Whispers of the Old Gods

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It’s been a while, there’s no denying that. Between the AP grind and commitments to real life, I just haven’t had the time to write anything that didn’t get outdated by the time I got round to finishing it or that ended up being yet another WAWK article. Fast forward to now, and my raiding time in WoW has now come to an end and while I still have interest in the game, I no longer feel as obligated to farm AP on my main, his offspecs or any of my alts. So now I have more time!

With Tomb of Sargeras just releasing and 7.3 and Argus on the PTR this week, I thought I’d backtrack to the first raid this expansion and use it to look toward the future of WoW. Namely the attractive fellow in the article picture, Il’gynoth the Heart of Corruption. When players fight against him he comes along with a series of quotes that are cryptic and potentially prophetic for the Old Gods’ plans for Azeroth and the lore forums went mad trying to decipher the different quotes. Now with a bit more time into the expansion some of these views have shifted and it’ll be interesting to see where Blizzard takes this part of WoW in the future.

I’ll be taking a look at the quotes here, and interpreting them how I see them. Bear in mind that as with all Old God whispers, they are there to incite fear, hopelessness, confusion and all sorts of negative feelings so while some may have obvious interpretations to lead us on, others may be complete fluff. Some link together fairly well despite the quotes being randomly dotted from encounter to encounter with Il’gynoth.

“Flesh is his gift. He is your true creator.”

This is one of the more obvious ones that links the Curse of Flesh to some of the player races. Il’gynoth tries the recruitment tactic that worked with the Twilight’s Hammer to prove that the Titans were not our creators and that we only exist because of the gift of the Curse of Flesh.

“From the earth, he draws strength. Our earth. Our strength.”

One of the more cryptic ones, many believed that this is another recruitment tactic in order to fight against the Legion. In an attempt to get the mortal races to believe that they are already on the side of the Old Gods by using their earth and by extension their strength. Many also thought this was in reference to Thrall filling the role of the Earth-Warder in Dragon Soul or even Wrathion as the last son of Deathwing, and that he’s being slowly corrupted by the whispers of the Old Gods similar to his father before him – this is also backed up by people believing the boy-king in another quote to be relating to Wrathion too.

I agree that the statement refers more to a particular person but also acts like a recruitment message. I believe that ‘he’ is in reference to Magni Bronzebeard, with links to quotes later of him being the king of diamonds (earth-related) and having been made a pawn (drawing from the Old Gods’ strength). It also links in with the previous quote suggesting to keep with the Gift of Flesh as working from the earth will play directly into their strengths.

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“The king of diamonds has been made a pawn.”

Again one of the more obvious quotes in terms of who it is referring to, but the latter part is what makes it interesting and continues the chain of links between Il’gynoth’s quotes. The person is of course Magni Bronzebeard as the king of diamonds thanks to a ritual gone awry at the start of Cataclysm. With the elements in turmoil after the defeat of the Lich King, Magni sought to converse with them to understand what was going on. Unfortunately due to misinterpretation of the ritual, Magni ended up turning into a diamond and only woke up at the end of the Draenor campaign to warn us of the Legion invasion.

He tells us to collect the Pillars of Creation to use at the Tomb of Sargeras to close the gateway between worlds, but other quotes by Il’gynoth suggests that these Pillars will also usher in the coming of the Old Gods and as such collecting them will ultimately be for them to take over Azeroth once more.

It also has a chilling underline that while we can be expected to be corrupted by the Old Gods because of the gift of flesh mentioned above, even the earthen and other non-flesh entities of the world can be made their pawns.

Most people speculated this to be Anduin as he’d recently been made King after Varian’s death at the Broken Shore at the start of Legion. With his links to Priesthood and this expansion’s closer ties to the void for Shadow Priests, this is the link to the ‘master’s table’. We’ve yet to see any evidence of the three lies all expansion, though, but then again it may be the case where the lies have yet to come to life anyway and might end up being the link into the next/future expansions.

“The boy-king serves at the master’s table. Three lies will he offer you.”

Another popular and potential link would be to Wrathion as he’s one of the last Black Dragons. Serving at the master’s table would be the link to the dragonflight and Deathwing’s links to the Old Gods. He’s known to be fairly devious already, so him lying to us is much more likely than Anduin.

Personally, Old Gods are old. The clue is in their name. Magni Bronzebeard could be referred to as a boy-king in their old eyes, especially as the quote previously still refers to him as a king. It also references how he has been made a pawn, linking him to serving at the master’s table. As for the three lies, it could reference the three mounts that Magni helps Priests attain in their Legionfall questline – one of them already corrupted by void. The premise of taking them is to prevent the void-touched one from spreading its corruption to the rest of the vault – but the vault seems to only be guarding them. Could the three lies be these three seekers to take the seekers and plant the seeds of the void into our armies?Seeker Priest Mounts

“Its surface blazes bright, masking shadows below.”

People refer to this quote as being the Maelstrom itself, linking it to another quote regarding how bright the Maelstrom looks ingame and how it could be hiding the shadows of the Old Gods (notably N’Zoth) underneath. I’m personally of the opinion that this quote refers to the previous one regarding the three lies: originally the Seekers all blazed brightly to fight against corruption and the void, but as we can see with the shadow priest’s variant, they are just as likely to fall into shadow.

It might also link with the Army of the Light eventually falling to corruption as we know we’ll be fighting against void creatures on Argus or even Illidan himself as the Child of Light and Shadow. Perhaps one or both of these will fall or have already fallen to the corruption of the void but are merely masking it for now.

Then again the entire series of quotes can be interpreted on a much grander, global scale. It might simply be referring to Azeroth who’s meant to be this all-powerful titan in slumber and Il’gynoth is boasting/taunting about how she’s already falling to the shadow of the Void Lords.

“Five keys to open our way. Five torches to light our path.”

The popular theory is that the Pillars of Creation are the five keys or five torches, but a hint for something else happens at the end of the Trial of Valor raid. With Helya’s defeat, the wards keeping Odyn in the Halls of Valor break and he mentions that he wishes to make a return to Ulduar to meet with his fellow keepers.

The keepers that still reside at Ulduar are Mimiron, Thorim, Freya and Hodir. With Odyn, that makes five keepers in Ulduar that are in very close proximity to an Old God – a dead one, but Y’Shaarj has made it obvious that dead Gods can still provide plenty of influence. When we went to Ulduar at the start of the expansion there certainly was still Old God influence.

What if the whispers of Yogg-Saron have affected the keepers once more, or Odyn convinced them to trigger Reply Code Omega and use the Forge of Origination to eradicate all life on Azeroth and allow it to start anew? Or perhaps, mixing the two theories together and separating the keys and torches into separate entities, he and the four keepers of Ulduar will use the Pillars of Creation to enact something on a global scale?

Or on a scale surpassing even the Old Gods, the five keys (being the Pillars of Creation) close the gateway between Argus and Azeroth at the end of 7.3.5 end up lighting the Great Dark Beyond enough to guide the Void to Azeroth itself.odyn.jpg

“The lord of ravens will turn the key.”

Speculation of the lord of ravens range from Kur’talos Ravencrest, to Medivh, to Khadgar and even to Odyn as he was accompanied by the two ravens Huginn and Muninn. Judging by what I’ve already discussed previously, you can likely tell that I’m believing this quote to reference Odyn as the lord of ravens where he will end up ‘turning the key’ for Reply Code Omega to re-originate the planet.

Something catastrophic happens on a global scale, and leads into the next two quotes…

“At the hour of her third death, she will usher in our coming.”

Popular speculation leads toward Sylvanas and Jaina in physical and metaphorical senses respectively. I personally believe that that “her” refers to Azeroth itself. The Sundering was her first death, the Shattering her second. What if when Odyn turns the key we end up with the Splitting or Severing or whatever of Azeroth signalling her third death?

“Her heart is a crater, and we have filled it.”

Similar to the last quote, most people seemed to gravitate towards Jaina or Sylvanas. I however believe that “her” refers to Azeroth, similar to the previous quote. The Shaman’s order hall is called the Heart of Azeroth and so far in my speculation I’ve been discussing the potential links between all of the quotes. It would be far too outlandish to suddenly start talking about the small mortals of Azeroth when the quotes so far have been referencing the grander scale of things. Even when talking about Magni, he is still titled the “Speaker” or the “Herald of Azeroth”.

Long ago Aman’thul ripped Y’Shaarj from the surface of Azeroth and realised that in doing that he caused a massive wound cratering into the planet. After warding it and fixing it up the wound ended up becoming the Well of Eternity. The Great Sundering caused the Well to collapse in on itself, forcing the Pangaea continent of Azeroth to split off into a few large landmasses, but the site of the Well remains as a massive vortex of water named today as the Maelstrom. With the Shattering, Deathwing left Deepholm through the rift at the Maelstrom and ended up causing massive damage to that same crater dubbed as the ‘Heart of Azeroth’.

With the supposed proximity of N’Zoth’s prison to the Maelstrom and Azeroth’s third death imminent (according to my personal speculation) the Old God’s having filled that crater with their corruption could be the signalling point of the next expansion being Old God themed and potentially another Azeroth rework. We are after all at the point where post-Cataclysm content has been around for longer than pre-Cata content so we might be due another rework soon! With the Azeroth rotating in the skybox on Argus in 7.3 it proves there aren’t really any more large landmasses to discover, so underwater, new worlds and reworks are likely going to be the focus points for future expansion content.n'zoth

“To find him, drown yourself in the circle of stars.”

Many people thought this to be finding the location of the prison for N’Zoth as he’s underwater and you’d have to drown yourself to find him – either near Suramar or near the Maelstrom as both have indications for references to circles of stars. Others thought it referred to finding Gul’dan at the Nightwell to stop the Burning Legion from knocking on the door to Azeroth. Or even finding Illidan (him) in the Twisting Nether (circle of stars).

I honestly didn’t know how to interpret this quote. I toyed with the idea of finding ‘him’ to be Magni again and he would be found in the ‘circle of stars’ in Algalon’s room in Ulduar. It became a redundant theory firstly because he brought us to the Celestial Planetarium long before we met with Il’gynoth, and secondly because he’s also moved to help with the Priest campaign. It could reference Odyn where we have to chase him down to try and stop him from turning the keys and we go into the depths of the Planetarium to find worse horrors deep within Ulduar.

The only other link I can find is to go with the Puzzle Box of Yogg-Saron. There is a star-related quote from there, that also cryptically links with drowning that reads: The stars sweep chill currents that make men shiver in the dark.” This quote is in reference to H.P. Lovecraft’s description of Nyarlathotep where “A sense of monstrous guilt was upon the land, and out of the abysses between the stars swept chill currents that made men shiver in dark and lonely places.”

Ny’alotha has been speculated to be Warcraft’s adaptation of Nyarlathotep, so it would stand to reason that the circle of stars in addition to the link to the Puzzle Box could be where we find ‘him’.

“N’Zoth… I journey… to Ny’alotha…”

Finally, his death quote to round out the chain of quotes. Ny’alotha has been a speculation point of WoW ever since Wrath’s days and the Puzzle Box of Yogg-Saron came to surface. It’s usually been synonymous with the sunken city at the bottom of the ocean referenced in other quotes from the box and the resting place of N’Zoth, but the two have never really been quoted together. This theory could support the idea from the previous quote where you’d have to drown yourself to find him, but I’m not entirely certain that Ny’alotha is a place in the physical realm.

What if Ny’alotha is the Old Gods’ form of the afterlife, their infestation in the Shadowlands? They infested the Emerald Dream, why not the land of the dead? With Il’gynoth’s death quote, Xal’atoh quoting when you die You will rest in Ny’alotha” and a couple of quotes from the Puzzle box: In the land of Ny’alotha there is only sleep…” and In the sleeping city of Ny’alotha walk only mad things” it points closer and closer that Ny’alotha may not be the city in which N’Zoth resides in the physical realm of Azeroth, but is in one of its other planes. It could be within the Dream/Nightmare to literally link it to sleeping, but I’m leaning more on the idea of the state of eternal rest.

I can accept that he is the drowned god and his prison is deep under the Great Sea, but in order to find ‘him’ we’re going to have to enter the Shadowlands and fight him within the ‘circle of stars’ Ny’alotha itself.

 

 

 

 

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Burnout

BurnoutAs you might expect from the lateness of this post, I’m currently suffering from a bit of the dreaded WoW burnout. This comes a little bit of a surprise to myself in fact, because these kinds of things usually happen at the mid-end patch cycle, not barely a month into it – especially the final tier of an expansion when it’s going to be the longest tier of the expansion. I’ve far from quit raiding or doing my daily professions, but all the other things I did ingame, I’ve found myself struggling to motivate myself to do.

What’s caused it? Possibly a number of things: Firstly, I never really got the burnout from the end of ToT, and I’ve found myself needing these times away from WoW to be able to enjoy playing the game in the long run. With the new guild and all the fantastic people I’ve met through there, I never really wanted to drop the game outside of raiding, as I was forging many new friendships that are likely going to last a few years (hopefully). Even though we weren’t officially raiding the last few weeks of the patch, and I could have gone to play some Dota or Civ V or other games I have in my Steam library, I found myself wanting to be in WoW. Perhaps that burnout I needed has transgressed over to now, once all the new patch hype has gone down.

Achievements

Another reason for my particular burnout is that I’ve recently reached one of my milestones that I’ve been aiming to get for a portion of this expansion: I finally reached my 20k achievement point milestone (which, on a quiet server like Nagrand, also means top on achievement points)! With that out of the way, I look through my achievements list and think “Do I aim for 21k? Maybe that’s too low for another target milestone?” or aim for the missing metas such as Battlemaster or Khan, as well as finishing off Dark Animus heroic to get my Skyscreamer – perhaps even pushing for Flex achievement runs for SoO Glory? It’s certainly an aspect of the game that’s kept me playing outside of raid hours in my search for more achievements to farm for. But now I’m 50k richer from my race to 20k, I no longer find myself really motivated to grab those extra achievements – server-wise I’m the head of the dog by a small margin (around 110pts) so keeping ahead of the competition will be a minigame for me, but other than that, the achievement game is done for me, for now.

I previously wrote an article about the TImeless Isle, and it’s safe to say that I’ve spent my time there poorly in these first few weeks of the patch. As the main thing to do if you don’t do PvP in this patch, and you have to wait around to do raiding in the evenings, I may or may not have spent long enough there now to only really log in to do my 20 elite kills per day. I haven’t even grinded Shaohao reputation to exalted yet, which comes as a surprise to myself. I had fun grinding it with guildies, but once one of them hit exalted and suffered from Timeless burnout, I found that instead of killing the Yaungol elites for the daily like I should be doing for even more rep, I’m just killing Gulp Frogs with the 4 Timeless buffs and being done in less than 10mins. As a Moonkin, the Yaungol are just a PITA with barely being able to cast a single spell before having to move again. At least with a melee class I can generally keep a rotation going on the move!

PvP hasn’t really interested me too much with this patch. I don’t know why, but with arena’s “The Crowd Chooses You!” buff, which I was initially quite happy for, it seems that there are some comps that, if they can’t kill you in the first 30secs, will just turtle effectively for 15mins, making sure that every 3mins they get you lower than you can get them. The 15% damage reduction Moonkins lost has certainly been felt, and I’m definitely sticking to Resto in PvP this season, but with that buff in arenas, I just dread seeing Priest/Warrior combos, amongst many others. I haven’t really found a team for 3s yet, and haven’t had much time to find an RBG team. I know I can do both arena and RBGs cross server and technically I’m still able to do PvP with them, but the realm divide still makes people prefer same-server groups. Well that, and I’m a bit poo in PvP, and haven’t caught up with S14 items like a good Druid should have. So yeah, the WoW burnout has affected my motivation to even do PvP, even though I’ve barely touched it in weeks! I’ll be waiting a little longer for my Gorgeous, Battlemaster and Khan titles in random BGs it seems.

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So now, with the WoW burnout, I’ve decided to pace myself a lot more, and I’ve found myself to largely be a raid logger for now until I gain interest in the non-raiding side of the game again. I’m still playing with guildies – there’s a small group of us playing Terraria at the moment and getting grips with the game before the 1.2 update arrives. At first, I was a little dubious of my enjoyment of the game, being told it was a little bit like Minecraft with more focus on the creatures you’re killing. Then barely a few hours into the game and we’re suddenly going across corruption straight into a dungeon while I’m still kicking around in copper armour, an iron sword and 100 health made for a lot of deaths. Now however, with power levels over 9000, we’ve unlocked hardmode and it is a fair bit more fun, with a healthy dosage of trolling along the side too!

I’ve still been tempted to go to my other burnout games, such as Dota 2 and Civ V, but as always I ultimately play where my friends are at, so Terraria is the top option for me at the moment! How do you guys deal with burnout? Do you detect it early and pace yourself before total burnout happens and you can’t find yourself launching the game any more? Or do you not really suffer from burnout from WoW in any case, happily content with the way you pace yourself ingame anyway?

Have a good week, and apologies for the late post today – I kind of found myself with many topics to write about, but none with the motivation to write an article about. Oops.

 

What Addon Could You Not Live Without?

WoWScrnShot_072813_001507So, my UI is pretty messy most of the time. I have plenty of areas that could be tidied up and made to look prettier, but it’s a functional mess to say the least. 5.4 dawned on us last week, and as always there will be me grumbling that I’ll never pay for Curse Premium, but only being able to update 2 addons at once when you’re nearing 100 (of which about 30 needs updating on patch day alone) really does begin to suck. And every single time, someone asks why I have so many addons. Do I really need that many? Most likely not, but there are a few key addons that I probably couldn’t live without. Could I nail them down to a single one that I possibly couldn’t live without? Let’s find out.

Addon List

Well, here’s the embarrassing part to begin with. Currently ingame at the moment while standing in front of Ordos I am using 212MB on addons, the largest culprits being Wowhead Looter, ArkInventory and one of my Auctioneer modules. Otherwise, I have:

  • Advanced Trade Skill Window
  • Altoholic
  • AMFG Lazy Symbiosis
  • Archy
  • ArkInventory
  • AskMrRobot
  • Atlasloot
  • Auctioneer
  • BalancePowerTracker
  • Bartender4
  • BattlegroundTargets
  • BattlePetQualityNotifier
  • BGDefender
  • BigBrother
  • BLTRaidCooldowns
  • CollectMe
  • DBM
  • EnsidiaFails
  • EPGP
  • EPGP Lootmaster
  • GladiatorlosSA
  • Gladius
  • GoGoMount
  • GTFO
  • Healers Have To Die
  • LoggerHead
  • LoseControl
  • MikScrollingBattleText
  • MinimapButtonFrame
  • MogIt
  • NPCScan
  • OmniCC
  • Oqueue
  • Outfitter
  • Paste
  • PhoenixStyle
  • Postal
  • Prat
  • Quartz
  • RaidAchievement
  • RaidBuffStatus
  • ReforgeLite
  • SellJunk
  • ShaOfFearAssist
  • Skada
  • Stuf
  • TidyPlates
  • TipTac
  • TomTom
  • TradeForwarder
  • TradeSkillMaster
  • VuhDo
  • WeakAuras
  • WIM
  • Wowhead Looter
  • ZygorGuides

Quite a long list, I’m sure you’ll agree. Some parts of it can easily be pruned down, and some I don’t activate unless I’m partaking in that part of the game (Gladius, HHTD, Auctioneer, etc), but it’s still a massive list. Some just make the screen look more palatable (Stuf, Tidyplates), some are leftovers from raid leading (RaidBuffStatus, BLTRaidCooldowns), some are decent quality of life changes (Postal, ReforgeLite), and some are for achievement purposes (RaidAchievement, CollectMe). Of course there are those for raiding (DBM, Skada) as well as those for PvP (Battleground Targets, GladiatorlosSA) too, which are a godsend. But out of all the addons listed above, I’d probably say the one I’d miss the most if I had to get rid of all of them would be Weak Auras.

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Following on from the might of Power Auras, Blizzard decided to have a go at their own version of the addon, and created visual HUD images and sounds whenever a specific ability procced. This is all very nice and that, and for the casual player these effects are tremendously useful. When you get into raiding, especially heroic raiding, these simple ability Power Auras just don’t hold up too well on their own. Weak Auras is an incredibly powerful addon that will allow you to track pretty much anything. I can’t even wrap my head around all of the features and how to work them just yet, and often ask people or google for their Weak Auras to get a full pack of pop-ups on my screen. Theck over at Sacred Duty has an excellent collection of Weak Auras for many classes, and many raiders also swear by it for different encounters.

For example, on Durumu I had both GTFO as well as a weak aura to tell me if I was standing in purple stuff in the maze during Disintegration Beam phase. On Malkorok there was a Weak Aura I saw that could tell me how much of a shield I had, and if it was low I could call out for heals or yell at someone nearby to take the pool instead of me. There’s plenty of other encounters that has use for Weak Auras, like Amber Shaper’s vehicle HUD, and more. In PvP, I can track enemy buffs and debuffs so I know when they’ve used a specific ability, such as Cloak of Shadows, AMS or even have a Cyclone on them. I can track enrage effects for my Druid, Hunter and Rogue to make sure to dispel them if necessary, and my Priest, Shaman and Mage have access to magical buffs that I can purge or steal.

As a raider, I could live without DBM. Blizzard have massively improved their encounters so that anything special does have something easy to track, for example energy bars on Iron Juggernaut, Malkorok or Tortos. Or there are big warning signs that appear in the middle of your screen to tell you that something is about to happen. Skada is always nice to keep track of how well you’re performing (assuming you use it correctly) and I’ve left Omen in the dust long ago in favour of Blizzard’s threat bars – plus with 500% threat there’s little chance for me to rip aggro after the first 15secs into the fight. For PvP, although I’d be even more terrible without them, I could live without Gladius in arena if I set my current macros aside and created new ones especially for PvP/arenas. I could live without Battleground Targets and just use name plates to find targets to CC or to kill. When I play the AH, I’ve found no better addon than TSM to help me with everything – and although the quality of life coming from that addon would be severely reduced from no longer having it, I think I could live without it.

But I’d have to say that WeakAuras is the one addon I couldn’t live without. How about you guys? Are you particularly keen to stick to something like Battleground Targets, because your scene is more PvE than PvP? Maybe you’re stuck on a dead realm and you can’t live without Oqueue? Have an excellent weekend, and I’ll see you for another article on Monday!