Oshu'gun (pronounced "aw-SHOO-goon"), orcish for "Mountain of Spirits", is located in southwestern Nagrand. It is a great, white monolith that dominates the landscape, but instead of being jagged and irregular like other mountains, it is smooth and triangular - it is said to be the largest diamond in the known universe by Gezhe. It was being harvested by a faction of ethereals opposed to the Consortium.
In reality, however, Oshu'gun is a naaru dimensional fortress known as the Genedar, and was used to help the draenei flee Argus thousands of years ago, traversing the Twisting Nether. At some point, the Genedar split into two separate vessels, with the most elite of the draenei's warriors boarding the Xenedar with the naaru Xe'ra and forming the Army of the Light. The rest of the draenei visited dozens of worlds aboard the Genedar, before crash-landing on Draenor approximately two centuries before the First War. Deep within the massive crystal dwells the naaru K'ure, accompanied by ancient orc ancestors, the spirits of orcs who have passed on.
During the Genedar's crash several centuries ago, K'ara was injured, which caused it to enter the Void state of the naaru lifecycle. K'ara's final act was to convince the draenei to eject it from the vessel, but this was easier said than done. The Void energy instinctively caused K'ara to go to war against the other naaru aboard the vessel, D'ore and K'ure. Their violent clash of Light and Void threatened to kill any draenei who interfered, yet Prophet Velen stepped forward nonetheless. He used the Light to shield the other naaru and cast K'ara out of the vessel. But the battle sapped his strength, physically and mentally, and his visions of the future became unreliable. K'ara was ejected from the Genedar in the chaos of the crash, and came to be known as the Dark Star to the orcs of Shadowmoon Valley.
In the time following this event, the orcs came to revere the enormous gem. It became a sacred place and every year the orcs would gather there to celebrate the spring and autumn festival. The shaman would commune with their honored ancestors who, unknown to the shaman, came to dwell within Oshu'gun to commune with K'ure. Recognizing the orcish reverence, the draenei retreated from the mountain, and when Velen tried to explain the true purpose of Oshu'gun to the Frostwolves, Durotan and his chief shaman, Drek'Thar, grew angered by what they perceived as blasphemy, as they considered it the home of their beloved dead and their spirits. It was the center of orcish culture in Nagrand until the clans became the Orcish Horde. At this point, the spirits of Oshu'gun fell silent and the ancestors turned their backs upon the orcs.
K'ure was weakened by the Genedar's crash and had been trapped within the ship for centuries. As his holy energies bled away over time, a void slowly grew in his place — devouring the souls of those nearby. K'ure watched helplessly as generations of orc spirits were consumed by this vortex.
The novel Rise of the Horde, which was developed prior to the expansion, presents a slightly different nuance of K'ure's relation to Oshu'gun. Rather than residing within the ship portion of the mountain, K'ure occupied a small pool of water within the crystal itself. During the Orcish festival of Kosh'harg, shaman would enter Oshu'gun and add blessed water to this pool as a ritual to speak with their ancestors. Unknown to those shaman was the fact that the blessed water also helped to sustain K'ure by allowing him to heal himself enough to slow down his dying process. With the help of its energies, the ancient orc ancestors could communicate with living shaman via dreams and visions. According to the novel, after the clans on Draenor became corrupted, these ancestral spirits did not actually abandon the living (though they did spurn the shaman who had betrayed them) nor become consumed by a dark void. Instead, Kil'jaeden and Gul'dan had a barrier put around the mountain which prevented the spirits and K'ure from making contact with the outside world, although Ner'zhul broke through this barrier when he reached the holy site.
Ner'zhul visited Oshu'gun to seek guidance from his ancestral spirits, but Rulkan revealed that she had been impersonated, and he had been deceived and manipulated into rallying the orcs against the draenei, and he realized with a heavy heart as she and the others turned her back to him, that there was nothing he could ever do to redeem himself in their eyes.
One naaru aboard the Genedar, D'ore, was all but killed in the crash. His remains were laid to rest by Velen and the draenei in the first crypt of what would become Auchindoun. In the intervening centuries, he had slowly been regenerating. As D'ore lay dormant, the pull of his void energy brought the spirits of the deceased to Auchindoun. The same thing was then happening with K'ure at Oshu'gun.
The Burning Crusade
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Oshu'gun was populated by agents of the Shadow Council from the nearby Kil'sorrow Fortress. These included terrorfiends, warlocks torturing the spirits of orc ancestors, and a shivarra along with her warlocks draining the naaru K'ure at the center.
The Consortium, a group of Ethereal traders and smugglers, were planning on harvesting Oshu'gun when word from their leader, Nexus-Prince Haramad, brought the operation to a halt. The nexus-prince mentioned "political situations" in Netherstorm. It seems the Consortium did not wish to upset the naaru.
- The former placeholder name for the ship was The Genessar.
- Much like the name Exodar is derived from the word Exodus, Genedar comes from the word Genesis.
The Spirit Fields from the air showing the mystic symbols around Oshu'gun.
- Fan art
Thrall's family near Oshu'gun.
- ^ Ask CDev Round 4
- ^ a b World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, pg. 63
- ^ Lost Codex BlizzCon 2017 Interview
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, pg. 51
- ^ Rise of the Horde, chapter 10
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2
- ^ "Nexus Prince Haramad has ordered us to not begin work inside of Oshu'gun as it might anger a certain powerful naaru."
- ^ Loreology on Twitter (dead link)