Magni Bronzebeard

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Image of Magni Bronzebeard
Title King of Khaz Modan,[1]
Lord of Ironforge,
Thane of Ironforge,
High Thane of the Bronzebeard clan,
Mountain King,[2]
The Diamond King,[3]
The Speaker,[4]
Herald of Azeroth[5]
Gender Male
Race Mountain dwarf (Mechanical)
Character class Mountain King, Warrior (WoW)
Reaction Alliance Horde
Affiliation(s) The Titans
Former affiliation(s) Alliance, Kingdom of Ironforge, Bronzebeard clan, Explorers' Guild, Alliance of Lordaeron
Occupation Herald of Azeroth,[5]
Speaker for the Titan of Azeroth;[6] formerly King of Khaz Modan, Lord and Thane of Ironforge, High Thane of the Bronzebeard clan, Head of the Senate of Ironforge, Blacksmith (Weaponsmith)
Location Ulduar
Status Active
Relative(s) Elder Bronzebeard, Madoran (ancestors), Muradin, Brann (brothers), Moira (daughter), Dagran Thaurissan II (grandson), Anduin Wrynn ("nephew")
"I am still the dwarf I was before, but now me purpose transcends any throne or kingdom."[5]

Magni Bronzebeard was the king of the dwarven kingdom of Khaz Modan, Thane of Ironforge and head of the Bronzebeard clan. During the Second War he defended Ironforge from the orcs and joined the Alliance of Lordaeron. He was a founding member of the Explorers' League led by his brother Brann and forged the Ashbringer hoping it would avenge his brother Muradin, who was believed to have fallen before Frostmourne. Magni was turned to diamond during a ritual in the heart of Old Ironforge, sacrificing himself to save Khaz Modan from the Shattering. He was succeeded by the Council of Three Hammers. After years spent immobilized in Old Ironforge, Magni has returned as "the Speaker", the ritual having attuned him to the Titan world-soul of Azeroth itself, and now works with the world's heroes to combat the return of the Burning Legion.

Biography

The eldest of the three Bronzebeard brothers, Magni was destined to be the king under the mountain. Strong of arm and keen of mind, Magni loved his two brothers above all else in the world.[7] From the time of his youth, Magni the prince was keenly aware of what would be expected of him in the future. This apparently intimidated him and he questioned if he could be the kind of leader Ironforge needed. He even privately wished that his father and brothers would outlive him, and thus their people would have a good king.[8] To look upon the tower of strength and effective leader that King Magni is today, one can scarcely imagine that he was ever a prince full of doubt.

King Magni led the defense of his capital during the Siege of Ironforge in the Second War. Upon the liberation of Ironforge by the forces of the Alliance of Lordaeron he pledged his kingdom's support, his two brothers accompanying the Alliance host.[9] Following the Second War, the rebuilding of Stormwind began. It was evident that travel to and from the north was difficult, as such Magni Bronzebeard had requested Mekkatorque's aid in constructing a faster and easier method of transportation. Gelbin began his work on what would become the Deeprun Tram.[10]

The stoic dwarves of Ironforge spent countless generations mining treasures from deep within the earth. Recently, the dwarves unearthed a series of ruins that held the key to secrets to their ancient heritage. Driven to discover the truth about his people's fabled origins, the great King Magni Bronzebeard ordered that the dwarves shift their industry from mining and engineering to that of archaelogy.[11] Magni helped to create the famed Explorers' Guild of Ironforge, a group utterly devoted to plumbing the secrets of the ancient world and delving out the truth of the dwarves’ fabled existence.[12]

The Third War

During the Third War, Muradin died in Northrend and Magni learned the truth about Muradin and Arthas; that Arthas himself was responsible for Muradin's death.[13] Magni was overcome with grief at the news of Muradin's demise, but he and the youngest brother, Brann, remained steadfast in their desire to continue serving the dwarven people.

After Muradin's apparent death High Inquisitor Fairbanks and Alexandros Mograine visited King Magni. To avenge Muradin, Magni forged the Ashbringer to oppose Frostmourne, Arthas, and the undead. While Magni never took much stock in the belief that Master dwarven blacksmiths could impart emotions into the weapons they create, standing before The Great Anvil, he found himself thinking of how he would not see Muradin again. He thus harnessed all of his rage, fury, the desire for vengeance, and willed them into being with each strike of his hammer. When he was finished, he gave Mograine the finest blade that had ever been crafted by his hand.[13]

For at least part of the Third War, Magni fought alongside Chen Stormstout and declared him to be a friend of Ironforge. Even years later, Chen would leave a lasting impression on the dwarven king.[14]

Gathering Storm

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The dwarves of Ironforge allowed the gnomes led by Gelbin Mekkatorque to remain in Ironforge, and they were granted a part of the city. Magni also asked Gelbin to participate the Brewfest festival. It is implied that Magni was distrustful of warlocks in his city.[15] At some point, Magni tried to make contact with the Timbermaw tribe of furbolg on behalf of the Alliance.[16]

Brann, Magni's brother and an explorer of some renown and brother of King Magni, went missing for months and King Magni had lost hope that he still lived. Though he remained a wise and strong leader, his pain and sorrow weighed heavily upon him. Many dwarves wondered whether the kingdom would ever see another Bronzebeard sitting on the throne of Ironforge.[17] Though Brann eventually reappeared, having survived his venture into Ahn'Qiraj, he managed to misplace himself again within Northrend--much to Magni's dismay and a series of agonized groans from the Explorers' League.

Upon the death of Sully Balloo, his wife Sara Balloo pleaded the king to honor her late husband. Magni had a memorial built for the deceased warrior.[18] King Magni also authorized Grelin Whitebeard to deal with the troll problem in Dun Morogh.[19]

Against the Dark Irons

When King Magni's only child, Moira Bronzebeard, went missing, he sent the adventurers of the Alliance to find her escort, Kharan Mighthammer.[20] When Magni learned that Moira had been captured by the Dark Iron clan and was being held under a magical spell, he sent a team to assassinate the Dark Iron Emperor Dagran Thaurissan and rescue Moira. After dispatching the emperor, though, the adventurers were shocked to discover that Moira refused to return to Ironforge, having fallen in love with Emperor Thaurissan and conceived a child by him.[21] Moira told her would-be rescuers to inform her father that her child would be both a dark iron dwarf and heir to the Kingdom of Ironforge; Magni was stunned by the revelation, remarking that even in death Thaurissan had won.[22] The dwarf Rom later swore an oath to Magni himself, pledging to investigate the dark unrest in Grim Batol.[23]

King Magni Bronzebeard in World of Warcraft.

After the Outland campaign, Magni sent Thargas Anvilmar to Menethil Harbor to meet a ship and its passengers from Theramore and to deliver them to Ironforge.[24] Magni had diplomatically approached Stormwind for assistance against the ever increasing Dark Iron threat, citing their destruction and control of Thandol Span. Much to his frustration, his pleas fell on deaf ears. While Highlord Bolvar Fordragon concurred with the dwarven king, Lady Katrana Prestor--adviser to the recently returned King Varian Wrynn--accused Magni of trying to involve Stormwind in the dwarves' personal war and refused to send reinforcements. Luckily, Jaina Proudmoore had already informed Magni of the appearance of Lo'Gosh, who was also thought to be the real King Varian Wrynn.[25]

Lo'Gosh and his companions attacked the Dark Iron Dwarves, with Magni and his team later later joining the attack. Together they defeated the Dark Iron that had controlled Thandol Span.[26] Magni then brought Lo'Gosh and his companions to Ironforge and told them about the disappearance of Marshal Windsor. He revealed that he had been in contact with Bolvar through a Scrying Glass and discussed the matter of Windsor and the Black Dragons. He was present when Lo'Gosh decided to go to the Blackrock Depths in search of the missing Windsor. Magni promised them to watch over the fel-tainted Valeera Sanguinar and granted her a sanctuary in Ironforge.[27]

War against the Lich King

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When the Lich King awoke, he sent his Scourge into all corners of Azeroth. During the Scourge invasion on the capital cities, Magni sent troops of fliers to Stormwind.[28] To defeat the Plague and necropolises, members of the Church of the Holy Light traveled to Shattrath and created an artifact of the Naaru's Light. Adventurers of the Alliance delivered it to Magni to defend Ironforge. Taking up the artifact, Magni swore that he would find Muradin. When word reached him that Muradin had survived, he immediately traveled to the frost dwarf stronghold of Frosthold in the Storm Peaks where he was overjoyed to find that their new king, Yorg Stormheart, was in fact an amnesiac Muradin. Along with Brann, the pair helped their brother recover his lost memories. Magni returned to Ironforge while Muradin remained to battle against the Lich King.[29]

When Chen Stormstout's niece Li Li and his old friend Strongbo traveled to Ironforge during Brewfest, Magni recalled his earlier battles alongside Chen and declared the pair as friends of the kingdom, as well as providing them a goblin zeppelin to Kalimdor.[14]

When the Emerald Nightmare invaded the mortal realm in the form of a magical mist and trapped Azeroth's sleeping denizens in their nightmares, Magni became one of its victims. Magni dreamed that he led a team through Blackrock Depths to rescue Moira and slay Dagran Thaurissan. While he accepted that Moira's child would be born, he would not allow a son of Dagran Thaurissan to inherit the throne of Ironforge and would instead banish him forever from the kingdom. Upon hearing this, Moira stabbed Magni to death. Moira revealed that her half dark iron son was only meant to watch over the throne until her new baby is born: a child of Ragnaros himself.[30]

The Cataclysm

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During the exploration of Ulduar, the dwarves found a set of mystical tablets created by the Titans. Brann informed King Magni about it.[31] Magni called for a meeting in Stormwind City and informed the other Alliance leaders about the tablets, believing they could help. During the Elemental Invasion, Magni protected the Commons of Ironforge from the Elements. He also assisted Alliance adventurers against Crown Princess Theradras and Grand Ambassador Flamelash.

Magni Bronzebeard turns to diamond.

When freak natural disasters began rocking much of Azeroth just prior to the Cataclysm, the dwarven lands were not spared from the calamitous upheavals. A series of violent quakes tore through areas surrounding Ironforge, reducing settlements to rubble and taking the lives of many innocent dwarves in the process. Anduin Wrynn was under the guardianship of Magni at the time. Magni instructed a female dwarf Aerin to be Anduin's guard and trainer. Aerin explained to Anduin that Magni never wanted a daughter, but Moira was a female and when she was kidnapped, Magni took it very hard. Ever since, Magni changed his beliefs about the capabilities of the female sex and because of this, Aerin and some other qualified women were promoted into the Elite Guard. After Aerin's death, Magni called Anduin to his chamber, where he gave him the mace Fearbreaker which "liked" Anduin. Magni knew and liked Anduin since he was little and he allowed him to call him uncle.

The next day, with the tablet in Ironforge brought earlier by the adventurers,[32] King Magni sought answers to the troubling state of the world, he selflessly underwent a mystic titan ritual to commune with the earth by activating the Ulduar tablet. Magni, Anduin, Advisor Belgrum, High Priest Rohan, Muninn Magellas, and Reyna Stonebranch ventured into the heart of the earth, Old Ironforge, where the ritual would be taking place. First, Belgrum read out the majority of the tablet's words, which had been transcribed on a scroll, then Magni drank a potion and spoke the words to activate the ritual in the earthen's language:

And here are the why and the how, to again become one with the mountain. For behold, we are the earthen, of the land, and its soul is ours, its pain is ours, its heartbeat is ours. We sing its song and weep for its beauty. For who would not wish to return home? That is the why, O children of the earth.

Here is the how. Go you to the heart of the earth. Find you these herbs three: mountain silversage, black lotus, and ghost mushroom. With a finger's pinch of the soil that nourished them, consume the draft. Speak these words with true intent, and the mountain shall reply. And so it shall be that you shall become as you once were. You shall return home, and you shall become one with the mountain.


"Within me is the earth itself. We are one. I am of it and it of me. I listen for the mountain's reply."[33]

Magni, petrified in Old Ironforge.

Subsequently he heard hundreds of voices. Though he initially thought his plan was working, the tablet turned out to be far more literal than any of the translators had realized. The ritual was actually a process for Earthen to once again become part of the very material they had been crafted from by the titans: the very crust of Azeroth. Magni was instead turned into diamond, his statue-like form fused into the diamond heart of Ironforge itself before the stunned onlookers. Magni's funeral service was held shortly thereafter, attended by leaders and representatives of the Alliance, goblins, and even the Horde (a tauren and a sin'dorei who were known to be moderate individuals) as a token of Warchief Thrall's respect.

Compounding this tragedy, Magni's estranged daughter Moira returned to claim her father's throne for herself and for her infant dark iron son. In an effort to prevent further political turmoil, the Council of Three Hammers was established to succeed Magni.

One with the earth

Magni in Fault Lines.

When Thrall's essence raced headlong through the leagues and leagues of earth that unfurled around him during his meditation he moved beneath the Eastern Kingdoms. There a presence stirred in the mountains of Khaz Modan. The spirit there was strong, but it was not an elemental. It was, strangely, like Thrall: a mortal who had transcended the bounds of flesh. The unknown being patrolled the ancient earth of the region as if it was keeping a silent vigil over the land. It spoke in a dwarven accent that echoed across Azeroth. "For behold, we are earthen, o' the land, and its soul is ours, its pain is ours, its heartbeat is ours..."[34]

Four years after his petrification, Moira was asked by Muradin and some of the priests to talk to Magni, as she often did when times were trying, in the hopes that it would wake him up. She however felt that it was a fool's errand, still believing that Magni would still not have approved of her ruling, but did so to keep up appearances. However, to the vast surprise of Moira and Advisor Belgrum, Magni awoke with a mighty crash as a living statue made of diamond. With a voice like a mountainslide, he told Moira and Belgrum that he now spoke for the land and was a part of Azeroth itself. Muradin and Falstad also came down to see him.

While the Council of Three Hammers waited for Magni and discussed what the king's return would mean for the political stability of Ironforge upstairs at the High Seat, Magni was taking the time to walk once again through his city, including stopping at the The Great Anvil, seeing the gryphons at the gryphon roost, and kneeling in the pool of the Mystic Ward. By all laws under the mountain, as long as the rightful ruler was alive, the city belonged to him, but Moira and Falstad knew that the Dark Irons and the Wildhammers would never kneel to a Bronzebeard king. However, Magni, having just returned to the throne room, replied that he had not come to reclaim his crown. No longer a king but a servant of Azeroth, he delivered a dire warning about the Burning Legion's return to the three, and that they had to prepare their people—all their people—for what was coming. He also proclaimed that he had to leave immediately to warn the rest of the Alliance.

As he prepared to depart Ironforge, Magni requested a moment to speak with Moira outside the gates, and was a little surprised when Moira agreed to it. Saying that he had watched her over the past four years grow into a leader he couldn't be prouder of, and that he had failed her as a father. He reflected how he had come back to life and the clans were living together once again, then perhaps the two of them could also be a family again. He hoped she would give him another chance, but wanted to give her time to think about it before she gave him an answer. Belgrum would later send word to Brann about Magni's awakening.[35][36]

The Legion returns

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Magni in Legion.

Magni journeyed north to Ulduar. Within the Celestial Planetarium, he revealed to Brann and Khadgar the truth about Azeroth: that the planet itself was a titan, and she had named him her speaker. Magni revealed that when the world was young, after the imprisonment of the Old Gods, the Keepers used the Pillars of Creation to shape the world. Eventually, the Pillars of Creation found their way into mortal hands, and now they were needed to close the Legion's portal at the Tomb of Sargeras. Knowledge of the Pillars was entrusted to the Guardian of Tirisfal, prompting Khadgar to go investigate the Guardian's Library in Karazhan. Afterward, Brann asked Magni what he was going to do next, wondering if he would return to Ironforge. Magni replied that Azeroth has other duties for him, but he'd be happy to talk with Brann for a while.[37]

In World of Warcraft

King Magni Bronzebeard was originally a level ?? (Boss) quest giver located in the High Seat in the Great Forge in the dwarven capital city of Ironforge.

Magni was removed in Patch 4.0.3a. In Patch 4.1.0, Old Ironforge was opened and contained Magni's petrified form. Advisor Belgrum and Honor Guard Dunstad stood near him:

Advisor Belgrum says: This was my fault, my lord. I should've done more research on those tablets...

During Children's Week, Randis wants to see the petrified Magni.

Quests

Removed from game The subject of this section has been removed from World of Warcraft in patch 4.0.3a.

In the RPG

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He was one of the heroes during the Second War, often directly leading his people into battle.[38] During the fall of the Kingdom of Lordaeron, his middle brother, Muradin, was reportedly slain in Northrend. Prince Arthas Menethil sent a letter to Magni stating that Muradin was slain by undead, but thanks to his sacrifice Arthas was able to obtain Frostmourne and would be returning to Lordaeron shortly. The letter also indicated that Muradin's body would be returned, though this never happened.[39]

He was also Grand Explorer of the Explorer's Guild.[40]

Quotes

Aggro
  • For Khaz'Modan!
  • Feel the fury of the mountain!
Greeting
  • Strength, honor. I see them in you. Why have you come?
  • What brings you to Ironforge?
  • How can the dwarves help you?
  • What do you seek within the mountain?

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft trailer

"Me brothers say I spend too much time in the forge. They think it ain't befitting a king. Hah! Ye don't forge legendary weapons like mine while sitting on a throne. The lands of Khaz Modan are mine, and when I bring the pain, lads, it's HAMMER TIME!"

Trivia

A card back themed after Magni in Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft.
  •  [Prince Magni Bronzebeard's Silver Coin] can be fished from the Dalaran fountain. It bears a wish from when he was younger: "I hope that my father and brothers outlive me. I'll not make much of a king."
  • King Magni was depicted with green eyes in The Comic.
  • Memory of Magni is a ship located in Lunarfall.
  • Hulfdan Blackbeard calls him "Stinkbeard".[41]
  • "By Magni's beard!" is a common dwarven expression.[42][43][44][45]
  • Magni is voiced by Carlos Larkin.
  • In Norse mythology, Magni is one of Thor's two sons, and one of the few gods who will survive Ragnarök. Along with his brother, Módi, he will wield his father's legendary hammer Mjölnir after Ragnarök.
  • Magni was known as the "king under the mountain". In Tolkien's Middle-earth, the dwarven rulers of the lonely mountain of Erebor used the same title.
  • On the Azeroth's Fortune mini-game page of the Cataclysm homepage, one fortune speaks of Magni activating the tablet: "When the winds scream and the stones shudder, the mountain king shall look to the earth for reasons why. He shall taste the soil beneath his feet and ask its advice in a tongue no longer his own. In reply, he shall be made one with his past and transformed into a paragon among mere stone."
  • Magni is featured in DC Unlimited's World of Warcraft: Series 6 action figure set.
  • In Heroes of the Storm, Muradin has a skin called "Magni Muradin".[46]
  • Magni is the alternate hero (player character) for the warrior class in Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, and the first alternate hero to be revealed.[47] His flavor text reads: "Lord of Ironforge, King of Khaz Modan. Grand Explorer. Moira's Dad. Most Huggable Leader."
    • Purchasing Magni also unlocks the Magni card back. The flavor text reads: "As the eldest of the three Bronzebeard brothers, Magni always got the coolest toys. He always shared, though!"
  • At the presentation of World of Warcraft: Legion at Gamescom 2015 during the showcase of Artifact weapons, the description of the "master" variation of the Ashbringer called "Purified Ashbringer" states that Magni forged the blade and that he can reforge it to make it stronger than ever, hinting at his return during the expansion.[48]
  • An unused NPC representing Magni Bronzebeard as a normal dwarf is situated in the same ID range as other legendary warriors presumably meant to appear in Skyhold. This means that the idea of Magni waking up might have been a late addition to Legion's development cycle.

Alternate timeline

Magni Bronzebeard from a separate timeline[49] appears in the Warcraft film universe.

Gallery

Videos

Patch changes

The only place where this is visible is in Frosthold during A [80] The Brothers Bronzebeard.

See also

References

  1. ^ Ultimate Visual Guide, pg. 80
  2. ^ TCG Worldbreaker/4
  3. ^ N [100] The Diamond King
  4. ^ N [100] The Diamond King
  5. ^ a b c Story - Magni Bronzebeard
  6. ^ N [100] The Diamond King
  7. ^ Blizzard Entertainment. World of Warcraft: Game Manual, 173. 
  8. ^  [Prince Magni Bronzebeard's Silver Coin]
  9. ^ Tides of Darkness, 335
  10. ^ WoW -> Info -> Basics -> Public Transportation. Blizzard Entertainment. Retrieved on 2010-02-20.
  11. ^ World of Warcraft Battle Chest Guide, page 145.
  12. ^ Blizzard Entertainment. World of Warcraft: Game Manual, 170. 
  13. ^ a b Death is Contagious
  14. ^ a b Pearl of Pandaria
  15. ^ A [10] The Slaughtered Lamb
  16. ^ A [60] The Brokering of Peace
  17. ^ World of Warcraft: Game Manual, pg. 173
  18. ^ A King's Tribute quest chain
  19. ^  [A Letter to Grelin Whitebeard]
  20. ^ A [59D] Kharan Mighthammer
  21. ^ The Shattering, chapter 11
  22. ^ A [59D] The Princess's Surprise
  23. ^ Night of the Dragon, chapter 1
  24. ^ The Return
  25. ^ Through the Mirror Darkly
  26. ^ Last of the Line
  27. ^ Descent
  28. ^ Repercussions
  29. ^ A [80] The Brothers Bronzebeard
  30. ^ Warcraft: Legends Volume 5, Nightmares
  31. ^ A [80] Tablets of the Earth
  32. ^ A [80] Tablets of the Earth
  33. ^ The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm, pg 132, 142, 144
  34. ^ Charge of the Aspects
  35. ^ Advisor Belgrum gossip text
  36. ^ Fault Lines
  37. ^ N [100] The Diamond King
  38. ^ Alliance Player's Guide, 167
  39. ^ Lands of Conflict, 75
  40. ^ Lands of Conflict, pg. 11
  41. ^ A Rogue [10] Simple Subterfugin'
  42. ^ A [10] Stout to Kadrell
  43. ^ A [2] A New Threat
  44. ^ A [6] Stocking Jetsteam
  45. ^ A [71] A Time for Heroes
  46. ^ Muradin - Heroes of the Storm
  47. ^ Heroes Emerge: New Hearthstone Heroes Are Coming!
  48. ^ Image of the Artifact reforging UI for retribution Paladins
  49. ^ Micky Neilson on Twitter

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Preceded by:
Earliest known:
Madoran Bronzebeard
Position:
Lord of Ironforge and King of Khaz Modan
Succeeded by:
Advisor Belgrum
(Interim)
Preceded by:
Earliest known:
Madoran Bronzebeard
Position:
High Thane of the Bronzebeard clan
Succeeded by:
Muradin Bronzebeard