Throne of the Elements
The Throne of the Elements (or Throne of Elements) is a neutral quest hub in northeastern Nagrand and the home of the four great elemental furies of Draenor. Formed from the head of , the Throne was the location where the first orcish shaman learned to wield the power of the elements. Besides the furies, the Throne currently houses a handful of members of the Earthen Ring.
The first shaman
When was killed by the Sporemound , the bulk of his corpe formed a mountain range at the edge of the region later called Nagrand. Much of the stony debris that fell from the stone giant contained the primordial elements of fire, air, earth and water, and these energies gradually coalesced into pools of power from which elemental spirits took shape for the first time in Draenor's history. The spirits were initially few in number, but their population exploded after Grond's defeat. The Furies, the four most powerful elementals on Draenor, dwelled near the remains of Grond's head. They lamented Grond's death and vowed to live in his corpse's shadow forever.
Thousands of years later, mystics from the orcish Shadowmoon clan frequently ventured across the world on pilgrimages, hoping to hear the will of the divine. Many of these travelers received strange dreams and visions near the mountains of northwestern Nagrand. The first Shadowmoon visitors to the location learned about the world's primordial spirits of fire, air, earth and water. They treated these beings with utmost respect and named the site of their discovery the "Throne of the Elements". The orcs flocked to Grond's remains and learned to guide the elemental spirits with a sense of harmony, and in return received astonishing powers unlike any seen by the orcs before. The Shadowmoon were the first to dedicate themselves to the elements and transformed Grond's head into a crude temple. They soon began spreading their teachings to the other clans, nearly all of which adopted the practice. Young orcs were raised to be steadfast allies of the elements, and fledgling shaman traveled to the Throne of the Elements to seek the spirits' blessing, entering trances to attune their minds to the elements. However, during this process a few orcs glimpsed the realm of the Void, and what they saw drove them insane, leading them to being exiled from their clans and forced to live in seclusion in the caves beneath Nagrand. White skulls were tattooed on their faces, marking them as "dead" to their people. Those orcs who were welcomed by the elements returned to their clans as spiritual leaders whose counsel was highly valued.
Domination of the elements
Hundreds of years later, 400 years before the opening of the Dark Portal, the ogres of the Gorian Empire decided to take the power of the elements by force after witnessing the might of a powerful shaman first-hand. The ogre leader, , sent an army to drive away the orcs from the Throne of the Elements and begin experimenting on the power there. The ogres eagerly and carelessly dissected the Throne with their arcane spellwork, ignorant to the mix of raw titan and elemental power that lingered in Grond's remains. One day, the dissonance between the ogres' magic and Grond's residual energies ignited an explosion that blew apart the temple the orcs had carved from the giant's skull and killed every Gorian sorcerer inside the structure, leaving behind only a few standing stones that remain to this day. The incident threw the elements out of balance all across Draenor, causing great storms, but Molok simply sent more spellcasters to replace the ones that had been killed by the explosion.
At the next year's orcish Kosh'harg festival, the Shadowmoon elder shaman pleaded for action, lest all of the clans suffer disastrous famines as a result of the elements' imbalance. The clans agreed to join together, and Nelgarm called upon the elements to bless them with their protection. The united orc army fell upon the Throne of the Elements. The Gorian sorcerers, utterly surprised by the attack, retreated with little bloodshed. However, Imperator Molok was quick to retaliate. The Gorian armies moved en masse, and total war engulfed Draenor, and now every orcish male, female and child had to be prepared to fight. The orcs gradually dismanteld the ogres' land-based trade networks and pushed them back to their capital, Goria, marking the beginning of a lengthy siege. After the ogres began spreading the deadly red pox among the orcs, Nelgarm and the other shaman were forced to beseech the elements to completely destroy Goria. Both parties understood that Molok would resume meddling with the Throne if the clans failed, and so Goria was ravaged by earthquakes and lightning storms over the course of hours before the earth itself wrenched open to swallow the remains of the city whole. The orcs, having suffered tremendous losses and being frightened by the elementals' wrath, went their separate ways and returned to their lands.
Blighting of Draenor
Centuries later, a young orc named was exiled from his clan for his physical deformity, which was seen as a bad omen. Only the clan's elder shaman took pity on him, telling him to seek out the Throne of the Elements and find his destiny. After struggling to survive in the wilds, Gul'dan journeyed to the throne and fell to his knees, offering himself up to whatever would end his torment. However, the elements sensed the darkness and fury in Gul'dan's heart and rejected him. Gul'dan was overwhelmed by sorrow, and in that moment, the demon lord whispered to him, promising to grant the orc tremendous powers if he agreed to aid the Burning Legion in using the orcs as a weapon to destroy the draenei race. Gul'dan agreed and was taught the ways of fel magic, becoming the first orc warlock.
From what Gul'dan told Kil'jaeden of Draenor's past, the demon learned of a time when the orcs had joined as one in response to the ogres' meddling with the Throne. If Kil'jaeden could re-create that elemental upheaval, perhaps the orc clans would repeat history. The demon lord guided Gul'dan, helping him inundate the Throne of the Elements with fel magic. The corruptive power began to weaken the world's native spirits, and the furies materialized to stop Gul'dan. However, they had never faced a warlock before, and the orc used his magic to drain the life from the furies, crippling and nearly destroying them before they were forced to flee. The fel magic threw the elements into disarray. As the seasons passed, long droughts were followed by heavy rain; floods devastated arid regions in Gorgrond and Nagrand; freak snowstorms covered portions of Tanaan and Terokkar in ice; and rivers and streams dried up, causing game like clefthoof and talbuk to die by the thousands. The orcs suffered immensely from disease and lack of food and water, and the shaman could offer no relief, for the tormented elemental spirits rarely communicated with the orcs anymore.
The Burning Cruasde
This section concerns content exclusive to The Burning Crusade.
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- <Fury of Water>
- <The Earthen Ring>
- <The Earthen Ring>
- <The Earthen Ring>
- <The Earthen Ring>
- <Fury of Earth>
- <Fury of Fire>
- <Fury of Air>
Prelude to Cataclysm
Since Phase 3 of the Elemental Unrest event, the Throne of the Elements was the site of a meeting between , Aggra and . Several could be found roaming the area during this time. Every few minutes, the following conversation would occur:
Thrall says: Would I be here if this were not serious?
Aggra says: I have heard you before. You are here to save your world; to learn from ours. has charged me with instructing you, and as such, you will listen to me, Go'el.
Thrall says: I have told you to call me Thrall.
Aggra says: Yes I know, Go'el. Thrall is the leader of the Horde, but you are not here in that capacity. Look at you: At what you are wearing...
(Thrall is wearing, of course, Doomhammer’s Plate.)
Aggra says: You say you have come to seek knowledge and understanding, but you are dressed for battle. That is why I question you and your willingness to do what must be done.
Thrall says: My clothing?! Is that what this has come to now? We debate the merits of my clothing?
Gavan Grayfeather says: The clothing is merely a manifestation of a larger problem. I've no doubt that you are here to learn, but you must commit yourself both in spirit and in form.
Aggra says: The dwarf speaks the truth. If you wish to commune with the elements you must do so from the heart.
Aggra says: Your heart, your love for your land and your people is what has led you here. It was neither your armor nor your weapons.
Gavan Grayfeather says: Thrall, you must fully devote yourself to the cause.
Aggra shoots Gavan a disapproving look.
Aggra says: Go'el. You cannot continue to ride the line between Warchief and Shaman. The time will come when you must commit to one side fully. That time is fast approaching.
Thrall says: I hear what both of you are saying and am grateful for the counsel.
Thrall says: If I am to understand all that is transpiring, if I am to make a difference, then my devotion must be absolute. I must submit.
- Currently, only is involved in any quests, though is mentioned in two.
- It should be noted that, although in contested territory, the Throne of the Elements is not a place that one would want to engage in Player vs. Player combat. Should you attack another player while there, the furies will immediately engage and attack you. They have been known to deal over 500,000 damage with one hit.
- The standing stones at the Throne of the Elements is similar in appearance to the real world's megalithic circles and monuments such as Stonehenge. This similarity in appearance can also be extended to the Circles of Binding in Arathi Highlands.