Dragon Isles Expansion Concept

It’s time for another of my fan expansion concepts. You may have noticed there’s been a lot of foreshadowing about Wrathion and the dragonflights in Battle for Azeroth. The most tantalizing piece is an island expedition quest (Unscarred Black Scale) that reveals Wrathion is searching for the Dragon Isles. For those unaware, the Dragon Isles were a scrapped zone north of Tirisfal Glades planned for vanilla WoW. They gained a level of infamy for their cool name and this really neat concept art. It may have been re-purposed into BfA’s own Shrine of the Storm:

Outside of the concept art and some other behind the scenes information (such as The World of Warcraft Diary by John Staats), the Dragon Isles have never been mentioned in lore and were assumed non-canon. BfA changed that. From the Unscarred Black Scale quest text, this official version of the Dragon Isles is actually related to the dragonflights. Whereas the old version was just a bunch of Old God temples based on sea creatures. Obviously the concept has changed and so for this expansion I started from scratch. Yes the nautilus temple is iconic, but at this point it really would just come off as Shrine of the Storms 2.0 and that wouldn’t work in the expansion immediately following it. Maybe it could show up in a patch.

I don’t have a name for the expansion this time. I wanted to call it World of Warcraft: Dragonsworn but that sounded too close to the Dragonborn expansion for Skyrim in my opinion. I’ve tried to follow the history of expansions sounding pretty out there story wise when first announced (no one tends to predict major side stories or in some cases even main stories for real expansions) so some of the story will be pretty out of left field. Mostly the return of a certain character. Read it after the jump.

Alexstrasza

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

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

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

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

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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