Naaru

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Naaru
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Faction/Affiliation
Racial capital
Racial leader(s)

 A'dal

Homeworld
Primary language(s)

Telepathy

Secondary language(s)

Able to understand all

The naaru (pronounced ['na:ru]) are a race of living, sentient energy beings made up of shards of fractured Light. They are perhaps the purest expression of the Holy Light that exists in the Great Dark Beyond, and have vowed to bring peace and hope to all mortal civilizations and waylay the forces of the Void.[1] They are known to travel through dimensions,[2] and are the sworn enemies of the Burning Legion.[3]

History

Origin

In the primordial era following the birth of the universe — a result of the clash between the Light and Void — shards of fractured Light occasionally gathered in the Great Dark Beyond and formed clouds of Light from which powerful beings emerged, among which were the benevolent naaru. When the naaru gazed out across the universe, they saw limitless possibilities and vowed to use their mastery over holy magic to nurture life and hope throughout the cosmos.[4] Archmage Khadgar found in an ancient cosmology tome a passage indicating that the prime naaru may have been created by Elune during the great ordering of Light and Shadow.[5]

Shepherding the draenei

K'ure, the naaru who shepherded the draenei across the universe in the Genedar.

When Sargeras came to the world of Argus and began convincing the eredar to join the Burning Legion, Velen, one of the three eredar leader, prayed for help. The naaru appeared to him in visions, offering to take Velen and any other like-minded eredar to safety. Velen and his faction accepted, and the naaru came to rescue Velen and his followers with a dimensional ship named the Genedar. They thus began to call themselves draenei, meaning "the Exiled Ones" in eredun.[6]

During the draenei's journey, the enigmatic naaru race taught them the ways of the Light, though they already had a certain experience with it through Velen and T'uure. The naaru explained that there were other forces in the cosmos that would stand against the Burning Legion. One day the naaru would forge them into a single unstoppable Army of the Light.[6] The naaru also bestowed a blessing, the [Gift of the Naaru], upon the draenei to signify their new connection the Light.[7] Deeply affected by the naaru's words, the draenei vowed to honor the Light and uphold the naaru's altruistic ideals.

Communing with humans

Following the Troll Wars, a number of human priests began having faint dreams and visions of angelic forms thrumming with living light. They did not know it, but they had actually managed to commune with the naaru in the Great Dark Beyond, and through this connection, the Holy Light was introduced to the early humans for the first time.[8]

Mereldar was the first of these prophets, receiving visions of holiness, protection, justice, retribution, and compassion. With others who had also reported seeing the visions, they codified and wrote down the wisdom of this higher power. The movement sparked widespread faith in the Light and became the predominant human religion, and centuries later the different Light-based traditions and belief systems were codified by Lordaeron's leaders into the Church of the Holy Light.[9]

Outland

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A'dal, leader of the Sha'tar naaru of Shattrath City.

Sometime before the Dark Portal's reopening, Khadgar used his magic to reach into the Great Dark Beyond for help and found the naaru led by A'dal. He convinced them to come to Outland to aid in stopping the Legion's incursion on the shattered planet.[10]

When the shattered realm of Outland became a strategic battlefront in the Burning Crusade, the naaru used the mighty fortress of Tempest Keep to reach the shattered land. However, when the naaru set out from their stronghold, Prince Kael'thas Sunstrider and his blood elves quickly raided the dimensional fortress and assumed control over its satellite structures.[3] Though most of the naaru had already left the fortress, the blood elves succeeded in capturing the sole remaining guardian of Tempest Keep, M'uru, and transported it back to Silvermoon City to serve as power source for the blood elves. Grand Magister Rommath, Astalor Bloodsworn and Liadrin created the Blood Knight order.

An elder naaru met Illidan Stormrage some time before the siege of the Black Temple and granted him a vision of possible future in which he is one of the leaders of the Army of the Light battling both the forces of the Burning Legion and the Void. His feature was described as "calm and strong and at peace. His face was filled with confidence, shorn of all suffering". Illidan was, at first, not sure whether he could trust the naaru, nor if it was even actually a naaru at all.[11]

Warlords of Draenor

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The Dark Star worshiped by the Shadowmoon clan was in fact the fallen naaru, alternate K'ara. The Velen of the alternate universe sacrificed his life to purify K'ara and return it to the Light.[12]

In Nagrand, alternate Cho'gall drained alternate K'ure of its power and transformed it into the void god Decimatus.[13]

Legion

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 [Light's Heart], the core of the naaru prime Xe'ra, was sent to Azeroth by High Exarch Turalyon and crashed off the coast of Suramar on the Broken Isles. It was to be brought to Velen aboard the Exodar. O'ros, as the last naaru in the line of Xe'ra, was the only one with the ability to unlock the core, but the Burning Legion attacked the Exodar and killed O'ros to prevent that from happening. Light's Heart was then stored within a Class Order Hall for safekeeping,[14] and was finally unlocked using the Tears of Elune.

Xe'ra later started communing with the order leader through Light's Heart and revealed that she was searching for her prophecized "child of Light and Shadow" destined to bring an end to the age of demons: Illidan Stormrage.[15] Xe'ra then taught the order leader the story of Illidan, and revealed at the end that the goal was, in fact, not to prepare Light's Heart but to prepare the class leader, for Xe'ra wept over the death of Illidan at the hands of the then-adventurer and in her eyes, the class leader needed to redeem their self.

At Netherlight Temple, priests across Azeroth worked together to transform the void god Saraka the Lighteater back into the naaru Saa'ra, and succeeded.

Argus

On Argus, a disembodied Xe'ra was rescued aboard the Xenedar. Returning her to the Vindicaar, she was made whole again as  [Light's Heart] was returned to her. She however died shortly after. Xe'ra had mentioned Tempest Keep to the Army of the Light, but they had never seen it in person.

Upon landing on Mac'Aree, Velen reminisced about the naaru named L'ura who stayed behind to fend off the demons in order to allow the draenei to flee Argus, thousands of years ago. L'ura was captured and imprisoned within the Seat of the Triumvirate on order of Kil'jaeden, where she would gradually turn into darkened naaru.

Biology

The naaru of the Exodar, O'ros.

Naaru are composed of shards of solid Light[citation needed] that may freely move around a central "core."

Naaru are believed to be immortal. If their physical form is damaged, it may bleed their energy causing them to enter a "darkened" state in which they are weakened and produce void energies.[16] Their energy may take up to one thousand years to regenerate.[17] It should be noted that some darkened naaru still appear to harbor altruistic intentions ; however, their weakened state may be exploited for nefarious purposes, such as creating void minions[18] and raising the undead.[19] It is unknown if this cycle occurs naturally without an external catalyst. Examples of darkened naaru are D'ore, M'uru, K'ure, and K'ara. Thrice, darkened naaru have also been shown to transform further into void gods; though in all known occasions this was only when their light was forcibly drained by an outside party, so it does not seem to be a natural phenomenon and is normally extremely rare. The ethereal Locus-Walker noted that the few cases of naaru falling into Void he knew of had occurred when mortals were involved, which he thought carried fascinating implications.[20]

A naaru's darkened state is different than death. Naaru can die, but if wounded they will become Dark Naaru.

Naaru may leave a "spark" when they die, as in the case of M'uru.[21]

It is unknown whether or not the naaru have separate genders. K'ure, A'dal, and M'uru have all been described using the pronoun "he,"[22][23] and K'ara is referred to as female.[24] However, the pronoun "it" has also been used.[25][26][27][28] It is possible that the naaru are genderless, given that "gender" only exists in races that engage in sexual reproduction, and it is unknown if naaru do, though O'ros was part of Xe'ra's lineage so they reproduce somehow.

Technology

Concept art of naaru control consoles and stylized depictions of themselves.
See also: Dimensional Ship

The dimensional fortress Tempest Keep, as well as the draenei dimensional ship/city the Exodar, are examples of naaru technology.

The naaru have advanced knowledge of magic and access to otherworldly materials and reagents that have not been seen in Azeroth. The Mechanar, for example, employs naaru technology to create manacells, objects which provide great amounts of power.[29] The only factual knowledge we have is that Tempest Keep has "automated" defenses, the ability to fly, the ability to travel through other dimensions such as the Twisting Nether or the Great Dark Beyond, and the ability to teleport itself and anything in it.

Notable naaru

Main universe
Name Role Status Location
Neutral  A'dal Leader of the Sha'tar, master of Shattrath City Alive Terrace of Light, Shattrath City
Neutral  D'ore "Died" when the Genedar crash landed on Draenor Alive Crypt of Remembrance, Auchenai Crypts
Neutral  G'eras Sha'tar quartermaster Alive Terrace of Light, Shattrath City
Neutral  K'iru Assisting the Shattered Sun Offensive Alive Sun's Reach Harbor, Isle of Quel'Danas
Neutral  K'ure First naaru to contact the draenei Alive Oshu'gun, Nagrand
Neutral  K'uri Accompanied A'dal when trying to save Crusader Bridenbrad Alive Silent Vigil, Icecrown
Neutral  M'ori Accompanied A'dal when trying to save Crusader Bridenbrad Alive Silent Vigil, Icecrown
Neutral  M'uru Captured and drained by the blood elves until it turned into Entropius Deceased-Killable Shrine of the Eclipse, Sunwell Plateau
Neutral  O'ros Journeyed to Azeroth aboard the Exodar, slain by High General Rakeesh Deceased Seat of the Naaru, Exodar
Neutral  Saa'ra Redeemed from the void god Saraka the Lighteater by the Conclave Alive Hall of Balance, Netherlight Temple
Neutral  T'uure Sacrificed itself to save Karkora from Dimensius the All-Devouring[30] Deceased
Neutral  V'eru Helps get aid to the ogres of Outland Alive Terrace of Light, Shattrath City
Neutral  Xe'ra One of the first naaru, seeking Illidan Stormrage to defeat the Burning Legion Active Various Class Halls (as  [Light's Heart])
Neutral  Xi'ri Leader of the Sha'tari assault on the Black Temple Alive Ruins of Karabor, Shadowmoon Valley
Alternate universe
Name Role Status Location
Neutral  K'ara Ejected from the Genedar during the crash and became the Dark Star Alive Various Locations
Neutral  K'ure Corrupted into the void god Decimatus by Cho'gall Killable Sanctum of the Naaru, Nagrand

As a companion pet

Main article: Holy Chime

 [Holy Chime] is a reward from [Raiding with Leashes III: Drinkin' From the Sunwell].

Notes

A draenei shrine in Shadowmoon Valley, showcasing a naaru and the flight from Argus.
Xi'ri knows how to use its fists, even if it doesn't have any.
  • The naaru act in a similar manner to the angels of real life religions such as Islam, Christianity and Judaism. They are described as angelic by Dornaa[31] as well as in Chronicle Volume 1,[8] and Chris Metzen has described them as "the angels of the Warcraft universe" in an interview.[7] See Myth for more information.
  • Characters used to be able to gain the title ' [Champion of the Naaru]' by completing certain requirements.
  • With the revelation that Khadgar and the Alliance Expedition have been fighting the Burning Legion alongside the naaru, it is highly probable that the Alliance and the Horde are the precursors of the "Army of the Light" — of which the naaru promised the draenei would be a part.
  • "Naru" means "River God" in Babylonian, "nūru" (also rendered nuuru) "light".
  • When General Turalyon and his command were interrogating a captured death knight, a naaru appeared to Turalyon and encouraged him to proceed with his decision to stop the Horde.[32]
  • The naaru do not have any "proper" attack animation. When they fight, they just spin around in order to face their opponents. While their preferred attacks, such as those used by A'dal, M'uru, and X'iri are spells, it seems they can physically hit their opponents too.
    • L'ura is the first naaru to have attack animations.
  • Naaru do not have any proper death-animation either. When they die, they will simply freeze in the air, and the crystals spinning around them will halt. After a few seconds the entire being will disappear in thin air.[33][34]
  • Specific music plays around naaru, different for their light or void state.
  • While players are on Argus, Prime Naaru serve as the replacement for Spirit Healers.

Gallery

Speculation

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  • Speculation existed saying that they are somehow related to certain gods, such as Elune. This has been backed up by Khadgar who believes that Xe'ra was created by Elune, potentially confirming the link between at least one naaru, Xe'ra, and Elune.

Dark or Light?

Some players have expressed suspicion of the perceived perfection and altruism of the naaru. Some believe that the naaru have ulterior motives, or there is an undiscovered faction of "dark" naaru. As D'ore himself says,

"It is a facet of the naaru condition - without the void, the Light cannot exist."

This could be taken to mean that if these naaru are pure light and good, then there must be a polar opposite - that is, naaru or another race who are as much darkness and evil as the ones we have encountered so far are good and pure. But as Chronicle explained, this quote is probably referencing the dualistic nature of the Void/Light dichotomy, that both these forces are defined by their opposition to each other.

M'uru, now a darkened naaru, is a boss in Sunwell Plateau.[35] It is not clear if he is now "evil" or simply a darkened naaru whose weakened state has been exploited by Kil'jaeden or Kael'thas. After the raid gets him to 0%, he transforms into a void god named Entropius.

The confusion was later addressed by Blizzard.

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Ask CDev
Q: What is the nature of the Void state of the Na'aru? For a being of the Light, turning into such a dark being seems like a heavy weakness. Sucking in souls and causing destruction simply because of a loss in strength greatly diminishes their saintly image. Though, this might be a reason they don't act in combat very much, as turning on your army due to fatigue wouldn't be good for morale.
A: Because three cases of this "cycle" have been demonstrated in Nagrand, Auchindoun, and Sunwell Plateau (K'ure, D'ore, and M'uru, respectively), players may have received the wrong impression with regard to the magnitude and rarity of these events: it is EXCEEDINGLY rare for a naaru to fall into a void state, and even rarer for a fallen naaru to be brought back into the Light. A naaru's fall into the void represents a catastrophic loss for the naaru and for the forces of the Light, and it is the saddest, most heart-wrenching event for the naaru to witness. Conversely, a naaru being reborn into the Light brings renewed hope and sense of purpose to every naaru; if energy beings could weep tears of joy, this would do it.

In relation to Ashbringer

Main article: Ashbringer#The_crystal

Speculation exists that Ashbringer was crafted from part of a naaru, or is at least somehow related to the naaru.

Videos

The Story of The Naaru

References

  1. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 13
  2. ^ World of Warcraft: Paragons pg. 912
  3. ^ a b The Mechanar. Retrieved on 2016-03-18.
  4. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 18-19
  5. ^ N [110] Goddess Watch Over You
  6. ^ a b The Burning Crusade Bestiary
  7. ^ a b Burning Crusade Behind The Scenes - The Draenei (2008-03-19). Retrieved on 2016-05-26.
  8. ^ a b World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 142
  9. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, page 126
  10. ^ Khadgar#Khadgar's story in his own words
  11. ^ World of Warcraft: Illidan
  12. ^ A [92] Darkness Falls
  13. ^ B [99] The Dark Heart of Oshu'gun
  14. ^ N [98] Bringer of the Light
  15. ^ N [110] In the House of Light and Shadow
  16. ^ H [68] When Spirits Speak
  17. ^ H [68D] Auchindoun...
  18. ^ H [68] A Secret Revealed
  19. ^ A [91] The Dark that Blinds Us
  20. ^ Locus-Walker#Quotes
  21. ^ Sunwell Plateau epilogue
  22. ^ N [65] A'dal
  23. ^ A'dal/Lady Lidarin Scripted Event
  24. ^ Velen repeatedly called her a "she" in A [92] The Prophet's Final Message. However, while Velen's audio uses "she" the text in his speech bubbles uses the gender-neutral "it."
  25. ^ Golden, Christie. "Nine", Rise of the Horde, 201 (ebook). ISBN 978-0-7434-7138-1. “Each time the Naaru, particularly the one that called itself K'ure...” 
  26. ^ A [92] The Prophet's Final Message, "It was a fallen naaru, ejected from our vessel in moments of panic and terror. Its name was K'ara."
  27. ^ Quest:The Defense of Karabor#Stage 3: Protect K'ara from the invading forces, Yrel says: Champion, the naaru has come to aid us. We must defend it while it gathers power!
  28. ^ King, William. "Twenty-Seven", Illidan, 482 (ebook). ISBN 978-0399-17756-9. “If anything, this creature was possessed of even more power than A'dal and its followers.” 
  29. ^ N [70D] With Great Power, Comes Great Responsibility
  30. ^ Of Light and Void
  31. ^ A [110] The Seat of the Naaru
  32. ^ Rosenberg, Aaron; Christie Golden. Beyond the Dark Portal, 190. ISBN 978-1-4165-5086-0. 
  33. ^ Youtube: "A'dal, Uvuros and Me"
  34. ^ Youtube: "Malarion Solos A'dal"
  35. ^ Acacia 2007-12-20. New Sunwell Details; Kael’Thas Back – Part 1. Retrieved on 2007-12-24.