|Title||The Light Mother|
|Affiliation(s)||Army of the Light|
Xe'ra (pronounced ZEE-ruh), the Light Mother (also spelled Lightmother, or the Mother of Light) was the prime naaru (or the naaru prime), one of the first naaru to be forged during the great ordering of the cosmos. She was also the leader of the Army of the Light. For a time, her spirit was disembodied from her injured body, only an astral presence in the Great Dark Beyond.
Xe'ra was one of the first naaru forged during the great ordering of the cosmos. After the fall of Argus, the Genedar split into two separate vessels. The draenei's finest warriors followed the prime naaru Xe'ra aboard the Xenedar as the Army of the Light in an eternal war to bring about the Legion's end. Since then, other survivors of the Burning Crusade have joined the ranks of the Lightforged.
A Thousand Years of War
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Even though Alleria Windrunner had been advised against it, she started delving into the Void, and left the Army of the Light under tutelage of Locus-Walker. She would eventually return to the Xenedar, and aid the Army against the Burning Legion. Xe'ra tried to convince her to abandon her endeavor and keep to the Light, but Alleria refused. She knew what this meant and accepted to remain imprisoned aboard the Xenedar.
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Light's Heart cut a swathe through the Felstorm above the Tomb of Sargeras, and radiated enough power that Silver Hand scouts could feel it coursing through their body. It fell near the coast of Suramar where it was first found by gilgoblins, who brought it to a sea giant, from whom an order champion sent by Khadgar would retrieve it. A message from High General Turalyon revealed that Light's Heart had been sent as the Army of the Light's last resort as they were fighting their final war against the Burning Legion. He then asked for the core to be handed to Prophet Velen.
At the Exodar, Velen recognized Light's Heart and stated that it could only be unlocked by another naaru in Xe'ra's line, of which O'ros was the last remaining. For that very reason, O'ros was killed during the Battle for the Exodar by Rakeesh, who did not want Velen to obtain the information contained with the core. However, the Tears of Elune still managed to open Light's Heart at Khadgar's suggestion.
Upon doing so, the spirit of the order champion was sent to Xe'ra. There, she told them about her prophecy regarding Illidan Stormrage, the "child of Light and Shadow", destined to end the age of demons. Through Light's Heart, she would later continue to communicate with the champion charged to protect her core and try to guide them towards "redemption", as in her eyes the champion's participation (if applicable) in the death of Illidan at the Black Temple was a terrible mistake. Xe'ra claimed that once their work of reuniting Illidan's body with his soul was done, her final task would be complete and she would be lost to the Great Dark Beyond. However, after Illidan was made whole again, Xe'ra was not lost.
Shadows of Argus
Turalyon, Alleria, and a champion from Azeroth later traveled to the Xenedar, which crashed in Krokuun, where they found the gravely injured Xe'ra and teleported her to the Vindicaar. Light's Heart was placed back at her center, and Xe'ra awakened. She asked Illidan to join the Light and fulfill his destiny, but Illidan refused. Xe'ra thus forcefully bound Illidan in chains of light and attempted to fulfill her own prophecy by force. The demon hunter however broke free, and destroyed Xe'ra. Turalyon then attempted to strike Illidan down, but he blocked Turalyon's blow and told him that his faith had blinded him. According to Illidan, there was no chosen one, only they could save themselves.
- (As Light's Heart) I am Xe'ra, one of the first naaru to be forged here during the great ordering of the cosmos.
Xe'ra also has dialogue during the following quests:
Xe'ra's personality might seem at odds with that of the other naaru seen so far. Contrary to the other naaru who accept the duality of the Light and the Void, Xe'ra is not accepting of the Void, forbidding the use of Void magic in the Army, a rule that Alleria broke and which led to her consenting imprisonment. Xe'ra also went as far as hiding to the Army of the Light the dual nature of the naaru and their very connection to the Void. Self-confident, she believed adamantly in her prophecy which she tried to fulfill herself, by imposing it on Illidan against his will. Nevertheless, Xe'ra was also shown as particularly benevolent and affectionate towards the Army of the Light, as notably shown through her interactions with Turalyon. Xe'ra remained technically good-aligned, though she was created to explore the idea that not all naaru are necessarily good from the player's perspective, with naaru all having their own personalities and goals. While Xe'ra believed that she was doing good, that good was not necessarily good for everyone.
Xe'ra's shaming of the order champion might appear odd given the fact that the then-adventurers had no idea of Illidan's actual plans consisting of assaulting the Legion, given that evidence directly pointed towards him having become insane as well as an indirect tool of the Legion, that Illidan did nothing to dissuade the Alliance and the Horde even though he knew they were coming for him, that the heroes of Azeroth were begged by the native people of Outland to free them from Illidan's tyranny, and that the Sha'tari naaru themselves led by A'dal ordered them to kill Illidan. Furthermore, though Xe'ra confirmed that she was watching as the events unfolded at the Black Temple, it has not been explained why she did not, or could not, intervene in any way.
Notes & trivia
- Archmage Khadgar believed, based on a passage from an ancient cosmology tome he found in Karazhan, that the prime naaru may have been created by Elune.
- Her interaction with the player is different if they are a demon hunter. Instead of blaming them for murdering Illidan and trying to guide them towards salvation, the Illidari leader, having sided with Illidan, is praised, and her goal with them is to make them understand Illidan's true goal and the sacrifices he made.
- A'dal, the leader of a group of naaru called the Sha'tar, condoned Illidan's death. It is unknown if A'dal knew about Xe'ra or about her prophecy, or if he did but still went against her. However, Xe'ra knew about Tempest Keep, the Sha'tar's dimensional fortress, and her descendant O'ros was aboard the Exodar, Velen's dimensional ship, which points towards some form of link.
- Xe'ra's affinity towards Illidan at first became suspicious among the fanbase. Speculations like Xe'ra being a kind of false illusion (perhaps created by Kil'jaeden) quickly spread. Illidan himself, at first, believed this about the "elder naaru" that he met as well, thinking that Kil'jaeden was not called "the Deceiver" for nothing. However, the elder naaru then rescued Illidan from having his spirit captured or destroyed by Kil'jaeden as he was attempting to set up a portal between Argus and Outland. Kil'jaeden roared in rage when Illidan managed to escape with the naaru's aid. Xe'ra eventually died on Argus, ironically by Illidan's hand.
- Xe'ra is the first confirmed female naaru as evidenced by her bearing the title of "Light Mother" as well as both Velen and Turalyon referring to Xe'ra as "she", rather than "it". She also has a feminine voice.
- Xe'ra is voiced by Kate Higgins.
- Before Patch 7.3.0, Xe'ra used a classic white naaru model during her appearance in .
- Xe'ra may be the "elder naaru" that appeared before Illidan shortly before his demise in the Black Temple, as they shared the same speech and prophecy about Illidan, and were encountered in a similar fashion as the player-character: through their spirits meeting.
- Xe'ra may be the naaru that appeared to Turalyon in Beyond the Dark Portal.
- ^ a b c d e f
- ^ a b
- ^ Rejection of the Gift
- ^ Battle for the Exodar
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 3, page 12
- ^ a b
- ^ Army of the Light#Reputation
- ^ Blizzblizz - Entrevista com Interview, 27:55
- ^ a b World of Warcraft: Illidan
- ^ File:In the House of Light and Shadow.jpg (image history)
- ^ Beyond the Dark Portal, chapter 13