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Story of Sargeras with Nobbel87
26.09.2021 в 17:03
With the Mage Tower reopening in Patch 9.1.5, this month's lore spotlight with Nobbel87 discusses the villain of the Legion expansion and architect of the Burning Legion--the dark titan Sargeras.
Sargeras and the Pantheon
Sargeras was once a member of the titanic pantheon, the noblest of all, taking on the darkness of the universe while the rest of them traveled the Great Dark Beyond. How did Sargeras turn to corruption? As Nobbel explains:
Funny enough, the reason for Sargeras turning to the dark side has changed a few times over the years.
Once it was said that the Eredar were responsible for his corruption but they changed that when they wanted to add the Draenei back with the Burning Crusade.
Then they gave it more of a philosophical reasoning. The constant darkness of the universe eating away at him, slowly but surely making him believe that the universe wasn’t meant for their orderly plans and that chaos was the way to go.
Finally with the
they gave that idea a bit more substance.
In the grand universe of Warcraft there is the power of the Void and these so called Void Lords seek to devour all matter and energy in the physical universe. They saw the titans do their thing and became envious of their power. First they tried to corrupt these fully grown titans, but quickly found out that that wasn’t going to work. Instead they set their sights on the ones more vulnerable, the ones still slumbering inside of planets. Like the titans, the void lords had no idea which planet actually held one of these souls so they pooled their powers together, pushed through the boundries into the physical universe and shot out what we know as the old gods. Randomly flinging them across the great dark beyond, hoping that some of them would smash into a planet containing a world-soul.
Sargeras found out about these plans when he came across a planet holding one of these titanic souls and was indeed infused by the old gods. On it were a couple of Nathrezim or Dreadlords, basking in that good old void power. Sensing their evil, Sargeras captured and ruthlessly interrogated the demons until they were broken and revealed what they had learned about the Old Gods and the intentions of the void lords. If the powers of the Void succeeded in corrupting a nascent titan, it would awaken as an unspeakably dark creature. No power in creation, not even the Pantheon, could stand against it. In time, the warped titan would consume al matter and energy in the universe, bringing every mote of existence under the void lords’will. Sargeras, the undefeated champion of the titans, knew fear for the first time.
This last part of the story is interesting as in Shadowlands, we learn that the Nathrezim originate from the Shadowlands and have infiltrated the different cosmic domains. In the
Enemy Infiltration book
, they had the following to say about Sargeras:
In many ways, the titans will be the easiest to manipulate. Their singular goal is to impose structure upon everything they see. Show them a force that opposes their drive for Order, and they will be consumed by their urge to eradicate it. Their pantheon, so seemingly united in purpose, is vulnerable to fracturing.
If this is true and the Nathrezim manipulated Sargeras, then they were indeed successful at fracturing the Pantheon and filling Sargeras' mind with fear. When he learned how that one planet was infused by the Old Gods, he refused to let the plan of the Void Lords play out, destroying the planet completely. This set him down a path that clashed with the Pantheon's view on preserving the cosmos.
Creation of the Burning Legion
Sargeras decided that a lifeless universe was better than one dominated by the Void, but his fellow titans were horrified by his plans for systemic extinction. Without the assistance of the Pantheon, Sargeras turned to another force for help--the prison world of Mardum where he'd previously enslaved demons. Sargeras shattered the plane of banishment, consumed himself in fel energies, and offered the imprisoned demons a chance to join him--the start of the Burning Crusade. (If this name sounds familiar, it's the
starting zone for Demon Hunters
The Pantheon tried to reason with him, then moved into a full-blown war when Sargeras killed Aggramar. The physical bodies of the titans were destroyed as Norgannon created a protective shield around their spirits, sending it into the Great Dark. Sargeras, unaware that the titan spirits had survived, declared a victory and continued to search for the one world, Azeroth, that had a slumbering titan.
Sargeras then looked for more allies, one with a bit more cunning than the demons, and recruited the Eredar through trickery. Promising them a grand spot among his ranks, while slowly infiltrating the culture of the Eredar, Sargeras was able to convince Archimonde and Kil’jaeden to join the Burning Legion. The third leader of the Eredar, Velen, was shown a vision by the Nauru of Sargeras' true plan and fled to safety with the remaining Draenei. Kil’jaeden would not forgive this betrayal, even after his conversion to the Burning Legion, and tracked down the Draenei from planet to planet. This history was revisited in Legion's final patch, Shadows of Argus, in which players encountered the remains of the flourishing Eredar civilization.
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War of the Ancients
The Legion brought quite a bit of death, destruction and conversion to the Great Dark Beyond while searching for more infected worlds until the moment came that Azeroth revealed itself. The highborne living on the planet were messing around with the powers provided by their Well of Eternity. This drew the attention of Sargeras himself. Promises of power and all their hearts desires enticed Queen Azshara and her advisor Xavius to work really hard on bringing Sargeras in. Many well-known characters from the history of the Night Elves played important roles in this war, from Tyrande Whisperwind with the Kaldorei Resistance to Illidan Stormrage playing double agent. We also saw the heroic actions of Broxigar, a time-traveling orc who landed a strike on Sargeras, buying us time to close the gateway.
While we were victorious in the War of the Ancients, it came at the cost of destroying the Well of Eternity, leading to massive destruction in the Sundering. Not even Sargeras' ally Queen Azshara was safe from the flooding, as her kingdom was swept into the sea and she struck a deal with Old God N'Zoth to survive in return for loyalty. The Highborne, now transformed into the Naga, rebuilt their kingdom at the bottom of the Maelstrom--which we explored in Patch 8.2 Rise of Azshara.
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Sargeras, Aegwynn, and Artifact Weapon Lore
We learn more about Sargeras' battle with Aegwynn in Northrend through two more artifact weapons: the
Scepter of Sargeras
. The Scepter was constructed after Sargeras' defeat in the War of the Ancients, intended to create portals to any realm he desired with a fragment of his soul. He used this weapon to transport his avatar to Azeroth, where he fought Aegwynn, the Guardian of Azeroth. While Aegwynn was victorious, using both Aluneth and Atiesh to defeat Sargeras' avatar, her success was short-lived as Sargeras' plan was not to best her, but simply to weaken her so he could infiltrate her soul. When Aegwynn decided to have a child, Sargeras' spirit took host in Medivh, using her son to unleash destruction and weaken Azeroth's defenses.
The books for other Legion artifact weapons also reveal the workings of the Burning Legion and Sargeras' cruelty. In
Ulthalesh, the Deadwind Harvester
, we learn that the weapon was created by Sargeras with the soul of a rebellious dreadlord, capable of immense power...with the side-effect of corrupting those who wielded it, growing stronger with each failed attempt. The eredar Sataiel was chosen by Sargeras as a loyal powerful lieutenant, using the weapon to decimate Deadwind Pass, not only consuming souls but also draining the land of its life and color. But she too fell prey to the weapon's curse, plotting to use Ulthalesh to one day destroy the Dark Titan.
Another sad tale comes from the Vengeance Demon Hunter artifact, the
. The Aldrachi were a heroic warrior race, trained to fight in combat from birth. This attracted Sargeras' interest, who wanted to corrupt the Aldrachi and use them as fighting machines for the Legion, instead of outright destroying their world. However, the Aldrachi, led by Toranaar, vowed to never serve Sargeras. Their forces were slowly worn down until Toranaar fought Sargeras directly, in a battle that stretched on for hours as Sargeras aimed to exhaust Toranaar so he'd agree to join the Legion, not annihilate him. Sensing Sargeras' plan, Toranaar feigned exhaustion, using the temporary lapse in Sargeras' guard to wound him with his warblades in a final act of defiance. Incensed, the Legion destroyed all remaining Aldrachi, but saved their Warblades to bestow as rewards to their most-trusted lieutenants.
Antorus, the Burning Throne
Patch 7.3, Shadows of Argus, saw the conclusion of Sargeras' story...for now. We learned more about the Burning Legion, history of the Draenei, the mysterious corrupted titan Argus, and what Turalyon and Alleria were up to after their disappearance. The patch culminated with us storming Antorus the Burning Throne and putting a stop to Sargeras' plans--but not before he plunged his sword into Azeroth, sparking a faction-wide feud over the volatile resource Azerite in Battle for Azeroth.
Story of the Antorus Raid
The raid ends with Sargeras imprisoned at the Seat of the Pantheon with Illidan as his jailer, but the sword in Silithus remains an unfinished plot point that we may return to in future expansions. We also have the recent discovery in Shadowlands that the Nathrezim were manipulating most cosmic forces, which could lead to more story for Sargeras in the future. Nobbel muses a bit on unanswered questions and how he'd like to see the story go:
I would have loved to have seen the spirit of Azeroth actually wake up during Battle for Azeroth. Yoink that sword out of her back and become a powerfull ally for our adventures into the great dark beyond, but that wasn’t the route they took it. If the sources are correct and Azeroth truly is the last titan, and we have truly cleansed her of the Old Gods' infection, then that means that Sargeras’ original reasoning of forming his Burning Legion is no longer a thing. Sure enough, there is still the void out there with there void lords. There might still be void infected planets that we don’t know about, but the dark titan’s fear was fueled by the idea of a corrupted titan and that seemingly is no longer a thing. That means there’s potential of him becoming a future ally, a team up with Azeroth itself, rumored to be even more powerful than Sargeras was.
I’ve also heard the speculation about turning Sargeras’ sword into a mourneblade, but that just sounds way too cool to actually come true. Imagine Illidan sitting on the shoulder of Sargeras as they fly on over and invite us to come along and help them kick some void butt in the great dark beyond. I’d be well down for that, but only time is going to tell. There is also the question about the demons out there. The Burning Legion has been defeated. Sargeras is imprisoned, Archimonde and Kil’jaeden are taken out, a whole bunch of their top rankers are gone but demons in general are still out there. Without leadership, what are they up to? Did thye just go back to what demons did before their imprisonment, causing a bunch of pain and misery or did new faces rise up to lead their demonic ranks for a whole set of new goals and reasons?
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