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AllianceMagni Bronzebeard
Image of Magni Bronzebeard
Title Lord of Ironforge, King of Khaz Modan, King under the Mountain, Grand Explorer, Mountain King
Gender Male
Race Dwarf (Humanoid)
Character class Mountain King, Warrior (WoW)
Affiliation Alliance, Kingdom of Ironforge, Bronzebeard, Explorers' Guild
Occupation Lord and Thane of Ironforge, Head of the Bronzebeard Clan, Ruler of Khaz Modan, Head of the Senate of Ironforge, Grand Explorer of the Explorer's Guild
Location Heart of Old Ironforge
Status Petrified; Spirit lingers beneath Khaz Modan
Relative(s) Elder Bronzebeard, Madoran Bronzebeard (ancestors), Muradin, Brann (brothers), Moira Bronzebeard (daughter), Dagran Thaurissan II (grandson), Anduin Wrynn ("nephew")
"How can the dwarves help you?"

Magni Bronzebeard was the king of the dwarven kingdom of Khaz Modan, Thane of Ironforge and head of the Bronzebeard clan, until he was turned to diamond during a ritual in the heart of Old Ironforge.

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Biography

The eldest of the three Bronzebeard brothers, Magni was destined to be the king under the mountain. Strong of arm and keen of mind, Magni loved his two brothers above all else in the world. From the time of his youth, Magni the prince was keenly aware of what would be expected of him in the future. This apparently intimidated him and he questioned if he could be the kind of leader Ironforge needed. He even privately wished that his father and brothers would outlive him, and thus their people would have a good king.[1] To look upon the tower of strength and effective leader that King Magni is today, one can scarcely imagine that he was ever a prince full of doubt.

The stoic dwarves of Ironforge spent countless generations mining treasures from deep within the earth. There, the dwarves unearthed a series of ruins that held secrets to their ancient heritage. Driven to discorer the truth about his people's fabled orogins, the great King Magni Bronzebeard ordered that the dwarves shift their industry from mining to archaelogy.[2]

Upon the liberation of Ironforge by the forces of the Alliance of Lordaeron he pledged his kingdom's support, his two brothers accompanying the Alliance host.

Third War

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Magni Bronzebeard in the Ashbringer comic.

Eventually, Magni learned the truth about Muradin and Arthas that Arthas himself was responsible for Muradin's death.[3] Magni was overcome with grief at the news of Muradin's demise, but he and the youngest brother, Brann, remained steadfast in their desire to continue serving the dwarven people.

After Muradin's apparent death High Inquisitor Fairbanks and Alexandros Mograine visited King Magni. To avenge Muradin, Magni forged the Ashbringer to oppose Frostmourne, Arthas, and the undead. While Magni never took much stock in the belief that Master dwarven blacksmiths could impart emotions into the weapons they create, standing before The Great Anvil, he found himself thinking of how he would not see Muradin again. He thus harnessed all of his rage, fury, the desire for vengeance, and willed them into being with each strike of his hammer. When he was finished, he gave Mograine the finest blade that had ever been crafted by his hand. This would confirm that he is, at the very least, a skilled weaponsmith of the highest degree.[3]

For at least part of the Third War, Magni fought alongside Chen Stormstout and declared him to be a friend of Ironforge.[4]

World of Warcraft

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King Magni Bronzebeard in World of Warcraft.

King Magni Bronzebeard was a level ?? (Boss) quest giver located in the High Seat in the Great Forge in the dwarven capital city of Ironforge.

He started the following quests:

He ended the quest A [90] The Feast of Winter Veil (Feast of Winter Veil).

Recently the dwarves unearthed a series of ruins that held the key to the secrets of their lost heritage. Driven to discover the truth about his people’s fabled origins, King Magni Bronzebeard ordered that the dwarves shift their industry from mining and engineering to that of archaeology. Magni helped to create the famed Explorers' Guild of Ironforge, a group utterly devoted to plumbing the secrets of the ancient world and delving out the truth of the dwarves’ fabled existence.[5]

Brann, an explorer of some renown and brother of King Magni, went missing for months, and King Magni had lost hope that he still lived. Though he remains a wise and strong leader, his pain and sorrow weigh heavily upon him. Many dwarves wonder whether the kingdom will ever see another Bronzebeard sitting on the throne of Ironforge.[6] Recently, the intrepid Brann popped up once more, seeming to have survived his Silithus venture and somehow getting the base of Atiesh into C'Thun's otherworldly carapace. Much to Magni's dismay and a series of agonized groans from the Explorers' League, Brann has again managed to misplace himself within Outland and recently again in Northrend.

King Magni's only child, Moira Bronzebeard, was captured by Emperor Dagran Thaurissan, and was thought to be kidnapped while under a magical spell. Magni later sent a team to assassinate Emperor Thaurissan and retrieve Moira. When the team sent word back, he was shocked to discover that Moira refused to return to Ironforge and that she and Emperor Thaurissan had in fact, fallen in love. He also learned that they had conceived a child. Much to the kingdom's despair, Magni's grand heir will apparently be a dwarf who is both the heir of the King of Ironforge and the Emperor of Blackrock.

World of Warcraft: The Comic

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Magni Bronzebeard in World of Warcraft: The Comic.

Magni sent Thargas Anvilmar to Menethil Harbor to meet a ship and its passengers from Theramore and to deliver them to Ironforge.

Magni had diplomatically approached Stormwind for assistance against the ever increasing Dark Iron threat, citing their destruction and control of Thandol Span. Much to his frustration, his pleas fell on deaf ears. While Highlord Bolvar Fordragon concurred with the dwarven king, Lady Katrana Prestor, adviser to the recently returned King Varian Wrynn, accused Magni of trying to involve Stormwind in the dwarves' personal war, and refused to send reinforcements. Luckily, Jaina had already informed Magni of the appearance of Lo'Gosh, who was also thought to be the real King Varian Wrynn. Lo'Gosh and his companions attacked the Dark Iron Dwarves, later Magni and his dwarves helped him, and together they defeated the Dark Iron that had controlled Thandol Span. Magni then brought Lo'Gosh and his companions to Ironforge and told them about the disappearance of Marshal Windsor. It was then revealed that Magni and Bolvar were in contact through a Scrying Glass and discussed the matter of Windsor and the Black Dragons. He was present when Lo'Gosh decided to go to the Blackrock Depths in search of the missing Windsor. Magni promised them to watch over fel-tainted Valeera and granted her a sanctuary in Ironforge.

During the Scourge invasion on the capital cities, Magni sent troops to Stormwind.

Scourge Invasion

When the Lich King awoke, he sent his Scourge into all corners of Azeroth. To defeat the Plague and necropolises, members of the Church of the Holy Light traveled to Shattrath and created an artifact of the Naaru's Light. Adventurers of the Alliance delivered it to Magni to defend Ironforge. Magni swore that he will find Muradin.

Wrath of the Lich King

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Magni also appears briefly at the frost dwarf stronghold of Frosthold in the Storm Peaks during A [80] The Brothers Bronzebeard as being reunited with Muradin and Brann.

 [Prince Magni Bronzebeard's Silver Coin] can be fished from the Dalaran fountain. It bears a wish from when he was younger: "I hope that my father and brothers outlive me. I'll not make much of a king."

Pearl of Pandaria

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The pandaren made a lasting impression on the king, so much so that years later, during the war against the Lich King and the Brewfest, he declared Chen's niece Li Li and his old friend Strongbo as friends of the kingdom. Magni was kind and provided them a goblin zeppelin to Kalimdor.

Legends: Nightmares

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When the Emerald Nightmare invaded the mortal realm in the form of a magical mist and trapped Azeroth's sleeping denizens in their nightmares, Magni became one of its victims. In a nightmare caused by the Emerald Nightmare, Magni dreamt that he led a team through Blackrock Depths to rescue Moira and slay Dagran Thaurissan. In regards to her son, it seems that while he accepts that the child will be born, it would be banished forever from the kingdom. He would not allow a son of Dagran Thaurissan to inherit the throne of Ironforge. Upon hearing this, Moira stabs Magni to death in defense of her son. Moira reveals that her half dark iron son, "Fenran", was only meant to watch over the throne until her new baby is born, whom she reveals to be the child of Ragnaros.[7]

Elemental Unrest

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He was present at the Elemental Unrest meeting in Stormwind and informed the other Alliance leaders about the Tablets of Ulduar. During the exploration of Ulduar, the dwarves found a set of mystical tablets created by the Titans. During the Elemental Invasion, Magni protected the Commons of Ironforge from the Elements. He also assisted Alliance players in the destruction of Crown Princess Theradras and Grand Ambassador Flamelash.

The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm

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Magni Bronzebeard turns to diamond.

When freak natural disasters began rocking much of Azeroth just prior to the Cataclysm, the dwarven lands were not spared from the calamitous upheavals. A series of violent quakes tore through areas surrounding Ironforge, reducing settlements to rubble and taking the lives of many innocent dwarves in the process. Anduin Wrynn was under the guardianship of Magni at the time. Magni instructed a female dwarf Aerin to be Anduin´s guard and trainer. Aerin explained to Anduin that Magni never wanted a daughter, but Moira was a female and when she was kidnapped, Magni took it very hard. Ever since, Magni changed his beliefs about the capabilities of the female sex and because of this, Aerin and some other qualified women were promoted into the Elite Guard. After Aerin´s death, Magni called Anduin to his chamber, where he gave him the mace Fearbreaker which "liked" Anduin.

Next day, to glean answers as to the troubling state of the world, King Magni selflessly underwent a mystic Titan ritual to commune with the earth by activating the Ulduar tablet. Magni, Anduin, Belgrum, Rohan, Muninn, and Reyna ventured into the heart of the earth, Old Ironforge, where the ritual would be taking place. First, Belgrum read out the majority of the tablet's words, which had been transcribed on a scroll, then Magni drank a potion and spoke the words to activate the ritual in the earthen's language.

And here are the why and the how, to again become one with the mountain. For behold, we are the earthen, of the land, and its soul is ours, its pain is ours, its heartbeat is ours. We sing its song and weep for its beauty. For who would not wish to return home? That is the why, O children of the earth.

Here is the how. Go you to the heart of the earth. Find you these herbs three: mountain silversage, black lotus, and ghost mushroom. With a finger's pinch of the soil that nourished them, consume the draft. Speak these words with true intent, and the mountain shall reply. And so it shall be that you shall become as you once were. You shall return home, and you shall become one with the mountain.


"Within me is the earth itself. We are one. I am of it and it of me. I listen for the mountain's reply."[8]

Subsequently he heard hundreds of voices. The resulting thought that Magni´s plan was working, though something unexpected happened. Magni turned into diamond, his statue-like form fused into the diamond heart of Ironforge itself, and every one witnessed his selfless sacrifice.

The tablet was far more literal than any of the translators had realized. The ritual is actually a process for Earthen to once again become part of the very material they had been crafted from by the titans; the very crust of Azeroth.

Magni's funeral service was held shortly thereafter, attended by leaders and representatives of the Alliance, goblins, and even the Horde (a tauren and a sin'dorei who were known to be moderate individuals), as a token of Warchief Thrall's respect.

To compound this tragedy, Magni's estranged daughter Moira returned, claiming her father's throne for herself and for her infant dark iron son. In an effort to prevent further political turmoil, the Council of Three Hammers was established to succeed Magni.

Paragon of Stone

Magni, petrified in Old Ironforge.

On the Azeroth's Fortune mini-game page of the Cataclysm homepage, one fortune speaks of Magni activating the tablet.

When the winds scream and the stones shudder, the mountain king shall look to the earth for reasons why. He shall taste the soil beneath his feet and ask its advice in a tongue no longer his own. In reply, he shall be made one with his past and transformed into a paragon among mere stone.

Old Ironforge

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Old Ironforge has been opened and Magni can be found, petrified. Advisor Belgrum and Honor Guard Dunstad are there with him.

Advisor Belgrum says: This was my fault, my lord. I should've done more research on those tablets...

During the Children's Week, Randis wants to see the petrified Magni.

Charge of the Aspects

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When Thrall's essence raced headlong through the leagues and leagues of earth that unfurled around him during his meditation he moved beneath the Eastern Kingdoms. There a presence stirred in the mountains of Khaz Modan. The spirit there was strong, but it was not an elemental. It was, strangely, like Thrall: a mortal who had transcended the bounds of flesh. The unknown being patrolled the ancient earth of the region as if it was keeping a silent vigil over the land. It spoke in a dwarven accent that echoed across Azeroth. "For behold, we are earthen, o' the land, and its soul is ours, its pain is ours, its heartbeat is ours..."[9]

In the RPG

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He was one of the heroes during the Second War, often directly leading his people into battle.[10] During the fall of Kingdom of Lordaeron, his middle brother, Muradin, was reportedly slain in Northrend. Prince Arthas Menethil sent a letter to Magni stating that Muradin was slain by undead, but thanks to his sacrifice Arthas was able to obtain Frostmourne and would be returning to Lordaeron shortly. The letter also indicated that Muradin's body would be returned, though this never happened.[11]

Quotes

Aggro
  • For Khaz'Modan!
  • Feel the fury of the mountain!
Greeting
  • Strength, honor. I see them in you. Why have you come?
  • What brings you to Ironforge?
  • How can the dwarves help you?
  • What do you seek within the mountain?

Trivia

The Magni Bronzebeard action figure.
  • Between the events of the Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King, the dwarf Rom swore an oath to investigate the dark unrest in Grim Batol.[12]
  • In the Norse mythology, Magni is one of Thor's two sons, and one of the few gods who will survive the Ragnarok, and who will wield (along with his brother, Modi) his father's legendary hammer Mjolnir after Ragnarok.
  • Magni holds the title as King under the Mountain which is a reference to Tolkien's Middle Earth, where the dwarven rulers of the lonely mountain of Erebor was called by the same title. It should also be noted that Ironforge has some resemblance to how the mountain of Erebor is described in Tolkien's books.
  • He's voiced by Carlos Larkin.
  • Magni appears as a hero in Heroes of the Storm.

Action Figure

Magni is featured in DC Unlimited's World of Warcraft: Series 6 action figure set.

Character design

It seems that Blizzard have decided to change the appearance of Magni Bronzebeard as seen in the story Nightmares, the action figure and coin by DC Unlimited and the trading card game.

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Preceded by:
Earliest known:
Madoran Bronzebeard
Position:
Lord of Ironforge
Succeeded by:
Advisor Belgrum
(Interim)
Preceded by:
Earliest known:
Madoran Bronzebeard
Position:
High Thane of the Bronzebeard clan
Succeeded by:
Muradin Bronzebeard