Beginnings of the Undead Threat

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The Undead’s beginnings upon Azeroth do not truly begin with the corruption of Prince Arthas-it began long before that event. The events that brought downfall of Lordaeron were long set in motion before that point; it began with the coming of the orcish clans and the burning legion.

The orcs of Draenor (the world which they originally came from) were noble and shamanistic. They were powerful warriors, strong of body and will. It was for these reasons that the Burning Legion sought them out. Kil’jaeden, a demon of great power among the Legion, wished to enslave the orcish clans and use them as his army against the worlds the Burning Legion had yet to conquer.

Kil’jaeden came to the leader of the clans, a powerful shaman named Ner’zhul. He promised Ner’zhul untold mystical power and knowledge if he made a pact with the demon that would enslave the clans to the Burning Legion. This pact sealed not only their fate but that of their world forever.

As time passed, Ner’zhul realized the fate of the clans at the hands of the Burning Legion, and the orc shaman began to defy Kil’jaeden. The demon, angered by Ner’zhul, turned to the shaman’s own apprentice, Gul’dan, who was far more corruptible than Ner’zhul.

It was Gul’dan who was responsible for the decline of shamanism throughout the clans. The promise of power and control over one’s enemies made his offers even more tempting. With Kil’jaeden’s help, Gul’dan began his manipulation of the clans. The orcs, once noble, became corrupt, mindless savages. With the introduction of demon blood into their bodies, the orcs were even more ruthless and barbaric.

Even though Kil’jaeden had corrupted Gul’dan after his failure with Ner’zhul, Kil’jaeden hated the shaman and vowed to enforce their original pact. Kil’jaeden captured Ner’zhul and began an incredibly slow physical torture on the shaman. While Ner’zhul begged for death, Kil’jaeden reminded Ner’zhul that their original pact was still binding. Kil’jaeden killed the orc but only physically. Kil’jaeden held the orc shaman’s spirt fast before it could find its way to the Twisting Nether.

Kil’jaeden placed Ner’zhul’s spirit within a block of ice gathered from the Twisting Nether. While it was trapped within the ice, he infused into it even more power. The loss of his body and the introduction of such incredible power was the defining line in Ner’zhul’s transformation.

Kil’jaeden hurled the block of ice through dimensions back to Azeroth, where it landed in the continent of Northrend, introducing this great evil to our world. Ner’zhul was gone forever; in his place was a throne of ice and hatred. The once respected shaman leader had become the incredibly powerful Lich King.

Because Kil’jaeden did not trust the Lich King, he sent his dread lords to watch over the spirit and ensure that the Lich King followed his orders. The vampiric servants came to Azeroth willingly, drawn to the destruction and power of the Lich King and the potential genocide of a planet’s entire race.

Over a decade passed. During this time, the Lich King used his vast powers to gain control over the minds of the creatures of Northrend, whom he commanded to erect a great citadel over his frozen throne. Now that all of Northrend was under his domination, the Lich King knew he needed to begin his inflitration of Lordaeron. Trapped within the ice, the former orc shaman began seeking more minds to manipulate and control. His call reached out across the continents.

The Lich King’s summons did not go unnoticed. Especially by a small handful of powerful individuals. Among them was the Archmage Kel’Thuzad, who was a powerful member of the ruling body of Dalaran, the Kirin Tor. His pursuit of all types of magic violated the Kirin Tor’s policies against learning dark magics. Kel’Thuzad abandoned the Kirin Tor, and all his ties to conventional thought and vowed to learn as much as he could from the Lich King.

A pact was struck between the two. Kel’Thuzad would receive immortality and immense power in return for servitude to the Lich King. Kel’Thuzad’s first task was to use his wealth and influence in Lordaeron to found the Cult of the Damned. The Cult promised equality and eternal life to all its members as long as they swore an oath to Ner’zhul the God of the Cult of the Damned.

Ner’zhul then created artifacts that were designed to spread the plague among the human civilizations of Lordaeron. He gave them to Kel’Thuzad, and ordered the wizard to spread them across the land. His Cult followers were to protect the artifacts at all costs.

Once in place, the plague began to seep into the land and affect its ignorant citizens. As Kel’Thuzad watched, the Lich King’s army grew quickly and he soon gained control over large portions of the land. This army became known as the Scourge, for its sole purpoes was to scour humanity from all of Azeroth.

—Book found at Scarlet Monastery

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The Kaldorei and the Well of Eternity

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Ten thousand years before the orcs and humans clashed in their First War, the world of Azeroth cradled ony one massive continent surrounded by the infinite, raging seas.  That land mass, known as Kalimdor, was home to a number of disparate races and creatures, all vying for survival amongst the savage elements of the waking world.  At the dark continent’s center was a mysterious lake of incandscent energies.

The lake, which would later be called the Well of Eternity, was the true heart of the world’s magic and natural power.  Drawing its energies from the infinite Great Dark Beyond the world, the Well acted as a mystical fount, sending its potent energies out across the world to nourish life in all its wondrous forms.

In time, a primitive tribe of nocturnal humanoids cautiously made their way to the edges of the mesmerizing enchanted lake.  The feral nomadic humanoids drawn by the Well’s strange energies, built crude homes upon its tranquil shores.  Over time, the Well’s cosmic power affected the strange tribe, making them strong, wise and virtually immortal.  The tribe adopted the name Kaldorei, which meant – children of the stars – in their native tongue.  To celebrate their budding society, they constructed great structures and temples around the lake’s periphery.

The Kaldorei, or NIght elves as they would later be known, worshipped the moon goddess Elune, and believed that she slept within the Well’s shimmering depths during the daylight hours.  The early Night elf priests and seers studied the Well with an insatiable curiosity, driven to plumb its untold secrets and power.  As their society grew, the night elves explored the breadth of Kalimdor and encountered its myriad denizens.

The only creatures that gave them pause were the ancient and powerful dragons.  Though the great serpentine beasts were often reclusive, they did much to safeguard the known lands from potential threats.  The night elves believed that the dragons held themselves to be the protectors of the world, and that they and their secrets were best left alone.

In time, the night elves’ curiosity led them to meet and befriend a number of powerful entities, not the least of which was Cenarius, a mighty demi-god of the primordial forestlands.  The great-hearted Cenarius grew fond of the inquisitive night elves and spent a great deal of time teaching them about the natural world.  The tranquil Kaldorei developed a strong empathy for the living forests of Kalimdor and reveled in the harmonious balance of nature.

Yet as the seemingly endless ages passed, the night elves’ civilization expaned both territorially and culturally.  Their temples, roads, and dwelling places stretched across the breadth of the dark continent.  Azshara, the night elves’ beautiful and gifted queen, built an immense, wondrous palace on the Well’s shore that housed her favored servitors within its bejeweled halls.

Her servitors, whom she called the Quel’dorei or High-borne, doted on her every command and believed themselves to be greater than the rest of their lower-caste breathren.  Though Queen Azshara was loved equally by all of her people, the High-borne were secretly hated by the jealous masses.

Sharing the priests’ curiosity towards the Well of Eternity, Azshara ordered the educated high-borne to plumb its secrets and reveal its true purpose in the world.

The high-borne buried themselves in their work and studied the well ceaselessly.  In time they developed the ability to manipulate and control the well’s cosmic energies.  As their reckless experiments progressed, the highborne found that they could use their newfound powers to either create or destroy at their leisure.  The hapless highborne had stumbled upon primitive magic and were now resolved to devote themselves to its mastery.

Although they agreed that magic was inherently dangerous if handled irresponsibly, Azshhara and her highborne began to practive their spellcraft with reckles abandon.  Cenarius and many of hte wizened night elf scholars warned that only calamity would result from toying with the clearly volatile arts of magic.  But, Azshara and her followers stubbornly continued to expand their burgeoning powers.

As their powers grew, a distinct change came over Azshara and the highborne.  The haughty, aloof upper class became incresingly callous and cruel towards their fellow night elves.  A dark, brooding pall veiled Azshara’s once entrancing beauty.  She began to withdraw from her loving subjects and refused to interact with any but her trusted Highborne priests.

A young, brazen scholar named Furion Stormrage, who had spent much of his time studying the Well’s effects, began to suspect that a terrible power was corrupting the highborne and his beloved Queen.  Though he could not conceive the evil that was to come, he knew that th enight elves’ lives would soon be changed forever.

The Guardians of Tirisfal

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With the absence of trolls in the northlands, the elves of Quel’Thalas bent their efforts towards rebuilding their glorious homeland.  The victorious armies of Arathor returned home to southlands of Strom.

The human society of Arathor grew and prospered, yet Thoradin, fearful that his kingdom would splinter apart if it overextended itself, maintained that Strom was the center of the Arathorian Empire.  After many peaceful years of growth and commerce, mighty Thoradin died of old age, leaving Arathor’s younger generation free to expand the empire beyond the lands of Strom.

The original hundred magi, who were tutored in the ways of magic by the elves, expanded their powers and studied the mystic disciplines of spell-weaving in much greater detail.  These magi, initially chosen for their strong wills and noble spirits, had always practiced their magic with care and responsibility: however, they passed their secrets and powers onto a newer generation that had no concept of the rigors of war or the necessity for self-restrain.

These younger magicians began to practice magic for personal gain rather than out of any responsibility towards their fellows.  As the empire grew and expanded into new lands, the young magicians also spread out into the southlands.  Wielding their mystical powers, the magicians protected their breathren from the wild creatures of the land and made it possible for new city-states to be constructed in the wilderness.  Yet, as their powers grew, the magicians became ever more conceited and isolated from the rest of society.

The second Arathorian city-state of Dalaran was founded in the lands north of Strom.  Many fledgling wizards left the restraining confines of Strom behind and traveled to Dalaran, where they hoped to use their new powers with greater freedom.  These magicians used their skills to build up the enchanted spires of Dalaran and reveled in the pursuit of their studies.

The citizens of Dalaran tolerated the magicians’ endevours and built up a bustling economy under the protection of their magic-using defenders.  Yet, as more and more magicians practiced their arts, the fabric of reality around Dalaran began to weaken and tear.

The sinister agents of the Burning Legion, who had been banished when the Well of Eternity collapsed, were lured back into the world by the heedless spellcasting of the magicians of Dalaran.  Though these relatively weak demons did not appear in force, they did sew considerable confusion and chaos within the streets of Dalaran.

Most of these demonic encounters were isolated events and the ruling Magocrats did what they could to keep such events hidden from the public.  The most powerful magicians were sent to capture the elusive demons, but they often found themselves hopelessly outmatched by the lone agents of the might Legion.

After a few months the superstitious peasantry began to suspect that their sorcerous rulers were hiding something terrible from them.  Rumors of revolution began to sweep through the streets of Dalaran as the paranoid citizenry questioned the motives and practices of the magician tey had once admired.  The Magocrats fearing that the peasants would revolt and that Strom would take action against them, turned to the only group they felt would understand their particular problem:  The High Elves.

Upon hearing the Magocrats’ news of demonic activity in Dalaran, the elves quickly dispatched their mightiest wizards to the human lands.  The elven wizards studied the energy currents in Dalaran and made detailed reports of all demonic activity that they beheld.  They concluded that although there were only a few demons loose in the world, the Legion itself would remain a dire threat so long as humans continued to wield the forces of magic.

The Council of Silvermoon, which ruled over the elves of Quel’Thalas, entered into a secret pact with the Magocrat Lords of Dalaran.  The elves told the Magocrats about the history of Ancient Kalimdor and of the Burning Legion.  A history which still threatened the world.  They informed the humans that so long as they used magic, they would need to protect their citizenry from the malicious agents of the Legion.

The Magocrats proposed the notion of empowering a single mortal champion who would utilize their powers in order to fight a never-ending secret war against the Legion.  It was stressed that the majority of mankind could never know about the Guardians or the threat of the Legion for fear that they would riot in fear and paranoia.  The elves agreed to the proposal and foundeda secret society that would watch over the selection of the Guardian and help to stem the rise of chaos in the world.

The society held its secret meetings in the shadowed Tirisfal Glades, where the high elves had first settled in Lordaeron.  Thus, they named the secret sect the Guardians of Tirisfal.  The mortal champions who were chosen to be Guardians were imbued with incredible powers of both Elven and Human magic.  Though there would only ever be one Guardian at a time, they held such vast power that they could single-handedly fight back the Legion’s agents wherever they were found in the world.

The Guardian power was so great that only the Council of Tirisfal was allowed to choose potential successors to the mantle of Guardianship.  Whenever a guardian grew too old, or wearied of the secret war against chaos, the Council chose a new champion, and under controlled conditions, formally channeled the Guardian power into its new agent.

As the generations passed, Guardians defended the masses of humanity from the invisible threat of the Burning Legion throughout the lands of Arathor and Quel’Thalas.  Arathor grew and prospered while the use of magic spread throughout the empire.  Meanwhile, the Guardians kept careful watch for signs of demonic activity.

The New Horde

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The Chief Warden of the internment camps, Aedelas Blackmoore, watched over the captive orcs from his prison-stronghold, Durnholde Keep.  One orc in particular had always held his interest: the orphaned infant he had found nearly 18 years before Blackmoore had raised the young male as a favored slave and named him Thrall.  Blackmoore taught the orc about tactics, philosophy, and combat.  Thrall was even trained as a gladiator.  All the while the corrupt warden sought to mold the orc into a weapon.

Despite harsh upbringing, young Thrall grew into a strong, quick-witted orc, and he knew in his heart that a slave’s life was not for him.  As he grew to maturity, he learned about his people, the orcs, whom he had never met:  after their defeat, most of them had been placed in internment camps.  Rumor had it that Doomhammer, the orc leader, had escaped from Lordaeron and gone into hiding.  Only one rogue clan still operated in secret, trying to evade teh watchful eyes of the Alliance.

The resourceful yet inexperienced Thrall decided to escape from Blackmoore’s fortress and set off to find others of his kind.  During his journeys Thrall visited the internment camps and found his once-mighty race to be strangely cowed and lethargic.  Having not found the proud warriors he hoped to discover, Thrall set out to find the last undefeated orc chieftain, Grom Hellscream.

Constantly hunted by the humans, Hellscream nevertheless held onto the Horde’s unquenchable will to fight aided only by his own devoted Warsong Clan.  Hellscream continued to wage an underground war against the oppression of his beleaguered people.  Unfortunately, Hellscream could never find a way to rouse the captured orcs from their stupor.  The impressionable Thrall, inspired by Hellscream’s idealism, developed a strong empathy for the Horde and its warrior traditions.

Seeking the truth of his own origins, Thrall traveled north to find the legendary Frostwolf Clan.  Thrall learned that Gul’dan had exiled the Frostwolves during the early days of the First War.  He also discovered that he was the son and heir of the orc hero Durotan, the true chieftain of the Frostwolves who had been murdered in the wilds nearly twenty years before.

Under the tutlelage of the venerable shaman Drek’Thar, Thrall studied his people’s ancient shamanistic culture which had been forgotten under Gul’dan’s evil rule.  Over time, Thrall became a powerful shaman and took his rightful place as chieftain of the exiled Frostwolves.  Empowered by the elements themselves and driven to find his destiny, Thrall set off to free the captive clans an dheal his race of demonic corruption.

During his travels, Thrall found the aged warchief Orgrim Doomhamer, who had been living as a hermit for many years.  Doomhammer, who had been a close friend of Thrall’s father, decided to follow the young, visionary orc and help him free the captive clans.  Supported by many of the veteran chieftains, Thrall ultimately succeeded in revitalizing the HOrde and giving his people a new spiritual identity.

To symbolize his people’s rebirth, Thrall returned to Blackmoore’s fortress of Durnholde and put a decisive end to his former master’s plans by laying siege to the internment camps.  This victory was not without its price:  during the liberation of one camp, Doomhammer fell in battle.

Thrall took up Doomhammer’s legendary warhammer and donned his black plate-armor to become the new Warchief of the Horde.  During the following months, Thrall’s small but volatile Horde laid waste to the internment camps and stymied the Alliance’s best efforts to counter his clever strategies.  Encouraged by his best friend and mentor, Grom Hellscream, Thrall worked to ensure that his people would never be slaves again.

Mount Hyjal and Illidan’s Gift

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The few night elves that survived the horrific explosion rallied together on crudely made rafts and slowly made their way to the only landmass in sight.  Somehow, by the grace of Elune, Malfurion, Tyrande and Cenarius had survived the Great Sundering.  The weary heroes agreed to lead their fellow survivors and establish a new home for their people.

As they journeyed in silence, they surveyed the wreckage of their world and realized that their passions had wrought the destruction all around them.  Though Sargeras and his Legion had been ripped from the world by the Well’s destruction, Malfurion and his companions were left to ponder the terrible cost of victory.

There were many Highborne who did survive the cataclysm unscathed.  They made their way to the shores of the new land along with the other night elves.  Though Malfurion mistrusted the HIghborne’s motivations, he was satisfied that they could cause no real mischief without the Well’s energies.

As the weary mass of night elves landed upon the shores of the new land, they found that the holy mountain, Hyjal, had survived the catastrophe.  Seeking to establish a new home for themselves, Malfurion and the night elves climbed the slopes of Hyjal and reached its windswept summit.  As they descended into the wooded bowl, nestled between the mountain’s enormous peaks, they found a small, tranquil lake.  To their horror, they found that the lake’s waters had been fouled by magic.

Illidan, having survived the Sundering as well, had reached Hyjal summit long before Malfurion and the night elves.  In his mad bid to maintain the flows of magic in the world, Illidan had poured his vials, which contained the precious waters from the Well of Eternity, into the Mountain lake.

The well’s potent energies quickly ignited and coalesced into a new Well of Eternity.  The exultant Illidan, believing that the new Well was a gift to future generations, was shocked when Malfurion hunted him down.  Malfurion explained to his brother that magic was innately chaotic and that its use would inevitably lead to widespread corruption and strife.  Still, Illidan refused to relinquish his magical powers.

Knowing full well where Illidan’s ruthless schemes would eventually lead, Malfurion decided to deal with his power-crazed brother once and for all.  With Cenarius’ help, Malfurion sealed Illidan within a vast underground Barrow-prison.  Where he would remain chained and powerless until the end of time.  To ensure his brother’s containment, Malfurion empowered the young warden, Maiev Shadowsong, to be Illidan’s personal jailor.

Concerned that destroying the new Well might bring about an even greater catastrophe, the night elves resolved to leave it be.  However, Malfurion declared that they would never practice the arts of magic again.  Under Cenarius’ watchful eye, they began to study the ancient arts of druidism that would enable them to heal the ravaged earth and re-grow their beloved forests at the base of Mount Hyjal.

Alexstrasza

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Once the Titans felt satisfied with their creation upon Azeroth, they left to roam the cosmos in search of new worlds to bring order to chaos, creating new life through a myriad of worlds.  Before their departure, they empowered five dragons to become the Dragon Aspects. Their purpose, to guard Azeroth and protect the Titan’s creation.

Eonar, the titan patron of all life, gave a portion of her power to the Red leviathan, Alexstrasza. Ever after, Alexstrasza would be known as the Life-binder, and she would work to safeguard all living creatures within the world. Due to her supreme wisdom and limitless compassion for all living things, Alexstrasza was crowned the Dragonqueen and given dominion over her kind.

Alexstrasza was one of the three dragon aspects that fought the demons of the Burning Legion during the War of the Ancients.  When Ilidan, brother of Malfurion Stormrage, emptied three vials of water from the Well of Eternity over the river of Mount Hyjal,  Alexstrasza decided to use the new Well as a tool to heal the land by placing a magical acorn from G’Hanir the Mother Tree into the new Well of Hyjal. Naming the new World Tree as Nordrassil.

Ten thousand years later, during the second war, the orcs of the Dragonmaw Clan captured Alexstrasza.  Nekros, a warrior and former Warlock, was given by his Warchief, the Demon Soul.  With it, Nekros and the orcs teleported to the Red dragonflight’s lair and captured Alexstrasza and her eldest consort Tyranastrasz to mate her to produce more eggs.  The new breed of red dragons would be used by the orcs as war mounts.

You can read these events in Warcraft: Day of the Dragon pocketbook—written by Richard A. Knaak.

Her youngest consort, Korialstrasz was always vigilant of the lesser races, and even against his lover’s will, he immersed within the Human and Elven races posing as one of them.  Korialstrasz shapeshifted and took the form of a High Elf named Krasus.  As a High Elf, he became one of the six senior leaders of the Kirin-Tor.  The Kirin-Tor didn’t know Krasus was a dragon.  Once Alexstrasza was captured, Krasus discovered far deep that Deathwing was still alive and not dead during the war.  Deathwing was thought dead after the Humans harpooned him into the sea.  As Lord Prestor, Deathwing had become the heir to the throne of Alterac, after Perenolde betrayed the Alliance.  Deathwing wished to destroy the Alliance by becoming a human king of Alterac, gaining political power.  At the same time, through his servant goblin,  Deathwing manipulated indirectly the Dragonmaw Clan into finding the Demon Soul.  His goblin became a spy by joining Nekros as servant. So unknown to Nekros, he became a pawn on the chessboard-gameplan of Deathwing.  His goal was to destroy the Alliance from within, while the Dragonmaw Clan seized control of Alexstrasza, then take her eggs to create a dragonflight for himself, to rule the world.

Krasus sent a human mage named Rhonin to free Alexstrasza.  It was arranged that a female elf named Vereesa escorted him to Hasic—a port some two weeks away from Southshore.  From there, Rhonin was to be transported by sea to Khaz’Modan for his mission.

Krasus simply used Rhonin as a diversion, for he didn’t have much faith in the mage’s mission.  Krasus willingly used the human, knowing he might die.  Krasus wanted the Dragonmaw Clan to think that if a single human could be able to penetrate their defenses by getting inside Grim Batol(Wetlands), they would panic thinking the Alliance would attack from the west with many mages able to bypass their defense by entering inside the stronghold as easy as Rhonin did.

The bluff worked, and although Rhonin was captured for interrogation, Nekros ordered the Dragonmaw Orcs to take Alexstrasza and all the eggs on wagons to move away from Grim Batol, heading toward Dun Modr, to the north.

Krasus’s plan worked.  Once in the open, Krasus wished to attack the caravan and strip Nekros of the demon soul by flying down onto him.  Nekros used the demon soul to slash at Krasus, who fell onto the ground.

Deathwing also came upon the orcs to steal one of the wagons full of eggs. With the help of Rhonin—who with help of Vereesa and a dwarf named Falstad got freed, attacked Nekros and destroyed the Demon Soul.

Alexstrasza’s eldest consort , Tyranastrasz, was freed from the wagon and flew after Deathwing to rescue the red eggs.  Tyranastrasz died during the Second War when Deathwing killed him.  His skull can be seen at the Explorer’s League in Iron Forge.

Alexstrasza and the Dragon Aspects engaged Deathwing in combat.  Now with the Demon Soul destroyed, their full powers were returned to them after ten thousand years, and defeated Deathwing.

Alexstrasza caused him the most harm by transfering into Deathwing all the suffering of a mother that see her offsprings used as war mounts and her suffering as a captive of the orcs.  The trauma made Deathwing shriek in agony and couldn’t handle the powerful feeling Alexstrasza had endured.  He flew away while chased by the Dragon Aspects and nothing has been heard ever since of Deathwing.

Krasus and Alexstrasza now live in Grim Batol as their new lair.  The Dwarves’ leader was a agent of Krasus and along some 600 dwarves, now guard the dragonflight within Grim Batol.

Among Alexstrasza’s abilities, she can regrow forests and heal the land.  She can animate the dead and resurrect.  She also created a new dragonflight for Malygos after the Second War with the Orcs, although very few blue dragons were made.  Krasus once animated the dead corpse of a gblin to guide him to Deathwing’s lair—which means Alexstrasza can create undead as empty husks that follow her command.  But as seen in War of the Ancients: The Sundering pocketbook, Krasus abhors using this spell and sees it as an abomination.  He used it simply to find Deathwing’s lair.

Alexstrasza loves all living creatures and protects them, and she is known for a great compassion.  Only those who menace the dragonflights or the world face her wrath.

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Malygos the Spellweaver

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Norgannon, the titan lore keeper and master-magician, granted the Blue dragon, Malygos, a portion of his vast power. From then on, Malygos would be known as the Spell-weaver, the guardian of magic and hidden arcanum.

Malygos is a huge leviathan with small wings.  His body is covered with crystalline scales of pure azure.  His body shines with shifting colors that change constantly from blue to silver.

Malygos has an extraordinary command over magic, and although he is not as powerful physically, his spellcasting more than counters that disadvantage.  Malygos lives in a cave within Northrend, and his lair contains many arcane magical artifacts. Malygos and his dragonflight search for any magical source and artifacts and protect them so that mortal races may not endanger the world with their reckless use.

Malygos was close friend of Neltharion the Earth Warder and was convinced by Neltharion to help him with the other Dragon Aspects decide to create the Dragon Soul.  During the War of the Ancients,  when Azshara and her highborne opened the gateway on the Well of Eternity to allow the Burning Legion access to Ancient Kalimdor—Neltharion proposed that to end the invasion of demons, each Dragon Aspect and their dragonflights had to give a portion of their powers to the Dragon Soul.  The artifact was a simple golden disc created by Neltharion(later known as Deathwing).

Malygos convinced the Dragon Aspects to support Neltharion.  The Dragon Soul was to be used as a weapon against the demons.  Neltharion and all the Dragon Aspects and their dragonflights flew toward the battle where Ancients had already perished and only Night Elves were holding back the Demons.

With a whim, Neltharion destroyed many demons and Night Elves alike by wielding the Demon Soul.  The Dragon Aspects horrorized tried to stop Neltharion.  Malygos’s blue dragonflight surrounded Neltharion to take the Dragon Soul from him.  With a single command, all blue dragons were engulfed by the Dragon Soul and pulverized.

Malygos was deeply affected for being the one to support Neltharion convincing the Dragon Aspects to infuse their powers into the dragon soul.  Malygos became insane after losing all of his dragonflight and hid in his lair in Northrend for many milennia.  His guilt and shame made him a solitude dragon.  During ten thousand years, he was rarely seen by the other Dragon Aspects.  His body was a caricature of his former self.  A thin body surrounded by frozen ice, almost skeletal.

After the Second War, Alexstrasza was kidnapped by the Dragonmaw Clan orcs and taken to Grim Batol.  Her younger consort Korialstraz, known as Krasus, visited Malygos to seek his support to join the other Dragon Aspects in an attempt to free Alexstrasza.  Although Malygos refused, Krasus convinced him by revealing that Deathwing was still alive and that he had indirectly led the Dragonmaw Orcs to find the Demon Soul.

The memory of the Demon Soul artifact shivered Malygos … his shame, his guilt.  His dragonflight perished because of the Demon Soul.  Krasus finally said that Alexstrasza could use her powers over life to grant Malygos a new dragonflight.

After Deathwing was defeated and the Demon Soul destroyed, he once more was his full self.  Rhonin the mage destroyed the Demon Soul using a scale of Deathwing and with a spell, all the content of the Demon Soul was transfered back to the Dragon Aspects, returning their full power back to them.  Now Malygos has a new dragonflight of blue dragons.  Although there are very few, the dragonflight will grow slowly giving hope to Malygos.

The last twenty years,  the blue dragonflight is searching for ancient artifacts of arcane power around the world to keep mortals away from powerful weapons.  Blue dragons and Malygos live mostly in frostlands and underwater in artic waters.  Malygos and his dragonflight can shapeshift like any other dragonflight.

Most recently during World of Warcraft times, Malygos sent one of his youngest dragons to the Plaguelands in search of a strange magic source.  Kalecgos flew to the Plaguelands when suddenly attacked by Mercenaries.  A dwarf named Harkyn Grymstome and his servants: Voll and Snee(trolls), and an orc hunted Kalec.  The Dwarf used to be loyal to Terenas until Arthas betrayed his father.  With Lordaeron destroyed the dwarf dwelled and fled in a caravan.  A black dragon killed his family and friends.  Ever since the dwarf swore to kill that dragon.  Any dragon even if they were other color.

Kalec fell from the sky surrounded by a net.  A female human named Anveena found him and helped him escape.  Back at her home, her parents welcomed the stranger Kalec.  The Mercenaries were sent by Dar’Khan—a high elf that betrayed Quel’Thalas, leading Arthas to the Sunwell.  The Mercenaries were to stop any dragon while searching the source of magic that Kalec was sent to find by orders of Malygos.

Anveena had the source at home.  A strange egg.  Read more details of Malygos’ servant Kalecgos at Warcraft Manga: The Sunwell Trilogy based on World of Warcraft times. Official lore.

Currently, in World of Warcraft, players are recruited by Haleh the blue dragonflight Mother Protectorate in Mazthoril, Winterspring.  Awbee, a dying whelp on the ground at Blackrock Spire, asks us to find Haleh the Mother Protectorate with a scale of his, as a message.  Haleh requests our help and recruits us as her agent to make sure that Nefarian and his Chromatic Dragonflight are destroyed.  In order to do so, Paladins, Hunters and Warriors are sent to meet Jeziba in Andorhal:

Haleh: “he Aspects insist that we stay out of the affairs of mortals. In this world, however, such a thing is not always possible – especially when one of our own contemptuously disregards such edicts.

We understand what the cursed brood of Deathwing attempts to do and we know that it cannot be allowed.  Because of the protection Blackrock mountain affords Nefarian, it has become increasingly difficult for us to intercede.  We can, however, empower you, mortal – should you so choose.
The path before you is one full of peril. You must decide whether to accept our help. Ponder this and speak with me again when a decision has been made.

It is the arcane that I control and the arcane which will send you to your next destination.  When you are ready, the journey will begin. To the Plaguelands you will go and to Jeziba you will speak.

He is a mortal as wise as the ancients and as patient as the immovable earth. Find him in Andorhal” (You get teleported from Winterspring to Caer Darrow Lake in Western Plaguelands).

Another quest by Haleh, the Blue dragon Mother protectorate asks Alliance to get the blood of Drakkisath to create a device that may grant you access to Onyxia’s Lair.

Drakkisath’s Amulet Quest

Haleh: “It is a piece of the dragon; a scale – enchanted and transformed. Whole, it could have granted access to the beast’s lair. Shattered, it is useless.  It is possible to repair the item, but to do so would require the blood of a black dragon champion. There is one… He is known as General Drakkisath, ruler of the dragonspawn armies of Nefarian. Perhaps you have heard of him?  Return with his blood, human, and I shall enchant the fragment into something that will grant you access to Onyxia’s lair.”

As an agent of the Blue Dragonflight, you will help Malygos in defeating the threat of Deathwing’s offsprings.

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Neltharion the Earth-Warder

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Khaz’Goroth, the Titan shaper and forger of the world, bestowed some of his bast power upon the mighty black wyrm, Neltharion. The Great-hearted Neltharion, known afterwards as the Earth-warder was given dominion over the earth and the deep places of the world. He embodied the strength of the world and served as Alexstrasza’s greatest supporter.

Neltharion has control over the land, and its fathoms, including lava.  His main attack is a spit of Core lava fire.  He can live within volcanoes and high temperature areas.  It is rumored that he was able to find the prison of the Old gods.  The inner-voices of the three Old gods convinced him that he could have power beyond his imagination if he served them.  The voices made him paranoid of even his black dragonflight.  Neltharion wanted a world where only he and his dragonflight and some servants that yield to hm could exist.  A world where all the other dragonflights no longer existed, and where Ysera and Alexstrasza would be his petty slaves for mating.

The Old gods convinced Neltharion to create the Dragon Soul—later known as the Demon Soul.  With help of goblins, Neltharion created the simple golden disc.  It was made of Neltharion’s blood and forged in the goblin’s cauldrons and anvils deep beneath the earth.

Empowered by Neltharion’s magic, the simple golden disc was shielded magically so that the other Dragon Aspects couldn’t see within the disc.  There was an evilness within the disc, some taint of the Old gods.  It is unknown as to what content of the Old gods the disc had.  Neltharion captured a demon of the Burning Legion during the War of the Ancients, ten thousand years ago, and placed the Dragon Soul on its forehead.  The demon was consumed, leaving just his ashes and skull.  Neltharion removed the disc from the remains of the demon’s skull.

Back to the den of the Dragon Aspects, Neltharion convinced Malygos to help him with the other Dragon Aspects.  All of them agreed to give part of their powers to the Dragon Soul, including all dragons of their dragonflights.  Neltharion proposed that the Dragon Soul disc could be a weapon of great power to destroy the demons of the Burning Legion.

Neltharion, the Dragon Aspects and their dragonflights flew toward Zin-Azshari where the Night Elves held the demons at bay.  The Ancients had already been killed one by one.  Seeing the sky full of dragons, the Night Elves thought they were now going to win the war. Heralded by the black dragon Neltharion, the dragons awaited his first attack.  Neltharion grabbed the Dragon Soul and decimated most of the demons with one swing of radiant magic that swept the ground.  The Dragon Aspects saw in horror as Neltharion also killed hundreds of Night Elves and other allies along with the demons.

Neltharion showed his betrayal at last.  He was the only one who did not give of his powers to the Dragon Soul.  Now with the disc at his command he wanted all races and the demons to see his power and to bow to him.  The Dragon Aspects attacked Neltharion in an attempt to take the Dragon Soul from him and to talk with him thereafter what was wrong with him.

The Blue dragonflight surrounded Neltharion, and with a swing of the demon soul all the blue dragons perished becoming dust.  The next swing of the demon soul paralyzed all dragonflights and the Dragon Aspects in mid-air.  Unable to move nor speak.  Only Alexstrasza was allowed by Neltharion to speak when he wished.

The revelation of his betrayal and the use of the demon soul transformed Neltharion’s body.  His body cracked open, revealing his molten heart, and magma and fire flowed off his chest.  His eyes became aflame in red, demonstrating his power and evilness.

Deathwing slashed at the Dragon Aspects and dragonflights blowing them up and scattering them far away.  The Dragon Aspects, in desperation shielded themselves and hid to become undetected even by each other.

Neltharion’s betrayal had striken a great blow to the Aspects, and their fear to be destroyed like the blue dragonflight kept them secluded.  Deathwing returned to his lair beneath a mountain.  His proximity to the Demon Soul was ripping his body apart.  The Goblins forged an armor of adamantium to serve as a vessel to contain Deathwing’s raging powers in check.  His new powers were consuming his body.  The metal armor would make sure to keep his body together.

The Old gods manipulated Deathwing to create the Demon Soul disc, but their true intention was that the demons would inform their lord Sargeras of the great power of the weapon used against themselves.  Sargeras would no doubt want the Demon Soul to power up the gateway that would let him enter Azeroth.

By using the demon soul to amplify the gateway, the three Old gods hoped to escape their prison beneath the planet.  Malfurion used the Emerald Dream to find Deathwing’s lair and stole the Demon Soul from Deathwing.  Malfurion could hear the voices of the Old gods come from within the Demon Soul, asking him to wield the power.  He used the demon soul to escape by opening a path through the mountain.

The more Malfurion used the Demon Soul’s power, the more tainted he became with the voices.  Malfurion finally broke away the tempting thoughts, and put the Demon Soul on his bag.  The same voices that made Neltharion—a good hearted being, become an insane force of evil.

Ilidan and Varo’then captured Malfurion and took the demon soul.  Varo’then—successor in command in replacement to Lord Xavius by order of Azshara—held the Demon Soul through their journey back to Zin-Azshari.  During his travel, even Varo’then felt the whisperings of the Old gods.  Once at the palace, Varo’then gave back the Demon Soul to Mannoroth.  It was used to power up the portal that would allow Sargeras to enter Azeroth.  You may read the whole story at War of the Ancients Trilogy pocketbooks.

After the Burning Legion was defeated, the Dragon Aspects sealed the Demon Soul with their energies, and now Neltharion may not ever use the Demon Soul.  The artifact was buried in an undisclosed area by Malfurion by request of the Dragon Aspects.

After the War of the Ancients, no longer having the demon soul on his grasp, Neltharion dedicated to destroy most of life forms and to wreck havok on the planet.  With his powers over earth, Nelfurion caused volcanoes to rise along with the destruction already caused by the Well of Eternity’s implosion that sundered half the world underwater.

The athmosphere was covered by dark ashes that blocked the sunlight.  Races had to strive and survive for thousands of years with cold weather and lack of food and shelter.  Seven thousand years later, the Earthen awoke from Uldaman discovering their skin was no longer metal and stone.  It became living flesh.  Something caused their bodies’s structure to weaken becoming flesh.  The same phenomena caused a change on Azeroth’s metals—as reported by Norgannon the Stone Watcher and Lore Keeper in Uldaman.

The Earthen left Uldaman, they created Ironforge and named the land Khaz’Modan or Mountain of Khaz—after their patron Khaz’Goroth.

Shortly, years later, the Sun once more was seen as the last traces of volcanic ashes cleared from the sky.  Three thousand years later, during the Second War with the Dragonmaw Clan invading Azeroth, Deathwing saw the opportunity to seize control of the Alliance and the Dragons.

He found the Demon Soul’s location and although he couldn’t wield its power because of the enchantment placed upon it by the Dragon Aspects, he saw potential with the Dragonmaw Clan.

The goblin servant of Deathwing was sent as spy to infiltrate the Dragonmaw Clan and to serve Nekros the warlock.  Unknown to Nekros, he was being manipulated by the goblin who was doing Deathwing’s bidding.  Nekros was given the Demon Soul by his Warchief Zuluhed.  Zuluhed wanted his servant Nekros to use his warlock magic to find a use for the Demon Soul.  Although the poor orc warlock had no clue what power he was wielding, he could still use some of its power to kidnap Alexstrasza, her elder consort Tyranasztraz and her eggs.

The goblin, following orders from Deathwing, whispered ideas to Nekros.  Deathwing finally was able to get ahold of some eggs of Alexstrasza when the Dragonmaw Clan was moving the eggs away from Grim Batol to seek safety at Dun Modr.  You can still see the destroyed Caravan outside the Dragonmaw Gates, in Grim Batol(Wetlands).  The story can be read at Warcraft: Day of the Dragon.

Deathwing was defeated by the Dragon Aspects and is still alive.  Hiding.  The book says at the end that it will be long before he will attempt to cause havok upon the world.  Rumor is that Deathwing did escape and still had some eggs with which he was able to rise a new black dragonflight: Onyxia and Nefarian—offsprings of Deathwing. With the absence of their father, now Onyxia and Nefarion try to have control over the world.

Onyxia’s lair is at the Wyrmbog in Southern Dustwallow Marsh, Kalimdor.  While Nefarian’s lair is now Blackrock Spire, atop the Blackrock Mountain in Burning Steppes.

Onyxia is posing as a human counselor for the new child King of Stormwind under the name of Lady Katrana Prestor.  Nefarian poses as a human named Lord Victor Nefarious—Lord of the Blackrock Mountain.  He was able to enslave the Blackrock Clan orcs which now serve him.  Nefarian wishes to take control of the lower Blackrock Mountain, trying to destroy the Black Iron Dwarves and Ragnaros.  Once the nuisance has been dealt with, Nefarian plans to take control of the world with his experiment: the chromatic dragonflight and drakonids, while his sister Onyxia destroys the Alliance from within as Lady Prestor.


Rumors

 

Of Deathwing, nothing is known.  Not even his offsprings know.  He could be hiding, but another rumor from Warcraft RPG: Lands of Conflict is that Deathwing might possibly be held prisoner by Alexstrasza at Grim Batol.  Whether true or not, Alexstrasza and the Red Dragonflight do not let anyone get near Grim Batol, for they are protecting something zealously within the walls of Grim Batol.

Rumor# 2: Deathwing likes volcanic hideouts. The map of Isle of Kezan (Undermine) shows a Volcano.  Goblins served Neltharion during the War of the Ancients, which makes it a suitable place for hiding—Read War of the Ancients Trilogy books.

Rumor# 3: Deathwing could have managed to escape to Outland somehow.  Deathwing used to have a lair by an isle located off the coast of the Hellfire Peninsula. Very unlikely rumor.

Rumor# 4: Deathwing had taken a human form and donned the name Lord Prestor. He took refuge in Gilneas, pretending to be an Alterac refugee.  It was Lord Genn Greymane who submitted Lord Prestor to the Alliance as heir of the throne of Alterac. Deathwing used magic to charm Lord Greymane and every King of the Alliance into accepting Prestor as heir of Alterac. After Deathwing’s defeat by the Dragon Aspects near Grim Batol, Deathwing may have hidden in Gilneas. Mysteriously, Lord Genn Greymane retreated from the Alliance when King Terenas placed a tax to support the orc internment camps.  Then ordered the construction of the Greymane Wall to isolate Gilneas from the Alliance territories.  Fishy? (the wall was built 10 years after the Dark Portal opened, same year Ner’zhul’s icy prison crashed into Northrend). We recommend reading Warcraft: Day of the Dragon for the story of Lord Genn Greymane of Gilneas, and Lord Prestor/Deathwing.  Some details of Gilneas may be read in Warcraft RPG: Lands of Conflict—narrated by Prospector Brann Bronzebeard.

Rumor# 5: The final rumor is that Deathwing may be hiding at Mount Hyjal—a 40-man raid instance.  Within Hyjal is a sub-instance similar to outdoor of Onyxia’s lair.

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Nozdormu the Timeless One

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Aman’Thul, the Highfather of the Panteon, bestowed a portion of his cosmic power upon the massive Bronze dragon, Nozdormu. The Highfather empowered Nozdormu to guard time itself and police the ever-spinning pathways of fate and destiny. The stoic, honorable Nozdormu became known as the Timeless One.

Once the Titans left Azeroth, Nozdormu’s task is to gather information and be a diplomat of sorts.  He prefers solitude and is rarely seen by the other Aspects.  His lair is in Caverns of Time, Tanaris.  But most of his time he is not in the world in physical form.  He and his other-selves are in the timestream, to police and watch the alternate timelines of fate and destiny.

He is a bronze dragon with golden eyes that are bright like the sun.  He was beside the other Dragon Aspects during the War of the Ancients.  On the book War of the Ancients Trilogy the timeline changed slightly.  Nozdormu wasn’t present during the War of the Ancients in that new timeline because he was caught in a time-anomaly caused by the Old gods.  So you might see a contradiction.  But originally, Nozdormu fought in the War of the Ancients.

After such event,  Ilidan released three vials of water from the Well of Eternity upon the river of Mount Hyjal, creating a new Well of Eternity.  Alexstrasza contained the waters by planting a magical Acorn from G’Hanir the Mother Tree.  The Acorn grew becoming into a huge tree.  The tree absorbed the waters of the Well of Eternity, and with it, the land healed over ten thousand years.  Nozdormu enchanted the World Tree Nordrassil so that for as long as the tree stood, Night Elves would live forever binding the tree with his power over time.

Nozdormu is rarely seen by other Dragon Aspects as he prefers to be left alone, cataloging races and their history, and collecting artifacts from different time eras.  In Warcraft: Day of the Dragon pocketbook, Nozdormu was cataloging the history of the Tauren, while holding the statue of a bull-man.

Nozdormu was visited by Korialstrasz, known as Krasus, the consort of Alexstrasza requesting his help to free her from the Dragonmaw Orcs.  Nozdormu was at the final battle against Deathwing to stop him from stealing the eggs of Alexstrasza.

After the Demon Soul was destroyed by Rhonin the human mage, their powers once more were returned in full to the Dragon Aspects, as the Demon Soul leaked out the powers they willingly gave up ten thousand years ago to fuel the artifact.

Nozdormu was empowered by the Titan Aman’Thul to make sure that the flow of time happens normally without intervention of entities that could alter the fate the Titans sought for the worldl of Azeroth.

When a mage or being finds a way to delve into magic that can somehow alters or threats the timeline, Deathwing acts swiftly to stop or remove the threat.

Nozdormu is wise and he looks into all corridors of time, analyzes timelines and seeks solutions before he proceed.  He can also set time backwards and uses his power to avoid an event in history from happening at all.

In the book, Krasus had used an Eon Rose as reagent to teleport himself to Caverns of Time, Nozdormu’s lair, to speak with Nozdormu seeking his help to free Alexstrasza.  Nozdormu grew tired of Krasus and used his power to reverse time.  Krasus found himself back at his home casting the spell with the Eon reagent to teleport to Nozdormu’s Lair.  Only this time, the Eon Rose enchantment didn’t work, and Krasus could not teleport to Tanaris.  Nozdormu had reversed time and dispelled the magic of the Eon Rose to stop Krasus from teleporting to meet him.  All memory of his visit by Krasus was erased from Krasus as well.  This is mentioned to you so that you have a glimpse of Nozdormu’s powers.  You can read more at Warcraft: Day of the Dragon.

Few mortals who have ventured into Caverns of Time have left alive or unchanged.  Some come out older in age or an infant.  Others get lost in time.  If they ever escape the Caverns of Time, they return decades or centuries later.  Some are able to escape but are no longer in their present, showing up instead in the past.

Rumors are that in World of Warcraft we may be visiting Black Morass—formerly Blastedlands, before the Dark Portal turned the marshlands into red clay.  And also Tarren Mill, before the plague.

There are some agents of Nozdormu currently in-game.  One of them is Chromie in Andorhal Inn, Western Plaguelands—a bronze dragon disguised in the shape of a female gnome.  The quest named Counting Out Time reveals the following:

Chromie: I need you to reach into the world beyond this room. Allow me to explain.

You see the difference in this room compared to the rest of Andorhal. My dragonflight works in many different ways and in many different timelines. To mend Andorhal’s damage, I now act from a different timeline as not to overly contaminate it. To continue this though I need time trinkets, ones trapped from when the plague hit. Find them in lockboxes found in the ruined buildings that make up this once proud city.”

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Ysera the Dreamer

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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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World of Warcraft - Dungeon and Regions Lore

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Many players ignore that there are Warcraft novels (Pocketbooks) with official lore.  Books written by D&D writers Jeff Grubb and Richard A. Knaak, also Star Trek book writers Christie Golden and Keith R.A. DeCandido.  There are also Warcraft Roleplaying (RPG) Books developed by Luke Johnson – White Wolf Publishing d20 Developer. These writers kept in contact very often with Chris Metzen – Blizzard Entertainment Creative Design Director –  thoughout the development of the books.  Chris Metzen contacted and supplied material to them and approved the publishing of the books before the books were published.  Read our interviews with the writers mentioned above.

The Warcraft pocketbooks and Warcraft RPG books provide in-depth history and lore of Warcraft and World of Warcraft and may help you find out more about the Warcraft Universe, and what to expect in the MMORPG.  This is an Unofficial list of 25 upcoming MMORPG-content comprehending instances, new zones, and expansion add-ons that will be released through the lifespan of World of Warcraft MMORPG.


Locations


Uldum
Ulduar
Caverns of Time
Tower of Medivh
Mount Hyjal
Nazjatar
Emerald Dream
Quel’Thalas
Dalaran
Gilneas
Kul’Tiras
Grim Batol
Outland
The Vault
Old Ironforge
Placeholder Areas
Northrend
Undermine
Tirisfal Grove
Naxxaramas

 

Ahn’Quiraj

Zul’Gurub

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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

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in The Ancients Lore, World of Warcraft News

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