Curse of Flesh
The Curse of Flesh is a curse created by the Old Gods suffered by many titanic creations, notably the dwarves. The curse changed the structure and appearance of early races of of Azeroth from their original stony/metallic forms into the fleshy forms we know of today, slowly transforming the from metal and stone into skin, blood and bone.
The Curse of Flesh is revealed to have been created by the Old Gods early in Azeroth's history to "facilitate assimilation". The titans attempted to cure the curse and remove the Old Gods, but found that the Old God infestation had grown too severe to remove without completely destroying Azeroth. Instead they bound the Old Gods within Azeroth. The titans created machines to produce new protobeings, thus leading to the creation of the dwarves and gnomes.
- 1 Direct mentions of the Curse of Flesh
- 2 Indirect mentions of the Curse of Flesh
- 3 Afflicted races
- 4 References
Direct mentions of the Curse of Flesh
In the quest , a dialogue with Fizzcrank Fullthrottle details the removal of the curse from several gnomes by Gearmaster Mechazod which transformed the gnomes into "mechanical beings". The dialogue mentions that all creations of the titans eventually fell victim to it.
Sjonnir the Ironshaper
Sjonnir The Ironshaper mentions the curse when engaged.
"It's a condition that affects titan creations." "Th' titans fashioned their creatures with stone, mostly, or other mechanical means," she explained, "so they could carry out their assigned duties tae th' world without fear o' deterioratin' or gettin' weak. But there are beings o' great magic an' malice that hate th' titans, and they sabotaged these creations by turnin' their bodies tae flesh like th' other creatures o' Azeroth."
Indirect mentions of the Curse of Flesh
While the Lorekeeper's Knowledge in Uldaman doesn't mention the Curse of Flesh by name, it clearly refers to the same events that are later described by the Tribunal of Ages. Interestingly, this dialogue was written during the original World of Warcraft, indicating that either this plotline has been planned for many years or has been built out of existing lore.
Jotun's title suggests that he is cursed, or bears a curse to others (which could be believed to be the Curse of Flesh).
In Archavon's Log (before Patch 3.3.0), for the Day 1051213, Archavon wrote "Archavon wake up, notice face feel soft. Not important. Go back to sleep." This could hint that he was, more or less, affected by the Curse of Flesh.
While General Bjarngrim in the Halls of Lightning does not directly utter the name of the curse, he does refer to it during the fight. His quotes imply that he compares himself with the player. Apparently, he also considers killing lifeforms affected by the curse to be the solution of removing it.
In Icecrown Citadel, some of her dialogue states that the Curse of Flesh is a joke played by the Creators on their own creations. She also states that the sooner the cultists come to terms with the 'fact' that the Curse is a defect, the sooner they will come into a position to transcend it.
The Tribunal of Ages dialogue reveals that it was the curse that caused the transformation from stony earthen to fleshy dwarves while they were asleep in Uldaman.
If Gearmaster Mechazod is to be believed, prior to the curse, gnomes appeared as mechagnomes. Unaffected mechagnomes have been found in the Storm Peaks, maintaining the mechanical systems of the Titans.
The tol'vir of Uldum are a race of stone cat-centaur introduced in Cataclysm. The curse of flesh causes them to turn into the fleshy, wingless version of themselves. The process can be reverted by powerful beings such as Siamat, and is a some kind of a 'reward' for swearing allegiance to Deathwing.
The troggs too, were initially stone creatures. Like the Earthen, some were affected by the curse, turning them into fleshy troggs.
Vrykul were turned into humans by the Curse of Flesh. The quests and , show that some vrykul birthed humans, implying that the original vrykul were unaffected beyond partially losing the ability to produce more vrykul.