Before life began, before even the cosmos took shape, there was Light ... and there was Void. The Light, in the form of a prismatic sea, swelled across all existence. The ocean of Light was dynamic and shifting. Yet some of its energies faded and dimmed as it expanded, leaving behind pockets of nothingness. From the absence of Light in these spaces, a new power coalesced and came to be. This power was the Void, a dark and vampiric force driven to devour all energy, to twist creation inward to feed upon itself. The Void grew and spread its influence, moving against the waves of Light. The tension between these two opposing yet inseparable energies eventually ignited a series of explosions, rupturing the fabric of creation and birthing a new realm into existence. In that moment, the physical universe was born.
The energies released by the clash raged across the nascent cosmos, raw matter merging and spinning into primordial worlds without number. For long epochs, this ever-expanding universe—the Great Dark Beyond—broiled in a maelstrom of fire, fel, and magic.
"Fire burns away what is impure, so that it may be returned to the earth, and the cycle anew." - An unnamed elemental
Elementals are manifestations of volatile energy that are innately chaotic. Fire elementals in particular though seem to be more destructive than the others. Ragnaros was one of the four Elemental Lords, banished in ancient times to the region of the Elemental Plane known as the Firelands. Although killed, the primal power Ragnaros represents can never be truly vanquished.
The Elemental Plane of Fire
The Firelands is the elemental plane of fire.
The Forms of Fire
Arcane fire is presumably fire combined with the arcane, which mana is a measure of. One may channel demonic energies into a bolt of negative energy that will burn away mana reserves.
Divine fire is presumably the fire of a god.
Fel FireFel flame is flame born from demonic magic. Because demons are from the Twisting Nether, flame born from demonic magic (fel flame) would come from the Twisting Nether.
FrostfireThe numbing effect that fire can have and the burning effect frost can have seems to be combined in the manifestation of fire known as Frostfire.
Hell's FireFire can be considered of hell. With hell's flames, you make a bargain. It costs little of yourself. Fel flame seems to represent hell's flames: With fel flames, a bargain would need to be made, for fel magic requires a sacrifice. Additionally, demonic fire is typically something that is derived from hell (which the Twisting Nether seems to represent in World of Warcraft).
ShadowflameShadowflame, according to the liar known Dave Kosak, is likely fel magic infused with shadow. However, as the name suggests, shadowflame is a combination of shadow (also referred to as the void) and fire. It seems though that the void can't be combined with fire, or light and heat, because the void is described as dark, cold, and vampiric would suck the fire into non-existence. The void would be devoid of order (disorder), which is manifested as fel magic, and so fel magic itself seems to represent this "shadowflame".
The God of Fel and Flame
The Lord of Flame
"Pyromancy is not for the timid." - Bolin Moonflare
Pyromancy in the traditional sense of the term is the art of divining the future using fire. In World of Warcraft, pyromancy might just be considered the art of manipulating fire through magical means.
Professions of the Cosmos
"Fire: the indiscriminate element for those with discriminating tastes." - Lyra, Timewalker Embermage
While any worthy mage is an unparalleled expert in the use of magic and heavily dedicated to their craft, those who master the forces of fire tend to be a little more audacious than their peers. If a threat stands before them, the answer is always to neutralize it in a glorious blaze. A lifetime dedicated to the study of fiery forces only fuels their pyromania, and these mages take pride—even pleasure—in igniting their enemies in wild bursts of flame. Mistake their affinity for watching things burn as a lack of self-control at your own peril.
WarlocksWarlocks are magical practitioners that seek to understand fel-based magics, including destructive spells. Warlocks drop hellish rain from the sky to immolate the opposition and it is stated that the destruction warlock in particular is well-versed in discharging a dizzying array of shadow, fel, fire, and chaos magics upon opponents that rattle souls and conflagrate bodies. They require little motivation for the havoc they wreak, happy to revel in the destruction they cause—thrilled at any opportunity to watch the world erupt in discord around them.
Entropic fire is fel energy given substance: it is entropic fire that burns on infernals, and it is entropic fire that ran down the body of the pit lord Mannoroth the Destructor. Entropic fire burns, as does normal fire, but it is more sinister still: it feeds on life, including the life of its wielder.
- ↑ Matt Burns on Twitter
- ↑ Dave Kosak on Twitter
- ↑ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1 pg. 30 - 31 on iBooks
- ↑ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1 pg. 31 on iBooks
- ↑ Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects pg.125
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Ultimate Visual Guide pg. 176
- ↑ Fel Flame (elemental)
- ↑ Lord of the Clans by Christie Golden
- ↑ Dave Kosak on Twitter
- ↑ Ultimate Visual Guide pg. 34
- ↑ Ultimate Visual Guide pg. 37
- ↑ WoW TCG Card: Cloak of Flames
- ↑ WoW TCG Card: Flame Volley
- ↑ World of Warcraft > Legion Class Preview Series: Mage
- ↑ WoW TCG Card: Fire Power
- ↑ World of Warcraft > Legion Class Preview Series: Warlock