected
this to happen. Why? His statement "welcomed into the wild" is equally
cryptic. It, again, seems to suggest Worgen assailants but, for the
reasons I laid out before, that would be highly improbable). He won't
explain any more! It's making me so frustrated. I have to trust that
Father Hannan knows best. He hasn't lead us wrong so far. He says we leave
in the morning. I hope Timothy is back by then…
34.2.65 - 15th of Flame's Heart, y.927Edit
It's been two days since Timothy and the others were taken. Nothing. We've
kept moving, as Father Hannan says we must, but I'm growing worried. I've
begged Father Hannan to tell me where my boy is, but he only assures me
that no harm will come to the boy or the others. How could that be? What
isn't he telling me? The others have all but forgotten about what
happened… (It is obvious at this point that Father Hannan is hiding
something. What I cannot say.)
Two days, just two more days before we get to our new home.
15.6.32 - 17th of Flame's Heart, y.927Edit
Father Hannan says we've reached the spot for our village… For our home.
It's been four days since Timothy disappeared. I'm about to give up hope.
I don't dare go looking in the forest for him. I wouldn't be able to find
my way, its so dark there even in the day, and besides, even if I found
him what could I do against those things?
38.4.90 - 18th of Flame's Heart, y.927Edit
I can't explain it! Timothy returned along with the other two missing
people! He seems fine, a little distant, but won't talk about what
happened, Father Hannan says I shouldn't ask. (This raises even more
questions about the attackers. This ism ore evidence to support my initial
conclusions that Worgen were NOT responsiblensible. They wouldn't have let
the child return like this.)
(A large chuck of the journal is missing. Some pages appear to have been
ripped out, others just disintegrated with the passage of time. The next
translatable section is the last entry and is year and some months later.)
12.63.78 - 5th of Frost, y.928Edit
I was right the entire time! They've been working with something in the
forest. Hannan made some kind of deal with it, our lives for power. My
son! My very own son and I didn't do anything!? How could I have been so
The temple is under Hannan's house. I don't know how many of the villagers
are in on it, or how many will defend him, but I'm going out there to get
my son back. He's in that temple and I'll take him, even if I have to kill
Hannan and every one of these monsters to get him. If I don't get out
alive, let this be an account of all the terrible deeds Tempest's Reach
has been built upon. I hope it burns and falls off this damned cliff into
the ocean! (As we can see, the writing is in a state of server confusion.
Obviously something very traumatic has happened. We cannot make any
assumptions about what that is. He claims here that Hannan was
responsible, but I have gone to Tempests Reach myself and there is nothing
under any of the houses. It's hard to say what could have happened.)
With the full translation of the journal my interest in the origins of
Tempest's reach were peaked. Obviously, as my last notes on the journal
indicate, we cannot make any assumptions about the validity of the
journal's later entries, but I believe the documentation about the trip to
Tempest's Reach is accurate.
After this, I started to search for any information on Tempest's Reach
that I could find indicating it's past. How long had it been there? What
were it's people like? After months of pouring over old tomes I found
nothing. I decided drastic measures must be taken and I hired a band of
mercenaries to smuggle me into the city of Gilneas. Once there I went to
I spent a week there, searching through books and what I found was
astonishing. Another historian apparently found a joinery detailing a town
called Strom's Break from the perspective of a traveling mercenary from
Strom. After pouring over the records I have established that Strom's
Break and Tempest's Reach are actually the same town. The reason for the
name change is unknown, but the mercenaries journal, while missing many
entries, shed new light on their culture and customs.
22nd of Oak, y.1121Edit
Since the last job went over so well I thought I'd treat myself to some
rest on the way back to Strom. While Gilneas is a fine place, I longed for
something a little more peaceful. Along the coast line they spoke of a
place called Strom's Break, ain't never heard of it myself but I went
looking for it anyway. I'm writing from there right now and I must say,
I'll be returning to this place!
The inn here has the most comfortable beds I've ever slept in and the
woman here are very friendly. I could stay here forever. There is this old
geezer in town, they call him Father Hannan. Apparently he's been here
since dirt was young, or at least as long as anyone can remember. He looks
to be about 100. Nice guy though.
I gotta say, their a little out of touch here though. The men are real
cold. Proper. They don't talk much beyond the casual "Hi, lovely day isn't
it?" Every time I try to engage in a lengthy conversation I feel like I'm
wasting their time so I end up just saying bye.
Fashion is a little odd here too. In Strom the woman dress in these
elegant gowns, big hats and done-up hair. Gilneas has working-class women,
but here? Here they wear these tight fitting woolen robes. And I don't
mean tight-fitting as in enjoyable to look at. They look down right
suffocating and uncomfortable. Even the men wear the same stuff. Can't
rightly tell them apart at a good distance. Odd. Anyway, I need to catch
some sleep. I'll write in the morning.
23rd of Oak, y.1121Edit
Woke up to the smell of freshly baked bread with this local root reduced
to this thick sweet sauce. I can't describe it's taste and do it justice.
It was sweet, yet bitter and clung to my taste-buds like a mouthful of
honey. Washed it down with some fresh milk. This place is heaven.
I take back what I wrote yesterday about the men being cold. Must have
just been the end of the day, must have been tired the lot of them. One of
the men invited me for a horse-ride later this afternoon, going hunting
for fox. Sounds like fun. Can't say I've ever hunted fox. Apparently
Father Hannan will be joining us. I have to admit, the thought of someone
that old riding a horse and handling a gun makes me a little hesitant.
They seem pretty confident in him, though.
23rd of Oak, y.1121Edit
Just got back from hunting. It's around dinner time now and the man, who
invited me hunter, whose name I learned is Wooster Field, his wife
Elizabeth is making fox stew. Never had it. Should be good.
Wooster invited me to stay with his family, he has a daughter and son,
both 10. Can't remember their names at the moment, I think it was Eldon
and Jane. I took him up on the offer but made clear I'll probably be here
a week. Didn't want to impose. He said it wasn't any problem.
These people are very friendly, sort of an open-door policy. No one has
locks and keeps their doors wide-open all day. Kids play out in the field,
center of the little village. It's like they are protected by nature
itself. The men get up at sun-up and get to work, women tend to do
house-tasks, reminds me a lot of Strom in that way. They have two farms,
owners are Gable Clark and Sampson Book, sort of the town nobles.
Important people, both were on the hunt earlier. Learned they grow wheat,
tomatoes, potatoes, and some odd plan I've never seen before they call
Dillroot. Apparently it has medicinal properties and it will only grow
around Strom's Break. They also raise pigs, sheep, and cows on the farm as
The only draw-back is the wind. Father Hannan explained that was the
reason for the odd clothing. Rolls off the sheer cliffs and cuts right
down to the bone, bitter cold. The thick wool keeps them comfortable.
Elizabeth is calling dinner time. I'll write more tomorrow.
24th of Oak, y.1121Edit
Figured I'd lend a hand since I'm staying here for awhile. Storm hit in
the middle of the night and put a hole in the stable's roof. Offered to
help fix it at the town meeting. Apparently, and I didn't know this until
just this morning, as I hadn't gotten up early for it yesterday, the
entire town's male population, including children above the age of eight,
get together every morning at sun-up and dish out duties for the day.
You're assigned your duty and you spend the day doing it. Pretty effective
way to get things done. The whole affair is controlled by Father Hannan.
They gave the roof fixing to Wooster and I offered to help him. Father
Hannan seemed pretty happy about that.
Breakfast was eggs with bacon and toast. Elizabeth said we would need the
healthy breakfast for the manual labor. She is a thoughtful woman. If I
were Wooster I'd be worried about another man trying to take her but he
doesn't even seem to give it a second thought. I like the man.
24th of Oak, y.1121Edit
My back is killing me. Their building construction is vastly different
that what I'm used to. It's complicated beyond belief, even something like
patching a roof requires new beams and supports and all sorts of
inter-connected fittings. Apparently none of their structures use nails so
they've devised this complicated method of cutting and connecting wood.
This means they don't have to export iron from Strom, which, according to
Father Hannan, "costs about three children."
I have to admit though, the hole in the roof didn't look like wind damage.
There were what I thought was claw-marks in the wood and where it had been
gouged out by claws it was burned and turned black like ash. Wooster said
it was a lighting strike. Some crazy lighting. Dinner is being called,
27th of Oak, y.1121Edit
I've been here long enough, and thought I hate to leave, I must. I've
brought it up with Wooster that I'll be leaving in the morning. His wife
is going to pack me lunch and dinner for my travels and Father Hannan
offered to give me a horse. A horse! For free! I could have kissed him for
that. Father Hannan also said that before I went we're supposed to go out
to this place he calls the "Temple of Life" so that I can be rewarded for
all my help towards the village. He said everyone would be there. I can't
wait to get to Strom and tell people about this place. I'm surprised this
isn't the capital city. Something just crashed downstairs, going to go
(The journal ends here despite there being many pages left blank.)
Editor's notes (2)Edit
The cultural information here cannot be overlooked. Apparently, while
the headlands and the settlements of the Duathe were just starting
out as a small town, Tempest's Reach already had
a thriving community. This is made evident by various archaelogical fragments
I have managed to uncover. This is obviously quite shocking and
counter intuitive as, often, it is the first village that is established that
becomes the capital of a new area.
One other things that cannot be overlooked is the existence of Father
Hannan more than one hundred years after the last known mention of his
name. Not only that, but in the journal written by Bolton White, he is
already said to be an aged man. Could it be the same man? Perhaps, since
Father Hannan founded the town it is customary for each leader of the town
to adopt his name? I can't say. I've gone through the town records of
Tempest's Reach, since they started keeping records, and there isn't a
single mention of anyone by the name of Hannan or even having the last
name of Hannan.
Either way, after I found the mercenaries journal which called Tempest's
Reach by the alternative name Strom's Break, when I returned to Dalaran I
ran through the library searching for that name instead and turned up the
I would also like to make a note here that while the journal appears to
end rather abruptly we should not assume some sinister fate befell the
mercenary. There is no evidence to support this and it is simply foolish
human superstition. It is more that likely that he simply left the journal
at Tempest’s Reach by accident in the excitement of his celebratory
departure. Drinking was probably involved.
12th of September, 2018Edit
Captain Jacob Wright, Lordaeronian Army, Second Battalion, Third Company
We've reached Strom's Break and found no sign of the messenger. The
town-folk here are apprehensive of our presence, though none seem to know
why we're actually here which makes me wonder how isolated this community
actually is from the greater Gilneas. I've made the call to stay here for
the night, despite several of my men's protests. They insist that they
feel "uneasy." Superstitious nonsense. If anything it's this bloody wind
coming off the cliff. Cold as ice. The men are bedding down, I am as well.
The villagers attacked us in the middle of the night. Two of my men had
their throats cut before the alarm was roasted. We're lucky Private Harper
was even awake at that hour to raise the alarm in the first place. We
killed most of the town's population, around a hundred people. A few
dozen escaped. Even the children brandished weapons against us. Why? What
reason did they have to attack us? Perhaps they did know why we were
here… We're leaving immediately and going back to Lordaeron, damn the
Editor's notes (3)Edit
As we can see here the town suffered a major blow sometime before the War
of the Three Hammers. Lordaeron was established, clearly, and had a
military force. It also mentions Gilneas as a city, which means it had
also been established as an independent nation separate from Strom at this
point. The reason for the Captain's presence in Strom's Break, was most
likely political strain between Gilneas and Lordaeron, as, at the time,
political ties constantly waxed and waned. He was most likely there to put
pressure on Gilneas.
We also must refrain from labeling the town's actions as extreme. This
report is from the Captain's perspective and we do not know the reality of
how the soldiers might have treated the townsfolk. It could have been a
At this point I was dead in the water. I had no more leads to follow up
on. That is until a colleague of mine brought me a book he’d had in his
possession for several generations. He said it belonged to a family member
more generations back than he can remember or his father could. It seems
to take place only a few short months after the events mentioned in the
military report by Captain Jacob Wright. There are only a few names
mentioned in the journal, so it was obviously written for the writing, not
as a means of keeping history, but the information contained within is
still quite valuable.
30th of November 2018Edit
We’ve left Gilneas for Strom’s Break. Soldiers reported that the
residents have all disappeared. No bodies were found but the farmland and
animals are all still there. Truthfully I wouldn’t bother going there,
too creepy sounding for my tastes, but given the current situation I have
no choice. With the land I can repay be debts in a matter of months, not
We just arrived, Beth was so exited she ran into one of the houses without
half a thought. I nearly had a heart attack, as did Marry. I ran in after
her and discovered this. Everything is perfect. Nothing is out of place.
There isn’t even any dust. It’s like the residents left yesterday. The
entire place is like this, but no one is around. I’m starting to doubt
the truthfulness of those soldiers. If the villagers come back later this
week I’ll have to think of something.
5th of December 2018Edit
No one has come back yet, at least not that were here originally. Word has
spread that I’ve taken up ownership of the two farms here and people
have started to show up pretty steadily looking for work. I’ve taken
pretty much all of them in. There are more empty houses here than we need
anyway and the land is far more than I could work by myself.
Big-Nose Jimmy stopped by earlier today to ensure that I hadn’t
forgotten about the debt. I assured him I hadn’t and that with the farm
I’d be able to pay him back and then some. He seemed happy about it but
a little nervous. We have over 50 workers now, more men then he has thugs,
and they’re still showing up daily.
12th of March 2019Edit
Its been awhile since I’ve written in here, I think its time for an
update. Debts are all paid off. The town has over 200 people living it in
now. All of them work for me. I’m even considered a powerful man in
Gilneas now. Pretty impressive if I do say so myself. The wife is
thrilled, daughter is healthy and we’re expecting a boy soon.
We found an old book in one of the houses that calls this place
Tempest’s Reach. I like the name so we’re going to rename the town
Tempest’s Reach. As we lay down new roots we cultivate the old roots,
right? The town has new people living in it, but I think a returning to
the old is a healthy thing. Also, those people that were here before when
it was called Strom’s Break disappeared… Call be superstitious, but I
don’t want a name that people have disappeared under.
15th of March 2019Edit
Something weird is going on in the town. There is this wind coming off the
cliff now that was not there before. It’s cold, beyond cold, and cuts
through cloth like you had nothing on at all. I’ve never seen anything
like it. Beth keeps complaining of bad dreams, so does Marry and a bunch
of the townsfolk. Can’t say I’ve been sleeping well either. I keep
dreaming about an old man. I don’t recognize him but it's the same face
19th of March 2019Edit
Things are getting worse. Nobodies slept in days, work has all but halted
and Marry doesn’t do anything now but sit in the kitchen looking at the
wall. I’m going to Gilneas today and getting a priest to bless the
place. I think it’s haunted.
20th of March 2019Edit
The priest came today and said he couldn’t help. Said there is something
under the town and that he’ll need help. He’s traveled to
Stromwind’s Cathedral to contact the Paladins but said it’ll be about
a month before anyone comes to help us. I hope we last that long.
23rd of March 2019Edit
The dreams have stopped. The wind is gone. I don’t know why but
everything is back to normal. I ordered a town meeting and we agreed that
when the priest and paladins show up we are to deny everything. A lot of
us here can’t afford to leave. This is our home now and we can’t have
it black labeled as some Demon nest simply because we had some strange
dreams. This book is the last record and I’ll lock it away. It won’t
ever leave Tempest’s Reach.
Final Editor's NotesEdit
This final piece of information explains why Tempest’s Reach was
renamed, as well as why it wasn’t ever established as the capital city.
In fact, I would assert that, had the soldiers from Lordaeron not
massacred its citizenry, Tempest’s Reach would have continued to grow
probably to the point that it was bigger that present day Gilneas.
This last bit of information also explains why present day Gilneas is
mainly a farming community, providing much of the food Gilneas and
Lordaeron alike. While a single family no longer owns it, such as it is in
the last journal I recovered, time probably explains that more than
anything. If my estimates are correct the journal with the unknown author
is around eight hundred (800) years old. This is plenty of time for
properties to exchange hands multiple times.