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The eredar are a species of supremely talented magic-wielders who arose on the planet Argus countless millennia ago. They built a vast civilization of wondrous cities and a peaceful way of life on the planet. 25,000 years ago though, the tranquility of Argus was shattered, and they were separated in two groups: the draenei and the man'ari.
The man'ari are the demon-corrupted eredar who now lead the Burning Legion. They are commonly referred to as just the eredar, this could be because, other than the draenei and man'ari, there is no evidence of other kinds of eredar left in existence. These eredar are the first among the demons of the Burning Legion.
The dark titan Sargeras, in order to create a great Legion, planned to bolster his ranks by creating demons. He was attracted by the eredar's magical affinity, and contacted them under the guise of a benevolent being, promising their three leaders, Archimonde, Kil'jaeden, and Velen, vast powers and that he would use his power to transform their race into an even greater one so they may spread his universal union. A troubling vision soon came to Velen, who saw the eredar transformed into unspeakable demons. But despite Velen's misgivings, Archimonde and Kil'jaeden agreed to join Sargeras' Burning Legion. The eredar were the first sentient race to pledge their allegiance to Sargeras. Knowing that other sentient beings would inevitably join the Legion, the eredar declared that their primary language, Eredun, would be the Legion's common language.
With his fellow eredar already becoming corrupted by demonic power, Velen, along with those who would follow him, split from the man'ari — who were, by now, a "twisted demonic reflection of" the original eredar — on Argus with the help of the naaru, renaming themselves the draenei, or "exiled ones" in Eredun. The man'ari continued to call themselves "eredar" under Kil'jaeden and were infuriated with what they perceived as a betrayal. They hunted Velen and the draenei across dozens of worlds for thousands of years. Every time it seemed that the draenei had found a new home, the Burning Legion would fall upon them. The indigenous races of many worlds were oftentimes mutated by the eredar's malevolent warlock powers and turned into demons themselves.
The draenei traveled through most of the cosmos and eventually discovered another, safer world to settle down upon. They named this world Draenor or "exiles' refuge". At first there was peace with the native orcs living there, and they struck up trade and diplomacy with the shamanistic race. But soon the draenei's existence there was discovered by Kil'Jaeden. This time, however, Kil'Jaeden decided that instead of launching a full invasion of the planet, from which the draenei had managed to escape in the past, he would use the native orcs to do his bidding for him; thus Velen and the draenei wouldn't realise the Legion was involved and flee, until it was too late to do so. Kil'Jaeden and the eredar then began to corrupt the orcs, turning them into a bloodthirsty, war-like race by granting them access to warlock magics. The orcs subsequently hunted down the draenei, almost wiping out the entire race; indeed, they believed they had, but Velen and a few others had managed to escape the onslaught.
The eredar consumed all life around them and set out to find more places of mystical power. Until now, only the titans have ever challenged them. Each of the leaders, Archimonde and Kil'jaeden, built a hierarchy of demons, jealously protected from the will of the other. These groups strove for dominance of Azeroth and other worlds. But now, at long last, Archimonde is dead, killed by the forces of Azeroth. Individual eredar and a few hopeful heroes of the lesser races have decided that they are the best candidates to replace him. These prideful few have taken their first careful steps toward locating and eliminating the presumptuous competition that might seek to displace them.
All demons, including the eredar, were mortal once, but have been transformed into demons by corruption caused by Fel Energy. This change included a powerful command of arcane energy. It is said that Sargaras believed that the demons originally were not corrupt, and that it was the Titan's ordering of the universe that was ultimately responsible for the demons corruption. In this scenario, it would imply that the titans considered the various natural races that pre-existed on worlds they visited to be demons, but were actually corrupted by the titans themselves. Sargeras later came back and freed many of them, bent on using them to destroy the Titan's work.
Eredar were supreme sorcerers at the dawn of the universe. Some believe that they devoured their own world by using radical warlock magics. They consumed all life around them and set out to find more places of mystical power.
Over the eons, Sargeras encountered two powerful demonic races, both of which were bent on gaining power and dominance over the physical universe. One of them was the eredar, an insidious race of devilish sorcerers, who used their warlock magics to enslave a number of worlds that they had invaded. The indigenous races of those worlds were mutated by the eredar's chaotic powers and turned into demons themselves. Though Sargeras' nearly limitless powers were more than enough to defeat the vile eredar, he was greatly troubled by the creatures' corruption and all-consuming evil. Unable to fathom such depravity and spite, the great Titan began to slip into a brooding depression. Despite his growing unease, Sargeras rid the universe of the warlocks by trapping them within a corner of the Twisting Nether.
Still, Sargeras went mad and decided to undo the Titan's works throughout the universe, he set out to form an unstoppable army that would set the physical universe to the flame. In his fury and madness, Sargeras shattered the prisons of the eredar and the nathrezim and set the vile demons free. The cunning demons, bowing before the dark Titan's vast rage and power, offered themselves to him and swore to serve him in whatever malicious way they could. The eredar were Sargeras's first recruits in the Burning Legion, serving as tactical advisors and intelligence officers.
From the ranks of the powerful eredar, Sargeras chose two champions to lead his demonic army of destruction. Kil'jaeden the Deceiver was chosen to seek out the darkest races in the universe and recruit them into Sargeras's ranks. The second champion, Archimonde the Defiler, was chosen to lead Sargeras's vast armies into battle against any who might resist the Titan's will.
The idea that eredar were previously mortal before being corrupted has existed long before The Burning Crusade's release. Chris Metzen stands by the lore described in the history section, who for better or worse are among the primary antagonists, more firmly in the backstory.
In the newer lore, Sargeras' first battles with demons may not have been with the eredar; it is possible he may have fought some other demonic race from the Twisting Nether before his battles with the nathrezim.
The eredar mutated by Sargeras's demonic power are physically similar to their original shape, with a few minor differences (the original eredar shape has been preserved in the draenei). These creatures are of impressive size, far larger than any human or orc, with a bulky muscular body and a long tail. Long pointed ears sweep back from its bestial face and horns sprout from its wide brow (Although Archimonde's cinematic and drawn art shows a different style of cheek spikes, and no spikes above the eyes). The hooves of demonic eredar are more compact than those of draenei, and most males of the demonic breed lacks cranial hair. The hands of demonic eredar are clawed.
Most significantly, demonic eredar are much larger than draenei - though few could match Archimonde's preferred height (he could change his size in Twilight of the Gods).
Most man'ari eredar in World of Warcraft use the same model as the draenei (see Prince Malchezaar as an example) showing few physical differences but for height, skin color, and eye color. Kil'jaeden shows a greater amount of physical variation, however, having sprouted both horns and wings in his most recent incarnation in addition to the more regular man'ari mutations; though these additional appendages could be a result of his shape-altering abilities rather than the influence of fel magic. Two female eredar, Lady Sacrolash and Grand Warlock Alythess in Sunwell Plateau, also show a minor difference from their draenei counterparts in that they have much longer tails.
The corruption of the draenei/original eredar form into the man'ari eredar is not limited to the distant past: any draenei that allows themselves to become corrupted can become a man'ari eredar, transforming from humanoid to demon. Two recent examples are Levixus, an eredar who was born as a draenei, and Exarch Othaar, who became a man'ari and took the name Socrethar when he swore himself to the Burning Legion.
- Main article: Argus
Pre-eminence in eredar warlock society depends almost entirely upon magical power. Those who command the greatest selection of paramount spells — and thus in theory the greatest magical arsenal — rise to higher ranks. Those whose arcane abilities top out at such pitiful cantrips as wish and shape change are grunts and lackeys, scarcely worthy of notice. Because of the very nature of magic, rank, magical power, and overall intelligence go hand-in-claw.
This rule of rank is never deviated from; Archimonde's status among his brethren is backed up by his mastery of the most destructive forms of magic, and his adeptness of all others (recall his single-handed destruction of Dalaran). However, while Archimonde is violent and destructive, Kil'Jaeden is ruthlessly cunning, and coupled with his powerful magic, may even make him an even more dangerous demon than Archimonde.
- Draenei - A faction of eredar that refused to join the Burning Legion and instead sided with the forces of the Light under the wise prophet, Velen.
- Wrathguard - A race used as footmen and honor guard for leaders of the Burning Legion, most common in the area of Outland.
- Broken - Scattered tribes of Broken draenei wander amongst the devastated fields of Outland. Akama's tribe is known as the Ashtongue, while the elite are known as Ashtongue Deathsworn. Some of these tribes are at odds with Akama's tribe. See Kurenai, Murkblood.
- Lost One - Another of these tribes left Outland after the destruction of their world and call themselves the Lost Ones. There are also several Lost Ones villages in Outland.
Though many eredar were part of both invasions of Azeroth (the War of the Ancients and the Third War) and several more inhabit Outland, few individuals are known to mortals; only three, the greatest in magic, were commonly known: the Defiler, the Deceiver, and the Divine. However, with the arrival of the draenei and tentative contact with Outland, a few more have made themselves known.
|Arazzius the Cruel[63+]||Leader of the Burning Legion in Hellfire Peninsula, resides at Pools of Aggonar.||Killable||Burning Legion|
|Archimonde||Commander of the Burning Legion's military. Can be killed by players via Caverns of Time, Battle for Mount Hyjal, as well as in Hellfire Citadel.||Killable||Burning Legion|
|Baelmon the Hound-Master[68+]||In charge of the summoning of Wrath Hounds in Blade's Edge Mountains, resides at Death's Door. Appears to be the replacement of Hakkar the Houndmaster.||Killable||Burning Legion|
|Illidari Lord Balthas||Illidari emissary to the Dragonmaw orcs.||Alive||Illidari|
|Kil'jaeden||Recruits races into the Burning Legion / Supreme Commander in the absence of Sargeras / Summoned by Kael'thas on Azeroth and final boss inside Sunwell Plateau.||Alive / Defeatable||Burning Legion|
|Levixus the Soul Caller[66+]||Responsible for binding and corrupting the stray souls lured to Auchindoun.||Killable||Burning Legion / Auchenai|
|Prince Malchezaar[??]||Current master of Karazhan.||Killable||Burning Legion|
|Lady Sacrolash[??]||Female eredar located inside Sunwell Plateau.||Killable||Burning Legion|
|Socrethar[72+]||Leader of the Burning Legion in Netherstorm, resides at Socrethar's Seat.||Killable||Burning Legion|
|Talgath||One of the highest ranking agents of the Legion, tasked with scouring the Nether for the draenei.||Alive||Burning Legion|
|Jessera of Mac'Aree||Quest giver in Blood Watch||Alive||Alliance|
|Nitrin the Learned||Quest giver in Nagrand||Alive||Neutral|
|Anchorite Tessa[80+]||Quest giver in Wintergrasp||Alive||Alliance|
|Valok the Righteous||Prisoner in the Chapel of the Crimson Flame||Dead||Neutral|
|Exarch Hataaru||Chief Artificer||Dead||Neutral|
|Velen[??]||Leader of the exiled eredar, the draenei||Alive||Alliance|
- In the World of Warcraft The Burning Crusade Battle Chest Guide, the race section has a separate page for the eredar and for the Burning Legion (with its many races).
- The eredar are referred to as "one of the oldest known races in the universe".
- "Man'ari" is an Eredun term with no specific meaning, but describes something that is considered "horrifically wrong, something twisted and unnatural and defiled". It is most often used by the draenei to describe the eredar followers of Kil'jaeden and Archimonde, and some demonic eredar appear to refer to themselves as such, however, usage as a species name to refer to the eredar of the Burning Legion can be considered grammatically correct as Kil'jaeden appropriated the term for his own use. World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade states that these eredar are the twisted demonic reflections of the draenei that were 'gifted' by Sargeras, but they still call themselves eredar.
- Many sources imply that "eredar warlock" is the name of the race, however, it may be just a faction or subrace of the species.
- Players can turn into a man'ari eredar for a brief time using .
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New and old lore
- Some speculate that the nathrezim or even the Old Gods may have been the ones that caused the corruption of Sargeras instead of the eredar.
- Another reconciliation suggestion is that the eredar are evil to begin with and that it is only after Velen's vision that a faction within the eredar started to seek salvation, helped by the naaru. However, Rise of the Horde contradicts this by stating that the Eredar are peaceful and curious race that wish to explore other worlds for the sake of knowledge. Furthermore, Velen's horrified reaction of what his people will become and the evil they will cause clearly shows that the Eredar are actually a benevolent race.
- Yet another theory speculates the eredar did corrupt Sargeras, or at least affected his mind, but he might have imprisoned them in Argus binding them there to prevent the Eredar warlocks from spreading to other worlds. With the help of the Naaru, the dark Eredar slowly abandoned the ways of arcane magic using the Ata'mal crystals gifted to them. Thousands of years later, Sargeras's corruption finally sunk in and he transformed into Sargeras the Destroyer. Thus he returned to those demonic races he had formerly defeated, to free them if they served him, thus re-corrupting the Eredar. The flaw in there is that we haven't been told yet if demons can be purified, and converted over time into good-doers with the use of Ata'mal crystals. However, in Warcraft magazine, there is no Eredar amongst the demons Sargeras battles, which thus contradicts this theory, meaning that the Eredar are mortal to begin with.
- Kil'jaeden is known as the Deciever, and given that it was he who claimed the eredar corrupted Sargeras, it's always possible that Kil'jaeden was simply lying.
- ^ The Demon Soul pg. 408
- ^ a b Blizzard Entertainment. Burning Legion (English) (HTML). The Warcraft Encyclopedia. Retrieved on 2009-12-27.
- ^ a b c Blizzard Entertainment. Flight of the Draenei (English) (HTML). The Story So Far. Retrieved on 2009-12-27.
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- ^ a b c d e Manual of Monsters, pg. 119
- ^ Manual of Monsters, pg. 112
- ^ Monster Guide, pg. 188
- ^ a b Shadows & Light, pg. 122
- ^ a b c d e Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos manual, pg. 133, 134
- ^ a b c Blizzard Entertainment. Chapter I: Mythos (English) (HTML). History. Retrieved on 2009-12-27.
- ^ a b Metzen on lore
- ^ Hellfire Citadel ending cinematic
- ^ Dungeon Journal entry for Azzakel
- ^ Ultimate Visual Guide
- ^ a b Manual of Monsters, page 26
- ^ Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne
- ^ The Burning Crusade Bestiary - Eredar
- ^ Rise of the Horde, pg. 5
- ^ Rise of the Horde, pg. 18
- ^ Well of Eternity, pg. 325, 327, 359
- ^ Demon Soul, pg. 50, 84, 86