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Dawn of the Aspects paperback is coming this November! We’re happy to be able to share an excerpt from "Charge of the Aspects" which is included in the paperback version.

Pre-orders now available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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World of Warcraft: Dawn of the Aspects
Charge of the Aspects Excerpt

I have murdered one of my own.

The thought hit Nozdormu the Timeless One the instant he saw the desiccated bronze dragon. Zirion had shriveled into a husk half his original size. Lesions covered his body from head to tail. Instead of blood, golden sand cascaded out of the wounds in unending streams upon which shimmered ghostly images of his life that had not yet come to pass. His future was bleeding out of him.

Nozdormu strode across one of the isolated peaks of Mount Hyjal to stand by Zirion's side, every moment of history rippling over the Timeless One's sun-colored scales. As he loomed over the dying dragon, a wave of helplessness flooded through him. An impenetrable veil had descended on the timeways, one that not even he, the Aspect of the bronze dragonflight and the Guardian of Time, could pierce. The past and future—things he had once seen with clarity—had become muddled.

"Where are the othersss?" Nozdormu craned his great neck toward Tick, who stood nearby. The loyal dragon had transported Zirion on her back from the bronze flight's lair in the Caverns of Time with all due speed, a feat possible only because of her passenger's withered state.

Tick's breaths were still labored from the ordeal. "He returned alone."

"How can that be?" Nozdormu growled in frustration. "Twelve I dispatched into the past. Twelve!"

He had tasked his agents with investigating the unsettling condition of the timeways, but now he couldn't shake the feeling that he had merely consigned them to their deaths. Upon returning to the present, the dragons were supposed to have met the Timeless One atop Hyjal precisely at midday. It was well past noon when Tick, whom he had not sent into the timeways, had arrived, bearing Zirion.

"What did you sssee, Zirion?" Nozdormu asked as he began weaving spells to reverse the sands of time escaping from the other dragon.

"I fear he has lost the strength to speak," Tick put in.

The Timeless One barely heard her. The impossible was happening: his magic was having no effect. His actions had been predicted and countered by equally powerful spellwork. There was only one being in existence who possessed the foresight and skill to best the bronze Aspect in the realm of time...

"When he first returned from the timeways," Tick continued hesitantly, "he recounted what he saw. No matter where he and the others attempted to journey in history, they always emerged at the same point in the future... the Hour of Twilight."

Nozdormu lowered his head and clenched his eyes shut. It was as he had feared. The strands of time had been gathered and pulled toward the apocalypse. In that gray and lifeless future, even the Timeless One would meet his end. That, at least, was what he believed. Ages ago, when the titan Aman'Thul had imbued him with his mastery over time, Nozdormu had also gained knowledge of his own demise.

"Who was responsible for hisss wounds?" The Timeless One knew the answer, but he hoped more than anything that he was wrong... that what he had seen was an anomaly.

"It was the infinite dragonflight and its... leader." Tick averted her eyes from Nozdormu.

I have murdered one of my own. The damning words echoed in the Aspect's head.

He had once thought the infinite flight was merely a symptom of an errant timeline. Yet, as inconceivable as it seemed, he had learned that he and his bronze dragons would in the future abandon their sacred charge—protecting the integrity of time—and work to subvert it.

Nozdormu mulled over the events of the past weeks, struggling to control his anger. He had been trapped in the timeways until recently, when the mortal Thrall had reminded him of the First Lesson: that living in the moment was far more important than dwelling on the past or future. The bronze Aspect had emerged from his captivity with a newfound understanding of time... only to find himself now confronted by his darkest fears.

"Forgive me," Nozdormu whispered to Zirion, not knowing whether his beloved servant could still see or hear. The wounded bronze cocked his head in recognition. He gazed from side to side until his dull and cloudy eyes locked on Nozdormu.

"Forgive me," the Timeless One repeated. Zirion's mouth stretched wide, and his body quivered. It almost looked as if he were laughing, but Nozdormu quickly realized that the other dragon was sobbing.

As the last of Zirion's future bled out of him, he used whatever remained of his strength to push himself away from Nozdormu, his eyes filled with terror.
Isn't this chapter on the website in the story section.... charge of the aspects?
I was just about to point that out.

EDIT: The post has been edited to clarify that Charge of the Aspects is being included, rather than calling it an exclusive chapter, so this makes sense now.
Hmm, interesting. With the other short story collection, this means all the short stories(pre-MoP) will be in book form.
New expac will center on Bronze/Infinite Dragonflight.
New expac will center on Bronze/Infinite Dragonflight.

How? We killed Murozond in Cataclysm. Sadly.

I would've much preferred recurring Infinite Dragonflight dungeons/scenarios/etc. to more trolls everywhere.
How? We killed Murozond in Cataclysm. Sadly.

I would've much preferred recurring Infinite Dragonflight dungeons/scenarios/etc. to more trolls everywhere.


We killed one Murozond, but who is to say there arent other Murozond in the infinite timeways.
Murozond should have been a raid fight of some sort instead of a face-roll dungeon encounter. But he may still become as such...remember, the Murozond we killed was in the Hour of Twilight, which we prevented in Dragon Soul. And Nozdormu himself said that in time he will come to madness and we'll have to take him down. We'll probably see Murozond again...

As for expansions...If the 'The Dark Below' title talk is legit, it may be N'zoth/South Seas/Azshara(maybe even a touch of Emerald Dream) or Legion based as far as the expansion goes. We won't know till Blizzcon probably.
As the last of Zirion's future bled out of him, he used whatever remained of his strength to push himself away from Nozdormu, his eyes filled with terror.


That's terribly sad.
I'm glad this is being published in physical form. I just wish there was a hardback one too.
How? We killed Murozond in Cataclysm. Sadly.

We've seen the end of Murozond's life, but that doesn't mean much of anything with time travel. We could still have encounters with Murozond that take place before End Time from his point of view.
Is this out yet? I'm too lazy to Google it.
Is this out yet? I'm too lazy to Google it.


Yes it's out (released November 19), but only in paperback and audio.

Why no Kindle? :(

Edit: Just realised the poster above posted a month ago :( Midnight shifts getting to me.
This post, sitting at the top of the forum for months now...motivated me to buy the book tonight from Amazon. Review pending.

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