Let's talk about the Nexus War for a moment now I'm back on my Warcraft ranting mood.
What is the Nexus War?
Well, Wowpedia says this...
The Nexus War was a conflict between the blue dragonflight and the alliance between the Wyrmrest Accord - a coalition of the four remaining dragonflights - and the Kirin Tor of Dalaran. The war was instigated by Malygos the Spell-Weaver, the Aspect of the blue dragonflight and Lord of Magic.
Short. And...that's it. Short. And that's why we need to focus on it.
Because, why the hell wasn't the Nexus War the actual focus of the second expansion pack of World of Warcraft? Why did we need to focus on the Lich King when Malygos was actually the bigger threat?
I've been told that various other Warcraft fans, including even Jesse Cox, seem to be asking the same question. Someone give me a video of him talking about it, please. I wanna hear Jesse bitch about how it was stupid to put the Nexus War in with the Lich King.
For about ten thousand years, Malygos the Spell-Weaver, Aspect of Magic, sat in a funk of depression after his brother, (in my stories his consort)...his best friend Neltharion, now called Deathwing, destroyed a decent chunk of his flight with the Dragon Soul.
Wowedia says that Malygos got out of this funk when Tyrgosa came back from Outland with Nether Drakes, gave them to Malygos, and he consumed them and allowed their energies to get him out of his madness.
Which contradicts the Day of the Dragon scene, where destroying the Dragon Soul was the reason why Malygos got out of his funk.
So much anger right now.
Stop doing this!
So, we have conflicting reasons as to what brought Malygos out of his depression right there.
But basically, after Malygos got out of his funk of depression, he opened up his leyline map, looked at it, and noticed that the magic was out of control on Azeroth. You see, for 10 thousand years, Malygos wasn't doing his job, so the magic of Azeroth wasn't being properly maintained. Not many blue dragons were helping out due to their low numbers, and...yeah...Malygos woke up said: "Oh shit, I'm late for work!" Went to work and found out half the office was destroyed. And someone used the office budget to buy drugs off the black market, or got into some shady business deals with some arms dealers, and now Malygos' business has to file for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy.
Oh, and his dog died.
It's not Malygos' day.
So, the first thing he does when he assesses the damage is basically take away the magic by rerouting the leylines around Azeroth back to the Nexus. Because shit went down, and this was a last desperate attempt to fix the mess.
However, I'm going off of the whole unreliable narrator thing as in to say, we don't know what the fucking hell is going on in Malygos' mind as to why he decided to redirect all arcane energy back to the Nexus. We just know he did it, it's bad, and now we have to kick his ass for it.
Malygos sends out his loyal blue dragons to kill off any mortal using magic, especially the Kirin Tor, and well, Alexstrasza, Rhonin, Kalec, and a few others decide to band together and stop him.
It ended up with Malygos capturing Keristrasza due to Keristrasza smashing eggs from Malygos' own brood, the few he had left basically. So, he decided to force her to become his new consort, hoping to get some eggs out of her. Which is impossible because I stated dragons can't cross flight breed.
Basically it was a big fuck you to Alexstrasza.
The Wyrmrest Accord then calls upon Adventurers who were in Northrend at the time because they need to settle a score with Arthas the Lich King, and well, it was just convenient for the Kirin Tor and Wyrmrest to hire them.
Basically the whole Nexus War was an optional side questline to the main questline, which was more or less about kicking Arthas' ass. And when we help the Red Dragonflight, the Red Dragonflight then come in to burn away the Blight at the doorstep of Icecrown...and there we go.
More or less, the Nexus War ends with we going in to the Eye of Eternity to kick a very pissed off Ninja Turtle's ass.
Oh, it's because Malygos is voiced by Cam Clarke. He should have also said Cowabunga!
Oh, Leonardo, you're my least favorite Dragon Aspect!
We get help from the Red Dragonflight, and then Alexstrasza comes into deliver the final blow, and then this very unmoving, unfeeling eulogy.
- I did what I had to, brother. You gave me no alternative.
- And so ends the Nexus war.
- This resolution pains me deeply, but the destruction - the monumental loss of life - had to end. Regardless of Malygos's recent transgressions, I will mourn his loss. He was once a guardian, a protector. This day, one of the world's mightiests, has fallen.
- The Red Dragonflight will take on the burden of mending the devastation brought on Azeroth. Return home to your people and rest. Tomorrow will bring you new challenges, and you must be ready to face them. Life, goes on.
Because, fuck you Malygos. You weren't important enough to have a full character arc in this expansion. Just move out of the way for the real star of the show...Neltharion's whiny, undead, brother-in-law who has lots of daddy issues.
AKA, this asshole.
Who, by the way, has your god damned, undead wife, Malygos! Why the hell didn't you do ANYTHING about it? Icecrown would have been over in two seconds if you would have went in there and kicked Arthas' ass for desecrating your beloved Prime Consort's grave by raising her skeleton and forcing her to serve him.
The whole war of the Lich King would have been over if you turned your attention to Icecrown to save your undead wife! Why the hell did we even need to go to war with Arthas? Someone could have said: "Hey, Malygos. That asshole in Icecrown has your Prime Consort's remain, reanimated them, and is using her to help control his undead army! You should totally kick his ass!"
My fucking god, guys. Why was Arthas more important than Malygos? Malygos, who was redirecting all the arcane energies into his home and said: "I have the power to unleash their force and obliterate this world!"
Really, was Arthas that much of a threat compared to God Dragon who commands all of arcana on Azeroth?
I talk about how much of a threat Neltharion is due to his ties to the planet, that he can make the planet do what he actually wants, and this is why people like Varian and Garrosh nee to watch their step.
But Malygos is the other side of the General Relativity Equation. Gamma Ray burst, anyone? Who could actually send forth energy so volatile that going to hide in a dungeon would still equal an extremely bad sunburn? Or not to mention sending out bursts of energy and radiation so nasty that it kills all vegetation, shuts down cell reproduction, and pretty much fry everything in your body.
Neltharion isn't the only one who has access to radiation folks. The difference is, Malygos can actually control it! Neltharion just leaks the poison, Malygos can fuck you over with microwaves, X-rays, UV light, and Gamma rays.
He could even spout the indigo death breaths of Kiryuu fucking Knight if he wanted to! Malygos shoots out super-heated plasma from his mouth, you are vaporized in an instant, the carbon remains burnt into the concrete.
And we were worried about the Lich King? Is Chris Metzen and the Blizzard story team fucking high? Probably!
I actually want to say that the way they should have handled it, take Malygos out of the Lich King expansion, and make an expansion for him.
Or! Put him in Cataclysm. Maybe the reason for the Nexus War is Malygos attempting to stop Deathwing. Either he's trying to gather up the energies to destroy Deathwing, one last fight with the brother who betrayed him, or perhaps trying to find a way to help Deathwing, as in saving him!
It's why this line is in Rise of the Sha.
“Well, before I could even figure out what I could to save him [Neltharion], you [Alexstrasza] had me killed.”Malygos - Chapter 3, Pandaria: Rise of the ShaYeah, you better believe I wanted Malygos to come and save Neltharion. But, nope! Green Jesus, aka Thrall the World Shaman did that instead. Because even I had use a Green Jesus plot element in order to make some of the fans happy.
Why the hell didn't we focus on the actual threat to Azeroth? Why did we have to focus on the Lich King?
One thing I started realizing as to why both characters got the shaft. They never really got a book that was dedicated to them only. Neither Neltharion or Malygos got a book that focused upon them as the main characters.
So, we have these unreliable narrator bits from other people saying why they are evil, why they need to be put down, and why we should just go along with it. But we never see it from their views.
The only time Malygos seemed to have some sort of actual main character status was in Dawn of the Aspects, and was only because Kalecgos was along for the ride.
Even then, that was a gigantic cheat on Malygos!
We never get to see anything from Malygos own thoughts. Or even from Neltharion's own thoughts. Well, we did kinda in the War of Ancients trilogy because some chapters focused upon him. But by that time, he was Snidely Whiplash evil, and well, we couldn't sympathize with him at all.
And don't give me that tripe that it's because they are villains. Arthas himself had a book completely dedicated to him. He was the main character.
Deathwing/Neltharion played the part of the villain in most of the books he was in, or he was just an inconvenience for the main characters to deal with. Granted, yeah, we got to see some bits in his mind, how he treats Onyxia and Nefarian with love and respect. How he addresses other characters or interacts with them. Or even how his anguish and sorry actually moved Khadgar...which is why in the unfinished Light and Laughter, I had Khadgar wanting Neltharion's forgiveness for destroying his children that day...and not understanding why Neltharion kept saying Khadgar did the right thing.
Mostly because then Neltharion would have to forgive himself for smashing Twilight Dragon eggs. Because, yeah, at last, killing children bothered the fuck outta him, even if those children were his, but wanted to euthanize him.
Poor Squishy. He has all the luck, all of it bad.
And so does Malygos.
But this statement is why I have Neltharion as the main character in my series. Because he never had any books where he was the protagonist.
And we need a book that has Neltharion or Deathwing as the protagonist. We need to see things from their eyes. We even need a book that has Malygos as the protagonist.
But, we'll never get it. Meanwhile, another villain, Illidan, gets another book dedicated to him, AND he gets a second expansion pack! Why the fucking hell does Illidan need two expansion packs?!