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This article is about the gargoyles from Revendreth. For the gargoyles from Northrend, see gargoyle. For the stoneborn from Pandaria, see terracotta warrior.
Stoneborn
A Plea to the Harvesters.jpg
Different variants of stoneborn
Faction/Affiliation The Stone Legion, Darkwing, Venthyr Covenant
Racial leader(s) IconSmall Stoneborn Male.gif General Draven (Stone Legion, formerly Darkwing)
  Formerly IconSmall Stoneborn Female.gif General Kaal (Stone Legion)
IconSmall Stoneborn Male.gif General Grashaal (Stone Legion)
Area(s) Revendreth, Shadowlands

The stoneborn,[1] also known as gargoyles,[2] are winged stone constructs who serve the venthyr of Revendreth as soldiers and guards.

Background

A stoneborn in stone form.

As their name implies, stoneborn are carved from stone and then awakened by being infused with anima. When deprived of anima or when their services are no longer required, they return to their natural stone form but can be reawakened at a later date.[3][4][5][6][7] It is implied that they are fully conscious while in this state.[8]

Stoneborn serve their venthyr masters with a sense of infallible loyalty forged over a lifetime of fighting side by side.[1] Most stoneborn serve Sire Denathrius as members of the Stone Legion under the command of the Stone Legion Generals and are responsible for protecting Revendreth, keeping order in each of the Wards, and purging manifestations.[9] The Darkwing have instead sided with Prince Renathal's rebellion under General Draven.[10] After the events of the rebellion, the return of the nathrezim to Revendreth]], and the Stonewright's alleigance to Renathal[11][12] the stoneborn are operating as the Stone Legion once more.[13]

The first stoneborn were created by the Stonewright. She sees each one as her "stonechild",[14][15] and the stoneborn, in turn, view her as their mother. Prince Renathal remembers when the first stoneborn were made by the Stonewright.[16] Stoneborn refer to male members of their own kind as "stonebrother".[17]

The venthyr carve stoneborn into different shapes because diversity in form allows for diversity in strategy; their different shapes give them different purpose.[18] The most common humanoid type is called stoneborn brutes.[19] In battle, brutes bludgeon their enemies with an array of martial weapon skills or use their unparalleled mobility to outflank them.[1] A larger, unnamed type resemble felbats and move on all fours while on the ground. A third type is the gravewings (somewhat confusingly also called "stoneborn brutes" by one source),[20] which act as flying mounts for the venthyr. Gravewings are fearless and nearly indestructible[21] and were reawakened by the Stonewright after anima began flowing again in Sinfall.[22]

Stone fiends, gargon, and dredbats are made in the same way as stoneborn, but gargons and dredbats lack the stoneborn's intelligence. Stone fiends are sometimes considered stoneborn.

Known

Named Stone Legion
Named Darkwing
Generic

As a mount

All gravewing mounts are exclusive to members of the Venthyr Covenant.

Notes and trivia

  • Concept art refers to them as Revendreth gargoyles.[23]
  • Castle Nathria has a giant gargoyle statue atop it.
  • Male stoneborn use Metamorphosis animations, while females use high arakkoa animations.
  • Early in development, the artists weren't sure if the stoneborn would wear armor at all or if they would just use a stone form for protection, as well as whether their arms and wings should be separate from each other. Both of the latter ideas made their way into the final design, with the bulkier males having wings and separate arms while the smaller females have wing-like attachments on their arms.[24]
  • The Fourth Talon is currently unknown.
  • The stoneborn's design may be inspired by the 1990s cartoon series Gargoyles, which—like the 1996 Disney film The Hunchback of Notre Dame—is based on older French folklore about the gargoyles present in many Gothic cathedrals coming to life. Male stoneborn heavily resemble Goliath, the main character of Gargoyles.
  • Some stoneborn write poetry.[25]
  • Multiple stoneborn, such as General Draven and Chelra the Bladewall, use the phrase "Ray'tal" as a greeting, but its meaning is unknown.

Gallery

References

 
  1. ^ a b c Blizzard Entertainment Blizzard Entertainment 2020-04-22. Shadowlands Preview: Revendreth and the Venthyr Covenant. Retrieved on 2020-04-23.
  2. ^ N [60] The Master of Lies in-game cinematic captions
  3. ^ The Art of World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, pg. 148
  4. ^ N [58] Anima Attrition
  5. ^ N [60] Awaken Our Allies
  6. ^ N [58] The Stoneborn
  7. ^ N [60] The Master of Lies: General Draven says: Grashaal, they woke you to take my place?
  8. ^ N [60] The Princeguard
  9. ^ N [60] Overdue Purging
  10. ^ N [58] Rebels on the Road
  11. ^ N [60] The Meaning of Wrath
  12. ^ N [60] Medallion of Wrath
  13. ^ N [60 Daily] The Weight of Stone
  14. ^ N [58] The Authority of Revendreth
  15. ^ N [60] Gravewing Crystal
  16. ^ N [60] Harvester of Wrath
  17. ^ No Stoneborn Left Behind
  18. ^ N [60] Undercover Security
  19. ^ N [50-60WQ] Aid From Above
  20. ^ World of Warcraft 2021-02-20. BlizzConline 2021 - World of Warcraft: Shadowlands Update (20:39). YouTube. Retrieved on 2021-06-21.
  21. ^  [Pale Gravewing]
  22. ^ Sinfall Gravewing
  23. ^ BlizzCon 2019: World of Warcraft: Shadowlands art gallery. Blizzard Watch. Retrieved on 2019-11-08.
  24. ^ Garth Holden 2020-07-23. A deep dive into Revendreth, the realm of the last chance. SA Gamer. Retrieved on 2020-07-25.
  25. ^  [She Had a Stone Heart]
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