Recently a bit of a contradiction has occurred to me. Namely that the actual source of the Legion’s fabled invincibility has seemed somewhat contradictory. Chronicle Vol. 1 told us that demons always return to the Twisting Nether to be reborn when destroyed. That’s why Sargeras had to create Mardum to imprison demons. Slaying them merely sent them to the Nether to regenerate.
However, it was eventually discovered that a death in the Nether was a true death. Illidan himself says so several times, it’s also said in Chronicle that a death in the Nether or in any place sufficiently suffused with fel energy would be a permanent death for a demon. Both Archimonde at the end of Warlords of Draenor and Kil’jaeden at the end of the Tomb of Sargeras raid are said to be slain in places of heavy fel power and thus presumed to be permanently dead.
This article is full of spoilers for Patch 7.3, Antorus the Burning Throne, and the end of the Legion expansion. If you read it, you will be exposed to those spoilers.
— Know Your Lore, Tinfoil Hat Edition: Argus and the Twisting Nether
It’s odd, in some ways, just how much Sargeras’ story is mirrored and echoed across the Warcraft universe. The idea of not having a choice — of having to follow one path, and one alone — is one that has been abundant in lore. Arthas and his slow path towards corruption, highlighted by the purging of Stratholme. Illidan and his embrace of both arcane and fel magics, at the expense of his familial and racial ties.
So too, is the story of the Draenei — one that began with Sargeras himself. The Eredar were a race of highly skilled masters of magic, renowned for their skills throughout the Great Dark Beyond. They built an entire advanced, shining civilization and lived peaceful lives…until the leader of the Burning Legion came.
And then their lives changed forever.
— Know Your Lore: Velen and Kil’jaeden
Hidden away in the depths of Shal’Aran is the salvation of the Shal’dorei. The arcan’dor isn’t just a tree – it’s the cure for the addiction to the Nightwell the Shal’dorei have been bound to for centuries. But what exactly is the arcan’dor? What is its purpose, and why is it able to do what some view as nearly impossible?
— Know Your Lore: The Arcan’dor
I talked a bit last week about why the Scourge is potentially a greater threat now than it has been at any time since the end of the War in Northrend. The fact is, Bolvar Fordragon may be the most effective being to hold the position of Lich King since the Frozen Throne crashed into Icecrown.
He has none of the baggage of Ner’zhul or Arthas Menethil. He’s not the ‘Young heroes, I was once like you’ or ‘I was a shaman’ type. He’s not going to commiserate with us about the days he was a Paladin. The origins of the Lich King stretch back to Kil’jaeden’s decision to use Ner’zhul as the seed of another attempt to invade Azeroth, and as such, the Burning Legion is wholly complicit in the chain of events that led Bolvar to his current state. Bolvar’s grievances against the Legion are real and intense, especially if he retains any of the memories of the previous Lich Kings — Ner’zhul was tortured until his body was destroyed by Kil’jaeden and Arthas hated Mal’Ganis with a passion bordering on lunacy. Born out of slavery and torment, the Lich King has always stood in opposition to the Legion.
Bolvar, however, is a completely different kind of Lich King than his predecessors.
— Know Your Lore: The rise of the Lich King
One of the questions I hear a lot is: After we deal with the Legion, what threat could possibly be next? It’s a question I’ve asked myself a few times. There are some obvious answers, of course, but one of the trends I’m seeing in Legion is that we’re being our usual short sighted selves and setting up some menaces that we may not be expecting. This time out, I’m going to speculate on a few and expound on exactly why they may make a move in the future.
Some of these forces may seem like our allies now. That’s because the Legion is a threat to the entire cosmos, including them. But once the Legion has been dealt with? We’ll see.
— Know Your Lore: What comes next?
A secret picnic spot in Val’sharah.
Finally this came up again when I actually have time and motivation to do it! And a neat achievement too.