WoWHead's dataminers have discovered the first dialogues on the test server for WoW Patch 9.2, which tell us something about the upcoming story of Zereth Mortis. It is a conversation between Bolvar, Jaina and Sylvanas. The Banshee Queen is allowed to accompany us to Zereth Mortis because she knows more about the Runes of Domination than we do. She is to help us free Anduin from the yoke of the jailer. We warn at this point as usual against spoilers after the video.

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In search of Anduin

Jaina Prachtmeer finds Sylvanas' sudden change of heart a sheer mockery. After all, she delivered Anduin to the jailer.

Sylvanas: If the Jailer has breached the Sepulcher, then he is but a breadth away from enacting his plan.
Bolvar: We cannot allow that to happen.
Sylvanas: You all have witnessed the Jailer's power first hand. Without the means to resist his domination, we have no chance against him.
Sylvanas: Anduin may be the key if we can save him from --Jaina
: You dare speak of freeing him after all you have done!
Bolvar: Sylvanas held the mourneblade that bound him. Her presence may help free Anduin from the Jailer's grasp.
Jaina: I will never trust her!





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Sylvanas about the past

In a quiet moment, Sylvanas talks about her past and these are her words:

I don't remember the exact moment I wrested control.
I do remember the rush of freedom. The clarity of purpose.
When I loosed my arrow, I sought to become his judge and his executioner.
I thought that if I could punish him for his crimes, I would be absolved of mine.


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Sylvanas explains that in the past she did not have full control over her actions. However, in a clear moment, she looked behind the mask of the dungeon master, who not only wanted to undo creation, but also enslave everything and everyone.

This was the turning point in Sylvanas' story. So, at the judge's seat, she suddenly realized that Zovaal was not a rebel, like her, but a monster who aspired to the ultimate domination of the cosmos. That is why she attacked the jailer instead of continuing to follow him.

Lost soul shard or not, with "I thought if I could punish him for his crimes, I would be absolved of my own," Sylvanas confessed her own guilt. So she was well aware of the terrible crimes she committed in Azeroth in years past.

However, she equates her guilt with the crimes of Zovaal. The interesting thing about this story is that the jailer did not kill anyone, it was primarily Sylvanas who murdered on Zovaal's behalf. The jailer is at most an instigator, the rest is the banshee queen's own doing. So there is no question of a redemption story for Sylvanas.

The Sylvanas Paradox

One very important point in this story is still missing. When exactly did she meet the jailer and what did he tell Sylvanas to convince her to give up her freedom? At what point did the otherwise freedom-loving and rebellious Banshee decide to join a being. Whereas ... allies, let's face it, Sylvanas served Zovaal. She granted his every wish, and she did so willingly.

How absurd this part of the story is can be seen in the example of Arthas, who forced her to commit these crimes. This exaggerated cruelty finally formed the character of the Banshee Queen, who put her freedom above everything. The fact that she serves someone voluntarily at all, and so crudely, just doesn't make sense. Those two or three words Sylvanas exchanges with Jaina, Uther, and Bolvar don't fit the picture and have nothing to do with the Banshee Queen from Warcraft 3.

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Sylvanas and Uther Lightbringer talk about Arthas

There is also a conversation between Uther and Sylvanas. Both talk about Arthas and about her death. After Uther got back his lost soul shard, he realized that he was partly responsible for Arthas' fall. This helped him overcome his dark past and forgive his student. Sylvanas, on the other hand, finds it difficult to forgive Arthas:

Forgive him? For the atrocities he forced me to commit against my own people...
But there would be no justice that day.
For anyone.
That... is yet to come.


Good. While Uther had a very personal relationship with Arthas, Sylvanas had almost nothing to do with the Prince of Lordaeron. And that's what makes her story so bitter. It seems that her fate befell her seemingly at random. Her soul was only allowed to gaze into the Arden Forest for a moment before Arthas dragged her back from the afterlife and forced her into her dead body. Sylvanas' death was a tragedy. But that begs the question, why didn't she see the numerous parallels between Arthas and Zovaal from the beginning?

Would have, would have...

Surely Sylvanas was watching Arthas closely at the time to identify his weak point. In the process, she must have learned more about rune magic, the Scourge, and Frostmourne. Then how could she not see the connection between him and her tormentor during her first encounter with the jailer? How did the jailer explain his plan to her? And how could she not see that Zovaal was behind Arthas' transformation and all the horrors of the Third War?

It sounds unbelievable that Sylvanas was so blind all along that she didn't stop at doing the same harm to Anduin. There are so many open questions that these spontaneous dialogues don't answer at all. Our heroes, who have to accompany Sylvanas in Zereth Mortis, will probably be similarly perplexed.

What do you think? Do Sylvanas' words make sense to you? Or do you also miss more context? And does the new image of a reformed sinner fit the banshee queen? Let us know what you think in the comments!

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