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Malygos the Spell-Weaver
Malygos was the Aspect of the blue dragonflight and one of the most ancient creatures living on Azeroth, one of only a handful who were alive at the time the Titans departed. Norgannon, the Titan master-magician and keeper of lore, granted Malygos a portion of his vast power. From then on, Malygos would be known as the Spell-weaver, the guardian of magic and hidden arcanum. Malygos was a leviathan with small wings. His body was covered with crystalline scales of pure azure. His body shone with shifting colors that change constantly from blue to silver. He was the oldest of the five Aspects, possibly the oldest dragon still living. He was closest to his brother Neltharion, the Earth Warder, prior to the War of the Ancients.
I believe that you will find that my gift to you is not just a profound duty–which it is–but also a delight–which it is! Magic must be regulated, managed, and controlled. But it must also be appreciated and valued and not hoarded. Such is the contradiction you must deal with. May you be dutiful…and joyous both.
- Blessing of the Blue Aspect, given by Norgannon
Malygos, Lord of Magic, was said to have created magic and spells. His command of magic was quite impressive, rivaling that of a demigod, although he did not aspire to such power. While physically he was not as powerful as some of the other Aspects, Malygos countered this disadvantage with his phenomenal command of magic.
Before the War of the Ancients, Malygos was described to often appear with an amused expression on his face. While physically dragons cannot smile, it appeared he often walked around with a smirk. He is said to have had a sense of humour and an optimistic personality, enjoying using magic and illusions to entertain audiences.
Like most of his kind, Malygos was a solitary creature who avoided contact with others. He was known to dwell in Northrend, in a lair filled with some of the greatest magical artifacts known to exist. He spent his days studying magic, refining his abilities, and studying the various planes of the multiverse both remotely and in person, while his few remaining children scoured the world for ancient artifacts and repositories of arcane power.
Malygos did not seek out combat; and although he and his dragonflight were still routinely hunted by black dragons, he avoided their kind if at all possible. He protected his lair and himself with illusions and misdirection. Those who discovered his home were encouraged to depart through a variety of means; Malygos took direct action only as a last resort. When he did fight, he engaged spellcasters first, using his breath weapon and other abilities to sweep spells from their minds.
During the Nexus War, Malygos, with clearer eyes, took note of the large number of mortal spellcasters running around Azeroth, recklessly using arcane magic, and worried they may bring the Burning Legion to Azeroth in force again, as the Highborne once did (one of his last few memories before going mad). Believing that the spellcasters of the mortal races were responsible for all of Azeroth’s troubles, Malygos began a terrible war to purge the world of “rogue” magic users, including the Kirin Tor of Dalaran. Realizing the situation had grown out of hand, Alexstrasza rallied the remaining dragonflights in the Wyrmrest Accord to combat Malygos’s genocidal crusade. Dalaran therefore moved to Northrend, as a capital for both the war against the Lich King, and the Kirin Tor’s fight with Malygos. The red dragonflight – keeping Alexstrasza’s promise to Rhonin after the events of Day of the Dragon – stepped up to defend the mortals from their cousins’ crusade against spellcasters.
The Arcanomicon was given to Malygos ages ago by the titan Norgannon, the Arcanomicon has been continuously updated and revised by the blue dragons over the long years of Malygos’s seclusion. Malygos planned to use the Arcanomicon to locate and tap into the ley lines and divert the magical powers that course beneath the earth to his home base in Northrend, the Nexus. The consequences had been violent, dangerous, and deadly. The world’s crust had splintered, and the resulting unstable rifts had torn the very fabric of the magical dimension known as the Twisting Nether. Malygos’s misguided attempts to “correct” the perceived misuse of arcane magic had to be halted – whatever the cost. Dragon had fought against dragon in the bitter Nexus War, and it had been the Life-Binder herself who had reached the agonizing decision that Malygos — not long recovered from millennia of insanity — had to be destroyed. Alexstrasza had taken her flight and allied with the magi of the Kirin Tor. With all that was at stake, the remaining flights had agreed to join the reds in their bitter task. The alliance of dragons became known as the Wyrmrest Accord.
As Coldarra is inaccessible without flying mounts, players are sent there on the back of a red dragon from NPCs located at Amber Ledge. On Coldarra, players meet Keristrasza, who sends them on a quest to build a trap for Saragosa, Malygos’ consort. Keristrasza burns Saragosa’s body at the culmination of the quest line, infuriating Malygos. Malygos descends upon the area and uses his magic to freeze Keristrasza and put her under his control. She is then forced to become his new consort and subsequently becomes a boss within the Nexus.
Malygos made his final stand in the Eye of Eternity, his personal realm. Ultimately, the red dragonflight arrived to lend their aid, attacking the Aspect of Magic alongside the adventurers who had come to defeat him. Malygos met his end at the hands of Alexstrasza, imploring his sister with his last breath to see that mortals would destroy everything. The [Heart of Magic] was taken from his body by Alexstrasza and given to Korialstrasz, ending the war but depriving magic of its appointed guardian at a crucial point.
The Azure Drake mount is available from Alexstrasza’s Gift in Eye of Eternity. It’s said to have a 3% drop rate.
Prior to The Shattering, the Azure Whelpling dropped from Blue Dragonspawn, Draconic Mageweaver, Blue Scalebane, Draconic Magelord in Azshara. After Patch 4.0.3a this pet was relocated to Winterspring as a zone drop.