Welcome to our next look into the dungeon journal lore for World of Warcraft: Legion, as taken from the alpha. For Legion’s five primary zones (not counting the Broken Shore, which has no instances or raids) each has two five-man dungeons, one intended to be done once you’ve completed the main storyline in the zone, and one not accessible until level 110. In our previous entry, we looked at the two dungeons in Val’sharah. Today however, there is a small exception. Highmountain is unique in that it has only one dungeon, Neltharion’s Lair, so I’ve paired it with Assault on Violet Hold, which is located within Dalaran itself and not part of any specific Legion zone.

Read the dungeon descriptions and boss lore entries from the dungeon journal below the jump.

Neltharion’s Lair


The Earth Warder Neltharion, later known as Deathwing, once called this cavern home. Since his fall, the drogbar that once worshiped the great dragon built their capital within this ancient lair. Now, Dargrul, chieftain of the drogbar, rallies a massive army within these depths. Bolstered by the Hammer of Khaz’goroth, this army will surge from the mountainside if left unchecked, devastating Highmountain and threatening the security of all Azeroth.

Rokmora: Ularogg Cragshaper’s unfinished masterpiece, Rokmora, a massive crystal fury constructed to annihilate all who stand against the Underking. The wild magic used to create this behemoth has yet to take hold, imbuing any piece of Rokmora, attached or not, with Ularogg’s malevolent will to crush his enemies.

Ularogg Cragshaper: Ularogg Cragshaper, an ancient drogbar that has committed his life to the pursuit of power. Through violence and deception, Ularogg rose to become the Underking’s trusted advisor. He detests Navarogg for bringing “intruders” into their home and will take pleasure in bringing about their violent end.

Naraxas: Naraxas, mother of monsters, has been worshipped by the drogbar since the Age of Neltharion. Constant sacrifices are made to this creature so she can nuture the generations of horrors the drogbar use against their enemies. One way or another, you must pass through this beast and strike at the Underking before this terror is unleashed on Highmountain.

Dargrul the Underking: Dargrul is the most powerful Underking since the age of Neltharion. Certain that only he has the right to wield the power of Khaz’goroth, Dargrul murdered High Chieftain Ulan and seized the artifact from the Highmountain tauren. Now, he uses the Hammer’s power to devastate the region and any who oppose him.


Assault on Violet Hold

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In the aftermath of the Northrend campaign and the Blue Dragonflight’s attack on Dalaran prison, the Violet Hold was repaired and its cell were repurposed to house some of the most dangerous servants of the Lich King. Now, as Dalaran floats above the Broken Isles as the flagship of the war against the Legion, a shadowing threat once again seeks to strike at the Kirin Tor from within.

Festerface: Professor Putricide had many experiments seized when Icecrown Citadel fell. At best guess, Festerface appears to be a failed prototype that predated the construction of the professor’s two most notorious creations: Rotface and Festergut.

Shivermaw: Rumored to be one of Sindragosa’s own brood, this fearsome frost wyrm was captured from the Frostwing Halls of Icecrown Citadel, where the forces of the Lich King labored to create these winged abominations.

Blood-Princess Thal’ena: Blood-Princess Thal’ena is the daughter of the powerful San’layn Queen Lana’thel. She has been locked inside the Violet Hold since the Northrend campaign, suffering the gnawing pain of her eternal hunger. Now that her cell has opened, she intends to feed on the world.

Mindflayer Kaahrj: This eldritch creature was captured in the depths of Ulduar, ensared (sic) as it lapsed into a catatonic state after the defeat of Yogg-Saron. Since Dalaran arrived at the Broken Isles, the monstrosity has mysteriously awakened, and only the powerful wards of the Violet Hold keep its powers in check.

Millificent Manastorm: An engineering genius of undeniable prowess, Millificent Manastorm seems to be the complete opposite of her husband Millhouse. Smart and resourceful, she is a force to be reckoned with.

Anub’esset: Anub’esset, one of the few remaining ancient Nerubian crypt lords, was captured by the Kirin Tor during the invasion of Icecrown Citadel and imprisoned in Violet Hold. Set free during the Legion’s invasion, his thoughts turn only to revenge against the living.

Sael’orn: These origins (sic) of these arachnid demons are not fully understood – scholars speculate that they are the remnants of a forgotten race on a world long ago conquered by the armies of Sargeras. Sael’orn is a particularly vicious specimen, and has been tasked with leading the infiltration of Dalaran.

Fel Lord Betrug: This ruthless Legion commander stands ready to lead an invasion of Dalaran from within its walls.


Ian Bates

World of Warcraft Writer and columnist for Blizzplanet. I am also known as The Red Shirt Guy (BlizzCon).