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The Demon Soul, formerly known as the Dragon Soul, was an artifact created shortly before the War of the Ancients. Though it appeared to be a featureless golden disk, it was in fact a talisman of immense power created by the Aspect of the black dragonflight, Neltharion the Earth Warder... later known in history as the Black Scourge, Deathwing.
At some point shortly before the War of the Ancients, Neltharion used the skills of his goblin artificer-servants to create an artifact of incredible power, in order to combat the invading forces of the Burning Legion. However - possibly due to his corruption by the Old Gods, who sought freedom from their imprisonment by the Titans eons earlier - Neltharion also wished to use it to control the other Dragonflights, and make himself a god to be worshipped by the mortal races. However, during an accidental cave-in that tore a scale from his body, Neltharion found that his matter - even as small as a scale - could damage the Soul (which it did), and thus he had to take great care to avoid damaging it. When it was ready, Neltharion revealed his creation to his fellow Aspects, and convinced them to give their own essences, which then made them and their flight unable to damage the disc.
In the last combined flight of the dragons of Azeroth against the Burning Legion, Neltharion arrayed the dragons of all the other flights into a magical matrix that enhanced the device's power greatly. During this battle, Neltharion revealed his madness and used the Dragon Soul to wreak havoc on both the Burning Legion and the helpless night elves, demanding that all of Azeroth, including the other dragon flights and the Great Aspects, bow to his mastery. Malygos, the Aspect of Magic, and his blue dragonflight attempted to stop Neltharion, who summarily executed the entirety of the blue flight with the exception of Malygos himself. The other dragons were locked in Neltharion's control until the unexpected intervention of Korialstrasz broke his concentration and allowed the other dragons to counter-attack. Though the ranks of the Dragonflights were decimated, Neltharion was forced to retreat from the field of battle, taking the Dragon Soul with him.
Neltharion's Corruption, and the Theft of the Soul
In time, it became clear that the powerful Soul was corrupting Neltharion's body, causing it to bloat and tear; his beloved creation was ripping him apart. With the aid of his goblin artificers, Neltharion had immense adamantium plates bolted into the scales in order to keep the destructive power at bay. Driven completely to madness, it is around this time (probably influenced by the future-Korialstrasz, known as Krasus) that the artifact became known as the Demon Soul, and that Neltharion received the name he is known by today. In order to prevent it from being used against them again, Broxigar, Korialstrasz (Krasus), along with the night elf druid Malfurion Stormrage, attempted to steal the artifact. Malfurion succeeded in obtaining the artifact, but was captured by Queen Azshara's soldiers...led by his own brother, Illidan, who had agreed to obtain the artifact to allow Sargeras entry into Azeroth.
The Soul was used as part of a portal to be opened within the depths of the Well of Eternity itself. Before the portal could be opened, however, the Soul's spellwork was disrupted and back in the possession of the resistors. After the Legion was banished from Azeroth and the Sundering of the World finished, Malfurion and the four remaining Aspects placed a spell on the Demon Soul that would prevent Deathwing from ever using it again, and then hid the foul disk in a place where only the four dragons would find it...but not Deathwing.
The Power Unleashed
Ten thousand years later, Deathwing - seeking to rebuild his shattered Dragonflight using the eggs of his archnemesis, Alexstrasza - found the Demon Soul and led the orcs of the Dragonmaw Clan to it. Nekros Skullcrusher, a former warlock, was entrusted with the disk by the Dragonmaw chieftain, the elder shaman Zuluhed the Whacked. With it, the Dragonmaws managed to capture the Dragonqueen, much to everyone's surprise (including Alexstrasza's), and use her children to fight for the Horde. Korialstrasz - in his guise as Krasus, a member of the senior council of the Kirin Tor of Dalaran - had discovered Deathwing's identity as Lord Prestor, and his revealing the location of the Soul to the orcs. Sending his student, Rhonin, on a mission to free Alexstrasza, Krasus attempted to obtain the aid of the other three Aspects - Malygos, Nozdormu and Ysera - to free Alexstrasza from the orcs...and subsequently from Deathwing himself.
Rhonin, who had been "rescued" by Deathwing twice during the course of his mission, was manipulated by the black Aspect to locate Alexstrasza and free her (or so he led Rhonin to believe). Giving him one of his scales to act as a talisman, allowing him to communicate with Rhonin and see what the human mage saw, Deathwing sent Rhonin on his way to Grim Batol. He finally discovered Alexstrasza's location, and the imminent moveout of the Dragonmaw Clan (under the belief that the Alliance intended to invade). As Deathwing held the upper hand in a battle with the other, weakened Aspects, including the now-free Alexstrasza, Rhonin was able to use the scale Deathwing had given him to destroy the disk. Cutting the scale across the surface, Rhonin unleashed the power trapped within...and with a quick spell, returned to the Aspects their essence given at the creation of the Dragon Soul, who proceeded to defeat and hunt their treacherous brother.
Resurfacing and Destruction
Though the Demon Soul's power was lost with its destruction, it still had enough power within it to be of some use. Sintharia, Prime Consort of the Destroyer, collected the fragments of the Demon Soul and found power within them still. Using their power combined with Balacgos's Bane, a stolen staff of the naaru and the essence of the nether dragon Zzeraku, Sintharia (or Sinestra, as she prefered to be called) experimented with the eggs of various dragonflights. The end result was the twilight dragonflight, a sinister creation that could absorb magical energy from any living thing - particularly enemy dragons. One such monstrosity, Dargonax, was a cunning and ambitious creature who sought to overthrow his "mother" and take the world for himself.
Zendarin Windrunner, a cousin of the Windrunner sisters, had allied himself with Sintharia in order to gain access to a vast fount of energy and steal the partially restored Demon Soul. Ultimately this brought him into conflict with his cousin Vereesa, who sought revenge for Zendarin's attempted kidnapping of her twin sons. The battle resulted in the death of Zendarin and the final destruction of the Demon Soul, when the naaru staff he carried touched the foul artifact as he released all of its energy. This was possible because Sintharia had shielded the artifact from all Azerothian magic, and the staff had been from Outland. Sintharia attempted to reconstruct it - having fallen to the same protective madness over the artifact as Deathwing had - but it was once again destroyed, this time for good, when it impacted with the unstable Balacgos's Bane thrown by Korialstrasz, obliterating both artifacts.
Charge of the Aspects
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After the defeat of Ragnaros, the aspects gathered to discuss how to end Deathwing once and for all, and it became clear that they needed a weapon like none that had ever come before it, they would need the Dragon Soul, but the golden disc was no more, and so everything lay on Nozdormu's shoulders, would he allow mortals to travel ten thousand years back in time, and retrieve the disc? Alexstrasza managed to convince the bronze aspect to do so.
Reclaiming from the Past
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With a gateway to the past open, Nozdormu transported adventurers to Azshara's palace, where they witnessed one of the most catastrophic events in the War of the Ancients. While assisting the much younger Tyrande and Illidan in a battle against the Highborne and Burning Legion, adventurers stole the Dragon Soul hovering above the Well. With so many of Azshara's most empowered wizards locked in ritual and pouring their magical energies into the turbulent depths of the Well, retrieving the Dragon Soul required victory over some lethal foes. After recovering a version of the artifact from the Caverns of Time, Thrall and the allied dragonflights rallied at Wyrmrest Temple in a desperate bid to use its might to defeat Deathwing. Created by the titans as a sanctuary for all Dragonkind, the crumbling Wyrmrest Temple is now the final hope for the forces allied against the black dragon Neltharion, once the Earth-Warder and protector of Azeroth, now Deathwing the Destroyer.
Destroy the Destroyer
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It is here that the remaining aspects -- Alexstrasza, Ysera, Nozdormu, Kalecgos, and Thrall -- have gathered to empower the Dragon Soul -- Azeroth's last chance to stop the great behemoth. As they begin to charge the Dragon Soul with energy, Deathwing and his entire army assault Wyrmrest Temple. Heroes had to thwart the attacking forces long enough for Thrall to charge the Dragon Soul. After the heroes of Azeroth defeated Ultraxion Thrall unleashed the Dragon Soul, injuring the corrupted aspect. Deathwing fled the battle to recover in Deepholm but he was pursued and badly injured by another shot from the artifact. Deathwing fell into the Maelstrom, and losing what little remained of his sanity he rose up without his armor determined to finish the work of his dark masters. The heroes of Azeroth and the Aspects were able to successfully delay him long enough to finish charging the Soul, and with a single blast from the artifact, the Destroyer was no more. Ironically, the artifact that had been created the dominate and enslave the world had ended up saving it from destruction.
With the Aspect's power loss, the Dragon Soul was returned to exact time in history.
In World of Warcraft
The Demon Soul was once fastened to the Demon Chain forged of elementium. The residual power from the soul allow the wearer to control the minds of dragons. How Narkrall Rakeclaw got hold of the chain is yet unknown.
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Caverns of Time
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In Patch 4.3.0, adventurers must travel through time to the Well of Eternity, with the aid of Nozdormu, to retrieve the Demon Soul so that it can be used against Deathwing and put a stop to a possible future.
Whispers of Demon soul
- "The Night elves will destroy the World..."
- "The Well is out of control..."
- "No one can be trusted...they want your secrets, your power..."
- "Malygos would take what is yours..."
- "Alexstrasza seeks dominion over you..."
- "They are no better than the demons..."
- "They must be dealt with like the demons..."
The Demon Soul may be a reference to the Demon core, a 6.2-kilogram mass of plutonium that killed two scientists in separate accidents in 1945 and 1946 at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and was used in an atomic bomb test five weeks after the second incident. Like the Demon Soul, the atomic bomb was the most powerful weapon in the world at the time, one that could ultimately lead to a nuclear cataclysm that would see all life destroyed.