Crypt (Deadwind Pass)
- For other crypts, see crypt.
The purpose of the crypt is unknown - it may be a playground for developers, a testing site of sorts, an unfinished instance, or something else entirely. It is interesting to note that using WoW Map Viewer you can see that the crypt runs under Tranquil Gardens Cemetery in Duskwood. This might play a role sometime in the future, or could be a complete coincidence.
This area used to be accessed via dying close to the gate and running through it, but this was changed in Patch 2.0.
Some people speculate that is a lower portion of Karazhan, as some lore indicated Karazhan has a lower half. But the architecture does not seem match with Karazhan in the slightest bit, leaving a rather large flaw in their speculation.
Reasons for abandonment
Many players suspect that the crypt was never fully implemented because some mildly disturbing imagery such as the now infamous room of upside down sinners and to keep World of Warcraft from becoming an M-Rated game by the ESRB. On January 24th, 2014 Blizzard community manager Bashiok responded to a post inquiring to the reasons the crypt was never used and provided some insights on Blizzard's design processes back during the days of it's creation, stating the reason it was abandoned was more than likely that Blizzard simply changed their minds about using it.