Pillars of Creation

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Not to be confused with World Pillar.
This article is about the lore of the Pillars. For the related achievement, see [Pillars of Creation]. For the eponymous quest, see N [110R] Pillars of Creation.
Stained glass window in the Tomb of Sargeras depicting the Highborne with the Pillars of Creation.

The Pillars of Creation are relics that were created by the titan Pantheon and gifted to the titan-forged Keepers so they could shape the world when it was young. During the War of the Ancients, the Burning Legion attempted to open a secondary portal besides the one at the Well of Eternity inside the Temple of Elune of Suramar in order to attack the night elves on two fronts. The Highborne of Suramar used the Pillars of Creation to close the portal and put several seals on the Temple.[1]

They were named after the members of the Pantheon, except for the Tears of Elune, and could be found all across the Broken Isles. The Armies of Legionfall plan to use them to close the portal inside the Tomb of Sargeras.

In the meantime, the Pillars are stored in the Portrait Room of Dalaran. Each of the five Pillars of Creation must be used in a particular place within the Tomb of Sargeras to halt the Legion's invasion and save Azeroth.[2]

Locations

Pillar Zone Former location Slot in Tomb of Sargeras
 [Aegis of Aggramar] Stormheim In the possession of Odyn in the Halls of Valor Placed atop the Cathedral of Eternal Night
 [Tidestone of Golganneth] Azsuna Destroyed by Queen Azshara, fragments remained within Nar'thalas Academy Placed at the Abyssal Throne
Eye of Aman'thul Suramar Remained in Suramar City at the Font of Night, Nighthold Placed at Felstorm's Breach
 [Hammer of Khaz'goroth] Highmountain Guarded by the united tribes of Highmountain in Thunder Totem Placed in the Conclave of Torment
Tears of Elune Val'sharah Kept in the Temple of Elune Placed in the Befouled Sanctum

Notes

  • The Eye of Aman'thul was confirmed to come from the titan Aman'thul.[3]
  • The  [Aegis of Aggramar] was confirmed to come from the titan Aggramar.[4]
  • It is unknown how the  [Hammer of Khaz'goroth] ended up in Neltharion's possession. The Highborne of Suramar used it along with the other Pillars to seal the Legion's portal in the Temple of Elune during the War of the Ancients. Then, it was stolen from Neltharion's Vault by Huln Highmountain after the final battle of the War of the Ancients, who used it to banish the Aspect, now Deathwing, to Deepholm.[5] This means that Neltharion retrieved the Hammer right after the Highborne used it and stored it within his vault, before Huln stole it from him.
    • It is also unknown how the night elves of Suramar lost the Aegis of Aggramar after the Tomb was sealed. It seems to have been in Keeper Odyn's possession for quite some time.
  • During Legion's reveal at Gamescom, 2015, it was stated that the Pillars of Creation were used twelve-thousand years ago by the Highborne to seal a wound in the earth, who then built the Temple of Elune over it.[6] This has not been mentioned anywhere since then and was seemingly replaced by the War of the Ancients story first featured in Chronicle which was brought up again in The Tomb of Sargeras.

Speculation

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  • The Tears of Elune were able to unlock Xe'ra's core,  [Light's Heart], while it was stated by Velen that only a descendant of Xe'ra such as O'ros could do so. Moreover, the Pillars of Creation were created by the titan Pantheon, leaving Elune's identity, nature, and relationship with Xe'ra a mystery.
    • Khadgar found in an old book from Medivh's library that Elune may in fact have created Xe'ra. That would still contradict the fact that only a descendant of Xe'ra should be able to unlock her core, not an ancestor.
  • The Tears of Elune's connection to nature may indicate that it represents the titan Eonar.
  • Oddly, there are only five Pillars, despite there being nine keepers and six titans in the Pantheon.

References

  1. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1 pg. 103
  2. ^ Dungeon Preview: Cathedral of Eternal Night
  3. ^ N [110] Touch of a Titan
  4. ^ Tomb of Sargeras Design Interview with Paul Kubit - "Pillars of Creation - which are from the titans themselves, like Aman’thul and Aggramar"
  5. ^ N [100] The Path of Huln
  6. ^ chaud 2015-08-09. Legion Dev Talk, Dev Interviews. MMO-Champion. Retrieved on 2015-08-09.