Bronze wyrm (Dragonkin)
Leader of the Bronze dragonflight, former Dragon Aspect, former guardian of Azeroth's timestreams
Nozdormu the Timeless is one of the former Great Aspects empowered by the titans to watch over Azeroth. He fought against the demons during the War of the Ancients. Following this intervention, he retreated into seclusion, immersing himself in his duties. He emerges only infrequently, when events require his direct presence. He intervened in the defeat of Deathwing at the hands of Krasus and his allies, one of the few times he has been seen in the skies of Azeroth.
With the threat of the Infinite dragonflight and advent of the Shattering, Nozdormu found himself less able to ignore the needs of his fellow Aspects and their allies. After aiding in the defeat of Deathwing's abominable creation Chromatus and his own insane future self, the Aspect of Time joined his brother and sister Aspects in killing Deathwing once and for all, but at the cost of most of his power, becoming mortal.
The Ordering of Azeroth
When the Titans left Azeroth, they charged the greatest species of the world with the task of watching over Kalimdor. Of all the dragonflights, five of them held dominion over their brethren. These were the blue, red, black, green and bronze flights. Aman'Thul, the Highfather of the Pantheon, bestowed a portion of his cosmic power upon the massive bronze dragon Nozdormu. The Highfather empowered him to guard time itself and police the ever-spinning pathways of fate and destiny. The stoic, honorable Nozdormu became known as the Timeless One. He had also been granted by his creators with the knowledge of his own demise. That had been given as a lesson, so that he would never think his power so great and terrible that he had to answer to no other. Nozdormu knows exactly how and when he will perish.
Dawn of the Aspects
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In Azeroth's ancient past, the Dragon Aspects were proto-dragons who stood united against a foe who threatened their entire species: the bloodthirsty Father of Dragons, Galakrond. Nozdormu was a dust-brown male who first met Malygos and Neltharion when he saved them from being devoured by Galakrond. He was contemplative and, like Malygos, seemed to be relatively intelligent even compared to other sentient proto-dragons.
The War of the Ancients (past)
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During the war, Nozdormu's interests were represented by his Prime Mate, Soridormi. At the end of the war, Nozdormu escaped after the timeline had been set right and assisted the other Dragon Aspects with the creation of the World Tree, Nordrassil. Nozdormu placed an enchantment upon it to ensure that as long as the colossal tree stood, the night elves would never age past their prime.
The Bronze Dragonflight rescued Xarantaur, one of the first druids, from death and took him before their master, Nozdormu. He granted him immortality as a Watcher, tasked to bear witness to the history of Azeroth as one of his agents.
Day of the Dragon
During the Second War, the orcish warlock Nekros managed to get a hold of the Demon Soul. He used it to enslave Alexstrasza, the Queen of the red dragonflight, and force her brood to serve the orcs. It was eventually destroyed at Grim Batol by the mage Rhonin, who had obtained a scale from Deathwing himself (since Deathwing was the only dragon not to add his power, his matter was the only thing that could harm the object). Nozdormu, convinced by Ysera (who had been appealed to by Krasus) to help, finally aided the other Aspects in chasing off Deathwing after the Demon Soul was destroyed.
The Third War
Nozdormu had no real involvement in the second invasion of the Burning Legion, but he did make a choice that affects the world still today. When the mortal races banded together and made a last stand at Mount Hyjal, the World Tree was sacrificed to destroy Archimonde, the night elves once again became mortal. The druids, led by Fandral Staghelm, created a new World Tree off the coast of Kalimdor and named it Teldrassil, however, this tree did not receive Nozdormu's, or any other Aspect's, blessing.
The War of the Ancients (present)
Shortly after the end of the Third War, the Human mage Rhonin was called away, once again, by his friend and mentor, the dragon-mage Krasus of the Kirin Tor. Nozdormu, trapped between different times, had barely managed to contact Krasus and draw his attention to a strange anomaly in the mountains of Kalimdor. Krasus convinced Rhonin to travel with him to Kalimdor to investigate. Meanwhile, the orcs Broxigar and Gaskal were sent by their Warchief Thrall on a similar mission, having caught wind of the strange event taking place nearby. Once there, Krasus, Rhonin, and Brox discovered a 'hole' in time. They were pulled in and ended up 10,000 years in the past, just before the first invasion of the Burning Legion.
After the war ended and the heroes returned, he had a brief conversation with Krasus, where he thanked him for his assistance, and agreed to temporarily watch over the clutch of blue dragon eggs the dragon-mage had saved. This marked one of the few (if not the only) times the Aspect had allowed the timeline to altered, in the belief that a few blue dragons would be better than no blue dragons and then apologised for the wrongs he would commit in the future.
The Burning Crusade
This section concerns content exclusive to The Burning Crusade.
Nozdormu's whereabouts during this period are unknown. Ruling the Bronze flight in his stead are Anachronos (leader of the Brood of Nozdormu), Prime Consort Soridormi (leader of the Scale of the Sands), and Andormu and his sister Nozari (leaders of the Keepers of Time).
Wrath of the Lich King
This section concerns content exclusive to Wrath of the Lich King.
Though absent for most of the plot, Nozdormu is seen briefly at the Bronze Dragonshrine during the quests and , where he appears as a vision as the "leader of the Infinite Dragonflight". Chronormu dismisses the vision as incorrect, since it makes no sense to her.
Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects
Following Ysera's instructions Thrall and a Green Dragon named Desharin travelled to the Caverns of Time, and became aware that even the Bronze Dragonflight do not know where Nozdormu is. Thrall however becomes aware of the Infinite dragonflight, and is told that his escape from Durnholde Keep was one such example of the Infinite dragonflight's attack. So Thrall and Desharin attempted to mediate on helping the Bronze dragons to find Nozdormu when an assassin - later to be revealed as Aedelas Blackmoore - decapitates the green dragon. Thrall was rescued by a Bronze and hurled into one of the Caverns of Time portals. After a few adventures in different timelines Thrall asked the elements to help him find Nozdormu. In that moment, an image of the Timeless One appeared before him, beckoning Thrall forward. He appeared in different times of his life, and each time, an image of Nozdormu was present in that specific "timeline." Finally, he found himself into an alternate timeline. After a spirited conversation, Thrall came to the realization that there are not multiple timelines, but only one. One past, one present, and one future. He realized that Nozdormu must be trapped in all moments of time at once, and that he now knew where to find him. He closed his eyes and found himself outside of the Timeline, floating in space but not-space, with infinite portals to the timeline around him. He found himself back in the Caverns of Time with Nozdormu, and on each one of the Timeless One's scales was a portal to a moment in Thrall's past, present, and future. Nozdormu came to the realization that he became lost in time after Thrall's alternating between various events of his life, some that have happened, some that should have never happened. Nozdormu then told Thrall that every single event in Azeroth's history, all the harm that came to the Aspects, the Emerald Nightmare, the madness of Neltharion and Malygos, are all intertwined, orchestrated by the same dark hand. Nozdormu became stuck in time while trying to figure out who was responsible for it and to prevent it. And he realized, that the one responsible for sending Blackmoore after Thrall was himself. Nozdormu explained that in one of the potential futures, he will become the leader of the Infinite Dragonflight. He further explained that he had not yet figured out how to stop himself from becoming the leader of the Infinite Dragonflight, but made it abundantly clear that he did not wish to become it. So Nozdormu told Thrall that his next task must be to rouse Alexstrasza from her grief of losing Korialstrasz. She couldn't get over the fact that Korialstrasz would have destroyed the Chamber of the Aspects.
Later during the Aspects fight against Chromatus the Bronze dragons, with Nozdormu at their front, joined the battle. However, the first thing the Timeless One urged was they all had to retreat, stating that if they had persisted, they all would have died as he had seen this in the timelines. As they fled, Nozdormu explained that they were all born as a part of something whole. And they realized that they were only four parts out of five, and as long as the fifth part remained empty, they would not be able to defeat Chromatus. So Thrall offered to give his spirit of Earth in the battle with Chromatus, so that all five spirits of the Aspects were whole once more. The four Aspects renewed their attack upon Chromatus after the ritual, but this time with a much more unified power. With their combined power Chromatus fell, lifeless, to the ground. The Aspects attempted to destroy the husk of Chromatus, but were unable to do so. Kalecgos stated that Malygos created a number of Arcane Prisons during the Nexus War, and Alexstrasza decided that representatives from all the flights will watch over him, as he is not dead.
After the battle Nozdormu took the time to explain that in one of the future timeways, he becomes the leader of the Infinite Dragonflight. Stunned, the three other Aspect listened as Nozdormu explained why he was late to the final battle: He was following another thread of information. He discovered who was behind the vast and dreadful conspiracy: The Old Gods. Nozdormu confirmed that they caused all of the horrible events against the Dragonflights and Azeroth. He stated that he believes even himself becoming the Infinite dragonflight leader in one timeline is caused by the Old Gods. Ysera told them all that they need to continue to fight as one, in order to avoid the Hour of Twilight. Before Thrall left, each of the Aspects gave him a scale from their hides, representing what he had done for each of them. The Bronze dragon Tick told Thrall that whenever he needs the aid of the Dragonflights, he can use the scales.
Rage of the Firelands
This section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.
Nozdormu appears as himself in Patch 4.2 during the Elemental Bonds questline intro. He is present during the meeting to restore the world tree along with Ysera, Alexstrasza, Kalecgos, Malfurion, Thrall and Aggra.
After Thrall's wedding he says to players when you click on him:
- Yes, <class>, things appear bleak. But know that even as things appear to unravel, they do so with greater purpose.
- <Despite his comforting words, Nozdormu looks stricken, if not ill.>
Charge of the Aspects
Nozdormu arrives at Mount Hyjal to find Tick and a dying Zirion. Zirion is leaking the sands of time which Nozdormu attempts to reverse to no effect. He is shocked to discover that his powers had been predicted and countered by equally powerful spellwork. Tick then says Zirion came from the future, the Hour of Twilight. Nozdormu realized that he would descend into madness with the Hour of Twilight. He asks how Zirion was injured, and Tick anwsers saying that it was the Infinite Dragonflight and their leader. Nozdormu then pleads for forgiveness from Zirion before he passes away. Zirion uses the last of his strength to look away from the Timeless One with a look of terror in his eyes. Nozdormu then ventures to Nordrassil to have a meeting with the other aspects when he explains that he killed Zirion and will become the Infinite leader. Ysera ponders the thought of an aspect being charged to protect their flight but then killing one of their own before Nozdormu departed.
Shortly afterwards, Ysera and Kalecgos come up with an idea of retrieving the Dragon Soul from the past to vanquish Deathwing. After telling Alexstrasza, the Dragonqueen departs to tell Nozdormu. The two aspects eventually meet and discuss the plan. Nozdormu admitting that he once pondered on whether he should go back in time and save the dragonflights and Malygos. They debate on Alexstrasza's intentions but eventually agree that sometimes life must be taken in order to preserve it. Nozdormu then returns, and the aspects work out a plan which involves going to the future to defeat Murozond and open the timeways to allow them to retrieve the Dragon Soul during the War of the Ancients. The aspects then ask Thrall to wield the Dragon Soul for no dragon can use it without causing themselves harm. Thrall agrees, but asks if the short-lived races can assist him. Alexstrasza agrees. Not long afterwards, Kalecgos brings up the fact that the Titans blessed the aspects for a reason, to stop the Hour of Twilight, but what would become of them afterwards. The aspects establish that they are intended to preserve the gifts they were given, for time, life, nature and magic last forever.
The Dragon Aspects, with allegiance from Thrall, have devised a dangerous and unorthodox strategy to bring Deathwing down once and for all. But to do so, they must acquire the Dragon Soul from a pivotal moment in the distant past. One of an infinite number of potential outcomes, the "End Time" timeway depicts the desolate future of Azeroth should its defenders fail to stop Deathwing. In this bleak future, Nozdormu has identified an anomaly that bars access to both the past and the Dragon Soul: a powerful creature from out of time, living alone amid time-twisted echoes of the past. In order for Nozdormu to provide you the ability to travel back in time to a point before the Dragon Soul was hidden by Malfurion Stormrage from anyone who'd seek its power, heroes must first go to a distant and desolate future to discover the anomaly blocking the past. The maniacal figure named Murozond blocking Nozdormu's vision has the ability to create a new and infinite dragonflight.
Murozond is in fact the future version of Nozdormu who will inevitably go mad and try to interfere with the past, thus his past self will send adventurers in to the future to strike him down. Right after Murozond is slain Nozdormu told them:
- "At last it has come to pass. The moment of my demise. The loop is closed. My future self will cause no more harm.
- Still, in the future, I will... fall to madness. And you, heroes... will vanquish me. The cycle will repeat. So it goes.
- What matters is that Azeroth did not fall; that humanity survived to live another day.
- All that matters... is this moment."
He is later seen in next instance of the Well of Eternity.
Hour of Twilight
After the Dragon Soul was brought to the present, it had to be transported by Thrall and mortal heroes to Wyrmrest Temple, a place of great power connected to the Chamber of the Aspects, where the artifact was originally imbued. Since Deathwing learned of their intent, he and his minions converged on the temple to waylay them at all costs. At Wyrmrest the Aspects infused it with their essences once again, making it more potent than it ever was. Kalecgos altered the Dragon Soul's properties so that it would affect Deathwing. But the artifact was imbued with the essences of the four Aspects and Deathwing never imparted his into it. To use the weapon to defeat him, they had to infuse it with the power of the Earth-Warder. Thrall possessed a portion - however small - of that exact thing: the essence of Azeroth itself. After the death of the twilight dragon Ultraxion, Thrall unleashed the Dragon Soul upon its creator. Wounded, Deathwing fled, attempting to return to the relative safety of Deepholm, through the Maelstrom. Thrall, the Aspects, and the Adventurers gave chase, riding a gunship after the Aspect of Death, battling his personal escort along the way.
After catching up, the adventurers leapt onto Deathwing's back and began prying the elementium plates from his back, eventually making an opening big enough for Thrall to blast a hole into Deathwing's chest with the Dragon Soul, causing Deathwing to crash into the Maelstrom. The defenders of Azeroth briefly rejoiced at having rid themselves of the Destroyer, but Deathwing rose from the Maelstrom.
Without his armor, Deathwing's molten form began to mutate, granting him a form far more terrifying than before. The final battle for Azeroth began in earnest, until one final surge of power from the Dragon Soul, infused with the complete essence of each Aspect, completely obliterated Deathwing, with Nozdormu using all his power to bind the moment in time and prevent the killing blow from ever being undone. After Deathwing's death, the remaining Aspects, having fulfilled their duty and expending all that remained of their ancient powers, became mortal. The glow in the Aspects eyes faded and the sands of time from Nozdormu's broken spaulder pour into his hand. With the loss of Nozdormu's powers, the Dragon Soul was returned back in time to the point where it was taken.
- With the loss of my power, the Dragon Soul has returned to its original place in time.
Dawn of the Aspects
At the meeting convened by the former Dragon Aspects, when Chromie reports that the timeways appear to be a state of flux, possibly due to the moment of the Dragon Soul's taking from the ancient past, Nozdormu states resolutely that the timeways are no longer the bronze dragonflight's concern, beyond his current ability to control, and thus fall now to the responsibility of the mortal races to protect. Some time later, Kalec called the Aspects to Wyrmrest Temple once more and shared with them his recent quest and reminded them of who they were and are.
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In the RPG
Nozdormu is a slim and sinuous bronze dragon, with scales of a metallic golden-brown color, and can arrange sand to conform to his body, cementing into one definite form. His eyes are made from gemstones, the color of the sun. He moves with a speed and grace belied by his monstrous form. Curiously, his position seems to change from moment to moment, as though its location in space were constantly in flux.
Nozdormu is tasked with ensuring that the flow of time occurs normally, without interruption, and that events happen as they are fated. To accomplish this mission, Nozdormu knows much about the nature of time. He uses his abilities and powers to prevent others from discovering these same secrets. Should a sorcerer or other mortal being begin to delve too deeply into magic that alters or affects time, Nozdormu always steps in to remove the threat, one way or another. Nozdormu is closely associated with time itself and is the very soul of patience. He has few worshippers, save perhaps among the night elves who wish to become once again timeless themselves. He pays no attention to those who venerate him, neither accepting nor disapproving of their efforts. Nozdormu lives in the Caverns of Time, a closely guarded complex located deep in the Tanaris Desert. Those who venture there and get past the bronze dragon sentinels rarely emerge unchanged. Some age, or become so youthful they are but infants. Others are lost in time and return decades or even centuries later. There are even legends of some who leave the caverns before they even enter!
Nozdormu is difficult to defeat because of his ability to look into the corridors of time and repeat events if they do not progress as he feels they should. He is extremely wise and uses his insight to determine the best course of action before proceeding. Should this fail, he simply tries again as necessary, or uses his power to avoid the encounter entirely. Nozdormu can take any form he desires, as though constantly under the effects of a shapechange spell. He frequently takes on the role of a humanoid creature and travels incognito as a simple commoner or peon. When doing this, the only consistent trait he displays is the absence of any need to hurry.
War of the Ancients
- "... You dare disturb my resst? You dare disssturb my peace?" zzz
- "Ssso much to gather, ssso much to catalog-" (Before Malygos mocks him)
- "Even Deathwing will pass into time... even he will eventually be part... of my collection..."
- "Just in Time..."
- "We musssst not let ssssslip away!" (when Deathwing flees)
Day of the Dragon
- "Enough babble! Let ussss be done with thisss!" (ready to aid Rhonin, Vereesa and Falstad)
- "We're wassssting time... Precioussssss time."
- "Compared to all elssse that has happened, it isss a sssmall change to the time line and one of which I approve. The bluesss will fly the skies again, even though their numberss will not be great even after ten thousand yearsss. But better sssome, than none."
- “I know what you hide from , from usss. It is my fate and curssse to know such things and be unable myssself to prevent them. Know that I now asssk for forgiveness for the wrongs I will caussse you in the future, but I mussst be what I am destined to be... as is.” (speaking to Krasus, referring to Deathwing's impending betrayal)
Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects
- "It was given unto me to know the very hour and method of my own death. I would never ssubvert it. But only one of the pathwaysss to my destiny can be correct. And in one unfolding future, I became the leader of the infinite dragonflight. That was why I became lost in the timewaysss, Thrall. I was ssseeking understanding of how such a thing came to be. How I, who have always striven to honor the great duty the titans charged me with, could have fallen so far astray." (to Thrall)
World of Warcraft
- In time, all things are possible...
- All that matters, is this moment...
- Time is a tangled web. Try not to dwell on all the loose ends.
- Do not confine yourself into linear thinking.
- I can arrange for your parents not to meet.
- End Time
- At last it has come to pass. The moment of my demise. The loop is closed. will cause no more harm. Still, in time, I will... fall to madness. And you, heroes... will vanquish me. The cycle will repeat. So it goes. What matters is that Azeroth did not fall; that we survived to fight another day. All that matters... is this moment.
- Dragon Soul
- Hurry heroes! In mere moments, Deathwing's Cataclysm will complete what he's begun and end the world. Join me in the attack, now! (When Deathwing casts Cataclysm)
- It is time! I will expend everything to bind every thread here, now, around the Dragon Soul. What comes to pass will NEVER be undone! (Upon defeating Deathwing)
- During his appearance at the start of the Elemental Bonds quest chain Nozdormu is seen wielding a .
- Nozdormu also appears as the backdrop for the 'Statistics' tab of the Achievements window, if you look carefully.
- The phrase "So it goes." in Nozdormu's speech after Murozond's demise is a reference to Kurt Vonnegut's 1969 novel Slaughterhouse-Five. Vonnegut would use the phrase after anything had died.
- In the books, Nozdormu puts emphasis on the letter "S", drawing it out like a snake. This is strangely absent in his appearances in-game.
- Nozdormu created the Hourglass of Time located in the Caverns of Time. He was also sure that shows only visions from the past and future.
Nozdormu battling crossover.
- Patch 3.0.3 (2008-11-04): Added.
- ^ The Well of Eternity
- ^ Day of the Dragon
- ^ Day of the Dragon
- ^ The Well of Eternity
- ^ Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects
- ^ World of Warcraft: The Magazine Volume I Issue II
- ^ William Brinkman in upperdeck.com via Wayback Machine
- ^ Dawn of the Aspects description
- ^ Dawn of the Aspects Part 2
- ^ Patch 4.3 Dungeons Preview, Part One: End Time
- ^ Cataclysm Epilogue
- ^ Gossip text after the raid
- ^ Shadows & Light, 95
- ^ Shadows & Light, 96
- ^ Shadows & Light, 95
- ^ War Crimes
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