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Dragon Aspects (aka Great Aspects or simply Aspects) are leaders of five dragonflights, and were proto-dragons altered by the titans as a reward for defeating the proto-dragon known as Galakrond. The titans empowered the five dragons, each with specific powers, to lead the major dragonflights and watch over ancient Kalimdor and its evolution (at the time, the sole continent of Azeroth).
The Aspects appeared to have process to transfer the powers of an Aspect to a successor, but how this works beyond the events of the Blue Dragonflight transfer (via an astronomical event called "The Embrace") is unknown. Unfortunately, to defeat Deathwing after his cataclysmic return, the Aspects drained most of their remaining power to defeat him. It is possible that these powers could be restored, though it is unknown how.
The Dragon Aspects Edit
- Nozdormu, the Timeless One
- Alexstrasza, the Life-Binder
- Ysera, the Dreamer
- Malygos, the Spell-Weaver - Original
- Neltharion, the Earth-Warder - Original
- The mighty black leviathan chosen by Khaz'goroth and given dominion over the earth and the deep places of the world. He was driven mad by the whisperings of the Old Gods and managed to drive the Blue Dragonflight to near extinction. He is now known as Deathwing.
- It was unclear whether the remaining Aspects would choose a replacement for Neltharion. Due to the Aspects being drained of their power at the end of Patch 4.3.0, it seemed unlikely. The most likely outcome was a power struggle amongst the Black Dragonflight resulting in a new leader for the flight, but not a Dragon Aspect.
Possible Dragon Aspects Edit
The Aspects in World of Warcraft EditThis section concerns content exclusive to World of Warcraft.
All of the Aspects appear in one form or another, but were not seen until the 2nd expansion:
- Malygos was the first Aspect confirmed to appear in Wrath of the Lich King. He is the boss of the Eye of Eternity within the Nexus, the homebase of the Blue Dragonflight, on the island of Coldarra in the Borean Tundra. Malygos led his dragonflight in a war against all mortal spellcasters, believing that magic was running amok throughout the world because of mortals' reckless use of its powers. Malygos can be killed by players, thus making him the first of the Dragon Aspects to die.
- Alexstrasza appears in humanoid form at the Wyrmrest Temple in Dragonblight. The Red Dragonflight appears to be at the forefront in defending the mortal races in the Nexus War against Malygos and the Blue Dragonflight, both in keeping with their charge to preserve life and honoring Alexstrasza's agreement with Rhonin that the races of those who had freed her from the Dragonmaw clan would not come to harm. Alexstrasza aids the players in the battle against Malygos in the Eye of Eternity. She also appears at Angrathar the Wrathgate in dragon form after the conclusion of the Veteran of the Wrathgate quest chain.
- Ysera appears at the Emerald Dragonshrine in Dragonblight. Lord Itharius, brother of her consort Eranikus, has been sent as her ambassador to Alexstrasza's Wyrmrest Accord. She later appears at Mount Hyjal under the World Tree Nordrassil with the Cataclysm expansion.
- Nozdormu appears briefly during [??] at the Bronze Dragonshrine. Chronormu (alias Chromie) is Nozdormu's ambassador to the Wyrmrest Accord.
- Deathwing appears (as Neltharion) in humanoid form in a flashback in the Prison of Yogg-Saron in Ulduar, during a vision showing the creation of the Dragon Soul. He makes his full return in Cataclysm as the main antagonist, and will be second of the original Dragon Aspects to die as of Patch 4.3. Nalice is Deathwing's ambassador to the Wyrmrest Accord.
During a Q&A session at Blizzcon 2008 on October 11, 2008, a question was asked as to whether Deathwing will ever be seen within World of Warcraft. The response, while vague, was positive, indicating that, at some unspecified future time, Deathwing would in fact appear in-world. He finally made his appearance (albeit as something of a cameo) in Ulduar, and is the main antagonist of the Cataclysm expansion.
During the Lore section for Blizzcon 2010, Chris Metzen stated that Kalecgos will become the "new blue aspect." He did not explain how this would happen. Previously, the Titans gave a portion their power to each Dragon Aspect. This would imply that Norgannon, the Titan master magician could return as he was the Titan who gave Malygos his power.
In Patch 4.3 EditThis section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.
During the final Deathwing encounter, the Dragon Aspects channel all their power into the Dragon Soul to finish him; when the cinematic plays we find out they no longer have their powers and are now mortal beings (As much as any dragons who can live for hundreds of millennia can be mortal), shown through their humanoid forms losing the eye glow and, more noticeably, Nozdormu's pauldron being broken, leaking sand. Some of the last spark of the Aspect's power resides in the Heart of the Aspects mounts and the Soul of the Aspects companions.
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- ^ World of Warcraft: Dawn of the Aspects: Part I, e-book by Richard A. Knaak
- ^ Tribunal of Ages
- ^ a b c Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects
- ^ The Nexus. Official World of Warcraft Community site (US).
The Nexus. Official World of Warcraft Community site (EU).
- ^ Anne Stickney 2011-12-04. Know Your Lore: Cataclysm's end. WoW Insider.
- See also: Legacy of the Aspects