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上古之战
War of the Ancients
Cenarius vs Mannoroth.jpg
地点 古卡利姆多 以及一颗 军团星球
承接 War between the Kaldorei and the Twin Empires, Elemental Sundering
进行 Burning Crusade
后续 萨特之战
结果


交战方
1. *卡多雷抵抗军
2. *燃烧军团
3. *古神军团
  • 黑龙军团

  • 上古之战War of the Ancients是燃烧军团对艾泽拉斯的第一次入侵,它发生在第一次战争之前一万多年[1]。战争起源于鲁莽的上层精灵所吸引来的萨格拉斯和他的恶魔大军,最终导致了永恒之井的爆炸和卡利姆多大陆的分裂。

    战争的主要参与者有:玛法里奥·怒风泰兰德·语风伊利丹·怒风加洛德·影歌考雷斯特拉兹艾萨拉女王玛诺洛斯阿克蒙德

    There are differing accounts of the War:

    See Also, The Waking World and the Well of Eternity, The War of the Ancients and The Sundering of the World.

    历史

    许多年以前(早在魔兽争霸 I 的故事开始前一万年),在艾萨拉女王和她的顾问萨维斯领导下的上层精灵试图从艾泽拉斯的魔法源泉——永恒之井中汲取无穷无尽的能量。这对魔法的不计后果的滥用招致了燃烧军团对艾泽拉斯世界的注意。

    上层精灵们从永恒之井中汲取魔法所泛起的能量涟漪扩散到了宇宙深处,这股能量流最终被一个邪恶的存在发现。萨格拉斯——所有生灵的公敌,诸界的毁灭者。他感知到了这强有力的能量涟漪,注意力被吸引到了它遥远的源头。萨格拉斯探查了原始的艾泽拉斯,他感知到了永恒之井所蕴含的无穷能量,并对其充满着饥渴。他下决心要毁灭这个稚嫩的世界并将这能量据为己有。

    萨格拉斯召集了他庞大的燃烧军团,向着还浑然不知的艾泽拉斯世界进军。军团由上百万恐怖的恶魔组成,他们都被征集自宇宙的遥远角落,充满着对征服的饥渴。萨格拉斯的副官,污染者阿克蒙德和毁灭者玛洛洛斯负责指挥这些可憎的恶魔随从发起进攻。

    艾萨拉被她的魔法冲昏了头脑,屈服于萨格拉斯无可匹敌的力量之下并允许他进入自己的世界。甚至她的上层精灵仆人们也不可避免的陷入魔力的腐蚀,开始把萨格拉斯当成他们的神。为了展示他们对军团的忠心,上层精灵们协助女王在永恒之井的深处开启了一扇巨大的旋涡状的传送门。

    Once all his preparations had been made, Sargeras began his catastrophic invasion of Azeroth. The warrior-demons of the Burning Legion stormed into the world through the Well of Eternity and laid siege to the night elves' sleeping cities. Led by Archimonde and Mannoroth, the Legion swarmed over the lands of Kalimdor, leaving only ash and sorrow in its wake. The demon warlocks called down searing infernals that crashed like hellish meteors into the graceful spires of Kalimdor's temples. A band of burning, bloodletting killers known as the Doomguard marched across Kalimdor's fields, slaughtering everyone in their path. Packs of wild, demonic felhounds ravaged the countryside unopposed. Though the brave Kaldorei warriors rushed to defend their ancient homeland, they were forced to give ground, inch by inch, before the fury of the Legion's onslaught.

    当一切准备就绪,萨格拉斯发动了对艾泽拉斯灾难般的入侵。

    It fell to Malfurion Stormrage to find help for his beleaguered people. Stormrage, whose own brother, Illidan, practiced the Highborne's magics, was incensed by the growing corruption amongst the upper class. Convincing Illidan to forsake his dangerous obsession, Malfurion set out to find Cenarius and muster a resistance force. The beautiful young priestess, Tyrande, agreed to accompany the brothers in the name of Elune. Though Malfurion and Illidan shared a love for the idealistic priestess, Tyrande's heart belonged to Malfurion alone. Illidan resented his brother's budding romance with Tyrande, but knew that his heartache was nothing compared to the pain of his magical addiction.

    Illidan, who had grown dependent on magic's empowering energies, struggled to keep control of his nearly overwhelming hunger to tap the Well's energies once again. However, with Tyrande's patient support, he was able to restrain himself and help his brother find the reclusive demigod, Cenarius. Cenarius, who dwelt within the sacred Moonglades of the distant Mount Hyjal, agreed to help the night elves by finding the ancient dragons and enlisting their aid. The dragons, led by the great red leviathan, Alexstrasza, agreed to send their mighty flights to engage the demons and their infernal masters.

    Cenarius, calling on the spirits of the enchanted forests, rallied an army of ancient tree-men and led them against the Legion in a daring ground assault. As the night elves' allies converged upon Azshara's temple and the Well of Eternity, all-out warfare erupted. Despite the strength of their newfound allies, Malfurion and his colleagues realized that the Legion could not be defeated by martial strength alone.

    As the titanic battle raged around Azshara's capital city, the delusional queen waited in anticipation for Sargeras' arrival. The lord of the Legion was preparing to pass through the Well of Eternity and enter the ravaged world. As his impossibly huge shadow drew ever closer to the Well's raging surface, Azshara gathered the most powerful of her Highborne followers. Only by linking their magics together in one focused spell would they be able to create a gateway large enough for Sargeras to enter.

    As the battle raged across the burning fields of Kalimdor, a terrible turn of events unfolded. The details of the event have been lost to time, but it is known that Neltharion, the Dragon Aspect of the Earth, went mad during a critical engagement against the Burning Legion. He began to split apart as flame and rage erupted from his dark hide. Renaming himself Deathwing, the burning dragon turned on his brethren and drove the five dragonflights from the field of battle.

    Deathwing's sudden betrayal was so destructive that the five dragonflights never truly recovered. Wounded and shocked, Alexstrasza and the other noble dragons were forced to abandon their mortal allies. Malfurion and his companions, now hopelessly outnumbered, barely survived the ensuing onslaught.

    Malfurion, convinced that the Well of Eternity was the demons' umbilical link to the physical world, insisted that it should be destroyed. His companions, knowing that the Well was the source of their immortality and powers, were horrified by the rash notion. Yet Tyrande saw the wisdom of Malfurion's theory, so she convinced Cenarius and their comrades to storm Azshara's temple and find a way to shut the Well down for good.

    Knowing that the Well's destruction would prevent him from ever wielding magic again, Illidan selfishly abandoned the group and set out to warn the Highborne of Malfurion's plan. Due to the insanity brought on by his addiction and the stinging resentment towards his brother's affair with Tyrande, Illidan felt no remorse at betraying Malfurion and siding with Azshara and her ilk. Above all else, Illidan vowed to protect the Well's power by any means necessary.

    Heartbroken by his brother's departure, Malfurion led his companions into the heart of Azshara's temple. Yet as they stormed into the main audience chamber, they found the Highborne in the midst of their final dark incantation. The communal spell created an unstable vortex of power within the Well's turbulent depths. As Sargeras' ominous shadow drew ever closer to the surface, Malfurion and his allies rushed to attack.

    Azshara, having received Illidan's warning, was more than prepared for them. Nearly all of Malfurion's followers fell before the mad queen's powers. Tyrande, attempting to attack Azshara from behind, was caught off-guard by the queen's Highborne guardsmen. Though she vanquished the guardsmen, Tyrande suffered grievous wounds at their hands. When Malfurion saw his love fall, he went into a murderous rage and resolved to end Azshara's life.

    As the battle raged inside and outside of the temple, Illidan appeared from the shadows near the shores of the great Well. Producing a set of specially crafted vials, Illidan knelt and filled each with the Well's shimmering waters. Convinced that the demons would crush the night elves' civilization, he planned to steal the sacred waters and keep their energies for himself.

    The ensuing battle between Malfurion and Azshara threw the Highborne's carefully crafted spellwork into chaos. The unstable vortex within the Well's depths exploded and ignited a catastrophic chain of events that would sunder the world forever. The massive explosion rocked the temple to its foundations and sent massive quakes ripping through the tortured earth. As the horrific battle between the Legion and the night elves' allies raged around and above the ruined capital city, the surging Well of Eternity buckled in upon itself and collapsed.

    The resultant catastrophic explosion shattered the earth and blotted out the skies.

    As the aftershocks from the Well's implosion rattled the bones of the world, the seas rushed in to fill the gaping wound left in the earth. Nearly eighty percent of Kalimdor's landmass had been blasted apart, leaving only a handful of separate continents surrounding the new, raging sea. At the center of the new sea, where the Well of Eternity once stood, was a tumultuous storm of tidal fury and chaotic energies. This terrible scar, known as the Maelstrom, would never cease its furious spinning. It would remain a constant reminder of the terrible catastrophe... and the Utopian era that had been lost forever.

    Somehow, against all odds, Queen Azshara and her Highborne elite managed to survive the ordeal. Tortured and twisted by the powers they had released, Azshara and her followers were dragged down beneath the raging sea by the Well's implosion. Cursed — transformed — they took on new shapes and became the hateful, serpentine naga. Azshara herself expanded with hate and rage, becoming a massive monstrosity, reflecting the wickedness and malice that had always hidden within her core.

    There, at the bottom of the Maelstrom, the naga built for themselves a new city, Nazjatar, from which they would rebuild their power. It would take over ten thousand years before the naga would reveal their existence to the surface world.

    War altered

    After the Third War, Nozdormu sent Krasus and Rhonin, and with Broxigar to the time of the war, slightly altering its events.

    During the war against Deathwing, Nozdormu yet again sent adventurers of the Alliance and Horde to the final moments of the conflict in order to retrieve the Demon Soul and use it to destroy Deathwing in the present time. After the Destroyer was killed and the Dragon Aspects lost their powers, the artifact returned to its place and time.

    In World of Warcraft

    详见:Well of Eternity (instance)
    Deathwing revealed.

    In an interview on June 8th, 2010, Tom Chilton revealed that the War of the Ancients would be a Caverns of Time raid instance released some time in the World of Warcraft: Cataclysm patch cycle.[2] It was later revealed to be a 5-man heroic dungeon instead of a raid, the raid being the Dragon Soul.[3]

    轶事

    • The conflict bears resemblance to the Mage Clan Wars of the Diablo series—both are sparked by the summoning of demons, and both feature a conflict between two brothers/friends.

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