Fel energy (once described as essentially death energy) is an energy, something that cannot be created or destroyed at least when regarding to real life. However, it is not treated as holy magic or shadow magic, cosmic forces that would touch (or affect) the cosmic systems of the physical universe and control their destiny.
Together, the forces of disorder and order govern the cosmic systems of the physical universe. As the force of disorder, the highly destructive fel magic would (or does) "affect" systems. Indeed, concentrated fel energy can (or does) cause a system to go haywire.
A Disorder-Representing (Fel) And Unruly Universe
From the moment the cosmos came to be, dark spirits within the Void sought to twist reality into a realm of eternal torment. These entities were known as the void lords and they pooled their power, hurling dark creatures throughout the physical universe. In time, these wicked beings would come to be known as Old Gods. These physical manifestations of the Void exist only to transform the worlds they infest into places of despair and death. Deep within the fiery core of worlds that some Old Gods can infest, spirits known as world-souls were formed. These spirits are the spirits of the titans, godlike beings composed of the primordial matter from which the universe was born. They are essentially worlds and in an isolated corner of the Great Dark, a miraculous world was taking shape. Deep within this world's core, the spirit of a titan stirred to life and one day, it would be known as Azeroth.
Eventually, a group of Old Gods plummeted down from the Great Dark and slammed into Azeroth's surface, embedding themselves in different locations across the world. As creations of the void lords, these Old Gods sought to corrupt Azeroth's world-soul. Now, some claim a dream born from Azeroth's slumbering world-soul is the Emerald Dream. In truth, the Emerald Dream was forged by incredible beings known as the keepers to act as a map for the evolutionary path of Azeroth's flora and fauna. Unfortunately to some, the evolutionary path of worlds can succumb to disorder.
A Disorder-Representing (Fel) and Emerald Nightmare That Causes Its Dreamers To Burn And Sweat
One of the Old Gods, Yogg-Saron, used trees as a doorway into the Dream — a doorway through which the other Old Gods could grasp the ethereal domain as well. Small seeds of corruption were planted throughout the realm and, in time, these seeds polluted the dreamways. This marked the beginning of what would become known as the Emerald Nightmare. One place where the Nightmare held firmly is known as the Rift of Aln, which is believed bled into the Great Dark Beyond and the Twisting Nether, an astral dimension that the most unstable energies coalesced into. The entities that had emerged from this turbulent realm were known as demons.
Demons had been formed as a result of the Light and Void energies that had bled together at the borders of the Twisting Nether. With time, these bloodthirsty demons clawed their way into the physical universe, terrorizing mortal civilizations and bringing ruin to world after world. The titans feared that the demons would disturb the quest to find find and awaken other world-souls. Eventually, two titans went to war with the troublesome demons. Their names were Sargeras and Aggramar. While hunting demons by himself, Sargeras discovered the void lords' plans to corrupt a slumbering world-soul. Sargeras knew that stopping them was impossible and he came to a troubling conclusion. Existence itself was flawed. The only way to spare the universe from the void lords was by burning away all creation and he would cleanse the universe in fire to thwart the void lords' plans. And he would not stop this quest — this Burning Crusade — until every star had gone dark and he stood over a universe of embers. Despite Sargeras' vast power though, he could not prosecute his Burning Crusade alone. He needed loyal servants, ones that would embrace their role as agents of destruction. He needed the very things he had sworn to destroy. He needed demons.
The Burning Crusaders
Sargeras rallied the wicked creatures to his side, and he indulged in the terrible might of fel magic. The destructive energy enveloped his soul and scarred his noble form forever, but it also granted Sargeras power beyond anything he had ever known. The corrupted titan gave some of this newfound power to his demonic acolytes, uniting them as one in the emerald fires of fel magic. He named his growing army the Burning Legion, and he unleashed it upon the unsuspecting universe. Sargeras's former apprentice, Aggramar, hunted down this vast demonic army only to find that it was led by his beloved mentor. Aggramar demanded an explanation from the titan but received none. Sargeras would not abandon his Burning Crusade to distinguish all life in the cosmos. Not for Aggramar. Not for anyone. The mentor and his protege came to blows but Aggramar was no match for Sargeras's fel power and retreated from the battle, gathering the rest of the Pantheon to stop their fallen brother. Despite their earlier confrontation with Sargeras, Aggramar clung to the stubborn belief that he could bring his friend back to the side of good. He tried to reason with Sargeras one last time and tried to awaken whatever nobility still remained in his mentor's soul. In response, Sargeras annihilated Aggramar. The stunned members of the Pantheon made war on Sargeras but, in the end, Sargeras prevailed. He engulfed his kin a storm of fel fire and shattered their physical forms.
Disorder-Representing (Fel) Curses Of Disorder
Mark of Kathra'Natir
The Mark of Kathra'Natir is a fel curse that marked the blood elf known as Valeera with the fel energy of the demon Kathra'Natir. The fel energy crawled like maggots through her soul and it, presumably, connected her to Kathra'Natir, who strove to possess her.
Disorder-Representing (Fel) Weapons Of Disorder
The Scepter of Sargeras
The Scepter of Sargeras is a scepter crafted by hundreds of eredar warlocks and the Dark Titan himself. Millennia ago, Sargeras ordered his most talented eredar sorcerers to construct him a cosmic battering ram. First, scores of magi conducted dark rituals to channel countless portals into a single staff. They then projected the empowered artifact into every corners of the Great Dark Beyond, weaving it into the fabric of reality, creating a thread that could be pulled to unravel the seams of the physical universe at will. To fuel this monstrous undertaking, a hundred warlocks sacrifice a hundred demons, selecting them from among the Legion troops that had been part of the failed invasion of Azeroth. Thus was forged the Jeweled Scepter of Sargeras. It was a marvel of arcane and fel sorcery, an instrument fit for a titan.
Ulthalesh, the Deadwind Harvester
Before his fall from the titan Pantheon, Sargeras defended creation from demons, imprisoning untold numbers of them in Mardum, the Plane of Banishment. Over the millennia, these demons were not idle. The dreadlord Ulthalesh ruled the pocket dimension with an iron fist, plotting for the day when he would exact vengeance. When Sargeras shattered Mardum to recruit forces for the Legion, he offered his former prisoners an ultimatum: join him or be cast into oblivion. Most of the demons accepted, but scores refused, rallying around Ulthalesh. In answer to the challenge, Sargeras forged a great felsteel scythe from the fires of Mardum's destruction, and he used it to harvest the souls of the recalcitrant demons, confining them in a new prison. Ulthalesh, strongest of will, was the last to be devoured.
Sargeras named the scythe Ulthalesh, after the dreadlord who had risen up against him. Ulthalesh's spirit gave the weapon strength, but with that strength came a curse, for those who bore Ulthalesh were inevitably consumed by it. The scythe would obey its masters' commands until they were wounded; then Ulthalesh would feast on their souls. Sargeras had to find a servant who was powerful enough to wield Ulthalesh and his thoughts turned to the eredar Sataiel. With the strength to command the spirits of the living and the dead with fel magic, she was the first necrolyte.
Disorder-Representing (Fel) Sources Of Disorder
Professions of the Cosmos
Demon hunters, disciples of Illidan Stormrage, uphold a dark legacy, one that frightens their allies and enemies alike. The Illidari embrace fel and chaotic magics—energies that have long threatened the world of Azeroth—believing them necessary to challenge the Burning Legion. Wielding the powers of demons they’ve slain, they develop demonic features that incite revulsion and dread in fellow elves.
"It is days like this I miss using fel magic. Sure, it was evil, but it got the job done." - Sunreaver Magus
Mages are arcane spellcasters who favor magiks involving the cardinal elements of the universe. The arcane magic available to magi is both great and dangerous, and thus is revealed only to the most devoted practitioners. A common perception was shared that the magi's magic was unholy and possibly even demonic. By their very nature, the titans are godlike beings who were uniquely susceptible to fel magic—but the arcanist have mastered harnessing the power of these beings on the field of battle.
Warlocks"You gotta love Fel energy: Cheap, renewable, and guaranteed to blow things up. Sure, you risk losin' your eternal will to Unimaginable Horrors from Beyond Time and Space, but hey, risk versus reward!" - KazraliWarlocks are magical practitioners who seek to understand darker, fel-based magics, including destructive spells. According to the Blizzard Historian known as Justin Parker, warlocks aren't necromancers even though they have necromantic abilities (the abilities of necromancers). It seems that Justin Parker doesn't understand that warlocks can't practice necromancy without being necromancers and that these voracious spellcasters summon minions to fight beside them.
Resources of the Cosmos
Azsharite is a mysterious crystalline substance that has been used to forge weapons of fel power.
Oils (Viscous Liquids)
Fel magic is almost slippery like an oil and it burns long and hot. Maybe there's a connection.
Souls (Life Essences)Fel energies are energies that can - or do - consume a soul. When a soul is consumed by fel magic, a soul shard is presumably left behind. A soul shard is a foul crystal that creates a connection to the Twisting Nether, pulling a demon through against its will.
Royal Apothecary Society
The Royal Apothecary Society works feverishly to determine how the orcs of Hellfire Peninsula became fel orcs.
The Empyrean Society
Quite a few of the Empyrean Society's books are inscribed with fel magic.
The Arcane Arts
The arcane arts are, presumably, mysterious arts that seem to oppose the fel arts. It is stated that though the fel makes it all but impossible to use, one can retain some of that knowledge.
The Dark ArtsThe dark arts are the arts of necromancy, the study of magic involving the dead. These arts are, presumably, shadowy arts that pertain to the shadow. Shadow (also referred to as "the Void") appears as shadow magic, a magic that can be described as priestly. Priests are devoted to the spiritual, that which pertains to the "Spirit", the primal life force that shamans tap into. Shamanism is a deeply spiritual form of elemental magic that involves a connection with both the natural and the spirit worlds. However, if the energies of a world can be used for destruction, the energies of the underworld can destroy Azeroth.
The Denizens of the Cosmos
DemonsAll creatures who use the power of fel magic, willingly or otherwise, slowly take on the appearance of demons. Demons are evil immortals who feed upon life and magic. In order to become a demon, a creature must be infused with fel energy, the dark and corrupting essence wielded by the demonic Burning Legion itself. The fallen titan Sargeras created this vast demonic army to scour all creation. The Burning Legion moves from world to world, decimating everything in its path with devastating fel magic. The Legion can - or do - use a foul device known as a Fel Spreader to scorch the very earth with disgusting fel energy.
Demons have found ways to mask their fel energies.
Blood elves are high elves who had turned to absorbing demonic magic after the loss of their vaunted power source, the Sunwell, and had subsequently become addicted to the fel energies.
EredarThe eredar are one of the oldest known races in the universe. Sargeras infused the eredar with fel energies, twisting their forms to resemble hideous demons, and found quick use for his new fel-corrupted converts. The eredar settled in as commanders within the Burning Legion. Under the eredar's leadership, the ranks of the Burning Legion swelled with new demonic races, gathered from the Twisting Nether and the world of the Great Dark.
Fel WolvesFel wolves are wolves with fel energy.
FurbolgsFurbolgs are hulking, simple-minded bear-men who live within the savage corners of Ashenvale forest. Though they have no special love for war or murder, their tribes have become increasingly hostile of late. There is a camp of Deadwood furbolgs in a place called Felwood. The Deadwood tribe is evil, but it is the effects of the fel that pollutes their minds. Their hostility is not truly an innate quality, yet they cannot be helped.
Infernals are mindless giants of flame and fury summoned by the warlocks' Inferno spell. The stone that infernals are made of still contains large amounts of fel magic even after the infernal's death. The rubble of slain infernals can leech its corruption into the ground.
OrcsOrcs are the servants of chaos. Orcs who drink fel poison turn into soulless savages. The Maker serves the purpose of creating more fel orcs by infusing them with demon blood.
The titans are godlike beings composed of the primordial matter from which the universe was born and were uniquely susceptible (and therefore connected) to fel magic. Though the titans of the Pantheon wielded powers incomprehension to mortal minds, yet even they could not overcome Sargeras's fel-fueled might. The fallen titan decimated the Pantheon members with fel fire until he had broken their will to fight. To seal their demise, Sargeras summoned a massive fel storm that would consume their bodies and souls alike.
Void Revenants"LEGION! Destroy all who stand before you!" - The Void Revenant Xhul'horacVoid revenants are a race of parasitic void-beings that tear holes through the planes of reality, consuming and absorbing the energies and beings within. A void revenant can be twisted by being fed overwhelming fel energy.
The Speculation Section
Are Fictional Gods The Source Of The Fictional Fel Magic?
Fictional gods may be the source of the fictional fel magic.
Are The Demons Immune To Being Destroyed By Fel Energies?
If Sean told the truth when he stated that demons contain fel magic but aren't the source, demons were infused with the highly destructive fel magic and were not fel-touched creatures to begin with. And if they were not fel-touched creatures to begin with, they would not be – or are not – immune to being destroyed by their own destructive fel fires or fel energies (canon has established that fel energies can destroy demons). This process would – or does – cause their structures to break down if they have any structures and it’s awfully similar to – or is the same as – the process creatures need to go through in order to become demons: In order to become a demon, a creature must be infused with fel energy.
Can Demonologists Obtain Demonic Fel Energy If A Demon Doesn't Exist?Fel energy is demonic and demonic power (or warlock magics) would be — or is — is a nether-touched power that exists in - and is ultimately derived from — the Twisting Nether because demons are from the Twisting Nether. Despite that fact, after he was asked if perhaps warlocks are harnessing their power from the Twisting Nether, Sean Copeland - Blizzard's very own Lore Historian - stated, “No, that’d be magi, IIRC. They gain power by the destruction of another source (recall the undead warlock in original cinematic)" This person seems to actually believe demonologists harnessing their power from the place demons are from actually depends on him recalling correctly. And to top it all of, he claims that demons contain fel magic but aren't the source. Ultimately, this guy is claiming that fel energy can be created and can exist even if a demon doesn't exist. Ultimately, this guy is claiming that demonologists don't need to involve themselves with a demon in order to obtain demonic energy.
Is Fel from a Realm of Chaos?"While nearly all of the Orcish Hordes believed that our dead elders watched and guided us from the depths of some lost realm of chaos, I believed this notion to be a product of ritual and not reality. Within the Twisting Nether I discovered that the spirits of the dead do linger on, floating on the astral winds between the worlds." - the warlock Gul'danFel is the primal force of chaos and the force of chaos would be from a place of chaos, which the Twisting Nether is. If fel is from the Twisting Nether, perhaps the study of fel magic is technically necromancy because the Twisting Nether, at least according to the Warcraft II manual, is where the spirits of the dead linger and thus the realm of the dead. It's important to note that although the Twisting Nether is the realm of the dead according to the Warcraft II manual, Blizzard produced a book that established that the Shadowlands is the place where many believe mortal souls are drawn into during the point of death. By channeling the necromantic powers of the underworld, or the Twisting Nether, one can create a field of dark energy that drains life-force. Even though it drains life, fel is not the same as death according to Micky Neilson—veteran of Blizzard Entertainment.
Is Fel a Form of Life or Necromantic Magic?According to Sean Copeland, fel is entropic as in destroys life to fuel the caster's spells. Life — something described as eternal — is a construct if it can be destroyed because destruction, as stated before, is the process of destroying structures, breaking them down into the parts that they’re constructed of. Constructs are not living things and so how can animate beings be alive if the thing that animates them is not a living thing? It is stated that only life could give life and if the thing that animates an animate being isn’t a living thing and therefore has no life, the study of magic involving an animate being can definitely be considered necromancy: One thing to consider is the fact that necromancy can be viewed as animancy (or a form of it) and that studying magic used to animate inanimate objects is studying magic one can use to animate the dead. After Micky Neilson was asked if life can be destroyed, he stated that it seems like just a change of energy and in most – if not all – fantasy settings, death (or necromantic) magic is considered to be a form of life magic (it’s a form of magic and it’s the opposite of life magic). Presumably, this is because if life can be converted (or transformed) into another state, the state that life can be converted (or transformed) into would not be animate or living. And when regarding to World of Warcraft lore, warlocks (according to how Dave Kosak would describe it) convert life into fel, draining the victim as a source of power. Fel is the primal force of chaos and can pool into a green goop when it’s in physical form. It is described as a substance and it can be animated (is that substance alive when animated?). Prior to being animated, fel is inanimate and so warlocks can, presumably, animate—or fuel—the fel by drawing life from living beings and be considered animancers or necromancers.
Is Fel Magic a Manifestation of the Void?Disorder can be defined as a lack of order and it is manifested as fel magic, which — as a demonic magic — is ultimately the result of Light and Void energies bleeding. As such, one can consider fel magic to be a manifestation of a void, which can be defined as lack. The void is chaotic since energies, naturally, want to spread out and become messy. Despite that fact, the writer Matt Burns stated that he thinks there are some exceptions to that rule when it comes to Warcraft powers. It seems that Matt Burns doesn't understand that his thoughts cannot change the fact that the void is devoid of order and therefore manifested as highly destructive fel magic — an energy that is fueled by drawing life from living beings as if it's a vampiric force lacking life energy inside or a vampiric fire in its non-existent stomach.
Is Fel Magic — or Fel Flame — Shadowflame?According to Dave Kosak, shadowflame is likely fel magic infused with shadow. However, it seems that shadowflame is actually a combination of shadow and flame - a combination that doesn't seem possible to create. Void is described as dark and cold whereas fire is defined as light and heat. It seems that the void cannot be combined with light and heat because it would just suck the light and heat into non-existence. As such, fel magic — or fel flame — itself seems to be shadowflame: The fel flame spell emits a wave of shadowfire.
Is Fel the Force From Order?Fel, as stated before, is the primal force of chaos, which is order unrecognized by a lesser mind according to the arcane user Iyyokuk the Lucid. It is stated that order is most commonly perceived as arcane magic in reality but that does not mean it's always perceived as arcane magic. This type of energy is innately volatile, and wielding it requires intense precision and concentration. Now, conversely, disorder is manifested as highly destructive fel magic. As the manifestation of disorder, fel magic cannot really exist without order because without order, there is no disorder (one can't even spell disorder without order). As such, perhaps fel magic is the demonic manifestation of the arcane. If fel magic is demonic arcane magic or a demonic form of arcane magic, the study and use of fel magic might be necromancy, which is described as a school of arcane magic and an arcane art. Clearly arcane magic is - or has - something integral to the raising of the dead if necromancy is an arcane art or a school of arcane magic.
The Roleplaying Game
Fel is a property unique to the Warcraft universe. Fel energy comes in many forms, but at its core is the essence of demonic evil. On Azeroth, the ultimate manifestation of the demonic arcane is fel energy. This energy, which most commonly manifests itself as ghastly, green-yellow flame, is arcane magic at its most corrupt, for it employs the blood of demons. Fel energy runs through the veins of all creatures with the Demonic subtype. Fel energy given substance is entropic fire. Entropic fire burns, as does normal fire, but is more sinister still: it feeds on life, including the life of its wielder.
Demons sometimes tempt spellcasters by offering small amounts of their blood in exchange for services. If the recipient drinks the demon's blood within 24 hours of the offering, then the next arcane spell he casts will be a fel spell. Fel blood is highly addictive as well as corrupting. Spells with the fel descriptor are very difficult to resist. Casting a spell is described by many spellcasters as a euphoric experience.
Fel-poisoned creatures are another threat from the Twisting Nether. They are starting to appear in places where the Burning Legion is strongest. When a creature with a natural poison attack is imbued with fel energy, its venom becomes more difficult to resist.
When a weapon is forged in the blood of a demon, it can be made into a fel weapon.
As demon cults continue to fester and grow in Desolace, the Ashenvale Forest and other remote corners, gruesome sacrifices are held to entice demons into giving their blood in trade. The cultists use this blood to enchant the weapons that they hope will bring about their masters' ultimate victory.
- ↑ Quest:Setting the Signal
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Tome of Blighted Implements
- ↑ World of Warcraft > Game Guide > Classes > Demon Hunter
- ↑ Impeccable Fel Essence
- ↑ World of Warcraft > Game Guide > Classes > Mage
- ↑ Wowhead: Database > Items > Armor > Mail > Head
- ↑ World of Warcraft > Game Guide > Classes > Shaman
- ↑ Ultimate Visual Guide
- ↑ Quest:Mysterious Azsharite
- ↑ Quest:Discovery Requires Experimentation
- ↑ Quest:Speaker for the Dead (Shadowmoon Valley)
- ↑ Quest:Soul Shards of Summoning
- ↑ Quest:Apothecary Antonivich
- ↑ Quest:Some Knowledge Shouldn't Be Shared
- ↑ Quest:One Battle at a Time
- ↑ The Schools of Arcane Magic - Necromancy
- ↑ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1 pg. 16 on iBooks
- ↑ World of Warcraft > Game Guide > Classes > Priest
- ↑ Dave Kosak on Twitter
- ↑ Ultimate Visual Guide pg. 21
- ↑ The Warcraft Encyclopedia/Demons
- ↑ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1 pg. 25-26 on iBooks
- ↑ Quest:Slowing the Spread
- ↑ Quest:Control is Key
- ↑ Stormrage pg. 217 on iBooks
- ↑ The Burning Crusade Townhall/The Burning Crusade Bestiary - Eredar
- ↑ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1 pg. 103-104 on iBooks
- ↑ Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos Game Manual - Furbolgs
- ↑ Quest:Deadwood of the North
- ↑ Quest:Fel To Pieces
- ↑ Quest:Blood of Fallen Brothers (Horde)
- ↑ Quest:Make Them Bleed
- ↑ Quest:Into the Hollow
- ↑ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1 pg. 25 on iBooks
- ↑ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1 pg. 98 on iBooks
- ↑ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1 pg. 99 on iBooks
- ↑ World of Warcraft > Patch 6.2 Raid Preview: Hellfire Citadel
- ↑ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1 pg.26 on iBooks
- ↑ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1 pg. 220 on iBooks
- ↑ The archive of lore tweets from Loreology
- ↑ MMO-Champion >> Forum >> World of Warcraft >> Lore >> Thinking with Fel Magic
- ↑ Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness manual - The Rise of the Shadow Council
- ↑ 43.0 43.1 43.2 Dave Kosak on Twitter
- ↑ Jeremy Feasel on Twitter
- ↑ Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness manual - Death Coil
- ↑ World of Warcraft > Forums > Story Forum > Fel isn't Arcane
- ↑ Jeremy Feasel on Twitter
- ↑ The Demon Soul pg. 346 on iBooks
- ↑ Dave Kosak on Twitter
- ↑ Quest:The Strength of Corruption
- ↑ Wowhead: Database > NPCs > Demons: Animated Fel
- ↑ 52.0 52.1 52.2 World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1 pg. 17 on iBooks
- ↑ Matt Burns on Twitter
- ↑ Dave Kosak on Twitter
- ↑ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1 pg. 30 on iBooks
- ↑ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1 pg. 43 on iBooks
- ↑ Youtube: Gul'dan Spotlight - Heroes of the Storm
- ↑ The Schools of Arcane Magic - Necromancy
- ↑ Manual of Monsters
- ↑ 60.0 60.1 60.2 60.3 60.4 60.5 60.6 Magic & Mayhem
- ↑ Manual of Monsters
- ↑ Manual of Monsters