Eonar the Titan blessed Alexstrasza’s younger sister, the lithe green dragon Ysera, with a portion of nature’s influence. Ysera fell into an eternal trance, bound to the waking Dream of Creation. Known as the Dreamer, she would watch over the growing wilds of the world from her verdant realm, the Emerald Dream.
Ysera was one of the Dragon Aspects that gave some of her power to the Demon Soul, not knowing Deathwing would betray the Aspects. Ever since, her full potential was no more.
After the War of the Ancients, Alexstrasza planted a magical acorn from the Mother Tree G’Hanir within the second Well of Eternity, created by Illidan. Ysera enchanted the tree so that it is bound to the Emerald Dream.
Ysera is green, and her skin glitters with countless emeralds for scales. Her physical form is ghostly, ethereal, like watching a living dream or vision. The Emerald Dream is a place where all living beings dream when sleeping. It is a place of where sentient beings have dreams of hope, and faith for a better tomorrow. From the Emerald Dream, Ysera can observe all lesser races. Her eyes are always closed, although you can see her pupils move constantly below her eyelids as if watching many dreams at once.
Few times Ysera has opened her eyes. When she does, you can see eyes of many colors, like a rainbow. The eyes of every sentient creature can be seen at once through her eyes. Even yours. Ysera opened her eyes during the War of the Ancients after seeing her lover Malorne dead. She opened them another time during the Second War, before Krasus, when he tried to convince her to help free Alexstrasza. Ysera fought along the other Dragon Aspects the evil of Deathwing while Rhonin destroyed the Demon Soul. She regained her full powers once the Demon Soul was no more.
Ysera avoids and dislike combat, specially in her realm. When angered, she is terrible, paranoid and impulsive. She keeps herself isolated in the Emerald Dream, and is rarely seen in the Real world. When she does visit the Living plane, she shapeshifts into a humanoid form, covered by a green hood, and her eyes are always closed.
When in combat, she attacks with her greenish breath to sleep her opponents, and rarely strikes to kill. She prefers to neutralize her enemies and banish them away from her realm.
Ysera can travel from mind to mind to travel anywhere she wishes by entering the dreams of any living being sleeping. She may enter the dreams of a target to communicate with or warn the sleeping creature. Ysera has the ability to planeshift between the real world and the Emerald Dream.
Ysera was revealed to be adoptive-mother of Cenarius, and lover of Malorne—as read in War of the Ancients Trilogy pocketbooks.
The origin of Elune based on the Tauren Mythology
UPDATE 9-21-05: Richard A. Knaak answered to Blizzplanet:
Blizzplanet: “War of the Ancients Trilogy reveals that Ysera is mother of Cenarius and lover of Malorne. Are Ysera and Elune one and the same?”
Knaak: “Elune and Ysera are not the same. Here is the explanation, per Blizzard, who did not wish any further elaboration in the novel at the time:
According to the Sundering, it is said that Ysera is Cenarius’s mother. However, Dungard the Earthen says that he thought Elune ‘birthed’ Cenarius.
Elune birthed Cenarius, but gave him up to Malorne because Cenarius was more a creature of the mortal world and could not be with her. Malorne, who had relations with both Elune and Ysera, knew that he could not properly care for his son, but Ysera’s love was so great for Malorne that she took Cenarius as her own. Hence being his mother (or adoptive mother).”
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