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2-26-2012 @ 6:53PM
I'm more inclined to the old gods and sha connection. As Yogg-Saron said in the Assassination of King Llane vision, "A thousand deaths.. or one murder...Your petty quarrels only make me stronger!"From that alone, it could be quite easy to draw an inaccurate conclusion that negative emotions, actions, ect can fuel these creatures. The entire encounter with Yogg-Saron there are mentionings of just general negative emotions such as hate and fear, he wants you to get angry and to feel fear. Be it because it's easier to manipulate the angry and afraid or because it also benefits him in another manner, we can't be certain at the moment.Also we should probably reflect on what the Old Gods were doing prior to the Titans arrival, they had the elementals rage war on one another, for their amusement. The elementals absolutely hated one another due to the war though. There was all sorts of underhanded deals, backstabbings, and false alliances spawned as the elemental forces tried to reign supreme. Could the old gods simply have enticed the war simply because it fed them in a sense? Is that the real reason why the Titans couldn't kill off the old gods, because they literally feed off of negative emotions, and after the long and bitter war the Titans had with the old gods, it was impossible for them to exterminate them without some form of hate fueling their efforts, thus feeding the old gods and sustaining them? That could be an easy clarification as to why they were locked away, and made to be forgotten about. IIRC even the dragon aspects were unaware of the old gods until after they had already corrupted Neltharian. To lock the old gods away, have their jailors slumber for the most part, and essentially attempt to starve them until they wither away. I think that'd be the only way you could tackle the problem of how to get rid of beings that feed off of negative energy.
2-26-2012 @ 11:36PM
What if the Naaru and the old gods both descended from similar beings- the Naaru transcended mortal flesh and focused on positive energy, the old gods in their angst transcended death even in their flesh through endless rebirth- both still being tied strongly to the sentiment of themselves and others. So what if the true battle of light and dark refers to a mass apostasy (through whatever means) on the part of many of the Naaru and being then drawn into the fold of the old gods?
2-27-2012 @ 1:35PM
Unless you're assuming that the Titans lied to their mechanical servitors, the 'couldn't destroy the Old Gods because conflict empowers them' doesn't fly.First off, the Titans gave a reason: they couldn't destroy the Old Gods without destroying everything else on the planet, too, which they were loathe to do for whatever reason.Secondly, why would they lie? After all, if conflict literally empowered the Old Gods, wouldn't you want the jailers to know that? Heck, given the Old Gods' tendency towards shadowy manipulations, it makes far more sense to imply that they gain power directly from conflict as a way to convince the servitors to avoid it, or at least take extra care of the cells when conflict erupts.And while we're on the subject, a window depicting the sha in Ulduar (if that's what it actually is) doesn't prove anything beyond the Titans thinking the sha were relatively significant for some reason. Or maybe just that it was a pretty picture. That there is some connection is inevitable; the Old Gods have touched every species on Azeroth to some degree or another.
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