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Huge Lore Twist: Are Dreadlords Serving Death Instead of the Burning Legion?

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A mysterious book has appeared on the Shadowlands Beta, possibly written by a dreadlord spy who reports on infiltrating other planes of existence, which suggests dreadlord may have been serving death the whole time as opposed to the Burning Legion.

Enemy Infiltration - PrefaceEnemy Infiltration - Preface has 8 pages, and the report was written by an infiltrator who reports their findings to their master. The report's about an ongoing effort of infiltrating planes of existence other than Death/Shadowlands.

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Page 1

To our most wondrous and resplendent Master,

I am pleased to state that, after a lengthy study of our rivals, I have completed my observation.

Please accept this briefing in advance of my complete report, which shall follow forthwith.

Page 2

We anticipate that certain of our targets will be more challenging to topple than others. But each is prone to manipulation in different ways, and our agents have already woven themselves into their very fabric.

This is, after all, the solemn duty for which you sired us. As you are fond of saying: Once a desire is understood, it can be exploited.

Enough prologue, Allow me to summarize my findings.

Page 3

In many ways, the titans will be the easiest to manipulate. Their singular goal is to impose structure upon everything they see.

Show them the force that opposes their drive for order, and they will be consumed by their urge to eradicate it.

Their pantheon, so seemingly united in purpose, is vulnerable to fracturing.

Page 4

The void lords all but welcome us with open arms. They are so preoccupied with their thousand truths that they ignore the lies we sow in their very midst.

I believe we can leverage their vast reach to position them as a foil against our other rivals.

We remain wary, though. Since they are observant of multiple outcomes, it is conceivable they could anticipate our coming.

Page 5

Similar to the titans, the naaru and their keepers are singular in purpose. Their adherence to a linear path is an obvious shortcoming.

They savor nothing more than being proved right, so if they believe they have converted one of us to their precious Light, they will trust that agent implicitly.

Page 6

The adherents to Life are the most insidious of opponents, perhaps because their nature is so antithetical to our own. 

Still, we learned much from observing the link between their plane and Ardenweald, and we have high confidence that a vulnerability has been identified.

Our operative has already gained the trust of her target.

Page 7

And as previously discussed, our position within the plane of Disorder is proceeding flawlessly. Consuming fel energy is not a pleasant process, but a necessary one.

The deception you have architected will bear fruit in the ages to come.

Page 8

As ever, we shall serve as your unseen hand. We will poison every host foolish enough to invite us to their midst.

I remain, as always, your faithful servant.

The spy claims the titans will be the easiest to manipulate along with the naaru and their keepers because their adherence to a linear path is an obvious shortcoming (see Page 5).

It's clear that the "...converted one of us to their precious Light, they will trust that agent implicitly" part on Page 5 refers to Lothraxion, the holy dreadlord who has sided with us on Argus at the end of Legion in Patch 8.3, suggesting he may have had been a double agent with ulterior motives.

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"Consuming fel energy is not a pleasant process, but a necessary one." reveals that the dreadlords may have never truly served the Burning Legion in the first place and "consuming fel energy" was necessary to ultimately infiltrate their ranks.

Now onto the more important questions. Who is the writer of the report and their master?

First of all, it is important to point out that the dreadlords are likely serving a master in the Shadowlands, possibly the Jailer, who wants to extort dominance over other planes of existence.

Page 2 contains an interesting bit: "This is, after all, the solemn duty for which you sired us."

This is just pure speculation *puts on tinfoil hat*, but what if that portion refers to Sire Denathrius, the final boss of the Castle Nathria raid, and he's a dreadlord?

Redditor Zealys pointed out that dreadlords in Warcraft 3 had Vampiric Aura, which fits the vampire theme of the Venthyr. Do you think the Venthyr of Revendreth and the dreadlords could be directly related?

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Sire Denathrius' in-game model.

So if Sire Denathrius is indeed the author of the report, who do you think is his master? Would it be Zovaal, the Jailer? We learn the truth about Denathrius and his motives in the Revendreth questline, but we will have to wait for more portions of the story to unfold as we defeat him in the raid and onward.

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This is really huge! 
We can easily say this is the "Il'gynoth Whispers" of the new Shadowlands Lore.

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If that is true then it is truly big news.

But how does the final Boss of the Brawlers Guild fit into it? (The one you unlock right before the final quest to get Bruce as a mount.)
He stated that he was there to witness and assess the heroes of the realm. Which makes sense when you look at the achievements of the people of Azeroth. Multiple Old Gods, Sargeras and other Titans, elemental Lords, Naaru (at least Dark ones), ...

I don't think Denathrius serving the Jailer. I think there is something greater going on. As seen in the Kyrian trailer, the light only saved that part of Uthers soul which would introduce "evil" to their realm. Maldraxxus has an actual rebellion at their hands and the other covenants wont be much better. Why would the light save specifically that part of Uther and who started the rebellion.
As I understood everything in the Shadowlands had a fix place until recently. I mean the whole shattering of the veil started truly after the Legion intro when Vol'jin was mortally wounded. Who sent the Burning Legion to kill the (corrupted?) Titan Azeroth?

But thats enough mad rambling from me. 🙂

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Looking at it, everyone seems incredibly certain that the jailor and everything else in the maw could not leave the maw*

*(probably without help from outside).

I'd say it's almost got to be denathrius who orchestrated events to this point, including the artifacts from the maw and so on.   Otherwise you have the Jailor somehow breaking out large amounts of servants into multiple realities he shouldn't have any possible access to.

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So, are there any actual nathrezim in Revendreth? This doesn't seem too far fetched or surprising at all, dreadlords, especially Mal'Ganis in Hots, always had a mix of necromantic and fel magic in their arsenal and they are the ones who created the Scourge as a weapon for the Legion. 

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It's a possible twist but rather hard to logically explain with previous events, considering Nathrezim had their own world, Nathreza, so they couldn't originate from Shadowlands. Another thing, most of them seemed rather dedicated to Legion's cause, Mal'ganis even wanted to use Legion to destroy Scourge when they lost control over it. But if Arthas had the power of the Maw, wouldn't it serve their interests better to rather get him as an ally, or at least attempt to steal that power from him. Perhaps even uncontrolled Scourge would have been beneficial for them, after all they would fight Burning Legion and Void Lords as well.

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2 minutes ago, Arcling said:

It's a possible twist but rather hard to logically explain with previous events, considering Nathrezim had their own world, Nathreza, so they couldn't originate from Shadowlands. 

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6 hours ago, Arcling said:

It's a possible twist but rather hard to logically explain with previous events, considering Nathrezim had their own world, Nathreza, so they couldn't originate from Shadowlands. Another thing, most of them seemed rather dedicated to Legion's cause, Mal'ganis even wanted to use Legion to destroy Scourge when they lost control over it. But if Arthas had the power of the Maw, wouldn't it serve their interests better to rather get him as an ally, or at least attempt to steal that power from him. Perhaps even uncontrolled Scourge would have been beneficial for them, after all they would fight Burning Legion and Void Lords as well.

Based on the wording of the report, I think it's likely that the report was being sent back TO Sire Denathrius, not written FROM him, and that he sired their race on Nathreza in order to ground them in the plane of reality to do their work. It's also entirely possible that Nathreza was chosen as a base homeworld for them to be "discovered" on by Sargeras.

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20 hours ago, Stan said:

They savor nothing more than being proved right, so if they believe they have converted one of us to their precious Light, they will trust that agent implicitly.

Somehow i think this could refer to Lothraxion.... he is currently standing in the Paladin Order Hall... 

 

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One thing to think about as well is the names of the dreadlords who corrupted Ner'zhul:

*De*theroc
Bal*na*zzar
Varima*thr*as
Tichondr*ius*

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