The Gigantic Creature Fossil in Dragonblight
Dragonblight is the final resting place for many colossal dragons. You can see huge skeletal remains all around the zone. Yet, there is one creature that you might have missed, which is actually the biggest of all.
Hello fellow adventurers,
During my adventures, I saw many big creatures in Azeroth, living or dead. From mighty dragons to ancient protectors and Qiraji guardians, Azeroth is home to a good number of big creatures.
First time I saw Nefarian in Blackwing Lair, it seemed really big. In Silithus, I saw the bones of Grakkarond, again a pretty big one. Then I saw the remains of fallen dragons in Blade's Edge Mountains. Some of them must have been much bigger than Nefarian. And many other remains of ancient creatures other than dragons in different zones that kept me wondering "what are these creatures, what happened to them, are there any bigger ones?".
The one I will talk about now made me think "this can't be real..." for a moment, when I saw it for the first time today. If we don't count the Pandaren turtle island, The Wandering Isle, this is the largest creature, remains of it actually, that I have seen in Azeroth so far. I can't say for sure if it is a dragon or not, it looks more like a hybrid creature to me.
It is probably already known by many of you, but for those who haven't seen it yet or who would like to share their knowledge/opinion about what it is, I will share some screenshots, speculations I read so far and finally a story that this creature inspired me to write. I hope you enjoy it.
The creature is located in Northrend - Dragonblight, to the south of Wyrmrest Temple, resting under the sea at the end of the Path of the Titans. Actually, its silhouette is visible on the zone map as you can see below.
Although it is pretty big, since it has no name and its color is similar to the sea color on the map, it is easy to miss if you don't look carefully.
The silhouette shows the skull and ribs of the creature. Considering the scale of Dragonblight and the length of the silhouette which does not even show the bottom part of the body and the tail, it can be concluded that it must have been a really huge creature.
Now, let's take a closer look...
The above screenshot was taken with the help of the Carbonite Maps addon.
In this view, you can see the perfectly preserved skull, horns, spine, ribs and the upper bones of the left leg. There is a ship on the upper right corner of the screen. It is almost equal in size to the nose of the creature. I guess it wouldn't have been much difficult for this creature to swallow that ship, that is, if it was still alive.
The following images will give you a better idea of its scale:
In this image, I am floating on the sea surface and the creature's remains are about 15-20 meters below the surface.
Its nose has the shape of a flat beak and its eyes have circular cavities and they are on the front of its face unlike most dragons that live or once lived on Azeroth. This makes me think that this creature may have a connection to the ancestors of dragons and birds or even dinosaurs.
In this one, you can see that the creature's remains has merged with earth; I guess it has been a very long time since it took its last breath on Azeroth.
In this one, I am standing at the center of its eye cavity. The radius of the eye cavity is about 10 meters.
If I was to make a guess about the size of this creature, it would be around 500 meters. Some experienced Dwarven archaeologists may make a better estimate I believe.
WHAT IS THIS CREATURE?
I couldn't find any official information about what this creature is. There are some comments around the web, speculating that it was an ancestor of the dragons, which was older than Galakrond. Another speculation says it was the first Twilight dragon. I don't know, it could be anything, but for me it is always a pleasure to come across such things in the game and to think about them, their origins and their stories.
I will continue with a story this creature inspired me to write once I saw it. In a way, it is how I would bring it back to life if I went through one of the tunnels of Caverns of Time, that is not yet discovered.
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18 Jun 2017 19:46 UTC
I always shivered, when I stood next to the very large whale skeleton they had (and still have) in a museum, when I was a child. Just standing there, looking up, trying to imagine it alive right in front of me.
I really look forward to visit this place, thank you for showing me! Even looking at the screenshots (which really provide the reader with a clear imagination of the size of this creature) is haunting. :)
20 Jun 2017 12:19 UTC
That explains your love towards whales in World of Warcraft. Amazing creatures, aren't they?
I can say that finding this creature fossil, getting inspired by it, writing a short story and making a post on the forum about it triggered the idea of building this website (even though it was not my first story I started writing).
Thinking of this creature alive, approaching it, befriending it or even flying/swimming with it would have been awesome.
21 Jun 2017 19:18 UTC
Yes, they sure are.
Being close to one is one of my highest wishes.
That is so great, what an inspiration it must have been. I just found the short story you are referring to, I'll look forward to dive in :)
13 Apr 2018 03:54 UTC
Some people believe it is the skeleton of a creature named Mantra, who was killed 130 years before the second war in lore.
13 Apr 2018 05:23 UTC
Thank you for stopping by and reading, and sharing your info about the creature. I will do further research about it now, but I will also appreciate if you have any resources you can link that I can check.
Hope to see you again!
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