Eonar

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NeutralEonar
Image of Eonar
Title The Life-Binder,
Gentle Caretaker of All Living Things[1]
Gender Female
Race(s) Titan
Affiliation(s) The Pantheon
Occupation Patron of all life
Status Deceased[2]

Eonar the Life-Binder was the titan patron of all life and nature.[3]

Biography

Like the other members of the titan Pantheon, Eonar was born from a world-soul somewhere in the Great Dark Beyond and aided the Pantheon in its ordering of the universe.

When Sargeras, Champion of the Pantheon, relayed his discovery of the void lords' plan to use the Old Gods to transform a world-soul into an incomprehensibly powerful dark being, he urged the other titans that the only way to save the universe was to completely scour it of corruption. He argued that since life had taken root in the cosmos once before, perhaps it would do so again. Horrified by this idea, Eonar reminded Sargeras that the Pantheon had sworn to protect all life when possible, and that nothing could be so dire that it would require systemic extinction of all living things.[4]

Some time later, Aggramar, who had taken Sargeras' place as defender of the Pantheon, discovered an extremely powerful world-soul slumbering in a distant corner of the Great Dark. Unfortunately, it had already been heavily corrupted by the Old Gods. When he returned to the Pantheon with this information, he urged his fellow titans to save the world-soul, which would later become known as Azeroth. Eonar was quick to side with Aggramar, and she managed to convince the other titans that were this new titan to grow to maturity, it would be strong enough to neutralize the void lords once and for all; but more than that, Azeroth was their sibling, and they could not let a member of their own family fall into the clutches of the Void. The Pantheon were moved by the Life-Binder's words, and agreed to take the fight to the Old Gods.[5]

As the titans' colossal forms made it nearly impossible to take action directly without severely harming the nascent world-soul, instead the Pantheon decided to craft an army of servants — the titan-forged — to do battle in their stead. Each member of the Pantheon imbued a number of these servants with their specific powers and likenesses; Eonar gave Keeper Freya command over Azeroth's flora and fauna.[5] After the defeat of Galakrond, Eonar used Freya as a conduit to channel her power into Alexstrasza and Ysera, gifting them with powers over life and the Emerald Dream, respectively.[6]

Like the rest of the Pantheon, Eonar was ultimately slain by the traitorous Sargeras near the world of Nihilam.[2]

Blessings

  • During the creation of the five dragonflights and the uplifting of the five Dragon Aspects, Freya channeled the powers of Eonar into the red dragon Alexstrasza, granting her powers over life, and into the green dragon Ysera, giving her command over the Emerald Dream.[6] In the final moments of the Hour of Twilight, this power was entirely channeled into the Dragon Soul to completely obliterate their corrupted brother Deathwing.

Quotes

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  • You are bound to the waking Dream of Creation. Nature is your realm, and all things have caught glimpses of the Emerald Dream when they sleep. You see them all, Ysera. And they see you, though they may not know it. Like the Life-Binder, you touch all living beings, and sing to them the songs of creation and interconnectedness. - Blessing of the Green Aspect[7]
  • This is my gift: compassion for all living things. A drive to protect and nurture them. And the ability to heal that which others cannot, birth what others may not, and love even the unlovable--who surely need such grace more than any other souls. - Blessing of the Red Aspect[8]

In World of Warcraft

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  • The  [Relic of Eonar] could be purchased from Legacy Justice Quartermasters.
  • One of the effects that can be gained from using the  [Wrath of the Titans] item in Karazhan is called "Bolt of Eonar", which deals additional nature damage.
  • In Ulduar, Freya is healed by an ability called 'Touch of Eonar' and summons a tree called 'Eonar's Gift'.[9] She also asks for Eonar's blessing before facing Yogg-Saron.[10]
  • Snaplashers are sprouts that have been blessed with a gift from Eonar.[11]

In the RPG

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Eonar in the RPG.
This enormous, bronze-skinned woman has a gentle expression at odds with her obvious physical and magical strength. She carries a crooked, alabaster staff, and flowers blossom at her feet.[12]

Eonar is a female Vanir titan. Her classes are Healer and Druid of the Wild.[13] She wields a staff named Seschenal.[12]

Eonar is the physical representation of life, nature and healing in the universe; she revels in the joy and bliss in all worlds. She is Aman'Thul's consort, and had a long, bitter feud with his brother Sargeras before the latter's fall from grace; her presence and personal strength exacerbated the conflict between Aman'Thul and his dark brother. When the Burning Legion first assaulted Azeroth, Eonar combated the demons by infusing the world's native dragons with the power to battle the Legion. She bequeathed a portion of her spirit to the red dragon Alexstrasza, who remains a potent life-giving force on Azeroth.[12]

Eonar's portfolio includes nature, healing, life and, as she is a member of the Pantheon, creation and order. Dwarves and others who respect the titans revere Eonar, if they know of her. Azeroth's red dragons pay her special homage; they honor her memory by constantly battling chaos and destruction.[14]

Inspiration

Some aspects of Eonar's character and powers appear to be based upon the Greek goddess Demeter, the sister of Zeus who presided over agriculture and the harvest. As with Elune and the Earthmother, such an association would class Eonar as a "Great Goddess" figure.

Some have theorized that Eonar is in fact the same being as the Tauren Earthmother. Both are mother figures of immense power and are described as loathing the undead. Additionally, Vanir means Earth giant in the Titan's language. Interestingly, "Demeter", upon whom Eonar might be based, can be literally translated as "earth-mother", though this could simply be a coincidence.

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