Algalon the Observer

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For strategy on the Ulduar encounter, see Algalon the Observer (tactics).
For the quest, see N [80R] Algalon.
NeutralAlgalon the Observer
Image of Algalon the Observer
Title Herald of the titans[1]
Race Constellar (Elemental)
Affiliation(s) Pantheon
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.

Algalon is encountered on elite mode in the Ulduar instance as the final boss, which was released in Secrets of Ulduar, patch 3.1.

History

The departure of the titans

Following the Ordering of Azeroth, the Pantheon prepared to depart and continue their search for new world-souls. Before leaving, the Pantheon appointed the constellar Algalon the Observer to serve as the world's celestial guardian and watcher.

Aman'Thul was aware that Azeroth's world-soul would one day become corrupted by the Old Gods, and thus put in place measures to prevent it.[2] Should corruption begin to spread through the planet, Algalon would be summoned to run an analysis of the planet's condition. Depending on the result of the analysis, the Observer would either transmit reply-code Alpha (if systemic corruption is not present) or Omega (if it is).[3] If corruption were detected and deemed to be too systemic, Omega would activate the Forge of Origination, purging Azeroth of all life and any corruption present. Though the planet would be devastated, the world-soul would be preserved.[4]

Algalon did not remain on Azeroth, as he had other duties throughout the cosmos. The Observer would be called back to Azeroth if one of two scenarios occurred: Algalon was 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) was slain.

With the appointment of Algalon, the Pantheon departed from Azeroth, venturing once more into the Great Dark Beyond.

Loken's betrayal

Loken, the fallen Keeper

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 overthrowing 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 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 Azeroth's constellar ever again.[5]

The secrets of Ulduar

During the War against the Lich King, Loken and his armies were perceived as a threat to the world's stability. Loken was slain in the Halls of Lightning by champions of the Alliance and Horde. Being the Prime Designate, Loken's death sent an immediate signal to Algalon. In response, the Observer returned to Azeroth to analyze the planet's corruption levels.

After defeating the Old God Yogg-Saron, adventurers 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 every possible outcome for the fight and that the mortals would lose, Algalon was defeated after a heated battle. Algalon found itself at a loss, questioning his past actions in cleansing other worlds, and re-examining his opinions on the nature of the mortals' imperfections.

Reply-code Alpha is transmitted

Algalon concluded that his calculations were not reliable, having been proven flawed through his defeat. The constellar changed the reply code to cancel re-origination and gave the code to Brann and his allies, warning them that if no reply is received from the Observer, 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 code in time, the party departed from Ulduar and made haste to the mage city. 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.[6]

"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

Monitoring the mortals of Azeroth

After his defeat, Algalon remained in Ulduar to monitor the activities of the mortal races on Azeroth. He contemplated the contradictory nature of mortal existence. He noted that mortals have unquestionable fortitude, bravery, and expertise, but sought to determine what makes them unique compared to the countless worlds he had observed before.[7][8]

Legion

Shortly before the war in the Broken Isles, an echo of Algalon appeared in front of Magni, Brann, and Khadgar. The echo repeated the line from the Algalon's defeat, "Perhaps it is your imperfection... that which grants you free will... that allows you to persevere against all cosmically calculated odds. You prevail where the Titan's own perfect creations have failed."[9]

Gaining entry to the Celestial Planetarium

Algalon the Observer in World of Warcraft

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  [Celestial Planetarium Key] or the  [Heroic Celestial Planetarium Key], 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.[10] Blizzard has sardonically referred to him as "Algalon the Raid Destroyer". This one hour window was removed in Patch 4.0.

  1. Completing [I Choose You, Steelbreaker (10 player)] /  (25) or [I Choose You, Runemaster Molgeim (10 player)] /  (25) enables one  [Archivum Data Disc] to drop (It is not party loot).
  2. The N [80R] Archivum Data Disc quest from the disc directs the player to the Archivum, located beyond the Assembly of Iron.
  3. After listening to the Archivum Console speak, Neutral Prospector Loren offers N [80R] The Celestial Planetarium 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:
  4. Completing all four quests enables the quest N [80R] Algalon. Returning to the Archivum Console rewards  [Celestial Planetarium Key].

Quotes

Main article: Algalon the Observer (tactics)#Quotes

Other

"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."[11]

Notes

  • 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.

Trivia

Etymology

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.

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