Nazjatar

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Level: 120
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Absolute monarchy

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Cult of personality around, and worship of, Queen Azshara; Old Gods

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There, at the bottom of the Maelstrom, the naga built for themselves a new city, Nazjatar, from which they would rebuild their power. It would take over ten thousand years before the naga would reveal their existence to the surface world.
The Sundering of the World

Nazjatar (pronounced "NAWZ-juh-tahr")[4] is the subaqueous capital city of the naga race, ruled by Queen Azshara, the former ruler of the Kaldorei Empire. It forms the core of the empire of the same name.[1]

Nazjatar is a new zone that came with patch 8.2.0. It is located inside a massive crevasse in the middle of the Great Sea, created by Azshara's power. The entire zone is below water level and is entirely surrounded by waterfalls.[5] This large open-world zone will culminate in the champions of the Horde and the Alliance confronting Queen Azshara.[6]

Description

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Delve into the depths of Nazjatar, capital city of the naga, in an all-new full zone far beneath the sea, and set foot in this fabled area for the first time in WoW history. This is a large zone with new story quests, new and interesting friends and allies to meet and befriend, new foes to overcome, a variety of replayable outdoor content, and new rewards to earn including new mounts and even a baby naga!

Everything culminates at Azshara's palace where players will face her in her seat of power.[7]

Nazjatar is a dangerous and beautiful place, filled with coral forests and unfathomable deep-sea creatures skittering through passageways and clinging to rockfaces. Secrets that have remained submerged for millennia are now exposed to the surface world, including the ancient ruins of Zin-Azshari, the once-glorious capital of the kaldorei. Further in the depths, the beautiful and terrible city of the naga—and the palace of the Queen of Tides herself—awaits.[8]

History

The city was constructed following the events of the Great Sundering, when the remaining Highborne were transformed into naga. Under the direction of their ever-pragmatic Queen Azshara and Lady Vashj,[9] they set about constructing a new capital beneath the waves of the Great Sea, where Zin-Azshari and the Well of Eternity were once located.[10] Thus, Nazjatar was created, and Azshara knew that one day her empire under the sea would eclipse even that of the ancient night elves.[11]

The naga of Nazjatar are masters of sorcery and natural dwellers of the ocean deeps.[12] The naga reinforcements sent to Azuremyst Isle for Warlord Sriss'tiz came directly from Nazjatar.[13]

Battle for Azeroth

The Tidestone of Golganneth opening up the seas around Nazjatar.

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While the Alliance struck a decisive blow to the Horde in the Battle of Dazar'alor, it was not without some casualties. With both sides reeling from the events and healing their wounds, the naga made their move and begin striking against the two. Taking any remaining ships, the Horde and the Alliance set sail and arrive in the ancient land of Nazjatar: the land of the naga and the location of Azshara's seat of power, her Eternal Palace, where they will face Queen Azshara herself.[7]

Warchief Sylvanas Windrunner devised a plan to finally destroy the Alliance and end the war. For that outcome, she sent a fleet to the high seas from Zuldazar, led by Nathanos Blightcaller alongside Lor'themar Theron and First Arcanist Thalyssra. Sylvanas gave Nathanos the blade of Xal'atath to guide them to the rendezvous point. After finding out about it, the Alliance sent another fleet led by Lord Admiral Jaina Proudmoore alongside Genn Greymane and Shandris Feathermoon to chase them. It was at the rendezvous point that Queen Azshara used the  [Tidestone of Golganneth] to open the seas making the two fleets wreck into the reefs of Nazjatar.

Geography

Maps and subregions

Map of Nazjatar.

Wildlife

Outside the waterwall, the following wild animals can be seen swimming about:

In the RPG

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

In Lands of Mystery and Shadows & Light

The naga capital of Nazjatar is built into the walls of the Rift, just under the Maelstrom's center. This is the seat of their hideous empire, and it is an eerie and frightening place. The naga dominate the Eye from here.[14][15]

Description

Nazjatar's location in the Eye.

Much of Nazjatar was once a Kaldorei city (presumably Zin-Azshari), and the ruins and architecture remain. However, the naga have added a good amount of their own art to this place, dredging building material from coral and rock and the fallen ruins of their former civilization. The buildings' foundations merge with the walls of the Rift, though the structures themselves are oriented vertically, as normal (not horizontally; their foundations are on their walls). The place has a dark and sinister atmosphere, and naga swim among the buildings, conducting their nefarious plans. The buildings' colors are muted, usually tan or gray, and bear carvings of waves, seahorses, fish, and more disturbing motifs: powerful naga warriors and mages, battling the makrura, enslaving the mur'gul, and returning to the surface to exact revenge on their ancient kin.[14]

Queen Azshara, grown massive in size and in power, dwells in the Eternal Palace in Nazjatar's center; this structure was her palace in the Kaldorei civilization 10,000 years ago as well.[16][14]

Geography

Nazjatar is found in a trench beneath the Eye of the Maelstrom. Nearby areas of interest include Mak'aru — capital city of the makrura lobster-men, the Scintal Reef, the Gishan Caverns, Pillar Deep, the Boiling Terrace, and the Drowned Reaches.[17]

In Dark Factions

The naga capital of Nazjatar is at the bottom of the ocean in the Eye, beneath the Maelstrom. Their city is built into the cliffside and adorned with fantastic decorations. Nazjatar is in fact built upon the remains of the former kaldorei capital of Zin-Azshari — as the naga changed with the Sundering and evolved over the millennia, so too did their city. In current times, many naga range out from Nazjatar. They prefer sea coasts and can be found throughout Azeroth.

Naga serve their own purposes and are united in their efforts to return their race to glory. All others — the Alliance, the Horde, the Scourge, the Burning Legion and all the rest — are either tools to further this goal or obstacles that must be destroyed.[18]

History

When the Well of Eternity imploded it left behind residual energies, which twisted in the ocean depths near the naga's city. Over ten millennia these energies mutated the fallen Highborne, altering them even further to suit their new environment. The naga recast ruined Zin-Azshari into a new capital: Nazjatar. Ruling the naga was Azshara, now mutated into a terrible demigod.

Naga history takes a breather for 10,000 years. What they did while they sat in Nazjatar, aside from mutate, is not known. They probably tamed some native creatures to use in warfare. Studied arcane magic, and probably clashed with the makrura, whose capital Mak'aru is in close proximity.[19] The makrura hate the naga and slaughter them on sight; in turn, the naga show no mercy to the makrura.[20][21] Murlocs fear Nazjatar's power.[22]

People and culture

Over the eons, Queen Azshara, the most powerful arcanist of the ancient world, has grown in power and magnificence. To the naga, she is a living demigod, and they venerate her. Her presence in Nazjatar is a powerful motivating force for the naga, and in their minds Azshara, Nazjatar, and the naga are inextricably linked — perhaps the same thing, in a way. Naga pay homage to their heritage and their queen. The beings they once revered as kaldorei — Malorne, Cenarius, even Elune — are nothing but shadows.[18] The naga draw power from the arcane influence around Nazjatar.[23]

While exceptions exist, naga men perform tasks requiring physical strength and stamina, while naga women take up intellectual pursuits. Men mine stone and coral for building, for example, while women draw the blueprints and create the strangely delicate frescoes that adorn Nazjatar's buildings. In military matters, men are warriors and guards, while women are generals and magi. As said, some exceptions exist, and male naga commanders are not completely unknown. Both men and women emphasize learning, from weaponsmithing to spellcraft. Naga know the value of knowledge.[20] As far as anyone knows, the only real naga armies that currently exist are beneath the waves, in Nazjatar, and in Outland, where a force of naga under Lady Vashj works with Illidan Stormrage.[24]

The naga have had millennia to adapt to their environment, and they make use of the surrounding areas and the native flora and fauna. Trained sharks, dragon turtles, and great serpentlike tube wyrms called tidal guardians patrol the waters around Nazjatar. Apparently, this rapport is not limited to creatures beneath the waves, for naga forces on land include trained couatl as well. The naga also work with a race called the mur'gul, who were once murlocs, but are now brutal, warped, and twisted due to the Legion's influence.[20]

Notes and trivia

Speculation

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  • The name 'Nazjatar' is presumably derived from the name of the naga language, Nazja, or the opposite.
  • The destruction wrought by the Deathwing's emergence from Deepholm may have damaged Nazjatar, as this violent event occurred in the vicinity of the Maelstrom and, as such, near the naga capital.

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References

  1. ^ a b  [Seal of the Nazjatar Empire]
  2. ^ File:Chronicle - Map of Azeroth.jpg
  3. ^ Night of the Dragon, chapter 6
  4. ^ Hatecoil Fathom-Stalker
  5. ^ LATAM Content Creators Interview with Jeremy Feasel and Paul Watkins
  6. ^ Wowhead
  7. ^ a b BlizzCon 2017 - What's Next? panel recap
  8. ^ Preview: Nazjatar Visitor's Guide
  9. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1
  10. ^ Stormrage, chapter 14
  11. ^ Words of Wind and Earth
  12. ^  [Intact Nazjatar Molting]
  13. ^ A [8] Rune Covered Tablet
  14. ^ a b c Lands of Mystery, pg. 73
  15. ^ Lands of Mystery, pg. 71
  16. ^ Shadows & Light, pg. 169
  17. ^ Lands of Mystery, pg. 71 - 73
  18. ^ a b Dark Factions, pg. 13
  19. ^ Dark Factions, pg. 119
  20. ^ a b c Dark Factions, pg. 120
  21. ^ Dark Factions, pg. 207
  22. ^ Dark Factions, pg. 218
  23. ^ Dark Factions, pg. 68
  24. ^ Dark Factions, pg. 181
  25. ^ Hatecoil Slavemaster
  26. ^ Coilfang Champion
  27. ^ The Sundering, chapter 20
  28. ^ Words of Wind and Earth - "Though Azshara's old empire was in ruins, she crafted a new one far from the light of the sun. The queen and her naga servants created a capital, Nazjatar, at the bottom of the sea."
  29. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 105 - ... would quietly build the naga capital of Nazjatar in the cold darkness at the bottom of the sea.
  30. ^ MMO-Champion 2018-09-24. John Staats Interview - The World of Warcraft Diary (17:04). YouTube. Retrieved on 2018-09-24.
  31. ^ Squishei 2018-01-25. Battle for Azeroth Datamining - 8.01 Beta Build 25902. Wowhead.

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