For millennia the Great Dragonblight has served as the enduring heart of Northrend.
Here dense forests surround a vast arctic wasteland littered with the massive, gleaming bones of perished dragons. In the center of this frozen expanse lies Wyrmrest Temple, a structure believed to be built by the world-shaping titans shortly after they reshaped Azeroth. Many legends hold that the five great Dragon Aspects were blessed here within the Chamber of the Aspects and given their charge to watch over the budding world. Perhaps it is for this reason that dragons nearing the end of their lives come to the Dragonblight to enrich the land with their passing.
Surrounding Wyrmrest Temple are five majestic dragon shrines: red, bronze, green, blue, and black, each blessed with the powers of its respective flight. In recent times the undead Scourge has laid siege to these shrines in an effort to further its attempts at raising terrifying new variations of undead dragons to serve the Lich King. In an attempt to arrest these invasions, the red Dragon Aspect, Alexstrasza, has begun recruiting heroes to aid in the fight against the Scourge.
Both the Alliance and the Horde have established a presence in the Dragonblight, taking a particular interest in the barred entrance to Icecrown, Angrathar the Wrath Gate. There both factions wage bloody battles to push the hosts of undead back into Icecrown in the hopes of opening the gate to the Lich King¡¯s base of operations.
In the east the dreaded necropolis Naxxramas has reappeared, and from it the reborn lich Kel'Thuzad commands armies of undead to face off against the Alliance at the Wrath Gate.
In the west, ruinous developments have driven the taunka to call upon the aid of the Horde. A massive sinkhole recently swallowed the taunka capital, Icemist Village. A host of undead nerubians, called Anub¡¯ar, have poured from the pit and the Horde has stepped in to address this new threat and rescue the fleeing taunka.
Amid the chaos, the one-time Scarlet Crusade, now the Scarlet Onslaught, has arrived to pursue its fanatical campaign against the Lich King and his minions.
Beyond the immediate dangers of the undead, however, are those posed by the blue dragonflight....
Determined to manipulate all existing magic to serve his own purposes, the blue Dragon Aspect, Malygos, has ordered his flight to maneuver colossal machines into key positions over magical ley line clusters. Many believe that these dire constructs are intended to realign the paths of magical energy that course beneath the earth. If successful, Malygos's tampering could result in an ecological and magical catastrophe that would threaten not only the stability of Northrend, but ultimately the equilibrium of the entire world.