To tease the next one World of Warcraft Extension, ShadowlandsBlizzard has shown a number of animated short films called Afterlives. Each short film covers one of the four zones and factions that we will deal with Shadowlandsand shows a preview of the main conflict for players. Now, World of Warcraft Lore is always weird, and an extension where everyone goes to the afterlife to hunt ghosts will be weird by nature. But some of the information revealed in these Afterlives shorts is really terrible.
Seriously holy shit
The core premise of Shadowlands is that everyone has a soul and when you die your soul will be judged. From there it is sent to a final destination. Literally all afterlife is true and real, and all religions were correct. We will see four of these afterlife in Shadowlandsbut people can go anywhere.
In the most recent short film “Ardenweald” we saw a long-standing traditional figure die. This is Ursoc, whom we killed while in the Emerald Nightmare heist legion. Now that Ardenweald is struggling to survive, Ursoc had to sacrifice himself. He died in the afterlife.
It’s so bizarre. Ursoc has been around since the earliest days of the game. He has always been a pillar of the Druidic tradition. Seeing him in Legion was a big deal actually fighting him more.
I have a feeling that the gravity of the situation will affect many of us later.
– Granden Grandblade (spoiler here) (@BenGrandblade) September 10, 2020
What? If you die in the Shadowlands, will you die in real life? What happens to someone who is twice dead? Every time I try to theorize how this works, I suffer psychological damage.
Double the trouble
But at least at Ursoc we just have to worry one Soul. In the abridged version, Bastion, we saw Uther the Lightbringer die through Arthas, an event that took place during the event Warcraft 3. We learned that Uther went to the Bastion and only returned to Azeroth to throw Arthas into super hell.
But wait. No, that is not correct. The players saw Uther while the Wrath of the Lich King Expansion in the dungeon Halls of Reflection. He’s got an entire speech about forgiving Arthas and not wanting to throw him to Hell!
Uther the Lightbringer says: Arthas …
Uther the Lightbringer says: Oh, hero of Azeroth, you are giving me a greater gift than you know.
Uther the Light Bringer says: I have long tried to forgive the prince for his terrible transgressions.
Uther the Light Bringer says: My soul was plagued by unbearable fear, dark thoughts … and distances me from the light.
Uther the Light Bringer says: I clearly remember the shine of pride in his eye when he stood before me trying to defeat the enemies of light …
Uther the Lightbringer says: Eager to defend his people, no matter what it costs.
Uther the Light Bringer says: It is this memory of Arthas that I want to keep in my heart.
Uther the Lightbringer says: I will always be in your debt, friend.
Uther the Light Bringer says: Thank you.
This may be a retcon, but fans think differently. There is a moment in the short version of “Bastion” that players keep discussing. A user named dreamfisher on the Warcraft Lore subreddit writes:
When we see Uther’s soul leave its body while it is still whole, its color is white. When it divides, the two fragments are blue and gold. The blue fragment is swallowed by Frostmourne, while the golden fragment is passed on to Bastion.
This could be a case where we have to ask, “Gosh, Uther, how come the referee allows you? two Souls? “And if this happened to everyone who died over Frostmourne, it will have a big impact. Sylvanas Windrunner, one of our main opponents, died over Frostmourne. There could be a good Sylvanas out there, and Azeroth was saddled with the bad twin.
All of this raises massive ethical, scientific, and theological questions that I cannot even answer. What happens when a soul dies? Can you have two souls If so, does one of them have to be angry? Or are they just misunderstood? We can only wait until Shadowlands and its end game arrives.