The Pantheon
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The original Pantheon. From left to right: Aggramar, Sargeras, Khaz'goroth, Norgannon, Eonar, Golganneth and Aman'Thul.
首脑 IconSmall Aman'Thul.gif Aman'Thul
种族构成 IconSmall Norgannon.gifIconSmall Eonar.gif Titan
根据地 Unknown
势力范围 Great Dark Beyond
主要语言 Titan
其他语言 Common (presumed)
状态 Deceased

The Pantheon were a group of titans who shaped and ordered worlds while watching over the universe and searching for others of their kind. They created the titan-forged, various races of Azeroth, and empowered the Dragon Aspects through the titanic keepers.[1]

The entire Pantheon was killed in a battle with Sargeras. However, Norgannon cast a spell to protect their spirits, with the exception of Aggramar's, who died prior to the battle.[2] Norgannon sent their remaining power and spirits to Azeroth to merge with the keepers, but failed as the keepers' bodies were unable to handle the titans' souls' entire might. Their souls faded and all that remained was a flash of memories and feelings that the keepers could not comprehend.

The keepers tried to reach out to the Pantheon, but did not receive any answer in return. Eventually, Keeper Ra realized that the Makers had died and fell into a deep state of depression. He left all civilization behind and retreated into the Mogu'shan Vaults, abandoning his kin and mogu followers.

Members

Name Title Description Condition
IconSmall Aman'Thul.gif Aman'Thul Highfather of the Pantheon[3] Leader of the Pantheon. He empowered the keepers Ra and Odyn, and he blessed the Bronze dragon Nozdormu with the power of Time, to watch over it and protect it. 已故[4]
IconSmall Eonar.gif Eonar The Life-Binder[3] Protector of life, nature, and health. She imbued Freya with a portion of her powers, so that Freya could create the Emerald Dream. Blessed the Red dragon Alexstrasza with the power to safeguard all living creatures and Life and the Green dragon Ysera to safeguard nature and the Emerald Dream. 已故[4]
IconSmall Norgannon.gif Norgannon Keeper of Celestial Magics and Lore[3] The master of all magic, knowledge, secrets, and mysteries. He gave power to the keepers Loken and Mimiron, and bestowed great power upon the Blue dragon Malygos to be the guardian of magic and arcanum. 已故[4]
IconSmall Golganneth.gif Golganneth Lord of the Skies and Roaring Oceans[3] Father of the Sea Giants. He imbued the keepers Hodir and Thorim with power. 已故[4]
IconSmall Khaz'goroth.gif Khaz'goroth Shaper and Forger of Worlds[3] The ultimate craftsman. Imbued keeper Archaedas with his powers. Empowered the Black dragon Neltharion, who later became Deathwing, with dominance over the earth and the deep places of the world. 已故[4]
IconSmall Aggramar.gif Aggramar Lieutenant of the Great Sargeras[3] Successor to Sargeras as the Champion of the Pantheon. Charged with combating the Burning Legion and purging it's demonic taint from the universe. He imbued Tyr with strength and courage. 已故[4]

Former

Name Title Description Condition
IconSmall SargerasPantheon.gifIconSmall Sargeras.gif Sargeras The Defender (pre-betrayal)/
The Destroyer (post-betrayal)
The former Champion of the Pantheon, creator and lord of the Burning Legion. Master of all that is evil and demonic. 活跃

History

The Pantheon depicted during Blizzcon 2015, from left to right: Aggramar, Golganneth, Sargeras, Khaz'goroth, Norgannon, Eonar and Aman'Thul.

Birth of the Pantheon

Though no one knows when or why the first titan awoke, legends say that his name was Aman'Thul. He was alone, but he knew that others like himself must exist, and so he set out to explore the myriad worlds of the Great Dark in search of other titans. In time, he found and nurtured other world-souls, rousing them from their slumber and thus causing them to join his noble cause. Eventually, Aman'Thul and his younger siblings formed the Pantheon. They came to realize that order was crucial to finding others of their kind, and developed certain techniques to determine whether or not the worlds they encountered contained nascent world-souls.

Over the ages, the titans discovered fewer and fewer world-souls during their travels, but they were not disheartened, because they knew that they had still only explored but a small corner of the immeasurably vast universe.[5]

Sargeras' betrayal

Sargeras destroying the corrupted world-soul.

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.[6] 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.[7]

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.[7]

The ordering of Azeroth

Sea giants shaping the oceans of Azeroth.

After Sargeras' departure, Aggramar continued the hunt for demons in his stead. One day, he sensed the tranquil dreams of a slumbering world-soul from a distant corner of the Great Dark. As the traveled towards the source of the emenations, he discovered the world that would later become known as Azeroth. Within its core was a nascent titan far more powerful than any others the Pantheon had yet encountered, but the world had already been seized by the Old Gods. The nascent titan's spirit remained uncorrupted, but, knowing it was only a matter of time before it succumbed to the Void, Aggramar swiftly returned to the Pantheon and relayed his discovery, arguing that this was proof of Sargeras' claims and that the Pantheon had to take action before Azeroth was lost. Eonar agreed, and convinced the rest of the Pantheon to save the maturing world-soul from the Old Gods.[8]

And so, it was decided that the Pantheon would travel to Azeroth and purge it of the malicious Black Empire which had claimed it. However, due to the titans' colossal forms and the risk of irrevocably damaging or killing the world-soul, Aggramar decreed that rather than take action directly, the Pantheon would create servants to do battle in their place. Under the guidance of the forger Khaz'goroth, the titans shaped mighty titan-forged servants of stone and metal to meet the n'raqi and aqiri forces of the Old Gods head on.[8]

Though the spawn of the Old Gods, as well as and their elemental servants, were powerful beyond mortal comprehension, their combined forces could not stop the armies of the mighty titans. One by one, the elemental lords fell, and their forces dispersed.[9] However it was discovered that the Old Gods had managed to "infect" the planet so early in its development cycle that they were irreversibly linked with it. Since they could not destroy the Old Gods, the titans decided to chain the evil gods far beneath the surface of the world.[10] Without the Old Gods' power to keep their raging spirits bound to the physical world, the elementals were banished to an abyssal plane, where they would contend with one another for all eternity. With the elementals' departure, nature calmed, and the world settled into a peaceful harmony. The titans saw that the threat was contained and set to work.

The titans empowered a number of races to help them fashion the world. To help them carve out the fathomless caverns beneath the earth, the titans created the dwarf-like earthen from magical, living stone. To help guard and protect the Vale of Eternal Blossoms, the titans created the stone mogu to guard and protect the Vale and the surrounding region.[11] To help them dredge out the seas and lift the land from the sea floor, the titans created the immense but gentle sea giants. For many ages the titans moved and shaped the earth, until at last there remained one perfect continent. At the continent's center, the titans crafted a lake of scintillating energies. The lake, which they named the Well of Eternity, was to be the fount of life for the world. Its potent energies would nurture the bones of the world and empower life to take root in the land's rich soil. Over time, plants, trees, monsters, and creatures of every kind began to thrive on the primordial continent. As twilight fell on the final day of their labors, the titans named the continent Kalimdor: "land of eternal starlight".[9]

Satisfied that the small world had been ordered and that their work was done, the titans prepared to leave Azeroth. However, before they departed, they charged the greatest species of the world, the dragonflights, with the task of watching over Kalimdor, lest any force should threaten its perfect tranquility. There were many dragonflights in that age, yet there were five flights that held dominion over their brethren. It was these five flights that the titans chose to shepherd the budding world. The greatest members of the Pantheon imbued a portion of their power upon each of the flights' leaders. These majestic dragons became known as the Great Aspects, or the Dragon Aspects. Thus empowered, the Five Aspects were charged with the world's defense in the titans' absence. With the dragons prepared to safeguard their creation, the titans left Azeroth behind.[12] In the Pantheon's absence, the various titan-forged continued to shape and order the surface of the world.

The Burning Crusade and the fall of the Pantheon

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.[13]

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.[14] 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.[15] 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.[16]

Legacy

The Halls of Origination, one of the facilities left behind by the titans.

The titans left many titan-forged behind, including the keepers, to protect Azeroth. Before leaving, they gifted the latter with the Pillars of Creation. Some time later, they empowered Dragon Aspects from afar and through the keepers.

The titans are now a subject of significant interest on Azeroth, at least for the dwarves — especially the Explorers' Guild. Their part in Azeroth's history lies far, far back in time, although Sargeras has an active role in recent conflicts through the Burning Legion.

The denizens of Azeroth know very little about the titans save for scraps the dwarves have unearthed and some vague night elf folklore. Simple humans believe that the world was shaped by the titans themselves.[17] 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.[18] 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.[19]

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.[20][21]

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.[22][21]

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.[21]

Other names and titles

The Pantheon depicted in The Warcraft Saga - Issue 1, from left to right: Norgannon, Khaz'goroth, Golganneth, Eonar, Aggramar, Aman'Thul and Sargeras.

The Pantheon have been called by different names by various groups and races, including:

Notes

Speculation

Questionmark-medium.png 以下为理论推测和演绎,不能被当做官方说明。
  • A soul fragment of Aman'Thul lingered within Ra. As such, it is likely that soul fragments of the other members of the Pantheon remain 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, 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, a vision of infinite perfectly ordered worlds and stars.

References

  1. Dawn of the Aspects
  2. World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 20
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pp. 50, 65
  5. World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 19, 20
  6. World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 22, 23
  7. 7.0 7.1 World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 24
  8. 8.0 8.1 World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 30-31
  9. 9.0 9.1 The Old Gods and the Ordering of Azeroth
  10. Tribunal of Ages#Quotes
  11. Quest:Echoes of the Titans#Notes
  12. Charge of the Dragonflights
  13. World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 48-50
  14. World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 54
  15. World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 59
  16. World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 81
  17. Traveler, chapter 3
  18. MMO-Champion - World of Warcraft Q&A
  19. Code of Rule
  20. Archivum Console#First dialogue with Brann Bronzebeard
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 Algalon the Observer#Quotes
  22. Uldum Guide - WoW: Cataclysm. G4tv.com (2010-12-08). Retrieved on 2010-12-31.
  23. Ironaya#Quotes
  24. Algalon the Observer#Quotes
  25. Many subzones, such as The Maker's Terrace, The Terrace of the Makers, The Maker's Ascent, The Maker's Overlook, and The Maker's Rise
  26. Lore Keeper of Norgannon
  27. Tribunal of Ages
  28. Code of Rule
  29. The Third Troll Legend
  30. Kil'ruk the Wind-Reaver
  31. 31.0 31.1 Highlord Demitrian#Dialogue
  32. Quest:Eye in the Sky
  33. Annual 2015
  34. Quest:Touch of a Titan
  35. Mythology of the Titans
  36. Warcraft Saga Issue 1
  37. Ultimate Visual Guide
  38. World of Warcraft: Traveler, chapter 3

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