As you can see, the unadorned seal has three empty sockets. Each of those sockets must be filled with a gemstone representing the leadership’s command. Finally, Overlord Wyrmthalak, master of the lower citadel, must forge the seal in the flames of the Black Dragonflight. Understand this, mortal: the chance that one of the three generals of the lower citadel would carry a gemstone at any given time is rare. You must be vigilant in your quest. Remain determined!
Find the three gemstones of command: The Gemstone of Smolderthorn, Gemstone of Spirestone, and Gemstone of Bloodaxe. Return them, along with the Unadorned Seal of Ascension, to Vaelan. The Generals, as told to you by Vaelan, are: War Master Voone of the Smolderthorn; Highlord Omokk of the Spirestone; and Overlord Wyrmthalak of the Bloodaxe.
At last – one among you is worthy of my knowledge. Worry not – I have probed your thoughts, no harm will come to you. Listen carefully, for the lord of Blackrock will surely destroy you, should you not be prepared.
Do not bring it any closer, mortal. I can sense the evil coursing through the seal from where I stand. Give me a moment to inspect the item – hold it firmly. Courage and patience above all else, mortal!
(Vaelan’s image blurs for a moment)
(The pieces that you had collected have disappeared)
The unforged Seal of Ascension is now ready. It is time for the final step. I have discerned the path that you must take. Are you prepared?
Few of the black dragonkin, outside of those in the upper citadel, have the ability to forge the seal with their own flaming breath. Wyrmthalak is one such dragonkin, but his will is unbreakable. You must travel to the Wyrmbog in Dustwallow Marsh. It is there that you will find an ancient drake known as Emberstrife. You must break his will, Morag. Break it and use this orb on his weakened form. You will have scant seconds to control his mind and fan the flames that will forge the seal.
Travel to the Wyrmbog in Dustwallow Marsh. Find the ancient drake, Emberstrife and beat him without mercy until his will is broken. It is at that moment which you must place the Unforged Seal of Ascension before the great beast. You must then be quick to use the Orb of Draconic Energy on his weakened form and claim dominion over his mental faculties. Control the beast and force the Flames of the Black Dragonflight upon the Unforged Seal of Ascension! Waste no time, mortal. Nefarian works feverishly to unleash his evil upon our world.
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Cavindra the Dryad: Legends of Maraudon
A dark satyr called Lord Vyletongue spread his evil through these twisting caves, poisoning the minds of all inside. He still resides beyond the purple crystals.
Vyletongue also created a living symbol of his corruption called Noxxion that dwells beyond the orange crystals. Together, they have stolen the two parts of my brother’s scepter. Celebras, my brother… he wanders blindly inside, cursed by corruption.
You must help him! Find the pieces, and speak to my brother… somehow.
Recover the two parts of the Scepter of Celebras: the Celebrian Rod and the Celebrian Diamond
Celebras the Redeemed
Thank you for what you have done. Keep the scepter safe: may it aid you in your toll against the evils that have invaded this place …
Long ago, my dryad sisters and I entered these caves to free the tortured spirit of my uncle, Zaetar. However, the corruption that had already spread through these caverns soon overcame us, and we too fell.
We were destined to wander these passages; the toxins poisoning our minds … Although my spirit may now be at rest. I know that I have failed in my mission. It is a great sadness I must bear …
My father, Remulos, tried to stop Zaetar. Zaetar was headstrong, and when he fell for an earthen elemental princess, my father knew that their union was cursed, but Zaetar refused to listen.
The centaur are the result of his mistake. They were born misshapen and hateful; my uncle Zaetar was killed by his own kin …
The evil princess, Theradras, still guards his remains here in the crystal caverns of Maraudon.
> Tell me more about the history of Remulos and Zaetar
You ask of the Sons of Cenarius: Remulos and Zaetar. My father, Remulos, was strong and beautiful, and my uncle, Zaetar, very cunning and slight of build. While they were respected quite equally, Zaetar always felt as if he could never quite compare to the glory and attention he thought Remulos had.
After my sisters and I were born, Zaetar, blinded by jealousy, set out to outdo his brother … He was the creator of his own end. The sadness it brings me has never lessened, even as time passes …
Selendras: Corruption of Earth and Seed
Deep in Maraudon lives an evil creature of chaos—Princess Theradras is an elemental force of earth related to the Old Gods. Ages ago, she and Zaetar, first son of Cenarius, began a relationship. The offspring of their time together became known to the people of Kalimdor as centaur. Ever-thankful creatures, the centaur killed Zaetar, and now hold Zaetar’s remains. My quest here is to find those powerful enough to slay Theradras so we may recover Zaetar’s remains before returning to Stonetalon.
Slay Princess Theradras and return to Selendra near Shadowprey Village in Desolace.
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I – I am badly injured …
> You will be ok, Awbee. Your assailants have been terminated.
Liste, Listen well …
The dragon riders came in the night, mounted atop the black flight. They struck fast and with deadly precision, taking young whelps – such as me – and escaping under the veil of darkness.
I watched in horror as they used my brothers and sisters in their experiments. From our essence would be created the chromatic flight.
Nefarian had ordered that unsuitable subjects be destroyed immediately, but these retched beasts would not do so without first inflicting an ample amount of torture.
When we were thoroughly broken, they would round up what remained and throw us to these thugs. Our bodies used as instruments in their sick game: thrown into the lava or worse; to the open and waiting arms of the bloodhirsty legion below.
You came along just as they were about to throw me to the fiends below – for that, I thank you. Perhaps, I rather – we, of the blue flight, can assist you further?
You have come this far, risked much. Will you go a ways further to battle Nefarian and his legion of Blackrock?
Travel to Kalimdor. Our flight makes its home in the frigid landscape of Winterspring. Once you reach Winterspring, find the caves of Mazthoril.
Upon the icy floors of Mazthoril you will find cobalt runes. Hold one of my scales and stand upon a rune and you shall be transported to Haleh, our matron protectorate.
Give her the scale so that she may scry what it is I have seen and felt, here in this doomed place.
Haleh the Matron Protectorate says
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.
Jeziba the Sculptor
A finer instrument of justice, Haleh could not have chosen. Read from the catalogue of the wayward and be enlightened. Should you persist… should you do what is asked of you… should you survive… a hero you will make.
To forge the Legplates of the Chromatic Defier, you will be required to bring the following items to Jeziba the ‘Sculptor’:
1 Chromatic Carapace.
10 Brilliant Chromatic Scales.
10 Blood of Heroes.
5 Skin of Shadow
The carapace of a mature chromatic drake is needed to form the foundation of the leggings. Brilliant chromatic scales are then layered upon the wire frame and enchanted in the blood of heroes. Finally, the supple skin of shadow must be applied to the inner greaves.
To forge the Breastplate of the Chromatic Flight, you will be required to bring the following items to Jeziba the ‘Sculptor’:
1 Chromatic Carapace.
10 Brilliant Chromatic Scales.
10 Blood of Heroes.
10 Frayed Abomination Stitchings
The forging of a powerful breastplate to protect against the unrelenting attacks of the chromatic flight is one built upon irony.
The scales of the very beasts we battle must be sewn to the pristine carapace of an elder chromatic drake or dragon. None are known to exist at this time and we should hope that none will ever exist.
Lastly, perhaps the most difficult of all components: the blood of heroes.
The Sculptor must ultimately forge this creation.
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I need no home to know I still have a place in this world. The tribes will see … all of them. They fight amongst one another, and for what? Scraps left over by vultures … lands infested by the Legion … bah!
The centaur should be proud of their heritage—it is just as noble as any Night elf’s or orc’s—it is time we started acting like it! Though exiled as a heretic, my beliefs still ring true—that alone drives me onward. But for my destiny to be complete, I need the aid of an outsider … one not of any centaur tribe.
The task requires someone to enter the holy halls of Maraudon—a tomb my people protect, and only the most devout are ever allowed to enter.
Can you help me? Will you set foot on holy ground to help me forge one great centaur tribe!? If you agree to aid me, then you need only nod. I will pass you a parchment with my instructions on it. Read it over and consider my words.
The Pariah’s Instructions
Set far back in the Valley of Spears is the holy temple of Maraudon. If that were not transgression enough, you will quickly see why I have asked a non-centaur to aid me in my plight.
There, just beyond the doors where only spirits and our most sacred priests and priestesses may travel is one called The Nameless Prophet. He is hte highest of any tribe in spiritual matters, and is one of the oldest of any tribe.
The prophet is powerful, and communicates with hte spirits of our ancestors. But he is a fool! He has no idea the true power he possesses. On his person is the Amulet of Spirits—it is where most of his strength comes from.
I have learned that the Amulet is powerful, but it is incomplete.
There are five gems missing from the amulet. And if those gems were found and placed back into the symbol, its power would far exceed that of its current form. I have found the five gems, but need one of your skill to help gather them. Slaying the Nameless Prophet is heresy for sure, as is stealing from his corpse, but what I would ask of you next would condemn any centaur for even thinking it.
Throughout the caverns of Maraudon raom the spirits of our first Kahns. Our Mother and Father’s first children. And our greatest Leaders—they are Gelk, Kolk, Magra, Maraudos and Veng. Each of these spirits holds one of the missing gems.
Use the power of the Amulet of Spirits to force them to manisfest and take the gems from them! After, place the gems within the Amulet of Spirits and return it to me. Once I have the Amulet of Union, I will be powerful enough to reform the tribes so we can finally be as our ancestors wanted us to be!
First Kahn: Kolk
Second Kahn: Gelk
Third Kahn: Magra
Fourth Kahn: Maraudos
Fifth Kahn: Veng
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Ranger Captain Alleria Windrunner
Renowned Troll Hunter of Quel’Thalas. Lead Scout and Intelligence Agent for the Alliance Expedition that marched into the orc homeworld of Draenor. Presumed deceased.
Your heart flew straight as any arrow upon the wind, sister. You were the brightest of our Order. You were the most beloved of our kin.
—Sylvanas Windrunner – Ranger General of Quel’Thalas
Archmage Khadgar of the Kiring Tor
Former apprentice of Medivh. Supreme Commander of the Alliance Expedition that marched into the orc homeworld of Draenor. Presumed deceased.
Never did one so selflessly delve into the dark heart of magic and warfare. We wish you well, bold wanderer. Wherever you are.
—Antonidas – Archmage of Dalaran
Renowned Dragon Fighter. Gryphon Master of the Aerie Peak. Commander of the Gryphon Rider Division attached to the Alliance Expedition that marched into the orc homeworld of Draenor. Presumed deceased.
We will hear Sky-Ree’s calls upon the winds. We will hear your hammer thunder across the mountaintops. Ride hard into the hereafter, brother. The halls of our ancestors await you.
—Falstad Wildhammer – Lord of Aerie Peak
Militia Commander of Stromgarde. Tactical Advisor to General Turalyon. Force Commander of the Alliance Expedition that marched into the orc homeworld of Draenor. Presumed deceased.
We honor your memory, nephew, and your sacrifice. Since the founding of our glorious empire, the path to valor has always been drenched with the blood of heroes.
—Thoras Trollbane, Lord of Stromgarde
Former Lieutenant to Lord Anduin Lothar, Knight of the Silver Hand. High General of the Alliance Expedition that marched into the orc homeworld of Draenor. Presumed deceased.
Esarus thar no Darador’ – By blood and honor we serve.
You were the right hand of justice and virtue, old friend. Your name will be honored in our halls always.
—Lord Uther the Lightbringer – Knigt of the Silver Hand
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The Tower of Althalaxx lvl 18
Find Balthule Shadowstrike near the Tower of Althalaxx in Darkshore.
Sentinel Elissa Starbreeze: “Hail, young (race). I am Elissa Starbreeze, and it is my charge to protect Auberdine from harm.
To this end, I sent Balthule Shadowstrike to observe the strange happenings around the Tower of Althalaxx to the northeast.
It is past time that he should have returned. I worry that he has encountered some unforeseen danger in the forest. I would be most appreciative if you would find him and see that he is doing well.”
The Tower of Althalaxx lvl 18
Collect 4 Worn Parchments for Balthule Shadowstrike near the Tower of Althalaxx.
Balthule Shadowstrike: “A group of warlocks has taken up residence around and inside the tower. I would have returned to Auberdine to report to Elissa earlier, but I was afraid that I might miss something while I was away.
Delgren suspected such a company might be gathering at the tower, but did not know why.
A few scraps of parchment that the warlocks carry have found their way to my hands, but I need more to complete the puzzle. I warn you not to venture into the tower, however, the warlocks there are much more powerful!”
The Tower of Althalaxx lvl 18
Balthule Shadowstrike: “Deliver Balthule’s letter to Delgren the Purifier in Ashenvale Forest.
My master, Delgren the Purifier, is a paladin who has graciously offered his assistance in defending our forests from the forces of the demons and undead. He has taught me much about the Holy Light and the art of battle.
Delgren must know of the cult’s operations immediately.
You will find him far south of here at Maestra’s Post in Ashenvale Forest. Be swift, I fear the Dark Strand’s threat grows with each passing hour.”
Letter to Delgren
It is as you feared. Your theory about the Tower of Althalaxx has proven true. A cult has gathered at the tower with many warlocks amongst their number, including even a foul satyr. They call themselves the Cult of the Dark Strand. I cannot imagine what vile purpose brings them together, but it worries me.
Please forgive the terseness in which I have composed this missive, but danger lurks in the forest around me and I can spare few words to describing the situation. I would deliver the message to you myself, but I fear to leave lest I miss some event of great import.
Should you wish to know more of my observations on the Tower of Althalaxx, the bearer of this message has provided no small amount of assistance to me, and I believe he can be trusted.
The Tower of Althalaxx lvl 21
Collect a Glowing Soul Gem and return it to Delgren the Purifier at Maestra’s Post.
Delgren the Purifier: “Balthule’s letter is dire. This Cult of the Dark Strand is a thorn in my side that must be removed. I have been dealing with some of the Dark Strand scum northeast of here at Ordil’Aran. One of their number possesses a soul gem that I believe holds the secret to the cult’s power.
Bring it to me, and I will be able to decipher the secrets held within.”
Delgren the Purifier: “Hmm, some dark magic enchants this soulstone. Let’s see what’s trapped inside, shall we?”
(The Spirit of a highborne shows up. He was trapped within the Soul gem by Athrikus Narassin ten thousand years ago.)—refer to the The Fall of Ameth’Aran & Bashal’Aran
The Tower of Althalaxx lvl 24
Bring Ilkrud Magthrull’s Tome to Delgren the Purifier at Maestra’s Post.
Delgran the Purifier: “Ilkrud Magthrull. Yes, I have knowledge of him. He is a powerful orc warlock that makes his residence at the Fire Scar Shrine, a place of great evil in southwestern Ashenvale.
He had been little more than an annoyance until now, and I had not dealt with him, but it seems that his time has come.”
The Tower of Althalaxx lvl 28
Free the trapped Highborne souls in Night Run and Satyrnaar, then return to Delgren the Purifier at Maestra’s Post.
Delgren the Purifier: “The writing of the orcs is little better than the scribblings of a child. Many of my order scoffed when I chose to learn their tongue, but I have found it beneficial to gain further understanding of my enemies.
From Ilkrud’s scribblings, it appears that Athrikus still possesses two soulgems, and they are being held in Night Run and Satyrnaar, satyr-held areas in northeast Ashenvale.
Be careful out there, (Name), the satyrs’ blood-soaked temples can be unsettling even for a seasoned (Class) such as yourself.”
The Tower of Althalaxx lvl 28
Speak with Balthule Shadowstrike near the Tower of Althalaxx.
Delgren the Purifier: “Before confronting Athrikus, it would probably be wise for you to consult with Balthule. I have no doubt he has been vigilant in his watch of the Tower, and he may have information about recent developments.”
The Tower of Althalaxx lvl 31
Kill Athrikus Narassin and bring his head to Balthule Shadowstrike near the Tower of Althalaxx.
Balthule Shadowstrike: “I see. Well, if what you say is true, then now is the time to strike. I believe Athrikus resides at the top of the tower. Be careful though, he is surrounded by many powerful warlocks, much more deadly than the ones you faced before.”
The Tower of Althalaxx lvl 31
Talk to Delgren the Purifier at Maestra’s Post.
For all the work that you have done, you deserve to be well rewarded. Return to Delgren and tell him that Athrikus Narassin lies stilled by your hand, and the Cult of the Dark Strand is beaten and scattered.
I knew you would be up to the task.
I sense great deeds before you, and that you will right many wrongs that plague our lands. Bear my blessings, as well as this gift.
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Salutations. My function is to offer access to and, when permissible, Insight into information regarding the Creator’s synthesis of the Earthen on the world designated as Azeroth. I am ready to share this information with you at your leisure.
> Who are the earthen?
The Earthen are a synthesized race engineered by the Creators, functioning as one of the seed races in the initial population of the world designated as Azeroth. The Earthen were created to aid the Creators’ efforts in shaping the deep regions of this world.
They are a modification of the standard subterranean being matrix used on other worlds that the Creators have seeded. The construction of this prototype race created various anomalies that were observed after initial synthesis.
>What is a “subterranean being matrix?”
It is one of the synthesis matrices the Creators use when seeding a world. Each synthesis matrix is used to achieve the Creator’s goals. For Azeroth, a subterranean being matrix was modified to create a being with increased durability with an affinity for deep region shaping; the Earthen are the product of this modification.
After the earthen had been put into service of the Creators, unforeseen anomalies were discovered that affected their synthesis matrix due to high-stress environments.
> What are the anomalies you speak of?
Additional background information on the Earthen must be given to you before this question may be answered properly.
To understand the anomalies of the Earthen, it is first important to understand what the Earthen represent in their design intent. The Earthen represent the Creator’s attempt at improving the survivablity paradigm of the standard subterranean matrix. This was done by incorporating a resilient foundation of construction inherenet to the world into said matrix,
>What is a “resilient foundation of construction”?
It is the baseline material used in race synthesis. A cross-section of Azeroth’s crust was used by the foundation for the Earthen’s synthesis rather than the typical biomass construction foundation used by the Creators.
Research on the world’s composition led the Creators to theorize that an enhanced being could be synthesized that would epitomize the resiliency of this world’s essence. This was accomplished by choosing to use a blend of Azeroth’s various stone core compounds as the foundation.
> So… the Earthen were made out of stone?
Simply stated, this is correct.
The Earthen’s physical features are that of a smaller stature humanoid, though their composition is that of Azeroth’s various stone core compounds. Their design maximizes strength and stamina without sacrificing cognitive processing power. Their skin and musculature are nearly impervious to physical damage, and with very minor modifications the Earthen display a remarkable resilience to unwanted magical forces.
>Anything else I should know about the Earthen?
It is integral to the assimilation of this data that it is understoof that the Creators wanted to synthesize a race that would long be an integral part of the world’s development cycle after they had departed. This race would be instrumental in fulfilling the creator’s long-term development objectives for Azeroth.
As an ancillary note, the nomenclature “Earthen” was deemed apropos for the new race by the Creators, based on the Earthen’s composition.
>I think I understand the Creator’s design intent for the Earthen now. What are the Earthen’s anomalies that you spoke of earlier?
The Earthen’s only anomaly in the synthesis is the tendecy for matrix destabilization while being utilized in high-stress environments.
Addendum: deep earth sculpting was naturally suited to the new matrix design and thus never met the qualifications of duplicating a high stress environment.
Destabilization was not discovered until well into the Earthen’s primary service cycle for the Creators. The Creators began to work on post-synthesis modification, rather than recall and re-synthesize.
>What high-stress environments would cause the Earthen to destabilize?
There are two potential results when the Earthen’s synthesis matrix destabilizes. Initiating visual aid representation number one.
The first variant matrix is a degenerative product of synthesis, hereby designated with the common nomenclature of “Trogg”. This variant maintains strength and stamina comparable to the earthen, but its cognitive processing power has been almost completely compromised. Force of will and a strong sense of cunning are the only driving factors in the psyche of the trogg.
>Troggs?! Are the troggs you mention the same as the ones in the world today?
I am unable to process your chronological reference in comparison to the recording of this data, my apologies.
The trogg retains some composition of Azeroth’s various stone core compounds, but the loss of cognitive power makes this variant unacceptable to the Creators.
The trogg procreates as per a standard biomass. By default it consumes stone and anything else it can acquire, including other troggs. Cannibalism is considered unacceptable by the Creators.
>You mentioned two results when the earthen destablize. What is the second?
Initating visual aid representation number two.
The second resultant variance of the Earthen matrix retains many desired elements when compared to the standard subterranean matrix. The common nomenclature for this variant is “Dwarf”.
This variant retains strength and stamina inherent to the Earthen. In some cases, the dwarf even exceeds the cognitive powers of the Earthen’s matrix. The dwarf, however, retains none of the physical composition of Azeroth’s various stone core compounds.
>Dwarves!!! Now you’re telling me that dwarves originally came from the Earthen?!
The data stored in this repository does indeed correlate with your astute proclamation.
The dwarf maintans an affinity for the stone composition of Azeroth, but due to the high-stress environmental anomaly within the Earthen’s synthesis matrix, the dwarf reverts to a default biomass composition as seen in the standard subterranean matrix.
Ergo, the dwarf variant does synthesize from the degeneration of the Earthen creation matrix, as you inferred with your query.
>These dwarves are the same ones today, yes? Do dwarves mantain any other links to the Earthen?
I am unable to process your chronological references in comparison to the recording of this data, my apologies.
Though the dwarf maintains most of the Earthen’s mental attunement to Azeroth’s stone composition, the reversion back into living biomass remains the main degeneration of the matrix. Dwarves eat and procreate through means typical to other standard biomasses.
The creators view the dwarf as an acceptable variant, worth of genesis in its own right.
>Who are the Creators?
The Creators are… the Creators.
They are the beings that seeded and shaped this world by their own design. They are the reason for this world’s existence, as well as many other worlds. They are the wellspring from which Azeroth flows.
>This is a lot to think about.
The Creators are cognizant of the magnitude of the information housed in this repository. Subsequently, a portable copy of this data stored here will be made available to you once you are attuned with the Discs of Norgannon.
Please consider your cursory requirements for the assimilation of this knowledge to be complete. At your leisure, access the Discs of Norgannon to being synthesis of your discs.”
—from the holographic image of the Norgannon Lorekeeper, after defeating him at the halls of Uldaman, Badlands
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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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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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.
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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