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Throne of the Elements lore and history - Field Photographer Friday

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Field Photographer Friday is a weekly look at the lore and history behind locations around World of Warcraft. This week, we're taking a look at the Throne of the Elements!

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Prales with Gordawg in the background

The Throne of the Elements is located in northern Nagrand on Outland, with an alternate version also present on alternate-Draenor. In present-Azeroth, the Throne is the last home of the powerful elemental furies, which have seen their numbers fall drastically since the destruction of Draenor. The remaining furies work to keep the elements balanced and often act as ambassadors to the shaman who commune with them.

The Throne of the Elements first appeared in game during the Burning Crusade expansion when Horde and Alliance heroes were called to assist Elementalist Lo’ap and the Earth Fury Gordawg in destroying Gurok the Usurper. Gurok was being worshiped by the ogres in the area and sought to forcibly become the Earth Fury, however, we never learned what his end-goal was or even his plan for taking on the other furies.

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Throne of the Elements and the elemental furies

During the Elemental Unrest event leading up to the Cataclysm expansion, the Throne played host to several prominent shamans, Thrall, Aggra, and Gavan Grayfeather, as they worked to quell the elemental uprising. Thrall also struggled with his identity during this time, unable to decide between focusing on being the Horde Warchief or a shaman. He ultimately settled with focusing on shamanism, setting in motion his stepping down as Warchief of the Horde. With the help of Horde and Alliance heroes, the elemental unrest was eventually quelled, and it was discovered Deathwing was the catalyst and caused the elements to lash out in desperation. This was the last major meeting to take place at the Throne of the Elements in present-Azeroth.

With the release of the Warlords of Draenor expansion, heroes found themselves on Draenor in an alternate universe, before it was torn apart and became Outland. Much like on present-Azeroth, the Throne of the Elements is present in Nagrand. From there, it’s discovered that Earth Fury Gordawg was captured and corrupted by Cho’gall, who is still a member of the Shadow Council in this alternate universe. Gordawg was found to be guarding the entrance to Oshu’gun in Nagrand and was unfortunately killed by heroes at the command of Farseer Drek’Thar, seeing no other way to save him. Freed from his corruption, Gordawg's spirit returned to the Throne of Elements to rest.

In the alternate universe, the Throne is on top of a point where many powerful ley lines converge. Using this power, Drek’Thar blessed Horde heroes and their rings as the last step in preparing to confront Gul’dan in Hellfire Citadel. This grants the legendary ring players had been working towards for most of the Warlords of Draenor expansion.

The Throne of the Elements in present-Azeroth will remain an important location for shaman and elementals for millennium to come. The fate of the location in alternate-Draenor remains unknown, presumably, it will remain frozen in time like the rest of the world in that universe.

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Gavan Grayfeather - +

A prominent dwarven shaman.


Deathwing (Neltharion) - +

Deathwing the Destroyer, formerly known as Neltharion the Earth-Warder, was one of the five Dragon Aspects and leader of the black dragonflight. -Wowpedia

Cho'gall - +

Former chieftain of the Twilight Hammer clan.

Farseer Drek'Thar - +

Elder shaman of the Frostwolf Clan, Thrall's former mentor.

Gul'dan - +

Gul'dan was the first orcish Warlock and de facto founder of the Orcish Horde. He betrayed his people for personal gain and lead to their enslavement by the Burning Legion.

Join me every Friday as I work to expand my lore knowledge while completing the Field Photographer achievement. Read lore summaries for each location and follow up with resources where you can go more indepth! I encourage you to share your own selfies and any additional lore resources you know of in the comments below, or tweet @PrestonDvorak. Bonus points if the selfie is somewhere you shouldn’t be (such as an Alliance player in Orgrimmar)!

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