Have you ever been to Halls of Stone? You know that extremely cool little side event where you have to help Brann access some ancient supercomputer in order to gather information on Dwarven origins? Have you ever really listened to what it’s saying about the Old Gods and the Titan’s reasoning for simply trapping them within the world rather than just flat out killing them? In case you haven’t, I’ll go ahead and give you a small selection of what it says right here:
- Abedneum: Accessing. In the early stages of its development cycle Azeroth suffered infection by parasitic, necrophotic symbiotes.
- Brann: Necro-what? Speak bloody common will ya?
- Abedneum: Designation: Old Gods. Old Gods rendered all systems, including Earthen defenseless in order to facilitate assimilation. This matrix destabilization has been termed the Curse of Flesh. Effects of destabilization increased over time.
- Brann: Old Gods eh? So they zapped the Earthen with this Curse of Flesh. And then what?
- Kaddrak: Accessing. Creators arrived to extirpate symbiotic infection. Assessment revealed that Old God infestation had grown malignant. Excising parasites would result in loss of host.
- Brann: If they killed the Old Gods Azeroth would have been destroyed.
Note that Abedneum and Kaddrak are names for two of the three faces located in the room where the event takes place and are essentially components of the computer used to access the information stored in the archives. Now there are two important clues pertaining to the Old Gods in this small bit of dialogue. One is the word Necrophotic which breaks down into the greek prefixes and suffixes meaning dead and light. This indicates that there may be some sort of connection between the Old Gods and the Holy Light.
The other, however, is what concerns me the most and is the topic of my post today. If the Old Gods were to be destroyed, then Azeroth would be as well because these “parasites” are now irrevocably bound to the planet’s life force. They’re like an infection that’s so ingrained in your body, the only way to kill the infection is to kill you. In order to prevent the loss of Azeroth, the Titans simply imprisoned them, causing them to slumber indefinitely. However, at least two have awoken and because of this, we were forced to descend into the bowels of Azeroth and kill them ourselves.
So all this makes me wonder, are we destroying Azeroth ourselves? If the Titans themselves decided that they shouldn’t kill the Old Gods, then how come we get to do it all willy nilly with no problems or repercussions whatsoever? Now, the fact is that we don’t actually know how many Elder Gods were imprisoned when the Titans struggled against them all those years ago. Different sources of lore indicate the number could be anywhere between three to five imprisoned ones and that there may even be more out there that aren’t shackled. The different sources of lore are confusing and contradictory, which may be indicative of the fact that no one except the Titans actually know how many Old Gods there are.
And are there truly no repercussions happening? Sure, there’s no massive earthquakes and it’s not like mountains are toppling left and right, but there might be other signs that things are rotten in the state of Azeroth. Not many people have seen the Algalon encounter, but most have the gist of it. For those not in the know, the idea is that Algalon is an observer placed on Azeroth by the Titans in order to make regular reports regarding the state of the planet. You have one hour to defeat him while he analyzes the planet and if you don’t he despawns, but when he does so, he makes an interesting statement: Analysis complete. There is partial corruption in the planet’s life-support systems as well as complete corruption in most of the planet’s defense mechanisms.
He’s basically saying the planet is borked and is destined to be destroyed and re-created. This leads me to believe that Azeroth is actually being damaged in some way that is beyond mortal’s comprehension to see, most likely through the systems that had been infected by C’Thun and Yogg-Sarron. If you defeat him, he reconsiders that his calculations may be wrong because he was wrong about the constitution and bravery of the mortal races, but that feels more like self doubt to me, brought on by his humbling defeat. It seems more along the lines that be excising the evil of the Old Gods, we’re withering the veins of the planet’s life force that they’ve dug their tentacles into. So what can we do?
Well, there may be a solution involving the Holy Light since the Old Gods appear to be some sort of antithesis to that. I’m unsure of the Titan’s relationship with the light since I’ve never run across anything mentioning them using it for any reason, so they may have been unaware of that as a solution for their problems. The only certainties I can find that has been established in the lore so far are as follows: Killing Old Gods is bad, Azeroth’s life force is becoming corrupted and we don’t really seem to give a shit. All I know is that the next time we kill an Old God, and I’m sure there will be a next time, I’m moving to Outland.