- This article is about the homeworld of the eredar. For the titan world-soul of the same name, see Argus (titan). For the boss encounter, see Argus the Unmaker. For other uses and appearances, see Argus (disambiguation).
Argus is the original homeworld of the eredar, now located within the Twisting Nether. It was once described as a utopian world whose inhabitants were both vastly intelligent and highly gifted in magic. It has since been twisted by demonic, chaotic energies and became the stronghold and homeworld of the Burning Legion.
Argus is a no-fly zone, similar to the Isle of Thunder. It is navigated with the Vindicaar's console. It features two instances, the Seat of the Triumvirate dungeon and the Antorus, the Burning Throne raid.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Quests
- 4 Dungeons
- 5 Resident races
- 6 In World of Warcraft
- 7 Related items
- 8 Notes and trivia
- 9 Speculation
- 10 Gallery
- 11 Videos
- 12 References
Argus was once ruled by the Second Duumvirate, consisting of Velen and Kil'jaeden. During this time, the sorcerer Thal'kiel and his order of eredar mages, the Wakeners, began using summoning magics to conjure demons from the Twisting Nether. Velen condemned Thal'kiel's new summonings and ordered him never to conjure them again. However, with the support of these entities, Thal'kiel hoped to become the sole ruler of Argus. His trusted apprentice, Archimonde, informed Velen and Kil'jaeden of the planned coup. Archimonde was placed in charge of the attack on the Wakeners' hidden stronghold and decapitated his former master himself. Archimonde would later rise to rule Argus alongside Velen and Kil'jaeden, and the three eredar wisely ruled the planet for many years. Mac'Aree was the most sacred of the cities on Argus.
Eventually, Argus attracted the attention of Sargeras. He offered the eredar a deal: in exchange for their loyalty, he would give them power undreamed of by all races. Kil'jaeden and Archimonde were quick to accept the offer, but Velen had a vision of the future: the eredar would be transformed into demons under the rule of Sargeras. His advice to Kil'jaeden and Archimonde went unheeded, and he desperately sought a solution to this dilemma. Lord Nath'raxas played a role in delivering Argus to Sargeras.
Eventually, Velen was contacted by a race of divine energy beings called the naaru, and he fled with his followers, renaming his people the draenei, or "exiled ones", while Kil'jaeden, Archimonde and the rest of the eredar became the feared, insidious sorcerers and tacticians of the Burning Legion. As the draenei fled, the world was devoured by the Legion. After Argus fell, Sargeras ordered a temple of darkness to be built deep within the planet's core. Little is known of it, for only the titan's most devoted acolytes are given sigils that permit entrance. This might be the titanic structures that Alleria Windrunner and Turalyon buried deep within a canyon.
Following the death of Goremaw the Devourer, Sargeras' personal hound, the dreadlord Mephistroth believed that Goremaw could still serve the Legion. He extracted the felhound's fangs and took them to a great demon forge on the eredar homeworld of Argus. There were many challenges in preserving the fangs' dark energies. Mephistroth dared not handle the task himself. His subordinates were eager to distinguish themselves, even at great risk. But the fangs' twisted power often proved too dangerous. When it pierced their minds and inflicted unspeakable agony, the dreadlord simply discarded them, giving their souls to the demon forge and finding another servant to take their place. But in the end, their work was successful. The fangs had been sharpened to a permanent edge, their shadow powers preserved for all time. Mephistroth had created the Fangs of the Devourer, two of the deadliest weapons the universe had ever known. He presented the daggers to Sargeras, who was greatly pleased. Goremaw had been a terror on the battlefield; in the hands of a skilled assassin, its fangs would be a terror in the shadows.
Later, Sargeras found an eredar tracker named Akaari who has proven to be worthy to wield the fangs. She was summoned to Argus and was promised to become a fearsome instrument of death, one of the deadliest creatures alive in any known realm. Akaari would need to give up her will, but she accepted. Afterward, Akaari spent centuries in secret chambers beneath the surface of Argus, where weapons were forged and wills were broken. Her essence was shaped and molded as well, intertwined with the daggers' power. The souls of other eredar assassins were sacrificed and bound to hers, granting her the experience of a hundred lifetimes and thousands of kills. When she emerged from those chambers, she did so as a remorseless construct of death, perfectly obedient to Sargeras.
Warlords of Draenor
Argus has since become the stronghold of the Burning Legion, where Azzakel waits for an opportunity to invade other worlds. A portal was open from Argus to Auchindoun but was quickly closed by the planet's defenders.
It was also revealed that the eredar had rewritten Argus' history books to paint Velen as a traitor.
After defeating Kil'jaeden in the Tomb of Sargeras, Illidan Stormrage uses the to open a rift between Argus and Azeroth, making Argus visible in Azeroth's sky. This made many of Dalaran's citizens worried, especially as doomsayers started to spread panic.
Return to Argus
- Main article: Argus Campaign
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As the Legion's homeworld, Argus is hostile territory. Demons patrol every crag of Argus's shattered surface, and sometimes it seems as if the planet itself is out to get you.
On the first return to the homeworld since the evacuation on the Genedar, many draenei expressed shock, dismay, and sadness at witnessing what the Legion had wrought on the planet over the thousands of years in their absence. Though they do consider it the home they came from, it is clearly no longer feasible to think of resettling it, even if the Legion is defeated. Several, including Velen, have stated that they even look forward to leaving the shattered world behind. Only the Krokul of the Argussian Reach have expressed any desire to take back the planet.
Before the Legion
Argus contained various different terrain types. Wintergrasp and its chill reminded Anchorite Tessa of the stormy peaks of Kaarinos. It also had deserts, forests, lush plains, frozen tundras, and other environs.
Mac'Aree was the most sacred of the eredar's cities. According to Jessera of Mac'Aree, its walkways were lined with precious minerals and the rivers glittered even in complete darkness. Mac'Aree has also been described as having purple hills. holds the inscription: "I long for Mac'Aree". The city now floats above the planet and has mostly escaped fel corruption, giving something of an insight into what Argus was like before its corruption.
Capital of the Burning Legion
Argus is saturated with the fel energies of the Burning Legion. It is now bisected by a massive, hellish slash in the crust of the planet itself, where a portion of the planet has been blown into orbit. Krokuun lies on the edge of this rift, one of the removed portions is the city of Mac'Aree, and the Antoran Wastes lie inside of the rift on a cliff above the core of the world.
The area of Argus that Illidan Stormrage visited during the invasion of Outland was once a beautiful place of crystalline mountains and shimmering seas, but is now cold and cruel with a sense of corruption and loss. Jagged crystal mountains hold festering corruption within that cause them to crumble, and dust devils born of the powdered gems screech down canyons of serrated rock which refract light everywhere. There is a city which looms over canyons of fractured crystal and is laid out according to complex geomantic rules. The buildings resemble those of the draenei but far more grandiose. At the center of the city is a mighty palace that is home to Archimonde and Kil'jaeden. Within the palace's crystal corridors are runes which fill the mind with despair, visions of conquest, and a rage to end all things: the creed of the Burning Legion, written in fire.
Below the surface of Argus, there are many dark and secret chambers where weapons are forged and wills are broken. The assassin Akaari Shadowgore spent centuries in these chambers, her essence being shaped, molded and intertwined with the power of her dreaded daggers, the Fangs of the Devourer. The souls of other eredar assassins were sacrificed and bound to hers, granting her the experience of a hundred lifetimes and thousands of kills.
Argus was originally a world of the Great Dark Beyond.
The Illidan novel stated that Argus is now "located on the brink between the Twisting Nether and the Great Dark Beyond". A Thousand Years of War, however, stated that "Argus was within the Twisting Nether" and "fully shrouded within the Nether".
It thus appears to be a situation similar to Mardum, which was situated within the Nether but slowly started to appear in the Great Dark Beyond as well as its fel energies tore the veil between the two realms down, but in reverse: Argus was in the Great Dark Beyond but as it was engulfed in fel, it has fully become part of the Twisting Nether.
- Main article: Argus storyline
- Main article: Instances by continent
- Fungal monsters
- Mana rays
- Mana wyrms
- Sea serpents, with only one survivor left - Slithon the Last
- Warp stalkers
- Powerful horned beasts, reminiscent of the tauren of Azeroth. The eredar hunted these beasts for sport.
- Large serpentine skeletons of unknown beasts can be seen in Krokuun.
- Void ethereals
- The races of Azeroth invaded after a portal connecting the two worlds was opened by the .
In World of Warcraft
Argus could possibly be seen during the fight with alternate Gul'dan through a gigantic rift from which Gul'dan planned to summon in the Lord of the Legion, Sargeras. During the Kil'jaeden fight, his ship appeared into orbit above Argus. After defeating him, Argus could be seen in the sky of many zones on Azeroth in-game. After August 8, 2017, Argus appeared for all players regardless of if they had beaten Kil'jaeden or not. With Patch 7.3.0 it was added to the sky in Outland. This was done so it would appear over Azuremyst Isle for the new questline in the patch, and Azuremyst Isle is stored on the Outland "continent" in the game files.
Argus then disappeared from the sky for those completing Antorus, the Burning Throne, replaced by a bright star shining far away in the night. After LFR Wing 4 opened in January 16, 2018, Argus definitively disappeared from the sky for everyone.
Argus is featured in Legion's patch 7.3, with different regions, quests and instances in addition to a raid and other complementary features. Argus is split into three zones: Krokuun, Mac'Aree, and the Antoran Wastes.
The area was designed with sandbox elements intended to be enjoyed even after you complete the main quest, with gameplay and challenges on the planet's surface reminiscent of past endgame areas such as the Molten Front, the Isle of Thunder, and the Timeless Isle. Argus is a no-fly zone, and an extensive network of teleportation hubs was added to compensate.
Notes and trivia
- The adjective form of Argus is Argussian.
- The tree Valuundira in alternate Shadowmoon Valley originated from Argus.
- The Argus Wake is a cult loyal to the Burning Legion whose name may have been inspired by the eponymous planet.
- During the Legion Invasions, some bosses summoned meteors called Fragments of Argus.
- In StarCraft: Brood War, there are unit upgrades called the Argus Talisman and the Argus Jewel, both used by Protoss Dark Templar units (the Dark Archon and the Corsair, respectively). Retribution, one of the officially released third-party campaigns for the original StarCraft, is centered around a relic called the Argus Stone.
- Argus is the name of several Greek mythological figures, as well as one of the major cities of Bronze Age Greece. The adjective ἀργὸς in Ancient Greek has the possible meaning of 'glistening' or 'shining' and is in accord with how Argus and its cities (e.g Mac'Aree) were described.
- Instead of Spirit Healers, Prime Naaru are used to revive at graveyards on Argus.
- Dreadflame Magi and Highguard Watchers come from Argus, which they claim is the "mightiest world in all of the Great Dark".
- Despite being a world, Argus shares its map with the Broken Isles continent map instead of the world map, and it is listed as a continent of Azeroth in the map menu.
- Many different item collections can be looted in the three zones of Argus, including two Burning Legion-themed sets (Zealous Felslinger Cloth and World-Defiler Plate) as well as many of the armor pieces and weapons that were created for the draenei NPCs of alternate Draenor but never made playable until then.
- In order for Argus to appear above Azuremyst Isle, Bloodmyst Isle, and Quel'Thalas, Argus was placed on the Outland map, which allows players to see Argus from Shattrath City, Terokkar Forest, and Zangarmarsh.
- Corrupted Blood of Argus can be found upon its surface.
- In lore, the idea seems to be that Krokuun is on the surface of Argus at the edge of the rift bisecting the world, the Antoran Wastes are on a cliff inside the rift, and Mac'Aree is in orbit. In the game (similar to how Azuremyst and Quel'Thalas float next to Outland), the zones are three "floating islands" at roughly equal elevation, with Krokuun to the east, Antoran Wastes to the southwest, and Mac'Aree to the northwest.
Demonic death on Argus
- Main article: Demon#Demonic death
- Zone images
- From Azeroth
Possibly Argus as seen in the ending cinematic of the Nighthold raid.
Possibly Argus as seen in the fight against Gul'dan.
Hologram of Argus, as seen at Teluuna Observatory.
Argus visible in the sky above Azsuna.
Argus seen from Dalaran in-game.
Argus seen from Highmountain in-game.
Argus seen from Wyrmrest Temple in-game.
Argus seen from the Storm Peaks in-game.
Argus seen from the Eastern Plaguelands in-game.
- From Outland
Argus seen from Shattrath City in game.
Argus seen from Terokkar Forest in game.
Argus seen from Zangarmarsh in game.
- Argus is gone
- ^ a b c A Thousand Years of War
- ^ a b Adventure Guide: Auchindon - Azzakel.
- ^ Illidan Stormrage#Tomb of Sargeras
- ^ Tome of Blighted Implements
- ^ a b Jessera of Mac'Aree
- ^ Annual 2015
- ^ The Heart of Argus
- ^ Blood Ledger#Fangs of the Devourer
- ^ The Lost World
- ^ 7.3 PTR Development Notes - Build 24473
- ^ Rise of the Horde, pg. ??
- ^ a b Illidan (novel), chapter 24
- ^ World of Warcraft: Illidan, pg. 239-241
- ^ Blood Ledger
- ^ Tome of Blighted Implements#The Skull of the Man'ari - "the shrieks of imps as they were thrust back and forth between this realm and the Twisting Nether"
- ^ Chronicle Volume 1
- ^ Kuros during : "On Argus, we hunted powerful horned beasts like your Tauren for sport. Prove your might over this worthy adversary!"
- ^ Unknown Krokuun skeleton
- ^ World of Warcraft: Legion - What's Next (BlizzCon 2016)
- ^ Post-BlizzCon Developer Q&A (2016-11-11). Retrieved on 2016-11-16.
- ^ MMO-Champion
- ^ Anchorite Vaanala says: We brought this sapling with us from our home, and now it's dying. I cannot sense any evil nearby, but I will keep trying.
- ^ Argus Stone
- ^ During the world quest - Dreadflame Magus says: I am of Argus, the mightiest world in all of the Great Dark.
- ^ Wowhead