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Tomb of Sargeras

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The Tomb of Sargeras
For other usages, see The Tomb of Sargeras (disambiguation).
"Temple of Elune" redirects here. For other similar temples, see Temple of the Moon and Temple of Elune (Val'sharah).

The Tomb of Sargeras (formerly the Temple of Elune) is a great structure situated on the island of Thal'dranath in the Broken Isles. The Guardian Aegwynn imprisoned the corpse of the Avatar of Sargeras in the deepest parts of the Temple, miles beneath its surface, after she defeated it 800 years ago. After centuries of having been submerged under the sea, the influence of the dark power of the Avatar worked its influence upon the halls of the Tomb, twisting it with fel energy.[1] The Tomb was raised back to the surface by the warlock Gul'dan during the Second War, but he was torn apart by the demonic guardians within before he could claim the power contained inside the Tomb.

Later still, during the Third War, the structure was visited by Illidan Stormrage in search of the Eye of Sargeras. Following the defeat of the Burning Legion on the alternate Draenor, the Tomb was reopened by alternate Gul'dan to allow the Legion entry into Azeroth once more.

History

A daemon released from the tomb by Gul'dan.

Located in Suramar,[2] the Temple of Elune[3] (or temple of Elune)[2][4] was the main temple dedicated to the worship of the goddess Elune before the War of the Ancients. The roofless center section of the Temple of Elune was called the Chamber of the Moon. The circular stone path leading to the dais in the center of the room was a mosaic pattern outlining the yearly cycles of the moon. The Chamber was rectangular and filled with night-blooming flowers.[5]

During the War, the Burning Legion attempted to open a secondary portal besides the one at the Well of Eternity in the Temple in order to attack the night elves on two fronts. The Highborne used the Pillars of Creation to close the portal and put several magical seals on the Temple.[3]

The Great Sundering caused it and most of Suramar to be blasted under the sea. Millennia later, Aegwynn would battle and managed to defeat the Avatar of Sargeras. She then chose to imprison its corpse within the sunken Temple because of its Highborne seals which negate fel,[3] earning it a new name. Aegwynn further warded the Tomb of Sargeras so no Azerothian race could enter it, and this is why the spirit of Sargeras that was possessing Medivh later summoned the Old Horde to Azeroth in the first place - orcs were unaffected.[citation needed]

Second War

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Gul'dan raises the Tomb of Sargeras.

Centuries after Aegwynn's battle, the tomb was raised during the Second War by Gul'dan as a new island.[6][7] Gul'dan believed that the body of Sargeras contained the power to make him a god (it was in fact the promise of the Tomb of Sargeras that led Gul'dan to first open the Dark Portal). The warlock led his entire army, formed by the Stormreaver and Twilight's Hammer clans, to the islands, thus taking away about a third of the Horde's deployed forces. This action ultimately led to the Horde's defeat in Lordaeron. Gul'dan himself was later torn apart by the Tomb's demonic guardians, at the very threshold of the Eye Chamber, and his armies destroyed by the enraged Black Tooth Grin clan.[8] The Black Tooth Grin forces were led by Rend and Maim Blackhand, and had been sent by Orgrim Doomhammer, who had been forced to cancel the Horde's assault on Lordaeron in order to deal with Gul'dan's treachery.[9]

The orcs killed during the battle were eventually raised by the vile magics of the demons,[10] and kept reliving it in their undeath.[11]

Eventually, Teron Gorefiend sent one of his lieutenants, Ragnok Bloodreaver, to accompany Tagar Spinebreaker, Fenris Wolfbrother and their warriors to the Tomb of Sargeras. Their mission was to locate and retrieve the Jeweled Scepter of Sargeras. Once inside the tomb, they were confronted by a demon, whom they promptly slew. The demon held the scepter, and it was recovered. It was then that Ragnok, the death knight, threatened the orcs with death if they did not help him retrieve the Eye of Sargeras. Fenris was adamant, however, and Ragnok was forced to reconsider his decision to venture into the Chamber of the Eye.[12]

Third War

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The Tomb of Sargeras in The Frozen Throne.

Many years later, the tomb was visited by Illidan Stormrage who was searching for the Eye of Sargeras to destroy Northrend on Kil'jaeden's orders. Maiev Shadowsong tried to stop him from claiming the Eye, but Illidan collapsed the chamber on top of her, setting off a chain reaction that started the collapsing of the entire building. However, Maiev managed to escape.[13]

Some time later, the Kirin Tor would clear the naga, its remaining artifacts were given to the Watchers's custody and the structure was sealed up.[14]

Legion

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An alternate version of Gul'dan would later make his way to the Tomb and open the way for the Burning Legion to fully invade Azeroth once again, in an invasion that dwarfed even the War of the Ancients.[15] The demons started tearing at the vault, hoping to reclaim their master's power.[1]

The upper portion of the Tomb of Sargeras is known as the Cathedral of Eternal Night, which were once a place of worship to Elune. Since the Legion's invasion, fel minions have desecrated this holy place, twisting it into their own image. Now, this site will hosts a battle that could turn the tide of the invasion. While the Armies of Legionfall engage the fel army directly, a small group of heroes infiltrates the upper reaches of the cathedral in a desperate hope to return the Aegis of Aggramar to its resting place. The Dreadlord Mephistroth commands the Legion forces within the Cathedral and he takes the attempt to infiltrate the Cathedral of Eternal Night as a deeply personal matter. For the warlocks had killed his favored general, Jagganoth, stringing up his corpse and heart in Dreadscar Rift as both a warning and source of power. Mephistroth is also seeking retribution for the adventures recent brutal attacks on the Broken Shore. The memories are fresh. And revenge is sweet.[16] Ultimately Mephistroth and his agents would fail and the Aegis of Aggramar would be secured within the Cathedral in order help in stopping the Legion Invasion of Azeroth.

The Tomb of Sargeras is then attacked by the adventurers. The penultimate boss is the Avatar of Sargeras at the bottom of the tomb, while the final boss is Kil'jaeden aboard a Legion ship within the Twisting Nether.

Locations

The Tomb had at least 3 side entrances.[13]

Mobs

Legion leaders pouring out from the Tomb.
Legion troops flanking the Horde.
Battle for the Broken Shore

Trivia

  • In Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness, the tomb did not appear as a building on the map, and was portrayed in a cinematic as an actual subterranean, relatively primitive stone tomb.
  • In Beyond the Dark Portal, a Dalaran expedition was depicted as having reached the area. They had built internment camps for the Old Horde survivors there, and had sealed the entry of the Tomb with two elven runestones and numerous soldiers.[17]
  • When the location was revisited in Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, it appeared as an ornate building at the heart of the ruins of Suramar.
  • The Tomb of Sargeras, at least in its The Frozen Throne appearance in a sunken city, could have been inspired by the legend of the sunken city of R'lyeh from the Cthulhu Mythos, or the legendary undersea city of Atlantis.
  • Gul'dan summons a lot of demon commanders during the battle for the Broken Shore, but originally Garnoth, Fist of the Legion was also supposed to appear among them.
  • During Legion's reveal at Gamescom, 2015, it was stated that the Pillars of Creation were used 12 000 years ago by the Highborne to seal a wound in the earth, before building the Temple of Elune over it.[18]
  • The architecture of the chamber of the Avatar reflect the influence of the Pantheon: as mighty as Aegwynn was, a prison for the power of the dark titan was not to be solely of her own making.[1]

Speculation

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  • Even though Aegwynn warded the tomb so no Azerothian race could enter, night elves and naga later entered it without being stopped. It is possible that when the Tomb was raised by Gul'dan or re-entered by Illidan, they disabled the protection.

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