- This article is about the lore of the titan named Argus. For the boss encounter and strategies, see Argus the Unmaker. For other uses and appearances, see Argus (disambiguation).
|Location||Seat of the Pantheon, Antorus, the Burning Throne|
Argus, "the emerald star", was the titan world-soul of the eponymous planet Argus. Argus was twisted and corrupted beyond redemption by the Burning Legion, his power harnessed to fuel the demons' infinite army, allowing them to endlessly regenerate in the Twisting Nether. The Legion's connection to the world-soul had to be severed in order to bring an end to the Burning Crusade once and for all. To do this, the Pantheon brought Argus' soul to their Seat. The titans also used the last of Argus' power to imprison Sargeras forever.
A Thousand Years of War
The existence of Argus' world-soul was unknown to the Army of the Light before the Second War. Xe'ra had a vision of the "emerald star" for the first time during the Invasion of Draenor, when Turalyon and Alleria Windrunner ventured into Draenor; she claimed to have seen something she believes she was not meant to cross the vast expanses of fate for but a mere moment before it was gone again. She believed that the Legion was hiding it from prying eyes and that once they reached it, it would be key in finally destroying the Burning Legion. Xe'ra believed that this vision of the emerald star was the reason Eradication was sent to assassinate both Turalyon and Alleria. Turalyon would later claim to have seen the emerald star after being Lightforged by Xe'ra, saying their war with the Legion would eventually reveal it to them, and that they needed to be patient.
During the invasion of Outland, many of Argus' demonic forces had moved to Outland, leaving it undefended enough for Turalyon and Alleria to venture into it. There, Alleria was struck by a vision sent by the world-soul itself from the belly of Argus, revealing that it was the emerald star. It was imprisoned by the green, corrupting fires of fel and it sent Alleria memories, its entire lifetime in a single, uncontrolled burst. Her mind was transported elsewhere: she lived a history that surpassed the existence of the universe, saw energy spinning out into the cosmos, she saw it found warmth near a sun, and a world formed around it to protect it as it grew, she saw generations of life lived and died upon it, she saw it was betrayed and was bound by something powerful, it was in pain, its only solace lay within its dream, she saw them enslaved worlds, burned worlds and used its strength to revive their fallen souls, and that they found another, much more powerful they wanted to claim too, and when she saw it, she screamed into the cosmos for help and that two children answered the call. Turalyon didn't see the vision but swore to return and free the world soul from the Legion's clutches. The world-soul's distress caused the Legion forces on the planet to become aware of their presence, forcing them to retreat.
With the arrival of the Armies of Legionfall to Argus during the Argus Campaign, Magni Bronzebeard was able to talk to Argus' titan much like he speaks to Azeroth thanks to the Sacred Stone in the possession of the Krokul of Krokul Hovel, revealing the emerald star's nature as a titan to the Army of the Light. Compared to Azeroth, Magni claimed Argus spoke in a tormented and broken voice due to his torture. Magni and an order leader used the stone to receive visions from Argus, where it revealed to them that Sargeras sought to resurrect and corrupt the souls of the Pantheon and turn them into his service, with Aggramar having already fallen to corruption.
In the heart of Antorus, the Burning Throne, the Army of the Light and the order champions confronted the Avatar of Aggramar, who presided over the world-soul of Argus, before the freed spirits of the Pantheon transported the world-soul to the Seat of the Pantheon in order to sever its connection to the Burning Legion. However, by Sargeras' command, Argus the Unmaker rose into his true form and confronted the order leaders, with the Pantheon providing their support. A battle that should not be winnable ensued, though it ultimately ends with the Unmaker being put out of his misery, finally freeing him from his endless torment. A trickle of Argus' blood would be taken by the champions and later shown to Khadgar.
Using the last of Argus' energies combined with their own, the Pantheon would imprison Sargeras within the Seat of the Pantheon with Illidan Stormrage as his jailer, bringing an end to the Burning Crusade and to the third invasion.
Argus was equipped with black and gold armor on his limbs and waist, while a massive helm adorned his head, vaguely in the shape of a pharaoh crown. His body was pierced in multiple areas with spikes and through his armor. Argus' glowing, deep blue skin made him distinct from the rest of his titan brethren. A close look at Argus' head reveals that he lacked lips, and his lower jaw appeared skeletal. Removing the helm geoset from his model reveals that his face lacked muscle tissue as well. These signs show that he was not entirely formed yet.
- Main article: Argus the Unmaker#Quotes
Notes and trivia
- Argus' weapon, the , can be looted from his boss chest, coming in blue (Raid Finder, Normal and Heroic) and red (Mythic) variants.
- Argus' helm bears a certain resemblance to the headgear worn by Galactus, a notorious antagonist from Marvel canon.
- Argus's spells in the database are labeled "deathtitan". His Grasp of the Unmaker ability was also originally called Grasp of the Death Titan on PTR but was renamed with build 126.96.36.19955. Alex Afrasiabi also called Argus and, likely as a mistake, Outland, death titans.
- Many of these spell effects see reuse in Battle for Azeroth, often tied to death-related characters such as Gorak Tul or Bwonsamdi.
- This motif appears to be related to the Shadowlands.
- There is an unused raid model named 7du_argusraid_corewing01 in the game files, indicating that Argus was originally meant to be seen as a giant titanic body bound in chains (see Gallery below). He would have been a scene model, constituting a wing of the raid, rather than a boss model. This is also supported by the model name for Kin'garoth being TitanBuilder, indicating that he was intended to be working on Argus' titanic body.
- The idea may have come from the Human-Reaper boss from Mass Effect 2.
- There is contradicting information regarding demonic regeneration on Argus. See Demon#Demonic death.
- He was very likely to be a part of the Dark Pantheon.
- The bolt that slammed into The Arbiter and caused her to fall unconscious is theorized to have been Argus' soul due to their similar appearance and color. However, it has been hinted that when titans die, their souls would return to their own Order plane.
Unused titanic body model (see above).
- ^ a b A Thousand Years of War
- ^ Grasp of the Unmaker changelog on Wowhead
- ^ BlizzCon 2017 - "When we say Battle for Azeroth a lot of people think about all the territories and all that we take for ourselves and you know, that's being selfish. Because reality is, look, Azeroth is a titan. A titan that is potentially dying. We need to save this world. Because you know what, a death titan, that's Outland, a shattered world, that's Argus. So we'll fight on two fronts, the surface, you know, and also, the heart of the world."
- ^ MMO-Champion - Early Antorus, Legion build the Titan!!, by olddog
- ^ Wowhead - New 7.3 PTR Creature and Mount Models (Spoilers)
- ^ Steve Danuser with Taliesin & Evitel - 00:40:01