An immortal is a being who will not die of old age and is generally resistant to sickness and injury. Immortality does not confer an immunity to injury nor death by unnatural means.
Official Warcraft Encyclopedia
- Many immortal and near-immortal creatures exist in Warcraft. A number of these creatures are fundamentally incorporeal beings, but others lead a primarily physical existence.
- The Nature of Immortality
- Immortals in Warcraft are generally resistant to sickness and injury, but immortality does not confer invulnerability. Immortal beings can still be wounded and even killed. Indeed, many immortals have perished over the course of recorded history, particularly during the War of the Ancients. The death of an immortal is just as real as any mortal death and, barring a few extraordinary cases, just as permanent.
- What, then, does the term immortality mean in Warcraft? Immortal creatures essentially stop aging when they reach adulthood, and thus, they cannot die merely from old age. In addition, they tend to be more powerful than most mortal creatures, although this tendency does not always hold true. Even godhood itself is no guarantee of superior might. Consider the titans' defeat of the Old Gods. The titans are not gods, but their vast power allowed them to imprison the Old Gods far below the surface of Azeroth.
- Furthermore, immortality need not be a lasting state of affairs. The night elves, for example, were immortal for thousands of years, but sacrificed their immortality during the Third War. Today they are a mortal race, and they are accordingly classified as such, rather than listed herein.
- There are also quite a few races and individuals who have attained immortality after leading a mortal existence. Most demons in the Burning Legion were once mortal creatures.
- Last but not least, there are creatures that can be considered nearly immortal. Technically these beings are mortal, but for one reason or other, they have a lifespan that greatly exceeds several millennia. Indeed, these mortal creatures might even be considered effectively immortal due to some external factor, as with Ysera's consorts, who almost never emerge from the Emerald Dream.
Night elf lore states they were once immortal, granted to them by the Well of Eternity. The early night elves gathered around the Well and its energies infused them as they built their civilization. They sacrificed the source of their immortality and power during their conflict with the demons of the Burning Legion during the War of the Ancients.
After the night elves lost their immortality due to the destruction of the Well of Eternity, Nozdormu, the Timeless Dragon Aspect of the bronze dragonflight, blessed the first World Tree, Nordrassil, with the gift of immortality. As long as the tree stands, the night elves would forever have the chance to learn.
Nordrassil contained within it the truest, purest essence of life energy on Azeroth. The trees of life were enchanted saplings of Nordrassil from which the night elves drew their life energies. These mysterious ancients were the key to the night elves' immortality and harmonious coexistence with nature.
When Nordrassil was severely damaged during the Third War, the night elves again lost their immortality. Some wayward druids sought to reestablish the link between their spirits and the eternal world by planting a special tree. This second world tree, Teldrassil, did not allow the elves to regain their immortality. The promise of immortality associated with Teldrassil came primarily from Fandral Staghelm and not from any divine beings. Nozdormu, perhaps tellingly, withheld his blessing due to Fandral's actions during the war against the qiraji. Fandral's promise has yet to come true.
Lorekeeper Vaeldrin found scrolls predating Queen Azshara and sought to find a power that would restore their immortality. This led his expedition to Pandaria and the Pools of Youth, which was used during the mogu empire to extend the lives of the mogu. However, Vaeldrin discovered that the waters only transfer life between people.
- The servants of Razelikh—Grol, Sevine, and Allistarj—were granted nearly unlimited power within the Blasted Lands in exchange for their servitude. Each wore an amulet attuned to the lifeforce of their owner, granting them immortality.
- Mechagnomes are said to be immortal. This counts for both mechagnomes who were not originally flesh gnomes and flesh gnomes who have been turned into mechagnomes, thus being freed from the Curse of the Flesh.
- The undead are considered immortal and will live forever if their body is kept intact.
- Elune blessed the Ancient Guardian Omen with immortality.
- Nozdormu granted the tauren Xarantaur immortality.
- Turalyon is considered to be immortal due to his process of becoming Lightforged at the hands of Xe'ra. Presumably, this is the case for all beings who become Lightforged.
- Creatures like the naaru and titans have existed since the dawn of creation and are even older than Azeroth.
- Ethereals may be immortal due to the fact that they have no corporeal body that physically ages.
- ^ The Warcraft Encyclopedia/Immortals
- ^ The Old Gods and the Ordering of Azeroth
- ^ The Waking World and the Well of Eternity
- ^ The Warcraft Encyclopedia/Night Elves#Development of the Kaldorei
- ^ The War of the Ancients
- ^ Knaak, Richard A.. "Twenty-two", The Sundering, 586 (ebook). ISBN 978-0-7434-2898-9.
- ^ Arthas: Rise of the Lich King, pg. 540
- ^ World of Warcraft - Night Elves Lore. BlizzPlanet/Blizzard Entertainment. Archived from the original on 2006-07-09.
- ^ The Warcraft Encyclopedia/Fandral Staghelm
- ^ Elizabeth Wachowski 2007-07-05. Know Your Lore: Fandral Staghelm. WoW Insider.
- ^ The events of the Krasarang Wilds storyline
- ^ Gearmaster Mechazod: But, I can see it in your eyes, hear it in your pulse rate. You would destroy me despite my offer of immortality!
- ^ Dave Kosak on Twitter (2012-09-29)
- ^ Kel'Thuzad and the Forming of the Scourge
- ^ Moons + Explosives = Lunar Festival!. Archived from the original on 2012-02-08. “Driven mad by the Burning Legion’s tainted magics during the War of the Ancients, Elune's blessing of immortality means that [Omen] will forever be cursed to return in his maddened state at the advent of a new year.”
- ^ A Thousand Years of War Part Two: The Emerald Star: "He has crossed the boundaries of mortality. He has been found worthy to become an eternal protector of creation."