Dimensional ship

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A naaru dimensional ship in concept art.

Dimensional ships[1] (or trans-dimensional ships)[2] are vessels created and operated by the naaru that can travel between worlds and dimensions, traversing the Twisting Nether just as normal ships traverse the air and sea, and warp time itself.[3]

"Naaru Core" by Peter Lee.

Bigger versions of dimensional ships are called dimensional fortresses, of which only two are known, the Genedar[4] and Tempest Keep.[5] Tempest Keep has "automated" defenses such as the ability to fly and teleport itself and anything in it by the use of magic in the stead of technology.[5] The Exodar is originally a satellite structure of Tempest Keep.

Dimensional ships were useful when evacuating important populations from the encroachment of the Burning Legion, such as K'ure's rescue of the draenei with the Genedar. Naaru are their own ships' powerhouses. Travelling across the cosmos requires incredible amounts of energy, however, draining the naaru immensely.[6][7]

Known dimensional ships and purpose

Notes

  • Chris Metzen, about the Exodar and the fan's worries about Warcraft including too many elements from science-fiction, originally explained that it is far more than a spaceship from classical science-fiction such as the Millenium Falcon, it does not just "barrel roll", it is part of a bigger, teleporting dimensional fortress, home to the draenei people, and while they were introducing a number of naaru technologies, they planned to keep it reasonable and balanced.[11]
  • Dimensional ships work like "hyperdrive" or "slipstream"; that is, the ship enters another dimension (the Nether) to traverse space (the Great Dark Beyond) more quickly. Thus, hyper-accelerated space travel occurs from the ships' motion through an alternative dimension. When the Exodar crashed, it materialized in the sky above the Azuremyst Isles and fell to the ground when the blood elves commanded by Kael'thas tampered with the engines.

Speculation

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