If you have been following me for a long time I’m sure you are aware that I have been speculating about the direct connections between Death and The Void and claiming they are not actually enemies at all.
Well, today we will take a look back at Legion, The Maw Of Souls dungeon and the second boss of it -Harbaron- in particular. Hopefully I will keep this article short.
What was the actual purpose of the maw of souls?
First, let us remember what The Maw Of Souls actually stands for:
“Amidst fog and mist, the cursed Vrykul await the Naglfar, a fearsome ship formed from sinew and bone, which comes to deliver these poor souls to Helheim, and the clutches of Helya.”
And Nagifar sails on a stormy, chaotic sea on its way to Helheim. So, when we defeat Ymiron, what does he say?
“Harbaron! Cast their souls into the tides!”
The tide… If you’ve played Battle For Azeroth, I’m sure you have realized the tide and the ocean were also associated with The Void and the darkest depths. Where as the people of Stormsong Valley believed, the darkest creatures awaits for them, turned out those creatures were actually Faceless Ones, the A’qir. So, in the culture of Kul’tirans, the depths should be feared while respected. Just like in our “culture” in real world in some way, the Cthulhu Mythos.
Moving on, we came across the second boss of the instance: Harbaron.
Harbaron was the ferryman of souls and the second boss of the instance. It’s said that his connection with Helya is unclear “but when the breeze catches Harbaron’s cloak, an expanse of shimmering stars unfolds beneath.”
So, what if Harbaron was also a Constellar?
Xal’atath had something to say about him as well:
“It was thought his kind was incorruptible. A lesson from my brothers I suppose.”
So, Yogg-Saron once tried to corrupt Algalon himself?If you remember Algalon was the first Constellar we encountered in the lore. What are they?:
” The constellar are a race of mysterious celestial beings who resemble large humanoid-shaped constellations. During the early ages of the universe, when the titan Pantheon brought order to countless worlds throughout the cosmos, the titan leader Aman’Thul called upon the constellar to observe the many worlds ordered by the Pantheon. The constellar stayed vigilant for any signs of instability, and, when necessary, initiated a fail-safe procedure to scour a planet of life and reset its evolutionary process.”
So a Constellar, Harbaron once worked with Helya for reasons unknown. And he says this during the boss battle:
“The flesh burdens the soul. A nuisance that must be flayed from your bones!“
Another implication to flesh being actually a burden, a weakness. While Il’gynoth calls it “a gift of flesh” because becoming mortals granted us free will, it also weakened us a lot.
When we get into Helheim:
“Helya and her cult are strong here. So close to the truth, yet so far.”
What is this “truth” she constantly referred to during Legion? Maybe the “truth” has been hidden in the sea, the depths? Or they are just metaphors?
Well, another quote from our mysterious ferryman of souls:
“ Life… death… I am but one ripple in the eternal ebb and flow…”
“Now it is I who must pay… the blood price!“
The eternal ebb and flow, Fatescribe Roh-Kalo had a similar line in Sanctum Of Domination:
“Eternity devours itself!“
The represantation of Ouroboros from the map of the nameless Broker. The Cosmic Chart in the eyes of Death and most likely The First Ones. Ah, we will talk about them soon aswell.
So, this guy Harbaron knew about this cycle as well. And he was a debt collector, more specificly, blood/soul depth collector. And he was wielding a Cosmic Scythe.
Regardless, the connections between Helya, Odyn, Yogg-Saron thus the connections between Death and The Void are undeniable.
But of course, content creators still rely upon the idea of “Death and Void are enemies! No other way at all” thing just because of a single line back in Three Sisters, ridiculous.
So, why no one attracted attention to this details and this guy in particular so far? Well, because at the time of Legion we had almost zero knowledge about the Shadowlands and how it works. But as you can see, Blizzard put breadcrumbs back in Legion for the entire Shadowlands arc. Just like how N’zoth warned us about the actual plot about Shadowlands through the entire Battle For Azeroth…
So, the next time when someone say ” Blizzard’s lore is inconsistent! Retcons everywhere! They wrote Shadowlands lore in a month!” kindly send them this article… Because in truth, Legion, Battle For Azeroth and Shadowlands is a single story arc.
Also we still do not know about Loken’s last words to Odyn. It seems when we learn the truth about the entire Helya-Odyn arc, the Pandora’s box will open…
Just like how “All eyes shall be opened.”