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The Mysterious Shadowlands Patch 9.2 Rune Teaser and Sepulcher of the First Ones
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Earlier today, Blizzard revealed a mysterious teaser image for Shadowlands Patch 9.2, featuring several runes.
Warcraft narrative lead Steve Danuser tweeted a quote from
Informe de expedición A37J - Cuarta parte
, a book from Tazavesh, that provides more context on the image.
The line quoted in the tweet is part of a larger chapter from a book found in Tazavesh, detailing a Broker's attempt to access the Sepulcher. While this may be an unreliable narrative, we get a sense that the Sepulcher could allow one to access a powerful cosmic force, one of creation and destruction, that predates the other six forces.
What is the Sepulcher of the First Ones?
The Nature of the Six (Possibly Seven, Possibly Infinite)
Among the superstitions conveyed to me by Irik-tu--superstitions I, of course, dismissed as the fanciful mythos of an uncivilized culture--one lingered within my mind.
For you see, it takes a truly exceptional intellect to transcend what one is taught and retaught by so-called scholars open to only a narrow possibility. Irik-tu spoke of a thousand truths, which I at first took as a sign of scattered indecision.
But the key to interpreting the writings of the First Ones lay in setting aside what I had believed and accepting a greater reality beyond it.
Suddenly I perceived the pattern and its fractals not as one truth, but layers of intersecting truths.
Just as we, from our first moment of consciousness, know that Death is the foundation of all existence, so there are beings whose nature is fundamentally different from our own.
Imagine, then, based upon the truths I have told you, that each of these rival forces could--and I stress could, for the fractals may yet reveal another path--be embodied by a host of transcendent beings as powerful as our own Eternal Ones.
I have but scratched the barest surface of the truths that point me ever closer to the Sepulcher, and I will devote my every moment to discovering its location.
A few final questions for your consideration, good reader.
What if--again, this still purely speculative--the mortal plane is not some distant corner of reality that the First Ones created to supply us with souls and anima?
What if it is the very nexus of existence, where Death is but one of many great powers that holds sway?
If true, what would this say of mortal souls and their potential?
And if the six (or seven, or... excuse my imprecision) each vie with one another to claim it, could they be driven by the unconscious knowledge that there exists some other force outside our understanding that seeks it as well?
So much awaits discovery in the geometry. So many truths lie in the intersections. The fractals.
I refuse to leave the hunt for the Sepulcher until I am proven right. Until I gaze upon the pattern with my own eyes and all truths are revealed before me.
Yours in service,
Al-firim the Devout
At the end of the
Sanctum of Domination Cinematic Finale
, we saw the Jailer depart through a fractal-esque portal to the Sepulcher of the First Ones, a place which contains forbidden knowledge the Jailer is after. In the final chapter of the covenant campaign, the leaders, spearheaded by the Primus, make plans to follow the Jailer, to stop him from reaching the Sepulcher of the First Ones and using the knowledge within to reorder the universe.
A further conversation between
Tal-Galan and Ve'nari
at the end of the campaign introduces the zone Zereth Mortis, the "realm of the First Ones." With the similarity of "Zereth" to "Azeroth," many have wondered if both zones are linked in some way, explaining some of Azeroth's importance in the universe. We'll likely find out tomorrow in the development update!
If you'd like to read up on more of the backstory behind the book, runes, and First One hints, check out the following articles.
Tazavesh Story GuideAnalysis of the Sylvanas CinematicWhat is the Sepulcher of the First Ones?
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