Story of Wrathion and True Battle for Azeroth with Nobbel87
October's month's lore spotlight with Nobbel87 highlights the new Wrathion quest in Patch 8.2.5. As usual, we'll transcribe Nobbel's video and then provide links to useful Wowhead quests and articles if you'd like to read more about this topic.
We have several companion articles which you may find interesting if you enjoy this one:
Dragonflights of the Old Gods and Mystery of the Dragon Isles
Wrathion's Journal and His Plan to Defeat N'Zoth
Rise of the Dragonflights
Azeroth did not always have dragons, but they did have proto-dragons which evolved from elements left behind when the keepers sent the Elemental Lords to their elemental planes. The proto-dragons were a great help to keeper Tyr in his battle against Galakrond, so much so that they decided to empower them and turn them into the dragon aspects: Alexstrasza, Ysera, Neltharion, Nozdormu and Malygos. They were the very first, leaders of their individual flights, all of them having their own domains to guard. To keep their race going, more eggs and proto-dragons were evolved into dragons. These flights would safeguard the land against threats--threats like the Old Gods who were buried in their own prisons deep beneath the world.
The Old Gods longed for their freedom. To return to the days where they ruled the planet. The days of the Black Empire. Neltharion the Earth-Warder, was given charge over the mountains and deep caverns of the earth, which made him incredibly vulnerable to the corruption of the Old Gods. They whispered to him for millenia. Ever so subtle, they pitched him against his fellow dragons until his madness was revealed over 10,000 years ago. During the War of the Ancients, he convinced his fellow aspects to place a portion of their power into a device of his making called the Dragon Soul. It was planned to be used against the invading Legion forces, but instead Neltharion, or Deathwing as he would now be known, turned against them He used the device not only against the demons, but also the resistance fighting the invasion as well as his fellow dragons. Although he would eventually be defeated, this was a mighty blow against all dragon kind and they would take years to recover. Years that allowed the Old Gods to lay seeds for future plans. Seeds like the corruption of the Emerald Dream, Y’sera’s domain, a corruption known as the Emerald Nightmare.
The madness of Deathwing went further then just the aspect himself. His entire flight was under the sway of the Old Gods and would cause a lot of problems for the world of Azeroth. This was not exactly what the keepers had in mind when they granted him these powers. This was not what an earth-warder was meant to be.
Read more on Wowhead:
Learn more about the current state of all the Dragonflights in
Dragonflights of the Old Gods and Mystery of the Dragon Isles (Speculation)
Old Gods have been a recurring lurking theme in Battle for Azeroth, and our latest articles on the topic include
Sylvanas' Plan - The End of Hope and Rise of the Lich Queen
Azshara's Third Death and the Final Boss of BFA
becomes Legion's first raid, which you may still be interested in running for transmog, artifact appearances, and achievements, detailed in our
. One of the bosses in the raid, Il'gynoth, whispered many ominous phrases which appeared to be coming true in Patch 8.2, which you can read about in
The Emerald Dream and Il'gynoth's Whispers in Rise of Azshara
Dragons in Modern WoW
Fast forward millennia into the future to the time period of the Cataclysm. Deathwing, in order of the Old Gods, was going around trying to bring about the Hour of Twilight. The moment in which the Old Gods would break out of their prisons and rule the world once more. He would find his demise at the end, by the hands of Go’el and the other aspects, turning that Dragon Soul against the corrupted aspect.
The champions who fought at our side assured the survival of our world, but now...we must see it with mortal eyes. We dragon aspects have fulfilled our great purpose and our ancient power is expended.
It sounds like this is the end of all dragons, like they fulfilled the titans' wishes and now pass on the torch to the mortals of the world. It’s their duty to safeguard Azeroth. There’s a reason why this ending is my least favorite one for multiple reasons. I’m a big fan of dragon lore and taking care of Deathwing was never the ultimate purpose given to the dragons. They were meant to safeguard the world and threats like the Old Gods, N’zoth for example, they’re still out there. Then again, I understand they wanted to give it a bit of closure so they took away a huge chunk of the aspects' powers which is fine. We mortals have proven that we can be defenders as well.
That’s not the major problem, but next to that they also made them mortal AND on top of that, they can also no longer reproduce. This was first mentioned on Twitter and later confirmed in a questline. The race of dragons, these mythical creatures that have been around for millennia would eventually die out. Jesse Cox, another big lore nerd, had the opportunity to interview Ion Hazzikostas and 2 years ago, they talked about the future of dragons. What this choice at the end of the Cataclysm meant for their future.
Q: Are we going to have more dragon story in the future?
A: That seems very likely. At 112 you learn in the Chromie Scenario, dragons are going to be very important. But part of the storytelling and the world building it’s always this trick of balancing the story telling now without closing possibilities for the future. They are literary devices right? Yes, you killed Illidan in the Black Temple. He was seemingly defeated but as we’re planning out this framework for the Legion expansion...wouldn’t it be awesome to have Illidan around? Wouldn’t there be so many oppertunites. What if we tweak a couple of things, little bit of retconning going on, open up this door to let us tell an awesome new story. It was never our intent, back in Cataclysm, to close the door forever on "ok, dragons are gone, there's never going to be any in the future, we can't do anything with them again, no more dragon raid bosses, etc..." But yes, we know there's rebuilding to do there, if we want to ever focus the storyline around them in the same ways.
So in essence, if Blizzard feels like bringing back dragons into the story, they got some things to explain but there are ways to make it so. Keep that in mind for when we reach the end of this video.
Read more on Wowhead:
We have a full recap of the expansion, including major characters and plot summaries for each patch, in
Cataclysm: An Expansion Overview
Make sure to complete the dungeons
to better understand the Dragon Soul story. In these dungeons, you will help Nozdormu clear the timeways, allowing players to retrieve and empower the Dragon Soul, preventing the Hour of Twilight plan.
In the dungeon End Time we encounter versions of Jaina, Baine, Sylvanas, and Tyrande, broken by the Hour of Twilight. Each alternate take on these characters parallels their character development in Battle for Azeroth. For example, in End Time, Tyrande draws upon dark magic, and in Battle for Azeroth, she undergoes the dangerous Night Warrior ritual. You can read more about each character's parallels in
The End Time Prophecies Revisited in Battle for Azeroth
Learn more about Dragon Soul:
The entrance for Dragon Soul is located in the
, which is located in
. When arriving, head down the passage (or ask the nice dragon for a ride) until you reach the main clearing. The Dragon Soul instance portal is in the northeastern corner at 62.2, 28.2 next to two other instances,
requires achievements for the bosses of Dragon Soul and rewards
is a title rewarded for completing
is a title rewarded for completing
has a chance to drop the mount
has a chance to drop
on Normal or Heroic.
also has a chance to drop
on Heroic only.
Three pets can be found in Dragon Soul
Spine of Deathwing
Wrathion in Cataclysm
So during the Cataclysm we battled with Deathwing, while some members of the red dragonflight thought that it would be really nice if we actually had a proper earth-warden. A black dragon that wasn’t corrupted. They had no knowledge of Ebonhorn hiding out in Highmountain. He too is an uncorrupted black dragon, only he was cleansed all the way back during the War of the Ancients and has been hiding out with the Tauren ever since. They had no idea that he existed so instead they performed their own experiments, trying to figure out some way of creating the first uncorrupted black dragon in millenia. By gathering wild black dragon eggs, wild black dragon corpses and Nyxondra’s eggs we combine those with an ancient titan device. Let it scan and excise anomalies, remove the corruption and voila! We had ourselves an egg.
Despite Deathwing trying to obtain it, the egg remains safe long enough for Wrathion to hatch. He’s not exactly happy with what the red dragons have done, but he’s more concerned about his own corrupted flight. Rogue heroes are recruited to help him exterminate each and everyone of them, including his own father. To his knowledge, all of them are dead, but that’s not exactly true. Disregarding Ebonhorn who was added to the story later, even back then we knew about Sabellian, a black dragon stationed on Outland. Regardless, Wrathion believed his mission to be completed and then traveled to a whole new land previously hidden by mists, the lands of Pandaria.
Learn more on Wowhead:
The quest series to purify Wrathion's egg starts from
in the Badlands. The quest series is a bit of a tearjerker, culminating in
Wrathion next resurfaces in the quest series for
, added in Patch 4.3 alongside Dragon Soul. Rogues can still obtain these daggers today, detailed in
A Legendary Undertaking - Helping Your Rogue Pick Up A Pair Of Fangs
. One neat perk of the daggers is
, which provides slowfall, but more importantly, grants wing visuals.
Wrathion in Mists of Pandaria
Despite stepping away from the red dragons and refusing to follow their orders, our mission was still a success. We did indeed create an uncorrupted guardian of the world and that’s exactly what Wrathion is about. A vision has shown him that the Legion is coming for another invasion and he believes that a divided Azeroth will never stand a chance against them. That’s why, with the promise of beautiful legendary items, he recruited heroes from both factions to follow him around and help him achieve his ultimate goal, one faction to wipe out the other.
Sadly though, that never played out. His careful plans were foiled by Varian who decided, after Garrosh was kicked out of the mantle of Warchief and placed on trial, to not dismantle the Horde, but instead step away. Wrathion never understood that the Alliance and Horde were stronger because of one another. They had stood shoulder to shoulder against massive threats like the Old Gods and the Legion before. By working together they’re a force that even the Old Gods are wary about. Sure enough, time and time again they fight with one another, but together they’re an incredibly powerful force. Lessons our young black dragon friend seems too stubborn to learn.
Learn more on Wowhead:
While no longer obtainable, you can read about the Mists legendaries in
Overview of the Legendary Cloak Questline
. This quest line spanned the entire expansion, rewarding players with She-Touched weapons, gems for their helms, and legendary cloaks with distinctive visual procs -
In addition to unique rewards, the questline with Wrathion offered an opportunity for players to get to know the black dragon a bit better through overhearing his dialogue with Anduin. With the removal of the questline, these have been lost in-game as well. However, we've transcribed the notable bits in our
, which serve as a useful starting point when examining how his character has grown in the 8.2.5 quests.
You may be interested in returning to Pandaria for the many
treasures and secrets
it offers, as well as
Raiding with Leashes
, added earlier this year.
Wrathion in Recent Expansions
Now while on Pandaria, a close friendship with prince Anduin Wrynn developed. During Garrosh’s trial, Wrathion and Anduin confirmed that they see each other as friends, but not even that bond would stand in the way of Wrathion and his goals. The Legion was still coming. He did not believe Azeroth was strong enough, but perhaps if they had another Horde, another army to stand with them...they would have a chance. The plan was created. With the aid of the bronze dragon Kairozdormu, Garrosh escaped and was transported to a whole new reality. One where he would form the Horde, to have it stand with our Azeroth, but Garrosh wasn’t down with being used like that.
He murdered Kairoz, yet formed this Iron Horde all the same. Not for the defense of Azeroth, but to conquer it. The Dark Portal turned red and heroes ventured forth to take care of this threat. Even Wrathion made his way to this alternate Draenor as we learn from the log found at Admiral Taylor’s garrison. If you were quick enough you could even find a glimpse of the whelp flying away from Khadgar’s tower... You have to wonder what they exactly had planned with Wrathion during the expansion, but like so much else, it seems to have been cut out.
Then Legion alpha rolled around and again the black dragon prince was there, in Highmountain. Right there, explaining what he was trying to accomplish by setting Garrosh free. By the time of release, our prince was replaced by Ebonhorn. Another uncorrupted black dragon except uncorrupted in a completely different way. Whereas Wrathion was a bit of an experiment with an ancient titan device, Ebonhorn's cleaning came with the use of one of the Pillars of Creation, the Hammer of Khaz’garoth. Again, we were forced to wait and wonder what had happened to Wrathion. Where was he now, what was he up to.... A cameo in the Chromie scenario of some alternate timeline was just not enough...
Learn more on Wowhead:
You can read about Wrathion's presence on Draenor in the book
Learn more about the overall expansion in our
Warlords of Draenor Overview
Hidden Secrets of WoD
Similar to the MoP legendary questline, the Warlords one has been removed from the game as well. You can follow along with it though in our
Warlords Legendary Ring Guide
Check out when we first covered
Wrathion in Highmountain
in the Legion Alpha.
See how the polished Highmountain story turned out in our
Ebyssian / Spiritwalker Ebonhorn biography
Wrathion in Early BFA
So...knowing all that, what exactly does that have to do with Battle for Azeroth? Keep in mind that this point in time where we’re going to go into current lore as well spoilers for 8.2.5. If you don’t want any spoilers, then thank you very much for watching so far.
It should be obvious now, but Wrathion is a character liked by many and so his return has been desired for quite some time now. One of the first hints about his actions in Battle for Azeroth comes from an island expedition quest, you know those quests people don’t really pay attention too but drop little lore bombs. Like Helya is apparently back in Helheim? Yeah...those quests...one of them stars with an Unscarred Black Scale.
<An utterly pristine black dragon scale taken from the dragons you recently encountered. The black dragonflight was completely decimated following Deathwing's demise and Wrathion's rise to power. Yet the size indicates a younger dragon. There is one person, one dragon, that you know will want to hear of this, but where IS Wrathion? You surmise he may be some place familiar, fortified, and abandoned.>
Outside the entrance to Blackwing Descent we find one of his agents who accepts the scale as they were told to expect us. As compensation we get a bit of Azerite as well as information:
Have you heard of the Dragon Isles? Few have, and fewer have been there. We have not found others of the master's kin... forthcoming in information. Should you uncover anything further in your travels, we will be awaiting a visit, with payment in kind.
Wrathion is apparently on the hunt for the Dragon Isles and it wouldn’t be surprising if you’ve never heard of them before. A lot of what we know about them comes from a book called
World of Warcraft Diary
written by John Staats. The book gives a really cool insider look at the development behind the game, including some of the concepts that never really made it in, like the Dragon Isles, intended as a lvl 65 to 70 raid located north of Lordaeron and west of Quel’Thalas before being cut. They were intended to be temples to the Old Gods and Alexstrasza was meant to be located there. That’s pretty much all we know about the Dragon Isles. An old concept now being revived. It’s not certain if that old idea, having temples to the Old Gods there, is actually a thing but considering what we find out in the next patch...it’s not crazy to think so. We’ll talk about that in just a moment.
Learn more on Wowhead:
The start of Battle for Azeroth focused on the kingdoms of Kul Tiras and Zandalar, but if you looked deeper at some quest text, there were many more stories developing. We detail all of them, including the hints about Wrathion, Helya, Old Gods, and Titans in
Secret Stories of Battle for Azeroth
We analyze how the Dragon isles could return to WoW in the concluding section of our article
Dragonflights of the Old Gods and Mystery of the Dragon Isles
As Battle for Azeroth progressed, Wrathion's agents can be found in more and more places. We speculated on why they were watching us in
Blacktalon Agents of Wrathion in Rise of Azshara
Chamber of Heart
So we have a hint of Wrathion on a quest, yet our adventures continued all the same, filling up our Heart of Azeroth in an attempt to heal the world. MOTHER did some calculating and despite our best efforts, Azeroth isn’t doing too well.
“World unit Azeroth cascading toward terminal failure. Evaluation: Possible to reserve condition by Amplifying Heart of Azeroth.”
“Amplify it, you say? How?”
“Infuse heart with magical essences capible of nurturing world unit azeroth. Example: Energies once granted by titan watchers to primitive draconic lifeforms.”
“The dragon aspects? But they gave up their powers to save the world from Deathwing!”
“Readings indicate other compatible essences coalescing in numerous forms and locations. Collection of these essences necessary to fortify Heart of Azeroth – and its wielder.”
So we go out to gather essences of the different dragonflights to empower the heart and gain access to an ability called The Crucible of Flame. I won’t be going into too many details surrounding this questline, that will happen once I’ve actually reached the final quest and it’s no longer such a spoiler. The main point and connection to Wrathion comes from the first essence we collect which takes us to Highmountain and Neltharion’s Lair. Ebonhorn, the uncorrupted black dragon, join us on this quest and even decides to stay with us the Chamber of Heart. We’ve seen him struggle against the whispers of the Old Gods before. By leaving Highmountain during the Highmountain recruitment scenario, quite a lot of darkness came after him. Our heroic actions of reactivating the wards and slaying Uul’gyneth prevented him from falling to darkness yet now, with N’zoth released from his prison, not even the Chamber of Heart is safe...
To prevent the dark forces that corrupted the black dragonflight once before, we’re going to need his help. He’s apparently been studying the Old Gods in order to better combat their insidious powers. Not an easy guy to track down though. First stop is checking in with his associates in Pandaria at the Tavern of the Mists.
Learn more on Wowhead:
The events discussed above are part of the
Heart of Azeroth Essence Questline
, which unlocks every few Heart of Azeroth levels and addresses a different type of dragon flight under attack.
As part of this questline, we've learned the
Twilight Dragonflight has returned
, first teased in the Shaman questline in Legion.
If you're interested in the artifact system surrounding this questline, check out our
Heart of Azeroth Essence Overview
. You must unlock the Essence Forge to add major and minor essences to your Heart.
we learn about sinister motivations behind us unlocking the Essence system and powering up our necks.
We've transcribed all the dialogue from the
Highmountain Recruitment Scenario
showing Ebonhorn struggling with the darkness.
At the tavern we see that N’zoth likes to keep an eye on things. Lurking observers roam the area that needs to be removed before it’s safe to talk with the Blacktalon bodyguards. They were told to stay here and wait for us. Said his brother would need his help eventually. Quite interesting that Wrathion now sees Ebonhorn as his brother while in previous expansions, the others of the black dragonflight were nothing to him but targets to take out. Is he aware that Ebonhorn is not corrupted and therefore on the same level as he is? Perhaps, the message left by Wrathion comes in the form of a torn journal page.
Wrathion's questline unlocks after completing
Wrathion has gone to Dire Maul to delve into the knowledge of the Shen’dralar, who dabbled in the Void. We do have an empty blade left behind by Xal’atath, brought over by Horde members to the banshee queen who then had Nathanos use it to guide us to Nazjatar. Will the ultimate plan be setting N’zoth free to then completely remove him? Who knows.
As I suspected, little of what the Shen'dralar collected in their archives survived their flight from Eldre'thalas. Still, there was some knowledge to be gleaned from the tomes they were forced to leave behind as they escaped the Horde's aggression.
References to the Old Gods are vague and oblique, existing only as archaeological footnotes from a time before the Sundering. The Shen'dralar, adept in the arcane arts as they were, could not completely unravel the intricacies of the Black Empire's dark magic.
Yet a few of them did dabble in the Void, and the lessons they learned grant me hope that N'Zoth's own power can be wielded against him.
Even in its abandoned state, the library's meticulous organization truly impressed me. If only more of it had remained intact. Such an extensive loss of wisdom is lamentable. The Shen'dralar toiled ceaselessly to collect the librams that lined their bookshelves, only for the lion's share of it to be consumed by the flames of war.
But such is the nature of warfare, is it not? Seldom does it accomplish the intentions of its architects, and never without leaving immeasurable devastation in its wake... especially when the Horde and the Alliance are the forces in conflict. Can one ultimately say that victory is worth the price that must be paid to achieve it?
Perhaps it is, in some cases. But the verdict is not as easily reached as I once thought.
Our little prince is growing up it seems, shaping and forming his thoughts about the world. Obviously, the Black Prince isn’t here. Not even his bodyguards know where to find him, but they point us to Blackrock Mountain all the same. There's a terrace carved into its slopes... where Nefarian once made his lair. Wrathion has been monitoring that place for a long time and even if he himself isn’t there, we might find someone who knows where to look.
Wrathion visits the following locations, which had significance in past expansions:
is an instance from vanilla WoW. It is fondly by most raiders as one of the most important sources for world buffs which used to be key to defeating bosses in raids back then. In what was referred to as a "tribute run," players disguised themselves as ogres to sneak past guards and eventually become the king of the Gordok tribe for extra loot--and buffs. It was one of Blizzard's first divergent dungeons in which alternate paths--such as skipping bosses--were encouraged.
You may still be interested in running Dire Maul now for
, although players in Classic have
more to look forward to with Dire Maul opening in Phase 2, such as
style enchants, the opportunity to obtain
, Warlock/Paladin epic mount quests, and the the ability for Mages to learn Rank 7
. Learn more in our
Classic Phases Guide
At the spot where we turned in our island expedition quest, we now find the Blacktalon Watcher being drained of all knowledge by N’zoth’s minions. Forcing their way into his mind to find out what he knows. The minions go down easy enough. Another journal page was left with this guard as well as instructions to go to Karazhan next.
Torn journal page #16; makes mention of his time in Pandaria, hanging out with the Lorewalkers and the Shado-Pan to learn more about their interactions with the Sha. This dark force originates from the essence of the Old God Y'Shaarj, the underlying principles of their techniques could prove effective in resisting the whispers of the Old Gods.
I must admit, I felt a certain kinship with the Shado-Pan that I did not anticipate. The Pandaren do not maintain a standing army, and so the Shado-Pan serve as their sole defense against both the mantid and the sha.
Though they have trained themselves to seal away their emotions, there is an air of solitude about them that I recognize all too well. It is no easy task to stand alone against the darkness so that others may bask in the light.
But someone must always make that stand. And they can never allow themselves to falter.
That’s how Wrathion see’s himself I guess, the man working from the shadows trying to protect the world. As instructed we fly out to Karazhan, but N’zoth’s minions have learned much from this interrogated Blacktalon Watcher and are on the same trail as we are.
Wrathion also singles out two factions from Mists of Pandaria:
: Gaining reputation with
is an unusual process. Instead of completing dailies or zone quests like most other Pandaren factions, players gain reputation by visiting monuments, completing achievements, and hearing folktales. Learn more in our
: The Shado-Pan protect Pandaria from the imprisoned Sha--no small task. They are found wearing their distinctive navy-and-red armor throughout the borders of Pandaria in Kun-Lai Summit and Townlong Steppes. Notable rewards include
. Learn how to earn reputation in our
A slain Blacktalon Lookout took out several of the sleepless operatives at the cost of his own life. On his body we find page #25:
Few mysteries intrigue me more than the lost knowledge and technology left behind by the titans. The zeal with which I pursued their secrets in the past may have bordered on excess, but the quest in and of itself is one that must be continued. I know for certain that the Forge of Origination is the key to dealing the Old Gods their ultimate defeat, though I have not yet been able to discern the exact manner in which it is meant to be used.
This Forge of Origination was placed in the area now known as Uldum by the titan keepers in the days of bringing order to Azeroth. Not only would it help the titan spirit grow, it also worked as a fail-safe protocol. In case the world would be too corrupted, this device could be activated to eradicate all life in the world, pretty much a reset button incase the Old Gods’ hold over the world became too strong. But that’s not the only way this device can be used.
In the days of Lei-Shen the Thunder King, we saw that Lei-Shen had his own vision on how to fulfill the keepers' plans, how to lead the world as Keeper Ra had fallen to despair. Lei-Shen set his eyes on claiming the Forge of Origination, but the Tol’vir were outraged when they heard what Lei-Shen had done to their keeper. They would never join his side, so the Thunder King made ready to take it by force. Although the Tol’vir did not have the numbers to even remotely stand a chance, they did have the forge. They configured it to scour only the nearby land and everything in it, their enemies as well as their allies outside in the lands of Uldum, all of them felt the might of the energies of unmaking. What once was a lush jungle, a paradise as they described it, had now turned into the desert as we know it today.
That’s how Lei-Shen died for the first time; the forge can pretty much purge the surface of the world and be configured to do a much more local attack. Algalon during Wrath of the Lich King was planning to use it, but we slapped some sense into him and got a different reply code, one that deactivated the purge. Deathwing then tried to claim the forge for his plans during the Cataclysm, plans that we prevented. And now his son Wrathion is wondering if we could use this device to deal the Old Gods their ultimate defeat.
It is strange to think on how those events predate my own hatching. While I plumb the depths of forgotten lore from eons past, others have lived through crises I will only ever know from historical accounts. There must be someone on Azeroth who possesses the understanding I require, and perhaps my next course of action should be to seek them out.
A pity the former Aspects are so reluctant to trust me. Even after all my research, their familiarity with the titans' handiwork surely eclipses my own. But given the troubled history of my dragonflight... of Deathwing, Onyxia, Nefarian... and myself... I cannot say I blame them, either.
Perhaps these actions will help him reconnected with the other flights, pool their knowledge together and figure out a solution.
resembles devices used to activate Titan machinery by the Mogu Empire. Lorewalker Cho tells us that this item hails from the Age of a Hundred Kings when the Mogu kings practiced necromancy, raising crypt lords to rule from underground; thankfully the flavor text on the item claims it
to be inert, but appearances can be deceiving!
A new branch of Tol'vir have also awoken, called the Amathet, as discovered in
; they believe they have a divine right to the Azerite and have constructed their
keepers, which confirms the existence of a facility resembling the Forge of Wills or Halls of Origination. The Forge infuses Azeroth with cosmic energies, creating sentient life, while the Halls are meant to regulate the rhythm of the earth... or more disturbingly obliterate life should Azeroth become completely corrupted.
Learn more about Keeper Ra's story in the
Elemental Shaman Artifact Weapon
Explore the related zones -
, a Cataclysm questing zone,
, an outdoor Mogu/Zandalari zone in Mists of Pandaria, and
, the raid with Lei Shen as the final boss. The Zandalari, now an Allied Race, were once allied with the Mogu and you can learn more about it in
The Story of the Zandalari Trolls
Inside the catacombs of Karazhan Wrathion continued his research and now agents of N’zoth are crawling over the place looking for the prince. With any luck, we can find him before they do. Investigating clues left behind until we stumble upon Torn journal page #58:
The insight I gained from the tower's library allowed me to reach a significant milestone: I have concocted a tonic that, when imbibed, will cleanse a minor amount of the Old Gods' corruption and silence their whispers. Such is merely the first step on the path to defeating them once and for all, but it warrants celebration, nonetheless.
Though I knew there were valuable lessons to learn in Karazhan, I did not anticipate that some of them would emerge from my conversations with Medivh's lingering spirit. He recounted his struggles under Sargeras's influence as the dark titan twisted his soul from within, and I was left to wonder if similar thoughts plagued Neltharion as he descended into madness himself.
But Medivh also spoke of his spirit's return to the mortal realm, and how it guided Azeroth's champions in the fight against the very forces that once corrupted him. He said something on which I ruminate even now: "I can never change the actions of my past," he told me, "but I can forge a new legacy to leave behind.
A new legacy. In the end, perhaps that is what I am truly after. A way to make amends for my father's failings... as well as my own. A legacy worthy of the black dragonflight's original sacred charge: the defense of Azeroth. The end of the Old Gods.
I do hope these pages have proven to be of use to you, <name>. I would hate to think my agents wasted their time delivering them to you as instructed. Rest assured that when the time is right, you will have my aid in the fight against N'Zoth. In the true battle for Azeroth.
Oh, and one last request: Burn this journal. It is time my actions speak for me.
I really love these little lore tidbits and bombs they drop. Medivh, in short, is a child born from Aegwynn who was corrupted by the spirit of Sargeras after defeating its avatar in ages past. The powers of the guardian as well as Sargeras’ spirit were passed on to Medivh which would lead to a corrupted guardian. One that opened the Dark Portal and brought in the orcish Horde for their very first invasion, to weaken it and make it ready for another invasion from the Legion. Medivh’s corruption was eventually discovered and he was killed too, then brought back by his mother so he could recruit the world to stand against the Legion.
For a long time people wondered what happened to Medivh at the end of
. His mother's magic had brought him back to the physical world for this one specific task and his powers were waning, he felt that his time on the physical plane was coming to an end. The task of safeguarding Azeroth now fell to its inhabitants, just as he had intended. Yet his spirit is still tied to the tower of Karazhan. We saw it briefly during Legion and now once more it’s been confirmed that his spirit wanders the tower. One has to wonder if Khadgar is having conversations with Medivh as well but either way, Wrathion is looking for a better legacy to leave behind for his flight. An end to the Old Gods, he will stand with us in our battle against N’zoth in our quest of saving the world not just from the wounds inflicted by Sargeras, but also its corruption.
So no Wrathion to be found here, yet we still need aid for Ebonhorn. Luckily the prince has thought of this. After slaying X’korr the Compelling we find a Potion of Mental Clarity and a hastily-scrawled note. It’s meant for Ebonhorn to cleanse his mind of N’zoth’s influence. Wrathion’s studies will not go to waste as MOTHER absorbs the knowledge into her database and they’ll use what they can to reinforce the chamber’s defenses.
is a raid from Burning Crusade, revamped as a dungeon in Legion. You can use Medivh's staff,
Atiesh, Greatstaff of the Guardian
, to teleport players to the front gate of Karazhan. Karazhan used to require an elaborate attunement process, but now players can just enter on their own accord. There's some rare enchants and schematics in the TBC zone, not to mention Tier 4 gloves and helm for transmog, as well as
. The Legion version boasts the mounts
At the end of 7.3.5, we learn in
that Khadgar has gone to Karazhan to visit with Medivh. No sign of Khadgar in BFA, but perhaps he could return as well.
Story of Classic World of Warcraft
, we detail Medivh's involvement in
, who guided Thrall and Jaina to work together and defeat Archimonde.
Wrathion's Story Moving Forward?
That’s where the 8.2.5 quest leaves us for the moment, but man did we learn a lot of interesting lore tidbits not just surrounding Wrathion but just the world in general. We can be pretty certain that Wrathion is going to show up in the expansion this time. No more teasing or cutting out stories as he’s got a full blown new model which made the people of the internet fall for him all over again. Wrathion is growing up and so are his ideas when it comes to the future of the world. His motivation has always been trying to safeguard the planet. When we experimented, we wanted to make a true black dragon, a true guardian of the world, one uncorrupted by the Old Gods and that’s we got. He does not get corrupted or influenced on his mission which also means that his allegiances are not with the factions of the world.
If you ask if we can trust him to be there for us? Then the answer would be no. Even Anduin Wrynn, someone he’s very close to and he considers to be a friend, was pushed to the side when he stood in the way of Wrathion’s plans. Azeroth has his allegiance and he will do everything he can, everything that needs to happen to safeguard her future. That doesn’t mean he’s perfect. The plans he made up in the past have backfired, like having one of the factions take over the other, or using Garrosh to form the Iron Horde.
I’d love to party with Wrathion again and perhaps visit the Dragon Isles. Learn knowledge that will aid us in the battle against N’zoth. He does mention Old Gods several times, plural, which makes me wonder if C’Thun and Yogg-Saron are still a massive threat to the world. Is that what N’zoth is after? Freeing his brothers or will he be satisfied with corrupting the world on his own. Is Wrathion perhaps searching for a way to restore the dragonflights? Ion Hazzikostas did mention that they had to do some rebuilding to bridge that gap again and now we’re infusing the Heart of Azeroth with powers from the different flights.
We’ve also seen the void-infused dragons already pop up, trying to convert more of their kind. Xal'atath is still walking around somewhere, can you imagine Xal'atath and Wrathion in the same room? The boy king serves at the masters table, 3 lies he will offer you... Does Wrathion perhaps know more about Anduin than we do? Will he be the clarification and perhaps ultimate salvation that we’re looking for?
I can’t wait to see this unfold but by all means let me know what you think is going to happen! The future is still unwritten which has me very excited, but for now thank you very much for watching everyone!
Learn more on Wowhead:
Wrathion's Journal and His Plan to Defeat N'Zoth
, we speculate not only on where the story could go next, but how his flawed judgment could hurt his latest round of plans, as it has in the past.
Wrathion's story follows the
War Campaign Finale
, which we covered extensively last week through a
, character study pieces
Saurfang's Journey to Reclaim Honor
Sylvanas' Plan - The End of Hope and Rise of the Lich Queen
, and spotlights on interesting NPC dialogue including
Where is Tyrande in the War Campaign?
Thrall and Overlord Geyarah in Orgrimmar
Sylvanas Loyalist Whispers
There are still many unanswered questions in Battle for Azeroth, which we've analyzed in a series of articles such as
Elemental Rebellion and Rebirth
Tidestone of Golganneth and Tomb of Sargeras Mystery
Where is the Prison of N'Zoth?
Ny'alotha, the Sleeping City of N'Zoth
获取 Wowhead 高级会员
[As little as
less than $1 a month
to enjoy an ad-free experience, unlock premium features, and support the site!]
[Show 0 Comments]
[Hide 0 Comments]
[Sign In to Post a Comment]