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Even though most 9.2 sound files remain encrypted, a few give us a solid idea about the ending of the Shadowlands story. This article contains major spoilers.

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In the first set of sound files (4254123, 4254126, 4254129), the Primus talks about the "Crown of Wills", an artifact that once bound all Covenants. The Primus also says "it will be made anew", which we think refers to the "Reforging of the Helm" cutscene we found earlier in the game files. This should happen during the fifth chapter of the Zereth Mortis storyline, which is titled "The Crown of Wills".

The only thing that refers to anything even remotely similar to "Crown of Wills" in the game files is the Classic item named "Crown of Will Crown of Willthat allowed an Ogre to resist the possession placed upon him to serve Lady Sylvanas.

4254123: "Imbued with the strength of those who defied domination."

4254126: "Behold the Crown of Wills."

4254129: "That which sought to bind us will be made anew."

The Primus

So this "Crown of Wills" allows us to "defy Domination" and the item will probably play a key role in defeating the Jailer.

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In the second sound file, Bolvar confirms that we'll destroy the Jailer. It probably plays at the end of the 9.2 raid once we defeat Zovaal. Bolvar also states that the Jailer was responsible for the plague of undeath on Azeroth. No other context is known at this time.

"The Jailer. He who tormented so many who long ago set in motion the plague of undeath on our world has finally been destroyed."

Bolvar Fordragon

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We also found an interesting Tyrande sound file (4324520) that probably plays after the Jailer is defeated.

4324520: "The Horde inflicted a grievous wound upon my people. You may never earn my trust, but you have my thanks for setting things right."

Tyrande Whisperwind

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Yet another artifact macguffin of extreme power with zero history comes out of nowhere to fix things?    Bleah.   

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53 minutes ago, Migol said:

Yet another artifact macguffin of extreme power with zero history comes out of nowhere to fix things?    Bleah.   

Well, at least it's not a mighty lazor of power. Weird how Jailer set the plague on Azeroth, while originally turning Ner'zhul into a Lich King was Kil'Jaeden's punishment for him, meant to be his last chance to be useful and prepare the stage for Legion's invasion.

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10 minutes ago, Arcling said:

Well, at least it's not a mighty lazor of power. Weird how Jailer set the plague on Azeroth, while originally turning Ner'zhul into a Lich King was Kil'Jaeden's punishment for him, meant to be his last chance to be useful and prepare the stage for Legion's invasion.

Well, that was back in the day when the Legion was otherdimensional  hell demons and not spacegoats with some other aliens mixed in.

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6 minutes ago, Migol said:

Well, that was back in the day when the Legion was otherdimensional  hell demons and not spacegoats with some other aliens mixed in.

Twisting Nether was already a thing in Warcraft 3, and it was another dimension. Hell demons were mentioned in Warcraft 1, they changed it later. But of course, there was no Jailer doing his great master plan from behind the scenes. There was only Sargeras and his servants.

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This is the biggest problem with WoW's lore. Rather than having a long term, coherent story plan (eg. FFXIV), every new expansion tries to be its own separate thing. With new writers coming in retconning everything in their wake. At this point the lore completely falls to pieces if you so much as glance at it sideways, but we're supposed just to ignore it.

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48 minutes ago, Brightamethyst said:

This is the biggest problem with WoW's lore. Rather than having a long term, coherent story plan (eg. FFXIV), every new expansion tries to be its own separate thing. With new writers coming in retconning everything in their wake. At this point the lore completely falls to pieces if you so much as glance at it sideways, but we're supposed just to ignore it.

This is absolutely correct.  They fail to leverage their IP properly because they are basically eradicated storylines by trying to create medieval Marvel Super Hero adventures in WoW. Case in point, the destruction of the Burning Legion. It was a terrible idea akin to Warhammer 40K getting rid of Chaos.  Instead of building up the Legion, fleshing out the demonic force with more named Demons and capitalizing on the fact that permanently killing demons is next to impossible, They take what is the best re-occurring villains in their story and erase all of that because they want to  show cool Illidan is.

 WoW has a lot of Lore issues that makes their game terrible in the storytelling department. Legion is the only expansion where the player was finally as important as the Faction NPCs until Illidan is put back into the story. Their storytelling has been to make the player Murder Hobo Enablers who empower the crappy NPCs.

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Sooo basically a new helm of domination wil be made and everything will be back to normal and the big bad is defeated(again)... Even a 5 year can write a better story.

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2 hours ago, Darkzarupia said:

Sooo basically a new helm of domination wil be made and everything will be back to normal and the big bad is defeated(again)... Even a 5 year can write a better story.

Don't forget the handwave "oh you were bad and did unspeakable things, but hey it's all forgiven" and back to status quo cause heaven forbid a major character actually stays bad and faces punishment for their actions

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