As the latest WoW Expansion enters its alpha, we take a closer look at the Dragonflight lore.
WoW Wednesday: What We Know About the Dragonflight Lore
If Blizzard is to be believed, we won't have to wait long until Dragonflight lands. So as the Dragonflight release date nears, we imagine there might be some who are wondering: "What in the blazes is going on narratively?" Well, look no further, because here's what we know about the Dragonflight lore. So far, at least.
Suffice to say there may be some minor spoilers ahead, if you would rather soar into the world of Dragonflight with minimal knowledge, then you have been warned. But with that said, we have but a few morsels to go on as of right now, with plenty of plot points yet to be revealed, and with a lot remaining as rumour and speculation.
Dragonflight takes place on the yet-unexplored and imaginatively named Dragon Isles. For years, the protectors of these isles (and Azeroth generally) have been taking an extended holiday (regaining their power after Cataclysm) while Azeroth's mortal inhabitants have been staving off one apocalyptic event after another.
However, thanks to the work of Tyr's last plucky watcher in reigniting the Tyrhold, the titular Dragonflights have returned in all their glory, ready to reclaim their titles as Azeroth's protectors.
These include five leading Aspects: Queen Alexstrasza's Red Dragonflight is given charge over life, Kalecgos' Blue Dragonflight watches over magic and artefacts, Merithra's Green Dragonflight represents nature, the deep places of Azeroth are watched over by Wrathon's Black Dragonflight, and Nozdurmu's Bronze Dragonflight looks after time & space.
To top things off, the Alliance and Horde have buried the hatchet, with an alliance that has already seen players of each faction joining forces in cross-faction instances. This is part of a coalition known as the Dragonscale Expedition. So far, so rosy.
But despite Dragonflight taking us back to good ol' fashioned Azerothian adventures, instead of something entirely otherworldly, the big bad will be no less threatening. The prevailing theory is that the Bronze Dragonflight, Nozdurmu, will eventually become the expansion's main antagonist, given the suggestion back in Cataclysm that his corrupted form, Murozond, is an inevitability that Azeroth will eventually have to face.
But for now, it looks as though some introductory quests delving into the history of the Dracthyr (a product of Deathwing, it turns out) and dealing with some cults will form the first hurdles for adventurers to face.
Either way, the Dragonflight lore is ripe for some big twists and turns. And as the pressure mounts for Blizzard to deliver something fresh to a waning audience, we hope they can deliver on this back-to-basics adventure.