The naaru (pronounced ['na:ru]) are a race of living, sentient energy beings made up of shards of fractured Light. They are perhaps the purest expression of the Holy Light that exists in the Great Dark Beyond, and have vowed to bring peace and hope to all mortal civilizations and waylay the forces of the Void. They are known to travel through dimensions, and are the sworn enemies of the Burning Legion.
- 1 History
- 2 Biology
- 3 Technology
- 4 Notable naaru
- 5 As a companion pet
- 6 Notes and trivia
- 7 Speculation
- 8 Gallery
- 9 Videos
- 10 References
In the primordial era following the birth of the universe — a result of the clash between the Light and Void — shards of fractured Light occasionally gathered in the Great Dark Beyond and formed clouds of Light from which powerful beings emerged, among which were the benevolent naaru. When the naaru gazed out across the universe, they saw limitless possibilities and vowed to use their mastery over holy magic to nurture life and hope throughout the cosmos. The prime naaru were the first naaru to be forged during the great ordering of the cosmos. Archmage Khadgar found in an ancient cosmology tome a passage indicating that the prime naaru may have been created by Elune during the great ordering of Light and Shadow.
Shepherding the draenei
When Sargeras came to the world of Argus and began convincing the eredar to join the Burning Legion, Velen, one of the three eredar leader, prayed for help. The naaru appeared to him in visions, offering to take Velen and any other like-minded eredar to safety. Velen and his faction accepted, and the naaru came to rescue Velen and his followers with a dimensional ship named the Genedar. They thus began to call themselves draenei, meaning "the Exiled Ones" in eredun.
During the draenei's journey, the enigmatic naaru race taught them the ways of the Light, though they already had a certain experience with it through Velen and T'uure. The naaru explained that there were other forces in the cosmos that would stand against the Burning Legion. One day the naaru would forge them into a single unstoppable Army of the Light. The naaru also bestowed a blessing, the , upon the draenei to signify their new connection the Light. Deeply affected by the naaru's words, the draenei vowed to honor the Light and uphold the naaru's altruistic ideals.
Communing with humans
Following the Troll Wars, a number of human priests began having faint dreams and visions of angelic forms thrumming with living light. They did not know it, but they had actually managed to commune with the naaru in the Great Dark Beyond, and through this connection, the Holy Light was introduced to the early humans for the first time.
Mereldar was the first of these prophets, receiving visions of holiness, protection, justice, retribution, and compassion. With others who had also reported seeing the visions, they codified and wrote down the wisdom of this higher power. The movement sparked widespread faith in the Light and became the predominant human religion, and centuries later the different Light-based traditions and belief systems were codified by Lordaeron's leaders into the Church of the Holy Light.
This section concerns content related to The Burning Crusade.
Right before the invasion of Outland began, Khadgar and Velen reached out to the naaru independently, both seeking aid against the dark forces of the Burning Legion amassing on Outland. The Army of the Light heard their pleas but the Army's battles with the Legion were costly and ceaseless, so they could not spare soldiers to protect Outland. Instead A'dal, M'uru, and O'ros volunteered to help the people of Outland and arrived with Tempest Keep.
When the shattered realm of Outland became a strategic battlefront in the Burning Crusade, the naaru used the mighty fortress of Tempest Keep to reach the shattered land. However, when the naaru set out from their stronghold, Prince Kael'thas Sunstrider and his blood elves quickly raided the dimensional fortress and assumed control over its satellite structures. Though most of the naaru had already left the fortress, the blood elves succeeded in capturing the sole remaining guardian of Tempest Keep, M'uru, and transported it back to Silvermoon City to serve as power source for the blood elves. Grand Magister Rommath, Astalor Bloodsworn and Liadrin created the Blood Knights order.
An elder naaru met Illidan Stormrage some time before the siege of the Black Temple and granted him a vision of possible future in which he is one of the leaders of the Army of the Light battling both the forces of the Burning Legion and the Void. His feature was described as "calm and strong and at peace. His face was filled with confidence, shorn of all suffering". Illidan was, at first, not sure whether he could trust the naaru, nor if it was even actually a naaru at all.
During the Scourge Invasion, using the concentration of Light from the naaru of Shattrath, and the shared benedictions from the faithful, the Church of the Light created holy artifacts of profound power to strike down the Scourge necropolises.
Warlords of Draenor
Light's Heart, the core of the naaru prime Xe'ra, was sent to Azeroth by High Exarch Turalyon and crashed off the coast of Suramar on the Broken Isles. It was to be brought to Velen aboard the Exodar. O'ros, as the last naaru in the line of Xe'ra, was the only one with the ability to unlock the core, but the Burning Legion attacked the Exodar and killed O'ros to prevent that from happening. Light's Heart was then stored within a Class Order Hall for safekeeping, and was finally unlocked using the Tears of Elune.
Xe'ra later started communing with the order leader through Light's Heart and revealed that she was searching for her prophecized "child of Light and Shadow" destined to bring an end to the age of demons: Illidan Stormrage. Xe'ra then taught the order leader the story of Illidan, and revealed at the end that the goal was, in fact, not to prepare Light's Heart but to prepare the class leader, for Xe'ra wept over the death of Illidan at the hands of the then-adventurer and in her eyes, the class leader needed to redeem their self.
On Argus, a disembodied Xe'ra was rescued aboard the Xenedar. Returning her to the Vindicaar, she was made whole again as Light's Heart was returned to her. She however died shortly after, slain by Illidan as she attempted to forcefully fill him with the Light. Xe'ra had mentioned Tempest Keep to the Army of the Light, but they had never seen it in person.
Upon landing on Mac'Aree, Velen reminisced about the naaru named L'ura who stayed behind to fend off the demons in order to allow the draenei to flee Argus, thousands of years ago. L'ura was captured and imprisoned within the Seat of the Triumvirate on order of Kil'jaeden, where she would gradually turn into darkened naaru. She was eventually slain, and her Void absorbed by Alleria Windrunner.
Battle for Azeroth
After Calia Menethil was killed at the Gathering in Arathi Highlands, she was brought to Saa'ra at Netherlight Temple and, with the aid of Anduin Wrynn and Alonsus Faol, she was revived as an undead infused with the Light.
While only a handful of years had passed on Azeroth since the events of Warlords of Draenor, in the alternate universe several decades had passed. In the initial years after the Burning Legion was pushed off the planet and Archimonde was killed, the draenei and orcs lived together in peace. Eventually however, more naaru arrived on Draenor and the draenei became fanatical. Led by the Light Mother, the draenei formed the Lightbound and began spreading the Light to the orcs whether they wanted it or not; while some went willingly, others had the Light forced upon them. The Lightbound and their naaru masters waged a war against the resisting Mag'har orcs in the name of bringing them together under the Light, and the Light Mother granted Yrel a vision of the Lightbound becoming an Army of the Light that would spread the Light across the universe.
Naaru are composed of shards of solid Light that may freely move around a central "core."
Naaru are believed to be immortal. Naaru may leave a "spark" when they die, as in the case of M'uru. Naaru can normally only be killed within the realm of the Light itself. If killed in the mortal realm, their essence returns to the Light to reconsitute, though some exceptionally powerful forces can intervene in the process.
It is unknown whether or not the naaru have separate genders. K'ure, A'dal, Xi'ri and M'uru have all been described using the pronoun "he," and K'ara and L'ura are referred to as female. However, the pronoun "it" has also been used. It is possible that the naaru are genderless, given that "gender" only exists in races that engage in sexual reproduction, and it is unknown if naaru do, though O'ros was stated to be part of Xe'ra's lineage which means they do reproduce somehow.
Naaru can die, but if their physical form is damaged, it may bleed their energy causing them to enter a darkened state in which they are weakened and produce void energies, becoming dark naaru (Dark Naaru) or darkened naaru. A naaru's darkened state is different than death. Their energy may take up to one thousand years to regenerate. It should be noted that some darkened naaru still appear to harbor altruistic intentions; however, their weakened state may be exploited for nefarious purposes, such as creating void minions and raising the undead. It is unknown if this cycle occurs naturally without an external catalyst. Examples of darkened naaru are D'ore, M'uru, K'ure, and K'ara. Thrice, darkened naaru have also been shown to transform further into void gods; though in all known occasions this was only when their light was forcibly drained by an outside party, so it does not seem to be a natural phenomenon and is normally extremely rare. The ethereal Locus-Walker noted that the few cases of naaru falling into Void he knew of had occurred when mortals were involved, which he thought carried fascinating implications.
- See also: Dimensional Ship
The naaru have advanced knowledge of magic and access to otherworldly materials and reagents that have not been seen in Azeroth. The Mechanar, for example, employs naaru technology to create manacells, objects which provide great amounts of power. The only factual knowledge we have is that Tempest Keep has "automated" defenses, the ability to fly, the ability to travel through other dimensions such as the Twisting Nether or the Great Dark Beyond, and the ability to teleport itself and anything in it.
- Main universe
|A'dal||Leader of the Sha'tar, master of Shattrath City||Alive||Terrace of Light, Shattrath City|
|D'ore||"Died" when the Genedar crash landed on Draenor||Alive||Crypt of Remembrance, Auchenai Crypts|
|G'eras||Sha'tar quartermaster||Alive||Terrace of Light, Shattrath City|
|K'ara||Ejected from the Genedar during the crash and became the Dark Star||Unknown|
|K'iru||Assisting the Shattered Sun Offensive||Alive||Sun's Reach Harbor, Isle of Quel'Danas|
|K'ure||First naaru to contact the draenei||Alive||Oshu'gun, Nagrand|
|K'uri||Accompanied A'dal when trying to save Crusader Bridenbrad||Alive||Silent Vigil, Icecrown|
|L'ura||Bought more time for the draenei to escape Argus, sealed in the Seat by Kil'jaeden while wounded; now darkened||Killable||Seat of the Triumvirate, Mac'Aree|
|M'ori||Accompanied A'dal when trying to save Crusader Bridenbrad||Alive||Silent Vigil, Icecrown|
|M'uru||Captured and drained by the blood elves until it turned into Entropius||Deceased-Killable||Shrine of the Eclipse, Sunwell Plateau|
|O'ros||Journeyed to Azeroth aboard the Exodar, slain by High General Rakeesh||Deceased||Seat of the Naaru, Exodar|
|Saa'ra||Redeemed from the void god Saraka the Lighteater by the Conclave||Alive||Hall of Balance, Netherlight Temple|
|T'uure||Sacrificed itself to save Karkora from Dimensius the All-Devouring||Deceased|
|V'eru||Helps get aid to the ogres of Outland||Alive||Terrace of Light, Shattrath City|
|Xe'ra||One of the first naaru, seeking Illidan Stormrage to defeat the Burning Legion, later slain by him||Deceased||Various Class Halls (as )|
|Xi'ri||Leader of the Sha'tari assault on the Black Temple||Alive||Ruins of Karabor, Shadowmoon Valley|
- Alternate universe
|K'ara||Ejected from the Genedar during the crash and became the Dark Star||Alive||Various Locations|
|K'ure||Corrupted into the void god Decimatus by Cho'gall||Killable||Sanctum of the Naaru, Nagrand|
As a companion pet
Notes and trivia
- The Wavestrider's figurehead was carved in the form of a naaru by Anselm Yewtree on Captain Greydon Thorne's strict instructions. Aramar Thorne did not know what it was supposed to be, and if anyone else on the crew did then they didn't say so.
- When General Turalyon and his command were interrogating a captured death knight, a naaru appeared to Turalyon and encouraged him to proceed with his decision to stop the Horde.
- On Argus, Prime Naaru serve as the replacement for Spirit Healers.
- Characters used to be able to gain the title '' by completing certain requirements.
- The naaru do not have any "proper" attack animation. When they fight, they just spin around in order to face their opponents. While their preferred attacks, such as those used by A'dal, M'uru, and X'iri are spells, it seems they can physically hit their opponents too.
- Specific music plays around naaru, different for their light or void state.
- "Naru" means "River God" in Babylonian, and "nūru" (also rendered nuuru) means "light".
- The naaru act in a similar manner to the angels of real-life religions such as Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. They are described as angelic by Dornaa as well as in Chronicle Volume 1, and Chris Metzen has described them as "the angels of the Warcraft universe" in an interview. See Myth for more information.
- Speculation existed saying that they are somehow related to certain gods, such as Elune. This has been backed up by Khadgar who believes that Xe'ra was created by Elune, potentially confirming the link between at least one naaru, Xe'ra, and Elune.
Dark or Light?
Some players have expressed suspicion of the perceived perfection and altruism of the naaru. Some believe that the naaru have ulterior motives, or there is an undiscovered faction of "dark" naaru. As D'ore himself says,
"It is a facet of the naaru condition - without the void, the Light cannot exist."
This could be taken to mean that if these naaru are pure light and good, then there must be a polar opposite - that is, naaru or another race who are as much darkness and evil as the ones we have encountered so far are good and pure. After many years, in World of Warcraft: Chronicle, such a race was revealed to have been known to us all along: the Old Gods were actually creatures of the Void, and the twilight magic they wielded was the polar opposite to the Light. Chronicle have also revealed the dualistic nature of the Void and Light: the universe was created through the conflict of these two forces, and indeed they are defined by their opposition to each other.
M'uru, now a darkened naaru, is a boss in Sunwell Plateau. It is not clear if he is now "evil" or simply a darkened naaru whose weakened state has been exploited by Kil'jaeden or Kael'thas. After the raid gets him to 0%, he transforms into a void god named Entropius.
The confusion was later addressed by Blizzard.
A: Because three cases of this "cycle" have been demonstrated in Nagrand, Auchindoun, and Sunwell Plateau (K'ure, D'ore, and M'uru, respectively), players may have received the wrong impression with regard to the magnitude and rarity of these events: it is EXCEEDINGLY rare for a naaru to fall into a void state, and even rarer for a fallen naaru to be brought back into the Light. A naaru's fall into the void represents a catastrophic loss for the naaru and for the forces of the Light, and it is the saddest, most heart-wrenching event for the naaru to witness. Conversely, a naaru being reborn into the Light brings renewed hope and sense of purpose to every naaru; if energy beings could weep tears of joy, this would do it.
Since this time, the game's writing has somewhat contradicted the claim, as the alternate Velen described K'ara's darkened state as a 'stage' of the naaru life-cycle, suggesting that it is indeed a natural part of their life, and not an unnatural rarity as implied in the above Q&A. Dark Naaru are also shown to be capable of returning to the Light; K'ure was nearly at the end of this process when last seen, and the alternate K'ara had the process accelerated to completion by the alternate Velen. A different take is that naaru do naturally, and regularly by their timescale, fall into a darkened state in a manner similar to a phoenix becoming an egg and return to the Light after a time. Injury can exacerbate the darkened state, requiring more time to return to the Light.
Furthermore, the notion that the naaru might not be as altruistic as they seem has been confirmed since, with Xe'ra and several unnamed naaru from the alternate Draenor (potentially including Xe'ra's own parallel counterpart) being shown to have unsavoury, or outright villainous approaches to mortals.
In relation to Ashbringer
- Main article: Ashbringer#The crystal
Speculation exists that Ashbringer was crafted from part of a naaru, or is at least somehow related to the naaru.
- ^ Ultimate Visual Guide, pg. 203
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 13
- ^ World of Warcraft: Paragons pg. 912
- ^ a b The Mechanar. Retrieved on 2016-03-18.
- ^ Blizzblizz - Entrevista com Interview, 27:55
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 18 - 19
- ^ a b The Burning Crusade Bestiary
- ^ a b Burning Crusade Behind The Scenes - The Draenei (2008-03-19). Retrieved on 2016-05-26.
- ^ a b World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 142
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, pg. 126
- ^ Khadgar#Shattrath City
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 3, pg. 140
- ^ World of Warcraft: Illidan
- ^ Sunwell Plateau epilogue
- ^ Ezgi Pajecki 2020-09-26. Maldraxxus, Shadowlands and Beyond - Interview with Steve Danuser. Lorekeeper. Archived from the original on 2020-09-27.
- ^ A'dal/Lady Liadrin Scripted Event
- ^ Velen repeatedly called her a "she" in . However, while Velen's audio uses "she" the text in his speech bubbles uses the gender-neutral "it."
- ^ Golden, Christie. "Nine", Rise of the Horde, 201 (ebook). ISBN 978-0-7434-7138-1. “Each time the Naaru, particularly the one that called itself K'ure...”
- ^ , "It was a fallen naaru, ejected from our vessel in moments of panic and terror. Its name was K'ara."
- ^ The Defense of Karabor#Stage 3: Protect K'ara from the invading forces, Yrel says: Champion, the naaru has come to aid us. We must defend it while it gathers power!
- ^ King, William. "Twenty-Seven", Illidan, 482 (ebook). ISBN 978-0399-17756-9. “If anything, this creature was possessed of even more power than A'dal and its followers.”
- ^ Ultimate Visual Guide, pg. 203
- ^ Priestess Asaani#Quotes
- ^ Locus-Walker#Quotes
- ^ Of Light and Void
- ^ Traveler
- ^ Traveler: The Shining Blade
- ^ Rosenberg, Aaron; Christie Golden. Beyond the Dark Portal, 190. ISBN 978-1-4165-5086-0.
- ^ Youtube: "A'dal, Uvuros and Me"
- ^ Youtube: "Malarion Solos A'dal"
- ^ Acacia 2007-12-20. New Sunwell Details; Kael’Thas Back – Part 1. Retrieved on 2007-12-24.