Odyn's Manipulation Revealed - What Don't We Know About the Black Empire?
20/10/2022 em 09:00
A series of lore books have been added to Uldaman: Legacy of Tyr, the upgraded version of the Uldaman dungeon coming in Dragonflight. These books seem to have some serious implications about the lore of World of Warcraft.
Edicts of the Prime Designate, Volume 742
We break down
Éditos do Nomeado Supremo, Volume 742
, an edict written by Titan Keeper Odyn that seems to suggest we have been manipulated by the Titan Keepers, and even that the Black Empire was not as evil as we believed!
Odyn's View of Mortals - Useful if Properly Controlled
While on the surface, Titan Keeper Odyn enjoys presenting himself as a benevolent warrior god, there have been
hints that he should not be trusted
for years. Not only did he treat Helya atrociously, but he was also against the creation of the Dragon Aspects from the start, seeing the proto-dragons as inherently inferior creatures.
Éditos do Nomeado Supremo, Volume 742
further develops his obvious scorn for anything outside the Titans' creation, as he describes once wishing to "eradicate" all mortal races - and, in fact, only changed his mind because he came to believe we could "prove useful if controlled".
Edicts of the Prime Designate, Volume 742
It has been brought to my attention that, as of late, many of you have become fascinated by the emergence of mortal beings. That is, creatures born of flash rather than crafted of stone and steel like our loyal titan-forged.
While my initial impulse was to eradicate these aberrations before they evolved further, I now believe they may prove useful if properly controlled.
Yet even as we guide their development according to the edicts of the titans, we must always remember that mortal minds are destined to be small and incapable of complex understanding.
Therefore, as your Prime Designate, I must establish a few minor--but necessary--regulations to govern your interactions with these nascent beings
While on the surface, Titan Keeper Odyn enjoys presenting himself as a benevolent warrior god, there have been hints that he should not be trusted for years.
Black Empire's "Advancements" Purged from History
Odyn goes on to describe the steps that must be taken in order to properly control us mortals, and they are.. quite something. For a start, he orders that all historical records that describe the Black Empire's "advancements" be destroyed.
"Pain that age as one of chaos and misery, a pernicious blight that we keepers eradicated."
This is, of course, exactly how we view the time of the Black Empire - Odyn's propaganda worked.
First: All historical records documenting the advancements of the Black Empire are to be purged immediately.
Pain that age as one of chaos and misery, a pernicious blight that we keepers eradicated. With the Old Gods locked in confinement, there should be no evidence available to contradict our assertions.
Surely if you care for these mortals, you would not wish to see them led astray into darkness.
However, this doesn't mean that the time when the Old Gods ruled was really actually quite lovely. We've visited Ny'alotha ourselves, most recently during
Battle for Azeroth
, and it certainly seemed as chaotic and miserable as Odyn would have us believe. That said, the Void Elves - led by Alleria Windrunner - have shown that there can be a benefit from working with the Void.
Whether or not Alleria has the right idea, or will simply fall to the whispers of the Old Gods like so many others who have come into contact with the Void, remains to be seen. However, at the least we can be sure that we don't entirely know all the details. Exactly what were these "advancements" of the Black Empire, and why would knowing them risk leading us "astray into darkness"?
We suspect the message here is less "Actually, the Old Gods are good", and more that the cosmological forces are not quite as divided up into absolutely good and absolutely evil as we might have previously thought. There have already been reasons to believe the cosmic force of Light isn't always as benevolent as it likes to appear. We have seen the realms of Death and know that its denizens are no more inherently evil than anyone else. Perhaps, then, good can be found even in the forces of the Void.
Or perhaps it's all just another Old God trick. It's pretty hard to know.
This doesn't mean that the time when the Old Gods ruled was really actually quite lovely
First Ones Also Purged from History
Next, Odyn uses some pretty amazing logic to explain why it's best to keep mortals in the dark about the First Ones - who we now know were the real creators of the universe - and why for so long we believed it was the Titans.
We also learn of the name of Order's Zereth - Zereth Ordus. (Honestly, we could have probably guessed that one ourselves.)
Second: Attribute all accomplishments and works of wonder to the titans alone.
Despite the relentless arguments made by some of you, this is not a fallacy. After all, can anything truly be said to exist until it has been ordered? Of course not.
Therefore, it is irrefutable that the titans are the source of all creation.
Third: Teach them nothing of the First Ones.
Mortals could not conceive of the wonders these beings granted to the titans in Zereth Ordus, and learning of the Progenitors would only confuse them.
It is enough that mortals know the titans brought Order to the cosmos, and that they are owed deference.
With World of Warcraft's cosmology the way it is, it has to be said it was not making a lot of sense that beings from one node of the cosmological chart could be responsible for all creation. However, the Titans do still seem to have still played a truly god-like role in the universe. In fact, by bringing Order to the cosmos, it could be said they've played an even more significant role to us mortals than the ever-abstract and absent First Ones.
Order vs Control
Finally, Odyn ends his edict with some good, old-fashioned fascist tendencies. Merely questioning his orders seems like it will be enough to cause suspicion to fall on the questioner.
While some among you would prefer to argue these points further, such debate can no longer be tolerated.
I remind you that I speak with the authority of the titans, and any further dissent may cause me to question whether you have succumbed to outside influences.
Remember: Life is chaos. It must be controlled.
Prime Designate Odyn
Throughout this edict, Odyn makes reference to his desire to control. This is not only in keeping with his character - Odyn's treatment of Helya in particular showed how easily he will use force when others don't willingly follow his order - it is in keeping with his place on the Cosmological chart.
The Titans, and, by extension, their Keepers, are part of the Cosmological force of Order. For the most part, this force has been seen by mortals as good - it was the Titans who brought order to our world of Azeroth after all. However, unchecked order is, by definition, control. Odyn is demonstrating what can happen when the cosmological force of Order is not properly kept in balance by the other cosmological forces. In contrast, the same edict illustrates that there's reason to believe the Void may not be as irrideemably evil as we thought.
There have been hints that a war is brewing between the Cosmological forces for some time, with each one believing they should have ultimate control over the universe. However, the Cosmological chart itself seems to suggest that there should be a balance between the forces - with each keeping the other one in check. Whatever happens, the reveals in this edict by Odyn certain leaves us mortals with plenty of food for thought.
There should be a balance between the forces - with each keeping the other one in check.
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