|萨格拉斯|| 守卫者 (背叛前)/
Soon, the Pantheon learned of the demons: chaotic and destructive beings who occasionally clawed their way into the physical universe from the Twisting Nether to terrorize any mortal civilizations they came across. Fearing that these beings would disturb the Pantheon's quest, the titans dispatched their greatest warrior, Sargeras, to cleanse the universe of all demonic influence. Later, this noble Champion of the Pantheon was joined by the young and inexperienced Aggramar. Sargeras and Aggramar eventually decided to split up in order to combat their foe more effectively, and it was during this time that Sargeras discovered the plans of the malicious beings known as the void lords. Coming across a planet almost completely infected by the Old Gods, Sargeras learned that the void lords had sent the Old Gods out into the cosmos to infect any worlds that housed world-souls, and if they succeeded, the world-soul would be twisted into an unspeakably dark creature that not even the Pantheon could stand against. Enraged at this discovery, Sargeras cleaved the planet in two, instantly killing the nascent titan it housed.
Sargeras immediately returned to the rest of the Pantheon to tell of his discovery, but they chastised him for his rash action, insisting that they might have been able to purge the world-soul of its corruption without killing it. Sargeras tried to convince the other titans that what he had done was right, and that the universe needed to be purged of life in order to prevent the risk of a world-soul becoming corrupted and opening the way for the void lords. Realizing that the others would never see things the way he did, Sargeras stormed off, vowing to cleanse the universe on his own.
Meanwhile, in the distant reaches of the Great Dark, Sargeras, having now broken his ties to the other titans, meditated on the fate of the universe. As doubt and despair twisted his thoughts, he reached the conclusion that to spare the universe from the clutches of the void lords, it had to be destroyed. To accomplish this, he would need an army — thus, the traitorous titan returned to the demonic prison world of Mardum, where he had imprisoned his defeated demonic foes, and shattered it to unleash the demons upon the universe once more. In the process of doing so, the former champion was twisted into a fel-corrupted, hateful being. Sargeras united the chaotic creatures under the banner of the Burning Legion, and so began the Burning Crusade to purge all of creation. After a devastating confrontation between Sargeras and his former student Aggramar, the Pantheon began preparing for war. The Pantheon and the Legion met near a world known as Nihilam. Aman'Thul pleaded with Sargeras to end this madness, telling him of the fledgling world-soul Azeroth, a being that would one day be able to stand against the void lords. Sargeras was unmoved. Aggramar, thinking that his former friend could still be reasoned with, approached Sargeras unarmed, but in response the fel-corrupted titan killed Aggramar with a single blow. Outraged, the Pantheon attacked, but even the combined might of the titans could not stand against the dark titan's fel might. Before long, the titans were all dead. Sargeras declared the Legion victorious and set off to find Azeroth, not knowing that Norgannon had weaved a protective shroud around the titans' spirits during his final moments. The now disembodied souls of the Pantheon then hurled out through the cosmos.
Eventually, the spirits reached Azeroth, slamming into the keepers that the Pantheon had assigned to watch over Azeroth. For a brief moment, each of the keepers were overwhelmed by an influx of fragmented memories. Puzzled by this, they called out to the Pantheon for answers, but never received a reply. Ra was the only one who realized that the influx of titan power felt by the keepers was the very last remnant of the Pantheon. He extracted what remained of the soul of Aman'Thul, storing it in a vault near the Vale of Eternal Blossoms. Overcome with despair, Ra then retreated into the catacombs beneath the land to meditate on what he had learned. Centuries later, Ra showed Aman'Thul's spirit to the mogu warlord Lei Shen to explain his silence and how the world was beyond saving, but instead of reacting in the same way that Ra did, Lei Shen claimed the power of both the keeper and the remaining fragments of Aman'Thul. Lei Shen would then use this power to establish the first mogu empire.
艾泽拉斯的居民只从矮人从地下挖出的碎片和一些暗夜精灵的模糊的传说故事中了解过泰坦。Simple humans believe that the world was shaped by the titans themselves. Few human scholars actually believed the mighty demigods even existed.[请求来源] Legend holds that the great ones shaped the land when the world was young, then left the world to its own devices. The ruins and buried cities that remain on Azeroth — Uldum beneath the Tanaris Desert, Ulduar beneath the Storm Peaks of Northrend, ancient libraries in Vale of Eternal Blossoms, and Uldaman beneath the dwarven home of Khaz Modan — are known to a few to actually be "titanic" ruins. Most mortals believed that they were only ancient ruins.[请求来源]
During the World of Warcraft Q&A panel at BlizzCon 2013, it was officially confirmed that Draenor was visited by the titans, however their involvement was far less extensive than it was on Azeroth. The Highmaul ogres believe they were born when "the Forgers" squeezed the light from the enormous ball of fire that would become Draenor. They made the ogres from the same smoking clay and gave them dominion over stone and earth.
Through the storyline of Ulduar it was discovered that Azeroth had a failsafe, a signal triggered by the death of the Prime Designate, is used to alert Algalon the Observer as the first warning sign of systemic planetary failure. Algalon then translocates to Ulduar, and runs planetary diagnostics of its vital systems to analyze the world for corruption, such as in its life-support systems and defense mechanisms. If sufficient corruption is found, Algalon will send a signal to the titanic facility in Uldum and request planetary re-origination.
The re-origination device the keepers built into the world, triggering a huge pulse, breaking down the planet — and all life on it — into base elements of rock, metal and gases. The machine then uses these elements to reconstitute the world into its original planetary blueprint, starting over from scratch.
As the titans are considered to be benevolent, shaping worlds and encouraging life to flourish, it may seem odd that they are willing to effectively destroy a world full of sapient beings in order to start over. However, they appear to do this in thinking along the lines of 'the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few': they consider the re-origination of a corrupted world to be in the best interests of the universe at large.
The Pantheon have been called by different names by various groups and races, including:
- The Makers or the Creators, most commonly used by their own creations.
- The Forgers, by the Highmaul ogres.
- The Travelers, by the trolls.
- The usurpers, by the mantid and Highlord Demitrian.
- The worldbuilders, by Rexxar.
- The Shapers by Highlord Demitrian.
- The Great Ones by the Oracles
- The Hall of the Keepers, Hall of the Crafters, Hall of the Watchers, and Hall of Shapers may be referring to titan or keeper titles.
- 万神殿曾经被描述为统治所有泰坦的精英组织， 表明泰坦的成员不仅仅是万神殿。编年史卷一说明了万神殿只是对已知的那些泰坦的一个称呼。
- The last remnants of Aman'Thul lingered within Ra in the form of a soul fragment. As such, it is likely that soul fragments of the other members of the Pantheon remained within the other keepers.
- Aman'Thul's soul fragment was then passed on to Lei Shen when he devoured Ra's heart. Since Wrathion then ate Lei Shen's heart in turn, it is more than likely that the fragment passed on to him. This is supported by the fact that in doing so, Wrathion received the same vision as Ra did thousands of years ago when he was infused with Aman'Thul's last remnants, a vision of infinite perfectly ordered worlds and stars.
- Although it remains unexplained so far how Sargeras obtained the Pantheon's souls, there are a few possibilities. When asked about it, Jeremy Feasel pointed out that the Burning Legion attacked Ulduar during the course of World of Warcraft: Legion, and that while we were "enjoying Legion Assaults we certainly weren't in Pandaria or Uldum".
- It is thus possible that when the Legion attacked Ulduar and kidnapped the titan keeper Hodir, they could have removed Golganneth's soul from him.
- The Legion attacked Pandaria twice, in both Kun-Lai Summit and the Jade Forest. Uldum is also where Ra installed the Forge of Origination. It could be that the Legion was trying to track Aman'Thul's essence down. Wrathion's absence from the events of Legion may be explained by the Legion finally finding it and capturing him.
- Aggramar, Khaz'goroth and Norgannon's souls may have been released when their respective keepers died. They then might have been collected by the Legion.
- It is also possible that the titans, feeling that they could not possess the Keepers, left them and went into hiding in their respective sanctuaries as Eonar mentions in Elunaria. A fragment of their souls would be left behind, which is what Ra found and extirped from his body.
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