Nathreza

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The Twisting Nether, where Nathreza is located
Races

IconSmall Nathrezim.gifIconSmall Dreadlord.gif Nathrezim (native)
DemonDemonDemonDemon Demon

Major settlements

Unknown basalt city[1]

Languages
Affiliation
Location
"This one was an odd place, a collection of rocks imbued with potent magic, floating amid the infinite void of the Twisting Nether. A tiny sun orbited it every few minutes. Dozens of miniature glowing moons followed it. Bits of rock floated in the air, held aloft by the power of magic. Potent energies saturated this place, were sunk into the very fabric of the world, and they were not the only things here. In the distance, amid the rocks, he sensed the presence of demons of a very specific sort: nathrezim."
Illidan Stormrage, viewing Nathreza[3]

Nathreza is the homeworld of the demonic nathrezim, more commonly known as dreadlords, one of the first species to join the Burning Legion. It is described as being a collection of rocks suffused with powerful magics, adrift in the Twisting Nether, the astral plane between worlds.[4] It possesses at least one small sun, as well as numerous small moons, all orbiting the planet. Bits of rock float through the air, held aloft by magic, and green light blazed from the landscape's rock, as well as from the planet's sun. There is known to exist at least one city on Nathreza, made of basalt towers and illuminated by the flare of green fel lanterns, with black discs running up the sides of its buildings. In the center of the city sits a massive windowless tower with green runes lighting up its sides. The planetoid itself is carved from pure magical energy congealed into pulsing chromatic stone.[5]

Within the city's tower sits the most prized possession of the Nathrezim: a room of archives containing knowledge on every triumph, every conquest, every campaign, and every plot that was ever orchestrated in the name of the Burning Legion. Composed of towers of obsidian discs arranged chronologically, the archive contains information on all the races and planets the Legion has encountered, and constitutes a monument of pride for the dreadlords. The primary language of Nathreza is the dreadlords' own Nathrezim, although it is rarely used outside their homeworld. Ultimately, many details of Nathreza remain unknown, it being highly uncommon for any outside the Legion to lay eyes upon it.[6]

Since the place was located in the Twisting Nether and saturated with demonic energies of the Burning Legion, every single demon that was slain on Nathreza died permanently, thus making them unable to return back to life. When Illidan Stormrage finished his attack on Nathreza he collapsed the portal behind him as he left, which he believed would cause cataclysmic damage to the planet akin to that which shattered Draenor into Outland.[7]

History

Illidan's raid

A nathrezim, native inhabitants of the planet Nathreza

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Just before the outbreak of the war in Outland, Illidan Stormrage, the new Lord of Outland, put his plans in motion to launch an assault on the dreadlords' homeworld. Having spiritually visited Nathreza through a complex ritual he conducted, Illidan was able to discern the planet's location in the vastness of the Twisting Nether. Soon afterwards, having sprung a trap on the warden Maiev Shadowsong and her forces at the Hand of Gul'dan in Shadowmoon Valley, Illidan used the souls of the slain—including his own soldiers'—to fuel a portal of seismic proportions.

Illidan ordered his massed demon hunters through the portal and, upon reaching the other side, the force found itself on Nathreza. Engaging an army of demonic defenders containing many nathrezim, Illidan's forces quickly routed and slaughtered them, despite possessing much smaller numbers. The Illidari pressed on to the nearby nathrezim city, fighting more demons to reach the entrance to the archives. Illidan breached the tower and, with several of his most trusted in tow, descended to the room of records. After fighting back Legion reinforcements, the Betrayer hastened to seize his objective, the Seal of Argus, realising that time was of the essence. After this, his force retreated to the portal back to Outland and retreated through it, fighting off more demons. Once all were through, Illidan collapsed the portal which, by his calculations, should apparently cause such damage to Nathreza as to be akin with the destruction wrought by Ner'zhul on Draenor.[8]

Before leaving Nathreza's vast archives, Illidan made a point of damaging the majority of its discs, ruining the dreadlords' most cherished monument. The disc which he had recovered, the Seal of Argus, was revealed to be the record of the Legion's actions on the planet Argus, containing its location, which Illidan intended to use in his future plans.

Speculation

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  • Mephistroth or Tichondrius may have been the leaders of the world.
  • The citadel Illidan broke into on Nathreza is likely where the dreadlords met in The Dreadlords Convene, an interlude from the undead campaign in Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos.
  • Mal'Ganis said he was going to travel to the homeworld after being discovered as Barean Westwind; assuming he was referring to Nathreza and not another Legion world, this suggests that either Mal'Ganis was not aware of its destruction (as he had been on Azeroth at the time) or that, like Outland, at least a portion of the planet survived.
  • It is unknown if any notable dreadlords perished during Illidan's attack, as most of the well-known nathrezim appeared during World of Warcraft: Legion.

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