The Cosmic Forces are the potent magics and mighty beings that shape the Warcraft universe.[1]


Light and Shadow

Light and Shadow are the most fundamental forces in existence. Although contradictory by their very nature, they are bound together on a cosmic scale. One cannot exist without the other. Pure Light and Shadow dwell in a realm outside the borders of reality, but shades of their presence are found in the physical universe. Light manifests as holy magic, while Shadow (also referred to as “the Void”) appears as shadow magic.[2]

Life and Death

The forces of Life and Death hold sway over every living thing in the physical universe. The energies of Life, known commonly as nature magic, promote growth and renewal in all things. Death, in the form of necromantic magic, acts as a counterbalance to Life. It is an unavoidable force that breeds despair in mortal hearts and pushes everything toward a state of entropic decay and eventual oblivion.[2]

Order and Disorder

The forces of Order and Disorder govern the cosmic systems of the physical universe. Order is most commonly perceived in reality as arcane magic. This type of energy is innately volatile, and wielding it requires intense precision and concentration. Conversely, Disorder is manifested as highly destructive fel magic. This brutal and extremely addictive energy is fueled by drawing life from living beings.[2]

The Elements

The elements of fire, air, earth, and water serve as the basic building blocks of all matter in the physical universe. Shamanic cultures have long sought to live in harmony with, or assert dominion over, the elements. To do so, they call upon the primordial forces of Spirit and Decay. Those who seek to bring balance to the elements rely on Spirit (sometimes referred to as the “fifth element” by shaman, or “chi” by monks). This life-giving force interconnects and binds all things in existence as one. Decay is the tool of shaman seeking to subjugate and weaponize the elements themselves.[2]

Elemental duality

Many shamanistic cultures have discovered that the elements can influence a variety of emotional states. For this reason, mortals often associate the elements with different feelings, both positive and negative.[3]

Element Positive Trait Negative Trait
Fire Passion Fury
Earth Stability Stubbornness
Spirit Bravery Naivete
Air Cunning Madness
Water Tranquility Indecisiveness
Decay Efficiency Ruthlessness


  1. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, "Introduction: Cosmology", pg. 9
  2. ^ a b c d World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, "The Cosmic Forces", pg. 10
  3. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 11

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