- For the former warlock ability, see . For the raid instance, see Dragon Soul.
The Demon Soul, also known as the Demon Stone and formerly as the Dragon Soul, was an artifact of great power created by Deathwing shortly before the War of the Ancients. Though it appeared to be a featureless golden disk, it was in fact a talisman of immense power that could be used to destroy or enslave other dragons. The artifact was forged by Deathwing's goblin slaves, fused with the taint of the Old Gods and finally mixed with the blood of Deathwing himself.
The Demon Soul was once fastened to the Demon Chain, a seemingly ordinary loop of ornamental elementium chain that fills one's mind with dread as it touches one's flesh. The Soul has long since been destroyed, but the Chain, which may hold some residual power, was last seen in the possession of Warlord Zaela.
At some point shortly before the War of the Ancients, Neltharion used the skills of his goblin artificer-servants to create an artifact of incredible power. It was fastened to the a chain forged of elementium. The golden, perfect disk was infused with the power of his Old God masters, and with both the essence of dragons and demons. Neltharion sought to use it to control the other dragonflights, and make himself a god to be worshiped by the mortal races.
During an accidental cave-in that tore a scale from his body, Neltharion found that his matter - even as small as a scale - could and did damage the Soul. He thus had to take great care to avoid damaging it. When it was ready, Neltharion revealed his creation to his fellow Aspects, and convinced them to give their own essences, which then made them and their flight unable to damage the disc.
In the last combined fight of the dragons of Azeroth against the Burning Legion, Neltharion arrayed the dragons of all the other flights into a magical matrix that enhanced the device's power greatly. During this battle, Neltharion revealed his madness and used the Dragon Soul to wreak havoc on both the Burning Legion and the helpless night elves, demanding that all of Azeroth, including the other dragon flights and the Great Aspects, bow to his mastery. Malygos, the Aspect of Magic, and his blue dragonflight attempted to stop Neltharion, who summarily executed the entirety of the blue flight with the exception of Malygos himself. The other dragons were locked in Neltharion's control until the unexpected intervention of Korialstrasz broke his concentration and allowed the other dragons to counter-attack. Though the ranks of the dragonflights were decimated, Neltharion was forced to retreat from the field of battle, taking the Dragon Soul with him.
In time, it became clear that the powerful Soul was corrupting Neltharion's body, causing it to bloat and tear; his beloved creation was ripping him apart. With the aid of his goblin artificers, Neltharion had immense adamantium plates bolted into the scales in order to keep the destructive power at bay. Driven completely to madness, it is around this time (probably influenced by the future-Korialstrasz, known as Krasus) that the artifact became known as the Demon Soul, and that Neltharion received the name he is known by today. In order to prevent it from being used against them again, Broxigar, Korialstrasz (Krasus), along with the night elf druid Malfurion Stormrage, attempted to steal the artifact. Malfurion succeeded in obtaining the artifact, but was captured by Queen Azshara's soldiers led by his own brother, Illidan, who had agreed to obtain the artifact to allow Sargeras entry into Azeroth.
The Soul was used as part of a portal to be opened within the depths of the Well of Eternity itself. Before the portal could be opened, however, the Soul's spellwork was disrupted, reversing the portal to pull the Legion out of Azeroth, but also beginning the Sundering. As it fell towards the Well of Eternity's surface, it was seized by none other than Nozdormu who brought it far into the future. After the Sundering of the World finished, and the artifact's return from the future, Malfurion and the four remaining Aspects placed a spell on the Demon Soul that would prevent Deathwing from ever using it again, and then hid the foul disk in a place where only the four dragons would find it, but not Deathwing.
Ten thousand years later, Deathwing - seeking to rebuild his shattered Dragonflight using the eggs of his archnemesis, Alexstrasza - found the Demon Soul in the Redridge Mountains and led the orcs of the Dragonmaw clan to it. Nekros Skullcrusher, a former warlock, was entrusted with the disk by the Dragonmaw chieftain, the elder shaman Zuluhed the Whacked. With it, the Dragonmaws managed to capture the Dragonqueen, much to everyone's surprise (including Alexstrasza's), and use her children to fight for the Horde. Korialstrasz - in his guise as Krasus, a member of the senior council of the Kirin Tor of Dalaran - had discovered Deathwing's identity as Lord Prestor, and his revealing the location of the Soul to the orcs. Sending his student, Rhonin, on a mission to free Alexstrasza, Krasus attempted to obtain the aid of the other three Aspects - Malygos, Nozdormu and Ysera - to free Alexstrasza from the orcs, and subsequently from Deathwing himself.
Rhonin, who had been "rescued" by Deathwing twice during the course of his mission, was manipulated by the black Aspect to locate Alexstrasza and free her (or so he led Rhonin to believe). Giving him one of his scales to act as a talisman, allowing him to communicate with Rhonin and see what the human mage saw, Deathwing sent Rhonin on his way to Grim Batol. He finally discovered Alexstrasza's location, and the imminent moveout of the Dragonmaw clan (under the belief that the Alliance intended to invade). As Deathwing held the upper hand in a battle with the other, weakened Aspects, including the now-free Alexstrasza, Rhonin was able to use the scale Deathwing had given him to destroy the disk. Cutting the scale across the surface, Rhonin unleashed the power trapped within, and with a quick spell, returned to the Aspects their essence given at the creation of the Dragon Soul, who proceeded to defeat and hunt their treacherous brother.
Wrath of the Lich King
Night of the Dragon
Though the Demon Soul's power was lost with its destruction, it still had enough power within it to be of some use. Sintharia, Prime Consort of the Destroyer, collected the fragments of the Demon Soul and found power within them still. Using their power combined with Balacgos's Bane, a stolen staff of the naaru and the essence of the nether dragon Zzeraku, Sintharia (or Sinestra, as she prefered to be called) experimented with the eggs of various dragonflights. The end result was the twilight dragonflight, a sinister creation that could absorb magical energy from any living thing - particularly enemy dragons. One such monstrosity, Dargonax, was a cunning and ambitious creature who sought to overthrow his "mother" and take the world for himself.
Zendarin Windrunner, a cousin of the Windrunner sisters, had allied himself with Sintharia in order to gain access to a vast fount of energy and steal the partially restored Demon Soul. Ultimately this brought him into conflict with his cousin Vereesa, who sought revenge for Zendarin's attempted kidnapping of her twin sons. The battle resulted in the death of Zendarin and the final destruction of the Demon Soul, when the naaru staff he carried touched the foul artifact as he released all of its energy. This was possible because Sintharia had shielded the artifact from all Azerothian magic, and the staff had been from Outland. Sintharia attempted to reconstruct it - having fallen to the same protective madness over the artifact as Deathwing had - but it was once again destroyed, this time for good, when it impacted with the unstable Balacgos's Bane thrown by Korialstrasz, obliterating both artifacts.
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Yogg-Saron can show a vision of the Dragon Aspects creating the Dragon Soul ten thousand years earlier, when entering his mind.
Charge of the Aspects
After the defeat of Ragnaros, the aspects gathered to discuss how to end Deathwing once and for all, and after listening to the research gathered by Kalecgos and his flight it had become clear to them that they needed a weapon like none that had ever come before it. A short while later Ysera realized that the Demon Soul was in fact that weapon and proposed using to her fellow aspects. While initially doubtful Alexstrasza was convinced by Ysera and Kalec of the need to use the artifact and was given the task to convince Nozdormu of this need as well. Nozdormu hesitated to do believing that doing so would make no different than Murozond, but Alexstrasza made him see that the intention was noble and ultimately convinced him that they needed the demon soul.
Caverns of Time
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- Main article: Well of Eternity (instance)
With a gateway to the past open, Nozdormu transported adventurers to Azshara's palace, where they witnessed one of the most catastrophic events in the War of the Ancients. While assisting the much younger Tyrande and Illidan in a battle against the Highborne and Burning Legion, adventurers stole the Dragon Soul hovering above the Well. With so many of Azshara's most empowered wizards locked in ritual and pouring their magical energies into the turbulent depths of the Well, retrieving the Dragon Soul required victory over some lethal foes.
After recovering a version of the artifact from the Caverns of Time, Thrall and the allied dragonflights rallied at Wyrmrest Temple in a desperate bid to use its might to defeat Deathwing. Created by the titans as a sanctuary for all dragonkin, the crumbling Wyrmrest Temple was now the final hope for the forces allied against the black dragon Neltharion, once the Earth-Warder and protector of Azeroth, now Deathwing the Destroyer.
Hour of Twilight
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It is here that the remaining aspects -- Alexstrasza, Ysera, Nozdormu, Kalecgos, and Thrall -- have gathered to empower the Dragon Soul -- Azeroth's last chance to stop the great behemoth. As they begin to charge the Dragon Soul with energy, Deathwing and his entire army assault Wyrmrest Temple. Heroes had to thwart the attacking forces long enough for Thrall to charge the Dragon Soul. After the heroes of Azeroth defeated Ultraxion Thrall unleashed the Dragon Soul, injuring the corrupted aspect. Deathwing fled the battle to recover in Deepholm but he was pursued and badly injured by another shot from the artifact. Deathwing fell into the Maelstrom, and losing what little remained of his sanity he rose up without his armor, and deformed. The heroes of Azeroth and the Aspects were able to successfully delay him long enough to finish charging the Dragon Soul, and with a single blast from the artifact, the Destroyer was no more. Ironically, the artifact that had been created to dominate and enslave the world had ended up saving it from destruction.
The Dragon Soul was returned to its exact time in history.
Notes & trivia
- The residual power from the Soul still allows the wearer of the Demon Chain to control the minds of dragons.
- Sartharion drops a trinket called .
- In the World of Warcraft: Legion beta, there was a "Dragon Soul Experiment" object lying forgotten in a corner of Neltharion's Vault, but it did not make it to the live game.
- The Dragon Soul appears as a legendary card for the priest class in the Kobolds & Catacombs expansion for Hearthstone. Its flavor text reads: "Crafted by Deathwing's goblin horde, but the dragon added the rainbow sparkles himself."