Argus

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Fully shrouded in the Twisting Nether[1]

Argus is the original homeworld of the eredar now located within the Twisting Nether.[1] 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.[2][3]

Background

Artwork of Argus shown at Blizzcon 2016

History

Like Azeroth, Argus contains the world-soul of a dormant titan.[4] The planet was abundant with a mineral called argunite, the magical properties of which helped eredar civilization thrive.[5]

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.[6] 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.[7]

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.

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.[8] 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.[9] This might be the titanic structures that Alleria Windrunner and Turalyon buried deep within a canyon.[1]

Warlords of Draenor

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Argus has since become the stronghold of the Burning Legion, where Azzakel waits for an opportunity to invade other worlds.[2] A portal was open from Argus to Auchindoun, but was quickly closed by the planet's defenders.[10]

It was also revealed that the eredar had rewritten Argus' history books to paint Velen as a traitor.[11]

Legion

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Following the Battle for the Exodar, Velen ordered the Light's Chosen to make the necessary preparations for their new vessel, the Vindicaar, to return to Argus.[12]

After defeating Kil'jaeden in the Tomb of Sargeras, Illidan Stormrage uses the  [Sargerite Keystone] to open a rift between Argus and Azeroth, making Argus visible in Azeroth's sky. This made many of Dalaran's citizens worried, specially as doomsayers started to spread panic.

Return to Argus

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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.[13]

At some point, the Burning Legion started torturing Argus' world-soul, called Argus the Unmaker. Turalyon states the Legion harnessed his power to endlessly regenerate inside the Twisting Nether.[14]

On the first return to the homeworld since the evacuation on the Genedar, many draenei expressed shock, dismay, and sadness on 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.

Argus is a no-fly zone, similar to the Isle of Thunder, and the Vindicaar is the Armies of Legionfall's ship for the assault. The Seat of the Triumvirate dungeon and Antorus, the Burning Throne raid will be attacked.

Description

Before the Legion

Argus contained various different terrain types. Wintergrasp and its chill reminded Anchorite Tessa of the stormy peaks of Kaarinos.[15] It also had deserts, forests, lush plains, frozen tundras, and other environs.[16]

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.[7] Mac'Aree has also been described as having purple hills.[17]  [The Last Relic of Argus] 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.[18] 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 War in 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.[19]

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.[20]

Location

The Illidan novel states that Argus is now "located on the brink between the Twisting Nether and the Great Dark Beyond".[18] A Thousand Years of War however states that "But Argus was within the Twisting Nether. Every enemy the army felled would stay down forever." and that Argus is "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 originally a world of the Great Dark Beyond, but as it was engulfed in fel, it has fully become part of the Twisting Nether.

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In World of Warcraft

Legion This section concerns content exclusive to Legion.

Argus could be seen during the fight with alternate Gul'dan through a gigantic rift opened in the Great Dark Beyond,[citation needed] from which Gul'dan planned to summon in the Lord of the Legion, Sargeras. During the Kil'jaeden fight, his ship appears into orbit above Argus. After defeating him, Argus can be seen in the sky of many zones on Azeroth in-game. As of August 8, 2017 Argus appears for all players regardless of if they have beaten Kil'jaeden or not. With Patch 7.3 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 is featured in Legion's patch 7.3, with different regions, quests and instances in addition to a raid and other complementary features.[23][24] 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.[25]

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Notes & trivia

  • The adjective form of Argus is Argussian.[26]
  • The tree Valuundira in alternate Shadowmoon Valley originated from Argus.[27]
  • 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.[28]
  • 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.
  • Since the Twisting Nether overlaps all realities and Argus is on the border of it, Argus is a special case. One can wonder how alternate Velen and his draenei fit into this.
  • 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".[29]
  • 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.[30]
  • 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.

Speculation

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Demonic death on Argus

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References

  1. ^ a b c A Thousand Years of War
  2. ^ a b Adventure Guide: Auchindon - Azzakel.
  3. ^ Illidan Stormrage#Tomb of Sargeras
  4. ^ N [110] Visions of Torment
  5. ^ N [110W] Fuel of a Doomed World
  6. ^ Tome of Blighted Implements
  7. ^ a b Jessera of Mac'Aree
  8. ^ Annual 2015
  9. ^ Quest:The Heart of Argus
  10. ^ The Lost World
  11. ^ "Revised" Chronicles of Argus
  12. ^ N [100 - 110] Bringer of the Light
  13. ^ 7.3 PTR Development Notes - Build 24473
  14. ^ N [110] Storming the Citadel
  15. ^ A [80] A Rare Herb
  16. ^ Rise of the Horde, pg. ??
  17. ^  [Purple Hills of Mac'Aree]
  18. ^ a b Illidan (novel), chapter 24
  19. ^ World of Warcraft: Illidan, pg. 239-241
  20. ^ Blood Ledger
  21. ^ Kuros during B [100] Nemesis: Hunter - Hunted: "On Argus, we hunted powerful horned beasts like your Tauren for sport. Prove your might over this worthy adversary!"
  22. ^ Unknown Krokuun skeleton
  23. ^ World of Warcraft: Legion - What's Next (BlizzCon 2016)
  24. ^ Post-BlizzCon Developer Q&A (2016-11-11). Retrieved on 2016-11-16.
  25. ^ MMO-Champion
  26. ^  [Argussian Compass]
  27. ^ 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.
  28. ^ Argus Stone
  29. ^ During the world quest Quest:Battle for the Ruins - Dreadflame Magus says: I am of Argus, the mightiest world in all of the Great Dark.
  30. ^ Wowhead