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A character subpage for the WarCraft universe, including World of Warcraft. For the main character page, see here.The Old Gods are the Warcraft universe's resident Eldritch Abominations. Their exact origins and purposes are unknown, but they have acted as a corrupting influence upon the works of the Titans since the birth of Azeroth. Titan history discovered in Storm Peaks and Ulduar reveal that the Old Gods apparently came to Azeroth not long after its creation and began altering the Titans' creatures with something called the Curse of Flesh. Upon discovering this, the Titans waged war on the Old Gods, eventually imprisoning several of them within Azeroth itself. To prevent the Old Gods from returning, they created the Dragon Aspects and charged them with protecting the world.There were originally five Old Gods chained below Azeroth(N'Zoth not being one of them since the Titans couldn't beat him). At least one of them was killed in the backstory(Y'Shaarj), and another has been defeated in the current storyline of World of Warcraft. It is said that the reason the Titans did not utterly destroy them was that doing so would unmake Azeroth. How this relates to the players' ability to defeat them is uncertain(Yogg-Saron confirms his death and that the shadow/Sha of his corpse will choke Northrend for all eternity).However, the influence of the Old Gods has been felt throughout Azeroth's history, manifesting itself originally in the assault of the Qiraji, an insectoid race living deep beneath the sands of Silithus, discovered to be caused by C'thun. Other influences of the Old Gods include the corruption of Neltharion, Dragon Aspect of the Black Dragonflight; the gradual corruption of the Emerald Dream by an entity known only as the Nightmare; the whispers of madness afflicting the lands of Northrend from a being known as Yogg-Saron, which is confined deep within Ulduar; and possibly the infiltration of the timeways by the Infinite Dragonflight. There is also a race of creatures called Faceless Ones, which seem to consider themselves prophets or harbingers of the Old Gods.The Old Gods' efforts seem directed largely at the destruction of the Dragonflights, as those are their principal foes. Unlike the Burning Legion, they avoid direct confrontation, preferring the slow whispers of madness and the tempting of mortals and immortals alike into acts of self-destruction.
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"You. Will. Die."C'thun is the first Old God to be officially named within the Warcraft story. After the defeat of the Old Gods by the Titans, C'thun was imprisoned beneath Azeroth and left by the Titans for dead in one of their research facilities, in what would later become the continent of Kalimdor. Although greatly weakened, it embarked on a program to strengthen and empower the Qiraji, an insectoid race living beneath the southern desert sands.A thousand years prior to the events of the Warcraft series, the Qiraji nearly overwhelmed the forces of Kalimdor in what became known as the War of the Shifting Sands, and were barely driven back by the combined might of the Bronze Dragonflight and the Night Elves under Archdruid Fandral Staghelm. In the present time, the Qiraji renewed their attack, but the heroes of Azeroth descended deep into the ancient Temple of Ahn'Qiraj to reveal their true master, the Old God itself. Still dramatically weakened since the confrontation with the Titans, C'thun's physical form was slain and the threat of the Qiraji was removed.C'thun's initial physical form is that of an enormous eyeball. Destroying the eye reveals a gaping mouth walled by smaller eyes. It does battle with tentacles that emerge from the ground around it, some of which are capable of swallowing enemies whole. Its stomach is highly poisonous and contains additional tentacles that can be destroyed to render the main body vulnerable to attack.
"MADNESS WILL CONSUME YOU!"Yogg-Saron, also known as the God of Death, is the second of the Old Gods to be officially named within the Warcraft story. It resides beneath the snows of Northrend and its malicious influence can be felt throughout the continent. The Titan fortress of Ulduar was constructed for the sole purpose of containing it.Yogg-Saron is particularly noted for the whispers of madness that emanate from the deep places of Northrend. Any being that listens to these whispers for too long is invariably driven insane. This influence seems to be felt most strongly around the ore known as Saronite, which is mined exclusively in Northrend and is highly prized by the Scourge in the manufacture of weapons and armor.
N'zoth is the Old God that is responsible for corrupting Deathwing and for creating the Nightmare that infests the Emerald Dream. N'zoth rules the Nightmare from the depths of Azeroth's seas the beyond the Rift of Aln, a location in the Emerald Dream linked to the Twisting Nether that is probably a reflection of a similarly-named massive chasm in the seafloor beneath the Maelstrom. The Nightmare has entrapped such eminent personalities as the Green Aspect, Ysera, as well as the Archdruid Malfurion Stormrage.He's also the only Old God on Azeroth that the Titans couldn't beat nor imprison though he still recieved aid from Yogg-Saron and 2 other imprisoned Old Gods in corrupting Deathwing provided they use Deathwing's Dragon Soul to escape Azeroth.
"All that you have accomplished, all that you have won, yet still you lick the boots of kings."Y'Shaarj (pronounced Yah-Sha-Raj) was an Old God located on the swath of land that would become Pandaria. Y'Shaarj possessed seven heads, and has been said to consume hope, beget despair, inhale courage and breathe fear. The mantid empire (or its predecessor) of primordial Azeroth worshipped each of his heads as their benefactors, and they remain loyal to him even after his death at the hands of the Titans countless ages ago.He was killed in the war between the Titans and the Old Gods during the shaping of Azeroth(his soul was in denial over this until it got obliterated during the Garrosh fight), but his shadows have haunted the land ever since in the form the Sha.