|Title||The Light Mother|
|Affiliation(s)||Army of the Light|
Xe'ra (pronounced ZEE-ruh), the Light Mother (also spelled Lightmother) or the Mother of Light, was the prime naaru (or the naaru prime), one of the first naaru to be forged during the great ordering of the cosmos. For millennia, she led a crusade against the Burning Legion as leader of the Army of the Light.
She sent her core, known as Light's Heart, to Azeroth during the Legion's third invasion, in an attempt to aid the mortal forces fight off the invading demons and find the subject of her prophecy, Illidan Stormrage. She was made whole again during the invasion of Argus by Azerothian forces, but Illidan rejected her and destroyed Xe'ra.
Xe'ra was one of the first naaru forged during the great ordering of the cosmos, and was allegedly "at the Beginning, when mortal life itself was but a distant dream", when she mentioned that she was among those who failed to stop the Legion's rise. After the fall of Argus, the Genedar split into two separate vessels. The draenei's finest warriors followed the prime naaru Xe'ra aboard the Xenedar as the Army of the Light in an eternal war to bring about the Legion's end. Since then, other survivors of the Burning Crusade have joined the ranks of the Lightforged.
A Thousand Years of War
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Even though Alleria Windrunner had been advised against it, she started delving into the Void, and left the Army of the Light under the tutelage of Locus-Walker. She would eventually return to the Xenedar, and aid the Army against the Burning Legion. Xe'ra tried to convince her to abandon her endeavor and keep to the Light, but Alleria refused. Although X'era was eventually dissuaded by Turalyon from inflicting harsher punishment, and despite Alleria's arguments that they were not enemies despite their different affiliations, she nevertheless had Alleria imprisoned aboard the Xenedar, at least until she accepted "the path of righteousness" once again.
Light's Heart cut a swathe through the Felstorm above the Tomb of Sargeras, and radiated enough power that Silver Hand scouts could feel it coursing through their body. It fell near the coast of Suramar where it was first found by gilgoblins, who brought it to a sea giant, from whom an order champion sent by Khadgar would retrieve it. A message from High General Turalyon revealed that Light's Heart had been sent as the Army of the Light's last resort as they were fighting their final war against the Burning Legion. He then asked for the core to be handed to Prophet Velen.
At the Exodar, Velen recognized Light's Heart and stated that it could only be unlocked by another naaru in Xe'ra's line, of which O'ros was the last remaining. For that very reason, O'ros was killed during the Battle for the Exodar by Rakeesh, who did not want Velen to obtain the information contained with the core. However, the Tears of Elune still managed to open Light's Heart at Khadgar's suggestion.
Upon doing so, the spirit of the order champion was sent to Xe'ra. There, she told them about her prophecy regarding Illidan Stormrage, the "child of Light and Shadow", destined to end the age of demons. Through Light's Heart, she would later continue to communicate with the champion charged to protect her core and try to guide them towards "redemption", as in her eyes the champion's participation (if applicable) in the death of Illidan at the Black Temple was a terrible mistake. Xe'ra claimed that once their work of reuniting Illidan's body with his soul was done, her final task would be complete and she would be lost to the Great Dark Beyond. However, after Illidan was made whole again, Xe'ra was not lost.
Shadows of Argus
Turalyon, Alleria, and a champion from Azeroth later traveled to the Xenedar, which crashed in Krokuun, where they found the gravely injured Xe'ra and teleported her to the Vindicaar. Light's Heart was placed back at her center, and Xe'ra awakened. She asked Illidan to join the Light and fulfill his destiny, but Illidan refused. Xe'ra thus forcefully bound Illidan in chains of light and attempted to fulfill her own prophecy by force. The demon hunter however broke free, and destroyed Xe'ra. An enraged Turalyon accused Illidan of dooming them all and attempted to strike him down, but Illidan blocked Turalyon's blow and told him that his faith had blinded him. According to Illidan, there was no chosen one, only they could save themselves. Velen would comment that her loss was a blow and condemned Illidan killing her along with Xe'ra's attempting to force destiny upon them. Artificer Rommul would also say Xe'ra's loss was his most troubling experience in the conflict thus far.
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- Main article: Awakenings#Notes
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- Main article: In My Father's House#Notes
- Main article: Destiny Unfulfilled#Notes
- Main article: The Child of Light and Shadow#Notes
Notes and trivia
- Archmage Khadgar believed, based on a passage from an ancient cosmology tome he found in Karazhan, that the prime naaru may have been created by Elune.
- Her interaction with the player is different if they are a demon hunter. Instead of blaming them for murdering Illidan and trying to guide them towards salvation, the Illidari leader, having sided with Illidan, is praised, and her goal with them is to make them understand Illidan's true goal and the sacrifices he made.
- A'dal, the leader of a group of naaru called the Sha'tar, condoned Illidan's death. It is unknown if A'dal knew about Xe'ra or about her prophecy, or if he did but still went against her. However, Xe'ra knew about Tempest Keep, the Sha'tar's dimensional fortress, and her descendant O'ros was aboard the Exodar, Velen's dimensional ship, which points towards some form of a link.
- Xe'ra's affinity towards Illidan at first became suspicious among the fanbase. Speculations like Xe'ra being a kind of false illusion (perhaps created by Kil'jaeden) quickly spread. Illidan himself, at first, believed this about the "elder naaru" that he met as well, thinking that Kil'jaeden was not called "the Deceiver" for nothing. However, this was proven false when the elder naaru then rescued Illidan from having his spirit captured or destroyed by Kil'jaeden as he was attempting to set up a portal between Argus and Outland. Kil'jaeden roared in rage when Illidan managed to escape with the naaru's aid. Xe'ra eventually died on Argus, ironically by Illidan's hand.
- Turalyon would come to agree that Xe'ra had been in the wrong. He later stated to Anduin Wrynn at the Gathering that paladins and priests should let the Light guide them, but never command them, and make use of one's mind and heart as well. Anduin was aware that Turalyon was referring to Xe'ra. Even long before this, Velen (possibly recalling Illidan's arguments that he must forge destiny by his own hands), while acknowledging Xe'ra's nobility and relentless defiance in the face of the Legion, had also mentioned that even the Light Mother could not be allowed to force destiny upon others.
- It is unclear why the Lightforged draenei took no action against Illidan after Xe'ra's destruction at his hands, despite having loyally served and revered the Prime Naaru for thousands of years, although it is possible that the majority were just as genuinely surprised by her compulsion of Illidan to embrace the Light, and Velen, who disapproved of her action, was able to persuade the other draenei to leave Illidan alone, especially at the crucial point of their decisive conflict against the Legion.
- Xe'ra is the first confirmed female naaru as evidenced by her bearing the title of "Light Mother" as well as both Velen and Turalyon referring to Xe'ra as "she", rather than "it". She also has a feminine voice.
- Xe'ra is voiced by Kate Higgins.
- Before Patch 7.3.0, Xe'ra used a classic white naaru model during her appearance in .
- 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 (such as the aforementioned actions of A'dal). While Xe'ra believed that she was indeed doing good, that good was not necessarily good for everyone.
- Xe'ra may be the "elder naaru" that appeared before Illidan shortly before his demise in the Black Temple, as they shared the same speech and prophecy about Illidan, and were encountered in a similar fashion as the player-character: through their spirits meeting.
- Xe'ra may be the naaru that appeared to Turalyon in Beyond the Dark Portal.
- The Light Mother behind the Lightbound may be the alternate counterpart to Xe'ra since they share the same title and are related to an Army of the Light.
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- ^ Rejection of the Gift
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- ^ Battle for the Exodar
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 3, pg. 12
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- ^ A Thousand Years of War
- ^ Army of the Light#Reputation
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- ^ a b World of Warcraft: Illidan
- ^ Before the Storm, chapter 28
- ^ File:In the House of Light and Shadow.jpg (image history)
- ^ Blizzblizz - Entrevista com Interview, 27:55
- ^ Beyond the Dark Portal, chapter 13