Northrend Teases Future World of Warcraft Mysteries
Exploring Azeroth: Northrend explores some of World of Warcraft’s secrets, including one that could foretell a certain Old God’s eventual return.
Now that Exploring Azeroth: Northrend is out, players have discovered a few references to secrets & mysteries found in World of Warcraft. The mysteries these players discovered could hint at future World of Warcraft expansions.
Exploring Azeroth: Northrend is the latest installment of World of Warcraft’s field journal-like lore books that exp& upon the various corners of the game’s world. This volume is told from the perspective of Magni, Muradin, & Brann Bronzebeard as they return to the frozen continent to see what’s changed. During their explorations, they uncover several mysteries, including an ancient familial connection between their clan & the Northrend-native Frostborn dwarves.
One of the more interesting mysteries from the book surrounds the Old God, Yogg-Saron. World of Warcraft players may remember the many-mawed monster as the final boss of the Ulduar raid in Wrath of the Lich King. In the section pertaining to Westguard Keep, Muradin talks about expedition members who were driven mad by exposure to saronite–a metal originating from the Old God’s blood. Though the Old God has been defeated, saronite’s madness is still as potent as ever, seemingly hinting that the Old God may not be truly defeated, & could return in the future. The book also makes reference to the Puzzle Box of Yogg-Saron–a mysterious toy that speaks to players who use it.
Exploring Azeroth: Northrend also makes playful reference to a few in-game World of Warcraft locations that had drawn player attention in the past. One example is Zeramas, a necropolis completely devoid of undead inhabitants located in Zul’Drak. While players assumed the floating pyramid was a simple set decoration, Muradin confirms the eerie stronghold is canonically empty & speculates as to why. Another example can be found in the Sholazar Basin section, where Brann confirms the mysterious disappearing windows from the Makers’ Perch exist in canon as well.
Players were immediately invested in the secrets hidden within Exploring Azeroth: Northrend. The Old Gods have always been fan-favorite villains in World of Warcraft, so players are excited at the prospect of Yogg-Saron’s return. They immediately speculated if he would make a return in Dragonflight, possibly to play a role in the inevitable fate of Nozdormu to become Murozond.
On the other h&, some players were disappointed in Exploring Azeroth: Northrend. While there were some gems hidden within the book, players were dismayed to find most of the zones were largely unchanged from their appearance in Wrath of the Lich King. Many wondered what the purpose of the book was if it was just regurgitating mostly-known information. Nevertheless, reviews of the book are mostly positive, as it seems to avoid the problems World of Warcraft players had with its predecessor, Exploring Azeroth: Kalimdor.
World of Warcraft is available now on PC.
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