First Ones

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The First Ones are godlike beings[1] who shaped the cosmos, including the Titans, the Eternal Ones, the Void, and the Light.[2][3] Very little is known about them, but they are connected to other pantheons like the titan Pantheon and the Eternal Ones.[1] Even the denizens of the Shadowlands only have texts about them that are mostly speculation and half-truths.[4] Their architecture is known for its geometric patterns.[5] The First Ones were the architects of the Shadowlands, including Oribos[5][6] and Maldraxxus.[2] They placed a Shadowlands map[6] and the Great Vault in Oribos.[7] In addition, their spirit obelisks can be found throughout the afterlives, including some broken ones in the Maw. One of their waystones is located within the Maw, and another in Oribos. It was reawakened from dormancy by an adventurer, to the great surprise of the Jailer who had thought it impossible for a relic of the First Ones to respond to a mortal.[8] According to Tal-Inara, if the Jailer killed the Arbiter, it would mean the end of everything the First Ones made.[9]

The Jailer is searching for a secret that the First Ones sought to hide, calling it the "final prize".[10]



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  1. ^ a b perculia 2020-07-09. Shadowlands Lore Interview with Lead Narrative Designer Steve Danuser - Elune, Sylvanas, Calia. Wowhead. Archived from the original on 2020-07-09.
  2. ^ a b The Art of World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, pg. 99: The First Ones who shaped the cosmos knew they needed to protect the Shadowlands from external threats and beyond. Maldraxxus was their answer.
  3. ^ Bellular interviewing Morgan Day & Steve Danuser at 10:30, Steve Danuser: They were these mysterious and very powerful beings that sort of architect-ed the framework of the universe of which the Titans, the Pantheon of Death, pantheons of all these different influences are kind of the next layer down from the First Ones, these progenitors of the universe.
  4. ^ N [60] The Hall of Tomes
  5. ^ a b Opulence Ba'hare#Quotes
  6. ^ a b N [50] Tether to Home
  7. ^ N [60] The Great Vault
  8. ^ N [50] Stand as One
  9. ^ N [50] Audience with the Arbiter
  10. ^ [Clearing the Fog]
  11. ^ A [23] In the Hands of the Perverse
  12. ^ A [13] Power Over the Tides
  13. ^  [Tablet of the Balancing Tides]
  14. ^ Sharas'dal had control over the tides after being filled with water from the Elune-associated Well of Eternity