Well, what a week! After the announcement of Shadowlands patch 9.2: Zereth Mortis, we have confirmation for Zovaal is the actual final boss of Shadowlands. And his threat at the beginning of the expansion about our planet wasn’t a joke, we can be sure that Zovaal is a man of his word.
Death Comes For Azeroth, literally.
So, thanks to Wowhead’s datamining the list of bosses have been revealed, the review of it can be an entire new article so let’s focus on Zovaal and his ultimate ending phase for the moment.
According to the Wowhead article, the Zovaal encounter starts and ends in different locations. As I have said before, since Legion the ending raids were massive both in terms of story and size. So, considering we cleared out Torghast at 9.1, the ending raid should be something to overshadow it and here we go. It is time to make a conclusion for every thread that has been woven since Legion, it all led to this, this ultimate battle.
Desolation: Zovaal launches a volley of missiles at Azeroth, decreasing Azeroth’s health by up to 20%. One of these missiles can be intercepted by each player, inflicting 60 Shadow damage.
Apocalypse Bolt: Inflicts 5% of Azeroth’s maximum health in Shadow damage.
First, as a raid mechanic I don’t think that Zovaal’s Desolation attack would be intercepted by a single raid member if we would not be buffed in a gigantic amount, considering they are powerful enough to decrease the health of an unborn Titan instantly.
With this needless detail out of the way, it seems the true “Battle for Azeroth” is about to happen. Since Sargeras stabbed the sword into our planet, it was clear that the time of our young World Soul to be awakened comes closer each day. Considering Sargeras was the one who started the Faction War indirectly, it was also his action that led to all of these, speaking of Sargeras though…
İsn’t it the time for the legendary comeback of Sargeras&Illidan? And Steve Danuser also said that Sargeras’ sword will ultimately serve a purpose, considering everything since 2016 ( the single arc of Legion-Battle For Azeroth- Shadowlands) led to this moment, now it is time for something big to happen, as a legendary climax.
The ending of Legion was a legend, we thought we won but Sargeras ruined our victory by stabbing his sword (for still unknown reasons) into our planet. Now, it is time for his legendary comeback, for two options:
First, Sargeras and Illidan would appear during the cinematic and Sargeras, the ultimate platonic lover of Azeroth would fight against Zovaal himself. This way, we, the children of Azeroth would not defeat the “godlike” enemy but rather just manage to barely protect our planet then Sargeras would deal with Zovaal personally. He will most likely use Gorribal, the sword he stabbed into our planet, but that would hurt the World Soul a lot more.
The second option, however, would develop in a slightly different way. If you have been following me for a long time, I’m sure you are aware that I have been insisting on something. In my opinion, The Legion were pretty much aware of The Shadowlands and they even used (or meant to use) the Rift of Aln to reach it, thanks to the path Xavius created.
So, either Kil’ajeden or Sargeras was aware of Zovaal’s presence and they have been working together to end the creation .But Zovaal’s goal, as you can see, is a bit different. Sargeras and his Crusade would stop at nothing to destroy all life in the universe, then Sargeras would re-create the existence from the beginning. But for Zovaal, it is not only about the physical universe but about this prison, this “flawed design” of The First Ones that caused him, their chosen champion, to suffer in The Maw for eons.
N’zoth Has Warned Us About His Aggresive Friend
So, Sargeras was actually aware of Zovaal but he did not know he would go that far and directly attack Azeroth’s world soul, the Titan he fell in love, literally. So that would make them enemies. One side, a god who would stop at nothing to remake the flawed reality and on the other side a god in love, wow! But there is another possibility, my dear friend Aernath speculated something when we found out how aggressive will Zovaal be against Azeroth:
He claims that Zovaal’s goal is to engage a “marriage of gods” between him and Azeroth, saving Azeroth from her “prison”, the world itself. “This world is a prison” right? Forcing her to finally awake, maybe she was being forced to sleep by The Titans?
We don’t know how long would it take for a Titan to be born, but considering how much damage Azeroth endured through the planet’s lifetime -a Sundering, a Cataclysm and so forth- at some point the World Soul should’ve already awakened. But she is still asleep. So, Zovaal may try to awaken her but his method is too risky, because seemingly his relentless assault would harm the World Soul nonetheless.
But N’zoth also warned us about Zovaal, N’zoth said that he alone would save us from Zovaal and he should be the one who would take control of The World Soul. Because he knew that his friend Zovaal is “a bit aggressive” and his brutal methods would ruin the Old Gods’ own ultimate plan to save their masters (The First Ones) by fatally harming the World Soul.
So, this is actually where our theory about The First Ones being trapped inside The Void and ultimately became The Void Lords comes into account. And that Zovaal (with the help of the Old Gods from Azeroth) would find his way to the World Soul of Azeroth to unlock the key of The Void and usher the actual unmaking to free The First Ones.
What if The First Ones aka The Void Lords and The Outer Gods from H.P. Lovecraft Mythos actually have some similarities?
Soon, very soon…