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PostPosted: Fri Nov 24, 2006 1:16 am    Post subject: [Lore] Who is who, in the history of Azeroth (2006) Reply with quote

((This is something I have been consideing to do for quite a while. Finally, I am putting a beginning, with the nice intention to make this a complete and comprehensive list of the major figures in Azeroth's lore someday. Bear with me, though, as it may take a while.

Major source used is www.wowwiki.com. More information is available there, this list is not meant to give extensive history but rather a comprehenive outline for those who lack the time or motivation to dig deeper.

Enjoy!))

Avanna hands you a huge book, thick leather covers rimmed by golden clasps in the form of leaves and spirals. "Please, do handle it carefully. It took me ages to collect all this information... stepping on the shoulders of giants, who have worked on it before me" she smiles.

On the cover, a title in fine and intricate golden letters reads:

Who is who in the history of Azeroth



Chapter One: The Beginning

The Titans

The Titans – generally regarded as the creators of Azeroth, and numerous other worlds. They are presumed to have shaped the world when it was still young, imbued portions of their powers to the leaders of the Five Dragonflights, and left Azeroth to its own devices.

The Pantheon – the group of Titans who shaped the world, and watched over the universe.

Aman’thul – Highfather of the Pantheon, Leader of the Titans. Brother of Sargeras and consort of Eonar the Lifebinder. Oldest and wisest of the Titans. On Azeroth, Aman'Thul blessed Nozdormu the Bronze Dragon Aspect with power over Time to be watchful of Azeroth's myriad of time paths and destiny -- protecting the integrity of its timelines.

Sargeras – also known as Sargeras the Destroyer, the Fallen Titan, the Supreme Leader of the Burning Legion, Enemy of All Life. Former champion of the Pantheon, the most valiant warrior of all, chosen to defend the worlds the Pantheon has created. His task was to travel through the Twisted Nether, warring and destroying the demons in it. Even in his limitless power, their depravity threw him into deep depression. As doubt and despair overwhelmed Sargeras' senses, he lost all faith not only in his mission, but also in the Titans' vision of an ordered universe. Eventually he came to believe that the concept of order itself was folly, and that chaos and depravity were the only absolutes within the dark, lonely universe. Later he came to create his demonic army known as the Burning Legion, and become the biggest traitor and threat to life in history.

Eonar
– The Patron of all Life. Female Titan, consort of Aman’thul. Believed to be the Tauren Earthmother. She is representation of all life, nature and the power of healing in the universe, and deeply abhors undead. On Azeroth, she blessed Alexstrasza the Red Dragon Aspect, to protect all living creatures within the world. She also granted Ysera the Green Dragon Aspect, with a portion of nature's influence, to safeguard the blooming wilderness of the world.

Norgannon – Lore-Keeper and Master-Magician. Norgannon is master of the arcane magic, knowledge, secrets and mysteries. In many of the worlds created by the Titans, spellcasters revere him as paragon of their spellcrafts, and whisper his name when casting a spell. He is the historian of the Titans. On Azeroth, he granted Malygos the Blue Dragon Aspect, with a portion of his vast power, to be guardian over magic and the hidden Arcanum.

Khaz’goroth
– Shaper and Forger of the World. A shaper of mountains and canyons, craftsman. Together with Eonar, he created the Dwarves and Troggs (known as Earthen), as well as the Mountain Giants. On Azeroth, he bestowed Neltharion the Black Dragon Aspect with a portion of his power, giving him dominion over the earth, and the deep places of the world.

Aggramar – the Avenger. Former Lieutenant of Sargeras, now taken his place as a Champion of the Pantheon. His task is to combat the Burning Legion and the demonic taint. He wields half of Gorshalach (Dark Render) – the semi-sentient blade that once belonged to Sargeras, the mightiest weapon in the universe. The sword split in half rather than serving a corrupted master, when Sargeras fell. Aggramar the Avenger now holds the tip end of the blade, Taeshalach (Flame Rend), while Sargeras holds the first half, Gorribal (Dark Seether).

The Dragon Aspects


The Dragon Aspects
– also known as the Great Aspects. The leaders of the five dragonflights, red, black, green, blue and bronze. Each of them was bestowed with a specific power by the Titans, prior to them leaving Azeroth. They were given the responsibility to watch over the newly shaped world.

Alexstrazsa
– The Life-Binder. The Red Dragon Aspect, and sister of Ysera. Eonar bestowed some of her powers over the red leviathan and ever since, she would safeguard all living creatures within the world. Due to her supreme wisdom and limitless compassion, she was chosen to become the Dragonqueen, given dominion over her kind. She and the remaining of her flight now live in Grim Batol.

Neltharion – the Earth-Warder, later known as Deathwing. The Black Dragon Apect. Father of Nefarian and Onyxia. The great-hearted black wyrm was bestowed with power over the earth and all places deep, by Khaz’goroth, and embodied the strength of the world. As Neltharion he became Alexstasza’s greatest supporter. Later, though, the Old Gods managed to corrupt the great dragon, and turned him into Deathwing the Destroyer. He become the greatest enemy of all the other Aspects, and is to blame for the almost complete obliteration of the Blue Dragonflight, and severe damage caused to all others. His current whereabouts are unknown.

Malygos – the Spell-weaver, Guardian of Magic and Hidden Arcanum. The Blue Dragon Aspect. He was granted portion of the great powers of Norgannon, becoming master magician and keeper of the lore. Theoretically, since he and his children specialize in magic it is likely that their powers far exceed those of the other dragon flights since magic is the element they rule. Believed to rarely reside in dragon form, rather prefer the form of a great insect. Driven to near-madness after the almost complete obliteration of his dragonflight, he hid away for nearly ten thousand years. Currently, with the help of Alexstrazsa, his brood is slowly growing again.

Ysera
– the Dreamer. The Green Dragon Aspect. “Adopted” mother of Cenarius. Blessed by Eonar with portion of nature’s influence, she fell into eternal trance bound to the waking Dream of Creation. She watches over the growing wilds from her verdant realm, the Emerald Dream.

Nozdormu – the Timeless One. The Bronze Dragon Aspect. Blessed by Aman’thul with a portion of his vast power, he was tasked with ensuring that the flow of time occurs normally, without interruption, and that events happen as they are fated. To accomplish this mission, Nozdormu knows much about the nature of time. He uses his abilities and powers to prevent others from discovering these same secrets. He has few worshippers, and pays no attention to those that venerate him. He and his flight live in the Caverns of Time, in Tanaris, where he collects artifacts from different periods of Azeroth’s history. It is rumoured that, besides power, Aman’thul also granted the Aspect of Time with the knowledge of his own demise. Nozdormu knows exactly when and how he will perish, if he is fated to perish at all.
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The Old Gods

The Old Gods – malevolent deities who ruled Azeroth prior to the arrival of the Titans. Were defeated by the Pantheon. There were five initial Old Gods, of whom one was slain by the Titans, and three were imprisoned beneath the earth. The last one, C’thun, was defeated in Silithus.

The Dead One – little is known of this Old God, apart from the fact he was slain by the Titans. His remains can be seen on the shores of Darkshore.

The Three
– three of the Old Gods were imprisoned under the earth by the Titans, yet, despite their captivity, they continued exerting limited influence. They are believed to be responsible for the corruption of Neltharion the Earth Warder, in an attempt to make him free them from captivity. They also corrupted some of the Highbourne, and used them to lure Sargeras to Azeroth. Those Highbourne were later transformed into the Naga that serve the Old Gods today.

C’Thun – the only named Old God, he received his named from his servants, the Qiraji. In the war with the Titans, he was defeated and finally fell in the desert of Silithus. Fell, but did not die. In the desert into which he fell, C'Thun found primitive life-forms known as the Silithid. The Old God created avatars from the Silithid in his own image. These avatars were to be known as the Aqir, an extremely evil sentient race that would occupy Silithus. Under the guidance of C’Thun they would try to exterminate all non-insectoid life on Azeroth. Two strains of the ancient Aqir exist nowadays – the spider-like Nerubians and the more humanoid Qiraji. The great fortress city of Ahn'Qiraj was created to house their growing armies and prepare for the coming of C'Thun.

The Elemental Lieutenants

The Elemental Lieutanants
– Also known as the Elemental Lords. Four of the most powerful elemental beings on Azeroth, controlled by the Old Gods, in order to keep the world in a perpetual warring chaos. Those were Ragnaros the Firelord, Therazane the Stonemother, Al’Akir the Windlord, and Neptulon the Tidehunter. The four lieutenants hate each other, as this hatred is especially passionate between Ragnaros and the most powerful of the four, Neptulon. After their defeat by the mighty Titans, the Lords were banished to the Elemental Plane till the end of time. With the elementals' departure, nature calmed, and the world settled into a peaceful harmony.

Ragnaros the Firelord – banished along with all other elemental lords to the Elemental Plane by the victorious Titans. In the war between the Dark Iron clan and Bronzebeard and the Wildhammer clans, Thaurissan, the emperor of the Dark Irons, attempted to summon a supernatural minion to aid him. To his surprise, and ultimately doom, the creature he summoned was the Firelord himself. Ragnaros apocalyptic rebirth shattered the Blackrock Mountain, creating the raging volcano known as the Blackrock Spire. He enslaved the Dark Irons, and took control over the depths of the mountain, making war to the Blackrock orcs, servants of Nefarian, residing in the upper parts.

Neptulon the Tidehunter – banished along with all other elemental lords to the Elemental Plane by the victorious Titans. Widely acknowledged to be the most evil of the Elemental lords, he seems to be utilizing the mortal races to weaken the forces of the other three Elemental Lords without risking his own, by using his agents, the Hydraxian Waterlords. In the Fall of Gurubashi book, a being named Neptulos appears, that is alleged to have sent the mighty being Krakken to destroy the Troll nation. Whether this being is Neptulon is but a speculation, however this gives grounds to suspicion he might have broken away from his prison, similarly to his nemesis, Ragnaros.

Therazane the Stonemother
– banished along with all other elemental lords to the Elemental Plane by the victorious Titans. The most peaceful and benevolent of all Elemental Lords. She is a patient, loving, motherly type who encourages growing things and loves simply to spend long periods of time relaxing with those creatures that make their homes upon her. She often feels as though she is always at war with the other Elemental Lords: Al’Akir erodes her surface with winds, Neptulon beats his waves constantly upon her shores, and Ragnaros is a blazing furnace that chums at her fiery core. The benevolent Stonemother is another possible source of the Cult of the Earthmother followed by the Tauren.

Al’Akir - banished along with all other elemental lords to the Elemental Plane by the victorious Titans. Little information is available about this Elemental Lord. He is known to have a son, Thunderaan.

Other Elementals

Princess Theradras - Princess Theradras is an elemental force of earth related to the Old Gods, a daughter of Therazane the Stonemother. Ages ago, Theradras and Zaetar, first son of Cenarius, began a relationship. The offspring of their time together became known to the people of Kalimdor as centaur, who promptly slew their father for his part in their misbegotten creation. Fearful of Cenarius' wrath, the grief-stricken Theradras sequestered her dead lover's body in her secret sanctuary, the Crystal Caverns of Therramok, where she watches over him to this day.

Thunderaan – son of Al’Akir. Ragnaros seeked to consume his essence and gain his power. Baron Geddon and Garr, lieutenants of Ragnaros, betrayed Thunderaan, and the Prince of Air was defeated by Ragnaros, who, however, was unable to consume him entirely. What little remained of Thunderaan's essence was stored within a talisman of elemental binding. Ragnaros then shattered the talisman in two flawless pieces. The pieces assigned to his Lieutenants. Thunderaan wields Thunderfury, a Legendary sword
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The Eredar and the Demons

Eredar – a race of natural magic-wielders, originating from the wondrous world of Argus. They were a very developed and peaceful civilization existing for countless millennia, before they were discovered by Sargeras, 25 thousand years ago. The Destroyer offered their three greatest leaders, Kil’Jaeden, Archimonde and Velen, a tempting deal – immortality and vast powers in exchange for their loyalty. Archimonde and Kil’Jaeden accepted, while Velen cautiously held back. Perceiving the corrupting powers of Sargeras, Velen gathered all Eredar ready to believe him, and led by the Naaru, fled the world of Argus. Thus the Eredar were split in two races, the demons serving Sargeras, and the Draenei, under the leadership of Velen. Both races still speak Eredun.

Nathrezim - the Dreadlords. The Nathrezim are an original demonic race of cunning, corruptive and vampiric demons. They are the only known race in canon to be originally demonic. Their dark magics drain their victims of life and souls. In fact, they devour the souls of their slain victims. The Nathrezim have a war-centered culture with an emphasis on codes of conduct. It is forbidden for one of the Nathrezim to kill another, a law broken only once, by Varimathras when he was ordered to kill his brother Balnazzar by Sylvannas Wildrunner. (most likely the plot failed or was staged, as Balnazzar is known to be alive today, and secretly rule the Scarlet Crusade)

The Pit Lords - a powerful race of demons recruited by Archimonde the Defiler to serve the Burning Legion. Their leader, the most feared of them all, was Mannoroth the Destructor. The Pit Lords are described as engines of destruction. They are driven by pure rage and bloodlust. Fanatically loyal to Mannoroth and the Burning Legion, they will stop at nothing to see their will upheld.

Kil’Jaeden – The Deceiver. One of the three leaders of the Eredar at the time they encounter the Fallen Titan. Sargeras’ right hand, his chief lieutenant, manipulating the strands of fate in order to ensure the Burning Crusade's consumption of all worlds floating in the Twisting Nether. Since the apparent death of Sargeras, he has become the Master of the Burning Legion - and now seeks vengeance for the setbacks caused by the mortal races of Azeroth. Responsible for the corruption of the orcs, as well as the creation of the Lich King. Currently Lord and Leader of the Burning Legion.

Archimonde – the Defiler. One of the most cunning and darkest of the Eredar, Sargeras’ left hand. He has been on Azeroth two times, leading both invasions of the Burning Legion up to date. In the War of the Ancients he entered Azeroth along with thousands of minions through the Well of Eternity, laying waste to much of Kalimdor before being banished back by the joint efforts of the elves and the dragons flights (The Great Sundering). In the second invasion he managed to enter Azeroth through a portal created by Kel’Thuzad the Summoner. Archimonde personally destroyed Dalaran, and proceeded warring his way through Azeroth, until he was finally destroyed in the Battle of Mount Hyjal. His remains can still be seen there.

Velen – the Divine. Draenei leader and Prophet of the Naaru. One of the three mightiest leaders of the Eredar, contacted by Sargeras 25 thousand of years ago. Unlike Archimonde and Kil'jaeden, had the gift of Sight, and was granted a vision of the dire ramifications of the Burning Crusade. Horrified, Velen desperately prayed for guidance- a prayer that was answered when one of the Naaru descended. The Naaru, one of a race of beings dedicated to stopping Sargeras, aided Velen and his supporters in fleeing Argus, thereby creating the draenei, “exiled ones” in ancient Eredun. Nowadays, he still leads the Draenei.

Mannoroth - the Destructor. A Pit Lord whose ruthlessness and vile cunning made him quickly become one of the favoured lieutenants of his dark masters, Archimonde and Kil’Jaeden, the champions and lords of the Burning Legion. He first descended upon Azeroth in the first invasion, the War of the Ancients. Later he followed again his master Archimonde to Azeroth, when he was summoned by Kel’Thuzad. Corrupting Grom Hellscream and the Warsong clan, he managed to make them destroy the demigod Cenarius. Defeated by Jaina Proudmoore and purged from his madness, Hellscream realized the depth of the corruption of Mannoroth, and in a last valiant stance killed the demon, sacrificing himself. Mannoroth’s armor and remains were hung on a tree in Ogrimmar.

Tichondrius – the Darkener. A Nathrezim Dreadlord of the Burning Legion, under the command of Kil’Jaeden. Apparently he was the most powerful dreadlord of all time. Of his activities prior to the Second Invasion is known little. Prior to the Third War, he was chosen by Kil’Jaeden to personally police the Lich King. After Archimonde’s coming to Azeroth, summoned by Kel’Thuzad, the Lich King was decreed no longer needed, and Tichondrius was given control over the Scourge. After the death of Mannoroth, he more than successfully led the Legion's penetration into Ashenvale, and proceeded to corrupt Felwood, without the interference of the now dead Cenarius. He was finally vanquished by none else, but the half-demon Illidan Stormrage.

Varimathras - A Dreadlord of the Nathrezim once in the service of the Burning Legion under Kil'jaeden's command, Varimathras was forced into allying with the Forsaken under the direct control of Sylvanas Windrunner in exchange for sparing his life after he and his brothers were overcome by her undead forces. He now resides within the Royal Quarter of the Undercity standing by at Sylvanas’ side, answering to her every beck and call.

Balnazzar
- One of the three Dreadlords left behind in Lordaeron to oversee the demonic hold on the land, Balnazzar was the most powerful of his brothers. He sent Varimathras to coerce Sylvannas into joining the Legion, but soon received a word that his brother has been defeated and allied to the Banshee Queen. Later the banshees with the help of Varimathras defeated the forces of Balnazzar, and by the order of Sylvannas, Varimathras killed Balnazzar. However, by some means, he seems to have survived as he later disguised himself as, or posessed the body of, the Paladin Saiden Dathrohan, and took control of the Scarlet Crusade, tuning them into a tool of the Burning Legion.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 24, 2006 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Demigods and Keepers

Demigods
- creatures or beings that has attained the status as a god by worshippers of a particular inclination. While some demigods are or were physical beings of immense power, such as Cenarius, others seem to be abstract concepts that may or may not have roots in an actual person or creature, such as the Earthmother.

Keepers of the Grove
- The enchanted keepers are progeny of Cenarius. Like their lesser dryad sisters, the keepers appear to be half night elf, half stag. Keepers possess many strange powers over nature and the animals. Though they typically remain within the sacred groves of Ashenvale, the keepers always heed the call to arms when the greater lands of Kalimdor are threatened.

Dryads - the progeny of the night elf demigod, Cenarius and related to the more reclusive Keepers of the Grove. The playful, frolicking creatures vaguely resemble centaurs (their cursed cousins). Though they abhor unnecessary violence, the dryads will defend the wildlands of Kalimdor with their lives if need be.

Centaurs - Five clans of centaur in Kalimdor (Magram, Kolkar, Galak, Gelkis and Maraudine) are the bastard offspring of Zaetar, a keeper of the grove and the eldest son of the demigod Cenarius, and the earth elemental princess Theradras, who slew their father in a bloodthirsty rage. They are a nemesis to the tauren, who claim that the centaur have always exited to scourge the land.

The Earthmother
- A benevolent goddess of the Tauren. They see her smiling face in the sky, the stones, the sands, and the seas. Tauren mythology describes her as the creator of the land, and the tauren. The sun (An'she) and moon (Mu'sha) were her eyes. Speculated to originate in any of the following beings – Eonar (of the Titan Pantheon), Alexstrasza the Lifegiver, Therazane the Stonemother, or all the Titans as a general image. Alternatively, she can be a groundless belief – construct created to explain the existence of Azeroth itself.

Cenarius
- one of the most powerful and influential demigods of Azeroth, Lord of the Forest, and the patron god of all druids. According to the tauren myth, The White Stag and the Moon, he is believed to be born from the union of the moon, Mu'sha, and the white stag Malorne. Ysera the Dreamer became his “adopted” mother, and taught him of the Emerald Dream. He first came in contact with the tauren of all mortal races, and taught them of the practice of druidism. Later he left the tauren and befriended the Night Elves. Shortly before the War of the Ancients, he became a mentor of Illidan and Malfurion Stormrage. In the Second Invasion, he came forth to protect the forests of Ashenvale from the attempts of the orcs to gather lumber from them, and was slain by Grom Hellscream, urged and maddened by the blood of Mannoroth the Destroyer.

Keeper Remulos – a keeper of the Grove, son of Cenarius. Remulos maintains the Moonglade, the sacred center of all druidic studies. He is also an important member of the Cenarion Circle, but has found himself increasingly in conflict with the night elf Archdruid Fandral Staghelm. Against Staghelm's wishes, Remulos welcomed the tauren into the Cenarion Circle and taught them many closely guarded secrets. Remulos also vehemently opposed the creation of a new World Tree Teldrassil, seeing it as nothing more than a selfish gesture by the night elves eager to reclaim their immortality.

Keeper Zaetar - a keeper of the grove, the eldest son of Cenarius. He was seduced by the elemental-princess of the earth Theradras, and taken to Maraudon. The product of their union were five tribes of centaur, twisted mockeries of the beauty of the dryads and keepers of the grove. According to the story, the first act of the jealous and evil centaur was to kill their father. Theradras was so dismayed by this that she kept Zaetar's remains, and his soul, so that they could be forever locked away with her in Maraudon.

Keeper Celebras
– keeper of the Grove, son of Remulos. After Celebras's uncle Zaetar was killed by his centaur offspring, Zaetar's spirit was held prisoner by his mate, Theradras. In an attempt to free his uncle's spirit, Celebras and his dryad sisters entered Maraudon. However, the corruption that had spread through the caverns soon overcame them. Celebras the Cursed now wanders blindly inside, cursed by corruption.
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((Reserved for lore entries, for the sake of consistency))
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((Bump - updated.))
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((Another update. Note - The entry on the old gods and elementals is now updated with information on Princess Theradras and Thunderaan))
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2006 11:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Um... more please? Smile Sorry to break into the thread, but this is perfect reading material while languishing at work (during a power failure, only comps working).
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2008 11:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really wonder what Elune is now.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 09, 2008 12:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

even wowwiki isn't clear about this.

She is a deity, kinda like how the Earthmother is a diety. Night Elves have their own belief about Elune, while for example Tauren consider her the left eye of the Earthmother.

Elune is more a belief then a being like the Titans and Old Gods are. just my theory though :D
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 09, 2008 12:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

WoW Wiki lists Elune as an Eternal which seems to be an extremely broad term for 'divine' beings in Azeroth. However I am extremely reticent about this 'classification' as it contains both known 'creatures' and cosmic forces.

However My main problem with Elune is that unlike the virtually everything else on this list I have never considered her to be a 'physical' being that walked on Azeroth. But having said that Wildkin are said to have been created by her. I guess she must be a kind of nature spirit as an embodiment of the light of the moon. (She is linked specifically to one of the moons) But then this is where things get complicated because I think of the Titans as a physical race about whom legends grew. I would have thought the Titans would have had to have had some kind of physical presence in order to capture and defeat the Old Gods, so that kind of puts me in mind of the Greek gods who were physical Gods (well in my mind). This would then make Elune an elemental of the moon. The problem here is that i seem to be going down the route of moonlight being an elemental force like nature, shadow, holy, flame, frost etc. But then if a balance Druid were attacking you what kind of resistance would you need?

What is clear though is that in these lists Elune stands alone and not in a category like the dragons. While the Dragons are or were physical and could die I'm not sure Elune could die in a physical way and that the only way to kill her would be to wipe out belief in her (see Terry Pratchett's book "Small Gods")

The other thing to consider with Elune is that she is worshipped by the Night Elf Priestesses, given that logically Priests and Paladins use 'Holy' energy and this would seem to be connected with the Naaru (certainly with Draenei and Blood Elves). Could this then mean that if all Priests use holy energy and the light, that the light and holy energy are the same thing and that the Night Elf Priestesses are channelling the light and Holy energy and that Elune is a Naaru? While this seems logical I don't think it is the case. I think the light has developed independently on Azeroth. Just as you get fire both on Draenor and Azeroth you also get a form of holy energy on both worlds that is then channelled by some healers.

So Elune has to be left as a phenomenon in her own right. Although interestingly there is a quest in which you hear the voice of Elune in Winterspring.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 09, 2008 12:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Elune

Elune is one of the few true deities in the world and the most powerful Eternal in Azeroth. In the world's infancy, she protected all living things and allowed them the chance to grow and thrive. Whenever she found violence, she would cast her calming influence across the land so that peace and healing might be given another chance to thrive.

Elune is the major deity worshipped by the Night Elves. She is associated with the larger of Azeroth's two moons, the White Lady, and is the biological mother of Cenarius. In Tauren mythology, she is known as Mu'sha, and is the left eye of the Earthmother. Worship of Elune is meant to grant peace and these occasional interventions- unlike the Aspects, Guardians, or even mortals, She is not meant to actively defend (the War of the Ancients and the Battle of Mt. Hyjal notwithstanding) - She is abstract and spiritual, a light in the darkness, hope in despair.

Elune never engages in combat of any kind, nor does she allow it to occur in her presence. Though she never physically manifests in the world of mortals, when she involves herself in a violent situation she arrives invisibly and undetected using her song of peace to calm the combatants until sunrise. Elune is the central focus of worship for the Sentinels and the Sisters of Elune in night elf culture, while the druids tend to focus more on nature and Elune's son Cenarius, though they believe in her power. Many have theorized that Elune and Ysera are the same being, since they are both described as the mother of Cenarius and show great compassion for the lesser races. Elune created the Moonkin to watch over sacred sites. Elune is credited in mythology with transforming Aviana into a Demigoddess as a reward for being a good messenger

Appearance: She is not likely to ever appear in physical, or even non-physical form (except perhaps in a hallucination). If she does, it's difficult to make the Goddess out through the luminescence that surrounds her, only catching glimpses of alabaster skin and long, pale hair, graceful gossamer robes and a platinum circlet upon her brow. Her eyes are brilliant orbs of pure moonlight, and she smiles peacefully upon her worshippers.

Elune as Mother of the Night Elves: While one legend states that night elves descended from trolls (a theory created by the trolls but fiercely disputed by the elves), other legends imply that night elves originated from Elune or one of her offspring, or at least changed into her likeness. If that is so, it would explain why they share resemblance to both dryads, and keepers of the grove, and the biological mother of Cenarius.

Devotion: Formal worship of Elune dates back about 14,000 years, before the rise of Azshara and the Highborne, though she was certainly worshipped long before that, probably by the most primitive of Kaldorei. Her original cult center was near Zin-Azshari, but the Sisters of Elune moved the temple to Suramar when it was clear Azshara cared more for the luxury of herself and the Highborne than anyone else. After Suramar fell, Elune was the main source of hope for the millions of refugees fleeing the Burning Legion. Elune's worship was essentially universal (no cult centers) for the Night Elves in the ten thousand years between the War of the Ancients and the Third War (the Long Vigil). The center of her worship is now the Temple of the Moon in Darnassus. Tyrande Whisperwind is her High Priestess, but many Priestesses, and for the first time, male priests, are found throughout the world, ready to heal war-weary Azeroth with her light.

Inspiration: Elune is associated with The White Lady. In modern mythological studies, Elune can be considered a "Great Goddess" figure. As with many lunar fantasy goddesses, aspects of Elune's character are likely drawn from the Greek lunar goddesses, Artemis (Roman Diana, goddess of the moon and the hunt) and Selene (Roman Luna, the personification of the moon). Given the influence Dungeons & Dragons has had on Warcraft, Elune may also be loosely based upon Forgotten Realms goddesses Sehanine Moonbow and Eilistraee, goddesses of elves and benevolent dark elves respectively, as well as Selûne (notice the similar name, though different pronunciation), the generic personification of the moon. Elune and Sehanine share a particular habit of rarely, if ever, manifesting themselves, communicating with their Chosen through dreams and moonlight.

Title: The Mother Moon, the Night Warrior, Mu'sha (by the Tauren)


Ysera

Ysera was one of the Dragon Aspects that gave some of her power to the Demon Soul, not knowing Deathwing would betray the Aspects.

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. The Tree grew large till it reached the heavens and was crowned Nordrassil. Ysera enchanted the tree so that it would be 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.

There are only a few recorded moments in history where Ysera has opened her eyes. When she does, a person can see eyes of many colors, like a rainbow. The eyes of every sentient creature can be seen at once through her eyes. Ysera opened her eyes during the War of the Ancients after seeing her friend Malorne dead, and again when addressing Malfurion Stormrage on his druidic prowess. She opened them another time during the Second War, before Krasus, when he tried to convince her to help free Alexstrasza. Ysera fought alongside the other Dragon Aspects against the evil of Deathwing while Rhonin destroyed the Demon Soul. She regained her full powers once the Demon Soul was destroyed.

Ysera can assume the form of a female from any race, which she chooses depending on whom she is talking to. Often she wears a dress of emerald green, emerald jewellery, and has emerald-green hair.

Ysera avoids and dislikes combat, especially in her realm. When angered, she is terrible, paranoid and impulsive. She keeps herself isolated in the Eye of Ysera within 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 put her opponents to sleep, 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 the "adopted" mother of Cenarius, and friend of Malorne. Ysera taught Cenarius the secrets of the Emerald Dream, forming a close bond with him, but was never involved with Malorne.


Malorne

Malorne, or Apa'ro, was an enormous white stag that roamed the land as protector of nature. His power lay in nature itself and he was responsible for the creation and nurturing of nature in the world. He was the father of Cenarius, who inherited his dominion over nature. It is theorized that Malorne is older than Elune herself.

The earliest record of Malorne is in the tauren myth The White Stag and the Moon. It describes how Malorne, being hunted by the tauren, bargained with Elune in exchange for help. Malorne accepted Elune's help and loved her as part of the deal. Elune gave birth to Cenarius from that relationship.

Malorne the Waywatcher showed up to help the night elves when a great crisis affected the world or the night elf civilization. Although he has great magical power, he is never shapeshifted into any other form. The stag prevented two civil wars among the night elves simply by making himself present before the astonished eyes of the night elves. Malorne was an excellent diplomat, opening dialogue between and pacifying conflicting parties.

Malorne was able enter the Emerald Dream and the physical world at any time, and perceived what happens in both realms as if he had omniscience of what happens simultaneously in both planes.

There are rumors of the existence of a group of druids that take on the aspect of Malorne as Druids of the Antler, but it has not been proven.


Cenarius

Cenarius is one of the most powerful and influential demigods of Azeroth, Lord of the Forest, and the patron god of all druids. The tauren myth The White Stag and the Moon tells of the birth of Cenarius from the union of the moon, Mu'sha, and the white stag Malorne. Ysera taught Cenarius the secrets of the Emerald Dream and the natural world.

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).


Ursoc and Ursol

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

Ursol was a fighter, warrior, healer and shaman, while Ursoc was a strong fighter, warrior and healer, using his paws and teeth. Combining their powers they would strike as one at any enemy with efficiency, using strength and magic. Typically, they would employ teamwork in combat so that they could use both strengths simultaneously. Ursol would move into position and use his shamanistic spells, while Ursoc lept into the fray to fight with tooth and claw. They had an instinct for leadership that helped them to inspire their allies, but they were ferociously dedicated to one another and would step away from an engagement if the other was in need of help.

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

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

Ursol and Ursoc befriended generations of night elves and humans. During the War of the Ancients, Ursoc and Ursol were the first to answer the call of Cenarius to combat the Burning Legion. They clashed with the Doomguard, were eventually overwhelmed by fel stalkers, and died defending the land.

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


Aviana

Aviana was a winged demigoddess, mistress of the Mother Tree G'Hanir. She was believed to have been killed in the War of the Ancients, but still appears to people of various races in current times.

Long ago, Aviana was a normal raven, until she was chosen by Elune to deliver messages from the moon goddess to her son, the demigod Cenarius. Soon she was carrying messages among many of the powers of the ancient world; each power granted the raven new abilities required to carry out her duties until she eventually became an equal among them.


Agamaggan

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

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

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