- For other uses, see Watcher (disambiguation).
Titanic watchers (or titan watchers and simply watchers or sentinels) are the first generation of titan-forged, resembling giant humanoids. Most of them would later be tasked with the protection of specific places. The titan-forged were divided into the aesir, made of metal and master of storms, and the vanir, made of stone and master of earth. A few are also made of ivory. After they destroyed the Black Empire, they participated in the ordering of Azeroth along their brethren.
Of all the aesir and vanir, several were imbued by the Pantheon with their specific likenesses and powers to lead the titan-forged armies against the Black Empire. These nine would become known as the keepers and would later create most of their lesser brethren.
After Tyr helped five proto-dragons - Alexstrasza, Ysera, Nozdormu, Malygos and Neltharion - to combat the dread Galakrond in Northrend, the rest of the keepers except for Odyn approached them. Through them the titans of the Pantheon empowered the proto-dragons, transforming them into more elegant-looking and powerful beings, the first Dragon Aspects.
The keepers of Ulduar served as Yogg-Saron's jailors after Prime Designate Odyn's disappearance, before falling prey to the corruption of the Old God. The primary watchers were freed from corruption, with the exception of Loken and Auriaya who were too far gone.
Uldaman, a vault made to protect the flesh-cursed Earthen as well as the Discs of Norgannon, was protected by Archaedas and Ironaya. A data construct, the Lore Keeper of Norgannon, presided over the hidden knowledge, including history of the earthen.
The titan facility of Uldum housed four watchers in the Halls of Origination: Ammunae, Isiset, Rajh and Setesh. Their function was to guard Uldum's mechanism of activating the reorigination process without the need of Algalon's Reply-Code Omega. These constructs wielded differing elemental powers.
The site where most of the remains of the Old God Y'Shaarj were buried, the land which would become known as Pandaria would see two watchers: Norushen, who guarded the Heart of Y'Shaarj, and Ra-den, who locked the Heart of Y'Shaarj away and oversaw the shaping of this land by the then-stone Mogu.
After Ra's disappearance, Lei Shen found and brutally defeated Ra-den and stole his powers, gaining some of his knowledge, and using it to unify Pandaria and its races under his iron fist, and becoming known as the Thunder King. Ra-den was imprisoned beneath the Throne of Thunder until adventurers freed him. His current locations and goals are unknown. Norushen would later aid the Horde and Alliance against the Sha of Pride before being slain by the sha.
Odyn, the Prime Designate of Azeroth, kept watch on Azeroth from the Halls of Valor, the afterlife for chosen vrykul warriors who die in glorious combat. These vrykul, brought to the Halls by val'kyr, become a part of Odyn's Valarjar army that has the goal of protecting Azeroth from all threats. However, a curse from Helya had trapped Odyn and the Valarjar within the Halls since their creation, until order hall leaders killed Helya, freeing the Valarjar from their curse.
List of watchers
- Main article: Keeper#Known
Notes and trivia
- The watchers once rode seekers. These feral creatures, infused with the Light by the titans, sped them to sites of corruption. Now only three remain.
- The terms "watcher" and "keeper" were at first primarily used as a prefix or title for the six main guardians around Ulduar, but other beings have since used the terms. Things classified as stone keepers and stone watchers seem to have been renamed keepers and watchers, and the terms made synonymous. Later, the terms were split again with keepers being greatly empowered titan-forged chosen by the Pantheon to lead the titanic armies and watch over Azeroth.
- Some watchers seem to be mindless automatons, while others are more complex individuals capable of feeling emotions.
- The models used for the generic watchers are called "titans" in the files, but are used for titanic creations rather than actual titans.
- The model used for watchers that look like Archaedas is called "stonekeeper" and he has been called this as a race name more than once.
- Statues exist of a male watcher acting as a pillar (such as by the Uldaman instance portal) and a female watcher holding a glowing orb.
- There is a model of a titanic watcher statue that looks like the Statue of Liberty, at Ironband's Excavation Site. This was originally a Planet of the Apes reference located on the beach of Jaguero Isle.
- Myzrael despite being an elemental uses the titanic watcher model in-game.
- Fozruk is a mountain giant that is described as a stone watcher, but is not of the race.
- During the patch 7.3.5 PTR, there were two more Burning Legion-affiliated titanic watchers: Balesh the Keeper of Fel and Nelal the Keeper of Shadow.
- The Kao-Tien Titan, a giant mogu mob introduced in Battle for Azeroth, reuses Norushen's model.
- ^ Legion: Hunter Artifact Reveal (2015-10-23). Retrieved on 2015-12-10. “...the Titanstrike was designed by Keeper Mimiron, a titanic watcher and brilliant inventor.”
- ^ Legion: Druid Artifact Reveal (2015-10-23). Retrieved on 2015-12-10. “Forged from titansteel by the titanic watcher Keeper Freya...”
- ^ Legion: Monk Artifact Reveal (2015-10-23). Retrieved on 2015-12-10. “Long ago, as the titanic watcher Keeper Freya set out to populate the world with life...”
- ^ March Badness
- ^ Titan's Gaze
- ^ Hyrja#Adventure Guide
- ^ World of Warcraft: The Magazine Issue 5
- ^ Ask CDev
- ^ Tribunal of Ages
- ^ a b World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 31
- ^ Dawn of the Aspects, part 5
- ^ WoW -> Info -> Basics -> World Dungeons (Uldaman) (Retrieved 11-06-2010)
- ^ WoW -> Insider -> Insider Interview (Retrieved 11-06-2010)
- ^ Uldaman - Game - World of Warcraft (Retrieved 06-26-2011)