We've discussed the Green Dragonflight before, from the history and background of the flight itself to the events that occurred during the Nightmare War. But the activities of the green flight continue in Cataclysm, both in the northern reaches of Hyjal and elsewhere around the world. Despite the victory at the end of Stormrage, the troubles of the Green Dragonflight are far from over, and the threat of the Emerald Nightmare still looms.In the sunken city, he lays dreaming ...
The drowned god's heart is black ice ...
At the bottom of the ocean even light must die ...
Do you dream while you sleep or is it an escape from the horrors of reality?
-- The Puzzle Box of Yogg-Saron
In Stormrage, it was revealed that Fandral Staghelm was responsible for the continued imprisonment of Malfurion Stormrage in the Emerald Dream. Not only that, but he was attempting to slowly kill Malfurion using a mysterious herb called Morrowgrain, gathered from Un'Goro Crater by unwitting adventurers. At the end of Stormrage, Fandral -- living under the delusion that the Emerald Nightmare had returned his son Valstann from the dead -- fell into madness when Malfurion arrived and destroyed the fake Valstann right in front of Staghelm. Staghelm broke, whatever glimpse of sanity he may have had disappeared, and he was led away to be imprisoned, as it was obvious his actions were those of a madman.
While it's never directly stated why the Twilight's Hammer wants Fandral, it can be assumed that it's because as an arch druid, he possesses a great deal of power. On top of that, it's already been proven that he's easily corruptible. With that in mind, he'd make a perfect pawn for the Twilight's Hammer. Oddly, though his move to Moonglade is successful, Ysera questions whether or not his relocation was a wise move.
This is partially due to placing him in an area like Moonglade, which still teems with power, and partially due to the fact that the Nightmare corruption that afflicted Fandral is far from taken care of. At the end of Stormrage, Malfurion and the combined forces at his command managed to remove most of the corruption that plagued the Emerald Dream -- but there was one section called the Rift of Aln that even he was unable to touch. Within the Rift, an ancient evil sought to keep its grip there from somewhere in the depths of Azeroth's seas.
While we haven't really heard any information regarding N'Zoth other than his name, the Green Dragonflight still struggles with the remainder of the Emerald Nightmare that was the Old God's doing. Feralas holds the distinction of being one of four areas that contain portals leading into the Emerald Dream. Though players cannot pass through the portals in game, they were used by Tyrande Whisperwind in Stormrage. In classic WoW, these four portals seemed to serve no purpose whatsoever until the emergence of four dragons of Nightmare -- Emeriss, Lethon, Taerar, and Ysondre.
Formerly trusted lieutenants of Ysera, these four dragons had been thoroughly corrupted by the Emerald Nightmare. In Stormrage, the Nightmare War resulted in the death of Emeriss and Lethon, but Ysondre and Taerar managed to escape death. In Cataclysm, players who venture into Feralas discover Ysondre's fate. Saved from the Emerald Nightmare yet unable to return to the Green Dragonflight, Ysondre seeks to atone for her actions before and during the Nightmare War.
Feralas itself managed to escape the majority of the damage caused by the Sundering. Though the island fortress of Feathermoon Stronghold has sunk into the sea, its night elf inhabitants have built a new stronghold along the shore. The western edge of Feralas is in danger of flooding from the Thousand Needles, but otherwise, the majority of the zone remains unaffected. The wildlife, however ...
It is then up to the players to seal the portal. Taerar, however, is nowhere to be seen -- in his place is the green dragon Lethlas, who is a shade of his former self and apparently working for Taerar now. After players defeat Lethlas, the quest chain ends. Later, players are asked to meet with Ysondre atop the Emerald Summit to put a stop to Taerar once and for all. With Taerar destroyed, the Dragons of Nightmare are gone, and Feralas is free to flourish without the corrosive corruption of the Emerald Nightmare. Ysondre is also free, though she is unable to rejoin the green flight. All seems to be well -- but what about the other portals to the Emerald Dream, scattered across the world?Konu Runetotem says: I am at a loss. Perhaps only the Earth Mother herself knows the cause of this. But we must do something before this continues...
Ysondre says: Your sincerity is moving, druid.
Konu Runetotem says: You are no night elf...this is the guise of a green dragon! By the Earth mother, I...
<Konu Runetotem kneels before Ysondre>
Ysondre says: I deserve no such respect or reverence, druid. I have betrayed my own kind. The illness of this land is my fault.
Ysondre says: The sickness is born of the Nightmare within the Emerald Dream, and the dragon Taerar spreads it. He is but a crazed shade of his former self, but will see this land devoured.
Ysondre says: I cannot face him myself. To even approach him would risk letting the same corruption overtake me once more.
Konu Runetotem says: What must we do?
Ysondre says: The earth itself weeps in its suffering. Gather its tears, and use them to seal the portal at the Great Tree. The connection to the Dream must be cut.
Ysondre says: Be brave, heroes.
Ysera, leader of the Green Dragonflight, has now assisted the night elves in taking back Mount Hyjal and pushing back the minions of Ragnaros and the Twilight Cult. But though the Nightmare War took care of the majority of the corruption in the Emerald Dream, pieces of it still lurk within the Rift of Aln. Fandral Staghelm has supposedly been relocated to Moonglade, but both his and the green dragon Alysra's whereabouts are currently unknown. Did they arrive in Moonglade as planned, or were they intercepted somewhere along the way?
The answers are all incredibly unclear at this point, but rest assured, once the immediate horrors of Deathwing's emergence have been dealt with, it is highly likely we'll turn our attentions to those areas that were left unattended in favor of the more pressing matter of the Shattering and its impact on Azeroth. With the addition of new daily quests in Hyjal and the upcoming raid on the Firelands in 4.1, it's clear that the story in Hyjal will continue to develop. Perhaps once Ragnaros has been laid to his final rest, the druids of Azeroth and the Green Dragonflight will once more turn their attentions to the Emerald Dream, the Rift of Aln, and ultimately, N'Zoth.
For more information on related subjects, please look at these other Know Your Lore entries:
- Stormrage and the Emerald Nightmare
- The Green Dragonflight
- Ysera the Dreamer
- Fandral Staghelm
- The Old Gods
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