Well, what a week! In terms of lore of course! The recent chapter of Shadowlands was about the Nathrezim and their incredible influence on everything. The lore of it has been shadowed by some other, really serious news of course, but we are here to talk about the lore of the game.
The chapter in question “ The Unseen Guests” has not been opened during PTR testing. All we knew was some leaked details, such as the fact that the Nathrezim escaped with Remornia in hand. But there are other details in the questline that can give you loregasms. Smaller details of course, compared to the fact that Sire Denathrius has escaped. But they are just worth noting.
The “Dreadlords” And Their Influence Upon Shadowlands
The Nathrezim have a lot of names, the most common one is “ The Dreadlords”. But their original name in Revendreth (as Renathal stated) was The Unseen Guests. In fact, I think we can relate the two titles with each other. They are unseen, they can be anywhere and anybody you spoke with. So they bring dread wherever they roam. We begin the questline where we were to speak with Lady Vashj, only to find out she asks us to help stop The Primus! After seconds, the original Lady Vashj destroys the impostor, an Unseen Guest.
This was just an example of how dangerous they are. They are the cunning ones Il’gynoth spoke of. One dreadlord was able to enter our camp in Korthia and disguised himself as Lady Vashj. This is why the moment we tell what happened to The Primus, he felt literally “dread”.
They were also among The Attendants, it was during the first week of Chains of Domination. The attendant we helped to find Fatescribe Roh-Kalo was actually a Dreadlord, classified as a Demon. So, they are among the attendants as well. You should keep an eye on Tal-Galan, the attendant who gives our weekly Korthia quests for a month now.
These were just a few examples of how dangerous they are in truth. Later in the questline of The Unseen Guests, you would find out that even some NPC’s in Sinfall, the Covenant sanctum of Revendreth,were actually The Unseen Guests. From one of the Raid Weapon Vendors to the Hearthstone guy, they were, -or actually ARE– everywhere. They are the fear, the dread and the untrust you feel towards your allies.
Countless ages ago, just after the first venthyr were sired, Denathrius unveiled another creation. The Nathrezim.
Forged to be the ultimate infiltrators, they bore the influence of Death into the realms of our rivals… as well as the worlds of the living.
Despite their subtlety, one of these incursions were discovered.
So, it seems the entire high society of Revendreth knew about the presence of The Nathrezim. But they did not put up a finger to stop them until their own ass burned literally due to the work of The Unseen Guests. They only banished them from The Shadowlands after The Light razed an entire section of Revendreth. Thus, I believe they are as guilty as Denathrius on the subject of the Nathrezim.
The Nathrezim have Demon Origins? And Some References to Illidan.
After the revelation of The Nathrezim’s origins actually comes from Death, I thought they would be classified as Humanoids. But with this chapter, now I’m sure that was not the case at all. Every Nathrezim we fought against has been classified as Demon. Moreover, we spot hidden Nathrezim among our ranks by using the device Lady Vashj gave us. She said she learned how to hunt The Dreadlords from a certain Demon Hunter – Illidan!- during her lifetime. So we did spot the Nathrezim by using the same technique with the Demon Hunters. So, two options here.
First, after the banishment of Nathrezim, Sire Denathrius chose the planet Nathreza, which was located in Twisting Nether, as a homeworld for his children. So, even if they were a different class of being when they were first created, their entire race has evolved into demons in time. Which actually makes sense. But, something doesn’t line up here.
Throughout the questline, every Nathrezim we fought against -especially Mal’ganis- clearly stated that some of them were actually never left The Shadowlands at all. Yet, all of them have been classified as demons. So, the Nathrezim lore is so perfect that even the fact they are actually demons was not retconned at all. Could Denathrius be able to create demons by himself? I would not find that surprising.
To sum up, I think this questline was the best piece of lore of Shadowlands so far. These were just my first impressions. I love The Nathrezim lore and I actually expect to see them -and heard about Denathrius- in the upcoming expansions as well.
Now, it is time to see the biggest revelation of 9.1, the highly-anticipated Elune cinematic is on its way!