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The Arcanomicon, a map of all ley line intersections on Azeroth.
A damaged ley line on the surface
A forced intersection of ley lines on the surface

Ley lines (or leylines) are channels of immense power that course through the earth of planets[1][2] like blood vessels carrying arcane magic[3] instead of scarlet fluid.[4]

Description

In Azeroth, the lines are intersected by a series of "anchors"[5] to form a complex arrangement in which the whole planet is draped.[6] Said junctions are catalogued in the Arcanomicon, the map of all ley lines gifted to Malygos by the titan Norgannon.[5]

Ley lines exist all over Azeroth, and are sources of deep and natural magic. They are often harnessed for magical purposes, from the creation of moonwells to the portal spells created by magi.

Archmage Vargoth studied the ley lines of Draenor and discovered several similarities to those on Azeroth. He believed this may indicate a similar genesis.[7]

Ley lines on the surface tend to crystallize in the form of glowing purple mana crystals.[citation needed]

The Mystic Runesabers feed on magic and have recently emerged from the shadows in search of ley lines.[8]

Stellagosa, and presumably the rest of the blue dragonflight, are capable of seeing the ley lines when they are underground.[9]

Ley lines can also be redirected. Malygos used surge needles to redirect Azeroth's ley lines into the Nexus and to the Twisting Nether[10][11] which triggered the Nexus War.[12]

The  [Sarcen Stone] was created during the War of the Ancients to redirect ley lines and draw power away from the Legion's portal.

The nightborne conduits located in the Arcway can direct the flow of power within ley lines. The Nightfallen use them to direct the power to Shal'Aran.

Locations

Azeroth

Before Malygos redirected them,[12][13][14][15] all ley lines on Azeroth led to a location under Karazhan.[16] The Kirin Tor then spent years reversing the damage done to Azeroth's ley lines, eventually restoring them to their former power.[17]

Eastern Kingdoms

Kalimdor

Northrend

Broken Isles

  • Suramar is built on ancient ley lines,[32] and arcane coils in the tunnel system running beneath Suramar and the surrounding areas tap into those ley lines' power.[33] Since the creation of the Nightwell, the ley lines have become redundant and the arcane coils abandoned.[34]
  • There are ley lines under the Ley-Ruins of Zarkhenar in Azsuna.[35]
  • Most roads of the Broken Isles are built on ley lines.[36]

Draenor

Most of Outland's ley lines were destroyed or upheaved after Ner'zhul opened so many portals.[37]

In the RPG

The RPG Icon 16x36.png This section contains information from the Warcraft RPG which is considered non-canon.

Overview

Across the face of the world there flow lines of power - patterns of magical energy that carry vitality of the lands of Azeroth through them, like blood vessels in a creature. These lines of power are recognized subtly by every culture; the races of Azeroth identify them as those places sacred to the Light, the chosen locations of moonwells, haunted places where the power of death has tainted the flow of energy, and natural sites overflowing with elemental power that are sacred to shamans. Most cultures, however, only really focus on those places where the lines converge and meet, seeking to tap the most power from them. Those who seek to understand and master runic power understand that the convergences are not the only important part of this power - the patterns formed by the lines themselves are important as well. These patterns, which resemble letters in a strange alphabet, are called runes.

There are lines of power that run across the land in a select few areas, but these are not the only lines - simply the most obvious. Inside of these thick and corded ropes of power, there are also tiny, web-thin lines that run between these great ley lines, connecting them in a vast net of pulsing, subtle power.

Those with great magical power and ley walkers seek out these sites.[44]

A community which sits on top of a convergence of two or more lines of magical energy is called a "ley line nexus".[45]

Locations

Kalimdor

  • The ley line pattern of Restoration can be found in the Moonglade in the Valley of Dulvarinn. The rune pattern derived from the ley lines increases resistance to poisons and diseases, and is able to heal wounds at double the normal rate.[46]
  • The ley line pattern of Beast can be found in the Vale of Beasts in Ashenvale. The rune pattern derived from the ley line is the source of all the beast mark spells.[47]
  • Stonetalon Mountains has two known ley line patterns. Mount Farview is the location of ley line pattern, the pattern of Awareness. The rune pattern which is derived from the ley line amplifies the senses of the caster.[47] Another ley line pattern can be found in the Great Maze, known as the Stone pattern. The rune pattern derived from the ley lines can be used to increase resilience of the caster.[48]
  • The indigenous tauren created a camp south of Mirkfallon Lake, built upon ancient ley lines in the Stonetalon Mountains. It is perhaps due to these ley lines that the elementals are drawn to the area around the Charred Vale.[49]
  • Near the windswept plains of Mulgore, there is a series of hot springs that house the ley lines that originate the healing pattern. The rune pattern derived from the ley lines doubles the natural healing rate of healing spells.[50]

Eastern Kingdoms

  • The Great Bulwarks near Grim Batol is the location of the ley line pattern of shielding. The rune pattern derived form the ley lines allows casters to generate protective wards around themselves.[46]
  • A ley line pattern that forms the basis for the motion pattern can be found in a series of intricate canyons in the Badlands, wherein all manner of fast moving creatures can be found. Those who move quickly within this area find their movement inexplicably increased. Casters who use the rune pattern derived from the ley lines are able to increase their speed.[50]
  • Blackrock Spire is the site of the ley line pattern of Striking. The rune pattern derived from the ley lines increases the martial prowess of the casters.[48]
  • The ley line pattern of Flame is found deep in the Searing Peak in Redridge Mountains. When the rune pattern derived form the ley lines is used by casters, it increases fire resistance.[50]
  • One ley line pattern exists in the mountains surrounding the city of Stormwind, which causes the great winds from which the city received its name. The rune pattern derived from the ley lines allows casters to unfailingly predict the weather one day in advance.[48]

Northrend

  • The ley line pattern of Frost, is found in Northrend, in a vale of terrible, biting cold that is said to be the source of all cold in Azeroth. The rune pattern derived from the pattern increases cold resistance.[50]

Trivia

"Ley Lines" is the title of a track on the World of Warcraft: Legion soundtrack.[51]

Fan art

References

  1. ^ Nexus#Description from the official site
  2. ^ Blood of the Highborne, chapter 2
  3. ^ War Crimes, chapter 28
  4. ^ Arthas: Rise of the Lich King, chapter 19
  5. ^ a b B [72] Projections and Plans
  6. ^ Dawn of the Aspects, part II, chapter 1
  7. ^ a b Excerpts from the Journal of Archmage Vargoth
  8. ^ Mount Journal entry for  [Mystic Runesaber]
  9. ^ N [110] Unbeleyvable: Stellagosa says: But I can see the line and the focus of the conduit. You want to put it there.
  10. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 3, page 170
  11. ^ N Mage [98 - 110] A New Threat
  12. ^ a b WotLK Features. Archived from the original on 2008-10-07.
  13. ^ The Nexus (instance)#Dungeon Journal
  14. ^ Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects, pg. 358
  15. ^ N [71D] Postponing the Inevitable
  16. ^ Archmage Alturus
  17. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 3, page 178
  18. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, page 118, 120
  19. ^ Blood of the Highborne, chapter 2
  20. ^ The Founding of Quel'Thalas
  21. ^ H [14] Dalaran's Intentions
  22. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 3, page 87, 91
  23. ^ H [18] Ley Energies
  24. ^ Quest:To Darnassus!
  25. ^ N [75] Latent Power
  26. ^ B [72] Rifle the Bodies
  27. ^ a b B [72] The End of the Line
  28. ^ N [74 Daily] Defending Wyrmrest Temple
  29. ^ Letter of Introduction to Wyrmrest Temple
  30. ^ B [72] Atop the Woodlands
  31. ^ B [72] The Focus on the Beach
  32. ^ [Ancient Mana]
  33. ^ N [110] Network Security
  34. ^ N [110] Tapping the Leylines
  35. ^ N [100 - 110] Leyline Abuse
  36. ^ Quest:Ley Race
  37. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, pg. 195
  38. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, pg. 54
  39. ^ a b c N [100] Master vs. Commander
  40. ^ Beyond the Dark Portal, pg. 375
  41. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, pg. 195
  42. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, pg. 115
  43. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, pg. 21
  44. ^ More Magic and Mayhem, pg. 20, 41
  45. ^ World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, pg. 385
  46. ^ a b More Magic and Mayhem, pg. 46
  47. ^ a b More Magic and Mayhem, pg. 44
  48. ^ a b c More Magic and Mayhem, pg. 47
  49. ^ Lands of Mystery, pg. 46
  50. ^ a b c d More Magic and Mayhem, pg. 45
  51. ^ World of Warcraft: Legion (Original Game Soundtrack)