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For information on how to defeat Malygos in World of Warcraft, see Malygos (tactics).
NeutralMalygos
Image of Malygos
Title Spellweaver, Lord of Magic, Steward of Magic, Guardian of Magic, Hand of Magic
Gender Male
Race Blue dragon (Dragonkin)
Affiliation Blue dragonflight
Former affiliation(s) Dragon Aspects
Occupation Aspect of the blue dragonflight, guardian of magic and hidden arcanum
Location The Eye of Eternity, The Nexus; Coldarra, Borean Tundra
Status Deceased (lore)
Killable WotLK
Relative(s) Sindragosa, Saragosa, Haleh (consorts); Keristrasza (unwilling consort); Arygos, Balacgos (sons); Kirygosa (daughter); Tyrigosa (daughter, presumed)
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Malygos was the Aspect of the blue dragonflight and one of the most ancient creatures living on Azeroth, and 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.

With lucidity restored to him, there were some - particularly the red dragonflight, and even members of his own - who did not like where his mind was going.[1] 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. After much conflict around the Nexus, heroes entered Malygos' inner sanctum and, with the aid of the red dragonflight, killed him, ending the war but depriving magic of its appointed guardian at a crucial point.

Contents

Biography

Dawn of the Aspects

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The Dragon Aspects, before they were Aspects, facing Galakrond.

Malygos was the oldest of the five Aspects.[2] Malygos was one of the more intelligent of proto-dragons, capable of broken speech unlike most of the other, more animal-like of his kind. When he was younger, he and another proto-dragon named Tarys were especially close.

While on a hunt in the wastes of Northrend, he met a proto-dragon named Alexstrasza who was searching for her lost brother. Proud of his intelligence, Malygos agreed to aid her in her search. The two were attacked by a savage gray proto-dragon, and though they fought it off Alexstrasza noted that it was frightened of something. Alexstrasza and Malygos would later find her brother, though he was a shriveled husk of flesh and bone.

Later, Malygos and dozens of other proto-dragons of varying colors were hunting herds of grazing caribou. He watched as Alexstrasza helped her sick younger sister, Ysera, though Ysera refused to take the sympathy. A rival proto-dragon of Malygos's named Coros glared at him as he ate his own kill. Malygos also witnessed a brown proto-dragon predicting the herd's movements and snatching two at a time while others around him would only crash into the ground.

Ysera and Alexstrasza approached Malygos and Ysera asked how her brother died, but they were interrupted by the sudden appearance of Galakrond. After the gigantic terror had flown away, a confident grey proto-dragon named Neltharion taunted them all for being afraid. Malygos turned to head home, but was ambushed by Coros and two other proto-dragons. Neltharion arrived to help Malygos fight them off, then declared the blue a good fighter and that they were blood brothers. Malygos noticed something in the hills nearby, but Neltharion couldn't see it. As he flew off, the land moved - a ripple no larger than a tall human.

Ysera and Alexstrasza would later come across the shriveled up corpses of two proto-dragons, including Malygos's old companion Tarys. A small and terrified purple proto-dragon insisted that Galakrond had devoured the dead dragons, which matched theories Malygos had expressed to the two sisters. They went to fetch Malygos so he could meet the purple dragon. After his arrival, the corpses stirred and attacked as undead. Alexstrasza, Malygos, and Ysera tore them apart.

Later, when Galakrond began devouring proto-dragons, Coros cut off Malygos and hid in a crevasse he had intended on using for cover. This left Malygos open as Galakrond's jaws surrounded him.

The War of the Ancients

Malygos in Warcraft Legends.

During The War of the Ancients when Queen Azshara and her Highborne opened a portal in the Well of Eternity to allow the Burning Legion access to the world of Azeroth, the Great Aspects congregated at the lair of Alexstrasza to discuss the coming invasion and what part they should play in defending the world. Neltharion proposed that to end the invasion of demons, the dragonflights should create a weapon with which they could eradicate the demon armies.

Neltharion persuaded Malygos to aid him in convincing the other Great Aspects to lend a part of their power to create the weapon, the Dragon Soul. The artifact was a simple unassuming golden disc created by Neltharion. The Dragon Soul was to be used as a weapon against the demons. All the Great Aspects and their flights contributed a bit of their power in creating the Dragon Soul with the exception of Neltharion. Through the disk, Neltharion was able to magically take control of all other dragons including the other Great Aspects.

During one of the final battles the Great Aspects called all of their flights together and flew toward the battle where the Ancients had already perished and only night elves were holding back the Demons. With ease, a crazed Neltharion, now known as Deathwing, destroyed both demons and night elves by using the Dragon Soul—now known as the Demon Soul—against them. The other Aspects tried to stop Neltharion. Malygos's flight surrounded Deathwing in an attempt to take the Demon Soul from him. With a single command, they were engulfed by the magic of the Demon Soul and were pulverized. Malygos was also terribly injured, both mentally and physically, but did not suffer the same fate as his flight.

Krasus helped ease this loss by going to Malygos' lair, taking eggs that still had life and storing them somewhere unknown; at the end of the war, he handed them over to Nozdormu.

With his flight nearly annihilated, Malygos began to lose his mind. He felt deep guilt for his role in convincing the other Aspects to infuse their powers into the Demon Soul. He traveled to his lair in Northrend, where he hid for millennia. Feelings of remorse paralyzed him. During the ten thousand years following the War of the Ancients, he was rarely seen by the other Aspects. His body was a caricature of his former self, almost always being in the form of an insect-like creature; a thin body surrounded by frozen ice, almost skeletal.

Day of the Dragon

During the Second War, Alexstrasza was kidnapped by the Dragonmaw orcs and taken to Grim Batol. Her younger consort Korialstrasz, known as Krasus when disguised as an elf, later visited Malygos to seek his aid in an attempt to free Alexstrasza. Although Malygos initially refused, Krasus convinced Malygos to assist him by revealing that Deathwing was still alive and that Deathwing had indirectly led the Dragonmaw orcs to find the Demon Soul. Krasus finally said that Alexstrasza could use her powers over life to grant Malygos a new dragonflight. Seeing an opportunity to avenge the death of his flight, see their resurrection, and redeem himself, Malygos agreed to rejoin the world and confront Deathwing.

After Deathwing was defeated and the Demon Soul destroyed, Malygos seemed to reclaim the vitality of his former self. Rhonin the mage destroyed the artifact using a scale of Deathwing and with a spell, all the magic and power of the Demon Soul was transferred back to the other Great Aspects, returning their full power to them. Although still a sparsely populated dragonflight, the blue brood grows slowly, giving hope to Malygos.

The Sunwell Trilogy

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Malygos in the World of Warcraft Comic.

After sensing some great power of Sunwell in Lordaeron, Malygos sent young Kalecgos to investigate instead of an elder. Tyrygosa soon departed for she feared he is in danger. After their quest with the Sunwell was done, Malygos learned what happened from Tyrygosa.

Nexus Point

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Tyrygosa learned in Outland that nothing can save the Nether dragons unless an extremely powerful source of arcane power can revitalize them enough to free themselves. Tyrygosa, Kadavan, and Zzeraku open a dimensional rift to Azeroth and bring a group of enthralled Netherwing dragons to the Nexus where they absorb its magical energies. Yet Zzeraku and the Nether dragons grow mad with power, and frustrated with everyone they've ever encountered trying to use them, decide to be masters of their own destinies and conquer Azeroth for themselves. Tyrygosa tries to reason with Zzeraku, telling him that by following Deathwing's path, Azeroth will rise against them and lead to their destruction. Though conflicted with Tyrygosa's sincere concern for his kind, Zzeraku believes that only by gaining power can he safeguard his people. The Netherwing dragons attack the Blue Dragonflight, and in the midst of the chaos, Malygos awakens from his slumber. In his insanity, Malygos misinterprets the Nether dragons arrogant proclamations of being the embodiment of the Nexus and absorbs them and their power. The dragon's Nether-warped physiology began to affect the Spell-Weaver himself, ultimately helping him regain some of his lost sanity.[3]

Night of the Dragon

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Malygos sent Kalecgos to a mission to Grim Batol.

The Nexus War

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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). Thus he deemed the lesser races' use of magic as unacceptable, and he proceeded to declare war on all magic users, particularly the Kirin Tor of Dalaran. 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 planed 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.[4] 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.

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Coldarra

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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.

The Eye of Eternity

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Malygos in Eye of Eternity.

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.

Ulduar

During the battle against Yogg-Saron in Ulduar, Malygos appears in a form resembling a male high-elf with blue hair, along with the other Aspects, during a flashback of the creation of the Dragon Soul, ten thousand years earlier. Malygos is also wearing the frostfire robes in their original coloring.

Legacy

Malygos' legacy is carried on in the confines of Coldarra, where the Blue Dragonflight are torn between two new leaders in Malygos' absence. The first, Kalecgos, believes that the flight should take a more active role in world affairs. The second, Arygos, believes the opposite - that the Blue flight should retreat into seclusion from the world. Their rivalry comes to head when it is revealed that Arygos had entered into a dark alliance with none other than the Blue Dragonflight's original despoiler, Deathwing the Destroyer, to remove Kalecgos from the picture. Deathwing, though eager to see Kalecgos dead, warns Arygos not to make the same mistakes as his father.

Arygos' plot is later unveiled, and he flees Coldarra, swearing that Neltharion will destroy them all. Kalecgos thus becomes the official successor to Malygos, as both the leader of the Blue Dragonflight and the Aspect of Magic.

Locations

Notable appearances
Location Level Health
Borean Tundra  ?? 6,972,500
Ulduar  ?? 10,019

Personality

Malygos, Lord of Magic, is said to have created magic and spells. His command of magic is quite impressive, rivaling that of a demigod, although he does not aspire to such power. While physically he is not as powerful as some of the other Aspects, Malygos counters 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 is a solitary creature who avoids contact with others. He dwells in Northrend, in a lair filled with some of the greatest magical artifacts known to exist. He spends 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 scour the world for ancient artifacts and repositories of arcane power.[citation needed]

Malygos does not seek out combat; and although he and his dragonflight are still routinely hunted by black dragons, he avoids their kind if at all possible. He protects his lair and himself with illusions and misdirection. Those who discover his home are encouraged to depart through a variety of means; Malygos takes direct action only as a last resort. When he does fight, he engages spellcasters first, using his breath weapon and other abilities to sweep spells from their minds.[5]

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As a young proto-dragon, Malygos was very prideful of his abilities. He proudly declared his intelligence, and looked at more animal-like proto-dragons with contempt. It was not just talk, either, as it was Malygos who found a connection between the shriveled proto-dragon corpses and Galakrond.[6]

Memorable quotes

War of the Ancients

  • "It is the weapon like no other! It must be like no other."

Day of the Dragon

  • "He didn't impart his own power, didn't impart his own! Tell him, Ysera! Tell him how, after the demons were defeated, he turned on us! Used our own power on us!"[7]
  • "Such a pleasure to see you Queen of Life! And you too, my fair dream!"
  • "Give the Timeless one more time? How droll! I will not let dour Nozdormu leave without pressing him on that jest!"
  • "I lost much - too much! But you, you who call yourself Krasus, you who once also wore the form of dragon, you lost all, too!"
  • "Much to babble about, much to babble about!" (to Nozdormu)
  • "That obscenity should have never become reality, and as I've become instrumental in encouraging its creation, 'tis only fair, old friend, that I erase it!"
  • "I have lost much in my time, mortal, too much in fact. Your lesser intellect could not possibly begin to understand the pain that infernal disk can impart on its victims, Now begone from my realm before I show you a piece of what I have suffered!"

World of Warcraft

  • What could you hope to accomplish, to storm brazenly into my domain? To employ MAGIC? Against ME?
  • UNTHINKABLE! The mortals will destroy... everything... my sister... what have you- (last words)

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Coldarra Eye of Eternity Ulduar
Preceded by:
None
Position:
Aspect of the Blue dragonflight
Succeeded by:
Kalecgos