Great summary. Thank you!Only one disagreement: In my opinion the Anduin-Uther-Moment is not such a fantastic squence. It just didn't deliver. There is no emotion. Uther showed no recognition, no pain, no remorse. It was just 'Huh? Oh. Now I'm sad."Wonder where the remaining Keys are. Does every covenant leader have one? Did we capture Denathrius' with him? Or is the Archon special? So eager to see the story unfold in 9.1!
Got a feeling Sylvanas is working with Anduin underneath all that is happening...Amazing article and lots to think about going forward!
'"None of this should have happened," she says. She is so entrenched in complacency'I somehow heard more in this line from the Archon than merely her complacency and her having difficulties to come to grasp with the reality that "The Path" (whatever it is) is not infallable.What I heard was... awareness of something she failed to confess, and feeling of guilt over it. Sounded to me like she knew why all of this has happened. She was an instrumental figure in setting the stage for that. Even then, she probably knew it could fail. She just hoped it would not happen.
"5 Keys to open our way, 5 torches to light our path""The Boy-King serves at the Master's table, three lies will he offer you""From the Earth he draws strength, Our Earth, Our Strength"So it seems like a lot of those old prophecy statements from Il'gynoth may have been directly referencing the Jailer's plan.
It's Pyromancer's theory (and I am inclined to believe it), that Jailer let Anduin come to himself on purpose. It was just to completely demoralize him, horrify him, and prove him that his idea of free choice is a lie. He would give him a fake feeling of hope that he can regain his senses. But that hope would only work against Anduin. Because he would be deluded to think he is strong enough to break free on his own, AND he would blame himself for his actions even more, as he would imagine himself more in control than he was. Even further demoralizing him.It's so freakishly evil.I think this explanation is very likely. Anduin's facial expression when the domination lifts doesn't point towards Anduin willing his body to stop listening to Jailer's commands. He didn't look like he was straining or trying anything. Quite the contrary. He looked like he was suddenly given control, and he was so shocked to be given control that he didn't even have time to move and act on it.
Like an above comment said, the Il’gynoth whisperers are starting to make sense and speak true.“5 keys to open our way, five torches to light our path” the five keys, the archons key (bastion) Sire Denathrius’ key (Revendreth) Winter Queens key (Ardenweald), Primus’ key (Maldraxxus) and the Arbiters key. “The lord of ravens will turn the key” wonder who this may be referring to, the jailer perhaps? “At the hour of her third death, she ushers in our coming” Sylvanas is the boss of the upcoming raid. Is possible she dies and ushers in the void lords. So.. seems like the void lords/old gods will be making a return. Either way you can bet at the end of the 9.1 raid some major !@#$ is going to go down.
This is an excellent article - really well written and interesting! Would love more like this exploring the lore of wow.My guess is the Jailor is a servant of the void lords - maybe they whispered in his ear eons ago and the other eternal ones had to banish him from his role of arbiter before he destroyed the cycle of life/death (given hole in his chest where arbiter crystal should go)
Isn't Draka the key? As stated in Maldraxxus storyline.
How comes that he hasn't Denathius key already? The guy was WORKING for him... Big oversight from the Jailer in my opinion. Getting the key out of Remornia will be a bit tricky.Besides “The lord of ravens will turn the key”: I can't be he only one who hopes for Medivhs return here? Am I? Damn....
This entire article was full of strawmen plus blizzard already clarified that Uther was felt the corruption of the Maw resonating in his wound. He recognized the corruption.
It's such a mess, and feels as if the story just doesn't know which direction it wants to go. There's too much foreshadowing, too much "perhaps we will learn", too much "beyond mortal morality" mumbo-jumbo, too much vagueness, and not enough things that matter actually happening. And with all the room for hazy speculation, anyone can be a wise explainer.The five keys exist so that the Jailer can go "MWA-HA-HA, FINALLY THEY WILL SEE. I WILL SHOW THEM! I WILL SHOW THEM ALL!" even louder, because he's an interesting villain like that. No, he shouldn't swing all the way to the other side and become a Bond villain explaining every detail of his plan, but "Ancient Illuminati, and take my word for it" isn't exactly the hallmark of an engaging villain one could really relate to. Then there's that bit about how we need to think about this cosmic morality development "as beyond our mortal understanding of morality" from the interview - yet all those souls in Revendreth seem to be judged upon the morality of their homewordls, rather than the morality "beyond". And, Sylvanas who apparently completely out of the blue and for no reason at all seems to be growing a conscience. Feels forced, out of character, and seems to only serve as a way to not have to write her character out because she apparently changed her mind on her very vehement "You are all nothing". But anything for that last-second redemption, I guess.To say nothing about the forced parallels between Arthas and Anduin - that's just regurgitating Arthas' story while pretending they're letting it rest.
I thought Uther's reaction was to Anduin and possibly his sword. Since Uther's wound was caused by a Mournebalde, maybe it hurts, aches or reacts when another Mourneblade is near it. I have nothing to back this up, it is merely my opinion. Uther's wound could be an early Mourne detection system.