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The sword plunged into Silithus.

From Exploring Azeroth: Kalimdor.

The Sword of Sargeras[1][2] (or the dark blade of Sargeras)[3] is a weapon "crafted from hatred made manifest"[4] that the titan Sargeras used to impale Azeroth, gravely injuring its world-soul, as the final act of the Burning Crusade, during the Argus Campaign. It struck in Silithus, decimating the life and settlements in the region, which is now referred to as the Wound. This event damaged the titan spirit at the core of the planet, causing it to start bleeding Azerite all over the world. The Explorers' League didn't know how deep the sword goes and what Sargeras might have disturbed or awoken.[5]

The sword's magic emitted a dark-red aura, its energies seeping into Azeroth's heart like poison, until order champions drained the sword of its corruption with their artifact weapons serving as vessels for its vast power. The red glow subsided, and the sword went dormant.[6]

According to Pixni Rustbomb, the research about the silithid who survived the destruction of the land helped understand the power of Sargeras' sword.[7]

Notes

  • Historically, Sargeras was depicted with a broken and jagged[8] sword with an eye in its hilt, including in the patch 7.3 key art (see Gallery below). However, when the sword appears in-game and in the 7.3 cinematic, it looks whole, unbroken, and with a red orb of energy instead of an eye, but still jagged.
  • The sword is also never given a name in canon, only referred to repeatedly as the "sword of Sargeras".
    • In the non-canonical Warcraft RPG, Sargeras' sword was named Gorribal. It was crafted from his original sword, Gorshalach, which sundered itself when Sargeras turned evil. From the remnants of Gorshalach, Aggramar formed a new sword called Taeshalach, and Sargeras forged Gorribal from the other half.
    • While the names Taeshalach and Gorshalach have been made canon,[9] their backstory doesn't seem to be. Chronicle Volume 1 showed Sargeras with a sword that looks like Gorshalach breaking a planet in half, but stated that Sargeras and Aggramar always had their own separate, unnamed swords each, and both swords broke when the two titans clashed.
    • In the RPG sourcebook Shadows & Light, Sargeras is depicted with Gorribal impaling a planet.[10]

Gallery

References

 
  1. ^ Before the Storm, chapter 21
  2. ^ World of Warcraft: Exploring Azeroth: Kalimdor, pg. 106
  3. ^ B [45] Desert Research
  4. ^ Before the Storm, chapter 1
  5. ^ Before the Storm, chapter 14
  6. ^ N [110] The Power in Our Hands
  7. ^ H [45] The Source of Power
  8. ^ The Sundering, pg. 307, 323 — "Then, the titan raised one arm and in it Brox beheld a long, wicked sword the upper half of whose blade had been broken off. What remained was jagged and still very capable of slaying."
  9. ^  [Gorshalach's Legacy]
  10. ^ File:Sargeras.JPG
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