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The Jailer's New Encrypted Model Might Imply a Specific Ending to the Sanctum of Domination (Speculation)

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There's a new model we don't get to see on the 9.1 PTR, and it just might be a pretty big hint at something many have been speculating about for a long time, so we're looking into some possibilities. Spoilers ahead for the final encounter of the Sanctum of Domination raid, and plenty of spoilery speculation as well.

Wowhead spotted a new Jailer model, except they weren't able to datamine what it looked like as it was encrypted on Blizzard's end. In the past this has meant that the model itself might be a spoiler for what will happen, and so Blizzard lock it up so even the spoiler-hungry dataminers don't get to see what it is. However, if we take this together with the new information we recently talked about in the final Sylvanas Sanctum of Domination raid encounter, a possible change in look for the Jailer is plenty significant on its own!

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The Sylvanas encounter actually ends outside of the Sanctum/Torghast, as the boss arena seems to be the Arbiter's room. We've speculated that this means there will be a confrontation between the Jailer and Arbiter there, based on the encounter journal and the actual platform being in the raid:

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Players battle Sylvanas atop Torghast, while spanning the In Between, and finally atop the convergence of the Shadowlands itself.

Stage Three: The Freedom of Choice

"Nothing can stop what is to come."

Sylvanas follows the players' traversal, greeting them for the final showdown between Death and inevitability in the Jailer's master plan.

The "convergence of the Shadowlands" seems to clearly be referring to Oribos/the Arbiter's chamber. So, why would the fact that the Jailer might have a new look be important? Well, it's long been theorized/has been pretty obvious, since the first time we saw them, that the Jailer's chest hole and the Arbiter's chest gem/pearl are directly connected, and that the pearl might actually be Zovaal's in the first place. And now it's looking like he's coming to claim it.

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Despite the fact that we now know that there's a confrontation coming between them, we didn't quite know how it would turn out, but with the new model in place, it's becoming more and more likely that the Jailer will in fact take the pearl and socket it into his chest, thus causing a model change.

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Now, there's also a possibility the new model isn't necessarily changed as much as it has some new animations (like what happened with Saurfang's back in BfA where a death animation was added), but within the context of what we know, it seems more likely an actual model change is coming. We also already know Blizzard went through a complete re-do on the Jailer's look before Shadowlands released:

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So, could we see a bit of a return to this after Zovaal reclaims the final key/sigil? As the sigils seem to be the actual power the rest of the Eternal Ones took away from the Jailer, the Arbiter's pearl could be the final and biggest piece of the Jailer that was taken, and after getting it and the other sigils, he might be restored to his full power, and it would make sense for his model to change then. We've already extensively talked about how the new Primus model might also be hinting at how the Jailer originally looked, before he was locked away, and how it might be much closer to the original artwork above.

So, what do you think the encrypted Jailer model means? A new more powerful-looking Zovaal or just a new animation (or even a fakeout)?

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Inb4 the Jailer wasn't the bad guy after all, even though he enslaved billions of souls XD

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Jailer and Primus are brothers. Ok. so when we look at Primus he is like the oldman in the picture.

I don't know what race or entity this Eternal Ones are but considering this two they are brothers and if Jailer can acquire all keys then he will get enough power to eclipse anything else in known reality ( Excluding Sargeras in my opinion because i think Sargeras is way more powerful than this guys i can't help it) so this make sense that if Jailer is the winner of Sanctum of Domination then his new empowered form can oldman in the picture we saw before Shadowlands launch

 

This is just my humble idea

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Final Raid of WoW: Gnoll Keep

1st Boss: Breaching the Keep (Hellfire Assault Style)

2nd Boss; The Twin Gnoll (Jadefire Masters Style)

3rd Boss: Precious [The Boar from Elwynn] (Grong Style)

4th Boss: General Hammond Clay (Valithria Dream walker Style) [Heal him to full to win]

5th Boss: Lord Mortimer Moloch [Back after faking his own death, allied with the Gnoll Kind] (Lord Godfrey Heroic Style)

6th Boss: Foe Reaper 6000 [Scavenged from The Deadmines & rebuilt to serve the Gnoll King) (Mix of Deadmines & SoO Blackfuse]

7th Boss: Hog'Khar [Enforcer of the Gnoll King] (BC Gruul the Dragonkiller Style)

Final Boss: Hogger [Resurrected, The Gnoll King] (Mix of Wind Lord Mel'jarak and Ursoc Style) *Mythic Title "_______ the Gnoll Slayer" & Mythic Only Mount (Foe Reaper, like Felsteel Anniahlator)

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3 hours ago, Arcling said:

So would those sigils cause sudden beard growth? Beard as a measure of power? 

I thought this was understood? Like in general, in real life too? Did I not shave my beard for 16 years for NOTHING?!?!?!?!?!

On a more serious note, it's not that crazy to think that his literal "essence" was stolen, sort of like Golum or something like that, only quicker/instantly. But I do see your point about it perhaps looking silly when gathering these all powerful sigils = beard and hair growth 😄

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1 hour ago, Dreamcatcher said:

Jailer and Primus are brothers. Ok. so when we look at Primus he is like the oldman in the picture.

I don't know what race or entity this Eternal Ones are but considering this two they are brothers and if Jailer can acquire all keys then he will get enough power to eclipse anything else in known reality ( Excluding Sargeras in my opinion because i think Sargeras is way more powerful than this guys i can't help it) so this make sense that if Jailer is the winner of Sanctum of Domination then his new empowered form can oldman in the picture we saw before Shadowlands launch

 

This is just my humble idea

Yep, the Primus/brother thing was my idea as well in the linked article above, and makes quite a bit of sense. Not sure about Sargeras though, despite him being the most "popular" aka longest known bad guy in WoW I'm not sure where his power level is, he did get taken pretty damn easily by the Pantheon, and they didn't even have to do the sigil/key thing (also, fun fact, it's just the same story again isn't it? Except his time the Pantheon of Death won and imprisoned the crazy member who went off and did bad stuff, instead of the crazy Pantheon member killing them all and going off and doing bad stuff. And they're both after Azeroth for some fucking reason...)

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37 minutes ago, Starym said:

Yep, the Primus/brother thing was my idea as well in the linked article above, and makes quite a bit of sense. Not sure about Sargeras though, despite him being the most "popular" aka longest known bad guy in WoW I'm not sure where his power level is, he did get taken pretty damn easily by the Pantheon, and they didn't even have to do the sigil/key thing (also, fun fact, it's just the same story again isn't it? Except his time the Pantheon of Death won and imprisoned the crazy member who went off and did bad stuff, instead of the crazy Pantheon member killing them all and going off and doing bad stuff. And they're both after Azeroth for some *filtered* reason...)

True. The thing is Pantheon used remaining power of Argus to "Imprison" Sargeras. I can't help it but to think that red soul who stunned Arbiter is actually Argus's soul who is called titan of death infused fell magic by Sargeras. It needed only Argus's soul to break arbiter and machine of death ( planned by unseen guests ) but it need everything including remaining power of entire titan pantheon and argus's soul just to imprison Sargeras and im pretty sure they wont be able to keep him locked there for long. Maybe this was Jailers plan all along

Edit : And we know at some point both the Void and Burning Legion invaded Shadowlands but why? I don't know

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5 hours ago, Dreamcatcher said:

True. The thing is Pantheon used remaining power of Argus to "Imprison" Sargeras. I can't help it but to think that red soul who stunned Arbiter is actually Argus's soul who is called titan of death infused fell magic by Sargeras. It needed only Argus's soul to break arbiter and machine of death ( planned by unseen guests ) but it need everything including remaining power of entire titan pantheon and argus's soul just to imprison Sargeras and im pretty sure they wont be able to keep him locked there for long. Maybe this was Jailers plan all along

Edit : And we know at some point both the Void and Burning Legion invaded Shadowlands but why? I don't know

Yea just purely logically their power levels might be the same, so like Titan Pantheon = Pantheon of Death aka the Eternal Ones, and the Jailer and Sargeras were the strongest among them so their power is most likely also equal.

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Great article by Starym as always and we can say, great minds think alike!

Also, I guess me and my friend Caleina may have nailed it with the first part of our theory:

So, what if Zovaal was the original champion of The First Ones? Their attended, original “Arbiter” of the mortal souls, directing them to their own chosen place, respecting their past, mortal experiences and most importantly… Free will.

Let's see if the second part hits in the bullseye too 😉 

It's here if anyone wants to take a look:
https://lorefreaks.com/2021/03/31/exiled-in-the-void-the-first-ones/

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10 hours ago, Starym said:

Yea just purely logically their power levels might be the same, so like Titan Pantheon = Pantheon of Death aka the Eternal Ones, and the Jailer and Sargeras were the strongest among them so their power is most likely also equal.

If he's so powerful, I wonder if we are going to fight him directly. We didn't face Sargeras after all. Then again, older lore, where Sargeras was supposed to be the ultimate villain of this universe. But at least it looks like they want to establish parallel between Titans who ordered material plane, and Eternal Ones, who ordered Shadowlands.

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