Yonzi

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NeutralYonzi
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Gender Male
Race High arakkoa
Affiliation(s) Skalax
Occupation Leader of the Skalaxi
Status Deceased

Yonzi was the leader of the Skalaxi arakkoa, a remnant of the fallen Apexis civilization, around 1,000 years before the opening of the Dark Portal.[1]

Biography

In the centuries following the collapse of the Apexis civilization, small conclaves of Skalaxi arakkoa searched the land for the powerful Apexis crystals, either for personal glory, to preserve the wonders of their fallen people, or even in the hopes of ushering a new golden age if enough of this ancient wisdom was reclaimed and arakkoa society was built anew. The Skalaxi leader, Yonzi, learned of a critical cache of Apexis artifacts buried beneath the ruins of an Apexis settlement on the northwest coast of Talador, now occupied by the brutish ogron and their ogre slaves. Ogron were too violent to barter and bargain with, but the ogres were more intelligent than the ogron and, more importantly, angered by their enslavement.[1]

The arakkoa approached the ogres in secret and began to teach them the ways of the arcane. Because the ogres were descendants of Grond, who had in turn been a creation of the titan Aggramar, they were naturally attuned to the arcane. The arakkoa had never seen new spellcasting techniques developed so effortlessly and were delighted. One of the first ogres to master the power was Gog, who the arakkoa believed to be the perfect leader to incite rebellion. Gog did rebel, but not against the ogron: he targeted the gronn, whom the ogron and ogres revered and feared as gods. Though stunned, the arakkoa could not argue with the results. Gog did not only kill one gronn with his magic, but several. By his fifth, stories of his deeds were known to all captive ogres on Draenor, erasing their fear of both gronn and ogron. Under Gog, the ogres rose up against their ogron warlords, igniting a bloody war.[1]

After the ogres had won their freedom, the Skalaxi quietly moved in, searching for Apexis relics in the ruins of the city. Gog quickly put an end to it. As a sorcerer himself, he had no interest in giving away any potential source of power. Gog declared himself "Gorgog" ("King Gog") and renamed the city to Goria ("Throne of the King"), and commanded Yonzi and the Skalaxi to leave on pain of death. The arakkoa did leave, but not for long. Yonzi and his arakkoa were infuriated and they decided to take the land by force. They launched a surprise attack on Goria in the dead of night, but Gorgog and his apprentice arcanists, as well as the countless newly freed ogres, fought back. The arakkoa were defeated while Yonzi was captured and suffered a slow, gruesome death. Despite the promise of undiscovered Apexis crystals, further arakkoa incursions into Gorian lands were few and far between afterward. In the slowly expanding Gorian Empire, Apexis crystals became highly prized and eagerly sought out by ogre sorcerers.[1]

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