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What's the Secret Behind the Arbiter in Shadowlands?

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This post discusses the role of the Arbiter in Shadowlands and contains spoilers.

Who is the Arbiter?

The Arbiter is an entity that judges mortal souls when they enter Shadowlands. All the good and bad things a person has done in life are equated before her, and the soul is then sent to one of the many afterlives. The Arbiter dwells atop Oribos, and she has gone dormant for some reason, so instead of directing souls to their afterlives, they are flowing directly to the Maw, home of the Jailer, causing an Anima drought in Shadowlands.

In Battle for Azeroth, Eyir said that Vol'jn was touched by the hand of valor, so it may very well have been the Arbiter who helped him find out his true destiny. You can read more about the Arbiter on WoWWiki.

Where is the Arbiter?

The Arbiter can be found atop Oribos. We're not exactly sure if you can reach her through standard means on the Alpha, but we used Shaman's Far SightFar Sight to climb up the stream of souls.

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The Arbiter is located near a platform and surrounded by some sort of pillars. What do you think they represent?

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Connection Between the Arbiter and Jailer?

Earlier today, we looked at how to reach the Maw from Oribos and learned that you could do so by jumping into the River of Souls, so it would be no surprise if the Jailer or Sylvanas were directly responsible for this.

There is also a popular theory circulating around in the community about the connection between the Arbiter and the Jailer. While the Arbiter has this glowy thing in her chest, the Jailer has a hole in the same area (see datamined models for comparison). Nothing has been obviously confirmed yet and we will need to wait to see how the story unfolds, but it's cool to make these wild guesses so early in the testing phase! Let us know your thoughts in the comments down below!

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Ok, who wanta to bet that we'll get a plot twist that shows that the Arbiter is the villain?

This is completely new lore, everything is possible. Is there a way to contact the guys who do story and lore so I can sendbthem some suggestions?

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1 hour ago, Dejo93 said:

Ok, who wanta to bet that we'll get a plot twist that shows that the Arbiter is the villain?

Haha, that'd actually be amazing. 

They've been pressing for the Light being tyrannical (rather cack-handedly, I'd say), so I could see something of the sort. The impression I've got is that the Arbiter is beyond everything we've seen so far, though, so perhaps that's irrelevant. 

It could make Sylvanas back into an antihero...

No bet, though. The Jailor's definitely bad. ?

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18 hours ago, Halock said:

No bet, though. The Jailor's definitely bad.

Not necessarily. He and Sylv talk about "testing" people, and he talks about the Old Ones or w/e, so it's entirely possible that Blizz are gonna subvert our expectations and he's simply preparing us instead. Afterall, all the Jailer does is torment the souls of very bad people which isn't exactly evil.

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On 7/1/2020 at 9:55 PM, Brutalis said:

Afterall, all the Jailer does is torment the souls of very bad people which isn't exactly evil.

Did you just indirectly call Satan 'not exactly evil'?

 

Jokes aside, he was/is also torturing Jaina, Thrall, Baine and Anduin. He definitely already went far beyond only tormenting souls of very bad people.

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