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Shadowlands Lore: Is Primus Actually the Runecarver?

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In our latest article, we're taking a look at the similarities between the mysterious Runecarver and the Primus of Maldraxxus.

If you've been questing on the Beta, you've probably met leaders of the new zones. Bastion's lead by the Archon, Ardenweald has the Winter Queen, and Sire Denathrius lead Revendreth.

The Primus

The leader of Maldraxxus, however, is missing and during questing in the new zone, you only hear his voice and all there's left of him is a statue in the Necrolord Covenant Sanctum. You find out he has something to do with weapon forging when you forge a weapon with the help of Bonesmith Heirmir, one of the new Soulbinds.

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Voice of the Primus: Ages ago, the Eternal Ones punished our brother Zovaal for his betrayal. He was bound within the inescapable Maw, to be forevermore its Jailer.

Voice of the Primus: Now I fear that Zovaal did not act alone. I suspect he had ancient allies... and will seek to win others to his cause.

Voice of the Primus: There is but one hope to save the Shadowlands. The Eternal Ones must stand together once more, before the Jailer escapes the Maw.

Voice of the Primus: Bring my warning to the Archon, the Winter Queen, and the Sire. They must see to our defenses. Do not let Zovaal reach the sepulcher.

Voice of the Primus: The Arbiter is the final key. Protect her, or all is lost.

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Source: Image courtesy of Reddit user Jeffrybungle.

The Primus warns you that the Jailer must not reach the sepulcher and the only way to save the Shadowlands is to bring the Eternal Ones (leaders of the individual zones) together. 

The Arbiter

The Primus also refers to the Arbiter, as being "the final (fifth?) key" and urges us to protect her before all is lost, which might be a throwback to Il'gynoth's infamous prophecies, like:

"Five keys to open our way. Five torches to light our path."

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The Arbiter has gone dormant for some reason, causing souls to be poured directly into the Maw instead of being judged by her.

In the Afterlives: Bastion animated short, we see an apparent flaw in the Kyrian's Path of Ascension.

The main purpose of Kyrians is to collect souls that arrive in the Shadowlands and put them in front of the Arbiter. Instead, Uther has thrown Arthas directly into the Maw without a proper judgment.

The Runecarver

In Torghast, we encounter the Runecarver, a mysterious figure locked away in the very depths of the Tower of the Damned, who helps us forge Legendary Armor, and the character is very similar to the Primus. The Scourge comes from Maldraxxus and Blizard mentioned that we would meet a smith and uncover the lore behind the Helm of Domination.

The Primus and the Runecarver also appear to have the same masks. What do you think about the theory?

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Why do I get this nagging feeling that Zovaal is going to have the same similar story setup like Helya has in the lore with Odyn.  It would be a nice twist to find out that Zovaal was intended to be the Leader of Maldraxxus before his crimes punished him to be sentence to the Maw.  The story has a strange sense of mystery with a lot of plausible clues here and there at various points in SL.

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IT HAS TO BE HIM , even his hands are the same  ,  the primus went in search of answers and went missing, and the runecarver was captured.  its with no doubt him.

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