Old Gods' forces
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- "It is a small matter to control the mind of the weak... for I bear allegiance to powers untouched by time, unmoved by fate. No force on this world or beyond harbors the strength to bend our knee... not even the mighty Legion!"
The forces of the Old Gods, known in ancient times as the Black Empire, are a vaguely united faction of all the entities and organizations that serve the Old Gods. In recent times its members either serve the Old Gods directly, or had allied with Deathwing, to achieve their own objectives with the support of the Old Gods.
Although they suffered a crushing defeat long ago at the hands of the Pantheon, and the Old Gods along with most of their minions had been imprisoned, the Old Gods' activities on Azeroth have been steadily increasing, culminating in the Cataclysm, when they launched a major offensive in an attempt to escape their prisons, crush opposition and return to power, until eventually being pushed back by Horde and Alliance forces.
- 1 Membership
- 1.1 Major Members
- 1.1.1 Old Gods' creatures and creations
- 1.1.2 Twilight's Hammer
- 1.1.3 N'Zoth's forces
- 1.1.4 Infinite Dragonflight
- 1.1.5 Yogg-saron's forces
- 1.1.6 C'Thun's forces
- 1.1.7 Y'Shaarj's forces
- 1.1.8 The Firelands minions of Ragnaros
- 1.1.9 The Skywall minions of Al'akir
- 1.1.10 Beyond Azeroth
- 1.2 Allies
- 1.3 Former allies
- 1.1 Major Members
- 2 Notable Leaders
- 3 Status of the factions
- 4 Speculation
- 5 References
Old Gods' creatures and creations
The Old Gods have spawned and favoured many creatures throughout the ages for their servitude:
- Faceless - Mysterious monsters related and often employed as soldiers by the Old Gods. Notable examples are and †
- Merciless ones - Aquatic parasitic aberrations that appear with other servants.
- Sha - Fragments of Y'Shaarj's power used to curse the land currently known as Pandaria, created shortly before he was killed by the Titans. They are seven manifestations of negative emotions: Anger, Doubt, Despair, Fear, Hatred, Pride, Violence - a reference to Y'Shaarj's seven heads.
- Leviathan Kraken - There is that serves the Old Gods, controlled by the Naga.
- Forgotten ones - Beings of great size bound to the Old Gods. , , and are thought to be forgotten ones.
- Azerothian Hydras - Hydras in Azeroth are found along the coasts of Darkshore, Ashenvale and Dustwallow Marsh, and were also found in Azshara before the Shattering. Some seem to be intelligent and might be the favored pets or servants of the Old Gods. carries within her a small measure of the Old Gods' power.
The Twilight's Hammer Cult is a former orcish clan of the planet Draenor that has turned into a destructive cult hell-bent on reshaping the world of Azeroth. Originally based in Silithus, in the midst of the cataclysm they have been found recruiting members of both the Alliance and the Horde with doomsayers proclaiming the imminent destruction of the world itself and promising its members glory and power. Other than the Horde and Alliance they have influenced weaker or desperate factions, including the almost extinct sand trolls and the rebellious dark iron dwarves. Led by Cho'gall and the Twilight Council, they attempt to claim the Twilight Highlands for the Old Gods who they believe to be the world's true masters, and eventually all of Azeroth itself. More recently with the fall of Cho'gall at the hands of Azeroth's champions Archbishop Benedictus, now dubbing himself the "Twilight Father", and later the "Twilight Prophet", has risen to guide the remains of the cult.
- Led by The Twilight Council.
- The Cult has many members of different races, many of them traitors of their own nations:
- Mortal betrayers from Alliance and Horde.
- Ogre - Many are attracted by the promises of power of Cho'gall.
- Gronn - While many were enslaved and some joined the cult, notably .
- Dark Iron - Some decided to stay loyal the Twilight Hammer and .
- Sand trolls - Allied with the Twilight's Hammer in a desperate attempt.
- Vrykul - Seen as members of the Twilight Elite that serve under .
- Ascendant - Various mortals have joined the cult, attracted by the promise to ascend and "reborn" as elemental ascendants. The judged which mortal where worthy of Elemental Ascension..
- Elemental - Many elementals are under servitude of the Twilight Hammer.
Neltharion the Earthwarder was corrupted during the War of the Ancients into the service of the Old Gods with his dragonflight and renamed himself Deathwing.However he suffered wounds too great in the events of the Day of the Dragon and had to retreat into Deepholm to heal himself, where he beat the stone dragons into submission to serve him. In his absence, his mate Sintharia and their children Onyxia and Nefarian took over his dragonflight. With the Cataclysm, Deathwing and his flight returned and resurrected Sinestra and Nefarian as undead, the latter which resurrected his sister Onyxia. Reinforced by Sinestra's creation the Twilight Dragonflight, they allied with the elemental lords Ragnaros of the Firelands and Al'akir of the Skywall, and together with the Twilight's Hammer they work to bring the Hour of Twilight.
Many other dragonkin have been corrupted and changed by the old gods.
- Led by Deathwing.
- Black dragonflight - Along with their aspect, many dragons fell to the madness of the Old Gods.
- Chromatic dragonflight - An experimental dragonflight intended to rule all others, created by .
- Twilight dragonflight - A very deadly dragonflight intended to destroy all life on Azeroth, created by .
The Dark Horde
The Dark Horde is a renegade group of various races made of troops from the Old Horde that managed to avoid capture and reject the leadership of the Horde. Now under the control of Nefarian and the Black Dragonflight, they are based around Blackrock Mountain and have forces from Elwynn Forest to the Wetlands, though they are stronger in the Burning Steppes. The Dark Horde wages war against both the Alliance and the Horde, and used to fight the Dark Iron clan and its master Ragnaros until the return of Deathwing and his alliance with the Elemental Lord of fire.
- Led by Warchief and controlled by .
- Orcs - Many clans believe that Rend Blackhand is the true warchief and follow his command:
- Forest trolls - Some trolls remember the aid given to them by the Old Horde and remain with what they believe is the true Horde:
- Ogres - Some Ogre clans decided to stay united under the Dark Horde:
- Goblins - The Dark Horde employs various Goblin mercenaries.
- Dragons - The Dark Horde has corrupted Dragons of all dragonflights.
- Gnolls - Although they were never in the Old Horde, some gnolls have formed an alliance with the Dark Horde in the Redridge Mountains.
- Demons - Many orcs in the Dark Horde summon imps, felhounds, and felguards.
In the end of the War of the Ancients, after the Shattering happened, Queen Azshara and the Highborne tried their best to keep the waters at bay, but struck a pact with a mysterious power that turned them into the reptile Naga. Now as underwater inhabitants in a sunken city they worked their way into shaping a underwater empire, enslaving many aquatic races like murlocs, and taming many beasts like tube wyrms, couatl, dragon turles and snap dragons, with Azshara leading them and against beings like Leviroth and the Kvaldir.
- . Ruled by the Empress of Nazjtar, Queen of the Naga,
- highborne that served the queen were turned into Naga by a mysterious force, belived to be the Old God . The former
- The naga have enslaved many races:
Infinite dragonflight - The meddlesome force focused on destroying the true timeway. They are helping the Old Gods to bring about the Hour of Twilight, though their reasons for doing so are not entirely clear.
- Led by .
- from an alternate timeline is an agent of the Infinite Dragonflight.
Ulduar is where the old god Yogg-Saron was sealed, but it wasn't strong enough to stop his influence from spreading over the milleniums, corrupting the Prime-designate Loken, the other Titanic watchers (Frejya, Hodir, Mimiron and Thorim), and other titanic constructs, like giants and mechagnomes and their creations. With control over the Forge of Wills, the corrupted Loken started creating a new army like many other's of the titan's creation's (earthen, giants and vrykul) but made of iron instead of stone and empowered by runes.. However the Explorers' League together with the Kirin Tor and the Horde mounted an offensive against Yogg-Saron's forces and managed to kill him and save the corrupted watchers, except for Loken which was killed earlier by heroes in the Halls of Lightning, and with the death of the Prime designate, Algalon the observer came to Azeroth to judge its corruption in order to re-originate it.
- Faceless ones. The Yogg-saron's
- The corrupted titanic creations of Ulduar:
- until his death at the hands of adventurers. Led by the corrupt Prime designate
- Once titanic watchers like , , and were secondary leaders of the Ulduar's corrupted ones until been freed by the adventurers.
- The Halls of Winter. Hodir's many Winter servants in
- The Conservatory of Life. The corrupted nature guardians that serves Freya in
- Mechagnomes that have been enslaved into the Old God's service trough . The
- Fire giants like , and that forged a lot of constructs for the Iron Army.
- The Iron Army
- Assembly of Iron, composed by Stormcaller Brundir,Runemaster Molgeim and Steelbreaker. Commanded by the
- Iron dwarves are part of this army. The
- Iron giants are the largest combatants of the Iron ones.
- Iron golems are massive constructs into the armada.
- Iron vrykuls are a kind titanic creation like the other that make their part for the armada.
- Plated proto-drake, which the only known is made from the former brood-mother . A
- stone giants to their will by the use of runes, turning them into Runed Giants. The Iron dwarves are capable of bending the
- Vordrassil, which houses the city Grizzlemaw, is under yogg-saron influence together with its inhabitants, the polar furbolg, leaving them as corrupted aggressive savage beasts. The remnants of the world tree
Ahn'Qiraj is a fortress city in southern silithus, and it's the home of the qiraji a race descended from the aqir, that were shaped by C'thun, from the silithid. They first threatened the world with the War of the Shifting Sands, where they were sealed inside their own fortress city. They tried a new offensive but utterly failed against the Might of Kalimdor, ending with the death of the Twin Emperors, rulers of the qiraji, and with them their master C'thun. Cho'gall and the Twilight Hammer took over Ahn'Qiraj while he mutated, and tried using C'thun's corpse to corrupt the Med'an the soon-to-be Guardian.
- Qiraji emperors, and are the rulers of the qiraji. The
- Kingdom of Ahn'Qiraj found in the southern part of Silithus. The insectoids of the city-
- The Qiraji have built and enslaved many constructs for war.
- Silithid servants of 15 castes grouped into 12 hives. The Qiraji have many
The Mantid Empire
Living in what is now called Pandaria, the mantid are the oldest inhabitants of the western part of the continent and followers of a dead Old God Y'Shaarj. Throughout countless millenia, they awaited for his return until his heart was discovered and subsequently revived by Garrosh Hellscream.
- Grand Empress Shek'zeer was the recent ruler of the empire, until she was deposed by the Klaxxi.
- Imperial Vizier Zor'lok the unwaveringly loyal Voice of the Empress.
- The Klaxxi is an ancient organization that possibly began as a priesthood of some sort, dedicated to the Old God Y'Shaarj.
The Firelands minions of Ragnaros
Ragnaros allied with Deathwing when he was promised to burn Azeroth together with his minions, without Therazane or Neptulon interference, he decided to start with the world tree of Nordrassil with the support of the Twilight Hammer, prompting the druids of the Cenarion Circle and the Ancient Guardians to oppose him, he was beaten back to the Firelands by Cenarius, Hamuul and Malfurion, and after some days of preparations, the druids are prepared to invade the Firelands and kill Ragnaros forever.
- , ruler of the Firelands has agreed to ally with Deathwing.
- Fire elementals are the servants of Ragnaros, shaped in various forms.
- Cenarion Circle in Hyjal and joined Ragnaros. Using his power conjointly with of nature they called themselves the Druid of the Flame, group led by and . Many Night elf druids have betrayed the
The Skywall minions of Al'akir
Free from the imprisonment of the Skywall, Al'akir and his air elementals joined forces with Deathwing in a attempt to obtain the re-origination device the titans left in Uldum. To fight the Tol'vir, his ancient enemies, he called the support of the Conclave of the Winds and Skywall's many denizens.
- , ruler of the Skywall has agreed to work with Deathwing.
- are four Djinn that serve directly under Al'akir.
- Air Elementals are the servants of Al'akir, shaped into various forms.
- Some mortal tribes have served with Al'akir.
- Sethekk and the Dark Conclave Arakkoa serve a mysterious master, and the latter group, magically augmented by Gul'dan's curse, attempt to summon their master, which they call it a ancient and powerful evil. He looks similar to C'thun, another old god, and when the hidden mob name is revealed, he's called a Summoned Old God. The
- Black Blood of Draenor are oozes and the oozes of azeroth have been various times associated with the old gods, and it's very similar in name to Black Blood of Yogg-Saron, a ore made from the blood of the Old god Yogg-Saron. The
- is a servant of the old gods, a qiraji prophet much like Prophet Skeram of Ahn'qiraj, is imprisoned in the Arcatraz of Tempest Keep. According to A'dal, he seeks to usher his masters' vision of conquering all of the worlds in the universe.
- through Illidan's Naga, and his forces can be considered allies (indirect or not) of the Old Gods. By allying with
- Neptulon's water servants:
- Abyssal Maw is their realm.
- Elemental Lord is .
- Neptulon was attacked by the naga backed by the old god's faceless ones, in a attempt to conquer his realm, and after a confrontation with Lady Nazjar and Ozumat he was beaten back to the Abyssal Maw, the heroes attempted to rescue him, but ultimately failed as Neptulon was quickly taken away by Ozumat.
- Therazane's earth followers:
- Elemental Lord is .
- Deepholm is their realm.
- Therazane however hasn't liked the old gods plans for Deepholm her prison, after Deathwing broke the world pillar, endangering her plane and Azeroth, and a invasion by the twilight hammer, she and her kin made a temporary alliance with the earthen ring to solve those problems, that the old gods indirectly caused. After the pillar is rebuilt she requests the Hero for help her rebuild Deepholm, damaged by the old gods' forces.
- Garrosh Hellscream's True Horde:
- Indirectly affiliated with Y'Shaarj, after his heart has been unearthed and revived by Garrosh in order to use its power for his own schemes. Paragons of the Klaxxi acted as ambassadors and guardians of the Garrosh's inner sanctum, where the Heart was moved into. After the warchief was overthrown, the Heart suffered a failure and the Old God's essence vanished, bringing an end to this unlikely "coalition".
- Xavius and the Emerald Nightmare
Known Old Gods
- Sha (originated directly from Y'Shaarj)
Status of the factions
Known major factions
|Faction||Pre-Titanic Azeroth||Titanic Ordering of Azeroth||Post-Titanic Azeroth and War of the Ancients||Post-WotA and Before Dark Portal||After Dark Portal and Before WoW||World of Warcraft||Cataclysm||Future||Current Status|
|Yogg-Saron's forces||Already Existed; fighting against N'Zoth's forces||Joined in the Old God link, defeated and imprisoned||Still imprisoned seeking freedom||Expanding their influence, boosted by Loken's betrayal||-||-||-||-||Defeated|
|N'Zoth's forces||Already Existed; fighting against C'Thun's forces and Yogg-Saron's forces||Joined in the Old God link, defeated and imprisoned||Still imprisoned seeking freedom; helps to corrupt||Expanding their influence, boosted by the Empire of Nazjatar||-||-||-||-||Healthy|
|C'Thun's forces||Already Existed; fighting against N'Zoth's forces||Joined in the Old God link, defeated and heavy weakened||Trying to recover||Partially recovered, but sealed into the Scarab wall||-||-||-||-||Defeated|
|Y'Shaarj's forces||Already Existed||Joined in the Old God link, defeated and heavy weakened; Y'Shaarj is effectively killed cursing the land with Sha, but the Mantid still loyal to him||-||-||-||-||-||-||Weakened|
|Faction||Titanic Shaping of Azeroth||Post-Titanic Azeroth until War of the Ancients||Post-WotA and Before Dark Portal||After Dark Portal and Before WoW||World of Warcraft||Cataclysm||Unknown Future||Current Status|
|Black Dragonflight||Created||Joined in N'Zoth's forces||-||-||-||-||-||Uncorrupted|
|Empire of Nazjatar||-||-||Created||-||-||Joined in N'Zoth's forces||-||Unknown|
|Kingdom of Ahn'Qiraj||-||Created and joined C'Thun's forces||-||Imprisioned||Defeated and Destroyed||-||-||Destroyed|
The Old Gods' prisons can be seen as the capitals of their forces. They are:
- Chamber of C'Thun, Ahn'Qiraj (formerly) - C'Thun's location
- Prison of Yogg-Saron, Ulduar (formerly) - Yogg-Saron's location
- The Rift of Aln - presumably N'Zoth's location
- Presumed other locations of other Old Gods.
- A mysterious city named Ny'alotha, mentioned by Yogg-Saron and Y'Shaarj, seemingly located at the bottom of the ocean.
- ^ Karsh Steelbender quotes
- ^ Chris Metzen, Mists of Pandaria launch party, 2012
- ^ Mindbender Ghur'sha
- ^ The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm
- ^ a b c d e f Encounter Journal
- ^ The History of Warcraft - Chapter I: Mythos, pg 4
- ^ The History of Warcraft - Chapter I: Mythos, pg 6
- ^ Dungeon: Stonecore
- ^ Blackrock Spire
- ^ Burning demon mobs in Blackrock Spire
- ^ Warcraft Encyclopedia: Naga
- ^ The History of Warcraft - Chapter I: Mythos, pg 7
- ^ Naga sea witch unit
- ^ Lady Naz'jar fight in Throne of Tides
- ^ Naga faction in Warcraft III
- ^ Golden, Christie. Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects.
- ^ a b Dungeons - Ulduar
- ^ a b c
- ^ http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/thread.html?topicId=25626575587&sid=1
- ^ a b c Ulduar Bosstiary
- ^ a b Brann's comments when is slain
- ^ a b Prophecy of C'Thun
- ^ World of Warcraft: The Comic, Hard Choices
- ^ Twin Emperors
- ^ Monsters of Ahn'Qiraj - Anubisath
- ^ Monsters of Ahn'Qiraj - Obsidian Destroyer
- ^ a b c Ask CDev 1
- ^ 4.2 preview
- ^ Firelands (instance)
- ^ Molten Front
- ^ Raid: Throne of the Four Winds
- ^ Vortex Pinnacle
- ^ Throne of the Four Winds
- ^ Dungeon: Throne of the Tides
- ^ Ozumat fight in Throne of Tides
- ^ Diamant the Patient in Deepholm
- ^ World of Warcraft: Legion