Azeroth (titan)

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NeutralAzeroth
Image of Azeroth
Gender Female
Race Titan
Location Great Dark Beyond, inside Azeroth
Status Dormant
Companion(s) Magni Bronzebeard (Speaker)

Azeroth is the name of the female nascent titan, or world-soul, growing within the core of the eponymous planet. The Pantheon believed that she had such great potential that should she awaken, she would be even more powerful than Sargeras himself, and that she would be able to overthrow the Void lords by herself. For this reason, Sargeras sees Azeroth as a liability, and is set on destroying her before she can be corrupted by the Old Gods.[1]

Background

The Black Empire

Azeroth's elementals are extremely violent and chaotic, because as its world-soul developed, it consumed much of the Spirit energy of the planet, which nourishes the elements.[2]

One day, as the titan Aggramar was wandering in the Great Dark Beyond, he heard the tranquil dreams of the most powerful world-soul the Pantheon had ever encountered, one they would later name Azeroth. To his horror, he discovered that the planet had already been claimed by the Old Gods, though the defenseless world-soul within remained as yet untouched. After Aggramar and Eonar convinced their brethren to save Azeroth from corruption, the Pantheon crafted the titan-forged to do battle against the Old Gods, before eventually imprisoning them deep beneath the surface of the planet.[3]

The destruction of the Old God Y'Shaarj, who was pulled from the surface of the planet by Aman'Thul, caused the nascent titan to bleed out. Her bleeding would be halted with magical wards by the Keepers, and the immense lake left behind when the tumultuous arcane energies calmed became known as the Well of Eternity.[4]

The Ordering

The Forge of Wills was constructed by the Keepers to shape Azeroth's budding sentience, while its twin the Forge of Origination would regulate the rhythm of deep earth and fortify the world-soul's form.[4]

Though some believe that Freya wove the Emerald Dream into being from nothing, others claim that this strange place had always existed in some form, a dream born from Azeroth’s slumbering world-soul. It is said that Freya tapped into this realm and molded what would become known as the Emerald Dream as a way to commune with the nascent titan.[5]

Sargeras' vision

The Jeweled Scepter of Sargeras is known for the gleaming jewel that adorns its apex. Many theorize that it represents Sargeras' baleful eye, which caught only a glimpse of Azeroth before the fallen titan was ripped back to the Twisting Nether. But the truth is far different. 

Soon after the War of the Ancients, Sargeras had a vision: the Well of Eternity imploded, but instead of being cast back to the Twisting Nether, this time he was dragged down to the very core of Azeroth. He was there for only an instant, but in that moment, he saw Azeroth's slumbering world-soul—and in that moment, the world-soul opened one eye and gazed at the Dark Titan. He was enraptured.

Since then, the eye of Azeroth's world-soul has not been far from his thoughts. He commanded the eredar who forged the Jeweled Scepter of Sargeras to crown it with that lone, wondrous orb. Next to it, the eredar placed two nathrezim wings, a testament to Sargeras's conception of the world-soul: corrupted, demonic, and most importantly, his.[6]

Legion

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Azeroth chose Magni Bronzebeard, the dwarven king who became one with the earth just before the Shattering, as her speaker. It was Magni who revealed to the people of Azeroth that she was a titan.[7]

The Demon Within roars that Sargeras will claim Azeroth.[8]

Azeroth contacted Magni to tell him about the Primordial Observatory beneath the ocean near the Maelstrom, though as Magni would explain to Brann she did not do so in words but rather in "feelings". He described it as feeling like a sunrise. The reason she directed Magni there was so he would find the seekers: creatures that the titans had infused with the Light to aid the titanic watchers. Azeroth knew the High Priest of the Conclave would protect the seekers and use them in the service of the Light.[9]

When Azeroth tried to send Magni a message, something wasn't right and some force was interfering. Magni requested aid in Sholazar Basin, where he revealed the existence of the Hall of Communion accessed through the Makers' Overlook. The Hall of Communion had been built by the titans to watch over the world-soul, and from within it Magni could hear her clear as diamond. They discovered that what was wrong was that Azeroth was afraid. After fighting off phantoms of Azeroth's nightmares made manifest, which took the form of minions of the Burning Legion and Old Gods, and reactivating Damaged Constructs, Azeroth revealed that Sargeras was on his way to Azeroth and that their destiny lay on Argus, homeworld of the Burning Legion.[10]

Speculation

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Since the revelation that Azeroth is in fact a titan, certain quotes gained new meanings.

  • During the War of the Ancients, Mannoroth believed that it was as if the world itself sought to prevent Sargeras from entering. This could refer to Azeroth trying to protect herself and her inhabitants from Sargeras.
  • Yogg-Saron : Your fate is sealed. The end of days is finally upon you and ALL who inhabit this miserable little seedling. Uulwi ifis halahs gag erh'ongg w'ssh. ("The shadow of my corpse will choke this land for all eternity.")[11]
  • The voice that spoke through Wrathion, possibly Aman'thul : WE MUST REBUILD THE FINAL TITAN.[12]

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