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Shadowlands is coming soon, yet we still have no idea what's going on with the sword in Silithus as Battle for Azeroth leaves many questions unanswered.

After we defeated Argus the Unmaker at the end of Legion, Sargeras stabbed Azeroth, leaving a giant sword in Silithus.

As a result, we sacrificed our Artifacts to mend Azeroth's "woons", but since then, the story team did not offer any satisfactory explanations about what's going on with Azeroth.

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In Battle for Azeroth, everything revolved around the faction conflict and Magni's endless World Quests and Azerite. What could have easily been a whole expansion was squeezed into one content patch (looking at you Ny'alotha and N'Zoth!).

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The end of Battle for Azeroth and the prelude to Shadowlands focus on the fight between Bolvar and Sylvanas, not Azeroth herself, as we venture for the first time into the realm of the dead.

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Somehow, they forgot about the sword. What's going on with Azeroth? Have the champions mended her "woons" after N'Zoth's defeat? For once, I would have welcomed at least some hints to what's going on in Silithus at the end of BfA. But it appears Blizzard wants to leave the door open. Let's see what they have in store for when we return to Azeroth after the Shadowlands.

What do you think is going to happen with the sword in the future expansions? Let us know in the comments!

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5 minutes ago, Stan said:

What do you think is going to happen with the sword in the future expansions?

Literally nothing. We're moving on and forgetting about it. The sword will just remain there without any further mention.

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Can the sword even be removed? This is the sword of a Titan we're talking about. I honestly don't think they're going to address that.

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There are a few lines of dialogue that do a poor job of explaining the outcome of all of this.

One is shortly after we use our artifacts on the sword, we're told that the energy from the artifacts stabilized the energy coming from the sword (or something like that, if I recall).

The other is after N'zoth is defeated, in the end of quest cinematic. We're told that the world soul is at peace now that she has been cleansed of the Old Gods. 

My understanding of events has always been that we took care of the sword itself first thing with our artifacts. We then stabilized the Chamber of Heart, putting Azeroth into recovery mode while we essentially scooped her blood off the ground and pumped it back into her body. Eventually, we realized the real "woon" was an opportunistic N'zoth, taking this moment of chaos and weakness to execute his plan (you can see Old God smoke pluming out from the ground around the sword). Once he is defeated, the World Soul can heal herself (maybe?).

The sword is a red herring, and being that it is essentially "deactivated" and would probably do more harm to the World Soul to remove, it's probably now a monument to the fall of Sargeras.

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I think when the Red Star in the sky opens then the sword will also come in to play. After all, Blizzard said: Nothing remains there without a purpose and we should all be concerned a lot more if the Red Star disappears. 

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My understanding of the story is that it's been neutralized and unless pro gnome/goblin engineers build a giant crane to lift it out it's going to remain there forever. Maybe over time Azeroth will start absorbing the sword, things will grow on it and night elves may use it as a second home: it's tall and fireproof, would serve as an ideal Teldrassil-replacement.

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Sylvanas open way to otherworld, and everyone become "free", souls cant depart to afterlife (or can, but also can return freely). What in that for soul of world itself?

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I suppose in this day comprehensive words and statements are optional. If someone says something that is poorly expressed, just use your imagination and come up with your own understanding. 

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I had actually started a couple discussions on this topic on the official forums (more recent one here: https://us.forums.blizzard.com/en/wow/t/end-of-bfa-theres-still-a-giant-sword-stabbing-into-azeroth/404168)

 

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My understanding of events has always been that we took care of the sword itself first thing with our artifacts. We then stabilized the Chamber of Heart, putting Azeroth into recovery mode while we essentially scooped her blood off the ground and pumped it back into her body.

No, if you go back and read the quests at the time (when Dadgar went off to hide for an expansion), using our artifact weapons basically syphoned off the "poison", IE that energy in the sword that was glowing red and whatnot.     Magni still says that the sword is killing azeroth, just more slowly.    The sword still being there is why she's bleeding azerite.

And this is totally the "welp we're out of ideas, throw a nzoth at them!" manner of BFA.    They threw in way too many unrelated plotlines and forgot the sword and the "all important resource" azerite...all we ever saw was some magical range horde catapults and a new Alliance style tank that didn't hold a candle to the vindicar and light meks we had been zooming around with in the previous expansion.

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1 hour ago, Migol said:

I had actually started a couple discussions on this topic on the official forums (more recent one here: https://us.forums.blizzard.com/en/wow/t/end-of-bfa-theres-still-a-giant-sword-stabbing-into-azeroth/404168)

 

No, if you go back and read the quests at the time (when Dadgar went off to hide for an expansion), using our artifact weapons basically syphoned off the "poison", IE that energy in the sword that was glowing red and whatnot.     Magni still says that the sword is killing azeroth, just more slowly.    The sword still being there is why she's bleeding azerite.

And this is totally the "welp we're out of ideas, throw a nzoth at them!" manner of BFA.    They threw in way too many unrelated plotlines and forgot the sword and the "all important resource" azerite...all we ever saw was some magical range horde catapults and a new Alliance style tank that didn't hold a candle to the vindicar and light meks we had been zooming around with in the previous expansion.

I don't believe N'zoth was added late to BFA, I believe it was the intent all along for him to be the final boss. They werent out ideas, they needed to finish the important existing narrative arcs in order to expand the cosmology. Defeating N'zoth presumably ends the Old God threat on Azeroth for the moment, allowing the planet to heal and for us to focus real attention elsewhere.

Remember that Magni was made a pawn, that our collection of Azerite both worked for and against us. It was our Heart of Azeroth that unlocked N'zoth, we were tricked by Azshara. Magni was not even aware of the N'zoth threat until after he tried to invade the Chamber of Heart. His evaluation of the situation early on is probably more of a hunch based on the (literal) vibe he was getting from Azeroth and the the visual of a massive sword entrenched in the surface of the planet.

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I originally thought that the Mythic N'zoth secret phase would be him fusing with the weapon leaving us to fight a mega sized N'zoth. Needless to say I was sadly disappointed.

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21 hours ago, Migol said:

Magni still says that the sword is killing azeroth, just more slowly.    The sword still being there is why she's bleeding azerite.

N'zoth was probably planned for a long time, and sword being depowered doesn't pose any threat now. What's strange though, is how Azerite is likely to be completely forgotten. It was a great source of energy, also useful for building weapons, yet for some reason no one is using it anymore. Maybe it doesn't work anymore, otherwise it makes no sense to not continue using some of it.

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Azerite that every HoA wielder(there is more then one canon wieldier) absorbed helped heal the wound and stop the bleeding.I believe they said the Sword will be a plot point in Shadowlands expansion,The Sword basically does nothing since we cleared it from the poison that was actually killing Azeroth and would prolly do more harm then good if we tried to remove it, 

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13 hours ago, Migol said:

Magni still says that the sword is killing azeroth, just more slowly.    The sword still being there is why she's bleeding azerite.

Magni says this about the Sword:

 Magni Bronzebeard says: Ye did it! Sargeras' sword has gone dormant. Now, Azeroth's not yet healed... but your actions bought us precious time.

The actual emergence of Azerite was due to the actual stabbing while the dark energies of the Sword poisoned Azeroth.We removed the dark energies from it with out artifact weapons and stopped that problem but there was still the issue of Azerite(which we fixed near the end of BfA by absorbing Azerite with our HoA and healing the Wound by doing that).

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2 hours ago, OpJustis said:

I did.  I don't recall the word "woons".  Did I miss something?

It's just poking fun at Magni and his weird Scottish accent. If you did some travelling around Kul Tiras and Zandalar you'd hear a lot of,

"Several azerite WOONS lay exposed nearby..."

or

"Someone in this cave is meining azerite from the world's open WOOND!"

as you pass by the respective world quests.

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15 hours ago, FoxyDot said:

Y'all don't know how to spell wounds and it shows at least twice in this article.

The "woons" spelling is intentional, you must be new here.

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