Pillars of Creation
- This article is about the lore of the Pillars. For the related achievement, see . For the eponymous quest, see .
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.
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.
|Pillar||Zone||Former location||Slot in Tomb of Sargeras|
|Stormheim||In the possession of Odyn in the Halls of Valor||Placed atop the Cathedral of Eternal Night|
|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|
|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|
- The Eye of Aman'thul was confirmed to come from the titan Aman'thul.
- The was confirmed to come from the titan Aggramar.
- It is unknown how several of the Pillars left the elves' possession. The Highborne of Suramar used the Pillars to seal the Legion's portal in the Temple of Elune during the War of the Ancients. Then, they used the Eye of Aman'thul to put up a shield around their city, entering an isolation of 10 000 years. However, several of the Pillars were gone between these two moments.
- The Tidestone of Golganneth ended up in Nar'thalas Academy, in Azsuna, where Queen Azshara shattered it, cursing the entire region.
- The Hammer of Khaz'goroth ended up in Neltharion's possession. It was then stolen from Neltharion's Vault by Huln Highmountain after the final battle of the War of the Ancients, who used it to banish the Aspect, now Deathwing, to Deepholm. This means that Neltharion retrieved the Hammer right after the Highborne used it to seal the Temple and stored it within his Vault, before Huln stole it from him.
- The Aegis of Aggramar ended up in Keeper Odyn's possession, in the Halls of Valor.
- The Tears of Elune were stored in the Temple of Elune of Val'sharah.
- During Legion's reveal at Gamescom, 2015, it was stated that the Pillars of Creation were used twelve-thousand years ago by the Highborne to seal a wound in the earth, who then built the Temple of Elune over it. This has not been mentioned anywhere since then and was seemingly replaced by the War of the Ancients story first featured in Chronicle which was brought up again in The Tomb of Sargeras.
- The Tears of Elune were able to unlock Xe'ra's core, , 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.
- 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.
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1 pg. 103
- ^ Dungeon Preview: Cathedral of Eternal Night
- ^ Tomb of Sargeras Design Interview with Paul Kubit - "Pillars of Creation - which are from the titans themselves, like Aman’thul and Aggramar"
- ^ chaud 2015-08-09. Legion Dev Talk, Dev Interviews. MMO-Champion. Retrieved on 2015-08-09.