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The Primus is the missing founder and ruler of Maldraxxus and the five ruling houses of the Necrolord Covenant. The most tactical and long-thinking of the Eternal Ones, he was a master strategist who was nearly unbeatable on the field of battle.
At some point, the Primus vanished from his sanctum, and in his absence, the leaders of the three remaining houses now ruthlessly fight one another to claim the Seat of the Primus and the position of commanding the armies of Maldraxxus. Before he disappeared, the Primus left behind cryptic messages and prophecies concerning the coming of one who would embody the might of Maldraxxus and save the realm from itself.
In order to have Maldraxxus produce the strongest possible fighting force to defend the Shadowlands from external threats, the Primus devised a system of great houses, barons, and eternal war games to weed out weakness and allow the army of the Necrolords to continually improve. The Primus himself used his time to hone his tactical and strategic skills beyond mortal constraints. It is said that he once sought out an unknown ally who could show him the infinite timeways and allow him to observe the same battle over and over again and see how slight differences in strategy and troop deployment could change the outcome of a conflict. After eons of such study, the Primus could instantly assess any situation and devise the likeliest path to victory. The Sepulcher of Knowledge contains all the military writings of the greatest minds of Maldraxxus, overseen by the Primus.
At some point, the Primus began noticing that the Jailer's influence was seeping outside of the Maw. Suspecting that the Jailer was working with allies, the Primus left Maldraxxus to investigate the matter, leaving the margraves and barons of the realm to their own devices. However, due to his tactical genius, he foresaw a time when the Shadowlands would face grave peril and could only be saved by someone from outside the realm, and so he left a trail of messages and boons behind to help mortal outsiders set things right. He has been gone a long time.
The Primus owned a set of powerful items which adventurers need to place on a statue of him within the Seat of the Primus:
- The , which gave the Primus the power to shape the flesh and bone of Maldraxxus
- The , which has great power
- The 
- The Staff of the Primus
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- Main article: The Blade of the Primus#Notes
- Main article: Straight to the Heart#Notes
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- Main article: Fit For a Margrave#Notes
- Main article: In Death We Are Truly Tested#Notes
- Main article: Power of the Primus#Notes
- Main article: Bindings of Fleshcrafting (quest)#Notes
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- Main article: Pauldrons of Imperium (quest)#Notes
- Main article: Staff of the Primus (quest)#Notes
- Though Kel'Thuzad's minions all had the regalia of the Primus, he noticeably does not brag about having anything to do with the disappearance of the Primus, though bragging about everything else that is happening and antagonizing members of the Shadowlands who are familiar with him, such as Kael'thas Sunstrider and Alexandros Mograine.
- There are theories that the Runecarver is the Primus. Other theories are that Margrave Akarek is not dead and was also the Primus, using two identities to be able to be the master spy he was.
- Though unclear as to when the Primus disappeared, Draka speaks as if she is familiar with him to some extent. This may imply the Primus disappeared at the very least after Draka arrived in the Shadowlands.
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- ^ Sybia 2020-09-24. WoW Shadowlands : Interview exclusive de Steve Danuser à propos de Maldraxxus (in French). Millenium. Archived from the original on 2020-09-24.