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There are no hard and fast rules to define what it means to be a god in Warcraft. It is possible for a god to exert influence over several locations simultaneously. Yet the power of a god is limited. Otherwise, of course, the Old Gods could not have been imprisoned. Nonetheless, an imprisoned, sleeping, or otherwise enfeebled god may still have an effect--conscious or not--on the god's surroundings. Can one ever truly destroy a god, putting a lasting end to its existence? Unfortunately that question has departed the realm of philosophy and become a matter of vital concern.
- All gods are immortal. A number of these creatures are fundamentally incorporeal beings, but others lead a primarily physical existence. Immortals in Warcraft are generally resistant to sickness and injury, but immortality does not confer invulnerability. Immortal creatures essentially stop aging when they reach adulthood, and thus, they cannot die merely from old age. In addition, they tend to be more powerful than most mortal creatures, although this tendency does not always hold true. Even godhood itself is no guarantee of superior might.
- Gods can be fundamentally incorporeal, like Elune, or they may have physical bodies.
- Gods are neither omniscient nor omnipotent (Take for example the case of the Soulflayer. Many of the trolls in the Gurubashi empire rose up against his bloody rule. They succeeded in destroying his avatar and banishing him from the world of Azeroth. Also, the benevolent titans, though not gods themselves, cast a magical slumber upon the Old Gods and imprisoned them far below the surface of the world).
No one knows exactly how the universe began. Some theorize that a catastrophic cosmic explosion sent the infinite worlds spinning out into the vastness of the Great Dark - worlds that would one day bear life forms of wondrous and terrible diversity. Others believe that the universe was created as a whole by a single all-powerful entity.
God was said to have been revered by the Clerics of Northshire during the First War. The Abbot of Northshire Abbey believed that he archangels took up swords of light to defend the heavens and that God is able to see in an all encompassing fashion. He sees the world with extreme clarity, and only a fraction of the power would blind a human. During the Second War, churches sang hymns to "Give thanks unto God." Even after the Second War a Knight of the Silver Hand called Duncan Senturus believed in a higher power that could choose paths for people, and believed evil actions were ungodly.
In contrast, the high elf Milan spoke during the Second War not of the belief in the creator "God", but of an entire pantheon called "the gods". He mentions believing in these gods, praying to the gods, and receiving help from them. He speaks of his allies praying to the gods, and the gods answering their prayers.
Described as god or goddess
- <Phoenix God>
- Drakkari gods
- Genesaur are revered as gods by the botani.
- in the alternate timeline of Warlords of Draenor considers himself to be a god after drinking Mannoroth's blood.
-  was described as an avenging god in Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects.
- Old Gods
- describes himself as a god when he is empowered by the demonic energies of a fel crystal.
- , a "turtle god" worshipped by the pygmies on the Lost Isles. According to Hobart Grapplehammer, it's not really a god.
- was once worshipped as a god by primitive swamp creatures in Zangarmarsh.
- : Described as an implacable goddess of justice.
- Wild gods
Important note: Though the Warcraft Encyclopedia states titans are not gods, the Ultimate Visual Guide, the Magazine, and Loreology said they are "metallic-skinned gods" as described in ; the Senior Historian later clarified that by "gods" he meant "perfect specimen rather than an actual divine being," reconciling all the other sources with the Encyclopedia's.
- Main article: Demigods
Demigods are part God, part Other. The demigods of Azeroth wield great power and have occasionally played pivotal roles in the planet's history. Nevertheless, unlike gods, most demigods have never been the objects of worship. Few demigods have temples built in their honor. Priesthoods based on the worship of a demigod are extremely rare. Nevertheless, demigods been revered in the past, and some of them continue to be respected today.
- Demigods in Warcraft are immortal, but they are neither omniscient nor omnipotent.
- Some had seen Broll's antlers as a gift of the gods.
- In Warcraft: Orcs & Humans, it is a rank you can achieve. The rank is higher than the "Demigod" rank.
- The orcs mistakenly believed the being within Oshu'gun was a god of the draenei.
- Gul'dan was promised godhood by Kil'jaeden and later by Medivh. Both of these promises turned out to be lies.
It is possible that the Clerics & some Knights of the Silver Hand found their basis of this "God" from one of the creation myths of Azeroth, as well as knowledge of the angels. Several references state that some in Azeroth believe that the universe was created by "a singular, all-powerful entity".
Milan's "gods" could include the whole pantheon of night elf deities.
Light is God-like
Several characters in-game imply that the Light may have a sapient will, that it can decide on matters, grant mercy, and that it even suffers. Velen states "May the Light have mercy on your soul." Matis the Cruel refers to the Light as suffering. Vindicator Kuros refers to the Light as "not permitting" Matis to act.
The young Brigitte Abbendis seems to believe that the Holy Light is some kind of god-like sapient entity with a will, which it expresses in ways that that are not meant to be understood. She writes that it calls to her in the and , saying "Come to me...". She believes that it is able to take notice of believers' good deeds, works and prayers. She states that the force of its voice has clarity and sense of purpose.
However, the entity that calls her may be something far more sinister, as she discusses in diary that it commands her to abandon the Scarlet Crusade to its doom, an act she believes is dishonorable. However, the Scarlet Crusade is described as a lawful evil organization, so the entity might be benevolent after all.
It might be possible that Abbendis' belief that Holy Light is a sentient being might be a link to some of the early beliefs of the Clerics of Northshire and some of the Knights of the Silver Hand in Warcraft I and II.
Some of the draenei also appear to believe that the Light is sentient.
Some denizens of Azeroth and Outland (such as "Dirty" Larry) refer to death as "going to meet your maker". In , Garrosh says to Sylvanas Remember, Sylvanas, eventually we all have to stand before our maker and face judgment.
- ^ a b c d e f The Warcraft Encyclopedia: Gods
- ^ The Warcraft Encyclopedia/Immortals
- ^ Warcraft I manual, 24
- ^ Warcraft I manual, 25
- ^ Possibly inaccessible WAV audio
- ^ Knaak, Richard A.. Day of the Dragon, 44. ISBN 978-0-6710-4152-6. : "...clearly it was chosen by a higher power that your paths would lead you to us."
- ^ Dille, Ed; Eric Anthony Morman. Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness The Official Strategy Guide, 94, 118, 126. ISBN 978-0-7615-0188-6.
- ^ Anzu Dungeon Journal "A mysterious avian deity worshipped by some of the more savage arrakoa[sic]..."
- ^ , , and
- ^ The Warcraft Encyclopedia: Elune
- ^ Beasts of the Savage Lands - Gorgrond
- ^ Gul'dan and the Stranger
- ^ Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects pg. 350
- ^ Horde Player's Guide, 156
- ^ Game Guide: Well of Eternity "...preparing it for the terrifying and glorious entrance of the demon god Sargeras."
- ^ War Crimes pg.294
- ^ a b Dave Kosak on Twitter (2014-05-08)
- ^ Malas_the_Corrupter#Quotes
- ^ The Warcraft Encyclopedia: Gods "...the benevolent titans, though not gods themselves..."
- ^ The Warcraft Encyclopedia: Immortals "The titans are not gods..."
- ^ Ultimate Visual Guide, 32
- ^ World of Warcraft: The Magazine Volume I Issue II, 71
- ^ Loreology on Twitter (2014-06-22): "They are classified as "metallic skinned gods" in my bible.... :)"
- ^ Sean Copeland on Twitter (2014-08-04)
- ^ a b The Warcraft Encyclopedia/Demigods
- ^ Stormrage pg. 53
- ^ Golden, Christie. "Ten", Rise of the Horde, 240, 247 (ebook). ISBN 978-0-7434-7138-1.
- ^ Golden, Christie. "Twenty-one", Rise of the Horde, 447, 456 (ebook). ISBN 978-0-7434-7138-1.
- ^ Golden, Christie. "Twenty-one", Rise of the Horde, 458 (ebook). ISBN 978-0-7434-7138-1.
- ^ Blizzard Entertainment. Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos Manual, 133.