N'Zoth

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

N'Zoth[2] (pronounced nuh-ZAH-th)[1][3] is said to be the weakest[4] 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,[5] being the last Old God besides the deceased Y'Shaarj that has still yet to be directly encountered by adventurers.

Background

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.[6] 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.[7] 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,[8] in a location halfway between the Well of Eternity and the site where Uldaman was later built.[9]

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 was 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.[1]

It is rumored that N'Zoth took part, along with the two other remaining Old Gods,[10] in the corruption of the black Dragon Aspect Neltharion into Deathwing, the transformation of Queen Azshara and her Highborne into the naga, and the co-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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  • N'Zoth may have been one of the voices whispering to Queen Azshara during the Great Sundering right before she was turned into a naga.[13]
  • 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. Xal'atath also states in the Emerald Nightmare that Xavius "serves the God of the Deep." In Heroes of the Storm, the Herald of N'zoth[sic] skin for Alarak refers to N'Zoth as the God of the Deep.[14]
  • 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.[15] This may have been N'Zoth.
  • Given that Vashj'ir was once located within the borders of N'Zoth's domain,[6] 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 commanded the player to return to "his master below".[16] 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.[17] The presence of enormous tentacles similar to those of Yogg-Saron and C'Thun in the Undershell may further indicate the presence of an Old God. Chronicle Volume 1 also put N'Zoth's prison near where the city of Vashj'ir would have been located in ancient Kalimdor.[9]
  • The mysterious contents of Mosh'Ogg Bounty are possibly connected to N'Zoth, given that the region of Stranglethorn Vale was also once located within the Old God's domain.[6]
  • 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 an 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.

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References

  1. ^ a b c d e 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. ^ Xal'atath, Blade of the Black Empire#Whispers
  5. ^ a b Ultimate Visual Guide, pg. 33
  6. ^ a b c World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 34-35 (map)
  7. ^ Warlord Zon'ozz
  8. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 36
  9. ^ a b World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 44-45 (map)
  10. ^ War of the Ancients Trilogy
  11. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 124
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ The Sundering, pg. 332-3
  14. ^ Heroes of the Storm - Alarak skins
  15. ^ Stormrage, pg. 389
  16. ^ N [82] ... It Will Come
  17. ^ N [82] Unplug L'ghorek