Ah, well… sometimes you lose and sometimes the others win, right? I’m going to leave this here for posterity anyways. 😉
Hey you guys, have you already played through the grand finale of the War Campaign? Did you like the way they ended the war? Or are you even angry that the war ended at all? There are a lot of opinions and feelings about patch 8.2.5. Though my greatest issue is… I have more questions now that I had before. I played through it three times. On Envéra, my Horde rebel, on Clarice, my Alliance alt, and on Madenherz (literally translated to Maggot Heart, though as an English name I’d rather use Worm Heart), my Sylvanas loyalist. And while Madenherz is a toon I only made and boosted with the free boost, because of the choices, I liked that one the most. It had more depth than rebel boys/alliance. Though I have to admit, Orgrimmar did look amazing in Reckoning.
Now, how does all that fit the title? I will get to that in a minute. If you haven’t played through the end of the war campaign yet and don’t want to get spoilered, stop right here. Because I will take some of the stuff out of the cinematics and discuss them here. So this zone is not spoiler free. I repeat: Turn around if you’re still avoiding spoilers. For real. Come back when you’ve played it. This post won’t run away.
Now that we are below the spoiler line, get yourself a tea or coffee, relax and accompany while I lead you through my crazy brain.
If you’ve played through the loyalist version, you got some more information about Sylvanas’ great masterplan. If you don’t have a loyalist at all and don’t want to be bothered, Wowhead’s Youtube channel has you covered. But come back when you’re done.
Sylvanas’ plan was, as a lot of us already suspected, to cause as much death as possible. No surprise here. One surprise in Reckoning, was that she doesn’t care about anyone at all. Not even her Forsaken any more. I do believe that at one point in her undead life she did care about the Forsaken. Years ago. Now though? Not a bit. We’re all just “toy soldiers in tin plates” to her. The next was that she had an agreement with Azshara. So crashing to the bottom of the ocean? Yeah, that was her doing. The last one was that she served Death – capital D.
When she talked about the countless souls that feed the Hungering Darkness, my immediate thought was… “Wait a second, is she talking about…”
She saw only darkness.
And then she felt—truly felt, for the first time in a long while. She recoiled. In agony.
Here she was, her spirit once again feeling whole, only to feel it suffer. To feel once more, only to feel abject pain. Cold. Hopelessness.
Now, what does that have to do with “Bow before the God of Death”? Everything. Because we know now that she is serving Death. She is feeding Death. But who or what the hell is Death? I have some thoughts. One thoughts actually. It’s just a theory, of course. But there is a possibility that Death is…
Yogg’Saron. Why do I think this? Well, there are a few reasons. First is his Hearthstone card, and the quote from summoning the card. “Bow down before the God of Death.” The God of Death. Death. I mean…
There are some other quotes as well I like to mention. In the Whisper Gulch in the Howling Fjord in Northrend, the player can hear whispers from an unknown voice. Now, the voice is named “Unknown Voice”, but first… we are in Northrend after all and second, they are listed in the game files as “Creature – Yogg-Saron Whisper”. So let’s just pretend those whispers are from Yogg’Saron. I mean, even if they are from one of his minions, they would still relate to Yoggy.
There is no escape… not in this life… not in the next…https://wowwiki.fandom.com/wiki/Yogg-Saron
Oops. So, nothing can escape Yoggy, neither on Azeroth nor in the Shadowlands. That’s a refreshing thought. And then there is the Puzzlebox of Yogg’Saron.
All places, all things have souls… All souls can be devoured…https://wowwiki.fandom.com/wiki/Yogg-Saron
What did Sylvanas say again in the loyalist cutscene? “Countless souls have been fed to the hungering darkness.” Yummy.
But why would Sylvanas serve Yogg’Saron. That doesn’t make sense. That’s what you’re thinking right now, isn’t it. Let’s go back to the short story “Sylvanas Windrunner: Edge of Night.” If you haven’t read it yet, go, do it. It’s for free on the World of Warcraft website. If you want a quick summary: After the death of Arthas, Sylvanas threw herself from the Icecrown Citadel in an attempt to finally find the true death and her well earned rest. Now, what is the Icecrown Citadel made of? What’s all around Northrend?
Saronite is capable of driving any who come into contact with it to violent insanity, and it appears to be a type of by-product of the Old God’s physical manifestation. The Scourge mine extensively for this material; It is used in their fuel, armament, weapons and most notably in the construction of their buildings, including Icecrown Citadel itself.https://wowwiki.fandom.com/wiki/Yogg-Saron
You see where I’m going with this, right?
Her body burst on the saronite stones below with a crushing finality.https://worldofwarcraft.com/en-gb/story/short-story/leader-story/sylvanas-windrunner#tab=3
So, here’s what I’m thinking. Smashing onto saronite wasn’t healthy. Not only because your body would be, well, smashed. But also because saronite can drive one mad. We see this multiple times throughout Northrend. The Whisper Gulch. The mine in the Vrykul village at the centre of Icecrown. Working with that stuff isn’t healthy for the mortal brain. So smashing on it… I think there is a possibility the visions Sylvanas saw were made by Yogg’Saron to make her his puppet.
Let’s have a quick detour to Val’sharah and the Emerald Dream. Or… Nightmare. If you happen to be a shadow priest with Xal’atath at your side while in Val’sharah, she whispers:
“To see Yogg-Saron’s nightmare in full bloom fills me with jealousy… and some pride.”https://wowwiki.fandom.com/wiki/Yogg-Saron
So he corrupted the Nightmare. Or Xavius do to it for him. Either way, corrupting another plane of existence isn’t a biggy for him. Corrupting the Shadowlands would be a walk in the park. Which would make him the “God of Death” and Bwonsamdi’s Boss.
And there you have it. Please remember, this is just a theory and I don’t claim that it is the right one. I hope I could put my thoughts in order at least a bit. Working with my messy brain isn’t always easy, especially when it comes to things like this. Imagine a box full of colourful bouncing balls and tadaa… you’re in my brain.
So, what do you think? Do you think it’s possible that Yogg’Saron is Death – capital D? Or do you have someone or something entirely else in mind? I’d love to hear about it. Either here in the comments or throw a tweet my way at DreadfulSanity on Twitter.
Many thanks to Spas from Ad libitum on EU-Magtheridon for bouncing off thoughts with me in the middle of the night. <3
Until then… I wish you a wonderful Sunday and an even better start into a new week.
Read you laters. :*
Yogg’Saron on World of Warcraft Wiki
Sylvanas Windrunner: Edge of Night
Whisper Gulch on World of Warcraft Wiki
Loyalist Sided Horde War Campaign at Wowhead
Yogg’Saron, Hope’s End on Hearthstone Wiki