Tyr Lore Books in Uldaman: Tyrhold is Uldorus, and Galakrond's Origin Revealed?
A series of lore books have been added to Uldaman: Legacy of Tyr, the upgraded version of the Uldaman dungeon coming in Dragonflight. These books seem to have some serious implications about the lore of World of Warcraft.
We break down
, letters by Keeper Tyr that seem to reveal, among other things, Galakrond's origin, questions about the Primalists and Titans, and a potential threat lurking beneath the Dragon Isles...
Tyr's Letter to Loken
One of the great mysteries of World of Warcraft has been about Galakrond. The largest proto-drake to ever exist, this monstrous beast became a great threat when he developed an insatiable hunger to feed on his fellow proto-drakes. The more he ate, the larger he grew, and yet he never seemed satisfied.
Not only that, but stranger things began to happen - Galakrond would regurgitate the proto-drakes that he fed on, transformed now into mindless, undead beasts that seemed to obey his will. Extra limbs, wings, and even eyes started to grow all across his body, and his skin seemed to decay. Horrifically, as his hunger continued to grow, he began to consume his own undead creations - the same dragons he had already eaten and thrown up before.
Not only was this before the Dragon Aspects had their powers, but they were still only proto-drakes themselves. Yet despite seemingly impossible odds, they banded together and managed to defeat Galakrond, impressing Keeper Tyr so much that he went on to convince the other Titan Keepers that these drakes should be granted Aspect powers and be tasked with the guardianship of Azeroth.
One of the great mysteries of World of Warcraft has been about Galakrond.
All of this was known already. However, one missing part of the puzzle has always been the question - what made Galakrond transform in the first place? If this lore book is to be believed, we may finally have an answer to that question.
Tyr's Progress Report is directed to Loken - a fellow Titan Keeper who would later fall to the corrupting whispers of the Old God Yogg-Saron. Tyr describes an effort to infuse a wellspring with Order magic, mentioning the
Halls of Infusion
, a dungeon in Dragonflight.
Progress Report: Uldorus
As you requested, I offer the following report on the progress toward our objectives.
I am pleased to say that the Halls of Infusion are now operational. Though the work of imbuing Order magic into the wellspring is only beginning, I remain optimistic that the process will prove effective.
Galakrond Finally Explained
The revelation comes next, with Keeper Tyr mentioning how the living waters became corrupted by Yogg-Saron himself. He seems pleased that the contamination has been dealt with, and that consuming unfiltered water won't trigger "another Galakrond", suggesting that this was the exact origin of the so-called progenitor of dragonkind - Galakrond's transformation came as a result of consuming unfiltered water that had been corrupted by the Old Gods.
Already we are detecting reduced levels of contamination. I hope your investigation into how Yogg-Saron compromised these living waters will yield answers.
In the meantime, we can be assured that the evolution of another Galakrond will not be triggered by consuming unfiltered water.
Order's Controlling Side
Tyr drops another bombshell when he describes how the purified water - infused instead with the magic of Order - can be used to control "even the most willful dragons", forcing them to keep "aligned with the titans' philosophies".
This theme of Order turning into forceful control is one that is echoed in
another lore book found in Uldaman
, where Titan Keeper Odyn directly commands that the mortal races be kept in the dark about certain parts of history, such as the "advancements" of the Black Empire, and the existence of the First Ones.
Once purification is complete, an additional benefit will be found in offering the infused water to dragonkind.
By ingesting the water (or causing their eggs to absorb its effects), it should be possible to keep even the most willful dragons aligned with the titans' philosophies.
Our efforts to bring the proto-dragons in line have faced resistance, but I am formulating a strategy to speed the process along.
Tyr's mentioning of causing the dragons' eggs to absorb the water's effects are especially interesting. In the Waking Shore, the Red Dragonflight nurture the eggs of all flights in the waters of the Ruby Life Pools, the site of another Dragonflight dungeon. The Adventure Guide description for this dungeon reads,
As the ancestral nesting grounds for the five flights, the Ruby Life Pools is a sacred place. The Red Dragonflight, whose charge is to nurture all life, protct these pools and the future of all dragonkind within them.
However, Raszageth and her primalists have come to steal that future away and infuse their own powers into the sacred pools. They must be stopped for dragonkind to thrive.
In the Waking Shore, the Red Dragonflight nurture the eggs of all flights in the waters of the Ruby Life Pools
It sounds very much like the Primalists understand how the Titans have used infusing dragon eggs with water to control them - and, as we know, the Primalists include those proto-dragons who resisted the Titans' philosophies - they are the first major antagonists of Dragonflight. However, this almost sympathetic framing can't help but remind us of the Forsworn of Bastion in Shadowlands.
While presented as antagonists at the start of Shadowlands, the Forsworn's concerns were also presented sympathetically. By the end of Shadowlands, the Kyrian had not only realized the Forsworn had a point, but had come to accept some of their philosophy. Kyrian society changed for the better as a result. We can't help but wonder if we will see a similar acceptance and understanding between the Dragonflights and the protodrakes by the end of Dragonflight.
Tyrhold - Uldorus - Still Contaminated?
Dragonflight cinematic trailer
, the Titan Watcher Koranos reactivates the Beacon of Tyrhold, lighting the way for the Dragonflights to return to the Dragon Isles. Tyrhold is a titan fascility that sits atop Thaldraszus in the Dragon Isles, above the Halls of Infusion, and in this letter, Tyr refers to it by its true name: Uldorus.
Construction of the facility atop the Halls of Infusion is proceeding apace.
Though the station is to be designated Uldorus, I must reluctantly report that the dragons have taken to calling the structure by the name Tyrhold.
I will do my best to ensure our titan-forged workforce does not also adopt this embarrassing pseudonym. But as of late, they seem to be expressing more and more opinions of their own.
If that name sounds familiar, it should. Uldorus is one of two titan-fascilities mentioned by the Maiden of Vitality, a titanic watcher responsible for monitoring the vitals of Azeroth's world soul. During the
Battle for Azeroth
questline to obtain the Heart of Azeroth, the Maiden of Vitality is found impaled on Azerite in the Chamber of the Heart. Though Magni seems to heal and restore her later, if you speak to her at the time, she says the following:
WARNING: Multiple containment breaches registered.
Recommended expurgation of following facilities:
Uldaman. Uldum. Uldorus. Ulduar. Uldir. Uldaz. Uld... Uld... Uld... Uld...
Uldaman. Uldum. Uldorus. Ulduar. Uldir. Uldaz. Uld... Uld... Uld... Uld...
Does this mean the Order-infused waters that flow from the Halls of Infusion beneath Uldorus have once again become contaminated by the corruption of the Old Gods? We may have some
interesting times ahead.
Tyr finishes off his letter with a reference to the Dragon Aspects, and their value to the forces of Order. Once again, there is a sinister undertone, as he refers to them helping to keep "the world structured and disciplined".
In closing, let me underscore once again how fervently I disagree with the assertions of Prime Designate Odyn concerning the unsuitability of the Dragon Aspects.
I have every confidence that they will prove fervent allies on our shared goals of keeping the world structured and disciplined.
Ever your friend,
Tyr's Message for the Aspects
By the second letter from Tyr, the Titan Keeper has discovered Loken's treachery, and he has left instructions that a disc - containing his own memories - be brought to the Dragon Aspects.
To My Staunchest Allies
My noble friends,
Forgive me for keeping secrets, but I instructed Sentinel Taldonras to withhold this message until you had safely reached your destination.
If you are reading this, then our worst fears have been realized. I have fallen to our foes, murdered on the order of the treacherous Loken.
But fear not, for I have prepared for this dark eventuality.
Along with the Discs of Norgannon that you carry, I have hidden another disc that holds a record of my own memories.
Talondras will ensure it is safeguarded within the depths of Uldaman until such time as it can be safely retrieved. I have fashioned the refti to be unquestioningly loyal to me.
Before departing Valdrakken, I left a gift in the care of the Dragon Aspects. Though they are unaware of its true purpose, the artifact can be used within the halls of Uldorus to outwit Loken's malignant schemes.
When it is safe to do so, bring my memory disc back to Uldorus and retrieve the item I gave to the Aspects. You will know what to do next.
Dearest Ironaya and the most noble Archaedas, I place my trust in you. When we stand together, nothing can overcome our unity.
As the letter shows, Tyr entrusted this disc along with the Discs of Norgannon to Ironaya and Archaedas, who we defeated in our mission to obtain the Discs of Norgannon in the original dungeon of Uldaman.
Alexstrasza herself will send us into the Uldaman: Legacy of Tyr dungeon as early as the Dragonflight prepatch, specifically to retrieve the other disc - the one that holds Tyr's memories. However, we ultimately fail in our quest when the infinite dragon Chrono-Lord Deios manages to
make off with the disc before we can stop him
Chrono-Lord Deios: What have we here? Alexstrasza's lapdogs, I suspect.
Chrono-Lord Deios: I fear I will have to deny your Queen your prize. The disc you seek will be mine!
Chrono-Lord Deios: The disc may hold the secret to the Aspects regaining their power... and we cannot allow that to happen.
Chrono-Lord Deios: Now the disc is lost to time. Just as you are about to be.
Chrono-Lord Deios: Your efforts are impressive... but in vain.
Chrono-Lord Deios: The timelines are convering. There will be only one Aspect... and Murozond shall be... Infinite!
We ultimately fail in our quest when the infinite dragon Chrono-Lord Deios manages to make off with the disc before we can stop him.
For now, it seems that Tyr's memories - and the revelations they may bring - will have to wait. But after all these revelations about the Old Gods, Galakrond, and the Titan Keepers' less-than-savory tendency to try control, color us intriguied.
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