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N'Zoth (pronounced "Ne-Zoth" or "Ni-Zoth") is one of the confirmed Old Gods. Speculated to be deep under the sea in Azeroth, N'Zoth has rarely been spoken of throughout the world. However the creature has been noted in writings and has even communicated with Queen Azshara. During the fall of the Black Empire, following the death of Y'Shaarj, N'Zoth was the first of the old gods to be encased in an underground monolithic enchanted prison by the titans.
Due to the destruction of the Well of Eternity (also known as the Sundering) Queen Azshara was blasted far into the deeps of the seas. There, she made a deal with the Old Gods, specifically N'Zoth. She was then cursed and transformed into a Naga.
Blizzard employee comments Edit
In BlizzCon 2010's Quests and Lore panel, Chris Metzen revealed that the third named Old God, which was said to be revealed in Cataclysm, will be called "Nezoth/Ni'zoth", though its name was actually N'Zoth and several people heard variations like N'Zath because the name was spoken and not written down officialy for awhile. N'Zoth appears to be an Old God which is still active. He seems to be related to the Faceless Ones.
In Warbringers: Azshara Edit
The strongest hint of N'Zoth's existence and role in corrupting Queen Azshara is in the animated short, Warbringers: Azshara. The short portrays Azshara and her city of Zin-Azshari being engulfed by the ocean during the Sundering. Azshara creates a local shield to stem the flood for a time, but it eventually fails and she begins to drown while hearing the voices of fellow highborne blaming her. As she faces death, an unnamed voice speaks to her and offers an alternative to death, as a servant of the voice. Azshara rejects and boldly demands a counter-offer, which the voice appears to accept, and she is transformed.
Although the voice is not named, previous lore strongly supports that this is N'Zoth.
In World of Warcraft EditThis section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.
Q u o t e:
Warlord Zon'ozz: Gaze into the heart of N'Zoth.
Warlord Zon'ozz: The will of N'Zoth corrupts you.
Warlord Zon'ozz: Your deaths shall sing of N'Zoth's unending glory.
Warlord Zon'ozz: Your skulls shall adorn N'Zoth's writhing throne.
Warlord Zon'ozz: Victory for Deathwing. For the glory of N'Zoth!
Warlord Zon'ozz: Your souls shall sate N'Zoth's endless hunger.
Warlord Zon'ozz: Once more shall the twisted flesh-banners of N'Zoth chitter and howl above the fly-blown corpse of this world. After millennia, we have returned.
Speculated references in World of Warcraft Edit
Puzzle Box EditThis section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.
- In the land of Ny'alotha there is only sleep...
- In the sleeping city of Ny'alotha walk only mad things.
- Ny'alotha is a city of old, terrible, unnumbered crimes...
- The drowned god's heart is black ice...
- At the bottom of the ocean even light must die.
- Have you had the dream again? A black goat with seven eyes that watches from the outside.
- In the sunken city, he lays dreaming.†
- † This may be a reference to Vashj'ir, due to the nature that some of it contains Highborn ruins...)
Ny'alotha and the Emerald Nightmare Edit
Ny'alotha may be the Emerald Nightmare, the core of pure evil, in the Emerald Dream. The box also says: "In the sleeping city of Ny'alotha walk only mad things." The mad things may be the unwaking people, victims of the Emerald Nightmare which are captured in the Emerald Dream, forced to stay there forever. That was however proven false, due to the death quote of Il'gynoth, Hearth of Corruption. "N'zoth... I journey... To Ny'alotha..." Therefore,the Emerald Nightmare cannot be Ny'alotha.
The "drowned god" could be N'Zoth.
Vashj'ir EditThis section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.
The underwater zone Vashj'ir contains a few possible references to an Old God underneath. A cave called the Undershell below L'ghorek sprouts tentacles characteristic of an old god. Three ogre magi can be found there, maintaining a ritual to connect L’ghorek with the thing below.
In the quest  , Ick'thys the Unfathomable is summoned and states:
"I laugh at you, feeble <name>, but I will oblige. Now, let us return to my master, below!"
In a quest which follows,  , Erunak Stonespeaker states:
"L'ghorek is the ancient that rests upon the shelf across from us. It is being controlled and its life energies slowly consumed by something immense beneath us."
Stormrage EditThis section concerns content exclusive to the Warcraft novels or short stories.
The first time the living were made aware of (what was presumably) N'Zoth's existence was when Malfurion Stormrage sensed something deep down within the Rift of Aln, which he called 'an ancient evil'.
Q u o t e:
Malfurion Stormrage: I have encountered this power once before, within the depths of the Emerald Dream, near an abyss known as the Rift of Aln.
Malfurion Stormrage: That place radiated an ancient evil with such intensity that we dared not venture closer.
Malfurion Stormrage: It was all we could do to attempt to seal the taint away from the rest of the Dream. But it appears that we failed.
Malfurion Stormrage: And now, to find a fragment of that power in the hands of the Legion? A terrible portent....
N'Zoth was probably also the Old God that drove Neltharion to the brink of insanity.
Location of N'Zoth's prison EditThis section concerns content exclusive to the Warcraft novels or short stories.
Based on maps which depict Azeroth at various points throughout its history (both pre and post-sundering) contained in World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, it appears as though the location of N'Zoth's prison may be somewhere under the sea, south of Suramar City.
- The whispers of the Puzzlebox draw parallels to the Cthulhu mythos of H. P. Lovecraft. The term 'sunken city' might refer to R'lyeh, also from Lovecraft's works.
- "N'zoth" is the name of a planet in the Star Wars universe.
- N'Zoth is the first Old God to debut outside of World of Warcraft, being revealed to be a card in Hearthstone.
- N'zoth's name literally means "the seeker" in the Old God Language. This can be revealed by typing his name in the chat when you are playing as a shadow priest.
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 25
- ^ Boubouille 2010-10-22. Blizzcon 2010 - WoW Quests and Lore Panel. MMO Champion.
- ^ a b Kaivax 2011-09-20. Patch 4.3 Raid Preview: Dragon Soul. Official World of Warcraft Community site (US).
Patch 4.3 Raid Preview: Dragon Soul. Official World of Warcraft Community site (EU) (2011-09-20).
- ^ Stormrage, page 389, although N'Zoth is not mentioned by name