Theorycraft: The Maw Jailer and the Fallen Titan
Many years ago, when the Patch 1.9 event that led to the Opening of The Gates of Ahn’Qiraj became available, a legend about a Fallen Titan in Silithus showed up briefly by Geologist Larksbane: “In the time before time, when the world was still in its infancy, a battle between a Titan and a being of unimaginable evil and power raged on this very soil. The prophecy is unclear about whether or not the Titan was vanquished in this battle but it illustrates that a Titan fell. An Old God had also fallen – or so it was thought.”
Source: Qiraji Origin: The Fifth Old god
It has been ages since this piece of canon was introduced, and nothing has come up from it.
Once upon a time, I theorized it could be the way Blizzard Entertainment would explain how Sargeras became corrupted — tainted by C’Thun through a wound in his chest; but sadly, a big missed opportunity, as it was never used.
However, with World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, the Jailer in The Maw presents another opportunity to tie in the fate of the Fallen Titan. Chances are, it is going to be yet another missed opportunity.
But this is a theorycraft article, so let’s build it up for the sake of discussion.
As per Geologist Larksbane, a Titan fell in Silithus. C’Thun fell in that battle as well.
It is not known if the Titan was vanquished. It is difficult for me to interpret what “vanquished” means in this context. It could mean he died, or he was defeated but lived post-injury.
So let’s just say that the Titan did die — for theorycrafting purposes.
If the said fallen Titan battled C’Thun mano-a-mano, let’s say that before the Titan landed a final blow upon C’Thun, a desperate C’Thun drove a spiked-tentacle through the Titan’s chest — infesting him with Old god goo.
So we know that the Curse of Flesh comes from the Old gods.
There has never been a record of what happens to a Titan when they die. We know that Sargeras’ avatar fell in Northrend after Aegwynn defeated him; but we don’t exactly know that the avatar was truly Sargeras’ full body.
Was Sargeras’ body catatonic somewhere in the Twisting Nether, while his spirit inhabited the avatar, then passed on into Aegwynn, and later onto Medivh?
Where exactly did Sargeras’ spirit go? All we know from lore is that he was sent to the Void. Yet, when Argus the Unmaker was defeated, the Titans pulled Sargeras from Azeroth itself — as if removing a spiritual leech off the planet.
How can that be possible, if he was in the Void?
The other reference we have is that it was revealed in Legion, that the Titans had died, yet they easily materialized new bodies and left alongside Illidan.
It is a bit confusing on what exactly happens to a Titan when they die, with so little information. Things just happen in-game without explanation or context.
But what happens to a fallen Titan when he has been wounded by an Old god? We know that the Vrykul, the Earthen, Gnomes, and the Mogu were infested by the Curse of Flesh.
What that actually means is that the Titan creations, with metal bodies were weakened and transformed by the Old gods into flesh.
Flesh is an extension of the Old gods. It is their lifeblood. I see the Old gods as parasitic beings. The metallic body was infested with Old god lifeblood. When that flesh body dies, the Anima is consumed by the Old god — as their main feeding ingredient to gain power. At least, that is my personal view.
Souls = the source of Arcane magic
The more souls, the more magic the Old god may consume to feed and to power itself.
So in essence, it is benefitial for the Old gods to have a world of dead — as we saw in the Hour of Twilight (End Time, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm).
On the other hand, a world where Sylvanas lays her plans and succeeds — she is the enemy of the Old gods agenda. Undeath frees the soul from being feasted upon by the Old gods.
In theory, the first ever Titan creature to have fallen before the Old gods’ curse of flesh becomes the #1 resident of a plane of death.
Death is the byproduct of the Old gods’ curse of flesh. You transform into a living creature, feed and grow, then you die — leaving behind large amounts of Anima, and then your spirit resides in the afterlife machine — producing arcane energy that continues to feed the Old gods.
Who would I appoint as the Jailor to oversee the machine of death? The very first victim: The Titan that fell in Silithus.