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11-06-2011 @ 8:21PM
I'm mindblown. If this is where the story is going, I'm gonna be so pleased. The Pandaren might be precisely what we need. Dammit, you got me even more excited for MoP!! ;O;
11-07-2011 @ 12:34AM
My mind is equally blown. This was a most excellent TFH edition of Know Your Lore. I've been wondering about this for a very long time, especially the Azeroth/Azathoth connection, and I think Anne really nailed it. I caught the same hint from blizzcon about Azeroth being special in the cosmos.My original thoughts here: http://wow.joystiq.com/2011/11/02/the-fate-of-neptulon-page-2/ (8th post down starts the discussion). I'm very interested to see where all of this goes, should be a super fascinating story as WoW/Azeroth storylines develop.Again, kudos to Anne, and I also wouldn't mind Matt Rossi posting his own TFH thoughts on Azeroth, if they vary enough from what Anne wrote here.
11-07-2011 @ 2:54AM
The "pentacle" / "elder sign" theory is far from a new one, and has existed... at least a few years.The big problem with it is that it's based on some old theories that were completely disproven in Cataclysm. For example, the creature believed to be an Old God at the Master's Glaive is not an Old God, but rather one of their minions.Anne places N'Zoth there, but that is honestly probably not where N'Zoth is located. All of the hints in Cataclysm, and from the creators at various panels over the last two years, and even the new instances in 4.3, hint that N'Zoth is located in or around the Maelstrom itself, likely in a sunken city called Ny'alotha.N'Zoth is responsible for creating the Emerald Nightmare. The Emerald Nightmare's place of origin is the Rift of Aln, where Malfurion felt a great evil (Stormrage). The Rift of Aln is believed to be directly connected to the Rift in the Maelstrom.The Rift in the Maelstrom is where the Well of Eternity used to be located. It's where Azshara heard the whispers and made the bargain with an Old God to transform herself and the Highborne into Naga.And it's implied that the various Old God minions helping out Deathwing in 4.3 are absolutely loyal to N'Zoth, to the extent that they once waged war against C'Thun and Yog-Sarron, when the Old Gods had their own conflict in the distant past.More importantly, if old lore proves true, one of the original five Old Gods of Azeroth was already killed by the Titans. Which leaves us with only one Old God remaining after N'Zoth.With the possibility that Pandaria is a prison for an Old God (considering the nature of the mogu and the Sha, quite likely), that places the fourth and final living Old God to the extreme south of Azeroth.Assume that the whispers in Tirisfal are caused by the fifth Old God, and what we instead have is an Old God on each major landmass of Azeroth, plus the Maelstrom, forming a cross, not a star.
11-07-2011 @ 6:51AM
I doubt this will be the original story. Imagine that WoW has 11+ million players... how many of them would actually understand this? The masses need simpler things
11-07-2011 @ 11:45AM
Awesome TFH.I like the idea of there being an Old God for each major landmass (we're living on their backs! They're everywhere!), the idea of them forming a Star or Cross never made much sense. The Old Gods would have been imprisoned prior to the Sundering and destruction of the Well of Eternity, which left the continents as they currently are. Any positioning of the old-ones' prisons into such shapes would have had to have been engineered by themselves or their minions. Having beings of chaos and nihilism attempting to adjust their prisons into an ordered, specific shape just seems off.
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