Dimensional ships (also referred to as trans-dimensional ships) are vessels, created and operated by the naaru, that can travel between worlds and dimensions, and warp time itself. They are capable of traversing the Twisting Nether just as normal ships traverse the air and sea.
More powerful versions of dimensional ships are called dimensional fortresses, of which only two are known, the Genedar and Tempest Keep. 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. The Exodar is originally a satellite structure of Tempest Keep.
Known dimensional ships and purpose
- Tempest Keep - Dimensional fortress
- The Eye - The central structure of Tempest Keep featuring the ship's bridge and the ability to store massive amounts of harvested mana
- The Arcatraz - Now a prison for the dangerous beings the naaru encountered in their travels
- The Mechanar - Engineering factory
- The Botanica - Flora research atrium
- The Exodar - Unknown. Current sections are themed for Trade, Light, and Shamanism. Also has a large demon museum. It is possible that the Exodar was used (or was designed to be used) as a housing area or general living quarters for the inhabitants, with space for taking care of day-to-day necessities. This would have made it the ideal section to take for the draenei, needing the living space and not knowing the length of time they would be traveling.
- The Genedar - Planetary evacuation
- Aurobos - Used by High Commander and reinforcements from the Army of the Light to travel to Netherlight Temple and aid the Conclave.
- The Vindicaar - A ship built by the draenei to return to Argus.
- The Xenedar - The Army of the Light's flagship, crashed on Argus.
- On their capabilities: To be clear, we're not talking about having the Millennium Falcon cruising around the Twisting Nether. The draenei 'nether-ship' you've been hearing about is far more than it seems. It's part of a larger dimension-traveling fortress called Tempest Keep that essentially teleports through alternate realities. It doesn’t bank and roll or shoot proton torpedoes (not yet, anyway). - Chris Metzen, Metzen on Lore
- Though Metzen discourages science fiction connections, dimensional ships probably work like "hyperdrive" or "slipstream"; that is, the ship enters a sub-spatial 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. It is then speculated, that when the Exodar crashed it probably 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.
- The Burning Legion has their own Legion ships, and has had them at least since The Burning Crusade when the Fel Hammer was captured by the Illidari. The Legion ships might have been reverse-engineered from naaru dimensional ships.
- ^ The Burning Crusade Townhall/FAQ
- ^ Trans-dimensional Ship Repair for Simpletons
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, page 63
- ^ a b Shamans and Paladins
- ^ , World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade. Blizzard Entertainment. Shattrath. : "In our travels we have encountered many dangerous beings. Some of these beings we incarcerated and placed in what is now known as the Arcatraz of Tempest Keep.".
- ^ Golden, Christie. Rise of the Horde, 16. ISBN 978-0-7434-7138-1.
- ^ Quest:A Light in the Darkness