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The Story of Aviana - Lore Collaboration with Nobbel87
08/01/2017 à 17:00
We're back with another collaboration with
! In this series, Nobbel will examine the lore behind popular content on Wowhead. Today's video is the Story of Aviana, spanning
Falcosaur Pets and Mounts
The Creation of G'Hanir
The story of Aviana begins during Azeroth’s ancient days where the Old Gods had infected the planet. If nothing were to be done about it, natural life would never have a chance to emerge. The Black Empire ruled supreme, but thankfully the planet was found by the Titans and they sent their titan keepers to battle with the Old Gods and bring order to the planet. Healing the world did not come from one place, but at the beginning there was a source of healing and balance, a place where all life could rest and revive. It was called
, created within the Emerald Dream by Keeper
From it bloomed many different fruits and flowers, and new life flowed outward in waves, sweeping across the land. For millennia, it served as a source of healing and balance that extended beyond the Dream and into the physical world. As life flourished on Azeroth, generations of animals came and went. Soon the Emerald Dream was filled with the spirits of countless beasts. G’Hanir became a haven for winged creatures, its many boughs and branches had room for all, and its healing, peaceful energy calmed even the most distressed minds. Many powerful spirits were drawn to G’Hanir. Some simply wanted to gaze upon it; others wanted to sit at its base and bask in its shade for a while, while one of them never left.
A wild god named Aviana made the Mother Tree her home for as long as she lived. She was known as the mistress of birds and unlike some of the other wild gods, she did not keep herself distant from what some might call, lesser, mortal creatures. She was a predator, delighting in swooping down on prey from the sky. Eventually she was given a new name, the Mistress of the Mother Tree. She had grown utterly enchanted with G’Hanir and she spent years melding her power into the tree. Soon enough, all living winged creatures on Azeroth dreamed of spending the afterlife flying through its branches. Aviana’s spirit became intertwined with the mother tree and in time, this would have severe consequences since now her fate was intertwined with the tree and the peace bestowed upon Azeroth by the titans would not last.
Learn more about G'Hanir's origins on Wowhead:
is the Restoration Druid artifact weapon. Learn about recommended traits in the
Restoration Gear Guide
and check out all the appearances in the
The hidden appearance is
Gland de l'Eternel
and it has a small chance to spawn via
As you learn more Artifact Knowledge, you can read more about G'Hanir via a book in your Class Hall. You can read
all of the pages here
You can free Freya as an
Ulduar boss fight
complete a questline
in Sholazar Basin with the Avatar of Freya.
War of the Ancients
Queen Azshara and her Highborne made contact with Sargeras and the Burning Legion, who worked on summoning the demons into Azeroth using the incredible powers of the Well of Eternity. This was discovered by elves like Malfurion Stormrage and a resistance was formed. Even the demi-gods of the world like Cenarius, Ursoc, and Aviana eventually joined the fight over the fate of Azeroth. Doomguards flew in from above to hold back the chaos, but from the sky there came what seemed like every bird in all the land. The demons spun about in panic as tiny finches and gigantic raptors tore at their flesh.
And among the birds flew their mistress, Aviana, her delicate face now transformed into that of a hungry predator. The demigod’s talons ripped through wings, sending Doomguards spiraling to their deaths. Others she seized in an inescapable grip, then used her sharp beak to tear out their throats. The one leading the demonic forces, Archimonde himself, was not so easily defeated though and as the demons tried to leave the battlefield, he showed them that not fearing him more was a big mistake by melting the demons, their armor and flesh sliding off their bones like soft wax. This quickly showed the other demons that death was waiting on both sides and it came in many forms, some more terrifying than others, and they resumed the fight without regard for their own safety.
The demi-gods were mighty and powerful, a great asset to the Night Elf army, yet they too started to fall, including the mistress of birds. Guided by the will of Archimonde, Doomguards with lances fought their way through the flocks toward the one that they sought. Two dozen demons perished along the way, but too many more achieved their goal, surrounding the guardian of all winged creatures of Kalimdor and piercing her with their long, barbed spears. But even the blood of the demigoddess fought for her, dripping down the lances of her slayers and pouring onto their hands. As she fell, lifeless, her assassins tore at their own hides, her blessed blood now infesting their unholy bodies. In the end, the doomguards all died, rending themselves to pieces trying to escape what they could not. Aviana had fallen and more demigods would follow, but eventually, the resistance was able to overcome the might of the Burning Legion, close the portal and send them back to where they came from.
Learn more about the War of the Ancients on Wowhead:
Wowhead has a summary of the
history of the Night Elves from Chronicle Vol 1
including War of the Ancients.
, players go back in time to experience the events of the War of the Ancients. In this dungeon, players face
and fight her loyal Highborne as she tries to mind control you.
Archimonde has returned twice as a boss: in
Aftermath of Aviana's Death
The victory came at a great price since all their spellwork had made the Well of Eternity incredibly unstable. The Sundering took place splitting the land of Kalimdor apart, but the world did survive and was not conquered by the Legion on that day. Now as I mentioned before, Aviana’s spirit had become intertwined with G’Hanir and her death reverberated through the Emerald Dream. All the leaves of G’Hanir fell from their branches. The great Mother Tree, home to the spirits of countless creatures, was dead. Many mourned for it, and some succumbed to the temptation of serving dark forces in Aviana’s absence, but although the wildgod had died, her spirit still lingered. As the night elves were working hard on rebuilding their society in the aftermath of the Sundering, members of the Green Dragonflight discovered a gift, a single branch of G’Hanir with a single acorn hanging off its leaves. The acorn was then used by the Red Dragon aspect Alexstraza to create the great world tree Nordrassil. Malfurion sensed that it was Aviana’s spirit who had given them the branch of G’Hanir and he believed that it was best kept hidden. Many of Aviana’s children had been lost to chaos and could be driven to claim any remnant of her legacy for their new masters. In secret, he moved the branch to a safe location deep within the Emerald Dream where for many millennia, the branch served as a stabilizing force for the Dream and the land near it was said to be a place of great healing and peace.
Learn more about this time period on Wowhead:
Nordrassil in game can be seen at the center of
; our zone page has many pictures of it.
You can interact with Ysera in
You can find Alexstraza in
Hautes-terres du Crépuscule
Désolation des dragons
; she leads the
Accord du Repos du ver
faction which rewards a
Rênes de drake rouge
In Legion, Xavius hopes to corrupt the Emerald Dream; players resist his efforts and try to purify the dream in the
Emerald Nightmare Raid
. Check out our strategy guides if you are working through this instance!
Questing in Mount Hyjal
For the longest of time Aviana would be out of the story, but we did see an organization of druids called the Druids of the Talon. They are among Aviana’s most ardent followers and have the ability to transform into birds, knowledge which they passed on to other druids to obtain their
Forme de vol
. This quest is no longer required, but back then players were asked to go and pick up several relics of Aviana, relics which were used to teach the ways of the Stormcrow which were left in the care of
. A big questline followed until they finally unlocked their flight form, but Aviana herself didn’t play a part until the Cataclysm. The Black Dragon Aspect Deathwing shook the world to its core as he was ready to bring about the Hour of Twilight, the moment in which the Old Gods would break out of their prisons and rule the world once more. To this end he had the Twilight Hammer cult working for him while he also summoned Ragnaros the Firelord back to Azeroth. He sent out his fiery minions to assault Mount Hyjal and burn it, together with the World Tree Nordrassil, to ash. Naturally we couldn’t let this happen, but to stand up against such a mighty force, we’d need to gain the aid of powerful beings in turn. It was time for the demi-gods of the world to be brought back and stand with us, like they had during the War of the Ancients.
Ysera: “During my stay in the dream I made a vital discovery. The rift that weakens the boundaries of this world has hastened the return of powerful allies. The ancient guardians are coming back, Cenarius, Aviana, Goldrinn...I can feel their presence. We must make sure we usher them into this world. Their timely aid will be indispensable. “
Southwest of the World Tree we find the Shrine of Aviana, home to the Druids of the Talon. Ysera senses that the shrine is being threatened, as do the druids who guard it. We’re told to seek out Choluna who tells us that the shrine is indeed in jeopardy. The harpies they once sheltered have suddenly turned against them. Before we set out to preserve this mountain, Choluna advises us to take a moment and reflect. To make an offering of nectar to Aviana’s burial circle to help sharpen our focus.
Aviana: “Come... closer...demon hunter. They are...pulling me away...”
The spirit is trying to tell us something, something about being born again in darkness, that’s she’s stolen away but we can’t make sense of it as her image is fading. One thing is clear though, something’s going on with Aviana and we must make contact with her. The feather of her consort Blaithe, who’s been mad with grief for ten thousand years, will do the trick so we put him out his misery, bring back one of his ancient feathers, and use it in a ritual to find out what’s going on.
A vision is granted, a vision in which we can see Sethria taking Aviana’s egg and telling someone to bring the others back to the Firelands Hatchery. As we quest with Thisalee Crow and take care of the harpies in the area, we find out...after doing some convincing... that they are working for Sethria, a twilight dragon. They’re stealing eggs for her and they believe that she’ll be the master of the skies. She has made sure that Aviana can not be reborn by taking away her egg, but of course...she didn’t count on us. At Sethria’s Roost we battle with her dragons, discover that they’re using some sort of cloaking device to hide away the egg and after opening enough of them, we find the missing demi-god. The Druids of the Talon will bring her back to the shrine, but we can’t let this dragon simply get away with it.
“Roar! Insects. When I am done with you, I will burn your shrine to the ground.”
With her final breath, Sethria lets us know that we may have bought some time here, but not our lives. Her hatchery with the stolen eggs still remains so after completing the ritual and bring Aviana back into Azeroth, we send out to take care of those that tried to corrupt her and have kidnapped her children. In the Firelands Hatchery we ride on top of Aviana’s Guardians as we battle in the sky. Twilight members are riding on twilight firebirds, the sky is falling as flaming boulders shoot pass us...and as our final job, we stomp out any and all of the stolen corrupted Firelands eggs.
Aviana’s face is immobile as we tell her about what happened within the hatchery. She will make the Twilight Hammer pay for stealing her children, torment them, corrupt them but a part of her simply wants to fly up and watch this whole...world...burn.... Thankfully she resists that urge and she even helps us further down into the zone with taking on Desperiona. This brood mother is an alarming sign since usually the Twilight Dragons are raised from stolen eggs from other dragonflights, which are then modified through dark magic. In the field we find a natural, pure twilight egg, which means that they now possess the power to breed their own offspring, so this is a threat that has to be taken care of immediately. After murdering one of her drakes, we take the skull and place it near the carcasses she devours.
Aronus: “Show yourself, beast! We will destroy you and your corrupt spawn no matter where you hide!”
Desperiona comes in and she’s pissed!
“Slay her now, before Aviana’s magic wears off!”
“You will not defile the winds of Hyjal, monster!”
Aviana pins her down and Desperiona is quickly brought low. That’s the end of Aviana’s involvement in Mount Hyjal, but we would go on to first expel Ragnaros back to the Firelands and then later on venture forth into the Firelands itself and take care of him once and for all.
Learn more about questing in Mount Hyjal on Wowhead:
To complete the questlines referenced in this article, pick up
La descendance d’Aviana
La chute de Sethria
in Mount Hyjal.
explains the order of each quest series in Hyjal.
Check out the
page for a list of quests you can do; in this zone you help awaken other ancients and drive back the forces of Ragnaros.
The Joust-themed quest
Qui vole sur un œuf…
Mini jouteur doré
Mini jouteur bleu
Ptérodactyle « imbattable ? » : BATTU
to get the other pet.
Sehthria's Roost becomes the center for daily quests with the addition of the Molten Front. Learn about all the achievements in
A Guide to the Molten Front and Respective Quests
Thisalee Crow is first seen in Mount Hyjal but she is also a
rewarded from the Garrison Campaign.
The quests to acquire
Forme de vol rapide
was quite intricate; check out the user comments for full details.
Aviana in Warlords of Draenor
Aviana turned her attention back to G’Hanir, although times might have changed, her dream of providing a spiritual haven for her kind had not. She set out to restore the Mother Tree to its full glory, but this did not consume all of her attention. During Warlords of Draenor, she sent out
Seigneur du ciel Omnuron
to our garrison with a personal request. The Arakkoa of this world are creatures of the sky and are thus within the domain of the great Aviana. He has been sent to procure a feather so that they may parley with the Arakkoa through the language of the winds. They will extend an invitation of peace, and a place on the Great Bough. The feather had come from an arakkoan of nobility found within
and as we complete their quest, Aviana gave us a feather as a reward. Probably one of the best toys that they’ve ever added to the game since it allowed us to somewhat fly within Warlords and a similar feather was used during the War of the Ancients book trilogy.
In that story we read about the red dragon Krasus, also known as Korialstraz, and Malfurion finding their way to Aviana’s domain just before the wild gods actually pledged their aid to the war. They had not traveled their on purpose; Krasus had to quickly make a portal as a gigantic worm was nearby and his desire to be able to fly again lead him to accidentally teleporting to Aviana. She didn’t mind though, her children would be feasting for quite some time but now they faced the problem of getting down again. The mistress of the skies was kind enough to lend her aid as she gifted Krasus one of her feathers which allowed him to fly down, very similar as what the toy allowed us to do in game.
Learn more about Aviana and Warlords of Draenor on Wowhead:
is a great toy with many creative user comments on the Wowhead page! Pick up the quest
La demande d’Aviana
Seigneur du ciel Omnuron
Check out our
for a taste of what the related dungeon was like back in Warlords.
has many quests covering the Arakkoa story.
While questing in Spires, you will earn reputation with
. This has many rewards like
Mantelet du roi-serre
Fils de Sethe
Now her quest of restoring G’Hanir to its full glory did not go exactly as planned. The branch of the mother tree remained within the Emerald Dream but unknown to all was the forces of the Emerald Nightmare were already gathering for an assault. When they investigated key sources of power within the Dream, they discovered the true nature of G’Hanir. The satyr
, working on behalf of the Burning Legion to taint the Dream, ordered his forces to exercise caution. This
was corrupted slowly, very slowly, in such ways that even its guardians could not sense it. When the Nightmare did finally reveal itself, this branch suddenly pulsed with evil. Had it been left corrupted, it might have thrown the entire Emerald Dream into chaos by itself. Luckily the dryad
was able to take the staff and bring it back to the Dreamgrove, where druids took it to Nordrassil to cleanse it in the sacred waters surrounding its roots. Once they got there, they found out that the Legion remembered their defeat at the top of Mount Hyjal during Warcraft 3 and our forces have felt it. We free Zen’tabra from her bubble and heal both Hamuul Runetotem and Celastine of the Harvest.
It is too dangerous to leave G'Hanir hidden anymore. The Nightmare covets the branch's power; obscurity will no longer suffice. The strength of the Mother Tree must be used to drive the forces of evil away from Azeroth and Aviana agrees, sending it off with her blessing.
Learn more about the G'Hanir Artifact Quest on Wowhead...
Check out our summary of the
, which starts with
Rencontre avec Mylune
The corrupted version is something players can temporarily equip -
G'Hanir, l'Arbre-Mère corrompu
Zen'tabra is a
Druid Trainer in Echo Isles
Druid Class Champion
. She has a
fun chat with players
talking about Troll Druids.
Mylune is the animal-loving dryad from Mount Hyjal who offers quests like
Sauvez les pitits animaux
and has the toy
Appel de Mylune
in her honor. She also shows up in your Garrison's Inn to offer
Pour les oiseaux
Le petit oiseau m’a dit
was first seen in
Cavernes des Lamentations
- held captive in the Nightmare by the final boss
Mutanus le Dévoreur
Célestine de la Moisson
is a Worgen Druid trainer in Stormwind.
Perhaps one day Aviana’s beloved branch will be returned to the Dream to once again bring peace and stability to the realm, but for now, its true value will be in the hands of restoration druids. Which means that Aviana has some more free time on her hands which she puts to good use within
. There we find fledgling druids learning the way of taming the skies, gaining valuable tips like you will feel the strong urge to eat worms. They cannot stress this enough - do not eat worms, you will regret it. The wild god is watching over her flock once again handing out toys which I was really exited about. I thought this was going to be Legion’s feather allowing us to fly early, but it turned out to be a little bit different. This time we’re given a test of dexterity usually preserved for the druids that she’s taken under her wing. In her domain, fledglings are hurled from the nest as soon as they can stretch their wings. They will fly...or they will die. With her blessing we’ll also be able to float gracefully through the skies for a time and if we’re able to collect all 10 Emerald Orbs as we slowly glide down below, we’ll be rewarded with the
Engeance de la Serre
achievement as well as the toy
. Now like I said, this one is not as great as
as it will only push you off the ground and catch a gust of wind instead of being shot up straight into the sky and then slowly floating down but hey...it’s better than nothing I suppose and there are more rewards to be earned from Aviana and her Talon’s Vengeance faction.
Learn more about the Highmountain on Wowhead:
Check out the
Engeance de la Serre
for tips on how to acquire this toy!
You can find Aviana and the
around 32.2, 67.0 in game.
With patch 7.1, WoW added 4 new world quests in Azsuna, Stormheim, Val’Sharah and Highmountain. The
falcosaurs are invading the isles and breeding out of control so the wardens ask us to thin their numbers and take care of them. When you kill the matriarch of the pack, you have a chance of spawning a hatchling. Feed it the food that they require,
Gammelost vrykul âcre
--feed them some food and they’ll love you so much that they’ll join you as a pet. Now you need to level them up to 25 and a tip that I can give is to check out your garrison on your alts to see if the quest Unearthed Magic is still available. This one is real easy, all you need to do is pick up an item from your mine and as a reward they give you the Ultimate battle training stone which instantly levels up your pet to 25. Do that on 4 different alts for all 4 different hatchlings and you’re ready to go on your spectacular adventures with them since this is just the start. Now you get around 14 quests per pet on a daily basis which involves something simple like taking them to your capital city to a little bit more difficult as in complete world pet quests with specific types on your hatchlings team or defeat raid bosses while your hatchling is out. Go through all of that and your beloved hatchling will start to get a little bit sick, a little bit depressed. Our time together was fun, but perhaps it’s time to return it to its place where we found it.
Learn more about Falcosaur pets on Wowhead:
by Purgatorywolf covers all the questlines for every pet!
Check out the battle pet pages for additional tips and screenshots:
If you need help leveling pets or just getting started with pet battles, check out Elektrophorus
Pet Battling Primer
Players can also collect toys for their Falcosaur pets:
Tout petit paquet
Once there, we find an injured matriarch who has kept herself hidden until she smelled her lost hatchling, the one that we stole from her. She is too badly injured to care for it though so we patch her up with some bandages and she bows her head in gratitude. As its child has joined our flock, so too will the matriarch follow us as we’re the new alpha. We’ve gained its trust and we get a sweet new mount. Two quests, the
can be completed right now but the other two require the
to be open on January 17th. While riding on the matriarch, we meet up with Aviana who isn’t too happy with what we’ve done. She sees a trail of broken feathers and shattered beaks trailing behind us, but we explain that the Falcosaurs have been breeding out of control, driving nearby predators to starvation. Pissed at first, she sees the wisdom in our choices and the kindness within us and we steal children away from their parents only to force them to fight in our pet battle team... I wish she said that, instead she acknowledges that we’ve done a great thing for this matriarch and her hatchling, yet the crimes committed against their kind cannot go unpunished. The Falcosaurs must be kept in check, it is the nature of balance, but so must her vengeance. Mortals cannot think that they may simply slaughter her children without thought or repercussion. We must show them that her wings stretch across these lands, never-ending. We will be her talons and bring vengeance in her name.
Learn more about Falcosaur mounts on Wowhead:
Two mounts can be acquired currently:
Two mounts require Nighthold:
Apprentissage de la coopération : Krosus
Apprentissage de la coopération : Skorpyron
The mounts and pets have special interactions - when both are out hearts will form over their heads.
When you have one of the mounts, you can find
at 32.2, 66.8 in Highmountain.
To do so, Aviana gives us the
which transforms us into her avenger, hostile to all players. If you kill someone, you’ll get a
Marque de la proie
which gives you reputation with her
faction. Now this one can only be used in the World Quest areas, but earn enough reputation and you can buy the
which does the same thing--only this one can be used in Battlegrounds and Ashran. Get exalted to purchase the
, but most of all...kill as many people as you can since Aviana wants to smell their blood from here. She can be a very kind wildgod, aiding dragons or aiding mortals in their war against Ragnaros or the Legion, but the other side of her is the predator. Her desire to fly up and see the world burn, the balance between the two. She is the embodiment and patriarch to all flying creatures from the smallest Pepe to the largest dragons.
Learn more about Talon's Vengeance on Wowhead...
is acquired at Neutral and
is acquired at Honored.
Marque de la proie
awards 100 reputation - check out our item page for tips on where to farm it!
is a mount purchased at Exalted. It is a plain version of
Faucon-pérégrin blanc rapide
with demonic eyes.
And that’s where we’ll end the story of Aviana for today, the first story of 2017! Let us know in the comments if you'd like to see more articles and videos like this!
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