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The anubisaths are titan-forged giants made of living obsidian. Originally assigned by Highkeeper Ra to safeguard the twin fortresses of Uldum and Ahn'Qiraj, the ones guarding the latter were later enslaved by the qiraji.
Guardians of Ahn'Qiraj
Like most other forms of titan-forged, the anubisath giants were wrought from the Forge of Wills. Along with the majority of the tol'vir and mogu, they accompanied Highkeeper Ra when he traveled south from Ulduar. The anubisaths helped their master install the Forge of Origination in Uldum and assisted him in constructing the fortress of Ahn'Qiraj, and were then assigned by the Highkeeper to watch over the two areas. When Ra fell mysteriously silent, the giants continued their sacred charge of watching over Ahn'Qiraj, but they soon became afflicted by the Curse of Flesh when Loken's servants traveled south in search of the missing Highkeeper.
Slaves of the qiraji
When a group of aqir traveled southwest, they overthrew and enslaved the anubisaths of Ahn'Qiraj. The enslaved titan-forged aided the aqir in their battles against the Gurubashi trolls, but the trolls eventually managed to contain the insectoid threat within Ahn'Qiraj.
Within Ahn'Qiraj, the surviving aqir soon evolved into a new race: the qiraji. Countless years after their defeat at the hands of the trolls, the qiraji once again launched an assault on the mortal world, marking the start of the War of the Shifting Sands. Their colossal anubisath slaves proved to be efficient killing machines, with a single one of the giants able to smash through an entire unit of night elf Sentinels. Though the strongest anubisaths were used as elite shock troops, General Rajaxx assigned most of the giants to the front lines, knowing that they would strike fear into the hearts of the elves. However, once the bronze dragonflight entered the war, the tide of battle turned. As the few anubisaths capable of casting spells were far from the front lines, the dragons were able to concentrate their attacks on the giants with ease, and nearly every anubisath was destroyed in the initial assault.
However, one anubisath found a way to strike back against the dragons. Known as Ossirian, he managed to hurl his obsidian sword through the wing of the great dragon Grakkarond. Though the dragon nearly mauled Ossirian to death, the remaining anubisaths and qiraji were able to overwhelm the now grounded wyrm. The wounded Ossirian was dragged back into Ahn'Qiraj, where it is said that he found favor with C'Thun itself. When he awoke, the anubisath found that his strength had been greatly bolstered and his wounded head had been transformed into the shape of a hawk. Emperor Vek'nilash explained that for his bravery and cunning, Ossirian had received a gift; his essence had been bound to several crystals within Ahn'Qiraj, which would grant him near invincibility as long as he remained close to them. When the other anubisaths heard of Ossirian's survival, they began referring to him as "the Unscarred" and revered him as a hero. Ever since Ossirian's victory, the Bones of Grakkarond have remained a sacred site to the anubisaths; a testimony to their ability to defeat even the most powerful of enemies.
As a companion pet
- Main article: Anubisath Idol
The dropped by was introduced in Patch 5.1.0 as part of 12 new classic raid drops.
- Before their true origin as titan-forged was revealed, it was believed that the anubisaths were directly created by the Twin Emperors to serve as soldiers in the War of the Shifting Sands, similar to how the obsidian destroyers were revealed to actually be titan constructs after they had initially been introduced as creations of the qiraji.
- Both the name and appearance of the anubisaths are references to the ancient Egyptian deity Anubis, the jackal-headed god of mummification and funeral rites. Ossirian's appearance is a reference to Horus, the Egyptian god of kings, war, protection and the sky, among other things, although his name is more similar to Osiris, the god of the afterlife.
- Patch 5.1.0 (2012-11-27): Most anubisaths are now classified as giants instead of being uncategoried.