N'Zoth

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NeutralN'Zoth
Image of N'Zoth
Title Hearthstone The Corruptor[1]
Race Old god (Aberration)
Affiliation(s) Itself, Old Gods' forces, Black Empire, Emerald Nightmare (presumed)
Location Unknown
Status Unknown, Active

N'Zoth[2] (pronounced nuh-ZAH-th)[1][3] is one of the four Old Gods of Azeroth, malefic beings that were sequestered by the titans during Azeroth's primordial ages. N'Zoth is notoriously elusive and largely remains a mystery,[4] being the last of the three still living Old Gods that has yet to be directly encountered by adventurers.

During the days of the Black Empire, N'Zoth controlled a vast territory in the east of Kalimdor, covering much of what would later become known as the Eastern Kingdoms.[5] Countless ages ago, Warlord Zon'ozz and his soldiers waged endless war in the name of N'Zoth against the forces of C'Thun and Yogg-Saron.[6] N'Zoth was the first of the Old Gods to be sealed beneath the surface of Azeroth by the titan-forged after Y'Shaarj's death,[7] and was imprisoned in a location halfway between the Well of Eternity and the location where Uldaman was later built.[8]

Very little is certain about N'Zoth — most beings on Azeroth don’t even know its name, much less what it looks like. Scraps of obscure lore claim that the Old God has been imprisoned beneath the darkest depths of the ocean for millennia beyond counting. There are also whispers that N'Zoth desires nothing more than to twist what was once noble and pure to its own inscrutable ends — indeed, it is rumored that N'Zoth was directly responsible for the corruption of the black Dragon Aspect Neltharion into Deathwing the Destroyer, the transformation of Queen Azshara and her Highborne into the naga, and the creation of the Emerald Nightmare. Ultimately, most of what is "known" about this most insidious of beings is mere speculation.[1]

Notes

Inspiration

  • N'Zoth's name is most likely derived from Zoth-Ommog (who may have actually been created by the author Lin Carter) of H.P. Lovecraft's shared Cthulhu Mythos. Just as Zoth-Ommog was imprisoned by the Elder Gods beneath the seabed; N'Zoth was imprisoned by the Titans under what is now the Great Sea. Zoth-Ommog is the third son of Cthulhu; and coincidentally N'Zoth is the third Old God to be added to the Warcraft universe.
  • On the other hand, the whispers of the  [Puzzle Box of Yogg-Saron] mention Ny'alotha, which bears much similarity to the name of Nyarlathotep, another of the outer gods from the Cthulhu mythos, though given the nature of its presentation in the mythos, that of an Egyptian Pharaoh, he would perhaps work better if he were associated with the tol'vir.
  • In addition to the quotes above, the puzzle box also mentions "a black goat with seven eyes" watching the player. The goat itself is a reference to Shub-Niggurath who was known as "The Black Goat of the Woods with a Thousand Young". It is uncertain if the black goat with the seven eyes is meant to represent N'Zoth but the parallel is notable. It is also possible this is a reference to Y'Shaarj and the sha.
  • N'zoth is also the name of a star system in the Star Wars expanded universe, that is inhabited by a brutal and xenophobic alien race.

Speculation

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  • While it was previously stated that "The Three" where responsible for the corruption of Deathwing, it has been suggested that N'Zoth was the source of Deathwing's insanity, leading to believe that N'Zoth may be part of "The Three" and their "Greater Plan" mentioned by Korialstrasz during the War of Ancients events.[11]
  • N'Zoth may also have been one of the voices whispering to Queen Azshara during the Great Sundering.[12]
  • One of the whispers of  [Xal'atath, Blade of the Black Empire] is: The God of the Deep writhes in his prison, breaking free ever so slowly. You should hurry and defeat the fallen titan... there are greater battles yet to fight. This is most likely referring to N'Zoth.
  • N'Zoth's Hearthstone appearance bears a striking resemblance to the kraken patriarch Ozumat, possibly indicating a connection between the two, or between N'Zoth and krakens in general.

Location

  • When Malfurion Stormrage contained the Emerald Nightmare within the Rift of Aln, he sensed an "ancient evil" that was keeping its foothold in the Emerald Dream from somewhere beneath Azeroth's oceans.[13] This may be N'Zoth.
  • Given that Vashj'ir was once located within the borders of N'Zoth's domain,[5] it is possible that its physical form is currently located below Vashj'ir (more specifically, the Scalding Chasm and/or L'ghorek). This is hinted by Ick'thys the Unfathomable in the Scalding Chasm, who commands the player to return to his master below.[14] During the events of the Vashj'ir storyline, ogre magi of the Twilight's Hammer attempted to connect L'ghorek to "something immense" further below in order to allow that thing to drain the dying ancient's life energies.[15] The presence of enormous tentacles similar to those of Yogg-Saron and C'Thun in the Undershell further indicate the presence of an Old God. World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1 also puts N'Zoth's prison near where the city of Vashj'ir would have been located in ancient Kalimdor.[8]
  • The mysterious contents of Mosh'Ogg Bounty are likely connected to N'Zoth, given that the region of Stranglethorn Vale was also once located within the Old God's domain.[5]

Puzzle Box of Yogg-Saron

Cataclysm introduced a new item, the  [Puzzle Box of Yogg-Saron], which whispers to the player on each attempt to open it. The whispers seem to describe an Old God residing at the bottom of the ocean, matching Malfurion's description and the Vashj'ir quests listed above, lending belief that the whispers are referring to N'Zoth.

  • In the sunken city, he lays dreaming.
  • The drowned god's heart is black ice.
  • At the bottom of the ocean even light must die.
  • In the land of Ny'alotha there is only sleep.
  • Ny'alotha is a city of old, terrible, unnumbered crimes.
  • In the sleeping city of Ny'alotha walk only mad things.
  • The stars sweep chill currents that make men shiver in the dark...
  • The fish know all the secrets. They know the cold. They know the dark.

Videos

References

  1. ^ a b c d Blizzard Entertainment Daxxarri 2016-03-24. Whispers of the Old Gods – The Enigma of N’Zoth. Retrieved on 2016-03-24.
  2. ^ http://blue.mmo-champion.com/topic/120832/nzath
  3. ^ a b Blizzcon 2010 Quests & Lore Q&A Panel
  4. ^ a b Ultimate Visual Guide, pg. 33
  5. ^ a b c World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 34-35 (map)
  6. ^ Warlord Zon'ozz
  7. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 36
  8. ^ a b World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 44-45 (map)
  9. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 124
  10. ^ Blizzard Entertainment Zeriyah. So... N'zoth.. Retrieved on 2016-03-23. “This is true! N'Zoth is a secretive being, and has not been seen in the Warcraft universe before now [...] but if you'd like a sneak peek of what the physical form of this ancient evil looks like to our mortal eyes, N'Zoth has graced our Twitter and Facebook with a touch of its sinister presence.
  11. ^ The Sundering, pg. 157
  12. ^ The Sundering, pg. 332-3
  13. ^ Stormrage, pg. 389
  14. ^ N [82] ... It Will Come
  15. ^ N [82] Unplug L'ghorek