Pillars of Creation

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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 created by and named after the members of the titan Pantheon that were gifted to the titan-forged Keepers so they could shape the world of Azeroth when it was young. During the War of the Ancients, the Burning Legion attempted to attack the night elves on two fronts. As such, they opened a secondary portal, besides the one at the Well of Eternity, inside the Temple of Elune of Suramar. The Highborne led by Grand Magistrix Elisande used the Pillars of Creation which they had collected over time to close the portal and put several seals on the Temple.[1]

The Pillars were subsequently scattered across the Broken Isles. During the third invasion of the Burning Legion, the orders and Dalaran managed to retrieve them and stored them within the Portrait Room as the Armies of Legionfall progressed towards the Tomb of Sargeras on the Broken Shore. Within the Tomb, each of them was placed in a particular slot, sealing off the Legion's portal and the entire Tomb with it.[2][3]

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

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.

See also

References

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