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World of Warcraft Chronicle Volume 3: New Info on Old Gods
27/03/2018 à 09:03
World of Warcraft Chronicle Volume 3
released today! This third volume spans the Third War through Cataclysm, connecting many loose plot threads and revealing new lore.
It's available to purchase on Amazon for
as well as the
In this preview, we're highlighting some of the new information revealed about the Old Gods. Let us know in the comments what other types of lore details from Chronicles you'd like us to preview! Edit: we've previewed
what factions get credit for which dungeons and raids
Motivations of the Old Gods
Early in the novel, we learn that the Old Gods created the Infinite Dragonflight as well as corrupted the Emerald Dream. While this information is not new, we also learned that the Old Gods were responsible for many smaller threats in classic WoW, such as quilboar, kobold, and centaurs. The Old Gods were responsible for creating a feeling of chaos everywhere as well as inciting conflict between the factions.
This is further emphasized when Cho’gall notes:
He also needed to keep the Old God safe from the Alliance and the Horde. By defeating C’Thun, the two factions had proved that they were unstoppable when they put aside their differences and united.
Cho’gall would not allow them to do so again.
We can’t help but think of the rapidly-escalating faction conflict developing in
Battle for Azeroth
and how the Alliance and Horde focused on destroying each other perfectly fits into the plans of the Old Gods.
Cho’gall’s lore has been changed a bit due to the removal of Med'an, the son of Garona, from the story.
World of Warcraft Chronicle Volume 3
has retconned Med'an--he's just a "404" note in the index. As such, Garona's story follows the same major plot points as before but now reaches them in a different way.
Previously in the lore, Med'an faced off against Cho'gall at Ahn'Qiraj, defeating the ogre with the help of the Council of Tirisfal, newly-reformed Atiesh, Meryl, and Aegwynn. The ogre was buried in rubble and then suddenly resurfaced in Cataclysm, where he served as the final boss of Bastion of Twilight.
, Cho'gall has a more interesting story. He sets out on a quest to awaken the Old Gods, which is sidetracked at first by Garona's successful attempts to assassinate many of his followers. After luring and entrapping Garona, Cho'gall once again focuses on his mission, making his way to Ahn'Qiraj and breaking C'Thun's chains through a powerful ritual. C'Thun was now free to awaken the dormant silithid and prepare for war, events which led to the Opening of the Gates of Ahn'Qiraj and the 40-player raid.
Instead of being buried in a pile of rubble, Cho'gall now sets out to Northrend during the events of Burning Crusade. He loosens the bonds of Yogg-Saron, providing the Old God with greatly-strengthened powers. He then escalates the conflict between the Alliance and Horde, commanding Garona to attack Varian at a peace summit. This is similar to existing lore, but without details on Med'an's recapture by the Twilight Hammer cult. With no Med'an in this story, Garona pledged to work with Jaina and Aegwynn to learn more about the Twilight Hammer, instead of only providing information if she'd receive help saving her son.
It’s been hinted before that N’Zoth played a role in Cataclysm and now in
we get confirmation that he was involved in a major way.
Shrouded in an ocean of fevered dreams, among the bones of nameless horrors, N'Zoth remained untouched by the blade of mortals. The Old God was certain that Azeroth's champions would eventually seek it out and try to overwhelm it as they had done to C'Thun and Yogg-Sarion.
N'Zoth was not afraid, but it did sense that a window of opportunity was fast closing.
N’Zoth is confirmed to corrupt Deathwing, pouring his own dark energy into Deathwing and sending the Twilight Hammer to fuse elementium armor onto Deathwing to prevent his body from tearing apart.
N'Zoth fed its own dark energy into Deathwing's heart, infusing the black Dragon Aspect with a power unlike any that he had ever known. This influx of strength made his form more unstable, and the magma that flowed through his veins threatened to erupt from his body and consume his entirely.
N’Zoth then called upon the Elemental Lords. Neptulon and Therazane eventually defied him, but
By unleashing Deathwing from Deepholm, he would tear a rift between the Elemental Plane and Azeroth, which would then allow the Elemental Lords access to Azeroth. Deathwing would also serve as a conduit for N'Zoth, coordinating attacks with the elementals and Twilight Hammer.
Deathwing's motivation was to scour the world of the other Dragonflights and control Azeroth as his own, but secretly N'Zoth planned to dispose of Deathwing once the Black Empire was restored.
When Deathwing broke free and rained destruction on the world, Stormwind was a notable target. We learn the goal was not to destroy the city, but instead to instill fear in the citizens so more would join the Twilight Hammer.
The Shattering empowered many Twilight Hammer members who had lived double lives, including Archbishop Benedictus. The Old Gods played upon his curiosity with shadow magic and disillusionment that the Light didn't save Arthas from corruption, invading his dreams with visions of the Hour of Twilight and freedom. He grew to believe that the Holy Light was tyrannical and that the Void was the natural state of the universe. By staying in charge of the church, he was able to convert many disillusioned priests to the Twilight Hammer.
While not all of N'Zoth's plans were successful, he was counting on most to fail--only one had to work in order to usher in the Hour of Twilight.
As times grew desperate, the Dragon Aspects retrieved the Dragon Soul and planned to empower it at Wyrmrest Temple, which players experienced in-game as the
L’Âme des dragons
raid. Deathwing received word of this plan and amassed a formidable army, including Faceless Ones sent by N'Zoth. The Dragon Aspects were successful in driving Deathwing from the Temple, but N'Zoth countered by infusing Deathwing with a massive amount of power--so great that it broke Deathwing's body as molten tentacles poured forth.
The only way to defeat the empowered Deathwing was to turn the power of the Dragon Soul against him, requiring the Dragon Aspects to sacrifice their energy.
With all the speculation surrounding Azshara as a
boss in Battle for Azeroth
involvement in the early story
, it's interesting to learn that Queen Azshara is a servant of N'Zoth. Previously, we'd only received hints they were related via a Hearthstone blog during
Whispers of the Old Gods
Under his orders, she led the attack in
, unleashing her naga against the water elementals of Neptulon, to gain control of the world's seas.
We also get confirmation that the naga previously reached out to Illidan due to the will of the Old Gods, not because of shared loyalty or heritage with the Night Elves. The Old Gods wanted Illidan to succeed to destroy the Lich King and spark a new war on Azeroth.
The Old Gods had taken notice of Illidan. His hunger for power and his chaotic past intrigued them. His quest to destroy the Lich King could spark a new war on Azeroth, one that would likely envelop the undead, the world's nations, and the Legion. With that kind of turmoil consuming Azeroth, CHo'gall and his cultists could awaken the Old Gods relatively unopposed.
What do you think of the new information about the Old Gods? Any surprises? Did you like the retcon to Cho'gall's story with Med'an out of the picture? It's been speculated for a while that N'Zoth was behind parts of Cataclysm so it's fun to learn more.
Let us know what other types of lore from Chronicle you'd like us to cover!
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