First of the Satyrs, Satyr Lord, Lord of the Satyrs, Nightmare Lord
Ruler of the Emerald Nightmare; Regent of the Highborne, leader of the Quel'Dorei magi (formerly)
- "You killed me and condemned me to a worse fate! I had failed the exalted one, the great Sargeras...and as was his right as a god, he punished me most severely. I had no mouth, yet I screamed. I had no body, yet I felt pain beyond comparison. I did not blame my lord and master, however, for he only did what had to be done. No, even throughout my ordeal, I kept in my mind one thing; I remember over and over who it was that had led me to such terror."
Lord Xavius was a powerful user of magic, and the high councilor to Queen Azshara. Since Azshara concealed her magical prowess, Xavius was considered the most powerful Highborne to whom the rest measured their skills. He was later transformed into the first satyr by Sargeras, before ultimately being transformed into the dreaded Nightmare Lord.
High councilor to Queen Azshara
He is perhaps the night elf most responsible for the Burning Legion's interest in Azeroth. It was Xavius who first became convinced that Sargeras, ruler of the Burning Legion, was a god sent to deliver Azeroth. Xavius also convinced the night elven queen Azshara of the necessity of turning the will of her mages, the so-called "Highborne", towards creating a portal into the Twisting Nether through which Sargeras and the Legion could enter into the world. Xavius was successful enough in his endeavors to welcome several ranking members of the Legion into Azeroth, including several felguard, Hakkar the Houndmaster, and Mannoroth, before the intervention of the young druid Malfurion Stormrage. As suggested by Azshara, Xavius executed a plot to block any non-Highborne magic user from accessing the Well of Eternity. This allowed the highborne to channel the extra energy gained into making the portal to the Twisting Nether strong enough for Sargeras to cross through. Xavius's plot was defeated by Malfurion, who after entering the Emerald Dream, destroyed the spell array holding the block and the portal; in the battle that ensued Malfurion destroyed Xavius completely.
Reborn as a Satyr
Xavius’s master, Sargeras, was unhappy with Xavius, and he faced punishment for his failures. Sargeras tortured Xavius’s disembodied spirit for a time, but eventually he showed a form of mercy. He decided that Xavius could be of further use after all. He returned Xavius to life, but not as he once was. To mark the traits Sargeras valued in him, and to brand him forever as an ally and servant of the Legion, Sargeras transformed and disfigured Xavius's body.
As the first of these beings ever to inhabit Azeroth, Xavius is considered the progenitor of the entire satyr race. As such, variations of his name are found frequently in satyr settlements (i.e. Xavian in Ashenvale). As a satyr, Xavius retained some resemblance to his former self along with the typical characteristics of all satyrs. Xavius was unique, however, in that he retained the black and ruby eyes he had possessed as a night elf.
Xavius had a two-pronged mission when he returned. First, he was to begin converting as many Highborne as possible into satyrs (The first was a personal friend of Xavius, a dedicated Highborne named Peroth'arn), a task he accomplished with zeal by promising the unfortunate elves power and a place at the right hand of Sargeras. The second objective Xavius was to complete upon his return was to bring back to Sargeras the one who had destroyed the portal, Malfurion Stormrage. This second objective proved to be far more difficult and, in a confrontation during one of the most intense battles of the War of the Ancients, Malfurion, with help from a young night elf named Shandris Feathermoon, was able to completely defeat Xavius. Using an arrow shot by Shandris, Malfurion was able to kill Xavius by growing a tree which absorbed his energy and body, which was subsequently sent to the bottom of the sea in the Great Sundering. (The exact description of Xavius' fate in the novel The Demon Soul says, "Xavius was not so much becoming a tree — rather, his body was providing Malfurion's creation with the nutrients and building blocks to make itself.") This was the second time Xavius died at the hands of Malfurion. The victory came at a great cost, however, as during this confrontation Malfurion's love Tyrande Whisperwind (High Priestess of Elune) was captured by Xavius' remaining satyrs. In a furious rage, Malfurion almost drowned the entire night elven army in a storm caused by his own sadness over the loss of Tyrande. Luckily Krasus intervened and stopped Malfurion.
The Nightmare Lord
The tree containing the remains of Xavius's soul survived the Sundering through unrevealed means. Though given his later state and presumed allegiance to the Old Gods, it is likely they intervened, much the same way they did for Queen Azshara. Ten thousand years later, Xavius came to lead the Emerald Nightmare as the Nightmare Lord. In this form, Xavius orchestrated the corruption of the Emerald Dream by manipulating Fandral Staghelm into planting a branch of Xavius's own tree into Teldrassil, ensuring that the new world tree would be corrupted from the start. His plans culminated in a daring attempt to bind Azeroth and the Emerald Dream into one plane, seizing control of Azeroth's residents while they slept and giving shape to their nightmares. He nearly succeeded, but ultimately was defeated and imprisoned in the Rift of Aln by the re-awakened Malfurion Stormrage who was assisted by Tyrande Whisperwind, Broll Bearmantle, Thura, Lucan Foxblood, Ysera, Eranikus and a host of others. Malfurion sensed however, that while Xavius was strong, he was merely the servant of something even more powerful. It was revealed by Chris Metzen during the 2010 BlizzCon Quests and Lore Panel that N'Zoth is the true cause and subjugator of the Emerald Nightmare.
When in the form of the Nightmare Lord, Xavius is described as being a massive, gnarled tree, greatly obscured by the dark fog of the Nightmare. He delights in torturing Malfurion in various ways, both psychologically (such as showing him Tyrande, as the lover of Illidan, being turned into a demon) and physically (slowly turning him into a tree, for example). The tree was located on the coast of Azshara near the Coral Sea, which both Malfurion and Tyrande pointed out made no sense as Xavius had been transformed into a tree near Suramar and should have been consumed by the sea in the Great Sundering.
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Although Malfurion had removed the piece of Xavius that had infected Teldrassil, life on the world tree remained corrupt. Inhabitants of Teldrassil such as grell and furbolgs were tainted by that had been spread by the Bough of Corruption, the last remnant of Xavius on Teldrassil. The Bough of Corruption was defeated by night elf adventurers who were empowered by blessed waters from moonwells.
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Xavius once terrorized Azeroth with an affliction that almost obliterated the walls between reality and dream. His machinations ended in defeat, but he has been given another chance at vengeance. Now, Xavius leads the conquest of Val'sharah, where the tainted World Tree Shaladrassil spreads the Emerald Nightmare's corruption. With an army of vile satyrs at his command, Xavius will stop at nothing to vanquish all who oppose the Burning Legion. On Azeroth Xavius manifests as a satyr, but within the Nightmare he can take on any shape he wishes.
The beast-like creature carries himself with an elven grace, but hoofed goat’s legs and a long, serpentine tail hunch him forward. Red eyes peer out from the face of a handsome night elf noble, as his long, clawed fingers gather the ragged remains of a sorcerer’s silk robes around his shoulders. Though he is a monstrous creature, he is also strangely alluring, moving with a grace that seems almost supernatural…
As a night elf, Xavius was renowned for two things in particular: his skill at subtle political maneuverings and his lack of eyes — he replaced his eyes with magic black crystals that bore streaks of crimson.
It is unlikely for an eternal to be completely destroyed, they may regenerate or continue on in non-corporeal form. After the sundering of the world, the eternal satyr Lord Xavius sought to build his dark army without attracting Elune's attention. Night elves still fear that he may yet be waiting to take his final revenge upon the Kaldorei. The satyrs of Kalimdor's perverted forests worship Lord Xavius. He sows discord and mistrust, and his satyr children take their trickster natures from his guidance. It is uncertain whether the satyrs still found in Ashenvale Forest and elsewhere are still directly following the will of the Satyr Lord, or merely following his path. Satyr tricksters, in particular, revere and mimic Lord Xavius' manipulations of his enemies. Most satyr know he fell during the War of the Ancients, but continue to honor Xavius as their creator. There still remain those of nearly every race hungry for power at any cost who worship Xavius quietly but fervently, hoping that one day he will step out of the shadows to make them one of his minions.
As Xavius had not at any point been specified as more than a normal Kaldorei, who had merely replaced his eyes with artificial ones, there may be other explanations. Judging from his later transformation into the Nightmare Lord, it could very well be that his soul or spirit was taken by the Old Gods, and they conserved him. Or, they might have come upon him later on, as he may not even have been destroyed, but some part of his soul still living on in the tree Malfurion created.
Dirk of the Beast
This blade is a large, golden dagger magically crafted by Sargeras and granted to Lord Xavius to help him spread the curse of the satyr. A critical hit from the Dirk of the Beast can transform others into satyr, regardless of race.
- "Elune... There is only one god... and his name is Sargeras."
- "The power of the great one is with me!"
- "You are no match for us both!"
- "An interesting thought occurs to me. How long do you think it will take your body to die without your spirit within? We shall just have to see, shall we?"
- "From this one, you shall not escape..."
- You killed me and condemned me to a worse fate! I had failed the exalted one, the great Sargeras...and as was his right as a god, he punished me most severely. I had no mouth, yet I screamed. I had no body, yet I felt pain beyond comparison. I did not blame my lord and master, however, for he only did what had to be done. No, even throughout my ordeal, I kept in my mind one thing; I remember over and over who it was that had led me to such terror."
- One of the realms in World of Warcraft is named after Xavius. See: Realm Names and their place in Warcraft Lore
- There is a sub-zone in Ashenvale that is named after Xavius, Xavian.
- Many satyr possess names similar to his, such as Prince Xavalis (who is speculated to be his son), Xavaric, and Xavathras. Necrolord X'avius seems completely unrelated to him.
- Lady Benel'derath mentions Xavius in her dialogue with Lord Ro'minate; she mentions that he has a private tower in Ashenvale.
- The can be obtained through archaeology.
- Xavius' eyes worked similarly to Spectral sight, giving him the ability to see energies and colors unseen by others, even dream forms.
An undead demon
The Dark Titan Sargeras might have transformed Xavius into an undead demon. After Xavius had died Sargeras used bits of his flesh to fashion him a new body and whether Xavius' disembodied soul was perfectly attached to this new body or not remains a mystery.
- ^ http://us.battle.net/wow/en/legion/#characters
- ^ The Demon Soul, 175 (ebook). "Lord Xavius had been the bar by which the other Highborne had measured their skills. He had been the unparalleled master of his craft."
- ^ Knaak, Richard A.. The Well of Eternity. ISBN 978-0-7434-8902-7.
- ^ The Demon Soul, pg. 461. “When the great lord Sargeras cast me back onto this plane, he did so in order that I would bring to him the one who had caused the first portal to cease, and therefore delayed his glorious arrival."
- ^ Dark Factions, 19
- ^ Stormrage, pg. 376. "The dark force behind the Nightmare Lord must have been able to reach Xavius shortly after Malfurion had left the new tree, for what it had become had surely taken many millennia. It showed the insidious patience of not only the former counselor, but his monstrous master. Only when it had been powerful enough, dread enough, had there been no more concern for hiding the truth of its presence."
- ^ Stormrage, pg. 37/38
- ^ Stormrage, pg. 344
- ^ Legion
- ^ BlizzCon 2015: Legion World and Content Overview
- ^ a b Shadows & Light, pg. 86
- ^ Dark Factions, pg. 121
- ^ Shadows & Light, pg. 68
- ^ World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, pg. 251
- ^ a b Shadows & Light, pg. 87
- ^ Dark Factions, pg. 122
- ^ a b Shadows & Light, pg. 165
- ^ The Demon Soul, pg. 344
- ^ War of the Ancients, pg. 352
- ^ The Well of Eternity pg. 601
- ^ The Well of Eternity pg. 664
- ^ The Demon Soul pgs. 594-595
- ^ Knaak, Richard A.. "Six", The Well of Eternity, 160 (ebook). ISBN 978-0-7434-8902-7.
- ^ Knaak, Richard A.. "Twenty", The Well of Eternity, 513 (ebook). ISBN 978-0-7434-8902-7.
- ^ The Demon Soul - Many had been bits of him when he had been destroyed and, like his soul, had been taken by his god at the moment of death.