Algalon the Observer
|Title||Herald of the titans|
|Location||The Celestial Planetarium, Ulduar|
|Status||Defeatable (WoW), Alive (Lore)|
- "I have seen worlds bathed in the Makers' flames, their denizens fading without so much as a whimper. Entire planetary systems born and razed in the time that it takes your mortal hearts to beat once. Yet all throughout, my own heart devoid of emotion... of empathy.
- I. Have. Felt. Nothing. A million-million lives wasted. Had they all held within them your tenacity? Had they all loved life as you do?"
- —Algalon, upon his defeat
Algalon the Observer is a constellar charged by the titan Pantheon to act as a guardian for the planet of Azeroth. Algalon can be found in the ancient titan complex of Ulduar, in the far north of the continent of Northrend. Its primary function is to monitor Azeroth for any signs of corruption and, in the event of the death of the appointed Prime Designate, proceed to conduct an analysis of the planet for the presence of 'systemic corruption'. Although not intended to personally purge any enemies detected on the planet, Algalon is extremely capable in combat, utilising cosmic powers and magic to assail any foes.
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The departure of the titans
Following the Ordering of Azeroth, a series of events where the titans shaped the planet to their specifications, the Pantheon prepared to depart and return to the Great Dark Beyond, where they would continue to search for new World-souls (latent titans) as they had found on Azeroth. Before leaving, however, the Pantheon appointed the constellar Algalon the Observer to serve as the world's celestial guardian and watcher.
The Pantheon was aware of the possibility that Azeroth's World-soul could become corrupted (presumably by the Old Gods), a disastrous scenario, and so put in place measures to prevent it. Should it become apparent that the planet is being corrupted, it would be picked up by Algalon who would then run an analysis of the planet's condition. Depending on the result of the analysis, the Observer could either transmit reply-codes Alpha (if systemic corruption is not present) or Omega (if it is). If corruption is detected and deemed to be too systemic, Algalon possessed the power to initiate a procedure that would activate the Forge of Origination, purging Azeroth of all life and any corruption present. Though the planet would be devastated, in such a scenario the World-soul would be preserved.
Although in charge of safeguarding the World-soul's continued purity, Algalon was not to remain on the planet itself. Instead, the constellar would continue his other duties throughout the cosmos. Though not monitoring the planet constantly, the Observer would be drawn back to Azeroth if one of two scenarios occurred: either Algalon is contacted directly using the titan machinery in Ulduar or elsewhere and summoned, or the Prime Designate (the Pantheon's appointed champion in charge of maintaining Yogg-Saron's prison and the Forge of Wills) is slain.
With the appointment of Algalon, the Pantheon departed from Azeroth, venturing once more into the Great Dark Beyond.
Driven nearly insane by the Pantheon's silence, the whispers of Yogg-Saron, and his unintentional killing of his lover, Sif, the titan-forged Keeper Loken began overthrow his fellow Keepers in Ulduar. Eventually, having overcome his perceived enemies, Loken used the facility's machinery to anoint himself Prime Designate, stealing the title from the Keeper Odyn. Nearly overcome with fear that one of the other Keepers might contact Algalon the Observer or even the titans and inform them of his betrayal, Loken damaged the communication devices in Ulduar, preventing any living creature from ever contacting the Pantheon or their constellar observer ever again.
Still fearful and consumed with regret, Loken secluded himself within the fortress if Ulduar, becoming extremely reclusive and all but detached from the world.
The Secrets of Ulduar
During the War against the Lich King, when the majority of Azeroth's mortal races invaded the continent of Northrend to fight the Undead Scourge, Loken and his armies were perceived as a threat to the world's stability. His bastion in the Halls of Lightning was stormed by champions of the Alliance and Horde and Loken himself was slain. Being the Prime Designate, Loken's death sent an immediate signal to Algalon. In response, the Observer began to travel back to Azeroth to begin an analysis of the planet's corruption levels.
After defeating the old god Yogg-Saron, members of the Ulduar Expedition, led by Brann Bronzebeard, pushed farther into the facility, eventually reaching the Celestial Planetarium. There, they witnessed the arrival of Algalon, who immediately began his planetary analysis of Azeroth. The constellar warned the expedition members that, should his analysis reveal systemic corruption within the planet, he would be forced to activate the process of re-origination, stating that it would be in the universe's best interest.
While, Brann Bronzebeard attempted to jam the Observer's signal, his allies engaged Algalon, attempting to prevent him from sending commencing the purge. Despite claiming that he had calculated ever possible outcome for the fight and the mortals would lose, Algalon was defeated after a heated battle. Afterwards, Algalon finds itself at a loss, questioning his past actions in cleansing other worlds, and re-examining his opinions on the nature of the mortals' imperfections.
Ultimately, Algalon concluded that his calculations could not be relied upon, having been proven flawed through his defeat. Instead of his usual actions, the constellar changed the reply codes to cancel re-origination, although he did not retain sufficient strength following the battle to issue them himself.
Instead, Algalon gave the codes to Brann and his allies, warning them that if no reply is received from the Observer at all, re-origination will commence regardless. He advised Brann to transmit the signal somewhere close to the sky, leading the dwarf to choose the floating city of Dalaran as the perfect spot. Rushing to issue the codes in time, the party departed from Ulduar and made haste to the mage city. Upon arriving, they gave the codes to the leader of the Kirin Tor, Rhonin. Hurrying to the Eventide area of the city, Rhonin gave a passionate speech as he transmitted the message, creating a dazzling display of colors and light, and, more importantly, saving Azeroth from being purged of life.
- "Citizens of Dalaran! Raise your eyes to the skies and observe! Today our world's destruction has been averted in defiance of our very makers! Algalon the Observer, herald of the titans, has been defeated by our brave comrades in the depths of the titan city of Ulduar. Algalon was sent here to judge the fate of our world. He found a planet whose races had deviated from the titans' blueprints. A planet where not everything had gone according to plan. Cold logic deemed our world not worth saving. Cold logic, however, does not account for the power of free will. It's up to each of us to prove this is a world worth saving. That our lives... our lives are worth living."
- —Rhonin, transmitting the reply codes
Gaining entry to the Celestial Planetarium
Algalon is located in the Celestial Planetarium, off the main Antechamber of Ulduar. Activating the console next to the Planetarium's door will spawn the encounter. Unlike most boss fights, Algalon is actually neutral until he is attacked. Originally, Algalon could only be accessed if at least one member of a raid had obtained the or the , but both keys were removed in Patch 4.2.0.
Players previously had a one-hour window to defeat him per lockout period, starting upon first initiation of the encounter. Blizzard has sardonically referred to him as "Algalon the Raid Destroyer". This one hour window was removed in Patch 4.0.
- Completing / or / enables one to drop (It is not party loot).
- The quest from the disc directs the player to the Archivum, located beyond the Assembly of Iron.
- After listening to the Archivum Console speak, offers quest, asking the player to locate the Celestial Planetarium and return to her. Completing this enables four quests to obtain the Watchers' sigils, which may be performed in any order:
- Completing all four quests enables the quest . Returning to the Archivum Console rewards .
- Main article: Algalon the Observer (tactics)#Quotes
"The Alliance consists of powerful cultures and groups bound not by desperation or necessity, but by their deep commitments to abstract concepts like nobility and honor."
- Algalon's current status remains unknown. Algalon narrates Beginnings & Ends, with his motives for doing so explained by Ask CDev.
- The Observer's current occupation also remains unclear; no longer able to rely on his own calculations, Algalon should not be able to continue in his previous capacity as watcher over the planets he has been charged with in the cosmos.
- There is an Alliance and Horde carrier used during the naval missions on the alternate Draenor that bears the name Algalon's Watch.
- Algalon's arrival was predicted by the , which has a chance to be created upon using the item in Karazhan.
The name Algalon appears to be a combination of Algol, a bright three-star system in the constellation Perseus colloquially known as the "Demon Star", and mentioned in H.P. Lovecraft's Beyond the Wall of Sleep; and Eidolon, which is an Astral Double of a living being.
The name also bears a strong resemblance to Aigaion, a creature from the Greek mythology, said to be allied with the Titans.