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Through Firim's journal in Patch 9.2, we learn more about the Jailer's ultimate plan and the cosmic forces. This post contains major story spoilers.

Firim is an Oracle who maintains a journal in Patch 9.2 that reveals more information about the First Ones, the six cosmic forces, and the Jailer's ultimate plan.

Blizzard has reworked the Zereth Mortis Pathfinder, and one of the new requirements requires you to read Firim's Journal (Tales of the Exile Tales of the Exile). Below, we highlight Parts 6 & 7, as they reveal more about the cosmic forces, the First Ones' grand design, and the Jailer's ultimate plan.

Firim in Exile, Part 6 Firim in Exile, Part 6

The sixth part talks about the six cosmic forces.

The six forces that pointed toward a seventh, and yet denied it. For a long while, I considered this seeming contradiction no more than another variable. An unknown waiting to be solved.

But the song of the oracle continued to reverberate in my consciousness. And as allowed my focus to soften, my grip upon the tangible to loosen, the geometry took shape in my mind.

It was both six AND seven. The six were one, and the seventh the other.

Did they desire union? The song seemed to say otherwise. Both were, yet only one could be.

The melody shifted. I shuddered at the shape it took.

This was not a variable to be solved. It was a solution awaiting its opportunity.

The song must not be allowed to end.

Do the First Ones still sing it? Truly, I do not know. But if they do not...

If they do not...

Who will?

Long have aI scoffed at what I learned of titans, or the void lords, or demons of the Nether. I held Death's pantheon in higher regard, but now I know that they are just as limited. Truth lies not in one direction or another, but in their intersection.

The First Ones had parceled out their gifts, but gave no child all of them. No wonder these offspring bickered with such incessant jealousy. Their very nature was one of denial.

Firim in Exile, Part 7 Firim in Exile, Part 7

The last part reveal's the Jailer's endgame and Firim's fears about the grand design even after the Jailer's defeat.

Though the Jailer has been defeated and the Shadowlands made whole again, I find myself unable to celebrate these victories.

For I have studied the inner workings of the Sepulcher. Seen the powers with which the Jailer sought to remake reality. And these observations fill me with a fear that shakes the very core of my being.

It is clear to me now that there must be a Zereth for each force of the cosmos, and within them, an inner sanctum akin to the Sepulcher.

And if that is true, then these sanctums must be connected on some fundamental level; a connection that the Jailer sought to exploit.

What he began in the Sepulcher was meant to cascade outward from one Zereth to the next, until all were dominated by his power. The heart of the Shadowlands acting as a doorway to the heart of each cosmic force in turn, one after another bound to his will.

But if his scheme was thwarted, then why is my mind so ill at lease?

Because I have seen how fragile the pattern is. How delicate the scales that keep the six forces in balance.

And if the Jailer, in his act of malevolence, left behind but the most imperceptible of cracks in that pattern, then I fear what is tiny now will only grow, until the balance itself is prone to be shattered by another force applying relentless pressure.

I pray that the First Ones anticipated such an eventuality. That they would leave measures in place to preserve their grand design.

Unless...

Unless their design was never meant to endure.

And that... that is the possibility that haunts me.

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Meanwhile, somewhere beyond the edges of reality..

The First Ones (munching popcorn): "Intense. Pass the cola, would you?"

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So Azshara is after some version of the Sepulcher in one of the Zereth's (I'd expect Order or Life).

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2 hours ago, Teufel said:

Meanwhile, someone beyond the edges of reality..

The First Ones (munching popcorn): "Intense. Pass the cola, would you?"

Once more, the whole "there was only one Burning Legion for all realities" bites them in the a-s-s. If there are different Zereths (?), are they for all realities or just one? 

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That's some of the first bits of writing in Shadowlands that've actually hooked me. 

2 hours ago, Nym85 said:

So Azshara is after some version of the Sepulcher in one of the Zereth's (I'd expect Order or Life).

NAGA INC

(please)

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2 hours ago, Arcling said:

Once more, the whole "there was only one Burning Legion for all realities" bites them in the a-s-s. If there are different Zereths (?), are they for all realities or just one? 

You mean Draenor?

It is not a "reality" per se, it's a branching timeline (and as Nozdormu pointed out - there is only one true timeline, at least that's what the Titans claimed).

That said, time seems to be on the weaker side of factors in WoW cosmology, and if one of the six forces exists in all possible timelines at once, why the workshop of the First Ones cannot simply exist outside of time altogether?

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3 hours ago, Nym85 said:

So Azshara is after some version of the Sepulcher in one of the Zereth's (I'd expect Order or Life).

I'm not sure how she'd even know those exist, honestly.

Yeah, she served N'zoth for a long time and may have aquired plenty of knowledge, but the existence of "Sepulchers" and their function seems to be a closely guarded secret of the upper echelons of the corresponding forces.

And the dreaded Old Gods are considered "parasites" next to the Void Lords, so N'zoth would also hardly know about them.

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39 minutes ago, Teufel said:

You mean Draenor?

It is not a "reality" per se, it's a branching timeline (and as Nozdormu pointed out - there is only one true timeline, at least that's what the Titans claimed).

That said, time seems to be on the weaker side of factors in WoW cosmology, and if one of the six forces exists in all possible timelines at once, why the workshop of the First Ones cannot simply exist outside of time altogether?

It wasn't consistent so far. Kairoz used Vision of Time to search for that particular Draenor, as it existed before and there were some differences before Garrosh even arrived (him not being born and Rulkan surviving for example). Perhaps each timeline has it's true version, than can be altered or destroyed, otherwise us fighting Infinite Dragonflight would have been pointless. I think Illidan novel mentioned different universes at one point, so this whole thing with Legion is simply a mess (that could have been a one good change, if they went back on it, and it turned out there were other versions of Burning Legion as well) when they are introducing more lore to Shadowlands. Not sure where First Ones fit or if they are still alive.

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11 hours ago, Teufel said:

I'm not sure how she'd even know those exist, honestly.

Yeah, she served N'zoth for a long time and may have aquired plenty of knowledge, but the existence of "Sepulchers" and their function seems to be a closely guarded secret of the upper echelons of the corresponding forces.

And the dreaded Old Gods are considered "parasites" next to the Void Lords, so N'zoth would also hardly know about them.

Azshara has been studying arcane magic for thousands of years, being able to divine the existence of Zereth Ordos or whatever it will be called isn't crazy. And "true throne of power" sounds like exactly the place Zovaal was looking for.

Plus Azshara is one of the few good villains left in this franchise so let's make her a final boss as she deserves.

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6 hours ago, Nym85 said:

Azshara has been studying arcane magic for thousands of years, being able to divine the existence of Zereth Ordos or whatever it will be called isn't crazy. And "true throne of power" sounds like exactly the place Zovaal was looking for.

Plus Azshara is one of the few good villains left in this franchise so let's make her a final boss as she deserves.

I doubt something this integral to the clockwork of reality can be "divined" unless one knows exactly what they are looking for.

I do not diminish Azshara's talents, but there is also Malfurion who channeled the power of the world itself on more than one occasion, and he also is seemingly oblivious to the existense of.... Zereth Vita, I guess, despite ages spent in the Emerald Dream. If there is a mortal who can come closest to try and figure it out, I'd bet on him.

That said... Unless someone dumb just tells Azshara, now that we know of Zereths' existence. And if by chance Ve'nari never gets to Zereth Mortis in 9.2, she might as well sell the intel to someone powerful who'd help her reach one of Zereths.

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