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The Story of The World of Warcraft: Traveler Series with Nobbel87
29/03/2020 alle 17:15
For this month's lore spotlight with Nobbel87, we're diving into the
World of Warcraft: Traveler
trilogy, a series aimed at younger audiences discovering Azeroth for the first time. The series was introduced in November 2016, with the first two books written by Greg Weisman and the final book by Madeleine Roux, the author of the upcoming
World of Warcraft: Traveler
series offers a different perspective on life following the Cataclysm, one that emphasizes a "down to earth" point of view instead of a sweeping epic narrative experienced by a hero of Azeroth. The series traces the lives of Aram Thorne and Makasa, two sea-faring teenagers that explore Azeroth while following a mysterious compass. In addition to revisiting familiar landmarks like Zul'Farrak and Dire Maul, the novels also highlight the Light and the Naaru--and most excitingly for Shadowlands, Mueh’zala, God of Death is introduced in
Traveler: The Spiral Path
Most of the main characters in the
series are unique to the novels; they are not present in the actual game. However, the novel is filled with cameo references and side characters that do make appearances elsewhere in
, such as King Gordok and Murky.
, the 12 year old son of explorer Captain Greydon Thorne, is a skilled artist who became separated from his father during a pirate attack on their ship the
. He travels through Azeroth using a magical compass for guidance, drawn in the direction of the Diamond Blade and guided by the Voice of the Light.
, the 17 year old second mate of the
, hailed from Booty Bay and grew up as a pirate. After Captain Greydon Thorne saved her life when her ship was attacked by the Bloodsail Buccanners, she pledged her life to his crew, owing him a life debt. Greydon eventually turned into a father-figure for her, and while Aram and Makasa initially didn't get along on the
, after the attack he learned of his father's connection to Makasa and the two became close friends, fighting for survival together.
, notable explorer and captain of the
, settled with his family in Lakeshire but he was frequently gone at sea, hunting for the shattered pieces of the Diamond Blade to set things right. The
story picks up when Greydon returns after a long absence and convinces his family to let his son Aram travel on the next voyage. While Greydon is presumed dead after the
is destroyed in an ambush, it's later revealed that the nathrezim Xaraax has been torturing Greydon for many years.
is the younger brother of Captain Greydon Thorne, his identity hidden during the early story as
. Silverlaine betrayed his brother, stealing the Diamond Blade from Greydon to best the nathrezim Xaraax--but instead joined the demon and shattered the blade. He is responsible for the attack on the
, and later in the series, becomes the King of the Dire Maul Ogres after defeating King Gordok in mak'gora. He also works with the Hidden, a faction in league with the Burning Legion, who are also interested in reforging the blade to secure their dark power.
is a dryad bonded to Aram Thorne, who finds herself in peril several times as she's attempted to be sacrificed to both Amnennar the Coldbringer and Mueh'zala. The bond between her and Aram is deep, as the Cenarion Circle is unable to break the connection. It's only severed in death, when Malus kills Taryndrella during an trap laid for Aram. Both Makasa and Aram honor Tarydrella's memory--Makasa names her ship the
while Aram buries his shard of the Diamond Blade under the Forever Tree, a beautiful plant sprung from Taryndrella's grave.
In the first book, we're introduced to the Thorne family as Greydon Thorne returns to Lakeshire after a six-year absence to take his son Aram on an exciting voyage. However, things quickly go south as their ship, the
ship, is ambushed by pirates, later revealed to be led by the series' main villain, his uncle Silverlaine Thorne. Greydon Thorne gives Aram a magical compass before the ship is destroyed, and together with Makasa, the two teenagers travel across Azeroth with Aram sketching all the new creatures they encounter.
Things get interesting in Feralas when they meet up with Murky and the druid Thalyss Greyoak, but are soon captured by the ogres of Dire Maul. While Aram befriends the other captives in the Dire Maul Arena, Silverlaine follows them to Dire Maul, challenging King Gordok to a duel to the death and ultimately becoming the new ruler of the ogres. Admist the chaos, Aram manages to escape along with the other prisoners but not without the heroic sacrifice of Thalyss. The druid's dying wish was to finish his quest to bring a magical seed to a friend in Gadgetzan--but this seed, when it touched water, sprouted into the dryad Taryndrella.
The Spiral Path
In the second book, we encounter Ueetay no Mueh’zala, son of time and father of sleep. Our heroes fall into a trap set by Silverlaine's accomplice Zathra, captured by the Sandfury Trolls led by Chief Ukorz Sandscalp and offered up to the Loa of Death in Zul'Farrak. First the heroes face Kimbul, the tiger loa, who refuses to attack Makasa and treats the captives with respect, vanishing without harming anyone. Then the heroes face Shadra, the spider loa, who leaves the travelers unharmed after Drella orders her to leave her friends alone.
Next is a tense standoff with Mueh'zala, who does not attack the heroes but threatens to feast on all of Azeroth if they lose a future battle, which in retrospect, could refer to the climatic confrontation in Book 3 between the agents of the Burning Legion and the travelers with the reforged Diamond Blade.
The Shining Blade
In the final novel, we learn the backstory behind the Diamond Blade, murdered Naaru, and Silverlaine's allegiance Xaraax. The Diamond Blade, stolen by Silverlaine, shattered upon the murder of the Naaru, whose essence is contained in the shards, including the one in Aram's compass that whispers him through the Voice of the Light. Aram learns that he has a surviving uncle, visiting the Northwatch Expedition Base Camp where he unwittingly falls into the trap set by Silverlaine Thorne. Aram is taken hostage and Taryndrella is killed, with the Hidden seizing control of the partially-reforged blade.
However, not all shards have been discovered so the remaining characters hunt down the missing shards, and then with the help of the magical creatures befriended throughout their journey, storm the Hidden Citadel to rescue Aram and his father from Xaraax's prison. They intend to slay Xaraax but Silverlaine Thorne kills the demon and throws his body into the Darkstorm. Makasa, wielding the Diamond Blade, defeats Silverlaine Thorne and the Burning Legion's attack is thwarted. The Diamond Blade is broken once again, with all major characters keeping a fragment of the powerful blade.
The series concludes a year later, with the characters meeting by the beautiful tree growing from Taryndrella's grave. While Greydon Thorne's days of adventure are over, as he now serves as an adviser to the king, Aram's will continue as he joins Makasa on her new ship, the
Significance of Mueh’zala
Battle for Azeroth
drew to a close, speculation surrounding Mueh’zala increased due to the following Old God whisper added in Patch 8.3:
Before the last shadow falls, the Father of Sleep shall savor his feast.
One common theory is that Mueh'zala is the Father of Sleep, as Mueh'zala utters the following ominous dialogue in
Traveler: The Spiral Path
With more effort than it had taken to move the slab of stone upon the crystal shard in the Shimmering Deep, Aram moved his feet, one step, two steps, three – until he stood between Death and the murloc.
Mueh’zala stopped. He shifted into a new form, a red-rimmed spectre in black, towering over all he surveyed. Aram girded himself for whatever was to come. Out of the corner of his eye, he saw Makasa, Hackle and even Drella, ready to come to his aid. He felt Murky;s hand on his shoulder, gently urging him aside. But Aram was a stone that would not budge. It might not have been bravery, he knew. It quite easily might have been northing more than paralyzing fear that kept him rooted to the spot. Still, whatever the cause, Aramar Thorne did not stir.
Ueetay no Mueh’zala swayed back and forth hypnotically before Aram. Trolls and sacrifices held their breath. Finally, the sand whispered,
Not Yet, Son of Thorne. Not yet. This is not the day. That day comes. It comes. But Mueh’zala will not engage you here or now. Our battle is yet to come, yet to come...But it will come, child. It will come. And if you lose that battle, Mueh’zala feasts on all of Azeroth. All of Azeroth...
And Mueh’zala sank from view and was gone. Aram was so stunned, he didn't even see the final loa melt back into the sand. Or notice the torches brighten and the moon shine down. The whispered words,
it will come. it will come
, echoed in his mind.
Tavoletta di Theka
also refer to Mueh'zala as:
God of Death, Father of Sleep, Son of Time, the Night's Friend
When BlizzCon 2019 initially revealed the Jailer as the main villain of Shadowlands, players then wondered if Mueh'zala would fit that shadowy role. However, Blizzard soon
that the Jailer was a brand-new character in the WoW Q&A:
Q: Identity of mysterious jailer - is he someone that we know connected to death i.e. Argus or Helya?
A: Intended to be a mysterious new figure - not someone we've met before but an important part of the cosmology of the Warcraft universe. Applying what we know about the universe to a new place. He's a center piece villain of this expansion.
However, as the
expansion transports us to the afterlife and revisits our good friend Bwonsamdi, it's plausible that Mueh'zala, another loa associated with death, would make an appearance as well. There's still unfinished business surrounding
, now heavily speculated to be tied to the
Jailer and Arbiter
, as well as
Sylvanas ordering the death of Bwonsamdi
in the upcoming novel
If you are interested in reading the
series, you can find them on Amazon. Don't forget about Blizzard's upcoming books as well,
World of Warcraft: Exploring Azeroth, Eastern Kingdoms
World of Warcraft Traveler (Book 1)
World of Warcraft: Traveler - The Spiral Path (Book 2)
World of Warcraft: Traveler - The Shining Blade (Book 3)
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