- This article is about the Elder Dragon. For the dragon champion in Frostgorge Sound, see Claw of Jormag.
You do not fear death. You fear something far worse. You fear outliving the ones you swore to protect. You fear the day your children no longer feel the chill of the frost or the warmth of the flame. It is this fear that is your enemy, not I. The prison in which all races of Tyria suffer. But you need not fear me, champion, for I can set you free. Join me, and you shall have the strength to protect your people in the trials to come. Stand against me, and you stand alone.
Jormag is the Elder Dragon of Ice and Persuasion, who hibernates in the northern reaches of the Far Shiverpeak Mountains, dreaming about the Tyria that could be, at the expense of the Tyria that is. The Ice Dragon has powerful mental capabilities that alter their enemies' way of thinking, an ability also encountered on some of the champions of their sizeable army of corrupted minions, known as Icebrood. Jormag has sometimes been referred to as being a living blizzard.
Whenever a group of norn attack Jormag or their champions, the men always return as Icebrood, attacking the source of the group of norn in revenge. Women can become Icebrood as well, but this is not welcomed by the Sons of Svanir, a cult of norn men worshiping Jormag, who typically kill the corrupted females. Unlike other Elder Dragons, Jormag does not corrupt to enslave but rather gives promises of power to those they want to corrupt; this can be seen through both the Sons of Svanir and the Icebrood, such as at the Frost Portal.
Jormag, like the other Elder Dragons, is thought to have last awakened 10,000 years ago, around the time of the disappearance of the Giganticus Lupicus, and then fallen back into slumber from consuming all magic they could find. During the dragonrise they caused the Dragonstorm which lasted for many seasons and which kodan still tell stories of. The dwarves crafted the Sanguinary Blade from Jormag's frozen blood around this time.
As early as 1078 AE Jormag was influencing Tyria once again. Through their champion Drakkar, the Ice Dragon whispered promises of power to the norn hunter called Svanir and turned him into yet another of their champions, the Nornbear; this was the first of Jormag's champions to be identified as such. The Elder Dragon also robbed Svanir's sister, Jora, of her ability to Become the Bear when she rejected the call. Since Svanir, there has been a cult of norn known as the Sons of Svanir. The Sons worship Jormag as the strongest Spirit of the Wild, referring to them simply as Dragon, and justify worshiping an Elder Dragon because they view it natural for the world to have predators and prey with Jormag being the ultimate predator. Over the years, Jormag drew on their powers and hastened their own awakening.
Jormag awoke in the lands beyond the Far Shiverpeaks in 1165 AE and moved south, causing the kodan to flee the icy seas and battling the norn inhabitants there. The Ice Dragon's rise caused earthquakes that cracked and shattered the northernmost lands, tore apart Gunnar's Hold, and allowed the icy northern ocean to flood through and create new, inland seas. This new inland sea was inhabited by some refugee kodan sanctuaries which fled south as they were harried by the Claws of Jormag, while Jormag capsized and tore apart many other of the kodan's iceberg cities in the northern ocean. The Elder Dragon also created a blizzard which lasted four years.
Although powerful fighters, the norn were no match for the Elder Dragon and its minions of snow and ice known as the Icebrood and were driven south into the abandoned dwarven territories. Jormag's forces occupied the area around Drakkar Lake and Gunnar's Hold, the latter having been torn apart by a glacier. The Ice Dragon also attacked the Spirits of the Wild and devoured at least one of them, Owl, who sacrificed herself to buy some of the Spirits time to lead the norn to safety. It is said that Jormag destroyed Owl's spirit totally. Other lesser spirits such as Eagle, Dolyak, and Wolverine likewise stayed behind to buy the rest of the Spirits and the norn time to flee, and their fates remain uncertain.
However, according to a norn legend, a mighty norn warrior called Asgeir Dragonrender was able to cut out a fang from Jormag's mouth with a weapon enhanced by an ancient jotun scroll's fire magic before leading his people south with the aid of the Spirits of the Wild. The fang is now kept in Hoelbrak where the norn test their heroes against it. It is generally believed that when a hero damages the fang, that hero will be capable of defeating Jormag once and for all. However, some norn claim that the prophecy about damaging the fang is simply used to deter eager young norn from venturing into the Far Shiverpeaks to challenge Jormag and from losing themselves to the Ice Dragon.
Since their awakening, Jormag steadily pushed south. Though the Elder Dragon's territory was further north, their influence caused heavy corruption in Frostgorge Sound and northern Wayfarer Foothills and Snowden Drifts, and even in Hoelbrak and northern Dredgehaunt Cliffs, thanks to the continuing spread of the Sons of Svanir cult. Besides spreading their corruption on the land, Jormag used the cult to gather minions and worshipers, be they quaggan, grawl, jotun, or kodan, as well as magical artifacts, further strengthening their forces.
In 1319 AE, the Dragonspawn, a dragon champion whose Icebrood minions had been terrorizing the countryside around Hoelbrak, invoked Jormag's name to call upon their power when it was about to fall in battle against Eir Stegalkin, Garm, Snaff and Zojja. Jormag's presence filled the ice cavern, and the Dragonspawn used a portion of its master's power to force the band to flee while unleashing a blizzard in Hoelbrak and its surrounding areas in revenge. The Dragonspawn was eventually felled when Eir returned for a rematch with the strength of all of Destiny's Edge behind her, and Eir believed the fall of the champion had significantly slowed down Jormag's corruption.
A band of Sons of Svanir led by Styrr Frostblade managed to briefly open portals to the Mists via captured havrouns and sent Icebrood outside Tyria to spread Jormag's influence until the plan was foiled by a party led by the Slayer of Issormir in 1325 AE. Later that year, another band of Sons of Svanir led by Steag Frostbeard acquired the Sanguinary Blade and intended to use its power to invade Lion's Arch in order to gain Jormag's blessing, but the planned attack was prevented by Magister Sieran and the Novice who defeated the band and took the Sanguinary Blade to the Durmand Priory.
Despite these setbacks, the spread of Jormag's corruption did not stop as its minions were able to corrupt several quaggans and take over Falooaloo with the remaining villagers barely escaping with their lives thanks to the assistance by the Tyrian orders. Later that year, Kodan's Bane, Huntsman of Jormag invaded the kodan sanctuary of Honor of the Waves with a sizable band of Sons of Svanir and channeled Jormag's magic to forcibly corrupt the resisting Honor's Voice into an Icebrood. The Huntsman and the corrupted Voice were slain by Caithe, Eir Stegalkin, Honor's Claw and the Pact Commander while other adventurers traversed the sanctuary to defeat the Huntsman's remaining lieutenants.
In 1329 AE, the asura Taimi relayed information from the norn Braham Eirsson that Jormag had become active. According to Elder Ulf, Jormag was believed to have taken residence near a tundra overrun with Sons of Svanir and Icebrood just beyond the Bitterfrost Frontier around this time.
Like Primordus, Jormag had also absorbed the latent magic of the slain Elder Dragons Zhaitan and Mordremoth, as seen with the Champion Unstable Abomination which the Pact Commander fought to acquire a sample from this new type of Icebrood for research purposes. According to Taimi, proximity to the dead Elder Dragons might matter and that Primordus had absorbed more plant and death magic than Jormag.
Theorizing that she could defeat Jormag and Primordus at the same time by mixing their energies, Taimi created a device using parts from Omadd's Machine, which became known as Taimi's Machine, to do so. However, this device was stolen by the returned but weakened god Balthazar who was looking for a way to increase his power by absorbing the Elder Dragons' magic. Shoftly after the theft, Taimi discovered that one more Elder Dragon's death might lead to Tyria's destruction.
Balthazar brought the device before Primordus and activated it deep within the volcano of Draconis Mons. He inserted himself in the magical stream and began absorbing the two Elder Dragons' magic. When the device was destroyed by the Pact Commander and Taimi who had chased the fallen god into the heart of the volcano, the blowback and drained magic resulted in Primordus and Jormag being hit by each other's magic and entering a pre-awakening state. At this time Braham had managed to enter Jormag's territory with his norn guild and planned to use Eir Stegalkin's bow, which he had enchanted with a jotun scroll's fire magic, to slay the Ice Dragon after cracking the fang in Hoelbrak with it. However, he could do nothing but watch as the affected Jormag vanished under the ice with an anguished roar before the norn could begin the attack.
When Dragon Bash returned and was held in Hoelbrak in 1332 AE, several Sons of Svanir and other norn were seen praising Dragon, waiting for Jormag to rise again, while an Icebrood Claymore was spotted among the Sons preaching about the Dragon's blessings. Some female norn were seen arguing with the Sons of Svanir, claiming that they too had heard Dragon's call and that the Sons could not ignore female followers of Jormag forever. Weeks later, Suspicious Travelers began appearing across the Shiverpeaks, speaking of the power gained by serving the Ice Dragon. A strange gale blew near these travelers, carrying eerie whispers spoken by a female and male voice.
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As the charr High Legions gather in Grothmar Valley to celebrate the death of Kralkatorrik, Jormag begins to stir in the far north. Through their promises of power, the dragon has amassed a sizable army of Icebrood.
After sorting through information left by the Rata Novans, Taimi discovered that the Rata Novans acquired information regarding a potential weakness for Primordus and that its unique magical spectrum could be negated all together. Taimi theorized that Jormag's unique ice magic spectrum could be the unique weakness for Primordus. After the Pact Commander acquired samples of destroyers and icebrood enhanced by magic from the deceased Zhaitan and Mordremoth, Taimi was able to confirm her theory on a small scale. When Balthazar stole Omadd's machine, Taimi ran a simulation confirming that Primordus and Jormag were each others' weakness.
Sons of Svanir's emblem depicting Jormag.
- Concept art
- The Icebrood Saga Magazine revealed that Jormag identifies as non-binary, and how researchers address the Elder Dragon with the pronoun "them". However, the Sons of Svanir, Suspicious Travelers and other individuals such as Skaald Stjarna have been known to refer to Jormag using "he" or "it" pronouns.
- Sons of Svanir and Icebrood appear in the Fractals of the Mists. However, it is unknown if this is due to their portals to the Mists, or if those are creations from the Mists themselves like most of the fractals.
- Gizmos and trophies associated with Jormag are used for various legendary weapon collections:
- Jormag may be a reference to Jörmungandr, the world serpent from Norse mythology.
- Jormag's silhouette, as seen in concept art in the norn intro cinematic, also doubles as the red dragon logo of the core Guild Wars 2 game.
- Jormag is not the dragon visible in Drakkar Lake in the original Guild Wars as many once thought. That was actually Drakkar, a champion of Jormag.
- "Jormag's tooth" is a phrase used by norn.
- Jormag is voiced by Debra Wilson.
- Rare Collections: Jormag Defense Guide — Unlock all of the corrupted weapons in your wardrobe, and collect various Jormag related items. (10)
- Flight from Jormag
- Jormag Energy
- Scales of Jormag
- Shield of Jormag
- Fang of the Serpent
- Sanguinary Blade
- The Movement of the World
- Associated items
- Corrupted weapons
- Carving of Jormag
- Durmand Priory Field Guide to Jormag
- Jormag's Breath
- Jormag Dye Kit
- Jormag's Needle
- ^ Guild Wars 2 Living World - Issue 01, GuildWars2.com
- ^ a b Stéphane Lo Presti and Jeff Grubb, Guild Wars 2 Guru; links broke - image of posts:    
- ^ Interview with Jeff Grubb, Ree Soesbee and Scott McGough, GuildMag.com
- ^ Kodan Snowcaller
- ^ Jora's Curse
- ^ Erika
- ^ Blane the Insane
- ^ Sjorn Morheim
- ^ a b c "Chapter 18: The Calm Before", Edge of Destiny by J. Robert King:
- "Two hundred fifty years ago, a hunter named Svanir and his sister Jora led a band of norn to slay the wolves that ruled Drakkar Lake. They were crossing the frozen waters when a strange presence grasped Svanir's mind. It whispered seductions to him, promised power and prey. It was a voice of infinite hunger and hate, and Svanir listened to it.
- "Jora heard the voice, too, but it terrified her. She refused its dark gifts and tried to drag her brother away, but he struck her and told her she was weak, told her he had discovered the well of power. She fled.
- "Svanir remained to commune with his newfound lord. In time, the voice began to change him. It taught him to hate all living things. It stripped him of his human form and made him a champion—half bear, half norn, encrusted with ice. Svanir wandered the wastes in madness, attacking any who came near. He became a monster that his own sister had to destroy.
- "Over the next hundred fifty years, the voice seduced more norn, and they joined the cult, becoming the Sons of Svanir. They believed they were drawing upon the ancient voice, but in fact it was drawing upon them, gaining the power to rise.
- "And it did rise. One of the Elder Dragons. Jormag was its name.
- "We fought Jormag—gladly we fought it, for norn are made for battle. But never had we fought a beast like this. It was a living blizzard. It and its minions froze us where we fought and buried our lands in snow and ice and tore apart Gunnar's Hold with a massive glacier. It took our lands. It drove us south.
- "And despite the destruction, there are still foolish norn who hear the call of Svanir and seek the power of Jormag. In the end they are reduced to icebrood themselves, flesh wrapped in ice, fed by malevolence and hatred."
- ^ a b c Thyrie Bylund
- ^ Guild Wars Insider Interview with Ree Soesbee, GuildWarsInsider.com
- ^ Absolute Patience
- ^ Old Fiach
- ^ Owl Shaman Ulgadis
- ^ Shrine to Owl
- ^ a b Skaald Stjarna
- ^ Gamal
- ^ Talon Bladedancer
- ^ Frozen Out Braham: This is similar to the scroll Aesgir
- ^ Beigarth the Smith
- ^ Journey to Bitterfrost Frontier
- Elder Ulf: I didn't want to say it too lodly, but the tooth... It's really something we use to keep the young from getting themselves killed trying to hunt Jormag.
- <Character name>: You don't believe the stories?
- Elder Ulf: Some do, some don't. Asgeir rent it from Jormag's mouth, it is true, but if he could do that and still be killed by the dragon... what good would scratching this tooth do?
- <Character name>: Then why do you pretend it has more weighted significance?
- Elder Ulf: The legend has taken on a life of its own. It's become a myth that inspires people to do better, encourages kids to behave, and lends purpose to lives. It does no harm. Disillusion need not be rushed.
- ^ "Chapter 11: In the Cold", Edge of Destiny by J. Robert King:
- "Kal-throk-tok! Borea-kal-lu-ki Joor-maag."
- Suddenly, something else was in that ice cavern. A presence. It was as old as the world, as uncaring of mortal creatures. It was colder than a blizzard: not just the power to freeze but the will to, to see living things shiver to stillness and crack open. This was the power behind the Dragonspawn. He wielded only a portion of it—the portion that could pour through eye sockets and skeletal fingertips. Now, Eir, Garm, and the Bigs were in the presence of the power itself.
- ^ Into the Mists
- Styrr Frostblade: Faugh! I'll fight all of you at once! Jormag's will is mighty! In Dragon's name, we claim the Mists and destroy the spirits themselves! [...]
- Apprentice Valda: The Sons of Svanir came through it, and I've been fighting them off ever since. They boasted about subduing my master with a magical spike made of corrupted Mist.
- Havroun Weibe/Grechen: Hmm. That, combined with Solvi's power, could create such a portal. They must have attacked Solvi's body in the waking world while his spirit was here.
- <Character name>: Then we'll rescue Solvi's body just as we did Valda's spirit. We'll heal the wound in the veil between worlds, and kill those who inflicted it.
- ^ Mightier than the Sword
- Son of Svanir: Pathetic little bookworms! Steag Frostbeard is mighty. He will attack Lion's Arch, and we will show you all Dragon's power.
- Son of Svanir: Steag's blood-sword is a holy relic of the dragon, Jormag. The dragon blesses Steag for his faithful service. He will lead us to victory.
- ^ Honor of the Waves (story)
- Kodan's Bane, Huntsman of Jormag: Accept the power of Dragon!
- Honor's Voice: Leave me in peace! I beg you!
- Kodan's Bane, Huntsman of Jormag: Walk in the path of Dragon!
- Kodan's Bane, Huntsman of Jormag: Receive Dragon's Gift! Its blood is your blood!
- ^ Taimi's Game
- Taimi: No! Stand! Stay standing. Okay, here it is... Jormag is ALSO active!
- <Character name>: What? How can you be sure? I thought most of this tech was focused on Primordus.
- Taimi: Braham sent a letter from the Shiverpeaks.
- ^ Journey to Bitterfrost Frontier
- Elder Ulf: In the far north, just beyond civilization, there exists an expanse of tundra overrun by Svanir and Jormag's icebrood.
- Elder Ulf: It is believed that Jormag has taken up residence nearby.
- Elder Ulf: And that the Elder Dragon's influence corrupts all who go there.
- ^ Elixir Cookin'
- Taimi: If I were a supposing kind of genius—which I am—I'd suppose Primordus must have soaked up more Mordremoth energy.
- Taimi: Maybe proximity matters, and since Jormag's so far away, it didn't receive as much Mordy juice.
- ^ a b Heart of the Volcano
- <Character name>: There's really no other way to kill Primordus or Jormag?
- Taimi: They're each other's weakness. Like Mordremoth's was its mind. And without my machine...
- Taimi: I don't think they're going to duke it out physically. Feels like that would be a disaster anyway.
- <Character name>: I can't believe we're seriously considering saving them.
- Taimi: I know, but magic is so out of whack. If one more goes, all of Tyria might just collapse in on itself.
- ^ The Flow of Magic
- Taimi: You won't believe what just happened, Commander. Guess. No, never mind, can't wait. Braham sent me a letter.
- Taimi: Would you like me to read it? Of course you would. He says, "Taimi. What did the commander do to Jormag?"
- Taimi: "Destiny's Edge—my guild—had it surrounded, and then... Suddenly, an anguished roar, and it returned to the ice."
- ^ Dragon Bash ambient dialogue
- ^ Cinematic during Elder Druid Protection
- ^ Elder Dragons: Notes from the Field
- The non-binary possessive pronoun here reminds me: since our relationship with Aurene has evolved our understanding of Elder Dragons vis-a-vis gender identity, you may want to add a new section on that topic.
- ^ Post by Stéphane Lo Presti, GuildWars2Guru.com
- ^ First Attack Nollarr: Yeah, I'm Nollarr—and you're dead. Jormag's tooth, what have you done to them?
- ^ Talk:Prologue: Bound by Blood