The story of Sargeras, the Dark Titan and his fall from grace is one of the most important moments in Warcraft lore. As a result, it has been told many times throughout the games and even novels. However, this article will focus on how it was first told through game mechanics.
The nobbel87 cancer is a story about the fallen titan Sargeras and his journey to Azeroth.
With the reopening of the Mage Tower in Patch 9.1.5, this month’s lore spotlight with Nobbel87 focuses on the evil giant Sargeras, the villain of the Legion expansion and creator of the Burning Legion.
The Pantheon and Sargeras
Sargeras was originally a member of the titanic pantheon, the most honorable of them all, battling the evil of the cosmos as the rest of them journeyed into the Great Dark Beyond. How did Sargeras end himself in a position of corruption? As explained by Nobbel:
Surprisingly, Sargeras’ motivation for going to the dark side has changed a few times throughout the years.
- It was formerly claimed that the Eredar were to blame for his corruption, but that was altered when the Draenei were reintroduced in the Burning Crusade.
- Then they added a philosophical component to it. The cosmos’s continuous darkness ate away at him, slowly but steadily convincing him that the world wasn’t designed for their tidy plans and that chaos was the way to go.
- Finally, with the Chronicles, they gave that concept some weight.
The power of the Void exists in Warcraft’s vast cosmos, and these so-called Void Lords aim to consume all matter and energy in the physical realm. They were jealous of the giants’ might as they watched them perform their job. They attempted to corrupt these fully grown giants at first, but soon realized it wasn’t going to work. Instead, they turned their attention to those who were more vulnerable, those who were still sleeping within worlds. The void lords, like the titans, had no clue which planet really housed one of these souls, so they combined their forces, pushed through the boundries into the physical world, and unleashed the ancient gods. Throwing them out into the vastness of space, hoping that one of them might collide with a planet harboring a world-soul.
Sargeras learned of these intentions after visiting a planet that had one of these gigantic souls and was infused by the ancient gods. A pair of Nathrezim or Dreadlords were on it, soaking up the void power. Sargeras sensed the demons’ wickedness and caught them, interrogating them mercilessly until they were shattered and disclosed all they had learnt about the Old Gods and the void lords’ plans. If the Void’s forces succeed in corrupting a nascent titan, it will emerge as an unspeakably dark monster. No power in the universe, not even the Pantheon, could stop it. The twisted giant would eventually devour all matter and energy in the cosmos, putting all of existence under the control of the void lords. For the first time in his life, Sargeras, the giants’ unbeaten champion, felt dread.
This last section of the tale is intriguing since we discover in Shadowlands that the Nathrezim are from the Shadowlands and have invaded the many cosmic realms. The following is what they had to say about Sargeras in the Enemy Infiltration book:
The titans will be the simplest to control in many respects. Their only purpose is to establish order on whatever they come across. Show them a force that stands in the way of their desire for Order, and they’ll be overwhelmed by the need to destroy it. Their pantheon, which seems to be unified in goal, is prone to disintegration.
If this is true, and the Nathrezim were effective in fracturing the Pantheon and instilling terror in Sargeras’ mind, then they were successful in breaking the Pantheon and instilling fear in Sargeras’ mind. When he discovered how the Old Gods infused that one planet, he refused to allow the Void Lords’ plot to totally destroy the world go through. This led him onto a path that ran counter to the Pantheon’s vision of the cosmos’ preservation.
The beginnings of the Burning Legion
Sargeras felt that a dead world was preferable than one ruled by the Void, but his other titans were appalled by his intentions to wipe off the whole system. Without the Pantheon’s aid, Sargeras resorted to another source for assistance: the Mardum prison planet, where he had previously chained demons. The Burning Crusade began when Sargeras broke the realm of exile, devoured himself in fel energies, and invited the imprisoned demons to join him. (If this name seems familiar, it’s the Demon Hunters’ beginning zone.)
The Pantheon attempted to reason with him, but after Sargeras murdered Aggramar, the conflict escalated into a full-fledged war. Norgannon constructed a protective barrier over the titans’ souls and sent it into the Great Dark, destroying their physical bodies. Sargeras claimed triumph, oblivious to the fact that the titan spirits had survived, and began his quest for the one planet, Azeroth, that contained a sleeping titan.
Sargeras then went on the hunt for new friends, ones who were a little more crafty than the demons, and enlisted the Eredar via deception. Sargeras was able to persuade Archimonde and Kil’jaeden to join the Burning Legion by promising them a prominent position among his ranks while steadily infiltrating the Eredar civilization. Velen, the Eredar’s third commander, was given a vision of Sargeras’ real intentions by the Nauru and escaped to safety with the surviving Draenei. Even after his conversion to the Burning Legion, Kil’jaeden would not forgive this treachery, and hunted down the Draenei from world to planet. This past was revisited in Legion’s last patch, Shadows of Argus, when players came face to face with the ruins of the once-thriving Eredar civilisation.
The Complete Argus Guide
The Ancients’ War
While hunting for additional afflicted planets, the Legion brought a lot of death, devastation, and conversion to the Great Dark Beyond until Azeroth showed itself. The planet’s highborne were tinkering with the abilities granted by their Well of Eternity. Sargeras’ attention was drawn to this. Queen Azshara and her adviser Xavius were persuaded to work very hard on bringing Sargeras in by promises of power and everything their hearts desires. From Tyrande Whisperwind with the Kaldorei Resistance to Illidan Stormrage as a double agent, several well-known Night Elves from the past played pivotal parts in this conflict. We also saw Broxigar’s valiant efforts as a time-traveling orc who struck Sargeras, giving us time to shut the portal.
While we won the War of the Ancients, we did so at the expense of shattering the Well of Eternity, which resulted in tremendous devastation during the Sundering. Even Sargeras’ ally Queen Azshara was carried into the sea by the floods, and she had to make a bargain with Old God N’Zoth to live in exchange for allegiance. The Naga, who had been converted from the Highborne, rebuilt their empire in the bottom of the Maelstrom, which we saw in Patch 8.2 Rise of Azshara.
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Artifact Weapon Lore: Sargeras, Aegwynn, and Sargeras
Through two additional artifact weapons, the Scepter of Sargeras and Aluneth, we learn more about Sargeras’ fight with Aegwynn in Northrend. Sargeras built the Scepter after his defeat in the War of the Ancients, intending to use a piece of his soul to build portals to whatever world he wanted. He used it to transfer his avatar to Azeroth, where he battled Aegwynn, the Azeroth Guardian. While Aegwynn triumphed, utilizing both Aluneth and Atiesh to destroy Sargeras’ avatar, her victory was fleeting since Sargeras’ goal was not to beat her, but to weaken her so he could enter her soul. Sargeras’ soul took up residence in Medivh when Aegwynn chose to have a child, using her son to wreak devastation and undermine Azeroth’s defenses.
Other Legion artifact weapon books likewise expose the Burning Legion’s inner workings and Sargeras’ brutality. The weapon was created by Sargeras with the soul of a renegade dreadlord, capable of tremendous power…with the side consequence of corrupting anyone who used it, becoming stronger with each unsuccessful effort, according to Ulthalesh, the Deadwind Harvester. Sargeras selected the eredar Sataiel as a devoted and strong lieutenant, and he used the weapon to devastate Deadwind Pass, devouring lives while simultaneously draining the countryside of its life and color. She, too, succumbed to the weapon’s curse, planning to use Ulthalesh to kill the Dark Titan one day.
The Aldrachi Warblades, a Vengeance Demon Hunter relic, tells another tragic story. The Aldrachi were a valiant warrior species that were raised to battle from birth. Sargeras was intrigued by this, and instead of destroying the Aldrachi’s planet, he intended to corrupt them and utilize them as combat machines for the Legion. The Aldrachi, headed by Toranaar, swore, however, that they would never serve Sargeras. Their troops were gradually worn down until Toranaar confronted Sargeras in a fight that lasted hours, with Sargeras’ goal being to weary Toranaar so that he would accept to join the Legion rather than destroy him. Toranaar faked weariness after sensing Sargeras’ intention and used the brief gap in Sargeras’ guard to injure him with his warblades in a last act of rebellion. The Legion was furious, so they killed all surviving Aldrachi but preserved their Warblades to give to their most loyal lieutenants as rewards.
The Burning Throne, Antorus
Sargeras’ tale came to an end in Patch 7.3, Shadows of Argus…for the time being. We learnt more about the Burning Legion, the Draenei’s past, the enigmatic corrupted titan Argus, and what happened to Turalyon and Alleria after they vanished. The patch ended with us assaulting Antorus the Burning Throne and putting an end to Sargeras’ plans—but not before he plunged his sword into Azeroth, starting a faction-wide war in Battle for Azeroth over the explosive mineral Azerite.
The Antorus Raid’s Story
Sargeras is imprisoned in the Seat of the Pantheon with Illidan as his jailer at the conclusion of the raid, but the sword in Silithus is an unresolved narrative element that may be revisited in future expansions. We also have the recent revelation in Shadowlands that the Nathrezim were controlling the majority of cosmic forces, which may lead to more Sargeras narrative in the future. Nobbel ponders unresolved questions and how he’d want the tale to end:
Seeing the spirit of Azeroth awaken during Battle for Azeroth would have been incredible. But that wasn’t the path they chose. Instead, they yoink that blade out of her back and become a strong ally for our travels into the vast dark beyond. If the sources are accurate, and Azeroth is the final titan, and we have really cleaned her of the Old Gods’ sickness, then Sargeras’ initial motivation for creating the Burning Legion is no longer valid. Sure enough, the abyss and its void lords are still out there. There may still be void-infected worlds that we are unaware of, but the dark titan’s terror was driven by the prospect of a corrupted titan, which seems to be a thing of the past. That implies he may become a future ally, forming a team with Azeroth itself, who is believed to be even more powerful than Sargeras.
I’ve also heard that converting Sargeras’ sword into a mourneblade is a possibility, but it just seems far too amazing to be real. Imagine Illidan perched on Sargeras’ shoulder as they soar above, inviting us to join them in kicking some void butt in the vast black beyond. I’d be quite interested in that, but only time will tell. There’s also the matter of the demons lurking in the shadows. The Burning Legion is no longer a threat. Sargeras has been imprisoned, Archimonde and Kil’jaeden have been killed, and a large number of their top leaders have been eliminated, yet demons in general remain. What are they doing without leadership? Did thye just return to what demons did before their incarceration, inflicting a lot of agony and suffering, or did new faces spring up to command their demonic ranks with a new set of objectives and reasons?
The nobbel87 old gods is a story that tells the story of Sargeras, a god in Warcraft. It was written by Nobbel87 and published on YouTube.
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