A blog post two days in a row? From me? Who am I and what have I done with the REAL Panda Steve?!
So on Friday, Battle for Azeroth was revealed as the seventh expansion for World of Warcraft. Shit has gotten cray-cray, yo. Some tree got burnt down, a ruined city has been… more ruined? The Horde and the Alliance have never been further apart, despite coming together so many times, and now, they battle… FOR AZEROTH!
The Heart of Azeroth
We get some fancy-ass jewellery straight from Azeroth herself, courtesy of Magni Bronzebeard.
You know, the large dwarf-shaped crystal? Now, ignoring the mechanics of the thing (leave that to theorycrafters!), let’s talk about the ramifications.
The king of diamonds has been made a pawn.
Remember Il’gynoth? He’s that evil tree we faced back in the Emerald Nightmare raid.
He had things to say, and man did he love to say them. That quote up there about the “king of diamonds” sure sounds like it’s referring to Magni.
From the earth, he draws strength. Our earth. Our strength.
And it sure sounds like he’s mistaken in who he’s been chatting to while being a literal rock in the ground. My theory goes like this: Magni, who has been communicating with “Azeroth” while a crystal, has actually been in touch with N’Zoth (no doubt he’s been putting on an obviously fake girl voice that Magni’s too ROCK HEADED, heh, to see through). N’Zoth’s aim, as an agent of the void lords, is to corrupt Azeroth’s world soul so it can become a dark titan. The Legion, led by Sargeras, wanted to prevent this happening by destroying Azeroth. Better a dead world soul than a living dark titan, after all. N’Zoth prevented this by posing as Azeroth; he told Magni about the Pillars of Creation, how they were needed to close the portal in the Tomb of Sargeras. Illidan unwittingly took this a step further; he opened up a portal to Argus itself, so we could march on through and stop the Legion permanently.
All good for N’Zoth.
Alliance vs Horde
The threat of the Legion is ended. Sargeras is no longer a danger. N’Zoth needs more time to fully corrupt the world soul, and what better way to buy time than to make sure that those who would stop you, who have stopped your “brothers,” who have saved the world time and time again, are more focused on each-other? Anduin is a Priest, and they have a relationship with shadow and the void that a lot of other classes do not. He could be more susceptible than most to the whispers of an old god.
The boy-king serves at the master’s table. Three lies will he offer you.
At the hour of her third death, she will usher in our coming.
Sylvanas has felt the touch of the void too; after the death of the Lich King, she threw herself off the Frozen Throne, and soon realised that all that would wait for her when she died was the void. She made a pact with the Val’kyr, so long as they live, she does too. It seems unlikely that she’d risk her life, the life of her Val’kyr, by giving the Alliance cause to retaliate strongly against her, and it seems equally unlikely that Anduin, he who values peace above most things, would launch an unwarranted attack upon the Undercity.
Why would someone burn down Teldrassil? Because they were compelled to. Who would do that?
N’Zoth! N’Zoth! IIYOQ NEL’OTHK AR’AFGH!
He is the one instigating this war. He’s throwing out those subtle corruptive whispers that old gods do so well, quietly diverting attention away from himself while he goes about his work. Magni is a small spanner in the works, he’s gone to the leaders of both Alliance AND Horde, and was turned away from both as they prepared to attack each other. Now, he turns to you, to me, to those ragtag heroes of Azeroth, and entrusts them with a relic. The Heart of Azeroth.
Another thing that N’Zoth probably has a tentacle in. Another insurance policy. Using the blood of a slowly corrupting titan soul to power this titan artifact? Who’s to say that a little bit of N’Zoth won’t get in there? And as it grants us power, it taints US as well.
In the sunken city, he lays dreaming…
Ny’alotha will rise. N’Zoth will rise. The Battle for Azeroth will begin, us versus old god, the light versus the void itself.
…Of course the title could just be all about the faction war. Hey ho, here we go. Speculation begins.
I wrote about something similar the other day, it seems that Old Gods are definitely on the brain! However, I didn’t even consider that Magni could be talking to N’zoth the whole time. That adds another layer to the predicament: now we don’t even know what state Azeroth is in at all! She could be much stronger – or much weaker – that what we have been lead to believe.
I do wonder who the ‘she’ in “At the hour of her third death, she will usher in our coming” is, that could be a huge number of people or forces. Sylvannas has died too many times for it to be her but has Azeroth died at all? Can world souls die multiple times? So much good lore stuff here, so long a wait until Battle for Azeroth!