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The titans are a race of colossal, planet-sized cosmic beings, so perfect and majestic that they are akin to gods.[1] Hailing from the far reaches of the cosmos, they shaped and brought order to countless worlds across the Great Dark Beyond. [2]

History

Birth of the Pantheon

Though no one knows when or why the first titan awoke, legends say that his name was Aman'Thul. He was alone, but he knew that others like himself must exist, and so he set out to explore the myriad worlds of the Great Dark in search of other titans. In time, he found and nurtured other world-souls, rousing them from their slumber and thus causing them to join his noble cause. Eventually, Aman'Thul and his younger siblings formed the Pantheon. They came to realize that order was crucial if they were to find others of their kind, and developed certain techniques to determine whether or not the worlds they encountered contained nascent world-souls. First, they pacificed the world's native elemental population, thereafter reshaping the land and seeding various life forms on the surface of the planet in hopes of helping the world-soul grow to maturity. Despite these efforts, however, most worlds visited by the titans proved inert. Even so, the Pantheon vowed to protect and safeguard each and every one of the worlds they ordered, even if none of them contained a world-soul. To this end, the Pantheon would empower various primitive life-forms and plant colossal machines to monitor their worlds and — if necessary — purge them of life in case of corruption. Aman'Thul also called upon the celestial beings known as constellar to maintain a constant vigil over the various worlds ordered by the Pantheon.[3]

Over the ages, the titans discovered fewer and fewer world-souls during their travels, but they were not disheartened, because they knew that they had still only explored a small corner of the immeasurably vast universe.[3]

Sargeras' betrayal

Sargeras destroying the corrupted world-soul.

Soon, the Pantheon learned of the demons: chaotic and destructive beings who occasionally clawed their way into the physical universe from the Twisting Nether to terrorize any mortal civilizations they came across. Fearing that these beings would disturb the Pantheon's quest, the titans dispatched their greatest warrior, Sargeras, to cleanse the universe of all demonic influence. Later, this noble Champion of the Pantheon was joined by the young and inexperienced Aggramar.[4] Sargeras and Aggramar eventually decided to split up in order to combat their foe more effectively, and it was during this time that Sargeras discovered the plans of the malicious beings known as the void lords. Coming across a planet almost completely infected by the Old Gods, Sargeras learned that the void lords had sent the Old Gods out into the cosmos to infect any worlds that housed world-souls, and if they succeeded, the world-soul would be twisted into an unspeakably dark creature that not even the Pantheon could stand against. Enraged at this discovery, Sargeras cleaved the planet in two, instantly killing the nascent titan it housed.[5]

Sargeras immediately returned to the rest of the Pantheon to tell of his discovery, but they chastised him for his rash action, insisting that they might have been able to purge the world-soul of its corruption without killing it. Sargeras tried to convince the other titans that what he had done was right, and that the universe needed to be purged of life in order to prevent the risk of a world-soul becoming corrupted and opening the way for the void lords. Realizing that the others would never see things the way he did, Sargeras stormed off, vowing to cleanse the universe on his own.[5]

The ordering of Azeroth

Sea giants shaping the oceans of Azeroth.

After Sargeras' departure, Aggramar continued the hunt for demons in his stead. One day, he sensed the tranquil dreams of a slumbering world-soul from a distant corner of the Great Dark. As the traveled towards the source of the emenations, he discovered the world that would later become known as Azeroth. Within its core was a nascent titan far more powerful than any others the Pantheon had yet encountered, but the world had already been seized by the Old Gods. The nascent titan's spirit remained uncorrupted, but, knowing it was only a matter of time before it succumbed to the Void, Aggramar swiftly returned to the Pantheon and relayed his discovery, arguing that this was proof of Sargeras' claims and that the Pantheon had to take action before Azeroth was lost. Eonar agreed, and convinced the rest of the Pantheon to save the maturing world-soul from the Old Gods.[6]

And so, it was decided that the Pantheon would travel to Azeroth and purge it of the malicious Black Empire which had claimed it. However, due to the titans' colossal forms and the risk of irrevocably damaging or killing the world-soul, Aggramar decreed that rather than take action directly, the Pantheon would create servants to do battle in their place. Under the guidance of the forger Khaz'goroth, the titans shaped mighty titan-forged servants of stone and metal to meet the n'raqi and aqiri forces of the Old Gods head on.[6]

Though the spawn of the Old Gods, as well as and their elemental servants, were powerful beyond mortal comprehension, their combined forces could not stop the armies of the mighty titans. One by one, the elemental lords fell, and their forces dispersed.[7] However it was discovered that the Old Gods had managed to "infect" the planet so early in its development cycle that they were irreversibly linked with it. Since they could not destroy the Old Gods, the titans decided to chain the evil gods far beneath the surface of the world.[8] Without the Old Gods' power to keep their raging spirits bound to the physical world, the elementals were banished to an abyssal plane, where they would contend with one another for all eternity. With the elementals' departure, nature calmed, and the world settled into a peaceful harmony. The titans saw that the threat was contained and set to work.

The titans empowered a number of races to help them fashion the world. To help them carve out the fathomless caverns beneath the earth, the titans created the dwarf-like earthen from magical, living stone. To help guard and protect the Vale of Eternal Blossoms, the titans created the stone mogu to guard and protect the Vale and the surrounding region.[9] To help them dredge out the seas and lift the land from the sea floor, the titans created the immense but gentle sea giants. For many ages the titans moved and shaped the earth, until at last there remained one perfect continent. At the continent's center, the titans crafted a lake of scintillating energies. The lake, which they named the Well of Eternity, was to be the fount of life for the world. Its potent energies would nurture the bones of the world and empower life to take root in the land's rich soil. Over time, plants, trees, monsters, and creatures of every kind began to thrive on the primordial continent. As twilight fell on the final day of their labors, the titans named the continent Kalimdor: "land of eternal starlight".[7]

Satisfied that the small world had been ordered and that their work was done, the titans prepared to leave Azeroth. However, before they departed, they charged the greatest species of the world, the dragonflights, with the task of watching over Kalimdor, lest any force should threaten its perfect tranquility. There were many dragonflights in that age, yet there were five flights that held dominion over their brethren. It was these five flights that the titans chose to shepherd the budding world. The greatest members of the Pantheon imbued a portion of their power upon each of the flights' leaders. These majestic dragons became known as the Great Aspects, or the Dragon Aspects. Thus empowered, the Five Aspects were charged with the world's defense in the titans' absence. With the dragons prepared to safeguard their creation, the titans left Azeroth behind.[10] In the Pantheon's absence, the various titan-forged continued to shape and order the surface of the world.

The Burning Crusade and the fate of the Pantheon

Meanwhile, in the distant reaches of the Great Dark, Sargeras, having now broken his ties to the other titans, meditated on the fate of the universe. As doubt and despair twisted his thoughts, he reached the conclusion that to spare the universe from the clutches of the void lords, it had to be destroyed. To accomplish this, he would need an army — thus, the traitorous titan returned to the demonic prison world of Mardum, where he had imprisoned his defeated demonic foes, and shattered it to unleash the demons upon the universe once more. In the process of doing so, the former champion was twisted into a fel-corrupted, hateful being. Sargeras united the chaotic creatures under the banner of the Burning Legion, and so began the Burning Crusade to purge all of creation. After a devastating confrontation between Sargeras and his former student Aggramar, the Pantheon began preparing for war. The Pantheon and the Legion met near a world known as Nihilam. Aman'Thul pleaded with Sargeras to end this madness, telling him of the fledgling world-soul Azeroth, a being that would one day be able to stand against the void lords. Sargeras was unmoved. Aggramar, thinking that his former friend could still be reasoned with, approached Sargeras unarmed, but in response the fel-corrupted titan killed Aggramar with a single blow. Outraged, the Pantheon attacked, but even the combined might of the titans could not stand against the dark titan's fel might. Before long, the titans were all dead. Sargeras declared the Legion victorious and set off to find Azeroth, not knowing that Norgannon had weaved a protective shroud around the titans' spirits during his final moments. The now disembodied souls of the Pantheon then hurled out through the cosmos.[11]

Eventually, the spirits reached Azeroth, slamming into the keepers that the Pantheon had assigned to watch over Azeroth. For a brief moment, each of the keepers were overwhelmed by an influx of fragmented memories. Puzzled by this, they called out to the Pantheon for answers, but never received a reply.[12] Ra was the only one who realized that the influx of titan power felt by the keepers was the very last remnant of the Pantheon. He extracted what remained of the soul of Aman'Thul, storing it in a vault near the Vale of Eternal Blossoms. Overcome with despair, Ra then retreated into the catacombs beneath the land to meditate on what he had learned.[13] Centuries later, Ra showed Aman'Thul's spirit to the mogu warlord Lei Shen to explain his silence and how the world was beyond saving, but instead of reacting in the same way that Ra did, Lei Shen claimed the power of both the keeper and the remaining fragments of Aman'Thul. Lei Shen would then use this power to establish the first mogu empire.[14]

Description

The titans are colossal godlike beings made up of the primordial matter from which the very universe was born. Imbued with the raw power of creation itself, they roam the cosmos like walking worlds.[15] Titans are born from world-souls, spirits who are formed with the fiery cores of a small number of worlds and who slumber for ages before suffusing with the planets they inhabit and finally awaken. Described as living worlds, their bodies are covered in mountain peaks and rivers, their forms wrapped in cloaks of stardust and their eyes shining like brilliant stars.[3] Bastions of purity and good, the titans are unable to conceive of evil or wickedness in any form.[16]

Titans are heavily tied to the cosmic force known as arcane.[17] In fact, the original Well of Eternity, an enormous lake filled to the brim with volatile arcane energies, was formed from the very lifeblood of Azeroth's world-soul.[18] Unfortunately, this makes them uniquely susceptible to fel magic.[11]

Akin to gods

Though Chris Metzen said the titans were godlike[19] and the Warcraft Encyclopedia states titans are not gods,[20][21] the Ultimate Visual Guide,[16] the Sunwell Trilogy,[22] the Magazine,[2] and Loreology[23] have stated that they are "metallic-skinned gods" as described in  [Mythology of the Titans].

The Senior Historian later clarified that by "gods" he meant "perfect specimen rather than an actual divine being,"[1] reconciling the various sources, and Chronicle Volume 1 described them as godlike beings.[15]

Legacy

The Halls of Origination, one of the facilities left behind by the titans.

The titans left many titan-forged behind, including the keepers, to protect Azeroth. Before leaving, they gifted the latter with the Pillars of Creation. Some time later, they empowered Dragon Aspects from afar and through the keepers.

The titans are now a subject of significant interest on Azeroth, at least for the dwarves — especially the Explorers' Guild. Their part in Azeroth's history lies far, far back in time, although Sargeras has an active role in recent conflicts through the Burning Legion.

The denizens of Azeroth know very little about the titans save for scraps the dwarves have unearthed and some vague night elf folklore. Few human scholars actually believed the mighty demigods even existed.[citation needed] Legend holds that the great ones shaped the land when the world was young, then left the world to its own devices. The ruins and buried cities that remain on Azeroth — Uldum beneath the Tanaris Desert, Ulduar beneath the Storm Peaks of Northrend, ancient libraries in Vale of Eternal Blossoms, and Uldaman beneath the dwarven home of Khaz Modan — are known to a few to actually be "titanic" ruins. Most mortals believed that they were only ancient ruins.[citation needed]

During the World of Warcraft Q&A panel at BlizzCon 2013, it was officially confirmed that Draenor was visited by the titans, however their involvement was far less extensive than it was on Azeroth.[24] The Highmaul ogres believe they were born when "the Forgers" squeezed the light from the enormous ball of fire that would become Draenor. They made the ogres from the same smoking clay and gave them dominion over stone and earth.[25]

Through the storyline of Ulduar it was discovered that Azeroth had a failsafe, a signal triggered by the death of the Prime Designate, is used to alert Algalon the Observer as the first warning sign of systemic planetary failure. Algalon then translocates to Ulduar, and runs planetary diagnostics of its vital systems to analyze the world for corruption, such as in its life-support systems and defense mechanisms. If sufficient corruption is found, Algalon will send a signal to the titanic facility in Uldum and request planetary re-origination.[26][27]

The re-origination device the keepers built into the world, triggering a huge pulse, breaking down the planet — and all life on it — into base elements of rock, metal and gases. The machine then uses these elements to reconstitute the world into its original planetary blueprint, starting over from scratch.[28][27]

As the titans are considered to be benevolent, shaping worlds and encouraging life to flourish, it may seem odd that they are willing to effectively destroy a world full of sapient beings in order to start over. However, they appear to do this in thinking along the lines of 'the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few': they consider the re-origination of a corrupted world to be in the best interests of the universe at large.[27]

Known titans

The known titans form the Pantheon.

Pantheon

Name Role
 Aman'Thul Highfather of the Pantheon; empowered Nozdormu to keep watch over the timeways
 Eonar The Lifebinder; empowered Alexstrasza and Ysera to safeguard life and the Emerald Dream, respectively
 Norgannon The Lore Keeper; empowered Malygos to keep watch over magic and the ley lines
 Khaz'goroth The Shaper; empowered Neltharion to keep watch over the earth and the deep places of the world
 Aggramar The Avenger; champion of the Pantheon and former lieutenant of Sargeras
 Golganneth The Thunderer; lord of the skies and the oceans
 Sargeras Lord of the Burning Legion; former champion of the Pantheon

Other titans

The titans do not transcend all realities[29] and were searching the cosmos for additional titans.[3][29]

  • Azeroth is home to the most powerful world-soul in existence according to the Pantheon,[6] and, with the death of the Pantheon, is currently the last known living titan aside from Sargeras.
  • Sargeras found and destroyed a slumbering world-soul corrupted by Old Gods.[30]

Mentions of titans

  • Wrathion mentions a being called "The Final Titan" after eating the heart of Lei Shen during N [90] Heart of the Thunder King. He may or may not have been referring to Azeroth.
  • Some titanic creations were implied to be titans (as in A [80] Fate of the Titans), but this is not the case. Players have not yet seen a true titan in World of Warcraft — only their creations.[31]
  • In BlizzCast 12, Chris Metzen said "Will we see actual titans one day? Will we ever get to the truth and origin of the Old Gods? There's all sorts of meta-themes that's all rich fertile ground and we will get there."[32] These questions were ultimately answered in Chronicle Volume 1.
  • According to a prophecy by Skeram, a titan battled an unimaginable evil (C'Thun) in Silithus. The titan fell, but may not have been vanquished in the battle.[33] Chronicle Volume 1 states that the titans only personally intervened when fighting Y'Shaarj.
  • Some dwarves believe that Greatfather Winter is a titan,[34] but this is not the case.

Other names and titles

The titans have been called by different names by various groups and races, including:

Notes

"Titan" models

Trivia

  • The original titans are giants or proto-gods from Greek mythology who inhabited the world during the First Era, and later ruled it during the Second Era. Their leader was Kronos. Notable titans include Rhea, Atlas, and Prometheus. Unlike their Warcraft counterparts, most of them were inherently malevolent. They were defeated by Zeus and the Olympians at the start of the Third Era.
  • The Æsir come from Viking (Norse) mythology. They are the rulers of Asgard and the more altruistic force in the universe, the greatest of them being Odin and Thor. The Vanir come from Vanaheim and are allied with the Æsir. They mostly live apart from each other, but a few Vanir have been taken into Asgard and are considered as "one of the Æsir." Both have a common enemy in the Jotnar (giants). In an interesting contrast from Blizzard's direction, which places the dwarves close to the titans, the Vanir of Norse myth had stronger ties to the elves.
  • Prior to the release of Chronicle Volume 1, they were described as metallic-skinned.

In the RPG

The RPG Icon 16x36.png This section concerns content exclusive to the Warcraft RPG and is considered non-canon.

A titan depicted in Shadows & Light.

Many believe them to simply be a progenitor race,[48] akin to gods.[49] Their figure is humanoid but gigantic, with gleaming metallic skin and a perfection of form that makes the heart ache.[50] Each titan cultivates specific interests that relate to particular elements or energy types — essentially, to some small aspect of creation over which the titan holds a measure of dominance. Some titans refer to the piece of creation upon which they focus as their "sphere of power". Furbolgs have legends of seeing the coming of the titans to the world from their homeland in Northrend, implying they predate the titans.[51]

There are two types of titan:

  • Aesir "storm giant", platinum-skinned, stronger, smarter and more agile
  • Vanir "earth giant", bronze-skinned, tougher but less powerful

Scholars have postulated that there are other subspecies of titans. No titans have ever been spotted, and it is believed that they live among the stars where they continue to this day shaping new worlds.[50] Sargeras is believed to be a vanir titan[52] as well as a dark titan.[53] It is believed that there may be other subspecies than the aesir and vanir.[50]

Titans generally believe they are invincible. They wade into the thickest of battles using their most powerful abilities, or even just swinging with massive, alloyed fists. Titans with well-defined spheres of power have wildly varying combat tactics, focusing primarily upon the strengths of their spheres.[54]

Titans can be fighter, barbarian, gladiator, healer, druid of the wild, shaman, expert, wizard, warrior, mage, sorcerer or warlock.

Some accounts of the titans give them titles such as "Patron of All Life".[55]

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  2. ^ a b World of Warcraft: The Magazine Volume I Issue IV, 71.
  3. ^ a b c d World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 19, 20
  4. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 22, 23
  5. ^ a b World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 24
  6. ^ a b c World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 30-31
  7. ^ a b The Old Gods and the Ordering of Azeroth
  8. ^ Tribunal of Ages#Quotes
  9. ^ Quest:Echoes of the Titans#Notes
  10. ^ Charge of the Dragonflights
  11. ^ a b World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 48-50
  12. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 54
  13. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 59
  14. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 81
  15. ^ a b World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 13
  16. ^ a b Ultimate Visual Guide, pg. 32
  17. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 8 (cosmology chart)
  18. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 36
  19. ^ BlizzCon 2005 - Lore Panel
  20. ^ The Warcraft Encyclopedia: Gods "...the benevolent titans, though not gods themselves..."
  21. ^ The Warcraft Encyclopedia: Immortals "The titans are not gods..."
  22. ^ Dragon Hunt
  23. ^ Loreology on Twitter (2014-06-22): "They are classified as "metallic skinned gods" in my bible.... :)"
  24. ^ MMO-Champion - World of Warcraft Q&A
  25. ^ a b Code of Rule
  26. ^ Archivum Console#First dialogue with Brann Bronzebeard
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  31. ^ Ask CDev Answers - Round 2
  32. ^ BlizzCast - Episode 12
  33. ^ N [60G] The Calling
  34. ^  [The Feast of Winter Veil]
  35. ^ Ironaya#Quotes
  36. ^ Many subzones, such as The Maker's Terrace, The Terrace of the Makers, The Maker's Ascent, The Maker's Overlook, and The Maker's Rise
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  38. ^ Tribunal of Ages
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  40. ^  [The Third Troll Legend]
  41. ^ Kil'ruk the Wind-Reaver
  42. ^ a b Highlord Demitrian#Dialogue
  43. ^ N [93] Eye in the Sky
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  48. ^ Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, 32, 127
  49. ^ Alliance Player's Guide, 75
  50. ^ a b c Shadows & Light, 107
  51. ^ Lands of Mystery, 85
  52. ^ Shadows & Light, 123
  53. ^ Magic and Mayhem, 16
  54. ^ Shadows & Light, 109
  55. ^ Shadows & Light