With the release of World of Warcraft: Chronicle One, new information has come forth on where Titans come from. They sleep within growing worlds until they come into their power. Not all worlds will yield a Titan, but some are able to. That is what the Titans’ ultimate goal is; to find and nurture Titans from worlds able to birth them.
The Fall of Sargeras & the Rise of the Burning Legion
While Sargeras was fighting the demons, he learned of a darker power, the Void Lords. They lived outside the physical universe and sought to consume all matter. Only the most powerful could manifest themselves in the physical universe and this only happened for a short time. They could, however, warp reality and twist living beings to their will. The Void Lords found that the Titans were beyond their ability to control and thus came up with a plan. They combined all their power and sent forth dark creatures throughout the universe to find a world with a Titan inside it. Once found, the Void Lords would try to corrupt the Titan while it grew and slept. The dark creatures that they hurtled throughout the universe would become known as the Old Gods. While Sargeras was exploring the worlds he came across one that had been corrupted by the Old Gods. He found that the Titan at its heart had become corrupted too. By capturing some Nathrezim that were serving the Old Gods and torturing them, he learned the Void Lords’ plans. They sought to turn a sleeping Titan into an ultimate being under their control that could wipe out all existence. For the first time he knew fear. Sargeras cleaved the planet in two, destroying the Old Gods and the Titan.
Upon leaving, Sargeras decided that life was flawed and must be burnt from existence. But to do this he would need an army. He knew where one was imprisoned. He went to the Twisting Nether and the planet of Mardum where he had been imprisoning the demons. He tore the prison open and found his army.
Sargeras brought his crusade to its first world. It was a success. They destroyed every living creature on it and consumed the world in fel fire. He went unchecked until Aggramar heard of these atrocities. Seeking out the source, he found Sargeras and a battle ensued. It ended when each swung their blades with all their might, shattering them both and sending Aggramar fleeing back to the Pantheon.
Aggramar returned with the full might of the Pantheon with him. He still believed that there was something noble and good in Sargeras and tried to reason with him. Sargeras cleaved him in two for his efforts. The Pantheon tried to attack Sargeras, but found they were weak to fel magic and thus were nearly destroyed. Norgannon weaved a spell that protected the spirits of the Pantheon. Thus, even though their bodies were destroyed, their spirits we're saved and were sent hurtling through the cosmos.
This battle with the Pantheon exposed a flaw in Sargeras army to himself. His army was vast but he could not control it all by himself; he needed generals. Sargeras found exactly what he needed on the planet of Argus.
Argus was inhabited by a race known as the Eredar. They were intelligent and strong, exactly what he needed in generals. The Eredar were led by a council of three brothers; Archimonde, Kill’jaeden, and Velen. Sargeras knew that in order to draw them into his legion he would have to corrupt them fully. He approached the three in the disguise of a beautiful, all-knowing deity who sought to share the mysteries of the universe with them and tell them the secret flaw of creation. In exchange, they must devote themselves to him fully. Archimonde and Kill’jaeden were taken in by Sargeras, but Velen was not convinced.
Velen was contacted by the Naaru K'ure and was offered a way to flee the planet. He took his most trusted followers and fled the world as Sargeras arrived. They changed their name to Draenei (lost ones) and left Argus forever.
When Sargeras arrived he filled the Eredar with fel energy, corrupting their minds and bodies. From this point forward Kill'jaden would be known as the Deceiver and would be in charge of finding races to join the Burning Legion. Archimonde would be known as the Defiler. He would be in charge of driving the demonic force as its leader.
The Demons of the Burning Legion
Nathrezim (dread lords)- These winged demons are master warlocks and tacticians.
Pit Lords- Act as siege tanks for the Legion, demolishing all in their path.
Mo'arg- These fiends are the engineers behind the Legion. They design all the weapons, armor and equipment used.
Felguard- The shock troop of the Legion. They are the most numerous demons that lead the way in every battle.
Shivarra- Many handed priestesses of the Legion. They inspire the fanatical devotion needed to crush their enemies.
Fel hound- These hound-like demons crave magic and seek it out. The tentacles on their back act like lampreys and suck a magic caster dry, leaving a desecrated husk behind.
Satyrs- Corrupted Night Elves that have hooves and horns. They seek to sow chaos.
Void hound- These giant beasts have multiple heads and are usually guards of some sort.
Infernals- Giant monstrosities made of fire and stone. They are often dropped on their opponent’s armies to create havoc. Despite their strength and size they have no intelligence whatsoever.
Floating eyes (beholder)- Giant floating orbs with multiple eyes and tentacles hanging down. Not much is known about their purpose in the Legion.
Azeroth and The War of The Ancients
In the meantime on Azeroth, the Night Elves had built a vast and intellectual society. The common folk lived close with nature, using magic to make homes out of the trees. The Highborn, along with the Night Elf queen, Azshara, lived in a huge city along the banks of the Well of Eternity. The Well of Eternity was a vast lake that gave off magical energies that the Highborn would tap into to cast arcane magic.
Once enough had amassed, the troops were unleashed on the common Night Elves, causing destruction and leaving death in their wake. The Highborn however remained safe in their castle and had taken up the mantle of Sargeras.
The battle raged on, constantly shifting back and forth, but the Night Elves could not keep replacing their troops. On the other hand, the Legion had an endless supply of soldiers that kept flooding into the world. At this time, a Highborn sorcerer named Lord Xavius had managed to strengthen the portal enough that Archimond had come forth to lead the armies of the Legion, making them an even more deadly force. Xavius would eventually fall in combat to Malfurion, only to be reborn by Sargeras as the first Saytr.
The Forging of the Dragon Soul
The Night Elves knew that they were fighting a losing battle and sought help from the dragon flights. After much deliberation the dragon flights came up with a plan. They put part of each Aspect’s power into a disk called the Dragon Soul. With this disk they hoped to drive the demons back and close the portal.
The power of using the Dragon Soul (from this point forward it’ll be known as the Demon Soul) caused Naltharion's body to tear apart and he was forced to retreat and mend. He encased himself in adamantite armor and from then forward, he would take on the mantle of Deathwing.
During this event, Illidan decided to leave the resistance. He sought power and he thought he could gain it by joining the Burning Legion. He planned to betray the Legion once he had attained this power. He went to them and Sargeras bestowed a gift on him. He seared out Illidan's eyes and replaced them with magical fel flame that allowed him to see magic at its core. With his new powers he could seek out and obtain the Demon Soul and place it at the center of the Well of Eternity; with the hope of creating a portal big enough for Sargeras to come through.
As the war waged on, Tyrande and Malfurion led an elite task force to the Well of Eternity to try and stop the portal. Sensing Sargeras. Malfurion knew that if Sargeras stepped foot onto Azeroth it would be the end of everything. He knew he needed to destroy the portal and the Well. He conjured a huge thunderstorm that destroyed the castle and disrupted the spell casting of the Highborn controlling the portal. The portal collapsed in on itself, sucking all the Burning Legion back through. But it didn't stop the storm over the Well. It raged on for days, sundering Azeroth's giant continent and leaving a giant maelstrom at the center for all eternity. The Night Elves fled to Mount Hyjal and survived this catastrophe and began to rebuild their civilization anew, preparing for the day when the Burning Legion would return.
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