关于the voidwalker-like race of which Pandemonius is a member,请查阅voidlord. 关于other uses,请查阅虚空领主(消歧义).
不要与void god混淆。
The void lords as depicted in World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1.

The void lords are monstrous entities who are composed of pure shadow energy and dwell within the Void, outside the borders of reality. Merciless and cruel beyond imagination, they seek only to devour all matter and energy in the universe. However, only the most powerful of the void lords can actually manifest in the physical universe, and only for limited amounts of time, during which they must consume enormous amounts of matter and energy to maintain their presence.[1] Xal'atath calls Dimensius the All-Devouring a manifestation of the void lords, but describes him and other manifestations as "fragments, shadows, the faintest of echoes".[2]

From the moment the physical universe was born, the void lords had been watching the titans of the Pantheon. Envious of the titans' power, the void lords attempted to corrupt one of them, but the titans remained impervious to their attempts. Instead, the void lords pooled their power and hurled dark, parasitic horrors — later known as the Old Gods — out into the universe to find and exert their influence over a titan in its most vulnerable state: before it had awakened. The void lords did not know which planets contained titan world-souls, and so simply hoped that at least some of their creations would smash into a planet that contained a nascent titan.[3]

While the Pantheon were aware of the Void's existence, they had no knowledge of the void lords or their Old God servants. Instead, they were preoccupied with another threat: demons, chaotic spawn of the Twisting Nether. As the Pantheon's greatest warrior, Sargeras, hunted the vile creatures wherever he could find them, he soon learned that some demons had learned to wield Void energies. He was puzzled by this, but continued his work nonetheless. One day, however, Sargeras discovered a world-soul that had been almost completely corrupted by the Old Gods. Its surface was covered in Void energies, and the normally tranquil dreams of the nascent titan had been twisted into horrific nightmares. Sargeras ruthlessly interrogated the black world's nathrezim inhabitants, who had come to dwell amongst the Old Gods, and through them he learned of the void lords and their intentions. Enraged and anguished, Sargeras smote the demons and cleaved the corrupted world in two, instantly killing the world-soul within. It was this event that led Sargeras to abandon his brethren in the Pantheon, form the demonic Burning Legion and vow to purge the cosmos of all life — in his mind, a lifeless universe was better than one absolutely ripped apart by the Void, for he argued that if life had once taken root in the Great Dark on its own, perhaps it would do so again.[3]

Notes

Skra'gath, a named voidcaller.
  • The void lords shown in Chronicle look the same as voidcallers in-game.

Inspiration

If the Old Gods are treated as being based on the 模板:Wp, it seems that the void lords are based on the 模板:Wp from Lovecraftian literature.

Speculation

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  • How powerful the void lords are in comparison to the titans is unknown. They were described as being envious of the titans' power. The only known direct interactions between the two resulted in the void lords' failure to corrupt awakened titans. Instead, the void lords decided to go after them while they were in their most vulnerable form, when they were still slumbering world-souls, in order to create a dark titan to act as their agent due to their difficulty manifesting in the physical universe. These indicate that they may be weaker than titans while in the physical plane. However, the Pantheon believed that Azeroth would be the only titan capable of defeating the void lords once and for all, indicating that the void lords may be stronger than the Pantheon while in the Void, though still weaker than Azeroth alone.
  • Dimensius the All-Devouring was revealed through Xal'atath, Blade of the Black Empire to be a manifestation of the void lords, and is described as "fragments, shadows, the faintest of echoes".[2] However, he did not have a world-soul at his disposal and thus remained comparatively weak, relying on weakening the barriers between the physical world and the void to grow in power. In this state, Xal'atath called it "the faintest of echoes", "a fragment" of a void lord's true power. Without a world-soul, Dimensius needed to constantly absorb matter and energy to remain anchored to the Great Dark Beyond, and it took him years to devour the ethereal's homeworld, K'aresh. He was also repelled by a single naaru, Tu'ure, while attempting to devour another world. This gives some insight as to the difficulties the void lords face when attempting to manifest in the universe.

References

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