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| faction = Boss
 
| faction = Boss
 
| image = Azshara_in_Darkshore.jpg|
 
| image = Azshara_in_Darkshore.jpg|
| name = Azshara|id=34416
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| name = Queen Azshara|id=34416
| titles = Queen of the Kal'dorei, the Light of Lights, Vision of Perfection, Glory of Our People, Daughter of the Moon, Flower of Life, Empress of Nazjatar,<ref>{{ref web|work=[[WoW Insider]]|url=http://wow.joystiq.com/2007/12/06/know-your-lore-azshara/|title=Know Your Lore: Azshara|author={{wowinsider|Elizabeth Wachowski}}|date=6-Dec-2007 9:20PM}}</ref> Queen of the Naga
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| titles = Queen of Kalimdor{{fact}}, the Light of Lights, Vision of Perfection, Glory of Our People, Daughter of the Moon, Flower of Life, Empress of Nazjatar,<ref>{{ref web|work=[[WoW Insider]]|url=http://wow.joystiq.com/2007/12/06/know-your-lore-azshara/|title=Know Your Lore: Azshara|author={{wowinsider|Elizabeth Wachowski}}|date=6-Dec-2007 9:20PM}}</ref> Ruler of the Naga, Light of a Thousand Moons
 
| gender = Female
 
| gender = Female
 
| races = [[Naga]] (formerly [[Highborne|Highborne Night elf]])
 
| races = [[Naga]] (formerly [[Highborne|Highborne Night elf]])
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| aggro = {{aggro|-1|-1}}
 
| aggro = {{aggro|-1|-1}}
 
| affiliation = [[Old Gods]] (presumed), [[Quel'dorei]], formerly the [[Burning Legion]]
 
| affiliation = [[Old Gods]] (presumed), [[Quel'dorei]], formerly the [[Burning Legion]]
| occupation = Empress of Nazjatar, former Queen of the Kaldorei, former Ruler of the Kaldorei, former Sorceress-Queen of Kalimdor<ref>''[[World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game]]'', pg. 20</ref>
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| occupation = Empress of Nazjatar, former Ruler of the Kaldorei, former Queen of Kalimdor<ref>''[[World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game]]'', pg. 20</ref>
 
| status = Active, [[Eternal]]
 
| status = Active, [[Eternal]]
 
| location = [[Nazjatar]]
 
| location = [[Nazjatar]]
| relatives =
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| relatives = [[Aszune]] (daughter? speculated)
 
| alignment = [[Chaotic evil]]<ref name="S&L75"/>
 
| alignment = [[Chaotic evil]]<ref name="S&L75"/>
 
| tcg = Azshara Lights of lights.jpg
 
| tcg = Azshara Lights of lights.jpg
 
}}
 
}}
 
[[File:Highborne_Azshara.jpg|thumb|Azshara in her Throne]]
 
[[File:Highborne_Azshara.jpg|thumb|Azshara in her Throne]]
'''Queen Azshara''' was the beloved ruler of the [[Night elf|elven people]] ten thousand years ago and is the current ruler of the monstrous [[naga]]. After her defeat at the hands of [[Malfurion Stormrage]], and the [[Great Sundering]] that sent her and much of her [[Highborne]] into the sea, Azshara was transformed into the Empress of Nazjatar — progenitor of the serpentine [[naga]].
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'''Queen Azshara''' was the beloved ruler of the [[Night elf|elven people]] of [[Kalimdor]] over ten thousand years ago and is the current ruler of the monstrous [[naga]]. After her defeat at the hands of [[Malfurion Stormrage]], and the [[Great Sundering]] that sent her and much of the [[Highborne]] into the depths, Azshara was transformed by the [[Old Gods]] into the Empress of [[Nazjatar]] dominant progenitor of the serpentine [[naga]]. [[Lady Vashj]], a key player and ally of [[Illidan Stormrage]], was once her right hand maiden.
   
 
== Biography ==
 
== Biography ==
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The [[Well of Eternity]] had always been the central part of the night elves' life and culture, but the obsessive Highborne, spurred on by Azshara, began to delve into the magics of the well more deeply- too deeply.
 
The [[Well of Eternity]] had always been the central part of the night elves' life and culture, but the obsessive Highborne, spurred on by Azshara, began to delve into the magics of the well more deeply- too deeply.
   
One day, the queen was approached by her most trusted advisor, Counselor [[Xavius]], who approached her with the idea of using the power of the [[Well of Eternity]] to cleanse the world and make it perfect in her eyes. Their meddling with immense magic, however, drew the eye of an interested observer: [[Sargeras]]. Seeking to unleash his Burning Legion upon Azeroth, the Dark Titan entranced Xavius, pulling the counselor under his power, followed quickly by most of the Highborne and eventually Azshara herself. Xavius helped the queen communicate with Sargeras, whom she told of her desire to cleanse the world of the lesser races. Sargeras tricked the queen into making a portal from which was launched the first invasion of [[Azeroth (world)|Azeroth]] by the Burning Legion, an event which is now known as the [[War of the Ancients]].
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One day, the queen was approached by her most trusted adviser, Counselor [[Xavius]], who approached her with the idea of using the power of the [[Well of Eternity]] to cleanse the world and make it perfect in her eyes. Their meddling with immense magic, however, drew the eye of an interested observer: [[Sargeras]]. Seeking to unleash his Burning Legion upon Azeroth, the Dark Titan entranced Xavius, pulling the counselor under his power, followed quickly by most of the Highborne and eventually Azshara herself. Xavius helped the queen communicate with Sargeras, whom she told of her desire to cleanse the world of the lesser races. Sargeras tricked the queen into making a portal from which was launched the first invasion of [[Azeroth (world)|Azeroth]] by the Burning Legion, an event which is now known as the [[War of the Ancients]].
   
 
Eventually a resistance was formed, but Azshara paid no attention to their efforts. Sargeras dispatched three of his most dangerous minions to do his bidding: [[Hakkar the Houndmaster]], [[Mannoroth|Mannoroth the Destructor]] and finally [[Archimonde|Archimonde the Defiler]]. All three commanded and watched over the Legion and would have prevailed had it not been for the efforts of three night elves: [[Malfurion Stormrage]], the druid; [[Illidan Stormrage]], the sorcerer and twin to Malfurion; and [[Tyrande Whisperwind]], the priestess; as well as three heroes from far into the future: a [[Korialstrasz|dragonmage in elf form]], a [[Rhonin|skilled human wizard]], and a [[Broxigar|seasoned orc warrior]].
 
Eventually a resistance was formed, but Azshara paid no attention to their efforts. Sargeras dispatched three of his most dangerous minions to do his bidding: [[Hakkar the Houndmaster]], [[Mannoroth|Mannoroth the Destructor]] and finally [[Archimonde|Archimonde the Defiler]]. All three commanded and watched over the Legion and would have prevailed had it not been for the efforts of three night elves: [[Malfurion Stormrage]], the druid; [[Illidan Stormrage]], the sorcerer and twin to Malfurion; and [[Tyrande Whisperwind]], the priestess; as well as three heroes from far into the future: a [[Korialstrasz|dragonmage in elf form]], a [[Rhonin|skilled human wizard]], and a [[Broxigar|seasoned orc warrior]].
   
When the portal to the other realm was almost open, the combined force of the night elves and their allies from the future (see [[War of the Ancients]]) charged in to destroy it. Irritated by the lack of order, Azshara approached [[Mannoroth]] and demanded an explanation. Enraged by both his own failure and the questions asked by the Queen, he nearly attacked Azshara, but quickly realized the folly of such an attempt when he realized that Azshara kept inside her a power to which only [[Sargeras]], [[Kil'jaeden]] or [[Archimonde]] would prove superior. Azshara forgave him that mistake and urged him on to allow [[Sargeras]] entrance to Kalimdor.
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When the portal to the other realm was almost open, the combined force of the night elves and their allies from the future (see [[War of the Ancients]]) charged in to destroy it. Irritated by the lack of order, Azshara approached Mannoroth and demanded an explanation. Enraged by both his own failure and the questions asked by the Queen, he nearly attacked Azshara, but quickly realized the folly of such an attempt when he realized that Azshara kept inside her a power to which only [[Sargeras]], [[Kil'jaeden]] or [[Archimonde]] would prove superior. Azshara forgave him of his minor transgression and urged him on to allow Sargeras entrance to Kalimdor.
   
Their efforts came too late, however, and the portal was destroyed. The [[Great Sundering|Sundering]] was upon Kalimdor as well. Realizing that [[Sargeras]] would not be coming, Azshara decided not to tell her handmaidens and most loyal followers they had failed. When the black waters of the [[Well of Eternity]] poured into the palace, she created a magical shield that would protect her and the remaining Highborne from drowning. It was at that time that a voice echoed in her head, whispering plans for an escape: "There is a way...you will become more than you ever were...we can help...You will be more than you have ever been...and when the time comes, for what we grant you...you will serve us well..." Her spell collapsed but as the Well filled her lungs she did not drown. She instead expanded with hate and rage, becoming a horrific yet beautiful monstrosity, reflecting the wickedness and malice that had always hidden within her core.
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Their efforts came too late, however, and the portal was destroyed. The [[Great Sundering|Sundering]] was upon Kalimdor as well. Realizing that Sargeras would not be coming, Azshara decided not to tell her handmaidens and most loyal followers they had failed. When the black waters of the [[Well of Eternity]] poured into the palace, she created a magical shield that would protect her and the remaining Highborne from drowning. It was at that time that a voice echoed in her head, whispering plans for an escape: "There is a way...you will become more than you ever were...we can help...You will be more than you have ever been...and when the time comes, for what we grant you...you will serve us well..." Her spell collapsed but as the Well filled her lungs she did not drown. She instead expanded with hate and rage, becoming a horrific yet beautiful monstrosity, reflecting the wickedness and malice that had always hidden within her core.
   
=== Recent history ===
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=== History ===
 
Queen Azshara, her handmaidens, and many Highborne sunk into the sea. The Old Gods chose Azshara as another useful tool and transformed her, her Highborne, and her Handmaidens into Naga. The mighty Queen Azshara still lives and rules the naga. Once she awoke at the bottom of the sea, she ordered a palace built to rival her home in Azshara.<ref>''[[Alliance & Horde Compendium]]'', pg. 72-73</ref>
 
Queen Azshara, her handmaidens, and many Highborne sunk into the sea. The Old Gods chose Azshara as another useful tool and transformed her, her Highborne, and her Handmaidens into Naga. The mighty Queen Azshara still lives and rules the naga. Once she awoke at the bottom of the sea, she ordered a palace built to rival her home in Azshara.<ref>''[[Alliance & Horde Compendium]]'', pg. 72-73</ref>
   
After the sundering of the world, however, and for the thousands of years since,<ref name="S&L76">''[[Shadows & Light]]'', pg. 76</ref> Queen Azshara lives still, in the vast city of [[Nazjatar]] at the bottom of a deep ocean trench. She has embraced the power of the [[naga]], grown in size, and possesses many tentacles bedecked in jewels and items of power. She plots her revenge on the treacherous [[Night Elves]], biding her time until the growing might of the [[naga]] can be brought to bear.<ref>''[[Manual of Monsters]]'', pg. 66</ref> Living under the sea, she has become queen of the naga.<ref name="S&L76"/>
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After the sundering of the world, however, and for the thousands of years since,<ref name="S&L76">''[[Shadows & Light]]'', pg. 76</ref> Queen Azshara lives still, in the vast city of Nazjatar at the bottom of a deep ocean trench. She has embraced the power of the naga, grown in size, and possesses many tentacles bedecked in jewels and items of power. She plots her revenge on the treacherous [[Night Elves]], biding her time until the growing might of the naga can be brought to bear.<ref>''[[Manual of Monsters]]'', pg. 66</ref> Living under the sea, she has become queen of the naga.<ref name="S&L76"/>
   
 
In her new form, Azshara stands over twenty feet in height and moves her scale covered body on five slithering, octopus-like tentacles. Four arms now extend from the torso, with two hands holding javelins of dark polished wood and gold-leafed tips. Like her [[Naga Sea Witch|Sea Witches]], Azshara's head is crowned by writhing serpents. Despite her monstrosity, her face still possesses the same elven beauty she always had.<ref name="S&L75">''[[Shadows & Light]]'', pg. 75</ref>
 
In her new form, Azshara stands over twenty feet in height and moves her scale covered body on five slithering, octopus-like tentacles. Four arms now extend from the torso, with two hands holding javelins of dark polished wood and gold-leafed tips. Like her [[Naga Sea Witch|Sea Witches]], Azshara's head is crowned by writhing serpents. Despite her monstrosity, her face still possesses the same elven beauty she always had.<ref name="S&L75">''[[Shadows & Light]]'', pg. 75</ref>
   
When Azshara finally decided to make the naga's existence known, she sent [[Lady Vashj]] to establish contact with the surface dwellers.<ref>''[[Manual of Monsters]]'', pg. 189</ref> She yet seeks revenge against the night elves who defeated her, slowly readying her naga subjects in Nazjatar to show their might to all of Azeroth.<ref name="S&L76"/> The world grows wary of what the changed Queen Azshara may attempt in the coming future.<ref>''[[Shadows & Light]]'', pg. 71</ref> It remains to be seen if Queen Azshara might still be found among the naga.<ref>''[[Shadows & Light]]'', pg. 33</ref>
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When Azshara finally decided to make the naga's existence known, she sent Lady Vasj to establish contact with the surface dwellers.<ref>''[[Manual of Monsters]]'', pg. 189</ref> She yet seeks revenge against the night elves who defeated her, slowly readying her naga subjects in Nazjatar to show their might to all of Azeroth.<ref name="S&L76"/> The world grows wary of what the changed Azshara may attempt in the coming future.<ref>''[[Shadows & Light]]'', pg. 71</ref> It remains to be seen if Queen Azshara might still be found among the naga.<ref>''[[Shadows & Light]]'', pg. 33</ref>
   
 
''The Warcraft Encyclopedia<ref name="wcencyc">{{ref web|work=The Warcraft Encyclopedia (EU)|url=http://www.wow-europe.com/en/info/encyclopedia/330.xml|title=Azshara|author=[[Blizzard Entertainment]]|accessdate=26-Aug-2011}}</ref> leaves Azshara's fate unknown; referencing the fact that some think she might not have survived, and the naga merely worship her memory, see [[flavor lore]]. Dark factions confirms that she is alive, mutated into a terrible demigod.''<ref>''[[Dark Factions]]'', pg. 12-13, 85, 119-120, 180</ref><ref name="DF34"/>
 
''The Warcraft Encyclopedia<ref name="wcencyc">{{ref web|work=The Warcraft Encyclopedia (EU)|url=http://www.wow-europe.com/en/info/encyclopedia/330.xml|title=Azshara|author=[[Blizzard Entertainment]]|accessdate=26-Aug-2011}}</ref> leaves Azshara's fate unknown; referencing the fact that some think she might not have survived, and the naga merely worship her memory, see [[flavor lore]]. Dark factions confirms that she is alive, mutated into a terrible demigod.''<ref>''[[Dark Factions]]'', pg. 12-13, 85, 119-120, 180</ref><ref name="DF34"/>
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== Personality and powers ==
 
== Personality and powers ==
 
[[File:AzsharaSL.jpg|thumb|Azshara in art]]
 
[[File:AzsharaSL.jpg|thumb|Azshara in art]]
Azshara was extremely charismatic. Her physical and mental appeal were such that virtually no one noticed her more negative qualities. The vast majority of her servitors were willing to go to any means to elevate themselves in her eyes, even at the cost of their own lives. When Sargeras was contacted Azshara was elated, thinking she had finally found a mate worthy of her. Azshara is known to have used sorcery to increase her appeal, as proved when Illidan detected her spell shortly after receiving his new eyes. [[Xavius]], who considered himself above her charms, was, in fact, completely enamored. Azshara was certainly powerful enough to do so. Mannoroth discovered, to his chagrin, that Azshara was far more powerful than he, and that only Archimonde, Kil'jaeden and Sargeras could have matched her.<ref>''[[The Sundering]]'', pg. 310</ref>
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Prior to her corruption, Azshara ''was'' extremely charismatic. Her physical and mental appeal were such that virtually no one noticed her more negative qualities. The vast majority of her servitors were willing to go to any means to elevate themselves in her eyes, even at the cost of their own lives. When Sargeras was contacted Azshara was elated, thinking she had finally found a mate worthy of her. Azshara is known to have used sorcery to increase her appeal, as proved when Illidan detected her spell shortly after receiving his new eyes. [[Xavius]], who considered himself above her charms, was, in fact, completely enamored. Azshara was certainly powerful enough to do so. Mannoroth discovered, to his chagrin, that Azshara was far more powerful than he, and that only Archimonde, Kil'jaeden and Sargeras could have matched her.<ref>''[[The Sundering]]'', pg. 310</ref>
   
 
== Javelins of Suramar ==
 
== Javelins of Suramar ==
 
[[File:QAzshara.jpg|thumb|Queen Azshara]]
 
[[File:QAzshara.jpg|thumb|Queen Azshara]]
 
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{{RPG-section}}
Javelins of Suramar were wielded by Azshara in the [[Eternal Palace]], and she wields them still in [[Nazjatar]] as queen of the naga. Each Javelin of Suramar is a 2-foot shaft of dark, polished wood with one end tapering to a point and clad in goldleafed steel.<ref>''[[Shadows & Light]]'', pg. 169</ref>
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Javelins of Suramar were wielded by Azshara in the [[Eternal Palace]], and she wields them still in [[Nazjatar]] as the naga's immortal monarch. Each Javelin of Suramar is a 2-foot shaft of dark, polished wood with one end tapering to a point and clad in goldleafed steel.<ref>''[[Shadows & Light]]'', pg. 169</ref>
   
 
== Titles and epithets ==
 
== Titles and epithets ==
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* Queen of Kalimdor
 
* Daughter of the Moon
 
* Daughter of the Moon
 
* The Light of Lights
 
* The Light of Lights
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* Flower of Life
 
* Flower of Life
 
* Vision of Perfection
 
* Vision of Perfection
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* Empress of Nazjatar
   
 
''(Several of these are specific to night elven civilization, so any names referencing the moon are probably no longer used.)''
 
''(Several of these are specific to night elven civilization, so any names referencing the moon are probably no longer used.)''
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* "There has only ever been, only ever will be... ''one'' Azshara."
 
* "There has only ever been, only ever will be... ''one'' Azshara."
 
* "To fully prepare for a world of perfection, all the imperfect must be swept away."
 
* "To fully prepare for a world of perfection, all the imperfect must be swept away."
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* "What is Elune to the great Sargeras?"
   
== Gallery ==
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== Media ==
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=== Images ===
 
<gallery widths="180" captionalign="center">
 
<gallery widths="180" captionalign="center">
 
Queen Azshara 1.jpg|Queen Azshara as seen at The Well of Eternity
 
Queen Azshara 1.jpg|Queen Azshara as seen at The Well of Eternity
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
   
=== Fan Art ===
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;Fan art
 
<gallery widths="180">
 
<gallery widths="180">
 
Azshara_portal.jpg‎|Azshara looks on as the portal is prepared for the coming of Sargeras.
 
Azshara_portal.jpg‎|Azshara looks on as the portal is prepared for the coming of Sargeras.
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Queen Azshara.jpg|Bow to the Queen of the Naga by Carmen Cianelli, '''Queen Azshara'''
 
Queen Azshara.jpg|Bow to the Queen of the Naga by Carmen Cianelli, '''Queen Azshara'''
 
Queen_Azshara_by_wibeke.jpg|Azshara fan art by [http://wibeke.deviantart.com/ wibeke]
 
Queen_Azshara_by_wibeke.jpg|Azshara fan art by [http://wibeke.deviantart.com/ wibeke]
Queen Azshara, Queen of the Kal'dorei by Daerone.jpg|Fan made model of Queen Azshara in her hummanoid form, by [http://daerone.deviantart.com/gallery/38676215#/d5a6y79 Daerone].
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Queen Azshara, Queen of the Kal'dorei by Daerone.jpg|Fan made model of Queen Azshara in her humanoid form, by [http://daerone.deviantart.com/gallery/38676215#/d5a6y79 Daerone].
 
AzsharaNaga.jpg|Fan made model of Queen Azshara in her Naga form, by [http://daerone.deviantart.com/gallery/38676215#/d5e81vr Daerone].
 
AzsharaNaga.jpg|Fan made model of Queen Azshara in her Naga form, by [http://daerone.deviantart.com/gallery/38676215#/d5e81vr Daerone].
 
The Light of Lights.jpg|The Light of Lights" BY Vaanel
 
The Light of Lights.jpg|The Light of Lights" BY Vaanel
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Azshara and Lestharia Vashj.jpg|[[Lestharia Vashj]] and Azshara' by Vaanel
 
Azshara and Lestharia Vashj.jpg|[[Lestharia Vashj]] and Azshara' by Vaanel
 
Azshara Naga with Tentacles.jpg|Azshara Naga with Tentacles. By Vaanel
 
Azshara Naga with Tentacles.jpg|Azshara Naga with Tentacles. By Vaanel
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Queen_azshara_and_her_maidens_by_vaanel_by_vaanel-d4in6nb.jpg|Azshara, Queen of the Night elves and her handmaidens by Vaanel
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the_naga_queen_by_vaanel-d6amdt4.jpg|Queen Azshara naga with her handmaiden Vashj by [http://vaanel.deviantart.com/art/The-Naga-Queen-380637544 Vaanel (2013)]
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Queen Azshara 0.5.1.png|Azshara in all ages and apperences. [[Fan art]] by [[User:Assey Westfall|Assey Westfall]]
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
   
== Video ==
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=== Videos ===
[[File:WoW Pro Lore Episode 5 The War of the Ancients ends part 2 2-3|thumb|left|335 px|Azshara attempts to summon Sargeras into the world]]
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File:WoW Pro Lore Episode 5 The War of the Ancients ends part 2 2-3|Azshara attempts to summon Sargeras into the world
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File:The Story of Queen Azshara Lore
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File:World of Warcraft lore lesson 29 Queen Azshara|Azshara lore lesson
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== References ==
 
== References ==
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{{Succession|Unknown|'''[[Night elf|Ruler of the Kaldorei]]''' (official)|[[Kur'talos Ravencrest]] (unofficial)}}
 
{{Succession|Unknown|'''[[Night elf|Ruler of the Kaldorei]]''' (official)|[[Kur'talos Ravencrest]] (unofficial)}}
{{Succession|None|'''[[Naga|Queen of the Naga]]'''|Incumbent}}
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{{Succession|None|'''[[Naga|Empress of the Naga]]'''|Incumbent}}
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{{Succession|Unknown|'''[[Leader]] of [[The Highborne]]'''|[[Dath'Remar Sunstrider]]}}
   
 
{{Main characters}}
 
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[[Category:Queens]]
 
[[Category:Queens]]
 
[[Category:History of Warcraft]]
 
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BossMob 32Queen Azshara
Azshara in Darkshore
Title Queen of Kalimdor[citation needed], the Light of Lights, Vision of Perfection, Glory of Our People, Daughter of the Moon, Flower of Life, Empress of Nazjatar,[1] Ruler of the Naga, Light of a Thousand Moons
Gender Female
Race(s) Naga (formerly Highborne Night elf)
Level  ??
Character class Sorcerer, Wizard (WRPG),[2] Mage (WoWRPG),[3]
Reaction Alliance Horde
Affiliation Old Gods (presumed), Quel'dorei, formerly the Burning Legion
Position Empress of Nazjatar, former Ruler of the Kaldorei, former Queen of Kalimdor[4]
Location Nazjatar
Status Active, Eternal
Relative(s) Aszune (daughter? speculated)
Alignment Chaotic evil[2]
See Icon-3D-48x48
TCG image
Azshara Lights of lights
Highborne Azshara

Azshara in her Throne

Queen Azshara was the beloved ruler of the elven people of Kalimdor over ten thousand years ago and is the current ruler of the monstrous naga. After her defeat at the hands of Malfurion Stormrage, and the Great Sundering that sent her and much of the Highborne into the depths, Azshara was transformed by the Old Gods into the Empress of Nazjatar — dominant progenitor of the serpentine naga. Lady Vashj, a key player and ally of Illidan Stormrage, was once her right hand maiden.

Biography Edit

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The Well of Eternity had always been the central part of the night elves' life and culture, but the obsessive Highborne, spurred on by Azshara, began to delve into the magics of the well more deeply- too deeply.

One day, the queen was approached by her most trusted adviser, Counselor Xavius, who approached her with the idea of using the power of the Well of Eternity to cleanse the world and make it perfect in her eyes. Their meddling with immense magic, however, drew the eye of an interested observer: Sargeras. Seeking to unleash his Burning Legion upon Azeroth, the Dark Titan entranced Xavius, pulling the counselor under his power, followed quickly by most of the Highborne and eventually Azshara herself. Xavius helped the queen communicate with Sargeras, whom she told of her desire to cleanse the world of the lesser races. Sargeras tricked the queen into making a portal from which was launched the first invasion of Azeroth by the Burning Legion, an event which is now known as the War of the Ancients.

Eventually a resistance was formed, but Azshara paid no attention to their efforts. Sargeras dispatched three of his most dangerous minions to do his bidding: Hakkar the Houndmaster, Mannoroth the Destructor and finally Archimonde the Defiler. All three commanded and watched over the Legion and would have prevailed had it not been for the efforts of three night elves: Malfurion Stormrage, the druid; Illidan Stormrage, the sorcerer and twin to Malfurion; and Tyrande Whisperwind, the priestess; as well as three heroes from far into the future: a dragonmage in elf form, a skilled human wizard, and a seasoned orc warrior.

When the portal to the other realm was almost open, the combined force of the night elves and their allies from the future (see War of the Ancients) charged in to destroy it. Irritated by the lack of order, Azshara approached Mannoroth and demanded an explanation. Enraged by both his own failure and the questions asked by the Queen, he nearly attacked Azshara, but quickly realized the folly of such an attempt when he realized that Azshara kept inside her a power to which only Sargeras, Kil'jaeden or Archimonde would prove superior. Azshara forgave him of his minor transgression and urged him on to allow Sargeras entrance to Kalimdor.

Their efforts came too late, however, and the portal was destroyed. The Sundering was upon Kalimdor as well. Realizing that Sargeras would not be coming, Azshara decided not to tell her handmaidens and most loyal followers they had failed. When the black waters of the Well of Eternity poured into the palace, she created a magical shield that would protect her and the remaining Highborne from drowning. It was at that time that a voice echoed in her head, whispering plans for an escape: "There is a way...you will become more than you ever were...we can help...You will be more than you have ever been...and when the time comes, for what we grant you...you will serve us well..." Her spell collapsed but as the Well filled her lungs she did not drown. She instead expanded with hate and rage, becoming a horrific yet beautiful monstrosity, reflecting the wickedness and malice that had always hidden within her core.

History Edit

Queen Azshara, her handmaidens, and many Highborne sunk into the sea. The Old Gods chose Azshara as another useful tool and transformed her, her Highborne, and her Handmaidens into Naga. The mighty Queen Azshara still lives and rules the naga. Once she awoke at the bottom of the sea, she ordered a palace built to rival her home in Azshara.[5]

After the sundering of the world, however, and for the thousands of years since,[6] Queen Azshara lives still, in the vast city of Nazjatar at the bottom of a deep ocean trench. She has embraced the power of the naga, grown in size, and possesses many tentacles bedecked in jewels and items of power. She plots her revenge on the treacherous Night Elves, biding her time until the growing might of the naga can be brought to bear.[7] Living under the sea, she has become queen of the naga.[6]

In her new form, Azshara stands over twenty feet in height and moves her scale covered body on five slithering, octopus-like tentacles. Four arms now extend from the torso, with two hands holding javelins of dark polished wood and gold-leafed tips. Like her Sea Witches, Azshara's head is crowned by writhing serpents. Despite her monstrosity, her face still possesses the same elven beauty she always had.[2]

When Azshara finally decided to make the naga's existence known, she sent Lady Vasj to establish contact with the surface dwellers.[8] She yet seeks revenge against the night elves who defeated her, slowly readying her naga subjects in Nazjatar to show their might to all of Azeroth.[6] The world grows wary of what the changed Azshara may attempt in the coming future.[9] It remains to be seen if Queen Azshara might still be found among the naga.[10]

The Warcraft Encyclopedia[11] leaves Azshara's fate unknown; referencing the fact that some think she might not have survived, and the naga merely worship her memory, see flavor lore. Dark factions confirms that she is alive, mutated into a terrible demigod.[12][13]

The progress text of Pusillin and the Elder Azj'Tordin cites that at least some night elves believe that she is in fact dead. "The Queen has long since passed." However, Veehja claims that Azshara imprisoned Leviroth a mere five hundred years ago [14], indicating that the night elves might be misinformed.

Personality and powers Edit

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Azshara in art

Prior to her corruption, Azshara was extremely charismatic. Her physical and mental appeal were such that virtually no one noticed her more negative qualities. The vast majority of her servitors were willing to go to any means to elevate themselves in her eyes, even at the cost of their own lives. When Sargeras was contacted Azshara was elated, thinking she had finally found a mate worthy of her. Azshara is known to have used sorcery to increase her appeal, as proved when Illidan detected her spell shortly after receiving his new eyes. Xavius, who considered himself above her charms, was, in fact, completely enamored. Azshara was certainly powerful enough to do so. Mannoroth discovered, to his chagrin, that Azshara was far more powerful than he, and that only Archimonde, Kil'jaeden and Sargeras could have matched her.[15]

Javelins of Suramar Edit

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Queen Azshara


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Javelins of Suramar were wielded by Azshara in the Eternal Palace, and she wields them still in Nazjatar as the naga's immortal monarch. Each Javelin of Suramar is a 2-foot shaft of dark, polished wood with one end tapering to a point and clad in goldleafed steel.[16]

Titles and epithets Edit

  • Queen of Kalimdor
  • Daughter of the Moon
  • The Light of Lights
  • Light of a Thousand Moons
  • Cherished Heart of the People
  • Glory of Our People
  • Radiance of the Moon
  • Flower of Life
  • Vision of Perfection
  • Empress of Nazjatar

(Several of these are specific to night elven civilization, so any names referencing the moon are probably no longer used.)

Memorable quotes Edit

  • "There has only ever been, only ever will be... one Azshara."
  • "To fully prepare for a world of perfection, all the imperfect must be swept away."
  • "What is Elune to the great Sargeras?"

Media Edit

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References Edit

  1. ^ Elizabeth Wachowski 2007-12-06. Know Your Lore: Azshara. WoW Insider.
  2. ^ a b c Shadows & Light, pg. 75
  3. ^ World of Warcraft Conversion Document, pg. 12.
  4. ^ World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, pg. 20
  5. ^ Alliance & Horde Compendium, pg. 72-73
  6. ^ a b c Shadows & Light, pg. 76
  7. ^ Manual of Monsters, pg. 66
  8. ^ Manual of Monsters, pg. 189
  9. ^ Shadows & Light, pg. 71
  10. ^ Shadows & Light, pg. 33
  11. ^ Blizzard Entertainment. Azshara. The Warcraft Encyclopedia (EU). Retrieved on 2011-08-26.
  12. ^ Dark Factions, pg. 12-13, 85, 119-120, 180
  13. ^
  14. ^ The Trident of Naz'jan
  15. ^ The Sundering, pg. 310
  16. ^ Shadows & Light, pg. 169

See also Edit

External links Edit

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Preceded by:
Unknown
Position:
Ruler of the Kaldorei (official)
Succeeded by:
Kur'talos Ravencrest (unofficial)
Preceded by:
None
Position:
Empress of the Naga
Succeeded by:
Incumbent
Preceded by:
Unknown
Position:
Leader of The Highborne
Succeeded by:
Dath'Remar Sunstrider

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