Dragon Queen (or Dragonqueen),|
Queen of the Dragons,
She Who Is Life,
"The Red Leviathan",
Aspect of Life,
Queen Of Life,
|Race(s)||Red dragon / Wyrm|
|Affiliation(s)||Red dragonflight, Wyrmrest Accord|
|Former affiliation(s)||Dragon Aspects|
|Occupation||Queen of dragons, Leader of the red dragonflight|
|Former occupation(s)||Aspect of the red dragonflight, Guardian of life on Azeroth|
Tyranastrasz (first former prime consort), Korialstrasz (second former prime consort), Caelestrasz, Vaelastrasz (sons), Ysera (sister), Dralad (brother), Merithra (niece),|
numerous other draconic children
- “Life is my Aspect, Dark One, and I, like all mothers, know both the pain and wonders that entails! For the past several years, I have watched my children be raised as instruments of war, slaughtered if they proved insufficient or too willful! I have lived knowing that so many died that I could do nothing for!”
- — Alexstrasza
Alexstrasza the Life-Binder, Aspect of the red dragonflight, is the guardian of all life in the world of Azeroth. She was one of five great dragons chosen by the titans to be empowered with a portion of the Pantheon's power and rule over her flight while they watched over Azeroth and its inhabitants. The titans also appointed her queen of all dragons.
Today, Alexstrasza resides at the top of the Wyrmrest Temple in the Dragonblight, a place considered a holy ground for the dragonflights. No longer content to simply watch over the mortal races, the Dragonqueen took action in bringing the dragonflights together to battle the then-hostile blue dragonflight and its Aspect, Malygos, as well as the looming threat of the Lich King.
With the rise of Deathwing during World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, Alexstrasza took a very active role in defending Azeroth against the Aspect of Death, eventually ordering her entire dragonflight to war against the black dragonflight. Alexstrasza, along with her fellow Aspects, gave their all to stop Deathwing once and for all, but lost much of their power in the process.
- 1 Biography
- 1.1 Dawn of the Aspects (past)
- 1.2 The Winterskorn War
- 1.3 War of the Ancients
- 1.4 Later activity
- 1.5 Tides of Darkness
- 1.6 Battle of Grim Batol
- 1.7 Forgotten oaths
- 1.8 The Nexus War
- 1.9 Stormrage
- 1.10 The Battle of Life and Death
- 1.11 Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects
- 1.12 Rage of the Firelands
- 1.13 Charge of the Aspects
- 1.14 Hour of Twilight
- 1.15 Dawn of the Aspects (present)
- 1.16 War Crimes
- 1.17 Deaths of Chromie
- 1.18 Battle for Azeroth
- 1.19 Shadowlands
- 2 Personality
- 3 Powers and abilities
- 4 Locations
- 5 Quests
- 6 Achievement
- 7 Memorable quotes
- 8 Alternate timeline
- 9 In Hearthstone
- 10 In Heroes of the Storm
- 11 In the RPG
- 12 Warcraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans
- 13 Notes and trivia
- 14 Speculation
- 15 Gallery
- 16 Videos
- 17 Patch changes
- 18 See also
- 19 References
- 20 External links
Dawn of the Aspects (past)
Alexstrasza was one of the more intelligent of proto-dragons, capable of broken speech unlike most of the other, more animal-like of her kind. When one of her clutch brothers went missing, Alexstrasza searched to find him and met with Malygos. The two were attacked by a savage gray proto-dragon, and though they fought it off Alexstrasza noted that it was frightened of something. Alexstrasza and Malygos would later find her brother, though he was a shriveled husk of flesh and bone.
Some time later, dozens of proto-dragons hunted caribou, Alexstrasza and Ysera included. While Alexstrasza would offer Ysera her kills, Ysera declined. Ysera approached Malygos to ask him about her brother's corpse, which Malygos had found alongside Alexstrasza. She said that there was another corpse she and Alexstrasza had found, though Alexstrasza reprimanded her, saying they had agreed not to speak of that. The two argued, but they were interrupted by the sudden appearance of Galakrond. After the gigantic terror had flown away, a confident grey proto-dragon named Neltharion taunted them all for being afraid.
Ysera and Alexstrasza would later come across the shriveled up corpses of two proto-dragons, including Malygos's old companion Tarys. A small and terrified purple proto-dragon insisted that Galakrond had devoured the dead dragons, which matched theories Malygos had expressed to the two sisters. They went to fetch Malygos so he could meet the purple dragon. After his arrival, the corpses stirred and attacked as undead. Alexstrasza, Malygos, and Ysera tore them apart.
Like the other proto-dragons Alexstrasza would gather under the command of Talonixa. While her sister believed that peace could made with Galakrond and the not-living. Alexstrasza knew that fighting was the only option, however, she vowed to not fight like Talonixa. When Ysera was given a chance to speak her idea of peace, Alexstrasza was worried about Talonixa's reaction. Alexstrasza became outraged that Coros, who encouraged Ysera, did not stand with her. While seemingly supporting her, Malygos later learned that Coros used the meeting as a distraction so that he could join up Galakrond unnoticed following its conclusion in which Talonixa swayed the other proto-dragons to her side on fighting Galakrond.
Witnessing Coros's betrayal and subsequent devouring by Galakrond, Malygos would return to the others only to find Ysera and Talonixa in conflict over the fate of the bitten proto-dragons who had begun to act like Galakrond. Alexstrasza found herself agreeing with Talonixa over the issue. Seeming to agree with Ysera's desire for them to still live, Talonixa decreed that the bitten would have to be quarantined for the safety of everyone else. Alexstrasza watched the bitten dragons be herded into a canyon. She was shocked to see Talonixa collapse it and killing all those trapped inside.
Alexstrasza would then later save her sister from Galakrond, after Ysera tried to plead peace even as the proto-dragon army fought the not-living. As Galakrond began to fight the proto-dragon army, the Watcher Tyr used one of the not-living to catch the sister's attention.
Some time after, Malygos found his way to the three of them, and Ysera attacked him when he tried to kill the bound undead proto-dragon. As Tyr spoke with Malygos, Ysera freed the undead proto-dragon in order to make it see reason, an action which could have killed her if not for Malygos's timely intervention. After destroying the undead Malygos briefly succumbed to the hunger for flesh, but Ysera was able to recall him to his senses and Malygos was then cured by Tyr. Tyr then proposed hunting Galakrond and decided to stand by the proto-dragons this time, revealing a war hammer from beneath his cloak. Lastly, he pulled out an octagonal artifact, moving it to the three proto-dragons as it glowed, with the promise that he was "trying to ensure some future."
Alexstrasza would witness Galakrond returning outside the cavern, chasing Neltharion and Nozdormu. Malygos and Tyr moved to the entrance to witness their battle, and Tyr was overjoyed at the proto-dragons' coordination. Alexstrasza, Malygos and a now full-sized Tyr joined in the battle. Temporarily stunning Galakrond with his hammer, Tyr ordered the proto-dragons to flee as he stayed to battle the monster.
An unknown time later, Tyr met with the five proto-dragons, informing them that Galakrond was sleeping in a mountain range to the north and that it was the perfect time to attack. He told them to eat before doing so, and just before they left Tyr held the octagonal artifact before Nozdormu and Neltharion as he had to the others before. After doing so, Tyr vanished in the blink of an eye.
Tyr and the proto-dragons met up near Galakrond's slumbering place, which Kalecgos would later note in his visions was nowhere near Galakrond's Rest. Save for Ysera, they all began the battle against Galakrond, who had grown larger and even more mutated than before. Throughout the battle, the octagonal object on Tyr's belt glowed ever brighter. When Galakrond suddenly expanded in size without warning, Tyr's hammer could no longer harm him. With a flap of wings, Galakrond called up a massive wind that scattered the fighters. Ysera suddenly appeared and Galakrond attempted to devour her, but Tyr silenced his laughter with a mighty blow from his hammer. Tyr pulled Galakrond to the ground and began to mercilessly beat him even as Galakrond began mutating further - as he began to resemble a true dragon.
In the battle, Tyr's hammer and the strange artifact were knocked free from his person. Tyr reached to grab the artifact, just as Galakrond's massive maw came within range and the monster clamped down on Tyr's hand. Malygos moved to save Tyr, examining the bloody stump as Galakrond roared in triumph and grew ever larger. An unconscious Tyr was brought to a frozen lake by the proto-dragons, only to vanish from the shore. After being attacked by two not-living Alexstrasza and the others found they could not find Tyr where they left him, concluding that some beast must have taken him for food.
After recuperating Alexstrasza and the others decide to hunt down Galakrond in order to kill him once and for all or die trying. It was during this time that Malygos feeling burdened by leadership role cast upon him gave it to Alexstrasza, after she took charge in response to his unvoiced question. Alexstrasza, along with the others would be stunned to learn that Galakrond had begun to devour the not-living in order to feed his hunger and shortly after would engage in battle with the behemoth. During the battle, Galakrond would ultimately be killed after Malygos and Neltharion forced a boulder down his throat.
After killing Galakrond Alexstrasza and the others were approached by two other watchers, who revealed that they had taken Tyr to help him. Agreeing to protect Azeroth with her friends the two watchers were joined by two others and the titans acted through the keepers to transform Alexstrasza and the others into the Dragon Aspects. Freya channeled the powers of Eonar into Alexstrasza, making her the warden of life. Since she had led the proto-dragons in the last assault against Galakrond, Alexstrasza was made the Dragonqueen. One of the Aspects first actions was to encourage the rumor that they had been formed from Galakrond. This was done to prevent the truth about Galakrond from leaking to ensure no one would follow in the behemoth's footsteps.
The Winterskorn War
When fallen Keeper Loken instigated the Winterskorn War, fought between the Winterskorn vrykul and the earthen, Tyr and his allies fought on the earthen's side. However, when Tyr realized that they could not win against the Winterskorn clan alone he called upon the Dragon Aspects for aid. The noble Aspects grew enraged upon seeing so many dead titan-forged. Their fury only deepened when they learned that proto-dragons had been enslaved. Without hesitation, the Aspects took wing and unleashed their powers on the Winterskorn's iron ranks.
Much as they had done in the fight against Galakrond, the aspects worked in unison to overwhelm and the vrykul army. Alexstrasza held the Winterskorn at bay with towering walls of enchanted fire. Malygos drained the magical essence that fueled the constructs and golems, rendering them useless. He also shattered the enchanted snares that bound the proto-dragons and set the beasts free. Neltharion raised mountains from the earth to corral and contain the vrykul and their giant masters. Lastly, Ysera and Nozdormu combined their powers to create a spell that would bring a decisive end to the conflict.
Ysera and Nozdormu enveloped the Winterskorn in a cloying mist that caused them the titan-forged to fall asleep. These incapacitated creatures were then locked away in tombs cities across northern Kalimdor. They would not know the peaceful slumber of the Emerald Dream. Rather, they would languish in a timeless, unconscious slumber for thousands upon thousands of years.
War of the Ancients
Alexstrasza was one of the three dragon aspects that fought the demons of the Burning Legion during the War of the Ancients. It was also in that war that the black dragon Neltharion deceived his fellow Aspects, using the Dragon Soul (also now known as the Demon Soul) to steal a portion of their power. After the War of the Ancients ended, when Illidan, brother of Malfurion Stormrage, emptied three vials of water from the Well of Eternity over the river of Mount Hyjal, Alexstrasza, along with Ysera and Nozdormu, decided to use the Well as a tool to heal the war-ravaged land by placing a magical acorn from G'Hanir, the Mother Tree, into the new Well of Hyjal. The tree that grew from this acorn was proclaimed the original World Tree of Azeroth, and is named Nordrassil.
For some time after, she and her fellow red dragons were at peace, but over time they began to argue about how best to shelter and protect the world. The rise to power of humans and other races left many believing that these new people were dangerous and should be destroyed, while others of Alexstrasza's ilk felt they should be educated to teach them right from wrong.
Alexstrasza officiated the Visage Day—the ceremony in which a dragon decides what their mortal form will be—for the bronze dragon Chronormu. Chronormu almost fainted on the spot when he heard that the queen would be attending. When she arrived to the ceremony atop Wyrmrest Temple, she kindly told him in private that she could postpone the ceremony if he liked since she'd heard that he'd had doubts about his choice of form, but he replied that he was ready. After it was revealed that Chronormu had chosen the form of the female gnome Chromie, Alexstrasza warmly smiled at her and said that it was good to meet her.
Tides of Darkness
Ten thousand years later during the Second War, Nekros Skullcrusher, an orc of the Dragonmaw clan, was given the Dragon Soul by his Warchief Zuluhed after Deathwing led them to its resting place in the Redridge Mountains. Far from the mountains, Alexstrasza sensed the wards around the artifact breaking and grew concerned when she heard no word from its guardian Orastrasz. She and several of her red dragons hurried south, though she believed that some mortal had found the disc and Orastrasz was currently hunting for it and that it would be easy to help him retrieve. In truth, they were heading right into Deathwing's trap.
Using the awesome power of this ancient artifact, Nekros and the Dragonmaw orcs captured Alexstrasza and her consorts, including her eldest consort Tyranastrasz. Nekros was but one orc and so could only focus on Alexstrasza, but the other dragons were kept in line by him lashing out at the Life-Binder with the Dragon Soul's power whenever they tried to save her. Alexstrasza was brought to Grim Batol, where she was forced to lay eggs. The adult dragons were used as powerful war mounts, while the eggs would be raised as loyal whelps. As she was magically kept in a constant state of weakness and pain and bound by mighty chains of adamantine steel, Alexstrasza had no choice but to succumb to this terrible slavery, lest her unborn clutches be slain at the hand of her cruel captor. As the aspect of life, this caused Alexstrasza pain as it could no one else, and she cried for the deaths of her children and the deaths they caused.
From afar, Deathwing rejoiced in Alexstrasza's imprisonment. He continued to subtly advise Nekros on how best to use the Demon Soul to control the red dragons. Not only would making the Horde stronger help his plan to restore the black dragonflight, but he also knew that seeing her children be used as tools for war would make Alexstrasza's heart suffer. And Deathwing would relish every moment of Alexstrasza's torment.
Battle of Grim Batol
After the Second War ended, Alexstrasza became more valuable to the Horde than ever, as a consummation of Horde military power. Thus she was to be protected at all costs. However, Deathwing, ancient traitor to Alexstrasza and her most hated enemy, who had partly arranged for her continued subjugation during the Second War, arranged an elaborate plot to draw her into the open and steal her children in the hopes of generating his own progeny. His plan, however, unwittingly facilitated her escape.
As the orcs began moving their captive dragons away from the fortress of Grim Batol in an attempt to safeguard their slaves from the reach of the Alliance, the caravan was attacked by Deathwing. During the battle that followed, Tyranastrasz was slain by the Black Wyrm, but the ancient Dragonqueen was set free and the first thing she did was to swallow her evil captor Nekros whole and to reclaim her children from the grip of the Horde. With the help of her former mate Korialstrasz, Alexstrasza then rejoined the remaining Aspects Nozdormu, Malygos, and Ysera. The human mage, Rhonin, destroyed the Demon Soul, releasing their powers and enabling them to drive Deathwing into hiding. Though Neltharion ultimately escaped the wrath of the other Aspects, the ravaged orc caravan still remains in the Wetlands swamps. Her fire-breathing children returned to their posts as protectors of all life and worked to rebuild their devastated race.
For ten thousand years, Deathwing's fellow Dragon Aspects had lived without the full measure of their power, and the sudden return of their strength was physically and mentally exhausting. Needing to recover from this and her traumatic ordeal under the Dragonmaw, Alexstrasza and her flight sequestered themselves away to heal, both physically and emotionally. As such, even as her consorts and children continued to have their impact on Azeroth, Alexstrasza's whereabouts were unknown to most, though Tyrande Whisperwind seemed to know where she resided at the time. The Dragon Aspects had no real involvement in the Third War, but in its aftermath, the new Archdruid Fandral Staghelm asked her to bless the new World Tree, Teldrassil. The Dragonqueen refused.
The Nexus War
The Dragonqueen traveled to Wyrmrest Temple in Northrend, where she called upon the members of the Wyrmrest Accord to play their part against the blue dragons in the Nexus War. Malygos has declared war on all mortal spellcasters, especially the Kirin Tor of Dalaran. The red dragonflight is allying with the mortals against Malygos' crusade, partly because of a promise made by Alexstrasza to Rhonin after being freed from the Dragonmaw clan, that neither she nor her flight would harm the races of the rescuers. Alexstrasza is the head of the Wyrmrest Accord, the united effort of the dragonflights against Malygos' crusade.
Alexstrasza appears normally on the top tier of the Wyrmrest Temple in Dragonblight in a form resembling an unnaturally tall (nearly twice as tall as blood elf player characters) female high elf with pink skin, amber eyes, and horns. Alexstrasza also appears in her draconic form at Angrathar the Wrathgate after the completion of (where she will replay the cutscene depicting the battle there at the players' request) and in the Eye of Eternity raid in the Nexus, where she and her children will aid players in slaying the Spell-Weaver.
When Azeroth was attacked by the Emerald Nightmare, Alexstrasza ventured into Bough Shadow, where she rescued Broll Bearmantle, Tyrande Whisperwind, and Eranikus from being attacked by Lethon and Emeriss. Alexstrasza then convinced Eranikus to join the mortals in the Emerald Dream to search for Malfurion by saying that Ysera understood him and his motive for seeking isolation. When the Cenarion Circle purged Teldrassil of its corruption, she sensed its purity and blessed the World Tree so it may become the haven for nature it was meant to be. She then accompanied Malfurion to Darnassus, where he found Fandral's secret portal to the Emerald Dream. During the War Against the Nightmare, Alexstrasza stayed there defending the portal while druids were battling in the Emerald Dream.
Around that time, Tyrande, Lucan, and Thura became prisoners of the Nightmare Lord, who created a false vision of a captured Alexstrasza in order to break their hope.
Following the conflict's conclusion, she, along with her sister Ysera, blessed the new World Tree Teldrassil and presided over the marriage ceremony of the Archdruid Malfurion Stormrage and Tyrande Whisperwind.
The Battle of Life and Death
In the Twilight Highlands, Alexstrasza confronted Deathwing. After several minutes of battle, Deathwing and Alexstrasza fell towards the ground, clutched in each other's claws. Alexstrasza, exhausted and gravely injured, was found laying on the ground in her humanoid form, while Deathwing fell out of sight beyond the crest of the mountain. Calen (who likewise took elven form), an adventurer and the adventurer's drake raced to the dragon queen's side. Her voice wavered as she explained that the Earth Warder was dead. Like a phantom, the gigantic form of Deathwing rose up behind them. Calen exclaimed "he lives!" and the wounded Alexstrasza forced herself to sit up, stating that it was "impossible" for Deathwing to have survived the wounds she dealt him. Deathwing set the ground at his feet aflame and glowered over the group. Calen moved to put himself between his queen and Deathwing, while the adventurer threw Alexstrasza's body over their mount's back and took her to safety, despite her protests. Calen took his true form again, but he was completely dwarfed by the Black Aspect. Realizing he stood no chance of defeating Deathwing, Calen darted back and forth, shooting fireballs, in an effort to distract him while Alexstrasza escaped. He later stated that this was a partial victory, as Deathwing was gravely wounded and would need to go into hiding to recuperate. Alexstrasza was moved to Wyrmrest to recuperate.
Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects
After the cataclysm, the dragons convened upon Wyrmrest Temple to have their first meeting with the blue dragonflight since the death of Malygos. Korialstrasz, not particularly liked by many of the blues, specifically Arygos, chose to stay behind and watch his newest clutch of eggs in the Ruby Sanctum. As Alexstrasza traveled to the meeting above, Korialstrasz discovered the Twilight Hammer within the sanctum, casting dark spells on the eggs. Confronting them, he discovered that their spells had mutated the hatchlings, transforming them into deformed chromatic dragons. When he touched a mutated egg, the infection passed on to him. It was then revealed to him that not only was the entire clutch of eggs infected, but every flight's eggs, in each of their sanctums. Half-mutated into a Chromatic dragon but thinking of his beloved Queen one last time, Korialstrasz summoned every ounce of his power and exploded the sanctum outward, destroying a good chunk of Wyrmrest Temple, and utterly obliterating himself and the sanctums. Along with the sanctums fell the thousands of corrupted eggs. While his death and apparent betrayal was a shock to the other dragonflights, Alexstrasza suffered the most. In sadness bordering on madness, she shattered the Wyrmrest Accord and fled to the center of Desolace, where she sat waiting for death. Thrall attempted to rouse her from her depression but could not.
Later, during a battle above Wyrmrest Temple, Thrall had a near-death experience after falling from extraordinary heights. In his vision, among other things he saw the truth behind Korialstrasz's actions. When the battle had ended, Thrall brought the news to Alexstrasza, who rejoined the fight with renewed purpose to not let her love's sacrifice be in vain.
Rage of the Firelands
In patch 4.2.0, Alexstrasza, who has made a full recovery, is present in Nordrasil to cleanse the World Tree. However, the fearsome Druids of the Flame interrupt the ceremony and *kill*Thrall, much to Aggra's horror. Although Alexstrasza, Nozdormu, Kalecgos and Ysera conclude Thrall is lost in the elements, Aggra - determined as always - believes Thrall may be saved and wants adventurers to assist her in her rescue mission.
Charge of the Aspects
While meditating, Ysera had a flashback to the creation of the Dragon Soul and realized that it might be the only weapon powerful enough to defeat Deathwing. Alexstrasza agreed that Deathwing had to be slain: "to protect life, there are times when we must destroy that which seeks to end it". She stated that he would need to be completely "unmade", for he had been twisted by the dark energies of the Old Gods and could not be destroyed by any physical assault.
Kalecgos suggested that the artifact could be modified to harm Deathwing, while Nozdormu proposed a plan to retrieve it from the past when it was in its purest form - during the War of the Ancients.
Hour of Twilight
Alexstrasza's past self appears in the Well of Eternity instance.
The battle for Azeroth ended when a final attack from the Dragon Soul, infused with the essence of each Aspect, completely obliterated Deathwing. Alexstrasza revealed that Aggra is pregnant and stated that by averting the Hour of Twilight, the Aspects had fulfilled their great purpose. With their ancient powers expended, Alexstrasza and the other remaining Aspects became mortal.
Dawn of the Aspects (present)
Adhering to their tradition to meet when the two moons of Azeroth were at particular cycle Alexstrasza and the other former aspects gathered together. At the end of the brief meeting Alexstrasza, along with Ysera and Nozdormu, decided that they would officially end the Accord one month from now, to the shock of Kalecgos. Later, Alexstrasza traveled to a human village in a forested land and watched children playing. Kalecgos sought her out there, and wanted to ask her for advice about an artifact he had found, but he understood Alexstrasza's pain and her reluctance.
Later on, Alexstrasza and the others responded Kalecgos's request for a meeting, where using the artifact from Watcher Tyr reminded them about their past battle against Galakrond and that they didn't need to be aspects to help safeguard the world. Agreeing with him, the other three decided to continue their affairs in protecting Azeroth and that the Accord would continue. They also swore Kalecgos to secrecy about the nature of Galakrond, as they did not want anyone to follow in his dark path. As Alexstrasza was leaving, she took the spark with her and asked Kalec to thank Jaina Proudmoore in her part of the events.
Alexstrasza and Ysera were present at the trial of Garrosh Hellscream. She was the seventh witness, retelling the event of her torture in Grim Batol by the Dragonmaw clan. Yet, when questioned on what she would do if she could confront those who had inflicted such pain on her and her brood, she simply stated that she loved every creature on Azeroth — orcs included. She would pardon her torturers if they came from the past and genuinely asked her forgiveness, indicating that Thrall was an example of the possibility for redemption among all life when allowed to flourish.
Deaths of Chromie
Seeking leads on who wants her dead Chromie asks Alexstrasza if she's noticed anything suspicious and she mentions that the undead have been acting up at the Ruby Dragonshrine.
Battle for Azeroth
At the time of the Fourth War, Alexstrasza dispatched the red drake Zallestrasza to the region of Drustvar on Kul Tiras. Her mission was to locate the recently-revealed remains of the ancient dragon Vadekius, and perform a ritual to prevent them from ever being reanimated. Zallestrasza was successful in the task and traveled on to deal with other business assigned to her by Alexstrasza.
In time, Alexstrasza and the red dragonflight would come under attack by forces of the Twilight dragonflight led by Vexiona. As the red and twilight dragons clashed, Kalecgos tried to send word to Alexstrasza about empowering the with the powers of the dragonflights. Finding it odd that Alexstrasza remained silent in the face of Ebyssian and Merithra of the Dream empowering the artifact with powers of the black and green dragonflight respectively, Kalecgos became convinced that she was in trouble. Thus to that end, he recruited champions to come with him to the Vermillion Redoubt within the Twilight Highlands.
After discovering the conflict, the pair aided the red dragonflight, with Alexstrasza personally considering their aid well-timed. As the twilight dragons were beaten back, Vexiona sough to flee but was ultimately confronted outside of Grim Batol by Alexstrasza, Kalecgos, and the champion. During the fight, Vexiona implored Alexstrasza and Kalecgos to join her and, in the face of their rejection, Vexiona trapped them in stasis. However, the champion was able to free the former aspects and subsequently forced Vexiona to flee from the battlefield. With her children now an eternally grateful, Alexstrasza vowed to empower the Heart of Azeroth and directed Corastrasza to carry the champion back to Silithus. Within the Chamber of Heart, Alexstrasza declared that her flight shall continue to protect Azeroth as long as they drew breath and as she channeled her power into the Heart Forge, she implored champions to accept this gift so that it may light a flame within them, to burn bright through the darkest times.
Alexstrasza later journeyed to the Chamber of Heart where she joined with Kalecgos, Chromie, Merithra, and Ebyssian in empowering the . She spoke of Ysera to Merithra and upon learning of her doubts, Alexstrasza encouraged her to be strong.
Following the fall of Ny'alotha and Azeroth beginning to heal at last from Sargeras' wounds, Alexstrasza returned to the Vermillion Redoubt.
While investigating the Night Warrior, Shandris and the Maw Walker who joined the Night Fae would meet the spirits of a former Night Warrior, Thiernax, and his husband Qadarin. While speaking with them, they were attacked by spriggans, and the leader of the band cursed Qadarin with its dying breath. Part of the counter-curse required a token of lost love, which Ysera, now residing in the Ardenweald, believed could be found with Alexstrasza as something she had been given by her last prime consort; Korialstrasz.
When the Maw Walker found Alexstrasza, the dragon queen explained that, while she had indeed loved Korialstrasz, she had never loved anyone more than Ysera, her sister. Happy to hear that she had found a new purpose and life in the Shadowlands, Alexstrasza gave the Maw Walker a small carving Ysera had made and gifted to her shortly after they'd been empowered by the Titans.This would ultimately prove a sufficient 'token of lost love' to help break the curse on Qadarin. If the Maw Walker is a death knight, Alexstrasza will be hostile in her interactions because of the Legion class hall quest . After being given the small carving, Alexstrasza warns the Maw Walker to leave as her brood might not be as tolerant as she is.
Compassionate and wise, Alexstrasza treasures life in all its forms. She firmly believes that few beings are truly evil and that even they are not necessarily beyond redemption, for change and growth is inherent in life. It can seek the light or the darkness, and it is only when it chooses the darkness so completely that life itself is endangered that there is no hope (as was the case with Malygos and Deathwing). The Life-Binder has always behaved with dignity, courage, grace, and compassion, even in the face of inconceivable horrors and deep personal loss. She is known to be a kind and patient mentor. Under her tutelage, only the most dedicated pupils acquire the title of "Life-Binder's Handmaiden".
She prefers peace and solitude, although she will defend her lands with all her power against any who threaten them without due cause. She often uses her shapechange power to appear as a creature of nature, in order to see what encroaching mortals will do before revealing her presence. Alexstrasza is devoted to all forests, and to a lesser extent all other types of green and fertile growing things. She considers all natural woodlands her home, and she need fear no beast within such lands. Although many of Azeroth’s natural creatures revere the Great Red Leviathan, she is not a goddess and does not pretend to be otherwise. Alexstrasza is rarely venerated by any particular group, although some elven communities pay her homage. Druids of the wild, in particular, appreciate her serene presence, considering her second in importance only to Ysera.
In her humanoid guise, Alexstrasza appears as a high elf with brownish red skin, intricate horns, and a mane of fiery hair that has licks of flame constantly escaping from it. Only her eyes remain unchanged from her dragon form. Her face appears rounder than any night elf's, almost as if mixed with human traits. In this guise, the Life-Binder doesn't usually display much modesty in her choice of clothing, most often being dressed as a warrior maiden with intricate, colorful armor and a cloak resembling a membranous wing. However, during the trial of Garrosh Hellscream, she instead wore a red-gold gown that covered her from neck to toe, leaving only her throat and arms bare.
Powers and abilities
The dragon-queen possess magics over all life. In the past, she has used great fire used to incinerate undead and rebirth fresh new life in their place. Cleansing the body in favor life anew is well within Alexstrasza's grasp; however, removing the Plague of Undeath without the affecting the body is beyond the scope of the powers that she controls. Among Alexstrasza's abilities, she can regrow forests and heal the land. She can animate the dead and resurrect as evidenced with Bolvar Fordragon.
In Blackwing Lair, Vaelastrasz calls upon the power of Alexstrasza to aid the raid group in defeating his corrupted form. The raid is then given a buff called Essence of the Red, which essentially grants infinite mana, rage, runic power, and energy for 3 minutes.
Her breath causes flowers to grow, seen at Angrathar the Wrathgate and in . Other powers in Heroes of the Storm include turning an archer's arrows into a blossoming tree branch. The intense thickness of her scales causes ordinary arrows to bounce off, and she is rather agile in humanoid form, able to do an impressive backflip with ease.
|Location||Level range||Health range|
|Eye of Eternity||??||43,870,000|
|The Mind's Eye||83||7,096|
|Well of Eternity (instance)||??||4,995,000|
|Madness of Deathwing||??||5,181,000|
Wrath of the Lich King
She is involved in the following quests: Azure Dragonshrine quest chain:
Angrathar the Wrathgate quest chain:
Saving Crusader Bridenbrad quest chain:
She finishes the quest from a Naxxramas item drop:
Battle for Azeroth
Upon completing the meta Achievement What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been, players will receive a letter from Alexstrasza congratulating players. This letter also contains the .
With the drums of war pounding in the distance, it is easy for the denizens of Azeroth to forget all that life has to offer.
You, on the other hand, have maintained the dignity of the good races of Azeroth with your ability to remember what we fight for. To not celebrate our victories is another form of defeat. Remember that well, reveler.
May others be inspired by your good cheer.
Alexstrasza the Life-Binder
- "It is good that Neltharion has Malygos to turn to. He has been quiet with me of late."
- "Neltharion... this is not you! You always sought to make the world one of peace, of harmony..."
- "Many ages have passed since we dragons first peered down from our roosts and watched the young mortal races begin to spread across Azeroth. As we saw their villages grow into cities, and their cities become kingdoms, the timeways told us that we must find a way to live alongside them. And so it was decided that we would each assume a form that would allow us to walk freely among their kind and see this world as they do."
Battle for Grim Batol
- "I... will... kill... you... someday..." (after being captured)
- Deathwing: "I have faced the ravages of time, the curse of nightmares, and the mists of sorcery, thanks to the others! What weapons do you bring?"
Alexstrasza: "Life... hope... and what they bring with them..."
Deathwing: "Then you're as good as dead already!"
- "Nekrosss... You had them ssslay my children! My children!" (seconds before eating Nekros)
- "You will go through all I have gone through, Dark One."
- "Life is my Aspect, Dark One, and I, like all mothers, know both the pain and wonders that entails! For the past several years, I have watched my children be raised as instruments of war, slaughtered if they proved insufficient or too willful! I have lived knowing that so many died that I could do nothing for!"
- "I shall let you experience firsthand all that I have suffered..."
Wrath of the Lich King
- Gossip (Wyrmrest Temple)
Greetings, my <race> friend. You honor me with your presence. How may I help you?
- Main article: Malygos (tactics)#Quotes
- He...used his life energy to link the portals. To destroy all the contaminated eggs before anyone else became infected. I couldn't understand why there was so much verdancy that remained...Now I know. Somehow, I understand. He brought death with life...to preserve other lives."
- Yes Champion?
- It is the fires within, that burn the brightest.
- All life is to be treasured.
- Life begets life, and the cycle of life is reborn anew.
- Surely you were not brought into this world solely to bother me.
- Bronze Drake yells: It is them!
- Bronze Drake yells: Heroes! We have been sent by Nozdormu! Quickly, on our backs, we must get you to the Dragon Soul!
- Bronze Drake yells: Sister, look! The artifact is surrounded by an aura of darkness!
- Bronze Drake yells: The Aspects!
- Alexstrasza yells: Come sister, it is time to end this, We will cleanse the Dragon Soul from the Old Gods dark influence!
- A dark force from within the Dragon Soul reacts violently to the cleansing!
- Ysera yells: It is too powerful!
- Neltharion yells: How DARE you touch my creation! It is mine...mine...MINE!
- Alexstrasza yells: Neltharion! What have you done? You have doomed us all to the madness of the Old Gods!
- Neltharion yells: IT IS MINE!!
- Ysera yells: He is lost to us sister. He is Neltharion...no longer.
- Alexstrasza yells: The power of the Soul is tearing him apart!
- An Unknown Evil yells: Nooooo...Away...
- Neltharion yells: I WILL NOT BE DENIED!
- Neltharion roars.
- An Unknown Evil yells: AWAY!
- Bronze Drake yells: The Old Gods protects the Soul!
- Bronze Drake yells: The link to the portal must be broken! Quickly, to Stormrage!
- Main article: Wyrmrest Summit
- Main article: Ultraxion#Quotes
- Main article: Madness of Deathwing#Quotes
- "I thought the thing was ill until it took to the air. It flies as true as any of my own."
- "I cannot help but wonder if things would have turned out different if the titans had elevated even one more dragonflight."
Battle for Azeroth
- Chamber of Heart
The Aspects have watched over this world for eons. While there may only be a few of us left, I will do everything in my power to protect Life on Azeroth.
- <Stay a while and listen.>
- Merithra of the Dream says: Life-Binder, might I ask you something?
- Alexstrasza says: Of course, Merithra. You may always speak openly with me.
- Merithra of the Dream says: Long did my mother lead the green dragonflight as the Aspect of the Dream.
- Merithra of the Dream says: And yet she always seemed... distant. As if she were in two places at once.
- Merithra of the Dream says: You knew her before you became Aspects. What was she truly like?
- Alexstrasza says: We were sisters. The only two of our brood to survive. Inseparable ever since birth.
- Alexstrasza says: Some believed that as the smallest among us, she was also the weakest. They were wrong.
- Alexstrasza says: Ysera was strong in a way most could not understand. But hers was a strength on which Azeroth depended.
- Merithra of the Dream says: I do not know if I possess such strength. Or if I can fulfill the task that lies ahead of me.
- Alexstrasza says: Neither did she. None of the Aspects did. But we rose to the challenge, as you will. Have faith in yourself Merithra.
- Merithra of the Dream says: Than you, Alexstrasza. I will do my best to live up to my mother's legacy.
- Main article: A Token of Lost Love#Notes
- Alexstrasza appears as a legendary card in Hearthstone. Her flavor text reads: "Alexstrasza the Life-Binder brings life and hope to everyone. Except Deathwing. And Malygos. And Nekros."
- In the Grand Tournament expansion, there is a rare warrior card called Alexstrasza's Champion, whose flavor text reads: ""Put more spikes on her. No, more spikes. What part of 'more spikes' do you not understand? MORE SPIKES!" - Alexstrasza"
- The Life-Binder reappears in the Descent of Dragons as the legendary card Dragonqueen Alexstrasza. Her flavor text reads: "Givin' lives and takin' names."
In Heroes of the Storm
An artifact titled Alexstrasza's Scale was temporarily available in the game's alpha.
In the RPG
For someone of her power, the Dragonqueen is surprisingly compassionate. While Ysera has always favored the dreaming races and the students of Cenarius, Alexstrasza and her flight are known for avoiding killing if at all possible (as they are the defenders of life). Alexstrasza loves all living creatures and protects them, and only those who menace the dragonflights or the world face her wrath. Alexstrasza is supremely confident in her strength and righteousness. She does not seek out combat, but destroys only to punish or renew. In battle, she observes her foes carefully before striking at those she believes are the most deserving of her wrath. Enemies who flee when their leaders are defeated are generally allowed to escape, having learned a lesson they will not soon forget.
Warcraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans
In order to storm Durnholde, Thrall had to secure the aid of Alexstrasza and her dragons. He headed to her cave, hidden at Crestfall. During the encounter, she let loose on Thrall with fiery blasts, which he blocked with a special dwarven shield fortified with Alexstrasza's own scales. Alexstrasza was understandably unwilling to help Thrall, since she still hated the orcs for enslaving her during the Second War. She told Thrall that she would only agree to help him and his orcs if he managed to kill Deathwing, a feat that the young orc eventually managed.
Notes and trivia
- Alexstrasza shares the title of "Life-Binder" with the first Life-Binder that empowered her, Eonar.
- Prior to the opening of Ulduar, Alexstrasza had the most health in the game, with 139,450,000 HP in her dragon form. From its opening until Cataclysm, Flame Leviathan in 25-man Ulduar had the highest, with either three (192 million) or four (269 million) towers. After Cataclysm, Deathwing now has the most HP in the game, with 858,000,000.
- Alexstrasza's humanoid form has a unique model based on the blood elf / high elf model. It bears a strong resemblance to Sylvanas Windrunner's new WotLK model.
- One of the realms in World of Warcraft is named after Alexstrasza.
- Alexstrasza created the Ruby Dragonshrine when a single drop of her blood melted the snows of the Dragonblight and gave rise to a great tree.
- Prior to Patch 4.3 Alexstrasza used the
/byeemotes of blood elf females.
- Aside from her wisdom and beauty, Alexstrasza can be recognized by the gems on her wrists, the 2nd digit of her left paw, and her huge horns. She also has an opal chain on her chin.
- Alexstrasza was previously voiced by Barbara Goodson. In Patch 4.3.0, she is voiced by Wendee Lee.
- As of World of Warcraft: Legion, Alexstrasza is the only Dragon Aspect that has never been fought by players. Kalecgos, Malygos, and Deathwing are all raid bosses (although Kalecgos was not yet an Aspect at the time he was fought), Nozdormu (as Murozond) is a dungeon boss, and Ysera is fought in a quest.
- In ancient times, Alexstrasza saved the life of the vrykul Oktel by mingling her blood with his, and he subsequently became known as "Dragonblood".
- Chronormu calls Alexstrasza "Allie".
- It was originally stated that Alexstrasza was picked by Eonar, the titan patron of all life, and given a portion of the titan's power. Thus forevermore, Alexstrasza would be known as the Life-Binder, working to safeguard all living creatures of Azeroth. Due to her supreme wisdom and limitless compassion for all living things, Alexstrasza was crowned the Dragonqueen and given dominion over her kind.
Tyranastrasz was Alexstrasza's prime consort during the War of the Ancients. Tyran was described as her eldest of three consorts captured by the Dragonmaw clan of orcs. Korialstrasz was her most recent prime consort, and youngest of all consorts. That made him her fourth known consort. Korialstrasz sacrificed himself, to save the dragonflights from the corruption of the clutches of eggs in each sanctum below Wyrmrest temple by the Twilight Cult, during the events of the book "Thrall: Twilight of the aspects.". It is not mentioned who the second and third consorts were by name but it is stated that one perished trying to escape over the sea and the other had died of injuries inflicted by Deathwing.
Alexstrasza in Warcraft Adventures.
Alexstrasza in the TCG.
Alexstrasza fighting Deathwing on the cover art of The Magazine #2.
A projection of Freya empowering Alexstrasza.
Descent of Dragons expansion art.
- Heroes of the Storm
Alexstrasza in her Heroes of the Storm trailer.
Artwork from Heroes of the Storm.
Dragons of the Nexus event key art.
Alexstrasza battling crossover.
- Patch 4.3.0 (2011-11-29):
- Patch 3.0.3 (2008-11-04): Added.
- ^ Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos manual#Night Elves: the Sentinels
- ^ The Demon Soul
- ^ Charge of the Dragonflights
- ^ World of Warcraft: The Magazine Volume I Issue II
- ^ a b Ultimate Visual Guide, pg. 172
- ^ a b Before the Storm, chapter 10
- ^ Dawn of the Aspects description
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 45
- ^ Dawn of the Aspects
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 61
- ^ "Visage Day"
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 148
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, pg. 141
- ^ a b World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, pg. 155 - 156
- ^ Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness manual, Orc Buildings, Dragon Roost
- ^ Tides of Darkness
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 3, pg. 25
- ^ Unfinished Business
- ^ Stormrage
- ^ Charge of the Aspects
- ^ Dawn of the Aspects Part 1
- ^ Dawn of the Aspects Part 5
- ^ War Crimes
- ^ a b c War Crimes, chapter 22
- ^ War Crimes, chapter 5
- ^ a b Stormrage, chapter 12
- ^ Twilight of the Aspects, pg. 458
- ^ Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects
- ^ Dragons of the Nexus – BlizzCon 2017 Hero Trailer - YouTube (2017-11-03). Retrieved on 2017-11-04.
- ^ Shadows & Light, pg. 90
- ^ Lands of Conflict, pg. 115
- ^ Echo of Sylvanas
- ^ Voice Work & Comedy: World of Warcraft
- ^ Andrea Toyias confirms voice actor of character
- ^ The Favored of Odyn#His Name Is Dragonblood
- ^ Knaak, Richard A.. Day of the Dragon, 58. ISBN 978-0671041526.