#32 - For Azeroth!: “The Naaru”
• Garrett • Jocelyn
Intro: Welcome to For Azeroth!
Worth mentioning that if you don’t want 7.3 spoilers to RUN AWAY LITTLE GIRL!
What We’re Up To
7.3 - Taking the fight to Argus
- 7.3 intro quests and cinematic
- Windrunner sisters thoughts
- Army of the Light (Turalyon/paladin thoughts)
Beings of Light - The Naaru
The naaru are a race of living, sentient energy beings made up of shards of fractured Light. They are pure expressions of the Light, and have vowed stop the forces of the Void.
Origins and contact with Mortals
- When the universe was formed as a result of the clash between the Light and the Void, clouds of light formed from which powerful beings emerged, the Naaru
- The Naaru saw limitless possibilities across the universe, and so vowed to use their mastery over holy magic to help nurture life and hope
- There are Prime Naaru, who were the first to be forged during the ordering of the universe, possibly by Elune herself
- The Naaru first made contact with the races we are familiar with when Sargeras came to the world of Argus and Velen prayed for help
- The Naaru appeared to Velen in visions and offered to help him and other like minded eredar escape, which they did in a dimensional ship named the Genedar. After being exiled from their world, these eredar adopted the name Draenei
- During their journey to find a new home, the Naaru taught the Draenei the ways of the Light, with the goal of one day using them to form the Army of the Light who would oppose the Burning Legion
- Moved by the Naaru and their quest, the draenei vowed to uphold the Naaru’s ideals, and honor the Light
- Humans contacted the Naaru much later, again through visions. Priests were able to commune with the Naaru, introducing the Holy Light to their race for the first time
- Mereldar was the first human priest to receive visions of holiness, protection, justice, retribution, and compassion. Together with others who had seen visions, she wrote down the wisdom of this higher power, which quickly became the predominant human religion
- All the light-based traditions were eventually combined by the leadership of Lordaeron into the Church of the Holy Light
- Naaru are composed of shards of solid Light that may freely move around a central "core."
- They appear to be immortal, but when damaged, begin to bleed energy and enter a darkened state. They can regenerate, but in the meantime they produce void energies which are often exploited by their enemies. Though they retain their identities, they are often too weak to prevent themselves from being used to create void creatures and raise undead
- It is possible to turn darkened naaru into void gods, but it requires an external force draining their Light
- Though the naaru don’t seem to have genders, they do reproduce somehow, as O’ros was part of X’era’s line
In World of Warcraft
- Before the Dark Portal was able to reopen, Khadgar reached out into the Great Dark Beyond to ask for help, and was able to contact the naaru led by A’dal. He was able to convince them to come to Outland to help fight back the Burning Legion
- The naaru used the fortress of Tempest Keep to reach Outland, but as soon as their forces departed their vessel, it was seized by the Blood Elves led by Prince Kael'thas Sunstrider
- The blood elves succeeded in capturing the last remaining guardian naaru within Tempest Keep, M’uru, and transported it back to Silvermoon City to act as a source of power for the blood elves. Using M’uru’s power, the blood elf paladin order Blood Knights were formed
- A’dal directed the forces of good on Outland against Illidan and his forces from within the stronghold of Shattrath, but during their struggles, an elder naaru visited Illidan
- Before the siege on the Black Temple, an elder naaru granted Illidan a vision showing him a possible future where he stood as one of the leaders of the Army of the Light, battling both the Burning Legion and the forces of the Void
- The version of Illidan in the vision was calm, strong, and at peace, which caused the real Illidan to question if he could trust the naaru, or if the vision even came from the naaru at all
- The naaru also appeared in the alternate version of Draenor, one as Dark Star, the fallen naaru K’ara who Velen sacrificed himself in order to purify. A version of K’ure was also present on Draenor. Cho’Gall drained K’ure of its power, transforming it into the void god Decimatus, but none of this matters because it’s all WoD alternate universe crap
- Light’s Heart was sent to Azeroth by Turalyon when the Burning Legion invaded. Unlocked by the Tears of Elune, the core of the prime naaru X’era told the story of Illidan, and offered redemption to those who were responsible for his fall at the Black Temple
- Priests at Netherlight Temple were able to cleanse the void god Saraka, returning it to it’s true form, the naaru Saa’ra, which is worth mentioning again because of the different rituals used and because the cleansing was successful
- When the Azerothian forces successfully repelled the Legion from the Broken Shore, they continued to push forward to destroy the Burning Legion once and for all. This lead to an invasion of Argus, where the forces of Azeroth met up with the Army of the Light
- X’era was rescued on the Xenedar, and was made whole again as Light’s Heart was returned to her. She was slain shortly after, as she attempted to forcefully cleanse Illidan to return him to his original night elven form
- There is one more naaru present on Argus, L’ura, who stayed behind to fend off the Burning Legion and allow Velen and his people to escape. She was captured and imprisoned, slowly turning into a darkened naaru
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Hello Joce and Garrett!
I purchased Legion and launch, and played it quite a lot for the first 2-3 days. Then I quit and started playing SW:ToR instead. This due to Legion pushing a more personal story, which made me miss SW:ToR (that does the personal story better). Then a few weeks back I went back to Legion, only to once again quit for another MMO. This time it was DC Universe Online. Legion wants you to feel like the hero, and in DCUO you can quite literally be a hero.
I used to love WoW, was non-stop-subbed for the first 11 years... but it used to be about this amazing world, and now that world feels small to me and it seems to be the backdrop rather than the focus.
Am I crazy?! Or can you see my point?
Though I've stopped playing both WoW and HS I still listen to your podcasts, because they're the best. Keep up the good work!
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