Dawn of the Aspects Part II Excerpt

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    Dawn of the Aspects Part II releases March 18, and we’re happy to be able to share with you an exclusive first read of the second entry in this epic digital-pentalogy.


Malygos flew alone again, the proto-dragon warier than ever. Thanks to images flashing through Malygos's mind, Kalec quickly understood why. The proto-dragon flew over lands to the east, where there had been several sightings of the not-living. However, as with many other things in previous visions, the exact reason why Malygos was scouting on his own was not so apparent.

As with the last area the proto-dragon had flown over, the landscape below appeared empty of animal life. However, in this bleak place, neither Kalec nor his host had expected to see many beasts. Still, Kalec gathered that Malygos had seen absolutely nothing.

Alighting on a low peak, Malygos peered around. More thoughts crept through Kalec's mind, filling in some missing pieces. Malygos sought the reason for Galakrond's frightful transformation into this hungry fiend terrorizing all, and he sought it very near where the behemoth kept his lair.

Kalec questioned the sanity of what Malygos desired but had no choice but to hope that Galakrond was far, far away. Malygos believed that to be the case, but both were aware that there was a chance he was wrong.

Malygos's heart pounded from tension as the proto-dragon drew nearer to where the lair was presumed to be. The peaks there were so tall it seemed that they were trying to touch the cloud-enshrouded sun. Such giant mountains would be likely to provide caverns large enough to house a monster the size of Galakrond.

Something below caught Malygos's attention. He dived toward it. At first, Kalec saw only rock, but then he realized that a portion of that rock was of a disquieting and familiar color.

The bones had lain there for some time, possibly four or five seasons. Those that were visible indicated a beast as large as many proto-dragons—or, as Malygos discovered after scraping away the earth from one area, it was an actual proto-dragon.

This one had perished violently. Many of the bones were cracked, and the partial skull that verified just what lay there had been crushed by a tremendous force.

Galakrond, Kalec knew. Here was an early victim. While to him it only served to show just how long Galakrond had been on his murderous rampage, Malygos evidently saw something more in the bones.

Although no one had yet witnessed how Galakrond reduced some of his victims to emaciated corpses that would rise as parasitic undead, the evidence of their existence was without question after Malygos's battles. Yet Kalec now wondered, if this was one of the leviathan's prey, why had it not transformed as the others had?

Silence reigned about them, but something made Malygos look to his right. To Kalec's observation, there was nothing to see. Even a proto-dragon as courageous as Malygos could not be blamed for being jumpy under such conditions.

Returning to the bones, Malygos nudged a few around. With little exception, they revealed that Galakrond had ripped apart and chewed up this unfortunate creature. Malygos's memories of a much smaller but still imposing Galakrond briefly arose, giving Kalec a startling glimpse of how the latter had changed. Galakrond as seen in the earlier stage had looked much more like a normal proto-dragon and not nearly large enough to swallow others whole. His body also had had a smoother, streamlined appearance. His coloring had been more muted, and the eyes had not had that incessant hungering look to them.

Malygos continued to ferret around among the bones, seeking clues. It was yet another hint—not that Kalec needed one—of how intricate his host's thinking was compared with that of many of the other proto-dragons.

Somehow, he survived, the disembodied blue thought. Somehow, some of them survived… but how?

The proto-dragon tensed again. This time, Malygos looked skyward.

To the east, a shape already far too massive to be a normal proto-dragon raced toward the mountains—and Malygos's position.

The mountains were too far away for Malygos to reach before he would be seen. Kalec's host had no choice but to flatten himself out where he was. His coloring did not blend with the land, but the hope was that Galakrond would not fly near enough to notice.

A constant, heavy beat preceded Galakrond, the sound of his vast wings flapping. Malygos knew that with each beat, the gigantic proto-dragon crossed miles. The beat grew louder, closer. Malygos and Kalec knew that Galakrond was almost upon them.

But then the beat began to recede. Through narrowed eyes, Malygos watched Galakrond head away from him and toward the mountains. However, just as the icy-blue proto-dragon dared draw a new breath, Galakrond halted. Hovering, the behemoth suddenly began heaving as if choking on something.

Neither Malygos nor Kalec paid much mind at first to whatever assailed Galakrond, the giant creature's physical appearance drawing their initial attention. Although it could not have been that long since the vision in which they had previously encountered Galakrond, Kalec was especially stunned by how much more misshapen the fiend had become. Not only was Galakrond oddly distorted, but he now had several growths randomly dotting his body. There were also a number of gray splotches that made it seem as if parts of Galakrond were decaying.

But just as Malygos and Kalec came to grips with this new, deformed Galakrond, the monster disgorged what had caused him such distress.

Bodies. More than a score of shriveled, limp proto-dragon bodies. They dropped in a horrendous heap to the ground, some flopping about as they struck. Malygos radiated immense distress at the sight, not only because of the awful slaughter but also because among the limp forms, he saw red, brown, gray, and even greenish-yellow bodies.
Hmm, so it seems Galakrond was mutated by Old Gods, maybe Yogg in perticular.

Im thinking that the Titans split up the powers given the Galakron by the OGs, reversed them, and divided them among the aspects. It makes sense, the OGs attemptednto make Deathwing into another Galakrond.
I don't know if Deathwing was supposed to be another Galakrond. I think we need more time before we can figure that out. This little passage is hard to understand what happened. I tried following it and I got lost. I need a summary of what just happened.

~Aeluron Lightsong
Malygos found a skeleton of a proto-drake possibly killed by Galakrond. He had a flashback of a smaller Galakrond. He then saw Big G flying by and he looks decayed. Big G doesn't notice Maly and pukes up dead proto-drakes, some of them with the same colors as the future aspects.
Dawn of the Aspects Drinking Game

Drink a shot whenver the text reads "proto-dragon" to replace "he" or "she" in a sentence.

See you in the hospital <.<
Hey Bashiok,

I am a player who is losing his sight, will there be plans to turn this into an audio book? I am a huge Dragon lover and do not have a kindle so it is sad you guys are releasing it on this format, but it would be so awesome if you could make this an audio book when it is finished.

Any chance of that?
delicious. Looks like the speculation that Galakrond was barfing the protos up to make them undead was correct. And I never considered he wasn't always that huge, but now it feels like a "duh, obviously he wasn't" moment.

So this comes out Monday, right?
Welll...seems this part ONCE AGAIN...leaves on a cliffhanger. I won't say what but...

Knaack likes cliffhangers apparently.

~Aeluron Lightsong
Well it was written as one book, the cliffhanger was meant to just have you flip the page to resolve it. :P
Interesting read Can't wait to see where this is going.

~Aeluron Lightsong
Interesting read Can't wait to see where this is going.

~Aeluron Lightsong


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Interesting read Can't wait to see where this is going.

~Aeluron Lightsong


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lol maybe we should all try doing that just to make sure that the concept of your signature becomes invalid.

~Aeluron Lightsong
Hey Bashiok,

I am a player who is losing his sight, will there be plans to turn this into an audio book? I am a huge Dragon lover and do not have a kindle so it is sad you guys are releasing it on this format, but it would be so awesome if you could make this an audio book when it is finished.

Any chance of that?


I'm not Bashiok, but I can always ask for you. Of note though, Kindle does have an option that you can have (most) books be read to you via its own system. I do this sometimes in my car when I don't want to buy the audio version (that way I can still read per normal means). I know you said you don't have one currently, and I'm not advertising on their behalf, but I've had mine for years now and it's been incredibly useful.
I actually want to read more. Damn you Blizzard!

~Aeluron Lightsong
I hate you people -_-
Just a quick follow-up, if and when we have these available in other forms (audio or print), we'll let you know. :)
I actually want to read more. Damn you Blizzard!
Actually you dont need a kindle to read these. You can download the kindle app free from Amazon and then buy all the books you could access on an e-reader. I do it all the time. :)
Im the meantime, maybe have a friend read it to you? that would be special. Best of luck to you.
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