|Faction/Affiliation||The Light, Draenei, Sha'tar, Conclave, Army of the Light|
|Racial capital||Shattrath City|
|Homeworld||Great Dark Beyond|
- “And then, a sound. At first it was merely a vibration in the night, yet even that slight disturbance of the air was pure and strong and clean. A glow began, then several; the vibration became many, all in different tones, and the sights and sounds coalesced into an ascending tide of rainbow and melody. Beings of Light surrounded Anduin, rescuing him from the dark and singing to him of hope in a chorus that restored the universe. In the midst of it all, the face of one of the refugees appeared, a man the prince had seen many times but whose name he did not know. The beings around Anduin said (sang), "Each life, a universe.”
The naaru (pronounced ['na:ru]) are a race of living, sentient energy beings made up of scintillating holy energies. They are perhaps the purest expression of the Holy Light that exists in the Great Dark Beyond, and have vowed to bring peace and hope to all mortal civilizations and waylay the forces of the Void. They are known to travel through dimensions, and are the sworn enemies of the Burning Legion.
Not all naaru necessarily have the same motives, and they have their own personalities and own goals, with Xe'ra, who was notably different from other naaru players have met, being the best example of this. As such, not all naaru are necessarily good from the player's perspective, for while Xe'ra believed that she was indeed doing good, that good was not necessarily good for everyone.
- 1 History
- 2 Biology
- 3 Powers and technology
- 4 Notable naaru
- 5 As a companion pet
- 6 Notes and trivia
- 7 Speculation
- 8 Gallery
- 9 Videos
- 10 References
In the primordial era following the birth of the universe — a result of the clash between the Light and Void — shards of fractured Light occasionally gathered in the Great Dark Beyond and formed clouds of Light from which powerful beings emerged, among which were the benevolent naaru. When the naaru gazed out across the universe, they saw limitless possibilities and vowed to use their mastery over holy magic to nurture life and hope throughout the cosmos. Although the titans were described as "more extraordinary" than the naaru, and presumably considerably more powerful than the average naaru, the naaru far outnumber the known titans of the Pantheon. The prime naaru were the first naaru to be forged during the great ordering of the cosmos. Archmage Khadgar found in an ancient cosmology tome a passage indicating that the prime naaru may have been created by Elune during the great ordering of Light and Shadow.
According to the Naaru Prime, Xe'ra, the Light and the Void have been at war since the beginning of the entire universe, before time itself, and she notably reacted with cold disgust to the idea of the Army of the Light cooperating with the Void even against the Legion, as the Void sought to destroy or enslave everything in existence; she also declared that the two forces could not exist together. Alleria Windrunner herself briefly glimpsed the cosmic conflict between the Light and Void affecting millions of lives across countless worlds and planets. At least some of the naaru such as A'dal, however, recognize the Void's creatures as "a necessary part of the universe", but they must nevertheless be held in check by the Light.
While the naaru regarded them as "horrors to be resisted", the void lords and their servants apparently regard the naaru as "beloved brethren that lost the true path" which will return to their embrace eventually.
In addition to their struggle against the Void, the naaru have also been waging open war against the Legion for thousands of years, apparently sustaining heavy losses, with the Xenedar described as the Light's largest remaining refuge, and despite Sargeras believing he has already defeated the Light, they were apparently the last major cosmic force openly opposing the Burning Crusade after the Pantheon's destruction.
Shepherding the draenei
When Sargeras came to the world of Argus and began convincing the eredar to join the Burning Legion, Velen, one of the three eredar leader, prayed for help. The naaru appeared to him in visions, offering to take Velen and any other like-minded eredar to safety. Velen and his faction accepted, and the naaru came to rescue Velen and his followers with a dimensional ship named the Genedar. They thus began to call themselves draenei, meaning "the Exiled Ones" in eredun. The Genedar then split into two different ships, the Genedar and Xenedar. The draenei who boarded the Xenedar would become the Lightforged, and went their separate ways, with the former fleeing across the cosmos, and the latter openly striking back and fighting the Legion.
During the draenei's journey, the enigmatic naaru race taught them the ways of the Light, though they already had a certain experience with it through Velen and T'uure. The naaru explained that there were other forces in the cosmos that would stand against the Burning Legion. One day the naaru would forge them into a single unstoppable Army of the Light. The naaru also bestowed a blessing, the , upon the draenei to signify their new connection the Light. Deeply affected by the naaru's words, the draenei vowed to honor the Light and uphold the naaru's altruistic ideals.
Communing with humans
Following the Troll Wars, a number of human priests began having faint dreams and visions of angelic forms thrumming with living light. They did not know it, but they had actually managed to commune with the naaru in the Great Dark Beyond, and through this connection, the Holy Light was introduced to the early humans for the first time.
Mereldar was the first of these prophets, receiving visions of holiness, protection, justice, retribution, and compassion. With others who had also reported seeing the visions, they codified and wrote down the wisdom of this higher power. The movement sparked widespread faith in the Light and became the predominant human religion, and centuries later the different Light-based traditions and belief systems were codified by Lordaeron's leaders into the Church of the Holy Light.
This section concerns content related to The Burning Crusade.
Right before the invasion of Outland began, Khadgar and Velen reached out to the naaru independently, both seeking aid against the dark forces of the Burning Legion amassing on Outland. The Army of the Light heard their pleas but the Army's battles with the Legion were costly and ceaseless, so they could not spare soldiers to protect Outland. Instead A'dal, M'uru, and O'ros volunteered to help the people of Outland and arrived with Tempest Keep.
When the shattered realm of Outland became a strategic battlefront in the Burning Crusade, the naaru used the mighty fortress of Tempest Keep to reach the shattered land. However, when the naaru set out from their stronghold, Prince Kael'thas Sunstrider and his blood elves quickly raided the dimensional fortress and assumed control over its satellite structures. Though most of the naaru had already left the fortress, the blood elves succeeded in capturing the sole remaining guardian of Tempest Keep, M'uru, and transported it back to Silvermoon City to serve as power source for the blood elves. Grand Magister Rommath, Astalor Bloodsworn and Liadrin created the Blood Knights order.
An elder naaru met Illidan Stormrage some time before the siege of the Black Temple and granted him a vision of a possible future in which he is one of the leaders of the Army of the Light battling both the forces of the Burning Legion and the Void. His feature was described as "calm and strong and at peace. His face was filled with confidence, shorn of all suffering". Illidan was, at first, not sure whether he could trust the naaru, nor if it was even actually a naaru at all.
During the Scourge Invasion, using the concentration of Light from the naaru of Shattrath, and the shared benedictions from the faithful, the Church of the Light created holy artifacts of profound power to strike down the Scourge necropolises.
Wrath of the Lich King
A'dal and two other naaru, M'ori and K'uri, were able to purify Crusader Bridenbrad's soul from the Scourge's corruption, guaranteeing him "paradise eternal" in his afterlife after promising that the Light does not abandon its champions.
Warlords of Draenor
Light's Heart, the core of the naaru prime Xe'ra, was sent to Azeroth by High Exarch Turalyon and crashed off the coast of Suramar on the Broken Isles. It was to be brought to Velen aboard the Exodar. O'ros, as the last naaru in the line of Xe'ra, was the only one with the ability to unlock the core, but the Burning Legion attacked the Exodar and killed O'ros to prevent that from happening. Light's Heart was then stored within a Class Order Hall for safekeeping, and was finally unlocked using the Tears of Elune.
Xe'ra later started communing with the order leader through Light's Heart and revealed that she was searching for her prophecized "child of Light and Shadow" destined to bring an end to the age of demons: Illidan Stormrage. Xe'ra then taught the order leader the story of Illidan, and revealed at the end that the goal was, in fact, not to prepare Light's Heart but to prepare the class leader, for Xe'ra wept over the death of Illidan at the hands of the then-adventurer and in her eyes, the class leader needed to redeem their self.
On Argus, a disembodied Xe'ra was rescued aboard the Xenedar. Returning her to the Vindicaar, she was made whole again as Light's Heart was returned to her. She however died shortly after, slain by Illidan as she attempted to forcefully fill him with the Light. Xe'ra had mentioned Tempest Keep to the Army of the Light, but they had never seen it in person.
Upon landing on Mac'Aree, Velen reminisced about the naaru named L'ura who stayed behind to fend off the demons in order to allow the draenei to flee Argus, thousands of years ago. L'ura was captured and imprisoned within the Seat of the Triumvirate on the order of Kil'jaeden, where she would gradually turn into darkened naaru. She was eventually slain, and her Void absorbed by Alleria Windrunner.
Battle for Azeroth
After Calia Menethil was killed at the Gathering in Arathi Highlands, she was brought to Saa'ra at Netherlight Temple and, with the aid of Anduin Wrynn and Alonsus Faol, she was revived as an undead infused with the Light.
While only a handful of years had passed on Azeroth since the events of Warlords of Draenor, in the alternate universe several decades had passed. In the initial years after the Burning Legion was pushed off the planet and Archimonde was killed, the draenei and orcs lived together in peace. Eventually, however, more naaru arrived on Draenor and the draenei became fanatical. Led by the Light Mother, the draenei formed the Lightbound and began spreading the Light to the orcs whether they wanted it or not; while some went willingly, others had the Light forced upon them. The Lightbound and their naaru masters waged a war against the resisting Mag'har orcs in the name of bringing them together under the Light, and the Light Mother granted Yrel a vision of the Lightbound becoming an Army of the Light that would spread the Light across the universe.
Long ago, the forces of the Light assaulted Revendreth in retaliation to an affront against them by Sire Denathrius. The location of the battlefield between the Light and the Venthyr is now a Light-scorched ruin known as the Ember Ward. Z'rali was injured in the battle, captured by the "unseen ones", and held prisoner by the Venthyr until being freed by the Court of Harvesters, a rebellion of Venthyr against their Sire. After she was freed Z'rali was moved to Dawnkeep in the Ember Ward. She cannot return to her home because the other naaru would only consider her tainted by the touch of Denathrius, and so she remains in Revendreth to ensure that the Light is felt there, that justice is rendered, and that Death is made to know its place.
Naaru may leave a "spark" when they die, as in the case of M'uru. Just like demons in the Twisting Nether, Naaru can normally only be killed within the realm of the Light itself, as if they died in the mortal realm their essence returns to the Light to reconstitute, so it is necessary to go to the realm of Light to destroy them definitively. However, some exceptionally powerful forces can intervene in the process. But it takes a significant influence as it’s not something that casually happens.
It is unknown whether or not the naaru have separate genders. K'ure, A'dal, Xi'ri and M'uru have all been described using the pronoun "he," and K'ara and L'ura are referred to as female. However, the pronoun "it" has also been used. It is possible that the naaru are genderless, given that "gender" only exists in races that engage in sexual reproduction, and it is unknown if naaru do, though O'ros was stated to be part of Xe'ra's lineage which means they do reproduce somehow.
Naaru can die, but if their physical form is damaged, it may bleed their energy causing them to enter a darkened state in which they are weakened and produce void energies, becoming dark naaru (Dark Naaru) or darkened naaru. A naaru's darkened state is different than death. Their energy may take up to one thousand years to regenerate. It should be noted that some darkened naaru still appear to harbor altruistic intentions; however, their weakened state may be exploited for nefarious purposes, such as creating void minions and raising the undead. It is unknown if this cycle occurs naturally without an external catalyst. Examples of darkened naaru are D'ore, M'uru, K'ure, and K'ara. Thrice, darkened naaru have also been shown to transform further into void gods; though in all known occasions this was only when their light was forcibly drained by an outside party, so it does not seem to be a natural phenomenon and is normally extremely rare. The ethereal Locus-Walker noted that the few cases of naaru falling into Void he knew of had occurred when mortals were involved, which he thought carried fascinating implications.
Powers and technology
- See also: Dimensional Ship
The naaru have advanced knowledge of magic and access to otherworldly materials and reagents that have not been seen in Azeroth. The Mechanar, for example, employs naaru technology to create manacells, objects which provide great amounts of power. The only factual knowledge we have is that Tempest Keep has "automated" defenses, the ability to fly, the ability to travel through other dimensions such as the Twisting Nether or the Great Dark Beyond, and the ability to teleport itself and anything in it.
The power levels and resilience of individual naaru appear to vary significantly, although most appear to be largely immortal and typically channel the Light's holy energies for offensive, defensive and healing purposes. For example, O'ros was easily slain by High General Rakeesh, despite being completely healed by Velen, while T'uure's sacrifice was able to banish Dimensius the All-Devouring from Karkora. Illidan described A'dal's power as sufficient to destroy entire cities and level mountains, M'uru's spark was capable of purifying and permanently restoring the tainted Sunwell, and K'ara was able to instantaneously annihilate most of the Iron Horde's naval fleet in the Defense of Karabor. Xe'ra, one of the strongest and oldest of the naaru, and despite being described as far more powerful than A'dal in their first encounter, was easily destroyed by Illidan, although Illidan's strength has grown to the point of being apparently able to challenge Sargeras, at least with the aid of the titan Pantheon.
- Main universe
|A'dal||Leader of the Sha'tar, master of Shattrath City||Alive||Terrace of Light, Shattrath City|
|D'ore||"Died" when the Genedar crash landed on Draenor||Alive||Crypt of Remembrance, Auchenai Crypts|
|G'eras||Sha'tar quartermaster||Alive||Terrace of Light, Shattrath City|
|K'ara||Ejected from the Genedar during the crash and became the Dark Star||Unknown|
|K'iru||Assisting the Shattered Sun Offensive||Alive||Sun's Reach Harbor, Isle of Quel'Danas|
|K'ure||First naaru to contact the draenei||Alive||Oshu'gun, Nagrand|
|K'uri||Accompanied A'dal when trying to save Crusader Bridenbrad||Alive||Silent Vigil, Icecrown|
|L'ura||Bought more time for the draenei to escape Argus, sealed in the Seat by Kil'jaeden while wounded; now darkened||Killable||Seat of the Triumvirate, Mac'Aree|
|M'ori||Accompanied A'dal when trying to save Crusader Bridenbrad||Alive||Silent Vigil, Icecrown|
|M'uru||Captured and drained by the blood elves until it turned into Entropius||Deceased-Killable||Shrine of the Eclipse, Sunwell Plateau|
|O'ros||Journeyed to Azeroth aboard the Exodar, slain by High General Rakeesh||Deceased||Seat of the Naaru, Exodar|
|Saa'ra||Redeemed from the void god Saraka the Lighteater by the Conclave||Alive||Hall of Balance, Netherlight Temple Ti'or|
|Ti'or||Imprisoned fighter of the Theater of Pain within Maldraxxus||Killable|
|T'uure||Sacrificed itself to save Karkora from Dimensius the All-Devouring||Deceased|
|V'eru||Helps get aid to the ogres of Outland||Alive||Terrace of Light, Shattrath City|
|Xe'ra||One of the first naaru, seeking Illidan Stormrage to defeat the Burning Legion, later slain by him||Deceased||Various Class Halls (as )|
|Xi'ri||Leader of the Sha'tari assault on the Black Temple||Alive||Ruins of Karabor, Shadowmoon Valley|
- Alternate universe
|K'ara||Ejected from the Genedar during the crash and became the Dark Star||Alive||Various Locations|
|K'ure||Corrupted into the void god Decimatus by Cho'gall||Killable||Sanctum of the Naaru, Nagrand|
As a companion pet
Notes and trivia
- The Wavestrider's figurehead was carved in the form of a naaru by Anselm Yewtree on Captain Greydon Thorne's strict instructions. Aramar Thorne did not know what it was supposed to be, and if anyone else on the crew did then they didn't say so.
- When General Turalyon and his command were interrogating a captured death knight, a naaru appeared to Turalyon and encouraged him to proceed with his decision to stop the Horde.
- On Argus, Prime Naaru serve as the replacement for Spirit Healers. It is unclear why other naaru were not able to directly help the Army fight back against the Legion on Argus in any offensive capability during this decisive struggle.
- The naaru appear to have different motives and agendas, with A'dal openly calling for Illidan's demise, and Xe'ra championing him as the Child of Light and Shadow, whose destiny would be to destroy the Legion and eventually the Void forever. K'ure informed Velen on Argus that the naaru were unable to stop the eredar's corruption due to "free will", and were only able to save those who chose to reject Sargeras, while Xe'ra disregarded Illidan's free will to the point of trying to directly compel him to embrace the Light, leading to her destruction and even Velen's disapproval.
- Characters used to be able to gain the title '' by completing certain requirements.
- The naaru do not have any "proper" attack animation. When they fight, they just spin around in order to face their opponents. While their preferred attacks, such as those used by A'dal, M'uru, and X'iri are spells, it seems they can physically hit their opponents too.
- Specific music plays around naaru, different for their light or void state.
- "Naru" means "River God" in Babylonian, and "nūru" (also rendered nuuru) means "light".
- The naaru act in a similar manner to the angels of real-life religions such as Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. They are described as angelic by Dornaa as well as in Chronicle Volume 1, and Chris Metzen has described them as "the angels of the Warcraft universe" in an interview. See Myth for more information.
- The character of Xe'ra was created to explore the idea that not all naaru are necessarily good from the player's perspective, with naaru all having their own distinct personalities and goals. While Xe'ra believed that she was indeed doing good, that good was not necessarily good for everyone.
- Speculation existed saying that they are somehow related to certain gods, such as Elune. This has been backed up by Khadgar in who believes that Xe'ra was created by Elune, potentially confirming the link between at least one naaru, Xe'ra, and Elune.
Dark or Light?
Some players have expressed suspicion of the perceived perfection and altruism of the naaru. Some believe that the naaru have ulterior motives, or there is an undiscovered faction of "dark" naaru. As D'ore himself says,
"It is a facet of the naaru condition - without the void, the Light cannot exist."
This could be taken to mean that if these naaru are pure light and good, then there must be a polar opposite - that is, naaru or another race who are as much darkness and evil as the ones we have encountered so far are good and pure. After many years, in World of Warcraft: Chronicle, such a race was revealed to have been known to us all along: the Old Gods were actually creatures of the Void, and the twilight magic they wielded was the polar opposite to the Light. Chronicle have also revealed the dualistic nature of the Void and Light: the universe was created through the conflict of these two forces, and indeed they are defined by their opposition to each other.
M'uru, now a darkened naaru, is a boss in Sunwell Plateau. It is not clear if he is now "evil" or simply a darkened naaru whose weakened state has been exploited by Kil'jaeden or Kael'thas. After the raid gets him to 0%, he transforms into a void god named Entropius.
The confusion was later addressed by Blizzard.
A: Because three cases of this "cycle" have been demonstrated in Nagrand, Auchindoun, and Sunwell Plateau (K'ure, D'ore, and M'uru, respectively), players may have received the wrong impression with regard to the magnitude and rarity of these events: it is EXCEEDINGLY rare for a naaru to fall into a void state, and even rarer for a fallen naaru to be brought back into the Light. A naaru's fall into the void represents a catastrophic loss for the naaru and for the forces of the Light, and it is the saddest, most heart-wrenching event for the naaru to witness. Conversely, a naaru being reborn into the Light brings renewed hope and sense of purpose to every naaru; if energy beings could weep tears of joy, this would do it.
Since this time, the game's writing has somewhat contradicted the claim, as the alternate Velen described K'ara's darkened state as a 'stage' of the naaru life-cycle, suggesting that it is indeed a natural part of their life, and not an unnatural rarity as implied in the above Q&A. Dark Naaru are also shown to be capable of returning to the Light; K'ure was nearly at the end of this process when last seen, and the alternate K'ara had the process accelerated to completion by the alternate Velen. A different take is that naaru do naturally, and regularly by their timescale, fall into a darkened state in a manner similar to a phoenix becoming an egg and return to the Light after a time. Injury can exacerbate the darkened state, requiring more time to return to the Light.
In relation to Ashbringer
- Main article: Ashbringer#The crystal
Speculation exists that Ashbringer was crafted from part of a naaru, or is at least somehow related to the naaru.
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- ^ Khadgar#Shattrath City
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- ^ A'dal/Lady Liadrin Scripted Event
- ^ Velen repeatedly called her a "she" in . However, while Velen's audio uses "she" the text in his speech bubbles uses the gender-neutral "it."
- ^ Golden, Christie. "Nine", Rise of the Horde, 201 (ebook). ISBN 978-0-7434-7138-1. “Each time the Naaru, particularly the one that called itself K'ure...”
- ^ , "It was a fallen naaru, ejected from our vessel in moments of panic and terror. Its name was K'ara."
- ^ The Defense of Karabor#Stage 3: Protect K'ara from the invading forces, Yrel says: Champion, the naaru has come to aid us. We must defend it while it gathers power!
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- ^ Locus-Walker#Quotes
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