Everyone forgot back in the day there was C'thun, Yogg saron and "the Three" ?
was Xal'atath not already considered a possible fifth old god?
Because the writing team has been switched around enough times to make your head spin and they forgot.
Narratively, we need either a revival of the old Gods already defeated, or a new one - if the Old Gods and the Void are going to be antagonists going forward. There’s plenty of reasonable narrative space for both - we could argue what we did to both N’Zoth and Yogg were akin to subduing, compared to what the titans did with Y’shaarj, and the canon of WoW is open (it has to be, since they’re continuing to write new stories) - so a secret ultimate big bad Old God appearing from the depths of wherever pulling the Incarnates’ strings wouldn’t be way out of left-field.
I believe it will be at the end of this expansion. It is the one that corrupted the Incarnates and has the Primalists as it's "cult."
There's a good chance the fifth is Xal'atath, or whatever old god the dagger was crafted from; it's not unreasonable to think five old gods landed on Azeroth and one was defeated/absorbed/somehow neutralised by the other four before the Titans ever arrived, so from the Titan's perspective there were only four on Azeroth.Xal'atath does suggest having beef with the other old gods, and IIRC she claimed they destroyed one that was lost to history. Hell, for all we know the fifth old god was considered too 'nice' by the other four, and might have been the main force behind the Black Empire's civilisation.
At this point WoW lore is going through the Game of Thrones theories pre-Season 6 - so many possibilities, and none came true.
The fifth Old God is probably just old lore that never went anywhere and was forgotten about for years.That being said, if there was/is a fifth my money is on Xal'atath (it was implied back in Legion, anyway).
The annotations also hint another continent that was hidden by the titans.So we could assume that the fifth one is there
Here we go, some curious Xal'atath quotes:"We may face some of my brethren in this conflict... a prospect that delights me. Their power will be mine! They will pay for what was done to me long ago."On the Broken Shore:"This was always a place of power. Aegwynn was drawn here, and before her, the elves, and before them, the trolls. And before them...""I don't believe these lands have seen such carnage since the Battle for K'tanth. Such a long time ago..."
i wanna know how old ghuun is. did the titans create him right away or did it take them awhile to think about reverse engineering.
I would have listed xal'atath as the fifth myself, but as she was unalived (killed doesnt really seem to be the case) by her kin, she wasnt really bound by the titans, as the quote from the book is written. She also says some thing ive interpreted as vague: "It is ironic that the weakest of us may be the ultimate victor. C'Thun, Yogg-Saron, Y'Shaarj, and... well. Only one would remain to consume the world, that was always meant to be." She refrains from definitely listing all the known old gods and leaves the door open to toss in another old god in the mix.
It's fairly easy, they need more old gods to be the baddies of future expansions, and they'll make up as many as they need. Lazy writing of the highest order.
I would argue that this is saying there are SIX Old Gods. The books says that 5 were CHAINED beneath the earth. But Y'Shaarj was killed not chained. So either an oversight or there are 5 chained Old Gods + a dead Y'Shaarj to equal 6 Old Gods total.
We had shufflings about a fifth god back in the day I remember a map of wrath with a pentagram drawn on it with a fifth god supposed around dalaran to tirisfal.