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11-07-2011 @ 12:07AM
This is a GREAT article, especially since I am a big fan of HPL, and I have always loved the references to him in game... sometimes, I thought of them just as tributes by the storywriters (tributes to HPL), but if all this turns out to be true... there might just be a reason why my main has been fascinated with the puzzle-box ever since he dug it out =)I have a big question though: Why is it being said that the titans created Azeroth? Because, if you look at the WOW lore, you find this:"Unaware of Sargeras’ mission to undo their countless works, the Titans continued to move from world to world, shaping and ordering each planet as they saw fit. Along their journey they happened upon a small world that its inhabitants would later name Azeroth. As the Titans made their way across the primordial landscape, they encountered a number of hostile elemental beings." (from "The Titans and the Shaping of the Universe")I dont know if Blizz has said that this old version of their lore (which they still have on their website) is inaccurate, but if this is true, it means the titans did not create Azeroth, but arrived to shape it and found the Old Gods to be there already. Which would make the Azeroth/Azathoth-connection even more likely in my opinion... did maybe the Old Gods create Azeroth? Or did they have eons after their arrival on it to kinda merge with it, make it their home, only to be temporarily disturbed by the Titans?Another thing, Anne: You wrote "N'Zoth is likely correlated to Zoth-Ommog, a creature that really hasn't been expanded upon in the Cthulhu mythos. Zoth Ommog is the third son of Cthulhu in the Lovecraft mythos, but there really isn't a lot of information out there about him at all."The first thing I thought is: Well, Zoth-Ommog is not even a creation by HPL (dont forget that a lot of authors added names and creatures to the mythos, some of them with terrible results, such as Derleths whole "good/evil"-axis and his idea of alignments to the elements. So... an Old God that has not been expanded on a lot, related in name to a minor Great old One which was added by Lin Carter long after HPLs death... maybe thats the reason he has not been elaborated on.Metzen mentioned N'Zoth last year, and as far as I know, during the Deathwing-fight, an Old God will kind of appear (isnt DW gonna get tentacles, with the Old God kinda emerging from him) and I always thought that that was gonna be N'Zoth, now finally showing his face (?) for the first time. I can't wait to see what will happen, really.Thank you for this article, Anne, its quite fascinating, and it even might be a reason why after all, I might still check out Pandaria, after being appaled by the idea of it so far...
11-07-2011 @ 12:40AM
regarding the titans creating the planet or not, that stuff has been mixed up and retconned quite a bit. honestly there is a lot of grey area there, leading to speculation like Anne's above being considered quite legitimate in the face of some very conflicting accounts of the origins of the planet.
11-07-2011 @ 4:29AM
Pyromelter,thanks! I was wondering about that, and whether it was retconned. Also, I wondered about some other parts in that "old" lore, like the part about "The eredar, an insidious race of devilish sorcerers"... well, later on, he picked two of their champions, Archimonde and Kil'Jaeden. However, when I read "Rise Of The Horde", it sounded much more like the eredar were not actually a totally evil race, as Velen was one of them, and sounded more like most of them or at least two of their leaders (Archimonde and Kil'Jaeden) were corrupted, drawn to doing evil things by Sargeras. If the statement I posted was true, wouldnt that mean that Velen was a bad guy who changed his ways, instead of him and his brothers being offered to step into the dark side, with him refusing to do so?So, yeah, maybe Blizz should add a disclaimer to those old articles saying "This is the original version, we changed some of this" or whatever. Thanks for your reply!
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