Lore Tidbits from the Dragonflight Collector's Edition Art Book
It should come as no surprise that the Dragonflight Collector's Edition art book is filled with gorgeous concept art for Dragonflight, but it also contains a few lore tidbits of interest.
While the book doesn't really go into any in-depth lore - each page mostly limiting itself to a brief summary to go alongside the accompanying art, there are a few interesting nuggets of lore to be found. While some have already been confirmed in the game itself or through other sources, others are new. Here's what stood out the most to us.
Ysera and Wrathion Hints
The hints that Ysera and Wrathion are destined to stand alongside Alexstrasza, Nozdormu, and Kalecgos as Aspects have been fairly consistent, and they continue in the art book. While Ysera is dead, and Wrathion's position has been challenged, they are still featured on the cover pages for the Aspects of the Green and Black Dragonflights respectively. The artwork also focuses on them - concept art of Merithra and Sabellian isn't even included on the Aspect pages.
Clarification on the Centaur
One initially confusing thing about Dragonflight was the Centaur of the Ohn'ahran Plains, whose origins date back to before the War of the Ancients, while the centaur of Kalimdor were the product of a union between Zaetar, son of the Wild God Cenarius, and Theradras, an elemental princess. The artbook reaffirms the origin of Kalimdor centaur, explaining that they were simply another generation of centaur.
We can't help wonder if the union between Zaetar and Theradras was forbidden
a similar union had already happened before - resulting in the first generation of centaur.
The centaur of our current era are the result of a forbidden union between a keeper of the grove named Zaetar and the stone elemental Theradras. Yet many are unaweare this generation is but a rebirth of their ancient race.
Life Pools = Azeroth's Lifeblood
The water from the Ruby Life Pools originates from the Halls of Infusion, which taps into a Wellspring of Eternity. The Red Dragonflight set the eggs of the dragonflights in these pools to nurture them.
These pools of life are infused with the lifeblood of Azeroth, fed by a wellspring flowing beneath the titan temple of Tyrhold. It is in these pools where the red dragons once set their eggs--"life teaches life," as the Dragon Queen once said.
The grand design of Tyrhold was second only to the natural splendor that flows beneath it, the nurturing wells of the Wellspring of Eternity. The foundations of this monumental facility channel the flow of the Wellspring through aqueducts connected to the Life Pools of the red dragonflight. From those pools, eggs of all flights are infused with the strength needed to one day protect Azeroth as Tyr had intended.
There is reason to be concerned by these waters according to
lore books found in Uldaman
, but those aren't mentioned in the art book.
Very First Emerald Dream Portal
The Dragon Isles contain the very first portal to the Emerald Dream, according to a section about the Ohn'ahran Plains.
The Dream Portal here was the very first connection forged between the green dragons and the Emerald Dream, one that often influences life on the Azerothian side.
Djaradin Were There First
One passage about Black Dragonflight mentions a reason why the djaradin may be so hostile towards dragons. Their homes were disturbed when the Black Dragonflight reshaped the land for the Dragonflights.
Though the Waking Shores may appear a wonder of nature, there are forces lying dormant here that require a watchful eye. When the land was reshaped by the black dragonflight, many of the magma-filled caves were inhabited by an overwhelming force of primordial elemental giants known as the djaradin. These hulking beings were fierce enemies of all dragonkind, yet they took particular delight in hunting the black dragonflight. Regardless of the countless numbers of djaradin, they were single-minded in their mission to claim our Broodlands as their own. Though our lands lie dormant, I know that our ancient enemies await our return, and the cycle of hatred is likely to continue anew.
Dragons are to Protodragons as Drakonid are to Tarasek
The Drakonid were once Tarasek, elevated by the Aspects in the same way as the Aspects and dragons themselves were once proto-dragons, elevated by the Titans.
Where the dragonspawn were called into creation by our beloved Aspects, it was unlike the origins of the drakonid. When the Boodlands were young, a primordial reptilian race known as the tarasek thrived across the lands. These highly adaptive creatures soon rose as peerless hunters, once able to channel the elemental energies abundant throughout our home. The Aspects bestowed a great honor on these beings and elevated them into the ubiquitous drakonid of today. Much like the changes that took place across the millennia to follow, new methods with varying degrees of success were devised to recreate the drakonid of our flight...
Dracthyr = Neltharion's Secret?
The book claims the other Aspects never knew what became of Neltharion's "experiments" to create the dracthyr.
Though Alexstrasza and the other Aspects disagreed, the Earth-Wader was said to have retreated to his citadel, determined to produce a military force capable of protecting the authority of the dragons.
Whether anything came of his experiments is unknown. Since no evidence was found of them, it would seem anything crafted by his hand took its place among the other mysteries lost to time.
This is, of course, untrue. We know from the Forbidden Reach questline that at least one other Aspect knew about the dracthyr.
Malygos helped Neltharion put them in stasis.
Nozdormu also clearly knows about them as the
Dragonflight Legacies animated shorts
show him speaking with Scalecommander Emberthal - though we suppose he could have learned about her existence more recently.
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