- “Magic that could remake a thing so completely came from the dawn of time, from the beginning of everything. The titans, the shapers of Azeroth, had used such magic in their acts of creation.”
Anima is a mysterious substance, a vital fluid, capable of shaping life. It was first used by the titan-forged Keepers and has been used by the mogu for their own purposes since the time of the Thunder King.
The earliest known use of anima dates back from the ordering of Azeroth, when the titans, the shapers of Azeroth, had used such magic in their acts of creation. When Lei Shen defeated Ra and ate his heart, he gained not only his power as keeper of storms, but the knowledge to utilize the Engine of Nalak'sha and anima in a method called flesh-shaping. The newly crowned Thunder King used anima in the creation of mighty constructs called blood golems and the shaping of life forms, such as a slave race called the saurok.
During the Throne of Thunder raid, a large system of anima flowed into the Saurok Creation Pit, home of Primordius. This anima mutated adventurers into a temporary saurok-like evolution. After the fall of the Thunder King, adventurers encountered the Fallen Keeper of Storms, Ra, underneath the Throne of Thunder. Ra demonstrated that he still had power over anima and used it offensively during his battle.
- Vol'jin described the Ancient Passage as a fel place, and the magic used to shape the saurok as the blackest of magics, being corrupting to mortals, and having the potential to unmake the murlocs who had killed his father or cause humans to regress back to vrykul.
- In the Throne of Thunder, Ra's wounds have the same appearance as anima, which could mean that his blood is made of anima, though it remains unconfirmed.
- Anima, the vital fluid that animates the Anima golems, might be blood. Lor'themar Theron asked an adventurer to use a crystal in order to capture whatever essence animated the blood golems, which was then described as blood, moving violently within said crystal. If that was the case, Anima could then be linked to blood magic.
- ^ a b Stackpole, Michael A.. Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde, 42. ISBN 978-1416-55067-9.
- ^ Dark Animus' Dungeon Journal
- ^ Dark Animus' Encounter Design: The mechanics of the Dark Animus encounter aren't quite like any boss fight we've done before. It centers around a fixed quantity of the mysterious swirling liquid, known as Anima, that is at the heart of the mogu experiments in this wing. The vital fluid animates golems, escaping and moving on to larger and larger constructs as the initial vessels are destroyed, until it eventually amasses enough volume to empower the Dark Animus itself, largest of all the golems.
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- ^ Stackpole, Michael A.. Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde, 42-43. ISBN 978-1416-55067-9.