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Lore with Nobbel87 - Preparing for Patch 7.3 Argus
06.08.2017 um 16:53
Lore With Nobbel: Preparing for Patch 7.3
It's time for our monthly lore collaboration with
! This month we're trying something a bit different and covering lore topics that may play a major role in Patch 7.3, Shadow of Argus. We'll supplement Nobbel's transcript with sections detailing Wowhead's 7.3 datamining in case you wish to learn more.
This video will not get into specific 7.3 spoilers, but there may hints in the video transcript, as well as links to spoilers in the datamining sections of the article.
Hello everyone! I’ve had a couple people ask if I could cover the story from patch 7.3 on the ptr, but as much as I like to devour betas and cover all of that, the patches in between I like to keep somewhat of a surprise. This keeps the game interesting for me and I get to experience the story with everyone else. That said, it did get me thinking and I came up with the idea of explaining a bit of the lore we already know to prepare for what we might see on Argus. So I’m not going to go into 7.3 spoilers but by talking about what we know it might be indirectly spoiling so keep that in mind as we go into the video...
The Beginning of the Universe
To start it all of let’s go way back to the beginning of the Warcraft universe, to the dawn of creation where there was Light and there was Void. The mounting tension between these two opposing yet inseparable energies eventually ignited a series of catastrophic explosions, rupturing the fabric of creation, creating the physical universe. Many different things came to be from these two opposing forces, among them were the titans. Their spirits – known as world souls – formed deep within the fiery core of a number of worlds. For ages they slumbered, but when they finally awoke, they did so as living worlds.
With eyes that shone like brilliant stars, they observed the fledgling cosmos and became enraptured by its mysteries. They wandered the distant corners of the Great Dark, searching for others of their kind. No one knows when or why the first titan awoke, but legends hold that his name was Aman’thul and he worked on waking up more of his kind. They joined him on his search, forming the Pantheon, consisting of Aman’thul, Highfather of the Pantheon. Sargeras, Defender of the Pantheon. Aggramar, Lieutentant of Great Sargeras. Eonar the Lifebinder. Khaz’goroth, shaper and forger of worlds. Norgannon, keeper of celestial magics and lore and Golganneth, lord of the skies and roaring oceans.
Learn more on Wowhead:
Aman’Thul, Highfather of the Pantheon:
Die Faust des Ra-den
was Aman'Thul's weapon--it was given to Highkeeper Ra to use while fighting the Black Empire. This is now the Elemental Shaman Artifact Weapon. Other references to Aman'Thul include the Hall of the High Father in Ulduar, one of
's final quotes, and the
Explosion von Aman'thul
Zorn der Titanen
Sargeras, Defender of the Pantheon: There aren't many references to pre-corrupted Sargeras.
Szepter des Sargeras
is the Destruction Warlock artifact weapon,
Mardum, der Zerrüttete Abgrund
is the Demon Hunter starting zone (originally the prison Sargeras created for demons), and
Verfluchter Blick des Sargeras
is a drop from Illidan.
Aggramar, Lieutenant of the Great Sargeras:
is a legendary in Legion and Aggramar is an objective in
Pfad der Titanen
Eonar, The Life-Binder: During the
is a tree that spawns which massively heals Freya if not destroyed in time. When Freya is freed and players speak to her to receive a buff for the Yogg-Saron encounter, Freya says "Eonar, your servant calls for your blessing!"
Khaz’goroth, Shaper and Forger of Worlds:
Apparat von Khaz'goroth
is a trinket from Firelands,
Funke von Khaz'goroth
is a Legion relic, and
Hammer von Khaz'goroth
is an important item in Highmountain questing. The quest series
Der immer wachsame Blick von oben.
explains how Khaz'goroth created Un'Goro Crater as an area for experimentation.
Norgannon, Keeper of Celestial magics and Lore: The quest
sends you to find several items of Norgannon in Storm Peaks,
is a legendary in Legion, and
Mal des Norgannon
is a trinket from the Malygos encounter. The Lore Keeper of Norgannon can also be found in Ulduar and Uldaman.
Golganneth, Lord of the Skies and Roaring Oceans: The quest
Das gute Zeug
sends you to retrieve
Gravierte Tafeln von Golganneth
, and when Thorim is freed in Ulduar, he calls upon Golganneth when players ask him for assistance with Yogg-Saron.
Patch 7.3 Datamining:
All of the titan spirits, except for Eonar, have been captured by Sargeras. The Coven of Shivarra--Noura, Mother of Flames, Asara, Mother of Night, Diima, Mother of Gloom, Thu'raya, Mother of the Cosmos--holds the titan essences captive, and during their encounter in Antorus, you will use titan-themed abilities. Learn more about this Antorus encounter at
This cutscene takes place at
3:38 in our Argus Questline Part 4 Video
Eonar: I remember the awakening. How life sprang forth all around us.
I remember unity...until it was shattered by betrayal.
I remember fleeing...to keep him from his prize.
The time for hiding is over. Aid me...or everything ends.
Here are the models of the titans in 7.3:
Magni Bronzebeard, now in communication with Azeroth, also senses the titans are in pain in a new 7.3 quest
Flüstern einer verängstigten Welt
So these went about searching for more of their kind, bringing order to the worlds and waking them up but over the ages they discovered fewer and fewer world souls. Not only that, the universe was born out of both light and Void and the Voidlords didn’t like the universe as it was right now, they wanted to turn it into a realm of eternal torment. They had observed the titans as they did their thing and were envious of their power, seeking to corrupt them and turn them to their will. To this end the Voidlords pushed very hard to manifest in the physical universe, but the titans appeared to be immune to their corruption. No matter, if a fully grown titan was beyond their reach then the Voidlords would aim for the slumbering souls still inside their planets. They also didn’t know which planets contained a spirit or not so they decided to pool their powers together and hurled dark creatures throughout the physical universe, hoping some would smash into a world-soul. They contaminated mortal worlds and everything else they touched in their blind search for a nascent titan.
Learn more on Wowhead:
Void magic currently manifests itself in multiple ways on Azeroth:
The Void is seen in a number of Shadow Priest abilities. In Legion, Shadow Priest
have even more of a Void theme, with tentacles sprouting in
Anrufung der Leere
. Abilities that include "Void" magic in Legion include:
Vermächtnis der Leere
Aus der Leere
Anrufung der Leere
, you are forced to speak Shath'Yar, the language of the Old Gods.
There are Void Gods on Azeroth, which are formed by corrupting naaru. Notable Void Gods include
Warlocks can summon Voidwalkers as minions, and you can get your own Voidwalker pet with
in Hellfire Citadel is one of the most powerful Void Revenants. He drops themed loot like
Helm des verruchten Teufelsgeborenen
The rare mount
Leerenkralle des dunklen Sterns
has the flavor text: "Corrupted by the presence of the Dark Star in Draenor, the Voidtalons resisted being broken by the Shadowmoon Clan and were ultimately destroyed by Ner'zhul. Only a single egg remains, lost in the Void."
Likewise, the cute battle pet
has the text "Rumor has it that some beasts that were touched by the Void exist in a space between this world and the next."
The Shadow Priest Artifact
Xal'atath, Klinge des Schwarzen Imperiums
has a number of eerie Void whispers, many of which lend themselves to lore speculation! Check out many of the whispers
in this comment
Datamining in Patch 7.3
It appears that famed marksman Alleria Windrunner is learning the powers of the Void.
How industriously they work. A pity they will be overtaken.
I sense a little disappointment. Was I really your best student?
I had hoped to find at least one promising soul on this rock.
I have not turned away from that path. You know why I resisted.
I need to finish what I started, Locus-Walker.
Can you, though? With your... attachments?
What are you talking about?
Why your mate of course. How does he feel about your choices?
Turalyon trusts me to make hard decisions, and I him.
I am not talking about trust.
How can you expect to embrace the Shadow with the Light shining so brightly at your side?
Without the Light there is no Shadow teacher.
Well, Windrunner? What say you?
Show me the path. I am ready to walk it.
Right this way.
Ah! Right on time, fleshling.
Prepare yourself, Alleria. Your friend here will hold its attention.
That thing... it's... calling to me!
How do you feel?
My head is... swimming.
Remember... So long as your mind is your own, you command this power. It does not command you.
Yes, this specimen will do.
How did you do it by yourself?
Ah, well. Perhaps I will tell you one day.
Until then, I will be keeping an eye on your progress.
You should return to the Vindicaar and share what we have learned.
My path takes me into the Seat of the Triumvirate... to whatever fate awaits me there.
I am certain Velen will understand.
Seize the power of the portals, Alleria! It can become your weapon!
Focus your mind. Remember your training.
The Void shows only half truths. Trust your instincts.
I can't-- I-- Argh!
I won't let you! I am not yours to claim!
Begone, wretched darkness.
Fight, curse you!
Be sure to collect our prize, fleshling. I will tend to Alleria.
The heart of a demigod. This is no mere token, Alleria.
Take it, and you will be one step closer to your destiny.
I understand. Thank you. Both of you.
I sense great despair emanating from within. L'ura...
Yes, the naaru. We must get inside. Alleria, the skills you have learned can open the way.
Understood. Champions, once the door is open clear the way to L'ura. We will be right behind you.
Siphon the portal energy! The naaru's weakness will become your strength!
Take her shadow for your own, Alleria! Do as I trained you!
Your timing is fortuitous, champions. Members of the Shadowguard are nearby, infusing the natives with Void energy. To what end, I do not know.
Get in there and try to figure out why they are, and put a stop to their efforts.
Such chaos... such anguish. I have never sensed anything like it before.
It is rare that a naaru falls into Void this way. The few cases I know of have occurred when mortals were involved. What fascinating implications...
Such musings can wait, though. This entity must die.
How did a being of the Light become a creature of Shadow?
The Void is a force of change... of transformation. Shadows are fluid, ever shifting.
I feel the fallen naaru's power. It beckons me.
You stand on the cusp of destiny, Alleria. There will be choices to make... and consequences to face.
Even defeated, the darkened naaru surges with power. I hear the shadows calling to me.
Claim its essence, Alleria Windrunner. Make its chaos your own.
You survived... interesting! How do you feel?
The voices are louder now. More insistent. But they do not control me.
You asked me to teach you to use the Void as a weapon. Now that weapon is you.
It seems my training is complete.
Let's not get ahead of ourselves. We need to test the limits of this newfound power. Come.
She also has a new Void-shadow model:
Azeroth and the Old Gods
In time, these wicked beings would come to be known as the Old Gods and their plans would be discovered by Sargeras. He had been busy with fighting against the demons of the universe and from interrogating a few of them that were chilling on a planet corrupted by the Old Gods, a planet with a titan soul inside, he learned that if the powers of the Void would succeed in corrupting a nascent titan, it would awaken as an unspeakably dark creature. No power in creation, not even the Pantheon could stand against it. In time, this warped titan would consume all matter and energy in the universe, bringing every mote of existence under the Void lord’s will. Sargeras, the undefeated champion of the titans, in that moment he knew what fear felt like. He used his might to cleave that corrupted planet, that corrupted world soul and destroy it before it could become a threat. The rest of the Pantheon were not too happy with his actions. Destruction was not what they were about. The amount of titans they found was already so few and here Sargeras was just destroying them. Surely there had to be a better way of fighting back against the Void Lords plans, but Sargeras... he was unconvinced. He had a growing fear that existence itself was already flawed and only by burning away all of creation could the titans stand a chance of thwarting the Void lord’s ultimate goal. In Sargeras’ mind, even a lifeless universe was better than one dominated by the Void. Life had taken root in the cosmos once before, perhaps after they scoured it of its corruption, life would take root once again.
Horrified by his ideas, the Pantheon tried to convince their champion to see reason, but Sargeras had made up its mind and if they would not stand by his side, he would do it on its own. As Sargeras went out to free the demons he had captured and form the burning Legion, the Pantheon found their way to a planet with a titan spirit inside. This world, Azeroth, had indeed been infected by the Old Gods but the Pantheon worked very hard on finding a way of giving the slumbering titan a fighting chance rather then outright destroying it. They created their titan-keepers and raged war against this so called Black Empire, eventually figuring out that ripping the Old Gods out is a very bad idea so instead they imprisoned them.
Learn more about the Black Empire on Wowhead...
Thron der Vier Winde
Der Geschmolzene Kern
as a faction in
Thron der Gezeiten
There are four Old Gods:
are boss fights. Heart of Y'Shaarj is a remnant of the slain Old God, whose destruction can be seen in Vale of Eternal Blossoms and
Schlacht um Orgrimmar
. N'Zoth has not been seen in game yet, but is likely in Vash'jir and is responsible for corrupting Legion content like the Emerald Nightmare.
Learn more about the Old Gods, related instances, spooky whispers, and artifact weapons in our
World of Warcraft Chronicle: Black Empire
Patch 7.3 Datamining
We haven't seen N'Zoth yet but we may see him in the future. During the 7.3 PTR, we
datamined an armor set
called Kul Tiras which depicted a map surrounded by tentacles.
Based on the dialogue with
, one of the upcoming Antorus bosses, it seems likely we'll also be geting more lore with Jaina (presumably in Kul Tiras) and Sylvanas:
Varimathras: So, your Alliance still endures. Longer than I expected, though she has already planted the seeds of its downfall. She is patient, that one.
Varimathras: When your thrones run red with betrayal... when your holy places burn and the shattered mask hangs above your hearth... only then you will know. And it will be too late.
Varimathras: It matters not. You are blind to the true darkness closing in around you.
Varimathras: So, she found me at last. Sent her underlings to finish the job.
Varimathras: Tell me, when she seized your throne of hides and bones, was your allegiance forced? No... I'd wager you surrendered it willingly... or were convinced you did.
Varimathras: It matters not. You are blind to the darkness in your midst.
More 7.3 dialogue spoilers
in this post
Sargeras vs the Pantheon
With their work complete and order brought to the planet, the titans said farewell to their keepers only to find out what Sargeras had done. His Burning Crusade was rampaging across the cosmos. Aggramar had stood against his former mentor, but Sargeras, now infused with fel from breaking open Mardum outmatched him greatly as all titans had a weakness for fel. In a final desperate counter attack, aggramar summoned all the power at his command and struck at Sargeras, finding both their blades had shattered. Forced to retreat, Aggramar eventually returned with the Pantheon who once again tried to make Sargeras see reason. Aman’thul told him about Azeroth, a fledgling world-soul with more potential than any of the Pantheon had ever seen, a being strong enough to defeat the Void lords in due time. Sargeras listened carefully, but was unmoved. Aggramar believed that something noble still lingered deep in the former champions heart. As a last resort, he laid down his arms and approached the fallen titan, recounting the tales of their glorious battles against demons, reminding Sargeras of the sacred oaths they had sworn to protect creation. But Sargeras was set in his ways. With a howl of rage and sorrow, he struck Aggramar down, his ruined fel blade nearly cleaving the titan in two.
Infuriated by this unthinkable murder, the Pantheon launched an all-out assault on Sargeras and his Legion, yet even they could not overcome Sargeras’ fel-fueled might. The fallen titan decimated the Pantheon members with fel fire until he had broken their will to fight. To seal their demise, Sargeras summoned a massive fel storm that would consume their bodies and souls alike. Yet just as the furious onslaught of energy washed over the defeated titans, Norgannon made one last attampt to stave off oblivion. He bent the raw energies of the universe to his will, weaving a protective shroud around each of the Pantheon titans’ spirits and launching them into the Great Dark. While the titans’ disembodied souls hurtled through the cosmos, Sargeras’s fel storm obliterated what remained of their physical forms. Unaware that the titans’ spirit had survived, Sargeras declared the Burning Legion victorious. The Pantheon was no more, and he now had clues about a powerful world-soul called Azeroth. Yet though he had learned the name of this nascent titan, its whereabouts remained a mystery. Nonetheless, without the Pantheon to oppose him, he knew he would find the world-soul in time.
The spirits of the titans went back to Azeroth in the hopes of finding a physical form to inhabit for they feared that their weakened spirits would soon fade into oblivion. Their created keepers were the chosen vessel and while most had no idea what happened to them, they knew that they suddenly had been gifted with a portion of the Pantheon’s power, but they were unaware that the last remnants of their beloved makers had been infused in their very bodies. Bewildered they called out to the Pantheon for answers, but they received no reply. This deep silence troubles the keepers and they sank into a long period of confusion and unease. Keeper Ra would eventually figure out what happened which lead him into a depression which Lei-Shen the thunder king took full advantage of while keeper Tyr used all the powers granted to him in a massive sacrifice to stop the C’thraxxi.
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We have a series of lore spotlights on the Keepers of Azeroth from
World of Warcraft Chronicle
, covered in the
Ordering of Azeroth
Betrayal of the Titans
Pandaria and Ra
are encounters in Ulduar,
is a boss in
Hallen der Blitze
, Highkeeper Ra became
Der Thron des Donners
(and was given the Elemental Shaman artifact
Die Faust des Ra-den
as a weapon in the war), Odyn is the namesake of the
Fury Warrior Artifact
is an encounter in
, and Tyr is the namesake of Tirisfal Glades and
The Silver Hand
Odyn has done some questionable things in his past; we made a whole
Story of Odyn and Helya
examining his actions.
Yogg capitalized on the unrest of the Keepers, corrupting
who eventually turned on the other keepers, imprisoning several of their spirits in Ulduar. Starting with the
Der Handel der Alten
quest in Storm Peaks, you can learn how the betrayal came about.
Tyr came up with a plan to thwart Loken;
Die Scheiben von Norgannon
were stolen and taken to
, guarded by
. Loken retaliated by sending C’Thraxxi generals after Tyr—Zakazj and Kith’ix. You can learn about the corruption in Tirisfal Glades via the
Patch 7.3 Information
In the upcoming patch, we see that Aggramar has been raised by his former mentor Sargeras.
This cutscene takes place at
37:38 in our Argus Questline Part 1 Video
Aggramar: What is your bidding master?
Sargeras: The circle nears completion. The mortals must not disrupt the rebirth.
Those who will not serve will be destroyed. It is the only way.
Become the instrument of my wrath once again, Aggramar. End this incursion of the Light.
Sargeras' line references the
quote: "Your coming was foretold in the rings. The long circle is nearly complete."
In Patch 7.3,
is an upcoming boss fight in which his sword
plays a major role in the mechanics. Players will have to deal with Aggramar's
, and alternate between sharing the brunt of his attacks and letting the tank eat a large
. Aggramar also is equipped with a
, a corrupted version of the Aegis of Aggramar which will recovered from earlier in the expansion. Check out the full boss fight on the
Aggramar NPC page
As one of the rewards, players can acquire and transmog to
, the ruined sword from his battle with Sargeras.
As a final note on Antorus, based on
, the tortured soul
Argus the Unmaker
is the final boss. Check out the
to learn more about the titans, the summoning ritual, and sacrifices characters will make with this encounter.
Sargeras and the Eredar
Meanwhile Sargeras knew that he had plenty of muscle in his Burning Legion army, what he needed were some smart people to lead the troops. He had seen a place where he could harvest such servants; a world called Argus where the highly advanced Eredar made their home. Their leaders were Archimonde, Kil’jaeden and Velen it was they who Sargeras approached in the guise of a radiant and elegant being, playing on their desires, promising them knowledge and unimaginable power. He showed them worlds beyond count over which they might hold dominion, primitive places that the Eredar could transform into sanctuaries of peace and intellectual thought. He vower to share with the Eredar not only the most obscure secrets of existence, but also the final answer to what he believed was the was the fundamental flaw in creation. In return, the people of Argus would devote themselves to Sargeras’s grand work...and help him remedy that flaw.
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Ankunft der Naaru
is an archaeology toy that depicts the first time the Naaru met the Eredar.
Die letzte Reliquie von Argus
is an additional archaeology solve with the flavor text "Before they lived on Azeroth or Draenor, the Draenei, who still called themselves the Eredar at the time, lived on Argus. When Sargeras took notice of Argus, Prophet Velen fled with some of his people, who became the Draenei. The remaining Eredar were absorbed into the Burning Legion. This simple crystal was taken from Argus when Velen fled. The inscription on the bottom reads, 'I long for Mac'Aree.'" This item ports you to a random place in Azeroth.
Many of the
Draenei Archaeology Solves
reference the former magical and elegant civilization.
Patch 7.3 Datamining
In the upcoming patch, we see Argus first-hand after the corruption of Sargeras. Check out our zone previews of
Krokuun and Mac'Aree
Argus has three zones, a dungeon, and a raid. This will be unlocked on a staggered schedule. The first week of the patch,
Die Antorische Ödnis
will be available. The second week will unlock the
. The third week will unlock the final zone
. In Patch 7.3.5, the new raid
Antorus, der Brennende Thron
questing through Mac'Aree
, the jewel of Argus, you learn more about Eredar rituals and how to acquire the Crown of the Triumvirate. One step will require you to retrieve the Sigil of Conservatory, locked behind several clever trials devised by Archimonde. Through this questline you'll get a sense of the old civilization of the Eredar.You'll even find Lord Jaraxxus before he was corrupted,
When questing through Krokuun, you'll come across the remaining uncorrupted Eredar refugees. In their area, they have a museum section showing off some of their prized relics, which you can click on and read about, including a shrine to Broxigar.
Archimonde had already been worked by Sargeras and Kil’jaeden also accepted what was shown. Only Velen was hesitant and meditated using an ancient artifact called the Ata’mal crystal, gifted to his race by the holy naaru long before his time. Through the ancient relic, he received a horrific vision of the Eredar’s future if they sided with Sargeras. They would become horribly disfigured, transformed into demonic beings of depthless evil. Velen warned his brothers of what he had seen, but they dismissed his insights. Fearing that Archimonde and Kil’jaeden would kill him if he continued to dissent, Velen feigned acceptance while working with the naaru to get his people away from here. He sought out those he believed could be trusted and as Sargeras showed up to corrupt his race, Velen and his followers gathered on a massive naaru dimensional fortress known as the Genedar and fled their homeworld forever. From that day on, Velen and his followers would be known as the Draenei or ‘exiled one’, on the run from the Legion as Kil’jaeden was not too happy about this betrayal and vowed to never stop hunting them, bent on vengeance.
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is the final boss of Sunwell Plateau and makes an appearance in the Legion
Subtlety Rogue Artifact Questline
as well as granting
Kriegsklingen der Aldrachi
Vengeance Demon Hunter Artifact Questline
and Varedis Felsoul the
Havoc Demon Hunter Artifact
Zwillingsklingen des Betrügers
. He then makes a final appearance as the
last boss in Tomb of Sargeras
. Many of his actions were driven by revenge against his former friend Velen; this led him to corrupt the Orcs on Draenor to turn against the relocated Draenei. You can read about Kil'jaeden in-game with
Kil'jaeden und der Schattenpakt
Archimonde is a boss in both
Warlords of Draenor
. In The Burning Crusade, players go back in time to Battle of Mount Hyjal where Archimonde aimed to destroy the World Tree and absorb its power. In Warlords of Draenor, an alternate reality, Archimonde leads the demons in an invasion of Draenor. When he is defeated in Hellfire Citadel, he reminds Gul'dan that they had a pact, sending him through the Black Gate. It is later revealed, in a
, that Gul'dan steals Illidan's remains from Vault of the Wardens. There are several special rewards for defeating Archimonde during Warlords of Draenor:
Die Zeit ist ein flacher Kreis
on Normal+ difficulty,
Zügel des Wächters des Hains
on Heroic+, and and
on Mythic. Before Archimonde was corrupted by Sargeras, he murdered Thal'kiel, an Eredar master of summoning demons that pushed too far into the Void. Thal'kiel's skull,
Schädel der Man'ari
, served as a warning about power to the other Eredar.
is the leader of the Draenei, residing in
. He is best known to players for appearing at the end of
and reigniting the well with the fallen spirit of the naaru M'uru, so the Blood Elves could have a healthy source of magic. He also makes an appearance in the Priest Artifact questlines and
T'uure, Fanal der Naaru
, the Holy Priest artifact, was used to help the Draenei escape from one of the worlds the Legion found them on. He also makes an appearance in alternate-reality Warlords of Draenor in
. In this version, he ultimately sacrifices himself, passing on his holy mark to Yrel, so he could purify Ner'zhul's weapon: the fallen naaru K'ara, the Dark Star. You are then mailed
Arkanum des Propheten
Die letzte Botschaft des Propheten
and builds a memorial to Velen in Karabor.
in Burning Crusade Nagrand has befriended the Orc Spirits, and is weakened but pure. In Warlords of Draenor, Cho'gall captures K'ure and transforms the naaru in the Void god
, which players must destroy in
Das dunkle Herz des Oshu'gun
Schreiben der Brennenden Legion
is a toy added in Warlords of Draenor that displays meetings with various members of the Burning Crusade. You can read all of the lines
Patch 7.3 Datamining
In Patch 7.3, we see a flashback sequence of Velen escaping Argus after his friend Talgath betrayed him.
This cutscene takes place at
7:10 in our Argus Questing Part 2 Video
Mac'Aree, Juwel von Argus
. Music will likely be added to this cutscene in the future.
Chieftain Hatuun: Talgath has turned against us!
Prophet Velen: No... not you too, old friend...
Chieftain Hatuun: It cannot end like this. Take the others and go, Prophet. We will buy you time.
Prophet Velen: Hatuun, no! You do not have to do this!
Chieftain Hatuun: Please... keep my family safe.
Prophet Velen: K'ure! Help us!
Kil'Jaeden: I will hunt you across the stars, traitor! Even if it takes a thousand years!
Of particular interest in this cutscene, we get to see a Young Prophet Velen as well as Archimonde and Kil'jaeden wearing light-themed armor at the start of their corruption.
This cutscene follows a major quest sequence with Prophet Velen, which we've
documented in our Argus playthrough
We've also datamined some dialogue made by Young Kil'jaeden:
Young Kil'jaeden My people, I have called you here to share a revelation.
For so long, we Eredar have been alone in the universe.
We need not endure this solitude any longer.
He has shown us the path to a new future.
In partnership with our new ally, the light of the Eredar will shine bright across the cosmos!
I ask you, now, to raise your voices in praise. Praise Sargeras!
The beacon of our civilization shining bright... upon what we feared was an empty Void.
The Triumvirate has received a visitor from another world!
He offers us power unlike any we have known before.
, Velen's old friend who protected him during the escape, stayed behind on Argus. He is part of a group of refugees and outcasts which make up the new
faction, known for selling many
new talbuk mounts
With the naaru at their side, the Draenei were on the run. Naaru are holy being which also came out of creation like the titans, but they also have a darker side. When a naaru falls ill or is drained of it’s holy light it will turn to a dark state in which it needs to regenerate or when pushed even further as we’ve seen with the naaru M’uru as it was drained by the blood elves, it can turn into a Void god. Light and Void as it was at the beginning and while we were forced to take out M’uru or Entropius and use its core to reignite the Sunwell, in the priest order hall we were actually able to revert the naaru back to its holy state as seen with the Void god Saraka turned back into Saa’ra. I don’t believe Void gods are the same as Void Lords, as in the thing that scared Sargeras so much and it’s a bit of an unfortunate name choice since we’ve also seen Voidlords in the form of Voidwalkers. A prominent one is Dimensius the All-Devouring who’s responsible for the Ethereal race as we see them today.
Their homeworld of K'aresh was found by Dimensius who opened countless gateways into the Void and the Twisting Nether around the planet, bathing K'aresh in arcane and dark energies. Using every scrap of its advanced technology, one of the mortal races hastily attempted to construct magical barriers around its cities, but it was only partially successful; although the dark energies were blocked, the unimpeded flood of arcane energy tore away the mortals' corporeal shells and infused their souls with enough energy so that they could subsist without a body. Members of this race, now called ethereals, took to binding themselves with enchanted strips of cloth to provide their souls with enough structure to survive. This altered state proved to be a blessing in disguise, as their enhanced minds and magical abilities allowed the ethereals to fight Dimensius and his limited forces to a standstill. Over the years, however, Dimensius eventually grew powerful enough to summon armies of fellow Void creatures, forcing the ethereals to flee into the Twisting Nether.
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Dimensius der alles Verschlingende
is a quest in Netherstorm, a group quest that rewards
is an ethereal faction added in Burning Crusade. Led by Nexus-Prince Haramad, The Consortium are ethereal smugglers, traders and thieves that have come to Outland. Their main base of operations and biggest settlement is the Stormspire, but they can be found at Midrealm Post, Aeris Landing in Nagrand, within the Mana-Tombs of Auchindoun and various other places.
is a notable TCG battle pet. As you kill things with this pet by your side, you receive
which in turn can be used to purchase items like the distinctive
Soul Trader gear
Learn more about the Priest campaign and quests related to Saraka in this
comment by BoxofBeer
Draenor and Kil'jaeden
The fleeing Draenei they eventually found their way to a planet called Draenor where Kil’jaeden and the Legion track them down. They had no means of escape, the horde was formed, under the guidance of Kil’jaeden and Gul’dan, and the war to exterminate the Draenei was on. Many Draenei lives were taken during this war, many of their cities were destroyed yet Velen and some of their people were able to escape Kil’jaeden’s wrath. As Shattrath was their last city standing some of their people decided to remain behind and hold the line to make it look like all of them were dead. Gul’dan and his shadow council had crafted a special weapon for the siege combining their magics with the red pox and the red pox is a disease amongst the orcs with its origin in the curse of Sethe, that foul combination was mixed into a volatile concoction that would spread the plague to the Draenei. They lobbed the bombs against Shattrath’s walls unleashing a foul mist that burned the Draenei’s skin and choked the breath from their lungs.
Even worse, those that did survive the siege of Shattrath did not end up with red pox, instead they devolved into something they called Krokul or Broken. Akama and Nobundo are 2 of the most well known Broken and they found their connection to the Holy Light to be severed. The unluckiest of broken devolved even further into creatures called the Lost Ones, they became even more physically deformed and gradually lost their grip on sanity, some even going as far as killing themselves. Those fortunate enough to not be effected by this illness were worried that the broken might be contagious. There were so few of them left that they decided to banish the broken, amongst them Nobundo who for years tried to find a way to reconnect with the Light but instead found a different voice that answered his pleas. It was the elements and he would be the first of his people to walk the path of shamanism even one day returning to Velen and the unaffected to teach them what he had learned.
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Previously in this lore series, we have a two-part set of articles covering the history of Draenor:
The Beginnings of Draenor
The Rise of the Horde
There are two versions of Shattrath in Warcraft:
is the major player hub in Outland, and a questing area in
The center is run by the
, who worship the spiritual being A'dal.
are two factions working with Shattrath against the Burning Legion, but feud with each other. The Lower City is its own faction--it is comprised of war-torn refugees of all races. Profession trainers and vendors with unique recipes are located down here, as well as the World's End Tavern with a variety of colorful NPCs like
Learn about the story of Akama and his interactions with Illidan in our
Original Black Temple Raid Attunement
article which walks through all of the quests.
is the first Draenei Shaman and serves as the Shaman Trainer in the Exodar.
is a group of Broken players can earn reputation with to purchase many talbuk mounts like
Zügel des weißen Kriegstalbuks
Talgath, who initially betrayed Velen to the Legion, also plays a role in the
Outlaw Artifact Weapon Lore.
The Dark Portal and Wars
With the Horde’s mission complete they found themselves without an enemy to fight on Draenor which was a bit of a problem considering they had demon blood pumping in their veins and their world had become quite corrupted. Medivh, under the influence of Sargeras, made contact with Gul’dan and together they created the dark portal, a link between Draenor and Azeroth. The plan was to use the horde and weaken it, get Azeroth ready for another invasion of the Legion since by this time the War of the Ancients was already a thing of the past. Sargeras knew about Azeroth from the Pantheon, but did not know its location until the Highborne dabbled in magics they did not understand and made contact with him. Some of you asked why hasn’t Sargeras shown up yet and simply destroyed Azeroth but part of the reason is that it would make for a very short story. One day Sargeras showed up and everyone was dead, the end! but if you want to give it a lore reason, you could say that he was too far away. Perhaps with enough time he could travel to Azeroth by himself, perhaps he even tried to do so, while also trying to get in with a portal, a massive portal that could contain all its might, which was prevented time and time again. The war of the ancients was probably where they came close to succeeding, but had its gateway for Sargeras shut down. The avatar of sargeras, only a small portion of his power and spirt was defeated, the Horde failed, Archimonde blown up during Warcraft 3, Kil’jaeden pushed back during the Sunwell raid, Varimathras stopped from getting Sargeras in during the Battle for the Undercity.
Time and time again we shut down those gateways and prevent the Legion from taking the world. Going back to the first horde invasion, Stormwind was the first to fall and its survivors made their way to Lordaeron. The alliance of Lordaeron was formed and the order of the silver hand, the first paladins, rose up to fight amongst their ranks. Turalyon was one of the first paladins asked by Anduin Lothar to become his lieutenant together with Uther. This war was going to take everything they had so Lothar called upon his Arathi bloodline and asked the high elves of Quel’Thelas for aid. Their king had already heard rumors about the strange creatures in the south, but did not consider them a threat. Thye only sent a small elven fleet to the alliance, commanding the rest of their forces to stay in Quel’Thalas. Not all of them did. The highly skilled ranger captain Alleria Windrunner disobeyed her king’s orders and brought a handful of her fellow elves south. She did believe that the horde was a much greater danger than most of her kin did and she was determined to see what the orcs could do with her own eyes. During this war, many members of the Alliance formed friendships. Some, like Alleria and Turalyon, even kindles closer relationships. The elf and the human were from different worlds, but they had been brought together i na way that only war could do. As the months passed and Alleria and Turalyon discovered more about each other, they grew close.
The Alliance was able to kick the hordes butt all the way back to Blackrock Mountain where the final showdown between Warchief Doomhammer and Anduin Lothar took place. Neither warrior gave ground, not at first, but Orgrim was simply mightier than his opponent. The Warchief shattered Lothar’s greatsword with a swing of his warhammer. The alliance command fell to his knees and with his next merciless blow, Doomhammer crushed Lothar’s skull. Watching their Warchief vanquish the enemy commander inspired the orcs, and they pressed their attack. Orgrim’s gambit had paid off, he could see the sorrow and despair in his enemies’ eyes. The Alliance soldiers were flagging, many of them were losing their will to fight. Yet Turalyon, he did not give in to sorrow or despair. Such feelings were of no use to him. They would not bring Lothar back. They would not avenge his fallen friend. The young paladin unleashed his holy powers. The Light radiated out from Turalyon, blinding all around him, including Orgrim, and bringing the fighting to a standstill. The paladin took up Lothar’s broken blade and knocked the stunned orc warchief unconscious. He rallied his people, they were the all Lothar’s sons and daughters, and they would carry on his dream of ridding the world of the Horde.
Those that surrendered were placed in camps, while some of the Horde fled to the dark portal, showing the alliance its location. They shut it down, knowing that the connection between draenor and Azeroth still existed and that one day the horde could return, and so they did. The horde went for another invasion this time to collect artifacts of great power which Ner’zhul could use to create more portals to different worlds. Turalyon, Alleria, Khadgar, Kurdran and Danath lead the sons and daughters of Lothar through the dark portal to take the battle to the horde and prevent them from doing the same damage as they had done to Azeroth. In the end they were able to stop the Horde, but not before Ner’zhul made his portals and his own quick escape. Draenor, already corrupted by years of fel now became incredibly unstable. They were forced to shut down the Dark Portal to prevent this destruction from flowing into their world as these heroes of the alliance made the ultimate sacrifice and stay behind while draenor transformed into outland as we know it today.
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The Valley of Heroes in
pays tribute to those who made the sacrifice to close the Dark Portal with a series of monuments. Read their plaques at the following links:
Erzmagier Khadgar von den Kirin Tor
Waldläuferhauptmann Alleria Windläufer
faction in Hellfire Peninsula is comprised of members of the Sons of Lothar, led by
Truppenkommandant Danath Trollbann
. Alliance players can purchase several recipes with this faction, as well as the Khadgar-themed item
Klinge des Erzmagiers
Players can meet
in Shadowmoon Valley at Wildhammer Stronghold, and purchase more gryphons from
. In the short story
"Fire and Iron"
we learn that he was contemplating joining the Council of the Three Hammers, but instead realizes politics are not for him. He instead resides in
, a zone with strong dwarven lore in Thundermar.
Players can read about the events of the Dark Portal and subsequent wars through a series of books required for
Folgen des Zweiten Krieges
Jenseits des Dunklen Portals
Kil'jaeden und der Schattenpakt
Die Lethargie der Orcs
Die Allianz von Lordaeron
Das Dunkle Portal und der Untergang von Sturmwind
Die Invasion von Draenor
Alleria and Turalyon
A few years later, during the Burning Crusade, the dark portal re-opened and most were accounted for except for Alleria and Turalyon. Alleria had left her sisters Sylvanas and Vereesa behind while both of them had left their son Arator, apparently Alleria had become pregnant and had a child while still hunting down orcs on Azeroth, and while the details of his youth are unclear, this son also journeyed to outland to find his parents. He has a recurring dream...
A crimson skyline envelops me as Legion, numbering beyond comprehension, battle in the distance. I kneel before the body of a man, presumably my father, and weep. As he is gasping for air, his body wholly crushed, he whispers something. Despite every effort, I am unable to hear what he is trying to tell me.
Not even Khadgar could tell us where his old friends were. For several expansions hints were dropped from time to time, from Chris Metzen saying that we’ll need them for what’s to come, loading tips stating that nobody has seen Alleria and Turalyon for years. A strange quest in alternate draenor where we go searching for hints of Alleria and actually find something until the expansion Legion. During the hunter marksman artifact quest we join Vereesa in search of her sister which takes us to the planet of Niskara where we don’t find Alleria, but we do find her bow.
“I felt those eyes piering into my soul. Had you not freed me..I...enough! I must know if Alleria was truly held captive here or if this was all just a rouse to trap us. Was she here for days? Years? Centuries? The mage was right...time has little meaning in this place.”
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In the quest series
Schicksal des Gefallenen
provided at the
, a mysterious
is looking for Alleria. Completing this rewards the sentinel battle pet
Learn how to acquire the Marksmanship artifact
Thas'dorah, Erbstück von Haus Windläufer
in this post
Alleria and Turalyon are referenced in several in-game items:
from fishing, and as the Tier 9 plate armor.
Arator der Erlöser
, is a Paladin follower in Legion but is first met in the Alliance Hellfire Peninsula Inn. He is searching for his parents and you can check out his dialogue options
in this comment
Patch 7.3 Datamining
Khadgar, Alleria, and Turalyon are reunited in Patch 7.3.
Archmage Khadgar: It is good to see you again, my friends. When I couldn't find you after the devastation of Draenor, I wasn't sure what to think.
High Exarch Turalyon: We feared for you as well, Khadgar. But I think part of me knew it would take more than the explosion of a planet to slow you down.
Alleria Windrunner: Kurdran and Danath are safe as well?
Archmage Khadgar: Indeed, though I don't get to see them as often as I'd like. When this is all behind us, perhaps the Sons of Lothar should share a reunion feast!
High Exarch Turalyon: I agree. It's been a long time, but as I recall it was your turn to buy the drinks Khadgar.
Archmage Khadgar: Well, I don't know about that...
Alleria Windrunner: Definitely your turn. Never question an elf's memory... even after a thousand years.
Alleria also learns about Sylvanas:
Arator the Redeemer: No doubt my mother will soon ask about Sylvanas. What are you going to tell her?
Vereesa Windrunner: It is a conversation I know we must have, but the thought of it fills me with dread. How can I explain to Alleria what our sister has become? The truth will break her heart.
Alleria Windrunner: I must know, Vereesa. What fate befell our sister?
Vereesa Windrunner: Give me a moment. I will do my best to explain...
Alleria Windrunner: Impossible! I refuse to believe she now leads the Horde. Not after all they did to our people during the war.
Vereesa Windrunner: There is more. I... I am not sure how to explain the rest. Or if this is even the time or place to-
Alleria Windrunner: Sisters are complicated. Especially the undead ones.
Vereesa Windrunner: Perhaps we had best discuss the matter in private. Come, sister.
Alleria also talks to Hunters as to why she does not want her weapon back:
Alleria Windrunner: I would have words with you, Huntmaster.
Alleria Windrunner: Vereesa told me you accompanied her on the mission to Niskara. That you risked your own life to rescue me, and prevented her from falling into the inquisitor's trap.
Alleria Windrunner: It is clear you wield Thas'dorah with skill and finesse. You bring honor to the bow and to the memory of those who carried it before you.
Alleria Windrunner: There may come a day when I will have need of my family weapon once again. But for now, at least, I have a different path to follow.
Alleria Windrunner: Hold Thas'dorah proudly, champion. Know that you have proven worthy of it.
You'll first encounter Turalyon in
Der Schachzug des Propheten
and Alleria in
Ein Stich ins Herz
; check out the full questline and video in our
Argus Quest Preview
Xe'ra and Light's Heart
Time doesn’t work the same so deep in the twisting nether, but sadly no Alleria to be found. Then there’s Light’s Heart, a sentience core of the naaru prime: Xe’ra. With it comes a warning from Turalyon himself, the final plea of the army of the light. This core must reach Velen the Prophet who tries to take it to the last of Xe’ra’s line, Oros to unlock the information within the core. The Legion is already on the attack though and make sure to destroy O’ros seemingly ending our journey before it can even begin. There is another way though, we use the Tears of Elune on Light’s Heart which begins our journey of redemption, finding out that it was very naughty of us to kill Illidan at the top of the black temple and with Light’s Heart, we’re able to bring back the demon hunter. He stole our kill at the top of Nighthold and stood with us as we ventured forth through the tomb of Sargeras.
When placing Light’s Heart in the paladins order hall, it will actually react to Arator’s presence.
“If you can hear this, I have an important message. For ages, I have hunted the Burning Legion across the stars. In retribution, the dreadlord Balnazzar has been sent to Azeroth to destroy all that I hold dear.”
The paladins and the priests worked together on stopping Balnazzar eventually gaining the aid from the army of light lead by the holy dreadlord Lothraxion. Not much is known about him, but perhaps that and so much more will be developed in the next patch.
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Light's Heart has a questline for new players in Legion:
Bringer des Lichts
Die Bürde des Lichts
. This will place Light's Heart in your Order Hall and you will unlock a new Artifacct Weapon tint.
Bringer des Lichts
we try to help Velen bring the core to Oros in the
Battle of the Exodar scenario
; this plan fails and we learn that the demon
is Velen's son.
is a holy dreadlord Paladin follower players can obtain after the
Licht in der Dunkelheit
Learn about Illidan's past and why killing him at Black Temple was a bad idea in the
Boxofbeer has detailed comments and quest trees for all class hall campaigns; check them out at the
Patch 7.3 Datamining
While questing in Patch 7.3, Xe'ra is lost in
Das Kind von Licht und Schatten
. The cutscene is missing but you can watch the questline
in this post
Essenz des Lichts
, remaining from Xe'ra, is used to power part of the Netherlight Crucible in
Eine Gabe des Lichts
. Together with the
Essenz der Schatten
, acquired when Alleria uses her new Void power to defeat Nhal'athoth, the Crucible can be activated and used to
add more artifact customization
I think this is a good spot to wrap thing up and from what I’ve seen during the brief 7.3 stream, this should hopefully have you prepared for what’s to come. Man I’m excited to dive into all the details that Argus might hold, see how some things are going to be explained, but that’s something for the future. For now thank you very much for watching everyone! Subscribe if you like my videos, leave a like if you enjoyed this one aaand until next time guys...see ya!
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