The Warcraft Lore series is a collection of articles delving deep into the history of many important Warcraft figures and events. Since World of Warcraft’s story is ongoing in the famous MMORPG and in some new novel publications, I will try to constantly update these articles. My main sources are Warcraft books and comics, Warcraft 1 / 2 /3, World of Warcraft, WoWWiki, WoWpedia, YouTube and some theory-crafting sites. The following article will inform you about the Origins of the Naga.
For thousand years, bound beneath these waves I have watched you. I have tasted your essence. It won’t be long now. Your death is near. Only I can sustain you. Let go. Serve me.
N’zoth to Azshara
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More than 10.000 years ago, Kalimdor was the land of the huge Kaldorei Empire (High Elves) led by Queen Azshara. The monarchy system separated the lower elf classes from the nobles that were called the Highborne. The Highborn, along with Azhara, stayed in the magnificent capital of the Kaldorei Empire, Zin-Azshari. Azhara’s council, led by Xavius, had easy access to the Well of Eternity, being able to tap onto the arcane magic of the fountain every day. Slowly but steady, the Highborne began to develop a huge addiction to arcane magic, something that would later prove fatal.
The capital of the Kaldorei Empire, Zin-Azshari, raised from the sea during the Battle for Azeroth expansion
The Well of Eternity
The Well of Eternity was a lake of arcane magic and limitless power that was created from Azeroth’s world soul. In the past, the well was located on Kalimdor in the ancient city of Zin-Azshari. After the Great Sundering, the Well of Eternity split the continents and became the Maelstrom. The well was one of the Burning Legion’s primary targets because of its power to bring even Sargeras into the mortal world. A second Well of Eternity was created at Mount Hyjal by Illidan Stormrage who managed to steal some water from the first well.
The Well of Eternity collapsing
War of the Ancients (Pre Warcraft Era)
This everyday abuse of the Well of Eternity caught the attention of the Dark Titan Sargeras. He contacted the Highborne, promising that he would reshape the planet into a paradise and he would grant the noble elf community unlimited power. Queen Azshara and the Highborne were fascinated by Sargeras’ promises and they immediately began the preparations to bring the fallen Titan to Azeroth. With Sargeras’ instructions, they created a powerful portal in the center of the well. Fortunately, the portal was not big enough for Sargeras to pass into the mortal world yet.
The fallen Titan, Sargeras
Until the portal was big enough for a Titan to step through, Sargeras began sending his lieutenants into the well in order to ensure his arrival and establish his dominion on Azeroth. Thousands of demons, led by Hakkar and the Pit Lord Mannoroth, poured from the Well of Eternity killing everything in their wake and destroying the, once beautiful, city. The first invasion of the Burning Legion, commonly known as the War of the Ancients, had began.
The Maelstrom (Pre Warcraft Era)
The rest of the Night Elf community, with the help of the Stormrage brothers, the Dragons, the Dragon Aspects, many of Azeroth’s demigods and many unlikely allies managed to form the Kaldorei Resistance. The new order managed to stop the demon’s advance and push them back to Zin-Azshari. By this time Sargeras had also dispatched Archimonde, but not even him was strong enough to hold the Kaldorei Resistance back.
In the end, the allied forces managed to push the demons back and close the portal. However, the magical stress of arcane energy was too great for the Well of Eternity, which made a terrific explosion shattering the planet apart and creating an eternal arcane vortex called the Maelstorm. During the Great Sundering, Azshara and her loyalists were gathered at ther palace in Zin-Azshari. The rising tides quickly buried them and everything seemed lost.
The Pact with N’Zoth (Pre Warcraft Era)
In an act of desperation, Azshara made a pact with the Old God N’Zoth who was jailed in the underwater city of Nyalotha. The queen swore hers and her people allegiance to N’Zoth in exchange for their lives. The Old God mutated the once noble Elves into serpentine water-breathing abominations, the Naga. Unfortunately, their bodies were not their only part that got corrupted. Their hearts became black as the deepest abyss of the sea and nightmares enveloped their dreams. Soon, the Naga had nothing in their thoughts but pure hate for every other living race.
Azshara makes the pact with N’zoth, dooming her people
Azshara with the help of her lieutenant, Lady Vashj, quickly rebuild the underwater city of Nazjatar. Their new empire were founded in the cold depths of the ocean beneath the Maelstrom. For 10.000 years, the Naga stayed invisible in the ocean without revealing their existence to the surface world. With patience, these deadly creatures expanded their underwater territory and rebuild their great empire. Bitterly resentful at their enforced banishment to the sea, they began to make their plans so they could retake their rightful place in the surface world.
The Resurface of the Naga (Warcraft 3 Era – Battle for Azeroth Expansion)
Except a small incident after the Second War, where the bodies of three dead Naga were found in the Nexus by Krasus, the Naga returned to the surface around the Third War. Thrall was the first to encounter a Naga witch, called Zar’jira, which was worshiped by a group of Myrlocs. The full return of the Naga began when Illidan Stormrage was tasked by Kil’jaeden to destroy the Frozen Throne. In his search for new allies, Illidan used his magical powers to weave a powerful spell that reached the depths of the ocean.
Illidan calls the Naga from the sea
Lady Vashj heard the call and organized a group of Naga in order to support him. In addition many of the Highborne that were indebted to Illidan in the past responded to the Demon’s Hunter call. However, it was later revealed that, the Naga followed the Old Gods whispers who wanted the Lich King to fail in order to create chaos on Azeroth. Their orders were to destroy Ner’Zhul and then raise the Tomb of Sargeras from the ocean floor. The Naga unleashed their full force during the Battle of Azeroth expansion, in an attempt to free the Old God N’Zoth from his underwater prison. (We will give more information about this in a later article.)
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