The Timeless One,|
The Lord of Time,
Lord of the Centuries,
Master of Time,
Dragon of the Ages,
Guardian of Time
Aspect of Time,
|Race(s)||Bronze dragon / Wyrm (Dragonkin)|
|Affiliation(s)||Bronze dragonflight, Wyrmrest Accord|
|Former affiliation(s)||Dragon Aspects|
|Occupation||Leader of the Bronze dragonflight|
|Former occupation(s)||Aspect of of the bronze dragonflight, Guardian of Azeroth's timestreams|
|Relative(s)||Soridormi (prime consort), Anachronos (son and heir), Murozond (future self)|
“At last it has come to pass. The moment of my demise. The loop is closed. My future self will cause no more harm. Still, in time, I will... fall to madness. And you, heroes... will vanquish me. The cycle will repeat. So it goes. What matters is that Azeroth did not fall; that we survived to fight another day. All that matters... is this moment.”
Nozdormu the Timeless One, aspect of the bronze dragonflight and guardian of time, is one of the former Dragon Aspects empowered by the titans to watch over Azeroth. He fought against the demons during the War of the Ancients. Following this intervention, he retreated into seclusion, immersing himself in his duties. He emerges only infrequently when events require his direct presence. He intervened in the defeat of Deathwing at the hands of Krasus and his allies, one of the few times he has been seen in the skies of Azeroth.
With the threat of the infinite dragonflight and the advent of the Shattering, Nozdormu found himself less able to ignore the needs of his fellow Aspects and their allies. After aiding in the defeat of Deathwing's abominable creation Chromatus and his own insane future self, the Aspect of Time joined his brother and sister Aspects in killing Deathwing once and for all, but at the cost of most of his power, becoming mortal.
- 1 Biography
- 1.1 Dawn of the Aspects (past)
- 1.2 The Winterskorn War
- 1.3 The War of the Ancients (past)
- 1.4 The Watchers
- 1.5 Chronormu's visage
- 1.6 Day of the Dragon
- 1.7 The Third War
- 1.8 The War of the Ancients (present)
- 1.9 The Burning Crusade
- 1.10 Wrath of the Lich King
- 1.11 Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects
- 1.12 Rage of the Firelands
- 1.13 Charge of the Aspects
- 1.14 End Time
- 1.15 Hour of Twilight
- 1.16 Dawn of the Aspects (present)
- 1.17 Future corruption
- 2 Locations
- 3 Quests
- 4 Memorable quotes
- 5 In the RPG
- 6 In Hearthstone
- 7 Notes and trivia
- 8 Gallery
- 9 Videos
- 10 Patch changes
- 11 References
- 12 External links
Dawn of the Aspects (past)
In Azeroth's ancient past, the Dragon Aspects were proto-dragons who stood united against a foe who threatened their entire species: the bloodthirsty Father of Dragons, Galakrond. Nozdormu was a dust-brown male who first met Malygos and Neltharion when he saved them from being devoured by Galakrond. He was contemplative and, like Malygos, seemed to be relatively intelligent even compared to other sentient proto-dragons.
Like the other proto-dragons Nozdormu rallied under Talonixa by accepting her as alpha in order to deal with the threat of Galakrond and the not-living. During this time Nozdormu quickly became fast friends with Malygos, Neltharion, Alexstrasza, and Ysera. While not agreeing with all of Ysera's beliefs Nozdormu was rather stunned at Talonixa's deception of herding the bitten into a cave and then collapsing it on them, which eventually killed all the bitten who had begun to act like Galakrond.
Nozdormu later found himself as part of Talonixa's proto-dragon army that moved to combat Galakrond. Before the proto-dragon army engaged their enemy in battle Malygos devised a plan in which the army would fly higher in the air where Galakrond could not fly. Quickly informing Talonixa of his plan Malygos was relived that to note that she was considering it. However, hearing his sigh Talonixa took it as a sign of Malygos's satisfaction of her bowing to his wisdom and engaged Malygos in battle. While Nozdormu and Neltharion were quick to help Malygos, Talonixa was helped by her two lieutenants. Despite Nozdormu encouraging a retreat, Neltharion openly called for Malygos to fight Talonixa and became the new alpha an action which enraged Talonixa and brought more of her followers to join her, which caused the trio to flee high into the air.
Using his not-living Galakrond was able to lure Talonixa's army into a trap where he erupted from the ground when the army was in position and swiftly shattered it. After killing Talonixa, Galakrond was unable to devour the fast of the army due to the actions of Malygos, Nozdormu, and Neltharion. As Malygos broke off to find Ysera and Alexstrasza, Galakrond ended engaging in battle against the future aspects only to be driven off by Tyr after being stunned by his hammer.
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 Ysera 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 Nozdormu and the others decide to hunt down Galakrond in order to kill him once and for all or die trying. Nozdormu, 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, Nozdormu would work closely with Ysera and Galakrond would ultimately be killed after Malygos and Neltharion forced a boulder down his throat.
After killing Galakrond, Nozdormu and the others were approached by two other watchers, who revealed that they had taken Tyr to help him. After Nozdormu agreed to protect Azeroth with his friends, the two watchers were joined by two others and the titan Pantheon, acted through the keepers to transform Nozdormu and the others into the Dragon Aspects, where one of their first acts was to encourage the rumor that the titans created them from Galakrond. This was done to prevent the truth about Galakrond from leaking to ensure no one would follow in the behemoth's footsteps. Specifically, Highkeeper Ra channeled Aman'Thul's powers to give Nozdormu (and through him, the future bronze dragonflight) a portion of his mastery over time itself, enabling him to hold "dominion over the interweaving pathways of fate and destiny".
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 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.
The War of the Ancients (past)
Nozdormu was missing at this time because he was trapped in a time anomaly caused by the Old Gods. During the war, Nozdormu's interests were represented by his mate, Soridormi, who added a portion of Nozdormu's essence into the Dragon Soul in his absence, thus imbuing it with his power. At the end of the war, upon the destruction of the Burning Legion's portal and the halting of the Old Gods' attempt to escape, Nozdormu was freed from his entrapment. He assisted the other Dragon Aspects with the creation of the World Tree, Nordrassil. Nozdormu placed an enchantment upon it to ensure that as long as the colossal tree stood, the night elves would never age past their prime.
The Bronze Dragonflight rescued Xarantaur, one of the first tauren druids, from death and took him before their master, Nozdormu. He granted him immortality as a Watcher, tasked to bear witness to the history of Azeroth as one of his agents. He also gave him the Lorehammer. At some point, he similarly blessed Jonathan the Revelator.
Over the years, Nozdormu helped countless members of the bronze flight prepare for their Visage Days—the ceremony in which dragons decide what their mortal form will be. The young bronze dragon Chronormu, who could not make up his mind about what visage he would choose, at one point sought out Nozdormu at the Bronze Dragonshrine to seek his counsel and ramblingly tried to ask if he could reveal what visage the future Chronormu would choose. After getting him to calm down, the Bronze Aspect assumed his own mortal guise and stated that just as the dragons' visages allowed them to see the world as the young races do, it informed how the young races perceived the dragons. Since this choice was deeply personal, he would not say anything that might sway Chronormu's decision and instead advised him to seek out other dragons—friends or otherwise—to learn how they made their choices.
When the day of the ceremony arrived, Nozdormu was in attendance at Wyrmrest Temple—as befit the Visage Days for members of his flight—and announced the beginning of the ceremony and the arrival of Alexstrasza, who officiated the event. After it was revealed that Chronormu had chosen the form of the female gnome Chromie, Nozdormu told her that she had made a wise choice (though he refused to say if he'd known all along what her decision would be).
Day of the Dragon
During the Second War, the orcish warlock Nekros managed to get a hold of the Demon Soul. He used it to enslave Alexstrasza, the Queen of the red dragonflight, and force her brood to serve the orcs. It was eventually destroyed at Grim Batol by the mage Rhonin, who had obtained a scale from Deathwing himself (since Deathwing was the only dragon not to add his power, his matter was the only thing that could harm the object). Nozdormu, convinced by Ysera (who had been appealed to by Krasus) to help, finally aided the other Aspects in chasing off Deathwing after the Demon Soul was destroyed.
The Third War
Nozdormu had no real involvement in the second invasion of the Burning Legion, but he did make a choice that affects the world still today. When the mortal races banded together and made a last stand at Mount Hyjal, the World Tree was sacrificed to destroy Archimonde, the night elves once again became mortal. The druids, led by Fandral Staghelm, created a new World Tree off the coast of Kalimdor and named it Teldrassil, however, this tree did not receive Nozdormu's, or any other Aspect's, blessing.
The War of the Ancients (present)
Shortly after the end of the Third War, the Human mage Rhonin was called away, once again, by his friend and mentor, the dragon-mage Krasus of the Kirin Tor. Nozdormu, trapped between different times, had barely managed to contact Krasus and draw his attention to a strange anomaly in the mountains of Kalimdor. Krasus convinced Rhonin to travel with him to Kalimdor to investigate. Meanwhile, the orcs Broxigar and Gaskal were sent by their Warchief Thrall on a similar mission, having caught wind of the strange event taking place nearby. Once there, Krasus, Rhonin, and Brox discovered a 'hole' in time. They were pulled in and ended up 10,000 years in the past, just before the first invasion of the Burning Legion.
After the war ended and the heroes returned, he had a brief conversation with Krasus, where he thanked him for his assistance and agreed to temporarily watch over the clutch of blue dragon eggs the dragon-mage had saved. This marked one of the few (if not the only) times the Aspect had allowed the timeline to be altered, in the belief that a few blue dragons would be better than no blue dragons and then apologized for the wrongs he would commit in the future. After their mission was complete, Nozdormu returned Krasus and Rhonin to the present. The sanctity of the timeways had been upheld, but it would not be the last time that anomalies would appear in history. Nozdormu became obsessed with unraveling the mystery of what - or who - was responsible. He disappeared into the timeways and would not be seen again for years.
The Burning Crusade
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Nozdormu's whereabouts during this period are unknown. Ruling the Bronze flight in his stead are Anachronos (leader of the Brood of Nozdormu), Prime Consort Soridormi (leader of the Scale of the Sands), and Andormu and his sister Nozari (leaders of the Keepers of Time).
Wrath of the Lich King
Though absent for most of the plot, Nozdormu is seen briefly at the Bronze Dragonshrine during the quests and , where he appears as a vision as the "leader of the Infinite Dragonflight". Chronormu dismisses the vision as incorrect, since it makes no sense to her.
Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects
Following Ysera's instructions Thrall and a green dragon named Desharin traveled to the Caverns of Time and became aware that even the bronze dragonflight did not know where Nozdormu was. Thrall, however, becomes aware of the Infinite dragonflight, and is told that his escape from Durnholde Keep was one such example of the Infinite dragonflight's attack. So Thrall and Desharin attempted to mediate on helping the Bronze dragons to find Nozdormu when an assassin - later to be revealed as Aedelas Blackmoore from an alternate timeline - decapitates the green dragon. Thrall was rescued by a Bronze and hurled into one of the Caverns of Time portals. After a few adventures in different timelines, Thrall asked the elements to help him find Nozdormu. In that moment, an image of the Timeless One appeared before him, beckoning Thrall forward. He appeared in different times of his life, and each time, an image of Nozdormu was present in that specific "timeline." Finally, he found himself into an alternate timeline. After a spirited conversation, Thrall came to the realization that there are not multiple timelines, but only one. One past, one present, and one future. He realized that Nozdormu must be trapped in all moments of time at once, and that he now knew where to find him. He closed his eyes and found himself outside of the Timeline, floating in space but not-space, with infinite portals to the timeline around him. He found himself back in the Caverns of Time with Nozdormu, and on each one of the Timeless One's scales was a portal to a moment in Thrall's past, present, and future. Nozdormu came to the realization that he became lost in time after Thrall's alternating between various events of his life, some that have happened, some that should have never happened. Nozdormu then told Thrall that every single event in Azeroth's history, all the harm that came to the Aspects, the Emerald Nightmare, the madness of Neltharion and Malygos, are all intertwined, orchestrated by the same dark hand. Nozdormu became stuck in time while trying to figure out who was responsible for it and to prevent it. And he realized, that the one responsible for sending Blackmoore after Thrall was himself. Nozdormu explained that in one of the potential futures, he will become the leader of the Infinite Dragonflight. He further explained that he had not yet figured out how to stop himself from becoming the leader of the Infinite Dragonflight, but made it abundantly clear that he did not wish to become it. So Nozdormu told Thrall that his next task must be to rouse Alexstrasza from her grief of losing Korialstrasz. She couldn't get over the fact that Korialstrasz would have destroyed the Chamber of the Aspects.
Later during the Aspects fight against Chromatus the Bronze dragons, with Nozdormu at their front, joined the battle. However, the first thing the Timeless One urged was they all had to retreat, stating that if they had persisted, they all would have died as he had seen this in the timelines. As they fled, Nozdormu explained that they were all born as a part of something whole. And they realized that they were only four parts out of five, and as long as the fifth part remained empty, they would not be able to defeat Chromatus. So Thrall offered to give his spirit of Earth in the battle with Chromatus, so that all five spirits of the Aspects were whole once more. The four Aspects renewed their attack upon Chromatus after the ritual, but this time with a much more unified power. With their combined power, Chromatus fell, lifeless, to the ground. The Aspects attempted to destroy the husk of Chromatus but were unable to do so. Kalecgos stated that Malygos created a number of Arcane Prisons during the Nexus War, and Alexstrasza decided that representatives from all the flights will watch over him, as he is not dead.
After the battle, Nozdormu took the time to explain that in one of the future timeways, he becomes the leader of the Infinite Dragonflight. Stunned, the three other Aspect listened as Nozdormu explained why he was late to the final battle: He was following another thread of information. He discovered who was behind the vast and dreadful conspiracy: The Old Gods. Nozdormu confirmed that they caused all of the horrible events against the Dragonflights and Azeroth. He stated that he believes even himself becoming the Infinite dragonflight leader in one timeline is caused by the Old Gods. Ysera told them all that they need to continue to fight as one, in order to avoid the Hour of Twilight. Before Thrall left, each of the Aspects gave him a scale from their hides, representing what he had done for each of them. The Bronze dragon Tick told Thrall that whenever he needs the aid of the Dragonflights, he can use the scales.
Rage of the Firelands
Nozdormu appears as himself in patch 4.2 during the Elemental Bonds questline intro. He is present during the meeting to restore the world tree along with Ysera, Alexstrasza, Kalecgos, Malfurion, Thrall and Aggra.
After Thrall's wedding he says to players when you click on him:
- Yes, <class>, things appear bleak. But know that even as things appear to unravel, they do so with greater purpose.
- <Despite his comforting words, Nozdormu looks stricken, if not ill.>
Charge of the Aspects
Nozdormu arrives at Mount Hyjal to find Tick and a dying Zirion. Zirion is leaking the sands of time which Nozdormu attempts to reverse to no effect. He is shocked to discover that his powers had been predicted and countered by equally powerful spellwork. Tick then says Zirion came from the future, the Hour of Twilight. Nozdormu realized that he would descend into madness with the Hour of Twilight. He asks how Zirion was injured, and Tick answers saying that it was the Infinite Dragonflight and their leader. Nozdormu then pleads for forgiveness from Zirion before he passes away. Zirion uses the last of his strength to look away from the Timeless One with a look of terror in his eyes. Nozdormu then ventures to Nordrassil to have a meeting with the other aspects when he explains that he killed Zirion and will become the Infinite leader. Ysera ponders the thought of an aspect being charged to protect their flight but then killing one of their own before Nozdormu departed.
Shortly afterwards, Ysera and Kalecgos come up with an idea of retrieving the Dragon Soul from the past to vanquish Deathwing. After telling Alexstrasza, the Dragonqueen departs to tell Nozdormu. The two aspects eventually meet and discuss the plan. Nozdormu admitting that he once pondered on whether he should go back in time and save the dragonflights and Malygos. They debate on Alexstrasza's intentions but eventually agree that sometimes life must be taken in order to preserve it. Nozdormu then returns, and the aspects work out a plan which involves going to the future to defeat Murozond and open the timeways to allow them to retrieve the Dragon Soul during the War of the Ancients. The aspects then ask Thrall to wield the Dragon Soul for no dragon can use it without causing themselves harm. Thrall agrees but asks if the short-lived races can assist him. Alexstrasza agrees. Not long afterwards, Kalecgos brings up the fact that the Titans blessed the aspects for a reason, to stop the Hour of Twilight, but what would become of them afterwards. The aspects establish that they are intended to preserve the gifts they were given, for time, life, nature and magic last forever.
The Dragon Aspects, with allegiance from Thrall, have devised a dangerous and unorthodox strategy to bring Deathwing down once and for all. But to do so, they must acquire the Dragon Soul from a pivotal moment in the distant past. One of an infinite number of potential outcomes, the "End Time" timeway depicts the desolate future of Azeroth should its defenders fail to stop Deathwing. In this bleak future, Nozdormu has identified an anomaly that bars access to both the past and the Dragon Soul: a powerful creature from out of time, living alone amid time-twisted echoes of the past. In order for Nozdormu to provide you the ability to travel back in time to a point before the Dragon Soul was hidden by Malfurion Stormrage from anyone who'd seek its power, heroes must first go to a distant and desolate future to discover the anomaly blocking the past. The maniacal figure named Murozond blocking Nozdormu's vision has the ability to create a new and infinite dragonflight.
Murozond is, in fact, the future version of Nozdormu who will inevitably go mad and try to interfere with the past, thus his past self will send adventurers into the future to strike him down. Right after Murozond is slain Nozdormu told them:
- "At last it has come to pass. The moment of my demise. The loop is closed. My future self will cause no more harm.
- Still, in the future, I will... fall to madness. And you, heroes... will vanquish me. The cycle will repeat. So it goes.
- What matters is that Azeroth did not fall; that humanity survived to live another day.
- All that matters... is this moment."
He is later seen in the next instance of the Well of Eternity where he saves the Dragon Soul from falling into the collapsing font.
Hour of Twilight
After the Dragon Soul was brought to the present, it had to be transported by Thrall and mortal heroes to Wyrmrest Temple, a place of great power connected to the Chamber of the Aspects, where the artifact was originally imbued. Since Deathwing learned of their intent, he and his minions converged on the temple to waylay them at all costs. At Wyrmrest the Aspects infused it with their essences once again, making it more potent than it ever was. Kalecgos altered the Dragon Soul's properties so that it would affect Deathwing. But the artifact was imbued with the essences of the four Aspects and Deathwing never imparted his into it. To use the weapon to defeat him, they had to infuse it with the power of the Earth-Warder. Thrall possessed a portion - however small - of that exact thing: the essence of Azeroth itself. After the death of the twilight dragon Ultraxion, Thrall unleashed the Dragon Soul upon its creator. Wounded, Deathwing fled, attempting to return to the relative safety of Deepholm, through the Maelstrom. Thrall, the Aspects, and the Adventurers gave chase, riding a gunship after the Aspect of Death, battling his personal escort along the way.
After catching up, the adventurers leapt onto Deathwing's back and began prying the elementium plates from his back, eventually making an opening big enough for Thrall to blast a hole into Deathwing's chest with the Dragon Soul, causing Deathwing to crash into the Maelstrom. The defenders of Azeroth briefly rejoiced at having rid themselves of the Destroyer, but Deathwing rose from the Maelstrom.
Without his armor, Deathwing's molten form began to mutate, granting him a form far more terrifying than before. The final battle for Azeroth began in earnest, until one final surge of power from the Dragon Soul, infused with the complete essence of each Aspect, completely obliterated Deathwing, with Nozdormu using all his power to bind the moment in time and prevent the killing blow from ever being undone. After Deathwing's death, the remaining Aspects, having fulfilled their duty and expending all that remained of their ancient powers, became mortal. The glow in the Aspects eyes faded and the sands of time from Nozdormu's broken spaulder pour into his hand. With the loss of Nozdormu's powers, the Dragon Soul was returned back in time to the point where it was taken.
Nozdormu and the other Aspects face Deathwing.
Dawn of the Aspects (present)
Adhering to their tradition to meet when the two moons of Azeroth were at particular cycle, Nozdormu and the other former Aspects gathered together. When Chromie reports that the timeways appear to be a state of flux, possibly due to the moment of the Dragon Soul's taking from the ancient past, Nozdormu states resolutely that the timeways are no longer the bronze dragonflight's concern, beyond his current ability to control, and thus fall now to the responsibility of the mortal races to protect. At the end of the brief meeting Nozdormu, along with Alexstrasza and Ysera, decided that they would officially end the Accord one month from now, to the shock of Kalecgos.
Later on Nozdormu and the others responded Kalecgos's request for a meeting, where using an 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.
Some day in the future, Nozdormu will fall to madness. Tricked by the Old Gods into trying to subvert his own mortality, Nozdormu will shatter the timeways and create the infinite dragonflight, becoming Murozond in the process.
|Location||Level range||Health range|
|Well of Eternity (instance)||??||2,590,500|
|Madness of Deathwing||??||5,181,000|
War of the Ancients
- "Korialstraszzzz... You dare disturb my resst? You dare disssturb my peace?"
- "Ssso much to gather, ssso much to catalog-" (Before Malygos mocks him)
- "Even Deathwing will pass into time... even he will eventually be part... of my collection..."
- "Just in Time..."
- "We musssst not let him ssssslip away!" (when Deathwing flees)
- "The Sands of Time are plentiful but precious. Waste not a single grain." (said during a lecture to his flight)
- "Since we Aspects first realized our kind was destined to share Azeroth with the young races, we have each taken a visage that allowed us to see the world as they do. Just as importantly, it informs how they perceive us. Do you wish them to see you as a trustworthy sage? A tyrant to be feared? Distant and aloof, or warm and generous? This choice is deeply personal, and it says much about who you are as a dragon. So no, I will not tell you anything that might sway your decision." (to Chronormu)
Day of the Dragon
- "Enough babble! Let ussss be done with thisss!" (ready to aid Rhonin, Vereesa and Falstad)
- "We're wassssting time... Precioussssss time."
- "Compared to all elssse that has happened, it isss a sssmall change to the time line and one of which I approve. The bluesss will fly the skies again, even though their numberss will not be great even after ten thousand yearsss. But better sssome, than none."
- “I know what you hide from her, from usss. It is my fate and curssse to know such things and be unable myssself to prevent them. Know that I now asssk for forgiveness for the wrongs I will caussse you in the future, but I mussst be what I am destined to be... as Malygos is.” (speaking to Krasus, referring to Deathwing's impending betrayal)
Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects
- "It was given unto me to know the very hour and method of my own death. I would never ssubvert it. But only one of the pathwaysss to my destiny can be correct. And in one unfolding future, I became the leader of the infinite dragonflight. That was why I became lost in the timewaysss, Thrall. I was ssseeking understanding of how such a thing came to be. How I, who have always striven to honor the great duty the titans charged me with, could have fallen so far astray." (to Thrall)
- “Unto you is charged the great task of keeping the purity of time. Know that there is only one true timeline, though there are those who would have it otherwise. You must protect it. Without the truth of time as it is meant to unfold, more will be lost than you can possibly imagine. The fabric of reality will unravel. It is a heavy task ― the base of all tasks of this world, for nothing can transpire without time.” ― Aman'Thul's blessing of the Timeless One
World of Warcraft
- In time, all things are possible...
- All that matters, is this moment...
- Time is a tangled web. Try not to dwell on all the loose ends.
- Do not confine yourself into linear thinking.
- I can arrange for your parents not to meet.
- Elemental Bonds
- Time is precious, sister. Let us see to our ritual.
- Main article: The End Time#Notes
- Main article: Echo of Baine#Quotes
- Main article: Echo of Jaina#Quotes
- Main article: Echo of Sylvanas#Quotes
- Main article: Echo of Tyrande#Quotes
- Main article: Murozond#Quotes
- Gossip at the shrines
Well of Eternity
- I see you've arrived. This is the eve of the sundering, when the collapse of the Well of Eternity fractured the continents of the world.
- Here, we will snatch up the Dragon Soul before it is lost to the mists of time.
- But first, you must bring down the protective wards of Azshara's Highborne lackeys. You will find them within the palace. I will scout on ahead.
- Good luck, heroes.
- Main article: Mannoroth and Varo'then#Quotes
- Main article: The Well of Eternity (quest)#Notes
- Main article: Wyrmrest Summit
- Main article: Ultraxion#Quotes
- Main article: Madness of Deathwing#Quotes
In the RPG
Nozdormu is a slim and sinuous bronze dragon, with scales of a metallic golden-brown color, and can arrange sand to conform to his body, cementing into one definite form. His eyes are made from gemstones, the color of the sun. He moves with a speed and grace belied by his monstrous form. Curiously, his position seems to change from moment to moment, as though its location in space were constantly in flux.
Nozdormu is tasked with ensuring that the flow of time occurs normally, without interruption, and that events happen as they are fated. To accomplish this mission, Nozdormu knows much about the nature of time. He uses his abilities and powers to prevent others from discovering these same secrets. Should a sorcerer or other mortal being begin to delve too deeply into magic that alters or affects time, Nozdormu always steps in to remove the threat, one way or another. Nozdormu is closely associated with time itself and is the very soul of patience. He has few worshippers, save perhaps among the night elves who wish to become once again timeless themselves. He pays no attention to those who venerate him, neither accepting nor disapproving of their efforts. Nozdormu lives in the Caverns of Time, a closely guarded complex located deep in the Tanaris Desert. Those who venture there and get past the bronze dragon sentinels rarely emerge unchanged. Some age, or become so youthful they are but infants. Others are lost in time and return decades or even centuries later. There are even legends of some who leave the caverns before they even enter!
Nozdormu is difficult to defeat because of his ability to look into the corridors of time and repeat events if they do not progress as he feels they should. He is extremely wise and uses his insight to determine the best course of action before proceeding. Should this fail, he simply tries again as necessary or uses his power to avoid the encounter entirely. Nozdormu can take any form he desires, as though constantly under the effects of a shapechange spell. He frequently takes on the role of a humanoid creature and travels incognito as a simple commoner or peon. When doing this, the only consistent trait he displays is the absence of any need to hurry.
In the early years, it is said that Deathwing's black flight attempted to subjugate the bronze dragons. The assault was unsuccessful, primarily because the bronze dragons did not stay and fight as expected. His command of time offering insight into the blacks' plans, Nozdormu alerted his flight of the danger. The bronze dragonflight scattered to the four corners of the globe, where they continue to monitor events.
Notes and trivia
- During his appearance at the start of the Elemental Bonds quest chain Nozdormu is seen wielding a .
- The phrase "So it goes." in Nozdormu's speech after Murozond's demise is a reference to Kurt Vonnegut's 1969 novel Slaughterhouse-Five. Vonnegut would use the phrase after anything had died.
- In the books, Nozdormu puts emphasis on the letter "S", drawing it out like a snake. This is strangely absent in his appearances in-game.
- Nozdormu created the Hourglass of Time located in the Caverns of Time. He was also sure that shows only visions from the past and future.
- Nozdormu is the only living Aspect who does not appear to bless the during the events of Battle for Azeroth, with Chronormu giving the bronze blessing in his stead. His absence is not commented on. However, there's an unused ID from patch 8.2.0.
- Originally, it was stated that Nozdormu was handpicked by Aman'Thul, the Highfather of the Pantheon, who bestowed a portion of his cosmic power upon the massive bronze dragon. The Highfather empowered him to guard time itself and police the ever-spinning pathways of fate and destiny. The stoic, honorable Nozdormu became known as the Timeless One. He had also been granted by his creators with the knowledge of his own demise. That had been given as a lesson, so that he would never think his power so great and terrible that he had to answer to no other. Nozdormu knows exactly how and when he will perish.
- At least initially, whether Nozdormu's fate was inevitable seems to have been unclear. Nozdormu stated that the End Time was not an "inevitable" future, Alurmi claims afterwards that the End Time was apparently overwritten as a timestrand, and Alexstrasza in their post-Cataclysm meeting believes that Nozdormu and others "had altered that future forever", thereby erasing his responsibility for Murozond. Nevertheless, the most recent lore in Chronicles Vol. 3 seems to indicate that Nozdormu's fate was "inescapable". Exactly how Nozdormu regained enough of his Aspect abilities as Murozond to counter his former empowered self is also debatable, although it is possible the Old Gods or their servants (although most of those on Azeroth are apparently slain in the present day) empowered him much like they did Deathwing.
- It is believed Nozdormu is voiced by Martin Sheen.
Nozdormu battling crossover.
- ^ The Well of Eternity
- ^ Day of the Dragon
- ^ Day of the Dragon
- ^ The Well of Eternity
- ^ Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects
- ^ World of Warcraft: The Magazine Volume I Issue II
- ^ Dawn of the Aspects description
- ^ Dawn of the Aspects Part 2
- ^ Dawn of the Aspects
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 45
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 61
- ^ "Visage Day"
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 3, pg. 132
- ^ Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects
- ^ Charge of the Aspects
- ^ Patch 4.3 Dungeons Preview, Part One: End Time
- ^ Cataclysm Epilogue
- ^ Gossip text after the raid
- ^ Dawn of the Aspects Part 1
- ^ Dawn of the Aspects Part 5
- ^ At last it has come to pass. The moment of my demise. The loop is closed. My future self will cause no more harm. Still, in time, I will... fall to madness. And you, heroes... will vanquish me.
- ^ Murozond Dungeon Journal
- ^ Shadows & Light, 95
- ^ Shadows & Light, 96
- ^ Shadows & Light, 95
- ^ Manual of Monsters, pg. 33
- ^ War Crimes
- ^ William Brinkman in upperdeck.com via Wayback Machine
- ^ Dawn of the Aspects pg. 43
- ^ World of Warcraft Volume 3