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NeutralThe Primus
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Gender Male
Race Eternal One
Affiliation(s) Necrolord Covenant
Occupation Leader of the Necrolords
Location Unknown
Status Unknown

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,[1] he was a master strategist who was nearly unbeatable on the field of battle.[2]

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.[2][3]


Seat of Primus interior with the statue of the Primus.

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.[4] The Sepulcher of Knowledge contains all the military writings of the greatest minds of Maldraxxus, overseen by the Primus.[5]

The Primus played a role in the imprisonment of the Jailer in the Maw after having detected hints of the Jailer's treachery.[4]

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.[4] He has been gone a long time.[6]


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 Seat itself is opened using the Blade of the Primus,[11][12] which is likely part of the regalia as well.

Removed from game The subject of this section did not make it out of the beta stages.


Main article: Through the Fire and Flames#Notes
Main article: The Blade of the Primus#Notes
Main article: Straight to the Heart#Notes
Main article: In The Flesh#Notes
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
Main article: Pride of Place#Notes
Main article: Pauldrons of Imperium (quest)#Notes
Main article: Staff of the Primus (quest)#Notes


This article or section includes speculation, observations or opinions possibly supported by lore or by Blizzard officials. It should not be taken as representing official lore.
  • 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.