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The Emerald Dream and Il'gynoth's Whispers in Rise of Azshara (Spoilers)
21/04/2019 à 12:13
In the new
Heart of Essence questline
coming in Patch 8.2, we assist the Dragonflights across Azeroth. One of these places is the Emerald Dream, the location of
's first raid. In addition to revisiting the Emerald Dream in Patch 8.2, we also return to Il'gynoth's prophecies from the Emerald Nightmare raid.
In this article, we'll review the creation of the Emerald Nightmare, its role in Legion, and the Il'gynoth prophecies from the raid--and how they are all relevant to Patch 8.2. Story spoilers!
Note that this article is written in the early stage of 8.2 testing: details may change before 8.2 goes live.
The Creation of the Emerald Nightmare
4,500 years before the First War, Archdruid Fandral Staghelm would take branches from Nordrassil, the World Tree, and planted them over deposits of Saronite that began appearing over the world. The largest tree grew over a massive Saronite deposit in Grizzly Hills, and was named by Fandral Andrassil, or Crown of the Snow in Darnassian. Over time, bloody battles erupted in Northrend between the Taunka and the Forest Nymphs, two races not known for being bloodthirsty. The brutality of the battles between the two races led the druids of the Cenarion Circle to investigate.
What was discovered shocked the Cenarion Circle. Andassil's roots had reached deep into the soil. In fact, so deep, that they reached the ancient prison of the Old God Yogg-Saron, who managed to corrupt Andassil with its foul magics, driving all creatures nearby to go mad. The World Tree did not have the blessing of the Dragon Aspects, so it was known to be susceptible to corruption. This led the Cenarion Circle to the hard decision of destroying the tree, renaming its fallen stump Vordrassil, or Broken Crown in Darnassian.
Although Andassil had to be destroyed, it had enough force to stop the growth of Saronite. However, Yogg-Saron's corruption did not stop there, as he used Andassil's roots to create a doorway into the Emerald Dream, which could be used by the other Old Gods to enter into the Dream. This enabled the other Old Gods, including N'Zoth, to plant seeds that would eventually grow and begin what is called the Emerald Nightmare.
Legion and the Emerald Nightmare
N'Zoth's influence is deep within the Emerald Nightmare -
, the Lord of the Nightmare, served under the Old God;
, the wriggling mass that served as the heart of the corruption within the Nightmare, would speak in ominous quotes and after being defeated, he would announce that he was returning to Ny'alotha, the Sleeping City mentioned by many other Old God artifacts like the
Boîte à secret de Yogg-Saron
Xal'atoh, reflet profané de Hurlesang
Il'gynoth whispers: N'Zoth... I journey... to Ny'alotha...
Puzzle Box of Yogg-Saron whispers: In the land of Ny'alotha there is only sleep...
Puzzle Box of Yogg-Saron whispers: In the sleeping city of Ny'alotha walk only mad things.
Puzzle Box of Yogg-Saron whispers: Ny'alotha is a city of old, terrible, unnumbered crimes...
Xal'atoh, Desecrated Image of Gorehowl whispers: You will rest in Ny'alotha.
After defeating Xavius and supposedly clearing the Emerald Dream of corruption, there is one evidence that N'Zoth may still hold some influence over the helm. Deep within a cave on the healed Emerald Dream, there is a void flower, the
Vestige du Vide
. Ysera's spirit can be seen walking through the pond within the Emerald Dream towards the cave, almost as if guiding players toward the cave, which is not easily seen if you don't know where it is.
The Remnant of the Void within the Emerald Dream.
Shadow Priests with
Xal'atath, lame de l'Empire noir
equipped get a special whisper from the dagger when approaching the flower, mentioning that the last prison was weakened:
Xal'atath whispers: Almost completely gone, as if it never existed. But the rift is deep and vast, and somewhere down there it stirs. Something has changed, the last prison weakens. We must prepare.
Xal'atath makes many references to N'Zoth during the Emerald Nightmare raid, implying that the being who is imprisoned there is N'Zoth and his influence is getting stronger once again.
]Xal'atath whispers: It appears the prison of N’zoth is not as strong as it once was. What you see is a tiny growth of the behemoth that may yet consume your world.
Xal'atath whispers: A great dragon, bent to the will of Xavius, who serves the God of the Deep. Instead of breathing life, she consumes all around her.
Xal'atath whispers: Another seed of corruption planted in death. An unquiet spirit will wander in anger and grow in pain. Easy prey for the God of the Deep.
Xal'atath whispers: Xavius, running from one master to the next, scrambling for power, yet defeated again and again. The God of the Deep picks a poor champion? Or, is there something else at play?
Emerald Nightmare in Rise of Azshara
Kalecgos shows up in the Chamber of Heart and sends you to Val'sharah to talk to Merithra of the Dream in
Dans les ténèbres, je rêve
Kalecgos: Since the passing of Ysera, the green flight has been in turmoil. Seek out Merithra in the Temple of Elune in Val'sharah. She can guide you in how best to aid them.
Arriving at the Temple of Elune, Merithra guides you to the Emerald Dreamway in
Sur le chemin du Rêve
, as it is under attack by the void! We defeat the void enemies in
La nature a horreur du Vide
and collect Emerald Shards in
. We also find an old friend, former Icecrown Citadel boss Valithria Dreamwalker, who requests us to help wake up some of her green dragon colleagues in
Ne fermez pas les yeux
. After completing all quests, we go deeper into the Emerald Dream in
Au cœur du Rêve
, and defeat a Void Horror in
Avant de me réveiller
The cavern from
is still there, hidden behind one of the giant tentacles you need to defeat to trigger the Void Horror spawn to complete the quest. However, if you enter the cave, the flower has literally taken roots! You're able to enter the cave and loot the
Vestige du Vide
. It is currently unknown what is the purpose of this item, and how it relates to the questline, or even something at all.
It is also worth noting that Ysera's spirit is nowhere to be found in the Emerald Dream at any point during the questline, disappearing at some point after the completion of the Emerald Nightmare raid. Both N'Zoth and Ysera are associated with dreams and wakening:
Ysera is known as "the Dreamer" in her eternal trance, and <the Awakened> in Cataclysm when she wakes from her long sleep.
N'Zoth talks about our dreams and wakening, in quotes such as "Your heart, your offering, all dreams made real," "Your wakening draws near," and "My dream has become your own. The circle of stars made flesh."
In addition, the
Twilight Dragonflight returns
in great numbers, attacking the Red Dragonflight. We
how multiple hostile Dragonflights appear to be gaining strength in BFA, while the friendly dragonflights are struggling for survival.
Rise of Azshara
, some of
's prophecies spoken during the Emerald Nightmare raid come true. Many of these were speculated in earlier patches, but now due to 8.2 broadcast text, we have a clearer direction as to their intent.
The line "The King of Diamonds has been made a pawn" is revealed to mean that
played into Azshara's plans to empower the Old Gods. Most notably, it was his idea to gather Azerite and empower the Heart of Azeroth, which weakened N'Zoth's prison. But he also recommended we retrieve the Pillars of Creation, and one of the Pillars, the Tidestone of Golganneth, is used by Azshara in 8.2 to part the sea.
Azshara: You see the truth now, don't you, heroes? Every move you've made has been according to my will.
Azshara: That lumbering dwarf believed you could save Azeroth by empowering your shiny little Heart. The gift of a sleeping titan.
Azshara: Yes, a titan's heart was exactly what was needed. Not to heal the world... but to shatter the prison of a god.
Azshara: The ritual nears completion. The Black Empire rises... and the world awaits its true queen.
Azshara: They seek the tidestone... but I will not leave it unguarded as they so foolishly did.
The Tidestone of Golganneth! That must be how she was able to part the sea!
The naga incursions must have been a distraction. But if the Tidestone can manipulate that much water, we are all in grave danger. She could flood Nazjatar in an instant.
By revealing that the Heart of Azeroth helped the Old Gods, the line "Her heart is a crater, and we have filled it" also makes more sense. We have literally filled the Heart of Azeroth with Azerite, just what the Old Gods wanted. The line "From the earth, he draws strength. Our earth. Our strength" now likely refers to N'Zoth gaining strength from the titan heart of Azeroth. All of this is possible due to Sargeras grievously wounding Azeroth, which can be interpreted as her third death in the line "At the hour of her third death, she ushers in our coming.", Azeroth previously dying in the Sundering and Cataclysm.
The use of the Tidestone of Golganneth also likely means that "Five keys to open our way. Five torches light our path." refers to the five Pillars of Creation. In addition to Azshara using the Tidestone, retrieving the five Pillars of Creation set in motion the events of Tomb of Sargeras, which led to Argus, and ultimately Sargeras wounding Azeroth. Following this path, "The Lord of Ravens will turn the key." then refers to Khadgar who helped us collect the Pillars. As we clearly didn't do a good job protecting the Tidestone, since Azshara stole it from us, will the other Pillars play an ominous role in future patches?
The Circle of Stars, first referenced in "To find him, drown yourself in the Circle of Stars", is now the location of the ritual to shatter N'Zoth's prison, deep in Azshara's Eternal Palace. The "drowning" likely refers to Azshara using the Tidestone of Golganneth to part the sea, destroying our fleet and sending us to the depths of Nazjatar. Azshara even references the Circle of Stars, after she presents us with a vision of N'Zoth and invites us to her palace: "Come, heroes. Prove yourselves worthy. Find me... in the circle of stars."
With the Emerald Dream battling the Void, the remnant taking root, and Il'gynoth's prophecies coming true, much of our hard work from early
feels undone. In our goal to eradicate the Legion, as well as our hubris from past victories, we have overlooked the plans of the Old Gods.
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