Agamaggan

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Agamaggan was one of the Ancients, an immortal Giant Boar which legend say was among the first living creatures to roam Azeroth.  The creature’s body was surrounded by thorny vines.  His immense appetite made his body grow as years passed, making him a juggernaut of raw strength, using his thorny vines and tusks as weapons.  Agamaggan was often hunted by the trolls, unsuccessfully.

During the War of the Ancients, 10 milennia ago, Cenarius sought the assistance of Agamaggan, convincing the god boar that if the Burning Legion won the war, all life would be destroyed in the world.  Agamaggan assaulted the stronghold of Azshara, slaying thousands of Doomguards and Felguards with fury.  Among his abilities, Agamaggan could stomp the ground with his massive hoof, breath corrosive acid upon his enemies and cast a rain of thorns that would detach from his back causing considerable harm.

The battle between Agamaggan and the demons was lengthy, and ranged across the continent, toward the west.  Agamaggan fought the pit lord Mannaroth ?  Archimonde’s lieutenant and servant of Sargeras.  Finally, Agamaggan fell before the Legion sacrificing himself, but his assistance was vital, allowing Malfurion and others to enter the stronghold of Azshara to reach the Well of Eternity.

Agamaggan was slain in the land currently known as The Barrens, near the Valley of Giants.  The Quillboar believes that wherever Agamaggan’s blood fell, the land grew the thick thorn vines that characterized him.  The blood spilled created a mineral known as Bloodstone,  which Quillboar use to amplify their magic in many uses to give them strength, intellect, agility, speed, nature spells and more.  Legend says Amagamman might walk among the living someday, and the Quillboar awaits that day.

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Aviana

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Aviana was formerly a mere raven of the wild.  One day Elune summoned the raven to her for a special delivery.  The raven sent the message of Elune to Cenarius.  Doing her job well for years, Elune asked the raven to serve as messenger to other deities and eternals.  Each deity would greet and reward Aviana with special gifts along the years.  These special gifts evolved the Raven, and became almost an equal to the deities.

Among the abilities she gained was to shapeshift into any form.  Aviana grew curious of the Night Elves, and joined the temple of Elune shapeshifted as a Night Elf.  When Azshara and her servants delved deeper into the Well of Eternity?s magic, Aviana could sense the corruption of the reckless use of its magics, and fled back to Elune.

During the War of the Ancients, Aviana would serve as tactical spy of Cenarius who sent her to watch over the Demons of the Burning Legion, and as messenger.  When humans or Night Elves were in danger, Aviana would take the form of a soldier or friendly shape to help other elves get away from Doomguards and Felhunters that were tracking and chasing them.  Her duties were vital to save many lives.

Aviana is known to many races including trolls, elves, tauren, and dwarves.  She takes the form of any of those races and poses as one of them to spy from within.  She usually watches from above and afar, as her main duties are to be a messenger or to gather info for Cenarius and Elune.  Aviana prefers to attack from out of sight high above casting magical spells to neutralize her enemies.  When in a female form, she ranges with her bow and in raven form, she will claw and beak her way out before attempting to escape.

Aviana lives in G?hanir, the Mother Tree ? the biggest tree of Azeroth atop the biggest peak—which has the seeds of all tree species of Azeroth.  The tree is a realm high in the sky above the clouds, where all the spirits of birds and winged creatures from all climates and zones of Azeroth are gathered after their death.  Even the spirits of dragons inhabit G?hanir as the afterlife place.  The demigoddess Aviana is the guardian of G?hanir.

G?hanir is apart from the real world,  more akin to the Emerald Dream, but separate from both.  It is a realm of its own.  Aviana?s true form looks humanoid.  Pale ivory face, and feathers for hair.  Her arms and hands are decorated with feathers, while her legs end in taloned small and delicate feet.  Among her magical abilities, Aviana creates spells on feathers. When she gives someone a feather, she grants the individual the ability to fly.  Another enchanted feather may make an individual become light of weight.

Aviana is patron of the Druids of the Talons, who venerate her.  She grants them the ability to shapeshift into ravens.  In this form, Druids of the Talon can gather information and deliver messages.  Aviana can hide in the shadows with shadowmeld.  No spell or flame-based spell can negate her ability, unless it is a daylight based enchantment.  When Aviana is shapeshifted, no one can see her true form unless using a spell of true seeing.

Aviana died during the War of the Ancients, and her realm tree G’hanir died with her.  Alexstrasza still held an acorn from G’hanir.  When the War of the Ancients ended, Illidan had created a new Well of Eternity by releasing 3 vials of water from the original well into the lake at Mount Hyjal.  Alexstrasza planted the acorn from G’hanir—the Mother Tree, into the lake of Mount Hyjal, hoping to create a new World Tree, to replace the lost G’hanir.  The New Tree was named Nordrassil.

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War of the Ancients: The Sundering

Warcraft RPG: Shadow & Light

Ursol and Ursoc

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The brother Bears were well known friends to the Ancients and night elves.  The bears held glyph markings on their fur.  Ursol and Ursoc visited the villages of the Night Elves, specially during festivals to the Moon.  Ursol carved statues made of dead trees, while Ursoc was fond of brew.  Both learned this from mortals.  Both bears would spend time allowing Night Elves children to mount them, and also spent time drinking ale with the Night Elves.

Ursol was a shaman spellcaster, while Ursoc was a strong warrior using his paws and teeth.  Combining their powers they would strike as one any enemy with efficiency, using strength and magic.

Ursol and Ursoc are patrons of those who favor balance of nature and the living beasts of the wild.  Among the most loyal followers of Ursoc and Ursol are the Furbolgs, practicing their magical traditions as Shamans—copying Ursol; while other Furbolg follow on Ursoc’s customs—carving wood statues and structures.  Timbermaw Hold in northern Felwood is an example.  The stronghold’s entrance is a giant wood carved in the shape of a growling bear head—as homage to the twin bears.

The Night Elves are also followers of the twin bears, Ursoc and Ursol, dedicating their lives to the Eternals taking the aspect of the bear:  The Druids of the Claw.  Every Druid that follows the path of the bear, needs to undergo a ritual by talking to the Spirit Bear in the Moonglades.

Ursol and Ursoc befriended generations of Humans and Night Elves.  During the War of the Ancients, Ursoc and Ursol were the first to answer the call of Cenarius to combat the Burning Legion.  They clashed with the Doomguards and died defending the land.

The worshipers of the twins, hope to someday find any ancestral alewell or carvings made by their patrons.

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War of the Ancients: The Sundering
Warcraft RPG: Shadow & Light

Malorne

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Malorne was an enormous white stag that roamed the land as protector of nature.  His eyes are silver and his body shines with a white glow.  He was among the first living creatures in Azeroth.  The Tauren were hunting Malorne one day, and in his attempt to escape Elune bargained with Malorne in exchange of help.  Malorne accepted Elune’s help and loved her as part of the deal.  Elune mothered Cenarius from that relationship.  You can read the Tauren legends about Malorne and Cenarius here.

Malorne the Waywatcher shows up to help the Night Elves when great crisis affect the world or the Night Elf civilization in the shape of a giant white stag.  Although he has great magical power, he is never shapeshifted into any other form.  Malorne has avoided two civil wars among the Night Elves simply by making himself present before the astonished eyes of the Night Elves.

Malorne is a great diplomat of sorts.  He would first engage in conversation with other individuals to seek reasoning.  When diplomacy doesn’t work, Malorne uses his calming aura to tranquilize his opponents—which cancels out any spellcasting or physical abilities.  If they persist, he uses non-lethal magic to restrain or separate opposing forces.  If two forces engaged in combat, he would heal both sides and try to find a solution to stop the fight.

Malorne may enter the Emerald Dream and the Physical world at any time, and perceives what happens in both realms as if he had omniscience of what happens simultaneously in both planes.

Rumors are of the existence of a group of druids that take on the aspect of Malorne as Druids of the Antler, but it has not been proven.  Night Elves do worship Malorne for his great assistance during the War of the Ancients against the first invasion of the Burning Legion where he lost his life in defense of the world of Azeroth.

Cenarius had gone into a frenzy seeing Ursoc and Ursol, Aviana, and Agamaggan die.  Cenarius crushed hundreds of Felguards and Felhunters with his antlers and some others got impaled against the dead corpse of Agamaggan’s thorny side as Cenarius charged them outwards.

The demons finally got hold of Cenarius, and before the demons could slay him, Marlone came into the fray blinding all demons with his majestic white flashing body.  Marlone’s hoof crushed many demons, while his antlers swoop many others.  Marlone defended his son Cenarius, and with a look toward the elves as if telepathically commanding them to come for his son,  Jarod Shadowsong and others dragged Cenarius to safety.

Malorne would have surely single-handedly defeated the Burning Legion, had Archimonde not showed up.  Black lightning stroke the land around Malorne, baking it … then green fire from the ground engulfed Malorne, burning at his coat, while the land and rock formed giant hands that pinned his four legs to the ground.  Archimonde swelled in size matching Malorne’s height.

Malorne freed himself from his magical trap, and charged Archimonde with his antlers, causing tremors and lightning as demons and Azeroth’s races nearby shook and fell to the ground flat on their backs with astonishment.  Finally, Archimonde grabbed Marlone by the neck and with great force snapped his neck.  Cenarius’s brave rescuer laid limp and lifeless, as Archimonde tossed him to the side.

Malfurion knowing Cenarius was uncouncious and that Archimonde had just slain Marlorne,  casted a spell that engulfed most of Archimonde’s body with vines.  The Archdemon, analytical as always, decided to retreat by vanishing in a green flare of flames that consumed the vines.

Shortly, Alexstrasza, Ysera, and the Bronze dragon consorts of Nozdormu, along with their dragonflights joined the War of the Ancients.  Ysera came to a halt and opened wide her brilliant jade orbs with a deafening shriek.  As she landed, thousands of demons were thrown in all directions with her paws and wings … making her way through to her goal, until she came still, her chin on Malorne’s head, sobs could be heard.  Her lover was dead.

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War of the Ancients: The Sundering

Warcraft RPG: Shadow & Light

Cenarius

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The demigod of the Groves, Cenarius, is son of Elune and Malorne the Waywatcher—white stag.  Cenarius has a upper torso like a Night Elf, while his lower torso is that of a stag.  His body is 10 feet tall supported by four strong legs ending in hooves.  His eye-orbs are golden, his moss-green hair falls down to his shoulders.  His hair and beard grows leaves and twigs.  On his head, Cenarius has two glorious and enormous Antlers that add more length to his ten-feet body frame.

The forest lord shepherded the forests and groves of Azeroth, protecting all living beings and nature.  Cenarius is mostly worshipped by Night Elves and Taurens, but worshipped as well by other woodland beings.

Cenarius is very powerful using druidic magic—he may command the roots to grow to entangle his enemies or summon forest spirits to materialize as treants.  Cenarius avoids any physical attack and slows downs any enemy that tries to engage him with entangling roots.  Cenarius can heal an army with a rain of tranquility, or individuals.  He can telepathically communicate with anyone in any language and plane shifts between both the Emerald Dream and the physical world at will.  Cenarius can also travel through many layers of the Emerald Dream.  There are layers below the Emerald Dream that are represented as the world before the Titans created life in Azeroth and before the Well of Eternity was built upon Azeroth.  There are other layers above that transports you to periods of time where the mountains were still been shaped by the Earthen and Sea Giants.  War of the Ancients: The Sundering book reveals the different layers of the Emerald Dream.  Malfurion was able to penetrate Deathwing’s wards blocking his lair by delving below the layer of the Emerald Dream, in a primal world younger than the Emerald Dream—refered to as a world before the Titans defeated the Old gods.

Although legends of Night Elves say that Cenarius is son of Elune and Malorne, Krasus revealed to Malfurion of a deeper relationship between Cenarius and Ysera the Dragon Aspect of the Emerald Dream.  Although Malfurion thought at first both were lovers, it is later revealed to him that Ysera is mother of Cenarius, which either contradicts the former belief that Elune mothered Cenarius, or confirms that Elune is truely one of the shapes taken by Ysera to manisfest herself to the Night Elves—reference: War of the Ancients book three: The Sundering.

Cenarius became interested in the Amani Trolls that found and explored the magics of the Well of Eternity, 16 milennia ago.  The waters of the Well evolved the Amani Trolls into the primitive Night Elves.  As their intellect and mastery over magic grew, he decided to make himself known to the Night Elves to protect them and teach them.  Although few followed his teachings, Malfurion became his best student in druidic ways.

To most of the population, Cenarius was but a legend, except for a few who witnessed his presence among the mortals.  Malfurion taught Malfurion to walk the Emerald Dream after finding he was ready.  When the the highborne of Azshara allowed the Burning Legion to enter Azeroth, Cenarius rallied the Ancients Agamaggan, Ursol & Ursoc, Malorne, Aviana and other deities and Eternals to engage the Burning Legion’s Doomguards, Felguards and Eredars.

Many Ancients died, but Cenarius remained to help rebuild the land and the Night Elf civilization for ten thousand years.  Cenarius was finally slain during the second coming of the Burning Legion, when Mannaroth defiled with his blood a fountain to let Grom Hellscream drink from it.  Mannaroth wanted to take revenge against Cenarius for his involvement during the first invasion’s defeat.  Grom Hellscream transformed into a ccorrupted orc and convinced the Warsong Clan to drink from the defiled fountain.

With almost god-like strength, Grom Hellscream and the demon-tainted Orcs defeated Cenarius in Ashenvale, when Cenarius defended the forests from the Orcs Wood Camps who were cutting off trees for their campaign as ordered by Thrall.

Thrall was away with Cain Bloodhoof seeking the Oracle, which proved to be Medivh.  Grom Hellscream listened to the Troll Witch doctors, who felt a powerful magic source, and fell before the temptation of Mannaroth’s defiled fountain thinking that it may help him defeat the demigod Cenarius.  Although Cenarius died, the Night Elves think that Cenarius might be reborn with a different shape.  The leader of Circle of the Druids,  Dendrite Starblaze—in the Moonglades, is often seen talking while rising his face to the sky, as if talking with Cenarius’s spirit.

You may read the Tauren legends about Cenarius’s birth here.

To learn more about Cenarius, buy the War of the Ancients Trilogy books and Warcraft RPG: Shadow and Light.

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War of the Ancients: The Sundering

Warcraft RPG: Shadow & Light

Elune

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Elune is the most powerful Eternal of Azeroth and the only true goddess in the world of Azeroth—Warcraft RPG: Shadow & Light ranks her as lvl 85 healer.  She avoids any and all types of combat.  She appears before Night Elves disguised as a ghostly Night Elf female with a skin that glows with intensity.  Her eyes are pure moonlight silver, and her clothing along her arms, chest, legs and head are adorned with silvery jewelry.

Elune has the ability of calming races engaged in battle by singing a song of peace at night, until sunrise.  She can heal or grant a follower the gift of healing. She can also resurrect a dead creature.  Elune has never made herself known to any living creature in the physical plane in a physical form.  She appears as a ghostly-image in dreams or in her most adept’s mind.

Elune protected all living beings and let them grow and thrive.  She would cast her calming influence over many races to avoid conflicts among races.  Malorne, Cenarius and Elune helped the primitive Night Elves to evolve without falling corrupted to the arcane magic of the Well of Eternity for many centuries.  Despite their attempts to help the Night Elves, Azshara and the highborne were corrupted by the magic of the well.

After the War of the Ancients, the Well of Eternity was destroyed by Malfurion.  The catastrophic earthquakes sundered the middle jungles of Suramar and Zin-Azshari underwater, leaving an eternal scar of chaotic energies—a storm zone known as the Maelstrom.  The sundering caused Volcanoes to arise and release lava and ash into the athmosphere.  This period in history, known as the Sundering, at the end of the War of the Ancients, caused the world of Azeroth to enter a a darkened era.  The ashes from volcanoes caused the athmosphere to block the Sun for 8 milennia.

During those milennias, Elune helped to heal the land and to nurture the world back to life.  Most of the Ancient Eternals perished during the invasion of the Burning Legion, including Malorne, Ursol and Ursoc, Agamaggan, and others.

With help of her son Cenarius, she could heal the land, and 3,000 years ago, the sun was once more seen upon Azeroth when the ashes in the atmosphere extinguished.  The trolls, humans and the recently awakened Earthen had barely survived the coldness and darkness of those 8 milennia with no sun.

Barely entering a new era of peace and land harmony, a new threat loomed in the horizon when High Elves taught Humans to wield magic.  The reckless use of magic in the hands of some humans called the attention of the demons once more, resulting few milennias later into the second coming of the Burning Legion.

According to War of the Ancients: The Sundering,  Krasus revealed to Malfurion that Ysera mothered Cenarius. We recommend you to read War of the Ancients: The Sundering.


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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War of the Ancients: The Sundering

Warcraft RPG: Shadow & Light

Queen Azshara

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Azshara was a young Night Elf female, that with her mastery over magic, became Queen of the Night Elf civilization.  Her elite guards and servants became the only ones to tap directly upon the Well of Eternity.

Those serving Azshara were separated from the civil Night elves with the name of Highborne or Quel’dorei.  Their experimentation of the Well of Eternity made them master it over the years.  With the arcane magics of the well, the elves were able to control the molecular structure of trees by blending and merging them into forms their minds shaped them to take, creating masterpiece buildings, housings, and other structures to shelter their civilization.

The Palace of Azshara was built on the Well of Eternity.  As their civilization expanded, destroying other Troll tribes in the Middle Jungles, and to the west, and as the Aqiri was crushed and sealed in Southern Silithus, and Nerubians pushed to the northern lands(Northrend), the obssession of Azshara and her highborne grew stronger.  They wanted to purify the world of Azeroth of all lesser races, and even their own race.  Their goal was to leave only the Highborne alive to initiate a new golden age.  To this goal, they amplified a spellcasting on the Well of Eternity, seeking more power.

By accident, Sargeras felt the intensity of the magic of the Well of Eternity upon a small world.  Sargeras made contact with Lord Xavius, counselor of Azshara.  Sargeras convinced them to allow him to be their god in exchange of power, promising he would purify their land.

Mannaroth and Hakkar the Houndmaster entered Azeroth, heralding the arrival of the Burning Legion.  Azshara was a selfish, arrogant and her vanity rivaled her thirst for power.  She allowed the Burning Legion to kill all night elves not member of her Highborne.

Malfurion sensed a wrongness in his dreams which became a constant nightmare.  Telling Cenarius of his nightmares, Cenarius was convinced that Malfurion was experiencing precognition abilities, and deemed him ready to learn the ways of the Emerald Dream.  Once in the Emerald Dream, Malfurion was able to seek the source of the wrongness down to Zin-Azshari—within the palace of Azshara.  That is how Malfurion knew the truth about Azshara and the Highborne’s plans and for weeks, Cenarius and Malfurion built an army of Night Elves and Ancients to battle the demons.

Malfurion destroyed the Well of Eternity in an attempt to halt forever the portal that would allow Sargeras to enter Azeroth.  The implosion of the unstable portal within the Well of Eternity caused a cataclysmic earthquake that sunk the middle jungles and the surrounding lands.  The sea rushed in from around the huge Ancient Kalimdor continent to fill the void.

The sundering of the land divided the huge Continent created ages past by the Titans and their servants: Earthen(Dwarves) and Sea Giantsj—separating different lands of the continent into smaller land masses known later as Western Kalimdor, Northrend, Lordaeron, Azeroth, Undermine and other islands.  Where once there was only one massive continent, now there existed 4 minor continents.

After the implosion of the Well of Eternity, massive earthquakes ravaged the middle jungles, risen volcanoes spouted lava and ashes.  The earthquakes sundered the land underwater, while volcanoes blackened the athmosphere, blocking sunlight upon Azeroth.  For 8 milennia, the world was in darkness.  The Well of Eternity became into the Maelstrom, a chaotic storm of arcane magic.

The Highborne and the Queen Azshara had undergone a transformation as the corruption of the Well of Eternity transfigured them to become adapted to their underwater surroundings.

Azshara, the most precious of female elves, became a monster.  Azshara is 20 feet tall, her skin has thick scales from her torso up.  Her legs transmuted into five octopus-like tentacules.  Her hair became living serpents(Like Medusa) and from her torso, four arms serve as tools to grab and throw javelins, however,. some of her javelins cast an electric charge upon her opponents and can shoot a dark ink spray upon enemies to blind them, while she makes her escape or to engage her enemies from a more treacherous angle.

Her loyal Highborne elves became the Naga.  Their body became reptile-like, growing scales.  Their legs turned to long tails that allow them to swim with efficiency underwater.

Azshara reigns her underwater kingdom from her former Zin-Azshari, now known as Nazjatar.  According to the Art of World of Warcraft book, found in the World of Warcraft Collection, the palace of Azshara is a structure atop a base in shape of a snail-like octopus.

References:

War of the Ancients: The Sundering
Warcraft RPG: Shadow & Light