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NeutralInfinite dragonflight
InfiniteDragonBanner.png
Main leader  Murozond †
 Eternus
  Formerly IconSmall DragonInfinite2.gif Deios †
 Aeonus †
Race(s) IconSmall DragonInfinite2.gifIconSmall DrakeInfinite2.gifIconSmall WhelpInfinite.gif Infinite dragon
IconSmall DrakonidInfinite2.gif Drakonid
IconSmall SpawnInfinite2 Male.gifIconSmall SpawnInfinite2 Female.gif Dragonspawn
IconSmall WylderInfinite.gif Wylderdrake
IconSmall VelociInfinite.gif Velocidrake
Capital Valdrakken
Other major settlements Temporal Conflux
Theater of operations Azeroth, Timeways
Language(s) Draconic, Common, Various other languages
Affiliation Independent
Status Active

“The time has come to shatter this clockwork universe forever! Let us no longer be slaves of the hourglass! I warn you: those who do not embrace the greater path shall become victims of its passing!”

Aeonus

The infinite dragonflight[1] (or simply the Infinites)[2] is a dragonflight formed from corrupted members of the bronze dragonflight. The infinites follow the teachings of Murozond, a corrupted form of the bronze Aspect Nozdormu, and seek to transform the main timeline version of Nozdormu into his darkest form. Though it was believed their goal was seemingly to destroy the one true timeway and to bring about the Hour of Twilight,[3] this was proven false. Their reasons for meddling in the timeways is to avoid, what they believe, to be worse fates.[4] To this end, they pursue a corruption of the main timeline to one where they rule supreme, and control the dictation of events.[5]

Following the death of Murozond in the End Time, the infinites aided Kairozdormu, a charismatic bronze dragon disillusioned with protecting time, who wished to use alternate timelines to gain infinite power. After Kairoz's death at the hands of Garrosh Hellscream, the dragonflight went silent until the awakening of the Dragon Isles. Led by Chrono-Lord Deios, the infinites allied with the primal incarnate, Iridikron, for a chance to corrupt the main timeline version of Nozdormu within the Dawn of the Infinite. While initially successful, heroes alongside Chromie managed to undo Deios' victory and return Nozdormu back to his original form; giving the aspect hope that his fate as Murozond can be circumvented and is not pre-destined.

In the aftermath of the war against the Primalists, some infinites still cling to the hope of Murozond and focused on wreaking havoc on the timeways. Conversely, Eternus and other like-minded members of the flight began to reflect on their actions and motivations following an understanding between them and Nozdormu.

Culture

File:InfiniteOathstone.png
The Infinite Oathstone, a corrupted version of the Bronze Oathstone of the bronze dragonflight.

Where bronze dragons exist to keep the time stream inviolate and the order of events progressing as the fates intended,[6] the infinite dragonflight stands against this notion. Believing that the timeways can and should be altered; the infinites pursue a "perfect" future, where they rule over all.[7] As the infinites are former bronze dragons, they display great cunning in all things. They differ by stooping to deception and guile, changing the timeways without the mortals ever knowing they were present, as seen with their interference in Old Hillsbrad Foothills. Other times, the infinites are more hands on, as seen when they assaulted Medivh during the Opening the Dark Portal.

Inversely to the bronze dragonflight, which used many mortal helpers and few lesser dragonkin, the infinite dragonflight uses no mortals in its schemes and has legions of drakonid and dragonspawn. While the bronze dragonflight would begin to make more liberal use of these dragonkin on the Dragon Isles, the infinites were introduced using legions of them and continue to number high amounts of lesser dragonkin in their ranks. Unlike the bronze flight, they also appear to have some proto-dragons, as seen in the Dawn of the Infinite dungeon.

The bronze dragonflight's control over time is a power many would like to abuse; the infinite dragonflight has fought them often for this reason, while the Burning Legion tried to take control of the Bronze Dragonshrine during their third invasion, though they were stopped before.[8]

Nomenclature

Members of the infinite dragonflight sometimes are anagrams of their original names as bronze dragons, such as Murozond and Morchie. Others seem to either keep their original name and drop the "dormu/dormi" and add "us" or "os".

Membership

Various members of the infinite dragonflight.

The bronze dragonflight is primarily made up of, as the name implies, bronze dragonkin. These include the bronze dragons themselves, but also bronze-scaled variants of drakonid and dragonspawn. Dracthyr were ultimately recruited into the flight as well from Algeth'ar Academy, with some also joining the Timewalkers.

Mortals serve extensively as part of the bronze dragonflight, almost more than any other. Many dragonsworn have been seen, such as the Watchers. In addition, after losing their Aspectral powers, one of the main arms of the dragonflight, the Keepers of Time, reformed into the Timewalkers. This group is extensively made up of both dragonkin and mortals, patrolling the timeways to keep them safe.

The infinite dragonflight is far more diverse than most denizens of Azeroth know.[1] All castes of this dragonflight, from whelp to dragonspawn to fully grown dragon and, oddly, even some juvenile cloud serpents[1] have been encountered. The flight tempted many drakonid with promises of power, but most found only servitude and despair.[9] The color range of infinite dragons varies from black to dark grey/gunmetal, with an oddly cracked and deteriorating appearance. They are covered with tiny black residual particles and a strange blue light glows through the cracks. Their breath is composed of black sand.[10]

History

Creation

After the titans showed Nozdormu his own death, a tormented Nozdormu from the future was tricked by the Old Gods into trying to subvert his mortality.[11] The Old Gods' motivation in doing so was an attempt to erase Thrall from history, so that he would not be able to stop the Hour of Twilight.[3] As a result, Nozdormu (known then as Murozond, a creature out of time) shattered the timeways and created the infinite dragonflight,[11][12] jeopardizing the very future of Azeroth by trying to change past events.

Following the Battle of Grim Batol, Nozdormu's power was renewed, and went on to explore the timeways. During his explorations, he found a series of temporal anomalies and began to investigate them. Nozdormu ultimately discovered a group of bronze dragon defectors revealed to be the infinite dragonflight. He soon discovered that the leader of this group was none other than a future version of himself. Seeking to understand how this could have come to pass, Nozdormu dove deeper into the timeways and soon found himself lost and trapped in all moments in time.[13] Soridormi was reportedly the first to recognize the minute ripples of corruption occurring within the pathways from the infinite dragonflight's interference.[14]

The Burning Crusade

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During the events of the invasion of Outland, the infinite dragonflight under the command of Murozond appeared in two of Caverns of Time instances, attempting to prevent crucial events in Azeroth's history from occurring. In Escape from Durnholde Keep, they interrupted Thrall's escape by kidnapping Taretha Foxton. If Thrall had never escaped from Durnholde, he would never have been able to rebuild the Horde, free his people from the internment camps and lead them in battle against the Burning Legion during the Third War. Thus, Azeroth would have been destroyed.[3]

In Opening the Dark Portal, the infinites attempted to prevent Medivh from opening the Dark Portal and allowing the Orcish Horde to invade Azeroth. While this would have prevented many deaths, it would also have caused the human nations to never band together to form the Alliance of Lordaeron, and thus there would be no one to oppose the Burning Legion years later.[15][16]

Wrath of the Lich King

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In Northrend, the infinite dragonflight could be seen fighting the bronze dragons "through time" for control of the Bronze Dragonshrine in Dragonblight. The bronze dragon Chronormu sent adventurers to the shrine in order to identify the leader of the infinites using a device known as the  [Hourglass of Eternity].[17] At the end of their mission, the hourglass finished its search, revealing the long-lost Nozdormu. Chronormu stated that this made no sense, then brushed it off and said that she was glad that the Bronze Aspect is alive and well, as he had left without telling the rest of the flight "where or when" he was going.[18]

The infinites also appeared in the Culling of Stratholme dungeon, attempting to disrupt the timeline by preventing Arthas Menethil from purging the city.[19][20]

Cataclysm

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After the Cataclysm, Occulus, one of the bronze drakes guarding the entrance of the Caverns of Time in Tanaris, became corrupted and turned into an infinite drake.

When the Twilight's Hammer invaded the Wyrmrest Temple, Nozdormu finally revealed himself to be the creator and leader of the infinite dragonflight to Thrall and the entire bronze dragonflight. He went on to state that in a branching future, he becomes the "Master" spoken of by many infinite agents. His absence for a considerable amount of time was due to the investigation of his transformation causing him to become lost in the timelines and unable to return to the present moment due to the manipulations of the Old Gods. During the Cataclysm, the infinite dragonflight sent Aedelas Blackmoore to hunt down Thrall.[3]

In order to retrieve the Dragon Soul — the only thing capable of stopping Deathwing — from the distant past, Nozdormu and a group of adventurers traveled to the End Time, a vision of Azeroth in a distant future if Deathwing wasn't stopped. There, the anomaly preventing Nozdormu from accessing the past is revealed to be Murozond — Nozdormu's corrupted future self. After Murozond was killed by the adventurers, Nozdormu told his mortal allies:

"At last it has come to pass. The moment of my demise. The loop is closed. My future self will cause no more harm.
Still, in the future, I will...fall to madness. And you, heroes...will vanquish me. The cycle will repeat. So it goes.
What matters is that Azeroth did not fall; that humanity survived to live another day.
All that matters...is this moment."

War Crimes

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The infinite dragonflight made a surprising return during the trial of Garrosh Hellscream, provided to Warlord Zaela by Kairozdormu. They attacked the Temple of the White Tiger with the Dragonmaw clan alongside Thalen Songweaver, Harrowmeiser, and Shokia in order to free Garrosh from captivity. After Zaela confirmed that Hellscream and Kairoz escaped, the infinites and their allies pulled back.[21] Despite providing aid in this endeavor and ensuring that Garrosh could escape to alternate Draenor, the infinite dragonflight played no role within subsequent events.

Legion

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At the time of the third invasion of the Burning Legion, several Infinite Drakelings appeared during the fight against Elisande, in the Nighthold of Suramar City.

Shadowlands

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During the war against the Jailer, Timecap'n Hooktail appeared within Tazavesh, the Veiled Market. Upon the prize of her heist, a relic of the Black Empire, being stolen by So'leah, Captain Caulle Whiphook turned from her human form into her dragon form. She was then attacked and killed by the Maw Walkers.

Dragonflight

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After the discovery of the Dragon Isles, the Dragon Aspects sought to find a disc containing the memories of Tyr within Uldaman: Legacy of Tyr, as they hoped it could help them reclaim their powers. However, before adventurers could retrieve it, the infinite dragon Chrono-Lord Deios sent the disc into another time. Deios intended to usher in the coming of the one true aspect, whose dominion shall be infinite.[22]

Eternus later attacked the bronze dragons in Thaldraszus with the intention of turning Nozdormu into Murozond. Though she failed, Nozdormu sensed that his fate was drawing near.

At some point, the infinite dragonflight made a bargain with Iridikron; in exchange for taking him to the time of Galakrond's demise, he would act as a distraction to any allies of the bronze dragonflight that sought to stop them. Their plan finally came to pass, as while Chromie and adventurers were focused on stopping Iridikron from acquiring Galakrond's essence, Chrono-Lord Deios did battle with the Proto-Aspects and seemingly corrupted the proto-dragon version of Nozdormu into Murozond. With this single time alteration, the infinite dragonflight changed the history of Azeroth and created a new timeline - where Tyr never died and became a infinite-corrupt version of himself that guarded the Infinite Citadel. In order to restore Azeroth's timeline, Chromie, and her allies made their way back into the past and aided the Proto-Aspects in stopping Deios, while Iridikron was able to successfully claim Galakrond's essence.

In the aftermath, Nozdormu thanked adventurers for saving him from the fate that he thought was all but inevitable,[23] showing his belief that his transformation into Murozond is no longer an inevitability. Though it is unclear if the rise of Murozond has been completely averted. After an understanding was reached between Eternus and Nozdormu, Eternus decided to follow Nozdormu as he was, and promised that she would speak with the other infinites.[24]

Pandaria Remix

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Some time after the death of Fyrakk, Eternus had herself questioning the rest of the "true timeline" and wondered if other moments of sorrow or anger had life-saving consequences. Thus she and other like minded members of the Infinite dragonflight turned to the events of Mists of Pandaria and recruited Timerunners to aid them. As the Timerunners experienced the Pandaria Campaign, Eternus and the rest of the Infinites watched in the hopes that they could reflect on the past with a new perspective.

Meanwhile, other members of the Infinite like Archaios the Artificer considered Eternus and her lot traitors and remained focused on wreaking havoc on the timeways. To that end Eternus instructed her Timerunners with dealing with them.[25]

Notable

Murozond the Infinite in Hearthstone.
Name Type Role Status Location
Boss  Murozond Aspect Lord of the Infinite, corrupted future version of Nozdormu. Deceased Bronze Dragonshrine, End Time
Boss  Aeonus Dragon Leader of the infinites' efforts to disrupt the opening of the Dark Portal. Killable Black Morass
Neutral  Eternus Dragon Leader of the infinites' efforts to disrupt the Temporal Conflux. Alive Thaldraszus
Boss  Chrono-Lord Deios Dragon In charge of preventing the Aspects from regaining their powers. Deceased Uldaman: Legacy of Tyr
Boss  Chrono-Lord Epoch Drakonid Sent to kill Arthas Menethil before he start the Culling of Stratholme. Killable Culling of Stratholme
Boss  Temporus Drake Drake participating in the disruption of the opening of the Dark Portal. Killable Black Morass
Boss  Timecap'n Hooktail Dragon Infinite pirate dragon and penultimate boss of Tazavesh, the Veiled Market. Killable Boralus Harbor, Tazavesh, the Veiled Market

Warlords of Draenor beta

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Very late in the Warlords of Draenor beta, an infinite drakonid known as the Infinite Vanguard was found outside the Caverns of Time. Infinite Pesterwings could also be found inside and around the caverns. Meanwhile, a time rift like those the infinites have been known to use appeared above the sands of Tanaris between the Caverns of Time and the Gaping Chasm. They were all removed before the final version of the game.

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References

 
  1. ^ a b c  [Infinite Hatchling]
  2. ^ Chronormu#Quotes
  3. ^ a b c d Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects, chapter ??
  4. ^ Murozond#Quotes
  5. ^ Dawn of the Infinite
  6. ^ Brood of Nozdormu#Background
  7. ^ Dawn of the Infinite
  8. ^ Exploring Azeroth: Northrend, pg. 79
  9. ^ Adventure Guide entry for Chrono Lord Deja
  10. ^ War Crimes, chapter 36: "At that moment, the leader's dragon dove, breathing a black cloud of swirling sand."
  11. ^ a b Murozond's Dungeon Journal
  12. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 3, pg. 213 - "Nozdormu had also learned that the Old Gods had orchestrated the rise of the infinite dragonflight. This shadowy force was responsible for the time anomalies that had consumed his attention for so many years. Just as unsettling was the identity of the infinite dragonflight's leader. It was Nozdormu himself. In some distant future, he had fallen to corruption and taken on the name Murozond. This shade of Nozdormu had forged the infinite dragonflight to unravel the sanctity of time."
  13. ^ World of Warcraft: The Dragonflight Codex, pg. 56
  14. ^ World of Warcraft: The Dragonflight Codex, pg. 60
  15. ^ N [25-30D] The Black Morass
  16. ^ N [25-30D] The Opening of the Dark Portal
  17. ^ N [15-30] Mystery of the Infinite
  18. ^ N [15-30] Mystery of the Infinite, Redux
  19. ^ N [25-30D] Dispelling Illusions
  20. ^ N [25-30D] A Royal Escort
  21. ^ War Crimes
  22. ^ Chrono-Lord Deios#Adventure Guide
  23. ^ N [70D] Dawn of the Infinite: Chrono-Lord Deios
  24. ^ N [70] Infinity and Beyond
  25. ^ N [10-70] It's About Time