N'Zoth

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NeutralN'Zoth
Image of N'Zoth
Title God of the Deep[1]
Hearthstone The Corruptor[2]
Race Old God (Aberration)
Affiliation(s) Old Gods' forces, Black Empire, Emerald Nightmare
Location Unknown (imprisoned somewhere on Azeroth)
Status Active

N'Zoth[3] (pronounced nuh-ZAH-th)[2][4] is said to be the weakest[5] of the four Old Gods of Azeroth, malefic beings that were sequestered by the titans during Azeroth's primordial ages. N'Zoth is notoriously elusive and largely remains a mystery,[6] being the last Old God besides the deceased Y'Shaarj that has still yet to be directly encountered by adventurers.

Very little is certain about N'Zoth — most beings on Azeroth don't even know its name, much less what it looks like. Scraps of obscure lore claim that the Old God was imprisoned beneath the darkest depths of the ocean for millennia beyond counting. There are also whispers that N'Zoth desires nothing more than to twist what was once noble and pure to its own inscrutable ends.[2]

It is rumored that N'Zoth took part, along with the two other remaining Old Gods,[7] in the corruption of the black Dragon Aspect Neltharion into Deathwing, the transformation of Queen Azshara and her Highborne into the naga, and the co-creation of the Emerald Nightmare. Ultimately, most of what is known about this most insidious of beings is mere speculation.[2]

Biography

Ancient times

During the days of the Black Empire, N'Zoth controlled a vast territory in the east of Kalimdor, covering much of what would later become known as the Eastern Kingdoms.[8] Countless ages ago, Warlord Zon'ozz and his soldiers waged endless war in the name of N'Zoth against the forces of C'Thun and Yogg-Saron.[9] Xal'atath claims that in ages past, the God of the Deep lost a great battle to the God of Seven Heads in the land that would later become known as the Broken Shore. However, as was so often the case, even defeat ultimately worked in N'Zoth's favor.[5]

N'Zoth was the first of the Old Gods to be sealed in an underground prison by the titan-forged after Y'Shaarj's death,[10] in a location halfway between the Well of Eternity and the site where Uldaman was later built.[11]

The Cataclysm

Millennia later, Azeroth's mortal adventurers defeated both C'Thun and Yogg-Saron. Shrouded in an ocean of fevered dreams among the bones of nameless horrors, N'Zoth remained untouched. It was certain that Azeroth's champions would eventually come for it, just as they had C'Thun and Yogg-Saron. It was not afraid, but sensed that a window of opportunity was quickly closing; the world was still recovering from its war against the Lich King, and the Dragon Aspects were consumed by their own struggles. The time to usher in the Hour of Twilight was now, and the herald of the apocalypse would be the corrupted Aspect Deathwing, who was currently recovering in Deepholm. N'Zoth fed its own dark energy into Deathwing's heart, infusing the black dragon with great power but also making his form more unstable. N'Zoth commanded cultists of the Twilight's Hammer to venture into Deepholm and bolt elementium plates to Deathwing to prevent the dragon's body from tearing apart. Meanwhile, the Old God reached out elsewhere in the Elemental Plane and called on the elementals — the Old Gods' ancient servants — to prepare for war. Two of the Elemental LordsNeptulon and Therazane — refused to serve the Old God, but Al'Akir and Ragnaros embraced N'Zoth's command. They relished the prospect of war, and N'Zoth promised to release them from their prisons and allow them to roam free on Azeroth once more. Once Deathwing was ready for war, he would burst out of Deepholm, tearing a rift between Azeroth and the Elemental Plane, and subsequently serve as an extension of N'Zoth's will by coordinating the elementals and Twilight's Hammer. N'Zoth made Deathwing believe that by doing so, he would be able to scour Azeroth of the other dragons and claim the world as his own. In truth, however, N'Zoth intended to dispose of Deathwing after using him to restore the Black Empire and shroud the world in shadow.[12]

Before long, the time had come. On N'Zoth's word, Deathwing unleashed his rage and exploded from Deepholm into Azeroth, igniting the Cataclysm and causing great devastation across Azeroth. N'Zoth stoked the fire in Deathwing's veins, filling him with excruciating pain.[13] While sporadic battles erupted between the Alliance and Horde, Deathwing unleashed the Old Gods' minions on the world. Al'Akir assaulted Uldum in an attempt to claim the Forge of Origination. Meanwhile, another servant of N'Zoth — Queen Azshara, ruler of the naga — sent her forces to Vashj'ir. Neptulon and his minions had defied N'Zoth's will, and for this they would suffer, but N'Zoth also demanded Neptulon's power to control the world's seas, which the naga could use to cut off all sea travel between Azeroth's continents. N'Zoth was confident that the Alliance and Horde would never be able to stop all of its servants, and if even one of the Old God's campaigns succeeded, it would usher in the Hour of Twilight. However, Azeroth's heroes soon arose to thwart the efforts of N'Zoth's minions in Deepholm, Uldum, and Vashj'ir.[14] Meanwhile, Deathwing and the Twilight's Hammer summoned Ragnaros and his fire elementals to assault Mount Hyjal and the World Tree Nordrassil, since N'Zoth believed that burning Nordrassil would deal an irrecoverable blow to the world, but in the end Hyjal was saved by the combined efforts of the Cenarion Circle, the green dragonflight, Azeroth's champions, and the Wild Gods.[15]

Eventually, the tide of the war turned as Azeroth's defenders pushed back against the forces of the Old Gods. Heroes retrieved the Dragon Soul from the past and took it to Wyrmrest Temple, where the Dragon Aspects and Thrall began to empower it with the intention of using it to destroy Deathwing. Deathwing and his twilight dragon and cultist minions unleashed their full fury on Wyrmrest, and N'Zoth sent its n'raqi minions to aid in the assault. However, the Aspects managed to empower the Dragon Soul and unleashed it on Deathwing, forcing him to flee toward the Maelstrom in an attempt to escape back into Deepholm. Wyrmrest's defenders pursued him. N'Zoth sensed that its servant was on the verge of defeat and that its plans were about to unravel. In a final, desperate attempt to turn the tide, N'Zoth infused Deathwing with more of its power than ever before, but in the end, Thrall unleashed the Dragon Soul and finally annihilated the corrupted Aspect. In that moment, N'Zoth's campaign to bring about the Hour of Twilight collapsed.[16]

Legion

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Xal'atath claims that N'Zoth writhes in its prison, breaking free ever so slowly.[5]

Notes & trivia

Inspiration

  • N'Zoth's name is most likely derived from Zoth-Ommog of H.P. Lovecraft's shared Cthulhu Mythos. Just as Zoth-Ommog was imprisoned by the Elder Gods beneath the seabed, N'Zoth was imprisoned by the titans under what is now the Great Sea.
  • N'zoth is also the name of a star system in the Star Wars expanded universe, that is inhabited by a brutal and xenophobic alien race.

Speculation

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  • N'Zoth may have been one of the voices whispering to Queen Azshara during the Great Sundering right before she was turned into a naga.[20]
  • N'Zoth's Hearthstone appearance bears a striking resemblance to the kraken patriarch Ozumat, possibly indicating a connection between the two, or between N'Zoth and krakens in general.
  • Il'gynoth might be talking about N'Zoth when he says "To find him, drown yourself in the circle of stars".
  • The  [Puzzle Box of Yogg-Saron] mentions "a black goat with seven eyes", which could refer to N'Zoth.

Location

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  • N'Zoth was at one point a distance south of the future location of Suramar City, which existed with its domain.
  • When Malfurion Stormrage contained the Emerald Nightmare within the Rift of Aln, he sensed an "ancient evil" that was keeping its foothold in the Emerald Dream from somewhere beneath Azeroth's oceans.[21] This may have been N'Zoth.
  • Given that Vashj'ir was once located within the borders of N'Zoth's domain,[8] it is possible that its physical form is currently located below Vashj'ir (more specifically, the Scalding Chasm and/or L'ghorek). This is hinted by Ick'thys the Unfathomable in the Scalding Chasm, who proclaims Now, let us return to my master, below!.[22] During the events of the Vashj'ir storyline, ogre magi of the Twilight's Hammer attempted to connect L'ghorek to "something immense" further below in order to allow that thing to drain the dying ancient's life energies.[23] While inside L'ghorek, adventurers rescue several Twilight's Hammer prisoners in order to prevent them from being sacrificed to "whatever lurks below".[24] The presence of enormous tentacles similar to those of Yogg-Saron and C'Thun in the Undershell may further indicate the presence of an Old God. Chronicle Volume 1 also put N'Zoth's prison near where the city of Vashj'ir would have been located in ancient Kalimdor.[11]
  • The mysterious contents of Mosh'Ogg Bounty are possibly connected to N'Zoth, given that the region of Stranglethorn Vale was also once located within the Old God's domain.[8]
  • Cataclysm introduced a new item, the  [Puzzle Box of Yogg-Saron], which whispers to the player on each attempt to open it. The whispers seem to describe an Old God residing at the bottom of an ocean, matching Malfurion's description and the Vashj'ir quests listed above, lending belief that the whispers are referring to N'Zoth.
    • In the sunken city, he lays dreaming.
    • The drowned god's heart is black ice.
    • At the bottom of the ocean even light must die.
    • In the land of Ny'alotha there is only sleep.
    • Ny'alotha is a city of old, terrible, unnumbered crimes.
    • In the sleeping city of Ny'alotha walk only mad things.
    • The stars sweep chill currents that make men shiver in the dark...
    • The fish know all the secrets. They know the cold. They know the dark.

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References

  1. ^ Xal'atath, Blade of the Black Empire#Whispers Xal'atath whispers: It was here in ages past that the God of the Deep lost a great battle to the God of Seven Heads. But as was so often the case even defeat ultimately worked in N'zoth's favor.
  2. ^ a b c d e Blizzard Entertainment Daxxarri 2016-03-24. Whispers of the Old Gods – The Enigma of N’Zoth. Retrieved on 2016-03-24.
  3. ^ http://blue.mmo-champion.com/topic/120832/nzath
  4. ^ a b BlizzCon 2010 Quests & Lore Q&A Panel
  5. ^ a b c d Xal'atath, Blade of the Black Empire#Whispers
  6. ^ a b Ultimate Visual Guide, pg. 33
  7. ^ War of the Ancients Trilogy
  8. ^ a b c World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 34-35 (map)
  9. ^ Warlord Zon'ozz
  10. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 36
  11. ^ a b World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 44-45 (map)
  12. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 3, pages 194 - 195
  13. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 3, page 199
  14. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 3, page 205
  15. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 3, page 207
  16. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 3, page 220
  17. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 124
  18. ^ Blizzard Entertainment Zeriyah. So... N'zoth.. Retrieved on 2016-03-23. “This is true! N'Zoth is a secretive being, and has not been seen in the Warcraft universe before now [...] but if you'd like a sneak peek of what the physical form of this ancient evil looks like to our mortal eyes, N'Zoth has graced our Twitter and Facebook with a touch of its sinister presence.
  19. ^ Heroes of the Storm - Alarak skins
  20. ^ The Sundering, pg. 332- 333
  21. ^ Stormrage, pg. 389
  22. ^ N [82] ... It Will Come
  23. ^ N [82] Unplug L'ghorek
  24. ^ B [82] Prisoners